Small Ball Notebook – 12/13

Nicholas Edwards and his Eagles are in the FCS National Semifinals this weekend (Photo: US Presswire)

The Small Ball Notebook will become a regular feature here on BBD as we move through the off-season and towards the NFL Draft. I’ve been watching many of these players all season long and now I’m finally finding the time to put some of my thoughts onto the site. Each piece we’ll try and concentrate on certain players, give some notes from certain games, and release rankings for your reading pleasure.

In case you may have missed it the small school ranks have already started their all-star circuit. We’ve been tracking all the games and rosters here. This past weekend there was two games, the National Bowl and the D3 Senior Classic. Both games featured plenty of names that are on NFL shortlists here are a few of the players we were especially in seeing;

QB Wyatt Hanus-Dubuque (D3 Senior Classic)
13 of 21 (61.9%), 187 yards, 2 TD’s
Hanus was one of the best QB’s in Division III in 2011, when he threw for 3,490 yards, 44 TD’s, and 8 INT’s. Hanus has a solid arm and puts plenty of air under his deep ball. His mechanics are pretty clean, but his throwing motion is a slightly elongated.

QB Sam Durley-Eureka (National Bowl)
Red Nation Offensive MVP
Durley made national headlines this season with his record setting single game performance when he threw for 736 yards and 5 TD’s this year v. Knox. Durley is a classic drop back passer who when given time will pick your defense apart.

RB Trevor Manuel-Huntingdon (D3 Senior Classic)
14 carries, 54 yards, 3 TD’s
Manuel is a bigger back with some power and wiggle to his game. He was a touchdown in machine in college, scoring 44 TD’s over his career including 15+ TD’s each of the last two years. Manuel continued to show a nose for the end zone last weekend scoring three more times.

RB Chance Demarais-Carroll College (National Bowl)
The 2011 NAIA player of the year ran for 1,800 yards and 19 TD’s this year and then followed that up with another 1,000 yard season this year. Demarais will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Bubba Bartlett as another NAIA RB with his eye on the NFL.

WR Jeremy Mieier-Utica (D3 Senior Classic)
4 receptions, 89 yards, 1 TD
The big WR from Rome, NY was one of the best pass catchers in the Empire 8 conference this year. Meier is a big play threat down the field who uses his size (6’3, 216 lbs) to gain position on the DB and is able to go up over him to make the catch.

DL AJ Knibbs-Mount Ida (D3 Senior Classic)
6 tackles, 1 TFL, 0.5 sacks
Knibbs was an undersized DE in Mount Ida (6’3, 215 lbs) but he has lots of athleticism and some speed off the edge. He could have some potential as a stand-up OLB at the next level and his ability to get into the backfield and make plays could be magnified by this kind of a move.

CB Jamall Lane-Elmhusrt (National Bowl)
Lane is a big CB who is flying way under the radar because of the division he played in. He has good size for the position and has shown a big time knack for making plays. In his career he has 11 INT’s and 21 pass breakups. He could remind some people of a small school CB prospect last year who blew away the Casino Del Sol game in Jeremy Lane.

Editor’s Note: As of publication we did not have official measurements from either game or stats from the National Bowl. When we get them we will pass them along.

Now moving on to this weekend there are three National Championship games, two more all-star events, and two semi-finals games all of which you need to be watching. I hope you didn’t think college football was over. Here are the prospects to watch;

NAIA National Championship-
St. Marian (IN)
8 TE Nathan Jones
19 DB Stephen Rogers

Morningside (IA)
22 DB Jared Goforth
11 LB Chris Calvillo

Division III National Championships-
Mount Union
2 LB Charles Dieuseul
8 WR Jasper Collins
21 DB Nick Driskill
9 DB Alex Nicholls

St. Thomas
80 TE Logan Marks
77 OC Curtis James

Division II National Championships-
Valdosta State
19 WR Gerald Ford*
1 WR Senatavious Jones*
78 OT Ryan Schraeder
72 OT Mesh Wokomaty
OG 70 Edmund Kugbila
45 DL Tyler Josey

Winston-Salem State
6 QB Kameron Smith
4 WR Jahuann Butler
44 MLB Carlos Fields Jr

FCS Semifinal 1-
Georgia Southern
66 DT Brent Russell
52 DE Javon Mention*
13 LB Darius Eubanks
19 SAF JJ Wilcox

North Dakota State
22 RB Sam Ojuri*
93 DE Cole Jirik*
1 DB Marcus Williams*

FCS Semifinal 2-
Sam Houston State
20 RB Tim Flanders*
6 RB Richard Sincere*
36 LB Darius Taylor
17 CB Bookie Sneed*
38 SAF Darnell Taylor
7 SAF Daxton Swanson

Eastern Washington
2 QB Kyle Padron*
1 WR Brandon Kaufman*
3 WR Greg Herd
11 WR Nicholas Edwards
91 DE Jerry Ceja
31 CB TJ Lee III*

D2 v. NAIA All-Star Game
Division 2 Team
55 OT Ronnel Ramsey-Lane College
17 DL Derrick Johnson-Johnson C. Smith
10 LB Deon Lacy-West Alabama

FCS Senior Scout Bowl
South Team
2 QB Derek Carr-UT Martin
25 RB Jerodis Williams-Furman
91 DE Xavier Proctor-NC Central

North Team
12 CB AJ Cruz-Brown
23 LB Jody Owens-Montana State
32 RB Jordan Brown-Bryant

We’ll have some notes on some of the players above in the next Small Ball Notebook. We’ll close out this first Small Ball Notebook with some QB rankings. Below are the top 20 Small School QB’s as we see them;

Top 20 Small School QB’s:
1. Matt Brown-Illinois State
2. Brad Sorensen-Southern Utah
3. Braden Hanson-North Dakota
4. Ryan Osiecki-New Haven
5. Peter Lalich-Cal (Pa)
6. Clay Burton-Findlay
7. Casey Brockman-Murray State
8. Mithcell Gale-Abilene Christian
9. Taylor Housewright-Ashland
10. Mike Hermann-RPI
11. Greg Jenkins-Alabama State
12. Kevin Morton-Kutztown
13. Wyatt Hanus-Dubuque
14. Andre Broadous-Cal Poly
15. Grant Enders-Towson
16. Deaunte Mason-Alabama A&M
17. Tim Jenkins-Fort Lewis
18. Kevin Yost-Idaho State
19. Derek Carr-UT Martin
20. Cary Gossart-Northern Arizona

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