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    I was watching the FCS semi-final playoff games this weekend and noticed some good football players on teams like Montana, Villanova, and Appy St.

    I don't get to see a lot of those games over the season like I'm sure some others do.

    Who are some of the better prospects at the FCS level?

    Ones who stood out to me are;

    Armanti Edwards, QB, ASU


    Chase Reynolds, RB, UM


    Matt Sczzur*, WR, Nova

    (only a JR)
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    Isn't Edwards 5'11'' 175?

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    • #3
      First hurdle to clear will be height/weight/speed for all of them, then film.

      There are pro prospects to be found in 1-AA and lower levels, however, almost every season.

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      • #4
        I can go into a little more detail on Szczur if need be, but to keep things simple he is kind of treated like Percy Harvin was at Florida, only at the FCS level. He returns kicks, is used in the Wildcat, catches passes, gets the ball occasionally on reverses and bubble screens. He was Villanova's most versatile offensive weapon and so they try to get the ball into his hands quite often in a variety of different ways. Won OPOTY in the CAA which seems to be pretty clearly the best conference at the FCS level by a long shot.

        Doesn't have great size at around 5'11 and I would guess 185-190, or the strength of Harvin, but he does break tackles at this level when he gets a head of steam. If you watch him run the Wildcat it becomes pretty evident that when he hits a hole he has a good chance of getting through it for a big gain, but he won't push a pile any. In the open field he has pretty good moves which help him on returns and he seems to have break away speed on returns and in the open field on offense...but that is at the FCS level. Despite playing very good teams for that level in a strong conference, he has quite a jump to make.

        As was previously said about all of these prospects but it definitely fits Szczur, speed will be a major factor. Not sure how he times or if he's more quick than fast but he can get away from people in a hurry in the open field, I could see him running somewhere between 4.45 and 4.55 but I'd guess somewhere in the low 4.5 range just because it's tough to judge against slower players. He's got the size and quickness to be a slot and special teams guy in the NFL so that should be sufficient, but he'll need to show speed as said and work on catching the ball in traffic (not something he's asked to do terribly often).

        I'd say a lot of the same questions people had about Harvin could be asked of Szczur though he has been a WR his whole time here and will have level of competition questions...but he's always been the guy whose hands you want the ball in so he does it in a lot of ways that he probably won't in the NFL as he probably won't be a featured player. 'Nova runs a gadgety offense and doesn't throw the ball a whole lot with a ton of success (QB Chris Whitney is a great player and leader but not a tremendous thrower though he gets the job done and doesn't turn it over too much, I always think an FCS Tim Tebow when I watch him play). They run it a lot and get it to Szczur all over the place...when he's getting passes downfield he's generally open but has made some very nice catches as well. But as I said, it's nowhere near a pro style offense so figuring out a route tree and everything could be a major question. Blocking I'll be honest I haven't watched him do enough, but in a relatively run based offense I'm sure he is asked to block quite a bit.

        Another factor is his potential baseball career. He was drafted by the Dodgers in I believe the 38th round out of high school and elected not to sign. One of the reasons he came to 'Nova was the coaches gave him the opportunity to play baseball and football. He led the team in batting average as a third baseman last year and should get drafted again this year...nobody is really sure what sport he will end up at or where he is leaning so that's a major question mark as well.

        Overall though you're looking at a really versatile guy and a jack of all trades who is a great athlete for the FCS level...whether or not that translates is tough to say but he's fun to watch and he should definitely get a shot to try to make a team somewhere if he elects to take his shot with football.


        As for some others, I think senior LB Osayi Osunde has a shot to be on a roster as a UDFA somewhere, we also have an OL whose name slips me who apparently is also getting looked at by the pros...Junior QB Chris Whitney is a physical guy who loves to block and at 6'2 230 could get a chance to make a transition to fullback...JR LB Terrell Thomas put up big numbers this year and is a good athlete for the level and at 230 also may get a UDFA shot next year...I love JR RB's Aaron Ball and Angelo Babbaro and both are explosive and talented for this level but I'm not sure they have the requisite size/speed to play in the NFL and being in a RBBC won't help their cause...A guy to watch for down the road IMO is SO CB James Pitts, the guy who got run over in the W&M game if anybody watched it and had to leave the game, but he's a playmaker who is always in on turnovers and has good size at 6' or just under along with nice athleticism, if he has the speed he'll be a guy to watch as well.

