04/19/14 - Tyrone Swoopes, So/2017, Texas, 6-4, 245 (DS#12 QB) The Charlie Strong era began at Texas with a shaky performance at quarterback and few questions answered about just how quickly the Longhorns can rebound in the Big 12 under their new coach. Tyrone Swoopes struggled to command the first-team offense in Saturday's annual spring scrimmage. Texas is hoping he can establish himself as a viable option in the fall. With David Ash injured, Swoopes took every snap with the starters but started just 4 of 18 passing against the second-team defense, and his first throw was intercepted. Swoopes finished with 229 yards passing and three touchdowns against the No. 2 defense. Strong was hired in January from Louisville to replace Mack Brown. Texas hasn't won the Big 12 or more than nine games since 2009. - AP Sports
04/19/14 - Fredi Knighten, Jr/2016, Arkansas State, 5-11, 189 (DS#999 QB) The Arkansas State football team has held its first spring game under new head coach Blake Anderson. The black team, under the direction of the Red Wolves' "coach experience" winner Nick Bhardwaj, claimed a 48-17 win Friday night over the red team. The black team piled up 489 yards total offense, including 228 from junior quarterback Fredi Knighten, and built a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Led by sophomore quarterback Dezmond Stegall with two passing touchdowns, the red team finished with 305 yards total offense, but didn't score its first touchdown until late in the third quarter. Knighten completed 16-of-20 passes for 212 yards and three scores to lead the black squad. He also added 16 rushing yards and accounted for the squad's only score on the ground. - AP Sports
04/19/14 - *Loucheiz Purifoy, Jr/2014, Florida, 6-0, 190 (DS#15 CB) The quashing of an arrest warrant for former University of Florida football player Loucheiz Purifoy, who was allegedly caught in March by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office with marijuana and synthetic drugs known as bath salts, will be the subject of a police internal affairs investigation. The Gainesville Police Department investigation was requested by Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell, whose department filed a sworn complaint against Purifoy and got the arrest warrant. A law enforcement source told The Sun that Purifoy, who has been projected to be an early-round selection in the NFL draft that begins May 8, was not arrested at the time because he agreed to cooperate as an informant for the Gainesville Alachua County Drug Task Force. However, he never could be reached by investigators with the task force, which includes sheriff's deputies and officers with the Gainesville Police Department.
The Sheriff's Office then filed a sworn complaint against Purifoy, after which a bench warrant was issued earlier this month, but the arrest warrant was quashed Wednesday. In a letter to Gainesville Police Chief Tony Jones on Friday, Sheriff Sadie Darnell requested that Jones conduct an internal affairs investigation into the possible involvement of GPD officers in the quashing of the warrant. "I was made aware this morning of a Motion to Quash an Arrest Warrant in a case originated by an (ASO) deputy on March 19, 2014. Based on probable cause developed by the deputy, an arrest warrant was issued for Loucheiz Purifoy for April 4, 2014, after he failed to fulfill his end of the bargain made with GACDTF," Darnell wrote. - Cindy Swirko, The Gainesville Sun
04/19/14 - Zach Laskey, Sr/2015, Georgia Tech, 6-0, 214 (DS#999 FB) Tim Byerly rushed for 101 yards and passed for 69 to help the White team beat the Gold team 20-12 in Georgia Tech's spring game Friday night. With conditions hampered by a 40-degree wind chill and heavy rain falling throughout the scrimmage, Byerly played a part in five of the game's 13 fumbles. Byerly, the Yellow Jackets' No. 2 quarterback, took all of the first-team snaps with starter Justin Thomas sidelined by a shoulder injury. But coach Paul Johnson liked how Byerly, a junior, settled down the offense in the second half. Zach Laskey, who rushed 12 times for 75 yards, ran for a 40-yard touchdown in the first quarter and helped set up Byerly's 1-yard TD run in the third quarter to make it 20-6. - AP Sports
04/18/14 - Matt Joeckel, rSr/2015, TCU, 6-3, 234 (DS#34 QB) QB Joeckel transfers to TCU...Former Texas A&M quarterback Matt Joeckel confirmed via Twitter on Thursday night he is transferring to TCU. "I am now TCU Horned Frog. Go Frogs!" Joeckel wrote. Joeckel graduated in December but still has one year of eligibility remaining. He will compete for the Horned Frogs' starting quarterback job after Tyler Matthews announced he is transferring out of the program. Joeckel announced he was leaving Texas A&M Wednesday. He spent Thursday on TCU's campus, according to ESPN.com. Joeckel will compete with Trevone Boykin for TCU's starting job.
