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Pro Days 2011 - Workout Schedule
Updated March 10th
Pro Day schedules are posted by schools starting with the first week of March. Several schools will have two Pro Days, though most are attempting to utilize one date and event to provide the last workout and other pertinent information for the NFL Draft 2011. We intend to attend several Pro Days, in addition to many interviews over the final two months on the journey to the NFL Draft 2011.
Photo – WR Torrey Smith - Maryland
Prairie View A&M
Northwestern State (La.)
North Dakota State
South Dakota State
North Carolina State
Middle Tennessee State
Northwest Missouri State
New Mexico State
Cam Newton Schedules Early Workout
Photo - QB Cam Newton - Auburn
QB Cam Newton of Auburn has scheduled a workout in San Diego for February 10th that will be open to the media. Newton declared for the NFL Draft 2011 in January and is one of the premier prospects at the position this year. Though he clearly needs to answer some key questions about his overall development, he is one of the Wild Cards in the first round at this point of the process. NFL teams according to league rules say, teams can attend a private workout for a player only at the player’s school or in his hometown. In addition, teams are not allowed to work out a player who has been invited to the NFL Combine before the event in late February. The NFL Combine is scheduled for Feb 23rd thru March 1st in Indianapolis, In.
We will have a complete scouting report on the NFL Combine and Pro Days in the newsletters in March and April. We will also have an updated workout report prior to the NFL Draft.
Newton’s scheduled workout will be only a few weeks before the NFL Combine. Newton wants to show the progress that he has made since winning the Heisman Trophy and BCS national title game in early January. He will be working with noted QB coach George Whitfield who has also worked with Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger among other big name NFL passers. Whitfield has been working with Newton since the Auburn’s victory over Oregon and hopes to improve his overall mechanics from his initial setup from center and setting his feet in the pocket to throw the ball. Newton played almost exclusively in a shotgun spread offense at Auburn and rarely went under center or went through his progressions in the pocket for secondary receivers.
Whether Newton intends to attend the NFL Combine is unclear, though his early indications after declaring was that he would go center stage in Indianapolis in front of NFL front office brass. The Auburn pro day is also an option for Newton, though many events at the schools for the top prospects has been limited in many respects to a few drills according to how they do at the NFL Combine. The NFL Combine will probably determine which events they participate in at the pro day in the spring.
Auburn’s Nick Fairley Joins Cam Newton for NFL Draft 2011 - Underclassmen Update Report:
DT Nick Fairley - Auburn
Auburn's Nick Fairley has entered the NFL Draft 2011 joining teammate QB Cam Newton who announced on Thursday his intentions to turn professional. Underclassmen have until Saturday to declare for the NFL Draft 2011 with three additional days to rescind that decision and return to their college team if they have not signed with an agent.
Fairley is a massive junior defensive tackle who projects as one of the top picks in April's draft. At 6'5" and 300 lbs., Fairley has dominated SEC offensive linemen all season with 56 overall tackles, including 11.5 sacks and 24 TFLs. He was named the defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game that Auburn won 22-19 over Oregon. In the BCS title game, he had a sack, three TFLs and a forced fumble. During the 2010 season, he led the SEC with 24 TFL and he set a school-record with his 11.5 sacks. He played only two seasons at Auburn after transferring from junior college level.
Our January Newsletter will have a complete evaluation of all Underclassmen with a new Top 150 Prospects, Three Round Mock Draft, All-star Game analysis plus more next week.
Player Pos H/W School Class
* Third year Sophomore
Blaine Gabbert - QB - 6-5, 240 - Missouri - Jr
Ryan Mallett - QB - 6-6, 245 - Arkansas - Jr.
Cam Newton - QB - 6-6, 230 - Auburn - Jr.
