We typically include the waiver wire report in with the Saturday Rewind. However, nightmares of Terrelle Pryor stiff arms had Brian up at the crack of dawn this morning licking the wounds from the beating the Buckeyes put on our Spartans on Saturday. With the early edition of the Saturday Rewind we now follow-up with this week's waiver wire report.
Waiver Pickups (% availability in U-Sports leagues)
QB Trevor Vittatoe, UTEP (68% availability) - I almost didn't include Vittatoe on the list this week. But after checking his availability, apparently there are still doubters that Vittatoe is back. If 14 touchdowns in the last four games don't pique your interest, take a look at Vittatoe's schedule down the stretch.
RB Bryce Beal, Houston (89% availability) - Beal made our list of playoff running backs to watch last week. Like Texas Tech running backs, Beal is a high-risk high reward proposition. Right now owners are reaping the rewards.
RB Jake Sharp, Kansas (66% availability) - Still not a lot of love going Sharp's way. That will probably change with his third straight game with a score.
RB Rodney Stewart, Colorado (75% availability) - We had Stewart on the start list this week and felt good about his chances to notch his first collegiate touchdown of his career and he delivered. Stewart should only get better as the season wears on.
RB Collin Mooney, Army (no data) - Alright, we know many of you have already cashed in on Mooney and we've been slow to give him his due. Well we can't ignore three straight games with over a buck fifty rushing any longer.
WR Jerrel Jernigan, Troy (82% availability) - The loss of quarterback Jamie Hampton may have scared owners off Jernigan. But Jerrel is still the main target in the passing game for the Trojans and he is producing.
WR Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M (no data) - The converted wide receiver continues his torrid pace with five catches for 104 yards and a score against Texas Tech. Tannehill and fellow freshman Jerrod Johnson seemed to have formed a solid bond.
WR Andre Jones, Akron (68% availability) - Jones checked in at #34 in our midseason player rankings a few weeks back. He keeps it up and he'll exceed those expectations.
WR DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss (65% availability) - With a high level of availability, it appears manyn owners had given up on the true freshman. With four touchdowns last week, Brown finally had the game we've been waiting for.
Watch List and Plan Bs
QB Russell Wilson, North Carolina State - Not a huge game against Florida State, but we are still impressed with what he's been able to do in three starts against good defenses. The schedule is not exactly favorable, but Wilson is a baller.
QB Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M (90% availability) - The Big 12 is known for it's high profile quarterbacks and the future looks equally as bright with guys like Johnson and Baylor's Robert Griffin. As mentioned last week, the Aggies should worry less about Stephen McGee's return and more on fixing their broke defense. Johnson is doing just fine. Johnson took some shots last week, so watch his injury status.
QB Jacory Harris, Miami - We've been big Robert Marve supporters since he committed to Miami. But even we had to take notice of Harris' abilities in week one against Charleston Southern. Unfortunately for Harris, he had to wait six more games to show off his skills again. Harris replaced Marve in the second quarter against Duke Saturday and threw for four scores and rushed for another. Head coach Randy Shannon contends that Marve is still the starter, but keep an eye on this one.
RB Brandon Minor (no data) - Admittedly we were not high on Minor in the preseason. But when we've seen him run prior to this week, he's run hard and we've wondered why he hasn't seen the ball more. Minor seemed to have grabbed a hold of the starting job last week against Penn State. Michigan State is up next and the Spartans haven't stopped anybody on the ground since the Notre Dame game in week four.
RB Jason Ford, Illinois (no data) - The true freshman has taken over as the starter for the Illini. Even if he has arrived, you'll have to watch the matchups.
RB Shaun Draughn, North Carolina (no data) - Draughn was nine yards shy last week from posting three straight 100-yard games.
WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt (no data) - We pegged Baldwin as one who could make an impact in 2008, and so far he has been a little slow out of the gate. If the last two weeks are any indication, Baldwin could be on the verge of breaking out.
WR Eric Peterman, Northwestern (87% availability) - We considered putting Peterman on the waiver list after week five, but hesitated as the Wildcats will spread the ball around. However, after another multi-touchdown performance we've put him on the watch list.