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Former NFL scout Bucky Brooks believes USC DL Leonard Williams is a "work in progress."

"Although he possesses the prototypical physical dimensions and is very productive in several areas, NFL scouts will want to see more consistency and urgency in his play before anointing him as an elite prospect in the 2015 or 2016 class," Brooks writes. The former scout notes Williams needs to improve his hand use, pad level and footwork to "become a dominant player." There are few finished products at the college level, and we feel Williams will ultimately end up in the top 15 range.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 10:09:00 AM

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

Josh Newberg of 247Sports reports that Oregon HC Willie Taggart has contacted former Texas HC Charlie Strong about the possibility of becoming the Ducks' new defensive coordinator.

This is getting interesting, because Strong is also a leading candidate to replace Taggart as South Florida's head coach. Oregon president Michael Schill told Taggart to "Go out and find a great defensive coordinator" during Taggart's interview process. It appears that Taggart is in the ironic position of hoping that his former employer is lower on Strong than he is. Stay tuned.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 9 - 3:27 PM

Temple edge rusher Hasson Reddick accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Reddick was a key cog in Matt Rhule's defenses over the past few years. In fact, he leaves Temple as the school's all-time leader in tackles for loss. Not only that, but Reddick leads the FBS with 21.5 tackles for loss this season.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 9 - 3:15 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain announced that senior QB Austin Appleby will start in the Outback Bowl against Iowa.

Luke Del Rio will likely serve as his backup for the Jan. 2 game in Tampa. During his session with reporters on Thursday, McElwain also dismissed the possibility that he would start either first-year freshman Feliepe Franks and Kyle Trask; playing either would burn their redshirts. "Austin right now will be the starter," McElwain said. "I think Luke should be ready to go; we'll see there. Another one of those injury guys that hopefully will be back and get some reps in, but that [is] yet to be determined as we go forward." Appleby has started the past four games for the injured Del Rio, going 85-of-143 passing for 945 yards and an 8/5 TD/INT ratio.
Dec 9 - 12:45 PM

Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen called Kentucky's offensive line the "most physical" unit he faced this season.

"I feel like we kind of overlooked them a little bit at first. It was a wake-up call upfront that said ‘hey, you got to bring it. These guys are playing. It’s SEC ball now," Allen said of Kentucky's offensive line. Allen notched a sack in that game, but this is extremely high praise from the highly touted defensive lineman. Kentucky center Jon Toth is on his way to the Senior Bowl.
Source: SEC Country
Dec 9 - 10:41 AM

Houston named offensive coordinator Major Applewhite the school's next head coach.

It is a direct promotion for Tom Herman's offensive coordinator since 2015. Applewhite has strong ties to Texas, after playing for the Longhorns and spending most of his career in the state with stints at Syracuse and Alabama. Applewhite has zero head coaching experience. As you know, it was previously reported by Dan Wolken that Lane Kiffin would likely be named coach, but Applewhite is more likely to stay at houston long term.
Dec 9 - 10:16 AM

Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell is negotiating with Cincinnati to become the school's next head coach, according to Russell Johnson of Rivals.

Fickell took over as Ohio State's interim head coach in 2011 after Jim Tressel was fired and before Urban Meyer was hired. For recruiting purposes, Fickell certainly knows the area well after spending his entire coaching career in the state. There is no timetable for an announcement at this time, according to Johnson.
Dec 9 - 9:58 AM

Alabama HC Nick Saban prefers for OC Lane Kiffin to remain with the team through the College Football Playoffs.

Kiffin is reportedly close to being named head coach of Houston. "We're very supportive of Lane in terms of him having an opportunity to be a head coach again after the great job that he did for us," Saban said. "So hopefully [the Houston job] or some other opportunity will work out well for him so he gets the opportunity to be a head coach again." Asked if Kiffin would be with the Tide on Dec. 31 for the Peach Bowl against Washington, Saban said: "I think he'll want to finish the season with us but I can't speak to that right now because we haven't discussed something that is a hypothetical situation to this point. And I'm not going to answer any more questions about hypothetical situations." If the reports are true, we should know of Kiffin's future plans in the next day or two.
Source: AL.com
Dec 8 - 9:17 PM

Transferring USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne will visit Pittsburgh this weekend.

We like the fit. The Panthers prefer pro-style quarterbacks and will have an opening under center next year following Nathan Peterman's graduation. Browne was the nation's No. 1 pro-style passer in 2013, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. Last week, Browne announced that he won't stay with the Trojans through their bowl game. Instead, he's turned his attention to the transfer process, which became inevitable after he lost his job to Sam Darnold after three games. A graduate transfer, Browne is eligible to play immediately wherever he winds up.
Source: ESPN
Dec 8 - 9:09 PM




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