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Troy upset lifts RB Chunn into spotlight

Thu, Oct 05, 2017

Reese’s Pieces from the Road - Week 5

SO YOU'RE TELLING ME THERE'S A CHANCE
Troy pulled the upset of the week with its 24-21 road win over LSU. Brandon Silvers at quarterback didn’t have to do much with the way the running game and offensive line took over.
SCOUT: “The Troy back (Jordan Chunn) has a shot. The staff seemed to like him and he’s really turned it on these last couple weeks. The questions with him remain with long speed and ball security. He lost the ball twice against LSU.”

THOMAS NO LONGER A SLEEPER
Indiana tight end Ian Thomas was not a known commodity going into the season as many, including us at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, had him as a sleeper for a potential breakout year. He just had a career-high 91 yards against Penn State.
SCOUT: “He was my sleeper. Got rejected in the spring and I was excited that no one else would know about him but everyone knows him now. Really big, athletic tight end.”

WILSON IS 'SOLID'
In case you missed it this weekend, there was quite the Conference USA running back matchup between North Texas’ Jeffery Wilson and Southern Miss’ Ito Smith. Smith is a known commodity with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and 27 touchdowns in the last two years while Wilson is on pace for his first 1,000-yard season and ran for 211 yards against UAB on Sept. 23.
SCOUT: “The North Texas RB is a solid player. He’s got some explosiveness and you saw that in Hattiesburg. I’ve never seen him get caught from behind. He’s an intriguing guy in a good class of backs for you guys.”

SHOT AT REDEMPTION FOR FERGUSON
Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson’s stock dipped a little with the loss to UCF this past weekend where he threw three interceptions. But now he has a chance to rebound against a UConn team that’s given over 400 yards passing two senior quarterbacks – Thomas Sirk and Kurt Benkert – already.
SCOUT: “Some people like the Memphis guy from the UCLA game, but I’m waiting to see more. Really lean frame and long throwing motion, but great production in that offense. He turned it over four times though last week and you can’t do that.”

SCOUTER'S DELIGHT IN NORMAN
One of the many individual matchups to watch this weekend will be in the emerging Iowa State program on the road at Oklahoma with ISU receiver Allen Lazard and Sooners corner Jordan Thomas.
SCOUT: “I’ll be in Norman this weekend. I don’t have the ISU guy, but he looks big and physical from what I saw on TV last week. I want to see Thomas play big and physical against him, use his size.”