11/22/17 - Jauan Jennings, Jr/2019, Tennessee, 6-2, 205 (DS#40 WR) Tennessee has dismissed wide receiver Jauan Jennings from the team after he ripped the Volunteers' coaching staff in a profanity-laced video posted on Instagram. Vols interim head coach Brady Hoke said in a statement he made the decision "in consultation with" athletic director John Currie. "Representing the University of Tennessee football program is a privilege," Hoke said. In his video, Jennings used the words "lying," ''fake" and "snake" to describe the coaches. He said the "coaching staff (is) holding us back" and asked that Tennessee officials "bring us a coaching staff that's honest."
Tennessee (4-7, 0-7 SEC) fired coach Butch Jones on Nov. 12. Hoke, who had served as a defensive line coach on Jones' staff, is Tennessee's interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Jennings, a junior from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, entered the year as Tennessee's top returning receiver . But he hadn't played since injuring his wrist in a season-opening 42-41 double-overtime victory over Georgia Tech . Jones said in mid-September that the injury would sideline Jennings for the remainder of the season. In the video, Jennings said he wanted to return for Tennessee's game Saturday with Vanderbilt (4-7, 0-7). Jennings caught 40 passes for 580 yards and seven touchdowns last season. - AP College Football
11/22/17 - Darius Jackson, rSr/2018, Jacksonville State, 6-2, 237 (DS#18 OLB) 2017 OVC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Darius Jackson (DE), Jacksonville State...Jackson is the fifth player in OVC history to repeat as Defensive Player of the Year and first since Eastern Kentucky's George Floyd in 1980-81. The senior followed an All-American season in 2016 with an even better campaign in 2017, ranking fourth nationally in tackles-for-loss (1.7/game), 19th in forced fumbles/game (0.27) and 47th in sacks (0.64). The leader of a defense unit that ranks second nationally in total defense (230.5 yards/game), Jackson tallied 51 tackles, 19.0 tackles-for-loss, 7.0 sacks, 19 quarterback hurries, forced three fumbles and recovered two. His 19.0 tackles-for-loss tied the school record he established two years ago, and he had at least one TFL in 10 of 11 games this year including a season-high 4.0 in a victory over Tennessee Tech.
Jackson owns the Jacksonville State career record for tackles-for-loss (59.0). The senior had a sack in six different games this season, including 2.0 in a win over UT Martin. The JSU defense held its final eight opponents of the season to under 300 yards of total offense (the final three to under 200 yards), including allowing just 97 yards to Tennessee State in the season finale (only the second time in school history the team had allowed less than 100 yards in a game). His play helped Jacksonville State win its fourth-straight OVC Championship and his senior class completed a perfect 30-0 Conference record in four years. He is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award after finishing fourth in the voting a year ago. - Ohio Valley Football
11/22/17 - Roc Thomas, Sr/2018, Jacksonville State, 5-10, 193 (DS#26 RB) 2017 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Roc Thomas (RB), Jacksonville State...A year ago, Thomas joined the Jacksonville State team after transferring from Auburn and rushed for nearly 800 yards and seven touchdowns in nine games. This year, after the graduation of two-time OVC Player of the Year Eli Jenkins, Thomas took his game to another level, rushing for 991 yards and 12 touchdowns and catching 16 passes for 235 yards to account for 1,226 all-purpose yards in 11 regular season games. Thomas averaged 6.2 yards/carry, a mark that ranked ninth nationally, his 12 rushing scores were 11th in the FCS and his 90.1 yards/game average ranked 21st. The numbers were even more impressive considering he accounted for only 33.9 percent of Jacksonville State's rushing attempts during the year (his single-game high rushing attempts mark was 19 carries in the season-opener against Chattanooga). Thomas, who was named OVC Player of the Week five times during the year, had multiple touchdowns in four games, including two scores and a season-high 138 rushing yards in a win over Murray State. Thomas is a finalist for the Walter Payton Award this season. Jacksonville State is only the second program in OVC history to have three-straight OVC Offensive Player of the Year winners (joining Eastern Illinois who had Tony Romo win the award three times in a row). - Ohio Valley Football
