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A source close to Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch told Pro Football Weekly's Eric Edholm that an earlier report regarding the linebacker failing medical checks was untrue.

Edholm writes that his source from Vander Esch's camp "completely and vehemently denies" that the linebacker has run into issues with his medical checks. Earlier on Monday, Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reported that several teams had axed the Boise State standout from their draft boards due to health concerns. Edholm is hearing that Vander Esch was not even at combine rechecks, though. We'll cut through the smoke one way or another in a little over a week.
Apr 16 - 1:35 PM

FAU HC Lane Kiffin spoke out in opposition to North Carolina HC Larry Fedora's Wednesday skepticism regarding the connection between CTE and concussions.

"What's the most important thing? Long-term health, or how the game looks?" Kiffin asked rhetorically on Thursday. He later added that he believes that safety changes being implemented in the game -- which he supports -- will ultimately help the sport and help to keep people involved with the sport. Fedora made major waves on Wednesday when he voiced doubts over the scientific connection between CTE and concussions, saying that football was "under attack." Dino Babers and Will Muschamp are among those (along with Kiffin) who have spoken out in refutation of Fedora's stance over the past 24-plus hours.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 3:09 PM

Alabama redshirt senior LB Keith Holcombe has quit football in order to focus on baseball.

"He's always wanted to play baseball. He's had an opportunity to play baseball, and we decided to give him the opportunity to go full-time in baseball this year," Tide HC Nick Saban said, explaining that Holcombe had the option to potentially give it a go as a two-sport athlete, but that the redshirt senior declined on the football side. So baseball it is, now. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder was an active performer for the defending champs last season, recording 38 tackles, but Saban and his staff have been anticipating his departure for some time, as Holcombe did not take part in spring practice. His loss thins an already thin depth chart at inside linebacker. The team should be OK for now, but if Dylan Moses or Mack Wilson were to suffer injury upcoming, the lack of depth might start to become problematic.
Source: AL.com
Jul 19 - 2:11 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that senior WR Will Hastings' recovery from a torn ACL sustained in the spring is "going excellent."

"He's off to a very good start," Malzahn said. Hastings (5'10/167) initially tore his ACL during spring practices. Even at the beginning of May, Malzahn was expressing hope that the wideout would be ready to return to play before the end of the upcoming campaign. No setbacks have occurred since to dash that hope, it would appear. Just when -- specifically -- Hastings might be healthy enough to see the field remains unknown, but this picture should begin to clarify in the coming weeks. Working out of the slot last season, he registered a 26-525-4 receiving line.
Jul 19 - 1:55 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Clemson DC Brent Venables has received a five-year contract extension.

Per ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, Venables' extension will be worth $11.6 million in total. The 47-year-old coordinator is going to draw $2 million for his annual base salary -- he'll be the highest paid assistant in the country -- with retention bonuses kicking in each year for the duration. Venables is often floated as a potential candidate for head-coaching jobs when the carousel picks up its spin in late autumn, but seems incredibly comfortable with his position on staff at Clemson and may well just be one of those coaches who has no urge to continue to climb the ladder.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 1:36 PM

North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham said that the program self-reported several violations to the NCAA relating to players selling shoes.

"There were a number of students [who sold shoes]," Cunningham said during an ACC media event on Thursday. He added those those players -- none of whom were named -- could potentially face some sort of a suspension. While NCAA infractions are never welcomed, it could be worse. This is considered a "secondary violation," which does not carry the sort of steep penalty we've seen levied in the past. If any suspensions do develop from this case, we'll pass along word.
Jul 19 - 1:13 PM

USC sophomore WR Joseph Lewis was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence on Wednesday night.

TMZ Sports initially broke the news of Lewis' arrest, with that report subsequently confirmed by USA Today through the LAPD. At this juncture, little information is available beyond the basic fact that the sophomore wideout was arrested at 11:00 PM on Wednesday following an alleged altercation with a woman. The timing is about as bad as can be imagined -- it comes just over a week after Lewis was released from jail after serving 21 days as part of a plea deal reached after he was arrested in February on a pair of domestic battery charges. Lewis was hopeful to be able to rejoin the Trojans for August camp, but that's almost certainly not going to happen, now. It's very possible USC moves to dismiss him altogether, though that has not yet occurred.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 11:54 AM

Missouri dismissed indefinitely suspended redshirt senior S Kaleb Prewett.

Prewett (6'1/210) has been on the bad side of HC Barry Odom since January, when the team initially moved to issue an indefinite suspension against the redshirt senior. A little over half-a-year later, the former Kansas State Wildcat has been booted altogether. We still don't know what, exactly, Prewett did to earn the ultimate dismissal, as the only reason given for his initial suspension was a boilerplate "violation of team rules." Regardless, the end result, here, is that Missouri is letting go a versatile starting defender, one who handled both strongside linebacking and safety duties at times last year.
Jul 19 - 11:43 AM

Boise State junior RB Alexander Mattison (leg) has been participating in offseason workouts and expects to be a full participant in August camp.

Mattison (6'0/200) initially injured his lower left leg during the fourth quarter of Boise State's Mountain West title-game showdown with Fresno State this past autumn. He underwent offseason surgery to repair the health concern and subsequently sat out contact work during spring practice while continuing his rehabilitation. The junior back resumed participating in workouts in June, though it should be noted that he did have a slight setback earlier this summer, one which required another (more minor) procedure on the leg. Mattison has enough wear and tear on him that it's worth monitoring how cleanly he's able to make it through camp. This past season, he rushed for 1,086 yards and 12 touchdowns, with much of that production coming in the second half of the campaign, after he had gotten his feet under him. He was named to the Doak Walker preseason watch list earlier this week.
Jul 19 - 11:18 AM

Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente said that the "door's closed" on the possibility that dismissed redshirt junior S/LB Mook Reynolds could return to the team.

Not an ounce of wiggle room coming from Fuente on this one. Reynolds was arrested a week ago Monday and subsequently hit with a felony charge of selling and distributing marijuana and/or the possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or distribute. The program moved to dismiss him immediately following that arrest -- felony charges are almost universally going to get players kicked out of school. Over the past two seasons, Reynolds has posted 134 total tackles, 18.0 of which went for loss. Devon Hunter, a sophomore, could potentially be in line to step up as starter in place of Reynolds with a strong August camp.
Jul 18 - 4:33 PM

Miami HC Mark Richt said that redshirt senior QB Malik Rosier will be the team's starter when they open the season against LSU on Sept. 2.

"He's the starter. Malik's the starter. And if something changes, I'll let you know," Richt said while addressing the media on Wednesday. None of this comes as any particular surprise, as Rosier started for the Hurricanes last season and lost no ground to dynamic dual-threat redshirt freshman N'Kosi Perry during the spring. Perry might be the sexier name, but Rosier is a dependable, known quantity after throwing for 3,120 yards (54-percent completions) with a 26/14 TD/INT ratio last season. We don't love him for a true title run, but he's certainly capable enough to keep the Hurricanes in the Playoff hunt.
Jul 18 - 3:27 PM

Tennessee sophomore T Trey Smith (undisclosed) has been cleared to take part in August camp.

Smith (6'6/299) was sidelined for spring practice due to what Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt referred to as a "medical issue." Whatever that issue might have been, the sophomore tackle now appears to have healed up in time to take part in preseason work. After signing on in Knoxville as a five-star recruit in the 2017 class -- ESPN ranked him as the No. 1 prospect for the cycle -- Smith went on to start all 12 games as a true freshman last fall, earning All-SEC second-team honors from the Associated Press at year's end.
Jul 18 - 3:10 PM




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