02/15/19- Tua Tagovailoa, So, Alabama, 6-1, 218 Steve Sarkisian is returning to Alabama as offensive coordinator, a position he held for the 2016 team in the national championship game loss to Clemson. Alabama coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Sarkisian and six other assistants on Friday, along with the promotion of Pete Golding to defensive coordinator. Sarkisian took over the offense before that title game played in January 2017 after Lane Kiffin left following the semifinals to begin duties as Florida Atlantic's head coach. The former Southern California head coach then left to become offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. Falcons coach Dan Quinn fired Sarkisian and his defensive and special teams coordinators after a 7-9 season. - AP College Football
02/15/19- Jack Allison, rSo, West Virginia, 6-5, 203 West Virginia football coach Neal Brown said Wednesday that Jack Allison, Austin Kendall and Trey Lowe will all get a look to be the Mountaineers' starting quarterback next season. Everyone will get a fair shake in West Virginia's quarterback competition, but that doesn't mean it should be expected to drag on longer than necessary. Making an appearance on MetroNews Sportsline, new WVU coach Neal Brown discussed his philosophy for sorting through quarterback competitions dating back to his stint as Troy's offensive coordinator in 2008. "Every competition we've had going back to 2008, it's 'make a decision when it's clear,'" Brown said. "Don't try to trick the guys in that room."
All three scholarship quarterbacks on roster will have an opportunity to demonstrate their strengths this spring. Brown said he'll ask Jack Allison, Austin Kendall and Trey Lowe to each pick plays they feel most comfortable running. "Jack, tell me some pass plays you really liked. Austin, what were some of your favorite things at Oklahoma? Trey, what did you like as you learned the system and got comfortable last year?" Brown said. "You build your offense, as far as calling plays, around the quarterback and offensive line. We want use what our quarterbacks are most comfortable with and stuff that's worked for us in the past, as well. It's going to be kind of a group effort as far as forming what we're going to do." - The Dominion Post
02/15/19- Drew Lock, Sr, Missouri, 6-4, 223 Missouri is officially fighting back against the NCAA. MU has filed its notice of appeal with the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee, the University announced Thursday. On Jan. 31, the NCAA bestowed penalties on Missouri for academic fraud that included a one-year postseason ban for the football, baseball and softball teams, and scholarship reductions. "We believe that the Committee on Infractions abused its discretion in applying penalties to the University of Missouri Athletics program, and we look forward to appearing before the Appeals Committee in the future to present our case," Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said in a news release. "Mizzou's case involved an isolated incident within our program, however, the penalties applied are overly harsh, not in line with established precedent and negatively impact student-athletes who chose to attend the University of Missouri and had nothing to do with the actions of one rogue individual. "It appears that our cooperation throughout this process went largely unnoticed, which I believe will have a chilling effect and force other institutions to take a different approach in dealing with these type issues, which will not be in the best interest of the NCAA or intercollegiate athletics." - Columbia Daily Tribune
02/14/19- *Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, Ohio State, 6-2, 220 Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: A First Round Prototype: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State,...A strong-armed pocket passer who makes quick, accurate decisions with the football and shows great anticipation, Haskins performance this past season earned him 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year, Third Team All-American honors, the Rose Bowl MVP and a trip to NYC as a Heisman Trophy finalist. He does an excellent job progressing through his reads and sprays the ball all over the field. In addition, he can make every throw in the book and shows a natural feel for the game. Haskins has the potential to be a Pro Bowl caliber signal-caller at the next level. - Ric Serritella, NFLDraftScout.com
02/14/19- *Jarrett Stidham, rJr, Auburn, 6-2, 214 Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: Second Day (Future) Starter: Jarrett Stidham, Auburn: It was a strenuous season for Stidham, who saw his draft stock plummet this past season due to some shaky performances in big time spots. However, his potential and skill-set are still comparable to some of the higher-rated quarterbacks in this year's draft class, so it wouldn't be surprising if he outplays some of them in the long run. He had a sharp week of practice at the Senior Bowl, showcasing his ability to line up under center and demonstrating fundamentally sound footwork during his three, five and seven-step drops. Any team in need of a quarterback but fails to select one early on could find Stidham to be a handsome consolation prize. - Ric Serritella, NFLDraftScout.com
02/14/19- *Tyree Jackson, rJr, Buffalo, 6-7, 249 Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: Third Day Sleeper: Tyrone Jackson, Buffalo: A raw talent with all the tools necessary to be a starter at the next level, he has big upside because of his size and arm strength and is the ultimate wild card in this year's draft. Jackson possesses a howitzer and is able to launch 70-yard rockets with a simple flick of the wrist. Plus, showed that he responded well to coaching during his time at the Senior Bowl, he was one of the most improved players as the week wore on. Some scouts view Jackson to have the greatest ceiling of any quarterback in this year's class, if allowed to sit for a few years, he could possibly develop into a starting quarterback. Jackson will be intriguing for NFL teams who have an aging quarterback and are looking to groom a successor. - Ric Serritella, NFLDraftScout.com
02/14/19- Mike Beaudry, rFr, Connecticut, 6-4, 240 Just like every college football program across the country, the University of West Florida coaching staff has spent the last few weeks since their season ended conducting exit interviews with returning players. Wednesday, one of those interviews was between UWF head coach and quarterback Mike Beaudry, one of the premiere talents in NCAA Division II. The news Beaudry delivered would leave Shinnick blindsided - the centerpiece of the Argos' offense would be leaving UWF with two (possibly three) years of eligibility remaining to try and play for a Division I program.
