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

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by SanDiegoRon, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. SanDiegoRon

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    Championship Weekend... man o man, 2 GREAT games... but, we'll start here...

    Sat. 9/9/2006 - (18) Clemson @ (33) Boston College - 12:30 PST ABC - Contenders or Pretenders, this game is particularly important for Clemson as it has ACC title aspirations and B.C. for BCS points… we have some excellent OG’s and LB’s in this one…

    Clemson –
    This year the team is a preseason pick to tie Florida State for first in the Atlantic Division of the ACC… this game could be pivotal toward that goal, and with Florida State's win over Miami they need a win to keep pace… last season, a very young Clemson squad played seven games decided by seven points or less… that painful experience should be enough to turn those stats around and elevate the program for a few solid years to come... they have a talented mix of sophomores and a strong group of veterans...

    Offensively, the O-line gets everyone back, the backfield has four good RBs and the receiving squad is lead by first day pick Chansi Stuckey, who is expected to have a monster year… Defensively, they have two potential first rounders in DE Gaines Adams (Top 10) and ILB Anthony Waters, who we should watch closely... The season will be a success if Clemson wins the Atlantic Division of the ACC… It’s show time, let's see what they got...

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    Chansi Stuckey - "ReUnited and it feels so good..." - Charlie Whitehurst’s favorite target again???...

    Chansi Stuckey, WR, 6-0 190, Clemson – the teams best offensive player, he’s a former QB who switched to WR and has been terrific... He finished last season as the ACC's leader in receptions per game with 64 catches, 770 yds, 12 ypc, 4 TD, plus 13 carries for 78 yds… he demonstrated an uncanny ability to always get open which turned into big plays when they needed them the most (highlighted by a 11-catch, 156-yard, 2 TD day in the win over Florida State)... he also stayed healthy for a full season… he’s capable of the gadget plays of the Randall El variety, as they occasionally line him up as a RB and even at QB for a play or two… as the Tigers main weapon, they’ll put him in every conceivable position to make the big plays again this year, so he'll be very dangerous… and a DC's nightmare...

    Roman Fry, LOG/C, 6-4 300, Clemson – here’s a guy with considerable upside... he is the team's best run blocker with experience at all five offensive line positions… currently, he’s playing left guard where he earned second-team All-ACC honors last season… despite only getting the starting nod over the second half of the season, he led the team in knockdowns with 98.5, with an eye popping 18 against the Florida State “D” (keep in mind, they had 3 NFL first-round draft choices)… has a career 153 knockdown blocks coming into the season – he’s nasty… has earned the watch list for the 06 Outland Trophy and is listed as preseason first-team All-ACC from a number of pubs... a workout warrior, he has a 410 bench press, 655 squat, 410 hang clean, and a 365 power clean... :eek

    Watch List: Barry Richardson, Jr., OT, 6-7 330, Clemson - Richardson's claim to fame has been a near shutdown performance of NC State's (less than Super) Mario Williams in last year's 31-10 win. He's huge, with enough talent to be an all-star over the next two seasons IF he becomes more consistent...

    And now, the "D" stars of the show…

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    Gaines Adams - Lombardi and Ted Hendricks Award candidate

    Gaines Adams, DE, 6-5 260 4.76 1, Clemson - rated #2 by Scout.com, he may be the first D-lineman off the board… a phenomenal athlete who does everything well - he's quick enough as a pass defender (led the team with 9 PBU), strong enough against the run (55 tackles) and has already established himself as a pass rushing terror... In 05, he had a team best 15 TFLs, 9.5 sacks and 29 QBHs demonstrating his great speed off the corner.... Scouts love his size, burst and long arms... as “the Bandit”, he plays a little bit of DE and a little bit of OLB…

    Adams has already been listed as a preseason All-American by Lindy's , who also calls him the Preseason ACC Defensive Player of the Year... He is also listed as a preseason candidate for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award... NO doubt a consensus #1 draft choice by some lucky team… he’ll be fun to watch…

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    Anthony Waters – Our next ILB???

