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2007 Draft Preview - the 9/16 edition...

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by SanDiegoRon, Sep 14, 2006.

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    You guys are going to need multiple TV’s and VCR’s this weekend… (xx) – AP Poll 9/13/2006

    Sat. 9/16/2006 - (17) Miami @ (12) Louisville - 12:30 PST ABC – Before Cardinals RB Michael Bush was injured, I had this game penciled in as a barn burner, now it should just be a shootout… two years ago Louisville traveled to the Orange Bowl and had Miami on the ropes… then Devin Hester carried the team back from a 17-point deficit in the final 20 minutes and Miami ended up winning 41-38... Now, the Cardinals have them at their house...

    Miami – See 9/4/2006 Draft Preview… talk about a must win… they could actually drop out of the top 25 with a loss… :icon_eek:

    Louisville –
    Well, so far they’re 2-0 with a staggering 121/28 points for/against margin… now, they play someone with a defense… with their sched they expect to win the Big East title and go 11-1... they will have to beat Miami or West Virginia to do it… Offensively, the key players to a successful season are the offensive tackles... they must keep franchise QB Brian Brohm’s jersey clean, especially now that super star Michael Bush is out for the season… on the positive note, their interior O-line is outstanding and RB's George Stripling and Kolby Smith have absolutely stepped up to fill the void (team is averaging over 300 yrds per game rushing)… and as much as I pimp Calvin Johnson and/or Sidney Rice, you really have to see WR Mario Urrutia (last week 5/110 1TD)…. Defensively, no one stands out as “star power”, but it’s still early and they’re pretty solid from front to back…

    Considered the Best Player in the Big East by Sports Illustrated…

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    Brian Brohm - one of the best pure QB’s in the country... has NFL size and is consistently accurate…

    Brian Brohm, Jr., QB, 6-4 225, Louisville – returning from a knee injury (ACL), Brohm is considered a future first-round draft choice… he has had “IT” since high school, and he has the arm, the smarts, and the touch to be a next-level star… In 05, 207-301, 68.8%, 2,883 yds, 19 TD, 5 INT, plus 4 rushing TDs… was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year... he's not a runner, but he can move a little bit and be able to throw well on the move...

    Michael Bush, RB, 6-2 248 4.68, Louisville – OUT FOR THE SEASON – Broken Leg… as a Heisman Trophy and All-America candidate, he was headed for a monster season… he will be missed… but keep an eye out for him at the combine… in 05, he lead the Big East in rushing, and in all-purpose yardage... 205 carries, 1,143 yds, 5.6 ypc, 23 TD, plus 21 catches, 253 yds, 1 TD… a big back with good speed and phenomenal power, he’s a scoring machine with 38 career touchdowns… he also has good hands as a receiver out of the backfield, with 48 career receptions, 640 yards, 2 TDs.. he’ll go early…


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    This years “Super Mario”, Urrutia has averaged 21.5 yards per catch including last week…

    Mario Urrutia, Soph., WR, 6-6 228, Louisville – In 05, 37 catches, 797 yds, 21.5 ypc, 7 TD… he creates a defensive mismatch… has outstanding size with good deep speed along with a team-leading seven scores... he'll be Brohm's top target this season, especially dangerous in the red-zone...

    Kolby Smith, RB, 5-11 215, Louisville – In 05, 107 carries, 523 yds, 4.9 ypc, 6 TD, plus 18 catches, 196 yds, 1 TD… a dangerous home-run hitter averaging 6.1 yards per run over the last three years… he is/was a nice change of pace to Bush’s power game adding that speed burst... they also line him up at fullback in the two back set…

    Kurt Quarterman, ROG, 6-5 348, Louisville - the star of the line, he is nasty and a mauler... he's fantastic on the move and he is a major reason for the team averaging over 300 yrds per game on the ground… a big body that makes it difficult for opposing defenders to get around... and also one of the fastest linemen on the squad... has seen action in 37 games with 24 starts... took over as the starting guard in 04... has scored three career touchdowns ala “the frig”… this is looking to be a very good OG class for 07, and here is another potential successor to Goff…

    William Gay, RCB, 5-11 185 4.40, Louisville – considered the best defensive player, primarily because he has the most experience (DT Amobi Okoye, LB Nate Harris and DE Zach Anderson all are young)… a talented cover corner who has been playing since his true freshman season... he knows how to play the football… his 4.4 speed allows him to stay with just about any receiver… (speed - always a premium in The League)
     
