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After their first loss of the season, all eyes will be on Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown to see how he reacts to his first bout of adversity since taking the helm for the Ducks. Up until the overtime loss against Stanford, where he threw his first interception of the season, Brown has played relatively mistake-free football. In fact, the Ducks have committed the second-fewest turnovers all season (two) and the coaching staff appreciates his ability to make quick decisions.
“He’s had some really good moments, some other moments where we need to improve upon…he certainly gives us the best chance to win,” said Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal.”He’s done enough in practice, he’s done enough in games.”
In 25 career games played between his time at Boston College and Oregon, Brown has accounted for 62 total touchdowns. A bounce-back game and steady play for the remainder of the season will be critical to Brown keeping his name relevant amongst NFL scouts. He has played a lot of big-time football, so his experience and dual-threat capability could generate some interest at the next level.
Oregon QB Anthony Brown working Gun 3 and Reset while holding FS on drop vs Cov 1 dropping slot fade up field and over outside shoulder of Wr in front of Peyton. Great 4 days for AB slinging it all over. @TEST_Football @anthonybrown_2 @oregonfootball @BallCoachJoeMo #qb pic.twitter.com/WCiL08Lj63
— Tony Racioppi (@Tonyrazz03) July 18, 2021
Coastal Carolina tight end Isaiah Likely had a record-setting night during the Chanticleers win over Arkansas State. The senior standout hauled in eight catches for a career-high 232 receiving yards and four touchdowns, the first tight end in Sun Belt Conference history to accomplish such a feat and also a CCU single-game record. Likely possesses a tremendous blend of speed, power, athleticism, and physicality to his style of play.
“We’ve shared that we think he’s obviously the best in the country, and I’ve not seen every tight end so that’s maybe an unfair statement,” CCU coach Jamey Chadwell said. “But I mean eight catches for 230-something yards and four touchdowns and truth be told I probably could have thrown it to him five or six more times and he probably would have had 400 yards.”
Through six games, Likely now has 517 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, while averaging 19 yards per catch. His usage at multiple positions on the field should only increase his draft stock in the eyes of NFL scouts. The Massachusetts native has lined up at tight end, h-back, in the slot, outside, and could even be used at fullback if needed. Look for Likely to hear his name called come April.
GRAYSON MCCALL TO ISAIAH LIKELY⚡️
99 YARDS TO THE HOUSE
— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 7, 2021
Lost in the mix during the magical Cincinnati carpet ride season has been the dominant play of senior linebacker Darrian Beavers, who flashes tremendous athleticism and a high motor. Beavers continued his stout play this past week with six tackles, including one sack, one forced fumble, and a pass breakup during their win over Temple. For NFL scouts in attendance, they saw firsthand his ability to chase down backs, make plays in space, and get after the quarterback.
“Sometimes you get that guy that is in his fifth year and they think, ‘This is who I am and this is what I do,'” Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell said. “And the great thing about Darrian is he’s kind of accepted all the different things we’re asking him to do, realizing that if he can continue to grow in what he’s doing, he’s got a real future in the game of football.” A transfer from UConn, where he played defensive end, linebacker and safety, Beavers possesses intriguing versatility. He will likely be viewed as a SAM or WILL backer at the next level.
I’ve been hearing a lot about Darrian Beavers (Cincinnati LB #0) this season, so I’ve decided to give him a look.
Beavers shows quick reaction time and finds a direct path to the ballcarrier. He closes quickly and takes the RB down. pic.twitter.com/MW43TPCGyk
— Ben Glassmire (@BenGlassmireNFL) October 14, 2021
*For more insight on the 2022 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl process, including players who have caught our attention, be sure to tune in to ‘The State of Football’ every Thursday at 9:00am eastern time, as executive director Dane Vandernat joins Ric Serritella on Sports Illustrated!