04/27/17 - *John Ross, rJr/2017, Washington, 5-11, 188 (DS#2 WR)[Newsfeed] Bengals get speedy WR Ross...The Cincinnati Bengals didn't expect to have most of their top targets still available at the No. 9 pick on Thursday. They could have addressed a major need on the defensive line, added depth at linebacker or even tight end. Instead, the Bengals went with who they felt was the best player still on the board -- University of Washington receiver John Ross. Ross made history in March when he ran a record-setting 4.22-second 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. One scout told USA Today that he clocked Ross at 4.16 seconds. "This guy's role kind of jumps out at you with his speed," offensive coordinator Ken Zampese told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "The thing that jumps out at you as well is that he's a technician. He takes great pride in his craft, getting in and out of breaks, not a lot of wasted motion. He transitions very well."
While Ross could be construed as an out-of-the-box pick for the Bengals considering the players still available and the team's depth at receiver, he does fill a need. A.J. Green had 964 receiving yards and four touchdowns despite a late hamstring injury. Brandon LaFell had a solid first season in Cincinnati with 862 yards and six TDs. But, neither has the capability to consistently stretch a defense. The Bengals drafted speedy Cody Core in round six last year and he showed improvement late in the season, but Ross could make each of them better with his ability to go over the top. Ross, a second-team All-American, had 81 catches with 1,150 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns which tied for second nationally. The pick also carries some risk. Ross had surgery after the college season to repair a torn labrum he managed to play through and should recover fully. "I am right on schedule," Ross said Thursday night. "I will be cleared in July and I will be ready for training camp." - The Sports Xchange
04/27/17 - *Marlon Humphrey, rSo/2017, Alabama, 6-0, 197 (DS#5 CB)[Newsfeed] Ravens bolster secondary, tab CB Humphrey in first round...The Baltimore Ravens found help for their secondary by taking hard-nosed Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night. Humphrey provides another playmaker for a unit that has been hampered by injuries over the past three seasons. Humphrey, who left Alabama after his sophomore season, will have to fight for a starting spot with veterans Jimmy Smith, newly signed Brandon Carr and second-year player Tavon Young. "It was an opportunity for us to continue to put some strength into our secondary," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "Now, we feel like we have four really good corners with Brandon, Jimmy, Tavon, along with Marlon. (Marlon) has great size. He has really long arms and he can run. I feel like we got better in the secondary."
Humphrey has the pedigree to be a difference-maker. His father, Bobby Humphrey, also played at Alabama as a running back and was a first-round selection by the Denver Broncos in the 1989 NFL Supplemental Draft. The younger Humphrey started all 29 games of his short career at Alabama. He had two interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2016. Ravens coach John Harbaugh expects Humphrey to make an immediate impact. However, Harbaugh emphasized there is no pressure on the young cornerback because of the number of veterans Baltimore has in the secondary. "We've gone after a portion of our team in the back end with our secondary with a vengeance," Harbaugh said. "We've done a great as job as an organization in terms of getting that done. We have some really good players back there and there is going to be competition. We're going to be darn tough to throw against." - The Sports Xchange
04/27/17 - *Mitchell Trubisky, rJr/2017, North Carolina, 6-2, 222 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Bears trade up to No. 2, select QB Trubisky...The Chicago Bears made a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to move up to the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday, and with that selection, they took North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. San Francisco moved down just one spot to the No. 3 overall pick, and also landed the No. 67 and No. 111 pick from the Bears in this year's draft as well as a 2018 third-round pick. There were reports that Cleveland might take Trubisky with the No. 1 overall selection, but the Browns made the expected move by taking defensive lineman Myles Garrett of Texas A&M. The Bears signed Mike Glennon earlier in the offseason, and he was expected to be the starter next season. That could change now, though. Trubisky made an impression on pro scouts despite being a starter for just one season. He completed 68 percent of his passes and has good size (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) and athleticism. The Bears released Jay Cutler last month. With the third overall pick, the 49ers selected Stanford defensive tackle Solomon Thomas. NFLDraftScout.com rated Garrett the top overall prospect in the draft, with Thomas No. 2 and Trubisky No. 11. - The Sports Xchange
04/27/17 - *Myles Garrett, Jr/2017, Texas AM, 6-4, 272 (DS#1 DE)[Newsfeed] Browns take DL Garrett with top pick...Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett was the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday, giving the Cleveland Browns an anchor on defense while not addressing the long-standing vacancy for a franchise quarterback. Cleveland selected Garrett with the first of 11 picks the Browns held entering the draft, a bounty bolstered in part by dealing the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft to the Philadelphia Eagles. For only the sixth time since the Browns returned to the NFL in 1999, the No. 1 pick was not a quarterback. At 6-foot-4, 272 pounds, Garrett had a 4.64 40-yard dash (1.57 in the first 10 yards), a 41-inch vertical and 10-7 broad jump. The defensive end has been the presumptive No. 1 pick for months, even with the Browns leading a gaggle of teams in the top 10 with uncertainty at quarterback.
Garrett bears some physical similarities to 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, the South Carolina All-American who has been dogged by minor injuries with the Houston Texans. "We spent a lot of time with him," Browns vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said. "We learned a lot about what makes him tick, what motivates him, how he spends his downtime, how he spends his time with his teammates. He's an enjoyable young man ... bright, competitive. Whatever team gets him, particularly if it's us, would be proud to have him." - The Sports Xchange
04/27/17 - Adrian Magee, rSo/2020, LSU, 6-4, 323 (DS#999 OG)[Newsfeed] A Louisiana State University backup offensive tackle has been arrested by authorities in connection with a theft and suspended indefinitely by the team's coach. News outlets reports 20-year-old Adrian Magee was arrested Wednesday on one count of felony simple burglary. LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron suspended him indefinitely the same day. Baton Rouge Police spokesman Don Coppola Jr. says Magee's charges stem from an April 1 theft at an apartment from where multiple items including $1,200 and a speaker were stolen. Coppola says Magee returned to the scene when the victim came home. He says when the victim told Magee he planned to check surveillance video to determine who robbed the place, Magee brought back some of the missing items. It's unclear if Magee has an attorney. - AP Sports
04/27/17 - Joe Dillon, rSo/2020, Louisiana, 6-2, 225 (DS#999 ILB)[Newsfeed] Louisiana-Lafayette has indefinitely suspended 13 players facing charges of criminal conspiracy to commit felony theft. The suspended players are tight end Matthew Barnes, defensive ends Joe Dillon and Jarvis Jeffries, offensive linemen Robert Hunt and D'Aquin Withrow, linebacker Terik Miller, defensive backs Denarius Howard, Damar'ren Mitchell, Simeon Thomas and Levarious Varnado, defensive tackle LaDarrius Kidd and running backs Trey Ragas and Jordan Wright. School officials said they were suspended "for a violation of team rules" without going into more detail. A school release said that "the department of athletics is being respectful of the judicial process and will not discuss the incident that led to the players' suspension."
University of Louisiana-Lafayette police say the 13 students went to a dorm room April 5 and took several items worth a total of about $2,400. Police said the students were identified through video surveillance. Police said all 13 students cooperated throughout the investigation. Police said they recovered all the stolen items. Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth said Wednesday in a statement that "I would like to apologize to Cajun Nation and the University." - AP Sports
04/27/17 - Kurt Benkert, rSr/2018, Virginia, 6-3, 225 (DS#33 QB)[Newsfeed] Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert says he's not the same player he was a year ago. That player was heavier, injured and admittedly too quick to abandon the pocket. Benkert is now healthy, has lost some weight and shed the brace protecting his surgically repaired right knee. The incumbent starter's shoulder also is now healed, and in spring practice has also shown off some other offseason improvements. "I feel like his confidence has been on another level," tailback Daniel Hamm said, alluding to how Benkert often looked "a little rattled" in the face of pressure last year. "He's been doing a great job staying in the pocket, making throws. You can just tell in his demeanor he's a lot more comfortable than he was last year."
