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03/03/15 - Ray VinopalrSr/2015, Pittsburgh, 5-10, 198 (DS#17 FS) [Newsfeed]
Former Pitt safety Ray Vinopal's arms were like two well-oiled pistons, repeatedly lifting the 225-pound weighted bar over his head. His teammates shouted in support of his NFL dreams. Meanwhile, a total of 41 scouts and personnel people from 27 teams watched stoically Tuesday during Pitt's Pro Day, playing poker with each other, scribbling on their clipboards. At 5-foot-10, 198 pounds, Vinopal recorded 26 bench-press reps. To understand the significance of his efforts, some perspective is necessary: Matt Rotheram, a 323-pound guard, lifted the bar 22 times. Vinopal's total was more than all but one safety was able to do last month at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Southern Cal's Josh Shaw also did 26. Vinopal was not invited to the combine. Perhaps he believed he had something to prove, but he was not surprised by his efforts. "I was actually shooting for 30," he said.

He went through the entire regimen of drills: vertical jump, broad jump, a series of short directional bursts and two 40-yard sprints. He said scouts told him he was timed in between 4.49-4.56 seconds in the 40. Only three safeties at the combine finished in faster than 4.5 seconds. Alabama All-American Landon Collins, considered a consensus first-round draft choice, ran a 4.53. Later, confronted by reporters, Vinopal sounded more self-assured than smug. “I definitely think people didn't expect me to put the numbers up I did,” he said. “I think they're comparable, if not better, than anyone else who was in Indy. I knew I would bench well. I've always been strong.” Vinopal said he has had limited contact with NFL teams, but after his workout, he spent several minutes chatting with San Diego Chargers scout James MacPherson. “I hope to get some interviews to show (NFL teams) how football savvy I am,” said Vinopal, who scored 37 out of 50 last year on the Wonderlic intelligence test. - Jerry DiPaola, Tribune-Review

03/03/15 - Corey GrantrSr/2015, Auburn, 5-09, 201 (DS#24 RB) [Newsfeed]
The pro guys smiled when they clocked Corey Grant at Auburn's Pro Day on Tuesday. The former Auburn running back came in as low as a blazing 4.16 seconds in the 40-yard dash on some stopwatches, and even the time of 4.26 that Grant said some NFL guys told him was an eye-opener. "I think I had to prove a lot," Grant said. "I think I proved I really should have been at the Combine. I didn't get an invite, but that's OK. I came out and tried to take advantage of the day. " So did 22 former Tigers who ran and jumped and went through various drills in front of dozens and dozens ofprofessional football types in Auburn's indoor facility. It was a welcome home party for the players. - Auburn Football

03/03/15 - Nick MarshallSr/2015, Auburn, 6-1, 207 (DS#23 CB) [Newsfeed]
Nick Marshall is willing to play anywhere in the NFL. Offense, defense or special teams, he just wants to be in the league. So, he spent Auburn's pro day Tuesday throwing passes, displaying his athletic ability in defensive back drills and fielding punts. It's the latest audition for a player who started his college career as a defensive back at Georgia and, as a quarterback, led Auburn into the national championship game two years ago. Marshall reiterated his focus is now once again on the defensive side of the ball. "I'm locked into defensive back right now," said Marshall, the last of 21 NFL hopefuls leaving the practice field. But, equally notable, he added: "To be on anybody's team, I'm going to do whatever they want me to do."

NFL scouts and coaches, including the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, watched Marshall fire passes to ex-teammates like Sammie Coates. Then they checked Marshall out at cornerback. "What you see in the drills is just how athletic he is, how well he catches the football, how quick he is," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. "You can't really just plug him in and say he's going to be a starting corner in the NFL, but what you can see is a willingness to do whatever it takes. You can see a really good athlete. "I see maybe a safety, other people may see a corner, but most importantly, I think we all see a competitive athlete." - AP Sports

