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Game of the Week Review: Michigan State vs. Iowa

Written by Chris Lomas on November 2, 2010

Game of the Week Review: Michigan State vs. Iowa

Quickhitters

 

In a week that was termed roadblock week, things went pretty well according to plan with no “Major” upsets.

 

Andrew Luck, head to head vs. Locker, Luck by far was the more impressive quarterback and looks like he may be able to step in next year and start in the NFL immediately as Sam Bradford has done this year. On the other hand, I am frankly getting tired of the Locker apologist’s. All I hear is he has not support, not talent around him, he has all the skills just not the players blah blah blah….. The guy simply does not win; he has looked inconsistent at the best of times this year and absolutely awful at other times. Yes, there are scouts who are still high on him but there were scouts that were high on Ryan Leaf and a hundred other quarterbacks the (read more…)


Rookie Reviews: Week 7

Written by Chad Davis on October 27, 2010

Rookie Reviews: Week 7

Daryl Washington—ILB—Arizona Cardinals At least the Cardinals hit on one of their 7 draft picks. With 1st round pick Dan Williams having an especially disappointing season, 2nd round pick Daryl Washington from TCU has stepped up and is quietly putting together a solid rookie campaign with 42 total tackles thus far. This past weekend against Seattle, Washington tallied 11 tackles and his first career sack. He was all over the field, especially against the run, and looked like he will be around for a very long time.

 

LeGarrette Blount—RB—Tampa Bay Buccaneers It’s pretty easy to dislike LeGarrette Blount, but it’s not easy to deny that he looks like he might stick around in the NFL for a long time. With a pretty unique frame for a running back at 6’0” and 247 lbs. Blount’s bruising style and hard running are making a name for himself in Tampa Bay. (read more…)


Game of the Week Review: Oklahoma vs. Missouri

Written by Chris Lomas on October 27, 2010

Game of the Week Review: Oklahoma vs. Missouri

Quick hitters

 

Cam Newton, definitely the favorite for the Heisman at this point, dominated a very a good LSU defense on Saturday. No, he is not your prototypical NFL QB and needs another year in college before he even thinks about the NFL, but let’s not be so fast in saying this guy has zero chance to be a QB in the NFL. I have watched three of his games this year and the guy has an arm, is pretty accurate and knows where to place the ball. No, he does not have good footwork or mechanics yet and he is a run first quarterback, but he is still learning the game and could develop into a player. Michael Vick and Vince Young both are capable QB’s in the NFL and at times dominant so don’t dismiss Newton.

 

Taylor Martinez, I hope his 5 touchdowns and (read more…)


Game of the Week Preview: Oklahoma vs. Missouri

Written by Chris Lomas on October 23, 2010

Game of the Week Preview: Oklahoma vs. Missouri

Prospects

 

DeMarco Murray He is getting some attention as a Heisman candidate. I want to see how he runs between the tackles, his balance and burst.

 

Ryan Broyles Many have Broyles as a late first rounder. His major drawback is his size at only 5-11, 183. I will be looking for how well he gets in and out of his breaks, route running and how he is in the air.

 

Blaine Gabbert Want to see how he plays against the number #1 team, what are his intangibles like, how well does he throw the ball and how far along is his footwork and mechanics.

 

Aldon Smith Coming off the leg injury how effective will he be, is he as fast off the snap of the ball and how well does he play against the run.

 

Outcome

 

Tight game, Missouri has been looking (read more…)


Rookie Reviews: Week 6

Written by Chad Davis on October 19, 2010

Rookie Reviews: Week 6

Danario Alexander—WR—St. Louis Rams One of the stories coming out of the draft for me was the fact that Alexander did not get drafted. Then I was even more surprised when none of his off-season workouts resulted in a contract offer. Of course the knee injury suffered at the Senior Bowl played a huge part, but Alexander’s production at Missouri was off the charts. So when St. Louis finally signed him on 8/23 and placed him on the practice squad, I was intrigued as to what would happen. Well what happened was Mark Clayton went down with a season ending knee-injury, Alexander got promoted from the practice squad, and in his first game as a pro versus the San Diego Chargers he caught 4 passes for 72 yards including a 38 yard touchdown catch. Impressive stuff considering what Alexander has gone through. It’s safe to say keep an eye on (read more…)


Game of the Week: Arkansas vs. Auburn

Written by Chris Lomas on October 19, 2010

Game of the Week: Arkansas vs. Auburn

Because of some difficulties I will not be doing the review of the Wisconsin victory over the Buckeyes, as I was unable to see the game or get a copy of it. Instead I will be reviewing the Auburn win over Arkansas, which proved to be a very entertaining game.

 

First off my thoughts on the Badgers victory over the Buckeyes, as I mentioned in my preview Ohio State had not yet played any team of substance all year and were playing a Wisconsin team with one lose on their record and needing a victory to stay on pace with the rest of the Big 10. Combine this with the fact that Ohio State had to go on the road to a rowdy night game at Camp Randall, all the pieces were in place for a Badgers win and that is just what happened. The Badgers were able to (read more…)


Game of the Week Preview: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin

Written by Chris Lomas on October 14, 2010

Game of the Week Preview: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin

Huge Big Ten battle when the Buckeyes travel to Madison to play the Badgers at the always difficult Camp Randall Stadium, where Wisconsin is 40-4 since 2004. There are many critics of the new #1 team in the country, claiming Ohio State has yet to play any team of substance (Miami now out of the top #25) and have only played one game away from Columbus (Illinois, where they struggled for most of the game). This will be the Buckeyes toughest test to date and they will go against a solid, experienced, senior led Badger team that once again is built on its strong running game, averaging 290 yards per game (16th nationally). This is also a game that means a lot to the Badgers as they are still recovering from their loss to the Spartans two weeks ago in East Lansing. One more loss for the Badgers and they (read more…)


Game of the Week Review: Florida vs. LSU

Written by Chris Lomas on October 13, 2010

Game of the Week Review: Florida vs. LSU

Full marks to LSU and in particular, their defensive line, who controlled the game and made Florida’s offense struggle all day. The Tigers definitely proved me wrong. However, at the same time I give praise to the LSU defensive line, I have to criticize Urban Meyer for being unprepared, unwilling to change and producing overrated recruiting classes.

 

Unprepared: How could be possibly not be ready for the fake field goal near the end of the game? It was unlikely that the Tigers were going to kick a 53 yard field goal even with LSU having one of the best kickers in the country in Josh Jasper. Additionally, Les Miles had called a similar play against South Carolina in 2007. I even called the fake field goal and I am no Div. 1 head coach.

 

Unwilling to change: Clearly John Brantley is not Tim Tebow, cannot run (read more…)


Rookie Reviews: Week 5

Written by Chad Davis on October 12, 2010

Rookie Reviews: Week 5

T.J. Ward—S—Cleveland Browns It hasn’t taken long for Ward to make a name for himself. In what is proving to be a great class of rookie safeties (and Eric Berry hasn’t even got going yet), the 2nd round pick from Oregon, for better or worse, has earned the “Enforcer” label already. This week versus Atlanta, Ward again stood out with 7 tackles and a big blocked field goal. In five games Ward has already compiled 43 tackles, and along with fellow rookie Joe Haden, is forming the beginning of a great young secondary for Cleveland.

 

Max Hall—QB—Arizona Cardinals I would bet big money that nobody predicted after the draft that Max Hall would start a game as a rookie this year. But when you’re in the Arizona Cardinals quarterback merry-go-round post-Kurt Warner, anything can happen. And what happened was NFL history. Hall became the first undrafted rookie free agent (read more…)


NCAA rules Quinn & Little permanently ineligible

Written by Will Spencer on October 11, 2010

NCAA rules Quinn & Little permanently ineligible

It has been revealed today that North Carolina players Greg Little and Robert Quinn have been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA. According to an NCAA investigation, both Little and Quinn were ruled ineligible for violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules. According to the report, Little accepted $4952.00 in benefits, including diamond earrings and travel expenses to Washington D.C., the Bahamas and two trips to Miami. Quinn reportedly received $5642.00 in benefits, including two black diamond watches, matching earrings and travel expenses for a trip to Miami. The NCAA ruling stated that not only did Quinn and Little received illegal benefits, but both were untruthful about receiving these benefits during official NCAA interviews. This raises some possible character concerns for both Quinn and Little, who will be heading into the NFL Draft in April. Quinn has been projected as a possible top 5 selection in (read more…)


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