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        • #5
          Big Vlad Ducasse from THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS! Some project him to play G at the next level but I think he could be a better RT than Loadholt.
          my scent?...like making love to a lumberjack
          <TACKLE> i will ngata give you a bj raji
          <+BOE> Scott, with Burfict's character concerns (whether legit or not) you think Pioli would draft him. :D
          <+ScottWright> Why not. Baldwin does need a sparring partner...
          Originally posted by Hermstheman83
          What's with the hate on Ricky Stanzi? Those youtube clips of him with the hulk hogan theme music instantly make him better than Luck.

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          • #6
            Don't forget UMass guard Vladimir Ducasse. He's just as good as Iupati.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RealityCheck View Post
              Don't forget UMass guard Vladimir Ducasse. He's just as good as Iupati.
              He played LT there.
              Originally posted by njx9
              i mean, why wouldn't the broncos take cam newton? they can play him at quarterback WITH tebow!

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              • #8
                Norfolk State WR Chris Bell (if he declares).

                He was a stud D-1A recruit for Penn State, but had some off the field issues before being encouraged to transfer. He had an excellent season this year and has NFL size and speed.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by no bare feet View Post
                  He played LT there.
                  But he projects as a NFL guard anyway.

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                  • #10
                    A non-homer guy I'd like to put out there is Holy Cross QB Dominic Randolph. He's been incredibly efficient this season and has some nice career numbers. Good enough arm to maybe be a backup in the NFL and a really nice decision maker. Amazing that a non-scholarship league like the Patriot League can have two NFL QB prospects (Fordham QB John Skelton is also highly regarded, I think Scott has him in the top 10 senior QB's).

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                    • #11
                      Division II and "Homer"... but completely LEGIT


                      Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
                      Last edited by phlysac; 12-23-2009, 10:28 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Is it true that Owusu-Ansah isn't that fast?

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                        • #13
                          About .1 seconds less on the 40 than Frantz Joseph ;)
                          my scent?...like making love to a lumberjack
                          <TACKLE> i will ngata give you a bj raji
                          <+BOE> Scott, with Burfict's character concerns (whether legit or not) you think Pioli would draft him. :D
                          <+ScottWright> Why not. Baldwin does need a sparring partner...
                          Originally posted by Hermstheman83
                          What's with the hate on Ricky Stanzi? Those youtube clips of him with the hulk hogan theme music instantly make him better than Luck.

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                          • #14
                            Fast enough to be the best coverage corner and return man in Div II.

                            I see him as a FS at the next level at the worst. If he runs a 4.4 he could definitely play CB.
                            Last edited by phlysac; 12-15-2009, 09:20 PM.

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                              Terrell Hudgins, WR, Elon

                              Elon's Terrell Hudgins Rewrites The NCAA Record Book: A LOOK AT TERRELL HUDGINS' RECORDS...NCAA Records - 207 - combined receptions in one season (FCS record with former teammate Michael Mayers in 2007) - 395 - career receptions (all NCAA Division I record) - 123 - receptions in a season (done in 2009; FCS record) - 8.8 - career receptions per game (FCS record) - 5,250 - career receiving yards (all NCAA Division I record) - 116.7 - career average yards gained receiving per game (FCS record) - 28 - career games gaining 100 or more yards receiving (all NCAA Division I record) - 1.2 - career touchdown passes caught per game (ties FCS record) - 34 - career games with a touchdown catch (FCS record) - 4 - career 1,000-yard receiving seasons (all NCAA Division I record)...SoCon Records: 10 - games in a season with 100 or more receiving yards (done in 2009) - 5 - consecutive games with 100 or more receiving yards (done once in 2006 and twice in 2009) - 2,538 - combined receiving yards in a season (with former teammate Michael Mayers in 2007) - 3 - career 200 or more receiving yard games (tied) - 52 - career receiving touchdowns - 1,633 - receiving yards in a season (done in 2009)...Elon Records: 16 - receptions in a game (vs. Liberty and at Furman in 2007; at Furman in 2009) - 4 - touchdown receptions in a game (vs. Liberty in 2007) - 18 - touchdown receptions in a season.
                              Last edited by 619; 12-15-2009, 09:27 PM.

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