Both Mississippi and Louisville had explosive offenses last season, but lost some key pieces heading into 2021. With players like Elijah Moore, Tutu Atwell, and Javian Hawkins heading to the NFL, there were some questions if the fireworks would go off again. After a slow, start, both teams were able to find that old magic in an entertaining though not particularly competitive game.
Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi was the big riser in the game. The RPO offense showcased his lightning quick release and ability to read defenses quickly. Though the pure statistics may not be eye popping, he showcased NFL ability and will now be in consideration for the first round of the NFL Draft. If he can put on this display in SEC play, he could even compete for the #1 overall pick.
Nick Broeker, OT, Mississippi had an exceptional game and should move himself up the OT list. A veteran with a ton of starts under his belt, Broeker showed excellent pass protection skills while having some dominating pushes throughout the game. He will have some big battles this season, and if he wins against the big dogs, the first round is possible for him too.
Sam Williams, EDGE, Mississippi showcased good pass rushing ability off the edge. Not a guy high on my radar coming into the season, Williams definitely flashed in this game. With a good combination of size and athletic ability, he showcased a pass rush bull rush that was tough to stop for Louisville. He is definitely someone on my radar now who I will be watching in the future.
Jerrion Ealy, RB, Mississippi had an excellent receiving game and that is likely his role at the next level. Unfortunately, he was not super effective on the ground missing cutback lanes and seemingly needing space to make his athleticism work for him. Ealy will have a role in the NFL, but this game may have showcased why he won’t be a Top 100 pick and that he may fall into a Nyheim Hines type of role at the next level.
Qwynnterio Cole, CB, Louisville is an intriguing blend of size and athleticism that is noticeable on the field, but it wasn’t a great day for him. His stiffness was a major issues in closing on receivers in zone coverage. Add in playing man on Dontario Drummond for part of the game, and it was tough sledding. A tough draw Week 1, but not a great game from him.
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Snoop Conner, RB, Mississippi had a killer game with a head of steam running style punishing the defense. As an Ealy fan, Conner turned my head and earned himself more carries going forward. His vision and patience were excellent and if he developed a bit more, he should become the lead back
Mississippi WRs – Dontario Drummond and Braylon Sanders both had excellent games. Drummond tore the Cardinals apart by finding holes in the zone and catching the ball in stride. The angles he took after the catch were excellent. Add in Sanders, who is a return specialist, checking into the game at receiver often to add another dynamic threat. Both should have the testing to be considered for the NFL, and if they keep up production like this, it is likely.
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