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‘It’s been overwhelming’: Bielema not surprised by DeVito’s NFL success

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The Tommy DeVito craze doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon as the undrafted rookie QB led the Giants to a third straight win defeating the Packers on Monday night.

But a lot of people may not now how DeVito ended up in this position.

DeVito spent five years at Syracuse, where he was benched in his final season with the Orange.

He would ultimately transfer to Illinois for his last year of college football. And, well, the rest is history.

Illini football head coach Bret Bielema joined SportsCenter for a special report on DeVito Tuesday night.

“He’s got the ability to make things happen with his arm but also with his feet,” Bielema said. “I knew if he got in an NFL system that could maximize that, and build around those strengths, he would be successful and that’s what he’s doing.”

DeVito wasn’t even on the active roster to start the season, but he’s made the most of his time on the field.

“Tommy, an undrafted rookie who fought his way onto the practice squad, was thrust into the starting role on a 2-7 team,” said ESPN reporter (and Illinois alum) Michele Steele. “The New Jersey native has now led the Giants to three straight wins, and his agent says he has no intention of this Cinderella story ending at midnight.”

DeVito’s agent, Sean Stellato, made waves across social media with his Italian inspired attire at last night’s game. He’s all aboard the Tommy Touchdowns bandwagon.

“Tommy wants to be the franchise quarterback there,” Stellato said. “He’s just got to continue to, one day at a time, play good football and just be the leader he is.”

Coach Bielema also knew the potential DeVito had going into his first season as a pro. And now, he’s seeing it around campus here in Champaign.

“To have that many guys react to it and our players, and everybody that walks through the hallway giving one of these (imagine the clenched fingers emoji here), it’s been overwhelming,” Bielema said. “And it shows the effect that Tommy has on our program.”

The hype hasn’t just been from the aura given off by the young QB, it’s been his product on the field as well.

ESPN analyst, and former NFL QB, Dan Orlovsky broke down film on DeVito and was impressed with what he saw.

“Thirteen times [Monday], they ran zone read for Tommy DeVito,” Orlovsky said. “It was the most in the NFL and they did, when it comes to yards per run, the best.”

DeVito is now tied for the second-most TDs, trailing only CJ Stroud, among rookie QBs this season.

Big Time Tommy and the Giants will look to continue their magic and make it four straight wins as they take on the Saints this Sunday at noon.