• Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Devy Digest: Week 3 Preview

Devy Digest: Week 3 Preview

 

Devy Games to Watch

Saturday, September 16
South Carolina at (1)Georgia
For Georgia, QB- Carson Beck has 2 easy games under his belt to prepare for this and he should be aided by the run game that will be tandem of RB- Roderick Robinson II and RB- Kendall Milton. RB- Andrew Paul is working his way back from injury and might get some more playing time. WR- Ladd McConkey has been out due to injury and in his place, WR- Mekhi Mews has stepped up. WR- Dominic Lovett will operate out of the slot and look to get more involved, but it will be TE- Brock Bowers and TE- Oscar Delp who will be the safety valves for QB- Carson Beck. For South Carolina, QB- Spencer Rattler has played exceptionally well and has leaned on WR- Xavier Legette, who has filled in for the injured WR- Juice Wells. The running game hasn't fared too well thus far, and will be led by RB- DaKereon Joyner, but overall as a team they have averaged less than 2 yards per carry. QB- Spencer Rattler will be asked to win this game.

Western Kentucky at (6)Ohio State
For Ohio State, QB- Kyle McCord got a lot more comfortable in his second start last week and will look to build upon that and spread the ball around to WR- Marvin Harrison Jr, and WR- Emeka Egbuka. The running back room has been muddled during the first couple of weeks as RB- TreVeyon Henderson leads the team in carries at 17 with RB- Chip Trayanum has 14 and RB- Miyan Williams has 13. For Western Kentucky, WR- Malachi Corley sat out of last weeks game as a precaution and should be good to go. In the offseason, he circled this game, as he knew all eyes would be on this game and he wanted to make the case for being the best wide receiver in the country. QB- Austin Reed will be happy to see his top target earner back on the field as they try to keep this game close early on.

(11) Tennessee at Florida
For Florida, they will lean on the run game led by RB- Trevor Etienne and RB- Montrell Johnson. WR- Ricky Pearsall is the favorite target for QB- Graham Mertz, but we'll be looking for the usage of true Freshman WR- Eugene Wilson, who is simply electric when he has the football. For Tennessee, the offense has looked out of sync. In the past, QB- Joe Milton was someone who was hesitant and was afraid to take shots. We thought that went away in this Quarterback friendly system with Tennessee, but something has looked off. Perhaps it's due to the wide receiver room, as nobody has stepped up yet. WR- Squirrel White was supposed to be the deep threat, Jalin Hyatt role...but we haven't really seen that. The offense as a whole has been using short passes rather than the long shots that we are accustomed to. Tennessee has leaned on the run game with RB- Jaylen Wright and RB- Jabari Small. This might end up being a game that is dependent on the running backs.

Florida Atlantic at Clemson
For Clemson, QB- Cade Klubnik will look to take command of the offense and continue to find WR- Antonio Williams and WR- Beaux Collins and try to get WR- Adam Randall involved. The run game will be led by RB- Will Shipley and RB- Phil Mafah and this will be their final tune up before conference play hits. For Florida Atlantic, QB- Casey Thompson will need to have a clean game to keep them close and he'll look for WR- LaJohntay Wester who has been the go to guy for the team. RB Larry McCammon leads the backfield and is a danger in the receiving game as well.

C2C Games to Watch

Louisville at Indiana
For Indiana, it's officially QB- Tayven Jackson time, as he has been named the starter. He'll have a stiff test as they'll have to keep up with Louisville's high powered offense. The run game for Indiana has kept them in games and they'll lean on RB- Jaylin Lucas and RB- Josh Henderson. For Louisville, QB- Jack Plummer will look to distribute the ball to his explosive wide receivers in WR- Jamari Thrash, WR- Kevin Coleman, and WR- Jimmy Calloway. WR- Chris Bell is someone we'd like to see get more involved, but he's been limited due to the new offense in place.

