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Speaking with Fran Duffy on the 'Journey to the Draft' podcast, Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline passed along that Maryland redshirt sophomore RB Anthony McFarland is "very likely" to declare for the NFL Draft this winter.

Pauline has spoken with a "number of people" on McFarland, so this would appear not to be just an isolated birdie chirping in his ear. The analyst has heard some sharp, sharp compliments when it comes to the 5-foot-9, 198-pound McFarland, with some viewing the redshirt sophomore as a "faster version" of Alvin Kamara, though as Pauline notes, Kamara's speed quotient comes at larger size than McFarland's. Pauline views the Maryland standout as potential "spot starter" at the pro level. At this early juncture, Day 2 represents his most likely landing zone.

SOURCE: Journey to the Draft

Oct 18, 2019, 11:16 AM ET

 

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Texas senior WR Collin Johnson (head) has been cleared to play in Saturday's game against Kansas.

Johnson (6'6/221) missed multiple games with a hamstring injury before returning to action against Oklahoma last weekend, only to be knocked out with concussion symptoms during that Red River loss. Looks like this newest injury concern won't keep Johnson on the mat for any game action, at least. Johnson has managed to appear in just three games this season, not particularly ideal given that he will be entering the NFL Draft pool in about two months.

SOURCE: Brian Davis on Twitter

Oct 18, 2019, 11:08 AM ET

 

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Louisiana senior RB Raymond Calais ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries on Thursday in a 37-20 win over Arkansas State.

There are very few things we are sure of right now in college football, but one of the things we do know: The Ragin' Cajuns can run the football. They picked up 315 yards on the ground, and all five of their touchdowns came on carries. Two of those were by Calais, with the big play being an 80-yard scamper where he went untouched in the first half. After averaging 9.3 yards per carry in 2018, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound tailback came into this game averaging 7.8 yards in 2019, and while we are not math experts, we're guessing that number went up today. Louisiana moves to 5-2, and they will take on Texas State on November 2 after a bye.

Oct 17, 2019, 10:54 PM ET

 

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Louisiana junior RB Elijah Mitchell carried the ball 23 times for 109 yards and scored twice in a 37-20 victory over Arkansas State on Thursday.

Mitchell didn't lead the team in rushing; that'd be Raymond Calais who went off for 144 on just eight carries, but he did get his, and the two touchdowns give the talented junior is over double-digits in touchdowns for the second consecutive season. With Mitchell, Calais and also Trey Ragas, the Ragin' Cajuns have depth in their backfield that would cause almost any program to be envious. Mitchell should have another big game in two weeks against Texas State after a bye.

Oct 17, 2019, 10:57 PM ET

 

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Louisiana redshirt junior RB Trey Ragas leads the FBS with 6.47 yards after contact per attempt, according to Pro Football Focus.

Through six games, Ragas is averaging 9.1 yards per carry. Per PFF, about two-thirds of that yardage has come after contact. The star 5-foot-10, 218-pound back is averaging more yards after contact that most running backs average period. How long Ragas can uphold that absurd production is to be seen, but there is no reason to project that he will slow down. Louisiana will take on Arkansas State on Saturday.

SOURCE: PFF College on Twitter

Oct 17, 2019, 1:19 PM ET

 

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In the latest edition of his Big Board, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., slotted LSU redshirt senior QB Joe Burrow as the No. 14 draft-eligible prospect for the spring.

"With a great release, much better accuracy at all levels of the field (than he showed last season) and enough athleticism to maneuver the pocket to evade rushers, Burrow reminds me of Tony Romo," Kiper writes of the 6-foot-4, 216-pound redshirt senior. This latest incarnation of the Big Board is the first which has been graced by Burrow's presence. The LSU gunslinger is one of four quarterbacks to land on Kiper's 25-man board, rubbing shoulders with Tua Tagovailoa (No. 1), Justin Herbert (No. 6) and Jacob Eason (No. 19).

