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QB Dak Prescott - Mississippi St. - Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Preview

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QB Dak Prescott - Mississippi St. - Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Preview – Fall 2015

Dak Prescott Receives Multiple Honors For Performance In Louisiana Tech Victory

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QB Dak Prescott of Mississippi St had his most efficient game of his career this past Saturday in a 45-20 victory against Louisiana Tech. He received multiple honors nationally including being named the Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week, a Manning Award Star of the Week and a Davey O’Brien Award top performer. Prescott completed 30-of-43 passes against Tech for 347 yards, the second-highest total in his career.

Prescott accounted for four TDs, passing for three and rushing for another. The performance put him over 7,000 career passing yards, making him the 17th player in FBS history with that many passing yards and at least 2,000 career rushing yards. With his first touchdown pass of the game, the All-SEC quarterback joined Heisman Trophy winners Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel as the only players in SEC history to throw for 50-plus TDs and rush for 30-plus TDs in a career.

With 23 school records under his belt (12 single-season and 11 career), Prescott is statistically having a better season than last fall, where he finished in the top 10 of Heisman Trophy voting. Through the first seven games of 2014, Prescott was 114-of-189 (60.3%) for 1,694 yards with 15 TDs and five interceptions. Through the first seven games of the 2015 campaign, he is 148-of-225 (65.8%) for 1,700 yards with 11 TDs and zero picks. The passing yards and completions are the most by an MSU player through the first seven games in school history.

One of 36 FBS QBs to have over 200 passing attempts this fall, Prescott is the only one to have not thrown an interception. The Bulldog’s team captain has thrown a school-record 274 straight passes without an interception, a streak that stretches 26 quarters dating back to last season. The stretch is currently the longest in the nation and the 3rd-longest in SEC history.

Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Preview – Fall 2015
#15 QB Dak Prescott - Mississippi State - 6-2 230

Slick throwing senior QB has impressed as a passer again this fall while starting for the third season. In the balanced Bulldog attack, he is dangerous as a passer and runner. With a continued strong 2015 season and postseason All-star performance, he could improve his draft status significantly. He came on strong over his sophomore and junior campaigns operating in this offense very effectively. He is quick in the pocket and capable of running or spraying the ball around to a number of receivers with an improving understanding of defenses after extensive playing experience. As a pocket passer, he has some inconsistencies in his footwork that have a big effect on his accuracy. He has a fairly quick release and short area accuracy gives him a chance to start at the NFL level with further development.
Currently, a top 75 prospect for the NFL Draft 2016 – Senior Bowl Watch List

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

College Football Monday - Michigan St Wins On Incredible Final Play vs Michigan

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College Football Monday - Week 7

Spartans Win On Improbable Fumble TD Return

Photo: RB Leonard Fournette - LSU

Team of the Week: LSU

Players of Week
Offense: RB Dalvin Cook - Florida St.
Defense: LB Kyle Fackrell - Utah St.

Miracle Comeback Week
This past Saturday saw a few incredible comebacks but none will rival the miraculous than Michigan St. last second fumble return TD for the winning TD, 23-21 final. The Spartans beat arch rival on the most bizarre play in recent college football on the last play of the game that produced the improbable victory. The scene was a 4th down Michigan punt with 10 seconds remaining when Michigan punter Blake O’Neill bobbled a low snap and spun around to try and make the kick. He was hit and the ball popped up and MSU defender Jalen Watts-Jackson caught it and rumbled 38 yards dodging a few Wolverine tacklers for the dramatic game winning TD. Jackson was mobbed in the end zone and sustained a dislocated hip that required a Sunday morning operation. O’Neill is an Australian punter had a few huge punts during the game including an 80 yard punt and has become a key weapon for the Wolverines nationally ranked defense that was coming off three consecutive shutouts.

This play was an immediate highlight hit and will rival the crazy Stanford-Cal finish from the early 1980s and the BC’s QB Doug Flutie miracle Hail Mary TD pass from the same era. With Cal trailing Stanford, the Bears received a kickoff and lateralled multiple times (5x) to score the winning TD as the Cal band marched on the field and runners used that group as blockers to screen ballcarriers for the return.

Michigan St. went 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten. They host an improved Indiana club this week. They were one of several clubs that made huge comebacks. Memphis remained undefeated with an impressive comeback at home vs Ole Miss. The Rebels got up 14-0 but Memphis put up 31 unanswered points to win 37-24 to remain unbeaten at (6-0). Memphis QB Paxton Lynch completed 39 of 53 passes for 385 yards and 3 TDs. It was the redshirt junior QB’s fifth straight 300 yard game. The 6’7” 245 lbs. passer makes all the throws and has the Tigers in the top 25 teams and capable of pressing for a higher ranking with six reasonably soft games remaining on their schedule. The Tigers could become one of the biggest stories of the season if they continue with move up the rankings and a possible prime bowl invitation.

Rutgers trailed Indiana 52-27 late in the 3rd quarter and scored the final 28 points to win 55-52 in HC Kyle Flood’s return after a three game suspension. Rutgers has had a turbulent year with player and coach suspensions and a few disappointing performances that have left the program highly criticized. They improved their record to 3-3 with Ohio St. coming in this Saturday. QB Chris Laviano had a strong game on 28 of 42 passes for 386 yards and 3 TDs. Wideout Leonte Carroo added 7 receptions for 157 yards and 3 TDs. He was injured on his final TD reception with an ankle injury. He produced another 3 TD game vs Michigan St. the prior week. The quick senior receiver continues to elevate his draft stock for the NFL Draft 2016 and remains high on the Senior Bowl Watch list entering the second half of the season.

Year of the Running Back Continues…..
Despite the high powered passing games that highlights college football weekly, this is the year of the running back with a deep group of talented backs who have dominated through the first half of the season.
Most are underclassmen, with several true sophomores like Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Nick Chubb. They will not be eligible for the NFL Draft 2016 due to only two years removed from high school.

Florida St’s Dalvin Cook continues to provide impact for the Seminoles attack. Against Louisville this week, he rushed for 163 yards on 22 carries and 2 TDs that made the difference in a 41-21 victory. It was his fourth 100 yard rushing effort. Cook is a talented well rounded back with the power to run inside and the speed and quickness to make the corner and break a long play. His strong lower body allows him to break tackles and his quick footwork and cutting skills creates space and running lanes. His fine speed makes him dangerous on every touch as his 12 TDs testify to at midseason. He has deceptive strength and shows little wear despite 20 carries weekly.

LSU’s Leonard Fournette produces impressive efforts weekly and had a strong performance vs #8 Florida. Fournette is a rare combination of size and speed and has produced huge numbers weekly despite facing tough SEC defenses. Against the undefeated Gators, he rushed for 181 yards on 31 carries and 2 TDs that made the difference in the Tigers 35-27 win. For the season, he has totaled 1202 yards on 150 carries for over an incredible 8 yard average and 14 TDs. LSU remained the only undefeated SEC club with a key victory over Florida. LSU travels to Alabama in two weeks after a home contest vs W. Kentucky. The LSU-Alabama game may be the game of the year with both national and SEC leadership at stake.

Alabama tailback Derrick Henry has continued to be a difference maker for the hot Tide offense. This week vs #9 Texas A&M, he ran for a career high of 236 yards and 2 TDs. Henry scored both TDs in the 2nd quarter as Bama built a 28-6 lead that translated to a 41-23 victory. Bama is building momentum on basic football they have been known for – power ground game, field position and tough physical defense. Henry has moved into strong Heisman Trophy contention off a strong October performance.

Ohio St. tailback Ezekiel Elliott continues to pound defenses despite the changing Buckeyes’ QB situation. Elliott has been keyed on every game and has consistently dominated the early action. For the Penn St game, he rushed for 153 yards on 27 carries and 1 TD. For the season, he has totaled 988 yards on 148 carries for over a 6 yard average and 11 TDs. He has also shown big play ability to break long plays from scrimmage. Elliott has been the catalyst for the defending champions who though they remain undefeated have been sluggish during several first half games. They face a weak schedule till late November when they face Michigan St and Michigan in their final two contests.

Bulldog tailback Nick Chubb tailback sustained a knee injury vs Tennessee two weeks ago and is done for the season. Over his short Georgia career, he produced 13 straight 100 yard rushing performances. That includes a deep group of talented Bulldog runners including legendary runner Herschel Walker and last years’ top ten selection Todd Gurley. Chubb produced incredible numbers for a young prospect and is expected to be ready for the 2016 college football season.

