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2007 Draft Preview - Kickoff - the 8/31 edition...

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by SanDiegoRon, Aug 28, 2006.

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    Thurs. 8/31/2006 – (33) South Carolina @ (UNR) Mississippi State - 5:00 PST ESPN – Although a second tier game in the SEC, it’s got a couple of first tier future pro’s on display…. So.Carolina is going to try and build on it’s five-game winning streak from last year, including upsets over Tennessee and Florida, but don’t expect that this year… Gamec0ck fans, of course, expect nothing less from Steve Spurrier… And responding to that pressure, Coach Spurrier had this to say about the coming season...

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    Spurrier - “Four writers voted us to win the SEC.” … “You guys aren’t a bunch of idiots are you?”

    Always the charmer, apparently Spurrier has a clearer sense of reality than the fans, and with Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida and Clemson all on the schedule - he should… the good news - the team has some next-level players, but Spurrier will have to work his magic to be bowl eligible... (OMG - they’re in for a tough season…)

    For the Bulldogs, HC Sylvester Croom probably wishes he had a seasoned QB, but he doesn’t… He probably wishes he had RB Jerious Norwood carrying the rock again, but he doesn’t… So what’s a coach to do….

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    He Suits up!!! Gotta love a coach who gets down and dirty with the players…

    What he does have, is a seasoned defense and an “easy” schedule… A win here in the opener, might give him time to develop some offense and some hope for a winning season… As strange at it may sound - for both teams this is a must win (already)….

    The “other” USC –
    Offensively - The Gamec0cks threw out of necessity last season, but the expectation for this season was that they would be more balanced with Mike Davis and Cory Boyd rushing behind a seasoned line with several good incoming talents... However, with the recent foot infection to Mike Davis and Cory Boyd limited with a bruised hand, redshirt freshman running back Taylor Rank has jumped to number one on the depth chart… and now, it’s likely to be bombs away again…

    Defensively - DC Tyrone Nix is all about being aggressive and forcing big plays… His personnel is geared for speed whenever possible and he has the speedsters in the back seven to do it… but there could be problems against the power running teams… but they like what they’ve got in the Brinkley twins – Casper (DE) & Jasper (LB) (no, I’m not making that up)… per Spurrier - “At times last year guys didn’t play real fast, and both these young men seem to really enjoy playing the game at a fast pace.”

    And despite losing Ko Simpson and Johnathan Jackson to the Pros, the secondary is expected to be solid with NFL prospect CB Fred Bennett leading the way... And based on preseason reports from Coach Spurrier - “One guy that nobody seems to be able to beat is Captain Munnerlyn (CB, 5-9 175)” … “He could be a starter. He’s not real tall, but he’s a strong defensive back [and] tough to beat in man-to-man coverage. We’re not afraid to play true freshmen as starters, so he’ll have a chance.”


    So,.…. here is the main man, and the #2 WR on my wish list…

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    and he’s worth watching….

    Sidney Rice, 3rd So., WR, 6-4 200 4.55, South Carolina - Rice is a sophomore, but he sat out 2004 season with a bum knee, making him eligible for the 2007 draft... Rice has already been named to many ALL-teams, and IMO, before NFL draft declaration day will probably own the moniker of All-American as well – he’s that good… After the season, he’ll have nothing more to prove at the college level… The teams Best Player, he’s big, strong, uses his body well, has outstanding athleticism, and can sky above defenders (see pic)…

    He was an all-league selection last year and holds the school's single-season records for receiving yards (1,143) and touchdown catches (13), with a gaudy 16.3 ypc. He’s posted six 100-yard games… Named the 2005 Rival.com National Freshman of the Year... He had a very impressive 12/191 1TD day in the Independence Bowl loss to Missouri last year.

    Rice, who sat out a few scrimmages last week, returned to practice... His shoulder was heavily wrapped, and he was not quite full speed. “Sidney was able to run and catch,” said Spurrier. “The doctor thinks he should be fine in a couple of days.” ... Some may question his durability, after suffering a knee injury in 04, a broken finger last year, a thumb injury this off-season that kept him out of spring ball and now this shoulder stinger… but the ONLY real question – will he declare in 07….


