We saw the No. 1 team in the country go down by the hands/arm of Johnny Football and the Texas A&M Aggies. Week eleven also gave us some spectacular performances by 2013 NFL Draft prospects that are considered sleepers by many. Here’s a look at this week’s breakout stars and one player that may have hurt himself with his play this Saturday (another that hurt himself but didn’t play).
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse, Senior
Not many called Syracuse’s upset over the previously unbeaten Louisville Cardinals. But you can’t count out the ‘Cuse with Ryan Nassib at the helm. Nassib continued to impress scouts with a 15-23, 246 yard, 3 TD effort in the 45-26 beatdown of the Cardinals. Nassib doesn’t get a lot of love playing on a poor Syracuse team but he has some major upside. I took some heat for putting Nassib ahead of guys like E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones in my quarterback rankings but it’s easy to see why with performances like Saturday’s.
D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina, Senior
Swearinger may be the most underrated safety in this class. With many of the 2013 safeties struggling to consistently perform this season, Swearinger has stepped up and emerged as a top player in this group. Swearinger moves all over the field, as he’s asked to play safety and corner. On Saturday, Swearinger was all over the field as he gave Tyler Wilson and Company fits. Swearinger finished with 13 tackles (10 solo), a tackle for loss, and he returned a interception 69 yards for a TD to push the South Carolina lead to 31-10. Swearinger looks to be a solid day pick as he’s had a spectacular senior season.