2004 Draft Prospects: Week in Review - 11/24-11/28

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

November 24

  • Michigan running back Chris Perry left Saturday's game against Ohio State with a minor hamstring strain in the first quarter yet came back and rushed for 154 yards on 31 carries to go with his two touchdowns. Perry also had 55-yards receiving on five receptions. Watching his draft stock soar, Perry has answered many of the questions scouts had about his inconsistency and has totaled 1589-yards rushing this season.

  • Brandon Miree returned to the Panther starting line-up Saturday against Temple and rushed for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns on 27 carries. Included was a 76-yard run in the first half. Miree was considered a potential first day pick by NFL scouts coming into the season.

  • Larry Fitzgerald broke his own NCAA record by catching a touchdown pass in his 17th consecutive game Saturday against Temple, finishing the afternoon with seven receptions for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns. It marked the 9th time this year he has gone over the century mark in receiving yards. He has totaled 1,569 receiving yards this season, a Big East record.

  • West Virginia running back Quincy Wilson, nursing an ankle injury he suffered in the second quarter, rushed for 105 yards on 19 carries Saturday against Syracuse. That comes off the heels of a 208-yard and four touchdown rushing performance against Pittsburgh the prior week. Wilson has gained 100 or more yards on the ground in five out of the last six contests and has totaled 1,331 yards rushing on the season. Wilson, considered a potential late round pick coming into the season, has improved his draft ranking immeasurably since September.

  • Running back Derrick Knight ran for 197 yards on 38 carries, scored twice in Saturday's upset victory over Virginia Tech, and in doing so became Boston College's career rushing leader, passing Mike Cloud.

November 25

  • A bothersome knee has finally shelved Texas fullback Ivan Williams for the season. Williams has been on-again, off again because of the injured joint since September. Possibly the most athletically gifted fullback in next April's draft and a true triple-threat player at his position, Williams will be red-flagged medically at next February's combine and will not be selected in the draft. There is an outside shot he could receive a medical hardship and return for a sixth season at Texas.

  • Arkansas tailback Cedric Cobbs finally has a 1,000 yards rushing season even with one game left in the 2003 campaign. He is also completely healthy for the first time since mid-October after pulling a hamstring. Cobbs, who started the season like a house on fire and reminded many of the incredible talent he flashed as a freshman, has climbed back up draft boards for most NFL teams.

  • With 6:36 remaining in Saturday's game against Boston College, Kevin Jones ran the ball 13-yards into the end zone and in doing so set his second school record in as many games. Jones finished the afternoon with 165 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns. The performance gives him 1,419 yards for the year, eclipsing the Virginia Tech single season rushing mark of 1,403 yards previously set by Cyrus Lawrence in 1981.

  • Texas safety Dakarai Pearson, a potential late round pick in next April's draft, has undergone shoulder surgery and is out for the season. Pearson originally hurt the joint back in October.

  • Kansas State junior running back Darren Sproles set a single game rushing record with 273 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries during Saturday night's victory over Missouri.

  • Texas Tech senior passer B.J. Symons broke Ty Detmer's single season passing mark in the second quarter in the second quarter of Saturday's loss to Oklahoma. Finishing with a season-low 230 yards on 31-of-53 passing and hobbled by a knee injury, Symons set a new NCAA record of 5201 passing yards for a single season.

  • Texas wide receiver Roy Williams, ranked as the number one senior prospect for next April's draft, needs just 220 receiving yards to break Kwame Cavil's season record of 1,188 set in 1999.

November 26

  • Texas junior linebacker Derrick Johnson, who has four interceptions this season and eight for his career, needs only one more to break both the career and single season record for a linebacker at Texas. Some NFL scouts consider Johnson as the nation's premier linebacker prospect.

  • Arkansas fullback Mark Pierce, one of the top prospects at his position, has been hampered by a shoulder injury this season. Pierce seemed back to form last Saturday in the Razorbacks blow out win against Mississippi State. While the bothersome joint did flair up, a shot and some pills at halftime eased the pain and allowed Pierce to play in the second half.

  • As reported by the TFY Draft Preview twice since the middle of October, Arizona State junior free safety Jason Shivers may make his final ASU appearance Friday against the rival Wildcats. He is seriously considering leaving college to pursue an NFL career.

  • Jason White threw for four touchdowns Saturday and is the nation's pass efficiency leader. This season White has tossed 40 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions.

November 27

  • Quincy Wilson is questionable for the Mountaineers' regular-season finale against Temple on Saturday. Wilson suffered an ankle sprain against Syracuse, yet still rushed for 105-yards. WVU head coach Rich Rodriguez stated, "It's Senior Day, and I can't see Quincy not playing in the game." The son of former Chicago Bear linebacker Otis Wilson has watched his draft stock increase dramatically after a good senior campaign.

  • Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst tied the Clemson season record of 21 touchdown passes previously set by Woody Dantzler in 2001. Whitehurst also tied his own school single-game touchdown pass record of four in the blowout victory over South Carolina last Saturday. Whitehurst, only a sophomore, has caught the eye of NFL scouts, as he is an athletic quarterback that can also pass the ball.

  • Ohio State strong safety Will Allen has been named to the Football Writers Association of America All-America team. A first year starter, Allen has seen a surge in his draft stock this season.

  • Coach Bob Stoops stated the other day he was confident that Jason White would receive a sixth year of eligibility were he to apply. The NCAA rule allows athletes who miss considerable action because of injuries to apply for another season of eligibility once their eligibility has been completed. White, the nations pass efficiency leader, missed most of the last two seasons with knee injuries.

  • Oklahoma cornerback Derrick Strait's 97-yard interception last Saturday against Texas Tech was the longest non-scoring play of any kind in Sooner history. Strait brought the interception from the OU end zone to the Red Raider 3 yard-line. In doing so Strait the school record for career interception yardage with 397, breaking Darrel Ray's former mark of 312-yards. Strait is considered by NFL scouts as the top senior cornerback in the nation.

  • Senior starting strong safety Maurice Sikes suffered a broken bone in his right hand against Rutgers but is expected to play in Saturday in Pittsburgh. Earlier this year Sikes suffered what seemed to be a season ending knee injury against West Virginia during a Thursday night contest.

  • Georgia junior wide out Fred Gibson, who entered the 2003 college with designs on entering next April's NFL draft, is injured again. Gibson, who missed several weeks early in the campaign with a hamstring strain, suffered a broken finger on his left hand during Saturday's victory over Kentucky.

  • Oklahoma junior wide out Mark Clayton totaled eight catches for 130 yards and a score in Saturday's victory over Texas Tech. Clayton now has seven triple-digit receiving yardage games this season and has also set a single-school record with 71 receptions, breaking Trent Smith's 2001 mark of 66.

 


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