Welcome to another edition of the MVP Draft! This week, the Cowboys head into Ames to take on the Iowa State Cyclones.
Here’s the standings as we enter the final quarter of the 2017-18 NCAA Football season.
Standings after Week 10:
1 - Micah: 12
2 - Joel: 10
T3 - Dustin: 9
T3 - “Pete”: 9
5 - Cade: 7
On to the picks!
Offense: Marcell Ateman
Marcell had a massive game the last time the Cowboys traveled to Ames. He had multiple highlight-worthy catches, and it was a coming-out party of sorts. In his last trip, it’s an encore. I could see Ateman getting a lot of one-on-one looks, and he’s unguardable there. I’m riding with #3 on Saturday.
Defense: DeQuinton Osborne
DQ has been a force this season on the interior of the offensive line. Against an Iowa State offensive line that has struggled at times to do much of anything, I could see Osborne having a career day. He’ll be a load for the Cyclone offensive line to handle.
Offense: Kyle Kempt
Kempt has been quite efficient at the QB spot since Jacob Park stepped away just over a month ago. He’s tossed ten touchdowns to only three interceptions, while completing over 66 percent of his passes. While he won’t light you up through the air, he’ll effectively manage the game.
Defense: Kamari Cotton-Moya
Aside from being named to the Big 12 All-Name team, Cotton-Moya is a fantastic defensive back. He’s tallied three picks on the year, and is averaging over five tackles per game. He’s solid all over the field, but has really excelled in run support. I think the Cowboys try to run it early and often, and I think you’ll hear Cotton-Moya’s name in on plenty of tackle opportunities.
Offense: Tyron Johnson
With no word yet on whether James Washington will play or not, I’m going to go with my guy Tyron. You saw what he did last week against OU, and I think he will have a similar showing against the Cyclones if he needs to step in for #28.
Defense: Calvin Bundage
If Glenn Spencer uses Bundage against Kyle Kempt and Iowa State like he did against Baker Mayfield and OU, Bundage will have another solid game. Kempt does not have the mobility or awareness in the pocket that Mayfield possesses, and the ISU offensive line is not talented enough to slow him down. I’d expect a lot of this on Saturday...
Offense: Hakeem Butler
Oklahoma State will be paying a lot of attention to receiver Allen Lazard. We’ve seen the Cowboys shut down other teams #1 receivers this season. For instance, Baylor’s Denzel Mims and OU’s Cee Dee Lamb. The problem with paying extra attention to a #1 receiver is that it gives someone else the opportunity to go off. I think that could be 6’6 Hakeem Butler. He runs great routes, is great on jump balls (obviously... he’s 6’6) and is tough to bring down after the catch. Example below...
Defense: Willie Harvey
Harvey will be one of the keys to stopping Justice Hill on Saturday. The junior linebacker leads the team in sacks, is fourth in total tackles, has an interception, three passes defended, a fumble recovery and he’s forced a fumble. He’s all over the field and will need to have a big day if the Cyclones want to slow down this powerful Oklahoma State offense.
Offense: J.D. King
J.D. King has had a great first season as a Cowboy. He’s become an intrical part of the Cowboy’s run game. He’ll contribute to the Cowboys’ work on the ground Saturday.
Defense: A.J. Green
Green has had a heck of a year. Another young buck on this team that has proven his worth early in his Cowboy career. Green has gotten better and better each week.
Offense: David Montgomery
The running back is the teams rushing leader in his Sophomore campaign. He’s got 831 yards and 8 touchdowns. Which is insane.
Defense: Marcel Spears
Spears has 78 tackles and two interceptions on the season. He also has 4.5 tackles for loss totaling 9 yards. Spears has had a good season so far and he’s a big contributor to the Cylones’ defense. Expect him to make an impact on Saturday.
Offense: Marcell Ateman
To go into Ames and come out with a win, the passing attack is going to have to be clicking. Ateman has been important for Mason all season, and after a few lackluster games, I'm predicting a good one from Marcell.
Defense: Chad Whitener
Stopping David Montgomery should be at the top of the defensive gameplan. Whitener is going to need to have a strong game if we want to knock ISU off balance. Double digit tackles? Sure.
Offense: Marchie Murdock
The senior receiver is well targeted in the ISU offense. He hasn't really "gone off" in a game this season, but he is about as consistent as they come. He had a season high six catches last week, and he could keep it rollin' this week.
Defense: Reggie Wilkerson
The transfer from Georgia has put together a really solid campaign for his first year in the Big 12. He is probably the best tackler out of the ISU defensive back group. He'll be important for the Cyclones tomorrow.
Offense: Justice Hill
If the Cowboy offense is going to keep feeding Hill the ball, there is no reason not to pick him. He hit the 1000 yard mark last game, and should pass his yardage from last season this week. I knew he was going to be good this year, but I did not know he was going to be this good.
Defense: Ramon Richards
The secondary needs to respond after getting torched by Baker Mayfield last week. It’s going to start with a guy like Richards covering a slot receiver or being in the right place at the right time for a pick. He’ll be key this week, especially helping AJ Green or Rodarius Williams cover Allen Lazard.
Offense: Allen Lazard
He is an absolute man of a wide receiver, he has the speed of James Washington with the ability to come down with a 50/50 ball like Marcell Ateman. He will cause problems for the Oklahoma State secondary.
Defense: Joel Lanning
He is the epitome of #FootballGuy. He was a decent quarterback for a couple seasons, but made the shift to linebacker and it has worked seamlessly. He has 94 tackles on the season, and is shaping up to be a guy that could be a solid NFL player on the defensive side.