Payoute-International Bowl

Playing in the International Bowl on ESPN3 right now. First three Team USA drives:

-Payoute 65-yard screen pass TD
-Payoute 15-yard screen pass TD
-Payoute 35-yard reception; another 25-yard TD reception called back for holding

By far the best offensive player on the field so far.

JR Walker, Adarious Jones, and Ben Smiley are also all playing.

Edit: 45 yard TD reception for score #3

Edit #2: Named MVP

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You love to see it. I'll have to find some highlights after the game.

I really hate being that guy, but it looks like they are playing a middle school team.

You are correct, but his athleticism is abundantly clear. He's obviously the best player on the field tonight with a team consisting of Auburn, A&M, Ole Miss, Florida, WSU, WVU, FSU, tOSU, UVA, Mizzou, ASU, Stanford, UCLA, UMD, OkSU, KSU, etc. commits


Him looking like he is playing against middle schoolers should be viewed as a compliment.

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Yea, this is the only highlight I've seen so I wasn't making any judgments about him necessarily, more just shocked at the quality of his opponent.

Who exactly were they playing against? I'm assuming the best international HS kids.

Agreed, #31 chasing him looks like he runs about a 5.2 40

Literally my first thought watching that video was how much #57 (a DE?) looked like my high school film. Slim, plays straight up, no burst, can't get off blocks and his arms move faster than his legs while running.

Reminds me of this:

Needs to switch the ball to his outside arm. Otherwise, good stuff.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Nuances of not having played the position.

I actually really liked the way he was used in this game, and could see him being used in a similar role at VT. Mostly only running tunnel screens, flies, and sweeps allows us to maximize his athletiscism and still keep the game simple for him until he is able to further develop his route tree. I could see him stealing quite a few snaps from Grimz next year in the slot b

Glad to see him getting targets unlike other all star game.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Obviously this comes with a couple caveats (level of comp, has only run one real route) but I have been very impressed. I wasn't as sold as everyone else, but based on how he's looked tonight, his athletiscism is something that we haven't had on offense since Marcus Davis was here.

I'm hoping Payoute will be our chance to redeem how we never properly utilized Dyrell Roberts.

Edit: Curiosity led me to check in on DR, and it looks like he's working his way up the ranks as a WR coach. I hope he keeps rising and ends up having a successful P5 coaching career.

I played against Dyrell in high school and he was a beast

Recruit Prosim

Or that we couldnt figure out how to use Joel Caleb

Pour some Beer on it

That was more on Caleb than the staff

Exactly - arbitrarily putting the ownership of a kid's lack of success is automatically the staff's fault is an easy out - but not true. Caleb lost 15 pounds in an off season not designed to do so - is that the staff's fault? At some point, the kid has to put in the work.

Didn't eat, didn't lift, drank at every waking opportunity...

Exactly - but saying the staff didn't have the intellect to know how to use him is simply not the issue. Blame game isn't applicable here unless you blame Caleb. Hence why the goal is to recruit kids who buy in mentally because college, 4-5 years and all sorts of temptation can lead kids who don't buy to failing.

Disagree with you there. Caleb refuses to bulk up and didn't have the mentality of a defensive player. If he did, he would have been an awesome FS or whip. But his tenacity was more suited for O.

I get it - I'm not arguing where he would have played. I am simply saying blaming the staff for use of a kid when the reality is the kid wasn't committed to being good via his actions is silly

You may want to reword the previous comment, I thought you were saying the exact opposite of what you meant.

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

Fair point. Thanks

Interestingly enough...and with him wearing the number 4...immediately thought of eddie royal

If Marcus Davis was playing today, he would have transferred to Colorado after one practice.


The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me.

Every time I see his name, all I can think of are cacti and hallucinations.

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This guy is a freak athlete with actual football skills. It seems the ATHs we recruit with freak athleticism never seem to pan out. I really think this guy will.

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Named MVP

Oh thank God.

"Payoute" made me think something terrible happened.

He's fucking killing it, can't wait to have him on the field!

What stood out on that clip was his shiftiness after the catch, like a smaller slot receiver,
but then having power and breakaway speed like a deep threat.

31 looks like a kicker chasing him down the field.


Not too shabby.

Replay of game is on ESPNU.

Like what I've seen so far. His screen game will suite us well. He looks so smooth in stride.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Is he a spring or summer enrollee?

We put the K in Kwality

Summer I would assume since spring athletes are already reporting.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Yeah. Just wasn't sure if he has enrolled and played in this game as a one-off.

He's gonna need a lot of weight room time to get to a reasonable DT size by fall. /s

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