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last updated:11/30/06
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Tony Pauline is back with his "risers-sliders"....he looks at 12 N.F.L. prospects and tells the world athletic James Madison quarterback Justin Ruscati, is moving up the draft charts?

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Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, one of the better sophomore prospects in the nation, arrested in Illinois for suspected theft.

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My Sportsman of the Year, Farrell Evans: Georgia rover safety Tra Battle.

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My Sportsman of the Year, Peter King: Rutgers running back Brian Leonard.

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Our good friend Rafael in California sent us this feature from The Deseret News: Why not give the Heisman Trophy to Utah's Eric Weddle?

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Rivals.com All-American Team.

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Rivals.com Freshman All-American Team.

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21 year old cornerback Eric Weddle from the University of Utah (a great school, with great fans), named to the AFCA Coaches' All-American Team.

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Senior/N.F.L. prospect Kevin Payne has had an impact all over the field for U.L.M. Warhawks.

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N.F.L. scouts tell PFW the Broncos couldn't win a title with Jake Plummer and Robert Gallery, the second overall pick in 2004, isn't as bad as some claim he is.

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Pro Football Weekly: Scouts label Louisville's Amobi Okoye and Michael Bush as 'overhyped'.

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The Courier-Journal reports three Louisville seniors were selected to play in postseason All-Star games: Running back Kolbe Smith and 19 year old defensive tackle Amobe Okoye were invited to the very prestigious Senior Bowl....Also, offensive lineman Kurt Quarterman was picked for the Hula Bowl.

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Article from USA Today: NFL scouts, constantly on the prowl for the next big talent.

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Feature on Georgia Tech senior cornerback Kenny Scott.

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Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said he met this week with junior cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is expected to forgo his senior season for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Injured running back Michael Bush has not decided if he'll stay at Louisville (take a redshirt) or leave for the N.F.L.

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Below par year seen for Georgia in the draft, as some analysts project Quentin Moses as the Bulldogs only first-round pick.

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Another look at speedy Wisconsin-Whitwater wide receiver Derek Stanley, who has caught the eye N.F.L. teams.

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Former JUCO superstar and current Cal-Berkely backup quarterback Joe Ayoob is hoping to play pro football somewhere.

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Closer look at very gifted, but injured, Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards, who has been invited to the Senior Bowl and Combine.

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Check out Mel Kiper's most recently updated (11/29) Top 25 Big Board.

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last updated:11/29/06
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The North, led by N.F.L. prospect Justin Rummell at quarterback, defeats the South 26-24 in the East Coast Bowl.

DD.com Comment: Fort Valley State cornerback Rashod Moulton was probably the most highly regarded N.F.L. prospect that played in the East Coast Bowl...Here's a nice link from the folks at D2football.com.

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Three University of Central Arkansas seniors have received invitations to post-season all-star games.

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Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor, Oklahoma linebacker/N.F.L. prospect Rufus Alexander chosen Big 12 players of the year.

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Five Texas El-Paso seniors, including defensive end Alex Obomese, to play in new all-star game.

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Associated Press All-ACC football team as voted on by 80 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

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Boise State tailback Ian Johnson and Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan will put WAC coaches in one last predicament this season — deciding which one should be the WAC Offensive Player of the Year.

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Hampton University linebacker Justin Durant has received an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

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Although talented junior tight end Zach Miller has not made up his mind to forego his senior season and enter the N.F.L. draft, he said that Arizona State’s having a new coach next season “definitely doesn’t help” his chances of staying.

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In-depth look at Cal defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, who scouts think could be a Day 1 selection.

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DD.com Quote: Connecticut Huskies head coach Randy Edsall throws some praise at his hard working fullback Deon Anderson:

"Deon Anderson has put himself in position where there's a lot of people [in the N.F.L.] that like what's he's done...."It's him as a football player. I've had a lot of people tell me that they just love the way he plays the game. They see a guy that just enjoys being out there. He has such passion".

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While most of Fresno State's top prospects have had forgetable senior seasons, former walk-on Chris Denman has been a stalwart at right tackle and might even be drafted.

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James Madison quarterback Justin Rascati, a Louisville transfer and possible N.F.L. draftee, will play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

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The following is an updated list of top junior safety prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.

Reggie Nelson ~ Florida

Tom Zbikowski ~ Notre Dame

Jamar Adams ~ Michigan

Josh Barrett ~ Arizona State

D.J. Parker ~ Virginia Tech

Quentin Demps ~ Texas El-Paso

Jonathan Hefney ~ Tennessee (CB)

Thomas DeCoud ~ California

Eric Brock ~ Auburn

Craig Steltz ~ Louisiana State

Marty Tadman ~ Boise State

Josh Pinkard ~ Southern Califonia (injured)

Jamal Lewis ~ Georgia Tech (CB)

Christian Varner ~ Maryland

Jamie Silva ~ Boston College

Damon Nickson ~ Middle Tennessee State

Marcus Watts ~ Kansas State (injuries)

Kevin Mitchell ~ Illinios

Roger Williams ~ Florida State

Dominique Barber ~ Minnesota

Tierre Green ~ Nebraska

Bobby Williams ~ Bethune-Cookman

Eric Wicks ~ West Virginia

Chris Davis ~ Duke

Donovan Woods ~ Oklahoma State

Chris Parsons ~ Northern Iowa

Haruki Nakamura ~ Cincinnati

Nehemiah Warrick ~ Michigan State

Miguel Scott ~ North Carolina State

Dowayne Davis ~ Syracuse

Steve Tate ~ Utah

Tony LeZotte ~ James Madison

Kelin Johnson ~ Georgia

Brandon Sumrall ~ Southern Miss

Kyle Jackson ~ Florida

Chris Horton ~ U.C.L.A.

Jarmaul George ~ Southern University

Jean-Pierre Marshall ~ Mississippi Valley State

Darien Williams ~ Oklahoma

Corey Lynch ~ Appalachian State

Caleb Campbell ~ Army

Brent Webber ~ Sacramento State

Tyrell Johnson ~ Arkansas State

DD.com Comment: Some have suggested the junior safeties -- as a group -- are fairly weak. We aren't sure we agree with that completely, but we do admit the group does lack big name appeal after the top few....By the way, the current sophomore class looks fairly strong at safety -- a lot of potential and talent in that group.

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last updated:11/28/06
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Idaho tight end Luke Smith-Anderson declares for the N.F.L draft.

DD.com Comment: We can't say we know a lot about Smith-Anderson and we certainly never thought that a player could be granted a 7th season of college eligibility....Anyway, good luck to him, as he's due for some good breaks after such a rough college career. His stats against some quality opponents this season were fairly impressive for a 6' 5", 253 pounder with a history of injuries.

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Pac-10 Football Awards and All-Conference Team Announced.

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An anonymous N.F.L. scout tells New Orleans paper that quarterback Jamarcus Russell will leave school early and that he is one of 4 potential first round picks on the Tigers roster.

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In depth look at Florida's impact junior safety Reggie Nelson.

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Kent State senior defensive back Andre Kirkland has been selected to play in theLas Vegas All-American Classic.

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The following Fresno State Bulldogs were invited to play in the East-West Shrine game: Cornerback Marcus McCauley, wide receiver Paul Williams and center Kyle Young.

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Cal-Berkley cornerback Daymeion Hughes and and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane have been invited to the Senior Bowl.......Meanwhile, linebacker Desmond Bishop has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

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TFY Draft Preview "Weekend in Review" looks at several top prospects, including L.S.U. junior quarterback Jamarcus Russell.

DD.com Comment: We know the writer who wrote the above piece. He's very astute, but he clearly made an unintentional mistake referring to Tulane's quarterback as "Lester Patrick". He meant, we are sure, Lester Ricard (check yesterday's blog for info on Ricard).....Weird thing is, we didn't realize the writer knew anything about hockey.

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Several top University of Florida juniors -- including athletic defensive end Jarvis Moss, face N.F.L. Draft decisions.

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Quick look at Stanford's top defensive player -- senior linebacker Michael Okwo.

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The following is an updated list of top junior cornerback prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.

Antoine Cason ~ Arizona

Darrelle Revis ~ Pittsburgh

Chris Houston ~ Arkansas

Paul Oliver ~ Georgia

C.J. Gaddis ~ Clemson

Chevis Jackson ~ Louisiana State

Dwight Lowery ~ San Jose State

J.R Bryant ~ Florida State

Simeon Castille ~ Alabama

Tracey Porter ~ Indiana

Jimmie Sutton ~ North Carolina State

Wilrey Fontenot ~ Arizona

DeJuan Tribble ~ Boston College

Adam Shada ~ Iowa

Dominique Rodgers ~ Tennessee State

Jonathan Zenon ~ Louisiana State

Terrell Thomas ~ Southern California

Ambrose Wooden ~ Notre Dame

Roshaun Fellows ~ Tennessee

Eric Wright ~ Nevada - Las Vegas

Ryan Smith ~ Florida

Matteral Richardson ~ Arkansas

Stanley Franks ~ Idaho

Trae Williams ~ South Florida

Lionell Singleton ~ Florida International

Glenn Sharpe ~ Miami-Florida

Marcus Walker ~ Oklahoma

Trey Brown ~ U.C.L.A.

