01/15/18 - Quinten Dormady, Jr, Tennessee, 6-3, 222 (DS#30 QB) Quarterback Quinten Dormady is leaving Tennessee after a junior year in which he lost his starting job and suffered a season-ending injury. Dormady tweeted Monday that "after weeks of reflection, I've decided to complete my degree from Tennessee and transfer for my final year of eligibility." Dormady, who is 6-foot-4 and from Boerne, Texas, started Tennessee's first five games this past season. He completed 55.5 percent of his passes for 925 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions. He was replaced by Jarrett Guarantano midway through the year and later underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. Dormady tweeted that "I am making great progress every day with the help of my family, my friends and doctors." Dormady's decision leaves Guarantano, Will McBride and incoming freshman JT Shrout as Tennessee's scholarship quarterbacks. - AP College Football
01/12/18 - Jacob Eason, So, Georgia, 6-4, 235 (DS#3 QB) Quarterback Jacob Eason said Friday he is leaving Georgia, an expected decision after he lost his starting job to freshman Jake Fromm. Eason made the announcement on his Twitter account. "Thank you UGA for an incredible two years," he wrote. "The memories and relationships I have made will truly last a lifetime. I will miss suiting up in red and black, but Athens will always be a place I can call home." Eason didn't indicate where he intends to play next, but The Seattle Times reported this week that he is expected to transfer to Washington. Eason played his high school football at Lake Stevens, Washington, and would be in position to take over the Huskies' starting job after sitting out a year under the NCAA's transfer rules. Jake Browning is returning for his senior season at Washington, which is expected to be one of the nation's top teams in 2018.
After starting for Georgia as a freshman, Eason began this season as the No. 1 signal-caller ahead of Fromm. But a knee injury in the opener against Appalachian State knocked Eason out of the lineup, and he never got the job back. Fromm guided the Bulldogs to a 13-2 record, their first Southeastern Conference title since 2005 , a thrilling victory in the Rose Bowl and a spot in the national championship game against Alabama. The Tide rallied from a pair of 13-point deficits to beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime. Eason was a five-star recruit who initially committed to the Bulldogs with former coach Mark Richt. After Richt was fired, Eason hinted that he might go to another school but wound up staying at Georgia under new coach Kirby Smart in 2016. As a freshman, Eason completed 55 percent of his throws for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns, with eight interceptions. - AP College Football
01/12/18 - Marcell Harris, rSr, Florida, 6-0, 208 (DS#19 SS) Marcell Harris, the Florida safety who tore his right Achilles tendon in late July and missed all of last season, is forgoing his final year of eligibility and entering the NFL draft. Harris announced the decision Thursday on Instagram, saying he "became strong mentally and gained different perspectives of the game that I may have never seen" while sitting out. A fifth-year senior from nearby Orlando, Harris played in all 13 games in 2016. He had a team-high 73 tackles to go along with two interceptions and a sack. He appeared in 37 games in three seasons at Florida. He could have petitioned the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility, but chose to pursue an NFL career. Harris is the fourth Florida player to leave school early this season, following defensive tackle Taven Bryan, receiver Antonio Callaway and kicker Eddy Pineiro. Defensive Cece Jefferson and left tackle Martez Ivey announced last week they will return to school for their senior years. - AP College Football
01/09/18 - Jacob Eason, So, Georgia, 6-4, 235 (DS#3 QB) Sophomore Jacob Eason, who was Georgia's starting quarterback when the 2017 season began, is expected to transfer to Washington, the Seattle Times reported Tuesday. This does not come as a surprise based on a series of events that seems likely to push Eason back to third string next season. As a true freshman, Eason started the final 12 games of the 2016 season after replacing Greyson Lambert in the opener. Eason then started the 2017 opener against Appalachian State, but he suffered a knee injury that knocked him out of the game. He was replaced by true freshman Jake Fromm, who led the Bulldogs to a berth in the national championship game before losing in overtime to Alabama.
