The College Football Market Share Report – Season Recap

That’s all, folks! The 2015-16 College Football season is officially over. It’s almost time to turn our attention to draft season, but before we do here is one final Market Share Report.

For this edition I’ve made a few tweaks, including a section for best past-catching running backs. Also, for anyone who I know is entering the 2016 NFL Draft, I’ve put an asterisk by their name.

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Quarterbacks of Bowl Season

Sean Maguire, Florida State, 92.7% of team’s offensive yards

  • 22-44, 392 yards, 2 TD, 4 INT vs Houston

Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech, 85.7%

  • 28-56, 370 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT vs LSU

Lamar Jackson, Louisville, 84.8%

  • 12-26, 227 yards, 2 TD, 226 rush yards, 2 rush TD vs Texas A&M

Tanner Mangum, BYU, 82.4%

  • 25-56, 315 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT, 1 rush TD vs Utah

*Mike Bercovici, Arizona State, 82.3%

  • 29-52, 418 yards, 4 TD, 10 rush yards vs WVU

*Nick Arbuckle, Georgia State, 82.3%

  • 14-29, 208 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT vs SJSU

Skyler Howard, West Virginia, 82.1%

  • 28-51, 532 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT, 23 rush yards vs ASU

Nick Mullens, Southern Miss, 81.9%

  • 25-38, 331 yards, 2 TD vs Washington

Thomas Woodson, Akron, 81.2%

  • 14-29, 168 yards, 1 INT, 47 rush yards, rec. TD vs Utah St

Josh Rosen, UCLA, 79.8%

  • 26-40, 319 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT vs Nebraska

ACC fans might want to take note of Louisville and QB Lamar Jackson. He posted massive dual-threat production in the bowl game and is just a sophomore next year. Bobby Petrino will be in his third season, which was a fruitful point during his first stay at Louisville and at Arkansas; he lost no more than three games in either of those “year threes”… it might be fun to go back and watch that ASU-WVU bowl game, considering it had two quarterbacks going absolutely bonkers in it.

 

Seasonal QB Leaders

Luke Falk, Washington State, 76.8% of team’s offensive yards

  • 6’4, 205lbs, Sophomore

*Nick Arbuckle, Georgia State, 75.9%

  • 6’1, 215lbs, Senior

Cooper Rush, Central Michigan, 74.6%

  • 6’3, 227lbs, Junior

*Dak Prescott, Mississippi State, 73.2%

  • 6’2, 230lbs, Senior

Garrett Smith, Louisiana-Monroe, 71.8%

  • 6’0, 211lbs, Freshman

*Jeff Driskel, Louisiana Tech, 69.4%

  • 6’4, 231lbs, Senior

Riley Neal, Ball State, 68.7%

  • 6’5, 217lbs, Freshman

*Jared Goff, Cal, 68.6%

  • 6’2, 215lbs, Junior

Brent Stockstill, MTSU, 68%

  • 6’0, 200lbs, Freshman

Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech, 67.9%

  • 6’3, 219lbs, Sophomore

Alex McGough, FIU, 67.5%

  • 6’3, 218lbs, Sophomore

Deshaun Watson, Clemson, 67.5%

  • 6’2, 210lbs, Sophomore

Chad Kelly, Ole Miss, 67.5%

  • 6’2, 215lbs, Junior

It’s fun to see Jared Goff end the year with a bang and climb so high up this list. An early declaration, he’s almost certain to go in the first round. Just for fun, I thought I’d check on how first-round quarterbacks from the last two years fared in terms of final-seasons market share of offense:

  • Winston – 67.8%
  • Mariota – 64.0%
  • Bortles – 67.1%
  • Manziel – 69.6%
  • Bridgewater – 67.6%

The average is 67.2%, which is slightly below Goff’s mark (68.9%), and he did himself no favors with his rushing ability… As later-round prospects, it will be fun to see where Dak Prescott and Jeff Driskel end up going… Say hello to Deshaun Watson, Chad Kelly and Patrick Mahomes, who should be among college football’s most exciting quarterbacks in 2016.

