Nebraska redshirt junior LB David Santos is a defensive "tone-setter," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
"The Nebraska defense hasn't been a strength the last few seasons, but players like Santos give the Blackshirts hope for 2014," Brugler wrote. "He finished second on the team last season in tackles (87), including 7.0 for loss, and is the tone-setter on that side of the ball, bringing his aggressive yet disciplined mentality to the field." The 6-foot, 225-pound fourth-year junior runs a 4.64 forty.
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "has the skill-set to have a Warrick Dunn-type career at the next level."
Abdullah was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a Doak Walker Award semifinalist last season, scampering for 1,690 yards, the highest yardage total at Nebraska since Ahman Green in 1997. "Abdullah has a leaner-than-ideal upper and lower body build, but is much tougher than he looks and lowers his pads at the point of attack," Brugler wrote. "He accelerates quickly and runs with his feet on fire, controlling his momentum well to make sharp cuts and elude in the open field. Abdullah has flexible ankles and runs low to the ground with springs in his calves to make explosive jump cuts without losing speed. He has active feet and sees the field well to make proper reads and pick through the line of scrimmage without any hesitation and always appears two steps ahead." For a more topical comparison, the analyst calls Abdullah "a better Andre Ellington."
Nebraska senior OG Jake Cotton has NFL tools but must remain healthy, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
"Nebraska's offensive line is a question mark entering the 2014 season with Cotton as the lone returning starter up front," Brugler wrote. "His career has been mired with various injuries, but when he's on the field, Cotton has the brute power and natural instincts for the position that enable him to be effective as a run blocker and in pass protection." The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Cotton has spent time at both guard and tackle, but he projects better inside at the next level. Cotton started 11 of 13 games at LG last year, missing the Michigan and Michigan State games with a knee injury.
Cincinnati DE Josh Posley has transferred to Ball State.
Posley will redshirt this season and have two more seasons of eligibility starting in 2015. ""We have known him since his high school days at Warren Central and have built a strong relationship with the coaching staff there," Ball State head coach Pete Lembo said. Posley apparently has two former teammates on the Cardinals' roster.
Texas senior S Josh Turner will remain on the team after meeting with HC Charlie Strong, according to Orange Bloods.
Multiple reports stated Turner had been dismissed from the program last week. "He's still on the team and he's very thankful that things turned out the way they have," Turner's high school coach Kevin Cox said. The senior has only started five games in his career.
UNC has lost four players, including senior DT Shawn Underwood, to academic issues.
Defensive back Clinton Heaven, defensive tackle Greg Webb, and offensive lineman J.J. Patterson. Underwood has been a reserve defensive tackle for the Tar Heels over the last three years, but was contending for the starting nose tackle spot this year.
Former Alabama redshirt junior RB Dee Hart will transfer to Colorado State, according to Chris Hayes.
Hart reportedly graduated in June, so he will be eligible to play immediately. Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain was a member of Alabama's staff when the school signed Hart back in 2011. Hart's tenure with the Crimson Tide included two serious knee injuries, a brief switch to corner, and an off-field arrest for giving false information and possession of marijuana. He amassed 43 carries for 166 yards and a touchdown with Alabama.
Texas A&M redshirt senior DE Gavin Stansbury will transfer to Houston and is eligible to play immediately.
Stansbury, A&M's defensive MVP last season, was apparently dismissed from the Aggies program on July 21. He was arrested for misdemeanor assault in April. Texas A&M must improve their defense, but multiple starters have been dismissed since the spring. Kevin Sumlin will attempt to upgrade through recruiting.