Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

QB of the Week: Jimmy Clausen

October 5, 2009

Jimmy Clausen

QB – Notre Dame Junior

The Davey O’Brien award has named Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen as the Quarterback of the Week. Clausen led the Fighting Irish to a last second victory in overtime against Washington this week. Clausen finished the game 23 of 31 for 422 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. The Notre Dame/Washington matchup was a marquee QB matchup of the week, as Clausen took on Washington QB Jake Locker. Other quarterbacks receiving votes this week included: Jacory Harris – Miami (SO), Case Keenum – Houston (RsJR), Josh Nesbitt – Georgia Tech (JR), Aaron Opelt – Toledo (SR), Tyrod Taylor – Virginia Tech (JR), and Tony Pike – Cincinnati (SR). The O’Brien honors the nation’s best college quarterback of the year. Each week a subset of The O’Brien Selection Committee will name the quarterback of the week who exemplifies the award’s standards. Currently (read more…)

Small School Spotlight: Week 5

October 5, 2009

Every week, Draft Breakdown will bring you three standout players from “small” schools. We’ll cover a player from Division 1-AA, Division II and Division III. Here are this weeks spotlight players.

Division I-AA

Paul Roberts QB – Mississippi Valley State Senior 6’2″ 196 lbs

Senior quarterback Paul Roberts had an amazing game for the MVSU Delta Devils this week. In a 61-6 beat-down of Texas College, Roberts led the offense with 5 touchdowns. The QB finished the game 24 of 35 for 329 yards, 5 TDs and 1 INT, adding 4 rushes for 32 yards in the victory

Division II

Joique Bell RB – Wayne State RS Senior 6’0″ 223 lbs

Senior running back Joique Bell helped lead Wayne State on a come from behind victory this week over Ashland. Trailing 33-20 at halftime, Bell came out in the 2nd half on fire. Joique (read more…)

Small School Spotlight: Week 4

September 30, 2009

Every week, Draft Breakdown will bring you three standout players from “small” schools. We’ll cover a player from Division 1-AA, Division II and Division III. Here are this weeks spotlight players.

Division I-AA

Taiwan Jones RB – Eastern Washington RS-Sophomore 6’1″ 200 lbs

Sophomore running back Taiwan Jones led the charge for the Eastern Washington Eagles this week against Sacramento State. Jones ran all over Sacramento’s defense, carrying the ball 15 times for 190 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jones also added 1 catch for 20 yards in the 56-30 win. Jones originally played cornerback for the Eagles, but made the transition to running back during the spring practices.

Division II

DeRante Hunter QB – Charleston Junior 5’9″ 175 lbs

Junior quarterback DeRante Hunter dominated this week against Shepherd University. Hunter showed his versatility and athleticism, rushing the ball 24 times for 115 yards and (read more…)

Jermaine Gresham passes on red shirt

September 29, 2009

Jermaine Gresham

TE – Oklahoma Senior

After a season ending knee injury, many wondered in Jermaine Gresham would take a medical red shirt to play another season at Oklahoma. According to The Oklahoman, Gresham will be taking his chances in the 2010 NFL Draft instead. Gresham is hands down the best TE prospect in the coming draft and while the injury should drop him some, he could still be the first TE off the board.

Defensive Player of the Week: Pat Angerer

September 29, 2009

Pat Angerer

LB – Iowa Senior

Pat Angerer has received the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the week award. Angerer led the Hawkeye’s defense to a second straight victory against #5 ranked Penn State. The senior LB racked up 14 tackles and caused two turnovers. Angerer intercepted a Daryl Clark pass, returning it for 38 yards and also caused a fumble in the 4th quarter during a Penn State red zone possession. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 7. Last season, Texas DE Brian Orakpo was the recipient of the end of season award.

QB of the week: Case Keenum

September 28, 2009

Case Keenum

QB – Houston RS Junior

The Davey O’Brien award has named Houston QB Case Keenum as the Quarterback of the Week. Keenum led Houston in a come from behind victory against Texas Tech this week. Keenum finished the game 38 of 58 for 435 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The Cougars QB also rushed 8 times for 27 yards, including the game-winning 4 yard rush for a touchdown. Houston climbed the rankings this week, reaching #12 in the AP Poll. Other quarterbacks receiving votes this week included: Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame (JR), BJ Daniels – South Florida (RsFR), Blaine Gabbert – Missouri (SO), Jeremiah Masoli – Oregon (JR), Colt McCoy – Texas (SR), Todd Reesing – Kansas (SR), Greg McElroy – Alabama (JR), Tim Tebow – Florida (SR) and Tony Pike – Cincinnati (SR). The O’Brien honors the nation’s best college quarterback of the (read more…)

USC’s Stafon Johnson injured/has surgery

September 28, 2009

According to the LA Times, USC Senior running back Stafon Johnson severely injured his throat during a weight lifting accident today. Johnson reportedly was bench pressing and the bar slipped from his hand, falling onto his throat. Johnson was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. More information about the accident can be found on the LA Times website. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Johnson and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Rookies Missing in Action

September 28, 2009

Three weeks into the NFL season and some rookies are becoming standouts on their team. However, some first round draft picks have yet to make any kind of reasonable impact on their teams at all. Perhaps it’s too early to say that they won’t make an impact, but some certainly need to step it up…or at least get on the field. Jason Smith – OT – Rams: #2 Overall Smith missed the 3rd game of the season with an injury, but the Rams have been terrible on offense. After this week, they rank 28th overall in offense, have scored no rushing touchdowns and have allowed 5 total sacks. Tyson Jackson – DE – Chiefs: #3 Overall Jackson has registered just 2 total tackles in three games and the Chiefs have allowed 5 rushing touchdowns already this season. Andre Smith – OT – Bengals: #6 Overall After a bit of a (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 3

September 28, 2009

The final scores are in the books and Draft Breakdown is here to update you on how some of the top rookies in the 2009 draft performed in week 3 of the NFL season. Matthew Stafford – QB – Lions The stats weren’t phenomenal, but Stafford helped the Lions get a much more important stat; a win. The Lions broke a 19 game losing streak at home vs. the Washington Redskins, and Stafford led the way. The former Georgia signal-caller finished the game 21 of 36 for 241 yards and a touchdown, and added 2 rushes for 23 yards in their first win of the season. Mark Sanchez – QB – Jets For the 3rd week in a row, Sanchez makes our list. While he had some struggles in this game (1 int and 2 fumbles), he maintained his cool. Sanchez finished 17 of 30 for 171 yards, 2 TDs (read more…)

DJ Williams nominated for Courage Award

September 24, 2009

DJ Williams

TE – Arkansas Junior

After the incredible story of Ole Miss (and now Baltimore Ravens) offensive tackle Michael Oher, the 2010 NFL Draft may have another similar background story…that is if Arkansas TE DJ Williams (JR) decides to declare for the draft. Fearing that I won’t be able to due Williams’ story justice by providing my own summary, here is the official release from the FWAA. From the Football Writers Association of America DALLAS (FWAA) – Arkansas’ D.J. Williams is the first weekly nominee for the 2009 FedEx Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award, to be announced at the end of the season. Williams, a junior tight end from Little Rock, Ark., has overcome a childhood dominated by an abusive, drug-addicted father to excel in the classroom, the community and on the field. Williams’ father, David Williams, is currently serving time in a Texas prison. But D.J. Williams’ (read more…)

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