YA GOTTA LOVE THIS GUY
Much of what Georgia fifth-year senior fullback Verron Haynes has done this fall can't be found in a box score. He's the emotional leader of the offense and a good blocker, and in eight games before going to Ole Miss last Saturday he had rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns and had caught 17 passes for 243 yards and two scores, including the game-winner with :05 left in a 26-24 victory over Tennessee on Oct. 6. Haynes also went to coach Mark Richt on Nov. 12 and volunteered to move to tailback to allow starter Musa Smith to rest a nagging hip injury. Richt agreed, and Haynes responded by running for 192 yards, the most by a Georgia back in nine seasons, and two touchdowns in a 35-15 win over the Rebels. Haynes ran so well that Richt kept the ball on the ground throughout a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive, which he says was the first time in his nine-year career as an offensive coordinator and head coach that he'd called so many consecutive rushes in a single drive.
An NFL scout assesses Colorado guard Andre Gurode, a 6'4", 320-pound senior who leads the Buffaloes in domination blocks (85), touchdown blocks (II) and downfield blocks (36)
"He's a big, powerful, athletic kid. He pulls well. Colorado sometimes puts him up on linebackers. He can play both center and guard. That versatility will help him. He'll be one of the better offensive linemen available, and he'll go in the first round."
"They're catching us at a bad time, since we're on a roll. I think they would be kind of vulnerable in this position. Us winning as many games back-to-back gives us the edge."
A comment by Texas Tech tailback Ricky Williams that appeared in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal as the Red Raiders, winners of three consecutive games, prepared to face Oklahoma. The Sooners stewed over the comments during the week and then won 30-13.
Washington defensive tackle Larry Tripplett vs. Miami left guard Ed Wilkins and Miami right guard Martin Bibla
In the Huskies' 34-29 defeat of the Hurricanes last season, the 6'1", 295-pound Tripplett had two sacks, recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal. He was so dominant that the 6'4", 306-pound Bibla used the memory of that afternoon to motivate himself all summer. This year Tripplett plays on both sides of the line, which will also put him up against Wilkins, a 6'4", 308-pound junior making only his third start this fall. Wilkins will likely receive help from center Brett Romberg, but don't expect the extra attention to faze Tripplett. Despite frequent double teams, Tripplett has made 14 tackles for loss this season. No other Husky lineman has more than three.