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Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 6

Friday, October 9th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

NEPD is going with a slightly different format this week for Primetime Prospects to Watch.  We are going to highlight the top prospects in the national games you will be watching from noon to past midnight.

We are inching closer to the half-way point of the college football season, where teams (and more importantly prospects) start to distinguish themselves and give clarity from preseason predictions.

In Week 6, the game of the week is #23 Cal vs #5 Utah pitting together two of the nations top offensive prospects, Cal QB Jared Goff and Utah RB Devontae Booker.  NFL bottom feeders such as the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans will be eagerly watching as the top QB prospect Jared Goff leads an undermanned team into Utah, who has looked as strong as any team in the country thus far.

For my against the spread crowd, my lock of the week is Georgia (-2.5) in Knoxville to face Tennessee. (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 5

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

#23 West Virginia vs #15 Oklahoma 12:00 FOX Sports 1

We thought the Oklahoma secondary was rock solid when they held Tennessee to 17 points.  As it turns out, Tennessee’s offense is anemic and Tulsa later hung over 600 yards and 38 points on the Sooners a week later. After a bye week to regroup, the Sooners welcome the high flying Mountaineers’ offense to Norman.  Oklahoma’s top two prospects to watch, OLB Eric Striker and CB Zack Sanchez will be in the spotlight after an overall horrid performance last week vs an undermanned Tulsa squad.  (more…)

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…)

Pro Day Spotlight: Clemson, Ohio State

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
DeAndre Hopkins Clemson

DeAndre Hopkins was among the players to watch at Clemson’s pro day. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

In NFL draft circles, March madness consists of the packed schedule of collegiate pro days that take place throughout the month where top prospects from each school showcase their talents in front of NFL scouts.

We are currently in the midst of that season, and some of the top prospects in the 2013 NFL draft have already had their chance to shine at their school’s respective pro day. Two of the biggest pro days thus far have occurred at Clemson, which included likely first-round pick wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, and Ohio State, highlighted by likely first-round pick defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

I had the chance to watch portions of Clemson’s pro day Thursday on ESPN3, and I was in Columbus for Ohio State’s pro day Friday. Which players stood out, and which players left questions unanswered going ahead to April?


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