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Rice TE Vance McDonald ran a 4.69 official forty, with a 1.67 10 yard split.

McDonald is a very fluid athlete that is comfortable in space after playing in the slot for the majority of his collegiate career. Teams might have to stretch in projecting him inline, but McDonald is a willing blocker at the receiver position. He needs to makes catches more consistently, however.
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 08:33:00 AM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly announced that the hearings of five players suspended for violating the school's academic conduct policy will take place by the end of next week.

Last month, the Fighting Irish suspended WR DaVaris Daniels, CB KeiVarae Russell, DE Ishaq Williams, LB Kendall Moore and DB Eilar Hardy while investigating claims of academic fraud. The quintet will miss their fourth game of the season against Syracuse in MetLife Stadium on Saturday. "It’s a very complicated situation, obviously," Kelly told ESPN.com. "There are a lot of pieces here. There are NCAA implications, certainly. We’re probably going down a path that [we've] never gone before, so there are things there." The school announced in its initial statement revealing the suspensions that it had received "evidence that students had submitted papers and homework that had been written for them by others."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 6:55 PM

Old Dominion senior QB Taylor Heinicke "is a cross between Colt Brennan and Chase Daniel," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

It's possible you've never heard of Heinicke, which is a shame, because he's been dominating on the small stage for a few years now. That stage should get bigger in 2014 as Old Dominion vies for a bowl appearance and Heinicke makes a bid to get drafted. Heinicke threw for a ridiculous 5,076 passing yards and 44 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012 when the school was in the FCS, and then 4022 yards and 33 scores last year, completing near 70-percent of his passes both times. Through four games, Heinicke has already thrown for 1,172 yards and 10 scores. "Numbers aside Heinicke’s pass placement and location is on the money as receivers rarely break stride or need to work for the reception," Pauline wrote. "His game management and decision making also ranks up there with the best on the college level." The 6-foot Heinicke is rated as a "street free agent by most scouts," according to Pauline.
Sep 23 - 6:40 PM

Oklahoma true freshman RB Samaje Perine drew national praise after Saturday's performance against West Virginia, and was called a "a bigger version of Marshawn Lynch" by NFL.com's Bryan Fischer.

"The Sooners looked unfazed by the loss of their leading rusher [Keith Ford] by turning to true freshman Samaje Perine, who lived up to his nickname of ‘The Tank’ running through the West Virginia defense," Fischer wrote. "In many respects, the 5-foot-11, 243-pound back appeared to be a bigger version of Marshawn Lynch on the field as he ran over defenders and made life miserable for Mountaineers fans after a wild first half." Perine had 242 yards and four touchdowns in the 45-33 win, earning a helmet sticker from ESPN.com’s Brandon Chatmon. "[Perine] got better as the game went on," Chatmon wrote. "Keith Ford better hurry back." Perine has 419 yards and five touchdowns on 66 carries (6.4 YPC).
Sep 23 - 5:55 PM

Missouri redshirt senior WR Darius White will miss a few weeks due to a groin injury.

Head coach Gary Pinkel called it "severe" and the team initially thought it was a season ending matter. White is a Texas transfer and was listed as a starting receiver out of camp. He recorded 15 catches for 230 yards and three touchdowns in three games before the injury.
Sep 23 - 10:07 AM

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans spoke with one NFL GM who believes staying in school for another year is "a pretty easy decision" for FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston.

"That would be my 100 percent advice," The GM added. "Come back and say, ‘Look, I made mistakes and learned from them. I have over a year of impeccable behavior that shows what I learned.’ Without question, that would go a long way." One scout called Winston "a big-ass immature kid." We want to know if that scout has actually met Jameis, because that is a strong statement to put out in the media regarding a prospect. People often mature just enough to compartmentalize their flaws, as Matt Waldman says. Winston lacks self awareness, but the public must consider how little information they have on the other 250 eligible prospects.
Sep 23 - 9:30 AM

The NCAA denied Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield's immediate eligibility waiver, however he is allowed to be on scholarship with the Sooners.

