THUNDERING BLURB » NCAA http://thunderingblurb.com ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.1 en hourly 1 Tebow stays for one more year http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/tebow-stays-for-one-more-year/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/tebow-stays-for-one-more-year/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2009 04:38:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=391 So former Heisman Winner and current QB of the National Champion Florida Gators has decide that one more year at Florida would be the best thing for his development – I do believe he can become a NFL QB. But it will take time and another year of seasoning would be best for him.

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Eben Britton to the NFL – good or bad? http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/eben-britton-to-the-nfl-good-or-bad/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/eben-britton-to-the-nfl-good-or-bad/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2009 01:13:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=390 Hey folks

Here’s my latest article on NFLDraftbible – Arizona OT Eben Britton declared for the NFL draft on Jan 3rd and this article covers why I think it was the right decision for him. Feel free to discuss in the comments here or on NFLDraftbible.com.

Also, my pick for tonight’s game is Oklahoma. If the Sooners contain Tebow – and I feel they will – and if they get ahead…. well, it’s going to be hard for Tebow, a great athlete but not a great QB (boy will I get hate mail), to throw them back into a game.

Should be a good game though. Dunno how people are calling for a Gator blowout.

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Mark Sanchez – Decision Time http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/mark-sanchez-decision-time/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/mark-sanchez-decision-time/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2009 22:37:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=388 Hey folks

Another edition of NFLDraftbible’s Decision Time – this time I was talking about USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Check it and many other awesome articles over at NFLDraftbible.com.

For those of you waiting, Draftguys.com will be back up and moving forward soon, so I am told. Am already working on a few things for them.

God I love Draft season.

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Taylor Mays – Should he or shouldn’t he? http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/taylor-mays-should-he-or-shouldnt-he/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/taylor-mays-should-he-or-shouldnt-he/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2009 19:08:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=387 Hey folks. as we move into the non-playing season, we here at the Blurb (which would be me and…. well me – it’s a small staff) shift into a college prospect place. I will be doing a ton of draft coverage for Draftguys.com, NFLDraftbible and various other outlets. So you’ll be seeing a ton of links over the next months as I tell you where to find what i am doing.

First up is the beginning of a series of articles for NFLDraftbible about Underclassmen who may apply to enter the draft – it’s called Decision Time. There will be a bunch of these by various writers over the next week to ten days, so make sure you check the site out often and not just when I link.

Most of my stuff is going to be on Pac-10 juniors – but there are many great writers covering the whole NCAA spectrum so head over there.

Here is my first piece on USC junior Safety Taylor Mays.

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Poinsettia Bowl Breakdown and Rankings News http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/poinsettia-bowl-breakdown-and-rankings-news/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/poinsettia-bowl-breakdown-and-rankings-news/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2008 00:50:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=382 Hey folks – the breakdown on College Football Insiders went up while I was Christmas shopping and dropping the Blurbmobile off at the service center for a severe case of electrical issues.


Here is the breakdown for the Poinsettia Bowl!

Also you may have noticed that there are no top positional rankings for week 16. That’s because we will be talking about the season rankings on tomorrow’s extended Thundering Blurb News Stampede. Starts at 9am PST/noon EST and goes 60 Minutes!

Stop by, won’t you?

And Happy Holidays to those unable to make it – thanks for making us a part of your Fantasy Footbal lSeason!

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Bowl Previews at NFLDraftbible.com http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/bowl-previews-at-nfldraftbiblecom/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/bowl-previews-at-nfldraftbiblecom/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2008 18:39:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=380 Here are a couple of previews I did for the NFLDraftbible and College Football Insiders -

New Mexico Bowl – Colorado State vs Fresno State

Las Vegas Bowl – BYU vs Arizona

All that and much more great content for Bowl games, draft prospects and much more over at NFLDraftbible.com!

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Sam Bradford wins Heisman http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/sam-bradford-wins-heisman/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/sam-bradford-wins-heisman/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2008 01:56:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=366 As I said in my breakdown yesterday, all three finalists were outstanding this season but Sam Bradford stood out above the other two.

Nice speech, over-long ceremony, now we can get onto the field and settle this whole ‘National Championship’ nonsense.

Bradford is certainly a guy who might end up being a good NFL Pro if he continues to develop the way he has. As I said, he looks like he has all the tools.

