Washington announced a two year contract extension for HC Chris Petersen.
Petersen signed a five year deal prior to the 2014 season. Usually the timing suggests that Petersen was being called by other schools, and Washington wanted to end those talks and lock in the head coach. Petersen will be paid $4 million for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, and a pay raise for his assistant coaches seems likely.
Wisconsin junior RB Corey Clement was given two citations for disorderly conduct by local police for his involvement in an off-campus fight.
Initially Wisconsin announced that Clement was involved in an altercation he did not initiate it. Police disagree, stating Clement instigated the fight and threw the first punch. As of now, Clement's internal punishment is undecided. The running back has been injured for almost the entire season and is requesting an evaluation from the NFL.
Michigan junior CB Jourdan Lewis leads the FBS with 14 passes defensed and is PFF's top-ranked corner.
Lewis boasts a +21.1 grade, including a +18.9 coverage grade. Despite having been targeted 80 times (once every 4.6 snaps), Lewis has surrendered only one touchdown in coverage. Merely 36.3 percent of those 80 passes were caught. The 5-foot-10, 176-pound junior is quick, athletic and fluid. The NFL will no doubt discriminate against his size, though.
UCF expects junior QB Justin Holman (ankle) to be available Thursday against South Florida.
Knights interim coach Danny Barrett announced the news earlier this week. Holman sustained a high ankle sprain last week against East Carolina. Tyler Harris and Bo Schneider shared signal-calling duties and were equally unimpressive. "He is expected to play," Barrett said of Holman. "He re-injured a previous injury the other night as opposed to keeping him out there hobbling around a little bit. ... He has done a good job with rehabilitation. Our training staff does a good job so he is expected to play."
Pro Football Focus ranks Northwestern redshirt senior CB Nick VanHoose as the No. 2 Power 5 corner.
VanHoose is tied for the second-highest Power 5 CB grade with +17.3. His run grade is merely decent, whereas his coverage grades are superb. VanHoose ranks fourth in the country with 10 passes defensed. He'll play in the Shrine Game. The 6-foot, 190-pound VanHoose has been a starter since 2012.
Stanford sophomore FB Daniel Marx will miss the rest of the season with a "lower leg injury."
"It’s tough," Stanford head coach David Shaw said. "Daniel has had a phenomenal year. This is a guy who is going to play on Sundays. He’s that good — a very versatile football player." Marx wasn't handed the ball this year and had only three catches, but Shaw is not over-selling his value. He's a tremendous lead blocker who has helped Christian McCaffrey reach 1,546 yards and seven touchdowns. Stanford's system requires blockers to blast defenders in open space and Marx has shown a gift for doing just that. Chris Harrell will start in his place. "We have a lot of faith in Chris," Shaw said. "We have a combination of guys we may use at that position. Chris has prepared as a starter."
Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, San Jose State senior DB Jimmy Pruitt "has the ability to handle receivers and tight ends inside as a cover safety, making him worthy of a top-100 selection."
"The Carolina Panthers found a fifth-round steal in San Jose State defensive back Bene' Benwikere two years ago," Reuter wrote. "Teams better not sleep on Pruitt in the same fashion this April. Like Houston-Carson, Pruitt could play corner or safety, and has experience as both spots with SJSU -- just like Benwikere did." The 6-foot, 203-pound Pruitt may be viewed as a press corner in the pros. "He is a physical defender in man coverage, so teams relying heavily on their corners to hold down the fort outside the hashes will see great value in his services," Reuter wrote. "Otherwise, Pruitt has the ability to handle receivers and tight ends inside as a cover safety, making him worthy of a top-100 selection."
Purdue HC Darrell Hazell said redshirt freshman QB David Blough (concussion) may serve as an emergency backup against Indiana if he's cleared by kick.
The three-star prospect left in the first half of a 40-20 loss to Iowa on Saturday. Former starter Austin Appleby played pretty well in his steed, throwing for 259 yards. Blough must pass the mandatory concussion protocol.