2012 NFL Draft Capsule: DE Courtney Upshaw


2012 NFL Draft Capsule: DE Courtney Upshaw

Courtney Upshaw (DE), Alabama
6-2 265 lbs.
2011 Stats:
52 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 2 FF, INT, TD

Mid-to-late first round

Upshaw is a physically imposing player that reads and reacts well in space, and doesn't take many false steps trying to find the ball. Has a good motor and can consistently take on blocks, disengage and make his way toward the football in both the running and passing game. (National Football Post)
He's tight in the hips and isn't going to hold up at the next level in space or man consistently. Upshaw can be a bit inconsistent getting off the snap on time and doesn't do a great job changing directions when trying to shed a blocker. He displays only an average burst when in pursuit of the ball. (National Football Post)

Fit for the Bears:
One major area the Bears are looking to improve on is their pass rush opposite Julius Peppers. At this stage in his career, scouts are unsure if Upshaw will be a defensive end in a 4-3 system or an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Selecting Upshaw would be a risk because of that, but the potential reward could pay big dividends.

DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell


DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

DePaul hoops received a huge boost this week as five-star recruit Tyger Campbell committed to the university.

The elite point guard recruit out of La Lumiere, will join the Class of 2018, choosing DePaul over schools like Michigan State, Illinois and Memphis.

"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told Scout.com. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy.

"Mainly what I like about the school is I want to help bring it back. I love Chicago; it's a great city. I want to bring the city a college back to cheer for."

Campbell also said the Blue Demons' new Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place Event Center, which is slated to open this fall, is a big draw for him.

The Blue Demons are a combined 18-45 the last two seasons and hasven't had a winning season since 2006-07 when they went 20-14 and made the NIT Quarterfinals.

The program last made the NCAA Tournament in 2003-04 during Leitao's first stint as the team's head coach.

Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis


Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

Northern Illinois University added it's fourth known verbal commitment today in its growing Class of 2018.

Maine South junior running back Fotis Kokosioulis (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) added an offer from the Huskies on Tuesday after making a spring practice visit, and today he gave head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment.

"I chose NIU because it's been a school that I've liked for awhile now," Kokosioulis said moments ago. "I like the facilities at NIU, the stadium and everything else they have to offer. I also really like all the coaches at NIU. I felt that even if I got more offers I would've still chose NIU over other schools. I know that there are bigger school and programs but I feel that I just fit in well at NIU, so I committed."

Kokosioulis, who was an All-State performer for the Class 8A state champion Maine South Hawks in 2016, is now the fourth known in-state verbal commitment for Rod Carey and the Huskies and the fifth known commitment overall. Kokosioulis joins Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Danville tight end Julian Pearl in the NIU Huskies in-state Class of 2018.