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2009 Draft Preview - the Key Games Edition...

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by SanDiegoRon, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. SanDiegoRon

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    Auburn Tigers - Auburn’s offensive line has allowed just three sacks so far, while LSU is last in the SEC in tackles for loss and hasn’t been able to generate a consistent pass rush despite having an NFL-caliber front four… The secondary has young talent that can be dominant... It's (currently) a no-name bunch that is very good despite the lack of a steady and consistent pass rush… and now with CB Jerraud Powers blossoming into a star and the rising sophomore safety tandem of Mike McNeil and Zac Etheridge among the best in the SEC, they may gain more notoriety…

    Brad Lester, RB, 5-11 198 4.53, Auburn (5) - #44 on DS Top 64 – The backfield might be crowded with talent and options, but Lester should be the best of the bunch if he can stay on the field. He finished second on the team with 530 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 4.2 yards per carry, despite missing the first five games of the year due to academic issues. He didn't come up with a breakout performance, but he was solid over the second half of the season with a great burst through the line. He's a home-run hitter who hit a lot of doubles, while his kickoff return production struggled, too.

    Last week: Brad Lester went down with a sprained neck in the third quarter after gaining 51 yards. Coach Tuberville said an MRI on Lester done Sunday showed no damage, but Auburn will have a neurosurgeon check Lester out in Birmingham. The coach wasn't sure when Lester would return to practice.

    Ben Tate, Jr., RB, 5-11 215 4.46, Auburn (7) - Brad Lester might be first on the depth chart, but junior Ben Tate is No. 1A. The junior led the team with 903 yards and eight touchdowns scoring once in each of the last four games. While he didn't get too much work heaped upon him once Lester came back, he was extremely productive getting the ball 10-to-15 times a game and showed good hands as a receiver. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry after averaging 7.3 yards per pop two years ago, and can provide a burst in the rotation. Currently leads the team with 278 yrds on 48 carries and 1 TD…

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    Tyrone Green, OG, 6-2 309 5.24, Auburn (14) – replaced all-star Ben Grubbs and has been fantastic. The former defensive tackle is a tough, physical blocker who now has the potential to become an All-America star. He'll be the one the offense works behind for the tough yards.


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    Sen’Derrick Marks, Jr., DT/DE, 6-1 296 4.93, Auburn (2) - It's salary drive time. Marks was effective last season as a defensive end, but defensive tackle figures to be more of a natural fit. Although he wasn't highly recruited coming out of high school, Marks has developed into a potential top-10 pick in next year's NFL draft… He has top ten overall draft pick skills and will be moved around on the line where needed and where he can be the most effective. While he's not all that bulky, he's tremendously athletic and a fantastic interior pass rusher… he's versatile, nasty against the run, and he's still improving. His best days are well in front of him…

    05/15/08 – named to the 52nd annual Playboy Preseason All-American Football team. Marks has started in 26 consecutive games during his career, tallying 82 tackles, including 20.0 for loss and 5.5 quarterback sacks. As a sophomore in 2007, Marks had 43 tackles while starting all 13 games. He had nine tackles for loss including a pair of quarterback sacks, seven quarterback hurries, two pass break-ups, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and an interception. He also blocked two kicks. Marks was named on Monday to the 2008 Bronko Nagurski Watch List and also the Outland Trophy Watch List last month. - Auburn Football

    Currently on a role, with 9 tackles, 4.5 TFL in 3 games as a marked man…

    Antonio Coleman, Jr., DE/OLB, 6-3 250, Auburn - How healthy will junior Antonio Coleman be? In one of the scariest moments in spring ball, Coleman suffered a cervical sprain and had to be carted off the field, but he's expected to be just fine for the start of the season and if everything is okay, he'll be the team's best pass rusher for the second year in a row after making 48 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss. The 6-2, 250-pounder isn't as good as Quentin Groves was, but the former linebacker isn't far off… currently: 12 tackles, 4 TFL, 3 sacks, 3 QBH…

    Trey Blackmon, Jr., I/OLB, 6-0 220 4.58, Auburn (SS) (3) - Is this the year Tray Blackmon lives up to his promise? The ultra-talented junior has more talent than anyone in the Auburn linebacking corps with All-SEC potential, but his career hasn't taken off like it should with suspensions, an ankle injury, and personal issues keeping him from shining. He had a decent year making 45 tackles in nine game, but outside of a great performance against Arkansas, he didn't do much. When he's right, he's a sideline-to-sideline playmaker who can be the leader in the middle. … looks like he’s turned the corner as he has 11 tackles, 8 solo, 2 TFL, 1 sack… 1 QBH…

    Jerraud Powers, Jr., CB, 5-10 192, Auburn - Powers built on a strong freshman season with a tremendous sophomore campaign finishing fourth on the team with 63 tackles to go along with a team-leading four interceptions and four tackles for loss. He did a little of everything as a lockdown corner who started every game. Now he's on the verge of being an all-star with the reputation starting to build. The spotlight will be on, and he needs to once again play like a No. 1 who can stop the top receivers. He’s been VERY busy, as he leads the team with 18 tackles, 13 solo, 1 INT, 2 PBU…

    some SERIOUS talent on the field in this one... kick back, grab a brew and brat and enjoy....
     
  2. SanDiegoRon

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    the 9/27 Edition...

    Sept. 27 - #8 Alabama (4-0, 144/37) at #3 Georgia (4-0, 142/56) - 4:45 pm pst ESPN – Clearly, the best game of the day… Of key interest to Bolt fans - Is Alabama's Terrance Cody “the ultimate” NT… and the key to the game: can the Tide erase Moreno and force Stafford to dink and dunk…

    Alabama and Georgia will be meeting for the 65th time with Alabama holding a 35-25-4 lead in the series that began in 1895. Georgia won a 26-23 overtime decision last year in Tuscaloosa and has won the last three meetings…

    Alabama is averaging 36.0 points a game, just ahead of Georgia at 35.5. In scoring defense, Alabama has surrendered just 9.2 points a game while the Bulldogs have allowed 13.8. Alabama has the conference’s top rushing offense (236.8 yards per game) while Georgia has the league’s best rushing defense (45.8 yards per game). The Crimson Tide is not far behind ranking eighth nationally in rushing D, having held opponents to 220 yards, an average of 55.0 yards per game and 2.22 yards per attempt this season.

    The Bulldogs have been near perfect in scoring inside the Red Zone. They are scoring at a 94 percent clip (15-for-16) with 12 touchdowns and three field goals.


    Crimson Tide – How fast has Alabama rebuilt under Nick Saban? The kids are growing up fast… in reviewing the stat sheet, it’s the sophs and juniors who have the numbers… guys like Arenas, McClain and Fanney are playing some very aggressive and solid defensive football… UGA was expected to be a headliner this year, but it’s Bama who makes this showdown the biggest game of the week… and if they get past UGA today, the Tide will likely be 9-0 going into the trip to LSU… O MY!!


