2004 Draft Prospects: Week in Review - 10/27-10/31

Here is this week's draft prospect Hot News, provided by TheInsiders draft experts at TFY Draft Preview.

October 27
  • The LSU defense held Carnell "Cadillac" Williams to 61 yards on 20 carries in the Tigers Saturday night victory over Auburn. Williams had been on a roll becoming the first player in history to win three straight player-of-the-week awards in the SEC. Then there was a Heisman push and thoughts of entering the draft.
  • LSU junior Marquis Hill is moving up draft boards and making scouts take notice. Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville pointed out Hill and his cohorts stating "LSU's defensive line controlled the trenches," after the Tigers beat up on Auburn Saturday evening.
  • The play of Florida State junior Chris Rix continues to improve and his performances have not been lost with NFL scouts. Rix completed 22 of 34 passes and moved ahead of Gary Huff into second place on Florida State's career passing yardage list.
  • Alabama sophomore offensive tackle Wesley Britt broke his left leg during the first quarter of Saturday's game against Tennessee and was carted off the field on a stretcher. Britt is considered a top left tackle prospect in the making.
  • An ankle injury befell Arizona State starting quarterback Andrew Walter and he was knocked out of Saturday night's loss to UCLA with six minutes left in the second quarter. Walter is considered a potential first round pick if he enters next April's draft and is widely held as the nations second best underclassmen quarterback prospect.
  • Defensive tackle Rodney Leslie, who was questionable going into Saturday night's game with a clavicle injury, was knocked out early in the first quarter because of an ankle injury. This has become problematic for Leslie who continues to watch his draft stock slip.

October 28

  • North Carolina State senior Chris Colmer, considered by most NFL scouts as a potential late first day pick, will probably end his 2003 season without playing a down. Colmer contracted Parsonage-Turner Syndromerare in preseason practice. Potentially brought on by a viral infection, the illness has caused numbness and weakness in his left shoulder. The way things stand now Colmer would not be drafted. He could apply for a medical hardship and potentially return to NCSU for a sixth season.
  • University of Memphis nose/defensive tackle Albert Means has been playing well and improving his draft stock. Means was greatly responsible for holding Tulane quarterback J.P. Losman to one second-half touchdown and a season-low 105 passing yards. The prior week Means helped the Tiger defense shut out a productive Houston Cougar offense for three quarters. The much maligned prospect was married over the summer, which many scouts feel has had a settling effect in his life. Factor in defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn's attack system, and NFL scouts like what they are seeing from Means.
  • Georgia senior starting cornerback Decory Bryant suffered a potentially career-ending neck injury during Saturday's win over Alabama-Birmingham. Bryant had a rod inserted in his neck on Sunday morning to heal heal what many are calling a broken third and fourth vertebrae in his neck.
  • Pittsburgh receiver Larry Fitzgerald continues to impress NFL scouts. Catching eight passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns, Fitzgerald has caught a touchdown pass in 13 consecutive games. It was also Fitzgerald's sixth 100-yard game of the season.
  • Texas junior running back Cedric Benson may start against Nebraska on Saturday, depending on how his week of practice goes. Benson did not play last week after being charged for misdemeanor criminal trespassing. Sources have told the TFY Draft Preview it was Benson's intention to declare for the NFL draft prior to this legal matter.

October 29

  • Senior quarterback Luke McCown passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns for Louisiana Tech (4-4, 2-3 WAC) in their comeback win over Nevada. Louisiana Tech trailed 21-3 early in the second quarter but outscored the Wolfpack 31-13 in the second half. McCown's resiliency and leadership skills have not gotten past NFL scouts this season.
  • Pittsburgh cornerback Shawntae Spencer intercepted a pass and defended three others in Saturday's comeback victory over Syracuse. According to Panther coach Walt Harris, Spencer played his best game of the season.
  • Junior Darren Sproles rushed for 98 yards against Kansas, upping his three-year career total to 2,619, breaking the Kansas State career rushing mark formerly set by Eric Hickson. Hickson's four-year total was 2,537 yards.
  • Running back Clarence Farmer was dismissed from the Arizona football program on Tuesday after reporting late for practice. Interim coach Mike Hankwitz was quoted as saying, "I met with Farmer numerous times up to this point and then met with him again today," Hankwitz said after Tuesday's workout. "He was late for practice, and as far as I'm concerned he sealed his own fate." Farmer was benched for the first quarter of Saturday's 42-14 loss at California for a separate "violations of team rules."
  • Penn State receiver Tony Johnson, will be suspended for a second game following his DUI arrest two weeks ago.

October 30

  • Oklahoma senior linebacker Pasha Jackson is expected to play in Saturday's game against Oklahoma State. Jackson, considered a possible late first day pick in next April's draft, missed three games after straining an MCL in his knee against Iowa State during the first weekend of October.
  • Receiver Fred Gibson, whose assorted injuries caused him to sit on the sidelines for much of the last five games, says he's ready to play in Saturday's big match-up against Florida. After getting of to a scorching start this season Gibson suffered a deep hamstring injury then a knee bruise which drastically slowed his production. A potential top 60-choice, the Georgia junior made overtures towards entering the draft after this year.
  • Alabama offensive tackle Wesley Britt underwent surgery Sunday to repair a broken left leg suffered in Saturday's loss to Tennessee. Britt had a rod placed in his left leg during the surgery.
  • Fresno State senior receiver Bernard Berrian, whose been slow to recover from a knee injury that cut short his season in 2002, in now suffering from a hip pointer and is questionable for Saturday's game.
  • Hawaii defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga has received an invitation to play in the January. 17 Hula Bowl and is expected to receive an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl which starts practice on January 19.
  • Hawaii defensive defensive end Travis LaBoy has received an invitation to play in the January. 17 Hula Bowl and is expected to receive an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl which starts practice on January 19.
  • Hawaii cornerback Kelvin Millhouse was invited to the play in next January's Shrine game.

October 31

  • Texas senior safety Dakarai Pearson, a potential late round choice, will miss his third consecutive game with a shoulder injury when the Longhorns take on Nebraska Saturday.
  • Colorado running back Bobby Purify, who has not played since the beginning of September, is doubtful for Saturday's game at Texas Tech. His ankle injury has not been responsive to therapy and surgery may be required to repair the joint. It is looking more and more likely that Purify, a potential late round pick in next April's draft, will apply for a medical red-shirt season.
  • Florida head coach Ron Zook confirmed that star defensive end Bobby McCray has been suspended for this rivalry game against Georgia after missing classes. McCray has been coming of age in 2003 and the pass rush specialist is zooming up draft boards.
  • Hawaii receiver Jeremiah Cockheran his has been bothered by a recurrent ankle sprain which has him playing well below 100%. Cockheran is the Warriors best wide out prospect in June Jones pass happy offense.
  • Tennessee will start Jabari Davis this week against Duke as junior Cedric Houston suffered a high ankle sprain during last week's overtime victory at Alabama. Houston, a prospect with terrific potential for the next level, has yet to answer the serious durability questions scouts have about him.
  • Boston College redshirt-sophomore Mathias Kiwanuka continues to turn the heads of NFL scouts as well as opponents. A first-year starter, he leads the Big East in sacks (8) and has also accounted for 16 quarterback hurries and 10 1/2 tackles for a loss this season. Kiwanuka expects a big game Saturday against a struggling Pittsburgh Panther offensive line. Asked about Kiwanuka skills, Pitt head coach Walt Harris replied, "He is a beast, he is great athlete, he has long arms and plays extremely hard. He is really tough."
  • Arizona State quarterback Andrew Walter has been testing his sprained right ankle this week but it is still undecided whether or not the highly ranked junior can play against California on Saturday.

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