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Tennessee senior WR Von Pearson caught 83.3% of the passes thrown his way while lining up in the slot, according to Pro Football Focus.

We previously blurbed a piece of PFF info that said Pearson only dropped one catchable target last season. With Marquez North and Pig Howard on the outside with Von Pearson in the slot, the Vols have one of the better receiver groups in the country. So much of Tennessee's success this season relies on quarterback Josh Dobbs and the offensive line.
Aug 2 - 11:27 AM

Florida redshirt freshman QB Will Grier has gained a significant amount of weight and now stands at 215 lbs.

Grier was listed at 195 lbs during his recruitment and then at 200 lbs last season. The gators open practice on Thursday, and Grier seems to be the frontrunner for the No. 1 job. He fits what new head coach Jim McElwain has previously used at the position, although McElwain also considers mobility a positive. The biggest question for the Gators will be their offensive line.
Aug 2 - 11:08 AM

Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott forced 41 missed tackles in 2014, according to Pro Football Focus.

On the season, Elliott rushed for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns on 273 carries. Elliott really didn't get it going until the fourth game against Cincinnati, so it is absolutely possible he puts up better production this season. Josh Norris recently looked at a large number of Big 10 prospects and was amazed by Elliott's skills. He creates so many yards for himself and maximizes his blocking by reading positioning and strengths.
Aug 2 - 10:54 AM

2015 JUCO WR Jarvis Baxter backed out of his commitment with USF and will walk-on with Oklahoma.

Bob Przybylo notes academics might have kept Baxter form his original commitment, but it does not seem to be an issue with the Sooners. Specifically, some of Baxter's summer credits did not count at USF but do at Oklahoma. Obviously going from scholarship to walk-on is a big difference, however, Baxter will likely be considered a "preferred" walk-on.
Source: Scout
Aug 2 - 10:31 AM

UCLA head coach Jim Mora was not ready to name a starting quarterback at Pac-12 media days, but he said he doesn't anticipate using multiple quarterbacks.

"I’d rather use one. I think that is the most beneficial way to build your team and consistency is to use one," Mora said. "But we’ll see. My gut instinct is to name a guy and support the hell out of him. That’s what I’ve tried to do." With Brett Hundley off to the NFL and Asiantii Woulard having transferred, the QB race is down to Jerry Neuheisel, Mike Fafaul and freshman phenom Josh Rosen. Most fans want Rosen inserted as starter on Day 1, but Mora is not yet ready to do so. "He hasn’t taken a snap at this level. So I don’t want to put too many expectations," Mora said. "I’ll let others put expectations on them. I think if Josh reaches his potential every day at the end of his time at UCLA we’ll look back and say he was a success."
Aug 1 - 3:54 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun is "overrated" and a certainty to get over-drafted, postulates TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Shockingly, the analyst grades Calhoun, who some see as a first-round lock, as a third-rounder. "Many salivate over Calhoun but I just don’t know where he lines up at the next level," Pauline wrote. "He’s small for defensive end and lacks the speed for outside linebacker. Calhoun will be over drafted due to his pass rushing skills." The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, reportedly received a Round 2 grade from the advisory committee after last season.
Aug 1 - 3:25 PM

Ole Miss junior T Laremy Tunsil and his stepfather have each agreed not to pursue legal action against one another.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that both parties' domestic violence charges will be formally dropped on Monday. Reportedly, Tunsil’s stepfather, Lindsey Miller, got into an altercation with Tunsil's mother, ending when Tunsil punched him. Miller's version of the story is that the argument arose over Tunsil’s connection to sports agents. The NCAA is investigating the situation, but Tunsil will avoid legal problems. Tunsil is a top-10 overall prospect.
Aug 1 - 3:04 PM

In the estimation of NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Wisconsin senior S Michael Caputo has the looks of a mid-rounder.

The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder earned second-team All-American honors in 2014 by posting 106 tackles, 6 TFL, an interception, six pass breakups and two force fumbles. "Caputo has good size and toughness, and if he impresses with his athleticism at the NFL Scouting Combine, he should be an easy mid-round pick as a return-coverage star with the potential to contribute on defense," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 1 - 2:41 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Ohio State redshirt sophomore OLB Darron Lee "could be a stronger, more explosive version of Ryan Shazier."

Now that's a compliment. The analyst grades Lee as a first-round prospect entering the year. Lee (6-foot-2, 228 pounds) posted 81 tackles, 16.5 TFL, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions and two fumbles returned for touchdowns last year.
Aug 1 - 2:23 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter advises readers not to be surprised if Arizona State redshirt senior Lloyd Carrington "ascends to second-round status like inexperienced-basketball player-turned-stud-cornerback Quentin Rollins did earlier this year."

You've been warned. Carrington followed HC Todd Graham from Pitt to Arizona State after his freshman campaign and has been a revelation in the desert. "Carrington earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 accolades in just his fourth year at cornerback -- he didn't play high school football until his senior season," Reuter wrote. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Carrington had 58 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and five pass breakups as a first-year starter in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 1 - 2:07 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes WR Michael Thomas, TE Nick Vannett and "possibly" LB Josh Perry "could contend as top 100 selections."

He only grades Thomas as a Rds. 3-4 prospect, lower than some others around the industry. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Thomas recorded 54 receptions for 799 yards and nine scores last year. Vannett and Perry, meanwhile, were given fourth-round grades by Pauline.
Aug 1 - 1:48 PM

Arkansas junior TE Hunter Henry "is a prototypical tight end who emerged as the team's best receiving threat," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"A 6-foot-5 junior, Henry has racked up nearly 1,000 yards over two years, including 37 catches for 513 yards last season as a great play-action outlet for QB Brandon Allen in a run-heavy offense," Brown wrote. The college football analyst ranks Henry as the No. 68 overall player in the land. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Henry is Mel Kiper's No. 2 underclassmen tight end prospect.
Aug 1 - 1:26 PM

Oregon sophomore RB Royce Freeman has dropped 8 lbs and now weighs 222 lbs.

We always hear about skill position players gaining weight, so it is refreshing to hear about running backs losing weight. We don't have numbers to back it up, but it appears to help careers more than adding mass. Freeman was one of the best running backs in the country last season in just his first year, and could be the focus of Oregon's offensive gameplan this year.
Aug 1 - 1:01 PM

Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington is moving back to the 3-technique to replace the departed Michael Bennett.

Washington played a good amount on the edge last year and his play style should fit a move closer to the center. The 3-technique is also called the B gap, between the guard and tackle, and highlights an upfield, explosive disruptor. Bennett dealt with injuries throughout his career but was successful when on the field. We expect the same for Washington.
Aug 1 - 12:31 PM

LSU senior G/T Vadal Alexander "is one of the SEC's best linemen and will be a key factor in Leonard Fournette's development at tailback," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Alexander is a valuable player wherever LSU has needed him in its physical offense," Brown wrote. "After starting nine games at right tackle as a freshman, he has started 25 games the last two seasons at left guard. Now, he's back at right tackle for his senior campaign, with La'el Collins gone." The college football analyst grades the 6-foot-6, 320-pound Alexander as the No. 69 overall player in the sport.
Jul 31 - 10:47 PM



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