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    John Parker Wilson, QB, 6-2 210 4.73, Alabama – Wilson is a three-year starter for the Tide, and has passed for 35 TDs over the last two seasons… He came into the year having to show he can sling it on a regular basis while cutting down on his interceptions… In 07, he threw for a solid 2,846 yards with 18 touchdowns, but he also gave away 12 picks with at least one in each of the final five games… How’s he doing - he’s reaching his goal, as he currently has a QB rating of a Rivers-like 123.4%, completing 56/94 with 5 TDs/1 Int for 542 yrds… In all fairness to expectations, this season marks his third offensive coordinator in three seasons… that has to be difficult, but he has one last chance to make good on the promise that surrounded his arrival at Alabama…


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    Julio Jones, Frosh, WR, 6-4 210 – One of the most heavily recruited HS players in America last year, he’s wasted no time showing why… he has 11 catches for 132 yrds and 3 TD’s… the future is now in Tuscaloosa…


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    Andre Smith, Jr., LOT, 6-4 338 5.28, Alabama (1) - The massive left tackle has lived up to his enormous hype coming out of high school. Many folks believe Smith is the best left tackle in college football… and while he could stand to be better in pass protection, he is the type of blocker NFL franchises build around for a decade... Considered by many to be the nation's best recruit two years ago, he came up with a good freshman year, an excellent sophomore campaign, sharing the honor of being the SEC's best blocker along with Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs, and now he's in a salary drive… a dominant run blocker, but he has to be more consistent in pass protection. He's good, but he needs to be great.

    9/22/2008 - Alabama junior left tackle Andre Smith was named the Southeastern Conference offensive linemen of the week on Monday by the league office. Smith had a key block in three of the Tide’s rushing touchdowns. Smith also registered the top grade on the UA offensive line and did not allow a sack or pressure in the win at Arkansas.

    Antoine Caldwell, C/OG, 6-3 295 5.09, Alabama (3) - #42 on DS Top 64… yet another outstanding center, a four-year starter for the Tide, Caldwell isn't far behind Smith in star power... One of the nation's best all-around blockers, he has been a durable, versatile star for the line starting out at guard for a few years before moving between center and guard last season. 07/22/08 - 2008 SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Second Team; has also been named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy and Outland Trophy in 2008.

    Terrance Cody, Jr., NT, 6-5 365, 5.64, Alabama – He’s climbing the draft board fast… The team's top JUCO recruit for the d-line, he is a big, BIG body who can actually move a little bit despite his enormous size. He made a few plays on the line at Gulf Coast CC, but his job is to sit in the middle of the line and not budge… He’s on his way to being a first day pick… 09/17/08 - NT Terrence Cody - A marvel because of his size (365 pounds) and agility (he can dunk a basketball). So far, opposing teams have had to double-team him. 09/10/08 - Two games into his University of Alabama football career, big junior college nose tackle Terrence Cody is fielding questions about his intentions regarding the NFL draft. With his 360-pound frame and uncommon agility, Cody seems a natural for the pro ranks. He admits he has thought about the one-year jump, but ended the speculation today before it gets started. "Nah, I'm coming back my senior year," Cody said. … we’ll see…

    Lorenzo Washington, DE/NT, 6-5, 283 , Alabama - 3-4 DE?? - A physical defensive lineman with size ... he emerged as a starter at nose guard in 2007 fall drills and played extensively after injuries to others at the position ... The run defense will once again revolve around the nose where Washington might be more like an end, but has been a rock-solid tackle, He started 12 games last year making 36 tackles with three sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss, but his real worth is holding up everything inside and allowing everyone else to work. While he's good at getting into the backfield, he's becoming a bigger star against the run.

    Rashad Johnson, FS/SS, 6-0 190 4.52, Alabama (9) - The only question is where he plays. A breakout star at free safety in 07 (All-SEC first team), leading the team with 94 tackles with 5.5 TFL, 6 interceptions (SEC leader) and eight broken up passes… While he's not huge, he packs a punch and has a great nose for the ball. Johnson didn't exactly come from out of nowhere, he had a reputation for being a big-time hitter after making 33 tackles as a reserve. He’s having an All-SEC season, currently second on the team in tackles with 24 (behind McClain 29) with 5 PBU… 05/12/08 - 2008 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List... he demonstrates the leadership Saban is looking for in the secondary:

    05/12/08 - "We've got some young guys coming in with ability. My role will be to establish a time when I can tell them what to do because I already understand the defense. I've already talked to a lot of the recruits. ... I think they are humble and understand what their role will be, but they are ready to go. We're going to do something good. The way the season ended last year, well, now a lot of guys saw what Coach (Nick) Saban had been telling us about finishing strong." -- Alabama senior free safety Rashad Johnson, on preparing an incoming recruiting class ranked among the nation's top classes.
     
  3. SanDiegoRon

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    Bulldogs – With seven offensive and eight defensive starters returning from an 11-2 team, the Bulldogs are legitimate national championship contenders. Certainly no team is better at quarterback and tailback. Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno are an almost impossible duo to defend. The defense is faster and deeper than last year's unit, but for all the talent, they haven’t exactly been USC-like in dominating their opponents… especially in the secondary (allowing 230 ypg)… but they do have firepower, starting with…


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    Get use to the Black - it's a BlackOut Saturday...

    Matthew Stafford, Jr., QB, 6-3 236 4.78, Georgia (1) - Prototypical NFL quarterback size/arm... continues to improve with experience… blessed with a next-level arm and tremendous poise, he has all the skills to become a top-shelf passer who can make everyone around him better… Shows quick feet and can buy some time as a passer... While he's been fine, throwing for 2,523 yards, 19 TDs with 10 picks in 07, he hasn't always been as consistent as the team has needed him to be. He forces some throws (big arm/great confidence) and makes too many mental mistakes when the pocket is collapsing around him. Keep in mind he doesn’t have a real No. 1-type wideout, so he must rely on spreading the ball around…

    If he comes out for the draft after this season, he could be the first quarterback taken. What Georgia fans love is his increasing maturity as a team leader. "I think I am more motivated (than in the past)," Stafford told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Not even just because of the national championship hopes or anything like that. I just know what kind of talent we have. I know what kind of hard work it takes."


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    Knowshon Moreno, 3rd yr. So., RB, 5-11 208 4.48, Georgia (1) - In 07, he turned into the main man with 1,334 yards and 14 touchdowns averaging 5.4 yards per carry… As perspective, Moreno's rushing total was the fourth-most by a freshman in SEC history. The three ahead of him on that list: Herschel Walker, Emmitt Smith and Jamal Lewis…

    He can run between the tackles, but he's at his most dangerous when he gets a little room to move. He's also a nice receiver with 20 catches for 253 yards, fourth on the team, but he wasn't used as much as a pass catcher once he became more involved in the running game. Moreno's emergence was probably the key reason Georgia finished last season with seven consecutive wins. He ran for 188 yards and three touchdowns in his first Georgia-Florida game… that earned him SEC Freshman Player of the Year… He’s off and running this season with a team-leading 69 carries for 469 yards (6.6 ypc) with 9 TD’s and a 113.8 ypg average…


    Brannan Southerland, FB, 6-0 240 4.65, Georgia (1) – OUT - Back as one of the nation's best fullbacks, Southerland is a devastating blocker and an unstoppable short-yardage runner. In 07, he only ran 17 times for 24 yards, but he rumbled for five touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 59 yards and a score. While it would be an emergency for him to get the ball on a regular basis, he has proven in the past he can come up big in a pinch.

