By: Chip Turner
Trey Sermon fascinates me, because I can’t quite figure him out. He’s got good quickness, better-than-advertised speed, good balance, and is a fairly upright runner that defenses are going to loathe in the 4th quarter of NFL games. What worries me is his inconsistency and occasional lack of vision.
In 2020, Sermon rushed for 870 yards, but 40% of those yards came against Northwestern in one record-shattering game. Splitting time with Master Teague contributed to that, but he also had inconsistent performances at Oklahoma before transferring. His championship game injury against Alabama was unfortunate, because he’d just finished demolishing Clemson in the previous playoff game. I genuinely have no idea how good of a receiver Sermon is out of the backfield, because he wasn’t asked to do it much.
Has Sermon finally arrived? Was the Clemson game the sign of things to come? We’ll have to wait to find out in the NFL, and some team is going to gamble on him in the Draft, as early as in the 3rd round.