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last updated: 08/30/08
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Georgia Bulldogs' star defensive tackle Jeff Owens may be out for the season with a torn ACL.

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The nephews of Brian Bosworth -- twins Korey and Kyle Bosworth -- will be starting on defense for U.C.L.A. this season.

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Ohio State tailback Chris Wells was carted off the field today with a potentially serious leg injury.

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Penn State will be counting heavily on senior linebacker Tyrell Sales this season.

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Dan Pompei's scout talk: 10 NFL Rookies that will Succeed.

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300-pound defensive tackle Marvin Austin has the size and the determination to change the football fortunes for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

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Louisiana-Lafayette tailback Tyrell Fenroy's great career has caught the attention of pro scouts.

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Arkansas-Pine Bluff Coach Monte Coleman, who is a ex-NFL linebacker, says pro scouts have been checking out the Lions' speedy linebacker Tim Turner.

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The San Diego Toreros have lost star tailback J.T. Rogan to a season ending knee injury.

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last updated: 08/29/08
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Pro scouts not whooping it up over Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama.

DD.comment: Tuitama is as rated as a priority free agent in both Blesto and National Scouting's pre-season rankings. National actually ranks him right behind Cal-Berkeley backup Nate Longshore.

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The Miami Dolphins have traded quarterback Josh McCown to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a draft pick.

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Florida A&M's coaches expect big things from 6' 3", 225 pound linebacker Bryan Parker.

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University of Oregon running back Jeremiah Johnson hopes to build on an abbreviated 2007 season.

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Closer look at University of Kansas linebacker Mike Rivera.

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Where are they now? South Bend Tribune tracks where over a dozen Notre Dame Transfers have landed.

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Former L.S.U. quarterback Ryan Perrilloux made his debut for Jacksonville State last night.

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Towering Towson State star Tommy Breaux reminds some of former Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl wide out Harold Carmichael.

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Former Utah quarterback Brett Ratliff, who went undrafted in 2007, really impressed the New York Jets this summer.

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Oklahoma State junior left tackle Russell Okung is vital to his team's success.

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Illinois senior left tackle Xavier Fulton will be left out on an island more this season.

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Led by sophomore Lee Zeimba, the Auburn offensive line looks to quickly adjust to their new spread offense.

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Although he has never played a down of college football, the matchup between Clemson true freshman defensive end Da'Quan Bowers and Alabama junior left tackle Andre Smith is a very interesting one.

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Colorado redshirt freshman Nate Solder has converted from tight end to starting left tackle.

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South Florida junior defensive end George Selvie eyes another big year.

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The Oregon/Washington matchup Saturday night will be a high school reunion for Oregon center Max Unger and Washington defensive end Daniel Te'O-Nesheim

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After reportedly running a 4.95 second 40-yard dash at 295 pounds, freshman former offensive lineman Nick Matthews was switched to defense and is now part of the defensive tackle rotation at Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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last updated: 08/28/08
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The Dallas Cowboys acquired guard Montrae Holland from the Denver Broncos on Thursday for a future draft pick.

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The Palm Beach Post looks at Florida Atlantic junior Rusty Smith, who is considered a future NFL quarterback.

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Purdue head coach Joe Tiller really believes athletic, but rarely used (so far), senior linebacker Jason Werner possesses Next Level Talent.

DD.comment: Werner missed all of 2006 due to a back injury, so we'd have to assume he's eligible to regain that season with a redshirt?

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Graham Watson of ESPN writes scouts from at least 11 NFL Teams will be at the Rutgers-Fresno State game.

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After a long path to Kansas, junior college transfer Jocques Crawford is ready to run with the ball.

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Southern Miss offensive tackle Ryan McKee might be the blocker in C-USA and is definitely on the radar of NFL teams.

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Prolific quarterback Graham Harrell is very familiar with what keeps Texas Techs' offense rolling.

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The State looks at South Carolina's tough, sure-handed wide receiver Kenny McKinley.

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NFL scouts are keeping a close eye on Bentley College quarterback John White.

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Closer look at Western Michigan cornerback Londen Fryar, who is the son of ex-NFL star Irving Fryar.

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Pro Football Weekly draft writer talks about the potential draft stock of speedy Jackson State cornerback Domonique Johnson.

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NFL scouts have been closely watching Florida Atlantic inside linebacker Franz Joseph.

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Talented junior center John Estes expected to anchor Hawaii's offensive line.

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U.C.L.A is expecting big things from potential high impact sophomore defensive tackle Brian Price.

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Jimmy Burch of The Star-Telegram ranks the Top Big 12 Quarterbacks.

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Ohio State's national title game losses and Michigan's stunning loss to Appalachian State have helped sully the Big Ten's Reputation Nationwide.

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Michigan State expects big things from promising sophomore wide receiver Mark Dell.

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Despite his early struggles with the heat and humidity, Canadian wide receiver Samuel Giguere is candidate for Indianapolis Colts practice squad due to his raw athletic ability.

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Josh Buchanan's Small School Notes: What are NFL Scouts are Thinking:

Delta State cornerback Dominic Spinks looks very good physically and has peaked the interest of several area scouts. His size and speed have attracted interest from several teams.

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Nicholls State safety Lardarius Webb is considered a tweener because of his lack of size for a safety and lack of hips for cornerback. Four of last year's interceptions were thrown right to him and he was caught by a kicker on a kick return. He does make plays and thus has the interest of scouts. Most have him as a day two pick or priority free agent at this point. One scout told me Webb will not go high but is intriguing. Senior wide receiver Patrick Gordon (6-6, 220), a former Alabama transfer, is also on the radar and getting looks.

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Alcorn State linebacker Lee Robinson is very talented and fast but questions about how he will adapt to the scheme brought in by their new head coach have come up. He is moving from outside linebacker to inside linebacker so his numbers should be much better as long as he learns the system.

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McNeese State wide receiver Quinten Lawrence has blazing speed and has attracted the attention of several area scouts but his hands have become a question. He must become consistent catching the ball. Lawrence will also see time at cornerback this year because of his versatility. Wide receiver Steven Whitehead brings good speed and versatility as well, but unlike Lawrence he lacks NFL size. Whitehead is 50/50, at best, to get into a camp because many teams have his height at slightly under 5' 6".

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Appalachian State wide receiver James Hill is not on the radar yet but could be with a big performance this weekend or throughout the year. He has estimated 4.45 speed and could get a camp shot next year if he improves his consistency catching the ball and gets the playing time that many expect of him.

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Dixie State offensive tackle Ryan Delrosal is a senior this year despite being listed as a sophomore last season. Many area scouts have been through and called about him. If he can have a dominant senior year and run the reported sub 5.0 that people around the program have said he could be a solid guard or tackle prospect.

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Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar has already attracted the interest of all-star games and has scouts buzzing about his mobility and arm. At the FCS level he is considered a dual threat, but will likely run the ball less this season. The coaches want him to throw the ball more and show off his skills in the pocket.

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Junior running back Keithon Flemming of West Texas A&M has created a buzz and could be one to watch in the postseason. His coaches have told area scouts that he could request his draft status from the NFL at the end of the year with a big season. Flemming is one to watch for throughout the year as he might burst onto the national scene. While I believe he won't come out early and shouldn't he does have the ability to earn a late round draft grade as a junior and should be among the top D2 prospects in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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We recently finished up making major changes to our positional rankings for the Top Prospects in college football and, once again, we divided them into 3 categories:

Top 10 Prospects: These are the top 10 prospects at each 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 the draft process moves forward.

DD.comment: Much of these changes were made with help of NFL sources, so these changes are significant. They may not tell how things will eventually "play out" (no can accurately predict that), but should give our readers a decent idea of how NFL scouts are thinking going into the season. To navigate the rankings pages, please click the links above and use the drop down box. Hint: follow the moving arrows!

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last updated: 08/27/08
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North Greenville tailback Rashad Cummings reportedly ran a 4.4 for NFL scouts last spring.

Related Item: Rashad Cummings' You Tube Video.

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Western Kentucky's senior defensive lineman Dan Cline has impressed NFL scouts with his size, athletic ability and work ethic.

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Northern Arizona cornerback Cyrus Igono hopes a big game against Arizona State will put on the radar of NFL scouts.

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Penn State's starting safety Mark Rubin defeated Olympic hero Michael Phelps at a few swimming meets as a teen-ager.

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Quick look at Liberty safety Ryan Greiser, who is currently listed as potential priority free agent prospect by National Scouting and Blesto.

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Closer look at University of New Hampshire's high impact junior tight end Scott Sicko.

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I'm no bust, says 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, who awaits another NFL shot.

