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Pro Prospect - Runner C.J. Spiller - Clemson
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Photo – C.J. Spiller - Clemson
Running back C.J. Spiller of Clemson is one of the premier pro prospects this season. Over his first two games this season, he has rushed for over 100 yards on 24 carries and added 4 recepitons for 69 yards including a 63 yard TD. Over his first three seasons, he rushed for 2335 yards and 20 TDs, in addition to 87 receptions for another 7 TDs He will be the primary feature back this fall and should get the most rushing attempts of his career that shoud enabe him to break the 1000 yard rushing mark for the first time. His big play abiity is what ranks him among the top runing backs this year with the upside potential to be the #1 prospect at this vital position.
C.J. Spiller - 5’10” 190 lbs. - Clemson
Electrifying tailback returns after an outstanding ’08 performance in the ACC. He is an imposing back who is very quick initially with an excellent burst of speed through the hole. He has good change of direction skills to create running lanes and the breakaway speed to go the distance every time he touches the ball. He explodes thru the hole that allows him to get to the 2nd level consistently and break tackles and outrun defenders. He shows good sure hands as a receiver with the ability to make things happen after the reception. He needs some further work as a route runner. He has natural openfield running skills to makes him a threat to hit the home run regularly, in addition to surprising power to run inside and carry the game to game load. He could one of the nation’s best players and capable of being one of the super blue chip prospects for the NFL Draft 2010.
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Photo – QB Matt Grothe – South Florida
Sugar Bowl Announces Manning List
Honor Recognizes Top QB After Bowls
NEW ORLEANS – The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced its 2009 preseason Watch List. The list includes 38 of the top QBs in the nation heading into the 2009 season. The winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a February banquet in New Orleans. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only QB award that takes into consideration the candidates’ bowl performances.
Florida’s Tim Tebow will attempt to become the first repeat winner of the honor after collecting it last season. He is joined by Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford to give the award two Heisman Trophy winners on the Watch List. Each of the 11 FBS conferences is represented on the Watch List with at least two candidates while the Big 12 leads the way with seven Watch List selections. In addition, Appalachian St’s Armanti Edwards becomes the 1st player from a FCS school to be recognized on the preseason Manning list.
“We have another great class of QBs this season,” said Archie Manning. “We have 38 QBs on our Watch List, but there are any number of other guys who could step into the picture as the season gets going. It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch another tremendous college football season.”
While the preseason Watch List includes just 38 QBs, every quarterback in the nation remains eligible for the honor. Additional QBs may be added to the Watch List after the start of the season. Ten finalists will be determined by a selected panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings. That list will be released on Monday, Nov. 30. The winner will be announced on Thurs, Jan. 14.
The first four winners of the Manning Award reads like a Who’s Who list at the QB position. USC’s Matt Leinart was the inaugural award winner in 2005, followed by Texas’ Vince Young in 2006. Both went on to be top 10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU’s JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick. Boston College’s Matt Ryan claimed the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming the starting QB for the Atlanta Falcons.
2009 Manning Award Watch List
Austen Arnaud - Jr - Iowa St
Sam Bradford - Jr - Oklahoma
Levi Brown - Sr - Troy
Darryll Clark - Sr - Penn St
Jimmy Clausen - Jr - Notre Dame
Andy Dalton - Sr - TCU
Austin Davis - So - Southern Miss
Armanti Edwards - Sr - Appalachian St
Robert Griffin III - So - Baylor
Matt Grothe - Sr - USF
Maxwell 2009 Award Watch List
WR Dezmon Briscoe - Kansas
Wideout Dezmon Briscoe of Kansas heads a strong list of preseason candidates for the prestigious Maxwell Award Watch list. The Jayhawks’ star receiver hopes the problems that kept him out of spring workouts are behind him with the regular season only weeks away. He hopes to have another season like last year's 92-catch, 1,407-yard and 15 TDs performance. After a record-smashing first two seasons at Kansas, Briscoe is already playing with an eye toward the NFL Draft 2010. With another season like last year's strong performance, he would in just three seasons have over 200 catches for 3000 yards and 30+ TD receptions.
