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The LA Times' Sam Farmer reports "the word is" the Raiders prefer Fresno State QB Derek Carr over Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel following the NFL Combine.

It is doubtful that the opinion changed during the Combine, although the Raiders were exposed to Carr after attending and viewing Senior Bowl week and the event in Indianapolis was likely the first time they could extensively speak to Manziel. Carr is more of a traditional pocket passer, but he does struggle to throw from a balanced base in the mold of Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford.
Source: LA Times
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 09:48:00 AM

USA Today's Dan Wolken reports that UNLV will hire former Florida LB coach Tim Skipper to serve as defensive coordinator.

Skipper worked as Florida running backs coach from 2015-16 before shifting over to the defensive side to work as linebackers coach for the 2017 campaign. Gators HC Dan Mullen opted not to retain him with his new staff. Prior to his time in Gainesville, Skipper put in stints with Colorado State (2012-2014) and Fresno State (2009-11). While he served as co-defensive coordinator with the Bulldogs, this defensive coordinating gig with UNLV will be his first with the full title.
Jan 16 - 4:24 PM

Rutgers hired Los Angeles Chargers TE coach John McNulty to serve as offensive coordinator.

News of McNulty's impending hiring broke last week, with Rutgers making it official on Tuesday. His only other spot working as a coordinator at the collegiate level came with these same Scarlet Knights from 2007-08. He's spent the vast bulk of career working as an assistant in the NFL. While his extensive experience working in pro-style offenses would seem to fly in the face of the spread attack that HC Chris Ash is attempting to build in New Jersey, McNulty worked with Marcus Mariota in Tennessee (2014-15) and is not completely raw to more up-tempo spread concepts. He specifically mentioned Mariota when speaking to his offensive approach at his new job, saying, "I think it will be a good mix of what we did with the Chargers, a version of that and some things I did in Tennessee with Marcus Mariota as a rookie. I got to study that system extensively out in Oregon and it will also lean towards accentuating the positives of our personnel."
Source: Rivals
Jan 16 - 3:07 PM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that Washington has promoted co-DC/DB coach Jimmy Lake to defensive coordinator.

Lake will take over defensive coordinating and play-calling duties from Pete Kwiatkowski, who remains on staff. He's served as co-defensive coordinator each of the past two seasons and has been with the program since 2014. We don't see this move shifting things considerably for better or worse. Washington played fantastic defense under Kwiatkowski and should continue to do so under Lake. He'll be out DT Vita Vea (lost to the draft), but received good news earlier this winter with announcements of return to Seattle for both DT Greg Gaines and S Jojo McIntosh.
Jan 16 - 2:16 PM

Kentucky senior QB Stephen Johnson will not pursue a football future in any capacity.

Johnson (6'2/183) was already set to move on via graduation, but he will not be looking into the NFL or any other professional football avenue for his future. Explained the Wildcats gunslinger, "I really don’t have the fire or desire or drive to keep on playing it." It doesn't help matters that he is set to undergo surgeries on both shoulders as well as his left knee. Johnson finishes his career with the program having throw for 4,342 yards with a 23/12 TD/INT ratio. He also rushed for 702 yards combined in 2016 and 2017. Just where Kentucky turns at quarterback for the 2018 season is currently unclear. Johnson's backup, Drew Barker, has already announced his intention to transfer.
Jan 16 - 2:03 PM

Rivals' Nate Clouse reports that Nebraska freshman WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr. will transfer to Arizona.

Not quite Christian Kirk, here, but new Wildcats HC Kevin Sumlin receives an almost immediate gift after taking over as head honcho over the weekend. Johnson (6'1/195) was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and enrolled at Nebraska last spring. From that point on, matters unraveled. He was cited for marijuana possession in early June and subsequently left the team to work on his maturity. While there was consistent talk, both from player and team, that there was a good chance he would be able to return to the Huskers at some point after the end of the 2017 regular season, Johnson scuttled all that by announcing his transfer intention in mid-December. Because Johnson did not play for Nebraska during his freshman year, he should be eligible to play immediately for Sumlin come the start of the 2018 season.
Jan 16 - 12:30 PM

Stanford redshirt junior RB Bryce Love will return to school for his final season of eligibility.

