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|01/23/18- Tyler Hilinski, rSo, Washington State, 6-2, 213|
QB Tyler Hilinski used a gun belonging to a former teammate to kill himself, according to the Pullman (Wash.) Police Department. Police did not identify the owner of the rifle. Hilinski died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on Jan. 16, the Whitman County Coroner's Office said. "It appears Hilinski took the rifle without the teammate's knowledge, on or before Friday, January 12," Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said in a statement.
|01/22/18- Baker Mayfield, rSr, Oklahoma, 6-0, 220|
Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield's arrival at the Senior Bowl has been delayed. Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said Monday the quarterback went home to Austin, Texas for a "personal family matter". Mayfield was scheduled to arrive in Mobile Sunday afternoon. Savage says he's expected to make it to town in time for Tuesday's North practice to begin the weeklong audition for NFL teams. Mayfield is set to become the first Heisman winner to play in the game since Tim Tebow in 2007. He'll play for the North team coached by Vace Joseph and the Denver Broncos staff. He led the Sooners into the College Football Playoffs and also won the Maxwell, O'Brien, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and AP Player of the Year awards. - AP College Football
|01/22/18- Abdul Adams, So, Syracuse, 5-10, 205|
Running back Abdul Adams left Oklahoma and enrolled at Syracuse as a transfer. Adams told cusenation.com that he is already taking classes at Syracuse. As a sophomore last season at Oklahoma, Adams rushed for 542 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 9.2 yards per carry. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Adams had a big game against Baylor with 164 yards on 11 carries in the Sooners' 49-41 victory. Adams will be required to sit out a year before becoming eligible for the 2019 season. He will have two years remaining. The highly recruited Adams chose Oklahoma out of high school over a number of top programs, including Alabama, but was playing behind Rodney Anderson in the Sooners' offense. The speedy Adams is the second transfer to land at Syracuse after last season. The other is former Michigan State wide receiver Trishton Jackson. - The Sports Xchange
|01/22/18- Tyrell Crosby, Sr, Oregon, 6-5, 319|
2018 Senior Bowl: 7 Potential Breakout Players: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon, #73, North...Quarterbacks get all of the attention, but the NFL is every bit as desperate for help among pass blockers. The physically imposing Crosby, who was voted the Morris Trophy winner by Pac-12 defensive linemen as the best blocker in the conference, did not allow a sack in 2017 after missing almost off of the previous season with a broken foot. Agile, powerful and tenacious, the 6-5, 320-pounder checks in as NFLDraftScout.com's sixth-rated tackle and No. 58 prospect. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
|01/22/18- Marcus Davenport, Sr, Texas-San Antonio, 6-6, 259|
2018 Senior Bowl: 7 Potential Breakout Players: Marcus Davenport, DE, UT-San Antonio, #93, South...Davenport will be facing a significant jump in competition after earning Conference USA's Defensive Player of the Year award, setting school records with 17.5 tackles for loss, including 8.5 sacks, among his 55 tackles. A former basketball player with the combination of length, burst and bend that project well to the next level, the 6-5, 255-pound Davenport needs an impressive week in Mobile to justify -- and perhaps boost -- his current late first-round status on NFLDraftScout.com's board as the No. 27 overall prospect, fourth among defensive ends. Watch for his showdown with Oregon offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby in game action. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
|01/22/18- Dallas Goedert, Sr, South Dakota State, 6-5, 260|
2018 Senior Bowl: 7 Potential Breakout Players: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State, #86, South...The 2018 draft isn't nearly as loaded at tight end as last year, when three players -- OJ Howard (No. 19, Tampa Bay), Evan Engram (No. 23, New York Giants) and David Njoku (No. 29, Cleveland) -- earned first-round picks, the first two cementing their stock in Mobile. The 6-3, 255-pound Goedert is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior at the position, checking in behind only Oklahoma's Mark Andrews, the reigning Mackey Award winner as the nation's top tight end. The physical and athletic Goedert (pronounced God-urt) caught 72 passes for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns in 2017. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
|01/22/18- Will Hernandez, Sr, Texas-El Paso, 6-3, 340|
2018 Senior Bowl: 7 Potential Breakout Players: Will Hernandez, OG, Texas-El Paso, #76, North...It isn't easy to earn a first-round pick from a team that finished winless, but that is precisely what the powerful Hernandez is attempting to accomplish after an 0-12 season with UTEP. Hernandez (6-3, 330) is a classic mauler with the girth, power and agility to generate rave reviews this week in the pit, which usually make for some of the more entertaining one-on-one battles of the Senior Bowl practices. Teams were once hesitant to use first-round picks on interior linemen, but that trend could be changing. Hernandez checks in second among guards behind Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson -- arguably the top overall prospect in the draft -- on NFLDraftScout.com's board, 31st overall. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
|01/22/18- Rashaad Penny, Sr, San Diego State, 5-11, 224|
2018 Senior Bowl: 7 Potential Breakout Players: Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State, #20, South...Somehow Heisman Trophy (and Doak Walker) panelists failed to vote him among the awards' finalists, despite the fact Penny led the country with 2,248 rushing yards. Don't expect NFL scouts to show a similar disregard for Penny's value. Boasting a prototypical combination of size (5-10, 220), vision and breakaway speed (eight runs of 50-plus yards in 2017), Penny is rated higher on NFLDraftScout.com's board than SEC stars Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Kerryon Johnson, checking in third among running backs and 41st overall. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
|01/22/18- *Harrison Phillips, rJr, Stanford, 6-3, 303|
2018 Senior Bowl: 7 Potential Breakout Players: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford, #66, North...On field and off, Phillips was a difference-maker for the Cardinal, remarkably leading the team in stops from his defensive tackle position with 103 takedowns, including 17 tackles for loss. To top it off, he was one of 11 players in the FBS named to the AFCA Good Works Team, one of the most coveted off-field awards in college football. Phillips is not as flashy an athlete as some of this year's other freakish defensive linemen, but no one incorporates strength, quickness, technique and instincts better. He enters Senior Bowl week as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 23 prospect. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
|01/22/18- Kemoko Turay, rSr, Rutgers, 6-4, 252|
2018 Senior Bowl: 7 Potential Breakout Players: Kemoko Turay, DE/OLB, Rutgers, #58, North...Turay lacks the strength and nastiness teams would prefer against the run and did not produce the kind of sack numbers (just six in 2017 and 15.5 for his career) most expect out of a first-round edge rusher. That said, the long-armed, explosive 6-4, 252-pounder possesses the initial burst and agility scouts want to see off the edge, making him one of this week's most intriguing prospects. Further, he enjoyed some of his splashiest performances against top competition, suggesting that Turay could be this year's breakout Senior Bowl star. Turay ranks ninth among defensive ends on NFLDraftScout.com's board -- with some projecting him at outside linebacker -- and 71st overall. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
|01/22/18- Baker Mayfield, rSr, Oklahoma, 6-0, 220|
The Lombardi Award is down to seven finalists after initial balloting whittled the candidate list from 21. The finalists are 2017 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, 2016 Heisman-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson of Louisville, Stanford running back Bryce Love, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Iowa State linebacker/quarterback Joel Lanning and UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin. The Lombardi Award, which previously was given to the top lineman or linebacker in the country, changed its criteria this year and is now open to players at any position based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency on and off the field. Iowa State, Louisville, Stanford and UCF have never had a Lombardi winner. Oklahoma players have won the award three times, and Alabama and Penn State have two winners each. The previous two recipients were Alabama's Jonathan Allen in 2016 and Penn State's Carl Nassib in 2015. - The Sports Xchange
|01/22/18- Hunter Rison, rFr, Kansas State, 5-11, 200|
WR Hunter Rison said over the weekend that he will transfer to Kansas State. Rison, the son of former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Andre Rison, announced Jan. 9 that he was leaving Michigan State after his freshman season in which he caught 19 passes for 224 yards. His reception total was fourth on the team. He will not be eligible to play in 2018.
|01/21/18- Daurice Fountain, Sr, Northern Iowa, 6-2, 210|
2018 East-West Shrine Game Offensive MVP: The 2018 William H. Coffman Award for Most Outstanding Offensive Player went to Northern Iowa receiver Daurice Fountain, who led the game with 101 all-purpose yards for the East. Fountain finished the game with three catches for 61 yards and two punt returns for 40 yards. His 30-yard return in the third quarter led to the East squad's only touchdown ... and only lead ... of the game. Fountain had both the longest return and reception of the game. - East-West Shrine Game
|01/21/18- Natrell Jamerson, Sr, Wisconsin, 5-11, 200|
2018 East-West Shrine Game Defensive MVP: The 2018 E. Jack Spaulding Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player was awarded to the West squad's Natrell Jamerson, safety from Wisconsin. In the first quarter, Jamerson alertly scooped up a loose ball after a sack (that others appeared to believe was an incomplete pass) and took it 68 yards for the game's initial score. - East-West Shrine Game
|01/21/18- Keller Chryst, rJr, Stanford, 6-4, 234|
Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst plans to transfer for his final season of eligibility. Chryst announced Sunday that he will transfer after he graduates in June. He will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer. Chryst began last season as the starting quarterback for the Cardinal before being replaced midway through the year by K.J. Costello. Chryst has played 23 games in three seasons at Stanford. He has completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 1,901 yards, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions. - AP College Football
|01/21/18- Malek Young, So, Miami (FL), 5-09, 180|
CB Malek Young, who started 10 games as a sophomore last season, will have to end his career because of a neck/verterbrae injury suffered in the Orange Bowl. He said in a statement released by the school: "After discussions with my family and the UM medical staff, we have determined that my football career should come to an end. I look forward to getting healthy, working towards my degree and continuing to support my teammates, as I know they will continue to support me." Young made 43 tackles, including three for loss. He intercepted two passes and broke up eight passes. He was the first to wear Miami's "Turnover Chain" after picking off a pass in the season-opener against Bethune-Cookman.
|01/20/18- Tre Watson, Sr, California, 5-10, 205|
RB Tre Watson is planning to finish his career at another school. Watson said this week he will seek another school that is a good fit as a graduate transfer for his final season of eligibility. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Watson had his best season for the Golden Bears in 2016, when he ran for 709 yards, averaging 5.0 yards per carry, and four touchdowns. Last fall, Watson suffered a lower-body injury that hampered him for much of the season. He finished his Cal career with eight starts in 37 games.
|01/20/18- Troy Apke, Sr, Penn State, 6-1, 195|
LSU defensive tackle Frank Herron returned a fumble for a late touchdown and Penn State linebacker Troy Apke earned MVP honors, helping the National team stifle the American team 23-0 on Saturday in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl. Herron scooped up a fumble by Texas A&M-Commerce quarterback Luis Perez and returned it all the way with 3:07 left. That came shortly after Apke intercepted Michigan's John O'Korn and took it 56 yards to the American 31. The National team did all of its scoring in the second half, also getting touchdowns from Stanford fullback Daniel Marx and Howard running back Anthony Philyaw. The National team has won all seven Collegiate Bowls, held for the first time this year at the Rose Bowl after six years at the StubHub Center. The game is meant to highlight players on the bubble of the NFL draft for scouts and teams.
The touchdown from Marx came after National quarterback and TCU senior Kenny Hill stumbled and fumbled on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Marx went up the middle, off a defender and into the end zone from 1-yard. After Washington State kicker Erik Powell made a 22-yard field goal, Philyaw scored with a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter. The National defense held the American team to 215 total yards. Last year, 12 players from the Collegiate Bowl ended up being drafted. The American team this year was led by former Rams coach Mike Martz, and the National team by former All-Pro cornerback Darrell Green. Martz is 4-0 in the Collegiate Bowl. - AP College Football
|01/20/18- Darrion Owens, rJr, Houston, 6-2, 240|
LB Darrion Owens announced he will transfer to Houston from Miami. The Cougars officially added Owens to their roster Friday. According to NCAA guidelines, he will be eligible immediately to play at Houston as a grad transfer. Last season, Owens finished with 35 tackles, including 4.5 for loss. As a freshman in 2014, Owens played in all 12 games. He won a starting spot the following year but sustained a season-ending knee injury in the second game in 2015.