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    Sat. 9/16/2006 - (11) Michigan @ (2) Notre Dame - 12:30 PST NBC – Here’s why you’ll need 2 TV’s… I’ll bet Wolverine fans are sharpening their teeth for this one… last year, Notre Dame shocked then #3 Michigan with a 17-10 victory... the win broke Michigan's 16-game winning streak at the Big House… now they have an opportunity wreck the perfecta for the Irish…

    Michigan –
    The concept was to be more aggressive, make more big plays, and break out of the vanilla mold… and the reality... so far it has been all vanilla… although the team is 2-0 with a 68/24 points for/against, they have essentially been one-dimensional…

    Offensively, as goes Henne, so goes the offense… and if he goes down there’s no depth… but so far, they have not required him to be “the man”… that job has been RB Mike Hart’s, and he’s on pace to set some records of his own this season… their TE should play on Sundays and they do have a particular OT that’s of some note and interest to Bolt fans... you mix in a pinch of WR Steve Breaston, and they’re pretty solid on "O"… Defensively, the D-line should be among the best they’ve had, and there's enough speed in the back seven to run with anyone… they’ve got a few potential NFL-ers in LaMarr Woodley, Alan Branch, Prescott Burgess and Leon Hall who are capable of shutting down offenses… we’re about to find out…


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    RB Mike Hart - positioned for greatness, the RB is expected to have a career year... as a freshman, he rushed for 1,455 yards and 9 TDs, as a Soph he was injured in the Notre Dame game, and now he’s back for a wreckinin...

    Mike Hart, Jr., RB, 5-10 193 2-3, Michigan - Just how important is he ?? Michigan is 12-2 when Hart gets 20 or more carries (he was 19/116 last week)... In 05, 150 carries, 662 yds, 4.4 ypc, 4 TD, plus 16 catches, 154 yds, 9.6 ypc, 1 TD… he's a quick with great hands… they must keep him healthy for them to have any chance this year...

    Jake Long, Jr., LOT, 6-7 330 5.00, Michigan – he is making the switch from right to left tackle… they will try to leverage his big body, excellent footwork and technique to protect Henne’s blindside this season… to improve his chances of being an All-American, he dropped 20 pounds this off season and is now down to 316 pounds… they are hoping that translates into a quicker and better pass protector...

    Chad Henne, Jr., QB, 6-2 223, Michigan - He has next-level physical attributes, and seems to have smarts to make it happen... he can make all the throws, moves well in the pocket and possesses the maturity and game-management skills that come with being a two-year starter... can he also stay healthy…

    Tyler Ecker, TE, 6-6 248 4.95 3, Michigan - rated #3 by Scout.com, in 05 he had 21 catches, 285 yds, 13.6 ypc, 2 TD… an all-around player with great size, blocking skills, and tremendous hands, Ecker appears to be ready for another All-Big Ten caliber season... I’m sure he’ll be a target today...

    Steve Breaston, WR, 6-1 182 4.52, Michigan – In 05, he has emerged as a quality receiver and return specialist... he had 1,000 career yards in three combined categories (receiving, kick return, punt return)... as a WR, 26 catches, 291 yds, 11.2 ypd, 2 TD… I haven’t followed him much, but based on his reported 40 speed, I can understand his limited numbers… he’ll need to be a precise route runner to get separation or ….

    LaMarr Woodley, DE/OLB, 6-2 274 4.76, Michigan – Part OLB, part DE, the All-Big Ten star had 48 tackles, 7 sacks, 14 TFL in 05… with his size, experience and skills, they’re expecting big things from him… and with the 3-4 defensive scheme gaining popularity at the NFL level, rush OLBs are all the more interesting to scouts… he has 20 starts in his 36 career games, 141 career tackles, 36 TFLs and 12 sacks... he has received Big Ten honors each of the past two seasons...

