finally saw extensive playing time for the Hurricanes and responded well.
Moss totaled 103-yards on 14 carries in the loss to Virginia Tech, though
much of it came on a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Moss, a
projected second round pick at seasons start, has only carried the ball 53 times
this season after being suspended for the opening game and losing his starting
job to Javarris James. With James suffering a hip pointer the highly rated
Moss may get more playing time this weekend against Maryland.
Saturday also marked the return of receiver Ryan Moore, who had been suspended indefinitely after legal problems.
Another Hurricane senior who came into the season with a second round grade,
Moore led all Miami pass catchers with two-receptions for 19-yards.
Delaware tight end Ben Patrick is moving
up draft boards. The senior leads the Blue Hens with 53-receptions while
also posting 527-yards and four scores. The athletic Patrick offers a good
degree of upside as he has better-than-average playing speed combine with
excellent size. His name may be familiar to many as Patrick played at Duke
before transferring prior to the season. In a dismal draft for senior
tight ends Patrick could slide into the late part of the first day with good
workouts next March.
Tennessee receiver Robert Meachem
continues to look sharp. Meachem totaled five receptions for 121-yards and
two scores in the loss against LSU. What made his effort all the more
impressive were both his scoring catches came from the arm of back-up
quarterback Jonathan Crompton, who replaced an injured Erik Ainge.
Rumblings are beginning to be heard that Meacham may jump to the NFL after the
looked like a man amongst boys after South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier
inserted Blake Mitchell into the line-up at quarterback. Mitchell had been
suspended in four of the Gamecocks five games for violations. Rice was unstoppable
late in the contest, making several important receptions during USC's failed
comeback against Arkansas. Rice is another underclassman receiver from the
SEC who has a big decision to make about his future.
Staying in the SEC, a pair of defenders have
really stood out and are getting plenty of attention from NFL
There is a lot of thought in the scouting
community that LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, only a junior, is a
better NFL prospect than his predecessors, Claude Wroten and Kyle Williams, both
selected in last April's draft. Dorsey has been a terror this
season when so many other big-named SEC defensive linemen have disappointed.
Should he enter the draft Dorsey will be selected during the first day.
Mississippi State linebacker Quinton Culberson is making a move up draft boards. Culberson has been a
tackling machine this season but often gets overlooked due to the coverage given
his cross-state rival, Patrick Willis. A natural fit at inside linebacker,
Culberson could fit into the late part of the draft's first day if he runs well
A pair of cornerbacks are on the rise starting
with Josh Wilson from Maryland.
Possessing solid size and outstanding speed,
Wilson has taken his game to another level this year and really improved his
cover skills. Factor in he's been devastating all season long returning
kicks and Wilson is likely to move into the top sixty choices next April.
Longhorn corner Aaron Ross is another
coverman on the rise. Improving his defensive skills through the season,
Ross has also been effective returning punts.