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Devy Wrap-Up: Week 11

Who were the top devy performers this week?

Sam Howell

Just like a proper WWE pay-per-view, we saw a lot of good storylines in week 11. Watching Oklahoma lose to Baylor 27-14 was the big upset of the weekend. With the Sooners losing their first game of the season, this will prevent them from sneaking through the back door of the College Football Playoff.

Mississippi State beating Auburn 43-34 was another upset many college football fans were not anticipating. Auburn slips to fifth place in the SEC West standings while Mississippi State jumps up to third place in the SEC West.

Our heavyweight fight of the weekend was between Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Matt Corral led the Rebels to a 29-19 victory, putting them second in the SEC-West standings behind Alabama.

There were a lot of tight games involving top-25 teams. Michigan and Penn State came down to the fourth quarter. Wake Forest rebounded from their week ten loss to defeat NC State 45-42. We saw Arkansas avoid a potential upset from LSU by kicking a game-winning field in overtime to win 16-13.

Let take a look at some of the top performances from some of our favorite devy prospects.

QUARTERBACK

Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh

In his showdown against North Carolina, Pickett completed 25 of his 43 pass attempts for 346 yards and three touchdowns while also chucking one interception. He has seven games where he surpassed the 300-yard mark in passing. We are watching him build his resume for the NFL Draft every week.

It’s easy to say, as of right now, he’s a first-rounder. There’s a chance he could be the first quarterback selected in this year’s draft. With 3,517 yards, 32 touchdowns and just four interceptions, he is making his case that he should be the first player selected in the draft.

Sam Howell, North Carolina

Howell is a very consistent passer. He has been one of the best quarterbacks since his freshman season. Nothing has changed in 2021. In a battle against Pittsburgh, we saw him make some incredible passes downfield. In a performance where North Carolina fell short 23-30, Howell managed to pass for 296 yards and two touchdowns. There was also an interception mixed in there. Even though he has been dealing with pass protection issues this season, we’ve still seen him stand tall in the pocket and deliver bombs all over the field.

He also has 727 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns on the season. Howell is expected to be one of the first quarterbacks selected in this year’s draft. He should also be in the discussion for the best quarterback in the draft since he’s almost a lock to being a top ten pick.

Bryce Young, Alabama

In a very promising matchup against New Mexico State, Young shredded the Aggies for 270 passing yards and five touchdowns. This was just another display of him being able to spread the ball over the field. He completed 21 of his 23 pass attempts for a 91.30 percent completion rate. When given all day to throw the ball, he can pick apart opposing defenses, which makes Alabama’s offense almost unstoppable.

The Crimson Tide has Arkansas and Auburn left on the schedule. It’s going to be interesting to see how he finishes the year. Without a shadow of a doubt, he is on pace to be one of the top quarterbacks selected in the 2023 NFL Draft.

CJ Stroud, Ohio State

After a slow start to the season, it appears Stroud has gotten his feet wet and is starting to deliver on the upside we were looking forward to seeing from him. He had his best performance of the season last week against Purdue. This Boilermakers team knocked off both Iowa and Michigan State, making them a major threat going into this contest. Stroud was on fire early, connecting with his pass-catchers for 361 yards and five touchdowns. The Ohio State Buckeyes had a 52-17 lead well into the fourth quarter.

This is a different Ohio State team when Stroud is clicking. If he continues to be on point, then they might be able to make a run in the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes have Michigan State and Michigan left on the schedule. Devy managers will need to monitor Stroud’s performance in each of those games to see if he can deliver when it counts.

RUNNING BACK

TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State

Henderson is battling Bijan Robinson for the top spot in devy. He’s a tier-one prospect who has the potential of being a generational prospect once he finishes his career at Ohio State. His combination of speed and explosiveness is something you don’t see from many top running backs. He already has 1,035 yards and 14 touchdowns as a true freshman. Henderson has also caught 16 balls for 223 yards and three touchdowns on the season.

Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State

All Walker knows how to do is put on a show. He has rushed for 486 yards and eight touchdowns in his last three games. Against Maryland, he carried the ball 30 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for two yards. The junior running back is averaging 148.3 rushing yards per game. He is expected to be one of the top running backs selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Devon Achane, Texas A&M

The second-year running back has been splitting carrier with Isaiah Spiller and holding his own. Spiller is considered one of the top running backs in college football. The fact he can siphon touches and produce is something devy gamers need to take note of.

Achane has surpassed the 100-yard mark in three out of his last four games. He’s a very explosive playmaker who can make defense pay once he hits the second level of the defense. Currently, he’s the RB16 in DLF’s Devy Rankings.

