Dynasty Scouts Conference Reviews: PAC 12 and Around the Nation

Mike Valverde


With college football in full swing, we’ll be bringing you a review each and every week. These recaps will feature sections for “Premier Conference Performer,” “Rising Players,” “Falling Players,” and a special Freshman spotlight. These weekly reviews will keep you up-to-date on all the happenings in devy leagues and allow you to keep tabs on future dynasty league assets. By the time the NFL Draft rolls around, you won’t see too many strangers.


Premier Conference Performer

Jared Goff, QB Cal (Senior)
33/45 passing, 390 passing yards, four touchdowns, one interception, vs. Washington State

Goff took apart the Washington State Cougars defense. He hit Bryce Treggs for 34 yards for his first touchdown, which made him the number one all-time touchdown leader at Cal. Then found Kenny Lawler in the end zone from nine yards out and turned to him again in the second quarter for his third of the day. His last came on a strike to Maurice Harris about four yards off the line of scrimmage, and he did the rest. Goff on the season has kept Cal unbeaten and had a 15:4 touchdown to interception ratio. The #23 ranked Golden Bears will take on #5 Utah then #20 UCLA on the road.

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Rising Players

Luke Falk, QB Washington State (Senior)
35/49 passing, 389 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, 13 carries, -25 yards, one touchdown vs. Cal

Falk battled and did what he could against Cal, but came up short. His first touchdown came on a four-yard pass to River Cracraft. Falk hit Gabe Marks from four-yards to put Washington State up 28-20 in the third quarter. Falk now has back-to-back weeks that he has thrown an interception, but he has ten touchdowns for the season to offset that stat including three straight where he has gone over 300 yards passing. He looks to end his interception streak on the road to battle Oregon, and then he follows that up with a game against Oregon State at home.

Christian McCaffery, RB Stanford (Sophomore)
17 carries, 156 yards, one touchdown, two catches, 11 yards vs. Arizona

Two weeks in a row for McCaffery on the riser list as he ran the Wildcats to death. He busted loose for 156 yards. Unlike last week, he found the end zone in the ground covered against Arizona. On the season, he has 105 carries for 601 yards and one touchdown. He has also caught 15 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown. The Cardinal try to improve on their #16 ranking when they take on #20 UCLA then Washington at home for both games.

Gabe Marks, WR Washington State (Junior)
Ten catches, 141 yards, one touchdown vs. California

Marks had taken a one-week layoff but hit the double-digit reception mark again. This time against Cal he had 10/141/1 slash line and a long of 35-yards. He continues to be a top target for quarterback Luke Falk and make a nice tandem with River Cracraft. Marks has scored in every game except against Wyoming and has two games where he has gone over 100-yards receiving. His score came on a four-yard pass. He will now face both Oregon and Oregon State in the next two games

Falling Players

Sefo Liufau QB, Colorado (Junior)
25/42 passing, 231 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception vs. Oregon

Liufau has had a bumpy season. Here is a quarterback that has a very good completion percentage but does nothing with those completions. He is like Alex Smith, for instance, the most yardage he has thrown for is 231 yards, and he has just two interceptions. The problem is that he only has five touchdowns to go with it. There are worse quarterbacks out there, but sooner or later the junior is going to have to make a jump in his stats or fall to being under the jag-tag. Liufau has both Arizona State on the road and Arizona at home in the next few weeks.

Vic Enwere RB, California (Sophomore)
Five carries, 48 yards, zero touchdowns, two receptions, zero yards vs. Washington State

It appears as though Enwere is having trouble getting it done on the field. He split carries with two other runners, Khalfani Muhammad and Daniel Lasco. If it weren’t for his 42-yard scamper, he would have only six yards on four carries. As good as Jared Goff is, Cal can’t rely only on the passing game, and will need either Enwere or Lasco to step up.

Cayleb Jones, WR Arizona (Junior)
Four catches, 44 yards, zero touchdowns vs. UCLA

Arizona took their first loss against UCLA on Saturday, and part of that reason was Jones underperforming. Jones has underachieved now for the second week in a row as he had only two catches and 20 yards against Northern Arizona the previous week. It doesn’t get any easier for him or Arizona. The Wildcats will now have to face #18 Stanford on the road followed up by Oregon State at home. On the season, Jones has 15 receptions for 216 yards and just one touchdown.

