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West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier announced that he'll return for his senior season in 2018.

This is the right decision, as Grier would have likely been a Day 3 afterthought had he declared. Grier (6'2/215) could improve his draft stock with a big senior season. And while he won't magically be bigger this time next year, he could cut down on some mistakes and dispel lingering decision-making concerns. He was outstanding in his first year as the Mountaineers quarterback, going 250-of-388 for 3,490 yards and a 34/12 TD/INT rate. For that, he was named the 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Unfortunately, we likely won't see him again this year. Grier broke the middle finger of his throwing hand in gruesome fashion against Texas almost a month ago. He's unlikely to be active for the Mountaineers’ bowl game.
Dec 14 - 6:57 PM

Oregon HC Mario Cristobal announced that senior RB Royce Freeman will sit out Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl matchup against Boise State.

The tea leaves had been pointing this way over the past few days. "Am I disappointed in him? No. Do I want to see him play? Absolutely. But I stand by him," Cristobal said. The announcement ends Freeman's prolific collegiate career. He leaves as Oregon's leading all-time rusher with 5,621 yards, which ranks second all-time in Pac-12 history (Charles White) and sixth in FBS history. Freeman's 60 rushing touchdowns are a Pac-12 record. The 5-foot-11, 231-pounder is a versatile, bell-cow big back with receiving chops, slick footwork, plus-vision and great balance. He comes from a wide-open system that left fewer opposing defenders in the box. And since he's unlikely to test in the upper-echelon of RB athletes, evaluators could question whether he can be as effective at the next level, where he won't see the thinned-out boxes he did in college. That narrative may lead to Freeman being available at a discount. He's drawn Day 2 (Rds. 2-3) grades.
Dec 14 - 6:42 PM

Three-star 2018 TE Tommy Tremble has verbally committed to play TE at Notre Dame.

Tremble picks the Irish over offers from schools such as Michigan, Auburn, California and Georgia. He's the second tight end to commit to Notre Dame, after four-star prospect George Covacs who committed in June. It's a school that has a history of letting players at the position play early, so both Tremble and Covacs have a chance to contribute to the 2018 Notre Dame club, if they play well in summer practices.
Source: 247 Sports
Dec 14 - 4:22 PM

Colorado State HC Mike Bobo signed a three-year extension to stay with the Rams.

The new contract will keep Bobo at Colorado state through 2022. It also increased his pay in 2018 to $1.8 million over his $1.65 million under the old contract, and he'll receive raises of $100,000 each year. In his time at the school, the former Georgia offensive coordinator has a record of 21-17, and has lead the Rams to a bowl game in all three seasons. Bobo and CSU will take on Marshall on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.
Dec 14 - 4:11 PM

Illinois State senior DL Dalton Keene accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Keene (6'4/275) finished the 2017 season with eight sacks, and also had six pass breakups and two fumbles recovered. He's ranked as the 41st best defensive tackle by NFL Draft Scout, and is currently viewed as a late-round draft selection by most draft pundits.
Dec 14 - 3:52 PM

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn announced that his office would not pursue charges against Oklahoma redshirt sophomore Rodney Anderson.

Earlier in December, a woman filed for an order of protection against Anderson, with details coming out later that the woman was a "victim of rape" and calling Anderson an "accused rapist." It was reported last week that he passed a three-hour polygraph test administered by a former FBI investigator. Barring a surprise, he should be on the field when the Sooners take on Georgia in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
Dec 14 - 3:39 PM

Washington DB coach and co-defensive coordinator will return to the Huskies in 2018.

Lake has been rumored for numerous jobs over the past two years, but will return for another year to coach the Huskies secondary. He was nearly named the defensive coordinator of Cal last year, and only stayed on when Cal refused to pay the $500,000 buyout clause in his contract. His secondaries while at Washington have been a major reason for the resurgence of the program over the past few seasons.
Dec 14 - 3:09 PM

Texas A&M-Commerce senior QB Luis Perez won the Harlon Hill trophy.

The award goes to the top player at the Division II ranks. Gannon running back Marc Jones, while Slippery Rock defensive end Marcus Martin finished third. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior quarterback leads the nation with 4,678 yards passing, and has thrown for 44 touchdowns while completing 70 percent of his passes for the Lions.
Source: ESPN
Dec 14 - 2:57 PM

Arizona senior DB Dane Cruikshank accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Cruikshank has started the last two years for the Wildcats, and has intercepted five passes with five passes defensed in that time frame. He's currently viewed as an undrafted free agent or late-round pick, but because of his size (6'1/206) a team could fall in love with his skill set and select him earlier.
Dec 14 - 2:44 PM

South Florida senior DB Deatrick Nichols accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Nichols (5'10/189) has had at least three interceptions for the Bulls the last three years, and has been a stalwart in the USF secondary since his sophomore season. He also had 11 passes defensed in 2017, which ranked second in the AAC. He's currently projected to go between the third-and-fifth rounds.
Dec 14 - 2:35 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore QB Ben DiNucci is transferring from Pittsburgh.

DiNucci made the announcement in a tweet, thanking head coach Pat Narduzzi and the staff before announcing that he'd leave in January. The sophomore quarterback played in 10 games for the Panthers in 2017, completing 55 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,098 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions. It's the second quarterback to transfer from the school this week, as former four-star commit Thomas MacVittie also announced he'll leave the program.
Dec 14 - 2:16 PM

UTSA defensive line coach Bo Davis was denied his appeal of a two-year show cause penalty for recruiting infractions.

Davis received the show-cause stature for infractions committed while he was coaching at Alabama after he was found to have "acted unethically when he provided false or misleading information about impermissible recruiting contacts" by the fractions committee. He'll continue to be banned from all off-campus recruiting until April of 2019.
Dec 14 - 1:56 PM

Four-star ATH Alontae Taylor has recommitted to play at Tennessee.

Taylor was committed to play at Tennessee under Butch Jones, but reopened things up after he was fired in November. He turned down offers from Louisville, Georgia, Alabama and Georgia Tech to stay with the Volunteers. It's the first big get of the recruiting season so far for new coach Jeremy Pruitt and his staff.
Source: 247 Sports
Dec 14 - 1:46 PM

Four-star QB prospect Adrian Martinez has flipped his commitment from Tennessee to Nebraska.

Martinez (6'3/185) has switched his commitment for the second time, as he flipped from Cal to Tennessee in May. He's considered one of the better athletes at the position in the class, as he's been clocked at 4.79 in the 40-yard dash and scouting reports rave about his arm strength. ESPN calls him a "high ceiling" player, and he could compete for the Cornhuskers starting job if Tanner Lee were to enter the NFL draft.
Source: 247 Sports
Dec 14 - 1:30 PM

Arizona senior WR Shawn Poindexter has been granted another year of eligibility.

Poindexter (6'5/212) caught 14 passes for 223 yards last year. Despite having the size of a potential red-zone threat, he has yet to score a touchdown for Arizona. He'll try and remedy that in 2018.
Dec 14 - 1:20 PM



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