Benkert didn't use his injuries as an excuse last season when he started all but two games and the Cavaliers struggled, beginning the Bronco Mendenhall Era with a 2-10 record, but he knew where to focus beyond getting healthy. "Being able to go back and evaluate last year when I left the pocket too soon, a lot of it did have to do with not being comfortable with the injury, but I spent a lot of time watching Aaron Rodgers in this offseason," he said. It was Green Bay Packers quarterback's footwork that eventually caught Benkert's eye. "There's sometimes he has 8, 7 seconds just because of subtle movements," Benkert said. "He's not moving more than a yard or two and he's just really good at buying time ... so that's something I've been trying to improve on." The pocket awareness, Benkert said, is his greatest area of improvement over last season. - AP Sports
04/26/17 - *Gareon Conley, rJr/2017, Ohio State, 6-0, 195 (DS#2 CB)[Newsfeed] Ohio State CB Conley facing sexual assault allegations...Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley will not attend the NFL draft on Thursday in Philadelphia following sexual assault allegations his attorney called "ludicrous and ridiculous." Conley, 21, has not been charged or arrested after a woman alleged she was sexually assaulted by the potential first-round draft pick. Investigators are in the preliminary stages of gathering statements and had not interviewed Conley as of early Tuesday afternoon. According to the police report, the alleged incident took place at the Westin Downtown in Cleveland around 3 a.m. ET on April 9. The victim told police Conley raped her in a room at the hotel. Conley was not at the hotel when police arrived. Kevin Spellacy, Conley's attorney, vehemently denied the allegations to WOIO-TV in Cleveland.
Security employees for all 32 NFL franchises are likely investigating the incident feverishly just days before the 2017 NFL Draft begins. Two men claiming they were with Conley at the time of the alleged incident said they did not see anything happen between Conley and the woman. A police report Tuesday reveals that the victim told authorities Conley propositioned her for sex and she refused, but agreed to watch another couple in the room. A short time later, the victim told police Conley grabbed her and raped her. Both USA Today and the NFL Network reported that the alleged victim was transported to a hospital, and a rape kit was administered. - The Sports Xchange
04/26/17 - Danny Etling, rSr/2018, LSU, 6-2, 226 (DS#21 QB)[Newsfeed] LSU head coach Ed Orgeron says quarterback Danny Etling has undergone a minor back procedure. Orgeron says "everything came out all right" during Monday's procedure, which came two days after Etling played in LSU's annual spring game. Etling, who'll be a senior next fall, struggled in the scrimmage, completing only 4 of 11 passes for 53 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the first half. After Saturday night's scrimmage, Orgeron said the competition to start for the Tigers at quarterback was open. Last fall, Etling became the starter in the third game of the season and passed for 2,123 yards and 11 touchdowns. LSU went 8-4 last season, which ended with a 29-9 victory over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl. - AP Sports
04/26/17 - Jalen Hurd, Sr/2018, Baylor, 6-3, 240 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] Ex-Vols RB Hurd transferring to Baylor...Former University of Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd announced during the middle of last season his intention to transfer and Saturday he revealed where he's headed. Hurd tweeted a picture of himself saying it was time for the next chapter in his football career. Though he didn't include the name of the school in his text, he was wearing a Baylor shirt in the photo and holding two thumbs up. ESPN confirmed with Baylor that Hurd was headed to the Texas school and that he plans to move from running back to wide receiver. According to ESPN, Hurt also visited California, Ohio State and Louisville before deciding on Baylor.
As a regular transfer and not a graduate, Hurd will have to sit out the 2017 season under NCAA rules before becoming eligible to play for the Bears in 2018. The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported that Hurd visited Baylor the weekend of April 8. A junior last season, the 240-pound Hurd left the Tennessee program on Oct. 31 after rushing for 16 yards on eight carries in the first half two days earlier against South Carolina. He was held out of the second half because of injury. Earlier in the season, Hurd also missed a game against Texas A&M with an undisclosed injury. There were reports that Hurd was unhappy with the way he was being utilized in the Tennessee offense and also he was upset that his injuries were disclosed. - The Sports Xchange
04/26/17 - Reuben Foster, Sr/2017, Alabama, 6-0, 229 (DS#1 ILB)[Newsfeed] Alabama LB Foster not invited to draft...Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was not invited to attend the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia. ESPN reported Foster was not on the NFL's prospect invitation list. He is not prohibited from buying a ticket to be present for the first round, but because of his involvement in an argument with a physician at the scouting combine in February, the All-American will not be allowed to otherwise participate in the event. He also tested positive for a diluted urine sample in Indianapolis "I don't make excuses. I'm a real dude," Foster told NFL Network. "I try to be a good person. ... I just hope the coaches understand and that's all I can hope and pray for."
Foster is projected as a first-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com. One anonymous NFL scout named Foster the best player in the 2017 draft in a poll of 16 evaluators by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn earlier in the week. Foster sent all 32 NFL teams a letter of apology and was roundly endorsed by college coach Nick Saban as a high-character leader with the Crimson Tide. Before the 2015 draft, Georgia running back Todd Gurley was involved in a heated exchange with a doctor during his combine physical. Gurley, coming off knee surgery and unable to work out in Indianapolis, was the 10th overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams. - The Sports Xchange
04/26/17 - Jalen Hurts, So/2020, Alabama, 6-1, 209 (DS#6 QB)[Newsfeed] Alabama's offensive backfield is sporting a new look these days, even if in some ways it's only temporary. Coaches and teammates say quarterback Jalen Hurts has improved his dropback passing during spring practices while his freshman backups learned the offense and got acclimated to college life. Then there's a talented group of tailbacks, half of whom are recovering from injuries and unlikely to play in Saturday's spring game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. That left fans to get a glimpse at a future that appears about as bright as it's ever been under coach Nick Saban at both positions. Plenty showed up, with Alabama announcing the crowd at 74,326.
Saban has said a top spring priority was to help Hurts work on his passing, where he struggled late in the season, including during the national championship game loss to Clemson. "We have spent a tremendous amount of practice time on it this spring," Saban said this week. "I think he's made progress." So do Hurts' teammates, like wide receiver Calvin Ridley. "I think it's night and day," Ridley said. "He's gotten so much better. He sits in there and sometimes when I'm not in, and I look and he's stepping up, making good throws. So, he's gotten a lot better." Mid-year enrollees Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones are the only other scholarship quarterbacks on campus after a string of transfers. They're continuing a duel for the backup job. - AP Sports
04/26/17 - Quinten Dormady, Jr/2019, Tennessee, 6-3, 216 (DS#30 QB)[Newsfeed] Quinten Dormady delivered quite an opening volley in a Tennessee quarterback competition that figures to last well into the summer. Dormady went 10-of-10 passing for 120 yards and threw touchdown passes on each of his two series Saturday in a weather-shortened Orange & White Game. Dormady is bidding to replace the departed Joshua Dobbs as Tennessee's starting quarterback. "That's always the goal, to go out and complete every ball and score points," said Dormady, who will be a junior this fall. "I think we did a good job of that today. As a team, we executed very well. I couldn't be happier."
Dormady threw touchdown passes of 1 yard to Jauan Jennings and 19 yards to Eli Wolf as the White team representing the offense won 44-29 over the Orange team made up of defensive players. Each team earned points for achievements, such as first downs for the offense or three-and-outs for the defense. Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano are considered the main contenders in a competition that also includes Sheriron Jones, walk-on Zac Jancek and incoming freshman Will McBride. Dormady, Guarantano and Jones were the only three quarterbacks who played Saturday before the approach of stormy weather caused the game to end after two 10-minute quarters. Coach Butch Jones said after the game that no quarterback has an edge. Tennessee opens its season Sept. 4 against Georgia Tech at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. - AP Sports
04/26/17 - Chris James, rJr/2019, Wisconsin, 5-10, 210 (DS#35 RB)[Newsfeed] From Russell Wilson to J.J. Watt, Wisconsin has become a home for transfers who have blossomed into impact players. The Badgers have a good track record, and offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk could be taken in the first round in the NFL draft next week after a strong 2016 season, his one year with the Badgers. Running back Chris James and cornerback Nick Nelson are the latest transfers in position to make impressions at Wisconsin. They were eager to finally get on the field on Friday night, even if it was just for the annual scrimmage that wrapped up spring practice. The wait to join teammates in uniform in front of fans is over after sitting out their redshirt seasons in 2016.
"A team is almost like a fraternity," James said. "Who is this guy? Can we rely on him to make that block on Saturday. ... I hope that everything I do at practice helps." James played two seasons at Pittsburgh, rushing for 143 yards for 690 yards and four carries. He followed coach Paul Chryst, who returned to his alma mater after three seasons as the Panthers' head coach. Nelson started his career at Hawaii, where he had 51 tackles and a sack as a sophomore in 2015. Nelson's connection to the Badgers was former defensive backs coach Daronte Jones, who has since moved on to the Miami Dolphins. - AP Sports
04/26/17 - Travon McMillian, rJr/2019, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 200 (DS#22 RB)[Newsfeed] Virginia Tech tailback Travon McMillian wants to turn back the clock. The junior ran for 1,043 yards as a redshirt freshman, but just 671 last season while adjusting to first-year coach Justin Fuente's new quarterback-focused offense. It was a difficult transition for McMillian after spending two years in Frank Beamer's tailback-oriented system, and he hopes that's about to change. "I feel like it is totally different this spring, because they know what I'm capable of based on last year," McMillian said this week. "I feel like I've become a better player over this offseason, looking at film and figuring out the things that I need to improve on. I feel like they know where I'm at right now." He may get a chance to see if things are different Saturday, when the Hokies wrap up workouts with their spring game.