SOURCE: ESPN Insider

Oct 17, 2019, 4:22 PM ET

 

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Alabama junior WR Devonta Smith earned a spot on ESPN's midseason All-America team.

Only three WRs made the list for ESPN, with the other two being Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb and LSU's Justin Jefferson. Smith (6'1/175) is tied for second in the Power 5 with nine receiving touchdowns and ranks seventh in receiving yards at 636. While Jerry Jeudy is seen by many as Alabama's best WR prospect, Smith's inconceivably explosive nature has made analysts second guess. Alabama face Tennessee this upcoming Saturday.

SOURCE: ESPN CFB on Twitter

Oct 17, 2019, 2:27 PM ET

 

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Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports touched on Arizona State senior WR Brandon Aiyuk as one of his prospects to watch this weekend.

Aiyuk (6'1/198) has erupted in his senior season. Through just six games, Aiyuk has racked up 651 yards and five touchdowns, both of which surpass his totals from last season. With now-Patriots WR N'Keal Harry off campus, Aiyuk has stepped up in a big way to become Arizona State's leading receiver. Edholm especially praises Aiyuk for his ability after the catch, even giving him the nickname "Ai-YAC" to play off the yards-after-catch abbreviation.

SOURCE: Yahoo Sports

Oct 17, 2019, 2:11 PM ET

 

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Utah senior QB Tyler Huntley's 89.2% adjusted completion rate is the best in the FBS, according to Pro Football Focus.

Adjusted completion is a means to account for how far each quarterback is throwing the ball. When accounting for depth of target, Huntley stands out above his peers as the most accurate QB in the country. Huntley, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior, has long been one of the more underrated QBs in the Pac-12, but has really turned the production up a notch this season. In addition to his elite completion rate, Huntley has yet to throw an interception. Huntley will lead Utah against Arizona State on Saturday.

SOURCE: PFF College on Twitter

Oct 17, 2019, 11:47 AM ET

 

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Speaking with Fran Duffy on the 'Journey to the Draft' podcast, NFL Films' Greg Cosell said that Colorado junior WR Laviska Shenault plays with shades of DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and Terrell Owens.

Cosell stressed that these general comparisons are just what he sees in Shenault's game when attempting to project him toward the NFL. No guarantee that the 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior ever enters that upper-echelon, but should he develop to his potential, he possesses, per Cosell, "the size, the physicality, the run-after-catch" that we see out of the likes of Hopkins et al. For his part, Duffy offered up a fun mixed comp for the potential Day 1 wideout -- Sammy Watkins in a Julio Jones wrapper. We dig it.

SOURCE: Journey to the Draft

Oct 18, 2019, 2:20 PM ET

 

 

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Ohio State junior RB J.K. Dobbins carried the ball 18 times for 121 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 30 yards and a score in a 52-3 rout of Northwestern on Friday.

Once again, Dobbins (5'10/217) was outstanding on Friday, and once again, the day could have been even bigger -- statistically, anyway -- if this game was remotely close. It wasn't. He connected on a 19-yard touchdown pass from the right arm of Justin Fields in the second quarter, and he found paydirt again on a five-yard plunge a possession later. Dobbins will square off against Jonathan Taylor and Wisconsin next Saturday, and that will be a must-watch contest.

Oct 18, 2019, 11:46 PM ET

 

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Oklahoma senior QB Jalen Hurts completed 16-of-17 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for two touchdowns and 75 yards in a 52-14 blowout win over West Virginia on Saturday.

Five touchdowns, one incomplete pass. Pretty good, in our opinion. The only real "mistake" Hurts made was a fumble near the goal line, but he recovered it and came with the Sooners up by five touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound signal-caller was shaky in the Red River Shootout win at times, but he was as good as we've ever seen him against the Mountaineers on Saturday. Credit to the Sooners' staff for getting the most out of him, but give even more credit to Hurts for becoming one of the very best quarterbacks in college football. The undefeated Sooners will take on Kansas State next Saturday.

Oct 19, 2019, 3:20 PM ET

 

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On 10/18/2019 at 4:38 PM, Faust said:

Shenault to Watkins comparisons. 

