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Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 9

Another college football weekend, another major upset. Once again, this week’s slate of games proved that it’s very difficult to go undefeated for an entire season.

In the Group of Five, an underwhelming slate of games delivered a few exciting matchups.

Quarterback

Mason Fine, QB North Texas

In the preview of North Texas’s game against Charlotte, I stated that Charlotte WR Victor Tucker was the devy prospect to watch. And while that’s still mostly true, Mason Fine is producing enough to earn draft considerations. Fine had the seventh-most passing yards for the week with his 394-yard, five-TD performance. For the season, that brings Fine to 2,277 yards and 20 TDs for the year with a 63.3% completion percentage. Fine lacks ideal size, but he’s on pace for his third straight season with more than 3,000 passing yards and that kind of production could earn him a camp invite, next year.

Fine and North Texas take on the 1-5 UTEP Miners in the mid-pack Conference USA matchup. UTEP is allowing nearly 240 passing yards per game.

Running Back

Bryant Koback, RB Toledo

As part of the 13th best rushing team in the country, it’s no surprise to see the Koback is in the midst of a productive sophomore season. Koback has already eclipsed his 917-yard freshman campaign with 985 yards through just eight games.  Koback had the most rushing yards for the week with 259 and two TDs while averaging over eight yards per carry. This is his third game of the year with more than 150 yards on the ground. Koback finished 2018 with just four receptions so his seven catches, to date, are a noteworthy improvement, but you’d hope to see even more usage to help his draft potential.

Toledo has a bye week before returning for a mid-week conference game against Kent State.

Wide Receiver

Warren Jackson, WR, Colorado State

Colorado State is No. 9 in passing yards per game and Warren Jackson is the leading receiver for the team. With 178 yards, he had the third-most receiving yards in Week 9 and that brings his season total up to 719. Additionally, he has six TDs for the year which has helped him to a 0.33 dominator rating. Jackson had a 0.13 dominator in 2018 so he’s not going have a great breakout age, but if he can continue his current production, there’s a high potential for his draft profile to improve.

Colorado State welcomes UNLV on Saturday in a conference matchup. UNLV has allowed over 200 passing yards per game so there will be an opportunity for Jackson to be productive again.

Other Notable Players

Despite the loss, Troy’s Kaleb Barker led the FBS in passing yards for the week. The senior QB passed for 421 yards and two TDs. As this is his first productive season, it’s unlikely Barker will be a meaningful draft prospect.

Marquez Stevenson led the FBS with 211 receiving yards and two TDs. The senior WR from Houston has made the most of the opportunity presented when teammate Keith Corbin chose to redshirt.

LeVante Bellamy eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season in Western Michigan’s win. He finished the game with 178 rushing yards and four TDs.

UCF junior RB Otis Anderson had the fifth most yards for the week in his 205-yard, one-TD performance against Temple.

Week 5 Group of Five Matchups of the Week

SMU at Memphis

The undefeated SMU Mustangs travel to Memphis is the game that will likely determine one of the AAC conference championship participants. SMU’s top WR, Reggie Roberson, was injured last week, but could be available to play. Memphis is led by freshman RB, Kenneth Gainwell. Memphis is a near-TD favorite in this game and the 70-plus point total would indicate that this game could be a high-scoring spectacle.

Northern Illinois at Central Michigan

Senior QB Ross Bowers has been a big part of the Northern Illinois offense since transferring to the team from California. And the former four-star prospect is the player to watch for devy purposes with 1,726 passing yards, this season. Central Michigan is competing for the MAC West title and has been one of the higher scoring teams in the conference. Check out this game for some weekend MAC-tion.

Image Credit: Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Bryant Koback.

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