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NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Urban Meyer was "overselling Braxton Miller's pro potential" at Big Ten Media Days.

"I believe the Ohio State head coach was overselling Braxton Miller's pro potential at Big Ten Media Days. While the senior standout is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous playmakers in college football, he is not "close" (as Meyer suggested on Monday) to joining the ranks of the elite quarterbacks in the 2015 class based on what I've seen from the Buckeyes' star over the past few years," Brooks wrote. Brooks also added that the Miller's "game isn't polished enough to thrust him into the conversation with Jameis Winston, Brett Hundley, Marcus Mariota and even Connor Cook as one of the top quarterbacks in the class." It's imperative that Miller develop during his final year under Meyer, to silence all his critics heading into next year's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 5:34 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Minnesota Senior RB David Cobb is "pushing to be the first Gopher back drafted since Maroney in 2006."

"While he is productive, durable and reliable, there isn't much on tape that separates Cobb from other backs. Not too long ago, Minnesota was churning out running backs to the NFL, most notably Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber, and Cobb is pushing to be the first Gopher back drafted since Maroney in 2006," Brugler wrote. Before 2013, The 5-foot-11, 229 pound Cobb only had 11 carries to his resume and just happened to lead the Gophers in rushing with 1,202 yards last season. Not only was Cobb the first Minnesota running back since 2006 to rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he's now become one of the Big Ten's top running back prospects in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 4:23 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "a better Andre Ellington."

"Abdullah reminds me of a better Andre Ellington. Few run harder at his size. Smart, controls his momentum in his cuts. Seems two steps ahead." The 5-foot-9, 190 pound Abdullah was one of college football's most dependable running backs in 2013. The Nebraska prospect carried the rock 281 times and still managed to average 6 yards a carry. Last season, Abdullah only had two games where he rushed for under 100 yards, and finished the season with 1,690 yards rushing and was Nebraska’s third-leading receiver with 26 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Look for Abdullah and the running game to be the focal point of the offense with the graduation of QB Taylor Martinez.
Jul 29 - 3:54 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman ranks Ohio State OC Tom Herman as the No. 1 coordinator that is in line for a head coach job.

"Herman is brilliant (he actually is a MENSA member) but also a terrific communicator and well-respected by his peers," Feldman writes. Herman has worked under Mack Brown, Paul Rhoads and obviously Urban Meyer. His Buckeye offense has a good amount of talent heading into 2014, but his biggest test is continuing the development of Braxton Miller.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 29 - 2:37 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota will be eligible for the 2015 Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl's twitter account proclaimed as much. Mariota is two credits shy of graduating, and is taking golf and yoga to complete his General Science degree this fall. The NFL has seemingly rewarded quarterbacks that attend the Senior Bowl in recent years (EJ Manuel over Geno Smith, Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo and Logan Thomas over Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron), but it is possible their evals could have been better regardless. The event is the first time for position coaches to get a look at that year's draft prospects.
Jul 29 - 1:47 PM

The NCAA has changed its ruling on Oklahoma State's APR score, and they will now avoid practice restrictions.

The NCAA had previously said Oklahoma State fell just below the APR limit of 930 to "pass" the penalty area. The school apparently found a football player from the 1990's who went back to school and recently graduated, taking them over the threshold. Oklahoma State has not disclosed the athlete's name.
Jul 29 - 1:36 PM

NC State HC Dave Doeren said QB transfer Jacoby Brissett was the team's best leader last season, despite the fact he was not eligible to play.

Brissett transferred out of Florida as a junior after it became clear Jeff Driskel would be the current and future starter for the Gators. Brissett, now as a redshirt junior, will be the Wolfpack's starting quarterback this season.
Jul 29 - 1:12 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer believes Maryland junior OW Stefon Diggs is "one of the best players in the country."

"I'm 110 percent," Diggs said when asked about the major leg injury he suffered last year. "They say when you break your leg you get a little taller and a little faster, and I got both, I think." Diggs will be labeled as one of the nation's best playmakers. We loved his long speed, but feel Diggs was a bit straight-linish in his play style.
Jul 29 - 12:00 PM

Four-star high school WR recruit John Burt has verbally committed to Texas.

