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Texas Tech co-defensive coordinator/linebacker coach Matt Wallerstedt believes senior RB/LB Kenny Williams has NFL potential at whatever position he plays.

"They're going to see how versatile he is, and they'll see how well he does on special teams," Wallerstedt told The Associated Press. "A guy like that can have a lot of different roles with a lot of different teams with his speed. I think he could play in the league for a while." We think the 5-foot-9, 225-pound Williams, clocked at 4.48 seconds in the 40 in high school, will be seen as a running back by NFL scouts. "He's a compact, powerful kid that plays with a lot of energy and a lot of effort," Wallerstedt said. "You can't take enough of those guys. He's going to be a force to reckon with on the perimeter." Williams was the leading rusher for the Red Raiders last season, but will play linebacker in 2014. "There are certain things he does really well offensively, so we may plug him in any given moment," HC Kliff Kingsbury told the AP. "We'll see how the season's going."
Aug 27 - 10:01 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks LSU senior LT La'El Collins as the No. 4 offensive line prospect.

"Collins projects as either a right tackle or guard in the pros, given his massive frame," McShay wrote. "As a run-blocker he fires off the ball with very good straight-line burst, and has the lower-body strength and strong hands to drive defenders off the line. He also shows good awareness and toughness. Collins is average in pass protection, showing a strong anchor, but he can get into trouble, occasionally lunging and falling off some blocks." Collins said last month that he patterns his game off Jason Peters'. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Collins showcases good athleticism and physical tools, just like Peters.
Aug 27 - 9:49 PM

Alabama suspended senior ILB Trey DePriest for the opener versus West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff on Saturday.

Head coach Nick Saban announced the suspension Wednesday, saying DePriest committed a minor NCAA infraction. We don't yet know what that infraction was, but Alabama is being overly cautious because any victory attained with an ineligible player on the field would be vacated. DePriest, a two-year starter coming off a career-high 65 tackle (7.5 for loss), had the look of a breakout player this fall. Reggie Ragland and Reuben Foster will start at linebacker for the Crimson Tide.
Aug 27 - 9:37 PM

NFL.com named Oklahoma State JUCO OW transfer Tyreek Hill was named by NFL.com as the Big 12's best preseason breakout candidate.

Cowboys' HC Mike Gundy told reporters last month that Hill will receive 15-20 touches per game, and he's expected to play an offensive role similar to Percy Harvin and Tavon Austin. "The junior college transfer might be the fastest player in the Big 12 and brings plenty of talent to a team that is lacking playmakers," wrote staff writer Bryan Fischer. "Think Tavon Austin at West Virginia from a few years ago in terms of impact."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 27 - 9:18 PM

Former Miami TE Derrick Griffin transferred to Texas Southern.

Griffin will have to sit out the 2014 season because he's an academic non-qualifier. "Our summer-bridge program is set up to take incoming freshman that need additional help to become college ready," athletic director Dr. Charles McClelland told the station. "Derek successfully participated in that program which is why he is now a full-time student at Texas Southern University." The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Griffin, who played tight end at Miami, will reportedly be utilized as a receiver with his new team. He's a big addition in more than size: The former four-star recruit has NFL potential if everything comes together. "He can bring a lot of different things to the program," TSU head coach Darrell Asberry said. "He’s a very exciting player."
Source: FOX 26
Aug 27 - 9:00 PM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko slots Stanford junior T Andrus Peat No. 1 to the Raiders in a mock draft published Wednesday.

"They could use help across their defense, but getting a top-tier offensive tackle to push Donald Penn inside for the future can give this team a tremendous strength on the offensive line to build around Derek Carr," Galko wrote. Earlier this summer, NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Peat is "a future franchise tackle to build around," CBS Sports' Rob Rang called him a "remarkable talent," and TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline labeled him an "elite" prospect. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder is a consensus top 10 prospect, but many rank Cedric Ogbuehi and Brandon Scherff above him.
Aug 27 - 8:40 PM

Virginia Tech signed coach Frank Beamer to a two-year contract extension.

The Hokies' legendary coach is now signed through Jan. 1, 2019. Beamer made $2.54 million in 2013; no word yet on how much the extension will pay him. "We are pleased to be in a position to present Coach Beamer with this contract extension," Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement. "Announcing before our home opener serves as a tangible show of support for the winningest coach in college football who does it the right way, continues our positive momentum in recruiting, and signals the stability of leadership in our program. His stamp on our football program, and our institution, is indelible. This well-deserved extension is a reward for 27 tremendous years, certainly, but also is based upon my observations and work with him these past seven months. His integrity and work ethic is even better than advertised and he still has that competitive fire and wants to move Virginia Tech forward. I believe in him and support him, his staff, and our team. We look for
Aug 27 - 8:26 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay grades Stanford junior T Andrus Peat as the third-best offensive line prospect.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder has a wide frame and stunning athleticism. "Peat has the ideal physical tools you look for in a starting NFL left tackle," McShay wrote. "He displays good length, a strong anchor, powerful upper body and excellent overall agility in pass protection. As a run-blocker, he has the power base to drive defenders off the ball. His football instincts appear to be good on tape, and he flashes a nasty side on occasion. He figures to be the anchor of a very good Stanford offensive line this season." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Peat is "elite," but believes he must work on his nasty streak.
Aug 27 - 8:09 PM

North Carolin suspended cornerbacks Des Lawrence, M.J. Stewart and Brian Walker and linebacker Donnie Miles for one game for a violation of team policy.

Head coach Larry Fedora announced the suspensions on Wednesday afternoon. "We’re going to hold all of our guys accountable for everything they do on the field and off the field," Fedora said. "We also have very high expectations for our guys in this program and they didn’t meet those expectations." The four players were reportedly involved in a hazing incident, though Fedora didn't get into that. He said he was unsure if the school had completed its investigation, but that he felt he had enough information to make the decision. UNC opens with Liberty, so they shouldn't miss the depth; all suspended players were backups.
Aug 27 - 7:56 PM

Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff is ranked as the No. 2 offensive line prospect by ESPN's Todd McShay.

Scherff enters the season slightly behind Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi for No. 1 OL honors on most analysts' boards. Similar to the Jake Matthews/Greg Robinson debate last season, Scherff is more technically sound, while Ogbuehi's athletic upside is staggering. "Scherff excels in the running game," McShay wrote. "He fires out of his stance quickly, has good range on pulls and second-level blocks and is a powerful drive blocker with a nasty disposition. Scherff is good in pass protection, but there's room for improvement with his hand placement and ankle flexibility."
Aug 27 - 7:42 PM

Dismissed Washington sophomore DE Marcus Farria transferred to Murray State.

Huskies' coach Chris Peterson dismissed Farria earlier this month for a "violation of team standards." The 6-foot-4, 235-pound sophomore, a former three-star prospect, posted 2.5 sacks last season in just seven games as a true freshman. He has the skills to change games at Murray State, but the measurables aren't yet there for an NFL future.
Aug 27 - 7:27 PM

The Sporting News' Matt Hayes predicts Washington State will be playing for the Pac-12 North Division title in November.

"Years ago when Leach was at Texas Tech, his third team won nine games and developed into a significant factor in the then-Big 12 South Division," Hayes wrote. "Kliff Kingsbury, in his third year as the starting quarterback for Leach, threw for more than 5,000 yards and 45 TDs. Fast forward to 2014, and that’s Connor Holliday entering his third season as quarterback for Leach at Wazzu, after last year leading the Cougars to their first bowl game since 2003 and throwing for 4,597 yards and 34 TDs." Added Kingsbury himself: "You get that long in his system, and everything you do is second nature. That’s when it starts to really get fun." The Cougars would need to beat out Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and Washington to win the North. They're a longshot at best.
Aug 27 - 7:12 PM

USC announced redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw admitted to fabricating the story about hurting his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning, and he has been suspended indefinitely.

"We are extremely disappointed in Josh," said head coach Steve Sarkisian in a release. "He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story. I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized. Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him." Shaw explained his two high ankle sprains on Monday by saying he saved his 7-year-old nephew from drowning. The school received several calls contradicting his story, leading to an investigation. Shaw's legal team is expected to release a statement later on Wednesday.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 6:57 PM

The Sporting News reports that Penn State could have their postseason ban lifted before the 2015 season.

"Two sources within the NCAA say Penn State, if it continues to 'reach and go beyond' benchmarks set by the NCAA in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, will have a 'strong case' to get its final year of postseason probation lifted," wrote Matt Hayes. "As early as next week, George Mitchell, Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor, will release his second annual report on the state of the university’s athletics programs. The NCAA last year restored some scholarships after Mitchell’s first report that, according to one NCAA source, 'reached well beyond expectations.'" Amongst a laundry list of penalties, Penn State was issued a four-year postseason ban prior to the 2012 season. It wouldn't be a surprise if the NCAA lifted the last year of that ban for good behavior.
Aug 27 - 6:42 PM

The investigation into USC redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw's story about saving his drowning nephew is in a "holding pattern."

"It's pretty clear that there's quite a few conflicting stories out there," USC football coach Steve Sarkisian said after practice on Wednesday. "Any information we have been provided up until this point we have pushed along to campus authorities. We're really going to let it play out in their hands up until this point and quite honestly we're in somewhat of a holding pattern. That's where we are at. Anything I do get that I can provide you guys with, I will, believe me, I will." Shaw suffered two high-ankle sprains recently and said he did so while saving his 7-year-old nephew from drowning. The school received calls that contradicted Shaw's story and subsequently launched an inquiry. Shaw is out indefinitely. "None of the players really know about the Josh Shaw situation," Leonard Williams said. "[Sarkisian] basically told us to stay focused and don't let it affect us on Saturday."
Aug 27 - 6:27 PM



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