Draft Prospects 2004: Week in Review

As you settle in for the Saturday feast of college football, check out Tony Pauline's update for this week. Tony tracks all the hot news on 2004 draft prospects, including intriguing Oklahoma LT Jammal Brown.

September 29
  • Arkansas senior running back Cedric Cobbs has seen a rise in his NFL stock. He carried the ball 36 times for 198 yards, both career highs, and scored 1 touchdown in the Razorbacks come from behind win against Alabama.
  • This is Cobbs fourth game over the century mark this season. Scouts are now rethinking their position on Cobbs, formerly considered a potential franchise running back in 1999 but a draft afterthought coming into the season after a rash of injuries and off the field problems.

  • Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang completed a record 42 of 70 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns in the Warriors victory over Rice Saturday night. Chang broke school records for completions and attempts, the latter a WAC record. The old records were previously held by Dan Robinson of Hawaii who set them in 1999 against Navy. Chang did not throw an interception in the 70 attempts. He is high on the junior watch list of NFL scouts.

  • North Carolina State quarterback Philip Rivers has topped 300 yards passing in four of his five games. He's completing almost 80 percent of his passes and has thrown 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

  • Michael Turner rushed for 134 yards on 30 carries to become Northern Illinois all-time leading rusher. Turner has 3,807 career rushing yard yards, also stands first in all-purpose yards (4,761) for the school. He has been the catalyst for NIU's 5-0 start and is soaring up draft boards. Many scouts are now considering Turner as first round material.

  • TCU lost junior safety Marvin Godbolt to a left knee sprain Saturday night after he intercepted his fourth pass in as many games. Hored Frogs head coach Gary Patterson described Godbolt's injury as "not good," and more would be known about its severity today. Godbolt is on the junior watch list for most NFL teams.

  • September 30

  • California senior wide out Jonathan Makonnen will have season ending surgery on a stress fracture in his foot, an injury that occurred during the first game of 2003 when the Bears lost to Kansas State. Since the injury occurred in late August Makonnen has yet to take the field. A potential late round choice in next April's draft, Makonnen will now apply for a redshirt season and return to Berkley for a fifth year in 2004.

  • Maryland senior running back Bruce Perry may again be on the shelf after he reinjured his ankle Saturday against Eastern Michigan. He is again questionable for Saturday's home game against Clemson and NFL scouts are dropping his rating due to the constant injury time missed the past two seasons.

  • UCF senior quarterback Ryan Schneider who has started 34 straight games, is out for an undetermined amount of time with a shoulder sprain and will not play Saturday against Buffalo. Schneider went down in the second half Saturday against Kent State and did not return.

  • Derrick Johnson of Texas was named one of two Big 12 players of the week on Monday. The linebacker is watching his draft ranking soar as many are comparing the Texas junior to Ravens All Pro Ray Lewis.

  • Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said quarterback Ell Roberson, who has missed the past two and a half games with an injured left hand will start against Texas.

  • Iowa State defensive tackle Jordan Carstens, a solid middle round pick next April, hurt his knee last weekend but a recent MRI shower no damage.

  • Colorado State senior linebacker Eric Pauly is lost for the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the Rams loss to Utah on Saturday, the Denver Post reported Tuesday. A fifth year senior who relied on speed, Pauly may be hard pressed to find a place to play next season.

  • October 1

  • North Carolina quarterback Darian Durant continues to set Tar Heel quarterback records. He became UNC's career completion leader and moved into second place on the UNC career passing yardage list as Durrant is only 98 yards shy of Ronald Curry's record. Scouts are keeping an eye on Durant whom they feel is a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect.

  • Texas safety Dakarai Pearson left Saturday's the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury and is questionable for this weekends contest against Kansas State.

  • Scott Hall has reassumed the job as North Texas' starting quarterback after spending the first four weeks of the season in a rotation system with Andrew Smith. Starting behind center for the first time in almost a year against the Ragin Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette, Hall responded with a 222 yard, three touchdowns performance.

  • Oklahoma junior offensive tackle Jammal Brown grades out as the highest Sooner lineman this season and has yet to yield as sack.

  • No date has been set for the return of Texas A&M junior offensive lineman Jami Hightower, though he's been practicing. Originally slated to red-shirt, the Aggies have been suffering in the offensive line which may force Hightower back into the line-up.

  • October 2

  • Pittsburgh senior defensive end Claude Harriott, one of the best pass rushing prospects in the nation, went down with an ankle injury in the third quarter in the Panthers victory over Texas A&M. He was carted off the field but with a bye week at hand, should be ready to play when the Panthers return to the field in two weeks. Harriott will be a first round pick in next April's draft.

  • Pittsburgh sophomore receiver Larry Fitzgerald was named the Big East Conference co-offensive player of the week for his 135-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Texas A&M on Saturday. Though his draft status is still "up in the air" he is considered one of the top three receiving prospects in the nation by NFL scouts.

  • Colorado State center Mark Dreyer missed two games with a torn tendon in his right hand and though back in the lineup but must play the rest of the season with a cast that forces him to snap left-handed.

  • Tight end Joel Dreessen's torn abdominal muscle will likely force him to the sidelines again on Saturday against Fresno State.

  • Fresno State quarterback Paul Pinegar practiced for the first time Tuesday since tearing a chest muscle in the preseason. The sophomore hopes to play in Saturday's game at Colorado State, though Jeff Grady will start. Pinegar is one of many underclassmen quarterbacks on the NFL's watch list.

  • Pittsburgh Panther starting middle linebacker Lewis Moore suffered a neck injury in the second quarter during the victory of Texas A&M Saturday. Coach Walt Harris commented on the situation saying, there was no timetable for Moore's return and it was a wait and see situation. Moore is considered a solid middle round choice in next April's NFL Draft.

  • October 3

  • Tuesday senior wide receiver Jeremiah Cockheran of Hawaii was not practicing courtesy of a sprained right ankle. Cockheran hopes he will be able to play Saturday against Rice. Cockheran is one of Hawaii's best receivers and considered late round talent in next April's draft.

  • Hawaii senior defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga, promoted by head coach June Jones as a first round pick in the NFL Draft, suffered a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament and will probably miss two games.

  • During the second quarter of last night's game at the Orange Bowl, redshirt sophomore Frank Gore went down with a serious knee injury. At first classified as a sprain, Gore left the stadium on crutches and is scheduled for an MRI today to find the extent of the injury.

  • Texas defensive coordinator Carl Reese said earlier this week that linebacker Derrick Johnson will probably draw the assignment of spying on Kansas State running back Darren Sproles. Johnson's draft ranking could soar even higher if the UT junior contains Sproles, who is averaging 110 yards per game rushing. Most NFL scouts have Johnson as the top rated underclassmen linebacker.

  • Florida State senior linebacker Kendyll Pope will be able to go next weekend when the Seminoles take on Miami up in Tallahassee. Pope hurt his knee several weeks ago after he heard a "pop" sound in the joint. He is considered a top 70 pick in next April's draft.

  • Senior cornerback Derrick Strait will be ready to go tomorrow night against Iowa State after missing the UCLA game with a pulled thigh muscle. Strait is considered the top senior cornerback prospect by NFL scouts.

  • Wisconsin senior defensive end Erasmus James will apply for a red-shirt season after a hip injury suffered in August has continued to trouble him. An undersized pass rush specialist, James was considered a late round pick in next April's NFL Draft.

  • LSU defensive end Marquise Hill is back at practice after suffering an ankle injury.

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