03/03/15 - Jeffrey WhitakerrSr/2015, Auburn, 6-3, 322 (DS#48 DT) [Newsfeed]
Auburn defensive lineman Jeffrey Whitaker may not be drafted in May, but he did grab the NFL spotlight at Auburn's Pro Day. The outgoing senior, who played on Auburn's 2010 national championship team, put up an eye-popping 41 repetitions on the bench press Tuesday. His reps, by far, led all Auburn players at the 22-man pro day and would have led all players at the NFL Combine, too, if he was invited in February. - Brandon Marcello, AL.com

03/03/15 - Chandler WorthySr/2015, Troy, 5-08, 176 (DS#158 WR) [Newsfeed]
Chandler Worthy did more than just show NFL scouts Monday at Troy Pro Day he's fast, strong and has hops. The former Troy receiver/returner assured them and anyone else in the NFL listening that he's all about business and drama free. "I put in the work," Worthy said. "Always staying at home, trying to put in extra work. More than the next guy. Leaving all that stuff alone that most college people do just so I can make it and believing in my dream. Feel like I can make it just as far as anybody else that's going into the draft." Worthy ran an unofficial time of 4.34 second in the 40-yard dash and posted a 39-1/2-inch vertical jump Monday, but felt compelled to say he's "leaving all that stuff alone that most college people do." In other words, he's staying out of trouble.

With all the off-field issues regarding NFL players past, present and future, having good character is just as important as running fast and jumping high these days. Worthy made a point to say he's solely focused on playing in the NFL. The more talent you have, the more nonsense teams will tolerate, but being a good guy can work in a player's favor. Worthy also showed he can flat out run and jump and has some strength packed into that 5-foot, 9-inch, 173-pound frame. With drizzle falling on a slightly wet field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Worthy ran unofficial times of 4.34 on two 40-yard dashes. One timer clocked Worthy running a 4.27 on the second 40, but Troy listed him as running 4.34 for each dash. "I felt like I could have ran a lot faster," Worthy said. "I'll take a 4.3. That's not bad, either. A little short of 4.2 that I wanted, but I'm satisfied with what I got." - Duane Rankin, Montgomery Advertiser

03/03/15 - Corey GrantrSr/2015, Auburn, 5-09, 201 (DS#24 RB) [Newsfeed]
Running back Corey Grant entered pro day with a chip on his shoulder. Unlike seven of his teammates, Grant was not invited to the NFL combine, and said the lack of an invitation motivated him to perform to the best of his abilities Tuesday, March and by most accounts he did. “I think I had a lot to prove,” Grant said. “I really had to prove that I should have been at the Combine. I didn’t get an invite, but it’s ok. I came out and tried to take advantage of the day." After posting the highest vertical jump of the day at 37 inches, Grant put up an impressive 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, which Grant said was a personal record. Then came the 40-yard dashes, giving Grant a chance to show off his best attribute, his blazing speed. Unofficially, Grant’s second attempt at the run was a 4.28. “To hit that, that’s pretty good,” Grant said. “I knew I was probably going to hit around 4.2, so I was kind of expecting that, but it’s a good feeling to know that.”

Grant said that his pitch to teams to draft him included agility and looseness. “Overall I think it was hand skills with the ball,” Grant said. “Also speed and shiftiness, and my hips. I know it was a big question with me with tight hips, but I think I came today and through the L drill and short shuttle, showed that I had worked on that and improved.” The senior said he’s found two current NFL players to compare himself to. “Probably (Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren) Sproles or (New York Jets receiver) Percy Harvin,” Grant said. “Because of their body size, their hand skills, and just the way they play the game.” - David McKinney, The Auburn Plainsman

03/03/15 - Garrett GraysonrSr/2015, Colorado State, 6-2, 213 (DS#4 QB) [Newsfeed]
Former Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson is about to become more of a household name. Grayson, who established numerous CSU passing records, is one of five outgoing college players selected to the sixth annual Jon Gruden Quarterback Camp which is hosted by ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Gruden, and ESPN pro-football analyst and former NFL head coach, takes each selected quarterback through film study and workouts. Their experiences are made into special episodes for ESPN.

