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Oregon RB Kenjon Barner will attend the Senior Bowl.

This invitation is expected and the week in Mobile will be critical for Barner. The senior is used to plenty of running a lot of read options and bouncing runs to the outside. We will focus on how he reacts when his lane is closed, but if given a seam Barner does not mind running between the tackles.
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 12:45:00 PM

Baylor redshirt sophomore WR Ishmael Zamora will forego his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Color us surprised. Zamora had a chance to be Baylor's No. 1 wideout in 2017 with K.D. Cannon previously opting to declare for the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Zamora is following suit, though. The NFL will no-doubt ask him about a summer video depicting him abusing his dog -- Baylor suspended him for the first three games of the season due to the incident. In his truncated 10-game season in 2016, Zamora logged a 63-809-8 receiving line. CBS Sports lists him as the No. 35 wideout in the 2019 class, a sign of just how surprising this early draft declaration has been. The later rounds of Day 3 are the best he can realistically hope for come the spring, with undrafted free agency also well within the field of play.
Jan 15 - 12:44 PM

Nebraska received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 WR Tyjon Lindsey.

Lindsey committed to the Buckeyes in August before reopening his recruitment earlier this month. Now heading to fellow Big Ten outfit Nebraska, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound wideout stands as the Huskers' biggest catch of the 2017 cycle to date. Rivals ranks Lindsey as their No. 41 overall prospect in this class. Over the summer, outlet recruiting director Mike Farrell singled out Lindsey for his explosive nature, one which he makes work for him even despite his outwardly small stature.
Source: Rivals
Jan 15 - 11:38 AM

Vanderbilt redshirt junior LB Zach Cunningham will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relayed in late December that Cunningham had begun looking to secure agent representation. The linebacker officially took the draft plunge on Saturday. Pauline ranks the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder as the second-best inside linebacker in the 2017 draft-eligible pool, slotting him just behind Alabama's Reuben Foster. This past season, Cunningham registered 125 tackles (16.5 for loss), three passes defensed and two fumbles forced over the course of 13 games played. He should see interest early on Day 2, but could potentially climb into the Day 1 discussion.
Jan 15 - 11:18 AM

West Virginia hired Cal OC/interim head coach Jake Spavital as offensive coordinator and QB coach.

Interesting little two-step here. When Cal fired Sonny Dykes last weekend, they promoted Spavital to interim HC. Reportedly, the administration considered both the possibilities of hiring Spavital as the permanent HC or just rolling with him on a one-year trial basis. When Spavital was beat out for the post by Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox, old buddy Dana Holgorsen deployed a golden parachute pronto for him. The 31-year-old Spavital was a grad assistant under Holgorsen at Houston and Oklahoma State. Spavital, a rising prospect in the coaching ranks, was OC at Texas A&M prior to his one-year stay in Berkeley. We'd expect Spav to have a program of his own to run in the next few years, assuming he can quickly navigate the losses of QB Skyler Howard and star WR Shelton Gibson, who declared for the Draft this week.
Jan 14 - 11:38 AM

Cal reached a verbal agreement with Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to hire him as head coach.

Wilcox will receive a five-year contract. The 40-year-old spent the past season as the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin (2016). He's also been the DC at USC (2014-15), Washington (2012-13), Tennessee (2010-11) and Boise State (2006-09). Prior to all that, Wilcox was a Cal assistant from 2003-2005. His homecoming represents a drastic sea change for the Golden Bears, who turn the program over to a defensive-minded coach after firing the Air Raid-specialist Sonny Dykes on Sunday (19-30 across four seasons). Wisconsin ranked No. 4 in points allowed per game allowed and No. 7 in yards allowed per game this past season. Cal ranked No. 127 and No. 125 in those categories, respectively.
Source: ESPN
Jan 14 - 10:11 AM

ESPN's Heather Dinich reports that Ohio State AD Gene Smith will join the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Smith will replace Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez on the committee. Alvarez's term just expired. Ditto for Bobby Johnson and Condoleezza Rice, though replacements for Johnson and Rice have not yet been named. Expect their successors to be tabbed before January comes to a close. Committee chair Kirby Hocutt's term has also come to an end, though he could potentially be extended.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 13 - 7:47 PM

Western Michigan hired Purdue quarterbacks coach Tim Lester for their open head-coaching position.

Lester replaces P.J. Fleck, who rowed his boat over to Minnesota last week. His only previous experience as a head coach has come at the lower levels of play, as he served as head coach of Division III Elmhurst from 2008-2012. He subsequently joined Syracuse's coaching staff, where he acted as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator for two seasons. He was hired by Purdue a year ago December. Now, onward to Western Michigan. This move is a homecoming of sorts. Lester played quarterback for the Broncos from 1996-1999. In that space, Lester threw for 11,299 yards and 87 touchdowns.
Jan 13 - 7:11 PM

Nebraska hired former UConn HC Bob Diaco as defensive coordinator.

Diaco, 43, lost his head-coaching gig at UConn in December after posting a rough 11-26 record over the course of three seasons at the helm of the Huskies' ship. That Titanic-esque stint has done nothing to dull his gleam on the coordinating circuit, though, as he was also reportedly receiving interest from Arkansas in regards to a role on their defensive staff. The head-coaching dealie might not have worked out for Diaco, but he has previous success as an assistant, having spent the four seasons prior to his UConn years acting as Notre Dame's defensive coordinator. In 2012, he was named the winner of the Broyles Award, handed out annually to the nation's best assistant coach.
Jan 13 - 7:00 PM

LSU junior WR Malachi Dupre will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Because he played in an offense with the openness of a ghost town diner, Dupre's statistical output at LSU has never truly jumped off the page. This past season, the 6-foot-4, 187-pounder registered a 41-593-3 receiving line. Don't be fooled by those numbers, though. He has oodles of physical talent which simply went to waste with the Tigers. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline grades him as a potential second-round pick, while Walter Football's Charlie Campbell views him as the No. 7 draft-eligible wideout in the 2017 class. Over the summer, ESPN's Todd McShay referred to Dupre as "fearless working the middle of the field."
Jan 13 - 6:45 PM

Arizona four-star 2017 verbal QB commit Braxton Burmeister flipped his commitment to Oregon.

Willie Taggart lands a direct hit on his new Pac-12 foes. Burmeister initially committed to Arizona last winter, then reopened his commitment, then re-committed to the Wildcats in May. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound gunslinger posted big numbers at La Joya County Day as a senior in 2016, throwing for 4,461 yards with a 53/8 TD/INT ratio. He ranks as Rivals' No. 217 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle and stands as the outlet's No. 13 dual-threat quarterback prospect. Burmeister is the only quarterback commitment on Oregon's ledger at this juncture, but the Ducks are a team to monitor closely over the final three weeks before National Signing Day. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Taggart grab a few more high-profile recruits before all is said and done. Burmeister had actually been hoping for an Oregon offer during the summer, but then-HC Mark Helfrich never extended one to the quarterback.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 13 - 6:30 PM

Washington redshirt sophomore DL Vita Vea will return to the program for the 2017 season.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline was on this one back at the beginning of January. Vea's return at least offers a little salve for a Washington team which lost a quartet of stud underclassmen to the draft earlier this winter in WR John Ross, S Budda Baker, CB Sidney Jones and DL Elijah Qualls. This past season, the 6-foot-5, 332-pound Vea recorded 39 tackles (6.5 for loss), five sacks and a forced fumble. He played in all 14 of Washington's games in 2016. Should he declare for the draft after the 2017 season, he has first-round potential.
Jan 13 - 6:04 PM




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