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Houston QB Greg Ward Jr. was intercepted twice in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The game and result itself do not matter in the long run, but Ward's two first-half interceptions (both made by St. Francis CB Lorenzo Jerome) stand out nonetheless, particularly given that there are already concerns as to whether he will be able to stick at quarterback in the NFL. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder could switch to wideout as the process unfolds. We like that as a better pro-fit for the Houston magician, particularly given that Ward already has experience playing wideout with the Cougars.
Jan 21 - 7:49 PM

New Mexico RB Teriyon Gipson accounted for 96 total yards and a touchdown in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Gipson rushed for 64 yards and added three catches for 32 additional yards in Saturday's early draft prepper. This past season, the 5-foot-7, 168-pounder turned in his best all-around collegiate campaign, rushing for 1,269 yards (8.8 YPC) and 13 touchdowns. During the draft process, he will have to answer for some off-the-field shenanigans, as he was arrested last January on marijuana and firearm charges. He kept that information from the New Mexico coaching staff, but this being the year 2017, the team found out midway through the season. Gipson should be considered a longshot to be drafted this spring.
Jan 21 - 7:41 PM

Virginia RB Taquan Mizzell rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Fantastic work by Mizzell on Saturday, as the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder averaged 10.66 YPC for the day. This past season, the Virginia standout rushed for 940 yards (5.0 YPC) and five touchdowns while catching 52 passes for 404 yards and two additional scores. He hauled in a total of 195 passes during his Cavaliers career and should he land at the pro level this spring, it is that kind of receiving ability which would make him a palatable third-down option for a needy team. He might have to find his way as a street free agent, though. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline does not see Mizzell being drafted at this juncture.
Jan 21 - 7:31 PM

Texas Tech fired OL coach Lee Hays.

Hays had been on staff with the Red Raiders for the past four seasons. Prior to joining Texas Tech in 2013, Hays worked as offensive line coach at Houston in two separate stints (2012, 2010). In-between those jobs with the Cougars, he served as offensive coordinator at Tarleton State.
Jan 21 - 7:07 PM

During Saturday's broadcast of the East-West Shrine Game, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Western Michigan QB Zach Terrell could carve out a backup role at the next level.

"When you dig into his background, he was a three-year captain in college, also a three-year captain in high school," Jeremiah said. "When I watched him, I saw a little bit of Colt McCoy in his play." Terrell failed to impress in the Shrine Game itself, completing just 4-of-9 passes for 33 yards. While Jeremiah believes he could eventually develop into an NFL backup, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline just doesn't see it. During the Shrine practice week, he wrote that Terrell "does not possess the tools to be an NFL passer."
Jan 21 - 6:52 PM

Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush completed 11-of-17 passes for 94 yards in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Rush's East team was unable to score a touchdown in the game, but for what it's worth, he led his squad in completions, attempts and yardage. The 6-foot-3, 227-pounder threw for 75 touchdowns in his final three seasons with Central Michigan, but he shouldn't be viewed as a player with true NFL potential. The arm just isn't there. He also failed to complete more than 60% of his passes this past season.
Jan 21 - 6:29 PM

Michigan RB De'Veon Smith rushed for 23 yards on 11 carries in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

As far as number of carries in an all-star event go, Smith's 11 are downright prolific. Alas, he did nothing with them, averaging a paltry 2.1 YPC. 13 of his 21 yards came on just one carry. The 5-foot-11, 228-pounder is a tough runner and knows his stuff in terms of pass protection -- always a major smittening point for NFL teams -- but explosiveness and shifty burst just aren't a part of his game. It would be a surprise if Smith is drafted before Day 3 this spring.
Jan 21 - 6:18 PM

Illinois QB Wes Lunt completed 11-of-14 passes for 101 yards in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Lunt was on point with his completions and averaged a respectable 7.1 YPA. His 101 yards passing led all quarterbacks in the contest. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder was injury-prone during his collegiate career with the Illini, but it's not inconceivable that he could see late-round draft interest as a potential backup developmental project.
Jan 21 - 6:12 PM

