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Dream Bowl and HBCU Spirit of America Bowl: Week 5 Studs and Standouts

Alcorn State wide receiver Chris Blair had a monstrous day this past week and Brandon Davis of Draft Diamonds talked a little bit about his amazing day. Check it out!

Dream Bowl and HBCU Spirit of America Bowl: Week 5 Studs and Standouts

by Brandon Davis

Ryan Stanley, QB, Florida A&M: Stanley had himself another great week in week 5 in the Rattlers’ 30-28 win over the Norfolk State Spartans. The 6030 QB was 27 of 37 for 293 yards and threw for 1 touchdown. Stanley continues to play at such a pace that should have pro scouts clamoring to watch him more & more as the season rolls on.

Chris Blair, WR, Alcorn State: In the Braves’ 45-19 win over Mississippi Valley State, Blair put on a show, catching 3 pass for 144 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns. The 6030 wide out from Louisville, MS has great size, and a frame that can add weight if needed. If he has more games like this, scouts will have their eyes on him before the regular season ends.

Tracy Thompkins, DB, Mississippi Valley State: Even though the Delta Devils were on the losing end of their game against the Alcorn State Braves, Thompkins put up another great defensive performance, racking up 12 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. The Miami, FL native keeps recording high tackle numbers week in and week out. Scouts should have him on their radars, if not already as we get closer to the halfway point of the regular season.

James Gillespie, WR, Widener: Gillespie put in another great performance this season in the Pride’s win over Alvernia. The 6020 wide out had 9 receptions for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 200 yards receiving was the first time a Widener receiver recorded that many yards since 2012. With more games like this, he’ll have his choice of all-star games to play in, increasing his opportunities to play in front of pro scouts.

Da’Von Keith, DE, Emory & Henry: Keith led his defense with 6 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery for a score in the Wasps’ 49-21 win over Bluefield. The 6030 defensive end from Columbia, SC has the size to possibly fit as a 34 pass rusher at the pro level if he adds more weight to his frame. Keith might increase his chance at that with more multiple sack games.

Sam Casey, DB, WPI: The 6000 defensive back had himself a game in the Engineers’ 35-21 game over Springfield, racking up 11 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception. Casey has prototypical size for a DB at the pro level, and a game like this should capture scouts attention going into his next game.

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