05/08/17 - Rawleigh Williams III, Jr, Arkansas, 5-09, 226 (DS#999 RB) Neck injury ends career of Arkansas RB Williams...Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams III, who rushed for 1,360 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, announced Monday he is giving up football after suffering a second neck injury. Williams' latest neck injury came during the Razorbacks' final spring scrimmage last month. He was carted off the field and taken to the hospital. Williams, who would have been a junior this season, wrote a heartfelt letter on Arkansas' official website that was titled "Next Chapter." "I've seen the replay. I saw a normal hit. That scared me," Williams wrote in his letter. "It shows me it doesn't take a big hit at this point. Any little thing can trigger it. I also saw the reaction of my mom and my sister. That broke my heart. I can't do this anymore. I want to be able to walk."
Williams suffered the first neck injury as a freshman in 2015 against Auburn and underwent surgery to fuse a disk in his neck. "I'm moving onto the next chapter of my life," Williams wrote. "It's tough to not be able to play football anymore because I've been playing since I was four years old. It wasn't something I wanted to do or planned on having to do so early. I've prayed, listened to my doctors, my parents and my gut. It still doesn't seem real yet, but I really don't have a choice. I've dodged the bullet twice. I realize at the end of the day I want to live a normal life and be around my family." Williams met with doctors and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema last week before making his final decision to walk away from playing football. - The Sports Xchange
04/29/17 - Rawleigh Williams III, Jr, Arkansas, 5-09, 226 (DS#999 RB) A year and a half after he broke his neck in a game, Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams suffered another injury scare when he was taken away in an ambulance from a Razorbacks practice on Saturday. Williams was injured prior to an Arkansas scrimmage, falling to the ground after a light hit and remaining there afterward. He was able to move his fingers before being loaded onto a stretcher and cart, and the university announced his injury as a "stinger." Following the completion of the scrimmage, Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema said the early indications about Williams' injury were "very, very positive." "Obviously, a huge scare out there," Bielema said. "With his history and everything that goes into it, it seems to be something unrelated. I don't want to speak out of turn, so we'll wait until we get confirmation."
Williams led Arkansas and was third in the Southeastern Conference with 1,360 yards rushing last season, also rushing for 12 touchdowns. That came after the 5-foot-10 226-pound running back suffered a broken neck in a game against Auburn as a freshman in 2015. Following his injury on Saturday, Williams' teammates huddled in silence at midfield inside the Walker Pavilion - where the Razorbacks were holding their final practice of the spring after the school's Red-White game was canceled because of inclement weather. "It's just something you never want to happen to anyone, but especially Rawleigh because it's his second time," Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen said. "It's one of those things where he's always in the back of your mind during practice and all our thoughts were on him." - AP Sports
04/26/17 - Jack Cichy, rSr, Wisconsin, 6-1, 233 (DS#4 ILB) 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
04/25/17 - Skai Moore, rSr, South Carolina, 6-1, 221 (DS#5 OLB) South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore was happy to be back after a year recovering from a scary neck injury, although not that thrilled with spring workouts. Moore, the Gamecocks leading tackler each season from 2013 through 2015, sat out last season after neck fusion surgery. He was cleared for spring practice last month and was on the field Saturday when South Carolina closed practices with the annual Garnet-and-Black game at Williams-Brice Stadium. "It makes you appreciate the game a lot more and the opportunities that you have," Moore said. "But as far as it being fun, spring's spring." The 6-foot-2, 221-pound senior is more concentrated on the fall. That's when he can again turn into the playmaker he was his first three seasons. Besides leading the Gamecocks in tackles his first three full seasons - including a 2013 season when the Gamecocks featured All-American defensive end and No. 1 NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney - Moore has 11 career interceptions, three shy of South Carolina's career record.
Moore seems like a major boost for an offense that had trouble stopping the run and gave up more than 26 points a game last year. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp was proud of how Moore handled his time away. Instead of losing touch with teammates, Moore stayed involved. When Moore got the green light to play, he did not shy away from contact or show any signs of hesitance. Muschamp said the team's first day in full pads this spring included a drill where "the first thing making contact is you head. We didn't say a word to him and he went right after it. That's the kind of competitor he is." Moore got about a quarter's work in the exhibition, attended by about 30,000 people. - AP Sports
04/07/17 - Thomas Sirk, rSr, East Carolina, 6-3, 220 (DS#999 QB) QB Thomas Sirk announced Friday he will play his final collegiate season at East Carolina in 2017. Sirk formerly played for Duke. As a graduate transfer, Sirk will be eligible to play immediately for the Pirates this season. Sirk was granted a sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA in November after he missed the entire 2016 season due to an Achilles tear suffered last February. In August, he re-aggravated the injury to his Achilles' tendon -- the third of his career. Sirk was Duke's starter in 2015, throwing for 2,625 yards and 16 touchdowns with eight interceptions while leading the team with 803 rushing yards and eight scores.
