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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty's "performance in the West Virginia game was discouraging to see and summed up several of his issues as he transitions to the next level."

Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 4:01 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "arguably has done his best work this season with heat in his face," according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke.

"Well, aside from being sacked a combined 12 times by Washington State and Arizona -- the direct result of Oregon's line dealing with injuries -- Mariota arguably has done his best work this season with heat in his face," Burke writes. Most recently, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound dual-threat completed 24-of-33 attempts for 336 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 45-20 victory over Washington. Burke adds that Mariota "has improved in keeping his eyes downfield and in taking short, safe passes rather than forcing throws."
Oct 21 - 3:52 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett "doesn't have game-breaking speed, but he is above average in several other categories."

"He has improved his route running with excellent footwork in his breaks to sell patters, hold defenders and create room to work after the catch, including using a mean stiff arm. Lippett doesn't have game-breaking speed, but he is above average in several other categories, which will help him on draft weekend," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 189-pound Lippett, leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (786) and receiving scores (8) and has exceeded 100 yards in five games this season. Against Indiana, Lippett had seven catches for 123 yards. Brugler notes that the Spartans prospect "put on a clinic catching the ball with his large, strong hands, using every inch of his wide catching radius to snare passes away from his body."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 3:33 PM

Al.com reports that Alabama redshirt senior OG Arie Kouandjio "was honored by the SEC as its offensive lineman of the week" after a dominant performance against Texas A&M.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Kouandjio received the top grade among the Tide's offensive linemen as Alabama racked up 298 yards rushing in their 59-0 blowout win against the Aggies.
Source: Al.com
Oct 21 - 3:22 PM

In WR Dorial Green-Beckham's absence, Oklahoma junior WR Sterling Shepard "has stepped up as Trevor Knight's go-to target," according to CBS Sport's Dane Brugler.

"Looking at the Sooners on paper, Oklahoma is loaded with talent, but wide receiver looks like the one weak spot, especially with Missouri transfer Dorial Green-Beckham suspended for 2014. However, Shepard has stepped up as Trevor Knight's go-to target and he showed that Saturday," Brugler writes. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Shepard hauled in 15 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown in the school's 31-30 loss to Kansas State. Brugler adds that, Shepard "displays quick feet and movements at the line of scrimmage to avoid press and works well in tight spaces with his shifty moves and quick eyes."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 3:09 PM

Al.com reports that Auburn senior S Jermaine Whitehead has been reinstated.

The 5-foot-11, 193-pound Whitehead was suspended for a verbal altercation he had with a coach and has missed the last four games for the Tigers. Prior to Whitehead's suspension he started 28 straight games at safety. Since the Auburn prospect has not practiced with the Tigers for over a month, Malzahn notes that it "doesn't automatically mean he'll be back in game action against the Gamecocks." At the moment, Whitehead is not running with the Auburn starters on defense.
Source: Al.com
Oct 21 - 3:01 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls West Virginia redshirt senior QB Clint Trickett a "later rounds" draft selection and notes that he "has a much better chance of getting drafted now compared to before the season."

"Despite his success, Trickett's transition to the NFL will be a struggle because of his skinny frame and inability to add muscle mass. That lack of growth potential likely limits his draft potential to the later rounds, but he has a much better chance of getting drafted now compared to before the season," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-2, 186-pounder is 197-for-289 for 2,525 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions on the season. While Trickett's arm strength and size are a concern, his ability to be accurate with the football and poise in the pocket, helps his stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 2:43 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes West Virginia senior DE Shaquille Riddick "has NFL first-step quickness, closing burst and finishing toughness to blow up plays in the backfield."

"Although he is lean and needs to get stronger for the next level, Riddick has NFL first-step quickness, closing burst and finishing toughness to blow up plays in the backfield. Obviously he needs to continue this positive momentum over the second half of the season, but the flashes he showed on Saturday are why it's easy to get excited about his pro potential," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-6, 242-pound Riddick played three years at Gardner-Webb before transferring to West Virginia in May. The Mountaineers prospect finally had a breakout game against Baylor with four tackles for loss and three sacks.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 2:33 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "is a natural and that's why he's a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick despite the off-field distractions."

"Against Notre Dame's aggressive defensive gameplan, he showed anticipation, instincts and chemistry with his targets that seem to come easy to him. Simply put, Winston is a natural and that's why he's a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick despite the off-field distractions. He's that good," Brugler wrote. Winston completed 23-of-31 attempts for 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the come-from-behind victory over Notre Dame. Brugler adds that Winston "showed the world (again) that in the face of adversity he is in his element on the football field."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 2:26 PM

Los Angeles Times, Scott Wolf reports that Utah HC Kyle Whittingham said he expects to start Utah junior QB Travis Wilson versus USC.

The 6-foot-7, 233-pound Wilson was benched during the UCLA game in the Utes' upset win over UCLA a week ago. Wilson will be back starting at quarterback after Oklahoma transfer and dual-threat dynamo Kendal Thompson struggled in the first half versus Oregon St. HC Whittingham replaced Thompson with Wilson in the second half in their double-overtime win against the Beavers. This season, Wilson has seven TDs and is completing 56.8 percent of his passes, while Thompson has two touchdowns and two interceptions and is completing 59.6 percent of his passes. With the competition still up in the air, we still could see Kendal Thompson make an appearance versus USC if Wilson struggles.
Oct 21 - 2:01 PM

Clemson redshirt freshman RB Tyshon Dye is expected to return versus Syracuse.

Dye suffered a torn achilles last February, which is one of the more difficult injuries to return from. "Timing couldn't be better, because we lose Adam Choice who was productive for us," head coach Dabo Swinney said.
Oct 21 - 12:08 PM

Oklahoma WR coach Jay Norvell says redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham is "like a different guy" during his off year.

"He's been working really hard and doing a lot of great things off the field too. ... He's growing and maturing," Norvell said. DGB dealt with a domestic abuse incident at Missouri, which was one reason he is no longer with the program. He is able to practice with the Sooners this season, and we still think there is a chance DGB never plays a down for Oklahoma and instead jumps to the NFL.
Source: News OK
Oct 21 - 11:44 AM

Oklahoma State sophomore WR Jhajuan Seales and freshman CB Juwan Offray were arrested after falling asleep in a Whataburger drive-thru early Sunday morning.

The car was running with Seales' foot on the brake, but both men were asleep in the front seat. The two were accused of public intoxication. Seales has three touchdowns on the season, which is tied for the most on the team. No punishments have been handed down at this time.
Source: Tulsa World
Oct 21 - 11:36 AM

Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly is expected to start versus Washington.

Kelly has missed multiple weeks while recovering from a right foot injury. We are of the opinion that Mike Bercovici might be a better player, but obviously Kelly has the "experience" tag on his side. It will be a difficult game to return for, as Washington has plenty of individual defensive talent.
Oct 21 - 10:59 AM

Auburn sophomore DE Carl Lawson is not expected to play this season with lingering knee issues.

Teammates and coaches previously stated Lawson was on track to return from offseason knee surgery to repair a torn left ACL, but that seems unlikely now. "We've not gotten to the point yet it's good enough to talk about coming back," head coach Gus Malzahn said. If he does not play this season, Lawson would likely earn a redshirt label for 2014. He is one of Auburn's top defensive players.
Oct 21 - 10:27 AM



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