Cortney Grixby ~ Nebraska

Isaiah Gardner ~ Maryland

Jamal Harris ~ Minnesota

Jack Williams ~ Kent State

Ben Criddle ~ Brigham Young

Leslie Majors ~ Indiana

Terrell Vinson ~ Purdue

Steven Williams ~ Harvard

D.J. Wolfe ~ Oklahoma

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last updated:11/27/06
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We've mentioned that N.F.L. teams like University of San Diego (I-AA) junior quarterback Josh Johnson as a potential "future prospect".

But it's possible Johnson isn't even the best prospect in the Toreros junior class, as defensive end/linebacker Eric Bakhtiari has become a big time playmaker on defense -- 54 Tackles (19 TFL's and 5 sacks)....."When I was told I had a shot to play in the NFL, I thought, 'Are you crazy?' " Bakhtiari said. "I wasn't even thinking I could play college football."

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Is top Conference USA running back Ahmad Bradshaw ready to enter the upcoming N.F.L. Draft?

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Closer look at Nebraska's athletic giant -- defensive end Adam Carriker.

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The East Valley Tribune reports which all-star games the following Arizona State seniors will attend:

Las Vegas All-American Classic: Safety Zach Catanese and defensive lineman Jordan Hill

East-West Shrine Game: Safety Zach Catanese; receiver/kick returner Terry Richardson and kicker Jesse Ainsworth.

Defensive lineman Loren Howard was invited to the Shrine Game, but he has been out since the 2004 season with various injuries and will apply for a sixth season of eligibility.

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Charleston Southern junior Dennis Justiniani -- an Iraq War veteran -- named First Team All Big South (1-AA) defensive end.

DD.com Comment: We don't know if Justiniani has a chance at getting an N.F.L. contract in the future, but his life story is fascinating.

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The New York Post takes an in-depth look at New Jersey native/U.S.C. junior wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett.

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It looks like high impact sophomore cornerback Aqib Talib from Kansas is "not" thinking about leaving early for the N.F.L.

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DD.com Quote: Tulsa head coach Steve Kragthorpe, who coached N.F.L. quarterbacks with the Buffalo Bills and is rumored to be a top candidate for the vacant Miami-Florida head coaching job, talks about Tulane quarterback Lester Ricard:

"He's a big, tall pocket passer who can throw it on a rope. This guy can sling it, now. He throws some balls in there -- skinny post balls, seam balls -- that are pretty impressive."

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The following is an updated list of top junior defensive tackle prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.

Alan Branch ~ Michigan

Glenn Dorsey ~ Louisiana State

Frank Okam ~ Texas

Demario Pressley ~ North Carolina State

Andre Fluellen ~ Florida State

Nick Hayden ~ Wisconsin

Trevor Laws ~ Notre Dame

Dre Moore ~ Maryland

Derek Lokey ~ Texas

Sedric Ellis ~ Southern California

Ropati Pitoitua ~ Washington State

Jason Shirley ~ Fresno State

Stanley Doughty ~ South Carolina

Keilen Dykes ~ West Virginia

Chris Norwell ~ Illinois

Marcus Harrison ~ Arkansas

Tony Jenkins ~ Syracuse

Ken Sussman ~ Hofstra

B.J. Raji ~ Boston College

Josh Thompson ~ Auburn

Carlton Powell ~ Virginia Tech

Aaron Johnson ~ Washington State

James McClinton ~ Kansas

Joseph Bryant ~ Texas A & M

Matt Kroul ~ Iowa

Carlton Powell ~ Virginia Tech

Martavius Prince ~ Southern Miss.

Eric Foster ~ Rutgers

Nate Robinson ~ Akron

DD.com Comment: That's a very strong list of junior defensive tackles, so it was almost impossible trying to rank them. This is what you need to know: All the players on that list are real good, and don't be surprised if several of the top prospects on the list enter the N.F.L. Draft early and get drafted fairly high.

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last updated:11/26/06
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Written and video feature on Cal-Berkley cornerback Daymeion Hughes.

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Chadron State junior tailback Danny Woodhead runs for 2,700-yards, a single-season college football record.

DD.com Comment: Early November in-depth feature on Danny Woodhead, who wanted to play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn is being touted as the favorite to be the top pick in the NFL draft.

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The following is an updated list of top junior outside linebacker prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.

Dan Connor ~ Penn State

Keith Rivers ~ Southern California

Lawrence Timmons ~ Florida State (DE)

Brain Toal ~ Boston College

Xavier Adibi ~ Virginia Tech

Ali Highsmith ~ Louisiana State

Earl Everett ~ Florida

Shawn Crable ~ Michigan

Alvin Bowen ~ Iowa State

Malik Jackson ~ Louisville

Phillip Wheeler ~ Georgia Tech

Beau Bell ~ Nevada-Las Vegas

Robert Killibrew ~ Texas

Bo Ruud ~ Nebraska

Wesley Jefferson ~ Maryland

Ezra Butler ~ Nevada

cott Derry ~ Texas

Danny Lansanah ~ Connecticut

Cliff Avril ~ Purdue

Joey LaRocque ~ Oregon State

Cody Kase ~ New Mexico

Gian Villante ~ Hofstra

Rory Johnson ~ Mississippi

Derrick Doggett ~ Oregon State (SS)

Spencer Larsen ~ Arizona

Steve Octavien ~ Nebraska

Drew Kelson ~ Texas (SS)

Tyler Clutts ~ Fresno State(DE)

John Shevlin ~ Minnesota

Chris Chamberlain ~ Tulsa

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last updated:11/24/06
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Despite ups and downs, quarterback Phil Horvath made the most of his time at Northern Illinois.

DD.com Comment: Horvath will participate in the All-American Las Vegas Classic.

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Quick glance at Nebraska wide receiver Maurice Purify, a fast rising junior with excellent size and speed.

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In depth look at talented, but injured, Virginia wide receiver Deyon Williams, a senior who will not take a redshirt.

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Quick glance at the talent-laden Hampton Pirates.

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In depth feature on NAIA All-American Dusty Hovorka, a wide receiver from the University of Sioux Falls, who is hoping to get an N.F.L. tryout.

The Los Angeles Times takes an in-depth look at talented U.S.C. wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett.

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Look at the true scholar-athletes that received All-Ivy accolades.

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All-Star Update: Rosters for the East Coast Bowl All-Star game have been updated.

DD.com Comment: The East Coast Bowl currently boast over 50 alumni playing some form of professional football and will feature 75 of the best Division I-AA, II, III and NAIA seniors from a multitude of different schools and regions.

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TFY Draft Preview's "Scouting Saturday for talent" looks at several prospects, including a pair that are "rumored" to be leaving college early -- defensive tackle Stanley Doughty and wide receiver Mario Urrutia.

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New Hampshire's record-breaking receiver, David Ball, presents a huge playoff challenge for Hampton University.

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Pro Football Weekly's draft related notes looks at several top prospects, including overachieving Cal cornerback Daymeion Hughes.

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Pro Football Weekly: N.F.L. prospects -- including Virginia junior Chris Long -- use family ties to their advantage.

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NJ.com reports Rutgers running back Brian Leonard and tight end Clark Harris have been invited to play in two postseason all-star games: The Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine game.....Meanwhile, center Darnell Stapleton, offensive guard Cam Stephenson and defensive tackle Ramel Meekins have been invited to play in the North-South All-Star Classic in Houston.

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In depth look at Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer.

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Southern Cal backup linebacker Oscar Lua feels his lack of playing time as a senior will adversely affect his N.F.L. stock.

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In depth look at Boise State's impact sophomore offensive tackle Ryan Clady.

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Look at New Mexico's senior class, which includes N.F.L prospects Quincy Black and Robert Turner.

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last updated:11/23/06
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Closer look at Miami(Ohio) two-sport star Ryne Robinson, who is one of the better return specialist in college football.

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Currently injured Nebraska junior cornerback Zackary Bowman has begun the official process of gauging his NFL Draft stock.

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Looks like Florida Gators' star junior defensive back Reggie Nelson will opt into the N.F.L. Draft.

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In depth look at Oregon State's very talented tight end Joe Newton.

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Look back at the great careers had by U.T.E.P. stars/N.F.L. prospects Johnie Lee Higgins and Jordan Palmer.

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Senior quarterback Tyler Palko leaves legacy with Pitt Panthers.

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Ole Miss sophomore left tackle Michael Oher's early life struggles chronicled in bestseller.

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Former Louisville star Elvis Dumervil shows he's big enough for the N.F.L.

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last updated:11/22/06
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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has lifted the suspension of junior nose tackle Stanley Doughty....Spurrier also told the media that the sometimes lethargic Doughty intends to apply for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Army Defensive end Cameron Craig and linebacker Cason Shrode have accepted invitations to play in the East-West Shrine Game and Hula Bowl, respectively.

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Lane College star wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who believes he can be picked as high as round 3, intends to play in 4 all-star games?

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Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt announced Panthers linebacker H.B. Blades and quarterback Tyler Palko have been invited to play in the Senior Bowl.

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Sportsline.com's "Weekend Watch List" -- nine prospects you'd better recognize.

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Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis happy with decision his to return for his senior season.

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Iowa head coach tells scout.com which all-star games his seniors will attend:

Senior Bowl: Tight end Scott Chandler and left tackle Marshal Yanda

East-West Shrine: Quarterback Drew Tate

Hula Bowl: Guards Mike Elgin and Mike Jones

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Yahoo! Sports has a ton of info in it's weekly draft look. Even has a Senior Bowl roster update, which includes Rutgers running back Brian Leonard.

