Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Stock is rising for Oakley, Breeding
By By Mike Grimala
In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch, we're looking at Indiana 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 — Zach Oakley, Penn QB Just a sophomore, Oakley has proven to be a big-time catalyst for No. 5 Penn. He rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1, and he hasn’t slowed down since. Splitting time with senior QB Chad Gindelberger, Oakley ran for 116 yards on eight carries and scored two touchdowns to help Penn move to 5-0 with a win over SB Clay this weekend. Oakley’s stock is going UP.
DOWN — Daigien Morgan, SB Washington QB Washington suffered its first defeat on Friday, falling to Marian, 28-14. And while the entire team didn’t play up to its standards, we all know the quarterback gets the credit/blame. Morgan completed just 10 of 23 passes in the loss, and while he hit stud receiver Gehrig Dieter for a pair of TD passes, he also threw an interception. Just a sophomore, you have to expect Morgan to have his ups and downs this season — and this week it was a DOWN.
UP — Shaquille Breeding, Warren Central RB After running for 191 yards in relief of injured RB Deionte Buckley two weeks ago, Breeding came up big again on Friday, carrying 22 times for 156 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-16 win over North Central. The junior is proving that the Warren Central running game will remain powerful even with Buckley sidelined. For stepping up under the spotlight for the No. 1 team, Breeding gets an UP grade.
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