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CBS Sports' Rob Rang sees in Stanford junior T Andrus Peat a "remarkable talent."

At 6-foot-6, 315 pounds with a wide frame and stunning athleticism, we know what he's talking about. "He has long arms, broad shoulders and good weight distribution with tree trunks for thighs," Rang wrote. "Given Peat's monstrous frame, it is almost unfair that he gains an immediate advantage on his opponent with surprising quickness off the snap. He is balanced and light on his feet to slip out to the second level and can adjust to moving targets. In pass protection, Peat has the agility to slip wide to his left, sealing off speed rushers trying to turn the corner, as well the strength to latch and control defenders. Peat is patient, allowing the defender to come to him, showing good lateral agility and balance to mirror." Rang, however, believes Peat must work on coming off the ball lower, exploding his hips into opponents on contact, and eliminating the propensity to get lazy and bend at the waist in pass protection.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 23 - 8:52 PM

Grantland's Robert Mays believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "needs to show improvement as a dropback passer."

When discussing the decision teams will have between Mariota and Jameis Winston, Mays writes "it really depends on what you’re looking for... Mariota is a dual threat, closer to Colin Kaepernick — less polished, but possibly more terrifying." In the past, Oregon quarterbacks have been runners first and lacked awareness in the pocket. We think pocket patience and poise are the most underappreciated aspects to Mariota's game. He wins inside and outside of the pocket.
Source: Grantland
Jul 31 - 1:12 PM

Oklahoma has yet to file their waiver appeal for junior (or redshirt sophomore) WR Dorial Green-Beckham.

Oklahoma "officials are waiting on one last bit of paperwork from Missouri," Emig writes. "Green-Beckham’s former school has been cooperative with his new one generally, but now must help once more." We doubt DGB will be awarded immediate eligibility, but crazier things have happened. There is a chance the receiver never plays a down for the Sooners if he is forced to sit out the 2014 season. Green-Beckham will be able to practice with the Sooners no matter what.
Jul 31 - 12:55 PM

Oklahoma freshman RB Joe Mixon met with police investigators Monday.

Mixon is being investigated by police for allegedly striking a female student. He hasn't yet been charged with a crime. "This past Friday morning Joe Mixon found himself in a situation where he was subjected to both verbal and physical attacks from a very intoxicated and troubled young woman," Kevin Finlay, an attorney representing Mixon, said. "As a result of these physical attacks, Joe instinctually defended himself against further harm." The female student has a very different story. "He punched me one time," she said. "He broke my face in four places ... my nose, my sinuses ... they're broken." The alleged victim plans to sue Mixon and hopes the running back "goes to prison for years."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 30 - 7:10 PM

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said the Spartans would have won the National Championship last year if the playoff system had been in place.

"I thought we would have been national champions, to be perfectly honest with you," Dantonio told reporters at Big Ten media days. "I think we would have had a shot to do that because I think we were playing, coming out of the end of the season -- that stretch coming out of the season -- we were playing great football and we were believing in ourselves." The Spartans, ranked fourth in the final BCS standings after beating Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game, likely would have been selected into the four-team field. But MSU would have had to run through a gauntlet that (presumably) included eventual BCS champion Florida State, SEC champion Auburn and 11-1 Alabama. Stanford ranked fifth in the final BCS standings, with Baylor finishing sixth. MSU's offense could be scary in 2014, but they must replace defensive stalwarts such as Darqueze Dennard, Max Bullough and Denicos Allen.
Jul 30 - 4:45 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook is "very capable" of breaking the Spartans' stretch of not having a top-40 drafted quarterback, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

MSU hasn't had a QB drafted in the top 40 during the Super Bowl era. "He is a good-sized athlete for the position with enough mobility to handle the high volume of rollouts and bootlegs in the Spartan's pro-style attack," Brugler wrote. "Cook has a quick set up and delivery with an easy release and top-shelf arm strength to make all the throws, displaying an arsenal of frozen ropes. He has functional downfield touch and controls his velocity well with fast eyes to see the field well on the move." Rotoworld projects the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder as a first-rounder in next spring's draft, though Cook needs to continue developing to make good on that projection. "Cook tends to ignore his footwork and lower half mechanics and with 58.7-percent completions, he has room to improve his ball placement, especially downfield," Brugler wrote. "He is too willing to throw off balance before his body and feet are set."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 9:38 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota will be eligible for the 2015 Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl's twitter account proclaimed as much. Mariota is two credits shy of graduating, and is taking golf and yoga to complete his General Science degree this fall. The NFL has seemingly rewarded quarterbacks that attend the Senior Bowl in recent years (EJ Manuel over Geno Smith, Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo and Logan Thomas over Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron), but it is possible their evals could have been better regardless. The event is the first time for position coaches to get a look at that year's draft prospects.
Jul 29 - 1:47 PM

The NCAA has changed its ruling on Oklahoma State's APR score, and they will now avoid practice restrictions.

The NCAA had previously said Oklahoma State fell just below the APR limit of 930 to "pass" the penalty area. The school apparently found a football player from the 1990's who went back to school and recently graduated, taking them over the threshold. Oklahoma State has not disclosed the athlete's name.
Jul 29 - 1:36 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer believes Maryland junior OW Stefon Diggs is "one of the best players in the country."

"I'm 110 percent," Diggs said when asked about the major leg injury he suffered last year. "They say when you break your leg you get a little taller and a little faster, and I got both, I think." Diggs will be labeled as one of the nation's best playmakers. We loved his long speed, but feel Diggs was a bit straight-linish in his play style.
Jul 29 - 12:00 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher reiterated his stance against college QBs seeking personal coaching from position "gurus."

"We've got good quarterback coaches," Fisher said. "My guys aren't going out there. I'll coach them. When they go to pro ball, they can do whatever they want. We'll coach our guys. I don't think it benefits you." Fisher is not alone in this opinion, as Auburn's Gus Malzahn shares the same stance. Our biggest issue with this is that college coaches have a limited number of hours they are allowed to spend with players during the offseason, so restricting their outside coaching might be limiting quarterbacks' practice reps. Fisher and Malzahn could be worried that their players will be taught something that goes against the team's mindset.
Source: USA Today
Jul 29 - 10:40 AM

Ohio State senior QB Braxton Miller has dropped his body fat from 10 to 7 percent, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Despite the drop in body fat, Miller is actually up eight pounds and weighs in at 220. "I feel fast, clean." Nutrition has become a big part of some NFL teams' success, most recently with the Eagles. Many are seemingly already writing off Miller as a quarterback prospect. We are not one of them. He has plenty of areas to improve, however.
Jul 28 - 2:44 PM

Utah junior QB Travis Wilson was cited for possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor at a concert on Friday.

Despite it seeming like Wilson has been at Utah for seven years, the junior is only 20 years old. "We are still in the process of gathering information on the incident," said head coach Kyle Whittingham in a statement. "Once we have all the facts, we will handle the situation internally and determine any disciplinary action that should be taken." Wilson is the odds on favorite to be the school's starting quarterback after he was medically cleared following a head injury.
Jul 28 - 10:59 AM




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