In a CSU news release, Gruden said Grayson having played in a pro-style offense is a plus. "There's a lot of parts of Colorado State's system that I recognize, unlike a lot of college football that's running up-tempo, no-huddle, spread-option football," Gruden said. "There's some principles at Colorado State that will serve Grayson well...He's a dark horse in this (quarterback) class." Grayson passed for a 9,190 yards and 64 touchdowns during his four-year CSU career and was named Mountain West Conference offensive player of the year for 2014. Joining Grayson for the Gruden Camp will be 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota of Oregon, UCLA's Brett Hundley, Baylor's Bryce Petty and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston from Florida State. - Tom Kensler, The Denver Post

03/03/15 - Davis TullrSr/2015, Chattanooga, 6-2, 246 (DS#8 OLB) [Newsfeed]
After a pulled hamstring prevented him from running at the NFL combine last week, then having to wait for more than an hour as four of his former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga teammates worked out for the 23 pro scouts at the D1 training facility Monday morning, Davis Tull accomplished exactly what he hoped to do once he stepped onto the field. Although the hamstring again tightened up on him about halfway through his first 40-yard dash, Tull was timed at 4.57 seconds at UTC's pro day. The FCS All-America defensive end is projected as an outside linebacker in the NFL and measured in at 6-foot-2 1/2 and 244 pounds. He did not make a second 40 attempt but didn't need to. The 4.57 would've tied him for fifth best among all linebackers at the combine and led one scout to turn to another and say, "I've seen enough. He can move." "It's been a little bit of a crazy process and I didn't run as well as I had before the injury, but I think I may have helped myself today," Tull said. "But my opinion isn't the one that matters. It's what those scouts thought. They're the ones who will help decide whether I get drafted and how high."

Tull, who will have surgery to repair a labrum injury in his right shoulder later this week, had been laser-timed at 4.49 before the injury and tested well in the events he tried at the combine. He had the best vertical jump (42.5 inches) and second-best broad jump (11 feet) among linebackers and completed 26 repetitions at 225 pounds in the bench press, which tied two others players for fifth best among linebackers. Before running the 40 on Monday, Tull completed a few linebacker drills and chose to stand on his combine performance in the other events. "He probably helped himself more by showing us how tough he is by running that fast despite the injury," said one scout who asked to remain unidentified. - Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga Times Free Press

03/03/15 - *Jameis WinstonrSo/2015, Florida State, 6-4, 231 (DS#1 QB) [Newsfeed]
Potential No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston's chance to prove capable of being the entrusted face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers begins Tuesday. Winston is scheduled for a three-day visit with the Buccaneers that will involve ownership, management and a large portion of the coaching staff. ESPN first reported the visit, which is much earlier than usual for top prospects. The schedule points to the vetting process, which is noted by NFLDraftScout.com as one of -- and perhaps the only -- concern left for general managers with Winston. A two-year starter at Florida State, Winston won the Heisman Trophy and national championship as a redshirt freshman. He lost only one game in two seasons -- a College Football Playoff semifinal against Oregon at the Rose Bowl.

But his challenge transitioning to the NFL includes an unfamiliar proving ground that begins this week. Winston said most of the right things at the NFL combine, where he performed well in on-field throwing sessions. But evaluators will need to see greater evidence that character concerns stemming from off-field issues in Tallahassee are behind him. "I have to do everything by my actions," Winston said. "It's not time to explain about what I'm going through but when I do get to a city and a team I plan on getting involved in the community and create an image, a positive image, and put everything else behind me." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

03/03/15 - Kevin JohnsonrSr/2015, Wake Forest, 6-0, 188 (DS#3 CB) [Newsfeed]
Steelers well represented at Wake Forest Pro Day...There were 23 NFL scouts and executives present at Wake Forest's Pro Day on Monday. Four of them were members of the Pittsburgh Steelers. General manager Kevin Colbert, defensive backs coach Carnell Lake, player personnel coordinator Dan Rooney, Jr. and pro personnel coordinator Brandon Hunt attended the workout, which featured Demon Deacons' cornerback Kevin Johnson, a potential first round pick. Three other clubs - the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans - also sent their defensive backs coaches to watch the workout.

Johnson largely sat on the results of his workout two weeks ago in Indianapolis, though he did "look fantastic in positional drills other than a couple of drops," according to a veteran scout who attended the Pro Day. The source also noted that Johnson elected not to participate in the bench press, the only drill that he did not complete in Indianapolis. The bench press isn't considered a critical test for cornerbacks, though some have concerns about the strength and stamina of the 6-0, 188 pound Johnson. It should be noted that Johnson signed with Wake Forest at just 154 pounds and has never missed a game due to injury, despite starting 41 games over his career.

Johnson's other numbers are very impressive, especially his 3.89-second short shuttle and 6.79-second time in the 3 cone drill, each of which ranked among the quickest among all cornerbacks tested this year. Johnson also was clocked at 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash and posted a 41.5" vertical jump and a 10'10" broad jump. Johnson may lack the bulk and strength some clubs prefer but his athleticism and natural cover skills are clear. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/03/15 - Cedric ThompsonSr/2015, Minnesota, 5-11, 205 (DS#20 FS) [Newsfeed]
S Thompson steals show at Minnesota pro day...With running back David Cobb sidelined and tight end Maxx Williams deciding to rest on his NFL combine numbers, safety Cedric Thompson was the hot name during Minnesota's on-campus workouts Monday. Thompson, who didn't receive an invitation to the NFL combine, ran his 40-yard dash in the 4.38-4.44 range and recorded impressive results in the vertical (40.5-inches), broad jump (10-feet-2) and bench reps (21), according to a scout in attendance. The Gophers safety, who is currently projected as an undrafted free agent, finished his senior season second on the team in tackles (83) with four passes defended and two interceptions. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/03/15 - *Maxx WilliamsrSo/2015, Minnesota, 6-4, 249 (DS#1 TE) [Newsfeed]
With running back David Cobb sidelined and tight end Maxx Williams deciding to rest on his NFL combine numbers, safety Cedric Thompson was the hot name during Minnesota's on-campus workouts Monday. Williams produced mediocre results at the NFL combine, but decided to rest on those numbers. He did go through tight end receiving and blocking drills on Monday. "I felt good, a pretty solid day," Williams said at Minnesota's pro day. "I was confident with everything I had at the combine. I figured why not come here and get ready for position drills and show them what actual football is."

A potential first-round prospect, Williams ran a 4.78 40-yard dash at the NFL combine with 17 bench press reps, 34.5-inch vertical, 9-feet-9 broad jump, 4.37 short shuttle and 7.30 3-cone drill. He is currently working out in California and said he wants his workouts to "reinforce" that he is the draft's top tight end prospect. Minnesota senior lineback Damien Wilson also elected to sit on his combine numbers. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/03/15 - *Jameis WinstonrSo/2015, Florida State, 6-4, 231 (DS#1 QB) [Newsfeed]
The marketing agency that represents Jameis Winston is trying to trademark "Famous Jameis," the popular nickname for the Heisman Trophy during his two years at Florida State. Online records with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office indicate The Legacy Agency filed the trademark on behalf of Winston on Feb. 5. Russ Spielman, a partner of The Legacy Agency, told ESPN.com that the move was made to protect Winston's intellectual property and they hope to use the trademark for "way down the line." Winston won the Heisman and led Florida State to the national championship as a redshirt freshman in 2013 and guided the Seminoles to the College Football Playoff semifinals last season. He is expected to be one of the first players taken in the NFL draft in April. - AP Sports

03/03/15 - Carl LawsonSo/2017, Auburn, 6-2, 261 (DS#6 DE) [Newsfeed]
Muschamp expects Carl Lawson to participate in 'a good bit of spring'... If new Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is going to earn his colossal contract this season, he'll probably need former five-star defensive end Carl Lawson to do it. The good news for Auburn: Lawson's return from the ACL injury that robbed him of his 2014 season won't keep him away for most of the Tigers' spring drills, Muschamp believes. "He's moving around extremely well," Muschamp told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Friday. "We expect him to partake in a good bit of spring. How much will be determined by our doctors." That assessment was echoed by Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner. "He will be able to participate this spring," Garner said. "Obviously, we've got to be smart about how we use him. But he's doing well with the winter workout program thus far."

One of the nation's top recruits in the class of 2013, Lawson collected 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks as a true freshman, seemingly poising him to step into Dee Ford's shoes as the Tigers' top pass-rusher as a sophomore. But Lawson tore his ACL late in Auburn's 2014 spring drills, costing him the entire season. Lawson did return to practice before the Tigers' bowl loss to Wisconsin but did not play. He enters the 2015 season as a redshirt sophomore -- and given that the Tigers finished 94th in the FBS in sacks without him, his return can't come soon enough for Muschamp's defensive rebuilding job. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

03/03/15 - Austin RehkowSo/2017, Idaho, 6-3, 202 (DS#1 P) [Newsfeed]
The University of Idaho says the NCAA has lifted a ban on post-season play against the football team for failing to meet academic standards for the 2009 through 2012 seasons. The school in a statement Monday says efforts made by coach Paul Petrino, who took over in December 2012, resulted in grade-point averages of 2.55 in his four semesters as head coach. The ban started in the 2014 season. Becky Paull, spokeswoman for UI's athletic department, says the ban could have extended had players not met certain goals. The squad also lost four hours of practice time per week that instead was allocated for study hall. The school says it will get those four hours for practice back if players continue to meet academic requirements. - AP Sports

03/03/15 - David CobbSr/2015, Minnesota, 5-11, 229 (DS#10 RB) [Newsfeed]
Former Minnesota running David Cobb has been recovering from a quadriceps muscle injury that kept him out of the school's pro day. Cobb got hurt running the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine in February, so he did not participate in the drills held Monday at the university in front of scouts and coaches covering 23 different teams around the league. Cobb will have an individual workout at the school in April. Tight end Maxx Williams also skipped the timed events because he was satisfied with his performance at the combine. There were 16 former Gophers present at pro day, along with several area small-college prospects. Also Monday, the Gophers announced the hiring of former quarterback Adam Weber as the team's offensive graduate assistant coach. - AP Sports

03/01/15 - Marquise WilliamsrJr/2016, North Carolina, 6-2, 215 (DS#8 QB) [Newsfeed]
UNC QB Williams out for spring practice...North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams will miss spring practice because of a hip injury. Williams, one of the top quarterbacks in the ACC last season, "will return full speed in August," the school announced Saturday. As a redshirt junior last season, Williams threw 21 touchdown passes and nine interceptions and ran for 788 yards and 13 touchdowns. North Carolina went 6-7, 4-4 in the ACC. With Williams out this spring, Mitch Trubisky will run the first-team offense. "There's a lot of continuity with 'Quise coming back," quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf said. "Marquise is our starting quarterback, and it's been that way since the middle of the season when he kind of took the reins and went with it. But that's not going to eliminate the competition. - The Sports Xchange

03/01/15 - Chris JohnsonSr/2015, Duquesne, 5-09, 196 (DS#999 SS) [Newsfeed]
Duquesne player dies of self-inflicted gunshot...Chris Johnson, a Duquesne football player who had previously played at Florida, died on Friday as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the medical examiner, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday. Johnson, 22, had completed his senior season in 2014 at Duquesne, an FCS school. He had 104 tackles and two interceptions in two seasons at Duquesne. "Everyone associated with the Duquesne football program is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Chris," Duquesne head coach Jerry Schmitt said in a statement. "Chris was a passionate football player who was also a great teammate, who was loved by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris' family at this difficult time." Johnson transferred to Duquesne from Florida in 2013. He had been a special-teams player with the Gators. - The Sports Xchange

03/01/15 - Vince MaylerSr/2015, Washington State, 6-2, 224 (DS#25 WR) [Newsfeed]
Broken thumb limited top receiver in drills...Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle, the most productive pass-catcher invited to the 2015 NFL combine, was limited in workouts there by a broken right thumb. According to a source close to Mayle, the 6-foot-2, 224-pound receiver suffered the injury while participating in the Senior Bowl. He initially thought the injury was a sprain and played through it. Despite the surprise of the greater severity of his injury, Mayle participated in several of the workouts at the combine, including the all-important 40-yard dash and the pass-catching portion of the workout.

As he did in hauling in 106 passes for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns as the featured receiver in Mike Leach's Air Raid offense, Mayle caught the ball well but his stock seemingly took a dive when the fastest time he could muster in the 40-yard dash was 4.67 seconds. The fractured thumb may have played a role in Mayle's time. Mayle switched his stance due to the injury, putting all of the weight on his left rather than his right hand, as he'd trained. A league source confirmed that Mayle did, in fact, use his left hand for his starts in Indianapolis. Mayle is currently wearing a cast but will be ready to catch passes. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/28/15 - Thomas SirkrSo/2017, Duke, 6-3, 215 (DS#35 QB) [Newsfeed]
This was anything but a spring football game at Duke. The Blue Devils opened up one of their last offseason workouts Saturday and held a still-winter scrimmage. Duke has routinely wrapped up spring practice before many other schools even start while trying to maintain momentum from the previous season. This practice came roughly two months after the Blue Devils' loss to Arizona State in the Sun Bowl. Things were even more different this year because an extensive renovation project left Wallace Wade Stadium unavailable. Duke veered from the traditional game format and instead held a 2-hour practice inside the team's indoor practice facility that included a 25-minute controlled, situational scrimmage.

The biggest hole on Duke's depth chart is at quarterback, where Sirk figures to be the heir apparent to Anthony Boone - who led the Blue Devils to top-25 rankings and bowl berths in each of his two seasons as the starter. Sirk, a redshirt junior, appears to have the edge over redshirt sophomore Parker Boehme because he routinely spelled Boone last year in short-yardage situations. Sirk rushed for eight touchdowns and 238 yards on 47 carries, and was 10 of 14 for 67 yards and three scores through the air. Boehme carried three times for 14 yards. But Cutcliffe said he isn't sure that Sirk has separated himself from Boehme or promising redshirt freshman Nico Pierre. "I'm very pleased with Thomas, and I'm very pleased with Parker," Cutcliffe said. "I think what we've seen at this point is that we've got a 1 and a 2 that are really executing at a high level, both of them." - AP Sports

02/27/15 - Andre YruretagoyenarJr/2016, Oregon, 6-4, 284 (DS#999 OT) [Newsfeed]
Oregon OL Andre Yruretagoyena retires from football...No adjective was used to describe the 2014 Oregon offensive line more often than "banged-up," and on Thursday, the Ducks announced that one of those banged-up linemen has elected to retire from football. Andre Yruretagoyena said in a statement he has left the team to "focus on getting my body healthy and graduating," forgoing his final season of eligibility. As a junior in 2014, Yruretagoyena started the Ducks' first two games of the season before a leg injury forced him out of the lineup. He finished the season with six total appearances, 17 for his three-year career. "I have the utmost respect for all my coaches and teammates, and can't thank them enough for the support and opportunity to represent the University of Oregon," Yruretagoyena said.

Yruretagoyena was one of the the Ducks' most highly sought-after recruits in their class of 2011 (or any recent class), a consensus top-100 four-star recruit out of Paradise Valley, Ariz. His departure is a heavy blow for an offensive line that is already losing three senior starters, including star tackle Jake Fisher and All-American center Hroniss Grasu. The good news is that, due to all of the Ducks' 2014 injuries, Mark Helfrich will be able to call on five different players who started a game on their way to the national championship game -- a list that doesn't include longtime tackle starter Tyler Johnstone, who was lost before the start of the season to an ACL injury. Yruretagoyena is the second Ducks player to retire this offseason, following backup defensive lineman Sam Kemp, who announced his decision in January. Kemp had 33 tackles for the 2014 season. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

02/26/15 - Alton MeeksrFr/2018, Iowa State, 6-2, 249 (DS#999 OLB) [Newsfeed]
Cyclones LB Meeks transferring...Linebacker Alton Meeks said he will transfer out of the Iowa State Cyclones football program. The school confirmed Meeks' departure to the Ames Tribune. Meeks was a high school quarterback who started two games at middle linebacker as a redshirt freshman in 2014 before losing his starting job. He finished the season with 12 tackles in 11 games. Meeks' transfer brings to nine the number of players who have departed the Cyclones program since January. Juniors Kane Seeley and Jordan Harris are now expected to compete for the starting middle linebacker job. - The Sports Xchange

02/26/15 - Trevone BoykinrJr/2016, TCU, 6-1, 208 (DS#3 QB) [Newsfeed]
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin to have wrist surgery...TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin plans to have surgery on his left wrist to repair a fractured bone. Boykin suffered the injury last season but played with a soft cast on the wrist and played well enough to lead TCU to a share of the Big 12 title and finish fourth in the Heisman race. Now, it's never really a good thing when you find out that your star quarterback is having surgery, but this isn't really that big of a deal. He played through the injury last year, and it's to his non-throwing hand. The only effect this will really have on Boykin and the Horned Frogs is that he'll miss TCU's final three spring practices after undergoing the procedure. The Horned Frogs open spring practice on Saturday. Boykin's recovery time will be only five weeks, which means he'll be ready to participate in voluntary summer workouts. And that's a better diagnosis than the ones handed down to a couple of Boykin's teammates. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

02/25/15 - Pharaoh BrownJr/2016, Oregon, 6-5, 241 (DS#999 TE) [Newsfeed]
After near-amputation, Oregon TE Brown's future in doubt...Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown's playing future is unknown as he recovers from a serious injury that nearly resulted in amputation of his leg. In a win over Utah on Nov. 8, Brown suffered two torn ligaments in his right knee and a stretched artery that caused internal bleeding and cut off blood flow below his right shin. That issue had doctors contemplating amputating the lower leg, he told The Oregonian. Brown was hospitalized in Salty Lake City for nearly a week after the game and has had three surgeries on the leg since then. He is riding a stationary bike and jogging lightly on an underwater treadmill, but he is unsure whether he will be back in time for his senior season or whether he might redshirt.

"I mean, this is a career decision, so I want to make sure my stuff is fully healed, that I can do everything and not rush back," said Brown, who caught 25 passes for 420 yards and six touchdowns last season. "That's why I don't even look that long out. If I'm able to play, I'll play. If I'm not, I'm not. "I'm not getting out there 'til I'm 100 percent healed and not only 100 percent healed but 100 percent in my mind that I'm healed," he added. "A lot of people get out there and are timid to cut. When I'm on the football field, I'm a different guy and I only know how to play one way -- that's fast. I play hard, real nasty. I can't take it soft. I know how I play and how I gotta be to play at that level. - The Sports Xchange

02/24/15 - Hau'oli KikaharSr/2015, Washington, 6-2, 253 (DS#5 OLB) [Newsfeed]
2015 NFL Combine, 25 Takeaways: Five Most Important Pro Day Dates: Washington, April 2: Illness prevented star pass rusher Hau'oli Kikaha from participating in drills at the Combine. Kikaha led the nation with 19 sacks in 2014 but is viewed by some as a 'tweener. Cornerback Marcus Peters is also scheduled to work out on campus, which is noteworthy in itself after he was kicked off the team in November. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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-Alton Meeks, rFr OLB
Iowa St
-Trevone Boykin, rJr QB
-Pharaoh Brown, Jr TE
-Hau'oli Kikaha, rSr OLB
-Paul Dawson, Sr ILB
-Garrett Grayson, rSr QB
Colorado St
-*Shane Ray, rJr DE
-*Todd Gurley, Jr RB
-J.J. Nelson, rSr WR
-Owamagbe Odighizuwa, rSr DE
-Ali Marpet, Sr OG
-David Johnson, rSr RB
Northern Iowa
-*Randy Gregory, rJr DE
-Ben Heeney, Sr ILB
-Jeremy Langford, rSr RB
Michigan St
-Jerry Lovelocke, rSr QB
PView A&M
-Chris Conley, Sr WR
-Byron Jones, rSr CB
-Denzel Perryman, Sr ILB
-Jamison Crowder, Sr WR
-Nick O'Leary, Sr TE
Florida St
-*Devin Funchess, Jr WR
-Paul Dawson, Sr ILB
-*Xavier Cooper, rJr DT
Wash St
-*Jaelen Strong, rJr WR
Arizona St
-*Trae Waynes, rJr CB
Michigan St
-Vic Beasley, rSr OLB
-Kevin White, Sr WR
W Virginia
-Preston Smith, Sr DE
Miss St

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