The Arlington, Texas, native and former three-star recruit played in four games for the Aggies last season, connecting on 22 of 37 passes for 293 yards with two touchdowns. The competition at quarterback at Texas A&M now falls to Kenny Hill and Kyle Allen. Hill, a sophomore, played in four games as a freshman, completing 16 of 22 passes, including a touchdown. He also ran the ball seven times for 37 yards. Last month, Hill was arrested for public intoxication and soon thereafter suspended indefinitely. Allen enrolled at Texas A&M in January and was able to compete throughout spring practice, which ended on April 5. - The Sports Xchange
04/18/14 - Matt Joeckel, rSr/2015, TCU, 6-3, 234 (DS#34 QB) Ex-Aggie QB Matt Joeckel could push for TCU starting job...The revolving door of transfer quarterbacks continues to spin, especially at TCU where the Horned Frogs have both lost and added a signal caller in the span of one week. Former Texas A&M quarterback Matt Joeckel confirmed his plans to finish his career at TCU via Twitter on Thursday night. Joeckel earned his undergraduate degree in December and will be eligible to play in 2014. He fills an immediate need at quarterback for TCU after Tyler Matthews announced his decision to transfer from the program earlier this week.
Joeckel's departure from College Station was just made official on Wednesday, and according to ESPN.com's Jake Trotter the two-year backup to Johnny Manziel spent Thursday on TCU's campus before finalizing his decision. "I have loved my four and a half years at Texas A&M," Joeckel said in a prepared statement earlier this week. "I am glad I had the opportunity to play for Coach Sumlin, Coach (Jake) Spavital and the rest of the coaches. I am proud to have my degree from the Mays Business School and I'll always consider myself a member of the Aggie family." The loss of Tyler Matthews appeared to leave Trevone Boykin as the unchallenged No. 1 quarterback for TCU in the fall, but the addition of Joeckel could keep that competition running through fall camp. Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson brought in Doug Meacham from Houston and Sonny Cumbie from Texas Tech to be co-offensive coordinators of a new up-tempo scheme in the offseason -- one that should be familiar to the former Aggie quarterback. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
04/17/14 - Davis Webb, So/2017, Texas Tech, 6-3, 195 (DS#7 QB) Davis Webb is the only QB currently on Texas Tech's roster...Earlier this month Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was toying with the idea of possibly playing in Texas Tech's spring game. Now he may have to seriously consider playing for the team this fall. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports that walk-on quarterbacks Tanner Tausch and Mike Richardson are leaving the program. Tausch, who ran the second-team offense during the spring, will remain in school, while Richardson is leaving in hopes of finding playing time elsewhere.
Normally two walk-ons leaving wouldn't be that big of a deal, but with three other quarterbacks leaving the program this offseason, that means Davis Webb is currently the only quarterback on Tech's roster. Now, there are reinforcements coming this summer, as Patrick Mahomes was the lone quarterback in Tech's 2014 recruiting class, and he certainly looks to have the inside track on the backup quarterback job. Though it's not that simple, either, as Mahomes also plays baseball and could be drafted by an MLB team this summer. There's also another walk-on en route, and one with a familiar name, as Vincent Testaverde -- the son of Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde -- announced earlier this week he'd be enrolling at Texas Tech. The Avalanche-Journal also reports that two other walk-on quarterbacks plan to join the team this summer. As things currently sit, however, it's Davis Webb and Davis Webb alone. Kliff may want to get that arm loosened up, just in case. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
04/17/14 - Jake Heaps, rSr/2015, Kansas, 6-1, 210 (DS#27 QB) Sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart has won the starting job at Kansas, beating out Jake Heaps and T.J. Millweard after a strong spring game. Cozart was 6 of 10 for 58 yards while running for 70 yards and two touchdowns in a leading his blue team to a 20-10 victory over the white team last Saturday. Heaps, who lost the starting job to Cozart last season, was just 3 of 9 for 41 yards. Millweard, a transfer from UCLA, was 2 of 8 for 16 yards. Weis opened the quarterback competition in spring practice, and it was expected to continue into the fall. Instead, he said in a brief statement Thursday that Cozart earned the job. The Jayhawks open their season Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State. - AP Sports
04/17/14 - Chad Kelly, rSo/2017, Clemson, 6-1, 210 (DS#999 QB) Former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly apologized for his behavior with the Tigers and believes he can learn from the experience. Kelly issued a statement Wednesday through his uncle, Dan Kelly, the vice president of Jim Kelly Inc. Chad Kelly is the nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. The younger Kelly was dismissed from the team Monday by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney for a pattern of conduct detrimental to the team. "I let down not only my coaches, and teammates, but also Clemson University and all of our fans," Kelly said. "Most importantly, I've let down myself and my family."
