COLLEGE FOOTBALL SIX PACK: WEEK FOUR

September 24, 2018

“College Football Six-Pack” is a weekly feature posted every Monday where we spotlight six college football players who boosted their draft stock the most on our ScouTurf Big Board. We will try to keep it tailored to senior year players who are tethered to the 2019 draft, unless an underclassman absolutely wreaks havoc.

 

Let's crack open this week's six pack:

 

 

LOGAN TAGO, EDGE, WASHINGTON STATE

Listed at 6'3" 245-pounds, Tago was extremely active on Friday night against Pac 12 foe USC and was constantly in the Trojans backfield causing chaos. The club-handed Tago didn't have a jaw-dropping stat line (3 tackles) but he was consistent setting the edge and winning his individual match ups. The Samoa-born Tago has a lot of off-field baggage that scouts will have to sift through, accepting a plea bargain in January 2017 following second-degree robbery and fourth-degree assault charges  after a June 2016 incident where Tago stole a man's six pack of beer and then left him with a concussion. Although he's unlikely to get drafted (former teammate Hercules Mata'afa was a much more impactful player and didn't get selected), the redshirt senior could make a push to be invited to a camp or tryout if he can get his act together this year and add to his 1.0 career sack total.

 

 

REGGIE CORBIN, RB, ILLINOIS

Penn State may have dismantled Lovie Smith's Illinois squad this weekend, but one lining that was more silver than Lovie's beard was the performance of junior running back Reggie Corbin. A shifty, explosive runner, Corbin averaged 7.9 yards per carry against the Nittany Lions and has averaged 6.8 yards per carry so far in 2018. Corbin shares carries with another good-looking running back in sophomore Mike Epstein, so there won't be a ton of tread on his tires after his collegiate career, even if he returns to Champagne for his senior campaign next season. Corbin likely translates to a role player in the NFL and will need to show some more consistency as a receiver and pass blocker to have third down back value.

 

 

TERRY BECKNER JR, DT, MISSOURI

Mizzou had a tough task taking on number two ranked Georgia in Columbia this past weekend, but their defense really held up their end of the bargain for the most part, as turnovers were what really did the Tigers in. One player who was an anchor on the defensive line was Terry Beckner Jr., constantly showing violent hands to shed blocks and get interior penetration. Beckner isn't a flashy player and doesn't notch a ton of sacks, but is extremely effective in doing his job and collapsing rushing lanes.

 

 

ISAIAH ZUBER, WR, KANSAS STATE

Zuber had some big shoes to fill this season sliding in to Byron Pringle's spot as the go-to receiver in the Wildcats offense, but so far, so good for the 6'0" 180-pound redshirt junior. Following a 7 catch 144 yard performance last week against UTSA, Zuber kept the momentum rolling hauling in 10 catches for 133 yards in a Bill Snyder offense that is not known for throwing the football. Zuber was able to create consistent separation with crisp route running and hauled in contested catches with aplomb despite his height disadvantage. While I wouldn't urge Zuber to drop everything and declare for the draft after this season, he is certainly starting to build some momentum and needs to continue to show up despite likely limited targets this season.

 

 

CADEN STERNS, SS, TEXAS

He's only a freshman, but man have the Longhorns found the alpha of their secondary or what? Stern has three interceptions across his first four collegiate games and there is little doubt already that Sterns is a three-and-out talent who will be a high draft pick come 2021. Sterns has already demonstrated exceptional range, closing speed, and play recognition and is staking an early claim to being the best Longhorns defensive back since Earl Thomas. In a statement win over a difficult adversary in TCU, Sterns was the best player among a defensive unit that played very well as a whole.

 

 

JUSTIN HERBERT, QB, OREGON

A first round prospect heading into the season on many pundits' draft boards, I know Herbert isn't exactly an under the radar gem that I like to gravitate towards in this column. With that being said, this was my first exposure to Herbert where I was able to actually sit and study every single one of this throws across sixty-plus minutes. Herbert was deliberate in his decision-making with a quick stroke and fantastic ball placement and his arm strength and anticipation allowed him to force feed Dillon Mitchell. At 6'6", Herbert looks every part of a franchise NFL quarterback and his athleticism as a runner in the open field was very impressive. I would have liked him to win the game in overtime for his team, but after watching Herbert and Drew Lock (who played much, much better than his stat line would indicate), Herbert is our early QB1 and I don't see that changing throughout the course of the season.

 

 

 

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