Scooby Wright: LB, Arizona
vs. #9 UCLA, 7:00pm CT, ABC
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Philip "Scooby" Wright III is the best linebacker in the college game. Don't believe me? Lets take a look at whats sitting on his mantle: 2014 PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Year, 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award, 2014 Chuck Bednarik Award, 2014 Jack Lambert Award. Yeak, you could say Scooby's pretty good at sports.
So this guy's good, why's this week important? Top-10 opponent aside, this will be Wright's big return after tearing his meniscus in week 1. Playing through injury isn't something you see most top draft prospects do, but it's not surprising for Scooby - that's just the type of player he is. Wright profiles as only an averagely athletic linebacker, but possesses plus instincts, awareness, and leadership skills. The NFL player he gets compared to most? Luke Kuechly.
Trevone Boykin: QB, TCU
vs. Texas Tech, 3:45pm CT, FOX
Texas Tech may be unranked, but TCU is on upset-alert this week. To avoid embarrassment, Boykin is going to have to do his best to duplicate his performance from last week. Here's his line against SMU: 21 for 30, 451 yards, 5 TDs and 1 INT. As if that wasn't enough, Boykin also ran for 50 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
As a prospect, Boykin has taken a big step forward this year. Last year, he impressed with his natural athleticism and playmaking ability… but his game lacked that certain polish and poise scouts clamor for. This season he's shown improved pocket presence, the ability to look off coverage with his eyes, and a new knack for throwing guys open.
Ricky Seals-Jones: WR, Texas A&M
vs. Arkansas, 6:00pm CT, ESPN
Potential and hype. Those words have surrounded Seals-Jones since before he first stepped onto the grounds of College Station. While an Aggie, Seals-Jones has failed to live up to the hype, all while stirring up plenty of controversy. First there were the claims (from his own father) that other top programs had offered the 5-star recruit upwards of 600k to sign with them. It was completely unrelated to anything happening during the season, but hey, there's no such thing as bad publicity right? Then there was his arrest for disorderly conduct with the charges ultimately being dropped. If Seals-Jones wants to shake the baggage and live up to his raw physical potential (he's roughly 6'5, 235lbs and runs in the 4.5s range), the 2015 campaign is his best opportunity. With the Aggies flashing a much improved defense, and QB Kyle Allen being nothing short of spectacular, A&M could make a run at the title. What Seals-Jones does in the spotlight will determine how scouts view him come April.