08/24/15 - Dalvin Cook, So/2018, Florida State, 5-11, 205 (DS#7 RB)[Newsfeed] FSU RB Cook not guilty of misdemeanor battery...Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery on Monday in Tallahasse, Fla. Cook, 19, had been accused of punching a 21-year-old woman in the face during an argument outside a Tallahassee bar on June 23. After a 10-hour trial at Leon Count Courthouse, the jury took less than 30 minutes to reach the verdict. "I'm just blessed the truth came out," Cook said. "I'm trying to go work back on the field. I've been working, but it's time to get at it now." Cook was suspended after he was charged in July, and coach Jimbo Fisher said he would not be allowed to practice with the team until the legal case was resolved. Cook led the Seminoles with 1,008 rushing yards as a freshman in 2014. - The Sports Xchange
08/24/15 - Kyle Allen, So/2018, Texas AM, 6-3, 205 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] Texas A&M names Kyle Allen starting QB for opener vs. Arizona State...Kevin Sumlin has named Kyle Allen the starting quarterback for Texas A&M's season opener against Arizona State, setting the pieces in place for the weekend's most anticipated games. Allen took over the starting quarterback job from Kenny Hill, now at TCU sitting out the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules, and was forced to learn on the fly during the final five games of the season. The freshman played well in tough spots at then-No. 3 Auburn and against West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl, earning bowl MVP honors for his performance in the 45-37 shootout win.
Kevin Sumlin mentioned Allen's development on the field, working with his teammates in 7-on-7 drills and becoming more familiar with the offense, as well as being highly regarded by his teammates as reasons to like his chances to succeed in 2015. Aggie fans are curious to see where Kyler Murray, the five-star three-time Texas state champion from Allen High School, can take this program in the future, but most indications from College Station have been that Allen is the player of the present. That does not mean that Kyler Murray has to wait long before seeing the field, as Sumlin has not ruled out using the athletically gifted freshman as a change-of-pace quarterback. Texas A&M and Arizona State's kickoff game in Houston's NRG Stadium is one of several notable non-conference games between Power Five teams on the opening weekend schedule. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/24/15 - Baker Mayfield, rJr/2017, Oklahoma, 6-1, 214 (DS#33 QB)[Newsfeed] Baker Mayfield to be named Sooners starting QB...Oklahoma's fresh start on offense will include a fresh face under center. According to reports from both the Oklahoman and Tulsa World, one-time Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield will be named the Sooners' starting quarterback. Mayfield has been battling two-year junior starter Trevor Knight and sophomore Cody Thomas, who started the final three games of the 2014 regular season.
Mayfield was named the Big 12's Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2013 after winning the Texas Tech starting job as a freshman walk-on, then throwing for 2,315 yards with a 12-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He elected to transfer out before the Red Raiders' bowl game, eventually choosing Oklahoma despite the acrimonious circumstances of an intra-conference transfer.