Game of the Week - Texas A&M (5-1) at Ole Miss (5-2)

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Ohio St Holds #1 Spot With Top Seven Teams Undefeated

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Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll –
Ohio St Holds #1 Spot With Top Seven Teams Undefeated

Photo - RB Dalvin Cook - Florida St.

Team of Week - LSU

Players of Week
Offense - RB Dalvin Cook - Florida St.
Defense - LB Kyle Fackrell - Utah St.

Draft Insiders’ - Top 25 Poll Week #8 Rankings

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Ohio St. - 7-0
2. Baylor - 6-0
3. Utah - 6-0
4. TCU - 7-0
5. LSU - 6-0
6. Michigan St. - 7-0
7. Clemson - 6-0
8. Alabama - 6-1
9. Florida St - 6-0
10. Notre Dame - 6-1
11. Stanford - 6-1
12. Iowa - 7-0
13. Oklahoma St. - 6-0
14. Oklahoma - 4-1
15. Florida - 6-1
16. Texas A&M - 6-1
17. California - 5-1
18. Memphis - 6-0
19. Houston - 6-0
20. Toledo - 6-0
21. Duke - 5-1
22. Mississippi - 5-2
23. Michigan - 5-2
24. Temple - 6-0
25. Pittsburgh - 5-1

AP Top 25

Rank/Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(45) 7-0 1547
2 Baylor(12) 6-0 1488
3 TCU(4) 7-0 1417
4 Michigan State 7-0 1334
5 LSU(1) 6-0 1324
6 Clemson 6-0 1271
7 Utah(1) 6-0 1258
8 Alabama 6-1 1123
9 Florida State 6-0 1111
10 Notre Dame 6-1 924
11 Stanford 5-1 898
12 Oklahoma State 6-0 839
13 Iowa 7-0 833
14 Florida 6-1 751
15 Oklahoma 5-1 665
16 Texas A&M 5-1 623
17 Memphis 6-0 544
18 Michigan 5-2 544
19 California 5-1 370
20 Toledo 6-0 322
21 Duke 5-1 305
22 Houston 6-0 289
23 Ole Miss 5-2 201
24 Temple 6-0 163
25 Georgia 5-2 95

Dropped from rankings: UCLA 18, Boise State 20, Northwestern 21

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 38, Wisconsin 37, Pittsburgh 32, North Carolina 30, UCLA 30, Texas Tech 14, BYU 9, Navy 9, Oregon 5, Illinois 5, Western Kentucky 5, Utah State 5, Washington State 5, Northwestern 4, Marshall 3, Arizona 2, Boise State 2, Bowling Green 1

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points
1 Baylor 6-0 300
2 Ohio State 7-0 296
3 Utah 6-0 295
4 LSU 6-0 292
5 Clemson 6-0 277
6 TCU 7-0 258
7 Alabama 6-1 249
8 Michigan State 7-0 242
9 Florida State 6-0 217
10 Stanford 5-1 207
11 Florida 6-1 193
12 Notre Dame 6-1 190
13 Iowa 7-0 163
14 Oklahoma State 6-0 159
15 Oklahoma 5-1 132
16 Texas A&M 5-1 123
17 Memphis 6-0 122
18 Michigan 5-2 115
19 Houston 6-0 85
20 California 5-1 77
21 Temple 6-0 54
22 Toledo 6-0 53
23 Duke 5-1 46
24 Ole Miss 5-2 24
25 Pittsburgh 5-1 17

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Packers & Patriots Top NFL Power Poll Week 6

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NFL Power Rankings Week 6 –
Packers & Patriots Top NFL Power Poll

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - RB Todd Gurley - Rams

Defensive Player - CB Quinten Rollins - Packers

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Eli Manning - Giants -

Defensive Player - DE Fletcher Cox - Eagles

Photo - QB Eli Manning - Giants

Team of Week 5 - Bengals
Matchup of Week 6 – Carolina at Seattle

Rank / Team / Record

1. Green Bay Packers (5-0)
Packers have built a huge lead in the NFC North.

2. New England Patriots (4-0)
Patriots are the top ranked NFL offense thus far.

3. Denver Broncos (5-0)
Broncos’ defense is leagues’ top ranked unit.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (5-0)
The Bengals’ Andy Dalton came up big vs the Seahawks in crunch time.

