06/30/16 - David Sills, So/2019, West Virginia, 6-3, 198 (DS#999 QB) Former blue-chip quarterback recruit David Sills, who received a scholarship offer from Southern California while he was in middle school, is leaving West Virginia and plans to transfer to junior college. Sills played receiver last season for West Virginia, making seven catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns. He caught the game-winning touchdown in West Virginia's 43-42 victory against Arizona State in the Cactus Bowl. Sills, from Wilmington, Delaware, drew national attention when he committed to USC as a seventh-grader while Lane Kiffin was coaching the Trojans. Sills ended up at West Virginia and redshirted his freshman year before moving to receiver last year. Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen says in a statement that Stills is transferring to "pursue his dream of playing quarterback in college." - AP Sports
06/28/16 - Teldrick Morgan, rSr/2017, Maryland, 6-0, 192 (DS#41 WR) New Mexico State WR Teldrick Morgan announced he will enroll at Maryland. As a graduate transfer, Morgan will be eligible to play immediately.
The Maryland native starred at Meade High School in Fort Meade before heading to New Mexico State in 2013. He led the Aggies in receiving over the past two seasons, including a team-high 551 receiving yards on 45 catches last year despite suffering a season-ending calf injury. Morgan had 75 catches for 905 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Morgan announced his decision on Twitter on Monday night, writing: "I want to thank New Mexico State for the opportunity that they gave me to continue my football career and earn my bachelors. I also want to thank the New Mexico community that supported me throughout my 3 years there. I want to wish my friends on the team the best and I hope you all accomplish everything you set your mind out to do.
"With that being said...The past three years have been a blessing and a very humbling experience. I would like to announce that I will be playing my last year at the University of Maryland! #FearTheMovement"
Morgan will provide depth at wide receiver behind starters Levern Jacobs and D.J. Moore in coordinator Walt Bell's spread offense being installed.
06/22/16 - Cam Robinson, Jr/2018, Alabama, 6-5, 327 (DS#3 OT) The district attorney's office has decided not to prosecute Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson and reserve defensive back Laurence "Hootie" Jones on drug and weapons charges, with the district attorney saying he didn't want to "ruin the lives" of the two football players. Prosecutor Neal Johnson cited insufficient evidence in court documents filed on Monday, but district attorney Jerry Jones told KNOE-8 he did not want to prosecute the men because of their athletic backgrounds. "The main reason that I'm doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and their teenage years working and sweating while we were all home in the air conditioning," Jones said.
Calls to the district attorney's office by The Associated Press were not immediately returned. Robinson and Jones were arrested in the early morning of May 17 for the misdemeanor charge of carrying a weapon in the presence of narcotics. Robinson also was charged with felony possession of stolen firearms. Robinson is an All-Southeastern Conference left tackle for the defending national champions. He's projected as a high NFL draft pick going into his junior season. Jones is also a junior but has played sparingly. - AP Sports
06/22/16 - Corey Robinson, Sr/2017, Notre Dame, 6-4, 215 (DS#999 WR) Notre Dame's Corey Robinson, the son of former NBA great David Robinson and the most experienced wide receiver on the Fighting Irish roster, is walking away from football because of multiple concussions. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior said Wednesday he had reached his decision "after much contemplation and prayer." Robinson, who will continue with the team as a student assistant, said he was grateful for the opportunity to play at Notre Dame and looked "forward to a great senior year." Robinson had missed most of spring practice after suffering a concussion at one of the first few practices. He met in April with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, a sports neurologist who specializes in concussion management and treatment.
