07/21/15 - Deshaun Watson, So/2018, Clemson, 6-2, 208 (DS#4 QB)[Newsfeed] 2015 ACC Preseason Player of the Year (Media): Clemson is the preseason favorite to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference football championship, according to a poll of 158 media members in attendance at the 2015 ACC Football Kickoff at Pinehurst Resort. The Tigers were also picked over three-time defending ACC champion Florida State to capture the Atlantic Division, while Georgia Tech was favored to repeat as the Coastal Division winner. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who established himself as one of the nationís rising stars as a true freshman last season, was voted the 2015 ACC Preseason Player of the Year.
Watson led the preseason ACC Player of the Year balloting with 69 votes, followed by 2014 ACC leading rusher and Player of the Year James Conner of Pitt with 46. Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas placed third with 13 votes. Injuries sidelined Watson for part of his freshman season, but the Gainesville, Georgia native still threw for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns against only two interceptions in 330 snaps over eight games (five starts). He also made his mark as a rushing threat with 200 yards and five touchdowns on 63 carries. Watson finished last season ranked first in Clemson history in passing efficiency and completion percentage by a freshman, as well as first in school history in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense by a first-year freshman. - ACC Football
07/20/15 - LaMichael Fanning, rSr/2016, Jacksonville State, 6-7, 281 (DS#999 DE)[Newsfeed] Jacksonville State coach John Grass takes being picked to repeat as Ohio Valley Conference champ as a compliment for how the Gamecocks ran through the league undefeated a year ago. The only pressure his Gamecocks feel is making up for how they ended last year. "To win 10 straight, then lose the playoff game was not where our expectations were of seeing our team finishing, so a lot of disappointment there," Grass said Monday. "I've seen that hunger from this team and they're ready for the fall to start."
Jacksonville State went 10-2, became only the 10th team to go undefeated in OVC play and earned the No. 3 seed in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs last year. The Gamecocks lost 37-26 to Sam Houston State in the second round. The Gamecocks, who return nine starters on offense and seven on defense, had 12 players voted to the OVC preseason team. That helped Jacksonville State receive 16 of 18 first-place votes Monday at OVC media day to repeat as champ. The preseason poll of the league's coaches and sports information directors had Eastern Illinois finishing second and Eastern Kentucky third. The OVC sent two teams to the FCS playoffs last year, with Eastern Kentucky joining Jacksonville State. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Trevone Boykin, rSr/2016, TCU, 6-1, 205 (DS#6 QB)[Newsfeed] 2015 Preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year (Media): Trevone Boykin, TCU, QB, Sr.,...Boykin led TCU to a share of the 2014 Big 12 championship and a win over Mississippi in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year set TCU single-season records for passing yards (3,901), touchdown passes (33), touchdowns responsible for (42) and total offense (4,608). He ranked third in the nation in total offensive yards per game (354.5) and became just the third quarterback since 2009 to average at least 300 yards per game passing (300.1) and 50 rushing (54.4). Boykin was a consensus second-team All-American as well as the recipient of the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and the Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club Quarterback of the Year Award. He finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting. - Big 12 Football
07/20/15 - Shawn Oakman, rSr/2016, Baylor, 6-8, 280 (DS#2 DE)[Newsfeed] 2015 Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (Media): Shawn Oakman, Baylor, DE, Sr.,...Oakman is a two-time All-Big 12 selection at defensive end and helped lead Baylor to consecutive Big 12 titles. Entering the 2015 season, he has 13 career sacks through 26 games to rank tied for sixth on the school all-time chart (two shy of school record of 15), and 32 career tackles for loss to rank eighth. He set the BU single-season sack record in 2014 with 11 while totaling 51 tackles (38 solo), 19.5 tackles for loss, nine QB hurries, three PBUs, three forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered. Oakman was named third-team All-America by Associated Press, Lindy's and Phil Steele, and honorable mention by Sports Illustrated. - Big 12 Football
07/20/15 - Chris Carson, Jr/2017, Oklahoma State, 6-1, 205 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] 2015 Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (Media): Chris Carson, Oklahoma State, RB, Jr.,..Carson joins the Cowboys after spending two seasons at Butler Community College (Kan.), where he rushed for 994 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore. In addition to hauling in 12 catches for two scores, Carson also led the Grizzlies in all-purpose yards, producing an average of 117.4 per contest. - Big 12 Football
