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College Gameday: Steelers 2022 Potential Draft Prospects and Open Thread

college football is back so we start the look into the 2022 prospect watch list

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 09 Michigan at Nebraska Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Welcome to Week 9 of the college football season!

There’s a decent slate of action this weekend and with the weather report calling for rain in the Mid Atlantic, what else is there to do. Who am I kidding, it could be sunny and 75 and I would be watching college football. Enough about me and the weather, let’s get to this week’s action.


Michigan Wolverines #6 at Michigan State Spartans #8 Noon on FOX

The game dubbed as Big Brother vs. Little Brother will feature two undefeated teams vying not only for the Big Ten Championship but for a possible spot in the College Playoffs. This is only the fifth meeting where both schools are ranked in the Top 10.

Rivalry Trophy: Paul Bunyan Trophy

Michigan

Aidan Hutchinson #97 EDGE 6”5” 265lbs - appears to be fully healthy and it’s showing up on the field.

Chris Hinton #15 IDL 6’4” 310lbs

Daxton Hill #30 SAF 6’ 192lbs - Steelers may be in need of a Safety once again. Hill has some serious athletic traits and the Steelers like their SPARQ. Brings solid coverage and tackling and is scheme flexible. Could he be the answer in the slot?

Michigan State

Kenneth Walker #9 RB 5’10” 210lbs - Heisman Trophy candidate

Jayden Reed #1 WR/KR/PR 6’ 185lbs - Will not wow you looking at his size but he is an exciting and explosive player.

Jacub Panasiuk #96 EDGE 6’4” 255lbs


Georgia Bulldogs #1 vs Florida Gators 3:30 on CBS

Not the rivalry that one would compare to an Alabama/Auburn game but a fierce rivalry non the less. One of a few rivalry games that are still held at a neutral site(Jacksonville). At the time of typing this neither team has named a starting quarterback. Not sure which team gains the advantage in this but in my opinion the true advantage goes to the best defense in the nation, and that’s Georgia’s.

Match Up Watch - Jamaree Salyer vs Zachary Carter

Rivalry Trophy: Okefenokee Oar

Georgia

Jamaree Salyer #69 LT 6’4” 325lbs

Adam Anderson #19 EDGE 6’5” 230lbs

Nakobe Dean #17 LB 6’ 225lbs

Jordan Davis #99 IDL 6’5” 330lbs

Florida

Kaiir Elam #5 CB 6’2” 192lbs - back in action after missing a few games.

Zachary Carter #6 EDGE 6’4” 260lbs

Brenton Cox #1 EDGE 6’4” 250lbs

Ventrell Miller ILB 6’1” 225lbs


Penn State Nittany Lions #20 at Ohio State Buckeyes #5 7:30 on ABC

The thing that stands out in this game is the match up between the Ohio State pass catchers vs the Penn State secondary. The Buckeyes are led by Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson who are possible first round prospects. Penn State has a a formidable pair of corners in Tariq Castro-Fields and a name that most Steeler fans will recognize, Joey Porter Jr.

I have highlighted Jaquan Brisker(SAF) in a previous article. Brisker is noted for his down hill play and ability to play the run. He will need his A game today because the Buckeyes will want to get the very talented freshman TreVeyon Henderson involved in the game early and often.

Penn State

Rasheed Walker #53 OT 6’5” 313lbs

Jahan Dotson #5 WR 5’11” 184lbs

Arnold Ebiketie #17 EDGE 6’3” 256lbs

Ellis Brooks #13 ILB 6’1” 241lbs

Brandon Smith #12 LB 6’3” 241lbs

Tariq Castro-Fields #5 CB 6’ 194lbs

Joey Porter Jr. #9 CB 6’2” 192lbs

Jaquan Brisker #7 SAF 6’1” 200lbs

Ohio State

Nicholas Petite-Frere #78 OT 6’5” 315lbs

Thayer Munford #75 G 6’6” 325lbs

Chris Olave #2 WR 6’1” 188lbs

Garrett Wilson #5 WR 6’ 192lbs

Jeremy Ruckert #88 TE 6’5” 250lbs

Zach Harrison #9 EDGE 6’6” 272lbs

Haskell Garrett #92 IDL 6’2” 300lbs

Sevyn Banks #7 CB 6’1” 200lbs

Marcus Hooker #23 SAF 5’11” 200lbs


Notable Games

Iowa #9 at Wisconsin Noon ESPN

Miami at Pittsburgh #17 Noon ACC Network

Ole Miss #10 at Auburn #18 7:00 ESPN

SMU #19 at Houston 7:00 ESPN2

Fresno State at San Diego State #21 10:30 CBS Sports Network


Let us know what games you are watching and who you would like to see in the Black and Gold. As always, stay safe and Go Steelers!