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Five GIFs to Get to Know C.J. Johnson

Written by Aimal Arsalla on August 17, 2014

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Under the guidance of head coach Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss has transformed into a formidable program in the SEC. To his credit, Freeze was largely responsible for locking up defensive end stud Robert Nkemdiche on signing day in 2013. However, he also had the major benefit of inheriting another standout defensive end in C.J. Johnson.

Johnson stood out when I studied Ole Miss prospects last summer. He garnered some attention from the draft community at the time, but a season-ending ankle injury in October quieted the buzz.

Like Nkemdiche, C.J. Johnson was a five-star recruit. Freeze realizes his impact on the defensive line and made it clear that their defense took a step back when Johnson was lost for the season.

If Johnson can stay healthy and perform at a consistently high level, he has an opportunity to become a surprise first rounder in (read more…)


Five GIFs to Get to Know Hau’oli Kikaha

Written by Justis Mosqueda on August 8, 2014

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With the 2014 season fast approaching, one potential riser to keep an eye out for throughout the fall is U-Dub edge defender Hau’oli Kikaha. With a background in judo, this pass­ rusher uses technique and upper body strength to beat his opponents.

After back-­to-­back years with season-ending knee injuries, he produced at a very high level in 2013, notching 13 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss.

In 2014, he’s playing to prove his durability and to rewrite the Husky record book. If Kikaha is able to stay healthy, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he jumps up into the first round of the 2015 draft.


Five GIFs to Get to Know Ameer Abdullah

Written by Andrew Worstell on August 6, 2014

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Ameer Abdullah stunned many when he announced he would return to Nebraksa for his senior season. Abdullah cited completing his degree as motivation, but he also appeared to be coming off the ultimate resume-building campaign: the 5’9″, 195-pound back tallied almost 1,700 yards as a junior — picking up yardage at a 6.0 YPC clip — and hauled in 26 receptions.

Instead of playing on Sundays this fall, Ameer will look to add to his legacy as the first Husker RB to have three 1,000 yard seasons. Abdullah also leads all active FBS backs in career 100-yard games with seventeen.

Additionally, Abdullah will work to secure his status as the top senior RB in the 2015 NFL Draft, something he’s likely to achieve if he avoids injury. He’s clearly the Huskers’ most important player on the field and also exemplary off of it, leading in the locker room and (read more…)


Five GIFs to Get to Know Dante Fowler

Written by Derrik Klassen on August 4, 2014

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As soon as the 2014 NFL Draft wrapped up, the draft community got started on the next crop of prospects. Since then, Dante Fowler has been touted as arguably the best draft-eligible edge defender, ahead of talents like Vic Beasley, Trey Flowers, and Eric Striker. Additionally, he was named to the Bronko Nagurski Award watch list and the Bednarik Award watch list.

Given all that buzz, it’s worth asking: why is Fowler so well-regarded?

Statistically, Fowler hasn’t been a major standout. The then-true sophomore only recorded 3.5 sacks last year, two coming on free rushes against Kentucky. He was named second team All-SEC, with Michael Sam, Dee Ford, Jadeveon Clowney, and Kony Ealy instead earning first team accolades. Aside from Clowney, none of those players received the preseason hype that Fowler did, yet all out-produced him.

That said, it is not Fowler’s box scores that draw attention to him (read more…)


Five GIFs to Get to Know Arie Kouandjio

Written by Spencer on August 4, 2014

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Arie Kouandjio will enter this season as one of the top guard prospects in the country. The big, mauling lineman certainly has the traits & skills to become a very good NFL player down the road.

Both experienced and a well-sized physical specimen, the redshirt senior makes some aspects of the game look very easy.

The Bama left guard does have a few things to work on. However, his numerous strengths rightfully have him held in high esteem.


Five GIFs to Get to Know Oregon OT Jake Fisher

Written by Justis Mosqueda on July 18, 2014

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On the surface, Jake Fisher doesn’t seem like a prospect that should be receiving an immense amount of praise coming into the 2014 season. While he’s only received one honorable mention All-Pac 12 tackle nod at this point in his career, Fisher is a talented tackle who’ll only grow in esteem among draftniks. A two-time “Pancake Club award” winner at Oregon, his talent isn’t unnoticed by teammates and coaches.

