5 prospects Redskins fans should be watching in Iowa vs. Iowa State

5 prospects Redskins fans should be watching in Iowa vs. Iowa State

Iowa has been an offensive line factory for the NFL. Know any teams out there in need of a tackle? Iowa's got them and that alone makes the Iowa-Iowa State game (Saturday 4 p.m., FS1) one worth watching for Redskins fans. Add in the fact that the Hawkeyes will be facing some NFL talent from Iowa State's interior line, and this is a good game for you amateur NFL scouts out there.

Here are the players Redskins fans should be watching.

DE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa

Edge rushers are some of the most important players in the game today and Epenesa is one of, if not the best edge rusher in the country. He was dominant in his sophomore season recording  10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 16.5 tackles for loss.

Epenesa has great size at 6-foot-6, 280 pounds. He has incredible power and can fight off blocks and push linemen into the backfield to disrupt plays. Despite that, he also shows great burst and acceleration off the line to get quick pressure on opposing quarterbacks. There are not many tools this guys does not have in his toolbox to get through blocks.

Epenesa is not going to last very long in the draft. He will be gone early in the first round.

The NBC Sports Washington Mock Draft 1.0 has the Indianapolis Colts selecting Epenesa with the No. 9 overall pick. 

OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

Iowa has been an offensive line factory, but Wirfs is something special. He was the first true freshman to start at tackle for Iowa in head coach Kirk Ferentz's tenure there. He has played on the right side primarily through his career. Opinions on him vary with some thinking he is the best lineman in the draft and should move to left tackle and others thinking he will be better as a right tackle in the NFL. Having said that, there is no doubt that he is a first-round talent.

Wirfs is a dominant run blocker with incredible power.

While the run block is his specialty, he has also shown dominance in the pass rush and did not allow a single sack in 2018.

The NBC Sports Washington Mock Draft 1.0 has the Minnesota Vikings selecting Wirfs with the No. 19 overall pick. 

OT Alaric Jackson, Iowa

Wirfs is seen as the better NFL prospect over Jackson, but Ferentz still relies on Jackson more at left tackle than Wirfs reflecting how that he can be a dominant lineman in his own right. He does not have the natural gifts of Wirfs and will need to work on his footwork and athleticism, but he could be a sneaky steal in the early rounds.

DL Ray Lima, Iowa State

Iowa State's strength on defense is the interior of its defensive line and the star of that line is Lima. 

Lima knows his job and does a great job using his 305-pound frame to plug up the middle and disrupt the run. He also has shown some ability to penetrate.

While many NFL defenses employ the 3-4, nose tackles are extremely hard to find. With some development, Lima could be an NFL nose tackle.

CB Michael Ojemudia, Iowa

Ojemudia had three interceptions, six broken passes and 39 tackles in 2018. He is expected to go late in the draft and his NFL future may be more as a special teamer, but there is some potential there to develop him into a depth corner.

Other potential NFL prospects to watch:

QB Nate Stanley, Iowa
LB Marcel Spears Jr., Iowa State
FB Brady Ross, Iowa
LB JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State
S Greg Eisworth, Iowa State
RB Mekhi Sargent, Iowa

The 7 craziest things that happened in Week 12 of the college football season


The 7 craziest things that happened in Week 12 of the college football season

From massive comebacks to cartwheels, to rabid bats and even the rare signs of life from Northwestern's offense, this weeks' college football action truly had it all.

Here are the seven craziest things that happened in Week 12 of the college football season.

Ohio lineman does cartwheel during a play

MACtion was in full swing on Tuesday with a game between Western Michigan and Ohio. Unless you went to either of those schools, you probably don't care. I bring it up, however, because of one glorious play in which an offensive lineman did a cartwheel.

This wasn't a fun touchdown celebration, this wasn't a taunt after a big play. This was, the ball is snapped, the play is being run and this dude straight up does a cartwheel while people around him are playing actual football.

Make no mistake, this was planned. That was an actual play in Ohio's playbook. He did it immediately off the snap. Quarterback Nathan Rourke threw a 25-yard completion on the play so I guess you would have to say it worked. Hopefully, that means more of this in the future.

Michigan State wore their helmets on the bus to the Michigan game

Trying to motivate a group of college kids throughout an entire season is tough. Some coaches are masters at it. There are some techniques, however, that fall flat. I think you can put this one in the latter category.

Michigan State played rival Michigan on Saturday and the Spartans got off the bus on the way to the game with their helmets already strapped on. I guess the message was supposed to be that they were ready to play. The message that actually sent was, we are all out of ideas so here's something we will be mocked for when it doesn't work.

Michigan State lost to Michigan 44-10.

There were rabid bats at Mississippi State

First off, here's wishing the Alabama quarterback a speedy recovery. As it was the biggest story of the week, I would be remiss not to mention it when talking about the Alabama-Mississippi State game.

Tagovailoa's injury overshadowed what I thought would be the biggest story coming out of Starkville: rabid bats.

From great catch to miraculous fumble

This was just whacky. Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor made an incredible one-handed catch as he grabbed a ball thrown behind him. A great play quickly turned into a disaster as he turned up the field and tucked the ball, but immediately had it punched out for a fumble.

We have all seen players tiptoe down the sideline, but not often do you see a ball do it. Luckily for Nebraska, Lamar Jackson pounced on the loose ball while the rest of his teammates stood watching seemingly oblivious to the fact that the ball was live.

Columbia had a punt blocked by the butt of its own player

You have heard of the butt fumble, but how about the butt punt block?

Northwestern scores 45 points

What happens when a stoppable force meets a movable object? That was the question on everyone's mind in Evanston when Northwestern met UMass.

Northwestern's offense entered the week averaging 11.1 points per game. That's not just the worst scoring offense among Power 5 teams this year, it is the worst of the decade. Its previous season-high for points was 30 which it scored against UNLV. So how in the world did the Wildcats manage to put up 45 points? Because UMass just so happens to be one of the worst teams in the FBS this year.

Running back Evan Hull went off for Northwestern with 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns to give the illusion of a competent offense. That won't last as next week they play Minnesota.

Oklahoma overcame a 25-point deficit to beat Baylor

Oklahoma has an illustrious history. Since 1895, the Sooners have won seven national titles. One thing they had never done? Overcome a 25-point deficit.

Oklahoma did just that on Saturday on the road against an undefeated Baylor team and without its top wide receiver in CeeDee Lamb. Somehow, the Sooners managed to rally to win the game 34-31 with an incredible second-half performance to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive.

McClung lifts Georgetown past Georgia St. 91-83

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McClung lifts Georgetown past Georgia St. 91-83

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mac McClung had 25 points, Omer Yurtseven had a double-double, and Georgetown topped Georgia State 91-83 on Sunday night.

McClung made all 11 of his foul shots and Yurtseven finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Josh LeBlanc added 12 points James Akinjo scored 11 points for Georgetown (3-1).

Corey Allen had 21 points for the Panthers (1-3). Josh Linder added 17 points and Justin Roberts and Damon Wilson scored 15 points apiece.

Georgetown faces Texas on Thursday. Georgia State plays Prairie View on Friday.