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Star Search: Week 2 College Football Standouts

RB Standouts

Raheim Sanders, Arkansas (24 car/156 yds/2 TDs. 3 rec/30 yds)

The 6'2" Sophomore stood out against South Carolina, after a good performance last week versus Cincinnati. The 227lb RB has a blend of size and burst that serve him well. His most effective runs on the day were when he could break into space, surprising defenders with his speed, and using his size mismatch to power through DBs. His footwork can quickly redirect him into another running lane or angle. This Razorback should be watched throughout the season as a CFF producer and possible riser in the '24 class.

Evan Hull, Northwestern (17 car/65 yds/1TD. 14 rec/213 yds/1 TD)

Hull was had an incredible game, and his 213 yards on 14 receptions not only led all RBs, but the entire nation on the week. His vision and contact balance in running or receiving touches assist him the most when trying to gain extra yards. On passing plays, he plucks the ball out of the air, and immediately transitions into a runner after the catch. On a few plays, he even lined up in the slot. This kind of versatility and heavy usage make him valuable in CFF leagues, and could really boost his draft stock should he declare after the season.

Nicholas Singleton, Penn State (10 car/179 yds/2 TDs. 1 rec)

The number one RB recruit in the '22 class, this Freshman is not an unknown name in the CFF community, but last week may have been the performance he needed to become a CFF staple. In week one, the Nittany Lion had a difficult time establishing himself against Purdue, but after a game against Ohio where he averaged 17.9 yards per carry and ripped off two long touchdown runs, James Franklin may be forced to give him the ball even more often this season. If this happens, the 6ft 219lb Singleton could be a breakout player in CFF leagues, and quickly become an early round favorite in '25 rookie drafts.

Tight End Standouts

Tim Bullen

Joel Wilson, Central Michican (7-73-1)

Wilson has had a strong start to the 2022 CFF season. Having gone 6-64-0 vs Oklahoma State on opening weekend, he followed that up with a 7-73-1 day against Southern Alabama in week 2. Formerly a 2-star recruit who played QB in Petoskey, Michigan, his hands are sound and natural in a variety of targets and congestion. He has run routes on 82 of 101 passing downs through two weeks and is CFB’s second most targeted tight end to date, serving as an integral part of the Central Michigan passing attack. Whether setting up in-line or working from the slot (44 route run), he has versatility as an athlete as proven by the bulk of his yards coming with YAC (85) amidst an ADOT of 6.1. He has the size, hands, speed, and just enough hip-twist to create opportunities for himself and his team, but he’s not a force for separation and future pro-level stardom. Just a really fun MAC player who is heavily relied on by his team.

CJ Donaldson, West Virginia (3 rec/0 yds, 13 car/48 yds/2 TD)

Donaldson is listed as a tight end for West Virginia, although he may be in line for much, much more than that. The true freshman made his debut against Pitt and not much else has to be said about the game he had… as a running back. The true freshman carried the ball 7 times for 125 yards and 1 TD, and looked like a future star for CFB. Kansas was ready for Donaldson who was largely unable to get any explosive, chunk gains. Still, the ability he flashed from out-of-nowhere and the fact he's only a true freshman make him a priority add for CFF waivers that are soon approaching. Currently listed as a tight end on Fantrax, he's a cheat code for sneaking another RB into your lineup and still available in most leagues.

Kamari Morales, North Carolina (3-71-1)

The volume hasn't been elite and doesn't feel safe, as if all of this hyper-efficiency and big-play scoring has to bottom out for these North Carolina tight ends. However, with an average depth of target at 12.7 yards, boom-bust is the conversation we're having with a player like Morales. You won't feel comfortable starting him, but he is worth a stash.

Benjamin Yurosek, Stanford (5-45-0)

If you're into any of the good rookie media scouts who do a look-ahead pre-college football season, you've heard the name of Yurosek as it pertains to NFL dynasty formats. He's a Stanford product who has the size and speed for the NFL, and has also demonstrated the hands to be a clutch contributor in a variety of settings. He hasn't gotten rolling in the passing game yet, but a 50-yard reverse to the tight end should start warming up the car for the season ahead.

WR Standouts

Marvin Harrison Jr, Ohio St (9-7-184-3)

Only a true sophomore, Harrison Jr was able to fill the void left in Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s absence for the Buckeyes. Even with JSN likely to return this week, Harrison Jr is already up to 20 targets through 2 games and has become the key vertical weapon for C.J. Stroud. Harrison Jr has all the tools to be a top 5 WR the rest of the season.

Charlie Jones, Purdue (10-9-133-3)

Charlie Jones has had quite the journey in college football, going from the run-first Buffalo offense with Jaret Patterson to the disgraceful Iowa offense. He has finally found himself in a position to succeed with Purdue. He is the clear focal point of the offense with 28 targets through his first 2 games, and will continue to see double digit targets the rest of the season.

A.T. Perry, Wake Forest (10-5-142-1)

Now with Sam Hartman back in the mix at quarterback, Perry should see his target share increase. He is a big receiver with speed to burn down the sidelines, which makes him an excellent combination with Hartman. Although he may never see 12+ targets, his deep ball potential will keep his ceiling extremely high.

Zakhari Franklin, UTSA (12-10-122-2)

Already the best receiver in UTSA history, Franklin is the #1 target for Frank Harris in the Roadrunners pass-heavy attack. He will consistently be looking at double digit targets and already has 10 receptions in each of his first 2 games.

Bryce Ford-Wheaton, West Virginia (14-11-150-2)

Ford-Wheaton has improved his production incrementally in each of his first 4 seasons for WVU, but has taken off this year in his fifth season. He is the go-to guy for the Mountaineers in every area of the field and has already received 30 targets through 2 games. He has also found the endzone 4 times and will continue to be a dangerous weapon in the redzone due to his big frame and leaping ability.


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