Pro Football Weekly tracks the action from the college season through NFL draft weekend.
Miami (Fla.) CB Bruce Johnson apparently isn't fazed
by the prospect of lining up against Florida’s Percy Harvin.
Trojans dealing with nicked star, too
Southern Cal MLB and defensive ringleader Rey Maualuga aggravated a broken finger in the Trojans’ season-opening blowout over Virginia. The injury caused the worst pain he's ever endured
and is hampering his hand use.
“Ultimate warrior” leads Ducks defense
Oregon rover Patrick Chung is an impact player and ...
Ohio State RB Chris “Beanie” Wells (right toe/foot) will sit out
the Buckeyes contest versus Ohio this weekend.
Liberty RB out, too
Rashad Jennings, one of the top small-school RB prospects, won’t play this weekend after undergoing finger surgery
Brown’s status uncertain following suspension
Texas Christian RB Aaron Brown returned to practice following a suspension
, but whether he plays Saturday remains in question. Tate saves Tar Heels from embarrassment
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Marijuana was found in the apartment of four Penn State football players, one of which is starting defensive end Maurice Evans. Though the police warrant did not list Evans present, he and two of his roommates will not play against Oregon State on Saturday.South Carolina WR McKinley injured
For South Carolina, injury compounded insult last night, as the Gamecocks fell to Vanderbilt and lost WR Kenny McKinley to a hamstring injury Restored health, better ...
Alabama quarterback probably won’t have his starting blind-side protector this weekend against Tulane, as OT Andre Smith has been downgraded to doubtful
with a sprained knee.
Playmaking DT Jerry on the mend
Pro Football Weekly’s top-rated DT prospect, Mississippi’s Peria Jerry, has returned to practice
following knee surgery and the Rebels hope he can contribute as quickly as this weekend.
Dedication in weight room propelled Curry
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Head coach Jeff Tedford has made California a destination for speed, and the newest impact burner is sophomore RB Jahvid Best, who torched Washington State
over the weekend, piling up yardage for the second time in as many games.
Bears’ CB making plays, too
Syd’Quan Thompson, Cal’s top cover man, is a defensive playmaker who possesses outstanding football intelligence
. Despite playing with a sprained shoulder, he limited Washington State’s top WR Brandon ...
Michigan State safety Otis Wiley has pro potential, a reality that made his disappointing 2007 season so difficult to swallow. Wiley was slow to grasp his role under head coach Mark Dantonio and was a liability in coverage, ultimately enduring a benching. He’s since regained his familiar on-field form
and become heavily involved in the community
Badgers back to health
A pair of Wisconsin seniors, TE Travis Beckum (hamstring) and OLB Jonathan Casillas (knee ...
It’s very realistic there will be a time when we look back at this era of Florida football and marvel at the steady flow of NFL-caliber talent head coach Urban Meyer was able to field, particularly on the defensive line. After sending ends Jarvis Moss and Derrick Harvey to the pros the last two years, the Gators reloaded with junior Jermaine Cunningham and sophomore Carlos Dunlap, who combined for 12 tackles and three sacks ...
Born to teenage parents and bounced from house to house
as a child, read how Oklahoma senior safety Nic Harris developed into “an inspiration.”
Sean Glennon is not pleased and he’s letting people know
This was supposed to be Virginia Tech senior QB Sean Glennon’s year at the helm, but a season-opening loss to East Carolina nixed the preseason plan to redshirt sophomore Tyrod Taylor and ride Glennon through the year. Now, the ...!-->
Of late, Notre Dame hasn’t been the prospect factory it was years ago, but the Irish aren’t devoid of intriguing players. Free safety David Bruton is the team’s top senior and hopes to boost his stock by coupling a productive season with his outstanding physical skill set
, including a reported 41-inch vertical leap.
Maualuga played Rose Bowl at 273 pounds
Southern Cal senior ILB Rey Maualuga “puts fear in his opponents” according ...!-->!-->
Read a warm and fuzzy feature on Ohio State’s defensive leader, senior ILB James Laurinaitis. Also included is the opinion of an NFL director of scouting
, who thinks PFW’s top-rated ILB is grittier than Keith Rivers, more athletic than A.J. Hawk and more instinctive than Andy Katzenmoyer (who was a jerk, apparently). Laurinaitis will be one of many prospects on display Saturday night when the Buckeyes square off with USC
Bryant soaring ...
If USC junior quarterback Mark Sanchez impresses against Ohio State like he did in the Trojans’ season-opening route of Virginia, a hype onslaught will ensue. Sanchez, the nation’s top-rated passer as a prep, won’t mind because he came to USC to be in the spotlight. He possesses the arm strength, mobility and natural leadership
to carry on USC’s star-studded quarterback tradition.
True freshman Bowers to get first start
Clemson DE Da’Quan ...
Despite being fully aware
of North Carolina senior WR/RS Brandon Tate’s play-making prowess, Rutgers couldn’t contain him
Sooners developing Auston English clone
Bob Stoops has enjoyed success deploying the likes of Jevon Kearse and Dan Cody as “flex” players, referring to a sort of hybrid position in the OU defensive scheme requiring an intelligent, instinctive player with the requisite size and athleticism for both defensive end and linebacker. Most recently, Sooners junior ...
Purdue senior QB Curtis Painter was intercepted twice and did not throw a touchdown pass in the Boilermakers’ double-overtime loss at home to Oregon. Saturday didn’t mark the first time
Purdue was unsuccessful against ranked teams during Painter’s tenure at the helm.
Granger injury result of cheap shot?
By the end of Oklahoma’s trouncing of Washington over the weekend, OU junior DT Demarcus Granger was in a protective boot due to a ...
Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden provided a harsh reminder to his NFL-bound senior QB Cullen Harper: you’re not in the League yet. After running out of bounds two yards short of a first down in the Tigers’ win over North Carolina State, Bowden wasn’t pleased
Ford adds to Tigers’ threats
Clemson has one of the most talented sets of offensive skill players in the nation. While the James Davis/C.J. Spiller combination ...
Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach was asked why quarterbacks in his “Air Raid” system haven’t experienced success at the NFL level. He pointed out the fact that teams have swung and missed on several highly touted prospects, and one explanation is misguided evaluation. Specifically, Leach thinks accuracy can’t be taught
at the pro level.
“Willy Mo” still hobbled
Missouri senior FS William Moore aggravated a right foot injury over the weekend and ...