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College Dark Phoenix

Another great week of college football, and more players breaking out, rising from the ashes, and becoming a College Dark Phoenix! Let's get right to it.


Kent Smith - QB - Central Michigan Chippewas
6'5" 215 lbs. - Senior - unranked high school QB when entering college

Pass / Rush Stats
Att
Comp
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Miami (OH)
26
36
356
2
0
16
122
2

Kent Smith has come from obscurity and into the spotlight. He was a decent QB in Toledo, Ohio at Start High School but never seemed to get any attention from big time programs. He was honorably mentioned as All State in high school, and was also very good in basketball earning all city and all district honors.

Smith has been a career backup until this season. In 2001 he was redshirted and saw some spot duty in 2002. In 2003 he did not see the field despite the fact that the Chippewas burned through 3 different QBs that season. In 2004 he finally started 10 games and flashed some brilliance.

Entering the 2005 season, the left handed Smith is expected to become one of the MAC's best QBs. As we've seen in recent years, the MAC has produced some great QBs. Chad Pennington, Byron Leftwich, Ben Roethlisberger, and Charlie Frye have all entered the NFL and legitimized the MAC as a conference that produces QBs. Kent is still very raw as a player, but with a great senior season there is some team in the NFL that will take a chance on him. His measurables are incredible and scouts are watching him closely. Smith is a great scrambler and can throw well on the run. His accuracy and decision making need some work but his pure athletic skills will have him in an NFL training camp. Kent Smith is a deep sleeper, but that is what The Dark Phoenix is all about!


Sam Keller - QB - Arizona State Sun Devils
6'4" 227 lbs. - Junior - #42 ranked high school QB when entering college

Pass / Rush Stats
Att
Comp
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus LSU
35
56
461
4
0
-
-
-

Sam Keller may not be a familiar name to some, but he should be, and he will be after this season. Keller had a brilliant career at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, California. He set multiple records while throwing for over 7,000 yards and 80 TDs during his prep career.

Keller has the unenviable task of following the ultra successful Andrew Walter. Sam may not be able to match Walter's numbers (he finished ahead of John Elway for all time Pac 10 TD passes), but Keller will do his best. Even though this is Keller's first year as a starter, he does have some starting experience. Last year Walters was injured in the Sun Devils last regular season game. Keller came in and started in the Sun Bowl against Purdue. In that game Sam went 25/45 for 370 yards and 3 TDs. With that performance he immediately rocketed up onto NFL scouts' watch list.

Keller has NFL genes. His father was an All American at Michigan and a 3rd round draft choice by the Cowboys. Now, it's time for Sam to get drafted. Keller is a smart player that makes few mistakes. It will be interesting to see how he does in full time duty. Many expect Sam to make the jump to the NFL in 2006. With the help of a great Junior season Keller could easily be an early to mid round pick. Sam Keller is a pocket passer that moves around well behind the line of scrimmage and he could be lighting up the live scoring for your fantasy team very soon.


That'll do it this week for the College Dark Phoenix. Check it out every week, for some college sleepers!

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