The Sooners offense is undergoing a makeover this offseason following Bob Stoops' decision to replace offensive coordinator Josh Heupel with East Carolina play-caller Lincoln Riley. A former Mike Leach assistant who runs a system modeled on the same Texas Tech Air Raid used by Kliff Kingsbury, Riley is expected to lean more heavily on the pass than previous Sooners' attacks have -- a positive for Mayfield's chances, and perhaps a negative for the more mobile Knight. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
08/24/15 - Dalvin Cook, So/2018, Florida State, 5-11, 205 (DS#7 RB)[Newsfeed] The woman who is accusing Florida State running back Dalvin Cook of punching her in the face outside a bar has finished her testimony as the first witness in Cook's trial on misdemeanor battery charges. Madison Geohegan admitted Monday that she was drinking before the June 23 incident but says she clearly remembers the confrontation with Cook. She says she didn't know his name that night, but the she saw him at another bar three days later and he smirked at her. She says she and the friend she was with the night Geohegan was punched later looked at another player's Instagram account and spotted a photo of Cook, which they shared with police. Police then showed Geohegan a lineup of six photos. It contained Cook's driver license photo and those of five others that look similar to him. She immediately pointed out Cook and told officers she was 100 percent certain it was the man who hit him. The trial will continue with other witness Monday afternoon. - AP Sports
08/24/15 - Ryan Finley, rSo/2018, Boise State, 6-3, 200 (DS#15 QB)[Newsfeed] Sophomore Ryan Finley has been named the starting quarterback for No. 23 Boise State for its season opener against Washington. Boise State coach Bryan Harsin made the announcement on Sunday. Finley was in a four-way race for the job with Tommy Stuart, Alex Ogle and freshman Brett Rypien. Finley finished spring practice as the clear leader in the competition, but an April misdemeanor arrest clouded his status. Harsin has previously said Finley is eligible and won't face further discipline for his arrest. Finley had the most experience of the four quarterbacks after appearing in five games last season as a redshirt freshman. He completed 12 of 27 passes for 161 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He'll replace Grant Hedrick, who graduated after leading the Broncos to a Fiesta Bowl title last season. - AP Sports
08/24/15 - Joey Bosa, Jr/2017, Ohio State, 6-5, 275 (DS#1 DE)[Newsfeed] Ohio State first unanimous No. 1 in preseason AP poll...The defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes made history in becoming the first unanimous preseason No. 1 in the Associated Press college football poll. Ohio State received all 61 first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released Sunday. The Buckeyes were No. 5 in the preseason poll last year. TCU is No. 2, followed by Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State. The rest of the top 10 is Auburn, Oregon, USC, Georgia and Florida State.
Notre Dame is No. 11, followed by Clemson, UCLA, LSU, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Stanford, Arizona, Boise State, Missouri and Tennessee. The Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff championship last season, beating Oregon 42-20. Ohio State, which opens the 2015 season at Virginia Tech on Sept. 7, will try to become the 12th team to win consecutive AP titles since the poll began in 1936. In 2013, Alabama, which had won two straight championships, received 58 of 60 first-place votes, and defending champion Florida did the same in 2009. Neither finished the season No. 1. - The Sports Xchange
08/24/15 - Cameron Echols-Luper, Jr/2017, TCU, 6-0, 190 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] TCU receiver and kick returner Cameron Echols-Luper has left the school. Echols-Luper announced the decision on his Twitter account. TCU officials confirmed Saturday that the junior, whose father is the Horned Frogs running backs coach, is no longer in the program. In his Tweet, Echols-Luper said he decided to begin a new chapter in his life with a "fresh start." He made no reference to where he was going. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Echols-Luper is transferring to Arkansas State, and Frogs coach Gary Patterson said the move is for him to play quarterback. Echols-Luper played 24 games the past two seasons for the Horned Frogs. He was primarily a returner, averaging 11.8 yards on 47 punt returns with one touchdown. He had 13 catches for 93 yards. - AP Sports
08/24/15 - Tyreek Hill, rSr/2017, Oklahoma State, 5-10, 185 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] Former Oklahoma State football player Tyreek Hill pleaded guilty Friday to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in an incident involving his then-pregnant girlfriend last year. Hill, an All-Big 12 all-purpose player last season, entered the guilty plea in a Payne County courtroom. He will be on probation until August 2018 and won't have additional penalties unless he violates conditions of his probation, including completion of an anger management course, a yearlong program for batterers and payment of a $500 fine. If he avoids trouble, the case will be dismissed and there will be no felony on his record. "He accepted responsibility," said Hill's attorney, Jay Husbands. "He understands what he did, and he addressed the things that needed to be addressed so he can put this situation behind him."
Hill gained 1,811 all-purpose yards as a junior last season. His 92-yard punt return for a touchdown made him the hero of Oklahoma State's comeback victory over Oklahoma. But less than a week later, he was dismissed from the football and track teams after being arrested and charged with punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend. Hill is not enrolled in school and will not play this season. He plans to go back to school and resume his playing career, but hasn't decided where he will go. A condition of his probation is that he works full time or attends school. "He's just going to let the dust settle and see what happens," Husbands said. - AP Sports
08/24/15 - Mason Rudolph, So/2018, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 220 (DS#5 QB)[Newsfeed] Mason Rudolph has done things the right way since being named Oklahoma State's starting quarterback. Rudolph closed his freshman season with three strong performances, and coach Mike Gundy named him the starter before spring practice. Rudolph's coaches said the 6-foot-4 pro-style passer has since gained respect from his teammates by demonstrating toughness and becoming a better student of the game. Rudolph said he never changed his approach once he was told he'd earned the job. "It's a good thing to know that I'm the guy, but that doesn't take away from how hard I'm going to work," Rudolph said.
