02/15/19- Jaylon Ferguson, rSr, Louisiana Tech, 6-4, 256 NFL wielded its heavy-handed power Wednesday afternoon, and as a result, the NCAA's all-time career sack leader won't participate in the upcoming scouting combine beginning March 1. After a mandatory background check revealed a simple battery conviction after a fight at a McDonald's during his freshman year as well as a public intoxication charge, the league pulled its combine invitation for Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson per the NFL's personal conduct rule that was enacted three years ago. According to an NFL.com report, teams were informed last month that the league would bar players from the combine if a "background check reveals a conviction of felony or misdemeanor involving violence." Players who accept combine invites automatically agree to a background check by rule.
Ferguson's agent Safarrah Lawson with the STL Sports Group released a statement Thursday morning, denouncing the disinvite, stating that the Louisiana Tech star had made his penitence from his past mistakes. "We disagree with the NFL's position with regards to Jaylon Ferguson," the statement read. "Jaylon is a great person who made a mistake four years ago before he started playing college football. He was involved in a scuffle that resulted in him being charged with misdemeanor simple battery. He received a deferred judgment and a $189 fine, a proper punishment for a fight between two teenagers," the statement said. - Monroe News Star
02/14/19- *Nick Bosa, Jr, Ohio State, 6-4, 263 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
02/14/19- *Joe Jackson, Jr, Miami (FL), 6-5, 265 Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: Second Day (Future) Starter: Joe Jackson, Miami: The 2018 season was a disappointing one for Miami fans but don't blame Jackson, who led the team in sacks, ranking the third consecutive year in which he topped the Hurricanes in either quarterback takedowns, tackles for loss, total stops (among defensive linemen) or all three. While lacking the national name recognition of some of the other top-rated defensive ends in this remarkable 2019 class, Jackson is well respected by scouts, likely earning a top 64 selection and projecting as a future starter. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/14/19- John Cominsky, rSr, Charleston, 6-5, 286 Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: Third Day Sleeper: John Cominsky, Charleston: It is easy to understand why Cominsky fell through the cracks on the recruiting trail as he signed on with the Golden Eagles as a 218 pound option quarterback before building himself into a rock-solid 286 pound monster in the weight room. One has to dominate at the D-II level to earn an invitation to the prestigious Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine and that is precisely what Cominsky did, racking up an eye-popping 140 tackles, including 39.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks over the past two seasons. He is the first player from Charleston to ever be invited to the Combine and would be the first player ever drafted into the NFL from this program, as well, projecting best as a two-gapping defensive end for an odd front. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/13/19- Darius Fullwood, rJr, William & Mary, 6-2, 274 In completing his first recruiting class as William and Mary's head coach, Mike London announced the addition of 10 incoming freshmen - from as nearby as Hampton and as far away as Poland. The Tribe added four linemen, two on either side of the ball. The largest is 6-foot-4, 331-pound Rian Haigler from Laurel, Md., who London said can play guard, tackle or center. W&M added a graduate transfer in defensive tackle Darius Fullwood, who played nine games for Virginia Tech last season. He has one year of eligibility remaining. - Dave Johnson, Contact Reporter
02/13/19- Carl Granderson, Sr, Wyoming, 6-5, 246 Former University of Wyoming football standout Carl Granderson has been charged with sexual assault, according to a university statement. According to the school, charges of third-degree sexual assault and sexual battery were filed against Granderson this week in Albany County Circuit Court stemming from an off-campus incident that occurred after the season. In response to public records requests seeking files on the case, the Star-Tribune was informed by circuit court clerks as well as the Albany County Attorney's Office that Wyoming law requires the case to be transferred to district court before charges are released publicly. A circuit court clerk said the case had not been bound over as of Thursday afternoon. According to the court, Granderson is being represented in the case through Pence and MacMillan, a law firm with offices in Laramie, Cheyenne and Sheridan. However, a circuit court clerk could not specify which attorney at the firm is representing Granderson. A message left Thursday with the firm's Laramie office seeking comment was not returned Thursday. - Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune
01/11/19- *Clelin Ferrell, rJr, Clemson, 6-4, 265 Clemson's national championship front four is off to the NFL. All-American defensive end Clelin Ferrell made it a clean sweep of top-round prospects, joining All-American tackle Christian Wilkins, tackle Dexter Lawrence and end Austin Bryant in heading to the draft. Ferrell, Wilkins and Bryant all passed on the pros last season for a final year in college. And the group made it count with a 15-0 season and a 44-16 beatdown of Alabama in the national title game Monday night. Wilkins and Bryant were seniors this year while the suspended Lawrence, who missed Clemson's two College Football Playoff games after testing positive for a banned substance, declared his intention to leave Wednesday.