John Clay - RB - 6-1, 255 - Wisconsin - Jr
Darren Evans - RB - 5-11, 210 - Virginia Tech - Jr
Jamie Harper - RB - 6-0, 230 - Clemson - Jr
Mark Ingram - RB - 5-10, 225 - Alabama - Jr
* Dion Lewis - RB - 5-10, 200 - Pittsburgh - Soph
Stevan Ridley - RB - 5-11, 225 - LSU - Jr
Jacquizz Rodgers - RB - 5-9,180 - Oregon St - Jr
Jordan Todman - RB - 5-9, 195 - UConn - Jr
Shane Vereen - RB - 5-10, 205 - California - Jr
* Ryan Williams - RB - 5-11, 210 - Virginia Tech - Soph
DeAndre Brown - WR - 6-5, 240 - Southern Miss - Jr
Randall Cobb - WR - 5-11, 190 - Kentucky - Jr
Tandon Doss - WR - 6-2, 195 - Indiana - Jr
A.J. Green - WR - 6-4, 220 - Georgia - Jr
* Tori Gurley - WR - 6-5, 230 - South Carolina - Soph
Vidal Hazelton - WR - 6-2, 210 - Cincinnati - Jr
Julio Jones - WR - 6-1, 210 - Alabama - Jr
Torrey Smith - WR - 6-1, 205 - Maryland - Jr
Kyle Rudolph - TE - 6-5, 260 - Notre Dame - Jr
Nick Clayor - OT - 6-6, 290 - Georgia Tech - Jr
Tyron Smith - OT - 6-5, 285 - Southern Cal - Jr
Da'Quan Bowers - DE - 6-4, 280 - Clemson - Jr
Marcel Dareus - DE - 6-4, 300 - Alabama - Jr
Zane Parr DE - 6-6, 275 - Virginia - Jr
* Aldon Smith DE - 6-5, 250 - Missouri - Soph
J.J. Watt DE - 6-6. 280 - Wisconsin - Jr
Jurrell Casey - DT - 6-0, 305 - Southern Cal - Jr
Nick Fairley - DT - 6-5, 300 - Auburn - Jr.
Lawrence Guy - DT - 6-3, 300 - Arizona St. - Jr
Corey Liuget - DT - 6-3, 300 - Illinois - Jr
Sealver Siliga - DT - 6-3, 300 - Utah - Jr
Muhammad Wilkerson - DT - 6-5, 305 - Temple - Jr
Jerrell Powe - DT - 6-2, 320 - Ole Miss - Jr
Akeem Ayers - LB - 6-4, 255 - UCLA - Jr
Tom Keiser - LB - 6-4, 245 - Stanford - Jr
Matrez Wilson - LB - 6-1, 245 - Illinois - Jr
Brandon Burton - CB - 6-1, 190 - Utah - Jr
Brandon Harris - CB - 5-10, 195 - Miami - Jr
Patrick Peterson - CB - 6-1, 195 - LSU - Jr
Aaron Williams - CB - 6-0, 195 - Texas - Jr
Will Hill - S - 6-0, 190 - Florida - Jr
Rahim Moore - S - 6-1, 210 - UCLA - Jr
Robert Sands - S - 6-0, 220 - West Virginia - Jr
Tyler Sash - S - 6-1, 210 - Iowa - Jr
Jerrard Tarrant - S - 6-0, 210 - Georgia Tech - Jr
Packers' Running Back Starks Wins Weekly Rookie Award
Photo - James Starks - Packers
QB Aaron Rodgers threw three TD passes and unheralded rookie running back James Starks ran for 123 yards as the Packers beat Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, 21-16 in an NFC Wild Card game. Starks was a rookie 6th-round draft pick who injured his hamstring prior to training camp and proceeded to miss the first 11 games of the season while on the PUP list. He pounded the Eagles for 123 rushing yards on 23 carries to give the Packers their first 100 yard rusher on the season and instrumental in their 21-16 Wild Card playoff win.
QB Aaron Rodgers called Starks’ playoff effort perhaps the most important factor in the Packers winning the game. His yardage shattered the previous Green Bay rookie record for rushing yards in a playoff game. Travis Williams had 88 yards back on Dec. 23, 1967, against the Los Angeles Rams in Milwaukee.
Starks got off to a great start against the Eagles when he burst through a big hole for a 27-yard gain on his first carry. He carried three more times for 9 yards on that early drive that ended with a 7-yard TD pass to TE Tom Crabtree.
“He established a hot hand early, and I rode it,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “James was a difference-maker.”
Starks also added two receptions for 9 yards along with his 123 yards rushing. This came in his first playoff game and late season play following nearly two years off with a shoulder injury. Starks averaged 5.3 yards per carry and gained at least 4 yards on 12 of his 23 rushes. The production was pretty consistent, and it gave the Packers several manageable third downs as the offense converted 8-of-13 on the critical down.