07/20/15 - Andy Jones, Sr/2016, Jacksonville, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] Jacksonville University's football team has been banned from postseason play for one year for financial aid infractions. The decision was announced Friday by the Pioneer Football League, an 11-member, football-only league that plays in the Football Championship Subdivision. The league says Jacksonville inappropriately dispersed financial aid to players. The school volunteered to vacate its 2010 conference title and its league wins from 2010 to 2014. Last November, the school removed itself from conference title contention. The conference determined that while financial aid rules were not followed, no NCAA violations were found by the university's internal review or the league. Athletic director Donnie Horner says the school accepted the league's findings. In response to a league survey, a university-ordered internal review last fall found possible infractions. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Kanya Bell, Fr/2019, San Jose State, 6-0, 165 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] San Jose State has dismissed incoming freshman wide receiver Kanya Bell Jr. from the football team after his on-campus arrest for domestic battery involving a female. Coach Ron Caragher announced the decision Saturday, a day after Ball was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County jail. Caragher said San Jose has "zero tolerance" for that behavior. Ball was in summer school at the time or his arrest. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Deshaun Watson, So/2018, Clemson, 6-2, 208 (DS#4 QB)[Newsfeed] Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said injured quarterback Deshaun Watson was fully cleared by the school's medical staff to take part in football activities. Watson played with a torn ligament in the Tigers' 35-17 victory over South Carolina in November and had surgery on his right knee in December. Swinney has said Watson has had above average rehabilitation and has looked strong the past several weeks. Swinney said Wednesday his sophomore passer was given the green light to go full out once Clemson opens practice next month. Watson played in eight games and made five starts last season, throwing for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns. He missed three games after injuring his right, throwing hand against Louisville. Watson missed two more contests after hurting the knee at Georgia Tech. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Derrius Guice, Fr/2019, LSU, 5-11, 215 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] LSU RB Guice hospitalized after passing out...LSU freshman running back Derrius Guice collapsed during a workout Wedneday at a team facility in Baton Route, La., and was taken to a local hospital for tests, according to multiple reports. Guice was treated for dehydration and a low blood sugar reaction and was expected to be released later Wednesday, Nola.com reported. WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge showed footage of the player being loaded into an ambulance outside LSU's practice facility. School officials declined to comment on Guice's conditions because of privacy laws. The 18-year-old Guice is expected to be a candidate for playing time as a freshman this season after arriving at LSU as the No. 2 running back prospect in the country according to Rivals.com rankings. As a senior last season at Catholic-Baton Rouge High School, Guice ran for 1,341 yards and 21 touchdowns and added 617 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,101 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. - The Sports Xchange
07/20/15 - Kevin Gladney, rSo/2018, Nebraska, 6-1, 190 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] Nebraska has dismissed sophomore wide receiver Kevin Gladney. The school announced the move Friday without disclosing a reason or other details. Gladney, of Akron, Ohio, was redshirted in his first season in 2013 and played seven games in 2014. He was one of 21 Huskers who earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2014. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - DeAndre Johnson, Fr/2019, Florida State, 6-1, 180 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Banned FSU quarterback apologizes for hitting woman...De'Andre Johnson apologized in an interview with "Good Morning America" on Tuesday and said there was no explanation for his actions in a confrontation with a woman in June. The state's attorney's office released surveillance video of Johnson striking a 21-year-old woman June 24 in a bar in Tallahassee, and head coach Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles acted immediately. Johnson, a freshman quarterback at Florida State before being dismissed in light of the misdemeanor battery charges, was seated next to his mother, Pamela Jones, for the sitdown with Michael Strahan. "I totally should have walked away," the 19-year old said.
