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Stock Report: Jake Butt rising, Tim Williams in decline


With college football's Week 2 in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on the weekend's action.

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Stock up

Jake Butt, TE, Michigan: With Wolverines quarterback Wilton Speight, a first-year starter, getting his feet wet over the past couple of weeks, it's clear he views Butt as his safety valve. Butt already has 3 touchdowns -- as many as he scored all of last season -- and UCF defenders couldn't match up with this combination of size and speed on Saturday. The lean tight end has great hands and the footwork to run every route.

Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama: If you're drawing up the ideal strong-side linebacker for Nick Saban's system (which is darn similar to that of many NFL teams), hire Anderson as your model. He'll hold the edge against offensive tackles with a 60-70 pounds advantage on him. He'll influence pass plays with his flexibility to turn the corner, whether standing up or with his hand on the ground. Western Kentucky backs and receivers found out about how hard Anderson likes to hit in coverage, as well, on Saturday. He's an all-around player that should start from Day One in the NFL.

Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame: No offensive tackle has been more impressive than McGlinchey through the first two weeks of the season. His ability to stand his ground against bull rushes, yet nimbly work his way to linebackers and even defensive backs has given a big boost to the Irish offense. McGlinchey possesses the natural bend to move players off of the line of scrimmage in the run game, as well.

Stock down

Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama: There's no questioning Williams' explosiveness or athleticism. However, he's not been able to produce for the Tide this season, accumulating just two tackles (none for losses). In his situational role last year, Williams had 10.5 sacks. But he didn't have to hold up on early downs, where those 300-plus pound tackles are trying to get their hands on him. Scouts want to see him holding up vs. the run and making plays as a pass rusher.

Follow Chad Reuter on Twitter @chad_reuter.



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