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last updated: 07/31/07
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The Oakland Raiders signed veteran free agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper.

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New Orleans running back Reggie Bush says he's burning to return to action.

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Denver Broncos wide receiver David Kircus focuses on football, not legal issues that dog him.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Louisville quarterback Darren McFadden.

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Louisville Cardinals' linebacker Malik Jackson shines outside of the spotlight.

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Cal-Berkeley wide receiver Nyan Boateng was arrested in Gainesville, Fla., last week and was charged with burglary residence, battery and criminal mischief.

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Michigan coach Lloyd Carr is considering reinstating potential high impact, young tight end Carson Butler, who was kicked off the team for fighting.

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Another Miami Hurricane's linebacker transfers to Louisville.

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Due to the retirement of Tarik Glenn, rookie Tony Ugoh has been inserted as the Colts starting offensive left tackle.

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Rookie quarterback Drew Stanton has been thrown for a loss before ever playing in a game for the Lions.

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New Orleans linebacker Scott Fujita thriving under coach who likes 'smart players'.

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N.F.L. Notes: Commissioner Roger Goodell won't let Adam ''Pacman'' Jones play football, but Goodell can't keep Jones from dabbling in professional wrestling.

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Colorado Rockies' outfielder Matt Holliday, who is emerging as a candidate for the National League MVP award, was once compared to John Elway and Dan Marino as college quarterback prospect.

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The Canadian Football League's season kicked off earlier this month. Here is list of former U.S. college stars that made C.F.L. rosters as true rookies. To be more specific, these are players that played college football in the fall of 2006 and signed with the C.F.L. right after being overlooked in the most recent N.F.L. draft.


B.C. Lions

CB Dennis Mitchell ~ Western Kentucky

DB Tad Crawford ~ Columbia University*


Toronto Argonauts

WR Obed Cetoute ~ Central Michigan*


Calgary Stampeders

RB Jon Cornish ~ Kansas*

CB Calvin Bannister ~ Hampton


Saskatchewan Roughriders

QB Drew Tate ~ Iowa

CB Dre Dokes ~ Northern Iowa

DB David Heard ~ Miss. State


Hamilton Tiger-Cats

OC Cedric Gagne-Marcoux ~ Central Florida*

OT Peter Dyakowski ~ Louisiana State*

DT J.P. Bekasiak ~ Toledo*

DE Jermaine Reid ~ Akron*

DB Ryan Glasper ~ Boston College


Montreal Alouettes

QB Will Proctor ~ Clemson

WR S.J. Green ~ South Florida

OT Jeff Perrett ~ Tulsa*

DT Ryan Lucas ~ Western Washington*


Winnipeg Blue Bombers

DB Toney Edison ~ Nicholls State

*Denotes the player is a Canadian citizen/Non-Import

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last updated: 07/30/07
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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm.

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The best player in college football may be L.S.U. defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

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Tale of two quarterbacks: Brent Schaeffer and Erik Ainge.

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Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring said Monday it's "a stretch" to think defensive lineman Marcus Harrison will be able to play in the season opener against Troy.

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Rookie running back Brian Leonard provides the St.Louis Rams with options.

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Denver Broncos' rookie defensive tackle Marcus Thomas has really impressed his coaches.

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Early Peek at the Pac-10 Conference


Top Pac-10 Conference Seniors:

QB John David Booty ~ Southern California

RB Ryan Torain ~ Arizona State

RB Yvenson Bernard ~ Oregon State

WR Mark Bradford ~ Stanford

WR Sammie Stroughter ~ Oregon State

TE Fred Davis ~ Southern California

OL Sam Baker ~ Southern California

OL Mike Gibson ~ California

OL Shannon Tevaga ~ U.C.L.A.

OL Brandon Rodd ~ Arizona State

OL Roy Schuening ~ Oregon State


DL Lawrence Jackson ~ Southern California

DL Grayson Gunheim ~ Washington

DL Sedric Ellis ~ Southern California

DL Bruce Davis ~ U.C.L.A.

LB Keith Rivers ~ Southern California

LB Alan Darlin ~ Oregon State

LB Spencer Larsen ~ Arizona

CB Terrell Thomas ~ Southern California

CB Antoine Cason ~ Arizona

S Josh Barrett ~ Arizona State

S Chris Horton ~ U.C.L.A.


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Nine Juniors to Watch Closely [Not Ranked]

QB Nate Longshore ~ California --- This 6' 5", 230 pound gunslinger has a ton of offensive weapons around him and plays for a head coach (Jeff Tedford) that has tutored several first round quarterbacks. Definitely one of the more gifted quarterbacks in the junior class.

QB Rudy Carpenter ~ Arizona State -- Not real big (6' 2", 199) and did not have a great sophomore season in '06, but we know N.F.L. teams like his accuracy and ability to throw tight spirals. Also possesses great leadership skills, reminiscent of Jake Plummer, during his days at A.S.U.

RB Jonathan Stewart ~ Oregon -- Full sized back (5' 11", 245), who was very highly regarded coming out of high school. Has the potential to do great things this season, as he possesses the speed of a tailback and the power and balance of an elite fullback. Ran for 981 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

WR DeSean Jackson ~ California --- Not the biggest receiver in the Pac-10 (6', 166), but he's extremely quick and explosive as a receiver and punt returner. Jackson is considered an excellent pro prospect and has hinted to the fact he may forego his final season of eligibility in order to jump to the N.F.L.

WR Jaison Williams ~ Oregon -- One of the bigger wide outs in college football at 6' 5' and 235 pounds. Put up monster numbers as a sophomore in '06 (984 yards & 6 TD's), despite the fact that the Ducks quarterbacks -- Dennis Dixon and Brady Leaf -- struggled to play consistently most of the season.

TE Logan Paulson ~ U.C.L.A. -- Very athletic 6' 5", 245 pounder, who teams with fellow junior Ryan Moya to give the Bruins a great one-two punch at tight end. Paulson was also a soccer and track star going through the high school ranks, so you know he has speed and stamina for a big fellow.

OG Jeremy Perry ~ Oregon State -- The Beavers will be breaking in a new quarterback this season (Sean Canfield),but a potentially great offensive line, led by the powerful 6' 2", 323 pound Perry, should help ease the transition. Perry, a native of Hauíula, Hawaii', was the 2005 Pac-10 co-Freshman of the Year.

LB Rey Maualuga ~ Southern California -- Very athletic and tough 6' 3", 250 pounder, who is sometimes compared to former Trojans' great Junior Seau. Maualuga plays with great intensity and enthusiasm on the field. But controlling his temper off the field, however, is something Rey needs to work on. Has recorded 115 tackles in just 2 seasons at U.S.C.

LB Brian Cushing ~ Southern California -- This very versatile 6' 4", 245 pounder from the state of New Jersey has the size and athletic skills to lineup at any of the three linebacker spots and the power and edge rushing skills to excel at defensive end in a 4-3 defense. Will sort of remind fans of former Ohio State star Bobby Carpenter, who is now with the Dallas Cowboys.

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last updated: 07/29/07
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Russ Lande: If quarterback Eli Manning keeps failing to impress, the Giants should consider drafting a replacement after the season.

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Former No. 1 draft pick Tim Couch worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, hoping to land a job as a backup to quarterback Byron Leftwich.

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The Southland Conference is filled with a number of Outstanding Quarterbacks.

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In-depth feature on Louisville senior wide receiver/N.F.L. prospect Harry Douglas.

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Closer look at Arizona State running back Ryan Torain, who Mel Kiper lists as the nationís No. 2-rated senior running back.

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If you are a Boston College football fan, don't count on star linebacker Brian Toal playing this season.

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Auburn transfer Alonzo Horton has been declared academically ineligible to play at Jackson State.

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In-depth look at Florida Gators' talented receivers and tight ends.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers may have found themselves another undrafted gem this offseason in the form offensive tackle Jason Capizzi.

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Most top colleges are Targeting Younger Recruits.

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Philadelphia Eagles rookie Stewart Bradley is making a strong push for the teams' starting spot at strongside linebacker.

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Former Georgetown College star Jeff Smith is battling for the Cincinnati Bengals' third string quarterback spot.

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Minnesota Vikings' wide receiver Troy Williamson still needs to prove he can catch the football.

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last updated: 07/28/07
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Preseason All-Sun Belt Team

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Appalachian State running back Kevin Richardson, a former walk-on, needs just 954 yards to become the Mountaineers' all time leading rusher.

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Nebraska released former high school All-American Craig Roark from his scholarship on Thursday.