 

Running Backs of Bowl Season

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, 64.6%

  • 18 carries, 172 yards, 105 rec. yards, 1 rec. TD, 91 ret. yards, 1 ret. TD vs Iowa

Joe Williams, Utah, 57.4%

  • 25 carries, 91 yards, 2 TD, 22 rec. yards vs BYU

James Butler, Nevada, 54.8%

  • 24 carries, 189 yards, 2 TD vs Colorado St

Romello Ross, Central Michigan, 51.4%

  • 19 carries, 100 yards, 1 TD, 28 rec. yards vs Minnesota

Joel Bouagnon, Northern Illinois, 48.5%

  • 8 carries, 16 yards vs Boise

*Tyler Ervin, SJSU, 45.1%

  • 30 carries, 132 yards, 98 return yards vs Georgia State

Johnny Jefferson, Baylor, 42.7%

  • 23 carries, 299 yards, 3 TD, 24 pass yards vs UNC

Leonard Fournette, LSU, 40.1%

  • 29 carries, 212 yards, 4 TD, 44 rec. yards, 1 rec. TD vs Texas Tech

Donnel Pumphrey, SDSU, 39.9%

  • 25 carries, 99 yards, 1 TD, 19 rec. yards, 16 pass yards vs Cincinnati

Marcus Cox, Appalachian State, 37.9%

  • 24 carries, 162 yards, 1 TD vs Ohio

Bowl season and pretty much everything else for the last two months (except the Heisman) has belonged to Christian McCaffrey. If there’s a single bowl season performance worth going back to re-watch, it’s him in the Rose Bowl. I know this is going to sound absurd, and there will almost certainly be “white running back” stereotypes to overcome, but I think he’s a borderline Reggie Bush caliber prospect… Johnny Jefferson might be the only player in McCaffrey’s tier of bowl-studliness. When looking at his bowl game and last regular season game, he rushed for 457 yards on 46 carries. Bye bye, Shock Linwood. Heeeeeeereeee’s Johnny!… Keep an eye on Marcus Cox next year for App State. That program is on the rise and he’s their best offensive player.

 

Seasonal RB Leaders

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, 44.3% of team’s offensive yards

  • 6’0, 201lbs, Sophomore

Leonard Fournette, LSU, 42%

  • 6’1, 230lbs, Sophomore

*Devontae Booker, Utah, 41.2%

  • 6’1, 212lbs, Senior

Brian Hill, Wyoming, 40.7%

  • 6’1, 211lbs, Sophomore

Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State, 39.7%

  • 5’9, 180lbs, Junior

Dalvin Cook, Florida State, 39.2%

  • 5’11, 202lbs, Sophomore

Larry Rose III, New Mexico State, 37.2%

  • 5’11, 184lbs, Sophomore

Justin Jackson, Northwestern, 37.2%

  • 5’11, 190lbs, Sophomore

*Tyler Ervin, San Jose State, 36.8%

  • 5’10, 177lbs, Senior

*Derrick Henry, Alabama, 36.1%

  • 6’3, 242lbs, Junior

*Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State, 35.9%

  • 6’0, 225lbs, Junior

What a remarkable year for college running backs. Not sure how else to say it. And even though  Zeke, Derrick and Devontae are off to the NFL, next year will be loaded to with many of the names on this list returning and a few others like Royce Freeman, Marlon Mack, Saquon Barkley and more to sprinkle in… And for the record, I’m still not over the fact that Derrick Henry won the Heisman, depsite accounting for roughly eight percent less of his offense than McCaffrey did on similarly outstanding teams.

