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Army senior T Rick Kurz is not listed on the team's spring roster.

Kurz (6'2/265) has not announced that he left the team, nor has the Black Knight program explained his absence from the roster. If he has, indeed, left for reasons unknown, it's a significant loss for Army. Kurz started the first seven contests at left tackle during the 2017 campaign, as well as the last four, with a two-game benching (but not suspension) sandwiched in-between those two starting stints. He's made 27 career starts.
Mar 8 - 4:24 PM

North Texas junior QB Mason Fine (hamstring) was taken to the injury tent during the first quarter of Saturday's game against Utah State.

Fine appeared to injure his left hamstring during a scramble, grabbing the back of his leg before being tackled. While the junior signal-caller finished out the drive, which ended with a UNT touchdown, it was Quinn Shanbour who led the offense the following series. If Fine were unable to return this would be a huge hit to the Mean Green offense.
Dec 15 - 2:52 PM

Notre Dame redshirt freshman RB Jafar Armstrong (ankle) is healthy according to HC Brian Kelly.

"He's healthy finally. He’s back to where he was," HC Brian Kelly said Saturday. Armstrong's been limited by knee and ankle issues this season, rushing for 377 yards and seven touchdowns on 71 carries while also catching 12 passes for another 151 yards. How much the redshirt freshman will factor into Notre Dame's plans for its CFP semifinal against No. 2 Clemson remains to be seen, with that game scheduled for Dec. 29.
Dec 15 - 12:45 PM

Miami promoted OLB coach Jonathan Patke and S coach Ephraim Banda to co-defensive coordinators.

Well that was fast. The Hurricanes almost immediately filled the vacancy left behind when outgoing DC Manny Diaz accepted the head-coaching position with Temple on Thursday. Rather than conduct a massive search, HC Mark Richt instead opted to cover for Diaz's departure with a pair of in-house promotions. Given that Miami is in the thick of December recruiting, this kind of move to preserve continuity on what's almost certainly going to be a strong defensive team next season (even sans Diaz) is one that we can respect.
Dec 14 - 7:44 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Utah State will hire former Western Kentucky HC Mike Sanford to serve as offensive coordinator.

Stanford was fired by the Hilltoppers following a lost 2018 campaign in which his team finished with a 3-9 record. He hasn't had to wait long to land on his feet, though, now set to come over to HC Gary Andersen's new Aggies staff. Sanford has had success as an offensive coordinator in the past -- he previously put in stints with Boise State and Notre Dame -- and makes for a serviceable enough hire despite his inabilities to handle head-coaching duties at WKU.
Dec 14 - 6:59 PM

North Texas junior WR Rico Bussey (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's New Mexico Bowl date with Utah State.

Mean Green HC Seth Littrell said that Bussey would likely be a game-time decision for Saturday's bowl. It appears he's still dealing with the hamstring issue which he sustained against UTSA in the regular-season finale. Should the 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior be unable to take the field against Utah State upcoming, that would represent a tangible blow to the UNT offense. During the regular season, Bussey caught 68 passes for 1,017 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Dec 14 - 6:53 PM

North Dakota State promoted DC Matt Entz to head coach.

Entz receives the promotion with Chris Klieman accepting the job at Kansas State earlier this week. While he is a first-time head coach, his past five years with NDSU -- one of the winningest programs in the NCAA -- figure to have helped to ready him for the next step. If you'll recall, Klieman, himself, was given the head-coaching job with the Bison after Craig Bohl left to take the gig at Wyoming several years back. This is a program which is more than well enough equipped to weather the loss of a head coach.
Dec 14 - 6:47 PM

Michigan State junior CB Justin Layne declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Layne (6'3/185) logged a career-best 72 tackles to go with an interception and 15 passes defended while starting 12 games during the 2018 regular season. This strong body of work earned him second-team all-conference honors from both the coaches and the media. He has serviceable speed, size and a nose for the ball, but will need to test well to cement a potential Day 2 selection. Layne is unlikely to play in the Red Box Bowl against Oregon on Dec. 31, though his status there has not been officially announced.
Dec 14 - 6:40 PM

FIU junior RB Shawndarrius Phillips was arrested on an outstanding warrant on Wednesday.

A little bit to unpack, here. Phillips was arrested on Wednesday for suspicion of domestic battery by strangulation relating to an alleged confrontation with his girlfriend on June 17, with his arrest warrant issued on Aug. 24 -- before FIU had even kicked off their season. That warrant was outstanding up until the arrest was finally made this week, despite the fact that Phillips was easily, easily locatable. He appeared in 11 games during the regular season while making five starts. Even now, the team is not commenting on the case (specifically we're wondering whether or not they were aware of the situation prior to Wednesday), with the junior still listed on the team's online roster. Just a strange case on the whole in the way that it was mishandled by, apparently, everybody. Again, the warrant was issued on Aug. 24.
Dec 14 - 6:28 PM

The Athletic's Bruce Feldman reports that Akron will hire Chattanooga HC Tom Arth to serve in the same capacity.

Akron a little behind the eight ball in finding their next head coach relative to other teams in similar situations, but looks like they've got their man, now. Arth has spent the last two seasons heading up Chattanooga's program and earlier served as head coach at John Carroll (D-III) from 2013-16. Arth owns a respectable 49-21 record for his head-coaching career, though it should be noted that he went just 9-13 at Chattanooga.
Dec 14 - 6:07 PM

UCLA redshirt sophomore QB Devon Modster transferred to Cal.

Modster (6'1/250) announced his transfer intent in late September. He did not take a snap during the 2018 season. The redshirt sophomore signal-caller had a spot cameo near the end of the 2017 campaign, when he saw playing time due to Josh Rosen injury concern. In five games for that season as a whole, he threw for 671 yards with a 4/0 TD/INT ratio. Crucially, Modster spent the autumn in the JUCO ranks (though not as a football player) following his transfer declaration and is expected to be eligible to play immediately with Cal in 2019. The Golden Bears are almost certainly going to be having an open competition at quarterback this offseason and we could see Modster starting next season if he can show out strong with his new crew. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Source: Rivals
Dec 14 - 5:59 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (ankle) was able to throw during Friday's practice.

Tagovailoa (6'1/218) underwent a minor surgical procedure on his ankle following the SEC Championship Game. He was initially expected to be working on a two-week recovery timeline and it looks like he was able to stay on track with that. The sophomore star has until Dec. 29 to get back to full strength as best he can before Alabama embarks on its Playoff run in a semifinal showdown with Oklahoma.
Dec 14 - 5:34 PM




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