Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman's uneven performance against Texas Tech T Le'Raven Clark has scouts wondering if he can excel consistently against NFL talent.
Oakman had only three tackles in the game, including zero for loss, rather surprising as the Red Raiders passed up a storm and did so with a hobbled quarterback. "Oakman needs to have a strong finish to the year to put good tape in the hands of general managers throughout the league -- it will determine whether he goes in the top 50 or the top 5," NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote. Oakman, who was suspended in Week 1, had 5.5 TFL and two sacks against Lamar and Rice.
Colorado junior ILB Kenneth Olugbode will miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a leg injury in the Oregon game.
It's a big loss for the Buffs, who were already down their other first-string inside linebacker, Addison Gillam. Ryan Severson, a special teams standout, is expected to start against Arizona State. "He's played a lot of football for us," CU coach Mike MacIntyre said of Severson. "Now our two starting (inside) linebackers are out, but we'll keep going along. The good thing is, I think we're putting guys in that can definitely play." Olugbode led the team in tackles with 83 last year.
ESPN's KC Joyner predicts LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette will go over 200 rushing yards for a fourth straight game Saturday against South Carolina.
The feat should be a little easier with the game having been moved to the comfy confines of Baton Rouge due to flooding. Joyner's argument is that South Carolina's defense ranks in the middle of the pack in rush defense despite playing two terrible rushing teams the past two weeks. "Fournette, who leads the nation in rushes of 20 or more yards and 40 or more yards should get his share of those breakaways in this contest on his way to another 200-yard day," Joyner wrote.
NFL Media's Michael Silver reports that UCLA junior LB Myles Jack intends to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.
It's a reasonable goal attainable barring setbacks. The combine takes place in February. Jack's torn meniscus came with a 4-6 month recovery period, meaning about five months will have passed between the incident and the combine. St. Louis Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley suffered a more severe injury (torn ACL) at a later date (November) and still went No. 10 last year. "I feel like I've done enough (to impress NFL teams)," Jack said. "I played my freshman and sophomore years, and three games of my junior year, so there's a reasonable amount of tape. Obviously, everybody wanted to see big things from me my junior year. But I think I've shown what I can do."
Dismissed redshirt sophomore Michigan T Logan Tuley-Tillman has been charged with three felonies revolving around filming a sex act with a woman without her knowledge in early September.
Tuley-Tillman is facing up to two years in prison for the alleged incident. The former four-star recruit began the year as the backup left tackle.
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph's "lack of size hurt his pro projection."
The West Virginia prospect has been the anchor of the Mountaineers secondary, making 42 starts over his career. In 2014, the hard-hitting Joseph recorded 92 tackles, 4.5 TFL, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one interception. Prior to his injury, Brugler notes that The 5-foot-11, 197-pound Joseph "was projected as a solid mid-round NFL prospect."
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline praised Richmond's WR duo of senior Reggie Diggs and junior Brian Brown.
The 6-foot-4, 200-plus-pound Diggs is nearly impossible to cover at the sub-division level. Last year, he caught 85 balls for 1,157 yards and seven touchdowns. "He’s a game controller who physically beats down opponents in the middle of the field to come away with the reception," Pauline wrote. Brown is a nice compliment to Diggs, smaller, faster and a better deep threat. "Diggs deserves late round consideration while Brown could develop into an early third day pick if he continues to improve his game," Pauline wrote.
Per ESPN's Jesse Temple, Wisconsin redshirt senior WR Alex Erickson is still going through concussion protocols after suffering a head injury in Saturday's loss to Iowa.
Erickson is Bucky's No. 1 receiver, leading the squad in receptions (26) and yards (350) after doing the same last season. "I'm just taking it one day at a time," he said. "I've just got to make sure that as I progress, the symptoms don't come back and my head feels good." The 6-foot, 197-pounder is on the Biletnikoff Award watch list.