06/21/17 - Will Grier, rJr/2019, West Virginia, 6-2, 200 (DS#999 QB) The NCAA has cleared transfer quarterback Will Grier to play at West Virginia at the start of the season. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen confirmed Grier's eligibility Tuesday. While at Florida, Grier was suspended by the NCAA in October 2015 for one year for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The suspension would have sidelined him for about half of the 2016 season, but he decided to transfer that April. Grier said the failed test was because of an over-the-counter supplement he used. He appealed, but the NCAA upheld the suspension. In six games as a freshman at Florida, including five starts, Grier completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,204 yards, with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Grier participated in spring practices with the Mountaineers this year. Now a junior, he's expected to take over the starting job left by the departed Skyler Howard. - AP College Football
06/20/17 - Will Sunderland, Jr/2019, Oklahoma, 6-2, 201 (DS#5 SS) Oklahoma has suspended junior safety Will Sunderland indefinitely. The school made the announcement Monday. Oklahoma County court records show that Sunderland was charged with concealing stolen property on June 13, and a warrant for his arrest was issued June 15. The Midwest City (Oklahoma) High School graduate played in eight games last season and had 15 tackles, one interception and a pass breakup. His freshman year at Oklahoma, he played in eight games and had three tackles. He was expected to have a more significant role this season. - AP College Football
06/20/17 - Baker Mayfield, rSr/2018, Oklahoma, 6-0, 218 (DS#5 QB) Oklahoma QB Mayfield pleads guilty to public intoxication...Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing following his February arrest, the prosecutor's office in Fayetteville, Ark., announced Monday. Mayfield, 22, accepted a plea deal last Wednesday in Fayetteville District Court but details were not released until Monday. Mayfield was fined $100 for each charge of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing. In addition, he must pay $160 in court costs and $483.20 in restitution. Prosecutors dropped a resisting arrest charge against him. Mayfield, a 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist, was arrested on Feb. 25 in Fayetteville. Dash cam footage released in March showed police tackling him into a wall after he tried to run from the scene.
Last week, new Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley announced Mayfield would be disciplined for the arrest internally, which included 35 hours of community service and undergoing university alcohol education. Mayfield will not miss any playing time. Riley, who recently replaced Bob Stoops as coach, feels the lesson was learned by Mayfield. "Baker has expressed regret for his actions and backed up his apology by being a model leader in our program," Riley said last week in a statement. "He has learned from his mistake and will continue to grow from it. The coaching staff and the team has every confidence in him going forward." - The Sports Xchange
06/20/17 - Baker Mayfield, rSr/2018, Oklahoma, 6-0, 218 (DS#5 QB) Oklahoma QB Mayfield avoids suspension...Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will not be suspended for any games during the upcoming season despite his recent drunk-driving arrest. The university announced the sanctions for the Heisman Trophy finalist on Thursday and he will be required to complete 35 hours of community service and participate in an alcohol-education course before the fall semester. The community service will include work with law enforcement. Mayfield was arrested in Fayetteville, Ark., and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He tried to flee the scene and was tackled by a police officer. He pleaded not guilty in April. "As I stated earlier, I could not be more disappointed in my actions and the embarrassment they caused for my university and team," Mayfield said in a statement released by Oklahoma. "I am anxious to fulfill the responsibilities that have been set and am continuing to dedicate myself to the high standard that everyone rightfully expects from someone in my position."
