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Plant Your Flag: Week 4 preview

Week 3 is in the books, and our SEC Plant Your Flag players are back for Week 4. Let’s see how the guys’ favourite CFB players for 2020 are getting on as the season heats up.

Ash’s picks 

QB – Justin Fields, Ohio State

Week 3: no fixture

Week 4: no fixture

Fields won’t see action until October 24th, when Nebraska visit Columbus. The Huskers were 11th in points allowed in 2019, and have lost all three starting linemen from last year. Expect Fields to light it up from the get-go. A late start to the Big Ten season means that any hope Fields had of beating Trevor Lawrence to the #1 overall pick is gone.

RB – Kylin Hill, Mississippi State

Week 3: no fixture

Week 4: @LSU

If Mike Leach is to get off to a winning start as the Bulldogs’ Head Coach, he will need Hill to hit the ground running. The Tigers are a far cry from the 2019 outfit that shocked the world of college football. Hill’s draft stock will rocket if he can be utilised in the passing game. With Leach and new QB K.J. Costello, the Bulldogs can expect to implement a pass-heavy offense. If Kylin Hill can carve out a role in the passing game, he’ll be hot property by April.

WR – Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State

Week 3: Won 16-7 v. Tulsa

Week 4: v. West Virginia

The Cowboys stuttered to victory in their season opener v. Tulsa. Tylan Wallace still managed to lead the team in receiving yards, with 94 yards from 4 receptions. Oklahoma State ran the ball 50 times in Week 3 to just 20 pass attempts. All three QBs saw game time last weekend. Both Cowboys fans and Wallace will be expecting stability at the position in Week 4. They come up against a West Virginia side that finished 5-7 in the Big 12 last year. The Mountaineers are strong on defense, and had 4 sacks and 9 tackles for loss last weekend. That being said, expect Wallace to lead the team in receiving again in Week 4.

TE – Kyle Pitts, Florida

Week 3: no fixture

Week 4: @ Ole Miss

There are three Tight Ends in the conversation for a Round 1 pick in the 2021 Draft. Only one of them, Brevin Jordan, has taken to the field so far this year. Jordan had 120 yards and a touchdown against Louisville in Week 3. Pitts doesn’t have to wait long to make his first claim for the mantle of best Tight End in the draft class. Florida are heavy favourites to beat Ole Miss this weekend, and don’t be surprised if Pitts leads the team in receiving. Big guys can’t keep up with his speed, and smaller defenders can’t handle his size and catch radius. Expect big things from Pitts in Week 4 and beyond.

Tom’s picks 

QB – Trey Lance, North Dakota State

Week 3: no fixture

Week 4: no fixture

Lance will be playing just once in 2020, against Central Arkansas on October 3rd. A lack of action could hurt his stock significantly if he decides to declare for the draft. More likely is that he returns to North Dakota in 2021 and lights it up.

RB – Travis Etienne, Clemson

Week 3: 49-0 v. The Citadel

Week 4: v. UVA

The best running back in college ball had just 8 carriers in Clemson’s blowout win over The Citadel last week. It was enough to lead his team in carries, but accounted for just 24% of touches. Expect a higher portion of carries this week, as UVA presents a modicum of competition that The Bulldogs failed to provide in Week 3. The Cavaliers had a 9 win season in 2019, thanks largely to a defense that ranked 26th in the country. Leading tackler Zane Zandier will be tasked with stuffing the run game, but Etienne and Clemson should have too much quality for their opponents.

WR – Tamorrion Terry

Week 3: Lost 16-13 v. Georgia Tech

Week 4: @ Miami

It was a disappointing start to life in Tallahassee for Mike Norvell. The Seminoles lost a narrow game to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Quarterback James Blackman had just 198 passing yards in Week 3, and the big-bodied Terry accounted for 52 of these. It was surprising to see sophomore running back Jashaun Corbin lead the team in receptions. The Week 4 match-up v. Miami could be good news for Terry. In a game where they could fall behind early, Blackman could be forced to air it out in search of touchdowns. If that is the case, Terry remains the main deep threat target for a program hoping to improve on last year’s 6-7 record.

TE – Pat Freiermuth, Penn State

Week 3: no fixture

Week 4: no fixture

Like Justin Fields, Freiermuth will have to wait until late October to open his account for the season. The most complete all-round prospect based on tape so far, Freiermuth should have no concerns about his draft stock come April. His season starts when The Nittany Lions visit Indiana. Penn State are 22-1 v. The Hoosiers in the Big Ten. It should be a happy return to the field for Freiermuth when the two eventually meet.

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