    Leon Hall, CB, 5-11 195 4.43, Michigan – A very impressive 05 with 61 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 TFL, 4 INTs, 9 PBU… a fluid cover man with decent speed and a veteran of 37 games, he has career numbers of 25 PBU and 9 INTs… also has earned Big Ten honors after each of the past two seasons…

    Alan Branch, Jr., DT, 6-6, 325, Michigan – Yet another Junior who muscled his way into the starting lineup last season and displayed insane quickness and agility for an interior lineman… played both DE and DT, and finished the year with 31 tackles, 5 sacks, 7 TFL… that versatility and his ability to pressure the QB as a DT, should make him a commodity if/when he decides to declare...

    Prescott Burgess, OLB, 6-3 244 4.73 2-3, Michigan - rated #5 by Scout.com, in 05, 81 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 4 TFL and 6 PBU… Burgess was supposed to have a big year last season after moving over from free safety… although his tackles were impressive, the coaches were hoping for more big plays… he should be adjusted now…

    David Harris, ILB, 6-2 242, Michigan – In 05, 88 tackles, 1 sack, 6 TFL, 3 BPU and 2 forced fumbles… last years leading tackler was solid against the run, but disappeared in big games... After the off-season conditioning program, he became a more cut 242 pounds and has shown more range…

    That’s a pretty solid defense on paper – I wonder how they’ll do in this one…


    Notre Dame – See 9/2/2006 Draft Preview…
     
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    Sat. 9/16/2006 - (6) LSU @ (3) Auburn - 12:30 PST CBS - Awww, I’ve been waitin for this one since last year… it just doesn’t get any better than this… This IS the SEC Game of the Year Part 1… The past two games between Auburn and LSU have been decided by a total of four points... in 04, in a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn scored with 1:14 left in the fourth quarter to win 10-9... last year, at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LSU came out on top, 20-17, in overtime… there is sooooo much talent on the field in this one, how can it not be a draft preview… and considering the firepower on display, oddly enough it’s likely to come down to the FG kickers… I expect a war….

    LSU –
    The Bayou Bengals lost a ton o’ talent to the NFL last season, and yet here they are again with a team that could go all the way… it's hard to argue with two straight wins and an eye-popping 90/6 pts for/against ratio - something has got to be working…

    Offensively, a lot is riding on the maturity and consistency that QB JaMarcus Russell can deliver and so far he has been tremendous... it helps getting all day to throw…. coming into the season, they knew they had NFL talent in the backfield with Alley Broussard and Justin Vincent, but both were question marks coming off of torn ACLs… there is speed to burn in the receiving corps, but they need to make even more big plays and live up to all of their talent… Dwayne Bowe, Craig Davis and Early Doucet will catch plenty of deep balls if the running game improves enough to open things up… and the offensive line has to deal with the loss of three stars while trying to get more push for the running game which it has been able to do so far...

    Defensively, expect a lot of big plays from the Bo Pelini defense… so far, there has been too much speed and athleticism in the back seven for opponents to sustain drives… it does make up for the huge loss of personnel up front… while this “D” might not be in the top 5, it's not going to fall too far off… they are getting big play out of DT Glen Dorsey, currently leading the team in TFL... the ‘backers are lead by Ali Highsmith and newcomer/phenom Darry Beckwith who’s currently leading the team in tackles… and the secondary, well with all do respect to Miami, they may be the best in college football… FS LaRon Landry and SS Jessie Daniels are NFL safeties, and RCB Chevis Jackson and LCB Jonathan Zenon may be All-SEC at the end of the season...

    The Old Adage – Defense Wins Championships is applicable in this game… So, let’s start with the #2 guy on my draft wish list….

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    LaRon Landry - hey, if they don’t call it - it’s legal…. the All-World FS is the best centerfielder I’ve seen in years...

    LaRon Landry, FS, 6-2 205 4.46 1, LSU - without a doubt the best player on this team… in a few short months, he will be a multi-millionaire and could be the first DB selected in the 07 draft… he has the perfect combination of NFL size, speed, and highlight reel hitting ability (241 career tackles)... his range is/was the best I saw all last season - he IS the prototype centerfielder (career 9 INTs and 18 PBU)… It'll be a shock if he's not an All-American and in the hunt for SEC Defensive Player of the Year… in 05, 69 tackles, 1 sack, 4 TFL, 3 INTs, 8 BPU… he always seems to be around the ball… he is an athletic, instinctive and incredibly productive.. Other than WR Calvin Johnson, he is my current #1 Draft Choice for the Bolts...

