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Below, you will find AthlonSports.com contributor and CFG writer Mike Bainbridge's five best waiver wire pickups for Week 4. To see the full in-depth article of over 50+ players, make sure to check out CollegeFootballGeek.com.
Jerrod Heard (QB, Texas)
Safe to say the quarterback competition between Heard and Tyrone Swoopes officially ended Saturday against California. The redshirt freshman accounted for 527 yards of total offense (school record) and three rushing touchdowns against the Golden Bears, leading Texas all the way back from being down 21 in the fourth quarter. We knew Heard was a dynamic athlete behind center, but his passing was all the more impressive in his first career start, throwing for well over 300 yards and completing 65 percent of his attempts. Every defense won’t be as bad as the Cal defense, so tempering expectations would be wise here, but Texas looks to have found an answer at the quarterback position (finally).
Saquon Barkley (RB, Penn State)
For the second week in a row, Barkley was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after rushing for a career-high 195 yards and two touchdowns against Rutgers. Most CFF analysts were aware of Barkley coming out of high school, particularly for dynasty purposes, as it was unsure if he would be able to unseat Akeel Lynch in 2015. The future looks to be now, though, with Barkley seeing an increase in the number of carries he receives with each coming week.
Justin Silmon (RB, Kansas State)
Silmon was a name that was making waves during Kansas State fall practices, surpassing prized recruit Dalvin Warmack on the depth chart, but the redshirt freshman still remained a backup behind starter Charles Jones. That looked to have changed on Saturday with Silmon receiving the bulk of the carries against Louisiana Tech, rushing the ball 24 times for 114 yards in the win. Jones, on the other hand, has seen his workload decrease in the past two weeks, primarily relegated to rushing plays out of the Wildcat formation. Jones will still be involved in the game plan moving forward, but it would surprise us if Silmon is not the lead back again next week as Kansas State enters Big 12 play.
D’Andre Ferby (RB, Western Kentucky)
With starter Leon Allen out for the season, and backup running back Anthony Wales still on the mend with a hamstring injury, Ferby got the majority of the reps Saturday against Indiana. The redshirt freshman only rushed for 58 yards on 21 attempts against the Hoosiers, but was able to find the end zone twice. The heavy dosage of carries is certainly promising as well, with no other running back carrying the ball more than twice. If Wales remains on the sidelines for an extended period of time, Ferby looks to be the go-to option for the Hilltoppers.
Ben McCord (TE, Central Michigan)
Who said the tight end position was eliminated in college football? CFG was on McCord last week after a 100-yard performance against Monmouth, but (A) it was against Monmouth and (B) 83 of those yards came on one catch alone. Against Syracuse, McCord was featured once more in the passing game with 10 catches and 147 receiving yards, including the game-tying, 27-yard touchdown reception with seven seconds left to force overtime. McCord is now second in the country amongst tight ends in receptions behind Western Kentucky’s Tyler Higbee with 16. In college football where there are so few offenses that still employ the tight end position, it is critical to snatch up the good ones immediately and not get left with the heap at the bottom of the barrel.
— 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.