02/18/18 - *Kolton Miller, rJr/2018, UCLA, 6-7, 310 (DS#11 OT) OL Kolton Miller is ranked 13th on the Big Board of ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. Others are far from convinced. NFLDraftScout.com writes about Miller: "He showed steady progression this past season as a junior, but pass rushers will eat him up until his mechanics and discipline improve."
02/18/18 - *Leighton Vander Esch, rJr/2018, Boise State, 6-3, 240 (DS#2 OLB) LB Leighton Vander Esch, after his breakout season in 2017 with Boise State, is projected as the 28th overall pick in the first round, going to the Pittsburgh Steelers, in the latest mock draft by NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang. He writes: "Some will criticize Vander Esch as a one-year wonder at Boise State but the same criticism also followed standout rookie T.J. Watt at Wisconsin. Like Watt, Vander Esch has the motor Steelers fans will love, as well as the length, athleticism and playmaking ability to earn a first-round selection."
02/14/18 - K.J. Costello, Fr/2020, Stanford, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 QB) QB K.J. Costello, who started seven games for Stanford as a redshirt freshman in 2017, will miss spring practice because of a hip injury, Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reported. The Cardinal have not officially commented on Costello's status. Costello did not begin the 2017 season as the Cardinal's quarterback, but he was their top signal-caller by season's end. He started the final six games for Stanford, including wins over Washington and Notre Dame and close losses to USC in the Pac-12 championship game and TCU in the Alamo Bowl. This past season, Costello completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 1,573 yards and 14 touchdowns with four interceptions.
02/14/18 - Joseph Lewis IV, Fr/2021, Southern California, 6-2, 205 (DS#999 WR) WR Joseph Lewis was arrested on a felony domestic battery charge, multiple outlets reported. Lewis, 18, was charged with "corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant" due to visible injury to an alleged victim, according to a report from USCFootball.com. He could face up to four years in state prison if convicted or a $6,000 fine. Lewis had four receptions for 39 yards in three games during his freshman season last year.
02/13/18 - Brandon Snyder, rJr/2019, Iowa, 6-1, 214 (DS#23 FS) S Brandon Snyder formally pleaded guilty to the charge, according to TV station KCRG in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As a result of the plea, Snyder will avoid jail time if he participates in a weekend program at a community college. He will also be fined $1,250. Snyder was arrested after failing a breathalyzer test with a reading that was more than twice the legal limit in Iowa. Snyder was a starter at free safety throughout his sophomore season in 2016, but he tore his ACL in his left knee during spring practice a year ago and had surgery in April. He returned to play in the Oct. 7 game against Illinois, a game the Hawkeyes won 45-16. However, he suffered another torn ACL in that game that sidelined him for the rest of the season.
02/12/18 - Dalvin Warmack, rJr/2019, Kansas State, 5-08, 187 (DS#57 RB) RB Dalvin Warmack announced Sunday he intends on finishing his career as a graduate transfer. Warmack rushed 101 times for 527 yards in his Kansas State career, used in a scatback role to complement running backs Alex Barnes and Justin Silmon, both of whom return in 2018. Warmack said he is on schedule to graduate in May.
02/12/18 - Dominique Heath, rJr/2019, Kansas State, 5-09, 175 (DS#999 WR) WR Dominique Heath announced Sunday he will finish his career somewhere else as a graduate transfer. Heath, who led the team in catches in 2016 with 45 for 438 yards, finished his three seasons with the Wildcats with 95 receptions for 947 yards and seven touchdowns. He caught a career-low 22 passes last season. Heath, from North Carolina, said on Twitter he would like to transfer somewhere closer to home after his May graduation.
02/12/18 - *Will Richardson, rJr/2018, North Carolina State, 6-5, 322 (DS#12 OT) OL Will Richardson said during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio that his two-game suspension at North Carolina State to start last season was marijuana-related. Richardson has some red flags -- including a DUI arrest in 2015 -- but he is an massive, intriguing prospect who is listed as the 12th-best offensive tackle in the 2018 draft, according to NFLDraftScout.com.
02/11/18 - Gardner Minshew, /2019, East Carolina, 6-1, 214 (DS#999 QB) QB Gardner Minshew is expected to visit Tuscaloosa after leaving East Carolina last month, according to reports.
Minshew, a Mississippi native, was slated to be East Carolina's No. 1 quarterback going into the spring before the university announced Jan. 30 that he left school to handle a personal matter in his home state. The Pirates finished 3-9 in 2017.
Last season as a junior, Minshew passed for 2,140 yards and 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions in 10 games while completing 174 of 304 passes (57.2 percent), including five starts. He finished the season strong with 1,486 yards and 10 touchdowns in the final four games.
02/10/18 - Eli Brown, rSo/2020, Kentucky, 6-1, 215 (DS#20 ILB) LB Eli Brown is leaving the program and plans to transfer. Brown, a redshirt sophomore, and the university confirmed a report that the heralded four-star recruit in the Class of 2015 is no longer part of the team. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Brown redshirted as a freshman in 2015 and played in 12 games in 2016. This past season, he was limited to five games because of injury and finished with 38 tackles, including two for loss, as the backup to starting weakside linebacker Jordan Jones. If he had returned for the 2018 season, Brown was projected as a starter, possibly on the field at the same time as Jones. Brown came out of Warren East (Ky.) High School ranked as the No. 20 outside lienbacker in the country and the No. 2 player in the state of Kentucky in 2015, according to 247Sports.com. He was the Wildcats' highest-rated player in the class and turned down offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Mississippi, Louisville and other schools.
02/10/18 - Dacoven Bailey, Fr/2020, Rutgers, 6-2, 190 (DS#999 WR) WR Dacoven Bailey was dismissed from the school in January after being charged with the sexual assault of a teenage girl in Texas. KXII, a Texas television station, first reported the incident. Bailey is one of four men accused of raping a 15-year-old girl last July in his hometown of Pilot Point, Texas. Denton County (Texas) Sheriff's Office records indicate that Bailey was charged with sexual assault Dec. 29 and released from jail the next day on a $20,000 bond. Bailey played in nine games for the Scarlet Knights last season and caught nine passes for 122 yards and one touchdown. He also saw action on defense and special teams, logging 11 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.
02/10/18 - Madre London, rJr/2019, Michigan State, 6-0, 218 (DS#24 RB) RB Madre London wrote on Twitter on Friday that he will not return for his final year of eligibility. London wrote that he is graduating in May and decided not to play with the Spartans next season. London rushed 83 times for 304 yards last season. After rushing for 500 yards as a redshirt freshman, London has not been able to duplicate that production.
02/09/18 - Kyle Kempt, rSr/2019, Iowa State, 6-4, 210 (DS#13 QB) QB Kyle Kempt has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA, Iowa State announced Friday. Kempt guided the Cyclones to an 8-5 record last season, including a win over College Football Playoff participant Oklahoma. Kempt was listed as a senior during the 2017 season, but he referenced the "run-off rule" in his attempt to get another season. The NCAA can grant additional years to players who are "run off" from their original four-year schools. Kempt initially signed with Oregon State, but did not play in his two seasons there. He told the Des Moines Register last month that the coaching staff told him he would not play there.
02/08/18 - C.J. Fuller, rJr/2019, Clemson, 5-09, 205 (DS#16 RB) RB C.J. Fuller, who began last season as the starting tailback but lost his job, is leaving Clemson, head coach Dabo Swinney said .
Swinney said Fuller, a redshirt junior, will graduate this spring and then find a new school to finish his college career.
Fuller, who has rushed for a total of 599 yards and four touchdowns for the Tigers, was passed on the depth chart by freshman Travis Etienne and junior Tavien Feaster last season.
02/08/18 - Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, Fr/2020, Washington State, 6-3, 190 (DS#999 WR) WR Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, who was the Longhorns' second-leading receiver last season, announced he has decided to transfer out of the Texas football program.
"It's disappointing," Texas head coach Tom Herman said Wednesday, according to 247Sports.com. "We wish Reggie the best and hope he finds what he's looking for out there. But next man up."
After redshirting his first year at Texas, Hemphill-Mapps finished tied for second on the team in receptions with 37. His 402 receiving yards were third best on the team.
Hemphill-Mapps also had eight carries for 31 yards, and he returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown in the opener against Maryland. Hemphill-Mapps averaged 10.6 yards per punt return, ranking second in the Big 12.
02/07/18 - Deondre Francois, rSo/2020, Florida State, 6-0, 205 (DS#8 QB) QB Deondre Francois, who started Florida State's opener against Alabama last season before being sidelined for the rest of the season because of a knee injury, is not healthy enough to participate completely in spring practice, coach Willie Taggart told ESPN. Taggart added that Francois, who completed 19 of 30 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions before going down against the Crimson Tide, will have to battle sophomore James Blackman and redshirt freshman Bailey Hockman for the starting job in the fall.
02/06/18 - Jacob Eason, So/2020, Washington, 6-4, 235 (DS#3 QB) QB Jacob Eason's transfer to Washington was confirmed by the school on Tuesday. The announcement comes nearly a month after the Seattle Times reported that the former Georgia quarterback had planned to transfer to Washington. 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.
02/05/18 - Dru Brown, Jr/2019, Hawaii, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 QB) QB Dru Brown announced on social media that he is heading to Oklahoma State for his final season.
"Grateful for the opportunity to play for Oklahoma State University in my final season #HumbleBeginnings #GoPokes," Brown posted Saturday on Twitter.
Brown passed for 2,785 yards and 18 touchdowns last season with the Rainbow Warriors.
The 6-foot, 200-pound graduate transfer will have a chance to secure the starting job with Oklahoma State, which saw record-setting quarterback Mason Rudolph under center for four years.
Brown will compete with former walk-on Taylor Cornelius, sophomore Keondre Wudtee and incoming freshman Spencer Sanders.
01/31/18 - Cameron Saffle, Jr/2019, California, 6-2, 245 (DS#999 OLB) DE Cameron Saffle, who started all 12 games in 2016, has taken a medical retirement for the sport of football, he announced on Cal's athletics website. Although Saffle's college football career is over, he will remain a student at the university and will still be on scholarship. He plans to remain involved with the football program in a capacity that has yet to be determined. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Saffle sustained an undisclosed injury in the 2017 opener against North Carolina, and that sidelined him for the rest of the season. In 2016, while starting every game, Saffle was credited with 57 tackles, 8.5 tackles for losses and four sacks.
01/31/18 - Major Tennison, Fr/2021, Alabama, 6-5, 244 (DS#999 TE) TE Major Tennison was arrested and charged with second-degree marijuana possession in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tennison was booked in Tuscaloosa County Jail early Wednesday morning. The charge is considered to be for a small amount of marijuana for personal use. He caught two passes for 30 yards in five games for the Crimson Tide last season.
01/31/18 - Gardner Minshew, /2019, East Carolina, 6-1, 214 (DS#999 QB) QB Gardner Minshew has withdrawn from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., to deal with a family matter at his home in Mississippi. Minshew earned a communication degree at the end of the fall semester and was designated as the starting quarterback by head coach Scottie Montgomery entering spring practice. Montgomery said, "The door will certainly remain open," for Minshew to return in the fall. Minshew started five games, including the last three, for the Pirates last season, passing for 2,140 yards and 16 touchdowns.
01/30/18 - Dylan Owen, rJr/2019, Nebraska, 6-5, 260 (DS#999 DE) Nebraska defensive lineman Dylan Owen was hospitalized after suffering from over-exertion during a workout, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. He was treated for rhabdomyolysis, which is a muscle injury that could lead to serious complications such as renal (kidney) failure.
Owen stayed in the hospital for two days and has been released to rejoin the team, coach Scott Frost told the newspaper. "Anything that happens in our program is ultimately my responsibility," Frost said. "Our strength coach and training room were coordinating to do absolutely the best... to make sure the transition went smooth, but two kids that exerted themselves too far and had (rhabdomyolysis). I want to make sure people understand that the health of our players is always going to be our primary concern. It's been kind of a scary deal and both kids are doing fine now." Owen played as a reserve as a junior.
01/30/18 - Tyjon Lindsey, /2021, Nebraska, 5-09, 175 (DS# WR) Nebraska wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey was hospitalized after suffering from over-exertion during a workout, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. He was treated for rhabdomyolysis, which is a muscle injury that could lead to serious complications such as renal (kidney) failure.
Lindsey stayed in the hospital for three days and has been released to rejoin the team, coach Scott Frost told the newspaper. "Anything that happens in our program is ultimately my responsibility," Frost said. "Our strength coach and training room were coordinating to do absolutely the best ... to make sure the transition went smooth, but two kids that exerted themselves too far and had (rhabdomyolysis).I want to make sure people understand that the health of our players is always going to be our primary concern. It's been kind of a scary deal and both kids are doing fine now." Lindsey reeled in 12 receptions as a true freshman last season.
01/30/18 - Shaquem Griffin, rSr/2018, Central Florida, 6-0, 222 (DS#13 OLB) LB Shaquem Griffin is headed to the NFL Scouting Combine after all. Griffin, one of the best feel-good stories in college football in years, announced via social media on Tuesday that he was invited to the combine. Despite playing with one hand, the result of a birth defect, Griffin was named the American Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year and led Central Florida to an undefeated season. The 6-foot, 222-pound Griffin had not been invited to the combine until after he showed he was a legitimate NFL prospect during practice sessions last week for the Senior Bowl.
01/29/18 - Jabril Robinson, rJr/2019, Clemson, 6-2, 270 (DS#999 DT) Clemson reserve defensive tackle Jabril Robinson is leaving the program for his final season. Robinson announced his decision Monday on the team's Twitter feed. He said he's grateful for his development, both on and off the field, during his four years at Clemson, but felt he would have a better opportunity for playing time elsewhere. With the return of starting tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence, along with key reserve Albert Huggins, there appeared to be little space for the 6-foot-2, 270-pound redshirt junior to make a mark next fall. Robinson is the third Clemson player to leave the program this offseason. Quarterbacks Zerrick Cooper and Tucker Israel also transferred. - AP College Football