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Coffee and Cigarettes: College Football Links for Saturday

I know college football is over, but I don't care. I'm going to force feed this stuff to you regardless.

The Top 100 Games Of The 2011 College Football Season -
The 2011 college football season was dreadful off the field and immensely satisfying on it. Let's take a look at the very best games of the season.

Ten players with something to prove during all-star process - NFL - -
The BCS title game, in many ways, is only the beginning -- at least for the fortunate college football stars invited to prominent all-star games. Scouts want players to take advantage of these opportunities. Players show a passion for the game by accepting the invitation and putting aside concern that they might expose weaknesses or even incur an injury that could put their first payday in jeopardy.

College Football Recruiting: A Primer For The Layperson -
What is recruiting? Does it matter? How does it work? Is everyone cheating? With national signing day not even three weeks away, it's time to get some answers. Yes, of course everyone's cheating.

NFL Draft Scouting Report: Chris Polk, RB, Washington | Scouting Reports
"Polk was one of the fastest rising overall prospects throughout the 2011 college football season, and for good reason. While he isn't very flashy, he does everything well and is an exceptional runner. He possesses intangibles that you see in great running backs and understands how to maximize that with his physical stature. He played behind a very mediocre offensive line his entire career and, despite having strong quarterback play to ease some of the pressure, remained incredibly productive amassing over 4,000 yards in three years finishing 2nd all-time in Huskies history.

2012 Shrine Game Preview: East Offense | Articles
The Shrine Game is fastly approaching, and has you covered. The East Roster offense doesn't feature a whole lot of depth and talent at running back or receiver, but have three very intriguing quarterbacks, some unique offensive tackles, and some versatile position players that can showcase that skill in practices this week.

2012 Shrine Game Prevew: East Defense | Articles
After posting the offense side of the East Roster earlier, we'll take a look at a defense that, like the offense, is loaded with the top tier small school talent in the entire draft. The defensive line doesn't feature a whole lot of NFL mid round draft prospects.

East-West Shrine Game Preview: East Roster " Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
Quarterbacks: -BJ Coleman, QB, Tennessee – Chattanooga. 6’3", 220 pounds, 4.93 40 yard dash -I really like B.J. Coleman. He missed some time due to injury this year which I thought might hurt him, but I was very happy to see him get an invite to the East-West Shrine Game. His game reminds me a bit of Nathan Enderle from last year, and there are some parallels between them that are pretty interesting (both started Senior season vs Nebraska, strong armed QB’s without much talent around them, both invited to East-West Shrine Game. I could go on, but I won’t.) Regardless, Coleman is a quality prospect in his own right and I think he has a chance to go in the first four rounds. This week will be big for him but if he is healthy he should have impressive ball velocity, good accuracy and pretty good pocket presence. I look forward to taking notes on him all week.

NFL Draft Scouting Report: Bernard Pierce | Scouting Reports
"Bernard Pierce's lack of great speed, elusiveness in space and down the field, and versatility as a running back prospect are strong concerns when projecting him to the NFL level. However, it's his unique skill set that makes him a running back prospect that fits only a certain number of teams well, but can thrive in those situations. A relatively reserved leader for his Temple team, he's been clean off the field and worked hard through multiple, consistent injuries over his career to get back on the field.

NCAA president Mark Emmert supports 4-team football playoff - NCAA Football -
NCAA President Mark Emmert would support a four-team playoff in college football -- as long as the field doesn't grow.

Robert Griffin III's Heisman helping Baylor with 2012 recruiting - NCAA Football -
Robert Griffin III gave Baylor excellent quarterback play for three years. His Heisman Trophy may give the Bears something else: a bright future.

Rutgers-Iowa State Prospect Recap " Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers: Jamison really opened my eyes in this game and I don’t think I was the only one who was surprised by how well he played. Jamison is only a freshman but he produced 897 yards and 9 touchdowns. He’s got a lot of upside and if Rutgers can solidify their quarterback situation then they could put together a really nice offense with Jamison and Brandon Coleman in the fold. Regardless, Jamison definitely displayed a lot of ability against Iowa State. He has quality speed, vision, and he gained significant yardage after contact due to his strength and leg drive. I really like his upside and I’m really excited to see him develop in Rutgers’ offense.

Trent Richardson solidifies elite draft status - NFL - Sporting News
Richardson clearly helped himself on Monday. Everyone raves about his physical talent and combination of strength and speed, but that's not why he elevated his stock in this game.

NFL mock draft: Colts lock in on Luck; Browns turn to Heisman winner Griffin - NFL - Sporting News
Robert Griffin III reportedly has decided to forgo his senior season at Baylor. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner won't need to wait long to hear his name called in next spring's NFL Draft, not when a team selecting early is in need of a franchise QB. (*Denotes underclassman)

BCS title will help 'bury the pain' for Tide's Tinker, other tornado victims - NCAA Football -
About 20 minutes after Alabama defeated No. 1 LSU, 21-0, in the BCS title game, a group of reporters crowded around diminutive Jeremy Shelley. The 5-10, 165-pound junior had just set a BCS title game record with five field goals, which is one more than he said he had ever even attempted in any game

Draft Tip Sheet: Stanford's big pair, slot-bound Duck, RG3 measures up - NFL - -
Not since 2001, when Seattle chose Michigan guard Steve Hutchinson with the 17th overall pick and Detroit immediately followed by nabbing tackle Jeff Backus, has a school had two offensive linemen selected in the first round.

