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NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Texas RB D’Onta Foreman to Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart.

A true junior, Foreman has announced that he will declare for the upcoming NFL Draft. "Foreman is way bigger than people realize. He has elite size almost to the point where he might need to lose weight to maintain his quickness at the next level," said Zierlein. "Good vision. Quick feet. Proved he can handle being an every-down back this year. His workload this season might be cause for some concern, but it hasn't been an issue until this year." The 6-foot-1, 250-pound Foreman leads the FBS in both carries (323) and rushing yards (2,208).
Source: NFL.com
Dec 2 - 1:22 PM

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein compares Clemson senior WR Mike Williams to ex-Giants star WR Plaxico Burress.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Williams is slightly smaller than the 6-foot-5, 231-pound Burress coming out of college, but he plays the same physical game and may be able to run a little better than the high 4.5-second range that Burress logged. "What Burress lacked in speed, he made up for with his ability to pluck the ball out of the air," Zierlein wrote. "Burress was mostly a two-level wide receiver and that should end up being the case with Williams as well. Additional play strength was a need for both guys, as prospects, but their ability to become scary red-zone factors is yet another similarity between the two wideouts."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 2 - 12:44 PM

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson resigned due to "philosophical differences."

It was first reported that Wilson was fired. Either way, the story is that Wilson and athletic department officials had a heated disagreement over his treatment of players and no resolution could be found. "There was no smoking gun, no precipitating event," that led to Wilson's resignation, athletic director Fred Glass said. Glass said he and Wilson "weren't on the same page" about leadership style. The Hoosiers promoted DC Tom Allen, a nominee for the Frank Broyles Award, to head coach to replace Wilson. "My heart breaks for [Wilson]. I never expected this to happen," Allen said.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 2 - 12:26 PM

USC junior WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is "leaning heavily" toward signing with Roc Nation for representation, according to Neil Stratton of Inside The League..

This means Smith-Schuster is expected to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft, which was expected all along. Smith-Schuster is widely viewed as one of the top receivers in the country and likely thrives in the yards after catch area of the game. His production dropped significantly, by almost half, in 2016 compared to his sophomore season. Smith-Schuster dealt with a back injury this season, which included x-rays.
Dec 2 - 10:59 AM

Iowa DT Jaleel Johnson accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Johnson has earned praise from Todd McShay and Chad Reuter this season. His 2016 season has been his best, posting 10 tackles for loss including 7.5 sacks. Iowa recently helped defensive tackle Carl Davis reach the NFL, but Davis suffered from hot-cold bursts during his time with the Hawkeyes.
Dec 2 - 10:38 AM

Iowa State junior WR Allen Lazard announced he will return to school for the 2017 season.

Lazard stands tall at 6-foot-5 and 223-pounds and posted his best collegiate season in 2016 with 69 catches for 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Lazard points to his love of Iowa State and wanting to be a Cyclone while growing up. He will remain Iowa State's top pass catcher next season, when he enters the season at 21-years-old.
Dec 2 - 10:20 AM

Florida redshirt sophomore TE C'yontai Lewis is dealing with an ankle injury.

From a receiving perspective, Lewis has not been an asset since his suspension for the opening game for "behavior that is not acceptable." On the year Lewis has 16 catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns.
Dec 2 - 10:01 AM

Illinois sophomore WR Desmond Cain plans to transfer.

Cain produced a 53-492-1 receiving line as a freshman in 2015, but his sophomore campaign was a disappointment due to a knee issue. Due to that ailment, Cain only logged five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. Cain explained he hopes to continue his career closer to his home in Florida.
Dec 2 - 9:41 AM

Mississippi State redshirt freshman QB Nick Tiano will transfer.

