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09/21/17- Rashard Lawrence, Fr, LSU, 6-2, 210
DE Rashard Lawrence (ankle) will see limited action against Syracuse on Saturday, according to coach Ed Orgeron.

09/21/17- Derrius Guice, Jr, LSU, 5-11, 212
RB Derrius Guice will play Saturday game against Syracuse, as LSU coach Ed Orgeron reversed his field after previously declaring him out due to an undisclosed injury. Guice was back at practice Thursday and received clearance to play against the visiting Orange. "(Guice) came to us today, said, 'Coach, I'm feeling better. I want to practice,'" Orgeron said. "He practiced pretty good today. He's going to get some snaps. He will play." Although Guice will start against Syracuse, Orgeron said he would be restricted to a "limited role."

09/21/17- Greg Huegel, rJr, Clemson, 5-11, 195
K Greg Huegel is done for the season after suffering a torn ACL at the end of Wednesday night's practice. Huegel was injured when a defensive player rolled into him while he was attempting a kick, Clemson announced Thursday. "It was a freak accident on the last play of practice on Wednesday," head coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement, per the Post and Courier of Charleston (S.C.)."We were in the two-minute drill, which we do at the end of every Wednesday practice. A defensive player rolled into him after his kick. He walked off the practice field and we hoped it was just a strain or a bruise, but the tests revealed a torn ACL." Huegel, a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award last season, is 43 of 55 on field goals in his career, including 2 of 4 this season. He booted a career-long 49-yarder in last week's win over Louisville.

09/21/17- Deatrick Nichols, Sr, South Florida, 5-10, 189
PLAYERS TO WATCH: NB Deatrick Nichols led USF in interceptions with four in each of the last two seasons. He was an all-conference corner the last two years before moving to nickel. He is looking for his first pick in 2017 but has broken up four passes. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/17- Quinton Flowers, Sr, South Florida, 6-0, 210
PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Quinton Flowers had 386 yards in total offense in the win over Illinois and five touchdowns -- four passing, one rushing. He has rushed for 243 yards this season and passed for an average of 226 a game, though his completion percentage has dipped to 55.6 percent from the 62.5 mark of last season. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/17- Bruce Hector, rSr, South Florida, 6-2, 295
PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Bruce Hector leads the Bulls in tackles for loss with five and is tied for the team lead in sacks with LB Greg Reaves. They have two each, giving Hector 13 for his career. Hector has 11 tackles overall with 10 of them solo efforts. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/17- Marquez Valdes-Scantling, rSr, South Florida, 6-2, 203
PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been Flowers' favorite target. He leads the Bulls in receptions with 14 catches for 202 yards. His 96 yards on four catches were a career high for the senior. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/17- Mike Jones, rSr, Temple, 5-10, 187
PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Mike Jones didn't take long to make a good first impression. The graduate transfer from North Carolina Central returned an interception 43 yards in the opener against Notre Dame. It stands as the Owls' only pick so far. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/17- Logan Marchi, rSo, Temple, 6-0, 192
PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Logan Marchi won the starting job after a four-man competition in fall camp. A redshirt freshman, he went the distance in first start and was 20-of-34 for 245 yards in his debut against Notre Dame. For the season, he has averaged just under 256 yards a game passing and has five touchdown throws with no picks in 106 attempts. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/17- Quincy Roche, rFr, Temple, 6-3, 230
PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Quincy Roche has become Temple's leading pass rusher with a team-high four sacks. Half of the redshirt freshman's 13 tackles have been for losses (6.5), and he also has been credited with a fumble recovery. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/17- Keith Kirkwood, rSr, Temple, 6-2, 218
PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Keith Kirkwood leads the Owls in receiving with 185 yards on 12 catches. He has two of the five touchdowns Temple has scored via the pass. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/17- Derrius Guice, Jr, LSU, 5-11, 212
LSU running back Derrius Guice has been ruled out of Saturday's game against Syracuse, coach Ed Orgeron said on his radio show. Per The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Orgeron said on his radio show that Guice "will not play this week, but he is getting better." Guice exited Saturday's 37-7 loss to Mississippi State with what Oregeron told reporters earlier in the week was a "minor injury." Oregeron did not disclose the nature of the injury, however. The SEC's leading rusher last season, Guice has rushed for 300 yards on 57 carries (5.3-yard average) with four touchdowns. He has yet to break off the long rushes that were his signature last season, however. Darrel Williams is likely to start Saturday's game for 25th-ranked LSU (2-1). He has 28 rushes for 159 yards and four touchdowns this season. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/17- Logan Rudolph, Fr, Clemson, 6-2, 230
Clemson defensive end Logan Rudolph, the brother of Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, injured his shoulder at practice this week and will be lost for the season. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney announced Rudolph's status Wednesday. Swinney said the freshman will need surgery to fix his shoulder. It is Clemson policy not to reveal whether Rudolph had injured his right or left shoulder. Rudolph is a 6-foot-2, 230-pound lineman who enrolled at Clemson last January. He earned a backup role to starter Austin Bryant. Rudolph played in Clemson's first two games and made three tackles. With Rudolph's injury, freshman Justin Foster moves into the defensive end spot behind Bryant. The second-ranked Tigers face Boston College on Saturday. - AP College Football

09/21/17- Uchenna Nwosu, Sr, Southern California, 6-2, 240
The absences for No. 5 Southern California were offset by one big return Wednesday. Outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu was back at practice, and coach Clay Helton was optimistic about the senior's chances of playing against unbeaten California on Saturday. Nwosu could provide a big lift for the Trojans, especially considering outside linebacker Porter Gustin (toe/biceps), defensive end Rasheem Green (ankle) and slot cornerback Ajene Harris (knee) were held out again. Nwosu, who sprained his knee during Saturday's double-overtime win over Texas, has been the Trojans' top defender this season. Nwosu has seven pass breakups, which ranks second in the Pac-12, and his ability to create havoc around the line of scrimmage prompted Helton to call him the most valuable player on that side of the ball. Facing the upstart Golden Bears without Nwosu would be a major challenge. Gustin, who has a team-leading three sacks, seems unlikely to play in USC's road opener, while the other two are questionable. Given the circumstances, Helton has stressed that every player on the roster needs to be ready to play. - AP College Football

09/21/17- John Kelly, Jr, Tennessee, 5-09, 212
Tennessee running back John Kelly talks throughout a game, whether he's motivating teammates or letting an opponent know about an impressive carry he's just made. "My mom, she used to always say I talk too much anyways," Kelly said. "I guess it's still going." Lately, he's had plenty of reason to be chatty. The Southeastern Conference has three running backs who were named to The Associated Press preseason All-America team : LSU's Derrius Guice, Georgia's Nick Chubb and Alabama's Bo Scarbrough. Yet three weeks into the season, it's Kelly who leads the SEC with 349 yards rushing. His 180 all-purpose yards per game rank sixth among all Football Bowl Subdivision players . He averages 6.2 yards per carry and also has 16 catches, matching the second-highest total in the SEC. "Definitely what I was expecting," Kelly said. "I came out earlier in the season and I said that I was going to be the best running back. That's all I wanted to prove week by week. I've been saying that since camp started. I just wanted to go out and prove it every time. I'm glad with the numbers, but I mean at the same time, we've got to get some more W's."

Teammates say Kelly "runs angry," an approach that him a knack for breaking tackles. On his touchdown run against Florida , Kelly easily shed safety Chauncey Gardner's attempt at a leg tackle about 10 yards downfield and maintained his balance when linebacker David Reese - a former high school teammate - attempted to grab his waist from behind at Florida's 5-yard line. "He's a full-contact back, that's what I really love about him," Tennessee offensive guard Trey Smith said. "JK, man, he gets me hyped in games just in the way he plays, the violence in which he plays." - AP College Football

09/21/17- Jacob Eason, So, Georgia, 6-5, 212
Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason is back at practice but it's not known if he'll be cleared to play Saturday when the 11th-ranked Bulldogs host No. 17 Mississippi State. Eason started in 2016 as a freshman but strained a ligament in his left knee in Georgia's season-opening victory over Appalachian State. Touted freshman Jake Fromm has played well since taking over, most notably leading Georgia (3-0) to a victory at Notre Dame in his first college start. When Eason is ready to play, there is no guarantee he will be the starter. Coach Kirby Smart says "a lot of that is determined by how Fromm is playing. We'll make that decision when the time comes."

During practice Tuesday, Eason did some passing and dropped back several times. But he was wearing a brace and still seemed to be moving a bit gingerly on his knee during the brief media viewing period. From all indications, Fromm will remain the starter for the key Southeastern Conference game against Mississippi State (3-0, 1-0). Eason completed 55 percent of his passes last season for 2,460 yards, with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Fromm has completed just under 60 percent for 449 yards, with five TDs and one interception. - AP College Football

09/21/17- Austin Allen, rSr, Arkansas, 6-1, 209
Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference last season, and he entered this year as the league's leading returner in passing efficiency. So far, the senior's encore has yet to live up to the lofty expectations he set a year ago in his first season as the starter for the Razorbacks (1-1). Arkansas faces Texas A&M (2-1) in the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium on Saturday, doing so after a 28-7 loss to No. 16 TCU two weeks ago. The Razorbacks failed to score in the second half against the Horned Frogs, the third time in four games that's happened under coach Bret Bielema.

Allen has thrown for 135 and 138 yards in the first two games, the two lowest totals of his career as a starter. He's been plagued by an overhauled group of wide receivers and a struggling offensive line, but more than anything the Fayetteville native has looked uncomfortable and uncertain. "I'm looking for things to get open instead of throwing it open," Allen said. "Last year, I was just letting it rip." Allen averaged nearly 264 yards passing per game a year ago, throwing for 25 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and finishing with a passing efficiency rating of 146. He also completed 61.1 percent of his passes last season, a number that has fallen to 54.8 percent through two games this year while his passing efficiency has dipped to 120.3. - AP College Football

09/21/17- Nick Fitzgerald, rJr, Mississippi State, 6-4, 230
Week 3 Stock Report: Who helped themselves? Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State, rJR. (6-4, 227, 4.68, #7)...Replacing arguably the best player in program history is an unenviable task, but Fitzgerald has embraced that challenge. Last season as a redshirt sophomore, he did an admirable job as a first-year starter in the SEC, posting 37 total touchdowns (21 passing, 16 rushing). Known as a better runner than passer, Fitzgerald's best plays were generated with his legs, which was reflected in the stat sheet with only 54.3-percent completions. However, he showed steady improvement through the air over the second half of last season and that positive progression has carried over to this season.

Against LSU on Saturday night, Fitzgerald completed 65.2 percent of his throws and scored four touchdowns, two on the ground and two through the air as the Bulldogs dominated the Tigers, 37-7. His inconsistent mechanics will alter his accuracy, but he makes whole-field reads and delivers with placement. Although he is still far from a finish product, Fitzgerald's decision-making and awareness have improved by leaps and bounds -- and that development along with his physical traits are why NFL scouts are excited about his trajectory. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/21/17- Anthony Miller, rSr, Memphis, 5-11, 190
Week 3 Stock Report: Who helped themselves? Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis, rSR. (5-11, 190, 4.53, #3)...Isaac Bruce was the only receiver in Memphis history to post a 1,000-plus receiving yard season -- until Miller set the school single-season records for receptions (95), receiving yards (1,434) and touchdown catches (14) last year. He was at his best on Saturday, helping Memphis upset UCLA with nine catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Lining up in the slot and outside, Miller has galloping play speed and uses his initial quickness and route acceleration to separate from defenders. A former walk-on, he has only average size/strength, but he does a great job leveraging his body at the catch point and the ball sticks his hands at contact. Factor in that his coaches rave about his work ethic and drive, and it's even easier to see why Miller is one of the top senior wide receiver prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/21/17- Poona Ford, Sr, Texas, 5-11, 303
Week 3 Stock Report: Who helped themselves? Poona Ford, DT, Texas, SR. (5-11, 303, 5.09, #95)...A substantial reason why Texas almost pulled the upset over USC on Saturday night was the play of the defense, specifically Ford up front. The senior captain nose guard consistently created issues at the line of scrimmage due to his initial quickness, motor and finishing skills. Ford might need his tip-toes to reach 6-foot, but he does a great job using his natural leverage to get underneath blocks and attack gaps with balance, burst and unrelenting effort. His instincts also frequently show up, recognizing the play call and putting himself in position to make plays or unselfishly allowing his teammates to get there. There aren't many effective NFL players 300-plus pounds and sub-6-foot, but there is a place at the next level for a player with Ford's skill-set. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/21/17- Kurt Benkert, rSr, Virginia, 6-3, 220
Week 3 Stock Report: Who helped themselves? Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia, rSR. (6-3, 225, 4.92, #6)...Although he hasn't been fully tested on the young season, Benkert is a quarterback prospect who has everything clicking right now. Against Connecticut on Saturday, the senior completed 75 percent of his passes (30-for-40) for 455 yards and three touchdowns as he looked in rhythm for all four quarters. He spread the wealth with spot-on placement, velocity and timing, carrying himself with obvious confidence. He can be a stubborn passer at times, staring down his initial read, but his athleticism also allows him to get second chances, avoiding the pressure. Benkert and Virginia travel to Boise this Friday for a battle on the blue turf that will gives scouts a better look at Benkert and his next-level potential. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/21/17- Josh Allen, rJr, Wyoming, 6-4, 233
Week 3 Stock Report: Who hurt themselves? Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming, rJR. (6-4, 233, 4.76, #17)...Allen entered this season with immense hype as a potential top-10 NFL Draft pick and with Iowa and Oregon on the schedule in the first three weeks, NFL scouts were eager to see his development. After a poor performance in Iowa City in the opener, Allen had a chance at redemption against the Ducks on Saturday, but it was another disappointing outing as he managed only 37.5 percent completions (9-for-24), for 64 yards, one rushing touchdown and one interception. From a physical standpoint, Allen is elite with the size, arm strength and athleticism that belongs in the NFL.

However, he has shown little development with several critical factors of the position, including poise, touch and overall mental awareness. Allen did lose several key weapons from last season, including Tanner Gentry, Jake Maulhardt and Jacob Hollister, who accounted for 70 percent of his completions last year. Turnover happens in college football and ideally scouts want to see a quarterback adapt, but for a player like Allen, who is so young in quarterback years, it could also possibly stunt his development. The toughest question for NFL scouts moving forward will be to assess the draft value of a player with Allen's immense potential but also lack of development. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/21/17- Charles Wright, rJr, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 235
Charles Wright, OLB, Vanderbilt...The Commodores' take the third-best defense in the country (3.44 yards per play allowed) into their game against No. 1 Alabama, and Wright has been major part of that. The junior is second in the nation in sacks with six after getting two and a couple of hurries in Vanderbilt's 14-7 victory against Kansas State. The last time a Commodores player has had as many as six sacks in a season was 2012. - AP College Football

09/21/17- Billy Price, rSr, Ohio State, 6-3, 312
Former Auburn offensive lineman and ESPN analyst Cole Cubelic identifies an O-lineman worth watching...Billy Price, C, Ohio State.,..The Buckeyes bounced back from a loss to Oklahoma with an efficient victory against Army. He was one of the best guards in the country last season and is making a seamless transition to center, according to Cubelic. "Price plays with elite quickness, moving laterally well, cutting off defensive linemen, climbing to linebackers and helping in pass protection," Cubelic said. "His awareness at the position may be the most impressive part of his game, considering his lack of true game experience there." - AP College Football

09/21/17- Cam Phillips, Sr, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 198
Cam Phillips, WR, Virginia Tech...The senior showed growth in each of his first three seasons in Blacksburg, but he entered this year as by far the most-seasoned pass catcher on the team. Phillips has taken nicely to being the go-to guy for new quarterback Josh Jackson. He has 27 catches (second in the nation) for 417 yards (tops in the country) and five touchdowns, including 14 catches and three scores in a rout of East Carolina. What they are saying: "He understands the game. He understands leverages. He understands alignments. He's a smart football player." Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente. Outlook: Phillips has accounted for 48.2 percent of the Hokies' receptions, 49.3 percent of their yards receiving and, according to ESPN Stats and Info, 44.3 percent of their targets. Only Maryland's D.J. Moore has a higher percentage of his team's targets (51.6). Fuente would like to find more balance, but Phillips is looking at being one of the busiest and best receivers in the country this season. - AP College Football

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