With Week 10 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on the weekend's action.
Marquise Williams, North Carolina, QB: The jury is still out on whether Williams has enough blue-chip traits to be a legitimate quarterback prospect at the next level, but there is no disputing his dominance as an elite college football player. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback capable of attacking the defense with his arm or legs on the perimeter. Williams showcased both aspects of his game in a five-touchdown performance against Duke that also included 500-plus yards of total offense.
Derrick Henry, Alabama, RB: The big-bodied power back was already on the radar of scouts searching for a physical workhorse back, but his 38-rush, 210-yard performance against LSU confirmed his ability to carry an offense with his rugged running style. Henry efficiently picked up tough yards against a stout LSU defense that features NFL-caliber talent along the front line, and that's impressive in the eyes of evaluators. Most impressively, Henry didn't wear down with a heavy workload and appeared to play better in the late stages of the game -- the running game is essential to closing out wins. With Henry showing solid skills as a feature runner, his stock is certainly rising as a potential lead back at the next level.
James Washington, Oklahoma State, WR: There is always a place in the NFL for explosive playmakers adept at producing big plays in the passing game. Washington has caught the eye of scouts canvassing the Big 12 with his penchant for delivering "explosives" (receptions of 20-plus yards) on the perimeter. Washington has topped the 100-yard mark in four of the Cowboys' last five games, including his five-catch, 184-yard effort against TCU that included a pair of spectacular touchdowns on go routes down the boundary. Washington's average of 21.4 yards per catch jumps off the stat sheet, which is one of the reasons scouts are excited about his potential as a deep-ball specialist at the next level.
Drew Morgan, Arkansas, WR: The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior has stepped up as the Razorbacks' No. 1 WR this season, exhibiting the hands and ball skills to be a dependable threat in critical situations (third down and red zone). Morgan confirmed those skills again with a strong performance against Ole Miss (nine catches for 122 yards and three scores) that showcased his overall growth as a playmaker in 2015. Morgan's nine-yard overtime touchdown, in particular, showed scouts that he could make the play when the game is on the line. Given how much evaluators value clutch performers, Morgan's showing makes him an intriguing prospect to follow going forward.
Trevone Boykin, TCU, QB: The Heisman Trophy front-runner has always been regarded as a better athlete than quarterback in NFL circles, but his disappointing performance against Oklahoma State confirmed his limited potential as a signal-caller at the next level. Although Boykin posted another 400-yard game (his fourth of the season) as a passer, he tossed four interceptions and struggled to hit open receivers when his primary receiver was taken away. Given the importance of reading and diagnosing defensive fronts/coverage, Boykin's problems with progressions, accuracy and ball placement are serious concerns for evaluators looking at the 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior strictly as a quarterback prospect.
Kyler Murray, Texas A&M, QB: It's hard to blame the 5-foot-11, 185-pound freshman completely for the Aggies' woes in their 26-10 loss to Auburn, but Murray certainly didn't give his squad the best chance to win with a three-interception performance. Murray looked dazed and confused by the Tigers' defensive tactics, leading to errant passes and poor decisions from the pocket. Although Murray sparked the running game a bit with his electric scrambling ability, he was forced to leave the game when he took a vicious hit from a defender at the end of a scramble in the third quarter. Getting the Texas high school legend to sign with the program was a major coup for the Aggies, but they must find a way to get the freshman to play better for the team to win big in the SEC.