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last updated: 09/30/07
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ESPN.com College Football: Tallying up the winners and losers from Insanity Saturday.

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Yahoo! Sports: Rating the Fullback Prospects.

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Check out all Today's Scores and Stats at www.nfl.com.

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NFL.com's Week Four Injury Update.

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Rookie Tracker: Check out the links in Our Teams Section to track how all the rookies in the N.F.L. (about 225) have fared after 4 weeks.

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N.F.L. Regular Season stats leaders.

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Russ Lande's Draft Dish: Big-name prospects whose Draft Stock is Tumbling.

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Russ Lande: How "Senioritis" affects a prospects draft stock and Lande defines what scouts mean by the term "Oklahoma Turnaround" -- the opposite of Senioritis?

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Ethan Skolnick: NFL should pay for Performance, Not Potential.

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last updated: 09/29/07
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The majority of practice squad players in the N.F.L. make the league minimum $79,000 per year (or about $4,000 per week), but a team can pay a practice squad member more money based on how much they value that player. For example, The Boston Globe recently reported that the Patriots like practice squad receiver Bam Childress so much, he's scheduled to be paid almost twice that amount ($150,000) this season. The Globe also reports young fullback Kyle Eckel is scheduled to make $125,000 this season on the Pats' practice squad.

Practice Squads: We've just made a quite a few updates to our practice squad rosters in the Teams Section, which lists about 250 Practice Squad Signees, sorted by team.

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Ohio State's All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis was almost a Minnesota Gopher.

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David Sills from Wilmington, Delaware is being hailed as one of the greatest quarterback prospects ever -- and he's Only 11 Years Old!

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Closer look at South Florida's defensive leader: Middle linebacker/N.F.L. prospect Ben Moffitt.

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Cal Polyís Ramses Barden looks to break all of schoolís receiving records and isnít afraid to embrace the chatter about a possible N.F.L. career.

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The Los Angeles Times: Highly regarded freshman tailback Joe McKnight has made minimal impact so far, but he still says coming to U.S.C. was the right decision.

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An array of offensive talent presents the Florida Gators' coaching staff with a weekly challenge.

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Linfield College's (D-3) star quarterback Trevor Scharer is hoping to play pro football.

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last updated: 09/28/07
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Football runs in the family for Oklahoma Sooners' defensive end Alonzo Dotson.

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Freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen learning the hard way at Notre Dame.

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USA Today looks at Cal-Berkeley running back Justin Forsett, who wasn't heavily recruited, but has become an impact player in the Pac-10.

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Connecticut native Rob Jackson takes long road to succeed at Kansas State.

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An N.F.L. career could be in the cards for talented Arkansas-Pine Bluff junior defensive end Ledarius Anthony.

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Texas A&M's top N.F.L. prospect -- junior tight end Martellus Bennett -- talks about his recent visit with injured Bills tight end Kevin Everett.

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In-depth look at the Florida Gators' fast rising sophomore middle linebacker Brandon Spikes.

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Young middle linebacker Barrett Ruud developing into a defensive stalwart for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Athletic Cal-Berkeley safety Thomas DeCoud is a hit from the defensive backfield to YouTube.

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Indiana junior wide receiver James Hardy wants to be recognised as the number one player at his position in the nation.

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Tonight, South Florida senior cornerback Mike Jenkins leads his Bulls against 5th ranked West Virginia at home.

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Nevada-Reno linebacker Joshua Mauga might be the first Wolf Pack player ever to leave school early for the N.F.L.

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Oregon Ducks' junior center Max Unger is impressing scouts after converting from left tackle.

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last updated: 09/27/07
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Former Notre Dame quarterback Demetrius Jones has enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, where he'll be eligible to run their no-huddle, spread offense next season.

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The Daily Trojan takes a closer look at U.S.C. quarterback Mitch Mustain.

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ESPN's Chris Fowler gives his opinions on the recent outburst by Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, plus more college football news.

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Louisville linebacker Willie Williams has been dismissed from the Cardinals football team after being arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana, felony tampering with physical evidence and driving without a license.

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Mark Kriegel: Is the White Cornerback Gone for Good?

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Disgraced former Sooners quarterback Rhett Bomar returns to Oklahoma this week as a Sam Houston State Bearkat.

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Is running back Reggie Bush turning into this eraís Tony Mandarich?

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Andrea Cohen: Oklahoma State sophomore Russell Okung has making of the perfect left tackle.

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Colorado State wide receiver Luke Roberts has caught the attention of N.F.L. scouts with a solid senior season.

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Arizona State safety Josh Barrett was considered a very good N.F.L. prospect coming into this season, but he has struggled so far for the Sun Devils.

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USA Today takes an in-depth look at speedy Chadron State senior tailback Danny Woodhead, who has rushed for more than 200 yards an all-division-record 18 times.

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Northwestern State offensive tackle Demetrius Bell is attracting NFL scouts, despite only two years of organized football experience.

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Bloomsburg senior running back Jamar Brittingham hopes to join former teammate Jahri Evans (New Orleans) at the next level.

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Colorado defensive tackles Brandon Nicolas and George Hypolite have been playing "awesome" this year, both potential All-Big 12, according to their coach.

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Southern California sophomore safety Taylor Mays has an estimated 40 yard dash time of 4.25 seconds, good for fastest on the squad.

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War Room Report presents their Week 4 Roundup.

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Player nutrition is serious matter for the Florida Gators.

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

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

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Practice Squad Quarterbacks:

QB Gibran Hamdan ~ Buffalo

QB David Greene ~ N.E. Patriots

QB Brett Ratliff ~ New York (A.F.C.)

QB Josh Betts ~ Indianapolis

QB Lester Ricard ~ Jacksonville

QB Ingle Martin ~ Tennessee

QB Darrell Hackney ~ Denver

QB Richard Bartel ~ Dallas

QB Casey Bramlet ~ Atlanta

QB Quinton Porter ~ Carolina

QB Lang Campbell ~ Arizona

QB Brock Berlin ~ St. Louis

DD.comment: A few years ago the N.F.L. expanded practice squads rosters from 5 to 8 players, and one of the stated reasons for the expansion was the league wanted to encourage more teams to develop young quarterbacks in practice. Despite that, only 12 of 32 teams currently have a young signal caller stashed on their practice squad and, it must be noted, quite a few of those prospects are de-facto #3 quarterbacks on their teams, as several N.F.L. franchises only carry 2 quarterbacks on their 53 man roster.

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Practice Squads: Please check out our Teams Section, for more for about 250 names of Practice Squad Prospects , sorted by team.

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last updated: 09/26/07
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Rivals.com: Olin Buchanan's College Football Notebook.

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Will University of Oregon Ducks' quarterback Dennis Dixon play pro football or pro baseball?

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Despite losing his starting job recently, Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon still hopes to get a shot to start somewhere (transfer?) and even wants to impress N.F.L. scouts at practices.

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Yale's offensive linemen, led by senior Jeff Monaco, is getting some Attention from N.F.L. Scouts.

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T.C.U. star defensive end Tommy Blake defensive end could end up redshirting this season.

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Draft snub by college coach Bobby Petrino teaches Amobi Okoye about the business of the N.F.L.

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Virginia sophomore defensive end Jeffery Fitzgerald is out to prove there is more than one talented end on the Cav's roster.

