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Kentucky redshirt senior edge rusher Denzil Ware transferred to Jacksonville State as a graduate.

Ware (6'2/255) exits stage left from Kentucky having put together an active statistical body of work which included 157 total tackles (27.0 for loss), 13 sacks and a pair of fumbles forced. However, the edge rusher went out on a somewhat ignoble note, sitting out the Music City Bowl versus Northwestern in December while suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. Jacksonville State makes for an interesting transfer home, as Ware could have transferred within the FBS without NCAA penalty due to his having already graduated. The drop from SEC competition to that of the Ohio Valley Conference is a steep one and the move will surely be interrogated when Ware hits the evaluating process in advance of the 2019 NFL Draft next spring.
May 12 - 11:38 AM

Kentucky redshirt senior edge rusher Denzil Ware will transfer as a graduate.

This is a huge loss for the Wildcats. Ware (6'2/255) ranked second on the team in TFL (9.0) and third in sacks (6.5) last year. He also had two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. For all that, he earned Phil Steele All-SEC Third Team honors. And that was despite being suspended for the Music City Bowl tilt against Northwestern for an unspecified violation of team rules. That suspension may have led to his abrupt departure. Ware is now eligible to play wherever he likes immediately as a graduate. A potential NFL-caliber talent who's already accrued 27 TFL in 35 games against SEC competition, Ware will be a valuable commodity on college football's free agent circuit.
May 3 - 6:29 PM

Vikings signed Jacksonville State RB Roc Thomas.

Thomas (5’10/198) originally went to Auburn as the nation’s No. 2 running back recruit, then transferred to Jacksonville State for his final two years. He exploded as a senior, earning Ohio Valley Conference OPOY with a 178/1,065/5.98/13 and 21 catches. Not a long-speed specialist (4.56), Thomas’ elusiveness and short-area quickness stand out on game tape. He offers some Dion Lewis-like potential if put to use correctly.
May 3 - 12:17 PM

Bills selected Jacksonville State CB Siran Neal with the No. 154 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Neal is a bit overaged and will be 24-years-old when suiting up for week one. He is considered a corner or safety, and Buffalo has needs at both positions. He tested slightly above average during his athletic testing. Development is needed, but that is why Neal ended up in the fifth round. Experience at both defensive back spots helps.
Apr 28 - 2:47 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Jacksonville State DB Siran Neal to New England DB Eric Rowe.

Neal really improved his stock after his strong showing at the Reese's Senior Bowl, and while he isn't quite as hot of topic now, he's definitely on NFL radars. He's played both safety and corner, and that versatility should help him. Zierlein notes that his instincts are only average and that he needs to improve his tackling, but plays under control and "consistently effective at landing hands into receiver's frame to slow release into route." Zierlein projects him to go in the fifth-round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 7:34 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Jacksonville RB Roc Thomas to Jets RB Elijah McGuire.

Thomas (5'11/193) put up quality numbers for the Gamecocks in 2017; rushing for 1,065 yards and 13 scores. The former Auburn transfer runs with "good charge" according to Zierlein, and his ability to jump-cut can make defenders miss. His concerns come in his vision, and that he doesn't have the size to be an every down back. A team looking for a change-of-pace or third-down type runner could take Thomas somewhere on Day 3, likely the latter portion of the day.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 7:33 PM

Jacksonville State RB Roc Thomas ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Thomas (5'10/193) was a five-star recruit in Auburn's 2014 recruiting class and transferred over to Jacksonville State prior to the 2016 season. He's trying to finish this long, winding road with a selection in the spring draft. That 4.56-second run through the 40 might not be eye-popping, but it's respectable enough. Thomas also showed off nice hops in registering a 35.5-inch vertical jump and a 125-inch broad jump. We generally like the way that Thomas sees the field and how he moves about after he receives a carry, though he does sometimes have a tendency to hunt for the big play at the expense of yardage that's readily there for the taking. Thomas is trying for a late Day 3 selection in the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 6:57 PM

Draft Analyst's Chris Tripodi writes that Jacksonville State DB Siran Neal has "put himself on the map in Mobile" during the Senior Bowl practice week.

