High-SchoolIndiana: Daigien Morgan

Stock is rising for Oakley, Breeding

September, 20, 2011
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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Week 5 fantasy: Start Gillum, Leamer

September, 15, 2011
As part of our football coverage here, I offer up my hypothetical fantasy football picks every Thursday. Note: This league is completely made up. If you are in a high school fantasy football league, please seek professional help.


RB — Gino Gillum, Cathedral
It was tough sledding through the first four weeks for Cathedral, but the Irish have emerged at 2-2, and Gillum appears to be the main offensive weapon. In last week's 21-14 win over Bishop Chatard, Gillum handled lion's share of the workload and produced 111 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Saturday's opponent, Bishop Dwenger, has allowed only 13.3 points per game this season, but Cathedral is committed to the ground game. I anticipate heavy usage for Gillum, and I expect the senior to come through with a big performance.
Projection: 22 carries, 135 yards, 2 TDs

WR — Max Leamer, Fishers
Just a junior, Leamer has emerged as a real downfield threat for Fishers. Through the first four games of the season, he's posted 300 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns. But I especially like his matchup this week, as Harrison allows more than 33 points per game. Fishers' passing game hasn't totally clicked yet, but Leamer has still managed to put up good numbers. I think he'll have his best game of the season so far on Friday.
Projection: 7 catches, 120 yards, 2 TDs

QB — Dre Townsend, Lawrence Central
Townsend had a rough go of it last week against Pike, throwing for just 95 yards. But he still led his team to victory, tossing the game-winning touchdown pass with less than a minute to play. Against Columbus North, I expect Townsend to have an explosive game. Columbus East QB Gunner Kiel lit up the North secondary earlier this season, and Townsend should be able to exploit the same mismatches and hit some big plays down the field. He can also get you points with his running ability.
Projection: 18 of 28, 290 yards, 3 TDs; 9 carries, 70 yards, 1 TD


QB — Daigien Morgan, SB Washington
Just a sophomore, Morgan has put up staggering numbers this season by following one simple rule: Throw the ball to Gehrig Dieter. That plan has led to Dieter setting records, but it also led to Dieter leaving last week's game in the first quarter with an apparent injury. If Dieter isn't ready to go tomorrow, or even if he plays at less than 100 percent, I think it would be too risky to start Morgan. In Dieter's last full game, Morgan attempted 37 passes; 27 were targeted for Dieter. How will Morgan respond without his No. 1 wideout acting as a security blanket? I don't want to find out.
Projection: 8 of 18, 90 yards, 0 TDs

* Projections based on 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR format

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