When The Devy Breaks: Ahmmon Richards Takes Center Stage

When Alabama stomped Vanderbilt on the road two weeks ago, I wasn’t all that surprised. The Crimson Tide are far superior in terms of talent and depth despite Vanderbilt’s progress. Alabama then proceeded to lay a similar beating on Ole Miss last Saturday by a score of 66-3.

Clemson also handled their business in a tough road spot against an ascending Virginia Tech squad, winning 31-17. My Travis Etienne love from last week’s article predictably jinxed the freshman dynamo, but powered by Kelly Bryant’s consistent improvement and a defense good enough to stop just about anyone, the Tigers are approaching untouchable status.

There were many more storylines from last weekend — some of which we’ll cover below — but as far as the national title chase is concerned, it’s looking more and more like a two-horse race at the top.

Let’s dig into some devy-related performances from last week, as well as a few intriguing matchups for this weekend.

RECAP

Forgive me if I’m sounding like a broken record, but Bryce Love finds his way back into the article again this week. Becoming one of just 38 players since 2000 to rush for 300 yards and three touchdowns in a single game, Love now has 1,088 yards rushing and 8 TDs through 5 games and is commanding 79 percent of Stanford’s rushing yardage. He’s gaining Heisman Trophy buzz, and rightfully so. His lack of involvement in the passing game is perhaps the only factor separating him from the presumed favorite, Penn State RB Saquon Barkley. While his current yards per carry average – 11.1 – is almost certain to regress, there’s no denying Love’s body of work to this point.

One of my favorite 2018 tight end prospects, Massachusetts’ Adam Breneman, returned to his normal, prolific self, putting up 131 yards receiving and two TDs on 12 receptions last week against Ohio. Injuries have always been a struggle for Breneman dating back to his time at Penn State and will remain a question mark for NFL teams heading into the draft next year. But with a 0.22 Dominator Rating through five games, Breneman is a proven producer at a thin position for 2018.

Troy beating LSU in Baton Rouge was certainly one of the biggest upsets in recent memory. The school’s post-game trolling was on another level as well.

And while most will focus on LSU’s disappointing performance, it would be unfair to ignore Troy senior RB Jordan Chunn. Not only did Chunn set a career-high in rushing yards last weekend with 191, he was also the first RB since 2015 to rush for over 150 yards against LSU. He’s an older prospect – he turns 23 in January – but has the size and production to be worthy of consideration in next year’s rookie drafts.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK

In his first action of the 2017 season, Miami WR Ahmmon Richards battled the lingering effects of a hamstring injury, posting a 2/106/1 line against Duke. Richards is on the devy radar for a few reasons: his size, speed, and production at a very young age (26 percent of Miami’s receiving yardage in 2016 as a true freshman). This week Miami travels to Florida State to face one of the most talented secondaries in the nation. The likely battle between Richards and Seminoles’ cornerback Travaris McFadden will be extremely intriguing.

It’s been a long, bumpy road for Utah wide receiver Darren Carrington. Oregon’s leading receiver in 2016, Carrington was dismissed from the team following a DUI arrest and landed with Utah shortly before the 2017 season. Through five games he’s reminded us of his immense promise. Sporting an enormous 0.55 Dominator Rating, Carrington is averaging 13.1 yards per target with an 81.1 percent catch rate. Next up for Utah is Stanford, a team with a suspect secondary. Carrington’s past is worth keeping in mind, but his draft stock is currently on the rise.

This section is usually reserved for prospects performing well, but in the case of SMU WR Courtland Sutton, I’ve been a little underwhelmed so far this season. In 2016, Sutton failed to reach 60 yards receiving just twice in 12 games. This season, he’s hit that mark just twice in five games. Sutton’s production has historically come in bunches, but to remain my top-ranked 2018 WR prospect, I’d like to see more consistency. SMU faces Houston on Saturday, with Sutton running routes against a talented Houston secondary.

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