Besides Fromm, Georgia is adding Justin Fields, ranked the nation's No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2018 by ESPN. A dual-threat quarterback, Fields announced he plans to enroll at Georgia this winter, allowing him to participate in spring football. Eason is from the state of Washington and played his high school football at Lake Stevens, which is about a 40-mile drive to Seattle. If Eason does, in fact, transfer to Washington, he would be required to sit out the 2018 season, then would have two seasons of college eligibility remaining. Eason was 4 of 7 for 28 yards this past season. He completed 55.1 percent of his passes with 16 touchdown passes and eight interceptions in 2016, when the Bulldogs finished 8-5. - The Sports Xchange
01/05/18 - Tee Sims, rSr, Appalachian State, 6-2, 265 (DS#56 DE) 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Tee Sims (Appalachian State, DL, Sr.),...Sims ranks No. 5 nationally and No. 2 in the Sun Belt at 0.95 sacks per game, as his 9.5 sacks caused a loss of 78 yards. He also posted 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4 in the Sun Belt), 41 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble this year. - Appalachian State Football
01/04/18 - Anfernee Jennings, rSo, Alabama, 6-2, 265 (DS#1 OLB) 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Linebacker: Anfernee Jennings, Alabama (Sugar): Jennings had three tackles for loss and a sack in No. 4 Alabama's 24-6 semifinal victory over No. 1 Clemson. He also applied the pressure that resulted in an interception. This was Jennings' final game of the season, as he injured his knee and won't play against Georgia. This honor just as easily could have gone to Alabama teammates Rashaan Evans and Mack Wilson. Evans made a team-high nine tackles and Wilson scored on an 18-yard interception return. - AP College Football
01/03/18 - *Josh Rosen, Jr, UCLA, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) QB Josh Rosen will skip his final college season to enter the 2018 draft, where he is expected to contend to be the No. 1 pick.
In three seasons as UCLA's starting quarterback, Rosen passed for 9,301 yards and 59 touchdowns with 26 interceptions while playing in 30 games.
This past season, Rosen passed for 3,754 yards and 26 touchdowns with 10 interceptions as UCLA finished with a disappointing 6-7 record. He did not play in the Bruins' 35-17 Cactus Bowl loss to Kansas State while recovering from a concussion.
"I wish we had won more games, but friendships were forged and memories were made that will last a lifetime," Rosen said on Twitter.
In Rosen's announcement, he also tried to appease his mother.
"P.S.: Mom -- I promise I will come back and finish my degree."
01/03/18 - *Kamryn Pettway, rJr, Auburn, 6-0, 235 (DS#14 RB) Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis and tailback Kamryn Pettway are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. Both announced their decisions Wednesday on social media. Tailback Kerryon Johnson has also declared his plans to turn pro. Davis is a second-team Associated Press All-American who started all three seasons at Auburn, including as a true freshman. He is projected as an early round pick with some mock drafts having him go in the first round. Davis had 36 tackles, 11 pass breakups and an interception this season. Coach Gus Malzahn called him "a model of consistency" and said he played an important role in Auburn's defensive success. Pettway played in only five games this season due to injuries and suspension. He ran for 305 yards and five touchdowns after leading the Southeastern Conference in yards per game in 2016. - AP College Football
01/03/18 - Anfernee Jennings, rSo, Alabama, 6-2, 265 (DS#1 OLB) Alabama linebacker Anfernee Jennings, one of the defensive stars of the Crimson Tide's victory over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, won't play in the national title game against Georgia. Jennings, who suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter of the 24-6 win on Monday, wrote on social media Wednesday that he underwent surgery. "Surgery was a success," he wrote. "Still have to wait and see what the next MRI will determine Friday. Unfortunately I've played my last game this season but I will be back stronger than ever next season because I know that God makes no mistakes. But through it all I am trusting and depending on him and I know that my Greater is coming. Now let's finish and Win this Natty." Jennings, a 6-foot-3, 262-pound sophomore, started all 11 games in which he played this season, making 41 tackles, including six for loss. He had five tackles vs. Clemson, including his first career sack as part of his three tackles for loss. His size against the powerful running game of Georgia would have been important in Monday night's meeting in Atlanta. Jennings' setback continues a star-crossed season at linebacker for Alabama, which has lost 34 starts at the position due to injury. Christian Miller, a starter who missed 10 games after suffering a biceps injury in the season opener, was listed as Jennings' backup for the Sugar Bowl. - The Sports Xchange
01/02/18 - Clayton Thorson, rJr, Northwestern, 6-3, 225 (DS#4 QB) QB Clayton Thorson suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the Music City Bowl on Friday night, the school announced Tuesday. Thorson, who was injured early in the second quarter of the Wildcats' 24-23 victory over Kentucky, is scheduled to undergo surgery in mid-January. An MRI exam revealed the severity of the injury to Thorson, who was hurt after catching a 24-yard pass from backup running back Jeremy Larkin. No timetable was offered for Thorson's return. A redshirt junior, Thorson guided Northwestern to a 10-3 record, including a season-ending eight-game winning streak. Three days before sustaining his injury, Thorson announced he would return for his final season of eligibility at Northwestern rather than enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
01/02/18 - Will Grier, rJr, West Virginia, 6-1, 214 (DS#10 QB) 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Will Grier (QB),...Earning honorable mention for the Mountaineers were Dravon Askew-Henry (DB), Al-Rasheed Benton (LB), Reese Donahue (DL), Will Grier (QB), David Long Jr (LB), Colton McKivitz (OL), Kenny Robinson (DB), Elijah Wellman (FB) and Ka'Raun White (WR). West Virginia finished the regular season with a 7-5 overall record and 5-4 in the conference, tying for fourth place. - West Virginia Football
01/01/18 - Thomas Owens, Sr, Florida International, 6-1, 240 (DS#78 WR) 2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR - Thomas Owens, Sr., FIU,...Despite having his season cut short with a knee injury, Owens, a senior, continues to lead FIU in receiving with 59 catches for 887 yards and six touchdowns in nine games, with his reception and receiving yards totals marking career highs. The Boynton Beach, Florida native recorded four-consecutive 100-yard games, against Charlotte (7-for-101) on Sept. 30, Middle Tennessee (11-for-162) on Oct. 7, Tulane (6-for-162) on Oct. 14 and Marshall (7-for-114) on Oct. 28. His 162 yards against Middle Tennessee fell just four yards shy of his career-high. Owens also tied his career-high with 11 receptions against the Blue Raiders and Old Dominion on Nov. 11. - Florida International Football
01/01/18 - Alex McGough, Sr, Florida International, 6-2, 218 (DS#39 QB) 2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): QB - Alex McGough, Sr., FIU,...McGough, a senior, is one of six FIU players to earn Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. He is currently FIU's all-time career leader in touchdown passes (66) and second in career completions (805) and passing yards (9,084). He has completed 231-of-354 passes for 2,791 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2017, while recording a career-best 65.3 percent passing mark. McGough also ranks in the top five in C-USA in passing yards per game (232.6) and passing efficiency (142.8). Not only has McGough found the end zone through the air, but he has matched a career-high with four rushing touchdowns of his own. - Florida International Football
12/31/17 - *Andre Smith, Jr, North Carolina, 6-0, 240 (DS#27 ILB) North Carolina junior linebacker Andre Smith is entering the NFL draft. The school announced Smith's decision on Sunday. The Jacksonville, Florida, native made 14 starts at middle linebacker before suffering a season-ending injury in September against Louisville. Smith ranked seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 8.7 tackles per game in 2016. He had 21 tackles in two games this season and also had a 73-yard interception return against California in the opener. In a statement, coach Larry Fedora said the team will miss Smith's leadership. Smith tweeted a statement saying going to UNC was "the best decision I've made in my life." - AP College Football
