TDN Power 5 Players of Week 2

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Week two of the college football season is in the books, which means we got another look at the potential stars of next year's NFL draft, as well as future classes. Each week, I'll be picking the players from each power-five conference who stood out the most. Thus, this is the second edition of TDN Power 5 Players of the Week.

Week 1 Players of the Week


Offense: Cam Akers, RB, Florida State - 36 carries for 193 rushing yards - 2 TD | 5 catches for 55 yards - 1 TD

Before the 2019 season, injuries and questions about underachieving clouded Cam Akers' projection to the next level. Through two games, Cam Akers has helped quiet those concerns with a pair of explosive performances. Akers was the only reason why Florida State beat UL-Monroe Saturday, as the team turned in a sloppy performance.

Defense: Tomon Fox, EDGE, North Carolina - 6 tackles | 3 sacks | 1 FF

Junior EDGE Tomon Fox burst onto the scene for the Tarheels in a big way against rival Miami. North Carolina won this game 28-25, and the biggest reason why was its defense. The headliner of this productive outing for the Heels was Fox, as he racked up three sacks and a forced fumble. Fox hasn't had more than four sacks in a season in his career, but in a different role this year as more of a pass rusher, he nearly beat that mark in one performance. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on going forward.

Big 10

Offense: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue - 13 catches for 220 yards - 1 TD

There's nothing much to say here that you all don't already know. Rondale Moore is one of the most electrifying playmakers the Big 10 has seen in years, and while only a sophomore, he is making his case as an early Heisman contender.

Defense: Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State - 5 tackles | 2 sacks

Kenny Willekes is the first player to receive back-to-back TDN Power 5 Player of the Week honors. Willekes once again was the biggest factor on the defensive side of the ball for the Spartans. His disruption as both a pass rusher and run defender makes him one of the hardest players to block in the nation, and I can assure you scouts are taking notice.

Big 12

Offense: Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas - 31/47 for 401 yards - 4 TD | 19 carries for 60 yards - 1 TD

Even though the Longhorns lost Saturday night, Sam Ehlinger's performance is truly deserving of Player of the Week honors. He essentially put up 500 total yards and five touchdowns against a top-tier SEC defense. This will look good on his resume for both Heisman voters and NFL evaluators.

Defense: AJ Green, CB, Oklahoma State - 1 INT for 27 yard TD

Green is one of the top senior cornerbacks in the Big 12, and on the very first play against McNeese State, he had a 27-yard house call. The best trait of Green's projection to the next level is his ball skills, and more games like this will only raise his draft stock.

PAC 12

Offense: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon - 19/26 for 310 yards - 5 TD

A nearly perfect game for one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2020 NFL draft. Herbert has all the tools -- and he showed why scouts love his projection in this game against Nevada. Not only did they beat the Wolfpack, they basically mercy ruled them 77-6. So those numbers Herbert put up were basically all in the first half.

Defense: Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah - 3 sacks

A lot of our staff members were incredibly high on Bradlee Anae heading into this CFB season, and his dominant performance against Northern Illinois shows why. He was unblockable with his combination of first-step quickness and speed-to-power conversion. More games like this will cement his stock as a top-100 prospect for the 2020 NFL draft.


Offense: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU - 31/39 for 471 yards - 4 TD

Saturday night was Joe Burrow's breakout party. Under the primetime spotlight, Burrow delivered the best performance of his collegiate career against a legitimate CFB playoff contender in Texas. Three LSU wide receivers had over 100 yards in this game, as that just speaks to the rhythm Burrow was in Saturday. He is quickly asserting himself as that "next" senior QB behind Justin Herbert.

Defense: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri - 7 tackles | 2 TFL | 2 INT | 1 TD

Honestly, I did not know much about Missouri's Nick Bolton before this week, but OH MY GOODNESS. This was single-handedly the best performance of any SEC defender in Week 2, and it's not even close. He led the team in tackles and had two interceptions, including one he took to the house. Bolton is only a true sophomore, but he is squarely putting his name on the scouting radar with games like this against West Virginia.