02/22/18 - Larry Aaron, rFr, Marshall, 6-4, 272 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] DT Larry Aaron III died Thursday due to complications from a shooting that left him paralyzed. He was 19. Aaron passed away at a hospital in Frederick, Md. He was struck in the back by a stray bullet at a New Year's Eve party that left him with no feeling in his legs.
02/21/18 - Greg Dortch, rFr, Wake Forest, 5-09, 165 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] WR Greg Dortch of Wake Forest, who had 53 receptions for 722 yards and nine touchdowns last season before being sidelined by an injury, is healthy for spring practice.
02/07/18 - Deondre Francois, rSo, Florida State, 6-0, 205 (DS#8 QB)[Newsfeed] QB Deondre Francois, who started Florida State's opener against Alabama last season before being sidelined for the rest of the season because of a knee injury, is not healthy enough to participate completely in spring practice, coach Willie Taggart told ESPN. Taggart added that Francois, who completed 19 of 30 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions before going down against the Crimson Tide, will have to battle sophomore James Blackman and redshirt freshman Bailey Hockman for the starting job in the fall.
02/06/18 - Jacob Eason, So, Washington, 6-4, 235 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] QB Jacob Eason's transfer to Washington was confirmed by the school on Tuesday. The announcement comes nearly a month after the Seattle Times reported that the former Georgia quarterback had planned to transfer to Washington. As a true freshman, Eason started the final 12 games of the 2016 season after replacing Greyson Lambert in the opener.
Eason then started the 2017 opener against Appalachian State, but he suffered a knee injury that knocked him out of the game. He was replaced by true freshman Jake Fromm, who led the Bulldogs to a berth in the national championship game before losing in overtime to Alabama.
01/27/18 - Nathan Shepherd, Sr, Fort Hays State, 6-4, 310 (DS#11 DT)[Newsfeed] Top 15 Senior Bowl Performers: 2. Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State...One of the top non-FBS prospects in the 2018 draft class, Shepherd stood out immediately with his nimble lower body and powerful upper body. Unfortunately, he broke his hand during Wednesday's practice, but his performance through two practices was enough to create top-100 buzz among scouts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/25/18 - Peyton Pelluer, rSr, Washington State, 6-0, 225 (DS#999 ILB)[Newsfeed] Washington State linebacker Peyton Pelluer has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Pelluer started the first three games of last season but missed the final 10 with a foot injury. The senior has made 34 starts and has 254 tackles the past four seasons. He was injured in WSU's victory over Oregon State in September. Because the injury occurred so early, Pelluer was eligible to petition the NCAA for a medical redshirt waiver to get an extra year of eligibility. The veteran's return is good news for a team that will have a new defensive coordinator next season and has to replace numerous defensive starters. Pelluer already has a bachelor's degree in education and is working toward a master's in teaching. - AP College Football
01/25/18 - Deondre Francois, rSo, Florida State, 6-0, 205 (DS#8 QB)[Newsfeed] Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois was cleared by police in an alleged domestic violence incident, multiple media outlets reported Thursday. Francois was involved in a domestic dispute with his pregnant girlfriend late Tuesday afternoon. But Francois and the woman gave very different accounts of what took place in their statements to the Tallahassee Police Department following the incident at Francois' apartment. Another Florida State football player, Zaquandre White, also was present and spoke to police. Police were called to the scene but an investigation Wednesday evening resulted in no arrests and no charges being filed, because of "conflicting statements and lack of independent witnesses," according to the police.
State Attorney Jack Campbell told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday that Francois will not be charged based on the Tallahassee Police Department's investigation. "Based on the evidence as we understand it and with the conclusions made by the Tallahassee Police Department, I'm in agreement with TPD with insufficient evidence to charge Deondre Francois," Campbell told the Orlando Sentinel. Francois, who called the police, said the woman began to break items in the house and attempted to rip a television off the wall, according to the police report. She told authorities that he broke down a bedroom door, threw her to the ground and tried to get her to leave the apartment. Francois said he grabbed the women in a hug to prevent her from breaking things, and that a cut she sustained on her arm was the result of a broken vase. The woman told police she is nine weeks pregnant and said she did not want Francois to get in "trouble, trouble." - The Sports Xchange
01/24/18 - Nathan Shepherd, Sr, Fort Hays State, 6-4, 310 (DS#11 DT)[Newsfeed] Senior Bowl Wednesday: Fort Hays State defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd has had a dominant two days of practice. His point-of-attack power and agile lower body were evident on Wednesday -- and when he used both in unison, only Will Hernandez could keep him corralled. Unfortunately, he sustained a broken hand toward the end of the practice and is done for the week. But Shepherd raised his profile in Mobile and was the best defensive lineman on the North squad through two practices. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/18 - Deondre Francois, rSo, Florida State, 6-0, 205 (DS#8 QB)[Newsfeed] Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois is being investigated for an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred Tuesday night, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. The newspaper obtained a police report, which describes an argument between Francois and a woman who showed up at his home and claimed she was pregnant with his child. Francois, who called the police, said the woman began to break items in the house and attempted to rip a television off the wall. According to the report, she had a different version of events, telling authorities that he broke down a bedroom door, threw her to the ground and tried to get her to leave the apartment.
