UNC senior QB Marquise Williams "has a chance to make a big name for himself in his final year, even if recent history has made it dangerous to get too excited about the Tar Heels as a whole," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
"Williams has been a bit underrated during his career," Brown wrote. "Like the rest of the Tar Heels, he's inconsistent, but he could turn into a star if UNC ever realizes its potential." The expert ranks Williams as the No. 15 signal-caller in the land. "A 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior, Williams is one of the better running quarterbacks in college football, and his rushing numbers would be even better if he didn't take so many sacks," Brown wrote. Williams leads an offense which is returning 10 starters. He broke 18 UNC records in 2014 and his 4,893 career passing yards ranks fifth all-time at the school, 94 shy of Ronald Curry (1998-2001) in fourth place.
Texas Tech redshirt senior OT Le'Raven Clark "is among the most underrated linemen nationally," writes NFL Media.
"He's a good athlete for a man his size and has quick feet," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Clark would be an intriguing fit at guard for some teams at the next level." The 6-foot-6, 313-pound Clark, who has started 38 games in a row, earned All-Big 12 first team honors in 2013 and 2014 and will likely do so again this year.
Navy senior QB Keenan Reynolds "has been a machine for Navy's option attack," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
"In his fourth year as starter, he'll lead the Midshipmen into the American Athletic Conference, where they can be contenders and he could be the player of the year," Brown wrote. The scribe ranks Reynolds as the No. 16 signal-caller in the land. Reynolds has 3,186 rushing yards and 64 ground scores across his career, putting him 14 away from setting the career rushing touchdowns record owned by Montee Ball. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder isn't an NFL quarterback prospect, but will "pique the interest of scouts looking for an intriguing developmental athlete down the road," NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote last October.
Oregon graduate QB Vernon Adams has been approved to begin graduate classes at Oregon.
Adams has been admitted and is eligible to enroll, though he hasn't filled out all the paperwork to make his enrollment official just yet. That's expected to be a formality. Once it's completed, Adams will join the competition to replace Marcus Mariota.
ESPN.com's Mel Kiper ranks Ohio State senior T Taylor Decker as the best senior offensive tackle prospect in the nation.
"I thought Decker could have landed in Round 1 in the 2015 draft, but he'll be back to anchor what should be a dominant offensive line," Kiper wrote. Spencer Drango of the Baylor Bears checked in at No. 2 in the rankings. "Drango is going to be remarkably seasoned by the time the draft arrives; if he stays healthy this season, he'll have started over 50 games in his collegiate career," he wrote.
Last year, Georgia Tech junior QB Justin Thomas "developed into a star as a perfect fit for Paul Johnson's option attack," wrote Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
Thomas (5-foot-11, 189 pounds) had 190 carries for 1,086 yards last season and threw for 1,719 yards with a 18/6 TD/INT rate. "As always, the passing game revolved around downfield throws to complement the option game, which is why he averaged 9.2 yards per attempt with a 51.3 percent completion rate," Brown wrote. "Thomas also played some of his best football against quality defenses, with over 100 rushing yards vs. Virginia Tech, Florida State and Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl." The expert grades Thomas as the No. 11 quarterback in the NCAA.
ESPN.com's Mel Kiper ranks Auburn senior WR Duke Williams as the No. 1 senior receiving prospect in the country for the 2016 NFL draft.
The key word there is "senior," as studs like Laquon Treadwell and Tyler Boyd are on the underclassmen list. Still, this is a great honor for Duke, who edged out such prospects as Josh Doctson, Nelson Spruce and Leonte Carroo. "Not nearly as raw a route runner as you might expect in his first SEC season coming out of junior college, Williams was moved around and was able to win with strong hands and a big frame he uses to keep defenders away from the ball," Kiper wrote. "If he cleans up the drops, there's first-round potential."
Michigan State senior C Jack Allen has already received the "overachiever" label from some scouts, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
"He is a classic grinder, but that overaggressive style will cause him to fall off blocks and the good interior rushers know how to lure him off-balance and then uproot him on their way to the backfield. Allen, who has already received the "overachiever" label from some scouts, enters the season as one of the top-five senior prospects at his position," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 295-pounder was a Rimington Trophy Finalist and earned All-American honors last season. As a Spartan, Allen has played in 36 career games for Michigan State, with 30 starts at center, and five at left guard. Brugler adds that Allen is "the all-important glue that keeps" the Spartans line "together and in tune."