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03/30/15 - Keith Ford, So/2017, Oklahoma, 5-11, 206 (DS#26 RB)[Newsfeed] Oklahoma has suspended running back Keith Ford indefinitely for academic and team rules violations. The school and coach Bob Stoops made the announcement on Monday. Ford was Oklahoma's top rusher and one of the Sooners' top receivers before he broke his right leg in the third game of the season against Tennessee and missed five games. Samaje Perine took over as the lead back and finished with 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns. Ford might have struggled to find playing time. Perine is a sophomore and Joe Mixon, one of the nation's top recruits last year, has returned after a season-long suspension. Alex Ross, who was a reserve running back and one of the nation's best kick returners last season, also is back, and freshman Rodney Anderson is highly regarded. - AP Sports
03/30/15 - John Taylor, rSo/2017, Alabama, 6-3, 336 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] Alabama dismisses DL Taylor after arrest...Alabama dismissed defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor from the team Sunday after he was arrested on domestic violence charges in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The 6-foot-4, 335-pound Taylor, who has a history of domestic violence issues, was arrested Saturday night and charged with third-degree assault and domestic violence third-degree criminal mischief, according to the Tuscaloosa Police Department. "This will still need to go through the legal process, but when he was given an opportunity here, it was under strict guidelines and we made it clear there was a zero-tolerance policy," coach Nick Saban said in a statement.
Police were called to a residence near campus by a 24-year-old woman who said she was assaulted. After speaking with her and with Taylor, officers determined that there was probable cause to arrest him. The alleged victim had minor injuries to her neck and a hole was punched in a bedroom closet door at the scene. Taylor was held on a $1,000 bond. He was subject to a mandatory 12-hour domestic violence hold. Taylor, a transfer from Georgia, was charged last July with felony aggravated assault and family violence after he allegedly hit his girlfriend with a fist and choked her while arguing. He was subsequently dismissed from the Bulldogs' football program. The case is still pending. - The Sports Xchange
03/29/15 - John Taylor, rSo/2017, Alabama, 6-3, 336 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] Alabama DL Taylor charged with domestic violence...Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor was arrested Saturday night on a domestic violence charge for the second time in a year. The 6-foot-4, 335-pound Taylor was charged with third-degree assault and domestic violence third-degree criminal mischief, according to the Tuscaloosa Police Department. Police were called to a residence near campus by a 24-year-old woman who said she was assaulted. After speaking with her and with Taylor, officers determined that there was probable cause to arrest him. The alleged victim had minor injuries to her neck and a hole was punched in a bedroom closet door at the scene. Taylor was being held on a $1,000 bond. He was subject to a mandatory 12-hour domestic violence hold.
A transfer from Georgia, Taylor was charged last July with felony aggravated assault and family violence after he allegedly hit his girlfriend with a fist and choked her while arguing. He was subsequently dismissed from the Bulldogs' football program. The case is still pending. In a separate incident while at Georgia last March,Taylor was arrested for theft by deception after four football players attempted to cash meal reimbursement checks twice. Taylor left Georgia for Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College last fall and then enrolled at Alabama in January. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban and athletic director Bill Battle defended signing Taylor despite a public backlash, saying he deserved another chance. - The Sports Xchange
03/29/15 - *Jameis Winston, rSo/2015, Florida State, 6-4, 231 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Jimbo Fisher: Jameis Winston victim of 'character assassination'...Despite all of the negativity surrounding the signal caller, his former coach Jimbo Fisher is fully supporting him, telling WDAE radio in Tampa, Fla., on Friday that Winston is a victim of "character assassination" via the media. "Why is there a question?" Fisher said. "Because of the character assassination that he's lived through in the media, and the [misinformation] and half-truths that have been printed. What amazes me about this whole process is the un-professionalism of a lot of major newspapers, and a lot of major outlets that did not report the whole truth of the situation and only slanted it for their own opinion."
