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last updated: 09/30/08
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Should Washington Huskies head coach Tyrone Willingham risk playing star quarterback Jake Locker at safety while his thumb heals?

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Promising Kent State tight end/fullback Jameson Konz will miss the balance of the season due to an ankle injury.

DD.comment: While this may seem like a insignificant prospect to many draft followers, Jameson Konz became extremely popular with NFL scouts when he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.38 seconds at 6' 3" and 223 pounds for National Scouting last spring. Even though Konz never was a star for K.S.U., we have to wonder if he was used properly, as it's very hard to believe a mid-major school, which hasn't played in a bowl game since 1972, would take a player with this sort of size and speed and force him to bulk up to play linebacker and H-Back, instead of using him at defensive back or wide receiver right from the start?

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DD.com friend Josh Buchanan lists his Top 40 Small School Prospects.

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Scouts Buzz: Josh Buchanan looks at 27 F.C.S. stars that have Impressed NFL Scouts in the first 5 weeks.

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Prospect Watch: Tony Pauline of SI.com looks at this weeks Risers & Sliders.

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Return of gifted junior defensive end Greg Hardy puts the teeth back in Ole Miss' defense.

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Kentucky senior tackle Garry Williams has been named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week.

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Feature guest writer Paul G's players "Who Caught My Eye" in week 5, content exclusive to Draft Daddy.

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Virginia Tech redshirt senior center Ryan Shuman was named the ACC's Offensive Lineman of the Week after being credited with seven knockdown blocks at Nebraska

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With 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in the win over Wisconsin, Michigan junior defensive end Brandon Graham has been named Big Ten defensive player of the week.

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Southern California senior linebacker Rey Maualuga is listed as day-to-day with a right knee (MCL) sprain.

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Texas senior defensive end Brian Orakpo already has 5.5 sacks year to date.

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Florida offensive lineman Phil Trautwein is healthy and hopes to impress NFL scouts.

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Closer look at Florida State's rugged defensive tackle Bud Thacker, who is wild and eccentric off the field.

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A pair of small school impressing: Scout.com's Prospect Watch.

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Hampton University coach Jerry Holmes believes Pirates receiver and punt returner Jeremy Gilchrist can play in the NFL.

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Florida A&M quarterback Curtis Pulley, who recently transferred from Kentucky, was named co-offensive MEAC player of the week.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost first-round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall to a season-ending shoulder injury.

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Young linebacker Paul Posluszny is positively superb for the fast-rising Buffalo Bills.

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last updated: 09/29/08
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Jemele Hill of ESPN.com: Whatever Happened to the White Tailback?

DD.comment: Someone at ESPN got a small fact wrong here. Former NFL tailback Nick Goings is actually bi-racial.

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Heraldnet.com: The Washington Huskies should play star quarterback Jake Locker at safety while he sits out with a broken thumb.

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Penn State's talented, but sometimes troubled, junior tight end Andrew Quarless is fighting his way out of Joe Paterno's doghouse.

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Closer look at Louisiana Tech quarterback Taylor Bennett, who is a Georgia Tech transfer.

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The 5-0 Connecticut Huskies have lost a pair NFL draft prospects -- Tyler Lorenzen and Steve Brouse -- for a significant period of time due to injuries.

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Kansas State safety Gary Chandler has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested for driving on a revoked license.

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Cincinnati senior wide receiver Marshwan Gilyard recorded a career high 146 receiving yards against Akron.

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Buffalo senior wide receiver Ernest Jackson has been enjoying success as a kickoff returner.

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Alabama junior nose tackle Terrance Cody is earning comparisons to all-time great Ted Washington.

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Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy may not be impacting the stat sheet but he is dominating on the field.

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Auburn junior defensive end Antonio Coleman was named SEC defensive lineman of the week for his performance against Tennessee.

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Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams had 241 all purpose yards and 3 touchdowns in the win over Illinois.

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After 400+ yards passing against TCU, Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford is emerging on the national stage.

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Michigan State tight end Charlie Gantt displayed his speed with an 82 yard touchdown reception against Indiana.

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Memphis senior defensive end Clinton McDonald had 4 sacks in the win over Arkansas State.

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last updated: 09/28/08
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Washington quarterback Jake Locker suffered a broken right thumb in the Huskies 35-28 loss to Stanford and is out indefinitely.

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Pitt Panthers' senior wide receiver Derek Kinder knows he has to prove to scouts that he's the same player he was before his knee injury.

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Jerry Sullivan: The Buffalo Bills are building success around Marv Levy's 2006 draft class.

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Rick Gosselin: No school matches the University of Miami's success at producing pros.

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Sports agent competition heats up as Connecticut football emerges as a powerhouse.

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last updated: 09/27/08
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Noted writer Stefan Fatsis wonders why more players don't follow the lead of ex-Ohio State star Quinn Pitcock and retire from the violent world of the NFL early.

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NFL scouts like the University of San Diego's record-breaking wide receiver John Matthews, even though he's not real tall.

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Central Washington quarterback Mike Reilly returns to Montana as a solid NFL prospect.

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Look at University of Illinois senior defensive end Will Davis, an NFL prospect who began his college career as a tight end.

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Video Link: Ohio State junior tailback Beanie Wells hurtle at Minnesota dropped jaws.

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Quick look at Ohio State's Brian Robiske and other top 10 senior wide receivers.

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76 yard reverse by Maryland junior wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was a game changing play against Clemson.

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Ole Miss junior defensive end Greg Hardy had 2 sacks and several QB hurries in today's upset win over Florida.

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North Carolina senior Brandon Tate has broken the NCAA record for combined kick return yardage.

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The draft is the only way to build a championship quality team.