Running Back Rankings in Draft Insiders’ - Yearbook March 2010
Starks was ranked #12 in March 2010. He was not ranked in the top 25 in any other scouting service. His March 2010 scouting report is below along with LaGarrette Blount and Anthony Dixon, two other unheralded first year backs who had an impact over the 2010 season.
Running Back Rankings
1. C.J. Spiller - Clemson
2. * Ryan Mathews - Fresno St
3. * Jonathan Dwyer - Georgia Tech
4. * Jahvid Best - California
5. * Toby Gerhart - Stanford
6. * Joe McKnight - Southern Cal
7. Ben Tate - Auburn
8. Dexter McCluster - Ole Miss
9. Montario Hardesty - Tennessee
10. Anthony Dixon - Mississippi St
11. LaGarrette Blount - Oregon
12. James Starks - Buffalo
12. James Starks #19 - 6’2” 220 lbs. - Buffalo - Sp. 4.50
Hindu Theory - Matt Forte
Tough strong senior tailback completed an injury riddled career playing only a few ’09 games before a shoulder injury that ended his season. James failed to duplicate his outstanding junior effort last season. As a junior, he made a significant contribution to the Bulls bowl season. He displayed definite pro potential after finishing with over 1300 yards rushing and 16 TDs despite missing three games due to injuries. He displays a powerful slashing style with the ability to run through tacklers and get the most of each attempt. Over his earlier career, he had several big games that improved his draft status entering his critical final season. He is a strong runner between the tackles with the power to move the pile and break tackles. He has a quick burst to the hole and uses his a big frame well that allows him to run through tacklers and consistently finish his runs with fine body lean. He is a tough runner with good vision, power and balance to be one of the hidden gems of this class if healthy. He has burst to the hole, allowing him to get through the line and use his strong frame to run through tacklers with enough speed to get the corner. His game is getting the tough yardage between the tackles. As a receiver, he has sure hands and has developed well as a route runner and displays good defense recognition skills. He is a natural runner with fine power and quickness, getting huge amounts of yardage after contact. He is a back with a low center of gravity who is very effective when he runs with good pad level and not allowing defenders a clean shot at him. He finishes each rushing attempt with excellent body lean. He has fine lower body strength, including thick thighs, allowing him to run through defenders consistently. He has some natural running skills making defenders miss initially, though he is mainly a one cut runner who runs in a north-south style. His running skills include – decision-making, vision, balance and power with good speed to break into the secondary. As a senior, he started every game before an early season shoulder injury. As a junior, he rushed for 1333 yards and 16 TDs despite missing 3 games with injuries. At the NFL Combine, he ran fine 4.50 and 4.57 times with 15 reps. He added 36” VL and 9’11” BJ with 6.89 three cone and 4.23 short shuttle times. He completed an excellent workout in the positional drills. His quickness and power is what will win an NFL roster spot, showing the AA to make the tough critical inside yardage and possibly start in time. He can be a solid change of pace runner with the ability to contribute in a few roles including a key goal line runner, in addition to projecting to FB in a West Coast offense. Over his career, he displayed the toughness to be a weekly power back with consistent production and ball security his strongest traits. He will probably fall to the late rounds off his injury history. Good late round steal, though he must answer the durability issues to realize his NFL starting potential.
Frank Coyle writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season and a regular Blog @ draftinsiders.com. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards
Da’Quan Bowers Wins Nagurski Award
Photo – DE Da’Quan Bowers – Clemson
Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers has been named the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Award. The honor is presented each year by the Football Writers Association of America and the Touchdown Club of Charlotte to the top defensive player in the nation.
Bowers is the first Clemson player to win a national award of this magnitude since 1982 when Terry Kinard was named the National Defensive Player of the Year.
The other finalists for the Nagurski Award were DT Nick Fairley of Auburn, LB Justin Houston of Georgia, LB Luke Kuechly of Boston College and CB Patrick Peterson of LSU.
Frank Coyle voted for Auburn’s DT Nick Fairley for the Nagurski Award.
"This is a great honor for Da'Quan," said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney, who was the keynote speaker for the banquet. "He has had a terrific year, a dominant year. He has come to play every single game this year and is very deserving of this award."
Bowers led the nation in sacks with 15.5 and was second in tackles for loss with 25. His sack total is second in Clemson history for one season, best among defensive linemen and is the most by an ACC player since 1999 when Keith Adams had a Clemson record 16 sacks.
