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Scouting Report: Benardrick McKinney, ILB/OLB Mississippi St. vs. South Alabama

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Week 3 of the college football season lacked the high profile matchups that we were lucky to have in the first 2 weeks. There were some exciting games, like a certain rivalry game in the state of Iowa (editor’s note: BOOOO), and some exciting players that were on display.

Bernardrick McKinney is a guy that I have been intrigued by purely from a height, weight, and speed perspective. I had very little exposure to him up to this point, but I had heard some good things about his game and I wanted to check it out for myself.  It was a mixed bag for me of both good and bad, and some things that I just didn’t expect, so lets break it down a little further.

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2015 NFL Draft: The Turf Report Week #3

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah rushes for a 57 yard touchdown against Fresno State during first quarter action last Saturday. (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah rushes for a 57 yard touchdown against Fresno State during first quarter action last Saturday. (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

Tyler Murphy, Boston College (6’2″ 213lbs) vs. USC

It took until week #3, but here’s our first QB to make it onto the Turf Report. Murphy may of not done much through the air this past weekend, but he did orchestrate a masterful performance on the ground as Boston College stunned #9 USC Saturday night. He worked the option play beautifully with his running backs, and kept Southern Cal’s defensive on their heels all game long. His 66 yard TD run in the 4th quarter was not only an example of Murphy’s explosiveness, but his field acumen as well. The 5th year senior who left Gainseville for an opportunity to start at quarterback looks to have found a home with BC. As coach Addazio’s offense continues to evolve, I’m excited to see what else he has in store for Murphy and the Eagles ground game.

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Saturday Slate: College Matchups to Watch for the 2015 NFL Draft

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Eric Striker

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Finally, big time conference match ups are on the horizon. In what looked to be a poor slate of games, Week 3 gave us some excitement we may not have seen coming. Boston College showed the country that yes, they do in fact play college football in the Northeast. The fighting Addazio’s upset USC 37-31 Saturday night. Quarterback Tyler Murphy led the Eagles’ and ran for 191 rushing yards, including the eventual game winning 66 yard touchdown run off a zone read.   Oregon rolled once more, so did Oklahoma against inferior competition.

UCLA was fortunate to defeat Texas in Jerry World in a game where Texas controlled throughout. QB Brett Hundley was knocked out of the game early, but the Bruins held off a feisty Texas bunch 20-17. And after their huge road win at Ohio State last week, Virginia Tech lost to border rival East Carolina at home 28-21 in a thrilling battle. ECU QB Shane Carden has impressed me this year, as he went for 427 yards and 3 touchdowns vs the Hokies. The Big Ten had another rough weekend. Iowa lost to rival and 2 score underdog Iowa State at home, and now the conference is an astounding 1-9 vs the other 5 “old BCS” conferences. Ouch. (more…)


Scouting Report: Leonard Williams, DE/DT USC vs. #13 Stanford

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I try to avoid reading about or watching highlights of a player that I am going to be scouting so that I can form my own opinion. When I turned on the tape of the USC vs. Stanford game and saw that Leonard Williams was dealing with a high ankle sprain and may not play, I thought I was going to have to go to plan B.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know what plan B was.  I continued to watch and was relieved to see him out there on the 1st play.

When Williams was flat on the ground and struggling to get up by play 3, I was once again thinking about my nonexistent plan B. I decided that I needed to break my rule and  look to see if I could find a snap count for Williams in the game. The first headline to pop up said something along the lines of “Williams dominant despite injury.” I knew then that I was in for a treat.

Here are my observations from the game.

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2015 NFL Draft: The Turf Report Week #2

Friday, September 12th, 2014
Javorius Allen busting off a run last Saturday in front Cardinal's sideline.

USC Trojan’s RB Javorius Allen runs past the Stanford Cardinal sideline during third quarter action of Saturday’s game. (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

Javorius Allen, USC (6’1” 220lbs) vs. Stanford

This was a huge win for the Trojans that should send their trajectory skyward for 2014. Allen ran for a career high 154 yards, and set the tone for USC’s offense against a stout Cardinal defensive line. He showed his athleticism and displayed an impressive set of wheels busting off a 50 yard run down field. Going forward, Allen’s opportunities to impress should only increase as Sarkisian continues to make his role a robust part of Trojan game plans.

Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn (5’10” 210lbs) vs. San Jose State

Payne is already off to a tremendous start for his sophomore year, running for almost 290 yards in his first two games. Although a victory over San Jose St. won’t turn voter’s heads, Payne’s performance was no less impressive as he ripped off three touchdowns this past weekend. The rushing attack that  quarterback Nick Marshall and Payne offer Auburn is a potent combination that will leave defenses grasping for oxygen this year.

David Cobb, Minnesota (5’11” 229lbs) vs. Middle Tennessee

Similar to Payne, the opposition might not have been impressive, but anytime you rack up 200+ yards people are going to take notice. A week after only seeing 14 touches versus Eastern Illinois, Cobb was clearly ready to shoulder the load. Heading into his senior year, a leaner, faster Cobb aimed to become more explosive out of the backfield. If this performance was any indication of what’s ahead for him, then Big Ten foes better be prepared.

Week #2 Player to Watch: Mike Davis, South Carolina (5’9” 223lbs) vs. Georgia

What makes Davis such an offensive threat is his versatility and effectiveness in the passing game. Davis is a natural mismatch for any linebacker, and knows how to create space even when catching the ball in crowded areas. He didn’t get much of a chance to contribute in the Gamecock’s passing game during week one, but we got a glimpse of his receiving talents against East Caroline last Saturday, catching the ball 3 times for 28 yards. On top of that he rushed for 118 yards. Many eyes will be on Todd Gurley this coming Saturday, and rightfully so, he’s a beast. But my attention will be focused on the mismatches Spurrier schemes utilizing Davis.


Saturday Slate: Week 3 Matchups to Watch in College Football

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

The cupcakes will start going away soon, I promise. For a college football weekend that didn’t provide numerous big time match-ups, Week 2 certainly surpassed expectations.

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Saturday Slate: Week 2 Matchups to Watch in College Football

Friday, September 5th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Nothing quite beats opening weekend of college football. There’s no preseason, no practice runs. Week 1 as usual provided entertainment all the way through. Before I get into the Week 2 matchups you should be watching, lets recap Week 1.

What we learned: Kenny Football! Kenny Heisman! Kenny Trill! Kenny.. Sumlin? Seriously, Kenny Hill looked great.   His throws’ were accurate and on time all night long. But it’s time Kevin Sumlin gets recognized as one of the best offensive minds in football. Receivers were open… all… night… long. South Carolina’s defense had no answers, as they were too busy running sideline-to-sideline trying to catch their breath all night. (more…)







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