Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Grant Delpit, S, LSU (NCAA) — Of all the college football programs that give themselves the unofficial “DB U” moniker, LSU has as legitimate a claim as any.
The list of Bayou Bengals who have gone from Baton Rouge to the NFL is long and littered with defensive backs: Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, LaRon Landry and Eric Reid are some of the more recent Pro Bowl DBs from LSU. (Crazy how a recent Pro Bowl safety like Reid couldn’t get a team to sign him in free agency this offseason. I wonder what that’s about?)
Two of the league’s fastest rising defensive stars are Jets safety Jamal Adams and Bills cornerback TreDavious White, both LSU products. Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills, also from the LSU lineage, was a starter on last season’s Super Bowl championship team. Continue reading
Richard Sherman, CB, Seahawks (NFL): All of the hype and anticipation for Dez Bryant’s return to the Cowboys after missing six weeks with a broken foot could’ve been put on hold for another week, because Sherman pretty much took Bryant out of Sunday’s game right after it started. Sherman was credited with four pass breakups on his way to allowing Bryant just two receptions for 12 yards. Seattle needed someone to cancel out Dallas’ top weapon, too, because their offense wasn’t exactly lighting it up in the 13-12 victory. Watch how Sherman shadowed Bryant in this NFL.com video.
Ishmael Adams, CB, UCLA (NCAA): The son of former NFL defensive back Stefon Adams is making a career out of lengthy (yet fast) returns. Last season, Ishmael had a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown and a 95-yard interception return TD in the same game against Arizona State. The year before, racked up 234 total kick return yards in a game against ASU. This past Saturday, the Sun Devils actually got a break as it was Colorado’s turn to eat the dust of Adams. The redshirt junior scored on a 96-yard interception return in the first half of UCLA’s 35-31 victory. Continue reading