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Small School Spotlight: Week 6

Written by Will Spencer on October 14, 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

Pat Devlin QB – Delaware RS Junior 6’4″ 220 lbs

Redshirt Junior QB Pat Devlin had a great game against Masschusetts this week. The Penn State transfer is hoping to follow in the foot steps of Joe Flacco after his transfer from Pittsburgh. Devlin led the Blue Hens to a victory by going 19/26 for 284 yards, 4 TDs and 1 INT.

Division II

Tariq Ali LB – Western Alabama RS Senior 6’2″ 205 lbs

Senior linebacker Tariq Ali was a defensive force against Delta State this week. Ali, who was forced to redshirt in 2008, was named All-Golf South Conference as a true Junior in 2007. This week, Ali led (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 5

Written by Will Spencer on October 14, 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 5 of the NFL season. Everette Brown – DE – Panthers The former Florida State pass rusher reached a milestone this week against the Redskins. Brown recorded his first career sack this week and also added a forced fumble and 2 tackles in the win. Mike Wallace – WR – Steelers Wallace is starting to become a favorite target for Roethlisberger. Wallace scored again this week, ending the game with 2 catches for 52 yards and 1 touchdown, his first of the season. Hakeem Nicks – WR – Giants Nicks had another strong game this week and seems to be close to 100% after his injury. Nicks added 4 catches for 49 yards and a touchdown in the easy win against (read more…)

Defensive Player of the Week: Ndamukong Suh

Written by Will Spencer on October 14, 2009

Ndamukong Suh

DT – Nebraska Senior

Ndamukong Suh has received the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the week award. Suh proved why he’s our top ranked senior prospect this week against Missouri. The massive defensive tackle showed his power and athleticism, racking up 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass break-up and 3 quarterback hurries in the road victory. 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: Thaddeus Lewis

Written by Will Spencer on October 14, 2009

Thaddeus Lewis

QB – Duke Senior

The Davey O’Brien award has named Duke QB Thaddeus Lewis this week’s quarterback of the week. Lewis led the Blue devils to a first win over North Carolina State in 12 games. The senior QB finished the game with huge numbers, going 40 of 50 passes for 459 yards and 5 touchdowns. Lewis was also key in converting 13 of 18 third downs in the victory. Other quarterbacks receiving votes this week included: Sam Bradford – Oklahoma (JR), Case Keenum – Houston (RS-JR), Dan LeFevour – Central Michigan (SR), Colt McCoy – Texas (SR), Christian Ponder – Florida State (RS-JR), Todd Reesing – Kansas (SR), Steven Sheffield – Texas Tech (JR), Riley Skinner – Wake Forest (RS-SR) and Tim Tebow – Florida (SR). The O’Brien honors the nation’s best college quarterback of the year. Each week a subset of The O’Brien Selection (read more…)

Darius Nall nominated for Courage Award

Written by Will Spencer on October 14, 2009

Darius Nall

DE – Central Florida Redshirt Sophomore

From the Football Writers Association of America DALLAS (FWAA) – Central Florida’s Darius Nall is the weekly nominee for the 2009 FedEx Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award, to be announced at the end of the season. Nall, a sophomore defensive end from Douglasville, Ga., has overcome cancer that required three surgeries, the last to remove a baseball-sized tumor from his chest. Nall was honored as one of Conference USA’s best freshmen in 2007, but was diagnosed during the summer of 2008 with cancer. He underwent surgery on July 9, 2008, to remove the mass. The procedure was followed by radiation therapy. Nall was declared a cancer survivor last November. He returned to football last spring. “I don’t take anything for granted anymore,” he told Florida Today. “Not even life in general. As for football, this is what I do best. I’m (read more…)

Player to Watch for: QB Zac Dysert

Written by Rob Engle on October 8, 2009

Zac Dysert

QB – Miami (OH) Redshirt Freshman

Two weeks ago, the Miami University RedHawks made a significant quarterback change, switching out redshirt senior Daniel Raudabaugh for redshirt freshman Zac Dysert. Raudabaugh, the starting quarterback for the RedHawks since 2007, was replaced after going 0-3 with 2 Touchdowns, 5 Interceptions and a 53% completion percentage.

It isn’t common for a senior to be benched for a freshman, especially at quarterback. But after starting 0-3 and not showing any signs of improvement, first year Head Coach Mike Haywood decided to build for the future by starting the young gunslinger. Since then, Miami is 0-2. On the plus side, Dysert completed 64% of his passes in those games with 2 TD’s and 4 INT’s, while also adding 99 yards on the ground.

Dysert isn’t lighting the world on fire, statistically, but from watching him play, you can see (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 4

Written by Will Spencer on October 8, 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 4 of the NFL season. Matthew Stafford – QB – Lions Stafford seems to get better each week. This week, he was able to play well against an aggressive Bears defense. Stafford finished the game going 24 of 36 for 296 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The QB suffered a knee injury towards the end of the game and is questionable for week 5. Johnny Knox – WR – Bears Once again, Knox is showing his talent. While he didn’t have a huge day as a wide receiver, he did return a kickoff 102 for a touchdown. Apparently, Devin Hester isn’t the only solid return man in Chicago. Alex Mack – C – Browns Even in the loss, the Browns (read more…)

Michael Crabtree signs contract…finally

Written by Will Spencer on October 7, 2009

Per Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network, former Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree has finally signed a contract with the San Fransisco 49ers. The contract is reportedly a 6 year deal in which the last year can be voided if Crabtree meets certain requirements in his play. The terms of the contract have yet to be revealed, but with San Fransisco winning without Crabtree, odds are the total guaranteed money is the same as was originally offered. To read the entire report from Jason LaCanfora, Click here. UPDATE: Terms appear to be 6 years $32 million with $17 million guaranteed.

Defensive Player of the Week: Rolando McClain

Written by Will Spencer on October 7, 2009

Rolando McClain

ILB – Alabama Junior

Rolando McClain has received the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the week award. McClain came up huge for the Crimson Tide against Kentucky, racking up 12 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, and 1 pass deflection that led to an interception. McClain’s three forced turnovers (1 FF, 1 INT, 1 deflection leading to INT) each led to touchdowns, resulting in 21 of Alabama’s 38 total points. 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: Jimmy Clausen

Written by Will Spencer on 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…)

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