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Nebraska redshirt senior WR Jordan Westerkamp accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Westerkamp missed a pair of contests this season due to a back injury. In 10 relatively healthy contests, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder caught 38 passes for 526 yards and five touchdowns. Unfortunate on the injuries, as Westerkamp entered the 2016 season as a potential 1,000-yard receiver, having finished up 2015 with a 65-918-7 line over 13 games. The East-West Shrine Game will be played on January 21 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Source: Land of 10
Dec 5 - 7:51 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg relays that Arizona State OC Chip Lindsey has been in contact with Georgia State regarding their vacant head-coaching position.

Lindsey was a hotly-rumored candidate to take over as head coach at Southern Miss last winter. Jay Hopson ultimately landed that gig. Looks like Lindsey is trying once more to hop onto the coaching carousel. Georgia State fired HC Trent Miles in mid-November. The Panthers finished the campaign holding a dismal 3-9 record.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 5 - 7:45 PM

The Heisman Trophy has named five finalists for the award -- Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, Michigan LB Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook.

A nice variety for this year's ceremonies in New York, set for Saturday night. A quick statistical rundown on all parties: Jackson stands as the front-runner after wrapping his season having accounted for 51 total touchdowns (30 passing, 21 rushing) while passing for 3,390 yards and rushing for 1,538 over 12 games. Mayfield has thrown for 3,369 yards with a 38/3 TD/INT ratio, hooking up repeatedly with Heisman friend Westbrook (74-1465-16). The last offensive finalist for the award would be Watson, who has accounted for 43 total touchdowns (37 passing, six rushing). And then there is Peppers, who did almost everything for Michigan this season, finishing out with 72 tackles (16.0 for loss), four sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, 167 rushing yards (plus three rushing scores) and 310 punt-return yards (including a touchdown). All five gentleman have posted immaculate seasons, but the award should be considered Jackson's to lose at this juncture.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 5 - 7:32 PM

Mississippi State redshirt freshman QB Nick Tiano will transfer to Chattanooga.

Tiano was thought to have an opportunity to take over for Dak Prescott this offseason. That did not come to pass, though, as Nick Fitzgerald won the job and subsequently posted a mostly-brilliant 2016 campaign. By Rivals' grades, Tiano ranked as the No. 20 recruit in the state of Tennessee for the 2015 cycle. The 6-foot-4, 231-pound redshirt freshman attempted just one pass in 2016.
Dec 5 - 7:15 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah compared Clemson senior WR Mike Williams to Andre Johnson.

Jeremiah was particularly taken by the physical similarities between Williams (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) and Johnson (6-foot-3, 229 pounds). "[Williams is] huge. He has a thick, muscled-up frame and very long arms," Jeremiah wrote. In 13 games to date, Williams has caught 84 passes for 1,171 yards and 10 touchdowns. Jeremiah colleague Lance Zierlein has previously comped Williams to former Giants wideout Plaxico Burress, while Clemson HC Dabo Swinney has forwarded the belief that his current receiving stalwart is a more well-rounded wideout than either DeAndre Hopkins or Sammy Watkins.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 5 - 6:59 PM

ESPN's Brian Bennett writes that Purdue redshirt sophomore QB David Blough possesses "all the tools" to succeed under new HC Jeff Brohm.

Purdue hired Brohm away from Western Kentucky on Monday. Bennett loves the fit between quarterback and coach, here, writing that Brohm is an "outstanding developer of quarterback talent," one who should be able to help Blough shore up some of his inconsistencies. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound redshirt sophomore led the Big Ten in both passing yardage (3,352) and touchdowns (25) this season, but that strong touchdown mark was somewhat offset by Blough's tendency to turn the ball over. He threw 21 interceptions in 12 games.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 5 - 6:47 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote that the draft evaluation for Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson will be "a tricky one in the coming months."

"I don't think he's a really crisp passer," Jeremiah wrote, "but I do admire his grit and competitiveness." The analyst called the 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior's performance against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game his "best of the season." Watson threw for 288 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in that one while rushing for 85 yards and a pair of additional scores. The dynamic Clemson gunslinger has drawn comparisons to Marcus Mariota and Robert Griffin III. While he has yet to officially declare for the draft, that should be considered a formality at this point.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 5 - 6:33 PM

In their updated rankings, Rivals now lists five-star 2017 Stanford QB commit Davis Mills as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the class.

Hunter Johnson -- a Clemson commit -- had previously stood as the outlet's No. 1 pro-style quarterback for 2017, but no longer. Not there is a huge distinction, here. Rivals slots Johnson in at No. 5 overall, Mills in at No. 4. Scout.com's Chad Simmons forwarded the opinion over the summer that the 6-foot-2, 188-pound Mills is the most likely quarterback in the 2017 class to win a Heisman Trophy. At the time, Simmons wrote that he has "success written all over him."
Source: Rivals
Dec 5 - 6:20 PM

A pair of NFL scouting evaluators told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that they see LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette as a better pro prospect than Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley.

Gurley was selected 10th in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Rams, who have subsequently locked him in a dungeon of sad three-yard gains. Fournette could well follow in the footsteps of Gurley and Zeke Elliott, both of whom landed as top-10 picks in the 2015 and 2016 drafts, respectively. Fournette failed to top 1,000 yards rushing this season, though that is only due to a nagging ankle injury which forced him to miss multiple contests. Expect plenty of comps to all-universe backs such as Bo Jackson and Adrian Peterson over the coming months.
Dec 5 - 6:05 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 CB Jeffrey Okudah will announce his program choice at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 7.

Barring a sudden change of heart, Okudah's decision will come down to Florida State, Oklahoma and Ohio State. ESPN's Tom VanHaaren predicted in mid-September that the Buckeyes would ultimately come away with the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder's pledge. Wherever he lands, the upside here is huge. VanHaaren colleague Tom Luginbill compared Okudah to Michigan star Jabrill Peppers back in May.
Dec 5 - 5:53 PM

Alabama senior edge rusher Ryan Anderson has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Anderson will have a chance to showcase his draft wares at the Senior Bowl after registering 51 tackles (16.5 for loss), 7.5 for loss and three forced fumbles in 13 games this season. Of course, he does have at least one contest left on his scheduled, possibly two depending on how Alabama handles its Playoff showdown with Washington on New Year's Eve. An AFC scout said in October that he believes that in terms of the draft, Anderson may be the "safest [defensive] bet" on Alabama's roster.
Dec 5 - 5:40 PM

Georgia received a verbal commitment from 2017 four-star DE Malik Herring.

ESPN's Craig Haubert notes that while Herring isn't necessarily an all-star in any one aspect of the game, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end "brings a good blend of ability, feel and effort to be productive" and "possesses a nice blend of size and strength with good first-step quickness." Herring ranks as ESPN 300's No. 84 recruit for the 2017 cycle. He opted for Georgia over the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, Clemson, USC and LSU.
Dec 5 - 5:27 PM

Ole Miss redshirt junior WR Damore'ea Stringfellow has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.

"I cannot begin to express to Rebel Nation what an honor and privilege these last three years have been putting on the Ole Miss jersey each Saturday," Stringfellow said. In 12 games this season, the 6-foot-3, 229-pounder recorded a 46-716-6 receiving line. He wraps his Rebs career having caught 102 passes for 1,478 yards and 12 scores. In October, an anonymous NFL evaluator noted that Stringfellow possesses "deceptive speed" and a natural physicality.
Dec 5 - 5:10 PM

New Mexico HC Bob Davie said that he expects that redshirt sophomore RB Tyrone Owens (foot) should be able to play in the New Mexico Bowl against UTSA.

The Lobos will be playing in one of the earlier bowl contests this month, but even that December 17 kickoff should allow Owens the requisite time to heal up from a foot injury which prevented him from playing in last weekend's regular-season finale against Wyoming. In 11 games this year, the 5-foot-9, 187-pound redshirt sophomore has rushed for 1,084 yards (at a stellar 8.1 YPC clip) and seven touchdowns.
Dec 5 - 4:58 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield was named the winner of the Burlsworth Award.

The Burlsworth is awarded to those who began their collegiate careers as walk-ons. Mayfield won the honor over Washington State QB Luke Falk and Northwestern WR Austin Carr. This marks the second year in a row that Mayfield has taken home the award. He finished his 2016 regular season having thrown for 3,369 yards (71.2% completions) with a 38/8 TD/INT ratio. Mayfield will be returning for his redshirt senior campaign in 2017, so a third consecutive Burlsworth is not out of the question when all is said and done.
Dec 5 - 4:45 PM



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