Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


Hokies’ Locker Room Could Be Coed in 2012

August 31, 2011

It’s not very often that we see a girl trot onto the football field, especially at the college level. Regardless of its rarity, the Virginia Tech Hokies might get the opportunity to see that exact sight every day during practice next year.

 

After an apparently impressive tryout, freshman Lauren Luttrell earned an invite to the Hokies’ 2012 spring practice from head coach Frank Beamer. Although that’s no guarantee that she’ll see the field or even make the team, it’s a big win for those token female footballers out there.

 

“Right now it’s kind of tough to come out there and get a lot of attention,” said Beamer. “Things are happening so fast right now. But I was impressed with her and we’ll bring her back out in the spring.”

 

During her senior year at Spotsylvania High, Luttrell connected on 10 extra points and a (read more…)

Top PAC-12 Talent: Stanford Cardinal

August 28, 2011

As a Southern California native, I’ve followed PAC-10 football closely since I first fell in love with the sport. And now that it’s finally that time of year (college football time that is), what better way to start the season off by taking a look at some of the top talent that the PAC-10 (sorry, PAC-12) has to offer in 2011.

 

Since this is a draft coverage site, I’ll stick with the players that will be draft eligible at season’s end. I don’t think that’ll be too much of an issue, though, considering the fact that most of these PAC-12 teams are saturated with NFL-caliber talent.

 

To kick this series of articles off, I’ll go with the Stanford Cardinal. Why not start off with the best player in college football? And no, it’s not because they’re my favorite college football team…

 

Bias (read more…)

Auburn Names Trotter Starting QB for 2011

August 19, 2011

Barrett-Trotter

One and done for Cam Newton, the newest No. 1 pick hoping to make it big in the NFL.

 

In one year, Newton thrashed any defense that stood in his way, leading the Auburn Tigers to a 2010 National Championship and earning plenty of hardware (including the Heisman Trophy) in the process.

 

Now, Auburn must find Newton’s predecessor as they hope to continue their reign over the rest of the SEC. Apparently, junior quarterback Barrett Trotter is the answer to their problems. Trotter won the spot after a spring ball battle between him, sophomore Clint Moseley and freshman Kiehl Frazier. However, I certainly hope they aren’t expecting the same magic that Newton displayed in 2011.

 

Throughout his three years at Auburn, Trotter has amassed 64 passing yards and 68 rush yards, including one touchdown on the ground. All 132 of those yards came (read more…)

USC’s Ambles Ruled Academically Ineligible… Again

August 17, 2011

Markeith Ambles

Clearly, someone forgot to tell USC Trojans’ Markeith Ambles that you can’t just go to college and strictly play football.

 

On Tuesday, the sophomore wide receiver was ruled academically ineligible for the second time in the last year. Due to this ruling, Ambles will miss the entire 2011 college football season. And after missing the majority of the 2010 season for the same reason, there seems to be little hope that he’ll ever live up to the hype.

 

After signing with USC as the No. 3 high school receiver in the nation in 2010, Ambles has done nothing to prove that he was worth the scholarship. Along with being ruled academically ineligible twice, he has had myriad other problems. After he was ruled ineligible in 2010, he left the team in November only to return in mid-January. Throughout the 2010 season, it seemed like (read more…)

Season ends before it begins for Arkansas RB Davis

August 13, 2011

Only a few weeks before the regular season kicks off, the injury bug bit the Arkansas Razorbacks harder than they ever could have imagined.

 

According to team officials, Razorbacks’ senior running back Knile Davis fractured his left ankle and has already had surgery to repair the damage. Davis sustained the injury during a team scrimmage on Thursday, August 11.

 

This marks the third time in three years that Davis has suffered a broken ankle, although the first two were to his right leg. The 2010 All-SEC runner will miss the entire 2011 season due to the injury.

 

“I feel bad for Knile,” said Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino. “He’s a young man who worked as hard as you can possibly work this summer, provided unbelievable leadership for our team, was doing a great job in camp and working extremely hard. It’s one of those (read more…)

Rookie Report: Chargers vs. Seahawks

August 12, 2011

Chargers vs. Seahawks Rookie Report: Preseason Week 1

 

The most important aspect of the NFL preseason isn’t seeing how prepared the stars are. Instead, it’s all about finding the young players who are ready to assert themselves as NFL-caliber players.

