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Jeff, as long as many more high school D1 prospects come from the Southeast and Texas, it is not realistic that the Pac-12 will ever surpass the SEC, or produce a bunch of teams better than the best of the Southeast/Texas. I suppose that the L.A. Pac-12 teams have a chance to be as good, based on the allure of L.A. to an out-of-state prospect. But other than that, it's rather hopeless (for the Pac-12 and the rest of the country).
Mr. Bell I know you are an Oregon Ducks fan but . As a WSU cougar fan I just want to bring to your attention a real DLineman at WSU. Xavier Cooper #96 he is 6'4" and 300 lbs. I have attached several articles for you from the locate web site. This kid in two years has over 90 tackles 21 tackles for loss 8 sacks a number of forced fumbles numerious QB hurries and a touchdown. He was honored as the College Footbal Performance Awards (CFPA) national defensive player of the week for his play against Oregon this past season. He also received honorable mention PAC 12 his freshmen year. He is big strong and athletic and the foundation of that DL , he playes with anger and aggression yet he is humble and has a strong community presence for volunteering.
I am looking at some of the DT that are in the draft this year and some of them have less stats than Cooper does in two years.
I also know it has a lot to do with the school and their record but you cannot ignore our own locale talent can you?
Mr. Bell I believe this kid deserves notice. He has character, community presence and can play football with hostility and a nasty attitude.
I do not know if this guy is on your radar screen but he should be given his size and his athleticism and his character. He had an article on him in the Seattle times just before the Oregon game about his academic challenges and how far he has come. If he is not on your radar screen for 2015 I hope you look at him. Best kept secret in the Northwest. Look forward to hearing from you and your thoughts Chris and
Xavier Cooper receives Defensive Lineman of the Week award KLEW
Washington state defensive end Xavier Cooper was named the Defensive Lineman of the Week according to the College Football Performance Awards.
Hello Jeff, I just wanted to share with you a link to the 2013 highlights by the Maxpreps #1 ranked punter in Utah, Bailey Kenter of Layton Christian Academy. At the end of the 2013 regular season Maxpreps had Bailey (a junior) as their #1 ranked punter in the nation across all classes and divisions. Post season they now rank him as the #3 junior in the nation across all classes and divisions and still the #1 ranked in Utah (LCA did not go far in the playoffs so he slipped down the national ranking a bit).
Bailey is heading to Oregon in June after being invited to punt for coaches and visit the schhol. He has stirred up a fair bit of D1 interest particularly with his skill punting off both feet and his ability to punt on the run with his Aussie rules and rugby style kicks (he is Australian). Given your passion for the Ducks, I thought you might like to know about him. He was named to the Salt Lake Tribunes 2013 All-State team as well as the All-Area team by the Deseret News and the Standard-Examiner.
Jeff, In your article on 2014 schedules, you need to make a correction. FSU plays Clemson in Tally, and they play the Canes in Miami. Your article says the Noles play at Clemson and host Miami. The Noles went into Death Valley 2013 and destroyed them, and hosted a then-undefeated, 7th-ranked Miami team. ESPN Gameday was there. If you don't believe me, follow the link: