04/16/14 - Aaron Murray, rSr, Georgia, 6-1, 207 (DS#8 QB) 2014 Pro Days: QB Aaron Murray healthy, impressive in workout...For a prospect who was a four-year SEC starting quarterback and holds numerous school and conference passing records, Georgia's Aaron Murray still has a lot to prove. And on Wednesday at the school's on-campus pro day, he checked a lot of boxes for NFL scouts, most importantly throwing well with his surgically repaired knee. Murray completed 48 of 54 passes outside on the Bulldogs' practice fields, showing he could throw the entire route tree and that the knee injury wasn't a concern. He suffered a torn ACL in his left knee last November and rehabbed vigorously to be walking without crutches by the NFL combine and looked natural in his movements on Wednesday -- a remarkable recovery in less than five months. Murray's 54-pass script was run by former NFL quarterback coach, Terry Shea, and was designed to show a myriad of different throws with the former Bulldog quarterback moving, planting and showing full range of motion with his knee.
"I feel great right now," said Murray, who didn't participate in any of the agility drills like the 40-yard dash. "I feel no limitations with the knee. I think everyone today saw that between all the movement I was doing, the cutting, the sprinting. We put a lot of throws on the right, left, demonstrate my ability to cut off my leg and show everyone that I'm healthy. These teams don't have to worry about if they draft me, I'm going to have to sit out or something like that." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/16/14 - Aaron Murray, rSr, Georgia, 6-1, 207 (DS#8 QB) 2014 Pro Days: QB Aaron Murray healthy, impressive in workout...With 23 NFL teams represented, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson and several others were in attendance to see Murray perform. At a hair under 6-1 and 207 pounds, Murray doesn't have the size NFL teams covet at the position, but similar to Russell Wilson, he grades above average with his mental development and natural intangibles to run an offense. He leaves Georgia as the most accomplished passer in school history, running a traditional under-center, pro-style offense with a lot of I-formation and NFL throws.
Murray lacks ideal physical traits with his size and arm strength, but he is an extremely detailed passer with his mechanics and movements, showing the decisions of a smart, seasoned veteran. He thrives with a clean pocket and clear sight lines, but it's a different story when pressured, lacking the escapability to routinely run away from pass rushers. Murray has strong football character traits with a coachable attitude and has even attracted some Russell Wilson comparisons. And when healthy, Murray's NFL floor is as a solid NFL backup, but that might also be his ceiling as the lack of physical tools might be too much to overcome. However, his positive workout on Wednesday only helped remind NFL teams how talented Murray is and it shouldn't surprise anyone if he is a top-100 pick on draft weekend. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/16/14 - Aaron Murray, rSr, Georgia, 6-1, 207 (DS#8 QB) Quarterback Aaron Murray still has some convincing to do after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery in late November. Even so, Murray believes he alleviated many potential concerns about his health after working out in front of 23 NFL teams at Georgia's pro day Wednesday. Murray said he felt "no limitations" despite wearing a brace on his left knee. Murray hopes that some scouts will recommend him as a second-round draft pick after his scripted workout that included 54 passes to several receivers on a windy, chilly morning. "We did a lot of throws on the run, left and right, to demonstrate my ability to cut off my leg and show everyone that I'm healthy," he said. "That way these teams don't have to worry about if they draft me that I'm going to have to sit out or anything like that."
Murray likewise understands that he could be the ninth quarterback taken and could fall into the fourth or fifth round. But Murray says that NFL teams are impressed with his resume at Georgia - 52 starts and Southeastern Conference career passing records for yards and touchdowns. In conversations with former Georgia stars A.J. Green, a Pro Bowl receiver with Cincinnati, and Matthew Stafford, the Detroit Lions' quarterback, Murray has been reassured that NFL teams value a successful career in the SEC. "Obviously it's not the NFL, but it's the closest thing to it when it comes to college football," Murray said. "That helps us after playing against these top (opponents) week in and week out, gets us ready for the NFL." - AP Sports
04/15/14 - Kain Colter, Sr, Northwestern, 5-11, 198 (DS#57 WR) NFL scouts will get to watch Kain Colter work out Wednesday at Northwestern. But media members will not. NU’s Pro Day will be closed to reporters. The decision was collaborative, with all parties - NU officials, Colter and scouts - deciding that the event would be more productive without a media sideshow. Colter, the former quarterback who hopes to make the NFL as a receiver, has been working out at NU’s athletics complex to prepare.
Several former teammates also will show off their skills to scouts Wednesday: defensive linemen Will Hampton and Tyler Scott, receiver Rashad Lawrence and linebackers Damien Proby and David Nwabuisi. Former Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees will throw to Colter and Lawrence. Had Colter been available to the media, he would have been asked about veteran Wildcats such as Trevor Siemian, Kyle Prater, Venric Mark and Collin Ellis, who have come out strongly saying they will vote no on April 25 to unionizing. - Teddy Greenstein, The Chicago Tribune
04/15/14 - Brandon Thomas, rSr, Clemson, 6-3, 317 (DS#14 OG) Five players who should be on the Seattle Seahawks' draft radar: OG Brandon Thomas, Clemson: Thomas looked like a potential top 50 selection based on three quality seasons starting for the Tigers and a very impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl but his draft stock took a massive hit when he tragically tore his ACL during a workout. The Seahawks showed a willingness to gamble on players with injury concerns a year ago, essentially giving "redshirt" seasons to former Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams and LSU cornerback Tharold Simon as they recovered from serious leg injuries of their own. With a deep enough roster to do the same in 2014, the Seahawks could turn Thomas' misfortune into yet another day three discovery. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/15/14 - *Yawin Smallwood, rJr, Connecticut, 6-2, 246 (DS#8 ILB) 2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: *Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut, 6-2, 246, 5.01, 3...Based on diverse use in college, Smallwood is a prospect capable of being efficient against both the run and the pass in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. He moved from outside to inside linebacker in 2011, which brought him closer to the center of action, but didn't prevent the Huskies from deploying him in coverage even against wide receivers. UConn's Defensive Player of the Year with 118 tackles, including four sacks among his 9.5 stops for a loss.
Frankly: Interesting, but not totally convincing. Production is impressive, but he needs to be tougher as ILB, maybe faster as OLB. Ignore that 5.01-second time in 40 yards at combine, where he pulled a hamstring. He will need to validate that production against a steady diet of top athletes in the NFL. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
04/12/14 - David Ash, Sr, Texas, 6-3, 220 (DS#23 QB) Texas quarterback David Ash is sidelined again. The school said Friday that the senior fractured a bone in his left foot during spring practice and will undergo surgery next week. Head football trainer Anthony Pass says that will put Ash out of action for the rest of the spring workout season, but he is expected to return to action in time for preseason camp. Less than three months ago, Ash was cleared to participate in spring drills after missing most of the 2013 season with effects of a concussion suffered in the second game of the season against BYU. Ash returned two weeks later but played just one half against Kansas State before he was pulled and benched for the rest of the season. - AP Sports
04/12/14 - Isaac Bennett, Sr, Pittsburgh, 5-11, 205 (DS#45 RB) Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst says that running back Isaac Bennett will need surgery on his sprained left shoulder. Bennett is expected to compete for the starting running back job with James Conner when camp opens in the fall, but Conner is also out for the rest of the spring with a left knee sprain he sustained the same day Bennett was injured. Bennett ran for 797 yards and seven touchdowns on 171 carries. Conner led the team with 799 yards and eight scores. While Bennett will miss work in the summer, Chryst hopes the senior will be fully available once training camp begins in August. Chryst says the surgery was necessary "so you have to embrace it. He'll do everything he can to rehab." - AP Sports
04/11/14 - Bralon Addison, Jr, Oregon, 5-10, 182 (DS#7 WR) Oregon wide junior receiver Bralon Addison tore an ACL during spring practice Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Addison reportedly injured his left knee during a non-contract drill. It is not clear how long Addison will be out, but he could miss the season. He is the Ducks' top returning receiver. Oregon already lost two of its top three receivers from last year, Josh Huff and Daryle Hawkins, who are graduating. Addison had 61 receptions for 890 yards with seven touchdowns last season. He also returned two punts for scores. - The Sports Xchange
04/10/14 - Ryan Williams, rSr, Miami, 6-5, 223 (DS#17 QB) Miami QB Ryan Williams (ACL) aims to return for Nebraska on Sept. 20...Miami quarterback Ryan Williams underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee on Wednesday. According to his mother, Jayne Williams, the senior plans to be back on the field by end of September. Williams suffered the injury during a scrimmage on Friday night. He was battling redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen for the No. 1 quarterback job, but after successful surgery his efforts will be focused on rehab and recovery. The quarterback's mother, speaking to the Miami Herald following Williams' surgery at UM Hospital, thanked fans and friends for their support and offered a target return date for her son.