12/29/17 - Clayton Thorson, rJr, Northwestern, 6-3, 225 (DS#4 QB) Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson left the Music City Bowl on the second play of the second quarter Friday with a right knee injury. Kentucky also lost a key player when its top running back, Benny Snell, was ejected for pushing Pac-12 referee Chris Coyte. Thorson caught a 24-yard pass from backup running back Jeremy Larkin and was tackled by linebacker Jordan Jones near the left sideline. Thorson immediately came up and grabbed his knee in obvious pain. The 6-4, 225-pound junior was carted off the field. Several Kentucky players came over to him to slap him on the back and shake his hand. At the time of the injury, Kentucky led Northwestern 7-3. Thorson completed 4 of 8 passes for 35 yards before departing. He was replaced by senior Matt Alviti. - The Sports Xchange
12/27/17 - *Kamryn Pettway, rJr, Auburn, 6-0, 235 (DS#14 RB) Injured Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway didn't travel with the team and won't play in the Peach Bowl. Coach Gus Malzahn said Wednesday that Pettway "stayed back (in Alabama) with his family." The seventh-ranked Tigers face No. 10 UCF on Monday. Pettway, who is married and has a daughter, hasn't played in the last five games with a fractured shoulder blade. The junior has only played in five games this season because of injury or suspension. He has run for 305 yards. Last season, Pettway led the Southeastern Conference with a 124.8-yard per game rushing average. He was the first Auburn runner to gain 150-plus yards in four consecutive games since Bo Jackson in 1985, when Jackson won the Heisman Trophy. - AP College Football
12/27/17 - *Josh Rosen, Jr, UCLA, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen seemed to confirm on Tuesday a report over the weekend that he'll try to avoid playing for the Cleveland Browns, who have the No. 1 pick in the draft."I'd rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher one at the wrong team,'' Rosen said Tuesday as the Bruins prepare to play in the Cactus Bowl tonight against Kansas State, per Josh Weinfuss of espn.com.On Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Rosen would prefer to play for the Giants over the Browns, and that he'd even consider staying in school to avoid coming to Cleveland.By the end of the game, a 20-3 loss to the Bears, the Browns had clinched the No. 1 pick in the draft, and have a clear shot at Rosen, widely regarded as one of the top college QBs. Rosen, who will sit out tonight's game with a concussion, will confer with his parents after this game to decide what to do, Schefter reported.The Giants currently have the No. 2 pick in the draft, but could slip to No. 3 if they win their finale and the Colts lose.Sources told Schefter that Rosen prefers the Giants because they're "more stable'' than the Browns. Cleveland has started 28 quarterbacks since their return in 1999, and have had only two winning seasons in that 18 years. - Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com
12/22/17 - *Jaire Alexander, Jr, Louisville, 5-11, 192 (DS#6 CB) Louisville junior cornerback Jaire Alexander will not play in next week's TaxSlayer Bowl and will turn pro, the school announced Friday morning. "I know it was a very difficult decision for Jaire," Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement. "I appreciate the contributions he made to the program over the last three seasons, and I wish him all the best in the future." Alexander is rated as a late second-round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. Louisville plays Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Dec. 30 in Jacksonville, Fla. Alexander (5-foot-11, 192 pounds) suffered through an injury-plagued junior year in which he sustained a knee injury in the season opener against Purdue and a broken hand in practice in late October. He finished with 19 tackles and one interception in six games. He entered the season with some preseason All-America honors, coming off a sophomore year in which he intercepted five passes -- two against eventual national champion Clemson -- and was explosive in the return game, including a 69-yard punt return vs. Florida State. - The Sports Xchange
12/20/17 - Timon Parris, Sr, Stony Brook, 6-5, 310 (DS#11 OG) 2017 AFCA FCS COACHES' FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: OL Timon Parris, 6-5 320, Sr., Stony Brook, Chuck Priore Floral Park, N.Y. (Floral Park),...Parris, a native of Floral Park, N.Y., started the first eight games of the season before he suffered a season-ending leg injury in the first half at Richmond. He was the top performer on the Seawolves' offensive line that helped Stony Brook average 29.2 points and 351.2 yards per game. The Seawolves ranked fifth in the CAA in rushing (161.2 ypg) and had three backs who rushed for over 400 yards. In addition to this honor, Parris was also named second team Associated Press, second team STATS FCS and second team by Phil Steele. He is a three-time All-CAA Football honoree, including being named as a first team selection this year, and was a second-team STATS All-American in 2016. Behind Parris, the Seawolves posted a 10-3 overall record and finished second in the CAA with a 7-1 mark. Stony Brook advanced to the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Football Championships. Parris is the first AFCA All-America selection at Stony Brook since Miguel Maysonet achieved the honor following the 2012 season. - Stony Brook Football
12/19/17 - Shea Patterson, So, Michigan, 6-1, 193 (DS#5 QB) Michigan has confirmed that quarterback Shea Patterson is joining the program as a transfer from Mississippi. Patterson had previously said he'd be joining the Wolverines. His move comes after Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh went through three starting quarterbacks this past season. In seven games last season, Patterson passed for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns, with nine interceptions. He is recovering from a right knee injury that cost him the final month, but he should be healthy enough to compete in 2018. Ole Miss was hit with NCAA sanctions recently that included a bowl ban next season. The NCAA said Mississippi's seniors could transfer without sitting out next season. Patterson doesn't qualify for that - he just finished his sophomore season - but could petition the NCAA to be immediately eligible. - AP College Football
12/19/17 - Clayton Thorson, rJr, Northwestern, 6-3, 225 (DS#4 QB) Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson plans to return for his senior season. Thorson announced Tuesday he will be back next year and hopes to win a Big Ten championship. Thorson is Northwestern's career leader with 26 victories as a starter and ranks second in yards passing, completions and total offense. The Wildcats will play Kentucky in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 29. - AP College Football
12/19/17 - Cam Phillips, Sr, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 202 (DS#54 WR) Virginia Tech wide receiver Cam Phillips underwent sports hernia surgery and will miss the Camping World Bowl against Oklahoma State, the school announced Tuesday. Phillips is the school's all-time leader in receptions (236) and receiving yards (3,027). The senior also had 17 touchdowns in his career for the Hokies (9-3), who will face the Cowboys (9-3) on Dec. 28. "While we're disappointed that Cam won't be able to compete in the bowl game, hopefully he enjoys a speedy recovery as he prepares for the next step of his football journey," Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. "We appreciate Cam's many contributions and accomplishments during his career at Virginia Tech and wish him the very best." Phillips led the team in catches (71), yards (964) and touchdowns (seven) this season for the Hokies, who could turn their attention to wideout Sean Savoy versus the Cowboys. The freshman was second on the team with 454 receiving yards. - The Sports Xchange
12/19/17 - Dalton Risner, rJr, Kansas State, 6-4, 300 (DS#2 C) 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Dalton Risner, K-State Jr. Wiggins, Colo./Wiggins,...Risner, a product of Wiggins, Colorado, was honored by the league's coaches for a second-straight season after helping the Wildcats finish the regular season ranking second in the Big 12 in rushing at 186.7 yards per game. K-State has recorded six games with at least 200 rushing yards this year, including a 268-yard output against Oklahoma and 217 yards in a win at No. 10 Oklahoma State. - Kansas State Football
12/18/17 - Darius Anderson, So, Texas Christian, 5-11, 205 (DS#14 RB) 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Darius Anderson (RB),...TCU's other honorable-mention choices were running back Darius Anderson, cornerback Jeff Gladney, tight end Cole Hunt, offensive tackle Joseph Noteboom, center Austin Schlottmann and linebacker Ty Summers. - TCU Football
12/18/17 - Quintez Cephus, So, Wisconsin, 6-0, 205 (DS#11 WR) 2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Quintez Cephus,...Sophomore wide receiver Quintez Cephus was a consensus honorable mention all-league choice despite missing the Badgers' last three games due to injury. Has played in 9 games in 2017, making 8 starts ... has hauled in 30 catches for 501 yards and 6 TDs ...Has played in 23 career games, including 13 starts at wide receiver ... has caught 34 passes for 595 yards and 6 touchdowns ... has also carried the ball 9 times for 46 yards. - Wisconsin Football