Riley Sorenson, C, Washington State
Sorenson – A True Testament To Inner Strength & Perseverance
Adam Butler, DT, Vanderbilt
Athletic & Powerful Vandy DT – Adam Butler
Garry Brown, WR, California (PA)
PSAC Star Wideout Garry Brown
Jeff Ziemba, QB, Shepherd
Ziemba Is Accurate Passes With Great Touch & Timing
Sam Williams, SS, East Texas Bapist
East Texas Bapist Fans Replace Kam (Chancellor) With Bam Bam
Jake Maulhardt, WR, Wyoming
Turning WR Abilities To TE Strengths
Matt Galambos, LB, Pitt
3-Down LB Matt Galambos
Dakota Conwell, QB, West Liberty
Conwell Played LB at Arizona & QB at West Liberty – Mr. Versatility
Luke Stice, LB, Texas Tech
Unmatched Passion – Go 1-on-1 with Luke Stice
U N D E R – R A T E D
17 Career Interceptions
Kazee is the total package of playmaking ability and toughness, add in his high character demeanor and you have the makings of a long-term NFL cornerback.
Storm Norton, OT, Toledo
Rocket Power From the Left Side
Omarius Bryant, OT, WKU
Bryant Brings Great Size & Power
Shrine Week He Dazzled With High-Motor Energy
Jackson State Beast of Ability
Trey Griffey, WR, Arizona
HOF Influence To Be The Best
Jamari Staples, WR, Louisville
Staples Superb Size Hard To Ignore
Evans Is Top Safety Prospect
Former JUCO Player Is Top Safety Prospect
Carroll Phillips, DE, Illinois
The Kansas City Chiefs Dee Ford Of The 2017 NFL Draft – Carroll Phillips
Isaiah Jones, WR, East Carolina
Lucky We Got Him Covered No One Else Could On South Roster At Senior Bowl
Nate Peterman, QB, Pitt
Senior Bowl Performance Has NFL Scouts Buzzing
Jonah Hodges, RB, San Diego
True NFL Draft Sleeper Mega Productive Jonah Hodges
Darius Mosely, DB, Illinois
4.4 Fast Mosely Is True Cover Corner
Carroll Phillips, DE, Illinois 2017 NFL Draft Players Platform Show Airs 2/10/17 10AM Eastern
Derek Rivers, DE, YSU
Long Lean Edge Rusher: Derek Rivers
Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Wisconsin
Ogunbowale – Under The Radar NFL Draft Prospect To Know
Well known but still quietly hidden among some better known names, get to know one of the more talented running backs from Wisconsin who may not know.
Kyle Kalis, OT, Michigan
Kyle Kalis Is Training Exclusively With Ohio State’s Pat Elflein
Go one-on-one with Michigan Wolverines tackle Kyle Kalis. Fun and fiesty he brings a lot of upside and intensity to the position.
De’Veon Smith, RB, Michigan
New & Improved – De’Veon Smith Has Burst Thanks To IMG Academy
Arrived at the East-West Shrine Game with burst and it launched him to the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Smith is red hot at the right time in the NFL Draft swing.
Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin
Corey Clement Aiming To Carry On Wisconsin Tradition
Corey Clement is one of the top running backs entering the 2017 NFL Draft, which also coincides with one of the deepest running back classes in decades.
Al Riles, WR, Louisiana-Lafayette
Al Riles – The Jabrill Peppers Of the Sun Belt Conference
One could argue, he is, pound for pound every bit the athlete Michigan jack-of-trades Jabrill Peppers is and possibly more. Meet Al Riles, the Ragin’ Cajuns First Team Sun Belt wideout who also played defensive back along with his fair share of running the football. A play-maker from both sides of the football, and I’ll address the topic early that he is going to become one hot prospect moving forward towards the 2017 NFL Draft.
R.J. Shelton, WR, Michigan State
Shelton Is All Around Weapon Able To Score From Anywhere On The Field
Ranked by ESPN.com as one of the Spartans’ one underrated players, R.J. Shelton was named the MVP voted on by his teammates. Shelton is a combination of skills to apply to the putting the football in the endzone. Go one-on-one with the Big 10 standout.
