02/26/17 - Trenton Thompson, So, Georgia, 6-3, 307 (DS#4 DT) Georgia star defensive tackle Trenton Thompson is withdrawing from school for spring semester and is dealing with what the school said Thursday is a "significant" medical issue that led to him being taken by police to an Athens hospital. The school said in a statement that Thompson had "an adverse reaction to medications prescribed specifically for his medical condition" when he was found walking on a campus road by University of Georgia police at 1:14 a.m. Thursday. Police called for medical assistance, and Thompson was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center. Thompson was named most valuable player in the Bulldogs' Liberty Bowl win over Texas Christian. The school says he required a recent extended hospital stay due to the undisclosed medical issue. Georgia did not say if Thompson plans to return to school. According to the police incident report obtained by The Associated Press, Thompson was "behaving incoherently, and appeared to be experiencing some type of unknown medical problem." According to the report, Thompson "appeared very unsteady on his feet" and told police he had taken "two oxies." Georgia said in its statement medical tests showed Thompson had taken only prescribed medications. - AP Sports
02/03/17 - *Malik Hooker, rSo, Ohio State, 6-2, 205 (DS#1 FS) Former Ohio State S Hooker to miss NFL combine...Former Ohio State star safety Malik Hooker will miss the NFL scouting combine after undergoing surgeries for shoulder and hernia injuries. Hooker reportedly underwent the procedures on Tuesday. The shoulder surgery was to repair a torn labrum. He confirmed the surgeries on Twitter, saying in part "PS I Already Had My Surgery And I'm Walking Already! Trust The Process ..." Hooker is rated the top free safety and the No. 4 overall prospect for the draft by NFLDraftScout.com. Hooker excelled last season as a third-year sophomore by intercepting seven passes and returning three of them for touchdowns. He recorded 74 tackles and was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive back. The NFL scouting combine is Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis. Hooker could attend the festivities to speak with NFL teams if he is unable to work out. - The Sports Xchange
02/03/17 - *Malik Hooker, rSo, Ohio State, 6-2, 205 (DS#1 FS) Malik Hooker Undergoes two surgeries...Hooker underwent labrum and 'core muscle' surgeries and will be unable to participate in athletic testing at the Combine, NFL.com reports. Despite his inability to run and jump at the Combine, it would still be a surprise if Hooker, the Ohio State product, fell out of the top 15 picks, and he remains a strong bet to go in the top 10. Coverage safeties are always in short supply in the modern NFL, and Hooker is a memorable prospect in that category. He intercepted seven passes, returning three for touchdowns, in 13 games last year. The surgeries aren't expected to affect Hooker's rookie season availability. - CBSSports.com
01/25/17 - Chad Kelly, Sr, Mississippi, 6-2, 224 (DS#9 QB) It's an important week for Chad Kelly, even if a knee injury is keeping him from playing in the Senior Bowl. The Mississippi quarterback is observing South practices and sitting in meetings with the other quarterbacks and coach Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns leading up to Saturday's game since he's recovering from November surgery on his right knee . Probably more important, Kelly is getting a chance to answer questions from NFL teams about his off-the-field problems. "They're thinking that it's going to be taking a chance on me, for sure," he said. "I've made stupid mistakes in the past. I can't deny that. But with that being said, I've learned from it. I'm not the same person I was a long time ago."
