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Oklahoma senior Blake Bell won the starting tight end job.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound former starting quarterback beat out Taylor McNamara in Monday's depth chart. "Blake, he's been really solid," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Monday. "He loves doing it. He's really a big a target, a comfortable target for Trevor or any quarterback when in the middle of the field. He's got great hands. The different lifting and training from a quarterback to a tight end has helped him get stronger and bigger, so the blocking has been solid, and I think that's something that as we go through the year that will improve the more he's on the field and the more opportunities he gets." Bell struggled with his accuracy as a signal-caller, but he also practiced a little bit at QB in camp and is being viewed as an emergency option if Trevor Knight gets injured. Stoops said "it never hurts to have an emergency plan." Currently, Cody Thomas is listed as the second-team quarterback.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 04:41:00 PM

Houston sophomore QB Kyle Allen -- a recent Texas A&M transfer -- was critical of the Aggies' "culture" and program "vision."

"I think the culture was a big part of it, and I think that stems from Johnny [Manziel's] era there -- the way that they let Johnny and [others] act there," Allen said in an interview with CBS Sports. "They [could] do that and still win games because they had Johnny ... and five offensive linemen playing in the NFL right now. A lot of people were riding off that, 'I can do whatever the hell I want and win on Saturday.'" Allen left the Aggies for Houston in December (fellow QB Kyler Murray transferred to Oklahoma this winter as well). "Everyone wasn't in a straight line," Allen said. "Everyone was going this way, this way, this way. We had a ton of talent there. I think that, once you get all the right coaches there and get the vision right, you can do a lot of things."
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 3:24 PM

Duke redshirt junior QB Thomas Sirk suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon during a Tuesday workout.

Sirk is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday and is currently without a return timetable. Duke's starting quarterback missed the entire 2013 campaign after rupturing his right Achilles tendon in offseason workouts of that year. Sirk threw for 2,625 yards with a 16/8 TD/INT ratio last season. If Sirk is required to miss any time in 2016, redshirt junior Parker Boehme would likely take over the offense. Boehme completed 55.1 percent of his passes (43-of-78) for 579 yards, two touchdowns and one interception across his sporadic (one start) 2015 playing time.
Feb 9 - 1:45 PM

NFL personnel executives polled by ESPN's Adam Schefter indicated that the Titans will likely take Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil if they remain at No. 1 overall.

Doing so would upgrade a horrific offensive line into a unit that could have Tunsil and Taylor Lewan as Marcus Mariota's bookend tackles for years. Schefter reports that Tennessee will continue to explore options to trade down from the No. 1 overall pick, with Cleveland (No. 2), San Diego (No. 3), Dallas (No. 4) and San Francisco (No. 7) lining up as potential partners.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 1:29 PM

The NFL has banned players with convictions for domestic violence, sexual assault or weapons offenses from attending future scouting combine's in Indianapolis.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent sent out a league-wide memo late last month stating that prospects would be barred from "any league-related event" if they have a felony or misdemeanor conviction on their record. "It is important for us to remain strongly committed to league values as we demonstrate to our fans, future players, coaches, general managers, and others who support our game that character matters," Vincent wrote. The rule would have banned former Michigan LB Frank Clark from participating. TCU QB Trevone Boykin, who was charged with felony assault of a police officer and suspended for the Alamo Bowl, may become the rule's first target. If that happens, Boykin would still be able to attend private workouts, pro days and regional combines.
Source: USA Today
Feb 9 - 12:51 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah praised the ability of UCLA WR/TE Thomas Duarte, who has been overlooked in the receiver group so far.

"I see some Jordan Reed type burst, quickness and ball skills.," Jeremiah tweeted about the junior receiver who somewhat surprisingly declared early for the 2016 NFL Draft. Duarte never eclipsed 1,000 yards in a season for UCLA and posted just three games over 100 receiving yards during his final season. The 6-foot-3 225-pound receiver could get looks as a passing focused tight end and excels in the open areas of the field.
Feb 9 - 10:35 AM

Pro Football Focus analyst Gordon McGuinness wrote, "it’s not unreasonable to think that [Alabama RB Kenyan Drake] might actually have a better pro career [than teammate Derrick Henry].

McGuinness broke down potential draft prospects for the Broncos and Panthers on Monday. He sees the 6-foot-1, 202-pound Drake as a nice fit for Denver, noting that he "could provide a welcome boost to an offense that will likely have plenty of question marks given the quarterback situation." One of the immediate advantages Drake has over Henry in this conversation is that the latter is almost certainly going to cost a higher draft pick. One immediate downer? Drake's never been given more than 92 carries in a collegiate campaign. Whether he has the durability to hold up to a full workload remains to be seen--something that's not true for Henry, who swings to the opposite extreme (possibly to his detriment). Another early demerit for Drake: During the Senior Bowl practice week, CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang observed that he had his issues with drops and struggled to perform in pass-blocking drills.
Feb 8 - 9:32 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that former Houston HC Tom Levine will join the Western Kentucky staff as an offensive assistant and special teams coordinator.

Levine, 43, served as Houston's head coach from 2011-2014. He held a 21-17 record in his time with the Cougars before the axe fell in December of 2014. He already has a connection to Hilltoppers' HC Jeff Brohm, as the two worked together as assistants at Louisville in the early 2000's. He should fit like a glove with Western Kentucky's high-octane attack. In 2011, his Houston team became the first in NCAA history to accumulate more than 8,000 total yards.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 8 - 8:38 PM

In a Monday mock draft, CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler slotted Memphis QB Paxton Lynch to the Eagles with the 13th selection.

"With the Eagles begin[ning] a new era this off-season and, assuming they move on from Sam Bradford, need[ing] a fresh face at quarterback. Lynch is very young in quarterback years, but he checks several boxes to develop into a quality NFL starter," Brugler believes The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder does, indeed, check at least the "athleticism" boxes, though there are legitimate questions about his accuracy and decision-making that could cause him to slide come April. Brugler's Monday mock--as a whole--is among the more favorable we've seen for the quarterback position. Not only does he have Carson Wentz (No. 2 to the Browns), Jared Goff (No. 7 to the 49ers) and Lynch (No. 13 to the Eagles) as Top-15 names, he's also slotted Michigan State QB Connor Cook to the Texans at No. 22.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 6:00 PM

2017 five-star LB Dylan Moses indicated that Alabama is currently the leader in the clubhouse for his services.

Moses committed to LSU as an eighth-grader. That's perhaps the most frightening sentence ever written in the history of mankind. Predictably, he's re-opened the recruiting process, as it was never realistic that he would hold to that LSU commitment for four years (though he could circle back around to it). For the time being, he's leaning toward the Tide. "Alabama is still my leader because they are more structured. They have very good discipline over there so they get their kids doing what they have to do," said the 6-foot-1, 213-pounder. In addition to Bama, he listed Texas, Florida, Georgia, UCLA and USC as potential schools to watch. Rivals ranks Moses as their No. 4 overall prospect for the 2017 class.
Feb 8 - 4:41 PM

Ohio State WR Michael Thomas "had trouble picking up the offense early in his career," according to his scouting report on CBS Sports.

Thomas redshirted the 2013 season after playing as a true freshman in 2012, which is very uncommon. The reason? Thomas struggled "with consistency and academics" according to Dane Brugler who wrote the scouting report. However, since the redshirt season, Thomas continued to develop and was arguably the Buckeyes' second best offensive player in 2015 behind Ezekiel Elliott. Receivers who struggle with nailing down the playbook as a rookie tend to have limited playing time, so it is worth monitoring.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 12:03 PM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly told Bruce Feldman that junior QB Malik Zaire and redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer will compete for the starting job this offseason.

"We’ll let those two kids... compete old-fashion (for the starting job). It’ll be wide open and let the best man win," Kelly said. The head coach is in a unique position among his peers, boasting two solid starters at a position where such players can be tough to come by. Zaire opened last season as the starter after winning the job in an offseason competition against Everett Golson, who eventually transferred. Zaire is still recovering from a right ankle injury, but signs point to a return for spring practice.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 8 - 8:39 AM




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