    Jesse Daniels, SS, 5-11 200, LSU – rated the #2 SS… in 05, 39 tackles, 2 sacks, 4.5 TFL, 1 INT, 4 PBU and 2 forced fumbles… a tough veteran who plays “balls to the wall” and correspondingly has had a few dings over the last few years... he was held out for most of spring ball trying to get healthy after suffering shoulder and ankle injuries… he’s back and second on the team in tackles… tackling has never been his issue and his range is unlimited… his big improvement has come in pass protection and the ability to sniff out plays...

    Ali Highsmith, Jr., OLB, 6-1 226, LSU – In 05, 75 tackles, 4 sacks, 9.5 TFL, 3 forced fumbles… tough and versatile, he finished second on the team in tackles last season... he's a natural on the weakside and with his 4.5 speed, he’s able to rush the passer… he is tough enough to play on the strongside if Darry Beckwith has to move inside... after bulking up to 226 pounds, he should be more of a force...

    Glenn Dorsey, DT, 6-2 284, LSU – In 05, 28 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 TFL… he’s got serious shoes to fill with Wooten and Williams gone, but Dorsey got in better shape getting down to 284 pounds but still should be a rock against the run… he got valuable exposure last year as a steady reserve and could end up All-SEC... he's quick enough to get into the backfield on a regular basis and should double his sack total with more time on the field... he’s leading the team with 3 TFL... was named last weeks SEC Player of the Week…

    Jonathan Zenon, Jr., LCB, 6-0 176, LSU - in 05, he saw action in 11 games with 3 starts, playing mostly in the nickel and dime packages… had 17 tackles, 1 INT and 4 PBU... he too has tremendous speed and vision ... he displays a good knack for finding the football and is currently leading the Nation in INTs with 3 with 2 returned for TD’s and 74 yards… has already been named a Player of the Week…

    And the winner of the “I saw him first” award goes to RCB Chevis Jackson, Soph., 6-0 190, LSU – in 05, 47 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 INT and 3 PBU… A starter throughout last year and a strong open-field tackler... he has NFL measurables and tremendous speed… and now he has grown into a lockdown cover corner… so much so that now he is contributing to Zenon's success…
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    Jamarcus Russell - incorporates a fearless, unrestrained playing style... why not, he’s huge…

    Jamarcus Russell, Jr., QB, 6-6 252, LSU – In 05, 188-311, 61%, 2,443 yds, 15 TD, 9 INT, plus 2 rushing TDs… he may be the biggest QB in all of football and if he doesn't have the biggest arm, he's in the top three... but he tends to trust his arm too much and makes his share of bad reads… he has impressive mobility in the pocket but he’s not going to run for many yards, although he can be a load in short-yardage plays… he showed last season the ability to come through in the clutch… he is currently ranked third in the nation in pass efficiency with a 211.4 rating after having completed 26 of 37 passes for 449 yards, 5 TDs and 1 INT…

    Dwayne Bowe, WR, 6-3 215, LSU – In 05, 41 catches, 710 yds, 17.3 ypc, 9 TD… he is their big gun and deep threat… his 4.5 speed helps and Jamarcus is not afraid to air it out... he’s currently second on the team with 7 receptions for 153 yrds, a 21.9 ypc and 2 TDs

    Alley Broussard, RB, 6-0 235, LSU - he missed all of last year with a torn ACL… he's a power back with speed.. he struggled a bit through his rehab this off-season after a setback, but he'll be among the SEC's leading rushers… currently 16/85 and 2 TDs…

    Jacob Hester, Jr., RB, 6-0 228, LSU – He is their all-purpose back - can run or catch with equal effectiveness… can block and pick up blitzes... a veteran who has played in 25 games in career with two starts.. currently he’s spendinh much more time on the field and has rushed 16/74 and 2 TDs plus caught 8/54 and 1 TD… he should be busy today...

