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ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit warns to look for fake injuries on the defensive side of the ball, with teams attempting to slow down the opposing offense's tempo.

"No one is talking about this, but look for more fake injuries by the defense," Herbstreit said. "I've talked to defensive coaches. These guys are actually practicing faking injuries in practice." AL.com's Jon Solomon notes "plays from scrimmage increased from 67.7 per team in 2008 to 71.5 in 2012" at the FBS level. Players have faked injuries before at the college and NFL levels, but most have been obvious dives once reviewing replays. Actually practicing these injuries is taking it to the next level.
Source: AL.com
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 11:17:00 AM

Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries in Saturday's 35-11 win over Michigan.

Langford uncharacteristically struggled during the school's first three games of the season, but he's dominated ever since, collecting over 100 yards in five straight. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Langford is an underrated prospect. "Langford is a nice sized back (210lbs) with good speed and deceptive quickness," he wrote. "He’s a multi-cut ball carrier with the ability to swing it around the perimeter." The Michigan State prospect finished with 1,422 yards on 4.9 yards a carry last year.
Oct 25 - 9:27 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott completed 18-of-33 attempts for 216 yards, one touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 45-31 win versus Kentucky.

He added 88 rushing yards and a pair of ground scores on 18 carries. Prescott, currently in a fight with Marcus Mariota, Melvin Gordon, and a small group of others to win the Heisman, told Sports Illustrated earlier this month that he will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft "if he’s projected as a first-round pick." Prescott will also consider hopping to the NFL early if he's projected to go on Day 2. We aren't sure if he'll get there yet. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Prescott is a great runner, and an elite leader, but his passing isn't yet NFL-starter caliber.
Oct 25 - 8:24 PM

TCU redshirt junior QB Trevone Boykin completed 22-of-39 attempts for 433 yards, seven touchdowns and no interception in Saturday's 82-27 demolition of Texas Tech.

With 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Red Raiders led 10-7. From that point forward, the Horned Frogs put an embarrassing beating on their in-state rival. Boykin, formerly a darkhorse Heisman candidate, is now looking like a good bet to get an invite to New York for the ceremony after this season. He's passed for 2,306 yards and posted a 20/3 TD/INT rate while rushing for at least 25 yards in every game. An NFC personnel director told NFL.com earlier this week that Boykin, a former WR, has the style of play that the "league is looking at right now."
Oct 25 - 7:55 PM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley completed 24 of 39 attempts for 200 yards and one touchdown in the school's 40-37 double overtime win over Colorado.

Hundley added another 110 yards and a touchdown on the ground, but also a fumble. Apparently a vast majority of Hundley's passes were caught on underneath routes that allowed yards after catch opportunities. It is tough to compare teams week to week, but this Colorado defense is one USC's Cody Kessler carved up. Hundley is the same prospect he was to start the season.
Oct 25 - 6:04 PM

Arkansas junior T Sebastian Tretola threw a six yard touchdown pass in the school's 45-17 win over UAB.

The play was a fake field goal where Tretola motioned back into the quarterback spot and tossed it to the long snapper Alan D'Appollonio. Obviously it was the highlight of this lackluster game.
Oct 25 - 3:55 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 52-7 win over Maryland.

Gordon III added two receptions for 12 yards, which is worth noting since he is rarely targeted in the passing game. We have gone on and on explaining how good Gordon can be. The obvious comparison is to Jamaal Charles. Some protest the comparison because of frame differences, but it is more from a play style perspective. The Badger should be the most successful Wisconsin running back in the NFL in some time and a top-50 selection.
Oct 25 - 3:44 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 225 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in the school's 42-24 win over Rutgers.

Abdullah added another 26 yards in the air. Multiple evaluators in recent weeks have attempted to put Abdullah's productive season into perspective from an NFL line of thinking, including out own Cian Fahey. We could see Abdullah being selected in the third- or fourth-round this spring.
Oct 25 - 3:20 PM

Texas sophomore QB Tyrone Swoopes completed 13 of 25 attempts for 106 yards int he school's 23-0 loss to Kansas State.

It was Texas' first time being shutout since 2004. The offense really struggled in this one, only converting 4 of 13 3rd downs. Obviously Texas has taken multiple steps back in recent years as a program, and Charlie Strong has taken the stance of getting worse (by dismissing bad program fits) before getting better. The school needs to win three of their next four to be bowl eligible.
Oct 25 - 3:14 PM

Rutgers senior QB Gary Nova was helped off the field just before half time in the game against Nebraska with a knee injury.

It looked potentially serious, but we won't speculate on specifics. It seems like Nova is in his seventh season as the school's starter. Prior to exiting, Nova complete 8 of 19 attempts for 71 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Oct 25 - 1:40 PM

One AFC college scouting director believes Alabama junior RB TJ Yeldon will be a better NFL player than he has been in college.

The exec's reasoning? "Because he is used in a rotation, plus he's avoided the high carries that some college backs have accumulated." NFL Media's Albert Breer received comparisons of Darren McFadden and DeAngelo Williams for Yeldon's NFL future. The running back has flashed his best work this season.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 25 - 11:57 AM

NFL execs are still split on Michigan WR Devin Funchess' position at the next level.

NFL Media's Albert Breer spoke with one AFC college scouting director who believes Funchess is "strictly a wideout," while one "veteran exec" sees him purely as a move tight end. Rotoworld's Josh Norris does not wee why a team would line Funchess up inline, so his real role will be as a receiver, either in the slot or out wide. Labels will really only matter for contract purposes. Funchess faces Michigan State's Trae Waynes on Saturday in a great matchup.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 25 - 11:28 AM




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