Category Archives: Centers

College Football: Week 2 LSU at Texas

#6 Louisiana State University (1-0) vs #9 Texas Longhorns (1-0)

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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Ed Orgeron

LSU Players to watch

Freshman CB Derek Stingley (6-1/195)

Stingley was the top rated CB in the country in 2018.
Photo: The Advocate | AP Photo File

The former Dunham High School star from Baton Rouge gives LSU a big weapon returning punts. Head Coach Ed Oregon said that Stingley looked like the best cornerback on the team. That says a lot, when CB Kristian Fulton turned down the NFL to return to play his senior season. LSU has one of the best defensive backfields in the country.

Senior QB Joe Burrow (6-4/216)

Burrow remind me a lot of former Alabama QB AJ McCarron. His primary job isn’t to win the game; his primary job is to be fundamentally sound, don’t turn the ball over, and get the ball into the hands of his playmakers. He’s the quintessential game manager.

**Sophomore OLB/DE K’lavon Chaisson (6-4/238)

Eleven months ago, Chaisson tore his left ACL in the season opener against Miami. The electric pass rusher is back and in full form. Physically, he’s ripped. Chaisson has his eye on the school’s single-season sack record (12). “Him rushing off the edge,” safety Grant Delpit said, “we know we’ve got guaranteed pressure on that side.”

*Junior SS Grant Delpit (6-3/203)

Delpit was a finalist for the Nagurski Award as the top defender in college football in 2018; and claimed the 2018 Jack Tatum Award from the Columbus Ohio Touchdown Club as the top defensive back in college football. A tremendous all around safety that can make plays all over the field, Delpit would have been a first round draft pick had he been eligible. He was a first team All-American and a Thorpe finalist.

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TEXAS LONGHORNS | BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Tom Herman

Texas Players to watch:

Junior QB Sam Ehlinger (6-3/230)

Ehlinger set a Big 12 record with 308 passes without an Int.
Photo: The Advocate | AP Photo File

Ehlinger has more than proven himself as a passer in college, too — his 3,292 passing yards last season rank fifth in school history and he’ll likely move into third place for most career passing yards later this season. Ehlinger has played in 23 games with 20 starts and 36 career touchdown throws.

Senior WR Collin Johnson (6-6/220)

Johnson surprised people by returning to school for his senior season. At 6-6, Johnson is a big target with a wide catch radius. Johnson has played in 38 games with 22 starts. He was one of five Longhorns elected by their teammates as a captain for the 2019 season. He enters his senior season with 150 receptions (ninth-most in school history) for 2,065 yards (10th-most in school history) and 12 touchdowns.

Senior OC Zach Shackelford (6-4/305)

As a junior, Shackelford played in 11 games with 10 starts. He was named first team All-Big 12 by the AP and second team by the coaches. Shackelford anchors one of the better offensive lines in the country. He is a leading candidate for the 2019 Rimington Award.

***Sophomore SS Caden Sterns (6-1/210)

Sterns earned All-Big 12 honors last year and led the team with 4 ints. Just entering his sophomore season, Sterns has already been named to the Jim Thorpe Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists in the 2019 preseason.

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Darrell K Royal- Texas Memorial Stadium – Field Turf
Sept 7 | Austin, Texas

College Football: Week 1 Wisconsin at USF

#8 Wisconsin Badgers (0-0) vs University of South Florida Bulls (0-0)

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WISCONSIN BADGERS | BIG 10 CONFERENCE

Coach: Paul Chryst

Wisconsin Players to watch:

Junior RB Jonathan Taylor (5-11/219)

Jonathan Taylor rushed for 2,194 yards last year.

Taylor was named a 2018 All-American and the Doak Walker Award winner – given to the best running back in the nation. In two seasons at Wisconsin, Taylor has already run for over 4,000 yards. With junior, Jack Coan, winning the quarterback battle in the spring, expect to see a heavy dose of Taylor early in the season.

**Sophomore TE Jake Ferguson (6-5/250)

Last season, Ferguson was a pleasant surprise in an offense that struggled to consistently move the ball through the air. He caught at least one pass in all 13 games and finished as the team’s second-leading receiver with 36 receptions for 456 yards and four touchdowns.

During the offseason, Ferguson bulked up to 250. He’s counting on the added weight to improve his effectiveness as a blocker without compromising his speed as a route-runner.

*Junior OC Tyler Biadasz (6-3/322)

Last year, Biadasz was considered by many to be the best player on an offensive line that saw David Edwards go to the L.A. Rams; Michael Deiter was drafted by the Miami Dolphins; and Beau Benzschawel sign with the Detriot Lions as an UDFA. Biadasz will be looking to take home the Rimington Trophy in 2019.

***Sophomore ILB Jack Sanborn (6-2/232)

Wisconsin knows how to turn out pro-ready linebackers. Last year, Wisconson sent T.J. Edwards, Andrew Van Ginkel and Ryan Connelly to the next level. Sanborn played in 11 games last year as a true freshman. This year, he will be expected to fill the shoes of those who played before him. Wisconsin’s highest rated recruit of a year ago, Sanborn should post 80-100 tackles in 2019.

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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS | AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Coach: Charlie Strong

USF Players to watch:

Senior RB Jordan Cronkrite (5-11/204)

Cronkrite rushed for 302 yards against UMass in 2019.
Photo: Athlon Sports

The former Florida transfer was on a roll late in the 2018 season with five consecutive 100+yard efforts. Playing behind what looks to be an improved offensive line, Cronkrite hopes to match, or better, his 6.1 yards per carry from last year. With OC Kerwin Bell’s “Play fast, score fast” offense, Cronkrite could put up double digits in the end zone too.

