Somebody asked me whether I think he’ll be a major league player at some point, Alderson said after a Sunday workout at First Data Field. I think he will play in the major leagues. That’s my guess. That’s my hope, and to some extent now after a year and a half, a modest expectation.
It took a while to get rolling, though. In App State’s first four games against FBS opponents in 2017, Lamb’s passer rating was just 108.7, his completion rate just 56 percent.
It picked up from there. Senior Ike Lewis had a series of big games, and Virgil went off for five catches and 186 yards against Coastal Carolina. After averaging 23 points through the first five FBS games, the Mountaineers averaged 38 over the last seven. The defense suffered some leaks, allowing 111 points to Coastal, UMass, and ULM (the latter two of which both pulled tight upsets), but both units found an extra gear in November.
Lewis and Lamb are gone, though. The receiving corps has obvious potential, especially when factoring in tight end Collin Reed, Kansas State transfer Corey Sutton, and a foursome of three-star freshmen and redshirt freshmen.
Last season, only 99 pitchers — 49 starters and 50 relievers — met all of these criteria. Included among that group were both Cy Young Award winners, Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer; the Trevor Hoffman and Mariano Rivera relief award winners, Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel; 16 of the 18 pitchers to score Cy Young votes totaling 1,000 of the 1,020 balloting points (98.0 percent); and every one of the top 10 pitchers on our 2017 Player Rater.
Perriman is a member of an underwhelming crop of 2015 first-round receivers that included Kevin White and the aforementioned Dorsett. Injuries cost him his rookie season, and he’s been a little-used piece of the Ravens’ offense in the two years since, making just four starts in that span. What’s more troubling is that he’s caught less than 43 percent of his targets as a pro.