Bowers's tackle for loss total is the most by a Clemson defensive lineman since 1991 when Rob Bodine had 27. Bowers had a streak of nine straight games with a sack during this season, the longest streak in Clemson history. Last week, Bowers was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. The junior is also finalist for the Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and Hendricks Award. Those announcements will come later this week.
Playing with a heavy heart following the deaths this year of his father, Dennis, and close friend Gaines Adams of the Chicago Bears, Bowers burst onto the scene this fall after two average seasons. The 6’4” 275 lbs. junior had shed 15 pounds and was performing well in preseason camp in August when his father collapsed while performing in his gospel band. Bowers was later visiting him in the hospital when his father suffered a seizure and died. Bowers spent two weeks away before rejoining the team.
Bowers wore Adams' old #93 this and had a sack in nine straight games, breaking Adams' record by a game. He's surpassed Adams' record for sacks by a defensive lineman and needs one sack when Clemson (6-6) meets South Florida (7-5) in the Meineke Bowl on Dec. 31 to break Keith Adams' overall school sacks record.
Bowers first met Adams when he attended a Clemson camp in the eighth grade. Adams would later set numerous Clemson records and was a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy in 2006 before being a first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following spring. Adams, who was later traded to Chicago, died in January of cardiac arrest. The autopsy report said he had an enlarged heart.
Bowers had tough competition for the Nagurski award named after the former Minnesota college star and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Fairley has 10½ sacks and 21 tackles for a loss, Kuechly leads the country with 171 tackles, Houston has 10 sacks and 18½ tackles for a loss and Peterson has four interceptions.
Bowers' big season puts him among an elite group of past winners that includes Warren Sapp, Charles Woodson, Champ Bailey, Roy Williams, Glenn Dorsey, Brian Orakpo and Ndamukong Suh.
"It's incredible," Bowers said. "It's just an honor to be here in this situation."
Frank Coyle writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards
Top 25 Teams - Week 12
Draft Insiders' - BCS - AP - Coaches - Harris Polls
Photo - Cam Newton - Auburn
Team of the Week - Auburn
Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Teams
1. Texas Christian (12-0)
2. Oregon (11-0)
3. Auburn (12-0)
4. Wisconsin (11-1)
5 Stanford (11-1)
6. Ohio St (11-1)
7. Michigan St. (11-1)
8. Arkansas (10-2)
9. Oklahoma (10-2)
10. LSU (10-2)
11. Boise St (10-1)
12. Virginia Tech (10-2)
13. Nevada (11-1)
14. Missouri (10-2)
15. Oklahoma St. (10-2)
16. Nebraska (10-2)
17. Alabama (9-3)
18. South Carolina (9-3)
19. Texas A&M (9-3)
20. Florida St. (9-3)
21. Utah ((10-2)
22. Mississippi St (8-4)
23. West Virginia (8-3)
24. Northern Illinois (10-2)
25. Arizona (7-4)
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 weekly Team and Player Awards
BCS Rankings - Week 7
Rank School Total Prev Rank
1 Auburn (12-0) .9779 2
2 Oregon (11-0) .9777 1
3 TCU (12-0) .9167 3
4 Stanford (11-1) .8413 6
5 Wisconsin (11-1) .8185 7
6 Ohio State (11-1) .7632 8
7 Arkansas (10-2) .7189 12
8 Michigan State (11-1) .6980 10
9 Oklahoma (10-2) .6780 13
10 LSU (10-2) .6067 5
11 Boise State (10-1) .5805 4
12 Missouri (10-2) .5148 14
13 Nebraska (10-2) .5071 15
14 Oklahoma State (10-2) .4630 9
15 Virginia Tech (10-2) .4396 16
16 Alabama (9-3) .4201 11
17 Nevada (11-1) .4043 19
18 Texas A&M (9-3) .3910 17
19 South Carolina (9-3) .3817 18
20 Utah (10-2) .2254 20
21 Florida State (9-3) .2125 22
22 Mississippi State (8-4) .1630 25
23 Arizona (7-4) .0713 21
24 West Virginia (8-3) .0542 NR
25 Northern Illinois (10-2) .0482 NR
The Harris Interactive poll, Coaches' poll and computer rankings each comprise one-third of the BCS standings.
