Daily Blog - Friday August 21st
Just to let you know the players lost for the season are piling up fast. It seems like every day I am circling 5 to 10 additional players for the magazine. I always circle the players in my magazine in RED if they were lost prior to the year and then in BLUE if they were lost during the season. That way I can differentiate between the two. Make sure you check out the Injury Section which is on the front menu of PhilSteele.com (CLICK HERE) to get all the players that have been lost so far.
Utah has a three way race for QB but true frosh Jordan Wynn will be taking the snaps with the #1’s and is the leader at this point. JUCO Terrance Cain is running the second unit and Corbin Louks was demoted to the third team and then transferred to Nevada. It is Wynn’s job to lose. If he does hold on and start the opener than he would be the 3rd true frosh to start at Utah since freshman eligibility was restored in 1972. Neither of the previous two were a full time starter. Ken Vierra had two starts in 1981 and Scott Cate had one start in 1982.
Michigan will have a true frosh at QB this year as their top 2 QB’s are both true frosh. A stat that might be a little unsettling for Wolverine fans is that as many as 10 true frosh could be in the two deep for this year’s opener.
If you are looking for a Fantasy Football sleeper, how about Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu who is a true frosh. He has worked his way to #1 on the depth chart and is showing staying power in that role. In their scrimmage on Tuesday, Julian Hayes was their top receiver with 135 yards on 7 receptions and he will not be on anyone’s radar either.
Wake Forest lost WR Terence Davis for the season, right after he led the team in receptions in a scrimmage. QB Skylar Jones was their 3rd highest rated recruit in 2007 and is the team’s fastest player. He hit just 5 of 12 passes in that same scrimmage and figured to see the field very little this year playing behind veteran Riley Skinner. Grobe moved Jones to WR on Wednesday. He could find himself back at QB if injuries cropped up or next year when Skinner moves on.
Does this sound like a guy you would take EARLY in your College Fantasy Football draft. Take a player that is 6’5” 225 lbs, who runs a 4.3 40 with a 42” vertical leap who to his own admission did not go 100% on every play in 2008 but is having a great August and coaches say the light bulb went on. He started the last 3 games as a TRUE frosh and is the teams leading returning receiver. I am talking about Jonathan Baldwin of Pitt who should challenge for the receiving title of the Big East this year.
Bradley McDougald is a true frosh WR at Kansas. Mark Mangino enters his 8th season at KU. Mangino says that McDougald (PS#52) has performed better than any true frosh he has had. He probably won’t be a great Fantasy pickup because of all the quality experienced KU WR’s on hand but it was worth noting.
Going back to Fantasy Football sleepers. How would you like a VHT RB (PS#18) who was recruited by USC, one that is 200 lbs with good speed and his head coach says he plays “violent”. The same assistant that recruited him to USC is now the head coach at Washington and the RB is Chris Polk who played as a true frosh until injury early and redshirted.
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Next week I will have a blog with my Top Fantasy Football picks for this upcoming year and much more.
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