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When The Devy Breaks: The Bell Tolls For Saquon Barkley

Remember the viral video from a few years back, David After Dentist? I bet you do. We all laughed at the child, still coming down from the gas administered at the dentist, as he questioned his very existence on this planet and screamed out for some semblance of reason. Well it took a while, but I finally understand how he felt.

Last weekend’s college football action made me wonder, just as David did, “Is this real life?” Clemson lost to Syracuse, Washington lost to Arizona State, and Washington State got blown out by Cal. It was disorienting to say the least.

And while I can’t promise a repeat trip to the Upside Down this weekend, I can tell you this: weekends like that are exactly what makes college football so great. Let’s get into this week’s slate.

RECAP

Colorado State’s Michael Gallup was one of the best under-the-radar wide receivers last season. The junior WR notched a 0.44 Dominator Rating, scoring at least one touchdown in 10 of his final 11 games to close out the season. Last Saturday against Nevada, Gallup had 13 receptions for 263 yards and 3 TDs. Despite a dip in TD production, Gallup has accounted for 42 percent of the Rams’ receiving yards through seven games. He’s also the only WR to eclipse 80 yards receiving against Alabama’s vaunted defense. Now averaging 74.6 yards receiving per game in his career against Power-5 schools, Gallup has a legitimate shot at jumping into the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Dynasty owners should take note.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but there is a wealth of young talent at the running back position across the country. Boston College freshman AJ Dillon is making a case to be including in the discussion. Dillon rushed for 272 yards and 4 TDs on 39 carries against Louisville, a team with massive issues on the defensive side of the ball. It was also just the second time Dillon went over 60 yards rushing. But don’t think I’m dismissing the kid. If Dillon shows consistency and keeps the incumbent Jon Hilliman at bay, he’s one we need to pay attention to in devy leagues.

The Alabama RB situation is one I’ve been hesitant to discuss this season. As a function of the offense – and the simple fact that Alabama has rarely been tested – we see backs rotating in and out constantly. While this is good for the team, it can make evaluating prospects difficult. But as of right now, Damien Harris is my favorite of the multiple five-star recruits getting carries on a weekly basis. Accounting for 42 percent of the non-QB rushing yards through seven games, Harris has been both efficient and dynamic. And in 11 career games with 10 or more carries, Harris has averaged 95 yards rushing and 0.82 TDs. He’s a bellcow-capable RB.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK

A bye week and Bryce Love remaining unworldly has perhaps let Penn State RB Saquon Barkley stray ever so slightly from the collective dynasty hive mind, but he’ll be back on Saturday night against the toughest test he’ll face all season. Michigan has the 11th-ranked run defense according to S&P+ and has yet to allow a 70-yard-rusher through six games. Penn State’s offensive line currently ranks 87th in Adjusted Line Yards and 118th in Stuff Rate, a testament to Barkley’s ability. We know Barkley is a first-round talent. This is his best chance yet to show it against an NFL-like defense.

Another 2018 RB prospect with a much less intimidating matchup, Oregon’s Royce Freeman gets a shot at a reeling UCLA defense that ranks 102nd in Rushing Success Rate. If Freeman reaches 57 yards rushing on Saturday, he’ll become the seventh player since 2000 to reach 5,000 yards rushing and 50 TDs. With the uncertainty at the QB position for Oregon, Freeman stands to inherent a massive workload, at least until Justin Herbert returns. It’s a crowded 2018 class for RBs, but Freeman is big and productive, two things we love to see.

Another entry in the 2018 RB class is Tennessee RB John Kelly. Let’s be clear, Tennessee football is an unmitigated disaster. Head coach Butch Jones is nearing lame-duck status. They have no stability at QB. It’s bad. However, Kelly has consistently been a bright spot in the darkness that has been the 2017 season. He’s accounted for 65 percent of the team’s rushing yards and 41 percent of their scrimmage yards, so to say he’s been a one-man-show is not hyperbole. This week, Tennessee travels to Alabama. The Crimson Tide have the third-ranked run defense and have been dispatching mediocre opponents weekly, so don’t expect the world. But if Tennessee has any chance of keeping it close, they will need a Herculean effort from Kelly.

I’ve included my UPDATED devy rankings for 2018, 2019, and 2020 to the article this week, so feel free to hit me up on Twitter or the message boards to let me know what you think.