Francois said he grabbed the women in a hug to prevent her from breaking things, and that a cut she sustained on her arm was the result of a broken vase. According to the Tallahassee Democrat: "Due to the conflicting statements and lack of an independent witnesses, officers did not make an arrest." State attorney Jack Campbell told the newspaper it is a "pending investigation." Francois started every game in 2016 as a redshirt freshman, throwing for 3,350 yards and leading the Seminoles to a 10-3 record. With even higher expectations for him and the team going in 2017, he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Alabama as FSU struggled to a 7-6 mark. - The Sports Xchange
01/21/18 - Malek Young, So, Miami (FL), 5-09, 180 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] CB Malek Young, who started 10 games as a sophomore last season, will have to end his career because of a neck/verterbrae injury suffered in the Orange Bowl. He said in a statement released by the school: "After discussions with my family and the UM medical staff, we have determined that my football career should come to an end. I look forward to getting healthy, working towards my degree and continuing to support my teammates, as I know they will continue to support me." Young made 43 tackles, including three for loss. He intercepted two passes and broke up eight passes. He was the first to wear Miami's "Turnover Chain" after picking off a pass in the season-opener against Bethune-Cookman.
01/20/18 - Tre Watson, Sr, California, 5-10, 205 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Tre Watson is planning to finish his career at another school. Watson said this week he will seek another school that is a good fit as a graduate transfer for his final season of eligibility. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Watson had his best season for the Golden Bears in 2016, when he ran for 709 yards, averaging 5.0 yards per carry, and four touchdowns. Last fall, Watson suffered a lower-body injury that hampered him for much of the season. He finished his Cal career with eight starts in 37 games.
01/15/18 - Quinten Dormady, Jr, Tennessee, 6-3, 222 (DS#30 QB)[Newsfeed] Quarterback Quinten Dormady is leaving Tennessee after a junior year in which he lost his starting job and suffered a season-ending injury. Dormady tweeted Monday that "after weeks of reflection, I've decided to complete my degree from Tennessee and transfer for my final year of eligibility." Dormady, who is 6-foot-4 and from Boerne, Texas, started Tennessee's first five games this past season. He completed 55.5 percent of his passes for 925 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions. He was replaced by Jarrett Guarantano midway through the year and later underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. Dormady tweeted that "I am making great progress every day with the help of my family, my friends and doctors." Dormady's decision leaves Guarantano, Will McBride and incoming freshman JT Shrout as Tennessee's scholarship quarterbacks. - AP College Football
01/12/18 - Jacob Eason, So, Washington, 6-4, 235 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] Quarterback Jacob Eason said Friday he is leaving Georgia, an expected decision after he lost his starting job to freshman Jake Fromm. Eason made the announcement on his Twitter account. "Thank you UGA for an incredible two years," he wrote. "The memories and relationships I have made will truly last a lifetime. I will miss suiting up in red and black, but Athens will always be a place I can call home." Eason didn't indicate where he intends to play next, but The Seattle Times reported this week that he is expected to transfer to Washington. Eason played his high school football at Lake Stevens, Washington, and would be in position to take over the Huskies' starting job after sitting out a year under the NCAA's transfer rules. Jake Browning is returning for his senior season at Washington, which is expected to be one of the nation's top teams in 2018.
