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Iowa redshirt senior T Andrew Donnal is on the NFL's radar despite never having started before, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The pros will be interested in any starting offensive lineman Kirk Ferentz develops, so this evaluation is more a function of scouts' faith in Iowa's staff than anything Donnal has done to this point. "There isn't much tape for scouts to evaluate on Donnal because he's been a career reserve up until this point," Brugler wrote. "But he's expected to start opposite Scherff at right tackle in 2014 and did a nice job in the spring. With plenty of scouts flocking to Iowa City to get to know Scherff, Donnal has an excellent opportunity to impress campus visitors this fall."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 2:42 PM

Iowa redshirt senior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley must improve his consistency, but he offers the NFL the versatility of a receiver who is a proven special teams contributor, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Martin-Manley had only 388 receiving yards last season, but much of that can be blamed on a toothless Hawkeyes' aerial attack. With the expected evolution of QB Jake Ruddock's game, Martin-Manley's production is accordingly expected to increase in 2014. "He tends to struggle with consistency and needs to improve his routes and reliability finishing catches, but also adds value as a return man with a pair of punt returns for scores last year," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 2:29 PM

Washington suspended sophomore QB Cyler Miles for the season opener at Hawaii.

Washington coach Chris Petersen's tenure isn't off to the start he'd hoped. Miles missed spring practices while serving a three-month suspension. He was reinstated in May, but Petersen didn't believe full penance had been served. Miles was allegedly involved in an assault along with WR Damore’ea Stringfellow, who was eventually booted from the team. Miles appeared in eight games last year as Keith Price's backup and is the heavy favorite to replace him as starter. Sophomore QB Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman QB Troy Williams are now expected to duke it out to take the first snap of the fall.
Jul 24 - 2:11 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that NFL scouts love Iowa senior S John Lowdermilk bloodlines and versatility.

Kirk Lowdermilk's son ranked fourth on the team with 78 tackles as a first-year starter in 2013 after spending a few years as a special teams ace. "Lowdermilk is physical and delivers a pop coming downhill while also showing the versatility to line up in man coverage and cover slot receivers," Brugler wrote. "He doesn't have the speed or transitional technique to be routinely left on an island, but plays smart, assignment sound football wherever he lines up on the field. Scouts love bloodlines and Lowdermilk has those too as his dad played 12 seasons in the NFL (1984-96) at center and at one point was the highest paid offensive lineman ever, playing a total of 178 games over his career."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 1:55 PM

Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis is "one of the top senior prospects at his position," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Davis is a one-technique workmanlike tackle. He posted only 42 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks last season, but was lauded for his ability to occupy blockers, opening up space for his teammates to roam. "Davis plays with excellent base strength and isn't an easy player to move, handling double-teams well and not allowing himself to be swallowed up by blockers," Brugler wrote. "He has a strong upper body to stack-and-shed with power to control blocks and force the issue, showing accurate hand placement to latch-and-toss. Davis is more of a short-area defender with only average body control and redirection technique and while he shows good knee bend and flexibility, he often struggles with leverage issues. Based on 2013 game tape, Davis appeared to improve his anticipation and awareness with each game and should get even better with more reps in 2014, one of the main reasons he is one of the top senior prospects at his position."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 1:35 PM

Former Washington State redshirt freshman QB Tyler Bruggman will transfer to Louisville.

Bruggman announced the news on Twitter. The redshirt freshman was competing for the No. 2 quarterback job before transferring. Louisville was one of the four schools Washington State released Bruggman to.
Jul 24 - 11:57 AM

Texas junior WR Kendall Sanders and redshirt freshman WR Montrel Meander have been charged with sexual assault.

Sanders has also been charged with improper photography. According to sources close to Brian Davis and Tony Plohetski, the details of the case are "confusing." If you would like to read a play by play of the events, click on the link below.
Source: Statesman
Jul 24 - 10:54 AM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams said he played at 65 percent strength/health last season due to a torn labrum.

Williams claims he is currently at 95 percent strength and has gained 15 pounds, as he now weighs 305 pounds. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman notes Williams just turned 20 years old. If that was Williams at 65 percent, we are pretty excited to see the defensive lineman close to 100. He has a great chance of being this year's top prospect on the defensive side of the ball.
Jul 24 - 10:11 AM

Oregon HC Mark Helfrich praised redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota's practice habits.

