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College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread advises Ohio State HC Urban Meyer to start redshirt junior QB Cardale Jones "and don't look back."

"In addition to a 6-foot-5, 250-pound frame that draws comparisons to the Pittsburgh Steelers' mountain of a quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, Jones now has three more attributes he was lacking at this time a year ago: confidence, maturity and experience," Goodbread wrote. "He is a different quarterback today than the one who lost in a competition with J.T. Barrett last August after [Braxton] Miller succumbed to a season-ending injury." With Miller having been shifted to the old H-back role Percy Harvin played at Florida, the scribe sees Jones' combination of big arm and underrated running ability as OSU's best bet behind center. "Jones considered entering this year's draft despite all those 'body-of-work' arguments," he wrote. "This fall could be Meyer's last chance to give Jones the ball for a full season. And he should take it."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 9:59 PM

Louisville senior ILB James Burgess "will be a nice fit for a 3-4 team looking for an inside gap-shooter," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Don't let Burgess' size fool you," Reuter wrote. "He drills ball carriers into the ground. The Miami native is explosive to the play and brings bad intentions." The 6-foot, 229-pound senior finished third on the team with 71 tackles last year, chipping in three sacks, 10 TFL and three interceptions. "But he also shows a knack for reading quarterbacks and making plays on the ball, with six career interceptions," Reuter wrote. "Burgess will be a nice fit for a 3-4 team looking for an inside gap-shooter."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 9:42 PM

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said transfer QBs Jake Rudock and John O'Korn are making strides in picking up the offense.

"He's got goals. He's got ambitions," Harbaugh said about Rudock. "He's got a plan for making this a successful year for him and our team. He shares that with Shane Morris. Both of those two youngsters, I've noticed the way they're carrying themselves. They've got a bounce in their step. They each have a plan and they're champing at the bit to execute it." While Rudock battles Morris for the starting job, O'Korn won't be eligible to play until 2016. Harbaugh thinks Rudock will be a quick study of his playbook. "It's not too dissimilar from me going to Paris, France, and not knowing the language and them coming in here and not knowing our football language," Harbaugh said.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 9:27 PM

Arizona State redshirt senior G Christian Westerman "excelled last fall in his first season as a starter," bringing "stout play and mobility" to the Sun Devils' line, writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Westerman spent two years as an Auburn Tiger before bolting west in 2012. The 6-foot-4, 301-pounder earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in 2014. He'll no doubt attempt to add some bulk before next spring's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 9:11 PM

Stanford senior G Joshua Garnett brings "impressive physicality to the table for a team that continues to develop quality offensive linemen," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"The Cardinal lost first-round pick Andrus Peat at tackle, but the line as a whole should be better in 2015 -- and the run game should be better too," Brown wrote. "Garnett, a 325-pound senior, is the best of the bunch." The analyst ranked Mills as the No. 66 overall player and the No. 7 offensive lineman in the country. The 6-foot-5, 325-pounder is the son of former NFL nose tackle Scott Garnett.
Jul 29 - 8:55 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter says Missouri redshirt senior ILB Kentrell Brothers will best fit a 3-4 scheme in the NFL.

"Though undersized for an inside 'backer at 6-1, 235 pounds, Brothers recognizes plays quickly, works his way through traffic and flows down the line very effectively as a run-stopper in the middle," Reuter wrote. Brothers, who led the Tigers with 122 total tackles in 2014, should be the first Mizzou LB picked since Zaviar Gooden in 2013. "He lacks great hip fluidity and the explosiveness to cut off running backs in the backfield or before they reach the sideline, but teams utilizing a base 3-4 should find him a good fit inside in the middle rounds as a possible starter," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 8:40 PM

Former Auburn junior DL Elijah Daniel transferred to Murray State.

In June, it was reported that Daniel had transferred to Youngstown State to play for Bo Pelini. Apparently, those plans hit a snag, because the dismissed former Tiger has enrolled at Murray State instead. "I have told Elijah that we are willing to give him this opportunity, because I believe, large or small, everyone makes mistakes and most people are deserving of a second chance," HC Mitch Stewart said in a statement. "But I also made it clear to him, that this is his last chance and that any further incidents like the one at Auburn would be met with an immediate dismissal from the team." Daniel's 17 quarterback hurries led Auburn last year.
Jul 29 - 8:26 PM

Regarding Illinois senior DT Jihad Ward's move from receiver/safety to the defensive line in JUCO, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter writes that "the sky's the limit once he really knows what to do with his size and strength."

"He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by league coaches in his first season with the Illini, playing inside and outside and using his huge wingspan to swallow ball carriers," Reuter wrote. "Ward could be one of the fastest risers up draft boards (maybe to the second round?) if he approaches his potential this season." The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder posted 51 tackles, 8.5 TFL and three sacks last year.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 7:52 PM

Miami sophomore QB Brad Kaaya "showed enticing potential" as a true freshman while exhibiting "uncommon poise under pressure for a young quarterback," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Once he got his feet under him, Kaaya threw only three interceptions in the last seven games. "Somewhat unexpectedly pressed into the starting job as a true freshman who arrived last summer, Kaaya performed well despite the Canes' 6-7 season," Brown wrote. "Miami's 2015 prospects appear shaky, but Kaaya is an excellent building block who could help change the team's fortunes." The analyst ranked Kaaya as the No. 95 player in the country. The 6-foot-4, 209-pound Kaaya threw for 3,198 yards and a 26/12 TD/INT rate (8.5 yards per attempt) last year.
Jul 29 - 7:34 PM

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said redshirt freshman S Jabrill Peppers could play some offense this fall in addition to his work at safety and on special teams.

"It's rare that someone plays offense, defense and special teams," Harbaugh said. "The rare three-way player, it's exciting when someone is capable of doing that. They have some real gifts athletically in terms of football and they're really smart, sharp, to understand all three systems." The former five-star recruit was moved from cornerback to safety in the spring. He impressed onlookers with his work at the new position.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 7:12 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun is "willing to throw his body into ball carriers to stop them in their tracks, making him an interesting nickel prospect (which is basically a starting position in the NFL nowadays)," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"The Gophers have two of the top corners in the country with Eric Murray and Boddy-Calhoun (5-11, 188), a junior college transfer who was an all-conference selection by both league media (first team) and coaches (second team)," Reuter wrote. "He picked off five passes and broke up nine others using an innate ability to close on the ball in 2014." The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Boddy-Calhoun collected 51 tackles, 2 TFL, nine breakups and five interceptions in 10 starts last year.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 6:56 PM

LSU senior S Jalen Mills has "established himself as a premier free safety," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"The trio of Mills, Jamal Adams and Tre'Davious White gives LSU yet another loaded secondary, one that will make life difficult for the inexperienced quarterbacks of the SEC," Brown wrote. The analyst ranked Mills as the No. 98 player in the country. The 6-foot-1, 194-pound Mills has started all 38 games during his college career and has the versatility to also play corner. He recorded 62 stops in 2014.
Jul 29 - 6:42 PM

Michigan senior WR Dennis Norfleet was granted a transfer release this summer but can still potentially return to the team, according to Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh.

He's been suspended since May due to academics. "A plan was put into place for Dennis where he could accomplish all of his goals athletically and academically," Harbaugh said. "Our desire is that he gets his Michigan degree, and that plan hasn't changed from our viewpoint and the conversations I've had with Dennis." Harbaugh declined further comment, so it's hard to peg the odds that Norfleet will play for the Wolverines this fall. The 5-foot-7, 168-pounder is best on special teams. He had 938 return yards in 2013.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 6:27 PM

Ohio State graduate QB/H-back Braxton Miller "could land in the top half of the draft" if he is "able to consistently snare passes from [J.T.] Barrett or [Cardale] Jones" in his new role of H-back, notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Projecting Miller's NFL draft status is difficult, as he will likely be playing a new position in the NFL," Reuter wrote. "He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2012 and 2013, showing the elusiveness and vision to break off chunks of yardage in the open field." Miller, 6-foot-1 3/8 and 210 pounds, runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Nobody knows exactly how he will be used this season, but it's possible that Urban Meyer will cook up a role for him that has elements of the roles Aaron Hernandez, Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin had at Florida.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 6:13 PM

USC sophomore WR JuJu Smith has "all the necessary traits to develop into a game-changing receiver," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Nelson Agholor may be gone, but the Trojans aren't lacking potential targets," Brown wrote. "Cornerback Adoree Jackson is sure to see offensive snaps, and Steven Mitchell is poised for a breakout season in the slot. As an all-around wide receiver, though, Smith is the best bet to be Cody Kessler's go-to target." The analyst ranks Smith as the 100th-best overall player in the country. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Smith, a five-star recruit, had 54 receptions for 724 yards and five touchdowns as a true freshman.
Jul 29 - 5:57 PM



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