Each week of the season the Devy Watch team at Dynasty Football Factory will recap the performances of some of their favorite players in each conference. We won’t just copy/paste stats that you can find on your own, but we’ll aim to tell you what went right and wrong as well as give insight on which way these players are trending as the season progresses.
Nick Chubb, Georgia Vs. Vanderbilt
16 carries, 138 yards, 2 TDs
Nick Chubb currently leads the SEC in rushing with 618 yards. Chubb is sitting at 6.8 yards per carry on the season and had another great outing this past weekend against Vanderbilt. His vision continues to be his best attribute along with processing what’s in front of him very quickly. On one of his touchdown runs he showed nice agility and made a quick cut to the hole before scampering into the end zone. Chubb rarely loses yards as a runner and his size is very troublesome for defenders. He consistently churns his legs to fight for extra yards and he showed that time after time in this game. As a prospect, Chubb continues to answer questions and his stock should continue to rise.
DK Metcalf, Ole Miss Vs. Auburn
4 catches, 28 yards, 2 TDs
Metcalf was able to score 2 of Mississippi’s 3 touchdowns against Auburn. They were quick throws out to Metcalf and he did the rest making defenders miss. One came from 9 yards out while the other came from 8 yards out. His lateral agility is one of the more underrated aspects of his game. For a bigger wide receiver, Metcalf moves well and it’s not something we have been able to see much of this season. His 320 yards on the season ranks 3rd for Mississippi and it has been quite the disappointment for Devy owners. He has the most targets on the team with 44 but he has only managed to haul in 52% of his targets. A lot can be attributed to Patterson’s inability to really drive the ball outside but Metcalf has also had a few close balls get defended or go through his hands. I still believe he has the most talent on the team and I hope he starts to capitalize on his target share.
Damarea Crockett, Missouri Vs. Kentucky
12 Carries, 74 yards
Missouri started the season off 1-0 and proceeded to drop 4 in row. In those 4 losses, Crockett has failed to eclipse 100 rushing yards. He has still managed to run for 6.3 yards per carry, but Missouri often finds themselves down early in the game which causes them to abandon the run. It was slightly different against Kentucky as this game was close throughout but Missouri found their production on the ground from Ish Witter who took the bulk of the carries from Crockett. There were two different chances in the game for Crockett to explode for big runs but he was tripped up after getting to the second level. Missouri is one of the worst teams in the SEC, but Crockett is still on pace to rush for 1,000 yards.
Bryan Edwards, South Carolina Vs. Arkansas
2 catches, 20 yards, 1 TD
Edwards led the team in targets with seven and hauled in two of them for 20 yards. The play of the day was made by Edwards on an acrobatic score for a touchdown. He went up on a contested catch scenario and displayed great leaping ability, body control and strong hands in the corner of the end zone. Edwards hasn’t made as many of these plays this season as he did last year. This was good to see.
Benny Snell, Kentucky Vs. Missouri
20 carries, 117 yards, 2 TD, 3 catches, -2 yards
Snell finally found some green space that wasn’t occupied by multiple defenders this game. He broke off a long 71 yard TD in which he made a couple of defenders miss their arm tackles. It was encouraging to see his OL finally block a play well and he showed enough juice to find the end zone for his longest run of the year. He added another score on a nice red zone run.
Bo Scarbrough, Alabama Vs. Texas A&M
15 carries, 55 yards
Bo was overshadowed as a runner in this game by both Damien Harris and Jalen Hurts. It was nice to see him handle 15 carries and appear to come out of it no worse for wear. While his yards per carry and overall stat line weren’t impressive, he was trusted again by the staff to pick up critical first downs throughout the game.
Devwah Whaley, Arkansas Vs. South Carolina
6 carries, -3 yards
Well, there isn’t much to say about this performance. This was a terrible output for Whaley, wWho continues to struggle. As guy who had a lot of hype and was highly thought of coming into the season, Whaley needs to get back to producing at a high level.
Derrius Guice, LSU Vs. Florida
17 carries, 50 yards, 2 catches, 21 yards.
Guice seemed less than 100 percent in this one and struggled to find much traction. LSU did find a way to upset Florida and bounce back from a less than stellar performance last week when they were upset by Troy. The biggest news Guice made was after he left the field when he tookTwittertter to send a message to Florida coach Jim McElwain. Here is what Guice tweeted: Did we get what we deserved this year coach? @CoachMcElwain #greatgame
The question is about last year’s meeting. The game was initially scheduled to be played in Gainesville, but was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. The SEC eventually forced both schools to work out a date, and the game was played in Baton Rouge. Florida won the game 16-10. There had been some questioning whether Florida ever actually needed to postpone the game, implying that Florida was afraid to play it. After Florida’s win, McElwain said LSU got what it deserved, and that’s why Derrius Guice is asking McElwain that question this year.
Jarrett Stidham, Auburn Vs. Ole Miss
14/21, 235 yards, 2 TDs
The Tiger offense is finally starting to click as we expected preseason. Stidham appeared to be a perfect fit for the Tiger offense. It got off to a slow start but the last 3 games have all seen the Tigers produce over 44 points in each game in SEC conference play. Stidham is staying efficient with a high completion percentage. After 6 games he’s completing 71.2% of his passes with a 7 TDs to 2 INT ratio.
Jake Bentley, South Carolina Vs. Arkansas
16/31, 199 yards, 3 TDs
One look at the final score and you’d think Bentley had a phenomenal game in the Gamecocks’ demolition of Arkansas. Bentley wasn’t lighting the world on fire through the air completing just over 50% of his passes on the night, but he made some money throws when they counted. He spread the ball around to his playmakers and let them do the work, highlighted by hitting tight end Hayden Hurst in stride on a seam route for a 62 yard score. The South Carolina defense did the rest by accounting for 3 defensive scores to take the game out of reach. The win will no doubt give this offense a much needed confidence boost heading into a winnable matchup vs Tennessee next week.
Ahmmon Richards, Miami Vs. Florida State
4 catches, 68 yards
Richards didn’t have as big a game as his season debut last week. This was a defensive battle until late in the 4th quarter that saw fireworks and an exciting finish. Florida State has one of the best secondaries in the country with two potential top 20 picks in April’s draft. Coming off his hamstring injury, Richards is still averaging over 25 yards per catch so far.
Deon Cain, Clemson Vs. Wake Forest
4 catches, 38 yards, 1 TD
This was an up and down game for the junior Clemson receiver. Cain had a couple of concentration drops and failed to corral a couple of 50/50 balls. On the other hand, he created a ridiculous amount of separation on several occasions including his touchdown, in which Cain abused the corner in man to man coverage on a go-route from 28 yards out. Later in the contest, he somehow got 10 yards behind the last defender but was underthrown on what should have been an easy 60 yard touchdown. Chalk this one up as another what could have been contest for the talented Tiger.
Auden Tate, Florida State Vs. Miami
3 catches, 56 yards, 1 TD
With the Seminoles leaning on the ground game vs Miami, Tate didn’t receive exceptional volume. He was able to make some splash plays on those he did receive however. The most important at the time was a 20 yard TD grab where Tate found a gaping hole to sit in within the Miami zone defense. That score came with under 2 minutes to play, and it looked like back to back games with late game-winning grabs for Tate until the Canes pulled off a miracle. Tate continues to be a touchdown machine who can be uncoverable at times in the red zone. It is starting to become more widely known that Auden Tate is Good at Touchdowns.
Cam Akers, Florida State Vs. Miami
20 Carries, 121 yards
Finally. Akers received the workhorse volume he deserves, and he absolutely delivered averaging 6.1 yards per tote. Akers displayed incredible physicality and toughness throughout this rivalry tilt, often times bulldozing and stiff-arming defenders to the ground. He had plenty of burst through the hole and around the edge and looked like a grown ass man out there as a true freshman. Perhaps the only knock on Akers is his lack of true breakaway speed, but we’re splitting hairs here as he has everything else in bundles. Now that he has assumed the lead back role, the next step for the Noles is to get him involved in the screen game. Smile boys and girls, it’s wheels up for Cam Akers.
Mark Walton, Miami Vs. FSU
12 carries, 25 yards
Walton was bottled up all night by a hungry Florida State defense. The Noles clearly game planned to stop the run in this one and were highly successful. Walton also failed to get involved in the receiving game. To add doom to gloom, the promising young tailback suffered a season ending ankle injury late in the third quarter. Unfortunately, the next time we get to see the jaw dropping Mark Walton jump cuts and spin moves won’t be until next year. Depending on the junior’s decision, that may be taking place on Sunday’s. Walton proved over the past season plus that he has the ability to be a change of pace/satellite back in the NFL at the minimum.
Cam Phillips, Virginia Tech Vs. Boston College
1 catch, 11 yards
Phillips made his first grab of the game in the first quarter and then limped off the field. It’s yet to be reported the severity of the injury but it appears to be a right ankle injury. X-rays were negative but Phillips returned to the sideline without a helmet and a noticeable limp. Phillips was having a breakout season and hopefully won’t miss to much time.
Christopher Herndon Sr., Miami Vs. Florida State
3 catches, 55 yards
Miami struggled offensively in this one and Herndon was no exception. His 3 receptions for 55 yards was an improvement from his numbers last week however it’s a far cry from where it needs to be if Herndon wants to be noticed by NFL scouts. It’s been a disappointing season thus far for Herndon but with recent news of Mark Walton needing season ending ankle surgery it will be interesting to see if Miami relies on the passing game a little bit more.
Daniel Jones, Duke Vs. Miami
14/42, 124 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 9 carries, 36 yards
No, the above stat line is not a typo. This was a truly abysmal performance from Jones against Virginia. After a hot start to the year, Jones has been mediocre at best in his past four games. His supporting cast doesn’t help him but a performance like this is inexcusable for a player with NFL potential. While Jones is draft eligible this year, I’ve always felt he is the type of player that will play his senior season, which means he actually has two more years of eligibility after this season. It appears he needs more time to refine his potential.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville Vs. NC State
26/47, 354 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 19 carries, 73 yards, 2 TDs
Lamar Jackson had a poor outing against NC State. The recipe to beat him remains having a talented defensive line that can bully his lackluster offensive line. Jackson was terrible pushing the ball downfield this game. He attempted 11 throws of 16+ yards downfield and only one of them was an accurate pass. His line and receivers did very little to help him but this was a bad showing for Jackson. That being said, a “bad” game for him still means 400+ total yards and three TDs.
Kelvin Harmon, North Carolina St Vs. Louisville
6 catches, 133 yards, 2 TDs
Kelvin Harmon returned to form in this prime-time contest. He was targeted eight times and caught six of them for 133 yards and a couple TDs. He showed his ability to win in a variety of ways. His greatest skill may be his ability to win on contested catches. He showed that off in this game and officially put himself on the national radar.
Simmie Cobbs, Indiana Vs. Charleston Southern
10 receptions, 98 yards
Cobbs was able to put up another solid performance this week hauling in 10 receptions on 12 targets, both team highs on the day. Cobbs turned that into 98 yards but was unable to get into the endzone. Cobbs continued to show that he is a sure handed WR that can be relied on week after week.
Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin Vs. Nebraska
25 carries, 249 yards, 2 TDs
It is getting to the point where Taylor’s analysis will be “see previous week.” Taylor continues to, not only put up impressive numbers, but puts together truly dominant performances. Currently Taylor is accounting for 36.5% of Wisconsin’s offense which is amazing for any player, let alone a freshman. He continues to show that he is one of the best RBs in CFB.
LJ Scott, Michigan State Vs. Michigan
Scott did not see any action due to a shoulder injury that he suffered during the week. This is a bit alarming as Scott had offseason shoulder surgery.
JK Dobbins, Ohio State vs Indiana Vs. Maryland
13 carries, 96 yards, 1 TD
Another very solid game for the true freshman. His workload has gradually been reduced since his opening night 30 touch performance. To this point, Dobbins is averaging 7.6 yards per carry and has 4 touchdowns on the season. I would imagine Dobbins’ role stays with 10-15 touches per game. Now that Mike Weber is back in action he has stolen back a bit of Dobbins’ workload.
Austin Mack, Ohio State Vs. Maryland
4 catches, 39 yards, 1 TD
Ohio State continues to cycle through wideouts. Against Maryland, 7 different Buckeyes wideouts saw a reception. Mack was able to haul in his second touchdown on the season.
Chris Evans, Michigan Vs. Michigan State
12 carries, 27 yards, 1 catch, 14 yards
Saturday night’s interstate showdown saw very little offense. That second half was a rain soaked mess. Neither offense was able to get much production prior to or after the rain started to fall. Evans struggled on the ground, barely averaging over 2 yards per carry.
Saquon Barkley, Penn State Vs. Northwestern
16 carries, 75 yards, 2 TDs, 2 catches, 9 yards
Barkley had a quiet day by his standards with Northwestern determined to take him out of every play. No matter how you defend Barkley, he is eventually going to get his. He found the end zone from one yard out for his first touchdown then he jumpcut his way to open space and sped off to the end zone for a 53 yard score. Through six games, Barkley is Penn State’s leading rusher with 649 yards and leading receiver with 395 yards.
N’Keal Harry, Arizona State Vs. Bye Week
Josh Rosen, UCLA Vs. Bye Week
Royce Freeman, Oregon Vs. Washington State
12 carries, 62 yards, 1 catch, 8 yards
The combination of game flow and a shoulder injury limited Royce Freeman’s touches in this one. He still averaged over 5 yards per carry, but wasn’t able to help his team.
Kalen Ballage, Arizona State Vs. Bye Week
Sam Darnold, USC Vs. Oregon State
23/35, 316 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
After last week’s poor performance against Washington State, Darnold bounced back to put up numbers we’ve all grown accustomed too. Darnold connected on touchdown passes of 30, 37, and 16 yards showing the big play ability he failed to show in his past two efforts. It was however not all good from Darnold in this one. He did throw another interception in this one and also had a fumble as the ball slipped out of his hands while attempting to throw. Oregon State was unable to take advantage of these turnovers. However, the turnovers, especially the interceptions, remain a concern.
Dante Pettis, Washington Vs. California
10 catches, 48 yards
Pettis was targeted 15 times but only managed to catch 10 of those targets. This was by far his worst outing of the season. I logged two drops from Pettis and he also fumbled the ball which led to the scoop and score for Cal. That was the only points Cal scored all night and it cost the Huskies an opportunity for a shutout. Cal has a couple of young corners who play really well in man coverage. Pettis was able to get the right release on a number of plays but failed to create the separation that I’m so used to seeing. The volume continues to be there for Pettis and I am just going to chalk this one up as an off game for the Huskies number one wide receiver.
Justin Herbert, Oregon Vs. Washington State
Tyler Vaughns, USC Vs. Oregon State
5 catches, 68 yards, 1 TD
Vaughns finally found the end zone on Saturday. He scored on a 37 yard touchdown pass that saw him blow past the Beaver defense. After the game against Texas, his coaches said that the light had finally turned on for Vaughns, since then he’s been the second option in the Trojans passing game. Vaughns appears to have found and secured his role in the Trojans offense.
Big 12/Group of 5/Independent
James Washington, Oklahoma State Vs. Bye Week
Tune in for a deep ball TD vs Baylor next week.
Chase Claypool, Notre Dame Vs. North Carolina
3 catches, 36 yards
Notre Dame’s passing game continues to struggle even with Ian Book, who filled in for an injured Brandon Wimbush, at the helm. The silver lining was certainly Claypool being second in targets (5) against North Carolina but he only turned that into 36 yards. This is an odd year to evaluate Notre Dame’s pass catchers with the lack of production coming from their quarterback position. Regardless, I do believe in Claypool’s talent and he looks like he is solidified as the number two for their offense.
Chase Litton, Marshall Vs.Charlotte
19/28, 192 yards, 2 TDs
Litton connected with Tyre Brady for 2 touchdowns against Charlotte. One looked to be a deep corner for 37 yards which Litton threw a perfect pass while being hit. That is a positive sign and something he has improved at this season. He didn’t fully step into the throw as he knew he was getting hit but he was still able to get it off with the right touch and accuracy. This wasn’t a very productive game for Litton but the ground game was rolling in this defensive battle as Marshall squeaked out a 14-3 victory. Litton has now gone 2 games without an interception while leading Marshall to a 4-1 record.
David Montgomery, Iowa State Vs. Oklahoma
17 carries, 55 yards, 1 TD, 7 catches, 89 yards
The award for best offensive game plan of last week went to the Iowa State offensive staff. That comes on the heels of the worst game plan in Week Five! Jacob Park is on leave from the team and they started a QB with very little experience who split reps with a middle linebacker! Montgomery got a ton of touches and again showed he is a special player. He was a nightmare in space and tough to bring down in a crowd. Oklahoma elected to take away the run with an extra defender in the box so Montgomery and the ‘Clones beat them through the air. This list of collegiate running backs as good or better than Montgomery can now safely be counted on one hand.
Devin Singletary, FAU Vs. Old Dominion
26 carries, 194 yards, 2 TDs
For the third consecutive game in a row, Singletary put the Owls on his back. He again showed the ability shoulder a large workload and his skill as a runner. I haven’t seen him use a spin move very often but he had a nice one en route to a score. Per PFF, Motor had 11 missed tackles forced and 3.43 yards after contact per attempt against the Monarchs.
Courtland Sutton, SMU Vs. Houston
11 receptions, 160 yards
Courtland Sutton has quietly put together back to back solid performances. Sutton went out against Houston and was able to haul in 11 receptions on 19 targets with a team-high 160 yards. Sutton has looked decent all year but seems to finally have built a connection with his QB. With more games like this, Sutton will confirm, what many already think, that he is the top WR in 2018.
Richie James, MTSU Vs. Florida International
The bad news is that Richie James missed his third consecutive game with an ankle injury. The good news is that he is probably a week away from playing again.
Anthony Miller, Memphis Vs. UConn
15 catches, 224 yards, 4 TDs
After two disappointing weeks, Anthony Miller put on a show Friday night. His 15 catches tied his school record and his 4 TD catches broke his school record. He has recorded double-digit catches in 5 of his last 11 games. Miller put his entire game on display against UConn. He made a silky-smooth one handed catch. He showed great hands, feet and awareness on two back shoulder TD catches. He was successful in run after catch situations. It got to the point where Riley Ferguson knew he could just throw it up and Miller would come down with it and that’s exactly what happened on his fourth TD catch. He hauled in an underthrown pass by reaching over a defender while fighting through the defensive pass interference.
Brandon Wimbush, Notre Dame Vs. North Carolina
Did not play
Wimbush suited up on Saturday but did not see action. Wimbush sat out the game with an ankle sprain. Notre Dame has a bye week coming up but Wimbush is expected to take first team reps and be the starting quarterback against USC in two week.