When The Devy Breaks: Will Grier Deserves Our Attention

After the utter turmoil we witnessed two weekends ago, it was almost assured that this past weekend’s college football slate would be a bit of a come down.

Despite a few close calls, all ranked teams won against unranked opponents. The only real “upset” was No.13 Notre Dame’s 49-14 drubbing of No. 11 USC. Alabama, Penn State, and TCU won in convincing fashion while Miami (FL), Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State worked harder for their wins.

The initial college football playoff rankings will be announced next week, and conference races are heating up. This weekend’s slate is jam-packed with terrific matchups and intriguing opportunities for devy prospects.

Let’s get into it.

RECAP

Coming off an impressive freshman season, FAU running back Devin Singletary has now eclipsed 100 yards rushing in his last five games, scoring 13 touchdowns during that stretch. Last Saturday he put up a 17/123/3 line against North Texas, including a 45-yard reception.

At 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, Singletary has decent size and has shown some ability in the passing game with 37 career receptions. Level of completion is a fair concern but in his lone game against Power-5 completion this season, he rushed for 68 yards and a TD against a Wisconsin defense currently ranked eighth in the country in rushing defense. Singletary will likely return for his junior year in 2018. Assuming he continues his upward trajectory, he’s an interesting devy asset moving forward.

Without much of a passing game to speak of, Notre Dame has relied heavily on a powerful rushing attack featuring Josh Adams. The junior RB is averaging 138 yards rushing per game, accounting for 60 percent of Notre Dame’s non-QB rushing yardage. A difficult home matchup against N.C. State this weekend will be a test, but running behind the fifth-ranked offensive line according to S&P+, Adams can still do damage. He’s entering the national spotlight as Notre Dame marches towards a potential college football playoff berth, picking up Heisman Trophy buzz along the way. Adams should be on the minds of devy/dynasty owners as well.

There’s a dirty little secret in the American West conference involving the SMU Mustangs. My WR2 for the 2018 class, Courtland Sutton, does not lead his team in targets, receptions, or yards receiving. Instead, junior WR Trey Quinn tops the aforementioned categories. Last Saturday against Cincinnati, Quinn became the only player since 2000 to record 15 or more receptions in three straight games. The former four-star LSU commit transferred to SMU after the 2015 season and has thrived in Chad Morris’s offense. Quinn may be limited as an athlete, but his production is nonetheless impressive. He could easily catch the eye of at least one NFL front office.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK

My podcast co-host Kyle Pollock loves West Virginia QB Will Grier and it’s easy to see why. In 13 career games, Grier has completed 66 percent of his throws and posted an impressive 9.4 adjusted yards per attempt to go with a 36:8 TD-to-INT ratio. The question now becomes where he fits in the 2018 QB class. Pro Football Focus has Grier with the second-best overall grade among the top 12 draft-eligible QBs, and NDT Scouting’s Kyle Crabbs makes a compelling case for Grier as a legitimate NFL prospect with the requisite arm talent and production. This week WVU hosts Oklahoma State in a matchup of explosive offenses. Don’t be surprised if Grier out-duels Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph.

While Josh Adams has thrived in Notre Dame’s run-heavy offense, sophomore WR Equanimeous St. Brown has all but disappeared following a breakout sophomore season in 2016. Despite leading his team in targets, St. Brown’s other metrics are downright offensive – 5.5 yards per target, 40.9 percent catch rate, and just 34 yards receiving per game.

Although his performance this season has been disappointing, he hasn’t been put in an ideal situation. QB Brandon Wimbush has shown horrendous accuracy, completing 51.7 percent of his throws while Notre Dame is running on 62 percent of their snaps. St. Brown still has an enticing size profile with demonstrated ability on downfield throws. Against N.C. State this Saturday — a pass defense somewhat vulnerable to big plays – he could be called upon more often.

News broke on Wednesday afternoon of Tennessee RB John Kelly’s arrest for marijuana possession, followed shortly by his suspension for this weekend’s game against Kentucky. While this is terrible news for the Vols’ on-field chances, it’s a massive opportunity for freshman RB Ty Chandler to see his first heavy workload of the season. The former four-star recruit has just 34 touches in seven games, but could succeed on Saturday running behind the 31st-ranked run blocking unit against a bottom-half Kentucky run defense. It’s not a slam dunk spot, but Chandler could emerge — if only for a brief moment — as yet another piece of the 2020 RB class that is already insanely talented and extremely deep.

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