Spitz shines on offensive line for Louisville
Statistically, USC quarterback Matt Leinart is having a better season than he did a year ago when he won the Heisman Trophy.
Debuting this week and joining teammate Elvis Dumervil is Louisville's versatile offensive lineman, guard Jason Spitz (at No. 21). I say versatile because he spent fall practice in both 2004 and 2005 working exclusively at center. However, once the regular season began, Spitz found himself back at guard. A former standout in the shot put and discus at the prep level in Florida, Spitz is considered the strongest player on the Cardinals. A super-tough, fiery trenchman, Spitz has enjoyed a nice jump up the draft board since the outset of this season.
Making a return to the top 25 (at No. 22) is NC State's Manny Lawson. A combination-type defensive end/outside linebacker, Lawson was a force to be reckoned with in the Wolfpack's upset victory at Florida State. Lawson proved once again to be extremely disruptive, finishing with 2½ stops behind the line of scrimmage, one sack and one pass breakup.
On the injury front, Florida State's skilled pass-rushing defensive end, Kamerion Wimbley, will be sidelined for at least this week's game at Clemson after suffering a sprained knee Saturday. After the Clemson game on Saturday, the Seminoles have an open date prior to their final regular-season game at Florida on Nov. 26 and then likely will square off in a rematch against Miami in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 3.
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