College Player News by Position: QB
|04/22/18- *Josh Rosen, Jr, UCLA, 6-4, 226
Ex-UCLA coach Jim Mora defended his former quarterback again as the 2018 NFL Draft approaches. The draft begins Thursday. UCLA QB Josh Rosen and USC's Sam Darnold are among the top quarterbacks expected to be taken early. Mora wrote on Twitter on Sunday that Rosen will win championships and may even be a Hall of Famer. "Those that question (Rosen) and his toughs, competitiveness and love of the game are so far off anything I've seen in 6+ years knowing this man," Mora wrote. "He's the real deal, he has it all, he will be a great one, he will win championships. ... I've had the amazing fortune of being around 24 members of the Pro Football HOF, I believe we may see Josh Rosen enshrined one day. A lot of work to do, a lot of games/championships to win, but he has the qualities to do it."
|04/22/18- Brandon Wimbush, rSo, Notre Dame, 6-1, 228
Brandon Wimbush, who lost his starting job as Notre Dame's quarterback last season, appears to have won it back after a strong performance in Saturday's spring game in South Bend, Ind. Wimbush entered his junior year as the starter in 2017 but eventually gave way to redshirt freshman Ian Book, who helped the Fighting Irish win the Citrus Bowl. The starting spot was wide open when Notre Dame started spring practice. However, Wimbush was named MVP of Saturday's spring game after completing 19 of 33 passes for 341 yards with two touchdowns in a 47-44 win over the defense.
|04/21/18- Tua Tagovailoa, Fr, Alabama, 6-1, 219
The younger brother of Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa committed to play for the Crimson Tide, according to Al.com. Taulia Tagovailoa is considered a four-star prospect, according to several recruiting services, and part of Alabama's 2019 class. The older Tagovailoa rallied the Crimson Tide to the national championship over Georgia in January. His participation in the spring program has been shortened by an injury to his left (throwing) hand.
|04/18/18- Quinten Dormady, Jr, Houston, 6-3, 222
qb Quinten Dormady announced that he will play for Houston next season. Dormady, who made the announcement over Instagram on Tuesday night, will join the Cougars as a graduate transfer.
He will be eligible to play immediately. The Texas native is expected to compete with Houston quarterback D'eriq King for the starting job. Dormady won a preseason battle for the starting job in Tennessee with Jarrett Guarantano and started the first five games of the 2017 season. After throwing several interceptions in the next few games, Dormady lost his job to Guarantano. Dormady's season ended in late October when he elected to have shoulder surgery.
|04/17/18- Deondre Francois, rSo, Florida State, 6-0, 205
Francois, who is recovering from a torn patellar tendon of his left knee he suffered last season, will be required to do community service and avoid any criminal activity for a period that lasts from three months to a year.
"He's got to be smart about who he's around and what he's around, and make good decisions," Taggart said, according to the Sentinel "I advise him to just make sure he's around his teammates all the time."
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound signal caller has thrown for 3,560 yards and 21 touchdowns in two seasons with the Seminoles, including just 210 yards and one touchdown in his injury-shortened 2017 season.
|04/14/18- Tua Tagovailoa, Fr, Alabama, 6-1, 219
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa did not participate in the team's second spring scrimmage Saturday because of a setback to his injured throwing hand. The sophomore had surgery on his left hand after breaking a bone in it during spring practice last month. He did participate in last Saturday's scrimmage. The Crimson Tide practice twice next week before next Saturday's annual spring game, which will be televised on ESPN. If Tagovailoa continue to be out, Alabama's main options at quarterback are Jalen Hurts and redshirt freshman Mac Jones.
|04/13/18- Deondre Francois, rSo, Florida State, 6-0, 205
QB Deondre Francois of Florida State is facing a misdemeanor marijuana charge, the Tallahassee Democrat reported on Thursday. Francois, a a sophomore who is rehabbing a left knee injury, is facing a charge of possession of fewer than 20 grams and has been ordered by Tallahassee Police to appear in court, according to the report.
|04/12/18- Wilton Speight, rJr, Michigan, 6-5, 240
Wilton Speight is headed to UCLA for his final college football season. The fifth-year graduate transfer confirmed his choice Thursday on Instagram. He also was considering Wyoming. Speight suffered a spinal injury during the fourth game against Purdue last fall and missed the rest of the year. Shortly after the end of the season, he announced that he would not return to Michigan. In 2016, Speight started 11 games for the Wolverines despite sustaining a shoulder injury. He won the starting job again in 2017 before a broken vertebrae ended the season.
|04/11/18- Brandon Dawkins, rJr, Indiana, 6-2, 210
QB Brandon Dawkins, who started the first four games of the 2017 season for Arizona, has decided to play at Indiana next season, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com reported Tuesday. As a graduate transfer, Dawkins will be eligible to play immediately in 2018 for the Hoosiers. Dawkins started nine games in 2016 for Arizona and the first four games this past season before sophomore Khalil Tate took over and put up impressive numbers. In 2017, Dawkins completed 61.4 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 459 yards and averaged 6.7 yards per carry. Peyton Ramsey started four games at quarterback as a redshirt freshman for Indiana in 2017.
|04/07/18- Charlie Brewer, Fr, Baylor, 6-1, 190
QB Charlie Brewer has been clear to participate in all spring drills. Brewer has been limited throughout the spring by a shoulder injury that bothered him toward the end of last season, but head coach Matt Rhule termed told the school's official website that Brewer is a "full-go" moving forward. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Brewer completed 68.1 percent of his passes (139-for-204) while throwing for 1,562 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions last season.
|04/06/18- *Sam Darnold, rSo, Southern California, 6-3, 221
USC quarterback Sam Darnold had a privated workout with the Denver Broncos in Los Angeles on Friday, the team announced.
General manager John Elway and head coach Vance Joseph were among the Denver contingent to view Darnold, who is rated as the No. 1 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang. The Broncos own the No. 5 overall pick in this month's NFL Draft and speculation is rampant that they will take a quarterback despite signing Case Keenum to a two-year, $36-million contract in free agency.
|04/06/18- Mason Rudolph, Sr, Oklahoma State, 6-5, 235
QB Mason Rudolph worked out for the New England Patriots and has a visit scheduled with the Buffalo Bills this weekend, according to the NFL Network. Rudolph, projected as a possible first-round pick, also has visited the Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals.
|04/04/18- Tua Tagovailoa, Fr, Alabama, 6-1, 219
QB Tua Tagovailoa, who rallied Alabama to victory in the national championship game against Georgia last season, could play in Saturday's spring scrimmage. Tagovailoa has been sidelined because of a broken bone on his left hand, but coach Nick Saban did not rule him out for Saturday, the Birmingham News reported. Tagovailoa sustained the injury during the initial spring practice and underwent surgery. He was back at practice for non-contact drills two days later.
|04/04/18- Shea Patterson, So, Michigan, 6-1, 193
QB Shea Patterson of Michigan, a transfer from Mississippi, might get to play in 2018 without sitting out a season, his attorney said.
The NCAA asked for additional information from Michigan and Patterson late last week after reviewing the school's request to allow him to forgo the usual one-year waiting period after his transfer. Patterson transferred from Ole Miss this winter after learning that NCAA sanctions against the Rebels would be more severe than previously expected. He and several of his former Ole Miss teammates have asked the NCAA to allow them to play right away because they say they were misled by their former coaches. "The NCAA isn't dragging their feet on the waiver request and won't take any more time than is necessary," said attorney Thomas Mars, who represents several former Mississippi players. Mars said he expects Patterson and Michigan will be able to respond to the NCAA request in the next few days, but added that there is no timetable for the final decision.
|04/03/18- Jett Duffey, Fr, Texas Tech, 6-0, 188
QB Jett Duffey was reinstated by Texas Tech after being suspended following an arrest last week for an incident outside a bar. Duffey were charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief.
|04/03/18- *Sam Darnold, rSo, Southern California, 6-3, 221
QB Sam Darnold will work out for the Denver Broncos later this week, Albert Breer of SI.com reported on Tuesday. Darnold is expected to visit the Broncos on Friday, per the report. Denver holds the fifth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Although the Broncos signed Case Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal last month, general manager John Elways said that doesn't preclude the team from selecting any of the top-tier signal callers in the upcoming draft. Darnold is viewed as the top overall prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang in his most Big Board.
