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Below, you will find AthlonSports.com contributor and CFG writer Mike Bainbridge's five best waiver wire pickups for Week 3. To see the full in-depth article of over 50+ players, make sure to check out CollegeFootballGeek.com.
DeShone Kizer (QB, Notre Dame)
Kizer deserves instant waiver wire consideration due to the broken ankle suffered by Malik Zaire that will keep him out the remainder of the year. Losing Zaire certainly hurts the Irish in terms of leadership, and we expect to see a drop off in production, but how much is the big question. The Irish still have countless options at receiver, starting with Will Fuller, but there's also Chris Brown and a host of others. C.J. Prosise looked fantastic in his first start at running back and will attract attention from defenders. Not to mention Kizer looks to have the stronger arm, which was on full display with the 39-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to Fuller in the closing seconds against Virginia. The sophomore quarterback will land somewhere in the top third amongst quarterbacks in CFG’s weekly rankings.
Jeff Driskel (QB, Louisiana Tech)
Another year, another graduate transfer quarterback for Louisiana Tech. In 2014, former Iowa quarterback Cody Sokol started all 14 games for the Bulldogs and wound up throwing for nearly 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns. This year, head coach Skip Holtz is working another revitalization project in former Gators quarterback Driskel, and so far, the results have been good. Against C-USA favorites Western Kentucky, Driskel accounted for over 400 yards over total offense and three touchdowns – a number that should have been higher if it were not for the numerous drops by his receivers. Driskel also provides that highly-coveted dual-threat ability that enhances a quarterback’s value greatly.
Ke’aun Kinner (RB, Kansas)
We were a tad tentative after Kinner’s 152-yard Week 1 performance against South Dakota considering the competition level, but the former junior college transfer followed that up with another 100-yard outing this past weekend against Memphis. The Tigers are no slouch either, finishing 2014 with the 19th-best run defense. At 5-foot-9 and 186 pounds, we will see if Kinner can withstand an entire season as the lead back, but with the lack of playmakers at the skill positions, the Jayhawks really don’t have many options other than feeding him the rock 20-25 times a game.
Thomas Owens (WR, FIU)
After not recording a single catch all of last season, sophomore receiver Owens is tied for third in the country with 20 receptions after two games. It is a small sample size, but what other passing options does FIU have to go to other than tight end Jonnu Smith? Against Indiana, Owens was the favorite target yet again for quarterback Alex McGough, finishing with nine receptions for 166 yards and two scores. This came after his 11-catch effort in the season opener against UCF.
De’Veon Smith (RB, Michigan)
Michigan as a whole struggled to find any running room against a stout Utah defense in Week 1, averaging just 2.9 yards a carry. Junior back Smith garnered the most carries with 17, but only tallied 47 yards and consistently missed holes that would have racked up bigger gains. Against Oregon State, Smith still led the Wolverines in carries with 26, but rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns. The YPC increase (5.5) is promising, but it is the workload Smith is getting that is most encouraging after this was expected to be a RBBC initially. Once backup Drake Johnson is fully healthy that could change, but Smith looks to be the clear No. 1 option in the Wolverines' backfield.
— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and current writer for CollegeFootballGeek.com. Make sure to follow him on Twitter @MikeBainbridge2.