Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson looked good in his Badger debut, albeit against UNLV. Wilson is a better pro-prospect than given credit for. It heats up for him this week as the Beavers have a pair of legitimate NFL prospects in their secondary with Cameron Collins and Lance Mitchell.
Several good match-ups on the line of scrimmage here. The Tide boast on of the toughest interior offensive lines in the nation. Center William Vlachos has been rated by NFL scouts and junior guard Chance Warmack is a star in the making (more on that next week). Their priority will be to stop PSU defensive tackle Devon Still, one of the highest rated seniors at his position. Out on the edge Jack Crawford is highly thought of but needs a big campaign after a junior season that was plagued with an ankle injury. He’ll face off against another Tide junior, the much talked about Barrett Jones.
Virginia Tech/East Carolina
Tech has some well thought of receivers including Danny Coale. Dyrell Roberts showed flashes of NFL ability before suffering a season ending injury late in the ’10 campaign. Pirate cornerback Emanuel Davis is a terrific next level prospect that has difficulty seeing action as opponents purposely stay away from him. We mentioned Derek Blacknall in our SI.com column last week as the safety turned corner had his moments against the always tough Steve Spurrier passing offense. Va Tech will be another solid challenge for Blacknall.
Several match-ups in this game yet the one we are concentrating on is Cordy Glenn of Georgia versus the Gamecocks Devin Taylor, one of our favorites. Taylor is a difference maker on the defensive line while Glenn really struggled last week against a less NFL prospect in the Boise State game. Big week needed for Glenn.
The one match-up here pits highly rated cornerback Chase Minnifield of the Cavaliers trying to shut down Indiana’s big possession receiver Damarlo Belcher, a player we liked in 2009 yet a prospect who took a step back last season. Belcher has a size advantage over Minnifield but he must show the skill.
We will have a host of news on the Trojans next week but this game, in particular, is a must watch as several “on the fence” prospects will be matched against one another. Utah offers two offensive tackles with next level potential in Tony Bergstrom and John Cullen. Right now scouts like Berstrom but we prefer Cullen. The pair will try and stop two talented juniors from USC in Nick Perry and Wes Horton.