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last updated: 9/29/06
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Rookie quarterback Vince Young will make his first NFL start for Tennessee against the Dallas Cowboys tommorow.

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Doing any "watch list" is is a daunting task, particularly with over 200 Division I football programs (I-A & I-AA) scattered across the United States. It's even harder when you're asked to come up with a list of sophomores, who are mostly just starting their college football careers.

Two weeks ago we did our list of top sophomore wide receivers and clear out forgot to add Purdue wide receiver Selwyn Lymon. We say we "forgot him", because Lymon is one of the few athletes we ever mentioned in this blog while he was in high school (spring of 2005) and we were eagerly waiting to see him play. But, considering he sat out last season due to academic issues and was a non factor early this season, he just slipped our mind. In his first college game 3 weeks ago, he caught 8 balls for 90 yards against Ball State. Today, the young receiver from Fort Wayne, Indiana with great size and speed exploded for 8 catches for 238 yards and 2 TD's at Notre Dame. Suffice it to say, when we update our list of top sophomore receivers, we won't forget Lymon and he will rank fairly high.

By the way, the youngster throwing Lymon the ball today -- Curtis Painter -- is also a sophomore. Painter completed 23 of 46 attempts today for nearly 400 yards and 2 TD's. His day could've been much better if it were not for several drops by his own receivers. Painter, who is listed at 6' 4" and 225 pounds, is a great all-around athlete, with top notch passing skills. For the season, he has completed over 60% of his attempts, for over 1,500 yards and 10 TD's (only 5 int's). Painter could, also, be a very special player for Purdue.

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Southern California sophomore linebacker Brian Cushing seems to have taken his game to another level this season, after having an "uneven" 2005 season as a true freshman. Cushing, a tremendous 6' 4", 235 pound athlete from Jersey prep power Bergen Catholic, looks like a future superstar for the Trojans. And, while it's way too early to speculate where he'll project in the pros, we'll say this kid has a chance to be very highly sought after down the line.

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New Mexico State quarterback Chase Holbrook was mostly recruited as a tight end coming out of high school. But three years later, he leads the nation in passing yards.

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Position by position look at Purdue @ Notre Dame.

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An extended look at Central Michigan defensive end Daniel Bazuin's N.F.L. Draft hopes.

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Check out our weekly college and pro football picks.

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TFY Draft Preview, Tony Pauline scouts Saturday for talent.....Notre Dame's best N.F.L. prospect in the secondary is junior cornerback Ambrose Wooden?

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Top draft pick Mario Williams feeling heat for no-sack start in Houston.

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last updated: 9/29/06
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More info on the Tulane Greenwave's long awaited return to the Superdome, post Hurricane Katrina.

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Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards, a potential Day one N.F.L Draft prospect, keeps his head high despite all the problems the Cardinal have faced this season -- lack of talent, injuries, ect.

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Closer look at Arizona State junior tight end Zach Miller, a first-team preseason All-American.

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In depth feature on Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie, who is the son of former N.F.L. player and head coach Terry Robiskie.

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The Sporting News: If Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano has a clue, he won't leave for the 'U'.

DD.com comment: We asked DD.com friend K.X., an avid Rutgers fan, what he thinks of the talk of Schiano possibly leaving Jersey for Miami:

K.X. -- There is a decent chance Rutgers might be 8-0 going into the Louisville game, which would mean the Knights' would make, at least, the top 15. That would be quite a coaching accomplishment for Greg Schiano -- Coach of the year stuff. That would probably make him even more attractive to a school like Miami, but I just don't believe he's ready to go. He can do better at Rutgers than one season ranking in the top 15 and he knows it. He can build a consistent winner. He's done the tough part. The corner has been turned. I'd expect a guy like Schiano could keep the ball rolling with another big recruiting class and better things in the future.

DD.com note: We'd also like to mention coach Schiano very recently received some prime land from Rutgers to build a house, which probably would indicate he's looking to stay at Rutgers for a while. The land deal, by the way, really upset some Jersey environmentalist.

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While we've mentioned several of Rutgers star seniors often in this blog, our friend K.X. told us to watch out for Rutgers rising sophomore safety Courtney Greene tonight:

K.X. -- Courtney Greene is one of my favorite players in college football. Very few safeties come up and support the run like Greene and he loves dishing out hard hits. He also has great hands, evidenced by a recent one-handed interception. At only 19 years of age, big things should be ahead for this kid. Impact safeties are rising in value in today's N.F.L. They want athletic players that come up hard in the run game, but also have the speed and athletic ability to match up and cover. Greene can do that and he has better size than some current N.F.L. safeties like Donte Whitner and Bob Sanders. He isn't as explosive as the Whitner and Sanders, but he's not that far behind either. Just like my Rutgers team, Greene has a very bright future. I think he looks like a future first rounder at this stage.

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Is the University of Houston on the verge of becoming a new "Quarterback U"?

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Is Ohio State's talented sophomore Malcolm Jenkins the best cornerback in college football?

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Who will fill the shoes of Syracuse's injured leading receiver Taj Smith?

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last updated: 9/28/06
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Check out AT&T's newest "Home Turf" video featuring Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams.

DD.com comment: Hopefully Roy has a trustworthy agent/good long term financial planner, who will save his money for the day his N.F.L. career ends, because he appears to be a compulsive shopper -- how can one person use that many different pairs of sneakers?

Also, check our front page AT&T banner ads from time to time for updated "Home Turf" video features on other N.F.L., M.L.B. and N.B.A. stars. They are fascinating looks at the private lives of athletes.

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Vastly underrated Brigham Young defeats T.C.U. tonight, ending the Frogs' 13-Game winning streak.

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New Hampshire's #2 wide receiver, Aaron Brown, has drawn the attention of pro scouts.

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Maine strong safety Darren Stone the latest in a line of great Black Bear defenders to wear jersey No. 4.

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Tennessee-Chattanooga days gave no hint of 'T.O.' to come -- Coaches, players remember him being real quiet.

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All you want to know and more about MTV reality football show Two-A-Days.

DD.com comment: Former Hoover safety Max Lerner is being redshirted at Furman this season.

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Rookie running back Maurice Drew standing out with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Competing in the rising Big East, Rutgers is hoping to rank with the elite college football programs in America.

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Duke Blue Devils' senior cornerback John Talley, a very solid N.F.L. prospect, stands out on a 0-3 team.

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The Houston Cougars esteemed junior left tackle SirVincent Rogers will be out the rest of the season after tearing knee ligaments.

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Article on T.C.U. senior safety Marvin White, who has run a 4.38 40 for N.F.L. scouts and "hits like a linebacker".

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Closer look at Western Michigan sophomore cornerback Londen Fryar, who has caught our attention this season.

DD.com comment: Londen Fryar is the son of former Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar, who was the #1 overall pick in the 1984 N.F.L. Draft.

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Georgia Tech's standout wide receiver Calvin Johnson worries Virginia Tech.

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

Cedric Dockery ~ Texas

Dallas Reynolds ~ Brigham Young

Jeremy Perry ~ Oregon State

Alex Mitchell ~ Michigan

Ryan Stanchek ~ West Virginia (OT)

B.J. Stabler ~ Alabama

Chilo Rachal ~ Southern California

Cole Popovich ~ Fresno State

Calvin Darity ~ North Carolina

Kraig Urbik ~ Wisconsin

Anthony Parker ~ Tennessee

Steve Rehring ~ Ohio State (OT)

Jim Tartt ~ Florida

Duke Robinson ~ Oklahoma (OT)

Gerald Cadogan ~ Penn State

Drew Miller ~ Florida

Tom Schmeling ~ Iowa State

Andy Kemp ~ Wisconsin

C.J. Anderson ~ Central Florida

Branden Albert ~ Virginia

Chris Joseph ~ U.C.L.A.

Rolad Martin ~ Michigan State

Mike Huff ~ Nebraska

Noris Malele ~ California

Seth Olsen ~ Iowa

Ryan Shuman ~ Virginia Tech

Jeff Byers ~ Southern California

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Yahoo! Sports looks at about 20 N.F.L. prospects, including Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny and Tuskegee quarterback Kevin Huff.

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Texas Christian quarterback Jeff Ballard goes from a quality backup to an undefeated starter.

DD.com comment: The article above mentions former T.C.U. quarterback Sammy Baugh, who is certainly one of the greatest football players of all time....With T.C.U. on the verge of a special season, we know "Slinginí Sammy", who lives in Texas and is still a huge Frogs fan at the age of 92, must be very happy.....Oh, by the way, did you know "Slinginí Sammy" was the N.F.L.'s passing, punting and interception champ in 1943?

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Louisiana State's third safety Craig Stelz, who could start for most teams in America, is off to a great start for the Tigers.

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last updated: 9/27/06
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Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija keeps waiting for life to return to normal.

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Texas El-Paso quarterback Jordan Palmer isn't as good as his big brother -- yet -- but he is the best non-BCS quarterback, and that's enough to keep NFL eyes focused on him.

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NFL suspends Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman, who was an impact rookie in 2005, for the entire season.

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Colorado redshirt freshman tight end Riar Geer making a name for himself.

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From Omar Kelly's blog: Is there a first rounder on [Miami] or is the streak ending?

"The streak has been on life support the past two years, and based on what I'm being told I have to believe this is the year it comes to an end. The NFL scouts were just in last week, and I still have to wait for word to trickle down, but based on previous information I've received the only first round candidates on this team were Baraka Atkins, Kareem Brown, Greg Olsen and Brandon Meriweather. The only one in that group that's having anywhere close to a respectable year is Meriweather, and I'm told he's too small for a team to spend first round money on as a safety unless he becomes a ball hawk, which he's not. Atkins has the best chance of working his way back up there, but he needs to put together some monster games".

DD.com comment: Tight end Greg Olsen, who was part of Tyrone Willingham's first recruiting class at Notre Dame, is a redshirt junior, so he could opt to return to Miami next season, if he feels he needs to improve his draft stock.

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Kansas State running back Thomas Clayton took a few detours before getting comfortable with the the Wildcats.

DD.com comment: We've been high on Clayton's ability since prior to the 2005 season. We really thought he'd be a dominate runner in the Big 12, but it just hasn't happen yet. The former Florida State recruit possesses great speed (4.40) and exceptional agililty and balance. He just really needs to keep focused on and off the field and start becoming more consistent as a feature back. Last weeks performance against a tough Louisville defense was a step in the right direction for Clayton.

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After suffering painful hip injury last season, Kansas State safety Marcus Watts proves he's back.

DD.com comment: During the 2005 college football season we were all over Penn State wide receiver Ethan Kilmer for being the best special teams performer in America, by far. We think Watts, who is a junior, is in that elite class on special teams. Like Kilmer, he should make the N.F.L. based on special teams ability alone -- we think he's that good....Marcus Watts is also an outstanding safety, bringing solid speed, great field awareness and exceptional toughness to the position. At 6' 2" and only 180 pounds, a little more bulk added to his frame would be beneficial.

