2004 Draft Prospects: Week in Review - 11/17-11/21

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

November 17
  • Ernest Wilford has confirmed receiving an invitation to January's Senior Bowl in Mobile, and will attend.

  • A week after setting a single game career high mark, Kevin Jones set a Virginia Tech record with his seventh 100-yard+ rushing performance of the season, which he produced against Temple on Saturday.

  • In the midst of a breakout season, which has caught the attention of NFL scouts, Florida State junior wide out Craphonso Thorpe saw his season end Saturday. Thorpe suffered a broken right leg in Saturday's overtime win against North Carolina State, an injury which required surgery.

  • USC senior defensive end Omar Nazel, a potential late round choice, needed surgery to repair ligaments in his right thumb and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

  • Oklahoma State senior running back Tatum Bell was sidelined early in Saturday's game with a sprained ankle. Though not considered serious, this has been a problem for Bell who missed two games last season with ankle problems. While NFL scouts think highly of Bell, they do not project him as a feature back that can handle the every down running duties at the next level.

November 18

  • The Sooners expect senior starting Renaldo Works back this weekend. Works missed the past two games with a bruised back.

  • North Carolina State senior quarterback Philip Rivers will start his 50th straight game this weekend, an NCAA record.

  • Pittsburgh Panther head coach Walt Harris has thrown out the possibility of benching senior defensive end said end Claude Harriott this weekend at Temple. Harriott has had an awful season with totals of 2 sacks and seven tackles for loss to date. Once considered a potential late first round pick, Harriott needs a strong post-season to salvage his draft ranking.

  • Is this the last Civil War for Oregon State junior running back Steven Jackson? Many are saying yes, as the big ball carrier is ready to make the jump into the NFL. Jackson leads the Pac-10 in rushing piling up 1,266 yards, averaging 126.6 yards a game and 4.5 yards a carry. Jackson set a single-season record for Oregon State last year with 1,690 yards on the ground.

  • Middle linebacker Marc Dailey, a good future prospect from Fresno State, is at full strength after spraining knee ligaments in the season opener and missing three games.

November 19

  • Georgia quarterback David Greene emphatically stated he is definitely staying for his senior year. Greene, one of the SEC's best passers as a sophomore, is struggling through a junior campaign, which has been highlighted by the numerous injuries that have hit the Bulldog offense.

  • Georgia junior defensive end David Pollack, one of the nation's best pass rushers, is undecided as to where his future may lay. Though Pollack stated he wants to return to Athens for his senior campaign, family concerns may force his hand to the next level.

  • North Texas defensive tackle Brandon Kennedy continues to impress scouts during a terrific senior campaign. With one game left in the regular season Kennedy has totaled 16 tackles for a loss and six sacks. Not even 6-feet tall, NFL scouts are overlooking Kennedy's lack of height and a good post season will push him into the middle rounds.

  • Boston College junior guard Chris Snee injured his knee early in the game against Rutgers on Saturday. Snee will undergo further analysis on the injured joint.

  • UCLA defensive end Dave Ball, who leads the nation with 15 1/2 sacks, was chosen one of five finalists for the 2003 Bronko Nagurski Award, given to the best defensive player in college football. This Saturday, against the rival USC Trojans, Ball will be facing potentially his toughest test of the year when he faces off against tackle Jacob Rogers, highly rated by NFL scouts.

November 20

  • Running back Bobby Purify will have surgery on Friday to clean out a calcium deposit from a high ankle sprain suffered September 13, which has sidelined him most of the season. It will officially end Purify's season, and the Colorado back will petition for a medical redshirt.

  • Texas coach Mack Brown said senior tight end Bo Scaife may apply for a sixth year of eligibility. Scaife missed the 2002 season with a knee injury. He has played in each game this season and caught 14 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown.

  • Until this year, Ohio State tight end Hartsock was used mainly as a blocker but his role has been redefined. Hartsock became an offensive threat and has totaled a career-high 31 receptions for 277 yards and two touchdowns, exceeding his career totals of 25 catches for 229 yards and three touchdowns.

  • West Virginia linebacker Grant Wiley leads the nation in forced fumbles with seven and is second in the country with 13.1 tackles per game. Against Pittsburgh, he had 15 tackles and a key interception and has been named one of the five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award, given annually by the Football Writers Association of America to the best defensive player in America. Wiley has improved his ranking considerably in the eyes of NFL scouts.

November 21

  • The Wisconsin Badgers are preparing to face Iowa this Saturday without the services of junior tailback Anthony Davis. Davis has missed five full games, including the last two, and parts of three others because of recurring ankle problems.

  • Pittsburgh Panther head coach Walt Harris announced that running back Brandon Miree, who has missed the Panthers' past seven games with a stress fracture, will start at tailback Saturday against Temple.

  • Washington State quarterback Matt Kegel insists that he will be on the field for Saturday's Apple Cup game against Washington. In one interview, Kegel was asked, "will you play Saturday?" His answer, "Do birds fly?" Kegel has suffered with both knee and shoulder injuries the past month.

  • Jason David, considered by NFL scouts as one of the best nickel backs available in April's draft, is coming off a terrible performance last week against Arizona State and must now face Reggie Williams in Saturday's Apple Cup. Recognized as one of the top cornerbacks in the Pac-10, David is one of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award and holds three Cougars interception records, including most returns for touchdowns.

  • Arizona State running back Mike Williams, considered a potential sleeper prospect for next April's draft at seasons start, has fallen off the radar screen. Williams lost his starting job by the fourth game of the year and then had his season end when he broke his hand blocking a punt in practice six weeks ago.  

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