07/24/14 - Isaac Bennett, Sr, Pittsburgh, 5-11, 205 (DS#49 RB) 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 - Trey Lealaimatafao, Fr, LSU, 6-1, 301 (DS#999 DT) LSU freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao might not be able to play this season after he injured his arm punching through glass in the Tigers' weight room. LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette says Lealaimatafao was hospitalized Monday to treat a deep cut to his arm. School officials have not offered further details on why the player punched through glass, the severity of the injury or the effect it could have on Lealaimatafao's career. The 6-foot, 300-pound Lealaimatafao was a coveted recruit who was expected to compete for playing time immediately. As a senior at San Antonio's Warren High School, he was credited with 53 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was honored as a U.S. Army All-American. - AP Sports
07/24/14 - Carl Lawson, So, Auburn, 6-2, 261 (DS#999 DE) Malzahn and the Tigers do know the status of sophomore defensive end Carl Lawson, who will miss most of the season following ACL surgery, Malzahn said Monday. Lawson had surgery in May after injuring his knee the final week of spring practice. Depth in the front four is one of the strengths of Auburn's defense, but Lawson was a freshman All-American with 7.5 tackles for loss. "Carl is working extremely hard," Malzahn said. "He's determined to come back at the end of this year." After a winless conference record in 2012, Auburn went 7-1 in the SEC last season with a 12-2 record and has 14 returning starters last season.
Malzahn said he is pleased to have the program back to where it belongs, and that includes the expectations that come with the worst-to-first rebound. Repeating as conference champions is a goal, but after winning six games by six points or less, Malzahn expects Auburn to have to make more of its own breaks. "It's been awhile," Malzahn said of repeating. "That says it all. That is a goal of ours, but we understand how hard it will be. - The Sports Xchange
07/15/14 - Bryce Giddens, Jr, Arkansas State, 5-11, 300 (DS#999 C) Arkansas State University center Bryce Giddens is giving up football because of various injuries. ASU head coach Blake Anderson announced Monday that the junior center had made the decision. Giddens was a two-year starter for ASU and was named second-team All-Sun Belt Conference as a sophomore last season. Giddens will work in administration for the ASU athletic department and will remain on scholarship as he pursues his degree. - AP Sports
07/14/14 - Carl Lawson, So, Auburn, 6-2, 261 (DS#999 DE) Auburn DE Carl Lawson has a torn ACL...While the first questions asked of Auburn coach Gus Malzahn were about the status of Nick Marshall after his recent run-in with the law, there was some big news that Malzahn dropped during his press conference at SEC Media Days Monday. Defensive end Carl Lawson had surgery for a torn ACL in May. Malzahn says he's hopeful that Lawson will recover before the end of the season, but odds are that's not the case. Lawson is likely going to miss the entire 2014 season, which would be bad news for the Auburn defense.
Lawson was a five-star recruit in Auburn's 2013 recruiting class, and he didn't wait long to have an impact for the Tigers. As a freshman in 2013 Lawson finished the year with only 20 tackles, but 7.5 of them were for loss, and four were sacks. He also had seven quarterback hurries and forced two fumbles. He was expected to contribute even more in 2014 as the Tigers look to defend their SEC title. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
07/09/14 - Kenny Bigelow, rFr, Southern Cal, 6-3, 310 (DS#999 DT) Southern California defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow is out for the season after tearing his right ACL during non-contact drills in a voluntary workout. The redshirt freshman was expected to compete for a starting spot. He redshirted last year to adjust to the college ranks. Returning starters Leonard Williams and Antwaun Woods will anchor the defensive line, but the third spot remains open. Bigelow's injury was announced on the school's blog. - AP Sports
06/20/14 - Bralon Addison, Jr, Oregon, 5-10, 190 (DS#13 WR) Other Oregon prospects worth watching: WR Bralon Addison, Junior...A talented wideout and punt returner due to his quickness and acceleration, Addison was being counted on to emerge as the Ducks' primary receiver in 2014 but his junior campaign is in doubt after he suffered a torn ACL during spring practices. Addison had 61 receptions for 890 yards with seven touchdowns last season. He also returned two punts for scores. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
06/05/14 - Stuart Mouchantaf, Sr, Rice, 6-4, 290 (DS#999 DT) Rice senior defensive tackle Stuart Mouchantaf (MOO'-chan-tahf) will miss the 2014 season after suffering a setback in his rehabilitation from knee surgery. In a statement Thursday, Rice coach David Bailiff said Mouchantaf reinjured his knee while performing rehab work and needed more surgery. The statement says Mouchantaf is eligible for a redshirt and will now work toward returning for the 2015 season. Mouchantaf started the first eight games of last season with junior Christian Covington on the interior of the Owls' front four before injuring his knee early in the game against UTEP. In those eight games, the transfer from Blinn College was credited with 33 tackles, including 25 over his final five games, and had a career-high eight stops. - AP Sports
06/04/14 - Chief Brown, rJr, Mississippi, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 SS) Ole Miss defensive back Chief Brown has apparently injured himself participating in an offseason workout, and will now likely miss the 2014 season as a result. Coach Hugh Freeze confirmed that Brown tore his Achilles, an injury that typically requires a six to eight-month rehab. "Very sad," Freeze said. Brown, a redshirt junior from Winona, moved to Ole Miss' nickel corner (husky) position in the spring and was expected to be Tony Conner's primary backup there this fall.
