Who to watch: Ole Miss v. Pitt (Compass Bowl)

Compass Bowl

(otherwise known as the game with two VEEERY under the radar teams for the 2013 season)

Saturday, January 5, 1:00pm EST

ESPN

Say it with me–in a French accent– Dooonte Moooncrief!

P.S.  I think this might be my favorite video I’ve ever used.

Ole Miss

Donte Moncrief, #12, Sophomore, WR

In a feeble 2011 Ole Miss passing game, Moncrief posted an above average productivity score of 69, signalling that big things could be in store for the 2012.  This season, the Ole Miss wide receiver has increased his productivity score to 78–getting into potentially elite prospect territory– while nearly doubling all of his raw numbers like catches  (31 up to 60) receiving yards  (454 up to 948)  and touchdowns (4 up to 10).

His 10 receiving touchdowns in 2012 rank near the top of my SEC database trailing names like Stevie Johnson (13), Sidney Rice (13),  Dwayne Bowe (12) and Robert Meachem (11).  And to be sure he’s not fattening up on the cupcakes, Moncrief hauled in 7 touchdowns in his four games against Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, and Mississippi State.

Further evidence that big things could be in store for this game against Pitt, Moncrief posted 13 catches, 334 yards, and 5 touchdowns in his final two games against LSU and Mississippi State.

Expect him to be among the best three receivers in the SEC in 2013.  Know the name now.  #FeedMoncrief

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Who to Watch: Texas Tech v. Minnesota (Texas Bowl)

Stay tuned for must-see prospects from every game of the bowl season.

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

Friday, December 28, 9:00pm EST

ESPN

The Curious Case of Darrin Moore.

Texas Tech

Darrin Moore, #14, Senior, WR

In 2008 a highly regarded quarterback transferred away from Gainesville and found a home in Texas at Blinn College.  That player would lead Blinn to the 2009 Junior College National Championship, before transferring to Auburn, leading the Tigers to a National Championship, being drafted #1, and winning Rookie of the Year.  His name?  Cam Newton.  But who would have thought that another player from that 2009 Blinn team would reappear on our radar?

Darrin Moore was a pass catcher for Cam Newton as a freshman at Blinn college, hauling in 37 passes for 559 yards and 3 TDs, all of which ranked second on the team.  He joined the Texas Tech Red Raiders for the 2010 season and has gradually increased his role before going bonkers in 2012.

His average stat line in 2012:  7.4 receptions, 86 yards, 1.2 TDs.

Even better, I love the fact that his production increased as the season went on…

  • September (4 games)  15 receptions,  142 yards,  4 TDs
  • October (4 games)  28 receptions,  298 yards,  4 TDs
  • November (4 games)  38 receptions,  508 yards, 5 TDs

All told, his 13 touchdowns in a single season is an achievement that less than 3% of all college wide receivers will ever accomplish!

Let’s revisit that 1.2 touchdowns per game number.  It trails only Stedman Bailey and DeAndre Hopkins for the best rate in all of College Football. For a historical perspective, that 1.2 number is in a class with what Sidney Rice, Roddy White, Braylon Edwards did in their college years.  Yes, really.

MINDBOGGLINGLY, NFL Draft Scout has him ranked as the 83rd best WR in the senior class… not the 83rd best in the country… the 83rd best SENIOR.  Seriously?  What is wrong with you people?  How is a 6′ 4”  215lb  Wide Receiver with these type of open field skills ranked so low?  In the first 60 seconds you’ll see why this is so preposterous…