“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:
VOSEAN JOSEPH, OLB, FLORIDA
Another Florida Gator in the weekly six pack (Jachai Polite last week), and they rightfully deserve it. Joseph played like he was possessed by a demon against LSU despite getting banged up several times throughout the game with various knocks and toughing through it. The 6'1" 227-pound junior compiled 14 tackles (42 on the season) and tacked on two sacks as a blitzer against the number five team in the country. The Florida Gators have exceeded expectations under new head coach Dan Mullen and Joseph's play in the second level behind a dynamic pass rush is a huge reason why.
DEXTER WILLIAMS, RB, NOTRE DAME
Williams missed the first four games of the season for the Irish due to undisclosed disciplinary issue, but he has more than atoned for that absence since returning to the team. In just two games, Williams has 39 carries (more than he had all of last season) and has 339 yards and 4 TDs for a whopping 8.9 yards per carry, including a 97 yard touchdown run. Williams is a blur in the open field and he's not built like a typical scat back at 5'11 215-pounds. Ever since Ian Book and Dexter Williams have returned to carry this offense, Notre Dame has been virtually unstoppable and look destined for a playoff birth.
BRADLEE ANAE, DE, UTAH
Utes junior edge rusher Bradlee Anae had one of the most "wow" plays by a college football defender that I've seen in a while when he absolutely threw Stanford's running back like he was a sack of dirty laundry. Utah has had some good veteran pass rushers move on to the NFL in recent years in Hunter Dimick and Kylie Fitts, and Anae can be the next in line. Only a junior, Anae has some freaky athleticism and plays the edge with tenacity, registering 16 tackles and four sacks in only four games this year. Anae certainly has earned our attention.
JACE STERNBERGER, TE, TEXAS A&M
A transfer from Kansas, if you passed Sternberger on the street, you would never take him for a football player. With that being said, Sternberger has shown impressive athleticism and concentration as a receiver this year and may have been the lone reason why Texas A&M churned out a close win against an undefeated Kentucky team this week when he caught an deflected pass off his own receiver's hands for a house call. After posting only one career catch for five yards in 2016, Sternberger already has 22 catches for 351 yards (16.0 average) and 5 TDs for the Aggies this year. Sternberger is only a redshirt junior, but with a fairly weak tight end class in 2018, he may want to consider declaring.
BROCK PURDY, QB, IOWA STATE
Who the hell is this kid and where did he come from? After injuries sidelined Kyle Kempt and Zeb Noland, it was true freshman Brock Purdy who had to step in and help Iowa State win its first game at Stillwater since Sage Rosenfels in 2000. Reports state that his Cyclones teammates absolutely adore Purdy, who put up 318 passing yards and was the leading rusher from both teams with 84 yards on the ground. Purdy can spin it and certainly has the makings to be that next Baker Mayfield personality in the Big 12. I really prefer not to list freshman in this column, but man, color me impressed.
JORDAN CRONKRITE, RB, SOUTH FLORIDA
A transfer from Florida, Cronkrite was unstoppable this week on his way to a jaw-dropping 302 rushing yards this week. Granted, it was against UMass, but Cronkrite was a highly-touted runner who may have found a perfect fit at USF under Charlie Strong. The Bulls will be playing on prime time this week Friday at 7pm EST against Tulsa and I am looking forward to tuning in to studying the junior more.