    Early Doucet, Jr., WR, 6-0 206, LSU – In 05, 26 catches, 389 yds, 15 ypc, 5 TD… he has the skills with enough size and jaw-dropping speed to make the NFL scouts drool, but he has to be more consistent... currently 5/82 and 1 TD…

    Will Arnold, Jr., LOG, 6-4 322, LSU - Considered one of the top offensive linemen in the nation ... Ranked as the nation's second-best offensive guard by Lindy's and No. 6 by The Sporting News going into the 2006 season... Named a second-team preseason All-American by Rivals.com... Named to the watch list for the 2006 Outland Trophy… he's great in the weight room with the strength to power over and through most defensive tackles, and he has the experience to be one of the team's most reliable blockers. ** dude looks just like Andrew Whitworth…
     
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    Auburn –
    Well, coming into the season, I thought they’d win it all… at #3, looks like others agree… they were the SEC's best team at the end of last year playing with youngsters and it finally caught up to them in the Capital One Bowl… they’re seasoned now and their performance so far has been something to take notice of, with a perfect 2-0 74/14 pts for/against ratio… and, they have the schedule that makes a great team a national title contender... they are still my choice for the SEC Champion and National Title contender - this game goes along way to realizing that goal…

    Offensively, they offense averaged 32.3 points per game last year, but it wasn't consistent… expect things to be even better, as QB Brandon Cox knows what he's doing, Kenny Irons leads a deep and talented backfield, and there's more than enough explosion to go around among the receivers... the problem is depth on the O-line, so they are hoping to stay healthy...

    Defensively, they were fun to watch last year and they’ll be better... the “D” is stronger on the outside than the middle with tremendous tackling corners David Irons and Jonathan Wilhite returning, and DEs Marquies Gunn and Quentin Groves (2 sacks) sure to be among the league's best pass rushers... there's not a lot of size in the LBs, although Sr LB Karibi Dede leads team in tackles with 14 and Soph Merrill Johnson are both flying to the ball… in reviewing the stats it looks like a jail break with everyone contributing in the TFL category with 11 players having recorded at least 1… and redshirt freshman DT Sen’Derrick Marks has contributed 2 sacks...


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    Kenny Irons - has made it easy to forget Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams… Leading the SEC in rushing with 1,293 yards last year…

    Kenny Irons, RB, 5-11 202 4.48, Auburn - rated #2 by Scout.com… In 05, a transfer from South Carolina, was named Coaches' All-SEC First-Team (unanimous), Associated Press All-SEC First-Team (unanimous) and Rivals.com Third-Team All-America, averaged 5.1 ypc while rushing for 1,293 yards and 13 TD plus caught 14 for 164… In his first year as the starter, he showed off tremendous home-run hitting speed highlighted by a brilliant 218-yard day in last years loss to LSU... he's not a power runner, but he's physical and doesn't go down easily... when he has a sliver of daylight, he'll tear off a huge gain… he's a superior athlete with next-level speed... and he will be the marquee guy today as LSU's secondary is tough to throw on... currently leading the team with 41/252 and 1 TD, plus 4 receptions for 36 yards…

    Brandon Cox, Jr., QB, 6-2 200, Auburn - In 05,177-306, 58%, 2,324 yds, 15 TD, 8 INT… a closer look reveals he was accurate against mediocre defenses, but in prime time, when he was off, he was really off... he struggled in three games, and Auburn lost all three... he’s not a runner, but he's not a statue either… currently he’s doing much better with 29 of 45 for 440 and 3 TD’s, but here comes LSU (again)… I don’t expect him to throw much…

    Courtney Taylor, WR, 6-2 202 4.59 2, Auburn – In 05, 22 catches, 278 yds, 12.6 ypc, 1 TD... one of the SEC's best receivers in 04 with 43/737 yards and 6 TDs, he showed little of the same explosiveness last year as he got an ankle injury early and was never quite the same... he's a big, strong target, can break tackles and has good yards after catch… currently leading the team with 12 for 154 yards…

    Tim Duckworth, OG/OT, 6-4 318 5.23 3, Auburn - rated #5 by Scout.com, he’s moved to OG this season… There was some concern about Duckworth's ability to make the shift from defensive tackle to offensive line, but he came through with an All-SEC season and improved more and more each week... he's expected to be an All-America now that he knows what he's doing… he’s impossible to move…
    David Irons, CB, 5-10 188 4.46 2, Auburn – In 05, 48 tackles, 2.5 TFL and 11 PBUs… currently rated #4 by Scout.com, the former JUCO transfer got another year of eligibility thanks to missing 04 with a knee injury… He recovered to be one of the SEC's best corners last season and has been named preseason All-SEC… he hits like a bigger player and is fast enough to handle any SEC receiver…

