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Former Alabama WR Antonio Carter's lawsuit against current FAU coach Lane Kiffin was dismissed on Wednesday.

The lawsuit was in regards to claims by Carter that Kiffin deliberately misled him regarding a job on the FAU football staff in order to benefit from his family relationship with a prospective recruit. Because the case was dismissed by Circuit Judge Laura Alvis with prejudice, it cannot be refiled.
Oct 20 - 12:35 AM

Houston senior RB Dillon Birden ran for 106 yards on 21 carries with a touchdown in a 42-38 loss to Memphis on Thursday.

Birden (5'11/200) did most of his damage on one run, a 40-yard run that set up a Houston score. He was able to find the end zone, a 1-yard plunge to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. Fellow tailback Duke Catalon was able to score three times, but Birden was the more effective runner between the 20s for Houston. Expect both running backs to get plenty of touches next week against South Florida.
Oct 20 - 12:15 AM

Houston senior QB Kyle Postma completed 29-of-40 passes for 315 yards with a touchdown and interception in a 42-38 loss to Memphis on Thursday.

Postma also rushed for 49 yards on eight carries. For most of this game, Postma was excellent, showing accuracy on his intermediate throws and finding talented players like Linell Bonner and Steven Dunbar early and often. Unfortunately, he made two critical turnovers on the final two drives, a fumble on a sack, and an interception on their final drive. Postma will look to end the two-game losing streak next week against South Florida.
Oct 20 - 12:08 AM

Houston redshirt senior WR Linell Bonner caught eight passes for 121 yards in a 42-38 loss to Memphis on Thursday.

It's another huge game for Bonner, as the senior has caught at least five passes in every contest for the Cougars. While he doesn't have elite speed, his soft hands and ability to use his 6-foot, 200-pound body to create separation makes him an excellent possession receiver. He'll have the toughest test of the year next week against the pesky South Florida secondary.
Oct 20 - 12:04 AM

Houston redshirt junior RB Duke Catalon ran for three scores and 65 yards on 22 carries in a 42-38 loss to Memphis on Thursday.

Catalon (6'0/215) also had two catches for 15 yards. Catalon was mostly ineffective for the Cougars, but he found that sweet, sweet end zone three times to make up for the lack of yards-per-carry. Two of the scores were one-yard plunges, with the third being a four-yarder. Catalon should continue to split carries with Dillon Birden going forward, but the former is clearly the short-yardage back.
Oct 20 - 12:00 AM

Memphis sophomore RB Tony Pollard hauled in nine passes for 91 yards in a 42-38 victory over Houston on Thursday.

Now this was a surprise. Pollard has been used sparingly this year, but with the Tigers struggling to get anything going on the ground, Memphis turned to Pollard as a playmaking receiver out of the backfield, and Houston struggled to contain the 5-foot-11, 200-pound tailback. Pollard has likely earned more touches in the Memphis offense going forward.
Oct 19 - 11:54 PM

Memphis redshirt senior WR Anthony Miller caught 10 passes for 178 yards in a 42-38 victory over Houston on Thursday.

Miller (5'11/190) got off to a slow start like the rest of the Memphis offense, but was lights out in the second half. He didn't reach the end zone, but he and the rest of the Tiger wideouts set up several short-yardage scores for sophomore tailback Patrick Taylor Jr. Miller showed in the final 30 minutes why he has a chance to be one of the first wide receivers off the board this spring. He'll have another field day against New Mexico State next week.
Oct 19 - 11:51 PM

Memphis sophomore RB Patrick Taylor Jr. ran for four touchdowns and 39 yards on 14 carries in a 42-38 victory over Houston on Thursday.

Taylor (6'3/223) couldn't get anything going on the ground between the 20s, but he usurped several scores from the Memphis passing game. Two of his rushing touchdowns came from a yard out, and the others both came within ten years (nine and 5, respectively). The sophomore bruiser now has seven touchdowns on his 2017 campaign.
Oct 19 - 11:48 PM

Memphis redshirt senior QB Riley Ferguson threw for 471 yards and a touchdown on 33-of-53 passing in a 42-38 victory over Houston on Thursday.

To be blunt, Ferguson was awful in the first half, and his inaccuracy was very much responsible for the Tigers having a 17-0 deficit at halftime. From the start of the third quarter on, however, Ferguson was outstanding. He was able to connect with wideout Anthony Miller and playmaker Tony Pollard often in the second half, putting Memphis back in the game. His touchdown pass was a big one, a 21-yard strike to Sean Dykes to give the Tigers the game-winning score with just 1:28 left in the game. Ferguson and the Tigers will look to stay in the AAC race next week against Tulane.
Oct 19 - 11:45 PM

Jordan Davis completed just 11-of-24 passes for 128 yards in a 47-3 blowout loss to Arkansas State on Thursday.

Give credit to the Red Wolves defense -- at least partial -- but Davis didn't exactly inspire confidence after relieving an ineffective -- and then injured -- Andre Nunez (head). Davis did add 33 yards on 9 carries as a runner, and we're out of positives for his performance. If Nunez can't play, he'll likely get another chance to start against South Alabama next week.
Oct 19 - 11:26 PM

Arkansas State redshirt junior QB Justice Hansen threw for 275 yards and ran for 120 more with three total touchdowns in a 47-3 thrashing of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Hansen (6'4/207) was everywhere for the Red Wolves on Thursday. Not only did he have the big passing and rushing totals, he also caught a 34-yard pass on a trick play. The Ragin Cajuns defense was putrid, and the talented all-purpose quarterback was able to use his size, speed and arm-strength to burn the front seven and secondary. Hansen should have another monster game against New Mexico State next week.
Oct 19 - 11:20 PM

UL-Lafayette redshirt junior QB Andre Nunez left the game against Arkansas State Thursday with a head injury.

Nunez was replaced by Jordan Davis earlier in the game, but after Davis was ineffective in his time, Nunez reentered only to leave with the head injury. This makes four head injuries for the Ragin' Cajuns tonight. We should know more about Nunez's status for next week before the end of the weekend.
Oct 19 - 10:57 PM

NFL.com Draft Analyst Chad Reueter believes that Josey Jewell could be one of 15 seniors to earn first-round grades by the end of 2017.

Reuter notes that Jewell's measurables and testing will be critical for the 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker. "If he rocks Indianapolis like Luke Kuechly did several years ago (to the surprise of many), teams will be lining up to pick Jewell in the first round, as his tape is as strong as any college defender's," Reuter said. It's tough to find a more productive linebacker than Jewell right now, so assuming he doesn't post terrible run times, it's easy to see him being one of the first 32 picks in next year's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 19 - 10:54 PM

Mississippi State senior T Martinas Rankin ranks at the top of NFL.com Draft Analyst Chad Reuter's 15 potential seniors to earn a first-round grade

Martinas (6'5/315) has had scouts buzzing since early September. Reuter notes that scouts love the tackle's athleticism, and has still earned praise even in the Bulldogs lopsided loss. In a year that isn't strong in tackle prospects, it's possible that Martinas could be one of the first two or three lineman to come off the board this spring.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 19 - 10:36 PM

According to Pro Football Focus, Georgia junior LB Roquan Smith has the most tackles of any player who hasn't missed a tackle among draft-eligible linebackers.

Smith (6'1/225) has made 29 tackles this year, and has yet to miss on a single tacke attempt, according to PFF. He also has 21 "stops" this year; with a stop constituting a win for the defense. Smith is one of the main reasons the Georgia defense has been so impressive in 2017, and would be one of the top inside-linebackers in the class if he were to declare.
Oct 19 - 10:16 PM



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