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Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston completed 25-of-48 passes for 401 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in a comeback win Thursday over Louisville.

Nobody said repeating as National Champions was going to be easy. Florida State trailed for the vast majority of the game and faced a 31-28 deficit with four minutes remaining, but scored two late touchdowns to fend off the Cardinals, who finished 0-for-10 on third downs. Winston played through a bum ankle, throwing a career-high three interceptions, though we don't suspect anybody will remember that. After an ugly first half (10-for-22 with zero touchdowns and two interceptions), Winston lit it up after emerging from the locker room to put the finishing touches on his second career 400-yard game, improving to 21-0 as a starter.
Oct 31 - 12:00 AM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker had eight receptions for 214 yards in Thursday's 42-31 loss to Florida State.

Excuse NFL scouts for salivating. Against a talented secondary featuring potential first-round CB P.J. Williams, Parker thrived, averaging 26.8 yards per catch (including a 71-yard reception). He missed the first seven games of the season with a broken foot, but has made up for lost time immediately, hauling in 17 receptions for 346 yards (he had 55 receptions for 885 yards and a UL-record-tying 12 touchdowns last year). Boasting a 4.39 forty, a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump, an 80-inch wingspan, and a ridiculous catch radius, the 6-foot-3, 208-pound Parker is a future first-rounder. Rotoworld ranks Parker as the No. 2 draft-eligible receiver, behind Oklahoma's Dorial Green-Beckham.
Oct 30 - 11:43 PM

True freshman QB Kyle Allen will start for Texas A&M against Louisiana Monroe on Saturday, according to CBS DFW.

Allen's only attempted 38 passes on the season, but now-former starter Kenny Hill has struggled (six touchdowns, six interceptions over last three games) of late. Texas A&M is looking for anything that might give the team a spark. Allen was a top five-star recruit and is an athletic, pro-style quarterback. That upset win against South Carolina to open the season is looking further and further away as we enter November.
Oct 30 - 8:43 PM

Texas A&M sophomore QB Kenny Hill will not be the starting QB for Texas A&M against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, according to CBS DFW.

Hill will be replaced by true freshman Kyle Allen. Hill came blazing out of the gates with a record-setting performance against South Carolina, but as of late, the team has hit the rocks. During A&M's current three-game losing streak, Hill has thrown for six touchdowns and six interceptions. In his last start, a blowout loss to Alabama, he threw for just 138 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.
Oct 30 - 8:38 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis writes that "there's no denying that Trickett is a tough player who bounces back from big hits and makes plays."

This season, Trickett is 218-for-319 for 2,753 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. While Davis praised Trickett's toughness, he also cited that Trickett's size will be a concern when it comes to draft possibilities. Trickett measures 6-foot-2, 186-pounds. The biggest knocks on Trickett come Draft Day will probably be his stature and the possibility that, as Davis notes, Trickett might just be a system quarterback. He's a possible late-round selection.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 6:58 PM

Nebraska redshirt junior edge rusher Randy Gregory has a "tenacious style of play that will endear him to coaches" according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Brugler wrote that "Gregory didn't start off his junior campaign as planned. An "old" knee injury was aggravated in the season-opening game against Florida Atlantic and required a scope Aug. 31. Since then, he's been tough to handle, providing constant pressure off the edge." Assuming no health issues, either Gregory or USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams should be the first defensive player taken, and both are expected to go in the Top-5. Brugler notes that Gregory is "lanky" and probably needs to bulk up if he's going to remain at DE, but Brugler also says that, "from a two- or three-point stance, he's a natural pass rusher, with an explosive get-off, flexibility, long arms and active hands."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 30 - 6:46 PM

Arizona State redshirt senior QB Mike Bercovici "might not have ideal size at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, but he has shown he can make all the throws" writes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

Bercovici impressed when he took over the reigns of the Sun Devil system after starter Taylor Kelly was hurt. Bercovici threw for 1,243 yards and nine touchdowns in three starts before Kelly returned last week. Davis wrote that "[Bercovici] still has to overcome some system-QB stigma, but he has another year of eligibility and should take full advantage of it with Kelly, a senior, moving on." Bercovici has a rocket arm and could be an enticing draft prospect if he puts up numbers in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 6:35 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess, "drops more easy passes than he should."

