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Player Profiles: Devin Leary

For the past few seasons, Kentucky Football fans have had high expectations for their team's offense months before football time in the Bluegrass. This year, all eyes are pointed toward transfer quarterback Devin Leary.

I have spent the majority of the month of December studying the tape of the #1 transfer portal quarterback in the country so that you don't have to. Devin Leary has a full arsenal of weapons with his arm and will have the ability to make pro-style short to intermediate throws under Liam Coen's offense. With an efficient offensive line, Leary has the potential to be the best quarterback in the Mark Stoops era in Lexington.

By the numbers, Leary is a proven competitor. In 2021, the third year NC State quarterback threw for 3,433 yards, collecting 35 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. The Sicklerville, New Jersey product finished as a 1-in-5 candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Although his mobility is limited, Leary excels at going through multiple reads before choosing his target. He is also very accurate and wise with the ball. Leary has a quick release, great stance, and a good motor. The former NC State quarterback has the ability to occasionally use his legs, but at NC State did not run unless there was a blatantly open lane.

With many chirping that the stud will not succeed in the SEC and stat padded against a lacking ACC, Devin Leary played in a system at NC State that best showcased his talent. With several rollouts and play actions, Leary can comfortably play with the different packages set by returning offensive coordinator, Liam Coen. Leary is very talented off of a rollout and, with a very quick release and great accuracy, can rely on his arm to make a play.

Several questions linger as Leary will transfer for his final year of eligibility. The main concern is his health when considering this was his second season-ending injury throughout his college career. On October 8th, Leary tore the pectoral in his right arm, which is the arm which that he throws with. The 2020 season also came to an abrupt end after suffering a broken fibula against the Duke Blue Devils.

Speaking about the strength of Devin Leary, he is also undersized. The SEC will never lack tough, big defensive linemen and with a 6'1" build, one has to question whether he will be able to withstand a brutal SEC season. Many also point out his throwing power and, although he is not Will Levis, having such a talented wide receiver room and an offensive coordinator choosing to throw the football every other play, one has to assume Devin will have plenty of power behind his throws, barring injury.

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