Scouting the FCS Tile Game: Youngstown State vs James Madison

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

YSU returns to days of former glory as one time Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini hopes to bring the Penguins a title in his second season with the program.  JMU was last man standing in the always bruising CAA, also known as the SEC of IAA.  On paper YSU has the advantage and are led by a pair of NFL prospects on the defensive line.

FCS Championship Bowl Prospects

Round

Grade

School

Full Name

Pos

Number

Year

5th

3.46

Youngstown State

Derek Rivers

DE

11

4Sr

Analysis:  Fundamentally sound pass rusher with outstanding computer numbers (6-feet/4-inches, 250+ pounds, 4.7’s/40).  Plays with balance, body control and shows speed off the edge.  Watch the way he uses his hands to protect himself or disengage from blocks.  Quick, explosive and very productive (17.5 TFL’s and 14 sacks in 2016).  Effective out of a three point stance or standing up over tackle.  Presently slated to play in the Shrine Game.

5-6

3.39

Youngstown State

Avery Moss

DE

9

5Sr

Analysis:  Stouter version of his teammate though not as fast.  Bends his knees, moves well laterally and competes.  Solid run defender.  Does not possess the upside of Rivers and not the same pass rusher but serviceable.  Also participating in the Shrine Game. 

6-7

3.32

Youngstown State

David Rivers III

CB

31

5Sr

Analysis:  Nice sized (6-feet/190lbs) corner best facing the action.  Quick footed in reverse, fluid flipping his hips and has a burst out of his plant.  Mixes it up throughout the route and displays solid ball skills.  Instincts are so-so and reaction time can be slow.

FA

3.15

Youngstown State

Jody Webb

RB

20

4Sr

Analysis:  Smallish scat back with the ability to create yardage and break long runs from the line of scrimmage.  Combines vision, agility and quickness to produce as a ball carrier and pass catcher out of the backfield.  Will have a chance at the next level as a third down back/punt returner.

FA

3.10

Youngstown State

Eric Thompson

CB

1

4Sr

 

FA

3.02

Youngstown State

Leroy Alexander

S

3

5Sr

 

FA

2.83

James Madison

Rashard Davis

WR

6

4Sr

Analysis:  Quick but small (5-feet/8-inch) receiver who can double as a return specialist.  Has a burst and elusive but comes with size limitations.

FA

2.81

James Madison

Taylor Reynolds

CB

14

5Sr

Analysis:  Solid defensive back best facing the action.  Breaks down well, effectively uses his hands and a terrific open field tackler.  Ineffective moving in reverse and long speed is a concern. 

FA

2.79

James Madison

Mitchell Kirsch

G

76

5Sr

Analysis:  Quick, agile blocker with limited athleticism and upside.  Keeps his head on a swivel, stays square and makes good use of angles.  Does no block with a nasty attitude and does not finish blocks.

FA

2.73

James Madison

Gage Steele

ILB

33

5Sr