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Old Dominion senior QB Taylor Heinicke "is a cross between Colt Brennan and Chase Daniel," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

It's possible you've never heard of Heinicke, which is a shame, because he's been dominating on the small stage for a few years now. That stage should get bigger in 2014 as Old Dominion vies for a bowl appearance and Heinicke makes a bid to get drafted. Heinicke threw for a ridiculous 5,076 passing yards and 44 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012 when the school was in the FCS, and then 4022 yards and 33 scores last year, completing near 70-percent of his passes both times. Through four games, Heinicke has already thrown for 1,172 yards and 10 scores. "Numbers aside Heinicke’s pass placement and location is on the money as receivers rarely break stride or need to work for the reception," Pauline wrote. "His game management and decision making also ranks up there with the best on the college level." The 6-foot Heinicke is rated as a "street free agent by most scouts," according to Pauline.
Sep 23 - 6:40 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior Dak Prescott has drawn comparisons to Tim Tebow, according to SI's The Inside Read.

Perhaps the comparison to one of HC Dan Mullen's former pupils was to have been expected. "They share the same number (15), style (punishing) and heft (Tebow played at 235, Prescott is 230)," wrote Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans. "Also, the zone reads the Bulldogs run were seemingly clipped from Mullen’s Florida playbook." Prescott reminds Mullen more of former Bowling Green QB Josh Harris, whom Mullen coached in the early 2000s. But Mullen said Prescott and Tebow's presences were comparable, a huge complement to the fourth-year junior. "They’re both people who every day show up ready to give you their absolute best," Mullen said. "In the world, there’s not a lot of people that are like that. In any field. They don’t ever show up and have a bad day." NFL scouts are now paying close attention to Prescott, though they aren't yet convinced he can stick behind center in the pros.
Source: SI.com
Sep 23 - 6:25 PM

NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks writes that "NFL scouts will have some questions about" FSU senior T Cameron Erving's "ability to develop into an elite left tackle" after Saturday's game against Clemson.

Erving, who dominated Beasley in 2013, had a chance to perhaps stamp his Round 1 ticket by repeating the performance on Saturday. Instead, he face planted, particularly in the first half, when Beasley went off for two sacks. "There is no doubt that Erving is one of the top offensive tackles in college football, but NFL scouts will have some questions about his ability to develop into an elite left tackle as a pro after watching him struggle against Clemson DE Vic Beasley on Saturday night," Brooks wrote. "The explosive pass rusher repeatedly blew past Erving on an assortment of speed rushes that exposed Erving's lack of lateral quickness. While Beasley is arguably the top pass rusher in the game, the fact that Erving struggled mightily against an undersized rusher with explosive first-step quickness will make evaluators pause before penciling him in as a franchise left tackle on draft boards."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 23 - 6:11 PM

Oklahoma true freshman RB Samaje Perine drew national praise after Saturday's performance against West Virginia, and was called a "a bigger version of Marshawn Lynch" by NFL.com's Bryan Fischer.

"The Sooners looked unfazed by the loss of their leading rusher [Keith Ford] by turning to true freshman Samaje Perine, who lived up to his nickname of ‘The Tank’ running through the West Virginia defense," Fischer wrote. "In many respects, the 5-foot-11, 243-pound back appeared to be a bigger version of Marshawn Lynch on the field as he ran over defenders and made life miserable for Mountaineers fans after a wild first half." Perine had 242 yards and four touchdowns in the 45-33 win, earning a helmet sticker from ESPN.com’s Brandon Chatmon. "[Perine] got better as the game went on," Chatmon wrote. "Keith Ford better hurry back." Perine has 419 yards and five touchdowns on 66 carries (6.4 YPC).
Sep 23 - 5:55 PM

Iowa redshirt sophomore CB Greg Mabin "is a developing prospect that combines next level size with solid ball skills," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Mabin sat on the sidelines the past two seasons and has taken well to the starting role this year," Pauline wrote. "During the Hawkeyes razor thin victory over Pittsburgh, Mabin broke up passes on consecutive downs late in the game, helping seal victory for Iowa. Both passes were aimed at Panthers star receiver Tyler Boyd." Mabin had three pass deflections in the game and is up to four on the season. He’s averaging five tackles per contest. Mabin, who redshirted in 2012, moved from wide receiver to defensive back during spring practices in 2013. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has taken well to the other side of the ball.
Sep 23 - 5:40 PM

Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman "is building momentum" in the scouting community, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Most of the running back talk in the scouting community centers on four underclassmen: Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, T.J. Yeldon and Jay Ajayi," Pauline wrote. "Coleman, the next in line, has his supporters and is building momentum. Despite playing with an injured knee Saturday, he posted 132-yards rushing on 19 carries during the Hoosiers upset win over Missouri." The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Coleman has 569 yards on 66 caries (8.6 YPC) through three games.
Sep 23 - 5:25 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett "small catching radius and history of drops is not a good combination for a target of his size."

"He runs like the wind with the lighting quick feet to create separation and create, but a small catching radius and history of drops is not a good combination for a target of his size," Brugler wrote. During the game last week against Auburn, Lockett was wide open as he ran an inside route down by the goal line and had a ball bounce off his hands that ended up in an Auburn defenders hands. Brugler adds that the Kansas State prospect "had a few other drops in the game, which has been a pattern over his career with his smaller hands and tendency to run before securing the ball."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 3:58 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes LSU junior S Jalen Mills "playing at safety has raised some questions and hurt his draft stock."

"Mills is still supremely talented and was stamped with early round grades by some scouts, but playing at safety has raised some questions and hurt his draft stock," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 194 pound Mills, made the switch to free safety this year, after starting the first games of his college career at cornerback. Although Mills record seven tackles in the game, Brugler notes that it's "clear he's still adjusting to the switch," but his "missed tackles stood out more as he struggled with his downhill angles."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 3:48 PM

NBC's College Football Talk reports that Auburn senior S Jermaine Whitehead remains indefinitely suspended.

On head coach Gus Malzahn's Monday night radio show, he noted that "[n]othing’s changed at this point" when he was asked about the status on Whitehead’s suspension. Malzahn suspended Whitehead indefinitely last week, after he reportedly got into a verbal altercation with an assistant coach. The Tigers currently have Josh Holsey starting in replace of the troubled Whitehead. Last week, the converted cornerback Holsey, had a career-high 11 tackles in the win over the Wildcats and was earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Sep 23 - 3:44 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that "if the Heisman was handed out tomorrow Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah would be his pick.

"Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah faces an uphill climb to win the Heisman Trophy. But if the award was handed out tomorrow, he would be my pick," Brugler tweeted. The 5-foot-9, 195 pound Abdullah recently rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries in Saturday's 10-point win over Miami on Saturday. The Heisman hopeful currently leads CFB with 848 all-purpose yards this season.
Sep 23 - 3:17 PM

Syracuse.com reports that Syracuse junior WR Ashton Broyld will miss "a couple weeks" because of a lower-leg injury suffered during the first half of Saturday's 34-20 loss to Maryland.

The 6-foot-4, 221 pound Broyld left the game versus Maryland in the first quarter when he collided with a defender, forcing him out of the game. Syracuse HC Scott Shafer notes that surgery is not believed to be necessary. Broyld is currently second on the team with 125 receiving yards on a team-high 11 receptions.
Sep 23 - 2:57 PM

Even though Arizona redshirt sophomore WR Cayleb Jones is only a redshirt sophomore, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes he "has put himself on the NFL radar very quickly."

"He has only average speed and initial burst, but does an excellent job using his size and length to shield the play from defenders and out-muscle everyone around him. Jones also uses a strong stiff arm and powerful balance to be a threat after the catch. He's only a redshirt sophomore, but Jones has put himself on the NFL radar very quickly," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Jones has been Arizona's top target through four games. Jones set career-bests against California with 13 catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns. The former Texas transfer is off to a fresh start in Arizona, after transferring from Texas where he was charged with felony assault, which was later reduced. The receiver allegedly broke the jaw of a man who is dating his ex-girlfriend.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 2:33 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that "several close to the program believe" Florida State sophomore DT Eddie Goldman "will follow Jernigan's lead and bolt for the NFL as an underclassman after this season."

"With Timmy Jernigan off to the NFL, Florida State needed Goldman to elevate his game in 2014 and several close to the program believe he will follow Jernigan's lead and bolt for the NFL as an underclassman after this season," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 303 pound Goldman had two tackle against Clemson, "but he was a force all game and came up big with two pivotal plays that potentially changed the outcome of the contest," Brugler noted.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 2:26 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that ECU senior QB Shane Carden "shows high football intelligence and toughness with enough talent to potentially carve out a Bruce Gradkowski-type career in the NFL."

"Carden doesn't have an elite arm and he has some mechanical flaws, but he shows high football intelligence and toughness with enough talent to potentially carve out a Bruce Gradkowski-type career in the NFL." Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Carden had a monster performance versus North Carolina, leading the Pirates to a 70-41 win. Carden was 30-for-48 with 438 yards passing, four touchdowns though the air, two rushing touchdowns on the ground and one interception. Brugler notes that Carden "is very comfortable in the Pirates' shotgun spread attack and sees the field well to distribute the rock to the weapons around him."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 2:15 PM

Missouri redshirt senior WR Darius White will miss a few weeks due to a groin injury.

Head coach Gary Pinkel called it "severe" and the team initially thought it was a season ending matter. White is a Texas transfer and was listed as a starting receiver out of camp. He recorded 15 catches for 230 yards and three touchdowns in three games before the injury.
Sep 23 - 10:07 AM



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