5. Atlanta Falcons (5-0)
Falcons’ will be fully tested by the desperate Saints on Thursday night.

6. Arizona Cardinals (4-1)
Cards look to build on their strong start with AFC North clubs on the agenda.

7. Carolina Panthers (4-0)
The Panthers rested after bye for key road game to Seattle this week.

8. New York Jets (3-1)
The Jets are home vs the Redskins this week with Patriots up next.

9. New York Giants (3-2)
GMen are wounded in key areas with their trip to Philadelphia this Monday night.

10. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Cowboys are dropped three in a row with bye week to prepare for key game with Giants up in two weeks.

11. St. Louis Rams (2-3)
The Rams’ get their bye week to regroup after a very lackluster start to the season.

12. Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
The overrated Seahawks face a critical home game with the Panthers coming in this Sunday.

13. Buffalo Bills (3-2)
The Bills got a W in Tennessee and get a major AFC matchup at home with Bengals.

14. San Diego Chargers (2-3)
Chargers lost a heartbreaker to the Steelers on Monday night and need to regroup with trip to Green Bay this week.

15. Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Vikings return from their bye week and face the disappointing Chiefs this week.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
Eagles played well vs the Saints and get the Giants at home Monday night in a major NFC East matchup.

17. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
The Colts have won two in a row without QB Andrew Luck and could get their leader back this week for Patriots game at home.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
Steelers’ stole the Monday night game vs the Chargers and get the high powered Cardinals this week.

19. New Orleans Saints (1-4)
Saints face NFC South rival, the Falcons at home in a must win situation for their playoff aspirations.

20. Cleveland Browns (2-3)
Browns won a key overtime game vs the Ravens, with the Broncos coming in this Sunday.

21. Baltimore Ravens (1-4)
The Ravens travel to San Fran in a must win situation between falling recent former Super Bowl opponents.

22. Kansas City Chiefs (1-4)
The Chiefs lost to the lowly Bears and are watching their season slip away early this year.

23. Houston Texans (1-4)
Texans travel to Jacksonville in desperate situation to get a victory.

24. Washington Redskins (2-3)
The Skins face the tough Jets defense this week in an effort to get to .500 level.

25. Miami Dolphins (1-3)
The Dolphins return to the action after bye week that saw a change of command in the coaching staff.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)
The Jaguars continue to be competitive, but come up short consistently with the game on the line.

27. Oakland Raiders (2-3)
The Raiders get their bye week after a tough loss to AFC West rival, the Broncos.

28. Chicago Bears (2-3)
The Bears have won two in a row that may be their highlight video for the entire season.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-3)
The Titans host the Dolphins this Sunday after a tough loss to the Bills last week.

30. San Francisco 49ers (1-4)
The 49ers’ lost a heartbreaker vs the Giants and host the Ravens this Sunday.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-3)
Bucs outlasted the Jaguars for win last week and sit out with their bye this weekend.

32. Detroit Lions (0-5)
Lions were embarrassed last week by Arizona and face the equally horrible Bears this Sunday and will look for their first win at home.

Michigan Dominates Northwestern With 3rd Straight Shutout

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College Football Mondays - Week 6

Michigan Dominates Northwestern With 3rd Straight Shutout

Photo: DE Emmanuel Ogbah - Oklahoma St

Team of the Week: Michigan

Players of Week
Offense: QB Trevone Boykin – TCU
Defense: DE Emmanuel Ogbah - Oklahoma St.

Michigan made their strongest statement of the season with their third straight shutout vs undefeated Northwestern. To say new HC Jim Harbaugh has made a big difference in Ann Arbor would be an understatement. The Wolverines reeled off their 5th straight victory since their opening day loss to Utah. They took the lead from the opening kickoff when Jehu Chesson returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a TD as the Wolverines never looked back. HC Harbaugh has set the pace and created a new culture quickly and starting to build momentum for key games with Michigan St, and Ohio St. on the schedule with every team in their Big Ten East division upcoming.

Their nationally ranked defense will get fully tested this week vs Michigan St. where QB Connor Cook leads a talented offense that has yet to right stride through the first half of the season. The Wolverines are showing the Harbaugh toughness and the ability to play sound football. They will challenge both Michigan St and Ohio St. for Big Ten leadership. We will have more on the upcoming Michigan vs Michigan St. game later this week.

