10 most unstoppable forces in college football right now

Lamar Jackson's wheels, Jabrill Peppers’ versatility and more: Mike Renner identifies the nation's top signature moves and abilities.

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10 most unstoppable forces in college football right now


We’re back with another edition of college football’s most unstoppable forces. Through three weeks we have seen a number of players rise to prominence whether it be due to an increased role or continued improvement. Either way it’s worth highlighting those now elite talents by examining their most dominant traits.

  1. Lamar Jackson’s wheels

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We could have put the Louisville offense on here as a whole since they lead the country in scoring at 65 pointis per game, but we settled on the man that makes it all possible. Jakckson’s running threat is so prodigious that he doesn’t even read the unblocked man a good number of times on the option. He’ll simply keep the ball if he feels like it, knowing he can beat him one-on-one

  1. Myles Garrett’s length

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It was a difficult decision for me between Myles Garrett’s length and Myles Garrett’s everything as his most unstoppable force. His burst and bend wouldn’t be nearly as effective if it didn’t come in a freakish 6-5 package. Against UCLA in Week 1 he used those arms to tear up the highly-touted left tackle Conor McDermott for two sacks, three hits, and six hurries.

  1. Jabrill Peppers’ versatility

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Peppers is just your normal everyday linebacker/safety/punt returner. A positional description that every team should have one of, but no one else does. If Peppers were unable to master any of his roles his versatility wouldn’t be nearly as impressive, but that couldn’t be further from the case. The Michigan weapon grades out among the top 10 safeties in the country (since we had to give him a position).

  1. Isaiah McKenzie’s quickness

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It’s very possible that McKenzie may be the best screen weapon in the entire country at the moment. Of his 305 yards, 181 of them have come after the catch. The Georgia receiver is so sudden in his cuts that it’s usually going to take more than one guy to chase him down in the open field.

  1. Ryan Ramczyk’s movement Skills

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Change of direction, the ability to get out and pull, ease of pass sets, and locating linebackers all play a part in an offensive lineman’s movement skills and Ramczyk has them all in spades. The Wisconsin left tackle has yet to allow a single pressure this year in 100 pass-protecting snaps while also maintaining the third-highest run blocking grade of any tackle in the country. The Divsion III transfer is quickly making a name for himself.

  1. Jonathan Allen’s push-pull

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Allen has the unique and impressive ability to control almost every interaction he’s a part of on the football field. That doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s “winning” play after play, but more so that he almost never “loses.” His go-to move is to quickly engage underneath an offensive lineman’s pads before throwing them to the side as he pleases.

  1. Curtis Samuel’s dual threat 

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The term offensive weapon was coined for players like Samuel and it could not be more accurate. He’s taken 73 snaps lined up as a receiver and 70 lined up as a running back so far this season. No matter where he’s been, the results have been effective. He has 259 yards receiving, by far the most of any running back, on 16-17 targets while averaging 5.0 yards after contact per attempt on 32 runs.

  1. Reuben Foster wrapping up

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Only two other linebackers in the country have more tackles without a miss than Foster’s 17 solos and six assists.Those other two, and quite frankly every other linebacker in the country, don’t have the ability to make plays all over the field like Foster does though. The next man up in the Alabama linebacker factory, Foster has a chance to be one of the best when it’s all said and done.

  1. Saquon Barkley’s juke

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As a freshman we got a taste of what Barkley can do. His 60 broken tackles on 182 carries led the Big 10. This year, he’s on pace to lead the nation. Barkley’s already broken 20 carries on 51 attempts as he has a full array of moves he uses to shake defenders.

  1. Philip Nelson’s accuracy

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Don’t worry, “who?” is a perfectly valid response to seeing this guy at No. 10. Nelson is the passing quarterback for ECU and his ability to put the ball on the money has been as good as it gets in college football this year. His adjusted completion percentage is 87.1, the tops in the country and 6.7 percentage points better than second place. And it’s not just screens — Nelson has completed 70 percent of his targets 10+ yards downfield.

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Mike is a Senior Analyst at Pro Football Focus. His work has also been featured on The Washington Post, ESPN Insider, and 120 Sports.

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