There were some exciting Head 2 Head matchups this past weekend that featured
some of the top prospects in the nation against each other. Here are the results
of the Head 2 Head matchups I previewed for Week 2:
Miami (FL) at #8 Oklahoma
Game Result: Oklahoma 51 | Miami (FL) 13
The Matchup: Malcolm Kelly is off to a tremendous start this season. Kelly displayed his talents against a very athletic Miami secondary this past weekend on his way to a second consecutive 100-yard performance (102), which included three touchdowns. Through two weeks Kelly has hauled in eight passes for 220 yards and five touchdowns. After a defense gives up 51 points, there are very few positives to discuss. However, Miami's all-world safety Kenny Phillips was all over the field. Phillips recorded 13 tackles (8 solo, 5 assisted), and a forced fumble in the loss.
In-Game Analysis: Kelly is one of college football's best vertical threats. In the game against Miami, he beat Randy Phillips (the other Miami defensive back) all over the field. Two of his touchdowns came on slant routes, and another one was on a go route where he flew by Phillips. If Kelly keeps up this production, he'll be mentioned among the candidates for the Heisman Trophy.
Keep An Eye On: Miami, DE - Calais Campbell (Jr.): Campbell is the best defensive end in college football. He totaled 10.5 sacks as a sophomore last season and is off to a good start in 2007. Campbell got his first sack of the season against Oklahoma and is ready to make an impact this season.
North Carolina State at Boston College
Game Details: Boston College 37 | NC State 17
The Prospects: NC State, DT - DeMario Pressley (Sr.) vs. Boston College, QB - Matt Ryan (Sr.)
The Matchup: The numbers Matt Ryan posted last week (32-of-52 for 408 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions) may have been an aberration, but he was efficient in the Eagles dominating performance over the Wolfpack. Ryan completed 15-of-34 passes for 142 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. DeMario Pressley injured his knee this past Thursday at practice during a non-contact drill. It hasn't been determined how long Pressley will be out of the NC State lineup, but should he miss the remainder of the season, he still has a redshirt year remaining. Pressley played a solid game for the Wolfpack in their season opener, which they lost to Central Florida, totaling four tackles (1 solo, 3 assisted) and a sack.
In-Game Analysis: On Boston College's first offensive possession of the day, Ryan led the Eagles offense on a seven-play, 31-yard drive, totaling 3 minutes and 8 seconds. Ryan threw his lone touchdown of the day during this drive, a 15-yard strike to wide receiver Kevin Challenger.
Keep An Eye On: Boston College, CB - Jamie Silva (Sr.): An underrated player in the BC secondary, Silva is a smart instinctive player and a steady defender. He had a great game against NC State. He intercepted two passes and made 3.5 tackles in the Eagles' win.
Oregon at #5 Michigan
Game Details: Oregon 39 | Michigan 7
The Matchup: A big time physical runner, Jonathan Stewart introduced himself to the college football world this past weekend. Stewart showed great strength, balance, vision and speed against Michigan and caught the Wolverines' defense off guard. He rushed for 111 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Michigan's premier linebacker, Shawn Crable, played a nice game. But as a whole, the Michigan defense was slow and didn't appear interested. Crable collected eight tackles in the loss, but after two straight Michigan defeats, no one looks good at this time.
In-Game Analysis: In the second quarter, Stewart was a part of the "Statue of Liberty" play. Quarterback Dennis Dixon was in the shotgun. When the ball was snapped, he faked a throw to the right side, brought the ball behind his back, and handed it off to Stewart. Stewart took the ball around the left end, escaped instant pressure in the backfield by two Michigan defenders, leaped over another defender and bulldozed his way through three more defenders for an Oregon first down on a gain of 14-yards. On that very same drive, Stewart scored his only touchdown of the day from three yards out on fourth down.
Keep An Eye On: Oregon, QB - Dennis Dixon (Sr.): How good is Dennis Dixon? Dixon has an unorthodox style of throwing, but he's a mobile quarterback who has the ability to make a game changing play on any down. He completed 16-of-25 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 76 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown in the Ducks big win against Michigan.
Notre Dame at #17 Penn State
Game Details: Penn State 31 | Notre Dame 10
The Prospects: Notre Dame, S - Tom Zbikowski (Sr.) vs. Penn State, QB - Anthony Morelli (Sr.)
The Matchup: This was a great win for Penn State, but not a good showing by quarterback Anthony Morelli. Penn State's game plan involved running the ball rather than testing the Irish secondary. Morelli completed 12-of-22 passes for 131 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. The interception Morelli threw happened in the first quarter and was returned for a 73-yard touchdown by Irish defensive back Darrin Walls. Despite the loss for the Irish, Tom Zbikowski was aggressive and he played well in coverage. Zbikowski recorded six tackles and two forced fumbles in the loss. Not only did he play well on defense, but Zbikowski returned a punt for 47-yards in the third quarter that lead to a Notre Dame field goal.
In-Game Analysis: The biggest play for the Irish came on Zbikowski's 47-yard punt return. If this was a more competitive game, that return would have meant more. But overall, it was an exceptional return by a tremendous football player.
Keep An Eye On: Penn State, LB - Dan Connor (Sr.): One of the premier linebackers in college football, Connor played an outstanding game against Notre Dame. Connor had 12 tackles, 2.5 for a loss, as well as a sack. Connor is a definite first round selection in next year's draft.
#9 Virginia Tech at #2 LSU
Game Details: LSU 48 | Virginia Tech 7
The Matchup: A game that paired two of the top teams in college football against each other turned into a lopsided victory for LSU. Early Doucet and Brandon Flowers were featured early in this top-ten showdown and both players shined for their teams. Doucet displayed great hands and excellent awareness hauling in six receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. Flowers, possibly one of the most underrated defenders in college football, had another solid game for the Hokies. He played well in coverage, and although he got banged-up on a couple of plays, he still made nine tackles -- including two for a loss.
In-Game Analysis: With the game already in-hand, backup quarterback Ryan Perrilloux found Doucet for a 34-yard touchdown that put the Tigers up 34-7. The touchdown pass showed Doucet's speed and agility and showcased his skills as an elite receiver.
Keep An Eye On: LSU, S - Craig Steltz (Sr.): With LaRon Landry gone, Steltz has finally become a full time starter for LSU. He played a great game against Virginia Tech, totaling four tackles, an interception and a sack. Through two games, Steltz has totaled seven tackles, including two for a loss, a sack, and four interceptions. Talk about emerging on the scene.
A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.