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Ones to Watch - College Football Weeks 1 & 2

The Ones 2 Watch is where we look at the top 15 draft eligible college players in the country. Each week we will break down 5 QBs, 5 RBs, & 5 WRs. These 15 have been chosen as the players with the most potential for a bright NFL future. The players are as follows:

Quarterbacks

  • Matt Leinart, USC
  • Omar Jacobs, Bowling Green
  • Vince Young, Texas
  • Reggie McNeal, Texas A&M
  • Brad Smith, Missouri

Running Backs

  • Reggie Bush
  • DeAngelo Williams
  • LenDale White
  • Laurence Maroney
  • Leon Washington

Wide Receivers

  • Martin Nance
  • Derek Hagan
  • Jarrett Hicks
  • Mike Hass
  • Steve Smith

Weeks One and Two Recap

Matt Leinart, QB, USC Trojans
6'5" 225 lbs. - Senior

Pass / Rush Stats
Att
Comp
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Hawaii
18
24
332
3
1
2
-1
0

The Trojans started their bid for a 3rd straight national championship with a rout in Honolulu. It was USC's 23rd straight victory, and Leinart sat out in the 4th quarter. Despite only playing 3 quarters, Matt put up great stats and passed Carson Palmer as USC's most prolific TD passer with his 74th career TD pass.

USC was inactive in week 2.


Omar Jacobs, QB, Bowling Green Falcons
6'4" 224 lbs. - Junior - 80th ranked high school QB when entering college

Pass / Rush Stats
Comp
Att
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Wisconsin
29
50
440
4
1
7
-23
0

Jacobs started where he left off in 2004. He had over 300 yards passing in the first half, but it couldn't help the Bowling Green Falcons to the victory. Omar displayed great leadership abilities and superb command of the offense.

Pass / Rush Stats
Comp
Att
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Ball State
16
24
289
5
0
5
85
1

Omar again played very well, and this time Bowling Green won against Ball State. It looks like a repeat performance as Jacobs continues to put up huge numbers in every game. Nine TDs and 2 INTs is a pretty good way to start off a season.


Vince Young, QB, Texas Longhorns
6'5" 230 lbs. - Junior - 2nd ranked high school QB when entering college

Pass / Rush Stats
Comp
Att
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus UL-Lafayette
13
17
173
3
1
7
49
1

Vince Young did not overlook UL-Lafayette. He played an efficient game, and the Longhorns marched on. Young threw for 3 TDs and ran another one in. Young had the support of a solid run game with freshmen Jamaal Charles leading the way. He is always a threat to run as evidenced by his gaudy YPC.

Pass / Rush Stats
Comp
Att
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Ohio State
18
29
270
2
2
20
76
0

Young had a huge game and came up big late in the 4th quarter. He had a TD pass with less than 3 minutes left in the game, putting the Longhorns in the lead. The Buckeye defense was geared to stop Young and they simply could not. He had 20 carries in this game, and was a threat every time he touched the ball.


Reggie McNeal, QB, Texas A&M Aggies
6'2" 206 lbs. - Senior - 3rd ranked high school QB when entering college

Pass / Rush Stats
Comp
Att
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Clemson
8
16
110
1
1
9
100
0

Reggie McNeal led a late TD drive and connected on a 31-yard TD pass in what could've been a game winner. A late field goal enabled Clemson to beat the Aggies, but McNeal looked sharp. Reggie will look to pass for more yards in future games.

The Aggies were inactive in week 2.


Brad Smith, QB, Missouri Tigers
6'2" 210 lbs. - Senior

Pass / Rush Stats
Comp
Att
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Arkansas State
29
37
317
4
0
12
95
0

Brad Smith has an NFL-caliber arm, and was able to display that with much authority versus Arkansas State. As a freshmen he became just the 2nd player in NCAA history to pass for over 2,000 yards in a season & rush for over 1,000 yards. Missouri fans believe that the coaching staff is trying to handcuff Smith in the pocket too much. It looks as though this season will be different.

Pass / Rush Stats
Comp
Att
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus New Mexico
32
55
248
1
2
29
165
3

Smith had a monster game against the Lobos. And that is an understatement. He threw 2 costly interceptions but did just about everything in his power to help the Tigers win. Smith showed off his great running ability and sub 4.4 speed, scoring 3 TDs on the ground.


Reggie Bush, RB, USC Trojans
6'0" 200 lbs. - Junior - 5th ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Hawaii
12
86
2
4
58
0

The President again showed why he's the flashiest playmaker in college football today. He ran all over the Hawaii defense, and had 4 receptions where he picked up some great yardage. The air is electric every time Bush has the football and this season should be a great one for him.

USC was inactive in week 2.


DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis Tigers
5'10" 217 lbs. - Senior - 66th ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Ole Miss
24
85
0
2
14
0

DeAngelo Williams was on his way to becoming a 1st round pick when disaster struck. He broke his leg in the Motor City Bowl and decided to go back to college for his senior season. He was 3rd in the NCAA in 2004 with 1,948 yards and 22 TDs He will need to regain that status and prove that he will overcome that injury in 2005.

Memphis was inactive in week 2.


LenDale White, RB, USC Trojans
6'2" 235 lbs. - Junior - 7th ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Hawaii
13
69
0
-
-
-

LenDale had limited playing time in the Trojans' romp on Hawaii. He has led the team in rushing the last 2 years and is often overshadowed by Reggie Bush. Fantasy owners should consider White the better pro prospect. Bush is flashy, but LenDale is a workhorse that can wear down defenses.

USC was inactive in week 2.


Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota Golden Gophers
5'11" 205 lbs. - Junior - 42nd ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Tulsa
21
203
2
-
-
-

Maroney starts the 2005 season as the featured runner. No longer does he have to share the spotlight with Marion Barber III (4th round pick by Dallas). He started out 2005 with a bang against an overmatched Tulsa defense. Maroney is out to prove that he is durable enough to play a full season and make it as an early round pick.

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Colorado State
26
133
2
1
14
0

Laurence had a good game against the CSU Rams, as the Golden Gophers took advantage of a weak Rams defense. The defense was keying on Maroney which allowed the rest of the team to thrive. Laurence still did his job as the workhorse back that the Gophers can rely on every week.


Leon Washington, RB, Florida State Seminoles
5'9" 202 lbs. - Senior - 8th ranked high school WR when entering college

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Miami
13
57
0
1
14
0

Washington converted from WR to RB early in his career at FSU. Each year he seemingly is on his way to a great season when an injury derails his progress. His senior season will still have him splitting carries with Lorenzo Booker. Washington needs to stay on the field and prove to scouts that he can take the punishment of a full season.

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus The Citadel
7
30
1
1
8
0

The Seminoles rolled over the Citadel 62-10. Leon was a bigger part of the game plan, but still FSU split the carries between 4 backs. Once ahead, the Seminoles pulled some of their playmakers and let the backups play. FSU is a pass happy team, but Washington just needs to stay healthy because the scouts are watching him closely.


Martin Nance, WR, Miami (OH) Redhawks
6'5" 215 lbs. - Senior

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Ohio State
-
-
-
9
106
0

Martin Nance set team records for receptions and yards in a season in 2003. His playing time was cut short in 2004 with a knee injury suffered against Marshall. His has legitimate 4.4 speed and was Big Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target.

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Central Michigan
-
-
-
7
104
1

Nance scored his first TD of the season as the Redhawks beat the Chippewas. Martin is a freak of nature with his tall frame, long arms, and super-freak speed. It was difficult for the Central Michigan DBs to jam him at the line and he had another 100-yard performance.


Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona State Sun Devils
6'2" 197 lbs. - Senior

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Temple
-
-
-
3
53
2

Hagan is the perfect possession receiver. He has great hands and is a polished route runner that can get open on some of the top corners in the game today. Derek started his 2005 season off with a bang. Expect some big things from Hagan this year.

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Louisiana State
-
-
-
7
95
0

Hagan failed to score against the Bayou Bengals, but did have a long reception of 24 yards. His run after the catch ability can create mismatches for an opposing defense. Derek should continue to put up nice numbers this year.


Jarrett Hicks, WR, Texas Tech Red Raiders
6'4" 209 lbs. - Junior

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Florida International
-
-
-
-
-
-

The Red Raiders were inactive for the first week of college football.

In week 2 they romped Florida International 53-3. Jarrett Hicks was suspended for disciplinary reasons and will have to wait for his start to the 2005 season. Hicks is one of the best return men in the game today.


Mike Hass, WR, Oregon State Beavers
6'1" 209 lbs. - Senior

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Portland State
-
-
-
9
155
1

Hass averaged an amazing 22 yards per reception in 2003. His YPC fell to 16 yards (still very respectable) last season. Hass is considered one of the best split ends in college football. He is very dangerous after the catch and has long speed.

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Boise State
-
-
-
11
178
1

Hass had another big game against Boise State.


Steve Smith, WR, USC Trojans
6'1" 195 lbs. - Junior - 3rd ranked high school WR when entering college

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Hawaii
-
-
-
7
185
1

Steve Smith is a great playmaker that is expected to break out in 2005. He broke his leg in the 2004 season but still ended up 3rd on the team in receptions. Smith is Leinart's favorite target and should lead the Trojans in receiving as they march towards a possible 3rd straight national championship.

USC was inactive in week 2.


That'll do it for the Ones 2 Watch Weeks 1 & 2 wrap up. Make sure to check out The Dark Phoenix to read up on more great college football action. Whether they are top prospects or come out of nowhere, these players will soon be in fantasy drafts all across the nation.

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