Freshman Spotlight

Taj Griffin, RB Oregon
11 carries, 110 yards, one touchdown, three catches, 41 yards vs. Colorado

Griffin made the most out of his carries including a 62-yard gallop and four-yard touchdown. He is not getting much playing time with Royce Freeman ahead of him but is showing what he can when he is out on the field. His 282 yards on 30 attempts (9.4 yards per carry) shows he has game breaker talent. He also has skills in the receiving department, as he has four receptions for 49 yards with a long of 26. He will continue to make his way, and is someone all devy players should watch.


Premier Nation Performer

Brandon Doughty, QB Western Kentucky (Senior)
28/38 passing, 409 yards, four touchdowns vs. Rice

Doughty continues to prove he is one of the best quarterbacks across the nation. Many will disregard himbecause he is from a small school, but he is dominating the competition. On the season, he has completed 115/155 passes for 1,591 yards with 11:2 touchdown to interception ratio. If you require proof, against a bigger school, he took Indiana for 484 yards and three touchdowns. He is the real thing.


Paxton Lynch, QB Memphis (Junior)
20/33 passing, 305 passing yards, two touchdowns, nine carries, six yards, one touchdown vs. South Florida

Lynch lit up South Florida in the air and took to the ground when needed to. He scored three times in the victory and he has Memphis off to a 4-0 record and 2-0 in the division, and has yet thrown an interception. On the season, Lynch has 83/113 passes for 1,230 yards and eight touchdowns. Memphis entered the game averaging 570.2 yards of total offense and nearly 54 points, with Lynch establishing career passing highs the previous three weeks with 354 yards against Kansas, 386 against Bowling Green and 412 against Cincinnati. He has thrown for at least two touchdowns in each of those games.

Donovan Harden, WR Georgia State (Senior)
Five catches, 179 yards, one touchdown vs. Liberty

Harden got his first action against Liberty, and he showed why he was named All-Sun Belt first team by Lindy’s, Athlon, and Phil Steele. His five catches and 179 yards and his touchdown came on a 76-yard reception. Amazing numbers considering that Georgia State had just 16:27 minutes of possession time.

Tyler Ervin, RB San Jose State (Senior)
27 carries, 160 yards, one touchdown, one catch, 11 yards vs. Auburn

Ervin burned the Auburn defense on the ground as he had 160-yards rushing in just 27 carries. He also scored a touchdown. Ervin has been putting up stellar numbers all season as he has rushed for at least one touchdown in each of his last four games. His biggest night came against Fresno State as he carried 42 times for 300 yards and three touchdowns. He is also an able receiver out of the backfield.


Bryant Shirreffs, QB Connecticut (Sophomore)
14/28 passing, 168 passing yards, one passing touchdown, two interceptions vs. BYU

Shirreffs has struggled this season. He has only had five touchdowns on the season to go along with three interceptions. Specifically, in his last three games, he has three touchdowns and two interceptions. His 67/103 passing with 847 yards is acceptable, but he needs more scores to improve his touchdowns to interception ratio.

Cody Thompson, WR Toledo (Sophomore)
Two catches, 33 yards, zero touchdowns vs. Ball State

Thompson looked as though he may have turned his season around last week when he had five receptions for 112 yards, but he faltered against Ball State. His season is off to a slow start with just ten receptions and 199 yards and hasn’t scored once. At least Toledo has won all four games without his production.

Will Fuller, WR Notre Dame (Junior)
Two receptions, 37 yards, zero touchdowns vs. Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish were undefeated and looking like one of the best teams in the country, and then it all came crashing down against Clemson. It’s hard to blame the loss on Fuller, but when one of the best receivers in college puts up a near goose egg, it’s hard to ignore. He had 22 catches for 545 yards and six touchdowns entering the game. Maybe he is slipping? Fuller’s reception total has decreased in each of the past three games, going from six when he played against Georgia Tech, to four against Massachusettes, and now two. He will look to turn that around against Navy next week, then on to #18 USC.

Freshman Spotlight

D’erren Wilson, WR UCF
Seven catches, 114 yards, three touchdowns vs. Tulane

Wilson finally got some exposure against Tulane, and he made it count. The freshman “balled” his way to seven receptions for 114 yards and three touchdowns. He had only one catch this season, and that was against South Carolina. His biggest touchdown came at the end of the game as he took a 24-yard pass up the right sideline for the score. UCF has still not won a game, but they look like improvement is on the way with Wilson. The Knights will take on Connecticut in hopes of ending the losing streak. Although many students are hoping that it may continue with the free beer in effect.


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