    Anthony Waters, ILB, 6-3 242 4.64 2, Clemson – Are we looking for an outstanding ILB with size and speed… In 05, a whopping 109 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 7 PBU and 5 QBHs… rated #4 by Scout.com, this is his third season as the starter in the middle… a tackling machine that has fantastic pass coverage skills… he's the ACC's leading returning tackler with 214 career stops and should finish as an All-ACC star with well over 300 stops... he led the ACC in individual first hits with 74 and he ranked 22nd in the nation in that category on a per game basis... has been named to the 06 Bronko Nagurski watch list and is he's currently projected as a second rounder in 07... WOW, definitely on my watch list…
     
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    Boston College –
    Preseason ranked 3rd in the Atlantic division of the ACC and perhaps a year away from good times - HC Tom O’Brien nonetheless has built a pretty solid program with seven straight winning seasons... this years team is young and they have a brutal sched with NC State, Va Tech, Florida State and latter Miami… so perhaps, a good goal for this year would be to get bowl eligible…

    Offensively, they have a couple of studs in OG Josh Beekham and RB L.V. Whitworth… The passing game gets QB Matt Ryan back, but needs Tony Gonzalez step up in place of Will Blackmon…. Defensively, No more KIWI which leaves a big hole to fill… unfortunately there are other holes to fill as well, but the LB’s are good with Brian Toal a first day pick and the secondary has a couple of up-and-comers in DeJuan Tibble and Jamie Silva...

    Let’s start with a guy that may hold some interest for Bolt fans (especially Beef eaters)…

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    Josh Beekham - 2006 Outland Trophy candidate...

    Josh Beekham, ROG, 6-3 320 1-2, Boston College - One of the very best guards in the nation (first-team SI.com), can play center if needed, but he'll dominate wherever he plays… has started all 24 games at right guard over the previous two seasons, and in 05 earned second-team All-ACC honors… he has great athleticism and tackle-like pass protection skills... has quick feet and can get movement… he is tough against quick one-gap DTs… his excellence against ACC competition is documented, and considering the ACC had 15 defensive players selected in the first 63 picks of last years NFL draft, you may understand how he can be rated so high…. A very solid opportunity for the Bolts to bring in a successor to Goff….

    LV Whitworth, Jr., RB, 5-11 216, Boston College – in 05, 189 carries, 807 yds, 4.3 ypc, 5 TD, plus 23 catches, 244 yds, 10.6 ypc… Whitworth has worked great in tandem with the smaller, quicker Andre Callender. Whitworth was a steady back throughout the season and an almost certain 75-yard rusher whenever he got more than 15 carries. He's a good receiver who can make the key catch, but he isn't going to break off too many big plays despite showing more speed this spring.

    Matt Ryan, Jr., QB, 6-5 221, Boston College – in 05, 121-195 (62%), 1,514 yds, 8 TD, 5 INT, plus 37 carries, 94 yds, 2.5 ypc, 5 TD… Ryan ended up seeing time in 10 games with his biggest performances coming in the MPC Computers Bowl win over Boise State throwing for 256 yards and 3 TDs and in a come-from-behind victory over Wake Forest with 2 TDs late in the game... He has a great command of the offense, a nice arm and surprising mobility... there are high expectations for him this season…

    Tony Gonzalez, WR, 5-11 180, Boston College - Mr. GoTo... when the game is over, Gonzalez will be the one with the most receptions and yards... He’s the most reliable, he’s the most experienced, and he’ll be the centerpiece of most of the passing plays…

    Gosder Cherilus, Jr., ROT, 6-7 320, Boston College - was thrown to the wolves as a freshman, improved from that experience as a sophomore, and now he should be one of the ACC's better tackles… he has NFL potential as a pass blocker... in 05, started all 12 games at ROT; and career, has started all 24 games at offensive tackle... some say we need a right tackle - how's his feet...


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    Brian Toal - “I haven’t hit since the [MPC Computers] Bowl Game, so I’m really excited to get back to hitting. That’s something I really enjoy doing. It’s frustrating [not being able to hit],...”

    Brian Toal, Jr., OLB/FB, 6-1 228, Boston College – a superstar recruit of a few years ago, he saw his production dip a little bit in 05 (53 tackles, 2 sacks, 7 TFL) after a 77-tackle freshman season due to a shoulder injury… he's got great range and speed on the weakside... he enters his junior year with 130 career tackles (69 solos), 11.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 3 PBU, one punt block and one blocked field goal... last season, he played on both sides of the ball, making his mark as the team's short-yardage back… he carried the ball 21 times for 49 yards and a team-leading 6 TDs… as a Chuck Bednarik and Butkus Award candidate, he’s looking to bounce back in a big way…

    Jamie Silva, Jr., FS, 5-11 208, Boston College – in 05, 87 tackles, 1 sack, 4.5 TFL, 1 INT and 2 BPU… SI.com calls him "Silva Streak"… he went from being a key reserve at both safety spots to the team's leading tackler at FS… has 130 career stops and turned out to be a tone-setting hitter... can play SS if needed, but his range makes him better at free safety...