 

I hope these keep coming, the way Watkins is hated by fantasy owners it could help make Shenault fall to me in the 2nd :).

Shenault does seem fragile like Watkins though.  That is a concern.... 

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Boston College RB A.J. Dillon rushed 34 times for 223 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-24 victory over NC State.

Dillon (6'0/250) punished an over-matched Wolfpack front, as BC only needed to complete six passes on the evening en route to scoring 45 points. As a team, the Eagles rushed 60 times for 429 yards in the contest, so it's clear where BC's bread was buttered. Dillon has rushed for 150-yards or more in four-of-his-last-five games but it might be tough to keep that trend going next week when BC travels to play ACC power Clemson.

Oct 19, 2019, 11:56 PM ET

 

 

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Michigan senior QB Shea Patterson completed 24-of-41 passes for 276 yards and ran for 34 yards and a touchdown in a 28-21 loss to Penn State on Saturday.

Patterson really struggled early in this one, and the Wolverines fell behind 21-0 with the Michigan offense unable to do anything against the Penn State defense. Things picked up late, and Michigan had a chance to tie this game only to see their drive come up short. Patterson (6'2/202) still makes throws that remind you of why he was a five-star commit and a player who had first-round hype last year. They're just too few and far between. The Wolverines fall to 5-2, and will have to take on Notre Dame next Saturday.

Oct 19, 2019, 11:13 PM ET

 

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Arizona State junior RB Eno Benjamin ran for 104 yards on 15 carries in Saturday's 21-3 loss to Utah.

Utah's defense had no interest in stopping Benjamin (5'10/210). In most cases, that may not be the best move, but with a freshman at QB for Arizona State, Utah figured they could harass him enough to nullify any gains they gave up in the run game. Benjamin's 6.9 yards per attempt looks nice in isolation, but given he had just over four times the amount of yardage as his passing offense did, it's not hard to figure out how Arizona State was kept out of the end zone. Next week's game against UCLA is a good chance to rebound.

Oct 19, 2019, 9:56 PM ET

 

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Utah senior RB Zack Moss ran the ball 25 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns with three catches for 78 yards in Saturday's 21-3 win over Arizona State.

Moss (5'10/222) made school history on Saturday night. With his 99-yard performance, Moss officially became the all-time leading rusher in Utah football history by reaching 3,264 yards. Considering a slew of former Utah RBs having shown success in the NFL, including Devontae Booker and Mike Anderson, Moss now setting himself on a pedestal is quite the feat. Next week's game against Cal may prove a tough one to extend his record, but Moss has plenty of time to pile it on.

Oct 19, 2019, 9:52 PM ET

 

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Oklahoma State redshirt sophomore RB Chuba Hubbard rushed 32 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-27 loss to Baylor this Saturday.

Death, taxes and Chuba Hubbard rushing for over 100-yards are of the few certainties in life. Through seven games Hubbard (6'1/207) has amassed 194 attempts for 1,265 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has three 200-yard games already and is averaging 6.5 YPC on the season. OSU rode Hubbard hard as Spencer Sanders struggled to find a consistent rhythm. Oklahoma State will look to rebound against an Iowa State team that defeated Texas Tech today.

Oct 19, 2019, 9:06 PM ET

 

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Georgia junior QB Jake Fromm completed 9-of-12 passes for 35 yards in a 21-0 win over Kentucky on Saturday.

The phrase "game manager" gets used too often with quarterbacks, but you could put this performance in Webster's under the definition. A week after Fromm struggled and turned the ball over four times, the Bulldogs simply asked Fromm to complete short passes and not turn the ball over. He did neither, so, job done. Georgia is gonna need Fromm (6'2/220) to make plays down the field again -- and he's certainly capable of it -- but they didn't need it on Saturday. Georgia will take on rival Florida after a bye on November 2.

Oct 19, 2019, 9:04 PM ET

 

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Vanderbilt senior RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries while catching four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 21-14 win over Missouri.

