Week in Review: November 7th

A look at the stories and news effecting the top NFL-prospects in the nation.

Monday

  • Oklahoma senior passer Jason White, the 2003 Heisman winner, threw for 292 yards and  five touchdown passes during the Sooners' 42-35 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday. Included was a 39-yard pass scoring strike to Mark Bradley, which came in the waning moments of the contest when the score was tied.  Not only has White jumped back into the 2004 Heisman race but his penchant to continually come through in the clutch has NFL-scouts buzzing.
  • Texas senior linebacker Derrick Johnson, a consensus top 15 selection in next April's draft, posted 18 tackles against Oklahoma State last Saturday.  Included was one play in which Johnson ran down the Cowboys explosive running back Vernand Morency on a 70-yard pass reception.
  • Oklahoma State cornerback Darrent Williams, who had missed four games with a broken arm earlier in the season, may make a return to fulltime play this Saturday against Baylor.  Williams is considered a solid middle-round selection for April's draft.
  • Looking for a sleeper at running back in next April's draft?  Look no further than Virginia ball carrier Alvin Pearman.  The all-purpose back totaled 170-yards rushing Saturday against Maryland and has also added 17-receptions this season.
  • Clemson junior cornerback Justin Miller has NFL scouts buzzing for several reasons.  Not only is Miller a shutdown cornerback with excellent size but he is also a game breaking return specialist that has averaged more then 33-yards per kick return and 14-yards per punt returning, bringing three back for touchdowns.  The chatter is starting that Miller will leave Clemson and enter next April's draft.

Tuesday

  • Purdue senior quarterback Kyle Orton, who sat out Saturday's loss to Iowa, could be back in the starting lineup for this weekends home game versus Ohio State.  Considered a top 75-choice in next April's draft, Orton has been bothered by a hip injury the past few weeks.
  • Virginia senior defensive end Chris Canty, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Syracuse in September, has been rehabilitating in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Surgery on Canty's dislocated left knee was performed on September 30. Prior to his injury Canty was considered a potential top-45 choice for next April's draft but is now likely to fall out of the first day.
  • Virginia Tech senior defensive lineman Jim Davis may be finally turning the corner.  The big end came up with an improtant sack in Saturday's victory over North Carolina which knocked the Tar Heels out of field goal range.  A talented prospect, Davis has had his college career marred with injury and inconsistency yet NFL-scouts have high hopes for him moving towards next April's draft.
  • "Mathias Kiwanuka has had outstanding season," said Boston College coach Tom O'Brien on Monday. In eight games Kiwanuka has totaled six sacks, 12 tackles for loss as well as two interceptions, one which was brought back for a touchdown during a critical moment during last Saturday's victory over Rutgers.  Only a junior, Kiwanuka is already looked upon as a top 10-selection in next April's draft.

Wednesday

  • Syracuse senior running back Walter Reyes, considered one of the better third down backs that will be available in next April's draft, will miss this weekend's game if not longer, after tearing a muscle in his right shoulder in Saturday's overtime win over Pittsburgh
  • Colorado senior tight end Quinn Sypniewski, who played three games this year before suffering a broken fibula and high ankle sprain, is unlikely to return this season.  After missing all of the 2003 campaign with a toe injury Sypniewski is considering petitioning the NCAA for a sixth.  Considered by most a potential late round choice, he will fall off draft boards due to the inability to remain healthy.
  • One receiver who has scouts buzzing is Louisville's J.R. Russell.  Leading Conference USA with and average of 6.2 catches per game, Russell is a big-bodied wide out that perfectly fits the mold of "possession receiver".  He is a likely first day pick in April.
  • Georgia quarterback David Greene was unable to practice on Monday due to a stomach virus.  While Greene is expected to play on Saturday against Auburn, it is likely to be a game time decision. Greene has not missed a practice all season and recently passed Peyton Manning for most wins by a Division I-A quarterback, earning his 40th in Georgia's victory over Kentucky last Saturday.  Greene presently grades out as a second round pick in next April's draft.
  • With the injuries to Erik Ainge and Brent Schaeffer, Tennessee senior C.J. Leak will get another shot at quarterback after moving to defense earlier this season.  Considered a marginal late round draft pick, Leak's inability to grab hold of the Volunteers starting quarterback position has many teams discounting his potential at the next level.
  • UVA offensive guard Elton Brown has really impressed NFL scouts with his play this season.  The senior leads the Cavaliers offensive line, which offers the best running game in the ACC.  Formerly considered a late first day selection, many now feel Brown has moved into the initial 60-picks in next April's draft.

Friday

  • Miami Hurricane cornerback  Antrel Rolle, a consensus top ten selection in next April's draft and the number one rated player at his position, was unable to practice during the week with a turf toe injury and is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia.
  • USC cornerback Kevin Arbet suffered a knee sprain in last Saturday's game at Oregon State and is expected to be sidelined for two weeks.  A sixth year senior, Arbet was at one-time a promising NFL prospect but has seen his last three seasons on the college field marred with injuries.
  • Miami Hurricane running back Frank Gore turned an ankle in last Saturday's loss to Clemson.  Only a junior, Gore is a talented ball carrier whose NFL stock has dropped dramatically because of injuries.
  • North Carolina State offensive tackle Chris Colmer, ranked as one of the top NFL-prospects in the nation by the Blesto scouting service, has been playing with pain in his shoulder.  Colmer missed all of the 2003 season because of a viral condition that affected the nerves in his left shoulder and was granted a sixth year of eligibility.  And while he's in good shape Wolfpack coaches readily admit Colmer plays with pain in his shoulder almost every week.
  • Alabama offensive tackle Wesley Britt, considered a late first round pick in next April's draft by several NFL-scouts, injured his left foot during last weekends victory over Mississippi State and may be sidelined this Saturday against LSU. Unfortunate in that a good showing by Britt against the Tigers Marcus Spears, one of the nations best pass rushers, would've gone a long way to solidify first round status.
  • Offensive lineman Brandon Phillips will not play again this season. Phillips broke a bone in his leg that will end his Wildcat career. Phillps has battled injuries throughout his career and was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

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