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College Gridiron Showcase Week 1 Standouts and Studs

Cedric Byrd had a monster week for Hawaii this week. He landed on my radar after the monster game this week against Arizona.

NFL Draft Diamonds has teamed up with the College Gridiron Showcase in Texas and this All-Star event is to help give seniors an opportunity to showcase their abilities in front of NFL scouts. Week 1 had some amazing games and some close finishes, but there were five seniors who really caught my eye. Let’s talk about these five players and how Draft Diamonds and the CGS really thought they had a standout game week 1.

Cedric Byrd, WR, Hawaii – The 5090 senior wide receiver had himself a game this week against Arizona. Hawaii won the game and it was because Byrd went off. The Los Angeles native hauled in 14 receptions for 224 yards and 4 touchdowns. He averaged 16 yards per reception and gave Arizona fits all night long. Byrd is a sleeper and we are on him and tracking him this season! Great game Cedric.

Eric Lee, S, Nebraska – I was watching the South Alabama game this week because I love small schools and Eric Lee jumped off the film. The 6000 safety from Milton, Mass was a dog for the Cornhuskers. He finished the game with 2 interceptions and three tackles. He looked great in coverage and had a really solid game helping the Cornhuskers win 35-21.

Benny Lemay, RB, Charlotte – Benny shined this week against FCS opponent Gardner-Webb. The 5090, running back from Matthews, North Carolina finished the game with 120 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just 16 carries. Lemay was rumbling and averaged 7.5 yards per carry. His father contacted NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot and said keep an eye out for his son, and boy did he deliver. He has my attention and he was elusive. Thanks for the heads up on Benny!

Kendall Coleman, DL, Syracuse – As you know I am from the Buffalo area, so wanted to see well Syracuse would do this year against Liberty in their first game moving up to the FBS. Coleman was a force off the edge. The 6030, 253-pound pass rusher from Indianapolis had a great game. He came away with 3 tackles and 2 sacks in the game. I like this kid and feel he has great size and speed for the next level.

Aaron Parker, WR, Rhode Island – I have to add a small schooler because he absolutely balled out this week. The 6030, 191-pound pass-catcher from Brandywine, Maryland had an amazing game. Parker went off on Ohio of the MAC. There was not a DB on the Bobcats defense that could contain him. He finished the game with 9 receptions for 144 yards and 1 touchdown.

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