Vaughn (5'10/218) coming in with a beautiful overall effort on Saturday. The senior got his party started with a one-yard rushing touchdown early in the second quarter. He backed that score up with a 61-yard score with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, with that receiving score coming on a little screen pass which allowed Vaughn to show off both his vision and speed in one simultaneous motion. The senior stalwart has now rushed for 703 yards and six touchdowns while logging a 21-223-1 receiving line. Vaughn will look to keep it going when Vandy clashes with South Carolina following their upcoming bye.

Oct 19, 2019, 7:52 PM ET

 

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LSU junior WR Justin Jefferson caught eight passes for 89 yards with a touchdown in a 36-13 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.

The impressive run for Jefferson and the Tigers' offense continues. He's now scored in four-straight games, and his touchdown was one of four that was thrown by Joe Burrow in the blowout victory. He's hauled in 27 passes over his last three contests, and he's (somewhat quietly) developed into one of the best receivers in the SEC. Yep, that's saying something. We're excited to see what Jefferson (6'3/192) can do against Auburn next Saturday.

Oct 19, 2019, 7:03 PM ET

 

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Minnesota redshirt senior RB Rodney Smith rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 42-7 win over Rutgers.

Smith (5'11/210) found the end zone from three yards out near the end of the first quarter to open the game's scoring, later hitting pay dirt once more -- this time from 16 yards out -- midway through the third quarter. He has now rushed for at least 100 yards in four consecutive contests. The redshirt senior is in the midst of a strong, strong campaign, having now rumbled for 786 yards and six touchdowns across seven games played. Up next on the docket for the undefeated Gophers, a home date with Maryland.

Oct 19, 2019, 7:01 PM ET

 

 

 

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LSU redshirt senior QB Joe Burrow completed 25-of-32 passes for 327 yards with four touchdowns in a 36-13 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.

The thing you might remember most from this game is Burrow's wardrobe malfunction on a sack, which you can find all over this thing we call the internet. We won't talk about that, but once again, Burrow was absolutely sensational -- particularly in the second half -- and he now has 29 touchdowns while once again completing over 75 percent of his passes. If you weren't taking the 6-foot-4, 216-pound signal-caller seriously, it's on you; Burrow can flat-out sling the football. Next week brings an interesting test, as he and undefeated Tigers will take on Auburn next Saturday.

Oct 19, 2019, 7:00 PM ET

 

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Washington redshirt junior QB Jacob Eason completed 23-of-30 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 35-31 loss to Oregon.

This was the perfect time for Eason to show up against a Power 5 opponent. Eason had struggled all season against other Power 5 or Pac-12 teams, but against an elite Oregon defense, the 6-foot-6, 227-pound junior balled out with a near-flawless performance. In a day filled with notable throws, Eason’s 48-yard strike deep down the middle to WR John Chin stood out above the rest. While it was not enough to take down the Ducks, if Eason can continue to string together performances like this even against top opponents, the Huskies are in great position down the stretch of the season.

Oct 19, 2019, 6:55 PM ET

 

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Washington junior RB Salvon Ahmed took 24 carries for 140 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 35-31 loss to Oregon.

Ahmed was overshadowed by QB Jacob Eason, but he had himself quite a day as well. With 140 yards against the Ducks, Ahmed cleared the 100-yard mark for just the third time this season. Ahmed’s burst up the field proved too much for Oregon at times, giving way to a number of 10-plus yard runs. Ahmed will need a similarly impressive showing against Utah in two weeks if Washington wants to pick up a win.

Oct 19, 2019, 6:59 PM ET

 

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Oregon senior QB Justin Herbert completed 24-of-38 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 35-31 win over Washington.

Herbert’s stat line isn’t quite representative of how he played. Herbert (6'6/223) showed a few too many moments where he crumbled under pressure and held onto the ball for far too long. And yet, Herbert's flurry of highlight plays prevailed in the end, maintaining Oregon's one-loss status on the season. Next week’s game against Washington State will be a shootout and should give Herbert a good chance to impress.

