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Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reports that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant Butch Barry is expected to be named the new OL coach at Miami.

Barry spent four years as an assistant offensive line coach for the Buccaneers. Prior to that, he was an offensive line coach for Central Michigan, and his line helped former Seattle Seahawk RB Thomas Rawls put up some quality numbers for the Chippewas. He's the second new coach on the offensive side to be named by Miami on Friday, as Manny Diaz also hired Dan Enos from Alabama to be the new offensive coordinator.
Jan 11 - 4:36 PM

247Sports' Brendan Sonnone reports that Florida State redshirt sophomore James Blackman will likely remain with the program rather than transfer.

Sonnone reported last Wednesday that Blackman was getting set to enter into the NCAA transfer portal, but the redshirt sophomore signal-caller was not listed in the portal as of Friday and appears to have settled back in with the Seminoles for the time being. Blackman apparently had productive meetings with coaches -- including HC Willie Taggart and OC Kendal Briles -- over the past few days. The 6-foot-5, 181-pounder threw for 421 yards and four touchdowns against NC State last season, in what was his lone start of the campaign. Barring a change of heart, he will once again be looking to unseat Deondre Francois as starter upcoming.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 22 - 2:12 PM

Michigan DE Rashan Gary has started up his own agency in Rashan Gary Sports.

We have seen prospects handle their own agency during the draft season -- Lamar Jackson notably did so a year ago -- but this would be the first time in memory that a draft-bound player has started up an entire agency coming out of college. Said Gary, "It's going to change the game. Now players know the power they have, and taking this step is big for me, my family and my dream." His mother, Jennifer Coney-Shepherd, is president of the agency, while traditional agent Ian Clarke will be handling Gary's contract and the like come the spring (but will be drawing salary as an agency employee, rather than cashing in on percentage). Rashan Gary Sports already has one client beyond the namesake in the fold, in Bowling Green DB Montre Gregory. The eventual hope, here, is that Gary's new enterprise will eventually have clients across multiple sports.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 22 - 12:55 PM

Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson measured in at 6-foot-7, 249 pounds at the Reese's Senior Bowl.

We already knew that Jackson was an imposing physical prospect, with his Senior Bowl weigh-in simply confirming those bonafides. In addition to the above listed measurements, the Buffalo gunslinger's hands checked in at an even 10 inches. As impressive as all of this is, it is merely window dressing for the practice week itself. Jackson is an exceedingly raw prospect and has as much to prove as any player on hand in Mobile. If he shows off more polish than expected during the practice week, it would be an encouraging development for his draft stock.
Jan 22 - 12:33 PM

Baylor WR Jalen Hurd (knee) will not participate in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

While Hurd did weigh in down in Mobile -- he measured 6-foot-4, 227 pounds, with 10 1/8-inch hands -- and is doing interviews with interested NFL teams on Tuesday, he will be sidelined for Saturday's game proper due to his ongoing recovery from a knee surgery which he underwent on Dec. 4. We would love to get a glimpse at Hurd in this setting, but even sitting out the game, he is getting important work done with those interviews, as they give him an opportunity to speak honestly about his departure from Tennessee to Baylor as well as his transition from running back to receiver. We'll have to wait and see whether the talented athlete will be able to participate in NFL Scouting Combine drills to any serious degree next month.
Jan 22 - 11:42 AM

Kansas State hired Wyoming DC Scottie Hazelton to serve in the same capacity.

Hazelton will also serve as linebackers coach for the Wildcats. He has been working as Wyoming's defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, helping the Cowboys to post top-30 scoring defenses in each of those campaigns. Beyond Wyoming, Hazelton has previously held defensive-coordinating positions with Nevada (2013), North Dakota State (2010-11), Missouri Southern State (2004-05) and Fort Lewis College (1999). Kansas State HC Chris Klieman had initially tabbed Ted Monachino as defensive coordinator at the end of December, but he has since bounced for a job on staff with the Chicago Bears.
Jan 22 - 11:24 AM

ESPN ranks Stanford WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside as the No. 3 wide receiver.

Arcega-Whiteside (6'3/225) only trails Oklahoma's Marquise Brown and Arizona State's N'Keal Harry on their list. The redshirt junior was a stud at Stanford piling enough production with high-end efficiency to land as Hayden Winks' top receiver prospect solely based on analytics. Arcega-Whiteside specifically tested well as a red zone weapon, but draft analysts have some questions about his playing speed. Putting up big numbers at the NFL Combine will go a long way for the Day 2 prospect.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 21 - 10:32 PM

Mississippi State S Jonathan Abram will not play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

While Abram won't be able to play in the event, the Mississippi State alum will be able to stay in Mobile and conduct interviews. It's a medical issue that will keep Abram from playing in the game. In his place, James Madison DB Jimmy Moreland has been added to the roster. Hopefully Abram will be able to attend the combine.
Jan 21 - 6:42 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Wyoming DC Scottie Hazelton will become the new defensive coordinator at Kansas State.

Reports state that Hazelton is currently visiting the school, and that the announcement could come as soon as Tuesday. The Wildcats had an unexpected opening in their staff when Ted Monachino took a job with the Chicago Bears shortly after being named the new DC. Hazelton has coached with new Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman before; as Hazelton worked with Klieman at North Dakota State.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 21 - 6:33 PM

Redshirt junior LB Dae'lun Darien transferred from Penn State to Delaware.

Darien announced that he'd be leaving Happy Valley at the beginning of the month. He was a backup linebacker for the Nittany Lions, and picked up four tackles in his time with Penn State in 2018. Because he's leaving for the FCS level, the 6-foot-4, 223-pound linebacker will be eligible to play immediately for the next two seasons for the Blue Hens.
Jan 21 - 5:15 PM

Miami DT Gerald Willis (undisclosed) won't be able to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

It's never good when a player has to miss an event like this, but one who has been as impressive as Willis in his collegiate career is especially a bummer. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound defender says he'll prepare for testing in the combine, so the good news -- so far -- is that it doesn't sound like a long-term injury. He currently projects as a Day 2 pick, one who could easily be off the board before the end of the second round.
Jan 21 - 3:30 PM

The Athletic's Dane Brugler believes that Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat is the top prospect playing at the Senior Bowl.

That honor would have gone to Josh Allen, but since the Kentucky edge rusher pulled out of the event, Sweat gets Brugler's top grade. He was as key of reason as any that Mississippi State had the top defense in the country last year, piling up 22 sacks and 29 tackles for loss. Brugler notes his quick first step and length (6'6/241) and that he's flexible enough to beat tackles around the edge. He's also a solid run defender, although there are more questions about that part of his game than his pass-rushing skills. "There is a logjam of different "types" of edge rushers in the first round," Brugler writes, "and Sweat will have an opportunity to separate himself from the pack in Mobile."
Jan 21 - 2:57 PM




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