2004 Draft Prospects: Week in Review

Here is this week's draft prospect Hot News, provided by TheInsiders draft guru Tony Pauline.

October 6
  • Oklahoma State senior starting safety Elbert Craig suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last week in practice. Surgery has not yet been scheduled and Craig has not ruled out returning this season, though that is a remote possibility. Craig was considered a potential late round pick in next April's draft.
  • With the recent firing of John Mackovic, running back Clarence Farmer is hoping to get more work and see the ball a lot more. Farmer has been at odds with Mackovic for almost a year.
  • USC senior offensive lineman Eric Torres, who has been out of action since last year's Orange Bowl after breaking his ankle, returned to the field for Saturday's game at Arizona State. Though still not 100%, healthy, Torres will rotate into the line-up. He is considered a potential late round pick in next April's draft.
  • Georgia Bulldog junior receiver Fred Gibson finally returned to the line-up after missing several weeks with a strained hamstring and caught five passes for 32-yards in Saturday's lopsided victory over Alabama.
  • After first being diagnosed with a possible torn knee ligament, and MRI on Friday showed Miami Hurricane senior safety Maurice Sikes only suffered a sprain and is listed as day-to-day.
  • Baylor senior receiver Robert Quiroga posted a career-high 113 receiving yards on eight catches in the Bears stunning victory over Colorado on Saturday. A fine possession wide out, Quiroga is considered a potential late round pick next April.
  • SMU senior Jonas Rutledge, considered a solid second tier cornerback for ext April's NFL Draft, set two kickoff return records in Saturday's loss to UTEP. He became the school's leader in kickoff return and game yardage. He finished the game with 190 yards on four attempts.
  • Oklahoma senior linebacker Pasha Jackson will miss at least two weeks after injuring his right knee in Saturday nights victory over Iowa State. Jackson is considered a solid middle round choice in next April's draft. Earlier this year the Sooners lost another starting linebacker, Lance Mitchell for the season.

October 7

  • Washington State quarterback Matt Kegel will not practice this week after his throwing shoulder partially popped out of its' socket during the Cougars' victory over Arizona. It is more of a precautionary measure taken by the coaching staff as Kegel continued to play in the game even after the injury. Kegel has pleased NFL scouts and is moving up draft boards. He has complete 55.5% of his throws this season and averages 265-yards per game since taking over for the departed Jason Gesser.
  • Syracuse starting linebacker Jameel Dumas is day-to-day as he's been suffering from a knee injury sustained against North Carolina in the first week of September. Dumas' status for this weekend's game against Virginia Tech contest is still undetermined. He is considered a solid weak side prospect in the NFL.
  • Senior defensive end Bo Schobel, who made several important plays during the first two quarters of Saturday's game against Army, sat out the second half with an undisclosed injury. Schobel does have prior injury problem with his knee. A pass rushing specialist, he is not considered as good a prospect as his brother Aaron, now playing with the Buffalo Bills.
  • Oklahoma junior Tommie Harris is presently considered by NFL scouts as the country's most dominant defensive tackle. Harris did not disappoint in Saturday's thrashing of Iowa State, making several eye-popping plays which disrupted the Cyclones' offense.

October 8

  • Miami coach Larry Coker officially announced Jarrett Payton as the teams starting running back after the injury sustained by Frank Gore last Thursday. Senior Jason Geathers, the former receiver, will be the squads number two ball carrier. The son of Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, the son has been a back-up to date.
  • Suffering with quadriceps injury since September, junior cornerback R.J. Oliver is expected to play Saturday against Oregon. Oliver is considered a top underclassmen secondary prospect.
  • Clemson sophomore quarterback Charlie Whitehurst is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia. Coach Tommy Bowden will wait shortly before game time to determine if Whitehurst will start the game.
  • Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione indicated junior offensive lineman Jami Hightower is unlikely to return this season. Sidelined since fall camp with a severe infection, Hightower returned to practice last week with the hope of jumping back into the line-up.
  • Starting safety Jarrad Page sprained his right shoulder last Saturday against Washington and is unlikely to play Saturday against Arizona. While many in the media center on Matt Ware, another top Bruin prospect from the underclassmen ranks, NFL scouts are also high on the potential of Page.
  • Texas Tech receiver Carlos Francis, a sleeper amongst NFL scouts, ranks ninth nationally averaging 104.4 receiving yards per game.
  • TCU has officially stated the junior safety Marvin Godbolt will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

October 9

  • Clemson senior defensive end Khaleed Vaughn, one of the nation's better edge rushers, is doubtful for Saturday's game against Virginia after suffering a knee injury.
  • Northern Illinois junior wide receiver Dan Sheldon will miss the remainder of the season after dislocating his left elbow in last Saturday's victory over Ohio. On the Huskies second possession, Sheldon attempted to brace a fall with his arms. He was high on the radar screen of draft eligible juniors
  • Central Florida quarterback Ryan Schneider is expected to miss his second consecutive game this weekend. A shoulder injury will put Schneider on the sidelines against Ohio. Previous to last week's victory over Buffalo, Schneider had started 34 consecutive games.
  • Wisconsin junior tailback Anthony Davis, who was wearing a walking boot earlier in the week, is questionable as to whether or not he will play in tomorrow nights Big Ten match-up against Ohio State. A diminutive running back, Davis is having an outstanding campaign and is drawing comparisons to Amos Zereoue by NFL scouts.
  • Wisconsin senior receiver Lee Evans is in the midst of a successful season after missing all of 2002 with a knee injury and now faces his toughest test of the season tomorrow night. Evans has totaled 30 catches for 517 yards and five touchdowns, leads the Big Ten Conference with 86.2 receiving-yard per game. Considered a first round talent, Evans now faces Ohio State junior Chris Gamble, considered by most NFL scouts as one of the top pair of cornerback prospects in the nation.

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