Defensive end Montez Sweat
The former Michigan State Spartan was impressive. The Co-Lin staff uses Sweat's athleticism and versatility in a variety of ways. Sweat can be seen lining up as a rush end or in some cases at linebacker. On some plays, Sweat is used as a spy for the quarterback. I am not sure Sweat has the foot speed to play linebacker full time, but he seems to be a perfect fit for the "Viper" position in Peter Sirmon's 3-4 scheme. Sweat plays with a lot of effort and takes missed assignments personally. On a Holmes' two point attempt, Sweat bit on the dive and allowed a ball carrier to break containment and essentially walk into the end zone. Sweat realized his mistake as it happened and was vocal in his own self criticism. Sweat had a hand in five tackles on the night and likely affected a dozen others.
Defensive Deion Pope
Pope is an emotional leader for the Wolfpack on the field and on the sideline. I am not sure there was a more vocal player on either side of the field during this contest. When Co-Lin was on defense, Pope was constantly doing his best to encourage the troops and was the first to offer a supportive word to teammates after every big play. When the offense would make a sizable gain, Pope was the biggest cheerleader on the sidelines in more ways than one. His love for the game is apparent and his attitude infectious. Pope does a good job playing inside and making a mess of things in the middle. The former Collins High School standout has matured a great deal in his time at Co-Lin and looks ready for the jump to the next level. Pope fits gaps with ease and really excels in run defense. On the night. Pope had a hand in nine personnel stops seven of which were solo tackles.
Offensive lineman Tommy Champion
Champion may have been the most pleasant surprise of the night. The talented big man has committed himself to his physical fitness and looks to be in the best shape of his young career. The Callaway High School alum looks trimmer and quicker this fall. That is good news for Bulldog fans who will see their team replace three starters on the offensive line next fall. A December graduate, Champion will be able to enroll for spring practice and compete for a spot with the Bulldogs' first team. A tackle out of high school,. Champion looks comfortable at offensive guard and has improved his pad level from a season ago. Blessed with a solid initial punch, Champion is working hard to remain engaged with his man and sustain blocks until the whistle blows. His stock is on the rise in my book.
Wide receiver Treveon Nelson (2018)
Better known as Nero Nelson, the Hollandale Simmons standout has taken his game to the junior college level and made a positive impact this season. Nelson aids in the return game and has earned a spot in the slot on offense. In the open field, Nelson is very difficult to contain. The talented wideout has bulked up a bit, but not the point that he has hurt his dexterity or foot speed. Nelson was signed by Dan Mullen and his staff as part of the 2016 signing class and is expected to join the Bulldogs after completing the 2017 season at Co-Lin. Against Holmes, Nelson had a pair of catches for 51 yards and a touchdown.