02/28/14 - *Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jr, Washington, 6-5, 262 (DS#3 TE) Seferian-Jenkins opts for surgery now...Former University of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins underwent surgery in North Carolina Friday to stabilize a stress fracture in his left foot. Seferian-Jenkins, currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 TE and No. 45 overall prospect, looked to be in great shape when he took the podium and spoke to the assembled media at the scouting combine last week. He announced his expectation to run "a 4.6-something" after measuring in at 6-foot-5, 262 pounds -- a loss of nearly 20 pounds. Shortly before the tight ends were to compete in their first athletic drills in Indianapolis, however, the reigning Mackey Award winner was informed that doctors had discovered a pre-existing injury and that he was not medically cleared to participate.
In an interview given to the NFL Network after the tight end workouts ended last Saturday, Seferian-Jenkins sounded understandably disappointed. "Everything is good," he said. "I'm fine." He acknowledged to the Seattle Times on Monday, however, that he was "glad they found it," and that now he'd "finally found out why my foot was hurting all year." After a consultation with agents, Todd France and Brian Ayrault of Five Star Athlete Management and family, Seferian-Jenkins opted for surgery to repair the issue. The expected recovery is approximately eight weeks, which makes it unlikely he'll be able to participate in Washington's Pro Day, April 2. Those close to Seferian-Jenkins weren't willing to count out the possibility of a later workout should he prove a quick healer. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/14 - Travis Wilson, Jr, Utah, 6-6, 240 (DS#999 QB) Utah quarterback Travis Wilson is getting a chance to play football again. Wilson announced on his Instagram account on Monday that he will return for the 2014 season. School officials confirmed Wilson has been cleared to participate in spring ball, but he will be limited to non-contact drills as a precautionary measure. Wilson's sophomore season was cut short after the team discovered a pre-existing medical condition during a concussion diagnosis in mid-November. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound Wilson must undergo further exams as doctors continue to monitor his condition to make sure there is no serious health risk before the 2014 season. Wilson is expected to regain his spot as Utah's starting QB. He has started 16 games over two seasons. He completed 133 of 237 passes for 1,827 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for the Utes before a concussion sidelined him following a 20-19 loss to Arizona State on Nov. 9.
An initial scan for the concussion after that game turned up evidence of a pre-existing head trauma and a follow-up angiogram confirmed the trauma to an intracranial artery. Utah then lost two of its final three games to finish 5-7 and fail to reach a bowl game for a second straight season. Wilson struggled with other injuries prior to his season-ending head injury. He missed parts of games against Southern California and Arizona with an injury to his throwing hand. It affected Wilson's consistency late in the season. - AP Sports
02/27/14 - Jeremy Grove, rSr, East Carolina, 6-1, 240 (DS#999 ILB) East Carolina says linebacker Jeremy Grove is ending his playing career because of medical reasons. Grove announced his decision Friday saying, "I feel it is better for my health and future to stop playing football." Team spokesman Tom McClellan announced Grove's decision Friday. Grove played through injuries to both shoulders, and had surgery on his left shoulder after the 2011 season. He was limited during his junior year in 2013 by recurring neck pain and nerve irritation. He had a team-best seven tackles in his final game, the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl victory over Ohio. He had 24 games with at least five stops. Coach Ruffin McNeill says Grove "played the game the way it is supposed to be played." - AP Sports
02/27/14 - Tyshon Dye, So, Clemson, 5-11, 215 (DS#999 RB) Clemson running back Tyshon Dye tore an Achilles tendon during a workout and will miss spring practice. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney announced Dye's injury Friday. Swinney said he hoped to have the 5-foot-11, 215-pound redshirt freshman back for the regular season. Dye was expected to compete with returnees Zac Brooks, D.J. Howard and C.J. Davidson to replace 1,000-yard rusher Rod McDowell in the backfield Dye, of Elberton, Ga., was one of Clemson's top recruits before last season and was expected to receive playing time. But he injured his back during August camp and when his rehab was slower than expected, Dye underwent surgery in October. He also had surgery on his ankle to fix a previous problem. The Tigers start spring drills on March 5. - AP Sports
02/20/14 - James Hurst, Sr, North Carolina, 6-5, 296 (DS#13 OT) 2014 Combine: UNC ailing LT James Hurst to work out at pro day... North Carolina left tackle James Hurst entered the 2013 season as a projected early round draft pick, but after suffering an ill-timed broken leg in the Tar Heels' bowl game, he is rehabbing not only his injury, but also his draft projection. Hurst, who grew up just outside of Indianapolis, missed the Senior Bowl due to his broken left fibula and won't be able to work out at the combine this week. However the battle back has been positive. “The rehab is good, coming along fast,” Hurst said. “I started walking two weeks ago and it feels good walking around here, feeling normal about it. I still have a week before I'm up and running.”
