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5-4-3-2-un: A recap of standouts in each Rivals star category

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In a new weekly feature on, we take a look at the weekend’s standout performances from both college and pro football and pick one player from each star rankings group to spotlight.

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Recruiting revisited: There aren’t many five-stars from the state of Kentucky, but Harris is well on his way to showing he was more than deserving of his five-star ranking in the class of 2015. After initially committing to Michigan during the Brady Hoke era, Harris flirted with in-state program Kentucky for months, only to announce for Alabama and go on to sign with the Tide.

What he did this week: Harris continues to shine as Derrick Henry’s successor, rushing for 144 yards on just 16 carries in Alabama’s 48-43 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday. He has already more than doubled his output for his entire freshman year in just three games this season and is averaging an incredible 9.1 yards per carry.


Recruiting revisited: Jackson was a four-star prospect who committed to Louisville prior to the start of his senior season. After flirtations and official visits to Nebraska, Mississippi State and Florida, Jackson stayed true to the Cardinals and went on to seize the starting job during his freshman season.

What he did this week: Jackson has officially emerged as the darling of the 2016 college football season after he carved up Florida State’s defense while leading his team to a 63-20 victory over the No. 2 ranked Seminoles. Jackson totaled more than 350 yards of total offense while accounting five touchdowns. Louisville is averaging 65 points per game through three games.


Recruiting revisited: Armstrong was a prime quarterback target for Nebraska in the class of 2012 and committed to the Huskers over Missouri, TCU, UCLA and several others. He finished ranked as the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback in his class, behind Jameis Winston, Chad Kelly, Trevor Knight and others.

What he did this week: Armstrong carried his team to a victory over Oregon, helping the Huskers move to 3-0 and capture the biggest win in the Mike Riley era. He finished the game with 200 yards passing and three touchdowns while also rushing for 95 yards and the winning touchdown.


Recruiting revisited: A two-star in the Class of 2010, Garoppolo never received and FBS offer and choose Eastern Illinois over Illinois State and Montana State. As an underclassman, Garoppolo camped at Purdue and several other Big Ten programs but was never offered a scholarship.

What he did this week: Filling in for the suspended Tom Brady for a second straight week, Garoppolo had another terrific week, helping New England jump out to a 21-0 lead over Miami before leaving the game with an injury. Prior to exiting, he threw for 234 yards and three touchdowns in less than a half.


Recruiting revisited: Ward, a member of the Class of 2004, didn’t have a Rivals profile as a high school prospect even though he was part of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle’s 151-game high school win streak. After being injured early in his senior year of high school, he elected to walk-on at Oregon where he would earn a scholarship midway through his career.

What he did this week: Ward has been one of the stars of the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos defense and on Sunday he had a team-high eight tackles in his team’s 34-20 victory over Indianapolis. Despite struggling with injuries in college he has been a star during his NFL career, earning multiple Pro Bowl invitations as well as a Super Bowl ring with Denver last season.