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Brady Ackerman is a Florida football institution – the former Gator RB has progressed through coaching to host talk radio around the state while settling in Orlando the last few years.

While he calls it a sports talk radio show, the diehard listeners to ESPN 1080 in Orlando Florida revel in a “football talk radio show” that talks pro, college and even Florida prep ball.

Ack sat down with me via email and brought his point of view to the Sunshine State pro teams and the rest of the talent in general.

Vince Mullins: Starting with your Florida focus, let us dig in to the Dolphins first – who is their first pick? Since they need so much help and should trade down, what teams may work a deal?

Ack: I think the Dolphins take Chris Long (right, Icon SMI) from Virginia. He will be a flex-type defensive end that can play in a 3-4 system…

(continued at Fantasy College Blitz)

This will be updated as news comes in over at FCB. To the draft roll:

James Hardy, Indiana WR – leaves the offense in the hands of QB Kellen Lewis, who struggled mightily in games without Hardy or when Hardy has been effectively covered. James Bailey is the heir apparent WR. Hardy is my #1 NFL WR prospect for 2008.

Davone Bess, Hawaii WR – With Colt Brennan graduating this make sense to me even if he has the chance to be one of the most prolific WR in the history of college football. I wonder if this tips the hand of June Jones leaving the islands to take a mainland coaching job? Ryan Grice-Mullin is a junior who will probably stay to hook up with new QB Tyler Graunke about 150 times next year. Jones has called Bess another Andre Rison, and that says nice things about his NFL future.

Martellus Bennett, Texas A&M TE
– was also a top hoops recruit, he played a few games with the Aggies a couple years ago before focusing on football. If there is an athlete that can move up the charts with a bullet, it is the ridiculously athletic Bennet. Why? The Aggie offense did not fully explore his Winslow-like potential

Mario Urrutia, Louisville WR – this is the right decision for a player who “passes the swimsuit contest” but never put together the huge year that everyone expected. His workout numbers will amaze and delight scouts but I fear he will be the next Ashley Lelie.

Jamaal Charles, Texas RB
– this one surprises me as he was able to put up a huge year with very little competition on the horizon. Granted, if the staff could recruit someone who didn”t fumble Charles (right, Icon SMI) may have been pushed for carries, but Charles does have sprinter speed in a 210 pound frame and will get plenty of attention..

Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois RB – Mendenhall going pro now is the stock-market equivalent of selling on a rally – Mendenhall got a lot of love as the season progressed and was the highlight of the Illini team in the ugly Rose Bowl.

Devin Thomas, Michigan State WR – ESPN.com reported this ahead of a formal announcement while a was typing out the story. Good move for Thomas who was top 20 in many receiving categories for a run-based team with a questionable QB situation. Also a plus kick returner.

Kevin Smith, UCF RB – Smith has flip-flopped and decided to go pro after declaring before the Liberty Bowl his intention to stay. I think this was the proper decision for him, but by reading the linked article from the Orlando Sentinel I am concerned about the lack of sources he consulted.

Cornelius Ingram, Florida TE/WR – physically gifted and underused (except in the BCS Championship Game last year), Ingram will either bulk up to play H-back or play wideout with Terrel Owens-type size.

Others

Calais Campbell, Miami DE
Derrick Harvey, Florida DE
Ryan Clady, Boise State LT
Erin Henderson, Maryland LB
Aqib Talib, Kansas CB/WR/PR
Brandon Flowers, Virginia Tech, CB

#2 Louisiana State Tigers (11-2) versus #1 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)
Monday, January 7, 8pm on FOXJacob Hester, Lynn Bass/Icon SMI

Random Stats
Avg. Margin of Victory – LSU 19.2 (7th), OSU 21.3 (6th)
Turnover Margin – LSU +18 (5th), OSU -1(64th)
Team Passing Efficiency – LSU 43rd, Ohio State 14th

When LSU has the ball: EDGE OSU

LSU is our 11th ranked offense facing off against the top-rated defense of the Buckeyes (see Bowl Index below). Tigers are deep at all positions, including QB where you can expect to see Coach Les Miles alternate between Matt Flynn and Ryan Perriloux.

Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton runs a multiple-spread built upon the running of Senior RB Jacob Hester (right, Lynn Bass/Icon SMI) while mixing in passes to some amazing athletes like Early Doucet and Trindon Holliday. Over/under on trick plays to expect is three.
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tebow2.jpgMany historical Heisman precedents crumbled when sophomore Tim Tebow won the Heisman Trophy Saturday Night. T2 gathered over half the first place votes, and has that lovely trophy to add to his unanimous First Team All-American QB spot over at Fantasy College Blitz.

Likewise, Tebow’s new trophy only adds to the list of firsts accomplished this season the two largest being:

  • First underclassmen to win (I think Herschel Walker was runner-up as a freshman in 1981).
  • First Major College player to throw for 20 TDs and run for 20 TDs in the same season.
  • Superman wore Tim Tebow pajamas

Here is how the voting ended (thanks, USA Today):

Player

First

Second

Third

Total

Tim Tebow, Florida

462

229

113

1957

Darren McFadden, Arkansas

291

355

120

1703

Colt Brennan, Hawaii

54

114

242

632

Chase Daniel, Missouri

25

84

182

425

Dennis Dixon, Oregon

17

31

65

178

Pat White, West Virginia

16

28

46

150

Matt Ryan, Boston College

9

7

22

63

Kevin Smith, Central Florida

3

11

24

55

Glenn Dorsey, LSU

3

6

9

30

Chris Long, Virginia

1

2

10

17

Sharing Fantasy College Blitz exclusive defense rankings for college football here. Originally designed for the fantasy player to better identify solid matchups, I have received notes from many other types of users:

  • analysts and bloggers for a handy reference.
  • “sports investors”
  • average college football fans

Posted here are links to the Google Doc and an attempt to embed the spreadsheet into the page..

FCB skyscaper

Thought I would give everyone a link to the podcast that the gang and I recorded to discuss our views on the chaotic college football season.

BlitzRadio v3.9  – Our Top 25, chaos included

My favorite part is that regardless of the strength of schedule, we all agreed to put undefeated UConn in the Top 25.