- Cedric Cobbs ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns
in Arkansas' victory over North Texas on Saturday and became the first Arkansas
back since 1975 to open the season with three 100-yard games. Cobbs has totaled
364 yards rushing in the Hogs first three games. At one time considered a
potential franchise running back, Cobbs has recently been hit with a rash of
injuries and off the field troubles. Coming into the season he was considered
an afterthought by NFL scouts but is turning that thinking around.
- Florida State senior linebacker Kendyll Pope
sprained a knee in Saturday's victory over Colorado. Pope is optimistic that
the injury is not serious though he heard a "pop" when the injury occurred.
Pope is considered one of the top senior outside linebacker that will be
available for next April's draft.
- Georgia junior quarterback David Greene had a
streak of 176 straight passes without an interception broken Saturday against
LSU. Greene briefly left the game with a hyperextended knee but the injury is
believed not to be serious.
- Lee Evans continues to rewrite Wisconsin's
receiving record book. Evans caught five passes for 80 yards Saturday, passing
Al Toon on the Badgers all-time career receptions list. Toon had 131 in his
career. Evans now has 134. Evans also holds school career receiving records for
consecutive games with a reception (29), career receiving yards (2,677) and is
just one-tenth of a yard-per-catch behind Tony Simmons career record (20.1).
Evans needs five more touchdowns to catch Simmons other career record
TCU running back Lonta Hobbs injured his ankle and his status is uncertain for Saturday's match-up against Arizona.
running back Frank Gore left Saturday's game with an ankle injury after
carrying the ball 16 times for 74-yards, with one score. In four games Gore has accumulated 453-yards
on the ground with four touchdowns while also catching 12 passes. Gore, on the comeback trail after a knee
injury sidelined him last season, was held out of practice last week with a sore
head coach Lloyd Carr commented yesterday on his talented receiver, Braylon Edwards; "Braylon is an enormously talented guy.... Braylon practices
hard, he plays hard, he competes hard, and he makes some unbelievable plays;
then sometimes, he'll drop a ball that is right there." Edwards continued on
Edwards' injured finger, "There is not a break, he is definitely feeling some
pain though. I think he dislocated it, which if you have ever tried to catch a
football with a sprained finger, it's not an easy thing to do. It's painful,
there's no question about that."
- John Leake led the defense with
14 tackles in Saturday's 39-3 win over Georgia Tech. Leake, named ACC Defensive
Player of the Week, recorded three tackles for loss in the game, setting a
career-high. Ironically early in camp Leake was listed second on the depth
chart as Clemson coaches tried to give him a jump start. NFL scouts consider
Leake a potential late round choice who fits best on the weak-side.
- Florida State junior wide out Craphonso Thorpe
registered career-highs of eight catches and 205 receiving yards in the
Seminoles 47-7 win over Colorado. It marked the first time a Seminole receiver
went over the 200-yard mark since Peter Warrick did in 1997. Thorpe, a prospect
who flashed skill as a sophomore, has caught the fancy of NFL scouts as he's
starting to thrive in the number one spot and has shown weekly
- Indiana junior receiver Courtney Roby injured a
knee during the third quarter of Saturday's loss to Kentucky and was helped off
the field. The injury is not considered serious and Hoosier coach Gerry DiNardo
expects Roby to play Saturday at Michigan.
- Lance Mitchell underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.
- Texas running back credits patience Cedric Benson
as the key to his big performance against Rice, a game in which rushed for
130-yards. Benson told the Dallas Morning News, "In the first couple games, I
had a tendency to want to make a break for a great run instead of following my
blocks." "After I got a hold of myself, I got it figured out." Benson is
believed to be leaning towards entering the draft after the 2003 season.
- Linebacker Pasha Jackson and running back Renaldo Works have accepted invitations to play in the East-West Shrine Game, Jan. 10 at
Pac Bell Park in San Francisco where Oklahoma's Bob Stoops will coach the
- Colorado State tight end Joel Dreessen will see
his streak of 30 consecutive starts come to an end against Utah this Saturday.
Dreessen has been declared out indefinitely because of a strained lower
abdominal muscle. The junior is considered a possible early entrant into the NFL
receiver Jafar Williams started rehabilitating his injured hand. No word yet on
how long he will be out. Williams, a tall and talented receiver, has seen a
resurgence in his play this season and is now getting late round consideration
from NFL scouts.
- Marcus Whalen limped off
the field during Tuesday's practice but is confident he will play in Saturday's
crucial conference game against Air Force. Whalen, a top NFL prospect,
originally fractured his foot during pregame warm-ups against Georgia Tech and
missed the first three games of the season. He returned last week against
Jason Kaufusi confirmed he will miss the 2003 football season due to an injury to his
left shoulder. Kaufusi, who underwent arthroscopic surgery in July has a
redshirt year available to him, which he plans to use and return next season.
Coming into the season Kafusi was considered a potential late round pick in next
Colorado State senior center Mark Dreyer could be on the sidelines again this weekend. A second-team all-conference selection last season, Dreyer has missed the last two games after hand surgery, and the Rams running game has struggled. Dreyer is considered a slight possibility to be selected in the late rounds next April.
- Tar Heel senior cornerback Michael Waddell has a
sprained right ankle and right now is 50/50 for Saturday contest against North Carolina State. Waddell is considered a late round pick for his special teams
play as much as his cover skills.
- North Carolina tight end Bobby Blizzard is less than 100% and suffering from a viral
infection he contracted two weeks ago. Blizzard, who has not had any physical
activity since the illness, is unlikely to play against the Wolfpack
- Georgia senior Kentrell Curry, considered a middle
round value in next April's NFL Draft, will undergo surgery to clean out a
calcium deposits in his lower leg and will end his college career on the
sidelines. Curry redshirted as a true freshman and must apply to the NCAA for a
hardship sixth year of eligibility if he wants to play for the Bulldogs next
- Juniors David Greene and David Pollack took it easy in practice this week, resting sprained knees but both
are expected to be fine for the October 4th game against Alabama. NFL scouts
rank Pollack as one of the top three junior defensive ends in the nation and
also give Greene high marks.
- Quarterback Ell Roberson is expected to play against Texas on October 4th after missing two games with a hand injury.
- LSU junior Marquise Hill is doubtful for
Saturday's contest at Mississippi State according to head coach Nick Saban. The
pass rush specialist is recovering from an ankle sprain and was unable to play
- A decision is expected soon on whether Texas
A&M offensive lineman Jami Hightower will be able to play this season.
Hightower has been sidelined after taking medication for a severe
- Comments by Grambling football coach Doug Williams
about suspended Maurice Clarett have prompted an
official NCAA inquiry into possible violations of recruiting rules.
- Nevada senior Chance Kretschmer is catching the eyes of NFL scouts. Rebounding from the knee injury that kept him on the sidelines last season, the tough interior runner has accumulated 375-yards rushing in the Packs first three games this season. The junior has a great build (5-11/220) and scouts love his non-stop motor.