- Mike Grimala, ESPNHS
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In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch, we're looking at All-State 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 — Robert Gregory, Simeon QB
This past weekend, Gregory carried the ball twice and attempted two passes. Doesn't sound like much, but after missing the previous game with an injury, it was extremely positive to see Gregory back in action. The Arkansas-bound senior was eased back into the lineup against Morgan Park, but he still made a big impact. His two carries both went for touchdowns (63 yards total), and he looked comfortable moving at full speed. As Gregory gets back up to speed, he should return to being one of the state's most dangerous offensive threats. His stock is pointing UP.
DOWN —Mitch Stefani, Waubonsie Valley QB
Stefani was in the process of being integrated into the role of starting quarterback this season, and it was going seamlessly through the first two games. Waubonsie Valley was 2-0, and Stefani's play was a big reason for that. But a broken collarbone suffered in a Week 3 loss to Bartlett has Stefani looking at four-to-six weeks of inactivity. For someone with little starting experience, missing half the season with injury is a big blow and could prove too difficult to recover from. Stefani's not to blame for this DOWN grade, but the injury couldn't have come at a worse time.
UP — Blake Winkler, Lincoln-Way East QB
With a full complement of receiving options, Winkler is really hitting his stride as the Griffins' field general. Against Lockport on Friday, he completed 18 of 25 passes for 269 yards, leading Lincoln-Way East to an easy 38-7 victory. He did throw one interception, which was returned for a 103-yard pick-six, but his three TD passes more than outweighed the one mistake. Winkler appears to be getting more comfortable as the season goes on, which is what you want to see before giving out an UP grade.
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