07/30/15 - Kevin Earl, rSr, South Dakota, 6-5, 220 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] South Dakota coach Joe Glenn says two-year starting quarterback Kevin Earl will miss what would have been his senior season because of a lingering back injury. The Coyotes are turning the offense over to junior backup Ryan Saeger. The 6-foot-4 native of Heartland, Wisconsin, started four games last season after Earl suffered a broken thumb. Saeger guided USD to its only two wins of the season. He finished the year with 660 passing yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Earl last year threw for 1,593 yards, with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. The Coyotes open the season Sept. 5 at Kansas State. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Kelby Brown, rSr, Duke, 6-1, 230 (DS#999 ILB)[Newsfeed] Duke says linebacker Kelby Brown's college career is over after he tore a knee ligament. The school said Tuesday that Brown tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last week - the same injury that kept him out for the 2014 season. He is scheduled to have his fourth knee surgery since 2010. Brown would have been a sixth-year senior after receiving an extra year from the NCAA. He had surgeries on his right knee in 2010 and again two years later, missing the entire 2012 season. Brown missed last season after tearing his left ACL during preseason practice. Coach David Cutcliffe says "it's difficult to put into words the feeling of heartbreak I have for Kelby and his family." Brown will be a student assistant with the team this season. He was an all-Atlantic Coast Conference player in 2013 - the only season he played since 2011. He averaged 8.7 tackles per game while helping Duke set a program record with 10 wins and earn its first Coastal Division title. Brown graduated from Duke last year with a degree in evolutionary anthropology and is enrolled in a master's program in Christian studies. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Ondre Pipkins, Sr, Michigan, 6-2, 318 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] Michigan DL Pipkins says he was pressured to retire...Michigan defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins felt pressured by coach Jim Harbaugh and school staff members during a two-month period to take a medical redshirt that would have ended his college football career. Pipkins told ESPN that Harbaugh, head athletic trainer Paul Schmidt and associate athletic director Jim Minick came to him about 10 times and said it would be in his best interest to retire form college football because of a knee injury. "Schmidt told me, 'Call it quits. Hang it up.' He said, 'You've had a good run,'" Pipkins said. Pipkins played last season for the Wolverines after recovering from a torn ACL. "I feel I'm healthy and ready to play," Pipkins said. "I don't want to sign the form. I wanted to play for my seniors and for the team. Coach Harbaugh said, 'I recommend you take the medical.'" "College football is a business. New coaches have to win games. They want to go with guys they think can win. If I'm a victim of making room, so be it. But if there is no concrete reason to disqualify a player, he should have the right to keep playing." In a statement issued to ESPN on Friday, Harbaugh said, "After consulting with our medical team, we do not think it is in Ondre's best interest as it relates to his health and welfare to play football, short or long term. - The Sports Xchange
07/20/15 - Harold Brantley, rJr, Missouri, 6-2, 282 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] Missouri DL Brantley injured in crash; condition upgraded...Missouri defensive lineman Harold Brantley, who started 10 games for the Tigers last season, remained hospitalized Monday in a Columbia, Mo., hospital in the intensive care unit after a one-car crash Sunday. His medical condition has been upgraded from serious to good. According to reports, he is expected to be out of ICU on Tuesday. Brantley was seriously injured Sunday when the car he was driving flipped on U.S. Highway 63 in Columbia, Mo. According to the Missouri State Patrol, Brantley, was with Missouri women's basketball player Maddie Stock when the accident occurred. Neither Brantley nor Stock were wearing seat belts, the patrol said. While Stock was treated and released, Brantley was not so lucky. He suffered a broken tibia, knee ligament damage and multiple fractured ribs. Brantley already had surgery on his broken leg; he will have to wait for at least three weeks to have knee surgery.
The Kansas City Star reported that Brantley was driving a 2000 Chrysler Concorde that left the road and overturned after striking a guardrail. Brantley earned honorable mention All SEC honors last season when he totaled 54 tackles and five sacks. Brantley's status for the upcoming season is unclear. "It's too soon to put a timetable on a planned return to football activities, so we're going to leave that open and focus all attention on helping Harold recover and get back to full health first," the school told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a statement. "When that information becomes known, we'll certainly share it with everyone. - The Sports Xchange
05/07/15 - John Ross, Jr, Washington, 5-11, 194 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] Speedy Washington wide receiver/defensive back John Ross III will miss the season after suffering a leg injury during spring practice. Washington announced Ross' injury Thursday. Ross, a sophomore last fall, had minor knee surgery following the 2014 season but suffered a leg injury doing light work on the side during spring drills. The school did not specify the nature of Ross' injury. The loss of Ross takes away possibly Washington's most dynamic playmaker. Ross only had 17 catches last season, but caught four touchdowns and averaged more than 21 yards per reception. Ross also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and has three kickoff returns for scores in his two seasons, with a few of others called back by penalties. Ross was an honorable mention all-Pac-12 selection as a return specialist last season, but also showed his athleticism starting three games at wide receiver and four at cornerback when the Huskies needed additional depth in the secondary. - AP Sports
05/07/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law the "Todd Gurley bill," making it a crime punishable by up to a year in jail to entice student athletes to break NCAA rules by taking money. Deal's office said Thursday that he had signed House Bill 3, numbered to reflect the jersey number of the famous University of Georgia running back who was kicked off the Bulldogs' football team for four games last fall for accepting money for autographs. Gurley was the 10th overall pick in the NFL draft last week. Gurley was a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy last year before the autograph suspension. Then he suffered a year-ending knee injury his first game back and announced in December he'd end his collegiate career for the NFL. - AP Sports
05/06/15 - Dashon Hunt, rSo, Oregon State, 5-08, 189 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Oregon State CB Dashon Hunt retires after spinal stenosis diagnosis...Oregon State cornerback Dashon Hunt has played his last football game, retiring from the sport after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis. "It was truly a blessing to have been apart of the #OregonStateFootball team but sadly my days of playing is over due to a condition that I was born with called #SpinalStenosis," Hunt announced on his Instagram account. "This team will forever be my team and I will always support every single brother of mine on it through their football careers and life. And a message to all my teammates 'just because I can't play on the field with yall, best believe I'ma be on the sideline helping and watching yall strive towards greatness because our team is bound for great accomplishments in these upcoming years. I love all yall as my own brothers and I'll always be here for every last one of yall' And to everyone else who has supported me throughout my career thank you very much from the bottom of my heart and God Bless you all!" - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
05/05/15 - *Shane Ray, rJr, Missouri, 6-3, 245 (DS#3 DE)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Broncos' nine picks: Round 1/23 -- Shane Ray, OLB, 6-3, 245, Missouri...A week before the draft, the Broncos could not have dreamed that Ray would be available. An April 26 citation for marijuana possession changed that, and sent his stock tumbling to where the Broncos only had to move up five picks to get him. He won't start immediately, but could play half the snaps rotating in for Pro Bowlers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, giving each a breather. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Shane Ray, rJr, Missouri, 6-3, 245 (DS#3 DE)[Newsfeed] Broncos benefit from drug arrest to get Ray...Make no mistake: if Shane Ray was not stopped by police and cited for marijuana possession last weekend, he is not a Denver Bronco today. Ray was the No. 10 player on the Broncos' draft board. A week before the first day of the 2015 NFL Draft, they could not have conceived of a situation in which he could be available without sacrificing multiple draft picks -- including, perhaps, a future first-rounder. But as he fell through the teens and into the 20s, the Broncos waited. When Kentucky outside linebacker Alvin "Bud" Dupree went to the Steelers with the No. 22 overall pick, the Broncos had to act, and quickly made a deal with the Detroit Lions, a team with that general manager John Elway had discussions about trade possibilities in the days leading up to the draft. "We thought it was too good to be true that he was still there," Elway said. Denver sent two fifth-round picks -- one this year and one next year -- and center Manny Ramirez to the Lions to move up five picks -- from No. 28 to 23 -- for Ray, who does not fill an obvious immediate need, but does give the Broncos immediate depth at outside linebacker, a position where they had none after chronic knee problems forced them to waive third-year veteran Quanterus Smith on April 28. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Shane Ray, rJr, Missouri, 6-3, 245 (DS#3 DE)[Newsfeed] Broncos benefit from drug arrest to get Ray...The Broncos have two Pro Bowl outside linebackers: Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. But Miller is in the option year of his rookie contract and Ware turns 33 in July. With little depth, the Broncos needed a third pass rusher who can spell Miller or Ware -- and perhaps conserve Ware's snaps, making him fresher and more effective. "The game is played in nickel (formations) these days -- probably more than 60 percent in our division will probably be in some form of nickel defense. That's just the way it is," coach Gary Kubiak said. "You look at him as a starter. Even though we talk about rotations, you look at him as a starter."
Ray had 14.5 sacks in the rugged SEC, possesses a quick first step, a good variety of moves and, as Elway noted, he plays with "his hair on fire," underscoring his January proclamation that he wanted a team that, if it lost in the playoffs, would go out "kicking and screaming," and not meekly capitulate as it did during three of its last four postseason defeats, which included two losses by 35 points. "You see the effort down-in-and-down-out, you see the chase, the passion in play," Kubiak said. "That's what you want on your team." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Shane Ray, rJr, Missouri, 6-3, 245 (DS#3 DE)[Newsfeed] Broncos benefit from drug arrest to get Ray...It's a team that still needs reinforcements on the offensive line, at inside linebacker and potentially at nose tackle, some of which they could target on the draft's second day. But the Broncos' offseason plan paid off. They focused on finding veteran options at every position to ensure that they weren't boxed into reaching for a specific position in the draft, and could instead let the board fall and take advantage of a falling prospect -- even one that wasn't the most pressing need. That flexibility made it possible to capitalize on Ray's descent. And as he joins the Broncos, he is as confident as he is contrite. "All the teams that passed on me that were in the top 10, I feel like they made a huge mistake," Ray said. "And as a Denver Bronco, I plan to show them about the mistake they made." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - David Parry, rSr, Stanford, 6-1, 308 (DS#24 DT)[Newsfeed] The Colts' fifth-round pick, nose tackle David Parry, was a preferred walk-on at Stanford. He turned down FCS scholarship opportunities from Northern Iowa and Illinois State as well as several Ivy League programs. Parry earned a scholarship with the Pac-12 school after his freshman season with the team. Parry added that he was surprised to learn that he'll be playing for the same NFL team as college teammate Henry Anderson. "I sent a text to Henry pretty much right after I got drafted by the Colts and we're both pretty juiced to be back together. I haven't talked to Andrew (Luck), Griff (Whalen) or Coby (Fleener) in a little bit, but I'm sure it's going to be good to see all of those guys," he said. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - David Parry, rSr, Stanford, 6-1, 308 (DS#24 DT)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Colts' eight picks: Round 5/151 - David Parry, NT, 6-2, 300, Stanford...A former preferred walk-on in college Parry teamed with fellow Colts draft pick Henry Anderson to form a tough one-two punch on the Stanford defensive line. Parry played with a "chip on the shoulder" attitude that should continue through to the NFL. What he lacks in overall athletic skills, Parry makes up with hard work and guile. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr, Oregon, 5-09, 192 (DS#15 CB)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Browns' 12 picks:.Round 7/241 - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, 5-9, 192, Oregon...Ekpre-Olomu suffered a torn ACL preparing for a college playoff game in January. If not for the injury he might have been a second-round pick. He can play outside or in the slot and projects as a gunner on punt coverage. His name means "something that fits you well." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Randall Telfer, rSr, Southern California, 6-4, 250 (DS#21 TE)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Browns' 12 picks: Round 6/198 - Randall Telfer, TE, 6-4, 260, USC...Telfer has an injury history that includes knee surgery and foot surgery. He is more a blocking tight end than a receiver, but he says he can be a "well-rounded" tight end. He said he learned from former Trojans and Browns tight end Jordan Cameron. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Cedric Ogbuehi, rSr, Texas AM, 6-5, 306 (DS#7 OT)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Bengals' nine picks: Round 1/21 - Cedric Ogbuehi, T, 6-5, 306, Texas A&M ... The Bengals are convinced that if not for a torn ACL suffered in the Liberty Bowl last December, Ogbuehi would've been a top-10 pick. Chances are great that Ogbuehi won't be ready to play at the start of the season, but that didn't dissuade the Bengals from taking him. They love his athleticism and quick feet. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Cedric Ogbuehi, rSr, Texas AM, 6-5, 306 (DS#7 OT)[Newsfeed] OT Ogbuehi clearly a pick for Bengals future...The Cincinnati Bengals drafted for the future when they selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi in the first round Thursday night. Ogbuehi suffered a torn ACL in Texas A&M's Liberty Bowl win against West Virginia last December but that didn't dissuade the Bengals from taking him with the 21st overall pick. Ogbuehi (6-foot-5, 305) was a first-team All-SEC pick by conference coaches last season and a first-team All-America choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The injury benefitted the Bengals. "I frick'n love him," said offensive line coach Paul Alexander. "There is no way we have a chance at this guy if he doesn't get hurt. He's a top-of-the-draft player. There's no question that this guy has rare feet and athleticism that you see in the very best offensive linemen in the league."
The Bengals won't need Ogbuehi to play right away, which is good given his injury. While Ogbuehi said he is aiming to be ready to participate in training camp, the Bengals won't be as aggressive. They don't need to be. Andrew Whitworth is one of the top left tackles in the game in, while Andre Smith and Eric Winston return as experienced right tackles. All three are entering the final years of their contracts, however, so Ogbuehi's future is coming. This is the 11th time the Bengals have drafted an offensive lineman in the first round; Ogbuehi is the seventh tackle to be drafted in the first round by Cincinnati. This is the fourth time they've selected a tackle No. 1 since Alexander became the offensive line coach in 1995. His other three first-round tackles were Willie Anderson (1996), Levi Jones (2002) and Smith (2009). Whitworth was a second-round pick in 2006. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Cedric Ogbuehi, rSr, Texas AM, 6-5, 306 (DS#7 OT)[Newsfeed] OT Ogbuehi clearly a pick for Bengals future...Alexander told Ogbuehi during the player's pre-draft visit to Cincinnati about his current and former players, the success they have had and his expectation that Ogbuehi can have a similar career. Alexander said that got Ogbuehi excited. "I did," said Ogbuehi. "They've all had a lot of success and they've all played long careers, so it's a good sign for me. Every guy that they drafted in the first round has had great careers." The Bengals knew they would have plenty of options when their turn came around at No. 21. They weren't going to be at the mercy of having to reach for a need. Their main target heading into the first round was on either side of the line of scrimmage.
Their positioning improved as the first round progressed. They were helped when St. Louis and San Diego made Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon the first running backs taken in Round 1 since 2012. Three cornerbacks - Trae Waynes (Minnesota), Kevin Johnson (Houston) and Marcus Peters (Kansas City) - were taken off the board as well. Head coach Marvin Lewis said the team's medical staff gave Ogbuehi clearance from a draft standpoint. Just how soon he'll be able to play this season remains to be seen. "We'll have to judge that once he gets here and we're laying hands on him every day, before we know where he is," said Lewis. "Obviously this is more of a nine-month injury, minimum, anyway. He had surgery in early January, so you're looking at September (at the earliest)." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Jay Ajayi, rJr, Boise State, 6-0, 221 (DS#6 RB)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Dolphins' seven picks: Round 5/149 - Jay Ajayi, RB, 6-0, 221, Boise State...This was an interesting pick because the Dolphins needed a power running back. The problem is many teams stayed away from Ajayi because medical reports said one knee is almost bone-on-bone. Regardless, Miami might have a steal with this one. If Ajayi can stay healthy he could push Lamar Miller for the starting job. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Nick O'Leary, Sr, Florida State, 6-3, 252 (DS#8 TE)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Bills' six picks: Round 6/194 -- Nick O'Leary, TE, 6-3, 247, Florida State...The grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus will have a chance to make the Bills because their tight end depth chart is thin behind free-agent signee Charles Clay. O'Leary was the 2014 John Mackey Award winner as the nation's best tight end. He set FSU tight end records for receptions (114), yards (1,591), and touchdowns (18). He has excellent hands, but his lack of speed will curtail some of that big-play ability. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - DeAndre Smelter, rSr, Georgia Tech, 6-2, 226 (DS#38 WR)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the 49ers' 10 picks: Round 4/132 -- DeAndre Smelter, WR, 6-2, 226, Georgia Tech...Nothing about Smelter says "draft me," especially in the middle rounds. He was a baseball player at Georgia Tech until forced to switch sports because of a shoulder injury. He then became a wideout on a run-oriented team who proceeded to blow out his knee during the 2014 season. Alas, Baalke has a history of taking a risk on high-potential athletes who need an NFL "redshirt" season. Smelter will certainly have a good one from whom to learn his craft in 49ers veteran Anquan Boldin. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Rams' nine picks: Round 1/10 - Todd Gurley, RB, 6-1, 222, Georgia...The Rams believe he is a transcendent back that will help make their entire team better. The only question in the short term is when he will be available to play as he recovers from a torn ACL. Gurley's explosiveness and big-play ability will go a long way toward improving the Rams' offense. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Gurley fits Fisher's personality...St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher loves running backs. When his Tennessee Titans advanced to the Super Bowl in 1999, it was with Eddie George, the 14th overall choice in the 1996 draft. In eight seasons with Houston and Tennessee, George rushed for 10,009 yards and 64 touchdowns. After George, it was Chris Johnson, who rushed for 2,006 yards for Fisher in 2009. Thus, it really wasn't that much of a surprise when the Rams gambled heavily Thursday night, selecting Georgia running back Todd Gurley with the 10th overall choice in the draft. It surely fits Fisher's philosophy.
While Fisher didn't want to compare Gurley to George, who rushed for 10,009 yards and 64 touchdowns in eight seasons with Houston and Tennessee, he did say of Gurley, "He's special, but they're different. They have different running styles. But when the career is all said and done, he can be that guy." George also believes that. He texted Fisher after the pick, writing, "Congratulations. Great pick." Gurley becomes the seventh running back on the Rams' roster and marks the fourth consecutive year the Rams have selected a runner in the draft: Isaiah Pead in the second round in 2012, Zac Stacy in the fifth round in 2013 and Tre Mason in the third round last year. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Gurley fits Fisher's personality...Taking the immensely talented Gurley is a risk because he is rehabbing from a torn ACL in his left knee suffered in the fourth quarter of the Bulldogs' Nov. 15 game against Auburn. That game was his first one after returning from a four-game suspension for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia. The Rams were present at Gurley's medical recheck on April 18 at Indianapolis, and Fisher said, "His rehab is coming along fine. We don't know when he's gonna be on the field competitively, but we do know he's not having any issues right now and the docs say he's ahead of schedule."
Gurley, who said he was surprised to be selected by the Rams and didn't visit the team in recent weeks, also echoed Fisher's sentiment, saying, "There is no timetable. I know I have a lot of work to do. But opening day is a realistic goal." Said Fisher, when asked if Gurley could be playing at the beginning of the regular season, "There's always that possibility, but we're not going to be specific as to when. I will tell you this: we're not going to rush it. We may be a little on the conservative side. This is our running back of the future, so it makes no sense to subject him, to put him in a bad situation sooner than we have to. We've got outstanding backs on our roster and he's going to add to that group. When that happens we don't know, but he's going to be the running back of the future for a number of years." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Gurley fits Fisher's personality...There was significant discussion among the Rams' hierarchy about the wisdom of adding another player with a torn ACL history, especially considering the injuries suffered in successive years by quarterback Sam Bradford and tackle Jake Long. Both are no longer Rams. Pead missed the 2014 season, also with a torn ACL. But, they believed it was worth the risk to acquire a talent like Gurley. Fisher admitted the ACL issues have "been a concern of ours. But every situation is different. We don't have reservations about him getting back to full speed and 100 percent. That's not going to be an issue with him."
Snead said the Rams only had a chance at Gurley because of the injury. "It was a bonus to be sitting there at 10 and get him," Snead said. "It was a consensus that he's a player that helps everybody: our defense, he helps our offense, our offensive line, our receivers, our quarterback. That's the pick in a nutshell." Added Fisher, "A talent like him comes along once in a great while. His body of work speaks for itself. The athletic ability, the strength, the explosion, the acceleration, the instincts he has as a runner. He also has great hands out of the backfield. He's that complete back. We have a good group; we really like our group in the room, but this is an opportunity that we could not pass up." - The Sports Xchange