Small School Spotlight: Week 6

Written by Will Spencer on October 14, 2009

Every week, Draft Breakdown will bring you three standout players from “small” schools. We’ll cover a player from Division 1-AA, Division II and Division III. Here are this weeks spotlight players.

Division I-AA

Pat Devlin
QB – Delaware
RS Junior
6’4″ 220 lbs

Redshirt Junior QB Pat Devlin had a great game against Masschusetts this week. The Penn State transfer is hoping to follow in the foot steps of Joe Flacco after his transfer from Pittsburgh. Devlin led the Blue Hens to a victory by going 19/26 for 284 yards, 4 TDs and 1 INT.

Division II

Tariq Ali
LB – Western Alabama
RS Senior
6’2″ 205 lbs

Senior linebacker Tariq Ali was a defensive force against Delta State this week. Ali, who was forced to redshirt in 2008, was named All-Golf South Conference as a true Junior in 2007. This week, Ali led the defense with 10 tackles, 2 INTs and a recovered fumble in the 34-14 victory.

Division III

Dan Whalen
QB – Case Western Reserve
6’1″ 190 lbs

Senior quarterback Dan Whalen led the Spartans to victory this week over The College of Wooster, 53-32. Whalen finished the game 26 of 37 for 396 yards and 4 touchdowns. Whalen also rushed for a touchdown and completed a 2 point conversion. The QB also showed his versatility, punting the ball twice for an average of 47.5 yards.

Whalen is off to a “whale” of a season so far. He currently has the best passer rating (211.20) in the entire NCAA, and is third in the division in yards per game with 364.6. Dan has also completed a whopping 75.5 percent of his passes so far and thrown for 23 touchdowns.

Check back next week for more Small School Spotlight players!

Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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