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Big South Football Preseason All-Conference Team

DD.com Comments: The name that jumps out at us the most on the list above is Gardner-Webb defensive end Brian Johnston, who has the type of size and athletic ability that should attract significant attention from N.F.L. teams. We've had Johnston ranked on various "watch lists" here at DD.com since his sophomore season.

Notable FBS transfers that should, also, attract attention from pro scouts at some point, include Liberty Flames' stars Rashad Jennings (Ex-Pittsburgh) and Eddie Pinigis (Ex-Virginia)....Also, while Charleston Southern's Dennis Justiniani may not have great next level measurables as a 6' 2", 225 pound defensive end, he's penned quite a story as a former Iraq war veteran who's made a successful return to the gridiron.

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Closer look at University of Virginia star defensive end Chris Long.

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In-depth feature on highly regarded Kansas cornerback/N.F.L. prospect Aqib Talib.

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Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge wants an SEC title first and, perhaps, first-team All-SEC honors.

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The Patriots released rookie running back/6th round pick Justise Hairston on Friday, a move precipitated by a hamstring injury.

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With veteran Simeon Rice no longer in Tampa Bay, rookie Gaines Adams gets his chance to shine.

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Chicago Bears' quarterback Rex Grossman knows he has a lot to prove after an up and down 2006 season.

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last updated: 07/27/07
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Pre-Season All-SEC Football Teams

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Former Notre Dame All-American wide receiver Jeff Samardzija, who pitches for the Dayton Cubs (A), was totally hammered tonight (12 hits and 6 ER's in 4.2 innings) by the Jupiter Hammerheads.

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SWAC Preseason All-Conference Teams

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Untested Tarvaris Jackson ready for scrutiny and challenge of taking over as the Minnesota Vikings quarterback.

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Top Defensive Backs: Thorpe Award Watch List.

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Highly regarded Southern Miss freshmen running back Antwain Easterling ready for scrutiny after high school sex arrest.

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The New York Times: As usual, U.S.C. Is Loaded, but now itís on defense.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Texas running back Jamaal Charles.

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In-depth look at San Jose State cornerback/N.F.L. prospect Dwight Lowery.

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An update on the trail of Penn State's All-Big Ten safety Anthony Scirrotto.

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Closer look at wide receiver Andre Caldwell, who possesses 4.41 speed and could have been a third-round pick in the N.F.L. draft had he left Florida early.

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Tony Barnhart: Ranking the SECís best defenders.

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Coach and player quotes from Thursday's Pac-10's Media Day.

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Catching up with 1980's college football folk hero Gordie Lockbaum, who was a finalist for the 1985 and 1986 Heisman Trophy's while playing at a Division 1-AA school.

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last updated: 07/26/07
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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham.

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Quick glance at very underrated University of Texas defensive tackle Derek Lokey.

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The San Francisco 49ers were awarded second-year safety Darnell Bing off waivers from the Oakland Raiders Thursday.

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Pat Kirwin: What are the Atlanta Falcons options at quarterback?

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The North Carolina State football program took a big hit Wednesday when the school disclosed that tight end Anthony Hill, the Wolfpack's leading receiver in 2006, would be lost for the season.

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Former Parade All-American/Fresno State quarterback Sean Norton has lost his desire to play football.

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Big 12 Notebook: Big year for Big Wide Receivers.

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Closer look at Texas Longhorns' quarterback/team leader Colt McCoy.

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Texas Longhorns' defensive tackle Frank Okam says a sub-par 2006 season was a result of injuries.

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Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves, who recently received a great rating from BLESTO, talks about his dislike for quarterbacks.

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Q&A: Former National League umpire Ed Quinn talks about his youngest son Drew Quinn, who spurned offers from Big 10 and Big East schools to play linebacker at Columbia University.

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DD.com's All-Colonial Athletic Association Team

QB Joe Flacco ~ Delaware

RB Maurice Murray ~ Northeastern

RB Omar Cuff ~ Delaware

WR Arman Shields ~ Richmond

WR Shawn Leonard ~ Rhode Island (Sophomore)

TE Brad Listorti ~ Massachusetts

OL Mike Byrne ~ Delaware

OL Matt Austin ~ Massachusetts

OL Terrence Apted ~ James Madison (Junior)

OL Mike Trice ~ Hofstra (Sophomore)

OL Nick Diana ~ Massachusetts


DL Ronald Talley ~ Delaware

DL Ken Sussman ~ Hofstra

DL Bruno Dorismond ~ Maine

DL Sherman Logan ~ Richmond

LB Adrian Tracey ~ William & Mary (Sophomore)

LB Jason Hatchell ~ Massachusetts

LB Gian Villante ~ Hofstra

CB Sean Smalls ~ Massachusetts (Junior)

CB John Clements ~ New Hampshire (Junior)

S Tony LeZotte ~ James Madison

S Jeromy Miles ~ Massachusetts (Sophomore)


DD.com Comment: There are some good football players on the list above, but we were forced to leave some fine football players off the list, as we had to cut it down to only 22 players. Also, while there may seem to be some "glaring ommisions", we do want to point out this is a draft related website, so we try to consider pro potential when we picks these teams. Also, we don't hesitate adding in talented youngsters with size and athletic ability that really caught our eye in 2006, instead of recycling all the same names the media does, based on the players stats last season.

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last updated: 07/25/07
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In Saturday's blog we mentioned former City College of San Francisco safety Durrell Clark-James was looking for a place to play this upcoming season after he was let go from his scholarship at Minnesota last spring.

Apparently it didn't take him long to find a new school, as our original source just told us: "You did a good job of giving Durrell Clark-James a reference and now he will be flying in to play with Joe Flacco at Delaware on a full ride. Thank you".

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The Oakland Raiders have released former U.S.C. star Darnell Bing.

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The Chicago Bears have signed outside linebacker Lance Briggs to a short term deal.

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Pre-Season Football All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team Announced.

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Glenn Guilbeau: Former L.S.U. tailback Alley Broussard should transfer.

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Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Squad.

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All-Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Squad

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Quick look at Furman's rising junior offensive lineman Joel Bell.

DD.com Comment: We've been posting lists of the top players from various FCS conference's the last 7 days (Ivy League & Big Sky). We finished picking our All-Southern Conference team but haven't posted it yet. Just for the record, this kid Joel Bell was a "no-brainer" All-SoCon selection for us. He'll be a major impact player for the Paladins the next two seasons and he might even project as an N.F.L. prospect, if he keeps progressing.

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The Post and Courier: Football College Subdivision is no subculture.

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Michigan State safety/linebacker SirDarean Adams is ready to shake the soft label that he was known for last season.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Southern Cal quarterback John David Booty.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan.

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Five key questions in the SEC -- Can L.S.U. win with Matt Flynn?

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Quick Glance at the top Offensive Lines in the S.E.C.

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Former Syracuse star Stephen Gregory hopes to go from an unwanted free agent to an impact player with the Chargers.

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Jags.com writer Vic Ketchman is asked why the people of Jacksonville, who once packed Jacksonville Municiple Stadium, are now very apathetic towards the franchise.

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last updated: 07/24/07
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An N.F.L. "insider" says Cleveland may trade rookie quarterback Brady Quinn, if he holds out a long time.

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Louisiana State running back Alley Broussard has decided to leave the Tiger football team.

DD.com Comment: Back in 2005 a respected, nationally known college football writer told us Broussard had the potential to be a first round pick in the N.F.L. draft, once he was done at L.S.U, due to his unique blend of size and speed. But it's obvious his career crashed in the summer of '05 when he suffered the major knee injury. Les Miles acknowledged last year that Broussard was not the same mentally after the injury and at a school like L.S.U. -- were they recruit great running backs every year -- you can easily get lost in the shuffle if you're not 100 percent physically and mentally prepared to compete for a job.

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Pittsburgh's rookie punter Daniel Sepulveda adds linebacker mentality and blazing speed (4.43) to the Steelers special teams.

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Coaches Preseason All-SoCon Football Teams

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In depth scouting report on University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan.

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Southland Conference Preseason Football Polls And Preseason All-Southland Conference Teams Announced.

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Notre Dame is seeking a replacement for Brady Quinn, will it be Jimmy Clausen?

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Closer look at North Carolina State's impact kick returner/wide receiver Darrell Blackman .

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The Houston Texans have released undrafted rookie/former Notre Dame running back Darius Walker.

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Quick look at Nebraska's new starting quarterback Sam Keller.

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Collegefootballnews.com Fantasy Rankings: Top 50 Quarterbacks

Collegefootballnews.com Fantasy Rankings: Top 50 Running Backs

Collegefootballnews.com Fantasy Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

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Washington State quarterback Alex Brink changes his throwing motion in an attempt to increase his arm strength.