 

Seasonal RB Leaders – Pass Catching

Taquan Mizzell, Virginia, 25.2% of team’s receiving yards

  • 5’10, 195lb, Junior

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, 21.8%

  • 6’0, 201lbs, Sophomore

*Jalin Marshall, Ohio State, 21.3%

  • 5’11, 205lbs, RS-Sophomore

Ervin Phillips, Syracuse, 21.3%

  • 5’11, 181lbs, Sophomore

Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State, 20.9%

  • 5’9, 180lbs, Junior

Arkeel Newsome, Connecticut, 19.3%

  • 5’7, 182lbs, Sophomore

Clinton Lynch, Georgia Tech, 18.7%

  • 6’0, 181lbs, Freshman

*Dwayne Washington, Washington, 17.5%

  • 6’2, 226lbs, Junior

Papi White, Ohio, 17.5%

  • 5’9, 166lbs, Freshman

Raekwon James, Kent State, 17.3%

  • 5’9, 187lbs, Freshman

Ben Lewis, Syracuse, 16.5%

  • 6’2, 213lbs, Junior

*Devontae Booker, Utah, 15.5%

  • 5’11, 212lbs, Senior

This is a new category and I’m not entirely sure how relevant it is, but I thought it was interesting. Two of the more head-scratching NFL Draft early entries – Marshall and Washington – show up on this list, which could help explain their entries despite their substandard rushing production… On the other hand, Devontae Booker is a badass on all fronts… And shoutout to Donnel Pumphrey, who appears on both the overall running back leaderboard and the pass-catching back leaderboard. He’s so tiny, but so talented.

Service academy footnotes: Timothy McVey (Air Force, 22.2%), John Trainor (Army, 20.1%), DeBrandon Sanders (Navy, 19.5%)

 

Wide Receivers of Bowl Season

*Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia, 70.8% of team’s receiving yards

  • 5 rec., 114 yards, 1 TD vs Penn State

Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech, 66%

  • 12 rec., 227 yards, 1 TD, 23 rush yards vs Tulsa

Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M, 57.7%

  • 11 rec., 177 yards vs Louisville

Jerico Richardson, Nevada, 56.8%

  • 4 rec,. 42 yards vs Colorado St

*Cayleb Jones, Arizona, 55.3%

  • 4 rec., 182 yards, 1 TD vs New Mexico

Corey Davis, Western Michigan, 55.3%

  • 8 rec., 183 yards, 1 TD vs MTSU

Justin Holmes, SJSU, 53.9%

  • 3 rec., 48 yards vs Georgia State

*Mike Thomas, Southern Miss, 53.8%

  • 9 rec., 190 yards, 2 TD, 34 ret. yards vs Washington

Andrew Pratt, Akron, 51.6%

  • 9 rec., 94 yards vs Utah State

Travis Rudolph, Florida State, 50.6%

  • 7 rec., 201 yards, 1 TD vs Houston

Good on Malcolm Mitchell to finish an adventurous career with an epic performance in his bowl game. I’m not that high on him as a prospect (for now), but going over 100 yards and 70% of his team’s passing offense is ridiculous… DEVY OWNERS – keep an eye on Isaiah Ford. He’s just 19 years old, went nuts in his bowl game and accounted for nearly 40% of his team’s receiving yards on the year. That is ELITE… Finally, be aware of Mike Thomas from Southern Miss. Not to be confused with Mike Thomas from Ohio State or a million other Mike Thomases. This kid can play and is almost certainly a top 10 receiver in this draft for me. Much more to come on him.

 

Seasonal WR Leaders

*Dezmon Epps, Idaho, 47.2% of team’s receiving yards

  • 5’10, 175lbs, Senior

*Leonte Carroo, Rutgers, 43.6% of receiving yards

  • 6’1, 215lbs, Senior

Tanner Gentry, Wyoming, 43.6%

  • 6’2, 201lbs, Junior

*Tajae Sharpe, UMass, 42.7%

  • 6’3, 188lbs, Senior

BJ Johnson, Georgia Southern, 41.8%

  • 6’1, 212lbs, Junior

Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech, 39.6%

  • 6’2, 188lbs, Sophomore

Chris Godwin, Penn State, 39.5%

  • 6’1, 208lbs, Sophomore

*Tyler Boyd, Pitt, 39.5%

  • 6’2, 200lbs, Junior

*Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina, 39.1%

  • 5’11, 207lbs, Junior

Kenny Golladay, Northern Illinois, 38.7%

  • 6’4, 200lbs, Junior

JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC, 38.5%

  • 6’2, 215lbs, Sophomore

Corey Davis (my love), Western Michigan, 38.4%

  • 6’3, 205lbs, Junior

*Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State, 38.4%

  • 6’1, 208lbs, Senior

Exciting to see that this leaderboard is peppered with players who will be in the 2016 NFL Draft. I’ve already written about a number of them at RotoViz and plan to hit more in the coming weeks:

