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Western Kentucky DC Clayton White will return for the 2019 season.

White is one of several defensive coaches being retained by new coach Tyson Helton, including linebackers coach Maurice Crum, defensive ends coach Jimmy Lindsey and defensive tackles coach Kenny Martin. White has been the defensive coordinator since 2016, coming to the Hilltoppers from NC State where he served as special teams coordinator.
Dec 12 - 9:27 PM

Washington received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 CB Trent McDuffie.

McDuffie picks the Huskies over schools like USC, Stanford and Oregon. He was considered a lean for Washington for some time, but it's now official. It's an important get for a secondary that is (likely) to lose several quality players, including starting corners Jordan Miller and Byron Murphy. The Huskies have plenty of talented recruits waiting in the wings, but McDuffie (5'11/186) is rated the eighth best corner in the class, so he could be an immediate contributor.
Dec 12 - 9:04 PM

Miami DC Manny Diaz will be introduced as the new head coach of Temple at a press conference on Thursday.

It was reported earlier Wednesday that Diaz was entering finalizing negotiations to become the new coach. Sounds like those negotiations went well. Diaz has led some outstanding defenses in his time as a coordinator with Miami, Texas and Mississippi State, but this will be his first chance to operate as a head coach. He replaces Geoff Collins, who took the Georgia Tech opening earlier in December.
Dec 12 - 9:00 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 LB Daniel Heimuli won't sign with a college until February.

Heimuli had several visits lined up this fall, but because of the fires in California, he had to postpone those trips. Instead, he'll take official trips to schools in the winter. He's rated the 14th best inside linebacker in the class, and he has a top five of Alabama, Utah, Oregon, UCLA and Washington; with the Huskies considered favorites at this point.
Source: 247 Sports
Dec 12 - 8:46 PM

BuffZone.com reporter Brian Howell reports that Colorado will hire Georgia defensive analyst Tyson Summers as the new defensive coordinator.

If Summers' name sounds familiar, you might remember that he was the head coach at Georgia Southern until October of 2017. He was fired after the Eagles fell to 0-6 that year, and he recorded a 5-13 record in his two years at the school. Prior to getting that job, Summers was the defensive coordinator at Colorado State, so he should know the area well. He'll be working under Mel Tucker -- he himself a former defensive coordinator -- so it's likely that Tucker will be the defensive playcaller for the Buffs in 2019. He's the second Georgia analyst to come with Tucker, with Jay Johnson being named offensive coordinator earlier in December.
Dec 12 - 8:29 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior RB Mike Weber is undecided on whether or not he'll enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

Weber told beat writer Dan Hope that he felt the 2018 season went "decent" for him, but that he hasn't played up to his potential. Part of that could be due to the fact that he's had to share carries with sophomore star J.K. Dobbins, but he still managed to put up 858 yards and score five touchdowns for the 12-1 Buckeyes. The Rose Bowl comes next, but we wouldn't be surprised if Weber's carries after that came in the NFL -- or perhaps a different program.
Dec 12 - 8:14 PM

North Alabama senior S Chris Johnson accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Johnson (6'3/200) appeared in 10 games for the Lions, and intercepted two passes and made 47 tackles. He's been on radars for a while, and is viewed as one of the best small-school safeties because of his size and ability to close on defenders. Playing well in the Shrine Game will help alleviate concerns about his level of competition.
Dec 12 - 8:05 PM

Former Kansas State HC Bill Snyder will receive a $3 million contract buyout despite retiring.

Snyder retired last week, so technically, the Wildcats owed him nothing. "The buyout is just something I wanted to do," Athletic director Gene Taylor said on Wednesday. "I think he deserved it for everything he has done." Snyder leaves with a career record of 215 wins and 117 losses, and is responsible for making Kansas State a respectable program.
Dec 12 - 7:56 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg gave UCF HC Josh Heupel an "A" grade for his first season with UCF.

He's one of two new coaches that got the top mark, joining Georgia State HC Chad Lunsford. It would be impossible to call his first year as a head coach anything but a success, as he has led the Knights to a 13-0 record and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl. As Rittenberg points out, there was a lot of skepticism with this hiring, and while he undoubtedly owes Scott Frost a lot of gratitude for leaving him such a talented roster, there's no doubt that Heupel looks like the real deal so far.
Source: ESPN
Dec 12 - 7:44 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Alabama senior RB Damien Harris as his top running back in the 2019 draft.

Harris comes in ahead of Stanford's Bryce Love and Memphis's Darrell Henderson. This is not the strong croup of tailbacks that we've seen in the last two years, and Kiper doesn't have anyone at the position listed in his top 25. Harris ran for 771 yards on 126 carries in 2018, but the 5-foot-11, 215-pound back did average over six yards a carry while scoring seven touchdowns. It sounds like Kiper expects Harris to come off the board in Day 2.
Source: ESPN
Dec 12 - 7:32 PM

North Carolina State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2020 WR Porter Rooks.

A significant get for the Wolfpack, as Rooks is considered one of the very best wideouts in the 2020 class by all of the major outlets. In 247 Sports composite rankings, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound wideout ranks 52nd overall, and ninth among all wideouts. He also has offers from schools like Auburn and Florida, but as of now, he'll be catching passes for NC State when he enrolls at some point in 2020.
Dec 12 - 7:12 PM

CSU-Pueblo cornerback Darius Williams accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Williams (6'0/193) intercepted three passes for the ThunderWolves, and he also had an impressive 9.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Reports indicate that he's a physical corner, and he'll get a chance to show his ability to press and stick with receivers in the NFLPA bowl. We're always intrigued to see what the small-school players can do in these events.
Dec 12 - 6:51 PM

Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Hurd transferred to the Bears from Tennessee, and also transferred positions; moving to wide receiver after playing running back for the volunteers. He was Baylor's top playmaker as a wideout, catching 69 passes for 946 yards with four scores. What's interesting about this acceptance -- not that a talented player playing in the Senior Bowl isn't interesting -- is that Hurd underwent knee surgery on December 4, and has already been ruled out for the Texas Bowl. We'll see if he's healthy enough to play in the game, as a strong showing at the practices and games would do a lot for his draft stock.
Dec 12 - 6:40 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Kyler Murray would have to forego a large portion of his bonus if he opts to play in the NFL.

It certainly makes sense that the Athletics would want to protect their investment in Murray. After all, he was given a bonus of nearly $5 million after being a first-round pick. What couldn't have been known is just how much Murray's stock would explode; winning the Heisman Trophy and leading Oklahoma to the playoffs. Murray sounds like he's open to playing both sports, but we'll have to see if he's an NFL player in 2019. It will be the most intriguing story to follower after the college football playoffs.
Dec 12 - 6:34 PM

Kentucky senior S Darius West accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

West (6/0/210) will have a hectic -- but fun -- January, as he'll play in the Citrus Bowl against Penn State, then have this event, and finish it off with a trip to the Senior Bowl. He picked up 76 tackles and three interceptions for the 9-3 Wildcats, and he projects as a late-round selection.
Dec 12 - 6:25 PM



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