2004 Draft: Week in Review

In the wake of last weekend's awful showing, more than a few 2004 draft threads made an early appearance in the forums. We're not packing it in on the season, but we do cover the draft year-round on BerniesInsiders.com. Here is Tony Pauline's capsule summaries of the week that was for potential draftees.

September 8
  • Syracuse receiver Johnnie Morant caught seven passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns Saturday in the overtime victory over North Carolina.   Included was an important 48-yard touchdown reception from quarterback R.J. Anderson which put Syracuse back in the game.  Morant has the size/speed numbers and physical skills NFL scouts want in an early pick.  His college career has been plagued with inconsistency and injury.
  • Hokie running back and Heisman hopeful Kevin Jones, a potential early pick in next April's NFL draft if he declares, hurt both hands after being slammed into a wall by a late hit Saturday. He doesn't have any broken bones and though there's no word yet on how long he'll be out, it is believed Jones will be ready for Virginia Tech's next game, a Thursday night battle against Texas A&M on September 18.
  • Lost in Saturday's nights comeback win against Florida and the story of Frank Gore. Gore carried the ball 24 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns, paving the way for Miami's victory.  Gore is considered by NFL scouts as the next top running back prospect coming out of the Miami program.
  • Marques Harris broke his fibula and tibia during the fourth quarter in Saturday's game against UCLA.  He was taken from the field by ambulance and immediately had surgery on the injured leg. Considered one of the nations premiere pass rushers, Harris was likened to former Buff defender Greg Jones as he projects to outside linebacker in the NFL.  He does have a red-shirt season available and can return to CU in 2004.
  • After initial forecasts had him sidelined 4-6 weeks, Maryland running back Florida State only to re-aggravate his ankle injury.  Perry had 10 carries for 32-yards before leaving the game. 

September 9

  • Florida State running back Greg Jones carried the ball 14 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday nights victory against Maryland.  Jones looked dominant at times but according to Seminole coach Bobby Bowden the game plan is to slowly increase his workload.  Jones, recovering from major knee injury, hopes to be carrying the ball 25-times a game by seasons end.  If medical examinations on his knee prior to the draft do not send up red flags, Jones could be the first back chosen next April.
  • Miami receiver East Carolina, according to coach Larry cocker.  Geathers sat out last week's victory against Florida.  NFL scouts are interested to see how the athletic and speedy Geathers takes to the receiver position on a full time basis after being moved around the field last year.
  • Florida State senior cornerback Bryant McFadden has really impressed NFL scouts this season. Considered one of the Seminoles most talented corners, his play has been a lot more consistent through the seasons first two games. 
  • Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen stated one of the main reasons he feels his offense has bogged down this year is due to the broken left foot of guard Lamar Bryant.  Considered a potential late round pick, Bryant may miss up to another month with his ailing foot.
  • Chris Lewis has been benched in favor of redshirt freshman Trent Edwards. Considered a potential sleeper for next April's draft, the athletic fire-ball thrower was sidelined last year with injury and will now drop down draft boards.

September 10

  • One name being bandied about scouting circles is that of Connecticut junior quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who is off to a scorching start this season.  Throwing five touchdown passes in Connecticut's  48-21 rout of Army,  Orlovsky completed 26-of-36 passes for 317 yards, in the first half as the Huskies  raced to a 34-0.  Orlovsky hit 26 of 42 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns during UConn's 34-10 victory over Indiana the prior week.  Orlovsky was recruited by larger schools but decided to stay home and help the Husky's develop their program.
  • Texas A&M middle linebacker Jared Morris will miss the rest of the season after tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee. Considered a free agent after next April's draft, Morris must apply to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility if he wants to return to College Station in 2004.
  • Chris Colmer, considered a potential late round pick in next April's draft, remains doubtful for Saturday's contest at Ohio State.  Colmer  missed the first two games with shoulder injury.
  • Kevin Arbet, the starting CB and punt returner for the Trojans, will miss the remainder of the season after it was determined that he has broken the same foot that caused him to miss the 2002 season. Arbet will apply for a 6th season under the medical redshirt option. 
  • Indiana senior safety Joe Gonzalez is still day-to-day with the knee injury suffered in practice before the Connecticut game prior to the first game of the season.

September 12

  • Senior tailback Bruce Perry has not practiced this week and will not play in Saturday's home game against The Citadel.  Perry aggravated an ankle injury last week against Florida State after originally sustaining the problem during August camp.  Perry, considered a top running back prospect for next April's draft, will have several medical red flags thrown up during combine exams which will push him into the late rounds.
  • There is a chance that Mark Moroz will play Saturday against Purdue. Moroz, a senior, sprained a knee ligament during pre-season practice and was expected to miss at least four weeks.  He is considered a potential middle round choice next April.
  • Senior offensive tackle Carlos Joseph is practicing this week and expected to play this Saturday's game versus East Carolina.  Joseph missed the Florida game with a foot injury.  The brother of New York Giants first round choice William Joseph, the younger sibling is considered a top 60 pick in next April's draft.
  • Miami lineman Vernon Carey, who sat out much of Tuesday's practice, said he aggravated a high left ankle sprain for the second time and is expected to miss Saturday's game against East Carolina.  Carey is considered by NFL scouts as one of the top two senior tackles that will be available in next April's draft.
  • Antonio Carter missed last season with a stress fracture in his right leg and may not be able to play this season as the injury is still causing pain after a second surgery over the summer.  Carter, a quick, speedy wide out, may seek a medical hardship and apply for a sixth year of eligibility.
  • Reports out of Greg Gathers has decided to end his career because of a kidney ailment that began flaring up last season.

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