via Miami Herald: “He's an amazing kid and is getting so many prayers and so much support from everyone you can imagine, most of whom I've never met. I want to thank every single person praying for him.” She said Ryan is determined to return to the field sometime next season — “he wants to play at Nebraska” (Sept. 20) — and “finish his football career with his best friends and teammates.” Williams' mother also said that Hurricanes are reaching out to the Minnesota Vikings to learn more about Adrian Peterson's rehab from ACL surgery.
Williams, a fifth-year senior who transferred from Memphis in 2011, was considered by many as the front-runner in the competition thanks to his significant experience advantage. He appeared in four games as a backup to Stephen Morris last season, throwing for 369 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
04/10/14 - Dexter McDougle, rSr, Maryland, 5-10, 196 (DS#40 CB) Scouts and front office types from 24 NFL franchises littered the Byrd Stadium turf on Tuesday afternoon for Maryland's Pro Day, determined to decipher whether or not any of the senior Terrapins have what it takes to play at the next level. Senior cornerback Dexter McDougle was the only Maryland football player to receive an invite to February's NFL combine, though his season-ending shoulder injury kept him on the sidelines in Indianapolis. For the first time since his final game as a Terp, McDougle was grateful he'd had seven months off to prepare.
"Once my injury happened, it was just tunnel vision from there," he said afterwards. "I've been preparing for this day. I saw most of the scouts at the combine. I wasn't really nervous. You know, you get the butterflies, but that wasn't really anything." While he was unable to participate in the bench press, McDougle pieced together an otherwise noteworthy performance in front of scouts on Tuesday. He ran an unofficial 40-yard-dash time of 4.47 - McDougle said he heard anywhere from 4.43 and 4.48 - and tallied a 122-inch output in the broad jump. - Alexander Lee, TerrapinSportsReport.com
04/09/14 - Zach Mettenberger, rSr, LSU, 6-5, 224 (DS#6 QB) 2014 Pro Days: LSU's Zach Mettenberger rusty but recovering...Zach Mettenberger underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL just a few months ago. On Wednesday, he wowed scouts with his quick recovery, donning shoulder pads and a helmet to throw dozens of passes during a Pro Day workout in front of representatives from every NFL team. The workout, which was orchestrated by former Miami Dolphins head coach and Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator Cam Cameron (who now serves as LSU's OC), wasn't an easy one, I'm told. While Mettenberger elected not to compete in measureable drills, he surprised onlookers with his willingness to throw while on the move, completing several passes after rolling to his right.
The 6-foot-4, 229 pound Mettenberger boasts impressive arm strength, though he clearly tired as the workout went on. His accuracy wasn't ideal either, especially on shorter passes. Given the fact that his injury took place in LSU's final regular season game, however, the fact that he's advanced enough to compete at all likely endeared him to some of the big names who attended the workout, including head coaches Chip Kelly (Eagles), Sean Payton (Saints), Rex Ryan (Jets), Mike Tomlin (Steelers) and Mike Zimmer (Vikings). A number of general managers were also on hand including Ruston Webster of the Titans, Jerry Reese of the Giants, Rick Spielman of the Vikings and Mickey Loomis of the Saints. Mettenberger reportedly met with representatives of the Oakland Raiders last night and has plans to visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions next. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/09/14 - Zach Mettenberger, rSr, LSU, 6-5, 224 (DS#6 QB) Wearing an LSU helmet, shoulder pads and a yellow practice jersey, Zach Mettenberger took a mock snap and rolled hard to his right, rifling passes to former LSU receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Less than four months after reconstructive left knee surgery, Mettenberger came away from LSU's pro day looking a lot like the quarterback who racked up 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. "That was one of the biggest things we wanted to show," Mettenberger said after Wednesday's workout, which was viewed by numerous NFL personnel. "Just my knee health and mobility was a lot in question. I was able to roll out and throw accurate balls with something behind them. "It was fun. I've been saying for a couple weeks now that I was healthy and good enough to go and I don't think all of y'all believed me," Mettenberger added. "The biggest thing I wanted to do is show that I could go out there, take an explosive drop and throw down field like everyone knows I can."
Mettenberger's college career ended as he unloaded a 32-yard completion to Landry during LSU's regular season finale against Arkansas on Nov. 29. Taking a hit as he threw, Mettenberger tore his anterior cruciate ligament and sprained his medial collateral ligament. Doctors gave the latter injury time to heal before repairing the ACL in January with a piece of Mettenberger's hamstring. LSU head athletic trainer Jack Marucci said that while ACL repairs have traditionally been performed using a piece of the patient's patellar tendon, LSU and the Tigers' orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Brent Bankston, have had a lot of success using hamstrings for more than a decade. Marucci mentioned a host of other LSU players who've had the same procedure and returned quickly to training, including running backs Stevan Ridley and Joseph Addai. - AP Sports
04/09/14 - Kain Colter, Sr, Northwestern, 5-11, 198 (DS#57 WR) NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith: NFL players support college union...The bid by Northwestern football players to form the first-ever college athletes' union might have the approval of the National Labor Relations Board, but that hasn't exactly meant support for their cause has been universal, with opponents ranging from the NCAA and Mark Emmert to the Wildcats' own coach Pat Fitzgerald voicing their strident opposition. But the College Athletes Players Association and leader Kain Colter will be happy to have the now-public support of the one union that arguably knows better than any other the issues with modern college football: the NFL Players Association. Writing at the Huffington, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith wrote Tuesday that NFL players "stand firmly behind" Colter and the CAPA.
Smith's post, titled "The Truth About Kain Colter's Stand and Why NFL Players Support Him," argues that the NCAA and its proponents have offered a "classic bait-and-switch argument" that has taken the focus away from the actual issues raised by the CAPA -- "full medical coverage for injuries sustained, limitations on practice time, scholarship shortfalls and rules to make promised education a reality" -- and onto the pay-for-play debate. "The response of the NCAA, the university president and people who don't want to hear Kain and his teammates is essentially, 'Shut up and play,'" Smith writes. "Current and future college athletes -- and especially their parents -- should stand behind, support, and be proud of a young man who decided not to just 'shut up and play.' Kain Colter has met the challenge, and we know others will too." - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
04/07/14 - Brandon Thomas, rSr, Clemson, 6-3, 317 (DS#14 OG) The nightmare scenario for any prospect preparing for the NFL draft happened to Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas, who tore the ACL in his right knee while working last week. Thomas, a versatile three-year starter with experience at left guard and left tackle, had earned a second round grade from NFLDraftScout.com. The news was first reported by ESPN's Adam Caplan. It was confirmed by Aaron Brenner of The Post and Courier, who quoted Thomas' agent, Tom Kleine: "As you can imagine, [Thomas is] kind of running the gamut of emotions. Training was going great," Kleine said Monday. "We're just still in the process of notifying teams. Will it affect his stock? Probably." News of his injury and upcoming surgery and rehabilitation, however, has already dropped him to the 119th overall prospect on NFLDraftScout.com's board and 3rd-4th round grade.
