08/16/18 - Ross Blacklock, rSo/2021, Texas Christian, 6-3, 326 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] DT Ross Blacklock sustained a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in practice, multiple media outlets reported. Per 247Sports.com, Blacklock's suffered the injury during a non-contract drill on Tuesday. A posting on one of the 6-foot-4, 329-pound sophomore's social media accounts showed him at an orthopedist's office.
08/16/18 - Najee Harris, So/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 227 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Najee Harris is expected to miss the rest of fall camp due to a foot injury. Harris was hurt during the team's scrimmage on Saturday and will likely be sidelined for at least two weeks, Al.com reported, citing sources. One of the nation's top running backs in the Class of 2017, Harris is expected to be available for defending national champion Alabama's season-opening clash versus Louisville on Sept. 1.
08/16/18 - Donevin OReilly, rJr/2020, Connecticut, 5-09, 191 (DS# RB)[Newsfeed] RB Donevin O'Reilly will miss the season with a torn ACL, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday. Huskies coach Randy Edsall told reporters that O'Reilly suffered the injury on a non-contact play in Monday's practice. He will undergo season-ending surgery on Friday. A former walk-on, O'Reilly was recently awarded a scholarship and was in line to be the team's starting running back.
08/15/18 - John Bonney, rSr/2019, Texas Tech, 6-0, 205 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] DB John Bonney, a former starter at Texas, has transferred to Texas Tech, the Red Raiders announced.
Bonney started 15 of the 37 games he played at Texas, making 87 tackles and breaking up 14 passes. He started three times against Texas Tech. "I will forever be grateful to the University of Texas for allowing me to earn my degree and compete as a student-athlete," Bonney said in a statement. "With that said, I'm excited to join the Texas Tech football program. I can't thank Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury and his staff enough for providing me the opportunity to join this program, and I look forward to my first game as a Red Raider." Bonney, a graduate transfer, has one season of eligibility remaining and as a graduate transfer will be eligible for Texas Tech's season opener against Mississippi on Sept. 1. However, Bonney might have trouble earning playing time, as the Red Raiders return 10 starters on defense, including their entire secondary.
08/15/18 - Justin McMillan, rJr/2020, LSU, 6-1, 210 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] QB Justin McMillan announced in a Twitter post on Wednesday that he intends to transfer, becoming the second Tigers quarterback to do so in as many days.
Redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse announced on Twitter on Tuesday night that he will leave LSU. "I love my brothers and my heart is heavy, but sometimes life takes you in a different direction," McMillan wrote, in part. McMillan will be eligible to play immediately at his next school as a graduate transfer.
08/15/18 - Ryan Buchholz, rJr/2020, Penn State, 6-5, 275 (DS#22 DE)[Newsfeed] Penn State DE Ryan Buchholz, expected to a key part of the Nittany Lions' front, announced Wednesday he is giving up football due to back injuries. Buchholz started six of the 10 games in which he played last season, missing three due to injury. He made 18 tackles, including two sacks. He also forced a fumble. Buchholz made 34 career tackles, with five sacks.
08/11/18 - Demetris Robertson, Jr/2020, Georgia, 6-0, 190 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] WR Demetris Robertson was granted a waiver by the NCAA to play for the Bulldogs in 2018, according to a report by The Athletic. Considered one of the nation's top wide receivers coming out of high school, Robertson announced in mid-July that he was transferring to Georgia to play in his home state. Robertson displayed his explosive talent as a freshman for the Golden Bears in 2016, notching 50 receptions for 767 yards and seven touchdowns.
08/10/18 - Kristian Fulton, rSr/2021, LSU, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] DB Kristian Fulton had his two-year suspension upheld by the NCAA, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported on Friday.
Fulton, who missed the 2017 season because of the suspension for allegedly tampering with a drug-test sample early last year, hoped to have the second year waived. The NCAA denied a request by Fulton's legal team to reconsider the original penalty so he could play this season. According to the NCAA, a testing administrator witnessed Fulton pouring an unknown substance into his urine sample during a drug test in January of 2017. Fulton's lawyers did not challenge that allegation, but questioned the rule -- 3.4 of NCAA's Drug-Testing protocol -- that was applied. The lawyers argued that Fulton was instead in violation of rule 3.3, which would have allowed for, at most, a one-year suspension. In wake of the NCAA ruling, Fulton's lawyers "will attempt to file a waiver with the NCAA to still get Fulton on the field this year," according to the Times-Picayune. Fulton, who was a five-star recruit in 2016, will have only one year of eligibility remaining if the waiver is denied. He played in five games for the Tigers as a freshman, making one tackle and one assist.