After starting for Georgia as a freshman, Eason began this season as the No. 1 signal-caller ahead of Fromm. But a knee injury in the opener against Appalachian State knocked Eason out of the lineup, and he never got the job back. Fromm guided the Bulldogs to a 13-2 record, their first Southeastern Conference title since 2005 , a thrilling victory in the Rose Bowl and a spot in the national championship game against Alabama. The Tide rallied from a pair of 13-point deficits to beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime. Eason was a five-star recruit who initially committed to the Bulldogs with former coach Mark Richt. After Richt was fired, Eason hinted that he might go to another school but wound up staying at Georgia under new coach Kirby Smart in 2016. As a freshman, Eason completed 55 percent of his throws for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns, with eight interceptions. - AP College Football
01/12/18 - Marcell Harris, rSr, Florida, 6-0, 208 (DS#15 SS)[Newsfeed] Marcell Harris, the Florida safety who tore his right Achilles tendon in late July and missed all of last season, is forgoing his final year of eligibility and entering the NFL draft. Harris announced the decision Thursday on Instagram, saying he "became strong mentally and gained different perspectives of the game that I may have never seen" while sitting out. A fifth-year senior from nearby Orlando, Harris played in all 13 games in 2016. He had a team-high 73 tackles to go along with two interceptions and a sack. He appeared in 37 games in three seasons at Florida. He could have petitioned the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility, but chose to pursue an NFL career. Harris is the fourth Florida player to leave school early this season, following defensive tackle Taven Bryan, receiver Antonio Callaway and kicker Eddy Pineiro. Defensive Cece Jefferson and left tackle Martez Ivey announced last week they will return to school for their senior years. - AP College Football
01/09/18 - Jacob Eason, So, Washington, 6-4, 235 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] Sophomore Jacob Eason, who was Georgia's starting quarterback when the 2017 season began, is expected to transfer to Washington, the Seattle Times reported Tuesday. This does not come as a surprise based on a series of events that seems likely to push Eason back to third string next season. As a true freshman, Eason started the final 12 games of the 2016 season after replacing Greyson Lambert in the opener. Eason then started the 2017 opener against Appalachian State, but he suffered a knee injury that knocked him out of the game. He was replaced by true freshman Jake Fromm, who led the Bulldogs to a berth in the national championship game before losing in overtime to Alabama.
Besides Fromm, Georgia is adding Justin Fields, ranked the nation's No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2018 by ESPN. A dual-threat quarterback, Fields announced he plans to enroll at Georgia this winter, allowing him to participate in spring football. Eason is from the state of Washington and played his high school football at Lake Stevens, which is about a 40-mile drive to Seattle. If Eason does, in fact, transfer to Washington, he would be required to sit out the 2018 season, then would have two seasons of college eligibility remaining. Eason was 4 of 7 for 28 yards this past season. He completed 55.1 percent of his passes with 16 touchdown passes and eight interceptions in 2016, when the Bulldogs finished 8-5. - The Sports Xchange
01/05/18 - Tee Sims, rSr, Appalachian State, 6-2, 265 (DS#58 DE)[Newsfeed] 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Tee Sims (Appalachian State, DL, Sr.),...Sims ranks No. 5 nationally and No. 2 in the Sun Belt at 0.95 sacks per game, as his 9.5 sacks caused a loss of 78 yards. He also posted 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4 in the Sun Belt), 41 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble this year. - Appalachian State Football
01/04/18 - Anfernee Jennings, rSo, Alabama, 6-2, 265 (DS#1 OLB)[Newsfeed] 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Linebacker: Anfernee Jennings, Alabama (Sugar): Jennings had three tackles for loss and a sack in No. 4 Alabama's 24-6 semifinal victory over No. 1 Clemson. He also applied the pressure that resulted in an interception. This was Jennings' final game of the season, as he injured his knee and won't play against Georgia. This honor just as easily could have gone to Alabama teammates Rashaan Evans and Mack Wilson. Evans made a team-high nine tackles and Wilson scored on an 18-yard interception return. - AP College Football
01/03/18 - *Josh Rosen, Jr, UCLA, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB)[Newsfeed] QB Josh Rosen will skip his final college season to enter the 2018 draft, where he is expected to contend to be the No. 1 pick.
In three seasons as UCLA's starting quarterback, Rosen passed for 9,301 yards and 59 touchdowns with 26 interceptions while playing in 30 games.
This past season, Rosen passed for 3,754 yards and 26 touchdowns with 10 interceptions as UCLA finished with a disappointing 6-7 record. He did not play in the Bruins' 35-17 Cactus Bowl loss to Kansas State while recovering from a concussion.
"I wish we had won more games, but friendships were forged and memories were made that will last a lifetime," Rosen said on Twitter.
In Rosen's announcement, he also tried to appease his mother.
"P.S.: Mom -- I promise I will come back and finish my degree."