11/22/17 - Jeremiah Oatsvall, Fr/2021, Austin Peay, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 QB) 2017 OVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Jeremiah Oatsvall (QB), Austin Peay...The highly-recruited Oatsvall saw split time at quarterback through the first half of the season before taking over the main signal caller duties after an injury to the starter in the first possession of the Tennessee State game on October 14. In the final six games of the season, Oatsvall led his team to a 5-1 record, with the only loss coming to nationally-ranked Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe UCF (who is currently undefeated on the season). In those six games he accounted for 1,178 yards of total offense and 11 touchdowns (6 passing, 4 rushing, 1 receiving), including multiple scores in four of those games, and was named OVC Newcomer of the Week three times. He had a season-high 209 yards passing at UCF, and a season-best 82 rushing yards against Tennessee State. He had a trio of touchdowns in victories over Southeast Missouri and a come-from-behind road victory at Eastern Kentucky, where he scored the game-winning touchdown with 53 seconds remaining. Oatsvall is the first Austin Peay player to be named OVC Freshman of the Year since the award was first given out in 2004. - Ohio Valley Football
11/22/17 - Taron Johnson, Sr/2018, Weber State, 5-11, 180 (DS#22 CB) 2017 BIG SKY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Taron Johnson, Weber State...Taron Johnson earned all-conference honors for the third time in his career, with this season his first on the first-team. As a senior captain, Johnson has played and started in nine games this season at cornerback and ranks sixth in the Big Sky in passes defended and interceptions. He has recorded three interceptions with two coming in the final regular season game against Idaho State. Johnson had 30 tackles on the season with 23 unassisted tackles. He also has two sacks, seven pass breakups and one forced fumble. Johnson joins Brady Fosmark (2004), Scott Shields (1998) and Mike Humiston (1980) as the only players from Weber State to be named Big Sky Defensive MVP. He is Weber State's career leader in pass breakups with 40. - Weber State Football
11/22/17 - Keelan Doss, Sr/2018, California-Davis, 6-1, 206 (DS#25 WR) 2017 BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Keelan Doss, UC Davis...By finishing the regular season as the best wide receiver in the nation - no player at the FBS or FCS levels holds higher total receiving yards (1,499), receiving yards per game (136.3) or receptions per game (10.5) averages - it comes as no surprise that Doss was named Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year one day after he became the first Aggie national finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented to the top FCS' top offensive player. Doss' historic season also includes three new all-time single-season program records: total receiving yards, receptions and 100-yard games (9). The Alameda native also set two new Big Sky era single-game records when he finished with 15 receptions and 208 receiving yards when the Aggies hosted Eastern Washington. - UC Davis Football
11/22/17 - Jake Maier, So/2020, California-Davis, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 QB) 2017 BIG SKY NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Jake Maier, UC Davis...Also enjoying the most successful season of any Aggie signal caller is Maier, who just finished his first year at UC Davis by setting new all-time single-season records of his own in pass completions (306) and 300-yard passing games (9). The La Habra native also set 10 new Big Sky-era records in addition to finishing the regular season as one of the league's top quarterbacks. Ranked second among all Big Sky quarterbacks in total offense (331.6 ypg), passing average per game (333.5 yes) and pass efficiency (152.5), Maier was a key reason why the Aggies led all league teams in total offense and pass offense.
As impressive as these numbers are, it was his consistent play that quickly garnered attention from other Big Sky teams. When the Aggies hosted North Dakota, he set a new single-game record by completing 86.8 percent of his passes. Against Cal Poly, he threw for 459 yards, another single-game Big Sky-era high and the third-highest all-time, to help the Aggies bring the Golden Horseshoe back to Davis in front of the fourth-largest crowd in Aggie Stadium's history. In his team's home finale, Maier broke his own single-game program record of 32 completions by finishing with 35 vs. Southern Utah. - UC Davis Football
11/22/17 - Troy Andersen, Fr/2021, Montana State, 6-2, 215 (DS#999 RB) 2017 BIG SKY FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Troy Andersen, Montana State...Troy Andersen, who was just recently named a finalist for the Jerry Rice Freshman of the Year Award, was selected as the Big Sky Conference's Freshman of the Year. Andersen played on both sides of the ball, as well as on special teams, for the Bobcats this season. He notched 515 rushing yards to go along with five touchdowns on the ground a touchdown reception. On defense, he had nine tackles and a sack for the Bobcats. It is the second straight year a Bobcat has been garnered with the award, with quarterback Chris Murray picking up the Big Sky accolade following the 2016 season. - Montana State Football
11/22/17 - Ulysees Gilbert III, Jr/2019, Akron, 6-0, 225 (DS#10 OLB) Ulysees Gilbert returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half and Akron cruised to a 24-14 victory over Kent State on Tuesday night to claim its first Mid-American Conference East Division title since 2005. Kato Nelson completed just 6 of 20 passes for 69 yards for the Zips (7-5, 6-2), but he found Kobe Booker open for a 25-yard scoring strike in the first quarter. After Nick Gasser nailed a 45-yard field goal, Akron led 10-0. The Golden Flashes (2-10, 1-7) pulled within three points on Justin Rankin's 8-yard TD run in the second quarter, but Akron scored two touchdowns in the last 18 seconds to close out the half. Manny Morgan's 1-yard TD plunge pushed the lead to 17-7 and then Jamal Davis II forced a fumble by Kesean Gamble and Gilbert scooped and scored. Rankin finished with 73 yards rushing on 21 carries and also added a 1-yard TD pass on a trick play in the final quarter to cap the scoring for Kent State. Dustin Crum added 77 yards on 12 rushes. Akron will have to wait until Friday to see if it plays Northern Illinois or Toledo for the MAC championship. - AP College Football
11/22/17 - Gus Ragland, rJr/2019, Miami (OH), 6-2, 213 (DS#50 QB) Gus Ragland threw three touchdown passes and Miami (Ohio) controlled Ball State from the outset to hand the Cardinals their ninth straight loss in a 28-7 contest that served as the season finale for both teams Tuesday night. Ragland threw first-quarter touchdown passes of 11 and 7 yards to Sam Martin and Jared Murphy. He added a 14-yard scoring toss to James Gardner in the second. With 76 seconds left before halftime, Joshua Allen intercepted Jack Milas and returned it 49 yards for a score that made it 28-0 for Miami (5-7, 4-4 Mid-American Conference). Caleb Huntley led Ball State (2-10, 0-8) with 159 yards rushing on 25 carries. The game marked the inaugural presentation of the Red Bird Rivalry trophy for the two schools which are separated by 70 miles. MAC expansion in the late '90s prevented them from playing every year, and before Tuesday, they'd only played eight times since 2000. The MAC granted the two 'rivalry status' so they can play every year. - AP College Football
11/22/17 - Ian Eriksen, rJr/2019, Eastern Michigan, 5-10, 210 (DS#999 RB) Ian Eriksen ran for three touchdowns and Eastern Michigan held on to beat Bowling Green 34-31 on Tuesday night. Eriksen finished with 104 yards rushing on 24 carries and Shaq Vann ran 16 times for 117 yards for Eastern Michigan (5-7, 3-5 Mid-American Conference). Jarret Doege was 21-of-34 passing for 256 yards with two touchdowns to lead Bowling Green (2-10, 2-6). Josh Cleveland ran for 150 yards and a 2-yard score. Doege's pair of TD passes in the third quarter gave the Falcons a 31-27 lead. Eriksen's third touchdown, a 7-yarder, ended the quarter. Bowling Green's Jake Suder missed a 29-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. With about five minutes left, Cleveland was stopped for a 3-yard loss on a fourth-and-1. The Eagles took possession and then ran out the clock. - AP College Football
11/21/17 - Jesse Ertz, rSr/2018, Kansas State, 6-2, 205 (DS#39 QB) Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz will need surgery on his ailing knee and miss the remainder of the season, while backup Alex Delton remains sidelined after sustaining two concussions. Wildcats coach Bill Snyder said it's possible Delton could return for a bowl game. That means the Wildcats, who are 6-5 after last week's upset of Oklahoma State, will lean on freshman Skylar Thompson against Iowa State on Saturday. He was the Big 12's newcomer of the week after throwing for 204 yards and three TDs and running for 93 yards and another score against the Cowboys. Thompson was also banged-up during the game, briefly leaving with a knee injury. But he returned to the field and said afterward that he would be ready for the Cyclones. - AP College Football
11/21/17 - Christopher Herndon, Sr/2018, Miami (FL), 6-4, 252 (DS#5 TE) There was just one change in the top 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday, but it might be significant. Miami (10-0) moved from No. 3 to No. 2, switching spots with Clemson and thereby strengthening the ACC's odds of getting two teams in the four-team playoff. The Hurricanes and Tigers will meet in the ACC title game. When Clemson (10-1) was No. 2, it would have been easier for the selection committee to drop Miami from third to out of the playoff picture. But now the committee is on record as valuing the Hurricanes' resume above all others except Alabama, making it a more difficult decision to omit a one-loss Miami team from the playoff ... assuming it at least plays a competitive game against the Tigers.
If nothing else, Miami now has a larger margin of error, which could be problematic for a team trying to come from back in the pack -- such as No. 9 Ohio State. Selection committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said there was little separation among the top five teams. "We talked about a Miami team that has shown progress, really strengthened their resume in the last three weeks," Hocutt said. "The selection committee, as we talk about what we see on the field, we see characteristics of a championship-caliber team. ... "They have the ever-slight margin ahead of No. 3 Clemson." The committee did get that right. - The Sports Xchange
11/21/17 - Andrew Ankrah, rSr/2018, James Madison, 6-3, 248 (DS#23 OLB) 1016285|2017 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Andrew Ankrah, James Madison...Ankrah was a disruptive force on the James Madison defensive line. The senior defensive end led the Dukes and ranked second in the CAA with 13.5 tackles for loss and was fourth in the conference with 7.5 sacks. Ankrah recorded 45 total tackles, forced two fumbles, and recovered two fumbles, one of which he returned 23 yards for a key touchdown in a victory at Delaware. He played a key role on a JMU defense that leads the nation in several categories, including scoring defense (9.0 ppg) and total defense (228.2 ypg). Ankrah is one of 25 finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award, which honors the top defensive player in FCS football. - Colonial Athletic Association Football
11/21/17 - Kyle Lauletta, rSr/2018, Richmond, 6-2, 215 (DS#34 QB) 1015889|2017 CAA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Kyle Lauletta, Richmond...Lauletta made a remarkable comeback from a serious knee injury to post a record-setting season for the Spiders. The senior completed 281-of-433 passes for 3,737 yards and 28 touchdowns and also ran for four TD's. Lauletta ranked third in FCS in passing yards (353.9 ypg), fifth in total offense (347.9 ypg), fifth in passing TD's and 13th in pass efficiency (153.2), all of which led the CAA. He threw for over 300 yards in eight of 11 games and his passing yardage and touchdown totals set UR single-season records. Lauletta, who is one of 25 finalists for the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in FCS football, became Richmond's career passing leader and ranks fourth in CAA history with 10,465 yards. - Colonial Athletic Association Football
11/21/17 - John Miller, Sr/2018, James Madison, 5-10, 180 (DS#146 WR) 1001275|2017 CAA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): John Miller, James Madison...Miller averaged 11.7 yards on 18 punt returns, which led the CAA and ranked 11th in the nation. The senior had a 41-yard punt return for a touchdown in JMU's victory over East Tennessee State. He also contributed as a receiver, making 33 catches for 355 yards and touchdown. - Colonial Athletic Association Football
11/21/17 - Davis Cheek, Fr/2021, Elon, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 QB) 1026106|2017 CAA OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Davis Cheek, Elon...Cheek completed 166-of-280 passes for 2,230 yards and 14 touchdowns, and also ran for two scores. Among freshmen in FCS, he ranks third in passing yards, second in pass efficiency (137.7), fourth in passing yards per game (202.7 ypg) and fourth in passing TD's. His 13.4 yards per completion was the best of any quarterback in the conference. Cheek threw for over 300 yards three times, had three games with three touchdown passes and led Elon to three fourth-quarter comeback wins in an 8-3 campaign. He is one of 20 finalists for the Jerry Rice Award, which is given to the FCS Freshman of the Year. - Colonial Athletic Association Football