Johnson's attorney claims a racial slur started the confrontation and claims Johnson reacted only after being kneed in the groin and trying again to "de-escalate" the situation. Florida State president John E. Thrasher held a meeting with Seminoles' football players Monday to remind them that playing for the ACC program is a privilege not a right, and accountability would be stressed moving forward. Several high-profile players, most recently Johnson and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, have been in headlines for off-field trouble. - The Sports Xchange
07/20/15 - Dominique Hatfield, Jr/2017, Utah, 5-10, 175 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Prosecutors dismissed criminal charges Thursday against a University of Utah football player recently kicked off the team, but they are leaving open the possibility of refiling altered charges. New evidence suggests Dominique Hatfield was not the person who robbed a man at knifepoint who planned to buy an Xbox game console, said Salt Lake District Attorney chief deputy Blake Nakamura. But Nakamura said they still suspect Hatfield may have been aware of or involved in the scheme. Surveillance footage shows him in the area of the robbery, he said. Nakamura said they also still believe Hatfield tried to sell stolen cellphones to the same victim in a second interaction at the same car wash on June 30. The 20-year-old Hatfield was arrested that day and charged with aggravated robbery and theft. Hatfield's attorney Greg Skordas said it was clear from surveillance footage that Hatfield wasn't involved in the robbery. He commended prosecutors for taking a step back to reassess the case. Asked about the prosecution's belief that Hatfield is still guilty of theft, Skordas said if they had the evidence, they could have kept that charge. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Brandon Greer, Sr/2016, Central Michigan, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Central Michigan defensive back Brandon Greer has been dismissed from the team after being taken into custody on charges of assault and attempted abduction. The athletic department announced Greer's dismissal Friday. Mount Pleasant police say the 21-year-old Greer has been charged with assault, attempted unlawful imprisonment and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration. Athletic director Dave Heeke says the situation was thoroughly reviewed. He added: "We take all criminal misconduct very seriously and felt this case warranted immediate dismissal from our program." Greer has played three seasons for the Chippewas, appearing in 38 games. He had three interceptions last year. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Dalvin Cook, So/2018, Florida State, 5-11, 205 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] FSU's leading rusher faces assault charge...Another Florida State player faces an assault charge after allegedly hitting a woman. Running back Dalvin Cook was charged with misdemeanor battery Friday in the wake of an alleged assault in Tallahassee, Fla., last month. Florida state prosecutor Willie Meggs issued a probable cause warrant for Cook's arrest and he turned himself in on Friday evening at the Leon County Jail, according to jail records. The school indefinitely suspended Cook after the news of the charge. Cook, a 19-year-old sophomore who was FSU's leading rusher last season, is accused of punching a 21-year-old woman in the face several times outside a Tallahassee bar after closing on June 23.
The alleged victim told ESPN.com that Cook punched her after she declined to give her phone number to one of his acquaintances. Then Cook and his associates told her they were football players who "could buy me in two years," she said. This is the second alleged incident involving an FSU player hitting a woman in the past three weeks. Freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson was kicked off the team Monday after the state attorney's office released surveillance video of the 19-year-old punching a 21-year-old woman at a bar on June 24, the day after Cook's alleged assault. - The Sports Xchange
07/20/15 - Kody Walker, rSr/2016, Arkansas, 6-1, 250 (DS#999 FB)[Newsfeed] University of Arkansas backup running back Kody Walker has been granted a sixth year of eligibility after two season-ending injuries. The university received news of the medical hardship from the NCAA and Southeastern Conference on Wednesday. Walker will be re-classified as a junior and he is eligible to play in the 2015 and 2016 football seasons. Walker was a standout performer in the Razorbacks spring game, rushing for 174 yards and three touchdowns. He suffered season-ending injuries during the first two seasons of his career in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks will return one of the top backfields in the nation with Walker, Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins. They are a near consensus top 25 preseason selection. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Dalvin Cook, So/2018, Florida State, 5-11, 205 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] Florida State indefinitely suspended leading running back Dalvin Cook after he was charged Friday with punching a woman outside a downtown bar - the second time in two weeks that an FSU player has been charged with punching a woman. The incident happened June 23 after the popular bar closed at 2 a.m. A witness told police a group of football players began arguing with the alleged victim after one suggested taking her home and having sex and she refused, saying she had a boyfriend. The woman, Madison Geohegan, told police that during the argument Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph came too close to her and she pushed him. At that point, Cook stepped in, asked her why she pushed Rudolph and began swinging at her, she told police. "She did not know how many times she was struck, but she fell back against a black Jeep parked along the roadway," officer Jerritt Federico wrote in an affidavit.