    Will Herring, SS/OLB, 6-3, 215, Auburn – In 05, 69 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 PBU and 1 QBH.. he's the team's “D” leader and best tackler cranking out 178 for his career at safety... now they’ll try him at Strongside OLB to take advantage of his abilities… he may move back… currently 3rd in tackles with a TFL, sack and INT…

    Quentin Groves, Jr., OLB/DE, Auburn – In 05, 21 tackles, 6 sacks, 8 TFL, 4 QBH… he has good size and a great ability for getting into the backfield... the coaching staff will try to move him around to play to his strengths... he must be improving because he currently leads the team in sacks and TFL…

    Marquies Gunn, DE/OLB, 6-4 254, Auburn – In 05, 40 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 12.5 TFL, 16 QBH… came into the season as a pure pass rusher and ended up the team's best all-around DE... he was a terror in the backfield, and it wasn't just because defenses were paying attention to Quentin Groves and Stanley McClover... he's a good-sized end who's physical as well as quick...

    Kody Bliss, P, 5-11 180 5.08 5-6, Auburn – In 05, 44 punts, 1,975 yards, 44.9 avg, 7 FC, 14 inside the 20… rated #2 by Scout.com, Bliss will be in the hunt for many post season All-America honors in punting... he's not all that big, but he gets a lot of foot on his kicks and shows good accuracy… consistently averages 43.3 yards per kick, and in his three years, he’s landed 52 kicks inside the 20… it may be all about Kody today….

    Note: Auburn kicker John Vaughn will seek redemption - he missed five field goals (including a 39-yarder in overtime) that cost Auburn the game last year… he’s used that for motivation - he’s currently second in the nation with 6 FG's in 7 attempts…


    Footnote -
    the more I read about this one... If it becomes a running battle, Auburn wins… if it becomes a game of field position, Auburn wins...

    but if Russell to Bowe can’t be contained, LSU could win in a romp… Auburn won't be able to play catchup from behind...
    look for bombs away from LSU to get up early... :tup:
     
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    Sat. 9/16/2006 - (26) Clemson @ (9) Florida State - 4:45 PST ESPN – A very important game for both teams, and a leg up on who attends the ACC title game…

    Clemson – See 9/9/2006 Draft Preview… Clemson has to quickly get over the double overtime loss to Boston College... and they MUST win this one or it could be the end to the ACC title dreams after so much hope and promise…

    Florida State – See 9/4/2006 Draft Preview…


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    Sat. 9/16/2006 - (7) Florida @ (13) Tennessee - 5:00 PST CBS - a tale of two QB's... if it wasn’t for LSU/Auburn, this would be my Game of the Day – both teams are loaded…

    Florida –
    Another one of those early season MUST wins… and that’s saying a lot for the first conference game of the year for both teams…. It will be an uphill battle for the gators to win the SEC East if they lose… it's likely to come down to the defense… currently, they are 2-0 with an impressive 76/7 pts for/against ratio, so they are scoring points… Chris Leak has been outstanding over the last two games making big plays and keeping his mistakes to a minimum... the ground game has also contributed as well… the defensive pressure hasn't been quite up to the team's talent level, so that will have to change against the Vols... but they are loaded there, and that may be a matter of a little more seasoning… times up!!! unfortunately, their SEC sched is brutal - at it starts today... then they get the three best teams from the West in Alabama, LSU, and at Auburn all in a three-week stretch… O MY!!!

    Offensively, QB Chris Leak is showing more mobility and has been an even sharper passer, but super-recruit QB Tim Tebow is getting some looks... the WRs have the potential to be great and Dallas Baker is turning into a number one target... There's talent in the backfield, and the O-line is holding it’s own, but this opponent should be a challenge for both units... Defensively, the front seven should be terrific as long as injuries don't strike the linebackers... there is strength on the line with DT Marcus Thomas and DE’s Ray McDonald, Jarvis Moss and Derrick Harvey…

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    Last year, Leak threw for 2,639 yards and 20 TD to just 6 INTs. Leak has publicly stating his goal to throw 50 TD passes…

    Chris Leak, QB, 6-0 210, Florida ... In 05, 235-374, 2,639 yds, 60.7%, 20 TD, 6 INT, plus 105 carries, 81 yds, 6 TD… those are very good numbers for a guy looking over his shoulder at a prized recruit to replace him… I guess I don’t understand why Meyer wants to transform him into a runner when he is a classic pro-style QB… Only at Florida can a legitimate Heisman candidate be this close to losing his job… he is trying to accommodate the style variance by using his mobility a bit more and to be a better passer on the move... he has a nice arm, but not elite, and his height makes him a marginal NFL prospect… Update – he has been fantastic completing 68% of his passes for 600 yards and 7 TDs with 2 INTs, and he's throwing better on the run than he did over his first three seasons...