Johnathan Calvin, DE, Mississippi State
Fantastic Edge Rusher With Immense Potential
Johnathan Calvin has a ceiling that is going to propel him up NFL Draft boards as we get closer the draft. He possesses the ability to disrupt the quarterback, and is doing so had been invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles. It will allow NFL Scouts to get a much anticipated look at Calvin.
Deontay Evans, S, Middle Tennessee State
Hard Hitting Safety Deontay Evans
Taylor, arrived at Mississippi State recruited as an athlete. He had the ability to run the football extremely well, but his father helped lean him to the defensive side. A great tackler who excels at rolling down hill to the football. Go one-on-one with the talented Evans…
Jon Taylor, NT, Southeastern Louisiana
Taylor is Athletic Super-Sized NT
Jon Taylor, was one of the more highly recruited defensive lineman out of the state of Georgia. Originally signing with the Bulldogs his collegiate career had a few hiccups, but his determination to be the best he can be both on and off the field has led him to remain a valuable 2017 NFL Draft Prospect.
Michael Mally, RB, Northern Iowa
Malloy: I think I can catch the ball as good as David Johnson out of the backfield
Michael Malloy has the size and ability to quietly gain major attention from NFL Scouting departments. Blessed with size and versatlity, Malloy provides the tools to be a factor in today’s NFL.
Mike Sherer, LB, Missouri
50TDs (One Season) Running Back In 8th Grade Took Skills To Mizzou To Play LB
Scherer had another sensational season, tallying at least 90 tackles for the second consecutive season while earning the team’s Aaron O’Neal St. Louis Player of the Year Award from the team. He finished the season ranked second on the team with 93 tackles (47 solo), a mark that ranked 11th in the SEC and eighth among non-seniors.
He is poised for another successful season as one of the Tigers’ key components to their defense. New Mizzou Head Coach Barry Odom will likely lean on Scherer to help lead Missouri defensively.
Join host Bo Marchionte along with special guest Mike Scherer on the College2Pro Players Podcast Show which features collegiate athletes from across the nation.
Arrows Pointing Up For Peterman
Peterman Confirms All-Star Invites
Pittsburgh – Panthers quarterback Nathan Peterman has really settled in at quarterback for Pitt. He has had some brilliant moments under center and has shown he can lead a team in crucial moments.
He showed he can perform at the highest level when the competition is the best. In their two wins versus Top 10 opponents No. 3 Clemson and No. 8 Penn State, Peterman played some of his best football.
In those two games he combined for 399 passing yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. He added 70 rushing yards on 14 carries in those to contest.
He was reluctant to reveal which all-star games he was invited to play in but did confirm “a couple” have been sent to him and it is well deserved.
“Their quarterback handles their offense well,” said Syracuse Head Coach Dino Babers after the 76-61 defeat to Pitt. “I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves.”
Coach Babers has noticed and glad to hear the NFL scouting departments have taken notice of the potential skill set surrounding the signal-caller. Without knowing which games he was invited to we can tell you that the Senior Bowl is reserved for the cream of the crop top seniors prospects. The East West Shrine Game and NFLPA game are relatively close in obtaining players to attend their games.
Standing at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds he possesses decent arm strength and shows nice poise in the pocket. He delivers catch able passes to his targets rarely exposing them to get hurt. His knack to add some nice touch on the ball goes unnoticed as well.
Glad to hear he’ll be one of the quarterback prospects performing in one of the up-coming all-star games after the new-year. Possible destinations are the Senior Bowl, East West Shrine Game and NFLPA Bowl.
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Conner Ready To Roll
Battle Of The Big Cats – Nittany Lions Saquon Barkley vs. Panthers James Conner
by Bo Marchionte
Battle of the Big Cats – Saquon Barkley vs. James Conner
It is going to worth the price of admission with the Pittsburgh Panthers playing host to the Penn State Nittany Lions at Heinz Field on September 10th.
Both schools currently have two of the top of the most talented running backs in college football. The Panthers senior James Conner and Lions sophomore Saquon Barkley serve up one of the better match-ups to watch this season, especially considering the significance of each playing in the state of Pennsylvania.
Conner made his heroic return against the Villanova Wildcats with 17 carries for 53 and two touchdowns, via the run and passing game. He had season-ending knee surgery after tearing is MCL in the first game of the 2015 season. Shortly afterwards he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.
