State Attorney Willie Meggs will make an announcement on whether he will charge Florida State redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Some reports said the timeline would be drawn out longer than this scheduled announcement, but an assistant state attorney last week said the office was waiting on key evidence to come through. The decision tomorrow is obviously an important one.
NFL.com's Charles Davis believes San Jose State senior QB David Fales isn't far behind Fresno State's Derek Carr.
"Evaluators I hear from are very high on him," Davis writes. "They keep saying, "I've got to see more of him." ...He has an excellent skill set. The whole package -- size, arm strength, accuracy, footwork -- just screams quarterback." Fales has taken a back seat in the quarterback discussion this season, but he displays patience to survey the field and positive pocket movement.
Bears GM Phil Emery said a quarterback should ideally be in the 6-foot-5 range, citing the need to see over linemen.
Emery has evaluated Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo, who is listed as 6'3, and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, who is listed at 6'1, and NIU's Jordan Lynch, listed at 6'0. Quarterbacks that fit the 6'5 requirement include Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas and LSU's Zach Mettenberger.
Ohio State senior RB Carlos Hyde has converted 80 percent of his third down carries this season, according to Greg Peshek.
As we have stated over and over again, Hyde has really emerged this season. Our own Josh Norris has compared him to Zac Stacy and Frank Gore because of his ability to beat first contact on a consistent basis. For comparison, Boston College's Andre Williams has converted close to 45 percent of the same opportunities.
Penn State sophomore QB Tyler Ferguson has been granted his release from scholarship and plans on transferring.
Ferguson is stuck behind true freshman Christian Hackenberg on the depth chart. We believe the window for Nittany Lions to transfer without eligibility penalty has passed, but Ferguson still has his redshirt season available.
UCF redshirt junior Blake Bortles ranks as Scouts Inc.'s No. 2 QB in the 2014 class.
Marcus Mariota was the top ranked passer, but he has been removed from the list. Teddy Bridgewater earned a grade of 93, but Bortles is just behind with a 92. All indications point to Bortles returning, but recent developments in the quarterback group could launch him to the NFL. His mannerisms remind us a lot of Andrew Luck, but he will probably earn a "poor man's version" tag with that comparison.
South Carolina senior QB Connor Shaw will attend the NFLPA all star game.
The event takes place on Jan. 18, 2014, the same week as the East-West Shrine game. "1st things 1st though, I've got one more game to win in a Carolina uniform! Thankful for the opportunity!" Shaw said on social media. Shaw is a mobile passer but he lacks consistency when facing pressure in the pocket.
Rivals' No. 2 WR recruit Josh Malone has committed to Tennessee.
Malone is also Rivals' No. 20 overall recruit in the country. Malone could be paired with current freshman Marquez North, as long as the Vols find a consistent passer at quarterback. Malone is staying in state for college.