Continuing our preview of the players to watch in the upcoming NCAA Football season, we turn our attention to the man touted as the best Quarterback in the country.
#2. Teddy Bridgewater.
Height: 6 feet, 3 inches.
Weight: 213 lbs.
Draft Projection: 1st-3rd overall (1st round) 2014 Draft.
This years Draft had a distinct lack of Quarterback talent. No signal caller was taken in the top ten, E.J Manuel was the first taken at number 18 by the Buffalo Bills. Top talents a year ago such as Matt Barkley and Geno Smith weren't even taken in the first round, such was team's skepticism on their talents.
This year, things are different.
Introducing Theodore 'Teddy' Bridgewater.
Bridgewater has everything that you look for in a Quarterback, a blue-chip talent that is set to take the college game by storm in 2013. Like number one prospect Jadeveon Clowney, had Bridgewater been eligible for the 2013 Draft he would have, without question, been the first Quarterback taken. He could possibly have been taken first overall given the lack of franchise Quarterbacks currently in the NFL.
With the College Football season a matter of weeks away, we begin a weekly preview of the college athletes that will have a huge impact on the season.
#1. Jadeveon Clowney:
Position: Defensive End.
University: South Carolina.
Height: 6 ft, 6 inches.
Weight: 272 lbs.
Draft Projection: 1st overall (1st round) 2014 Draft.
For those of you unaware of Jadeveon Clowney, where have you been? The Junior is already ready for the NFL and had it not been for the rules forbidding early entry into the draft, Clowney would have been a top 5 pick in this years draft. Some even suggested Clowney was ready to be drafted coming straight out of High School.
A consensus All-American and SEC Defensive player of the year in 2012, Clowney is a once in a lifetime prospect who could change the face of the Defensive End position forever. He is a one-man wrecking crew who has been destined for greatness from an early age.
For the second time in four years, divisional realignment is coming to the Big Ten.
In preparation for the arrival of Maryland and Rutgers, the Big Ten has announced a new divisional format that will kick in for the 2014 season. Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers form the Eastern Division, while Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin make up the Western division.
The new alignment emphasizes geography over historic balance, and it also does a fairly good job of preserving the conference’s many historic rivalries. The league will also transition to a nine-game league schedule in 2016, and with the exception of Indiana-Purdue, all of the permanent cross-divisional rivalries have been eliminated.
Some thoughts on the Big Ten’s realignment plan:
1. No more Legends and Leaders Divisions.
Sammy Watkins came onto the college football scene from Fort Myers, Florida as one of the best receivers in the country, ranked as a four-star prospect and No. 4 at his position by ESPN and as a five-star prospect and No. 5 at his position by Scout.com. In 2011, he took Clemson University by storm, amassing 1,219 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while also rushing for 231 yards and scoring on a kick off return. He showcased enough ability to be named an AP First Team All-American, joining Herschel Walker, Marshall Faulk, and Adrian Peterson as the only freshman to accomplish such a feat.
Everyone that watches Clemson football is aware of the ability of receiver Sammy Watkins.
He's dangerous anywhere with the football, so long as he's on the field. And with Deandre Hopkins having departed to pursue an NFL career, Watkins will have the opportunity to shine as the primary receiver.
But with teams sure to roll their coverage to contain Watkins, he will need help from his supporting cast of receivers. Luckily for him, Clemson happens to have a cast that is among the best in the ACC and arguably in the nation, and these supporting players' roles will be expanded in 2012.
First, we have rising junior Charone Peake.
This Moore, South Carolina native has been patient, waiting in the wings behind the now departed Jaron Brown, but got more playing time due to Watkins' suspensions and injuries last season. Peake flashed his ball skills and was reliable with his opportunities, catching 25 balls for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He has an opportunity to be a bigger part of the offense this season and could get more single-coverage looks due to the presence of Watkins.