Posts Tagged ‘Alabama’

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 1

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

College Football is here (at last)! Opening weekend is full of cupcakes, unknowns, and major point spreads. However, these four games loaded with 2016 NFL Draft prospects will be worth your attention.

UNC vs South Carolina THURSDAY SEPT 3 ESPN 6:00 Charlotte, NC

In years past, UNC has been overwhelmed in this matchup – that won’t be the case Thursday. South Carolina is only returning 12 starters from last year’s 7-6 squad (maybe a good thing), and is a team I’m quite frankly not high on in ’15. Quarterback concerns, defensive worries, and relatively unknown faces in key positions – that describes South Carolina in a nut shell. I expect a shootout, and I’ll take the Tar Heels (+2) to win a close one. 34-30.

North Carolina Prospects

OG Landon Turner : Dominant in short spaces, struggles with flexibility in space. Great frame, but needs to work on technique. Shows good explosion at the point of attack.  Turner should have his way vs the Gamecocks. (more…)


2014 Non-All Americans Impacts Upcoming NFL Draft

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

In case you haven’t been paying attention, college football is just over two weeks away.  The AP All America list every year always recognizes some of the biggest names in college football for outstanding excellence on the field. As the following list will tell, some pretty outstanding football players tend to be left off that list.  Let’s take a look at some non-2014 All Americans who could have a major impact on the 2016 Draft.

A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

It’s easy to not pay attention to specific players on the Alabama Crimson Tide, especially those playing non-skill positions.  The casual fan just looks at those traditional Crimson jerseys, expect 11-12 wins, and go on with their day. A’Shawn Robinson is definitely a player to keep your eye on as a potential top 5 pick.  (more…)


New Years Day Preview: College Prospects to Watch

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
All eyes will be on the Heisman winners New Years Day

All eyes will be on the Heisman winners New Years Day

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

College. Football. Playoffs.  Those are three words that by themselves hold much meaning to many Americans.  Putting them all in one phrase  was considered impossible and mind blowing in the past.  Now this is a reality, and that reality is just a few days away.  However unlike the NFL playoffs, there will be meaningful post-season football that does not include playoff games.  Let’s dive into prospects to be looking out for in these crucial games during your boring family New Years Day party. (more…)


Saturday Slate: Conference Championship Week

Friday, December 5th, 2014
Marcus Mariota looks to clinch Oregon's playoff ticket, as well as his Heisman Trophy.

Marcus Mariota looks to clinch Oregon’s playoff ticket, as well as his Heisman Trophy.

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

You wait all year, and just like that it’s gone. Another full college football regular season has passed us by, and what a season it was. But no time for reminiscing, we’ll save that for February…or next week. Nonetheless, there’s a huge slate of games on Conference Championship Saturday in college football which will effect who ultimately plays in the four team college football playoff. Let’s quickly highlight where the committee has the top teams ranked in the country.

#1 Alabama – up next #16 Missouri: No brainer here. Alabama has proven all year long that they in fact are the best team in the country with their lone loss coming on the road at then undefeated Ole Miss. The Tide is loaded with NFL prospects, and should hear at least two names come off the board in the top 10 next spring (Amari Cooper & Landon Collins). (more…)


Saturday Slate: Rivalry Week Edition

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

 

Can anything top the 2013 Iron Bowl?

Can anything top the 2013 Iron Bowl?

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Turkey.  Stuffing.  Delayed Flights.   Oh yeah, it’s that time of year again.  Rivalry Week is upon us in the college football universe.  For some teams, their rivalry game is the only game that matters all season.  Others need to beat their hated rival to stay in the play off race.  Regardless, winning is the most important statistic of the weekend.  (more…)


Saturday Slate Week 12: College Prospects to Watch

Friday, November 14th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

 

Will Mississippi State get the monkey off their back and beat Alabama? Or will Amari Cooper & Co. once again own their SEC West rivals.

Will Mississippi State get the monkey off their back and beat Alabama? Or will Amari Cooper & Co. once again own their SEC West rivals?

Some weekends just have a playoff feel to them, and week 12 is certainly one of them. Teams are playing a game of musical chairs for one of the playoff spots, while prospects are running out of time to build their resumes for the 2015 NFL draft. Week 12 has two mammoth SEC match ups, in which all four teams playing all have a realistic shot at the playoffs. Will you be camped in front of a television Saturday? I know I will. Here are the biggest matchups of the weekend broken down. (more…)


Saturday Slate Week 11: College Prospects to Watch

Friday, November 7th, 2014
Jaelen Strong burned the Irish for 8 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown last year.  Can the electric Junior do it again?

Jaelen Strong burned the Irish for 8 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown last year. Can the electric Junior do it again?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Week 11 could prove to be the most significant weekend of the college football season. So many crucial games this weekend will impact the college football playoff race, as well as conference races nationwide. Without further to due, let’s dive into the top matchups to be watching as well as a quick top 10 mock draft to see where we stand after 10 weeks.

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