08/27/16 - Bryson White, rJr/2018, Western Michigan, 6-2, 195 (DS#999 WR) WR Bryson White, 20, and linebacker Ron George, 18, were suspended after being arrested off the Kalamazoo campus, according to MLive.com. A Western Michigan University police officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of a car from a reported incident and arrested George and White late Friday night.
Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck issued a statement early Saturday morning. "Having heard this news early this morning, I took action to immediately suspend both freshman players indefinitely," coach P.J. Fleck said in the statement. "We expect to learn more about these allegations today. I'm extremely disappointed and want to assure the community that this kind of conduct is unacceptable and does not represent the values of this team or this university. "All student-athletes will be held accountable to all University student code, Athletic-student athlete and Football code of conduct standards. Violations of these standards can lead to dismissal from the team and University."
The 6-foot, 204-pound George is from Pittsburgh and one of the prized recruits from the 2016 class. The 5-9, 168-pound White is from Mason, Ohio.
08/27/16 - Ron George, rFr/2020, Western Michigan, 6-2, 205 (DS#999 QB) LB Ron George, 18, and WR Bryson White, 20, were suspended after being arrested off the Kalamazoo campus, according to MLive.com. A Western Michigan University police officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of a reported incident and arrested George and White late Friday night. Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck issued a statement early Saturday morning.
"Having heard this news early this morning, I took action to immediately suspend both freshman players indefinitely," coach P.J. Fleck said in the statement. "We expect to learn more about these allegations today. I'm extremely disappointed and want to assure the community that this kind of conduct is unacceptable and does not represent the values of this team or this university. "All student-athletes will be held accountable to all University student code, Athletic-student athlete and Football code of conduct standards. Violations of these standards can lead to dismissal from the team and University." The 6-foot, 204-pound George is from Pittsburgh and one of the prized recruits from the 2016 class. The 5-9, 168-pound White is from Mason, Ohio.
08/27/16 - Jermaine Grace, Sr/2017, Miami (FL), 6-1, 205 (DS#41 OLB) The Miami Hurricanes dismissed senior linebacker Jermaine Grace from the team on Saturday for violating NCAA rules. Grace missed parts of the Hurricanes' practice on Thursday as part of an NCAA investigation. According to the Miami Herald, the case involved a luxury car-rental company called South Beach Exotic Rentals. The university's investigation focused on whether he received heavily discounted luxury cars in exchange for some future stake in his career. The 6-1, 210-pound Grace led the team in tackles with 79, and also had two sacks and six tackles for loss.
08/27/16 - Al-Quadin Muhammad, rJr/2018, Miami (FL), 6-3, 250 (DS#9 DE) The Miami Hurricanes dismissed redshirt junior defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad on Saturday for violating NCAA rules. Muhammad missed parts of the Hurricanes' practice on Thursday as part of an NCAA investigation. According to the Miami Herald, the case involved a luxury car-rental company called South Beach Exotic Rentals. The university's investigation focused on whether he received heavily discounted luxury cars in exchange for some future stake in his careers. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Muhammad led the Hurricanes in tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (five) last season.
08/27/16 - Thomas Sirk, rSr/2017, Duke, 6-3, 220 (DS#26 QB) QB Thomas Sirk of Duke reinjured his Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the 2016 season. Sirk, a redshirt senior, aggravated the left Achilles tendon injury he suffered during offseason conditioning work in February, a source close to Duke program confirmed the News & Observer on Friday.
Sirk passed for 2,625 yards and 16 touchdowns and added a team-best 803 yards rushing and eight scores last season when he led the Blue Devils to an 8-5 record.
08/26/16 - Dakota Prukop, rSr/2017, Oregon, 6-2, 195 (DS#25 QB) QB Dakota Prukop, a graduate transfer from Montana State, was named the Oregon Ducks' starting quarterback on Friday Prukop will get the start in No. 24 Oregon's season opener on Sept. 3 against UC Davis. Prukop arrived to the Eugene campus in January and went through all of the spring work with the Ducks. Prukop amassed 7,347 total yards of offense during his two years as starter at Montana State, with 5,584 career passing yards and 46 touchdowns.
08/26/16 - Richard Lagow, rJr/2018, Indiana, 6-5, 240 (DS#38 QB) QB Richard Lagow,a junior college transfer, has been named the starter for Indiana, coach Kevin Wilson announced Friday. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound junior beat out Zander Diamont and Danny Cameron for Thursday night's season opener at Florida International. Lagow threw for 2,285 yards and 21 touchdowns at Cisco Community College in Texas in 2015. He enrolled at Indiana in January and participated in spring practice. Lagow started both years at Cisco, throwing for 4,506 yards and 38 touchdowns and emerging as one of the nation's top junior college players.
