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Auburn HC Gus Malzahn doesn't yet know if junior RB Kerryon Johnson (ribs, shoulder) will be able to play in the Peach Bowl against UCF on Jan. 1.

"I know he'll want to play (in the Peach Bowl)," Malzahn said Wednesday. "He's a great competitor. All of our guys will want to play. Our guys play for each other. So we'll see where that goes. I'll have a better idea once we get out to practice and move around and everything that goes with that." The coach added that Johnson didn't need surgery to correct the medical issues. Johnson suffered a shoulder injury in the Iron Bowl last month against Alabama. He tried to play through it against Georgia in the SEC title game, but proved ineffective (44 yards on 13 carries).
Source: AL.com
Dec 13 - 6:38 PM

UNC redshirt freshman QB Logan Byrd will transfer.

We assume the Tar Heels' coaching staff didn't take to the former four-star recruit, because all signs Byrd must have gotten this fall pointed towards his eventual exit. UNC started three different quarterbacks during its lost 2017 season; Brandon Harris, Nathan Elliott and Chazz Surratt. Somehow, Byrd was not given his audition, never seeing even one snap. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder was one of the top pro-style QBs in the country coming out of high school. Meanwhile, Elliott and Surratt will compete for UNC's starting QB job next year.
Dec 13 - 6:02 PM

Oregon HC Mario Cristobal declined to speculate on whether senior RB Royce Freeman would play against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.

"No update yet," Cristobal said. Freeman is apparently mulling the possibility of skipping the game to begin preparing for the NFL Draft. This could go either way: While the rumors and Cristobal's evasive statements would seem to indicate that there's a decent chance Freeman will sit, the star running back did practice with the Ducks on Tuesday. Boise State HC Bryan Harsin said he's preparing as though he'll face Freeman, but Harsin did ask media members if they thought Freeman would play, an indication of just how serious this possibility is. Freeman ranks No. 9 in the FBS with 1,475 rushing yards this year. He's also scored 16 touchdowns. Tony Brooks-James and Kani Benoit -- who are both healthy, per Cristobal -- would get the bulk of RB touches on Saturday if Freeman is out.
Dec 13 - 5:53 PM

Boise State HC Bryan Harsin is optimistic that senior TE Jake Roh (ankle) will play in Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon.

Harsin is calling him a game-time decision. Roh has missed two straight games with a left ankle injury. "Jake wanted to come back and play in the championship game, he’s getting better," Harsin said. "I don’t know what that means yet. I know how bad he wants to play and Jake will be a guy that will find a way." Roh has a 39-410-9 line as a receiver along with two rushing touchdowns out of the Wildcat.
Dec 13 - 5:36 PM

Boise State HC Bryan Harsin is optimistic that sophomore RB Alexander Mattison (leg) will be able to play in Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon.

"Alexander is improving, he’ll get some stuff done this week," Harsin said. "How it feels as he goes into the game will kind of determine it at that point. Knowing Alexander, he usually gets himself back and ready to go, but we won’t know until game time." B.J. Rains of the Idaho Press-Tribune gave credence to that quote by adding that he'd been told by a source that Mattison has a "real chance to play Saturday and that Harsin wasn't just giving 'coach speak' as coaches often do before big games." Mattison leads the Broncos with 1,074 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Ryan Wolpin will start if he can't.
Dec 13 - 3:54 PM

Oregon redshirt junior DE Jalen Jelks said he will return for his senior season.

Jelks will not enter his name into the 2018 NFL Draft. "I'm back for sure," he said, later adding this: "I missed a lot of plays, and if I can capitalize on that and translate it to next season I could contribute a lot to the draft." The 6-foot-5, 245-pound end broke out with 50 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 15 TFL this fall. An NFL scout told The Oregonian that he had projected Jelks as a potential Day 2 pick in this spring's draft.
Dec 13 - 3:45 PM

Baylor sophomore QB Zach Smith will transfer.

The former four-star recruit ended up starting 10 games over two seasons for Baylor, but he repeatedly squandered opportunities to run away with the job despite injuries to 2016-2017 starters Seth Russell and Anu Solomon. True freshman dual-threat Charlie Brewer turned out to be a better fit for Matt Rhule's new offense than Smith, a traditional pro-style pocket passer. Thus, Smith will look for a better opportunity. He'll sit out next season if he transfers within the FBS per NCAA rules, and then he'll have two years of eligibility left beginning in 2019.
Dec 13 - 3:36 PM

TCU sophomore WR Isaiah Graham announced that he will transfer.

Graham, a former four-star recruit, drew praise from HC Gary Patterson for his work in practices after he enrolled, but he was unable to translate those flashes to the playing field. He caught a mere eight passes for 84 yards over two seasons with the Frogs, and only two this year. Graham has a redshirt to burn for the transfer year and should receive plenty of interest on the open market. Coming out, he held offers from, among others, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and Miami.
Source: SB Nation
Dec 13 - 3:30 PM

Browns GM John Dorsey called Oklahoma senior Baker Mayfield "a good quarterback, no matter how tall he is."

Dorsey says he has watched six Mayfield games and brought up names like Russell Wilson and Chase Daniel. There's quite a gap between those two, but Dorsey has history with Daniel dating back to his Chiefs days. Mayfield's name will be linked with the Browns, but remember that Hue Jackson has a height threshold of 6-foot-2 inches. So if Mayfield is the pick, a simple explanation is Dorsey overruled him.
Source: SI.com
Dec 13 - 2:05 PM

Louisville junior CB Jaire Alexander is waiting on his draft grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Alexander's father says a second round pick or better would be an ideal evaluation for Alexander to turn pro, but there is no cut-off. The article below actually adds a new piece of information to the draft process, as the board requests the player and his family to submit which three games they want to be evaluated.
Dec 13 - 12:11 PM

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Five quarterbacks have accepted an invitation to the all-star game. Six is the standard number, but the event featured eight quarterbacks in 2016 so a few more names could be on the way... namely Baker Mayfield. At times, Rudolph has received plenty of love thanks to his touch and size. However, he and Mayfield have gone in different directions this season. A top two or three round pick might be in his future.
Dec 13 - 11:10 AM

Boston College DE Harold Landry is "fully committed" to participating in the Senior Bowl despite recovering from an ankle injury.

Landry has been sidelined since week 8, but at this time there is no announcement on if he will play in the school's bowl game. Landry will be one of the names listed at the top of the edge rushing group.
Dec 13 - 11:01 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes Oklahoma junior Orland Brown could emerge as the top T prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Zierlein is extremely plugged into the NFL evaluation process, specifically offensive linemen. So, when Zierlein states "I think Orlando b\Brown probably goes 1st based on what I know so far" when asked which prospect at the position will be drafted first, we listen. Brown is a mountain of a man, with a listed size of 6-foot-8 and 342-pounds. Oklahoma's offensive line was one of the best in the country this season.
Dec 13 - 10:43 AM

Michigan redshirt senior RB Ty Isaac will play in the school's bowl game.

Isaac was far from the school's start this season, seeing just 88 carries in eight games this season. He did act as the lead ball carrier in some, but an undisclosed situation kept him out of four games to end the season.
Dec 13 - 10:33 AM

Notre Dame redshirt junior G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame senior T Mike McGlinchey and Texas senior T Connor Williams could all land in the top 10 or 15 picks, according to Albert Breer.

Again, we are so early in the process, but Breer is certainly clued into NFL thinking and what names might be at the top of positions of need. Teams are always looking to shore up their front five, but it is clear those picks aren't as "safe" as once thought.
Source: SI.com
Dec 13 - 10:19 AM



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