Here at Dynasty Scouts, we’ll always do our best to keep you informed about the latest happenings in college football. We watch all of the games so you don’t have to. Here’s some of what we noticed this past weekend.
Premier Conference Performer
Leonard Fournette, RB LSU (Sophomore)
16 carries, 284 yards, three touchdowns, three receptions, 25 yards vs. Mississippi
The Tigers have been anxiously awaiting their star runner to return to the field and last week, Leonard Fournette was back in action for LSU. He wasted no time in reminding fans, teammates and especially his opposition what makes him so great. Fournette ran with a combination of power and speed that has made him an elite prospect, breaking the single game team record for rush yard relatively early in the game. Fournette finished with over 300 total yards on less than 20 touches and scored touchdowns of 59, 76 and 78 yards and the Ole Miss defense essentially gave up on stopping him.
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Kamryn Pettway, RB Auburn (Freshman)
27 carries, 192 rushing yards, two touchdowns vs. Arkansas
With starter Kerryon Johnson still out with an injury, the Auburn Tigers relied heavily on sophomore back Kamryn Pettway and he again came up big. Just a week after toting the ball 39 times against Mississippi State, Pettway ran for 192 yards as Auburn blew out Arkansas. Pettway has five 100-yard games this season in his six games played, despite mostly sharing snaps with Johnson. It seems that Auburn has found another star back.
Ralph Webb, RB Vanderbilt (Junior)
Nine carries, 125 yards, one reception, 15 yards vs. Tennessee State
Junior running back Ralph Webb continues to be one of the few bright spots for the Commodores this season. In a matchup against undermanned Tennessee State, Webb totaled 140 yards as Vandy cruised to a much-needed win. Surprisingly, Webb leads the conference with 855 rushing yards.
Jeff Badet, WR Kentucky (Junior)
Seven receptions, 139 yards, one touchdown vs. Mississippi State
After years of disappointment, Kentucky’s diminutive receiver Jeff Badet is finally making the plays to help his team. The junior had his first career 100-yard receiving game against Mississippi State last week, recording a career high in receptions (seven) as well as yardage. At 6’0” and 180 pounds, Badet may be locked into a special teams role if he ever gets the chance to play on Sundays.
Fred Ross, WR Mississippi State (Senior)
Five receptions, 50 yards, one touchdown
Although Bulldogs wide receiver Fred Ross did score a touchdown for Mississippi State, but playing against a Wildcat defense that has struggled much of the season, the 5/50/1 stat line for Ross was a bit disappointing. The good news for Ross is that he still ranks among the league leaders in receptions and yardage and is tied with Missouri’s J’Mon Moore for the touchdown lead with six scores on the year.
Nate Craig-Myers, WR Auburn (Freshman)
One reception, 10 yards vs. Arkansas
Freshman Nate Craig-Myers arrived on Auburn’s campus with huge expectation placed on his shoulders and so far, he’s been a bit of a disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, this is true of the majority of true freshman who are slow to make the transition, but it serves as a reminder to those of us in deep devy leagues that not all top recruits offer an instant return on our investment. Craig-Myers had just one reception for 10 yards last week and has three receptions on the season.
No surprise, but the Crimson Tide once again were on the right side of a blowout game, this time taking out the Aggies of Texas A&M 33-14. The story once again was Alabama’s rushing attack, with sophomore Damien Harris leading the way with 128 yards on 17 carries. The true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts again put up big numbers on the ground and respectable passing totals. He threw for 164 yards, two scores and two interceptions and rushed for 93 yards and another touchdown. Some are suggesting Hurts as a Heisman candidate.
The team’s top pass-catchers were again not really needed, but performed well. Tight end OJ Howard caught eight passes for 69 yards and a score, while sophomore Calvin Ridley caught Hurts other touchdown strike among his four receptions for just 27 yards.
The player I’m growing concerned with in this offense is Bo Scarbrough. I actually projected the redshirt sophomore as a breakout candidate this season, and while he has made some amazing plays, he’s usually done so on rather small volume. He certainly has not shown the ability to carry the load on a regular basis, so I wonder about his role in the NFL.
Bryan Edwards, WR South Carolina (Freshmen)
Three receptions, 42 yards, on touchdown vs. Massachusetts
The talented true freshman Bryan Edwards has been a pleasant surprise for a South Carolina team in desperate need of playmakers. Edwards began the season with a 100-yard game against Vanderbilt, but then quickly cooled off. Last week, facing non-conference opponent UMass, Edwards found the end zone for his first career touchdown. The big-bodied freshman is also one of the youngest players in the league, still just 17 years old.