02/14/19 - *Nick Bosa, Jr, Ohio State, 6-4, 263 (DS#1 DE)[Newsfeed] Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: A First Round Prototype: Nick Bosa, Ohio State: Like his older brother, Joey, Bosa is a plug and play Pro Bowl caliber edge rusher who - barring complications with his medical - will not make it out of the top five picks of the 2019 NFL draft and is a legitimate contender for No. 1 overall. The Bosa brothers play with a similar brand of controlled chaos that results in consistent big plays. As noted by Nick's official bio at Ohio State, the two had virtually identical stats through 30 games: Joey had 34.5 tackles for loss and Nick had 29.0; Joey had 21.0 quarterback sacks and Nick had 17.5 - and Nick accomplished his production in roughly 600 fewer snaps. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/13/19 - Josh Belk, rFr, South Carolina, 6-2, 359 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] Highly regarded defensive tackle Josh Belk, who signed with Clemson then transferred to rival South Carolina a few months later, has decided to give up football because of a back injury. Belk said on social media Wednesday he had fractured a vertebrae and decided "to choose another path in life." South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said in a statement that he had talked with Belk and confirmed he was giving up football. It ends an eventful chapter for Belk, a 6-foot-3, 359-pound defensive tackle from Richburg, South Carolina. He was a four-star prospect out of Lewisville High and enrolled at Clemson in January 2018 and went through spring workouts. Belk decided to transfer to the Gamecocks last summer. He played in six games and was credited with seven tackles. - AP College Football
02/13/19 - Kasim Hill, rFr, Maryland, 6-2, 234 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Kasim Hill, Maryland's starting quarterback through much of the 2018 season, announced on Twitter that he has entered his name into the NCAA's transfer portal as he considers other schools to complete his college career. With Hill putting his name in the database, other schools will know he is interested in transferring, and those programs are allowed to contact him. "I have not made any final decisions on leaving Maryland and my decision to enter the portal is not a criticism of the University or of the staff," Hill tweeted Friday, adding that he was making his announcement to avoid the news coming out via media reports. He wrote that he was "sharing this information to try to prevent speculation and rumors from spreading about this decision." Hill, a rising junior, wrote that he and his family had contemplated a transfer with both the previous staff and the Terps' new staff under Coach Michael Locksley. As a sophomore last season, Hill started the first 10 games before tearing his left ACL against Indiana on Nov. 10. Backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome finished the season as the starter. Hill tore his right ACL in 2017. - Emily Giambalvo, The Washington Post
02/13/19 - *Jeffery Simmons, Jr, Mississippi State, 6-3, 300 (DS#4 DT)[Newsfeed] Already banned from this month's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis due to a previous arrest for assaulting a woman, former Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons' chances at earning a first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft may have received a death sentence Tuesday with reports that he suffered a major knee injury during workouts, including but perhaps not limited to tearing his ACL. The 6-3, 300 pound Simmons entered the day ranked fourth among this year's stellar defensive tackle class on NFLDraftScout.com's board and 13th overall, getting projected to the Minnesota Vikings in my current mock draft.
