College Preview – 10/9 Early Games

Indiana at Ohio State, Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, 11 a.m., ESPN

INDIANA

(3rd-Round) #73 OT James Brewer, 6-6¼, 334 pounds, 5.36 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Injuries were a problem early in Brewer’s career, as he missed the ’07 season because of a foot problem and then finished the ’08 season on the sidelines after an ankle injury. He’s been a starter at right tackle for the last two seasons. He played just one year of high school football, but that was enough to earn a scholarship to Bloomington.

(3rd-Round) #2 WR Tandon Doss, 6-2¼, 198 pounds, 4.56 seconds, Junior.

Coming off a huge game against Michigan last Saturday, when he caught 15 passes for 221 yards and finished with 363 all-purpose yards. So far this season, he’s averaging 107.7 receiving yards and 211 all-purpose yards each game. He has 23 catches for 323 yards and a TD. Doss has run the ball nine times for 38 yards and a TD. He has returned eight kickoffs for a 31.2-yard average and two punts for a 22-yard average. Doss started the season with a groin injury that forced him to watch the opener. In 23 games, he’s caught 114 passes for 1,471 yards and seven TDs. Doss has also run for a pair of TDs and averaged 23.7 yards on 33 kickoff returns.

(6th-Round) #4 QB Ben Chappell (right), 6-1¾, 242 pounds, 4.97 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Last Saturday he set single-game school records with his 45 of 64 for 480 yards performance against Michigan. Right now, he’s third in the country averaging 342.5 yards per game, completing 116 of 162 passes with just one interception and a dozen TD passes for 1,370 yards. That’s a completion percentage of 71.6 percent and an 8.5-yard average per attempt. Overall, he’s made 19 starts and has spent two seasons as captain of the Hoosiers. In 30 games, he’s thrown for 5,326 yards with 33 TDs and 20 INTs. He’s also scored seven touchdowns. A real NFL prospect because of his ability to throw all the pass routes and he runs the offense from the field. 

OHIO STATE

(1st-Round) #97 DE Cameron Heyward, 6-5, 285 pounds, 4.92 seconds, Senior.

The bloodlines are good for this young man – his father was the late Craig “Ironhead” Heyward who played 11 seasons in the league. During his time with the Buckeyes, Cameron Heyward has made a name for himself. In three seasons he’s not missed a game. He has played inside and outside on the Ohio State defensive line and is very good against the run at both positions. He’s not in the elite pass rusher category but his size and quickness allows him to break the pocket no matter where he’s coming from on the line. In three seasons, he has 128 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, an interception and he scored a safety.

(2nd-Round) #50 C Mike Brewster, 6-4 ½, 295 pounds, 5.12 seconds, Junior

This will be his third year as the starting center, as he earned the job as a true freshman. He ended up starting 10 games that season, and followed up by starting every game last year for the Buckeyes and all five this season. Very athletic and good on his feet, Brewster did not play center during his high school days in Florida, but made an easy transition to the position and came into the starting lineup with QB Terrelle Pryor.

(2nd-Round) #2 QB Terrelle Pryor, 6-5 ½, 235 pounds, 4.48 seconds, Junior.

One of the most sought after high school prospects in recent memory, Pryor picked Columbus over Michigan and Penn State. Athletically gifted with speed, quickness and strength, Pryor has started to develop from an athlete playing quarterback (think Tim Tebow) to a quarterback playing quarterback. He’s generated over 5,000 yards in total offense in his 26 games as the starting QB. But the key stat is this: he’s 23-3 as Ohio State’s starter. This year, he’s thrown for 1,015 yards with 12 TDs and three INTs, run for 373 yards and three TDs and he’s even caught pass for 20 yards and a TD.

Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 2:30 p.m., ABC

  ARKANSAS

(1st-Round) #15 QB Ryan Mallett, 6-6¼, 238 pounds, 5.12 seconds, Redshirt-Junior.

A transfer from Michigan who did not get on the field until the ’09 season, Mallett has shown big-time skills in the SEC. Last year, he threw 30 TD passes, averaged 279 passing yards per game, with a remarkable completion percentage of 85.2 percent. So far this year, he’s completed 95 of 138 passes for 1,438 yards, 10 TDs and five INTs. Against Alabama, he threw for 357 yards, but also had three interceptions. Mallett was a freshman at Michigan in ’07 where he started three games for an injured Chad Henne.

(1st-Round) #65 OT DeMarcus Love, 6-4¾ , 315 pounds, 5.18 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Love has been a contributor to the Razorbacks offensive line since his redshirt-freshman season when he started three games at right guard. He came back in the ’08 season and started eight more games at RG. Last season, he moved to left tackle and started 13 games and that’s where he’s played this season. Love is considered very athletic and his ability to handle edge pass rushers and protect Mallett’s back will decide how high he goes in the draft’s first round.

(3rd-Round) #45 TE D.J. Williams, 6-2, 251 pounds, 4.59 seconds, Senior.

The leading active tight end receiver in major college football, Williams has caught 117 passes for 1,464 yards over a 42-game career in Fayetteville. So far this year, he’s caught 19 passes for 236 yards for the Razorbacks. Williams’ best season came in ’08 as a sophomore, when he caught 61 passes for 723 yards and three TDs. Last year, he had 32 catches for 411 yards. He has very good speed for a man his size and has no trouble getting open.

 TEXAS A&M

(1st-Round) #40 OLB Von Miller, 6-2¾, 232 pounds, 4.56 seconds, Senior.

A big-play defender who when healthy is one of the best pass rushers in the country, Miller earned All-America honors as a junior last season. The problem is during this senior season he’s been dealing with a sprained knee that has severely hampered his ability to get after the quarterback. He was a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 linebacker last year. The Texas native plays what the coaching staff at A&M calls the Jack or Joker position; essentially he’s a defensive end rush linebacker and last year he led the nation in sacks with 17, along with forcing four fumbles. He has 22.5 career sacks.

(5th-Round) #8 WR Jeff Fuller, 6-3, 215 pounds, 4.54 seconds, Junior.

Last week, Fuller broke the A&M record for career touchdown catches when he caught two scoring passes against Oklahoma State to give him 21 over his three-year career. This year, he has 26 catches for 349 yards and five TDs, including a 10-catch, 160-yard day a month ago against Louisiana Tech. His career numbers are 117 catches for 1,547 yards and those 21 scoring receptions. His father, also named Jeff Fuller played six years in the NFL as a safety with the 49ers.

(6th-Round) #1 QB Jerrod Johnson, 6-4, 243 pounds, 4.76 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Coming out of Humble, Texas, Johnson was considered one of the top recruits in the country and over the last two years he’s set numerous school passing records. Last year, he was named to second-team All-Big 12 Conference honors. His big performance came on Thanksgiving night when he threw for 342 yards and four touchdowns against Texas. He also ran for 97 yards. The ’10 season has not started so well for Johnson; last weekend against Oklahoma State he threw for 409 yards and five touchdowns, but he also threw four interceptions. Johnson needs a lot of work with his throwing mechanics, especially his footwork. Overall in 34 games, he has run for 804 yards and 15 touchdowns and thrown 65 touchdown passes against 26 interceptions.

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