We are deep into conference play and each game is make-or-break for almost every team in the nation. This was one of the few weeks where we didn’t see any huge upsets. We did see Notre Dame upset Syracuse 41-24.
There were plenty of big matchups that took place last weekend. Penn State hung in there against Ohio State. It was tight during a large portion of the game until Ohio State came alive and pulled away with a 44-31 victory. Ole Miss and Texas A&M was a fun game to watch with many top devy prospects on the field. Ole Miss was able to hang on to the lead and won the game 31-28.
Below are some fun matchups next week that devy gamers will need to pay attention to.
- Tennessee @ Georgia
- Alabama @ LSU
- Texas @ Kansas State
- Wake Forest @ NC State
Drake Maye, North Carolina
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) October 30, 2022
In a barnburner against Pittsburgh, Maye completed 34 of his 44 pass attempts for 388 yards and five touchdowns. He also carried the ball 14 times for 61 yards. We saw him connect with ten different pass-catchers in this game. Maye is one of the most impressive quarterbacks in college football right now. He’s accurate, makes sound decisions, and can move the ball downfield.
Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
Hooker is one of the steadiest quarterbacks we’ve seen in recent years. Dating back to last season, he has remained consistent and efficient. Since his win against Alabama, he started to receive some recognition, but he’s still very underappreciated by the draft community. It was another great performance against Kentucky when he completed 19 of his 25 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball ten times for 23 yards and a touchdown.
Max Duggan, TCU
I wouldn’t consider Duggan a serious devy prospect, but it’s important to note that he’s turning things around. It’s always good to spotlight a few ancillary players just in case there’s a major increase in development somewhere down the line. He has led the Horned Frogs to an 8-0 record and had a few good performances throughout the season. Against West Virginia, he passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns while tossing one interception.
CJ Stroud, Ohio State
Best throw of the day by CJ Stroud.
Up six with 4 minutes left, OSU goes aggressive instead of running clock. Perfect placement by Stroud.
(Also, peek at Dawand Jones at RT 👀) pic.twitter.com/Do6cMHjirI
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) October 30, 2022
Stroud has all the talent in the world. He can make big money throws and create big plays. There were some moments in his game against Penn State where he was off the mark. You get that with a lot of top-tier quarterbacks. There’s always a moment or an issue that you can also pinpoint as the reason why there could be a risk in drafting the player. We’ve seen this go both ways when those issues increase at the NFL level. Some quarterbacks turn things around and develop into Pro Bowlers. I would note those instances but look at the whole body of work and not get too worked up over the micro.
From a box score perspective, it wasn’t bad. He completed 26 of his 33 pass attempts for 354 yards and one touchdown. He also made some beautiful throws downfield.
Blake Corum, Michigan
Corum will be one of around 10-15 running backs who will be ranked in the top five of this year’s running back class. He has stepped up and become a dominant force this season. In a big rivalry game against Michigan State, he carried the rock 33 times for 177 yards and one touchdown. He is the heartbeat of this offense. Corum will be one of the most talked-about running back prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Chase Brown, Illinois
Brown has been a friend of this year’s devy recap all season long. He has rushed for at least 100 yards in each game this season. It was more of the same against Nebraska as he carried the ball 32 times for 149 yards and one touchdown. He’s college football’s leading rusher with 1,208 yards on the season.
Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota
After suffering a devastating Achilles injury that ended his season last year, Ibrahim now ranked eighth in the country with 170 rushing attempts. He has surpassed the 100-yard mark in every game this season. Against Rutgers, he carried the ball 36 times for 159 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also averaging a tremendous 3.83 yards after contact per attempt.
Kaleb Johnson, Iowa
Johnson is a freshman running back that you need to keep tabs on. He has good size-adjusted speed and could develop into a sneaky devy play in the next couple of years. Against Northwestern in week nine he rushed for 93 yards. It’s been a slow season for the young running back, but he has plenty of time to live up to his potential.
