Five-star and ESPN 300 prospects create the most buzz, but with more than a hundred FBS programs competing for talent it takes more than just those top-rated prospects to have success. Rosters are built largely with prospects which enter college with little fanfare, but their development and contributions are key. Every year we see prospects that flew under the radar but developed into some of their conference's top players. Throughout our evaluations we've come across many players who show promise and are great additions based on their upside for development and/or scheme fit.
This was not the start to his Vanderbilt tenure that Derek Mason wanted or envisioned. A year removed from a second straight nine-win season and three straight bowl games -- both firsts in school history -- the Commodores went 0-8 in SEC games and started the season with an ugly 37-7 loss to Temple at home. Vandy finished the year with just three wins and ranked near the bottom of the league in every major offensive category. The Commodores also spent most of the year shuffling quarterbacks around, which stunted the offense's growth.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Fullback is a disappearing position in the NFL. Connor Neighbors understands this reality. That's why LSU's senior fullback is less concerned about his positioning for the NFL draft than he is about finding a pro team that still uses players with his skillset in this era of wide-open offensive schemes. "I don't really care about the draft," Neighbors said. "If I get drafted, that's fine. I just want to have a chance to play on a team.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- It’s a week before Christmas, and Tennessee’s sparkling new Anderson Training Center is bustling with activity and even more energy. Senior defensive tackle Jordan Williams gestures to a TaxSlayer Bowl display on the wall just outside the team locker room and then gazes across the indoor field turf as his teammates wrap up practice at one of the true Taj Mahals of college football complexes. "There’s a lot of excitement right now," Williams said.
There are no games scheduled for today.