2016 NFL Draft Prospects: Safeties

By Aaron Hyden
PSDC College Football Contributor

In football, safeties are literally and figuratively the last line of defense, sometimes the only things between opposing offenses and the end zone. More and more, safeties are asked to be Jacks of All Trades, capable of playing against the run or the pass, and to see the entire field play out in front of them. This requires people playing the position to be smart, instinctive and to have the ability to be versatile in what they do. This year’s class of safeties is certainly no different, with many players who have experience at multiple positions, or in multiple schemes.

1. Nate Andrews, Florida State – Perhaps the surest tackler of any safety in the country, Andrews is a tough, physical player that plays all over the field. He isn’t the biggest (5’11”, 210 pounds) or fastest (4.52 40) player you’re going to find, but with his intelligence, instincts and nose for the football, he doesn’t have to be.

Photo Credit: Florida State Athletics

Photo Credit: Florida State Athletics

One of Florida State’s top leaders, he leads by example and is, arguably, the hardest worker on the team. His teammates love his attitude, and they play hard for him. That type of leadership, especially at a young age, is very attractive to NFL front offices, who are often dealing with “me first” types of players. [Read more…]

2016 NFL Draft Prospects: Cornerbacks

By Aaron Hyden
PSDC College Football Contributor

Thanks to Richard Sherman’s boisterous ways, the cornerback position has become a more attention-getting area of football. Teams are looking for these players that can shut down entire halves of the field at their best, changing game plans of opposing offenses and forcing them to look elsewhere. It’s an important position, with high risks and high rewards, and it takes a special type of player to be successful in this day and age of ultra athletic wide receivers running like gazelles all over the field. Leading the pack in the Class of 2016 is my pick for the best overall prospect, and as close to a “sure thing” as you’re going to find this year.

1. Vernon Hargreaves, Florida – If you’re looking for the prototypical “shutdown” CB, look no further than Hargreaves. He isn’t the tallest CB (5’11”) out there, but he plays much bigger than his height would indicate because of his physicality. He has no problem jamming WRs at the line of scrimmage, and doesn’t allow them to get the best of him as they move down the field. His body control and instincts are top level, and his closing speed helps to eliminate issues when the occasional mistake is made.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

His aforementioned physical style of play is an added bonus against the run or against screen passes. He enjoys contact, and isn’t afraid of shedding blocks to lay a hit on a ball carrier. The stereotype of CBs, especially the stars, is that they shy away from contact. You don’t have that issue here, making him something of a dual threat as a defender. [Read more…]

College Football Playoff Semifinal Preview

By Andrew Canan
PSDC Contributor

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Saban vs Meyer. Mariota vs Winston. Storylines that TV executives could have only dreamt of when the College Football Playoff started to become a reality. Now, here we are. The countdown to the first College Football Playoff Semifinal game is now down to mere hours. Will Nick Saban get Alabama and the SEC back to its standard hoisting of the championship trophy in January? Will Jameis Winston and the ‘Noles complete the all-so-difficult feat of repeating as national champions? Can Marcus Mariota lead the Ducks to their first national championship? Can Urban Meyer lead the Buckeyes and the Big Ten to their first championship since 2002? We will have answers to all of those questions and more in a little less than two weeks. Before then, let’s take a quick look at the matchups we have before us.

Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs Ohio State

What else is there to say about Alabama and Nick Saban except that they’ve been the program every other program can only hope to emulate. Winners of three of the last five national championships, they are certainly at the top of the college football mountain. This year has been no exception. [Read more…]

Burning CFB Questions Heading into the 2014 Season

By David Parks
NCAA Sports Editor

Every year I tell myself the summer leading up to football season can’t get any longer and yet here I am every year, wondering how the hell the summer leading up to football season can be so long. In fact, this summer I gave serious consideration to taking a page out of Cartman’s book and trying to freeze myself so I could just skip the dozens of useless midsummer baseball games and wake up for South Carolina/Texas A&M on August 28.

Eric+Cartman [Read more…]

Florida State QB Transfers Will Face Off When Alabama Hosts West Virginia

By Trey Martin
PSDC Writer

On August 30, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the West Virginia Mountaineers will kick off their football season in Tuscaloosa, AL. There is no doubt the Mountaineer players will likely see one of the most hostile crowds of their college careers. We’re talking about the fan base that produced the likes of Brian Downing (LSU teabagger), Michelle Pritchett (mom that leaped on Oklahoma fans during the Sugar Bowl) and the Grand Poohbah of fan insanity Harvey Updyke (tree poisoning, land mark destroying, confessed [bragged] on live radio). So, when you take into context that just in recent years this fan base has given us these examples of fans going too far, well, one can only imagine what this fan base has in store when you consider they will be looking to end a two-game losing streak that began on December 1, 2013.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

Not just any losing streak, a losing streak that started when they were ranked No. 1 and looking to a BCS championship game appearance. A losing streak that was “kick started” against their bitter instate rival, Auburn. A losing streak that began most unexpectedly, leaving Alabama fans looking at their TVs, mouth agape, wondering what they had just witnessed. [Read more…]

Your 2014 BCS National Champions, The Auburn Tigers

By Robert Murphy
PSDC Staff

The 16th and final BCS Championship game will take place on Monday, Jan. 6, between the Florida State Seminoles and Auburn Tigers. While the SEC looks for its eighth straight BCS title, the ‘Noles look to win their first since defeating Michael Vick in 1999. Auburn is a pretty decisive underdog (+9.5 at one point), no doubt due in large part to consecutive miracle victories against Georgia and Alabama. FSU has rolled all season long, barely being tested on their way to 13-0. Despite all that, Auburn will win, and I’ll tell you why, with some objective analysis and blatant SEC-biased trolling.

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1. Florida State’s Schedule: Let’s be honest right off the bat and admit that the ACC is, top to bottom, the weakest AQ conference in the nation. FSU is a great team, Clemson is a very good team, and everybody else stinks. Their bowl record is 4-6 (4-7 after Monday). The conference runner-up, Duke, just lost to a one-man team in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Granted, that one man was Johnny Football, who every college coach not named Jimbo would take over Jameis Winston any day of the week, but a one-man team none the less. The ACC will finish with two teams ranked in the top-25 (possibly just one, depending on how badly Auburn beats the ‘Noles). At this point, FSU has beaten one team that will finish the season ranked in the top-25. Yes, FSU dominated the ACC, but outside of beating Clemson, dominating the ACC is like beating a blind guy at Pictionary.

Belated Congratulations to Florida State on their 2013 ACC Championship! [Read more…]

The Narrative: Auburn Tigers

By Wilson Sims
PSDC Contributor

Last season was the worst football season for the Auburn program in 60 years. The Tigers finished 0-8 in the SEC and last in the SEC West. Gene Chizik was fired and replaced by former Auburn Offensive Coordinator and current Arkansas State Head Coach, Gus Malzahn.

Photo Credit: Auburn University

Photo Credit: Auburn University

Malzahn and his new staff were able to pull together a top 10 recruiting class in limited time, and memories of his offense and confidence in his coaching hires led to Auburn leading the nation in Spring Game attendance. Nick Marshall, who would end up starting the first game of the upcoming season for the Tigers, was not on campus until the fall. Spring Game attendance demonstrated a hopeful fan-base, or at least a desperate one. With only a couple of SEC victories, spirited efforts against the key rivals and maybe even a bowl berth, Gus Malzahn would have been considered a success.

