• Andrew Woodruff

DEVY RBs: Opening Week Risers & Fallers

Twitter: @_DEVYScout



This first week of college football finally brought some fun changes in the running back position. I wanted to break down the position with a few risers, fallers, and unknowns we need to monitor this season. Getting to know these players early better helps us identify potential guys who may be targets for our next two draft classes. Being able to project that far ahead can make a difference in how we can build our dynasty teams. There were a couple of obvious big names we already highly value with high expectations. They lived up to it this week so nothing new for these following names: Bijan Robinson, Tank Bigsby, Isaiah Spiller, Jahmyrr Gibbs, Breece Hall.

Risers:


Snoop Conner: Ole Miss

Snoop Conner ended up being the running back to watch in the first Ole Miss game with his running style proving he should continue having a role. The production was nice in the committee situation and could lead to a bigger role if he keeps going. Eight carries for sixty yards and two touchdowns is what helps you see the field more. While the other backs offered more with catching, Conner is 30 pounds bigger than the others which should keep the work between him and Ealy. He is still not worth much in devy leagues, but we should watch out if he stays this effective compared to the others.

Zach Charbonnet: UCLA

Now we may know the 2022 class riser after just two weeks. Charbonnet has been fantastic against now a much more impressive opponent as he ran eleven times for 117 yards and 1 touchdown along with one catch for 35 yards. He is exploding for gains and breaking tackles with nine against LSU and five others in the Hawaii game. That is also with nine plays that went ten-plus yards; six of which went fifteen plus on the ground. Keep an eye out as he continues to build a case for the 2022 class.

Jashuan Corbin: Florida State

Jashaun Corbin played a big part in why Florida State stayed in the game against Notre Dame. He rushed 15 times for 144 yards and a touchdown along with 3 catches for 6 yards. 124 of those yards was after contact so he was doing a lot by himself with only 5 broken tackles. As a fourth-year player, he has almost hit the halfway mark for his best season of production though so do not wait for a big jump to relevance. He did get off to a great start to this season though so he may be a cheap add-in to certain leagues if possible or flip coming off his good game.



Honorable Mentions:


Kenneth Walker III, Zonovan Knight, Tyler Allgeier, Tyler Goodson, Zamir White, Miyan Williams, Kyren Williams, Leddie Brown, Jerome Ford, Treveyon Henderson

Fallers:


Mohamed Ibrahim: Minnesota

This has nothing to do with Ibrahim and his talent. The downside for why he is on this side of the article is the season-ending injury he suffered. The dude was a monster, but will now be dealing with coming back from what looked like an Achilles injury. The odds are against RBs coming back from that injury, so his career is in question now on if he’s ever the same.

Eric Gray: Oklahoma


Gray was extremely hyped up going into this season with the talent he possesses and is now on a playoff contender. In our first live look, he finished behind Kennedy Brooks in carries and production along with not being able to showcase his receiving chops either. Long season, but hoping for more in the next few weeks. Now I get we need to recognize he is transferring into a new situation and made the most of his plays, but there were expectations of him seizing the lead role from the first game. Be patient for him this season to emerge more and buy a dip if possible.

Jerrion Ealy: Ole Miss

For a guy some believed was a top-five to three talent in the 2022 class, he did not look like it during their first offensive showcase. He only had twelve carries for a minimum of thirty-seven yards and one touchdown. His saving grace was having three catches for fifty-one yards. Overall he is a smaller guy who also loves baseball and dealt with some injuries not standing out much tonight on film compared to others.



Honorable Mentions:


Jalen Berger & Markcus Bowman

Unknowns:


Rachaad White: Arizona State

Rachaad White came out looking good in Arizona State’s first matchup as he went for 7 carries, 64 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a catch for eleven yards. That is no way bad, but we have to keep in mind this was against a weak opponent and how everyone also did well in that backfield. The team website went from listing him at 195 to 210 this season so I express a little concern on his actual weight for a 6’2” back, but he is someone to continue watching while we see how this season goes. He has broken a few big plays before so he may continue to pop off and raise his name for this next draft.

Noah Cain: Penn State

Noah Cain is the lead back for Penn State. Last season he did not get to showcase that because of injury. This weekend, he finally got that chance in a hard defensive game where he still maintained a focus on the game both running and catching. For now, we monitor how high he can actually raise his stock.

Marshawn Lloyd: South Carolina

I am excited for this kid! He missed out his first year because of a torn ACL, but he came back this year and was able to help in their first game. His production was not very fancy with 14 carries for 55 yards and one catch for 19 more yards, but it was his first action ever in college in relief of their starter. I expect the team to monitor his usage this year as he grows into a bigger role with Harris and White both older teammates. His size and talent make him worth just watching as we see from history that guys are not one-hundred percent go typically one year removed from this injury. 2023 class of running backs may have another special guy if he lives up to his talent upside.



Honorable Mentions:


Keaontay Ingram, CJ Verdell, Chip Treynum, Ty Chandler, Re'Mahn Davis