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Plant Your Flag: Week 5 preview

It’s time to see how our Plant Your Flag players are looking with Week 5 around the corner. Our Big Ten picks are still awaiting their season debuts, but there is a chance to see the lesser-spotted Trey Lance in his first and only game of the 2020 season. 

ASH’S PICKS

QB – JUSTIN FIELDS, OHIO STATE
WEEK 4: NO FIXTURE
WEEK 5: NO FIXTURE

Fields won’t see action until October 24th, when Nebraska visit Columbus. All the while, a certain QB in South Carolina cements his claim for the #1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Expect the Buckeye signal caller to be itching for a return to action in three weeks’ time. 

RB – KYLIN HILL, MISSISSIPPI STATE
WEEK 4: Won 44-34 @LSU
WEEK 5: v. Arkansas 

Well, it looks like Kylin Hill can catch the football. Mike Leach and K.J. Costello stole the headlines in Week 4’s shock win in Baton Rouge, but Hill was central to the Bulldogs’ success. Hill had just 37 yards on the ground, but an impressive 158 yards and 1 touchdown in the passing game. If Mike Leach’s offence can keep Hill busy in the air, his draft stock will continue to rise. 

WR – TYLAN WALLACE, OKLAHOMA STATE
WEEK 4: WON 27-13 V. WEST VIRGINIA 
WEEK 5: @ KANSAS

The Cowboys were looking more like their normal selves in Week 4. However, their success came in the running game, with touchdowns for LD Brown and Chuba Hubbard. A third TD came on defence. Wallace wasn’t relied on heavily, but still managed to carve out 78 yards from 6 receptions. In a run first offence, there will be weeks where Wallace doesn’t stand out. What will provide some relief is the fact that he was targeted 6 times, twice that of any other Oklahoma State player. 

TE – KYLE PITTS, FLORIDA
WEEK 4: Won 51-35 @ OLE MISS
WEEK 5: V. SOUTH CAROLINA 

Wow. Kyle Pitts is not playing games this year. He and Kyle Trask ripped the Ole Miss defence apart. A Tight End that is both physical and agile, Kyle Pitts is a defender’s nightmare. He kicked off his season with 170 yards and 4 TDs. Don’t expect these figures every week, but do expect him to dominate SEC defenders. There’s just no way a healthy Kyle Pitts isn’t a Day One pick next April. 

TOM’S PICKS

QB – TREY LANCE, NORTH DAKOTA STATE
WEEK 4: NO FIXTURE
WEEK 5: v. CENTRAL ARKANSAS

28 NFL scouts will be in attendance to see Trey Lance in his only outing of 2020. No pressure, kid. Eyes will also be on his left tackle, Dillon Radunz. If Lance does decide to enter the NFL Draft, a lot will hang on his performance this weekend against a Central Arkansas side that the Bison are heavily favoured to beat.  

RB – TRAVIS ETIENNE, CLEMSON
WEEK 4: NO FIXTURE
WEEK 5: V. UVA

Clemson had a bye week last time out. The last thing the Cavaliers need is a fresh-legged Travis Etienne. The #1 running back in college football is averaging 6.8 yards per carry already this season. Expect Etienne to rack up the yards as Clemson put Virginia to the sword. 

WR – TAMORRION TERRY
WEEK 4: LOST 52-10 @ MIAMI
WEEK 5: V. JACKSONVILLE STATE 

The Seminoles stink so far this year. Deep threat receiver Terry didn’t register a single reception in Week 4 against Miami, but did rush the ball once for -4 yards. It’s a sorry state of affairs for Mike Norvell in Tallahassee, and it won’t get better in coming weeks. After this cupcake game, they face Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Louisville. Ouch. Tamorrion Terry’s draft stock falls by the day as the Seminoles’ struggles continue. 

TE – PAT FREIERMUTH, PENN STATE
WEEK 4: NO FIXTURE
WEEK 5: NO FIXTURE

Freiermuth has to sit back and watch his positional rivals impress draft scouts until the third weekend in October. One aspect of his game where he has the edge over Brevin Jordan and Kyle Pitts is his blocking. An angry Baby Gronk that is eager to impress might just convince NFL franchises to take him above Pitts and Jordan. Only time will tell if he has enough time on the field to prove it. 

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