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The 2008 Heisman Finalist Breakdown http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/the-2008-heisman-finalist-breakdown/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/the-2008-heisman-finalist-breakdown/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2008 08:37:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=364

Here are my thoughts on the three finalists for the 2008 Heisman Trophy. I think all three are excellent athletes and was very impressed with them over the course of this season. Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree and quarterback Graham Harrell were also two guys I thought highly of who did not make it – and there are several more players who were probably in the conversation, but did not make the cut. Here are my thoughts on the three finalists.

Tim Tebow – Florida

Tebow has been here before, a fact that could prevent him from winning as much as help. Voters are just as likely to give someone else a shot since Tebow already became the first sophomore to ever win the award. Only one other player has ever won a pair of Heismans – Archie Griffin, running back for THE Ohio State Buckeyes won back to back in 1974 and 1975. Tebow’s numbers aren’t as gaudy as McCoy or Bradford’s. 2515 yards and 28 TDs almost seem pedestrian next to their numbers. But while he may not throw often, he also rarely makes mistakes and has just a pair of interceptions to his name. Tebow is also dangerous with his feet, running for 564 yards this season and totaling 12 touchdowns on the ground. More than anything, voters have to be impressed with his leadership – after losing to unranked Ole Miss (at home no less), Tebow stepped up and took responsibility for the loss. “You have never seen any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of this season,” Tebow said afterwards. “And you’ll never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of this season, and you’ll never see a team play harder than we will the rest of this season.” And push he did, playing near flawless football the following nine games and capping the season with three touchdowns and 216 yards in the victory over then #1 Alabama. He did it all season long and did it against some of the top defenses in college football.

Sam Bradford – Oklahoma

His numbers speak for themselves – 4464 yards, 48 TDs and just 6 interceptions are nothing to sneeze at. Bradford only threw for less than 300 yards once, in week 1 and was the signal caller for the highest-scoring offense ever. Bradford has phenomenal arm strength, is smart behind center and is cool under pressure. He waits for his shot, then takes it and makes it count. He’s also a tough competitor, isn’t afraid to take a hit on the very rare occasion he has to, and isn’t afraid to hold the ball long enough for a receiver to get open. Bradford piled up stat after impressive stat with efficiency and poise, all the while leading his team to the top of the BCS rankings and into the National Championship game.

Colt McCoy – Texas

There are a fair amount of people who are still lamenting Texas’ absence in the Big 12 Championship game and that may factor into the voting here. It shouldn’t need to. McCoy’s actions on the field more than support his presence here. His 3445 yards and 32 TDs are impressive enough, as is his durability (holds a school record for games as a starter at 31) and his ability to perform in the clutch (led 9 second half comebacks resulting in wins). He outshot co-finalist Sam Bradford back in October (one of the nine comeback wins) but one of his biggest come-backs in my mind was in a deafeningly loud Jones SBC Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. After a difficult first half, the Longhorns trailed 19-0 and then trailed again in the third, 29-13. But McCoy led drive after drive, chipping away at the Texas Tech lead, capping an 11play, 80 yard drive with a 6 yard scramble to the five yard line, setting up a Vondrell McGee touchdown. While the Longhorns lost that game, Colt McCoy willed that drive and showcased everything he needed to become a Heisman finalist.

My thoughts –

I would not be surprised with any of the three walking away with the award. I think McCoy has the biggest hill to climb. He’s tough and a gamer, but he faced very few top defenses and missing out on that Big 12 Championship game was unfortunate, especially with voters getting an extra look at Bradford and Tebow. He proved himself very tough, running the ball a ton, at what seems like half of Tebow’s size. On the other hand, Tebow has been here before which is good and bad. I think history has shown that the voters like to see some new faces win and that makes it tough to predict the Gator quarterback winning. He’s faced the toughest defenses of the trio and put the team on his back when needed. Bradford seems to fill most of the bills of a Heisman winner – he piles up the stats while his team wins it’s way to the BCS Championship game. Like Tebow, he is a leader and like McCoy, he is cool in the pocket and has nasty stats. In my mind, Bradford is likely the front runner for this award at this time.

