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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Player Spotlight: Devin Duvernay (Univ of Texas)

Player Spotlight:  Devin Duvernay (Univ of Texas)
by Nicholas "NinosCorner" Battle

Apple Podcast Episode:  HERE
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It's time to start putting some respect on Texas wide receiver, Devin Duvernay's name.  I must admit, with the departure of former Longhorn receiver, Lil'Jordan Humphrey to the NFL this past season, I was a bit worried about the void Humphrey left at the slot wide receiver position.  Well, have no fear, Duvernay is here.

After his monstrous performance against LSU this past Saturday, I immediately went to analyze Duvernay's 2018 season.  He was a very reliable receiver, catching nearly 71% of the passes targeted to him; besting arguably the Big XII's three best returning receivers in CeeDee Lamb from Oklahoma (70%), Tylan Wallace from Oklahoma St (64%), and Texas teammate Collin Johnson (70%).  Duvernay also posted a 50% first down per target rate, which ranked 2nd amongst the three receivers listed above.  Only CeeDee Lamb posted a higher rate at 54%.

Duvernay's BattleStat Number (BSN) is 55.6, which is comparable to the rates posted by NFL receivers Corey Davis (56.6), Tyrell Williams (54.1), and DJ Moore (53.0) to name a few.  He also posted a sensational 30% collegiate explosive play (XP) rate, meaning 30% of his catches were for a total of 15 yards or more.

Duvernay's speed was clearly evident this past Saturday; however, his strength is what really impressed me.  His lower body is built like a running back, causing LSU defenders to have a hard time bringing him down.  Two plays significantly stood out to me agains the Tiger defense.  The first was his 44-yard touchdown catch on 4th down, where Duvernay caught the pass and ran through two arm tackles from LSU defenders.  The other was a play in which he ran over LSU's best defender, and potential 1st round pick in this upcoming draft, Grant Delpit.  Duvernay was truly special this past week and it's going to be a thrill to watch him this season.

While watching the NFL games this weekend, I couldn't help but notice a similarly built NFL wide receiver that semi-reminded me of the performance I saw the previous day from Duvernay.  The Dallas Cowboy's receiver, Randall Cobb, ran with great power and strength over the course of their win against the New York Giants.  Duvernay's broken tackles would have made Cobb proud.

Big thing are on the horizon for Duvernay.  I can't wait to see how his season plays out.

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