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USF's Flowers is electric but future at QB a question

Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Herndon IV OUT

Miami senior tight end Chris Herndon IV suffered an MCL injury in the loss at Pittsburgh. That ends his Canes career and puts the beginning of the draft process in question for the Reese’s Senior Bowl invitee.
Scout: “That was a huge bummer to see the Miami tight end go down. He’s a better player the more you watch him. I think he was underutilized there early in the season and then you saw what he could do when they turned him into their second best target.”

The Other Guy

While TCU junior defensive end Ben Banogu has garnered the most attention, his counterpart senior Mat Boesen is being talked about now after a 5.5-sack performance against Baylor. 
Scout: “He’s a high-effort player. Not sure what his position is in the NFL. Really productive year but don’t think he’s athletic enough to be in your game.”

Flowers blooming, but maybe not at QB

South Florida senior quarterback Quinton Flowers put on a show on Black Friday in the 49-42 loss vs. UCF with a historical perforamnce of 605 total yards. He threw for 503 yards and rushed for 102 more.
Scout: “He’s not a quarterback in my eyes but he’s one of the best players in college football. I can’t think anyone else other than maybe Baker Mayfield that I’d want to have the ball in his hands when you need a big play. I graded him as a running back. It’d be good to see him adapt to that this spring and show us what he can do.”

Poona playing BIG

Overlooked plenty because of his size (sub-6 foot), Texas senior defensive tackle Poona Ford has been a key cog in the Longhorns defensive line this season and finished off the season with another good game on Black Friday vs. Texas Tech.
Scout: “I don’t care that he’s short. I really like the player. He’s got the natural leverage, good power, plays hard, athletic. He’s one of the top defensive lineman in my area.”

Kelly on rise

San Diego State senior defensive back Kameron Kelly has seen his media profile rise in recent weeks. He has starting experience at safety and cornerback and will intrigue teams because of his 6-foot-2 frame. He has 2.0 sacks, 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles in 2017.
Scout: “He’s interesting because of what he looks like but if you study him, he’s straight-legged with some lower body stiffness. Someone will take that size at his position but he’s not for me.”