Each week, The Game Haus will highlight five players to watch from college football games featuring Associated Press Top 25 teams. From established stars to players on the verge of breaking out, we’ll offer some names to remember every week of the college football season.
Here’s a look at five players to watch in Week 2 (All times Eastern):
Josh Black, DT, No. 21 Syracuse
Matchup: at Maryland, Noon, Saturday
Breakdown: The Orange find themselves in for a real challenge against a Maryland squad that beat Howard 79-0 in its opener. However, Syracuse shut out Liberty and Black was a big reason he’s one of our players to watch in Week 2. Black recorded four tackles, two of the Orange’s eight sacks and recovered a fumble. They might need that type of performance from the junior again this weekend.
Kellen Mond, QB, No. 12 Texas A&M
Matchup: at No. 1 Clemson, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: Let’s face it, Texas A&M will need to do a lot of things right in order to pull off the upset at Clemson. Strong play from Mond should be at the top of the list. Clemson held Georgia Tech to less than 300 yards of total offense, recorded four sacks and forced four turnovers last weekend. We hear a lot about Mond’s progression, now is the time to see how far he’s really come as one of the players to watch in Week 2.
Adrian Martinez, QB, No. 25 Nebraska
Matchup: at Colorado, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: Martinez was knocked out of the game by the Buffaloes defense in Nebraska’s home loss in this matchup last season. The all-purpose threat and his Cornhusker teammates get a shot at some redemption this weekend in Boulder. However, things might be even tougher for the visiting signal-caller in his first big test of the 2019 season.
Grant Delpit, S, No. 6 LSU
Matchup: at No. 9 Texas, 7:30 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: LSU’s talented defense is probably the biggest reason it’s favored this weekend in Austin. Delpit is arguably the best defensive back in the country, and the secondary is the strength of the Tigers defense. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is eager to prove he’s capable of taking the Longhorns to great heights this season. Here’s his first chance to do so with one of the best in the business trying to stop him as one of our players to watch in Week 2.
Cameron Scarlett, RB, No. 23 Stanford
Matchup: at USC, 10:30 p.m. Saturday
Breakdown: With star tackle Walter Little out and quarterback K.J. Costello questionable to to face the Trojans, a bulk of the offensive load could fall on the senior Scarlett. He delivered a workmanlike 97 yards on the ground in last weekend’s win over Northwestern and that same type of effort might be needed this weekend. USC allowed 206 rushing yards to Fresno State last week.