|03/31/18- *Lamar Jackson, Jr, Louisville, 6-2, 216
Louisville QB Lamar Jackson thanked "all 32 teams" for evaluating him at his Pro Day and indicated he plans to visit more teams. Jackson, who is operating without an agent, held his Pro Day workout at Louisville on Thursday. "I would like to thank all 32 teams for coming out to my pro day and for those that met with me before my pro day on my pro day and for those that are scheduled to meet with me after my pro day thank you all," Jackson posted on Twitter Saturday. Jackson did not say which other teams he plans to visit.
|03/28/18- Evan Shirreffs, rSo, Charlotte, 6-4, 216
QB Evan Shirreffs announced that he will transfer from Miami (Fla.) to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Shirreffs wrote on social media: "I'm excited to announce that I'm committed to UNC Charlotte for my final two years of eligibility! I can't wait to move up to North Carolina this summer and get to work!"
As a graduate transfer, Shirreffs can play immediately, but unlike most graduate transfers, Shirreffs has two years of eligibility remaining.
After redshirting his first year at Miami, Shirreffs played in one game in 2016 and played in four games in 2017. He threw seven passes and completed two for 16 yards.
|03/27/18- K.J. Carta-Samuels, rJr, Colorado State, 6-1, 221
QB K.J. Carta-Samuels said in January he was excited to join UCLA for his final season of eligibility. He called an audible instead.
Colorado State announced Sunday that Carta-Samuels has transferred to the Rams and will be eligible to play in 2018 as coach Mike Bobo searches for a replacement for departed quarterback Nick Stevens. His potential replacement, Collin Hill, suffered a torn ACL earlier this month.
Carta-Samuels, who served as Jake Browning's backup at Washington the past two seasons, completed 27 of 47 for 310 yards and three touchdowns with the Huskies.
"He's a guy who's been a backup at Washington," Bobo said in a release.
|03/23/18- Tua Tagovailoa, Fr, Alabama, 6-1, 219
QB Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis after missing time because of a hand injury.
His father, Galu Tagovailoa, told KHON-TV in Hawaii that his son had suffered a "freak accident" on Tuesday and had surgery that night to repair a broken index finger on his left (throwing) hand.
Tua Tagovailoa sustained the injury when he hit his hand on a teammate on Tuesday, according to his father. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban told reporters on Tuesday that Tagovailoa suffered an unspecified injury to his left thumb. On Wednesday, it was reported the injury appeared to be only a sprain, and on Thursday he was back at practice. Tagovailoa is expected to wear a protective glove on his left hand after it heals, and, for now, he will only participate in non-contact drills. Galu Tagovailoa expects his son to be ready by the time Alabama plays its spring game on April 21, although Alabama has provided no timetable for his return to full participation.
|03/23/18- Tua Tagovailoa, Fr, Alabama, 6-1, 219
QB Tua Tagovailoa sustained a broken bone in his index finger on his throwing hand in the first day of spring practice Tuesday, his father told KHON2 in Honolulu. Tagovailoa was back at practice Thursday, taking snaps, but not throwing. Tagovailoa came off the bench to help Alabama overcome a 13-point halftime deficit and defeat Georgia 26-23 in overtime to win the Crimson Tide's fifth national championship in the last nine years. He is competing with incumbent starter Jalen Hurts this spring.
|03/22/18- *Sam Darnold, rSo, Southern California, 6-3, 221
If the Cleveland Browns have been inclined to use the No. 1 pick on USC quarterback Sam Darnold, then Wednesday provided them with comforting evidence. Darnold furthered his case, throwing passes in front of scouts on a rainy Pro Day in Los Angeles. "Quarterback pro days are heavily rehearsed, following a custom script, and Darnold's pro day wasn't any different in that regard," said NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Dane Brugler. "However, the heavy rains were unscripted and could have been a disaster for Darnold, who opted not to throw at the Combine, putting all his chips in the middle for this workout. I though he passed with flying colors, delivering accurate balls that cut through the wind and rain. "Some of the heavy balls wobbled and there were double-digit drops by receivers, but it was an impressive showing.
