After the 43-10 win over Florida International, we take a look who is rising and falling after the opening weekend.
QB C.J. Brown - Brown looked like a Heisman candidate against FIU's porous defense. He combined for five touchdowns and didn't set foot on the field in the fourth quarter. Hopefully this performance can quiet some of his detractors.
LB Marcus Whitfield - Whitfield was given the game ball (well, not literally, apparently he can't have it until he graduates, #ThanksNCAA) and led the team with 1.5 sacks. He was pressured by Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil in the summer, but definitely showed his worth as a starter Saturday.
RB Jacquille Veii - Granted, his work came in garbage time, but Veii looked like the best running back on the roster in his limited time. With the redshirt burned, expect to see Veii moving forward -- blowout or not.
QB Caleb Rowe - After not being able to separate himself from Ricardo Young over the summer, finally in his relief appearance he managed to do so. For that, his stock is up.
WR Stefon Diggs - Still looks like the beast he was last year. Had a great game, but it's clear he and Long are dangerous duo.
WR Deon Long - The expectations for Long were extremely high, but after his debut you would have to say he met (or exceeded) the lofty expectations.
CB Dexter McDougle - After picking off just four passes as a team last season, Dexter McDougle got on the board early against FIU.
The rest of the running backs - Brandon Ross and Albert Reid both struggled to get anything going on the ground. The team worked a lot better out of the read option, especially when Diggs was in the backfield as another wrinkle to the ground game.
The offensive line - If you don't place full blame on the running backs for having a bad day, you're likely blaming the offensive line. Either way, something needs to improve and soon.
There are really a ton of guys with their stock rising right now, but that will happen after a 43-10 blowout. I left guys like Kenneth Goins Jr. and Quinton Jefferson off. Sound off in the comments, who are you buying and selling after week one?