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Western Kentucky senior LB Andrew Jackson, likely the team's top NFL prospect, said the Hilltoppers are "going to handle" Kentucky on Saturday.

"I don't care anything about them," Jackson said. "We just gonna hit 'em in the mouth and get it over with." Western Kentucky beat the Wildcats last year in overtime, but both squads lost some talent to the NFL. Jackson projects as a two down run stuffer thanks to his ability to work between the tackles, but he'll need to show more range to improve his evaluation.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 11:23:00 AM

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

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes Pitt QB Nathan Peterman could be an NFL starter.

Peterman has "the poise, accuracy and field vision" to earn that label, according to Zierlein. So many are going to try to find the next Dak Prescott, but that goal is impossible. Peterman, however, could prove to be a great value and is easily the top senior passer in this class. He was bumped up to the Senior Bowl a few weeks ago.
Jan 17 - 9:08 AM

The Oregonian's Andrew Greif reports that three Oregon players have been hospitalized following "grueling" strength and conditioning workouts last week.

Per Greif, the three players in question are OLs Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and TE Cam McCormick. While the trio remains hospitalized at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon, they are said to be listed in fair condition. Greif writes that the workouts have been "described by multiple sources as akin to military basic training, with one said to include up to an hour of continuous push-ups and up-downs." In a released statement, Oregon said, "While we cannot comment on the health of our individual students, we have implemented modifications as we transition back into full training to prevent further occurrences."
Jan 16 - 8:26 PM

Cal hired Eastern Washington HC Beau Baldwin to serve as offensive coordinator.

Baldwin takes over for Jake Spavital, who is moving on to tackle the offensive-coordinating position at West Virginia. With Eastern Washington (he served as head coach for nine season), Baldwin's offenses were about as explosive as they come. In the FCS ranks, the Eagles finished third in points scored in 2016, posting 42.36 on average. That wasn't even their most potent season in recent memory, as they finished first in the FCS in scoring back in 2014. We love the hire, as it provides a perfect yin to the defensive yang of new HC Justin Wilcox (formerly Wisconsin's defensive coordinator).
Jan 16 - 6:32 PM

Alabama has promoted offensive analyst Mike Locksley to a full-time offensive assistant.

Just what Locksley's role with the Tide will be next season isn't quite clear at this juncture. The university did not provide further detail as to his exact responsibilities. This past season, he worked with fellow offensive analyst Steve Sarkisian, before Sark took over as offensive coordinator for Lane Kiffin prior to the National Championship Game. Before he joined Alabama for the 2016 season, the 47-year-old Locksley previously served as Maryland's offensive coordinator from 2012-2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 5:54 PM

The NCAA has denied Louisiana-Lafayette senior QB Anthony Jennings' request for an additional year of eligibility.

As Jennings' request for an extra year had nothing to do with an injury, it was always going to be a shoot-the-moon scenario. No such luck. The quarterback's argument was that he played so sparingly in 2015 with LSU -- appearing in only two games and posting no statistics in that space -- that it should have been treated like a redshirt year. The NCAA is not buying that argument. Jennings transferred over to Louisiana-Lafayette after that 2015 season and started for the Rajin' Cajuns this past campaign. As he has been nixed on the additional year of eligibility, that officially puts Jennings' collegiate career to rest. "I wanted to wish him the best for the future and thank him for his time here as a Ragin’ Cajun," said HC Mark Hudspeth. "He has been a class act."
Jan 16 - 5:11 PM

ESPN's Chris Low reports that former Tennessee HC Phillip Fulmer is a "prime candidate" for the university's athletic directorship.

Fulmer served as head coach with the Volunteers for 16 seasons (1992-2008) and compiled a 152-52 record along the way. After his squad posted a 5-7 campaign in 2008, he was shown the door. Current AD Dave Hart is expected to step down in retirement before his contract runs out in June, meaning that if Fulmer was hired for the position, the 66-year-old would likely take over at some point this spring.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 4:57 PM

South Carolina senior LB Skai Moore announced he will return to school in 2017.

Great news for Will Muschamp and crew, as Moore decided to return for a fifth year after losing 2016 to a neck injury. Moore will take a redshirt after aggravating a herniated disk from the 2015 season. The star LB recorded 110 tackles in 2015 to earn him All-SEC honors. He's led the Gamecocks in tackles in all three seasons he's played.
Jan 16 - 3:43 PM

UCLA fired offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.

Though Klemm is an ace recruiter, this is probably the right move. Not only have his lines struggled the past few years despite ample talent, but the NCAA slapped Klemm with a two-year show-cause order last September for recruiting violations. That foible got him suspended in the spring of 2015. "Adrian is a friend, which makes change difficult sometimes," UCLA coach Jim Mora said in a statement. "But right now, this is what is in the best interest of the program."
Source: ESPN
Jan 16 - 3:24 PM

USC junior CB Adoree' Jackson declared for the NFL Draft.

The winner of the 2016 Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best cornerback, Jackson moonlighted as a receiver and kick returner at USC. Jackson is a twitched-up athlete who reached the qualifiers for the Rio Summer Games in the long jump event. An anonymous scout told NFL.com in November that Jackson looked like a second-rounder. Walter Football (36th) and SB Nation (53rd) have rankings that mirror that opinion, and many industry mock exercises have omitted Jackson from Rd. 1. NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has concerns about Jackson's size (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) and compares him to the Bengals' Adam Jones. Jackson's athleticism isn't in question, but he'll need to work on his technique. Despite that Thorpe award, Jackson was inconsistent in coverage for a top prospect in 2016.
Jan 16 - 3:08 PM

Alabama TE O.J. Howard accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

In so doing, he becomes arguably the best prospect to participate in this year's event. Howard joins teammates Ryan Anderson, Dalvin Tomlinson and Cole Mazza in Mobile. A potential first-rounder, Howard had 45 receptions for 595 yards and three touchdowns this past season. An AFC area scout comped him to Jimmy Graham earlier this month.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 16 - 1:43 PM




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