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Oklahoma redshirt freshman linebacker Travis Lewis has run the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds

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Colorado true freshman tailback Rodney Stewart has been the workhorse for his team, not former 5-star recruit Darrell Scott.

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UConn cornerback Darius Butler's receiving touchdown in last night's win at Louisville was the first of his career.

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If Baylor left tackle Jason Smith can prove his athleticism in post-season workouts he would be a first-day pick.

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last updated: 09/26/08
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Southern California senior linebacker Rey Maualuga suffered a right knee sprain late in the game, did not return.

Junior safety Taylor Mays also was forced to leave the game after suffering a chest injury that caused him to cough up blood.

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RealGm: Top 103 draft eligible prospects in college football.

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An anonymous AFC scout compared Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford to Dan Marino at Pitt.

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Missouri Western senior right guard Roger Allen is rated the best NFL prospect in the MIAA.

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At 5-7 and 193 pounds, Oregon State freshman Jacquizz Rodgers proved a tough target to track down against USC.

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TCU junior defensive end Jerry Hughes is responsible for 4 turnovers in 4 games.

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Missouri sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Maclin reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds.

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Alabama's offensive line have benefited from increased flexibility after doing yoga and pilates twice a week in the offseason.

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The legend of Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody continues to grow.

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49ers.com: Area scout Todd Brunner scouts Yale running back Mike McLeod and others in the Northeast.

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The increased use of spread offenses has led to teams relying more on nickel backs.

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last updated: 09/23/08
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Southern California linebacker Clay Matthews has transformed from skinny walk-on to NFL prospect.

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LSU junior tailback Charles Scott asked for the ball, and got it, in last week's win against Auburn.

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SI.com: Risers and Sliders from week 4 by Tony Pauline.

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South Carolina freshman C.C. Whitlock has been moved from receiver to defensive back, a position where his high school coach believes he has "NFL-level talent."

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Feature guest writer Paul G's players "Who Caught My Eye" in week 4, content exclusive to Draft Daddy.

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Florida defense prepares for Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead.

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Ball State attempts to deal with the possible career ending injury to wide receiver Dante Love.

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Arizona returner Mike Thomas has been named Pac-10 Special Teams player of the week, following his efforts against UCLA.

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Recording 2 sacks, Cal Poly sophomore defensive end Gavin Cooper has been named Great West Conference defensive player of the week.

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Alabama junior left tackle Andre Smith is this week's SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Arkansas.

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Florida running back Emmanuel Moody (Southern Cal transfer) reflects on the differences between the Pac-10 and the SEC.

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Georgia Tech left tackle Andrew Gardner is the ACC offensive lineman of the week for the second time this season.

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Josh Buchanan breaks down the Small School action from week 4 of college football.

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last updated: 09/21/08
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Chicago Tribune's Scout Talk: Ranking the Top 5 Senior Running Backs.

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Thirty games and two-plus years into his NFL career, league insiders know less about what Reggie Bush is than what he is not.

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SI.Com's Scout's Buzz: Two diminutive Rookie Wide Receivers showing size doesn't always matter in the NFL.

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University of Idaho long snapper Joel Jones hopes to play in the NFL.

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last updated: 09/19/08
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Tennessee running back Arian Foster feels he did the right thing by returning for his senior season.

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Tennessee State wide receiver JaJuan Spillman is putting up big numbers after being kicked off Louisville's roster this summer.

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Troubled Kansas State running back Leon Patton was dismissed from the team on Friday, a day after police arrested him on charges of child abuse of a 4-month-old.

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Harvard Crimson' star Andrew Berry says playing quarterback in high school helped make him a better cornerback in college.

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Ex-Missouri quarterback J.P. Tillman impressing as a sophomore starter at Grambling.

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Senior wide receiver Brandon Tate is doing big things for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

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The Pitt Panthers really like speedy redshirt freshman linebacker Greg Williams.

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For the Hamlin Brothers, Saturday is more than Clemson vs. South Carolina State.

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Up close and personal look at the Georgia Bulldogs' high impact sophomore linebacker Rennie Curran.

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last updated: 09/18/08
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SI.com takes an in-depth look at Auburn's fast rising junior defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks.

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Pro Football Weekly looks at several college prospects that have Caught the Eye of NFL Scouts.

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As our friend Josh Buchanan has been reporting for while, NFL scouts like Wheaton College cornerback Pete Ittersagen.

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Pro Football Weekly: Anonymous NFL Scouts give their opinions regarding some current NFL players and teams.

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Central Florida cornerback Joe Burnett hopes he made the right choice by deciding to return for his senior season.

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Texas Tech's receivers will face several NFL prospects when they play against the Massachusetts Minutemen this weekend.

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Dozens of news links and articles regarding Southern Conference football teams can be found at Sonconsports.com.

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last updated: 09/17/08
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Nevada Appeal looks at Nevada-Reno's top NFL prospect, tall wide receiver Marko Mitchell.

DD.comment: Many would argue that linebacker Joshua Mauga is Nevada's top prospect, but we like Mitchell a little better due to his blend of size (a shade over 6' 3"), speed (NFL teams have timed him at 4.49) and play making ability. One NFL scouting outlet rated him as a 6th rounder going to this season, but we think he can move up quite a bit as the proccess moves forwad.

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The Houston Chronicle looks at Texas Tech defensive back Daniel Charbonnet, who leads the nation with four interceptions.

DD.comment: This is a kid we've been touting for a while now due to his aggressive, ball-hawking nature and reported 4.31 speed. But, to our surprise, he's never really had a shot to prove himself on some marginal Texas Tech defensive units. Good to see he's getting his long overdue chance to start and, perhaps, impress pro scout before his eligibility expires.

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The Arizona Republic suggests B.Y.U. quarterback Max Hall, who's an absolute Danny White look-a-like, may have a real shot at winning the Heisman Trophy.

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Left tackle Michael Oher has not given up any sacks this season, and the rest of the Ole Miss offensive line has only 1 total, best in the SEC to date.

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UCLA sophomore center Jake Dean makes his first career start this weekend against Arizona.

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Urban Meyer recounts how junior kick returner Brandon James won his job for Florida.

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Alabama offensive guard David Ross is earning the trust of head coach Nick Saban.

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5 NFL teams have requested passes to scout players at the Virginia Tech at North Carolina matchup this weekend.

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South Carolina offensive tackle Jamon Meredith has been moved to left guard, replaced by Jarriel King.

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Grand Valley State defensive end Danny Richard impresses his teammates with his motor.

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Florida State defensive end Everette Brown receives special attention from opposing coaches as they make their game plans.

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Stanford head Jim Harbaugh announces the Cardinal will start highly regarded freshman quarterback Andrew Luck.

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Randy Hill: Can any team in college football beat the U.S.C. Trojans?

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Can highly touted Baylor freshman Robert Griffin be the next Vince Young on the college level?

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Top Junior Tailbacks Watch List:

Chris Wells ~ Ohio State

C.J. Spiller ~ Clemson

Stafon Johnson ~ Southern Cal

Ben Tate ~ Auburn

LeGarrette Blount ~ Oregon

Charles Scott ~ Louisiana State

Toby Gerhart ~ Stanford (Baseball Prospect)

C.J. Gable ~ Southern Cal

Donald Brown ~ Connecticut

Keiland Williams ~ Louisiana State

Montario Hardesty ~ Tennessee

P.J. Hill ~ Wisconsin

Mike Goodson ~ Texas A&M

Daniel Dufrene ~ Illinois

Chris Brown ~ Oklahoma

Anthony Dixon ~ Mississippi State (Tailback)

Damion Fletcher ~ Southern Miss

Da'Rel Scott ~ Maryland

Keith Toston ~ Oklahoma State

Jared Hawkins ~ Vanderbilt

Mikell Simpson ~ Virginia

Javarris James ~ Miami-Florida

Eugene Jarvis ~ Kent State

Michael Smith ~ Arkansas

Jake Sharp ~ Kansas

James Starks ~ Buffalo (Return Specialist)

Brandon West ~ Western Michigan

Reggie Arnold ~ Arkansas State

David Sinisi ~ Monmouth

William Ford ~ South Carolina State ***

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last updated: 09/16/08
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Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson throws a lot of praise at University of Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford.

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Former University of Miami linebacker Willie Williams continues to bounce around from one to school to another, recently landing at Union College in Kentucky.

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The Baltimore Sun looks at Navy fullback Eric Kettani, who impressed NFL scouts at Pro Day.

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The Denver Broncos have traded wide receiver Kerry Colbert to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a future draft pick.

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Maryland cornerback Kevin Barnes vomit-inducing hit of Cal tailback Jahvid Best has become very popular on video sites.

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New Mexico senior cornerback Glover Quin was named Mountain West co-Defensive Player of the Week, after a big effort against Arizona.

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SI.com: Week 3 Risers and Sliders by Tony Pauline.

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Florida State's offensive coordinator estimates that up to 6 Wake Forest defenders could be selected in the draft

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Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs is looking forward to matching up with Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody, who he calls an "NFL-type nose tackle."

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Florida State junior defensive tackle Budd Thacker returns from suspension this weekend and hopes to bolster the Seminoles defensive line rotation.

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NC State sophomore linebacker Nate Irving has 3 interceptions in 3 games and is emerging as a star.

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UNLV sophomore defensive tackle Malo Taumua had the respect and admiration of teammates even before his game-clinching field goal block against Arizona State.

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Ole Miss defensive tackle Peria Jerry received honorable mention for SEC defensive lineman of the week honors after his game against Samford.

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last updated: 09/15/08
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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan looks at how some of the better Small School NFL Prospects fared in week three.

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N.A.I.A. Football Players of the Week - #2

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Rivals.com's Recently Updated College Football Power Rankings:

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Running Backs

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Wide Outs

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 O Linemen

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 D Linemen

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Linebackers

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 D Backs

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 20 Specialists


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East Carolina linebacker Quentin Cotton is likely out for the season after injuring his right knee during the Pirates' recent victory over Tulane.

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The Pittburgh Post Gazette takes a closer look gritty West Virginia linebacker Mortty Ivy.

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DD.comment: The NFL's two major scouting outlets really differ on this player. One had him ranked among the top 30 prospects in the senior class (with a 3rd round projection) heading into the season, while the other didn't even include him among the top 450 prospects in the class. Both have him listed at a shade over 6' 1" and 235 pounds. They have him running the yard dash between 4.75 and 4.80.

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Senior strong safety Al Afalava's physical style of play has made him an intimidating force at Oregon State.

DD.comment: According to our sources, NFL scouts currently have this player ranked as a 6th to 7th round prospect. His speed in the 40 yard dash is believed to be between 4.57 and 4.60, which is quite a bit faster than the speeds listed for some of the more notable senior strong safeties like Nic Harris and Kevin Ellison.

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Boston College has lost talented junior defensive end Alex Albright to a season ending neck injury.

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The New Haven Register takes a closer look at Connecticut's top senior prospect, cornerback Darius Butler.

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Tennessee junior safety Eric Berry looks forward to matching up against Florida this weekend.

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Alabama freshman wide receiver Julio Jones continues to be a target of the Tide offense.

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Clemson junior center Thomas Austin graded 85 percent and had 12 knockdown blocks in the win over NC State

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Notre Dame junior tackle Sam Young and the rest of the offensive line had a big day against Michigan.

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Mississippi State defensive tackle Jessie Bowman was named Southeastern Conference defensive lineman of the week.

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Georgia freshman flanker A.J. Green had a career-high 61 yards on three catches against South Carolina.

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North Carolina wide receiver Brandon Tate had a career-high 138 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns against Rutgers.

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last updated: 09/14/08
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Scout Talk: Anonymous NFL scouts help Dan Pompei rank his Top 10 Seniors Quarterbacks.

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DD.com looks at some of the Top Athletic quarterbacks in the Senior Class:

Pat White ~ West Virginia -- White wants a chance to play quarterback in the NFL, but Blesto and National Scouting have him ranked as a wide receiver. We've been told National estimates his speed to be around 4.50 and has given him a 3rd round projection (as a wide receiver) going into his senior season. White, a terrific all-around athlete that rushed for 1,335 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, has been drafted three times in Major League Baseball's Amatuer draft (centerfield), but a career on the diamond might be a longshot because he hasn't picked up a bat since high school.

Tyler Lorenzen ~ Connecticut -- Left Iowa State because they wanted to move him to receiver. While some scouts believe he could project as a 6th or 7th round pick as a quarterback, with a big senior season, his best shot at making an impact at the next level may be as a wide receiver or H-Back. Impressive athlete, who NFL scouts have clocked at 4.56 seconds in the 40 yard dash and estimated to be 6' 4", 228 pounds.

Julian Edelman ~ Kent State -- NFL scouts have measured this California native at a shade over 5' 10" and estimated he runs the 40 yard dash in the mid 4.5's. After the success of former K.S.U. quarterback Joshua Cribbs as a return specialist in Cleveland, several NFL teams have acknowledge they are watching the lighting quick Edelman very closely.

Bobby Reid ~ Texas Southern -- Best known from his days at Oklahoma State and all the issues he had with Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy in early 2007. While Reid is currently getting scouted as a quarterback by NFL teams, he possesses enough size (6' 3", 235) and speed (4.64) to get a look at wide receiver or H-Back, if things don't work out behind center.

Stephen McGee ~ Texas A & M (Athlete) -- Has the look of a very athletic quarterback, who could project as a defensive back or wide receiver as a pro, but NFL scouts have estimated he runs in the low 4.8's. If this is true, he'll need to make it as a quarterback and that could be a tough task considering the system he's played in at Texas A&M.

Michael Desormeaux ~ Louisiana Lafayette -- We have no numbers from scouts on this player, but we do know at least one N.F.C. Central franchise is scouting him as an athlete after he rushed for 1,141 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2007.

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last updated: 09/13/08
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Michigan State tailback Javon Ringer rushed for 282 yards today against the feisty Florida Atlantic Owls.

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Iowa Hawkeyes' senior wide receiver Andy Brodell, who wowed NFL scouts with his Speed at the 2006 Alamo Bowl, is showing signs that he's recovering from a very serious 2007 hamstring injury.

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In-depth look at the Alabama Crison Tide's senior safety Rashad Johnson.

DD.comment: Johnson was rated as a solid 5th round prospect by Blesto and National going into this season. He's been measured at a shade over 5' 11" and his 40 yard dash is listed between 4.50 and 4.56, which would make him one of the faster safeties in the class, according to the numbers compiled by actual scouts.

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Check out USA Today's TV Listings if you want to find which college football games will be nationally televised today.

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Clemson's lightning fast junior wide receiver Jacoby Ford wants to prove he's more than just a track star in football pads.

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According to anonymous NFL scouts, Every Starting Linebacker playing in tonight's Ohio State @ U.S.C. game is considered draftable.

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The New York Times catches up with former Ohio State superstar linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer.

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Scouts from the New York Jets and Detroit Lions have traveled to Valparaiso to check out offensive tackle Ryan Kozey.

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Missouri State tight end Clayton Harbor, a junior that is considered a future NFL prospect due to his size and speed, hopes to impress against a Big 12 progam.

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Missouri Western right guard Roger Allen has been getting a lot of attention from pro scouts.

DD.comment: Heading into this season, Allen (6' 3", 318, 5.49/40 yard dash) was rated as a "priority free agent" by National Scouting and a "free agent" by Blesto. So, basically, this means that scouts over at National ranked him a little bit higher, but he still needs a big senior season to get drafted.

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last updated: 09/12/08
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Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe could be the University of Virginia's next first-round pick

DD.comment: Monroe was rated among the top 5 prospects (overall) in the senior class by both Blesto and National Scouting going into the season.

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Feature guest writer Paul G breaks down the Prospects to Watch in week 3, content exclusive to Draft Daddy.

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Nashville City Paper takes a closer look at Vanderbilt tailback Jared Hawkins.

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South Carolina tight end Jared Cook is only a junior, but some think he's already ready for the NFL.

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Chicago Sun-Times: Fast-rising Illinois linebacker Martez Wilson is flattered by criticisms that reveal great expectations.

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Realizing he doesn't have the size and skills that will make NFL scouts drool, University of Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing is taking his academics very seriously.

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University of Kansas redshirt freshman left tackle Jeff Spikes is confident he can handle U.S.F. All-American George Selvie tonight.

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ESPN.com looks at how some the Top True Freshmen have fared so far in college football.

Related Article: A new batch of Superhuman True Freshmen, who entered college famous thanks to You Tube, are shaking up the early season.

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Randy Galloway: Tennessee quarterback Vince Young enters tough territory for an NFL quarterback.

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Former University of Hawaii wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen, a rookie recently cut by the Chicago Bears, has signed with the B.C. Lions of the C.F.L.

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last updated: 09/11/08
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Soft-spoken junior Syd'Quan Thompson is not shy in setting big goals for Cal-Berkeley and himself at cornerback

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USA Today takes an in-depth look at U.S.C.'s fast-rising junior quarterback Mark Sanchez.

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The newly minted brother-in-law combination of Max Hall and Dennis Pitta is putting up big numbers at Brigham Young.

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Former University of Delaware offensive tackle Mike Byrne, a rookie recently cut by the Miami Dolphins, has signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the C.F.L.

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Sean Witherspoon and Brock Christopher will likely be in the NFL next season, but Missouri has plenty of athletic, young linebackers waiting in wings, including Will Ebner, Andrew Gachkar and Luke Lambert.

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University of Virginia coaches are very happy that hulking freshman defensive end Matt Conrath decided to shun a career in baseball.

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Pro Football Weekly's Prospect Notes: Shoulder injury could change draft status of Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper.

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Soon-to-be 24 year old sophomore James Casey goes from utility man to the Rice Owls' main man.

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There have been reports of NFL scouts visiting Terre Haute, Indiana to workout talented small school linebacker Paul Spreen.

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True freshman Kavario Middleton is shaping up as the next great tight end for the Washington Huskies.

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Not only is Syracuse junior Arthur Jones a hard-worker on the field, but the talented defensive tackle enjoys giving back to the community.

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Central Florida cornerback Joe Burnett hopes his success as a return specialist will enhance his draft stock.

DD.comment: We've always liked Burnett as a player, and believed Florida media reports that he was given a 4th round projection by the NFL's Draft Advisory Panel last winter. However, according to our sources, scouts were not very high on him going into this season, as he was rated as a low 7th rounder by Blesto and an undrafted free agent by National. Simply put, NFL teams are not sure if he's fast enough for his size (5096, 180). National has him running a 4.60, which would not ruin his chances to play in the NFL, but, coupled with his slight frame, could harm his draft stock.

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In-depth look at U.S.C.'s new starting weakside linebacker, senior Kaluka Maiava.

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The Charleston Gazette: Will Hudgens entered the University of Memphis as a promising quarterback and will leave the school as a professional athlete - in baseball.

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Texas A&M senior defensive end Michael Bennett (brother of Cowboys tight end Martellus) appears to be maturing off the field.

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Opposing coaches have taken notice of Michael Johnson and the rest of the Georgia Tech defensive line.

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According to the South Florida media guide, when defensive end George Selvie was an infant, a Buick rolled off a car jack and onto his head. The accident left a dent in his head, but did not seem to affect him in any other way.

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NFL scout says Ohio State senior linebacker James Laurinaitis compares favorably to some recent first round picks.

Related Item: A look inside how Ohio State senior linebacker James Laurinaitis prepares for gametime.

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U.S.C. senior defensive tackle Fili Moala expects to get his season on track against Ohio State this weekend.

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Arizona State freshman Lawrence Guy is adapting well to his new position of defensive tackle.

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Draft Daddy has updated our top 20 senior prospect rankings, a.k.a. the Big Board.

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last updated: 09/10/08
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The Indianapolis Colts intend to cut starting defensive tackle Ed Johnson, who was, in our opinion, the most productive undrafted rookie in the 2007 draft class.

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Cal-Berkeley running backs coach Ron Gould thinks Will Ta'ufo'ou is one of the most underrated fullbacks in the country.

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ESPN: In the National Football League, Quick Free-Agent Fixes are becoming harder to find.

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Brunner's Blog: Forty Niners Area scout Todd Brunner talks about some prospects that have impressed him this season, including Buffalo quarterback Drew Willy.

DD.comment: University of Buffalo quarterback Drew Willy has been measured at a shade over 6' 3" and 205 pounds by NFL scouts. At this point, we are led to believe he's being looked at as a latter round prospects, with a chance to move up with a strong senior season and solid post-season showing. Also, we'd like to note that Todd Brunner is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Scott Brunner, who is still visible on the east coast as a college football announcer. Scott Brunner also did a great job helping ex-Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco prepare for last spring's draft.

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Former New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball intends to sign a practice squad contract with the Montreal Alouettes.

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Closer look at William & Mary quarterback Jake Phillips and his NFL prospect brother, Virginia tight end John Phillips.

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Thursday Night's Rutgers-North Carolina game will be watched by at least 18 NFL Scouts or Execs.

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Linebacker E.J. Savannah's rocky but productive University of Washington football career officially came to an end Tuesday evening.

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Missouri tight end Chase Coffman displayed his serious vertical leap skills last against Southeast Missouri State.

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Many wondered why Georgia tailback Knowshon Moreno's hurdle of a Central Michigan safety was not included in most gameday highlights. Video available here.

DD.comment: Wednesday must be hurdle day at Draft Daddy. Along those lines, here's another great leap, from current St Louis Rams running back Brian Leonard.

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Hawaii defensive tackle Josh Leonard was awarded a game ball for his 8 tackle performance against Weber State.

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Oklahoma defensive coordinator has high praise for defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

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Alabama nose tackles Josh Chapman and Terrence Cody combine on "elephant" package in the middle of Tide defense.

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BYU junior quarterback Max Hall was named Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday's win over Washington.

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last updated: 09/09/08
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ESPN's Ted Miller is on a quest to find U.S.C.'s best running back.

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Oregon tailback/NFL prospect Jeremiah Johnson bounces back from shoulder injury.

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SI.com: Tony Pauline looks at 12 Draft Risers & Sliders, then dispenses some other prospect news and notes.

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Former Louisville wide receiver JaJuan Spillman, who says he's run a 4.26 40, hopes to catch the attention of NFL execs at Tennessee State.

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ESPN's Big 10 Mailbag: Find out Which Northwestern Wildcat could be a surprise first day NFL draft pick?

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Closer look at Clemson's speedy junior tailback C.J. Spiller, who can excel as a runner, receiver and return specialist.

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ESPN.com: Getting to know the Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel, who hasn't a started a football game since 1999.

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Georgia sophomore defensive end Demarcus Dobbs has been a surprise leader for the Bulldogs' defense.

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After switching from center to tackle, senior Jason Bosely was Auburn's top-ranked lineman in Saturday's Southern Mississippi game, grading out at a near-perfect 94 percent and earning SEC linemen of the week honors.

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Southern Cal junior left tackle Charles Brown and the rest of his linemates prepare for the Ohio State pass rush.

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Wisconsin senior tight end Travis Beckum (hamstring) is back practicing and is expected to play against Fresno State this weekend.

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Alabama junior left tackle Andre Smith returns to practice after recovering from a knee sprain.

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The run blocking of Penn State wide receivers Derrick Williams and Brett Brackett helped pave the way for the Lions' big rushing day against Oregon State.

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With 9 tackles and 1 sack against Miami, Florida junior defensive end Jermaine Cunningham was named the SEC defensive lineman of the week. .

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Chadron State junior left tackle Ben Puffer receives high praise from his head coach.

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last updated: 09/08/08
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Feature guest writer Paul G's players "Who Caught My Eye" in week 2, content exclusive to Draft Daddy.

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Under Armour is in talks to be the exclusive apparel sponsor for the NFL combine.

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Josh Buchanan looks at how some of the better Small School NFL Prospects fared in week two.

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Josh Buchanan list the top small school performers, from each of the F.C.S. conferences, from Weeks One & Two.

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Cal-Berkeley sophomore tailback Jahvid Best has thrust himself into the Heisman Trophy race with two great early season games.

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Does Southern Miss tailback Damion Fletcher have what it takes to make it as a running back in the National Football League?

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Watch videos of dozens of college football's brightest stars at our You Tube Links Page.

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Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark is reminding folks in College Station of Micheal Robinson, who guided the 2005 Nittany Lions to an 11-1 record and an Orange Bowl victory.

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Colorado's talented freshman tailback Darrell Scott got off to a slow start, but he's lost weight and improved each week.

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Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver DeSean Jackson had an impressive rookie debut: six catches for 106 yards.

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last updated: 09/07/08
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Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh says Cardinal's tailback Toby Gerhart reminds him of NFL Hall Famer John Riggins.

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University of Rhode Island fullback Joe Casey, a FCS Preseason All-American, will take a redshirt due to a season-ending leg injury.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are considering signing former Seattle Seahawks tailback Shaun Alexander.

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Hartwick College quarterback Jason Boltus, who's considered a potential NFL prospect, tossed 7 touchdowns Saturday.

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Nebraska defensive end Barry Turner, who's considered a fringe NFL prospect, has a broken bone in his left leg and probably is out for the season.

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Former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and Gil Brandt talk about fast-rising University of Georgia star Matthew Stafford.

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A lot of NFL scouts have been checking in at the University of San Diego to watch wide receiver John Matthews.

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Washington State's senior quarterback Gary Rogers, who is a Drew Bledsoe look-alike with the uniform on, has the size and athletic ability to pique the interest of NFL teams, but he's struggled in the first two weeks.

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Nevada-Reno tailback/NFL prospect Luke Lippincott suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament @ Texas Tech.

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Gil Brandt talks about the current small-school revival for NFL quarterbacks.

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With scouts from 6 different NFL teams in the stadium, Tennessee State running back Javarris Williams became the school's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns Saturday.

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Georgia Tech senior defensive tackle Vance Walker's 4th quarter safety was a game-changing moment in the team's 19-17 win over Boston College.

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Speedy Michigan true freshman Sam Mcguffie carried the load for his squad in the win over Miami (Ohio).

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Georgia freshman flanker A.J. Green looked impressive in his team's win over Central Michigan.

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Wake Forest senior wide reciver D.J. Bolden (brother of Cardinals wide receiver Anquan) had a reliable and workmanlike performance (11 rec, 123 yards) against Ole Miss.

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East Carolina's stunning upset of West Virginia would have been unlikely without the stout play of senior nose tackle Khalif Mitchell.

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Penn State senior defensive end Josh Gaines was all over the field on Saturday, recording 5 tackles and a sack against Oregon State.

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Oklahoma redshirt freshman wide receiver Ryan Broyles had the most prolific debut ever for an OU wideout, catching seven passes for 141 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati.

Related: Another redshirt freshman, linebacker Travis Lewis led Oklahoma with 12 tackles, including two of the Sooners' three sacks.

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Nebraska junior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh displayed his speed on a 49 yard interception for touchdown.

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Week 2 games breakdown by New Era Scouting.

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Last year, Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Ed Johnson went from being unwanted to a defensive stalwart.

Undrafted Rookies that have made 2008 NFL Opening Day 53 Man Rosters

QB Caleb Hanie

RB Dantrell Savage

RB Kregg Lumpkin

FB Mike Cox

FB Mike Tolbert

WR Davone Bess

OT Tyler Polumbus

OT Drew Radovich

OT James Lee

PK Steven Hauschka

PK Dan Carpenter



DE Eric Foster

DT Lamar Divens

DE Curtis Johnson (LB)

LB Donovan Woods

LB Wesley Woodyard

LB Jameel McClain

LB Jordan Senn

LB Kenwin Cummings

LB Gary Guyton

LB David Hawthorne

LB Erin Henderson

LB JoLonn Dunbar

CB Maurice Leggett

CB Gerard Lawson

CB Brian Witherspoon

CB Isaiah Gardner

CB Elbert Mack

DB Husain Abdullah

DB Simeon Castille

P Brett Kern

DD.comment: It's amazing how predictable the NFL has become in terms roster make up. Last year, at this point, we mentioned a little over 30 undrafted rookies usually make opening day 53 man rosters and that has happened again. Also, as is frequently the case, a large chunk of the undrafted rookies that beat the odds are linebackers and defensive backs, who can make an immediate impact on special teams coverage, while earning the league minimum.

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last updated: 09/05/08
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Just Updated: Every player (about 250) currently on a NFL Practice Squad can be found listed in our teams section.

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Northwestern's players and coaches are very excited to have high impact senior defensive tackle John Gill back in their lineup.

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Missouri Tigers' defensive end Stryker Sulak decided to return for his senior season after getting a 7th round projection from NFL scouts last winter.

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Quick look at East Carolina's rapidly improving senior middle linebacker Pierre Bell.

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Navy's senior scatback Shun White has become an overnight sensation after rushing for 348 yards against Towson State last week.

DD.comment: NFL scouts have measured Shun White at 5' 8" and 185 pounds. They list his 40 time at around 4.42 seconds and have him rated as a priority free agent going into his senior season. Obviously, like all prospects that play for Army, Navy and Air Force, White will see his draft stock tumble due to his military obligations. Same thing will happen to Navy fullback Eric Kettani (NFL scouts stats: 5116, 226 pounds, 4.60/ 40), who's rated a borderline 7th rounder/free agent going into his senior season.

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Penn State loves the combination of size, speed and athletic ability that young wide receiver Brett Brackett possesses.

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Up close look at the personal life of U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez, who comes from a very athletic family.

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Tennessee's coaching staff and players are very happy with the progress that sophomore fullback Kevin Cooper has made this year.

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In-depth look at South Florida cornerback cornerback Tyller Roberts, a senior who's been dubbed "The Mouth of the South" by his teammates.

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South Dakota State defensive lineman Eric Schroeder is a 290 pounder that thrives due to a great work ethic and 4.90 speed.

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Penn State has suspended 3 players, including high impact defensive end Maurice Evans, for at least one game due to drug issues.

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Rule 14.2.3.5 may force highly touted Florida State wide receiver Corey Surrency to leave for the NFL after his sophomore season.

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Penn State wide receiver Deon Butler looks forward to career in law enforcement after his playing days are over.

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The Patriots think they may've found a hidden gem with undrafted rookie linebacker Gary Guyton.

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last updated: 09/04/08
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Our good friend Josh Buchanan takes a second look at how some of the better Small School NFL Prospects fared in week one.

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ESPN.com: 5' 8" senior running back Antone Smith is ready to to carry the running game for Florida State.

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Another look at Kentucky defensive tackle Myron Pryor, who claims to run the 40 yard dash in 4.8 seconds, at 310 pounds.

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Pro Football Weekly.com's Week One Prospect Notes.

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Stony Brook cornerback Chris Richards, a junior who once played at Michigan, has already caught the eye of NFL scouts.

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Three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper has announced his retirement.

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Several NFL teams have shown interest in Glenville State scatback Jerry Seymour, who transferred from Central Michigan after a very ugly off field incident.

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Scouts from Jacksonville and Chicago have visited Austin Peay to look at senior left tackle Cage Major and senior wide receiver Lanis Frederick.

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Boston College defensive tackles Ron Brace and B.J. Raji look to help each other make plays on the field.

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Oregon offensive tackle Fenuki Tupou will return on Saturday against Utah State after serving a one-game suspension (improper benefits from an agent).

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Southern Miss offensive tackle Ryan McKee ready to put success to the test against Auburn.

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Florida State redshirt sophomore quarterback Christian Ponder has been named the starter going forward.

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Auburn defensive line coach Don Dunn described the play of recently healthy defensive lineman Tez Doolittle as "a blind dog in a meathouse."

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Illinois senior wide receiver Will Judson provides a pro-style scouting report on himself.

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7th round pick Matt Flynn has beaten out 2nd round pick Brian Brohm for the backup QB job in Green Bay.

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Wisconsin junior defensive end O'Brien Schofield is making a name for himself.

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Sure handed senior wide receiver Kenny McKinley needs 11 receptions to become South Carolina's all-time leading receiver.

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last updated: 09/03/08
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Arizona State wide receiver Mike Jones is not real happy with the 'slow' barbs.

DD.comment: According to our sources, NFL teams have Jones running the 40 yard dash in between 4.60 and 4.62 seconds, which isn't horrible when you consider he's already been measured at 6' 3" and 208 pounds by scouts. Also, let's not forget, according to our official numbers from league sources, the Average Wide Receiver at the NFL Combine last winter ran a 4.57 (electronic), so it's not like the NFL is a league full of receivers with elite track speed (as many writers lead fans to believe). What could be more troubling for Jones, however, is both of the NFL's major scouting services have ranked him as a priority free agent going into his senior season, so he needs to have several big games this fall and then look good in spring workouts to get drafted reasonably high.

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Thanks to a strong work ethic, former walk-on Will Judson has become a key receiver for the University of Illinois.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Position-by-position analysis of the San Francisco Forty-Niners.

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ESPN.com: Interview with Ohio State senior linebacker James Laurinaitis.

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Penn State redshirt freshman tailback Stephfon Green is off to a fast start.

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Notre Dame sophomore nose tackle Ian Williams is improving every time he takes the field.