DD.com Comment: The Yahoo! link above also mentions Nebraska cornerback Zackary Bowman may decide to jump to the N.F.L. early, despite the fact he's missed the entire season due to a serious knee injury.

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Look at speedy Texas A & M wide receiver Chad Schroeder.

DD.com Comment: Schroeder is a big time playmaker and speedster for an Aggies team that doesn't throw the ball much. If this former quarterback played at a Pac-10 school (or any school that throws the ball a lot), he would be a big time star with his speed, size and athletic ability.

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Hawai'i quarterback Colt Brennan says money won't be the sole deciding factor on whether he returns for his senior season.

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Look at Florida defensive back Reggie Nelson, a standout junior.

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After by ignored by Lou Holtz's staff coming out of high school, Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams seeks revenge against South Carolina this weekend.

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Fixed Link: The New York Times (a DD.com sponsor from the start) takes an in depth look at Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who went from an unwanted Division I-AA quarterback to a potential N.F.L. star.

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Small, but very athletic quarterback Stefan LeFors, a 4th round pick by Carolina in 2005, signs with the Edmonton Eskimoes.

DD.com Comment: We were told by a national draft writer prior to the 2005 Combine, the 5' 11" LeFors would best be suited to play wide receiver in the N.F.L, due to his speed and quickness. After he ran a 4.5 flat on the old (slower) track at the 2005 Indy Combine we thought for sure an N.F.L. team would give him a look at wide out if he failed at quarterback. Looks like they didn't, so he's now stuck as a backup behind C.F.L. star Ricky Ray for the foreseeable future.

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The following is an updated list of top junior defensive end prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.

Chris Long ~ Virginia

Jarvis Moss ~ Florida

Lawrence Jackson ~ Southern California

Charles Johnson ~ Georgia

Quentin Groves ~ Auburn

Tommy Blake ~ Texas Christian

Bryan Mattison ~ Iowa

Jamaal Anderson ~ Arkansas

Chris Ellis ~ Virginia Tech

Kenny Iwebema ~ Iowa

Chris Harrington ~ Texas A & M

Xavier Mitchell ~ Tennessee

Titus Brown ~ Mississippi State

Joe Clermond ~ Pittsburgh

Jameel McClain ~ Syracuse

Wallace Gilberry ~ Alabama

Jeff Van Orsow ~ Oregon State

Darrell Robertson ~ Georgia Tech

Larry Birdine ~ Oklahoma

Chase Ortiz ~ Texas Christian

Ken Langford ~ Hampton

Nathan Peterson ~ Oklahoma State (OLB)

Marcus Hands ~ East Carolina

Trevor Scott ~ Buffalo

Jesse Nading ~ Colorado State

Nick Larkin ~ Boston College

Bruce Davis ~ U.C.L.A. (OLB)

Adamm Oliver ~ Georgia Tech

Grayson Gunheim ~ Washington (OLB)

Jason Jones ~ Eastern Michigan

Sherman Logan ~ Richmond

Nick Schlekeway ~ Boise State

Sean Williamson ~ Toledo

Brian Johnston ~ Gardner-Webb

Edgar Jones ~ Southeast Missouri State

Dexter Manley ~ Oregon

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last updated:11/21/06
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Big Ten Announces Football All-Conference Teams And Individual Honors

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As we mentioned Sunday, Fresno State junior running back Dwayne Wright has entered the draft...TFY Draft Preview takes a closer look at his draft potential..

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In depth look at talented Utah cornerback Eric Weddle.

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Scout.com's "NFL Draft Weekend in Review" looks at several prospects, including PennState defensive tackle Jay Alford.

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In addition to his previously announced Hula Bowl invitation, Delaware tight end Ben Patrick also has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

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Michigan State wide receiver Matt Trannon ponders return to basketball court.

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Georgia Bulldogs senior safety Tra Battle talks about his NFL aspirations.

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last updated:11/20/06
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Quick look at the Georgia Bulldogs crowded running back position, which could force at least one back to leave early for the N.F.L. Draft or transfer.

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Penn State junior linebacker Dan Connor believes he could be drafted "pretty high" and is considering leaving school early to play in the N.F.L.

DD.com Comment: As great as Paul Posluszny has been for the Lions during his career, it's been pretty well known around Penn State that Connor is the Lions top pro prospect at linebacker. His size (6' 3", 225), speed (4.54) and raw athletic ability are exactly what N.F.L. teams look for in a top linebacker prospect.

The obvious question has to be: Is Connor ready to make the early jump to the N.F.L. as a true junior?

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Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge assures Vols' fans he'll be back for his senior season. Also says he'll try to convince junior wide receiver Robert Meacham to stay in school.

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Dave Biddle from Bucknuts.com projects the draft prospects of the following Ohio State seniors:

QB Troy Smith (mid first round)

DT Quinn Pitcock (mid-late first round)

OC Doug Datish (third round)

OG T.J. Downing (fourth round)

DT David Patterson (late fourth round)

More Ohio State Buckeyes draft projections by Biddle.

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The Augusta Chronicle reports Clemson running back Reggie Merriweather expects to play in the Hula Bowl.

DD.com Comment: Merriweather, a 5' 8", 210 pound redshirt senior, got significant playing time for the Tigers in 2004 and 2005, but has mostly been a forgotten player this season, due to injuries and the play of young Tiger tailbacks C.J. Spiller and James Davis.

Obviously, Merriweather is hoping a solid showing at the Hula Bowl, followed by solid pro day workouts, will catch the attention of pro scouts. Merriweather, a very powerful runner, scored 18 touchdowns for the Tigers as a sophomore and junior (11 in 2004; 7 in 2005).

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Cal-Berkley running back Marshawn Lynch's choice of words might reveal his plans -- he's jumping to the N.F.L.?

DD.com Comment: We don't like to comment too much on whether juniors should stay in school or jump to the N.F.L. early -- players really need to consult their coaches and the N.F.L. 's Draft Advisory Panel for that info.

However, we have to state the obvious: The current crop of senior running backs (as a group) is weak, meaning there will be a need for some talented juniors to jump to the N.F.L. early to fill the leagues' need for tailback talent in the next draft.

Also -- and this is very important: The top juniors have to watchout behind them, because the current crop of sophomore running backs is very strong and they'll have to deal with that group if they decide to stay in school another season.

last updated:11/19/06
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Florida State linebacker Lawrence Timmons says he'll return for senior season.

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Fresno State running back Dwayne Wright ran for 133 yards yesterday, then said after the game said he will forgo his final season with the Bulldogs to enter the NFL draft.

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The following Fresno State Bulldogs have been invited to the Hula Bowl: Right tackle Chris Denman, running back Dwayne Wright and senior fullback Roshon Vercher.

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One of our regular E-Mailers (Kevin in Arkansas) has been telling us for a while not to underestimate Arkansas Razorbacks senior guard Stephen Parker, who is a former walk-on.

Parker has progressed so much in his time at Arkansas, that the Hogs vaunted running attack sputters a bit whenever he's out of the lineup. Parker is clearly an impact college guard, who deserves a long look in the N.F.L.

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Quick look at Minnesota Gophers tight end Matt Spaeth, who has a injured shoulder.

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Quick glance at Western Carolina offensive tackle Marcus Thomas, who hopes to be drafted.

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The Providence Journal takes an in depth look at top Ivy League linebacker Zak DeOssie.

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AOL Draft blogger looks at 15 top prospects from Michigan @ Ohio State game.

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last updated:11/18/06
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A bout with Epstein-Barr virus knocks top Iowa State wide receiver Todd Blythe out for the season.

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In depth look at Wisconsin left tackle/top N.F.L. prospect Joe Thomas.

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Wide receiver Matt Trannon receives a spot in Michigan State's record books.

DD.com Comment: Our friend Steve in Michigan told us word around Lansing is the Indianapolis Colts like Trannon, who's projected to be a Day 2 pick (at best). A quick look at the Colts roster in recent seasons shows Colts team president Bill Polian does, in fact, like tall Big 10 receivers (wide outs and tight ends).

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Wingate University senior cornerback David Jones has been selected to play in the Hula Bowl.

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2005 N.F.L. Draft pick Adrian McPherson heads back to Arena Football League to play quarterback.

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Where Are They Now?

Look at a pair of former hot-shot college prospects, who's N.F.L. chances were dashed by injuries: Running back T.A. McClendon and linebacker Will Derting.

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last updated:11/17/06
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East Carolina University senior quarterback James Pinkney has been inivted to the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

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Southern Cal junior John David Booty giving the Trojans what they need at quarterback.

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Washington State right tackle has been invited to the East West Shrine game....Meanwhile, Cougars linebackers Scott Davis and Steve Dildine have been invited to the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

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Maine Black Bears safety Daren Stone has been invited to the Hula Bowl.

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Iron Bowl tailbacks -- Kenny Irons and Kenneth Darby -- look for respect.

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strong final month has elevated Penn State senior middle linebacker Paul Posluszny's defensive statistics into the range of his stellar 2005 totals.

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Yahoo! Sports looks at dozens of N.F.L. prospects from well known Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed to little known Montana Western wide receiver Jake Larson.

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Tony Pauline takes a look at the top prospects that will playing in tommorow's Michigan @ Ohio State game.

