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ESPN's Adam Schefter has no doubts that USC QB Matt Barkley will be a first-round pick.

Schefter did note that it will be "a bit more challenging to be the first quarterback off the board." We find a hard time putting Barkley in the first-round with how teams are currently slotted, but draft day trades could certainly change that. Schefter has now all but guaranteed Barkley and Te'o as first-round picks.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 01:35:00 PM

Washington junior QB Jake Browning is expected to be shelved for six weeks after recently undergoing right shoulder surgery.

Per the Seattle Times, the injury occurred against Arizona State on Nov. 19. Browning played through it, and Huskies coaches kept the news a secret as they prepared for the College Football Playoff. The throwing-shoulder injury gives some context to Browning's late-season struggles (along with playing a brutal slate down the stretch. Browning had a 202.79 quarterback rating through nine games, better than Russell Wilson’s 2011 NCAA single-season record. His QB rating dropped to 161.82 over the final five games. Browning was sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting after throwing for 3,430 yards and 43 scores.
Jan 18 - 3:21 PM

Rutgers senior WR Janarion Grant was granted a medical redshirt from the Big 10 and will return to school next season.

Outstanding news for the Scarlet Knights, who unexpectedly get their best playmaker back for another season after he broke his ankle in the fourth game of his true senior season. Rutgers was toothless on offense from the second Grant's ankle gave out. The Scarlet Knights finished No. 128 of 128 FBS teams in yards from scrimmage and No. 127 in scoring (15.7 ppg). ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. says a healthy Grant may have been a late Day 3 pick because of his special teams ability. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder has 2,606 all-purpose yards and eight return touchdowns in his career.
Source: NJ.com
Jan 18 - 2:20 PM

Miami graduate RB Gus Edwards will transfer.

This is an unfortunate development for the Hurricanes, who also recently lost second-leading rusher Joe Yearby to early declaration. Edwards was third on the team in rushing in 2016, logging 290 yards on 59 carries (4.9 yards per carry). Miami will need to develop depth behind starter Mark Walton posthaste. As for Edwards, he's eligible to play for another FBS school in 2017 as a graduate. The 6-foot-2, 225 pound tailback from Staten Island once committed to Syracuse and may be interested in doing so again.
Source: ESPN
Jan 18 - 1:50 PM

Oklahoma sophomore CB Parrish Cobb was arrested for three counts of aggravated robbery.

He's currently being held. Police suspect Cobb of robbing a pedestrian of his wallet while armed on Jan. 10. Baylor police and nearby Bellmead authorities also want to talk to Cobb about armed robberies they're investigating. Oklahoma suspended Cobb, who started two games and made four appearances as a true freshman in 2016.
Source: ESPN
Jan 18 - 1:08 PM

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson declined an invitation to attend the Senior Bowl.

Of the two outcomes, this one was most likely. Watson graduated in December, so he was eligible for the event and would have been coached by the Cleveland Browns who own the No. 1 pick. Watson cited the long season as to why he declined the opportunity, which is very valid. Other passers have declined in the past, including Marcus Mariota. Watson is locked into a three-way competition for the first quarterback off the board with Mitch Trubisky and DeShone Kizer. None will be in Mobile, AL. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report first reported the news.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 18 - 11:55 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that "after surveying league people during the first day of Shrine [Game] practice, the overwhelming belief is [Clemson QB Deshaun] Watson will receive second-round grades in war rooms."

"He’ll grade well in the areas of character and leadership," Pauline writes, "but his accuracy down the field and out to the flanks has been a constant worry. Teams here also question whether or not Watson can play from the pocket." The analyst doesn't think the first round is out of the question for the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, but believes that would likely only come if a team in need of a quarterback were to trade up from the second round to grab Watson in the final 10 picks of Round 1 (much like the Vikings did with Teddy Bridgewater).
Jan 17 - 4:27 PM

Lauren Rew of FM 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City reports that Auburn has interviewed Oklahoma State OC Mike Yurcich for their open position.

Yurcich -- or whomever Auburn ends up hiring -- will take over for Tigers OC Rhett Lashlee, who jumped ship for UConn earlier this offseason. Yurcich was a 2016 nominee for the Broyles Award (handed out annually to the nation's top assistant coach) and helped forge an offense which ranked 14th in the country in total offense this past season. He has been with the Cowboys since 2013. One name that has already reportedly been nixed from the running at Auburn -- that of former Baylor HC Art Briles.
Jan 17 - 3:23 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Western Michigan has hired Indiana coordinator Kevin Johns to serve as offensive coordinator.

Football Scoop was first on this one. Johns has been a versatile piece of Indiana coaching staff over the past six seasons and has worked as a coordinator, a quarterbacks coach and a wide receivers coach. Prior to that stint with the Hoosiers, he had spent seven years on the Northwestern sideline. Western Michigan has yet to name a defensive coordinator, but that figures to happen in relatively short order.
Source: mlive.com
Jan 17 - 2:57 PM

Former Virginia Tech HC Frank Beamer has been added to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

The selection committee has filled all three of their vacant seats. In addition to Beamer, Ohio State AD Gene Smith and Robert Morris President Chris Howard will also be helping to sort out the Playoff over the next three years. "To join a group with so many great minds and such a diverse range of experience, I just want to pull my weight," Beamer said. "The committee has an important role, and I’ll do everything asked of me to help rank the best teams in America for the right to compete for the national championship."
Jan 17 - 1:12 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Michigan RB coach Tyrone Wheatley to serve in the same capacity.

Wheatley was brought on staff by Michigan in the 2015 offseason. This past season, he oversaw a Wolverines rushing attack which racked up 2,768 yards. While Michigan should be able to find a suitable candidate to replace Wheatley in short order, they could end up taking a slight recruiting hit in the long run. Wheatley was a gem in that arena, ranking as the seventh-best recruiter in the country. He has helped secure 10 commitments in the 2017 class.
Jan 17 - 12:20 PM

Arkansas promoted DB coach Paul Rhoads to defensive coordinator.

Rhoads takes over for Robb Smith, who accepted the defensive-coordinating position at Minnesota earlier this month. The 49-year-old Rhoads initially joined the Arkansas staff as DB coach last winter. Prior to that gig, he had worked as head coach at Iowa State from 2009-2015. He also has coordinating experience with Auburn and Pittsburgh. With Rhoads now guiding the Razorback defense in total, it is likely that Arkansas will shift from a 4-3 scheme to a 3-4 scheme for the 2017 campaign.
Jan 17 - 12:08 PM




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