BY RICK SERRITELLA
NFL DRAFT BIBLE
Unimpressive in losses to Appalachian State and Oregon, Michigan quarterback Chad Henne missed his second consecutive game due to a knee sprain. Completing just 51% of his passes this season, Henne has shown the tendency to overthrow his receivers. If he doesn’t return to action soon, he could risk falling out of the first round.
While he may have out-dueled New Mexico State quarterback Chase Holbrook this past week, Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox looked awful in back-to-back home losses to South Florida and Mississippi State and was even benched during the first quarter against the Bulldogs. With three of the next four games against Florida, Arkansas and LSU- in addition to late season matchups verses Georgia and Alabama, Cox has time to recuperate his draft status.
After storming out of the gates to start the season, Georgia Tech running back Tashard Choice seems to have hit a speed bump. During his first two games in wins over Notre Dame and Samford, Choice accounted for 296 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. In consecutive losses to Boston College and Virginia, he has totaled just 50 rushing yards and zero scores.
North Carolina State defensive tackle DeMario Pressley has top-flight talent, but he has struggled to stay on the playing field. Last season he missed action with a broken wrist. During spring practice he suffered a broken toe. He began the ’07 season nursing a strained elbow- before sustaining his latest blow; arthroscopic knee surgery. He is expected to return to action in two weeks (October 6th) at Florida State.