Rudolph stepped in last season after J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman were injured and completed 57 percent of his passes for 853 yards and six touchdowns while leading the Cowboys to wins over Oklahoma and Washington. Even though Walsh was expected to heal from his season-ending foot injury, Gundy went forward with Rudolph. Gundy said Rudolph has some of the same intangibles that made Walsh popular with his teammes. "He has a little bit of grit to him, and toughness, that makes our team want to follow him," Gundy said. "And that's so important at the quarterback position for us." Walsh, who has started 10 games at Oklahoma State, said Rudolph has great potential. "The biggest thing is, he got thrown into a situation last year as a true freshman, and he was very poised," Walsh said. "He's one of those guys that's very charismatic. People kind of gravitate toward him and like him. Not to mention, he's really talented." - AP Sports
08/24/15 - Rashaan Gaulden, So/2018, Tennessee, 6-1, 184 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Tennessee DB Gaulden out for season...Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden has a broken foot and will miss the season, head coach Butch Jones announced Saturday. Jones said the sophomore got "tripped up" during a punt return drill Thursday. "Rashaan meant so much to us, not only from a defensive standpoint, but on special teams as well," Jones said after Saturday's practice. The 6-foot-1, 178-pound Gaulden played primarily on special teams in 11 games as a freshman last season. He was expected to start at nickel cornerback this season. The Volunteers already have lost two offensive linemen -- guards Marcus Jackson and Austin Sanders -- to season-ending biceps injuries this preseason. Tennessee opens the 2015 season at home against Bowling Green on Sept. 5. - The Sports Xchange
08/24/15 - Justin Scott-Wesley, rSr/2016, Georgia, 5-11, 201 (DS#50 WR)[Newsfeed] Georgia WR Scott-Wesley out for opener, maybe more...Senior wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley of Georgia sustained a right knee injury earlier this week during practice and coach Mark Richt told reporters on Saturday that the news is not good. Richt said Scott-Wesley definitely will miss the Bulldogs' opener on Sept. 5 and might be out longer than that. "I'm not sure we'll see Justin for awhile, if at all," Richt said. This is the third significant injury to Scott-Wesley's right knee. In 2013, he tore his right ACL. This summer, Scott-Wesley underwent an arthroscopic procedure to repair his right meniscus, but returned in time for preseason practice. - The Sports Xchange
08/24/15 - Latroy Pittman Jr., Sr/2016, Florida, 5-11, 215 (DS#59 WR)[Newsfeed] Florida loses three players for opener...The Florida Gators and new coach Jim McElwain will be without three players for the season opener against New Mexico State. Defensive lineman Alex McCalister, defensive back Marcus Maye and wide receiver Latroy Pittman will sit out the Sept. 5 game -- McElwain's first as Florida's head coach -- after violating university athletic association policy. McCalister and May are projected starters for the Gators. Last season, McCalister finished second on the team in sacks with six and third in tackles for loss with eight. May has 11 career starts in two seasons and was the Gators' third-leading tackler a year ago with 62 stops. Pittman has 19 catches for 188 yards in three seasons as a backup. The Gators are listed as 36-point favorites in the opener against the Aggies. - The Sports Xchange
08/24/15 - Devon Johnson, Sr/2016, Marshall, 6-1, 243 (DS#9 RB)[Newsfeed] Marshall running back Devon Johnson believes blocking is still his best attribute. He may want to rethink that if he has another solid year carrying the ball for the Thundering Herd. Nicknamed Rockhead for his bruising style, the 244-pound Johnson's move to the backfield a year ago from backup tight end was intended to provide protection for quarterback Rakeem Cato. But Johnson showed he could do some special things, too. Despite missing most of three games late in the season with knee and shoulder injuries, Johnson finished with 1,767 rushing yards, the second-best single season in school history. The senior should be the focal point of the offense this season with Cato gone. "I'm happy if the team is happy," Johnson said. "I'm happy as long as the coach is happy. That's all I want is for this team to win and achieve its goals."
