I love watching film of UT-Chattanooga. They are one of my favorite teams to watch because I am an undercover fan of theirs. I have been watching players make it from UT-Chatt for years, the Mocs have a good program and they have a player I love in the 2021 NFL Draft.
I have been watching Bryce Nunnelly for several years and I feel he is one of the best wide receivers in the 2021 NFL Draft, and get this he was only a two star recruit when leaving high school.
247Sports.com, rated Nunnelly a two-star prospect after he led Walker Valley High School in Cleveland, Tennessee to their first ever playoff win when he was a senior. While that was a huge accomplishment, Bryce is an athlete, he was not just a football player. The 6020, 190 pound pass catcher was quite the basketball player in high school as well. He is a track guy as well, both his brothers Drew and Trent went to college for track, and while Bryce went for football he was an All-State decathlete.
Bryce chose the local Mocs, and was a great decision. As a Freshman in 2017, he played in 8 games as a true freshman, recording seven receptions for 89 yards. While he did not get much playing time, his dedication to improving that off-season is why we are talking about him today.
Nunnelly came out as a Sophomore ready to show the world, those recruiting websites made a mistake. Nunnelly, straight up ambushed the SoCon conference his second year landing on the first team All-Conference team. Not only is he a stud on the field, he is a smart kid, earning All-Academic Team in the SoCon as well. Nunnelly is a smart kid with a bright future, and he is one hell of a football player.
In 2018, I fell in love with Nunnelly, because I was talking about him every week on Twitter. I would click on the box score just to see how many yards the kid exploded for. He finished second in the division and sixth in the nation with 112.5 receiving yards per game. He went over 1,000 yards becoming one of four Mocs ever to complete that accomplishment. He finished the 2018 season with 1,237 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
In 2019, Nunnelly stats would start to dwindle a bit, because teams were doing everything to stop him. They would double him, put a safety over the top and try to bump him off the line, but it still did not stop him. He earned First Team All-SoCon and All-Academic SoCon for the second time. He finished with 57 receptions, and 794 yards receiving adding in 5 touchdowns. Nunnelly has explosive speed, and he reminds me of Marc Mariani the former Montana wide receiver that tore up the FCS, and went on to have a great career for the Tennessee Titans.
In 2020, I am expecting Bryce to take another step forward and shine. He is entering his final year of college with a 3.81 GP as a Mechanical Engineering Major. If that was not impressive, he has nine 100 yard games in his career which ties him with Cos Dematteo for second all time at UTC. He is two away from being in first place in that stat, and I feel he will have it before the first three games. Nunnelly is a tough competitor that has smarts and athletic ability. I am a huge fan and supporter of his, and I feel he will make an NFL team very happy. I just hope he does not end up on the Patriots!
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