Throughout the season, each Saturday, I will look at the best prospects from the FCS (or lower level) prospects I watched the weekend before. Or, I will look at the 2023 NFL Draft prospects from the Sun Belt schools I watched the prior weekend. During week five I saw one game involving Sun Belt teams and a few others with FCS prospects.
SUN BELT SATURDAY
APPALACHIAN STATE MOUNTAINEERS
The last time I watched App State, RB Camerun Peoples was laying waste to a defense. It seems with the return of 3rd-year back Nate Noel, his snaps have been cut. Peoples only carried the ball seven times for 21 yards against Coastal. I still think he is an NFL running back despite the low workload.
LB Nick Hampton continues his tear through the Sun Belt. Hampton is a terror off the edge for the Mountaineers. After recording 11 sacks in 2021, Hampton already has seven in 2022 after getting to the QB in this game. He finished with five total tackles.
COASTAL CAROLINA CHANTICLEERS
Grayson McCall will continue to be a fascinating evaluation for scouts. We have gone over him several times on this site. All his strengths and weaknesses. The All-Star circuit, and subsequently his ability to operate in a pro-style offense, may be the biggest factor in how he is viewed long-term. Against App State, McCall completed 18/26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. He was dinged up during this contest that was later announced as a foot injury that will sideline him for 3-6 weeks.
Could feasibly still play in an All-Star game if he chooses to enter the draft https://t.co/LDfRIeiJlO
— Brian Bosarge (@DeepFriedDraft) November 9, 2022
Sam Pinckney continues to be a big target for McCall. The Georgia State transfer caught four balls for 80 yards and a score against App State.
OTHER SUNBELT NOTES
A new Sun Belt prospect has been added to our watchlist this week. South Alabama RB La’Damian Webb has bounced around from junior college to Florida State, before finding a home in Mobile. The 4th-year back has really started to elevate his game in recent weeks. Against Georgia Southern on Saturday, Webb rushed 34 times for 247 yards and four touchdowns. This follows a 162 yards performance against Arkansas State the week prior. He is a player that bears monitoring from now on.
La’Damian Webb‘s 34 carries for 247 yards & 4 TDs for South Alabama vs. Georgia Southern today is impressive, but I’ll remind you he had 51 carries for 359 yards & 5 TDs for Beauregard in the 2016 5A state championship game vs. Wenonah.
Dude is a workhorse.
— Creg Stephenson the First (@CregStephenson) November 6, 2022
SMALL SCHOOL NOTES
North Dakota State offensive lineman Cody Mauch became the first prospect to accept an invitation to this year’s Senior Bowl.
The Cody Mauch bandwagon has plenty of room for y’all ????
Welcome to the @seniorbowl for another @NDSUfootball OL – coming in at #50 on @dpbrugler Big Board pic.twitter.com/EHEF4AR8Gw
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) November 8, 2022
I will be back with more Sun Belt Saturday next week.