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Syracuse senior OT Sean Hickey was talked about as a mid-round pick over the summer due to bogus grades being passed around, but he's in fact a late-round prospect, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

To be more specific, Pauline writes that he was "told" by NFL scouts that Hickey "was stamped as a late rounder." The 6-foot-5, 303-pound Hickey, a 26-game starter, was an All-ACC Honorable Mention last season. "On film Hickey is a tough lineman who blocks with solid fundamentals, making good use of angles and body positioning," Pauline wrote. "He also plays like an average athlete and rarely finishes blocks, the primary reason I grade him as a 6th round prospect." Rotoworld's Josh Norris is far more optimistic, believing Hickey to be Day 2 prospect who could break the top 40.
Aug 22 - 9:58 PM

Washington announced sophomore Jeff Lindquist as starting quarterback.

"Jeff Lindquist will start. We'll go with him and see how he does," Washington coach Chris Petersen said. "He's done a great job from spring through now. I will say this: Troy Williams has done a really nice job, too. And I think we were splitting hairs trying to figure this out. Both have different skillsets they bring to the table, but at this point we feel like we need to give Jeff the nod and let him roll, let him get some things done and let him go from there." Lindquist was a three-star recruit in same 2012 class that brought in Cyler Miles, suspended for the opener after allegedly assaulting a man at a Super Bowl party. Petersen, for what it's worth, says he will "reevaluate and see where we are" after the Hawaii game, clarifying that there's a possibility Lindquist could keep the gig after Miles' suspension is over.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 22 - 9:38 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline compares Syracuse redshirt junior QB Terrel Hunt to "sort of a poor man’s Donovan McNabb."

Pauline grades Hunt as a preseason Round 4 prospect. "Hunt is a prospect on the rise and a player I really like," the expert wrote. "He’s sort of a poor man’s Donovan McNabb; an athletic passer that also makes plays carrying the ball. What I like about Hunt is the patience he displays in the pocket. Even if there’s an opportunity to take off up the field, Hunt will stay behind the line of scrimmage or move around the pocket in search of an open wide out. I like his upside and feel he has a definite future in the NFL." Hunt told the media earlier this summer that he expects Syracuse to win 10 games in 2014. We think he must work on staying patient downfield more often, as opposed to settling for shorter connections.
Aug 22 - 9:19 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham's appeal for immediate eligibility has been denied.

The school released the news via twitter, adding it accepts the decision. Green-Beckham transferred from Missouri this offseason, following a recent off-field issue. The Sooner prospect applied for a waiver appeal from the NCAA almost two weeks ago, but with the recent denial, it's possible he could enter the 2015 draft. In fact, we expect him to leave Oklahoma without playing a down for the team. He will be allowed to practice with the Sooners all season.
Aug 22 - 8:38 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes South Carolina redshirt senior G A.J. Cann "is best suited to a power-scheme as he does not possess ideal initial agility or straight-line speed for a zone-blocking scheme."

"Cann is best suited to a power-scheme as he does not possess ideal initial agility or straight-line speed for a zone-blocking scheme. He lumbers rather than springs off the snap and struggles to beat secondary defenders to the action," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 314 pound Cann has been a mainstay for South Carolina at left guard, as he has started 38 of 39 games, since redshirting back in 2010.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 22 - 8:24 PM

Carolina junior OT Corey Robinson's "combination of size, strength and surprising athleticism projects well to the NFL," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Robinson isn't a future Pro Bowl left tackle but his combination of size, strength and surprising athleticism projects well to the NFL, where he could compete for a starting spot (likely at right tackle) early in pro career," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-8, 341 pound Robinson is "surprisingly coordinated" with his massive frame and "extends his left leg deep behind him to help protect the edge, making him more effective against speed rushers," Rang notes. Robinson will have to improve his technique to be a potential first round pick in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 22 - 8:17 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis "sports a compact, powerful frame and the combination of burst, agility and power to project as a lead back in the NFL."

"Davis sports a compact, powerful frame and the combination of burst, agility and power to project as a lead back in the NFL. When presented with a hole, Davis accelerates through it quickly and has enough straight-line speed to gain yardage in chunks, with four of his touchdowns last season coming from 45-plus yards," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis led the SEC in rushing last season as Marcus Lattimore's replacement and reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range. The Gamecocks prospect ranked fifth in the SEC and 32nd nationally with a 98.6-yard rushing average, rushing for 203 times for 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns, which is the fourth-highest single-season mark in school history.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 22 - 8:08 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong told reporters redshirt junior QB David Ash has looked "unbelievable" during preseason camp.

There was a point when many thought Ash might not play another snap of football due to multiple head injuries. The biggest question is Strong previously stated he would not allow Ash to take a hit prior to the season, so we will see how the quarterback reacts to that first contact. Ash is locked in as the team's starting quarterback.
Aug 22 - 9:04 AM
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