"He cares more about practice rep 13, period 12 than any guy I've been around," Helfrich said. Mariota has been described as a quiet leader in the past, but he really is the face of Oregon football at the moment. The quarterback is a great talent and enters the season as 2014/2015's top prospect. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman notes Mariota added 40 pounds and clocks around a 4.45 forty.
Jul 24 - 9:52 AM

Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl notes that Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah is a "versatile shake and bake type," who reminds him of RB Andre Ellington.

"Fan of Nebraska RB Abdullah. Versatile shake and bake type. Strong peripheral vision. Presses line of scrimmage to create creases," Weidl tweeted. In another tweet, Weidl added that the Nebraska prospect reminded him of Arizona Cardinal's Andre Ellington. Last season Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards, which is the highest yardage total since Ahman Green in 1997. The 5-foot-10, 190 pound Abdullah gives the Cornhuskers versatility out of the backfield, as he's dangerous as a runner and as a pass catcher. Abdullah was Nebraska’s third-leading receiver with 26 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns.
Jul 24 - 8:40 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes that Michigan senior DE Frank Clark's "intensity, explosiveness and athleticism" remind him of former Wolverine DE Brandon Graham.

"Really like Frank Clark/DE/Michigan; intense, explosive, athletic...reminds me of Brandon Graham from 2008/2009," Pauline tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 273 pound Clark started 13 games at defensive end for the Wolverines in 2013, recording 43 tackles, 12.0 TFLs, and 4.5 sacks. The former 210-pound LB turned DE, is now playing at 273 pounds, and has been rumored to still run 4.5 at his size.
Jul 23 - 5:04 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Maryland junior OW Stefon Diggs reminds him of "former OSU WR Ted Ginn Jr."

"Maryland WR Stefon Diggs reminds me a lot of former OSU WR Ted Ginn Jr....both the good and the bad. Hopefully he stays healthy in 2014," Brugler tweeted. Diggs suffered a fractured fibula back in October. Prior to injury, Diggs was one of the more dynamic offensive weapons in the country. Unfortunately for Diggs, he only played in seven games as a sophomore and had 34 receptions for 587 yards (17.3 yards per catch) and three TDs in seven games for Maryland in 2013.
Jul 23 - 4:29 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes that "with continued demonstration of versatility and consistency" Pittsburgh red shirt senior S Ray Vinopal "could earn him a chance" to be drafted.

"Vinopal's instincts, awareness and overall fundamentals are solid, and he demonstrates good timing and anticipation to make plays on the ball, but his lack of size and speed could hurt his draft prospects. A continued demonstration of versatility and consistency could earn him a chance though," Stephens wrote. The 5-foot-10, 200 pound safety earned an All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2013, starting in all 13 games for the Panthers. Vinopal was the Panthers second leading tackler with 83 tackles, while adding a sack and three tackles for loss. The Pittsburgh prospect had six pass breakups and led the Panthers with three interceptions.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 23 - 4:10 PM

With a strong senior season, Pittsburgh red shirt senior OT T.J. Clemmings "could be a guy who rises rapidly leading up to the draft," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

He shows good natural flexibility in his lower half to bend on contact, and as a run blocker can fire through to the second level where he has the ability to square up and target effectively in space. He needs to improve hand placement as a pass-blocker, and will drop his shoulder and head on contact at times, but the athleticism and ability to pick things up quickly are both apparent. Could be a guy who rises rapidly leading up to the draft, with a strong senior season," Stephens wrote. The 6-foot-6, 315 pound tackle began his career at defensive end, and finally made the transition to tackle later in the 2012 season. In his first full season on the offensive line, Clemmings started all 13 games for the Panthers in 2013 at right tackle.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 23 - 3:53 PM

Georgia has dismissed redshirt sophomore DL Jon Taylor following his arrest on Tuesday for aggravated assault.

The recent arrest violated Taylor's probation that stemmed from a "theft by deception" charge, which occurred earlier in the offseason. Taylor was a highly thought of defensive line recruit coming out of high school. Other dismissed Bulldogs have found homes this offseason, but it might be difficult for Taylor.
Jul 23 - 2:54 PM



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