Fisher went on to defend Winston's character, saying that NFL teams should not be concerned. "Jameis has great character," Fisher said. "Did he make mistakes? Yes. Did he make silly mistakes? Yes. I mean, he's still a 20-year-old kid. He and Johnny Manziel are the only two who have ever gone through that pressure of winning a Heisman [as an underclassman]. Plus, he won a national championship. No one had ever done what he had done. "Some of his mistakes come from wanting to be normal. … He likes being seen as a normal student, and not Jameis Winston. … That got him in trouble by making some poor choices. … It wasn't from malice, but just from a little bit of immaturity. He's still just 20 years old. He'll grow through that." - Dave Peters, CBSSports.com
03/28/15 - Geno Smith, Jr/2016, Alabama, 6-0, 197 (DS#9 FS)[Newsfeed] Alabama DB Geno Smith charged with DUI...Alabama senior defensive back Geno Smith was arrested Friday night and charged with driving under the influence, Smith's second DUI charge in three years. Both al.com and the Tuscaloosa News reported the arrest, citing Tuscaloosa County sheriff's Office records. Bond has reportedly been set at $1,000. Smith's previous DUI offense came in August 2013, before his sophomore season. Nick Saban said at the time that the arrest "is obviously not the kind of behavior we expect from our players." An Atlanta native, Smith transitioned from corner to safety entering the 2014 season and appeared in all 14 games for Alabama last fall, finishing fifth on the team with 54 tackles. He has been expected to move into the starting lineup in 2015 following the departures of previous safety starters Landon Collins and Nick Perry. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
03/28/15 - Treon Harris, Fr/2018, Florida, 5-11, 180 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Florida is without two key offensive playmakers during spring practice. Quarterback Treon Harris missed his second consecutive practice Friday following the shooting death of a family member in Miami, and receiver Brandon Powell has been shut down indefinitely after aggravating a previous foot injury. Coach Jim McElwain says it's unclear when Harris will return, saying "sometimes it's time to sit back and reflect about the importance of family and what that truly means. He'll fight through it and we expect him back when the time is right." Powell had foot surgery last spring, which included the insertion of a screw, and team doctors recently found a "hot spot." McElwain says "we're going to hold him from any contact, any scrimmage work" in hopes of not making the injury worse. - AP Sports
03/28/15 - Matthew Thomas, rFr/2018, Florida State, 6-3, 233 (DS#999 ILB)[Newsfeed] FSU LB Matthew Thomas out for spring, 'probably' needs surgery...Matthew Thomas arrived at Florida State in 2013 as the bluest of blue chips, a five-star rated among the top 10 prospects at any position by the 247Sports composite. The Miami product has shown flashes of his immense potential in his first two seasons in Tallahassee, but is still waiting for a true breakout season as the 2015 campaign approaches. Unfortunately for Thomas, that breakout will have to come in spite of a setback in the Seminoles' spring practice. Per the Orlando Sentinel, Jimbo Fisher told the media Friday after practice that Thomas would miss the remainder of spring camp with a shoulder injury, and would "probably" undergo surgery. “It popped out. Popped out," Fisher said of the shoulder. "It popped out a bunch of times last year, one game it popped out four different times. It popped out the other day. It's too loose. We'll have to end up fixing it."
Per the Sentinel, the shoulder is the same one whose 2013 injury forced Thomas to take a medical redshirt after four appearances. He was suspended for the first half of the 2014 season over an NCAA rules issue, then battled injuries the remainder of the season. Despite those issues, Thomas appeared in eight games, making three starts and finishing the season with 26 tackles. Any extended absence for Thomas could be trouble for the Seminoles' linebacking corps, with potential contributor E.J. Levenberry having transferred to UConn earlier this month and starter Reggie Northrup recovering from ACL surgery. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
03/27/15 - Patton Robinette, rSo/2017, Vanderbilt, 6-4, 214 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Vanderbilt QB Robinette ends career, enters medical school...Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette, citing health concerns, has abruptly ended his playing career and will enter medical school. Robinette, a redshirt junior for the Commodores, told head coach Derek Mason on Thursday and informed teammates Friday morning. He plans to enter Vanderbilt School of Medicine this summer to study orthopedics. Robinette started the 2014 season opener, but was pulled out for an injury. He played in just six games last season because of injuries. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Robinette started five of his 16 career games, throwing for 1,096 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions during his two seasons. He rushed for 277 yards and nine touchdowns during his career.
