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NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 6

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Pro Prospects - Week 6

Photo – LB Brandon Spikes – Florida

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LB Brandon Spikes – Senior - Florida
Aggressive senior defender had a dominant performance vs LSU that was instrumental in the Gators victory. Against LSU, he registered a game-high 11 tackles including 3 sacks while limiting the Tigers to just 162 yards and 1 field goal. He is a very physical defender with a quick first step and the power to gain a fast advantage to defeat blocking angles. He showed the physical talent to make plays both inside and outside consistently with the burst speed and quickness to make big plays. He has the ability to rush the passer and also drop in coverage at 250 lbs. He has the rare size/ speed combination that allows him to be an every down defender and capable of playing in either pro scheme and virtually any position in those sets.

QB Jevan Snead – Junior - Mississippi
Talented junior passer played poorly in Ole Miss’s loss to Alabama Saturday. Jevan played tight throughout the contest and threw the ball very erratic consistently. This game was a key chance for him to showcase his skills against the highly regarded tough Tide defense. The Ole Miss starter has let strong pass rushes from the Tide and South Carolina over recent weeks effect him throwing the ball. He was inaccurate once again vs Bama and what was most disturbing was that he was off target in his short throws throughout the game. Currently, he is not ready to consider entering the NFL Draft and in need of further reps at this critical position.

RB Jonathan Dwyer – Junior - Georgia Tech
Big physical junior running back had another strong performance in the Tech win over Florida St. He is a powerfully built back who has performed well in the ACC, displaying very strong inside running with the burst of speed to break big plays. Against FSU, he carried only 14 times but produced 102 yards and 2 TDs. He uses his powerful big frame as a battering ram to run over defenders, though he has the lateral quickness and speed that allows him to move through holes fast and break into the second level. He has outstanding size with very good speed and quickness that will keep him from the top tier of backs. He is an honest runner with natural skills that will draw much attention over what is probably his final season.

WR Jordan Shipley – Senior - Texas
Quick senior wideout had a career game vs Colorado while showing big play ability as both a receiver ad return specialist. On offense, he finished the game with 11 catches for 147 yards and a TD. In addition, his 273 all-purpose yards in the game are a career high. He also registered a 74-yard punt return TD. He has caught at least 10 passes in each of the last three games. He shows excellent hands and route running with the quickness to get into his routes and the speed to break big plays. He is also a dangerous return specialist that will enhance his value in the April draft. He is highly developed with natural receiving skills and fine route running ability that makes him one of the more developed playmakers in this class.

LB Rico McCoy – Senior - Tennessee
Mobile senior defender has been a mainstay in the Vols defense since early in his career, seeing time on both the outside backer and special teams roles. He had an impact performance vs Georgia when he made a 9 tackles, 1 PBU and 1 QB hurry. He is a very mobile, instinctive linebacker who flows to the ball and gets through traffic well with the speed and sure tackling ability to finish with strong stops. His size and mobility will limit him to playing outside in the base 4-3 set. He has the makeup of a top special teams performer.

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DE Brandon Graham, Senior, Michigan
The powerful Michigan defensive end was a disruptive force against a talented and well-coached Iowa offensive line. Graham tallied 9 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks in the Wolverines’ 30-28 loss at Iowa. He plays with terrific leverage and uses his hands violently to disengage from blockers. Michigan’s top defensive player is stout against the run and helped limit Iowa to only 83 yards rushing on 34 attempts (2.4 per). Graham is a shade under six foot one and will be heavily scrutinized at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine to gauge how well he may convert to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Graham played against Iowa with his usual determination. He has the lower body strength and quickness to play defensive end in the NFL despite his lack of ideal height.

RB Ben Tate, Senior, Auburn
The Tigers’ leading rusher continued his strong play this season with a career-day against Arkansas. Tate rushed for 184 yards on 22 carries (8.4 per) in Auburn’s 44-23 defeat to Arkansas. His two touchdowns (including a 60-yard run) in the 3rd quarter fueled an Auburn comeback that ultimately fell short. Tate has a sturdy-build and does not go down easily. He runs with heart and can also return kick-offs and is working on being a better outlet in the passing game.