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Kentucky defensive tackle Mryon Pryor says he has been timed in the 40-yard dash as low as 4.8 seconds.

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In front of three NFL scouts Monday, Western Missouri's Jamie Hanson boomed a 70-yard punt.

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As expected, Baltimore has paced veteran quarterback Kyle Boller on injured reserve.

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Once-heralded recruit Moe Dampeer hopes to impress scouts at Northwest Missouri State, but the defensive tackle is reportedly very much out of shape.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan is reporting Willie Williams, a former Miami and Louisville transfer who enrolled at Glenville State last spring, was declared ineligible the week before their first game and has landed at Union College in Kentucky. Union is a NAIA program in the Mid-South Conference and will kickoff their season against Lambuth this Saturday.

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Josh Buchanan looks at how some of the better Small School NFL Prospects fared in week one.

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Closer look at Vanderbilt's athletic junior cornerback D.J. Moore.

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The Mississippi State Bulldogs have learned senior linebacker Jamar Chaney has fractured his leg and will be out for the season.

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U.C.L.A. may've lost senior tight end/NFL prospect Logan Paulsen for the entire season due to a foot injury.

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The Indianapolis Star takes an in-depth look at Purdue's senior quarterback Curtis Painter.

DD.comment: Painter was given a 6th to 7th round projection by National Scouting (7th round by Blesto) prior to the start of the season. National has listed his height at a shade over 6' 2" and his weight at, about, 225 pounds.

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NFL scouts are keeping an eye Benedict College's 6' 3", 350 pound offensive lineman Stanley Wright.

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Former West Virginia running back Jason Gwaltney has landed at C.W. Post (D-II) and has 3 years of eligibility left.

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last updated: 09/02/08
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The Chicago Bears added some offensive line help, trading a undisclosed draft pick to Tampa Bay for former Buccaneer starting guard Dan Buenning.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded offensive lineman Sean Mahan back to Tampa Bay in exchange for a 7th round pick.

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Denver has traded cornerback Domonique Foxworth to the Atlanta Falcons for a draft pick.

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Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier was shot and critically wounded outside an apartment building early Tuesday.

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Former University of Virgina star Ahmad Brooks, who was recently cut by Cincinnati, hopes to jump start his career in San Francisco.

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SI.com: Tony Pauline's Risers and Sliders from week 1.

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UCLA defensive tackles Brian Price and Brigham Hartwell were dominant in the OT win over Tennessee.

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Alabama's Mike Johnson could step up in place of the injured left tackle Andre Smith.

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West Virginia wants to stop pass rushing defensive end C.J. Wilson and his hot East Carolina team when they play this weekend.

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NY Times presents an interesting look inside Creative Artists Agency's football branch, with super-agents Ben Dogra and Tom Condon.

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Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman was named Big 12 co-offensive player of the week after he produced five touchdowns in Saturday's season opener.

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Kentucky defensive tackle Myron Pryor was named the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the week.

DD.comment: here is the youtube video of Pryor's 72 yard TD run.

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Auburn defensive end Antonio Coleman's strip sack on the first play of the game against Louisana-Monroe was recovered for a defensive touchdown and set the Tigers up for the 34-0 shut out.

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last updated: 09/01/08
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A variety of skills could make Tennessee's senior running back Arian Foster "a hot commodity" when draft weekend rolls around.

DD.comment: National Scouting handed Foster a 3rd round projection going into his senior season. They have measured him at 6' 1" and 215 pounds and listed his 40 yard dash time at 4.60 seconds. Blesto has ranked him significantly lower in the pre-season rankings (6th round).

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NFL scouts have been checking out Valparaiso University offensive linemen Ryan Kozey and Tim Kratz.

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An NFL scout noticed that Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter's throwing mechanics are vastly improved.

DD.comment: Carpenter was given a 7th round projection by National Scouting prior to the start of the season. But, as the writer above points out, he's got a chance to move upward in a somewhat mediocre crop of senior quarterbacks. NFL scouts have measured Rudy at a shade below 6' 2", which is a little small (scouts prefer quarterbacks over 6' 2"), but he's not too short to be rejected outright. Kellen Clemens of the Jets and Chad Henne of the Dolphins are very similar to Carpenter in terms of height and weight, but it's yet to be seen if scouts believe he has a strong enough arm to go as high as those two.

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The Seattle Seahawks have high expectations for former Oregon basketball/track star Jordan Kent.

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Draft Daddy guest writer Paul G's players "Who Caught My Eye" in week 1.

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Kentucky defensive tackle Myron Pryor had three tackles, forced one fumble and recovered another for a 72-yard TD scamper against Louisville.

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Rice sophomore defensive end Scott Solomon was impressive in his team's win over SMU.

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Of all the Tide newcomers, none made a bigger impact on Saturday night's victory than junior college transfer nose tackle Terrence Cody.

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Pulling from his left tackle spot around the right end, Michael Oher threw the key block on Brandon Bolden's 32 yard touchdown run against Memphis.

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Recording his first sack of the year against North Texas, Kansas State defensive end Ian Campbell hopes for another strong campaign.

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After an absolutely dominant first half, Alabama left tackle Andre Smith left the game with a sprained knee.

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Starting at rush end, Southern California linebacker Clay Matthews made six tackles, including a sack, and also forced and recovered a fumble.

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Missouri coaches are pleased with debut performance of redshirt freshman left tackle Elvis Fisher, who held his own against All-Big 12 defensive end Will Davis (1 hurry).

DD.comment: It should be noted that Davis actually started the game at defensive tackle, in Illinois' speed package.

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Mental mistakes against the Trojans top defense could hurt Virginia left tackle Eugene Monroe's draft stock.

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