Welcome back to When The Devy Breaks, your weekly rundown of the college football landscape and how it affects your devy league rosters. Looking ahead to Week 12, we’ve got several matchups with real college football playoff potential highlighted by Georgia/Auburn and Oklahoma/Baylor.
We’ll also see Navy take a swing at Notre Dame in South Bend while Minnesota looks to continue their miracle season on the road against Iowa. But for now, let’s switch over to the devy side of things with the usual stock up, stock down, and trade target of the week.
Kedon Slovis, QB, USC
As is the case with most true freshman QBs, Slovis has had his share of ups and downs. Against BYU and Oregon he tossed three INTs. But he’s also completed at least 68% of his throws with two or more TDs in six of his seven starts. If/when J.T. Daniels returns to full health, it’s possible Slovis is thrown into a legit QB competition. And there’s the ever-present possibility of a coaching change hanging above the Trojans’ program, representing more potential uncertainty.
But the ceiling for Slovis is clear, evidenced by the fact he leads all freshman QBs so far this season in completion rate (69%) and ranks second in passer rating (156.1.) among the same cohort. It’s a long wait until he’s draft eligible in 2022, but he has the makings of a high-end QB prospect.
Rakeem Boyd, RB, Arkansas
Boyd is probably best known for his time at Independence Community College. But what he’s accomplishing at Arkansas is truly special. The Razorbacks’ are a complete disaster. But the 6-foot, 213-pound junior notched his fifth 100-yard-rushing game last week against Western Kentucky while also averaging 1.7 receptions per game during his two seasons in Fayetteville.
He very quietly ranks second in the SEC in yards rushing (1,005) running behind a middling offense line ranked 63rd in Line Yards per Football Outsiders. It’s unclear whether Boyd will declare early to enter the 2020 draft. But if he does, he’ll be one of my favorite off-the-radar prospects in the class.
Chatarius Atwell, WR, Louisville
Louisville is a program on the rise under first-year head coach Scott Satterfield. The play of Atwell is a major reason why. Despite his diminutive frame, the 5-foot-9-inch, 153-pound sophomore WR has 10 TDs in 12 career games averaging over 17 yards per reception. His 0.41 Dominator Rating so far this season puts him well on pace to record an early-age breakout season following a 0.18 DR as a freshman last season.
Atwell’s size is the obvious rock in the shoe here. It’s possible he goes he way of Greg Dortch, another small, ultra-productive WR struggling to stick on an NFL roster. But you could also point to Marquise Brown as the polar opposite outcome. At the very least, Atwell is worth monitoring moving forward.
Trade Target Of The Week
Keaontay Ingram, RB, Texas
Ingram’s sophomore season has had its low points, most notably a dropped TD pass against LSU and a few down games against West Virginia and Oklahoma. But over the last three weeks we’ve seen flashes of what makes him so special.
Averaging 104 yards rushing during that span is solid. But it’s his pass-catching that truly separates him from the pack. His 58 receptions in 22 career games puts him ahead of two stud 2020 prospects known for their receiving abilities in D’Andre Swift and J.K. Dobbins. It won’t be easy prying Ingram away from a league mate currently rostering him. But few 2021 RBs offer Ingram’s upside as a potential three-down RB and fantasy stud at the next level.