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NFL.com's Gil Brandt knows of "several NFL clubs this year that have hired individuals to concentrate solely on acquiring information" regarding the second and third tier of QBs in the 2014 NFL Draft.

That information consists of "background checks, film study, etc," per Brandt. "The pool is so unbelievably large, much larger than in an average year, that teams need help beyond their own scouting departments with the weeding-out process." Brandt lists Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo, NIU's Jordan Lynch, Ball State's Keith Winning, and Montana State's DeNarius McGhee as prospects that fit this mid-level label.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 10:03:00 AM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson.

This is on the heels of Winston shouting expletives in the school's Student Union, which an FSU statement called "offensive and vulgar." After his previous off-field incidents, some much more minor than others, Winston admitted he needed to improve his self awareness. Redshirt sophomore Sean Maguirewas named the No. 2 quarterback during summer work. Redshirt freshman John Franklin III could see some snaps as well, but he has been practicing with wide receivers.
Sep 17 - 12:08 PM

Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly has been ruled out against UCLA with a foot injury.

Senior Mike Bercovici will start in his place. Kelly was injured against Colorado, and reports immediately surfaced stating he would likely miss this game. UCLA faced quarterback injuries of their own in their last contest, but Brett Hundley is expected to play in this game.
Source: ESPN
Sep 17 - 9:58 AM

Oklahoma junior OLB Eric Striker is one of the top defenders in the nation, according to Smart Football's Chris Brown.

"I don't know his pro grade but he's incredibly disruptive," Brown tweeted, adding Oklahoma's change from a 4-3 to a 3-4/3-3-5 prior to 2013 did not receive enough acclaim. Oklahoma has stumbled down the stretch multiple times under Bob Stoops, but last year's defensive change could alter their fate this season.
Sep 17 - 9:41 AM

The MMQB's Greg A. Bedard believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota is a "far more advanced passer" than Colin Kaepernick.

Bedard introduces the Kaepernick analogy for Mariota, stating it is the best comparison since (simply put) the two could make similar plays with their feet. "But that’s where the comparison should end," Bedard concluded, adding that Mariota has terrific ball placement. Bedard notes Mariota might fall into the same category as Teddy Bridgewater, who was passed over by at least one team because they did not see "enough of a commanding persona... That’s the landscape Mariota will be wading into." We believe if a team passes over a quarterback prospect for a lesser talent just because the former lacks a fiery personality, they are making a mistake.
Source: The MMQB
Sep 17 - 9:00 AM

Oregon starting senior LT Jake Fisher's knee injury "isn't considered season-ending," reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

He suffered a sprained left knee on the opening drive in Saturday's win over Wyoming. "According to a source, he will be sidelined less than a month, which is good news for Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, who said that he hoped to get Fisher back 'pretty soon,'" Brugler wrote. "Fisher is expected to miss this weekend's game at Washington State, but the coaching staff is hopeful he will be back in the starting lineup for Arizona (October 2) or at UCLA (October 11). He is currently ranked as the No. 8 senior offensive tackle prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft and a possible top-100 pick."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 9:31 PM

Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple said Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg will be the No. 1 overall pick when he enters the draft.

"He's going to be the first player picked. If he could come out this year, he'd be the first player picked," Whipple said, adding that Hackenberg "just can make every throw. ... He's just got it all." Whipple was the Steelers' QB coach during Ben Roethlisberger's first three seasons in the league, and he has also been an offensive assistant with the Eagles and Browns (2011-12). Whipple's UMass squad travels to Penn State on Saturday. We'd accuse him of buttering Hackenberg up, but he's not the only one saying these things. A veteran AFC scout said last week that Hackenberg is "the top QB in college football," and NFL.com wrote that he is "generating the most buzz with NFL scouts" amongst quarterbacks.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 16 - 9:19 PM

Ohio State is "preparing to move forward" as if they won't get Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence back for the remainder of the season, reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Spence, who was set to return over the weekend from suspension, failed a second drug test. He first failed a drug test for ecstasy back in January. "We are hopeful that Noah can get healthy and, at some point, resume his career with the Buckeyes," Spence's parents said in a statement to the Columbus Dispatch. "We are uncertain how long he will be ineligible, but we will work with Ohio State and the Big Ten until we have a final resolution." The Big Ten handbook states that a student athlete who fails a second drug test "shall be declared permanently ineligible for all further intercollegiate competition in all sports."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 8:36 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota and junior DE Arik Armstead will both enter the draft after the season.

Both prospects purchased large disability insurance policies prior to the season, which the school ultimately covered. Mariota was always ticketed for the 2015 draft, so we'll instead focus on Armstead. The 6-foot-8, 280-pounder has basketball athleticism and light feet, meaning the mansion of his athletic potential doesn't have an easily perceivable ceiling. We're concerned, however, that he played so poorly as a true sophomore, once called basketball his "first love," and has been eying the 2015 draft for some time now. There are questions about Armstead that only his production can answer. "Armstead isn't as well-known nationally, but he leads the Ducks with 4.0 tackles for loss so far in 2014 and has the gifted skill-set that makes him a projected first round pick," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 6:39 PM

According to 247Sports.com, Texas A&M freshman WR Speedy sustained an injury to the MCL in his left knee during the win over Rice Saturday.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Noil is currently the Aggies’ third leading receiver with 12 receptions for 197 yards and a touchdown. In Noil's absence, he will be replaced by redshirt sophomore Edward Pope who has 10 receptions for 167 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
Sep 16 - 3:41 PM

Miami redshirt senior QB Ryan Williams has been cleared by doctors following a right ACL tear this spring.

Brad Kaaya is still entrenched as the starter, but the Canes really lack backup passers after Kevin Olsen's suspension and Jake Heaps' struggles. Williams has played sporadically throughout his career and should not receive a large number of snaps if things go according to plan.
Sep 16 - 10:55 AM

Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters will play against Georgia State after being suspended for the Illinois game.

"We got him back," head coach Chris Petersen said. "He’s back with us. We’ll just take it one day at a time." Peters was suspended as a result of a sideline tirade after he was benched for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Peters is extremely talented, and the Huskies finally put things together defensively against the Illini.
Sep 16 - 9:52 AM




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