Kelly was kicked off the Clemson team in 2014 after arguing with coaches during the spring game. He also was arrested after a bar fight in 2014, eventually pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Last October, he was involved in a brawl at his brother's high school football game in New York. He ran onto the field after his brother, Casey Kelly, apparently took a late hit and video shows several coaches restraining him on the field. Kelly knows being upfront about his missteps will be important in meetings with NFL teams leading up to the April draft, starting this week. "That's the biggest thing. You've got to make sure you're saying the right stuff to every team because they all speak to each other," Kelly said. "You've got to be honest, of course, but you've got to admit to what you did and you've got to try to convince them that you've learned from those mistakes and that you're not going to make them again. - AP Sports
01/18/17 - Janarion Grant, rSr, Rutgers, 5-09, 176 (DS#19 WR) Janarion Grant Returns for Fifth Year...Rutgers wide receiver and return specialist Janarion Grant will return for a fifth year in 2017. Grant sustained an injury against Iowa Sept. 24 and missed the remaining eight games of the season. “Fifth year, here I come! I'm excited about what I have been able to accomplish so far, but I look forward to getting out there and competing with my teammates again,” Grant said. “I thank coach Ash and the staff as well as my family for their support through this process. Let's make this season special. Go Knights!” Grant, who was in the midst of a record-breaking season in 2016, suffered an injury to his right leg in the second quarter against the Hawkeyes. In the first four games, he accounted for six total touchdowns, including a passing score. A three-time Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, Grant scored both a kick and punt return touchdown in 2016. In 42 consecutive game appearances, Grant has amassed 270 rushing yards and 895 receiving. He is fourth all-time in the Rutgers record books with 4,251 all-purpose yards and first with 2,606 kickoff return yards. Grant is tied for first in NCAA FBS history with eight career combined kick return touchdowns (five kickoff, three punt). - Rutgers football
01/10/17 - *Ryan Ramczyk, rJr, Wisconsin, 6-5, 314 (DS#1 OT) Ramczyk ready to make NFL leap after All-America season...Ryan Ramczyk became one of the most unusual one-and-done talents in Wisconsin football history Tuesday when the junior left tackle announced he was declaring for the NFL draft. Ramczyk made his decision after his only season of play with UW, putting him on a list that includes NFL greats Elroy Hirsch and Russell Wilson. Exactly a week after helping the Badgers knock off previously unbeaten Western Michigan 24-16 in the Cotton Bowl, Ramcyzk informed head coach Paul Chryst and offensive line coach Joe Rudolph of his plans on Monday. "It was a definitely a difficult decision, but at the end of the day, when I finished playing in the bowl game, it became a lot easier," Ramczyk said Monday. "I realized it's really what I want to do. That gave me comfort."
The move wasn't a surprise. Ramczyk, listed at 6-foot-6 and 314 pounds, said he received a first-round grade from NFL talent evaluators, an assessment that came before he underwent surgery Jan. 5 to repair damage in his right hip. "The surgeon said there was less damage than he expected and it went well," Ramczyk said. "I won't be able to test (physically) at the (NFL) combine, but I'll be there for all the interviews and test and measurements. "It's a big decision, but with this opportunity it's pretty difficult to pass up." - Wisconsin Football
01/10/17 - Bo Scarbrough, rSo, Alabama, 6-1, 228 (DS#4 RB) Alabama RB Scarbrough breaks leg vs. Clemson...Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough sustained a broken bone in his lower right leg during the second half of Monday night's 35-31 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff Championship, ESPN reports. Scarbrough was injured on a rushing attempt with 2:19 remaining in the third quarter as he was dragged down from behind. He walked to the sideline under his own power, but was later spotted limping to the locker room. Before departing, Scarbrough was relied upon heavily as the Crimson Tide's primary offensive weapon. He totaled a game-high 93 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns on 16 carries. "Not to have him was probably a little bit of a disadvantage for us," Alabama coach Nick Saban said after the game. Scarbrough rushed for 812 yards and 11 touchdowns over 15 games with the Crimson Tide in 2016. He came on strong in the postseason, totaling 364 yards and six touchdowns in the SEC Championship Game against Florida, the CFP semifinal against Washington and the loss to Clemson. - The Sports Xchange
01/09/17 - Kyle Lauletta, rJr, Richmond, 6-2, 215 (DS#44 QB) 2016 ALL-COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Kyle Lauletta, Richmond, Jr.,...Lauletta was outstanding in his second year under center for the Spiders. He led the league and ranked in the top-10 in the country with 3,022 yards, his second consecutive 3,000-yard season. He passed for a league-high and career-high 24 TDs, which was just two away from the program’s single-season record. - Richmond Football
01/06/17 - *Elijah Hood, Jr, North Carolina, 5-11, 220 (DS#33 RB) RB Elijah Hood reversed course on Friday by announcing that he was declaring for the NFL draft. Two-plus weeks ago, Hood was intending to remain in school and play his senior season. "This was a difficult decision, but after gathering more information and talking with my family, I believe it is in my best interest to declare for the NFL draft and pursue my dream of being a professional football player," Hood said in a statement. "While I'll miss playing with my teammates in Chapel Hill, I'm excited about my future opportunity. I would like to thank Coach (Larry) Fedora, the coaching staff and all Carolina fans for understanding how difficult it was to come to this decision. This program is on the rise because of the great people at UNC. I'm going to continue to pursue my degree from UNC and I'm proud to say I will always be a Tar Heel."