03/27/17 - Jake Butt, Sr, Michigan, 6-5, 246 (DS#6 TE) Michigan Pro day: Tight end Jake Butt obviously wasn’t able to work out as he continues his rehab from ACL surgery in January. However, he told NFL Network that he is on track to be “ready” by mid-July, just in time for training camp. A second-round projection prior to his injury, Butt is still viewed as a possible top-75 pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - Eric Dungey, Jr, Syracuse, 6-2, 212 (DS#21 QB) Syracuse is back on the field after a snowy end to winter, and coach Dino Babers has it a little bit easier the second time around. "The main thing is basically that everybody knows what they're doing," Babers said Monday. "I really appreciate the speed that practice went at today." Babers also appreciated the fact that starting quarterback Eric Dungey is healthy again and back in the lineup. "He's just a leader," Babers said. "He's a lot more confident. Obviously, his head is fine. He's out there and he's leading our football team. We're always better when Eric is on the field." Dungey was ecstatic to be back and hopeful that his junior year will be injury-free. He was knocked out in the first quarter at eventual national champion Clemson last November after a hard hit to the head/shoulder area by linebacker Dorian O'Daniel.
Dungey, who was leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing yards and completions per game, was ruled out of the game by the Orange training staff and never took another snap. He ended up missing the final three games of the season after undergoing tests. Results of those tests were kept confidential. Dungey, listed at 6-foot-3 and 221 pounds this spring, also missed four games in 2015, suffering at least one concussion from a vicious hit early in the season against Central Michigan. All of that was in the rearview mirror on Tuesday. "I feel a lot more comfortable," Dungey said. "Just trying to get other guys on board who aren't used to the offense, still trying to learn the offense more and more every day. It's definitely been a lot better than last year's first spring ball." - AP Sports
03/26/17 - *Malik Hooker, rSo, Ohio State, 6-1, 206 (DS#1 FS) Ohio State Pro day: With a few significant exceptions, head coaches have been noticeably scarce at pro-day workouts this year. That certainly was not the case Thursday at Ohio State, however, where an eye-popping 122 NFL scouts -- including head coaches Bill Belichick (Patriots), Todd Bowles (Jets), Jim Caldwell (Lions), John Harbaugh (Ravens), Hue Jackson (Browns), Marvin Lewis (Bengals), Mike Mularkey (Titans), Sean Payton (Saints) and Mike Tomlin (Steelers) -- visited and evaluated a Buckeyes squad featuring NFLDraftScout.com’s top-rated free safety (Malik Hooker), center (Pat Elflein) and cornerback (Lattimore), among three others (cornerback Gareon Conley, wide receiver Curtis Samuel and inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan) projected as top-64 selections. Still recovering from labrum and hernia surgeries, Hooker was unable to participate in any portion of the workout. His former teammates focused their attention on their respective positional workouts, with only five Buckeyes opting to run the 40-yard dash. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/17 - Fabian Moreau, rSr, UCLA, 6-0, 206 (DS#9 CB) UCLA Pro day: The Bruins boast two potential first-round picks in edge rusher Takkarist McKinley and cornerback Fabian Moreau. Unfortunately, both are currently ailing. McKinley underwent surgery a few weeks ago on his shoulder. As such, he was unable to do anything other than have conversations with scouts Tuesday. Moreau was not expected to do much either after a spectacular showing at the East-West Shrine Game and combine, but he was limited even more after suffering an apparent pectoral injury while competing in the bench press. Bruins head coach Jim Mora eased concerns following the workout, telling the assembled media that Moreau’s injury was “being evaluated. I don’t think it is anything serious.”
If Mora is correct, Moreau has a chance to sneak into the first round. The 6-foot, 206-pound senior cornerback wowed scouts at the combine with one of the more impressive workouts from any player, registering a 4.35-second 40-yard dash, a 38-inch vertical and 11-foot-3 broad jump -- each among the most explosive of any cornerback tested. Better yet, Moreau’s athleticism translates well on the football field, where his light feet, fluid change of direction and easy acceleration helped him emerge as a legitimate lockdown cornerback in 2016. Reportedly given a Day 3 grade by scouts heading into the season, Moreau has risen to No. 3 among cornerbacks on NFLDraftScout.com’s board, behind only Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore and Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/17/17 - Corey Davis, Sr, Western Michigan, 6-3, 209 (DS#1 WR) Western Michigan Pro day: Projected first-round pick Corey Davis was unable to perform during the Broncos' Pro Day workout as he is still recovering from the postseason ankle surgery which kept him out of the Combine. The 6-3, 209-pound Davis did attend the workout and spoke with scouts. Davis, the top receiver on NFLDraftScout.com's board, is the only receiver in FBS history with over 300 receptions, 5,000 receiving yards and 50 touchdowns scored over his career. Offensive tackles rarely earn the same attention as receivers (especially ones as productive as Davis), but right tackle Taylor Moton continued the positive momentum he'd built for himself at the Senior Bowl and Combine on Wednesday, starring during positional drills that were taken in by offensive line coaches from the Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals. The 6-5, 319 pound Moton is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4-rated offensive tackle and is viewed as a solid second-round option. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/17/17 - Freddie Burden, rSr, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 302 (DS#15 C) Freddie Burden's been restless and he figures to be half happy/half nuts at Georgia Tech's Pro Day on Friday. With an NFL career in the offing, the Yellow Jackets' center broke his right fibula in the third quarter of the TaxSlayer Bowl on Dec. 31 and following surgery soon thereafter, he began rehabilitation. He's walking again, but can't run yet, and when NFL scouts, coaches and team officials gather Friday at the John & Mary Brock practice facility, he won't be able to participate in much of the activities. At least he'll get to talk to professionals for the first time. "I'll do all the measurables: height, weight, arm length, hand size, and I will bench press," he said. "As far as running and jumping, I think in May, I'll be up and running ... [NFL officials] have really been just in touch with my agent up to now. Everybody kind of wants to know when I'll be healthy. "I hate it that I'm not going to be able to show my athletic ability, but I know everything happens for a reason. I think I have a lot of good film."
Starting 38 of his final 39 games at Tech, Burden built a nice reputation. He was honorable mention all-ACC in 2014 and, last season, ACC coaches tabbed him to the conference's third team. ESPN.com named him first-team all-ACC, the only center from the league to earn such honors. He won't run the 40-yard dash Friday, nor do cone drills or any other agility drills. The thought of that has kind of messed with his mind. "It does, it really does. You can't do much of anything but sit around and think about life," Burden said. "You talk to your mentors, your parents, your friends, teammates. "My mom and my brother have been encouraging me the whole time. They've been keeping me positive, knowing that God has a space for me. If I'm meant to play in the NFL, I'll play in the NFL." - Matt Winkeljohn, Georgia Tech Football
03/11/17 - *Sidney Jones, Jr, Washington, 6-0, 186 (DS#13 CB) Washington CB Jones injured on Pro Day...Cornerback Sidney Jones of the University of Washington, projected as a first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft, was carted off the field Saturday because of an apparent injury to his left leg on the Huskies' Pro Day. Jones, ranked among the top cornerback prospects in the draft, was injured on the last drill of the day, multiple media outlets reported. The severity of his injury is unknown. A three-year start and two-time Pac-12 first-team selection, Jones helped the Huskies reach the College Football Playoff last season. Jones boosted his stock by blazing to a 4.47 clocking in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine last week. The 6-foot, 180-pound Jones had eight interceptions in three seasons with Washington, including a career-high four in 2015. - The Sports Xchange
03/09/17 - Derwin James, rSo, Florida State, 6-2, 211 (DS#1 SS) Derwin James is happy to be back on the field, even if it is only spring practice. Florida State's sophomore defensive back - who many thought would be one of the nation's top underclassmen last season - was limited to only two games after tearing the meniscus in his left knee during the third quarter against Charleston Southern on Sept. 10. James said he hasn't had any problems with the knee. He isn't wearing a knee brace and is participating in all team drills during the first week. "I haven't played football (in about six months), so it felt great to put on a helmet again," he said. ames' knee surgery revealed no structural damage, and coach Jimbo Fisher was hopeful that James could return for the final month. It didn't happen though. James said it wasn't until after January that he felt like the knee was really 100 percent.
James led the Seminoles in tackles after the first two games and had his first interception in the Sept. 5 win over Mississippi . His absence took a toll as Florida State dropped two of its next three games and struggled against mobile quarterbacks. They also were among the national leaders the first half of the season in giving up pass plays of 20 yards or more before improving. After going through his first significant injury, James said he has a better appreciation for playing. "He's been the same Derwin but more mature," Fisher said. "Not that he was immature, but you see him growing in his role as things are going on." Coaches and scouts are impressed by the versatility of the 6-foot-3, 211-pound James. His natural positon is safety but James has played corner in nickel packages and can be an edge rusher in some passing situations. - AP Sports
03/06/17 - Corey Davis, Sr, Western Michigan, 6-3, 209 (DS#1 WR) 2017 NFL Combine, Saturday Losers: Corey Davis: One of the top wide receivers in the draft, Davis was expected to have an opportunity to shine this postseason but saw that chance disappear when he was forced to skip all activities at the combine while recovering from ankle surgery. Davis also won’t be able to participate at Western Michigan’s pro day in March, which means teams are limited to just -- gasp! -- the tape on him in college. There’s plenty of production to evaluate, of course, but being injured at this stage is sub-optimal for trying to get drafted as high as possible. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
03/04/17 - Mack Hollins, Sr, North Carolina, 6-4, 221 (DS#18 WR) 2017 NFL Combine, Day 3 Takeaways: 5. Hollins flying down the field … and under the radar...The North Carolina offense will have several representatives on draft weekend, including quarterback Mitch Trubisky, wide receiver Ryan Switzer and the running back duo of Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan. But the offensive threat from Chapel Hill who doesn’t receive nearly enough attention is wide receiver Mack Hollins. Hollins, who measured at 6-foot-4 and 221 pounds with 33 1/4-inch arms and 9 3/4-inch hands, is a long-striding athlete who was a consistent vertical threat for the UNC offense, averaging 20.6 yards per reception for his career. He played in only seven games as a senior before a broken right clavicle that required surgery sidelined him the rest of the season. However, Hollins told me the injury is fully healed, and although his doctor wanted him to skip the bench press, he will be a full participant in all the speed and agility drills.
A big-time vertical threat, Hollins has been working to show he can run the full route tree. “That is the one knock; people think I can’t run routes,” Hollins said. “I think I can get better. I can run the whole tree. For our offense, I was used as more of a vertical threat, but I can do the intermediate stuff.” While his offensive game translates well to the pro game, so does Hollins’ impact on special teams, where he was a four-year team captain. “I was a scout-team guy and to make the bus, I knew I needed to stand out on special teams,” Hollins said. Hollins finished his career with 24 tackles on special teams and played on all four coverages: kickoffs, kickoff returns, gunner on punts and blocker as a punt returner. - Dane Brugler & Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/28/17 - Thomas Sirk, rSr, East Carolina, 6-3, 220 (DS#999 QB) Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk is transferring for his sixth year of eligibility. In announcing the move Monday, coach David Cutcliffe described Sirk as "the ultimate teammate." Sirk suffered three Achilles tendon injuries during his career and missed the 2013 and 2016 seasons. Redshirt freshman Daniel Jones showed promise after earning the starting job, throwing for 2,836 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Blue Devils (4-8, 1-7 Atlantic Coast Conference). The NCAA granted Sirk a sixth year of eligibility in November. He earned his degree from Duke last May and is immediately eligible as a graduate transfer. Duke says Sirk may not transfer to another ACC school or any of the four nonconference opponents the Blue Devils face this season - Army, Baylor, North Carolina Central or Northwestern. - AP Sports
02/26/17 - Trenton Thompson, Jr, Georgia, 6-3, 307 (DS#8 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, 6-1, 206 (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, 6-1, 206 (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 - Corey Davis, Sr, Western Michigan, 6-3, 209 (DS#1 WR) 2017 SENIOR BOWL, TUESDAY: Savage also mentioned that 13 players suffered injuries since the end of the season or were in the process of rehabbing them and therefore were unable to participate this week. They include Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie (toe), LSU LB Kendall Beckwith (knee), Michigan TE Jake Butt (knee), Western Michigan WR Corey Davis (shoulder), Florida LB Jarrad Davis (ankle), Alabama LB Reuben Foster (hand), Louisville S Josh Harvey-Clemons (hamstring), Louisville TE Cole Hikutini (knee), Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges (undisclosed), Pittsburgh OG Dorian Johnson (ankle), UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley (shoulder), Florida State DL Demarcus Walker (foot) and Alabama edge rusher Tim Williams (elbow). This is in addition to four other players who had previously accepted an invite and will be here to participate in interviews with clubs and the media but suffered season-ending injuries earlier in the year and will not play this week. They include Alabama safety Eddie Jackson (leg), Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly (knee), Florida safety Marcus Maye (arm) and Baylor quarterback Seth Russell (ankle). - Rob Rang & Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/25/17 - Chad Kelly, Sr, Mississippi, 6-2, 228 (DS#10 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#17 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, 6-6, 310 (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
01/09/17 - Kyle Lauletta, rSr, Richmond, 6-2, 215 (DS#43 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, 6-0, 232 (DS#29 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."