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  1. Nors

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  2. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I like Moore at WR....I also like the Uconn QB...but I think he is slightly over rated by some.
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    I think he'd be a great 3rd round add for a team. I read all his neagitives and positives. Very much reads like Brady, Schaub. Arm not strong enoiugh, slow of foot. All are big 6-4 to 6-5 and also make quick releases, decisions.
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    Uconn kicked *** -

    lots of hitting, some gruesome breaks.

    Dan O - Had a nice showing, he'll be this years Schaub drafted anywhere from round 2 to 4. Overrated as a round 1 prospect - JMO

    CB Perkins another interception - a playmaker.

    The Toledo WR Moore busted his wing. He's a nice player but not sure he has size to warrant a draft pick pre 5th round. He was crushed by borderline Big East defense.
  5. boysfanindc

    boysfanindc Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Both the VA LB's looked very average today.

    Brooks made one play the whole game.
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    How did the VA te LOOK?
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    Heath Miller the best tight end in the nation did good, he had 5 catches for 66 yds and did a good job of blocking as well
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    Witten and Miller on the field at the same time!
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    Oregon State is led by veteran QB Derek Anderson (#14, 6-5, 230), one of the most enigmatic player in the entire 2005 draft class. Anderson has all the physical tools of an elite NFL pocket passer including prototype size and a live arm, however, while he has piled up some impressive numbers with the Beavers, Anderson has never been very accurate, plus he tends to throw far too many interceptions. Anderson does have the luxury of throwing to one of college football's best receivers in junior WR Mike Hass (#28, 6-1, 210), who had 1,300 receiving yards this fall on 81 total catches. Anderson also has the advantage of playing behind a huge, talented offensive line anchored by OT Doug Neinhuis (#65, 6-5, 320), OG Kanan Sanchez (#55, 6-3, 325) and C Matt Brock (#73, 6-2, 310). Neinhuis, a dominating drive blocker who has improved as a pass protector each year, in particular, is a rising star on draft boards around the NFL. While the Beavers' offense has tended to get most of the headlines, the defense may actually be the better unit. DE Bill Swancutt (#90, 6-4, 260), a high-energy player with explosive quickness off the edge, for example, has piled up 22.5 sacks the past couple of seasons; he also had over over 50 tackles for loss over the course of the past three years. The strength of the defense, though, is the secondary led by FS Mitch Meeuwsen (#5, 6-2, 210), a ballhawker with 20 career interceptions, including 6 this fall. Meeuwsen works with CB Aric Williams,(#8, 6-0, 175), another ball-hawking type who had 4 picks each of the past two seasons, although, he is a little spindly. Pro scouts also can't wait to get their hands on sophomore CB Brandon Browner (#39, 6-4, 205), though, he had a bit of a down year after posting 6 interceptions as a freshman in 2003. Meanwhile, the Beavers will be looking to LB Jonathan Pollard (#40, 6-1, 245), an athletic player with speed, to contribute some impact plays, although junior MLB Trent Bray (#44, 6-1, 240), who led the team with 112 tackles - almost twice as many as #2 - is the unit's best player.
  10. InmanRoshi

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    Orlovsky reminds me of a small school Peyton Manning.
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    Never looked at it that way. He runs a complicated offense, audibles a lot and makes quick accurate reads. And can also challenge you vertically.
  12. InmanRoshi

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    The player to watch tonight is speed rusher Justin Tuck for Notre Dame. Remember that name. He's going to be the best pure speed rusher in this draft. He's going to fly up the charts as we head toward the draft, ala Dwight Freeney.

    http://www.az************/arizonarepublic/sports/articles/1226insight1226.html

    Irish's Tuck set to sack Beavers

    David Vest
    The Arizona Republic
    Dec. 26, 2004 12:00 AM

    Oregon State loves to throw the football.

    Notre Dame's pass defense ranks among the worst in Div. I.

    You've just read the back cover of this year's Insight Bowl for Dummies.
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    Defensive end Justin Tuck, Notre Dame's all-time sacks leader, is the best bet to alter what appears to be the game's predictable plot.

    Tuck's story has been anything but predictable.

    "When I first saw him he looked like a skinny swimmer," Notre Dame interim coach/defensive coordinator Kent Baer said. "He's really done a great job changing his body over the past three years."

    Tuck has added 46 pounds to his 6-foot-5 frame since coming to Notre Dame as a little-known linebacker from Alabama.

    That physical transformation has keyed Tuck's evolution from a pass-rush specialist into a legitimate all-around defender and NFL prospect.

    "In order for you to become a good player you've got to have good people around you," said Tuck, who credits strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti for his ongoing physical development. "He told me I was his ball of clay and he was still molding me into what he wanted me to be."

    Tuck is a senior but has one year of eligibility left. Although he insists he hasn't decided between playing another year in college or turning pro, a return to Notre Dame seems unlikely.

    The recent firing of coach Tyrone Willingham has seemingly left Tuck - the team-voted MVP - disenchanted with the program. His teammates and coaches, he said, had to persuade him into wanting to play in Tuesday night's game at Bank One Ballpark.

    "Me and him were pretty close," Tuck said. "We'd talk about a lot of things other than football. Any time you have a coach that's more of a father figure, like he is, he's definitely going to be missed. A lot of people don't understand that he's going to be missed more than just on the football field."

    Tuck tore an anterior cruciate ligament in the final game of last season, but started all 11 games this year and logged a career-high 263 minutes. Six of his 24.5 career sacks came after the injury. "It was more mental than physical," Tuck said of his rehab. "It was nerve-racking in the (season-opening) BYU game, but after that game and after the Michigan game (the next week), I was pretty confident that I could play the whole season out."

    Playing as much as he has has been demanding on Tuck. That's why Baer took it easy on him during Notre Dame's first few practices in the Valley.

    But don't expect Tuck, who once played a high school football game a day after a car wreck left him with stitches in his head and forearms, to be a non-factor.

    "I just went to that game to give moral support on the sideline," Tuck said, "But after one drive, I just basically ran on the field and had one of the best games of my career."

    Notre Dame is hopeful he will have the best game of his college career on Tuesday and disrupt Oregon State quarterback Derek Anderson, who averages nearly 300 passing yards per game.

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