Here’s a week-by-week recap/what it felt like for Auburn fans:

Week 1
Score: WSU 24 at AUB 31
Key Factors: Auburn forces three INT and holds WSU to three second half points.
Fan Feeling: Awesome win, because it isn’t a loss. Through one week we have 33% as many wins as we managed the entire previous season…we were soooo bad. 295 rushing yards is nice, but everyone should rush for as much against Yankee Football. [Read more…]

Stats and History Compared: Auburn & Florida State

By Wilson Sims
PSDC Contributor

With less than three weeks separating us from the much anticipated BCS National Championship game, and the much feared finale of the college football season, it’s time to begin an all-too-in-depth analysis of the programs, teams and matchups that will meet on Jan. 6 in Pasadena. This, the first of three installments, is a quick comparison of the general stats and histories of the Seminoles and Tigers.

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Florida State:

Florida State football as we know it began in 1947, but decades earlier and prior to becoming an all-women’s school (Auburn fan makes joke about FSU still being an all-women’s school), there was a football club known as the Florida State College Eleven. This group competed between 1901 and 1905 and Florida State fans would have you know that in the first contest between The Eleven and what was to become the University of Florida, The Eleven were victorious. [Read more…]

Jameis Winston Will Not Be Charged in Sexual Assault Case

By Garrett Franskousky
PSDC Writer

After weeks of speculation and investigation, State Attorney Willie Meggs has confirmed that Florida State starting quarterback and Heisman candidate Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexual assault or any crime for that matter.

Winston had been accused of sexual assault back in December of 2012, however inconsistencies with the accuser’s story, lack of evidence and affidavits supporting Winston made this case impossible to bring to a trial.

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In a warrant that was recently made public, the accuser claimed to have been drunk and had no recollection of the event after leaving a local bar with Winston. However, the toxicology report confirmed her BAC at the time was below 0.04 and there was no presence of any drugs in her system. Winston’s DNA was found on the accuser’s underwear, however the defense’s argument was that there was a consensual sexual event. With no evidence of any battery, trauma or injury, the case would have been incredibly difficult to prosecute. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – The BCS Is Out! (Perfect Schwarzenneger Voice) 10/21/13

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

Stephen Thomas’ brand new CD “Magic Wife Dust” is now available HERE! His sports-humor commentary can be heard nationwide, weekdays on The Nick Bonsanto Show on the Sports Byline USA radio network. You can subscribe to the Here’s The Thing podcast on iTunes and/or Podbean for free.  The transcripts will appear here.

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

College football just went through a crazy weekend, with half of the Top 10 losing, key injuries dotting the landscape, and Brent Musberger somehow making it through an entire telecast without clumsily hitting on some players 23 year old girlfriend. After all of the carnage and my favorite part – Notre Dame beating USC, hey PPPLLLLLLT! to you, USC! – the BCS rankings made their initial entry onto the 2013 season stage. [Read more…]

Project Shanks College Football Preview: Atlantic Coast Conference

By Garrett Franskousky
PSDC Writer

The ACC exploded its way back to the national prominence led by Clemson and Florida State this past year and it seems like the conference as a whole is continuing on an upward trend. With teams like Miami, Virginia Tech and North Carolina, expected to return to relevance and Florida State reloading for another solid year, it’s not out of the question to think that as many as 10 of the ACC’s 14 teams could be bowl eligible come December. Filled with Heisman hopefuls such as Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and yes, even Jameis Winston, the conference will continue to get more and more publicity and air time. It seems like can expect nothing short of another banner year for this conference as whole. For the sake of this preview, I’ve broken it down into the ACC’s two divisions, the Atlantic and the Coastal.

Atlantic Division: The home of the two crown jewels of the ACC, the Championship game, and maybe even the national title hopes of many, will come down to a game in mid-October. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 37: Devonte Fields

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 37 – Devonte Fields (So.), DE – TCU


TCU DE Devonte Fields


Fields my not have the stats that Breslin or others on this list have, but what Fields possess is productivity at a youthful age.  In his first season on a college campus, Fields was voted AP Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after finishing the season with 53 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. As a freshman he accounted for 34 percent of the Horned Frogs’ sacks last season – the highest percentage of any freshman defensive player in the nation. [Read more…]