Oct 19, 2019, 6:53 PM ET

 

 

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Oregon State junior WR Isaiah Hoddgins brought in five passes for 36 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 21-17 win over Cal.

Even against one of the best defenses in the country, Hodgins (6'4/209) found a way into the end zone. Hodgins did not get to show off much of his explosive play ability, but he proved to be a nice chain-mover and threat underneath for the Beavers offense. Hodgins’ score also put him in double-digit territory on the year as he reached 10 touchdowns. Only two players came into this weekend with ten receiving touchdowns, so Hodgins continues to stay in the upper echelon of scorers. A win over Arizona in two weeks would put Oregon State at .500 on the season.

Oct 19, 2019, 6:00 PM ET

 

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TCU junior WR Jalen Reagor caught eight passes for 85 yards in a 24-17 loss to Kansas State on Saturday.

Reagor was held in check for most of this game, but he padded his numbers with some catches towards the end of the game with the Horned Frogs trying to drive for the tying score. A solid -- if not spectacular game for the potential first-round pick, but we still haven't really seen Reagor (5'11/195) explode the way we did at times in 2018. His next chance comes next Saturday against Texas.

Oct 19, 2019, 5:50 PM ET

 

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On 10/13/2019 at 12:00 AM, DirtyCashDylan said:

OU fan here. Feels good bro. I've always thought he was the best pro WR prospect we've had since Malcolm Kelly. Hollywood is fast but CD is a grown man.

How do you feel about Jaden Haslewood?

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2 hours ago, Jello_Biafra said:

How do you feel about Jaden Haslewood?

He looks like the best freshman WR out of the 3 5* WRs they brought in. I think we see a lot more of him the 2nd half of the year.

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Alabama HC Nick Saban said on Monday that he hopes junior QB Tua Tagovailoa (ankle) will be able to begin to actively rehab his high right ankle sprain after spending some time not putting any weight on the leg.

"The expectation is he'll be non weight-bearing for several days and then he'll be able to come back as his rehab allows him," Saban said. "We're hopeful in a 10-day period he'll be back being able to do pretty active type rehab & we'll see how it goes form there." Tagovailoa (6'1/218) suffered the injury during Alabama's 35-13 win over Tennessee on Saturday, undergoing surgery the following day. The junior quarterback, who suffered a similar injury to his left ankle last season, won't be available for Saturday's game against Arkansas. The hope is that with the Crimson Tide having the following week off he'll be available for the November 9 showdown at LSU.

SOURCE: Alex Byington on Twitter

Oct 21, 2019, 1:31 PM ET

 

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Maryland redshirt sophomore RB Anthony McFarland Jr. (ankle) is back to full strength and expected to play in Saturday's game at Minnesota, per HC Mike Locksley.

McFarland (5'9/198) had just four carries in Maryland's loss to Purdue back on October 12, a game he left due to the ankle injury, and he did not play in this past weekend's loss to Indiana. Getting the redshirt sophomore back for Saturday's game against Minnesota would be huge, as he's been one of Maryland's biggest threats on offense this season. McFarland is averaging 5.2 yards per carry, rushing for 340 yards and seven touchdowns. He has also caught nine passes for 87 yards and another score.

SOURCE: Testudo Times on Twitter

Oct 22, 2019, 12:43 PM ET

 

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Louisiana HC Billy Napier said redshirt junior RB Trey Ragas' ankle injury is nothing serious and that he will be monitored throughout the week.

Ragas (5'10/218) struggled through the second half of last week's game against Arkansas State due to a minor ankle injury. Napier assured that the injury should not keep Ragas out for long. Ragas did only participate in Monday's practice in limited capacity, but that he is out there at all so early in the week is a good sign. Louisiana also have a bye week before their next game against Texas State on Nov. 2. Ragas has 598 yards and seven touchdowns on 71 carries this season.

SOURCE: The Advertiser

Oct 21, 2019, 5:11 PM ET

 

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