11/21/17 - Bryan Schor, Sr/2018, James Madison, 6-1, 212 (DS#22 QB) 1020009|2017 CAA CHUCK BOONE LEADERSHIP AND EXCELLENCE AWARD (COACHES): Bryan Schor, James Madison...Schor was the recipient of the prestigious Chuck Boone Leadership and Excellence Award, an honor that embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship in academics and athletics. The senior quarterback once again excelled on the field, completing 192-of-280 passes for 2,257 yards and 21 touchdowns, while also rushing for 268 yards and 6 TD's. The Dukes' captain, who is majoring in marketing, led his team to a perfect 11-0 season and a No. 1 national ranking. The Boone Award is selected by the CAA Football athletics directors. - Colonial Athletic Association Football
11/21/17 - Colby Reeder, rFr/2021, Delaware, 6-2, 235 (DS#999 OLB) 1026323|2017 CAA DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Colby Reeder, Delaware...Reeder made a big impact for the Delaware defense. The freshman linebacker recorded 49 total tackles, including a team-high 8.0 tackles for loss, and made two quarterback sacks. He also picked off two passes, had a team-high two fumble recoveries and blocked a kick. Reeder played a key role for a Blue Hens' defense that ranked 12th in FCS in scoring defense (16.8 ppg) and 14th in total defense (305.5 ypg). - Colonial Athletic Association Football
11/21/17 - Rashaad Penny, Sr/2018, San Diego State, 5-10, 220 (DS#7 RB) San Diego State offensive coordinator Jeff Horton thinks it's "a joke" and "a disgrace" that Rashaad Penny isn't a finalist for the Doak Walker Award. Coach Rocky Long thinks the snub doesn't bode well for the nation's leading rusher making it to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. And Penny? Well, the senior is being pragmatic. Aztecs fans feel Penny should make the Heisman finalist list after his monster game Saturday night, when he amassed 429 all-purpose yards to break Marshall Faulk's school record, and scored four touchdowns in a 42-23 victory against Nevada. Penny rushed for 222 yards and two touchdowns, and had 201 yards and two touchdowns on three returns. He also caught one pass for 6 yards. Penny leads the nation with 1,824 yards, with 17 rushing touchdowns.
He's not worried about whether he will be a Heisman finalist. "I mean, I don't know. It's a dream come true. I don't know what they're going to do. It's up to them," Penny said after practice Monday. "I think my teammates are more excited about me just trying to get invited or get a table at the Heisman. I think that would be fun but I mean we'll see what happens." Penny doesn't think it will be a snub if he doesn't make it to the Big Apple. "Oh no. I take college football as politics anyway," he said. "I'm a firm believer in that. I'm in the Group of Five. So, I mean, there's really nothing I can worry about. It's not in my hands. I just play the game just to win and to help us win." - AP College Football
11/21/17 - Connor Williams, Jr/2019, Texas, 6-5, 320 (DS#2 OT) Nov 21 Stock Report: Who helped themselves? Connor Williams, OT, Texas, JR. (6-5, 320, 5.31, #55)...For much of the season, the concern among scouts was that the offensive tackle class for the 2018 NFL Draft lacked a clear-cut No. 1 prospect. But with the return of Williams on Saturday, that narrative is changing. The Texas left tackle looked like a future early first-round pick as a sophomore in 2016, but he struggled early this season and suffered a knee injury (torn meniscus and sprained MCL and ACL) in the USC game, putting him on the shelf indefinitely. However, he opted for rest over surgery and returned to the field on Saturday against West Virginia and looked outstanding.