Kendre Miller, TCU
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 29, 2022
Miller is one of college football’s biggest risers of the season. He currently has 851 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games and ranks sixth in the nation with 3.84 yards after contact per attempt. We could see him come out for the 2023 NFL Draft which would bolster the class even more. Last week in a big win against West Virginia, he rushed for 120 yards and one touchdown. He had a long touchdown run which displayed his speed, burst, and vision.
Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State
Deuce Vaughn HOUSE CALL 🏠
What a start for Kansas State 🏈pic.twitter.com/dn5BHAnht7
— 247Sports (@247Sports) October 29, 2022
Vaughn is going to be a hot debate during next year’s draft season. There will be friends lost over Vaughn being five-foot-six and weighing 176 pounds. The scale can’t take away his production. He has rushed for 902 yards and five touchdowns this season. He has five games with over 100 yards rushing while averaging 2.60 yards after the catch per reception. His receiving pedigree makes him an exciting prospect since he has caught 97 passes for 1,032 so far during his career.
Richard Reese, Baylor
Reese is a freshman running back who has rushed for 334 yards and five touchdowns in his last two games. In both those contests, he received 30 or more touches. He wasn’t considered a top-tier recruit, but it’s always important to note whenever a freshman starts to produce.
Quinshon Judkins, Ole Miss
Judkins just surpassed the 1,000-yard mark with his performance against Texas A&M where he rushed for 205 yards and one touchdown. He has outproduced Zach Evans and looks like he’s going to be one of the most hyped-up running backs in college football soon.
Devon Achane, Texas A&M
You can never deny Achane’s speed. He is a very explosive running back who can eat chunks of yards in the open field. He also has 33 catches for 195 yards on the season. He’s another running back that will be in the 2023 NFL Draft. We saw him produce against Ole Miss, rushing for 138 yards while catching seven balls for 41 yards and one touchdown.
Raheim Sanders, Arkansas
Sanders is going to be a big deal in the 2024 draft. He’s been very productive this season with six 100-yard rushing performances while averaging 6.7 yards per carry. We saw another huge game from him last weekend when he rushed for 171 yards against Auburn. He has 346 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games.
Zach Charbonnet, UCLA
Zach Charbonnet 🚀😱
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) October 30, 2022
Analytically, it didn’t seem like the best move for Charbonnet to return to UCLA for his senior year, but he has managed to add value to his draft stock. He has rushed for over 100 yards in six of his seven games. Against Stanford, he reeled off 198 yards and three touchdowns while catching five balls for 61 yards. He is averaging 4.56 yards after contact on the season
Parker Washington, Penn State
Washington has his breakout game of the season against Ohio State, catching 11 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown. Prior to his big performance, he had just 388 yards and one touchdown on the season. He’s a player to monitor since he should be coming out for the draft in 2023. Washington broke out during his sophomore season in 2021 with a 23.49 percent market share.
Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State
Marvin Harrison Jr. is the best wide receiver in college football. Enough said. Enjoy his 🎞️ here vs Penn State. pic.twitter.com/grskZafDVq
— Brandon Lejeune (@DevyDeepDive) October 29, 2022
Harrison had another huge performance on Saturday. In his contest against Penn State, he caught ten balls for 185 yards. This was his fourth 100-yard game on the season. He has a 141.7 quarterback rating when targeted. Also, per Pro Football Focus, on 67 targets, he has not been documented for dropping a pass.
Josh Downs, North Carolina
Downs will be one of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft. He caught 101 passes for 1,335 yards last season. On Saturday, he proved why he’s one of the best in the country by reeling in 11 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. He has three 100-yard performances in his last four games.
Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee
Hyatt is still on a roll. Against Kentucky, he caught five passes for 138 yards. In his last three games, he produced 519 yards and nine touchdowns. He has become one of the biggest risers of the season. Considering he didn’t break out until this season, he’s going to be another player dynasty gamers will argue over this draft season.
Brock Bowers, Georgia
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 30, 2022
There’s another Kyle Pitts-level prospect at tight end and his name is Brock Bowers. He leads the team with 547 receiving yards and is always a threat to score with a big play. Against Florida, he caught five balls for 154 yards and one touchdown. He scored on a long catch and run where the ball bobbled between the defender’s hands and into his. These are the type of plays we’ve seen Bowers do on a routine basis.