He made numerous difficult throws. He only helped himself." NFLDraftScout.com rates Darnold as the No. 2 prospect in the draft, behind Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, although the Browns, assuming they keep the pick, are expected to select a quarterback. Darnold said he had dinner and meetings with the Browns' top brass on Tuesday, one night after doing the same with the New York Giants, who hold the No. 2 pick. "It would be awesome to go to No. 1, just because I think what the Browns are doing is really good right now," Darnold said in an ESPN interview. "I think they have potential to be a really good team in the future. Just based on that, yeah, a part of me really wants to go No. 1." - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange
|03/22/18- *Sam Darnold, rSo, Southern California, 6-3, 221
Darnold, the only top quarterback prospect who did not throw at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, said he was pleased with his effort on Pro Day, when he took his snaps from under center to show off the footwork and drops needed at the NFL level after working from the shotgun in college. "Just kind of proving exactly what I proved on tape -- that I can throw on the run, throw with accuracy," Darnold said on the NFL Network. "I think I did a really good job of being aware of keeping two hands on the ball, too, when I was in the pocket. I know some guys were looking at that. "Just being aware of all those little things and then coming out here and ripping it. I thought I did a pretty good job." Ball security has been a nagging concern after Darnold lost nine fumbles last season as a redshirt sophomore.
That Darnold mostly threw in the rain Wednesday was a bonus, as the quarterback-needy teams near the top of the draft -- Cleveland, the New York Giants, New York Jets, Buffalo and Denver -- all play outdoors in cold-weather environments. "I knew I wasn't going to have a problem with it; I thought I made the most of it," Darnold said of the rain. "I have been training really hard for this day." Some teams near the top of the draft might prefer the throwing mechanics of UCLA's Josh Rosen, or the stature and best-in-class arm strength of Wyoming's Josh Allen, or the moxie and accuracy of Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. The elite athleticism of Louisville's Lamar Jackson also puts him in the discussion for the top half of the first round. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange
|03/21/18- Baker Mayfield, rSr, Oklahoma, 6-1, 215
Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield worked out for Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase on Wednesday at the University of Oklahoma. Mayfield is making the rounds after beginning his string of visits with the Buffalo Bills on Monday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The Cleveland Browns are expected to host the Sooners quarterback on Thursday and the New York Jets will follow suit on Saturday, Rapoport said. The Browns hold the top and fourth overall picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Jets traded with the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday to secure the third overall pick.
The Dolphins, who own the 11th overall pick in the draft, dealt with quarterback issues last season after Ryan Tannehill sustained a torn ACL in the summer. Jay Cutler came out of retirement, but Miami failed to find its stride and finished with a 6-10 mark. Mayfield and the Dolphins initially were expected to meet last Wednesday, however the sides reportedly couldn't come together on the private dinner. Mayfield passed for 4,627 yards and accounted for 48 touchdowns with just six interceptions while leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff this past season. He joins a quarterback contingent ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft that includes USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Louisville's Lamar Jackson. - The Sports Xchange
|03/21/18- Tua Tagovailoa, Fr, Alabama, 6-1, 219
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained a thumb injury on his throwing hand during the first practice of the spring. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said on Tuesday that Tagovailoa's left thumb would be further evaluated by doctors in Birmingham, Ala., and he likely will be out a few days. "Probably going to require some time for him to get back," Saban said. "I'm not going to speculate on what the injury might be." Tagovailoa came off the bench to help Alabama overcome a 13-point halftime deficit and defeat Georgia 26-23 in overtime to win the Crimson Tide's fifth national championship in the last nine years. "I think in a few days Tua probably will be able to do some things, but when you hurt your thumb on your throwing hand, it's kind of hard to grip the ball. So I think that's going to be the issue, whether he is able to throw it," Saban said. Jalen Hurts, who split first-team reps with Tagovailoa on Tuesday, has started 29 games in two seasons and was 26-2 as Alabama's starter before the national title game. He started that game but completed only 3 of 8 passes for 21 yards in the first half before being replaced. Hurts threw for 2,081 yards, 17 touchdowns and one interception last season. He also rushed for 855 yards and eight scores. - The Sports Xchange