Williams looked flexible and smooth in his pass-sets, showing no limitations toward his rehabbed knee. He anchored well at the point of attack and flashed violence in his hands to counter and control defenders, often finishing his target to the ground. Williams also looked terrific as a run blocker, finding the hip of the edge defender on down blocks and driving his legs to create run lanes. With one regular-season game and a bowl game remaining for Texas, he has two more chances to produce positive tape. If Saturday was any indication, Williams is back on his 2016 trajectory of being an early first-round pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/21/17 - Nick Nelson, Jr/2019, Wisconsin, 5-11, 208 (DS#19 CB) Nov 21 Stock Report: Who helped themselves? Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin, rJR. (5-10, 209, 4.50, #11)...Wisconsin routinely sends defensive players to the NFL, but the Badgers haven't had a cornerback drafted in the top 100 picks in over a decade. But Nelson is the reason that streak has a great chance of ending in April. The transfer from Hawaii sat out last season and has performed like an All-America candidate in 2017. With his two pass break-ups against Michigan on Saturday, Nelson joined Iowa's Josh Jackson as the only two Power 5 conference players with 20-plus passes defended this season.
He has only average height, length and long speed for the position, but Nelson has the coordination and short-area quickness to mix-and-match in man coverage. He stays patient in his stance to minimize wasted steps and stay on top of routes, quickly finding the football and making plays at the catch point. Nelson almost gave up a touchdown to Michigan on a fade route in the end zone, but he had the presence of mind to violently push the mid-air receiver so he came down out of bounds for the incompletion. Nelson, who also added a punt return for a touchdown against the Wolverines, is a redshirt junior and expected to test the NFL waters after the season. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/21/17 - Kurt Benkert, rSr/2018, Virginia, 6-3, 220 (DS#5 QB) Nov 21 Stock Report: Who helped themselves? Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia, rSR. (6-3, 225, 4.92, #6)...Virginia couldn't finish the upset of Miami on Saturday, but that doesn't take away from the productive afternoon from Benkert, who has put together an impressive senior season. The East Carolina transfer finished 28-for-37 for 384 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception. Benkert showed off a NFL-caliber arm, toughness in the pocket and the athleticism to scramble and deliver from different platforms. He was consistently accurate and performed with the toughness, both physical and mental, that NFL scouts covet.
It was a much-needed performance for Benkert who started the season strong, but failed to reach 53-percent completions in any of the four games (three losses) leading up to Saturday. Benkert hasn't received an invitation to the 2018 Senior Bowl, but he is in contention for one of the final quarterback spots. Despite the loss, his performance against the Hurricanes' defense won't go unnoticed by scouts and the Senior Bowl. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/21/17 - Rashaad Penny, Sr/2018, San Diego State, 5-10, 220 (DS#7 RB) Nov 21 Stock Report: Who helped themselves? Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State, SR. (5-10, 220, 4.53, #20)...Playing on the West Coast in a Group of 5 conference, Penny doesn't receive nearly the attention he should, but after his performance Saturday night, there are no excuses for him not to receive more love -- both as a Heisman candidate and prospect. Penny posted 429 all-purpose yards against Nevada over the weekend, which broke Marshall Faulk's school record and ranks top-10 all-time in FBS history for a single game. He also scored four touchdowns (three different ways: rushing, kick return and punt return) and now rushed for 200-plus yards in three consecutive games. Penny leads the FBS with 1,824 rushing yards and 2,462 all-purpose yards, the latter being a school record. His kick return for a score against Nevada was the seventh in his career, which ties Clemson's C.J. Spiller and Houston's Tyron Carrier for the most in FBS history. Bottom line, the tape and stat sheet have been extremely impressive for Penny in 2017. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/21/17 - Chukwuma Okorafor, Sr/2018, Western Michigan, 6-5, 330 (DS#2 OT) Nov 21 Stock Report: Who hurt themselves? Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan, SR. (6-5, 330, 5.39, #77)...One of the more interesting prospects in this year's senior class, Okorafor has intriguing NFL traits with his movement skills for a player his size and length, but the tape has been very up-and-down, including during MAC competition. Against Northern Illinois last week, he was consistently late with his hands and the erratic timing and placement of his strikes allowed rushers to blow past his outside shoulder, wrapping the edge to the pocket. Okorafor plays tight in his pass-sets, which restricts his power source, and his lack of aggressiveness consistently stands out from week-to-week. A native of the Republic of Botswana, Okorafor arrived in the United States in 2010 and picked up football soon after, so he is still very much a work in progress with various techniques. The tape has been inconsistent, but a week at the Senior Bowl will give scouts more clarity regarding his potential as a NFL starter. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com