2009 Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List
Benn, Arrelious - Illinois WR
Best, Jahvid - Cal RB
Blount, LeGarrette - Oregon RB
Bradford, Sam - Oklahoma QB
Briscoe, Dezmon - Kansas WR
Brown, Chris - Oklahoma RB
Bryant, Dez - Oklahoma St WR
Clark, Daryll - Penn St QB
Clausen, Jimmy - Notre Dame QB
Clay, John - Wisconsin RB
Decker, Eric - Minnesota WR
Devine, Noel - West Virginia RB
Dwyer, Jonathan - Georgia Tech RB
Evans, Darren - Virginia Tech RB
Fletcher, Damion - Southern Miss RB
Gerhart, Toby - Stanford RB
Gilyard, Mardy - Cincinnati WR
Green, A.J. - Georgia WR
Gresham, Jermaine - Oklahoma TE
Griffin, Robert - Baylor QB
Gronkowski, Rob - Arizona TE
Grothe, Matt - South Florida QB
Hall, Max - BYU QB
Hunter, Kendall - Oklahoma St RB
Jones, Julio - Alabama WR
Kaepernick, Colin - Nevada QB
Keenum, Case - Houston QB
LaFell, Brandon - LSU WR
LeFevour, Dan - Central Michigan QB
Locker, Jake - Washington QB
Mallett, Ryan - Arkansas QB
Masoli, Jeremiah - Oregon QB
McCoy, Colt - Texas QB
College Football Awards Calendar
DE Corey Wootton - Northwestern
Award Watch List -Semifinalists/ Finalists/ Winner/ Banquet
Bednarik- Aug. 13/ Nov. 4/ Nov 23/ Dec. 10/Mar 5 (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Biletnikoff- Aug 10/ Oct 26 /Nov 23 /Dec 10 /Feb 13 (Tallahassee, Fl.)
Broyles - Nov. 30 / Dec. 8 / Dec. 8 (Little Rock, Ark.)
Butkus - Aug. 20 / Oct. 15 / Nov. 19 / Dec. 4-8 / Jan. (Chicago, Ill.)
Walter Camp - Aug. 7 /Nov. 12 / Dec. 7 / Dec. 10 / Jan. 16 (New Haven, Ct.)
Draddy - Oct. 1 / Oct. 29 / Dec. 8 / Dec. 8 (New York, N.Y.)
Groza - Aug. 12 / Nov. 9 / Nov. 23 / Dec. 10 / Dec. 8 (Palm Beach, Fl.)
Guy - Aug. 5 / Nov. 13 / Nov. 23 / Dec. 10 / Jan. (Augusta, Ga.)
Heisman - Dec. 9 / Dec. 12 / Dec. 14 (New York, N.Y.)
Lombardi - Aug. 18 / Oct. 14 / Nov. 11 / Dec. 9 / Dec. 9 (Houston, Tx.)
Mackey - July 29 / Nov. 16 / Nov. 23 / Dec. 10 / April 26 (Carle Place, N.Y.)
Maxwell - Aug. 14 / Nov. 4 / Nov. 23 / Dec. 10 / March 5 (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Munger - Nov. 4 / Nov. 23 / Dec. 15 / March 5 (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Nagurski - Aug. 19 / Nov. 18 / Dec. 7 / Dec. 7 (Charlotte, N.C.)
Davey O'Brien - Aug. 3 / Oct. 26 / Nov. 23 / Dec. 10 / Feb. 15 (Fort Worth, Tx)
Outland - Aug. 11 / Nov. 23 / Dec. 10 / Jan. 14 (Omaha, Neb.)
Rimington - Aug. 20 / Nov. 23 / Dec. 10 / Jan. 16 (Lincoln, Neb.)
Eddie Robinson - Dec. 9 / Jan. 5 / Jan. 5 (Los Angeles, Ca.)
Disney Spirit - Dec. 10 / Dec. 10 (Lake Buena Vista, Fl.)
Jim Thorpe - Aug. 6 / Nov. 4 / Nov. 23 / Dec. 10 / Feb. 8 (Ok City, Ok.)