Prior to the adverse circumstances talk of winning the Heisman Trophy were the first words that proceeded the talented running backs name. He finished the 2014 season, with 1,765 rushing yards and a staggering 26 rushing touchdowns.
There was no mistaking his talent and potential. He was definitely one of the nation’s best running backs. Conner now returns in the Pitt backfield. He’ll be well aware of the sophomore running back for the Nittany Lions.
Barkley, like Conner arrived as a true freshman to set school rushing records. Conner’s 229 yards set a Pitt bowl rushing record, eclipsing Tony Dorsett’s 202 yards vs. Georgia in the 1977 Sugar Bowl and he did it as a true freshman.
The Penn State sophomore, set the new standard freshman (true or redshirt) season record with 1,076 rushing yards, surpassing D.J. Dozier’s mark of 1,002 set in 1983. The second season for Barkley is going to be one of the most anticipated in Penn State history. It has been a while since the likes of Curtis Enis or Curt Warner has rumbled across Happy Valley.
Each bring a different style of running but both end with the same astonishing results. Neither will express it publicly, but surely they know that they are vying for the top spot as the best Pennsylvania born running backs carrying the football on a college campus this year for the two most dominant football programs in the states history.
James Conner – By the Numbers
Height – 6-2
Weight – 235
11 100-plus yard rushing games
4 200-plus yard rushing games
12 games with multiple touchdowns
Saquon Barkley – By the Numbers
Height – 5-11
Weight – 223
6 100-plus yard rushing games
8 touchdowns in 12 games
Currently, there are 104 MAC football players in the NFL.
2015 Mid-American Conference Championship Game
The weekend full of conference championships games also features a bounty of future NFL Draft prospects. In Detroit, Michigan at the 2015 Marathon MAC Football Championship one player in particular stood out as the prospect to watch. The perennial MAC powers the Bowling Green Falcons and Northern Illinois Huskies squared off for the third consecutive season in the conferences final game. In the comfortable confines of Ford Field the Bowling Green won 34-14 to take their 12th MAC title and the second over the last three years. The starting quarterback in each of those two victories is MAC Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Matt Johnson. Their offense is led by MAC Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Matt Johnson that ranked third overall in the country prior to the MAC Championship with 566 yards per game. The redshirt senior from the capital of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg), Johnson leads the nation in passing yards 417 yards ahead of Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes. Johnson’s personal and team success have led scouts to consider him a late but draftable NFL prospect. Johnson prior to the MAC Championship game scored at least three touchdowns in each of his past seven games. In the season finale at Ball State he threw two touchdown passes, while also rushing for a score. Against the Huskies defense, Johnson had his up-and-downs by tossing a couple touchdown passes along with two interceptions. He finished the night 25/37 for 235 passing yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions ““There wasn’t any time to put my head down and sulk (After the interception for touchdown),” said Johnson post-game. “My teammates did a great job picking me up. And we were able to go right down the field, and I think that was a huge confidence builder for us.” He also set a new single-season MAC record for touchdowns in a season with 44 and a bowl game left to play. Likely, the Falcons will play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl played in Mobile, Alabama, but that will not be made official until Sunday (December 6th). As a prospect, Johnson is a very good athlete with quick feet and athletic ability who doesn’t make mental mistakes or throw interceptions. He possesses good pocket presence and his personal alarm clock sounds when he needs to leave the pocket and put his legs into action. He doesn’t have NFL size (6-foot-0, 219 pounds) and could have better mechanics and delivery. The positives largely outweigh the negatives and he’ll be a late round prospect and training camp body when next summer rolls around. With his touchdown pass to Derek Lee in the second quarter, Johnson set the new MAC single-season record for passing touchdowns with 42. He now has 43 touchdowns on the season through the air. “A huge credit goes to the offensive line,” said Johnson. They were imposing their will all night. We were getting a lot of light boxes, allowing Travis and Box (Fred Coppet) to get loose. We were running the ball well enough to take some shots down the field, and we were able to capitalize on them.” Currently, there are 104 MAC football players in the NFL. Johnson will look to add to that list after his bowl game ends and he prepares for a shot at the next level. He’ll participate in the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The invitation is a priceless commodity to have since it will allow him to be around NFL scouts for nearly an entire week. It is a chance for scouts to sit down with Johnson and get to know his mental make-up during interviews. The invite also allows scouts to watch tape of practice and see him up close against some of the nation’s best.
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