Braelon Allen, Wisconsin

After his last few performances, Allen has put the world on notice. He has rushed for six-straight 100-yard games. The Badgers are undefeated when he sees 12 or more carries in a game. We saw what he could do in a promising matchup with a large workload. Against Rutgers, he carried the ball 25 times for 173 yards and three touchdowns.

Allen is a big 6-foot-2 and 238 pound back who can rumble when he gets the ball in the second level. He looks the part. There are pictures of him floating around the internet with him looking jacked which are causing many people to draw comparisons of him to Derrick Henry.

Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State

There is going to be a spot for Vaughn at the next level. I don’t know how it’s going to look like, but he’s going to figure out a way to make an impact. He is a short shifty runner who has a low center of gravity, allowing him to bounce off contact. Vaughn has three straight 100-yard performances and all of them as came against Big-12 competition. Against West Virginia, he rushed for 121 yards and one touchdown. The sophomore running back has racked up 40 catches for 427 yards and three touchdowns in ten games this season.

Devin Neal, Kansas

Neal loves to deliver when it counts most. Against Oklahoma earlier in the year, he rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns. His performance in this game almost led the Jayhawks into an upset victory over the Sooners. They were able to shock the world in week 11 against Texas when they took them down 57-56 in overtime. In this game, Neal rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns. He is currently not ranked in DLF’s Devy Rankings. However, if he continues to produce, he might find himself wedged into the rankings.

Rachaad White, Arizona State

White is going to be the mid-round dandy in this 2022 NFL Draft. It’s only a matter of time until “big media” starts hyping this kid. He’s a very smooth runner who can eat chunks of yards once he gets through the hole. White has rushed for 386 yards and five touchdowns in his last two games. The Sun Devils have Oregon State and Arizona left on the schedule. It’s going to be very important that he shows up during the final leg of the season to cement his draft stock.

Lew Nichols, Central Michigan

The third-year freshman running back is having a monster season. He has five-straight 100-yard rushing performances. In week 11 against Kent State, he rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns. Nichols has been ripping through the MAC schedule and it’s going to be very interesting to see how he finishes the season. Devy and dynasty gamers will need to pay attention to his career. If he continues to produce at this pace, then he could be a trendy prospect later down the road. The 5-foot-10 and 210-pound running back have 1,295 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season.

WIDE RECEIVER

David Bell, Purdue

Bell has been on fire lately. In his last two weeks he has caught 22 balls for 320 yards and one touchdown against Michigan State and Ohio State. Bell elevates his game with the competition and does not get shut down by the top corners in his conference. In just nine games this season he has already posted a career-high 75 catches for 1,106 yards and five touchdowns. Bell will be one of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft. He will more than likely be the best value in the first round of rookie drafts this spring.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State

Smith-Njigba is point-blank one of the top wide receiver prospects for the 2023 draft class. Not many sophomore wide receivers can overshadow Chris Olave in their respective offense. He had another mega performance against Purdue last weekend, catching nine balls for 139 yards and one touchdown. He currently has a 30.32 percent market share of Ohio State passing production.

Garrett Wilson, Ohio State

Wilson has first-round pick written all over him. He will be one of the top wide receiver prospects in the upcoming draft. In week 11 against Purdue, he caught ten passes for 126 yards and three touchdowns. This was his third 100-yard game on the season.

There are many different ways Wilson can win on the field. He is a technician at selling his routes. We’ve also seen him climb the ladder to make tough contested catches. He has the potential to transition into a very desirable asset once he hits the next level.

Jameson Williams, Alabama

Williams is having a very underrated breakout season. In less than a year, he transferred schools and has caught 51 balls for 1,028 yards and ten touchdowns for one of the most prestigious collegiate programs in the nation. He has three-straight 100-yard performances. In a promising matchup against New Mexico State, he caught six balls for 158 yards and three touchdowns.

The major red flag on Wiliams’ prospect profile is that he struggled to produce while at Ohio State. It’s something dynasty gamers will need to analyze throughout the draft season. The thing about him though, is that he instantly broke out this year with Alabama, supplanting John Metchie, and becoming the alpha receiver in the offense.

Xavier Worthy, Texas

Worthy went off against Kansas last weekend, catching 14 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns. From just a pure production standpoint, he appears to be the Will Fuller of the Big-12. He either blows up and takes over the game or he’s barely noticeable in the box score. He has four games with over 100 yards receiving and has 848 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. The freshman wide receiver has a 34.90 percent market share of the Longhorns’ passing production.

TIGHT END

Michael Mayer, Notre Dame

Mayer is one of the top tight-end prospects in college football. He was a five-star recruit from the 2020 recruiting class. Against Virginia on Saturday, he led the Fighting Irish with seven catches for 84 yards and one touchdown. In nine games, he has 52 catches for 577 yards and four touchdowns. We should expect him to be a future first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

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