08/09/18 - Tyler Taylor, /2021, LSU, 6-3, 220 (DS# LB)[Newsfeed] LB Tyler Taylor was suspended indefinitely after LSU learned of his alleged role in the burglary of a pawn shop in Georgia, according to a published report. The Baton Rouge Advocate reported Wednesday night that the 19-year-old Taylor was arrested in late May in connection to the burglary in early January. Taylor, who allegedly served as the getaway driver, is facing charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, party to a crime and theft by receiving stolen property. All three crimes listed on Taylor's arrest warrants are considered felonies. Taylor recorded 32 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 13 games last season. He was expected to take on an expanded role in his second year with the Tigers.
08/09/18 - Rafael Gaglianone, Sr/2019, Wisconsin, 5-11, 232 (DS#7 K)[Newsfeed] K Rafael Gaglianone is out indefinitely with an injury to his right leg, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday. Gaglianone, who was held out of practice for a number of days before going on the injury list, also is dealing with discomfort in his back, according to the newspaper. The second-most accurate kicker in school history, Gaglianone has converted 60 of 75 field goal attempts for the Badgers. He has nailed 23 of his last 26 attempts.
08/09/18 - Brett Kean, rJr/2020, South Florida, 6-1, 209 (DS#36 QB)[Newsfeed] QB Brett Kean, competing for the starting job at South Florida, will not face a suspension to start the season. Bulls head coach Charlie Strong on Wednesday confirmed that the NCAA cleared Kean of an academic-related issue that was expected to sideline him for two games. "Brett Kean, yes, he was cleared with the NCAA," Strong told reporters, per WFLA.com. "He will not have to sit the two games and he will be ready to go."
08/09/18 - Porter Gustin, Sr/2019, Southern California, 6-4, 255 (DS#5 OLB)[Newsfeed] LB Porter Gustin received some positive news on the medical front Thursday. Gustin, who suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee during Tuesday's practice, will undergo surgery and is expected to miss two to four weeks, according to USC's official Twitter feed. Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that Gustin was expected to be sidelined longer, with a likely timetable of four to six weeks to recover.
08/08/18 - Porter Gustin, Sr/2019, Southern California, 6-4, 255 (DS#5 OLB)[Newsfeed] LB Porter Gustin is expected to miss several weeks with a torn meniscus in his left knee, multiple media outlets reported. Gustin was injured during Tuesday's practice and had to be carted off the field. He will undergo surgery after an MRI exam revealed the damage to be a partially torn ligament, the Orange County Register reported, citing a source.
08/07/18 - Nate Hopkins, rSo/2021, Connecticut, 6-0, 212 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Nate Hopkins has left the Connecticut team and intends to transfer, according to a published report. Coach Randy Edsall confirmed to the Hartford Courant that Hopkins plans to transfer to an undetermined school after being informed of his expected role with the Huskies. "We told him what we thought his role would be, as a short-yardage and goal-line guy," Edsall said, per the newspaper. "We just try to be honest, and if guys don't want to do the role that we think, if they think they can have a bigger role somewhere else, God bless them and good luck to them." Hopkins, a sophomore, had 92 carries for 343 yards last season and led the team with seven rushing touchdowns.
08/06/18 - Chazz Surratt, rSo/2021, North Carolina, 6-2, 215 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] QB Chazz Surratt, who started seven games for North Carolina, is one of 13 North Carolina players who will be suspended for at least one game for their involvement in selling team-issued shoes. Surratt will be suspended four games.
08/06/18 - Josiah Scott, So/2021, Michigan State, 5-10, 173 (DS#28 CB)[Newsfeed] DB Josiah Scott is likely to be sidelined for the next two months because of an undisclosed injury, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said Monday. Josiah Scott is a sophomore who started 12 games last season and was named a freshman All-American. "Josiah had a situation, so he's out for probably two months," Dantonio said, according to MLive.com. "But, we've got guys that can play. ... Two months or less, two months or more -- we'll see." Scott recorded two interceptions, 10 passes defensed and 30 tackles last season as a freshman.
08/05/18 - Drew Lock, Sr/2019, Missouri, 6-3, 225 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] QB Drew Lock is the latest athlete apologizing for tweeting offensive remarks.