Senior QB Blake Barnett (6-5/217)

Barnett, originally signed with Alabama, is a transfer from Arizona State. With one year under his belt in South Florida, he should post better numbers in 2019. At USF last year, Barnett completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 2,710 yards, 12 touchdowns; and he ran for 301 yards and eight touchdowns. With a new OC in town, look for a healthy Barnett to put up ridiculous numbers.

Senior RT Marcus Norman (6-6/305)

Two-time All-AAC Marcus Norman will anchor an offensive line that is much improved from last year’s unit. Norman is a seasoned veteran in the trenches, he enters the 2019 season with 34 consecutive starts. The Sebastian product has shown his skills in the classroom as well, having been named to the AAC All-Academic Team twice. He has already graduated with a degree in Information Security and is currently working on his master’s.

*Junior CB Mike Hampton (6-1/185)

All-conference honorable mention cornerback Mike Hampton (Tampa) shined as a sophomore in his first year as a starter, ranking ninth nationally with 18 passes defended (1.4 per game). He also posted posted 16 pass breakups, which stand as the second-most in USF history; he tied for second on the team with two interceptions; totaled 43 tackles (35 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, and one sack.

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Raymond James Stadium – Grass
August 30 | Tampa, Florida

Centers: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked Centers

Garrett Bradbury is the most athletic center in this year’s draft class. McCoy, McGovern, and Jenkins are all pretty equal, who goes first will depend upon the preference of the team that selects them. Look for 7-10 players to go in the first 5 rounds. A few will go in the sixth and seventh rounds, but the majority will sign as undrafted free agents (UDFA).

NC State’s Garrett Bradbury is at the top of this year’s OC draft class.
Photo: Inside Wolfpack

1. Garrett Bradbury, NC State, 6-3/306

Bradbury has shot up draft boards based on his athleticism. He’d do best with a team that likes to pull and trap. While he benched 225 thirty-four times at the Combine, he was easily bull rushed during Senior Bowl practices. He’s got short arms and will have to be technically sound to succeed at the next level – along with getting stronger in his lower body.

2. Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State, 6-4/310

Jenkins is an intelligent player who knows how to read a defense and make the proper line calls. He has played up and down the line, giving him the ability to better help his fellow linemen identify schemes and blitzes. Best pass blocker in the group.

3. Erik McCoy, Texas A&M, 6-4/303

Another center who has jumped up draft boards based on his athleticism. He has gradually improved each year with his technique and overall strength. Can play the run and pass equally well. Getting plenty of looks from teams leading up to the draft.

4. Conner McGovern, Penn State, 6-5/309

Not as athletic as Bradbury or McCoy, but an intelligent player that can play all three interior positions. For not being super-athletic, plays with good understanding of angles and leverage, keeping defenders at bay.

5. Michael Jordan, Ohio State, 6-6/312

Seems better suited at guard than center – but can play either. A big man that enjoys mauling opponents in the run game. Physically strong, can be aggressive. Has room to grow. His versatility will increase his draft value. Downside: appears to take plays off and occasionally looks heavy footed.

6. Deion “Shaq” Calhoun, Mississippi State, 6-2/310

SEC four-year starter, finishing with 36 straight career starts. Very good in pass pro. Has the ability to block in space. Intelligent player. Played RG in college, lining up next to Elgton Jenkins. Calhoun has been projected at center at the next level.

7. Lamont Gaillard, Georgia, 6-3/305

Gaillard is team captain that leads by example. He went from being the starting guard to becoming the starting center, a selfless move on his part. He plays with good leverage and is quick laterally. He doesn’t have great power, but he understands how to get into position quickly.

8. B.J. Autry, Jacksonville State, 6-3/351

After a stellar week at the Senior Bowl, B.J. Autry drew plenty of scouts to his Pro Day. Autry has quick feet and uses his strength to moved opponents out of the way. He played guard in college but is expected to move inside at the next level. He has an 84.5 wingspan.

9. Tanner Volson, No. Dakota State, 6-4/306

Athletic center who is very good at playing in space – pulling, trap blocking, and getting quickly to the defender at the next level.

10. Nick Allegretti, Illinois, 6-4/320

Allegretti is certainly getting his share of looks from teams as we ramp up to the draft. Intelligent player that studies the game. Team leader who is involved in his community. Experienced with 36 career starts.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama, 6-4/307
  2. Javon Patterson, Mississippi, 6-3/307
  3. John Keenoy, Western Michigan, 6-3/300
  4. Trevon Tate, Memphis, 6-2/293
  5. Kirk Barron, Purdue, 6-1/309
  6. Alex Fontana, Kansas, 6-1/298
  7. Victor Hrynkiewicz, Youngstown State, 6-3/304
  8. Nick Linder   Indiana   6-3/303
  9. Justin Falcinelli   Clemson   6-4/305
  10. Jesse Burkett   Stanford   6-4/309
  11. Ryan Anderson, Wake Forest, 6-5/305
  12. Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame, 6-2/304
  13. Deontae Crumitie, Troy, 6-2/297
  14. Luke Shively, Northern Illinois, 6-2/300
  15. Matt Pyke, ETSU, 6-2/302
  16. Garrett Bowery, Lamar, 6-2/299
  17. Garrett Bader, Benedictine, 6-5/305

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.