New Sooners coach Lincoln Riley feels the lesson was learned. "Baker has expressed regret for his actions and backed up his apology by being a model leader in our program," Riley said in a statement. "He has learned from his mistake and will continue to grow from it. The coaching staff and the team has every confidence in him going forward." Riley recently replaced Bob Stoops as coach. Mayfield finished third in the Heisman balloting last season after passing for 3,965 yards, 40 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the award and Clemson signal caller Deshaun Watson was second. Oklahoma opens the season on Sept. 2 against Texas-El Paso. - The Sports Xchange
06/12/17 - Keyshawn Johnson Jr., Fr/2021, Nebraska, 6-1, 195 (DS#999 WR) Nebraska's Keyshawn Johnson Jr. cited for marijuana...University of Nebraska freshman wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. was cited for suspicion of possession of marijuana. Johnson, son of former NFL wide receiver and current ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson, also was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, campus police records show, according to the Omaha World Leader. A true freshman, Johnson, 18, had more than an ounce of marijuana in his possession in a dorm room and was the only student cited, university police Sgt. Doug Peterson said. "Head coach Mike Riley and the athletics department are aware of the incident involving Keyshawn Johnson Jr. We will have no additional comment until we have all information regarding this matter," the school said in a statement. Johnson was among the top recruits in California last season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder had 68 receptions as a junior and 48 catches and 11 touchdowns as a senior. - The Sports Xchange
06/12/17 - Colin McGovern, rSr/2018, Notre Dame, 6-4, 315 (DS#62 OG) Two graduate transfers who announced previously that they were transferring to Virginia won't enroll after all. Coach Bronco Mendenhall made the announcement Friday. He says the two are offensive lineman Colin McGovern from Notre Dame and former Missouri quarterback Marvin Zanders. Mendenhall also says rising sophomore quarterback Sonny Abramson has left the program but will remain enrolled at the university. The university gave no reason for the departures. McGovern was being counted on to provide depth on the line. John Montelus, a graduate transfer from Notre Dame and former teammate of McGovern, and Brandon Pertile, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma State, will begin classes next week and be eligible to play in the fall. - AP College Football
06/12/17 - Angelo Garbutt, rSo/2020, Iowa, 6-1, 230 (DS#999 ILB) Iowa says three of its players won't be back in the fall. The Hawkeyes announced Wednesday that wide receiver Ronald Nash, linebacker Angelo Garbutt and kicker Mick Ellis are no longer with the team. Nash's absence might sting the most since Iowa is so thin at receiver. Nash caught two passes last season. Garbutt was listed as a third-stringer entering spring workouts, and Ellis had been beaten out to start by Keith Duncan. The Hawkeyes say Nash and Ellis will remain in school at Iowa, while Garbutt intends to transfer to another school. - AP College Football
06/07/17 - Arden Key, Jr/2019, LSU, 6-5, 238 (DS#1 DE) LSU coach Ed Orgeron says Arden Key, who was the Tigers' top pass-rusher last season, will return from indefinite personal leave to the team Monday. Orgeron also says Key recently had shoulder surgery, adding that "everything went as planned." Key, a junior who has started his first two seasons, set LSU's single-season record for sacks last season with 12 and was named first-team All-SEC. Key enters his third season with 17 career sacks and 21 tackles for loss in 23 games. LSU has not publicly offered specifics on why Key, who remained enrolled in school, left the team for the spring semester. The university has said only that it was a personal matter. - AP College Football
06/07/17 - Josh Smith, rSr/2018, Tennessee, 6-1, 213 (DS#82 WR) Tennessee wide receiver Josh Smith has agreed to a deal that will allow the domestic assault charge against him to be dismissed once he performs community service and pays court costs. Smith was arrested last month after fighting with a roommate. Smith's lawyer, Keith Stewart, said Tuesday the roommate indicated he doesn't want to pursue charges against the receiver. Stewart said Smith would be performing 40 hours of community service. Smith also owes $334.25 in court costs. Knoxville police said last month that Smith's roommate, Kennedy Foster, had a bloody face and swelling to his left eye, lips and nose after their fight. Smith, who will be a fifth-year senior this fall, caught 13 passes for 97 yards and one touchdown last season. He has made 18 career starts. - AP College Football
06/07/17 - Tristen Hoge, rSo/2021, Brigham Young, 6-4, 300 (DS#999 C) BYU has signed Notre Dame transfer Tristen Hoge, the nephew of former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Merril Hoge. The 6-foot-4, 303-pound center played six games for the Fighting Irish in 2016 and was named Notre Dame offensive scout team player of the year in 2015. He will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2017 season per NCAA rules. Hoge joins his cousin, quarterback Beau Hoge, on the BYU roster. The Cougars also announced the return of missionary James Empey. The 6-4, 270-pound offensive lineman is the son of BYU offensive line coach Mike Empey. He served his two-year Mormon mission in Portugal. - AP College Football
06/07/17 - Malik Zaire, rSr/2018, Florida, 6-0, 225 (DS#16 QB) Former Notre Dame QB Zaire transferring to Florida...Former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire plans to transfer to Florida and join the Gators as a graduate transfer. Zaire told Fox Sports and 247Sports late Saturday night of his plans and confirmed to ESPN on Sunday that he will visit Florida's campus on Wednesday to finalize the graduate transfer process. "The visit Wednesday is just making sure we dot our I's and cross our T's, so it's just everything really solidifying things," Zaire told ESPN. "Making sure it feels how I know it would be of making it a home. If everything goes as planned, I'm a Gator, but of course the visit is important to take everything in." Zaire will be eligible to play this season.
At Notre Dame, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound left-handed quarterback completed 58 of 98 passes for 816 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in his Fighting Irish career. He also rushed 72 times for 324 yards and two scores. "I am going to embrace that challenge and I'm very eager to get down there," Zaire told Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman. Zaire said earlier in the week that he was considering multiple schools, including Florida, Texas, Wisconsin and North Carolina. "You just want to be able to be a part of something special," Zaire told 247Sports. "You're playing in basically like a minor league from The League. For me, I didn't want the challenge to dissipate at the end of the day. "Coming from Notre Dame, you're playing top games every week, and I wanted to continue that trend. I didn't want to run from the challenge, I wanted to embrace the challenge." - The Sports Xchange
06/07/17 - Grant Perry, Jr/2019, Michigan, 6-0, 196 (DS#33 WR) Michigan wide receiver Grant Perry is back with the Wolverines while he awaits trial on allegations that he assaulted a police officer and improperly touched a woman. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday night after a coaches' camp in Ohio that Perry is "back working out with the team." Harbaugh says Perry will be with the team in preseason camp. The 20-year-old was charged in December with two counts of misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct, a felony count of assaulting a police officer and a misdemeanor count of a minor in possession of alcohol. The charges stem from an incident outside an East Lansing bar in October. He was charged in December. Perry didn't play in the Orange Bowl. Trial is scheduled for July 17. - AP College Football
06/04/17 - Malik Zaire, rSr/2018, Florida, 6-0, 225 (DS#16 QB) QB Malik Zaire plans to transfer to Florida and join the Gators as a graduate transfer. Zaire told Fox Sports and 247Sports late Saturday night of his plans and confirmed to ESPN on Sunday that he will visit Florida's campus on Wednesday to finalize the graduate transfer process. Zaire will be eligible to play this season. At Notre Dame, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound left-handed quarterback completed 58 of 98 passes for 816 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in his Fighting Irish career. He also rushed 72 times for 324 yards and two scores.
05/31/17 - Antonio Callaway, Jr/2019, Florida, 5-11, 197 (DS#5 WR) Florida coach Jim McElwain says star receiver Antonio Callaway's recent citation for marijuana possession triggered "a lot more of the education, a lot more of the testing." Speaking at the Southeastern Conference's annual spring meetings Tuesday, McElwain expressed disappointment with Callaway's latest off-the-field troubles. "Look, it's not something I'm happy about," McElwain said. "And yet, you know what, I am going to help this guy and I'm going to continually try as I will all my players." Callaway, the team's top playmaker, was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession (fewer than 20 grams) earlier this month in Gainesville. "He's doing a bunch of things right now to kind of see exactly what the priorities are and that kind of stuff, as we handle all our players," McElwain said. "Same situation."
Callaway was a passenger in a black Mercedes SUV when Gainesville Police Department officers stopped the vehicle for a seatbelt violation. Kendrick Williams, a 40-year-old man with a history of criminal charges, was driving the SUV. The police report said officers smelled marijuana in the car and then found 7 grams of the drug in Callaway's pocket during a search. Williams also was found with marijuana. McElwain said he spoke to Callaway about associating with the right people. - AP College Football
05/31/17 - Justin Jackson, Sr/2018, Northwestern, 5-10, 193 (DS#3 RB) Carrying the load for Northwestern is a seven-day-a-week job for Justin Jackson. On Sundays, the Wildcats' day off, Jackson is back at the football facility stretching and straining the lactic acid out of his aching muscles for two, three, maybe four hours. Jackson's routine is not unique, but no running back in college football has needed it more. Over the last three seasons, he has more combined carries and catches than any player in a Power Five conference, and he has done it while weighing less than 200 pounds. Jackson is an old-school, four-year workhorse in an era of tailback-by-committee offenses and early NFL draft entrants. "He's a throwback guy," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. And maybe the toughest running back in college football.
Another typical season for Jackson will make him just the sixth player in major-college football history to have 1,200 career touches from scrimmage and the first to reach that mark since 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, according to statistics compiled by sports-reference.com. It is a number that could give NFL teams pause come draft season. Still, Jackson said he never gave much thought to going pro after his junior year. "A lot of people want to look ahead, especially, like, running backs. You want to get (to the NFL) as fast as you can because you have this shelf-life, but for me I never really did that," Jackson said. "I feel like I haven't reached my potential. And that's another reason why I guess I hadn't really considered it." - AP College Football
05/31/17 - Stanley Morgan Jr., Jr/2019, Nebraska, 6-0, 200 (DS#24 WR) Nebraska receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. was arrested in Florida on suspicion of felony possession of marijuana this month, but a prosecutor reduced the charge to a misdemeanor. Omaha television station KETV reported Friday that Morgan was arrested May 6 in Port Orange, Florida. According to a police report obtained by the station, Morgan was found to have 21.4 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. Possession in excess of 20 grams is considered a felony in Florida. The charge was amended to "possession of cannabis not more than 20 grams." Police said Morgan, who was driving a Mazda sedan, was stopped after he failed to come to a complete stop as he was leaving a convenient store parking lot.
The officer said he smelled marijuana and saw cannabis on the center console of the vehicle. A plastic bag in the car was found to contain marijuana, and Morgan told the officer that it belonged to him. Morgan, a junior from New Orleans, is the Cornhuskers' top returning receiver. Antonio Reed, a Nebraska defensive back from Memphis, and a woman also were in the vehicle. Bond was set at $3,000, and Morgan is not in custody. The Nebraska athletic department said it and coach Mike Riley were aware of Morgan's arrest and that there would be no comment until more information is gathered. - AP College Football
05/31/17 - Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jr/2019, Alabama, 6-0, 201 (DS#1 FS) A potential matchup of preseason No. 1 vs. No. 2 between Alabama and Florida State will be ABC's first Saturday night football game of the 2017 season. ESPN/ABC announced Thursday its opening-weekend schedule, along with the Saturday prime-time games for the first three weeks of the season. The Crimson Tide and Seminoles, both likely to be ranked near the top of The Associated Press preseason Top 25, will meet at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday night, Sept. 2. ESPN's first showcase game of the opening weekend will be Ohio State at Indiana on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m ET. The Buckeyes will also be in prime time in week two when they host Oklahoma on Saturday, Sept. 9. Miami at Florida State will be the ABC Saturday night game on Sept. 16. - AP College Football
05/31/17 - Brandon McIlwain, rSo/2021, California, 6-0, 206 (DS#999 QB) Former South Carolina quarterback Brandon McIlwain is transferring to California. Golden Bears coach Justin Wilcox said Monday that McIlwain has signed a financial aid agreement and will play football and baseball at Cal. McIlwain played eight games with three starts as a true freshman last year for the Gamecocks. He completed 62 of 118 passes for 600 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while adding another 127 yards rushing and two scores on the ground. McIlwain was Pennsylvania high school player of the year and one of the top quarterback recruits coming out of high school. He must sit out a year at Cal and will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2018. - AP College Football
05/19/17 - Tyshon Dye, rSr/2018, East Carolina, 5-11, 220 (DS#999 RB) East Carolina has added three graduate transfers from Power Five schools ... including coach Scottie Montgomery's old quarterback at Duke. Montgomery on Friday announced the signings of quarterback Thomas Sirk, running back Tyshon Dye of Clemson and defensive lineman Gaelin Elmore of Minnesota. All can play immediately and have one year of eligibility remaining. Sirk was Montgomery's quarterback when Montgomery was the Blue Devils' offensive coordinator in 2015. Sirk missed last season after injuring his Achilles tendon twice in seven months, but he threw for 2,693 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 16 TDs in 24 career games at Duke. Dye was a backup for the Tigers' national championship team last season. Elmore started six games last season for the Golden Gophers. - AP College Football
05/18/17 - Antonio Callaway, Jr/2019, Florida, 5-11, 197 (DS#5 WR) Florida WR Callaway cited for marijuana possession...Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway has been cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession, according to Alachua County court records. Callaway, 20, was a passenger in a black Mercedes SUV when Gainesville Police Department officers stopped the vehicle for a seatbelt violation on Saturday morning. According to the police report, officers smelled marijuana in the car driven by Kendrick Williams, 40, and found seven grams of the drug in Callaway's pocket during the search. Callaway is scheduled to appear in court on June 6. Florida released a statement saying that "Coach (Jim) McElwain is aware of it and it is being dealt with." Callaway was suspended amid sexual battery allegations last spring, but was reinstated to the team in August after an independent hearing officer found Callaway not responsible of sexually assaulting a female student in December 2015. Callaway reeled in 54 passes for 721 yards and three touchdowns during his sophomore season. Overall, he has 89 receptions for 1,399 yards and seven TDs in two seasons. - The Sports Xchange
05/17/17 - Jonathan Giles, rJr/2020, LSU, 5-11, 184 (DS#12 WR) WR Giles announces he will transfer to LSU...Former Texas Tech wide receiver Jonathan Giles has decided to transfer to LSU, he announced on his Twitter feed. Giles caught 69 passes for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdown passes last season as a sophomore. He will sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and has two seasons of eligibility remaining. "First and foremost, I would like to thank my family and everyone who has helped me throughout this whole recruiting process," Giles said. "I would also like to thank all the colleges who has given me the opportunity to continue my football and education career. The relationship I have made with the coaches will stay with me for a lifetime." Giles prospered last season with the Red Raiders by being the favorite target of quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, who elected to enter the NFL draft and was the 10th overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs. Giles chose LSU over Florida State and Oregon. - The Sports Xchange
05/15/17 - Jerminic Smith, Jr/2019, Iowa, 6-1, 187 (DS#36 WR) Iowa's depleted receiving corps lost another player Friday, when the Hawkeyes announced that Jerminic Smith has left the program. Smith caught 23 passes for 314 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2016 for Iowa. But Smith was suspended for spring workouts because of academics. Coach Kirk Ferentz says "we have mutually agreed that at this point it is in everyone's best interest that Jerminic starts a new chapter in his collegiate career." Running back Akrum Wadley led all returning players with 36 catches, though senior star Matt VandeBerg is expected back after catching 19 passes in just four games. Iowa opens next season on Sept. 2 at home against Wyoming. - AP College Football
05/15/17 - Brandon Harris, Sr/2018, North Carolina, 6-2, 206 (DS#23 QB) North Carolina officially adds former LSU QB Harris...North Carolina officially added former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris on Friday when the graduate transfer signed a scholarship agreement with the school. Harris recently completed his graduation requirements at LSU and is eligible for the 2017 season. Harris originally announced he was transferring to North Carolina on March 28. "Obviously, it has been an important time for me, looking for a great situation and another opportunity to grow as a young man and as a student as well as a football player," Harris wrote on Facebook at the time. "The opportunity to accomplish that is very important to me. After my official visit this weekend to the University of North Carolina, I'm going to get that opportunity." Harris lost his starting job at LSU after two games of last season to Danny Etling. Harris started 12 games in 2015 as a sophomore and passed for 2,165 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. In 25 games over three seasons with the Tigers, Harris passed for 2,756 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for seven touchdowns. North Carolina doesn't have a current starting quarterback as Mitch Trubisky departed school to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Trubisky was the second overall selection by the Chicago Bears. - The Sports Xchange
05/10/17 - Demetrius Cooper, rSr/2018, Michigan State, 6-4, 253 (DS#16 DE) A court has ordered Michigan State defensive end Demetrius Cooper to undergo daily alcohol testing after he consumed alcohol last month in violation of his bond. Cooper in November accepted a plea deal on misdemeanor assault charges for spitting in the face of an East Lansing parking officer. The deal was for the assault charge to be dismissed in favor of a littering fine if Cooper complied with conditions including no alcohol. According to District Court documents, 22-year-old Cooper of Chicago consumed alcohol around April 21. On Tuesday, he was ordered to undergo daily alcohol testing between 5 and 9 a.m. and provide a weekly log to his probation officer. The 6-foot-5, 253-pound Cooper started at defensive end last season. The fifth-year senior was projected as a starter this fall. - AP Sports
05/09/17 - Devwah Whaley, So/2020, Arkansas, 5-10, 216 (DS#11 RB) Arkansas was expected to have one of the most talented running back tandems in the Southeastern Conference this season with an experienced Rawleigh Williams and up-and-comer Devwah Whaley. The depth will now be unexpectedly tested after Monday's announcement that Williams was leaving football after his latest injury scare. Despite having suffered a broken neck during the 2015 season, Williams emerged as one of the top running backs in the SEC as a sophomore last season - finishing third in the league with 1,360 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. His departure now puts the spotlight on Whaley, a 5-foot-10, 216-pound rusher out of Texas who was signed last year in the aftermath of running backs Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins leaving early for the NFL.
"I've recruited a lot of good running backs," coach Bret Bielema said in announcing Whaley's signing. "In my opinion, he's as good as any I've recruited." Whaley chose the Razorbacks over a host of national powers - including Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame Stanford - after rushing for 1,701 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior in high school. He showed glimpses of his immense talent as a freshman at Arkansas, finishing with 602 yards rushing and a 5.5-yard per rush average while backing up Williams. His debut season included a career-best 135-yard rushing effort against Alcorn State, highlighted by a 75-yard touchdown run, and a 19-carry, 112-yard performance in a win at Mississippi State in November. - AP College Football