Although there still has been no official announcement, but sources at Arizona are saying the star QB Andrew Walter has opted to undergo surgery to repair his injured shoulder and will have the operation next week. Walter, a top prospect for the 2005 draft, separated his shoulder late in the Sun Devils' season finale. Walter had considered letting the injury heal by itself, however, the surgical option offers a better long-term prognosis for his pro career. However, if he does ultimately have the surgery, Walter will almost certainly miss the pre-draft workout phase leading up to next April's draft.
Notre Dame junior DE Justin Tuck is reportedly considering entering the 2005 draft in the wake of the firing of Irish head coach Tyrone Willingham. Tuck, one of the top outside pass rushers in college football, though, reportedly will only seriously look at this year's draft if it appears that he is going to be a first-round pick this year.
Arkansas QB Matt Jones reportedly has decided not to play basketball this winter and instead will concentrate on preparing for the 2005 draft; Jones had suited up with the Arkansas basketball team the past couple of years. The 6-6, 245-pound Jones, one of the most athletic prospects in the 2005 draft class, likely doesn't throw well enough to be more than a fringe QB prospect, but will get a long look as either a WR or TE.
Officials of the Blue-Gray all-star have formally announced the game has been cancelled for this year after a desperate last-minute search for corporate sponsors failed. It is in fact the second time in three years that the Blue-Gray, which has traditionally been played on Christmas Day in Montgomery has been cancelled. Game officials had hopes that this year's game might have been rescheduled for January 8th, but that too was a no-go. Officials will, however, work to try and play the game next year, either in Christmas week or early in January. The Blue-Gray attracted players from schools not playing in the other bowl games.
Selection order if the 2005 NFL draft were held today.
1. San Francisco 2. Miami 3. Cleveland 4. Arizona 5. New Orleans 6. Tennessee 7. Washington 8. Oakland 9. Kansas City 10. Tampa Bay 11. Chicago 12. Carolina 13. Houston 14. Detroit 15. Dallas 16. San Diego (from NY Giants) 17. Seattle 18. St. Louis 19. Dallas (from Buffalo) 20. Jacksonville 21. Cincinnati 22. Denver 23. Minnesota 24. Green Bay 25. Baltimore 26. Atlanta 27. San Diego 28. Indianapolis 29. New York Jets 30. New England 31. Philadelphia 32. Pittsburgh