Looking ahead to 2016, Ford, Godwin, Juju and Corey Davis are among the top returning receiver prospects… About Dezmon Epps, he only played six games this year, and he’s miniature, but he was really good in those games, so I cheated a bit on my games played requirement and included him for draft awareness purposes.

Service Academy footnotes: Jamir Tillman (51.3%, Navy), Edgar Poe (44.6%, Army)

Jerome Lane footnotes: 32% of Akron’s yards

 

Tight Ends of Bowl Season

Cole Hikutini, Louisville, 45.4% of team’s receiving yards

  • 3 rec., 103 yards vs NC State

O.J. Howard, Alabama, 45% (2 games)

  • 8 rec., 267 yards, 2 TD vs Michigan St, Clemson

Pharoah McKever, NC State, 38.3%

  • 1 rec., 82 yards, 1 TD vs Mississippi State

Alex Ellis, Tennessee, 38.1%

  • 3 rec., 74 yards vs Northwestern

Ari Werts, Georgia State, 30.3%

  • 3 rec., 63 yards vs SJSU

*Hunter Henry, Arkansas, 29.2%

  • 5 rec., 92 yards vs Kansas State

*Ben McCord, Central Michigan, 29%

  • 2 rec., 42 yards vs Minnesota

Alec Bloom, UConn, 27.9%

  • 2 rec., 24 yards vs Marshall

Evan Engram, Ole Miss, 27.7%

  • 6 rec., 96 yards vs Oklahoma State

Barrett Burns, Appalachian St, 25.8%

  • 3 rec., 32 yards, 2 TD vs Ohio

After years of hearing about O.J. Howard and not seeing any production, it was exciting to see him blow up in the National Championship game. Paging Lane Kiffin, please use him more next year… Hunter Henry is a name you need to know, if you don’t already. Probably my top TE prospect for the 2016 Draft.

 

Seasonal TE Leaders

*David Morgan II, UTSA, 24.4% of team’s receiving yards

  • 6’4, 260lbs, Senior

Gerald Everett, South Alabama, 24%

  • 6’4, 225lbs, Junior

*Rodney Mills, UMass, 21.9%

  • 6’1, 205lbs, Senior

Jaylen Samuels, NC State, 21.8%

  • 5’11, 236lbs, Sophomore

O.J. Howard, Alabama, 21.2%

  • 6’6, 242lbs, Junior

*Dan Vitale, Northwestern, 21.2%

  • 6’2, 235lbs, Senior

*Hunter Henry, Arkansas, 21.2%

  • 6’5, 253lbs, Junior

Jake Butt, Michigan, 21.2%

  • 6’6, 248lbs, Junior

Billy Freeman, SJSU, 21.2%

  • 6’3, 232lbs, Junior

*Matt Weiser, Buffalo, 20.9%

  • 6’5, 255lbs, Senior

Cam Serigne, Wake Forest, 20.5%

  • 6’3, 245lbs, R-Sophomore

Brandon Lingen, Minnesota, 20.2%

  • 6’5, 247lbs, Sophomore

The 2016 TE class looks like it’s going to take a hit by not having Serigne, Hodges, Butt and Engram not declare, but I’m intrigued by what David Morgan II and, to a lesser extent, Matt Weiser might have to offer.