08/26/16 - Sean White, rSo/2019, Auburn, 6-0, 200 (DS#32 QB) QB Sean White has been named the starting quarterback for the season opener against No. 2 Clemson on Sept. 3, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn announced.
White became the starter last season after a Week 3 loss to LSU and started five straight games before an injury forced him to miss the majority of Auburn's final four games. He completed 58 percent of his passes and threw for 1,166 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions last season.
08/24/16 - Rafe Peavey, rSo/2019, Arkansas, 6-2, 203 (DS#999 QB) QB Rafe Peavey confirmed he is leaving Arkansas join the SMU Mustangs. Peavey, a redshirt sophomore, will have to sit out the 2016 season with the Mustangs. He then will have two years of eligibility remaining.
08/23/16 - Devin Butler, Sr/2017, Notre Dame, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 CB) CB Devin Butler was charged with two felonies on Tuesday stemming from the incident in which he was arrested early Saturday morning. Butler was charged with resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official, according to the St. Joseph County (Ind.) prosecutor's office. Butler is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly indefinitely suspended Butler on Sunday.
08/23/16 - Taysom Hill, Sr/2017, Brigham Young, 6-2, 230 (DS#17 QB) QB Taysom Hill turned 26 years old on Tuesday and he received the present he most coveted. Hill was named BYU's starting quarterback by first-year coach Kalani Sitake. The senior beat out sophomore Tanner Mangum, who passed for 3,377 yards and 23 touchdowns after Hill was lost in the 2015 season opener with a foot injury.
08/23/16 - Dan Voltz, rSr/2017, Wisconsin, 6-3, 295 (DS#999 C) OL Dan Voltz has retired from football after he experienced struggles in his attempts to return from major knee surgery.
Voltz, a fifth-year senior, tore the ACL and also suffered meniscus damage when he injured his right knee against Illinois last season. He was listed as the No. 1-ranked center and 52nd-best overall prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.
Voltz said he was quitting football due to "physical reasons."
"It's a hard decision to make," Voltz told reporters. "It's been three or four days of a lot of thinking, a lot of talking to people within the program and family members about it."
08/23/16 - George Brown Jr., rFr/2020, LSU, 6-6, 285 (DS#999 OT) Offensive lineman George Brown Jr. is transferring from LSU, a school spokesman confirmed to The Advocate.
Brown Jr. redshirted last season after choosing the Tigers over Miami, Michigan State, Penn State and UCLA.
"He felt better to go with another staff and go play somewhere else. He's not mad at LSU," George Brown Sr. told The Advocate. "LSU is a great school, great place to be. We love LSU. I'm not the one playing. My son decided he wanted to be somewhere else. He didn't feel that was the place for him. We don't have an issue. We love coach (Les) Miles and all of the staff there. He just decided that he would take his talents other places."
Brown Jr., a 6-foot-7, 290-pound native of Cincinnati, will have to sit out the 2016 season per NCAA transfer rules if he enrolls at another FBS program, and will be a third-year sophomore next season. His father said Brown Jr. will choose a new school this week.
"He wants to be at a different place," George Brown Sr. said. "That's it."
Brown is at least the eighth player to transfer from LSU since the end of last season, according to The Advocate. --The Sports Xchange
08/22/16 - Cory Butler-Byrd, Sr/2017, Utah, 5-09, 180 (DS#112 WR) Utah wide receiver Corey Butler-Byrd was partially reinstated from his suspension Tuesday, a day after pleading guilty as part of a plea deal in Salt Lake City stemming from a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief last month.
Butler-Byrd will be able to participate in practices and team activities, but will not be able to compete in games.
Butler-Byrd was suspended indefinitely on the first day of fall camp for what coach Kyle Whittingham called "personal issues" in a school release. Authorities say he damaged a university police patrol car and building in July.
Butler-Byrd signed with the Utes as a cornerback coming out of junior college in 2015. He started last season on defense before making the switch to wide receiver, with his lone reception a 54-yard touchdown catch. Butler-Boyd also had a kick return for a touchdown.
08/22/16 - Chris Laviano, rJr/2018, Rutgers, 6-2, 214 (DS#28 QB) QB Chris Laviano, a redshirt junior, was named Rutgers' starting quarterback for its season opener against No. 14 Washington on Sept. 3.
First-year Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash announced the choice on Monday.
Laviano started 11 games last season in Kyle Flood's final year as Rutgers coach. This year, he beat out TCU graduate transfer Zach Allen, redshirt junior Hayden Rettig and redshirt sophomore Giovanni Rescigno for the starting job.
Laviano completed 60.9 percent of his passes last season, with 16 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. Rutgers finished 3-9 overall, 1-7 in the Big Ten in 2015.
08/22/16 - Tyler OConnor, rSr/2017, Michigan State, 6-2, 225 (DS#12 QB) QB Tyler O'Connor will be Michigan State's starting quarterback for their Sept. 2 season opener against Furman.
O'Connor was expected to be the successor to Connor Cook. O'Connor has started only one game at Michigan State, but it was a critical one. With Cook out due to an injury, O'Connor completed seven of 12 passes with one touchdown pass and no interceptions in a 17-14 road upset of then-No. 2 Ohio State on Nov. 21, 2015.
In a total of 14 games for the Spartants over three seasons, O'Connor has completed 34 of 54 passes for 374 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions.
08/22/16 - David Blough, rSo/2019, Purdue, 6-1, 200 (DS#22 QB) QB David Blough, who started eight games for Purdue last season, will be the Boilermakers' starter this year. Coach Darrell Hazell made the announcement Monday.
"He's done a great job getting himself ready to have a great season," Hazell said. "He's made outstanding decisions with the ball in his hands and protected the football. I think this team is ready to go very far with him as our quarterback."
Last season, Blough completed 169 of 293 passes (57.7 percent) for 1,574 yards and 10 touchdowns with eight interceptions.
08/22/16 - Caleb Henderson, rSo/2019, North Carolina, 6-3, 215 (DS#999 QB) North Carolina reserve quarterback Caleb Henderson is transferring. Team spokesman Bobby Hundley said Saturday in an email to The Associated Press that the redshirt sophomore had left the program. Henderson was competing against redshirt freshman Nathan Elliott for the No. 2 job behind starter Mitch Trubisky. Henderson tweeted Saturday that transferring "was a family decision" and "had nothing to do with football." He appeared in two games last year and threw one incompletion. The Tar Heels open the season Sept. 3 against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta. - AP Sports
08/22/16 - Max Browne, rJr/2018, Southern California, 6-4, 220 (DS#7 QB) Browne win USC quarterback job...Junior Max Browne has outdueled redshirt freshman Sam Darnold and will be the starting quarterback when Southern California opens the season against Alabama on Sept. 3. USC coach Clay Helton announced the decision on Saturday after a spirited derby between the two signal callers. "At this point, we feel that it is in the best interest of our football team to lean on the veteran experience that Max Browne has, so we have named him the starter going into our opening game against Alabama," Helton said in a statement. "With our experienced offensive line and the weapons at our skill positions, we as a staff are confident that Max's ability will help guide a very successful offense."
Browne, who has thrown 19 college passes, said he was thrilled when Helton broke the news to him that he had won the job. "It was a moment of realization that hard work and staying the course paid off for me," Browne said. "I feel like I have put in the work necessary to earn the starting position and I look forward to leading this team to championships. "Sam is a heck of a player and he pushed me to the final day of camp. We are good friends and I have no doubt he will have a great career at USC." Browne and Darnold competed throughout the spring and summer until Saturday's decision. The Trojans are replacing three-year starter Cody Kessler, who is now a member of the Cleveland Browns. Helton feels the coaching staff did the right thing by keeping the competition going up until two weeks before the first game. - The Sports Xchange
08/22/16 - Max Redfield, Sr/2017, Notre Dame, 6-1, 205 (DS#10 FS) Notre Dame hands out discipline after weekend arrests...Notre Dame dismissed safety Max Redfield and suspended cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely as a result of arrests over the weekend, coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday. Six Notre Dame players were arrested in two separate incidents Friday and Saturday. Redfield, running back Dexter Williams, linebacker Te'von Coney cornerback Ashton White and receiver Kevin Stepherson were arrested for possession of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor. The players were stopped by a trooper in Fulton County -- which is about 50 miles outside of South Bend -- for driving 73 mph in a 60-mph zone, according to police.
Butler was arrested following allegations that he pushed a woman outside a South Bend, Ind., lounge and an altercation with a police officer. A South Bend police officer said Butler punched and slammed him to the ground outside the bar. Officers had to use a stun gun to subdue Butler, police said. Butler faces two felony charges: resisting arrest and battery of a police officer. Redfield and Butler, both seniors, received the most severe punishment because they are upperclassman. The university could further discipline all six players, according to Kelly. - The Sports Xchange
08/22/16 - Jalen Tabor, Jr/2018, Florida, 6-0, 199 (DS#1 CB) While his Florida teammates were preparing to sign autographs for fans, suspended cornerback Jalen Tabor was following through on a promise to buy a homeless man a pair of shoes. Tabor, who was suspended Wednesday along with tight end C'yontai Lewis for fighting in practice, shared video of his quest on app Periscope. Tabor stopped at an abandoned convenience store near campus and gave the man $22 and a pair of blue camouflage Adidas sneakers. Tabor said: "I've got you. Keep doing your thing, man." The man responded: "Thank you, man. God bless." Tabor tweeted Friday that he had "seen a homeless man with no shoes on today, going to go buy him some shoes." A while later, Tabor shared video of the purchase. He completed the endeavor Saturday and told the man: "I'll be back to give you a couple dollars, some more dollars, around a week, every Friday. I got you. Get you some new pair of clothes and all that." Coach Jim McElwain said Friday that Tabor and Lewis will return to the team Thursday. Both were suspended for the Sept. 3 opener against UMass. - AP Sports
08/22/16 - Riley Ferguson, Jr/2018, Memphis, 6-2, 190 (DS#37 QB) Riley Ferguson has officially been named Memphis' starting quarterback for the Tigers' season opener at Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 3.
Ferguson takes the reins from Paxton Lynch, who was a first-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos in April.
"It's just a blessing," said Ferguson, who threw for 2,942 yards and 35 touchdowns at Coffeyville Community College last season. "I'm not really worried about being named the starting quarterback. I'm just worried about the things I can do to make this team better."
Memphis coach Mike Norvell has named Riley Ferguson the starting QB.
Ferguson originally committed to Tennessee out of high school before transferring to Coffeyville, and enrolled at Memphis in January. He started the Tigers' spring game and has taken the majority of the reps with the first team during fall camp while competing with redshirt senior Jason Stewart, redshirt freshman Brady Davis and freshman David Moore.
Ferguson is a native of Matthews, N.C.
"Riley's got a great skill set," Norvell said via The Commercial Appeal. "He's a guy that's got a strong arm. He's a very intelligent football player. And he plays with extreme accuracy. That's something I think is definitely one of his strengths. He's a guy that has some elusiveness about him and can extend plays. But for us, we're looking for a guy that can go out there and manage the offense and get the ball in places where it needs to be. If he continues to do that, I think he'll have great success." -- The Sports Xchange
08/22/16 - Travonte Valentine, /2018, LSU, 6-3, 288 (DS#999 DT) LSU nose tackle Travonte Valentine is eligible for the 2016 season after receiving a passing grade in an intersession class, the school confirmed to NOLA.com on Monday.
Valentine is seen as a key contributed on a defense that has been beset by injuries this month, including the season-ending knee injury suffered by versatile lineman Christian LaCouture. After a series of off-field issues, Valentine joined the Tigers on Aug. 16 and has been practicing.
He was on the LSU roster in 2014, but redshirted and was ultimately dismissed for an unspecified violation of team rules. Valentine enrolled at Arizona Western College, where he played in six games last season before being dismissed following an arrest. He then landed at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to focus on coursework in an effort to return to LSU.
Valentine enrolled at LSU over the summer, now has his eligibility in order and is expected to play a significant role at nose tackle, allowing Davon Godchaux to move to end to help compensate for the loss of LaCouture.
08/22/16 - Chris Seisay, rJr/2018, Oregon, 6-1, 190 (DS#999 CB) Junior defensive back Chris Seisay has left the Oregon Ducks football program and has been granted a full release to transfer.
After a strong finish to the 2014 season, Seisay missed eight games due to an ankle injury last season and finished with only 22 tackles in five games. He had been struggling to secure a starting job and was not assured of making the Ducks' two-deep depth chart as the season opener approaches, although Oregon does have a lot of youth in its secondary.
In a text to The Oregonian, Seisay said his decision to transfer is not due to playing time but rather because he "just wasn't happy" after feeling as though he was not on good terms with the coaching staff after returning from last year's injury. "Just doing what's best for my future," he wrote. "All love to the ducks. Gonna miss my teammates."
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior is rated as the No. 36 junior cornerback prospect in the country by NFLDraftScout.com. Seisay has 55 tackles, six passes defensed, a forced fumble and an interception in 18 career games. He started the first two games of last season before the ankle injury, and returned earlier than expected to play in the team's final three games.
With Seisay gone, the Ducks are looking at a cornerback rotation that includes Arrion Spriggs and sophomore Ugo Amadi along with Tyree Robinson, who has played cornerback and safety, junior Ty Griffin and redshirt freshmen Malik Lovette and Jihree Stewart.