Pro Football Weekly tracks the action from the college season through NFL draft weekend.
Virginia Tech’s Harris not harmed in shooting
Shots were fired into Virginia Tech junior CB Macho Harris’ apartment early Sunday morning. Of the three people inside at the time, no one was hurt, nor is any motive apparent at this time
Hall returns from injury in time for crucial ACC matchup
After missing the last four contests with a fractured left forearm, Virginia Tech senior ILB Vince Hall is practicing but must show coaches ...
Michigan star receiver returns home but may not be so welcome
With a Big Ten title on the line, Michigan junior WR Mario Manningham returns to his home state of Ohio
for a perennial showdown with the formerly top ranked Buckeyes. Whether seniors Chad Henne and Mike Hart join him could be moot points, however, as Manningham has single-handedly carried the offense in recent weeks and proven to be arguably college football’s most potent ...
Georgia freshman sensation Knowshon Moreno will have to contend with Kentucky tackling machine, senior WLB Wesley Woodyard. But can he also outshine early Heisman favorite QB Andre Woodson, a potential top-10 NFL draft choice? College football’s premier left tackle has drawn fitting comparisons to Paul Bunyan. But will a Big Ten sack master expose him to be just a fairy tale creation? Find out in this week’s head-to-head
– a dynamic breakdown ...
Here is a spattering of this weekend’s action, with more insight to follow throughout the week:Hawaii PK Dan Kelly may just be the next NFL great from a school that has already produced Pro Bowlers Jason Elam and Mat McBriar. With Hawaii’s undefeated season and a shot at a BCS bowl on the line, Kelly blasted a 45-yard game winning field goal, after his first conversion was nullified by a Nevada timeout ...
Purdue senior TE Dustin Keller
earned team MVP, second-team All Big Ten and John Mackey Award semifinalist
recognition yesterday – and deservedly so. A bulked up wide receiver, Keller has soft hands, the speed to make plays downfield, and a Kellen Winslow Jr. type on field mentality.
Louisville senior QB Brian Brohm
threw three interceptions against South Florida, one of which was returned 63-yards
by a cornerback he’ll see in the NFL next year.
Strept throat threatens star defensive end’s status
Virginia senior DE Chris Long missed practice yesterday
and is questionable for Saturday’s intrastate matchup against Virginia Tech. Long ranks fifth in the nation in sacks and is a projected top-10 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
And then there were three
Michigan junior WR Mario Manningham
, Kansas State senior WR Jordy Nelson
and Texas Tech freshman Michael Crabtree
remain as finalists for the Biletnikoff Award ...
The battle continues
Will Andre Woodson
salvage his declining draft stock? How will Matty Ice
conclude his regular season career? Find out in this week’s head-to-head
– a dynamic breakdown of college football’s best individual match ups.
Controversy in Blacksburg?
Virginia senior DE Chris Long
is still questionable against the Hokies with strep throat. Should he manage to play tomorrow, will he even be the best defensive end on the field? One Virginia Tech ...
Decision gone awry?
Notre Dame senior SS Tom Zbikowski
returned for a fifth season to recapture the glory that made him a national sensation in 2005. Following an unforeseen 2007 season, however, Zbikowski’s draft stock
has taken more hits than a Notre Dame quarterback.
Flowers contemplates early entry
Virginia Tech junior CB Brandon Flowers
will seek council from the NFL advisory committee regarding his projected grade for the 2008 draft. Flowers contends he will ...
Personnel decisions remain for Big Game
An injury may prevent explosive Cal junior WR DeSean Jackson from participating in
what many perceive as his final regular season game. Jackson has the option of declaring for the NFL draft, and although undersized, provides immediate value as a punt returner.
Meanwhile, Stanford senior QB T.C. Ostrander
– whose arm strength and experience operating a pro style offense may intrigue some NFL teams – might start in place of ...
Trojan linebackers decide NFL futures
Projected first-day picks, USC junior LBs Rey Maualuga
and Brian Cushing
have announced their decision to forgo the NFL
draft and return for their senior season. Maualuga is a muscle-bound head-hunter, and plays faster than he will time. Cushing has seen time as a standup defensive end and linebacker, but has been plagued by shoulder and leg injuries throughout his career.
Hog goes out in style
Arkansas junior RB Darren ...
Championship fights on the docketNo, it’s not live at the Mandalay Bay. But revenge is the recurring theme this weekend, as Missouri’s Jeremy Maclin looks to avenge his team’s only loss and secure a spot in the BCS championship game. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech knockout artist, Brandon Flowers, had Boston College on the ropes in their last encounter, but staggered down the stretch, dropping the decision. Can his Hokies weather the storm ...
Two interesting facts I heard during Saturday’s ACC championship game:-Despite playing behind a true freshman right tackle, Boston College senior QB Matt Ryan has the lowest sack percentage in the ACC. He is sacked roughly once every 34 pass attempts. Georgia Tech junior QB Taylor Bennett is a distant second and is sacked roughly once every 20 pass attempts. -And credit Ryan with spreading the ball around – there are five players on Boston ...
Gators gauge draft status
Florida juniors TE Cornelius Ingram
and DE Derrick Harvey
will seek council from the NFL advisory committee
regarding their projected grades for the 2008 draft. A converted quarterback, Ingram has developed into a legitimate downfield threat with the speed to outrun linebackers and size to post up safeties. Given a relatively weak senior class, Ingram stands to be one of the first tight ends selected should he declare early. On the ...
The results are in... Jackson, Hawkins overrated
Given a relatively weak wide receiver class, California WRs senior Lavelle Hawkins and junior DeSean Jackson may both get drafted higher than their talents otherwise warrant. Jackson has excelled on special teams, recording five punt returns for touchdowns over the course of his career, but his explosiveness and speed does not translate to his ability as a receiver – in fact, quite the opposite. Jackson actually struggles to separate ...
Down for the countSince a sophomore campaign in which he recorded five interceptions and scored four touchdowns, the fall from grace has been drastic for Notre Dame SS Tom Zbikowski. A former amateur boxer, he surely looks the part, but throw on the tape and flaws are glaring.
Zbikowski is slow diagnosing plays and recognizing his responsibilities, takes atrocious angles, and lacks the speed to compensate for his mistakes. Perhaps better suited as an ...