Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Stock is rising for Berardino, O'Reilly
By By Mike Grimala
In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch, we're looking at Connecticut football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have had a huge game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, or broken a leg. Whatever the case, I chart all the data (in my head) and give you the biggest movers of the week.
UP — Aaron Berardino, Windsor WR It’s considered poor form to pat yourself on the back too much, but I really nailed it when I predicted a big opening night for Berardino. In my Week 1 fantasy preview, I projected eight catches, 105 yards and a TD. His final numbers? Even better: nine grabs, 125 yards and a score. He also ran for a touchdown. Berardino seems poised for a huge season, so this may not be the last time you see his stock going UP.
DOWN — Patrick Boyle, St. Joseph-Trumbull QB Boyle is stepping into a difficult situation, as he's following the graduated Joe Della Vecchia, one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in state history. And the junior didn't get off to a great start this weekend, completing just 17 of 36 passes and throwing four interceptions in a 21-7 loss to Staples. Boyle is talented and likely to get better as the season goes on, but for right now it has to be a DOWN grade.
UP — Devin O'Reilly, Glastonbury DB O’Reilly basically beat New Britain by himself this weekend. The Glastonbury defense was sick, blanking New Britain in a 17-0 win. And O’Reilly was the catalyst for the shutout, picking off four passes and returning one 33 yards for a touchdown. Final score: O’Reilly 6, New Britain 0.
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