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Washington State will announce a contract extension for HC Mike Leach in the very near future.

This has been confirmed by a Washington State spokesman, it's just a matter of when the extension is announced. That announcement could come later on Monday. Length and financial details in the contract have not yet surfaced. Leach managed just a 12-25 recover over his first three seasons with the Cougars, but the program's come on like gangbusters since then. Over the past three campaigns, they've posted a 26-12 mark. They'll be taking on Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28 to cap off what's been a 9-3 season this autumn.
Dec 18 - 3:41 PM

Georgia five-star 2018 verbal QB commit Justin Fields plans on putting pen to paper with the Bulldogs when the early winter signing period starts on Wednesday.

Fields (6'3/221) stands as the No. 2 quarterback recruit in the class, just behind Clemson pledge Trevor Lawrence. Florida, Texas A&M and Florida State -- three programs with new head coaches -- have all recently been trying to sway him off the Bulldogs, to no apparent avail. He just took an official visit to Georgia this past weekend. The dual-threat star offers a howitzer for an arm and has blink-and-you'll-miss-him speed. CBS Sports' Barton Simmons has gone so far as to call him "the best quarterback prospect I've ever seen." His fit with Georgia is a little clunky given the presence of five-star frosh Jake Fromm and five-star backup Jacob Eason, but considering his pedigree and wealth of other options, he'll likely have a chance to compete for the starting job right out of the gate, even if actual starts are far from a given.
Dec 18 - 3:27 PM

Georgia junior WR Jayson Stanley (off-field) has been practicing with the team.

Stanley (6'2/207) was arrested on DUI and marijuana possession charges along with LB Natrez Patrick after being pulled over early on the Sunday morning following Georgia's SEC Championship Game win over Auburn. While Patrick's marijuana charge has since been dropped -- he was the passenger in the vehicle -- both of Stanley's charges are still being levied against him. Bulldogs HC Kirby Smart would not divulge whether Stanley would be allowed to play in the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma during the team's Playoff semifinal on New Year's Day. Should he sit, it would just serve as a minor depth blow -- Stanley has not caught a pass this season.
Dec 18 - 3:09 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 DE Stephon Wynn Jr. in July.

Wynn (6'5/285) will be inking up with the Tide (barring a flip) come the start of the early winter signing period on Wednesday. Georgia and Clemson were in play for his pledge over the summer, but this autumn, he's been exclusively focusing on the Tide -- a strong sign that he intends to carry through in signing with them. The 247Sports composite ranks the Anderson, South Carolina, native as the No. 70 overall prospect in the 2018 class. The outlet refers to him as "an athletic lineman who knocks offensive linemen backwards" and notes that he "knows how to work up the field." They'd like to see him improve on his quickness getting off the ball once he joins Nick Saban's crew in Tuscaloosa.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 18 - 2:56 PM

Football Scoop reports that Kent State will hire Syracuse QB coach/co-OC Sean Lewis for their open head-coaching position.

Lewis takes over for Paul Haynes, who was let go at the end of the regular season after the Golden Flashes slogged out to a 2-10 record for the campaign. Per Football Scoop, Kent State was initially looking at bringing on South Dakota State HC Bob Nielsen -- a move that was apparently nixed by the school president -- and also recently interviewed Oklahoma State OC Mike Yurcich. Lewis has been on staff with Syracuse HC Dino Babers over the last four seasons, the past two with the Orange and the two previous with Babers at Bowling Green. At Kent State, he figures to try to install a variation on the hyper-spread offense which he's worked in under Babers.
Dec 18 - 2:43 PM

FSU redshirt junior TE Mavin Saunders transferred to Kansas as a graduate.

Moving on as a graduate, Saunders (6'5/248) will be eligible to play immediately with the Jayhawks next season. He did not record a catch this year after making 10 grabs for 182 yards during the 2015 campaign. Saunders was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, ranking as Rivals' No. 14 tight end prospect in the 2014 class. While his career never took off with the Seminoles, he's the kind of under-the-radar athletic grab that could really help a typically-rough Kansas offense.
Dec 18 - 2:31 PM

Maryland redshirt junior CB J.C. Jackson will forego his final season of eligibility for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jackson initially joined the collegiate ranks with Florida in 2014. He underwent shoulder surgery following his first game in a Gators uniform. The following April, the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder was kicked off the team after he was charged with four felonies in relation to an armed robbery. Those charges were ultimately dropped, after which Jackson dropped down to the JUCO level before joining Maryland prior to the 2016 season. He's started 23 games for the Terrapins over the past two seasons and earned All-Big Ten honorable mention for his work this year, when he registered 37 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass breakups. Walter Football's Charlie Campbell notes that while the redshirt junior will face obvious questions from the NFL as to his past off-field troubles, "sources have raved about the talent and skill set with Jackson." With a strong draft process, the athletic corner could potentially land as a Day 2 selection.
Dec 18 - 2:17 PM

Clemson redshirt sophomore CB Amir Trapp will transfer.

"I'm really disappointed in that, because I thought he could be a really good player for us. But we wish him well. It's just disappointing," said HC Dabo Swinney. Trapp (5'8/170) saw 57 snaps in 10 games this season, recording a mere two tackles in that space. He was a two-star recruit coming out of high school as part of the 2015 class. It is not yet known if the corner will be transferring as a graduate -- which would allow him to play immediately next season -- or if he will need to sit out the 2018 campaign to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Source: Tiger Net
Dec 18 - 2:05 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart said that junior LB Natrez Patrick (off-field) is still with the team.

Patrick was arrested for possession of marijuana at the beginning of December after he and teammate Jayson Stanley were pulled over, but that charge was eventually dropped (Stanley said that the marijuana Patrick was sitting on was his). The junior does still face a probation violation hearing due to an alleged failed drug test following that arrest, but Smart said that this is a separate matter that will not affect Patrick's place on the team. He's currently practicing, though Smart would not say whether he will be available for the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma come New Year's Day.
Dec 18 - 1:47 PM

Pitt received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 JUCO QB Ricky Town.

Town has bounced around a-plenty since initially joining the collegiate ranks. A four-star recruit in the 2015 class, the 6-foot-3, 214-pounder initially signed with USC, then transferred to Arkansas that August of his inaugural year in college. He did not see the field in two years with the Razorbacks and eventually opted for a transfer to JUCO program Ventura College last January. Now resurfacing at Pitt, Town will have two years eligibility remaining starting in 2018. With Max Browne moving on and Ben DiNucci and Thomas MacVittie set to transfer, Town will have a relatively clean road map to a starting job if he can jostle his way past freshman Kenny Pickett.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 18 - 1:31 PM

Nebraska HC Scott Frost was named AP Coach of the Year for his undefeated season with UCF.

Frost had already earlier been named the Home Depot Coach of the Year. Another piece of hardware for his shelf, now. For this particular award, he won over Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Georgia's Kirby Smart. He helped shepherd UCF to an undefeated record this season -- capped off by a win over Memphis in the AAC Championship Game -- and a berth in the Peach Bowl against Auburn on New Year's Day. While he accepted the head-coaching gig at Nebraska following that conference title win, Frost will coach his Knights one last time come the Peach Bowl before moving on for good.
Dec 18 - 1:17 PM

Middle Tennessee junior WR Richie James will forego his senior season to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

James had himself a lost campaign this year, playing in just five games due to an early high-ankle sprain and a late broken collarbone. When healthy during his collegiate career, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound wideout is as prolific as they come -- he topped 100 catches and 1,300 yards in each of his first two seasons with the Blue Raiders before injuries knocked him out this time around. Despite those huge statistics, James is naturally undersized and will need a big evaluating process. Both Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline and Walter Football's Charlie Campbell believe that he could potentially have to fight his way onto an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent, though Campbell does see some upside for a late Day 3 selection.
Dec 18 - 1:04 PM

Northern Illinois senior RB Jordan Huff will undergo ankle surgery.

Huff (5'11/218) had already been ruled out for the Quick Lane Bowl (versus Duke) on Dec. 26, but he'll now be having his ankle worked on, to boot. He initially injured it in a mid-November game against Western Michigan, having previously rushed for 740 yards and four touchdowns for the season. Tommy Mister, Marcus Jones and Tre Harbison will fill in for him in the Quick Lane Bowl. Huff was already a likely undrafted free agent for draft purposes prior to his requiring surgery.
Dec 18 - 12:51 PM

Texas HC Tom Herman said that junior LB Malik Jefferson (toe) has not yet made a decision regarding the NFL Draft.

Herman will be discussing possible declarations with Jefferson and the rest of the team's draft-eligible players this coming weekend. It is being reported that the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder will likely throw his hat into the pro ring when the time comes. He's a potential first-rounder should he declare. The linebacker is currently day-to-day with turf toe and it is unknown whether he will be able to play in the Texas Bowl against Missouri on Dec. 27.
Dec 18 - 12:39 PM

Oregon signed DC Jim Leavitt to a four-year, $6.8 million contract.

Leavitt was reportedly in line for a possible job on Florida State's staff alongside new HC Willie Taggart. He won't be following Taggart to Tallahassee, now, though. His new deal in Eugene is worth $1.7 million annually, a mark on par with the yearly salaries of big-dog defensive coordinators Dave Aranda and Brent Venables. Oregon showed marked improvement under Leavitt's watch this past season after the Ducks flamed out defensively at the end of the Mark Helfrich era. They jumped from 126th in total FBS defense in 2016 to 46th for the current campaign, Leavitt's first on the job after coming over from Colorado this past winter.
Dec 18 - 12:25 PM



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