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Player Profile: Ed Dickson

Written by Josh Squires on October 27, 2009

Player Profile: Ed Dickson

Ed Dickson

TE – Oregon Senior 6’4″ 240 lbs

Pros – Physical pass catching TE. Has great hands. Dickson runs smooth routes for a TE. Gets a solid burst off of the line making him difficult to jam. Quick for a TE which makes him a mismatch for most LBs. Cons – While he’s a decent blocker, it’s not his strong point either. There will be times where he blows his blocking assignments and allows a defender to run right past him to get the tackle. Final Thoughts – Dickson is going to make a team very happy as a pass catching TE. He is one of the best in the country at it. He runs the cleanest routes of the TEs not named Gresham. Dickson also adds a physical nature to the game where he grinds out yards. If he can put his blocking game together, he can (read more…)

Small School Spotlight: Week 8

Written by Will Spencer on October 27, 2009

Small School Spotlight: Week 8

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

Armanti Edwards QB – Appalachian State Senior 6’1″ 184 lbs

Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards was all over the field this week against Georgia Southern. Edwards accounted for almost 400 yards of total offense as he was a passing and rushing threat. The senior finished the game going 26 of 34 for 320 yards, 3 TDs and zero interceptions, and ran the ball 6 times for 61 yards in the victory.

Division II

Quintez Smith DB – Shaw Senior 6’1″ 187 lbs

Senior defensive back Quintez Smith continues to have an impressive season as he dominates opposing offenses. Smith grabbed an interception against Livingstone, but it just happens to be his (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 7

Written by Will Spencer on October 27, 2009

Rookie Reviews: Week 7

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 7 of the NFL season. Michael Crabtree – WR – 49ers In his first career game, Crabtree actually made an impact for the 49ers. The 2nd WR taken in the 2009 draft ended the game with 5 catches for 56 yards in the loss to Houston. Part of the reason Crabtree held out was because he felt he was better than Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was drafted a few spots before him. Interestingly enough, Crabtree had more receptions in this game than Heyward-Bey has for the entire season (4). Patrick Chung – S – Patriots The former Oregon Duck continued his strong play this week in London vs. Tampa Bay. Chung recorded 4 tackles in the win, and also made his first (read more…)

O’Brien award semi-finalists announced

Written by Will Spencer on October 26, 2009

O’Brien award semi-finalists announced

From the FWAA 10-26-09 FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 26, 2009) – The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O’Brien) announced today its 2009 O’Brien Semifinalist List. Narrowed down from all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks, the list highlights 15 individuals who will vie for the oldest and most prestigious award honoring the nation’s best college quarterback. The 2009 O’Brien Semifinalists represent schools from the following conferences: ACC (1), Big East (2), Big Ten (2), Big 12 (3), Conference USA (1), Independent (1), Mid-American (1), Pac-10 (2), SEC (1) and the WAC (1).

2009 O’Brien Semifinalists

Matt Barkley FR USC Pac-10 Daryll Clark SR Penn State Big Ten Jimmy Clausen JR Notre Dame Independent Jacory Harris SO Miami ACC Case Keenum JR Houston Conference USA Dan LeFevour SR Central Michigan Mid-American Jake Locker JR Washington Pac-10 Colt McCoy SR Texas Big 12 Kellen Moore SO Boise State WAC (read more…)

Week 9 matchups to watch

Written by Will Spencer on October 26, 2009

Week 9 matchups to watch

#5 USC at #10 Oregon

Everyone knows who the stars are for the Trojans, but I’m more interested in seeing the battle of the Tight Ends.

For the Ducks, Ed Dickson (6’5″ 243lb Senior) has been having a solid season thus far. He’s pulled in 27 catches and 4 touchdowns for Oregon. Dickson had a huge game against Cal a few weeks back, racking up 3 touchdowns and 148 receiving yards. Dickson isn’t as big as you’d like, but he’s more of a receiving tight end, who also plays special teams. Word is, Dickson is ridiculously strong in the weight room, but doesn’t show it as a blocker on the field. Right now, Dickson is rated right around the other tight end that will be playing in this game.

Anthony McCoy (6’5″ 250lb Senior) has yet to break out this year as a receiver, (read more…)

Top QBs failing to impress

Written by Will Spencer on October 25, 2009

Top QBs failing to impress

With only a few games left in the college football season, it’s time to start looking towards the NFL draft. Many were excited at the start of the season due to what could be an impressive and very large quarterback class. The senior class already had big names like Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow generating plenty of hype, but when you add underclassmen like Sam Bradford and Jevan Snead, draft analysts had plenty to watch for. As the season has progressed, the performance of the draft eligible quarterbacks has been underwhelming. In fact, the play of freshman and sophomore quarterbacks like USC’s Matt Barkley, Michigan’s Tate Forcier and Miami’s Jacory Harris have been more impressive to date. So what happened to the big name quarterbacks? The first logical place to look is with the defending National Champions, the Florida Gators. Quarterback Tim Tebow is a living legend for college football (read more…)

Bradford to enter NFL draft after surgery

Written by Will Spencer on October 25, 2009

Bradford to enter NFL draft after surgery

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is to have season ending shoulder surgery on Wednesday and is expected not to return for his senior season. Bradford, regarded as a potential #1 overall pick, will address the media on Monday evening and is expected to announce his decision to enter the NFL draft. More information on this story can be found at ESPN.com. Draft Breakdown will have follow-up analysis of Bradford’s decision, and what impact it may or may not have on his draft status.

Rookie Reviews: Week 6

Written by Will Spencer on October 22, 2009

Rookie Reviews: Week 6

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 6 of the NFL season. Brian Cushing – LB – Texans Cushing is quietly having a very strong rookie season for Houston. This week, the Texans matched up with a Bengals team that had been on a winning streak. Cushing sealed a Houston victory with an interception on the Bengals final drive in the 4th quarter, and added 9 tackles and 2 forced fumbles to his stat totals. Clay Matthews – OLB – Packers Another former Trojan defender, Matthews is starting to get comfortable in his role for the Packers. Green Bay rolled over the Lions this week, and Matthews had a solid game on the defensive side of the ball. Clay finished the game with 5 tackles and 2 sacks, (read more…)

Small School Spotlight: Week 7

Written by Will Spencer on October 22, 2009

Small School Spotlight: Week 7

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

Kyle Frazier QB – Monmouth Sophomore 6’3″ 230 lbs

Monmouth QB Kyle Frazier had a huge week for the Hawks, leading them to a 42-20 victory over Sacred Heart. Frazier threw the ball all over the field, going 18 of 24 for 322 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Division II

Quinton Andrews S – North Alabama Senior 5’11” 206 lbs

Senior safety Quinton Andrews was an absolute defensive force this week against Delta State. The former West Virginia University defensive back recorded 18 total tackles, forced 2 fumbles, recovered a fumble and had a key 40 yard interception returned for a touchdown in the 34-24 victory.

Division III

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SEC suspends officiating crew

Written by Will Spencer on October 22, 2009

SEC suspends officiating crew

The SEC has officially suspended the officiating crew that worked the Florida – Arkansas game on Saturday, stating that the crew has now had it’s second controversial call of the season. Officials called a back breaking personal foul penalty on Arkansas’ Malcolm Sheppard and after further review, the SEC believes there was no evidence to support the call. Further information can be found at ESPN by clicking here.

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