Kelly, who would've been a third-year sophomore this fall, was in a three-way race in spring workouts with rising senior Cole Stoudt and true freshman Deshaun Watson to take over for three-year starter Tajh Boyd. But Kelly threw a pair of interceptions and was not crisp at the Orange-and-White game Saturday that concludes spring drills. At one point, Kelly's frustrations boiled over and he argued with coaches on the sideline. He was benched for the second half. There was also an incident last week when Kelly was riding in a car that accidently backed into the vehicle of former Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who has worked with the Tigers football team in the past.
Rogers said Kelly tried to get her to not file a police report and became agitated and disrespectful toward her. The last straw came Monday at Kelly's meeting with Swinney where he reacted harshly to news that the more experienced Stoudt would head into fall practice as the starter. "He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program," Swinney said in dismissing Kelly. When reached Wednesday, Swinney said he was proud of Kelly for apologizing and taking ownership of his actions. "Hopefully, this will help him grow so he becomes the special person and player I know he can be," Swinney said. - AP Sports
04/17/14 - Frank Shannon, rJr/2016, Oklahoma, 6-1, 229 (DS#3 ILB) Report: Oklahoma linebacker accused of sexual assault...Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student according to a report in The Oklahoman, which obtained a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report of the incident. The alleged assault took place at Shannon's off-campus apartment on Jan. 20. Norman police are investigating the incident, but no charges have been filed. According to the report the incident took place after a party. Shannon allegedly offered a ride home to a woman at the party, but told her that he needed to drop friends off near his apartment first. The complaint then alleges that Shannon took the woman into his bedroom. Once there Shannon allegedly came up behind the woman, pulled her pants down and tried to have sex with her. The complainant says Shannon then became frustrated when she did not cooperate with him and allegedly asked her if she was menstruating. She answered yes, and then Shannon went to the bathroom. That's when the woman left and met a friend she had texted to come get her in the parking lot. The friend then called the police.
In the report Shannon says the woman laid on top of him, kissed him and removed her own clothing. Shannon also said that he did ask the woman if she was menstruating, but that she said "no," and they argued about it before he left to go to the bathroom. Shannon also said that the woman is accusing him to set him up for a rape charge, or because she was embarrassed he wouldn't have sex with her. The report also includes text messages between the woman and the friend who picked her up. The complainant told her friend that she was raped in that conversation, and a few hours later the friend sent the complainant a text apologizing for calling the police, saying she only did it to protect her. Oklahoma's athletics department is yet to issue a comment about the alleged assault. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
04/17/14 - *Louis Nix III, rJr/2014, Notre Dame, 6-2, 331 (DS#3 DT) Five players who should be on the San Diego Chargers' draft radar: NG Louis Nix, Notre Dame (25, 3): While the secondary may be San Diego's greatest area of concern, the minimal depth at nose guard could make Nix a target in the first round, especially given the familiarity he may feel with former teammate Manti Te'o acclimating well out west. The loss of former starter Can Thomas to the Pittsburgh Steelers makes this literally the biggest hole in San Diego's roster, unless the team is confident in the development of Kwame Geathers, who recorded four tackles (one solo) after making the team as an undrafted free agent. At 6-foot-2, 331 pounds, Nix is remarkably light on his feet and offers some pass rush ability, which the 6-foot-6, 335-pound Geathers does not. Nix uses his natural leverage advantage, broad shoulders and leg drive to tie up blockers on the inside and free up teammates to make big plays. It isn't difficult to imagine him as the centerpiece of what could be the stoutest defensive line in the AFC West. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
04/17/14 - Trevor Reilly, rSr/2014, Utah, 6-5, 245 (DS#6 OLB) Five players who should be on the San Diego Chargers' draft radar: OLB Trevor Reilly, Utah (66, 6): The Chargers have dedicated multiple early rounds picks to exterior pass rushers in recent years with little to show for it, tying for 23rd overall (with Tampa Bay) with 35 sacks last season. High profile free agent additions Jarrett Johnson (33 tackles, three sacks) and Dwight Freeney (two tackles, .5 sacks) provided little off the edge a season ago, which could make a versatile edge rusher like Reilly an intriguing option if still available deep into the second round. Reilly may not have a high profile from a national perspective but the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder is surprisingly nimble and an instinctive and productive defender capable of wreaking havoc off the edge or dropping back into space. The Chargers have gambled (and largely lost) on athletic edge defenders before. Reilly is a good athlete but a better football player who would fit in from a schematic and locker room perspective. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
04/17/14 - Jaylen Watkins, Sr/2014, Florida, 6-0, 194 (DS#13 CB) Five players who should be on the San Diego Chargers' draft radar: CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida (95, 13): The Chargers could easily focus on cornerback with either (or even both) of their first picks in the 2014 draft but asking any rookie to battle against Manning and Demaryius Thomas is going to be difficult. Watkins, the half-brother of Clemson's star receiver Sammy Watkins, is a highly competitive and very athletic corner who fought past high profile teammates Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson to emerge as Florida's most consistent defender the past two seasons. He followed that up with impressive performances at the Senior Bowl and Combine, where he proved both fast (4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash) and strong (22 reps of 225 pounds), showing off the well-rounded game which helped him star at corner and safety for the Gators. Watkins (5-foot-11, 194 pounds) isn't a big guy but he plays with tenacity and has a proven dedication to the weight room. An NFL nutritional program could help him add another 10 pounds to his frame. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
04/17/14 - *David Yankey, rJr/2014, Stanford, 6-6, 315 (DS#7 OG) Five players who should be on the San Diego Chargers' draft radar: OG David Yankey, Stanford (119, 7): Given that Rivers isn't exactly fleet of foot, San Diego would be wise to continue fortifying the interior of their offensive line, especially should a blue collar behemoth like Yankey (6-foot-6, 315 pounds) still be on the board in the fourth round. Yankey starred for the Cardinal all over the offensive line, logging action at the four exterior positions. His wide frame and long arms makes it difficult to get past him in pass protection. He allowed just one sack in 42 career starts, in fact. Yankey is also very effective in the running game, showing the power to drive defenders off the ball and enough mobility to pull. Only average lateral agility once on the move limits the schemes in which he'll be most effective but for a franchise that has historically valued mass over mobility along the offensive line, Yankey would be an obvious consideration if the former Morris Trophy Award winner were available on Day Three. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
04/17/14 - John Brown, Sr/2014, Pittsburg State, 5-10, 179 (DS#29 WR) Five players who should be on the San Diego Chargers' draft radar: WR John Brown, Pittsburg State (221, 29): Brown may have a forgettable name but his game certainly is not. Brown earned AP Little-America all-purpose player recognition each of the past three seasons, starring at wide receiver and as a returner, scoring an eye-popping 45 touchdowns in 34 starts. Brown's slight build will lead to questions about his ability to hold up in the NFL but he's proven to be tough and dependable to this point and certainly offers the agility and acceleration to provide a big play spark for a Chargers' offense lacking in this department. Brown wowed scouts at the Combine by clocking in at 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash and this speed translates onto the field. Given San Diego's need for a dynamic receiver to take the pressure off of Allen and tight end Antonio Gates, as well as help at kick returner, Brown makes a lot of sense as a Day Three gamble. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
04/17/14 - RaShede Hageman, rSr/2014, Minnesota, 6-6, 310 (DS#4 DT) Five players who should be on Washington's draft radar: DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota: The Redskins paid Jason Hatcher big-time money to be an impact defensive end in their three-man front, but could use more depth at the position. Many don't believe that he will be around in the second round, but if Hageman slips to pick No. 34, it would be tough for Washington to pass. The Minnesota product lined up all over the defensive line in college, but his best NFL position is five-technique end, making him a great fit with the Redskins. Hageman leaves you wanting more, but has the versatile athletic upside and physical traits desired at the position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/17/14 - Jack Mewhort, rSr/2014, Ohio State, 6-6, 309 (DS#9 OT) Five players who should be on Washington's draft radar: OT Jack Mewhort, Ohio State: Former first rounder Trent Williams has the left tackle job locked up, but Tyler Polumbus at right tackle is a different story. Washington considered bringing in free agent Donald Penn so they're clearly looking for some tackle depth and with Polumbus entering a contract year, the right tackle of the future might come out of this draft. Mewhort was tabbed by Urban Meyer as Ohio State's “best offensive player” and projects as a starting right tackle in the NFL. He is a big-bodied edge blocker that lacks elite athleticism for the position, but has just enough quickness and understands body angles to dominate in one-on-one opportunities. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/17/14 - Walt Aikens, Sr/2014, Liberty, 6-1, 203 (DS#21 CB) Five players who should be on Washington's draft radar: CB Walt Aikens, Liberty: The Redskins drafted cornerback David Amerson with their top draft pick last year, but DeAngelo Hall isn't getting any younger and more depth is needed in the secondary. Aikens is unpolished in several areas and will need time to adjust to the NFL game, but is a gifted athlete for his size, also playing basketball and track at Liberty. He is experienced at free safety and cornerback, playing mostly press, off-man and zone coverage in college. A surprise NFL Combine snub, Aikens has workable traits and appears to have considerable room before he hits his football ceiling – a possible target with the 102nd pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/17/14 - Jordan Zumwalt, Sr/2014, UCLA, 6-4, 235 (DS#11 OLB) Five players who should be on Washington's draft radar: ILB Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA: Washington re-signed Perry Riley last month to a three-year deal, but the inside linebacker spot next to him is a bit unsettled. Zumwalt plays fast, active and aggressive, but also stiff and is more of a straight-line athlete who struggles to easily redirect. He has an intense on-field demeanor and to describe him as “violent” would be an understatement, but he also comes with durability concerns due to his physical play style. Zumwalt projects as a versatile part-time player who can cut his teeth on special teams while fighting for a starting inside linebacker job. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/17/14 - Anthony Denham, rSr/2014, Utah, 6-5, 235 (DS#23 TE) Five players who should be on Washington's draft radar: TE Anthony Denham, Utah: With the Redskins signing DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed emerging as a go-to threat, Washington's receiving group is in much better shape than a year ago. But they could still use some size and height to help convert third downs and make a difference in red zone situations. Denham is an impressive-looking specimen on the hoof and looks more like a well-built wide receiver than traditional tight end. He lacks the ideal physical nature for the position and appears allergic to blocking so his ability to get stronger and get his nose dirty in the trenches are essential to his development. A later round pick, Denham is still very raw and lacks the resume you want, but there is some untapped potential there if he stays focused, projecting as a hybrid target and red zone threat. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/17/14 - Terrence Brooks, Sr/2014, Florida State, 5-11, 198 (DS#3 FS) Five players who should be on the Indianapolis Colts' draft radar: FS Terrence Brooks, Florida State: While the Colts made some strong moves in free agency, the loss of steady homegrown product Antoine Bethea (to San Francisco) makes finding a cover safety to pair with hard-hitting LaRon Landry an obvious priority. Brooks' relatively slim frame (5-foot-11, 198) and lack of interceptions could push him into the deep second round but he's a fluid, instinctive centerfielder with speed to burn. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
04/17/14 - Daniel McCullers, Sr/2014, Tennessee, 6-7, 352 (DS#13 DT) Five players who should be on the Indianapolis Colts' draft radar: NG Daniel McCullers, Tennessee: For Pagano's (and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky's) 3-4 scheme to improve against the club's No. 26th overall ranking against the run, the Colts must get bigger and more physical at the line of scrimmage. At 6-foot, 340 pounds, holdover Josh Chapman certainly possesses the square, powerful frame to handle nose guard duties but he hasn't been as effective as hoped yet after the team selected him in the fifth round two years ago. At a staggering 6-foot-7, 352 pounds, Mt. McCullers certainly would add some beef to the middle. If available in the third round, the Colts might find his size, strength and upside too much to ignore. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
04/17/14 - Devon Kennard, rSr/2014, Southern Cal, 6-3, 249 (DS#14 OLB) Five players who should be on the Indianapolis Colts' draft radar: OLB Devon Kennard, Southern Cal: Adding another edge rusher to complement Mathis and 2013 first round pick Bjoern Werner certainly is a need as no team was more reliant on their star to get to the quarterback than the Colts. Inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman finished second on the team with 5.5 sacks a season ago and while the team remains very high on Werner's progress, pushing him an athletic edge defender like Kennard makes sense. Rangy, physical, versatile and coming off of the best season of his collegiate career as an stand-up pass rusher in former NFL defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast's 3-4 alignment, Kennard could be a nice Day Three surprise for some lucky club. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
04/17/14 - Jon Halapio, rSr/2014, Florida, 6-4, 323 (DS#10 OG) Five players who should be on the Indianapolis Colts' draft radar: OG Jon Halapio, Florida: While defense will almost surely be the priority on draft weekend, adding physicality to the offensive side of the line of scrimmage remains a need. Halapio isn't a spectacular athlete but he's a four-year starter who gets by on toughness, strength and determination. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
04/17/14 - *Terrance Mitchell, rJr/2014, Oregon, 5-11, 192 (DS#27 CB) Five players who should be on the Indianapolis Colts' draft radar: CB Terrence Mitchell, Oregon: At 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, Mitchell sports a solid frame as well as the physicality and tenacity to make the jump to the NFL. He's a gamble, as Mitchell occasionally extends his arms to slow down receivers but he's athletic, instinctive and a big play candidate who stepped up in 2013 to snare a career-high five interceptions. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange