05/23/13 - Travis Jackson, rJr, Michigan State, 6-3, 280 (DS#999 C) 2013 RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCH LIST: Travis Jackson, Michigan State...Started the first five games of the season at center in 2012 before leaving the Ohio State game with a knee injury and a broken leg...played 298 snaps in the first five games and was credited with 10 knockdowns...Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second-straight year. - Michigan State football
05/23/13 - Justin Jones, rSr, Middle Tennessee St, 5-11, 225 (DS#999 OLB) Three MTSU football players, including quarterback Shaun White and part-time starting linebacker Justin Jones, have ended their Blue Raider careers. White, a backup quarterback, and reserve offensive lineman Roberto Loya have been dismissed from the team for violation of team rules.
Jones will not return for his senior season because of a late-spring toe injury that will require surgery. He played 37 career games with 11 starts, and he was competing for a starting position in spring. Jones had 154 tackles and 16 tackles-for-loss in his career, but was plagued by injuries the last two seasons. “Justin has to undergo surgery which will require him to be out for six to eight months,” MTSU coach Rick Stockstill said. “He has been a valuable member of this program the past four years, and we wish him a very speedy recovery.” - Adam Sparks, The Daily News Journal
05/21/13 - Antone Exum, rSr, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 224 (DS#12 CB) 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech...An All-ACC Second-Team honoree at corner as selected by both the media and coaches in 2012...Started all 13 games...Played over 900 plays, logging 835 at corner and 72 more on special teams...Recorded 48 tackles, including 1.5 for loss...Led the team with five interceptions...Also had 16 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. - Virginia Tech football
05/21/13 - Devon Kennard, rSr, Southern Cal, 6-3, 260 (DS#999 DE) 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Devon Kennard, DL, USC...Kennard was slated to start at defensive end as a senior in 2012, but he tore a chest muscle just before the season started and had surgery, which sidelined him for all of 2012 and allowed him to redshirt. He has 135 career tackles, including 13 for losses (with 4 sacks). He has 18 career starts. - USC football
05/20/13 - Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Sr, UCLA, 6-3, 265 (DS#20 DE) Less than a week after it was reported that he would miss the 2013 season following surgery on his right hip, UCLA coach Jim Mora told the Orange County Register that Bruins defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa's injury isn't as serious as once thought and he could return as soon as Week 1 against Nevada.
It was originally believed that the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Odighizuwa had a torn rotator cuff in his hip, but it now appears the hip was just "frayed," which means a recovery time of just two to three months.
This is great news for the Bruins, since Odighizuwa is the heir apparent to departing NFL first-round pick Datone Jones. The rising senior and former five-star recruit showed flashes of brilliance for UCLA last season as an oft-used reserve, collecting 44 tackles, including six for losses and 3.5 sacks. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com
05/15/13 - Marcus Rios, So, UCLA, 5-11, 185 (DS#999 CB) UCLA defensive back Marcus Rios won't have to have more surgeries to treat a dangerous sinus infection and now has a slim chance of returning for the 2013 season, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday.
Rios has already undergone six surgeries to fight a fungus that was located behind his eye and beneath his brain, but doctors determined that a seventh won't be necessary due to the success of antibiotics in dealing with the issue. This is encouraging news for the 18-year-old Rios, since the infection is very rare and has proven to be fatal in the past. The rising sophomore played in eight games for the Bruins last year, making three tackles. His return would bolster a UCLA secondary that is thin and lacking in experience. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com
05/14/13 - Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Sr, UCLA, 6-3, 265 (DS#20 DE) UCLA defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa is delaying his junior season in 2013 to recover from right hip surgery. The Los Angeles Times first reported the surgery would result in a medical redshirt year. Several injuries on the defensive line could spark a scheme adjustment by coach Jim Mora Jr.
Odighizuwa was the leading candidate to replace first-round draft pick Datone Jones in the Bruins' defense and depth at the position is considered shallow. Odighizuwa posted 3.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries as a sophomore. - The Sports Xchange
05/14/13 - Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Sr, UCLA, 6-3, 265 (DS#20 DE) UCLA defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa was ruled out for the 2013 season following surgery on his right hip, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound senior did not participate in UCLA's recent spring practices due to offseason surgery on his left hip.
Odighizuwa, a former five-star recruit, showed flashes of brilliance for the Bruins last season as an oft-used reserve, collecting 44 tackles, including six for losses and 3.5 sacks. Before being derailed by his injuries, he appeared to be a more-than-able replacement for recently-departed first-round pick Datone Jones. Instead, Odighizuwa will redshirt this fall and come back for his senior season in 2014.
Without Odighizuwa, the Bruins may have to turn to some unproven players to come through at that end spot, including junior Brandon Willis and freshmen Sam Tai and Kylie Fitts. Another option is senior outside linebacker Keenan Graham, who played end before UCLA switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defensive alignment in 2012. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com
05/13/13 - Jordan Webb, rSr, Colorado, 6-1, 205 (DS#999 QB) University of Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb and former Buffaloes offensive lineman Alexander Lewis are facing assault charges after witnesses said another man was knocked unconscious when Lewis shoved his head into a brick wall and both men pushed the victim to the ground and punched him. According to a Boulder police report obtained by The Daily Camera, Webb and Lewis, both 21, were arrested Saturday on suspicion of second-degree assault. Lewis also faces two counts of harassment.
According to police, Lee Bussey, 22, was walking back to an apartment with a woman around 3 a.m. Saturday when Bussey and Lewis bumped into each other. Police say that led to an argument and a shoving match.
A witness told police Lewis repeatedly shoved Bussey into a brick wall, causing his head to hit the wall several times. The witness told police Webb then came and the two men shoved Bussey to the ground and began punching him. Officials said Bussey had no recollection of the incident and was bleeding from the head. He was taken to Boulder Community Hospital and received stitches. - AP Sports
05/12/13 - Jordan Webb, rSr, Colorado, 6-1, 205 (DS#999 QB) Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb and former Buffaloes offensive lineman Alex Lewis were booked Saturday on charges of second-degree assault, according to a report from the Boulder County Sheriff. Lewis, who announced Friday that he is transferring to Nebraska, was also charged with two counts of harassment.
Webb, a rising senior, started most of last season for the Buffaloes, throwing for 1,434 yards and eight touchdowns with eight interceptions. He had surgery this past spring to repair a torn ACL and was hoping to return in the fall. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com
05/12/13 - Ashely Lowery, Jr, Kentucky, 6-0, 219 (DS#999 FS) Kentucky got great news on Friday when four-star, top-100 quarterback Drew Barker elected to commit to the in-state Wildcats over South Carolina. But it got even better news late Thursday, when junior safety Ashely Lowery was released from a Georgia hospital less than a week after a car accident that could have claimed his life. The Associated Press quoted family friend and spokesman Doug Stutsman on Friday as saying Lowery had been released Thursday from Northeast Georgia Medical Center, near Lowery's hometown of Cleveland, Ga. He had been hospitalized since the previous Saturday morning, when he flipped his 2006 Nissan Altima multiple times, was reportedly ejected 100 feet from the vehicle and was placed in intensive care.
Despite the severity of the accident, however, Lowery suffered only what Stutsman referred to as "bumps and bruises" -- "his brother said it just looks like he was in a bicycle accident," Stutsman told the Louisville Courier-Journal in the immediate wake of the accident -- and could return to Kentucky's campus in June.
A fully recovered Lowery would be a boost for first-year Wildcats coach Mark Stoops and a potentially thin secondary. Lowery started eight games during the 2012 season, recording 43 tackles and an interception. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
05/08/13 - Jake Ryan, rJr, Michigan, 6-2, 242 (DS#999 OLB) 5/7/2013 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: Jake Ryan, OLB, Michigan: Not many defenders led their teams in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks last season, but Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan did exactly that and emerged as a leader and the Wolverines' best player on that side of the ball. However he suffered a torn ACL during spring practices and is expected to miss most of the 2013 season.
Head coach Brady Hoke said the best case scenario is for Ryan to return to the field by mid-October, but that prediction is extremely optimistic for torn knee ligaments and the Wolverines won't have a clearer picture about his rehab timetable until the fall. Ryan is a valuable piece to Michigan's resurgence under Hoke, but also a legitimate NFL prospect when healthy. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/13 - Ashely Lowery, Jr, Kentucky, 6-0, 219 (DS#999 FS) Kentucky starting defensive back Ashely Lowery was responsive and alert on Sunday after surviving a serious auto accident in Georgia a day earlier. Lowery was moving his extremities and was awake in intensive care at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga., according to family spokesman Doug Stutsman, The impact of the early Saturday morning crash in Georgia ejected Lowery, a native of Cleveland, Ga., approximately 100 feet from his overturned 2006 Nissan Altima. The extent of Lowery's injuries were yet to be released. The 6-foot-1, 219-pound Ashley started eight games in 2012 as a sophomore and was the Wildcats' fifth-leading tackler with 43 stops. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/13 - Ashely Lowery, Jr, Kentucky, 6-0, 219 (DS#999 FS) Kentucky safety Ashely Lowery is hospitalized in Georgia with injuries suffered in a car accident Friday night. Wildcats athletic department spokesman Tony Neely confirmed that Lowery is being treated in a hospital but said the school was still gathering details about the accident, where he is hospitalized and his condition.
Lowery played in eight games as a sophomore last season, all starts, and ranked fifth on the team with 43 tackles. He had a career-best nine stops against Vanderbilt and recorded his first career interception that was returned for 21 yards. Several Kentucky players have tweeted comments asking for prayers for Lowery. - AP Sports
05/05/13 - Bryan Burnham, rSr, Tulsa, 6-2, 198 (DS#999 WR) The NCAA has denied Tulsa's appeal seeking a sixth year of eligibility for Bryan Burnham, the team's leading receiver two seasons ago. Burnham was seeking a waiver to play next season for the Golden Hurricane after sustaining a season-ending knee injury in last year's opener against Iowa State. He also missed the 2008 season due to an illness. The NCAA had previously rejected Burnham's request for a sixth season of eligibility, and an appeals committee rejected his appeal Wednesday. Burnham led Tulsa with 54 catches for 850 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011. Coach Bill Blankenship says Tulsa is ''extremely disappointed'' for Burnham, who had been preparing to play next season. Burnham says he's ''ready to move on now.'' - AP Sports
05/05/13 - Marcus Rios, So, UCLA, 5-11, 185 (DS#999 CB) UCLA defensive back Marcus Rios is going to be out at least six months and possibly the entire 2013 season due to a fungus infection. The rising sophomore has already undergone six surgeries to remove the infection and will have a seventh in the next two weeks. The infection that Rios has is not only incredibly rare but has proven fatal in the past. “It started as a sinus infection last October,” Rios told the Los Angeles Times. “Then they found the fungus infection behind my eye and beneath my brain ... it's very rare. Only 12 people have ever had it, and eight of them have died. Two others recovered and then died later.”
Rios takes antibiotics through a central catheter that's placed in his arm, which does not allow him to run or participate in practice. Rios played in eight games for the Bruins last season, making three tackles. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
05/03/13 - Alonzo Highsmith, Sr, Arkansas, 6-0, 234 (DS#40 OLB) Dolphins Sign 19 Undrafted College Free Agents...LB - ALONZO HIGHSMITH, JR. (6-0, 234, 11/21/89, Arkansas): Started all six games he appeared in 2012 season … Tallied 54 tackles (25 solo), four tackles for a loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. - MiamiDolphins.com
04/30/13 - *Chris Faulk, rJr, LSU, 6-6, 331 (DS#21 OT) Browns sign 18 undrafted free agents...Chris Faulk - Appeared in 26 games at LSU (2009, 2011-12) with 16 starts… Spent time at both left and right tackle… Appeared in just one game as a junior (2012) after suffering a knee injury in practice… Attended Northshore High School in Slidell, Louisiana. - ClevelandBrowns.com
04/30/13 - Aaron Tipoti, rSr, California, 6-2, 283 (DS#62 DT) Bills agree to terms with 16 Undrafteds...DT Aaron Tipoti - 6’2” 280 - Cal...Tipoti played in 43 games with 18 starts over the last four seasons. He totaled 91 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup. “He doesn’t have ideal size, but good initial quickness off the ball. He flashes a good punch and pop on defenders initially,” said Forsyth. “A really good motor and aggressiveness. He has to get bigger and stronger.” - Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com
04/29/13 - *Brad Wing, rSo, LSU, 6-3, 205 (DS#4 P) Eagles Add Nine Rookie Free Agents...Wing is a left-footed punter who played in 23 games during his two-year college career and finished with a school-record 44.6-yard average on 118 punts, while downing 48 inside the 20-yard line. He became just the second punter in Tigers history to earn first-team All-America honors, doing so as a redshirt freshman in 2011. A native of Melbourne, Australia, he played just one year of high school football at Parkview Baptist in Baton Rouge, LA. The 22-year old played Australian Rules Football while growing up in Melbourne. His father, David, punted for the Detroit Lions (1990) and Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe. - PhiladelphiaEagles.com
04/29/13 - Ryan Katz, rSr, San Diego State, 6-1, 214 (DS#28 QB) Broncos Sign 15 College Free Agents: Ryan Katz, QB, San Diego State...Katz played one year at San Diego State University after transferring to the school from Oregon State. He completed 99-of-163 passes with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2012 for the Aztecs. - DenverBroncos.com
04/29/13 - Mark Harrison, Sr, Rutgers, 6-3, 231 (DS#62 WR) The Bears on Sunday agreed to terms with the following 10 undrafted free agents: Rutgers receiver Mark Harrison...Harrison led Rutgers last season with 44 receptions for 583 yards and six touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2010, he started 11 of 12 games played and was named the team's offensive MVP, recording 44 receptions for 829 yards and nine TDs. Pro Football Weekly's 2013 Draft Preview describes Harrison as a "big, straight-linish, monotone receiver who flashes ability to factor outside the numbers and in the red zone." - Larry Mayer, ChicagoBears.com
04/29/13 - *Chris Faulk, rJr, LSU, 6-6, 331 (DS#21 OT) 2013 NFL DRAFT: TOP 10 UNDRAFTED UNDERCLASSMEN: 8. OT Chris Faulk, LSU (6-5, 331, 5.08)...Faulk became the full-time starter at left tackle as a sophomore but started just one game in 2012 after a knee injury that required separate surgeries on his MCL and ACL. Despite missing almost all of his junior year, he decided to skip his final season and go pro. The questions about his knee were likly a large factor as to why he went undrafted. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/13 - Cornellius Carradine, Sr, Florida State, 6-4, 276 (DS#4 DE) 2013 NFL DRAFT: SIX GUYS WHO MAY SNEAK INTO THE FIRST ROUND: 5. Tank Carradine, DE Florida State: From Butler Community College to a backup at Florida State to off the bench for an injured starter to a torn ACL, Carradine ran well recently and in the eyes of a few NFL people might have passed his teammate Bjoern Werner. I'm not sure that he has really passed Werner, but he's in the conversation and could finish up this incredible journey as a first-round selection. - Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com
04/25/13 - *Eddie Lacy, rJr, Alabama, 5-11, 231 (DS#1 RB) Eddie Lacy feels he ran out of time. If he doesn't go in the first round --breaking a streak that's seen a running back drafted in Round 1 every year since 1963 -- Lacy will point to the hamstring injury that kept him out of combine drills and delayed his pro day. “By the time my hamstring was close to being ready where I could actually work out, I had about two weeks before my pro day so I wasn't in the condition I should've been in due to a lack of time,” the former Alabama star told “Archer and Bell” on 790 the Zone in Atlanta, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “But I'm glad I finished it, I did the best I could and and I know if I was in better shape or had more time to prepare for it then everything would have been a lot better than it was.”
The 5-11, 230-pounder clocked 4.58 and 4.62 in the 40-yard dash and had a “disappointing” positional workout at his April 11 pro day, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks said, adding Lacy appeared “out of shape.” Lacy found it tough to hear those things. “People [were] saying ‘he's not in shape' or ‘he's not fast,' but in reality it's due to a lack of time,” Lacy said. “It's something you can't really worry about. You know what you are capable of when you're 100 percent and the guys doubting you on the next level know as well. I don't think it should be said or anything like that, but there is nothing you can do about it.”
CBSSports.com draft expert Rob Rang said Lacy's subpar pro day could hurt him in the draft, “but he's much more impressive on the field than off it. He has a unique combination of vision, balance and burst. If a running back is selected in the first round, it will be Lacy.” - Larry Hartstein, CBSSports.com