Johnson helped Marshall en route to its first Conference USA championship. He took pride in the fact that opposing defenses didn't blitz as much when he was in the backfield blocking. "I think it helps our passing game and helps our quarterback to sit in the pocket calmly," he said. Of course, he was happy with his running, too - more specifically, he was proud of his linemen for opening gaping holes. "They made my job a whole lot easier than what it was," he said. "I just ran hard for them because they were blocking hard for me." - AP Sports
08/24/15 - Ricky Town, rFr/2020, Arkansas, 6-3, 208 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Ex-USC QB Town will transfer to Arkansas...Quarterback Ricky Town, who left the USC program last weekend, reportedly will transfer to Arkansas, where he will compete for the starting job next year. Town will sit out this season and have four years of NCAA eligibility starting in 2016, ESPN's Joe Schad reported Friday. "If I was going to transfer, I wanted to do it immediately as to not lose two years of eligibility," Town told Schad. "I'm excited to compete and to help Arkansas win games. It's a long journey." Fifth-year senior Brandon Allen is the Razorbacks' quarterback this season.
A four-star recruit from Ventura, Calif., Town originally committed to Alabama but changed his mind and enrolled at USC in January. He then told coach Steve Sarkisian last Sunday that "he wanted to move on." He told Schad he likes Arkansas' offense better. "Great system," Town said. "They said the quarterback is like a coach on the field. Not just simple reads. There are a lot of protections and it's really a chess game. I want to be like a point guard on the field. - The Sports Xchange
08/24/15 - Ammon Lakip, rSr/2016, Clemson, 5-10, 200 (DS#15 K)[Newsfeed] Clemson kicker suspended three games...Clemson will be without kicker Ammon Lakip for its first three games this season after an offseason drug arrest. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Thursday that the 21-year-old senior will miss games against Wofford on Sept. 5, Appalachian State on Sept. 12 and Louisville on Sept. 17. Lakip was indefinitely suspended by Swinney after a June 6 arrest on charges of misdemeanor cocaine possession, driving under the influence and refusal to take a blood, breath or urine test after he left an area bar. His vehicle was stopped by police, which detected the smell of alcohol, and he failed several field sobriety tests. A small amount of cocaine was found in a lip balm container.
Lakip will be eligible to return for a Oct. 3 game against Notre Dame. Walk-on redshirt freshman Greg Huegel will replace Lakip. Last season, Lakip made 21 of 28 field attempts and had a team-leading 106 points. He is 22 of 30 on field goal tries in his career and has 117 points in 20 games. Lakip was one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award last year and was named honorable mention All-ACC. - The Sports Xchange
08/24/15 - Adam Lane, rSo/2018, Eastern Kentucky, 5-07, 224 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] Former University of Florida running back Adam Lane has transferred to Eastern Kentucky University and will be eligible to play immediately for the FCS program. Lane, the MVP of the 2015 Birmingham Bowl, is a redshirt sophomore with three seasons of eligibility remaining. The 5-foot-7, 224-pounder from Winter Haven, Florida, finished fourth in rushing for the Gators last season with 181 yards on 24 carries. Much of that output came in a 28-20 win over East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl, where he rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. He also rushed for 60 yards on five carries in the Gators' 52-3 victory over Eastern Kentucky last Nov. 22. Lane had been third on Florida's depth chart heading into the 2015 season. - STATS FCS
08/20/15 - Taysom Hill, Sr/2016, BYU, 6-2, 232 (DS#6 QB)[Newsfeed] There is no lack of confidence in BYU quarterback Taysom Hill. And there's a sense of urgency mixed in for the senior who watched two of his three college seasons end in serious injury. Those things combined could give defensive coordinators nightmares this season as the Cougars hope to put together the most prolific offense in school history. "The opportunities are really endless in what we can do as an offense, throwing the ball specifically," Hill said. Both Hill and coach Bronco Mendenhall have said this offense could be the best the school has ever produced. Hill is back and healthy after a broken leg and torn ligaments ended his season in the fifth game last year. BYU was 4-0, including an upset of No. 25 Texas, and Hill was in the Heisman conversation before the injury. Hill is now 100 percent and should be a better passer since the injury forced him to polish his pocket skills during the offseason. But he still has the mobility that led to 1,344 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013.
The Cougars are loaded at receiver with seniors Mitch Mathews, Devon Blackmon and Terenn Houk and juniors Mitch Juergens and Nick Kurtz all back. The first four combined for 132 catches, 1,717 yards and 15 touchdowns. Kurtz missed the season with a foot injury. "As long as I'm playing quarterback, my mindset will be making great decisions and getting the ball out on time," Hill said. "If I'm making the right decisions and doing those things, defenses can do whatever they want. They can blitz, they can drop eight. "It doesn't matter. Whatever they do, they will be wrong." - AP Sports
08/20/15 - Andrew Jelks, rJr/2017, Vanderbilt, 6-5, 305 (DS#27 OT)[Newsfeed] Vanderbilt offensive tackle Andrew Jelks will miss the 2015 season after suffering a knee injury in Wednesday's practice. Jelks, a two-year starter and 2013 Freshman All-American, was slotted to serve at left tackle for a second straight season. He is Vanderbilt's second key offensive starter lost for the season to injury in preseason camp. C.J. Duncan, the team's top wide receiver last season, suffered a season-ending lower leg injury in practice last week.
“I’m really disappointed for Andrew because he’s such a fine young man,” head coach Derek Mason said in a media release. “Andrew was having an excellent camp and was looking forward to having a big year. He's a tremendous talent who commands respect throughout the locker room. Andrew’s a dedicated hard worker, and I know he will come back even stronger. “It’s time for others to step up and claim a more substantial role in the success of our offense. We definitely have players on our roster that can fill the void left by Andrew’s departure." - Adam Sparks, The Tennessean
08/20/15 - Deshaun Watson, So/2018, Clemson, 6-2, 208 (DS#4 QB)[Newsfeed] Clemson fans don't seem concerned about the massive losses on last year's top-ranked ranked defense, the muddled picture at running back or the departure of high-powered offensive leader Chad Morris to SMU. No, there's only one issue anyone wants to chat about when it comes to the Tigers: Can quarterback Deshaun Watson stay healthy. Watson, the smiling, friendly sophomore, said he will hear that question a dozen or so times a day from students, fans and others. He responds the same way, "I'm ready to go." That's good news for the Atlantic Coast Conference favorites, picked to supplant Florida State as champions largely on the strength of Watson's ability. He missed five games and most of two others because of injuries to his throwing hand and his left knee, which required offseason surgery to repair.
