Previewing the Big Games: College Football Week 2

By Aaron Hyden
PSDC College Football Contributor

After a very eventful first week of the college football season, with title contenders showing that they have some more work to do, we’re already at the eve of the second week. Opening jitters should be moving out of the way by now, and the truth (positive or negative) should start to shine through starting here. We have some big games to look forward to, but there are three that stand out above the rest, and those are the games I’ll be breaking down here. When the weekend is over, I’ll be back to break everything down yet again, hopefully improving on my 2-1 prediction record from last week.

No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 23 Tennessee: With both teams on the rise and coming off of impressive performances last week, eyes are set on this game, with people looking to the future. The winner shows that they might be a legitimate contender on the season, while the loser goes back to the drawing board.

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Photo Credit: tennessee.247sports.com

Photo Credit: tennessee.247sports.com

Tennessee rushed for 399 yards last week, nearly having three players top the 100-yard mark, with Alvin Kamara going for 144, Jalen Hurd getting 123 and QB Joshua Dobbs getting 89 yards of his own. It was the school’s best single-game rushing performance in over 20 years, but now, that running game goes up against an Oklahoma run defense that ranked 11th in the country last season in yards allowed and 10th in yards per game allowed. The Volunteers won’t reach 400 rushing yards again this week, but if they can get some sort of consistency with their three-headed monster, you have to like their chances. [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…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 39: Morgan Breslin

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 39 – Morgan Breslin (Sr.), DE/OLB – USC


USC DE Morgan Breslin


The run on defensive linemen continues with USC’s Morgan Breslin. Breslin made a name for himself last season with the Trojans after transferring from a junior college in the spring of 2012. He started in all of USC’s games last season and earned several postseason accolades as a result of his high-level play. Overall in 2012, he had 62 tackles, a team-high 19.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks plus four pass deflections, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He tied for fifth nationally in sacks and was 15th in tackles for loss. His 19.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks were the most by a Trojan since 2003. He was named All Pac-12 second team and was an honorable mention All-American. [Read more…]

Players to Watch: Undrafted NFL Free Agents

By Garrett Franskousky
PSDC Writer

The drama and suspense that is the NFL Draft is over, which comes as relief to some. For many, the weekend of the NFL Draft is a life-changing event. It’s a remarkable time in many college football players’ lives when they they’re one of the 254 players to get a phone call from an NFL team. However for those who don’t hear their names called, their phones will begin ringing after the draft.

These players take a different route to achieving their NFL dreams by signing with teams as undrafted free agents, and will fight for roster spots and spots on teams practice squads. While one may think that they don’t stand much of a chance in the NFL, some of the greatest players in the last decade have been UDFAs. Arian Foster, James Harrison, Willie Parker, Priest Holmes, Jeff Saturday, London Fletcher and Wes Welker are a few of the many players who went undrafted and ended up Pro Bowl caliber players. While it’s hard to predict which undrafted free agents will eventually become all pros or even starters, there are a few to watch out for during rookie minicamps and training camps later this summer.

Da’Rick Rogers WR Tennessee Tech/Buffalo Bills

Da’Rick was given a fourth-fifth 4th-5th round grade by many scouts but was a victim of a large slide come draft day.  A gifted athlete, Rogers was a vital part of the Tennessee passing attack in 2011 but off the field issues, which included an arrest the summer of his freshman year, and his immaturity led to the Tennessee brass dismissing him from the program. Rogers decided to transfer to Tennessee Tech so he wouldn’t have to sit out a year and he put up great numbers reeling in 11 TD catches and amassing over 1,200 yards. Rogers is a very physical receiver with similar size and build as Anquan Boldin. Getting on the field may be tough for Rogers early, who finds himself in a receiving corps that has suddenly gained quality depth through a draft class consisting of Robert Woods and Marques Goodwin. However if Rogers can keep himself out of trouble, he could eventually develop into the perfect large receiver to pair with Robert Woods on the outside.

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Oakland Raiders, Rounds 4-7

By Chris Stuckey
Editor-in-Chief

Round 4, Pick 112: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Miami Dolphins, Rounds 2-3

By Bryan Douglass
PSDC Go-To Guy

Round 2, Pick 54: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Tennessee Titans, Rounds 2-3

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man

Round 2, Pick 34: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Minnesota Vikings, Round 1

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

Round 1, Pick 23: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

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