College Preview: September 6

Boise State vs. Virginia Tech, Fed Ex Field, Landover, Maryland, 7 P.M., ESPN


(2nd/3rd-round) #73 OL Nate Potter, 6-6, 300 pounds, 5.07 seconds, Redshirt-Junior

First team All-Western Athletic Conference selection as a sophomore at left tackle, where he started the last eight games of the ’09 season. Coaches have moved him to left guard for the ’10 season. If he can show ability there, it will only enhance his NFL prospects.

(3rd-round) #2 WR Austin Pettis (right), 6-2 ½, 201 pounds, 4.61 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

With his 63 catches and 14 touchdowns last year, Pettis earned first-team All-WAC honors in ’09. While not especially fast, the California product has very good hands and the ability to separate from coverage. He suffered a left ankle fracture near the end of the ’09 season, that cost him playing time, but he’s fully recovered. In 38 games he’s caught 158 passes for 1,887 yards and 29 TDs.

(4th/5th-round) #1 WR Titus Young, 5-11½, 170 pounds, 4.48 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Young was named first-team All-WAC as a receiver and kick returner. Last season he had two kickoff return touchdowns, taking back kicks 95 and 100 yards for scores and averaging 26.9 yards per return. During the ’09 season he caught 79 passes for 1,041 yards and 10 TDS. Over his Boise State career he’s played in 30 games, with 133 catches for 1,848 yards and 16 TDs, along with seven rushing TDs and then two more TDs on kickoff returns. In the ’08 season he played only three games as he was suspended by head coach Chris Peterson for violation of team rules.

(5th-round) #90 DT Billy Winn, 6-3 ½, 288 pounds, 4.98 seconds, Redshirt-Junior.

Wynn had 44 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and six QB sacks last year, as he earned second-team All-WAC honors. Out of Las Vegas High School has been dealing with some foot issues so far this season. He spent the off-season working hard and learning the little things about the game, studying tape of not only other defensive linemen, but offensive linemen in hopes of picking up tendencies that he can use.

(5th-round) #98 DE Ryan Winterswyk, 6-4, 268 pounds, 4.96 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Two-time member of the first-team All-WAC defense, he’s coming off a big year where he had nine sacks with his 41 total tackles. He was second in the conference in taking down the quarterback. This former walk-on has 19 career sacks Physically, he’s a tweener on the NFL level and will either have to gain weight to play DE, or lose weight and improve his speed to play OLB.



(1st-round) #34 RB Ryan Williams, 5-9 ½, 206 pounds, 4.46 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore.

Yes, Williams can declare for the NFL Draft after this season because it will be his third full year since high school. He was the ACC rookie of the year in ’09 as he rushed for a school record 1,655 yards on 2933 carries, a 5.6-yard average, with 21 rushing TDs. That yardage total was the sixth highest in NCAA history for a first-year player.

(1st-round) #62 OT Blake DeChristopher, 6-4 ¾, 305 pounds, 5.07 seconds, Redshirt-Junior.

This is the third year that DeChristopher has started at right tackle for the Hokies. The Virginia native is strong and he’s a weight room warrior. Tech coaches voted him as the offensive player that had the most exceptional performance in spring ball.

(2nd-round) #11 WR Dyrell Roberts, 6-1, 196 pounds, 4.42 seconds, Junior.

Roberts caught the game winning 11-yard TD pass last fall that beat Nebraska. He also returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD against Alabama. There was also his 76-yard return against the Cornhuskers. Roberts was fourth in the country last year in kickoff return average at 31.9 yards. He’s played in 27 games and has caught 39 passes for 617 yards and three touchdowns, while returning 40 kickoffs for a 27.9-yard average.

(3rd-round) #21 CB Rashad Carmichael, 5-10, 182 pounds, 4.38 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Last season, Carmichael led the Hokies with six interceptions and was voted the team’s best defensive back. He also contributed 55 tackles, including four for minus yardage. Big contributor on special teams and has been since his first season on the field. He’s played in 41 games and has those six INTs, including one he returned for a TD and 75 total tackles.

(3rd-round) #15 FS Eddie Whitley, 6-0, 192 pounds, 4.45 seconds, Junior.

Last year against Nebraska, he made his first start at Virginia Tech and Whitley responded with eight tackles, including one for minus yardage as he played every game. This year, he’s moved into the starting lineup and has become one of the leaders of the Hokies defense. In his first two seasons, he played a lot at cornerback. Whitley has been a big special teams contributor as a cover man and blocker.

One Response to “College Preview: September 6”

  • September 7, 2010  - Devin says:

    Interesting how those late round BSU players stacked up against those VT players. I bet VT would rather not have started their season 0-1.

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