The three Oregon players who were hospitalized last week following strenuous workouts have been released from PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center.
Offensive linemen Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi, as well as TE Cam McCormick, were hospitalized following what were described by The Oregonian's Andrew Greif as "grueling" workout regiments late last week. Their hospitalizations led to the one-month suspension of strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde.
USC three-star 2017 verbal ATH commit Juwan Burgess flipped his pledge to Indiana.
Burgess' future position with the Hoosiers isn't yet known, as the multi-faceted athlete has played on both offense and defense at Tampa Plant High School (Florida). This past season, the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder logged a 14-229-4 receiving line on the offensive side of the ball. He proved even more productive on defense, registering 63 tackles, eight passes defended and three interceptions. Rivals ranks him as the No. 53 athlete in the 2017 class.
Middle Tennessee hired former Maryland DC Scott Shafer to serve in the same capacity.
Shafer has held several high-profile jobs in recent years. He served as head coach for Syracuse from 2013-2014, then linked up with Maryland as defensive coordinator in 2015. Last April, he resigned from that position, citing personal reasons. Shafer did not coach during the 2016 season. With the Blue Raiders, he steps in for the recently terminated Tyrone Nix. He vows that under his watchful eye, MTSU "will put a physical, attacking, multiple defense on the field that will excel in fundamentals and tackling."
Ohio State redshirt junior QB Stephen Collier has retired.
"It is hard to acknowledge that it's time for me to hang up my cleats," Collier admitted. He graduated from Ohio State in December and plans on continuing to work with the program in a behind-the-curtain capacity moving forward. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder took just three snaps during his Buckeyes career. He missed the 2016 season after tearing his ACL last May.
Tennessee promoted TE coach Larry Scott to offensive coordinator.
Scott acted as Miami's interim head coach following the team's firing of Al Golden last season. In January of 2016, Tennessee brought him on to coach up the Volunteers' tight ends. He now earns himself quite the promotion, as he will take on offensive-coordinating duties in the wake of Mike DeBord's decision to scoot on over for the OC gig at Indiana. Scott's going to have his work cut out for him in his new position, as Tennessee faces a ton of offensive turnover heading into the meat of the offseason.
Towson RB Darius Victor entered the NFL Draft.
Victor -- born in Liberia -- turned in an incredibly productive career for the Tigers, including back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2014 and 2015. Alas, the 5-foot-8, 215-pounder had to fight through injuries during the past campaign. He managed to appear in just four games, rushing for 354 yards in that space. He will now try to follow the path of the man he replaced, as former Towson RB Terrance West was selected by the Ravens in the third round of the 2014 draft. Victor won't rise that high, but he could nip at the end of Day 3 if a team falls in love. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views him as an undrafted free agent at this juncture of the process.
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah was impressed with Clemson S Jadar Johnson's "instincts and quickness."
You may not have heard of Jadar (pronounced juh-DAHR) Johnson, seeing as though he was stuck behind guys like Robert Smith, Jayron Kearse, and T.J. Green as a sophomore and junior. But Johnson is a solid prospect in his own right, and his presence was one reason that Clemson's safety play didn't drop off despite losing Kearse and Green to the NFL after last season. Johnson was a first-team All-ACC selection this past year after leading the team with five interceptions. He added 60 tackles and broke up seven passes. "Johnson has an NFL frame and he got his hands on a lot of footballs this week," Jeremiah wrote. "He needs to improve his ability to finish (he dropped a couple potential interceptions) but I was impressed with his instincts and quickness."
Southern Illinois defensive end Khari Waithe-Alexander entered the NFL Draft.
Waithe-Alexander had a season of eligibility remaining but, having completed his degree, decided to opt in early. The 6-foot-2, 262-pound redshirt junior had nine sacks as a two-year starter at Southern Illinois. Consider him an NFL long shot.