07/14/18 - Santino Marchiol, /2021, Texas AM, 6-3, 223 (DS# LB) Texas A&M LB Santino Marchiol is no longer on the team, according to a report. Marchiol, who redshirted as a freshman last year, is not listed on the team's most current roster. Gigem 247 reported recently that Marchiol left the program. Marchiol was a four-star recruit out of IMG Academy in Florida, according to Rivals.com. He committed to Texas A&M after reportedly receiving other offers including Auburn, LSU, Miami, Ohio State and Tennessee. The freshman was injured during spring practice after enrolling early in 2017 and redshirted the season. He was expected to compete for a role under coach Jimbo Fisher, who replaced Kevin Sumlin last December. It is not known why Marchiol left the program.
07/14/18 - Mook Reynolds, Sr/2019, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 191 (DS#6 CB) DB Mook Reynolds was arrested and charged for a marijuana-related offense days after he was released from Virginia Tech, according to a published report. The Roanoke (Va.) Times reported Saturday that Reynolds faces a felony charge for selling and distributing marijuana or for the possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or distribute. Reynolds, who was dismissed from the program on Monday, is scheduled to appear in a district court on July 27. Reynolds recorded 70 tackles last season while playing linebacker and nickel safety for the Hokies.
07/14/18 - Demetris Robertson, Jr/2020, Georgia, 6-0, 190 (DS#999 WR) Former California WR Demetris Robertson announced that he is transferring to Georgia in a YouTube video on Saturday. Robertson, who is listed at 6-foot and 190 pounds, selected the Bulldogs over Alabama, West Virginia and Texas. Robertson had seven receptions for 70 yards and two runs for 40 yards and a touchdown in two games last season before undergoing surgery on his lower body. He had 50 catches for 767 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman in 2016 under then-head coach Sonny Dykes.
07/13/18 - Trishton Jackson, Fr/2020, Syracuse, 6-3, 175 (DS#999 WR) WR Trishton Jackson, a transfer from Michigan, must sit out this football season, but apparently he will keep busy by playing on head coach Jim Boeheim's basketball team.
The 6-1, 183-pound Jackson did not play basketball at Michigan, but as a high school point guard at West Bloomfield (Mich.) High he earned honorable mention all-state honors his last two seasons and he also played AAU basketball. "I didn't even get a chance to tell (football head coach Dino Babers) from my mouth," Jackson said. "The basketball staff ended up asking him. I kept telling them I was too scared to ask him. They ended up asking him for me and they said he said it was OK to do. I haven't really talked to him about it yet. He's always joking around with me about basketball, so I think he's pretty cool with it." Jackson already has started football workouts and will practice with the Orange this season beginning with preseason camp next month even though he is ineligible because of NCAA transfer rules.
07/12/18 - Collin Hill, Jr/2020, Colorado State, 6-4, 210 (DS#999 QB) QB Collin Hill is "ahead of schedule with everything" and could play in the season opener against Hawaii on Aug. 25, according to coach Mike Bobo. Hill sustained a torn ACL while playing basketball in mid-March. He is expected to compete for the starting quarterback position with Washington graduate transfer K.J. Carta-Samuels. Hill passed for 1,096 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions in 2016 before suffering a torn ACL in the same knee during a game against Utah State. He elected to take a redshirt year in 2017 after he continued his recovery from the initial ACL tear.
07/11/18 - Brendan Devera, /2021, Rutgers, 6-2, 231 (DS# RB) LB Brendan DeVera has been dismissed from the program for violating team rules, multiple media outlets reported. DeVera, a sophomore, was expected to play key roles on defense and special teams this season. DeVera, who is listed at 6-1 and 242 pounds, notched two tackles while playing in 11 games as a true freshman last fall.
07/11/18 - Michael Chigbu, Sr/2019, Georgia, 6-1, 213 (DS#999 WR) WR Michael Chigbu, who during the spring indicated he might give up football because of injuries, is not listed in the Bulldogs' 2018 media guide. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Chigbu, once a highly rated prospect who would be a senior this season, has battled shoulder and knee injuries the last two years. Coach Kirby Smart acknowledged in April that Chigbu "may be thinking about hanging it up." As a sophomore at Georgia, Chigbu enjoyed his best season by starting seven of the nine games in which he played and making nine receptions for 88 yards. Chigbu did not catch a pass last season and has 13 receptions and 116 receiving yards for his career.
07/11/18 - Mark Brown, /2021, Texas Tech, 6-4, 225 (DS# DE) DE Mark Brown has left San Diego State and transferred to Texas Tech, the Red Raiders confirmed on Wednesday after several weeks of rumors that he would make the move.
Brown, who played at Arlington Heights High in Fort Worth, Texas, was a three-start recruit for the Aztecs in 2017 and took a redshirt year as a freshman last season. Although he did not play in a game, Brown made an impression at San Diego State, being named as the program's Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year. Brown will sit out this season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and have three years of eligibility remaining.
07/10/18 - Terrell Lewis, Sr/2018, Alabama, 6-1, 226 (DS#92 OLB) LB Terrell Lewis sustained a torn ACL in his right knee last week, the school announced Tuesday.
