Sun Belt Battles: Penny Hart vs Jaleel Scott

Sun Belt Battles: Penny Hart vs Jaleel Scott

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Sun Belt Battles: Penny Hart vs Jaleel Scott

Sun Belt Battles: Penny Hart vs Jaleel Scott


Sun Belt Battles pit the best of the Sun Belt and to determines who rules the conference. Today, we dissect two of the Sun Belt’s best wide receivers: Penny Hart of Georgia State and Jaleel Scott of New Mexico State.


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Sun Belt skill players are often overlooked – largely because the Sun Belt is overlooked, especially once conference play begins. That’s too bad, because the Belt is killing it at the wide receiver position. Veterans like Keenan Barnes (ULL), Marcus Green (ULM) and Chris Murray (A-State) are having amazing seasons.

But two pass catchers are standing out above them all: New Mexico State’s Jaleel Scott and Georgia State’s Penny Hart. Ranked 1 and 2 in the Sun Belt for yards and TD catches, Scott and Hart couldn’t be more different physically – Scott is built like a tank, Hart is fast and elusive. But both bring NFL skillsets to the Sun Belt.

Who’s the better receiver? Pour a couple fingers of your finest bourbon and let’s discuss.

The People’s Case for Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State

Tale of the Tape

Senior 6’6″, 215 lbs

Mid-Season Stat Line

41 receptions, 595 yards, 7 TDs, 27th nationally for receiving yards

Background

Jaleel Scott was recruited by Maryland and Kentucky, but was compelled to go the junior college route before landing at New Mexico State in 2016. His junior season was solid but limited (23 receptions, 283 yards, 5 TDs), and it wasn’t enough to merit notice from the Sun Belt preseason all conference selection committee. But Scott but the Sun Belt (and nation) on notice with his performance against Arizona, with a 149 yard, 2 TD performance that included this feat of acrobatics:

Scott loves the big stage. In an otherwise lackluster loss to Arkansas, Scott averaged 19 yards a catch, racking up 174 yards and a TD. Against in-state rival New Mexico, Scott tacked on another 91 yards and a score. Aggies QB Tyler Rogers is having a storied season is Las Cruces (2,495 yards, 19 TDs) this season, and he has Scott to thank.

The People’s Case for Penny Hart, Georgia State

Tale of the Tape

Sophomore,  5’8″, 180 lbs

Mid-Season Stat Line

47receptions, 87yards, 6 TDs, 30th nationally receiving yards

Background

Penny Hart electrified the Sun Belt his sophomore year, winning conference “Freshman of the Year” honors by logging 1,109 yards and 8 TDs. But in 2016, Hart broke his foot in a game against Appalachian State, and he was lost for the season.

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Penny Hart has picked up right where he left off. 

Hart’s production may be even better post-injury. He post three straight 100+ yard games in 2017, including an epic 190-yard, 3 TD performance against ULM. Essentially, if Panthers QB Conner Manning feeds Hart the ball, Georgia State collects the win, making Hart the essential cog to the Panthers offense.

The Verdict

As a sophomore, Hart is the future of elite wide receivers in the Sun Belt. But at the moment, Jaleel Scott is the most dangerous pass catcher in the conference, using his NFL-size to collect eye-popping stats.

Conclusion: Jaleel Scott

 

A former notary public, Jeremy Harper is a professional writer and Chief Instigator for Storm the Castle Creative. He spends much of his free time staring blankly into space. 

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