Hurst said he expects to be fully healthy and do a complete workout regimen at North Carolina's pro day on March 25. He understands there will be no second chances; the pro day will be his only chance to impress scouts during the draft process on the field. “It's my full physical audition,” said Hurst. “Most of these guys will do their stuff here (in Indianapolis). But I feel good that I'll do be doing everything at the University I played at and graduated from.” Hurst also reflected on his matchup with South Carolina pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney from the 2013 season opener. “There was a lot of hype going into that game,” said Hurst. “It was a fun matchup; he got me a couple times, but I think I held my own.” Hurst called the former Gamecock defensive end “extremely explosive” and an “amazing athlete” and added that he didn't put too much stock into Clowney's effort concerns from that game. “If he wants to make a play, he's going to make a play.” - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/14 - Dominique Easley, Sr, Florida, 6-2, 288 (DS#6 DT) 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 54. Dominique Easley, DT, Florida, 6-2, 285, 4.93, 2...If health weren't a concern, Easley might be discussed as a potential top-10 pick, according the NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler. But after two ACL tears, both on non-contact plays, durability is a major red flag. He came back from a left ACL in 2011, then blew out his right ACL last September. A healthy Easley has exceptional get-off quickness, constantly playing on the other side of the line of scrimmage. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/20/14 - *Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jr, Washington, 6-5, 262 (DS#3 TE) 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 45. *Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington, 6-6, 276, 4.75, 2...Mackey Award winner as top college tight end, AS-J is a massive target and goes after the ball with excellent body control. Although not as physically dominant as his size suggests, especially as blocker, he becomes an imposing runner with ball in his hand. Convicted of DUI after single car accident last March, was suspended one game and dedicated time talking to groups about drinking and driving. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/20/14 - Dee Ford, rSr, Auburn, 6-2, 252 (DS#3 DE) 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 21. Dee Ford, DE, Auburn, 6-2, 243, 4.67, 1...Always respected by coaches and teammates, Ford finally became an obvious force to the rest of football in 2013 as an undersized edge rusher, finishing the regular season with 12.5 tackles for loss, including 8.5 sacks. He is a fluid athlete with impressive burst, agility and underrated strength. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/20/14 - *Louis Nix III, rJr, Notre Dame, 6-2, 331 (DS#1 DT) 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 18. *Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame, 6-2, 345, 5.17, 1...Brick-strong body with nimble feet, Nix came off a solid 2012 season overweight entering 2013 and missed two games with knee tendinitis that should be monitored. He eventually played well enough to boost previous (2012) fourth-round draft projections up to first round. Plays with a high-rev motor that he needs to control to last four quarters, but is a highly coachable player and great teammate. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/19/14 - *Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jr, Washington, 6-5, 262 (DS#3 TE) 2014 NFL Combine: 10 prospects with the most to gain/lose: 7. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington...An impressive athletic specimen for his frame and build, Seferian-Jenkins has the size of a tight end, but the speed and body control of a wide receiver. Despite winning the 2013 Mackey Award as college football's top tight end, it was a mediocre season for the former Huskie as he battled focus issues and wasn't a large part of Washington's offense. Seferian-Jenkins leaves you wanting more on tape, but if he tests as well as expected, teams will be more willing to take a chance on him earlier than his on-field play might suggest. Also, his 2013 DUI arrest will most certainly come up during his team interviews. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/19/14 - *Louis Nix III, rJr, Notre Dame, 6-2, 331 (DS#1 DT) 2014 NFL Combine: 10 prospects with the most to gain/lose: 6. Notre Dame DL: Louis Nix, Stephon Tuitt...Due to injury and inconsistency, Nix and Tuitt went from a terrorizing tandem destined to be high picks to a disappointing duo hoping to soon hear their names called in the first round. Tuitt is built well for the NFL with the impressive size and athletic tools, but played more like a third round draft choice on tape in 2013. He needs to test well during the on-field and agility drills to remind teams why he was so highly thought of entering the year. Nix had better in-game consistency than Tuitt and boasts a skill-set that is in high demand by 3-4 defenses, but his lingering knee issue is the elephant in the room. His medical results will likely cement Nix's top-20 status or drop him down draft boards. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/19/14 - Dominique Easley, Sr, Florida, 6-2, 288 (DS#6 DT) 2014 NFL Combine: 10 prospects with the most to gain/lose: 3. DT Dominique Easley, Florida...If health wasn't a concern, Easley would be talked about as a potential top-10 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. But after two ACL tears, both on non-contact plays, the long-term durability is a red flag that could knock him into the third day on draft weekend. Easley has exceptional get-off quickness to be in the backfield before the center sets up shop, constantly playing on the other side of the line of scrimmage. But after the doctors and trainers are done poking and prodding, their medical report on Easley will likely be the determining factor in his draft projection. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/19/14 - Kain Colter, Sr, Northwestern, 5-11, 198 (DS#47 WR) Northwestern University's quarterback testified at a federal hearing that playing college football is a job that schools make clear trumps academics. Kain Colter spoke Tuesday at the National Labor Relations Board hearing. It's being held to decide whether to OK the players' bid to form a first-of-its kind union. Whether they qualify as employees is the core question the board must answer. Asked why Northwestern gave him a scholarship of $75,000 a year, he responded, "To play football. To perform an athletic service." He said he'd aspired to study pre-med but abandoned that plan because of time demands the school makes on football players. He told the hearing players have no choice but to sacrifice academics. He says they could lose their scholarships if they slack off on football. - AP Sports
02/19/14 - Dee Ford, rSr, Auburn, 6-2, 252 (DS#3 DE) Dee Ford is not dreading his arrival on the NFL's big stage. The NFL Combine begins Thursday and the former Auburn defensive end is ready to perform and show he's worth a first-round selection rather than the fulfilling the early second-round projections many experts have him slotted. "I'm not nervous at all," Ford said Tuesday on the NFL Network. "I'm prepared, I already know I'm trying to go there and shock the world. That's something I've been preparing for, for a long time. I feel like if you're not prepared then you're nervous, but I'm prepared." Ford blew past offensive tackles with relative ease during Senior Bowl preparations and again in the game itself. He picked up Defensive MVP honors in Mobile and has been training for the upcoming combine ever since.
Ford jumped on most teams' radar in Mobile and as a result took some pressure off himself heading into the NFL Combine, where he will be quizzed by scouts as much as he will be tested in the 40-yard dash and in the weight room. Ford has been "really working on that speed" in the weeks leading up to the combine. "It's a great opportunity to really show how athletic you are," Ford said. "I'm going to take advantage of every drill, so I'm working on every drill and I'm there to compete. I want to win every drill. I want to have the best time. I'm not looking over this thing. I know I can play football, but I want to show my athleticism, too." Ford recorded 10.5 sacks, finishing second only to Missouri's Michael Sam during his senior season in the SEC. His explosiveness off the edge as a pass rusher, especially his first step and improved counter moves, sticks out to the scouts. - Brandon Marcello, The Huntsville Times
02/19/14 - Terrell Stanley, rJr, East Carolina, 6-2, 266 (DS#71 DE) East Carolina says a football player hospitalized since being involved in an automobile accident last week has been upgraded to good condition. Team spokesman Tom McClellan disclosed the status upgrade for defensive end Terrell Stanley on Monday. He had been in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville since the accident Feb. 12 on U.S. Route 264 Alternate. Coach Ruffin McNeill says Stanley "is a warrior with a relentless and passionate approach to life." Stanley was driving and teammate Isaac Harris was the passenger when their car was involved in a single-car crash. Harris was treated and released later that day. Stanley is a rising junior who started 12 games last season and had 46 tackles. Harris also started 12 games on the offensive line. - AP Sports
02/17/14 - Munchie Legaux, rSr, Cincinnati, 6-4, 200 (DS#999 WR) Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux has received an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA after missing most of last season because of a gruesome knee injury. The American Athletic Conference announced Wednesday that hardship waivers had been approved by the NCAA for Legaux and Bearcats receiver Shaq Washington. Legaux will have one more year of eligibility. Washington, who missed most of the 2011 season with an injury, has two years left. Legaux was injured Sept. 7 at Illinois. He was hit while trying to pass and his left leg bent awkwardly, damaging several ligaments. He is still rehabilitating his knee and hopes to be ready for fall camp.
Legaux has thrown for 2,847 yards and 20 touchdowns and run for 627 yards and seven scores in 31 games for the Bearcats. Notre Dame transfer Gunner Kiel and junior college transfer Jarred Evans are expected to take most of the reps during spring football for Cincinnati, which begins Feb. 27, 2014. Washington had 78 catches for 783 yards last season. - AP Sports
02/17/14 - Jake Butt, So, Michigan, 6-5, 237 (DS#999 TE) Michigan says tight end Jake Butt is out indefinitely with a torn anterior cruciate ligament that he suffered during winter conditioning. Michigan coach Brady Hoke says in a statement Thursday that it's a "tough break." Hoke says Butt will be back "as strong as ever" as soon as possible. Butt finished his freshman season with 20 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns, third on the Wolverines in each category. Butt had a season-best five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown against Ohio State. He came to Michigan from Pickerington North High School in Ohio. - AP Sports
02/17/14 - Morgan Breslin, Sr, Southern Cal, 6-1, 250 (DS#14 OLB) 2014 NFL COMBINE SNUB: Linebacker – Morgan Breslin, USC...A junior college transfer last year, Breslin burst onto the scene with a team-best 13.0 sacks for the Trojans in 2012. However, he battled injuries this past season as a senior, finishing with just 4.5 sacks in five games. Breslin underwent hip surgery in November and might be trying to receive a medical hardship waiver to play in 2014 for the Trojans. OTHER LB SNUBS: DeDe Lattimore, Shaquil Barrett, Eddie Lackey - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/17/14 - Michael Brewer, rJr, Texas Tech, 6-1, 185 (DS#30 QB) Former Texas Tech backup quarterback Michael Brewer has lost an appeal to avoid giving up a year of eligibility at either TCU or Texas. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports that a five-member panel unanimously rejected Brewer's appeal Thursday after hearing his case to contact Texas and TCU. Texas Tech policy states that a player who transfers within the conference must sit out the next year and lose a year of eligibility. Last month, Tech denied Baker Mayfield's appeal to transfer without restriction to Oklahoma. Brewer, a redshirt sophomore last season, left the program in January. Freshman Davis Webb, who shared starts with Mayfield, remains at Texas Tech. - AP Sports
02/17/14 - Terrell Stanley, rJr, East Carolina, 6-2, 266 (DS#71 DE) East Carolina DE Stanley listed as critical after crash...East Carolina defensive end Terrell Stanley was hospitalized in critical condition after a car accident on Wednesday morning, the school announced in a news release. Stanley was driving and offensive lineman Isaac Harris was his passenger when the single-car accident occurred around 6 a.m. ET. The players were taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C. Harris was released after a precautionary examination. According to the university, the players were on their way to campus for a strength and conditioning workout from off-campus housing when the crash took place. Police said the car traveled down an embankment. Stanley had seven sacks, which ranked second on the team last season, and 10 tackles for loss while starting 12 games for the Pirates. Harris also started 12 games. Both will be juniors in the fall. - The Sports Xchange
01/30/14 - Garrett Gilbert, rSr, Southern Methodist, 6-3, 223 (DS#18 QB) Leigh Steinberg has signed SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert as his first new football client since relaunching his agency four months ago. Gilbert's father, former NFL quarterback Gale Gilbert, was once represented by Steinberg, the super agent who fell from grace due to alcoholism and bankruptcy before rebuilding his business. SMU coach June Jones remains a Steinberg client. This is the first time Steinberg has represented the son of a former client. Garrett Gilbert says "it seems like a perfect fit for me personally as well as my family." Gilbert is currently working out in northern San Diego in preparation for SMU's pro day in Dallas on March 28. - AP Sports
01/25/14 - Dee Ford, rSr, Auburn, 6-2, 252 (DS#3 DE) MVP Ford leads South to Senior Bowl win...Auburn defensive end Dee Ford won Senior Bowl MVP honors with two sacks in the South's 20-10 victory over the North on Saturday in Mobile, Ala. Quarterbacks Derek Carr of Fresno State and David Fales of San Jose State each threw a touchdown pass for the South, but Ford capped a dominant week in practice and the game. He also batted down a pass by Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas deep in North territory in the first half. Auburn cornerback Chris Davis added an interception for the South. Davis was the hero of the Iron Bowl game in November when he returned Alabama's failed field goal attempt for the winning touchdown on the final play. Named the South's Most Outstanding Player was Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood, who caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Fales.
Carr threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore on the South's opening drive and was 7 of 12 for 45 yards in the game. Auburn's Cody Parkey kicked 50- and 39-yard field goals for the South. Wisconsin running back James White was named the North's Most Outstanding Player after scoring on a 1-yard run with 6:04 remaining in the game. He finished with 62 yards on 11 carries. It was not the greatest day for quarterbacks, who combined to throw five interceptions. Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo, a late sub for Alabama's AJ McCarron, was 6-of-11 passing for 32 yards and Miami's Stephen Morris completed 10 of 18 for a game-high 89 yards but was intercepted twice. Clemson's Tajh Boyd was 7 of 16 for 31 yards and an interception and Thomas was sacked five times. - The Sports Xchange
01/25/14 - Dee Ford, rSr, Auburn, 6-2, 252 (DS#3 DE) 2014 Senior Bowl: Auburn's Dee Ford headlines list of Risers-Fallers...Dee Ford, DE, Auburn - Ford impressed with a chiseled build at 6-foot-2, 243 pounds during the weigh-in and was virtually unstoppable off the edge during the practices, showing burst, bend and closing speed. He was the most dynamic player on the field during the game, itself, recording two sacks and timing a leap to knock down a pass to earn MVP honors. Ford's dominant week boosted his stock at least a full round and could result in a top 32 selection. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/25/14 - Dee Ford, rSr, Auburn, 6-2, 252 (DS#3 DE) Derek Carr and David Fales both threw touchdown passes and Auburn's Dee Ford racked up two sacks in the South's 20-10 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. The showcase game for top senior NFL prospects was mostly dominated by the defenses, including big plays from two defenders from national runner-up Auburn. Ford polished off his week by twice sacking Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas in the first half and Chris Davis had an interception. Ford, who also had a pair of sacks in the national championship game, was named the game's MVP. Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Fales of San Jose State and received the South's Most Outstanding Player honors.
Wisconsin's James White scored on a 1-yard run with 6:04 left in the game for the North's only touchdown. He was selected the North's MOP after rushing for 62 yards on 11 carries. Ford also batted down a pass in the backfield when the North was buried deep in its own territory that would have been a sure touchdown if he'd held onto it. Offensively, it looked just like what it was: an all-star game with players trying to get in synch with a few days of practice. The quarterbacks with the fewest mistakes won the day after the South built a 20-3 lead. - AP Sports
01/24/14 - Kain Colter, Sr, Northwestern, 5-11, 198 (DS#47 WR) Colter to have ankle surgery, miss Senior Bowl...Former Northwestern quarterback/wide receiver Kain Colter withdrew from the Senior Bowl on Wednesday night because of a pre-existing ankle injury and will undergo surgery next week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Colter participated in three practices this week, determined to show teams he has the physical skills of a quality receiver after playing quarterback for much of his college career. He did so on injured ankle cartilage, an issue through which he played six games for the Wildcats last season. Colter's recovery is expected to require eight to 12 weeks. He plans to host a Pro Day in late April. - Rich Campbell, The Chicago Tribune