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BFTB Scouting: College Football Week 10

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Week 9 recap:

  • Let me just summarize all the amazingness of  Georgia WR A.J. Green. Early in the game he caught a quick pass and stiff armed a defender and pushed him ahead with just his arm for a few yards before going out of bounds. Later he had a similar catch and stiff armed one defender to the ground, then Florida S Ahmad Black came to make the tackle and got stiff armed away while Green picked up a yard or two. Down by 7 with his team driving he made a great diving catch for a first down and then to tie the game he caught a TD pass between bracket double coverage and held onto the ball while taking a hit. Truly a top prospect.
  • San Diego St. DeMarco Sampson put on a show for the Aztecs. He didn't have his issues with the drops this week and had some big TD receptions. Great performance. He'll need a couple more of these and a good All Star game performance to earn a mid round draft spot.
  • Mr. Beaver Jacquizz Rodgers was at it again. He had an 11 yard passing TD, 119 rushing yards for 3 TDs ad 11 receiving yards.

Week 9 Key Matchups
Alabama
(7-1) vs LSU
(7-1) Saturday 11/6 12:30 PM PT (CBS)
Oregon St.
(4-3) vs UCLA
(3-5) Saturday 11/6 4:00 PM PT (Versus)
Oklahoma
(7-1) vs Texas A&M
(5-3) Saturday 11/6 4:00 PM PT (Fox Sports West)
Arkansas (6-2) vs South Carolina
(6-2) Saturday 11/6 4:00 PM PT (ESPN)

Every week I'll also ask all of you to please share what games you'll be watching and what players you'd think would look good in blue and gold or just generally impressed/disappointed you.

Oregon St. vs UCLA
It's been a while since Oregon St. got introduced here back in week 3. One of the players introduced was RB Jacquizz Rodgers. Since then I've called him Mr. Beaver, partly because it sounds funny and mostly because he is the Oregon St. Beaver football team. He's had some absolutely monster football games including last week's game that I mentioned in the recap above. The Chargers should serious consider this guy as a Sproles replacement/upgrade. I'm hoping no one takes a chance on him in the first round, but if he's there in the second round he might be worth it. He could be as dynamic as Dexter McCluster who the Chiefs used a second round pick on. The Beavers also have one of the top DE/DT prospects in Stephen Paea. His work this year has shot his draft grade way up to the point where he has value as a 4-3 DT in the top of the first round. That pretty much prices him out for the Chargers because I would recommend drafted a 3-4 DE that high especially since he's a little short for the position. I suppose he could be a NT, but the Chargers like what they have there for now I think. UCLA makes a return here after I profiled them in week 8 and promptly got trounced by Oregon. The Bruins boast one of the top OLB in Akeem Ayers who could be a target for the Chargers if they end up drafting in the mid 1st round or higher. They also have one of the top safeties in Rahim Moore who could be a first round pick or be available in the top half of the second round. Both should make a bigger impact in this game than they did against Oregon.

 

Oklahoma vs Texas A&M
The Sooners have been a part of a featured matchup a bunch of times this year going back to week 2 when they were playing Florida St. We like them because they have multiple high draft pick caliber players at positions the Chargers may be looking to address with high draft picks. As a refresher those players are LB Travis Lewis, DE/OLB Jeremy Beal, S Quinton Carter, RB DeMarco Murray and WR Ryan Broyles. Lewis could play ILB or OLB, but I think he'd be outstanding as a ILB for the Chargers. Beal is a early rounds prospect that can rush the passer, but is a liability in coverage. Carter is a solid DB that could play alongside Eric Weddle. Murray could be a 3rd down back and an asset out of the backfield, but could require an early pick. Broyles' value has been rocketing him towards the first round with great games like his 200 yard effort last week, but he's not quite as tall as the Chargers would probably like. Texas A&M has one player we like in OLB Von Miller who we profiled in week 8. He's a pass rushing LB that led the FCS in sacks last year. When we feature him against Missouri he played a lot of coverage against the spread. Oklahoma also runs a spread, but likes to get into traditional formations too, so he should get some shots on Sooner QB Landry Jones.

 

Arkansas vs South Carolina
Arkansas has one prospect we've been tracking in OT Demarcus Love. Back in week 4 he was facing Alabama and the Chargers didn't have Marcus McNeill signed. So at the time we were curious about a first round OT prospect facing the defending champs. However, even though he's still a very good prospect the Chargers are now set at LT and are unlikely to spend a high pick on a RT. The Razorbacks also have a QB prospect in Ryan Mallett who looks like he'll be a 1st round draft pick, which is always interesting. Back in week 4 Arkansas didn't knock off Alabama even though they came close, but the next week South Carolina did. The Gamecocks are a talented football team coached by the great Steve Spurrier. They don't have a ton of prospects the Bolts would be interested, but there is one pass rusher we can watch in this SEC clash.

Cliff Matthews, South Carolina, DE/OLB, Senior, 6'4, 263 lbs (3rd round) - A guy with a good motor who has good skills for getting after the passer. He plays with his hand on the ground in college and that exposes his lack of strength against blockers. His main assets are his hands, feet and determination, which will work better as a OLB. He's also got a good spin move. He's a little stiff though so he's not ideal for dropping into coverage. He's got good football smarts and can sniff out screens and draws. He's a hard worker and a team captain dating back to his junior campaign.

