The very best offensive weapons in faculty soccer 2021
They are the X-factors that can change the dynamics of the game with every move.
These star-studded players deserve all of their accolades for the hard work they’ve put in, but some are just cracking the surface of their potential. Having a killer instinct and a grasp of the end zone gives these individuals the edge and separates them from the others on the grate.
The college football world will once again see the offensive power these student athletes bring to their respective teams and how they dominate on the fall Saturdays.
Deuce Vaughn, RB, State of Kansas: He is always a threat when he touches the ball. Vaughn can hurt the defense with his hands and legs outside the backcourt. Despite being short and not ideally tall, Vaughn makes the most of his touch. Last season as a true newcomer, the native Texan exceeded the mark of the century in three games and had 129 yards in a stunning win over Oklahoma. Vaughn also averaged over five yards per carry. The quickness to maneuver linebackers and the speed to overtake defensive backs makes Vaughn one of the deadliest weapons in the Big 12 this fall. Now that his feet got wet feet in Courtney Messingham’s offense, expect some wrinkles, designed for Vaughn to keep the second year defenders in the dark.
Jaylen Hall, WR, West Michigan: The former two-star contender is one of the most underrated recipients in all of college football. Hall has 39 catches and 11 touchdowns in the last three seasons, including seven in 2020. He has scored at least one touchdown in every game he played last year. Playing enemies in the state seems to get the most out of a native Michigan. He went over 100 yards and caught two touchdowns each against Central and Eastern Michigan. The six foot four, 185 pound hall is an edge mismatch and has the reach to catch the ball at its highest point where other defensive backs can’t. Hall is likely to be quarterback Kaleb Eleby’s number 1 target this fall, and the duo’s chemistry has been promising so far.
Kevin Harris, RB, South Carolina: This fall, Shane Beamer will be his first rodeo in the almighty SEC as head coach, and he will inherit the best rusher in the league. Harris proved he was the real dealer last year when he finished the regular season as the league’s rushing champion. He went over 100 yards in three conference games, but also surpassed the 200-yard mark in two other clashes. Harris scored five touchdowns at Ole Miss, which was arguably the best performance of any running in 2020. The native Georgian also caught four passes each in three other conference tilts. Beamer will likely count on a heavy dose of Harris early on as the Gamecocks navigate one of the nation’s toughest schedules. Harris has the chance to be South Carolina’s first 1,000-yard rusher in a row since George Rogers.
Charlie Kolar, TE, State of Iowa: He is one of two finalists for the John Mackey Award to return this fall. Kolar is a two-time all-big 12 tight-end first-team man who plays like a man among the boys. For a player who is six feet tall and weighs 260 pounds, Kolar uses his frame so fluidly that it makes everything look effortless. Kolar may get all the attention, but teammate Chase Allen is just as solid, adding a two-headed monster to the Iowa State offense at the end. For the past three seasons, Kolar has been arguably the most productive tight end in the game with 106 receptions, 1,425 yards and 17 touchdown catches in that period. His presence gives the Cyclones the credibility they deserve as a top 10 team this coming fall. College football fanatics must mark their calendars for October 3rd when Kolar returns to Norman to face Oklahoma.
Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame: Even though the Fighting Irish will bring in a new quarterback this fall, Williams still puts credibility on the offensive. In his first season as a full-time starter, Williams finished ninth in the FBS at Rushing Yards, earned the second team All-ACC and led the league in Carrys. He also beat the mark of the century at a rapid pace in six different conference bouts, scoring 13 touchdowns on the ground, making it the tenth best in the country. In addition to having a workhorse, Williams is a threat in passing, with 35 catches from the backcourt last season. The Fighting Irish will likely have to rely on their versatility early this fall as the offense gets used to the new signal caller and inexperienced offensive line.
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas: The former five-star contender showed highlights as a real newcomer last season. Robinson averaged 8.2 yards per carry and topped the century mark in three of Texas’ last four games in 2020. He’s a versatile back ready to set the Big 12 on fire this fall. First year coach Steve Sarkisian broadened his offensive spirit in Alabama, and now Longhorn fans are hoping he’ll take the unit to the next level. Robinson will play a key role in Sarkisian’s plan regardless of who becomes Texas quarterback. The six-foot-tall, 222-pound Robinson is the size to ravage the defense but has to carry the ball 16 more times in a game. Sarkisian was effectively using Najee Harris from the backcourt, so expect to see Robinson’s receiving abilities used.
Cade Otton, TE, Washington: Last season he had twice as many receptions and points as all the other pass catchers in the huskies’ squad. Otton is arguably the best tight end in the Pac-12, if not in the entire FBS. In the past three seasons, he has made 63 receptions, 776 yards, and eight touchdown catches. Not to mention that most of Otton’s productions were made during his time as a backup and last year’s shortened season. All-Pac-12 won the first team and was just the start for the Washington native. The 6-foot, 250-pound Otton is slated to launch a monster campaign in 2021 and could lead the Huskies in every major reception category for a second year in a row. As long as Coach Jimmy Lake makes sure the right quarterback throws the ball to Otton, Washington’s offense should thrive.
Mohamed Ibrahim, RB, Minnesota: He is the No. 1 workhorse of the Power Five. Ibrahim can lay the gophers on his back and carry them to the finish line. The Maryland native had his coming-out party three seasons ago at the Quick Lane Bowl when he rumbled 224 yards across the floor. Now he’s approaching this fall as the only running back in the Power Five with two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Ibrahim is as durable as it gets, with three games of over 30 carries last season, including 41 against Maryland. Nothing is more valuable for an offense in the fourth quarter than a running back, which gets stronger with every carry. The constant hammering softens the defenses, rules out games and that is the unique quality that Ibrahim brings to Minnesota.
David Bell, WR, Purdue: It’s the most prolific receiver in the Big Ten, but it’s still flying under the radar. Bell is the only returning wideout in the league with a 1,000 yard season under his belt. The native Indianapoliser has caught 139 passes for 1,660 yards and 15 touchdown receptions in the past two seasons. During that time, Bell has a staggering 11 games with over 100 yards for the Boilermakers. Bell also chaired the conference on reception areas and per-game receptions in 2020. The six-foot, 205-pound Bell will be Purdue’s main recipient this fall, with Rondale Moore in the NFL. That means Bell is ready for its second 1,000 yard season in the past three years. If Jeff Brohm can finally get involved with a quarterback, the Boilermakers will have a chance of a winning season for the first time since 2017.
De’Montre Tuggle, RB, Ohio: After all these years, Frank Solich still knows how to hammer the football. The Bobcats finished 18th in the FBS in Rush Yards per game in 2020. Tuggle is a retired junior college transfer who ranked second in the nation in points per game and led Ohio in rushing last season. He scored one goal in every game, including Ohio’s last two, when he combined 324 yards on the ground and five roaring touchdowns. Tuggle is also a demon for special teams, returning a 93-yard kickoff for a score against Central Michigan. The 5-foot, 10-198-pound Tuggle has rolled over 1,047 yards and 17 roaring touchdowns in the past two years. Expect Tuggles production to get back on the Bobcats’ schedule with a full roster of games and he could be the Group of Five’s lead rusher in December.