The projected third-year starter was ranked the 11th best player on Oregon’s roster by 247 Sports, as well as the ninth-ranked senior tackle prospect by NFL Draft Scout. Those projections, in my view, are selling Oregon’s right tackle short.

A high school tight end, Jake Fisher’s upside as an athletic, mauling lineman could warrant an Eric Fisher-like rise in his senior season. With top-tier athleticism, consistency will be the key to propel the offensive lineman, who (read more…)


Math Rushers

Written by Justis Mosqueda on February 27, 2014

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“Box score scouting” is as or more dangerous in the sport of football as any other on Earth. With 22 moving parts on any given play, it’s hard to come up with a metric to compare and/or contrast players that aren’t influenced by the system the player plays in, the strength of his opponent, or the strength of the teammates next to him.

The most important day for football evaluations comes in the spring: the NFL Draft. Teams hedge their futures on players. One single player can elevate the entire franchise to another level, ending up in raises or championships for those around them, as well as for himself.

On the contrast, some set a team back for years as they’re forced into the lineups due to their investment value. Imagine how different Buffalo would have been like had they taken Brian Orakpo or Clay (read more…)


Video Passing Chart: Aaron Murray

Written by Aaron Aloysius on October 18, 2013

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Aaron Murray – Passing Chart 20+ 6/11, 248 yards 1 TD, 0 INT 3/6 [1], 171 yards 2 TD, 0 INT 4/9, 100 yards 2 TD, 0 INT 10-19 8/11 [1], 135 yards 0 TD, 0 INT 11/16, 224 yards 0 TD, 1 INT 8/21 [3], 143 yards 2 TD, 2 INT 0-9 12/25 [4], 134 yards 3 TD, 0 INT 16/26 [4], 154 yards 3 TD, 0 INT 26/34 [1], 317 yards 3 TD, 1 INT < LOS 9/9, 75 yards 1 TD, 0 INT 7/11, 58 yards 0 TD, 1 INT 12/12, 65 yards 0 TD, 0 INT Left (read more…)


Video Passing Chart: Zach Mettenberger

Written by Aaron Aloysius on October 4, 2013

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Zach Mettenberger: Five Games 20+ 5/10**, 132 yards 2 TD, 0 INT 4/8*, 153 yards 1 TD, 0 INT 7/13**, 195 yards 3 TD, 0 INT 11-19 9/13, 181 yards 2 TD, 0 INT 7/9, 161 yards 1 TD, 0 INT 6/11**, 100 yards 1 TD, 0 INT 0-10 12/16*, 128 yards 1 TD, 0 INT 10/13, 128 yards 2 TD, 0 INT 10/15*, 136 yards 0 TD, 1 INT < LOS 7/7, 44 yards 0 TD, 0 INT 5/7**, 41 yards 0 TD, 0 INT Left Middle Right Games charted: TCU, UAB, Kent State, Auburn, Georgia

Charting compiled by Justis Mosqueda & Aaron (read more…)


Getting To Know Bobby Wagner

Written by Aaron Aloysius on December 15, 2011

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Most folks expected the opening weekend Auburn-Utah State game to be a blowout: the spread favored Auburn by more than three TDs. However, instead of the Tigers crushing their supposedly cupcake competition, their win wasn’t secured until late in the 4th quarter.

Auburn’s close call partly was due to the inspired play of Bobby Wagner. The instinctive Utah State linebacker made plays all over the field, including behind the line of scrimmage. He finished the game with 10 tackles, along with a sack and an additional tackle-for-loss.

And that was only the start of a great season for Wagner. The now three-time All-WAC ‘backer reached an entirely new level of production, notching 140 tackles, 4 sacks, and 10.5 tackles for loss. More importantly, he exhibited skills that will make him a quality starter at the next level.

Rather than a prospect who thrives by beating down lesser teams, Wagner has (read more…)


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