Ferrell is a 6-foot-4, 265-pound defender who is generally considered a top-10 NFL prospect and the first Tiger expected to be taken next spring. Ferrell said Monday night when asked about his future how difficult it would be to leave Clemson, where he has helped the team win two national crowns in the past three seasons. "Understand how hard it is for write a letter like this," Ferrell said in announcing his choice. "Because it means the coming to an end of a truly life-changing experience." Clemson will have to replace at least seven starters on defense next season. Along with its four linemen, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and linebacker Tre Lamar gave up their final college season to turn pro. Linebacker Kendall Joseph was a senior starter. The group helped Clemson lead the country in sacks and was dominant up front in the Tigers' win over Alabama. - AP College Football
01/09/19- Kenny Willekes, Jr, Michigan State, 6-3, 260 Michigan State defensive lineman Kenny Willekes says he's returning for his senior season. Willekes, who broke his leg in the Spartans' Redbox Bowl loss to Oregon, said on Twitter on Tuesday night that he doesn't want his career at Michigan State to end that way. Michigan State had a disappointing season in 2018, but the defense largely did its job. Willekes led the Spartans with 8½ sacks. - AP College Football
11/27/18- *Rashan Gary, Jr, Michigan, 6-4, 283 Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary announced Monday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Gary is listed as No. 9 on NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang's most recent mock and No. 6 on his Big Board. Gary would still have one more year of eligibility after this season. The 6-foot-5, 287-pound New Jersey native made his decision known in a YouTube video posted on his Twitter page Monday, two days removed from the Wolverines' 62-39 loss to rival Ohio State. "I would like to thank my higher power, my family, the University of Michigan, the students and the fans," Gary said in the video. "I will be foregoing my senior season to make a dream come true to declare for the draft. Thank you. Go Blue."
Gary has 44 tackles this season, including seven for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He was hampered by a shoulder injury he sustained shortly before the team's game against Notre Dame on Sept. 1. In his three-year Michigan career, Gary has 136 tackles, including 23.5 for loss, 10 sacks and one forced fumble. Gary was a first-team All-Big Ten player after the 2017 season and the recipient of Michigan's Richard Katcher Award, presented annually to the team's top defensive lineman/linebacker. It is not immediately known if Gary will participate in Michigan's upcoming bowl game. The Wolverines will learn which bowl they will play in on Sunday. - The Sports Xchange
11/21/18- John Singleton, rFr, Gardner-Webb, 6-4, 240 2018 BIG SOUTH DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: John Singleton, DL, R-Fr., Gardner-Webb,...Singleton led all Big South freshmen defensive lineman with 51 tackles and 3.0 sacks, and finished third overall in tackles along the defensive front. He ranked seventh in the conference in sacks, and in league games he was third with 27 stops and among the Top 10 in quarterback sacks. Singleton had nine tackles, 3.0 TFL and a sack at Charleston Southern, and made 10 stops vs. nationally-ranked Wofford. He also posted six hits and a sack at Appalachian State, while his first career sack was against nationally-ranked North Carolina A&T. Singleton recorded at least six tackles in a game five times in 2018. He received 16 total points and five first-place votes in the Defensive Freshman of the Year voting to edge out Presbyterian's Jarrett Nagy (15 points and four first-place votes) and Campbell's Dorian Jones (12 points and five first-place votes). - Big South Football
11/20/18- Zach Allen, Sr, Boston College, 6-4, 280 NOV 19 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Zach Allen, Boston College, Sr., DE; New Canaan, Conn.,...Second ACC weekly honor of the season for Allen, who made multiple big plays for Boston College in the 22-21 loss at Florida State ... Finished with six tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry and a field goal attempt ... The blocked kick was Allen's second of the season. - ACC Football
11/20/18- Chase Winovich, rSr, Michigan, 6-3, 255 Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh declined to say Monday if he expects star defensive end Chase Winovich to play at No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday. Winovich appeared to hurt his left shoulder Saturday against Indiana. He left the game in the third quarter and did not return. Harbaugh said Winovich will be evaluated every day, but gave no indication whether he will be on the field for the fourth-ranked Wolverines. Winovich posted on his Instagram account Sunday night, saying "To those who celebrated what they thought would be my demise, I'll be back." Winovich was named an AP midseason All-American and is a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, which recognizes the nation's top defensive player. - AP College Football
