07/24/14 - Kendall Sanders, Jr/2016, Texas, 6-0, 190 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] Texas WRs charged with sexual assault...University of Texas wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were arrested Thursday and charged with criminal sexual assault stemming from an incident July 22. The second-degree felony is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and additional fine of up to $10,000. Sanders, a junior, faces a second charge of improper photography. Sanders was suspended by former coach Mack Brown for the 2013 season opener following a drunken driving arrest. Both players were suspended indefinitely by first-year head coach Charlie Strong.
"We've been monitoring and addressing the situation with Kendall (Sanders) and Montrel (Meander) since it was brought to our attention," Strong said in a statement. "It's been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I'm extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that. With the recent charges against them, they have been suspended indefinitely from our football team and will no longer participate in any team functions." Bail was set at $95,000 for Sanders -- including $20,000 for the second charge -- and $75,000 for Meander, a freshman. University of Texas police said both players were cooperating with the investigation, and claim the alleged victim consented to the encounter. - The Sports Xchange
07/24/14 - Cyler Miles, rSo/2017, Washington, 6-4, 217 (DS#10 QB)[Newsfeed] Washington quarterback Cyler Miles was suspended for the Huskies' season opener against Hawaii for his role in two on-campus assaults following the Seattle Seahawks' win over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Coach Chris Petersen said at Pac-12 media days Thursday that Miles will miss the Aug. 30 game. Wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow, who has since left the team, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and one count of mischief. Miles was not charged. Miles, a sophomore, will be one of three quarterbacks competing to replace Keith Price. Redshirt sophomore Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman Troy Williams split snaps during spring practice while Miles was suspended from all team activities.
"We thought it was appropriate that he would miss the first game as well," Petersen said while speaking at Paramount Studios. "I'll tell you, he missed all of spring ball, he missed every meeting, everything. He has already been through a lot, just that alone to be put behind the eight ball." Miles is the only quarterback on the Washington roster who has started a game. He was 15 of 24 for 162 yards and one touchdown in a 69-27 win at Oregon State last season while Price was injured. Petersen, set to begin his first season at Washington after going 92-12 in eight seasons at Boise State, said Miles has learned from what happened. "He has done everything right, without question, or he wouldn't be with us," Petersen said. "Guys make mistakes. We all know that, especially in that age group." - AP Sports
07/24/14 - Nick Marshall, Sr/2015, Auburn, 6-1, 210 (DS#16 FS)[Newsfeed] Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation. Reynolds, Georgia police chief Lonnie Holder said Thursday that Marshall's mother, Shalina Cliett, paid the $1,100 in fines. That means Marshall won't have to appear at a September court hearing. Holder and another officer found less than an ounce of marijuana in Marshall's car during a July 11 traffic stop for the window tinting. The fines were $1,000 for the marijuana and $100 for the window tint violation. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn didn't let Marshall attend Southeastern Conference media days. Malzahn said Monday on ESPN's "Numbers Never Lie" that he would decide Marshall's punishment "in a short period of time." The Tigers open Aug. 30 against Arkansas. - AP Sports
07/24/14 - Kendall Sanders, Jr/2016, Texas, 6-0, 190 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month. Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21. The arrests created the first program crisis for first-year Longhorns coach Charlie Strong, who will welcome his team to preseason training camp in two weeks.
Strong, who enjoyed a warm reception at the Big 12 media days earlier this week and spent several weeks last spring touring the state to build fan support, immediately suspended both players. "We've been monitoring and addressing the situation with Kendall and Montrel since it was brought to our attention," Strong said in a statement released by the school. "It's been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I'm extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that." The sexual assault charges carry prison terms of two to 20 years. - AP Sports
07/24/14 - John Taylor, rSo/2017, Georgia, 6-3, 336 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] Georgia has announced that sophomore defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor has been dismissed from the team following his arrest on aggravated assault and family violence charges. The school announced Taylor's dismissal on Wednesday. A University of Georgia police department report stated that Taylor allegedly used his hands to choke and hit his girlfriend, whose name was not released. Taylor was arrested at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday and released from Athens-Clarke County Jail on a $5,000 bond Wednesday.
The defensive end, listed third on the depth chart entering summer camp, played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman last season. He was one of four Georgia football players arrested in March for receiving double payments for checks of $71.50 issued by the school's athletic department. Taylor and former teammate James DeLoach faced "significant additional internal discipline," the school stated after the March arrest, but no suspensions after being accepted into a pre-trial intervention program. - AP Sports
07/24/14 - Devonte Fields, rSo/2017, TCU, 6-4, 250 (DS#2 DE)[Newsfeed] TCU defensive end Devonte Fields, named the Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year on Monday, was separated from the university while an investigation is conducted into allegations that he threatened a former girlfriend with a gun. According to a Fort Worth police report, Fields allegedly aimed the gun at Haley Brown and said, "I should blast you" early Sunday. The university announced the separation with Fields on Tuesday while Fort Worth police investigate the domestic incident. Brown told police that Fields shouted at her and punched her in the head after knocking out a bedroom window early Sunday. Brown had a cut under an eye and a swollen cheek, according to the report. Fields fled before police arrived at the Fort Worth home where the alleged attacked occurred. - The Sports Xchange
07/24/14 - Jameis Winston, rSo/2017, Florida State, 6-4, 235 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was not subject to additional discipline for shoplifting seafood at a supermarket in April. Winston was suspended from the baseball team, ordered to reimburse the supermarket $32 for the goods and complete community service. After conferring with Winston and baseball coach Mike Martin, Fisher decided Winston had paid proper penance.
Sophomore wide receiver Jesus Wilson is suspended from the team for theft of a scooter, a crime to which he confessed in an email to investigators. Offensive lineman Ira Denson was dismissed from school when he was charged as an accessory to a first-degree felony. "Let me ask this: When your kids get in trouble at home, do you tell the neighborhood what you did to them?" he said. "Kids are going to make mistakes. Nobody's perfect. Our whole thing at Florida State is teaching kids to make decisions. - The Sports Xchange
07/24/14 - Devonte Fields, rSo/2017, TCU, 6-4, 250 (DS#2 DE)[Newsfeed] TCU's Fields investigated for alleged assault...TCU suspended defensive end Devonte Fields on Tuesday pending the results of a police investigation into whether he punched a former girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, "I should blast you!" Officers said 20-year-old Haley Brown's right cheek was swollen and she had a cut under her eye when they arrived at a Fort Worth home early Sunday. Police said Tuesday that no charges had been filed and Fields, the Big 12's preseason defensive player of the year, had not been arrested. An emailed statement from TCU said the school doesn't tolerate harassment or misconduct by a student and that the allegations against Fields will be go through an internal discipline process — which may result in disciplinary action from the university — while he is "separated" from the university.
The school said "separated" means he will be denied access to the school and its activities until police complete their investigation. That includes being barred from any involvement with the football team less than two weeks before the start of fall practice. "Whether it be a football player or any other student on this campus, if anything like this happened and they were investigating it, they would do the same thing, which basically that means you're not allowed on campus," TCU coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday after his annual preseason talk with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. "Obviously, it's disappointing to me that we'd be in that situation," Patterson said. "Nothing I can do, just make sure that I let justice do its course." - AP Sports
07/24/14 - Travin Henry, rSo/2017, Georgia Tech, 6-2, 225 (DS#999 OLB)[Newsfeed] Georgia Tech has dismissed wide receiver Anthony Autry and defensive linemen Darius Commissiong and Travin Henry and suspended defensive back Lynn Griffin for the first two games of the 2014 season. Georgia Tech says Tuesday's moves were due to unspecified rules violations. In March, Georgia Tech announced Autry was suspended for two games for violating the school's conduct policy. Autry, a sophomore from Roswell, missed the 2013 season with an injury after catching three passes for 117 yards in 2012. Commissiong is a redshirt freshman. Henry, a sophomore, began his career as a wide receiver before moving to defense this spring. Griffin, a sophomore, had nine tackles in 12 games in 2013. - AP Sports
07/24/14 - John Lowdermilk, Sr/2015, Iowa, 6-1, 210 (DS#14 SS)[Newsfeed] Iowa's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 4. SS John Lowdermilk, Senior...As the son of one of Ohio State's best blockers in school history, Lowdermilk grew up a Buckeyes fan in central Ohio. He became his high school's all-time leading passer, but wasn't highly recruited and Iowa offered him a scholarship at the other position he played at Carrollton High School: defensive back. Lowdermilk saw limited playing time on special teams early in his career and earned the nod as the Hawkeyes starting strong safety last season, finishing fourth on the team with 78 tackles. He recorded his first career interception in the bowl game vs. LSU, returning in 71 yards for what should have been a touchdown (he dropped the ball shortly before crossing the end zone). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - John Lowdermilk, Sr/2015, Iowa, 6-1, 210 (DS#14 SS)[Newsfeed] Iowa's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 4. SS John Lowdermilk, Senior...Lowdermilk is physical and delivers a pop coming downhill while also showing the versatility to line up in man coverage and cover slot receivers. He doesn't have the speed or transitional technique to be routinely left on an island, but plays smart, assignment sound football wherever he lines up on the field. Scouts love bloodlines and Lowdermilk has those too as his dad played 12 seasons in the NFL (1984-96) at center and at one point was the highest paid offensive lineman ever, playing a total of 178 games over his career. As the younger Lowdermilk enters his senior season, look for him to fill the leadership void as the Hawkeyes are forced to replace seven starters on defense. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - Jordan Walsh, rJr/2016, Iowa, 6-3, 290 (DS#10 OG)[Newsfeed] Iowa's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 3. OG Jordan Walsh, RS Junior...While Scherff is obviously the leader of the offensive line, Iowa has a talented unit up front with several prospects worth watching, including Walsh at right guard. He became a full-time starter as a sophomore last season and more than held his own against several quality interior rushers, including Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman. Walsh isn't the strongest and doesn't consistently use his length properly, but he holds his ground at the point of attack, squaring his frame and bending his knees to absorb contact.
He plays with excellent body control and engages well at the second level with the finishing attitude needed for the position. While not overpowering, Walsh is always looking for someone to block and rarely loses in one-on-one battles. He has a squatty body type and might be a better center at the next level, but his 2013 tape is encouraging for his future. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - Carl Davis, rSr/2015, Iowa, 6-5, 315 (DS#2 DT)[Newsfeed] Iowa's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 2. DT Carl Davis, RS Senior...The anchor of Iowa's defense, Davis was a first-year starter as a junior in 2013 and emerged as one of the Hawkeye's most valuable defenders. Lining up mostly at the one-technique tackle position, he finished last season with moderate production (42 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks), but his impact was felt far beyond the stat sheet. Davis plays with excellent base strength and isn't an easy player to move, handling double-teams well and not allowing himself to be swallowed up by blockers.
He has a strong upper body to stack-and-shed with power to control blocks and force the issue, showing accurate hand placement to latch-and-toss. Davis is more of a short-area defender with only average body control and redirection technique and while he shows good knee bend and flexibility, he often struggles with leverage issues. Based on 2013 game tape, Davis appeared to improve his anticipation and awareness with each game and should get even better with more reps in 2014, one of the main reasons he is one of the top senior prospects at his position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - Brandon Scherff, rSr/2015, Iowa, 6-5, 320 (DS#2 OT)[Newsfeed] Iowa's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. OT Brandon Scherff, RS Senior...Iowa's program has been an offensive line factory since Ferentz took over in Iowa City, but the Hawkeyes haven't had a draft pick at the position the past two years. However, that will change in the 2015 NFL Draft with Scherff, who moved from guard to left tackle last season and blossomed into one of college football's top linemen. He is balanced with a naturally wide base and light feet, controlling his momentum well despite some hip and joint tightness. Scherff is an outstanding drive blocker with the punch to jolt and drive his man where he wants with above average hand use to attack rushers, keeping separation between him and his target.
He shifts his weight well and can be a wrecking ball at the second level with an eager blocking attitude and the demeanor of a wrestler, taking down rushers. Scherff has drawn some “better guard than tackle” distinctions from pro scouts due to his body type and skill-set, but he has the ability to stay outside at the next level. He enters the 2014 season as a contender to be the first offensive lineman drafted next spring, projecting somewhere in the first round. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - William Houston, So/2017, Bowling Green, 6-0, 262 (DS#999 FB)[Newsfeed] One of the Bowling Green State University football team's leading scorers has been charged with attempted rape in northwestern Ohio. Court records show 19-year-old William Houston, of Dublin, was arraigned Monday in Bowling Green Municipal Court and later released on bail. The records show no attorney for the sophomore running back. There was no phone listing for Houston. Bowling Green police report Houston was arrested Sunday after a female told police she was asleep at a home where other people were staying and she awoke to find a man atop her trying to engage in sexual activity. Police say others reported that the man was Houston. University spokesman Dave Kielmeyer says the school also is conducting its own investigation. Houston scored 11 touchdowns last season and rushed for 211 yards. - AP Sports
07/24/14 - Quinton Alston, Sr/2015, Iowa, 6-1, 232 (DS#19 ILB)[Newsfeed] Other Iowa prospects worth watching: LB Quinton Alston, Senior...Iowa is forced to replace all three of their starting linebackers from a year ago, three linebackers that were all drafted. Although he has only one career start, Alston is basically the veteran of Iowa's linebacker group as he will try and fill the shoes of James Morris at middle linebacker. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - Louis Trinca-Pasat, rSr/2015, Iowa, 6-2, 290 (DS#51 DT)[Newsfeed] Other Iowa prospects worth watching: DT Louis Trinca-Pasat, RS Senior...Carl Davis receives most of the attention (and with good reason) on Iowa's interior defensive line, but Trinca-Pasat has some encouraging tape the last two seasons. He led all Hawkeye defensive linemen with 8.0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage last year and although he doesn't have Davis' anchor or strength, he shows better quickness and range. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - Andrew Donnal, rSr/2015, Iowa, 6-6, 305 (DS#25 OT)[Newsfeed] Other Iowa prospects worth watching: OT Andrew Donnal, RS Senior...There isn't much tape for scouts to evaluate on Donnal because he's been a career reserve up until this point. But he's expected to start opposite Scherff at right tackle in 2014 and did a nice job in the spring. With plenty of scouts flocking to Iowa City to get to know Scherff, Donnal has an excellent opportunity to impress campus visitors this fall. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - Kevonte Martin-Manley, rSr/2015, Iowa, 6-0, 205 (DS#40 WR)[Newsfeed] Other Iowa prospects worth watching: WR Kevonte Martin-Manley, RS Senior...Despite only 388 receiving yards last season, Martin-Manley led the team in receiving and is the active leader on the team in career catches. He tends to struggle with consistency and needs to improve his routes and reliability finishing catches, but also adds value as a return man with a pair of punt returns for scores last year. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - Mark Weisman, Sr/2015, Iowa, 6-0, 240 (DS#7 FB)[Newsfeed] Other Iowa prospects worth watching: RB Mark Weisman, Senior...Iowa's running back situation has been a revolving door in recent years, but Weisman has helped bring stability to the backfield. Built like a fullback, he rarely wins with make-you-miss quickness, but he does have the balance, power, and no-nonsense run style that allows him to rack up positive yardage, leading the Hawkeyes with 975 rushing yards in 2013. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - T.J. Clemmings, rSr/2015, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 305 (DS#19 OT)[Newsfeed] Pittsburgh's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. OT T.J. Clemmings...A converted defensive end who didn't make the switch to OT until during Bowl prep week in 2012, but started all 13 games for Pitt in 2013 at right tackle, Clemmings demonstrates fluidity, quickness and athleticism that are ideal for a next-level tackle, though he looks more the part of a left tackle prospect than a right tackle considering his finesse style and leaner frame. He utilizes long arms and a rapid, fluid kick-slide to stall and mirror opponents on the edge, and considering his lack of experience on the O-line, is surprisingly consistent with his technique - particularly his footwork.
He shows good natural flexibility in his lower half to bend on contact, and as a run blocker can fire through to the second level where he has the ability to square up and target effectively in space. He needs to improve hand placement as a pass-blocker, and will drop his shoulder and head on contact at times, but the athleticism and ability to pick things up quickly are both apparent. Could be a guy who rises rapidly leading up to the draft, with a strong senior season. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - Isaac Bennett, Sr/2015, Pittsburgh, 5-11, 205 (DS#49 RB)[Newsfeed] Other Pittsburgh prospects to watch in 2014: RB Isaac Bennett...Started 13 games for Pitt at tailback in 2013, posting 797 rushing yards on 71 carries (4.7 ypc), and also snagged 10 passes for 58 yards and a TD. Demonstrates quick feet, toughness and good hands out of the backfield, but exhibits only marginal burst and lacks top-end speed to pull away. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - Todd Thomas, rSr/2015, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 230 (DS#43 OLB)[Newsfeed] Other Pittsburgh prospects to watch in 2014: OLB Todd Thomas...Athletic linebacker with 23 career starts at the "Will" spot, who tallied 72 tackles, six TFLs and two QB hurries as a junior. Has had some health issues in the past, and has been inconsistent in coverage, but has the natural talent to compete for an NFL roster spot. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - Ray Vinopal, rSr/2015, Pittsburgh, 5-10, 200 (DS#13 FS)[Newsfeed] Other Pittsburgh prospects to watch in 2014: FS Ray Vinopal...Former Michigan transfer who started all 13 games for the Panthers last year while earning All-ACC Honorable Mention status, and was the team's second leading tackler with 83 stops while tallying three TFLs and a sack. He was also the team's leader with three interceptions and added six pass breakups. Vinopal's instincts, awareness and overall fundamentals are solid, and he demonstrates good timing and anticipation to make plays on the ball, but his lack of size and speed could hurt his draft prospects. A continued demonstration of versatility and consistency could earn him a chance though. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/14 - Jason Spriggs, Jr/2016, Indiana, 6-6, 307 (DS#12 OT)[Newsfeed] Indiana's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 3. OT Jason Spriggs, Junior...Spriggs was recruited as a tight end out of high school, but Indiana saw him as an offensive tackle, keeping him at offensive line when he arrived in Bloomington. Spriggs won the starting left tackle job as a true freshman and has started every game the past two years (24 straight starts). He has adequate set up quickness off the snap with smooth body control and natural movements in space.
Spriggs' base strength and technique need refined as he tends to pop upright off the snap with a soft punch, but he has the temperament for the trenches and fights through the whistle. He is still a work-in-progress, but caught my eye on tape as a player who could potentially develop into a draftable prospect with two full seasons remaining of college eligibility. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com