Tag:Montario Hardesty
Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:59 pm
 

Weekend Review -- Tennessee WR Denarius Moore

My typical Saturday is spent glued to the three television screens in my home doing as much scouting of collegiate football prospects as possible.

This past Saturday, however, I decided to scout the Stanford-Washington game in person. Thus, it has taken me a few days to review all of this past weekend's big games.

Two senior prospects who didn't make the cut in this week's issue of Draft Slant deserve recognition for their strong performances in close conference losses.

The first is Tennessee wideout Denarius Moore . The other, who deserves his own blog post, is Miami inside linebacker Colin McCarthy.

Breakout senior seasons made former Tennessee Volunteers Dan Williams (defensive tackle) and Montario Hardesty (running back) first and second round picks in the 2010 NFL draft. This year it is senior wideout Moore whose spectacular play has his stock skyrocketing.

Moore entered Saturday's contest against South Carolina with relatively pedestrian numbers through the first seven games of the season.

He'd caught 18 passes for 257 yards and run for another 76 yards on five rushing attempts. Despite the limited opportunities, savvy scouts recognized that the 6-1, 195 pounder was making them count - scoring six touchdowns on those 23 touches.
Scouts, however, wanted to see more consistency from Moore. Against South Carolina and their talented secondary, they got it.

Moore almost matched his previous season totals against the Gamecocks with 228 receiving yards on six catches. Per his big play reputation, Moore caught one touchdown, a 30-yarder in the 3rd quarter that put the 2-6 Volunteers within striking distance of South Carolina (6-2) at 24-17. His next reception went for 62 yards and put the Volunteers on the two-yard line. They scored on the next play, tying the game early in the 4th quarter.

What made Moore's game all the more impressive was the variety of routes he ran and the talent against which he was successful.

Throughout much of the game Moore was the responsibility of 2010 First-Team All-SEC defender Chris Culliver, himself a potential top 75 selection in the 2011 draft.

Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:09 pm
 

Surprised by Arian Foster's success? I'm not...

By now, everyone with a fantasy football team knows the name of Houston Texan running back Arian Foster.

Tennessee Volunteer (and other SEC) fans knew his name long before his staggering 231 yard, 3 touchdown performance against the Colts in Week One -- second behind only O.J. Simpson (250 yards in 1973) in the history of the NFL for a season-opening performance. 

After all, for all of the talk of Foster onto the scene for the Texans, he was hardly an unknown coming from out of Tennessee. Foster left the Vols second on their career rushing list with 2,964 yards -- more than Jamal Lewis, Charlie Garner, Cedric Houston and Montario Hardesty. Only Travis Henry, with 3,078 yards, was more successful over his career than Foster.

I -- and more importantly NFL scouts were quite high on Foster early in his career. In fact, he was given a second round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee following his junior season.

Entering the 2009 season, in fact, I characterized him among the elite prospects in the SEC and wrote:

"A standout as a freshman, Foster rebounded from a disappointing sophomore year to enjoy his greatest success to date last season, earning Second Team SEC honors with 1,193 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Only 684 yards behind Travis Henry to be Tennessee's career rushing leader, Foster briefly considered leaving early for the NFL and was given a second-round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee. A strong senior campaign could push Foster to the top of the senior running back class."

Rather than enjoy a "strong senior campaign," however, Foster struggled mightily, fumbling often and losing carries to Hardesty (among others).

Foster initially intrigued me as a strong one-cut runner. Though his stock took a major tumble in 2009, I was nonetheless surprised to see him slip all the way out of the draft. Considering Houston's zone-blocking scheme, Foster was an ideal fit.

I recommended him as a potential late round pick for the Seattle Seahawks -- another team that features a zone-blocking scheme up front.

It will be interesting to see if the struggles with ball security that plagued Foster's late career at Tennessee will again show up with the Texans. Though I believe Foster is very much a starting caliber running back in the NFL in a zone-blocking scheme, don't be surprised if he's never able to match his spectacular Week One performance.

There will be few defenses he'll face this season smaller up front than the Colts. Certainly the Washington Redskins -- Houston's opponent Sunday -- should provide a significantly tougher matchups than the Colts were last weekend.


Posted on: October 10, 2009 12:58 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2009 1:32 pm
 

Oklahoma State OT Okung in the crosshairs

There are a litany of intriguing games to scout on this morning, but after watching and being disappointed with Oklahoma left tackle Trent Williams, I am anxious to review his fellow Big 12 linemate, Russell Okung , almost universally rated as the elite offensive tackle of the 2010 draft class. The 6-5, 305 pounder earned First Team Big 12 honors last season -- not a feat to be looked over considering the presence of Jason Smith, Phil Loadholt and Williams.

Okung and Oklahoma State are playing at Texas A&M this morning. While I'll be keeping tabs on prospects from several other games throughout the morning, I'll be focusing on the prospects in this contest, especially Okung, for the early slate of games.

If noteworthy, Okung is a likely candidate for mention in this week's Draft Slant.

The current issue, on sale here , featured USC tight end Anthony McCoy as the Player of the Week, Western Illinois cornerback Patrick Stoudamire, Jr. as the diamond in the rough and eight other prospects that caught my eye.

Those eight include:

Oklahoma OT Trent Williams
Georgia DT Jeff Owens
South Florida FS Nate Allen
Notre Dame OT Sam Young
Boston College C Matt Tennant
Louisiana Tech DT D'Anthony Smith
Auburn RB Ben Tate
Tennessee RB Montario Hardesty


 
 
 
 
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