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USC junior WR Robert Woods stated that he will request an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory board, but he hasn't made a decision on his future at this time.

Woods' production has dipped a bit this season after switching receiver spots with sophomore Marqise Lee. The junior has a history of ankle issues, but he does his best work as a route runner on short and intermediate targets. We doubt he can be that true number one factor in the NFL, but there are very few of those.
Sun, Nov 25, 2012 10:33:00 AM

University of Texas athletics director Steve Patterson announced the school will soon begin paying its student-athletes $10,000 a year apiece to cover cost of attendance and likeness rights.

The figure, set by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in her O’Bannon trial ruling in August, will be split evenly, so that $5,000 will go towards cost-of-attendance and $5,000 will serve as payment for UT’s use of the athlete’s name and likeness. In all, the school will be on the hook for about $6 million. "If we begin to [further] remunerate the participants, that’s going to break that model," Chris Plonsky, director for women’s sports at Texas, said. The school hasn't announced when it will begin to make these payouts, though next fall seems like a reasonable guess. Texas is the first school to announce it will compensate its athletes beyond scholarships following August's O'Bannon ruling. Presumably, all Power Five program will follow suit.
Oct 22 - 5:56 PM

Sports Illustrated writers Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans expect Florida AD Jeremy Foley to make another run at Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops.

"But there’s nothing to indicate Stoops will take the job this time," the two write. Hugh Freeze is another name brought up, but Foley reportedly has concerns about the NCAA looking into Ole Miss' athletic department. Rich Rodriguez is another coach Thamel and Evans bring up.
Oct 22 - 12:57 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper admitted to dropping FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "a little too far" following his suspension for saying an obscene statement in the student union.

Kiper dropped Winston to No. 25 overall after ranking him at No. 1 to open the season. Winston then jumped to No. 16 and now sits at No. 14. The first drop was "based on a lot of initial feedback regarding his suspension earlier in the season," Kiper writes, adding the quarterback "needs time to prove doubters wrong." This story line will continue throughout the draft process, so buckle up.
Source: ESPN
Oct 22 - 12:33 PM

West Virginia DC Tony Gibson explained his school's defensive success versus Baylor by saying "we just went all in with the blitz game."

"Gibson’s logic in blitzing Baylor was two-pronged. First, he wanted to make Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty uncomfortable, which West Virginia did with four sacks," Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans wrote. "...West Virginia’s pressure was also meant to keep its defenders from being stressed by having to both play pass coverage and stop the run." This is not a good sign for Bryce Petty, a quarterback prospect who is used to throwing to open receivers from a clean pocket. Evaluators will point to this game and hope he can improve from it.
Oct 22 - 11:47 AM

Florida freshman QB Treon Harris will start over Jeff Driskel against Georgia.

However, Driskel will have a role in the game, head coach Will Muschamp announced. Harris, who was briefly suspended while being investigated for a sexual battery accusation, returned in a non-starting capacity against Missouri and completed 8 of 12 attempts for 98 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Oct 22 - 11:32 AM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong has the makings of a late first- or early second-round pick, according to one NFL scout.

"He’s big physical and competitive with great hands," the scout told the SI duo of Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel. "He’s not a burner. He’s probably 4.53 in the 40, but Marques Colston and all these guys get in the league and do really well. He’s one of those." SI cites sources saying Strong is expected to declare. Strong is another member of a great receiver group, along with DGB, DeVante Parker, Devin Funchess and Kevin White. Rotoworld's Josh Norris would take those four over Strong at this time.
Oct 22 - 11:21 AM

According to SI's Inside Read, Boise State redshirt junior RB Jay Ajayi is expected to declare for the NFL draft.

Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans cite industry sources. "He’s something to look forward to," one scout said, calling the running back a second-day pick. The SI duo has heard some scouts prefer Ajayi over former Boise State first-round pick Doug Martin.
Oct 22 - 10:31 AM

Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel spoke with one NFL scout who believes Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley could be a top-16 pick.

Like others, the scout believes Gurley is improving his draft evaluation by missing time. "He can’t get hurt," the scout said, pointing to the fact that Gurley was one pace for a career high in carries. Georgia is applying for Gurley's reinstatement, and it will likely be granted. We would not argue with a team that selects Gurley in the top 15.
Oct 22 - 10:16 AM

Georgia is applying for junior RB Todd Gurley's reinstatement on Wednesday, according to a school announcement.

"The NCAA and UGA have been working together on Gurley's situation, so UGA's request seems almost assured of being approved," beat writer Seth Emerson writes. If granted, Gurley will likely be eligible to play in meaningful game action immediately. In the announcement, Gurley accepted responsibility for the mistakes he made and added he's excited to return to the field. The running back has missed the last two contests during the investigation.
Oct 22 - 9:30 AM

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranks UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley No. 37 overall on his big board.

It's always nice to meet like-minded individuals. We've been low on Hundley for the better part of two seasons, though we'll concede it's difficult to grade a toolsy QB playing behind a shoddy offensive line. Is skittishness in the face of pressure Hundley's nature? Or is it a result of circumstance, a bad habit that can be coached out of him at the next level? Nobody can be sure, but we can tell you that we wouldn't invest the type of pick that will be required to find out. Neither would Burke. "It has been a much slower progression for Hundley than really anyone had hoped," he wrote. "The dual-threat abilities for the 6-3, 227-pound QB are undeniable. So, too, are the issues Hundley shows in sensing approaching trouble. If he heads to the NFL after this season, a QB-needy team will call his name within the first couple rounds. How long before he's ready for a starting gig?"
Oct 22 - 1:29 AM

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranked Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah as the No. 25 overall prospect and compared him to LeSean McCoy.

"Abdullah is a personal preference over Melvin Gordon," Burke wrote. "Why? Mainly because he's already shown he can be a three-down back, whereas Gordon has been eased into that role by Wisconsin. Abdullah (5-9, 195) has 16 touchdowns and nearly 1,200 total yards this season. His quick-cut running style is reminiscent of LeSean McCoy." The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Abdullah has 1,024 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on a 6.4 YPC average during Nebraska's 6-1 start.
Oct 22 - 1:09 AM




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