    06/07/08 - Georgia fullback Brannan Southerland will miss all of fall practice and the first five games of the 2008 season due to foot surgery. Southerland, an All-SEC candidate, missed spring practice after surgery on his left foot after the 2007 season but was expected to return full speed in the fall. Instead, he required a second surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture in a different location of the same bone.


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    Dannell Ellerbe, ILB, 6-1 234 4.58, Georgia (3) – #25 on DS Top 64 – projected 1-2 rdr… Ellerbe boasts next-level athleticism in the middle of Georgia's defense. Last season he led the Dawgs with 93 tackles, 4.5 sacks, including 12 tackles for loss… The second team All-SEC selection is now on the verge of much bigger things. With good size and unlimited range, he's been able to use his athleticism to get into the backfield on a regular basis as well as against the run. He's tough against power teams, and he's fast enough to chase down just about anyone from sideline to sideline…

    His scout eval: a tough instinctive player, he reacts to keys and finds the football quickly… he does a good job of recognizing play action and misdirection as well… Strong and physical at the point of attack... Explosive taking on blockers and can shed blocks quickly... Changes directions well and is light on his feet. However does not show 'elite' range and needs to improve pursuit angles. Also struggles wading through traffic when trying to get to the football. A strong overall tackler. Wraps up and has hand strength to latch on to ball carrier. Is capable of delivering knock-out blow when given the opportunity. Displays good overall awareness in coverage. Gets good depth and does a nice job of looking up crossers. Will struggle in man coverage against tight ends and backs. Times stunts well and flashes effective power moves. Displays closing speed to get to the quarterback at the NFL level.

    07/22/08 - 2008 SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC First Team; Named to Bronko Nagurski Watch List... he’s off to a slow start with 12 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT…


    Geno Atkins, Jr., DT, 6-1 290 4.92, Georgia (2) – he has climbed the board from the beginning of the season… Atkins who made 30 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 07, is very quick getting into the backfield... A former reserve who grew into a starting role, he was a bit undersized going into last year, but maintained his quickness off the ball while bulking up roughly 15 pounds. More than just a great interior pass rusher, he was decent against the run… Currently, 11 tackles, 1 TFL and an eye-opening 14 QBH… Atkins is in line for a banner season.

    Jeff Owens, DT, 6-1 298 4.98, Georgia – Very strong with good quickness, Owens has been a mainstay on the defensive interior over the last two seasons making 27 tackles last year along with 4.5 tackles for loss. While he isn't quite the finisher Atkins is, he gets more than his share of consistent pressure on the quarterback, while also giving the line one of its biggest and most consistent presences. 07/22/08 - 2008 SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Third Team: Named to Outland Trophy, Lott Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Watch Lists...

    Asher Allen, CB, 5-10 195 4.48, Georgia – UGA’s best DB is on the verge of becoming an all-star… Allen made the step up from being a nice reserve to a fantastic all-around playmaker with 64 tackles, 3 picks and five broken up passes in 07. He plays much bigger than his size and demonstrates great open-field tackling skills… while his tremendous speed and quickness makes him a strong option to erase any No. 1 receiver. Basically, it's all coming together for him. He already has been named SEC Player of the Week after a six tackle, 2 PBU, and a recovered fumble in the end zone in the win over South Carolina.

    06/27/08 - 2008 Lott Trophy Watch List: in addition, Asher Allen set the single season school record for kickoff returns last year after tallying 690 yards on 28 returns (24.6 average). Allen is closing in on the career kickoff return mark. He ranks third in school history with 1,110 yards for kickoff return yards.


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    Rennie Curran, Soph., WLB, 5-11 230, Georgia – In 07, appeared in 11 games making five starts with 53 tackles including 9.0 for loss and 3.0 sacks… Named Freshman All-America First Team by Rivals.com and Freshman All-America Second Team by Scout.com… currently leads the team with 29 tackles (19 solo), 5 TFL, 3 sacks, 7 QBH and 1 forced fumble… O MY!!! Expect big things from this guy in the next coupla years… already named SEC Coaches’ Pre-season All-SEC Third Team…


    This could be the precursor to the SEC championship game – enjoy…
     
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    Knowshon will be a bust.

    I guarantee it.

    Heard an interview with him that just shouts "I dont work, I dont care about anyone but myself, I still watch cartoons and eat icecream for dinner."
     
  5. SanDiegoRon

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    Unlike last nights game - this could be a good one... it has a few players of interest to watch....


    Oct 2 – Pittsburgh (3-1, 99/87) at #10 South Florida (5-0, 182/84) 4:30 pm pst ESPN - Can Shady Run, Can Grothe Pass…

    Panthers – Pitt finally got the running game going for the first time this year against Syracuse. The Panthers have to be far sharper on offense in the first half to have any chance against South Florida today. The Panthers have been solid on defense all year, bending at times but rarely breaking. Linebackers Scott McKillop and Austin Ransom, and ends Greg Romeus and Jabaal Sheard are the pillars of a front seven that stop the run and rank No. 7 nationally in sacks.


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    LeSean “Shady” McCoy, 3rd yr. So., RB, 5-11 210 4.49, Pittsburgh (3) - Every bit as good as his high school videos, McCoy debuted in 07 with 1,328 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground while chipping in 33 receptions for 244. McCoy combines superb speed with notable power… he is capable of beating defenders to the outside or bowling them over between the tackles… Last year, he broke the Big East freshman rushing record (Dorsett) and now with a season of experience under his belt, he should be even more dangerous as a sophomore… McCoy averages 97.8 yards per game and currently leads the team with 89 carries for 391 yrds (4.4), 5 TD’s and 9 receptions for 103 yrds… He started slow, but last week he started to rumble...

    05/27/08 - QUOTE TO NOTE: "This is a special young man. I watched him play, and I have to say that since leaving the university, we have had a lot of backs that have come here and people have said, 'This kid reminds me of Tony Dorsett.' ... But, this is the first guy who I have seen that reminds me of Tony Dorsett." -- Pitt Hall of Fame RB Tony Dorsett on RB LeSean McCoy.

    Joe Thomas, Jr., ROT, 6-5 305 5.35, Pittsburgh (7) – Thomas is working on making a move from right guard to right tackle. He can be nasty at the point of contact and has started seven games in each of the last two seasons, but hasn’t quite lived up to expectations since being a hot-shot recruit. Now would be a terrific time for Thomas to blossom. In 07, played in nine games, starting seven at right guard... Was injured earlier in the week but should see some action…


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    Scott McKillop, ILB, 6-2 240 4.67, Pittsburgh (7) - McKillop’s first season as the starter made Panther fans forget that H.B. Blades had graduated. After a terrific off-season, McKillop just kept playing hard, racking up more tackles than any player in the country and earning First Team All-Big East honors. Fundamentally flawless and blessed with outstanding instincts, he’s the blueprint of what teams look for in a middle linebacker. With better talent around him and a year of starting experience in the vault, he could be even better in 2008.

    The tackling machine led the NCAA with an average of 12.58 stops per game in 2007. McKillop is a very intelligent player with a motor that never quits… In his debut as the starting middle linebacker, McKillop racked up a nation’s-best 151 tackles, 9 TFL, 3 sacks, and 7 PBU... he’s instinctive, fundamentally flawless, and one of the hardest workers on either side of the ball and is almost as good in pass defense as he is at stopping the run… 2008 Lott Trophy Watch List… He currently, leads the team with 40 tackles, 6 TFL, 1 sack, 3 PBU and 4 QBHrun and pass defense - he’s gotta get a look from the Bolts…


    Sophomore Watch List: Pitt is getting some great push from these two bookend DE’s…

    Greg Romeus, So., DE, 6-5 265, Pittsburgh - A Freshman All-American last season, Romeus could be ready for even greater heights this year...possesses the ultimate combination for a defensive end - strength, length and speed...can cover a lot of ground with his quickness and long arms...arrived at Pitt as a prospect with tremendous upside but little in terms of experience...played only one year of high school football... He’s currently making an impact with 14 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked kick… yikes!!!...

    Jabaal Sheard, So., DE, 6-4 250, Pittsburgh - Made immediate contributions as a true freshman, seeing reserve duty at defensive end... a speedy and athletic player who can be an asset for Pitt's pass rush… He has been with 11 tackles, 3 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 3 PBU, 5 QBH… O MY!!!...
     
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    the Bulls –South Florida might be 5-0, but it wasn’t until this week against NC State that the team finally looked truly dominant. The Panthers will need to dig deep into the offensive playbook because LeSean McCoy and the running game won’t have much room. The Bulls are No. 4 in the country at stopping the run… DE George Selvie is expected back from an ankle injury, and the rest of the quick defense will look to test that shaky line as much as possible. If the Panthers can’t move it on the ground, this game won’t be competitive.

    Although the season isn’t even half over, South Florida QB Matt Grothe is playing as if this will be his true breakthrough season in Tampa. He made plenty of big plays the last two years, but had almost as many mistakes. This fall, he’s making better decisions, forcing fewer passes, and leading an offense that’s already produced over 500 yards in three games.

    “I think everybody who’s been around and watched South Florida play, knows how talented they are. They have a great defense — the top rushing defense in our conference right now. They also have, in my opinion, the top quarterback in our conference. Matt Grothe is playing extremely well...” – Pitt Head Coach Dave Wannstedt

    “I’ve said this many times -- Matt Grothe is the most underrated quarterback in the country. He’s as good as anyone out there, anyone you can name.” - Pitt LB & First Team All-Big East Performer Scott McKillop

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    Matt Grothe, Jr., QB, 6-0 205, South Florida – doesn’t have the NFL measureables, but one word describes Grothe – Productive… The numbers from Grothe’s first three games of 2008, show that he is off to the best start of his career. He has now thrown a TD pass in 25 of 31 career games... He has not thrown an interception in four of five games this season ... He has completed 67 passes (64.4 percent) during the streak without an interception... Grothe had nine career games without an interception prior to 2008...

    Currently, 95 of 144 (150%) for 1175 yrds, with 8 TD’s against 2 INTs and 55 rushing attempts for 219 yrds 1 TD…



    “He’s got tremendous speed. He’s a great player and our guys know that. We’ve got to account for him and know where he’s at.” - Coach Wannstedt on this guy…

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    George Selvie, Jr., DE/OLB, 6-4 242 4.72, South Florida (2) - Selvie opened eyes as a freshman. As a sophomore, he made them bulge. One of the most explosive ends in the country, he erupted in 07 for a nation’s-high 31.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks, commanding constant double teams. An All-American who’s just a few years removed from being a center, Selvie’s a three-down guy that’ll also pitch in on running downs. He’s a rare talent who attracts so much attention, others around him are allowed to roam free with fewer obstacles, but he has to prove he can handle the double and triple teaming. Once the spotlight was on, he struggled a bit over the second half of the year coming up with only one sack in the final five games, one tackle for loss in the final three, and did next to nothing against Oregon in the bowl loss.

    He’s such a disruptive force, everyone on the defense benefits from his presence. Selvie may be a bit lean for a defensive end, but his quickness makes him a nightmare for plodding offensive linemen… Currently, 17 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks, 4 PBU… he’s back…


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    Tyrone McKenzie, OLB, 6-2 235 4.63, South Florida (5) - #39 on DS Top 64 - Leading tackler Tyrone McKenzie will be back at strongside unless the coaches feel a need to move him inside. One of the most productive linebackers in college football, McKenzie has more tackles the last two seasons – 250 – than any active player. He broke the USF record in 07, as he rung up 121 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and two fumble recoveries, en route to a spot on the All-Big East team. He has taken over leadership role on the team and off – he regularly volunteers at Tampa area food bank, and also speaks to young students in hometown of Riverview… Currently, leads the team in tackles 31 and TFL 5, has 1 sack, 1 Int and 5 PBU… he is a STUD and high character guy..

    Nate Allen, Jr., FS, 6-2 206 4.55, South Florida (3) – Love this guy… Allen is ready for more national pub a year after flashing the athleticism and playmaking skills of a former high school quarterback. In 07, his first as a starter, the free safety made 76 tackles, picked off four passes, recovered three fumbles, and scored a pair of touchdowns. Allen is a special talent that’ll keep getting better in the second half of his career… A clutch playmaker who forced momentum swings with turnovers... A favorite of the defensive staff for his skills and mature approach ... Nicknamed “Golden Child” by assistant coach Troy Douglas and teammates ... Brilliant mind in the classroom as well. He is a contender for national defensive awards... “they” have stopped throwing at him - currently, 14 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Int…

    And this guy is stepping up - Watch List:

    Jerome Murphy, Jr., CB, 6-1 185, South Florida - The Bulls’ top option at nickel back in 2007 ... One of the team’s fastest players ... Coaches love his play-making ability ... Forced two fumbles and intercepted two passes during his first season of regular time ... Also returns kicks for USF, averaging 24.3 yards per attempt ... Currently, 29 tackles, 2 Ints, 4 PBU
     
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    the Oct 9 Edition...

    Oct. 9 - Clemson (3-2, 153/80) at Wake Forest (3-1, 100/68) - 4:30 pm pst ESPN - Is Clemson still in it for the Nat'l Title - No... Clemson has been one of the biggest disappointments of the first half, free-falling from a No. 9 preseason ranking to No. 39 in the latest Coaches poll. Any hopes that the Tigers had regrouped from their opening day loss to Alabama were squashed at home by the Terrapins.