    DeJuan Tibble, Jr., CB, 5-9 189, Boston College – in 05, 57 tackles, 2 INTs, 6 PBU and 3 TFL… Tribble was the reason Will Blackmon moved to wide receiver full-time... he's a strong tackler and the team's best cover corner with good quickness when the ball is in the air... Even at his size, he hits like a safety with 48 of his 57 tackles unassisted...
     
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    Sat. 9/9/2006 - (19) Penn State @ (4) Notre Dame - 12:30 PST NBC – This is the first meeting between these two national powers since 1992… The series is tied, 8-8-1... We’ve seen Notre Dame squeak by Georgia Tech for their first test, and now they get the Lions who themselves face six bowl teams in the first seven games of the season... talk about being tested early - another must game for both…

    Penn State –
    Rebuilding, perhaps - but it shouldn’t be a very long process… the schedule is tough at Ohio St, Michigan and Michigan St but they should be up to it… As I’ve previewed the Big 10, it looks to be all about the QB’s this season… look for the team with the All-Big 10 QB to be the last man standing at seasons end…

    Offensively, this leads us to Anthony Morelli, who should be fine, if unspectacular… he’s got the WR’s, the RB’s and one particular NFL O-lineman, but is he enough to take them over the top… I guess I’m not convinced (yet)that he can party with Quinn, Smith, Stanton and Tate, but that’s why they play em…

    Defensively, this set of LB’s maybe the best in the country - "Linebacker U" indeed... they have The Pos, Tim Shaw and Dan Connor… and inside, DT Jay Alford occupies the O-lineman allowing the LB’s to run free… but I fear that secondary will be exposed today…. If the Lions learned anything about the Georgia Tech game – they will be sending those LB’s at Brady Quinn all game long… Time to find out…

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    The "Old Man" Levi Brown - the second-team All-America passed on the pros for one more season under Joe Pa... "He's tough to go against,"... "He's so big. He’s got long arms. He's so strong. He's a good athlete, too. He came here as a defensive lineman, so you know he can run a little bit." - Paul Posluszny

    Levi Brown, LOT, 6-5 325 5.28 1-2, Penn State - A first round candidate... He's a pretty good athlete for a man that big... Brown combines great size, skills and athleticism… he has muscled up with his efforts in the weight room and off-season conditioning program and has improved his speed and agility from last season... Brown has started 34 of the past 35 games, and in 05, earned second-team All-America honors… I perceive this guy to be a manster and he's worthy of All-America hype - let’s find out how he compares to the other top OT’s in this class (Thomas, Blalock, etc.)...

    Tony Hunt, RB, 6-2 220 4.57 3, Penn State – in 05, 174 carries, 1,047 yds, 6 ypc, 6 TD, plus 20 catches, 206 yds, 10.3 ypc…
    he's not fast as RB’s go, but he can carry the load and play smash-mouth tough-as-nails football… a decent all-around player, last year had five, 100-yard games highlighted by a 151-yard, two touchdown day against Wisconsin...

    Anthony Morelli, Jr., QB, 6-4 220, Penn State – In 05, he got a taste of the limelight, passing for 13-20, 155 yds, 65%, 1 TD, plus 1 rushing TD… and last week he started his era by completing 7 of his first 10 passes for 111 yards, two TDs and 17 total points on Penn State's first three drives, albeit against an overmatched Akron team… the star recruit of a few years ago, he hasn't been anything special early in his career, but he could be a late bloomer… he needs to become a steady passer now that he has been in the system for a few years... he has the size and the athleticism, and now, he has the weapons to work with in WR’s Butler and Norwood...

    And then, there is the 2005 Butkus and Bednarik Award winner…

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    Paul Posluszny – All eyes are on "The Pos" – he has already been selected by Lindy’s as the preseason National Defensive Player-of-the-Year…

    Paul Posluszny, OLB, 6-2 230 4.56 1, Penn State – the All-world linebacker has been named to every conceivable award coming into the season… he injured his right knee (which did not require surgery) in the Orange Bowl victory over FSU; and was held out of contact in the spring, but has used his rehab workouts to not only get his knee back to 100% but added another 10 pounds of muscle… He's likely to be this year's A.J. Hawk, as the first LB selected in 07.... his 116 tackles led the team and his consistency became a trademark... last season he became the first Big Ten athlete selected Player of the Week three consecutive times… Jack Ham, a pretty darn good LB in his own right, called Pos “the best Penn State linebacker ever.”