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Baltimore has traded future draft picks for Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Marques Douglas, reacting quickly to defensive lineman Dwan Edwards' season-ending back injury.

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Tony Pauline of SI.com assesses the Top NFL Prospects on Defense.

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Eastern Michigan linebacker Daniel Holtzclaw hopes a big senior season will lead to Senior Bowl invitation.

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B.Y.U. plans to utilize it's top athlete, wide receiver Austin Collie, as a running quarterback.

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Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour carries on the tradition of excellent M.A.C. quarterbacks.

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Graham Watson of ESPN takes a closer look at exciting Louisiana-Lafayette tailback Tyrell Fenroy.

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Former NFL scout Chris Landry talks about Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Brown, who has cracked National Scouting's top 100 senior prospects.

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Sophomore Chris Culliver has locked down the starting free safety position for South Carolina.

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Oregon State tailbacks Quizz Rodgers and Ryan McCants aspire to be a thunder-and-lightning combo for the Beavers.

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His weight up to 290 pounds, Maryland defensive tackle Jeremy Navarre hopes his conversion from defensive end will be a successful one.

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Michigan State former tight end and fullback Dwayne "Da-Da" Holmes could start at defensive end this year.

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Teammates call Oklahoma tight end Brody Eldridge the best blocker on the team.

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Nebraska sophomore Mike Smith appears to have displaced Lydon Murtha at starting left tackle.

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Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour constantly tries to improve his game.

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Quarterback Max Hall believes that BYU might have the best offensive line in the country.

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LSU junior left tackle Ciron Black makes it his top priority to keep the quarterback clean.

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last updated: 08/26/08
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Former Tennessee safety Antonio Wardlow has landed at Bethel College in McKenzie, Tennessee.

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Senior center Xavier Shannon transferred from F.I.U. to play for his dad at Miami, but he shouldn't expect any special treatment.

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Auburn tailback Ben Tate thinks the spread offense can enhance the Tigers running game.

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Penn Quakers' quarterback Robert Irvin, who possesses NFL size at 6' 5" and 225 pounds, is ready to bounce back after 2007 shoulder surgery.

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Boston College, which already has serious depth issues at tailback, will redshirt promising sophomore Dan Mulrooney due to a back injury.

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University of West Virginia backup tailback Mark Rodgers says he developed his 4.4 speed running up a sand dune.

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Freshman O'Neal Wilder, the reigning 400-meter dash junior world champion, is expected to add a spark to the Mississippi State passing game.

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Quick glance at Northern Illinois defensive end Larry English, who we know is currently listed as a outside linebacker prospect by Blesto and National Scouting.

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Troy sophomore Jerrel Jernigan believes he will have no problem replacing the return production of former Trojan Leodis McKelvin.

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Clemson senior tailback James Davis reflects upon his experience declaring for the NFL Draft and later reversing that declaration.

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All-conference safety Patrick Chung packs a heavy punch for the Oregon Ducks.

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In-depth look at University of Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heward-Bey, who is expected to be a future first round draft pick.

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Closer look at Connecticut's versatile star Darius Butler, who is a top NFL cornerback prospect.

Related Item: Former NFL scout Tom Marino lists his Top 25 Cornerback Prospects for scout.com.

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As we pointed out a few months ago, NFL teams are very interested in Cincinnati's athletic tight end/defensive end Connor Barwin.

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In-depth look at the Pitt Panthers' speedy sophomore tailback LeSean McCoy.

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Tony Pauline of SI.com assesses the Top NFL Prospects on Offense.

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Boise State quarterback Nick Lomax, a junior, will transfer to a Division II or Division III school.

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Closer look at Indiana place kicker Austin Starr, who is a solid NFL prospect and terrific all around athlete.

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last updated: 08/24/08
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The Oakland Raiders have lost veteran wide receiver Drew Carter to a season ending knee injury.

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The Centre Daily Times reports Penn State's junior defensive end Maurice Evans is a potential top 10 pick in the NFL draft.

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Tulane defensive end Reggie Scott hopes to build upon a breakout season in 2007 and capture the attention of pro scouts.

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Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis bucks trend, returns for his senior season.

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Ohio State defensive end Lawrence Wilson hoping to bounce back from an injury ruined 2007 season.

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The Daily Bruin: Tailback Kahlil Bell's "new knee" will be crucial to U.C.L.A.'s running game.

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West Liberty State has a pair of NFL prospects -- Branden Ore and Darren Banks, who just happen to be cousins.

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Former Rutgers star Brian Leonard brings special talents to the St. Louis Rams.

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Sky's the limit for explosive Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Macklin.

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Ricky Jean-Francois should be another star on the LSU defensive line.

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Alabama nose guards Terrance Cody and Josh Chapman should form a strong one-two rotation for the Tide.

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Lofty predictions don't impress Southern California defensive tackle Fili Moala.

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Wake Forest senior safety Chip Vaughn's military father taught him toughness.

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North Carolina cornerback Johnny White is the former starting tailback and reportedly runs a 4.34 40-yard dash.

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Washington defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim impresses the coaching staff with his non-stop motor.

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Kentucky junior defensive tackles Corey Peters and senior Myron Pryor might be the best starting tackle tandem in the SEC.

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Auburn tight end turned defensive end Gabe McKenzie is excited to be back on defense.

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Clemson junior defensive end Ricky Sapp has been unblockable in summer practices.

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Paul G has updated his Pigskin Perspectives with a quick look at top small schoolers.

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Scott Wright looks at the value of selecting quarterbacks in the 2nd or 3rd rounds.

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last updated: 08/24/08
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New York Times: Former top recruit Willie Williams follows a long road to an uncertain future at Glenville State College

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The New York Giants, who have lost defensive end Osi Umenyiora to a season ending knee injury, may try to talk Mike Strahan out of retirement.

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Washington State wide receiver Brandon Gibson, who got a "mid-round" projection from NFL scouts following the 2007 season, hopes to raise his draft stock as a senior.

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Cal-Berkeley quarterback Nate Longshore says his focus is the same despite his new role as a backup quarterback

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Closer look at promising Boston College sophomore offensive tackle Rich Lapham.

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Weber State fullback Marcus Mailei hopes an outstanding senior season will give him a chance to play in the NFL.

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Among scouts, the word is out on Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson.

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Oklahoma sophomore running back Demarco Murray gave his defensive teammates fits during training camp.

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Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon likes to use his drama training during games.

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Speedy brothers Rodgers (Quizz and James) hope to make big plays for Oregon State.

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Top 10 Senior Running Backs (re-ranked):

James Davis ~ Clemson

Javon Ringer ~ Michigan State

Arian Foster ~ Tennessee

Jeremiah Johnson ~ Oregon

Kahlil Bell ~ U.C.L.A. (2007 Injury)

Marlon Lucky ~ Nebraska

Cedric Peerman ~ Virginia

Devin Moore ~ Wyoming

Aaron Brown ~ Texas Christian

Brad Lester ~ Auburn

Next Best Big School Senior Running Backs:

Mike Davis ~ South Carolina

Kyle Bell ~ Colorado State

Ian Johnson ~ Boise State

Antone Smith ~ Florida State

Kory Sheets ~ Purdue

Andre Brown ~ North Carolina State

Tyrell Sutton ~ Northwestern

Tyrell Fenroy ~ Louisiana Lafeyette

Keegan Herring ~ Arizona State

Luke Lippincott ~ Nevada-Reno

Anthony Kimble ~ Stanford

Tony Dixon ~ Kentucky

DeMyron Martin ~ Southern Methodist

Rodney Ferguson ~ New Mexico (RB/FB)

KeStahn Moore ~ Florida

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last updated: 08/23/08
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Rick Gosselin of the Dallas News asks if Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford is tall enough to be the number one overall pick?

DD.comment: We've asked some people that have personal relationships with scouts about Stafford and they basically all told us that NFL scouts love everything about Stafford, except his height. So they agree with Rick Gosselin, who, once again, shows why he's the best draft writer in the nation.

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Louisville redshirt freshman Josh Chichester hopes to make an impact as a rare 6' 8" wide receiver.

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Rivals.com: 12 Breakout Players to look out for in college football.

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The Missouri Tigers expect big things from fast-rising sophomore defensive back Carl Gettis.

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Highly regarded ex-JUCO wide receiver Carl Moore looking to play at high level for Florida, after a poor spring showing.

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Promising Penn State defensive tackle Tom McEowen hopes to finally shake the injury bug.

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New Jersey high school legend Joe Martinek is a candidate to replace Ray Rice at Rutgers.

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South Carolina expects big things from junior cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who has run the 40 yard dash in 4.35 seconds.

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Former University of Florida cornerback Markus Manson will play tailback for Division II power Valdosta State.