Robinette said his decision was influenced by a history of injuries, including a knee sprain in last year's opener against Temple and a concussion he suffered against South Carolina on Sept. 20 that forced him to miss six weeks. "This has been a very difficult decision to make," Robinette said in a statement released by the university. "This team means the world to me and I love playing football more than anything. It's been tough coming to a decision that is right for my family and I, and protects my health and future. "I've been very deliberate in coming to this decision. It's difficult but I'm really excited to move forward to the next chapter of my life and really to see what the field of medicine has in store for me." - The Sports Xchange
03/27/15 - Adam Gotsis, Jr/2016, Georgia Tech, 6-4, 288 (DS#6 DT)[Newsfeed] Adam Gotsis wasn't on any of the recruiting lists when the Australian signed with Georgia Tech three years ago in what looked like a strange experiment. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson believed he'd landed a five-star talent. He said on that signing day in 2012, "I will match him up against almost anybody. He's 6-foot-5, 300 pounds and can run." Johnson was right. Gotsis is preparing for his third year as a starter on the Yellow Jackets' defensive front. After spending much of his youth playing Australian Rules Football, he was a major part of an improved defense that helped Georgia Tech win 11 games, including the Orange Bowl, last season. "It's been a journey," Gotsis said. "I remember the whole recruiting process and just trying to find any college to have some interest in me."
Johnson was won over by the size and speed of Gotsis. Those strengths - and his production on the field - make Gotsis a name to watch in next year's NFL draft. In the last two seasons, Gotsis has 7 ½ sacks and 20 tackles for losses. He had four tackles, including one for a loss, and blocked a field goal in the Yellow Jackets' win at Georgia last season. He added four more stops in the Orange Bowl win over Mississippi State. "Adam is going to go all-out on every play," said linebacker P.J. Davis. "He's going to give you the best he's got." Asked after Wednesday's spring practice to reflect on his 2012 expectations for Gotsis, Johnson said, "Truthfully, he has probably played even better than I thought he would. I thought he would be a player who would help us and contribute. He's ended up being what, a three-year starter?" - AP Sports
03/27/15 - Coleman Thomas, Fr/2018, Tennessee, 6-6, 311 (DS#999 OT)[Newsfeed] Vols OL Thomas charged with felony theft...Tennessee offensive lineman Coleman Thomas was arrested in Knoxville, Tenn., on a felony theft charge and subsequently removed from all team activities on Thursday. Thomas, who will be a sophomore in the fall, allegedly stole an Xbox and three Xbox games from another student's dorm room on March 13, according to reports. Police arrested Thomas on Wednesday and he was released on $2,000 bond. An arraignment is scheduled for April 7. Last season, Thomas played in 11 games as a true freshman and started five at right tackle.
Thomas participated in the Vols' first spring practice and Tuesday and was interviewed by the media, but there was no indication of pending charges against him. The athletic department then announced Thursday that Thomas would not be allowed to participate in team activities until further notice. According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, the Xbox and Xbox games were worth $640 and sold at a local Game Stop store the same day the alleged theft had been reported. "We are aware of the situation and are awaiting further details," school spokesman Jimmy Stanton said. - The Sports Xchange
03/26/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr/2016, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#10 QB)[Newsfeed] Ohio State's compliance office is investigating whether quarterback Braxton Miller broke any NCAA rules when he posed for a picture on social media with health-care and nutritional products. Miller was pictured on Instagram on Tuesday night with products from AdvoCare. Miller is a graduate student who started three seasons for the Buckeyes but missed all of the Buckeyes' championship season last year after shoulder surgery. He is expected to play this fall after rehabbing through spring workouts. Student-athletes are permitted to hold jobs outside of school but they cannot use their status with a college team to sell products. - AP Sports
03/26/15 - *Randy Gregory, rJr/2015, Nebraska, 6-5, 235 (DS#2 DE)[Newsfeed] Nebraska DE Randy Gregory failed combine drug test...According to a report by NFL.com, Nebraska junior pass rusher Randy Gregory tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine in February. Gregory is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 8 overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft and is currently slotted in the top 10 of mock drafts. "I blame myself," Gregory told NFL.com's Kimberly Jones. "And I know it sounds cliché, but there's really no one else I can blame." Gregory's past drug use was a concern in league circles before the failed test, dating back to high school and his time at junior college. NFL scouts often point out that marijuana testing at the NFL combine is more of an "idiot test" because every prospect and agent knows about it well ahead of time. Gregory said he hasn't smoked since December, but it adds another red flag to his already polarizing pro projection. "Am I worried? Yeah, I'm worried," he said when asked about his draft stock. "At the same time, I'm confident. I know I'm going to be all right in the end." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/15 - *Randy Gregory, rJr/2015, Nebraska, 6-5, 235 (DS#2 DE)[Newsfeed] Nebraska DE Randy Gregory failed combine drug test...So how will this affect his draft stock? This failed test will be viewed differently by teams as some are more tolerant than others. Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston was thought to be a possible late first-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, but after a failed drug test, he slipped to the third round and the No. 70 pick overall. Marijuana hasn't been an issue for him since entering the league and he has developed into one of the best third-round steals in recent memory.
On the flip side, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, a second-rounder in the 2012 supplemental draft, looked to be a bargain after leading the league in receiving in 2013. But his constant issues with substance abuse have derailed his career and it's anyone's guess when he'll find the field again, but it won't be until 2016 at the earliest. Gregory has top-10 talent, but with concerns about his growth potential and overall reliability because of his past drug use, it wouldn't be a shock to see him fall past the initial 10 picks. However, it's hard to see him falling too far down draft boards and a team picking in the mid-to-late first round might land the Huskers pass rusher at a reduced price. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/15 - *Jameis Winston, rSo/2015, Florida State, 6-4, 231 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Lovie confirms Bucs leaning Winston at No. 1...Four weeks before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on officially on the clock in the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30, head coach Lovie Smith does not deny Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the leader in the clubhouse to be the No. 1 pick. "No, I wouldn't say it's an erroneous assumption," Smith said in response to a query about the Bucs taking Winston over Oregon's Marcus Mariota first overall. "I would say when people make that assumption, we haven't had the pro workout [for Winston] yet. But we've done a lot of research, have watched a lot of video and had both of them in and talked with them individually and had them on the board. But the process, the game isn't over yet. I think you can have a leader, but you have to let the game play out and we're doing that. "We're excited about this final stage almost to decide exactly which direction to go."
The Buccaneers hosted both quarterbacks this month. Smith, who said after releasing quarterback Josh McCown on Feb. 11 that Mike Glennon is a capable starter, all but guaranteed the team will draft a quarterback. "Odds are, we're going to go a certain direction. But we don't have to make this decision and you wait until you have to," Smith said. "We would feel very comfortable, though, picking one of the [quarterbacks]." - The Sports Xchange
03/26/15 - *Jameis Winston, rSo/2015, Florida State, 6-4, 231 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Lovie confirms Bucs leaning Winston at No. 1...The Buccaneers have drafted only two quarterbacks in the first round since 1994 -- Trent Dilfer was No. 1 overall that year, and the previous regime picked Josh Freeman in 2009 -- and neither worked out. As part of the evaluation process, the Buccaneers are spending "hours" on research of Winston and Mariota, who met with ownership. The Glazer family signed off on drafting either player earlier this week. Smith echoed Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt's position that Mariota's disposition and demeanor are not concerns. Smith said Mariota was not quiet or shy in meetings with the team. The Titans, who pick second, could draft Mariota if the Buccaneers snag Winston.
Winston won the national championship and Heisman Trophy and enters the NFL with only one loss on his resume from Florida State. Beyond off-field questions, Smith said there are areas where Winston can improve. "That's one part, you say 'What can improve?' " Smith said. "Us getting him on proper nutrition. Lifting. Getting him in the weight room. When I say he's an immature athlete, he hasn't a chance to really develop his body. You say, 'Jameis, what are you least proud of?' He'll say, 'The 40-yard dash. I was embarrassed.'" - The Sports Xchange
03/25/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr/2016, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#10 QB)[Newsfeed] Ohio State 'looking into' possible Braxton Miller endorsement violation...An Ohio State spokesperson says the school is "aware" of a deleted Braxton Miller Instagram post that showed the Buckeyes senior quarterback with a collection of AdvoCare nutrition products -- and more importantly, appeared to endorse the multi-level marketing brand. Per Land-Grant Holy Land, the Instagram handle mentioned in the caption to Miller's post belongs to trainer Brandon Oshodin of the company Authentik Fitness (who would later re-post Miller's image). Oshodin appears to be a distributor of AdvoCare products. AdvoCare makes it clear it does not approve of NCAA athletes promoting the product (even if no doubt would be happy to have them use them).
So what's the potential fallout from Miller's misstep? Not much, most likely, unless Oshodin or another AdvoCare party has paid Miller handsomely for the privilege of the above photo, in which case the violation may be of the "secondary" variety. An apology, repayment of any minor impermissible benefits and promise to keep any future mentions of AdvoCare off his social media accounts may potentially resolve the case. But as Ohio State knows better than most, delving into the murky world of the NCAA rulebook can sometimes offer some surprises. Stay tuned. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
03/24/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr/2015, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] While the Cincinnati Bengals will not likely be in the market for a running back in the early rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft after adding Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard the past two years, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is impressed with the talent pool at the position this year. NFLDraftScout.com has two running backs currently rated as first round prospects - Georgia's Todd Gurley (No. 18 overall) and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, with 10 running backs rated within the top 100 overall. Gurley continues to recover from ACL surgery, and the bulk of his pre-draft process has been focused on the strength of the knee. "He's going to spend a lot of time jumping through hoops but the ACL injury is one that is not as career-ending or career-threatening as it used to be," Lewis said. "The way our medical operations are today guys come back depending on the severity of it. He'll have to do all of those things in order to prove and at some point somebody will think he's right for the value at that pick." - The Sports Xchange
03/24/15 - Macgarrett Kings Jr., Jr/2016, Michigan State, 5-10, 186 (DS#95 WR)[Newsfeed] Macgarrett Kings and Delton Williams are not on Michigan State's football roster at the start of spring practice. Both players have been facing legal issues over the past month. Coach Mark Dantonio wouldn't comment much on their status when he spoke Tuesday, the first day of spring practice for the Spartans. Dantonio says anyone not on the depth chart is "sort of in limbo" at the moment. Williams, a running back, was arraigned last week on a charge of brandishing a firearm in public. He was suspended from all team-related activities. Kings, a wide receiver, was arrested Feb. 28 on charges that included being drunk and disorderly and interfering with police. - AP Sports
03/24/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr/2015, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] While the Bengals will not likely be in the market for a running back in the early rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft after adding Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard the past two years, coach Marvin Lewis is impressed with the talent pool at the position this year.
NFLDraftScout.com has two running backs currently rated as first round prospects – Georgia's Todd Gurley (No. 18 overall) and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, with 10 running backs rated within the top 100 overall.
Gurley continues to recover from ACL surgery, and the bulk of his pre-draft process has been focused on the strength of the knee.
"He's going to spend a lot of time jumping through hoops but the ACL injury is one that is not as career-ending or career-threatening as it used to be," Lewis said. "The way our medical operations are today guys come back depending on the severity of it. He'll have to do all of those things in order to prove and at some point somebody will think he's right for the value at that pick."
03/24/15 - Marcus Mariota, rJr/2015, Oregon, 6-4, 222 (DS#2 QB)[Newsfeed] Whisenhunt would start Mariota if picked No. 2...If Marcus Mariota is the No. 2 overall pick, he would also be the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart with the Tennessee Titans. "You're talking about taking a quarterback with the first or second pick, you're probably going to play that guy," said Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Oregon quarterback. "As far as whether or not he's ready to do it, we're still in the process of evaluating. We like what we've seen so far, he's a talented player." NFLDraftScout.com ranks Mariota as the No. 2 quarterback in the 2015 draft behind Florida State's Jameis Winston. The Titans don't have a franchise quarterback in place, but have also spent significant time with Southern Cal defensive tackle in addition to working out Mariota and Winston.
The mild-mannered, passive demeanor of Mariota and his college football upbringing in a fast-break offense that didn't develop certain skills vital to NFL success raised criticism from media and some in the scouting community. Whisenhunt, who has an obvious stake in hiking interest in the No. 2 pick, said he sees a pretty flawless player in evaluating Mariota. "I've been very impressed with him," Whisenhunt said. "I spent an hour and a half with him in the classroom and went out on the field and worked out with him. "How he handled that whole situation, he did a really nice job. To me, he shows a lot of the qualities of those guys who have been successful in the league. The team gravitates to him, they really like him. He's an accurate thrower, he doesn't turn the ball over much and can extend the play." How the Titans handle the No. 2 pick and the draft overall could have a serious bearing on Whisenhunt's future. Being the season for blowing smoke, Whisenhunt also had some praise for Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford -- who happens to be under contract with the team coached by Mariota's former college coach, Chip Kelly. - The Sports Xchange
03/24/15 - Taylor McNamara, rSo/2017, Southern Cal, 6-5, 245 (DS#999 TE)[Newsfeed] Tight end Taylor McNamara transferring to USC...Former Oklahoma tight end Taylor McNamara will transfer to USC, he announced on his Twitter account Monday. McNamara, who signed with OU in its recruiting class of 2012, only recorded one career reception -- a four-yard grab in the Sooners' 2014 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. He was injured during his true freshman season and redshirted. He rarely played as a redshirt freshman in 2013, but expected to get more playing time last season, especially after catching two touchdown passes in the 2014 spring game. That didn't materialize, in part because former quarterback Blake Bell was the team's primary tight end. McNamara is set to graduate from OU this May, and will transfer to USC with immediate eligibility in 2015. A former four-star prospect, McNamara was ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's seventh-best tight end -- and the No. 189 overall prospect -- in his recruiting class. - Jason Kersey, News Oklahoma
03/24/15 - Russell Bellomy, rJr/2016, Texas-San Antonio, 6-2, 220 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Head football coach Larry Coker announced Tuesday that quarterback Russell Bellomy will join his program this summer after graduating from Michigan on May 1. Bellomy will have one year of eligibility with the Roadrunners. "We are excited that Russell has decided to become a member of our program," Coker said. "He has gained valuable experience at Michigan the past four years and we look forward to having him on campus for summer workouts after he graduates in May."
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Arlington appeared in six games during the past three seasons for the Wolverines after sitting out the 2011 campaign as a redshirt. He appeared in one contest this past fall and another five in 2012. Coached by Bob Wager at Martin High School, he led the Warriors to a 10-3 record and UIL Class 5A Division I regional semifinals as a senior. He passed for 1,564 yards and 15 touchdowns and added another 804 yards on the ground to go along with nine more scores en route to first-team All-District 4-5A honors that season. - UTSA football
03/23/15 - Corey Clement, So/2017, Wisconsin, 5-11, 210 (DS#4 RB)[Newsfeed] Running back Corey Clement is using spring practice at Wisconsin to prepare for a bigger workload and a new coaching staff. Clement is the heir apparent in the backfield to Melvin Gordon, who bypassed his senior year to enter the NFL draft after a record-setting season. Clement was also pretty good in 2014 with 949 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore. But the Badgers are in transition with coach Paul Chryst running his first spring practice after taking over for Gary Andersen. He left in December to take the Oregon State job. Chryst does offer some continuity given that he once coordinated potent offenses at Wisconsin before a three-year stint as Pittsburgh's head coach. Chryst has said he likes what he sees so far in Clement, especially his work ethic. - AP Sports
03/23/15 - Garrett Grayson, rSr/2015, Colorado State, 6-2, 213 (DS#4 QB)[Newsfeed] Now healthy, QB Garrett Grayson impresses at pro day...A popular topic from the NFL Scouting Combine was that all of the top quarterbacks were full participants in Indianapolis. And while that was true with Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and others, NFL scouts who wanted to see Colorado State's Garrett Grayson, who is competing to be the third quarterback drafted, had to wait until Monday to see him perform due to a hamstring injury. And he didn't disappoint. Grayson (6-2, 213) impressed representative from 11 teams in attendance, performing well during the agility tests and on the field throwing the ball at Colorado State's indoor facility. “I was happy with my performance today,” Grayson said after his workout. “I think I proved I could make all the throws…I wanted to prove to everybody that I could take the five- and seven-step drops and throw with accuracy.”
Grayson completed 70 of 74 passes in a typical pro day throwing session that included the full route tree and movement drops to show his mobility and passing on the run. He also performed the agility tests with a 10-feet-1 broad jump, 34-inch vertical and a 40-yard dash in the mid-4.5's. Currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 quarterback in the 2015 class, Grayson is competing with Baylor's Bryce Petty and UCLA's Brett Hundley to be the third quarterback drafted, probably in the top-100 picks. But Grayson is still preparing as if he's the top quarterback in the draft.
Grayson, who was recruited by some Pac-12 schools as a safety, reinvented himself the past two seasons and blossomed into a NFL quarterback, finishing with a 55-to-18 touchdown-to-interception ratio as a junior and senior. He will make low percentage throws into tight coverage, but he finds ways to move the chains with confidence, poise and the mental traits that NFL coaches covet. Despite ordinary physical skills, Grayson's size, athleticism and arm strength are good enough and worth developing. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/23/15 - Garrett Grayson, rSr/2015, Colorado State, 6-2, 213 (DS#4 QB)[Newsfeed] Garrett Grayson saved the 40-yard dash for the end of his pro day workout Monday. "I knew at the end of the day quarterbacks don't get paid to run 40s, they get paid to throw the ball," Grayson said. "I wanted to make sure if something did happen (again) with my hamstring, my throws, at least I got that out." It was during a 40-yard dash last month that Grayson tweaked a hamstring, preventing him from showing off his skills at the NFL Combine and necessitating his personal pro day Monday at Colorado State University. Grayson (6-foot-2 and 214 pounds) completed 70 of 74 passes to wide receiver Charles Lovett with an impressive performance in front of more than a dozen NFL scouts at CSU's indoor football field. "I proved what I can do today," Grayson said. "... think I quieted a few people."
The Mountain West Conference's offensive player of the year was sharp throwing outside the numbers, on three-, five- and seven-step drops, out of the shotgun and on roll-outs and re-sets. He was accurate on medium range and deep throws and solid on over-the-shoulder throws. Afterward, he ran a couple of 40-yard dashes in the 4.60 range and said his hamstring felt fine. "I've been, honestly, just waiting to get this over with, just been training for the past three months so it's been a long process," Grayson said. "Obviously, was a little bummed couldn't do anything at the combine...I was happy with my performance today, think we missed four throws, wished I could have those back but I think I proved I can make all the throws."
While Grayson was getting healthy over the last month, Baylor's Bryce Petty rose in many scouts' eyes as the third-best QB in the upcoming NFL draft behind Florida State's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota. "Me, Bryce Petty and (UCLA's) Brett Hundley, we're all considered to be fighting for that third spot, I can guarantee you can ask those guys too, they're not fighting for the (No. 3), they're fighting for the No. 1," Grayson said. - AP Sports