San Jose State at Toledo
For Toledo, QB- Dequan Finn has continued to look very good and has been a consistent CFF starter. The top two wide receivers are WR- Junior Vandeross III and Jerjuan Newton and RB-Jacquez Stuart leads the way on the ground. For San Jose State, they make their first trip east and are led by QB- Chevan Cordeiro, who has leaned on WR- Nick Nash and WR- Charles Ross as WR-Justin Lockhart works his way back from an injury during fall camp. The run game has received a boost from Utah Tech transfer RB- Quali Conley, who has looked very efficient with his touches and his running mate RB- Kairee Robinson leads the team in rushing touchdowns. This should be a pretty good C2C and CFF matchup.

Syracuse at Purdue
For Purdue, QB- Hudson Card has looked pretty good so far and not much has changed with the offense.  Leading the pass catchers are TE- Max Klare, WR-Deion Burks, WR- Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen, and WR- TJ Sheffield. RB- Devin Mockobee leads the way on the ground with volume. For Syracuse, TE- Oronde Gadsden II will miss some time and filling the void will be WR- Umari Hatcher, WR- Isaiah Jones, and WR- Donovan Brown. QB- Garrett Shrader has been in command with this offense, but the star of the team is RB- LeQuint Allen. Allen has been productive thus far, and we look for his usage to rise. Last week, the game got out of hand early and Allen wasn't used much. They used RB- Ike Daniels and RB- Juwaun Price. This game should be much better competition wise, so how the backs are used will be interesting. We were banking on the volume for Allen, and Allen has looked like the most explosive of the three backs, but we'll have to see how it plays out.

Pittsburgh at West Virginia
For West Virginia, RB- CJ Donaldson Jr has been the top asset and he hasn't looked as efficient as we saw last year in his limited touches, but he is by far the lead back and will continue to receive the volume we like. QB- Garrett Greene bounced back last week and will look to build on that performance and will look to WR- Hudson Clement, who exploded out of the gates last week with a stat line of 5-177-3 in his debut against Duquesne. For Pitt, they look to rebound off a tough loss to Cincinnati. QB- Phil Jurkovec has not looked good at all and will need to find WR- Konata Mumpfield and TE- Gavin Bartholomew. The run game has been a three-headed split consisting of RB- Daniel Carter, RB- C'Bo Flemsister and RB- Rodney Hammond.

Hawaii at (13) Oregon
For Oregon, it'll be another high octane performance with QB- Bo Nix and his receiving group, which is led by WR- Troy Franklin, WR- Gary Bryant Jr, WR- Tez Johnson. The ground attack will feature RB- Bucky Irving, RB- Noah Whittington, RB- Jordan James, RB- Dante Dowdell, and RB- Jayden Limar. WR Troy Franklin has had a great start to the season, and we'll see what kind of numbers he puts up and if RB- Bucky Irving has another 100 yard running game. For Hawaii, they travel to the mainland and will need to bring their weapons with them. QB- Brayden Schager continues to see the volume and, while he makes mistakes and turns the ball over, he also makes plays when the team needs him to. Leading the wide receivers are WR- Pofele Ashlock, a Devy Digest favorite of ours, and WR- Steven McBride. The targets have funneled to them, and they have produced for CFF purposes. Hawaii has found a run game of some sort with RB- Jordan Johnson, who has looked more efficient than the incumbent starter RB- Tylan Hines. If Hawaii can put up points early, this could be a fun game to watch.

Colorado State at (18)Colorado
For Colorado, we get to see another game and how this offense will be. QB- Shedeur Sanders has looked good against the defenses that he's faced. He has distributed the ball well to the trio of wide receivers in WR- Travis Hunter, WR- Joe Horn Jr and WR- Xavier Weaver. The run game has not fared that well in the first couple of games, and that will be something to look for. For Colorado State, it seems as if QB- Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi will get the start and he'll need to lean on WR- Tory Horton and WR- Justus Ross-Simmons. Colorado State hasn't been able to run the ball either, so this game will be settled through the air.