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Since DeVito is all but confirmed as the starter for next year, I went back and watched some game film against Rutgers. It was...not great. Felt as if I was watching Peters. A few nice throws off single-read or RPOs with lots of arm talent and a few nice scrambles, but incredibly inconsistent. Loses composure if the pocket starts collapsing. Their OL was constantly breaking down, so not entirely his fault. I'd be happy if we can get ~2,000 yards, 12-15 TDs, < 5 INTs from him
 
#154      
Since DeVito is all but confirmed as the starter for next year, I went back and watched some game film against Rutgers. It was...not great. Felt as if I was watching Peters. A few nice throws off single-read or RPOs with lots of arm talent and a few nice scrambles, but incredibly inconsistent. Loses composure if the pocket starts collapsing. Their OL was constantly breaking down, so not entirely his fault. I'd be happy if we can get ~2,000 yards, 12-15 TDs, < 5 INTs from him
I think if we get these numbers from him we will all be very happy. That would mean he plays in most if not all our games and keeps INTs to a minimum. Those numbers are roughly what our QBs had this year and we should have won a couple additional games.
 
#156      
Since DeVito is all but confirmed as the starter for next year, I went back and watched some game film against Rutgers. It was...not great. Felt as if I was watching Peters. A few nice throws off single-read or RPOs with lots of arm talent and a few nice scrambles, but incredibly inconsistent. Loses composure if the pocket starts collapsing. Their OL was constantly breaking down, so not entirely his fault. I'd be happy if we can get ~2,000 yards, 12-15 TDs, < 5 INTs from him
I’ve only seen highlights. How decisive is he as a runner? Like 1 read and I’m outta here? A little more patient? What did you see?

From an experience perspective our line is way down next year and 100% will have some growing pains. I trust the staff to get them right but some things you only learn through playing games as much as that sucks. I hope we’re good enough for DeVito to be comfortable back there or we’ll see some of those old Syracuse issues return.
 
#157      
I’ve only seen highlights. How decisive is he as a runner? Like 1 read and I’m outta here? A little more patient? What did you see?

From an experience perspective our line is way down next year and 100% will have some growing pains. I trust the staff to get them right but some things you only learn through playing games as much as that sucks. I hope we’re good enough for DeVito to be comfortable back there or we’ll see some of those old Syracuse issues return.
I have hopes that if DeVito is really a decent RPO QB we can run an offense similar to what early 00/10s colts offense were. Run a mid/shallow zone with and RPO based on the defensive alignment with a backside bootleg where DeVito has two options that are set up by a natural pick in the passing game. Simple but hard to defend and plays to our running ge strength.
 
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I’m willing to withhold judgment to see how much his shoulder injury in his throwing arm affected him.
That's really what I am wondering. His accuracy issues could either be 100% his shoulder or it could have been a non-issue, but we won't know until August which scenario it was. However, I hope all our QBs find an off-season workshop outside the program to work on mechanics and footwork. None of our QBs have the arm strength to not heavily rely on their lower body to hit smaller windows.
 
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mhuml32

Cincinnati, OH
Tracking other transfer news:

- One of Virginia's best returning defenders decided to transfer to North Carolina. Noah Taylor
- Minnesota is bringing in an all-conference corner from WKU. Only a sophomore, worthwhile lottery ticket. Beanie Bishop
- Nebraska brought in one of the better freshman transfers at cornerback. Tommi Hill
- Might have already been reported on here but Eddie Smith committed to Arkansas State a couple weeks ago
- A lot of transfer turnover at MSU. They've had 16 transfers since September, nine of which are from their 2020 class. I wonder if things could be rocky for them with so many younger players leaving the program.
- I'm guessing he's looking at bigger programs but Darrion Henry-Young is transferring from Ohio State and he would be a dynamic add fo the defensive line.
- Kayden Lyles was an guard who transferred from Wisconsin in October that had been linked to Illinois in the past. He committed to Florida State.
 
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Sawicky

Chicago, IL
Tracking other transfer news:

- One of Virginia's best returning defenders decided to transfer to North Carolina. Noah Taylor
- Minnesota is bringing in an all-conference corner from WKU. Only a sophomore, worthwhile lottery ticket. Beanie Bishop
- Nebraska brought in one of the better freshman transfers at cornerback. Tommi Hill
- Might have already been reported on here but Eddie Smith committed to Arkansas State a couple weeks ago
- A lot of transfer turnover at MSU. They've had 16 transfers since September, nine of which are from their 2020 class. I wonder if things could be rocky for them with so many younger players leaving the program.
- I'm guessing he's looking at bigger programs but Darrion Henry-Young is transferring from Ohio State and he would be a dynamic add fo the defensive line.
- Kayden Lyles was an guard who transferred from Wisconsin in October that had been linked to Illinois in the past. He committed to Florida State.
Thank you for the other transfer news. I forgot about looking at the other conference schools transfers until now, which is also good to know.
 
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#167      
Interested to know what he couldn’t do as a qb. We pushed our top 2 athletes out of the qb room. IW I could kinda understand cause he got reps at least. Spann still had time to develop. Hope we didn’t push an answer at qb out the door if we don’t succeed at transfers.
Spann is going to FSU as a receiver. FWLIW, that's a good call, as that's his best path by far to the NFL.
 
#168      

BZuppke

Plainfield
That's really what I am wondering. His accuracy issues could either be 100% his shoulder or it could have been a non-issue, but we won't know until August which scenario it was. However, I hope all our QBs find an off-season workshop outside the program to work on mechanics and footwork. None of our QBs have the arm strength to not heavily rely on their lower body to hit smaller windows.
It seemed to me he has more issues than accuracy. Poor decision making. Twice he was sacked and coughed up the ball. He also took some sacks he shouldn’t have. Not sure how the injury impacts these plays.
 
#172      
Oh no. It's the offseason. We can only talk with unbridled hope. Have to wait until at least the second half against Wyoming.
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