Bulldog tailback Nick Chubb tailback sustained a knee injury on his first rushing attempt vs Tennessee and was finished for the day. He is expected to miss at least the next month and possibly the season that could certainly be in jeopardy. Over his short Georgia career, he produced 13 straight 100 yard rushing performances entering the Tennessee contest that surpassed a record held by legendary runner Herschel Walker.

LSU’s Leonard Fournette produced 158 yards on 20 carries that buried South Carolina 44-24. Fournette had produced three straight 200 yard rushing games that were both a new team and SEC record. At midseason with LSU a top five club currently, he is the leading Heisman Trophy candidate with over 100 yards rushing already in just five games. With several huge SEC games on the schedule like Florida, Alabama and Ole Miss, he will be center stage to impress voters on national TV.

Ohio St. tailback Ezekiel Elliott may be Fournette’s main competition for the Heisman Trophy with several impressive first half performances. Last week, he rushed for 106 yards on 21 carries and 2 TDs. For the season, he has totaled 835 yards on 121 carries for over a 7 yard average and 10 TDs. He has also showed big play ability to break 60 and 70 yard plays from scrimmage.

Two troubled programs, Tennessee and Texas both won huge conference games that can reverse their fortunes this season. The Vols’ beat Georgia 38-31 when they came back from a 21 point deficit. QB Joshu Dodd threw for 321 yards and ran for 118 yards that accounted for 5 TDs. They travel the next two weeks to Alabama vs the Crimson Tide and to arch rival Kentucky that could define their season. They had lost three straight 13 point leads in recent weeks that had the program thinking of major changes throughout.

The Texas Longhorns (2-4) came up big in the Red River Rivalry game vs Oklahoma. They beat the Sooners 24-17 that pushed Oklahoma out of the top ten. Their offense literally pushed the Sooners all over the field with 313 yards rushing that controlled the clock and field position. The Longhorns defense harassed Sooner QB Baker Mayfield with 6 sacks, in their best performance of the season. It was an impressive and surprising victory after getting waxed by #3 TCU last week 50-7 in a horrible overall effort. Texas gets a bye this week and faces a diet of six Big 12 opponents the next two months where they could salvage the season with a possible .500 season. HC Charlie Strong is only in his second season, but inherited a falling program that struggles to play with consistency and the firepower that is essential to winning in the wild high scoring Big 12 Conference.

Game of the Week - Michigan St. (6-0) at Michigan (5-1)

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Ohio St Holds #1 Spot With Utah, TCU & Baylor Rising In Top Five

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Ohio St Holds #1 Spot With Utah, TCU & Baylor Rising In Top Five

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll - Week #7 Rankings

Photo - QB Trevone Boykin - TCU

Team of Week - Michigan

Players of Week
Offense - QB Trevone Boykin - TCU
Defense - DE Emmanuel Ogbah - Oklahoma St

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #7 Rankings

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Ohio St. - 6-0
2. Utah - 5-0
3. TCU - 6-0
4. Baylor - 5-0
5. LSU - 5-0
6. Michigan St. - 6-0
7. Clemson - 6-0
8. Alabama - 5-1
9. Texas A&M - 6-0
10. Florida St - 5-0
11. Florida - 6-0
12. Mississippi - 5-1
13. Notre Dame - 5-1
14. Michigan - 5-1
15. UCLA - 4-1
16. Stanford - 4-1
17. Oklahoma St. - 6-0
18. Iowa - 6-0
19. California - 5-1
20. Oklahoma - 4-1
21. Boise St. - 5-1
22. Northwestern - 5-1
23. Toledo - 5-0
24. Houston - 5-0
25. Duke - 5-1

AP Top 25

Rank/Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(27) 6-0 1411
2 Baylor(13) 5-0 1390
3 TCU(3) 6-0 1354
4 Utah(16) 5-0 1350
5 Clemson(1) 5-0 1260
6 LSU 5-0 1231
7 Michigan State 6-0 1139
8 Florida 6-0 1075
9 Texas A&M(1) 5-0 1046
10 Alabama 5-1 1034
11 Florida State 5-0 937
12 Michigan 5-1 894
13 Ole Miss 5-1 803
14 Notre Dame 5-1 766
15 Stanford 4-1 662
16 Oklahoma State 6-0 614
17 Iowa 6-0 520
18 UCLA 4-1 487
19 Oklahoma 4-1 342
20 Northwestern 5-1 317
21 Boise State 5-1 260
22 Toledo 5-0 237
23 California 5-1 204
24 Houston 5-0 121
25 Duke 5-1 114

