2012 NFL Draft Capsule: TE Dwayne Allen

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2012 NFL Draft Capsule: TE Dwayne Allen

Dwayne Allen (TE), Clemson
6-3 255 lbs.

2011 Stats:
50 REC, 598 YDS, 8 TD

Projection:
Second round

Strengths:
Possesses a thicker, compact frame with a strongly put together core and base. Has a big set of hands and lined-up all over the Clemson offense showcasing the versatility to do the same thing in the NFL. Is a good move blocker who has some range getting into the second level and takes solid angles into contact. Looks more explosive off the line when split out, showcasing the body control, foot quickness and fluidity to snap out of his breaks on sharply breaking routes and create separation. (National Football Post)

Weaknesses:
Doesn't do a great job keeping his base down into contact, which allows defenders to get under him initially in the run game. Needs to learn to play lower and his problems with leverage might always be an issue because he seems to lack ideal length. His lack of length is even more obvious in pass protection where he is consistently forced to lock his arms in order to try to stay on defenders through contact. Possesses good hands, but will get caught being forced to double catch at times. (National Football Post)

Fit for Bears:
Allen looks the part and is an extremely versatile tight end, which is more important than ever in the NFL right now. He is a solid blocker and has reliable hands, but being in the right offense will be crucial to his success at the next level. If Mike Tice and the Bears land Allen, they must let him showcase his skills in various formations. Allens ceiling is much higher than current tight ends Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth.

Preview: Loyola faces Northern Iowa on CSN

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Preview: Loyola faces Northern Iowa on CSN

Missouri Valley Conference basketball is back on CSN on Wednesday night as Loyola heads to Northern Iowa. 

This game will tip live at 7:00 p.m. on CSN. 

The Ramblers (13-6, 3-3) are coming off of a home win over Missouri State as former Marshall star Milton Doyle leads the team with 16.1 points per game. 

Northern Iowa (6-11, 1-5) has struggled after some promising early wins as they snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win over Drake. Senior Jeremy Morgan is having a big season as he leads the Panthers in every major statistical category. 

Preview: Eastern Illinois, Southern llinois in action today on CSN

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Preview: Eastern Illinois, Southern llinois in action today on CSN

College basketball is back on CSN on Saturday as two local teams will be featured in live conference matchups.

In the first matchup at 11 a.m., Eastern Illinois will host Austin Peay in an Ohio Valley Conference clash on CSN+ while the second matchup has Evansville hosting Southern Illinois in a Missouri Valley Conference game at 1 p.m. on CSN.

Eastern Illinois (9-8, 1-3) is coming off of a conference loss to Murray State. Junior guard Montell Goodwin leads the charge for the Panthers as he's averaging 14.8 points per game on the season. Austin Peay (5-13, 1-3) just earned a tight win over SIU-Edwardsville to help end an 11-game losing streak. Junior Josh Robinson is having a strong season despite the losing as he's averaging 21.2 points per game for the Governors.

The second game will be on the main CSN at 1 p.m. as Southern Illinois (10-8, 3-2) tries to bounce back from a loss to Bradley. The Salukis are led by sophomore guard Armon Fletcher as the Edwardsville product leads the team at 13.7 points per game.

Evansville (10-8, 1-4) is coming off of three consecutive losses as the Purple Aces are trying to figure things out at home. Senior Jaylon Brown has been one of the Valley's premier scorers this season as he's putting up 20.9 points per contest.