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Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 2

Whether it was high-scoring affairs between two lower-level teams or upset bids against national programs, the group of five provided entertainment for college football fans. And some of the top skill players provided high-level production for devy players to analyze.

The following Group of Five players made the most of their Week 2 matchups.


Tyler Johnston III, UAB

Through two games Johnston ranks 13th in the nation in adjusted yards per attempt (AYA) with 11.3 and has accumulated 433 passing yards. He’s also tacked on 88 rushing yards and a touchdown with an average of 4.4 yards per attempt. Johnston was a three-star dual-threat QB who was named Mr. Football in Alabama during his 2015 senior season. Johnston’s biggest concern with his collegiate production is his 56.2% career completion percentage, but with his 2018 8.0 AYA, Johnston has proven efficiency to keep him on devy radars. Following his 319-yard, four-TD performance against Akron, Johnston and UAB have a bye week before a matchup against in-state foe, South Alabama.

Running Back

Darrynton Evans, Appalachian State

With 333 yards on just 33 carries, Evans leads the FBS in total rushing yards. He was key in Appalachian State’s 56-41 win over Charlotte with 234 rushing yards and three TDs. Evans racked up 1,187 yards and seven TDs during his 2018 sophomore campaign. At 5 feet 11 inches and 200 pounds, Evans would appear to have the size of a future NFL prospect. With a second productive season, he could see himself drafted, should he choose to forgo his senior season.

Josh Johnson, Louisiana-Monroe

Johnson’s 126 yards played an important role in ULM’s near upset of Florida State. Through two games, he’s fifth in the nation in rushing yards with 299. Johnson hasn’t been utilized in the return or receiving game which limits his fantasy upside, but if he becomes a workhorse runner, Johnson may be worth a last-round pick in devy drafts.

Wide Receiver

Omar Bayless, Arkansas State

On route to their victory, Bayless led Arkansas State with 149 receiving yards and a touchdown. His 281 yards ranks third in the FBS, and he’s averaging more than 17 yards per reception. Proven field-stretching WRs have a history of making a fantasy impact and at 6 feet 3 inches, Bayless has the potential the earn an NFL roster spot.

James Proche, SMU

Following a 2018 season in which he finished with a 0.40 Dominator Rating, Proche has 181 yards through the first two games. He has big expectations as a ffifth-year senior coming off of three straight seasons with at least 700 receiving yards. While Proche will be an older prospect, his consistency should earn him a combine invite and the chance to prove he’s worth drafting. According to DevyWatch ADP, Proche was being drafted, on average, as the final pick in mock drafts over the summer.

Others Noteworthy Outings

Charles Williams ranks third in the nation in rushing yards and is averaging 9.1 yards per carry. In a tough loss to Arkansas State, Williams was a bright spot for UNLV with 168 yards and a TD.

Colorado State has become a WR factory with Preston Williams, Rashard Higgins, and Michael Gallup in recent years. This year’s team has distributed the ball more evenly than in years past with three players already over 100 receiving yards. Most notable is true freshman, Dante Wright who led the team with 108 yards and a TD against Western Illinois. The former three-star prospect is an interesting stash option.

Ball State’s Drew Plitt is completing 71.4% of his passes with a 10.0 AYA.  He racked up more than 400 passing yards against an overmatched Fordham team, but he’ll have a chance to compete on a more even playing field this week against Florida Atlantic.

Image Credit: George Walker/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: James Proche.

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