 

The first game of the season for the San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks provided coaches and fans with a look at some of the young talent that both clubs have on their roster this season. Some of the young NFL hopefuls stepped up and made big plays, whereas others struggled to be productive under Qualcomm’s bright lights.

 

First, let’s take a look at a few of the Chargers’ rookies who made people take notice during their first appearance under the NFL spotlight. The player that really impressed me for the Chargers was undrafted rookie linebacker Darryl Gamble. An undrafted outside linebacker, Gamble stepped (read more…)

2011 Undrafted Free Agent Destinations

July 26, 2011

Noel Devine

Now that the NFL Lockout has finally come to an end, we can get to one of the most intriguing parts of what should be a rather crazy “off-season” in the NFL. Here’s a list of the destinations for some of the top undrafted rookie free agents.

 

As of Tuesday, teams were allowed to sign these undrafted rookie free agents.

 

Arizona Cardinals Davieun Curry-Chapman, WR, Northern Arizona Sean Jeffcoat, WR, Elon Duke Lemmens, DE, Florida Ricky Lumpkin, DT, Kentucky Eric Mensik, OT, Oklahoma Kris O’Dowd, C, USC Andrew Rich, S, BYU Jason Speredon, G, BYU Jake Vermiglio, OT, NC State D.J. Young, OL, Michigan State

 

Atlanta Falcons Doug Beaumont, WR, Louisville Kirk Belgrave, CB, Kent State Adam Froman, QB, Louisville Matt Hansen, LB, URI Tom McCarthy, LS, Yale Rob McGill, OT, Louisiana Tech Matt Murphy, OT, UNLV Andrew Schulz, LS, Iowa Philip Sylvester, RB, (read more…)

Mark Ingram Involved in Accident with 18-Wheeler

July 22, 2011

Before you get all worried like I did when I first saw this story run across my computer screen, let me reassure you that he is okay.

 

Early this morning in Huntsville, Alabama, former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and his girlfriend were heading southbound on Leeman Ferry Road in a 2008 Infiniti when they collided with an 18-wheeler. Luckily, the accident was nowhere near as bad as it could have been.

 

Although the Infiniti’s air bags deployed and the car’s front end was thrashed, neither Ingram nor his girlfriend was injured. The truck driver also avoided injury.

 

According to police, alcohol or drugs were not involved in the accident. After the accident occurred, Ingram was apparently picked up by friends and driven away before his wrecked car was towed.

 

Ingram and former Alabama teammate Julio Jones were in town for a Thursday (read more…)

Is ASU’s Burfict the Next Elite NFL Linebacker?

July 19, 2011

If you haven’t heard of Arizona State junior linebacker Vontaze Burfict yet, do some homework. This guy will be a force to be reckoned with when he finally enters the NFL ranks.

 

Coming out of high school, he was the No. 1 ranked middle linebacker in the nation. He is the highest ranked high school player to ever sign a letter of intent to play football for ASU.

 

The first thing that grabs you by the throat about Burfict is how ferocious of a competitor he is. Whenever he’s on the field, you can tell where he is simply by the smoke billowing out of his ears and nostrils. The monster inside of him wreaks havoc in ways most players can only dream of when he plays under control. When a ball-carrier finds himself face to face with Burfict, the end result is something similar (read more…)

Criner ready for Wildcats’ 2011 season after all

July 19, 2011

I would assume that just about every University of Arizona football fan is thanking their lucky stars right about now.

 

The Wildcats were given some of the greatest news that they could have asked for today when head coach Bob Stoops announced that star wide receiver Juron Criner is on campus and will most likely be a full participant in summer camp as well as the regular season.

 

It was reported in late June that Criner might miss camp due to a serious medical condition that could put his entire 2011 season in jeopardy. However, as it turns out, the situation was family-related and shouldn’t hinder Criner’s ability to perform on the football field.

 

“We anticipate having Juron,” Stoops said. “He had some family issues that were concerning over the summer, and those are personal. We anticipate him being the same player – (read more…)

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