    Fred Bennett, CB, 6-1 195, South Carolina – named to the Preseason Athlon Sports - 2006 ALL-SEC First Team… last year, honorable mention All-SEC with 31 tackles, 1 sack, 3 INT and 10 PBUs… Career numbers include 7 picks while appearing in all 35 games over the past three seasons. Some consider him the #3 cornerback in the country... Great size, great speed, cover skills and good open-field tackling ability - he's about to be a hot commodity in draft circles. He'll be in the hunt for All-America honors also if anyone throws his way… will we be looking for another corner???

    Chris White, OC/OG, 6-3 310, South Carolina - was named to the pre-season Rimington Trophy Watch List, recognizing the most outstanding center in college football... Can play either guard spot if needed, but he's their anchor in the middle...

    The “I saw him first” award goes to: Gurminder Thind, Soph., LOT, 6-4 286, South Carolina – he saw some limited action last year, and there are high expectations he’ll be one of the new stars on offense, after a reportedly terrific spring at left tackle… the word is he's a tremendous athlete who has been great in practices at finishing off his blocks well... let's see, for future reference...

    Footnote: A new ruling by the NCAA allows a sixth year of eligibility under certain conditions – here’s an example: South Carolina TE Andy Boyd has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA. The 6-4, 270-pound Boyd might have been an interesting second-tier type pro prospect, however, he has played in only 12 games since 2003 because of injuries including serious knee injuries in 2003 and 2005.


    Mississippi State –
    Offensively – When you average 139 yards per game (last year), you have issues on the O-side of the ball… A major factor was the play of the young offensive line, who struggled through injuries… Unfortunately, that hasn’t changed – they’ve been wearing red-cross injury jerseys in large numbers (even Coach) this preseason... They need to get healthy fast… They have upgraded their receivers with JUCO transfer Tony Burks and moved former quarterback Omarr Conner in a full-time receiver role...

    Defensively - Nine starters return from a D that finishing 29th in the nation in total defense… On the line, they’re trying to develop the freshmen for depth and seasoning, and their secondary should be excellent as long as the starting corners stay healthy… Quinton Culberson back at middle linebacker also helps big-time…

    Eric Butler, Jr., TE, 6-3 250, Mississippi State - He is considered their Best Offensive Player, and has been named to a few All-SEC teams in preseason… if he had someone to consistently get him the ball, he’d show better nationally… last year, 14 catches, 188 yds, 13.4 ypc, 3 TD… career: 7 TDs on only 29 catches. Not known for his blocking, his worth is as a red zone threat...

    Quinton Culberson, ILB, 6-0 240, Mississippi State – The coaching staff has moved him around from CB to SS to ILB, and his speed helped him make the transition through those positions... In 05, he started all 11 games at ILB and his numbers last year reflect that he got better, the closer he got to the LOS… 78 tackles, 1 sack, 1.5 TFL… now he’s bulked up, and yet, has retained his 4.5 speed... yikes, we'll have to see how he handles the O-linemen...

    And the “I saw him first award” goes to:
    Derek Pegues, Soph., CB, 5-10 190, Mississippi State – In 05, 14 tackles, 1 INT, 2 BPUs – a star recruit of a few years ago, he got himself arrested for assaulting a police officer… now, he’s got a second chance…
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    Yah what leisure said.

    Don't forget Blake Mitchell, he should continue to get better with a year of the SS :)icon_rofl: ) offense under his belt. I wouldn't be surprised to see him get his completion % up there by 3-4 points and improve upon his TD-INT ratio a bit. I had major questions about him but I'm hearing good things out of c0ck nation :icon_rofl:
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    bump.... Go Sidney...
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    Sidney, Sidney,...

    where is O'r... that's HIS boy....
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    wow,... Erin Andrews is a serious babe... :icon_eek: gonna love college football this year... :yes:
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    They need to get their pass protection together. They should use max protect more often and do crossing patterns with Sidney when the D is in man coverage.
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    recap:
    Quinton Culberson, ILB, 6-0 240, Mississippi State IS A STUD and worth keeping an eye on...

    poor Sidney, no one to get him the rock - what a waist of talent...
    shoudda transfered Sid...

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