DT Dan Williams, Senior, Tennessee
The Vols won an important game (45-17) against Georgia. The win bolsters the new coaching staff and the defense played a significant role. Williams led the defensive line with 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 2 quarterback pressures. Georgia was limited to only 241 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs’ offense scored a mere 3 points and never entered the redzone. Williams has excellent size and moves pretty well for a 320-pound defensive tackle. He did a fine job of clogging the interior on running plays and getting a push up the middle on passes.

LB Perry Riley, Senior, LSU
Riley has helped his 2010 NFL Draft stock with a productive season to date. LSU lost a defensive battle with Florida by a score of 13-3, but Riley’s skills were on full display. He was extremely active with 12 tackles, 1/2 tackle for a loss, 2 passes broken up and 1 quarterback pressure. He displayed excellent range when he helped force Florida’s, Brandon James, out of bounds short of a 1st down on a 4th down play. Riley took good angles to the ball and clearly had the speed and quickness to match-up against a team known for its speed. He also comes in under control when tackling and can deliver some jarring hits.

WR Brandon LaFell, Senior, LSU
LSU’s offense struggled all game against Florida’s top-ranked defense. LaFell caught only 4 passes for 44 yards (11.0 per). His biggest play was a 26-yard catch and run over the middle against the Gators’ 3rd corner. LaFell dropped a pass late in the game and overall did not deliver the big play. LSU had trouble protecting their quarterback, which contributed to the anemic passing attack. The Tigers needed their star receiver to make a man miss or break a tackle. He was unable to make such a play on this day.

Florida #1 With Huge Victory over LSU

Gators Make Statement in Victory

Photo – Tim Tebow & Teammates

Team of Week - Florida

Team / Rank
1. Florida (5-0) – Gators got it done vs LSU behind a gutting Tim Tebow.
2. Alabama (6-0) – Tide crushed Old Miss on the road in an impressive victory.
3. Texas (5-0) – Longhorns shake off rust vs Colorado and ready for Red River classic.
4. Virginia Tech (5-1) – Tech face a tough stretch of ACC games.
5. LSU (5-1) – Tigers came up short vs Florida with struggling QB.
6. Boise St (5-0) - Broncos coming off bye week for ESPN Wed night matchup with Tulsa.
7. USC (4-1) – Trojans are well rested for visit to South Bend.
8. Ohio St (5-1) – Buckeyes drilled a good Wisconsin team last Saturday.
9. Miami (4-1) – Canes could run the table the rest of the schedule.
10. Texas Christian (5-0) – TCU is headed for clash with BYU in two weeks.
11. Cincinnati (5-0) - Bearcats are well rested for key Thursday night game with South Florida.
12. Oregon (5-1) – Ducks pointing to USC clash at end of month.
13. Iowa (6-0) – Hawkeyes are winning the close games.
14. Kansas (5-0) - Jayhawks facing the acid test in Big 12 over next month.
15. Nebraska (4-1) – Huskers are run a string of Big 12 games over next several weeks.
16. Penn St (5-1) – Nittany Lions walling through soft early schedule.
17. Oklahoma (3-2) – Sooners will have Sam Bradford back this week for Texas clash.
18. BYU (5-1) – Cougars might not get tested until Texas Christian content late this month.
19. South Florida (5-0) – Cincinnati comes to town in key Big East matchup with title implications.
20. Oklahoma St (4-1) – Cowboys get a major test with Missouri coming in this week.
21. Georgia Tech (5-1) –Tech faces major test with Virginia Tech visiting this week in key ACC clash.
22. South Carolina (5-1) – SC will face their toughest test of the year going to Alabama for matchup with hot Crimson Tide club.
23. Wisconsin (5-1)- Badgers wore down vs Ohio St and face big test with Iowa coming in this Saturday.
24. Notre Dame (4-1) – Irish get their biggest challenge with Southern Cal coming to South Bend.
25. Houston (4-1) – Cougars coasting through a soft schedule.

