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News Flash: Opinions vary on Blount's NFL future

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Directors of college scouting for two NFL teams, who spoke to Rivals.com on the condition of anonymity, gave their assessment on the professional future of suspended Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount. Here are their thoughts:

1. "I haven't studied him yet, but he has rare size and looks like he can run. But I'll always think he's a coward and a thug for the cheap shot he threw. What's he going to do when he plays in a hostile NFL environment? I read his quotes after the incident and he sounded genuine. I hope the kid learned from it and uses this as a means of maturity for the future."

2. "Most guys would have calmed down in his situation. But he kept trying to go after people even though he was being restrained. I would doubt if we even discuss him in our draft room. I think he still will get drafted. … It will be interesting to see how he practices the rest of the season knowing he can't play in games. He has nothing to play for but the NFL. How will he respond?"


The cost of canning Hawkins?

There is grumbling that Dan Hawkins could be replaced at Colorado following an 0-2 start that has featured brutal losses to Colorado State and Toledo. But if the Buffaloes want to dump Hawkins, it could cost the school $3 million. Hawkins' deal has a clause that limits Colorado's liability to $850,000 per contract year should he be canned without cause. Hawkins would have more than three years left if he is fired during this season. His deal runs through Jan. 31, 2013.


The real deal on Snyder

Kansas State recently announced a contract extension for Bill Snyder that will run through 2013. But, really, Snyder didn't sign an extension. He never signed a deal when he reassumed command of the program after the 2008 season. Snyder just dotted the "Is" and crossed the "Ts" on an initial deal that will total $10 million in total compensation over a five-year period.


Kent State loses Jarvis

Kent State fifth-year senior running back Eugene Jarvis is out for the season after suffering a lacerated kidney in Saturday's 34-7 loss at Boston College, according to KentSportsReport.com

Jarvis, a 5-foot-5, 170-pounder plans to petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility.


Barkley's status

USC QB Matt Barkley is listed as day-to-day with a bruised shoulder suffered in the Trojans' 18-15 win at Ohio State last week. Barkley was hurt after getting hit following an incomplete pass in the third quarter. If Barkley can't play at Washington this Saturday, USC will turn to third-year sophomore Aaron Corp. He was USC's starter until he fractured his fibula early in training camp.

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