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last updated: 08/31/07
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In-depth look at University of Michigan guard/N.F.L. propsect Adam Kraus.

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Tony Pauline's Pre-season N.F.L. Draft Preview: Offense

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Tony Pauline's Pre-season N.F.L. Draft Preview: Defense

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will reportedly cut ties with veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich.

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USA Today: Is Cleveland's Joe Thomas the N.F.L.'s next great left tackle?

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The Palm Beach Post takes a closer look at the University of Florida's impact defensive end Derrick Harvey.

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More info on why T.C.U. defensive end/top N.F.L. prospect Tommy Blake has missed so much practice time this summer.

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Reality or Exaggeration: Athletic former quarterback Darren Mougey (6' 6", 230) has a chance to become the next bigtime receiver in the Mountain West Conference?

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Finally healed, Northern Colorado wide receiver Andy Birkel (Nebraska transfer) is getting some attention from N.F.L. scouts.

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Has Oakland Raiders' quarterback Jamarcus Russell frittered away any chance to succeed as a rookie by holding out?

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The Chicago Bears are hoping potentially high impact rookie tight end Greg Olsen was not seriously hurt in last night's preseason game against Cleveland.

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Undrafted rookie running back Pierre Thomas continues to impress in New Orleans.

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Canada.com: Rookies are Cheap Labor for N.F.L. teams, so many will make the cut next week.

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Talented Colorado high school quarterback Jack Elway will be coached this season by a Hall of Fame quarterback, who is also named Elway.

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Virginia defensive end Chris Long troubles opposing coaches.

Observers believe Long would have been selected between 15 and 40 overall had he declared early.

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Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel reminds some N.F.L. scouts of current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

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Delaware running back Omar Cuff tied a national scoring record with 7 touchdowns against William & Mary.

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Stephen F. Austin offensive lineman Brock Pasteur (Nebraska transfer) impresses with his natural strength.

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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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last updated: 08/30/07
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Rutgers wide receiver Tiquan Underwood had a career night, hauling in 10 receptions for 248 yards and 2 TD's against Buffalo. Meanwhile, safety Craig Steltz led L.S.U.'s defense with 3 interceptions @ Miss. State.....Check all the boxscores from Thursday Night's action at ESPN's College Football Scoreboard.

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USA Today looks at the Top N.F.L. Rookies.

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With only fifty nine hours until the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers kick off their season, Pre-season Offensive Big South Player of the Year Jerome Simpson was issued a warrant for his arrest.

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Arizona State's group of captains includes top N.F.L. prospects Josh Barrett and Ryan Torain.

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Why the world is watching University of Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson?

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The pitch and catch tandem of Brett Meyer and Todd Blythe is the key to Iowa State's bowl aspirations.

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St. Cloud Times: 10 Division II Players to Watch.

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University of Alabama cornerback Simeon Castille wants to put his legal problems behind him and impress N.F.L. scouts.

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Closer look at T.C.U.'s experienced and dynamic defensive ends Tommy Blake and Chase Ortiz.

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Yahoo Sports!: Prospect watch.

DD.comment: Yahoo is reporting running back Alley Broussard, who started over Indianapolis Colts' tailback Joseph Addai at L.S.U. until he tore his ACL in 2005, has transferred to Missouri Southern State (D-2).

The list of Missouri Southern Lions that have Played Pro Football since 1970, includes current Denver Broncos wide receive Rod Smith.

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University of Florida left tackle, Phil Trautwein, a top NFL prospect and anchor of the Gators offensive line, could be out for the season due to stress fractures in his right foot.

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Wendall Barnhouse has written an excellent scatter-shot article highlighting the best players, pass rushers, cornerbacks, defensive coaches and hardest hitters in all of college football.

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James Laurinatis has been voted the first junior captain at Ohio State in the Jim Tressel era.

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TCU tight end Shae Reagan has a pro caliber skill-set but has to prove he can stay healthy.

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Indiana junior return man Marcus Thigpen covers 40 yards in 4.27 seconds.

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Virginia Tech tackle Duane Brown is moving from the right to the left side this season for the Hokies.

DD.comment: Brown is rumored to run his 40 yard dash sub 5 seconds, he's an underrated player and definately one to watch this season.

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Fantasy Football Rankings: N.F.L. Quarterbacks

Fantasy Football Rankings: N.F.L. Running Backs

Fantasy Football Rankings: N.F.L. Wide Receivers

Fantasy Football Rankings: N.F.L. Tight Ends

Fantasy Football Draft Tips

The Baltimore Sun: Drafting the Right Fantasy Quarterback.

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last updated: 08/29/07
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Hampton University's star defensive end Kendall Langford has high standards: He wants 'two or more' sacks a game and to make the N.F.L.

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Slate.com: Crawling fan message boards for trash talk, Insider Knowledge, and photos of Darren McFadden's car.

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Blogcritics.org: Tim Couch Deserved Better.

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With Trent Edwards on the Buffalo Bills roster, talented Stanford quarterback T.C. Ostrander finally gets his chance to start and impress scouts.

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Young outside linebacker David Pollack is helping Cincinnati Bengals coaches analyze tape while he recovers from the broken bone in his neck that has jeopardized his career.

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Not too long ago the Jacksonville Jaguars were insanely popular in Northern Florida, but these days they are struggling to fill the seats at an already significantly downsized Municipal Stadium.


DD.Comment: The Jaguars are suddenly so cold in the city of Jacksonville that the ownership can't even sell the naming rights to Municipal Stadium, now that Alltel's lowpaying deal (by N.F.L. standards) has expired.

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DD.com E-Mail: Hey guys, a player to watch for out of the highly talented Gateway Conference is Missouri State linebacker Jeron Poole. He's 6' 1", 240 pounds and runs a 4.55 forty. He played injured all last season, but still made the All-Newcomer team. He also could get a year back from the N.C.A.A. Put him on your sleeper radar.

DD.com Reply:

We'd like to thank the anonymous E-Mailer for the input and the support. We posted a fairly comprehensive look at the Gateway Conference in the blog last week, so we did know a little about Poole. Going forward we intend to keep a close eye on him, and his talented teammates on the Bears' roster.

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Florida State's talented backup quarterback Xavier Lee says he'll be ready when his time comes.

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University of Colorado sophomore Riar Geer is one of several talented tight ends on the Buffaloes' roster.

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In-depth look at University of Kentucky wide receiver/N.F.L. prospect Keenan Burton.

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Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune writes University of Missouri cornerback Darnell Terrell is getting a lot of positive feedback from N.F.L. scouts and could be the Tigers' best defensive back prospect since the 1980's.

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Closer look at, perhaps, Florida Atlantic's top N.F.L. prospect: 6' 5", 300 pound defensive end Jervonte Jackson.

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With only 10 years of existence, University of South Florida has quickly established a tradition of excellent play at the linebacker position.

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Tampa Buccaneers' quarterback Bruce Gradkowski denies role in point-shaving scandal while he was at Toledo.

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Miami Dolphins' rookie wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. tries to win over skeptics in South Florida.

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Terry Bowden, Yahoo! Sports: 18 Intriguing Season Openers in college football.

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Jackson State center Lorenzo Breland is hoping a strong season will attract the attention of N.F.L. or C.F.L. scouts.

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Including Quentin Groves, all five players in the Auburn defensive end rotation have N.F.L. potential.

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Looking to replace first rounder Joe Staley at left tackle, Central Michigan junior offensive lineman Andrew Hartline has been added to the Lombardi watch list.

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Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan has taken out a four million dollar insurance policy guarding against football related injury.

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U.S.C. nose tackle Sedrick Ellis is known for enormous strength, a low center of gravity, quickness and a mean streak.

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Kirk Herbstreit: Seventh Annual Herbie Awards.

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ESPN.com: Ivan Maisel's Preseason All-America Team.

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ESPN.com: The Pre-season Bottom 10 ranks "Superbad" teams in college football.

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ESPN.com: Exposing seven important College Football Secrets for the upcoming season.

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DD.com E-Mail [Paul in L.A.]: I was wondering if you have heard anything about Kenny Scott, cornerback, Georgia Tech? I know the Bucs let him go but did anyone pick him up? If not why can't he stick with a team? Thanks, I love your site and tell everyone I know about it, keep up the great work.

DD.com Reply:

Paul, thanks for the nice words and the support. We are unsure what has happened to Kenny Scott, who signed with Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent, since he was released by the Buccaneers at the end of May. The Atlanta Journal claims one of the main reasons he fell off the N.F.L.'s draft day radar, is most teams Questioned his Character. From there we can't, honestly, say what went so wrong in Tampa, that he didn't even get to suit up for a pre-season game.

Editors Note: We sincerely appreciate all the support and positive messages from our readers, but we'd like to ask anyone who reaches us through our "Contact Page" to leave us a return E-Mail address if they want a reply to a question. Thanks, again.

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last updated: 08/28/07
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ESPN.com: Highly-touted Ole Miss defensive tackle recruit Jerrell Powe will not be academically eligible this season.

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In-depth look at Lousiana State University's starting tailback Jacob Hester.

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Report: Documents link former N.F.L. quarterback Tim Couch to anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.

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Young University of Iowa wide receivers Trey Stross and James Cleveland must step up and help out rising N.F.L. prospect Andy Brodell.

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University of Michigan quarterback Chad Henne is learning to become more of a leader on the field.

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Former University of Kansas running back John Randle is set to lead South Illinois' ground attack.

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Why more top FBS (1-A) football programs are scheduling FCS (1-AA) opponents?

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The Washington Post ask's if U.S.C.'s defense is The Best Defense ever Assembled?

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The Times Record reports Troy State quarterback Omar Haugabook might project as a wide receiver in the N.F.L., due to his size (6' 2", 220) and reported 4.3 speed.

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The Washington Post takes an in-depth look at L.S.U.'s high impact defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

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Fresno State's 6' 5", 335 pound defensive tackle/N.F.L. prospect Jason Shirley was suspended two games for "conduct detrimental to the team".

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Rivals.com: Plenty of new faces step in on defense for the Florida Gators.

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Teammates and pundits believe wide out Early Doucet is just as good as (if not better than) recently drafted L.S.U. receivers Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis.

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Michigan strong safety Jamar Adams leads a young Wolverines defensive backfield.

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Furman fullback Jerome Felton has been invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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NC State defensive tackle Demario Pressley (elbow) is unlikely to play in the Wolfpack's season opener.

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Led by senior tackle Andre Fluellen, Florida State's defensive line is considered one of the school's best units in recent memory.

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NFLDraftScout.com's recently updated rankings: Top 64 Junior Prospects.