    Tim Shaw, ILB, 6-1 237 4.54 2-3, Penn State - rated #4 by Scout.com, in 05, 76 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 6.5 TFL, 2 BPUs… able to play inside or out, he has been the unsung star of the LBs… started the first of the last season on the outside and was a disruptive force, and then he became a steady tackler in the middle finishing tied for fourth on the team... preseason second-team All-Big Ten honors from The Sporting News… Note: following last weeks Akron game, he is now listed as a starting DE and technically no longer a linebacker… hmmm, maybe some confusion with Jim Shaw…

    Dan Connor, Jr., OLB, 6-3 225 2-3, Penn State – In 05, 76 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 5.5 TFL, 8 BPUs… the 2003 Parade Magazine Prep Linebacker-of-the-Year, Connor tied Tim Shaw for fourth on the team in tackles despite not starting on the outside until sixth game of the year… and the former freshman All-American has 161 tackles over his first two seasons thanks mostly to his excellent speed... can play inside if needed... Last week: Connor recorded 13 tackles (seven solo), two sacks, 3.5 TFL for minus-23 yards and a forced fumble… for all that, he was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week... Ranked the nation’s No. 4 outside linebacker by The Sporting News…

    Jay Alford, DT, 6-3 290 4.98 2-3, Penn State - rated #4 by Scout.com and #4 by CFN, in 05, 37 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 11.5 TFL and 2 PBU… a second team All-Big Ten performer, he is the only returning starter on the D-line… he's tremendously quick for a big man,... tenacious, smart and a hard-working athlete… he demands doubles and when he gets on a roll, he can dominate... he’s sure to get all the attention now…


    Notre Dame - See 9/2/2006 Draft Preview…

    I'm goin with the Domers on this one...
     
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    Sat. 9/9/2006 - (12) Georgia @ (31) South Carolina - 4:45 PST ESPN – The game no one will watch (at least past the first quarter)…

    Georgia –
    Quietly, this has been the SEC's best program over the last five seasons and now they are in rebuilding mode… so this year is all about playing the kids and showing progress from week to week… you never know though, Coach Richt has a habit of plugging holes with the best of em, and their sched is relatively easy by SEC standards…

    Offensively, seven new starters should give Coach Richt a few grey hairs… they will start QB Joe Tereshinski, but super-recruit Matthew Stafford will get some reps... they have one of the nation's best running back corps in Thomas Brown, Kregg Lumpkin and Danny Ware (all had rushing TDs in last weeks game)… but the O-line is in transition after losing three top starters... the receiving corps has potential, but there aren't any obvious stars so they will leverage their TE experience in Mario Raley and Coleman Watson… Special teams are solid, as they do have one of the nations best FG kickers in Brandon Coutu and Punter Gordon Ely-Kelso… they’ll both be busy…

    Defensively, they need to plug some holes after allowing 144 yards per game last season… the bad news - they lost their top three DTs and need the injury-riddled LBs to stay healthy... the secondary also lost three All-SEC performers... the good news - few teams have better DE’s in Quentin Moses and Charles Johnson... This season will be a success if the Bulldogs qualify for a bowl game…

    So why this game??? Well to see if Sidney Rice can make a difference and to watch this guy…

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    Quentin Moses - Nagurski Trophy and Walter Camp Award candidate - First DE selected??? He helped Georgia fans get over the loss of David Pollack very quickly... the first-team All-SEC selection is blessed with instincts and a great first step...

    Quentin Moses, DE, 6-5 255 4.76 1, Georgia - rated #1 by Scout.com and perhaps the nations best pass rusher, he could've turned pro last year but decided to come back... at the start of the season, he had career numbers of 19.5 sacks and 32.5 TFL over the last three years… In 05, 44 tackles, he finished second in the SEC with 11.5 sacks and 20.5 TFL... expect a monster season from Moses in 2006... he is currently on the watch lists for the Bednarik, Walter Camp and the Nagurski Trophy in addition to being named the nation's No. 1 defensive end by The Sporting News...

    Update: he has started already, as he was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (this week) with three total tackles which included 2.5 TFLs, one sack and 3 QBHs… O My, what a stud... look for some lucky 4-3 team to scoop him up… tweener maybe…

    Daniel Inman, ROT, 6-7 330, Georgia - The senior earned second team All-SEC honors in 05, and recently named preseason first-team All-SEC... and will be the key player on the line as one of two returning starters. This will be his fourth year as the starter at right tackle, but he needs to be more dominant after years of being steady. He'll have to be the team's main blocker as the anchor of the line and the one the team runs behind. Note: has been suspended for the Dawgs’ first two games for violation of team policy...