Tearing an ACL is not the show-stopping injury it once was but for a prospect already facing a more complicated projection to the NFL and plenty of worthy competition, it could send Simmons stock tumbling well into Day Two of the draft and perhaps even further. Graded the top prep prospect in the state of Mississippi when he signed with the Bulldogs three years ago, Simmons almost lost his chance to showcase his talents as an arrest for assault in 2016 threatened to ruin his plans. Instead, Simmons buckled down, dedicating himself to his books, weight room and community. In doing, Simmons built himself back up as not only one of the top defensive linemen in the Southeastern Conference but in the entire country, leaving the Bulldogs early for the 2019 NFL draft after recording 163 tackles, including 33 for loss and seven sacks in three seasons. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/13/19 - Jon Dietzen, rJr, Wisconsin, 6-5, 323 (DS#999 OG)[Newsfeed] After seeing his snaps limited over the past two seasons, Jon Dietzen is stepping away from football due to numerous injuries. The University of Wisconsin offensive lineman, who had one year of eligibility remaining, announced the news via Twitter on Monday afternoon. "After a lot of thought and careful consideration, I've decided it is in my best interest to step away from football due to numerous injuries," Dietzen tweeted. "This was not an easy decision, as I have enjoyed every second of my football career, especially those as a Wisconsin Badger. "... It was an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of the Wisconsin football team and to be able to call myself a Wisconsin offensive lineman. I will always cherish my time at this university. The bonds and relationships I've formed over the last four years are irreplaceable and I am forever grateful for everyone who's been a part of this experience." Dietzen started at left tackle last season but split time with sophomore Cole Van Lanen throughout the year. In 2017, Dietzen started at left guard but at times needed to be replaced by Jason Erdmann. - Jason Galloway, Madison.com
02/12/19 - Gage Gubrud, rSr, Washington State, 6-1, 205 (DS#17 QB)[Newsfeed] Former Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud will become a graduate transfer at Washington State next season. Coach Mike Leach said Saturday that Gubrud will enroll at Washington State this spring and participate in spring practice. Gubrud, who led Eastern Washington to an upset of Washington State in his first game as a starter in 2016, is a two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which is given to the top offensive player in FCS. The record-setting quarterback was injured five games into this past season and did not play further as Eastern Washington lost in the FCS national title game. He received a medical redshirt year from the NCAA on Saturday. Last year, graduate transfer Gardner Minshew led Washington State to a school-record 11 wins in his only season there. - AP College Football
02/08/19 - Zach Wilson, Fr, Brigham Young, 6-2, 205 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] BYU quarterback Zach Wilson had surgery on his throwing shoulder last month to correct a condition that has plagued him since high school and will not participate in contact drills in spring camp next month. A BYU football spokesperson said Wilson, who appeared at center court during halftime of Saturday night's basketball game against Loyola Marymount wearing a sling on his right arm, decided with doctors that it was in his "best interest long-term" to have the surgery a few weeks ago. Wilson completed 120 of 182 passes last season for 1,578 yards and 12 touchdowns, with three interceptions. He was a perfect 18 for 18 and threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns in the Cougars' 49-18 win over Western Michigan on Dec. 21 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. - Jay Drew, The Salt Lake Tribune
02/07/19 - Chance Hall, rJr, Tennessee, 6-4, 328 (DS#999 OG)[Newsfeed] Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says that offensive lineman Chance Hall is giving up football after dealing with injuries for much of his career Pruitt made the comment Thursday night at a Nashville event to celebrate Tennessee's recruiting class. Hall had one year of eligibility remaining after playing eight games in a reserve role last season as a redshirt junior. He had sat out the entire 2017 season with a knee injury. Hall made seven starts as a freshman in 2015 and started six games in 2016. He missed the first three games of the 2016 season to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery and also was sidelined for the last four games of the season. - AP College Football
