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Washington named interim AD Jennifer Cohen to the position permanently.

Cohen was named interim athletic director after Scott Woodward fled to take the AD job at Texas A&M in January. Interim no more. In a statement, university president Ana Mari Cauce said, "[Cohen's] years of experience leading its fundraising program, along with her direct involvement overseeing football, provide a strong foundation for assuming overall leadership for the department. This is the right time for her, and I look forward to a very exciting time for our students, coaches and fans of Husky athletics."
May 25 - 12:32 AM

Michigan redshirt junior RB Drake Johnson was run over by a forklift in mid-April because the driver did not realize Johnson was stretching on the track of the indoor facility.

According to the police report, the driver of the forklift "felt a bump, stating he thought he ran over a starting block, when he saw Drake Johnson, a student-athlete, roll from under the forklift." After the accident, Johnson was taken to the hospital. The 6-foot-1, 201-pounder did not suffer serious injury in the accident. HC Jim Harbaugh said after the incident that "it would've killed a lesser man. He is blue-twisted steel."
May 24 - 10:21 PM

Kentucky redshirt sophomore edge rusher Denzil Ware had 15 tackles and four sacks in the spring game.

The co-crown jewel of the celebrated 2014 recruiting class alongside QB Drew Barker, Ware is now ready to break out on the defense just as Barker is ready to take over the offense. Ware, a former four-star prospect, played sparingly last year (one sack) after redshirting in 2014. "At 6-foot-2 and 255 pounds, he has the size and the quickness to be a difference-maker," Alex Scarborough wrote.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 10:07 PM

In former Cincinnati OC Eddie Gran's new offense, per ESPN, Kentucky redshirt sophomore QB Drew Barker will "throw the ball more vertically and exhibit more control with pre-snap reads."

This offseason, Mark Stoops decided to keep the shotgun spread and trash everything else. That plan entailed hiring Gran, who oversaw several high-powered offenses for the Bearcats. Barker, a four-star recruit in the 2014 class, beat out juco transfer Stephen Johnson for the starting job.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 9:10 PM

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu wrote that four-star 2017 CB Amir Riep was "outstanding" at The Opening Chicago.

Trieu had the pleasure of seeing Riep for the first time in the Chicago camp. He came away endlessly impressed. "He has length, very quick feet and great ball skills," Trieu wrote. "I saw him and [fellow four-star CB] Ambry Thomas back-to-back and they are, without question, among the best in the country." The 6-foot, 180-pound Riep has received strong interest from Michigan State and Ohio State (among others).
May 24 - 6:03 PM

2016 QB Jordan Kitna will join TCU as a preferred walk-on.

Kitna had been set to walk-on in East Lansing with Michigan State, but instead, the Waxahachie native will remain in the state of Texas and join the quarterbacking fray at TCU. Playing for Waxahachie High last season, the 6-foot, 210-pounder threw for 1,906 yards (59% completions) with a 20/3 TD/INT ratio. A broken collarbone forced him to miss the end of the season and helped account for the somewhat muted stats. He is the son of former NFL QB Jon Kitna. Unless Jordan makes serious (like, really, really serious) noise in August camp, one of Kenny Hill or Foster Sawyer still figures to earn the starting nod at quarterback for 2016.
May 24 - 5:46 PM

Five-star 2017 DT Marvin Wilson indicated that he is intrigued by Texas, but wants to see them win nine games this season.

Wilson stands as Rivals' No. 1 overall recruit for 2017, so HC Charlie Strong might want to try extra hard this coming season. "That’s all they have to do. They have to win. I would say nine wins," said the 6-foot-4, 320-pounder. "If they can make it to nine wins, they would be in the discussion big time, especially [for] a kid that grew up watching Texas." For reference's sake, the Longhorns went 5-7 last season.
May 24 - 5:30 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior CB Davon Jacobs will transfer.

This according to NJ.com's Dan Duggan. Jacobs did not graduate this spring and would have to do so over the summer if he is to transfer to another FBS program. Injuries plagued the 6-foot, 196-pounder during the 2015 campaign and he managed to appear in just four games, recording 16 tackles in that space. The former three-star recruit has yet to make an official decision regarding his landing spot for 2016.
Source: nj.com
May 24 - 5:14 PM

Four-star 2017 WR Jaylen Harris indicated that Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee and Michigan State will make his top-10 finalist list.

"I don’t know who else, though. I’m going to try to take a few more visits like Penn State on (May) 21, then I’ll try to get out to Miami and Georgia," Harris said. Depending on time and monetary flexibility, the 6-foot-6, 192-pound wideout will also try for visits to LSU, Ole Miss, Arizona State and USC. He ranks as ESPN 300's No. 280 overall recruit for 2017, with the outlet noting that Harris is a "prototypical possession wide receiver with great body control and natural hands."
May 24 - 4:58 PM

Four-star 2018 S Isaac Taylor-Stuart received an offer from Alabama.

"I never really thought they would have offered me," Taylor-Stuart said. "When I was talking to coach Saban he introduced himself and his football program and talked about how really successful it has been the last 4-5 years." The 6-foot-2, 177-pounder is keen on Alabama's ability to transition players into the NFL -- Bama and Ohio State consistently draw this piece of praise from high school recruits. USC and UCLA have also forwarded offers to California native Taylor-Stuart.
Source: Rivals
May 24 - 4:31 PM

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Powers noted that five-star 2017 S Jeffrey Okudah "lived up to the hype and more" at The Opening Regional in Dallas.

"[Okudah] could play anywhere in the defensive backfield and showed that he has lockdown skills as good as any cornerback in the country," Powers wrote before venturing out onto a limb to make a lofty comparison. "He reminds me a lot right now of what I saw from Eric Berry in the practices at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl," the analyst offered. Ohio State stands as the current leader for the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder's commitment.
May 24 - 4:17 PM

Horns Digest's Chip Brown hears that it is uncertain whether Baylor school president Ken Starr would accept another role with the university.

Brown relayed the news of Starr's firing earlier on Tuesday, though Baylor, itself, issued a statement of no-comment. The university could offer Starr a job in the law school, but as Brown relays, "[I]t was unclear early Tuesday if Starr would want the new law school post on the Waco campus or if he'd simply want a financial settlement and to part ways." In its statement, Baylor said that they would be making an announcement by June 3.
Source: Scout.com
May 24 - 4:03 PM

Four-star 2017 ATH Salvon Ahmed said that he "loved the campus and facilities [at Stanford]."

Ahmed visited Stanford over the weekend and came away raving. "The visit was great. It was nice to finally get to meet all the coaches in person. What really impressed me was the way the coaches carry themselves," he said. "Every single one seems to be very genuine and honest." The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder out of Washington added that "[Stanford] told me I'm their No. 1 guy so that's always great to hear." Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney stresses that Washington could be a heavy player for Ahmed's commitment down the road. He ranks as the outlet's No. 227 overall recruit for 2017.
Source: Rivals
May 24 - 3:50 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman T Grant Schmidt transferred to Cincinnati.

Doff of the cap to cincinnati.com's Tom Groeschen for the news of Schmidt's transfer. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound tackle -- a four-star recruit from the 2015 Buckeye class -- will be sidelined by transfer regulations for the coming season, but will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2017.
May 24 - 3:36 PM

The Week 3 match-up between Utah State and Arkansas State has been moved to Friday, September 16.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast the contest, now with a scheduled 9 EST kick-off. It had initially been scheduled for Saturday, September 17, but was shifted off that day in order to appease Mountain West television partners. Arkansas State and Utah State have played six games against one another, with each squad winning three.
Source: SB Nation
May 24 - 3:22 PM



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