College Preview: 10/2 Night Games

#9 Stanford at #4 Oregon, Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon, 7 p.m. ABC/ESPN



(1st-Round) #12 QB Andrew Luck (right), 6-3¾, 235 pounds, 4.85 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore.

A youngster with just 16 career starts at Stanford. But Luck comes from a football family – his father is Oliver Luck, former pro QB – and he’s football mature beyond his years. He has prototypical size for an NFL passer. He’s much more mobile than his size would indicate, and often takes off in critical situations; he scored on a 52-yard run against Wake Forest earlier this season. Overall in his career he’s a 57.9 percent passer, with 24 TDs and six INTs. He’s also averaged 6.6 yards per run. At the start of this season, Luck said he would probably stay in school for at least the 2011 season.

(2nd-Round) #26 SS Delano Howell, 5-10¾, 198 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Junior.

A big-hitter in the Stanford secondary, he spent his freshman season as a running back for head coach Jim Harbaugh. Howell is a top flight athlete and contributes on special teams. That freshman year he ran for 59 yards and a TD, caught nine passes. He also returned 11 kickoffs for a 25.8-yard average. 103 total tackles in two seasons at strong safety. On the small side, but he’s athletic ability and speed moves him up most draft boards.

(4th-Round) #92 DT Sione Fua, 6-1¾, 307 pounds, 5.16 seconds, Senior.

The big man out of Crespi High School in the San Fernando Valley, Fua played in all 12 games as a freshman in ’06. He then sat out the ’07 season on a church mission, but came back in the last two years, four games and he has been very productive. He’s had two sacks and three tackles for loss this season. Overall in his career he’s played 29 games with 47 total tackles and 6.5 sacks. Combines size with quickness. His name is pronounced “see-OWN-ay foo-AH.”

(5th-Round) #48 FB/LB Owen Marecic, 6-0¾, 245 pounds, 4.78 seconds, Senior.

Marecic has gotten a lot of attention this year because he’s playing on both sides of the ball, at fullback on offense and middle linebacker on defense. He’s played both sides in the past, but defense was always a part-time thing. It’s a full-time job this season. Defensively he has 12 tackles, one sack, one interception, one recovered fumble. On offense, he’s carried the ball nine times for 20 yards and caught one pass for four yards. Against Notre Dame, he scored on both offense and defense, appearing on 91 total plays. Over his 40-game career he’s carried 22 times for 41 yards and six TDs, catching 17 passes for 187 yards and a TD. As a blocking back, he has few peers in major college football.



(4th-Round) #55 ILB Casey Matthews, 6-1, 245 pounds, 4.78 seconds, Senior.

The son of Clay Matthews Sr., former NFL player and the brother of Clay Matthews Jr., current NFL player, Casey Matthews has been a productive tackler in the middle of the Ducks defense. He’s been a three-year starter and he had 81 total tackles last year while earning second-team All Pac-10 honors. A very good athlete with outstanding speed for his size, Matthews runs well but has trouble when taking on blockers. So far at Oregon in 41 games, he’s taken part in 182 total tackles, 24 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He also has three interceptions, including two this season already.

(5th-Round) #58 OLB Kenny Rowe, 6-1½, 232 pounds, 4.73 seconds, Senior.

Rowe is coming off a season where he had 11.5 sacks for the Ducks. So far in four games he has just one sack in the ’10 season. Overall, he has 17.5 career sacks along with 47 total tackles and 12 tackles for loss. Back in January, he was the Rose Bowl defensive MVP with three sacks against Ohio State. Rowe is out of Long Beach Poly High School, which has been turning out athletes and football players for decades.

#7 Florida at #1 Alabama, Bryant-Denny Stadiuim, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 7 p.m., CBS


(1st-Round) #55 G/C Mike Pouncey, 6-4, 310 pounds, 5.29 seconds, Senior.

Pouncey has moved to center this season from the right guard spot he played for the last two seasons. At the start of the year he had all sorts of problems snapping the ball, but he seems to have put that behind him. Last year he was a near unanimous second-team All-America pick, starting and playing in all 14 games at right guard. He also started all 14 games at right guard in ’08 and in his true freshman season he saw extended playing time after moving from the offensive line to defense because of injuries. Pouncey ended up starting the last four games, and finished with eight tackles. So far he’s played in 45 games with 36 starts. His brother Maurkice was the first-round choice of the Steelers in the 2010 NFL Draft.

(3rd-Round) #35 SS Ahmad Black, 5-9 ½, 190 pounds, 4.51 seconds, Senior.

Started his career with the Gators as a cornerback and moved to strong safety where he’s been a three-year starter for Urban Meyer. Black has played in 39 games and has 11 interceptions, including two that he took back for touchdowns. He has 166 total tackles as well. This season, he had three interceptions in four games, including two against South Florida and he leads the Florida defense with 30 total tackles. He’s undersized for a safety, but his willingness to play physically gives him a shot, especially on special teams. Black has one blocked kick.

(3rd-Round) #76 OT Marcus Gilbert, 6-5, 320 pounds, 5.23 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

A veteran of 43 games during his time with the Gators, Gilbert has spent most of his time at right tackle, although he moved over to left tackle for a game earlier this year. He’s a talented pass blocker, who protected the backside of the left-handed Tim Tebow. Gilbert considered coming out last season, but got back a fourth-round grade from the NFL and returned to school. He comes from quite a family – his father is a Secret Service agent who was on Presidential detail for Clinton, Bush and Obama.



(1st-Round) #8 WR Julio Jones, 6-4, 220 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Junior.

Coming into the season, his third with the Tide, he had started 27 games. He set every freshman receiving record in Alabama history and then was part of last year’s national championship team. In two seasons, he’s caught 101 passes for 1,520 yards and eight TDs. He worked out of the Wildcat, taking the snap in the backfield last year. So far in four games, Jones has caught 20 passes for 302 yards and two TDs. He also had two runs for 14 yards.

(1st-Round) #22, RB Mark Ingram, 5-10, 215 pounds, 4.48 seconds, Junior

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Ingram returns for his third season at Alabama and ready to show his power and quickness, the unique combination that allowed him to run for 1,658 yards in ’09. In his first two seasons, Ingram racked up 414 carries for 2,386 yards and 29 rushing TDs. He’s also caught 39 passes for 388 yards and three TDs. Ingram had surgery on his left knee earlier in the season. S0 far this season he has 33 carries for 308 yards and four TDs, plus two catches for 27 yards.

(1st-Round) #30 ILB Don’ta Hightower, 6-4, 258 pounds, 4.74 seconds, Junior

Coming off a knee injury (torn left ACL) that ended his ’09 season after four games, Hightower has made 16 starts at the weak side linebacker spot. He has 80 career tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and one sack. He had three tackles in the season opener against San Jose State. He’s moved to the middle linebacker spot in ’10, where he’s handling all the defensive calls as well; basically he’s stepped in for the now departed Rolando McClain.

(2nd-Round) #77 OT James Carpenter, 6-4 ½, 300 pounds, 5.36 seconds, Senior

He joined the Crimson Tide last year after playing two seasons of JUCO ball at Coffeyville Community College, where he earned first-team All-Jayhawk Conference honors. Last year he started nine games at left tackle, and that’s where he’s playing this year. But some NFL teams view his size and strength as a plus inside at guard rather than on the edge. Carpenter is a hustle and hard work guy and that makes up for any deficiencies.

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