Dropped from rankings: USC 17, Georgia 19

Others receiving votes: Temple 96, Memphis 59, Arizona State 27, Mississippi State 19, Georgia 16, Texas Tech 10, BYU 8, Western Kentucky 5, USC 5, Kentucky 4, Penn State 4, Navy 3, North Carolina 1

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State (47) 6-0 1547
2 Baylor (8) 5-0 1463
3 TCU (5) 6-0 1441
4 Michigan State (1) 6-0 1358
5 LSU (1) 5-0 1288
6 Clemson 5-0 1245
7 Utah (1) 5-0 1239
8 Florida State 5-0 1080
9 Alabama 5-1 1052
10 Texas A&M 5-0 1028
11 Florida 6-0 1001
12 Ole Miss 5-1 837
13 Notre Dame 5-1 786
14 Michigan 5-1 760
15 Oklahoma State 6-0 689
16 Stanford 4-1 677
17 Iowa 6-0 525
18 UCLA 4-1 466
19 Oklahoma 4-1 432
20 Boise State 5-1 321
21 Northwestern 5-1 242
22 Memphis 5-0 185
23 California 5-1 174
24 Duke 5-1 154
25 Toledo 5-0 149

Dropped from rankings: Georgia 16, USC 17

Others receiving votes: Houston 75, Temple 71, Georgia 61, Arizona State 33, Mississippi State 21, Wisconsin 20, Kentucky 13, Kansas State 11, Penn State 6, USC 4, Texas 4, Texas Tech 4, West Virginia 3, North Carolina 3, Washington 2, Navy 2, Tennessee 1, Illinois 1, Arizona 1

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Rutgers' Receiver Leonte Carroo Reinstated for Michigan St. Game

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Rutgers' Receiver Leonte Carroo Reinstated For Michigan St. Game Saturday
Senior Hopes to Give Offense a Boost Thru Difficult Stretch of Games

Senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Rutgers football team. The school announced the decision this week after a judge dismissed simple assault charges that were filed against Carroo. Rutgers hosts Michigan St this Saturday (8 p.m., BTN).

Photo – WR Leonte Carroo - Rutgers

Coach Kyle Flood said Carroo agreed to some undisclosed conditions and “accepted the responsibility” that comes with his return to the team. The simple-assault charges were filed last month, after authorities said Carroo attacked a woman he used to date after a game and slammed her onto concrete. The woman received injuries on her hip, hands, elbow and head.

Carroo, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior captain, was arrested only days after six current and three former Rutgers players were charged with a series of violent crimes. Carroo has been suspended since Sept. 13.
Carroo practiced on Thursday morning and is eligible to play on Saturday. It was his first practice in almost four weeks. Carroo had seven receptions for 181 yards and 3 TDs this season before the suspension. Last season, he caught 55 passes for 1,086 yards and 10 TDs. He received a 3rd round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee last January and opted to return for his final season.

Frank Coyle of Draft Insiders’ ranks Carroo a Top 10 senior receiver in the NFL Draft 2016 class. Coyle states, “Carroo is a solid talent – good size, speed and receiving skills. He can jump and win in a crowd with sure hands. He lacks imposing skills to be a #1 receiver, though he has all the components to be a fine #2 wideout with early starting talent. The resolution of this off the field issue allows him to focus on football and academic issues. He has been on the Senior Bowl Watch List since the past summer and can regroup and focus on earning an invitation to the premier classic All-star week in Mobile, Alabama in late January.

Carroo said he was blessed to be back with the team. "I would like to thank Coach Flood, my family and friends for my opportunity to be back on the team," Carroo said. "I'm relieved that the case is behind me and it's dismissed. I'm just happy to be back out here with my teammates and ready to go."

"This was a very serious matter and I don't take any of this for granted," Carroo said. "I'm just blessed to be back out here. After speaking with my family and friends and teammates, I understand this is a blessing and I am very lucky and fortunate. But like I said, this was a very unfortunate event."

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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