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Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz floated the possibility that freshman QB Peyton Mansell could win the starting job in August.

Mansell remains a longshot to start over Nathan Stanley or Tyler Wiegers, but Ferentz at least kept that door open. Channeling his inner Yoda, Ferentz said, "Difficult, it would be. But not impossible. Difficult. Got to believe the impossible’s possible, right? That’s what sports and life are all about, right? For him, and then you’ve got to show us." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Mansell was a three-star recruit for the 2017 cycle, with Rivals ranking him as the No. 20 pro-style quarterback in the class.
Source: Land of 10
Jul 20 - 4:55 PM

Florida received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 TE Kyle Pitts.

Pitts (6'4/222) settled on Florida over fellow finalists Georgia and Virginia Tech. Said the Warminster, Pennsylvania, native, "When I went down there, it felt like I was meant to be there. I felt most comfortable down there with all those guys." Rivals ranks Pitts as the No. 202 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. Outlet analyst Adam Friedman writes that he is "a very good receiver, can make tough catches, and is deceptively fast" and adds that "[d]efensive backs will have a hard time matching up with Pitts because he is so big and he can really muscle defenders out of the way."
Source: Rivals
Jul 20 - 4:41 PM

LSU junior DE Isaiah Washington will transfer.

Washington's status with LSU has been somewhat shaky this offseason, as he was forced to sit out spring practice due academic concerns. That came on the heels of a knee injury which cost him the entirety of the 2016 season. The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder was a four-star recruit out of high school and played in six games during his lone active campaign with the Tigers, back in 2015.
Jul 20 - 4:28 PM

The mother of Notre Dame senior DT Daniel Cage said that her son plans on taking a medical redshirt in 2017 due to his history of concussions.

Cage (6'0/325) continues to feel headaches from a concussion suffered in November, his third such head injury during his time at Notre Dame. He also underwent offseason knee surgery. Cage's sidelining for the coming season leaves HC Brian Kelly incredibly thin when it comes to experienced defensive tackles outside of Jerry Tillery, Jonathan Bonner and Elijah Taylor (who underwent foot surgery in the spring).
Source: Scout.com
Jul 20 - 4:13 PM
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Wisconsin redshirt sophomore OLB Max Praschak will transfer to Division III River Falls.

Praschak, a 6-foot-2, 203-pounder, played in two games during the 2016 season and recorded one tackle. He was already thinking about leaving Madison when a spring meeting with a coach pushed him over the top. "My coach brought me into his office and he said they were planning on cutting up to 15 walk-ons in my class," Praschak said. "I was the only walk-on at my position so I saw where I stood."
Source: SB Nation
Jul 20 - 2:59 PM

SB Nation suggests Arizona as a potential landing spot for dismissed former Oregon redshirt senior WR Darren Carrington.

On Wednesday, Carrington visited Utah. That same day, John Canzano of the Oregonian reported that "more than one Pac-12 coach" is interested in the booted receiver. Carrington, a top-200 player in the 2013 class, was previously recruited by Arizona. As SB Nation's Arizona blog notes, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Carrington would help to shore up Arizona's unimpressive receiving corps and also give it some much-needed size. NFL Draft Diamonds reported this week that 15 "big time schools" have contacted him. Carrington posted a career 112-1,919-15 line for the Ducks.
Source: SB Nation
Jul 20 - 2:52 PM

Texas A&M redshirt freshman WR Quartney Davis (ACL) caught two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown in the spring game.

Davis missed last season due to a torn ACL. The Aggies are attempting to sort out the WR depth chart behind Christian Kirk. Aaron Hansford, Jhamon Ausbon and Damion Ratley are all competing with Davis for reps. Ausbon, a true frosh, received the most hype in the spring.
Jul 20 - 2:35 PM

Of Nebraska junior WR Stanley Morgan, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes "I’d like to see more production before going out on the limb and predicating he’ll be a top 60 pick."

Pauline mentions that "several" like Morgan. Presumably, he means NFL scouts. Pauline agrees with them, but wants to see the potential manifest more on the field. Last season, Morgan caught only 33 passes for 453 yards and two touchdowns.
Jul 20 - 2:17 PM

Clemson junior DT Christian Wilkins clocked a 4.80 forty this spring at 6-foot-2 1/5 and 310 pounds.

Wilkins received All-American honors last season with 56 tackles and 13.5 TFL while making the All-ACC Academic Team and helping lead the Tigers to a national title. Be boasts a ridiculous 10-yard split of 1.62 seconds, which easily would have been tops among all 300-plus-pounders at this year’s NFL Combine. In addition, Wilkins bench presses 375 and does 31 reps of 225.
Source: SI
Jul 20 - 2:01 PM

Washington redshirt junior WR Brayden Lenius returned to the football team this spring following a suspension.

Lenius sat out last season while buried deep in coach Chris Peterson's doghouse. Now, Peterson is confident that Lenius will contribute to the 2017 incarnation of the Huskies. The rangy Lenius (6'5/231) caught 26 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns in 2015. With John Ross gone, he'll attempt to work into the rotation behind Dante Pettis and Chico McClatcher. Lenius is the grandson of Eldridge Dickey, the first African-American quarterback ever selected in the first round of an AFL or NFL Draft (Dickey was the Raiders' first-round pick in 1968), and the son of Troy Dickey, who played wide receiver at Arizona and in the CFL.
Jul 20 - 1:30 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore S Derwin James power cleans 360 and bench presses 450.

Those are ridiculous numbers for a defensive back. The scary thing is that James is getting bigger and stronger. He's up to 222 after being listed at 211 pounds last season. His 41-inch vertical is freaky. James missed most of last year with a knee injury. He posted 91 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2015.
Source: SI
Jul 20 - 12:58 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegs Nebraska senior CB Chris Jones (knee) as a Day 3 prospect.

This report was published before we learned that Jones underwent surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee. Now, he may miss the season. If so, Jones would likely be eligible to return in 2018 as a fifth-year senior.
Jul 20 - 12:44 PM

Arizona State senior RB Kalen Ballage ran a 4.03 20-yard shuttle time in the spring.

That's .15 seconds faster than any running back at the 2017 NFL Combine. We're been over this: Ballage is a freak. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound power runner has been clocked at 21.6 mph. He also boasts a 37-inch vertical jump and a broad jump just under 10 feet. Ballage posted a 44-469-1 receiving line in 2016 but finished with only 536 rushing yards (4.3 ypc).
Source: SI
Jul 20 - 12:27 PM

Florida redshirt senior S Marcell Harris will miss the 2017 season after tearing his achilles on Wednesday.

Harris was expected to take the next step for the Gators, following in the footsteps of Keanu Neal and Marcus Maye. Harris was participating in team run activities before injuring his right achilles. The back half will continue to be reshuffled for the Gators, an area of the team that has been a strength for years.
Jul 20 - 11:25 AM

Former Oregon redshirt senior WR Darren Carrington is drawing interest from multiple Pac-12 programs and recently visited Utah, according to John Canzano.

Carrington's off-field troubles were extensive during his time with the Ducks and we count three to four incidents that involved discipline. Still, rival coaches likely see a talented player who caught 112 career passes for 1,919 yards and 15 touchdowns. He graduated in the spring and could play one more season.
Source: 247 Sports
Jul 20 - 10:36 AM



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