02/06/19 - Jordan Williams, rFr, Clemson, 6-3, 310 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] Clemson will be without defensive tackles Nyles Pinckney and Jordan Williams for spring practice due to injuries. Pinckney had surgery on his pectoral muscle since Clemson's national championship victory last month. Williams hurt his leg while playing intramural basketball and will need a screw put in, coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday. Both Pinckney and Williams, who were backups this year to All-American Christian Wilkins and all-Atlantic Coast Conference player Dexter Lawrence, are expected to start this season. Wilkins was a senior this past season while Lawrence, a junior, chose to enter the NFL draft. Pinckney is a 6-foot-1, 300 pound junior who played in 15 games last season while Williams is a 6-4, 310 pound sophomore who played in 12 games. Swinney said both will be ready for summer workouts. - AP College Football
12/21/18 - Zach Wilson, Fr, Brigham Young, 6-2, 205 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Zach Wilson set a BYU record and tied the NCAA bowl mark with 18-for-18 passing, throwing for 317 yards and four touchdowns in the Cougars' 49-18 victory over Western Michigan on Friday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Selected the game MVP, Wilson tied the NCAA bowl record for completion percentage set by Riley Skinner at 11 for 11 for Wake Forest in the 2008 EagleBank Bowl. Down 10-7 at halftime, BYU (7-6) scored 28 points in the third quarter. Wilson connected with Aleva Hifo for a 70-yard scoring strike, and Riley Burt had a 37-yard touchdown run in the quarter. Western Michigan (7-6) rolled up 192 yards of offense in the first half, then managed only 41 yards on 18 plays in the decisive third quarter. - AP College Football
12/18/18 - Bryce Love, Sr, Stanford, 5-09, 202 (DS#12 RB)[Newsfeed] RB back Bryce Love, who finished second to Baker Mayfield in the 2017 Heisman Trophy voting but had an injury-plagued senior season, announced this week he will skip the Sun Bowl game against Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve to get healthy and start training for the NFL Draft. Love rushed for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, and he was the preseason favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this season. However, he gained only 739 yards on the ground and scored six touchdowns in 10 games. Love is rated the No. 1 running back prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.
12/17/18 - Bryce Love, Sr, Stanford, 5-09, 202 (DS#12 RB)[Newsfeed] Stanford running back Bryce Love will skip the Sun Bowl to prepare for the NFL draft. Love announced his decision on Monday to sit out the bowl game for the Cardinal (8-4) on Dec. 31 against Pittsburgh (7-6). Love says he wants to be completely healthy for the 2019 draft. Love had a rough senior season after deciding to bypass the 2018 draft after finishing as Heisman Trophy runner-up. He was slowed by injuries and finished with 739 yards on 166 carries. That was down significantly from the previous season when he ran for 2,118 yards and averaged 8.1 yards per carry. Love also set an FBS record with 13 runs of at least 50 yards. - AP College Football
12/13/18 - McKenzie Milton, Jr, Central Florida, 5-11, 185 (DS#16 QB)[Newsfeed] QB McKenzie Milton will attend next month's Fiesta Bowl against LSU.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Teresa Milton said her son was undergoing another surgery Thursday "to get him more comfortable" She also wrote: "He will be at the Fiesta Bowl to cheer his teammates on to Victory!
Milton was injured in the second quarter in a win over South Florida on Nov. 23 and watched his teammates beat Memphis in the AAC Championship game at his home in Orlando, Fla.
ESPN reported that Milton already has undergone three surgical procedures on his right leg and will have reconstructive knee surgery in four to six weeks.
Shortly after undergoing surgery, Milton's parents released a statement updating the results of an emergency surgery on their son's leg. According to the statement, the blood flow in his leg was restored and a nerve was injured but intact.
No. 8-ranked UCF (11-0) takes a 24-game winning streak into the Fiesta Bowl. The Golden Knights have not lost a game since Arkansas beat them 31-13 in the Cure Bowl on Dec. 17, 2016.
12/08/18 - Tyler Huntley, Jr, Utah, 6-1, 200 (DS#19 QB)[Newsfeed] QB Tyler Huntley may not be done for the season after all. Huntley, who broke a collarbone on Nov. 3, was a full participant in Friday's practice and could be available for Utah's matchup against Northwestern in the Holiday Bowl on New Year's "We'll just work him in and see how much he can progress," Utes coach Kyke Whittingham told the Salt Lake Tribune of the possibility of returning for the bowl game. Huntley was able to throw during Friday's non-contact practice but he still must receive medical clearance to return to the lineup.