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

Eric Wood ~ Louisville

David Washington ~ Oklahoma State

Jonathan Luigs ~ Arkansas (OG)

Antoine Caldwell ~ Alabama (OG)

Alex Mack ~ California

Brett Helms ~ Louisiana State

A.Q. Shipley ~ Penn State

Jordan Bedore ~ Kansas State

Jon Cooper ~ Oklahoma

Robby Felix ~ U.T.E.P.

Ryan McDonald ~ Illinois

Dumaka Atkins ~ Florida State

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Tony Pauline's NFL draft risers and sliders: Notre Dame's Brady Quinn falling, Cal's Marshawn Lynch on way up.

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last updated: 9/26/06
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Washington State wide receiver/pro prospect Chris Jordan's season and career is in doubt due to injuries.

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Florida State cornerback Tony Carter will be out two to four weeks after spraining his left knee.

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The New York Times, a DD.com sponsor from the start, has a 15 page article on the amazing life journey of Ole Miss left tackle Michael Oher, who could be a great N.F.L. prospect at some point.

DD.com Note: If you want to read the story, New York Times registration is free....Basically it's a detailed piece on Oher, who never had a family and drifted around Memphis for 16 years without a place to live. He was eventually taken off the streets by a former New Jersey Nets draft pick/current Memphis Grizzlies announcer Sean Tuohy and his family.

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Arizona State probably has lost senior tackle Andrew Carnahan for the season because of a right knee injury.

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Vastly underrated (nationally) Utah cornerback Eric Weddle continues to terrorize Mountian West Conference opponents -- had 3 interceptions and 3 touchdowns Saturday.

DD.com comment: Maybe the folks in the mainstream media -- particularly at E.S.P.N. -- could mention Weddle as a possible Heisman candidate?

We realize a cornerback from the M.W.C. will never win it, but if E.S.P.N. could pump up former Ohio State kicker Mike Nugent as a "worthy" Heisman candidate back in 2004, why not the dominating Weddle?

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Looking for the next impact defensive back to come out of tiny Bethune-Cookman?

How about speedy safety Bobbie Williams, who's been an absolute terror in the secondary at the D1-AA school from the moment he got there?

Williams, who measures in at 6' and 190 pounds, collected 3 interceptions Saturday to help lead the Wildcats to a 22-21 victory against M.E.A.C. rival Norfolk State. For the season, Williams already has 6 interceptions.

By the way, Bethune-Cookman also features former Florida Gator Avery Atkins in the defensive secondary. He's a sophomore cornerback with a ton of upside potential, if he can put his fairly recent off-field issues behind him.

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Southern California wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett is likely to miss two to four weeks with a sprained shoulder, coach Pete Carroll said.

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Texas Longhorns concerned and upset after a "leg whip" injures star defensive end Brian Robison.

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Feature on Akron defensive tackle/pro prospect Kiki Gonzalez, who was indirectly "zinged" by North Carolina State coach Chuck Amato.

Definition of "Zing", via Seinfeld:

JERRY: (nonplused) You're flying to Akron, just to zing a guy?

GEORGE: Don't you understand? It's not about him. To have a line as perfect as 'jerk store' and to never use it. I, I couldn't live with myself.

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Rutgers wide receiver Shawn Tucker is out indefinitely after breaking his ankle against Howard on Saturday.

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Some random draft notes from Pro Football Weekly -- Georgia Bulldogs senior offensive tackle Ken Shackleford has caught the eye of scouts.

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

Brock Bolen ~ Louisville

Harry Melton ~ Texas

Brannan Southerland ~ Georgia

Toney Baker ~ North Carolina State

Asaph Schwapp ~ Notre Dame

Rodney Ferguson ~ New Mexico (RB)

Jason Cook ~ Ole Miss.

Jorvorskie Lane ~ Texas A&M

Joe Casey ~ Rhode Island (RB, A-10's rushing champ in 2005)

Manase Tonga ~ B.Y.U.

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last updated: 9/25/06
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Michigan left tackle Jake Long is back from injury and proving Lloyd Carr was right: "he could be one of the best tackles in the history of the program."

DD.com comment: We have been nothing but impressed with Long's start to the season. He is definately the best run blocking left tackle in the nation. In terms of elite franchise caliber left tackles, Wisconsin left tackle Joe Thomas and U.S.C. left tackle Sam Baker might be better lock down pass blockers, but Long does a better job finishing off his run blocks at the point of attack.

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spent his Saturday afternoon watching the Harvard-Brown game the from the stands. Harvard, led by All-Ivy running back/N.F.L. prospect Clifton Dawson's 181 rushing yards, won the game easiliy (38-21).

But knowing Belichick, we bet he had his eyes glued on Brown University outside linebacker Zak DeOssie all day long. Not only does he excel at a position the Patriots desperately need an infusion of young talent at, he's the son of former N.F.L. linebacker Steve DeOssie, who played for Belichick with the Giants and Patriots. We know Steve DeOssie has remained close to the Patriots and their staff, and we also know Zak spent a lot of time hanging around Patriots practices as a teen. If the former high school safety runs well at the Combine or workouts, don't be surprised if he sneaks into the draft. And don't surprised if the Patriots select him!

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NFL Draft: Weekend in Review from TFY Draft Preview.

DD.com comment: Tony Pauline brings up Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer as a player to watch. That's a good point. Considering he shared time with current N.F.L. defensive ends Rob Ninkovich (N.O.) and Ray Edwards (Minn.) last season, his numbers, perhaps, were not as good as they could have been on a lesser unit. But he's really stepped up his game and is having a strong senior season so far. We'd guess his biggest question mark going into the N.F.L. is his height (listed at "only" 6' 2"), but as Pauline mentioned, he's very quick off the edge.

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Speaking of talented defensive ends, checkout two that impressed us this weekend:

Ray McDonald ~ Florida -- We always knew McDonald was a big time player, but injuries really affected him last season and the fear was his injuries would linger into this season. That hasn't happend so far, as he's collected 11 tackles and 3 sacks in the last 3 games. At 6' 3" and 285 pounds, McDonald may project as a defensive end or defensive tackle at the next level. Ideally, Big Mac could man the defensive end position in a 3-4 base defense.

Ian Campbell ~ Kansas State -- This 6' 5", 235 pound edge-rushing terror is only a sophomore, but he's definitely been one of the better defensive players in the nation this season -- has already collected 5.5 sacks and 8.5 TFL's and it's still September. Campbell is althetic and quick for his size. Display's a great work ethic and has a nose for the football. While he's far from being ready for the N.F.L., at this point, he's got a lot of time to improve his game and add some muscle and bulk. Very good prospect looking forward....Amazingly, K-State was able to get a kid this talented as a walk-on!

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Nifty video insight into the life of former TCU RB Ladanian Tomlinson.

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A player that isn't getting a lot of attention in the media, but is doing a great job for Rutgers' offensive line is center Darnell Stapleton, who the Scarlett Knights' coaching staff feels could emerge as a solid N.F.L. prospect....The 6' 3", 285 pound senior is very strong, agile and durable -- missed only three offensive plays during the entire 2005 season.

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

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last updated: 9/24/06
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Not too long after we mentioned Dartmouth wide receiver Ryan Fuselier in the blog earlier today, we find this fascinating feature on the Ivy League prospect.

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Some scouts contend the Miami Hurricanes have overrated talent.

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In depth feature on New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball's N.F.L draft chances.

DD.com comment: The article above mentions N.F.L. teams demand 40 times of 4.3 to 4.4 for "elite receivers". While there is a some truth to that, it's far from being an absolute fact. We accidently deleted our extensive data from the 2005 Combine, but we believe the average wide receiver ran well over a 4.5 in the 40 at that event.

Future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who played at a high level in the N.F.L until 2004, ran a reported 4.7 coming out of college in 1985. More recently, former Texas RB Cedric Benson and former U.S.C. WR Micheal Williams were top 10 overall picks in 2005 -- both ran slower than a 4.6 coming into the N.F.L.

Also, 5' 10" former T.C.U. WR Cory Rodgers, who never displayed great receiving skills in college, ran a 4.73 last spring and was still drafted in the 4th round by the Green Bay Packers as a return specialist. Jason Avant, formerly of Michigan, is another example of a player running well below 4.6 and still getting drafted fairly high.

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Led by All-American quarterback Brady Quinn, Notre Dame scores 19 unanswered points in 4th quarter to stun Michigan State in an instant classic.

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Draft Daddy looks at Disney Movie Invincible, which is loosely based on the real life story of former Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver Vince Papale.

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New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball grabbed 3 touchdowns Saturday, to reach 50 career touchdowns, which ties the I-AA mark set by NFL great Jerry Rice.

DD.com comment: Believe it or not, Ball isn't the only senior receiver from a D1-AA New Hampshire based university that is on the radar of N.F.L. scouts.

While Ball was tying Jerry Rice's touchdown record yesterday, Dartmouth's top athlete -- wide receiver Ryan Fuselier -- was grabbing 10 receptions for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns against New Hampsire's stout defense Saturday....Fuselier, a former quarterback, is 6' 5", 225 pounds and considered a potential tight end/H-Back prospect by some insiders.

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Boston College sophomore linebacker Robert Francois fills in nicely for injured Eagles' star Brian Toal.

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last updated: 9/23/06
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AOL Sports Draft Notes: Michigan Wolverines @ Wisconsin Badgers.

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

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JUCO transfer Stanley Franks came to Idaho as a wide receiver, now he's thriving at cornerback.

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When will Notre Dame's talented offenive line decide to dominate?

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have promoted rookie linebacker Brian Iwuh from the team's practice squad to the active roster.

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Top Texas Tech wide receiver Jarrett Hicks regains his eligibilty.

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TFY Draft Preview: Scouting Saturday for talent -- looks at 20 N.F.L. prospects.

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Respected Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin checks out a Pitt Panthers' practice, comments on talented junior cornerback Darrelle Revis.

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Alabama wide receiver Tyrone Prothro had another operation on his left leg and will not return this season.

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The Carolina Panthers signed safety Nate Salley off their practice squad yesterday. Salley, the Panthers' fourth-round pick in April's draft, was cut just before the season started.

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Is the city of San Antonio again an N.F.L. afterthought?

DD.com comment: Notice how we color coded the San Antonio link above green? That's in honor of the city's last pro football team -- The San Antonio Gunslingers of the U.S.F.L.

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last updated: 9/22/06
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Central Michigan University linebacker Ike Brown, a potential Day 2/free agent type N.F.L prospect, will miss the rest of the football season after undergoing knee surgery Monday.

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

Martellus Bennett ~ Texas A&M

Chase Coffman ~ Missouri

Shawn Nelson ~ Southern Miss

Joe Jon Finley ~ Oklahoma

Logan Paulsen ~ U.C.L.A.

Bear Pascoe ~ Fresno State

Nick Walker ~ Alabama

Rory Nicol ~ Ohio State

Ryan Purvis ~ Boston College

Tony Moeaki ~ Iowa

Ryan Moya ~ U.C.L.A.

Cornelius Ingram ~ Florida (WR)

Ramses Barden ~ Cal Poly (WR)

John Phillips ~ Virginia

Chris Zellner ~ Miami (FB)

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Closer look at Nevada quarterback Jeff Rowe, who lead the Wolfpack's offense against Northwestern tonight (ESPN-2).

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Detroit writer believe wide receiver Mike Williams, the 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft, will eventually get a fair shot from the Lions' coaching staff.

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Where have the good fullbacks gone in the N.F.L?

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Backup Virginia Tech tailback Kenny Lewis is happy to be out of the outfield.

DD.com comment: As baseball fans, we know the "mainstream media" is always badgering Major League teams over the fact that they do not sign enough elite, "multi-sport athletes". But Lewis is the perfect example of why M.L.B. teams have sort of shied away from these dual sport athletes in recent years -- he openly admits in the article "I knew from Day One that I was going to come back and play football".

What does that mean, he wanted to be the next Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson? Or, he eagerly took the Reds large signing bonus and played for a couple seasons in the minors, knowing he'd eventually go back to football fulltime?

Don't get us wrong, Lewis did wrong. The Reds offered him the money and like a lot of multi-sport athletes he took it. However, we'd hope baseball writers would remember the many stories like this, next time they harass M.L.B. teams for not being daring enough to sign the elite "multi-sport athletes" to large deals out of high school.

Actually, we'd advise any young athlete to choose one sport at a young age (is the big wide receiver from Notre Dame listening?) and stick with that sport exclusively. Too many jack-of-all-trades types wind up thinking they can jump from one sport to another and wind up washing out in both sports -- i.e. Drew Henson, Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson and Josh Booty.

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Scout's eye on the trenches: Maryland @ West Virginia (last Thursday):

Rugged offensive center Dan Mozes (#76) is a smart, tough player who uses his athleticism and quickness well leading the zone blocking scheme of the Mountaineers. This scheme is similar to the one currently employed by the Broncos and Atlanta Denver Falcons and created giant holes for running back Steve Slaton all night long.

It was not all bad for the Maryland Terps, however, as a player on the rise is Junior defensive tackle Dre Moore (#92). Moore was explosive all evening, recording a tackle for loss and a half sack, bringing his season total to 3 sacks through 3 games. This player has pro measurables (6'5" 310) and had a stellar offseason, breaking the hang clean record (365) and running an eye popping 4.84 40-yard dash.

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Georgia Tech's superstar junior wide receiver Calvin Johnson set a personal best with 165 yards receiving, leading the Yellow Jackets past feeble Virginia 24-7 on Thursday night.

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last updated: 9/21/06
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Florida State starting rover Anthony Houllis will not play against Rice this weekend and his status for the rest of the season is in doubt because of an old knee injury.

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Swarm of agents continues to plague college players and schools.

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A pair of N.F.L. rookies seize starting jobs: Guard Kevin Boothe of the Oakland and safety Danieal Manning of Chicago.

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Florida State hopes to get running game going against Rice. So far this season, F.S.U. has averaged only 1.6 yards per rush attempt.

DD.com comment: Amazingly, Florida State's top tailback Lorenzo Booker, who came into the season as a potential All-American candidate, has only rushed 22 times for just 60 yards (2.7 ave) in 3 games this season. Booker, who is said to possess 4.4 speed at 5' 11' and 195 pounds, has way too much physical talent not to be taken seriously by N.F.L. scouts. However, despite F.S.U.'s question marks on the offensive line, he needs to show more as the season goes forward to really prove to N.F.L. teams he's a solid Day 1 talent.

A pleasant sursprise for Bobby Bowden's crew has been big junior fullback Joe Surratt, who has run the ball 15 times of 44 yards and scored all 3 of F.S.U's touchdowns on the ground. Surratt, a bullish 6' 1", 256 pound runner with 4.70 speed, is very adept at picking up first downs in short yardage situations. He is also an excellent blocker and very durable -- he's played every down so far this season.

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Despite the tough loss last week, N.F.L. scouts still have faith in Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.

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Painful period over for Joe Thomas -- Rehab a success for Wisconsin's star offensive tackle.

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Texas senior strong safety Michael Griffin hopes to learn from his mistakes in the Ohio State game.

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Writer looks at the pro potential of Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith.

DD.com comment: No disrespect to the writer in the link above, who does a nice job with the Smith article. However, we have to disagree when he writes N.F.L. scouts are no longer obsessed with height at the quarterback position.

It may be true that some teams will trade some height for mobility at the quarterback position. But there still seems to be a stigma attached to any quarterback prospect shorter than 6' 2". In the last five drafts, it's clear N.F.L. teams have chased taller quarterbacks -- a total of 28 QB's were selected in the top 3 rounds in that time span and only one is "listed" as being shorter than 6' 2" (Rex Grossman, 6' 1").

Furthermore, the average height of the 32 starting N.F.L. quarterbacks is well above 6' 3". And, as we pointed out above, the younger quarterback's seem to be getting taller -- i.e. Carson Palmer, Byron Leftwich, Ben Roethlisberger, Phillip Rivers, Eli Manning, Alex Smith, Andrew Walter, Vince Young, Matt Leinart, ect.

Check our short pre-season scouting report on Troy Smith.

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Southern Miss offensive lineman George Batiste has definite N.F.L. potential.

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Maryland junior tight end Joey Haynos walks the walk to shed walk-on label *****

Emphasis on defense in recent draft's not translating to the field for the Houston Texans.

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

Darren McFadden ~ Arkansas

James Davis ~ Clemson

Jonathan Stewart ~ Oregon

Steve Slaton ~ West Virginia

Jamaal Charles ~ Texas

Branden Ore ~ Virginia Tech

Ray Rice ~ Rutgers

Aaron Brown ~ T.C.U.

Javon Ringer ~ Michigan State

Mike Hamilton ~ Oklahoma State

Marlon Lucky ~ Nebraska

Tyrell Sutton ~ Northwestern

Kory Sheets ~ Purdue

Ian Johnson ~ Boise State

Alex Daniels ~ Minnesota

Patrick Jackson ~ Louisiana Tech

George Stripling ~ Louisville

Kevin Smith ~ Central Florida

Brad Lester ~ Auburn

Andre Brown ~ North Carolina State

Felix Jones ~ Arkansas

Arian Foster ~ Tennessee

Chris Covington ~ Georgia Southern

Shannon Woods ~ Texas Tech

Corey Lewis ~ Northern Iowa

James Noble ~ Cal Poly

Javarris Williams ~ Tennessee State

Ontario Sneed ~ Central Michigan

William Ford ~ South Carolina State

Jason Byrd ~ Idaho

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last updated: 9/20/06
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Young quarterback Andrew Walter has chance to validate Raiders confidence in him.

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Breaking News: University of Florida defensive tackle Marcus Thomas, a highly regarded NFL prospect, has been suspended indefinitely for a second violation of the school's substance-abuse policy.

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40 years later, Notre Dame-Michigan State tie still one for ages.

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In depth look at T.C.U.'s dynamic defensive ends -- juniors Tommy Blake and Chase Ortiz.

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Yahoo! Sports notebook: Look at smallish Northern Illinois running back Garrett Wolfe....How dominate is Arkansas junior cornerback Chris Houston?

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The Arizona Republic takes a long look at A.S.U tight end Zach Miller, who is, perhaps, the best TE prospect in the nation.

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Closer look at the Houston Cougar's rocket-armed quarterback Kevin Kolb, who thinks he could be drafted as early as round 2.

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Stanford's injury-depleted offense loses another starting wide receiver -- Evan Moore.

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Virginia Cavaliers notebook: Will talented Virginia senior wide receiver Deyon Williams redshirt due to a foot injury?...Who will start at quarterback this week?

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If Eastern Michigan's attendance doesn't pick up significantly this season, the program could be forced back to Division 1-AA status.

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We got an E-Mail from a avid reader/Syracuse fan named Jesse yesterday. Unfortunately, Jesse did not leave a return address, so we couldn't answer his question privately....Anyhow, we figured we would do it the blog -- we bet Jesse won't mind.

Question: Who are Syracuse's best prospects?....Jesse, as you mentioned, the Orange have some emerging younger talent, particularly in their junior class. But, at this point, we decided to take a look at their top 5 senior prospects (as we see it). Our bet is two of these players (Jackson & Smith) will almost definitely be drafted. But a couple others have a chance to join them:

CB Tanard Jackson ~ Lucky to playing at all, considering he was stabbed in the chest at a frat party during the 2004 season. Has pretty good size (6' 1", 195) and excellent athletic ability. Good cover corner, who isn't scared to go head to head with the opposing teams' top receiver. Jackson is widely regarded as Syracuse's top senior prospect, and should be a solid Day 1 selection if he can show good speed in post-season workouts.

LB Kelvin Smith ~ This is a player that really jumped out at us during the Orange's awful 2005 season. The nephew of current N.F.L. linebacker Keith Bulluck (who also went to Syracuse), Smith has a nose for the ball and possesses solid sideline to sideline speed. We think he can compete as an inside or outside linebacker in the N.F.L. 6' 2", 233 pounder probably projects as an early Day 2 selection, at this point.

QB Perry Patterson ~ As statistically unimpressive as Patterson has been since the 2004 season (17 TD's; 22 Int's), some feel he can sneak into the latter part of the draft due to his size (6' 4", 245) and arm strength. Has battled knee injuries (both knees) and weight problems during his career, so he's not real mobile. Pure pocket quarterback, who did lose 20 pounds in the off-season, which should take some stress off his knees. Could be the type of developmental prospect some teams might like -- i.e. Jacksonville, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

P Brendan Carney ~ Longtime DD.com readers must be in shock here -- we are acknowledging a punter!....Carney, who looks like a wide receiver at 6' 5" and 200 pounds, is a very good athlete, who possesses a great leg as both a punter and kickoff specialist. Gets excellent hang time on his kicks. Few kickers and punters get drafted, but Carney has a chance.

NT Chris Thorner ~ Vastly underrated player in the Orange's defense as a 6' 4", 300 run-stuffing specialist. Is relentless as an interior-rusher, but he has never recorded a sack in college, so don't expect him to terrorize quarterbacks. Began his college career at guard, so N.F.L. teams might give this tough cookie a look on offense.

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last updated: 9/19/06
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The Oakland Raiders will not be good again until Al Davis is forced to step down, writes columnist Mike Celizic.

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Scout's eye on the Georgia Bulldog's Interior Offensive Line:

This is a very underrated unit, starting with Senior center #70 Nick Jones. Jones boasts above average strength and devistating run blocking technique. In pass protection shows excellent knee bend and keeps his center of gravity at the hips, rarely getting bent at the waist. Good size, wingspan and side-to-side mobility makes Jones the total package from an NFL perspective. Jones is an all-SEC candidate and keeps others accountable on the field as the leader of the pack.

Junior guard #75 Fernando Velasco is a player to watch as he has started the year well. Against UAB, Velasco graded out at 90 percent and had two dominator blocks leading to the honor of SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week on Monday.

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TFY's Tony Pauline looks at how 18 legit N.F.L. prospects fared on Separation Saturday.

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18 lesser known "up-and-comers" that can fill roster spots for fantasy football owners in college leagues.

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B.Y.U. senior offensive tackle Eddie Keele, a N.F.L. prospect, will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

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NFL scouts really like Iowa's tight end -- Scott Chandler could shine at the next level.

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In depth info on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker David Pollack's recent neck injury.

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

Jaison Williams ~ Oregon

Sidney Rice ~ South Carolina

Mario Manningham ~ Michigan

James Hardy ~ Indiana

DeSean Jackson ~ California

Mario Urrutia ~ Louisville

Greg Carr ~ Florida State

Earl Bennett ~ Vanderbilt

Deon Butler ~ Penn State

Dicky Lyons ~ Kentucky

Mo Massaquoi ~ Georgia

Andy Brodell ~ Iowa

Aaron Kelly ~ Clemson

Jordan Norwood ~ Penn State

Malcolm Kelly ~ Oklahoma

Nate Swift ~ Nebraska

Derrick Williams ~ Penn State

Davone Bess ~ Hawaii

Casey Flair ~ Nevada-Las Vegas

Brooks Foster ~ North Carolina

Brandon Robinson ~ Boston College

Jordan Shipley ~ Texas

Ryan Grice-Mullen ~ Hawaii

Patrick Turner ~ Southern California

Greg Orton ~ Purdue

Mike Thomas ~ Arizona

Steve Ogden ~ Valparaiso

Eron Riley ~ Duke

Kyle Hudson ~ Illinois

Jarett Dillard, Rice

Marcus Herford ~ Kansas

Britt Davis ~ Northern Illinois

Marquis Wilson ~ Utah

Gavin Ketchum ~ U.C.L.A.

DD.com comment: U.C.L.A. wide receiver Gavin Ketchum is a decent prospect to watch. He hasn't played yet this season due to lingering injuries, but the Bruins coaching staff likes his combination of size (6' 4"), speed and hands for the future....By the way, Ketchum is the nephew of former U.S.C. basketball player and current Hollywood superstar Tom Selleck.

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last updated: 9/18/06
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Tennessee defensive tackle Justin Harrell had surgery Monday to repair a ruptured tendon in his left biceps.

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Cincinnati linebacker David Pollack will be placed on the injured reserve list, ending his season, after breaking his neck during the Bengals game Sunday.

DD.com comment: Here is some info on spinal cord injuries and the C6 vertebrae.

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What have the San Francisco 49ers done to quarterback Alex Smith?

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Another 2005 first round pick suffers season ending injury -- Vikings defensive end Erasmus James.

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Auburn tight end Cole Bennett is expected to miss at least six weeks with a broken right ankle.

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Talented Cal offensive tackle Mike Tepper makes it back after significant foot injury -- leg run over by car in a street attack.

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Former Ohio State football star Maurice Clarett peads guilty; gets significant jail time.

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

Rudy Carpenter ~ Arizona State

Ben Olson ~ U.C.L.A.

Nate Longshore ~ California

Chase Daniel ~ Missouri

Drew Weatherford ~ Florida State

Pat White ~ West Virginia (Athlete)

Curtis Painter ~ Purdue

Tom Brandstater ~ Fresno State

Brian Johnson ~ Utah (injured)

Sean Glennon ~ Virginia Tech

John Parker Wilson ~ Alabama

Graham Harrell ~ Texas Tech

Bobby Reid ~ Oklahoma State

Chase Holbrook ~ New Mexico State

Rocky Hinds ~ Nevada-Las Vegas

Stephen McGee ~ Texas A & M (Athlete)

Hunter Cantwell ~ Louisville

Dan Nicholson ~ Northern Illinois

Brandon Landers ~ Grambling

Mike Teel ~ Rutgers

Brian Hoyer ~ Michigan State

Willie Tuitama ~ Arizona

Dustin Grutza ~ Cincinnati

Drew Willy ~ Buffalo

Rhett Bomar ~ Sam Houston State

Paul Cianciolo ~ Penn State

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last updated: 9/17/06
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USC Notes: Talented junior wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett returns to lineup and prospers....Fullback Ryan Powdrell suffered a season-ending leg injury in last night's game.

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Bad breaks and poor play continue to plague the Stanford Cardinal, as they drop to 0-3 after a crushing defeat to Navy, led by bruising runner Adam Ballard.

DD.com comment: Things are going from bad to worse very quickly for talented Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards. Last week the Cardinal found out they would likely lose their top receiver Mark Bradford for the balance of the season due to a foot injury. Last night, Edwards lost another major weapon, when his good friend Evan Moore went down with a foot injury. Moore, a redshirt junior who has also played some basketball at Stanford, had a great sophomore season in 2004, but he's been plagued by injuries ever since.

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Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury.

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Purdue tight end Dustin Keller had 4 receptions for 148 yards against Ball State Saturday....Here's an August article that dubs the junior a "a freak of nature".

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'Canes' downward spiral continues....1-2 Miami in danger of dropping out of polls.

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NFL players drinking Red Bull as latest source for an edge.

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Personal Web pages - i.e. myspace.com and facebook.com -- can lead to online fouls for college athletes.

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last updated: 9/16/06
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Draft Notes from AOL.com: analyzing some of the top college players from today's game.

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New Mexico State wide receiver Akieem Jolla, a senior transfer from Miami, hopes his size and speed will excite NFL scouts.

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Stanford's starting fullback Nick Frank, a potential NFL prospect, is forced to retire from football due to a cervical condition.

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Checkout Mel Kiper's recently updated Top 25 Big Board.

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DD.com reader/friend Russ from Ohio recently E-Mailed us to ask what ever happened to former University of Tennessee super prospect James Banks?

Russ, here is the most recent, detailed article we could find on James Banks. Looks like he's got a tough road ahead, as far as getting back on the N.F.L.'s draft radar.

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Below is a list of 9 quarterbacks, currently not on 53 man NFL rosters, who may garner interest when teams go looking depth.....As we reported in our blog recently, 10 N.F.L. teams began the season with only 2 quarterbacks on their 53 man roster, so some of the players listed will likely get a shot a roster spot this upcoming season.

Dave Ragone ~ Might be the best available street free agent quarterback. Spent three seasons as a backup in Houston, before being bouncing around a bit last spring. Fared well in the preseason for the Rams, but was in difficult situation, as the Rams already had 3 quality quarterbacks on the roster. All things considered, he's a player teams will look at if the need at quarterback arises.

Gibran Hamdan ~ 6' 4", 225 pound former baseball/football star at the University of Indiana, has been impressive in preseason games and N.F.L. Europe, but can't seem to catch a break in terms of finding a roster spot. At only 25 years, he's got to be considered a worthy prospect for a team look for a 3rd quarterback. Nonetheless, he'll need to make an N.F.L. team soon, or consider other options -- C.F.L. or the Arena League?

Shaun King ~ Started the 1999 N.F.C. title game for the Tampa Bucs, but his career hit the skids soon after. A decent 3rd quarterback option, but at 29 years old, he's a bit beyond the prospect stage -- which is what teams look for in a #3. Spent the pre-season with the Colts.

Mike McMahon ~ Good news is the athletic, 6' 2" former Rutgers star has plenty of NFL experience -- 5 full seasons. Bad news is, his career QB rating over that time period is a paltry 55.2 percent and his completion percentage was even worse (44.5). Should've played wide receiver or safety coming out of college?

Adrian McPherson ~ Pretty solid 6' 3", 218 pound athlete with very little football experience, but a rocket arm and quick feet. Was the Arena League's 2004 ROY at age 21, but may've lost his spot in New Orleans when he was injured by Tennessee's mascot during a preseason game - mascot struck his knees with a golf cart. Due to off-field issues, didn't play much college ball at Florida State. Good candidate for N.F.L. Europe.

Jeff George ~ Believe it or not, the first overall pick in 1990 draft came out of exile to spend a few weeks of the preseason with Oakland. Even at 38, George has a cannon arm, but what else does he bring to the table? Rumor is, the Raiders will consider bringing him back if an injury occurs....P.S: Must be noted his best N.F.L. season was 1999, playing with current Raiders star Randy Moss in Minnesota.

Bradlee Van Pelt ~ Athletic 26 year old former Denver Broncos backup, who lost his spot to Jay Cutler (Denver only keeps 2 QB's). Doesn't have a great arm, but is head strong and very gutsy. If a team has a need for depth at quarterback, Van Pelt is worth a look. Son of former New York Giants All-Pro linebacker Brad Van Pelt.

Stefan LeFors ~ Athletic and gutsy, but an undersized quarterback, who doesn't have a cannon arm or terrific all-around quarterback skills. Was a 4th round pick in the 2005 draft by Carolina and spent his rookie season holding a clipboard for the Panthers. Very fast quarterback (4.50 speed), who might be wise to try playing some wide receiver in NFL Europe. Actually, we were told by a "draft insider" prior to the 2005 draft, that some N.F.L. teams really liked LeFors as a wide receiver coming out of Louisville.

Cody Pickett ~ Native of Idaho spent 2 seasons as a backup for the 49ers. Has struggled in limited playing in the N.F.L. (7 games, 45 attempts) -- 40 percent completion rate and 16.4 quarterback rating. At 26, may get a look if a team needs an emergency #3 quarterback. Spent the pre-season with the Houston Texans.

Note: No rookies were included and players are color coded to reflect the last team they played for in the pre-season.

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last updated: 9/15/06
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TFY Draft Preview: Tony Pauline does a good job Scouting Saturday for talent.

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Former Oklahoma State quarterback Josh Fields debuts for the Chicago White Sox as a left fielder.

DD.com comment: The strong-armed Fields was a potential prospect for the 2005 NFL Draft, but left O.S.U. early to play pro baseball. He was Chicago's first round selection (as a third baseman) in the 2004 M.L.B. Draft.

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Iowa Hawkeye's wide receiver Calvin Davis is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles' tendon.

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Closer look at Vanderbilt's top wide receiver, sophomore Earl Bennett.

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Maine defensive tackle Mike DeVito, a constantly improving 6' 3", 292 pound defensive tackle, catching the attention of NFL scouts.

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Harvard University running back Clifton Dawson looking forward to an NFL career.

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West Virginia defeated Maryland last night 45-24 in a game marred by early Maryland turnovers and a rash of West Virginia penalties throughout the game....During the game, ESPN posted the 40 times of several of West Virginia's top players. At this point, we'll take a look at WVU's very talented backfield:

QB Pat White -- Sophomore leader, throw for only 44 yards last night, but ran for 84 yards. White, a lefty, uses his tremendous 4.40 40 speed to beat down defenses with his legs. Doesn't have great throwing skills, yet, so it's debatable, at this point, what kind of N.F.L. prospect he'll project as. White has plenty of time left in college, so that part of his game should improve....Selected by the Anaheim Angels in the fourth round of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft as a pitcher.

RB Steve Slaton -- Another super sophomore, Slaton rushed 192 yards and 2 TD's against Maryland. Had the vast majority of those yards in the first half and actually exceeded 200 yards in the game, but got happy feet at the end of the 4th quarter and was dropped for a couple big losses....Very talented runner, with with 4.38 40 speed, great balance and vision. Hard to believe this emerging Heisman candidate, who scored 19 TD's as a freshman last season, wasn't very highly sought after coming out of high school.

FB Owen Schmitt -- Rugged 6' 2", 250 pound fullback is a great blocker and solid receiver, but he's also an outstanding runner. Possesses 4.62 speed and averaged an amazing 7.9 yards per attempt in 2005 (48-380-2 TD's). In our opinion, given the chance, Schmitt could easily be a 1,000 rusher on the big time college level. Ran for 54 yards on only 8 attempts against Maryland. He's our 2nd ranked fullback in the junior class, behind vastly under-utilized Arkansas fullback Peyton Hillis.

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last updated: 9/14/06
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Yahoo! Sports reports former USC running back Reggie Bush and his family allegedly received more than $100,000 in cash and gifts while he was at Southern Cal....Bush could be stripped of his 2005 Heisman Trophy?

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No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners expecting more big plays from wide receiver Malcolm Kelly.

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The Virginian-Pilot looks at some of the top propsects in the A.C.C.

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Move over Mel Kiper, a new draft expert is in town and he starts in the N.F.L. too: Tennesse defensive end Travis LaBoy breaks down the top pro prospects at the University of Hawaii.

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Talented Oklahoma Sooners junior running back Adrian Peterson expects to line up at wide receiver a bit.

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Clemson cornerback Duane Coleman has finally become a key contributor in the Tigers secondary; hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts.

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Feature on University of Hawaii right tackle Dane Uperesa, who has garnered the attention of NFL scouts.

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NFL scouts having been closely watching Duquesne junior wide receiver Bruce Hocker.

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Operation shutdown: Utah senior cornerback Eric Weddle, who held Georgia Tech star Calvin Johnson to only 2 catches for 19 yards in a 2005 Bowl game, continues to sparkle for the Utes.

DD.com comment: Former USC running back Petros Papadakis, now a broadcaster, has stated Weddle reminds him very much of former USC star/current Pittsburgh Steeler Pro Bowler Troy Polamalu.....Petros basically said Weddle was such a gifted athlete, that he could probably be a star at any "skill position" on the field -- safety, cornerback, wide receiver, running back, ect....We also want to add, Weddle is just about the same exact size as Polamalu.

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last updated: 9/13/06
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Stanford's top wide receiver Mark Bradford, a senior and NFL prospect, could miss the rest of the season with torn ligaments in his right foot.

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Tennessee Vols' injured star Justin Harrell puts arm surgery on hold, will play vs. Gators.

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Ivy League Football enters it's 50th year facing some unique challenges.

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South Carolina starting quarterback Blake Mitchell was arrested after a bar fight Wednesday and has been suspended indefinitely from the squad.

DD.com comment: May want to hit the "refresh" botton, if link above doesn't work....This link has a photo of the bouncer Mitchell fought with, so we assume it's being posted elsewhere around the Net and the TV station's web servers are being flooded with hits on the page.

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The backup punter at Northern Colorado has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing his teammate -- the starting punter -- in the kicking leg.

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Closer look at Texas A & M sophomore tight end Martellus Bennett, who was the top-rated recruit at his position.

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SI.com weekly look at NFL draft risers and sliders.

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Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis likes senior left tackle Ryan Harris' professional prospects:

"There aren't too many guys playing left tackle that are really left tackles in the eyes of pro guys," Weis said. "Left tackles are the guys that (need) the athleticism to handle an edge rusher by themselves, which is normally the blind side of a right-handed quarterback. There are guys playing left tackle (in college), but as soon as they get to the NFL, they go over to right tackle because they're more slug-it-out type of guys. Ryan Harris has the athleticism to play left tackle."

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New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston, a 7th round pick from Hofstra, the steal of NFL Draft?

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The Buffalo Bills placed veteran free safety Troy Vincent on injured reserve with a hamstring injury Wednesday, ending his season.

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Below is a list of 12 wide receivers, currently not on 53 man NFL rosters (11 street free agents and 1 practice squad member), who may garner interest when teams go looking depth.....We started this list a few days ago, and since then, we've had to delete/replace a pair from the list because they were recently signed -- Koren Robinson, Packers, and Rod Gardner, Chiefs.

Charles Rogers ~ This 6' 3", 220 pounder with reported 4.3 speed was a total bust in 3 season with the Lions, despite being drafted 3rd overall out of Michigan State. He's only 25, and injuries did play a part in his struggles, so don't be surprised if he gets another chance soon, despite all his problems in Detroit -- Miami and Tampa are looking at him.

Darius Watts ~ Broncos surprised some, including Watts, when they cut the cord on their 2004 2nd round pick after a poor sophomore season in Denver (2005). Has decent size (6' 2") and very good speed, but his hands have been deemed "suspect". He's only 24, and showed enough talent as a rookie to be considered a potential N.F.L. starter (at the time), so he deserves another shot at some point -- Chicago is already looking at him.

Alex Bannister ~ 6' 5", 200 pounder, with 5 seasons of NFL experience, has only 9 career receptions and has battled injuries in recent seasons. However, when he's healthy he can make an impact on special teams coverage. Bannister even played in the 2004 Pro Bowl as a special teamer.

Chase Lyman ~ Imagine missing most of your college career due to a string of serious knee injuries, but having the size (6' 3"), speed (4.45) and hands to still be a 4th round pick? Unfortunately for Lyman, he also missed his rookie season (2005) with another serious knee injury. But he's back and healthy and currently on New Orleans' practice squad. Might be the most intriguing prospect on any practice squad, but he just needs to prove he can stay healthy.

Marc Boerigter ~ As recently as the summer of 2004, he was seriously vying for a starting spot in Kansas City, until a major knee injury knocked him backwards. Came back and made the Chiefs in 2005 as a role player, but was sent packing by K.C.'s new coaching staff last spring. Good size and speed, so he might get more chances in the N.F.L. If Boe doesn't get a chance by the end of the season, he may return to the C.F.L., where he was young superstar for Calgary coming out of Hastings College.

Reggie Newhouse ~ Son of former Dallas Cowboys fullback Robert Newhouse, who played briefly for the Arizona Cardinals the last 2 seasons and was stellar for the Jets in the most recent preseason. Not real big or real fast, but he's a quality receiver and can contibute on special teams. Could be considered by teams looking for depth at wide receiver or help on special teams coverage as the season goes forward.

Brad Pyatt ~ At one point, Pyatt looked like a rising star as a return specialist for the Colts -- was among the N.F.L.'s leaders in kick and punt return average as a rookie until he suffered a neck injury in a game at Miami. Since then, he's been out football the last 2 seasons due to reasons we don't fully understand (minor injuries?). Possesses great speed (sub 4.4), and good balance, vision and strength as a returner. Is also coming off a very solid preseason for the Rams -- as a returner and receiver. But again, will he ever get another shot in real games? We think he sure deserves it.

Jabar Gaffney ~ Former Florida Gator spent the last 4 seasons with the Houston Texans and recorded 171 receptions for 2,009 yards and 7 TD's. Gaffney, son of former New York Jets wide out Derrick Gaffney, possesses a nice set of reliable hands, but isn't real fast and struggled picking up the West Coast offense in Philly. May get another shot, if a team needs depth at receiver, but his days of getting extensive playing time are likely over.

Tyrone Calico ~ Once considered an elite prospect in Tennesse due to his exceptional size, strength and foot speed. Was often compared favorably to Terrell Owens when he broke into the league. Played sparingly for Tennessee the last 4 seasons, when healthy, but questionable hands and an inability to stay on the field has derailed his once very promising career. If he can check out healthy, this 26 year old may get another chance in the N.F.L., as teams love to chase potential.

Peter Warrick ~ Make no mistake about it, Warrick was a huge reach as the 4th overall pick in the 2000 draft -- we even believed that at the time. He lacked the ideal size and, more importantly, speed to be a big time N.F.L. receiver, but the hype machine from F.S.U. got so intense, Cleveland even considered picking him #1 overall. At 29 years old, he finds himself out of football right now, and doesn't seem to offer a lot potential going forward. But if a rash injuries hits a contending team's receiving core (like Seattle in 2005), will some N.F.L. team give him another look due to his experience? We think they might.

Chas Gessner ~ Some Jets fans dubbed this former Ivy League Lacrosse star "Mr. August". The last 3 preseason's, various coaches around the N.F.L. have lauded Gessner's size, stamina and leaping ability during the summer months. However, when the regular season starts, the former N.F.L. Europe star is usually no where to be found. Really impressed Tampa's coaches this summer, but again fell victim to the numbers game. If he ever gets a shot, could be valuable player in the mold of Brian Finneran.

David Terrell ~ Another player with excellent overall skills: size, speed, leaping ability and tremendous agility. However, for whatever reason, he's never really been able to catch on in the N.F.L. as a legit threat at wide receiver. Some site "attitude problems" and poor route running skills for Terrell's downfall -- went from high #1 pick by the Chicago Bears (2001) to a complete non factor by the summer of 2005 (at age 25). Was Denver his last real shot to make an impact in the N.F.L., or will another team give him a long look based on potential?

Note: No rookies were included and players are color coded to reflect the last team they played for in the pre-season.

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last updated: 9/12/06
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Yahoo! Sports looks at 20 NFL prospects -- from Heisman hopefuls to seven small school wonders.

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Utah State senior wide receiver Tony Pennyman, a fringe NFL prospect, has been dismissed from the team after being charged with simple assault.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed rookie defensive tackle Montavious Stanley to their active roster from the St. Louis Rams practice squad.

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Lippy Louisville linebacker Nate Harris provides hook for the Cards upcoming game against Miami (Florida).

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Respected Dallas News N.F.L. writer Rick Gosselin praises UC-Davis wide receiver Tony Kays, a D1-AA star, and defends Cowboys rookie linebacker Bobby Carpenter in his updated blog notes.

DD.com comment: Kays, a gifted receiver who will certainly garner N.F.L. attention after he leaves UC-Davis, is helped by the fact that the Aggies have a very good quarterback, Jon Grant, who is mentored by former N.F.L. quarterback Mike Moroski.

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The Kansas Chiefs have signed wide receiver Rod Gardner, a former first-round draft pick.

DD.com comment: With Gardner in Kansas City and Koren Robinson signing with Green Bay, you may be wondering who's going to be the next wide receiver/draft bust to sign with a team?

Sources in Florida indicate that the both the Buccaneers and Dolphins are interested in signing former Detroit Lions flop Charles Rogers....By the way, Dolphins head coach Nick Saban recruited Rogers when he was at Michigan State.

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South Carolina starting defensive tackle Marque Hall, a junior, faces season-ending surgery after tearing the ACL in his left knee in the first half of Saturdayís 18-0 loss to Georgia.

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The Iowa State Cyclones likey to face Iowa's starting quarterback Drew Tate this weekend....Also, the Cyclones realize they need to get the ball to gifted junior wide receiver Todd Blythe more often they have in the first 2 weeks.

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Speaking of talented receivers not getting the ball enough, South Carolina's super sophomore Sidney Rice has only 5 receptions for 44 yards this season.

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Kyle Neddenriep of News-Leader.com takes an in-depth look at the impact of the 40 yard dash.

DD.com comments: Next time someone tells you that your favorite college tailback is too slow to play in the NFL, mention that future NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith ran a 4.7 40 for Jimmy Johnson, a head coach who seemed "obsessed" with speed....Missouri State senior cornerback Greg Lovely is a fine player on the D1-AA level, who NFL scouts will look at closely. Lovely is a transfer from Brigham Young, so he has some D1-A experience.

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Rhode Island Rams RB/WR/KR Jerell Jones, who ran a 4.5 40 in the spring, hopes to get healthy enough to showcase his skills to pro scouts.

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Rivals.com top performers in college football -- week 2.

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Florida State starting defensive tackle Paul Griffin, a junior, will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ligament in his left knee.

last updated: 9/11/06
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Jacksonville happy to have Rob Meier ready to start at defensive end. Amazingly, Meier, a native of British Columbia, Canada, finished third among all NFL DT's in sacks (6) and recorded 47 tackles as a backup in 2005.

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The Green Bay Packers agreed to terms with wide receiver Koren Robinson, who was recently cut by the Minnesota Vikings after being charged with drunken driving.

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We mentioned in yesterday's blog notes that University of Tennessee senior defensive tackle Justin Harrell would miss the remainder of this season due to a bicep injury.

We'd like to note, at this point, that Harrell is a significant NFL prospect, despite the injury. The NFL's draft advisory committee projected him as a likely second-round pick after the 2005 season. But like running back Michael Bush of Louisville, he elected to stay in school to help his draft stock.

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Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, the 4th overall pick in the 2004 Draft by the New York Giants (traded to S.D. on draft day), finally joins Big Ben and Eli as an NFL starter.

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Louisiana State University junior tailback/fullback Jacob Hester has earned his spot in the Tigers lineup.

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The Jaguars top defensive end Reggie Hayward ruptured his left Achilles tendon Sunday and will have season-ending surgery.

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Former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer, a native of Ontario, joins the Montreal Alouettes.

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Texas Longhorns cornerback Tarrell Brown reinstated, will play vs. Rice.

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Breaking News: The Patriots have traded veteran wide receiver Deion Branch to the Seattle Seahawks for a future first round draft pick.

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Lingering pain from 9/11 terrorist attacks can never be erased for Texas A & M linebacker Mark Dodge.

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5 years after 9/11, college football stadiums' security very different.

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Nevada Wolfpack senior quarterback Jeff Rowe impressing WAC opponents and NFL scouts.

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Did Michigan State wide receiver Matt Trannon take his first step toward gridiron stardom with 14 receptions Saturday?

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Closer look at Alabama A & M linebacker/NFL prospect Johnny Baldwin.

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Alabama defensive end Wallace Gilberry, Crimson Tide defense want more sacks.

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The Texas Longhorns are young at quarterback, but so are most other Big 12 teams -- 9 new starters.

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last updated: 9/10/06
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Instant impact NFL Rookies, Sunday Week 1:

Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata intercepted a Chris Simms pass and lumbered 60 yards in the team's 27-0 win over Tampa Bay.

Saints running back Reggie Bush had 141 all purpose yards and wide receiver Marques Colston had his first NFL TD in the Saints win over Cleveland.

Patriots running back Laurence Maroney displayed tough running - 86 yards (5.1 YPC) in the win over Buffalo. Place kicker Stephen Gostkowski first career FG was good from 32 yards.

Niners tight end Vernon Davis scored on a rumbling 31 yard pass play and linebacker Manny Lawson recorded 6 tackles in seven point loss to Cards.

Titans quarterback Vince Young had an emotional series in the first quarter, completing 3 straight passes but throwing a red zone interception on the fourth attempt. Jets wide receiver Brad Smith had two key late game first downs one receiving,one rushing.

Falcons running back Jerious Norwood saw meaningful rushes in the win over Carolina, with 66 yards on 10 carries, and recorded a ST tackle.

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More Week 1 notes:

Given the lack of quality depth at the quarterback position in the NFL, there is no doubt in our minds that future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers still belongs in the NFL...But, does it make any sense for the re-building Packers to keep Aaron Rodgers on the bench for a soon-to-be 37 year old veteran?

Former Miami Hurricane Devin Hester got his rookie season off to a great start Sunday, returning a punt 84 yards for a TD against Green Bay.

Cleveland's 2004 #1 pick, tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., who hadn't played a game in almost 2 years, also got off to great start with 8 receptions for 63 yards and 1 TD in a loss to New Orleans.

Vastly underrated New Orleans defensive tackle Brian Young, who went sackless in 2005, broke out with 3 sacks Sunday against Cleveland. Even though Young failed to record a sack last season, his run stopping and leaderships skills have been widely respected around the NFL.

Speaking of New Orleans, how many teams would love to have the young safety tandem of Roman Harper (5 tackles; 1 sack @ Clev) and Josh Bullocks (5 tackles; 1 Int @ Clev) in their secondary?

Young Philadelphia Eagles safety Sean Considine, a 2005 4th round pick from Iowa, has been so impressive that the Birds' coaching staff is constantly trying to figure out new ways to get him onto the field more often.

Reminiscent of his glory days in Tennessee, new Baltimore quarterback Steve McNair leaned heavily on his tight ends in Sunday's 27-0 win @ Tampa -- starter Todd Heap had 5 receptions for 46 yards, while backup Daniel Wilcox had 3 receptions for 52 yards and 1 TD.

Jets quarterback Chad Pennington was impressive in his return from an injury, completing 22 of 33 attempts Sunday for 319 yards and 2 TD's....Veteran receiver Laveranues Coles chipped in for 153 yards on 8 receptions.

The Buffalo Bills defensive ends, as a group, took a lot of criticism from fans in 2005, but we watched them against the Patriots and they played great. Star Aaron Schobel was his steady self, as usual, with a sack in the game at RDE. Meanwhile Chis Kelsay and Ryan Denney combined for an impressive 12 tackles and a sack at LDE. Now, if the Bills can only find a quarterback to help the improving defense?

Also from the Bills @ Patriots game: Pats running back Laurence Maroney, the teams' most recent #1 pick, was very impressive running for 86 yards...Bills top rookie Donte Whitner also impressed, recording 8 tackles and a Int. as a backup. Expect him to start real soon.

Former USC star LenDale White was not active for Tennessee against the Jets Sunday afternoon.

With potential rookie sensation Jay Cutler breathing down his neck, Broncos veteran quarterback Jake Plummer completed only 13 of 26 attempts Sunday for 138 yards and threw 3 huge Ints in a loss @ St. Louis.

Houston Texans rookie middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans got his NFL career off to a great start Sunday with 13 tackles (12 solo) against Philly.

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The win over Air Force a costly one: Tennessee loses all SEC defensive tackle Justin Harrell (bicep) and starting cornerback Inky Johnson (trauma) for the season. Johnson's injury requred immediate surgery to repair blood vessels and probable future surgery to stave off nerve damage.

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Rumor: Injured Louisville running back Michael Bush to go pro?

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Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis has a coming out party during his team's road victory over top ranked Texas.

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Fighting Irish made plays on offense but also displayed tough defense this weekend. Scout's eye on battle between Penn State offensive tackle Levi Brown and Notre Dame defensive end Victor Abiamiri: The defender was swallowed up by Brown in running phases but Abiamiri took the edge in pass rush against the Lions best offensive lineman.

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Taking no chances, West Virginia pulled star running back Steve Slaton after just two series in their 52-3 victory over Eastern Washington. The sophomore had 108 yards on 8 carries and was out of uniform by halftime.

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An emotional Georgia defense played insprired football and shut out Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks.

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Clemson All American defensive end Gaines Adams suffered a bruised shoulder in the OT loss to Boston College but is expected to play next week. Free safety Michael Hamlin was not so lucky, expected to miss 7 weeks with a broken foot. These are serious blows for a defense already lacking LB Anthony Waters who tore his ACL against Florida Atlantic.

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last updated: 9/09/06
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Check out all the college scores and box scores from last night and this weekend at Yahoo! Sports.

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Free of injury, Notre Dame wideout Rhema McKnight finally could be ready for a breakout season.

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TFY Draft Preview: Scouting Saturday for talent....linebacker Paul Posluszny not athletic enough to be considered in round 1?


DD.com comment: It's well known that Posluszny isn't a speed burner. But football skill wise, he's a top 10 caliber player. NFL Hall of Famer Jack Ham loves Poz's all-around skills.

If Poz does really only run a 4.8/40, then we believe fellow PSU linebacker Tim Shaw is more than just "a hair faster" than him. Tim came to PSU as a speedy tailback, who was Michigan state's high school player of the year -- ran for over 7,6000 yards and scored 131 TD's during his H.S. career. Also, more importantly, Shaw was the state champion in the 100 meters (track). In high school, this kid could flat out fly -- sub 4.5?

In fairness to all, we guess only time will tell how Posluszny and Shaw fare in workouts for NFL scouts.

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last updated: 9/08/06
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Tall safeties....Explaining roster numbers....Undrafted gems Parker, Welker....Special RB class.....Those topics, plus more at gosselin.beloblog.com.

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Talented Purdue Wide receiver Kyle Ingraham has been declared academically ineligible, will miss the balance of the season.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers signed running back Najeh Davenport today, cut rookie free agent Patrick Cobbs.

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Keys to the Game - Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Texas Longhorns.

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NFL.com Senior Draft Analyst Gil Brandt looks at the top 150 (or so) prospects in the senior class.

DD.com comment: We originally posted the link above in our June 20th blog notes...But since Mr. Brandt's draft opinions are so well respected, we decided to re-post them again.

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Good friends Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr. don't let Heisman talk come between them.

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Closer look at speedy Florida State linebacker Eugene Hayes, a sophomore who excels at only 215 pounds.

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Former University of Florida cornerback Avery Atkins glad to be at Bethune-Cookman.

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CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Quarterbacks

CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Running Backs

CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Offensive Linemen

CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Defensive Linemen

CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Linebackers

CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Defensive Backs

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Quick glance at the Mansfield Mountaineers (D-2), who feature 6' 4", 321 pound potential NFL prospect Jamar Foulks at center.

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Virginia Tech running back Brandon Ore says warehouse work supplied a needed attitude adjustment.

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Speedy Texas A & M wide receiver Chad Schroeder back to form in the Aggies opener, following 2005 injury.

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Freshmen Chris Bell and A.J. Wallace are impressing at Penn State.

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Talented Tennessee wide receiver Robert Meachem stands out in the Vols' opener with 2 TD catches.

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last updated: 9/07/06
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Yahoo! Sports "Prospect Watch" takes a look at 18 college prospects, including Arizona defensive end Louis Holmes, a potential first round pick?

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San Jose State coach Dick Tomey talks about Stanford QB Trent Edwards: "I've had pro scouts tell me this kid is this year's Jay Cutler, Tomey said, referring to the Vanderbilt quarterback who became a first-round NFL draft choice. He's not getting the national media attention he should, but he's terrific."

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Thursday Night Football Oregon State at Boise State -- WAC Predictions.

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Athletic, versatile Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith hopes to give Texas some of its own medicine when they clash this week.

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Closer look at Arizona State senior offensive lineman Andrew Carnahan.

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In depth look at Florida International senior quarterback Josh Padrick, who has already caught the attention of NFL scouts.

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Scout's eye on the trenches of the powerhouse CAL @ TEN battle from this past weekend: After thrubbing the #9 ranked Cal Bears, defensive tackle Justin Harrell stated: "Weíre far from getting our respect back on a national basis... Itís just one victory." Hey, whatever it takes to keep you playing like that Justin keep doing it. #92 Harrell looked extremely quick to the ball, expressed sideline speed, overwhelmed the interior linemen constantly and delivered punishing blows to the ballcarrier. Explosive! Cal DT #52 Brandon Mebane showed good run stuffing ability but was constantly doubled and could not collapse the pocket on his own. Tennessee guard David Ligon told the papers "He knocked me back a couple of yards a lot of times, but we kept after him, Arron Sears and I. Every time we were in the huddle, we talked about punishing him and making him want to quit, and I think he did that." Mebane didn't quit but could use better coaching on his handplay. #76 Sears did fine but his future might be at guard at the next level.

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Where does Louisville RB Michael Bush go from here?

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UCLA freshman CB Alterraun Verner is nicknamed "little old man" by coaches but doesn't play that way.

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last updated: 9/06/06
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Arrest warrants have been issued for 3 Colorado State players in fraud case. Cornerback Robert Herbet, a decent NFL prospect, suspended from the team.

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From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. had this to say about Georgia's freshman quarterback on ESPN Radio: " Matthew Stafford eventually will be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Write that down."

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TFY Draft Preveiw's Tony Pauline looks at 11 possible NFL draft sleepers, including Florida Gators running back DeShawn Wynn.

DD.com comment: Glad to see TP give DD.com favorite "surprise player" Trent Edwards some attention. We've had the strong-armed senior from Stanford ranked as the 3rd best quarterback in his class since very early in the 2005 season. Edwards has the size and skill to be a terrific prospect. He just needs to stay healthy for a full season.

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Rivals.com looks at 25 potential Impact Freshmen.

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A message board poster at www.jetnation.com has listed all the recent NFL roster cuts by position.

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Michigan defensive end Rondell Biggs doesn't fit the wild stereotype.

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Gifted Alabama Crimson Tide running back Ken Darby upset with his week one performance.

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Closer look at Central Florida center Cedric Gagne-Marcoux, an NFL prospect from Montreal, Canada.

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Towering Northwestern freshman defensive end Corey Wootton is very quick and has an upside that's growing.

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Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, a true freshman, has been a pleasant surprise for the Cardinal.

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Scouting combine appears to have lengthy future in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Talented Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter can list address as the doghouse.

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The New York Jets may be close to abandoning hope that Dewayne Robertson will ever develop into the nose tackle needed to anchor the 3-4 defense.

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The Maple Leafs Larry Tanenbaum and Blue Jays Ted Rogers chase a National Football League team for Toronto.

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San Francisco 49er's rookie Manny Lawson hopes to build a future at linebacker.

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DD.com mailbag, F.G.:

I just saw your list of undrafted rookies to beat the odds and make the team, and I wanted to say that this year was the same as 2004 and 2005: no undrafted rookie QBs made the roster....It looked like Matt Baker, Quinton Porter and Corey Bramlet (Patriots) would beat the odds, but they all got cut. D.J. Shockley was a 7th round pick.

I love your site. I make a habit of following unknown guys, especially undrafted rookies and small schoolers. Preseason is my favorite time of year because I get to see them all play. Your site is great for getting some info on this type of stuff.

But while no undrafted rookies made the rosters, I should add that a number of these prospects are sticking as 3rd quarterback's on practice squads: The Panthers kept Brett Basanez on their squad; Josh Betts is on the Colts squad; Quinton Porter is on the Texans practice squad and Parcells is keeping Matt Baker on the Cowboys squad. Oh, and the Ravens have stuck Drew Olson on their practice squad, too.

Anyway, that's about all I wanted to say. Thanks for the site, guys, and great work!

DD.com comment: Thanks for the E-Mail and the clarification on D.J. Shockley. With so many players drafted, sometimes we forget if latter round picks were drafted or not.

Great point on the growing number of 3rd string quarterback's being placed on practice squads, instead of making 53 man roster's. We have noticed this trend and were going to bring it up soon. Anybody who remembers Major League Baseball in 1980's (and prior) will recall just about every N.L. and A.L. team used to carry three catchers on their rosters (i.e. Bruce Bochy types). In time, the 3rd catcher became virtually extinct in baseball (except after Sept. 1st), as most teams have opted to keep extra pitchers.

Tony Dungy of the Colts has been carrying 2 QB's on his roster for a while, mostly because Peyton Manning never gets hurt. Seems other teams are following his example -- 10 NFL teams (7 AFC; 3 NFC) are carrying only two quarterback's on their 53 man roster and parking the 3rd stringer on the practice squad. This may seem smart, at first glance, because it opens up a roster spot for a player that can play offense or defense, as well as special teams. However, it is very risky, because if a team does suffer a major injury at quarterback, they will be forced to pick a "primary backup" from a group of players no one really wanted -- seemingly washed up veterans like Jeff George and Rob Johnson or a bunch of undrafted rookie types.

By the way, we are mildly surprised that no NFL teams use their athletic third string quarterbacks on special teams. For example, we thought former Panther Stefan LeFors, who ran a 4.5 40 flat at the 2005 Combine (before they changed to a faster turf in Indy), and Bradlee Van Belt, recently cut by the Broncos, could've helped their clubs on special teams, while also serving as the 3rd quarterback.

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Practice squad quarterbacks on teams that currently have only 2 quarterbacks on their 53 man roster:

Matt Baker ~ Dallas

Brett Basanez ~ Carolina

Quinton Porter ~ Houston

Drew Olson ~ Baltimore

Josh Betts ~ Indianapolis

Omar Jacobs ~ Pittsburgh

Preston Parsons ~ Denver

Brett Elliott ~ San Diego

Jason Fife ~ New Orleans

J.T. O'Sullivan ~ N.E. Patriots

DD.com comment: Given Ben Roethlisberger's recent medical problems, expect the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign another quarterback to backup veteran Charlie Batch for the next 2 weeks, at least.

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last updated: 9/05/06
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Breaking News: Southern Cal free safety Josh Pinkard out for the season with a torn ACL.

DD.com comment: We were watching the game when it happened. Just a devasting injury for the Trojans, as Pinkard, a junior, was counted on to fill the huge leadership void in the secondary left by 2005 starters Scott Ware and Darnell Bing, who headed off to the NFL.

Based on the way Pinkard played as a sophomore, last season, we had him ranked among the top 5 junior safety prospects in the nation. At 6' 1" and 215 pounds, he's a fluid, hard-hitting athlete with pretty good speed and a nose for the football.

By the way, moving senior outside linebacker Dallas Sartz to safety might be a viable option, in the short term, as he came to USC as a safety and even filled in at the spot when he was needed earlier in his career.

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New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball, a true D1-AA superstar, looms large on a small stage.

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Surging sophomore linebacker linebacker Sean Lee forces a change in Penn State's defense.

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Mel Kiper Jr., ESPNís NFL Draft guru, ranks Vanderbiltís Jonathan Goff as the nationís best junior inside linebacker.

DD.com comment: Vandy isn't well known for producing NFL prospects. But the school has featured some excellent linebacker prospects over the last decade: Hunter Hillenmeyer, Matt Stewart, Jamie Winborn and Jamie Duncan....Current Vandy weakside linebacker Kevin Joyce is also a player NFL teams will look at.

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TFY Draft Preview looks at how some NFL prospects fared this weekend -- including Louisville running back Kolby Smith, who has been projected as a 5th round talent by BLESTO.

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Closer look at Alcorn State wide receiver Charlie Spiller.

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Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan being coy about his starting running back .

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last updated: 9/04/06
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Respected Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin mentions some surprise cuts in his very informative NFL blog.

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Powerful Louisville running back Michael Bush had successful surgery to repair two broken bones in the lower portion of his right leg.

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Michael Bush Sr. talks about son's season-ending injury.

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Preparing to face top-ranked Ohio State, Texas received a jolt when starting cornerback Tarell Brown was arrested this morning on drugs and weapons charges.

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If first impressions mean anything, the University of Colorado is in for a long season....Montana State, a Division I-AA team, appeared faster, quicker and stronger than the Buffaloes in its 19-10 stunner that spoiled coach Dan Hawkins' debut.

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Rising SDSU junior quarterback Kevin O'Connell, who possesses NFL skills (strong arm and very mobile at 6' 5"), needs surgery on his injured right thumb and could miss the balance of the season.

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Feature on a pair of Florida based quarterbacks: Florida State sophomore Drew Weatherford and Miami (Florida) junior Kyle Wright, who NFL scouts like a lot.

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TSN Inside Dish: NFC scout very impressed by South Carolina junior linebacker Jasper Brinkley.....Plus more college football notes.

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Clemson linebacker/NFL prospect Anthony Waters will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

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Louisville running back Michael Bush, a Heisman Trophy Candidate, breaks right leg in season opener and will miss the season.

DD.com comment: Simply a devasting injury for Bush and the Cardinals. Bush wanted to enter the NFL draft after the 2005 season, but felt he needed to return to school to, one, show he could stay healthy for a full season and, two, lose some weight in order to display better speed for scouts in workouts. He lost some weight, added muscle in the off season and was off to great start this season, until the injury. At this point, it's just a wait and see situation for scouts.

Will he petition for another season of eligibility (redshirt) due to the injury?

If not, how will he fare at the Combine or individual workouts after a significant amount of time away from the field?....At 6' 3" and 250 pounds, weight and conditioning could be an issue for Bush after a major injury.

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Finding ways back to NFL: Former Ohio State stars Dustin Fox and Tyler Everett looking to make it onto a 53 man roster.

DD.com comment: Everett, an undrafted rookie, made a nice run at a roster spot with the Broncos, but fell short. The Broncos tend to skew towards veterans on defense, so he was in a tough spot. Cracking the Bears safety rotation won't be easy, but if injuries happen, who knows?

Fox was actually a high 3rd round pick in 2005, who was placed on the injured reserve list last season for a summer injury that was almost completely healed by the latter part of last September.

It's easy for us to say this, but if we were NFL agents we would never, ever allow a highly regarded rookie draft pick to be "redshirted" (IR'ed for a non-season ending injury). We'd demand the player be released when he's recovered (NFL rules allow this), so he'd be eligible to play immediately once another team claims him off waivers or decides to sign him to the 53 man roster or practice squad. By October, most NFL teams are looking for depth due to injuries and we'd bet several squads would've loved to add a rookie 3rd round pick (like Fox) with legit 4.45 speed and a 45" inch vertical leap.

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They are "Invincible"....undrafted rookies that overcame the odds and have made NFL rosters (for now).

RB DeDe Dorsey ~ Indianapolis -- Small school star was impressive with the Bengals in the preseason, which got him a chance in Indy. Great speed and balance as a runner; reliable hands out of the backfield. Will even return kicks.

RB Montell Owens ~ Jacksonville -- Former University of Maine star made his mark on special teams in the preseason. With Greg Jones' unfortunate injury, the Jags can use Owens as a backup at halfback and fullback.

RB Cory Ross ~ Baltimore -- 5' 6", 200 pound ball of dynamite will need to make an impression as a return specialist for Billick's crew.

RB Mike Bell ~ Denver -- Former Arizona Wildcat has been so impressive this summer, he's slated to start at RB for the Broncos on opening day.

RB Derrick Ross ~ Kansas City -- Tarleton State product snares a roster spot after an impressive showing with the Chiefs.

RB Patrick Cobbs ~ Pittsburgh -- Steelers liked this former University of North Texas star enough to trade a conditional future draft pick to the Patriots for him.

FB Ahmard Hall ~ Tennessee -- Supplemental draft free agent signee will be 27 years old in November. Makes the team due to his very strong blocking skills.

WR Chris Hannon ~ Kansas City -- Former Tennessee Vols speedster makes up for draft snub, snares K.C's 5th wide out spot.

WR John Madsen ~ Oakland -- Raiders.com has this talented 6' 5" athlete listed as a WR, others say he'll play tight end for the silver & black clad Raiders.

WR Sam Hurd ~ Dallas -- Excellent blocking receiver makes the Cowboys and becomes fast friends with T.O. Could get significant playing time in Dallas.

WR Miles Austin ~ Dallas -- Tall, speedy receiver from Monmouth College in New Jersey defies the odds, makes the Cowboys.

WR Hank Baskett ~ Philadelphia -- Tall, possession wide out had a huge summer in Philly, hopes to vie for the Eagles #3 WR spot.

WR Shaun Bodiford ~ Detroit -- Former troubled teen gang member, goes from a Division I-AA star, to a full fledged NFL receiver after a strong preseason.

TE Willie Fells ~ Atlanta -- Currently listed as the Birds #4 tight end, so he's barely hanging on to a spot. Was a bigtime star at Cal-Davis, who didn't run real well at the Combine, but has a lot of talent.

OT Richard Collier ~ Jacksonville -- Talented, agile big man from Valdosta State played real well at the Hula Bowl. Should've been drafted, we think.

OT Pat McCoy ~ Philadelphia -- Soon to be 26 years old, but has a lot of size and potential. Frequently suffered from dehydration at West Texas A & M during games. Eagles think they can control that problem.

OT NaíShan Goddard ~ N.Y. Giants -- 6' 5", 315 pound South Carolina product is currently listed as the Jints backup RT behind Kareem McKenzie.

OG Frank Davis ~ Detroit -- Powerful lineman from South Florida, who was born and raised in Jamaica, hopes to be a factor in Detriot.

OC Nick Cole ~ Philadelphia -- Former New Mexico State star backs up former undrafted free agent Jamaal Jackson at center, now that Hank Fraley has been traded.

OC Rudy Niswanger ~ Kansas City -- This pound-per-pound tough center is putting off med school to play in the NFL. We think this former L.S.U. star might hang around for a while.

DE Paul Carrington ~ Atlanta -- We had this physically impressive athlete, with excellent size and speed, rated as a 4th or 5th round pick going into the draft. Georgia native wins Falcons #4 DE spot.

DE Jayme Mitchell ~ Minnesota -- 6' 6', 275 former Ole Miss player is currently the Vikings #5 defensive end.

DE A.J Schable ~ Arizona -- The Cards toyed with moving this 6' 4", 281 pound athlete to fullback, but didn't. Former D-2 superstar makes the Cards as Bert Berry's backup.

DE Jason Hunter ~ Green Bay -- Former DI-AA superstar barely held-off 7th rounder Dave Tollefson for the Packers #4 DE spot. Hunter, who's fairly light at 250 pounds, had a great preseason showing.

DT Tony McDaniel ~ Jacksonville -- Career "underachiever" at Tennessee, impressed the Jags with his power, agility and potential. Will need to step up his intensity and focus to be more than just a backup.

DT Tommy Jackson ~ Atlanta -- Smallish, hard working run-stopper from Auburn beats out former L.S.U. star Chad Lavalias to gain a backup DT spot.

LB Rashad Jeanty ~ Cincinnati -- Is an NFL rookie, but played 3 seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) as a DE. Will backup David Pollack at SLB.

LB Pierre Woods ~ N.E. Patriots -- Former Michigan star is expected to backup at ROLB and excel on special teams.

LB Oliver Hoyte ~ Dallas -- Bill Parcells loves to keep at least one undrafted rookie linebacker each season, it seems. Hoyte, from North Carolina State, gets the nod this time around.

LB Brandon Jamison ~ Atlanta -- This 25 year old former Clemson Tiger is one 5 undrafted rookies to make the Falcons 53 roster this summer. Listed as the teams' 3rd string MLB. Must excel on special teams to retain his spot.

LB John DiGiorgio ~ Buffalo -- Longest of longshots, according to some, who impressed with hustle, speed and intensity. Played at Saginaw Valley State.

CB Jarrett Bush ~ Green Bay -- Former Utah State star was cut by the Panthers, but picked up on waivers by the cornerback needy Packers.

CB Cletis Gordon ~ San Diego -- Former SWAC superstar mostly made the Chargers as a special teams return specialist. Doesn't have blazing speed, but runs hard. Season-ending injury to Darren Sproles likely opened the door for Gordon.

CB Kevin Dockery ~ N.Y. Giants -- Smallish (5' 8", 185) ballhawk wins a spot on the Giants roster as a special teams ace and backup to Sam Madison. Was a terrific player at Mississippi State, who could've been drafted, we think.

CB Ronnie Prude ~ ~ Baltimore -- Former L.S.U. defensive back had a great summer in Baltimore. Doesn't possess great foot speed, but he can cover, hit hard and will excel on special teams. Billick and Newsome are happy to have him. ****

DD.com comment: We believe we've tracked down most of the undrafted rookies that made teams, but rosters are constantly changing. Don't be surprised if some of the players listed above are cut as teams add veterans off the waiver wire this week. Wide receiver Jason Carter (Minnesota) and cornerback Anwar Phillips (New Orleans) both made their teams 53 man roster saturday night, but were recently cut to make room for waiver claims.

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last updated: 9/02/06
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NFL Cutdown Day Central

Today is the day NFL teams must shave their rosters down to 53 players. Check updated roster moves at NFL.com and KFFL.com.

DD.com comment: Some "bigger name" rookies cut:


QB Omar Jacobs ~ Pittsburgh

QB Brett Basanez ~ Carolina

WR Gerald Riggs Jr. ~ Miami

WR Reggie McNeal ~ Cincinnati

WR Troy Bergeron ~ Atlanta (2005 AFL ROY)

WR Cory Rodgers ~ Green Bay

WR Mike Hass ~ New Orleans

WR Kevin McMahan ~ Oakland

WR Skyler Green ~ Dallas

WR Marcus Vick ~ Miami

OL Fred Matua ~ Detroit

DE Dave Tollefson ~ Green Bay

DT Babatunde Oshinowo ~ Cleveland

DT Orien Harris ~ Pittsburgh

DL James Wyche ~ Jacksonville

NT Montavious Stanley ~ Dallas

LB Tim McGarigle ~ St. Louis

LB Terna Nande ~ Tennessee

CB Charles Gordon ~ Minnesota

SS Mike Lorello ~ Pittsburgh

FS Nate Salley ~ Carolina

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Practice squad eligibility rules, as of the 2005 NFL season.

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The Indianapolis Colts have acquired defensive end Ryan LaCasse from Baltimore in exchange for an undisclosed future draft selection.

DD.com comment: Colts covet speed at defensive end and LaCasse, a former high school track star, has that. Ran a blistering 4.54 40 at the last Combine at 256 pounds. Amazing to think a player that worked out as well as LaCasse did, and played so well in 2005, would last deep into round 7 last April.

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Raiders.com reports the Oakland Raiders have placed linebacker Darnell Bing (stinger) on Injured Reserve, ending his rookie season.

DD.com comment: Bing, a former standout safety who left USC early after his junior season, is probably receiving the NFL's version of a "redshirt". The season on IR will give him time to add some needed bulk to better compete for a backup linebacking job next season.

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The Oakland Raiders have traded wide receiver Doug Gabriel to the N.E. Patriots. The compensation for Gabriel has not been announced yet.

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Check out all the college scores and box scores from last night and this weekend at USA Today.

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Cleveland has aquired verteran center Hank Fraley from the Philadelhia Eagles for a future draft pick.

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The Detroit Lions cut wide receiver Charles Rogers, former first-round pick.

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The Green Bay Packers might scour other teams' trash for treasures -- wide receiver still a major soft spot.

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Patriots sixth-round pick Jeremy Mincey, who was vying for a roster spot at outside linebacker, was cut yesterday. The move likely clears the way for rookie free agent Pierre Woods to make the 53-man roster.

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Florida State offensive tackle Mario Henderson set to make a difference for the 'Noles?

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Can USC's defense take a lead role? With inexperienced offense, it may have to.

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last updated: 9/01/06
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Feature on one of our favorite prospects, Stanford Cardinal quarterback Trent Edwards.

DD.com comment: If Trent can stay healthy this season, he has a chance to be the 3rd best quarterback prospect in the senior class. Scroll to the middle of our Pac-10 page to checkout a small feature we did on Trent Edwards at the end of the 2005 season.

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Closer look at U.C.L.A. strong safety Chris Horton, a potential NFL prospect.

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In depth look at Northern Illinois impact left tackle Doug Free, who could be a first round pick.

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In depth look at Northern Illinois' talented tailback Garrett Wolfe.

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Q & A with Pitt Panthers standout junior cornerback Darrelle Revis.

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Pressure building on Notre Dame's defense.

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Check out all the college scores and box scores from last night and this weekend at USA Today.

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Miami senior defensive end Baraka Atkins will face off against his brother, Florida State sophomore center Dumaka, Monday night.

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Texas Tech could be forced to play without its top receiver Jarrett Hicks this season due to academic ineligibility.

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Is Florida State junior linebacker Lawrence Timmons poised to break out?

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Is Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton, a potential Heisman Trophy candidate this season, the best Spartans quarterback ever?

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Louisiana State University running back Alley Broussard, who missed the 2005 season due to a serious knee injury, says he'll play Saturday.

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Louisiana State University junior Jacob Hester has gotten plenty of work at tailback and fullback this year.

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A shoulder injury to Arizona's Matt Leinart dampened a showdown between two of the NFL's quarterbacks of the future in Denver's 29-23 preseason victory over the Cardinals on Thursday night.

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