Scout Watch: Central Michigan at Michigan St.

As the second week of the college football season is about to begin, Scout.com's Chris Steuber has the latest and confirms that eight teams will travel to East Lansing to scout prospects.

Scout.com has confirmed that representatives from the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks will be in East Lansing, Michigan on Saturday to scout an inner-state contest between Central Michigan and Michigan State.


Jones is one of the top linebackers in the country, but it's uncertain if he will leave school early.
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A game that features an interesting head-to-head matchup between Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour, who is one of the premier senior quarterbacks in the country, and an underclassmen who will be responsible for tracking LeFevour’s every move in linebacker Greg Jones.

Currently the fourth rated quarterback by Scout.com, LeFevour presents a difficult challenge to the opposition. His ability to make plays on the run puts pressure on the defense, especially the middle linebacker. And it will be up to Jones to keep an eye on LeFevour, who is coming off of a poor performance against Arizona, where he completed just 58.1-percent of his passes for 108 yards and an interception. Even though it wasn’t his best performance, LeFevour still managed to get in the endzone against the Wildcats on a five-yard run. Jones, on the other hand, had a tremendous game against Montana State and recorded 14 tackles, 2.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks.

At 6-foot-3, 236 pounds, LeFevour has great size and is an intelligent player that others look up to. He sets up in the pocket with great footwork, displays poise and goes through his progressions until the last moment; buying time for the receiver. He has a good feel for the game, senses the rush and is able to use his agility to escape the pocket. He’s always a threat with his feet. He has an over-the-top delivery and displays good accuracy and velocity. He has a good sense of timing and throws a catchable ball on intermediate routes and downfield. He’s a tough player who gives maximum effort and possesses outstanding leadership qualities.

In the mold of former Florida State great and current Detroit Lions linebacker Ernie Sims, the 6-foot-1, 224-pound Jones is an undersized, but explosive defender who has an outstanding all-around game. He’s fast to the line, quickly changes direction and uses his athleticism to force the action. He has great instincts, gets off blocks better than expected and is a sure tackler. He moves well laterally and plays sideline-to-sideline. He’s good in coverage and gets depth on his drops. He’s always around the ball and makes an impact every time he’s on the field.

In addition to LeFevour, the Chippewas also field other prospects that scouts will be interested in on Saturday; senior WR Bryan Anderson and three juniors, WR Antonio Brown, LB Nick Bellore and C Colin Miller. Michigan State also features a promising senior faction, WR Blair White, DE Trevor Anderson, C Joel Nitchman and K Brett Swenson. But it’s the Spartans junior class that has scouts salivating, outside of Jones there are four more underclassmen that are on the scouts radar, WR Mark Dell, TE Charlie Gantt, OLB Eric Gordon and CB Chris L. Rucker.



A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com.


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