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BFTB Scouting: College Football Week 14

Week 13 Notes:

  • It wasn't one of my featured games, but Pittsburgh WR prospect Jonathan Baldwin faced off with West Virginia CB Brandon Hogan last week. Baldwin got the best of the matchup as the 6'5 receiver beat the Mountaineer deep multiple times. Also, in that game S Robert Sands showed his physicality with big hits including a forced fumble.
  • Auburn overcame a 21-0 deficit to beat Alabama 28-27 last Friday. Mark Barron fell victim to a couple of big plays that turned the tide for the Tigers. I'm a little upbeat about this because I still really like Barron, but this could knock his stock down such that he's available to the Bolts in the late 2nd round or later. That would be a steal in my book. Safeties get beat and when they are young and playing against unique competition in college sometimes. It can be excusable if the talent and work ethic is still there. He's only a Junior, so on the other hand a performance like this could keep him in school.
  • Oklahoma S Quinton Carter had a big day picking off 2 passes. He's proven to scouts he can play up in the box. Games like this solidify him as at least a 2nd rounder with a chance to move up.
  • Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd took on USC and CB Shareece Wright. He had a big day with 11 catches and a TD. He's trying to work his way back into the 2nd round after an underwhelming start to the season.

Week 13 Key Matchups
(6-5) vs Florida Atlantic
(4-7) Saturday 12/4 11:00 AM PT (ESPNU)
(11-0) vs South Carolina
(9-3) Saturday 12/4 1:00 PM PT (CBS)
Florida St.
(9-3) vs Virginia Tech
(10-2) Saturday 12/4 4:45 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.

Troy vs Florida Atlantic
This game is about one guy and one guy alone. The Chargers could be drafting a WR or two in this draft in order to overcome a possible exodus of up to 3 receivers. Troy has one of the better ones, but they rarely get publicity or even on television so he goes unnoticed. This was the first opportunity I could find to get this guy on the scouting report. If you're really trying to dig deep in this game then you can also watch Florida Atlantic's offense. Their senior QB Jeff Van Camp, senior WR Lester Dean and senior TE Robert Housler are blips on the NFL radar.

Jerell Jernigan, Troy, WR, Senior, 5'9, 183 lbs (2nd round) - Yes, he's small and yes he doesn't play for a big time school, but he's a legit NFL prospect. With size like his you'd want him to show you something with his legs and that's exactly what he does with excellent top end speed. He also has a good burst which helps him get in and out of breaks. He's not a polished route runner, but that burst gives scouts the opinion that he has a lot of upside there. Obviously, his speed will require a QB that can throw with accuracy down the field since his height will limit his ability to get jump balls. However, with some savvy he should be able to make it work like how Steve Smith and rookie Jacoby Ford do. He's also a threat if you get him the ball in space on short timing routes. He's shown excellent character in his time at Troy and is active in the community. He's also not afraid of the weight room and may bulk up to withstand what the NFL brings week in and week out.

Auburn vs. South Carolina
For the most part we're familiar with the stars of this game and we should also be familiar with the premier matchup in this SEC Championship. Auburn QB Cam Newton is the big star and DE/OLB Cliff Matthews facing off with OT Lee Ziemba is the premier matchup. What I think we should also be watching for are sleepers. Top teams like this often have some quality NFL talent hidden behind their great team efforts and biggest stars. The Tigers I'll be watching are ILB Josh Bynes, RB Mario Fannin, S Zac Etheridge, CB Aairon Savage, DE Antoine Carter and even PK Wes Byrum. On the Gamecocks its mainly about Matthews, but TE Weslye Saunders is a quality mid round prospect and there are potential sleepers in CB Chris Culliver and OT Jarriel King.

Florida St. vs. Virginia Tech
This is a less than impressive crop for a championship game, but it'll do for our scouting purposes. Also, Virginia Tech is on a 10 game winning streak after losing their first two (in a cruel twist of fate, the Hokies can win this game to advance to a BCS game whereas one of the teams that beat them - Boise State - will most likely not make it to one). The Seminoles have a QB prospect in Christian Ponder who is overshadowed by some of the better QB prospects and rightly so due to his inconsistencies. However, he'll be on someone's roster in the NFL as someone tries to develop him. As a reminder, the Hokies have a CB prospect we've tracked at season in Rashad Carmichael whose stock is not super high, but could fit into the Chargers draft strategy with second or third day pick. For additional Chargers scouting we'll focus on two DEs that may have the skills to become OLBs. Florida State has Markus White, a defensive leader and a force in the pass rush. Virginia Tech has Steven Friday, a first year starter who impressed in preseason and improved all the way to being named 2nd team All-ACC. Also, on the NFL radar are Florida State OG Rodney Hudson and RB Ryan Williams. Scouts, Inc seems to think that Hudson would be a quality OC at the next level. Williams has seen his share of struggles this year and, in my opinion he'll return to Blacksburg next year, but when he's at his best he's an exciting explosive back.

Tracking Prospects Mentioned In Previous Articles:

Prospect Name College Position Week 4 Opponent Notes
Noel Devine West Virginia RB Rutgers 4 car. 27 yds. 1 rec. 48 yds.
Kendall Hunter Oklahoma St. RB 13 car. 55 yds. 1 rec. 4 yds.
LaMichael James Oregon RB Oregon St.
28 car. 126 yds. 2 TDs. 3 rec. 20 yds.
DeMarco Murray Oklahoma RB Nebraska
20 car. 80 yds. 6 rec. 41 yds.
Jacquizz Rodgers Oregon St. RB Oregon
17 car. 76 yds. 4 rec. 31 yds.
Brandon Saine Ohio State RB
3 car. 8 yds. 4 rec. 11 yds.
Shane Vereen California RB
3 car. 106 yds. 1 rec. -4 yds.
Jonathan Baldwin Pittsburgh WR Cincinnati
5 rec. 76 yds.
Armon Binns Cincinnati WR Pittsburgh
9 rec. 107 yds. 1 TD.
Vincent Brown San Diego St. WR

Ryan Broyles Oklahoma WR Nebraska 9 rec. 82 yds. 1 TD.
Michael Floyd Notre Dame WR
11 rec. 86 yds. 1 TD.
A.J Green Georgia WR
8 rec. 97 yds.
Leonard Hankerson Miami WR
9 rec. 127 yds.
Ron Johnson USC WR UCLA
6 rec. 40 yds.
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos Iowa WR
3 rec. 34 yds. 1 TD. 1 car. 3 yds.
Julio Jones Alabama WR
10 rec. 199 yds. 1 TD, 1 car. 12 yds.
Jeremy Kerley TCU WR
5 rec. 74 yds. 1 TD.
Greg Little North Carolina WR
NCAA ruled him permanently ineligible.
Niles Paul Nebraska WR Oklahoma
Foot injury, DNP
Austin Pettis Boise St. WR Utah St.
5 rec. 65 yds.
DeVier Posey Ohio State WR
5 rec. 82 yds.
DeMarco Sampson San Diego St. WR
6 rec. 128 yds. 2 TDs.
Terrence Toliver LSU WR
3 rec. 41 yds.
Nick Toon Wisconsin WR
5 rec. 62 yds. 2 TDs.
Titus Young Boise St. WR Utah St. 6 rec. 129 yds. 1 TD.
Gabe Carimi Wisconsin OT


Demarcus Love Arkansas OT
Jason Pinkston Pittsburgh OT Cncinnati
Derek Sherrod Mississippi St. OT
Christian Ballard Iowa DE/DT

Jared Crick Nebraska DE/DT Oklahoma

Nick Fairley Auburn DE/DT South Carolina
2 sacks, 1 FF and 1 fumble recovery.
Stephen Paea Oregon St. DE/DT Oregon
1 sack and 1 FF.
Ian Williams Notre Dame DE/DT

Adrian Clayborn Iowa DE
J.J. Watt Wisconsin DE
1 sack and 2 FFs.
Cameron Jordan California DE/DT/OLB
Pierre Allen Nebraska DE/OLB Oklahoma
Allen Bailey Miami DE/OLB

Jeremy Beal Oklahoma DE/OLB Nebraska
Da'Quan Bowers Clemson DE/OLB

Ryan Kerrigan Purdue DE/OLB

Karl Klug Iowa DE/OLB
1 sack and 1 TFL.
Cliff Matthews South Carolina DE/OLB Auburn 1 sack and 1 FF.
Pernell McPhee Mississippi St. DE/OLB
1 sack.
Brooks Reed Arizona DE/OLB Arizona St.

Greg Romeus Pittsburgh DE/OLB Cincinnati Torn ACL done for the year.
Jabaal Sheard Pittsburgh DE/OLB Cincinnati
Kelvin Sheppard LSU DE/OLB

Akeem Ayers UCLA OLB USC

Bruce Carter North Carolina OLB

Brandon Hicks Florida OLB

Von Miller Texas A&M OLB
2 sacks, 1 FF, 1 Fumble Recovery and 1 Int.
Dontay Moch Nevada OLB 1 sack.
Jonas Mouton Michigan OLB

Kennth Wright Mississippi St. OLB
2 sacks.
Obi Ezah Michigan ILB
Ross Homan Ohio State ILB
1 FF.
Mike Mohamed California ILB

1 sack and 1 FF.
Nate Irving North Carolina St. ILB
1 sack.
Greg Jones Michigan St. ILB

Casey Matthews Oregon ILB Oregon St.

Quan Sturdivant North Carolina ILB

Chris White Mississippi St. ILB

Travis Lewis Oklahoma LB Nebraska

Colin McCarthy Miami LB

Prince Amukamara Nebraska CB Oklahoma
Chykie Brown Texas CB
Broken forearm. Done for season.
Curtis Brown Texas CB

Rashad Carmichael Virginia Tech CB Florida St.

Chimdi Chekwa Ohio State CB
 1 Fumble Recovery and 1 TD.
Marcus Gilchrist Clemson CB

Brandon Harris Miami CB

Brandon Hogan West Virginia CB Rutgers 1 Int and 1 Fumble recovery.
Janoris Jenkins Florida CB

Patrick Peterson LSU CB

Aaron Williams Texas CB

Shareece Wright USC CB UCLA 1 PBU.
Mark Barron Alabama S
1 PBU.
Ahmed Black Florida S

Quinton Carter Oklahoma S Nebraska 2 Ints.
Jermale Hines Ohio St. S
DeAndre McDaniel Clemson S

Rahim Moore UCLA S USC 1 PBU and 1 rec. 10 yds.
Robert Sands West Virginia S Rutgers 1 FF
Deunta Williams North Carolina S