Coach Brian Kelly said he knows it was a difficult decision for Robinson because he wanted to finish his four-year career on the field. "He was so excited to lead a group of young receivers this fall," Kelly said. The Irish lost four of their top five receivers from last season. Torii Hunter Jr. was the only returner with more catches last season than Robinson, who has more games under his belt and finishes his career with 65 catches for 896 yards and seven touchdowns. Robinson had a disappointing junior season as he struggled with dropped passes, finishing sixth on the team in receptions with 16 catches for 200 yards with one touchdown. He was second on the team as a sophomore with 40 catches for 539 yards and five touchdowns. - AP Sports
06/22/16 - Jordan Harris, rSr/2017, Iowa State, 5-11, 233 (DS#53 ILB) One of Iowa State's best defensive players is leaving the team less than three months before the start of the season. Senior linebacker Jordan Harris, a Mississippi native, announced Thursday that he intends to play his final season at a school closer to home as a graduate transfer. The departure is a big blow to the Cyclones defense, which ranked 97th in the country last season with 32.7 points allowed per game. "Jordan has done everything we have asked him to do since the first day I got here," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. "He's a great person and a great teammate. In our meetings recently, Jordan expressed interest in finishing out his career closer to his family. I have the utmost respect for Jordan and we will fully support him in his decision." Harris played two seasons at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. He sat out his first season at Iowa State as a redshirt before starting all 12 games in 2015. Harris had 70 tackles last season and was expected to anchor the middle of the defense. - AP Sports
06/09/16 - Baker Mayfield, rJr/2018, Oklahoma, 6-0, 206 (DS#8 QB) The Big 12 will have to deal with Baker Mayfield for two more years instead of one. The conference adopted a rule change Thursday that gives back the Oklahoma quarterback the year of eligibility he lost when he transferred from Texas Tech, meaning he will be eligible to play for the Sooners in 2017. Mayfield finished fourth in the Heisman balloting last season and led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff. If the proposal had failed, this season would have been his last for the Sooners. Mayfield had appealed to Texas Tech to override its rule forcing him to lose the year, but a five-member panel of Tech's athletics council unanimously rejected it, saying its decision was in line with school and NCAA rules. Mayfield had been a vocal critic of Tech since that time, saying its ruling was unfair because he was never on scholarship.
Mayfield noted his approval of the change, tweeting: "And y'all thought you were getting rid of me...." Just a day earlier, things looked bleak. Faculty athletic representatives had deadlocked 5-5 on Wednesday regarding a proposed change that would have given him the year back, meaning it failed because it lacked a majority. On Thursday, a new proposal sought to allow non-scholarship transfers within the conference to avoid losing a year if the school the player is transferring from does give a written offer of aid. That proposal passed 7-3. - AP Sports
06/09/16 - Skai Moore, Sr/2017, South Carolina, 6-2, 218 (DS#999 OLB) South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore, the team's leading tackler the last three years, will miss the 2016 season because of a herniated disc in his neck. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp made the announcement Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference's annual meetings. He said Moore will have surgery Friday in Charlotte to undergo a Level 1 fusion. Moore, a 6-foot-2, 218-pound senior from Cooper City, Florida, can't have any contact for six months after surgery. The coach says, "He'll be fine. This is not a career-threatening situation. This is a very common procedure for herniated disc. It's unfortunate that it didn't heal on its own." Muschamp says Moore, who considered turning pro after last season, will redshirt in 2016 and return to the team for one final season in 2017. Moore sustained the injury during the 2015 season and aggravated it in the weight room before spring practice in March. - AP Sports
06/09/16 - Robert Castaneda, rSo/2019, Texas Tech, 6-4, 295 (DS#999 C) Jail records show one of three Texas Tech football players kicked off the team earlier this month has been charged with felony burglary. Records show 20-year-old Robert James Castaneda was arrested Friday on a charge of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Jail records didn't list attorney information for Castaneda, who has been released on a $5,000 bond. Lubbock County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bryan Taylor had no additional information about what led to the arrest. Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury kicked Castaneda off the team May 5 for "failure to uphold student-athlete expectations." Castaneda would have been a sophomore backup offensive lineman. Also dismissed were sophomore linebacker Dakota Allen and redshirt freshman tackle Trace Ellison. - AP Sports
05/24/16 - James Conner, rJr/2018, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 240 (DS#10 RB) Pittsburgh running back James Conner says he is cancer-free, less than six months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Conner posted on his Twitter account Monday: "God is AMAZING. Just got the call that my body is clean of cancer!!!" Been a long road but God has my back. Thanks everyone who said prayers!" Conner was the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year in 2014, then tore a ligament in his right knee in the first game of last season. Doctors discovered tumors on Conner's chest and neck at Thanksgiving and he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. He started chemotherapy in December. Conner threw out the first pitch at a Pirates' game last month and said then he hoped to be ready for the start of Pitt's season. - AP Sports
05/24/16 - Troy Flutie, rSo/2019, Boston College, 6-0, 182 (DS#999 WR) Boston College suspends WR Flutie...Boston College wide receiver Troy Flutie, the nephew of former Eagles and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on Saturday and was suspended from the team, the school announced Monday. Flutie, 20, crashed his car into a curb in his hometown of Natick, Mass. early Saturday morning. He denied to police officers that he had been drinking, failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer test, resulting in the loss of his driver's license for 180 days. "Troy has been suspended from the football team by Coach Steve Addazio pending further investigation and faces the possibility of additional University sanctions pending the outcome of the court proceedings," Boston College said in a statement to school newspaper The Heights. Flutie, who played quarterback at Natick High School, also spent time at the position for Boston College during the 2015 season, completing 24 of 49 passes for 382 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He did not record a catch in 2015, but he rushed for 33 yards on 23 carries. - The Sports Xchange
05/24/16 - Connor Mitch, rJr/2018, South Carolina, 6-3, 212 (DS#999 QB) QB Mitch to transfer from South Carolina...Former starting quarterback Connor Mitch is leaving South Carolina as a graduate transfer this summer. Mitch, who began the 2015 season as the starter before he was injured, will complete his undergraduate studies this summer and then go elsewhere for his final two seasons of eligibility. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately at another school. Mitch informed Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp of his decision. "I have enjoyed my time at South Carolina and will graduate later this summer," Mitch said in a release. "I believe it's in my best interest to continue my playing career at another school. I'd like to thank all the Gamecock fans for their support during my time in Columbia."
After winning the starting job last summer, Mitch guided South Carolina to a 17-13 victory over North Carolina in the 2015 opener before suffering shoulder and hip injuries in the next game against Kentucky that ended his season. Mitch completed 13 of 29 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown in the two games. After spring practice last month, Mitch was buried on the depth chart behind senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain. - The Sports Xchange
05/24/16 - Maty Mauk, rSr/2017, Eastern Kentucky, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 QB) Former Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk has signed an athletic grant-in-aid to play this season for Eastern Kentucky. EKU athletics spokesman Kevin Britton confirmed Saturday that Mauk will join the FCS program after going 17-5 over three seasons as the Tigers' starter and leading them to back-to-back Southeastern Conference Eastern titles. He will have one season of eligibility remaining with the Colonels. Mauk was suspended three times in four months during his junior season. New Tigers coach Barry Odom dismissed him in January for another violation of team rules after a video was posted to Twitter that showed a person appearing to snort a white, powder-like substance. - AP Sports
05/24/16 - Davis Webb, Sr/2017, California, 6-3, 227 (DS#10 QB) Quarterback Davis Webb is leaving Texas Tech and heading to Cal as a graduate transfer after earlier saying he would play for Colorado next season, according to reports from multiple media outlets Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Webb is considered an NFL prospect and a candidate to replace 2016 No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick Jared Goff as Cal's starter. As a graduate transfer, Webb will be eligible to play immediately. Webb was enrolled for the spring semester at Texas Tech when he said in January that he would join the Colorado Buffaloes after graduating, but it was a verbal commitment only and he reportedly started to question his decision in February.
Colorado offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini tweeted his support for Webb's decision. Cal coach Sonny Dykes and new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital worked under former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, who developed the pass-oriented "Air Raid" offense. Webb passed for 5,557 yards and 46 touchdowns with 22 interceptions in three seasons at Texas Tech, but he was supplanted as the starter by Patrick Mahomes. - The Sports Xchange
05/22/16 - Raekwon McMillan, Jr/2018, Ohio State, 6-2, 240 (DS#1 ILB) 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State (6-2, 240, Hinesville, GA): Led Buckeyes with 119 tackles; had 16 in one game, 14 in two others; 3rd in conference in total tackles; All-Big Ten; Butkus finalist; Team captain in ‘16. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/22/16 - James McFarland, rSr/2017, Texas Christian, 6-1, 254 (DS#21 OLB) 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: James McFarland, DE, TCU (6-3, 255, West Monroe, LA): Missed 2015 season with broken foot; Defensive MVP of the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl in 2014; Had 12 tackles for losses, 7 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 41 total tackles that season. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/22/16 - Cameron Malveaux, rSr/2017, Houston, 6-5, 270 (DS#17 DE) 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Cameron Malveaux, DE, Houston (6-6, 270, Beaumont, TX): 33 tackles, 8.5 tackles for losses, 9 quarterback hurries; won the Hamshire-Fannett Outstanding Student-Athlete Award in high school; member of the HFHS Student Council and Chess Club. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/22/16 - Dallas Lloyd, rSr/2017, Stanford, 6-2, 208 (DS#25 SS) 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Dallas Lloyd, S, Stanford (6-3, 215, Pleasant Grove, UT): Academic All-Pac 12 (2nd team); National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete in high school; Eagle Scout; 55 tackles last season. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/22/16 - William Likely, Sr/2017, Maryland, 5-07, 176 (DS#15 CB) 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: William Likely, CB, Maryland (5-7, 175, Belle Glade, FL): All-American punt returner, led the nation with 1,197 return yards in 2015; All-Big Ten cornerback as a sophomore and junior; Started one game at wide receiver, too; Academic All-ACC as a freshman. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/22/16 - Jourdan Lewis, Sr/2017, Michigan, 5-10, 176 (DS#3 CB) 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Jourdan Lewis CB, Michigan (5-10, 175, Detroit, MI): All-Big Ten performer; several All-American teams; Thorpe and Bednarik semi-finalist last season; 52 tackles, two interceptions in 2015. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/22/16 - Micah Kiser, rJr/2018, Virginia, 6-1, 245 (DS#6 ILB) 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia (6-2, 240, Baltimore, MD): Led team with 117 tackles; All-ACC; 3rd team All-American, ACC Academic Honor Roll; volunteers at Ronald McDonald House and Agape House. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/22/16 - A.J. Wolf, rSr/2017, Duke, 6-4, 280 (DS#36 DT) 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: A.J. Wolf, DL, Duke (6-4, 270, Greenwich, CT): Academic All-American; 54 tackles last season; father was an Olympic shot putter. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/22/16 - Tim Williams, Sr/2017, Alabama, 6-3, 237 (DS#1 OLB) 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Tim Williams, LB, Alabama (6-4, 237, Baton Rouge, LA): Had 10.5 sacks last season, 12.5 tackles for loss; Disruptive pass rusher. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/22/16 - Jordan Whitehead, So/2019, Pittsburgh, 5-10, 185 (DS#4 FS) 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Jordan Whitehead, DB, Pitt (5-11, 185, Aliquippa, PA): One of the top freshmen in the country last season; Consensus Frosh All-American; led Pitt with 109 tackles, most ever by a freshman; Also Academic All-ACC; Rushed 12 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/22/16 - Anthony Walker, rJr/2018, Northwestern, 6-1, 225 (DS#2 ILB) 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern (6-1, 225, Miami, FL): Fourth in the nation with 20.5 tackles for loss; All-Big Ten; on several All-American teams; led team with 113 tackles. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
05/22/16 - Drue Tranquill, rSo/2019, Notre Dame, 6-1, 225 (DS#4 SS) 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Drue Tranquill, S, Notre Dame (6-1, 225, Fort Wayne, IN): Newcomer of the Year for Irish in 2014; injured last season; high school baseball star. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy