Who to Watch: Rutgers v. Virginia Tech (Russell Athletic Bowl)

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Russell Athletic Bowl

Friday, December 28, 5:30pm EST

ESPN

A big, tall, fast Wide Receiver… and a flop of a Quarterback.

Rutgers

Brandon Coleman, #17, Junior, WR

In his last 17 games dating back to 2011, Brandon Coleman has 15 touchdown receptions.  Let’s say that again:  17 games, 15 touchdown catches.  Of more than 130 Big East receiver season in my database, Coleman’s 2012 ranks 8th for most touchdowns (10) in a single season.  But he is much more than a 6′  6” jump-ball, endzone receiver.  He averages 17 yards per catch and has caught a 30+ yards pass in seven different games this year.  But enough of me talking, see for yourself…Give the video 50 seconds and you’ll see the pop.

 

Virginia Tech

Logan Thomas, #3, Junior, QB

Seriously… what is the big deal?  ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr.,insists Thomas remains a late first-round draft prospectbased on talent alone.  Does production matter?  I usually don’t like to bad-mouth a prospect, but here are the straight facts.  DO NOT let the big, tall, strong arm trilogy confuse you now or leading up to April.  If Logan Thomas goes to the NFL draft this year he will be a flop.

People fall in love with potential.  I fall in love with progression, which is one thing Logan Thomas has not shown this year.  If a guy is plateauing (or, ahem, declining) against ACC potential, what makes you think he could progress in the NFL?

3+ TD games vs relevant opponents

  • 2011– 2
  • 2012– 0

Completion Percentage in relevant games

  • 2011– 61.8%
  • 2012– 52.7%

Touchdown rate decreased by 22%

Interception rate increased by 94%

Grade

  • 2011– 93.5
  • 2012– 70.6

Logan Thomas has fallen off considerably from 2011 to 2012.  Please watch this game and save yourself from being duped by Kiper and McShay in the lead up to  (maybe) the 2013 NFL Draft.

 

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