01/06/17 - *Elijah Hood, Jr, North Carolina, 5-11, 220 (DS#33 RB) North Carolina tailback Elijah Hood has changed his mind and will enter the NFL draft instead of returning for his senior season. Hood announced he would return before the Sun Bowl loss to Stanford. But in a statement released by the school Friday, Hood said he made the "difficult" reversal after gathering additional information and consulting with his family. In a statement, coach Larry Fedora said he supports Hood's decision. The Charlotte native ranked as one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's top rushers in 2015 after running for 1,463 yards and 17 touchdowns. He ran for just 858 and eight scores this year for the Tar Heels (8-5). Hood didn't play in the bowl due to unspecified medical reasons and finished ninth in school history with 2,580 career rushing yards. - AP Sports
01/04/17 - Trenton Thompson, So, Georgia, 6-3, 307 (DS#4 DT) 2016 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Defensive Line Trenton Thompson, Georgia: Thompson set a Liberty Bowl record by recording three sacks in Georgia's 31-23 triumph over TCU. Honorable mention: Derek Barnett, Tennessee; Jesse Brubaker, Tulsa; Nick Dawson-Brents, Western Kentucky; Patrick Gamble, Georgia Tech; Kyle Kelley, San Diego State; Harold Landry, Boston College; Ja'Von Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State; Solomon Thomas, Stanford; DeMarcus Walker, Florida State. - AP Sports
01/04/17 - Bo Scarbrough, rSo, Alabama, 6-1, 228 (DS#4 RB) 2016 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Bo Scarbrough, Alabama: Scarbrough needed just 19 carries to run for 180 yards and two touchdowns in No. 1 Alabama's 24-7 Peach Bowl triumph over No. 4 Washington. Honorable mention: Dalvin Cook, Florida State; Jamaal Williams, BYU; Joe Williams, Utah. - AP Sports
01/03/17 - Peter Bateman, Sr, Minnesota-Duluth, 6-5, 285 (DS#41 OT) 2016 AFCA NATIONAL DIVISION II SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (COACHES): OL Peter Bateman, 6-6 285, Sr., Minnesota-Duluth, Curt Wiese, La, Crescent, Minn. (La Crescent),...Bateman, a La Crescent, Minn. native, had started all 50 games over the past four seasons before being sidelined with a lower body injury for UMD's 2016 finale at Emporia State University in the opening round of the NCAA II playoffs. Bateman is the first UMD offensive lineman to earn All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honors four times (first team in 2014-16 and second team in 2013). He allowed just one quarterback sack during his career and in 2016 anchored a line that paved the way for on offense that ranked second nationally in regular season yards per game and first downs and fifth in scoring. - Minnesota-Duluth Football
01/02/17 - *Malik Hooker, rSo, Ohio State, 6-2, 205 (DS#1 FS) Ohio State S Hooker opts for NFL draft...A potential top-five pick in the 2017 draft, Ohio State safety Malik Hooker reversed his previous decision and will head for the NFL. NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler ranks Hooker fifth overall among all prospects eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft. The redshirt sophomore All-American known as "Malik the Freak" is a dynamic athlete who should test well in scouting combine events. "I have talked with my family and we have decided its best for me to forgo my remaining two years of eligibility and declare for the 2017 NFL draft," Hooker said in a statement. After a redshirt season, Hooker played sparingly in 2015 behind Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell. But as a starter in 2016, he had seven interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns, and was third on the team with 73 interceptions. Hooker is raw, having played only two seasons of high school football, and earned his scholarship to Ohio State in part by what coach Urban Meyer and defensive coordinator Luke Fickell saw Hooker do on the basketball court at New Castle High School. - The Sports Xchange
01/02/17 - Cameron Livingston, Sr, Weber State, 6-1, 195 (DS#999 WR) 2016 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE (HONORABLE MENTION): WR Cameron Livingston, Weber State,...Cameron Livingston earned all-conference honors for the second-time in his career as he earned honorable mention honors. Livingston, a senior wide receiver from Ocala, Florida, had 49 receptions for 485 yards and four touchdowns this season. He started all nine games before suffering a season-ending leg injury on November 5. Livingston finished his four-year career as one of the top receivers in Weber State history. He played in 44 career games and ranks fourth all-time in career receptions with 171 and is sixth in career receiving yards with 2,199 and 11 touchdowns. Livingston is also a team captain for the Wildcats this season. - Weber State Football
12/31/16 - Bo Scarbrough, rSo, Alabama, 6-1, 228 (DS#4 RB) No. 1 Alabama dominates No. 4 Washington to reach title game...Unbeaten Alabama is one victory away from a second straight national championship and fifth in nine seasons thanks to a breakout game from sophomore running back Bo Scarbrough and its usual dominant defense. Scarbrough scored two touchdowns, including a 68-yarder early in the fourth quarter, and the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide got their 11th defensive touchdown of the season in a 24-7 Peach Bowl victory over No. 4 Washington in a College Football Playoff semifinal on Saturday at the Georgia Dome. Scarbrough's 180 yards on 19 carries was the most ever for an Alabama player in a bowl game, and his clinching run was the longest.
"Bo has really played well for us, especially the second half of the season when he got healthy," coach Nick Saban said. "We wanted to play him more. He's hard to tackle. He's big and powerful. He's playing with a lot of confidence and he did a great job for us today." The victory, which advanced Alabama to the title game against either Clemson or Ohio State in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 9, was the 26th straight for the Crimson Tide (14-0) -- and 16 have come against ranked teams. "It's a little bit like running a marathon," said Saban, whose team beat Clemson for the national title last year. "You get to the 20-mile mark and you still feel like you're only halfway there. We've got more miles to go and these guys are very committed to it." - The Sports Xchange
12/26/16 - Jordan Whitehead, So, Pittsburgh, 5-10, 185 (DS#3 FS) 2016 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): S Jordan Whitehead, So., Pitt (22),...Whitehead (Aliquippa, Pa./Central Valley) has been one of Pitt’s most active defenders despite missing three games this season. He has compiled 65 tackles, a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown (at Virginia) and a nine-yard fumble return (against Penn State). - Pittsburgh Football
12/23/16 - *Elijah Hood, Jr, North Carolina, 5-11, 220 (DS#33 RB) Hood To Miss Sun Bowl; Will Return In 2017...North Carolina junior tailback Elijah Hood will not play in UNC’s Hyundai Sun Bowl matchup vs. Stanford on Dec. 30 due to medical issues. Hood will remain in North Carolina when the Tar Heels travel to El Paso, Texas. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Hood will return for his senior season in 2017. “I’m disappointed I cannot be with my football brothers for the bowl game in Texas, but it’s best for me to stay home and fully recover,” said Hood. “I look forward to returning to the field in 2017 for my senior year and having the opportunity to represent UNC along with my teammates. I appreciate Coach Fedora and the staff for helping me make the best decision for my future.” - North Carolina Football
12/23/16 - *Elijah Hood, Jr, North Carolina, 5-11, 220 (DS#33 RB) 2016 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES): RB Elijah Hood, Jr., North Carolina (13),...Hood rushed for a team-high 858 yards and eight touchdowns during the regular season, while also catching 25 passes for 142 yards in 11 games. - North Carolina Football
12/22/16 - Nacarius Fant, Jr, Western Kentucky, 5-09, 185 (DS#61 WR) 2016 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): PR - Nacarius Fant, Jr., WKU,...The Hilltoppers led C-USA with 14 players combined on the First and Second Teams, while adding six Honorable Mention and one All-Freshman selection. The 21 honorees were the most-ever for WKU in the FBS Era, eclipsing the mark of 17 in 2015, which had bested the 15 from the program’s inaugural C-USA season in 2014. Fant, PR, Jr. — 11 returns, 172 yards, 15.6 avg., 2 touchdowns (led C-USA). - Western Kentucky Football
12/21/16 - Matt VandeBerg, Sr, Iowa, 6-1, 185 (DS#65 WR) Iowa wide receiver Matt VandeBerg will return in 2017 after being granted an extra year of eligibility through a medical hardship waiver. VandeBerg, who injured his right foot after just four games, had his waiver approved by the Big Ten. The return of VandeBerg should be a big boost to a receiving corps that struggled without him. VandeBerg caught 19 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns in limited action this season after catching 65 passes in 2015. VandeBerg has 1,302 career receiving yards with 8 TDs. No. 21 Iowa (8-4) will face No. 20 Florida (8-4) in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2. - AP Sports
12/20/16 - Brent Stockstill, rSo, Middle Tennessee, 6-0, 209 (DS#31 QB) 2016 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): QB - Brent Stockstill, So., Middle Tennessee,...Middle Tennessee also had 12 players to earn C-USA Honorable Mention honors. The list includes QB Brent Stockstill, OL Chandler Brewer, OL Maurquice Shakir, OL Josh Chester, WR Dennis Andrews, WR Ty Lee, DE Chris Hale, DT Shaquille Huff, DT Jimal McBride, DE Steven Rhodes, LB Chris Melton, and LB DJ Sanders. - Middle Tennessee Football
12/20/16 - Chris Hale, rSr, Middle Tennessee, 6-4, 256 (DS#118 DE) 2016 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DL - Chris Hale, Sr., Middle Tennessee,...Middle Tennessee also had 12 players to earn C-USA Honorable Mention honors. The list includes QB Brent Stockstill, OL Chandler Brewer, OL Maurquice Shakir, OL Josh Chester, WR Dennis Andrews, WR Ty Lee, DE Chris Hale, DT Shaquille Huff, DT Jimal McBride, DE Steven Rhodes, LB Chris Melton, and LB DJ Sanders. - Middle Tennessee Football
12/19/16 - Evan Berry, Jr, Tennessee, 5-11, 207 (DS#15 SS) 2016 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RS Evan Berry, Tennessee,...Berry earns All-SEC coaches honors for the second-straight year. In 2015, he became the first Vol to earn First Team return specialist honors. Berry played in nine games this season and returned 14 kickoffs for 460 yards and one touchdown. He leads the SEC and ranks second in the nation with a 32.9-yard kick return average. He had a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown in the third quarter against South Carolina, making him just one of two players in the league to return a kickoff for a touchdown. Berry's 33.3 kickoff return average (12 returns for 400 yards and a touchdown) in SEC play was also the best mark in the conference. His 34.2 career kickoff return average is the best mark among all NCAA football players at all levels. He also made an impact on defense, starting three games at safety and finishing the year with 12 tackles and one tackle for a loss. On Nov. 7, head coach Butch Jones announced that Berry would miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury. - Tennessee Football
12/19/16 - Kendell Beckwith, Sr, LSU, 6-2, 252 (DS#5 ILB) 2016 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Kendell Beckwith, LSU,...Coming back for his senior season, Beckwith picked up right where he left off in his junior year by starting 10 games in the linebacker core, leading the team with 91 total tackles, including six tackles for loss and a sack. Beckwith finished second in the league averaging 9.1 tackles per game, registering double figure stops three times and includes having a career-high 16 against Alabama. - LSU Football