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West Virginia senior DE Shaquille Riddick earned Walter Camp defensive National Player of the Week honors.

Riddick was arguably the MVP of the Mountaineers' upset win over No. 4 Baylor, recording five tackles (four solo), three sacks and four tackles for loss in a 41-27 victory. Bryce Petty and his receivers were out of synch all game long, attributable in part to Riddick, and Baylor's running game never got going. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler called Saturday's game Riddick's "coming-out performance."
Oct 20 - 8:27 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler won the offensive Walter Camp National Player of the Week award.

He threw for seven touchdown passes came on 19-of-26 passing for 319 yards, posting a passer rating of 264.98 in a blowout win over Colorado. The contest had been decided by the end of the first quarter, thanks in no small part to Kessler, who went 11-of-16 for 159 yards and four touchdowns. Kessler became the first Pac-12 QB to throw seven scoring passes in the first three quarters, and tied the conference record for TD passes in a non-overtime game.
Oct 20 - 8:07 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney "projects as a middle round pick for a zone blocking offense," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"The center spot in next April’s draft offers several terrific senior prospects and Finney is starting to enter the conversation," Pauline wrote. "During the KSU victory over Oklahoma he was efficient in all areas and easily handled his assignments. The four year starter is smart, dependable and projects as a middle round pick for a zone blocking offense." The former walk-on is a four-year starter. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote before the season that Finney "doesn't have too many excitable traits for the NFL level." Perhaps he's changed his mind.
Oct 20 - 7:42 PM

Alabama senior ILB Trey DePriest surprising excelled in coverage during the school's demolition of Texas A&M on Saturday, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"The senior finished with five tackles but it was his play in coverage, considered the weakest part of his game, that was most inspired," Pauline wrote. "On two occasions during the games opening half Depriest made solid plays against screen passes, forcing TAMU to punt on the first occasion. Known for his toughness defending the run, the ability displayed in space against an offense which likes to put the ball in the air will only enhance his draft stock." The Crimson Tide have asked DePriest to take a more active role in coverage when C.J. Mosley left for the NFL. He's fighting to prove he deserves to go on Day 2.
Oct 20 - 7:29 PM

TCU senior LB Paul Dawson "may be playing himself into the late rounds," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline gave Dawson a free agent grade entering the season. "Undersized at 6-feet, 230 pounds, Dawson flies around the football making plays in pursuit as well as coverage," the analyst wrote. "He posted 13 tackles during the victory over Oklahoma State, giving him a team leading 68, to go along with 2 interceptions and 3 pass defenses. Dawson is a three down defender who has a style similar to Christian Kirksey, the third round pick of the Cleveland Browns. He could back-up for a variety of NFL systems and make his mark on special teams." Dawson led TCU with 91 tackles last season.
Oct 20 - 7:14 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes there's been "steady development" in Arizona State senior DL Marcus Hardison's game this season.

"He’s posted 19 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 2 sacks at defensive end this season and has shown flashes of brilliance," Pauline wrote. "Hardisen is sized well (6’-3.5" and 305lbs) plays with proper fundamentals and shows a good degree of power in his game. He must learn the nuances of his position and develop more techniques disengaging from blocks but the junior college transfer comes with a large degree of upside." The 6-foot-5, 298-pounder (4.7 forty) was one of the most heavily recruited JUCOs in the country when he committed to the Sun Devils.
Oct 20 - 6:56 PM

FSU senior WR Rashad Greene caught all eight of his targets in Saturday's victory over Notre Dame, according to Pro Football Focus.

Greene caught hauled in eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the win, marking his fifth 100-yard game of the year. "Though he popped up on both sides of the field to make catches, Greene did most of his work down the middle collecting 79 yards on four catches between the numbers more than 10 yards downfield," wrote Ben Stockwell. The site graded Greene out as a +1.7 in the contest.
Oct 20 - 6:42 PM

Florida State sophomore CB Jalen Ramsey was outstanding in the passing game during Saturday's victory over Notre Dame, according to Pro Football Focus.

Ramsey had a +1.3 game score despite suffering on run defense, posting a -1.3 score. "Ramsey was ever present in the passing game, making his mark both in coverage and as a pass rusher," wrote Ben Stockwell. "Involved in the coverage bust for Corey Robinson’s second touchdown, Ramsey also got his hands to three passes breaking up one intended for C.J. Prosise and snagging two batted passes on his 13 blitzes." Ramsey was a terror on blitzes, accruing three QB hurries. The 6-foot-1, 204-pounder has a 25-foot outdoor long jump and his indoor jump of 7.59m ranked No. 2 nationally amongst NCAA Division I football players.
Oct 20 - 6:26 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Iowa junior DL Drew Ott is having a better season than more-lauded teammate Carl Davis.