    Nick Jones, C/OG, 6-3 296, Georgia - recently named preseason first team All-SEC and Rimington Trophy candidate... started every game during ’05 season and has 28 career starts.. in 05, starting guard on team ranked second in the SEC in scoring offense (29.5 ppg) and third in total offense...

    Gordon Ely-Kelso, P, 6-2 234, Georgia –In 05, 57 punts, 2,443yards, 42.9 average, 23 inside the 20 … he can do it all with a big leg able to air it out, and fantastic accuracy...

    Brandon Coutu, Jr., PK, 6-0 200, Georgia – In 05, 23-28 FGs, 45-45 PATs… Coutu is a big-time weapon… he led the SEC in scoring last year with 114 points and showed off a cannon of a leg hitting ten of his 14 field goal attempts from beyond 40 yards including a 58-ydr… he has to be more consistent inside the 40 (got 2 last week), but he should be one of the best in the nation….

    South Carolina – See 8/31/2006 Draft Preview…

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    Draft Eligible, Rice has already impressed many... A consensus first-team All-SEC selection, Rice hauled in 70 catches and set single-season school records with 1,143 yards and 13 TDs last year...
     
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    and now,...

    The 2006 National Championship Game....
     
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    Sat. 9/9/2006 - (1) Ohio State @ (2) Texas - 5:00 PST ABCThe National Championship Game in September... ABC’s College GameDay will be “in the house” broadcasting from Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium… A crowd in excess of 85,000 is expected to push the Fire Marshalls patience… color, pageantry and everything kewl about college football in one sweet venue… WHOA NELLIE!!!

    This will be the first regular-season showdown between a #1 and #2 team since #2 Florida State upset #1 Florida 24-21 in a nail biter in November of 1996… the winner will likely be assured a spot to the hoedown in Arizona... so many story lines... remember last years 25-22 Longhorns victory that catapulted Vince Young/Texas into the Title game… the Buckeyes are looking for payback… but IMO, the Longhorns have way too many defensive stars to be denied… but either way, this has all the makings of a classic… get your VCR/DVD ready…

    Ohio State –
    The current #1 team in the land looks to have all the pieces... but realistically - can a team that lost 5 number one draft picks to the NFL, including the entire defensive back seven, its the number one wide receiver, and two top offensive linemen – be expected to be better??? In their minds, this season will be a success if they win the national title… and they will have earned it… if they get past this game, they still have Penn St on 9/23, Iowa on 9/30 and Michigan on 11/18 all waiting for them… OUCH…

    Offensively, it’s not all about Smith to Ginn, but close… Troy Smith should be ready to prove he is this years Vince Young, making big play after big play with his legs as well as his arm… Ted Ginn as big and fast and talented as he is, has finally matured in his route running and subtle deception technique... the O-line is very good with a Remington candidate at center and a pair of next level book-end tackles… but the table setters are their running backs - the more than capable Antonio Pitman and the rookie phenom “Beanie” Wells… Defensively, they lost a lot of talent, but they have a lot of talent, and their secondary can really motor (4.4 harley sportsters)... but they’re not quite there yet… this could be the key to the game…

    So, is this guy the next Mr. Heisman??? Troy Smith has a chance of following in Vince Young's footsteps as the second player ever to throw for 3,000 yards while rushing for 1,000 in a season...

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    ... there's something very eerie about this picture, but I can't quite put my finger on it.... :D

    Troy Smith, QB, 6-1 208 4.64 1-2, Ohio State - rated #3 by Scout.com and Scouts Inc., there is no question he is considered a do-it-all star who can carry his team to a title… he has an accurate arm, along with tremendous rushing skills… he’s got “IT”, demonstrates great decision making, can generate the big play and is icy cool in the clutch… In 05, outstanding numbers across the board: 149-237, 2,283 yds, 63%, 16 TD, 4 INT, plus 136 carries, 611 yds, 4.5 ypc, 11 TD – that’s eye popping production… he’s already started this season by being named the Big Ten's co-offensive player of the week following the Buckeyes' win over Northern Illinois, by completed 18-of-25 passes for 297 yards and 3 TDs…

    And the other half of the dynamic duo…

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    Ted Ginn, Jr. – A prep national champion in the 110-meter high hurdles, Ginn boasts burner speed… he has lottsa admirers on Charger forums...


