Newswire, we figured we would offer a change of pace this morning. Here is Tony Pauline's weekly recap of news surrounding 2004 NFL Draft Prospects. Look for more announcements coming soon as takes draft prospect coverage to a new level in 2003."> Newswire, we figured we would offer a change of pace this morning. Here is Tony Pauline's weekly recap of news surrounding 2004 NFL Draft Prospects. Look for more announcements coming soon as takes draft prospect coverage to a new level in 2003.">

Draft Prospects: Week in Review

With coverage of yesterday's loss to the Colts inundating both and the <A HREF="">Newswire</A>, we figured we would offer a change of pace this morning. Here is Tony Pauline's weekly recap of news surrounding 2004 NFL Draft Prospects. Look for more announcements coming soon as takes draft prospect coverage to a new level in 2003.

September 1

  • Virginia coach Al Groh has listed starting quarterback Matt Schaub day-to-day after the senior passer hurt his shoulder in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Duke.
  • Kevin Jones, a highly rated running back by NFL scouts, bruised his shin late in the Hokies victory over Central Florida. Jones had precautionary x-rays but is not expected to miss next week's game against James Madison.  The explosive ball carrier is considered by many the premier NFL running back prospect in the nation.
  • Scouts continue to be impressed with the play of Will Poole. Besides his cover skills, Poole's physical nature was obvious in the Trojans stunning victory over Auburn Saturday and he further helped his cause with solid special teams play. One NFL scout said he would not be surprised at all if Poole is the best defensive back for USC by seasons' end.
  • Former Brian Ottney unexpectedly passed away Monday in California. A highly rated NFL prospect, Ottney gave up football after the 2002 season due to numerous injuries and surgeries on his knee. No immediate reason was given for the cause of death.

September 2

  • Updating the tragic death of former Michigan State center Brian Ottney.  Apparently a 9-11 call came from the house where Ottney was staying at in Long Beach, California. The paramedics think he had a seizure which cause a heart attack.    Seizures are not uncommon in people who have had operations and Ottney had three knee operations.
  • Mark Pierce, a top ten NFL prospect at his position, will not play in this weekends opener.  Pierce was arrested over the weekend, charged with obstruction of a police officer and disorderly conduct. 
  • Tyson Smith, one of the better pass rushing defensive ends in the nation, broke his leg in the Cyclones' victory over Northern Iowa and is gone for the season.  Surgery was required as Smith also suffered ligament damage.  Coach Dan McCarney said at his weekly press conference, " Obviously it's a major blow to our defense. He's one of the best players we've had in the program here at Iowa State, not just this year but since he's been here. Our plans obviously are to have him back for his senior year next year, 2004, rather than this year."  Smith was considered a top 75 pick going into next April's draft.
  • Jami Hightower will red-shirt this season while on medication for a severe infection. There was hope the All League blocker could return sometime in October, but that will not happen. Hightower, a highly ranked pro-prospect by NFL scouts, rates high amongst underclassmen blockers.
  • Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger said that he doubted sophomore tailback Maurice Clarett would return to the playing field this season while head coach Jim Tressel said Clarett would miss much of the season .  Earlier in the day Jim Tressel said Clarett would no longer practice with the team until questions about his eligibility are answered.  There is a belief amongst some NFL scouts that if Clarett is in fact deemed ineligible for the 2003 season he could try and play in the CFL this season.

 September 3

  • Ken Veal is fully healed from the sprained ankle that kept him from the Bulldogs opener last week against Clemson.  Veal practiced Monday and is expected to play this weekend against Middle Tennessee State.  He is considered a late round choice in next April's draft by NFL scouts.
  • Georgia starting safety Kentrell Curry, considered a potential middle round choice in next April's NFL Draft, had the cast removed from his leg and is expected to join the team in practice soon.  Curry suffered a stress fracture last month in pre-season camp.
  • Iowa back-up running back Jemelle Lewis may be back much sooner than expected.  After suffering a serious knee injury earlier this year, one that was suppose to keep him out for the entire season, Lewis is ahead of schedule and has recently told friends he expects to be back by the start of the Big Ten season.  Walking around without any limp, he hopes to play by the end of September.  He is considered a solid NFL prospect for the 2005 draft.
  • James Newson was held out of last weeks game against Sacramento State due to a sore hip. He is expected to be ready for Saturday's contest against Fresno State.  Newsom is considered by most NFL scouts as a first day pick in next April's draft.
  • Michael Clayton, considered a potential first round pick should he enter next April's draft, overcame a shoulder injury and set a career high for receiving yards in a game Saturday against La-Monroe. Clayton, who did not have a pass thrown his way until late in the second quarter, totaled 152-receivning yards in the Tigers victory.

September 4

  • Hurricane lineman Carlos Joseph is unlikely to play this Saturday against interstate rival Florida.  Joseph injured his right ankle last Thursday in Louisiana Tech.   The former blind-side blocker moved to right tackle this season and is considered a potential first round pick.  He is brother to William Joseph, selected by the Giants with the 25th pick of last April's NFL Draft.
  • Arkansas junior offensive tackle Shawn Andrews has been cleared by the NCAA  for minor infractions and will participate in Saturday's opener against Tulsa. Johnson is considered by NFL scouts as one of the top two offensive tackle prospects in the nation.  He would be a top 15 pick in next April's draft if he leaves for the pro's after the 2003 season.
  • Texas senior tight end Bo Scaife is back in action and 100%.  After several knee injuries cost him playing time the past few seasons Scaife is producing with the Longhorn offense.  He is considered one of the top pass catching tight ends in the nation by NFL scouts.
  • Many inside the Clarence Farmer camp believe the junior running back is at the boiling point and this may be his final season at Arizona.  Farmer, who sat out most of last season with a knee injury, has a personality conflict with maligned head coach John Mackovic.  He began preseason camp by telling reporters he had nothing to say to Mackovic and doesn't plan on having any conversations with him. The prevailing thought in the desert is should Mackovic survive the 2003 season and remain head coach at Arizona, Farmer will declare for the NFL Draft.
  • LSU star junior receiver Michael Clayton, who overcame a shoulder injury to post career high numbers last week, could possibly be used as defensive back/safety in Saturday's game at Arizona. 

September 5

  • In preparation for Saturday's game against Miami,  Florida guard Shannon Snell gave the Hurricanes some locker room material.  In talking about former Gator and present Hurricane quarterback Brock Berlin, Snell was quoted as saying,  "I love Brock, but I want our defense to hit him in the mouth until he bleeds."
  • Brandon Heaney, who missed the end of last season and all of spring practice with an injury to his left shoulder, is out of action for the remainder of this season with an injury to his other shoulder. A fifth year senior, Heaney must seek a sixth year of eligibility to return to Provo in 2004.
  • Adam Hall, considered a solid mid-round prospect in next April's draft,  is expected to miss at least three games after suffering an ankle sprain. The team is targeting a return of September 27, against UCLA for his return.
  • Antonio Hall is fine after being  taken to a local hospital after experiencing numbness in the side of his face.  The cause was believed to be a pinched nerve.  Hall, a projected late first day pick in next April's NFL Draft, is expected to play on Saturday.
  • It was determined that Virginia quarterback Matt Schaub will miss at least the next 3 weeks because of the separated shoulder suffered against Duke last week, if not longer.

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