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Michigan senior WR Dennis Norfleet was granted a transfer release this summer but can still potentially return to the team, according to Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh.

He's been suspended since May due to academics. "A plan was put into place for Dennis where he could accomplish all of his goals athletically and academically," Harbaugh said. "Our desire is that he gets his Michigan degree, and that plan hasn't changed from our viewpoint and the conversations I've had with Dennis." Harbaugh declined further comment, so it's hard to peg the odds that Norfleet will play for the Wolverines this fall. The 5-foot-7, 168-pounder is best on special teams. He had 938 return yards in 2013.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 6:27 PM

Ohio State graduate QB/H-back Braxton Miller "could land in the top half of the draft" if he is "able to consistently snare passes from [J.T.] Barrett or [Cardale] Jones" in his new role of H-back, notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Projecting Miller's NFL draft status is difficult, as he will likely be playing a new position in the NFL," Reuter wrote. "He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2012 and 2013, showing the elusiveness and vision to break off chunks of yardage in the open field." Miller, 6-foot-1 3/8 and 210 pounds, runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Nobody knows exactly how he will be used this season, but it's possible that Urban Meyer will cook up a role for him that has elements of the roles Aaron Hernandez, Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin had at Florida.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 6:13 PM

USC sophomore WR JuJu Smith has "all the necessary traits to develop into a game-changing receiver," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Nelson Agholor may be gone, but the Trojans aren't lacking potential targets," Brown wrote. "Cornerback Adoree Jackson is sure to see offensive snaps, and Steven Mitchell is poised for a breakout season in the slot. As an all-around wide receiver, though, Smith is the best bet to be Cody Kessler's go-to target." The analyst ranks Smith as the 100th-best overall player in the country. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Smith, a five-star recruit, had 54 receptions for 724 yards and five touchdowns as a true freshman.
Jul 29 - 5:57 PM

Iowa State redshirt senior QB Sam Richardson gets a nod for ESPN's Big 12 "All-Underrated" team.

"He is becoming a trusted leader. Coach Paul Rhoads believes he can be a top-three QB in this conference," ESPN's Max Olson wrote. In 11 starts last season, the Iowa State prospect produced 3,090 yards of total offense, passing for 2,669 yards, while rushing for 421 yards and 21 total TDs. Richardson is one of only four QBs in Cyclones' history to rush for over 1,000 yards (1,010) in a career.
Source: ESPN
Jul 29 - 4:01 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Oregon redshirt senior Tyler Johnstone "offers a rare blend of length, agility and initial quickness which makes him a formidable blindside pass protector."

"He springs out of his stance and latches on to corral speed rushers and is surprisingly effective against bull rushers due to good core strength, balance and technique to maintain leverage. Johnstone's athleticism makes him very effective blocking on the move in Oregon's zone attack, frequently beating opponents at the line of scrimmage or the second level with quickness to turn and seal them from the play," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-6, 283-pound Johnstone hasn't seen action since tearing his ACL versus Texas in December of 2013. Unfortunately for the Oregon prospect, he re-tore the same knee in 2014. Prior to injury, Johnstone started in 26 games at LT between 2012-13, earning freshman All-America honors in 2012.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 3:40 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff notes that "some feel" redshirt freshman David Cornwell could take the QB job from redshirt senior Jacob Coker.

"Coker has made strides -- taking most of the first-team reps this spring -- but clearly they haven't been big enough. Redshirt freshman David Cornwell had a decent spring and looks physically ready to play some SEC ball. While he and Coker both struggled in the spring game, some feel Cornwell could take this job, though Saban isn't tipping his hand at this point," Aschoff wrote. While the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Coker has the ideal size and arm talent for the next level, he'll have to prove that he is the man for the job, before Saban hands over the keys to the offense. Coker is also competing with junior Alec Morris and freshman Blake Barnett.
Source: ESPN
Jul 29 - 3:16 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Oregon redshirt junior WR Bralon Addison could "become the first Oregon receiver this century to hear his name called within the top 64."

"Given the value teams place on speedy playmakers in today's up-tempo game, it wouldn't be surprising to see Addison become the first Oregon receiver this century to hear his name called within the top 64," Rang wrote. The Oregon prospect tore an ACL last spring, and was unable return for the 2014 season. The Brandin Cooks clone should be in line for a productive season in 2015, if fully healthy. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Addison has 83 receptions for 1,110 yards and 10 touchdowns on his resume.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 2:49 PM

Former Buckeye S Jayme Thompson announced via his twitter page that he will continue his career at Indiana University.

Thompson missed his entire freshman season at Ohio State, due to a broken ankle. In the spring of 2014, Thompson decided to transfer to Iowa Western Community College, where he recorded 81 tackles and 2 interceptions. Thompson will now be eligible to play right away for Indiana in 2015.
Jul 29 - 2:28 PM

Oregon senior DE DeForest Buckner could hear "his name called even earlier than Armstead, whom the 49ers took 17th overall," CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes.

"If Buckner continues the steady development as a senior that he's shown throughout his first three seasons as a starter for the Ducks, he could wind up hearing his name called even earlier than Armstead, whom the 49ers took 17th overall," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Buckner led the defensive front in tackles (81) and pass breakups (4), while leading the team in tackles for loss (13), earning second-team Pac-12 all-conference honors in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 2:04 PM

Utah HC Kyle Whittingham said senior Travis Wilson remains the school's starting QB.

Whittingham expects Kendal Thompson to push Wilson, who started much of last season but was benched for a stretch during the UCLA game. Both have starting experience since Wilson has a history of head injuries. The Utes will rely heavily on running back Devontae Booker but like to spread defenses out with spacing and quick passes.
Jul 29 - 1:37 PM

UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. said six or seven players could see time on both sides of the ball.

Junior linebacker Myles Jack has previously seen time at running back, but other possibilities include redshirt junior cornerback Ishmael Adams and junior defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes. Many of the six or seven would likely have limited "roles" on their non-strong side of the ball, but we wonder if Mora is leaving the possibility open so future recruits don't feel restricted after many played both ways in college.
Jul 29 - 11:35 AM

Ohio State redshirt junior Michael Thomas emerged "as a legitimate No. 1 option" during Cardale Jones' time as the starter, according to Austin Ward of ESPN.

Thomas caught 14 passes in the three games Jones started, nine of them resulting in a first down. Devin Smith filled the role of the downfield, vertical threat and was arguably the best in college football in that area of the field. Thomas might see some of those deeper targets now.
Source: ESPN
Jul 29 - 11:01 AM

Utah redshirt freshman QB Donovan Isom has transferred to Southeastern Louisiana.

Isom redshirted his only season at Utah, and the former three-star recruit will be immediately eligible to play for the Lions. The quarterback wanted to be closer to home after a fire destroyed his family's house. Bryan Bennett, an Oregon transfer, graduated from SE Louisiana last spring, so the school with have a new starting quarterback this season.
Jul 29 - 10:24 AM

Former Auburn junior S Mackenro Alexander will play at the JUCO level next season.

Alexander was released from his scholarship last January and since visited USF. Mackenro is the twin brother of Clemson defensive back Mackensie Alexander. Mackenro played sparingly in 2013 but did not see the field in 2014.
Jul 29 - 10:10 AM

Former Ohio State WR Frank Epitropoulos will walk-on at Michigan State.

Epitropoulos was part of the 2012 recruiting class but saw very little action in 2013. He then left last August to focus on his pre-med degree. The receiver hopes to work towards a scholarship with the Spartans.
Jul 29 - 9:57 AM



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