Brown started three games last season -- two at strong safety and one at free -- and finished with 38 tackles (19 solo), a fumble recovery and an interception. He was named the most improved defensive player in the spring. He's a good player, and one defensive coordinator Dave Wommack has always liked and tried to find a home for on the field. While not a starter, Brown would have played a fairly significant amount of snaps for Ole Miss next season both providing a break for Conner and possibly in dime situations. - Hugh Kellenberger, The Clarion Ledger
05/28/14 - Caleb Bak, rSr, Minnesota, 6-3, 302 (DS#999 OG) Concussion ends the career of Minnesota lineman...A concussion has robbed one Minnesota football player of his college career, and it's also cost the Gophers their starting right guard. Caleb Bak, who had started 20 straight games at right guard for the Gophers the last two seasons, announced Tuesday that he would not be returning for his senior season. Bak made the announcement on Twitter. Bak suffered the concussion last season, but after trying to make a comeback this spring his concussion symptoms returned after three workouts.
Bak joined the Gophers as a walk-on in 2010 and redshirted his first season. He took over the starting role at right guard against against Michigan State in 2011, starting the final four games of the season. He began the 2012 season as a reserve, but started the final 11 games of the year before starting the first nine games of 2013 before suffering the concussion. It's unclear who will replace Bak on the Minnesota line in 2014, though Josh Campion worked at the right guard position this spring in Bak's place. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
05/27/14 - Bryce Giddens, Jr, Arkansas State, 5-11, 300 (DS#999 C) 2014 RIMINGTON TROPHY SPRING WATCHLIST: Bryce Giddens, Arkansas State, Junior...Giddens was a second team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2013, starting every game at center for an A-State team that claimed its third consecutive league title and second straight GoDaddy Bowl victory. He anchored an offensive line that helped the Red Wolves rank No. 1 in the Sun Belt Conference and No. 24 in the nation in rushing offense with over 200 yards per game. He helped pave the way for five different A-State players rushing for over 100 yards in a game.
A native of Moultrie, Ga., Giddens helped lead A-State to 29.2 points per game and 407.8 yards total offense per game, which was the third highest average in school history. Behind Giddens and the offensive line, Arkansas State scored 31 rushing touchdowns, which were just two shy of the most in the league. The line helped produce a No. 2 Sun Belt ranking in red zone offense, including 35 touchdowns and only one turnover given up. Along with Giddens, the Red Wolves’ front five helped produce over 200 yards rushing in six games and over 400 yards total offense six times as well. - Arkansas State football
05/22/14 - Terrell Stanley, rJr, East Carolina, 6-2, 266 (DS#999 DE) ECU DE Terrell Stanley out for 2014, continuing rehab after car accident...East Carolina junior defensive end Terrell Stanley will miss the entire 2014 season as a result of serious injuries suffered in an automobile accident on Feb. 12. The school confirmed that Stanley has "demonstrated continued progress" during the rehabilitation process, but needs more time before returning to the field. "Terrell has come a long way and we admire his determination to return to battle, but he's not ready to be in a position to fairly compete at the level he needs to be," McNeill said in a statement released Thursday. "His full recovery and health are our first priority, as it would be with any of our players. We're looking forward to him getting back to full strength and joining us in the spring."
