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Video: Elite Eleven Counselor Challenge

Posted by Brad On July - 31 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
"Johnny Manziel"

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The David Fales hype machine continued to grow its legend as he beat out the likes of Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Football and other top signal callers in the Elite Eleven counselor challenge.

Quarterback guru George Whitfield put the quarterbacks through the paces to weed out the elite in this elite group of collegiate passers. Taking part was Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Michigan’s Devin Gardner, San Jose State’s David Fales, and Georgia Tech’s Vad Lee.

After the break, check out the video from this year’s competition.  Read the rest of this entry » «Video: Elite Eleven Counselor Challenge»

"Carlos Hyde"

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Carlos Hyde remains suspended from The Ohio State University football team but charges won’t be pursued by the alleged victim. A little after a week of the news breaking that Carlos Hyde was a suspect in an alleged assault at Sugar Bar 2 in Columbus – Columbus police have announced the case has been dropped.

Ohio State and Urban Meyer have yet to comment on Hyde’s reinstatement but its safe to assume we’ll hear something before the Buckeyes open fall camp on Sunday.

The 6-foot-1, 242 senior running back rushed for 970 yards and 17 touchdowns last season and figured to be a critical piece of the Buckeyes potentially dangerous running attack. Meyer faced media criticism in the wake of the Aaron Hernandez murder charges and took a strong stance during last week’s Big Ten media days on player discipline. While Hyde has avoided legal sanctions, it’s quite possible that Meyer won’t offer up a free pass on the football side of things.

Hyde was named to the Doak Walker watchlist this offseason and remains our top senior running back despite this setback. Hyde was expected to be Urban Meyer’s best candidate to date to break the 1,000 yard-mark in Meyer’s 10 seasons at the helm. 

After the break, we have the video of Hyde’s July 20 incident.  Read the rest of this entry » «Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde won’t face charges; police release video»

"Aaron Lynch"

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The annual “My Guys” watchlist is here. It has become a favorite of readers as it has featured some breakout stars (Robert Griffin, Russell Wilson). This isn’t a ranking of any sort – just a list of players at each position that I like for one reason or another.

Without further ado, here’s our 2014 NFL Draft defensive “My Guys” watchlist.

Defensive Line

First Team: Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida

It goes without saying that Jadeveon Clowney is first team on every list but I wanted to avoid the obvious. As a true freshman at Notre Dame, I thought Lynch was a sure-fire top five pick whenever he opted to enter the draft. It seems like forever since we’ve seen Lynch on the field and I can’t wait to see him this fall at South Florida. A slimmed down Lynch (listed at 270 at ND, listed at 244 at USF) could be in the mix for a top selection in May with another solid season under his belt.  Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Preseason Defensive “My Guys” Watchlist»

"Colin Kaepernick"

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After spending the last last three training camps at Lehigh University as a scout with the Philadelphia Eagles, I was finally welcomed into another camp as a member of the media. I visited the Raiders on Saturday and the 49ers on Sunday, and it was an eye opening experience. The two teams couldn’t have been more opposite heading into the 2013 season.  The 49ers are a legitimate title contender while the Raiders may only have a legitimate shot at Teddy Bridgewaters services. Here are some of my thoughts from the weekend.  Read the rest of this entry » «Impressions from San Francisco and Oakland Training Camps: Is it Kaepernick and Pryor time?»

"Seantrel Henderson"

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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"

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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"

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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"

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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"

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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"

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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»