To derive the three percentages, each team is assigned a point total (1 for No. 1, 2 for No. 2, etc.) The two poll percentages are calculated by dividing each team’s point total by a maximum 2825 possible points (Harris) and 1475 possible points (USA Today). The computer rankings percentage is calculated by dropping the highest and lowest ranking for each team and then dividing the remaining total by 100 (the maximum possible points). The BCS Average is calculated by averaging the percentage totals of the Harris Interactive Poll, USA Today poll, and computer rankings. The teams’ BCS Averages are ranked to produce the BCS standings. The six computer ranking providers are Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin and Peter Wolfe. Each computer ranking provider accounts for schedule strength within its formula.
AP Top 25 Teams
Rank / Team / Record / Points (1st) / Previous Week Ranking
1 Oregon (11-0) 1475 (36) 1
2 Auburn (12-0) 1456 (23) 2
3 TCU (12-0) 1383 (1) 4
4 Wisconsin (11-1) 1289 5
5 Stanford (11-1) 1283 7
6 Ohio State (11-1) 1184 8
7 Michigan State (11-1) 1098 11
8 Arkansas (10-2) 1094 12
9 Boise State (10-1) 908 3
10 Oklahoma (10-2) 886 14
11 LSU (10-2) 856 6
12 Virginia Tech (10-2) 761 13
13 Nebraska (10-2) 740 16
14 Nevada (11-1) 736 19
15 Missouri (10-2) 691 15
16 Oklahoma State (10-2) 599 10
17 Alabama (9-3) 597 9
18 South Carolina (9-3) 591 18
19 Texas A&M (9-3) 582 17
20 Florida State (9-3) 356 22
21 Utah (10-2) 249 23
22 Mississippi State (8-4) 224 25
23 West Virginia (8-3) 147 NR
24 Northern Illinois (10-2) 130 NR
25 Hawaii (9-3) 43 NR
Others: Arizona (34) , Maryland (29) , Tulsa (28) , Connecticut (16) , Navy (14) , UCF (12) , San Diego State (5) , North Carolina State (2) , Air Force (2)
Coaches Poll -Top 25 Teams
Rank / Team / Record / Points (1st) / Previous Week Ranking
1 Oregon (11-0) 1459 (46) 1
2 Auburn (12-0) 1419 (10) 2
3 TCU (12-0) 1343 (3) 4
4 Wisconsin (11-1) 1282 5
5 Stanford (11-1) 1233 8
6 Ohio State (11-1) 1213 7
7 Michigan State (11-1) 1083 10
8 Arkansas (10-2) 1012 12
9 Oklahoma (10-2) 943 13
10 Boise State (10-1) 869 3
11 Virginia Tech (10-2) 843 14
12 LSU (10-2) 796 6
13 Nebraska (10-2) 773 15
14 Missouri (10-2) 666 16
15 Oklahoma State (10-2) 661 9
16 South Carolina (9-3) 626 17
17 Nevada (11-1) 621 19
18 Texas A&M (9-3) 503 18
19 Alabama (9-3) 501 11
20 Florida State (9-3) 353 21
21 Utah (10-2) 291 22
22 Mississippi State (8-4) 223 25
23 Northern Illinois (10-2) 130 NR
24 West Virginia (8-3) 110 NR
25 UCF (9-3) 62 NR
Others: Arizona (47) , Hawaii (40) , Maryland (34) , North Carolina State (18) , San Diego State (11) , Navy (4) , Tulsa (3) , Iowa (1) , Air Force (1) , South Florida (1)
Harris Poll -Top 25 Teams
This was the 7th week of the Harris Poll. It will be weekly through the championship game.