NFLDraftScout.com's recently updated rankings: Top 64 Senior Prospects


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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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last updated: 08/27/07
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Jorge Milian reports the Miami Hurricanes will name Kyle Freeman their starting quarterback.

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The Detroit Lions are counting on backups to fill the void at safety after the loss of Daniel Bullocks.

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Comeback attempt continues for New York Jets' defensive end Andre Wadsworth.

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Former U.S.C running back Emmanuel Moody has decided to transfer to the University of Florida.

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Dynamic sophomore running back Mike Goodson adds savvy and speed to Texas A&M's backfield.

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University of Kansas wide receiver Marcus Henry hopes to speak softly, but put up big numbers.

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Winning the Heisman is not on Ray Rice's mind, but Rutgers is doing it's best to promote him as a candidate.

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Closer look at Clemson defensive end/future N.F.L. prospect Phillip Merling.

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Quick glance at Kansas Jayhawks' cornerback Gary Green II, who is the son of a four-time Pro Bowl cornerback in the N.F.L.

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A banner junior season could lead powerful Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart to leave school early and enter the N.F.L. draft.

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Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach wonders out loud why his star quarterback, Graham Harrell, isn't listed among the top signal-callers in the country.

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The Minnesota Vikings finally have insurance if youngster Tarvaris Jackson fails to perform behind center. The Vikings traded for Eagles veteran quarterback Kelly Holcomb on Monday.

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With his stress fracture fully healed, LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey looks to dominate the competition.

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Are Louisville wide receivers Harry Douglas and Mario Urrutia the best tandem in college football?

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Portland State offensive lineman Brennan Carvalho switches to center in the hopes of improving his worth at the next level.

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For Boston College signal caller Matt Ryan, being a star quarterback is family tradition.

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Athlon Awards: Top ten Quarterback Tandems in college football.

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

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

Athlon Awards: Top ten Linebacker Units in college football.

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

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


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last updated: 08/26/07
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The San Francisco Forty Niners have waived 9 players; placed 2 on injured reserve.

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Closer look at Northern Illinois' high impact junior defensive end Larry English, who hopes to bounce back from a torn ACL.

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Frank Litsky of The New York Times previews the upcoming Ivy League Season.

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Promising undrafted rookie running back Pierre Thomas was "not" one of four players cut by New Orleans today.

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Fantasy Football: The San Diego Chargers' Vincent Jackson and the Philadelphia Eagles' Kevin Curtis are among a group of overlooked receivers with great fantasy potential.

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Oregon State's senior tailback Yvenson Bernard is a marquee player at the college level, but there are doubts about his ability to play in the N.F.L.

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University of Hawaii head coach June Jones says the physical style of play of Warriors' wide receiver Jason Rivers will work in his favor when N.F.L. scouts evaluate his tapes.

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The Courier-Journal looks at and compares a couple of top quarterback prospects from the state of Kentucky: University of Kentucky's Andre Woodson and Louisville's Brian Brohm.

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The Tulsa World takes an in-depth look at Oklahoma State's All-American wide receiver Adarius Bowman.

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Former Ohio State super-prospect Louis Irizarry returns to Columbus next week as a Youngstown State Penguin.

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Check out the regular season schedules of all 32 N.F.L. teams at Docsports.com

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Delaware Hens' quarterback Joe Flacco hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts with his size and strong arm.

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Often overlooked University of Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason returns for his senior season and hopes to prove he "does possess" the type of elite speed needed to play cornerback in the N.F.L.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer takes a closer look at Penn State linebacker/potential first round draft pick Dan Connor.

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After messing up his junior season because he paid too much attention to his hobby (boxing), Notre Dame's Tom Zbikowski is in better shape football and hopes to redeem himself.

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The Times-Picayune takes a four page look at gifted L.S.U. quarterback Matt Flynn, who finally gets to start fulltime now that Jamarcus Russell has left for the N.F.L.

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Folks in Southern California are really looking forward to checking out potentially dynamic U.S.C. freshman tailback Joe McKnight.

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Wide Receiver/N.F.L. prospect Willie Hayward is the key to Florida A&M's offense.

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The Roanoke Times takes an in-depth look at the University Virginia's star defensive end Chris Long.

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The New York Times: After a brush with the law, University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan seeks redemption.

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The New York Times: Can quarterback Colt Brennan make the leap from Hawaii to the N.F.L.?

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last updated: 08/24/07
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Closer look at ESPN's "NFL Live" and "NFL Primetime" host Trey Wingo, who is a graduate of Baylor University.

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The Green Bay Packers have released 11 players, including Quarterback Ingle Martin, a 2006 draft pick.


DD.Comment: No undrafted quarterback has made an N.F.L. teams opening game roster as a "rookie" since Tony Romo did it. That should change, as rookie free agents Paul Thompson (Green Bay), Tyler Palko (New Orleans) and Matt Moore (Dallas) have had solid pre-seasons and seem to be viable candidates to make their teams as third-string quarterbacks.

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In-depth look at Kentucky's vastly underrated wide receiver Dicky Lyons Jr.

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New Link: Fully healthy for the first time in his college career, the coaches plan on splitting Kentucky tight end Jacob Tamme out wide in the high powered offense's four-and five-receiver sets.

DD.Comment: Looking at tight ends around the nation, few have the timed speed of Tamme. A quality senior campaign could vault him to the top of the pack at the position.

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Redshirt junior Drew Weatherford pegged as Florida State's starting quarterback.

DD.Com Flashback: Rivals.com Top 100 Prep Prospects in the Class of 2004.

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Oklahoma Sooners' head coach Bob Stoops really likes freshman tailback DeMarco Murray.

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The number "7" on his jersey hints University of Wisconsin freshman Kyle Jefferson may be a "Ted Ginn clone".

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Former U.S.C. running back Emmanuel Moody — who is considering a transfer to the University of Florida — was in Gainesville on Thursday and attended the Gators' closed practice.

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Closer look at Stanford University's talented running back/outfielder Toby Gerhart, who rushed for an amazing 9,646 yards in high school.

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Tom Marino's (Scout.com) N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Offense

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Tom Marino's (Scout.com) N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Defense

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Quick look at Kansas State’s rising junior defensive end/outside linebacker Ian Campbell.

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At 26 years old, linebacker Mark Dodge isn't considered a great pro prospect, but he's expected to lead Texas A&M's defense this season.

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A quick look at Cal-Poly's top offensive players, including junior center/N.F.L.prospect Stephen Field.

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According to his coaches, Texas offensive tackle Tony Hills is an impressive natural leader who inspires teammates.

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Indiana cornerback Tracy Porter has always had talent, but now his coaches report he exhibits the work ethic, maturity, and discipline to become truly great at the position.

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Southern Oregon running back Derrell Hutsona (Washington State transfer) has been clocked at 4.33 seconds 40-yard dash.

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As a converted tight end lining up at left tackle, East Carolina offensive lineman Josh Coffman has been quietly attracting the attention of N.F.L. scouts.

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Recently Updated Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings:

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

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

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

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

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

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

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Linebackers

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

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 20 Specialists

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last updated: 08/23/07
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Closer look at Clemson Tigers' running back/N.F.L. prospect James Davis.

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N.F.L. scouts have been checking out Texas State offensive lineman Fred Tucker.

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Former Penn State defensive tackle Ed Johnson is among several undrafted free agents that have a chance to make the Indianapolis Colts' 53 man roster.

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South Carolina quarterback Blake Mitchell has been suspended by coach Steve Spurrier for the first game of the fall season for not attending summer school classes.

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The Washington Post: Though known for his running abilities, University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is ready to show the nation that he's an accomplished passer as well.

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Iowa State quarterback Brett Meyer hopes to bounce back after an inconsistent junior season in 2006.

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N.F.L. scouts are buzzing around University of Delaware practices, keeping a close eye on seniors Omar Cuff and Joe Flacco.

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Former South Carolina quarterback Syvelle Newton gives American Idol's auditioning process the thumbs down.

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Gardner-Webb defensive end Brian Johnston caught the attention of the league by running a 4.72 40-yard dash on grass last spring.

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Colorado defensive end Maurice Lucas hopes to have a breakout year.

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Interesting look at the college recruiting trend toward tall and fast wide receivers, of which Lions top pick Calvin Johnson is the prototype.

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Rising young stars of the S.E.C.

DD.com's All-Ohio Valley Conference Football Team:


QB Zach Barnard ~ Murray State (So.)

RB Don Chapman ~ Tennessee-Martin

RB Javarris Williams ~ Tennessee State (So.)

RB Chris Fletcher ~ Austin Peay State

WR Micah Rucker ~ Eastern Illinois

WR Taurean Rhetta ~ Jacksonville State

OL Sean Dumford ~ Eastern Kentucky

OL Devon May ~ Jacksonville State

OC Billy Krause ~ Tennessee-Martin

OL Eugene Banks ~ Tennessee Tech

OL Adam Hansen ~ Tennessee-Martin


DL Kyle Sand ~ Moorehead State

DL Tory Miller ~ Eastern Kentucky

DL - Shaun Richardson ~ Tennessee State

LB Adam Casper ~ Southeast Missouri (Can play fullback)

LB Donald Thomas ~ Eastern Illinois

LB Nathan Williams ~ Murray State

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ~ Tennessee State

CB Antwaun Molden ~ Eastern Kentucky

DB Maurice Smith ~ Tennessee Tech (Jr.)

SS Andy Davis ~ Samford (Fr.)

FS Taylor Lanigan ~ Murray State (So.)

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, 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: 08/22/07
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In-depth look at University of Texas defensive tackles Frank Okam and Derek Lokey.

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Pitt Panthers' tight end Darrell Strong works himself out of Dave Wannstedt's doghouse, now hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts.

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59-year-old linebacker Mike Flynt -- who can run the 40 yard dash in 5.0 seconds flat -- will return to play football at Sul Ross State (D-3) this season, 37 years after he was kicked off the team for fighting in 1970.

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Defensive end Erasmus James will return to the field for the first time in nearly a year on Saturday when the Minnesota Vikings play at Seattle.

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Missouri-Rolla wide receiver Ashton Gronewold has aroused the interest of N.F.L. scouts with his eye-opening stats and 4.47-second 40-yard speed.

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Some N.F.L. scouts think rarely used Jackson State running back Lavarius Giles has pro potential due to his unique blend of size and speed.

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The Florida Gators have surrounded rising sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow with a lot speed and talent.

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Projecting the Green Bay Packers' 53 Man Roster for the upcoming season.

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The Carolina Panthers are still searching for Keyshawn Johnson's replacement, as rookie Dwayne Jarrett has done little to distinguish himself.