"Terrell Lewis suffered a torn right ACL last week while training," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a statement. "He underwent successful surgery today, and a timeframe for his return is unknown at this time."
Lewis was projected to be a starter in the upcoming season. The torn ACL is the second significant injury Lewis has sustained in less than a year. He suffered an elbow injury in the season opener against Florida State that sidelined him 10 games last season.
Lewis recorded 16 tackles and a sack during the final four games of the season. Lewis' injury comes one day after the Crimson Tide announced fellow linebacker VanDarius Cowan was dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules.
07/10/18 - Adonis Alexander, So/2019, Virginia Tech, 6-3, 195 (DS#999 SS) CB Adonis Alexander will not have to worry about one issue entering Wednesday's NFL Supplemental Draft. Alexander, one of five players available in the draft, received a clean bill on his drug tests, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. There have been character concerns surrounding Alexander, who was dismissed from Virginia Tech in May due to academics. Alexander also was arrested on a marijuana-related charge in 2016, but he has passed all of his drug tests over the past eight months, Garafolo reported.
07/10/18 - Manny Rugamba, Jr/2020, Iowa, 5-11, 185 (DS#999 CB) CB Manny Rugamba is leaving the school and plans to transfer. Rugamba, who will be entering his junior season, announced his decision via his Twitter account but offered no reason for his departure. Rugamba started eight games as a sophomore in 2017 after sitting out the season opener due to a suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules. He had 36 tackles and four passes defended.
07/10/18 - Vandarius Cowan, /2021, Alabama, 6-4, 218 (DS#999 LB) LB VanDarius Cowan was dismissed from Alabama for a violation of team rules, the school announced on Monday.
"Each of us has a responsibility to represent The University of Alabama in a first-class way, and failure to meet those standards can't be tolerated," Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban said in a statement. "We wish VanDarius the very best in the future."
Cowan was charged last week with third-degree assault stemming from an alleged incident at a Tuscaloosa bar.
Per the Tuscaloosa News, Cowan was accused of punching a 26-year-old man in the face. The alleged victim, who claimed he did nothing to provoke Cowan, reportedly was treated for seven stitches on his lip and suffered a broken tooth and nerve damage.
Cowan collected two tackles in seven games last season during his freshman year. He was expected to see an uptick in playing time in 2018.
07/10/18 - Mook Reynolds, Sr/2019, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 191 (DS#6 CB) DB Mook Reynolds was dismissed from Virginia Tech for a violation of team rules, the school announced Monday.
"Head coach Justin Fuente indicated on Monday that senior DB Mook Reynolds has been dismissed from the team effective immediately in accordance with Virginia Tech Athletics Department policies," according to a statement from Virginia Tech.
"Reynolds had previously been suspended from all team and football-related activities during the spring semester. There will be no further comment on the matter."
Reynolds recorded 70 tackles last season while playing both linebacker and nickel safety for the Hokies, who also saw defensive back Adonis Alexander removed from the program last month due to academic reasons.
Alexander then made himself eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft after missing out on the 2018 NFL Draft in April.
07/07/18 - Will Grier, rSr/2019, West Virginia, 6-1, 214 (DS#10 QB) QB Will Grier is being promoted for the 2018 Heisman Trophy. The Mountaineers are going all out by launching a website devoted to hype his candidacy. The university touted the website -- http://www.grier7heisman.com -- on its athletics website along with the accompanying hashtag "willtowin." Grier, who started his college career at the University of Florida, passed for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns against 12 interceptions for West Virginia in 2017. A dislocated finger on his throwing hand, sustained Nov. 18 against Texas, forced Grier to sit out the regular-season finale against Oklahoma and the Heart of Dallas Bowl matchup against Utah on Dec. 26.
07/06/18 - Keon Howard, Sr/2018, Southern Miss, 5-10, 203 (DS#44 SS) QB Keon Howard is leaving Southern Mississippi. The junior announced on his Twitter feed Thursday that he made the decision "to not continue my education and football career at The University of Southern Mississippi." No reason was offered for the decision by Howard, who started seven games for the Golden Eagles in 2017 but did not appear in the final four games, losing the job to Kwadra Griggs. Howard completed 56.5 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,199 yards with eight touchdown passes against five interceptions last season. He also rushed for 181 yards. Although he has one season of eligibility remaining, Howard did not announce any plans to transfer in his posting.
07/06/18 - Najee Harris, So/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 227 (DS#999 RB) Running back Najee Harris, who went to Alabama as one of the top running backs in the Class of 2017, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he considered transferring after his freshman year.
The 6-2, 227-pounder out of Antioch (Calif.) High School, said he is sticking around because he believes the Crimson Tide offer him the best path to the NFL. "The only thing I can tell you is, I hope I'm on the field more," Harris said. "Last year was the worst feeling. That whole season was mentally challenging. " ... I'm so determined. I can't have fun unless I achieve my goals, or else I'll be thinking about that the whole time." Harris finished last season with only 61 carries for 370 yards, fourth on the team in both categories.
