Yawin Smallwood*/LB/Connecticut: Smallwood has played productive football all season yet his performance during the victory over Maryland was incredible. He stood out in all phases as Smallwood forcefully defended the run, showed strength on the blitz as well as smarts in pass coverage. His statistics, which included 14 tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble as well as several pass deflections, just scratches the surface of the performance Smallwood turned in. The third-year sophomore is a complete linebacker and three-down defender that will soon be NFL ready.
Jesse Williams/NT/Alabama: Williams has silently developed into one of the better interior defensive lineman from the senior class. Rotated at a variety of spots last year, Williams moved to nose tackle this season and has been a force. He's impossible to move off the line of scrimmage and his play on Saturday helped hold Arkansas to 58 yards rushing and four rushing first downs. Most impressively, Williams battled a pair of Arkansas interior linemen (Alvin Bailey and Travis Swanson) who are legitimate NFL prospects and almost always came out on top.
Mario Benavides/C/Louisville: Benavides was considered a street free agent entering the season but the center gave scouts something to think about on Saturday.
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