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When The Devy Breaks: Mike Weber Is Waking Up

When the Devy Breaks travels the college football landscape, keeping you up-to-date on last week’s results, previewing the big upcoming tilts, and providing 2018 devy rankings.

Last Saturday, the top of the SEC West went on a late-season “bye week” tour with Alabama and Auburn cruising to victories. Ohio State smashed Illinois, Penn State and Nebraska combined for 100 points, and Miami scored 30 unanswered points to avoid disaster against Virginia.

Overall, it was a bit of a snoozer, until Baker Mayfield revealed himself to actually be *spoiler alert* Johnny Manziel in disguise?

In all seriousness, his reaction doesn’t change my feelings about Mayfield as a prospect or the likely Heisman Trophy winner. When a passionate guy takes blatant cheap shots, things are going to happen.

Shifting gears and looking ahead to Rivalry Week/Thanksgiving Week, we’ve got a tremendous slate of games on tap. I hope everyone enjoys their time with friends, family, and football!

RECAP

Southern Miss captured their seventh win of the season last Saturday, trouncing Charlotte 66-21, largely on the back of senior running back Ito Smith. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound RB rushed for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns, securing his third-consecutive 1,000 yard season in the process. Through 11 games, Smith has accounted for 71 percent of the Golden Eagles’ non-quarterback rushing yardage, a remarkably high total. He’s also shown to be a very reliable pass-catcher as just the third player since 2000 to total over 4,000 yards rushing with 125 or more receptions. He’ll likely by typecast as a change-of-pace type back at the next level due to his size, but there’s a good chance he could get drafted in the later rounds and find a home in that role.

It’s been a disappointing season for the UCLA Bruins. QB Josh Rosen has shined, but it’s difficult to succeed with a living, breathing liability masquerading as a defense. If you’re looking for another bright spot, however, it’s junior wide receiver Jordan Lasley. In last Saturday’s 28-23 loss to USC, Lasley set career highs in yards receiving (204) and TDs (3). He’s now eclipsed 100 yards in five of seven games this season, averaging 18.6 yards per catch. If Lasley returns for his senior season, it’ll be without Rosen, but it’ll be his best shot at significantly improving his draft stock.

Kansas State beating Oklahoma State last Saturday was arguably the biggest upset of the weekend. Wildcats’ WR Byron Pringle went bonkers for 166 yards receiving and 4 total TDs, including one in the kick return game. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior scored on pass plays of 60, 47, and 46 yards, upping his season-long yards per catch average to a whopping 25.2. Playing in a low-volume passing offense, with a 54.9 percent catch rate, Pringle exemplifies the stereotype of a big-play dependent WR. And while we generally prefer well-rounded prospects that excel in multiple areas, Pringle is the type of WR that could fit at the next level, even if it’s initially in an ancillary role. Keep an eye on him.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK

I’ve fallen hard for Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins. He’s productive, young, and dynamic – everything I look for in a prospect. But as a result, I’ve ignored sophomore RB Mike Weber. After a slow start, Weber has ripped off back-to-back 100 yard games, averaging 13.5 yards per carry. His non-QB rushing yardage percentage (25.3) is less than ideal, but he’s been unbelievably efficient scoring a TD on 11 percent of his carries. It’s easy to forget, but Weber went over 1,000 yards rushing as a redshirt freshman. He also has good size at 5-foot-10, 214 pounds. If he perceives Dobbins as a road block to playing time next season, he could declare as one of the youngest RB prospects in the class. Dobbins is the star in the Buckeyes’ backfield, but Weber still deserves our attention, especially against a stingy Michigan run defense this weekend.

Another potential weak spot of mine is generally ignoring the QB position for devy/dynasty purposes. Maybe it’s because the QB position doesn’t really matter in fantasy. Maybe it’s because old, antiquated evaluation standards that still exist drive me crazy. Regardless, I wanted to discuss Alabama QB Jalen Hurts. In a low-volume passing offense, the 6-foot-2, 218-pound sophomore has completed 61.2 percent of his throws this season, with a strong TD to INT ratio (14:1) and adjusted yards per attempt (10.3). Hurts is the 71st player since 2000 to exceed 4,500 yards passing and 1,500 yards rushing, but did so in the second fewest amount of games (26). Assuming Hurts returns for his junior season, he should remain the starter, even with Tua Tagovailoa pushing for playing time. The biggest game of the year – Alabama/Auburn this Saturday — is the perfect opportunity to make a statement.

South Carolina is the quietest 8-3 team in the country. Losses to Kentucky, Texas A&M, and Georgia have eliminated them from SEC East title contention, but this season has been a rousing success for head coach Will Muschamp. WR Deebo Samuel’s season-ending injury left a major void on offense that’s partially been filled by freshman OrTre Smith. At 6-foot-4, 219 pounds, Smith has made good use of his size, scoring 2 of his 3 TDs inside the red zone. His 0.16 Dominator Rating isn’t too shabby for a freshman and he’ll have at least one more season to grow with QB Jake Bentley, an interesting prospect in his own right. With Samuel, Bryan Edwards, and Smith coming back next season, South Carolina will have one of the most exciting trios in the nation. This weekend, Smith will be running routes against Clemson, the second-best pass defense in the country.

I’ve included my 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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