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Devy Wrap-Up: Week Six

We take note of a few performances by some of the more interesting college football prospects.

Bijan Robinson

We saw a few heavyweight fights in week six. The Red River Showdown between Oklahoma and Texas went down to the wire. Oklahoma rallied the troops to win 55-48. We saw a slobber knocker between Penn State and Iowa. The Nittany Lions led the game until the fourth quarter when the Hawkeyes mounted a comeback to win 23-20.

The Arkansas and Ole Miss game was straight fireworks. The two teams combined for 103 points, and they scored 11 times in the second half. The game had to eventually end, and when everything was said and done, Ole Miss was able to come away with a 52-51 victory.

The game everyone is talking about at the water cooler on Monday morning is Texas A&M’s upset over Alabama. This wasn’t a game where the Aggies just squeaked by with a last-second win. They punched the Crimson Tide in the mouth early in the game and had them hanging on the ropes. The momentum went back and forth until the Aggies were able to put the final nail in the coffin with a 54-yard field game to win the game 41-38.

There were a lot of players who improved their devy stock. We’ve also seen some players fall off this season. Week six feels like a cornerstone week when it comes to evaluating the landscape of prospects in college football. The plot is thickening as we get deeper into the season. With that being said let’s take a look at some of our top storylines from last weekend.

QUARTERBACK

Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati

Ridder posted another solid performance against Temple on Friday night in front of a national audience. He completed 22 of his 30 pass attempts for 259 yards and three touchdowns. It was a layup game for the most part, as the fifth-ranked Bearcats were heavily favored to win going into this matchup. Ridder has the chance to increase his draft stock if he can lead this team deep into the College Football Playoff. Cincinnati will need to win out and be able to get past some NCAA politics to make this happen.

Bryce Young, Alabama

It was a tough matchup for Young where he ended up on the opposite side of the win column. It wasn’t his best outing. There were some mistakes made on the field on Saturday night by the young quarterback. It wasn’t a total donk performance. He made some good passes and kept the game close. Statistically, he completed 28 of his 48 passes for 369 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception.

Spencer Rattler and Caleb Williams, Oklahoma

All season I’ve been patient with Rattler with the hope that he would iron out his bad play. There were signs that the ship was turning around, but that ship hit a massive iceberg that might have derailed his entire career. We also found out that Lincoln Riley doesn’t like icebergs since he benched Rattler in favor of Williams.

There was a surge of energy that ignited the offense when Williams entered the game. He made some big plays and was able to lead Oklahoma to a 55-48 win over Texas. Williams should be the team’s starting quarterback going forward. From the looks of things, he’s not going to hand the job back to Rattler.

Rattler needs to do a self-evaluation to figure out how he can improve his game. He’s no longer a draftable NFL prospect at this point. He needs to develop his skills and fine-tune his decision-making. Rattler has the natural ability to turn things around. Jalen Hurts was once benched for Tua Tagovailoa and is currently making an impact at the NFL level. It’s not going to be easy, but there’s still some hope for Ratter.

From a devy and dynasty fantasy football perspective. I’m not really interested in having Rattler on my teams unless he comes with a steep discount. The odds are stacked against him. If anything, we should be gearing our focus more on Williams. His ability to pick up yards on the ground will provide the rushing production to make him a valuable fantasy football asset if he is able to make it to the NFL.

CJ Stroud, Ohio State

The season started a little rocky. Stroud didn’t look like a competent quarterback against Minnesota and Oregon. Since then, he has settled down and looks much better. He is connecting with his receivers downfield. Fewer mistakes are being made. Stroud is starting to look like the quarterback everyone hyped him up to be. He has passed for 736 yards and ten touchdowns in his last two games while completing 73.21 percent of his passes. Those numbers might be a bit inflated due to him playing against Maryland and Rutgers. We will get to see how he responds under pressure when Ohio State gets deeper into conference play.

Matt Corral, Ole Miss

Corral got dragged into a good-ole-friendly shootout against Arkansas. He was productive by air and by land, as he passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

We have to crown Corral the QB1 for the 2022 NFL Draft. Of course, things can change, but you can’t argue that he doesn’t look the part. We are seeing him drop dimes all over the field, running defenders over, and this is all with moxie and swag.

Carson Strong, Nevada

Nevada made it rain on New Mexico State. In this contest, Strong dropped 377 yards and six touchdowns on the Aggies. With Rattler pretty much dropping out of the race, Strong has the chance to improve his draft stock for the 2022 NFL Draft class. He is easily one of the best quarterback prospects in the country. We should expect him to receive more national notoriety as the season progresses.

RUNNING BACK

Jerome Ford, Cincinnati

The former Alabama running back rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns against Temple. He’s not regarded as a premier running back prospect, but he’s a guy who could hang around an NFL roster with the potential of seeing some workload down the line. He’s a player dynasty gamers will need to monitor to see if he lands a good situation or gets the opportunity to prove himself.