Rank / Team / Record / Points (1st)
1 Oregon (11-0) 2804 (70) 1
2 Auburn (12-0) 2769 (42) 2
3 TCU (12-0) 2621 (2) 4
4 Wisconsin (11-1) 2441 5
5 Stanford (11-1) 2417 7
6 Ohio State (11-1) 2301 8
7 Michigan State (11-1) 2080 10
8 Arkansas (10-2) 1997 12
9 Oklahoma (10-2) 1809 13
10 Boise State (10-1) 1802 3
11 LSU (10-2) 1569 6
12 Virginia Tech (10-2) 1503 14
13 Nebraska (10-2) 1446 15
14 Missouri (10-2) 1291 16
15 Nevada (11-1) 1231 19
16 Oklahoma State (10-2) 1171 9
17 South Carolina (9-3) 1142 17
18 Alabama (9-3) 1113 11
19 Texas A&M (9-3) 1032 18
20 Florida State (9-3) 650 22
21 Utah (10-2) 567 20
22 Mississippi State (8-4) 393 25
23 West Virginia (8-3) 251 NR
24 Northern Illinois (10-2) 161 NR
25 Arizona (7-4) 120 21
Others: Maryland (75) , UCF (74) , Hawaii (65) , Navy (36) , Connecticut (32) , Iowa (23) , Tulsa (23) , North Carolina State (16) , San Diego State (7) , South Florida (7) , Notre Dame (6) , Air Force (3) , Miami (OH) (1) , Ohio (1)
'College Football Monday'
Frank Coyle's New Weekly Column
Mikel LeShoure Wins Player of the Week
Photo - RB Kendall Hunter – Oklahoma St
The top four clubs remained unbeaten with three clubs idle and only Boise St. playing this week. The Broncos pounded Fresno St 51-0 as they march through the WAC undefeated. They face their biggest test this week at Nevada in what should be a high scoring affair. Boise St’s QB Kellen Moore put on another excellent performance directing the potent offense that has them in the title chase.
Auburn rested last week up along with Alabama waiting for their much anticipated ‘Iron Bowl’ contest this Friday. Auburn hopes to secure a BCS berth for #1 here vs a tough two loss Bama club. The Tide is the defending champion and are capable of pulling an upset here. The Tigers’ QB Cam Newton will be the focus of attention on his march to the Heisman Trophy and possible national championship. TCU and Oregon were also idle. Oregon faces a tough matchup vs Arizona this Friday on a game that has national title implications.
LSU has quietly moved into national title contention but they need a lot of help to move up as a one loss team. They have faced the toughest schedule among top ten teams, but with four undefeated clubs ahead of them they need an upset weekend over Thanksgiving to move up the rankings.
Maybe the biggest win last week was Texas A&M beating Nebraska 9-6. There is no better place for college football than College Station, the scene of many great Aggie victories. The huge win put the Aggies at 8-3 and eligible for a good bowl invitation. Virginia Tech continues their recovery from a 0-2 start with a nice win over Miami. The Hokies are now 9-2 and knocking on the door for the top ten.
The Oklahoma St Cowboys are one of the great stories of the year. HC Mike Gundy has done a remarkable job leading them to their first 10 win season with a 10-1 record. They rank in the top ten and face rival Oklahoma (9-2) in a huge Bedlam matchup this Saturday. The Cowboys (10-1 overall and 6-1 Big 12) are looking to lock up the Big 12 South championship with a win over the Sooners (9-2 overall; 5-2 Big 12). Running back Kendall Hunter rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries and is headed for another Big 12 rushing title at the conclusion of the season. HC Gundy ranks right at the top of the Coach of the Year honors in what should be a very difficult vote.
In one of the most bizarre college football games in history, Illinois blasted Northwestern 48-27 at Wrigley Field. What made the game so bizarre is that both offenses had to play in the same direction due to the bleachers being to close to the playing field at one end. This was the first college game at Wrigley in 40 years and will fit into Chicago lore along with Billy goats and black cats plus the infamous Cubs losing streaks. Illinii running back Mikel LeShoure rushed for a school record 330 yards and 2 TDs.
In the first football game at the new Yankee Stadium, Notre Dame beat Army 27-3. In the home of champions in the Bronx, the Irish became bowl eligible with the victory with another strong defensive performance. They complete their season at Southern Cal before entertaining bowl invitations.
College Football Week Ten Notes
Oklahoma St receiver Justin Blackmon extended his Cowboy receiving records with his 10th straight 100 yard receiving and TD game. Blackmon had 10 catches for 130 yards and 1 TD. It brings his 2010 season totals to 85 receptions for 1415 yards and 16 TDs, working with emerging passer Brandon Weeden. As a third year sophomore, he could declare for the NFL Draft 2011 in January if he wants to leave Stillwater.
Nevada running back Vai Taua is an integral part of the Wolf Pack’s high-powered attack. He has set a new NCAA record with 24 games of over 100 yards on the ground. He is a highly developed back with the power to run inside and the quickness to get to the outside. He shows fine hands as an outlet receiver and is one of the more well-rounded and developed backs in the nation. He has moved up the charts as a pro prospect and with a strong showing in the postseason, he could be selected right after the top tier of running back prospects.
Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards