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01/14/18- Rasheem Green, Jr, Southern California, 6-4, 275
USC junior DL Rasheem Green, who finished second in the Pac-12 with 10 sacks, announced Saturday that he will enter the NFL draft. "I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play the game that I love," Green said in a statement. "I also want to thank the Trojan Family for all of their support. I especially want to thank Coach KU (defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze) and the coaching staff along with the members of 'The Lab.' I wouldn't be the player and person that I am without you guys. My three years at USC have been a blessing and I am forever grateful for the people that I have encountered on this journey." Green finished his USC career with 117 tackles, including 20 for loss and 16.5 sacks.

01/13/18- Rasheem Green, Jr, Southern California, 6-4, 275
Southern California defensive lineman Rasheem Green will skip his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Green announced his decision Saturday night. Green led the Trojans in sacks in each of the past two seasons, and he earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors last month. The 6-foot-4 Los Angeles-area player had 117 tackles and 16 1/2 sacks in his three USC seasons. Green is the fourth member of the 2017 Pac-12 champions to enter the draft early. He joins quarterback Sam Darnold, running back Ronald Jones II and receiver Deontay Burnett. - AP College Football

01/13/18- Clelin Ferrell, rSo, Clemson, 6-4, 260
DE Clelin Ferrell will return to school next season. It was assumed he would enter the NFL Draft this year as he was considered a first-round prospect. However, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney confirmed Saturday evening that he will return to Clemson. NFLDraftScout.com ranked Ferrell as the No. 25 overall prospect. Ferrell, a redshirt sophomore, started all 14 games last season and all 15 in 2016, when the Tigers went on to win the national championship. He led the Tigers this season in tackles for loss (17) and sacks (8.5).

01/13/18- Austin Bryant, Jr, Clemson, 6-4, 265
DE Austin Bryant will return to school next season. It was assumed that Bryant would enter the NFL Draft this year as he was considered a first-round prospect. However, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney confirmed Saturday evening that he will returning to Clemson. NFLDraftScout.com ranked Bryant as the nation's No. 21 overall pro prospect. Bryant, a junior, was second on the team in tackles for loss (14.5) and sacks (7.5).

01/10/18- Carl Granderson, Jr, Wyoming, 6-4, 255
2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DL Carl Granderson Jr. Wyoming,...Granderson earned the first All-Mountain West Conference recognition of his career by leading the Mountain West and ranking No. 18 in the nation in sacks, averaging 0.71 sacks per game (8.5 total sacks). He also was No. 1 in the MW and No. 29 nationally in tackles for loss (1.3 TFLs per game, 15.0 total TFLs). Granderson led all Mountain West defensive linemen in tackles, averaging 6.0 per game (72 total tackles). He also helped the Cowboys rank No. 1 in the conference and No. 36 in the nation in sacks as a team. The Cowboys sacked opposing quarterbacks 28 times in 2017 for an average of 2.33 per game. Granderson was named MW Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Utah State when he had six tackles, intercepted a pass and recorded a safety to seal the win for the Cowboys. He also had 12 tackles at Boise State, including 3.0 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. He intercepted the second pass of his career versus New Mexico. - Wyoming Football

01/09/18- Antione Barker, rSo, Troy, 6-2, 253
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Antione Barker (Troy, DL, So.),...Barker recorded 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in his first true action for the Trojans, Webb added 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks as Troy's reserve defensive tackle. - Troy Football

01/09/18- Marcus Webb, So, Troy, 6-2, 252
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Marcus Webb (Troy, DL, So.),...Barker recorded 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in his first true action for the Trojans, Webb added 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks as Troy's reserve defensive tackle. Willis caught 31 passes for 485 yards and a touchdown and heads into the New Orleans Bowl as Troy's second-leading receiver. - Troy Football

01/09/18- *Jalen Wilkerson, rSo, Florida State, 6-4, 278
Jalen Wilkerson is the sixth Florida State player to announce he is leaving early to enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-4, 283-pound defensive lineman had two years of eligibility remaining after completing his redshirt sophomore season. He started only one game this past season but played in all 13, logging 19 tackles, including six tackles for loss. Wilkerson said via Twitter that "Some people will never know why you have to make the decisions you make, but I will forever be thankful for the opportunity to play for Nole Nation." Wilkerson joins safety Derwin James, tight end Ryan Izzo, defensive end Josh Sweat, cornerback Tarvarus McFadden and wide receiver Auden Tate in leaving early. - AP College Football

01/09/18- Jordan Mittie, rSo, Texas State, 6-2, 270
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Jordan Mittie (Texas State, DL, So.),...Mittie was a versatile defensive lineman who played all three positions in Texas State's 3-4 alignment this season. He began the season as a defensive tackle before moving to defensive end, and played nose tackle on passing downs. He finished the season with 52 total tackles, including 33 solo stops, and ranked third among team leaders with 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Mittie recorded a season-best 3.0 tackles for loss and a sack at Arkansas State. He also tallied a career-high seven tackles against Arkansas State and ULM, with a career-best six solo stops against the Red Wolves. - Texas State Football

01/08/18- Cedric Wilcots II, rSo, New Mexico State, 6-4, 260
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Cedric Wilcots II (New Mexico State, DL, RS-So.),...Wilcots II earned a pair of Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week honors and recorded 8.5 sacks on the season, good for second in the conference, to go along with three forced fumbles and six pass breakups. The Dallas, Texas, product's 0.71 sacks per game ties him for 16th in the country as well. - New Mexico State Football

01/08/18- Marterious Allen, Jr, Georgia State, 6-2, 270
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Marterious Allen (Georgia State, DL, Jr.),...Starting defensive end who leads the team with four sacks...Named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week after he tied GSU single-game record with three sacks in win at ULM, helping the Panthers set a school record with seven sacks in the game. Also recovered a fumble at midfield to set up a touchdown...Key part of a front seven that held three teams under 100 yards rushing and was the last FBS team in the nation to allow a 100-yard rusher this season (Game 10)...Made five tackles with a sack in win at Coastal Carolina...Career-high seven tackles in win at Texas State...Helped the GSU defense hold four opponents to two touchdowns or fewer. - Georgia State Football

01/07/18- Logan Hunt, Jr, Georgia Southern, 6-2, 270
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Logan Hunt (Georgia Southern, DL, Jr.),...Hunt was a force in the middle of the defensive line for GS, leading the squad in tackles for loss with 11.0 and sacks with 5.0. The Sandersville, Georgia, native had 32 tackles and six quarterback hurries. - Georgia Southern Football

01/07/18- Raymond Johnson III, Fr, Georgia Southern, 6-3, 225
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Raymond Johnson III (Georgia Southern, DL, Fr.),...Fields led the Eagles with 811 rushing yards and five scores while Werts set new school records for passing yards by a freshman (929) and total offense by a freshman quarterback (1,651). Rainey had over 30 knockdown blocks for a line that helped pave the way for the Sun Belt's leading rushing offense and Johnson III had 6.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks as a true freshman at the defensive end spot. - Georgia Southern Football

01/07/18- Aikeem Coleman, rSr, Idaho, 6-1, 270
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, DL, Sr.),...Coleman recorded a team-high seven sacks and ranked second on the squad with 14 tackles for loss. Both marks ranked in the top five of the conference. Coleman, a transfer from East Mississippi Community College, was the 2016 Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year. He earned second-team honors a season ago after leading the Vandals with eight sacks. - Idaho Football

01/05/18- Tee Sims, rSr, Appalachian State, 6-2, 265
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Tee Sims (Appalachian State, DL, Sr.),...Sims ranks No. 5 nationally and No. 2 in the Sun Belt at 0.95 sacks per game, as his 9.5 sacks caused a loss of 78 yards. He also posted 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4 in the Sun Belt), 41 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble this year. - Appalachian State Football

01/04/18- *Josh Sweat, Jr, Florida State, 6-4, 250
Florida State's Josh Sweat will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-5, 253-pound defensive lineman led the Seminoles in sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (12.5). He also had 56 tackles, which led the defensive line and was third on the team. Sweat chose not to play in the Seminoles' Independence Bowl victory over Southern Mississippi on Dec. 27. He said in a statement released by the school on Wednesday that he made the decision to enter the draft after discussions with his family. Sweat is the third Florida State player to declare for the draft, joining safety Derwin James and tight end Ryan Izzo. - AP College Football

01/04/18- Marcus Davenport, Sr, Texas-San Antonio, 6-6, 255
2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Marcus Davenport, Sr., UTSA,...Davenport posted 55 tackles and set school records with 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and eight quarterback hurries this season. A member of the Chuck Bednarik Award and Wuerffel Trophy watch lists and a Senior CLASS Award candidate, he added four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a fumble return for a touchdown. He was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 23 after recording 11 stops, 3.5 TFLs and a pair of sacks and returning a fumble 34 yards for a TD in the 20-7 win against Rice. Davenport finished his UTSA career as the program's all-time leader in tackles for loss (38.0), sacks (22.0) and QB hurries (21), and he has accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl on Jan. 27 in Mobile, Ala. - Texas-San Antonio Football

01/04/18- *Sam Hubbard, rJr, Ohio State, 6-5, 265
2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Defensive Line: Sam Hubbard, Ohio State (Cotton): Hubbard was credited with 2 sacks of Ohio State's eight sacks in the fifth-ranked Buckeyes' 24-7 triumph over No. 8 Southern California. Hubbard also had 3 tackles for loss. - AP College Football

01/04/18- Channing Hames, rSo, Marshall, 6-4, 260
2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Defensive Line: Channing Hames, Marshall (New Mexico): Hames made eight tackles - 2 for loss - and recorded 1 sacks in a 31-28 victory over Colorado State. - AP College Football

01/04/18- Carl Granderson, Jr, Wyoming, 6-4, 255
2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Defensive Line: Carl Granderson, Wyoming (Famous Idaho Potato): Granderson scored on a 58-yard fumble return and recorded five tackles and a sack in Wyoming's 37-14 rout of Central Michigan. - AP College Football

01/04/18- *Arden Key, Jr, LSU, 6-5, 265
LSU junior Arden Key declared Thursday for the NFL Draft, where he figures to be one of the most intriguing prospects as an edge rusher. NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang projected Key as going 14th overall to the Green Bay Packers in a first-round mock draft earlier this week. NFL teams that once relished Key's sacking ability are now curious about his disappointing 2017. Among other things, he took a leave of absence in February for personal reasons, underwent shoulder surgery, then showed up out of shape. After beginning to show glimpses of his sophomore season, when he set an LSU single-season record with 12 sacks, Key missed the final two games of 2017 after undergoing surgery on his pinky finger. NFLDraftScout.com wrote: "When healthy and focused, his ability to wreak havoc off the edge as a speed rusher is unparalleled in this class. ... He is consistently able to cross the face of tackles -- whether lining up out of the two point (stand-up) or three-point (hand in the dirt) stance -- or rushing off the left or right side." Key made 33 tackles, including 5.5 for loss and four sacks, in eight games this season. High points were making 1.5 tackles for loss in games against Alabama and Auburn - The Sports Xchange

01/03/18- Chase Winovich, rJr, Michigan, 6-3, 253
Michigan defensive lineman Chase Winovich is forgoing the NFL and staying with the Wolverines. Winovich announced the decision on social media Wednesday. Winovich was a second-team All-Big Ten pick by the AP this season, along with teammate and fellow defensive lineman Rashan Gary. Those two should give the Wolverines a formidable defensive front in 2018 as Michigan tries to bounce back from an 8-5 season. Winovich had eight sacks this season and has 13 over the past two. - AP College Football

01/03/18- Xavier Thigpen, rSr, Southern Miss, 6-4, 240
2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - Xavier Thigpen, Sr., Southern Miss,...Thigpen has 42 tackles on the season, most by any Southern Miss defensive lineman, and his 11 TFL are tied with Paxton Schrimsher for the team lead and eighth in C-USA. - Southern Miss Football

01/02/18- Brian Womac, rSr, Rice, 6-2, 250
2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Brian Womac, Sr., Rice,...Womac set a school record with 22 tackles for loss and leads C-USA in tackles for a loss and sacks heading into bowl action. He recorded at least on tackle for loss in each game and ranks third nationally with 21 solo tackles for losses while his 109 yards lost ranks second. He is tied for fourth nationally with 82 yards lost on sacks while his 10 solo sacks are tied for sixth and his 10 total sacks are tied for eighth. - Rice Football

01/02/18- Oshane Ximines, rJr, Old Dominion, 6-3, 247
2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Oshane Ximines, Jr., Old Dominion,...Ximines broke his own ODU single-season record and finished tied for second in Conference USA with 8.5 sacks. He finished fourth in C-USA with 14 tackles for loss and second with four forced fumbles. Last season, Ximines earned second-team All-C-USA, and was named to the all-freshman team in 2015. - Old Dominion Football

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