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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…)


Game of the Week Preview: Florida vs. LSU

Written by Chris Lomas on October 9, 2010

Game of the Week Preview: Florida vs. LSU

This game features a matchup of two of the most overrated teams in the nation. Florida got exposed last week and this week it will be LSU’s turn. LSU sneaked out a win in Tiger Stadium last week against the Vols in spite of Les Miles. However, they will have no such luck this week in the Swamp against a Florida team that got steamrolled by Alabama. While Florida is unquestionably inferior to an excellent Alabama team, in my mind they are definitely superior to a gloried LSU team who has wins over North Carolina, West Virginia, and Tennessee teams all having down years. While I know that LSU can only beat who they play, I see this game against Florida being the first of 3-4 losses for LSU as they still have an incredibly difficult SEC schedule left against Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas. They will lose at least (read more…)


2 Round “Way Too Early” Mock Draft 5.0

Written by Aaron Aloysius on October 8, 2010

2 Round “Way Too Early” Mock Draft 5.0

Aaron Aloysius takes you through the first two-round mock of our "Way Too Early" series.

1. Buffalo Bills Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford*

The end of the Captain Checkdown experiment has only further highlighted the Bills’ need for a franchise QB. The team may flirt with drafting an elite receiver (AJ Green) or pass rusher (Robert Quinn), but — like in the last two drafts — the first pick ultimately will be used on a franchise QB. The two most likely candidates are Jake Locker and Andrew Luck. While Locker more closely resembles the type of athletic QB Chan Gailey prefers, questions about his accuracy and pocket presence could damage his draft stock. And while Luck isn’t an athlete on Locker’s level, the Stanford QB is far from a statue, and his combination of physical tools, smarts, and leadership qualities make him an ideal #1 overall (read more…)


Risers and Sliders: Week Five

Written by Aaron Aloysius on October 7, 2010

Risers and Sliders: Week Five

Risers

Leonard Hankerson WR Miami Coming into the season, very few draft analysts had Hankerson rated highly; the folks at National Scouting gave the Miami wideout a 5th to 7th round grade. However, Hankerson’s quieted many of his critics with a strong start to the 2010 season, including a 147 yard, 3 touchdown performance against Clemson. Though he lacks elite speed, Hankerson has enough quicks to separate from defensive backs and out-muscle them to the ball. Both qualities showed up in the Clemson game, but it was his ability to make the tough grab in traffic that was the most important part of his day. On his last TD reception, Hankerson plucked the ball away from his body, then took a hit without coughing up the pigskin. Hankerson’s been drop-prone in the past, so it’s important that he prove to scouts that he’ll be a reliable receiver at the (read more…)


Player Profile: Case Keenum

Written by Rob Engle on October 6, 2010

Player Profile: Case Keenum

Case Keenum

 

Position: QB School: Houston Height: 6’2" Weight: 210 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.95 All-Star Game: — Team Captain: 2009 Overall Grade: -.– Draft Projection: —

 

Non-position specific categories

 

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 – Speed 8 – Quickness/Agility 10 – Strength/Explosion 10 – Athletic Ability 8 – Durability 8 – Character 6 – Production/Experience 6 – Toughness 8 – Potential 10 –

 

Quarterback Specific Categories

 

Category Max. Value Grade Decision Making 10 – Arm Strength 7 – Accuracy 10 – Mechanics/Footwork 7 – Mobility 6 – Release Quickness 8 –

 

Explanation of Player Grading System

 

The Breakdown

Keenum was on pace to set several NCAA all-time passing records before he tore his ACL only 3 games into the 2010 football season. Keenum was a redshirt senior in 2010, so it’s doubtful that he will apply (read more…)


Player Profile: DeMarcus Love

Written by Chris Lomas on October 5, 2010

Player Profile: DeMarcus Love

DeMarcus Love

Position: OT School: Arkansas Height: 6’5" Weight: 315 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.18 All-Star Game: — Team Captain: — Overall Grade: -.– Draft Projection: —

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 – Speed 8 – Quickness/Agility 10 – Strength/Explosion 10 – Athletic Ability 8 – Durability 8 – Character 6 – Production/Experience 6 – Toughness 8 – Potential 10 –

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 – Run Blocking 10 – Awareness 8 – Hand Placement 6 – Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 – Footwork 8 – Leverage 8 –

Explanation of Player Grading System

The Breakdown

Love possesses excellent size, strength and athleticism. He exhibits decent quickness off the line however at times is slow to react to the snap. Makes use of his long arms effectively, as he does (read more…)


Rookie Reviews: Week 4

Written by Chad Davis on October 5, 2010

Rookie Reviews: Week 4

Sam Bradford—QB—St. Louis Rams And the Offensive Rookie of the Year is…..Sam Bradford. While I’m sure that Bradford will inevitably have a bad game or two, the rookie first round pick from Oklahoma is as unflappable as any rookie quarterback I’ve seen in a long time. The Seattle Seahawks came at Bradford from all angles on Sunday, and all Bradford did was torch them to the tune of 23-41 passing for 289 yards and 2 td’s. The one mistake being an interception thrown in the endzone to fellow rookie Earl Thomas of Seattle, but otherwise a rock solid performance for Bradford. I’ll go ahead and set aside a spot in next week’s column, as Bradford looks like the real deal so far this year. Taylor Mays—S—San Francisco 49ers Mays made the most of his first career start versus the Atlanta Falcons. While the 11 tackles was impressive enough and worthy (read more…)


Game of the Week Review: Stanford vs. Oregon

Written by Chris Lomas on October 5, 2010

Game of the Week Review: Stanford vs. Oregon

The game pretty much played out like I thought it would with Stanford and Oregon being close throughout, and then Oregon taking over at the end of the game. I was surprised at how the Ducks came out early giving up 21 points to Stanford (not sure why, they seem to get behind every week) but as I mentioned, the Ducks just had too many athletes for Stanford to complete against.

Analysis of Prospects

Andrew Luck Best quarterback in the nation for the first 3 quarters but fell apart near the end of the game when he was trying to bring his team back. The most glaring weakness in his game is his arm. I counted 4 times he tried to throw a deep ball and each time it hung up, resulting in a ball that was knocked down, a completion, an interception, and an overthrow. In the (read more…)


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