?YA GOTTA LOVE THIS GUY
When he graduated from Bingham High in South Jordan, Utah, in 1996, the only offer 5'11", 155-pound wideout Kevin Curtis had to play football was an invitation to walk on at Snow Junior College in Ephraim. Curtis had 1,700 receiving yards in two seasons at Snow but turned down scholarship offers from BYU and Hawaii to serve a two-year Mormon mission in London. He maintained a connection to the game during that time by sleeping with a football every night. Last January, Curtis enrolled at Utah State, and by the start of practice he had bulked up to 183 pounds. Still, no one expected him to do this: He leads the nation with 10.7 receptions per game for the 0-3 Aggies and is third in average receiving yards (130.0).
An NFL scout assesses Stanford's 6'4", 230-pound senior quarterback Randy Fasani, who completed 17 of 26 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns in the Cardinal's 51-28 defeat of Arizona State last Saturday.
"He has a good arm and the strength to get out of trouble, but he's not a precision quarterback. He's not meticulous. He's not a guy who's going to tear [the defense] up. He's trying a little harder, and he's trying to show he can do things on his own. Sure, he'll be drafted, probably in the middle rounds or later."
"I'm not going to hit [Simms] hard. I want him to stay in the game. If Applewhite gets in, he's smarter than Simms. We keep Simms in the game, the Coogs win."
—A comment by Houston defensive end Adrian Lee that appeared in the Houston Chronicle and was posted on the Longhorns' bulletin board. Simms responded by completing 20 of 35 passes for 311 yards in a 53-26 Texas win.
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Clemson middle linebacker Chad Carson vs. Georgia Tech center David Schmidgall
The 6'3", 235-pound Carson draws raves from opposing offensive coordinators not only for his speed and strength but also for his smarts. They see evidence of his long hours of film study when he gets his teammates lined up correctly one play after the next. Though Carson will draw attention from every Yellow Jackets lineman as well as from fullback Joe Burns, he'll be the primary responsibility of Schmidgall. A former walk-on, Schmidgall makes up for his relative lack of size (6'2", 275 pounds) with the technical efficiency one might expect from the civil engineering major he is. In the 14 games he has started, dating from the beginning of last season, the offensive line has allowed only 20 sacks.