5 National Team players to watch this college football season

By Katelyn Lemen | Posted 9/1/2017

Lindell Stone at the 2016 World Championship

With college football kicking off in earnest this weekend, let’s check-up on five former U.S. National Team members who are suiting up for their first collegiate games.

1. Chase Young, Ohio State defensive end

Young made his debut Thursday at Indiana University, helping the second-ranked Buckeyes defeat the Hoosiers, 49-21. He saw action in the 4th quarter.

Ohio State's defensive line coach, Larry Johnson, told ElevenWarriors.com, “I think we will get him in the game and he will have a chance to play.”

As for Young, was ready for his first game.

“I am both anxious and excited about my first game. I have been working for this my whole life and we are here now, so now it's just time to put everything on the line,” Young said before the game.  

2. Nick Starkel, Texas A&M quarterback

Starkel, who redshirted last year, will take the first snap as the quarterback at the Rose Bowl on Saturday to as the Aggies take on UCLA. Last season it was Trevor Knight’s touchdown run in overtime that sealed the 31-24 victory for Texas A&M so Starkel has quite the performance to match.

Starkel is laser focused and has given up social media for the entirety of the season.

3. Lindell Stone, Virginia quarterback

It’s a year for freshman QBs as Stone is in the running to be the starting QB for the Cavaliers.

He was apart of the U-19 2016-2017 National Team that played Team Canada in the North American Championship in Florida and won 33-0.

4. Jonathon Taylor, Wisconsin running back

The ninth-ranked Badgers named Taylor a starter in their backfield. Wisconsin opens its season at home Friday against Utah State.

In a recent scrimmage, he took one carry 70 yards for a touchdown against the first-team defense. Later, he caught a one-handed pass over the middle from quarterback Alex Hornibrook and outran the defense down the right sideline for another score. That play is seen here:

5. Randal Grimes, USC wide receiver

Although Trojans coach Clay Helton told the Orange County Register, “We’ll start with the experience, we’ll start with guys who have played in games and who we’ve seen,” he included Grimes, a freshman, and former National team member, as one of the seven receivers to play this season.

“I’m very excited to play my first college game,” Grimes said. “It's gonna be one to remember.”