Scout Sightings: Louisville-Rutgers

It was a game for the ages for northeast college football as Rutgers pulled the upset. It was also a contest which had scouts from ten different NFL teams on hand to inspect the talent. Here's a breakdown of the players they were watching as well as major news on the draft status for Michael Bush and several Louisville underclassmen.

NY Jets: Former general manager Terry Bradway was on hand to scout the game.  He took a lot of notes on three separate players from Louisville.  The first was running back Kolby Smith, the Cardinal's athletic ball carrier.  The next was quarterback Brian Brohm.  And finally he closely inspected defensive tackle Amobi Okoye.  Interestingly he did not seem to have much interest in either receiver Mario Urrutia or linebacker Nate Harris, both also from Louisville.

Arizona Cardinals:  The Cardinals scout on hand was very active throughout the evening.  He watched both of Louisville's senior blockers, Kurt Quarterman and Renardo FosterRutgers guard Cameron Stephenson was also on the Cards list.  The team also had an interest in fullback Brian Leonard of Rutgers.  Finally they watched a pair of Louisville defenders, linebacker Nate Harris and cornerback William Gay.

Indianapolis Colts: To their credit the Colts have been very active this year.  Just about every game we've scouted live the Colts have been in attendance.  As was the case with the West Virginia-UConn game several weeks ago the team concentrated on one-gap linebackers, specifically Devraun Thompson of Rutgers.  Flying around the field all evening making plays, there is a bit of irony in the Colts interest in Thompson considering the story of Gary Brackett, one of the team's top linebackers today.  They also focused on Rutgers defensive tackle Rameel Meekins, an explosive one-gap lineman.

Baltimore Ravens: The focus was underclassman Mario Urrutia from Louisville, who would add size at receiver.  Cardinal corner William Gay was also focused on as was his teammate, guard Kurt Quartermann.  Surprisingly the team also liked Brian Leonard.

Chicago Bears: With needs at guard the team focused on Quartermann and Stephenson.  Linebacker Nate Harris was also targeted as was Rutgers tight end/long snapper Clark Harris.

New York GiantsThe team liked William Gay a bunch as the UL corner is tough and feisty.  Rutgers receiver/return specialist Willie Foster was also targeted by the team.  And just as their New York counterparts, the Giants focused on running back Kolby Smith.

San Francisco 49ers: The 'Niners really focused on the offensive side of the ball. Rutgers receiver/return specialist Willie Foster and both of Louisville's junior wide outs, Mario Urrutia and Harry Douglas were targeted.  Fullback Brian Leonard was heavily watched as was Louisville cornerback William Gay

Miami Dolphins:  Miami almost singularly concentrated on the lines of scrimmage.  UL defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, guard Kurt Quarterman and Cameron Stephenson (Rutgers) as well as Renardo Foster (Louisville) a college tackle who many project to guard, were focused on.  

While the scouts on hand provided us with plenty of information there was just as much news from the Louisville locker room after the game.

We spoke with several people involved with the program about the status of the Louisville juniors and got some very frank answers.

Michael Bush is not expected back with the program and everyone we spoke with told us he will enter the draft.  Bush, who broke his leg during the first game of the season, was on hand and looked okay walking around.

The story is not as clear with quarterback Brian Brohm.  Sources told us they cannot get a good read on what the signal callers next move will be.  The feeling is he's slightly leaning towards entering the draft after seeing what happened to his teammate Michael Bush then sustaining a thumb injury himself which put him on the sidelines for a few weeks.

Amongst scouts the belief is Brohm is not NFL-ready and may not even be the top junior quarterback prospect.  That title could be held by Jamarcus Russell of LSU.

Brohm looked terrible during the second half of the game showing little poise and even less patience in the face of pressure.  

After the game we spoke with Louisville coach Bobby Petrino who admitted extra protections and protection packages were put in place during the last two quarters.  Petrino also said it was obvious Brohm was not looking downfield and ran the ball too much.  

The Cardinals coach looked visibly upset to the point of being perturbed about the situation.  It was a nice way of saying Brohm had cabin fever in the second half and was watching out for pass rushers more than he was looking for pass catchers.  His draft stock took a big hit.

Surprisingly the most definitive answer we received was about the draft status of receiver Mario Urrutia.  When asked if he would leave for the NFL after this season the answer was a resounding, "he is gone" from sources in the UL locker room.  

We asked about Urrutia's 40-time and no one seemed to know the answer for sure.

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