On the surface this might not seem like news, since Texas lands four-star recruits all the time. However, Mack brown rarely recruited out of Florida, where Burt is from, so this could be a start to a pipeline. Charlie Strong has... strong ties to the sunshine state. Texas produces a wealth of talent, but adding Florida to the mix is a great combination.
Jul 29 - 11:35 AM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher reiterated his stance against college QBs seeking personal coaching from position "gurus."

"We've got good quarterback coaches," Fisher said. "My guys aren't going out there. I'll coach them. When they go to pro ball, they can do whatever they want. We'll coach our guys. I don't think it benefits you." Fisher is not alone in this opinion, as Auburn's Gus Malzahn shares the same stance. Our biggest issue with this is that college coaches have a limited number of hours they are allowed to spend with players during the offseason, so restricting their outside coaching might be limiting quarterbacks' practice reps. Fisher and Malzahn could be worried that their players will be taught something that goes against the team's mindset.
Source: USA Today
Jul 29 - 10:40 AM

CBS Sports Dane Brugler notes "as a sophomore, junior CB Trae Waynes played like a young Kyle Fuller."

"As a sophomore, Waynes played like a young Kyle Fuller and if he can introduce more discipline to his game moving forward, he will have bright future in East Lansing and the NFL," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 178 pound Waynes was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2013, starting in all 14 games for the Spartans. As a first-time starter, Waynes finished with 3 interceptions and 8 passes defended, with 50 tackles, including 1.5 for losses. Now that CB Darqueze Dennard is off to the NFL, Waynes is now the top cornerback on the Spartan's roster.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 8:42 AM

Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun "shows a lot of promise as a future early draft pick," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Calhoun isn't yet a polished product and his hand use needs coached up to improve his shed technique and rush ability, but he does a nice job using his length to jolt blockers. He shows a lot of promise as a future early draft pick if he can continue to develop as a junior," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound prospect recorded 7.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss last season, and was named the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, while receiving several All-American votes.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 28 - 4:57 PM

NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks believes NFL Scouts looking for "an Adrian Peterson-like runner on the collegiate level" in terms of "combination of production and talent," should be interested in Florida State senior RB Karlos Williams.

"With Williams tallying more than 700 rushing yards on just 91 attempts, the combination of production and talent could make him a top choice of NFL scouts searching for an Adrian Peterson-like runner on the collegiate level," Brooks wrote. The 6-1, 223 pound Williams only rushed for 731 yards, but averaged a whopping 8 yards whenever he touched the ball. With RB Devonta Freeman off to the NFL, look for Williams to welcome more of the load to his plate. The Seminoles prospect received at least 10 carries in just three games in 2013, but look for Williams numbers to take a huge jump this season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 28 - 4:27 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks notes that "NFL scouts are encouraged" by Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon's "ability to be a feature back at the next level."

"As a runner, Gordon is a long strider with sneaky quickness and acceleration in the hole. He flashes explosive pitter-pat bouncing runs to the perimeter, but is more than a "one-trick pony" as a runner. Gordon effectively runs between the tackles on counters and powers, exhibiting enough strength and power to run through arm tackles in traffic. As a result, NFL scouts are encouraged by his ability to be a feature back at the next level," Brooks wrote. The 6-1, 203-pound Gordon led the nation and set the Wisconsin single-season record with an average of 7.8 yards per carry, while ranking 10th in the country and second in the Big Ten with 1,609 rushing yards.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 28 - 3:34 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley "evokes comparisons to a young Marshawn Lynch."

"Gurley displayed enough speed, quickness and power in a number of impressive performances (Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia Tech) to evoke comparisons to a young Marshawn Lynch, Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound bruiser can get dirty in the trenches if needed, or use his 4.43 speed to out run defenders. The Bulldogs prospect rushed for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 441 yards and six TDs despite missing three games and parts of two others with ankle and hip injuries in 2013. Gurley has a solid shot to be the first running back off the board in the 2015 Draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 28 - 3:03 PM



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