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The Bengals have yet to hear from the N.F.L. on whether linebacker Odell Thurman has been or will be reinstated.

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last updated: 07/23/07
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N.F.L. commissioner Roger Goodell has told quarterback Michael Vick not to report to the Falcons' training camp this week, a possible prelude to a lengthy suspension by the league or the team.

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The New York Jets have waived former University of Hawaii safety Leonard Peters.

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Former Notre Dame All-American wide receiver Jeff Samardzija won a game for the Dayton Cubs (A) last night, improving his season record to 3-6. His E.R.A. is a very mediocre 4.75 and he's only struck out 37 batters in 96 innings.

DD.com Comment: Samardzija would have to return his bonus and much of his remaining $10 million if he returns to football. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the complete terms of the Sharks' Baseball Contract.

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Video Clip: Look at former Oklahoma State starting running back Mike Hamilton, who is now at Georgia Southern.

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In depth look at former Biletnikoff Award winner Mike Hass, who hopes to catch on with the Chicago Bears.

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Cal-Berkeley's DeSean Jackson hopes to be the first Heisman wide receiver in 16 years.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson.

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The Ledger-Enquirer ranks the Top 5 QB's, WR's, OL's and DL's in the Southeastern Conference.

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Led by athletic sophomore defensive end Ricky Sapp, Clemson expects big things from their stout defensive line.

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The Louisiana State Tigers, led by top N.F.L. prospects Glenn Dorsey and Early Doucet , expect to have a big season.

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The top college quarterbacks in the nation get to coach the Top 12 High School Quarterbacks in the nation at the EA SPORTS Elite 11.

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Athletic linebacker/strong safety Jon Busing looking foward to making an impact on the Cincinnati Bengals' defense.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers' tight end Alex Smith is hoping to find young football players in the Bahamas.

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Check out some Ivy League blogs that have featured Draft Daddy's All-Ivy League team: Roar Lions Roar and BigGreenAlert.com

DD.com Comments: We thank the webmasters of both sites for the links. We are big Ivy League football fans, so it's nice to see....Also, we're glad to see former Dartmouth defensive end Anthony Gargiulo is off to a great start in the C.F.L. (3 sacks in his first 3 games). Dating back to 2004, we always thought the athletic kid from Jersey -- who was constantly being double and tripled teamed by opponents -- had the potential to be a solid 7th round/free agent N.F.L. prospect as an edge rushing outside linebacker, but he was totally ingored by N.F.L. teams after he left Dartmouth. He's still only 22, so maybe he'll get a chance if he keeps it up in Calagary?

Here's a good blog for University of Massachusetts football fans.

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DD.com's All-Big Sky Conference Team

QB Jimmy Barnes ~ Weber State (Sophomore)

RB Josh Barnett ~ Idaho State

FB Bobby McClintock ~ Portland State (Sophomore)

WR Alex Watson ~ Northern Arizona

WR Craig Chambers ~ Montana

WR Eric Allen ~ Montana

OL Cody Balogh ~ Montana

OL David Hale ~ Weber State

OL Jake Gable ~ Northern Colorado

OL Matt Alfred ~ Eastern Washington

OL Brennan Carvalho ~ Portland State


DE Kroy Biermann ~ Montana (OLB)

DT Dallas Mauga ~ Sacramento State

DT Aaron Papich ~ Montana State

DE Cole Smith ~ Portland State

LB Mike Brannon ~ Sacramento State(Junior)

LB Tyler Joyce ~ Montana

LB Cyrus Mulitalo ~ Sacramento State (Junior)

CB Ricky Wilson ~ Northern Arizona

CB D.J. Clark ~ Idaho State (Junior)

FS Torrey Thomas ~ Montana

SS Brent Webber ~ Sacramento State


DD.Comment: There are some good football players on the list above, but we were forced to leave some fine football players off the list, as we had to cut it down to only 22 players. Also, we realize adding Jimmy Barnes, who has never suited up at Weber State is a bit of a stretch, but we are projecting ahead and think there is a chance the SEC transfer could become the top player in the Big Sky fairly soon, if he stays injury free. And, keep a close eye on Montana powerback Lex Hillard, who is very talented and may have next level talent, but is coming off a major injury that kept him out the entire 2006 season.

Portland State fullback Bobby McClintock,who plays like a young Dan Krieder, is one of the better sophomore fullbacks in the nation (FBS or FCS). If the names Craig Chambers and Ricky Wilson sound familiar, there is a reason for that: Chambers was a starting wide receiver for the Washington Huskies in 2005 and Wilson was a standout cornerback for the Houston Cougars, before injuries hit him and he transferred to Northern Arizona. Finally, we'd like to point out the most talented unit we listed above has to be the offensive lineman. Don't be surprised if a couple of those players turn out to be legit N.F.L. prospects down the line.

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last updated: 07/22/07
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Clemsonís soft-spoken left tackle Barry Richardson must raise his leadership voice.

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After beefing up their lineup, the Denver Broncos have high hopes for young quarterback Jay Cutler.

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Matt Leinart's former girlfriend Brynn Cameron, inspired to set example for son, is giving basketball another shot.

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Some talented U.S.C. Seniors are back to handle "unfinished business".

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Our friend Stephen Tsai reports the University of Hawaii is heavily promoting quarterback Colt Brennan as a Heisman candidate.

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Closer look at talented University of Virginia defensive end Chris Long, who received some first round projections from N.F.L. scouts following the 2006 season.

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University of Tennessee's sophomore guard Jacques McClendon has the tools to be a star.

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Click on this link at gobison.com to see Lindyís FCS Preseason Top 25 and Lindyís FCS Preseason All-America Team.

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Quick look at Southern Mississippi's impact sophomore linebacker Gerald McRath.

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MSNBC writer's list of the N.F.L.ís Top Clutch Players.

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In depth look Philadelphia Eagles' rookie defensive end Victor Abiamiri.

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Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback JaMarcus Russell is on the verge of being a very rich man. It's only a matter of how soon that happens.

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last updated: 07/21/07
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Washington Redskins' linebacker Marcus Washington hopes to rebound from a disappointing -- on and off the field-- 2006 season.

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Our friend Sigmund Bloom and his crew over at nfldraftguys.com have posted some excellent Q&A's with Top Small School Prospects.

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Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Team has been announced.

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Closer look at Virginia's hard-hitting safety Nate Lyles.

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Brigham Young running back Manase Tonga will miss the season opener and will not be able to participate in fall practice until legal matters are resolved following his arrest earlier this month.

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DD. com E-Mail [Bay Area Fan]:

Former City College of San Francisco safety Durrell Clark-James was let go from his scholarship at Minnesota last spring for lying about his whereabouts once and missing a team meeting. Now he's trying real hard to find a school to play at and Minnesota is bad mouthing him. I've known this kid for 4 years now and he has never been in trouble. This is another case of ego vs player, and now Minnesota has no safety due sexual assault cases. All the schools that were interested in him are always coming back talking about what Minnesota said. The kid needs help and he's good.

DD.Comment: We don't know anything about this player or the case, but we trust that the E-Mailer (who we know) is telling the truth. If Clark-James' transgressions were really that minor, hopefully he'll get another a chance to prove himself on and off the field. At the very least, the E-Mail above provides fans with some insight into the sometimes very rough recruiting process.

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Sources say Indianapolis Colts' left tackle Tarik Glenn is pondering retirement.

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DD.com's All-Ivy League Team

QB Craig Hormann ~ Columbia

RB Luke Siwula ~ Cornell

RB Mike McLeod ~ Yale (Junior)

WR Matt Luft ~ Harvard (Sophomore)

WR Braden Lepisto ~ Penn

WR Brendan Circle ~ Princeton

OL Jeff Monaco ~ Yale

OL David Paine ~ Harvard

OL Nick Wachtler ~ Yale

OL Jimmy Tull ~ Brown

OL Ralph DeBernardo ~ Columbia (Junior)


DL Brandt Hollander ~ Yale

DL Naheem Harris ~ Penn

DL Matt Curtis ~ Harvard (Junior)

LB Drew Quinn ~ Columbia (Junior)

LB Justin Cottrell ~ Dartmouth

LB Joe Anastasio ~ Penn

LB Bobby Abare ~ Yale (Junior)

DB Andrew Berry ~ Harvard (Junior)

DB Tim Bax ~ Cornell (Junior)

DB Steven Williams ~ Harvard

DB Tyson Maugle ~ Penn (Junior)

DD.com Comment: There some good football players on the list above and we were forced to leave some fine football off the list, as we had to cut it down to only 22 players. Also, we've done our All-Ivy teams in the blog for a few years now and this is the first time we could not pinpoint one or two athletes who were "likely N.F.L. prospects". In other words, at this time, there does not appear to be a Kevin Boothe (Raiders) or Zak DeOssie (Giants), that just jumps out at you as sure-fire pro prospects. But it's still early and things can change, as there are some very gifted underclassmen on the list. Finally, most FCS followers will tell you offensive lineman Jeff Monaco and cornerback Andrew Berry are considered the best players in the Ivy League, heading into the season.

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last updated: 07/20/07
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Nebraska wide receiver Maurice Purify has been reinstated, but will miss the season opener against Nevada.

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Former L.S.U. star Claude Wroten ready to shine for the St.Louis Rams.

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Fantasy Football Draft Guide: Wide Receiver Battles.

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Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team announced.

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In Monday's blog we posted a list of top FBS (formerly 1-A) to FCS (formerly 1-AA) transfers. We recently got a E-Mail from a reader who told us the posters at FCS fan site Anygivensaturday.com were discussing our transfer list. We went to check it out and found AGS is a great site, filled with knowledgeable posters that are serious small school football fans. At this point, we'd like to link the thread we mentioned because the posters at AGS put forth some keen insight and added some quality names to the transfer list.

DD.Comment: Looking up all the transfers is tough because there are close to 10,000 FBS (1-A) players competing each season. So, clearly, it's impossible to keep track of all the players, particularly the younger ones. With that, we'd like to hi-light some of the bigger name transfers we missed the other day that were mentioned by the posters over at AGS:

FS Andy Davis ~ Alabama to Samford (Freshman) -- When we did our list of top sophomore safeties a few weeks ago we tried to track Davis down, because we remembered he was highly regarded coming out of high school. Not sure why he left the Crimson Tide so abruptly, but it's likely he decided to transfer to a FCS school because he didn't want to sit out another season and it's clear Samford has gotten themselves quite an athlete.

CB Jamathan Lyle ~ Wisconsin to Northern Colorado (Freshman) -- This is a player we didn't know anything about, but any time a Big Ten recruit lands at a school like Northern Colorado and has four seasons of eligibility in front him, you must take note of that. Don't forget, Northern Colorado has developed some solid N.F.L. talent in recent years -- safety Reed Doughty of the Redskins and receiver Vincent Jackson of the Chargers.

Also, scanning some other threads at AGS, we found out former Penn State linebacker Spencer Ridenhour has just landed at the University of Massachusetts. The Nittany Lions had great expectations for Ridenhour, who comes from a military family and is a bit of safety/linebacker tweener, but he could never crack the starting lineup due to all the great defensive talent in Happy Valley. No doubt he'll fit in extremely well with the Minutemen.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Rutgers running back Ray Rice.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel.

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last updated: 07/19/07
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The first overall pick in the 1999 draft -- quarterback Tim Couch -- wants another shot in the N.F.L.

DD.Comment: Back around 2004 or 2005 we asked a source of ours -- who's son played quarterback in the N.F.L. -- if he knew why Tim Couch wasn't getting another chance. He told us, per his info, that N.F.L. teams had nothing personally against Couch (there were rumors some teams felt he liked to party too much), but the word around the league was Couch's arm was "way too weak" for him to even be considered as a third-string quarterback. That will be the key to any attempted comeback -- can he regain the arm strength he lost due to all his shoulder problems?

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A quick look at Auburn Tigers' quarterback Brandon Cox.

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Despite having a mediocre sophomore season, N.F.L. scouts like Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter.

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Noncontact ACL injuries -- i.e. Donovan McNabb's '06 injury -- Linked With Brain Function.

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Closer look at rising University of Oregon junior wide receiver Jaison Williams.

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Sophomore tailback Lance Smith has been suspended from the University of Wisconsin football team for violating the school's student-athlete discipline policy.

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The offensively improved Patriots lead the way in these N.F.L. season Win Totals Predictions from Docsports.com.

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West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez comments on the problems his former players Pacman Jones and Chris Henry have had in the N.F.L.

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Recruiting & Character: College coaches less willing to play game of risk.

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Some photos of Heisman Trophy candidate Darren McFadden's suped up, Crimson Red Razorback Mobile.

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Former New York Jets draft pick Windrell Hayes enjoys life as an Army sniper more than he enjoyed being an N.F.L. player.

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Closer look at several of West Virginia's Top Defenders.

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Nebraska football player Maurice Purify pleaded no contest to four criminal charges Wednesday as part of a deal with prosecutors.

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Minnesota Gophers head coach Tim Brewster kicked four accomplished players off the team for their alleged involvement in the rape of an 18-year-old woman.

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A position change opened the door for receiver Cornelius Ingram at the University of Florida.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Michigan running back Michael Hart.

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Rutgers tailback Ray Rice is humbled by the preseason Heisman Trophy hype.

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Tommy Barnhardt rates the Top 5 Quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference.

Southeastern Conference Tight End Rankings .

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Q&A with Buffalo Bills' rookie wide receiver Johnny Quinn.

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The New York Giants have signed undrafted rookie free agent Chris Patrick.

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to illegal dogfighting.

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Jacksonville State studies move to the Sun Belt Conference.

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It appears Nebraska standout wide receiver Maurice Purifyís two recent arrests will be resolved in court Wednesday in one fell swoop.

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Weber State's team and fans are very excited thanks to the arrival of quarterback Jimmy Barnes.

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Bursting with pride, The Big East Conference tries to follow up their breakout season in football.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Cal-Berkely wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

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Can Penn State left tackle Gerald Cadogan replace Levi Brown?

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Quick look at football sports betting on N.F.L. team overall wins.

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Clemson linebackers Nick Watkins and Tramaine Billie looking for a big 2007 season.

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Several key college football matchups and the prospects to scout.

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Minneapolis Police have arrested University of Minnesota safety Dominic Jones -- one of the teams' better players -- on probable cause of criminal sexual conduct relating to an incident in April.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Georgia Tech running back Tashard Choice.

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Closer look at University of Kentucky senior center Eric Scott, who will anchor a very inexperienced Wildcats line.

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Junior quarterback Cullen Harper could be the Clemson Tigers' secret weapon.

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West Virginia star running back Steve Slaton claims he will stay in school for the next two years.

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The following is a list of top prospects that played for Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A) programs, but transferred to Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) schools after the 2006 season. All the players listed should be immediately eligible to play at their new schools.

DD.com's Top Dozen FBS to FCS rankings:

1. QB Jimmy Barnes ~ Alabama to Weber State (Soph) -- The fans in Ogden can't wait to see this 6' 5" quarterback with a cannon arm, who was one the top recruits in the class of 2005.

2. CB Jackie Bates ~ Oregon to Hampton (Junior) -- The Pirates lost a lot of defensive talent in the recent N.F.L. draft, but snagging this former Pac-10 starter should help them defend their M.E.A.C. title.

3. RB Mike Hamilton ~ Oklahoma State to Georgia Southern (Junior) -- Played real well at O.S.U., but ran into a Barry Sanders impersonator named Dantrell Savage and left for more playing time.

4. DE Ronald Talley ~ Notre Dame to Delaware (Junior) -- Was a starting defensive end in 2006, but left Notre Dame because coaches wanted to move the 6' 4", 264 pounder inside to defensive tackle.

5. CB Ken Tinney ~ Michigan State to Central Connecticut -- An elite athlete, with size (6' 1", 200) and speed (4.35). At one time or another he committed to play at UConn, Syracuse, Michigan State and Grambling, but has yet to play a down due to an incredible rash of off-field issues.

6. OL Antonio Logan-El ~ Penn State to Towson State (Fresh) -- Arrived at P.S.U. with a lot of fanfare, but made very little noise in his short time there and left quitely. Logan-El has N.F.L. talent, but is very raw.

7. RB Demerick Chancellor ~ Clemson to North Carolina A&T (Soph) -- Ran real well for the Tigers in '06 when he got a chance, but was behind James Davis and C.J. Spiller. Should be an absolute superstar for the Aggies.

8. SS Jeromy Miles ~ Navy to Massachusetts (Soph) -- Was Navy's top freshman in 2006, so he should make an immediate impact for the Minutemen. By leaving Navy prior to his sophomore year, he is no longer obligated to fulfill any future military commitments.

9. LB Josh Bailey ~ Indiana to Western Kentucky (Soph) -- Popped up on several freshman All-American teams after starting for the Hoosiers in '06. Caught a lot of folks by surprise when he left Indiana.

10. DE Chris Brown ~ Texas to Sam Houston State (Junior) -- Was one of the most highly sought after prep outside linebackers in the nation in 2005, but got lost in the crowd of Parade All-Americans in Austin.

11. CB Mike Vandenberg ~ New Mexico to Montana (Soph) -- The speedy Vandenberg, who played some wide receiver at New Mexico, led all California prepsters with 11 Int's as a senior. Has a chance to replace Tuff Harris, who is currently with the Miami Dolphins.

12. OT Paul Backowski ~ Colorado to North Dakota State (Soph) -- This athletic 6 ' 5", 300 pound tackle from the state of Minnesota has a chance to be a very special player for the Bisons, who have produced some solid N.F.L. prospects on the O-line in recent years.


More Top FBS to FCS Transfers:

QB Cade Thompson ~ South Carolina to Tennessee-Martin (Soph)

QB Tray Rutland ~ Mississippi State to Jackson State (Soph)

QB Sean Norton ~ Fresno State to Northern Arizona

RB Brandon Mason ~ Pittsburgh to Stony Brook (N.Y.) (Junior)

RB Jerry Butler ~ Wisconsin to Delaware (Soph)

WR Trey Payne ~ Baylor to Sam Houston State (Junior)

OT Justin Tougas ~ Boston College to Albany (Junior)

DE Tim Washington ~ Louisiana State to Appalachian State (Junior)

DE T.J. Minor ~ Oklahoma State to Tennessee State (Soph)

DT Aaron Jones III ~ Florida State to Eastern Kentucky

DT Kevin Burke ~ West Virginia to Hampton (Junior)

LB Quentin Taylor ~ Mississippi to Georgia Southern (Junior)

LB Quavian Lewis ~ Vanderbilt to Appalachian State (Soph)

LB Jonathan Smith ~ Connectict to Delaware (Junior)

LB Greg Carlson ~ Baylor to Stephen F. Austin (Fresh)

LB Greg Weeks ~ Indiana to Stony Brook (N.Y.) (Junior)

LB Alonzo Horton ~ Auburn to Jackson State (Soph)

DB Ladarius Webb ~ Southern Mississippi to Nicholls State (Junior)

CB Brandon Croley ~ Clemson to North Carolina A&T (Junior)

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An outstanding senior season could yield big dividends for speedy Arizona Wildcats' cornerback Antoine Cason.

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In-depth look at University of Colorado middle linebacker Jordan Dizon.

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Top N.F.L. prospect Dan Connor will likely be elected a captain on Penn State's defense, but things are less clear on offense.

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Closer look at Minnesota Vikings' rookie wide receiver Sidney Rice.

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Fox Sports writer Ranks all 32 N.F.L. Teams at quarterback.

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The Game Behind the Game: An inside look at Scouting Combines for elite prep stars.

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Elite prep quarterback Steven Threet backs out of his commitment at Georgia Tech and jumps to Michigan.

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Paul Zimmerman: Despite all the effort, the N.F.L. can't catch on overseas.

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Quick look at Clemson's talented sophomore defensive end Ricky Sapp, who hopes to make a bigger impact now that he's added 30 pounds.

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The city of New Orleans makes a push to Host the N.F.L. Draft.

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Cal-Berkeley's athletic department is heavily promoting star wide receiver DeSean Jackson as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

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Despite a looming N.F.L. career, University of Kentucky quarterback Andre' Woodson says he is working as hard as he was when he was a backup.

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SI.com writer ranks the ten best and Five Worst head coaches in college football.

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SI.com: Five candidates who could replace Joe Paterno.

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After traveling a long road to get there, quarterback Michael Machen will finally get his shot as the No. 1 quarterback for Baylor.

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier tells quarterback Stephen Garcia -- a prized recruit from Tampa -- to clean up his act.

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Dallas News: Ten things that must happen for the Dallas Cowboys to "turn the corner" this season.

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Very Early Top Sophomore Linebackers Watch List:


Brandon Spikes ~ Florida

Sergio Kindle ~ Texas

Prince Hall ~ Alabama

Jacob Cutrera ~ Louisiana State

Patrick Lavine ~ Oklahoma State

Darryl Sharpton ~ Miami-Florida

Rico McCoy ~ Tennessee

Reggie Carter ~ U.C.L.A.

Mark Herzlich ~ Boston College

A.J. Edds ~ Iowa

Marcus Ball ~ Florida State

Clinton Snyder ~ Stanford

Tray Blackmon ~ Auburn

Dorin Dickerson ~ Pittsburgh (WR,RB,SS)

Joe Pawlek ~ Baylor

Will Patterson ~ Indiana

Phillip Dillard ~ Nebraska

Roddrick Muckelroy ~ Texas

Chris Robinson ~ South Florida (DE)

Ross Homan ~ Ohio State

Freddie Fairchild ~ Arkansas

Colin McCarthy ~ Miami-Florida

Gerald McRath ~ Southern Miss.

Ryan Reynolds ~ Oklahoma

Boris Lee ~ Troy State

Dekoda Watson ~ Florida State

Travis Goethel ~ Arizona State

Rodney Paulk ~ South Carolina

Kevin Hogan ~ Kent State (DE)

Matt Featherston ~ Texas A&M

Micah Johnson ~ Kentucky

Paul Igboeli ~ Utah State (SS)

Michael Sipili ~ Colorado

Josh Bailey ~ Western Kentucky

Blaze Soares ~ Hawaii

Donald Butler ~ Washington

DD.comment: Obviously it's very early in the evaluation process and a lot can change going forward. Take this list for what it is -- a very early watch list for the top sophomore linebacker. Also, we seriously considered pro potential (size, speed and athletic ability) in the above rankings, in addition to 2006 on-field production as freshmen, so some of the players on the list did not post great numbers as freshman or are not expected to start this upcoming season, but are seen as fine future prospects.


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Portland Trail Blazers' rookie center Greg Oden to sit the balance of the Summer League schedule due to tonsillitis.

DD.Comment: Updated info on how the N.B.A.'s top rookies and young veterans are doing in various Summer Leagues can be found at NBA.com.

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Rookie linebacker Kyle Shotwell is focused on making The Oakland Raiders.

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Nearly two years after deciding to leave Purdue early and enter the N.F.L. draft, quarterback Brandon Kirsch wishes things went differently.

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Closer look at Louisville defensive tackle/N.F.L. prospect Adrian Grady.

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Defensive end Dwight Freeney signs $72 million deal to remain with the Colts.

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As we've reported for weeks, it's looking more and more likely that Boston College star Brian Toal will sit out the season.

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Oregon defensive end Dexter Manley Jr. is leaving the Ducks, according head coach Mike Bellotti.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Florida Gators' wide receiver Percy Harvin.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: West Virginia quarterback Pat White.

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The Washington Post look at how offensive tackle Jared Gaither will fit into Baltimore's plans.

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The Atlanta Jornal Constitution looks at brand new Chargers' defensive back Paul Oliver.

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A 2006 neck injury will keep Cincinnati Bengals' linebacker David Pollack out this upcoming season, but he still hopes to return at some point.

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University of Nebraska lineman Chris Patrick expects to catch on with a team after not being picked in the Supplemental draft.

DD.Comment: The article mentions 3 unidentified teams have set up work outs with Patrick....A reliable source we know claims both New York teams -- the Jets & Giants -- head the list of teams interested in him.

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Texas Longhorns' quarterback Colt McCoy picks up where Vince Young left off in Austin.

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The San Diego Chargers have selected former University of Georgia defensive back Paul Oliver in the 4th round of the Supplemental draft.

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Baltimore has selected former University of Maryland left tackle Jared Gaither in the 5th round of the Supplemental draft.

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The San Francisco 49ers have signed supplemental draft prospect Mark Washington to a free agent contract.

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Where senior quarterback Brandon Cox leads, the Auburn Tigers will follow.

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Omar Kelly: Teams could find more problems than answers in the NFL's supplemental draft.

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Scout.com reports the Green Bay Packers have a strong interested in Supplemental draft prospect Clifton Dickson.

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More Supplemental draft day rumors from Scout.com.

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In-depth look at West Virginia's speedy junior running back Steve Slaton, who is already considering leaving school early for the N.F.L.

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last updated: 07/11/07
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PFW: What will Donovin Darius' role be with the Oakland Raiders?

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PFW: The supplemental draft isnít as important as it once was, but its history bears recounting.

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Will former N.F.L. quarterback Boomer Esiason replace Don Imus on the radio?

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The Carolina Panthers on Tuesday signed former French bobsledder and NFL Europa standout linebacker Philippe Gardent.

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Earlier today we included little known Murray State safety Taylor Lanigan on our early sophomore watch list. At this point -- just to show we have "not" gone completely insane for ranking him so high -- we'd like to re-link this November of 2006 feature article from The Naples News.

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Closer look at underrated Stanford wide receiver Richard Sherman, who we recently ranked fairly high on our top sophomore wide receivers watch list (6/26 blog notes).