    Dallas Baker, WR, 6-3 195, Florida – In 05, 52 catches, 897 yds, 13.4 ypc, 5 TD - perhaps the teams best Pro prospect, he is adding to a career 91 grabs for 1,316 yards and 11 TDs… he finished second on the team in receiving last year is expected to fill the void left by Chad Jackson… he stepped up this spring showing that he's ready for an All-SEC caliber season… last week, he lead the team with a 9/123 and 1 TD performance…

    Andre Caldwell, WR, 6-1 202, Florida – In 05, 10 catches, 148 yds, 14.8 ypc… One of the team's most dangerous receivers, Caldwell broke his leg last year against Tennessee... he's a big-time deep threat and great kick returner... Yes, Charger fans - that Caldwell…

    And the winner of the “I saw him first” award goes to freshman sensation Percy Harvin, Frosh., WR, 5-11 180, Florida - a do-it-all game-breaker with the home run hitting speed to be a dangerous runner as well as a frightening number three receiver… Considered the nation's top wide receiver prospect by Scout.com… Listed as the nation's top recruit according to rivals.com and Scout.com also listed Harvin as the nation's No. 2 overall prospect in 2006…Earned Parade All-American honors as a senior…


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    Brandon Siler - the centerpiece of this defense… a intimidating pass rusher and proven ball hawk...

    Brandon Siler, Jr., OLB, 6-2 235, Florida – In 05, 64 tackles, 4 sacks, 9 TFL, 4 BPU, and 7 QBH… there were high expectations for him after a dominant freshman season, but he still finished second on the team in tackles for the combined first two seasons... he's a great pass rusher and more than strong in pass coverage… If he can be a bit more physical against power running teams, he'll be an All-SEC star…

    Reggie Nelson, Jr., FS, 6-1 198, Florida – In 05, 46 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 INT, 1 PBU… he’s turned into one of the team's best all-around defenders with a blend of speed and hitting ability... he can play anywhere in the secondary... has strong enough coverage and tackling ability… he’s ideally suited to play a rover position since it allows him to freelance... has a pick already this season…

    Earl Everett, OLB, 6-2 231, Florida – In 05, 72 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3.5 TFL, 2 INT, 4 PBU… known for his tackling, he lead the team last year, and he has 198 stops in his first three seasons... he's got all the tools with speed, quickness, and good size to play on the weakside...

    Marcus Thomas, NT/DT, 6-3 286, Florida - he receiverd Honorable Mention All-SEC last year and thought about going pro… his rating suggested an early first day draft pick last year, but decided to up his draft slot with a big season… the 45 tackles, 4 sacks and 10.5 TFL numbers from last year indicate his ability as an interior pass rusher - there are very few of them in The League... he’ll benefit this season from the talent around him...

    Jarvis Moss, Jr., DE, 6-6 255, Florida – they are hoping he matures into more than a situational pass rusher… he has the speed, size and closing ability to have a double-digit sack season... In 05, 25 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 11 TFL which he was able to achieve on pure speed alone...


    Tennessee - See 9/2/2006 Draft Preview…
    Is Tennessee's “D” as good as its dominant performance against CAL??? And what about Eric Ainge – he is on fire, with 3 more TD’s last week (he’s leading the nation in pass efficiency)… is that maturity, OC Cutcliffe or the fact the o-line has yet to allow a sack… And my “I saw him first” sleeper, WR Robert Meachem has absolutely gone ballistic with 13 catches for 297 yards and 4 TD’s… now there’s a guy that can turn a 5 yd swing pass into 6 pts… after two important wins, they’re climbing the charts quickly…
     
  8. SanDiegoRon

    SanDiegoRon BoltTalker

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    Sat. 9/16/2006 - (19) Nebraska @ (4) USC - 5:00 PST ABC - has it been that long - these two teams haven't faced off since their 21-21 tie back in 1970… If Nebraska can pull off the win over SC in their house, it'll set the table for a monster season complete with national title dreams…. Other than at home against a now suspect Texas team, the Huskers will be the favorites in every game on their sched... Can they find their way back into the upper tier after a lengthy absence...