11/19/18- T.J. Winslow, rSr, Harding, 6-3, 250 2018 GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: T.J. Winslow, DE, Harding,...Winslow headed up seven Harding Bisons named to the All-GAC First Team. The GAC coaches voted him to the First Team by unanimous consent. He led the conference with 9.5 sacks and ranked second with three forced fumbles. The Harding defense ranked second in the nation in yards allowed and points allowed per game. - Great American Conference Football
11/14/18- Nelson Louis, rFr, Tusculum, 6-2, 265 2018 SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Nelson Louis, Tusculum,...Louis, a freshman defensive lineman from Moultrie, Ga., had a fantastic season for the Pioneers. He had 53 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, six sacks, a forced fumble and he broke up a pass. He finished the regular season ranked sixth in the conference in sacks and third among the Pioneers in tackles. - South Atlantic Conference Football
11/12/18- *Maxx Crosby, Jr, Eastern Michigan, 6-4, 247 NOV 12 MAC WEST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eastern Michigan DE Maxx Crosby,...Eastern Michigan junior defensive end Maxx Crosby (Colleyville, Texas) totaled an interception return for a score, one sack, eight tackles and three tackles for loss in a 27-7 win over Akron, on Saturday, Nov. 10. Crosby picked off Akron's Alex Ramart's pass at the one and returned it for the score to make it 17-7 in the fourth quarter. Eastern Michigan's defense limited the Zips to just 90 yards of total offense while forcing 10 three-and-outs. The last time the EMU defense gave up that few of yards total offense was Nov. 14, 1970, in a 60-0 shutout of Ball State (24 total yards). The defense extended its streak of not allowing an offensive score to eight quarters, for the first time since 1970. Crosby moved into a tie for second all-time at Eastern Michigan with 20.0 career sacks, which is tied with Pat O'Connor (2011-16). Crosby has 39.5 career tackles for loss for the second-most in school history. - MAC Football
11/12/18- Mark Shannon, Fr, Shaw, 6-0, 260 2018 CIAA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Mark Shannon, Shaw,...The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its Football Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association, released the 2018 All-CIAA First, Second, and Honorable Mention Football Teams as well as All-Rookie Team on Friday (11/9) afternoon. 15 Bulldogs Earned 2018 All-Conference Honors. As for the All-Rookie Team, Shaw had two players make the list including freshman offensive lineman Tyrese Bobbitt (Creedmoor, NC) and defensive lineman Mark Shannon (Greensboro, NC). Bobbitt played an instrumental part of the offensive line at the center position while Shannon recorded nine tackles (1.1 tackles per game), four tackle for losses and one sack. - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football
11/10/18- *Maxx Crosby, Jr, Eastern Michigan, 6-4, 247 Eastern Michigan intercepted Akron on three straight possessions, including one returned for a touchdown by Maxx Crosby, and the Eagles became bowl eligible with a 27-7 victory over Akron on Saturday. With EMU (6-5, 4-3 Mid-American) leading 10-7 late in the third quarter, Kevin McGill leaped to make a one-handed pick of Alex Ramart's pass at the Eagles' 11-yard line. That interception didn't result in a score but the Eagles' punt to the Akron 1 set up Crosby's pick for a touchdown. On the first play on the Zips' ensuing possession, Vince Calhoun intercepted a deep pass and returned it 39 yards to the Akron 6 and Breck Taylor ran for a touchdown on the next play for a 24-7 lead. Ian Eriksen had EMU's other touchdown with a 1-yard run in the first quarter. The Zips (4-5, 2-4) held a 10-7 halftime lead after Jeremiah Knight's 70-yard punt return with 2:16 left before the break. EMU outgained Akron 384-90. Ramart was just 4 of 15 for 29 yards passing and the three interceptions. - AP College Football
11/05/18- *Rashan Gary, Jr, Michigan, 6-4, 283 DE Rashan Gary returned to action last week after missing three games with a shoulder injury. The junior had two tackles and a quarterback hurry, that coming on the first play from scrimmage.
11/05/18- Kyle Phillips, Sr, Tennessee, 6-4, 272 DE Kyle Phillips continues to terrorize opposing offensive lines, registering four tackles (two for a loss), a sack and a pair of broken up passes against Charlotte. The senior is riding out his final year on Rocky Top with a full resume that includes 37 tackles (five for loss) and three sacks, to go along with a fumble recovery, three passes broken up, and a pick-six interception against Alabama.
