December 10, 2023

Devy Digest: Week 5 Preview

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Devy Digest: Week 5 Preview

Devy Games to Watch

Saturday September 30, 2023

(8) USC at Colorado
For Colorado, they should get the run game going and with RB- Alton McCaskill coming back last week they should utilize him and RB- Dylan Edwards to take pressure off QB- Shedeur Sanders. Quick passes should be in the game plan and let WR- Jimmy Horn Jr and WR- Xavier Weaver create after the catch. For USC, they come in all systems go with QB- Caleb Williams and his receivers that are led by true Freshman WR- Zachariah Branch, WR- Duce Robinson and upperclassman WR- Brenden Rice and WR- Tahj Washington. On the ground RB- MarShawn Lloyd has looked very good, averaging nearly 9 yards per carry.

(22)Florida at Kentucky
For Kentucky, it's about the receivers and WR- Barion Brown and WR- Dane Key are the two assets and the usage this year has been a little interesting. Brown was used in space to create on his own last year, he hasn't been used as that this year and his production has taken a hit. WR- Dane Key has been consistent the entire year. RB- Ray Davis has looked good since transferring over this year. For Florida, the ground game duo of RB- Trevor Etienne and Montrell Johnson lead the way and help take pressure off of QB- Graham Mertz. WR- Ricky Pearsell leads the way, but exciting true Freshman WR- Eugene Wilson appears to be trending upwards and should suit up in a big time matchup.

Texas A&M at Arkansas
For Arkansas, QB- KJ Jefferson has struggled without his best weapon RB- Rocket Sanders, but Sanders is on track to play this week and would be a big boost for the entire Arkansas offense. Freshman TE- Luke Hasz has looked really good and has stepped up to help KJ Jefferson. For Texas A&M, QB- Conner Weigman is out for the year. QB- Max Johnson has been given the keys once again. WR- Noah Thomas is unlikely to play as well. WR- Evan Stewart and WR- Ainias Smith will be the top two wideouts for Johnson and he just needs to get the ball out of his hands. The only positive for Max Johnson is he has experience.

(24)Kansas at (3)Texas
For Texas, they are piecing it all together, they are loaded at each position and learning how to utilize each skillset . QB- Quinn Ewers looked decisive last week, finding the open guy and letting them create. WR- Xavier Worthy, Adonai Mitchell, WR- Jordan Whittington, TE- JT Sanders will be the focal point, it will be nice if they start to sprinkle in true Freshman WR- Johntay Cook II. On the ground it is led by RB- Jonathan Brooks and true Freshman CJ Baxter. For Kansas, QB- Jalon Daniels has been efficient this year and that in turn has made the offense have rhythm. RB- Devin Neal has looked very good running the ball and catching it out of the backfield and creating after the catch. WR- Lawrence Arnold leads the receiving group who will need to get open and help out Jalon Daniels in this matchup.

Clemson at Syracuse
For Syracuse, QB- Garrett Shrader has been a good dual threat this year and has been making plays with his feet when he hasn't found the open receiver. RB- LaQuint Allen continues to make plays each time he has the ball and has shown his soft hands in the receiving game. The wide receivers have done a good job this year and it is led by WR- Damien Alford, WR- Donovan Brown, and WR- Umari Hatcher. For Clemson, QB-Cade Klubnik will need to play better and last weekend without WR- Antonio Williams, true Freshman WR- Tyler Brown stepped up and stood out over WR- Beaux Collins, and WR- Adam Randall. Clemson will need to focus on the run game to control time of possession and RB- Phil Mafah and RB- Will Shipley will have to find openings to take pressure off of Klubnik.

(7)Washington at Arizona
For Arizona, QB- Jayden De Laura left last weeks game and by all indications seems doubtful against Washington. If he were to miss the game, they will need to lean on RB- Michael Wiley to take pressure of the fill in QB- Noah Fifita and give him time to find WR- Tet McMillan and WR- Jacob Cowing. For Washington QB- Michael Penix has been firing on all cylinders and supporting multiple wide receivers that include WR- Rome Odunze, WR- Jalen McMillan, WR-Ja'Lynn Polk.

C2C Games to Watch

Friday September. 29, 2023

Louisville at NC State
For NC State, QB- Brennan Armstrong needs to have a good start early to gain confidence and momentum as they will need to score points to keep up with the high powered Louisville offense. Armstrong will need to rely on true Freshman WR- Kevin Concepcion. Concepcion broke out last week for 6-116-2 and has been the go to target on key plays. On the ground, RB- Michael Allen has stepped up and he'll need to be efficient to keep Louisville's defense honest. Fellow Freshman TE- Juice Vereen has shown glimpses this season and he'll be asked to step up. For Louisville, QB- Jack Plummer has looked very competent in this system and will look to distribute to his top targets, WR- Jamari Thrash, WR- Ahmari Huggins-Bruce, and WR- Kevin Coleman. The ground game is led by RB- Jawhar Jordan.

Saturday September 30, 2023

Boise State at Memphis
For Memphis, QB- Seth Henigan has looked good this season and continues to show flashes. RB- Blake Watson will be leaned on again as he is the leading rusher and leads the team in receptions. WR- Roc Taylor leads the wide receivers in receptions. For Boise State, QB- Taylen Green will need to play mistake free football and RB- Ashton Jeanty will continue to make the most of his opportunities while RB- George Holani is out. WR- Eric McAlister leads the team in receptions.