 

Seasonal Special Teams Leaders

Janarion Grant, Rutgers, WR, 91.3% of team’s return yards

  • 5’11, 170lbs, Junior

Brisly Estime, Syracuse, WR, 89.6%

  • 5’9, 178lbs, Junior

*Derek Keaton, Georgia Southern, WR, 89.6%

  • 5’11, 185lbs, Senior

Kylen Towner, Western Kentucky, WR, 89.4%

  • 5’8, 175lbs, Sophomore

*Teddy Ruben, Troy, WR, 87.3%

  • 5’7, 161lbs, Senior

KaVontae Turpin, TCU, WR, 86.7%

  • 5’9, 152lbs, Freshman

*Deandre Reaves, Marshall, WR, 86.2%

  • 5’10, 179lbs, Senior

*Tyler Ervin, SJSU, RB, 85.2%

  • 5’10, 177lbs, Senior

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, RB, 84.6%

  • 6’0, 201lbs, Sophomore

*Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech, WR, 83.6%

  • 5’7, 168lbs, Senior

I’ve written in the past about how special teams contributions are a key to finding hidden value, and I’m curious about how Jakeem Grant will fare in the coming months. He’s pretty dynamic and looked great against LSU in his bowl game.

And, yes, I’m aware that I used the same Christian McCaffrey photo on this article and the last in-season one, but he’s earned it.

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The College Football Market Share Report – Week 9 Recap

You know the drill. We’re looking at which players account for the highest percent of their team’s offense in various categories.

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Quarterbacks of the week

Deshone Kizer, Notre Dame, 94.6% of team’s offensive yards

  • 23 – 36, 299 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 143 rush yards, 2 rush TD @ Temple

Cooper Rush, Central Michigan, 93.2%

  • 23 – 37, 226 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 21 rush yards @ Akron

John Fadule, Boston College, 89.9%

  • 8 – 20, 143 yards, 1 INT, 53 rush yards vs Virginia Tech

Garrett Smith, Louisiana-Monroe, 87.4%

  • 16 – 35, 265 yards, 3 TD, 33 rush yards @ Louisiana-Lafayette

Thomas Woodson, Akron, 84.5%

  • 22 – 36, 252 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT vs Central Michigan

Quinton Flowers, South Florida, 82.6%

  • 12 – 20, 208 yards, 15 rush yards @ Navy

Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech, 81.9%

  • 38 – 55, 480 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT, 46 rush yards, 1 rush TD vs OK State

Chase Litton, Marshall, 78.9%

  • 33 – 48, 486 yards, 2 TD, 11 rush yards @ Charlotte

Luke Falk, Washington State, 78.5%

  • 35 – 63, 354 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT vs Stanford

Nick Mitchell, Oregon State, 78.2%

  • 19 – 35, 204 yards, 1 TD, 40 rush yards @ Utah

In a primetime game where his opponent was dead set on stopping the running attack, Notre Dame’s Deshone Kizer was brilliant against Temple. Without looking, I can’t recall (m)any other major program quarterbacks accounting for such a high percentage of their offense in a single game… Patrick Mahomes and that Texas Tech offense are so much fun. He’s AVERAGING more than 400 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns per game… What could have been for Luke Falk? I expected his Wazzu team to be outmanned by Stanford, but ultimately it was their red zone futility on offense that cost them, kicking six field goals and ultimately losing by two points.

Seasonal QB Leaders

Luke Falk, Washington State, 79.5% of team’s offensive yards

  • 6’4, 205lbs, Sophomore

Nick Arbuckle, Georgia State, 76.8%

  • 6’1, 215lbs, Senior

Garrett Smith, Louisiana-Monroe, 76.7%

  • 6’0, 211lbs, Freshman

Cooper Rush, Central Michigan, 74.7%

  • 6’3, 227lbs, Junior

Matt Johnson, Bowling Green, 73.3%

  • 6’0, 219lbs, Senior

Bryant Shirreffs, Connecticut, 71.6%

  • 6’2, 220lbs, Sophomore

Trevone Boykin, TCU, 70.0%

  • 6’2, 205lbs, Senior

Alex McGough, FIU, 69.4%

  • 6’3, 218lbs, Sophomore

Jeff Driskel, Louisiana Tech, 69.2%

  • 6’4, 231lbs, Senior

Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky, 68.9%

  • 6’3, 220lbs, Senior

Trevone Boykin is incredible. Last week, for the third straight game, he lead the team in passing AND rushing. He almost perfectly fits the historical Heisman prototype for dual-threat quarterbacks… Jeff Driskel is an interesting case. Once upon a time he was the #1 quarterback recruit in America and lead the 2012 Florida Gators to the Sugar Bowl. Now at Louisiana Tech, he has the size and production to make a push into the back half of the NFL Draft.

