2012 NFL Draft – Top QB & RB

Quarterbacks

1. Andrew Luck, Stanford (6-4, 234): There’s not much to say about Luck that hasn’t been said. He’s the best quarterback prospect since the man he will be replacing in Indianapolis. [Read more…]

West Coast Bias: Five Lessons From Oregon-Stanford

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The Pac-12 balance of power was up for grabs on Saturday night as the Oregon Ducks and Stanford Cardinal battled in Northern California. These two top-ten teams both had aspirations to finish atop the conference, and to host the first Pac-12 Championship game in December, but it was Oregon that ended up getting the job done as they throttled Andrew Luck and Stanford 53-30. LeMichael James had a monster game for the Ducks, and Luck ended up throwing two interceptions in the defeat.

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#7 Boise State Broncos: College Football 77 in 77

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This is the year. It has to be. To quote Elvis Presely “It’s now or Never.” (by the way, anyone notice that song is a blatant rip off of “O Solo Mio” just like “My Country Tis of Thee” is a rip off of “God Save the Queen) Anyways, the Boise State Broncos, the mid-major darlings of college football, will be fielding a team dominated by seniors and seven returning starters on each side of the ball.

Their offensive backfield and defensive front seven are all seniors, and they’re names you should get to know. Some of the them will be playing on the next level. With the stronger schedule, and a jump from the WAC to Mountain West, this is the year for BSU to reach the title game. Granted the MWC isn’t a power six, auto-qualifyer conference, and the TCU Horned Frogs are bailing on it for the Big East next year, but it’s a step in the right direction. And it’s a stepping stone, if Chris Petersen (61-5 in Boise) keeps doing what he’s doing; building on what Dan Hawkins did, Boise will get into a big time league soon enough.

This year though, they could reach the title game without it; possibly.

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Who will be the Best QB in College Football this Fall?

Never has there been more excitement for college football award watch lists. The twin lockout-induced free agency voids in the NFL and NBA has given us even less to talk about during MLB’s slowest (and overall sports’ slowest) week for media. Cuz NO ONE cares about the All-Star game and the ratings numbers reflect that.

Let’s talk gridiron! As the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced the 2011 Watch List today for its trophy honoring the nation’s top QB.

This year’s list, which was compiled by a subset of The O’Brien National Selection Committee, features 38 of the nation’s top collegiate quarterbacks who were selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2011 college football season.

In addition to last season’s finalists, Andrew Luck (Stanford) and Kellen Moore (Boise State), 2009 O’Brien finalist Case Keenum (Houston) is back in the action. This year’s list also includes seven 2010 semifinalists: Matt Barkley (USC), Kirk Cousins (Michigan State Spartans), Robert Griffin III (Baylor), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Taylor Martinez (Nebraska Cornhuskers), Denard Robinson (Michigan Wolverines), and Darron Thomas (Oregon)

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Terrelle Pryor – Championship Quarterback?

There’s a question that has hung over the 2010 Ohio State Buckeyes like a yellow cloud since April. The question is still fraught with significance in late October as the team prepares for another back alley brawl with the Wisconsin Badgers. Reporters spring the question on every member of the Ohio State football program: Jim Tressel, Dane Sanzenbacher, Brandon Saine, Cameron Heyward, Devin Barclay. After the games or on media day, no one is spared the question, “How do feel about the development of Terrelle Pryor as a quarterback?”

By Hans Hetrick

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