07/06/18 - Adam Shuler II, rJr/2020, West Virginia, 6-3, 268 (DS#37 DE) DL Adam Shuler has yet to enroll at the University of Florida nearly a month after announcing he was transferring from West Virginia. Shuler was not listed on the Gators' latest updated roster because he is not enrolled in the school's Summer B program, which started on Monday, the Gainesville Sun reported. A 6-foot-4, 275-pounder who appeared in 12 games for the Mountaineers in 2017, Shuler announced he was headed to Florida on his Twitter account on June 11.
07/06/18 - Jalen Watts-Jackson, rSr/2019, Michigan State, 5-11, 184 (DS#999 FS) DB Jalen Watts-Jackson always will have a place in Michigan State history, but now he's ready to move on from football. Watts-Jackson said in March that he hoped to continue his college career as a graduate transfer, but now has decided to go in a much different direction. "I am going into the Air Force," Watts-Jackson told SpartanNation.com. As a 5-foot-11, 184-pound freshman defensive back in 2015, Watts-Jackson scooped up a mishandled punt and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to give the Spartans a 27-23 walk-off victory over rival Michigan.
07/05/18 - Garrett Rand, Fr/2020, Wisconsin, 6-0, 213 (DS#999 DT) DL Garrett Rand has been ruled out for the 2018 season due to an Achilles injury. Rand was hurt during offseason workouts and had been listed as out indefinitely, but Badgers defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield told ESPN that the injury is season-ending, per the Wisconsin State Journal. Although Rand recorded 13 tackles in 14 games last season, he was projected as a starter in 2018 after Wisconsin lost defensive linemen Conor Sheehy, Alec James and Chikwe Obasih.
07/04/18 - Jake Fromm, So/2021, Georgia, 6-2, 225 (DS#1 QB) QB Jake Fromm broke a bone in his non-throwing hand earlier this week, multiple media outlets reported. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart confirmed the injury to the Athens Banner-Herald on Wednesday but didn't view it as much of a setback. "Small fracture in non-throwing hand," Smart told newspaper, "already throwing with it -- won't miss any summer workouts -- insignificant." Fromm made 14 starts, passing for 2,615 yards and 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his freshman season.
07/04/18 - Shea Patterson, Jr/2020, Michigan, 6-1, 193 (DS#3 QB) QB quarterback Shea Patterson, who transferred in from Mississippi a few months ago, signed a contract to play baseball for the Texas Rangers, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Patterson, a junior, was a 39th-round draft pick (1,169th overall) in the 2018 MLB Draft. He last played baseball during his junior year at Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, La. The deal with the Rangers reportedly is for six years and allows Patterson to work with the Rangers' instructional staff when he has off time from football at Michigan. The Rangers listed Patterson as a third baseman.
07/03/18 - Camilo Eifler, rSo/2021, Illinois, 6-2, 223 (DS#999 OLB) LB Camilo Eifler is transferring to the University of Illinois. Eifler announced his decision via social media, posting on his Twitter account that "I will be continuing my football & educational career" with the Fighting Illini. The 6-foot-1, 223-pounder was a redshirt in his freshman year at Washington in 2016. He was a sparse contributor last season, appearing in five games and making six tackles.
07/02/18 - C.J. Holmes, /2021, Penn State, 6-0, 190 (DS# RB) RB C.J. Holmes, who was dismissed from the Notre Dame squad in January, will get another chance at Penn State, multiple media outlets reported Monday. Holmes will arrive at Penn State as a walk-on this fall, and will sit out the 2018 season before having three seasons of eligibility remaining. He was suspended indefinitely by Notre Dame in December following an arrest related to shoplifting charges. He was dismissed from the team a month later. Holmes appeared in eight games as a freshman for Notre Dame last season. He had eight carries for 32 yards.
07/01/18 - Ben Miles, /2021, Texas AM, 6-1, 215 (DS# RB) The son of former LSU coach Les Miles is transferring from Nebraska to Texas A&M to play for new coach Jimbo Fisher. Ben Miles, a fullback, announced his plans via Twitter on Sunday. "Made it to Campus... I am really excited about my opportunity here in College Station!" Miles' post read. "Once again, thank you to the coaches that recruited me to Nebraska and invested in me for a year. This is my next step. I can't wait to get started!" Miles redshirted his freshman year in 2017 and must sit out this season because of NCAA transfer rules.
06/30/18 - Andrew Ward, /2021, Central Michigan, 6-1, 205 (DS# LB) LB Andrew Ward is transferring from Nebraska to Central Michigan. Ward confirmed a Twitter post from his Michigan high school that he decided to return to his home state to play for the Chippewas, per a report from Mlive.com. He is among eight players who have transferred since Nebraska fired coach Mike Riley. Per NCAA transfer rules, Ward will be required to sit out the 2018 season but will have three years of eligibility remaining. Ward. a redshirt as a freshman at Nebraska, was moved to inside linebacker by new coach Scott Frost and had seven tackles in the spring game.