NCAA Highlights 2012

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    NCAA Highlights 2012

    Post by Stephen A Smith on Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:44 am

    From the two headed running back monster at UCLA to everything in between, college ball has been crazy this year.

    You guys hear about Idaho DE Kooper Cosbert? This guy was a PRO wrestler and gave it up to pursue college ball and get an education. I guess wrestlers aren't just actors these days, cause this kid can flat out play. Will he make it as a pro football player too? Guess we'll find out in April when the draft comes around if any teams are interested in drafting a guy who lost to Triple H 3 times in a row.
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    Post by Stephen A Smith on Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:48 pm

    A few guy to keep your eyes on as the college season reaches it's midpoint:

    Austin Duncan, QB out of Nevada, is breaking school and NCAA records left and right. Some say he's the next RGIII. Sure he lacks the pure speed of Griffin, but he's the type of playmaker that can take a bottom tier team and put them in the hunt for the playoffs. With Philly unsure at the QB position, could they grab him in the Top 5 and finally put out the true "Dream Team"?

    We also got to see rival CBs go at it in the annual Oklahoma/Texas game. Rodney Maye (OKL) and Arik Casher (TEX) finally got to settle the question Big 12 fans have been asking all season, who is the best shutdown corner in league? After the game was finished a clear answer emerged. Arik Casher of Texas shut down the entire right side of the field and lead the Texas D in holding a high powered Oklahoma offense to only 10 points. Meanwhile, Rodney Maye on the other side struggled at times and was beat on a double move late in the 3rd that would put the Longhorns up 24-3 and Texas would cruise on to an easy 38-10 win over the Sooners. Scouts are predicting Casher to be a Top 5 talent while Maye might fall to either the late 1st or early 2nd.
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    Re: NCAA Highlights 2012

    Post by Stephen A Smith on Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:56 pm

    AJ Green who? Akia Green of Utah TORCHED Texas this past weekend and led the Utes to one of the biggest upsets of the year. Not only did he raise his draft stock, but he might have lowered Arik Casher's of the Longhorns as he struggled to cover the monster of a receiver that Green is. The question now is, will Green continue to raise up the draft boards or was this a one hit wonder of a game? Gonna be real interesting to see where he lands this upcoming draft.
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    Re: NCAA Highlights 2012

    Post by Stephen A Smith on Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:05 pm

    Well, it's official, UCLA's National Championship was NOT a fluke. UCLA's "thunder and lightning" rushing attack, led most in part by freak of nature D'Cota Bell, ran their way back into the BCS Title game and ran away with another crystal ball.

    Meanwhile, in a highly controversial recount, possibly more controversial than the recount in Florida back in late 2000, the Heisman Trophy has finally be awarded after a lengthy delay that had the ceremony changed from early December to late January, and boy and boy did the anticipation ever grow.

    Even though the votes were resubmitted and finalized BEFORE the BCS Bowls (in which UCLA's D'Cota Bell and Nevada's Austin Duncan both played in), Bell's huge game in the Championship game had all of America believing he would take home the greatest individual award given in college football. But, to the surprise of most experts, Nevada's own Austin Duncan, like in many games of the year, had a great comeback in the voting and secured enough 2nd and 3rd place votes to finish ahead of Bell who received the majority of the 1st place votes. Not since Tim Tebow failed to win back to back Heisman's has a candidate lost while receiving the most 1st place votes.

    So what does this do to the draft picture? First off, Austin Duncan was only rated the 4th-5th best QB in the draft at the beginning of the year. His stellar season brought him into the late 1st and now the addition of the Heisman trophy could catapult him like RG3 and place him in the top 5 picks. Bell on the other hand, has been a top 5 player all year and looks to be a top 3 pick barring any setbacks leading up to the draft. The question is though, is Duncan worth the #1 overall pick? Even though the season is now concluded, with Signing day around the corner and the NFL Combine, Pro Days, and NFL Draft coming in April, NCAA buzz is still in full swing.
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    Re: NCAA Highlights 2012

    Post by Stephen A Smith on Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:12 pm

    Free Agency is in full bloom and the draft is right around the corner, time to recap the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.

    First off, what is up with Arik Casher? He hears a couple scouts mention he may not be the first corner picked, but this kid is a top 10 CB talent. Yet, because of this, he decides to switch to safety. I have to tell you, he didn't look like the top safety either at the Senior Bowl. What's he gonna do now? Switch to DE?

    Speaking of DE's, ex-wrestler Kooper Cosbert had a 3 sack outing in the Senior Bowl. This guy has 1st round talent, yet many scouts have him farther on done in the draft due to his age. I would be surprised to see him drafted later than the 3rd.

    A lot of talk this offseason has been about Heisman winning QB Austin Duncan of Nevada. There's more QB buzz though, as Butler's Danny Martens is having his name mentioned more and more. Is he on Duncan's level? Probably not, but still should get a chance in the NFL.

    There's been good and bad times at the Combine, bad being that Arizona's Willie Burns has reinjured his hamstring during drills. This is huge news because Burns was slotted as a DE/OLB entering the draft, but after this injury, which looks to have been something he hid entering the Combine, he may end up slowing up and forced to play DE regardless of the teams scheme.

    On the other hand, D'Cota Bell impressed scouts once again. This time around, he ran a blazing 40-yard dash. He truly live up to his "Dash" nickname. May not have been the fastest 40 all time, but should help his stock regardless.

    Austin Duncan also continues to impress, as he looks like the sure fire #1 QB of this years class after his insane Combine performance. I have a feeling this kid is going to be in Viking purple pretty soon.

    Talk about rising stock, all year Utah WR Akia Green has been climbing the charts. After besting Texas CB Casher earlier in the year, he went out on the field in Indy and put another clinic on, this time against cones. May not be the highest picked WR, but surely the most complete.

    To finish it off, here's two names to keep an eye on draft night, Demetre King and Keenan Vincent. Keep an eye on them because before you know it their little table in the green room with their names on it will be empty.

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