Cook was restrained by friends, but while held back punched Geohegan in the face, she told police. Police said she had swelling and a bleeding lip. She identified Cook through a photographic lineup. State Attorney Willie Meggs interviewed Geohegan and Cook before issuing the arrest warrant on a misdemeanor battery charge. Police are giving Cook the option of turning himself in. He denied striking the woman. Cook, 19, led Florida State last year with 1,008 rushing yards as a freshman. He was also second on the team with eight touchdowns. Cook rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 43 yards in Florida State's 37-35 victory over Georgia Tech to win the ACC championship. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Kelby Brown, rSr/2016, 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 - Patrick Graffree, rJr/2017, Eastern Kentucky, 6-3, 295 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] Two Eastern Kentucky University football players who were suspended after fighting have been reinstated to the team. The school said in a statement that junior offensive lineman Colton Scurry of Fayetteville, Georgia, and junior defensive lineman Patrick Graffree of Elizabethtown were reinstated to the team. The statement said the players met all university, athletic department and team requirements. Scurry and Graffree were suspended after incidents in January with players from the University of Kentucky. Scurry's father, Jeff Scurry, told The Courier-Journal in Louisville earlier that his son was injured. In April, a Madison County grand jury declined to indict anyone involved in the fight. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Michael Mann, rJr/2017, Duke, 6-4, 230 (DS#999 DE)[Newsfeed] Duke says two injured backups will serve as undergraduate assistant coaches and has awarded a freshman quarterback a scholarship. Coach David Cutcliffe said Wednesday that defensive end Michael Mann and offensive tackle Kameron Schroeder have both suffered unspecified upper body injuries that will end their college playing careers. Cutcliffe also awarded a scholarship to freshman Daniel Jones. Mann had four tackles in a total of seven games in 2013-14. Schroeder redshirted last season and was listed as a backup this year. The moves came a day after Duke announced the end of sixth-year senior linebacker Kelby Brown's playing career with a torn knee ligament. Brown also will be a student assistant. Jones threw for nearly 7,000 yards and accounted for 98 touchdowns in three years at Charlotte Latin High School. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - DeAndre Johnson, Fr/2019, Florida State, 6-1, 180 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Florida State has dismissed freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson from the team on the same day that prosecutors released video showing him punching a woman at a bar. In a statement Monday, coach Jimbo Fisher announced Johnson's immediate dismissal. The quarterback had been suspended after the June 24 assault. In the security camera video released by the State Attorney's Office, it appears the woman and Johnson were trying to get a position at the bar, and Johnson jostled her. The woman raises a fist and shouts at Johnson before he grabs her fist and holds it down. She then raises her other hand and swings. It's not clear whether she made contact, but Johnson responds by punching her in the face while still grabbing her other hand. She staggers, and her nose begins bleeding. Johnson has been charged with misdemeanor battery. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Dominique Hatfield, Jr/2017, Utah, 5-10, 175 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield has been charged with aggravated robbery and theft by prosecutors who say he robbed a man at knifepoint who planned to buy an Xbox game console from him. Charging documents show that Hatfield denied involvement in the robbery but acknowledged grabbing cellphones left around at parties by people who had been drinking. He said he then sold them on KSL.com. Hatfield was arrested when he returned to the car wash where the robbery occurred after the victim's wife posed as an interested buyer and set up a meeting to purchase two iPhones advertised online. University spokeswoman Liz Abel said coach Kyle Whittingham was not available but will address the situation when he returns. The 20-year-old Hatfield is a junior from Los Angeles who started 10 games in 2014. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Tyler Boyd, Jr/2017, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 200 (DS#1 WR)[Newsfeed] Pittsburgh star wide receiver Tyler Boyd has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on drunken driving charges and several related citations and hopes to enter a probation program for first-time offenders, his defense attorney said Wednesday. If Boyd is accepted into and eventually completes the probation program, which doesn't require a guilty plea, he can then ask the court to expunge the record of his June 12 arrest in Jefferson Hills, defense attorney Daniel Konieczka told The Associated Press. Police in the suburb just south of Pittsburgh stopped Boyd about 2:30 a.m. after he allegedly tried to pass another car in an intersection, which is illegal in Pennsylvania.
Because Boyd is 20 and not yet old enough to drink legally in Pennsylvania, he can be charged with drunken driving even if he had less than the .08 percent blood-alcohol limit that's considered legally drunk for drivers 21 and older. Boyd told police he had "two shots" during the evening and took breath and blood tests before he was released to a family member that night, police said. Court records show he has also been cited for purchasing alcohol as a minor; operating a vehicle with alcohol in his system while a minor; careless driving; failing to use a turn signal; and approaching an intersection improperly. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Dominique Hatfield, Jr/2017, Utah, 5-10, 175 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a man who planned to buy an Xbox game console from him. Unified Police of Salt Lake County said the man met Hatfield at a car wash Tuesday after responding to an online classified ad for an Xbox when Hatfield pulled a knife and made off with $180. Hatfield, 20, remained in custody Wednesday, according to Salt Lake County Jail records. Bail was set at $50,000. Defense attorney Greg Skordas declined to comment Wednesday. Hatfield, a junior from Los Angeles, started 10 games in 2014 after switching from receiver to cornerback. He finished with 38 tackles, one interception and nine pass breakups.
University spokeswoman Liz Abel said members of the coaching staff were on vacation and coach Kyle Whittingham could not be reached by cellphone. "We will follow our usual protocol of letting the legal system run its course," Abel said. "When Coach Whittingham returns, he will gather information and make any decisions at that time." Hatfield was arrested when he returned to the car wash after the victim's wife posed as an interested buyer and set up a meeting to purchase two iPhones advertised online, according to a jail booking statement. The online classified ads for the Xbox and the iPhones were listed under the name David Wilkins. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - JoJo Natson, Sr/2016, Utah State, 5-06, 162 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] Utah State coach Matt Wells has dismissed JoJo Natson from the football team for a violation of team rules. The school announced the decision Sunday night, but did not specify which rules were broken. KSL.com reported that Natson previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge related to diverting school funds that were intended for a teammate. Natson played 39 games and started 19 as a receiver and punt returner during his three years with the Aggies. He was named first-team all-Mountain West as a punt returner after his junior season. Natson finished his career with 127 receptions - the 11th most in school history. Utah State opens the season with a home game against Southern Utah on Sept. 3. - AP Sports
07/20/15 - Trey Lealaimatafao, rFr/2019, LSU, 6-0, 300 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] LSU coach Les Miles says he has dismissed defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao from the team because of his recent arrest on allegations of hitting a woman outside a bar after she tried to stop him from robbing her unconscious boyfriend. The redshirt freshman has not played for LSU. He turned himself into authorities June 18, two days after the alleged late-night incident. Miles quickly suspended Lealaimatafao after his arrest. The coach says he and his staff have since "gathered more information and feel it's best for us to part ways." Lealaimatafao is a native of San Antonio, Texas, who redshirted last year as a freshman with the Tigers after injuring himself while punching through glass in a weight room. - AP Sports