Oklahoma State-Texas and Notre Dame-Georgia headlined an exciting college football slate in Week 4. But, there were also some impressive outings for smaller school athletes.
The following three players have flashed potential this season and had strong performances again last week.
Mitchell Guadagni, QB, Toledo
Mitchell Guadagni is far from a proven commodity. He’s only accounted for 1568 passing yards since joining Toledo’s team in 2015. In fairness to Guadagni, his 2018 season was cut short by injury, and he only played in seven games. Encouragingly, he’s currently posting an impressive 11.1 adjusted yards per attempt (AY/A) in 2019, which is a solid improvement on his 9.8 AY/A mark last season.
However, he’s currently completing only 59.6% of his passes, and his career average is an uninspiring 56.7%. Guadagni was held in check as a passer against Colorado State with just six completions for 111 yards and a TD, but his rushing ability helped secure a Toledo win. He likely has a limited ceiling as an NFL prospect, but a strong finish to the 2019 season could earn him a Day 3 selection.
Trey Ragas, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette
Trey Ragas has been impressive this season, rushing for 417 yards and four TDs on only 40 carries. He wasn’t the star RB for his team during the win against Ohio, but he nonetheless made a serious impact. Ragas finished Saturday’s game with 129 yards on 15 carries. His 10.6 yards per carry leads all qualified FBS rushers, and he’s also added one reception per game. If Ragas maintains his efficiency and explosiveness, he’ll undoubtedly be one of the top senior RBs entering 2020.
Reggie Roberson Jr., WR, SMU
Following up an 800-yard season in 2018, Reggie Roberson Jr. already has 464 yards through four games and accounts for 39% of SMU’s receiving yards. The former West Virginia-transfer is now building his case as an NFL prospect by impressing on a national stage. In a high profile Week 4 matchup against a top-25 TCU team, Roberson led the way with 122 yards on four receptions. He’s likely just a player to monitor at this time, but his 18.6 yards per reception demonstrates his unique ability to stretch the field.
Other Notable Players
Ragas’ teammate, Elijah Mitchell, also made his presence known this weekend. He led the team with 143 yards and three TDs against Ohio.
Despite a loss against Pittsburgh, Gabriel Davis and Tre Nixon still put up strong performances. Davis led the way with 10 receptions for 151 yards and two TDs. Nixon added seven receptions for 136 yards.
In his first game since taking over for the injured B.J. Smith, Troy RB DK Billingsley rushed for 102 yards on 22 carries against Akron. The sophomore RB could become a stash option in next year’s devy drafts if he continues to produce at a similar level.
Week 5 Group of Five Matchups of the Week
Florida Atlantic vs. Charlotte
Whether you want to see a Lane Kiffin-coached team take a loss or simply enjoy a potential offensive shootout, this is the Group of Five game to watch. Charlotte RB Benny LeMay has already rushed for 432 yards and four TDs in the team’s first four games. While he’s unlikely to be a high draft pick, LeMay is a very good college player who will make an impact against the Owls. The best NFL prospect in this game is probably Florida Atlantic tight end Harrison Bryant, who leads the team with 249 receiving yards.
Coastal Carolina vs. Appalachian State
Appalachian State is more than just that team that once beat a top-five Michigan team in Ann Arbor.1 The Mountaineers are also an undefeated squad averaging 44 points per game, and they are coming off of a big road win against in-state rival North Carolina. The star of this matchup is RB Darrynton Evans, who I have mentioned before in this series. Evans only managed 78 yards on 19 carries against the Tar Heels, but his three TDs were critical in last week’s victory. Their opponent, Coastal Carolina, sports an impressive 3-1 record and has averaged 35.8 points per game in their own right. If nothing else, this game should feature plenty of scoring.
Image Credit: Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Gabriel Davis
- Realistically, this is still one of my favorite moments in all of my years watching college football though. (back)