Frank Coyle is a longtime Member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for the Super 16 College Team Polls throughout the season that will present Grantland Rice award to the national champion in January 2010. He is also a voter for Players of the Week and for the FWAA All-American teams at the conclusion of each season.

NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 5

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Pro Prospects - Week 5

Photo –RB Noel Devine - West Virginia

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RB Noel Devine - West Virginia
Short explosive junior running back had a strong performance in the WV win over Colorado when he ran for a career-high 220 yards with a TD on 22 carries. He scored the game’s opening TD on a 77-yard run – the second longest rushing TD of his career. In the first half, he rushed for 142 yards on only eight carries. This season, he has scored 6 TDs in just 4 games that probably commands special attention from defenses going forward. He is a compact back who has performed well in a number of roles in the WV attack, filling a Wildcat spot in their offense. He is very explosive through the hole with the lateral quickness and surprising strength that allows him to move through holes fast with the power to break tackles. His lack of size is a major concern, but his speed, quickness and natural running skills make him one of the top playmakers in college football.

RB John Clay – Wisconsin
Big physical third year sophomore running back had a strong performance in the UW win over Minnesota. He is a huge powerfully built back who has performed well since the ’08 season, He is very strong inside runner where he uses his imposing big frame as a battering ram. He has the lateral quickness and strength allows him to move through holes fast with the power to break tackles. He has outstanding size with good speed and quickness that will keep him from the top tier of backs. He is an honest runner with natural skills that will draw much attention over his final season. His early ’09 season fumbling problems were a concern but his recent performance has dispelled those concerns. After a relatively slow start, he is now leading the Big Ten in rushing with 112 carries for 582 yards.

WR Golden Tate – Notre Dame
Quick junior receiver had a career game vs Washington with 9 receptions for 244 receiving yards and an important touchdowns. He was instrumental in the Irish overtime win and displayed fast improving skills at this position. Tate combines natural receiving skills with fine size for the position to become a well rounded pro starter. He has the speed to stretch the field and run after the catch ability to pressure a defense. He had a few touches earlier in the season, but his recent performance looked like a major breakout effort in a pro style passing attack.

DE Greg Romeus - Pittsburgh
Huge athletic edge rusher has displayed excellent ability over his Pitt career. He had a strong effort in the Louisville win with 5 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He makes big plays off the edge, relying on his long reach and quick first step and technique to separate from blockers. He has the power to overwhelm blockers with the upfield speed to pressure the QB with the wingspan to deflect passes. His ability to apply pressure off the edge has drawn rave notice from scouts and he will be watched closely over his junior season.

LB Rolando McClain - Alabama
Aggressive junior defender had a dominant performance vs Kentucky that was instrumental in the Tide victory. Against Kentucky, he registered a game-high 12 tackles (eight unassisted) picked off a pass, forced a fumble and recorded a pass deflection in Alabama's 38-20 victory. His forced fumble led to a 45-yard touchdown return that gave the Crimson Tide a 21-6 halftime lead. Then, his 21-yard interception return on the 1st possession of the third quarter set up another TD. He is a very physical defender with a quick first step and the power to gain a fast advantage to defeat blocking angles. He showed the physical talent to make plays inside consistently and the speed and quickness to make plays at the sidelines. His ability to run very well and drop in coverage at 250 lbs. allows him to be an every down special defender and capable of playing in either pro scheme.

