AK’s Shots on College Football Today
With the transition from freshman to sophomore year, college football players have already dipped their feet in the water and become comfortable with the faster speed of the game as a whole.
For Texas A&M’s Speedy Noil and LSU’s Malachi Dupre, they broke through that plateau in their opening season with ease. With promising sophomore seasons forthcoming, their teammates and coaches will expect huge years in 2015.
A year ago, the 2014 recruiting class chatter was incomplete without the mentions of the two athletes.
The No. 1 rated athlete across the nation out of high school, Noil’s commitment to the Aggies wiped any tears from fans who had sulked over the vacancy of Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans, while those that anticipated the finesse and artistry of Noil’s football skills didn’t need to wait long.
While the programmers and countless Kipers and McShays will title Noil as an athlete, he raked in great numbers as a wide receiver for the Aggies.
Noil amassed 583 yards while hauling in 46 receptions which ranked him third on the team, but his all-purpose yardage stats really struck Aggies fans and fanatics throughout, as Noil etched his name in the freshman record books with that 1,322, cataloging him at No. 5 all-time.
You could say Noil’s shiftiness and sure-handedness makes it is rather easy for his quarterback.
Quarterbacks, well, that’s a new chapter in the Aggie novel.
Texas A&M defeats South Carolina Gamecocks on the opening Thursday and all of a sudden it’s the “Kenny Trill” era, huh.
Kenny Hill led the SEC in passing yards with 2,649, but his absence next year could loom large for Noil, as the freshman quarterback has reportedly chose to transfer, in which many sources believe his newest home will be TCU.
Hill played only seven games in 2014, but accounted for 392 of 593 of Noil’s receiving yards. When freshman Kyle Allen took over the reigns, Noil racked up a measly 191 yards in his receiving inventory in five games, decreasing his yards per game average from 56 to 32.2.Kenny Hill led the SEC in passing yards with 2,649, but his absence next year could loom large for Noil, as the freshman quarterback has reportedly chose to transfer, in which many sources believe his newest home will be TCU.
While they share the same home in the SEC, Malachi Dupre will look to separate himself from the pack as a go-to receiver for the LSU Tigers next season.
Dupre, also highly-touted out of high school (the No. 2 receiver), didn’t plan to make his freshman season an “experience year.”
His inventory only includes 14 catches, 318 yards, and five scores, but the offenses between LSU and Texas A&M lie on distant ends of the spectrum.
While Noil will be used in sweeps, screens, punt returns, and more, Dupre will be established as a true receiver as his tenure proceeds.
Plus, it doesn’t hurt having a running back in Leonard Fournette returning.
The Bayou Bengals may be offensively inept, but they could be in for some dazzling athletes in 2015.
Mainly a feeling-out process in 2014, quarterback Anthony Jennings, Fournette, and Dupre will be a true triple-threat (try saying that five times fast) in the years ahead.
With defensive schemes becoming a rarity the last few years in the SEC, pave an entrance for the super-sophs.
Today’s Pigskin Wants to Know:
Which SEC schools will be in the College Football Playoff discussion next season?
Which SEC program has the best athletes?
Tweet your college football predictions, comments, questions, rants and reactions to @AlexK_47 and @TodaysPigskin.