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Devy Stock Watch Week 3

ATLANTA, GA Ð SEPTEMBER 17: Ole Miss running back Zach Evans (6) runs the ball during the NCAA football game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 17th, 2022 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire)

Week 3 did not have many marquee matchups. The only one with two top 25 teams was more of a defensive struggle between Miami and Texas A&M. Even with the lack of big matchups, there were plenty of big performances. Let’s look at the Devy Stock watch for Week 3.

Stock Up

Zach Evans, RB Ole Miss

The question about Evans has never been his talent but more constant production and supposed minor off-the-field issues. He transferred to Ole Miss and, through three games, has 317 rush yards and three touchdowns. He has two of three games with over 18 carries and looks like a back that can handle three downs of work. Many are high on Evans, and this year backs up that position as RB3 of the 2023 class.

AttemptsRush YardsRush TDsYards Per CarryReceptionsRec YardsRec TDs

Eric Gray, RB Oklahoma

Many people put had high hopes for Gray with his transfer to Oklahoma. Instead, Kennedy Brooks took the lead in 2021, and Gray only finished with 641 yards. So far, in 2022, with the new coaching staff, he is the lead back with over 300 total yards and has two out of three games over 100 rushing yards. Gray does not have the size to be every down back, but what he is doing this year can put him on the radar to move up draft boards.

AttemptsRush YardsRush TDsYards Per CarryReceptionsRec YardsRec TDs

Brock Bowers, TE Georgia

There is no question that Bowers is talented, and he is thought of highly of as the number two TD behind Michael Mayer. He had been off to a slow start, but against South Carolina, he had a breakout of over 100 yards and two touchdowns. The weight is a concern for the tight end position, but as long as Bowers continues to be such a playmaker, he will be high on boards in 2024.

TargetsReceptionsRec YardsRec TDsRush YardsRush TDs

Players To Keep Eye On

Charlie Jones- WR, Purdue

Purdue received two transfers from Iowa this past year, and many, including myself, thought it would be Tyrone Tracy and not Jones making an impact. Jones has been excellent with 32 receptions, 474 yards, and five touchdowns in three games. He is being force-fed the ball and making big catch after big catch. Jones will not be a high draft pick, but as long as the production continues, he will get looks in the 2023 NFL Draft.

TargetsReceptionsRec YardsRec TDsRush YardsRush TDs

Michael Penix Jr, QB Washington

After the shortened 2020 season, Penix was trending up after a great season with Indiana. An injury cut his season short and caused him to struggle in 2021. Penix transferred to Washington, and so far, he looks like he has some of that magic back. He is back on the Devy radar with a ten-to-one TD to INT rate and a huge win against Michigan State. He needs to continue this all season, but he could work to a middle-round NFL pick.

CompletionsAttemptsPass YardsPass TDsINTRush YardsRush TDs

Stock Down

Tyler Van Dyke, QB Miami

Last year, Van Dyke had a great season as the Miami starter with 25 TDs and only six interceptions. I was worried about his production with Josh Gattis coming in as offensive coordinator. Last year, Miami was ranked 100th in rush attempts per game, and so far this year, they are up to 29th. The lack of passing was a little concern, but Van Dyke had been efficient until the big test against Texas A&M. The offense could not get consistent movement and did not score a touchdown. As the season progresses, we will have to see if this was just a bump in the road or not.

CompletionsAttemptsPass YardsPass TDsINTRush YardsRush TDs

Dontay Demus, WR Maryland

Dontay Demus was off to a great start in 2021 before an injury cost him the rest of the season. Demus was getting hyped to be a possible second-day draft prospect. He is back this year but has had a plodding start with only six receptions for 57 yards in three games. Although he is fourth in targets, the separation is only five targets. It will be interesting to watch as Maryland starts Big 10 play if Demus can recreate his magic from early in 2021.

TargetsReceptionsRec YardsRec TDsRush YardsRush TDs

Thanks for checking out my devy stock watch for week three of the college football season. Check back every week as we will continue to watch the stock trends of devy players moving throughout the year. You can follow me on Twitter for all my devy content.

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