I felt bad for him the first two games. The line didn’t block for him AT ALL verses WMU (and it’s not his fault good plays got blown up with holding penalties and fumbles). Against Wagner, the center kept snapping the ball over his head. This was the first game where his supporting cast worked with him, and he played a hell of a game.Great job by the Freshmen. Gotta a lot of flack first two games but came out calm and smart. Bad plays and he threw outta bounds. Good tough runs up the gut. Proud as heck of the kid. I think we will be ok.
Great post. Wow is all i can say. Huge game, National TV, ED out, hasnt played a significant snap in 2 years and absolutely crushes it. He was magnificent today.Great job by the Freshmen. Gotta a lot of flack first two games but came out calm and smart. Bad plays and he threw outta bounds. Good tough runs up the gut. Proud as heck of the kid. I think we will be ok.
I think it’s more of “we know what we have vs an unknown but promising kid” ... Dino obviously has faith in Tommy and knows thoFWIw, my buddy who played college football who doesn't follow SU texted this during the game: "You all like Dungey, but this Devito's the one who actually knows the game and can make the throws."
Yeah, people freaking out over his previous performances were just ridiculous, and really shortsighted. Something TD pointed out in the post game presser, and something I never really considered, was that not only has he not seen real live action in years, but people need to remember, even at practice, he knows he's safe behind the line. Nobody is allowed to lay a finger on you when you're back there making your reads. It's got to be quite a mental adjustment, to go from a 100% guaranteed clean pocket, to having to make plays with huge humans trying to take your head off. He looks to have shaken off some rust. Follow this up with another strong performance against UCONN.Fans get frustrated when young colts like Devito come into the game and struggle, not playing as well as you'd expect [hope?] they would.
But it appears that the game experience he got against WMU and Wagner -- even if his performance was subpar -- helped him get his sea legs, figure some things out, and work through his mistakes. The game experience really paid off yesterday.
Absolutely. We're seeing evidence of having improved, quality depth at just about every positional unit -- including QB.I'm just glad it was Devito coming in and not the Sheriff. Sheriff is a nice guy and all, but I would have been less confident we could hold on to win that game yesterday.