Denis Krusos - Editor
Pro Football Draft Network
www.profootballdraftnetwork.com

TE Garrett Graham, Senior, Wisconsin
Graham led the Badgers in receiving with 7 catches for 68 yards (9.7 per) in Wisconsin’s 31-28 victory over Minnesota. He helped keep drives alive with his reliable hands and fine route-running. The underrated aspect of Graham’s game is his blocking. He is undersized (6’ 3 ½” and 247 lbs) for an NFL tight end, but that does not stop him from being tenacious as a blocker. Graham did a solid job in the blocking department against Minnesota and contributed to Wisconsin rushing for 295 yards in the game.

OT Chris Marinelli, Senior, Stanford
Stanford defeated UCLA 24-16 for their first win over the Bruins since 2003. Their attack again featured a balanced offense (174 yards rushing and 198 yards passing) that wears down opponents. Marinelli is a tough offensive tackle who had a strong game run and pass blocking. The Cardinal offensive line has been a big part of their success (4-1) this year. Marinelli can play more than one position on the line and that will help his chances at the next level.

S Nate Allen, Senior, South Florida
USF forced 7 turnovers against Syracuse in a 34-20 win. The opportunistic defense was spearheaded by their ballhawking safety, Nate Allen. He led the Bulls with 8 tackles and a pair of interceptions. Allen breaks on the ball extremely well and it is dangerous throwing the ball down the middle against him. His stock is rising because a safety that can make a play on the ball is valuable in the NFL.

RB C.J. Spiller, Senior, Clemson
Spiller continues to show this year that he is a big play waiting to happen. Maryland defeated Clemson 24-21, but Spiller had a 92-yard kick-off return for a touchdown and rushed for 72 yards on 18 carries (4.0 per). His kick-off return for a touchdown was dazzling. He has the balance, speed, quickness and moves to take any hand-off, kick or reception for a score. Spiller may not be an every down back in the NFL, but he will be a versatile weapon and a match-up problem for defenses.

CB Chris Hawkins, Senior, LSU
Hawkins had some problems covering Georgia’s talented sophomore receiver, A.J. Green in LSU’s 20-13 win. The Bulldogs’ top wideout was too big, strong and athletic for Hawkins at times. Green’s 16-yard touchdown catch over Hawkins revealed his superior size, jumping ability and the strength in his hands to snatch the ball away from the LSU defender. Hawkins will face receivers in the NFL with a similar skill-set to Green’s. The LSU corner looks more like he will be better in zone coverage in the pros. Hawkins will have to work on getting stronger and being more physical.

NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 4

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Photo - TE Ed Dickson - Oregon

Ed Dickson has been selected as the national offensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation for Week 4 of the 2009 college football season. Dickson was also named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. He had career-highs of 11 receptions, 148 yards and 3 TDs in Saturday’s 42-3 win over then-No. 6 Cal. His 11 grabs equaled the most ever in a single game by a UO tight end, tying Josh Wilcox’s 11-catch effort in the 1995 Rose Bowl. The senior All-America candidate is now 6 receptions shy of Wilcox (103) for the most career catches by an Oregon tight end.

NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 4 Performances

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TE Ed Dickson - Oregon
Mobile senior tight end had career highs in receptions (11), receiving yards (148) and touchdowns (3) as the Ducks overwhelmed ninth-ranked California, 42-3. Dickson caught scoring passes of 26, 9 and 36 yards. He combines natural receiving skills with fine size for the position to become a well rounded pro starter. He has the speed to stretch the field and run after the catch ability to pressure a defense. He has good size to become a solid inline blocker, though he needs technique work to use his size better, in addition to further strength development.

Safety Chad Jones - LSU
Big junior safety made seven tackles (4 solo) plus a 93-yard punt return for a TD in the fourth quarter as the Tigers defeated Mississippi St., 30-26. His punt return was the second longest in school history. Chad is big, strong defender who is a ferocious hitter. He has to show that he has well developed pass coverage skills and instincts to declare for the draft and warrant an early round pick in the NFL Draft. Jones is an extra linebacker in run support as an in the box safety, but he must answer coverage questions especially man situations to be ready for the pro game.

LB Paul Angerer – Iowa
Aggressive senior defender had a dominant performance vs Penn St that was instrumental in the Iowa victory. He is a savvy defender with a quick first step and the power to gain a fast advantage to defeat blocking angles. He showed the talent to make plays both inside and at the sidelines.
In the Penn St win, as he registered a game-high 14 tackles and produced two key turnovers. His 38-yard interception return set up an Iowa TD that gave them an 18-10 advantage. He also forced a fumble in the 4th quarter that stalled a Lions' drive at Iowa's 18-yard line. His ability to run well and drop in coverage at 245 lbs. allows him to be an every down defender and capable of playing in either pro scheme.

LB Sean Weatherspoon – Missouri
Mobile senior defender has been a mainstay in the Tigers defense since early in his career, seeing time both inside and outside. He had an impact performance vs Nevada when he made a 9 tackles, 1 TFL and 1 sack, in addition to calling sets for the Tigers defense. He is a tough, instinctive linebacker who flows to the ball and gets through traffic very well with the speed and tackling ability to finish with sure strong tackling. His size and mobility will allow him to play in either scheme and both inside and outside in the base 4-3 set.

RB Toney Baker - NC St
Short compact senior running back had a strong performance in the NC St win over Pittsburgh including the game winning touchdown. He is a powerfully built back who has performed well since his freshman season, though his career has been continually marred by injuries. He is very effective running inside where his lateral quickness and strength allows him to move through holes fast with the power to break tackles. He lacks outstanding size, speed and quickness that will keep him from the top tier of backs, but he is an honest runner with natural skills that will draw much attention over his final season.

Denis Krusos - Editor
Pro Football Draft Network
www.profootballdraftnetwork.com

RB Toby Gerhart, Senior, Stanford-
Gerhart powered Stanford’s offense in their 34-14 victory over Washington. He rushed for a career best 200 yards on 27 carries (7.4 per) and scored on a 60-yard run. His vision, power, speed and patience were all on display on the 60-yard jaunt. Gerhart can run between the tackles and has a nose for the endzone. Scouts will be interested in seeing how well he catches the ball and blocks at the Senior Bowl.

DE George Selvie, Senior, South Florida-
The Bulls dominated Florida State 17-7 with an impressive defensive performance. Selvie’s fine statistics for the game (4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for losses and a fumble recovery) do not tell the whole story. He displayed excellent strength for his size (6’ 3” and 245 pounds) and really held up well in run support. Florida State ran for a measly 19 yards on 27 attempts (.7 yards per). Selvie also helped free up his teammates who chipped in with 4 sacks. The South Florida defensive line dominated this game. Selvie is undersized for an NFL defensive end, but just may have the natural strength and ability to play with leverage to overcome this disadvantage.

LB Jamar Chaney, Senior, Mississippi State-
Chaney led a determined Bulldogs’ defense that almost helped pull-off an upset of LSU. The Tigers were held to only 30 rushing yards on 31 attempts. 2010 NFL Draft running back prospects, Charles Scott and Keiland Williams, were held in check. Chaney led Mississippi State with 8 tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, 2 pass break-ups and a sack. He patrolled the middle with his speed and did a good job of recognizing plays that LSU was running.

WR Mardy Gilyard, Senior, Cincinnati-
You could call Gilyard “Mr. September” for his consistent production in the first month of the college football season. He had his best game of the season with 9 catches for 177 yards (19.6 per) and 2 touchdowns in Cincinnati’s 28-20 win over Fresno State. Gilyard caught a big 23-yard touchdown pass in the 4th quarter. Gilyard catches the slant pass very well and can pick-up yards after the catch. His reliable hands and quickness make him an attractive target on 3rd down.