|01/20/18- Nic Shimonek, Sr, Texas Tech, 6-3, 218|
Nic Shimonek threw a touchdown to Steven Dunbar as the West defeated the East 14-10 in the annual East-West Shrine Game Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Texas Tech quarterback completed 12 of 18 passes for 108 yards to lead the West. Colorado's Phillip Lindsay was the game's leading rusher with 51 yards on 12 carries. Dunbar, a wide receiver out of Houston University, caught three passes for 52 yards. Down 10-7, he caught the winning touchdown with just 1:23 left in the fourth quarter. Wisconsin's Natrell Jamerson put the West on the board with a 68-yard fumble recovery for a 7-0 lead. After a Drew Brown field goal from 33 yards out cut the East's deficit to 7-3 with just 3 seconds left in the half, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett hooked up with receiver Marcus Martin on a 4-yard TD pass to give the East the lead with 1:57 remaining in the third quarter. Barrett threw for just 69 yards on 5-of-13 passing, but it led the East. Northern Iowa's Daurice Fountain led all receivers with 61 yards on three catches. The West outgained the East 261-238 in offensive yards. - The Sports Xchange
|01/20/18- Travon McMillian, rJr, Colorado, 5-11, 210|
Virginia Tech RB Travon McMillian, a former 1,000-yard rusher, is headed to Colorado University as a graduate transfer. McMillian, whose production has dwindled since he ran for 1,043 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman, announced his intention to transfer via social media. "I want to thank all the coaches for this awesome recruiting experience but I have decided to attend the University of Colorado. Looking forward for this opportunity!" McMillian wrote on his Twitter account.
|01/20/18- Christian Wilkins, Jr, Clemson, 6-3, 300|
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Big winner -- CLEMSON: Heavens. If the Tigers had returned any of their three potential first-round draft picks along the defensive line -- ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant, and tackle Christian Wilkins -- it would have been a coup. But all three came back, citing some form of "unfinished business" after a playoff semifinal loss to Alabama, to re-join true sophomore tackle Dexter Lawrence in what could be one of the all-time great defensive fronts. But that's not all. Left tackle Mitch Hyatt -- look for him on all your preseason All-America teams -- also is coming back to anchor an offense that lost receivers Ray-Ray McCloud and Deon Cain early to the draft but returns all the key pieces in the backfield. If Clemson isn't the preseason No. 1, it's 1B behind Alabama. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange
|01/20/18- Myles Gaskin, Jr, Washington, 5-09, 191|
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Winner -- WASHINGTON: The Huskies' backfield combination of quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin will be fourth-year starters in 2018. They will work behind left tackle Trey Adams, an All-American candidate who will be back for his senior year after missing the last half of the season with a knee injury. Washington likely enters 2018 as the Pac-12 favorite. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange
|01/20/18- *Ronnie Harrison, Jr, Alabama, 6-2, 214|
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Loser -- ALABAMA: No need to cry a river over Alabama's early departures. Nick Saban always reloads, plugging in five-star recruits for five-star recruits, but the five total losses, including these four, have to be acknowledged: Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne and receiver Calvin Ridley could be top 10 picks, and safety Ronnie Harrison is another first-round talent. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange
|01/20/18- Bryce Love, Jr, Stanford, 5-09, 196|
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Winner/loser -- STANFORD: The Cardinal took a few gut punches on defense. High-motor defensive tackle Harrison Phillips is a first-round talent and Stanford's two best defensive backs -- cornerback Quenton Meeks and safety Justin Reid -- also made the jump to the NFL. On the other hand, All-American running back Bryce Love made a savvy decision to stay for his senior season, poised to make another Heisman run and position himself at the top of what looks like a much weaker running back draft class in 2019. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange
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