    Nebraska –
    A 2-0 record with a eye popping 105/17 point for/against ratio might cause one to think so… but they haven’t played anyone yet… Offensively, HC Callahan has finally got his West Coast offense moving and literally everyone has contributed to staggering numbers in rushing and receiving… The return of TE Matt Herian helps but he is not alone in the stat column… everyone likes to talk “O”, but the “D” led the nation last year with an amazing 50 sacks to go along with an unheard of 140 TFLs... the defense is lead by my favorite DE Adam Carriker and running mate Jay Moore ain’t no slouch either… the NFL loves huge ends who can rush the passer... and these guys are that, as Carriker goes 300 pounds while Moore checks in at 280... they are currently leading the team in sacks (1 each) and TFL (3 each)… this should be a hellava matchup and challenge for SC’s highly touted OT’s…

    Zac Taylor, QB, 6-2 210, Nebraska – In 05, 237-430 , 55%, 2,653 yds, 19 TD, 12 INT, plus 1 rushing TD… a JUCO transfer, he set single season records for passing yards, completions and attempts… nice transition to the bigs although he took some shots and weathered the storm… now he appears to know what he's doing in the West Coast, he’s got a better line in front of him and some quality receivers…

    Matt Herian, TE, 6-5 245, Nebraska – perhaps the best pro prospect and certain Mackey candidate, he is returning from a broken leg that required two surgeries... he's a decent blocker, but he's definitely an NFL caliber target… from 2002 to 2004 he caught 53 passes for 1,093 yards and 10 TDs averaging 20.7 yards per catch...

    Better than Mario…

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    Adam Carriker - IMO, he was better than Mario Williams last year… I expect the same this season after hard work in the offseason improved his speed significantly…

    Adam Carriker, LDE, 6-6 295 4.89, Nebraska – In 05, 43 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 17 TFL, 3 BPU and 19 QBH… he’s the star of the defense and its best defensive player… he has become an unstoppable pass rushing force... He wasn't just great at getting to the quarterback, he was rock-solid against the run and made play after player when he wasn't double teamed... He's looking stronger and quicker this season and should be in the mix for All-America honors... and a good showing in this game could make him mega-millions…

    Jay Moore, RDE, 6-4 280, Nebraska – In 05, 37 tackles, 3 sacks, 14 TFL, 1 INT, 3 BPU and 9 QBH… almost as big and talented, he’s a quick pass rusher who grew into more of an all-around force last year... he'll make more than his share of big plays this year as he and Carriker will feed off each others success (ala Williams/Lawson) and should be camped out in opposing backfields all season long…

    Corey McKeon, Jr., ILB, 6-1 225, Nebraska – In 05, 98 tackles, 7 sacks, 22 TFL, 3 INTs, 7 BPU and 11 QBH… he’s an overachiever… working his way into the starting lineup over more touted players… he finished last season as the team's leading tackler... he seemingly never missed a stop with 61 unassisted tackles to go along with his good pass rushing skills... he's as tough as they come...

    Steve Octavien, Jr., OLB, 6-0 235, Nebraska - In 05, 4 tackles and 2 TFL… their were preseason expectations that he'd supplant Bo Ruud for the starting spot on the weakside… he does have the best combination of size, speed, and talent in the linebacking corps… and he looks to be recovered from a broken leg…

    But…
    Bo Ruud, Jr., OLB, 6-3 235, Nebraska – In 05, 80 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 14 TFL, 1 INT, 6 BPU and 10 TFL… Ruud stepped in when Steve Octavien went down and finished as the team's third leading tackler from the weakside... He's a smart, talented veteran who’s also recovering from injury (broken arm)... from reviewing the defensive stats, it would appear the coaching staff has found a way to play both…


    USC - See 9/2/2006 Draft Preview…
     
  9. Shamrock

    Shamrock New Member

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    He's a hitter. Has size and looks to have good speed.

    http://michigan.rivals.com/cviewplayer.asp?Player=3393
     
  10. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Brady Quinn looked very...ordinary :icon_eek: :icon_rofl:
     

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