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
Alvin Kamara, RB Tennessee (Junior)
18 carries, 127 yards, two touchdowns, eight receptions, 161 yards, one touchdown vs. Texas A&M
With normal starter Jalen Hurd out with an injury, Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara stepped up in a major way as the Volunteers battled step for step with the Aggies of Texas A&M. Kamara played the best game of his career, putting up a total of 288 total yards from scrimmage and accounting for three touchdowns on the day. Kamara had already been eating into Hurd’s touches and that could continue after this impressive performance.
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Kamryn Pettway, RB Auburn (Sophomore)
39 carries, 169 rushing yards, three touchdowns vs. Mississippi State
Auburn’s bulky sophomore back Kamryn Pettway carried the load last Saturday for the Tigers after starter Kerryon Johnson was forced to leave the game with an injury and after Pettway’s breakout game, we could be seeing a lot more of him. The six foot, 240 pounder rumbled for 169 yards and three scores on a whopping 39 carries as the Auburn pass game was almost non-existent.
Nick Chubb, RB Georgia (Junior)
16 carries, 121 yards, two touchdowns vs. South Carolina
Sony Michel, RB Georgia (Junior)
21 carries, 133 yards vs. South Carolina
The Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks played the rare Sunday game as the SEC attempted to avoid Hurricane Matthew and Georgia had a pair of running backs who look suited for Sunday football. Star back Nick Chubb was back in action after missing some time with an ankle injury and he played his best game since the opener, rushing for 121 yards and two scores on just 16 carries. Chubb remains one of the favorites to be a very high pick in next year’s dynasty rookie drafts.
His less-heralded teammate Sony Michel performed just as well, leading Georgia in rushing with 133 yards on the day. Michel doesn’t have the size or even the natural skills of Chubb, but he’s no slouch either. He’s expected to return to Georgia for his senior season, but he should certainly be on dynasty radars for the class of 2018.
Jared Cornelius, WR Arkansas (Junior)
Five receptions, 146 yards vs. Alabama
After being rarely used throughout his Arkansas career and then getting off to a slow start this season, junior wideout Jared Cornelius is on a tear. Over the past three games, which include matchups against Texas A&M and Alabama, he is averaging over five receptions per game for over 125 yards and a touchdown. Cornelius has gone from relative unknown to the Razorbacks top threat in no time at all. I am looking forward to how he is evaluated when it comes NFL Draft time.
Josh Dobbs, QB Tennessee (Senior)
398 passing yards, two touchdowns, 17 carries, 57 yards
For some reason, I’ve never considered Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs as a serious NFL prospect, but I am quickly coming around on that idea. Dobbs continues to be a threat to run the ball at anytime, and is showing a quickly improving arm as a passer. Dobbs threw for a career-high 398 yards, besting his previous personal record by nearly 80 yards. He also chipped in 57 yards on the ground, which fans have come to expect at this point. Dobbs has four career 100-yard rushing games.
Josh Malone, WR Tennessee (Junior)
Two receptions, 31 yards
Early in the season, it looked as if Volunteers wide receiver Josh Malone had gotten over the hump and was ready to be a prime time player for Dobbs and Tennessee. While has become a deep play threat for the Vols, he’s failed to crack 70 yards in five of the past six games and had just 54 total receiving yards in the past two games against Georgia and Texas A&M.
Boom Williams, RB Kentucky (Junior)
Nine carries, 54 yards vs. Vanderbilt
Coming into the season, I loved Kentucky running back Boom Williams as a sleeper in the upcoming draft. Admittedly, part of that was influenced by my allegiance to the Big Blue, but I also really liked the combination of speed and power Williams has shown in the past. While the Wildcats’ backfield is surprisingly deep, Williams was in store for a big year, or so I thought. Instead, Jojo Kemp and freshman Benny Snell have routinely outplayed him at stretches this season. I still expect Williams to bypass his senior season in favor of the NFL Draft, but he could easily fall to Day Three of the spring affair.
Speedy Noil, WR Texas A&M (Junior)
Two receptions, 32 yards
Wide receiver Devante “Speedy” Noil arrived at Texas A&M with huge expectations placed upon him as a top high school recruit, but he has continuously failed to live up to the hype. Noil has basically been a non-factor this season, with just eight receptions on the season. Noil was once a favorite in the devy community based on his high ranking and explosive playmaking ability, but that simply has not translated to the next level. Who knows if Noil will even get an opportunity to play in the NFL.
Trayveon Williams, RB Texas A&M (Freshmen)
28 carries, 217 yards, one touchdown vs. Tennessee
In a season that has already been filled with highlights, last Saturday may have been the best of them all for freshman running back Trayveon Williams of Texas A&M. Williams lit up the Volunteers for 217 rushing yards, easily a new career high for Williams, who also scored a touchdown. It was a long play that didn’t result in a score that nearly cost the Aggies the game though. Near the end of a 71-yard run as he was cruising for the end zone, Williams had the ball knocked from his hand by a defender, resulting in a touchback for the Vols. The game eventually went into overtime and the Aggies pulled it out. While he enjoyed a huge game, Williams also learned a lesson that many players have yet to learn.