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FSU QB Jameis Winston praised Oregon QB Marcus Mariota on Sunday, saying this year's Heisman winner "has all the tools."

"I think (Mariota's) been an amazing guy and an amazing player. To have opportunities to see him on the sideline and watch him personally will be a great experience for all us actually," Winston said Sunday. "I think it's going to be a great battle between the two teams. It's going to be a great game. It's going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a chance to see a guy as efficient and as talented as he is on the field." The pair, of course, will lock horns in this week's Rose Bowl for the opportunity to play in the National Championship Game. "His efficiency," Winston said of what he admires most about Mariota. "You talk about my interceptions, a guy that has thrown 38 touchdowns and only two interceptions -- that's special. He has all the tools. He's fast, has a great arm and he leads his team. Guys rally around him and he affects everybody around him. I think that's the best thing about him, his ability to perform and affect everybody aro
Source: NFL.com
Dec 28 - 10:56 PM

Stanford senior WR Ty Montgomery (shoulder) will not play in Tuesday's Foster Farms Bowl.

Cardinal HC David Shaw indicated that Montgomery could have played had the game been played later in the week. Instead, Stanford will be cautious with Montgomery. Stanford had previously been nearly two-touchdown favorites against Maryland, but a mediocre offense has now lost its best player. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound wideout had 61 catches for 604 yards and three touchdowns this season.
Dec 28 - 10:38 PM

FSU junior DT Eddie Goldman "is dominant against the run and might be the best player on the FSU defense," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

Goldman is one of 11 Seminole prospects with draftable grades, according to the analyst, compared to only five who will suit up for Oregon in this week's Rose Bowl. The marquee prospects are obviously Oregon's Marcus Mariota and FSU's Jameis Winston, though there will also be outstanding prospect depth on display Thursday. "Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams are athletic and talented corners who figure to be in the Day 2 mix," McShay wrote. "On the offensive line, tackle Cameron Erving, guard Josue Matias and guard Tre Jackson could all be drafted in the middle to later rounds, and I'll be interested to see how effective they are in run-blocking and pass protection against the Ducks' defensive front. Tight end Nick O'Leary is a likely midround pick and WR Rashad Greene isn't the physical talent former teammate Kelvin Benjamin was, but he is a very reliable possession receiver who could go in Round 2."
Dec 28 - 10:19 PM

Tampa Bay Bucs GM Jason Licht will attend the Rose Bowl to scout Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and FSU QB Jameis Winston.

The pair will lock horns on Thursday for a berth into the first College Football Playoff Championship Game. Mariota and Winston have yet to declare for the draft, but the industry views both decisions as foregone conclusions. The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Mariota, who just won about every award a college player can win, is the frontrunner to go No. 1. Winston is a projected top-five selection. Tampa Bay clinched the No. 1 overall pick Sunday and seems like a great bet to end up with one of them.
Dec 28 - 9:59 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston told the media he will pass on anybody, including Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks.

Winston made the comment in response to a question about whether the Seminoles would test Oregon's secondary without injured CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. The signal-caller will likely declare for the 2015 NFL Draft in the hours after FSU's season ends. At that point, Sherman and his pro friends will prepare responses.
Dec 28 - 9:45 PM

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said no Tiger underclassmen filed paperwork seeking feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

This is interesting news, as we expected, at minimum, for redshirt sophomore DE Shaq Lawson and junior OT Isaiah Battle to seek out opinions on their respective stocks. Swinney said he expects both to return to school. Lawson, a third-year sophomore reserve with three sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss this year, was smart to stick around. He'll be everyone's ACC defensive breakout candidate next year with seniors Vic Beasley and Corey Crawford off to the pros.
Dec 28 - 9:28 PM

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said junior WR Stefon Diggs will make a decision about the NFL Draft after the school's game against Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl on Tuesday.

Edsall said he met Thursday with Diggs and his mother to share information he had received from NFL types about the receiver's draft stock. "I gave them all the information that I had," Edsall said. "I asked them if they had any questions, and they did. And they asked me for my opinion, and I gave them my opinion of what I think he should do. And I asked him if he’s leaning any way at all, and he said that he wasn’t, that he wants to play the game, and he’ll worry about it after the game is over. So we’ll see." A kidney injury has kept Diggs sidelined for the past three games, but Edsall confirmed he will play on Tuesday. Earlier this month, NFL.com's Charles Davis wrote that Diggs should return to school: "Diggs has been well-hyped since his high school days, but he's not yet had the breakout year we've been waiting to see from him."
Dec 28 - 9:14 PM

South Carolina's most impressive player in Saturday's Independence Bowl was sophomore WR Pharoh Cooper, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The true soph caught nine passes for 178 yards, which included a 78-yard score that pushed South Carolina to the victory. The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Cooper was named the Player of the Game. He finished an impressive breakthrough campaign with 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns, and we expect USC's staff to spend the summer figuring out additional ways to get the ball into his hands.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 28 - 8:06 PM

Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman "showed the instincts and toughness against the run that has him a projected Day Two selection" on Saturday against South Carolina, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"The Butkus Award finalist also showed good closing speed and awareness in coverage in tipping away a Dylan Thompson pass in the second quarter," wrote Rang. "Perryman was too aggressive in pursuing Thompson earlier, however, allowing [RB Mike] Davis to slip behind him for the 15-yard score." Perryman will play in the Senior Bowl next month. He has drawn comparisons to former Badger Chris Borland -- drafted in the third round by the Dolphins -- though NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes Perryman will be drafted higher than Borland was. Perryman boasts a stocky 6-foot, 243-pound frame, and he runs a 4.72 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 28 - 7:53 PM

Miami senior CB Ladarius Gunter "quietly enjoyed an impressive game" Saturday versus South Carolina, observed CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"The 6-foot-2, 198-pounder has the blend of length, agility and physicality that will intrigue defenses looking to emulate the Seattle Seahawks' big press corners and he showed his versatility against South Carolina, logging snaps at boundary and nickel corner as well as safety," Rang wrote. We agree that the JUCO transfer fits with the NFL's increased desire to find big corners to combat jumbo-sized receivers. Gunter accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl earlier this month.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 28 - 7:40 PM

Miami junior OT Ereck Flowers "stood out in pass protection and as a run blocker" in Saturday's loss to South Carolina, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Flowers was the best pro prospect on the field against the Gamecocks. "The 6-5, 324-pound junior is surprisingly light on his feet, demonstrating the balance to mirror edge rushers and the burst to get to the second level," Rang wrote. "Flowers was frequently able to seal off the left side, creating big lanes for [Duke] Johnson (and others) to exploit. Scouts are split on whether Flowers is athletic enough to remain at left tackle in the NFL but given his pro-ready frame and combative style of play, he could earn a first-round selection at right tackle or guard." Flowers went No. 12 to the Rams in Todd McShay's first 2015 mock draft. Now we await word on whether he'll declare for the draft. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported last month that Flowers "has told people he’s not thinking about the draft."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 28 - 7:18 PM

USC freshman WR/CB/KR Adoree' Jackson scored on a 98-yard kickoff return and a 71-yard reception in Saturday's Holiday Bowl win versus Nebraska.

Jackson, a natural corner, was also tasked with slowing down Huskers' WR Kenny Bell. It was a game for the ages in Jackson's first bowl. The kick return was particularly insane, as Jackson raced untouched to the opposite end zone and did a front flip without slowing down (drawing a 15-yard penalty). Jackson was named Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year earlier this month. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Jackson, a five-star recruit, will be the rare defenders spoken of in Heisman conversations beginning next season.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 28 - 7:00 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban indicated that junior RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle) is continuing to progress and appears to be on track for this week's playoff game against Ohio State.

"Hopefully he’ll continue to progress," Saban said. "He had a significant amount of time off but he seems to be making progress now and I’m hopeful that he’ll be able to make a contribution in the game." Yeldon sprained his ankle against LSU last month. He also suffered through a hamstring injury in the first month of the season. Even so, Yeldon leads the Tide in rushing with 932 yards.
Dec 28 - 6:46 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson "is dynamic in space" and will compete with Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah as the "elite 'air back' in the 2015 draft," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson had 1,652 rushing yards on a 6.8 YPC average and 10 touchdowns in 2014, adding 38 receptions for 421 yards and three scores. "Though perhaps shorter and slighter than ideal for a traditional franchise back, Johnson proved precisely that for the Hurricanes, a program well known for producing elite runners," Rang wrote. "Johnson leaves Miami as the most productive back in school history, overtaking the likes of Frank Gore, Clinton Portis, Edgerrin James, Willis McGahee and Ottis Anderson, among others with 3,519 career rushing yards, including the 132 he ran for Saturday." On Sunday, Johnson officially declared for the 2015 NFL Draft. CBS projects him as a Day 2 pick. "Johnson is a natural runner with light feet and greasy knees which help him slither through gaps with a gait that looks almost effortless," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 28 - 6:33 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis "is a virtual bowling ball whose strength lies in his determined, powerful downhill running," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"[Davis'] low center of gravity, balance and power make him an ideal finisher," wrote the analyst. "With 'just' 982 rushing yards this season, Davis wasn't able to match last year's breakout performance. His no-nonsense game, however, projects well to the next level." The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis announced last week that he will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft. This year's running back class is outstanding, featuring elite prospects and good overall depth. That might be bad news for the Gamecock prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 28 - 6:19 PM



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