NCF Nation: Colin Kaepernick

Breaking down Manziel's NFL skill set

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Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesWhat parts of Johnny Manziel's game need to improve for him to play in the NFL?
The NFL began to look more like the college game last season with mobile quarterbacks, zone-read options and spread passing attacks. With some work, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel has the tools to continue the evolution.

Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick transformed the game with their speed and versatility, forcing defenses to adapt to a new style of play.

All three of those quarterbacks were also proficient passers. They each possess four qualities necessary to be a successful quarterback in the NFL: overall accuracy, ability to handle the blitz, downfield precision and composure under duress.

Manziel is skilled in all four categories, but he could improve in each next season to boost his draft stock if he decides to declare for the draft.

Overall accuracy
In 2012, Manziel completed 68 percent of his passes, which ranked ninth among FBS teams. He was at his best on short and intermediate passes, completing more than 76 percent of his throws within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage.

One of his greatest strengths was putting the ball in spots that enabled his receivers to run after the catch. Texas A&M ranked sixth among colleges in AQ conferences in yards after the catch, averaging 6.5 yards after the catch per reception.

Ability to handle the blitz
Opponents blitzed Manziel on fewer than 30 percent of his dropbacks last season.

Although Manziel’s completion percentage was significantly lower against the blitz, he exploited blitzing defenses with big plays.

Manziel averaged a play of 20 yards or more once every 6.4 dropbacks when opponents blitzed, compared with once every 8.5 dropbacks when they sent standard pressure.

His biggest plays came when scrambling, with him rushing for 389 yards and seven touchdowns on 32 scrambles against the blitz.

Downfield precision
This is probably the one area Manziel could improve the most. Last season, he completed 38.7 percent of his passes of 20 yards or longer with eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

To put that into perspective, Griffin III, Wilson and Andrew Luck all completed a higher percentage of their passes on throws of this distance in their final year of college.

Manziel can learn from those quarterbacks, who all increased their completion percentages on throws of at least 20 yards downfield in their final college seasons.

Composure under duress
Last season, Manziel completed 51.4 percent of his passes when under duress, about 11 percentage points higher than the FBS average.

He was at his best when forced to improvise. Manziel ran for 857 yards and 10 touchdowns on 86 scramble attempts in 2012. He also threw for 581 yards and eight touchdowns when forced to throw from outside the pocket.

Many question whether this aspect of Manziel’s game will translate to the NFL, given his size and the speed of NFL defenses. At 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, Manziel is small for an NFL quarterback. Of the 49 NFL quarterbacks who attempted at least 30 passes last season, only three were 6-1 or shorter, and only one weighed 200 pounds or less.

In terms of the speed of NFL defenses, Texas A&M faced its share of NFL talent last season; 26 opposing defensive players were taken in the 2013 NFL draft.

Last season against Alabama, the top defense in the nation, Manziel ran for 92 yards. It was the most rushing yards the Crimson Tide had allowed to an opposing quarterback since Nick Saban became Alabama's coach in 2007.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- When Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner compiled his goals card for spring practice, he wrote down two words: no limitations.

After a winter to prepare as the Wolverines' starter, Gardner wanted offensive coordinator Al Borges to operate without restrictions. Whatever Borges intended to throw his way, Gardner would be ready.

"Coach Borges can call anything he wants, from any formation, set or anything," Gardner told ESPN.com. "I talked to him about it, and he said he's very comfortable with me, calling anything at any time."

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Lon Horwedel/Icon SMIMichigan offensive coordinator Al Borges said he wants to limit the rushing attempts of QB Devin Gardner in 2013.
Gardner always has had a good grasp on Michigan's playbook, and even though he played wide receiver for the first eight games last season, he continued to think like a quarterback. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior always knew he'd return to the signal-caller spot this spring, but an elbow injury to starter Denard Robinson forced Gardner into action.

He exceeded most expectations in Michigan's final five games, accounting for multiple touchdowns in all five contests and at least three scores in four. But not surprisingly, there were some limitations to his game, like with audibles at the line.

"I definitely understood when I needed to get out of a play, but I didn't ever really change plays to a better play last year," he said.

Gardner now has the luxury of advantage audibles, as Borges calls them, which are based more on wants than needs.

"If I see they're in a defense where the play we have called, it'll be fine, but there's a much better play that will give us a better play, he's let me do that," Gardner said.

No limitations?

"Any play in the playbook," he said.

It took some time this spring for Gardner to get comfortable with his new freedom/responsibility, but he said every check he has made at the line has turned into a "plus play" for the offense. Borges is willing to loosen the reins for his top quarterback as long as there's "good rationale" for making changes.

But don't expect Gardner to operate like Peyton Manning does this season.

"We don't want him calling the whole game," Borges said, "but there are instances where there are things he can take advantage of. There are situations where I don't call the right play, and he's got to get us out of that."

Gardner devoted three weeks of the offseason exclusively to studying defensive fronts. The junior felt he had a good grasp on identifying pass coverages, but seeing where pressure would come from required more work.

It has helped him with his audibles during scrimmages this spring.

"Devin is really smart with numbers," Wolverines left tackle Taylor Lewan said. "He understands the concepts of football, the concepts of our schemes. The zone power, the downhill run stuff, the zone-power combos, the isos, Cover 1, Cover 2, and how to change the play to put us in the best situation to be successful."

According to Gardner, the offense Michigan ran at the end of the 2012 season has remained practically the same. The spread isn't totally dead -- "We're almost no spread offense now, with a few spread principles," Borges said -- but the Wolverines will primarily operate from a pro-set. Gardner said he's taking 70 percent of snaps from under center, and Borges doesn't want Gardner carrying the ball more than 10 times a game.

It doesn't mean Michigan won't use Gardner's athleticism. Borges has studied what NFL teams like the Seattle Seahawks (Russell Wilson), the San Francisco 49ers (Colin Kaepernick) and the Washington Redskins (Robert Griffin III) are doing with dual-threat quarterbacks like Gardner.

"Any pieces that look like they might fit with what we do," Borges said. "College football isn't pro football. It's different, but you can implement a lot of the same things they do because they do so many things well."

Could Gardner be one of the next dual threats to reach the NFL? Like his goals card, Gardner's potential seems to have no limitations.

"The kid has really worked hard," Borges said. "The game's important to him, and now he gets an opportunity he's been waiting for."

Don't sweat those three-star quarterbacks

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As we continue to process who everybody signed and who they didn’t sign last week, I couldn’t help but think about the quarterback position.

It goes without saying that having a winner at that position is a must if you’re going to win championships and consistently compete for championships.

But as this past season showed us, there’s no reason to fret just because your school signed a quarterback that wasn’t on everybody’s list of blue-clippers.

Case in point: There were two quarterbacks among the three Heisman Trophy finalists in 2012, and neither one of those guys was a four-star prospect.

Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy, and in 2010, he was a three-star prospect out of Kerrville, Texas, and ranked by ESPN as the No. 39 quarterback prospect in the country. Among prospects in the state of Texas that year, he was ranked No. 97.

Kansas State’s Collin Klein was very lightly recruited. He was a three-star prospect out of Loveland, Colo., and barely even ranked among the top 10 prospects in the state of Colorado that year. He played some receiver his first season at Kansas State before eventually moving back to quarterback.

Don’t stop with just Manziel and Klein.

Look at the two starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl this season.

The Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco, who’s about to be paid handsomely following an incredible playoff run, was a three-star prospect out of Audubon, N.J., in 2003. He signed with Pittsburgh and played very little his first two years before transferring to Delaware.

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers was also a three-star prospect out of Turlock, Calif. He played his college ball at Nevada and was ranked as the No. 50 quarterback nationally by ESPN coming out of high school in 2006. Early on in the recruiting process, he was receiving more interest to play baseball in college than he was football.

Lunchtime Links

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Checking around the world of the non-AQs for your lunchtime links. Not much doing as we hit the offseason.

As BYU and Utah prepare to leave the Mountain West, it is easy to see they dominated the conference.

San Diego State had a banner year under athletic director Jim Sterk.

Colin Kaepernick was selected as Nevada's top male senior athlete.

Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky feels good about the future of his league.

A consensus is forming and it looks bleak for FAU.

Steve Addazio is looking to keep Temple's winning ways.

Lunchtime Links

May, 16, 2011
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Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Here are your daily links:

Boise State's tab for the ongoing NCAA investigation: $201,000 so far.

Southern Miss and Western Kentucky will play a home-and-home series.

Playoff PAC keeps pressure on the BCS.

The Mountain West appears unlikely to get an AQ bid based on three criteria it must meet for inclusion.

Kesni Tausinga will add depth to the BYU defensive line.

The 49ers don't plan to tinker with Colin Kaepernick's delivery.

Former Air Force players have urged the National Football Foundation to induct former coach Fisher DeBerry into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Preseason magazines are favorable to Hawaii.

Daunte Culpepper participated in Chad Pennington's charity bowling event in Huntington, W.Va.
Last week, we asked a series of non-AQ poll questions. Today, I am here to discuss the results. First, we begin with the questions that dealt with the players. The most popular question was: "Who is the toughest player to replace?"

TCU quarterback Andy Dalton led the way with 58 percent of the more than 6,400 votes. Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a distant second with 22 percent of the vote. I understand why fans voted this way because Dalton has meant so much to the Horned Frogs. TCU went to its first two BCS games under Dalton and won a Rose Bowl. But my choice was Kaepernick because TCU has built a national program and likes to think it reloads, rather than rebuilds. Nevada had a special season and it is going to be hard to top what happened in 2010 unless Tyler Lantrip can put together another storybook season.

BYU quarterback Jake Heaps topped two categories: Most improved player and biggest impact player. The candidates I selected under impact player came under scrutiny from some fans. Perhaps the question was a bit nebulous because the word "impact" can mean so many different things.

My definition: Which player has the biggest impact on his team. Some wondered why I had Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore on the list because he is expected to be just as good as always in 2011. My reasoning is because he has the biggest impact on that team no matter how good he has been in the past. Take Kellen Moore away, and Boise State is not a preseason top-10 team. That is why Houston quarterback Case Keenum is on the list. Houston went 5-7 and missed a bowl game without him last season.

Moore did top the offensive player of the year voting, while TCU linebacker Tank Carder won the vote for defensive player of the year. No surprise there, although some Boise State fans were upset I did not include Broncos defensive tackle Billy Winn among the candidates. Even if I had, I still think Carder would have won the vote.
There are a number of good non-AQ players who have to replaced headed into 2011, so we pose the question to you: Who is going to be the most difficult to replace?

I narrowed the field down to five candidates. There are many, many more who are worthy of being on this list, from Greg Salas at Hawaii to Chad Spann at Northern Illinois to Dontay Moch at Nevada. But I felt these were the five biggest names, and five biggest impact players on their respective teams.

For me, the vote comes down to TCU quarterback Andy Dalton and Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Dalton won a school-record 42 games at TCU, led two straight undefeated regular seasons and won a Rose Bowl. He helped TCU become one of the top non-AQ teams in the nation, and that led to an invitation from the Big East. So he has had an impact both on and off the field. His leadership was unquestioned.

But Kaepernick led the type of magical season never seen before at Nevada. He, too, has his name all over the school record books, and he too was the unquestioned leader of his team. The key difference for me is this -- TCU has become a national program and will continue to be a national program even without Dalton. We cannot definitively say the same of Nevada without Kaepernick. Just look at the preseason rankings. TCU is there. Nevada is not.

So ultimately, I think it will be more difficult to replace Kaepernick because the players that follow are going to have to maintain what he started. That might be possible in the Mountain West, but it is hard to know at this point.
Temple defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was the only non-AQ player drafted in the first round of the NFL draft, at No. 30 to the New York Jets. Wilkerson is the third first-round selection in Temple history and the first since 1987.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper cited this as one of the best picks of the round, and I agree. Wilkerson fits an area of need and as an added bonus, gets to stay close to home.

One of the big surprises at the end of the day: TCU quarterback Andy Dalton was still available after many projected him rising all the way to the first round. FSU quarterback Christian Ponder went ahead of Dalton, something that ended up shocking many draft experts.

Having said that, Kiper has Dalton as the top non-AQ player going in the second round tonight. Here are the rest of the non-AQ players he has going in the second round of his latest mock draft:
The third round also is Friday.

Lunchtime Links

April, 28, 2011
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Cam Newton No. 1 to the Panthers? Hmmm ...

Now on to some links:

Colin Kaepernick could be the highest ever draftee from Nevada.

Boise State defensive backs have found NFL success.

Could independent BYU create its own bowl?

The Mountain West has vacated its spot in the Armed Forces Bowl and only has four bowl tie-ins for 2011. That should go back up to five in 2012 when Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii join the league.

Houston is going throwback for its Homecoming game.

Here is an update on the men accused of shooting Northern Illinois linebacker Devon Butler.

Marshall linebacker Mario Harvey had to get his name out to NFL scouts the hard way.

Cornerback Justin Combs, the son of rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs, is taking a visit to UAB.

Lunchtime Links

April, 18, 2011
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Monday, Monday ...

Boise State's spring has wrapped, and the Idaho Statesman presents 13 players who stood out.

East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill has dropped 90 pounds.

Video: Five things you don't know about Colin Kaepernick.

Tulsa needs to find leaders in the offseason.

Derek Thompson is the North Texas starter at quarterback going into fall camp.

Here is a good look at where Hawaii stands after spring ball.

Some questions to ponder at Marshall.

Larry Dawson made people notice at the Kent State spring game.

Steve Fairchild faces a tough task at Colorado State, but it's not his first.

Northern Illinois backup quarterback Jordan Lynch is making strides.

Andy Dalton and the Jets?

April, 15, 2011
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There has been lots of speculation headed into the NFL draft about where TCU quarterback Andy Dalton and Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick could land.

Well, there is a bit of news concerning Dalton. Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports the Jets worked out Dalton on Friday. The move may seem curious, considering the Jets have Mark Sanchez. But as Cimini writes:
Dalton is a fast-rising prospect who could slip into the bottom of the first round, according to scouts. The Jets own the 30th overall pick. While it makes no sense for them to invest another first-round pick in a quarterback, the Jets' interest in Dalton could be a way to entice quarterback-needy teams below them to trade up, increasing the value of the Jets' position.

Dalton's stock has been rising thanks to good performances during Senior Bowl week and the combine. The Vikings, Patriots, Colts and Titans, Browns and Bears have all reportedly worked Dalton out, too.

In his latest mock draft, Mel Kiper has Dalton going early in the second round, at No. 35 to the Bengals.

As for Kaepernick, his stock also has been rising. He has had workouts with at least eight teams: Oakland, Tennessee, Miami, Denver, Kansas City, Cleveland, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Scouts seem to love his arm strength (he used to be a baseball player), and he did very well on the Wonderlic with a 37, one of the highest scores of all prospects.

Kiper has him going in the third round, at No. 76 overall to San Francisco.

Among the other non-AQ players featured in Kiper's mock draft from earlier this month:

First round

Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson, No. 16 to the Chargers.

Second round

Nevada linebacker Dontay Moch, No. 45 to San Francisco.

UCF offensive tackle Jah Reid, No. 51to Tampa Bay.

Boise State receiver Titus Young, No. 58 to Baltimore.

Troy receiver Jerrel Jernigan, No. 59 to Atlanta.

Third round

Fresno State linebacker Chris Carter, No. 72, New Orleans

Hawaii running back Alex Green, No. 78, St. Louis

TCU offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, No. 82, San Diego

Hawaii receiver Greg Salas, No. 86, Kansas City

Boise State receiver Austin Pettis, No. 95, Pittsburgh
Nobody has to tell Tyler Lantrip about the player he is on the verge of replacing. Lantrip has watched him for years.

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Derick E. Hingle/US PresswireNevada Wolf Pack quarterback Tyler Lantrip has big shoes to fill as the replacement for Colin Kaepernick.
Even before Lantrip and Colin Kaepernick ended up at Nevada together, the two worked out during the summers with former California coach Roger Theder, now a quarterbacks guru. It was Theder who told him that Kaepernick was going to Nevada when Lantrip made the same decision.

“Oh, yeah? I’ll take Colin down,” Lantrip jokingly told Theder.

It did not quite work out that way. Lantrip served as the backup to Kaepernick the past three seasons, watching as the dual-threat quarterback smashed school and NCAA records along the way.

Now Lantrip has his opportunity to start in his final season with the Wolf Pack. He, sophomore Mason Magleby and redshirt freshman Cody Fajardo are in the middle of a three-man race for the job headed into the spring game Saturday, but coach Chris Ault has made it clear that Lantrip is the front-runner to replace the face of the program.

“I don’t feel pressure from outside but I put pressure on myself,” Lantrip said in a telephone interview. “I know what we accomplished last season, and I know what it did for this town. That’s something I want to do for this city again. I know what it would mean to put together another season like we had. We can’t be content with winning the WAC championship. We have to focus on doing it again.”

Indeed, Nevada posted the best season in school history in 2010, winning a share of the WAC championship en route to a 13-1 record and No. 11 ranking in the final AP poll. The highlight, of course, was the shocking upset of Boise State. None of that would have been possible without the steely maturity of Kaepernick, who blossomed in his senior season.

Kaepernick learned the Pistol offense on the job, having had the opportunity to start for nearly his entire Nevada career. That allowed him to build toward his incredible 2010 season. Lantrip is headed into his senior season, and has no such luxury. The start to the schedule is also brutal with four straight road games. The Wolf Pack open at Oregon, and also play at Texas Tech and at Boise State.

Lantrip has only thrown 23 passes in his career and carried the ball 24 times. But because he has learned behind Kaepernick and been in this offense for so long, he is best suited for the challenge initially. But he will have to learn how to handle heightened expectations while getting used to a different set of teammates and dealing with questions about Kaepernick.

He deftly answered them during this interview, but there will be more as the season nears. The comparisons are unavoidable when you are replacing a player who did as much for Nevada as Kaepernick did.

As for what he brings to the field, Lantrip is a different style quarterback than Kaepernick. He is more comfortable throwing the ball as opposed to running it, keeping his eyes downfield when he feels pressure in the pocket, as opposed to immediately taking off.

Still, Lantrip has worked on his speed and quickness so he can run a little more. Nevada fans will recall Kaepernick was not a running quarterback when he got to Reno, either. But there will be no mistaking the two in 2011, even if the offense remains relatively similar.

Sitting behind Kaepernick for three years has been a “humbling experience. It has its ups and downs. When you don’t get an opportunity to play in a game, it’s frustrating at times but that’s where my faith comes in. I worked through some of those times knowing my time is coming.”

Non-AQ Top 25 Players: No. 3

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No. 3 Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada

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Douglas C. Pizac/US PresswireColin Kaepernick was a threat to beat defenses running and throwing the ball.
He had one of the best statistical careers in NCAA history, but there are probably people out there who have never seen Kaepernick play. Hopefully more people are aware of him and his talent after an incredible 2010 season. We could go through a laundry list of his notable accomplishments, but you can Google all that. What stood out for the Nevada quarterback this past season was this: He became the third FBS quarterback in history to throw for at least 3,000 yards and run for at least 1,000 yards in a season, joining Brad Smith and Vince Young.

He joined Tim Tebow and Cam Newton as the only players to run for 20 touchdowns and pass for 20 touchdowns in a single season.

He put the Wolf Pack on his back and led the team to the best FBS season in school history. That includes a share of the WAC championship and one of the biggest upsets of the season -- an overtime win over Boise State.

His experience running the quirky Pistol offense paid off in a major way. His upright running style worked to his advantage, but so did his improved accuracy and arm strength, which allowed him to keep defenses honest and off-balance. He really was an equal threat to run and pass the ball.

Kaepernick ended the season with 3,022 passing yards and 1,206 rushing yards and was the WAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year with Kellen Moore of Boise State. Not bad for a guy who only started running the ball in college.
In the next few days, I will be compiling my list of the Top 25 non-AQ players of 2010. With so many players among five conferences, Army and Navy, it is going to be difficult to narrow the list down and then rank them.

There are the obvious choices, of course. Kellen Moore, Tank Carder, Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick all easily make the list. Where would you rank them? Who else would you put on the list? We will start with No. 25 next Monday and work our way to No. 1 in March.

Leave your suggestions either in the comments section here or the mailbag, and then we can compare when the full list is revealed. I am sure many of you will have plenty to say about my final rankings.

Kiper: Kaepernick a top 5 QB

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Earlier this week, Mel Kiper updated his list of Top 5 players by position as we get closer to the NFL draft. He just so happened to update on national signing day, so forgive us for getting this to you a few days late.

One of the newest additions to the list: Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kiper now has him as the No. 5 quarterback available in the draft, following a good showing at the Senior Bowl last week. It is his first appearance in the top 5. Now, having said that, Kiper also throws in a caveat: "It's worth noting that Kaepernick is a tier below the top four. He's still very much a project at this point."

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Douglas C. Pizac/US PresswireNevada QB Colin Kaepernick's raw ability could send him shooting up NFL draft boards.
Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is atop the list now, with Cam Newton, Ryan Mallett and Jake Locker behind him. Still, it speaks to the potential Kaepernick has to be included in the top 5 -- and ahead of TCU quarterback Andy Dalton, who also had a good week in Mobile, Ala.

So who could be the top non-AQ player off the board? Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson, listed as the No. 23 tackle available, is No. 23 on the Big Board. Kiper writes that Wilkerson is "scheme-flexible, disruptive, strong penetrator, could work in 3-4 or 4-3." He also rates as a first-round prospect in the breakdown of players in the ESPN NFL Player draft rankings, coming in at No. 15.

Nevada outside linebacker Dontay Moch rates as the No. 4 player available at his position, while Charles Clay of Tulsa is listed as the No. 2 fullback and Kevin Kowalski of Toledo is rated the No. 4 center.

All these non-AQ players, except for Kowalski, have been invited to attend the NFL combine later this month. Here are the other non-AQ players invited to the combine:

Matt Asiata, RB, Utah

Nick Bellore, LB, Central Michigan

DeAndre Brown, WR, Southern Miss

Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State

Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

Marcus Cannon, OL, TCU

Chris Carter, DE, Fresno State

Ryan Colburn, QB, Fresno State

Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

Wayne Daniels, DE, TCU

Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho

Alex Green, RB, Hawaii

Virgil Green, TE, Nevada

Jamel Hamler, WR, Fresno State

Daniel Hardy, TE, Idaho

Dwayne Harris, WR, East Carolina

Davon House, DB, New Mexico State

Rob Housler, TE, FAU

Andrew Jackson, OL, Fresno State

Jaiquawn Jarrett, DB, Temple

Lestar Jean, WR, FAU

Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy

Jeron Johnson, DB, Boise State

Elijah "Peanut" Joseph, LB, Temple

Shiloh Keo, DB, Idaho

Jeremy Kerley, WR, TCU

Curtis Marsh, DB, Utah State

Bruce Miller, DE, UCF

Jamar Newsome, WR, UCF

Derek Newton, OL, Arkansas State

Cheta Ozougwu, DL, Rice

Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State

Kealoha Pilares, WR, Hawaii

Jah Reid, OL, UCF

Aldrick Robinson, WR, SMU

Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii

DeMarco Sampson, WR, San Diego State

Caleb Schlauderaff, OL, Utah

Sealver Siliga, DT, Utah

Lee Smith, TE, Marshall

Willie Smith, OL, East Carolina

Vai Taua, RB, Nevada

Zane Taylor, C, Utah

Josh Thomas, DB, Buffalo

Brandyn Thompson, CB, Boise State

Isaiah Thompson, OL, Houston

Jeff Van Camp, QB, FAU

Ryan Winterswyk, DE, Boise State

Jimmy Young, WR, TCU

Titus Young, WR, Boise State

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