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Penn State senior G Miles Dieffenbach hopes to return from a knee injury early enough to play in the school's final three or four games this season.

Dieffenbach suffered a torn ACL during spring practice. The graduate senior has started 23 games in the past two seasons at both left and right guard, so his veteran presence among the interior of the offensive line will be missed.
Jul 14 - 10:38 AM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage notes that Tulane redshirt freshman QB Tanner Lee had a "had a quality showing" at the Manning Passing Academy.

"Tulane's Tanner Lee also had a quality showing. Green Wave opens new on-campus stadium 9/6 vs. Georgia Tech," Savage tweeted. The 6-4, 220-pound Lee was impressive in spring practices and outplayed senior Nick Montana and sophomore Devin Powell. The expectations are high on Lee's abilities, as some are calling him Tulane's best quarterback since J.P. Losman. The redshirt freshman will have an opportunity to start this season and to develop into a playmaker for Tulane.
Jul 14 - 12:54 AM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread reports that Southeastern Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett "showed off what could have been the strongest overall arm in the evening's passing competition," with an 80-yard throw.

"Of the hundreds of throws witnessed Saturday night by a strong crowd at Manning Field, none drew as strong a reaction as a deep pass by Southeastern Louisiana's Bryan Bennett. The transfer from Oregon showed off what could have been the strongest overall arm in the evening's passing competition with a ball thrown from near one 20-yard line that bounced into the opposite end zone," Goodbread writes. Marcus Mariota's former backup at Oregon led the Southeastern Louisiana Lions to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs last season, unfortunately losing to New Hampshire 20-17.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 11:56 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldamn reports that Auburn isn't bringing senior QB Nick Marshall to SEC Media days after his marijuana citation."

"Auburn isn't bringing Nick Marshall to SEC Media Days after his marijuana citation..Would've been biggest name QB at SEC media days this week," Feldman tweeted. Auburn will now be sending TE C.J. Uzomah in place of QB Nick Marshall. The preseason Heisman candidate was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana following a traffic stop last Friday.
Jul 13 - 11:23 PM

Oregon junior DE Arik Armstead earned a Round 7 grade from TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Armstead has two seasons of eligibility left to transcend this projection, and he has more than enough talent to do so. For starters, he's a 6-foot-8, 280-pound monster with basketball athleticism and light feet. Armstead had a productive freshman campaign as a rotational player, but he turned off scouts with a disappearing act as a sophomore in 2013. If he's productive as an every-down player this fall, Armstead will have the opportunity to opt into the draft early.
Jul 13 - 11:03 PM

Utah redshirt senior DE Nate Orchard was given a preseason Round 4 grade by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline lists Orchard as an OLB, so apparently the analyst feels he projects better to that position in the pros (the rankings were presented without comment). The Utes' prospect has successfully added 60 pounds of muscle to his frame since starting his career as a 195-pound receiver. Orchard has shown an ability to drop in space, so a career as a pro linebacker is easy to project.
Jul 13 - 10:39 PM

South Carolina's Dylan Thompson says sophomore OW Pharoh Cooper "can do anything."

Cooper is an exciting chess piece who can pick up chunks of yards out of the backfield or from the slot. He's also a weapon as a returner. "We just want to get him the ball in space, in the slot, wherever," Thompson said. "He caught on quick at receiver and made some big plays (last year). This summer he's been asking questions and giving signals that he wants to get the chemistry down." Cooper was named the Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 10:16 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline stamped Arizona redshirt senior WR Austin Hill with a preseason fourth-round grade.

Hill missed all of last season with a torn ACL. If he can return to his pre-2013 production, it's probable that he'll transcend this projection (81 catches for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns; All-Pac-12 Second Team honors in 2012). In fact, Pauline himself reported last month that Hill has been "stamped as a second day pick by scouts."
Jul 13 - 9:58 PM

TFY Insider's Tony Pauline allotted UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa a preseason Round 3 grade.

This should be considered positive news for Odighizuwa, who missed all of last season with a hip injury. Odighizuwa recorded 44 tackles in 2012 and was regarded as a rising prospect. Odighizuwa's draft stock is obviously dependent on his ability to prove he's back to 100-percent.
Jul 13 - 9:39 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty "has linebacker's size (6-3, 238) and a tailback's burst and athleticism," writes Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Petty was named to Feldman's "All-Freak" team, a deserved honor for a QB who vertical jumps 38 inches, broad jumps 10-feet, 5.5-inches, squats 510 pounds and runs a 4.62 forty. If you need proof of Petty's work ethic, consider that he arrived on campus weighing 214 pounds, with a 31-inch vertical and a high 4.8 second forty. Bears strength coach Kaz Kazadi said Petty's workout numbers rival former Baylor QB RGIII's. "If you wanted him to go to 250 and make him a defensive end so he was chasing quarterbacks, he could do it," said Kazadi. "If you wanted to make him that old-school, over-the-tight end outside linebacker, he could do it. If you wanted to make him a tight end, he could easily do it. He can do all that."
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 13 - 9:26 PM

Arizona State senior OT Jamil Douglas power cleans 385 pounds, squats 565 and has a body fat measurement in the teens.

The former high school tight end was named the No. 16 "Freak" on Bruce Feldman's "Freak" list. He arrived on the ASU campus at 260 pounds, but now stands 6-foot-4 and 301 pounds thanks to his strength work. In fact, NFL.com passed along in May that Douglas is "legendary" in ASU's weight room. He runs a sub-5 second forty.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 13 - 9:12 PM

The Tallahassee Democrat spotted Florida State true freshman WR Travis Rudolph wearing a walking boot.

Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said a high school injury required surgery. The five-star recruit is expected to be available for the start of summer camp in August. "He had a little bone that they put a screw in," Fisher said. "He should be ready by the end of the month, and should be good to go. He shouldn’t miss anything." Rudolph is ranked as the No. 1 WR and No. 11 overall player in the country.
Jul 13 - 8:59 PM

Nebraska true freshman WR Jariah Tolbert was charged with possession of marijuana and obstructing an officer stemming from a June 12 incident.

Per the report: "Tolbert was cited and jailed after he ran from University of Nebraska-Lincoln police officers, according to a police report. Police reportedly received a call about someone smoking marijuana between two outdoor tennis courts near the intersections of 17th and Vine Streets." Tolbert was a two-star member of Nebraska's most recent recruiting class. Nebraska hasn't publicly commented on the incident as of yet.
Jul 13 - 8:42 PM

South Carolina senior QB Dylan Thompson believes his on-field experience (more than 200 career passes) will help him in his transition to starting duties.

"It's been a blessing to be able to be in some big games, some big moments. What's valuable is road experience," Thompson said. "I've been fortunate to get Clemson on the road, UCF (on the road) last year. The Missouri (road win) was a big teaching point for me." South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier announced way back in January that Thompson would over for Connor Shaw. The Gamecocks have another beastly schedule with road games at defending SEC champion Auburn, Florida, and a rematch with Clemson in Death Valley.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 8:21 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Washington junior LB/S Shaq Thompson as a Rounds 4-5 prospect.

Thompson has primarily been an undersized, 6-foot-2, 225-pound outside linebacker for the Huskies, even though he signed as a safety. Interestingly, Pauline listed him as a safety. Rob Rang of CBS Sports wrote last month that Thompson is "best suited to the weakside linebacker role in a predominately 4-3 scheme." Thompson is also expected to play some running back in 2014.
Jul 13 - 8:02 PM



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