Notre Dame redshirt sophomore RB Greg Bryant has been ruled academically ineligible for the 2015 season, according to Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated.
Bryant needed a B+ in a summer school class to stay eligible and received a B-. He will return to campus on August 22 and continue his education. On June 29 it was announced that Bryant was suspended for four games for a violation of team rules. Bryant offered good depth behind Tarean Folston, who we are excited to see this season. HC Brian Kelly has praised Bryant in the past. He rushed for 303 yards and three touchdowns on 57 carries thus far during his time at Notre Dame.
Clemson sophomore S Jayron Kearse is "another big bodied prospect with a tremendous amount of upside," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline observes.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Kearse comes from NFL bloodlines, as he is the nephew of former NFL pass rusher Jevon Kearse, and cousin to former NFL defensive back Phillip Buchanon. The Clemson prospect posted 67 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, with two interceptions and seven pass breakups, in his first year as a full-time starter. Pauline believes the Clemson prospect "flashes big time skill but needs to consistently play at a high level."
TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Clemson junior WR Mike Williams is "poised for a big season" and "should move up draft boards."
As a first-year starter, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Williams was Clemson's deep-threat in 2014, hauling in 57 receptions for a team-high 1,030 yards, and six touchdowns. Pauline describes Williams as "a smooth possession receiver with game controlling skills."
Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson could "singlehandedly" improve the Tigers' pass-rush in 2015," AL.com's Creg Stephenson believes.
"Lawson would have been on lists like this one a year ago, if not for a knee injury suffered in offseason workouts that caused him to miss all of 2014. The 2013 Freshman All-American is being counted on to improve Auburn's pass-rush this season, and could do so almost singlehandedly," Stephenson wrote. The Auburn prospect earned ALL SEC honors as a true freshman, recording 20 tackles, including 7.5 for loss and four sacks in 2013. Lawson should help the Tigers defense generate instant pressure with his return to the field in 2015.
AL.com's Creg Stephenson believes Auburn JUCO transfer RB Jovon Robinson "could be the latest Tiger to lead the SEC in rushing."
"After being embroiled in an eligibility controversy two years ago, Robinson landed in junior college, where he led the nation in rushing as a freshman in 2013. Though Roc Thomas and Peyton Barber will get their touches, Robinson could be the latest Tiger to lead the SEC in rushing," Stephenson wrote. The five-star juco transfer had a monster season at Georgia Military College, rushing for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2013.
UCLA junior DT Kenny Clark "will enter the NFL with plenty of position and schematic versatility," CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes.
"Clark gives good effort in pursuit but too often gets caught up in the hand-fighting at the line of scrimmage and occasionally is extended too far over his feet. Asked to play defensive end, defensive tackle and nose guard for the Bruins, Clark will enter the NFL with plenty of position and schematic versatility," Rang wrote. The UCLA prospect had a breakout season for the Bruins as a sophomore, recording 58 tackles, with 5.5 for loss, earning Second Team All-Pac-12 honors. The 6-foot-3, 308-pound Clark has 26 games under his belt, with 17 starts on his resume.
With an impressive spring, redshirt freshman David Cornwell "emerged as a legitimate contender" for the starting quarterback job, AL.com's Matt Zenitz observes.
"David Cornwell played well in the spring," Saban told AL.com. "He's shown a lot of maturity. Very bright guy. He has a good understanding of what we want to do and how we want to do it, and a talented passer." The former four-star recruit, was ranked as the third-best pro-style quarterback in last year's recruiting class by Rivals. Zenitz notes that Cornwell "could be as high as No. 2 on the quarterback depth chart when the Tide's preseason camp begins this week."
UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack "is well suited to today's pass-happy NFL as he combines rare agility and speed with awareness in coverage," CBS Sports Rob Rang notes.
"He has the fluidity to cover backs and tight ends step for step and anticipates routes well, breaking free from his assignment to close quickly on the ball. Jack's ability in coverage make him ideally suited to playing outside in a 4-3 scheme, where his lack of ideal size is mitigated," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Jack was second on the team with 88 tackles, with 8.0 for a loss, totaling 113 yards on 28 carries and three scores as a running back. Our own Josh Norris, believes the two-way star is "a complete linebacker who can help in the run, blitzing and in coverage."