11/05/18- Nick Coe, rSo, Auburn, 6-4, 282 NOV 5 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Nick Coe, DL, Auburn,...Three tackles including 1.0 sacks, 2.0 tackles for loss (minus 14), a forced fumble and two pressures...His strip sack on the last play of the game sealed the come-from-behind victory for the Tigers....All of his tackles were third (4) or fourth (1) down stops...Led all defensive players with 43 production points. - SEC Football
11/05/18- Anree Saint-Amour, Sr, Georgia Tech, 6-2, 245 NOV 5 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Anree Saint-Amour, Georgia Tech, Sr., DE, Suwanee, Ga.,...Saint-Amour set career highs with nine tackles and three quarterback hurries and made a terrific play for a game-clinching interception in Georgia Tech's 38-28 win at North Carolina ... Saint-Amour's career-high nine tackles included one for loss ... With Georgia Tech clinging to a 35-28 lead and less than three minutes to play, Saint-Amour dropped off the line of scrimmage and into coverage to make his decisive interception ... Returned the interception 16 yards, which set up a 22-yard field goal that put the game out of reach with 46 seconds to go ... He also had one pass breakup. - ACC Football
11/05/18- Alex Highsmith, rJr, Charlotte, 6-3, 244 NOV 5 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Charlotte redshirt junior DE Alex Highsmith keyed a huge defensive effort that held Tennessee to the Volunteers' season-low of 192 yards of total offense and 20 yards rushing, along with just one offensive touchdown. Highsmith had seven tackles (4 solo) and created havoc in the backfield with 4.0 tackle for loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. His 4.0 TFL are the most this season by a 49er and the second-most in Conference USA this year. With 12.5 TFL on the year, Highsmith has moved up to fourth place in C-USA. - Conference USA Football
10/29/18- *Nick Bosa, Jr, Ohio State, 6-4, 263 Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa agrees with his younger brother Nick's decision to leave Ohio State early to focus on getting ready for the NFL draft. Nick Bosa suffered a core muscle injury on Sept. 15 against TCU. He had surgery five days later, and some had hoped the 6-foot-4, 263-pound junior could return late in the season. But Bosa announced on Oct. 16 that his Ohio State career was over. Joey Bosa said the entire family discussed the matter and that they all came to the same agreement. "You have to understand that it is a business and he has to take care of himself," Joey Bosa said Monday as the Chargers returned to practice following a bye week. "If anyone had the opportunity to hit the lottery tomorrow, would anyone risk that? He has that opportunity. There is a difference between high draft stock and No. 1 pick in the draft." - AP College Football
10/29/18- Chase Winovich, rSr, Michigan, 6-3, 255 Chase Winovich chose to stay in college to pursue championships and improve his standing for the NFL draft. No. 5 Michigan seems to have a clear path to a Big Ten title and perhaps the College Football Playoff. And the defensive end appears to be improving his stock among pro scouts. The fifth-year senior also is having a lot of fun along the way, trying to live his life like UFC superstar Conor McGregor, whom he has befriended. "Conor and I have somewhat of a relationship now," Winovich said Monday. "I met him in New York City. I've FaceTimed him twice. He follows me on Twitter. It's a pretty cool deal. He's a big brother of mine."
Like McGregor, Winovich has a way with words and an ability to make headlines and stir things up on social media. He's doing it again leading into Saturday's game at home against No. 14 Penn State. The Nittany Lions are one of four Big Ten teams that beat the Wolverines in 2017, making their game a stop on what Winovich has called a "revenge tour" this season. "We knew we had revenge to give out on the people who were kind of bullying us, I'd say, just beating up on us last year," Winovich said. "They kind of took advantage. We were kind of in an in-between year and something about that gave me a bad taste in my mouth. "I knew me, personally, I wanted our lunch money back and I wanted them to pay interest." When asked about collecting interest, Winovich wouldn't elaborate. "That's a baited question," he said with a grin. "I can't give that to Penn State."
10/29/18- D.J. Wonnum, Jr, South Carolina, 6-4, 258 OCT 29 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: D.J. Wonnum, DL, South Carolina,...Junior defensive end D.J. Wonnum returned to the lineup 27-24 win over Tennessee and made his presence felt with a pair of sacks, including one in the waning minutes to seal the victory...It was Wonnum's first appearance since the season opener, as he left that contest with a foot injury and had not played since. - SEC Football