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Speedy wide receiver/N.F.L. prospect Johnie Lee Higgins helps keep U.T.E.P. afloat.

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Struggles off the field have made Hawaii's junior quarterback Colt Brennan stronger.

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In depth look at U.S.C. linebacker Dallas Sartz. Article includes quotes regarding his chances of playing in the N.F.L.

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A feature on Cincinnati long snapper/N.F.L. prospect Patrick Farfsing.

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last updated:11/16/06
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In depth look at promising Kansas State freshman quarterback Josh Freeman.

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Quick look at Mississippi State quarterback/wide receiver Omarr Conner.

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What do N.F.L. scouts think of Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith?

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In depth look at Penn State's speedy and versatile linebacker Tim Shaw.

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Talented Arizona State junior tight end Zach Miller has a big decision to make soon --should he enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz touts rising left tackle Marshall Yanda for postseason recognition.

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Once "overrated", cornerback Leon Hall is now the low-key star of Michigan's defense.

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Head coach Charlie Weis set to advise Notre Dame's top juniors of their N.F.L. prospects.

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Quick glance at Michigan tight end Tyler Ecker, who is gaining the attention of N.F.L. scouts.

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Wisconsin's starting senior defensive end Joe Monty will "not" attempt to play in the N.F.L. He's will go into banking.

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Look at Wisconsin-Whitewater's football program, which features a couple N.F.L. prospects.

DD.com Comment: The prospects mentioned in the link above are wide receiver Derek Stanley (42-786-10 TD's) and tight end Pete Schmitt (32-296-7 TD's)...We'd assume both are Day 2 or free agent type prospects.

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DD.com E-Mail (Kenny):

Just to let you know, you mentioned that DeSean Jackson was a junior when you linked the article on him. He is actually a sophomore, I know it is just an oversight.

By the way, what are your thoughts on Keith Rivers from U.S.C? He was voted, I believe it was by the coaches, as the defensive MVP of Pac 10 so far. Where do you think he projects if he comes out this year? Pete Carroll says that he is the fastest of our linebackers, which is amazing considering that Brian Cushing has ran a 4.45 this year, and Rey Maualuga runs a 4.47.

DD.com Reply:

You are correct Kenny, it was a typo. Jackson is on our sophomore watch list as one of the top wide outs in his class, so we clearly knew that. Like we've mentioned before, this site's content is basically a one person operation and it becomes overwhelming at times -- there are literally thousands of players to keep track of and limited time to do it. Yesterday there were so many articles about juniors debating whether to enter the draft or not in the blog, it slipped my mind that Jackson was, in fact, only a sophomore. Thanks for pointing that out Kenny. Much appreciated.

Kenny, we've linked quite a few articles regarding Keith Rivers in our blog in the last 5 to 6 weeks. Word is he's leaning towards staying in school for one more season, as this is really his first great season at U.S.C and he could use more experience. However, if he does come out, most expect him to be a high pick due to his size, speed and overall athletic ability -- maybe round one?

Still, we'd advise all juniors (including Rivers) and draft eligible sophomore's to consult their coaches and the N.F.L.'s Draft Advisory Panel regarding their potential status. Sites like ours provide great info for fans (we think), and we accumulate a lot data on these players, but we'll never know as much as the "true insiders" (college coaches, N.F.L. scouts) know.

Here is a great example: We don't rank juniors with the draft eligible seniors until they officially declare for the draft. That's our policy and we wont change it. However, in 2005 many other draft sites had then Clemson junior Gaines Adams as a sure fire top 15 pick (if he came out early). Turns out Adams "did not" enter the draft after last season because N.F.L. teams handed him a 4th round projection. That's a fact, Gaines admitted that at the A.C.C.'s media day over the summer.

Kenny, Thank you for the E-Mail.

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The following is an updated list of top junior offensive tackle prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.

Sam Baker ~ Southern California

Jake Long ~ Michigan

Gosder Cherilus ~ Boston College

Kirk Barton ~ Ohio State

Barry Richardson ~ Clemson

Tony Hills ~ Texas

Mike McGlynn ~ Pittsburgh

Pedro Sosa ~ Rutgers

Duane Brown ~ Virginia Tech

Eric Young ~ Tennessee

Akim Millington ~ Illinois

Steve Shidell ~ Minnesota

King Dunlap ~ Auburn

Jeremy Zuttah ~ Rutgers

John Greco ~ Toledo

Chad Rinehart ~ Northern Iowa

Peter Graniello ~ Arizona

Dylan Thiry ~ Northwestern

Bobby Byrd ~ Washington State

Eugene Newsome ~ Syracuse

Tyler Luellen ~ Missouri

Sean Dumford ~ Eastern Kentucky

Chris Patrick ~ Nebraska

SirVincent Rogers ~ Houston (injured)

Chris Williams ~ Vanderbilt

Mike Gyetvai ~ Michigan State

Allen Smith ~ Stanford

David Overmeyer ~ Florida State

Chris Joseph ~ U.C.L.A.

Tim McCutcheon ~ California (Pa.)


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last updated:11/15/06
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Scout.com's N.F.L. Draft "Weekend in Review" looks at nine top prospects, including Louisiana State wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and Florida defensive end Jarvis Moss.

Related Item: Florida defensive end Jarvis Moss faces possible suspension.

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In depth look at fast rising Arkansas offensive left tackle Tony Ugoh.

We try not to pretend to be N.F.L. scouts on this site. Instead, we try to bring fans relevant and salient info regarding the top prospects....Anyhow, getting to the point at hand, let's just say the amount of positive feedback we've gotten on Tony Ugoh in the last 4 or 5 weeks leads us to believe he's got the potential to really surprise people as the draft process goes forward. This is a player that has really improved since 2005.

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Syracuse linebacker Kelvin Smith has been invited to the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

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Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl.

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Record-setting sophomore wide receiver Sidney Rice and fifth-year tight end Andy Boyd told South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier they intend to return next season.

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Power running back Brandon Ore is one of "several" talented Virginia Tech juniors to state he wont leave early for the N.F.L. Draft

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Quick look at Cal-Berkley's talented sophomore wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

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Closer look at Auburn Tigers running back Kenny Irons.

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Will Saturday be L.S.U. quarterback JaMarcus Russell's final game in Tiger Stadium?

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Very detailed one round mock draft from Dawgbones.com has Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith going to the Washington Redskins in round one.

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The Seattle Post looks at a pair former Pac-10 rivals -- Josh Swogger and Craig Chambers -- who are now thriving together in the Big Sky Conference.

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The Austin Wranglers (Arena Football League) completed a trade with the Utah Blaze for quarterback Adrian McPherson in exchange for future considerations.

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Illinois State's Laurent Robinson, one the top wide receivers in Division I-AA football, and Redbirds long snapper Jake Weber have been invited to the Hula Bowl.

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We just added another tight end to our junior watchlist: Louis Irizarry of Youngstown State.

Irizarry has 20 receptions for 232 yards and 2 TD's this season. Those aren't eye popping stats, but keep in mind the Penguins don't throw the ball that much and Irizarry has been out of football for a while.

Irizarry was a big time prospect coming out of high school, who was widely compared to Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs). He could've gone to any school in the nation, but chose to stay in state and signed with the Ohio State Buckeyes.

His stay in Columbus didn't last that long, however, as he quickly got into serious trouble off the field. Due to his off field problems, he was forced to sit out the 2004 and 2005 seasons, but he's back now and hoping to prove to scouts his troubles are behind him.

There is absolutely no reason to believe Irizarry is a special talent, at this point. However, he is a player N.F.L. scouts will follow closely down the line -- both on and off the field.

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Injured Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback still has N.F.L. hopes.

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The Heisman Trophy hype kicks in for Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

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The Patriots have signed 43-year-old quarterback Vinny Testaverde.

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Maryland based newspaper looks at rising Terps quarterback Sam Hollenback and compares him to former UM star Frank Reich, who was one considered a valuable backup quarterback during his days in Buffalo.

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Rick Gosselin: N.F.L. scouts should keep checking with Hofstra for players.

DD.com Comment: Being based in the Northeast, we've seen the Pride play quite a bit. In addition to wide receiver Shaine Smith, who has 53 catches for 831 yards and 9 TD's after 10 games, Hofstra has a pair of talented juniors on defense to look out for down the line.

Linebacker Gian Villante (84 tackles; 11 TFL's), who is back strong after missing the 2005 season because of a knee injury, is the big name on Hofstra's defense due to his sideline to sideline speed and overall atheltic ability. Also, 6' 3", 290 pound defensive tackle Ken Sussman has had a monster season for the Pride so far -- 45 tackles and 16.5 TFL's.

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Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn number one on Mel Kiper's Top 25 big board.

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Athletic Missouri Tigers junior tight end says he will not enter the draft after this season.

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Site Alert: We'd like to ask Deborah, who E-Mailed us yesterday, to please leave a return E-Mail address. We simply can not answer your question, unless we can contact you in some form.

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The following is an updated list of top junior tight end prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will come forward and rankings will change in time.

Zach Miller ~ Arizona State

Greg Olsen ~ Miami-Florida

John Carlson ~ Notre Dame

Gary Barnidge ~ Louisville

Martin Rucker ~ Missouri

Eric Butler ~ Mississippi State

Dustin Keller ~ Purdue

Anthony Hill ~ North Carolina State

Tom Santi ~ Virginia

Fred Davis ~ Southern Cal.

