Preseason Look: Marcus Mariota

Preseason Look: Marcus Mariota
Cian Fahey explains why Marcus Mariota does not fit the typical conclusions associated with QBs from an "unconventional offense."
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NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Urban Meyer was "overselling Braxton Miller's pro potential" at Big Ten Media Days.

"I believe the Ohio State head coach was overselling Braxton Miller's pro potential at Big Ten Media Days. While the senior standout is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous playmakers in college football, he is not "close" (as Meyer suggested on Monday) to joining the ranks of the elite quarterbacks in the 2015 class based on what I've seen from the Buckeyes' star over the past few years," Brooks wrote. Brooks also added that the Miller's "game isn't polished enough to thrust him into the conversation with Jameis Winston, Brett Hundley, Marcus Mariota and even Connor Cook as one of the top quarterbacks in the class." It's imperative that Miller develop during his final year under Meyer, to silence all his critics heading into next year's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 5:34 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Minnesota Senior RB David Cobb is "pushing to be the first Gopher back drafted since Maroney in 2006."

"While he is productive, durable and reliable, there isn't much on tape that separates Cobb from other backs. Not too long ago, Minnesota was churning out running backs to the NFL, most notably Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber, and Cobb is pushing to be the first Gopher back drafted since Maroney in 2006," Brugler wrote. Before 2013, The 5-foot-11, 229 pound Cobb only had 11 carries to his resume and just happened to lead the Gophers in rushing with 1,202 yards last season. Not only was Cobb the first Minnesota running back since 2006 to rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he's now become one of the Big Ten's top running back prospects in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 4:23 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "a better Andre Ellington."

"Abdullah reminds me of a better Andre Ellington. Few run harder at his size. Smart, controls his momentum in his cuts. Seems two steps ahead." The 5-foot-9, 190 pound Abdullah was one of college football's most dependable running backs in 2013. The Nebraska prospect carried the rock 281 times and still managed to average 6 yards a carry. Last season, Abdullah only had two games where he rushed for under 100 yards, and finished the season with 1,690 yards rushing and was Nebraska’s third-leading receiver with 26 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Look for Abdullah and the running game to be the focal point of the offense with the graduation of QB Taylor Martinez.
Jul 29 - 3:54 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman ranks Ohio State OC Tom Herman as the No. 1 coordinator that is in line for a head coach job.

"Herman is brilliant (he actually is a MENSA member) but also a terrific communicator and well-respected by his peers," Feldman writes. Herman has worked under Mack Brown, Paul Rhoads and obviously Urban Meyer. His Buckeye offense has a good amount of talent heading into 2014, but his biggest test is continuing the development of Braxton Miller.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 29 - 2:37 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota will be eligible for the 2015 Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl's twitter account proclaimed as much. Mariota is two credits shy of graduating, and is taking golf and yoga to complete his General Science degree this fall. The NFL has seemingly rewarded quarterbacks that attend the Senior Bowl in recent years (EJ Manuel over Geno Smith, Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo and Logan Thomas over Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron), but it is possible their evals could have been better regardless. The event is the first time for position coaches to get a look at that year's draft prospects.
Jul 29 - 1:47 PM

The NCAA has changed its ruling on Oklahoma State's APR score, and they will now avoid practice restrictions.

The NCAA had previously said Oklahoma State fell just below the APR limit of 930 to "pass" the penalty area. The school apparently found a football player from the 1990's who went back to school and recently graduated, taking them over the threshold. Oklahoma State has not disclosed the athlete's name.
Jul 29 - 1:36 PM

NC State HC Dave Doeren said QB transfer Jacoby Brissett was the team's best leader last season, despite the fact he was not eligible to play.

Brissett transferred out of Florida as a junior after it became clear Jeff Driskel would be the current and future starter for the Gators. Brissett, now as a redshirt junior, will be the Wolfpack's starting quarterback this season.
Jul 29 - 1:12 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer believes Maryland junior OW Stefon Diggs is "one of the best players in the country."

"I'm 110 percent," Diggs said when asked about the major leg injury he suffered last year. "They say when you break your leg you get a little taller and a little faster, and I got both, I think." Diggs will be labeled as one of the nation's best playmakers. We loved his long speed, but feel Diggs was a bit straight-linish in his play style.
Jul 29 - 12:00 PM
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