"He quickly adjusted to facing FBS competition and used his 6-foot, 206-pound frame to disrupt receivers at the line of scrimmage," Tripodi notes, "showing good punch and even putting James Washington on the ground Thursday." The Jacksonville State standout also showed a strong ability to hang with opposing wideouts on deep routes. He's not lost against the run, either. Walter Football's Charlie Campbell hits Neal up with a grade for Rds. 3-5.
Jan 26 - 3:21 PM

Former Clemson redshirt sophomore QB Zerrick Cooper transferred to Jacksonville State.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder Cooper checked in as Scout's No. 220 overall prospect coming out of high school. A former four-star recruit, Cooper is an Elite 11 alum. He comes to Jacksonville State after fleeing Clemson's stacked QB depth chart. Cooper is eligible to play immediately after dropping down to the FCS.
Source: AL.com
Jan 23 - 8:23 PM

Clemson redshirt sophomore QB Zerrick Cooper will transfer.

The writing was on the wall. Cooper functioned as Kelly Bryant's backup last season. He wasn't likely to remain QB2 in 2018. Bryant is back, and Clemson has two five-star signal-callers to compete with him in sophomore Hunter Johnson and true freshman Trevor Lawrence. Cooper, a four-star recruit in the class of 2016, completed 25-of-41 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns in limited action last year. He'll draw plenty of interest on the transfer circuit.
Source: Yahoo
Jan 19 - 1:24 PM

JUCO sophomore TE Landon Rice transferred to Jacksonville State.

Rice (6'5/250) initially joined Auburn as a four-star recruit in the 2016 class, but left the team that September after he was accused of first-degree rape. No charges were ultimately levied in that case -- a Title IX investigation did find him responsible for sexual assault -- and the tight end subsequently enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for the 2017 season. He reemerges, now, with FCS Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks said in a statement that they did extensive background work on Rice before approving the move.
Source: AL.com
Jan 16 - 4:49 PM

Kentucky redshirt junior edge rusher Denzil Ware has been suspended for Friday's Music City Bowl tilt against Northwestern.

Ware (6'2/255) was suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. He was involved in a scuffle during the season-finale against Louisville, but HC Mark Stoops did not divulge whether that was impetus for the punishment. It's going to be a major deficit for the Wildcats come Friday, as the redshirt junior has registered 48 tackles (9.5 for loss) and 6.5 sacks this season. Stoops would not comment on Ware's future with the team, but he's eligible to declare for the draft should he choose to do so.
Source: SEC Country
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 04:52:00 PM

Jacksonville State DB Siran Neal accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Neal, a First-Team All-OVC honoree, will become the first Jacksonville State player to attend the Senior Bowl since 1994. He's a former safety now playing cornerback. Neal leads the Gamecocks with 11 pass breakups.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 02:21:00 PM

Jacksonville State senior DE Darius Jackson is a future "midround pass-rushing sleeper" according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Jackson went off in the Gamecocks' win over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. He finished with three TFL, two forced fumbles and a sack. The Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, Jackson finished with 10 sacks and 15.5 TFL. He actually finished with more TFL (19) in 2015. "On tape, he's a consistently dominant pass-rusher at the FCS level," Kiper wrote. "He has speed off the edge and shows power off the snap, and he's a good tackler in space. At 6-2, 240 pounds, he's probably going to be a 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. I have him in the third- to fifth-round range right now."
Source: ESPN
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 02:07:00 PM

Clemson redshirt freshman QB Zerrick Cooper completed 10-of-14 passes for 88 yards in Friday's 27-24 loss to Syracuse.

Cooper played the entirety of the second half after starter Kelly Bryant was knocked out with a concussion just before halftime. While he was on point in terms of completions, almost all of it came on short-to-intermediate passes and Clemson's offense was unable to score in the fourth quarter as the Orange pulled off the upset. The Tigers are on bye next weekend, giving Bryant ample time to heal up before their next game. If he remains sidelined, though, Cooper would likely draw the start when Clemson takes on Georgia Tech come October 28.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 10:34:00 PM


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