Tag:BYU Cougars
Posted on: October 3, 2009 10:39 pm

Oklahoma OT Williams among Slant considerations

As part of NFLDraftScout.com's weekly PDF, Draft Slant, I break down one player of the week, a Diamond in the Rough, and 8 other NFL prospects from the weekend's televised action.

One of the more enjoyable decisions I get to make as part of writing the ten player breakdowns is to determine just which senior prospect deserves Player of the Week honors.

The players I've highlighted thus far this season have been DTs Ndamokung Suh (Nebraska) and Arthur Jones (Syracuse), FS Taylor Mays (USC), ILB Brandon Spikes (Florida) and WR Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati).

I've recorded over a dozen games this weekend and have a decision ahead of me, as Oklahoma OT Trent Williams, LSU WR Brandon LaFell, Florida State CB Patrick Robinson, Boston College OC Matt Tennant, and South Florida DE George Selvie are among the prospects I'll be considering.

Thus far, Williams' size, athleticism and upper body strength have been impressive. He's a bit heavier around the middle than scouts would like for a traditional left tackle. He's been susceptible to counter-moves inside by Miami's quicker defensive linemen -- the same struggles that BYU took advantage of in Week One to pressure (and ultimately knock out) Sam Bradford...

Posted on: September 5, 2009 8:44 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2009 9:09 pm

Sam Bradford Out -- Sprained AC Joint in RT Shldr

Reigning Heisman winner Sam Bradford was knocked out of the opener against BYU and will not return.

The hit, a legal one, came from BYU linebacker Coleby Clawson with seconds to go in the first half. It was eerily similar to the one absorbed by Tom Brady from Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth left Bradford on the ground in pain. Bradford stepped into the throw, was grabbed, lifted and driven into the ground. Bradford was then helped to the sideline, where he was immediately placed on the training table, checked out, and moments later walked, obviously favoring his right (throwing) arm, into the locker room as his teammates celebrated Oklahoma kicking the go-ahead field goal. The #3 Sooners lead the #20 Cougars 10-7 at the half.

According to reports, Bradford suffered a sprain to the AC joint in his right shoulder, which, of course, is his throwing arm. X-rays were negative. Typically, a sprain of this nature requires a few weeks of recovery time. These injuries are graded on a 1-6 scale. Sprains graded as a level one or two are usually treated with ice, rest and pain medication and typically requires 2-6 weeks before the normal, pain-free range of motion returns. More severe injuries often require surgery and 6-12 months of recovery time. Again, however, the initial report is that Bradford's x-rays were negative.

Bradford has returned to the field. His right shoulder is heavily taped and being iced.
Posted on: September 3, 2009 6:50 pm

Gresham Injury Troubling

Consensus top senior tight end Jermaine Gresham won't be suiting up for the Sooners this weekend in their opener against BYU this weekend and head coach Bob Stoops seemed to leave open the possibility that he'll be out for much longer.

According to an AP report, Stoops said today that Gresham and team officials were considering treatment options “that could have a bearing on his return” but didn’t elaborate.

The injury, which insiders have described as a "tweaking of the knee" occurred during Tuesday's practice and kept the All-American out of team drills Wednesday, though he reportedly walked without a limp and was on hand for the drills (but out of uniform).

Until more is known, Gresham, NFLDraftScout.com's 4th overall ranked senior for 2010 draft, remains steadily within the elite prospects in the country. His stock is certainly up in the air with the injury concern, however, as Gresham relies on his eye-popping athleticism at 6-6, 258 pounds to generate separation from defenders.

OU is expecting big things from Gresham this year; perhaps considerably more so than the 66 catches for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns he posted last season. With veteran receivers Juaquin Iglesias and Manuel Johnson now trying to make their marks in the NFL, Gresham was expected to be Sam Bradford's primary target. 
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