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"Seantrel Henderson"

Robert Mayer – USA Today Sports

Offensive tackle is a premium position. Seantrel Henderson was a premium offensive tackle recruit. It makes sense that Henderson would cash in on his blue-chip status after starting nine games as a true freshman – earning Freshman All-American honors.

Henderson’s career arc didn’t quite arc in the fashion that many felt for the St. Paul, Minnesota native. At 6-foot-8 and nearly 340 pounds, Henderson was viewed as a can’t miss prospect that was courted by every major collegiate program.

Henderson’s recruitment wasn’t exactly smooth. He would commit to USC but not sign his national letter of intent until the end of March due to the pending NCAA investigation. In three months time – once USC received NCAA sanctions – Henderson would request to be released from his national letter of intent. USC granted the request without restrictions – paving the way for Henderson to Miami.  Read the rest of this entry » «Can Seantrel Henderson ever live up to the hype?»

"Jim McElwain"

Troy Babbitt – USA Today Sports

Las Vegas, Nevada - John sat down with current Colorado State head man Jim McElwain. McElwain had an up and down year, filled with injuries, in year one and looking to make his mark in year two. McElwain discusses the depth of the MWC and the potent offenses – specifically the quarterbacks – in the conference. McElwain talks about his years spent with A.J. McCarron at Alabama and recruiting Derek Carr. After the break, listen to the entire interview.  Read the rest of this entry » «Mountain West Conference Media Days: Jim McElwain Interview»

Pac-12 Media Days: Barr and Lee to the Rescue

Posted by John Middlekauff On July - 27 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
"Marqise Lee"

USA TODAY Sports

What’s the one thing the Sony Studios and the Pac-12 have in common – “star power”. From its well-known coaches to its potential top 10 draft picks – the Pac-12  is poised to be the second best conference in the country behind the SEC. The conference is as deep as it has ever been, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see UCLA, Arizona State, USC, Oregon or Stanford make a legitimate run at conference championship. While many teams have a shot to compete for the roses, two player’s standout and really define the conference from a scouts view: UCLA OLB Anthony Barr and USC WR Marqise Lee.  Read the rest of this entry » «Pac-12 Media Days: Barr and Lee to the Rescue»

Pac-12 Media Days: William Sutton Interview

Posted by John Middlekauff On July - 27 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
"Will Sutton"

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Culver City, California - Next up at the Pac-12 media days was Arizona State defensive tackle William Sutton. Sutton made news with his added weight and he talks candidly about his offseason weight gain, a fifth-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee, and being the leader of the Arizona State defense.  Read the rest of this entry » «Pac-12 Media Days: William Sutton Interview»

Pac-12 Media Days: Anthony Barr Interview

Posted by John Middlekauff On July - 27 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
"Anthony Barr"

USA Today Sports

Culver City, California - John took to Culver City for the Pac-12 media day on Friday. He first ran into UCLA stud pass rusher Anthony Barr. Barr talked about adding weight this offseason – without losing his signature speed, being a top pick talked about with the likes of Jadeveon Clowney, and playing for Jim Mora. After the break, take a listen to John’s interview with almost assuredly one of the top prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft.  Read the rest of this entry » «Pac-12 Media Days: Anthony Barr Interview»

"Eddie Lacy"

Benny Sieu – USA Today Sports

NFL training camps are underway, marking the end of a very dark period for football fans. As camps kick off, it begins a battle around the league for making the final 53 roster spots.

The grind of training camp is particularly tough on NFL veterans who are looking over their shoulder at younger players with smaller contracts. Nearly 40 players will be trimmed from rosters between now and September – meaning a whole slew of players will be looking for work.

The 2013 NFL Draft may have lacked a signature quarterback – or player for that matter but made up for it with its depth. That’s bad news for a lot of NFL veterans as teams are always looking to get younger and more fiscally responsible. After the break, check out some of the most intriguing camp battles involving league rookies.  Read the rest of this entry » «NFL rookies with training camp battles on their hands»

Mountain West Conference Media Days: Brian Polian Interview

Posted by John Middlekauff On July - 25 - 20131 COMMENT
"Brian Polian"

Polian is no stranger to stepping out of the shadows

Las Vegas, Nevada - John talks to new Nevada head coach Brian Polian. Polian isn’t foreign to stepping out of the shadows of legends. Polian will be replacing Pistol innovator and Nevada legend Chris Ault at the top of a program on the rise. There’s little doubt after listening to this interview that the future of Nevada is in good hands. Polian discusses the depth of quarterbacks in the MWC, shares personal experiences with his father, and discusses working under Kevin Sumlin and Jim Harbaugh.  Read the rest of this entry » «Mountain West Conference Media Days: Brian Polian Interview»

Four Early Non-Conference Games not to Miss

Posted by Shawn Burns On July - 25 - 20133 COMMENTS

"Aaron Murray"

Georgia at Clemson – Aug 31st

Mark Richt takes the loaded Georgia Bulldogs into Death Valley for a critical game to start the season. Aaron Murray will have one of the most explosive and balanced offensive units in the country at his disposal, and Todd Gurley would be the first RB off the board if he was eligible for the draft this year. Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins lead a high powered offense for the Tigers. There might not be a better QB match up all season than this one. Murray and Boyd both have great pro potential and with strong seasons both could be first round picks next May. If you have not seen a game in Death Valley, make sure you put it on your bucket list. It’s an awesome atmosphere and its college football at its finest.  Read the rest of this entry » «Four Early Non-Conference Games not to Miss»

The Fales and Carr Show

Posted by John Middlekauff On July - 24 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
"David Fales"

Fales and Carr impressive at MWC media days

As a former NFL scout I took away many things from my first official media day experience. I thought both the headline QB’s lived up to the hype. David Fales and Derek Carr both came off as high character individuals, who carried themselves well, and are both very well spoken. Communicating is so important for a QB and both these guys will not struggle in that realm.  When it comes to interviewing with NFL teams, both these players should excel.  Read the rest of this entry » «The Fales and Carr Show»

"Stephen Morris"

Steve Mitchell – USA Today Sports

It shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise that Stephen Morris won the skills competition at the Manning Passing Academy. As arm talent goes – they don’t get any more talented than Morris.

Morris has been lauded as a second-round talent by an NFL scout, called underrated and overlooked by Tony Pauline, is the current infatuation of Bucky Brooks, and is the current ‘buzz’ quarterback – overtaking David Fales. The Morris lovefest is here to stay as he closed the season with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions over the last four games and hasn’t thrown a pick in 139 consecutive passes. Turn on any Miami tape and you’ll find some ‘wow’ throws. On the flipside, you will find just as many head scratchers.

I have no doubt that Morris could emerge into one of, if not the top senior quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft. That said, based on last year’s tape – he’s not there yet. We take to the film to show why Morris is the current ‘buzz’ quarterback and a handful of reasons to exercise a little caution, for now.  Read the rest of this entry » «Taking Miami’s Stephen Morris into the film room»