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U.S.C. Trojans' name four captains, including junior quarterback Mark Sanchez.

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Closer look at Colorado defensive end David Goldberg, who is the nephew of ex-NFL player/Pro Wrestling legend Bill Goldberg.

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Rivals.com takes an in-depth look at the Top Redshirt Freshmen in college football.

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Auburn's talented junior Defensive end Sen'Derrick Marks has quickly developed into a great pro prospect.

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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: NFL's Top 10 Franchise players.

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last updated: 08/22/08
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Can world-class Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt make it as a wide receiver in the NFL?

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Talented Minnesota Gophers' junior wide receiver Eric Decker is a pro prospect in both football and baseball.

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Former Virginia Tech running back Branden Ore hopes to raise his NFL draft stock at Division II West Liberty State College.

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The Columbus Dispatch takes a closer look at Ohio State linebacker/NFL prospect Marcus Freeman.

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The Sports Network has released it's Preseason FCS All-America team.

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Rookie safety Kareem Moore hopes to land a job as the Washington Redskins backup free safety.

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ESPN's Graham Watson takes an in-depth look at the Top Mid-American Conference Quarterbacks.

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Notre Dame sophomore tight end Mike Ragone undergoes season-ending ACL surgery.

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U.S.C.'s 225 pound junior tailback Allen Bradford is hoping for a breakout junior season.

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In-depth look at Colorado State tight Kory Sperry, who needs to show NFL teams his knee is sound after a serious 2007 injury.

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How good of an NFL prospect is Central Washington quarterback Mike Reilly?

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Huge Washington Huskies' offensive guard Jordan White-Frisbee hoping for an injury-free senior season.

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Fast-rising sophomore Kevin Riley named Cal-Berkeley's starting quarterback.

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Washington State junior defensive end Kevin Kooyman looks like he's primed for a break-out campaign.

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New Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson has put senior left tackle Andrew Gardner and the rest of the offensive linemen on a weight loss program to better fit his triple-option offense.

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Teammates call Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain a "freak" and a "man-child"

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Auburn defensive end Antonio Coleman considers his preseason third-team All-SEC honor to be a slight.

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Minnesota junior defensive end Lee Campbell is very happy about his move to middle linebacker.

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Southern California tailback Joe McKnight has gained 20 pounds this offseason without losing speed.

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An interesting breakdown of LSU senior Darry Beckwith and the rest of the linebacking corp.

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When asked who is more talented, sophomore tailback Demarco Murray or current Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops replied "...it's hard to say..."

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Josh Buchanan's Division II Scouting Notes:

RB Bernard Scott, Abilene Christian ~ 5'11, 197, 4.55 - Downhill runner that needs to work on his blocking; will turn 25 next February; former Blinn JC transfer ran for 2,165 yards and 35 TDs in '07.

WR Johnny Knox, Abilene Christian ~ 6'0, 183, 4.50 - Very quick, but needs to improve upper body strength; 1st team All-LSC South and wide receiver of Year; 1,158 yards, 17 TDs in '07.

TE Jared Bronson, Central Washington ~ 6'4, 253, 4.67 - Vertical threat and great blocker but must improve hands; 1st team All-North Central with 35 catches for 477 yards and 2 touchdowns in '07.

RB Branden Ore, West Liberty State ~ 5'11, 205, 4.50 - Virginia Tech transfer with solid speed; former All-ACC running back; has to prove that off field issues are behind him this postseason.

DT Sammie Lee Hill, Stillman ~ 6-4, 329, 5.15 - Raw, but very athletic with great upside; 1st team All-SIAC with 14 TFL and 4.5 sacks in '07.

OT Samuel Allen, Grand Valley State ~ 6'6, 300, 5.05 - Honarable mention All-GLIAC at LT in '07; very smart player with great mobility and good footwork.

OG Louis West, Henderson State ~ 6'7, 360, 5.40 - 2nd team All-GSC and gave up no sacks in '07; has improved physical shape, good upside, great size.

QB Mike Reilly, Central Washington ~ 6'3, 211, 4.75 - Solid arm, can make the deep throws, gives away his intentions at times though; 1st team All-American by D2football.com in '07.

OG Roger Allen, Missouri Western ~ 6'3, 318, 5.48 - Tough, good run blocker, physical and good upside but very raw; good footwork; two-time 1st team All-MIAA at right guard.

WR Julius Pruitt, Ouachita Baptist ~ 6'2, 216, 4.55 - Great body, tough to bring down, the light bulb seems to have turned on; 52 catches for 736 yards and 7 TDs in '07.

QB Billy Malone, Abilene Christian ~ 6'2, 236, 5.04 - Good arm, lacks great mobility but has decent feet; prolific passer with great consistency; will turn 26 next April.

CB Darren Banks, West Liberty State ~ 5'9, 187, 4.66 - Not very big but great vertical leap, very good ball skils, lacks ideal speed but will run better in the spring; two-time All-WVIAC who had 13 INTs in '07.

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last updated: 08/21/08
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Five-star quarterback Morgan Newton will attend the University of Kentucky.

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ESPN Q&A with with highly regarded Baylor freshman quarterback Robert Griffin.

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Lightning fast cornerback Darius Butler does it three ways for Connecticut.

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Indiana Hoosier's junior linebacker Matt Mayberry believes his 4.49 speed is his best asset.

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The Dallas Cowboys hope ex-Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback can make an impact as a wide receiver.

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Young Indianapolis Colts' Safety Brannon Condren continues to have a strong preseason.

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Closer look at a pair of Boston College linebackers with NFL potential: Junior Mark Herzlich and senior Brian Toal.

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Rushing attempts not a concern for Colorado fullback Maurice Cantrell.

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Indiana wide receiver Andrew Means is back to football after playing designated hitter in the Cincinnati Reds organization this summer.

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Gunning for Four: Senior wide receiver T.J. Courman has helped Appalachian State to three national titles.

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Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden earns preseason Great West football honor.

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Former Florida Gator's linebacker/safety Jerimy Finch cleared to play for the Indiana Hoosiers this season.

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The Atlanta Journal takes an closer at Blesto and National's top rated senior fullback prospect -- Georgia's Brannan Southerland .

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Rivals.com takes an in-depth look at Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson, and another 5 Fast Rising Draft Prospects.

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Closer look at TennesseeState quarterback Antonio Heffner, who is a leader for the Tigers both on and off the field.

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Pro scouts have been checking out Northern Arizona's All-American place kicker Robbie Dehaze.

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Former U.S.C. quarterback J.D. Booty may not make the Minnesota Vikings 53 man roster.

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The Philadelphia Eagles need another wide receiver with Kevin Curtis on shelf.

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CBS Sportline Fantasy: College Tight Ends to Target and Avoid.

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last updated: 08/20/08
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ESPN: Defensive end Arthur Jones is a bright light for a struggling Syracuse program.

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How will coveted freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor fit into Ohio State's offense?

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Southern California linebacker Brian Cushing is a sure fire NFL talent, but can he shake the injury bug?

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Closer look at University of Illinois left tackle/NFL prospect Xavier Fulton.

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Dallas News: Can 6' 5" Jamaican track star Usain Bolt play wide receiver in the NFL?

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Southern Mississippi transfer Lardarius Webb, a safety, follows the recent trend of Nicholls State stars grabbing the attention of pro scouts.

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The Chargers have taken a strong liking to durable rookie running back Jacob Hester.

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The Miami Dolphins have traded veteran cornerback Travis Daniels to Cleveland for an undisclosed draft choice.

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Former Ohio State speedster Ted Ginn Jr. aiming to be the Miami Dolphins No. 1 receiver.

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Position shuffle at Florida State: redshirt freshman wide receiver Taiwan Easterling worked at tailback while true freshman defensive end Everette Dawkins has been moved to defensive tackle.

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Philadelphia Eagles rookie safety Quentin Demps gets praise from current great Brian Dawkins.

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An interesting look at the best matchups between NFL draft prospects in 2008 college season.

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Auburn's best pass catching tight end from 2007, junior Gabe McKenzie, has been moved to defensive end.

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In depth look at Jerry Brown, Will Davis and the rest of the very talented Illinois defensive end rotation.

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Arizona State junior defensive end Dexter Davis looks to improve upon his 10.5 sacks last year.

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last updated: 08/19/08
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The East-West Shrine game has added Three Western Michigan Broncos to their pre-season watch list.

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Nevada-Reno linebacker Joshua Mauga has received an early invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

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Due to a rash of spring injuries, smallish tailback Terrell Jackson must shoulder a heavy load at U.T.E.P.

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NFL scouts believe the Oregon Ducks are loaded with pro prospects.

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Georgia tackle Kliante Tripp appearss to have won the starting left tackle position vacated by injured Trinton Sturvidant.

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Boston College senior defensive tackle B.J. Raji is focused on putting last year behind him.

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Talented Tennessee sophomore tight end Brandon Warren (Florida State transfer) has been cleared to play this season.

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San Diego State junior Peter Nelson has converted from defensive line and will start at left tackle for the Aztecs.

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Rice quarterback Chase Clement and wide receiver Jarrett Dillard aim to add wins to their record setting college careers.

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West Virginia redshirt freshman Don Barclay has filled in so well in practice for Ryan Stanchek at left tackle (illness) that he is now in the running to start at right tackle.

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USC linebacker Kaluka Maiava is hoping to parlay a strong senior campaign into an NFL job.

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last updated: 08/18/08
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Iowa State linebacker Jesse Smith has gone from a walk-on to the Cyclones' unquestioned team leader on defense.

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Ex-NFL quarterback Jack Thompson believes Washington State quarterback Gary Rogers will "Blow Away" NFL scouts with his talent.

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ESPN's Tim Griffin ranks the Top 12 Defensive Backs in the Big 12.

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Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman really likes junior free safety Jordan Peterson, but Houston Chronicle blogger Terrance Harris doesn't think he should start.

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Mississippi defensive tackle Peria Jerry will be sidelined for a month after knee surgery.

DD.comment: According to one of our league sources, Jerry is currently ranked as a 4th round pick by Blesto and a 6th rounder by National Scouting. Now, it's very early in the process, so Jerry has a chance to move upwards. But the nagging injuries certainly will not help his cause.

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Louisville is moving athletic fullback Brock Bolen to tailback

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Purdue running back Jaycen Taylor, a senior, is being evaluated today after being injured in Sunday's practice.

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Closer look at Texas Tech safety L.A. Reed, who's size and speed has him on the radar of NFL scouts.

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Michigan running backs coach Fred Jackson says Michael Shaw and Sam McGuffie are two of the most exciting freshmen he has ever coached.

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Ohio State Buckeyes' offensive lineman Steve Rehring weighs his progress on a scale.

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Would struggling Dallas Cowboys' rookie Martellus Bennett have benefitted from another year at A&M?

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Southern California senior nose guard Fili Moala is set to make an impact.

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A look at the growing legend of new Alabama defensive lineman Terrance Cody.

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Tennessee sophomore wide receiver Gerald Jones hopes to make big plays for the Volunteers this year.

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Alabama junior left tackle Andre Smith is mild mannered off the field but plays angry once the action starts.

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Auburn sophomore nose guard Mike Blanc has worked hard and risen to the top of the depth chart.

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Oklahoma center Jon Cooper is entering his 4th year as a starter, and his streak of 29 consecutive starts is a team best.

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Every year there are players in Division II who aren't on the radar of NFL scouts heading into the year, but get drafted or earn a free agent chance after a solid senior season. At this point, DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan looks at some Division II stars who could be in that group at the end of the year:


PK David Chudzinski ~ Wayne State -- Has not shown the leg strength to warrant major looks, but the former Toledo transfer and All-American has a chance to be in a training camp this time next year.

LB Shawn Melland ~ Mary University -- Melland has great size (6-4, 222) and speed (4.6) and does very well against the pass. Must work on pass rush moves but could slide back to strong safety and provide great size and coverage skills.

OT Ryan Delrosal ~ Dixie State -- Lacks ideal size for tackle, but could move to offensive guard with his feet and ability to pull. His 40 time (4.97) and pass blocking skills could earn him a look. Many don't know about him because he was listed as a sophomore last year but is now a senior.


Josh mentions a few more names to keep an eye on:

WR Garett Manning ~ Henderson State

OT Jeremy Ashcraft ~ Arkansas Tech

OT Craig Harrison ~ Central Missouri State

DE Dexter Manley II ~ West Texas A&M

DE Joe Crawford ~ Tiffin University

FS Sherard Reynolds ~ Valdosta State

CB Dominic Spinks ~ Delta State

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last updated: 08/17/08
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When will Georgia's talented redshirt sophomore Knowshon Moreno leave school for the NFL draft?

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Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon knows he needs a big final season to improve his NFL draft stock.

DD.comment: According to our NFL sources, Glennon is currently seen as 5th to 7th round prospect. While he has struggled some during his college career, and may not possess a rocket arm, he did improve quite a bit in 2007 and he's got the height (6' 4") teams are looking for, if Blesto's measurements are correct.

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Closer look at Tennessee's senior defensive end Robert Ayers, who's matured a lot since arriving in Knoxville.

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University of North Carolina safety Trimane Goddard hopes a strong senior season will put him on the NFL's draft radar.

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In-depth look at Clemson's dynamic running back duo of C.J. Spiller and James Davis who say they are older, wiser and ready to impress NFL scouts.

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With junior defensive end Jeremy Jarmon and several other prospects, Kentucky's defensive line looks to fulfil their potential.

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California sophomore tailback Jahvid Best tries to translate his track speed onto the football field.

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Penn State redshirt freshman tailback Stephfon Green could win the starting job from Evan Royster.

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Scouts from 9 NFL teams were in Miami last night, perhaps checking out quarterbacks John Beck and Josh McCown?

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Plenty of insider notes from around the NFL, including lots of rookie news, from Pro Football Weekly.

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Revised Top 10 Senior Tight End Rankings:

Brandon Pettigrew ~ Oklahoma State

Chase Coffman ~ Missouri

Ryan Purvis ~ Boston College

Travis Beckum ~ Wisconsin

Shawn Nelson ~ Southern Miss

Brian Mandeville ~ Northeastern

Bear Pascoe ~ Fresno State

John Phillips ~ Virginia

Steve Brouse ~ Connecticut

Anthony Hill ~ North Carolina State (2007 injury)


Revised (15) Big School Tight Ends that might Surprise:

Cornelius Ingram ~ Florida (Injured ACL)

Kevin Brock ~ Rutgers

David Johnson ~ Arkansas State

Darius Hill ~ Ball State

Rory Nicol ~ Ohio State

Logan Paulsen ~ U.C.L.A.

Brandon Ledbetter ~ Western Michigan

Daniel Gronkowski ~ Maryland

Davon Drew ~ East Carolina

Shae Reagan ~ Texas Christian

Tripp Chandler ~ Georgia

Jack Simmons ~ Minnesota

Robert Myers ~ Utah State

Kory Sperry ~ Colorado State (2007 injury)

David Carter ~ Ohio University

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last updated: 08/16/08
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Success at Boston College is the name of game for sophomore wide receiver Billy Flutie.

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Fast-rising Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham, a junior, is not thinking about leaving early for the NFL.

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Closer look Washington State tight end Devin Frischknecht, who is currently considered a potential latter round prospect by NFL scouts.

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The New York Giants believe rookie safety Kenny Phillips can be a "special player".

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Penn State head coach Joe Paterno recently mentioned that starting linebacker Josh Hull has gone from a walk-on to an NFL prospect.

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Larger schools overlooked both Fresno State cousins Vince Pascoe and Bear Pascoe.

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Injured Penn State linebacker Sean Lee embraces new role as mentor, but hopes it's temporary.

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JS Online reports with the Packers stacked at wide receiver, rookie Jordy Nelson likely won't see the ball thrown his way much during the regular season.

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Undrafted free agent rookie linebacker Wesley Woodyard impressing with the Denver Broncos.

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We are currently in the process of re-doing all of our senior rankings. We did the rankings (that we recently posted on the site) right after the NFL draft and much has changed, as we've received dozens of pages of information from reliable NFL souces since then.

Revised Top 10 Flankers & Split Ends:

Louis Murphy ~ Florida

Brian Robiskie ~ Ohio State

Brooks Foster ~ North Carolina

Derrick Williams ~ Penn State

Demetrius Byrd ~ Louisiana State

Brandon Gibson ~ Washington State

Juaquin Iglesias ~ Oklahoma

Marko Mitchell ~ Nevada

Aaron Kelly ~ Clemson

Greg Orton ~ Purdue


Revised Top 10 Slot Receivers:

Mike Thomas ~ Arizona

Kenny McKinley ~ South Carolina

Dicky Lyons ~ Kentucky

Jarett Dillard ~ Rice

Tyler Grisham ~ Clemson

Deon Butler ~ Penn State

Dante Love ~ Ball State

Jordan Norwood ~ Penn State

Jordan Shipley ~ Texas

Kevin Jurovich ~ San Jose State


Revised (20) Big School Wide Receivers that might Surprise:

Darius Passmore ~ Marshall

Andy Brodell ~ Iowa (2007 Injury)

Tiquan Underwood ~ Rutgers

Mike Jones ~ Arizona State (Baseball)

Jaison Williams ~ Oregon

Jamayel Smith ~ Mississippi State

Isaiah Williams ~ Maryland

Richard Goodman ~ Florida State

Mohamed Massaquoi ~ Georgia

George Smith ~ Vanderbilt

Nate Swift ~ Nebraska

Lucas Taylor ~ Tennessee

Greg Carr ~ Florida State

Eric Peterman ~ Northwestern

Quan Cosby ~ Texas (Age)

Mike Wallace ~ Ole Miss.

Jamarko Simmons ~ Western Michigan

Patrick Turner ~ Southern California

Brennan Marion ~ Tulsa

Dexton Fields ~ Kansas

DD.comment: With so many N.F.L. teams using multiple wide receiver formations, Slot Receivers have basically become 12th Starters on offense for many teams. We tend to rank shorter receivers (5' 11" or smaller), with exceptional quickness and reliable hands as top slot receivers.

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last updated: 08/15/08
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The New York Times reports young New York Jets quarterback Brett Ratliff is "turning heads" this pre-season.

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Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins may soon cut their very unimpressive 2007 second round draft pick John Beck.

DD.comment: By the way, our long time readers will probably remember the tremendous firestorm/battle that broke out between DD.com and B.Y.U. fans when we actually ranked Ratliff a shade ahead of Beck during their senior seasons. That's something we wanted to quickly go away at the time, as it went from a simple disagreement to something ugly -- we were inundated with profanity filled E-Mails (and got some crack calls) for quite a while for merely having a different opinion than the folks over at Cougarboard.com. While it's still too early to tell how good Ratliff will be in the NFL, he's showing a lot of promise for a young, undrafted quarterback.

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In-depth break down of the Green Bay Packers rookie draft selections.

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Notre Dame junior left tackle Sam Young strives to be the anchor for a young unit.

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North Carolina State center Ted Larson talks about converting from defensive tackle.

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Purdue offensive tackles Zach Jones and Sean Sester have switched, with Jones moving to left side and Sester back to right tackle.

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Mississippi State defensive end Tim Bailey went from dodging mortars in Iraq to rushing the passer in the SEC.

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After playing tailback and defensive end, Syracuse sophomore Derrell Smith looks to start at outside linebacker.

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Scott Wright's Draft Countdown website has been re-launched with an interview with Ole Miss tackle Michael Oher.

DD.comment: Everyone loves a mid-summer site re-design! A friend of DD for several years, Scott does an excellent job and we invite our readers to check his new site out if they haven't already.

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2009 Draft Prospect Notes from Josh Buchanan:

Many scouts are extremely high on the potential of Texas Tech safety L.A. Reed, as he has the physical tools they look for at 6'2, 205 pounds and 4.5 speed. He is a player to watch with his measurables. Some feel he could move from a priority free agent to mid round status due to his raw ability, if he produces this year.

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Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson is the consensus #1 prospect, according to several people I talked with due to his size/speed combo and quickness.

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There have been false reports of Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter getting heavy interest from NFL teams. Right now he appears to be a 6th round/priority free agent type prospect who is not on the draft boards of several teams.

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All-A.C.C. linebackerAaron Curry (6-2, 247) is one of the fastest OLB prospects in this year's draft and could churn a 4.5 time at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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Scouts in the southeast feel South Carolina offensive tackle Jamon Meredith has the ideal NFL body, but the light bulb needs to turn on. If he realizes his potential and shows he can dominant play in and play out, there are a few scouts who believe he could go in the first round.

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Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper is the consensus top rated quarterback in a poor draft class. He is a 2nd-3rd round type at this point but could land in the first round if he proves that last season was not a fluke.

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Miami cornerback Bruce Johnson is rated highly by many scouts heading into the year, but you must remember that most cornerbacks rated #1 heading into their senior year fall and don't even go in the top 2 rounds many times. He is only 5'9, 180 pounds and lacks the ideal size teams look for in the first round. His speed (4.4) could keep him in the top 50, if he has a good senior season.

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The state of Texas boasts several small school quarterbacks that scouts are buzzing about, but Sam Houston State's Rhett Bomar is the top prospect among that group.

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Northeastern tight end Brian Mandeville, Liberty running back Rashad Jennings, McNeese State wide receiver Quinten Lawrence, Cal Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden and Tennessee State guard/tackle Cornelius Lewis appear to be the highest rated small prospects by most scouts at this point.

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A pair of Division III prospects that have attracted the attention of NFL scouts in Wheaton College cornerback Pete Ittersagen and Hartwick quarterback Jason Boltus. Ittersagen’s versatility and speed make him an intriguing prospect. He is not high on the radar at this point but could be if he duplicates the interceptions and punt return touchdowns he did last year. Boltus brings good size, a strong arm, and good athletic ability to the position and could be a sleeper combine invite with a big senior year.

The potential big riser to watch for is University of Massachusetts offensive tackle Ben Coblyn who passes the eyeball test and has the athletic ability. He has never started for the Minutemen, but appears to have the inside track on a starting spot this year.

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Some have rated Jackson State cornerback Domonique Johnson very high outside of the NFL, but teams have him as a priority free agent at this point. His size/speed combo reminds many of ex-Tennessee State star Dominque Rogers-Cromartie, but he has some off field issues that have him much lower than some media have him right now. The talent is there and if he can refine his technique and test out well during interviews he has a chance to move up but that likely won't happen until late in the year and at the combine.

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North Alabama linebacker Stanley Sykes did not qualify and will try to get another year. He was a player getting NFL interest before he failed to qualify.

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Appalachian State wide receiver James Hill is not on the NFL radar now, but could be if he gets the ball regularly this season. His speed (4.4) is very good and he is lethal on reverses.

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last updated: 08/14/08
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Freshman quarterback Jack Elway hopes to make a name for himself at Arizona State.

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University of Illinois' starting defensive tackle Sirod Williams will miss the upcoming season due to a knee injury.

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We've all heard of switch-hitters in baseball but Ohio State junior center Jim Cordle is a "switch-snapper" on the gridiron.

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Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson refers to senior safety Troy Nolan as "the key to our defense."

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Auburn sophomore offensive lineman Bart Eddins is pushing for playing time.

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West Virginia excited that they have landed big German offensive lineman Curtis Feight.

DD.comment: Thanks to NFL Europe's success in Germany, we are starting to see some sold talent coming out of that nation. We know University of Houston senior tackle Sebastian Vollmer is currently considered a 7th round/priority free agent type prospect by NFL scouts and North Carolina State sophomore defensive tackle Markus Kuhn has a chance to be a very strong pro prospect, if he continues to improve at a rapid pace.

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Talented Washington State defensive end Kevin Kooyman hopes to bounce back from an injured plagued 2007 season.

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Junior defensive end Lawrence Wilson expects to be a high impact performer for Ohio State.

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Undrafted wide receiver Jason Carter and defensive tackle Gary Gibson are serious threats not only to make the Carolina Panthers but to start.

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Rookie defensive end Rob Jackson hopes to make the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent.

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Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick could play in the fledgling United Football League.

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last updated: 08/13/08
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The Patriots are considering signing veteran strong safety John Lynch.

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U.C.L.A hopes ex-track star Alex Pearlstone can use his 4.3 speed to make an Impact on the Gridiron.

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West Virginia's fast-rising freshman Robert Sands talks about the challenges of being a tall safety.

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Ex-NFL star Tony Dorsett loves the talent level Pitt tailback LeSean McCoy possesses.

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Scout.com takes an in-depth look at rugged Ole Miss fullback Jason Cook.

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Versatile quarterback Stephen McGee ready to show off his arm in Texas A&M's new offense.

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Georgia Bulldogs Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens a formidable duo as defensive linemen.

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NFL scouts are flocking to Marshall University to check out the Herds' top prospects.

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Fast-rising Southern Miss junior free safety Eddie Hicks has already grabbed the attention of NFL scouts.

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Ole Miss junior defensive end Greg Hardy will be out 6-8 weeks with a stress fracture in his foot.

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Interview with Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver Derrick Smith.

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Converted former wide receiver Justin Williams is making plays for the Florida Gators at safety.

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T.C.U. redshirt freshman Greg McCoy reportedly runs a 4.32 40-yard dash.

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Alabama senior center Antoine Caldwell mentors defensive tackle convert Brian Motley as he deals with a position change.

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last updated: 08/12/08
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Speedy sophomore D.J. Harper fighting for time in a crowded Boise State backfield.

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Talented, young Pitt Panthers' guard Chris Jacobson hopes to bounce back from a serious knee injury.

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ESPN's Tim Griffin ranks the Big 12's Top Linebackers.

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Former Auburn defensive back DeRon Furr will transfer to Memphis University.

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Is junior quarterback Joe Webb ready to be the next Face of U.A.B. Football?

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The Toronto Argonauts would love to sign former Harvard tailback Clifton Dawson.

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Paul's Pigskin Perspectives, hosted exclusively at the new DD server.

DD.comment: Thanks much to Paul, who will be a regular DD guest writer. Also note we will be transferring to a new site in the next day. We apologize in advance for the disruption, as there will likely be a downtime of several hours during the change.

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Georgia Bulldogs have athletic options to replace injured Trinton Sturdivant (ACL/MCL/PCL) at left tackle.

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Florida cornerback Joe Haden runs a 4.3 second 40-yard dash but is only the 7th fastest Gator on the 2008 roster.

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After much hard work in the offseason, Alabama right tackle Drew Davis could be on the verge of starting.

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Coaches want to give 10-to-15 touches per game to speedy Penn State running back Stephfon Green.

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Tennesee Titans running back Chris Johnson looks like a rookie of the year candidate in preseason.

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last updated: 08/11/08
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Scout.com Q&A with University of Indiana defensive end Greg Middleton.

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Georgia's talented sophomore left tackle Trinton Sturdivant may've suffered a serious knee injury at practice.

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Speedy Washington State wide receiver Jeshua Anderson to miss significant time after a hernia operation.

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Talented freshman wide receiver Jared Karstetter has created a "buzz" at Washington State.

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Confident freshman wide receiver O'Neill Chambers hopes to make an immediate impact at B.Y.U.

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ESPN takes a closer look at Wisconsin's All-American tight end Travis Beckum.

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The Oakland Raiders have signed veteran strong safety Adam Archuleta.

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Texas Longhorns' defensive end Sam Acho (and others) have been improving under the guidance of Brian Orakpo.

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Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree wants to build on his freshman year.

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South Florida defensive end George Selvie attempts to gain weight.

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New York Jets rookie cornerback Dwight Lowery had an impactful preseason debut.

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Clemson junior defensive tackle Rashaad Jackson will have knee surgery and could miss half the season.

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Miami true freshman wide receiver Davon Johnson has been making big plays in practice.

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last updated: 08/10/08
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Rams rookie cornerback Justin King, a fourth-round draft pick, will miss the upcoming season after tearing a ligament in his big toe.

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Ohio State icon Archie Griffin compares Buckeyes tailback Chris Wells to an NFL superstar from the 1960's.

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290 pound Jorvorskie Lane upset that Texas A&M's coaches are moving him from tailback to fullback.

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22 year old redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Bauserman impressing at Ohio State.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich.

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The New York Giants have cut 2 notable rookies and signed veteran safety Stuart Schweigert.

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In-depth Q&A with Ohio State's All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis.

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Arkansas defensive end Antwain Robinson hopes to bounce back from an injury marred junior season.

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Veteran defensive end Kirsten Pittman is glad he's still playing football for L.S.U.

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NFL waits while while cornerback Macho Harris returns to Virginia Tech.

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Cal-Berkeley quarterback Nate Longshore hopes to bounce back from a poor 2007 season.

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Closer look at Texas Tech's high impact sophomore wide receiver Mike Crabtree.

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Oklahoma safety Nic Harris has his sights set on winning a national championship and becoming a first-round NFL draft pick.

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Draft Daddy's Pre-Season Top 10 Senior Quarterback Rankings:

Cullen Harper ~ Clemson

Hunter Cantwell ~ Louisville

Tom Brandstater ~ Fresno State

Brian Hoyer ~ Michigan State

Todd Boeckman ~ Ohio State

Curtis Painter ~ Purdue

Chase Holbrook ~ New Mexico State

Sean Glennon ~ Virginia Tech

Rhett Bomar ~ Sam Houston State

Nathan Brown ~ Central Arkansas


Draft Daddy's Pre-Season Quarterback Rankings -- Others to Watch from F.C.S. schools:

Chase Daniel ~ Missouri

Graham Harrell ~ Texas Tech

John Parker Wilson ~ Alabama

Pat White ~ West Virginia (Athlete)

Rudy Carpenter ~ Arizona State

Tyler Lorenzen ~ Connecticut (Athlete)

Willie Tuitama ~ Arizona

Patrick Cowan ~ U.C.L.A. (C.F.L. Prospect)

Stephen McGee ~ Texas A & M (Athlete)

Brian Johnson ~ Utah

Julian Edelman ~ Kent State (Athlete)

Nate Longshore ~ California

Drew Willy ~ Buffalo

Drew Weatherford ~ Florida State

Mike Teel ~ Rutgers

DD.comment: We ranked the seniors a few months ago, but decided to start all over after getting an enormous amount of input from insiders and pro scouts.

last updated: 08/09/08
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NFL news & notes from all 32 NFL teams in Pro Football Weekly's Whispers section.

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Cal-Berkeley's coaching staff really like freshman wide receiver Marvin Jones.

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Q&A with Louisiana-Lafayette tailback Tyrell Fenroy, who recently ran the 40 yard dash in 4.32 seconds.

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Minnesota Vikings' rookie free agent Darius Reynaud has an impressive debut returning kicks.

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Ole Miss left tackle Michael Oher explains why he didn't leave early for the NFL.

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Northern Iowa running back Corey Lewis has caught the eye of NFL teams.

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NFL scouts really like University of Florida wide receiver Louis Murphy.

DD.comment: As we mentioned a few months ago, Murphy is the top rated wide receiver prospect in the senior class, according to Blesto and National Scouting. Scouts really like his combination of size (6'2") and speed (4.40).

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Will Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow leave early for the NFL Draft?

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In-depth look at Arizona State wide receiver Mike Jones, who spent the summer in the New York Yankees system.

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Both the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox have called up an NFL caliber athlete to pitch for them this summer.

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At least four Florida Atlantic seniors have caught the eyes of NFL scouts.

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CBS Sportsline Fantasy Football: Detecting a Bust at Running Back.

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Realfootball looks at a rarity in the NFL: Tall Defensive Backs.

DD.comment: We realize the article above only mentions tall safeties, but taller (over 6' 2") cornerbacks are also rare. Something about taller athletes lacking ideal "hip swerve" is the implied reason for this shortage of taller defensive backs. In other words, NFL teams don't mind having taller receivers running straight forward, but they fear tall defenders tend to to be too gawky while backpedaling in coverage.

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Rivals.com 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: 08/08/08
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U.S.C.'s new starting quarterback, junior Mark Sanchez, suffered a knee injury at practice this week.

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Miami Hurricanes' redshirt freshman defensive end Adewale Ojomo is taking on a heavy workload due to injuries.

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Rutgers expects big things from talented true freshman offensive tackle Art Frost.

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Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin's nagging injury concerns the Gators coaching staff.

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Oklahoma's offensive coordinator throws a ton of praise at tight end Brody Eldridge.

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Chicago Bears' first-round pick Chris Williams may miss up to 3 months due to a herniated disc.

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The Miami Dolphins have signed veteran quarterback Chad Pennington.

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Senior wide receivers Quan Cosby and Jordan Shipley step into the spotlight for the Texas Longhorns.

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The Daily Advertiser in Louisiana reports a Green Bay Packers scout was recently watching Louisiana-Lafayette practice and seemed interested in Cajuns' quarterback Michael Desormeaux for his running skills.

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NFL scouts have been steadily flowing to Kent State in order to check out the following seniors: Offensive tackle Augustus Parrish, tight end Jameson Konz and quarterback/athlete Julian Edelman.

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Clemson defensive end Ricky Sapp, a junior with reported 4.40 speed, could project as a big time NFL prospect at outside linebacker.

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University of Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram done for the season with a torn ACL.

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Junior cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis ready to step up as a defensive leader for the Florida Gators.

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Colorado State has moved linebacker Jake Pottorff to defensive end.

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Former Kentucky quarterback Curtis Pulley will not be transferring to Eastern Kentucky.

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Junior wide receiver Jamar Bryant and sophomore running back Norman Whitley hope to have huge seasons for the East Carolina Pirates.

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Denver Broncos rookie running back Ryan Torain is expected to miss about three months after breaking a bone in his left elbow.

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last updated: 08/07/08
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Several Northwestern freshmen, including safety Hunter Bates, are related to ex-NFL stars.

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Full sized freshman safety Harrison Smith impresses Notre Dame's coaching staff.

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Josh Buchanan ranks his Top 30 Small School Prospects.

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Washington Redskins coaches not happy with rookie wide receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly.

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Closer look at Arkansas' starting free safety Matt Harris, who is the son of ex-NFL star Cliff Harris.

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Former Washington Husky running back J.R. Hasty to play at Central Washington.

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ESPN is reporting that Florida's Cornelius Ingram has suffered a torn ACL and that the injury could be season ending.

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Auburn cornerback Aairon Savage will miss the season after undergoing knee surgery.

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Los Angeles Times: U.S.C. Football Players who stay in school, get paid more when drafted.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM's low-balling strategy diverts Brett Favre to the New York Jets.

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Quick look at B.Y.U.'s Max Hall and the rest of the top non-B.C.S. quarterbacks.

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Brian Orakpo and the Texas Longhorns look to ratchet up pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

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Talented freshman crop is making alot of plays at Florida State practices.

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Missouri safety William Moore gets work in on his blitzing.

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Former University of Kentucky quarterback Curtis Pulley might transfer to Eastern Kentucky.

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Top Small School Defensive End Prospects:

Lawrence Sidbury Jr. ~ Richmond

Pierre Walters ~ Eastern Illinois

Ledarius Anthony ~ Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Ronald Talley ~ Delaware

Ryan Kees ~ St. Cloud State

Brandon Drumgoole ~ Western Carolina

Brandon Swain ~ West Texas A&M

Desmond Bryant ~ Harvard

Dexter Manley ~ West Texas A&M

Eric Schroeder ~ South Dakota State

Joe Lardinois ~ North Dakota State

Chris Brown ~ Sam Houston State

Jeffrey Bradley ~ Western Carolina

Marcus Bernard ~ Jackson State

Greg Peach ~ Eastern Washington

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last updated: 08/06/08
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Georgia Bulldogs' offensive guard Tanner Strickland has caught head coach Mark Richt's eye.

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Florida Gators' All-American caliber tight end Cornelius Ingram could miss his senior season due to a knee injury.

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Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley has dubbed surprising rookie free agent Lance Long "Wayne Chrebet 2".

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Former try-out longshot Byron Glaspy has become an entrenched, steady starter at Virginia.

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St.Cloud State defensive end Ryan Kees, who's currently considered a 7th round/free agent type NFL prospect, checks out Jared Allen and the Minnesota Vikings practicing.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchahan has just informed us three notable ex-F.B.S. players have transferred to smaller schools:

Linebacker Cortney Vincent, ex-Clemson, is now at Tarleton State

Offensive tackle Mike Brown, ex-Miss. State, is now at West Georgia

Running back George Stripling, ex-Louisville, is now at Mars Hill

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Michigan State tailback Javon Ringer hopes a new workout regimen equals more yards.

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Kansas Jayhawks' coaches are working Kerry Meier at quarterback, wide receiver and punter.

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Ex-JUCO wide receiver Ryan Gardner has impressed Colorado State coaches with his reported 4.3 speed.

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West Virginia linebacker Reed Williams, who had surgery on both shoulders last winter, has not been cleared to play.

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Closer look at promising L.S.U. sophomore safety/outfielder Chad Jones.

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In-depth look at talented University of Minnesota wide receiver/outfielder Eric Decker.

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Boise State tailback Ian Johnson has a 'chip on his shoulder' after getting a low draft projection from NFL scouts last winter.

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Northwestern has suspended starting defensive tackle John Gill for the first week of preseason practice and the season opener.

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Former University of Pittsburgh wide receiver Maurice Williams has enrolled at tiny Edinboro College.

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Pro scouts are interested in speedy Illinois sophomore linebacker Martez Wilson.

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Florida defensive lineman Matt Patchan is fully recovered from gunshot incident.

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Top Small School Defensive Tackle Prospects:

John Faletoese ~ U.C. Davis

Sammie Lee Hill ~ Stillman

Andre Wright ~ Glenville State

Dennis Marsh ~ Norfolk State

Mark Huygens ~ Northern Iowa

Jake Visser ~ Ferris State

Pernell Phillips ~ Central State

Chris Dowdell ~ Mars Hill

Mario Lane ~ Morehouse

Adam Soivilien ~ Stony Brook

Vaalyn Jackson ~ McNeese State

Mychal Savage ~ Youngstown State

Jeff Sobol ~ Eastern Illinois

Aaron Jones ~ Eastern Kentucky

Tim Washington ~ Appalachian State

Kevin Burke ~ Hampton University

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last updated: 08/05/08
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Closer look at Arizona State's talented wide receiver Chris McGaha, who has 'freakishly long' fingers.

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Highly regared JUCO transfer Jocques Crawford and lightning quick Jake Sharpe battling to be Kansas' starting tailback.

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Kentucky quarterback Curtis Pulley heading to an F.C.S. school after being dismissed from team?

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College Fantasy Football: CBS Sportsline's Top 25 Wide Receivers.

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The New York Times updates the seemingly never ending Brett Favre Saga.

DD.comment: ESPN is reporting Favre is willing to accept a trade to Tampa Bay and suggested a deal to the Bucs could happen soon, if the Packers back away from asking for a 1st round pick.

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Healthy linebacker Brian Toal embraces last chance to shine at Boston College.

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Penn State safety Anthony Scirrotto focused on becoming an caliber NFL safety.

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Wide receiver Darius Passmore expects to be Marshall's downfield threat.

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Washington linebacker Donald Butler out to prove lackluster defense of 2007 was a fluke.

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Fast-rising North Carolina sophomore Kendric Burney gives up baseball to hone his cornerback skills.

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Mike Detillier's Top 20 Seniors in the nation plus players on the cusp.

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Minnesota senior defensive end Willie VanDeSteeg believes this season will be better than last for the Gophers.

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Southern California true freshman tackle Matt Kalil (brother of Ryan) appears ready to start right away.

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Florida junior wide receiver Percy Harvin has bulked up to 205 pounds without losing speed.

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Fresno State senior tight end Bear Pascoe is among the best at his position in the nation.

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Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen says all but one player on defense can run the 40 yard dash under 5 seconds.

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Mississippi State sophomore offensive lineman Derek Sherrod has been impressing his coaches with his shift to left tackle.

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Southern Miss senior offensive tackle Ryan McKee has gained 20 pounds since last season and has run a 4.9 40-yard dash.

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Ole Miss junior defensive end Greg Hardy has been splitting time with the second team in practices.

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Senior linebacker John Bacon and other Oregon Ducks are feeling the benefits of good health.

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Once highly touted wide receiver Derrick Williams hoping to make some noise at Penn State.

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Central Florida defensive back Johnell Neal 'happy to be back' after spring shooting incident.

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Florida Gators' left tackle Phil Trautwein is healthy and hopes to impress NFL scouts.

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Rookie running back Ray Rice named to start Baltimore's first pre-season game.

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Rookie wide receiver Eddie Royal is hoping to make a huge impact in Denver.

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last updated: 08/04/08
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No surprise, rookie Matt Forte listed as the Chicago Bears starting running back

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Dallas Cowboys' rookie tight end Martellus Bennett takes the slow, steady approach.

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It's put-up-or-shut-up time for Cleveland's Travis Wilson, who claimed he was the best receiver in 2006 NFL draft.

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Promising University of Georgia junior linebacker Darius Dewberry suspended for two games after he damaged property.

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Junior quarterback Nick Mertens takes over at quarterback for North Dakota State.

DD.comment: We don't know anything about Mertens, but having a pair Big 10 caliber weapons to utilize -- tailback Tyler Roehl and wide receiver Kole Heckendorf -- should really help his cause. Despite many media members pegging Heckendorf as a classic "overachiever", NFL scouts have listed him running the 40 yard dash at 4.44 seconds (at almost 6' 2") in pre-season reports, which, if accurate, would make him one of the fastest receivers in the nation.

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The Washington Redskins have released veteran safety Stuart Schweigert.

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ESPN Feature: Due to his Mexican heritage, U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez has become a major folk hero in Los Angeles.

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Being the son of ex-NFL linebacker Eugene Marve, Miami Hurricanes' quarterback Robert Marve grew up reading defenses.

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Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter has added 20 pounds to enhance his NFL chances.

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The Washington Post takes a closer look at Maryland's speedy wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

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High impact junior cornerback D.J. Moore works out with Vanderbilt's offense.

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University of Illinois junior cornerback Vontae Davis is already thinking about the NFL.

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Tennessee State tailback Javarris Williams has NFL talent, but must stay in shape to have a chance.

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University of Minnesota coach Tim Brewster thinks JUCO transfer Tramaine Brock is a NFL prospect.

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Adam Nettina makes the case for Brigham Young quarterback Max Hall being a Heisman candidate.

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Pro Football Weekly is reporting the Packers are willing to trade Brett Favre to the Vikings.

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The Tampa Bay Bucs are really excited to have added rookie Dexter Jackson to their offense and special teams.

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Despite injury, ex-Chadron State star Danny Woodhead still wants a pro football career.

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With both Dexter Davis and Luis Vasquez, the Arizona State Sun Devils are strong at defensive end.

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Two true freshmen, defensive tackle John Brown and safety Will Hill, were impressive at Florida practice.

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Auburn offensive lineman Ryan Pugh mixes it up at practice.

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Hawaii junior center John Estes returns to lead the Warrior's offensive line.

Related link: Cots in the dance studio must mean it's training camp time in Hawaii.

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Alabama true freshman defensive end Terrance Cody impresses teammates with his speed and agility.

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Kansas State sophomore nose tackle Xzavier Stewart failed camp conditioning test.

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Top Small School Guard and Center Prospects:

Cecil Newton ~ Tennessee State

Louis West ~ Henderson State

William Giles ~ Tennessee-Chattanooga

Tim Henderson ~ Northwestern State

Thomas Pestock ~ Northwest Missouri State

Dennis Conley ~ Hampton

Roger Allen ~ Missouri Western

Aaron Lockwood ~ Southern Illinois

Dakarai Grimsley ~ Morgan State

Dwayne Delaney ~ Morgan State

Colin Dow ~ Montana

Jason Wombough ~ Montclair State

Joseph Thompson ~ Abilene Christian

Thomas Crowley ~ West Texas A&M

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last updated: 08/03/08
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Vanderbilt among tops in SEC for landing Football Transfers.

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Humble rookie Chris Long willing to learn 'anything' for the St. Louis Rams.

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Touted Clemson freshman defensive end Da’Quan Bowers won’t get a free ride into a starting role.

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Miami transfer Kirby Freeman one of four players competing to become Baylor's starting quarterback.

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Senior cornerback Brandon Hughes has become a prime time player for the Oregon State Beavers.

DD.comment: National Scouting currently ranks Hughes as the top rated senior cornerback in the Pac-10 Conference, just ahead of fellow Beaver Keenan Lewis and U.S.C.'s Cary Harris. Scouts project all three cornerbacks as 3rd to 5th round picks, heading into their senior seasons.

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West Virginia might move sophomore Brandon Hogan from wide receiver to cornerback.

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Shreveport Times: Position by position break down of the Louisiana State University Tigers.

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Press-Enterprise: Position by position break down of the University of Southern California Trojans.

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The Auburn Tigers have moved promising sophomore Mario Fanin from tailback to wide receiver.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan looks at the top players in the Southern Conference.

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Josh Buchanan's Top Small School Juniors (with 40 times & round projections):

1. CB Patrick Stoudamire ~ Western Illinois (5104, 200), 4.46/4.53, 6th

2. OT James Williams ~ Harvard (6054, 285), 5.25E, 6th

3. WR Armanti Edwards ~ Appalachian State (5116, 184), 4.48/4.50, 6th

4. OT Robert Norris ~ Morgan State (6040, 335), 6th

5. QB Matt Nichols ~ Eastern Washington (6014, 220), 4.85/4.95, 6th-7th

6. SS Jeromy Miles ~ Massachusetts (6014, 207), 6th-7th

7. OT Keith Buckman ~ North Dakota State (6044, 305), 5.25/5.28, 6th-7th

8. OT Jared Veldheer ~ Hillsdale (6070, 311), 5.00/5.05, 6th-7th

9. WR Terrell Hudgins ~ Elon (6024, 227), 4.70/4.75, 6th-7th

10. OT Lane Friewald ~ Central Arkansas (6064, 316,), 7th

11. WR Andre Roberts ~ Citadel (5104, 176), 4.55, 7th

12. RB Joique Bell ~ Wayne State (MI.) (5116, 220), 4.51/4.54, 7th

13. TE Clay Harbor ~ Missouri State (6034, 230), 4.76/4.79, 7th

14. CB Markee Hamlin ~ South Carolina State (5114, 178), 4.50/4.52, 7th

15. WR Cedric Jones ~ Valdosta State (5114, 182), 4.55/4.58, 7th

16. WR Aaron Boyce ~ Eastern Washington (6014, 205), 4.57/4.58, 7th

17. TE Larry Hedden ~ Furman (6044, 243), 7th

18. OLB Matt Marcorelle ~ Delaware (6014, 250), 4.49/4.59, 7th-PFA

19. OG Matthew McCracken ~ Richmond (6032, 300), 7th-PFA

20. DE Randy Earl ~ Minnesota State-Mankato (6044, 280), 7th-PFA

21. OT Kevin Mahoney ~ Eastern Illinois (6054, 315), 5.56/5.59, 7th-PFA

22. QB Ryan Perriloux ~ Jacksonville State (6024, 222), 4.62/4.63, 7th-PFA

23. TE Scott Sicko ~ New Hampshire (6024, 242), 4.65/4.73, 7th-PFA

24. WR Pat Simonds ~ Colgate (6052, 224), 7th-PFA

25. OT Will Norris ~ Eastern Illinois (6082, 315), 7th-PFA

26. FS Terrell Whitehead ~ Norfolk State (6014, 200), 4.55/4.56, 7th-PFA

27. QB John Skelton ~ Fordham (6044, 220), 4.86/4.90, 7th-PFA

28. OLB J.T. Gilmore ~ Western Oregon (6032, 260), 4.65/4.75, 7th-PFA

29. CB Terrance McGhee ~ Albany State (GA) (5094, 162), 4.54/4.55, 7th-PFA

30. OG Hunter Schmidt ~ Sam Houston State (6024, 308), 7th-PFA

31. RB Keithon Flemming ~ West Texas A&M (5112, 208), 4.52/4.53, 7th-PFA

32. SS Tommy Connors ~ Southeast Louisiana (5114, 205), 7th-PFA

33. SS Joseph Thornton ~ Tennessee-Chattanooga (6014, 190) 7th-PFA

34. WR Bobby Sewall ~ Brown (6004, 185), 4.40, 7th-PFA

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last updated: 08/02/08
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Promising University of Miami offensive lineman Orlando Franklin, who is now sporting a Mohawk, looks forward to a big sophomore season.

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New York Times: Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart hopes to shake "party boy" image.

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The Dallas Cowboys 2006 first round pick, linebacker Bobby Carpenter, hopes to earn more playing time this season.

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Rookie free agent linebacker Alex Hall has been impressing in Cleveland.

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Dan Pompei suggests the Chicago Bears could be interested in signing ex-Broncos safety John Lynch.

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Stanford offensive tackle Allen Smith, who is a solid NFL prospect when healthy, hopes to return from a serious knee injury.

Related Item: Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh says NFL scouts should pay attention to Cardinal left tackle Ben Muth.

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Sophomore tailback Greg Little hopes to be North Carolina's first 1,000 yard rusher since 1997.

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Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has kicked promising freshman Josh Jarboe off the team after he appeared in a profanity-laced rap video.

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Top Small School Quarterback Prospects:

Nathan Brown ~ Central Arkansas

Rhett Bomar ~ Sam Houston State

Chris Pizzotti ~ Harvard

Michael Reilly ~ Central Washington

Robert Reid ~ Texas Southern

Billy Malone ~ Abilene Christian

Jason Boltus ~ Hartwick

Keith Null ~ West Texas A&M

John White ~ Bentley

Brock Smith ~ Liberty

Terry Mayo ~ Texas A&M Commerce

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last updated: 08/01/08
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Kent State's coaches are excited to see how ex-defensive tackle Prishod Koonce fares at right tackle.

DD.comment: NFL scouts are really fascinated by Kent State tight end/H-Back Jameson Konz, who recently converted from linebacker. They have measured him at 6" 3" and 233 pounds and have listed his 40 yard dash time at an eye-popping 4.38.

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Former Nebraska star Brandon Jackson hopes to become Green Bay's starting tailback.

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The Seahawks have announced rookie defensive tackle Red Bryant is having knee surgery and will miss at least a month.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are using rookie Quintin Demps at safety and cornerback.

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Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper tells scout.com he received a 5th round projection from NFL scouts last winter.

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Wisconsin coaches think tight end Travis Beckum will be a 1st round pick and compare him to Dallas Clark.

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Oregon middle linebacker Casey Matthews (son of Clay) is a rising star for the Ducks defense.

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West Virginia true freshman defensive tackle Uriah Grant could be thrown into the fire right away.

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Newly transferred Ohio State lineman Justin Boren deals with abuse from spurned Michigan fans.

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The coaches at Louisiana Monroe are eager to get true freshman Luther Ambrose's 4.29 40 yard speed on the field as soon as possible.

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Interview with Georgia senior tight end Tripp Chandler.

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Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew speaks about his offseason incident.

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