2004 Draft Prospects: Week in Review - 11/11-11/15

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

November 10

  • Larry Fitzgerald keeps making his way up draft boards and impressing both NFL and college teams. After Saturday's victory over Virginia Tech, Hokie defensive coordinator Bud Foster was quoted as saying, "I thought Kellen Winslow might be the best athlete in the country, but now I think Fitzgerald might be because of the kind of impact he has on his offense." League scouts consider Fitzgerald as the "most NFL-ready" of any junior in the nation.
  • West Virginia senior running back Quincy Wilson, who left Saturday's Boston College game after spitting up blood, avoided a scare.  What was first thought to be a serious injury turned out to be a harmless hit in Wilson's throat and he is fine.  Wilson has been having a fine campaign and is now considered a late round pick in next April's draft.
  • North Texas State senior guard Nick Zuniga, considered a potential late round pick, broke the school record for career starts with the 45th of his career.
  • Center A.J. Ricker, considered an early second day pick, started his 43rd consecutive game, a new Missouri school record.

November 11

  • Nathan Vasher, who boldly stated his desire to cover Rashaun Woods in Saturday's match-up, got the best of the Big 12's leading receiver.  Vasher held Wood to four-receptions and 43-recieving yards, picking off one pass intended for the Biletnikoff semifinalist and batting down another.
  • Kansas State running back Darren Sproles produced a career-high 201 yards and three touchdowns on just 19 carries, leading the Wildcat offense that totaled 356 rushing yards against Iowa State Saturday.
  • Florida State junior quarterback Chris Rix threw two interceptions and was benched with 8:29 left in the game after completing 16 of 31 passes for 194 yards.
  • Florida State defensive tackle Darnell Dockett was ejected after a flagrant personal foul in the second quarter of Saturday's loss to Clemson.  The infraction might cause him to be suspended for the first half of this week's Seminole game against North Carolina State.  A gifted defender, NFL scouts are worried about many of the poor choices Dockett has made in the past.

November 12

  • Even though he pulled him in Saturday's loss to Florida State, Bobby Bowden stated that junior quarterback Chris Rix would remain the starter for this week clash with North Carolina State.  Bowden did say he may have a quicker hook should Rix start to struggle.
  • Washington State senior quarterback Matt Kegel is doubtful for Saturday's home game against Arizona State after suffering a blow to his right shoulder during the first quarter of Saturday's victory over UCLA.  Kegel has played the last six quarters with a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, originally hurt during the second quarter of a loss at USC
  • West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez announced Monday that senior defense end Fred Blueford's season is over.  Blueford, tore an ACL in Saturday's victory at Boston College.
  • Starting middle linebacker Allen Augustin was on crutches Sunday because of a sprained left ankle suffered in Saturday's loss to Clemson.  Augustin, viewed as a free agent next April, plays middle linebacker but projects to outside linebacker at the next level. 

  • Florida State starting linebacker Michael Boulware was wearing a walking boot and limped badly because of a sprained ankle suffered in Saturday's loss to Clemson.  Most NFL scouts perceive Boulware as a late first round pick in next April's draft.
  • Florida cornerback Keiwan Ratliff intercepted a pass in the final minutes of the game against Vanderbilt Saturday, then sprinted 52-yards down the field for a touchdown, his third score of the season.  Ratliff has now totaled 8-interceptions this season, breaking the Gator single season record.

November 13

  • San Jose State senior quarterback Scott Rislov passed for 461 yards and six touchdowns in the first half alone against UTEP, then finished the game with a Sun Bowl-record 543 yards and seven touchdowns.   Rislov, who's impressed scouts since taking the reigns for the Spartans last season, is viewed as a late round pick.
  • SMU senior cornerback Jonas Rutledge has been invited to play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic, formerly the Paradise Bowl.  Rutledge, who ranks second in the nation in kickoff returns, leads the Mustangs with three interceptions.
  • As reported earlier this week, Vernon Carey sprained an ankle during Saturday's loss to Tennessee.  His status for this weekend is still up in the air as he's been walking around in a cast.
  • Robert Quiroga became the seventh player in Big 12 history to return a kick 100-yards for a touchdown.  He did so last week against Texas Tech.
  • Oklahoma senior quarterback Jason White is making a big move up draft boards.  White has a pass efficiency rating of 176.59, number one in the nation. He has thrown 32 touchdown passes yet has only finished three games this season as White is usually taken off the field since the Sooners continually beat up on opponents. With two major knee injuries in the past, White's pre-draft medical exams are important.  Speculation is he will be invited to the Senior Bowl.

November 14

  • Ivan Williams, who has been plagued with knee problems from the start of the season, is once again questionable due to the bothersome joint.  A powerful, triple threat fullback, Williams has the physical skills to be the top player at his position but may go undrafted as he is bound to be red-flagged medically prior to April.
  • Record setting passer B.J. Symons of Texas Tech reinjured his left knee against Baylor and will likely require arthroscopic surgery after the season.
  • San Joes State tight end Courtney Anderson is raising eyebrows as well as his draft stock.  The big athlete, who moved into the fulltime-starting role for the Spartans this season, caught three passes for 100-yards last Saturday against UTEP.  All three receptions resulted in touchdowns, which tied a Sun Bowl record.
  • Maryland senior running back Bruce Perry jogged along a football field this week in practice but did not participate in many of the drills. Perry's status for this weekend remains questionable as he is still suffering form a sprained left ankle originally injured in a victory over North Carolina on November 1.  

  • USC linebacker Melvin Simmons, considered a late round pick in April's draft is questionable for the Trojans game this weekend after suffering a lower leg injury.
  • University of Houston center Rex Hadnot was selected to play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic on January 17. Hadnot has started 32 straight games at guard or center for the Cougars.

November 15

  • California tailback Adimchinobe Echemandu, the number two rusher in the Pac-10 and a sleeper in next April's draft who started off the season like a house on fire, is questionable for Saturday's game against Washington.   Echemandu sprained his ankle in Saturday's loss at Oregon and was limping badly after the game.
  • Stanford quarterback Chris Lewis, benched during the start of the season, had his best statistical day in almost two years.  Lewis completed 18-of-34 for 279 yards and three touchdowns and ran 11 yards for a score in Stanford's surprise win over Arizona State Saturday.  Lewis is a prospect NFL scouts were eager to see this season and the fireball thrower is starting to show rays of hope.
  • Earnest Wilford, the highly ranked receiver from Virginia Tech who has had an up-and-down year, is baffled by the Hokies rotational system at quarterback.  "Yeah, I'm still surprised it's going on," Wilford said. "It's crazy right now."   Wilford leads the team with 34 receptions and 522 receiving yards and feels Bryan Randall, who began the season as the team's starter, is best suited to lead the offense.
  • Forgotten in the Virginia Tech loss to Pittsburgh last Saturday was the performance of junior tailback Kevin Jones, considered the number one NFL prospect at running back in the nation.  Jones carried the ball 30 times for a school-record 241 yards and personal-best four touchdowns.
  • Former Miami-Ohio and Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler was on hand Wednesday at Yager Stadium and watched junior quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, rated as the nation's number one quarterback prospect by the TFY Draft Preview since September of 2002, completed 18-of-29 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns.  Schembechler later commented, "He's very talented and there isn't anything he can't do."

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