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Kentucky senior Andre' Woodson won the in-state battle of quarterbacks over Louisville's Brian Brohm and in the process continued to establish himself as one of the fast risers for the 2008 NFL draft.

Woodson's poise in the pocket, decision-making ability and mobility when faced with pressure earned him points from scouts of all 32 teams.

He completed 30 of 44 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns against Louisville, including a game-winning 57-yard scoring strike with less than 30 seconds remaining. Woodson also continued his amazing streak of 257 consecutive passes without an interception, a new SEC record and just 14 attempts shy of the NCAA record (held by Trent Dilfer).

The Wildcats have gone 7-1 over that same period. Kentucky travels to Arkansas on Saturday, then plays host to Florida Atlantic. After that comes a stretch of South Carolina, LSU and Florida. Those games could thrust Woodson into the spotlight of the Heisman Trophy race.


Boston College senior Matt Ryan has established himself among the top QBs after starting at No. 4 in our rankings.

He threw for over 400 yards for the second time in three games, all victories against ACC opponents. His 435-yard effort against a very tough and aggressive Georgia Tech defense led to Ryan being compared to Brady Quinn. Ryan's top skills are his poise in the pocket, strong arm and ability to find the second and third options while sliding around his blockers.

At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Ryan has ideal size, which allows him to see over the offensive line with ease. He will need to improve his completion percentage and avoid turnovers to raise his draft status.

One area scout who has evaluated Ryan the past few years compared him to Philip Rivers at the same stage of their careers.


Houston senior running back/return man Anthony Aldridge scored a pair of touchdowns in a victory over Tulane. Conference USA's most productive all-purpose back continued to showcase his skills to scouts.

Aldridge is lightning quick and pairs that with rare speed in the open field. His ability to start and stop, while also gearing up to full speed in just a few strides, has allowed him to score both rushing and receiving touchdowns in each of his first two games. He gained 205 yards rushing against Oregon in the opener.

Over his past 16 games, he is averaging more than 7.5 yards per carry. Aldridge's size (5-9, 175) will limit his rating, but his ability to make plays could earn him a solid mid-round grade.


West Virginia senior safety Ryan Mundy, a transfer from Michigan, has stepped up his game. He recorded eight tackles and recovered a fumble in the Mountaineers' win over Marshall. His ability to cover the field as a free safety, but also show good open-field tackling skills, has helped raise awareness about him.


Buffalo senior defensive end Trevor Scott, a converted tight end, has really captured the attention of scouts thanks to his speed and ability to rush the passer off the edge.

Scott recorded nine sacks as a first-year starter last season. He has 2.5 sacks in the first three games of this year, while showing off his mid-4.5 range 40-times. His versatility and natural instincts as a pass rusher could allow his NFL grade to soar.


North Carolina State senior defensive tackle DeMario Pressley will be out up to four weeks after arthroscopic surgery to repair a knee injury.

Pressley's status is uncertain. He missed the season opener against Boston College with an elbow injury. If he does not return for a healthy second half of the year, he could opt for a medical redshirt. Pressley was a top-five rated interior defender at the start of the season, No. 2 to LSU’s Glenn Dorsey in our rankings.


LSU sophomore quarterback Ryan Perrilloux has found his way into the headlines for all the right reasons.

The former top-rated high school recruit received his first career start for the Tigers, who mauled Middle Tennessee State 44-0. Perrilloux passed for more than 300 yards while also flashing athleticism.

The Tigers now have two legitimate QBs. Starter Matt Flynn sat out against MTSU to avoid aggravating an injured ankle. If the Tigers are to win a national championship this season, there will come a time when they call upon Perrilloux to help them. After witnessing Saturday's results, he will be up to the task.


• Jackson State senior wide receiver/return man Jaymar Johnson scored a pair of touchdowns in a victory over Texas Southern. Both of his scores came in the first quarter. He had an electrifying, 75-yard punt return and then came back with a 24-yard touchdown catch. Johnson is averaging nearly 23 yards per catch, while also leading the way on special teams with an average of 43.3 yards per punt return. He has 4.4-range speed and while he is a slimmer-built receiver, there is no reason to believe he cannot follow in the footsteps of other SWAC receivers who became pro playmakers.

• North Dakota State senior punter Michael Dragosavich is a legitimate special teams weapon for the Bison. He averages 48 yards per punt, and has a 70-yard effort. He also showed his ability as a former position player at the prep level as he completed a 48-yard pass against Stephen F. Austin. Nicknamed "Drago," he can launch 50-plus yard punts that soar with eye-opening hang time. He has shown a keen ability to drop the ball inside an opponent's 20-yard-line (35 of past 91). It is hard enough for Division II prospects to receive notice. But "Drago" will get his shot at kicking against some of the nation's top prospects in postseason all-star games and possibly at the NFL Combine.

• Hofstra senior inside linebacker Gian Villante has recorded back-to-back, 12-tackle games to kick off his final year with the Pride. Villante had a stellar start to his career, then missed a season due to a knee injury. He returned as a junior. This season, he forced and recovered a fumble and broken up a pair of passes. His ability to make plays at-or-behind the line of scrimmage should earn him a strong free-agent look. He is built solidly (6-1, 235).

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