Quarterback Jerod Evans, who has entered the NFL draft, led the Hokies in rushing last season with 846 yards, but also had 59 more attempts than McMillian. The Hokies haven't decided on a quarterback for this year yet, and it once again figures to be a dual-threat. Whoever gets the job, McMillian hopes being a more complete tailback will make him a more utilized one. In a rare open practice Tuesday night, McMillian even caught a few passes out of the backfield, something he did only 11 times last season. During the offseason, McMillian watched film of every play he was in on last season, looking for ways to get better. - AP Sports
04/26/17 - Tanner Lee, rJr/2018, Nebraska, 6-3, 220 (DS#32 QB)[Newsfeed] Nebraska coach Mike Riley announced on Twitter that Tanner Lee will head into summer as the Cornhuskers' No. 1 quarterback. Riley said in a series of tweets Wednesday night that the competition among the quarterbacks was outstanding this spring and that they would continue to push each other. Riley said coaches met with the quarterbacks and "explained the importance of defining a starter at this time." Lee, a junior from Destrehan, Louisiana, who transferred from Tulane, beat out redshirt freshman Patrick O'Brien. Lee made 19 starts at Tulane in 2014-15 and completed 54 percent of his passes, with 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Lee was sharp in the spring game on Saturday, completing 13 of 19 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns. - AP Sports
04/26/17 - John Kelly, Jr/2019, Tennessee, 5-09, 212 (DS#20 RB)[Newsfeed] Tennessee running back John Kelly has spent spring practice encouraging and coaching his younger teammates while reminding each of them that they could be needed at any time. Kelly can use his own rise up the depth chart as an example. Pressed into duty last year when an injury sidelined Jalen Hurd, Kelly gained 101 all-purpose yards in an overtime loss at Texas A&M . After Hurd unexpectedly left the team less than a month later, Kelly split carries with Alvin Kamara and thrived in an expanded role. Now that Kamara has entered the NFL draft , Kelly is the only remaining Volunteer with more than 14 career carries. He wants to prove Tennessee's offense can remain potent with a new quarterback under new coordinator Larry Scott . "I think our offense is more motivated than ever because I think a lot of us feel like we've got something to prove," Kelly said.
Kelly has proved quite a bit already. After carrying the ball a total of three times in Tennessee's first five games last year, Kelly came on strong down the stretch with 515 yards rushing over his final six games. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry and finished with 630 yards rushing, second on the team behind quarterback Joshua Dobbs. With Dobbs and Kamara headed to the pros, Kelly should get the bulk of the carries in his junior season. - AP Sports
04/26/17 - Jack Cichy, rSr/2018, Wisconsin, 6-1, 233 (DS#5 ILB)[Newsfeed] T.J. Watt took off from Wisconsin early to join his older brother in the NFL. Vince Biegel's mullet is history at Camp Randall Stadium. The star power at linebacker is moving inside now that outside 'backers Watt and Biegel have left the Badgers. Jack Cichy is back at practice this spring after his breakout 2016 season ended following seven games because of a torn pectoral muscle. Cichy might be limited during spring drills, but it is easy spot him on the field. He's the guy sporting a wide grin while running off the field after practice wearing a "Batman" muscle shirt. It is hard not to stare at the pink scar around his left shoulder, evidence of the injury that derailed his junior year. "He's just got a big smile on his face out there right now because he's happy to be back with the guys," defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard said. Cichy had 60 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks through seven games, providing another energizing presence on a deep and talented linebacker unit that already had Watt and Biegel patrolling the outside and T.J. Edwards partnering inside with Cichy. - AP Sports
04/26/17 - Lamar Jackson, Jr/2019, Louisville, 6-2, 205 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Rewarding as it was to win the Heisman Trophy last season, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson didn't end the year the way he had envisioned. Jackson's selection as the school's first Heisman winner was preceded by consecutive losses that erased the Cardinals' slim chances of being in the College Football Playoff. Louisville then dropped its bowl game, taking some of the luster off the milestone season. Shaky protection contributed to Jackson's late-season struggles as he was sacked 22 times over those final three contests. He took responsibility for decisions leading to those sacks along with costly turnovers. "It's a team game, so I have to put that on myself," said Jackson, who was notoriously critical of his play even when he thrived. "A lot of times, we shouldn't have had sacks when I was trying to do extra."
Jackson has spent this spring trying to correct those flaws along with building on the talents that earned the Heisman, Maxwell and Davey O'Brien awards among a slew of trophies. And Saturday's spring game demonstrated his willingness to be more patient and try to be more valuable as a junior. He stayed almost exclusively in the pocket to complete 19 of 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in leading the Red team to a 52-7 rout of the White before 14,000. Jackson did this in little more than a half of action, hitting Dez Fitzpatrick with an 80-yard touchdown on his only pass after halftime. Jackson threw for 3,543 yards and 30 TDs with just nine interceptions last season, but has pegged his growth this spring on improving as a passer. - AP Sports
04/26/17 - *Joe Mixon, rSo/2017, Oklahoma, 6-1, 228 (DS#5 RB)[Newsfeed] Former Oklahoma RB Mixon reaches settlement in punching incident...Former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon reached a civil settlement agreement Friday with the woman he punched almost three years ago. Amelia Molitor, an Oklahoma student, and Mixon settled on her accusation of intentional infliction of emotional stress. Molitor's attorney released a statement via NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, although terms of the settlement remain confidential. "I am happy we were able to bring the lawsuit to an end. Joe and I were able to meet privately, without any attorneys, and talk about our experiences since that night. I am encouraged that we will both be able to move forward from here with our lives," Molitor's statement read.
"From our private discussions I am satisfied that we are going to put this behind us and work towards helping others who may have found themselves in similar circumstances. "I greatly appreciate his apology and I think the feelings he expressed were sincere. We both could have handled things differently. I believe if we had a chance to go back to that moment in time, the situation would not have ended the way it did." Mixon also issued a joint statement with Molitor, admitting he was happy to have the opportunity to apologize. "I'm thankful Mia and I were able to talk privately. I was able to apologize to her one-on-one," Mixon's statement read. "The way I reacted that night, that's not me. That's not the way I was raised. I think she understands that. - The Sports Xchange
04/26/17 - Mason Rudolph, Sr/2018, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 235 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Oklahoma State might be on the verge of something special. Quarterback Mason Rudolph chose to return for his senior season, and the school is pushing him as a Heisman contender. James Washington also could have left for the NFL, but he stayed and should be a leading candidate for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver. Then, there are the transfers. Tyron Johnson, a receiver who left LSU and sat out last season, already has established himself as one of Rudolph's favorite targets this spring. Former Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker is coming to Oklahoma State as a graduate transfer. And Aaron Cochran, a 6-foot-8, 350-pound left tackle who started for California, has announced he intends to join the Cowboys as a graduate transfer. All should be in the mix for starting jobs.
With so much coming together, the vibe around spring practice has been different than in past years. The Cowboys are confidently talking about winning a Big 12 title, with 14 starters returning from a squad that finished 10-3 and beat Colorado 38-8 in the Alamo Bowl. "Just the group of guys, the chemistry, all the different starts between offensive and defensive guys," Rudolph said. "There's plenty of guys out there with a lot of experience and just really tight-knit group, on and off the field. We're friends and we take care of each other." Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Rudolph and Washington are among a core group of leaders who have set the right course. "Our team understands our culture, what we've created for them, what it takes to be successful," Gundy said. - AP Sports
04/25/17 - Max Browne, rSr/2018, Pittsburgh, 6-4, 220 (DS#2 QB)[Newsfeed] Max Browne didn't uproot himself and travel halfway across the country to spend his one season in Pittsburgh as the backup quarterback. It's why the USC graduate transfer headed from sunny Los Angeles to wintry Pittsburgh in January, eager to get a jump start on his last best shot at reviving a career that never bloomed with the Trojans. Three months into his new gig, plenty of work remains to be done. Browne salvaged an admittedly "bleh" afternoon with a late scoring drive during Pitt's spring game on Saturday. His late 27-yard touchdown pass to Tre Tipton was hardly a thing of beauty - it sailed over the wrong shoulder and forced Tipton to make a diving, twisting grab in the end zone. Still, Tipton caught it. Hey, it's a start. "That's a big time drive, that's the explosion you like to see," Browne said.
