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Todd McShay says that Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater's pro day was the first time he's ever seen a quarterback throw worse in an exhibition than he did in games.

"It's designed for you to have success, it's supposed to be sort of a dog and pony show," McShay said. "No defense, no coverage to read, no pass rushers, in shorts and a t-shirt, throwing to your own receivers, in a scripted workout that you've been rehearsing days in and day out. There's no excuse, no reason." McShay has attended over 60 pro days, so his bafflement is not insignificant. The analyst cautions that the greatest -- by far -- pro day he's ever seen was JaMarcus Russell's. Before Bridgewater's pro day, McShay said Matt Ryan's was the most underwhelming he'd ever seen. Here at Rotoworld, where we've refused to drop Teddy B from the No. 1 QB rank, we'd caution evaluators to pay heed to his last point, rather than the more salacious topic of Bridgewater's isolated struggles in an almost meaningless "dog and pony show."
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 01:35:00 PM

Former Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham transferred to Auburn.

This is a big-time get by Gus Malzahn and crew. Ranked as ESPN's No. 1-ranked junior college recruit, Stidham didn't play this season following his transfer from Baylor. He's eligible to play next season and has three seasons of eligibility remaining. As a true freshman for Art Briles' last Baylor team, Stidham threw for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns in three starts. Stidham left the school after Briles was fired. He wound up at Auburn, he says, because of his relationship with Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Next summer, he'll compete for the quarterback job with incumbent Sean White. We'd install Stidham as a heavy favorite in that competition.
Source: ESPN
Dec 10 - 10:27 PM

Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy.

Jackson beat out Jabrill Peppers, Deshaun Watson, Dede Westbrook and Baker Mayfield for the hardware. Watson finished second -- well ahead of Peppers and the two Sooners -- but wasn't all that close to Jackson, who probably had this thing wrapped up in October. Jackson's 51 touchdowns were even or better than 38 teams had collectively. He passed for 3,390 yards with a 30/9 TD/INT rate and rushed for 1,538 yards and 21 touchdowns, becoming the third player in FBS history to record 30 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing scores in one season. College football's most explosive playmaker gained 8.9 yards per pass attempt and 6.6 yards per rush. At 19 years, 337 days, Jackson becomes the youngest Heisman Trophy winner ever. The player who Clemson HC Dabo Swinney calls a "right-handed Michael Vick" won't be eligible for the draft until after next season.
Dec 10 - 9:15 PM

Army sophomore RB Andy Davidson rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries in Saturday's 21-17 win over Navy.

The streak is dead. Finally. Navy had been able to lord a 14-game winning streak over their ground-based brothers, but no longer, no more. Davidson scored on a pair of one-yard runs in the first and second quarters as Army built up a 14-0 halftime advantage. Navy would answer with 17 unanswered points in the second half before Black Knights QB Ahmad Bradshaw pushed his squad back in front, for good, via a short touchdown run which boosted Army to a 21-17 advantage midway through the fourth quarter. With 12 games in the books, Davidson has now rushed for 905 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has been incredibly consistent, managing at least 70 yards on the ground in eight contests.
Dec 10 - 6:21 PM

Nebraska redshirt senior QB Tommy Armstrong (hamstring) did not practice on Friday.

Per HC Mike Riley, Ryker Fyfe is currently taking starting prep in bowl practice. Armstrong injured his hamstring against Minnesota on November 12 and while he played against Iowa in the regular-season finale -- Riley called it a "courageous" showing -- it looks like he will need a rapid turnaround in order to play in the Music City Bowl versus Tennessee on December 30. If Armstrong can't play, Zack Darlington would serve as Fyfe's backup against the Vols.
Dec 10 - 4:04 PM

Cincinnati hired Ohio State DC Luke Fickell to fill their open head-coaching vacancy.

Fickell takes over for Tommy Tuberville, who resigned following a 4-8 2016 season. In a statement, the 43-year-old Ohio lifer said, "It's a tough blue-collar state with hard-working, blue-collar people that respect an honest and complete effort. That's what they will get from me personally and what they should expect from this football program." Cincinnati AD Mike Bohn called Fickell "a model of integrity." This is his first head-coaching job, though he did guide the Buckeyes to a 6-7 record as interim head coach in 2011 following the firing of Jim Tressell. Fickell is expected to stay on with Ohio State through their Playoff run before taking over the Bearcats no-stop.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 10 - 2:35 PM

Pitt redshirt junior RB James Conner declared for the NFL Draft.

Conner overcame Hodgkin lymphoma -- and a torn MCL that stole his 2015 campaign -- to get here. Chiefs S Eric Berry also beat Hodgkin lymphoma. After announcing he was cancer-free in May, Conner returned to the field this fall to rush for 1,060 yards and 16 touchdowns, adding a career-high 20 catches for 299 yards and four more scores. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder was the 2014 ACC Player of the Year (1,765 yards and 26 TD) in his last healthy season before this one. His 56 career TDs are the most in ACC history. The thundering Conner was previously compared to Packers RB Eddie Lacy. Conner's health status knocked his grade down to the Rds. 4-6 range, but scouts will surely bang the table for him. Day 2 is in play if he tests well, though Conner is entering a stacked RB class. "He's a brute," a scout told CBS. "He isn't going to outrun defenders at our level to the edges but he's an effective rusher inside with enough vision, burst and power."
Source: ESPN
Dec 10 - 2:31 PM

Football Scoop's Zach Barnett reports that FAU is "in talks" with Alabama OC Lane Kiffin regarding their open head-coaching position.

This is a surprising development. Kiffin had also been linked to the open coaching gigs at South Florida and Houston. He lost out on the Cougars job, which was filled by OC Major Applewhite. Charlie Strong is considered a strong candidate for the Bulls' gig at this juncture. Even if he whiffs on South Florida or FAU, Kiffin could also potentially still hook up with LSU as offensive coordinator. Stay tuned.
Dec 9 - 5:58 PM

Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson was named the winner of the Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year awards.

During Thursday's award festivities, Jackson took home both player of the year awards in the Maxwell and Walter Camp -- strong indicators that he should be in line to win the Heisman on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder also hauled in ACC Player of the Year and (predictably) ACC Offensive Player of the Year at the end of November. His absurd statistical season has been well-chronicled, but just as a refresher, Jackson racked up 4,928 yards of total offense while accounting for 51 total touchdowns in 12 games.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 9 - 5:07 PM

UNC junior DT Nazair Jones declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.

In a statement, Jones said, "I want to thank our amazing coaching staff, support staff and an incredible fan base. I know Tar Heel nation will always have my back." That he has even reached this point is remarkable. During his senior season of high school (2011), the 6-foot-5, 295-pound junior was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, which kept him to a wheelchair and caused a massive weight loss. He eventually landed a scholarship with North Carolina in 2013 after an intensive rehab. Over the past three seasons, he has registered 138 tackles (20.0 for loss), four sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles. Over the summer, Pro Football Focus graded him as the No. 79 overall player in college football.
Dec 9 - 4:41 PM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart is traveling to Hawaii to visit Alabama four-star 2017 verbal QB commit Tua Tagovailoa.

Connections connections connections. Not only did Hawaii native Marcus Mariota eventually land at Oregon before going on to win the Heisman, Tagovailoa is currently attending St. Louis School, Mariota's old high school. The two are said to have a good relationship. Tagovailoa's father told SEC Country that he has already spoken with Taggart about this impromptu visit. "The thing with Coach Taggart — Oregon got him in early enough to do his recruiting," said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Tua's father. "He’s so aggressive with his recruiting. He was saying what Tua can bring to the program, and I totally understand that." At the same time, he indicated to the coach that his son is "locked in to Alabama." Tagovailoa ranks as Scout's No. 36 overall recruit in the 2017 cycle.
Source: SEC Country
Dec 9 - 4:27 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah compares Oklahoma senior WR Dede Westbrook to Rashad Greene coming out of Florida State.

"Westbrook is a slightly built wide receiver who's very crisp in his routes," Jeremiah wrote. That, of course, matches Greene's profile when he entered the league out of FSU. "[Westbrook's] lack of size and strength is going to affect his draft stock," Jeremiah wrote. "I'll be curious to see how fast he is when we get to the NFL Scouting Combine in February. DeSean Jackson has a similar build, but he had electric speed. I don't think Westbrook has that same type of juice." Oklahoma says Westbrook is 6-foot, 176 pounds. The closer he comes to those measurements at the Combine, the better.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 9 - 4:03 PM




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