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Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer has practiced all week and has a chance to play against FIU.

This is the first time Dyer has practiced for a full week since suffering a thigh bruise in during an August 16 scrimmage. Despite coaches saying the running back was expected to return last week against Virginia, Dyer has not received a carry all season. He will likely be slotted behind Dominique Brown.
Sep 19 - 9:54 AM

Auburn senior RB Cameron Artis-Payne had 22 carries for 63 yards in Thursday's 20-14 road triumph over Kansas State.

Artis-Payne added a pair of catches out of the backfield for 31 yards. This was the first game Tre Mason's replacement hasn't broken the 100-yard mark this season. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Artis-Payne runs a 4.58 forty, and CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer that he displays "an intriguing combination of power, acceleration and jump-cut ability." This was the first time Auburn hadn't scored 30 or more points in 13 games, dating back to Oct. 5, 2013. That's the longest streak in school history.
Sep 18 - 11:37 PM

Auburn junior WR D'haquille Williams hauled in eight receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown in a 20-14 win versus Kansas State on Thursday.

The JUCO transfer already has 21 catches for 324 yards and two touchdowns through three games. Williams, who goes 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, has impressed us with two traits key to next level projection: Speed and ability to win in contested situations thanks to outstanding hops. ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote last week that Williams "could be the big juco breakout newcomer of the season," adding that the newcomer "jumped on my radar last season when he simply destroyed junior college competition for a second straight year at Mississippi Gulf Coast." Back in December, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters he expected to throw more in 2014 thanks to the signing of Williams. He'll continue to do just that.
Sep 18 - 11:19 PM

In his return to the field, Auburn redshirt junior wide receiver Sammie Coates caught two balls for 24 yards in Thursday's 20-14 victory over Kansas State.

Coates missed Auburn's blowout victory over San Jose State a few weeks ago due to an undisclosed injury to his left leg. He returned to practice earlier this week and was cleared to play on Thursday. The 6-foot-2, 201-pounder with a 4.36 forty is a first-round talent, but he only has three catches for 37 yards thus far. Coates posted 902 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions last season.
Sep 18 - 11:05 PM

Texas State redshirt senior LB Mike Orakpo will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL and MCL.

Former Longhorn Brian Orakpo's little brother suffered the injury in last weekend’s loss to Navy. TSU head coach Dennis Franchione described it as "not a pretty sight to see." Michael Orakpo's collegiate career is now over, as he won't be eligible to apply for a sixth season of eligibility. It'll be interesting to see if he garners interest in the draft, as Orakpo is an underperforming freak of an athlete. At 230-plus pounds, he benches 565 pounds, has a vertical of 41.5 inches, and runs a low 4.5 in the 40-yard dash.
Sep 18 - 7:37 PM

Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence is still practicing with the team despite his indefinite suspension.

"Yeah, he actually practiced today," Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said. "He's doing things to get healthy, but he's also -- you know, we're supporting him." Spence was suspended for the school's bowl game as well as the first two games of 2014 after testing positive for ecstasy back in January. He was set to return last weekend but failed another drug test, leading to a suspension of indeterminate length. ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg recently reported that it's a "long shot" Spence will be cleared to return. "You know, the only comment I'll make on the whole situation is that it's a tough deal for Noah and his family and we're going to support him the best we can throughout the situation," co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash said Saturday. "If he gets an opportunity to play football again one day, great. But we're here to help him receive the help that he needs."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 18 - 7:11 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota fell to No. 3 in both recent mock drafts conducted by CBS Sports' Rob Rang and Dane Brugler.

"The Raiders and Jaguars are a combined 0-4 and have been outscored 125-54," Brugler wrote. "Investments last May in quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Derek Carr, however, could have the franchises looking strongly at some of the other elite prospects, namely Texas A&M left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi or the gifted defensive linemen from Southern Cal and Nebraska, respectively, Leonard Williams and Randy Gregory." The Bucs held the No. 3 pick in both mock drafts. "From a physical and mental standpoint, Mariota checks almost every box for NFL scouts and projects as a more refined, humbler version of Colin Kaepernick," Rang wrote. If the No. 1 pick is won by a team that doesn't need a quarterback, expect that team to auction off the right to select Mariota.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 18 - 6:49 PM

Speaking to NFL.com, an NFL personnel executive said Marshall senior QB Rakeem Cato "makes people around him better and keeps adding to his game over the years."