Big Board: BCS title game a showcase for first-round talent - NFL - -
What the BCS Championship Game may have lacked in drama it more than made up for in star power. Six players from that game are included in my top 32, with Alabama running back Trent Richardson and LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne among the top-five prospects, overall. Each player announced Thursday his intention to enter the 2012 draft. Creating a "Big Board" at this point in the year isn't necessarily designed to predict who will be the first 32 picks of the 2012 NFL Draft. Obviously, with all-star games, workouts and interviews each playing critical roles in determining a player's final grade, much will change between now and April.

Iowa-transfer Hampton leaving Salukis for NFL -
Southern Illinois running back Jewel Hampton is taking advantage of a breakout 2011 campaign in which he led the Missouri Valley Football Conference with 17 touchdowns and 1,121 rushing yards to put his name into the NFL lottery.

Report: LSU losing WR Randle to pros as well -
The fact that LSU only passed for 53 yards in the BCS Championship game certainly is slowing down their receivers from making the early jump to the NFL. According to multiple reports LSU junior Rueben Randle will be joining teammates Morris Claiborne, Michael Brockers and fellow receiver Russell Shepard as an early entrant into the 2012 NFL draft.

Wilson returning to Ark despite positive feedback -
While the two "other" SEC teams that finished among the AP Poll's top five lost a combined seven underclassmen to the NFL, the Arkansas Razorbacks didn't appear to lose any. That fact was in contention until Friday when junior quarterback Tyler Wilson announced via a press release distributed by the school that he is returning for his senior campaign.

Where does Clemson TE Dwayne Allen rank in the tight end class? | National Football Post
Is he the top tight end in the draft?

Where does Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu rank in this year’s draft class? | National Football Post
He’s raw, but exhibits intriguing NFL talent.

East-West Shrine Prospect Preview | National Football Post
Who will we be watching closely next week?

Draft Breakdown — Scouting Report: Robert Griffin III
Griffin is a redshirt junior quarterback. He has started for Baylor since his true freshman season (winning the Big-12 Conference Freshman of the Year Award), and accrued his redshirt after tearing an ACL early in his sophomore campaign. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner is accredited with bringing the Baylor program into the national spotlight, culminating in a 10-3 record this season. Griffin is a dangerous quarterback – capable of blowing the top of the defense with uncanny deep ball accuracy. He’s a fantastic athlete with a slight frame that has not been completely filled out. Has taken huge steps forward each year in his development, even when recovering from injury. He projects to be a top 5 pick.

2012 NFL Draft gets first-round talent with Alabama juniors - Mocking The Draft
As expected, Alabama three best juniors — middle linebacker Dont'a Hightower, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and running back Trent Richardson — are headed to the NFL following a national championship win.

Michael Brockers NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking The Draft
Pass rush: Generates a good bull rush using his powerful legs and has the quickness to be used to get outside on twists. Does a nice job of playing to the outside allowing the defensive end to get wide around the edge. Has shown an advanced knowledge of how to use to his frame to get skinny and work through the gap. Would be able to make his most immediate impact as a five technique on a three-man front.

Morris Claiborne 2012 NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking The Draft
Ball skills: A former wide receiver, Claiborne's hands are much better than most cornerbacks. Shows incredible anticipation skills to time his jump and make a play on the ball. Dangerous after the catch. Has good vision and elusiveness, which he also shows in the return game. Despite not seeing many passes thrown to his side of the field, still had six interceptions and six pass breakups as a junior.

Return of Tyler Wilson bolsters 2013 NFL Draft QB class - Mocking The Draft
Although the 2013 NFL Draft quarterback class won't feature an elite talent like Andrew Luck or a premier athlete like Robert Griffin III, it's loaded with several high draft picks. That was bolstered today when Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson chose to go back to school for his senior season.

Two more enter 2012 NFL Draft; may be new underclassmen record - Mocking The Draft
Troy pass rusher Jonathan Massaquoi and Wyoming running back Alvester Alexander both decided to forgo their senior seasons today and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

A Bait and Switch Fiesta: How Oklahoma State’s defense revealed chinks in Andrew Luck’s armor. | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Good football is about successfully perpetrating a con. Almost every element of the game is designed to persuade the opponent to fall for a bait and switch. The most basic techniques of head fakes, dead legs, spin moves, and swim moves are used to execute strategies like play action passes, trap blocks, shotgun draws, and fire zone blitzes to trick opponents into a vulnerable position and ultimately earn a team an advantage.