05/24/16 - James Conner, rJr, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 240 (DS#9 RB)[Newsfeed] Pittsburgh running back James Conner says he is cancer-free, less than six months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Conner posted on his Twitter account Monday: "God is AMAZING. Just got the call that my body is clean of cancer!!!" Been a long road but God has my back. Thanks everyone who said prayers!" Conner was the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year in 2014, then tore a ligament in his right knee in the first game of last season. Doctors discovered tumors on Conner's chest and neck at Thanksgiving and he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. He started chemotherapy in December. Conner threw out the first pitch at a Pirates' game last month and said then he hoped to be ready for the start of Pitt's season. - AP Sports
05/22/16 - Drue Tranquill, Jr, Notre Dame, 6-1, 225 (DS#8 SS)[Newsfeed] 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Drue Tranquill, S, Notre Dame (6-1, 225, Fort Wayne, IN): Newcomer of the Year for Irish in 2014; injured last season; high school baseball star. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/22/16 - Cameron Smith, So, Southern California, 6-1, 245 (DS#1 ILB)[Newsfeed] 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Cameron Smith, LB, USC (6-2, 245, Roseville, CA): Became first freshman to start at middle linebacker for Trojans in 38 years; Had 78 tackles on season; 3 interceptions in win over Utah, one for a touchdown and was National Player of the Week. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/19/16 - Dante Barnett, rSr, Kansas State, 6-0, 190 (DS#17 SS)[Newsfeed] 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Dante Barnett, S, Kansas State (6-1, 193, Tulsa, OK): Player representative for third straight season; Injured in 2015; 5th-year senior; Second team All-Big 12 in 2014; 176 career tackles. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/12/16 - Thomas Sirk, rSr, Duke, 6-3, 215 (DS#15 QB)[Newsfeed] Thomas Sirk is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn Achilles and could be ready for Duke's season-opener.
Head coach David Cutlcliffe said at the ACC spring meetings there is a chance Sirk is under center Sept. 3 against N.C. Central, seven months after he was injured.
He's ranked the 12th-best quarterback in the 2017 class by NFLDraftScout.com.
"That's where we are in our thoughts," Cutcliffe said. "He's a great athlete. He heals a lot faster than I do. So I'm hopeful that we have a shot."
With Sirk injured in February after tearing his left Achilles three years ago, the Blue Devils prepared Parker Boehme during spring practice for the possibility he would be the starter in September.
Cutcliffe said it became apparent recently that Sirk might actually get back on the field in August.
"He's done amazingly well," Cutcliffe said. "Now you reach a point that he's still well ahead, way beyond what he was the last time. Now when we get to the next step -- can you run full speed? And after he can run full speed, can he change directions? He rushed for over 800 yards, so he is a runner. We'll get to that point hopefully … maybe mid-July we'll start getting a pretty clear picture is what they're telling me."
05/12/16 - Tyler Queen, So, Auburn, 6-1, 242 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Auburn Tigers quarterback Tyler Queen was scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
Queen was limited during spring practice as he continued to recover from elbow surgery in September, but was shut down after injuring his AC joint during a live scrimmage on April 2, according to AL.com.
The 6-foor-1, 241-pounder from Kennesaw, Ga., is a redshirt freshman who is fourth on the depth chart. While he may be available in the fall, Queen is not expected to have a significant role in 2016. Jeremy Johnson, Sean White and John Franklin III will compete for the starting job. --The Sports Xchange
05/12/16 - James Conner, rJr, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 240 (DS#9 RB)[Newsfeed] RB James Conner is one step closer to returning to the football field and getting back on track to his dream of playing in the NFL.
The All-American completed his 12th and final chemotherapy treatment Monday in his battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He was diagnosed with the disease last Thanksgiving.
On Monday, Conner tweeted, "Glory to God allowing me to get through these 12 schedule chemo treatments. Been a long road, Results coming soon!"
Conner emerged as an intriguing NFL prospect as a sophomore with 1,765 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns, receiving 2014 ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors. However, he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2015 season opener and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma a few months later.
When healthy, Conner has next-level talent and was viewed as a possible top-100 draft pick. Listed at 6 feet 2 and 240 pounds, he is a bruising ball carrier who runs with balance, vision and physical finish to make a living between the tackles.
Conner doesn't have the speed or make-you-miss agility that jumps off the screen, but he is able to be productive with his ability to read blocks and pick his way through congestion.
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry was sidelined by Hodgkin's Lymphoma and made a successful return to the field for the 2015 season, nearly nine months after his initial diagnosis. He was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl and NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
Former Auburn offensive lineman Shon Coleman was diagnosed with leukemia and required 30 months of chemo treatments before returning to campus. He started at left tackle for the Tigers the past two seasons and was a third-round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns last month.
Despite several medical setbacks during the past year, Conner plans to play in the NFL. If he is medically cleared to resume football activities in the next few months, Conner should regain his spot atop the Pitt running back depth chart for the 2016 season. And if he
05/05/16 - Stephen Collier, rSo, Ohio State, 6-3, 225 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Report: Backup Ohio State QB Collier tears ACL...Ohio State's quarterback Stephen Collier, who was battling for the backup spot behind starter J.T. Barrett, suffered a torn anterior-cruciate ligament and will be lost for the season, Eleven Warriors reported Wednesday. An Ohio State spokesman confirmed to Eleven Warriors that Collier had surgery Wednesday, and said the quarterback is "most likely" out for the season. Collier is believed to have injured the knee during the Spring Game April 16. Collier was competing with redshirt freshman Joe Burrow for the backup job. - The Sports Xchange
04/24/16 - Montell Cozart, Sr, Kansas, 6-2, 195 (DS#64 QB)[Newsfeed] Kansas quarterbacks Montell Cozart and Deondre Ford were granted hardship waivers Wednesday after sustaining injuries last season, giving both redshirt juniors two years of eligibility remaining. Cozart started three of the first four games before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury in a game against Iowa State. He was 66 of 105 for 752 yards with two touchdowns while running for another touchdown. Ford appeared in two games before a season-ending thumb injury. The quarterback job appears to be wide open heading into next season. Ryan Willis started when Cozart and Ford went down, but he's been dealing with a wrist injury. Young prospects Carter Stanley and Keaton Perry have also shown promise, though both were inconsistent during spring practices. Kansas opens its season Sept. 3 against Rhode Island. - AP Sports
04/24/16 - Corey Robinson, Sr, Notre Dame, 6-5, 215 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson is deciding whether he will continue to play football as he deals with lingering effects from a concussion and defensive lineman Grant Blankenship is waiting to hear whether he has a future with the team after being suspended for violating unspecified team rules. Robinson, the son of NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, met this week with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, a sports neurologist who specializes in concussion management and treatment, to talk about his multiple concussions, coach Brian Kelly said Friday.
"I think it was an extremely educational meeting for him. I'm very hesitant to go into the details, because I think that's a private matter for Corey. But I know this, he came back feeling really good about the meeting," Kelly said. Kelly said he expects a decision from Robinson in the next several weeks. Robinson was at practice Friday but was not in uniform as the team prepared for its spring game Saturday. He hasn't practiced since being injured during the first week of practice last month. "He understands he has to make a decision pretty quickly," Kelly said. - AP Sports
04/24/16 - Kody Walker, rSr, Arkansas, 6-1, 256 (DS#999 FB)[Newsfeed] Arkansas running back Kody Walker broke his right foot during practice Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the spring, Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema said Wednesday. Bielema says the injury required surgery, and that the sixth-year senior is expected to make a full recovery before preseason practice begins in August. The 6-foot-2, 256-pound Walker ran for 394 yards on 90 carries last season for Arkansas. He entered this spring as the Razorbacks' top healthy running back, with Rawleigh Williams not facing contact after a neck injury last season and top signee Devwah Whaley not yet on campus. Arkansas will cap its spring with the Red-White game April 23. - AP Sports
04/24/16 - Mike Dudek, Jr, Illinois, 5-11, 185 (DS#52 WR)[Newsfeed] Illinois receiver Mike Dudek will miss a second consecutive season after again tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, coach Lovie Smith said Friday. Dudek will have surgery next week after tearing the ACL last Saturday in a non-contact drill, Smith said. The severity of the injury was confirmed Friday. "The game sometimes can be cruel," Smith said. "It's unfortunate. The guy worked himself pretty hard to get back in position." Dudek was not available for comment, but posted a Bible verse on Twitter feed late Friday, after Smith confirmed the news. "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go," he wrote, which is from Joshua 1:9. Dudek suffered the same injury during spring drills last April and missed the 2015 season, his sophomore year. - AP Sports
04/21/16 - James Conner, rJr, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 240 (DS#9 RB)[Newsfeed] James Conner's lungs are clear. His focus, too. Less than five months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, the Pittsburgh running back can see the finish line. The cancer is retreating. His strength is returning. The relentless optimism that has fueled his fight never in doubt. "Things are falling into place now like before I even knew I had cancer," Conner said on Sunday after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the St. Louis Cardinals the 2016 Major League opener.
Conner's toss to Chris Stewart took a hop before landing in the catcher's glove as the black-clad sellout crowd at chilly PNC Park roared. The ever competitive 2014 ACC Player of the Year smacked his hands in faux frustration, the rare misstep during a journey that has thrust the 20-year-old into the unlikely role of inspirational figure. It's a job Conner didn't seek out but has hungrily accepted during his very public fight. "I tell people they can do it and help people get through things and not complain about the little things," Conner said. Including an out-of-nowhere bout with mortality. Conner was rehabbing from a torn ligament in his right knee sustained in the 2015 opener against Youngstown State when his sluggishness turned into a stunning diagnosis in late-November. - AP Sports
04/21/16 - Malik Zaire, rJr, Notre Dame, 6-0, 222 (DS#13 QB)[Newsfeed] Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire doesn't try to hide his frustration to be competing for the starter's job for a third straight spring after a broken right ankle cut his season short last fall. "You just really wonder what it's going to take to finally convince people enough that I'm able to do the job," Zaire said. "I don't make the decision. I'm going to keep balling and do what I need to do." Zaire became the starter after Everett Golson transferred to Florida State and he impressed immediately by completing 19 of 22 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening 38-3 win over Texas. When Zaire broke his ankle a week later even coach Brian Kelly had doubts whether DeShone Kizer was ready. Kizer showed he was, though, leading the Irish to 10 victories, including a come-from-behind win against Virginia in replacing Zaire.
So Zaire finds himself in a competition with Kizer and Brandon Wimbush, who got into two games as a freshman last season. Kelly said he doesn't adhere to the theory that a starter shouldn't lose his position because of injury, saying of Zaire: "He really didn't have a body of work, where we could say, 'Well, he won the starting job.' ... I think what it's allowed him to do is that DeShone Kizer had a very good body of work, and we're opening up the competition." Zaire said in his mind the only person he's competing with is himself. "I don't compete with people. I compete with myself to get better, so I'm looking to be the best that I can be all the time and looking to be the best quarterback in the country," he said. "So I don't know what competition they feel was out there." - AP Sports
03/14/16 - Adrian Baker, rJr, Clemson, 5-11, 180 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Clemson defensive back Adrian Baker is out for rest of spring after tearing an ACL during practice last week. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Baker injured the ligament last Saturday. Baker was expected to provide critical depth in the secondary after three of Clemson's starters there last year - cornerback Mackensie Alexander and safeties Jayron Kearse and T.J. Green - gave up the rest of their college eligibility for the NFL draft. Swinney said he expected Baker to attack the rehab and perhaps be in the mix for the Tigers by September. Baker is a junior who played in 12 games last season, making 13 tackles and two interceptions. - AP Sports
02/16/16 - Taysom Hill, Sr, Brigham Young, 6-2, 232 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] BYU quarterback Taysom Hill plans to return for another season. Hill announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he plans to apply for a waiver and is likely to be granted another season by the NCAA. The senior quarterback missed most of the 2015 season after injuring his foot in the opener against Nebraska. Hill, who also missed games in the 2012 and 2014 seasons because of injuries, was a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2013 after passing for 2,938 yards and rushing for 1,344 yards. Offensive coordinator Ty Detmer said there will be an open competition between the quarterbacks despite the presence of Tanner Mangum, who became the first BYU freshman to throw for 3,000 yards last season.
Hill is expected to be limited in spring practices as he continues to heal. Detmer said he's been working out and doing some light jogging, but still has a way to go. Coach Bronco Mendenhall took over at Virginia after the Las Vegas Bowl and courted Hill. They were not the only program to do so. "He was getting recruited from all different sides, so we were part of that," Detmer said. "We talked to him several times. Coach had his wife come in, even one time. Just so everybody knew what was going on. "We definitely wanted him here." BYU told Hill he would get an opportunity to run a pro-style system brought in by Detmer to show NFL talent evaluators. - AP Sports
02/09/16 - Thomas Sirk, rSr, Duke, 6-3, 215 (DS#15 QB)[Newsfeed] Duke says quarterback Thomas Sirk has ruptured his left Achilles tendon. Coach David Cutcliffe said Sirk injured the tendon Tuesday during a team conditioning session and that he's scheduled for surgery Wednesday. There's no timetable for his return. Sirk, a rising redshirt senior, missed the 2013 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon in his other ankle that April. Sirk threw for 2,625 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions while also leading the team in rushing with 803 yards and eight TDs. He was the co-MVP of Duke's victory over Indiana in the Pinstripe Bowl after rushing for two touchdowns, throwing for another and rolling up 318 total yards. - AP Sports
02/08/16 - Thomas Tyner, rJr, Oregon, 5-11, 215 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] Oregon running back Thomas Tyner has decided to take a medical retirement after sitting out all of last season because of a shoulder injury. Tyner was the Ducks' third-leading rusher as a true freshman in 2013 and then again as a sophomore in 2014. He finishes his Oregon career with 1,284 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. "Thank you for all the support over the years," Tyner wrote in a Twitter post. "Couldn't have been more blessed to have been part of such a great community, I have the utmost respect for the staff and my teammates. Now it's time to get in the books and finish up in school. Much love to you all and Go Ducks!"
After missing five games his sophomore season, he played in the first College Football Playoffs, rushing for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the Rose Bowl victory over Florida State, and 62 yards in the national championship game loss to Ohio State. He missed all of last season following shoulder surgery. Nicknamed "Dash," Tyner was a homegrown recruit from Aloha High School, west of Portland. He rushed for 3,415 yards as a senior, setting a single-season rushing record for the state. He scored 47 touchdowns, 43 on the ground. On his 18th birthday his senior year, Tyner smashed state records with 643 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns in an 84-63 victory over Lakeridge High School. - AP Sports
01/14/16 - Shon Coleman, rJr, Auburn, 6-5, 307 (DS#8 OT)[Newsfeed] Auburn left tackle Shon Coleman says he's leaving school early to enter the NFL draft. Coleman announced his intentions Wednesday on Twitter, saying "it was a very hard decision." The 6-foot-6, 313-pound cancer survivor started 25 games over the past two seasons. Coleman was diagnosed with leukemia in spring of 2010 after signing with Auburn. He was cleared by doctors for limited participation in Auburn's spring practice two years later, but didn't play that season. He had been granted an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA. - AP Sports
01/11/16 - *Jaylon Smith, Jr, Notre Dame, 6-2, 223 (DS#10 OLB)[Newsfeed] Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith announced Monday he will skip his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft despite sustaining a serious injury to his left knee in the Fiesta Bowl. With many projecting Smith as a possible top 10 draft pick, the decision to forgo his senior season was expected before his injury in the first quarter against Ohio State. Smith has led the Irish in tackles the past two seasons and this year won the Butkus Award, given to college football's best linebacker. Smith made the announcement by a videotaped message released on Twitter, saying "It's really just perseverance from here with the adversity I'm going through right now dealing with the knee injury." Smith has not disclosed the extent of his knee injury. - AP Sports
01/02/16 - Curt Maggitt, rSr, Tennessee, 6-3, 247 (DS#32 OLB)[Newsfeed] Tennessee defensive end/linebacker Curt Maggitt has decided not to seek a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. In an Instagram post Saturday, Maggitt wrote "thank you so much for the memories the past 5 years Tennessee! I will truly miss everything about being a UT football player!" Tennessee athletic department spokesman Ryan Robinson confirmed Maggitt had decided not to petition for a sixth season. After Maggitt recorded 11 sacks in 2014, the fifth-year senior injured his hip in the second game of the 2015 season and never returned. Maggitt could have sought a sixth year of eligibility because he already had redshirted in 2013 due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Tennessee (9-4) closed its season Friday with a 45-6 Outback Bowl victory over No. 12 Northwestern. - AP Sports
01/01/16 - *Jaylon Smith, Jr, Notre Dame, 6-2, 223 (DS#10 OLB)[Newsfeed] Notre Dame standout linebacker Jaylon Smith was helped from the field with an apparent leg injury early in Friday's Fiesta Bowl. Smith, a junior and potential high NFL draft pick, landed awkwardly after being pushed by an Ohio State player and had to be helped off the field, putting no weight on his left leg. A short time later, he was taken to the locker room on a cart. Smith is Notre Dame's leading tackler and winner of the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker. - AP Sports
12/29/15 - Trent Matthews, rSr, Colorado State, 6-1, 215 (DS#15 FS)[Newsfeed] 2015 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Trent Matthews, Sr., DB...Junior wide receiver Rashard Higgins headlined the group, being named to the conference’s first team. Hayden Hunt (P), Cory James (LB), Nick Stevens (QB) and Fred Zerblis (OL) were named to the league’s second team, while Sam Carlson (OL), Kivon Cartwright (TE), Kevin Davis (LB) and Trent Matthews (S) earned honorable mention accolades. Matthews is CSU’s third-leading tackler (79) and has forced four takeaways, including three in a win at Wyoming. - Colorado State Football
12/28/15 - Jake Duzey, rSr, Iowa, 6-3, 246 (DS#36 TE)[Newsfeed] Iowa tight end Jake Duzey will not play in the Rose Bowl against Stanford after aggravating a knee injury in practice. Duzey tore his patella tendon in spring practice, and played in nine game on a limited basis. After finishing with 36 catches in 2014, most among Big Ten tight ends, Duzey did not catch a pass this season. The school made the announcement Sunday. Iowa tight ends Henry Krueger Coble and George Kittle filled in and combined for 52 catches for 675 yards and seven touchdowns. Krueger Coble is second on the team in receptions and third in yards receiving. The Rose Bowl is Friday. - AP Sports
12/21/15 - Michael Gordon, Sr, Arkansas State, 5-09, 187 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] 2015 SUN BELT SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Michael Gordon (Arkansas State, Sr., RB, Interdisciplinary Studies)...A-State’s second-team choices included senior quarterback Fredi Knighten (Little Rock, Ark.), senior running back Michael Gordon (Byhalia, Miss.), senior wide receivers Tres Houston (College Park, Ga.) and McKissic, senior defensive end Chris Stone (Daleville, Ala.), junior linebacker Xavier Woodson-Luster (Eufaula, Ala.), and junior defensive back Cody Brown (Bellville, Texas). - Arkansas State Football