Stanley was a starter in 12 games for ECU in 2013, his sophomore season, finishing second on the team with seven sacks and third in tackles for loss (10). In February, Pirates head coach Ruffin McNeill called Stanley was called "a warrior with a relentless and passionate approach to life, both on and off the field." ECU also confirmed Thursday that McNeill will assist Stanley in seeking an extension of the NCAA's five-year eligibility clock after his senior season in 2015, should the defensive end want to pursue an extra year of eligibility. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
05/13/14 - Ty Zimmerman, rSr, Kansas State, 6-1, 202 (DS#14 FS) New Orleans Saints announce 2014 rookie free agent class: Ty Zimmerman – Safety, Kansas State (6-1, 204): Martin, who will compete for a roster spot at safety and on special teams, moved into the starting lineup at Kansas State as a freshman in 2010. In 2013, he was an Associated Press third-team All-American as the senior captain came away with 74 tackles in 11 games, including three for a loss, and picked off three passes, two brought back for touchdowns to lead the Big 12. In his four-year career, he appeared in 48 games with 42 starts and posted 256 tackles, 11 stops for a loss, 13 interceptions, 27 passes defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. - New Orleans Saints
05/13/14 - Matt Armstrong, rSr, Grand Valley State, 6-2, 302 (DS#11 C) New Orleans Saints announce 2014 rookie free agent class: Matthew Armstrong – Offensive Lineman, Grand Valley State (6-2, 302): Armstrong appeared in 51 games, mostly at center, in four years with the Lakers, starting at least one contest in each spot along the offensive line. The 2013 FCS Rimington Trophy winner was also named the GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year and a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award while serving as a key contributor to Grand Valley’s 12-3 record. The four-time All-GLIAC honoree helped pave the way for an offense that totaled 6,469 yards, averaged 6.8 yards per play and scored 525 points in 2013. - New Orleans Saints
05/13/14 - Kain Colter, Sr, Northwestern, 5-11, 198 (DS#53 WR) Vikings Sign 15 College Free Agents: Kain Colter, Wide Receiver, Northwestern...Two-year team co-captain, 2-time All-Big Ten honorable mention...Ranks amongst NU’s all-team leaders in pass efficiency rating (2nd, 139.0), career rushing yards (8th, 2,180), career rushing touchdowns (5th, 28), career rushing yards by a QB (1st, 2,180)...Will transition to a full-time WR with the Vikings after serving as an option quarterback with the Wildcats...Established a Wildcat single-season quarterback rushing record as a junior with 891 yards...Started 30 games, playing in multiple positions throughout career...Scored 50 TDs at Northwestern, including 18 passing, 4 receiving and 28 rushing...Co-founded the College Athletes Players Association and helped Northwestern football players seek compensation as employees under the National Labor Relations Act. - Minnesota Vikings
05/13/14 - Morgan Breslin, Sr, Southern Cal, 6-1, 240 (DS#27 OLB) San Francisco 49ers Sign Seven Undrafted Rookie Free Agents: LB Morgan Breslin...Played in 18 games at the University of Southern California after transferring from Diablo Valley College, in 2012. At USC, totaled 77 tackles, 17.5 sacks, 4 PDs, 1 FF and 1 FR in two seasons with the Trojans. In five games in 2013, registered 15 tackles and 4.5 sacks. In 2012, had 62 tackles, including a team-high 19.5 for loss, a team-high 13.0 sacks, 4 PDs, 1 FF and 1 FR. He was tied for 5th nationally in sacks and ranked 15th in tackles for loss. Was named Second-Team All-Pac-12 and USC's Defensive Lineman of the Year.
At Diablo Valley College, in 2011, recorded 13.5 sacks and was named a First-Team JC Athletic Bureau All-American, a First-Team J.C. Grid-Wire All-American and All-Golden Gate Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In 2010, registered 14.5 sacks and was selected to the JC Athletic Bureau All-State Region II First Team and All-Golden Gate Conference First Team. Attended Las Lomas (Walnut Creek, CA) HS where he was named a 2008 Second-Team Max Preps All-State Division II selection and First-Team San Francisco Chronicle All-Bay Area, as a senior. Born 7/8/91 in Walnut Creek, CA. - 49ers.com
05/13/14 - Keon Lyn, Sr, Syracuse, 6-1, 201 (DS#44 CB) Indianapolis Colts Agree to Terms with 19 Undrafted Free Agents: Cornerback Keon Lyn, 6-1, 190 pounds, played in 38 career games at Syracuse and totaled 89 tackles (75 solo), 20 passes defensed, five tackles for loss, three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, two forced fumbles and 1.0 sack. As a junior in 2012, he played in all 13 games (10 starts) and tied for seventh in the Big East in interceptions (three) and eighth in passes defensed (10). Lyn also added a career-high 46 tackles (36 solo), three tackles for loss and one forced fumble. - Indianapolis Colts
05/13/14 - Cornelius Lucas, rSr, Kansas State, 6-8, 316 (DS#18 OT) Lions sign 11 undrafted rookie free agents: Cornelius Lucas, T, 6-9, 328, Kansas State: Lucas, a 6-foot-9, 328-pound offensive lineman from New Orleans who started at left tackle as a junior and senior with the Wildcats. - Tim Twentyman, DetroitLions.com
05/13/14 - Bryn Renner, rSr, North Carolina, 6-3, 228 (DS#18 QB) Denver Broncos Add CFAs After 2014 NFL Draft: Bryn Renner, Position: QB, School: North Carolina...Ranks third in school history with 8,221 passing yards, 668 completions and 1,005 pass attempts during his career with the Tar Heels. - Gray Caldwell & Stuart Zaas, DenverBroncos.com
05/13/14 - James Hurst, Sr, North Carolina, 6-5, 296 (DS#16 OT) Baltimore Ravens Sign 17 Undrafted Free Agents: Hurst was a four-year starter along the Tar Heels’ offensive line after earning the starting left tackle job in the second game of his true freshman season in 2010. The first-team All-ACC honoree played in 50 career games, including a school-record-tying 48 starts, missing only one game due to injury during his 2012 junior season. Hurst was one of the NCAA’s most-decorated offensive linemen, earning 2010 Freshmen All-America honors, 2011 second-team All-ACC honors, 2012 first-team All-ACC honors (coaches) and 2013 first-team All-ACC honors (Phil Steele). - Baltimore Ravens
05/13/14 - Brenden Daley, Sr, Hawaii, 6-3, 245 (DS#62 ILB) Falcons Add 20 College Free Agents: Daley, 6-3, 250 pounds, had 116 total tackles (68 solo) with 14.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles, one interception, and one pass defense in two years at the University of Hawaii. He was named honorable mention All-Mountain West honors as a senior in 2012 after leading the team with 90 total tackles while adding 13 tackles for loss and four sacks. Daley played two seasons for Ventura Junior College in California after graduating from Moorpark High School in California. - Atlanta Falcons
05/13/14 - Tevin Reese, rSr, Baylor, 5-11, 163 (DS#41 WR) 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Round 7/240 -- Tevin Reese, WR, 5-10, 163, Baylor...Like speed? Then you will like Reese. He is not going to dazzle anyone with his solid hands or nifty routes, but what he can do is run, and run fast. Consider that of his 25 touchdown catches at Baylor, 22 of them went for at least 40 yards. He is a burner, something the Chargers lack. - The Sports Xchange
05/13/14 - *Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jr, Washington, 6-6, 262 (DS#3 TE) 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Round 2/38 -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, 6-5, 260, Washington...Seferian-Jenkins was the second tight end off the board, and the Bucs had a top-20 grade on him. He had eight touchdowns last season despite playing above his normal weight at 280. Seferian-Jenkins also gives the Bucs a tight end who excels at run blocking as well as receiving. - The Sports Xchange
05/13/14 - Zach Mettenberger, rSr, LSU, 6-5, 224 (DS#8 QB) 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: TENNESSEE TITANS: Round 6/178 -- Zach Mettenberger, QB, 6-5, 224, Louisiana State...When Mettenberger tumbled into the sixth round because of character and injury issues, the Titans spent their seventh-round pick to move up to obtain him. Mettenberger fits the mold of quarterback that coach Ken Whisenhunt likes (big, strong-armed pocket passer), and he could be the quarterback of the future if Jake Locker doesn't pan out in a make-or-break season. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Tevin Reese, rSr, Baylor, 5-11, 163 (DS#41 WR) A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 7/240 -- Tevin Reese, WR, 5-10, 163 Baylor...Like speed? Then you'll like Reese. He's not going to dazzle anyone with his solid hands or nifty routes, but what he can do is run, and run fast. Consider that of his 25 touchdown catches at Baylor, 22 of them went for at least 40 yards. A burner, something the Chargers lack. We'll see if wide receiver Tevin Reese is more than a one-trick pony as the Baylor product tries to make the team in training camp. But if nothing else, the seventh-round pick has the coolest nickname of the latest Chargers: "Sweet Feet." - The Sports Xchange