2004 Draft Prospects: Week in Review - 11/03-11/07

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

November 3
  • Pittsburgh receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught a 35-yard touchdown pass to help seal victory against Boston College Saturday in was his NCAA record 14th straight game with a scoring catch. Fitzgerald's 28 touchdowns in his first two seasons is another NCAA record.  He is considered the "most NFL-ready" of all underclassmen prospects by NFL scouts.
  • Baylor receiver Robert Quiroga showed scouts another element to his game.  Returning a kick-off 98-yards for a touchdown, he helped give Baylor and early lead against Kansas State Saturday.  Quiroga has had a terrific senior campaign and the possession receiver is now looked on as a late round pick in next April's draft.
  • Purdue's John Standeford set the Big Ten's all-time career receiving yardage mark on Saturday during the Boilermakers victory over Northwestern.  Standeford has four receptions for 88 yards bringing his career yardage mark to 3418.  David Williams of Illinois previously held the mark of 3392.
  • NFL scouts were incredibly impressed with the performance of Oklahoma cornerback Derek Strait in Saturday's victory over Oklahoma State.  Strait was in large part responsible for holding Cowboy receiver Rashaun Woods to only four receptions and 25-yards receiving.  In the previous two meetings Woods had combined for 20-receptions in the games OSU won. 
  • Michigan's Chris Perry has his game back on track and is once again impressing scouts.  Perry totaled 51-rushing attempts for 219-yards as the Wolverines handed cross-town rival Michigan State their first loss of the year.  It was the second week in a row Perry has come up big against an undefeated team.

November 4

  • Washington senior Cody Pickett is questionable for next weekend's game after suffering a concussion during Saturday's victory over Oregon
  • Washington senior running back Rich Alexis could miss the rest of the regular season because of a torn quadriceps muscle in his left thigh.  The Huskies' leading rusher missed two games with what initially was thought to be a bruised thigh after an October 18th victory at Oregon State.  Alexis, a potential mid-round choice, has had a history of injury problems, which will send up red flags next April.
  • Coach Bob Stoops announced running back Renaldo Works will miss Saturday's game against Texas A&M because of a bruised back he suffered in the second half of last Saturday's game against Oklahoma State.
  • Junior cornerback DeAngelo Hall of Virginia Tech, rated as a potential first round choice in next April's draft, has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.  Hall got into a fight with Antrel Rolle of Miami near the Hurricane bench with five minutes left in the game this weekend.
  • Junior cornerback Antrel Rolle of Miami, rated as a potential day pick in next April's draft, has been suspended for Saturday's game against Tennessee. Rolle got into a fight with DeAngelo Hall of Virginia Tech with five minutes left in the game this weekend.

November 5

  • North Texas running back Patrick Cobbs probably will play in the Mean Green's game against La-Monroe on Saturday even though he sprained his ankle in UNT's 21-0 win over Troy State last Thursday. Cobbs left the game in the third quarter after he rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.
  • After all but disappearing in Texas' big games this year, junior Cedric Benson rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns in the Longhorns victory over Nebraska.  Benson had missed the previous game against Baylor after he was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing.
  • Wisconsin senior quarterback Jim Sorgi, who had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, is expected to start Saturday's game after sitting out the past two weeks. 
  • Junior starting tailback Anthony Davis, who has been hobbled much of the season with ankle injuries, which sidelined him, will possibly, return for Saturday's game at Minnesota.
  • Central Florida head coach Mike Kruczek announced Tuesday that senior quarterback Ryan Schneider had been suspended for the remainder of the season due to a violation of team rules, ending the quarterback's college career.  Coming into the season, the NFL heavily scouted Schneider but shoulder injuries hampered him and finally put him on the sidelines.  After starting 34 consecutive games he leaves as the second leading passer in school history and set a school record tossing a touchdown pass in 28 straight games.

November 6

  • Florida senior defensive end Bobby McCray leads the SEC in sacks with eight and is moving towards breaking the Gators single-season record of 13 set by Alex Brown in 1999. McCray needs to average two sacks in his final three games to pass Brown.  After missing much of August practice with a turf-toe injury, which hampered him in the first part of the season, McCray did not have a sack in Florida's first three games and was suspended for last week's contest against Georgia.
  • Washington quarterback Cody Pickett returned to practice on Wednesday and is likely to start for the Huskies on Saturday at Arizona after suffering a concussion last week against Oregon.
  • Florida State junior receiver Craphonso Thorpe, who has had an outstanding season and is climbing draft boards, torched Notre Dame catching seven passes for 217 yards and a score.  That marked the sixth best performance in FSU history and the highest total for an opposing player against the Irish.  Making it all remarkable was Thorpe did not fly out with the team rather took a commercial flight and landed in Chicago late Friday night.  Thorpe attended the funeral of his grandfather who passed earlier in the week.
  • Washington State quarterback Matt Kegel, whose watched his draft stock soar this season, is likely to start Saturday against UCLA even after suffering a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the second quarter of last Saturday's loss at USC.  Even after the injury, Kegel played in the second half.
  • Texas senior cornerback Nathan Vasher is excited about finally getting his chance to take on Oklahoma State wide out Rashaun Woods one-on-one this Saturday. Woods is third in the country in receiving.   In the past Vasher's been used at safety but has never played straight up against the record breaking receiver.  He was quoted as saying, "It's not going to be a safety over the top kind of stuff, It's going to be him and me and let the best man win."

November 7

  • One new face exciting NFL scouts is junior college transfer Donte Nicholson, who has taken over at strong safety for the Oklahoma Sooners. "He's made a huge impact," Stoops said of Nicholson, he is a physical presence."
  • Off to a scorching start and having a fine campaign, UCLA defensive end Matt Ball may have had a setback.  Though X-rays his strained back were negative, Ball has been unable to practice and is questionable for Saturday's game.
  • Craig Bragg is the first player in UCLA history to catch at least 50 passes in two seasons. Bragg has 50 receptions for 777 yards and three touchdowns this season after catching 55 passes for 889 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore last season.  While NFL scouts were originally focused on Tab Perry, they have changed their sights since last year.
  • Junior cornerback Matt Ware is expected to play Saturday at Washington State after missing three games because of a high ankle sprain.  Ware is highly rated by NFL scouts who are torn as to whether or not he will play corner or safety at the next level.
  • Fresno State senior cornerback Kendall Edwards has not fully recovered from his injury suffered a year ago and has all but disappeared from the roster.  His draft stock has dramatically plummeted.
  • On offense, senior wide receiver Bernard Berrian has seemingly not fully recovered from the knee injury suffered last season and is posting career-low numbers.   NFL scouts are concerned the Fresno State product, once considered a first round pick, seriously damaged his right knee in the opener of the 2002 game against Wisconsin. 
  • Fresno State tailback Rodney Davis, once considered a solid late round pick, has fallen to fourth string and is now an afterthought in next April's draft.
  • Nevada senior defensive end Jorge Cordova leads the WAC leader in sacks (11.5) and tackles for losses (15.5).  His pass rush skills impress NFL scouts but his size is of major concern and most projects Cordova to outside linebacker at the next level.  He presently sits on the short for several All Star Games including the Hula Bowl and Shrine Game.

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