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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

LeGarrette Blount, Oregon Running Back

LeGarrette Blount was suspended from the Oregon Ducks football program for the season after connecting with a punch to Boise State's defensive end Byron Hout jaw after the Duck's loss in the season opener to Boise State. Blount was Ourlad's second rated senior running back heading into the fall after Clemson's C.J. Spiller. Blount will continue to practice with the Ducks and work toward graduation. What we said about Blount heading into the fall:

Physical running back that plays in a spread offense. Strong runner that has good speed and is not easy to bring down. More of an upright runner that can get downhill with good vision and running instincts. Determined straight ahead runner. A goal-line type back that can muscle his way into the end zone. Gains yards after initial contact. Gives effort and finishes his runs with power. An aggressive back that doesn’t shy away from contact. Flashes some shiftiness in the open field. Athletic enough to hurdle low cutting defensive backs. Had 17 touchdowns in 2008, alternating with Jeremiah Johnson. A junior college transfer that was suspended in February 2009 for missing conditioning workouts and academic class work. A high maintenance back with talent.

Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham will enter 2010 Draft

Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma's All-America tight end will enter the 2010 NFL Draft despite suffering a knee injury during fall camp requiring surgery on his cartilage that ended his 2009 season. Gresham was Ourlad's top tight end heading into the fall.What we said:

Productive two-and-a-half year starter that caught 66 passes for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns. Plays his best in big games with 8 catches for 82 yards in the Big 12 championship game along with 8 catches and two touchdowns in the BCS title game against Florida. A hand catcher that can catch the ball in traffic and in close quarters. Good upfield acceleration after catch. Can make the first tackler miss at times or run through them. Lines up in the slot, out wide, and in the traditional tight end area. Can make the tough over shoulder catch. Can separate in man to man coverage. Competitive player with explosiveness. Blocks with good balance. A knee bender that stays on blocks. Plays better against the best opponents. A match up nightmare for most safeties and nickel corners.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tim Tebow, Florida 2010 NFL Draft

Florida's Heisman winning quarterback Tim Tebow produced a game performance against the Kentucky Wildcats overcoming a week of flu before a corner blitz knocked him out of the game in the third quarter. He sustained a concussion from the explosive hit.Reports out of Gainesville have Tebow recovering from the concussion and the flu during the Gators bye week. Tebow is our top rated senior quarterback heading into the fall. This is what we said about him after summer film study:

Three-year starter that may be the most decorated football player in college football history. Left handed passer. Big, strong, smart, and athletic with rare intangibles. Rotated his freshman year with Chris Leak. Has directed the Gators to two national championships in three years. Has thrown 67 touchdown passes and only 11 interceptions in the past three years. Only player in NCAA history to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in a season. Physically and mentally tough. A take charge guy that leads his teammates. Consistent and reliable. Performs under pressure. Plays with confidence. Durable. Can shake off arm tackles and take a hit. Disciplined with the football. Loves to play quarterback. Has a feel for the game. Can make a flat footed throw with a man in his face. Has the ability to make defenders miss and still see the field. Can make a good situation out of a bad one. A competitor with will, passion, and fire to get the job done. Can read coverages but will work to master the NFL complexities. Throws strikes when he has a clean pocket as a drop back passer, but has the ability to throw on the run. Accurate short and medium. Has a variety of deliveries. Will need to work on all the nuances of NFL quarterback play. He has mastered the spread multiple offense that is run first. With the same work ethic, he has a chance and skill level to master NFL quarterback play.