As I said, no name called from that podium Saturday night will surprise me (Unless Graham Harrell wins. Which would be kinda odd.) and looking at this season I think all three have made excellent cases for themselves. If I had a vote – I think Bradford would get it. I like both other QBs but I think the Sooner quarterback showed all the tools a well-rounded and successful athlete should have. His athleticism, ability, poise and accuracy all were on display throughout the season and I was very impressed every time I watched him. I never felt like he was out of a game – like I did with McCoy in the first half of that Texas Tech loss – and I always felt like I was watching a quarterback who excelled at his position.

Taking away nothing from the other two, I think Sam Bradford should be the Heisman Trophy winner for this season. I am excited to find out who the actual voters think should be the guy Saturday night.

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Heisman Finalists http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/heisman-finalists/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/heisman-finalists/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2008 18:13:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=358 As I mentioned on the show this morning, the finalists for this years Heisman are Florida’s Tim Tebow, Texas Longhorn Colt McCoy and Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford. Winner is announced Saturday night (I was kidding when I said ‘it’s not like they hand the award out this weekend’ on the podcasts, but I appreciate the multiple emails correcting me. My sarcasm is weak apparently. :) ).

I will have my thoughts on this Saturday morning for your perusal but I think it’s Bradford or Tebow who are the frontrunners. But who knows? Analysis forthcoming on Saturday!

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College Football Top 25 review – Week 15 http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/college-football-top-25-review-week-15/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/college-football-top-25-review-week-15/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2008 05:30:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=352 A little late – and the Bowl dance cards are all filled out but here it is nonetheless. We’ll have coverage of the majors as we hit the end of the year. But for now, we wrap up the final non-Bowl week of the 2008 NCAA College Football season.

#4 Florida 31, #1 Alabama 20
In a hard fought and see-sawing match, Gator quarterback Tim Tebow threw a trio of touchdown passes and secured a spot for Florida in the National Championship game. It was a slugfest the whole way and both teams earned every yard. But in the end, Tebow showed why he’s on the cusp of another Heisman Trophy with a gutsy, poised performance.

#2 Oklahoma 62, #20 Missouri 21
The Sooners romped all over the Tigers as they locked down their spot in the BCS Championship game and won the Big 12 in the process. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford put in another example of why, like Tebow, he is in the thick of the Heisman race, throwing for 384 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Sooners rolled the opposition, totaling 627 yards.

#5 USC 28, UCLA 7
USC only dropped one game, and an early one at that. But a weak Pac-10 conference prevented them from making up any real ground and a final game against an entirely overmatched UCLA team didn’t help matters. USC had little troubl with their crosstown rivals – Mark Sanchez threw for 269 yards, two touchdowns and an INT, while Joe McKnight led the ground attack with 99 yards and a 12 yard touchdown run. They will meet Penn State in the Rose Bowl, the fourth time in a row they have headed to the game. They also won their seventh consecutive BCS bid, completed their seventh straight 11-win season and and won their seventh Pac-10 Championship in a row.

#12 Ball State 24, Buffalo 42
Ball State just couldn’t hang onto the ball last Friday, as they fell to unranked Buffalo and losing the MAC Championship. Five turnovers spelled doom for the Cardinals, all of which in some way shape or form came from quarterback Nate Davis. Buffalo scored after each of the fumbles and those turnovers overshadowed Davis’ otherwise solid stats (351 yards and a touchdown). The Bulls ended Ball State’s perfect season and became Bowl eligible for the first time since they joined the majors in 1999. The school had previously been invited to the Tangerine Bowl in 1958 but turned it down since their African-American players would not have been allowed to play. That team will travel to Toronto for the International Bowl with the current team.

#13 Cincinnati 29, Hawaii 24
The Bearcats had to surge late to overcome an upset in Hawaii, rallying with 19 points in the 4th quarter in a hard-fought battle in Aloha Stadium.

#25 Virginia Tech 30, #17 Boston College 12
Virginia Tech was able to turn turnovers into points and that was all the difference as they beat the Eagles, won the ACC Championship and locked themselves into an Orange Bowl appearence. BC has beaten the Hokies twice in the last two regular seasons but VT has now won it’s second ACC title in a row (a first in the ACC) and their third in the five years they have been in the conference.

#23 Pittsburgh 34, UCONN 10
The Pitt Panthers are headed to the Sun Bowl o nthe strength of their first 9 win season since 1982. Running back LeSean McCoy turned in another good performance with 95 yards and a touchdown.

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