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Colorado sophomore TE Jared Poplawski (knee) is not expected to take part in spring practice.

Poplawski (6'4/220) tore his ACL in November and continues to mend from that serious knee injury. Prior to his sidelining, the former three-star recruit had not logged a reception during what was his true freshman campaign. Chris Bounds is expected to serve as Colorado's No. 1 tight end for the coming season, with Eddy Lopez (currently dealing with academic issues) and JUCO transfer Darrion Jones set to provide depth. Poplawski figures to be in this equation, too, so long as he's healthy by August camp.
Source: Buff Zone
Feb 21 - 12:52 PM

Troy hired Jacksonville State co-DC/S coach Brandon Hall to serve as linebackers coach.

Hall has been on staff with Jacksonville State for the past four seasons. His most notable previous coaching stint came under Gus Malzahn, for whom he worked as safeties coach at Arkansas State in 2012 before packing up his tent to follow Malzahn to Auburn in 2013.
Feb 21 - 12:34 PM

Wake Forest redshirt sophomore WR Greg Dortch (abdomen) is expected to be 100% healthy at the start of spring practice.

This is a stellar development for the Demon Deacons. Dortch was in the midst of huge campaign at the time he sustained an abdominal injury against Louisville near the end of October. He underwent surgery for that injury the same night as the game against the Cardinals and proceeded to sit out the remainder of the campaign while rehabbing. Even with his year cut short by a month, the 5-foot-9, 165-pounder still put up a strong 53-722-9 receiving line. His health will be worth monitoring as we continue through the offseason, but everything's full-speed-ahead at this juncture.
Feb 21 - 12:24 PM

Purdue promoted special teams quality control coach Kevin Wolthausen to on-field assistant.

Wolthausen will serve as Purdue's 10th assistant, taking advantage of the NCAA's new rule allowing an additional man for the on-field staff. He'll be working with the special teams unit as well as the defense in his new capacity. Last season was his first at Purdue. He's been part of the coaching ranks since 1980.
Feb 21 - 12:16 PM

Indiana's Ian Thomas is viewed by many as a top three TE, according to Tony Pauline.

The top three also includes Dallas Goedert and Hayden Hurst, per Pauline. It is a bit of a surprise to see Thomas in the top three as he caught just 25 passes for 376 yards and five touchdowns last season, but Thomas is very smooth in his routes. It stands out that Thomas could be drafted ahead of Mike Gesicki and Mark Andrews.
Feb 21 - 11:35 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Washington DT Vita Vea has "rare" quickness for a player of his size "and can play all three downs."

Kiper adds Vea is a "freakish" talent. This is obviously very high praise, and Kiper clearly believes Vea is an upfield disruptor and will help as a pass rusher. There are clear expectations for Vea's NFL Combine workout, but we aren't sold on Vea as an every down defensive tackle.
Source: ESPN
Feb 21 - 11:17 AM

The MMQB's Albert Breer "really" thinks LSU edge rusher Arden Key drops out of the first round.

We've said the same, as right now there are far more questions around Key's game than answers, and that typically scares a number of teams. Key was great in 2016, but as soon as that season ended things became cloudy. Key had shoulder surgery and spent time away from the team. He then missed a few games while recovering and totally changed his playing weight.
Source: SI.com
Feb 21 - 10:10 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah spoke to one "top" DL coach who compared UTSA edge rusher Marcus Davenport to Jason Taylor.

Taylor was 6-foot-6 and 248-pounds when entering the NFL from a small program like Akron and Davenport will be around the same height and nearly 260-pounds at the NFL Combine. The Senior Bowl showed Davenport has a ways to go in terms of a pass rushing plan, but improving his strengths could help him be an impact player in the NFL.
Feb 21 - 9:42 AM

The MMQB's Albert Breer expects UTSA edge rusher Marcus Davenport to be drafted before pick No. 13.

"Just watch. The converted receiver from a mid-major school will put on a show in Indianapolis," Breer writes. Davenport is coming off a disappointing Senior Bowl week after the expectations placed on him were a bit too high. Disappointing in that Davenport failed to win one on one reps until the final day of practice. The foundation of Davenport's game is length, size and athleticism, and those should be on display in Indy.
Source: SI.com
Feb 21 - 9:26 AM

USC QB Same Darnold possesses "off-the-charts intangibles," per conversations the MMQB's Albert Breer had with NFL personnel members.

Breer projects Darnold to be the Browns selection at No. 1, and teams' potential comfort with him due to those intangibles seems to be a major factor why. The quarterback hierarchy becomes more clear following the NFL Combine, with many trade talks happening over the course of that week. But as of now, Darnold appears the favorite for the No. 1 spot, as that same "intangibles" line has not been repeated for Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield.
Source: SI.com
Feb 21 - 9:05 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Wyoming QB Josh Allen to former Washington QB Jake Locker.

This is a comp that we have heard a few times before and it's one that figures to continue to circulate as we head into the spring. Writes Zierlein, "Allen can make some truly special throws, but his ability to improve the mental part of his game will determine whether he's a good NFL starter or just another big, strong-armed guy." He additionally touches on the 6-foot-4, 237-pounder's supporting cast (or lack thereof) at Wyoming, long one of the touchstone arguments in Allen's favor among the quarterback's defenders. Zierlein acknowledges that Cowboy wideouts did, indeed, struggle to gain separation last season, but also notes that "there were plenty of times where [Allen's] lack of anticipation and post-snap plan did him in."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 7:04 PM

Wake Forest dismissed redshirt junior DE Paris Black in relation to a violation of team rules.

Just what Black did to earn his ultimate boot from the program is unknown. The dismissal was not his first brush with discipline, as he was suspended for the first three games of the 2017 campaign (also due to an undisclosed violation). The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder appeared in six total games for the most recent season and posted six tackles in that space. His departure counts as nothing more than a depth thinning for the Demon Deacons.
Feb 20 - 6:56 PM

Optimum Scouting tagged UCLA QB Josh Rosen as the No. 3 quarterback in their newest position rankings.

This is as low as we've seen Rosen on a position board this winter -- most outlets view him as the No. 1 quarterback prospect in this class, No. 2 at worst. Optimum Scouting slides Baker Mayfield in ahead of him, though, with Sam Darnold taking pole position. They believe that Mayfield will "likely grade out as a passer closer to Rosen than many may believe." We like the Sooners star to a point, but would furrow our eyebrows to considerable degree if he's selected before Rosen in the spring.
Feb 20 - 6:42 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Oregon will hire Marshall OL coach Alex Mirabal to work with Duck centers and guards.

Mirabal will not be serving as offensive line coach straight up (that would be HC Mario Cristobal's territory), but will be assisting on that front. He's actually the second sub-offensive line coach, as graduate assistant Cody Woodiel will be helping to coach up the tackle group while Mirabal works with players on the interior. Mirabal is well acquainted with Cristobal, having previously worked with him at FIU from 2007-12.
Feb 20 - 6:32 PM

Missouri redshirt sophomore CB Jerod Alton will transfer.

Alton (5'10/185) was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, but failed to make much of a dent on the depth chart during his first active season with the Tigers in 2017. For that campaign, he registered just nine tackles. He's presumably angling for more playing time with this transfer. Unless Alton drops down to the FCS or opts to take the JUCO route, he'll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Feb 20 - 6:21 PM



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