NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein compares Michigan redshirt sophomore OLB/DB Jabrill Peppers to Tyrann Mathieu.
"Peppers is bigger than the Honey Badger and also lacks Mathieu's playmaking resume, but both players excelled on special teams in college and both are important chess pieces for their defensive coordinators," he wrote. The analyst had plenty of nice things to say about Peppers, but he does think the 6-foot-1, 202-pounder needs to get bigger if he wants to stay in the box in the NFL. "If he's going to be asked to make a living around the line of scrimmage full-time whenever he enters the pros, he will need more bulk and muscle on his frame," Zierlein wrote. "Peppers has a tendency to duck his head into his tackles, so improving his form tackling and overall technique will be essential if he is to transition into that combination role."
Baylor junior WR K.D. Cannon (groin) wasn't able to practice Tuesday.
Cannon suffered the injury in practice last week and aggravated it against Oklahoma State over the weekend. Luckily for Baylor, surgery has been ruled out. Of further luck, Iowa State is on deck. Cannon is considered day-to-day.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney calls Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson a "right-handed Michael Vick."
This is becoming a popular comparison, with Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom our resident mouthpiece who has made it recently. This is how Swinney explained his comp: "A right-handed Michael Vick ... He's got that same explosiveness. He can rip the football the same. To me, you hate to compare guys, but that's what he looks like." Swinney's Tigers host Jackson on Saturday when Louisville comes to town for one of the most anticipated games of the young season. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Jackson has accounted 25 touchdowns -- 13 passing and 12 rushing -- 1,330 yards passing and 526 yards rushing in just four games.
The Tucson News reports that it's "increasingly difficult" to see Arizona redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Dawkins "relinquishing his starting role."
Nobody seems to know when starter Anu Solomon will be available again, but folks around the Wildcat program appear to care less about his status more each week because of what Dawkins has done early on. Dawkins has completed 50-of-81 passes for 625 yards and a 3/1 TD/INT rate with a team-high 391 yards (8.9 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. "He has never lacked for confidence," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. Oh, and he almost led Arizona to an upset of Washington last time out. "He's hard to defense because you get him defended and he can still make plays," UW HC Chris Petersen said. "You think you get angles on him and he can outrun angles. ... (Dawkins) is a problem. There's no doubt."
Michigan State redshirt senior LB Ed Davis (knee) is expected to spend more time in the rotation with LBs Riley Bullough and Jon Reschke battling injuries.
Davis, still perhaps not 100-percent after tearing his ACL last August, is a proven playmaker who will draw the attention of NFL scouts whenever he begins to see significant time again. The 6-foot-3, 233-pounder was ranked as the No. 100 player in college football by Pro Football Focus over the summer.
Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz says the school intends to apply for a medical redshirt on behalf of senior WR Matt VandeBerg.
VandeBerg underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his broken right foot. Ferentz said the senior receiver will be miss "a significant period of time." If the Hawkeyes are applying for a medical redshirt, it means they think VandeBerg is done for the year. Last season, VandeBerg led Iowa with 65 catches. Jerminic Smith and Riley McCarron are now listed as the starting receivers on the depth chart, with Jay Scheel and Robert Nash as backups.
Oregon anticipates having junior RB Royce Freeman (leg) for Saturday's showdown against Washington State.
Per Oregon's running backs coach, Freeman has been practicing in full and should be "100 percent" on Saturday. Freeman suffered a right leg injury two weeks ago in the loss to Nebraska, causing him to miss the entirety of Saturday's loss to Colorado at home. Historically, the upshot of the injury is it likely boxes out Freeman from breaking Oregon's career rushing record held by LaMichael James -- assuming Freeman leaves for the NFL this winter. Freeman is 1,555 yards short of James' 5,082 yards, accrued from 2009 through 2011.
ESPN's Mel Kiper indicated that he'll move up FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook from his current No. 10 Big Board ranking.
Cook had only 228 yards and two touchdowns through FSU's first three games, but he dropped a career-high 267 yards and two touchdown on 28 carries (9.5 yards per carry) in Saturday's 55-35 win over USF. He added 62 receiving yards on four catches. "That was the Cook I was expecting to see this season," Kiper wrote. "He's a dynamic home run hitter with great vision who can turn small creases into massive gains. He's effective between the tackles and gaining yards after contact."