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FSU sophomore RB Dalvin Cook is a "dynamic threat as a runner and receiver," observes ESPN's Jared Sanker.

"The 2,000-yard mark is not out of the question," Sanker wrote. As a part-timer in 2014, Cook scampered for 1,008 yards, setting the freshman rushing record at Florida State. "Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher could rely on Cook more than he has on any other running back in his Florida State coaching tenure, and Cook is likely the most talented running back Fisher has signed," Sanker wrote. "The sophomore will need to better secure the football, however, as the three fumbles in the Rose Bowl loss still bother him." It's strange to say, but Cook almost seems like a lock to break Warrick Dunn's FSU single-season rushing record of 1,242 yards (1995).
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 11:02 PM

Former Wisconsin redshirt freshman S Austin Hudson officially transferred to South Florida.

The move had been in the making for several weeks. It was made official by a USF announcement on Friday. Hudson played in all 14 games as a true freshman last season. He registered 19 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. The two-star recruit in 2014, who will be forced to sit out the 2015 season, will be eligible to play for Bulls HC Willie Taggart in 2016.
May 29 - 10:42 PM

Walter Football ranks Wisconsin's Derek Watt as the top draft-eligible fullback.

Derek is the younger brother of J.J. Watt. "But he is a fine player in his own right," the site noted. "Being the younger brother of a player who is in the running for the best player in the NFL year after year could help Watt get drafted earlier than if his last name was 'Smith.'" Watt doesn't carry the ball much, but his value is partly seen in the yardage of Melvin Gordon and James White over the past few years.
May 29 - 10:26 PM

Maryland junior WR Marcus Leak has left the program due to personal reasons.

Leak ranked third on the team with 20 receptions and 297 receiving yards and was second with three receiving touchdowns last season. Maryland's receiving corps was ravaged this offseason, with the top four receivers all departing: Stefon Diggs (early entry into NFL draft), Deon Long (expired eligibility), Jacquille Veii (quit the team) and now Leak. Amba Etta-Tawo and Levern Jacobs figure to be the top targets for whoever wins the quarterback job, with Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman perhaps the frontrunner for that competition.
May 29 - 10:09 PM

ESPN's Jared Sanker believes Pittsburgh junior RB James Conner will be more productive in 2015 because quarterback Chad Voytik "should present more of an aerial threat to complement the ground attack."

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Connor rushed for 1,765 yards and scored 26 touchdowns last season and was named an All-American. He's been a star since he stepped onto campus and has moonlighted as an effective defensive end when he has the energy to do so. NFL Media ranked Conner as the No. 14 Heisman candidate.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 9:48 PM

Arizona State senior OW D.J. Foster "is an elusive, shifty runner who runs with good pad level and has a burst to him," according to Walter Football.

The site ranks Foster as the No. 6 draft-eligible RB prospect and gives him a Rds. 2-4 projection. "While he has been a quality runner for Arizona State, his receiving skills will get NFL teams really excited," WF noted. To wit, the 5-foot-11, 203-pound Foster had 1,081 rushing yards and 688 receiving yards on 62 catches last year. This season, he's been quasi-moved from RB to offensive weapon, with the school promising he'll be played at every single skill position. "At the very least, he could have a role as a third-down back," concluded WR.
May 29 - 9:34 PM

Georgia Tech junior QB Justin Thomas is "the most capable passer [HC Paul] Johnson has had as Yellow Jackets coach," writes ESPN's Jared Sanker.

Johnson, a wizard with the ball in his hands, posted 1,086 rushing yards last season as a sophomore in the triple-option scheme. But don't forget about his passing ability: Thomas boasted an 18/6 TD/INT rate and averaged 9.2 yards per attempt. "The Yellow Jackets are among the favorites to win the ACC in 2015 in large part because of Thomas, as the Jackets are rebuilding at the other offensive skill positions," Sanker wrote. Thomas, 5-foot-11, 189 pounds, very likely won't be an NFL quarterback, but he should be able to carve out a niche in the pros due to his tremendous running ability.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 9:13 PM

Louisiana Tech senior RB Kenneth Dixon "is a compactly built shifty runner with good balance, but he probably won't get a lot of yards after contact in the NFL," according to Walter Football.