12/01/18 - McKenzie Milton, Jr, Central Florida, 5-11, 185 (DS#16 QB)[Newsfeed] QB McKenzie Milton was released from the hospital one week after suffering a gruesome knee injury. Milton, who was injured in a victory over South Florida on Nov. 23, will watch his team play Memphis in the AAC Championship Game on Saturday with his family at his home in Orlando, Fla. ESPN reported that Milton already has undergone three surgical procedures on his right leg and will have reconstructive knee surgery in four to six weeks.
11/27/18 - McKenzie Milton, Jr, Central Florida, 5-11, 185 (DS#16 QB)[Newsfeed] QB McKenzie Milton's parents provided some encouraging news about their son, who suffered a gruesome leg injury in Friday's victory over South Florida. They reported that blood flow has returned to his leg following Friday's emergency surgery and that reconstructive surgery will be performed at an undetermined time in the future.
11/24/18 - *D.K. Metcalf, rSo, Mississippi, 6-3, 230 (DS#1 WR)[Newsfeed] WR D.K. Metcalf is planning on taking his game to the next level. Metcalf announced via social media that he will forgo the final two years of his college eligibility and will enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Metcalf opened the 2018 campaign with a touchdown reception in each of his first four games but saw his season come to an end after suffering a neck injury in mid-October. He finished the season with 26 catches for 569 yards and five touchdowns in seven games, averaging a stellar 21.9 yards per reception.
11/24/18 - McKenzie Milton, Jr, Central Florida, 5-11, 185 (DS#16 QB)[Newsfeed] QB McKenzie Milton underwent surgery Friday night after suffering a devastating knee injury in a game against South Florida. Milton's father confirmed multiple media reports that his son underwent surgery at Tampa General Hospital, telling ESPN that the procedure was to repair knee damage and "other internal issues." The university did not release information on the status of Milton, who was hit while scrambling, causing his leg to bend in an unnatural direction. ESPN did not show any replays of the gruesome injury.
11/24/18 - McKenzie Milton, Jr, Central Florida, 5-11, 185 (DS#16 QB)[Newsfeed] No. 8 UCF lost quarterback McKenzie Milton to injury but still trounced South Florida 38-10 on Friday to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 24 games and complete a second consecutive undefeated regular season. Milton, eighth in Heisman Trophy balloting a year ago, hurt his right knee when he was tackled at the end of a 5-yard run in the second quarter. Darriel Mack Jr. replaced him and may make his second start of the year when UCF (11-0, 8-0, No. 9 CFP) faces Memphis next week in the American Athletic Conference title game. Players from both schools, which are located about 100 miles apart via Interstate 4, kneeled on one knee while a cart was rolled onto the field and Milton received medical attention in front of the South Florida bench. The entire UCF squad left their sideline at one point to form a crowded circle around Milton, who was placed on the cart and taken to the locker room and later a nearby hospital.
Before leaving, Milton completed 5 of 10 passes for 86 yards, including a 14-yard scoring throw to Gabriel Davis for a 7-0 lead. The Knights kicked a field goal on the first play after the quarterback departed to make it 10-0. Mack got plenty of help from a talented supporting cast that includes Greg McCrae to make sure UCF finished the job. South Florida (7-5, 3-5) finished the regular season on a five-game losing streak, its longest skid since 2013. McCrae scored on runs of 40, 39 and 31yards, with the second of the three TDs re-establishing a 14-point after South Florida briefly pulled to 17-10 on Johnny Ford's 34-yard catch-and-run for the Bulls' only touchdown. - AP College Football
11/23/18 - McKenzie Milton, Jr, Central Florida, 5-11, 185 (DS#16 QB)[Newsfeed] QB McKenzie Milton of Central Florida was carted off the field because of what appeared to be a serious right knee injury during the second quarter against South Florida on Friday.
Milton was hit while scrambling and his leg was bent in an unnatural direction. As trainers attended to Milton, the entire UCF team came out to the field to surround the quarterback before he was taken off the field on a cart after his right leg was wrapped. Milton's leg was bent at such a gruesome angle that ESPN did not show any replays. Ninth-ranked UCF (10-0, 7-0 in the AAC) has won 23 consecutive games and will play in the AAC Championship Game next week. The Knights have not lost a game since Arkansas beat them, 31-13, in the Cure Bowl on Dec. 17, 2016. The 5-11, 185-pound Milton completed 166 of 279 passes (59.5 percent) for 2,577 yards and 24 touchdowns with five interceptions in his first nine game this season. He had 71 touchdown passes in his career, including 37 last season.
11/20/18 - Trey Adams, rSr, Washington, 6-7, 316 (DS#1 OT)[Newsfeed] LT Trey Adams underwent what was initially believed to be season-ending back surgery in August, but he made his return to the field against Oregon State on Nov. 17. A preseason All-American, Adams can still get a redshirt season due to new NCAA rules, as he has indicated he would return in 2019 for a fifth season. He missed half of the 2017 season due to an ACL injury.
11/18/18 - McKenzie Milton, Jr, Central Florida, 5-11, 185 (DS#16 QB)[Newsfeed] McKenzie Milton threw for 268 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to help No. 11 UCF remain unbeaten and extend the nation's longest winning streak to 23 games with a 38-13 rout of No. 19 Cincinnati on Saturday night. The junior from Kapolei, Hawaii, passed for three TDs without an interception and scored on a 3-yard run as the Knights (10-0, 7-0) clinched the American Athletic Conference East Division title and a spot in the league's championship game. Milton rebounded from losing a fumble Cincinnati recovered in the end zone for a touchdown on UCF's first offensive play to complete 13 of 25 passes, including TDs of 17 yards and 42 yards to Adrian Killins and 36 yards to Tre Nixon. Malik Clements' goal-line sack and Kimoni Fitz's fumble recovery gave the Bearcats (9-2, 5-2) the early lead, but Cincinnati didn't get in the end zone offensively until Tavion Thomas scored on a 1-yard run nearly six minutes into the fourth quarter. - AP College Football
11/17/18 - DEriq King, Jr, Houston, 5-11, 195 (DS#11 WR)[Newsfeed] Houston quarterback D'Eriq King is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing the meniscus in his right knee during the Cougars' victory against Tulane, a person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press on Friday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team was not planning an official announcement about King's injury. King's injury was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.
The junior has accounted for 50 touchdowns (36 passing and 14 rushing) to lead the nation for the Cougars (8-3, 5-2), who are still in contention for the American Athletic Conference West Division and a spot in the league championship game. Houston plays Memphis next week in a game that could decide the division. King was not hit on the play in which he was injured late in the second quarter. He was replaced by freshman Clayton Tune, who has played in three games this season and completed 20 for 42 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. - AP College Football
11/17/18 - DEriq King, Jr, Houston, 5-11, 195 (DS#11 WR)[Newsfeed] QB D'Eriq King will miss the rest of the season. King suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in Thursday's 48-17 drubbing of Tulane. The injury occurred on a handoff in the second quarter. King was in the midst of a superb season for the Cougars, who are sitting atop the American Athletic Conference West Division with an 8-3 overall record and 5-2 mark in league play.
11/14/18 - Joseph Broadnax Jr., rSr, Texas Christian, 5-11, 294 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] TCU starting senior defensive tackle Joseph Broadnax isn't expected to play again because of an undisclosed medical condition initially discovered during a preseason screening. Coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday that he couldn't elaborate but that an MRI during the summer found something in the early stages that was OK then. But the 6-foot, 294-pound Broadnax didn't play Saturday at West Virginia after showing signs related to the condition, including weakness in his arm. "Now you've got to be smart and you've got to take care of it," Patterson said. The screening last summer was part of a study TCU's football program is involved with to assist in the prevention and treatment of concussions. Broadnax's condition isn't concussion-related, but Patterson said the player is going "to have an opportunity to live a lot longer because they caught it." The coach said it might have gone undetected for 10 to 20 years otherwise, and that there is medicine that can help. - AP College Football