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USA Today feature: Electric running back Mike Hart fuels Michigan.

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How much would it cost the Atlanta Falcons to part company with veteran quarterback Michael Vick?

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NFL Draft Scout's free Supplemental Draft guide/preview.

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A Kansas City Chiefs fan site previews the Supplmental draft and lists every player selected in the Supplemental Draft Since 1977.

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Several N.F.L. teams are showing interest in Supplemental draft prospect Chris Patrick.

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Very Early Top Sophomore Safeties Watch List:

Myron Rolle ~ Florida State

Andre Sexton ~ Oklahoma State

Quinton Andrews ~ West Virginia

Brandon Erwin ~ Purdue

Barry Church ~ Toledo

Taylor Mays ~ Southern Cal (OLB)

Shiloh Keo ~ Idaho

Aairon Savage ~ Auburn

Ryan Hamilton ~ Vanderbilt

Darrell Stuckey ~ Kansas

Brandon Tatum ~ Arizona

Latarrius Thomas ~ Louisville

Kurt Coleman ~ Ohio State (CB)

Larry Asante ~ Nebraska

Taylor Lanigan ~ Murray State

Austin Thomas ~ Indiana

Keenan Clayton ~ Oklahoma

Stevie Brown ~ Michigan

Bo McNally ~ Stanford

Kam Chancellor ~ Virginia Tech

Austin Yancy ~ Stanford

Bryce Hudman ~ Southern Methodist

Tervaris Johnson ~ Miami-Florida

Jordan Lake ~ Baylor

Antonio Baker ~ Louisiana Tech

Andrew Sendejo ~ Rice

Calvin Hissong ~ Central Michigan

Braxton Amy ~ Texas El-Paso

Mike Newton ~ Buffalo

Emanuel Cook ~ South Carolina

DD.comment: Obviously it's very early in the evaluation process and a lot can change going forward. Take this list for what it is -- a very early watch list for top sophomore safeties. Also, we seriously considered pro potential (size, speed and athletic ability) in the above rankings, in addition to 2006 on-field production as freshmen, so some of the players on the list did not post great numbers as freshman or are not expected to start this upcoming season, but are seen as fine future prospects.


In addition to the players we linked above, we'd like to mention three more sophomore safeties, with potential, that are related to prominent, former N.F.L. players:

Shane Carter ~ Wisconsin -- Is the much younger brother of former N.F.L. wide receiver Cris Carter, who collected 1,101 receptions and 130 touchdowns over a span of 16 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins....Shane Carter, who sat out most of the 2006 season due to injuries, is projected to start this upcoming season for the Badgers at free safety.

Matt Harris ~ Arkansas -- Son of former Dallas Cowboys hard-hitting safety Cliff Harris, who was an absolute N.F.L. superstar throughout the 1970's. Harris played in five Super Bowls, was chosen to play in six consecutive Pro Bowls and was voted All Pro four times during his 10 year career....Matt Harris is expected to backup senior Matt Hewitt this season at strong safety.

Jake Blackwood ~ Georgia Tech -- The son of former N.F.L. safety Glenn Blackwood and nephew of former N.F.L. safety Lyle Blackwood, who paced the A.F.C. with 10 interceptions in 1977. Lyle and Glenn Blackwood, actually, started together at safety for the Miami Dolphins for several seasons during the early 1980's....Jake Blackwood is expected to see action as a backup safety for the Yellow Jackets this upcoming season.

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Ranking all the Starting Quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference.

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Yahoo! Sports looks at all eleven Supplemental Draft Prospects.

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Athlon Sports Web Video: Big 12 North Breakdown

Athlon Sports Web Video: Big 12 South Breakdown

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The Oakland Raiders have signed veteran strong safety Donovin Darius.

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Pro-Day workout results: Florida State defensive tackle Clifton Dickson.

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Top winter testing results (Bench press, 40 times, ect.) for the Oklahoma Sooners.

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In-depth N.F.L. Supplemental Draft Q&A: Chris Patrick, OL, Nebraska.

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Comprehensive economic look at the NFL rookie cap.

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Athlon Sports: All-Mountain West Conference Pre-season Teams

Athlon Sports: All-Sun Belt Conference Pre-season Teams

Athlon Sports: All-Conference USA Pre-season Teams

Athlon Sports: All-Western Athletic Conference Pre-season Teams

Athlon Sports: All-Mid American Conference Pre-season Teams

Athlon Sports: All-Pacific-10 Conference Pre-season Teams

Athlon Sports: All-Big Ten Conference Pre-season Teams

Athlon Sports: All-Southeastern Conference Pre-season Teams

Athlon Sports: All-Big East Conference Pre-season Teams

Athlon Sports: All-Atlantic Coast Conference Pre-season Teams

Athlon Sports: All-Big 12 Conference Pre-season Teams

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Eleven prospects declared eligible for supplemental draft:

NT Robert Armstrong ~ Maryland/Morgan State

DT Clifton Dickson ~ Florida State

OT Jared Gaither ~ University of Maryland

DB RoShawn Marshall ~ Central Missouri

WR Eric McCain ~ Glendale Junior College

SS Donta Moore ~ Connecticut

CB Paul Oliver ~ University of Georgia

OL Chris Patrick ~ University of Nebraska

DT Brian Soi ~ Utah State

OT Aaron Turner ~ East Central University

DE Mark Washington ~ Arizona State/TexasState

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last updated: 07/09/07
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Denver Broncos rookie first round pick Jarvis Moss knows he must gain weight to shape up.

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Opinion: History not in favor of the new All-American Football League.

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Five-time Olympic gold medal winner Michael Johnson opens a new training facility, which will be used to train college football players for the N.F.L. draft.

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Scouts Inc.'s N.F.L. Team Quarterback Rankings 1 to 10.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Oregon State tailback Yvenson Bernard.

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Sporting News writer lists his Top 40 Pac 10 players.

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Speedy Tampa Bay Devil Rays' outfielder Carl Crawford wonders how he would've fared as a quarterback at Nebraska?

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Clemson's coaches like their depth at linebacker; super sophomore running back C.J. Spiller is back.

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Talented wide receiver Malcolm Kelly can take the Oklahoma Sooners a long way, but someone has to get him the ball.

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Jared Gaither impresses in his pro-day workout with 4.98 40-yard dash on some watches - his selection in the upcoming supplemental draft appears "almost certain."

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Interesting look at the supplemental draft and an interview with Kentucky wide receiver Keenan Burton.

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Very Early Top Sophomore Cornerbacks Watch List:


Vontae Davis ~ Illinois

A.J. Wallace ~ Penn State

Donald Washington ~ Ohio State

Trevard Lindley ~ Kentucky

Alterraun Verner ~ U.C.L.A.

Joshua Moore ~ Kansas State

Royce Adams ~ Purdue

Deon Beasley ~ Texas

Jordan Peterson ~ Texas A&M

Syd'Quan Thompson ~ California

Jamie Robinson ~ Florida State

Walter Thurmond ~ Oregon

Crezdon Butler ~ Clemson

Kyle Wilson ~ Boise State

Aaron Berry ~ Pittsburgh

Perrish Cox ~ Oklahoma State

Chris Chancellor ~ Clemson

Bryan Evans ~ Georgia

Jairus Byrd ~ Oregon

Josh Gordy ~ Central Michigan

Jerraud Powers ~ Auburn (FS)

Devin McCourty ~ Rutgers

Jermaine Strong ~ North Carolina

Marsalous Johnson ~ Tennessee

Hardy Ricks ~ Missouri

Nick Sanders ~ Texas Christian

Wondy Pierre-Louis ~ Florida

Zearrick Matthews ~ Marshall

Jordan Pugh ~ Texas A&M

Andre Amos ~ Ohio State

Kendric Hawkins ~ Buffalo

Jerell Norton ~ Arkansas

Shareece Wright ~ Southern California

Asher Allen ~ Georgia

Bryan McCann ~ Southern Methodist

DD.comment: Obviously it's very early in the evaluation process and a lot can change going forward. Take this list for what it is -- a very early watch list for top sophomore cornerbacks. Also, we seriously considered pro potential (size, speed and athletic ability) in the above rankings, in addition to 2006 on-field production as freshmen, so some of the players on the list did not post great numbers as freshman or are not expected to start this upcoming season, but are seen as fine future prospects.

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last updated: 07/08/07
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CBS SportsLine.com: Top five N.F.L. players at each position -- Defense

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CBS SportsLine.com: Top five N.F.L. players at each position -- Offense

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Featured Link: Lance Zierlein of the Houston Chronicle talks to actual N.F.L. scouts and puts forth early draft projections for 30 Top Prospects from Southwestern schools.

DD.com Comment: We've linked this article before, but it was so informative, we decided to recycle it on this slow news day. Fascinating comments regarding the potential lack of top notch foot speed by elite Big 12 receivers Adarius Bowman and Malcom Kelly. Only time will tell how fast they really are?

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Former Brigham Young quarterback Cade Cooper, who is currently injured, wants to find a new school.

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Our friend Stephen Tsai writes University of Hawaii head coach June Jones feels quarterback Colt Brennan would've been the N.F.L.'s number one overall pick last April, had he left school early.

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In what will likely be his only exposure to N.F.L. talent evaluators before Thursday's supplemental draft, University of Maryland offensive tackle Jared Gaither will audition on Monday for league scouts.

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Closer look at Georgia Bulldogs' wide receiver Sean Bailey, who ran a blazing 4.38 40 during spring workouts, despite missing the 2006 season due to an ACL tear.

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The Big 12ís 12th season offers 12 Big Stories.

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Fantasy Football Ratings: Rookies on Offense.

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The N.B.A.'s number one overall pick, Greg Oden, charged with 10 fouls in his first summer league game.

Summer League rosters, stats and schedules can be found at NBA.com.

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Former Bengals' and Steelers' longshot prospect Bob Dzvonick joins the Marines.

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USA Today Feature: Arkansas running back Darren McFadden is one pig that can fly.

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In-depth look at talented U.C.L.A. linebacker/defensive end Bruce Davis.

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Athlon Sports Web Video: Big East Breakdown

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Police are investigating N.F.L. prospect Gosder Cherilus, co-captain of the B.C. Eagles, and teammates for their alleged role in a bar fight.

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San Diego Chargers' rookie linebacker Anthony Waters was in a South Carolina courtroom Friday on an assault charge.

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Former Cincinnati Bengals' linebacker A.J. Nicholson hopes to put his legal troubles behind him and wants to catch on with another team.

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TFY Draft notes: Talented, but frequently injured Nebraska cornerback Zack Bowman is struggling to come back from his most recent knee injury; Cal-Berkeley wide receiver DeSean Jackson intends to leave for the N.F.L. after his junior season.

DD.comment: We have a pretty good inside draft source in the Bay Area and he told us several months ago that the speedy DeSean Jackson would leave school early for the N.F.L., barring something unforeseen.

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Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon is spending the summer on the baseball diamond, which upsets Ducks' head coach Mike Bellotti.

DD.comment: While we can understand why coach Bellotti wants his starting quarterback in school year round, Dixon has to do what's right for his own future. Unlike current Chicago Cubs minor league pitcher Jeff Samardzija (2-5; 4.85 ERA), who was considered a likely number one pick in the N.F.L. draft, Dixon's status as an N.F.L. prospect is very unclear, at best, after a shaky 2006 season on the gridiron. So considering Dixon will eventually need a job to pay the bills, how can anyone blame him for wanting to get his feet wet in baseball?

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USA Today: West Virginia's Steve Slaton testing his Heisman stature.

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USA Today: Searchable database of Every N.F.L. Player's Salary.

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Athlon Awards: Top ten Running Back Units in college football.

Related Article: In-depth look at talented Arkansas fullback Peyton Hillis, who feels "stronger than ever".

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Sporting News writer lists his Top 40 Big 10 players.

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Don't call Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Robert Gallery a bust -- yet.

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Card Chronicle: Top 25 Offensive Players in the Big East.

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Card Chronicle: Top 25 Defensive Players in the Big East.

DD.comment: The last two days we've linked articles that listed the top players in the Big East. The writers of both articles did nice jobs with the lists, which is why we linked them in the blog in the first place. But we noticed there was no "love" for a player that we are seriously debating moving up in our senior middle linebacker rankings -- West Virginia linebacker Marc Magro.

Magro is a player that really impressed us with his nose for football and overall athletic ability the last few seasons, but we thought we might have been "overrating" his talent/potential until we saw him wind up on the Lott Trophy Watch List in early April. That confirmed to us that our eyes were not necessarily deceiving us with this player. With Boo McLee gone to the N.F.L as an undrafted free agent, look for the strapping Magro to continue to impress fans and scouts with increased playing time this upcoming season, if he can stay injury free.

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Complete update on the contract battle between the Chicago Bears and linebacker Lance Briggs.

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Can talented senior tailback Allen Patrick fill Adrian Peterson's big shoes at Oklahoma?

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A look at how Jacoby Jones went from being shunned by Division I programs to a third round pick of the Houston Texans.

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Sports bettors among us might be interested in this look at the top 5 2006 college football teams "ATS" or "against the spread."

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Former University of Connecticut strong safety Donta Moore has been cleared to enter the N.F.L.'s supplemental draft. He will be represented by former Huskies' running back Taber Small.

Here is some info on the rugged safety, who hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts next week at his pre-draft workout:

**Moore was named to Mark May's (ESPN) All-Mayday Team in 2006 because he put up very solid numbers, despite sustaining a broken arm in the first month of the season. The All-Mayday Team is a squad comprised of the "Toughest of the Tough" in college football.

**Moore started all 12 games at outside linebacker for the Huskies in 2006 and recorded 72 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, along with 3 sacks and 1 interception. Played the final 8 games with a broken arm, after breaking it in the second quarter of the the 4th game of the season against Navy. Moore actually returned to the Navy game in the second half!

**Moore will workout at 10:00 am next Tuesday (7/10) at Stranahan High School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. San Francisco, New Orleans, Atlanta, Houston, Arizona, Jacksonville, Carolina, Green Bay, Indianapolis and Kansas City have all confirmed with Taber Small that they will be attending Moore's workout.

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Former Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija, who had struggled mightly the first half of the Florida State League's season for the Daytona Cubs (A), pitches well and wins his second game in 6 days.

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Surprisingly, we just happened to find a baseball related bobble head doll of a current, popular N.F.L. wide receiver at the Florida State League's (A) official site.

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Our top N.B.A. writer Jason Fitzgerald -- who's done a great job for us -- Scores 20 N.B.A. Mocks Drafts.

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Former University of Hawaii two-sport star Ikaika Alama-Francis is loving life as a Detroit Lion.

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Rookie free agent wide receiver Marquay McDaniel hopes to make it as a kick returner with the Denver Broncos.

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KFFL.com is reporting East Central University offensive tackle Aaron Turner has been granted status by the N.F.L. for the league's Supplemental Draft.

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Athlon Awards: Top ten Defensive Back Units in college football.

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Athlon Awards: Top ten Wide Receiver Units in college football.

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Sporting News writer lists his Top 40 S.E.C. players.

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Sporting News writer lists his Top 40 Big East players.

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Sporting News writer lists his Top 40 A.C.C. players.

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Sporting News writer lists his Top 40 Big 12 players.

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N.F.L. play-calling a challenge for Miami Dolphins' rookie quarterback John Beck.

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Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie linebacker LaMarr Woodley writes about his early N.F.L. experiences.

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University of Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen thinks former Terps left tackle Jared Gaither made the right move leaving for the N.F.L.

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Quick look at the top O'Brien Award contenders -- best college quarterback.

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In-depth look at Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell.

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Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

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

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

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

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

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

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Linebackers

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

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 20 Specialists

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ESPN: Texas State's Mark Washington has made himself eligible for the N.F.L.'s supplemental draft.

DD.comment: We first reported Mark Washington would declare for the supplemental draft back in our May 22nd blog notes.

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MSNBC: Cincinnati Bengalsí head coach Marvin Lewis heads list of coaches on the hot seat.

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Jesse Lumsden, heads the list of the top Canadian born players in the C.F.L.

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Oakland Raiders running back Dominic Rhodes was suspended Tuesday for the first four games of the upcoming season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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More details on the contract signed by Chicago's Greg Olsen, represented by Drew Rosenhaus.

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Stock falling? Terp beat writer believes Maryland's Jared Gaither is worth only a sixth round pick in the upcoming supplemental draft.

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An update on the top picks from the 2007 draft - how have they fared in OTA and minicamps?

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Very Early Top Sophomore Defensive Tackles Watch List:

Ndamukong Suh ~ Nebraska

Vince Oghabaase ~ Duke

Ricky Jean-Francois ~ Louisiana State (Eligibility?)

Kade Weston ~ Georgia

Doug Worthington ~ Ohio State

Adam Hahn ~ Northwestern

Ekom Udofia ~ Stanford

Kellen Heard ~ Texas A&M

Al Woods ~ Louisiana State

Todd Denlinger ~ Ohio State

DeMarcus Granger ~ Oklahoma

John Malecki ~ Pittsburgh

Aaron Harris ~ South Florida (DE)

Jared Odrick ~ Penn State

Doug Thacker ~ Florida State

Greg Billinger ~ Vanderbilt

Ted Larsen ~ North Carolina State

Brandon Antwine ~ Florida

John Fletcher ~ Wyoming

Lorenzo Washington ~ Alabama

Torrell Johnson ~ Central Florida

Joe Joseph ~ Miami-Florida

DD.comment: Obviously it's very early in the evaluation process and a lot can change going forward. Take this list for what it is -- a very early watch list for top sophomore defensive tackles. Also, we seriously considered pro potential (size, speed, strength and athletic ability) in the above rankings, in addition to 2006 on-field production as freshmen, so some of the players on the list did not post great numbers as freshman or are not expected to start this upcoming season, but are seen as fine future prospects.

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last updated: 07/03/07
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Highly regarded Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Ryan Reynolds is beaming over his recovery from knee surgery.

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Texas Tech wide receiver Danny Amendola leads the way on ESPN's list of 10 seniors to watch.

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University of Illlinois wide receiver Arrelious Benn leads the way on ESPN's list of 10 freshman to watch.

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University of Florida offensive lineman Ronnie Wilson, who recently made our list of top sophomore guards, has been suspended for the upcoming season.

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The Chicago Bears have signed first-round draft pick Greg Olsen.

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Former Notre Dame quarterback Zach Frazer is transferring to the University of Connecticut.

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University of Massachusetts' trustee taskforce to study whether the program should Move up to Division IA Football.

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Albany State's Hardrick Porchia has spent the last 20 years serving his country in the army, now he's ready to play college football.

DD.comment: By the way, in case you were wondering, Porchia is listed as an outside linebacker on the Rams' roster. We don't think that was mentioned in the article.

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The Portland Trail Blazers announced Monday that they have signed Greg Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in last week's N.B.A. draft.

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Another very early look at the Top Future N.B.A. Prospects.

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Despite not getting all the best available prospects, the United States' under-19 Basketball team has Potential.

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Athlon Awards: Top ten Linebacker Units in college football.

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Quick look at Boston College cornerback/N.F.L. prospect DeJuan Tribble.

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Is Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie safety Sabby Piscitelli another Lynch?

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The new All-American Football League touts college rivalries.

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ESPN: Five N.F.L. newcomers who could turn a Good Season into a Great One.

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Former Louisville/James Madison quarterback Justin Ruscati hopes to catch on with the Chicago Bears.

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Problems at guard and center could hold back the Buffalo Bills.

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Former Eastern Michigan wideout Eric Deslauriers signs with the Montreal Alouettes of the C.F.L., but a Michigan writer asks how such a talented college receiver didn't even get to suit up for one N.F.L. preseason game?

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The Canadian Football League's season kicked off last weekend. Here is a list of former U.S. college stars that have made C.F.L. active rosters as true rookies. To be more specific, these are players that played college football in the fall of 2006.


British Columbia Lions

CB Dennis Mitchell ~ Western Kentucky

DB Tad Crawford ~ Columbia University*


Toronto Argonauts

WR Obed Cetoute ~ Central Michigan*


Calgary Stampeders

RB Jon Cornish ~ Kansas*

CB Calvin Bannister ~ Hampton


Saskatchewan Roughriders

QB Drew Tate ~ Iowa

CB Dre Dokes ~ Northern Iowa

DB David Heard ~ Miss. State


Hamilton Tiger-Cats

OC Cedric Gagne-Marcoux ~ Central Florida*

OT Peter Dyakowski ~ Louisiana State*

DT J.P. Bekasiak ~ Toledo*

DE Jermaine Reid ~ Akron*


Montreal Alouettes

QB Will Proctor ~ Clemson

WR S.J. Green ~ South Florida

OT Jeff Perrett ~ Tulsa*


Winnipeg Blue Bombers

DB Toney Edison ~ Nicholls State

*Denotes the player is a Canadian citizen/Non-Import

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Q&A with versatile, young Auburn defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks.

DD.comment: The link above states Tigers' linebacker Patrick Trahan was recently ruled academically ineligible for the season. We know Auburn's staff really liked the undersized, but fast, sophomore linebackers skills.

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Very early look at the Top 30 Prospects that could opt into the next N.B.A. draft.

Related Item: The art of losing on purpose may disappear from the N.B.A. for a while, as the Next Few Drafts Look Weak.

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U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (Wisconsin-D) is trying to convince Chinese basketball star Yi Jianlian to sign with his Milwaukee Bucks.

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In-depth look at Texas A&M offensive tackle Corey Clark.

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Rookie quarterback Brady Quinn believes he's better qualified to turn around an N.F.L. franchise.

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The money men: Evaluating and ranking all the NFL owners, from 1 to 32.

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All-A.C.C. left tackle/N.F.L. prospect Andrew Gardner adjusts to the married life.

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Stock rising? Sources speculate that Maryland OT Jared Gaither could be worth as much as a second round pick to NFL teams in the upcoming supplemental draft.

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In-depth look at University of Iowa junior tight end Tony Moeaki.

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The Minnesota Vikings are trying to convert former track star Todd Lowber into a N.F.L. wide receiver.

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Will former third round pick Kevin Everett finally contribute for the Buffalo Bills?

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Former N.F.L. superstar Earl Campbell continues to struggle with his health, mostly due to the tremendous beating he took as a running back in college and pro football. Things have gotten so bad for the 52 year old Campbell, that his former head coach with the Houston Oilers, 84 year old Bum Phillips, has been spotted helping him walk around at various celebrity events.

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Very Early Top Sophomore Defensive Ends Watch List:

Jeff Fitzgerald ~ Virginia

Greg Hardy ~ Ole Miss

Peanut Whitehead ~ Louisville

Everette Brown ~ Florida State

George Selvie ~ South Florida

Eric Norwood ~ South Carolina

Doug Pilcher ~ Illinois

Corey Wootton ~ Northwestern

Willie Young ~ North Carolina State (OLB)

Jan Jorgensen ~ Brigham Young

Ricky Sapp ~ Clemson (OLB)

Dexter Davis ~ Arizona State

Brady Smith ~ Boston College

Sen'Derrick Marks ~ Auburn (DT)

Austin Giles ~ Boston College

Marcus Tillman ~ Ole Miss

Roderick Battle ~ Georgia

James Ingram ~ West Virginia

Brandon Gilbeaux ~ Syracuse

Gary Tharrington ~ Appalachian State

Jason Lamb ~ Baylor

George Johnson ~ Rutgers

Kevin Kooyman ~ Washington State

Maurice Evans ~ Penn State

Greg Terrell ~ Memphis

Ernie Hodge ~ Ohio

Jeremy Jarmon ~ Kentucky

Jermaine Cunningham ~ Florida (OLB)

Justin Cole ~ San Jose State

Scotty Robinson ~ East Carolina

DD.comment: Obviously it's very early in the evaluation process and a lot can change going forward. Take this list for what it is -- a very early watch list for top sophomore defensive ends. Also, we seriously considered pro potential (size, speed, strength and athletic ability) in the above rankings, in addition to 2006 on-field production as freshmen, so some of the players on the list did not post great numbers as freshman, or are not expected to start this upcoming season, but are seen as fine future prospects.

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last updated: 07/01/07
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Writer Chip Crosby (who we just mentioned below) looks at Kentucky wide receiver/N.F.L. prospect Keenan Burton.

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Kentucky.com takes another in-depth look at rising University of Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson.

DD.comment: In the link above, the writer (Chip Crosby) takes a quick look at 5 other top senior quarterbacks, in addition to Andre Woodson. He does a good job ferreting out those six, but we've talked a lot of insiders that believe Boston College's Matt Ryan also belongs in that group. He's got everything you are looking for in quarterback prospect. Ryan's biggest problem is the lack of big time receivers on the Eagles' roster.

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Louisiana State University head coach Les Miles states the S.E.C. is the toughest conference in America and even attempts to back it up with stats from the N.F.L. Combine.

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Media Reports: Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher is said to have engaged in "Secret" Talks with Three Teams.

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The Dallas Cowboys are expecting big things from rookie offensive tackle Jim Marten.

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Believe it or not, Detroit Lions' quarterback Jon Kitna is aiming for 50 touchdown passes this season.

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NBA Draft News:

SI.com Photos -- Top 20 NBA Free Agents.

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Kansas University sophomore forward Darrell Arthur has survived cuts at USA Basketballís U19 World Championship Team trials.

DD.comment: Full 12 man roster for Team USA (U19) can be found in the link above.

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The Toronto Raptors have signed Jason Kapono, the N.B.A.'s top three point shooter.

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