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5 prospects Redskins fans should be watching in Notre Dame vs. Georgia

5 prospects Redskins fans should be watching in Notre Dame vs. Georgia

All eyes on the college football world will be on Athens as the Georgia Bulldogs host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and no one is more excited than the NFL scouts. This is the type of matchup that has scouts licking their lips in anticipation given all the NFL prospects on the field. With the Washington Redskins' season already teetering on the brink of disaster, you could argue Notre Dame-Georgia is the more important game for Redskins fans this week. The team is going nowhere this season, but the future could be playing on the field in Athens.

Here are the player's Redskins fans should be watching.

OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia

Ever hear of a guy named Trent Williams? Well, we are now into Week 3 of the NFL season and he still is not back with the team. At some point, the Redskins have to accept that he is not coming back. His departure instantly makes offensive tackle a position of need for them.

Thomas is going to be one of if not the best tackles in the draft and will be a high first-round pick. He started at right tackle for Georgia as a true freshman and has only improved since then. He will face his toughest test this season against Notre Dame's NFL caliber pass rushers. More on them later.

The NBC Sports Washington Mock Draft 2.0 has the New York Jets selecting Thomas with the No. 7 overall pick. 

RB D'Andre Swift, Georgia

Jay Gruden does not seem to have much faith in Adrian Peterson anymore and Derrius Guice just suffered the second significant injury of his short career. If the Redskins want a reset at running back, Swift would be a good candidate.

Georgia is a running back factory and Swift is averaging a stunning 9.4 yards per carry through three games this season. Granted, the competition has not been fierce, but that is still impressive.

If Swift goes in the first round, which he might, that's too high for the Redskins. This is a team with too many holes to fill to use a first-round draft pick on a running back when you still don't really know what you have in Guice. If he falls to the second round, however, then this looks like a much more attractive pick.

DE Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame

You can never have enough edge rushers in today's NFL. Kareem started all 13 games last season tying the team lead for sacks and finishing second in tackles for loss. 

Kareem is good at using his speed to turn the corner on the pass rush, but I am not sure he has many other tools in his toolbox and I wonder how he performs against NFL-caliber tackles. He is good against the run, however, and wreaking havoc in the interior.

G Solomon Kindley, Georgia

Kindley is likely the top guard in the nation. At 6-foot-4, 335 pounds, he has NFL size and perhaps the skill to walk into the NFL and start right away. He's got the size, but he is also more mobile than you would expect for a player of his size. That has helped him be a dominant force in the run game which is important in Georgia's pro-style offense.

Brandon Scherff is on the final year of his deal and if he is on his way out, Kindley could be a good replacement.

WR Chase Claypool, Notre Dame

Terry McLaurin is a stud, but the Redskins are in need of more weapons for the passing attack. Claypool did little in 2017, but that had more to do with quarterback Brandon Wimbush not being able to get receivers the ball than it did Claypool. In 2018, Claypool caught 50 passes for 639 yards and four touchdowns and his 2019 season has gotten off to a great start. In just two games, he has nine catches for 190 yards and a touchdown. 

Claypool has good size at 6-foot-4 to go with his speed.

Other potential NFL prospects to watch:

QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
OLB Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
CB Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame
S J.R. Reed, Georgia
S Jalen Elliott, Notre Dame
G Ben Cleveland, Georgia
TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
DE/OLB Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
S Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame
K Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia
DT Tyler Clark, Georgia
WR Chris Finke, Notre Dame
OT Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame
ILB Tae Crowder, Georgia
OL Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame

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Simms, Hyland lead VCU past Jacksonville State 93-65

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Simms, Hyland lead VCU past Jacksonville State 93-65

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Mike'L Simms had 13 points to lead six VCU players in double figures as the Rams romped past Jacksonville State 93-65 on Sunday.

Nah'Shon Hyland added 12 points for the Rams (4-0). Issac Vann chipped in 11, while Vince Williams, Marcus Santos-Silva and Marcus Evans had 10 each.

De'Torrion Ware had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Gamecocks (1-2). Derek St. Hilaire added 13 points. Jacara Cross had 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Rams, who beat No. 23 LSU on Wednesday, are just outside the Associated Press Top 25 rankings. They came in forcing an average of 21 turnovers and registered exactly that number against the Gamecocks. VCU shot 58 percent, including 42 percent from the arc (11 of 26).

