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TE Luke Schoonmaker – Michigan

Everyone knows that the Michigan running game with Blake Corum is lethal, but can the passing game continue to improve to make the offense more balanced? Schoonmaker’s performance on Saturday, with a career-high seven receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown, will at least cause future defensive coordinators to spend some extra time during game prep to account for the reliable tight end.

Sep 24, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Luke Schoonmaker (86) runs the ball in the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Michigan Stadium.

Sep 24, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Luke Schoonmaker (86) runs the ball in the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Michigan Stadium.

WR Ja’Corey Brooks – Alabama

While a couple of wide receivers were added through the transfer portal, one of the few questions coming into this season for the Tide was if any of the returning players would rise to the occasion at the position. That may have been answered on Saturday when Ja’Corey Brooks totaled six receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns. With games coming up against Arkansas, Texas A&M and Tennessee, will Brooks become the consistent and reliable threat that the Tide need?

Sep 24, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Ja'Corey Brooks (7) catches a pass for a touchdown against Vanderbilt Commodores defensive back Tyson Russell (8) at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Sep 24, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Ja'Corey Brooks (7) catches a pass for a touchdown against Vanderbilt Commodores defensive back Tyson Russell (8) at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

LB Bralen Trice - Washington

The Huskies offense has been the story through the first four games of the season, but if they really want to make a statement this season, the defense will need to continue to improve. Trice’s performance on Saturday against Stanford could go a long way in accomplishing this. Finishing with five tackles, three tackles for a loss and two sacks, he has proven himself to be a big-play threat in 2022, which makes him one to watch as Washington heads into the meat of their schedule.

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Sep 24, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies defensive lineman Bralen Trice (8) sacks Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee (18) during the first quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.

Sep 24, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies defensive lineman Bralen Trice (8) sacks Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee (18) during the first quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.

TE Baylor Cupp – Texas Tech

After signing with Texas A&M as a bigtime recruit, injuries derailed any chance of success for Cupp in College Station. He then decided that he needed a change of scenery which resulted in a transfer to Texas Tech. And on Saturday, college fans were finally able to see the potential that made him such an important recruit coming out of high school when he totaled four receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown during a come-from-behind victory over Texas.

Texas Tech's tight end Baylor Cupp (88) runs with the ball against Texas, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at Jones AT&T Stadium. Texas Tech won, 37-34 in overtime.

Texas Tech's tight end Baylor Cupp (88) runs with the ball against Texas, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at Jones AT&T Stadium. Texas Tech won, 37-34 in overtime.

RB Audric Estime – Notre Dame

There has been a lingering question regarding the Irish backfield since the end of last season, but Estime’s performance on Saturday against North Carolina may have finally but an end to that. With 134 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, and 35 carries over the last two games, it looks as though Notre Dame may have found their workhorse for the remainder of the 2022 season.

Sep 24, 2022; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Audric Estime (7) with the ball in the second quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium.

Sep 24, 2022; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Audric Estime (7) with the ball in the second quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium.

DB Charles Arnold – Coastal Carolina

After redshirting last season, Arnold had his best collegiate game on Thursday night at Georgia State with a team leading nine tackles, to go along with his first two interceptions, for the undefeated Chanticleers.