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Hula Bowl Stars | 10 players who shined like stars in Week 2 of College Football

NFL Draft Diamonds continues to showcase players who shined in week 2 of college football. We focus on ten players who shined this past week including some top NFL talent.

NFL Draft Diamonds recently teamed up with the Hula Bowl as their scouting staff. We are excited to bring you a list of 10 prospects that shined in week 2 of College football. Make sure you check out the article and give Antoine a follow! 

By: Antoine Tshiyombo @draftday101
  1. C.J Verdell RB Oregon vs Ohio State: Verdell was the clear-cut MVP of the game he showed great contact balance and broke a 77-yard Touchdown and averaging 8.4 yards a carry and is now at 6.4 for the season. Verdell married the offensive line the way you have to to have that level of success and that translates to the next level. 
  2. Dai’Jean Dixon WR Nicholls State vs Louisiana: had 14 Receptions and just big boy The Ragin Cajuns they could not match his size and athletic ability with Two TDs and 198. He was a guy who many thought would have been in the class in 2021 but used his extra year due to COVID. 
  3. Matt Hankins Safety Iowa vs Iowa State: all though he is playing CB at Iowa and doing it well he is projected to likely move to Safety by a lot of guys including me at the next level. He showed great ball skills last week vs Iowa State walking away with a pair of interceptions and a pass break up vs in-state rival Iowa State. Matt also was solid in run support and showing why the transition his 6th year at the school is so far been his best after playing well vs Indiana the previous week. 
  4. Cam Smith CB South Carolina vs East Carolina: Now a full-time starter after replacing 1st round pick Jaycee Horn. Cam Had a stellar day allowing only one catch-all day on 27 Coverage snaps. He also displayed great tackling and could be a name we start hearing sneaking into conversations if he plays like this in conference play. 
  5. Tyler Linderbaum Center Iowa: wasn’t as flawless as he usually is in pass protection saw him get beat once didn’t allow a sack but did lose a pass rep. However, his Run blocking vs Iowa State was stuff you should show in the coaching clinic on leverage and balance from the center position. 
  6. Jake Haener QB Fresno State vs Cal Poly: I know people are going to say it was only Cal Poly. Fresno State has more talent but it has been several weeks in a row where Haener played outstanding ball and I can’t ignore how well he played. Has now 8 touchdowns and 0 interceptions with 3 Tds on the ground he keeps this up All-Star game invites are going to come. 77.3 with 380 yards vs anyone is hard.
  7. Deven Thompkins WR Utah State vs North Dakota: Had 172 Receiving yards on 8 catches and TD blew passes the North Dakota defenders with outstanding speed this 5”8 155 jitter big might not be a full time outside guy but he is explosive he had a 94-yard performance the previous week vs Washington State with a TD.
  8. Chase Garbers QB California vs TCU: headed to Fort Worth and didn’t walk away with a win but boy did he put on a show displaying outstanding accuracy and feel down the field attacking with great touch what he lacked in arm talent he made up with poise and accuracy and mobility scoring two touchdowns in the air and one very clutch run. He may be a candidate to be a frontline backup
  9. Andrew Vorhees OG Southern California vs Stanford: USC lost and got blown out and would lead you to believe that everyone played bad but not Vorhees the left guard was mulling and was elite at opening holes and was flawless in pass Protection moving forward he is going to be a guy guys must start accounting for as a candidate for future NFL starter. 
  10. Trey McBride TE Colorado State vs Vanderbilt: now leading the country in reception by adding 9 more catches vs Vanderbilt and a touchdown. McBride is making a name for himself matching his season totals he hasn’t been running short routes he has been down the field and been stressed the back 7.

Honorable mention: Hassan Haskins RB Michigan vs Washington: pulled off 27 attempts 155-yard game with a TD  for the day. Hassan is having a career year so far.

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