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Louisville left tackle George Bussey went from walk-on to lock-down pass protector, not allowing a sack against quarterback Brian Brohm's blind side all of last season.

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Hard hitting LSU junior defensive end Tyson Jackson brings the thunder.

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Clemson offensive tackle Barry Richardson believes he would have been a late second or early third round pick, had he declared early last year.

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Five questions facing the 2007 Auburn Tigers.

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Syracuse defensive end Jameel McClain looks to repeat his Dwight Freeney impersonation from last season, when he recorded 9.5 sacks.

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Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman has it all. What's meant by that? He has sub-4.5 speed, size (he's 6-4, 220 pounds), and production.

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Rivals.com First Team All-Americans

Rivals.com Second Team All-Americans

Rivals.com Preseason All-Big East Second Team

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NFLDraftScout.com's early rankings: Top 64 Junior Prospects.

NFLDraftScout.com's early rankings: Top 64 Senior Prospects

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Rivals.com: Top 15 Redshirt Freshmen in college football.

Rivals.com: Top 10 Backup Quarterbacks in college football.

Yahoo!Sports: Top 10 Backup Wide Receivers in college football.

Yahoo!Sports: Top 15 First-Year Starters in college football.

Yahoo!Sports: Top 15 Returning from Injuries in college football.

Yahoo!Sports: Top 10 Backup Running Backs in college football.

Rivals.com All-Shoes-to-Fill team

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last updated: 08/21/07
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Position-by-position look at the Texas Longhorns.

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A judge dismissed five of seven charges against Penn State's All-Big Ten safety Anthony Scirrotto for an April fight.

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The Naval Academy's top N.F.L. prospect -- running back Adam Ballard -- has already been invited to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game.

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MSNBC writer looks at the 9 players battling to be U.S.C.'s Starting Tailback.

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Closer look at underrated Boise State offensive lineman Tad Miller.

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Oregon State wide receiver Sammie Stroughter, who led the Pac-10 last season with more than 1,200 receiving yards, will take an indefinite leave of absence with personal issues.

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More excuses from the "mainstream media", suggesting St. Louis Rams rookie Brian Leonard is not a legit N.F.L. tailback, despite the fact he obviously has the ideal mix of size, speed and power teams look for.

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Former University of New Mexico running back DonTrell Moore, who is the all-time leading rusher Mountain West Conference history, is getting a chance to make it in the N.F.L.

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Hard hitting Texas Tech safety Joe Garcia has aspirations to play on Sundays.

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Nebraska's Sam Keller travelled a tough road prior to being named Nebraska's starting quarterback.

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20 questions with Illinois soph quarterback Isiah "Juice" Williams.

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Rutgers true freshman offensive tackle Anthony Davis looks to nail down a starting job.

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Converted tight end Zipp Duncan is swiftly rising up the offensive line depth chart for the Kentucky Wildcats.

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Below we have a list of 9 talented college football players that will "not" be playing this season because they decided to transfer from one FBS school at another following the 2006 season. They will, however, be eligible to play at their new schools next summer.

QB Mitch Mustain -- Arkansas to U.S.C. -- Had a fantastic '06 season as a true freshman, leading the Razorbacks to an 8-0 record in 8 starts. It's not 100 percent clear why he left Arkansas, but he's expected to battle Mark Sanchez for the Trojans' starting job after J.D. Booty leaves.

QB Zach Frazer -- Notre Dame to Connecticut -- Frazer was one of the top quarterback recruits in the class of '06, but he really didn't have much success competing for a starting job during his short stay in South Bend. Huskies' head coach Randy Edsall, an offensive guru, might be the right man to get his game back on track.

QB Jevan Snead -- Texas to Ole Miss -- Extremely highly regarded coming out of high school and, truth is, he didn't fare poorly in practices at Texas. Thing is, he just happened to play the same position as budding Horns' legend Colt McCoy and felt he had to leave to get ample playing time.

WR Jordan Cameron -- B.Y.U. to U.S.C. -- Tall and athletic receiver, who may be bulked up and tried at tight end at Southern Cal. He actually played basketball at B.Y.U. last year, so he's not only changing schools, he's also switching sports. Brother of current U.S.C. women's hoops star Brynn Cameron, who had a son with Matt Leinart in '06.

WR Damian Williams -- Arkansas to U.S.C. -- Mustain's high school teammate, was selected to the SEC's all-freshman team in '06 after hauling in 19 receptions for 256 yards. Suffered a serious shoulder injury last season, so he may've had to sit out even if he did stay in Little Rock. Is expected to be fully recovered when he's eligible at U.S.C.

WR Nyan Boateng -- Florida to California -- Hot shot football/basketball recruit out of New York city, who sort of got lost in shuffle in Gainesville due to all the offensive talent the Gators have recruited since Urban Meyer has come aboard. Word is DeSean Jackson will leave for the N.F.L. after this season, so Boatang could be an ideal replacement for him, if he can stay out of trouble off the field. That could be a big "if".

DE Trevor Anderson --Cincinnati to Michigan State -- 6' 2", 260 pounder was one of the Bearcats' better defenders in 2006 as a sophomore (6 sacks/13 TFL's) and was expected to anchor the defensive line this season. However, the Detroit native decided to leave U.C. and follow former Cincy head coach Mark Dantonio to Michigan State.

DE Jeff Schweiger -- U.S.C to San Jose State -- Once upon a time Schweiger was considered a can't miss prospect at U.S.C. He played fairly well in his three seasons with the Trojans, but was limited by injuries and could never seize a starting job. He, obviously, hopes a big senior season for the Spartans will get him back on the N.F.L.'s radar.

DB Antwine Perez -- U.S.C. to Maryland -- This 6' 2", 200 pound, hard-hitting safety was one of the Trojans' top recruits in the '06 freshman class. He played in seven games last season for U.S.C., mostly on special teams. But, for whatever reason, he decided to abruptly abort his career on the West Coast in order to come back to the East and play in the A.C.C.

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last updated: 08/20/07
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Speedy Colorado State wide receiver Damon Morton is hoping to grab the attention of N.F.L. scouts with a big senior season.

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Safety/N.F.L. prospect Demetrice Morley is trying his best to return to Tennessee’s football team, no matter how remote the chances may be.

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The Denver Broncos traded defensive tackle Gerard Warren to the Oakland Raiders today for a conditional 5th round draft pick.

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N.F.L. GM says 'count on it:' Michael Vick will return to N.F.L. .

DD.comment: The writer in the link above (Mike Freeman) is very close to Jacksonville Jaguars Vice President of Player Personnel James Harris (the Jags de-facto G.M.), so we'd guess that is the source for the Vick story.

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Decision to draft former Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards looking smart for the Buffalo Bills.

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Hard-hitting safety Ray Ventrone, who ran a 4.46 at Villanova's Pro Day in 2005, is healthy and trying to make a big impact as a special teamer for the New York Jets.

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Russ Lande details the summer life of N.F.L. scouts.

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LSU wide receiver Early Doucet has emerged as a go-to option.

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Oregon's Ed Dickson looks to be the next Ducks tight end to play on Sundays.

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Pittsburgh offensive linemen Jeff Otah and Greg Romeus are turning heads in practice.

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Senior Alabama cornerback Simeon Castille was arrested for disorderly conduct on Saturday night.

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Rivals.com All-Big Ten Conference Pre-season Teams

Rivals.com All-Pacific-10 Conference Pre-season Teams

Rivals.com All-Southeastern Conference Pre-season Teams

Rivals.com All-Big 12 Conference Pre-season Teams

Rivals.com All-Atlantic Coast Conference Pre-season Teams

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last updated: 08/19/07
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Rookie running back Adrian Peterson is getting plenty of preseason work for the Minnesota Vikings.

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Former Detroit Lions' wide receiver Charles Rogers appears to be on his way to the Canadian Football League.

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Oregon State's All-American caliber wide receiver Sammie Stroughter made a brief appearence at practice this week, but it's unclear if he'll return to the team.

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Quick look at Delaware's 20 year old senior offensive tackle Mike Byrne, who is 6' 6", 300 pounds and one of the better small school linemen in the nation.

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N.F.L. scouts are paying a lot of attention to Bethune-Cookman's star defensive back Bobbie Williams.

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Sophomore Kyle Reed, who is hoping to be Cal's No. 2 quarterback behind junior Nate Longshore, feels he has N.F.L. potential.

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Several N.F.L. teams are checking out Coastal Carolina's "sticky-fingered" wide receiver Jerome Simpson.

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Closer look at Georgia Tech defensive end Darryl Richard, who wants to be the next Gene Upshaw (N.F.L.P.A. President).

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A "stronger" Chris Wells is expected to shoulder Ohio State's heavy load at running back.

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Texas Longhorns' starting wide receiver Billy Pittman is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.

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All-American defensive end Tommy Blake returns to T.C.U. after missing four days of practice.

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Speedy, 6' 5" junior Patrick Turner should be the U.S.C. Trojans' main man at wide receiver.

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Freshman wide receiver Mark Barnes, a converted defensive back, hopes to make South Carolina fans forget Sidney Rice.

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The Boston Globe looks at former Bay State school boy hero Nate Sherr, who ran his 40's in the low 4.4's for college scouts, but, inexplicably, is forced to walk-on at UConn as a running back.

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Former Wisconsin-La Crosse power forward Joe Werner hopes to make the Green Bay Packers as a tight end.

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Our extended look at the top prospects at FCS schools (formerly 1-AA) continues with the SWAC. Check our August and July blog archives for more FCS All-Conference Teams.

DD.com's All-Southwest Athletic Conference Football Team:


QB Chris Wallace ~ Arkansas-Pine Bluff

RB Erik Haw ~ Jackson State (So.)

RB Jay Peck ~ Alabama State

WR Clyde Edwards ~ Grambling State

WR Jason Jones ~ Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Jr.)

TE Marcel Frost ~ Jackson State (Jr.)

OL Thaddeus Coleman ~ Mississippi Valley State

OL Ivora Hall ~ Alabama State

OL Justin Telemaque ~ Alcorn State

OL Darius Turner ~ Alabama A&M (Jr.)

OL Cleveland Collie ~ Prairie View A&M (Jr.)


DT Isaiah Thomas ~ Texas Southern

DL Corey Clark ~ Jackson State (Jr.)

DL Derrick Gray ~ Texas Southern

DE Vincent Lands ~ Southern University (LB)

LB Lee Robinson ~ Alcorn State (Jr.)

LB Mike Boyd ~ Texas Southern

LB Daniel Brooks ~ Jackson State (Jr.)

DB Jarmaul George ~ Southern University

DB Zaire Wilborn ~ Grambling State (Jr.)

DB Jean-Pierre Marshall ~ Mississippi Valley State

DB Lamar Herron ~ Southern University

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: 08/18/07
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Fullback Tim Castille is one of a handful of undrafted rookies that has a shot to make the Arizona Cardinals final roster.

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The Liberty Flames are excited to have 6' 6" freshman wide receiver/Big East recruit Chris Summers on their roster.

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Sports Network FCS Pre-season All-American Teams announced.

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In a move that has been anticipated for much of the offseason, the Patriots have signed unrestricted free agent quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who will return to the league for a 21st season.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have released the #1 overall pick in the 1999 N.F.L. Draft -- quarterback Tim Couch -- and signed their former defensive line anchor -- defensive tackle Seth Payne.

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ESPN: After surviving Hurricane Katrina, Southern Miss running back Damion Fletcher is ready to wreck havoc on C-USA.

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N.F.L. teams are starting to drop by Chadron State to checkout record breaking running back Danny Woodhead.

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In-depth look at Boise State's top pro prospect, left tackle Ryan Clady.

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University of Miami juniors Calais Campbell and Kenny Phillips have taken out $3 million insurance policies to protect them in case they sustain career-ending injuries this season.

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Ohio State's coaching staff has removed sophomore wide receiver Brian Hartline from kickoff and punt coverage units, as they believe the former high school track star is too valuable on offense to expose to injury on special teams.

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Kentucky Wildcats' tailback Rafael Little has added 10 pounds to help him stay healthy as he endures the rigors of an all-purpose offensive threat.

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Virginia is expecting big things from junior left tackle Eugene Monroe, who was dubbed "The next D'Brickashaw Ferguson" coming out of high school.

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Quick look at Tennessee's very talented and self-confident sophomore center Josh McNeil.

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Closer look at New Mexico State's fast rising junior quarterback/N.F.L. prospect Chase Holbrook.

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The Dallas News updates the very strange sitiuation going on at T.C.U., as All-American defensive end Tommy Blake has left the team.

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Arguably the N.F.L.'s best cornerback -- Nnamdi Asomugha -- will be on display tonight when the 49ers host the Raiders.

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Running back Austin Scott hopes to break through at Penn State after a slow start.

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Quick look at Texas State's 25-year-old sophomore quarterback Bradley George.

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The Soap Opera continues: Noted 1970's ladiesman Broadway Joe Namath, who's personal life has reportedly been in shambles the last 15 years (or so), is said to be "thrilled" that his his youngest daughter became pregnant at the age of 15 and recently delivered a daughter.

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DD.com friend/contributor Josh Buchanan breaks down the Top 15 Division II Prospects.

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The Washington Post looks at Penn State's athletic linebackers Dan Connor and Sean Lee.

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Closer look at the University of Pittsburgh's rising sophomore linebacker Dorin Dickerson.

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Great expectations and a fifth-round projection encouraged Missouri tight end Martin Rucker to stay for his senior season.

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Junior center A.Q. Shipley is set to become the leader of Penn State's offensive line.

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CollegeFootballNews.com: Top 64 Pro Prospects.

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TCU star defensive end Tommy Blake tries to deal with the overwhelming attention that comes with being a likely high draft pick.

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Razorbacks defensive end Chris Wade has some big shoes to fill with the departure of Jammal Anderson to the N.F.L.

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Virginia head coach Al Groh hopes their improved overall defensive depth will allow the team to rely less on star defender Chris Long.

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Oklahoma Sooner preview: team strengths include wide receivers, offensive line and defensive secondary.

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DD.com's All-Southland Conference Football Team:


QB Rhett Bomar ~ Sam Houston State (Jr.)

RB Jay Lucas ~ Southeastern Louisiana (Jr.)

FB Blake Burton ~ Texas State (Jr.)

WR Steven Whitehead ~ McNeese State

WR Dominique Edison ~ Stephen F. Austin (Jr.)

TE Blake Martin ~ Sam Houston State

OL Tim Henderson ~ Northwestern State (Jr.)

OL Brock Pasteur ~ Stephen F. Austin

OL Demetrius Bell ~ Northwestern State

OL Clint LaTray ~ Stephen F. Austin (Jr.)

OL Brandon Hale ~ Sam Houston State


DE Chris Brown ~ Sam Houston State (Jr.)(OLB)

DL David Branch ~ Sam Houston State

DE Bryan Smith ~ McNeese State (OLB)

LB Dominic Cooper ~ Nicholls State

LB Trey Bennett ~ McNeese State

LB Greg Carlson ~ Stephen F. Austin (Fr.)

DB Kareem Moore ~ Nicholls State

DB Gary Riggs ~ Northwestern State (So.)

CB Scorpio Babers ~ Sam Houston State

DB Ladarius Webb ~ Nicholls State (Jr.)

DB Daniel Varvel ~ Texas State

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: 08/16/07
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USA Today: Cal-Berkeley wide receiver DeSean Jackson stands apart from the crowd in the Pac-10 Conference.

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In-depth feature on U.C.L.A.'s promising sophomore offensive tackle Aleksey Lanis, a Russian kid who grew up and learned football in South Central Los Angeles.

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U.S.C. nose tackle Sedrick Ellis, a behemoth of a man, is also one of the Trojans’ hardest workers.

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New Mexico's top wide receiver, Marcus Smith, hopes his special teams coverage skills can help him gain attention from N.F.L. scouts.

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The Oklahoma Sooners are confident the can fill Adrian Peterson's void with a bevy of backs, including Allen Patrick.

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The L.S.U. Tigers are expecting big things from sophomore wide receiver Brandon LaFell.

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Sophomore tailback Emmanuel Moody, U.S.C.'s second-leading rusher last season, will transfer to another school.

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Quick look at hard hitting T.C.U. safety Brian Bonner.

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Texas A&M did not have a player drafted last year, but with scouts circling the practices, this year's outlook is brighter.

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Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane was drafted to help stop the run but is surprising his coaches with pass rush ability.

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Auburn's three tight ends are key to their offense.

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Pro football scouts continue to visit Fresno State practice. Among their targets is a bulked up Jason Shirley. The defensive tackle is listed at 335 this year, up from 315.

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DD.com's All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Football Team:


QB Cleveland McCoy ~ South Carolina State

RB Demerick Chancellor ~ North Carolina A&T (So.)

RB William Ford ~ South Carolina State (So.)

WR Shaheer McBride ~ Delaware State

WR Willie Hayward ~ Florida A&M

TE Rohnie Sykes ~ Morgan State

OL Dennis Conley ~ Hampton (Jr.)

OL Jeremy Breath ~ Delaware State

OL Randall White ~ Howard

OL James Lee ~ South Carolina State

OL Dakari Grimsley ~ Morgan State (Jr.)


DE Kendall Langford ~ Hampton

DL Marcus Dixon ~ Hampton

DL Dennis Marsh ~ Norfolk State (Jr.)

DE Endor Cooper ~ Howard (OLB) (Jr.)

LB Maguell Davis ~ Norfolk State

LB Russell Reeves ~ Delaware State

LB Vernon Wilder ~ Florida A&M

CB Jackie Bates ~ Hampton (Jr.)

CB Brandon Croley ~ North Carolina A&T (Jr.)

DB Bobbie Williams ~ Bethune-Cookman

DB Jason Beach Florida A&M

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: 08/15/07
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Fresno State star Bear Pascoe makes the switch from quarterback to tight end and becomes a legit N.F.L. prospect.

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Potential N.F.L. franchise quarterback Brian Brohm is finally relaxed in the spotlight as a senior at Louisville.

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In-depth look at young U.S.C. safety Taylor Mays.

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DD.com friend Art C., a longtime Rutgers season ticket holder, sent us this fascinating feature: Rutgers vs. USC -- Part 2, The Players.

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Miami says junior safety Kenny Phillips will be their defensive leader.

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The New York Giants waive 3 players and sign 3 players -- including defensive tackle Manuel Wright.

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Back in a system that made him a star, Chicago Bears' safety Adam Archuleta tries to re-establish himself.

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The New York Jets have reach an agreement with first-round draft pick Darrelle Revis.

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In-depth look at Maryland's fast rising sophomore wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

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Texas El-Paso's top offensive lineman -- junior center Robby Felix -- has the look a future N.F.L. prospect.

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U.S.C. making its case for being The New Linebacker U.

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Closer look at Montana running back Lex Hilliard, who's returning from a serious injury that kept him out of the lineup in '06.

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Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway made it through the first preseason game, which is longer than he lasted during his rookie season.

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Oakland Raiders' rookie running back Michael Bush is trying to bounce back from a broken leg.

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Louisville's Hunter Cantwell might be the best backup quarterback in the country.

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Baltimore Sun looks at top 2008 draft prospects, with video highlights.

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A brief look at ACC secondaries.

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Could be a make or break year for Eagles LB Chris Gocong.

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DD.com's All-Gateway Conference Football Team

QB Eric Sanders ~ Northern Iowa

RB Herb Donaldson ~ Western Illinois (Jr.)

RB Corey Lewis ~ Northern Iowa

WR Carl Sims ~ Western Illinois (Jr.)

TE Louis Irizarry ~ Youngtown State

TE Clayton Harbor ~ Missouri State (So.)

OL Chad Rinehart ~ Northern Iowa

OL Fred Staugh ~ Indiana State

OL Darren Marquez ~ Southern Illinois

OL Brandon Keith ~ Northern Iowa

OL Isaiah Wiggins ~ Illinois State


DL Mark Huygens ~ Northern Iowa (Jr.)

DL Jordan Lacy ~ Northern Iowa

DL Mychal Savage ~ Youngtown State (Jr.)

DT Everette Pedescleaux ~ Northern Iowa (Jr.)

LB Brandin Jordan ~ Southern Illinois (So.)

LB James Terry ~ Youngtown State

CB Patrick Stoudamire ~ Western Illinois (So.)

CB D'Angelo Wilson ~ Youngtown State (Jr.)

CB Craig Turner ~ Southern Illinois (PR/KR)

FS Chris Parsons ~ Northern Iowa

FS Tom Nelson ~ Illinois State (Jr.)


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: 08/14/07
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In-depth look at Penn State's speedy junior cornerback Justin King, who will graduate early and likely leave for the N.F.L. early.

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Clemson's talented junior running back James Davis says he'll stay for his senior season, unless draft projections change his mind.

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Closer look at Ohio State Buckeyes' linebacker Marcus Freeman.

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Freshman tailback Joe McKnight looks like second coming of Reggie Bush at U.S.C.

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Arizona State Sun Devils tight end Brent Miller is set to emerge from his brother's (Zach) shadow.

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Marcia C. Smith looks at all the talent the U.S.C. Trojans have at Quarterback.

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He was struck out by MLB luminaries Roger Clemens and Rick Ankiel, but Mike Conroy is now set to return to football as a 24 year old freshman wide receiver at UConn.

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The list of University of Massachusetts transfers from Football Bowl Subdivision teams is getting impressive.

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Tom Miller of gazetteextra.com reports Wisconsin-Whitewater will have an experienced offensive line-featuring N.F.L. prospect 6' 6", 308-pound Brady Ramseier (#75), a two-time D-3 All-American.

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Florida State's linebackers: The Young and the Relentless.

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Prior to 2007 draft, Boston College left tackle Gosder Cherilus received a late-first/early second round projection from the N.F.L.P.A. advisory committee (comprised of 16 GM's).

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Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason gets scouted at practice.

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Who will be the next great Miami tight end?

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Massive Auburn tackle King Dunlap is the only experienced starter returning for the Tigers.

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Below are positional scouting reports from Todd McShay of ESPN Insider. For folks that don't subscribe to ESPN Insider (like us), you will only be able to read part of these in-depth reports, looking only at the top few players at each position. Obviously, ESPN Insider subscribers get full access.

Quarterback

Running Back

Wide Receiver

Tight End

Offensive Line

Defensive Line

Linebacker

Defensive Back

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last updated: 08/13/07
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Arkansas wide receiver Marcus Monk will be out for four to six weeks with a knee injury, the Razorbacks' athletic trainer announced Monday.

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Closer look at Georgia Tech's fullback of the present and the fullback of the future: Mike Cox and Luke Cox.

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Scott Wright -- one of the few draft site operators that is friendly to our man at the Senior Bowl each year -- recently posted this informative Q&A with Virginia defensive end Chris Long.

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Strong-armed Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli is a changed man according to his teammates.

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Ohio State blocking back Dionte Johnson hoping to get some carries this season.

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Boston College hopes to better utilize the gamebreaking skills of sophomore running back Jeff Smith during the upcoming season.

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Former Nebraska and North Carolina quarterback Joe Dailey is excited to be playing wide receiver in his final season as a Tar Heel.

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18 players that have an excellent shot at winning the Heisman Trophy, plus 5 Great Players that have No-shot.

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N.F.L. scouts are taking a strong interest in Air Force linebacker Drew Fowler.

DD.Comment: The link above shows why we think we have a great blog, which we know for a fact is scanned daily by employees of N.F.L. teams and is copied (almost word by word) by others in cyberspace. I mean, where else would you find out that N.F.L. scouts are at least looking at a lightly praised linebacker from the Air Force Academy and a little known defensive end from the University of Buffalo?

You see, unlike most sites, we don't "pretend to be scouts", who constantly try to outsmart N.F.L. talent evaluators and G.M's. We don't do boring, 10,000 word scouting reports on little known players, then charge an arm and leg for access to the site. Instead we focus mostly on collecting tons of relevant draft information and putting it forth for readers. Once we collect this info from, perhaps, the 25,000 potential blog stories we scan per year, we attempt to do the impossible: Objectively rank players by position, then project the round they will be picked in, ect.

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Closer look at U.T.E.P. wide receiver Fred Rouse, who is a highly regarded transfer from Florida State.

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Tradition continues at Penn State: Dan Connor moves into Paul Posluszny’s role at outside linebacker.

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Peter King: Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm could be reunited with former coach Bobby Petrino in Atlanta next season.

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NW Arkansas Times: Don't be surprised if talented Arkansas running back Darren McFadden leaves school early and ends up with the Dallas Cowboy.

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Even though he's been widely belittled by many in the media as a bust, young Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is healthy and 'showing signs of greatness'.

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Former Illinois State wide receiver Laurent Robinson is impressing the Atlanta Falcons' coaching staff.

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Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie linebacker Lawrence Timmons is struggling to prove his worth as a first round pick.

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Rivals.com: From anonymity to stardom in college football -- 22 Players that Could Surprise.

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Arkansas running back Darren McFadden continues to stress he will wait until the end of the season to make a final decision on his future as a Razorback.

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Russ Lande/Draft Expert: Three 'workout warriors' to watch.

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Florida State University defensive tackle Andre Fluellen throws a lot praise at his sidekick Letroy Guion: "Letroy's playing better than he's ever played right now. He's stronger and faster than he's ever been. I think he's our next top-10, top-15 [NFL Draft] pick coming out, unless I am."

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Pitt Panthers' senior wide receiver Derek Kinder, a first-team All-Big East selection last season, was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said Sunday morning.

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Former Oregon defensive end Dexter Manley II -- a workout warrior who had three sacks as a backup for the Ducks last season -- has transferred to Division II West Texas A&M.

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Josh Buchanan's complete list of Top 100 Small Schoolers

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Defensive tackle Keilen Dykes (6' 5', 295) -- a potential Day 2 draft prospect -- is set to anchor West Virginia's defensive line.

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University of Florida wide receiver Andre Caldwell, who was handed a 3rd round projection from N.F.L. scouts last season, hopes to improve his draft stock as a senior.

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Miami Hearald Quote: Not only does defensive line coach Clint Hurtt predict a breakout year for starting defensive end Eric Moncur, but Hurtt surprisingly said Moncur is UM's most "explosive" lineman, even more than Calais Campbell.

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So far, the St. Louis Rams are very happy with their top three draft picks, including tailback Brian Leonard.

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Carolina Panthers' 4th round daft pick Ryne Robinson wants to be the next Steve Smith.

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Former S.M.U. defensive end Justin Rogers -- who we felt was vastly underrated prior to April's draft -- is making a strong to push to land a roster spot on the Patriots as a linebacker.

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In-depth look at the University of Buffalo's top N.F.L. prospect: Defensive end Trevor Scott.

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Pitt Panthers' wide receiver Derek Kinder, a first-team all-Big East player last season, injured a knee during practice Saturday, but it was not immediately known how badly he was hurt.

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Boise State's All-American left tackle Ryan Clady is seriously considering leaving school early for the N.F.L.

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Texas Longhorns' sophomore Jermichael Finley has big upside at tight end.

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Boston College intends to move redshirt freshman/fan favorite Billy Flutie from quarterback to wide receiver.

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Closer look at Notre Dame linebacker Anthony Vernaglia.

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University of Washington prospect Johnie Kirton is excited to be moving from running back to tight end, as he feels it could help him reach the N.F.L.

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University of Colorado cornerback/N.F.L. prospect Terrence Wheatley says he's frustrated because opponents rarely challenge him.

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Nebraska's coaching staff really likes improving junior defensive end Zach Potter (6' 7", 280), who is set to replace Adam Carriker.

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Family members of talented Arkansas running back Darren McFadden are disputing a ESPN report that he intends to leave for the N.F.L. after this season.

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Redshirt senior Danny Kaye will start at left tackle for the Wisconsin Badgers.

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Junior Jose Valdez will start at left tackle for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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The old two-back system, whereby a halfback and a fullback were threats to carry the football, essentially Disappeared from the Steelers' Offense in 1992 due to a dearth of runners who could block.

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Once seen as a top prospect prior to injuries, former Oregon State tight end Joe Newton is hoping to stick with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.

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Former Ohio State quarterback and 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith faces an uncertain future in Baltimore.

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Top S.E.C. Conference Seniors:


QB Andre Woodson ~ Kentucky

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis ~ Mississippi

FB Peyton Hillis ~ Arkansas

WR Keenan Burton ~ Kentucky

WR Early Doucet ~ Louisiana State

TE Jacob Tamme ~ Kentucky

OL Eric Young ~ Tennessee

OL King Dunlap ~ Auburn

OL Chris Williams ~ Vanderbilt

OL Will Arnold ~ Louisiana State

OL Brian Stamper ~ Vanderbilt


DE Quentin Groves ~ Auburn

DT Glenn Dorsey ~ Louisiana State

DT Theo Horrocks ~ Vanderbilt

DE Wallace Gilberry ~ Alabama

LB Ali Highsmith ~ Louisiana State

LB Jasper Brinkley ~ South Carolina

LB Jonathan Goff ~ Vanderbilt

CB Simeon Castille ~ Alabama

CB Chevis Jackson ~ Louisiana State

DB Jonathan Hefney ~ Tennessee

DB Craig Steltz ~ Louisiana State

DD.comment: There are some outstanding football players on the list above, but we were also forced to leave some fine prospects off the list, as we had to cut it down to only 22 players.


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15 Potential Impact Juniors in the S.E.C. [Not Ranked]:

RB Darren McFadden ~ Arkansas

RB Felix Jones ~ Arkansas

RB Brad Lester ~ Auburn

FB Brannan Southerland ~ Georgia

WR Earl Bennett ~ Vanderbilt

WR Dicky Lyons ~ Kentucky

OL Michael Oher ~ Ole Miss

OC Jonathan Luigs ~ Arkansas

OL Antoine Caldwell ~ Alabama

DE Derrick Harvey ~ Florida

DT Jeff Owens ~ Georgia

DT Myron Pryor ~ Kentucky

LB Darry Beckwith ~ Louisiana State

DB Reshard Langford ~ Vanderbilt

DB Derek Pegues ~ Miss State


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12 Potential Impact Sophomores in the S.E.C. [Not Ranked]:

QB Matt Stafford ~ Georgia

QB Tim Tebow ~ Florida

RB Ben Tate ~ Auburn

WR Percy Harvin ~ Florida

TE Tommy Trott ~ Auburn

OL Ciron Black ~ Louisiana State

OL Andre Smith ~ Alabama

DE Greg Hardy ~ Ole Miss

LB Prince Hall ~ Alabama

LB Brandon Spikes ~ Florida

LB Jacob Cutrera ~ Louisiana State

CB Trevard Lindley ~ Kentucky

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Here is is a situation to watch closely: Oregon State's top offensive threat, wide receiver Sammie Stroughter, has possibly left the team?

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College Sporting News: FCS (formerly 1-AA) All-Anonymous Team

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Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Kenny Irons, a second-round draft choice, will be out for the season after suffering a torn ACL in Thursday night's game against Detroit.

DD.Comment: This is bad news for the Bengals, who were counting on the speedy rookie from Auburn to help carry the load at running back. Also, Irons, like dozens of other N.F.L. players in recent years, was not hit directly on his knee when he was injured. Here is a fascinating article from Medical News Today that we originally linked a few weeks ago: Noncontact ACL Injuries Linked With Brain Function.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Boise State running back Ian Johnson.

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Marshall's football program is elated to have wide receiver Darius Passmore, a tall and fast JUCO transfer with big time playmaking potential.

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Pat Forde: Senior quarterback Andre Woodson's transformation sparks Kentucky's rise.

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Likely N.F.L. first round draft pick Dan Connor set to anchor Penn State's talent laden defense.

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The Delaware Blue Hens players and coaches really like junior Robbie Agnone, who replaces FCS All-America Ben Patrick at tight end.

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Offensive tackle Kirk Barton and James Laurinaitis, a talented junior linebacker, lead opening act for Ohio State.

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When starting tailback Darius Walker left early for the N.F.L., it opened the door for seldom used Junior Jabbe to win Notre Dame's starting job.

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Despite being the Dolphins last pick in the draft, linebacker Abraham Wright's ability has impressed everyone in Miami.

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Former Houston Texans' G.M. Charlie Casserly reflects on Not Selecting Vince Young in the '06 N.F.L. draft.

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Seattle Seahawks' rookie linebacker Will Herring showing great versatility and athleticism.

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Former Ivy-League two-sport superstar Chas Gessner is looking to finally land a roster spot in Tampa Bay.

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The Sports Network: Football Championship Subdivision (formerly 1-AA) Quarterback Rankings.

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The Sports Network: Football Championship Subdivision (formerly 1-AA) Position Rankings.

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NFLDraftScout.com's early rankings: Top 64 Junior Prospects.

NFLDraftScout.com's early rankings: Top 64 Senior Prospects

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last updated: 08/09/07
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Rookie free agent quarterback Matt Moore completed 7 of 9 attempts for the Dallas Cowboys in his first N.F.L. preseason game tonight against the Indianapolis Colts.

DD.Comment: If you are looking for more information on undrafted rookie free agents, check out Our Teams Section, where we listed the names of about 450 prospects (sorted by team) that signed with N.F.L. teams last May.

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Promising University of Washington cornerback Jordan Murchison has been arrested and might be booted from the Huskies' roster.

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Big school transfers are Not Automatic Starters at top ranked small schools like Illinois State.

DD.Comment: We posted the link above to show, in general, notable FBS (formerly known as 1-A) transfers are not absolute slam dunks to be stars, or even start, at FCS (formerly known as 1-AA) schools, as many assume too often.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Tennesse quarterback Erik Ainge.

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Former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn gets rookie treatment in Cleveland.

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The Houston Texans are happy with the progress former All-A.C.C. linebacker Jon Abatte has made since they switched him to fullback.

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Rivals.com All-Shoes-to-Fill team

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Rivals.com: Top 10 Backup Quarterbacks in college football.

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Ole Miss' coaches have moved former starting quarterback Brent Schaeffer to wide receiver.

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Injuries force promising Florida State University defensive end D.J. Norris to give up football; fullback Joe Surratt hoping to recover his status, after going from a starter to a third-stringer.

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In-depth look at Akron Zips tight end/N.F.L. prospect Kris Kasparek.

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Texas Tech showcases another star at wide receiver -- Danny Amendola.

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Closer look at a pair of young and talented University of Illinois stars -- Vontae Davis and Arrelious Benn.

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University of Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu insists off-field issues won't affect him.

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Former walk-on Cameron Dantley is trying to become Syracuse's primary backup at quarterback.

DD.Comment: Cameron Dantley is the son of former N.B.A. All-Star Adrian Dantley.

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Eccentric, former N.F.L. head coach Jerry Glanville is looking forward to shaking things up at Portland State.

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New Chicago Bears' strong safety Adam Archuleta will have a lot to prove after a tough season 2006 in Washington.

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Longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneer fullback Mike Alstott will be placed on injured reserve for this year because of a recurring neck injury.

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Top Big 12 Conference Seniors:


QB Sam Keller ~ Nebraska

RB Dantrell Savage ~ Oklahoma State

RB Allen Patrick ~ Oklahoma

WR Adarius Bowman ~ Oklahoma State

WR Todd Blythe ~ Iowa State

WR Limas Sweed ~ Texas

OL Tony Hills ~ Texas

OL Tyler Luellen ~ Missouri

OL Cody Wallace ~ Texas A&M

OL David Koenig ~ Oklahoma State

OL Kirk Elder ~ Texas A&M


DE Chris Harrington ~ Texas A&M

DT Frank Okam ~ Texas

DT Derek Lokey ~ Texas

DT Joseph Bryant ~ Texas A&M

DE Nathan Peterson ~ Oklahoma State (OLB)

LB Bo Ruud ~ Nebraska

LB Corey McKeon ~ Nebraska

CB Marcus Walker ~ Oklahoma

CB Zack Bowman ~ Nebraska (Injury)

CB Terrence Wheatley ~ Colorado

SS Marcus Watts ~ Kansas State


DD.com Comment: There are some outstanding football players on the list above, but we were, also, forced to leave some fine prospects off the list, as we had to cut it down to only 22 players. We were really forced into a tough spot at wide receiver and tight end, where the Big 12 Conference seems to be overflowing with talent. For more info, please checkout Dave Matter's recent feature on the Top Wide Receivers and Tigh Ends in the Big 12.

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15 Potential Impact Juniors in the Big 12 Conference [Not Ranked]:

QB Bobby Reid ~ Oklahoma State

QB Chase Daniel ~ Missouri

RB Jamaal Charles ~ Texas

WR Malcolm Kelly ~ Oklahoma

TE Martellus Bennett ~ Texas A&M

TE Chase Coffman ~ Missouri

OL Matt Slauson ~ Nebraska

OL George Robinson ~ Oklahoma

OC David Washington ~ Oklahoma State

DE Ian Campbell ~ Kansas State (OLB)

NT Brandon Nicolas ~ Colorado

DT Ziggy Hood ~ Missouri

LB Rashad Bobino ~ Texas

CB Aqib Talib ~ Kansas

DB Reggie Smith ~ Oklahoma


12 Potential Impact Sophomores in the Big 12 Conference [Not Ranked]:

QB Colt McCoy ~ Texas

QB Josh Freeman ~ Kansas State

RB Mike Goodson ~ Texas A&M

TE Jermichael Finley ~ Texas

OL Adam Ulatoski ~ Texas

DT Ndamukong Suh ~ Nebraska

DT DeMarcus Granger ~ Oklahoma

LB Sergio Kindle ~ Texas

LB Joe Pawlek ~ Baylor

DB Andre Sexton ~ Oklahoma State

CB Joshua Moore ~ Kansas State

CB Jordan Peterson ~ Texas A&M


last updated: 08/08/07
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Yahoo!Sports: Top 10 Backup Wide Receivers in college football.

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Nebraska senior wide receiver Maurice Purify working hard -- on and off the field -- to impress N.F.L. scouts.

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Starting for the Montreal Alouettes has made football enjoyable again for running back Jarrett Payton.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: West Virginia running back Steve Slaton.

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Tennessee tailback LaMarcus Coker, the team’s leading rusher last season as a freshman, has been suspended indefinitely.

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Healed Arkansas fullback/N.F.L.prospect Peyton Hillis plows ahead with a new attitude.

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Kentucky's talented, but often injured junior defensive tackle Myron Pryor runs a sub 4.9 at 300 pounds and squats 700 pounds.

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Eric Crawford: Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm has to be perfect to ace the Heisman test.

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Boston College linebacker Brian Toal makes it official, says he will redshirt because of his injured right shoulder.

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Gifted Ohio State junior Malcolm Jenkins could be the next in a long line of Buckeye cornerbacks to be taken in the first round of the N.F.L. draft.

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Virginia Tech defensive end/N.F.L. prospect Chris Ellis hopes to bounce back from an injury plagued 2006 season.

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Feature on talented Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib, who many believe is the Jayhawks best N.F.L. prospect since Dana Stubblefield.

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Closer look at University of San Diego quarterback Josh Johnson's quest to make it as an N.F.L. quarterback.

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San Jose State defensive back Dwight Lowery has been named a preseason All-American.

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Undrafted rookie defensive end Alex Buzbee hopes to land a roster spot with the Washington Redskins and become the first Georgetown Hoya to make it in pro football since 1956.

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Former University of Maryland offensive tackle Jared Gaither is making a strong impression in Baltimore.

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Our friend Josh Buchanan, who writes for D2Football.com and several other websites, was nice enough to send us his Top 100 Small Schooler's list. Due to space restrictions in the blog, we could not list all 100 in the same day, so we posted numbers 1 to 48 over the last two days. Today we wrap things up by posting Josh's 49th to 100th ranked small school prospects.

#Rank Pos. First Name Last Name, School, Height/Weight, 40 Time, Round Projection:

#49 CB Alfred Phillips, Wagner, 5110 195, 4.51/4.53, PFA

#50 OT Brock Pasteur, Stephen F. Austin, 6053 298, 5.22/5.30 PFA

#51 OLB Steve Allen, West Texas A&M, 6007 231, 4.62/4.74, PFA

#52 OG Brennen Carvalho, Portland State, 6006 316, 5.06/5.26 PFA

#53 WR Dexter Jackson, Appalachian State, 5090 178 4.32/4.43 PFA

#54 CB Brian Witherspoon, Stillman, 5101 163, 4.19/4.32 PFA

#55 P Zac Atterberry, Lindenwood, 6014 186, 4.73/4.87, PFA

#56 WR Clyde Edwards, Grambling State, 5094 179, 4.46/4.58, PFA

#57 OLB Shonda Faulkner, Indiana State, 5116 219, 4.48/4.62, PFA

#58 OT Mitch Erickson, South Dakota State, 6044 283, 5.15/5.38, PFA

#59 RB Donald Chapman, Tennessee Martin, 5090 218, 4.41/4.55 PFA

#60 WR Eric Allen, Montana, 6024 205, 4.57/4.73, PFA

#61 OLB Brannon Carter Northern Iowa 6022 215, 4.56/4.67, PFA

#62 C Matt Roan, Southern Utah, 6044 294, 4.93/5.03, PFA

#63 FS Jermaine Moye, California, PA 6014 202 4.59/4.78 PFA

#64 CB Craig Turner, Southern Illinois, 5087 192 4.41/4.48 PFA

#65 TE Chris Wagner, South Dakota State, 6054 256, 4.75/4.89, PFA

#66 WR Ryan Bagley, Montana, 6027 212, 4.57/4.69, PFA

#67 OG Stephen Sene, Liberty, 6046 326, 5.26/5.39, PFA

#68 OLB Shane Simmons, Western Washington, 6011 226, 4.56/4.68, PFA

#69 WR Wynton Jackson, Liberty, 6002 178, 4.43/4.56, PFA

#70 FS Bobby Tatum, Abilene Christian, 5115 191 4.42/4.56, PFA

#71 OLB Bryan Smith, McNeese State, 6020 222, 4.59/4.75, PFA

#72 WR Craig Chambers, Montana, 6025 205, 4.54/4.65, PFA

#73 FS Corey Lynch, Appalachian State, 5116 206, 4.57/4.70, PFA

#74 OT David Hale Weber State 6056 309 5.15/5.35 PFA

#75 WR Taurean Rhetta, Jacksonville State, 5112 178, 4.45/4.56, PFA

#76 WR Willie Hayward, Florida A&M, 6033 196, 4.64/4.79, PFA

#77 WR Dwayne Croker, Upper Iowa, 5081 183, 4.54/4.66, PFA

#78 RB Omar Cuff, Delaware, 5095 195, 4.43/4.58, PFA

#79 DE Marcus Dixon, Hampton, 6036 299, 4.97/5.18, PFA

#80 OG James Lee, South Carolina State, 6045 303, 5.15/5.39, PFA

#81 WR Jake Allen, Mississippi College, 6034 185, 4.49/4.63, PFA

#82 SS Jose Yearwood, Brown, 6011 224, 4.55/4.68, PFA

#83 FS Kareem Moore Nicholls State 5103 211 4.60/4.73 PFA

#84 OT Thaddeus Coleman, Mississippi Valley State, 6074 288, 5.36/5.69, PFA

#85 C Thomas Crowley, West Texas A&M, 6036 286, 5.12/5.35, PFA

#86 OT Brandon Keith, Northern Iowa, 6045 340, 5.06/5.36, PFA

#87 DT Vernon Bryant, Hampton, 6022 285, 4.82/5.02, PFA

#88 OT Brandon Hale, Sam Houston State, 6025 328, 5.27/5.46, PFA

#89 OT Demetrius Bell, Northwestern State, 6044 283, 4.97/5.18, PFA

#90 OLB James Terry, Youngstown State, 6013 236, 4.65/4.83, PFA

#91 TE Matthew Sherry, Villanova, 6033 245, 4.67/4.79, PFA

#92 TE Matthew Mulligan, Maine, 6044 256, 4.78/4.90, PFA

#93 DE James Amos, UC Davis, 6034 258, 4.76/4.89, PFA

#94 RB Danny Woodhead Chadron State 5071 194, 4.37/4.49, PFA

#95 OG Matt Alfred, Eastern Washington, 6022 304, 5.09/5.28, PFA

#96 WR Weston Dressler, North Dakota, 5065 160, 4.45/4.56, PFA

#97 K Brandon Gilbert, North Carolina Central, 5090 184, 4.86/5.12, PFA

#98 OLB Christian Serena, Western New Mexico, 6001 229, 4.65/4.78, PFA

#99 WR Andy Birkel, Northern Colorado, 6016 198, 4.50/4.59, PFA

#100 P Dan Zeidman, Idaho State, 6002 201, 4.73/4.85, PFA

DD.com Comment: We'd like to thank Josh for sharing his knowledge and information with us and our readers. It's very much appreciated.

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A healthy Kerry Meier is ready to regain his spot as Kansas' starting quarterback.

DD.comment: Keep a close eye on Meier, a sophomore, who could be a major impact player at Kansas, if he can stay healthy. He reminds us so much of former Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones, who is currently a wide receiver with the Jacksonville Jaguars. While it's doubtful that Meier possesses Jones' great speed (sub 4.4), he's a very good athlete for his size (6' 3", 220), who might even project as receiver or tight end in the N.F.L., if things don't work out at quarterback.

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Former Oklahoma Sooner/undrafted rookie Paul Thompson is impressing in Green Bay as a quarterback.

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The return of defensive tackle Derek Lokey is huge for the Texas Longhorns.

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The Chicago Bears have traded cornerback Dante Wesley to the Patriots in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.

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In-depth look at gifted University of Miami sophomore linebacker Colin McCarthy.

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Gary Shelton: Gators quarterback Tim Tebow is a promising sophomore, but legend talk is premature.

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L.S.U. safety Curtis Taylor is more than ready to succeed LaRon Landry.

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The Speed Factor: One of the biggest myths out there is that Southern teams are faster than Northern teams in college football.

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Tony Barnhart: Ranking the ACC’s Defensive Linemen

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Five Impact Freshmen in the Big 12 Conference.

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Yahoo!Sports: Top 10 Backup Running Backs in college football.

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Closer look at highly regarded University of Louisville sophomore defensive end Peanut Whitehead.

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Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon is ready to focus on football, after spending a summer playing minor league baseball.

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Several talented Arkansas Razorbacks players -- including running back Darren McFadden -- are investing in insurance policies that protect them from career-ending injuries.

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CBS SportsLine.com MAC Preview: Central Michigan has Boise aims.

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Former University of Minnesota wide receiver Logan Payne, who we felt was worth at least a 5th or 6th round pick, is impressing in Seattle as a rookie free agent.

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New Orleans left tackle Jammal Brown injured his right knee during practice Tuesday morning and was taken off the field on a motorized cart.

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The Oakland Raiders think ex-U.S.C. star Mike Williams may be worth the wait.

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1st-round picks that remain unsigned:

#1 JaMarcus Russell, QB, Oakland

#14 Darrelle Revis, CB, New York Jets

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Josh Buchanan's complete list of Top 100 Small Schoolers

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The University of Colorado football team has suspended three players -- including promising sophomore linebacker Michael Sipili -- after allegations of brawling.

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Lindy’s Pre-season All-Division II Teams

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The Broncos received the best possible news regarding Jarvis Moss' left knee -- an MRI examination that came up negative.

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After struggling in A ball (3-8, 4.95 E.R.A.), former Notre Dame All-American wide receiver Jeff Samardzija pitches well and wins in his AA debut.

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The Denver Post takes an in-depth look at Miami Hurricanes' defensive end/future N.F.L. first round pick Calais Campbell.

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Quarterback Sam Keller eager to get started at Nebraska.

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Syracuse defensive end Jameel McClain gives the Orange a rush on defense.

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Web site sells Michael Vick Chew Toy for Dogs.

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Yahoo!Sports: Top 15 First-Year Starters in college football.

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Yahoo!Sports: Top 15 Returning from Injuries in college football.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Michigan quarterback Chad Henne.

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Closer look at talented East Carolina offensive tackle Josh Coffman, who N.F.L. scouts are currently projecting as a sixth round pick.

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Bob Molinaro: The N.F.L.'s legal headaches stem from the 'Wholesome' College Game.

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USA Today: Pacman Jones set for his televised wrestling debut.

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Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew performing good deeds on and off the field.

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Confident University of Louisville cornerback Rod Council "wants to be the No. 1 cornerback in the country."

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Extremely highly regarded freshman cornerback Eric Berry ready to leave his mark on Knoxville.

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Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis credits teammates for success.

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The struggling Duke Blue Devils suffered a major loss with the suspension of leading tackler Michael Tauiliili.

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Bigger, stronger, faster: Utah quarterback Brian Johnson set to pick up where he left off in 2005.

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Due to poor grades, injuries, legal trouble and early exits to the N.F.L., the Ohio State Buckeyes have a fairly thin senior class and could be short on leadership.

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Our friend Josh Buchanan, who writes for D2Football.com and several other websites, was nice enough to send us his Top 100 Small Schooler's list. But due to space restrictions in the blog, we will just list Josh's Top 20 players today.

#Rank Pos. First Name Last Name, School, Height/Weight, 40 Time, Round Projection:

#1 OG Heath Benedict, Newberry, 6054 328, 4.93/4.99, 2nd Round

#2 CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State, 6016 181, 4.38/4.49, 2nd

#3 FB Jerome Felton, Furman, 5116 248, 4.62/4.76, 3rd-4th

#4 OT Chad Rinehart, Northern Iowa, 6050 311, 5.09/5.14, 4th-5th

#5 WR Edward Williams, Lane College TN, 6034 205, 4.52/4.65, 5th

#6 QB Josh Johnson, San Diego, 6023 198, 4.56/4.65, 5th

#7 WR Jerome Simpson, Coastal Carolina, 6014 190, 4.50/4.67, 5th

#8 QB Joe Flacco, Delaware, 6061 237, 4.84/5.06, 5th-6th

#9 OG Kerry Brown, Appalachian State, 6047 310, 5.16/5.32, 5th-6th

#10 FS Bobbie Williams, Bethune-Cookman, 6001 214, 4.47/4.64, 5th-6th

#11 WR Bruce Hocker, Duquesne, 6032 198, 4.44/4.58, 6th

#12 P Mike Dragosavich, North Dakota State, 6053212, 4.77/4.94, 6th

#13 K Rob Zarrilli, Hofstra 6001 202, 4.73/4.95, 6th

#14 WR Shaheer McBride, Delaware State, 6016 199, 4.54/4.72 6th

#15 DT Kurt Hout, Ferris State, 6011 285, 4.77/4.96, 6th

#16 WR Jaymar Johnson, Jackson State, 5114 180, 4.36/4.47, 6th

#17 WR Paul Raymond, Brown, 5091 174,4.32/4.45, 6th-7th

#18 DE Kendall Langford, Hampton, 6054 294, 4.89/5.08,6th-7th

#19 DE Brian Johnston, Gardner-Webb, 6050 280, 4.78/4.98, 6th-7th

#20 DE Rudolph Hardie, Howard, 6017 257, 4.67/4.75, 6th-7th

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YouTube legend -- running back Noel Devine -- begins his career at West Virginia with a lot of fanfare.

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Illinois head coach Ron Zook made a confession last season before voting linebacker J Leman as the league’s top defensive player: He wouldn’t have recruited the "overachiever" who had just one Division I-A scholarship offer.

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Closer look at, perhaps, Hawaii's best defender -- eccentric, sophomore linebacker Blaze Soares.

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Indianapolis Colts defense tackle Anthony McFarland may've suffered a serious knee injury in practice.

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In-depth look at what it Takes to Win a Heisman? Experts say publicity is a must but gimmicks can be too much.

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North Carolina State's coaches feel former starting quarterback Marcus Stone has the potential to be an N.F.L. tight end.

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In-depth look at Southern California's talented tight end Fred Davis.

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The Southern Cal Trojans enter the season as the nation's No. 1 team again.

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Patience pays off for L.S.U.'s star defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

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Boston College's best lineman -- Gosder Cherilus -- moves to left tackle.

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Columbus Dispatch: Situation with quarterback Brady Quinn sours positive vibes from a nifty draft.

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Newsday.com: New York Jets' longshot Andre Wadsworth can serve as lesson for New York Giants holdout Mike Strahan.

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Potential first round pick Early Doucet will lead a very young group of L.S.U. wide receivers.

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Veteran quarterback Matt Flynn feels real comfortable running L.S.U.'s offense.

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Mel Kiper Jr. can relax. Cardinals rookie nose tackle Alan Branch no longer wants to dust up the NFL draftnik for predicting or perhaps partially influencing the player's slide in this year's draft.

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Five Impact Freshmen in the Southeastern Conference (S.E.C.).

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Mississippi State wide receiver/N.F.L. prospect Tony Burks vows to return to form after performing poorly in spring practices.

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Sophomore quarterback Matt Stafford leads the way at the University Georgia with no questions asked.

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In-depth look at rising University of Miami sophomore running back Javarris James.

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Closer look at University of Florida receiver/N.F.L. prospect Andre Caldwell.

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MSNBC.com: Several Big East stars are ready to strike the Heisman pose.

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In-depth feature on a pair of defensive backs from the University of Toledo, who feel they could be the best safety tandem in America.

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The Arizona Wildcats are very happy to have freshman tight end Rob Gronkowski -- aka "the beast" -- on their roster.

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New Football Site: We strongly recommend NFL Beat Writer Blogs for any of our readers that our looking for updated news links for all 32 teams.

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Indianapolis Colts' cornerback Marlin Jackson adjusts to new roles as a starter and team leader.

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The fledgling All American Football League gives it the old college try.

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Boston Red Sox ace Josh Beckett talks about playing with Patriots wide receiver Kelly Washington in the minor leagues.

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Quick look at former Biletnikoff winner Mike Hass' quest to make the Chicago Bears 53 man roster.

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Rookie wide receiver Steve Smith is looking sharpe for the New York Giants.

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Former McMaster University star/N.F.L. prospect Jesse Lumsden -- who celebrated his 25 birthday on Friday -- had a huge night in the C.F.L., running for 211 yards and 2 TD's on just 12 rushing attempts in Hamilton's 43-22 win at Winnipeg.

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Hofstra's next N.F.L. prospect -- linebacker Gian Villante -- raring to go.

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Pitching phenom Jeff Samardzija has earned himself a promotion from Class A Daytona to Class AA Tennessee.

DD.Comment: The baseball writer in the link above uses the term 'phenom' very loosely, in our opinion. What is this based on, Samardzija's very mediocre 4.34 E.R.A. in a terrible Big East Baseball Conference in 2006? Or is it Jeff's current 3-8 record, 4.95 E.R.A and suprisingly low strike out total in A ball that knocks his socks off?

Actually, this move is no surprise to us. The Cubs fully realize the Shark was a potential first round draft pick in the N.F.L. and could've had a shot at earning immediate playing time in pro football. With the football season fast approaching, the Cubs' brass probably just wants to lift Jeff's spirits a bit -- hence the unwarranted promotion to AA ball.

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Detroit Lions' rookie linebacker Johnny Baldwin is not intimidated by the caliber of athletes in the N.F.L.

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Highly regarded Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman shows up to Wildcats practice at 260 pounds.

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Former Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom looks impressive early for the Philadelphia Eagles and wants to do more than return kicks.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart.

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Closer look at University of Nebraska I-back Marlon Lucky.

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USA Today takes an in-depth look at U.S.C. quarterback John David Booty.

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The Top 12 quarterbacks in the A.C.C., as ranked by sports writer Paul Strelow.

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New Orleans' most recent first round pick, wide receiver Robert Meachem, is off to a very slow start heading into the pre-season.

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Oakland Raiders' rookie tight end Zach Miller has been impressive so far; figures to be starting by week one of the N.F.L. season.

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The Detroit Lions have placed rookie quarterback Drew Stanton on the injured reserve list, so he will miss the entire season.

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NBC Sports: 15 Heisman Hopefuls for the upcoming season.

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Former Parade All-American Leon Wright-Jackson is expected to compete for the starting running back position at Hawaii.

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Penn State coach Joe Paterno will take a wait and see approach with Anthony Scirrotto and Chris Baker, who are facing criminal charges due to a spring brawl.

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Len Pasquarelli: The Philadelphia Eagles feel confident that rookie Kevin Kolb can shed 'systems quarterback' label.

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MSNBC.com: Will hype devour Notre Dame's talented freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen?

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Colorado State running back Kyle Bell, who missed the entire '06 season due to an injury, looks good in Rams' first practice.

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Optimism bubbling up in Bay Area college football.

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Portland State running back Mu'Ammar Ali, who led the Vikings in rushing in 2006, has elected not to return to the program.

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Former 1-AA superstar Arkee Whitlock, who was recently cut by the Vikings, is expected to sign with the San Francisco 49ers.

DD.Comment: If you are looking for more information on undrafted rookie free agents, check out Our Teams Section, where we listed 99% of the UDFA signings for all 32 N.F.L. teams last May.

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The Chicago Bears have traded safety Chris Harris to the Carolina Panthers for a fifth round draft pick.

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Cal-Berkeley senior safety Thomas DeCoud has already received an invite to the East-West Shrine Game....Also, once lightly recruited, Cal-Berkeley running back Justin Forsett hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts with his 4.4 speed and strong work ethic.

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Rivals.com: Top 15 Redshirt Freshmen in college football.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Virginia Tech running back Branden Ore.

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Athlon Sports Heisman Watch: Vanderbilt wide receiver Earl Bennett.

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USA Today: Top 25 N.F.L. Players of the past 25 years.

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Indiana junior wide receiver James Hardy works out with pro defensive backs during the summer, considers declaring early.

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If Michigan left tackle Jake Long declared last year, would running back Mike Hart have followed?

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Former Scarlet Knight running back Brian Leonard is turning heads at Rams training camp.

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DD.com's All-Southern Conference Team:

QB Armanti Edwards ~ Appalachian State (Sophomore)

RB Mike Hamilton ~ Georgia Southern (Junior)

RB Kevin Richardson ~ Appalachian State

FB Jerome Felton ~ Furman

WR Jayson Foster ~ Georgia Southern (Return Specialist)

WR Terrell Hudgins ~ Elon University (Sophomore)

OL Joel Bell ~ Furman (Junior)

OL Mario Acitelli ~ Appalachian State (Sophomore)

OC Justin Johnson ~ Western Carolina (Junior)

OL Kerry Brown ~ Appalachian State

OL Russell Orr ~ Georgia Southern


DE Gary Tharrington ~ Appalachian State (Sophomore)

DT Justin Brown ~ Furman (Sophomore)

DT Tim Washington ~ Appalachian State(Junior)

DL Larry Beard ~ Georgia Southern (Junior)

LB Andrew Jones ~ Furman

LB Chris Johnson ~ Tennessee-Chattanooga

LB Gary Nelson ~ Furman

CB Carlton Bailey ~ Western Carolina

CB Brandon Jackson ~ Georgia Southern (Junior)

CB Austin Holmes ~ Furman

S Corey Lynch ~ Appalachian 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, 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 pick 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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Once again, the Wisconsin Badgers expect to have a strong offensive line.

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No more Garrett Wolfe means the Northern Illinois Huskies must lean on defensive stars like Larry English and Tim McCarthy.

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Quick look at Sacramento State's ball-hawking safety Brent Webber.

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Sportsline.com's Sun Belt Preview: Add F.A.U. linebacker Cergile Sincere to the preseason All-Sun Belt team.

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After showing flashes of potential stardom in the secondary this past spring, Pitt sophomore safety Elijah Fields will instead be confined to the sidelines this season.

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C-USA Notebook: Diminutive wide receiver Jarrett Dillard falls into right situation at Rice.

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U.T.E.P. coach Mike Price chose Trevor Vittatoe and Lorne Sam as a two-headed quarterback for the season.

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Another look at L.S.U. defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, is he the nation's top defender?

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CBSSportsline.com preseason all-american list also doubles as a top list of prospects for N.F.L. draft, including underclassmen.

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Early Peek at the Big East Conference


Top Big East Conference Seniors:

QB Brian Brohm ~ Louisville

FB Owen Schmidt ~ West Virginia

WR Harry Douglas ~ Louisville

WR Derek Kinder ~ Pittsburgh

WR Darius Reynaud ~ West Virginia

TE Gary Barnidge ~ Louisville

OL Pedro Sosa ~ Rutgers

OL Mike McGlynn ~ Pittsburgh

OL Jeremy Zuttah ~ Rutgers

OL Jeff Otah ~ Pittsburgh

OL Mike Fladell ~ Rutgers


DL Joe Clermond ~ Pittsburgh

DL Jameel McClain ~ Syracuse

DL Eric Foster ~ Rutgers

DL Keilen Dykes ~ West Virginia

LB Malik Jackson ~ Louisville

LB Marc Magro ~ West Virginia

LB Ben Moffitt ~ South Florida

LB Danny Lansanah ~ Connecticut

CB Michael Jenkins ~ South Florida

CB Trae Williams ~ South Florida

S Eric Wicks ~ West Virginia

DD.comment: Obviously, the talent at running back in the Big East is in the sophomore and junior classes, so we went with three senior wideouts.

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DD.com E-mail: I know you guys cant follow the Ivy League as close as other leagues because the upper level talent is sparse. But the best player in the league is Mike McLeod, the junior running back from Yale. He was head and shoulders above the rest of the players in our league. Ask all of the Ivy League coaches who they think is the best player and I'm sure a lot of them will say Mike McLeod. 200 - 205 pounds benches 370 squats over 550 and power cleans 340. Pound for pound he is the strongest kid on the Yale team.

DD.Comment/reply: McLeod is a fine a player, we've been following him since he was a freshman. We think, perhaps, his biggest problem looking forward is Ivy League tailbacks haven't exactly been in vogue in the the N.F.L. since the 1970's. Matter of fact, they've been extremely rare. Jim Finn did make it, but he was bulked up and mostly used as a blocking back, who rarely touched the ball, in the N.F.L. Keith Elias is the only one we can think of over the last 15 years, or so, and he was mostly used as a sp cial teams player.

N.F.L. teams seem much more accepting of former Ivy offensive linemen, tight ends and linebackers. But you are correct, McLeod's been a great player for the Bulldogs and maybe he'll breakthrough? Former superstar Ivy running backs like Calvin Dawson and Chad Levitt have not really been able to do that. We'd like to thank this anonymous E-mailer for the input, it's very much appreciated.

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