Running Backs of the week

Brian Hill, Wyoming, 56.9% of team’s offensive yards

  • 26 carries, 201 yards, 1 TD @ Utah State

Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt, 55.1%

  • 26 carries, 99 yards, 3 rec. yards @ Houston

Arkeel Newsome, Connecticut, 54.5%

  • 25 carries, 179 yards, 2 TD, 41 rec. yards, 24 ret. yards vs ECU

Dontrell Hilliard, Tulane, 48.1%

  • 19 carries, 97 yards, 2 TD, 33 rec. yards @ Memphis

Alex Gardner, FIU, 45.8%

  • 20 carries, 105 yards, 15 rec. yards @ Florida Atlantic

Ray Lawry, Old Dominion, 44.2%

  • 26 carries, 136 yards, 15 rec. yards vs Western Kentucky

Elijhaa Penny, Idaho, 43.9%

  • 35 carries, 192 yards, 2 TD, 58 rec. yards, 1 rec. TD @ NMSU

Josh Hicks, Rutgers, 43.6%

  • 15 carries, 72 yards @ Wisconsin

Robert Lowe, Texas State, 43.2%

  • 20 carries, 91 yards @ Georgia Southern

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, 42.6%

  • 22 carries, 107 yards, 26 rec. yards, 3 ret. yards @ Wash State

This is the second straight appearance for Texas State’s Robert Lowe. The 5’10 195lb senior could be an interesting name in draft season… Elijhaa Penny is exactly the type of player I’m trying to find with this exercise. The 6’2 234lb senior has 17 touchdowns in the last season and a half and could be a sneaky prospect… Brian Hill just posted his third 200 yard game of the season. He and Leonard Fournette are the only players in the country to accomplish that feat.

Seasonal RB Leaders

Leonard Fournette, LSU, 43.2% of team’s offensive yards

  • 6’1, 230lbs, Sophomore

Tyler Ervin, San Jose State, 42.3%

  • 5’10, 177lbs, Senior

Dalvin Cook, Florida State, 41.3%

  • 5’11, 202lbs, Sophomore

Devontae Booker, Utah, 41.0%

  • 6’1, 212lbs, Senior

Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State, 40.8%

  • 5’9, 180lbs, Junior

Jahad Thomas, Temple, 40.8%

  • 5’10, 180lbs, Junior

Brian Hill, Wyoming, 40.2%

  • 6’1, 211lbs, Sophomore

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, 39.2%

  • 6’0, 201lbs, Sophomore

Ray Lawry, Old Dominion, 38.6%

  • 5’10, 201lbs, Sophomore

Larry Rose III, New Mexico State, 38.1%

  • 5’11, 184lbs, Sophomore

Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State, 34.7%

  • 6’0, 225lbs, Junior

Leonard Fournette, your table is ready. It should be fascinating to see him go up against Alabama this weekend… I got asked about Donnel Pumphrey on the Sports Illustrated NFL Draft podcast this week. Be sure to check that out for my discussion with Chris Burke on the SDSU runner… Even though he was on a bye last week, Ezekiel Elliott’s Heisman chances got a boost with another change to his quarterback situation. In what has become a surprisingly turbulent season for the OSU offense, Elliott has been the one consistent force.

