Each week, the scouting department at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will examine some of the top performances in college football by potential pro prospects that we are keeping an eye on.
Larry Rountree, RB, Missouri
It has been an incredible season for Missouri senior running back Larry Rountree, who had his best performance of the year thus far in rushing for 160 yards and three touchdowns against Vanderbilt. The previous week, Rountree set the school’s all-time rushing record by a running back (3,398 rushing yards and counting). The team captain wore down the Commodores defense with his trademark hard-nosed running style, breaking tackles and ripping off several big runs; he now has 18 runs of 25+ yards for his career. Rountree possesses a well-built frame and owns a proven resume, having accumulated 12 career 100-yard rushing performances, while playing in the SEC. He has done enough to warrant a mid-round draft grade.
📹 The Highlights
Carries for Larry Rountree III – 37
Plays for Kentucky – 36
— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) October 25, 2020
Jacob Harris, WR, Central Florida
One player who has shown just enough flashes to remain a blip on the NFL radar is UCF wideout Jacob Harris. The senior playmaker has been playing in the shadows of some very talented receivers over the past few seasons but tends to deliver in the clutch with some big splash plays of his own. He is averaging more than 20 yards per reception for his career since transferring from Western Kentucky. This past week, Harris put on a career performance with five catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns. Earlier this season, he enjoyed a stretch where he scored in four consecutive games. Harris is extremely long and athletic, along with a frame that could eventually see him convert to tight end in the pros, much like Jacob Hollister of the Seahawks.
Dillon Gabriel hits Jacob Harris for their 2nd TD connection as UCF (-25.5) grabs a 28-7 lead over USF
— Bet The Pigskin (@betthepigskin) November 27, 2020
Quintin Morris, TE, Bowling Green
While Bowling Green has endured a winless season, the steady performance by tight end pass-catcher Quintin Morris has not been lost on NFL scouts. He has been the focal point of the Falcons offense and has 10 catches for 130 yards over the past two games. A three-year starter, Morris has established himself as an athletic, reliable target with 1,448 career receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. The Texas native has been utilized at both tight end and wide out spots, as he could have a role as an h-back type at the next level. Morris was also a basketball standout in high school, which contributes to his vertical game inside the red zone and makes for zest appeal as he transitions to the pros.
Bowling Green TE Quintin Morris (@QuintinMorris_) is an underrated player, who was very impressive on tape. He played last season at 233 but is up to 251. That should help him as a blocker, while he is already a great receiver. Fits the modern NFL. #NFLDraft #DraftTwitter pic.twitter.com/0r9bGd7aVw
— Jack Borowsky (@Jack_Borowsky) October 29, 2020
Chauncey Golston, DL, Iowa
Iowa senior defensive lineman Chauncey Golston is playing at a very high level, collecting at least four tackles in each of his past five games, with four sacks, one interception and a big bone-crushing hit that forced a fumble to help seal the deal on the Hawkeyes win over Nebraska this past week. The Detroit native does an outstanding job setting the edge with his length and physicality. Surprisingly, he was not heavily recruited coming out of high school, with Iowa being the lone FBS scholarship offer he received. However, Golston has been a steady, consistent performer as a three-year starter during his time in Iowa City. He owns some position flexibility, playing primarily at defensive end but could project as an interior player at the next level.
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 27, 2020
Kuony Deng, LB, California
California senior linebacker Kuony Deng continues to rack up tackles due to his bee-swarm mentality. Deng registered 14 tackles this past week against Stanford, flashing a lethal combination of size, range and athleticism. In addition, he tends to get his hands on a lot of batted balls. The Virginia native, whose family immigrated from South Sudan, began his career at Virginia Military Institute, where he played both football and basketball. He would then spend a season at Independence CC, before finding his way in Berkley. After registering 120 tackles a year ago, Deng is off to another hot start that has not gone unnoticed by NFL scouts. Look for him to gain serious momentum, as we work our way through the draft season.
Cal LB Kuony Deng (pronounced coin dang) is a long, tall athlete who moves well in space. He flashes physicality, as he does on this play where he fights through a block and attacks the ballcarrier. #SnapScout21 pic.twitter.com/Q2mGTnuFoO
— Chad Reuter (@chad_reuter) November 21, 2020
*Be sure to catch NFLPA Collegiate Bowl director of college recruiting Dane Vandernat this Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. ET on ‘The State of Football’ show live on @NFLDraftBible!