Michigan State senior LB Ed Davis is applying for a medical redshirt in the hopes of returning to the school for the 2016 season.
Davis missed the entire season with a knee injury suffered during a practice in August. The thumping defender is one of the better Big 10 linebackers against the run. He has an NFL future, but likely wants to show that on the field for one more season. His situation fits the type usually granted an extra season.
Iowa senior DL Drew Ott is applying for an extra season of eligibility after tearing his ACL earlier in the year.
Ott underwent an elbow operation before the ACL surgery, so obviously he was sidelined for the majority of the season. Ott is a power end who racked up plenty of production last season. An year would only be awarded by the NCAA for a medical hardship, and usually that is based on a percentage of games played.
Wisconsin junior RB Corey Clement told reporters he will declare for the NFL if he receives a first or second-round grade.
Clement said he would likely return with a round three or later evaluation. It has been a lost season for Clement, who entered the year as the lead back on a team with a history of productive ball carriers. Injuries derailed his year. Based on that, it will be difficult for the advisory board to award Clement a top two round grade.
Houston head coach Tom Herman is unlikely to end up as South Carolina's head coach, according to Chris Low of ESPN.
"South Carolina has major interest in Tom Herman, but after checking with some close to the situation, I'd be surprised if he ends up there," Low writes. Herman just received a pay raise, more than double his current salary, so expect him to stay at Houston for the 2016 season.
Michigan DC D.J. Durkin has emerged as a "strong candidate" for Maryland's head coaching vacancy, according to Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports.
According to Forde, Durkin recently met with Maryland officials but no job offer was made. Durkin was hired by Jim Harbaugh during the offseason. The defensive coordinator previously held the same position with Florida under Will Muschamp. Durkin is just 37 years old and has led an aggressive defense this season.
NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah called Notre Dame junior LB Jaylon Smith "a freak" and a "special player."
"Some guys are just different," Jeremiah tweeted. Jaylon Smith's makeup certainly can qualify as different. The athletic linebacker has taken the next step this season in terms of reliable tackling and even aggression against lead blockers. As of now, it appears linebacker is the deepest position in this class. We'd expect Smith to be listed as the top player at the position on multiple teams' boards.
Bowling Green redshirt junior QB Matt Johnson completed 24 of 31 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 48-10 win over Ball State.
Johnson also ran in for a score. Statistically, Johnson has produced one of the top seasons across the country among quarterbacks. How good? 45 touchdowns compared to six interceptions. Dino Babers, who coached Jimmy Garoppolo at Eastern Illinois, will be sought after by larger programs.
Bowling Green greyshirt sophomore WR Roger Lewis caught four passes for 59 yards in the school's 48-10 win over Ball State.
Lewis has apparently received more defensive attention in the last three games after posting three digit receiving totals in seven of the previous eight games. In the last three contests, Lewis has 86, 32 and 59 yards respectively. Signs point to Lewis, a vertical threat, declaring for the draft.