Michigan redshirt freshman RB Ty Isaac will sit out this season after his immediate eligibility waiver appeal was denied by the NCAA.
The NCAA first told Austin in late August that he couldn't play. The running back appealed the decision, which also fell on deaf ears. "He’s handled it great," Wolverines coach Brady Hoke said. "He’s our scout running back, one of the two guys who fill that role and he had a great day yesterday. From an attitude standpoint and everything, he’s been awesome." Isaac, who will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015, rushed for 236 yards and a touchdown on 40 carries as a freshman at USC in 2013.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline called Oregon State DE Obum Gwacham "Ziggy Ansah light."
Coincidentally, NFL media analyst Gil Brandt named Gwacham as his top sleeper candidate for the 2014 draft; his 2012 preseason sleeper was none other than Ansah. "The former receiver moved to defensive end last spring and initially impressed scouts during April practice with his athleticism and pass rushing ability," Pauline wrote earlier this week. "He’s kept the momentum going in the early part of the season, most recently registering a pair of sacks during the Beavers victory over Hawaii. Scouts love the upside Gawcham brings and if he continues to develop on the field they believe the former track star could end up as a second or third round pick in next year’s draft."
An AFC personnel executive compared Florida State senior WR Rashad Greene to Antonio Brown.
"I know Rashad Greene isn't the biggest guy, but he's an outstanding player," said the executive. "He reminds me a lot of Antonio Brown. He is so quick and has very strong hands." With scouts already calling Kelvin Benjamin a draft steal, Greene will not fly under the draft radar. "While Benjamin received most of the attention last year for the Seminoles, Green actually had more receptions (76) and yards (1,128), and while most people remember Benjamin for his winning catch in the BCS title game, it was Greene who led FSU with nine receptions for 147 yards in that contest," noted NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis. "He is considered the top senior receiver in the country and a case could be made for him being the best overall."
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says Minnesota senior RB David Cobb's draft stock fell due to a poor performance against TCU on Saturday.
Coming off a career-high of 220 yards and two touchdowns against Middle Tennessee, Cobb was held to 41 yards rushing on 15 carries by the Horned Frogs. "Cobb is built well for the NFL game with good vision to make strong cuts and gash defenses, but against TCU, his lack of burst, speed and creativity were clear," Brugler wrote. "He lacks explosiveness in his movements and doesn't have much elusiveness to produce yards when the holes aren't there. Although there is a lot to like about Cobb, he doesn't have top-shelf athletic traits that the NFL seeks at the position."
NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks currently ranks Texas A&M sophomore QB Kenny Hill as No. 1 on his Heisman ballot.
"Since bursting onto the scene with a scintillating performance against South Carolina in his debut, Hill has continued to dazzle with his pinpoint passing from the pocket," Brooks wrote. "The 6-foot-1, 215-pound sophomore has an unbelievable 11:0 touchdown-to-interception ratio in three games, which is impressive efficiency for a young passer. With the Aggies lighting up scoreboards, Hill is in line to make a run at the college football's top individual honor." Kenny Trill has thrown for 1,094 yards through three games, becoming the first Aggie ever to throw for 1,000 yards in the first three games. One wonders how keen the Browns would have been to draft Johnny Manziel if they'd seen how easily his production was immediately replaced by an unheralded signal-caller who barely beat out a true freshman to start the opener.
ESPN's Kevin Weidl believes it's tough to "find a better CB tandem than LSU's junior Jalen Collins and sophomore Tre'Davious White.
"You'll be hard pressed to find a better CB tandem than LSUs Jalen Collins and T. White. Quickly falling in love with Collins," Weidl tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 205 pound Collins can run for a CB his size and is one of the best athletes on the LSU roster. Coming out of Olive Branch high school in Mississippi, Collins was rated as one of the top 30 cornerbacks. Weidl also added, that the LSU prospect "has a chance to be big time" and calls Collins an "explosive athlete with size" that is "physical and a hard edge setter vs run."
Mlive.com reports that Michigan State redshirt senior guard Connor Kruse could be back in the Spartans lineup as early as next week, according to offensive line coach Mark Staten.
The 6-foot-5, 325 pound Kruse has been dealing with a leg injury since Michigan State’s Aug. 16th scrimmage. In Kruse's absence, right tackle Donavon Clark moved inside to right guard while forcing sophomore Kodi Kieler into a starting role on the outside at right tackle. With Kruse's return he'll "bring great leadership" back to the Spartans' huddle according to MSU's OL coach Mark Staten.
The Sun Sentinel reports that Hurricanes coach Al Golden notes that Miami redshirt senior QB Ryan Williams "has made the kind of progress that could have him competing for playing time soon."
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Williams, who was the projected starter before his injury is one of the three quarterbacks traveling to Nebraska this weekend. At the moment, Miami is rolling with freshman Brad Kaaya as their starter, who had an impressive outing in Miami's 41-20 blowout win over Arkansas State, with senior QB Jake Heaps as the back up. In the past couple of days, Golden has put Williams through extensive workouts with game-type situations, and is slowly getting Williams integrated back into the offense.