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Oklahoma junior WR Jalen Saunders will play in the Cotton Bowl despite being arrested earlier this month.

Saunders and a teammate were arrested on "complaints of misdemeanor marijuana possession during a traffic stop... just a few hours after the Sooners defeated TCU to end the regular season." Saunders has been a critical piece of the Sooners passing game success and is easily the team's best receiver. His quickness to separate form the slot is outstanding.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 07:37:00 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban indicated that junior RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle) is continuing to progress and appears to be on track for this week's playoff game against Ohio State.

"Hopefully he’ll continue to progress," Saban said. "He had a significant amount of time off but he seems to be making progress now and I’m hopeful that he’ll be able to make a contribution in the game." Yeldon sprained his ankle against LSU last month. He also suffered through a hamstring injury in the first month of the season. Even so, Yeldon leads the Tide in rushing with 932 yards.
Dec 28 - 6:46 PM

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News reports that senior WR Ty Montgomery's (shoulder) "availability for the Foster Farms Bowl remains in question."

Stanford plays Maryland on Tuesday. Montgomery suffered the right shoulder injury against Cal on Nov. 22 and missed the school's date with UCLA a week later. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound wideout has 61 catches for 604 yards and three touchdowns this season, after catching 61 passes for 958 yards and 10 touchdowns last year. Montgomery is at his best with the ball in his hands, whether as a ball-carrying receiver or on returns, but touches might have to be manufactured for him at the next level.
Dec 28 - 5:38 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler completed 23-of-39 attempts for 321 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 45-42 Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska.

Kessler's 20-yard scoring strike to Bryce Dixon with 2:03 left in the third quarter gave the Trojans a 45-27 cushion that became very valuable later on, and also tied him with Matt Barkley (2011) for the USC single-season record of 39 touchdown passes. "That is completely irrelevant to me," Kessler said. "I'm not just saying that. I really do mean it. I've always put the team before me." The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Kessler announced that he'll return to school in 2015. He's an early frontrunner for the Heisman trophy.
Dec 28 - 4:13 PM

Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg set school records for completions and yards passing by completing 34-of-50 attempts for 371 yards in Saturday's 31-30 overtime Pinstripe Bowl win versus Boston College.

Hackenberg also threw for four touchdowns, tying a school record, in earning MVP honors. The firework show and record writing began early, as Hackenberg tied another program record -- this one for longest scoring pass -- with a 72-yard TD strike to Chris Godwin down the right hash with 5:22 remaining in the first quarter. Hackenberg struggled throughout the season, clearly regressing from his true freshman season, but he'll head into the winter coming off arguably his most impressive collegiate performance. In this game, he displayed all the tools scouts have pointed to in calling him a potential top-five overall talent, including a howitzer arm to push the ball downfield, the velocity to fit the ball into tight windows, toughness in the pocket, accuracy, and an underrated ability to evade pressure. Penn State's maligned offensive line played a little better in this game, and there is hope that the unit will be far better in 2015.
Dec 28 - 3:14 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler announced after Saturday's bowl win against Nebraska that he will return to school in 2015.

Outstanding news for the Trojans. Kessler said he wants to compete for a national championship, and he should have an opportunity to do so with next year's loaded USC squad. Kessler threw for 3,826 yards with a 39/5 TD/INT ratio this year. Next season, he'll throw to a deep receiving corps featuring JuJu Smith and perhaps Nelson Agholor, who is still mulling a jump to the pros. Star RB Javorius Allen is also considering opting into the draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Kessler as the No. 7 draft-eligible signal-caller. An evaluator speaking with the OC Register earlier this month said Kessler is a fourth-round prospect and cited a lack of "elite" physical traits.
Dec 28 - 2:46 PM

NFL scouts have questioned South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis' conditioning and focus, calling it the "Clowney syndrome," reports to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Davis failed to crack 1,000 rushing yards in his final collegiate season and last broke the century mark two-and-a-half months ago. We've also been disappointed by the on-field sluggishness we've seen. "Davis has the compact, physical build for the NFL, running behind his pads and low to the ground to violently work off contact and finish runs," Brugler wrote. "He carries the ball with easy burst and an aggressive mentality, but runs into his own blockers too often and his vision and anticipation showed some rust as a junior. Davis has a versatile skill-set to be an effective receiver with soft hands and experience running routes. However, his work ethic and durability need vetting before a team invests a pick as high as his talent says he should go." The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis grades out as as the No. 7 RB in the 2015 class by, which projects him to go in the top-75. We wouldn't be shocked if he slips into Day 3.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 28 - 1:26 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson officially declared for the 2015 NFL Draft.

Of the many poorly-kept early-entry decisions, Johnson's may have been the worst. Nobody expected him to return for his senior season, and his mother revealed he would jump to the pros on Saturday. Johnson said he made his decision before the team left for the Independence Bowl, and we think it's possible his mind was made up before the season even began. The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson had 1,652 rushing yards on a 6.8 YPC average and 10 touchdowns in 2014. He also chipped in as a receiver with 38 receptions for 421 yards and three scores. Johnson owns several Miami records, including most career rushing yards (3,519), career yards per carry (6.69), and career all-purpose yards (5,526 yards). He has the look of a Day 2 pick.
Dec 28 - 12:56 PM

Notre Dame junior G Nick Martin will return to school for the 2015 season.

"I’m coming back to Notre Dame, there’s no doubt about that," Martin said, adding it was a "simple decision." Martin, Zack's younger brother, asked for an evaluation from the draft advisory board.
Source: CSN Chicago
Dec 27 - 8:46 PM

Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder caught seven passes for 102 yards and returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in the school's 36-31 loss to Arizona State.

Crowder makes plays from multiple alignments: out wide, in the slot and as a returner thanks to agility and body control. He could put on a show in Mobile at the Senior Bowl thanks to precise route running. Still, the earliest we expect him to be drafted is the second day.
Dec 27 - 7:20 PM

Jason Cole cites two 49ers staff members and one other NFL source who say Jim Harbaugh will accept a six-year, $48 million contract to become Michigan's next HC.

Pardon us for going ahead and placing Harbaugh's name in a Michigan shell, but we thought it was better than using Brady Hoke's. "That's what everybody on staff believes is going to happen this week," one of Cole's sources said. "Jim has figured out that his style is best-suited for the college game. His shtick works better with young guys who are gone after three or four years." It had previously been reported that Harbaugh's management will meet with Michigan and Raiders officials as soon as the season is over, which is Sunday. Harbaugh has collegiate coaching experience at Stanford and San Diego.
Dec 27 - 6:03 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong caught seven passes for 103 yards in the school's 36-31 win over Duke.

It was Strong's final collegiate performance, and some believe he is due for a top 50 selection. Strong's name is apt, as one of his bets traits is winning in contested situations. The Combine will also be a meaningful event for Strong's evaluation.
Dec 27 - 5:50 PM

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