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Auburn RB coach Tim Horton said junior Kam Martin is currently their starting running back.

With both Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway gone, the depth chart at running back was a huge unknown entering the spring. Martin was the backup in 2017 who ran for 453 yards and two touchdowns. He doesn't have prototypical size (5'10/175) so it will be interesting to see if the Tigers use more of a running back by committee than they have in recent years. Horton didn't name the second back behind Martin saying he's been "really pleased" with the entire group. Martin will have a chance to show his abilities in a prominent role in 2018.
Source: AL.com
Apr 23 - 12:42 AM

Wisconsin sophomore RB Garrett Groshek (leg) returned to practice.

This is notable because Groshek is recovering from a broken bone in his left leg he suffered during the Orange Bowl on December 30th. Groshek said, "everything went well and I was able to progress enough to get a little bit out of practice." It's unclear how much he was able to practice, but it's a great sign for his health to have him return early. Groshek will look to maintain a supplementary role to star RB Jonathan Taylor in 2018
Source: ABC
Apr 23 - 12:33 AM

Penn State redshirt junior WR Juwan Johnson was seen in a walking boot and didn't participate in the spring game.

It's unknown why Johnson was in a walking boot but it isn't expected to have serious implications for next season or his starting position. Johnson recorded 54 receptions for 701 yards and one touchdown as a redshirt sophomore in 2017. With WR DaeSean Hamilton off to the NFL, Johnson will look to take on an even bigger role in 2018.
Apr 23 - 12:26 AM

South Alabama QB redshirt freshman Cephus Johnson split first-team reps during the spring game.

With QB Dallas Davis announcing he is leaving the program three days prior to the spring game, Johnson took the majority of first-team reps. Johnson completed 9-of-12 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns while quarterback redshirt senior Cole Garvin completed only 3-of-8 passes for 98 yards. Garvin and Johnson are the two likely candidates to be the Jaguars starter in 2018 but with Johnson taking more reps at a younger age he is likely to get the nod.
Source: Alabama.com
Apr 23 - 12:16 AM

Alabama junior DB Trevon Diggs "limped off" the field during the spring game.

Diggs walked off under his own power which is encouraging. He had just returned to spring practice from an ankle injury two weeks prior and ankle injuries are one of the easiest to re-aggravate and then subsequently linger. Despite the injury, HC Nick Saban said Diggs "had a really good spring." He will likely be one of Alabama's starters in 2018.
Apr 23 - 12:00 AM

South Alabama redshirt senior QB Dallas Davis left the program.

Davis is eligible play elsewhere as a graduate transfer this coming season, though he hasn't announced if he's planning on doing that or not. This is a pretty surprising revelation, as Davis has starting experience over the past two years and only had to beat out the uninspiring trio of Cephus Johnson, Cole Garvin and Evan Orth to seize the 2018 job.
Source: AL.com
Apr 22 - 11:58 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly praised junior RB Dexter Williams' spring performance.

Per Irish Illustrated's Pete Sampson, Kelly said Williams is "no longer a guy the staff isn’t confident can stay on the field." That's key for a couple reasons. Firstly, because Williams' availability was a constant question last fall. And secondly because Notre Dame is mighty, mighty thin at running back in the wake of Josh Adams' loss. Williams (5'11/216) and Tony Jones are first in line for carries.
Apr 22 - 11:54 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette sophomore TE Chase Rogers rolled his ankle during their spring game.

Rogers played minimally as a freshman, recording only six receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. The former three-star recruit from Bay Saint Louis, Missouri, will look to take a big step in his sophomore year and is expected to play frequently and potentially start.
Apr 22 - 11:50 PM

Ohio State CB Denzel Ward said it'd be fun to team up with former Ohio State S Malik Hooker on the Colts.

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah mocked Ward to the Colts at No. 6 overall last week. "That would definitely be crazy," Ward said. "Me and him are very close. That's who I used to hang out with back in Columbus. That would be exciting." Ward (5'10/183) took official visits to Tampa Bay, Chicago, San Francisco, Cleveland, Miami and Buffalo during his pre-Draft process. Ward accepted an invite to this week's NFL Draft. He'll hear his name called in Round 1 -- perhaps even in the top-10.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 22 - 11:45 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette junior RB Raymond Calais injured his groin during their spring game.

Calais had 15 yards on five carries prior to his injury. This is a tough break for a player looking to make the most of his play time with incumbent starter Trey Ragas and former Erath star Elijah Mitchell both sidelined with injuries. Calais finished 2017 with only 88 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Unable to take advantage of his opportunity, he likely won't play much in 2018.
Apr 22 - 11:41 PM

LSU edge rusher Arden Key believes he'd be a perfect fit with the Raiders.

Key (6'4/238) visited the Raiders recently. "I loved Oakland -- I vibed with them really good," Key said. "It was awesome. I felt at home, I felt comfortable, and as soon as I stepped in the building I felt like I was part of the team. Jon Gruden, he's a high-energy guy. There wasn't a dull moment with him. I also met with the D-coordinator (Paul Guenther) and some other coaches. They teach a lot of the things we did at LSU, so if they draft me, I think I would fit right in." Key has been a busy guy. He also had pre-draft visits with the Bengals, Redskins, Titans, Raiders, 49ers, Bears, Cowboys and Saints. Clearly, teams want to get in front of him and figure out where his head is at. Key is a first-round talent who's going to be available on Day 2 because of his off-field concerns, dedication questions and durability issues.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 22 - 11:40 PM

FAU junior RB Devin Singletary (hamstring) missed the spring game.

Take a deep breath, Owls fans. Singletary's pulled hamstring will be healed in short order, if it already isn't. Gerald Hearns got the extra usage in his absence. Hearns turned 13 carries into an uninspiring 23 yards.
Apr 22 - 11:36 PM

FAU redshirt freshman QB Chris Robison outplayed De’Andre Johnson in the spring game and has pulled even with him in the starting quarterback competition, reports the Palm Beach Post.

Robison completed 12-of-26 passes for 172 yards during the game. Meanwhile, Johnson went 21-of-44 for 175 yards. The paper did not that "Robison’s 'gunslinger' tendencies led to several overthrown passes," including a freebie potential long touchdown pass to John Mitchell.
Apr 22 - 11:34 PM

Former Michigan LB Elysee Mbem-Bosse apologized for sending out threatening tweets last Monday night that appeared to be targeted at HC Jim Harbaugh.

Mbem-Bosse "apologize[d] fully," stating: "I take full responsibility for the tweets i (sic) made regarding the safety of Coach Harbaugh." He perhaps should have stopped there. Mbem-Bosse went on to accuse the university’s police department of harassment, explaining that they'd called him "mentally ill without proper evaluation" and in so doing had violated "my civil rights." Mbem-Bosse was disgruntled after having been booted off the team in November. Among his tweet storm, he tweeted, "Dead and alive," "Michigan is open carry. Let's not forget," "...next time I'm calling the morgue," and "[Expletive] YOU. GN. It's on tomorrow."
Apr 22 - 11:26 PM

Rice redshirt senior CB V.J. Banks transferred to Colorado State as a graduate.

As a graduate transfer Banks will be immediately eligible to play for the Rams. In his time at Rice, Banks started in 22-of-36 games he played in and recorded two interceptions and a forced fumble. He will look to improve the Rams defense which allowed 27.7 points per game in 2017. He should fight for a starting job immediately at Colorado State and could be an every week starter by the start of the 2018 season.
Apr 22 - 11:25 PM



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