College Preview: September 11

#17 Florida State at #10 Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 2:30 p.m., ABC



(1st-Round) #7 QB Christian Ponder (right), 6-2, 220 pounds, 4.68 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Along with Jake Locker of Washington, Ponder is considered one of the elite senior QBs for this spring’s draft. Although he could be taller, he’s got everything else teams are looking for in a QB coming out of college, including experience with a pro-style offense. This is third year as FSU’s starting quarterback and other than missing three games at the end of last season with a separated shoulder, he’s been durable. Smart took he’s already earned a Master’s degree in finance and is working on a doctorate.

(1st-Round) #62 G Rodney Hudson, 6-3, 284 pounds, 5.26 seconds, Senior.

Hudson is considered one of the best guard prospects coming out of college football this season. He earned second-team All-America honors last season and has now started 34 games for the Noles. In that time he’s allowed 1.5 sacks and been flagged for one penalty. He has also played center and left tackle, while spending most of his time at left guard. Not big and stout, but he’s mobile and can trap and pull.

(2nd-Round) #67 OT Andrew Datko, 6-5 ¾, 305 pounds, 5.14 seconds, Junior.

In his third season as the starter at left tackle, Datko is 12 more good performances away from pushing himself into the first round of the NFL Draft. He is a workout warrior who has added 30 pounds of muscle since he showed up in the Seminoles program. Despite his height, he knows leverage and bends his knees enough to gain an advantage. Datko started 12 games in his true freshman season and then every game during the ’09 season – that’s 25 straight games.

(2nd-Round) #13 OLB Nigel Bradham, 6-2, 238 pounds, 4.58 seconds, Junior.

Bradham became the starter at weak-side linebacker last year, opening 12 games and really established his credentials as a college player with 93 total tackles, two sacks and an interception. Coming out of Wakulla High School in Florida, he earned Parade All-America status. Once he got on campus, it took little time for him to become part of the FSU defense.


(1st-Round) #28 OLB Travis Lewis, 6-2, 232 pounds, 4.53 seconds, Redshirt-Junior.

In two seasons on the field for the Sooners, Lewis has earned All-Big 12 Conference first-team honors both years. He was the conference defensive newcomer of the year and freshman of the year in ’08 when he started 14 games and finished with 144 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and four interceptions. His numbers were down in ’09 with 109 tackles, one sack and one INT. He’s started all 27 games that he’s played and was the Sooners leading tackler in both seasons.

(1st-Round) #7 RB DeMarco Murray, 6-1, 214 pounds, 4.48 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Throughout his career, Murray has been hampered by injuries, missing games every season with injuries that ranked from turf toe to a sprained ankle. That’s why his career numbers don’t necessarily match the talents that he’s shown over the years. NFL teams like his north-south running style and he’s tough between the tackles, while possessing the speed to run the edge. Over the last three seasons, he’s run for 2,506 yards on 477 carries with 35 TD runs. Murray can also catch the ball, and has 87 receptions for 1,356 yards and 10 TDs. Last week he saved the Sooners bacon against upset-minded Utah State, running for 218 yards on 35 carries with two TD runs.

(1st-Round) #44 OLB Jeremy Beal, 6-3 ¼, 260 pounds, 4.74 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors and was also mentioned on some All-America lists (AP had him third-team in the nation.) Over the season, he had 70 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes that he knocked down. OU coaches have moved him all over the defense, lining him up at defensive end, dropping him into coverage and even using him at middle linebacker at times last year. While none of his skills are elite, the combination creates an impressive prospect as a player who could play in either the 3-4 or 4-3. He has 20.5 career sacks.

(2nd-Round) #20 FS Quinton Carter, 6-0 ¾, 195 pounds, 4.57 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Carter is coming off his first season as a full-time starter where he was the Sooners second leading tackler with 88 total tackles and four interceptions, while earning second-team All-Big 12 status. During his time in Norman, Carter has played both strong and free safety and there really isn’t anything he can’t do for a safety at either position. Over his career he’s been one of OU’s best special teams players. Smart too, having already earned his degree in sociology.

(2nd-Round) #86 DT Adrian Taylor, 6-4, 303 pounds, 4.96 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

It was a disappointing end to the ’09 season for Taylor when he suffered a dislocated left ankle in the Sun Bowl. After a long off-season of rehab, he must prove he’s back to the same level of explosion that he provided for the last two years playing next to his roommate Gerald McCoy. Smart in the classroom and on the field, Taylor is very strong in the upper body and has good speed for a man that weighs right at 300 pounds. He has nine career sacks, but hasn’t shown much pass rush potential. In the 3-4 defense, it looks like he would fit at defensive end.



(1st-Round) #57 DE Allen Bailey, 6-3 ½, 288 pounds, 4.79 seconds, Senior.

Last year, Bailey earned first-team All-ACC honors even though he spent most of the season moving back and forth from the defensive end to defensive tackle spot. Either way, he showed the ability to influence the outcome with his speed and strength. Over his career with the Hurricanes, Bailey racked up 12 sacks in the last two seasons. He’s a workout warrior, who earned the team’s strength training award last season. His combination of size and speed allows a lot of different coaches to consider him for their draft boards.

(1st-Round) #1 CB Brandon Harris, 5-10 ¾, 195 pounds, 4.45 seconds, Junior.

Harris was named first team All-ACC defense last year for his sophomore season performance when he broke up 15 passes and finished with 52 total tackles, one sack and two interceptions. He broke up a pass in the end zone with nine seconds to play to assure the victory over Florida State. Harris is part of the Hurricanes track team, running the 400 meters. He’s smart too, earning All-ACC academic honors.

(2nd-Round) #2 RB Graig Cooper, 5-11 ½, 205 pounds, 4.48 seconds, Senior.

Versatile and multi-talented back who has posted over 2,500 all-purpose yards with his running, receiving and returning. But against Wisconsin in the Hurricanes bowl game last December, he torn the ACL in his right knee. Coaches at Miami have said that he’s ready to go. Copper led Miami in rushing last year with 695 yards, and he finished with 1,417 all-purpose yards.

(2nd-Round) #74 OT Orlando Franklin, 6-6 ½, 318 pounds, 5.3 seconds, Redshirt-Senior

Born in Jamaica, Franklin grew up in Canada until he moved to Florida for his senior years of high school. But in a short period of time, he showed enough athletic ability to draw interest from various schools. He decided to stay home in Miami. Franklin has started 22 games, with 21 of those coming at left guard. He moved outside to left tackle as an injury replacement for one game last year and has stayed there for the ’10 season. Scouts will watch his matchups with Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward.

(3rd-Round) #44 ILB Colin McCarthy, 6-3, 235 pounds, 4.67 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

McCarthy considered leaving after last season for the NFL, but stayed and figures to be one of the Hurricanes team leaders. He’s an aggressive linebacker with a bit of explosion in his tackles and when he blitzes the passer. Last year he had 95 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and a sack. In the ’08 season he played four games but then suffered a shoulder injury that ended his season. This came after the ’07 season when he won the starting linebacker job on the strong side and contributed 74 tackles. Early in his career he was an outstanding special teams performer.


(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 115 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He was shutout in the season opener against Marshall.

(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. 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 4,808 yards in total offense in his 22 games as the starting QB. But the key stat is this: he’s 19-3 as Ohio State’s starter. He was 17 of 25 for 247 yards and three TD passes last week against Marshall.

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