"He said Cato will surprise you with his feet, too," the site added. The 6-foot, 188-pound Cato entered his senior season having already thrown for 10,176 yards and 91 touchdowns. He hasn't slowed down: Cato threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-14 win versus Ohio over the weekend. "With smaller quarterbacks having success and more opportunities in the NFL, Cato is coming along at the right time," NFL.com wrote. "His size will be an issue for some, but Cato will get a much better evaluation because of guys like Russell Wilson and Johnny Manziel than he might have received previously."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 18 - 6:29 PM

CBS Sport's Rob Rang believes Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters has "character red-flags," but is a "first round talent."

"First round talent. Physical, athletic CB best in press. Good ball skills. Played his best vs top competition. Character red-flags," Rang tweeted. The Huskies prospect was suspended for the Illinois game, after he was involved in a sideline tirade with assistant coaches and was benched for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Sep 18 - 4:01 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that back-up LSU junior LB Deion Jones is an "explosive striker" who flashes on tape and should see more playing time.

"LSU LB Deion Jones has flashed as well. Easy mover/closes in hurry. Explosive striker. A back-up but expect him to see more PT down the line," Weidl tweeted. Against Louisiana-Monroe, the 6-foot-1, 220 pound linebacker made his first career start in place of Kwon Alexander. Over the past two seasons, Jones has made a name for himself making devastating tackles on kickoff coverage for the Tigers.
Sep 18 - 3:43 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that both redshirt junior wide receiver Sammie Coates and Junior college transfer WR Duke Williams are "physically impressive with size and speed."

"WR Sammie Coates and WR Duke Williams are physically impressive with size and speed. Both have the route quickness to be playmakers," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 201 pound Coates has only one catch on the year for 18 yards in the school's 45-21 win over Arkansas. In 2013, Coates posted 902 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions. Junior college transfer Duke Williams, has 13 catches for 214 yards this season.
Sep 18 - 3:18 PM

Based just on his measureables, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Clemson senior DT Grady Jarrett "looks like a fringe draftable player, but flip on the tape and he is routinely disrupting the pocket and giving the offense fits."

Brugler notes that, Jarrett "does an excellent job using his low pad level to leverage blockers and aggressive hands to latch, rip and shed blocks." The 6-foot-1, 295 pound Jarrett has great ball awareness and the ability to sniff out screens and closing burst to get to the ballcarrier. If Jarret wants to impress evaluators he'll have an opportunity to go against NFL bound seniors LG Josue Matias and RG Tre Jackson.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 18 - 2:49 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes FSU senior Karlos Williams "has an impressive NFL physique with God-given athleticism and speed that makes him a dangerous threat with the ball."

"He has an impressive NFL physique with God-given athleticism and speed that makes him a dangerous threat with the ball. However, he is much more comfortable bouncing runs outside and doesn't look as natural between the tackles, struggling to maximize his balance or run behind his pads due to his upright run style," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Williams has 132 rushing yards through two games, averaging 4.1 yards per carry.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 18 - 2:27 PM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley vs. FSU senior LT Cameron Erving "will once again be one of the keys of this year's Clemson vs. FSU matchup, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Against the Seminoles last season, he was shut down with only two tackles as senior LT Cameron Erving (6-5 | 304 | 5.16 | #75) and the Florida State offensive line kept him out of the backfield. Beasley vs. Erving will once again be one of the keys of this year's matchup," Brugler wrote. In the last two games, Beasley has only six tackles, with three for a loss for a combined minus-24 yards. While Brugler notes that Beasley's "lack of size and strength are question marks for his transition to the NFL," he believes that Tigers prospect's first step burst and explosive pursuit are excellent."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 18 - 2:17 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler spoke with multiple scouts who are more concerned with Jameis Winston's "issues" than Johnny Manziel's.

Brugler agrees with this statement, but adds "I don't like comparing off-field issues among prospects because each is so uniquely diff. They're lumped into similar categories and they shouldn't" be. There is SO much time remaining in the draft process, so it is far too early to determine where Winston might be selected.
Sep 18 - 1:55 PM



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