NFL Draft Jelani Berassa 2015
YSU Penguins, WR / WR
YSU Penguins, WR / WR
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"Where a no-name football team," Youngstown State receiver Jelani Berassa said. "We just work hard. We don't have any big names. We just play football as a team."
Might of been an easy thing to say prior to the season, but Berassa now has back-to-back one games over a hundred yards, for the Penguins. Against Butler, he scored three first half touchdowns.
How long does he stay a no-name?
"I don't know," laughed Berassa responding to the question. "I'm still going to keep working."
In 2014, Berassa had already set a career-high for receiving yards with 116, against Duquense and followed it up with his second career 100 yard game against Butler, in YSU's 44-13 win. True freshman quarterback Hunter Wells connected three times with Berassa in the first half for strikes of both 25, 72, and 26 yards.
It's been a long time coming for the Miami, FL native, Berassa. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in fall camp, in 2012, missing the entire season. Berassa returned, in 2013, playing in nine games. He finished the year with six receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.
"I feel pretty good," Berassa said post-game at Stambaugh Stadium. "Going through what I went through and having a game like this, it's all worth it. The grind to come back and all there hard days. It feels all worth it now."
After three games, in 2014, Berassa currently tops all Penguins with 16 catches for 320 yards and three touchdowns. In the last two games, he's had big plays of both 66 and 72 yards.
"I got my speed back," Berassa said. Watching him jet off the line of scrimmage, it's evident the senior is back to where he was prior the injury. "My knee isn't bothering me anymore. There is nothing holding me back."
Not his knee or opposing defenses are holding him back.
Game Scouting Notes vs. Butler
1) Wish he was a little bit better in his cuts.
2) Great route sold the play on DB and was quick off the snap, adjusted to underthrown ball. (First TD)
3) Able to locate the ball over the shoulder and make a play.
4) Looks to make a block in the running game.
Excellent body control. Natural at catching the football. Physical receiver who knows how to use his body against defensive backs. Attacks the ball and can climb the ladder to retrieve it. Adjust to the ball extremely well. Shows some run-after-the catch ability. Has all the tools to become legit NFL Draft prospect.