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TCU senior QB Casey Pachall will miss at least eight weeks with a fractured left forearm.

Pachall underwent surgery on Saturday. The timetable leaves Pachall available for the last three games of the season, at best. Trevone Boykin will take over the starting spot after doing the same last season when Pachall took the semester off due to substance issues. Boykin is a runner first, so expect TCU's offense to look slightly different.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 09:07:00 AM

USC AD Pat Haden has been released from the hospital after undergoing an undisclosed procedure.

Haden did like all the cool kids and announced his hospital release via Twitter, writing, "Happy to get home today. Thx for all the good wishes! Looking forward to get back to work as soon as possible. Fight on." He was initially hospitalized on Wednesday after collapsing near Heritage Hall on the USC campus. He'll be stepping aside from his role as athletic director this summer, though he plans on continuing to work for the university in a different capacity.
Feb 14 - 6:10 PM

Former Ole Miss QB Archie Manning defended the university from charges of NCAA violations, saying, "We can [recruit] because we’ve got a great head coach who’s a good recruiter."

No surprise that Manning's stepping to bat for HC Hugh Freeze--he was on the search committee that initially recommended Freeze for the head gig back in 2011. Said Manning, "Their concept is selling Ole Miss, selling the program and maybe doing something a little different than what everybody else has been doing." The NCAA has charged the university with 28 violations across three sports, 13 of which have been levied against the football program according to an Associated Press report. While nine of those 13 charges reportedly occurred since Freeze took over the program, Manning's not buying it. "I know the integrity of Hugh Freeze. That’s my only answer. That’s what I know."
Feb 14 - 5:56 PM

Louisville redshirt junior edge rusher Devonte Fields said he played with a torn labrum from Week 4 of the 2015 season on.

Fields underwent shoulder surgery last month and is expected to miss spring football practices. That he played so long with a torn labrum is truly impressive given what the Cardinals star accomplished down the stretch. Of his No. 2-nationally 22 TFL, 18.5 came in the last seven games. He also led the team with 11 sacks and was Louisville's fourth-leading tackler with 64. Despite losing Sheldon Rankins, Louisville's defense may be even stronger next year. A fully-healthy Fields will be joined by standout returnees linebacker Keith Kelsey, defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown and safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, among others.
Feb 14 - 12:55 PM

Pittsburgh junior RB James Conner (knee/Hodgkin lymphoma) has resumed working out with the team.

Both Conner and Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi have guaranteed that Conner will play in 2016 and the star runner appears to be on track to do just that. Conner is coming off one of the most devastating seasons we can remember. The Heisman darkhorse suffered a season-ending MCL tear in Week 1 and then found out during rehab that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. "He is such an inspiration," Narduzzi told FOX Sports on Saturday. "Our kids see him, and whenever they feel like they're tired and or life's getting tough, they look at him and see what he's doing. The guy doesn't want to pull back on anything. He's such an unbelievable kid." Conner ran for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 14 - 12:39 PM

Bowling Green graduate WR Gehrig Dieter transferred to Alabama.

Dieter announced his intention to transfer via Twitter, thanking his teammates and coaches. Plus, AD Chris Kingston, whom Dieter referred to as a "second father." The 6-foot-3, 207-pounder's not a minor catch for HC Nick Saban. Last season, he hauled in 94 passes for 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns. He should have a strong chance of earning a starting spot for the 2016 campaign.
Feb 13 - 4:31 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer voiced extreme displeasure over the concept of an early signing day for recruits, saying, "The early signing period, why would you do that?"

"I'm not a fan of [an early signing day]," Meyer said, adding, "You're moving it just forward and forward, what if a kid wants to change his mind? (If) he wants to change his mind because of coaching changes or other circumstances, the player should be allowed to change his mind." While we tend to agree with Meyer's logic here, it's difficult not to view his comments at least somewhat cynically. After all, Ohio State earned the No. 3 slot on Rivals' class rankings for this cycle at least in part because he nabbed two of the exact sorts of prospects he's speaking of in Maryland defectors Keandre Jones (linebacker) and Dwayne Haskins (quarterback). If an early signing day concept had been implemented, it's possible that neither of those young men--both Maryland natives--would have flipped over to the Buckeye cause.
Feb 13 - 3:15 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks compares Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith to retired seven-time Pro Bowler Patrick Willis.

Willis was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers drafted No. 11 overall in 2007. "Jaylon Smith is an all-time athlete, a guy you absolutely love. He's a thumper in the middle, he can run from sideline to sideline. He's very violent in his play, a guy that I believe is a three-down linebacker, very versatile. He kind of reminds me of a young Patrick Willis in terms of his ability to play in the middle of a 3-4 defense," Brooks said. "(He'll) make plays, communicate all the calls, and do all the things you look for from that position. A natural leader. He's a guy that I think is going to be a star. If not for the injury, I think we're talking about a top-five talent." Smith tore his ACL and LCL in the Fiesta Bowl. His 2016 season is currently in question, though his rehab is reportedly ahead of schedule. An AFC college scouting director said last month that he believes Smith's "draft floor" is the No. 18 selection.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 11:01 PM

College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread believes Baylor DT Andrew Billings may challenge Stephen Paea's combine record of 49 reps on the bench press.

In the weight room, Billings is a freak among freaks. He and Mark Henry are arguably the two strongest high schoolers in American history (back in the day, Henry was called "the world's strongest teenager" by the Los Angeles Times). Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Billings as the No. 10 overall draft prospect and sees him being used in the NFL like the Panthers used Star Lotulelei. The 6-foot-1, 310-pounder has also drawn several comparisons to Aaron Donald.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 10:51 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz could be used like Cam Newton in the NFL.

Similarly to Newton, the 6-foot-5, 233-pound Wentz is huge, athletic, creative, confident, always willing to test the defense. Oh, and they both come equipped with guns. "The comparison comes from watching Wentz play in the fall and watching him execute some of the concepts and tactics that Cam does for the Panthers," Brooks said. "Designed quarterback runs, powers, draw plays, some of the zone-read things, that leads me to believe a creative offensive coordinator could implement some of those things for him to take advantage of his unique athleticism for a guy his size." Brooks concluded: "People say (Joe) Flacco and some other guys (when making Wentz comparisons), but he's far more athletic than that. He's not the physical specimen than Cam is but he is a big-bodied, athletic quarterback who is very comfortable running and putting his body in harm's way."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 10:25 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore WR Shaq Davidson intends to transfer.

Davidson has left the team already. A 2014 four-star signee, Davidson redshirted in his first year and then missed last season with torn knee ligament sustained in preseason practices. The former Shrine Bowl and U.S. Army All-America Bowl selection figures to get plenty of love on the transfer free agent circuit.
Source: The State
Feb 12 - 10:11 PM

Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith's goal for the NFL Combine on Feb. 25 is to walk without crutches.

Smith is diligently rehabbing the torn ACL and LCL he suffered in his left knee at the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 (Smith underwent surgery Jan. 7). Set to report to the combine nearly eight weeks after the injury, a timetable that allows most people who suffered a similar injury to bear weight. "He’s looking really good," a source told 247 Sports last week. "We fully anticipate that when he gets to the combine and people see him, they’re going to be pretty impressed. (The specialists) are just flabbergasted at his recovery right now. They said people typically don’t recover like this. The one thing they’re really blown away by is how good his leg looks." It's too early to guess at when Smith will play in his first NFL game.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 12 - 8:03 PM




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