So far, Watson has looked polished and strong in camp. Although, it is difficult for his teammates not to hold their breaths when he lingers too long on the ground. In Monday's practice, Watson went down hard running a read option play and a hush fell over the field before he popped up with a grin, ready for the next snap. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Watson was selected the ACC's preseason player of the year based on a small, yet impressive sample size (Watson passed for 1,466 yards and 14 TDs in limited action last fall). "He's beyond what you've seen," Swinney said. Watson has been spectacular at times in his short stint with Clemson. He accounted for 792 yards and 10 touchdowns in consecutive victories over North Carolina and North Carolina State after taking over the starting job in midseason. - AP Sports
08/20/15 - Jeff Driskel, rSr/2016, Louisiana Tech, 6-4, 234 (DS#29 QB)[Newsfeed] Jeff Driskel has one last season to add a chapter of triumph and redemption to a largely disappointing college career. The former Florida quarterback is confident that he gave himself an excellent shot at doing just that by joining Conference USA favorite Louisiana Tech. "I knew I wanted to get to a different situation where I would have an opportunity to rebound and go out on a high note," Driskel said. "I wanted to go somewhere where I could come in and play ... somewhere where I could put up some big numbers." So Driskel has joined a Bulldogs squad which fell just short of upending Marshall for the 2014 league title before ending last season with a bowl victory. Louisiana Tech also has top skill players returning, headlined by prolific running back Kenneth Dixon, as well as receivers Trent Taylor and Paul Turner.Coach Skip Holtz, now entering his third season, is confident the 6-foot-4 Driskel, who started six games for the Gators last season, can be brilliant with a fresh start in a new offense. "He's got great athleticism in the way that he can run," Holtz said. "What's really impressed me ... is the way that he's come in and earned this team's respect. "He's a great talent," Holtz added. "I'm really looking forward to watching him play." - AP Sports
08/20/15 - Shaun Crawford, Fr/2019, Notre Dame, 5-09, 180 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Notre Dame defensive back Shaun Crawford will miss the season after injuring a knee in practice. Coach Brian Kelly released a statement Wednesday night saying the 5-foot-8, 180-pound freshman from Lakewood, Ohio, tore his anterior cruciate ligament during practice earlier in the day. Kelly had said Saturday that Crawford was competing for time at nickel back, saying he had shown speed, physicality and a knack for the game. He said Crawford already knew the calls and was helping safeties on some plays. He also was competing for a spot returning kickoffs. - AP Sports
08/19/15 - Kennedy Estelle, Sr/2016, West Alabama, 6-7, 285 (DS#999 OT)[Newsfeed] Former Texas starting offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle has enrolled at Division II West Alabama. Coach Brett Gilliland said Estelle enrolled in classes on Tuesday. He is eligible to play immediately. The 6-foot-6, 285-pounder was one of the nation's top prospects out of high school. He started nine games at Texas and played in 16 before being dismissed by Longhorns coach Charlie Strong early last season. Estelle had started the first game against North Texas, then was suspended and didn't play again. - AP Sports
08/19/15 - Kurt Benkert, rSo/2018, East Carolina, 6-3, 225 (DS#16 QB)[Newsfeed] East Carolina has picked Kurt Benkert as its starting quarterback. Coach Ruffin McNeill announced the decision Wednesday. Benkert is a redshirt sophomore who played three games last year behind Shane Carden, who's now with the Chicago Bears. Benkert completed 8 of 10 passes for 58 yards with an interception, and rushed for 23 yards and two touchdowns on five attempts. McNeill says "it was time to name a starter to move forward" with preparing for the season. He says Blake Kemp, a junior who redshirted last year as a junior college transfer, will be Benkert's backup. Another QB, Cody Keith, injured his right foot during preseason camp and is recovering. - AP Sports
08/19/15 - Kevin Ellison, rJr/2017, Georgia Southern, 6-0, 190 (DS#36 QB)[Newsfeed] Georgia Southern QB Ellison suspended for two games...Georgia Southern quarterback Kevin Ellison will sit out the first two games of the season. Ellison has been ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA and will be suspended for the Eagles' first two games, athletic director Tom Kleinlein said Wednesday. The junior will miss the opener at West Virginia on Sept. 5 and the game against Western Michigan on Sept. 12. Georgia Southern won the Sun Belt Conference in its first year in 2014 and is favored to do so again this season. Ellison led the Eagles' run-focused offense in 2014, rushing for 1,096 yards and 12 touchdowns while throwing for 1,001 and five scores. Junior Favian Upshaw is expected to start in place of Ellison. - The Sports Xchange
08/19/15 - Jalen Mills, Sr/2016, LSU, 6-0, 193 (DS#2 FS)[Newsfeed] LSU DB Jalen Mills (fibula) reportedly out 4-6 weeks...LSU safety Jalen Mills will reportedly miss four-to-six weeks after suffering a fractured fibula, according to the Times-Picayune. Michael Bonnette, LSU's sports information director, only confirmed that Mills was injured during Wednesday morning's practice but would not divulge the extent of the injury. Mills has been a mainstay of the Tigers' defensive backfield since he was a freshman, starting at cornerback and nickel corner before moving to safety during his sophomore season. He has played in 39 games, starting every one, and was the team's leading tackler last season. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com