WR Marquez Stevenson, Houston
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Shreveport, LA (Northwood)
247 RATING: .8559
POSITION RANK: 17
Receiving: 127 catches, 1,962 yards (15.4 ypc), 18 touchdowns
Rushing: 23 rushes, 215 yards (9.3 ypc), 2 touchdowns
Receiving: 52 catches, 907 yards (17.4 ypc), 2 touchdowns
Rushing: 9 rushes, 89 yards (9.9 ypc)
Marquez Stevenson Breakdown
Marquez Stevenson burst onto the scene two years ago among a crowded group of wide receivers. Last year, he quickly became the top option under the new coaching staff. While the offense struggled a majority of the season, Stevenson reminded us that he’s one of the fastest players in college football.
Speed is the best way to describe Stevenson’s game. Just getting him the ball in space puts him in a great position to take it to the house. It just comes down to his quarterback getting him the ball. While he had five games over 90 yards, he also had five games under 35. His physical traits jump out on film, but it comes down to the consistency. Dana Holgorsen and his staff need to find more ways to get him the ball, and he knows what to do from there.
While he’s not the biggest receiver, he’s not afraid to make catches over the middle or in a crowd. Once he gets the ball in his hands, he’s great creating space after the catch. His quickness makes it tough for defenders to get in position to tackle him. He’ll need to work on his release off the football, as players who want to press him don’t have much trouble rerouting him or keeping him from getting open. He knows his speed and quickness can get him open, but improvements in his route running make him a bigger threat to defenses. The thought of that improvement is enough to scare any opposing defense (just ask SMU about last year’s game).
Stevenson’s speed makes life tough for any opposing defensive coordinator. Right now, getting hands on him tends to take him out of the route, but working on the fundamentals of his routes will make that tough. We’ve seen what he can do when given even the smallest opening, and one poor angle can let him loose into the open field.