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Hurricanes CB: Harvin "just like any other dude"

Posted Sept. 04, 2008 @ midnight
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, tooSouthern 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 defenseOregon rover Patrick Chung is an impact player and ...

Wells a no-go against Ohio

Posted Sept. 04, 2008 @ midnight
Ohio State RB Chris “Beanie” Wells (right toe/foot) will sit out  the Buckeyes contest versus Ohio this weekend. Liberty RB out, tooRashad Jennings, one of the top small-school RB prospects, won’t play this weekend after undergoing finger surgery. Brown’s status uncertain following suspensionTexas Christian RB Aaron Brown returned to practice following a suspension, but whether he plays Saturday remains in question. Tate saves Tar Heels from embarrassmentIf not for ...

Evans, other Nittany Lions suspended

Posted Sept. 05, 2008 @ midnight
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 ...

Tides standout OLT Smith doubtful

Posted Sept. 06, 2008 @ midnight
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 mendPro 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 CurryRead how Wake Forest’s Aaron ...

Best bursts onto national scene

Posted Sept. 08, 2008 @ midnight
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, tooSyd’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 ...

Spartan rebounding from adversity (and hes never heard of Gale Sayers)

Posted Sept. 09, 2008 @ midnight
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 healthA pair of Wisconsin seniors, TE Travis Beckum (hamstring) and OLB Jonathan Casillas (knee ...

Gator bookends dominate

Posted Sept. 09, 2008 @ midnight
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 ...

Read the unique story of Nic Harris

Posted Sept. 10, 2008 @ midnight
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 knowThis 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 ...

Irish safety's measurables "off the charts"

Posted Sept. 10, 2008 @ midnight
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 ...

Laurinaitis compares favorably to recent first-round LBs

Posted Sept. 11, 2008 @ midnight
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 ...

Sanchez the next great USC QB?

Posted Sept. 12, 2008 @ midnight
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 startClemson DE Da’Quan ...

Tate burns Rutgers

Posted Sept. 12, 2008 @ midnight
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 cloneBob 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 ...

Painter struggles vs. top competition

Posted Sept. 15, 2008 @ midnight
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 ...

Bowden on Harpers shoulder: Weve got another quarterback.

Posted Sept. 15, 2008 @ midnight
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’ threatsClemson has one of the most talented sets of offensive skill players in the nation. While the James Davis/C.J. Spiller combination ...

Leach: scouts evaluating wrong traits in quarterbacks

Posted Sept. 16, 2008 @ midnight
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 hobbledMissouri senior FS William Moore aggravated a right foot injury over the weekend and ...

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