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Henne out, Highsmith and Jenkins in on latest Big Board

Inconsistent play the first two weeks combined with an injury that will force him to miss Saturday's game against Notre Dame has pushed Michigan QB Chad Henne off Mel Kiper's Top 25 Big Board.

Updated: September 12, 2007, 1:43 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com
One noticeable change on this week's Top 25 Big Board is the absence of Michigan QB Chad Henne, Michigan. He was No. 13 last week, but now is off the board primarily because of an injury that will sideline him for at least this week's game against Notre Dame.

Ali Highsmith
AP Photo/Alex BrandonLinebacker Ali Highsmith leads LSU with 14 tackles, including two tackles for loss.
However, Henne showed signs of inconsistency the first two weeks and made some bad decisions -- an area in which he needs to improve. Henne has a great arm and can make all the throws, but he needs to be more consistent when he returns. In the first two games, Henne has completed just 31 of 60 pass attempts.

Two new players debut this week on the board, South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins and LSU linebacker Ali Highsmith. Not only is Jenkins great in coverage, but is very aggressive in run support and is a solid open-field tackler. Last week, Jenkins performed exceptionally well in USF's upset win at Auburn.


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