Samford WR Karel Hamilton caught two passes for 61 yards in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Not much doing on offense for either side, here, but Hamilton did manage to twice make his mark, hauling in passes of 37 and 24 yards. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote during the Shrine practice week that the 6-foot-1, 202-pounder "seems to have the make-up and physical skills to secure a roster spot as a fifth receiver." Undrafted free agency is his likely path to that would-be roster spot which Pauline references.
Jan 21 - 6:06 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Points were an endangered species through the first three quarters, as the East and West squads were tied at 3-3 entering the fourth quarter. That's when McGuire finally (finally) broke through, scampering in for a touchdown from 18 yards out to boost the West team to a 10-3 advantage. That would stand as the final. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline called the 5-foot-11, 208-pounder one of the "big winners" of the Shrine practice week, noting that "if a team needs a situational ball carrier that’s a legitimate threat catching the ball in the short or long field they can look to McGuire in the middle rounds."
Jan 21 - 6:01 PM

Alabama four-star 2017 verbal JUCO CB commit Jhavonte Dean reopened his recruitment.

Dean had been committed to the Crimson Tide since late July, but even Nick Saban occasionally loses a few despite his iron grip on recruiting. An electric athlete who has brushed close to 4.30 in the 40-yard dash, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Dean ranks as Rivals' No. 8 JUCO prospect in the 2017 class. Miami, Utah and Arizona State are among those hoping to capitalize on Dean's newfound recruiting free agency with a week-and-a-half remaining before National Signing Day.
Jan 21 - 5:35 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Cal will hire UCLA QB coach Marques Tuiasosopo to serve in the same capacity.

A few moves in the offseason game of coaching musical chairs leads to Tuiasosopo's Cal move. UCLA hired Michigan passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch to serve as offensive coordinator -- he will also act as QB coach with the Bruins -- and Cal opted to clean house, firing HC Sonny Dykes and bringing in Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox in his place. With Wilcox building a new staff with the Golden Bears, Tuiasosopo finds himself an opening. He has previously held jobs at USC and Washington.
Jan 21 - 5:03 PM

The Los Angeles Times' Ben Bolch reports that UCLA has hired Texas Tech RB coach DeShaun Foster to serve in the same capacity.

Homecoming! Foster had a beautiful career with the Bruins as a running back from 1998-2001, finishing out as the program's third-leading all-time rusher. In his final season, he rushed for 1,109 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Panthers proceeded to draft him in the second round and he then went on to play in the NFL for seven seasons. Texas Tech hired him as RB coach last March.
Jan 21 - 4:39 PM

During the first half of Saturday's East-West Shrine Game broadcast on NFL Network, the announcing booth said that they would not be surprised if UCLA CB Fabian Moreau is drafted in the first round.

Bouncing back from a 2015 Lisfranc injury, Moreau registered 31 tackles, two interceptions and a sparkling 10 pass breakups in 10 games for the Bruins this past season. Writing from Shrine Game practices, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline observed that the 6-foot, 195-pound Moreau was the standout corner on the East team throughout the week. "He has the versatility to be used in a variety of coverages and held his own against bigger and quicker pass catchers all week." Pauline sees a fast 40-time locking Moreau in as a middle-round selection. Just how high he rises will be determined as the process unfolds over the coming months.
Jan 21 - 4:24 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that "it was difficult for defenders to shed [Charleston Southern T Erik Austell] once he was able to get engaged with them [during East-West Shrine Game practices]."

"[Austell] plays a little high, sometimes," Pauline wrote, "but he also displayed a strong lower body when he was able to pass set properly and sit low." The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder actually began his career with the Buccaneers as a defender before moving to the offensive line in 2013. He went on to start 12 games that season and has been an anchor ever since, though he may well have to try to latch on with an NFL squad as an undrafted free agent.
Jan 21 - 3:46 PM

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