College Football season has ARRIVED, sorry for the rest of the conferences because REAL college football is being played this weekend as the SEC returns. Today I kickoff my weekly series, where I talk about a couple of matchups that should be on your radar for the week.
Bo Nix vs. Kentucky
The highly touted 5-star prospect entering his Sophmore season had a lackluster start to his career. While there were flashes of potential greatness, we also saw him struggle in some big-time areas on the field. One of the most significant aspects of his game, he struggled with was his accuracy, and even more so when it was third down.
Nix and the Tigers kick off the season against the Kentucky Wildcats, who have one of the SEC’s best defense. I would love to see more consistency with his approach of reading the defenses, not show his hand on his first read, and be more of a patient play-caller in the pocket.
Kellen Mond vs. Vanderbilt
If you had to pick one guy that I think is a wild card for the upcoming NFL Draft, Kellen Mond would be at the top of my list. The upside is here, the opportunity is here, and the chance to showcase that he can be good on Sundays has arrived.
Mond must come out strong in week one, yes, even against the Commodores, because they are on the road against Alabama in week two. But more on this week, Mond has got to start playing four quarters of football.
With 7 of his 9 interceptions coming in the second half, Mond struggles to close out the games. I hope we see this year that Jimbo Fisher utilizes Isiah Spiller to set up the play-action pass. Mond is hands down one of the best quarterbacks in college football when working out of the play-action.
Eric Gray vs. South Carolina
The window to buy Eric Gray is today because, after this season, his value will be through the roof. The depth chart was released this week, and it still showed both Ty Chandler and Gray as the starting backs, but I fully expect this job to be in the hands of Gray fast.
Although there were only three games in which Gray saw ten or more carries, he produced those three games.
Of course, the game against Indiana produced this beautiful ‘dead leg’ and turned up Gray’s field play.
When allowed to showcase his ability, he did just that and with South Carolina missing Javon Kinlaw and D.J. Wonnum up front, look for Gray to show why he should be on your Devy radar moving forward.
Trevon Grimes vs. Ole Miss
I am the Grimes fan club president, and I am here to wave the flag once again. With 153 targets, 95 catches, over a thousand yards, and 7 touchdowns left on the table with Jefferson, Cleveland, and Swain are gone, Grimes is primed to break out. Here are some of the reasons why I believe he will.
Led the team in yards after the catch (8.2)
Second on the team in yards per catch (14.3)
36% of his catches went for over 14+ yards
69% of his catches resulted in first downs
One thing, I would like to see him convert more of his red zone opportunities into touchdowns. Grimes had seven targets in the red zone but only converted two into touchdowns. As the season progressed, you saw Trask trust him a little more. With the mix of his length, size, speed, and big-play ability, I look for Grimes to exploit the Commodores and the SEC this season.