Truly every player is worth watching in week five, because they’re all talented enough to play in the country’s best conference. But let’s key in on these six for different reasons:
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Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: Could UCF be Clowney’s breakout game? We keep waiting on the country’s most gifted defensive player to have a big game. He’s affected the game, but his numbers aren’t as dominant as most perceived they would be. I’m not overreacting to his slow start, because he’s going to make plays, but let’s see how UCF handles Clowney. He’s recorded two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss through three games.
Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU: All the talk surrounds QB Zach Mettenberger for Saturday’s game, but Hill is the lifeblood of a much-improved offense. He rushed for 183 yards and three TDs against Auburn, and we’re going to find out if Georgia’s defense can make a statement. They improved against North Texas, but LSU is a totally different animal. Both defensive coordinators have lost sleep over stopping each other’s running game. But particularly for Georgia and Todd Grantham, LSU’s offense goes through Jeremy Hill.
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Tyler Murphy, QB, Florida: The no-name two-star QB now takes the reins of one of the most followed programs in college football. There’s a difference in coming off the bench and starting a game, and we’re going to find out whether last week was Fool’s Gold. The offense looked efficient and effective under Murphy, and little did he know he would be one of the biggest stories during this season. Yes, it’s Kentucky, but let’s see how he handles his first (road) start.
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia: He’s torching defenses and playing the position arguably higher than anyone in college football. Murray is completing an astounding 72 percent of his passes. He’s thrown for 1,040 yards, seven TDs and just two INTs, and he leads the SEC in QB rating at over 200. And he gets yet another top 10 team with a good defense in the Tigers. Can he do it again? Is this Murray’s year? If he torches the Tigers’ secondary Saturday, he will have thrown himself square into the mix for the Heisman, an award he cares nothing about.
Jeff Scott, RB, Ole Miss: Great Scott is Ole Miss’ most important player outside of QB Bo Wallace. He’s Hugh Freeze’s ultimate weapon, averaging a nasty 9.43 yards per carry. He’ll truly never get the respect he deserves playing in Freeze’s system, but he’s also a weapon on special teams, which will be key against Alabama. Scott’s versatility allows him to line up in the backfield or in the slot, and he’s a big-play threat every time he touches the ball.
TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama: When is he going to go full Yeldon? He has all the talent in the world in the perfect system, and he’s averaging over 5.5 yards per carry. So, why doesn’t Alabama feed him the football? My guess is they give Yeldon 25-plus carries this week against Ole Miss. The running game will jumpstart an overall struggling offense. Yeldon is one to watch Saturday.
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