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Ohio State junior cornerback Malcolm Jenkins challenges himself and the offense to get better, even during blow-outs.

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Michigan senior safety Jamar Adams thrives, despite criticism.

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After last weekend's 100-yard intereception return, Kansas junior cornerback Aqib Talib is making an early bid for All-America consideration.

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Southern California senior tight end Fred Davis is on the receiving end of attention after his performance against Washington State last weekend.

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last updated: 09/25/07
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Tony Pauline, N.F.L. draft analyst: Risers & Sliders.

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Rising Iowa Hawkeyes' wide receiver Andy Brodell will miss the balance of the season with a severe hamstring tear.

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Yahoo! Sports N.F.L. Prospect Watch -- Hawaii stars shining, Bowman dinged, small school stars and More.

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Former N.F.L. quarterback Akili Smith set to start for the Calgary Stampeders.

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T.C.U. defensive end Tommy Blake will miss at least the next two games on medical leave, the second time this season he's been sidelined for undisclosed reasons.

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Have the Syracuse Orangemen finally Found an Impact Quarterback?

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More info on injured South Carolina linebacker Jasper Brinkley.


DD.comment: We post, perhaps, 5,000 news stories each year in the blog, so it's hard to remember all the info we take in. But, we are quite sure we posted back in January that Brinkley got a Day 2 projection (4th or 5th round?) from the N.F.L.'s Draft Advisory Panel, partly due to questions about his foot speed, when he flirted with leaving U.S.C. early. Be that as it may, Brinkley would probably be better served staying in school for another season, rather than jumping to the N.F.L. with a bad knee.

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Tennessee's Eric Berry isn't sure why almost every recruiting service in the country ranked him as the nation's top cornerback prospect in this year's signing class.

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L.S.U. coach Les Miles calls senior defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey a "dominant force inside" after his eight tackle, one sack performance against South Carolina.

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Northern Illinois junior defensive end Larry English recorded 5 sacks this weekend at Idaho, boosting him to second on the NCAA sack list.

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Southern Miss defenders are trying to figure out a way to beat Boise State offensive tackle Ryan Clady this weekend.

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Florida State defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, who missed the Colorado game with ligament damage to his elbow, expects to play against Alabama.

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Texas defensive tackle Derek Lokey is eager to face Kansas State this weekend, as he was injured for the game last year and forced to watch the upset loss on television.

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last updated: 09/24/07
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South Carolina's star middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley is out for the season with a knee injury.

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Rivals.com College Football Notebook and Players of the Week.

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The New York Times: The Chicago Bearsí confidence in quarterback Rex Grossman takes another hit.

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Vanderbilt offensive line coach has nothing but praise for his senior left tackle Chris Williams.

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As Arkansas struggles, the chances that running back Darren McFadden wins the Heisman trophy decrease.

DD.comment: From an N.F.L. draft perspective, this is probably a blessing in disguise for McFadden, as Heisman Trophy winners in recent years have often been snake-bit attempting to parlay winning the college award into professional success.

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Led by tackles Pedro Sosa and Jeremy Zuttah, the Rutgers offensive line is doing an effective job keeping their quarterback's jersey clean.

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Michigan true freshman quarterback Ryan Mallett was impressive in the win over Penn State.

More bad news for fans of the Nittany Lions as Bills rookie linebacker Paul Posluszny broke his forearm on Sunday against the Patriots, and likely is out for the season.

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Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter led the Sun Devils to a win over Oregon State this weekend, despite a hodgepodge offensive line that is taking time to come together.

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Wisconsin defensive tackle Nick Hayden continues to make impact plays for the Badgers, blocking a 36 yard field goal attempt against Iowa in impressive fashion.

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last updated: 09/23/07
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Check out all Today's Scores and Stats at www.nfl.com.

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NFL.com's Week Three Injury Update.

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Rookie Tracker: Check out the links in Our Teams Section to track how all the rookies in the N.F.L. (about 225) have fared after 3 weeks.

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N.F.L. Regular Season stats leaders.

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Vikings Insider Judd Zulgad: Believe it or not, the Minnesota Vikings are already preparing for the draft.

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Jason Whitlock fell in love with the skill level of Ball State tight end Darius Hill after watching yesterday's B.S.U. @ Nebraska game.

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Ann Killion: Senior running back Justin Forsett (not DeSean Jackson) is Cal-Berkeley's most crucial player.

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last updated: 09/21/07
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The Sporting News: It's a bird, It's a plane ... It's Tim Tebow.

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Two Florida State players -- star linebacker Geno Hayes and injured fullback Joe Surratt -- were suspended after they were involved in a violent confrontation with a pair of Tallahassee Police Officers.

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The New York Times does an in-depth Q & A with Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan.

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Yahoo! Sports: Rating the running backs

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Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm looks to bounce back from the loss against Kentucky against Syracuse this weekend.

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California wide receiver DeSean Jackson versus Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason is a marquee matchup, not only of two N.F.L. draft prospects but also of two players from the same hometown: Long Beach, California.

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USC left tackle Sam Baker re-counts how he spent draft-day 2007: working out with his father, watching his peers become rich.

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Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis' father, Joe, offered an unsolicited opinion that he wouldn't be surprised if his son returned to Ohio State next season.

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Kentucky's success in the SEC will determine quarterback Andre Woodson's chances at the Heisman trophy.

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An in-depth look at one of the most successful 2007 undrafted stories to date: current Colts starting defensive tackle Ed Johnson

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Is a recruiting gap to blame for Charlie Weis' current struggles at Notre Dame?

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Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie believes he can run the 40 yard dash in 4.4 seconds.

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Pro Football Weekly's Prospect Notebook: Auburn cornerback Patrick Lee and safety Marcus Griffin are impressing scouts, Plus More Prospect News.

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

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

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Josh Buchanan breaks down the Top 15 Division II Prospects.

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last updated: 09/20/07
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U.S.C.'s man in the middle: defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis anchors the Trojans' outstanding defense.

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Jack-of-all-trades Derrick Williams provides flash for Penn State.

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Philly.com: West Chester coach Bill Zwaan said pro scouts came to practice this week to look at junior defensive end Vladimir Garbovsky, who had four sacks in the season opener.

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Speedy University of Indiana kick returner Marcus Thigpen gaining respect.

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C.F.L. scouts love hard-hitting University of Saskatchewan safety Dylan Barker.

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University of Miami quarterback Kyle Wright finds himself in the eye of the storm in Coral Gables.

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Former U.S.C. star Dwyane Jarrett goes from big-name college receiver to Panthers inactives.

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Russ Lande writes: Thanks to Vince Young's success, a number of N.F.L. teams are more willing to gamble on Spread-Option Quarterbacks.

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Oregon State wide receiver Sammie Stroughter's production is getting back to normal after leaving the team for over two weeks.

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California wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been limited by a sprained thumb in practice.

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Wisconsin redshirt freshman offensive tackle Gabe Carimi faces a tough matchup against Iowa senior defensive end Kenny Iwebema. The matchup will be even tougher as Carimi plans to fast for Yom Kippur that Saturday prior to the night game.

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Interview with Clemson offensive tackle Barry Richardson

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Local beat writers are doing a good job scouting the N.F.L. scouts spotted at Troy practice.

DD.comment: We are seeing a-lot of these stories lately. In years prior, the fact that N.F.L. scouts were on campus wouldn't really be newsworthy (and at some football factories, where they seemingly never leave campus, it still isn't). However, as these stories gain in popularity, look for the scouts to respond with even greater counter intelligence efforts than they currently employ.

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Very Early Top Sophomore Wide Receivers Watch List

[Loosely Ranked]:

Percy Harvin ~ Florida

Darrius Heyward Bey ~ Maryland

Kenny Britt ~ Rutgers

Hakeem Nicks ~ North Carolina

Oderick Turner ~ Pittsburgh

Riley Cooper ~ Florida (Baseball)

Richard Sherman ~ Stanford

Brandon LaFell ~ Louisiana State

Brian Hartline ~ Ohio State

Vidal Hazelton ~ Southern California

Eric Decker ~ Minnesota

Sam Shields ~ Miami-Florida

Mike Williams ~ Syracuse

Jacoby Ford ~ Clemson

Austin Rogers ~ Tennessee

Austin Collie ~ Brigham Young

Greg Mathews ~ Michigan

Fred Rouse ~ Texas El-Paso

Ray Small ~ Ohio State

Brad Kanuch ~ Connecticut

Adron Tennell ~ Oklahoma

Duke Calhoun ~ Memphis

Ryan Wolfe ~ Nevada-Las Vegas

David Harvey ~ Akron

Jarred Fayson ~ Florida

Terrell Hudgins ~ Elon College

Terrell Turner ~ Arizona

Jeremy Williams ~ Tulane

Jared Perry ~ Missouri

T.J. Williams ~ Michigan State

Shawn Leonard ~ Rhode Island

Jessie Hester Jr. ~ South Florida

Dominique Douglas ~ Iowa

Chris McGaha ~ Arizona State

DD.comments: Rising University of Florida wide receiver Riley Cooper was not only considered one of the top wide receiver/safety prospects in the nation coming out of high school, he was also regarded as a potential first round pick in Major League Baseball's draft. Comparisons to a young Chipper Jones (who was also a great high school WR) were not uncommon, although Cooper was a outfielder in high school, while Jones was a shortstop. Nonetheless, Cooper's iron clad commitment to play football for the Gators, coupled with a significant hand injury in the spring of his senior year, kept Major League teams from drafting him too high -- he was selected in the 15th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in '06.......Also, check out this recent feature on another former Tampa area prep star who has a lot upside potential as a wide receiver prospect: Jesse Hester Jr..

Obviously it's very early in the evaluation process and a lot can change going forward. Take this list for what it is -- a very early watch list for top sophomore wide receivers.

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last updated: 09/19/07
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Former Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky was cut from the Houston Texans' practice squad today.

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With defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey back, L.S.U.'s defense may be better than ever.

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The New York Giants have signed undrafted rookie free agent Marquise Gunn to their 53 man roster.

Undrafted Rookie Tracker: We figure about 650 undrafted rookies signed with N.F.L. teams after the draft. While the majority of those players will never play in a regular season N.F.L. game, a few dozen "underdogs" have already beat the odds and made N.F.L. teams....DD.com has listed All the Undrafted Rookies on 53 man Rosters.

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Is vastly improved Washington State quarterback Alex Brink on the "brink of stardom"?

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University of Missouri tight end Martin Rucker, who was given a 5th round projection by scouts following his junior year, hopes a big senior season will enhance his standing in the N.F.L. Draft.

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Mike Bianchi: Had Florida State's backup quarterback Xavier Lee gone to Central Florida, he'd likely be a first round pick.

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USC redshirt freshman fullback Stanley Havili does it all for the Trojans: blocks, catches and creates mismatches for opposing defenses.

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Penn State junior cornerback Justin King is quietly confident before his matchup against Michigan wide out Mario Manningham.

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Rick Gosselin was at the Ole Miss/Vanderbilt contest, where he saw "two N.F.L caliber left tackles" in Michael Oher and Chris Williams. Also, his breakdown of Top 10 Senior Tight Ends.

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MRI of Florida State defensive tackle Andre Fluellen turned up a slight ligament tear in his left elbow.

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Very Early Top Sophomore Running Backs Watch List:

C.J. Spiller ~ Clemson

Chris Wells ~ Ohio State

Stafon Johnson ~ Southern Cal

Lamarcus Coker ~ Tennessee

C.J. Gable ~ Southern Cal

Anthony Allen ~ Louisville

Mike Goodson ~ Texas A&M

Ben Tate ~ Auburn

Javarris James ~ Miami-Florida

Chris Brown ~ Oklahoma

Toby Gerhart ~ Stanford (Baseball)

Keiland Williams ~ Louisiana State

P.J. Hill ~ Wisconsin

Charles Scott ~ Louisiana State

Jake Sharp ~ Kansas

Dwight Tardy ~ Washington State

Anthony Dixon ~ Mississippi State (Fullback)

Donald Brown ~ Connecticut

Damion Fletcher ~ Southern Miss

Brandon Minor ~ Michigan

Keith Toston ~ Oklahoma State

Reggie Arnold ~ Arkansas State

Eugene Jarvis ~ Kent State

Javarris Williams ~ Tennessee State

Erik Haw ~ Jackson State

Cheng Ho ~ Harvard

Demerick Chancellor ~ North Carolina A&T

Tonny Glynn ~ New Mexico State

Desmond Gee ~ Middle Tennessee (Return Specialist)

DD.comment: Obviously it's very early in the evaluation process and a lot can change going forward. Take this list for what it is -- a very early watch list for the top sophomore running backs.

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last updated: 09/18/07
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Pro Football Weekly's Prospects notes page from last week throws a lot of praise at Colorado linebacker Jordan Dizon.

DD.comments: We can't even begin to tell you how much Dizon reminds us of former N.F.L. middle linebacker Kurt Gouveia. Both are from Hawaii. Both play the same way and are about the same size. Heck, we think Dizon resembles a younger Kurt Gouveia more than his actual son Jeron Gouveia does!

Also, nice article by Pro Football Weekly, but we've got to disagree on L.S.U. safety Craig Steltz being tagged an "overachiever". Per our recollection, he was one of the most sought after high school safeties in the nation (Top 10 by Rivals.com) when he signed with the Tigers, largely based on his workout numbers. Only time will tell how this plays out, but it would not surprise us at all if Steltz posts solid workout numbers for N.F.L. scouts, as the draft process moves forward.

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L.S.U.'s star wide receiver Early Doucet is out with an injury, but how much time will he miss?

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Stanford's starting middle linebacker, Fred Campbell, to give up football after neck injury.

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African-American quarterbacks face more pressure and more criticism than their white counterparts, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, says in an interview scheduled to air on HBO on Tuesday night.

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Yahoo! Sports N.F.L. Prospect Watch -- Woodson impresses, University of Buffalo DE a speed demon, small school stars and More.

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Very in-depth look at Kansas State's humble wide receiver/N.F.L. prospect Jordy Nelson.

DD.comment: We've noticed this season that Nelson, who is K.S.U.'s best receiver by far, is also pretty good on special teams coverage, which should only enhance his chances to stick in the N.F.L....Speaking of special teams, Wildcat's safety Marcus Watts might be the best special teams coverage player in the nation. He's very similar (in terms of special teams impact) to former Penn State wide receiver Ethan Kilmer, who is currently a safety/special teams ace for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Closer look at U.S.C. safety/running back Allen Bradford.

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An anonymous N.F.L. scouts looks at the tape and comes to same conclusion most others have: The New York Giants' Defense Lacks Talent.

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Veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich, who was surprisingly cut on the eve of the N.F.L. season by the Jacksonville Jaguars, has landed on his feet in Atlanta.

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Under pressure to perform in front of N.F.L scouts, Tennessee State cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been flashing.

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Despite playing with an injured left hand, Auburn defensive tackle Pat Sims impressed last weekend with four tackles for loss against Mississippi State.

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Penn State hopes to limit the run blocking effectiveness of Michigan tackle Jake Long in their upcoming contest.

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New Mexico offensive lineman Erik Cook (younger brother of Minnesota Vikings' Ryan Cook) is a versatile sub for the Lobos.

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Georgia true freshman offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant will get a baptism by fire, making his first start at left tackle on the road against Alabama.

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Virginia tackle Eugene Monroe was named ACC player of the week for leading the Cavs to nearly 200 rushing yards on the road against North Carolina.

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Recently Updated Positional Power Rankings from Rivals.com:

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: 09/17/07
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ESPN writer Bruce Feldman looks at the 10 Biggest Surprises so far in college football.

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Tony Pauline, N.F.L. draft analyst: Risers & Sliders.

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In-depth look at Drake University running back Scott Phaydavong, who ran for 149 yards against Wisconsin-Platteville last Saturday, giving him over 5,100 career rushing yards.

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Should the Miami Dolphins consider trading Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor?

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Cleveland's 51 point outburst against Cincinnati started up front with a revamped and much improved offensive line, led by super rookie Joe Thomas and veteran free agent Eric Steinbach.

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St. Louis Rams' rookie defensive tackle Clifton Ryan makes an impact against San Francisco.

The University of Florida has lost young linebacker Jerimy Finch for the season due to a broken bone in his right leg.

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Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis had two interceptions of Washington quarterback Jake Locker, including one late in the game to seal the deal.

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In a classic S.E.C. battle, Alabama wide receiver D.J. Hall had an outstanding day against Arkansas, breaking Ozzie Newsome's all time receiving yardage record.

Arkansas running back Darren McFadden was also impressive, with 196 yards rushing, however left the game late with a concussion.

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With the game on the line, Michigan State defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic recorded two sacks, bringing his season total to five.

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Undersized for a 4-3 system, Saint-Dic could be a very interesting priority free agent pass rush OLB in the 3-4, pending workouts. This performance was notable for quality of opposition, as Pittsburgh has several highly regarded offensive linemen.

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Has Michigan's tough start affected Jake Long's draft status?

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Florida's beleaguered defensive tackle rotation stepped it up against Tennessee.

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Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan was extremely effective against a talented Georgia Tech team this weekend.

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In the fight for the commonwealth's bragging rights, Kentucky's Andre Woodson and Louisville's Brian Brohm both looked impressive, with the winning quarterback coming down to whoever held the ball last.

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The number of Senior Bowl participants included on N.F.L. rosters has reached a record high.

DD.comment: As usual, Draft Daddy plans to be your source for all the breaking news and stories out of Mobile, Alabama in January 2008.

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last updated: 09/16/07
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Does your favorite N.F.L. team need to fill roster spots due to injuries or lackluster play by members of your existing 53 man roster?

If so, check our list of the Top 150 Street Free Agents.

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Pro Football Weekly has spent the summer studying talent and has identified 10 Seniors worthy of First-Round Projections.

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The return of sophomore tight end Andrew Quarless invigorates Penn State's passing attack.

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The Auburn Tigers have a quarterback quandary: Stick with the experienced Brandon Cox or turn the ball over to athletic freshman Kodi Burns.

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Veteran center David Washington's broken leg is the latest blow for Oklahoma State.

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NFL.com's Week Two Injury Update.

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A pair of Ohio based quarterbacks -- Derek Anderson and Carson Palmer -- threw for 729 yards and 11 TD's today.

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Former N.F.L. wide receiver David Kircus feels an offseason arrest derailed his chances to make the Broncos' 53 man roster.

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University of Missouri freshman wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is turning into a fine all-purpose threat for the Tigers.

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Purdue running back Jaycen Taylor is likely out for the season with a broken left arm, Purdue coach Joe Tiller said after Saturday's 45-22 win over Central Michigan.

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New Jersey On-Line looks at Purdue wide receiver/N.F.L. prospect Dorien Bryant.

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Mark Story: Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson is the one who got it done -- led the Wildcats to a win over a Top 10 team.

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last updated: 09/15/07
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After finding out his younger brother was okay, Virginia defensive end Chris Long went out and wreaked havoc on the Tar Heels.

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The Florida Gators' made sure to get the ball to healthy playmaker Percy Harvin today.

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Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis Didn't Like Anything he saw in a 38-0 loss against Michigan, decides to start season over.

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Find all the scores and stats (boxscores) from this weekend's college football action by checking out Yahoo! Sports Scoreboard.

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Notre Dame quarterback Demetrius Jones has enrolled at Northern Illinois and intends to play there next season.

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer looks at Penn State's high impact junior cornerback Justin King.

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University of Illinois freshman wide receiver Arrelious Benn wants to be Illini's throw-to guy.

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The Dallas News looks at the Kansas Jayhawks' top pro prospect: Junior cornerback Aqib Talib.

DD.comment: We also did this for Matt Leinart, Chad Greenway, Devin Hester, Joe Thomas, Colt Brennan and other college football stars that dated (or where engaged to) female athletes at their schools before turning pro: Kansas Jayhawks' womens track star Cortney Jacobs, Aqib Talib's girlfriend.

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N.F.L. scouts are showing some interest in quarterback Cleveland McCoy who has been a three-year starter at South Carolina State.

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The redshirt choice: A.C.C. head coaches Disagree on Playing True Freshmen

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last updated: 09/14/07
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Rookie Tracker: Follow the stats of every rookie in the N.F.L. (about 225, sorted by team) this season in our Teams Section.

Practice Squads: We've just made a couple changes to our practice squad rosters in the Teams Section, which lists about 250 Practice Squad Signees, sorted by team.

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Jim Carty: Fade from spotlight a harsh one for Michigan quarterback Chad Henne.

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The San Francisco Chronicle looks at Cal-Berkeley's stand-up comic Nate Longshore, who we believe is the top pro quarterback prospect in the junior class, at this point.

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In-depth look at Missouri Tigers' wide receiver Will Franklin postponed a probable N.F.L. career for a shot at a conference title in the turbulent Big 12.

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N.F.L. and C.F.L. scouts are checking out University of North Dakota's record-breaking wide receiver Weston Dressler.

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Closer look at University of Florida senior safety Tony Joiner.

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The Topeka Capital-Journal: According to Toledo's media guide, Toledo running back Jalen Parmele runs 4.4 40-yard dash and had a vertical leap of 41.9 inches. If true, Parmele can outjump every player who entered the N.B.A. draft this year. He would also be tied for the fastest running back in the most recent N.F.L. Combine.

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University of Nebraska defensive end Zach Potter steps it up now that he's a starter.

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Cal-Berkeley senior safety Thomas DeCoud has been a playmaker throughout his career.

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Former Rutgers defensive tackle Ramel Meekins has signed a practice squad contract with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

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With 136 yards on only 5 carries, West Virginia freshman running back Noel Devine had a coming out party against Maryland.

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A tough year continues to be tough for NC State defensive tackle DeMario Pressley, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Sunday. Despite reports to the contrary, the injury is not season-ending.

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Florida State's defense is pressuring the quarterback but having trouble closing the deal.

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Former Oregon State cornerback Brandon Browner finding his place with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.

DD.comment: Still only 23, Browner has a lot of potential. However he is the classic example of underclassmen taking bad advice to declare too early, without confirmation of elite measurables.

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Rumors abound that Penn State cornerback Justin King will be declaring early for the N.F.L. draft.

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The following is an updated list of top Sophomore Tight End and Fullback Prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.

Tight Ends:

Jeff Cumberland ~ Illinois

Jermichael Finley ~ Texas

Cody Slate ~ Marshall

Jermaine Gresham ~ Oklahoma

Tommy Trott ~ Auburn

Andrew Quarless ~ Penn State

Riar Geer ~ Colorado

Charlie Graham ~ Florida State

Carson Butler ~ Michigan

Richard Dickson ~ Louisiana State

Colin Peek ~ Georgia Tech

Michael Palmer ~ Clemson

Ben Cleveland ~ Arkansas

Sam Wheeler ~ Virginia Tech

Dennis Morris ~ Louisiana Tech

Jeron Mastrud ~ Kansas State

Jim Dray ~ Stanford

Nate Byham ~ Pittsburgh

Ed Dickson ~ Oregon

Anthony McCoy ~ Southern Cal

Konrad Reuland ~ Notre Dame

Mickey Shuler ~ Penn State


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Fullbacks:

Chane Moline ~ U.C.L.A.

Marcus Sims ~ Florida State

Brody Eldridge ~ Oklahoma (H-Back/Tight End)

Cory Jackson ~ Maryland

Earl Mitchell ~ Arizona

Bobby McClintock ~ Portland State

Jack Corcoran ~ Rutgers

Jerrell Mabry ~ Miami-Florida

Brandon King ~ Duke

Cordera Eason ~ Ole Miss

Allen Bradford ~ Southern Cal

Mitch Morsillo ~ Ohio

Steven Korte ~ Louisiana State

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last updated: 09/13/07
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U.S.C. offensive lineman Jeff Byers -- who was once considered a super bluechip prospect -- is hoping he can put a rash of injuries behind him and help out the Trojans.

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

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Breaking News: The Patriots are hit very hard for trying to steal the New York Jets defensive signals -- Bill Belichick fined $500K by the N.F.L. and the franchise could Lose a Number One Draft Pick.

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Much improved Washington State quarterback Alex Brink feels spending the last three summers with Eli and Peyton Manning has really helped his career.

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Michigan wide receiver Adrian Arrington doesn't want his N.F.L. chances to be hurt by his checkered off-field history and hopes to show that part of his life is over.

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More than 300 players -- including Heisman Trophey winner Eric Crouch -- showed up in Detroit to try-out for the All American Football League.

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Kentucky wide receiver Keenan Burton is ready to impress N.F.L. scouts now that he is healthy.

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Shy and reserved, injured Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett has fans everywhere.

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N.B.A. Draft News: Portland Trail Blazers' rookie center Greg Oden will likely miss the upcoming N.B.A. season.

DD.comment: This is just terrible news for an already battered N.B.A. (image wise), as the league was really set to market the polite and extremely talented teen from Ohio State very hard this fall. Hopefully he'll make a full recovery and be back at 100 percent, at some point.

But the hits keep coming for the N.B.A. this offseason, beginning with the devastating news that one of their refs was involved in an illegal gambling scheme....Also, while the national media (ESPN, FSN, ect.) has largely ignored this story, the sexual harassment lawsuit against the New York Knicks and their coach/GM Isiah Thomas is getting a ton of attention in the New York area and the news has been getting uglier by the day. So ugly, most in the N.Y.C. media are saying the Knicks made a huge mistake not settling this case out of court. Perhaps the most disconcerting news from this trial (for David Stern and the league office) is Zeke Thomas' Alleged Slurs towards the Knicks season ticket holders.

DD.com Note: We intend to update our NBA section in the next few weeks, but our primary focus has been on college and N.F.L. football since early August.

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SI.com Photos: Ten I-A transfers seizing the spotlight

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Closer look at University of Wisconsin middle linebacker Elijah Hodge.

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In-depth look at Missouri tight end Martin Rucker, who received a 5th to 7th round projection from N.F.L. scouts after the 2006 season.

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Speedy freshman tailback Noel Devine gives West Virginia's offense an added threat.

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Friends since third grade, Penn State cornerbacks Justin King and Lydell Sargeant have turned Beaver Stadium into their own 110,000-seat playground. ****

Darren McFadden has not dissapointed NFL scouts with his early season performances.

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True freshman Cameron Heyward (son of Pitt legend Craig "Ironhead" Heyward) has already cracked the Ohio State defensive tackle rotation.

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Last week, Virginia Tech lineman Sergio Render provided extra motivation to LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey; future foes don't want to make the same mistake.

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SEC Notebook: With Kentucky defensive tackles Ricky Lumpkin out and Myron Pryor questionable for this weekend's contest, the Wildcats face questions at the position.

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Colts rookie defensive tackle Ed Johnson receives high praise from general manager Bill Polian.

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

Jake Locker ~ Washington (Redshirt Freshman)

Tim Tebow ~ Florida (Athlete)

Matt Stafford ~ Georgia

Colt McCoy ~ Texas

Josh Freeman ~ Kansas State

Harrison Beck ~ North Carolina State

Dan Lefevour ~ Central Michigan

Nate Davis ~ Ball State

Jonathan Crompton ~ Tennessee

Matt Grothe ~ South Florida

Kellen Lewis ~ Indiana

Jimmy Barnes ~ Weber State

Donovan Porterie ~ New Mexico

Justin Willis ~ Southern Methodist

Mark Sanchez ~ Southern Cal

Kerry Meier ~ Kansas (Athlete)

Karsten Sween ~ Wyoming

Antwon Young ~ Villanova

Isaiah Williams ~ Illinois (Athlete)

Lee Sweeney ~ Tennessee Tech

Armanti Edwards ~ Appalachian State (Athlete)

Sean Canfield ~ Oregon State

Jake Christensen ~ Iowa

Max Hall ~ Brigham Young

Matt Nichols ~ Eastern Washington

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last updated: 09/12/07
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In-depth look at bullish West Virginia fullback Owen Schmitt, who looks like a taller version of Jerome Bettis when he gets to the run ball (6.3 career rushing avg.), but rarely does anything except block in West Virginia's system and will likely be moved to H-Back in the N.F.L.

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Big Washburn University defensive tackle/Kansas transfer Eric Butler (6' 2", 305) is hoping to catch the eye of N.F.L. scouts with a big senior season.

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Five questions with Washington State defensive lineman/N.F.L. prospect Ropati Pitoitua.

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East Carolina defensive end Zach Slate doesn't really like following the National Football League, but he wouldn't mind Playing in The League.

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Talented Colorado State tight end Kory Sperry talks about his recent injury and his plans to redshirt.

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Mississippi high school star Drew Cole, who is committed to attending Auburn, is hoping to become another Jason Sehorn.

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University of Miami star safety Kenny Phillips will face his younger brother -- Jarvis Wilson -- when the Hurricanes take on Florida International this week.

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The Sporting News: L.S.U. is better with Matt Flynn than JaMarcus Russell.

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Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell ended his holdout by signing the richest rookie deal in NFL history on Wednesday then immediately joined his team mates on the practice field.

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Clemson left tackle Barry Richardson worries his coaches with inconsistent play.

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Louisiana-Monroe running back Calvin Dawson is getting serious attention from NFL scouts.

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Will true freshman Auburn quarterback Kodi Burns be employed in a role similar to how Florida used quarterback Tim Tebow last season?

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Two of the league's hottest rookies in Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson square off this sunday when the Vikings meet the Lions at Ford field.

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last updated: 09/11/07
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Tony Pauline, N.F.L. draft analyst: Risers & Sliders.

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Former backup quarterback Cornelius Ingram emerging as the University of Florida's go-to receiver.

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Several N.F.L. teams are interested in signing former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Jordan Beck.

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Yahoo! Sports N.F.L. Prospect Watch -- Medical matters, small school stars and More.

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The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly sent a sixth-round draft pick to Cleveland in exchange for quarterback Charlie Frye and traded defensive end Bryce Fisher to Tennessee for a draft pick.

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Rivals.com Top 50 Junior College Prospects.

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NFL security confiscated a video camera and its tape from a New England Patriots employee on the team's sideline during Sunday's game against the Jets in a suspected spying incident. The camera and its tape were placed in a sealed box and forwarded to the league office for investigation.

DD.comment: This is not the first time the Patriots have been accused of such dealings, and a possible penalty is the loss of future draft pick or picks.

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Penn State linebacker Dan Connor received Big 10 defensive player of the week honors, for his 12 tackle (1 sack) performance against Notre Dame.

DD.comment: Penn State has some serious linebacking talent as Connor's teammate Sean Lee won the award last week.

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Virginia Tech freshman quarterback Tyrod Taylor reportedly runs a 4.3 second 40 yard dash.

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The debate is in full swing: who is the best wide receiver in the 2008 draft?

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Kentucky versus Louisville is always a tough grudge match but this year it is being billed as a matchup of the nation's top quarterbacks.

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last updated: 09/10/07
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Unfortunately, it looks like Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett sustained a "catastrophic" spinal-cord injury yesterday.

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With D.J. Hackett out indefinitely with a sprained ankle, the Seattle Seahawks are considering using quarterback Seneca Wallace at wide receiver.

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Pro Football Weekly's N.F.L. Prospects Notebook -- Is University of Texas defensive tackle Frank Okam better suited to play offensive tackle in the pros?

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St. Louis Rams' All-pro left tackle Orlando Pace is done for the season with a serious shoulder injury.

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The Chicago Bears have lost two key defenders -- Mike Brown and Dusty Dvoracek -- for the season due to injuries.

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One N.F.L. scout says Nebraska's Sam Keller poor mechanics -- inexplicably throws sidearm to force passes in space -- have returned.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning denied an ESPN report that said he has a separated right shoulder and that he will miss a month of action.

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The upcoming matchup between Michigan vs. Notre Dame loses some of its luster.

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Houston Texans' rookie defensive tackle Amobi Okoye started against Kansas City and became the youngest N.F.L. player since 1967.

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Talented rookies Marshawn Lynch and Paul Posluszny deliver as advertised for the Buffalo Bills.

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Undrafted rookie tight end Daniel Coats is likely to see plenty of action for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Fixed Link: Analyst sees bad signs for the University of Michigan's football team.

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The Colorado State Rams must regroup after losing tight end/N.F.L. prospect Kory Sperry to a season ending knee injury.

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last updated: 09/09/07
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We recently finished updating our pre-season positional rankings for the top senior prospects in college football and, once again, divided them into 3 categories:

Top 10 Seniors: These are the top 10 prospects ateach position, plus players we feel are "on the cusp" of cracking the top 10.

Top Small Schoolers: We listed about 150 small school prospects, sorted by position, that have the talent to catch the eye of N.F.L. scouts.

Big School Surprise: These are very draftable prospects from FBS schools (1-A) that could surprise people and climb the draft charts as seniors.

DD.comment: To see the rankings lists, just click the links above and follow the moving arrows....Also, we intend to update these rankings each week, so please check back from time to time for updated rankings in all three sections.

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The New York Times College Football Notebook.

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Louisiana State University head coach Les Miles avoids Michigan speculation; current L.S.U. player: 'That would be the only place he would go'.

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Tennessee starting cornerback Antonio Gaines will miss time after suffering a "significant" injury to his left knee early in the second quarter of Saturday's victory over Southern Mississippi.

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Young defensive end Mario Williams has a huge day for the Houston Texans.

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Dave Goldberg: As for the quarterbacks, a Big Edge Goes to the A.F.C.

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Young Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett has surgery for spinal injury.

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Where are they Now?

Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle/folk hero William Perry (aka "The Refrigerator"), who was one of only 5 N.F.L. players that weighed over 300 pounds back in 1985.

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Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley said his team did a "pretty good job" holding Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan to 548 passing yards.

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University of Arizona All-Pac 10 cornerback Antoine Cason has added punt return duties to his N.F.L. resume.

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Mike Bianchi: Florida Gators' sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow will be one of the "best ever".

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University of Miami cornerback Randy Phillips gave himself a "F" after a terrible effort at Oklahoma.

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Still no deal between the Oakland Raiders and number one draft pick Jamarcus Russell.

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last updated: 09/08/07
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For the second straight season the Colorado State Rams have lost a star player for the season due to an injury, as tight end Kory Sperry suffered a torn ligament in his left knee.

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Now What? Michigan Wolverines don't recover, lose four straight for first time since 1967.

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Division II superstar/ N.F.L. prospect Danny Woodhead led Chadron State with 280 yards from scrimmage (147 rushing; 133 receiving) Saturday, as the Eagles' defeated D1-A Northern Colorado 31-0....But, more importantly for Woodhead, he it did against U.N.C. head Scott Downing, who deemed him unworthy of a scholarship when he was at Nebraska and openly Disparaged him in a New York Times Feature three weeks ago.

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Rookie quarterback JaMarcus Russell is apparently moving closer to joining the Oakland Raiders.

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With his suspension behind him, University of San Diego quarterback Josh Johnson hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts.

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The Baltimore Sun takes an in-depth look at Unviversity of Maryland linebacker Jermaine Lemons, who's had to overcome some serious injuries.

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Idaho running back Deonte Jackson made a splash in his debut at U.S.C., something that didn't surprise the redshirt freshman.

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Find all the scores and stats (boxscores) from this weekend's college football action by checking out Yahoo! Sports Scoreboard.

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Breaking News: Boston College says defensive tackle B.J. Raji will red shirt this season.


DD.comment: Raji is the Eagles' second impact defender forced to redshirt this season. Earlier this summer B.C. announced All-Big East linebacker Brian Toal would redshirt after having shoulder surgery.

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Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger donates $10,000 for Cleveland police dog.

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Rookie Watch: The Miami Dolphins have cut rookie linebacker Kelvin Smith (Ex-Syracuse) and claimed defensive end Rob Ninkovich.....Also, the Cincinnati Bengals have added rookie guard Dan Santucci (Ex-Notre Dame) to their 53 man roster.


DD.comment: Check out all the rookies (about 225) that made opening week 53 man rosters (and practice squad signees) in Our Teams Section.

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N.F.L. scouts told New Hamphsire safety Jeff Pammer to add some strength and he's done that.

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A strong performance in Baton Rouge could silence the critics of Virginia Tech Sean Glennon.

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Hard work pays off for Tulane running back Matt Forte.

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Florida State Wide Receiver De'Cody Fagg revealed after practice this week that he actually took plays off in Monday Nights Loss to the Clemson Tigers.

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Yahoo! Sports: Rating the Top Quarterback Prospects.

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Closer look at Wisconsin Badgers' wide receiver/N.F.L. prospect Luke Swan.

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Dan Pompei: This is the Golden Era of Linebackers in the N.F.L.

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The Austin-Statesman looks at the Texas Longhorns' Linebackers.

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Times Gazette: At 75, the Southeastern Conference sets the standard for college football.

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The Odd Couple: The San Fracisco Chronicle takes an in-depth look at personal opposites Alex Smith & Matt Leinart, who have nothing in common, except that they are starting quarterbacks in the N.F.L.

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Around the CFL: Toronto Argos release former Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch.

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LSU defensive stars Glenn Dorsey and Ali Highsmith had tough roads to get to where they are today.

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Former Oklahoma great Spencer Tillman analyzes how the spread offense is closing the gap between the powerhouses and everyone else.

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Prep recruiting legend Tom Lemming has a new book out getting great reviews, Football's Second Season.

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Draft Daddy's look at preseason win loss prop bets for the NFL.

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List of Undrafted Rookies that are currently on 53 man rosters heading into the first weekend of the N.F.L. season.

QB Matt Gutierrez

QB Matt Moore

RB Clifton Dawson

RB Selvin Young

RB Marcus Mason

RB Pierre Thomas

FB Tim Castille

WR Biren Ealy

TE Marcus Freeman

TE Michael Matthews

TE Daniel Coats

OT Renardo Foster

OT Stephon Heyer

OG Darnell Stapleton

OC Lyle Sendlein


DE Mike DeVito

DT Ed Johnson

DT Daniel Muir

LB Edmond Miles

LB David Herron

LB Edgar Jones

LB Tony Taylor

LB Ramon Guzman

LB Nate Harris

LB Pago Togafau

CB Tyron Brackenridge

CB Nick Graham

DB Quinton Teal

DB Courtney Bryan

SS Melvin Bullitt

SS C.J. Wallace

SS Craig Dahl

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Even though once highly regarded University of Oregon wide receiver Cameron Colvin has never put up big numbers for the Ducks, he's still persuing an N.F.L. career.

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The Green Bay Packers' new starting safety Atari Bigby has a theory to explain why he went undrafted in 2005: His college coach didn't like his hair style.

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Former Cal Poly linebacker/1-AA superstar Kyle Shotwell says he might be done playing football after not making the Raidersí practice squad.

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SI.com takes a closer look at Nebraska's Sam Keller, who could be the Huskers' best pro quarterback prospect in several decades.

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A Lone Star Mystery: The New York Times looks at why once super North Texas running back Jamario Thomas is now a non factor for the Mean Green?

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Florida Gators' defensive end Derrick Harvey is quiet off the field, but his play is "loud" on the field.

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Is junior Brian Robiskie becoming Ohio State's go-to receiver?

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In spite of the fact that Jacksonville is struggling to sell tickets in a market that used to go crazy for N.F.L. football, Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver likes the direction his team is going in.

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Texas defensive tackle Frank Okam is coming off of the best game of his college career (according to Mack Brown)

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Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji awaits word on his appeal of NCAA academic suspension.

DD.comment: Classroom issues aside, Raji is one of the stoutest defensive tackles in the nation and looks to translate nicely into the nose tackle position required of the league's 3-4 defenses.

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UNLV linebacker Beau Bell is looked as the key to stopping oppositions running attacks, and will be tested this week with P.J. Hill and the Badgers.

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Rookie Tracker: Draftdaddy.com has just significantly updated our "Rookie Tracker" in the Teams Section. We have added NFL.com bio links for all of the 225 (or so) rookies that made week 1 rosters, sorted by team, so you can easily look up a players pre-season and regular statistics.

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Practice Squads: Draftdaddy.com has just updated our practice squad signees section. We have listed over 250 names of P-Squad prospects in our Teams Section, sorted by team.

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Believe it or not, if veteran right tackle Brian Stamper can stay healthy this season, Vanderbilt could have one of the better offensive lines in college football.

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The New York Times: The Buffalo Bills are hoping "shy" rookie Marshawn Lynch will run the ball, not his mouth.

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The San Francisco 49ers signed defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison off Baltimore's practice squad.

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The Oakland Raiders will start Josh McCown and not Daunte Culpepper at quarterback when they open the season Sunday against the Detroit Lions, the NFL Network reported Wednesday.

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The Washington Huskies' coaching staff is very happy with the quick progress sophomore quarterback Jake Locker has made.

DD.comment: Locker, who is also a serious Major League Baseball prospect (as a pitcher), has a strong arm and reportedly possesses sub 4.5 speed at 6' 3" and 215 pounds.

Related Item: Jake Locker wants to be like Peyton.

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Olin Buchanan's College Football Notebook

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N.F.L. scouts continue to flock to Virginia to see Hampton Pirates' defensive end Kendall Langford.

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Oklahoma State's talented junior tight end Brandon Pettigrew continues to impress his coaches and N.F.L. scouts.

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Speedy Georgia Bulldogs' running back Thomas Brown intends to graduate early, so he can prepare full time for the N.F.L. Draft.

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U.C.L.A.'s talented, but undersized, defensive end Bruce Davis realizes he must learn to cover like a linebacker if he wants to play in the N.F.L.

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Closer look at Kansas Jayhawks' All-American cornerback Aqib Talib

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University of Texas offensive tackle Tony Hills hopes a good game against T.C.U. All-American Tommy Blake will impress scouts.

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True freshman cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke impresses Miami head coach Randy Shannon

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Troy State defensive tackle/N.F.L. prospect Troy Bradwell is thankful that he got another chance to play college football.

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Peter King's rankings show N.F.L.'s best players Cultivated in the S.E.C.

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The St. Louis Rams don't plan to use recently acquired rookie running back Antonio Pittman very much the first month of the season, but like his potential.

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Next step for steady Chicago Bears wide receiver Mike Hass: regular-season opportunities.

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Cleveland's prized rookie quarterback Brady Quinn is ready to sit and watch from the bench.

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Tony Pauline looks at 12 N.F.L. Draft Prospects that fared well in week one.

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San Francisco 49ers Player Personnel Assistant Ethan Waugh writes about several N.F.L. prospects playing for Bay Area schools, including Stanford quarterback T.C. Ostrander, who we've been writing good things about since 2004, even though he was stuck behind Trent Edwards.

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Yahoo Sports!: Weekly Prospects Watch

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Former Northwestern/Harvard running back Clifton Dawson, who is a native of Scarborough, Ontario, makes the Cincinnati Bengals opening day roster.

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Practice Squad Fact: The minimum salary for a practice squad player is $4,700 per week - or about half the N.F.L. rookie minimum. Off course, players can negotiate a higher practice squad salary, based on the law of supply and demand.

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Gators still upset about sideline cheap shot on star quarterback Tim Tebow.

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Former Florida State linebacker Buster Davis, who selected in the 3rd round of April's draft by the Arizona Cardinals, has been added to the Detroit Lions' practice squad.

DD.comment: The link above states promising rookie linebacker Johnny Baldwin, who was cut by the Lions yesterday, has been claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs. That's a very good pickup for the Chiefs....We also think the Dallas Cowboys made a great move claiming former S.M.U. star Justin Rogers, who was cut by the Patriots. Rogers showed a ton of promise in the pre-season and should fit in well as a 3-4 linebacker in Bum Phillips' system.

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Appalachian State defensive back Corey Lynch, (he of the famous blocked field goal), hopes that his performance against quality opposition will impress scouts.

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Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves won SEC defensive lineman of the week honors, recording two sacks against Kansas State.

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Wisconsin defensive tackle Nick Hayden was awarded defensive player of the game honors by the Badgers' coaches for holding stout on a very shorthanded defensive line against Washington State.

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Top underclassman center Antoine Caldwell of Alabama was dominant in the win against Western Carolina

DD.comment: As the senior center crop looks weak overall, there could be extra pressure on players such as Caldwell to declare early.

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In a survey of major college coaches, Big Ten officials rated the best while Pac-10 officials rated "most incompetant"

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Auburn left tackle King Dunlap graded out poorly in the win over Kansas State.

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Five C.F.L. teams are chasing quarterback Casey Printers, who was recently released by the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Former Stanford linebacker Jon Alston was cut by the Rams and signed to the Oakland Raiders practice squad.

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The Atlanta Falcons have signed 3 new players, including running back Artose Pinner.

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Collusion or Gamesmanship: Did Bill Belichick try to prevent the Minnesota Vikings from signing tight end Garrett Mills?

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The Houston Texans have signed former college football superstars Jared Zabransky and Darius Walker to their practice squads.

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The Detroit Lions signed rookie safety Eric Frampton and released promising rookie linebacker Johnny Baldwin.

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Is U.S.C.'s defensive line overrated? Some fascinating quotes from an anonymous N.F.L. scout, who Watched the Trojans' First Scrimmage.

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Baltimore GM/N.F.L. Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome wanted to draft Byron Leftwich over Kyle Boller a few years ago, but his good friend James Harris moved up to get him for Jaguars. It now looks like Baltimore is intrested in Signing Leftwich, who was recently cut.

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The Patriots re-signed tight end Marcellus Rivers, claimed rookie linebacker David Herron off waivers and added 7 players to their practice squad.

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The St. Louis Rams have claimed rookie running back Antonio Pittman off waivers from New Orleans.

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Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Monday that the club claimed cornerback Rashad Barksdale on waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Rookie Tracker: At last check, 230 "true rookies" have made rosters of N.F.L. teams (114 N.F.C.; 116 A.F.C.). Draftdaddy.com has Listed all 230 Rookies in our Teams Section, sorted by team.

DD.comment: To find the "Rookies" in our Teams Section, simply chose a team, then click "Rookies" to see the list of youngsters that made the first cut! Click "Practice Squad" to see the names of the players signed to practice squads.

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T.C.U.'s All-American defensive end Tommy Blake returns, but his status remains uncertain.

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North Carolina State star running back Toney Baker will miss the rest of the season after injuring a knee against Central Florida.

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Updated waiver claims, from various sources.

DD.comment: Check back often today and tomorrow for updates. We'll post waiver claims and signings (by team) as soon they come in. For example, we just added another player to the Cincinnati Bengals' list.

After being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs, former B.C. Lions quarterback Casey Printers may be back in the C.F.L. afterall.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed WR Taye Biddle (Panthers) and CB Anthony Madison (Steelers) off waivers.

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The Washington Redskins have claimed WR Shaun Bodiford (Packers) and TE Cody Boyd off waivers.

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The Arizona Cardinals have claimed DE Quentin Moses (Raiders) and WR Jerheme Urban (Cowboys) off waivers.

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The New York Giants have claimed OL Kevin Boothe (Raiders) and CB Devonte Edwards (Vikings) off waivers.

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The Dallas Cowboys have claimed CB Evan Oglesby (Baltimore) and OLB Justin Rogers (Patriots) off waivers.

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The Miami Dolphins have claimed WR Greg Camarillo (Chargers), OL Gene Murczkowksi (Patriots) and OL Cory Lekkerkerker (Chargers) off waivers.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have claimed LB Anthony Schlegel (Jets), RB Clifton Dawson (Colts) and CB David Jones (New Orleans) off waivers.

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The Green Bay Packers have claimed RB John Kuhn (Steelers) off waivers.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have claimed DB J.R. Reed (Giants) and LB Pago Togafau (Cardinals) off waivers.....The Philadelphia Eagles have signed DT Kimo von Oelhoffen (Jets).

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The Carolina Panthers have claimed QB Matt Moore (Dallas), TE Marcus Freeman (Baltimore) and OT Frank Omiyale (Atlanta) off waivers.....The Panthers have also trying to sign free agent safety Marquand Manuel (Packers).

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The Kansas City Chiefs have claimed QB Tyler Thigpen (Minnesota) off waivers.

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The Minnesota Vikings have claimed TE/FB Garrett Mills (Patriots) off waivers.

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All 32 N.F.L. teams have trimmed their roster to the 53-man limit. Checkout NFL.com's Breakdown of this weekends moves.

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The Seattle Seahawks traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for running back Alvin Pearman, who was a fourth-round pick in 2005.

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N.F.L. scout, reportedly, like Norfolk State's twin linebackers Maguell and Marquez Davis.

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The Chicago Bears' trim roster by 19; are happy that injured rookie tight end Greg Olsen might be able to play next weekend.

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Courier-Post: The Philadelphia Eagles treat their free agents like draftees.

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The Green Bay Packers have sent an undisclosed future draft pick to the New York Giants for young running back Ryan Grant.

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N.F.L. scouts are starting to look at New Hamphsire's prolific quarterback Ricky Santos.

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The Michigan Wolverines defensive weaknesses were exposed in the historic upset Loss to Appalachian State.

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The Atlanta Falcons will not pursue recently released quarterback Byron Leftwich, a team official confirmed, but may consider Mark Brunell or Andrew Walter.

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Former Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who scored a perfect 50 on the N.F.L.'s Wonderlic Intelligence exam in 2005, has been traded from the St. Louis Rams to the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The Houston Texans have traded defensive end Jason Babin to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for safety Michael Boulware.

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

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U.T.E.P.'s stellar free safety Quintin Demps on path to an N.F.L. career.

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The Seattle Times reports N.F.L. scouts like Western Washington (D-2) standout linebacker Shane Simmons.

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Recent third round draft pick Buster Davis was cut by the Arizona Cardinals yesterday.

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Texas A&M's defensive leader -- 26 year old linebacker Mark Dodge -- tells the media he's not really interested in persuing an N.F.L. career.

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The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt junior Earl Bennett already faces draft questions.

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