Browne just would have liked to see a little bit more of it. He finished 13 of 28 for 144 yards and the one score during an afternoon in which he was simultaneously the old guy and the new guy. Spring drills began with Browne making what he called "rookie" mistakes, particularly when it came to going through the pre-snap sequence. Yet over the course of 15 practices he felt he built momentum heading into camp. "I got that (pre-snap) part down and was just playing good ball after that, which is huge and why I came in here," Browne said. In a way, Browne is on level footing with sophomore Ben DiNucci, redshirt freshman Thomas MacVittie and true freshman Kenny Pickett, all of whom are trying to learn first-year offensive coordinator Shawn Watson's system on the fly. - AP Sports
04/25/17 - T.J. McCoy, rSo/2020, Florida, 6-0, 308 (DS#999 C)[Newsfeed] Florida C McCoy, girlfriend, hit by car...Florida center T.J. McCoy has been hospitalized after being hit by a car early Friday morning. McCoy and his girlfriend, Precious Ichite, were on a scooter near campus when they were struck by a 2011 Honda Civic, according to Gainesville (Fla.) Police. They were thrown from the scooter and taken to Shands Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the police report. McCoy's father, Tony, posted the following update on his Facebook page: "At 3 am this morning my wife and I received a call from the Trauma unit at Shands Hospital informing us that our son TJ had been in a hit and run accident and was found on the side of the road," McCoy wrote. "It turned out that a drunk driver hit TJ and his girlfriend at a stop light after they left the library and fled the scene. With little information and declaring VICTORY, my family and I headed to Gainesville. Seems like, within minutes after we received the call, his Offensive Line coach was in the hospital with him keeping us updated." Samantha Meldrem, 22, was arrested after hitting the scooter and fleeing the scene. She is facing two misdemeanor counts of DUI and property damage. McCoy transferred to Florida from North Carolina State following the 2015 season and started the final four games in 2016. - The Sports Xchange
04/25/17 - Benny Snell Jr., So/2020, Kentucky, 5-10, 220 (DS#14 RB)[Newsfeed] Benny Snell Jr.'s initial plan to ease into college life and big-time SEC football has quickly evolved into the sophomore assuming responsibilities as Kentucky's main running back. Last fall's breakout season helped accelerate his timetable as he and Stanley "Boom" Williams gave the Wildcats their first pair of 1,000-yard backs - and first bowl appearance - since 2010. With Williams in the NFL draft, Snell has spent this spring getting mentally and physically ready for the demands of being the primary ball carrier. He appeared to be in midseason form Friday night with three carries for 22 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run, on the second drive to get the Blue team going toward a 31-14 victory over the White in the annual spring game.
"I've been trying to make people miss as much as I can," said Snell, whose 1,091 yards and team-high 13 touchdowns broke several Kentucky freshman records. "No matter what the down and distance is, I'm always going to run downhill trying to get those easy yards. But I'm trying to make people miss, get quicker on my feet and be a smarter runner." The 5-foot-11, 223-pound Westerville, Ohio native showed his explosiveness over last season's final 10 regular season games, debuting with four rushing TDs and 136 yards against New Mexico State. Snell and Williams (1,170 yards, 7 TDs) went on to form the "Boom and Benny" tandem that ranked fifth and eighth respectively among Southeastern Conference rushers. - AP Sports
04/25/17 - Jeff Badet, rSr/2018, Oklahoma, 6-0, 182 (DS#61 WR)[Newsfeed] Oklahoma has signed former Kentucky wide receiver Jeff Badet. The school made the announcement Thursday. The 6-foot, 180-pound Badet is scheduled to earn a bachelor's degree from Kentucky next month. As a graduate transfer, he will have one season with the Sooners and will be eligible immediately. Badet started all 13 games for the Wildcats last season and finished with 31 catches for a team-high 670 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 21.6 yards per catch and had seven receptions of at least 40 yards on the year. He will help Oklahoma soften the blow from losing Biletnikoff Award winner Dede Westbrook. Badet also had a 22.9-yard average on kickoff returns. He finished his three-season Kentucky career with 82 catches for 1,385 yards and seven receiving scores. - AP Sports