College Preview: September 4 Plus

LSU VS. NORTH CAROLINA AT THE GEORGIA DOME, 7 P.M. ABC

One of the top early season matchups in college football has been tarnished by North Carolina leaving 13 players back in Chapel Hill because of various investigations and punishments. That group includes seven of the Tar Heels defensive starters, almost all of whom are top-ranked NFL prospects. If you don’t see them on the field, now you know why.

LSU

 

(2nd/3rd-Round) #80 WR Terrance Toliver (left), 6-4, 206 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Senior
Toliver was the Tigers second leading receiver in ’09, catching 53 passes for 735 yards and 3 TDs, while starting 11 of the 12 games he played. In 40 games he has 85 catches for 1,241 yards and 7 TDs. LSU has had six WRs taken in the top 100 picks of the NFL Draft since 2004. Tolliver needs a big senior season to join that group. Good physical skills and strong after the catch. He’s considered a bit immature; he was arrested in March and charged with disturbing the peach, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

(2nd/3rd-Round) #11 ILB Kelvin Sheppard, 6-2, 245 pounds 4.64 seconds. Redshirt-Senior.

Led the team in tackles in the ’09 season with 103 total stops and is considered the emotional leader of the Tigers. He’s has 188 total tackles in three years, playing inside and also at OLB on the weakside. He began this year’s pre-season as the MLB, but injuries on the outside have moved him back there.

(3rd-Round) #92 DT Drake Nevis, 6-0 ½, 292 pounds, 5.04 seconds, Senior
Although not a starter in ’09, he led the LSU defensive linemen with 48 total tackles, 10 TFL and 4 sacks. He came on very strong at the end of the season, when he had two sacks in the final four games. Nevis had a safety against Alabama.

(5th-Round) #78 OT Joseph Barksdale, 6-5, 315 pounds, 5.26 seconds, Senior.

Barksdale has started 25 straight games for the Tigers at right tackle, and in those seasons he’s been on the field for more snaps than any other offensive linemen. He’s moved to left tackle for the 2010 season. At times, he’s also lined up in the backfield in short-yardage and goal line situations. He grew up in Detroit and became one of the few Michigan players to sign with LSU.

North Carolina

(1st-Round) #54 OLB Bruce Carter, 6-2 ½, 230 pounds, 4.57 seconds, Senior.

Carter has started 33 games at outside linebacker, including seven as a true freshman. In three years he has 158 total tackles, 7 sacks and 18.5 TFL, with 2 INTs, including one he returned for a TD. His participation in Saturday’s game was in doubt through Friday evening, but he eventually caught his own flight to Atlanta and may play against LSU.

(1st-Round) #9 DT Marvin Austin, 6-2 ½, 310 pounds, 4.96 seconds, Senior.

How much playing time Austin sees in the ’10 season will depend on NCAA sanctions against him and his involvement with an agent. Right now, he’s been suspended by head coach Butch Davis not for team and school violations. He also faces a court date on September 15 on three misdemeanor charges involving a noise violation, driving without registration and improper window tinting. As of now, he has nine career sacks and 106 total tackles.

(1st-Round) #42 DE Robert Quinn, 6-5, 268 pounds, 4.57 seconds, Junior

First-team All-ACC as a sophomore in ’09 and was second in voting for the conference defensive player of the year. He had 19 TFLs and 11 sacks. He also forces six fumbles. Quinn has been a starter since the second game of his freshman season. HE WAS ONE OF MORE THAN DOZEN PLAYERS WHO WILL NOT PLAY IN THIS GAME BECAUSE OF SCHOOL/NCAA DECISIONS.

(2nd-Round) #8 WR Greg Little, 6-1 ¼, 214 pounds, 4.56 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

His career with the Tar Heels began as a running back, but he was shifted to receiver in ’08 and has been productive, leading the team in ’09 with 62 catches for 724 yards and 5 TDs. He also ran 29 times for 166 yards and a touchdown. Little has done some kick returning. His spectacular catch in the end zone of the Meineke Car Care Bowl last December against Pitt was one of the plays of the season. HE WAS ONE OF MORE THAN DOZEN PLAYERS WHO WILL NOT PLAY IN THIS GAME BECAUSE OF SCHOOL/NCAA DECISIONS.

(2nd/3rd-Round) #27 FS Deunta Williams, 6-1, 210 pounds, 4.53 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Williams was named first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in ’09 with 47 total tackles and 6 INTs. He has started every game of his career, 38 in all. Showed up at Chapel Hill as a wide receiver but moved to defense and now has 12 career INTs, along with 171 total tackles. HE WAS ONE OF MORE THAN DOZEN PLAYERS WHO WILL NOT PLAY IN THIS GAME BECAUSE OF SCHOOL/NCAA DECISIONS.

(2nd/3rd-Round) #52 ILB Quan Sturdivant, 6-2, 235 pounds, 4.63 seconds, Senior.

A three-year starter at linebacker, who has played both inside and outside during his career. In ’09 he led the team with 79 total tackles and was first-team All-ACC. He’s started 28 games and over his busy career he’s had 248 total tackles. Sturdivant was arrested on a marijuana charge in July and agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement. His participation in the LSU game was in doubt, but he reportedly flew late Friday night to Atlanta to join the team.

(2nd/3rd-Round) #16 CB Kendric Burney, 5-9, 190 pounds, 4.47 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

First-team All-ACC selection on the corner, finishing with 52 total tackles, 1 sack, 5 INTs, including one returned for a TD. He had 200 yards in interception returns, a single season school record. Burney has started all 38 games that he’s played for the Tar Heels with 9 INTs. HE WAS ONE OF MORE THAN DOZEN PLAYERS WHO WILL NOT PLAY IN THIS GAME BECAUSE OF SCHOOL/NCAA DECISIONS.


2 Responses to “College Preview: September 4 Plus”

  • September 4, 2010  - Brent says:

    Hey Bob,

    what’s the fine for disturbing the peach?


  • September 4, 2010  - Brent says:

    Did the peach file charges are was it a mandatory arrest?




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