Teams might be even tougher on Thomas, whose ability to play next year is now seriously in doubt. Klein told Brenner that Thomas had already gone through seven or eight individual workouts with NFL teams with several more scheduled. That number could grow now with news of Thomas' injury as teams evaluate how quickly he'll be able to recover. It is a tragic turn of event for Thomas, whose stock had been soaring after turning heads at the Senior Bowl due to his surprisingly long arms, light feet and versatility. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/07/14 - Eddie Jackson, So, Alabama, 6-0, 175 (DS#5 CB) Alabama cornerback Eddie Jackson sustained a knee injury in practice that required surgery. Coach Nick Saban said Monday that an MRI showed ligament damage on Jackson's knee. Saban says he's "confident Eddie will make a full recovery and be ready to go this fall." Saban says the sophomore was hurt in Saturday's scrimmage after going up for the ball and landing awkwardly. The coach says at this time that Jackson is "probably our best corner." He started four games and played in seven as a freshman, recording 19 tackles with an interception and two fumble recoveries. Saban didn't specify the nature of the injury. - AP Sports
04/07/14 - Brandon Thomas, rSr, Clemson, 6-3, 317 (DS#14 OG) Former Clemson offensive tackle Brandon Thomas absorbed a major blow to his 2014 NFL Draft stock, tearing the ACL in his right knee during training Thursday. The news was first reported by ESPN's Adam Caplan Monday afternoon. Thomas' agent, Tom Kleine, confirmed the bad break to The Post and Courier, saying Thomas had already completed "seven or eight" individual workouts with separate NFL teams and had several more scheduled. "As you can imagine, he's kind of running the gamut of emotions. Training was going great," Kleine told the Post and Courier. "We're just still in the process of notifying teams. Will it affect his stock? Probably." After strong performances at the NFL Scouting Combine and at Clemson's Pro Day, Thomas had been regarded as a solid second-round prospect by numerous publications with a potential move to the interior line. - Aaron Brenner, The Charleston Post Courier
04/07/14 - Eddie Jackson, So, Alabama, 6-0, 175 (DS#5 CB) Report: Alabama CB Eddie Jackson suffers torn ACL...Cornerback was arguably the weakest point on the entire Alabama roster during the 2013 season - a major reason why true freshman Eddie Jackson was able to emerge by season's end as one of the Tide's more dependable options at the position, even starting the Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma. So ESPN's report Sunday that Jackson suffered a torn ACL in a Saturday scrimmage may cause more worry in Tuscaloosa than an injury to the Tide's deep roster typically would. Jackson will miss at least the remainder of spring practice and fall camp, with the report setting his recovery timetable at five months.
Per al.com, school officials did not offer any confirmation of the report when asked to comment. Nick Saban said after the scrimmage Saturday that Jackson had suffered a noncontact injury and would undergo an MRI Sunday. Saban was also effusive in praise of the Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. native. "Eddie was having a great spring and probably our best corner, most consistent," he said. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
04/06/14 - Kain Colter, Sr, Northwestern, 5-11, 198 (DS#57 WR) The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a "grossly inappropriate" way to solve problems in college sports while insisting schools have been working to get athletes more involved in decisions that impact them. At his news conference Sunday, NCAA president Mark Emmert said the association was in no rush to come up with plans in case college players' unions sprout up across the nation. He portrayed the recent decision in favor of Northwestern players who seek to unionize as a very early step. Emmert was joined by other NCAA leaders who said many of the association's biggest issues - including paying athletes and improving their health care - could be more easily resolved if the five biggest conferences were allowed to write more of their own rules. - AP Sports
04/06/14 - Aaron Murray, rSr, Georgia, 6-1, 207 (DS#8 QB) Pro Days are wrapping up in advance of the 2014 NFL Draft and while most of the big names have already shown their stuff, there's still plenty of interesting teams and players on the docket. For instance, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. Murray's a special case because he tore his ACL in November while Georgia was playing Kentucky ... and is somehow going to throw at his UGA's April 16 pro day anyway. “He looks great,” Murray's agent Pat Dye told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I mean his body composition looks great, his knee looks great, he's moving around really well, he's not favoring it at all. His strength and conditioning coaches and his movement coaches down there say they've very rarely had anybody come through there with the kind work ethic, drive and passion that he has. He not only will he be able to give them a representative workout at Pro Day, but he'll be able to do all his drops and roll-outs. "He's not going to run the 40 or do any of the timed drills. There's no point in that. But he's throwing the ball great."
Murray is NFLDraftScout.com's 8th-ranked quarterback (and 141st overall player) and is projected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round of May's draft. His stock obviously took a hit after suffering the ACL injury; some thought he could be mentioned among the top quarterbacks, although his size (6'1") is a concern. It's fantastic news that things are going well for the quarterback now, however. If he's as improved as Dye says, it could certainly spice up the draft a bit. “Everything's going great,” Dye said. “He wakes up every day trying to get better. Things look good. We've still got a little time. I think teams will be pretty shocked at what they see.” - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
04/06/14 - Ryan Williams, rSr, Miami, 6-5, 223 (DS#17 QB) University of Miami quarterback Ryan Williams tore his right ACL. Williams, projected as the Hurricanes' starter this season, injured his knee during a non-contact drill in the second scrimmage of the spring on Friday night. The school announced Saturday that Williams will have surgery next week, but did not disclose the severity of the injury or indicate a timetable for his return. He was evaluated at the University of Miami Hospital. Miami will go to redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen and sophomore Gray Crow. Olsen was working with the second team and Crow the third team. Freshmen Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier will join the Hurricanes this summer. Williams, who will be a senior this season, played four games for the Hurricanes last year. He completed 22 of 32 passes (68.8 percent) for 369 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. After starting 10 games for Memphis in 2010, he transferred to Miami. He played in five games in 2012 after sitting out the 2011 season. - The Sports Xchange
04/06/14 - Eddie Jackson, So, Alabama, 6-0, 175 (DS#5 CB) Alabama cornerback Eddie Jackson hurt his knee in practice. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Jackson would have an MRI Sunday. The sophomore was hurt in Saturday's scrimmage after going up for the ball and landing awkwardly. Saban says Jackson is "probably our best corner." He started four games as a freshman. Saban says linebacker Reuben Foster didn't finish the scrimmage because of a neck stinger but should be OK. Freshman cornerback Tony Brown aggravated a shoulder injury going over a hurdle in track practice recently. Saban says he's not sure how much more Brown will be allowed to participate in track this spring. In the quarterback competition, Blake Sims completed 16 for 23 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Cooper Bateman was 14-of-25 passing for 102 yards. - AP Sports
04/05/14 - Ryan Williams, rSr, Miami, 6-5, 223 (DS#17 QB) Miami QB Ryan Williams suffers a torn ACL...Miami's quarterback competition is wide open thanks to an injury to senior quarterback Ryan Williams. Williams, who was expected to take over the starting role from the departed Stephen Morris, suffered a torn ACL during a scrimmage on Friday night. According to assistant athletic director Chris Yandle, Williams will undergo surgery on the knee next week. While no timetable has been announced for Williams' return, the odds of him seeing the field in 2014 aren't good. Williams, who transferred to Miami from Memphis in 2011, appeared in four games for the Canes last season, throwing for 369 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. With Williams out redshirt freshmen Kevin Olsen is likely to take over reps with the first team this spring. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
04/05/14 - Rory Anderson, Sr, South Carolina, 6-5, 242 (DS#3 TE) South Carolina starting tight end Rory Anderson will miss the rest of spring workouts after injuring his triceps at a scrimmage Saturday. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said he was hopeful that Anderson wouldn't miss much workout time during the offseason, although he wasn't sure of the extent of the injury. Anderson will be evaluated to see if he has a complete or partial muscle tear. Should it be a complete tear, Anderson's recovery could extend into the season. Spurrier said Anderson injured the muscle trying to stiff arm a defender. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Anderson had 17 catches for 235 yards last fall. He played in 12 of 13 games last fall, starting nine of them. He has eight career TDs, although none in 2013. - AP Sports
04/05/14 - Kain Colter, Sr, Northwestern, 5-11, 198 (DS#57 WR) Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald sided with his university against the formation of a players union in his first public comments Saturday, repeating what he already told his team: "I believe it's in their best interests to vote no." Fitzgerald addressed the issue for the first time with his squad Wednesday, a week after Peter Ohr, regional director for the National Labor Relations Board, ruled that Northwestern's scholarship football players were "employees." That decision entitled players to conduct a secret-ballot vote on forming a union to pursue collective bargaining with the school, a move that could significantly alter the structure of college sports — especially big revenue-producers like football and basketball.
Fitzgerald spoke at the end of a spring practice session at the school's lakefront facility, alongside a plot of land being developed for a $225 million athletic center. He also said that while he's constrained in what he can discuss regarding a union, he sent players and their parents a letter stating his position before addressing the team in person. "All this can be handled with communication. It's about trust," Fitzgerald said about issues — including improved medical care, practice schedules and others — raised by the College Athletes Players Association, the group seeking to unionize players. So far, CAPA has not addressed paying players on scholarship. "I just do not believe we need a third party between our players and our coaches, staff and administrators. ... Whatever they need, we will get them," Fitzgerald said. - AP Sports