Dixon has been dominant since stepping onto campus. He tallied 1,194 rushing yards on 6.0 yards per carry in 2012 and 917 yards on 6.1 YPC in 2013 while struggling with injuries. Last year, he recorded 1,299 yards (5.1 YPC average) with 22 touchdowns. WF ranks Dixon as the No. 8 draft-eligible RB prospect and gives him a Rds. 3-4 projection.
May 29 - 8:58 PM

ESPN's Jared Sanker believes Clemson sophomore QB Deshaun Watson "could end up running away" with the ACC offensive POY award if he stays healthy this year.

Watson is still recovering from a torn ACL, but he is expected to be fully healthy for the season opener. "Benefitting Watson in his campaign to win OPOY is that the Tigers are loaded at receiver," Sanker wrote. "Artavis Scott and Mike Williams are first-team All-ACC candidates. Watson is a budding star, and the only obstacles that have kept him from already reaching that plateau are the injuries. If he remains on the field for all 12 games, he’ll make a run at the Heisman Trophy." Watson enters the season with 20-1 odds to win the sport's premier trophy. The former No. 1 QB recruit flashed potential last year, completing 68 percent of his passes for 1,466 yards with 14 touchdowns and two interceptions.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 8:42 PM

ESPN's Chantel Jennings argues that Arizona redshirt junior WR Cayleb Jones is the Pac-12's best receiver.

First off, Jennings loves the pieces around Jones in Arizona's high-flying offense, including QB Anu Solomon, RB Nick Wilson and No. 2 WR Samajie Grant. Jennings mentions Nelson Spruce, River Cracraft, Victor Bolden and Jordan Payton as other candidates for the conference's top WR, but finds their resumes lacking by comparison. "All of those players are great receivers, but I just feel like this is Jones’ spot to lose, based on so many things going his way," Jennings wrote.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 8:25 PM

Florida State graduate QB Everett Golson "will likely need to lead Florida State to a division title" to have a shot to earn the conference's offensive POY award, surmises ESPN's Jared Sanker.

"Technically the graduate transfer is still competing for the starting job, but he will be given ample opportunity to take the offense's reins," Sanker wrote. "No offensive player in the conference will have his OPOY chances tied more to team success than Golson, though." The 6-foot, 201-pounder is battling redshirt junior Sean Maguire for the starting job. Some -- like us and Sanker -- have Golson as the heavy favorite to win that job. Others -- like ESPN's Travis Haney -- think Maguire has a better shot to earn the gig.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 8:06 PM

Arizona sophomore RB Nick Wilson "is a serious rushing threat who probably doesn’t get nearly enough credit," notes ESPN's Chantel Jennings.

"The Wildcats lost three starters on their offensive line, but I don’t think that will slow Wilson too much," Jennings wrote. As a true freshman last year, Wilson ran for 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns on a 5.8 YPC average.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 7:48 PM

ESPN's Jared Shanker believes Virginia Tech redshirt senior edge rusher Dadi Nicolas is "the ACC's top pass-rusher" and a prime candidate to win the ACC defensive player of the year award.

The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder earned second-team All-ACC honors for posting 72 tackles, 18.5 TFL, nine sacks and 35 quarterback hurries last year. "Nicolas does more than just get into the backfield, though. On special teams, Nicolas blocked two kicks," Shanker wrote. Recently, Nicolas was compared by NFL Media to Cleveland's Barkevious Mingo.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 7:33 PM

Walter Football ranks Utah senior RB Devontae Booker as the No. 5 draft-eligible running back.

"Booker is a quick runner who is more physical than one would think," the site noted. "If he could add some weight for the NFL, that could help him to be a three-down runner. Booker was rumored to be entering the 2015 NFL Draft, but he wisely decided to return to Utah as he has only one season of major college football experience." Last year, the 5-foot-11, 203-pound Booker ran for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns with 43 receptions for 306 yards and two scores. He led the Pac-12 in run yards after contact with 815.
May 29 - 7:11 PM

Clemson redshirt junior DE Shaq Lawson is set to become "the focal point of a group that finished seventh nationally in sacks last season," noted ESPN's Jared Shanker.

The scribe believes Lawson is a prime candidate to win the ACC defensive player of the year award. "The problem for Lawson is that if he does his job too well, those pressures on the quarterback will lead to errant throws and into the waiting arms of Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who also has a great chance at winning the award," Shanker wrote. "Alexander might be the better preseason pick, but the statistics a defensive lineman can generate lend themselves well to postseason awards." The 6-foot-3, 275-pound junior had three sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss last year playing behind seniors Vic Beasley and Corey Crawford.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 6:57 PM



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