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Miami vs. Pittsburgh: Stacy Coley has a coming out party

If you are tuned to the Pittsburgh vs. Miami game, you’re being treated to a 31-10 blowout, with the Miami speed and athleticism just far outweighing that of Pittsburgh. Hurricanes Freshman WR Stacy Coley has really impressed, with 2 catches for 66 yards- both touchdowns. In addition, Coley also took an end-around 73 yards (officially) for his 3rd touchdown of the first half. Coley has a lot of time left before he will be eligible for NFL consideration, 2 more years to be exact.


Notes on other prospects in this game:

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage- Savage, who before this season seemingly hadn’t played since 1997), hasn’t had a breakthrough game here. Accuracy and decision-making has been spotty. He settled in after a shaky start, but has looked like anything but a draftable QB, unless you want to draft his size alone. Savage flashes, but the inconsistency always seems to creep in. This has been one of his better games, but I am not a believer.

Miami QB Stephen Morris- On the other hand, this has been a strong game for Morris, as he has been able to sit back and pick the Panthers apart with precision. Morris has tossed 2 touchdowns, and should have had a 3rd but for a big drop by Coley. Morris looks every bit of a solid backup NFL QB.

Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald- Donald has been double-teamed and pretty well neutralized. Miami knows who the threat on the Pittsburgh defense is, and they have the talent on offense to take Donald out of it and prevent anyone else from stepping up in his absence.

Miami WR Allen Hurns- Hurns (5 rec. 127 yards) has been very impressive, with both himself and Coley easily confusing the Panthers secondary and finding themselves embarrassingly wide open. At times, there isn’t a Pittsburgh defender within 10 yards of Hurns.

Pittsburgh secondary- there are some PFA types among this group, K’waun Williams and Jason Hendricks among them. If they want to boost their stock, this game isn’t doing it. Frankly, its been embarrassing for the entire Panthers secondary.

Pittsburgh RB Isaac Bennett although a junior, the Panther with the best late-round potential seems to be Bennett, rather than Savage. Bennett has good size (5’11, 205), and runs like he’s 230. Bennett has the look of an ideal 3rd RB at the next level, capable of churning out the tough yards. Currently, Bennett is over 100 yards on the Hurricanes.

-Shaun DePasquale (@ShaunDoesDraft)

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