Per Chip Brown of Horns Digest, Mayfield will not be eligible to play until 2015 and will then have two more years of eligibility. The Texas Tech transfer will continue to practice with the Sooners this season, forming the best scout team unit along with receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Trevor Knight is only a redshirt sophomore, so it would be an upset if Mayfield enters next season as the outright starter.
Sep 23 - 9:22 AM

Florida State reinstated redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston.

Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said Winston's suspension "hit home" with the quarterback. Winston, of course, was suspended for Saturday's victory over Clemson after he jumped on a table and shouted expletives in the school's Student Union. "Tremendously," Fisher said when asked how missing Saturday's game affected the Heisman Trophy winner. "I think you could see it on the sideline ... [but] he was a great influence for Sean [Maguire] and the other guys on the sideline. It was not for show or go. It was something heartfelt. I think it hit home, there's no doubt." Fisher named Winston the starting QB for Saturday's game against NC State on Monday. Because of this incident and several others, Winston's stock has fallen with evaluators. It's absolutely imperative that he not get into further trouble prior to the spring.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 9:46 PM

NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks writes that the hype surrounding Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner "has subsided."

That's an understatement. Gardner completed 14-of-26 attempts for 148 yards and two interceptions in a loss to Utah on Saturday, and has posted a 0/5 TD/INT rate in Michigan's two games against quality opponents this year (the other being Notre Dame). Michigan HC Brady Hoke is currently contemplating who will be his starting quarterback against Minnesota on Saturday. Frankly, sophomore Shane Morris looks like the Wolverines' best bet at the moment. "It was only a year ago when some in the NFL community felt like Gardner had the potential to develop into a franchise quarterback," Brooks wrote. "However, the hype surrounding the senior quarterback has subsided after watching him become a turnover machine in critical moments for the Wolverines. The turnovers not only killed the Wolverines' chances of holding off a feisty Utah squad, but it continued to spotlight the concerns about Gardner's judgment and accuracy from the pocket."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 22 - 9:18 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes that "had been raving" about Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard prior to Saturday's game against Michigan.

Orchard aced another key test, collecting seven tackles, two for loss, two sacks and a pass deflection. "After a slow start Orchard turned on the burners during critical moments in the second half and looked dominant at times," Pauline wrote. "The ability Orchard displayed off the line of scrimmage in space was impressive and nicely complimented his pass rushing skills. Comparisons are being drawn to former Boise State star Demarcus Lawrence, selected in the second round last April by the Dallas Cowboys. If Orchard continues his impressive play he could also move into the second frame." The Utes' prospect has successfully added 60 pounds of muscle to his frame since starting his career as a 195-pound receiver.
Sep 22 - 8:36 PM

While he awaits verdict on his appeal of a second positive drug test, Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence is no longer participating in team activities.

Spence briefly returned to practices last week. This reverse is course doesn't affect his status with the Buckeyes, who have chosen not to dismiss the talented prospect. "He's not going to practice now," OSU HC Urban Meyer said. "That was just last week. He's not practicing, getting full-time treatment and working out just for his well-being. What is a zero tolerance [policy] when an addiction has set in or whatever? The decision, when you harm yourself or harm your team, we wrestle with those all the time. I've been criticized for many, many years about how I treat these guys. I treat them like they're my kid, and I'm not a big fan of dismissal. I don't try to do that very often. It's got to be a severe one where you're hurting someone else."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 8:12 PM

Clemson OC Chad Morris insinuated that new freshman starting QB Deshaun Watson will not see snaps directly under center.

"Morris said Watson fumbled a snap under center in a short-yardage situation during last Thursday's practice. He's a shotgun guy," beat writer Roy Philpott tweeted. The question was raised after Clemson failed to convert a crucial fourth down play, choosing to run a slow developing play instead. "I didn't trust him," Morris said when asked about Watson potentially taking the ball directly from center in that situation.
Sep 22 - 11:48 AM




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