Some news and notes as we patiently (or maybe it should be impatiently) wait for Sept. 2, the first day of the 2010 college football season
The NFL Scouting Combine is Feb. 24-March 2, and 329 players received invitations last week. LSU had the most players invited, with 12. USC was second with 11, while Alabama and Florida each had 10. Every Big Six program except Iowa State, Texas A&M and Washington State had a player invited. (The complete list, courtesy of nflcombine.net, can be found here) Among the notables who were not extended invitations were Clemson G/C Thomas Austin, Bowling Green WR Freddie Barnes, UCLA LB Reggie Carter, East Carolina FS Van Eskridge, Boston College WR Rich Gunnell, USC SS Will Harris, Penn State OT Dennis Landolt, Stanford OT Chris Marinelli, Tennessee LB Rico McCoy, Baylor LB Joe Pawelek, TCU CB Rafael Priest, Virginia Tech G Sergio Render, Texas Tech DE Brandon Sharpe and Pittsburgh DT Mick Williams. The only one of the 53 underclassmen who declared for the draft who wasn’t invited was Arkansas CB Jerell Norton. The largest number of invitations by position went to defensive linemen, with 66; second-most was 58 defensive backs. There were just 29 running backs and 19 quarterbacks.