The hype surrounding Illinois’ Dawuane Smoot continues to grow. Pro Football Focus recently announced their preseason All-Americans, and the senior defensive end was tabbed as a Third Team selection along with Arkansas’ Deatrich Wise.
Derek Barnett (Tennessee) and Myles Garrett (Texas A&M) were the First Team selections at the position, while Charles Harris (Missouri) and Carl Lawson (Auburn) were mentioned on the Second Team.
Smoot recorded 8.0 sacks and 40.0 tackles (15.0 TFLs) as a junior. He’s been named to two separate preseason award watch lists, and he’s also being mentioned as a potential First Round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
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Frazier is rated as the No. 108 overall player in the nation by 247Sports; he was also considering Georgia, Memphis, Seton Hall, VCU, SMU, Kansas State, and Rhode Island.
The Big Ten was represented by Ohio State (No. 6), Michigan (No. 7), Michigan State (No. 12), and Iowa (No. 17). Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Northwestern also received votes.
"It's more mental than it is physical," Hardee continued. "If you tell yourself you can go catch the ball than more than likely you will. Then you've got to practice on it. Physically you've got to practice on it. Mentally, you've just got to prepare your mind for it."
"I’ve had talks with older guys. They’re saying it’s time for me to step forward," Vaughn said. "A lot of older guys are putting their trust in me. It’s not about what grade level you’re in. It’s really going off experience, that you know what you’re talking about."