Wide Receivers of the Week

Jamal Robinson, Louisiana-Lafayette, 84.4% of team’s receiving yards

  • 4 receptions, 92 yards, 1 TD vs Louisiana-Monroe

Latevius Rayford, Vanderbilt, 84.1%

  • 3 rec., 37 yards @ Houston

Antonio Callaway, Florida, 71.0%

  • 3 rec., 110 yards, 1 TD vs Georgia

Carlos Harris, North Texas, 69.2%

  • 6 rec., 72 yards vs UTSA

Ryan Longoria, Georgia Southern, 67.7%

  • 2 rec., 21 yards vs Texas State

Justin Hobbs, Tulsa, 62.5%

  • 7 rec., 150 yards @ SMU

Isaiah Jones, East Carolina, 62%

  • 9 rec., 85 yards @ UConn

Carlton Agudosi, Rutgers, 59.8%

  • 1 rec, 49 yards @ Wisconsin

Tre’Quan Smith, UCF, 58.4%

  • 5 rec., 59 yards @ Cincinnati

KeVonn Mabon, Ball State, 54.5%

  • 6 rec., 150 yards vs UMass

Travis Rudolph, Florida State, 54%

  • 5 rec,. 191 yards, 3 TD vs Syracuse

KeVonn Mabon showed up in this space recently for his outstanding special teams performance and this week he had a big receiving game. Only a junior, Mabon’s 6’1 219lb frame and intriguing playmaking ability have put him on my radar… Florida State’s Travis Rudolph was the #1 receiver recruit in 2014. Interestingly, it took the backup quarterback to get him going. The Noles desperately need someone to take pressure off Dalvin Cook, if they are to beat Clemson; Rudolph could be arriving at the right time.

Seasonal WR Leaders

Dezmon Epps, Idaho, 47.2% of receiving yards

  • 5’10, 175lbs, Senior

Tanner Gentry, Wyoming, 43.6%

  • 6’2, 201lbs, Junior

Daniel Braverman, Western Michigan, 43.2%

  • 5’10, 177lbs, Junior

Carlos Harris, North Texas, 42.8%

  • 5’8, 185lbs, Senior

Leonte Carroo, Rutgers, 42.7%

  • 6’1, 215lbs, Senior

Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina, 40.9%

  • 5’11, 207lbs, Junior

Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh, 40.4%

  • 6’2, 200lbs, Junior

Josh Doctson, TCU, 40.1%

  • 6’3, 195lbs, Senior

Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State, 40.1%

  • 6’1, 208lbs, Senior

Tajae Sharpe, UMass, 39.8%

  • 6’3, 188lbs, Senior

Corey Coleman, Baylor, 39.5%

  • 5’11, 190lbs, Junior

It’s funny how things work themselves out over time. As far as I can tell, the seven guys from Carroo down are among the 10 best wide receiver prospects eligible for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Service Academy footnotes: Jamir Tillman (55.2%, Navy), Garrett Brown (49.7%, Air Force)

Jerome Lane footnotes: 31.0% of Akron’s yards

Tight Ends of the week

Akil Dan-Fodio, FIU, 36.2% of receiving yards

  • 4 receptions, 71 yards @ Florida Atlantic

Brandon Lingen, Minnesota, 35%

  • 5 rec., 111 yards vs Michigan

David Grinnage, NC State, 32.3%

  • 7 rec., 82 yards, 1 TD vs Clemson

Ryan Carden, Texas State, 31%

  • 5 rec., 27 yards @ Georgia Southern

Jaylen Samuels, NC State, 29.1%

  • 8 rec., 74 yards, 1 TD, 6 rush 65 rush yards, 1 rush TD vs Clemson

Evan Butts, Virginia, 27.4%

  • 4 rec., 48 yards vs Georgia Tech

Josh Parris, Syracuse, 26.9%

  • 4 rec., 35 yards vs Florida State

Andrew Beck, Texas, 25.9%

  • 1 rec., 22 yards @ Iowa State

Troy Fumagli, Wisconsin, 25.3%

  • 3 rec,. 55 yards vs Rutgers

Trent “Buck” Cowan, Idaho, 24.1%

  • 3 rec., 74 yards @ NMSU

Jake Butt, Michigan, 22.5%

  • 4 rec, 38 yards @ Minnesota

Buck Cowan makes his second-straight appearance here. More of an oversized receiver than a tight end, the junior combines with WR Dezmon Epps, RB Elijhaa Penny and QB Matt Linehan to form a solid core of skill players for the Vandals. Too bad they’re unlikely to miss a bowl, or it could be fun to see them go against a bigger program… Jake Butt continues to be solid in the receiving game, but allergic to the end zone. How does such a good player have only one touchdown this season?… NC State’s David Grinnage is a guy I wrote about last December as a potentially interesting prospect. This is the first game in 2015 in which he’s caught multiple passes or found the end zone. At 6’5 265lbs, he has a lot of promise, but not much production at this point.

Seasonal TE Leaders

Jaylen Samuels, NC State, 25.9% of team’s receiving yards

  • 5’11, 236lbs, Sophomore

David Morgan II, UTSA, 24.8%

  • 6’4, 260lbs, Senior

Gerald Everett, South Alabama, 24.5%

  • 6’4, 225lbs, Junior

Dan Vitale, Northwestern, 23.7%

  • 6’2, 235lbs, Senior

Rodney Mills, UMass, 23.3%

  • 6’1, 205lbs, Senior

Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech, 22.4%

  • 6’7, 241lbs, R-Sophomore

Jake Butt, Michigan, 21.5%

  • 6’6, 248lbs, Junior

Matt Weiser, Buffalo, 21.3%

  • 6’5, 255lbs, Senior

Reece White, New Mexico, 20.4%

  • 6’1, 225lbs, Senior

Austin Hooper, Stanford, 20.1%

  • 6’4, 248lbs, Junior

Cam Serigne, Wake Forest, 20.2%

  • 6’3, 245lbs, Sophomore

Similar to the wide receiver position, it’s fun to see many of the tight ends who were thought were the best coming into the season actually rise to the top. I’m looking at you Austin Hooper, Jake Butt, Cam Serigne, and Bucky Hodges.

Special Teams Studs of the week

Keelan Ewaliko, Hawaii, WR, 212 return yards, 1 TD vs Air Force

Charles Nelson, Oregon, WR, 185 ret. yards, 1 TD @ Arizona state

Marquan Greene, Georgia State, WR, 169 ret. yards, 1 TD @ Arkansas State

Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech, WR, 177 ret. yards, 1 TD, 13 rec., 178 rec. yards, 1 rec. TD vs Oklahoma State

Derek Keaton, Georgia Southern, WR, 144 ret. yards @ Navy

Rodney Adams, South Florida, WR, 139 ret. yards, 1 TD, 3 rec., 86 rec. yards

Nyheim Hines, NC State, WR, 135 ret. yards, 1 TD, 2 rec., 26 rec. yards vs Clemson

Blake Banham, Eastern Michigan, RB, 135 ret. yards vs Western Michigan

Marques Little, Old Dominion, WR, 130 ret. yards, 21 rec. yards, 1 rec. TD, 14 rush yards vs Western Kentucky

Braeden West, SMU, RB, 111 ret. yards, 11 rush yards vs Tulsa

Jakeem Grant is here again. Even though he’s miniature, he is exactly the reason we pay attention to special teams: because there is hidden value in finding dynamic all-purpose players.

Seasonal Special Teams Leaders

Janarion Grant, WR, Rutgers, 89.0 return yds/g

  • 5’11, 170lbs, Junior

Brett Winnegan, RB, UTSA, 87.6

  • 5’9, 185lbs, Freshman

Brisly Estime, WR, Syracuse, 82.5

  • 5’9, 178lbs, Junior

Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech, 80.9

  • 5’7, 168lbs, Senior

Tim White, WR, Arizona State, 80.9

  • 5’11, 185lbs, Junior

Maurice Thomas, RB, Miami OH, 78.2

  • 5’11, 176lb, Freshman

Derek Keaton, Georgia Southern, 78.0

  • 5’11, 185lbs, Senior

Devin Fuller, WR, UCLA, 77.4

  • 6’0, 200lbs Senior

Nyheim Hines, WR, NC State, 75.1

  • 5’9, 190lbs, Freshman

Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo, 74.2

  • 5’11, 175lbs, Freshman

Again with Jakeem Grant… I wonder if he’s related to Janarion Grant?