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Week 9 matchups to watch

Written by Will Spencer on October 26, 2009

#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

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

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

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

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

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.

Defensive Player of the Week: Ryan Kerrigan

Written by Will Spencer on October 22, 2009

Ryan Kerrigan

DE – Purdue Junior

Ryan Kerrigan has received the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the week award. Kerrigan led the Boilermaker defense to an upset victory over Big-10 rival Ohio State this week. The junior recorded nine tackles, four of which were for a loss, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in the win. 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: Matt Barkley

Written by Will Spencer on October 22, 2009

Matt Barkley

QB – USC Freshman

The Davey O’Brien award has named USC’s Matt Barkley this week’s quarterback of the week. The freshman signal caller led the Trojans to a tough win over Notre Dame, 34-27. Barkley was impressive in the win, going 19 of 29 for 380 yards and two touchdowns. Other quarterbacks receiving votes this week included: Joey Elliott – Purdue (RS-SR), Nick Foles – Arizona (RS-SO), Max Hall – BYU (SR), Tyler Hansen – Colorado (SO), Jacory Harris – Miami (SO), Case Keenum – Houston (RS-JR), Andrew Luck – Stanford (FR), Josh Nesbitt – Georgia Tech (JR), Ricky Stanzi – Iowa (JR) 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 Committee will name the quarterback of the week who exemplifies the award’s standards. Currently all 120 Football Bowl (read more…)

Partner Site: 5 lessons from week 6

Written by Will Spencer on October 15, 2009

Our friends at Draft Zoo always provide great commentary on the college football season. Check out their 5 lessons from week 6. 1. Ndamukong Suh is the scariest player in college. Some may argue that Tim Tebow is the best double threat QB in college and that he is the scariest. Eric Berry is a ball hawking safety and nobody will take that away from him, but Ndamukong Suh is the scariest. Suh is not only the best DT in college football, he might be on his way to become one of the best (if not the best) prospects in the 2010 NFL Draft. Suh has the size, speed, strength and motor to play either DT in an NFL 4-3, and he even has the skill set to play DE in a 3-4 defense. Suh is truly a beast of a player, and his stats will never tell the whole (read more…)

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…)

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