Brugler compared Funchess to the Lions' Eric Ebron, who was drafted in the first round last year (as Funchess most likely will be this season.) Funchess is in a strange situation, as he's a physical stud at 6-foot-5, 230-pounds stuck in a Michigan offense that simply doesn't work. Brugler wrote that he's been "better at receiver this season than he was the past two years at tight end, demonstrating the combination of size, body control and sticky hands to project very well to the next level." Rotoworld's Josh Norris referred to Funchess as "a lethal vertical receiver, thanks to his downfield speed and potential catch radius." Given his size, Norris believes that an obvious NFL comparable would be Panthers' rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin, who is currently in the thick of the NFL Rookie of the Year race.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 30 - 6:23 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis noted that Kentucky redshirt sophomore QB Patrick Towles is "making the most of his opportunity" to start.

Towles had to wait two years to get his starting opportunity (he redshirted as a freshman), but he is making the most of the starting gig. "He has tremendous size at 6-5, 238 pounds and is a big, physical player. He's assumed control of that offense and helped make Kentucky a very dangerous out in the SEC," wrote Davis. Most recently, Towles was seen putting up a 380 yard, two TD performance against Mississippi State. It was the kind of big game performance that catches the attention of NFL scouts. "This is no system QB -- he's a dual threat, even at his size, and runs with some serious physicality."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 6:10 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler was impressed by Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson's ability to play both sides of the ball.

Brugler wrote that Thompson impressed with his "vision, agility and acceleration." He went on to say that, "Scouts appreciate players who can play multiple roles as it speaks to their unselfishness and natural football instincts. Regardless of where his future NFL teams see him fitting best, Thompson is a clear first-round athlete." While he might be a first-round athlete, it's more than likely the 6-foot-2, 230-pound junior will be selected to play his natural position of outside linebacker.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 30 - 5:58 PM

Tulane senior WR Xavier Rush left Wednesday's practice after suffering a possible knee injury.

The school said that Rush "left practice with a possible knee injury and is still being evaluated." The 6-foot-3, 202-pound senior is Tulane's second-leading wide receiver with 295 yards and three touchdowns. Rush is averaging 19.2 yards a catch. For his career, he's amassed 1,349 yards and 12 touchdowns. Should he not be able to go on Saturday, freshman Teddy Veal is his backup.
Oct 30 - 5:46 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis wrote that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims has played well for someone who wasn't even expected to have the job in the preseason.

Davis noted that despite a bumpy road at times--such as an ugly loss to Ol' Miss--Sims has played better of late. "I think he's played some of his best football since then," wrote Davis. "I'm not ready to place Sims in the pantheon of great Alabama QBs, but he certainly has given scouts something to think about in what will be his first and only season at the helm of Nick Saban's offense." This reads as somewhat lukewarm praise. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has previously written that Sims deserves more attention as a draftable prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 5:34 PM

According to NFL.com's Charles Davis, TCU redshirt junior Trevone Boykin is a legitimate prospect given the way that NFL teams are using dual-threat quarterbacks.

"He looks like he has more than enough arm strength, and I think he's a legit prospect with the way dual-threat QBs are hitting the league," wrote Davis of Boykin. This season, the TCU star has exploded, leading to some big upsets and gaudy stats. He's thrown for 2,306 yards and 21 touchdowns against just three interceptions, while running for 374 yards. On top of that, writes Davis, "[Boykin] still has another year of eligibility remaining and should continue to grow in the position, as he's still very young in terms of his career as a QB. He's dynamic and impresses me more and more each time I see him."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 5:24 PM

Georgia Tech senior RB Zach Laskey has been ruled out of Saturday's game against Virginia with a shoulder injury.

Laskey injured his shoulder against North Carolina on October 18 and sat out last week's contest against Pittsburgh. He leads all Georgia Tech RB's in rushing yards with 595 yards, to go with five touchdowns. Laskey isn't the leading rusher on his own team, though, as QB Justin Thomas has run for 717 yards in the Yellow Jackets' rumble-happy system.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 30 - 5:11 PM

Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley's tussles with NCAA rules probably will not change his draft position, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Gurley's suspension warrants investigation but his alleged violations concern the NCAA, not the legal system, and therefore isn't likely to impact his draft status," writes Brugler. Indeed, there are some analysts including ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. who think that Gurley sitting for two games is a benefit, as it lessens the wear and tear on the bruising running back. Brugler notes that Gurley has drawn comparisons to the likes of Marshawn Lynch and former Ravens RB Jamal Lewis. In a stacked class, Gurley will probably be the first runner off the board.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 30 - 5:00 PM



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