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College Dark Phoenix

Here we go with another edition of the College Dark Phoenix. This week we are going to look at a sophomore that has slumped a bit from his first season, a junior shark, and a senior QB that is quickly rising up the draft board. This is the College Dark Phoenix where we examine players that might be unknown but could soon be lighting up the scoreboard for your fantasy team.


Adrian Peterson - RB - Oklahoma Sooners
6'2" 218 lbs. - Sophomore - 1st ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Oklahoma State
24
237
2
-
-
-

Adrian Peterson was considered the best player in high school football when he wrapped up his prep career at Palestine High School. As a senior he rushed for 2,960 yards and 32 touchdowns while averaging 11.7 yards per carry. It was the 2nd time he went over the 2,000 yard mark in his high school career because in 2002 he ran for 2,051 yards with 22 touchdowns and an average of 8.3 yards per carry. Every major college wanted Peterson on their team in part because of his 4.4 40 yard dash and the ability to bench press 294.

Adrian is a slashing runner with great power, vision, speed, and cutback ability. In other words, he has everything scouts want in a NFL RB. He can run over, through, or around defenders and has a top gear that gets him great separation at the second level. When in the open field he doesn't show a whole lot of wiggle, his moves are more subtle but still as deadly. Adrian is a throwback runner and he uses a great stiff-arm to get past unsuspecting would-be tacklers. He has great short area burst and can get to, and through, the hole in the blink of an eye. Peterson needs to be more patient behind the line of scrimmage as most young runners need to.

Peterson has been suffering from the sophomore slump. Injuries have derailed his 2nd season in Norman. He has 5 games under 100-yards rushing, and 45 games over 100-yards rushing. Just this last week, with a 237 yard performance, against the Cowboys Adrian finally went over the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season. He finished the 2005 season with around 900 yards less than he did in his remarkable freshmen season of 2004. Last year Adrian was the #3 rusher nationwide with 1,925 yards rushing (a NCAA freshmen record). He was a consensus All-American and proved to be a durable rusher with 339 rush attempts. Clearly Adrian Peterson had a down year, but still has the skill set that every NFL team looks for. Expect Adrian to bounce back in 2006 with a strong junior campaign (he'll be on the Ones 2 Watch), and possibly declare for the 2007 NFL draft. If he can show the type of playmaking ability that he did in 2004 he will surely be a 1st round pick.


Jeff Samardzija - WR - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
6'5" 220 lbs. - Junior - 22nd ranked high school WR when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Stanford
2
2
0
9
216
2

Valparaiso High School had a great one in Jeff Samardzija. He finished 2nd in voting for the Mr. Football in Indiana and was the state's top rated receiver. He was a 3 time All-State selection and finished his prep career with a 50 catch 1,044 yard and 9 touchdown season. He also threw 2 touchdown passes and scored on a 65 yard run. In addition to playing wide receiver, Jeff also played Free Safety and had 40 tackles and 3 interceptions his senior year. He was a 3-sport athlete (baseball, football, basketball) and never missed a game while in high school.

Samardzija, nicknamed "Shark", is a multitalented player. He seemed to have a slow start to his collegiate career. But then Charlie Weiss took over in South Bend and every Notre Dame player is now used to their full potential. Shark has always displayed big-time playmaking skills. He has phenomenal size and uses his body well to shield defenders away from the ball. He is very strong and thus makes it difficult for DBs to jam him at the line of scrimmage. Jeff is a great possession receiver and can make the difficult catch in traffic. He has great concentration and uses his long arms to catch the ball at the highest point. He lacks the deep speed to truly dominate at the next level, but is a savvy route runner and is a great red zone target.

Shark is a standout for both Notre Dame football and Notre Dame baseball. He is a true competitor that expects the best from himself and his teammates. He has a great work ethic and is a leader on and off the field. So far this season he has averaged around 7 catches per game and has 15 touchdowns on the year. He has 5 games over the century mark and 2 more that were close (96, 99). Weiss has enabled the entire Notre Dame offense to play at a level many knew they were capable of. Samrdzija has taken advantage of this opportunity, and along with fellow Dark Phoenix Maurice Stovall (week 8) they have become one of college football's top receiving duo's. Jeff has the skill set, work ethic, and measurables to be a very good NFL receiver and it will only be a matter of time before he is lighting up the league.


Paul Pinegar - QB - Fresno State Bulldogs
6'4" 230 lbs. - Senior - unranked high school QB when entering college

Pass / Rush Stats
Att
Comp
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Nevada
30
45
405
4
1
-
-
-

Woodland High School had their very own version of John Elway (Paul's favorite player) in Paul Pinegar. He played his senior season with a torn ligament in his thumb and still threw for 1,520 yards with 15 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He was a 1st team All-Delta League player during his final 2 years of high school ball. During those 2 seasons he completed 167 passes for 3,136 yards and 37 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions.

Pinegar is a very tough football player that just happens to play QB. He is a hard nosed leader and when he runs he rarely slides before he gets hit. It's that type of mentality that has earned him the respect of his teammates. He is gritty and can stand in the pocket and take a beating, just like former Fresno State QB David Carr. He moves around well behind the line of scrimmage and can throw well on the run. He is not a scrambling QB although he can pick up some yards with his feet. And like another Fresno State QB, Trent Dilfer, Paul Pinegar is a great game manager. He won't make many mistakes and is careful with the football while being very effective in moving the offense. Head Coach Pat Hill says that Pinegar is the best QB that he's coached.

Paul Pinegar had a great game against Nevada, as most opposing QBs do. What makes him a Dark Phoenix is the fact that he's a 4 year starter that has a good skill set and leadership ability. He also is a big game performer, seemingly having his best games when the pressures on. Earlier in the year he had a strong game against the mighty USC Trojans, throwing for 317 yards and 4 touchdowns with 4 interceptions. Last year in the MPC Computers Bowl he threw for 5 touchdowns in an upset win against the #18 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Paul may not be a first day pick, depending on his combine performance, but he could still prove to be a valuable backup in the NFL. And as we've seen this season it's very important for teams to be 3 deep at the QB spot. Pinegar is just the type of player that may have to wait for his opportunity, but once he has it, he's going to run with it.


That'll do it for this week's edition of The College Dark Phoenix. Be sure to check out The Ones 2 Watch and get the lowdown on the top 15 draft eligible players in the country. Of course we give you nothing but the best at Footballguys.com!

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