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Dream Bowl Dominance: Week 1 players who caught the eye of the Dream Bowl

Albany’s DE/LB Eli Mencer made me pay attention this week. Mencer had a monstrous game against Central Michigan and really put on a show. His touchdown scoop was a great play.

The 8th Annual Dream Bowl will be played on January 20, 2019, and is one of the premier non-FBS football All-Star games in the Nation.  The Dream Bowl has seen multiple players drafted into the NFL from Chester Rogers to Tremon Smith.  This game has sent 100’s of players to the NFL, and we are excited to partner with them this year at NFL Draft Diamonds. We want to showcase and highlight several standouts from week 1 to let them know we are paying attention and watching their film!

Chris Oladokun, QB, Samford – The Former University of South Florida quarterback was a beast in week 1 of college football. Oladokun went off for Samford throwing for 553 yards in his first game at the FCS level. While Samford lost in double overtime to OVC powerhouse Tennessee Tech, the Tampa, Florida native tied records for passing touchdowns and touchdowns in his first ever game for the Bulldogs. He scored 7 times, six through the air and one on the ground.

Devin Mines, DB, Gardner Webb – The Charlotte, North Carolina native Devin Mines went off this week for GW.  Mines finished the game with a league leading 2 interceptions in his first action of the season. The 5’10 defensive back really had a solid game and was impressive even though they came up short against Charlotte and FBS team.  Mines finished the game with 7 tackles, and two interceptions.  He is on the Dream Bowl’s radar with yesterday’s game!

Brandon Carswell, DL, Delaware State – Carswell may not be the biggest guy in the world standing at 5’11 and weighing 250 pounds, but the kid is a savage when it comes to Special Teams This week Carswell blocked not one, but two field goals.  The Mount Vernon, Georgia native really blew my mind with the blocked kicks. Delaware State was beating up on Delaware but the Blue Hens came back.  Carswell was a former Savannah State transfer and let me tell you he is a freak athlete.

Brian Jenkins Jr.,WR, Alabama A&M University – Jenkins is only a sophomore but this kid exploded in week 1.  The 5’8 wide receiver from Daytona Beach blew up this weekend as he helped Aqeel Glass and AAMU slip past the Morehouse with a game winning catch to finish off the game. He finished the game with 12 receptions for 120 yards and 1 touchdown. Jenkins still has some time but he is a player to watch in the future.

Eli Mencer, DL/LB, Albany – If you want to catch the eye of a scout you perform the way Mencer did this week for Albany.  Mencer was a straight savage against Central Michigan. He scored on an amazing fumble recovery, and also a fumble forced to go along with a sack and two tackles for loss.  The 6010, 229 pound pass rusher from Altoona, Pennsylvania made me turn my head.  I am paying attention now Mr. Mencer. Way to shine!

Lujuan Winningham, WR, Central Arkansas – There is no way you can make an article and not put someone from Central Arkansas on it. They rallied to win this week over FBS opponent Western Kentucky, and it was a large part because of Lujuan Winningham. The 6030 wide out from Texas was unstoppable and made WKU look horrible.  He finished the game with 8 receptions for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns including an 80 yard reception. Winningham is fun to watch and still has two more years of eligibility.

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