Love's production in 2017 was absolutely ridiculous, recording 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns after picking up for the departed Christian McCaffrey. His rate of producing 20-plus yard runs, behind an outstanding offensive line, seemed otherworldly. We all will get to see another year of it. The 2018 running back class still looks great.
Source: SF Gate
Jan 16 - 8:55 AM

The Tuscaloosa News reports that former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is meeting to discuss the opening for offensive coordinator at Alabama.

Freeze would replace Brian Daboll, who is leaving to become the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL. Freeze was essentially forced out from Ole Miss unceremoniously after the discovery that he made a call to an escort service from a university-issued phone. He has a combined record of 49-28 over his seven seasons with Ole Miss and Arkansas State. If hired, Freeze would also be the fourth offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide in the last two years.
Jan 15 - 9:02 PM

According to his personal Twitter account, former Oregon and Texas A&M junior WR Kirk Merritt will transfer to Arkansas State.

Merritt spent last year at East Mississippi CC, better known as the former "Last Chance U." In terms of talent, he's a big acquisition for the Red Wolves. That sentence comes with a big caveat: Merritt is mired with off-field concerns. He was dismissed last May from A&M after troubling charges surfaced of indecent exposure. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder is the No. 34 JUCO prospect in the country, per the 247 Composite. He's a true burner.
Jan 15 - 8:16 PM

According to multiple reports, Alabama redshirt sophomore edge rusher Mekhi Brown will transfer to Tennessee State.

A little-used reserve prior to last Monday, Brown became infamous for a forgettable third quarter stretch against Georgia in the College Football Playoff Championship Game. First, he punched Georgia's Wyatt Payne. After he returned to the sideline, Brown started jawing with an Alabama assistant coach, who he then shoved in the chest before getting restrained by a teammate. Brown re-entered the game and subsequently made a clothesline tackle. "I really felt like a jerk," Brown said after the game. "That’s not how I am. I wanted to win, that’s what it was. I did something stupid. I could have cost us the game." Per reports, Brown was actually on his way out of Tuscaloosa before last Monday. Brown had applied and been accepted to Tennessee State before the game took place. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound edge rusher was a four-star prospect coming out of high school. He's reportedly already taking classes at TSU.
Jan 15 - 8:03 PM

NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks says Alabama freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa "possesses a lot of qualities" that will lead to Russell Wilson comparisons "in time."

The 6-foot-1, 219-pounder replaced benched starter Jalen Hurts in the second half last Monday to lead the Crimson Tide to the national title. "From his unflappable confidence, poise and composure to his pinpoint passing skills in the pocket or on the move, I feel like I saw much the same when I watched Wilson play at N.C. State and Wisconsin," Brooks wrote. Brooks included standard caveats regarding the small sample size and Tua's need to work on his craft over the next few years, but he loved the tools flashed in those fateful two quarters last week. "Tagovailoa showed outstanding arm talent (arm strength, zip, velocity and ball placement) while also displaying terrific anticipation, touch, and timing," he wrote. "Although the performance was far from perfect, he made a few 'big-boy' throws that will make any coach or evaluator take notice." We consider Tua a heavy favorite to win the starting job over Hurts this summer.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 15 - 6:18 PM

Clemson junior DT Christian Wilkins will return to school for the 2018 season.

Clemson had the best defensive line in college football last season. And with Wilkins' decision to return, every member of it is returning to campus in 2018. Wilkins joined First-team All-American DEs Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant in (surprisingly) opting to head back. That terrific trio is joined by manchild DT Dexter Lawrence, who could be the highest-drafted linemen of them all (Lawrence is first eligible to declare for the NFL after the 2018 season). The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Wilkins posted 55 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks and four pass breakups this past season. Assuming good health and another strong season, Wilkins figures to go in Round 1 in the spring of 2019. An NFL scout told NFL.com's Chase Goodbread during the season that Wilkins could be a 10-year All-Pro. ESPN's Mel Kiper deems Wilkins a "Jonathan Allen-type lineman" who could be used as a 3-4 DE or a 4-3 DT in the NFL.
Jan 15 - 5:49 PM




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