01/03/18 - *Kamryn Pettway, rJr, Auburn, 6-0, 235 (DS#21 RB)[Newsfeed] Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis and tailback Kamryn Pettway are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. Both announced their decisions Wednesday on social media. Tailback Kerryon Johnson has also declared his plans to turn pro. Davis is a second-team Associated Press All-American who started all three seasons at Auburn, including as a true freshman. He is projected as an early round pick with some mock drafts having him go in the first round. Davis had 36 tackles, 11 pass breakups and an interception this season. Coach Gus Malzahn called him "a model of consistency" and said he played an important role in Auburn's defensive success. Pettway played in only five games this season due to injuries and suspension. He ran for 305 yards and five touchdowns after leading the Southeastern Conference in yards per game in 2016. - AP College Football
01/03/18 - Anfernee Jennings, rSo, Alabama, 6-2, 265 (DS#1 OLB)[Newsfeed] Alabama linebacker Anfernee Jennings, one of the defensive stars of the Crimson Tide's victory over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, won't play in the national title game against Georgia. Jennings, who suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter of the 24-6 win on Monday, wrote on social media Wednesday that he underwent surgery. "Surgery was a success," he wrote. "Still have to wait and see what the next MRI will determine Friday. Unfortunately I've played my last game this season but I will be back stronger than ever next season because I know that God makes no mistakes. But through it all I am trusting and depending on him and I know that my Greater is coming. Now let's finish and Win this Natty." Jennings, a 6-foot-3, 262-pound sophomore, started all 11 games in which he played this season, making 41 tackles, including six for loss. He had five tackles vs. Clemson, including his first career sack as part of his three tackles for loss. His size against the powerful running game of Georgia would have been important in Monday night's meeting in Atlanta. Jennings' setback continues a star-crossed season at linebacker for Alabama, which has lost 34 starts at the position due to injury. Christian Miller, a starter who missed 10 games after suffering a biceps injury in the season opener, was listed as Jennings' backup for the Sugar Bowl. - The Sports Xchange
01/02/18 - Clayton Thorson, rJr, Northwestern, 6-3, 225 (DS#4 QB)[Newsfeed] QB Clayton Thorson suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the Music City Bowl on Friday night, the school announced Tuesday. Thorson, who was injured early in the second quarter of the Wildcats' 24-23 victory over Kentucky, is scheduled to undergo surgery in mid-January. An MRI exam revealed the severity of the injury to Thorson, who was hurt after catching a 24-yard pass from backup running back Jeremy Larkin. No timetable was offered for Thorson's return. A redshirt junior, Thorson guided Northwestern to a 10-3 record, including a season-ending eight-game winning streak. Three days before sustaining his injury, Thorson announced he would return for his final season of eligibility at Northwestern rather than enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
01/02/18 - Will Grier, rJr, West Virginia, 6-1, 214 (DS#10 QB)[Newsfeed] 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Will Grier (QB),...Earning honorable mention for the Mountaineers were Dravon Askew-Henry (DB), Al-Rasheed Benton (LB), Reese Donahue (DL), Will Grier (QB), David Long Jr (LB), Colton McKivitz (OL), Kenny Robinson (DB), Elijah Wellman (FB) and Ka'Raun White (WR). West Virginia finished the regular season with a 7-5 overall record and 5-4 in the conference, tying for fourth place. - West Virginia Football
01/01/18 - Thomas Owens, Sr, Florida International, 6-1, 240 (DS#80 WR)[Newsfeed] 2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR - Thomas Owens, Sr., FIU,...Despite having his season cut short with a knee injury, Owens, a senior, continues to lead FIU in receiving with 59 catches for 887 yards and six touchdowns in nine games, with his reception and receiving yards totals marking career highs. The Boynton Beach, Florida native recorded four-consecutive 100-yard games, against Charlotte (7-for-101) on Sept. 30, Middle Tennessee (11-for-162) on Oct. 7, Tulane (6-for-162) on Oct. 14 and Marshall (7-for-114) on Oct. 28. His 162 yards against Middle Tennessee fell just four yards shy of his career-high. Owens also tied his career-high with 11 receptions against the Blue Raiders and Old Dominion on Nov. 11. - Florida International Football
01/01/18 - Alex McGough, Sr, Florida International, 6-2, 218 (DS#37 QB)[Newsfeed] 2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): QB - Alex McGough, Sr., FIU,...McGough, a senior, is one of six FIU players to earn Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. He is currently FIU's all-time career leader in touchdown passes (66) and second in career completions (805) and passing yards (9,084). He has completed 231-of-354 passes for 2,791 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2017, while recording a career-best 65.3 percent passing mark. McGough also ranks in the top five in C-USA in passing yards per game (232.6) and passing efficiency (142.8). Not only has McGough found the end zone through the air, but he has matched a career-high with four rushing touchdowns of his own. - Florida International Football
12/31/17 - *Andre Smith, Jr, North Carolina, 6-0, 240 (DS#22 ILB)[Newsfeed] North Carolina junior linebacker Andre Smith is entering the NFL draft. The school announced Smith's decision on Sunday. The Jacksonville, Florida, native made 14 starts at middle linebacker before suffering a season-ending injury in September against Louisville. Smith ranked seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 8.7 tackles per game in 2016. He had 21 tackles in two games this season and also had a 73-yard interception return against California in the opener. In a statement, coach Larry Fedora said the team will miss Smith's leadership. Smith tweeted a statement saying going to UNC was "the best decision I've made in my life." - AP College Football