QB Jevan Snead, Junior, Mississippi-
Snead played poorly in Ole Miss’s 16-10 defeat to South Carolina. The game was a prime opportunity for Snead to showcase his skills against a tough defense in a hostile environment. The Mississippi signal caller let the South Carolina pass rush rattle him and he was inaccurate for most of the game. Snead finished the game 7 for 21 (33%) and threw for only 107 yards with 1 touchdown. He tried to rally his team late in the 4th quarter, but was unable to make the big play. It would have been huge for Snead to come through at the end after struggling for much of the game (like Matt Ryan did versus Virginia Tech a couple of years ago).

Pro Prospect – George Selvie - South Florida

Prospect George Selvie - South Florida

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Photo - George Selvie - South Florida

George Selvie is one of the highly rated senior defensive players for the NFL Draft 2010. He has been instrumental in the USF fast 3-0 start this season despite special attention by offensive lines. Over 3 games, he has 14 tackles with 3 TFLs and 1 sack in a return to his sophomore performance level when he ranked with any edge defender in the nation. Last season, he flashed big play ability again, but had too many periods of inconsistent play when he struggled facing double team blocks for the first time. He is on my Senior Bowl preliminary recommended September list that will be updated several times prior to the classic All-star game and week in late January 2010.
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George Selvie - 6’4” 255 lbs. - South Florida

Quick relentless senior pass rusher returns after only a good junior performance. As a sophomore, he was a difference maker for the USF defense, showing the speed from the outside that allowed him to rank with the nation’s best pass rushers. He looks to establish himself as a complete pro prospect this fall with better hand technique and improved functional strength to perform well vs the run both at the point of attack and in pursue. He is well developed in most areas and is one of the blue chip performers at this critically vital position.

NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 2 Performances

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NFL Draft Prospects - Week 2

Photo - DE Jerry Hughes - TCU

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DE Jerry Hughes - 6’3” 255 lbs. - Texas Christian
Explosive edge rusher has displayed impact ability over his MWC career and had a dominant effort vs Virginia. Hughes had a career high and team-best 11 tackles, including 2.5 TFL with 1.5 sacks in TCU opening win. He makes big plays off the edge, relying on a quick first step and technique to separate from blockers. He has the upfield speed to sack the QB with the frame to fill out further to be an every down defender. His ability to apply pressure off the edge has drawn rave reviews from scouts and he will be watched closely over his critical final season.

QB Daryll Clark - 6’2”230 lbs - Penn St.
Athletic senior QB had a fine effort in the PSU win over Syracuse. He was very accurate hitting on 70% of his throws, including 3 TDs. He has good size and arm strength with quick compact delivery and fairly good touch to make all the throws. His mobility is an added feature that scouts love in a starting QB. He looks to improve on a good effort as a junior and show further development on all the key areas for this position. He looks to take another step to land in a major All-star game this postseason.

QB Dan LeFevour - 6’3” 220 lbs. – Central Michigan
Savvy senior passer had a huge performance in the CM win over Michigan St. This came on the heels of a disappointing opening loss to Arizona. LeFevour was the key difference in the MSU win throwing for over 300 yards and 3 TDs making many clutch plays. He has a good arm and makes most of the critical throws accurately. He is fearless in the pocket, showing toughness and good decisions when under a heavy pass rush. He gets the ball down the field with fine accuracy and touch with good ball security. He continues to make fast improvement that has him ranked among the top senior passers in this class.

* RB Joe McKnight - 6’ 190 lbs. - Southern Cal
Smooth junior tailback was instrumental in the USC game winning drive vs Ohio St. He is a highly rated prospect who has flashed impact ability at times, but also periods of inconsistency that included mistakes, injuries and academic issues. He combines good size, speed, agility and hands along with his fine level of development that makes him valuable for the pro game. He displays a well developed skill set for the position to be a factor in many roles in the backfield. He could be one of the top junior playmakers in this overall draft class.

DE Lindsey Witten - 6’4” 250 lbs. - Connecticut
Explosive pass rusher has been a dominant defender over the early season. He has the quick first step to gain a fast advantage in matchups. He has shown the talent to make big plays off the edge and displays more consistency in that role. He has the upfield speed to get after the QB and has the frame to fill out further. His ability to fill out over 255 lbs. will determine his ability to be an every down pro defender. He is on every NFL teams watch list this fall.

