June 21, 2024

Devy Digest: Week 7 Preview

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Devy Digest: Week 7 Preview

Devy Games to Watch

Arkansas at (11)Alabama
Arkansas needs to salvage their season and RB- Rocket Sanders needs to get on track, he’s been hampered by a knee and has been slow to come back and in turn has made QB- KJ Jefferson struggle this year, he’s been protective of the football the past couple of seasons, but with everything on his shoulders and him having to carry the team, he’s been turning the ball over. A healthy Rocket Sanders will go a long way to keep Arkansas in this game. Alabama QB- Jalen Milroe has looked good with a more simplified offense and the receiving room is still in flux. WR- Jermaine Burton is coming off a career game and we’ll have to see if he can continue that hot hand. One player I’ll be watching is TE- Amari Niblack, he’s an athletic player at the position and has been schemed up. The run game has also been in flux. Hopefully true Freshman RB- Justice Haynes gets some playing time but more than likely we’ll see more of Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams. (8)Oregon at (7)Washington
Perhaps the game of the week, both teams are coming off a bye and have an extra week to prepare for this game. everybody is wanting a 49-45 game, so that usually means it’ll be a 13-10 game at halftime. The two Quarterbacks, Washington’s Michael Penix and Oregon’s Bo Nix will continue to make their case to be a Heisman hopeful and we have a bevy of wide receivers that we are looking to make an impact. For Washington, we’ll have to see if Jalen McMillan can make his way back from his injury from a few weeks ago, if he can’t go then Ja’Lynn Polk and Germie Bernard will fill in opposite Rome Odunze and Oregon will feature Troy Franklin. It’s unlikely Jurrion Dickey will move from his bench seat for the duration of the game. Florida at South Carolina
This game features two standout wide receivers. Florida has true Freshman Eugene Wilson, who was finally unleashed, we all saw his explosiveness game one. but it took Florida’s coaching staff a little longer to see it. South Carolina has Xavier Legette who looks to continue his ascension as a devy prospect. Juice Wells is expected to miss another game for South Carolina. Spencer Rattler is in a must win game and will need to play mistake free and continue to be efficient as a passer. Florida is expected to get running back Trevor Etienne back, who missed last week’s game. (25)Miami at (12)North Carolina
Drake Maye and Tez Walker get their second game together and look to connect for a touchdown, as last week Walker got open early on a crossing route and Maye missed him. On the other side Tyler Van Dyke‘s go to target to get him out of jams has been Xavier Restrepo. We’re still looking to see more out of Colbie Young. Both run games are average at best, this will be a showcase of the Quarterbacks. Missouri at (24)Kentucky
The receivers will get all the attention in this game and rightfully so. Missouri’s Luther Burden has looked very good in his second year and that route tree has expanded some, he still remains a gadget option for them, but it’s good to see him running routes and getting open. Kentucky’s Barion Brown is the receiver that we’re still waiting on and a lot of his game is similar to Burden’s, last year a lot was short area and schemed up, this year, they’ve gone away from that and he’s been asked to run a more expansive route, he’s done ok, but we’ve been expecting more. Dane Key got off to a hot start but has cooled off some and all the short and gadget plays have gone to Tayvion Robinson who has looked good doing so. The run game might be the unsung hero in this game and what might be the key to victory. Missouri’s Cody Schrader is coming off a very good game against LSU and we’re two weeks removed from Ray Davis exploding against Florida, it might come down to which back gets going first. (18)UCLA at (15)Oregon State
This should be a fun matchup. UCLA’s Dante Moore has looked good as the starter and as expected, does have some of those Freshman mistakes, but UCLA is still winning and Dante Moore is learning from it. We’re looking for that connection with J.Michael Sturdivant, we’ve seen glimpses of it, but definitely want to see more. On the ground, Carson Steele leads the way but hasn’t been the productive back that we’ve expected in this Chip Kelly system. Oregon State has a Freshman sensation of their own in Aiden Chiles, but DJ Uiagalelei is the starter and appears to have command of this offense, but as good as he has looked, the offense goes through the run game with Damien Martinez. Oregon State brings the better defense, so if Dante Moore can limit his mistakes, it might be an early signature win.

C2C Games to Watch

 

Florida Atlantic at USF
USF has one of the more exciting CFF Quarterbacks in Byrum Brown, he leads the team in running and is a very dynamic Quarterback. He’s accounted for 18 total touchdowns and is electric when he takes off. They’ll be a lot of higher profile games during that time slot, but if you can find a few minutes to tune in, you’ll see a fun player in action. Florida Atlantic is led by running back Larry McCammon and wide receiver LaJohntay Wester who accounts for 44% of the team’s total receptions, the pass game goes through him and they like to scheme him up short and let him create after the catch. NC State at (17)Duke
Duke has Riley Leonard and a receiver that I think has some devy value in Jordan Moore, a converted Quarterback turned wide receiver. For NC State, MJ Morris gets his second start of the season and we’re excited to see what standout true Freshman wide receiver Kevin Concepcion does. We’ve been on him from day one and have been driving the hype train. UAB at UTSA
UTSA finally got everything going last week and Quarterback Frank Harris looked like the Frank Harris that we’ve been accustomed to. Joshua Cephus leads the way in the receiving game and there’s been word that De’Corian Clark might redshirt this year, if that is the case, Tykee Ogle-Kellogg will need to step up and prove he’s a dependable secondary option and so too will Devin McCuin. Kevorian Barnes will lead the way on the ground. UAB has an efficient Quarterback of their own in Jacob Zeno and a balanced run game combo of Jermaine Brown Jr and Isaiah Jacobs. Boise State at Colorado State
Colorado State standout wide receiver Tory Horton is going to be a game time decision and if he does not play, Quarterback Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi, whose looked very good at times this year, will need to find their athletic Tight End, Dallin Holker and wide receiver Justus Ross-Simmons, who looked pretty good last year and will be the wide receiver one if Horton cannot go. Boise State’s season has not gone the way they had expected. Quarterback Taylen Green who was electric last year, has not taken the next steps to evolve into an effective passer and last week they played Maddux Madsen at Quarterback, and they even rotated on the same drive, not an ideal situation and on the ground, they have been without George Holani, but true Sophomore Ashton Jeanty has proven to be an every down back and has a bright future within the program. Eric McAlister has really stepped up in the receiving game and has been the bright spot in that room. San Diego State at Hawaii
San Diego State doesn’t have that stout defense that most associate with the program anymore and we’re looking at Hawaii, whose coming off a bye and Quarterback Brayden Schager will look to get off to a fast start and the main weapons are Pofele Ashlock, who we’ve been raving about since the start of the season as a CFF asset and his running mate Steven McBride, the Kansas transfer. Koali Nishigaya, has come back from injury and give Hawaii three solid wide receivers. It took Hawaii a couple of games, but they’ve found an effective runner in Jordan Johnson.