"Fundamentally sound, the junior plays with great intensity and forces the action in every direction," Pauline wrote. "During the loss to Maryland he posted 3 tackles with 2 for loss, while registering 2.5 sacks and intercepting 1 pass. By comparison Davis finished the game with 2 tackles. Ott leads the Hawkeyes in sacks (7) and tackles for loss (9.5) this season and is building a buzz for himself in scouting circles." Ott recorded 50 tackles, including 22 solo stops and 28 assists, last season. He was also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Oct 20 - 6:12 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that Norfolk State redshirt junior OLB Lynden Trail was "a disappointment once again" against Hampton on Saturday.

"He looks the part but does not play to it," Pauline wrote. Trail, a former prep stud who began his career at Florida, is a 6-foot-7, 260-pounder who runs a 4.67 forty. Sounds like a future first-rounder, right? Not so fast. Trail couldn't get on the field for even one snap across two seasons with the Gators, and isn't dominating inferior competition as his size and speed suggest he should. Somebody might take a gamble anyway -- there are only so many people that big and fast on the planet, after all.
Oct 20 - 5:54 PM

Outside of an interception early in the second quarter, Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston was outstanding in Saturday's win against Notre Dame, according to Pro Football Focus.

The site gave Winston a +2.3 game score. "Winston led the Seminoles back to yet another win not allowing that misjudgment to snowball into further mistakes," wrote Ben Stockwell. "There was nothing magic from Winston here but after that play he turned in a game with very few misses, managing Florida State down the field exploiting the holes that the Fighting Irish defense gave him." Winston went 10-of-12 for 163 yards and a touchdown on intermediate throws outside of his ill-advised interception.
Oct 20 - 5:38 PM

Notre Dame sophomore WR Corey Robinson "was a handful" for FSU star CB P.J. Williams in Saturday's loss to the Seminoles, according to Pro Football Focus.

Robinson caught eight passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-27 loss. Pro Football Focus gave Robinson a +1.0 score for the game, an impressive showing for the sophomore against elite competition. David's son is miniature by his father's standards, but massive by college football's, going 6-foot-5, 205 pounds. He'll be playing on Sundays one day soon.
Oct 20 - 5:23 PM

UNC sophomore WR Ryan Switzer caught nine balls for 136 yards and a pair of scores in Saturday's 48-43 win over Georgia Tech.

It was his second career 100-yard game, and his first of 2014. Because he works out of the slot and excels in the open field, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Switzer compares his game to Tavon Austin. Switzer tied an NCAA record by returning five punts for touchdowns last season.
Oct 20 - 5:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has "no doubt" in his mind that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "is the top quarterback in the potential 2015 QB class."

"For all of the negative attention that Florida State QB Jameis Winston's off-field behavior has attracted this season, there is no doubt in my mind that he is the top quarterback in the potential 2015 QB class," Brooks writes. Brooks adds that, "while most prospects would crack under the intense scrutiny and pressure that Winston has endured over the past year (most of which has been self-inflicted through his own actions), he has continued to thrive on the biggest and brightest stages when his team needed him the most." The FSU prospect's "resiliency, toughness and composure" facing his current adversity suggests "that he won't wilt under the pressure of the pro game and will find a way to succeed when things inevitably go wrong as a franchise player," according to Brooks.
Oct 20 - 4:51 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes that Louisville senior edge rusher Lorenzo Mauldin "has done nothing to disappoint during the first half of the year."

"Mauldin was highly regarded by scouts entering the season and has done nothing to disappoint during the first half of the year. The athletic front seven prospect has forced the action as a pass rusher, runs down ball carriers in pursuit and also lends a hand on coverage units," Pauline wrote. In the Cardinals victory over North Carolina State, the 6-foot-4, 243-pound Mauldin recorded 5 tackles with 1 for loss, 1 sack and 1 quarterback hurry. Pauline adds that, Mauldin is a prospect "with the ability to make a late dash up draft boards assuming good pre-draft performances at the Senior Bowl and combine."
Oct 20 - 4:42 PM

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