    Clemson - Clemson was so good on offense last year because it had balance and was unpredictable. This year the Tigers can still run it with James Davis and C.J. Spiller, but QB Cullen Harper has been an enigma. He’s thrown just three touchdown passes to five interceptions – go figure for the top rated senior signal caller... Clemson has averaged just 18 points in three games with FCS opponents…

    I covered the players earlier, here’s an update…

    Cullen Harper, QB, 6-3 220 4.83, Clemson – has dropped precipitously from #10 to #42 on DS Top 64... but still rated the top Senior QB in this years draft.. 09/29/08 – Harper had a fumble and threw an interception vs. Maryland. Harper threw for only 151 yards but that still put him over the 4,000-yard mark with 4,105 yards for the senior's career.

    James Davis, RB, 5-11 210 4.48, Clemson (1) - #13 on Draft Scout Top 64 (dropped down 2 spots from preseason)… Still rated the top Senior RB in this years draft.. 09/29/08 - James Davis ran for 126 on 17 carries against Maryland in the loss…

    C.J. Spiller, Jr., RB, 5-11 193 4.40, Clemson (2) - #19 on Draft Scout Top 64… Has moved up to the #2 rated RB in the Junior class... 09/29/08 - GAME BALL GOES TO: TB C.J. Spiller -- The junior went over the 2,000-yard rushing for his career on a 17-yard rush in the second quarter vs. Maryland. He finished the day with 98 yards on 14 carries to raise his career total to 2,010. He also had 41 yards on kickoff returns to raise that total of 1,010. Note: C.J. Spiller's 79-yard apparent touchdown run and a crucial third-down conversion in the third quarter was wiped out by penalty.

    Aaron Kelly, WR, 6-4 190 4.56, Clemson (9) - 09/29/08 - WR Aaron Kelly had seven catches against Maryland to give him 190 for his career. That ranks him in the No. 8 spot all-time among ACC receivers. He is only one short of No. 2 Torry Holt of North Carolina State. The all-time leader is Desmond Clark of Wake Forest with 216 catches.

    Jacoby Ford, WR, 5-10 188 4.42, Clemson (8) - 09/25/08 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Jacoby Ford is giving the Tigers a double-threat at wide receiver. He is tied with Aaron Kelly for the team lead in receptions with 18, which ranks seventh in the ACC, and is sixth in the league in receiving yardage per game at just under 61 yards per game.

    Thomas Austin, Jr., OG/C, 6-3 315 5.16, Clemson (3) - has rebounded and maintained his Junior ranking after getting abused by Terrance Cody... 09/15/08 - ACC WEEK 3 OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Thomas Austin, Clemson, graded 85 percent and had 12 knockdown blocks in Clemson's win over NC State. The leader of an offensive line, Austin did not allow a sack and had four knockdown blocks on Clemson's last drive of the game, a 96-yard drive that took 8:07 off the clock. Austin played all 59 snaps at center in the 91-degree heat. - ACC Football

    Ricky Sapp, Jr., DE/OLB, 6-4 242 4.58, Clemson (7) - has fallen from #3 to #7 in the Junior class, but that could be attributed to a knee injury... he’s surging of late – In his most extensive action since injuring his knee in the opener, he schooled the veteran Maryland tackles for three tackles for loss and a bunch of hurries. If the Deacons don’t double him Thursday night, he’s got the speed around the edge to make Skinner’s life miserable…

    Dorell Scott, DT, 6-4 320 5.08, Clemson (9) - has moved up a notch in the ratings... 09/29/08 - The Tigers didn't have a sack against the Terps, but DT Dorell Scott got credit for two quarterback hurries.

    Michael Hamlin, SS, 6-3 205 4.54, Clemson (2) - #35 on Draft Scout Top 64 (moved up 3 spots)… is also maintaining his #2 rating for SS in this draft... 09/24/08 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Safety Michael Hamlin is tied for the ACC lead in interceptions with three picks in just four games. He had four last season.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "We've been challenged the last couple of weeks about our toughness. We heard it every day. So I think we just went out and showed them how tough we are." Senior S Michael Hamlin, in the Greenville News, after the win over South Carolina State on the Tigers' response to the coaches' prodding to be tougher.

    Chris Clemons, FS, 6-1 210 4.46, Clemson (9) – has fallen 2 spots to #9...


    Wake Forest - Wake Forest’s problems on offense will continue against a very talented Clemson defense. The Deacon running game, long a staple under Jim Grobe, has disappeared this fall, slipping to 112th in the country. The retooled offensive line has yet to gel, allowing more sacks than any unit in the league and failing to open holes. Not good with a healthy Sapp… their defense on the other hand, still has this guy…


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    Aaron Curry, OLB, 6-3 240 4.64, Wake Forest (1) - has risen substantially to #9 on DS Top 64… 2008 First Team All-ACC… Based on numbers and the occasional YouTube clip, you probably already know Curry is one of the most explosive, complete linebackers in the country. What you don’t know is that his football IQ is off the charts, a combination that puts him in a position to make a ton of game-changing plays and makes him an ideal coach on the field. NFL scouts love his demeanor and his game, already projecting him as a first round selection. A monster from strongside with an All-America ceiling. A difference-maker who plays as if he loves the game, he does everything well, making 99 stops a year ago, a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and four interceptions. Three of those picks were taken back for six, tying an NCAA record for linebackers.

    Curry has taken over the #1 ranking for Senior OLB's... 09/29/08 - LB Aaron Curry had 10 tackles vs. Navy. 09/26/08 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Aaron Curry has assumed a leadership position on the veteran defense. He leads the Deacons with 20 tackles and also has an interception and has recovered a fumble. *** Hmmm, I wonder if he can move inside in the 3-4,... he's got the measureables...

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    Alphonso Smith, CB, 5-9 192 4.45, Wake Forest (2) – #12 on DS Top 64 (up 5 spots from preseason)- 2008 First Team All-ACC… The relentless ballhawk led the nation with eight interceptions (3 pick 6’s) in 07, he also had 44 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks … I’m not a fan of 5-9 CBs, but it’s hard to ignore his ball skills… he’s a feast or famine cornerback who’ll get burned at times, but compensates with a slew of big plays…

    Smith has moved up into the #2 ranking for Senior CB's in this draft... 09/22/08 - CB Alphonso Smith had one of Wake's five interceptions vs. Florida State. It was his second of the season and 16th of his career. He is one short of the school record. Smith also batted down a fourth-down pass that forced Florida State to give up the ball on downs with only 6:38 left in the game.


    Boo Robinson, Jr., NT, 6-2 326 , Wake Forest (15) – Sleeper - At NT, junior Boo Robinson is a powerful tank who is extremely difficult to move off his base. he can dominate at the point of attack and blow up opposing running games. As a sophomore, he had 26 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and three sacks, setting the stage for what could be an All-ACC season. Boo has dropped 3 spots to #15 in the Junior rankings for his position but played well last game... 09/29/08 - NT Boo Robinson had career highs in tackles (six) and sacks (two) vs. Navy. The sacks were good for 12 yards in losses.

    Chip Vaughn, SS, 6-2 220 4.58, Wake Forest (5) – a headhunter who led the team in tackles a year ago. He had 105 stops, 4.5 tackles for loss, and a team-best 14 pass breakups, flashing 4.4 speed and sure-tackling in the open field. While still developing as a pass defender, he’s like having a fourth linebacker in run defense.

    Vaughn has maintained his #5 ranking for SS in this draft... 09/01/08 - Safety Chip Vaughn did not play in the first half against Baylor because of an undisclosed team rule violation during the offseason. The senior was credited with one tackle in the second half. 08/20/08 - 2008 Thorpe Award Watch List…
     
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    10/11 edition...

    You’re not surprised I picked these two games are ya… what’s not to like…

    Note: you’ll read references to the DS (Draft Scout) Top 64 for many of these players… while not necessarily a slotting list for mock drafts, it’s fairly accurate as to who is rising and falling in relationship to everyone else…

    Oct. 11 Texas (Dallas) vs Oklahoma - 9:00 am pst ABC - Whoa Nellie - CFB tradition at its finest... and a boatload of talent... a 5 star game... It may be worth taping this game, just to have film on the players…


    Longhorns - They are getting shelled on pass defense, and yet have a pretty decent Point Scored Against ranking… this stat will be tested today…

    Colt McCoy, Jr., QB, 6-3 210 4.74, Texas - It's easy to overlook McCoy when Missouri's Chase Daniel, Oklahoma's Sam Bradford and Texas Tech's Graham Harrell are putting up ridiculous numbers… but he’s quietly having a career year… In 07, McCoy threw for 3,303 yards and completing 65% of his passes with 22 touchdowns, but unfortunately, he tossed too many to the other team…The junior has a 20-6 career record as a starter and is one of four players in Texas history to record at least 2,500 total yards in two or more seasons. He took heat for throwing 18 picks, but eight of them occurred on tipped passes and just one happened when he was still in the pocket… He’s making good decisions now and currently is 103/130 (79%) for 1,280 yds with 16 TDs and 3 picks… 45 rushing attempts for 317 yds with 4 TDs… it looks like it’s coming together for him…

    Adam Ulatoski, Jr., ROT, 6-8 310 5.26, Texas – Ulatoski battled through injuries and spent the off-season trying to get over a knee injury, but when he's right he's a solid run blocking tackle who's improving as a pass protector. He stepped into a spot as a freshman and is expected to get better now that he has 20 starts under his belt.

    Cedric Dockery, ROG, 6-4 320 5.28, Texas - Coming off knee injury - Returning at right guard, he appeared to be back to form after missing the second half of 2006 with a knee injury. While he wasn't dominant, he was excellent for the ground game earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors. With his experience, size, and strength, he should be even better. 08/20/08 - 2008 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List… 07/22/08 - 2008 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team (Media Vote): OL Cedric Dockery, Texas - Appeared in all 13 games, starting 11, at right guard ... named honorable mention All-Big 12 by The Associated Press ...


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    Brian Orakpo, DE, 6-4 258 4.73, Texas (OLB) (2) – #8 on DS Top 64… Rising steadily since the beginning of the season, he’s in the top 10 now… He missed five games in '07 with an injury, but he's got the one trait everyone looks for - he's a relentless pass rusher… he still finished 07 with 37 tackles, 5.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss... Tremendously quick off the ball and with excellent closing speed, he'll be the one the offenses have to design their blocking schemes to stop… he’s back, healthy, and his numbers are starting to jump out…

    10/04/08 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Brian Orakpo -- No longer hindered by the strained knee that limited his effectiveness last season, has 5.5 sacks already this season and 16 in his career. 09/28/08 - GAME BALL GOES TO: DE Brian Orakpo keyed an intense pass rush by recording two of the seven sacks Texas managed against Arkansas. Three of Orakpo's four tackles resulted in losses for 22 yards, and he also forced a fumble. THIS is a guy to watch, as he’ll be facing a future-NFL o-line today…


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    Roy Miller, DT, 6-2 300 5.08, Texas – While he wasn't a starter last year, playing behind Frank Okam and Derek Lokey inside, Miller still came up with a strong season making 40 tackles with a sack and eight tackles for loss. With tackle depth an issue, Miller doesn't just have to be great, he has to be durable… Miller is one of the team's strongest players and is an excellent run stuffer. While he's not asked to be much of an interior pass rusher, he is one with the quickness to be able to collapse the pocket. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors, but he could be one of the league's most productive tackles now that he'll be a full-time starter. 10/06/08 - BIG 12 WEEK 6 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Roy Miller, Texas, posted eight tackles, one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery in Texas’ win at Colorado. In addition he had two passes batted down and three quarterback pressures. This is a money game for him…

    Sergio Kindle, Jr., OLB, 6-4 238 4.57, Texas – Kindle will take over bringing even more athleticism to the position (SOLB). While he has problems with a knee injury, he's a tremendous talent who stepped in as a true freshman and did well despite having an ankle injury, and last year he stepped up to make 32 tackles in just eight games. He has the talent to be special, he was the USA Today Player of the Year back in 2005 and with his size and sprinter's speed, he could be great if he can finally stay healthy.

    09/26/08 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Sergio Kindle may be at his best when Texas floats him into a down position along the line. He used his speed off the edge to record five tackles and a sack while regularly busting into the Rice backfield on Sept. 20.
     
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    Sooners – Simply put, the team is playing as well as it has all season. Through four games, the question marks secondary and linebackers appear to have been answered. The most points the defense has allowed this season is 19 against Cincinnati and that included a touchdown on the game's last play from scrimmage. OU is No. 4 in the nation in pass-efficiency defense and No. 12 in rushing defense…

    Bradford has got “it” and DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown have combined to run for 560 yards and seven touchdowns on 86 carries. Meanwhile, the Sooners have come within 10 yards of reaching 600 each of their last two games.

    I have covered the Sooners earlier in the season, here’s a player update…

    Sam Bradford, 3rd yr. So., QB, 6-5 215 4.72, Oklahoma (1) – still rated the top 2011 QB, although he is draft eligible… Bradford is completing almost 80 percent of his passes, including 12 touchdowns against two interceptions. And ALL of his receivers are benefiting…

    10/06/08 - GAME BALL GOES TO: Sophomore QB Sam Bradford had another big game, throwing for 372 yards and two touchdowns, completing 23 of 31 passes. He was picked off once. 10/06/08 - QUOTE TO NOTE: "Sam (Bradford) was exceptional throwing the ball. He was very accurate. Our receivers, Manny and Juaquin, had a big day." OU coach Bob Stoops covering all the bases after the Sooners' 49-17 victory at Baylor.

    DeMarco Murray, 3rd yr. So., RB, 6-0 190 4.46, Oklahoma (2) – Also draft eligible, he’s holding firm as the #2 2011 RB (Moreno)… 09/13/08 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB DeMarco Murray - Perhaps overshadowed by Bradford's success through the air and a bevy of receivers, the Las Vegas product is still off to a big start having rushed for 212 yards at 7.1 yards per carry through two games.

    Juaquin Iglesias, WR, 6-0 202 4.49, Oklahoma (3) - #53 on DS Top 64 in preseason, he’s jumped up to #21 on DS Top 64… and gone from #8 to #3 on the Senior WR class and still rising… 09/15/08 - WR Juaquin Iglesias led the Sooners in catches against Washington with six. They went for 65 yards and a touchdown. 09/09/08 - WR Juaquin Iglesias finished with three catches for 67 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati. 08/31/08 - WR Juaquin Iglesias made a mark through the air and with one electrifying kick return that went for 69 yards and included about six broken tackles between the two 45-yard lines. He caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. These stats point out that if you throw him the ball good things happen – a possession receiver with speed (Welker) and extremely consistent…

    Jermaine Gresham, Jr., TE, 6-6 250 4.73, Oklahoma (1) - #18 on DS Top in preseason, he’s dropped out of the DS Top 64… but still the top rated TE in the Junior class… 09/14/08 - Gresham had his second 90+ yard receiving, two touchdown day against the Washington. Gresham is quickly establishing himself as one of the elite TEs in college football and is perhaps only outdone at his position by BYU's Dennis Pitta. - USA TODAY Football… 09/11/08 - OU's Jermaine Gresham has been named John Mackey Tight End of the Week. Gresham caught seven passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns in the Sooners' 52-26 win over Cincinnati.- News Oklahoma

    George “Duke” Robinson, LOG, 6-5 330 5.34, Oklahoma (1) - #13 on DS Top 64 in preseason, he’s moved down to #22 on DS Top 64… and barely hanging on as the Top OG in the senior draft… 10/02/08 - LOG Duke Robinson, a preseason All-American and top prospect was benched until late in the second quarter against TCU. Stoops said it was a discipline issue (non-disclosed) and has now been dealt with. 09/15/08 - OG Duke Robinson and OT Phil Loadholt, as well as their lesser-known mates on the line, Brandon Walker and Trent Williams, did not let QB Sam Bradford get sacked even once, while run-blocking the Sooners to 282 yards on the ground against Washington at 5.8 yards per carry. 09/09/08 - OG Duke Robinson and OT Phil Loadholt led a line that allowed QB Sam Bradford to throw 38 passes without a sack, while opening holes for the Sooners' ground game to the tune of 4.5 yards per carry.

    Phil Loadholt, LOT, 6-8 350 5.38, Oklahoma (8) – see above…10/02/08 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LT Phil Loadholt, LG Duke Robinson, C Jon Cooper, RG Brandon Walker, RT Trent Williams. For the first time this season the offensive line is coming off an arguably off game, in which it allowed four sacks and the running game gained only 25 yards. Playing two straight duds isn't a great idea with Texas coming up. 09/04/08 - OL Phil Loadholt and WR Ryan Broyles are back from suspension. 08/31/08 - OT Phil Loadholt did not play, while serving a one-game suspension presumed to be the result of an offseason DWI.

    Trent Williams, ROT, 6-5 309 5.34, Oklahoma (4) – OK,… talk about a fast riser… totally off the radar in the preseason ratings, the dude has risen to the #4 OT in the Junior class… 09/29/08 - Arguably OU's best offensive lineman, junior OT Trent Williams (yes, even better than Duke Robinson and Phil Loadholt), twisted an ankle Saturday and needed 5 minutes to get off the field. However, he came back in the second half and should be good to go against Baylor. 09/13/08 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: OL Trent Williams - Duke Robinson and Phil Loadholt get the most pub and are considered the two best prospects on the Sooner offensive line, but it's Williams who typically grades out the best when the coaches take their notes Sunday morning. OU coach Bob Stoops said its Williams' feet that set him apart; that if OU was short on the defensive line, Williams could flip sides without missing a beat.

    *** O MY, a ROT that can move - I really wanted ROT Chris Williams from Vandy in last years draft because of his feet/mobility, so the Trent Williams/Brian Orakpo matchup is particularly interesting to me - Gotta tape this game…


    DeMarcus Granger, Jr., DT, 6-3 305 4.98, Oklahoma (4) – #10 on DS Top 64 in preseason, his injury (foot) has dropped him out of the DS Top 64… and moved him down to #4 from #1 in the Junior DT class… 10/02/08 - DT DeMarco Granger "may practice" for the first time since a foot injury against Washington, following which Granger chose against surgery and in favor of rehab hoping to return to the field this season. 09/30/08 - Injured Oklahoma defensive linemen Demarcus Granger could return to practice next week and be ready to play against Texas. Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday there's a chance... Granger was expected to miss about four weeks with a left foot injury sustained two weeks ago at Washington. - AP Sports

    Gerald McCoy, 3rd yr. So., DT, 6-4 295 5.05, Oklahoma (2) - #14 on DS Top 64 in preseason, he’s dropped out of the DS Top 64… has fallen a pinch from #1 to #2 in the 2011 class, although he is draft eligible… 10/06/08 - DT Gerald McCoy left the Baylor game with an injury to the big toe on his left foot. His potential unavailability for the Texas game would be a huge development, though McCoy said "I'm good" on his way out of Floyd Casey Stadium Saturday…

    Auston English, Jr., DE/OLB, 6-3 258 4.63, Oklahoma (7) - #56 on DS Top 64 in preseason, he’s dropped out of the DS Top 64… but he’s still holding firm as a projected first day pick and #3 DE in the Junior class…

    Ryan Reynolds, Jr., ILB, 6-1 238 4.72, Oklahoma (4) – holding firm as the #4 rated Junior ILB… 09/29/08 - MLB Ryan Reynolds: Praised all season as a defensive leader, the junior had yet to turn in a statistically big game. However, 10 tackles including one for a loss vs. TCU qualifies. 08/20/08 - 2008 Butkus Award Watchlist… 07/08/08 - 2008 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List…

    Nic Harris, FS/SS, 6-3 226 4.60, Oklahoma (1) – #24 on DS Top 64 in preseason, he’s moved down to #28 on DS Top 64… although he’s on the verge of losing his top seed as the #1 rated Senior SS in the draft (Hamlin)… 09/15/08 - Safety Nic Harris had a fairly quiet game vs Washington, highlighted by three tackles. 09/09/08 - Safety Nic Harris finished with six tackles and was part of a unit that shut down Cincinnati after the half after allowing 206 passing yards at the half.
     
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    Oct. 11 - LSU (4-0, 142/61) at Florida (4-1, 180/57) - 5:00 pm pst CBS – What looked to be a Nat'l Title elimination game of undefeated teams at the beginning of the season, turns out to be an elimination game for one of these two and perhaps for SEC title elimination… Neither can afford to fall a game behind Alabama and Vandy in October... This should be a war… but neither team is playing exceptionally well… Nonetheless, it does offer the opportunity to see (again) a number of draft prospects going head-to-head… here’s a player update…

    Tigers – LSU was able to sleepwalk against Mississippi State and survived, although they had to battle into the fourth quarter to do so….There won't be any margin for error in this one…

    Keiland Williams, Jr., RB, 5-11 225 4.52, LSU (5) – has dropped from #2 to #5 for Junior RB’s… 08/19/08 - 2008 Maxwell Award Watch List…

    Demetrius Byrd, WR, 6-2 195 4.48, LSU (5) - #47 on DS Top 64 in preseason, he’s dropped out of the DS Top 64… 09/20/08 - WR Demetrius Byrd twisted his ankle and didn't play in the second half against North Texas, but he is expected to be ready for Auburn. 09/20/08 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Demetrius Byrd has yet to have a breakout game this season. 09/15/08 - WR Demetrius Byrd had only two catches for 28 yards vs North Texas. He has five receptions in LSU's two games after coming up with 35 receptions last season.

    Brandon LaFell, Jr., WR, 6-3 210 4.54, LSU (4) – has moved up to #3 from #4 in the Junior WR class… 09/28/08 - WR Brandon LaFell had seven catches for 100 yards vs. Mississippi State but lost a touchdown when he fumbled just short of the goal line. 09/27/08 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Brandon LaFell ranks in a tie for third in the league in average receptions per game (5.0) and leads in receiving yardage per game (82.7). He also is an effective downfield blocker.… 09/21/08 - LSU made the final big play, and as usual that's what settled the annual down-to-the-wire clash with Auburn. Jarrett Lee and Brandon LaFell hooked up on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:03 left to lift No. 6 LSU to yet another dramatic comeback win over No. 10 Auburn. - AP Sports

    Ciron Black, Jr., LOT, 6-5 327 5.29, LSU (2) – holding his own as the #2 rated OT in the Junior class…
    08/20/08 - 2008 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List...

    Herman Johnson, OG, 6-7 362 5.47, LSU (2) - #17 on DS Top 64 in preseason, he’s moved down to #38 on DS Top 64… 08/30/08 - 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List… 08/20/08 - 2008 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List…

    Ricky Jean-Francois, Jr., DT, 6-3 290 4.86, LSU (5) – has dropped from #3 to #5 in the Junior DT class (thanx to T.Cody), but he’s still a force on the inside… 09/28/08 - DT Ricky Jean-Francois was taken to the locker room in the second quarter vs. Mississippi State with a groin injury. He did not return, but the injury did not appear to be serious. He registered a sack in the game.

    Tyson Jackson, 3-4 DE, 6-5 292 4.87, LSU (5) - #63 on DS Top 64 in preseason, he’s moved up to #54 on DS Top 64… 09/21/08 - LSU had only two sacks but both came in key situations. DE Tyson Jackson and LB Perry Riley got to Auburn's Chris Todd for an eight-yard loss on Auburn's first series of the second half, forcing a punt instead of a field goal that could have put Auburn up by 17-3… 08/30/08 - 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List... 08/19/08 - 2008 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award Watchlist…

    *** He's gotta be an option for us this year...


    Darry Beckwith, I/OLB, 6-1 232 4.59, LSU – OUT - #55 on DS Top 64 in preseason, he’s dropped out of the DS Top 64… he’s still holding his #4 rating for Seniors at ILB even after his injury… 09/28/08 - LB Darry Beckwith (leg) did not play vs. Mississippi State, but with the extra week before the Tigers go to Florida, there is a chance he will be ready for the Gators…

    Curtis Taylor, FS, 6-3 208 4.52, LSU (5) – holding firm as the #5 rated Senior FS with a 3rd rd projection…
     
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    Gators – Florida is having way too many problems putting games away. Even with 514 yards, it still took a bit too long to get rid of Arkansas. The 12 penalties were way too many, and going for it three times on fourth downs showed just how much the coaching staff is trying to kickstart the team overall…

    Tim Tebow, Jr., QB, 6-3 235 4.58, Florida (2) – O MY - #4 on DS Top 64 in preseason, he’s dropped out of the DS Top 64 altogether… 10/05/08 - Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes, as the Gators rebounded from an upset loss to Ole Miss. The Gators led 17-7 late in the third quarter when Jerry Franklin picked off Tebow, snapping the Heisman Trophy winner's streak at 203 passes without an interception. The Florida defense held, and Tebow came back to lead his team on an 83-yard touchdown drive to put it away… - AP Sports… 10/02/08 - Florida generated 443 yards of offense last week against Ole Miss, but it wasn't enough to avoid the upset. Quarterback Tim Tebow had problems connecting with open receivers and had issues with exchanges on one of the two lost fumbles.

    10/02/08 - QUOTE TO NOTE: "He is playing extremely hard. I don't want to say it is pressing. There are some times he is playing fantastic." Florida coach Urban Meyer, on quarterback Tim Tebow's inability to lead the Gators to a second-half comeback in his career.

    Louis Murphy, WR, 6-2 202 4.38, Florida (2) - #25 on DS Top 64 in preseason, he’s moved up to #20 on DS Top 64… and has moved up to #2 in the Senior WR class… 09/29/08 - WR Louis Murphy had four catches for 41 yards vs. Ole Miss and was open for a few other potential big plays that Tebow missed…
    09/22/08 - WR Louis Murphy had just two catches for 18 yards vs. Tennessee and wasn't able to create separation.. 09/08/08 - WR Louis Murphy -- Backed up his words from earlier in the week, catching four passes for 77 yards and a touchdown against Miami. Murphy had another touchdown called back due to an illegal formation penalty…

    Percy Harvin, Jr., WR, 5-11 188 4.40, Florida (2) – O MY - #9 on DS Top 64 in preseason, he’s dropped out of the DS Top 64… and dropped to #2 from #3 for Junior WR’s… but he stepped up recently - 09/29/08 - GAME BALL GOES TO: WR/RB Percy Harvin did everything in his power to help Florida avoid the upset vs. Ole Miss, scoring two touchdowns on a 43-yard pass and 15-yard run. Harvin finished with 186 yards receiving and 82 yards rushing. 09/22/08 - WR Percy Harvin rushed for 31 yards on six carries and had two catches for 49 yards vs. Tennessee, including a 15-yard TD catch. He appears back at full speed now after undergoing offseason heel surgery.

    Cornelius Ingram, TE, 6-4 232 4.64, Florida (X) – OUT - 08/12/08 - Looks like Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram is out for the season on two fronts -- out of his helmet and his apartment. Ingram, a senior who ended his season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament earlier this season, has been issued a complaint for eviction… The apartment manager claims Ingram hasn't paid his $1,099-a-month rent since before July 7, 2008... *** does a full scholarship player get $1,100/mo ??? Maybe his agent bailed on him…

    Brandon Spikes, Jr., ILB, 6-3 242 4.69, Florida (OLB) (1) - #12 on DS Top 64 in preseason, he’s dropped out of the DS Top 64 and I can’t understand why… it’s strange, he’s still the #1 rated ILB for the Junior class and with a first rd projection… this guy is nasty… one of my favorites… 10/02/08 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Florida gave up too many big plays last Saturday against Ole Miss. MLB Brandon Spikes is the emotional leader of the Florida defense and will try to help the Gators regroup after a poor tackling effort against Ole Miss. On a day when the defense struggled, Spikes had 13 tackles and a sack in the loss to Ole Miss.… he’s a playa…

    Jermaine Cunningham, Jr., DE, 6-3 234 4.72, Florida (OLB) (6) – 09/29/08 - DE Jermaine Cunningham played through a hyper-extended knee and still managed to make an impact with eight tackles and half a sack in the loss to Ole Miss.

    gawd I love these late afternoon games… enjoy…
     

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