VCU, which has won 15 straight home games, will pursue its fifth consecutive win to start the season on Saturday when the team hosts Florida Gulf Coast. Jacksonville State faces Purdue on the road on Saturday.

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Week 12: Virginia Tech reaches bowl eligibility while Navy's Cotton Bowl hopes take a hit

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Week 12: Virginia Tech reaches bowl eligibility while Navy's Cotton Bowl hopes take a hit

Virginia Tech dominated Georgia Tech to reach bowl eligibility for the 27th straight season, Penn state rebounded from last week's loss to Minnesota and Navy got no luck against Notre Dame.

Here's a recap of the week's local college football action.

Penn State 34, Indiana 27

The Good

Penn State's pass attack was largely inconsistent, but quarterback Sean Clifford still accounted for three touchdowns for the Nittany Lions, one through the air and two on the ground. The ground game was the saving grace for Penn State which got more rushing yards (192) than passing (179).  Running back Journey Brown gained 100 yards on the dot on 21 carries with one touchdown.

The Bad

The strength of the Nittany Lions this season has been the defense but that is two shaky games in a row on that side of the ball. Penn State had not allowed a first-quarter touchdown heading into last week's game against Minnesota. In the last two games alone, the Lions have given up four.

Indiana was able to effectively move up and down the field and outgained Penn State 462 to 371.

Star receiver KJ Hammler left the game in the first quarter due to an injury he suffered on a kickoff return. He would not return. Cameras saw Hammler celebrating the win with Clifford in the endzone tunnel.

With the Ohio State game looming next week, Hammler will be key to Penn State's hopes of pulling off the upset. Head coach James Franklin told the media afterward that he was "hopeful" Hammler would be ready to play.

The Crazy

When a team lines up to punt and calls a timeout, warning bells start going off in the heads of the opposing coaches. If you're planning on faking a punt and you need to call a timeout to make sure everything is set, you should just scrap it altogether. It's not going to work.

Indiana was on their own 44-yard line with a fourth and one upcoming. They lined up to punt and took a timeout. They returned from the timeout and this happened:

It didn't help that Peyton Hendershot bobbled the direct snap, but even if he hadn't you can see Penn State was just waiting for that fake punt. Two players later, Brown ran the ball 35 yards to put Nittany Lions up 27-14.

Notre Dame 52, Navy 20

The Good

After getting obliterated in the first half, Navy rallied somewhat to make the score more respectable, scoring 17 points in the second half. Receiver Mychal Cooper caught three passes for 73 yards

The Bad

Malcolm Perry averaged 130.2 rushing yards entering Saturday's game, but was held to 117 on 25 carries by the Irish. Notre Dame forced three first-half fumbles from him.

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book torched the Midshipmen's defense with five touchdown passes, four of which went to Chase Claypool. Navy was allowing 310.6 yards per game, but gave up 300 by halftime and 410 total.

This loss hurts Navy's chances for earning the Group of 5's bid to the Cotton Bowl this year a bit. While it does not hurt their chances of winning the AAC, this loss will likely knock the Midshipmen out of this week's College Football Playoff rankings.

The Crazy

Saturday's game was the first non-sell out at Notre Dame Stadium since Thanksgiving Day in 1973. That is a streak of 273 games snapped. That is disappointing considering it came in a rivalry game that has been played every single year since 1927.

Virginia Tech 45, Georgia Tech 0

The Good

The Hokies came into Saturday's game with a chance to earn bowl eligibility for the 27th consecutive season, the nation's longest bowl streak, and they left the outcome in no doubt.

Quarterback Hendon Hooker scored three total touchdowns as Virginia Tech improved to 5-0 in games he has started.

The Bad

Tayvion Robinson took a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter from Georgia Tech safety Christian Campbell. Campbell was ejected from the game for targeting.

The Crazy

Down 31-0 at the half, Georgia Tech elected to go for the onside kick. It failed and Virginia Tech got the ball at the Yellow Jackets' 49. 

Georgia Tech dominated Virginia Tech 49-28 last season. It was a role reversal on Saturday as Bud Foster did a masterful job with the defense. The Yellow Jackets were outgained 299-48 in the first half and held to just 134 total offense for the game. This game marks the first time Georgia Tech has been shut out since Oct. 18, 1997.