A breathtaking fall from August, when ESPN's Alex Scarborough noted that Tiano looked like "the quarterback of the future" for the Bulldogs. Nick Fitzgerald ultimately took the starting reigns, though, and then outright blew away any possibility of a Tiano uprising with one of the better second halves of any quarterback in the FBS this season. Fitzgerald's 1,243 yards rushing stand as the third-best single-season mark by a quarterback in SEC history. Only Heisman winners Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel have posted higher SEC rushing totals in a campaign from that position.
Dec 1 - 7:59 PM

Colorado HC Mike MacIntyre was named winner of the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award.

Well deserved by MacIntyre. He compiled a paltry 8-27 mark with the Buffs over his first three seasons, but everything has gone right in 2016. Colorado is heading to the Pac-12 title game to face off against Washington on Friday courtesy of a 10-2 record (8-1 in conference). Their lone losses in 2016 have come to a borderline-Playoff outfit in Michigan and a red-hot USC team. And that's it. If Colorado really wants to have some fun, a win over Washington could force some interesting decisions for the CFB Playoff committee, though Colorado itself is unlikely to crash the top four.
Dec 1 - 7:48 PM

Utah State AD John Hartwell issued a statement in support of HC Matt Wells.

"We have complete confidence that coach Wells is the man to lead us moving forward," Hartwell said, adding that "[h]e and I agree that there will be some changes made as we start preparations for a successful 2017 season." Utah State entered the season with high hopes -- one anonymous coach in the Mountain West told Athlon Sports last spring he viewed the Aggies' offense as potentially one of the best in the Mountain West -- but the team struggled after posting a 2-1 record to open the campaign, ultimately losing eight of their last nine games. Overall, Wells has compiled a 28-25 record in his four years at the helm of the Utah State ship, bringing together a 19-12 conference record in the process. The team appeared in a bowl in each of Wells' first three seasons, so another year to sort out issues seems fair enough.
Dec 1 - 7:34 PM

Missouri redshirt sophomore WR Keyon Dilosa was dismissed.

Dilosa's Wednesday morning arrest involving an alleged incident in which the receiver punched a woman in the face initially resulted in an indefinite suspension, but Missouri is now taking a much harder line on the matter via an outright dismissal. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound redshirt sophomore finishes off his Missouri career having caught 13 passes for 93 yards.
Source: Dave Matter
Dec 1 - 7:26 PM

Indiana promoted DC Tom Allen to head coach in the wake of Kevin Wilson's firing.

Of note here, Allen is not being named the interim head coach, here. He is being named the actual head coach, on the day of Wilson's firing. Just bizarre all the way around. In a statement, AD Fred Glass said, "I quickly concluded that person was in our midst in Tom Allen. He is a leader of men. He is demanding without being demeaning." Allen was just hired as defensive coordinator away from USF last January, so it isn't like he has been a mainstay on the Indiana staff. Allen will have his first chance to show off his fresh head-coaching chops when the 6-6 Hoosiers play in their yet-to-be-determined bowl game.
Dec 1 - 7:18 PM

Missouri redshirt junior DE Charles Harris declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.

In a statement, HC Barry Odom said, "I wish we could have another year with Charles leading our program, but there's no question in my mind that he's ready for the next level." Not everybody is as certain as his coach. In early November NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter cautioned that the 6-foot-3, 255-pounder hasn't proven "he has the quickness and bend to reach the quarterback consistently against college tackles," the obvious insinuation being that he is not NFL-ready in that aspect of his game. This past season, Harris has registered 61 tackles (12.0 for loss), nine sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. He is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he recorded a whopping 18.5 tackles for loss.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 1 - 7:09 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne has left the program.

Browne is going to begin looking at transfer options and will not compete in USC's yet-to-be-determined bowl contest. He infamously opened the season as the Trojans' starter, but proved terribly ineffective in his three starts. HC Clay Helton and crew then switched to redshirt freshman Sam Darnold, who has led USC on a monumental second-half run. The Trojans are currently rolling on an eight-game winning streak, erasing the bitter taste of that 1-3 start. As a graduate transfer, Browne will be eligible to play next year regardless of which school he ultimately lands at.
Dec 1 - 6:46 PM



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