Joe John Finley ~ Oklahoma

Darrell Strong ~ Pittsburgh

Joey Haynos ~ Maryland

Robert Lane ~ Ole Miss

Andy Crooks ~ Wisconsin

Craig Stevens ~ California

Derek Fine ~ Kansas

Tate Casey ~ Florida

Kory Sperry ~ Colorado State

Marcel Frost ~ Jackson State

Jacob Tamme ~ Kentucky

Kris Kasparek ~ Akron

Mike Peterson ~ Northwest Missouri State

Louis Irizarry ~ Youngstown State

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The Demopolis Times reports West Alabama senior wide receiver/NFL prospect Chris Coach finished the season with 49 catches for 907 yards and 9 (total) TD's.

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With linebacker Greg Ellis out for the balance of the season due to a torn left Achilles tendon, Dallas Cowboys rookie Bobby Carpenter probably faces the biggest challenge.

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Dave Goldberg: Quarterback's getting better in the N.F.L.

DD.com Comment: The article is worthy, we think, because Golberg seems to be the only writer in America that doesn't claim the quarterback play in the N.F.L. is at an all time low. By the way, we agree with Golberg, there are a lot of quality quarterbacks in the N.F.L.

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After recording 3 interception against Auburn, Georgia senior safety Tra Battle was named the National 1-A Defensive Player of the Week.

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Most career interceptions: Currently active DI-A football players:

CB Eric Weddle ~ Utah -- 17 (3 TD's)

CB John Talley ~ Duke -- 17 (3 TD's)

CB Daymeion Hughes ~ California -- 15 (4 TD's)

CB Marcus Hamilton ~ Virginia -- 14

SS Sabby Piscitelli ~ Oregon State -- 13 (1 TD)

CB Leon Hall ~ Michigan -- 12

FS Quintin Demps ~ Texas El-Paso -- 12 (1 TD)

SS Nick Hawthrone ~ Nevada -- 12 (3 TD's)

DD.com Comment: All the players listed above are seniors, except Demps (who's a junior).

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Despite being ranked among the top 10 quarterbacks in the N.F.L., with a 86.5 quarterback rating, Redskins veteran Mark Brunell has been benched in favor of Jason Campbell, the Skins first round pick in the 2005 draft.

DD.com Comment: This move was inevitable, as heavy handed Redskins owner Daniel Snyder likely hand picked Campbell prior to the 2005 draft. At this point, the Redskins (3-6) have nothing to lose, so why not see what the young quarterback has to offer?

The unfortunate part here is Brunell doesn't deserve to lose his job and he'll be forced to sit. Also, it's become clear Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs is in a tough sitution with an owner that has decided he's calling all the shots. If Snyder can't win with the likes of Steve Spurrier and Joe Gibbs, you wonder if the Redskins have any hope to really be a factor in the near future?

Check this Pro Weekly link we also posted below for more info on the Gibbs/Snyder situation.

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Here are some more undrafted rookies that have made N.F.L. active rosters since the month of November began:

CB Charles Gordon ~ Minnesota -- Made his N.F.L. debut in week 10. Once considered an elite cornerback prospect at the University of Kansas, after a fantastic sophomore season (7 int's) in 2004. Gordon fell off the N.F.L.'s draft radar after he checked in at about 5' 9" and ran his 40 yard dashes in the mid to high 4.6's at the Combine. Played wide receiver at Kansas last season. Some say he should not have left college early to go the N.F.L., but how would an extra season with the Jayhawks have improved his speed?

DB Nick Turnbull ~ Atlanta -- Former GQ model hopes a solid N.F.L. career will help raise his profile as a model/actor in the future. Outstanding athlete, with decent size and excellent speed. Played and excelled at safety and cornerback at Florida International. We projected Turnbull as a 5th to 7th round pick, but his chances of being drafted were undoubtedly harmed by a spring injury, which prevented him from doing full workouts for N.F.L teams.

DT Brandon McKinney ~ San Diego -- We wrote prior to the season that the Chargers needed depth at nose tackle and a undrafted rookie would have a shot to make it. McKinney, a former Michigan State Spartan and full-sized defender at 325 pounds, was activated for week tens game at Cincinnati and can stick around for a while if he can produce.

DT Antwon Burton ~ Denver -- Pretty stout run defender at 6' 2" and 315 pounds. Was probably a draftable prospect, but playing for Temple certainly didn't help his chances. May have a tough time breaking into the Broncos veteran D-Line rotation this season, but at least he's on the roster.

LB Lance Laury ~ Seattle -- 6' 2", 235 pound linebacker from the University of South Carolina received a week 10 promotion in hopes he could help out on special teams for the Seahawks.

LB Corey Mays ~ N.E. Patriots -- Former Notre Dame standout was on the field for the Pats week 10 game against the Jets and was active on special teams. The Patriots linebackers, as a group, are getting up there in age, so the 6' 1", 245 pound Mays has a chance to stick around for a while if he can impress this season.

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Respected N.F.L. writer Peter King, who is from New Jersey, looks at Rutgers' very popular and extremely underutilized fullback Brian Leonard.

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In depth look at Penn State running back Tony Hunt.

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Pro Football Weekly: Don’t be surprised if Joe Gibbs and Bill Parcells take a hike after the season....Will Jeff Fisher finally get to coach Matt Leinart?

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The following is an updated list of top junior fullback prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.

Peyton Hillis ~ Arkansas (Has the skills of a RB)

Owen Schmidt ~ West Virginia

Carl Stewart ~ Auburn

Jehuu Caulcrick ~ Michigan State (RB)

Adam Ballard ~ Navy

Michael Cox ~ Georgia Tech

Jacob Hester ~ Louisiana State (RB)

Michael Pitre ~ U.C.L.A.

Joe Surratt ~ Florida State

Jerome Fulton ~ Furman

Matt Hahn ~ Penn State

Chris Pressley ~ Wisconsin (injured)

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The following is an updated list of top junior wide receiver prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.

Calvin Johnson ~ Georgia Tech

Ted Ginn Jr. ~ Ohio State

Dwayne Jarrett ~ Southern California

Robert Meachem ~ Tennessee

Anthony Gonzalez ~ Ohio State

Adarius Bowman ~ Oklahoma State

Todd Blythe ~ Iowa State

Limas Sweed ~ Texas

D.J. Hall ~ Alabama

Marcus Monk ~ Arkansas

Billy Pittman ~ Texas

Jordy Nelson ~ Kansas State

Tony Burks ~ Mississippi State

Sammie Stroughter ~ Oregon State

Early Doucet ~ Louisiana State

Bruce Hocker ~ Duquesne

Lavelle Hawkins ~ California

Eddie Royal ~ Virginia Tech

Derek Kinder ~ Pittsburgh

Keenan Burton ~ Kentucky

Keith Brown ~ Alabama

Maurice Purify ~ Nebraska

Dorien Bryant ~ Purdue

Shaheer McBride ~ Delaware State

Lance Leggett ~ Miami-Florida

William Franklin ~ Missouri

Harry Douglas ~ Louisville

Andre Caldwell ~ Florida

Paul Hubbard ~ Wisconsin

Wes Doyle ~ San Diego

Curtis Hamilton ~ Western Kentucky

Jerome Simpson ~ Coastal Carolina

Jeron Harvey ~ Houston

Clyde Edwards ~ Grambling

Luke Swann ~ Wisconsin

Robert Jordan ~ California

Marcus Smith ~ New Mexico

Craig Chambers ~ Montana

DD.com Comment: This list is similar to the one we posted the other day, except we added 11 more prospects and changed some of our previous rankings a bit.

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last updated:11/12/06
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Texas Longhorns freshman quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a "stinger" in last night's game at Kansas State and is listed as day to day.

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Rivals.com looks at the Top Performers in week 11 (college football).

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Florida defensive end Jarvis Moss is finally healthy and making plays for the Gators.

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Southern Cal junior defensive end Lawrence Jackson breaks through -- finally registers a sack this season (had 3 last night).

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Look back at the outstanding college career turned in by Michigan State's Drew Staton.

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Oklahoma State cornerback Martel Van Zant was born deaf, but his play on the football field speaks volumes.

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Big tight end Michael Allan from Whitworth College (D-3) has been invited to the upcoming Hula Bowl in Honolulu.

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Glance at Florida Gators freshman wide receiver Percy Harvin, who some have compared to 2005 Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush.

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Checkout today's Schedule and Scores at Yahoo! Sports.

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Yahoo! Sports reports the following prospects have been invited to post season all-star games:

CB Josh Wilson ~ Maryland -- East-West Shrine Game

WR Dave Ball ~ New Hampshire -- East-West Shrine Game

FB Jackie Battle ~ Houston -- East-West Shrine Game

OC Doug Datish ~ Ohio State -- Senior Bowl

OC Kyle Young ~ Fresno State -- Senior Bowl

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Penn State junior Matt Hahn upholds the Nittany Lions' fullback tradition.

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Washington State defensive end Mkristo Bruce has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

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Washington State strong safety Eric Frampton has been invited to the Hula Bowl.

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As we reported last week, Washington State wide receiver Jason Hill has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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Pro Football Weekly looks at some of the top N.F.L. prospects, who are in line for some prestigious awards.

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Toronto native Clifton Dawson is closing in on Ivy League rush record.

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Hampton University tackle Nevin McCaskill is the most recent offensive line standout for the Pirates.

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In depth look at speedy 25 year old tailback Stefan Logan from the University of South Dakota, who is hoping to be drafted.

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From time to time we ask our readers to please check out our sponsors -- because with think we have so many good ones that would excite our readers. Today, we looked at our ads and found a great new site devoted to Texas Longhorns freshman phenom Colt McCoy.

This site has excellent info on McCoy and the entire Longhorns football program. For example: Will 5 star recruit Jevan Snead transfer to Houston to get playing time at quarterback?

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Cal-Berkley defensive tackle Brandon Mebane lacking stats, not respect.

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Something special about Virginia Tech's Duane Brown -- junior right offensive tackle also covers punts.

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Is Dallas Cowboys veteran Roy Williams a Pro Bowl safety or a safety who can't cover?

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The Cincinnati Bengals need the return of a dominant Carson Palmer.

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Scout.com's "Scouting Saturday for talent" is back. Looks at several prospects, including Florida's Reggie Nelson, who we like as a cornerback.

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LoboZone: Look at athletic New Mexico linebacker Quincy Black.

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The leadership skills of young Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel shined through last night.

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Has a "subpar" senior season adversely affected the draft stock of talented Fresno State cornerback Marcus McCauley?

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Big decision ahead for a trio of Ohio State juniors, who must decide if they will jump to the N.F.L. or stay in school.

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Hawaii strength coach Mel deLaura says Warriors running back Nate Ilaoa is a "LenDale White with Reggie Bush skills."

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Sophomore linebacker Erin Henderson and the Maryland defense have had a lot to celebrate in recent weeks as the Terrapins have won five straight games.

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A quick look at Arizona junior running back/workout warrior Chris Henry, who hopes to improve his game on the field.

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As we have been reporting since the spring, Earlham College (D-3) quarterback Justin Rummell is attracting the attention of N.F.L. scouts.

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Closer look at U.S.C. center Ryan Kalil, who might be the Trojans' most irreplaceable player.

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Western Michigan linebacker Ameer Ismail looking to break recently set Mid-American Conference single-season sack record.

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The Rutgers Scarlett Knights turn around their once pathetic football program -- are national title contenders .

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Some former Washington Redskins where surprised that former draft bust Heath Shuler is returning to D.C. -- as a congressman.

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DD.com Mailbag -- Shaun:

Just writing because one of my favorite junior quarterback prospects in the country is conspicuously absent from your loooong list of junior quarterback's, and he "at least" is a better quarterback prospect than Andre Woodson!

His name is Mike Kokal from Miami of Ohio and what he is doing this year is close to amazing, though you wouldn't know it considering he plays for a bad team with only one win this season.

Kokal has good size at around 6' 2" and 212 pounds. And, playing behind arguably the worst offensive line in the country, he has put up big league numbers -- 11 TD's to 7 Int's, completing 59 percent of his passes with a rating of 127. But when you consider he has been sacked 53 times this season and you probably couldn't name one receiver he's throwing to other than Ryne Robinson, I think those numbers speak to Mike Kokal as a quarterback.

Put this young prospect on Auburn or Tennessee or a big program like that with good lines protecting him and he would be a big name. He is accurate and gets very good zip on his passes, short and deep. He reminds me alot of Jay Cutler, and I hope he starts getting his due soon. - Shaun

DD.com Reply: That's our friend Shaun in upstate New York, who always brings excellent insight. We'd like to mention, Kokal was (honestly) our last cut on our top 20 juniors list. We know Kokal is a quality player and we promise to keep a closer eye on him from now on.

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In our February 4th blog notes (the day prior to the Steelers/Seahawks Super Bowl), we looked at nine former X.F.L. players that were on active N.F.L. rosters during the 2005 season.....That small group is even smaller this season, as only five players remain active in the N.F.L that played in the defunct spring league run by W.W.E. in 2001:

FS Kevin Kaesviharn ~ Cincinnati Bengals (San Fransisco Demons)

WR Mike Furrey ~ Detroit Lions (Las Vegas Outlaws)

OG Bennie Anderson ~ Miami Dolphins (Chicago Enforcers)

DB Corey Ivy ~ Baltimore Ravens (Chicago Enforcers)

CB Kelly Herndon ~ Seattle Seahawks (Las Vegas Outlaws)

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Linebackers Paul Posluszny, James Laurinaitis and Patrick Willis named Butkus Award finalists.

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Notre Dame defensive end/N.F.L. prospect Victor Abiamiri has a chance to break Justin Tuck's school record for sacks.

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Senior offensive lineman Robert Kraay (Air Force) was selected to play in the East-West Shrine game.

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Senior defensive lineman Gilberto Perez (Air Force) was selected to play in the Hula Bowl.

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Stanford wide receiver Evan Moore, once considered a rising Pac-10 star before a rash injuries slowed him down, is frustrated due to his limited role in the Cardinal offense.

Moore, who also played some basketball at Stanford, is clearly in no postition to forego his final season of eligibility and jump to the N.F.L. early. But, as the article above states, he will be allowed to transfer to any school in America after this season and he will be eligible immediately. If Evan Moore is healthy and does decide to leave Stanford, he'd be a nice "free agent pickup" for a contending DI-A school needing immediate help at wide receiver or H-Back (Moore is over 6' 6" and weighs 235 pounds).

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Two more Clemson stars -- junior cornerback C.J. Gaddis and rising redshirt sophomore safety Michael Hamlin -- have said they will not leave early for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Notre Dame tight end John Carlson didn't know what to expect of himself this season, but he certainly didn't expect to be on the verge of a record-setting season.

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With his draft stock seemingly falling, Clemson left tackle Barry Richardson won't leave early for the N.F.L.

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A Pac-10 title, not the N.F.L. Draft, topping Cal running back Marshawn Lynch's agenda.

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Tony Pauline looks at the draft "Risers and Sliders" going into the final weeks of the regular season. The risers include Tennessee junior wide receiver Robert Meacham.

DD.com Comment: Word we are getting, is that Meachem is probably leaning towards entering the draft early, as Pauline touched on in the link above. Meachem, a former Parade All-American in high school, was forced to redshirt his freshman season due to a knee injury, so he may be ready to move forward after already spending four seasons in Knoxville. Also, some have suggested Meachem would like to turn pro in order to better support his young daughter.

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Closer look at Georgia Tech junior running back Tashard Choice.

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With four games left, Fresno State's top offensive lineman -- Kyle Young -- has been suspended indefinitely because of academic problems.

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The following is a list of top junior running back prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.

Adrian Peterson ~ Oklahoma

Marshawn Lynch ~ California

Antonio Pittman ~ Ohio State

Mike Hart ~ Michigan

Dwayne Wright ~ Fresno State

BenJarvus Green-Ellis ~ Mississippi

Kregg Lumpkin ~ Georgia

Albert Young ~ Iowa

Chauncey Washington ~ Southern Cal

Cory Boyd ~ South Carolina

Tashard Choice ~ Georgia Tech

Ryan Torain ~ Arizona State

Brad Lester ~ Auburn

Danny Ware ~ Georgia

Alley Broussard ~ L.S.U.

Amir Pinnix ~ Minnesota

Lance Ball ~ Maryland

Jamar Brittingham ~ Bloomsburg

Darius Walker ~ Notre Dame

Justin Forsett ~ California

Chris Markey ~ U.C.L.A.

Hugh Charles ~ Colorado

Ahmad Bradshaw ~ Marshall

Yvenson Bernard ~ Oregon State

Matt Forte ~ Tulane

Allen Patrick ~ Oklahoma

Bernard Jackson ~ Nebraska

Rafael Little ~ Kentucky

Dantrell Savage ~ Oklahoma State

Danny Woodhead ~ Chadron State

Yonus Davis ~ San Jose State

DD.com Comment: Colorado State State running back Kyle Bell would've likely ranked in our top 10, but he suffered a season ending injury during the summer and it's almost certain he'll redshirt this season.

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Swinging to the "right" on issues like cracking down on illegal immigration and supporting the rights of gun owners, Democrat Heath Shuler -- a first round pick in the 1994 N.F.L. Draft -- has won a congressional seat in a conservative section of North Carolina.

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Check out some of the top senior pro prosects in Division II football.

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Chadron State (D-II) junior running back Danny Woodhead is on pace to become the most prolific rusher in college football history.

DD.com Note: In case you were wondering, Chadron State is best known for producing speedy former N.F.L. wide receiver Don Beebe....Also, the school has a terrific co-ed Rodeo squad.

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South Carolina head Steve Spurrier downplays return to The Swamp.

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Baylor Bears punter Daniel Sepulveda has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl.

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Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija sets a school record for career touchdown receptions (23), despite not catching a touchdown until his junior season.

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Despite topsy-turvy career, quarterback Drew Stanton has no regrets about his time at Michigan State.

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AOL Draft Notes looks at five quarterback prospects, including Houston's Kevin Kolb.

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Quick look at South Carolina State running back DeShawn Baker, who impressed scouts from Tampa Bay and Jacksonville yesterday after he ran for 170 yards (14 attempts) against Howard.

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The Buffalo Bills remain patient with quarterback J.P. Losman; Brett Favre puts jump back in the Packers.

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The draft stock of Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson can't get any higher, according to scouts.

DD.com quote -- anonymous N.F.L. scout:

"As I see it, he'll be the top player taken [in the draft] if he comes out....He’d be stupid not to [come out]. His stock will never be higher. You see him on the field. They triple-cover him sometimes and it doesn’t matter. They double him and he still goes up and scores a touchdown.

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All-American linebacker Paul Posluszny earns Penn State's career tackles record Saturday.

Related Item: Classy Poz says Nittany Lions junior Dan Connor is Penn State's best linebacker.

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The Florida Gators may be in the hunt for a national title, but their image took another blow Saturday as defensive tackle Marcus Thomas had been kicked off the team.

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New college football all-star game gets a name -- Inta Juice North-South All-Star Classic.

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Check out all today's college scores and box scores at Yahoo! Sports.

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Closer look at eccentric Wisconsin middle linebacker Mark Zalewski, who should be on the N.F.L.'s draft radar due to his speed and toughness.

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Is talented Indiana Hoosiers sophomore wide receiver James Hardy thinking about entering the N.F.L. Draft?

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Some scouts believe receiver Derrick Doyle will be the next Northwestern State player to reach the N.F.L.

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Texas Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy's confidence grows as he nears freshman record for touchdowns.

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Ohio State head coach Jim Tressell on the Buckeyes 6' 4", 225 pound backup quarterback Justin Zwick:

"NFL teams love big, tall, strong quarterbacks with a quick release who are intelligent. Justin has all those qualities."

DD.com comment: We first posted the link above in August, but it's still topical. So far this season, Zwick has completed 12 of 19 attempts in mop-up duty. And, unless something unforeseen happens in the final weeks of the season, we don't see Zwick (a redshirt senior) getting much playing time behind Heisman candidate Troy Smith. We think, at best, Justin would project as a 7th round/free agent type draft prospect down the line.

As Tressel alluded to, he's got enough skills to warrant a long look from N.F.L. scouts. Don't forget, current Minnesota Vikings starter Brad Johnson was a rarely used backup at Florida State in the early 1990's and he's had a super N.F.L. career. Quarterback A.J. Feeley of the Eagles was mostly a backup during his career at Oregon and current Patriots backup Matt Cassell hardly played at all during his career at U.S.C.

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The Charleston Gazette reports West Liberty wide receiver Renard Stevens, a 6' 5", 215-pound senior, has been attracting flocks of NFL scouts:

"We’ve had 26 of the 32 NFL teams in here to look at him," said WL coach Roger Waialae. "They come in here at nine o’clock in the morning, and they’re here all day. They stay around after practice and watch film. If we’re getting this much attention, they must see something."

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Talented junior wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett said he still has not decided whether he will remain at U.S.C. after this season or enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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Virginia junior defensive end Chris Long has no intentions of skipping his senior season and entering the N.F.L. Draft.

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Nevada senior quarterback Jeff Rowe has received an invitation to play in the annual East-West Shine Game.

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Washington State Cougars senior wide receiver Jason Hill has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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TFY Draft Preview's Scouting Saturday for talent projects over 20 prospects, including safeties LaRon Landry and Aaron Rouse.

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After a slow start this season, Utah State wide receive Kevin Robinson has re-established himself as a playmaker.

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Wisconsin football: Star left tackle Joe Thomas' "flaws" exposed!....He's bad at tennis?

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Check out Mel Kiper's recently updated Top 25 Big Board.

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N.F.L. scouts love what they see from Oregon sophomore running back Jonathan Stewart.

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A pair of talented Colorado Buffaloes -- OC Mark Fenton and PK Mason Crosby -- need strong finish's to their senior seasons in order to impress scouts.

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Former Navy fullback Kyle Eckel joins the Miami Dolphins.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are happy with the production they are getting from rookie linebacker Ahmad Brooks.

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Feature on talented Ohio State junior running back Antonio Pittman.

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Rutgers takes aim at first Big East title, BCS championship.

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Running back Chauncey Washington asked to become a "team leader" by U.S.C's A.D/former Heisman Trophy winner Mike Garrett; injured senior fullback Ryan Powdrell will be forced to enter the draft.

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Tony Pauline's "Risers and Sliders": Players at talent positions -- like Tony Hunt of Penn State -- on the rise, linemen falling.

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Scout's Eye on the Trenches:

Fresno State nose tackle Louis Leonard - Extremely stout at point of attack with excellent hips and base. A plodder with very good awareness and balance who rarely gets driven backward. Makes occasional tackles, (but when he does so it's probably going to be behind the line of scrimmage). Fits in a two gap scheme occupying blockers or as a 4-3 nose. Blockers are drawn to him like orbiting moons, this allows others around him to make the play. Solid mid-round prospect, a poor man's version of Bengals defensive tackle Sam Adams.

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Fairly recent in-depth look at Fresno State safety Josh Sherley, who wants to play in the N.F.L.

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DD.com Mailbag (Dustin): I enjoy your site a lot, but feel like B.Y.U.'s John Beck has been a bit snubbed in your top 10 quarterback rankings. I have seen every game of his career and can tell you he is in an elite group of quarterbacks I have ever seen as far as arm strength and mechanics. I am 38 and have seen an awful lot of college and pro football. This kid can make any throw. 3 years ago he threw a ball 74 yards (in the air) easily. He can read defenses well and looks off receivers. He has emerged in my opion as one of the top 5 eligible for this years draft. Take a look. Thanks

DD.com Reply: Dustin, thank you for the E-Mail and thank you for supporting this site. You are correct, Beck is a quality quarterback and -- if he measures in at about 6' 2" (his listed height) and shows off a strong arm for scouts -- he'll be a hot prospect to watch heading into the draft. We totally agree, he's having a great senior season for an exciting B.Y.U. team.

Here is a recent quote from an actual N.F.L. scout regarding the improving Beck: "He's not mobile, but he has shown he can slide around, and he's accurate and his throws have more zip on them."

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Western Kentucky's football program will make the jump to Division I-A status. They plan to become a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

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last updated:11/02/06
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Sporting a 34-15 record for the season (25-8 the last 5 weeks) against the spread, college blogger is back with his weekly college predictions -- including tonight's West Virginia @ Louisville game.

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Hawaii Warriors junior quarterback Colt Brennan has caught the attention of N.F.L. scouts.

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Talented Nebraska defensive end Adam Carriker answers critics that claim he's playing poorly due to a drop in quarterback sacks.

DD.com Comment: Carriker and Georgia defensive end Quentin Moses, in our opinion, are having fine seasons -- even if their stats don't reflect it. We are not going to join the throngs of draft followers that blast the pair because someone said they don't get enough sacks.

Every time we've watched Carriker and Moses this season, they've played hard and fared fairly well. It's kind of hard to rack up big sack totals when teams are frequently using two (sometimes three) players to block you, or constantly roll out the quarterback away from your side of the field.

Also, as was touched upon in the Aaron Kampman story in today's blog, sacks can be a flukely thing. Sometimes they come in bunches; other times a player can be playing well and not get many over a certain span of time -- i.e the current defensive end duo of the New York Giants.

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Yahoo! Sports looks at several top prospects, including Alabama-Birmingham senior offensive tackle Julius Wilson.

DD.com Comment: Canadian prospects are always noteworthy in the blog, because we get a lot readers from Canada visiting this site....Waterloo offensive tackle Chris Best is a 6' 4", 305 pound Duke transfer, that has dominated in C.I.S play the last few seasons. Don't be surprised if you see him play in the East-West Shrine Game after the season is over.

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One-time star quarterback Willie Gaston becomes a cornerback the Houston Cougars can count on.

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Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn thrives in comeback Role.

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The ultimate goal of speedy North Texas wide receiver Johnny Quinn is to catch on in N.F.L.

DD.com Comment: Check our summer Sun Belt Conference preview for more info on Quinn.

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Houston's Kevin Kolb and Tulsa's Paul Smith are two of the best in a league (C-USA) loaded with talented quarterbacks.

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Quick look at Brigham Young offensive tackle Jake Kuresa.

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N.F.L. scouts are impressed with the progress of Oregon wide receiver Jordan Kent, though he still has much to learn.

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Washington wide receiver Anthony Russo has turned into the Huskies' deep threat. That big play ability has turned him into an NFL prospect.

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Look at the Cal-Poly Mustangs, a Division I-AA program with a lot of talented prospects.

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Green Bay Packers defensive end Aaron Kampman transforms himself from an "overachiever" into an outside pass rushing terror.

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last updated:11/01/06
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Pro Football Weekly's Draft Notes looks at a dozen top prospects, including 3 talented junior defensive tackles that may enter the draft early and Northern Illinois left tackle Doug Free, who's been battling a foot injury this season.

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Rookie linebacker A.J. Hawk's production for the Green Bay Packers proves he's a legitimate No. 5 pick.

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Iowa State Cyclones lose running back/N.F.L. Prospect Stevie Hicks -- perhaps for the season -- due to a right knee injury.

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The Cincinnati Bengals audition 6 players, including 3 well known veteran wide receivers and former Iowa State linebacker/defensive end Jason Berryman, a rookie who's college career was clouded by off-field problems.

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A fine junior season by Louisiana State defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey has given him the option of considering early entry into the N.F.L.

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Boise State linebacker Korey Hall is having another great season for the Broncos. The senior from Glenns Ferry, Idaho has recorded 80 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 5 interceptions (for 86 yards) in just 8 games. In total, he has posted 363 tackles and 10 interceptions during his sparkling career at Boise.

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Penn State's linebackers -- led by All-American Paul Posluszny -- create tough challenge for Wisconsin.

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Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves -- a junior who leads the Southeastern Conference with eight sacks -- said he doesn't believe he's quite ready for the N.F.L.

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Southern Cal quarterback John David Booty plans to stay for his senior season.

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Feature on U.S.C. wide receiver Steve Smith, who hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts, despite his lack of ideal and speed.

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Is Boise State sophomore running back Ian Johnson a Heisman candidate?

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Closer look at athletic West Virginia quarterback Pat White.

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Former L.S.U. Tiger Ben Wilkerson, considered one of the nation's premier college centers in the 2005 draft class before suffering a serious knee injury (in 2004), has finally made an N.F.L. roster -- was activated from the Bengals practice squad today.

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Michigan State head coach J.L. Smith says Spartans quarterback Drew Stanton will play in the very prestigious Senior Bowl....Smith also mentions wide receiver Matt Trannon should "not" give up playing basketball, as he feels N.F.L. scouts might not be that high on his talents.

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N.F.L. scouts are starting to really like Illinois junior linebacker J Lehman, who is already a grad student.

DD.com Comment: J Lehman (given name is Jeremy) is a rising prospect, who is starting to shed the "overachiever" image. A image that he fully embraces for some unknown reason. He's got good sideline to sideline speed, great instincts and is very tough. That said, it's not likely he should consider leaving school early for the N.F.L., despite the fact he graduated right after his sophomore season.

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Former Duke tight end Ben Patrick is the first University of Delaware player chosen for the Hula Bowl all-star game.

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Stanford Cardinal tight end Matt Traverso has been invited to the Hula Bowl.

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The following is a list of top junior Quarterback prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly-- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.

Brian Brohm ~ Louisville -- N.F.L. scouts love his skills and mental make up, but durability is an issue according to insiders who would like to see him make it through a season in one piece.

Chad Henne ~ Michigan -- Not real tall (6' 2"), but has great leadership skills and has a fairly strong and accurate arm. Started for the Wolverines as a true freshman in 2004 and excelled. Enough said.

JaMarcus Russell ~ Louisiana State -- Tall and sturdy pocket-quarterback with a very strong right arm. Will remind draft fans of a young Duante Culpepper.

Erik Ainge ~ Tennessee -- Has really thrived with new O.C. David Cutcliffe on board this season. Needs more experience and has already stated he will not enter the draft early.

John David Booty ~ Southern California -- Terrific skills: Good height, strong and accurate arm. Comes from a football family, so he knows the game inside and out. Really does need more experience at the college level. Has stated he will not enter the draft early.

Colt Brennan ~ Hawaii -- A lot of qurterbacks at Hawaii have put up big numbers like Brennan has, but few had his pro potential according to his head coach June Jones, who played quarterback and coached in the N.F.L.

Brandon Cox ~ Auburn -- Crafty lefty will remind fans of current K.C. Chiefs rookie Brodie Croyle. Cox is one of the toughest players in college football, but injuries have slowed him down during his career. Scouts like this kid a lot.

Sam Keller ~ Nebraska -- Former Pac-10 starter is sitting out this season after transfering in from Arizona. He will have one season of eligibility after he sits out this season. Has a big arm, possesses excellent size and is a decent athlete.

Kyle Wright ~ Miami-Florida -- N.F.L. scouts are fascinated by his size, athletic ability and arm, but he's definitely not close to being ready to make the jump to pro ball. Could fare much better as a senior with better talent around him.

Anthony Morelli ~ Penn State -- Could throw the ball over 50 yards when he was 11 years old. Has the arm strength of a high first round pick, but hasn't played anywhere close to his lofty expectations. If he improves (cuts down on mistakes), keep an eye on him.

Matt Flynn ~ Louisiana State -- If they allowed trades in college football, teams would be lining up to acquire this talented quarterback from the Tigers. Great leadership skills, with excellent athletic ability and a nice arm. Is currently stuck behind Jamarcus Russell, who has stayed injury free this season.

Josh Johnson ~ San Diego -- Probably the best quarterback prospect in Division I-AA football. Tall and very skinny (like a young Randall Cunningham), so he could use a little more bulk to his frame. Good arm and solid all-around skills. Is helped by the fact he's coached by former N.F.L. quarterback Jim Harbaugh.

Matt Ryan ~ Boston College -- Has great tools. Is tall, athletic and possesses a strong arm. Hasn't put up huge numbers this season, but doesn't have a lot weapons on offense and has been hobbled by injuries.

Andre Woodson ~ Kentucky -- Thin, but very tough Wildcats leader, who is really starting to play up to his potential. If he continues to improve at this pace, he could easily move up in the rankings. Solid arm and good knowledge of the game.

Dennis Dixon ~ Oregon -- A very similar prospect to Josh Johnson, in terms of physical skills and build. Has held off highly regarded Brady Leaf to retain the Ducks starting quarterback spot and fared well.

Alex Brink ~ Washington State -- Brink won't wow scouts with his size, arm or speed, but he has a ton of experience already and is a great leader for the Cougars.

Brett Myers ~ Iowa State -- This athletic Cyclones quarterback has dropped considerably in our rankings since the season began. Has a solid offensive line in front of him and great weapons, but he 's struggled a bit this season. Will he bounce back as a senior?

T.C. Ostrander ~ Stanford -- Excellent physical talent, which is typical of Stanford quarterbacks since Elway left. However, he has the same problem Trent Edwards had this season before his injury -- very mediocre offensive talent (that's a nice way of putting it) around him.

Sedale Threatt ~ Lehigh -- Very exciting player, dubbed the "Michael Vick of DI-AA" by some. Will get a look in the N.F.L. in some form -- quarterback or wide receiver. Is the son former N.B.A. defensive specialist Sedale Threatt.

Paul Smith ~ Tulsa -- Doesn't have a great arm and he isn't real tall, but he's a very good athlete and a terrific college quarterback. Is the son of a high school coach, so his knowledge of the game is exceptional.

Ricky Santos ~ New Hampshire -- Like a lot of top I-AA quarterbacks, he lacks ideal height. However, he has been one of the most prolific quarterbacks in Division I-AA football the last three season.

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An open letter to Florida Gators fans from Marcus Thomas.

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Former Florida Gators defensive tackle Marcus Thomas will not be displaying his wares for NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl or the Hula Bowl.

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In depth look at Michigan Wolverines middle linebacker David Harris.

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TFY Draft Preview's "Weekend in Review" looks at several rising prospecects, including Maryland cornerback Josh Wilson and Delaware tight end Ben Patrick.

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AOL's overpaid Player of the Week: New Orleans running back Reggie Bush.

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How Dallas lost to Washington yesterday in the final seconds of the game:

Apparently Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was so pre-occupied mocking recently demoted Redskins strong safety Adam Archuleta (following a last minute touchdown that tied the game at 19-19), that he simply forgot to do his job -- block Troy Vincent on the extra point attempt.

DD.com Comment: Typical of modern day N.F.L football. The buffoonery level in the league has gotten so out of control, that even a seemingly unassuming veteran player like Witten is more interested in talking trash and hyping himself rather than focusing on what he gets to paid to do -- play football.

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The Detroit News recaps the weekend in college football -- including another great game for Oklahoma tailback Allen Patrick.

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Talented wide receiver D.J. Hall put an end to the speculation before it began. No, the junior is not leaving Alabama early to enter the NFL draft.

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With a throng of N.F.L scouts in the stands Saturday night to watch Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, North Carolina State senior middle linebacker Pat Lowery did a nice job showcasing his own talent for those pro scouts -- recorded 16 tackles and returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown.

Lowery, a former North Carolina high school wrestling champ, leads the Wolfpack with 79 tackles this season and still has at least four games left to play. This is clearly a player that might surprise people as the draft process moves forward, if he can show the type of speed and quickness N.F.L. scouts like. Here is a recent article which delves into the topic of Lowery making it in the N.F.L.

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The Star Tribune reports top senior tight end prospect Matt Spaeth of Minnesota is playing with an injured shoulder. He will definitely need surgery when the season is over and won't be able to play in any of the postseason all-star games that help NFL scouts judge his ability.

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Most sacks this season, Division I-A football:

LB Ameer Ismail ~ Western Michigan -- 15

DE Abraham Wright ~ Colorado -- 12

DE LaMarr Woodley ~ Michigan -- 11

DE Gaines Adams ~ Clemson -- 10.5

DE Justin Hickman ~ U.C.L.A. -- 10.5

DE Mkristo Bruce ~ Washington State -- 10

DE Victor Abiamiri ~ Notre Dame -- 10

DE Ian Campbell ~ Kansas State -- 9.5

DE Bruce Davis ~ U.C.L.A. -- 9.5

DD.com Comment: All the players listed above are seniors, except U.C.L.A.'s Bruce Davis, who is a junior, and Kansas State's Ian Campbell, who is a sophomore.

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Most sacks this season, Division I-AA football:

DE Edgar Jones ~ Southeast Missouri State -- 11 (6' 5", 250 -- Senior)

DE Ray Gensler ~ Robert Morris -- 11 (6' 1", 220 -- Senior)

DE Bryan Smith ~ McNeese State -- 10 (6' 3", 219 -- Junior)

DE Matt King ~ Maine -- 9.5 (6' 3", 242 -- Senior)

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