Posts Tagged ‘Florida State’

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…)

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 : Week 8 College Prospects to Watch

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
How will Winston top his latest blunder?

How will Winston top his latest blunder?

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

And the capital of the college football world is…Mississippi? Huh? You may have never thought it was possible, but the two best teams in the country are Ole Miss and Mississippi State. I thought Ole Miss would struggle last week…quite the contrary. They took care of Texas A&M rather easily. Get out your 2017 NFL draft big board’s however, A&M true freshmen WR Speedy Noil will be at the top of the list. Reminds me of Sammy Watkins, except I think Noil is farther along than Watkins was his freshmen year at Clemson.

Autograph Gate: Week 7 saw my number 1 overall prospect, Todd Gurley, suspended indefinitely for receiving compensation for his autographs. I know what you’re saying, number 1 overall for a RB is insane. I agree, and if I was on the clock at No. 1 I wouldn’t be taking Gurley. But to me he’s the best player in all of college football, so that ranking is justified. I actually think him being suspended is a positive for Gurley. NFL evaluators have seen more than enough to know Gurley’s once-a-decade ability, and this suspension (if he doesn’t play another snap this year) all but guarantees he will be healthy for the NFL combine. I see Gurley as a top 5 talent, and I don’t see the Vikings (wherever they end up) passing up the opportunity to draft the best RB prospect since…well… Adrian Peterson. But it’s too early for that talk. Also in autograph gate, the ‘always something’ Jameis Winston. Seriously, if it isn’t one thing its’ another. As of 10/15 he is still clear to play, but the future looks shaky. Not playing the rest of the year could hurt Winston, and maybe even see him fall out of the top 3-5 picks where he seemed to be all but a lock. (more…)

Saturday Slate: Week 5 College Football Prospects To Watch

Friday, September 26th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Party of one, you may be seated Mississippi State. In what is by far the best division in college football (SEC West), Mississippi State finally deserves to sit at the contenders’ table.

The Bulldogs owned week 4 by going into Death Valley and beating #8 LSU and ending their 14 game losing streak against the Tigers. MSU QB Dak Prescott threw for 268 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also beating the Tigers on the ground with 105 yards and 1 touchdown. While that upset was going on, another one was brewing.


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…)

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