Brian Robinson, Alabama

We need to put more respect on Robinson’s name. He’s a very decisive runner who runs with a lot of power. Seeing get used in the passing game is very encouraging. In a tough matchup against Texas A&M, he carried the rock 24 times for 147 yards while catching four passes for 60 yards. We could see a rise in his draft stock if he continues to play well.

Bijan Robinson, Texas

Robinson is going to mess around and become one of the best collegiate running backs of all time. He is drawing comparisons to Reggie Bush and is currently the Golden Boy in devy. He’s the best running back in college football and it’s not close.

Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M

He didn’t blow up the box score in his match-up against Alabama. Spiller did show some next-level intangibles that should have devy gamers salivating. We saw him run with excellent patience as he took his time to wait for his blockers to clear lanes for him. He also has tremendous contact balance. Compared to last year, I’ve noticed that he has increased his speed and burst, making him even more dangerous with the ball in his hands.

Kenneth Walker, Michigan State

The transformation Walker has endured from being unknown to a Heisman trophy candidate is not being talked about enough. Michigan State might not be undefeated without him as he’s completely taking over games. Against Rutgers last week, he rushed for 232 yards and one touchdown.

Walker might have the best vision among all running backs in college football. His ability to read the defenders’ momentum and time his move sets him apart from many running backs in college football. His patience is the most impressive trait in his game.

There’s not another running back in the country who can see blocks set up, remain patient, and hit the hole as good as Walker. He’s not the best running back in college football, but he has the tools to make an impact for an NFL team.

TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State

The true freshman had another impressive performance. It’s dangerous to allow him to work with space on the field. If he sees green in front of him, there’s a good chance he’s going to take the ball to the house. Hands down, he’s one of the most exciting players in college football.

Sean Tucker, Syracuse

After busting out four straight 100-yard games, it’s easy to say that Tuckers is one of the best running backs in college football. College football fans need to stop scouting the helmet and just enjoy watching him play. Against Wake Forest last week, he rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns. With him measuring at 5-foot-10 and 210 pounds along with him routinely catching passes out of the backfield, Tucker projects as a three-down feature back.

Zach Evans, TCU

Evans deserves more hype. He’s been productive, hitting the 100-yard mark in each of his last four games. Texas Tech didn’t have an answer for him as he ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns. His blend of size and speed makes him one of the most explosive running backs in the country. Analytics nerds are going to be all over him when it comes time for him to come out for the draft. Not only will he have the production, but he will have the size-adjusted speed to make him a top-tier prospect.

WIDE RECEIVER

Jameson Williams, Alabama

The former Ohio State Buckeye usurped John Metchie and is leading the team with 510 receiving yards. He is winning on the field with his speed. We are also seeing him make big plays downfield. In a loss against Texas A&M, Williams did his part by catching ten balls for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He has been a major surprise considering he transferred to Alabama this off-season. The transition process has been about as smooth as possible. He’s a devy prospect who could be on the rise.

Xavier Worthy, Texas

The true freshman is an explosion waiting to happen. He is a quick-twitch athlete who can burn defensive backs with his long speed. Worthy chose the best time to breakout by catching nine balls for 261 yards and two touchdowns on a national stage against Oklahoma. He started the game by catching a screen pass and outrunning the entire defense for the score. He also converted another impressive touchdown grab later in the game. His devy value is on the rise and if he continues to be productive with flashy big plays, then he’s going to be a hot commodity by the end of the season.

Marvin Mims, Oklahoma

Mims was very impressive as a freshman last season. Things have not gone to plan during his sophomore year. Caleb Williams is the light at the end of the tunnel. Once Spencer Rattler was benched, we saw Mims make some big plays. Williams might be the fuel to ignite Mims’ production.

Treylon Burks, Arkansas

Burks will be one of the top wide receivers selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. He did nothing but improve his draft stock on Saturday by catching seven passes for 136 yards and one touchdown and owned a 41.71 percent share of Arkansas’ passing production against Ole Miss.

Kayshon Boutte, LSU

Boutte was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with a leg injury after catching eight passes for 73 yards. We do not know how extensive the injury is and how long he will be out of the lineup. He’s the best wide receiver in the country right now and it’s a shame that he had to endure such an injury. We’ll know about his status sooner than later.

Drake London, USC

London has strapped a rocket ship to his back this season as he is soaring above most of the wide receivers in college football in both production and highlight-reel catches. He did it again last weekend when he dominated against Utah catching 16 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown in a losing effort. He has four straight games of 130 yards or more with five touchdowns on the season.

TIGHT END

Trey McBride, Colorado

McBride started the season with three straight 100-yard games. Since then, he has cooled off some. Against San Diego State he led the team with six catches. He is on pace to catch 100 passes this season and is a very underrated tight-end prospect.

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Skinny Elvis
11 months ago

Ouch. Had a devy start up and took Rattler as the 1.01. Lucky for me, I got Corral in the second…

Michael Lavery
Reply to  Skinny Elvis
11 months ago

Just pretend you flipped it and rest easy

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