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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes "NFL scouts will be focusing on" LSU senior DB Ronald Martin this weekend "to see if he's able to take accurate angles to the ball and finish at the ballcarrier."

The 6-foot-1, 218 pound Martin, started in only seven games before an injury sidelined him last season. This season, LSU coaches expect Martin to take on a leadership role in his senior season. The Tigers prospect has shed almost 20 pounds from last season, and plans to play and "faster and looser to better break down on the move to be more consistent as a tackler and recover after aggressive steps," according to Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 28 - 10:43 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis was held to 15 rushing yards on six carries in the team's 52-28 loss to Texas A&M.

Davis dealt with a rib injury prior to this game, however, he mocked reports that stated he might not be 100 percent. Steve Spurrier seemed to think it was not the correct choice for Davis to play the first snap, as Brandon Wilds ended up getting the start and receiving nine carries compared to Davis' six. Wilds was more effective than Davis as well. Don't get us wrong, we still think Davis will have a great season. He is a very good running back prospect.
Aug 28 - 10:18 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes LSU senior RB Terrence Magee "seems to be under the radar entering the 2014 season."

"There has been so much hype around true freshman RB Leonard Fournette that Magee seems to be under the radar entering the 2014 season. But NFL scouts are well aware of the talented runner with several around the league ranking him among the top three senior prospects at the position," Brugler wrote. The LSU prospect starts his senior season with zero starts to his resume, but has appeared in 27 career games. Last season, Magee finished second on the team in rushing in 2013 with 644 yards on 86 carries, averaging a team-best 7.3 yards per carry.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 28 - 10:16 PM

Texas A&M sophomore QB Kenny Hill went off against South Carolina, completing 44 of 60 attempts for 511 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 52-28 win.

Hill broke Johnny Manziel's single game school passing record along the way. The sophomore has not displayed the same rushing threat just yet, netting five yards, but Hill spread the targets out to every Aggie receiver. Texas A&M lost three first-round picks on offense, however, they still boast one of the best offensive lines in the country. Be prepared to hear a lot more about Kenny Hill.
Aug 28 - 10:06 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III "has a well-rounded skill-set and is elite in two areas: balance and acceleration."

The 6-foot-1,200 pound Gordon has the ability to go from "0-to-60 in a flash and bursts to top speed quickly with the vision and patience to follow blocks and find holes to daylight," Brugler notes. While Gordon doesn't have the ideal body type "he lowers his pads and keeps his legs pumping (think Jamaal Charles)," according to Brugler. The Wisconsin prospect had a strong season last year rushing for 1,609 rushing yards, while averaging only 16 touches a game. This season, Gordon should see quite the increase in touches in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 28 - 10:04 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler spoke with one NFL scout who thinks FSU senior Karlos Williams might be the top RB the school has produced since Warrick Dunn.

Since Dunn, the Noles have produced Devonta Freeman, Chris Thompson, Lorenzo Booker, Leon Washington, Greg Jones, Travis Minor and Lamar Glenn as backfield draft picks. We think Williams is extremely talented, as he couples power with straight-line speed. It will be interesting to see him take on pass protection opportunities.
Aug 28 - 3:58 PM

USC redshirt senior RB Anthony Brown quit the team on Thursday and called HC Steve Sarkisian a racist via social media.

"Sark treated me like a slave in his office... can't play for a racist MAN!!!!!" Brown posted on Instagram. "Sark said they tried to accommodate Brown, moving him to running back," Ryan Abraham reports. "He was unfortunately hurt but Sark said they still tried to get him to stay on the team. Sark felt he could help the team. Brown refused, quit the team then posted the" previous statement. If we remember correctly, Brown signed with Pete Carroll, played under Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron and now left the team while Sarkisian was the decision maker.
Aug 28 - 3:44 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Arizona State junior D.J. Foster as the No. 5 draft-eligible RB prospect.

Foster is ranked ahead of Miami's Duke Johnson, FSU's Karlos Williams, Boise State's Jai Ajayi and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah. Foster's head coach recently said the running back will become a household name and could total 1,000 rushing and receiving yards.
Source: ESPN
Aug 28 - 3:14 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay ranks FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston as the nation's No. 1 prospect.

"A product of both special instincts for the position and good training, Winston's natural gifts are clear -- size, arm strength, athleticism -- but so is the ability to manipulate the pocket, see pressure early and deliver the ball to the right target," McShay writes. We could not have said it better ourselves. His eye level while pressured is what makes Winston so special. For the record, McShay ranks Marcus Mariota as the No. 2 overall prospect.
Source: ESPN
Aug 28 - 2:37 PM

Al.com reports that Alabama head coach Nick Saban would not rule out sophomore CB Eddie Jackson, from playing in Alabama's season opener versus West Virginia.

"I wouldn’t rule out the fact he can play in this game," Saban said, per Al.com. "But I would rather go in to the game thinking we would use him if we needed to rather than pushing him in the game." Just five months ago, Jackson tore his ACL during spring practice and it's amazing that he could possibly contribute if his number is called upon. On Monday, Alabama released it's first depth chart with Jackson listed as a co-backup to junior Cyrus Jones. As a true freshman last season, Jackson started four games and collected 19 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries.
Source: Al.com
Aug 28 - 11:14 AM

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that USC redshirt junior RB Tre Madden could be out for a month because of his turf toe injury.

Originally Madden was thought to be a game-time decision, but if he happened to miss up to a month, Madden would miss the Trojans' opener against Fresno St., the Pac-12 opener against Stanford, and Boston College Sept. 13th. After a bye, USC will face Oregon State on Sept. 27th, which could be a target date for Madden's likely return, if the injury report holds up. Madden suffered the lingering toe injury in summer camp and has not been able to shake the pain.
Aug 28 - 10:00 AM

Texas Tech co-defensive coordinator/linebacker coach Matt Wallerstedt believes senior RB/LB Kenny Williams has NFL potential at whatever position he plays.

"They're going to see how versatile he is, and they'll see how well he does on special teams," Wallerstedt told The Associated Press. "A guy like that can have a lot of different roles with a lot of different teams with his speed. I think he could play in the league for a while." We think the 5-foot-9, 225-pound Williams, clocked at 4.48 seconds in the 40 in high school, will be seen as a running back by NFL scouts. "He's a compact, powerful kid that plays with a lot of energy and a lot of effort," Wallerstedt said. "You can't take enough of those guys. He's going to be a force to reckon with on the perimeter." Williams was the leading rusher for the Red Raiders last season, but will play linebacker in 2014. "There are certain things he does really well offensively, so we may plug him in any given moment," HC Kliff Kingsbury told the AP. "We'll see how the season's going."
Aug 27 - 10:01 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks LSU senior LT La'El Collins as the No. 4 offensive line prospect.

"Collins projects as either a right tackle or guard in the pros, given his massive frame," McShay wrote. "As a run-blocker he fires off the ball with very good straight-line burst, and has the lower-body strength and strong hands to drive defenders off the line. He also shows good awareness and toughness. Collins is average in pass protection, showing a strong anchor, but he can get into trouble, occasionally lunging and falling off some blocks." Collins said last month that he patterns his game off Jason Peters'. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Collins showcases good athleticism and physical tools, just like Peters.
Aug 27 - 9:49 PM

Alabama suspended senior ILB Trey DePriest for the opener versus West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff on Saturday.

Head coach Nick Saban announced the suspension Wednesday, saying DePriest committed a minor NCAA infraction. We don't yet know what that infraction was, but Alabama is being overly cautious because any victory attained with an ineligible player on the field would be vacated. DePriest, a two-year starter coming off a career-high 65 tackle (7.5 for loss), had the look of a breakout player this fall. Reggie Ragland and Reuben Foster will start at linebacker for the Crimson Tide.
Aug 27 - 9:37 PM

NFL.com named Oklahoma State JUCO OW transfer Tyreek Hill was named by NFL.com as the Big 12's best preseason breakout candidate.

Cowboys' HC Mike Gundy told reporters last month that Hill will receive 15-20 touches per game, and he's expected to play an offensive role similar to Percy Harvin and Tavon Austin. "The junior college transfer might be the fastest player in the Big 12 and brings plenty of talent to a team that is lacking playmakers," wrote staff writer Bryan Fischer. "Think Tavon Austin at West Virginia from a few years ago in terms of impact."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 27 - 9:18 PM



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