The Columbia Daily Tribune received an anonymous tip and the paper discovered the tweets sent by Lock when he was 14 years old in 2011. The tweets have since been deleted, but one was directed at the gay and African-American communities.
"I was recently made aware of five tweets from my eighth grade year in middle school that were perceived as insensitive and inappropriate," Lock told the Columbia Daily Tribune in a statement. "An anonymous person brought these to the attention of the Columbia Daily Tribune, and I appreciate having the opportunity to address them. I didn't intend to offend anyone with those messages, but I understand that this is an example of how words, even when written by a young teenager, can be interpreted by others as newsworthy, harmful and inappropriate."
Most recently, major league baseball players Trea Turner, Josh Hader and Sean Newcomb have come under fire for offense tweets when they were young. Days before the NFL Draft, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, selected with the seventh pick, came under fire for sending insensitive tweets while in high school.
08/04/18 - Jalen Hurts, Jr/2020, Alabama, 6-1, 214 (DS#11 QB)[Newsfeed] QB Jalen Hurts is competing with Tua Tagovailoa for the starting job at Alabama but is frustrated with how the competition is being handled.
Speaking for reporters for the first time since getting benched at halftime of the national championship game against Georgia in January, Hurts said he is annoyed by what he said are "rumors", "speculation" and "people making decisions for me." Hurts also said he was "shocked" when coach Nick Saban said at SEC media days that he had "no idea" if Hurts would be on the roster for the season opener against Louisville on Sept. 1 in Orlando. After the comments, Saban and Hurts met to clear the air. Hurts said he was intent on staying and graduating in December regardless if he was starting.
08/04/18 - Jaylen Smith, Sr/2019, Louisville, 6-3, 219 (DS#18 WR)[Newsfeed] WR Jaylen Smith underwent an emergency appendectomy Friday morning, the school announced. No timetable was listed for the return of Smith, who was a first-team All-ACC selection last season. Smith, a preseason pick on the All-ACC team, had 60 receptions for 980 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the Cardinals.
08/04/18 - Edward Ingram, /2021, LSU, 6-3, 315 (DS# OL)[Newsfeed] Edward Ingram was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules. Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron made the announcement Friday, per the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. LSU opened its training camp on Saturday. "Ed Ingram has been suspended from the team indefinitely for violating team rules," said Orgeron. "He will not be with us in camp."
08/04/18 - Joshua Paschal, So/2021, Kentucky, 6-2, 270 (DS#999 OLB)[Newsfeed] DE Josh Paschal is battling skin cancer on one of his feet. The malignant melanoma was diagnosed after he underwent a medical procedure last week to remove lesions.
Paschal was considered a potential starter this year after moving from linebacker to defensive end. As a freshman last year, he finished with 17 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
No indication was given when Paschal might return to the team.
08/03/18 - Jaylen Smith, Sr/2019, Louisville, 6-3, 219 (DS#18 WR)[Newsfeed] WR Jaylen Smith of Louisville underwent an emergency appendectomy on Friday as the Cardinals opened fall camp, the school announced.
Smith, an All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection last season, will be out for an undermined period, according to the university statement. "We are fortunate to catch this early and anticipate a full recovery," head coach Bobby Petrino said. "Jaylen is doing well and we look forward to him returning to the practice field as soon as possible." Quarterback Jawon Pass is replacing Heisman Trophy-winner Lamar Jackson this season and Smith is expected to be his top receiver, and possibly the Cardinals' No. 1 offensive weapon. Jackson caught 60 passes for 980 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games last season, and for his career he has 116 catches for 1,955 yards and 14 scores.
08/03/18 - Tyrone Wheatley, rJr/2020, Michigan, 6-5, 265 (DS#4 TE)[Newsfeed] TE Tyrone Wheatley Jr. is no longer with the team, the Detroit News reported. A team spokesman told the newspaper that Wheatley made his decision on Thursday, one day before the start of the Wolverines' training Wheatley, the son of former Wolverines running back Tyrone Wheatley, suffered a broken foot in March that sidelined him for the remainder of the spring program.
08/01/18 - Tristan Wirfs, /2021, Iowa, 6-5, 308 (DS# OL)[Newsfeed] OT Tristan Wirfs, who scheduled to be a starter, will be suspended for the season opener against Northern Illinois, head coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed Wednesday. The announcement comes a few days after Wirfs was cited for driving while under the influence. Wirfs is the second Hawkeyes starter to be suspended one game. Starting defensive tackle Brady Reiff was suspended after he was arrested for public intoxication last month.