Doak Walker - Aug. 4 / Nov. 12 / Nov. 23 / Dec. 10 / Feb. 19 (Dallas, Tx)
NFL Dates 2009-2010
Aug. 8 - Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Canton, Oh.
Aug. 9 - Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Oh.
Aug. 13-17 - First NFL Preseason weekend
Sept. 1 - Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 players
Sept. 5 - Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players
Sept. 10-14 - Kickoff NFL 2009 Weekend
Oct. 12-13 - NFL Fall Meeting - Boston, Ma.
Oct. 20 - NFL Trading deadline.
Oct. 25 - International Series, London, England - New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Bucs
2010 NFL Dates
Jan. 3 - Regular season ends.
Jan. 9-10 - Wild Card Playoffs
Jan. 16-17 - Divisional Playoffs
Jan. 24 - Conference Championships
Jan. 31 - AFC-NFC Pro Bowl - Miami, Florida
Feb. 7 - Super Bowl XLIV - Miami, Florida
Feb. 24-March 2 - NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, In.
March 5 - NFL Free Agency begins.
March 21-24 - NFL Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
April 22-24 - NFL Draft 2010 - New York City
May 24-26 - NFL Spring Meeting, Dallas, Texas
Supplemental Draft 2009
The NFL will conduct the Supplemental Draft 2009 this Thursday, July 16th for players who rescind their remaining college eligibility. This draft has been a little used process that considers special situations for players that are at least three years removed from high school. All 32 teams can participate in the weighted draft process that is divided into three tiers. Teams with six wins or less in last season will make up the first group, followed by a second group of non-playoff teams and finally a third group of the twelve 2008 playoff teams. Each team submits the name of the players that they want to draft with the round they would like to select them. The club with the highest selection will be awarded the player. In the case of two teams drafting the same player in a round, the club with the worse record last season will win the prospect. A team that uses a pick in the Supplemental Draft will forfeit their choice in the corresponding round of the NFL Draft 2010. The new draft prospects will be considered part of the rookie salary pool for the NFL Draft 2009 and must fit under the current contract structure and overall salary cap.
This year the Supplemental Draft will take place on July 16th at 1 p.m.
We will have a Free Supplemental issue this week of Pro Prospects for full subscribers.
Prospects Entering NFL Supplemental 2009 Draft as of July 14th.
Blake Boyd - OLB - Western Kentucky
McKinner Dixon - DE - Texas Tech
Jeremy Jarmon - DE - Kentucky
Torris Magee - WR - Southern Miss
Joe McMahon - OG - Central Michigan
Demetrice Morley - S - Tennessee
Deon Murphy - WR - Kansas St.
Corey Surrency - WR - Florida St.
“SPECIAL” - Special Teams Performers
Return Specialists - Kickoff Returners
Photo - Michael Ray Garvin
1. Michael Ray Garvin - Florida St.
Fast cornerback/ return specialist lead the nation as a KOR as a senior. He has blazing speed to make a difference as a return specialist. He ran a 4.22 at the Florida St. pro day that has him flying up the charts. He also will compete early for the nickel corner role after over 20 starts for the Seminoles defense that has an outstanding track record for cover men for the NFL game.
2. * Jeremy Maclin - Missouri
Big play specialist will be more valuable as a returner than receiver early in his career. He has been a difference maker as both a kickoff and punt returner. He has the burst of speed to hit the home run with natural openfield running skills. He has a huge upside as a receiver, but needs development in reading coverage and route running to play up to his athleticism.
3. * Percy Harvin - Florida
4. Mike Thomas - Arizona
5. Brandon Tate - North Carolina
6. Mike Goodson - Texas A&M
7. Derrick Williams - Penn St.
8. Marcus Thigpen - Indiana
9. Juaquin Iglesias - Oklahoma
10. Mike Wallace - Ole Miss
1. * Jeremy Maclin - Missouri
2. * D.J. Moore - Vanderbilt
3. Derrick Williams - Penn St.
4. Mike Thomas - Arizona
5. Sammie Stroughter - Oregon St.
6. Darius Butler - Connecticut
7. Chris Williams - New Mexico St.
8. Devon Moore - Wyoming