Overall Devy Rankings

RankPositionNameClassSchool
1RBSaquon Barkley2018Penn State
2WRJames Washington2018Oklahoma State
3WRCourtland Sutton2018SMU
4RBDerrius Guice2018LSU
5WRN'Keal Harry2019Arizona State
6RBNick Chubb2018Georgia
7WRDeKaylin Metcalf2019Ole Miss
8WRMichael Gallup2018Colorado State
9WRKelvin Harmon2019N.C. State
10WRAhmmon Richards2019Miami
11WRA.J. Brown2019Ole Miss
12RBDavid Montgomery2019Iowa State
13RBJ.K. Dobbins2020Ohio State
14RBRonald Jones2018USC
15WRAnthony Miller2018Memphis
16WRAuden Tate2018Florida State
17RBCam Akers2020Alabama
18WRJonathan Taylor2020Wisconsin
19RBRashaad Penny2018San Diego State
20RBDe'Andre Swift2020Georgia
21WREquanimeous St. Brown2018Notre Dame
22WRRichie James2018Middle Tennessee State
23WRJhamon Ausbon2020Texas A&M
24RBTrayveon Williams2019Texas A&M
25RBSony Michel2018Georgia
26WRTarik Black2020Michigan
27WRDeon Cain2018Clemson
28RBStephen Carr2020USC
29RBKerryon Johnson2018Auburn
30RBRoyce Freeman2018Oregon
31WRCedrick Wilson2018Boise State
32WRBryan Edwards2019South Carolina
33QBBaker Mayfield2018Oklahoma
34RBDamarea Crockett2019Missouri
35WRTarik Black2020Michigan
36WRCalvin Ridley2018Alabama
37WRDonovan Peoples-Jones2020Michigan
38WRTee Higgins2020Clemson
39RBTrey Sermon2020Oklahoma
40QBLamar Jackson2018Louisville
41RBDamien Harris2018Alabama
42QBJosh Rosen2018UCLA
43RBJustice Hill2019Oklahoma State
44WRDante Pettis2018Washington
45RBBryce Love2018Stanford
46RBJohn Kelly2018Tennessee
47WRNajee Harris2020Alabama
48RBBenny Snell2019Kentucky
49TEMike Gesicki2018Penn State
50RBMyles Gaskin2018Washington

2018 Devy Rankings

RankPositionNameAgeSchool
1WRJames Washington21.3Oklahoma State
2WRCourtland Sutton21.8SMU
3WRMichael GallupColorado State
4WRAnthony MillerMemphis
5WRAuden Tate20.5Florida State
6WRCedrick WilsonBoise State
7WRDeon Cain21Clemson
8WREquanimeous St. Brown20.9Notre Dame
9WRRichie JamesMiddle Tennessee State
10WRDante PettisWashington
11WRCalvin Ridley22.6Alabama
12WRDeebo SamuelSouth Carolina
13WRSimmie Cobbs Jr.21.9Indiana
14WRChristian Kirk20.7Texas A&M
15WRAllen Lazard21.7Iowa State
16WRLawrence CagerMiami (FL)
17WRJester WeahPittsburgh
18WRJaylen SmithLouisville
19WRDeontay BurnettUSC
20WRCody ThompsonToldeo
21WRDarren Carrington22.8Utah
22WRD.J. CharkLSU
23WRNick Westbrook20.4Indiana
24WRMarcell AtemanOklahoma State
25WRJake Wieneke21.9South Dakota State
1TEMike Gesicki20.8Penn State
2TEMark AndrewsOklahoma
3TEDallas GoedertSouth Dakota State
4TEAdam BrenemanMassachusetts
5TEJaylen SamuelsNorth Carolina State
6TETroy FumagalliWisconsin
7TEAlize MackNotre Dame
8TEIan ThomasIndiana
9TEChris HerndonMiami
10TEHayden Hurst24South Carolina
1RBSaquon Barkley20.5Penn State
2RBDerrius Guice20.1LSU
3RBNick Chubb21.6Georgia
4RBRonald Jones20.4USC
5RBRashaad PennySan Diego State
6RBSony Michel22.5Georgia
7RBKerryon JohnsonAuburn
8RBRoyce Freeman21.5Oregon
9RBBryce Love20.1Stanford
10RBDamien Harris20.5Alabama
11RBJohn Kelly21Tennessee
12RBJosh AdamsNotre Dame
13RBBo Scarbrough22.9Alabama
14RBMyles Gaskin20.5Washington
15RBKalen Ballage21.7Arizona State
16RBAkrum WadleyIowa
17RBL.J. Scott20.9Michigan State
18RBJarvion Franklin21.7Western Michigan
19RBMark WaltonMiami
20RBMike WeberOhio State
21RBJustin Jackson21.3Northwestern
22RBLavon ColemanWashington
23RBD'Angelo Brewer21.6Tulsa
24RBJacques Patrick20.6Florida State
25RBJustin CrawfordWest Virginia
1QBBaker Mayfield22.3Oklahoma
2QBLamar Jackson20.6Louisville
3QBJosh Rosen20.5UCLA
4QBSam Darnold20.2USC
5QBJarrett Stidham21Auburn
6QBDrew LockMissouri
7QBMason Rudolph22.1Oklahoma State
8QBJosh AllenWyoming
9QBDaniel JonesDuke
10QBJake Browning21.3Washington
11QBDeondre Francois20.5Florida State
12QBRiley FergusonMemphis
13QBLogan WoodsideToledo
14QBWill GrierWest Virginia
15QBKyle Allen21.4Houston

2019 Devy Rankings

RankPositionNameAgeSchool
1QBShea PattersonOle Miss
2QBJustin HerbertOregon
3QBK.J. CostelloStanford
4QBJake BentleySouth Carolina
5QBDwayne HaskinsOhio State
6QBJacob Eason19.7Georgia
7QBJalen HurtsAlabama
8QBFeleipe FranksFlorida
9QBKhalil TateArizona
10QBJarrett GuarantanoTennessee
1RBDavid MontgomeryIowa State
2RBTrayveon Williams19.8Texas A&M
3RBDevin Singletary20Florida Atlantic
4RBJustice HillOklahoma State
5RBDamarea Crockett19.6Missouri
6RBBenny SnellKentucky
7RBJoshua JacobsAlabama
8RBElijah Holyfield19.7Georgia
9RBMiles Sanders20.3Penn State
10RBSewo OloniluaTCU
11RBTravis HomerMiami (FL)
12RBRico DowdleSouth Carolina
13RBAntonio Williams19.8Ohio State
14RBTavien Feaster19.6Clemson
15RBDevwah Whaley19.8Arkansas
16RBAlexander MattisonBoise State
17RBTony JonesNotre Dame
18RBTre BryantNebraska
19RBBrian HerrianGeorgia
20RBAmir Rasul19.2Florida State
1TEIsaac Nauta20.2Georgia
2TENoah FantIowa
3TEKaden SmithStanford
4TECharlie WoernerGeorgia
5TEJake HausmannOhio State
1WRN'Keal Harry19.6Arizona State
2WRKelvin HarmonNorth Carolina State
3WRA.J. Brown20.1Ole Miss
4WRDeKaylin MetcalfOle Miss
5WRAhmmon RichardsMiami
6WRBryan EdwardsSouth Carolina
7WRDemetris RobinsonCalifornia
8WRCollin JohnsonTexas
9WRMichael PittmanUSC
10WRTyler Vaughns20.2USC
11WRNate Craig-Meyers20.2Auburn
12WRTyrie ClevelandFlorida
13WRChase ClaypoolNotre Dame
14WRSeth DawkinsLouisville
15WRAustin MackOhio State
16WRDevin DuvernayTexas
17WRRiley Ridley21Georgia
18WRBinjimen VictorOhio State
19WRKyle DavisAuburn
20WRKevin StephersonNotre Dame

2020 Devy Rankings

RankPositionNameSchool
1QBJake FrommGeorgia
2QBTua TagovailoaAlabama
3QBDavis MillsStanford
4QBSam EhlingerTexas
5QBHunter JohnsonClemson
6QBDylan McCaffreyMichigan
7QBKellen MondTexas A&M
8QBMyles BrennanLSU
9QBTate MartellOhio State
10QBShawn RobinsonTCU
1RBJ.K. DobbinsOhio State
2RBCam AkersFlorida State
3RBJonathan TaylorWisconsin
4RBDe'Andre SwiftGeorgia
5RBTrey SermonOklahoma
6RBStephen CarrUSC
7RBNajee HarrisAlabama
8RBTravis EtienneClemson
9RBBrian RobinsonAlabama
10RBSpencer BrownUAB
11RBKhalan LabornFlorida State
12RBSalvon AhmedWashington
13RBZaquandre WhiteFlorida State
14RBToneil CarterTexas
15RBTy ChandlerTennessee
16RBNathan TilfordArizona
1TEColby ParkinsonStanford
2TEHunter BryantWashington
3TEGrant CalcaterraStanford
4TEBrock WrightNotre Dame
5TEJosh FaloOregon
1WRJhamon AusbonTexas A&M
2WRTarik BlackMichigan
3WRDonovan Peoples-JonesMichigan
4WRCeeDee LambOklahoma
5WRTee HigginsClemson
6WRJerry JeudyAlabama
7WRJalen ReagorTCU
8WRJoseph LewisUSC
9WRTrevon GrimesOhio State
10WROrTre SmithSouth Carolina
11WRJeff ThomasMiami
12WRTyrell ShaversAlabama
13WRHenry RuggsAlabama
14WRDeVonta SmithAlabama
15WRTyjon LindseyNebraska
16WREvidence NjokuMiami
17WRTy JonesWashington
18WROsiris St. BrownStanford
19WRJeremiah HollomanGeorgia
20WRAmari RodgersClemson

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