Prospect News and Notes

by Tommy Lawlor  –

* Boston College LB Mark Herzlich returned to action for the first time since the 2008 season when he played against Weber State last weekend.  Herzlich was rotated in and out.  He finished with 3 solo tackles and a couple of assists.  I thought he looked pretty good.  Mark was aggressive in going after the ball.  He dove into pileups when a gang-tackle was taking place.  He looked athletic out in space and on the move.  Very encouraging start to the season.  The first real test will be the Virginia Tech game on Sept. 25th.  Herzlich will face athletic skill players and big, physical blockers.  All his rust should be gone by then and hopefully we’ll see a good showing by Mark.

* Tennessee WR Gerald Jones is out 2 to 3 weeks with hand/wrist injury.  Tough break.  Jones caught 6 passes against UT-Martin and looked poised to have a big Senior season.  Talented player, but he’s never fully played up to his potential, for one reason or another.

* Cincinnati WR Vidal Hazelton is out for year with torn ACL.  He was a stud prospect several years ago.  Hazelton turned down Penn State to go to USC, but never panned out.  He transferred to Cincy and caught 6 passes in the loss to Fresno State on Saturday before injuring his knee.  Now he’ll have to ask the NCAA for an extra year so he can come back in 2011.

Here are some good articles:

* Article on Miami draft prospects. They list Orlando Franklin as a possible 2nd rounder. Wow. I just haven’t seen that. He played LG in the past, but has now shifted to LT. I’ll watch him closely vs Ohio State to see how he does, especially when he faced DE Cameron Heyward.

* Article on draft prospects in the state of Texas.  The scout here loves Marcus Cannon, an OT from TCU.  I’ll be writing about him this week myself.  Good player.

* Article on Villanova offensive weapon Matt Szczur.  He is a versatile weapon that will draw the interest of NFL teams.

* Article on Kentucky FB Marcell Allen.  John Conner made playing Fullback “sexy” once again.

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