Alabama vs LSU
This is a high profile SEC matchup that features two teams that don't lose a lot of games. Both teams come in with one loss and any dreams of a National Championship for either rest on winning this game and avoiding going to two losses. Both teams are coming off of bye weeks, but LSU is also coming off of their first loss of the season. The loss was to currently top-ranked Auburn Tigers, so the Bayou Bengals don't have much to be ashamed about. Still, these are proud programs and talented teams that badly need to win this game. It provides all our watched prospects with big opportunities to show off their skills at highest level of competition that collegiate football provides. OLB Kelvin Sheppard will go against some of the top OLs in the country and chase down two of the top running backs in the country. LSU WR Terrence Tolliver will have to watch out for ball-hawking Alabama S Mark Barron. And Alabama WR Julio Jones will have to face off of against possibly the best CB prospect in the nation in LSU's Patrick Peterson. 

 

Tracking Prospects Mentioned In Previous Articles:

Prospect Name College Position Week 4 Opponent Notes
Noel Devine West Virginia RB Bye 16 car. 67 yds.
DeMarco Murray Oklahoma RB Texas A&M 11 car. 40 yds. 1 TD. 10 rec. 73 yds.
Jacquizz Rodgers Oregon St. RB UCLA
11 yd passing TD. 22 car. 119 yds. 3 TDs. 3 rec. 11 yds.
Brandon Saine Ohio State RB Bye 6 car. 23 yds
Jonathan Baldwin Pittsburgh WR Bye
4 rec. 24 yds.
Armon Binns Cincinnati WR Bye
3 rec. 28 yds.
Vincent Brown San Diego St. WR Colorado St. 5 rec. 144 yds.
Ryan Broyles Oklahoma WR Texas A&M
9 rec. 208 yds. 3 TDs.
Michael Floyd Notre Dame WR Bye
11 rec. 104 yds. 2 TDs.
A.J Green Georgia WR Idaho St. 4 rec. 42 yds. 1 TD.
Leonard Hankerson Miami WR Maryland
6 rec. 90 yds. 1 TD.
Ron Johnson USC WR Arizona St. 4 rec. 65 yds. 1 TD. 55 yd punt return (4 ret. 94 yds.)
Julio Jones Alabama WR LSU
Greg Little North Carolina WR
NCAA ruled him permanently ineligible.
Niles Paul Nebraska WR Iowa St.
1 rec. 21 yds.
Austin Pettis Boise St. WR Hawaii
5 rec. 55 yds. 1 TD
DeVier Posey Ohio State WR Bye 6 rec. 115 yds. 1 TD.
DeMarco Sampson San Diego St. WR Colorado St. 7 rec. 75 yds. 2 TDs.
Terrence Toliver LSU WR Alabama
Nick Toon Wisconsin WR Purdue
Titus Young Boise St. WR Hawaii 4 rec. 69 yds.
Gabe Carimi Wisconsin OT Purdue

 

Demarcus Love Arkansas OT South Carolina
Jason Pinkston Pittsburgh OT Bye
Nick Fairley Auburn DE/DT Chattanooga
Jared Crick Nebraska DE/DT Iowa St.
1 sack
Stephen Paea Oregon St. DE/DT UCLA
Ian Williams Notre Dame DE/DT Bye
Pierre Allen Nebraska DE/OLB Iowa St.
1 sack
Allen Bailey Miami DE/OLB Maryland
Jeremy Beal Oklahoma DE/OLB Texas A&M
1 PBU
Da'Quan Bowers Clemson DE/OLB North Carolina St.

Ryan Kerrigan Purdue DE/OLB Wisconsin
1 sack
Greg Romeus Pittsburgh DE/OLB Bye Back surgery, out indefinitely
Jabaal Sheard Pittsburgh DE/OLB Bye 1.5 sacks, 2 FF and 2.0 TFLs
Kelvin Sheppard LSU DE/OLB Alabama
Akeem Ayers UCLA OLB Oregon St.
Bruce Carter North Carolina OLB Florida St.
1 sack and 1 hurry
Brandon Hicks Florida OLB Vanderbilt
Von Miller Texas A&M OLB Oklahoma
1 sack and 1 hurry
Ross Homan Ohio State ILB Bye Foot injury, out for a few games
Nate Irving North Carolina St. ILB Clemson

Greg Jones Michigan St. ILB Minnesota
Casey Matthews Oregon ILB Washington

Quan Sturdivant North Carolina ILB Florida St.

Travis Lewis Oklahoma LB Texas A&M
1 PBU
Colin McCarthy Miami LB Maryland
1 Int
Prince Amukamara Nebraska CB Iowa St.
Chykie Brown Texas CB Kansas St.

Curtis Brown Texas CB Kansas St.
1 PBU and some dumb penalties
Rashad Carmichael Virginia Tech CB Georgia Tech

Chimdi Chekwa Ohio State CB Bye 1 Int, 1 sack, 1 FF.
Marcus Gilchrist Clemson CB North Carolina St.

Brandon Harris Miami CB Maryland

Janoris Jenkins Florida CB Vanderbilt
1 Int. Was mostly covering A.J. Green. Georgia afraid to challenge him even with 1-on-1 soft coverage in overtime.
Brandon Hogan West Virginia CB Bye
Patrick Peterson LSU CB Alabama

Aaron Williams Texas CB Kansas St.
1 PBU
Shareece Wright USC CB Arizona St. 1 PBU
Mark Barron Alabama S LSU

Ahmed Black Florida S Vanderbilt
1 sack, 1 FF.
Quinton Carter Oklahoma S Texas A&M

DeAndre McDaniel Clemson S North Carolina St.

Rahim Moore UCLA S Oregon St.
1 Fumble recovery and 1 rec. 11 yds.
Robert Sands West Virginia S Bye
Deunta Williams North Carolina S Florida St.