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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.