Denis Krusos - Editor
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S Taylor Mays, Senior, USC- the Trojans’ free safety led his team with 8 tackles in USC’s 18-15 victory over Ohio State. Mays is big, strong, fast and a ferocious hitter. However, he still has to prove that he has the top pass coverage instincts that the elite safeties possess to be a worthy high 1st round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. What makes Pittsburgh’s,Troy Polamalu, so devastating at safety is he is a ballhawk in pass coverage and like an extra linebacker in run support. Mays misread a pass play and compounded the error by taking a poor angle on Dane Sanzenbacher’s 56-yard catch and run early in the game. The big play set-up Ohio State’s 1st touchdown. Is Mays another Polamalu or a Roy Williams, the former Cowboys’ safety, who became a liability in pass coverage? PFDN will be keeping a close eye on this issue.

OT Sam Young, Senior, Notre Dame- the Irish right tackle had a solid performance in Notre Dame’s narrow 34-38 defeat to Michigan. He helped pave the way for a balanced Irish attack that gained 490 yards of total offense (154 yards on the ground (5.1 per carry) and 336 passing yards). Notre Dame quarterback, Jimmy Clausen, was not sacked and often had time to locate his receivers. Young has excellent experience as a pass protector and keeps filling out his 6’ 7” frame.

QB Jake Locker, Junior, Washington- the Huskies’ first win in almost two years was led by their athletic quarterback. Locker is taking nicely to Steve Sarkisian’s pro-style offense and Washington is putting points on the board. Locker is an exceptional athlete who can make plays with his legs and arm. He is starting to rely less on his legs and distributed the ball efficiently to 9 different receivers in Washington’s 42-23 victory over Idaho. The junior quarterback (17 of 25 (68%) for 253 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions against Idaho) is learning to go through his reads and deliver the ball accurately. USC presents a far tougher test, but Locker is an intriguing NFL prospect in either 2010 or 2011.

OLB Sean Lee, Senior, Penn State- Lee clearly is all the way back after tearing his acl last season in his right knee. The quick and instinctive outside linebacker was all over the field in Penn State’s easy 28-7 victory over Syracuse. Lee paced the Lions’ defense with 13 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 1 sack. His return to health and consistently productive play has him rising up draft boards.

QB Jarrett Brown, Senior, West Virginia- Brown backed up Pat White for three years and finally is the Mountaineers’ starting quarterback. He opened some eyes in West Virginia’s 35-20 victory over East Carolina. Brown put on an impressive performance and finished the day 24 of 31 (77%) for 334 yards, 4 touchdown passes and 1 interception. He also displayed his athleticism and strength in rushing for 73 yards on 10 carries. Brown was decisive on where to throw the ball and was accurate on a couple of NFL-caliber deep balls. He has not been sacked this season and that is partly due to he is difficult to bring down with his combination of size, strength and athletic ability.

2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List

2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year “Watch List”

DE George Selvie – South Florida

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of thirty “players to watch” for its prestigious Player of the Year award, the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
“We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,” Foundation president Alphonse Paolillo, Jr. said. “This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football.”
Six players on the 2009 watch list, including the 2008 Walter Camp Player of the Year Colt McCoy (QB, Texas), were named to last year’s Walter Camp All-America First Team. The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in early November. The 2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 119 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on the ESPN SportsCenter on December 10. The winner will then receive his trophy at the annual national awards banquet on January 18, 2010 at Yale University in New Haven. Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org) – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.

2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year “Watch List”
Jahvid Best, RB, Junior, California
Arrelious Benn, WR, Junior, Illinois
Eric Berry, DB, Junior, Tennessee - 2008 Camp 1st Team All-American
Sam Bradford, QB, Junior, Oklahoma - 2008 Camp 2nd Team All-American

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