    Ted Ginn, Jr., WR, 6-0 180 4.37 1-2, Ohio State – last year Santonio Holmes got all the pub, but I thought this guy was better… they say he has stepped up his route running game, but heck speed kills, and he’s got that in Aces… he can’t be caught once he gets behind a secondary or punt coverage team… the rub - the demands of the NFL on a 180# body… In 05, a respectable 51 catches, 803 yds, 15.7 ypc, 4 TD, plus 12 carries, 83 yds, 6.9 ypc, 1 TD… but there were higher expectations for more… he did finally get a breakout game against Notre Dame (see pic) at the end of the season, and absolutely lit them up for 8/167yds and 1 TD… well, the expectations are even higher this year, so he must come up with the big play in the big game – this game will be a multi-million dolllar opportunity…

    Texas Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator Gene Chizik had this to say about Ginn – “What I see is not only a more developed route runner, you can see him catching the ball with more confidence and coming out of breaks really well. You can see a more experienced, more developed receiver.” … “He has elevated a level of his game.”

    Update: Ginn had 4 catches for 123 yards last week... He also returned two punts for 44 yards and two kickoffs for 25 more yards.
     
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    Antonio Pittman, Jr., RB, 5-11 195, Ohio State – In 05, 243 carries, 1,331 yds, 5.5 ypc, 7 TD, plus 17 catches, 161 yds, 9.5 ypc… Mr. Steady… He won't go lookin to run over anyone, but can hit the occasional home run… he is however, a durable workhorse, as last years 243 carries indicate... has always been a decent producer, but doesn’t score a lot of TDs… they hope that changes this season, as he got off to a good start last week rushing for 111 yards and 1 TD.. .

    Anthony Gonzales, Jr., WR, 6-0 195, Ohio State – had a modest 05, playing behind Holmes, but still managed 28 receptions for 373 yards and 3 TDs, and now it’s his time… he’s Mr. Go To and a nice complement to Ginn… he has excellent hands, runs pure routes and is deceptively fast… a guy who specializes in clutch catches… he will line up at split end when in a two WR set, and in the slot when they go to a third receiver... he is also is a fine downfield blocker… he got his first TD of the season last week on a 15 rdr…

    Kirk Barton, Jr., ROT, 6-6 310, Ohio State - One of the top offensive tackles in the Big Ten and a potential All-America candidate in 06... he has become a fixture at right tackle the past two seasons... powerful, an explosive blocker who plays low and with great intensity... is very good at sustaining his blocks and allowing plays to develop... good pass blocker because of his balance and mobility... has played in 21 of 24 games the past two years… last week was named Offensive Lineman of the Week… as the Buckeyes keep winning – he’ll get more press…

    Alex Boone, Soph., LOT, 6-8 315, Ohio State - considered by some to be the best Buckeye lineman prospect in over a decade, the soph has first round draft pick written all over him… just add a pinch of seasoning, and you’ll have Grade A Prime beef… he had a nice first season, and now the spotlight is on to see if he can become a star…

    and then, the new kid on the block who has got that "Heisman look" about him... :lol:

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    Chris “Beanie” Wells - 2006 Parade All-American and named the nation's top running back ...

    And the winner of the “I saw him first” award, goes to: Chris “Beanie” Wells, Frosh., RB, 6-1 225, Ohio State – too many accolades to write - the nation's top running back prospect coming out of High School, he rushed for 2,134 yards and 27 touchdowns on 223 carries as a senior (9.6 avg.) .... was named the 2005 National Player of the Year and the No. 1 prospect in the nation… the freshman has speed, power, and a killer instinct around the goal line... expected to be "the franchise", he can run inside with power and bounce outside with quickness... he looked great in the spring game with 94 rushing yards… he might quickly turn into the key back in the attack, and they're not waisting any time finding out... last week, he got his first college TD on a 8-yrdr… so I guess USC doesn't get em all...

    No stranger to getting down and dirty…

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    Quinn Pitcock – Jamal’s Protége ???

    Quinn Pitcock, DT, 6-3 298 4.87, Ohio State – State’s best defensive player… here is a 3-4 DE that could move inside to NT…. He doesn't get the headlines or stats (In 05, 28 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL), but he does get the dirty work in the trenches and requires a double team consistently… when singled up, he’s quick enough and powerful enough to force the action in the backfield... a bullish DT and one of the strongest players on the team with a surprising 36-inch vertical leap… his ability to stand up blockers at the point of attack, locate the ball, shed and make the tackle has scouts very interested… he is the leader of the OSU defense both on and off the field... a blue collar player who thrives on competition... he’ll be one of top run “D” interior linemen to watch for in the 07 draft… but in this game, he’s gonna need some help…
     
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    Texas –
    The defending national champions have more than enough talent to repeat, even with the suspensions of CB Tarell Brown and S/LB Tyrell Gatewood (misdemeanor drug and weapon charges)… the defensive line should be dominant, the running backs are fantastic, the receiving corps has next level prospects, the secondary might be the Big 12's fastest, the offensive line is the best in the conference, and the linebackers will be solid… there's just one thing missing - Vince Young… For Longhorn fans, the season will be a success if Texas wins another national title... and after last year, would you expect anything less???

    Offensively, the RBs are talented, there's NFL aspirations in the experienced receivers, and the O-line will once again be among the best in the country… It all comes down to how quickly QB Colt McCoy can mature as the leader of this unit, and if he can keep from making the big mistakes… expect the Longhorns to run, run, run until he gets his feet wet... expect the Buckeyes to blitz, blitz, blitz…

    QB McCoy had this to say about Ohio State in a recent interview – “I’ve just got to have my eyes right. I’ve got to have my eyes in the situation and know where the blitzes are coming from. They blitzed a lot last year. I know they did, and I watched their game on Saturday and they blitzed a lot in that game too. So they’ll be bringing it, I just need to have my eyes right, know where my protection is and just be ready.”

    Defensively, this team finished 10th in the nation and 8th in scoring “D” last season… they lost only four players, but they were All-American quality in SS Michael Huff, CB Cedric Griffin, LB Aaron Harris and DT Rodrique Wright... not to worry, they have a boatload of returning starters with outstanding DE’s in Tim Crowder and Brian Robison… and more than enough talent in the back seven to fill up the All-Big 12 team... the big question mark is, who will start at tackle next to potential first rounder Frank Okam… when you’re this loaded, that is rather trivial…

    A NFL OG or OT???

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    Justin Blalock - projected as a first-round pick last year, Blalock dominates the college game in both run and pass-blocking...

    Justin Blalock, ROT, 6-4 330 5.30, Texas - Blaylock is a power player who has played mostly right tackle... has started all 38 games during his career, all at right tackle, and has earned Big 12 accolades after each of his three seasons...If he's not the nation's best offensive lineman, he's not far off… If we are looking for some O-line help – he could…

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    Kasey and Dad Dave…

    Kasey Studdard, OG, 6-3 305 5.23 3, Texas – the #2 rated OG, and one of the rocks on the line for the last three years, he has started 25 straight games seeing time at both guard and center. He has earned All-Big 12 honors over the last two seasons growing into a technically sound blocker. He's a punishing run blocker with a high motor… This guard is surly and intimidating on the field and off... but he can also be a “wild and scraggly goofball” that is the heart and soul of the line…

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    Dad Robin and Lyle…

    Lyle Sendlein, C, 6-5 315, Texas - Center was the one concern on the line going into last season. All Sendlein did was turn into an All-Big 12 performer who got better as the year went on... While he's able to play guard, he's too valuable as a center and too good a quarterback for the line….

    Did you know - Kasey Suddards dad Dave and Lyle Sendleins dad Robin also played for Texas on the same team in 1977... Dave and Robin played in the 1978 Cotton Bowl (an upset by Notre Dame), were they almost got their National Championship... As a father, I can really appreciate what it meant to them to have their boys win it all last year… will they 3-peat??? time will tell - what a legacy...

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    Jamaal Charles – can he follow up last years eye popping 7.4 yards per carry...

    Jamaal Charles, Soph., RB, 6-1 190, Texas - In 05, 119 carries, 878 yds, 7.4 ypc, 11 TD, plus 14 catches, 157 yds, 11.2 ypc, 2 TD… he was hard to notice last year with Vince back there, but clearly, he had an All-America caliber season… he’s got surprising punch around the goal line and is a bolt of lightning when he gets into the open (he ran the fastest 110 meter hurdle time in the nation as a high school senior - 13.69)...

    Limas Sweed, Jr., WR, 6-5 219, Texas – In 05, 36 catches, 545 yards, 15.1 ypc, 5 TD… we’ll find out today if the speedster can finally break out and become a top NFL prospect… he has way too much talent and way too much athleticism to not succeed… his claim to fame, was last years game-winning catch against Ohio State…

    Billy Pittman, Jr., WR, 6-0 198, Texas – In 05, 34 catches, 750 yds, 22.1 ypc, 5 TD... I’ve added this guy, cuz he’s a homerun hitter… Pittman exploded into the team's most dangerous big-play receiver last season earning second-team All-Big 12 honors after leading the Longhorns in receiving yards... he can be an all-around WR, but his ability to stretch the field and come up with big plays in big games is what sets him apart… he also plays BIG in BIG games with his three 100-yard games against Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech... I like this kid…
     
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    This Defense is LOADED (on paper)…

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    Michael Griffin - a top Thorpe Award candidate and #1 SS on my board - did you know, he set a single-season Texas record with four blocked punts, and has a career 6 blocks…

    Michael Griffin, SS/FS, 6-0 205 4.45, Texas – IMO, he was better than Mike Huff last year and he will be again this year… as much as Vince was the star of the "O", this guy was the star of the "D"... with only 15 starts and but 37 career games played, he has posted staggering numbers… entering this season, a gaudy 238 tackles, 11 TFLs, 3 sacks, 4 INTs, 13 PBU, 5 forced fumbles and 5 fumble recoveries… O MY!!! and, he led the team in tackles last season (124)… he is the vocal leader of the secondary - a take charge guy… OMG!!! AJ, go get him… Troy who???

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    Frank Okam - he is the prototypical, two-gap NFL tackle that all 32 franchises covet…

    Frank Okam, Jr., DT/NT, 6-5 315 5.00, Texas - Look for Okam to become a major star of the Longhorn defense, a role he’s capable of playing… in his first two seasons Okam compiled 70 tackles, 20 QB pressures and 11 TFL… he moves extremely well and can provide a pass rush like few others at the DT position… In 05, 48 tackles, 1 sack, 5 TFL, 11 QBHs... able to play on the nose or at tackle…

    Tim Crowder, DE, 6-4 270 4.73, Texas - In 05, 50 tackles, 3 sacks, 9 TFL, 1 INT, 20 QBH... one of the nation's premier pass rushers, he has 42 QBHs over the last two seasons... he has the "Merriman" size to be stout against the run and the the speed burst to fly around the corner... a 3-year starter and a featured player... Crowder has averaged 48 tackles each of the past two seasons, and while not flashy enough to earn much respect from the media (AP's Honorable Mention Big 12 last year), Big 12 coaches felt differently, voting Crowder first-team Big 12...

    Brian Robison, DE, 6-3 275 4.87 3, Texas – In 05, 58 tackles, 7 sacks, 15 TFL, 4 PBU, 3 forced fumbles, 10 QBHs…the former linebacker went from being a great pass rusher to a great all-around end becoming a rock against the run... he's a freakish athlete with speed and leaping ability…. not just a great DE, he's also an All-Big 12 performer for the Texas track team in the shot put and discus...

    And lastly, the “I Saw Him First Award” goes to….. Roddrick Muckelroy, RFrosh., ILB, 6-2 230, Texas - He's the real deal... Size and sprinter's speed stood out this spring and he could be something very special (already being projected as a potential Butkus Award winner)... they’ll “season” him for a few games, but it won’t be long before he’s starting…

    and there you have it... Enjoy this seasons National Championship weekend...

    HOOK EM HORNS... :rockout: :rockout: :rockout:
     
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    Freaking AWESOME Ron!!!! Thanks for this, gonna be a blast tomorrow!!!
     
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    thanx... maybe there will be enough interest (doubt it) to get the chat room fired up...
     
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    .... and GO IRISH

    ... and then I get my Bulldogs late .... could be a GREAT day for my college teams.....

    Great stuff, Ron !!!
     
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    chat room - Gameday...
     
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    I clicked on "Chat" and it says error ..... Not turned on?
     
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    I'm in
     
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    I'm in too .....
     
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    You missed out. Lots of college nookie talk.
     
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    Leisure tried, but we slapped his hands away.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Cheers Chispa. You ready for tomorrow?
     
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    Did Cal win today?
     
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    Say it isn't so ...... :icon_wink:
     
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    Naaaaahhh ..... not you .... :lol:
     
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    I haven't seen him play yet. I did watch Zero U's Adrian Peterson again yesterday, and that kid is going to be a top five draftee. A super talent.

    I like the chat, but I can see how if someone isn't in it, then their is nothing to read later. It flows faster than forums. Also, it's fun to bash leisure repeatedly. :lol:
     

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