Beaudry, who led UWF to the NCAA Division II championship game in 2017, was the first signee in program history in 2015 and his development was one of the keys to the Argos' rise to national prominence in just their second season. This year, however, did not go quite as planned. UWF opened the season at No. 2 in the nation, but lost Beaudry after a serious foot injury in the first quarter of the season opener against Carson-Newman and the Argos stumbled to a 6-5 finish, losing four of their last five games. "He said he wanted to play (Division I)" Shinnick said. "He said this is about the opportunity to go play at (a Division I school). And he feels that gives him the best opportunity for his future. - Bill Vilona, Pensacola News Journal
02/14/19- Devon Moore, rSo, South Dakota, 6-3, 225 Former Waterloo West star Devon Moore announced on Twitter Thursday that he is transferring to the University of South Dakota. Moore choice comes two weeks after he announced he was leaving the Iowa State football program where he spent his first two collegiate seasons. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound left-handed quarterback was Matt Campbell's first official commitment back in 2015. But after tearing an ACL during his freshman season, Moore had found himself behind four other ISU quarterbacks this season - senior Kyle Kempt, and a pair of true freshman Re-al Mitchell and Brock Purdy, who started ISU's last seven games. The Cyclones also lost sophomore Zeb Noland, who replaced the injured Kempt, and then was replaced by Purdy. Noland announced he was leaving the program in November. Moore lead West to an 8-2 season in 2016, completing 147 of 235 passes for 2,331 yards. - WCFCourier.com
02/13/19- Willie Jones III, So, Texas State, 6-2, 190 Texas State quarterback Willie Jones will transfer to Kilgore College, according to a report from the Statesman's Keff Ciardello. Jones was the primary starting quarterback to open the 2018 season, but struggled with injuries throughout the year. He completed 56.5 percent of his passes for 984 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions as a sophomore. Jones added 402 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
The Silsbee product threw more than 10 pass attempts in five games a season ago. In those games, he averaged 191 passing yards per game and 7.8 yards per pass attempt. Jones' best performance came against Georgia State, when he threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns, and added another 62 yards and a score on the ground. However, Texas State hired West Virginia offensive coordinator Jake Spavital as its new head coach earlier in the offseason. Jones isn't an ideal fit in Spavital's air raid system, which doesn't often utilize dual-threat quarterbacks. With Jones' departure, Texas State has four scholarship quarterbacks heading into the 2019 season. - Shehan Jeyarajah, Texas Football.com
02/13/19- Kasim Hill, rFr, Maryland, 6-2, 234 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- *Kyler Murray, rJr, Oklahoma, 5-10, 195 When Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma last season, the Oakland Athletics knew there was a chance he might chose football over baseball. That is exactly what happened. On the day the A's started spring training workouts, Murray said he will pursue a career in the NFL. "I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback," Murray tweeted. "Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships. I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft."
Murray passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns last season as the Sooners landed a second straight College Football Playoff berth. He ran for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores, posting the second-best passer efficiency rating in Bowl Subdivision history. He declared himself eligible for April's NFL draft last month. He is not a prototypical NFL quarterback at just 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, but his skills make him an intriguing option. The A's thought so, too. Murray was the ninth overall pick in last June's baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland for a $4.66 million signing bonus. The deal called for him to receive $1.5 million after approval last summer by Major League Baseball and $3.16 million on March 1. Murray must return six-sevenths of the money he received, or $1,285,714. - AP College Football
02/12/19- Gage Gubrud, rSr, Washington State, 6-1, 205 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
02/12/19- Justin Fields, So, Ohio State, 6-2, 225 Quarterback Justin Fields has been granted a waiver that will allow him to play immediately for Ohio State after transferring from Georgia. The former five-star recruit transferred to the Buckeyes after he got stuck behind Jake Fromm on Georgia's depth chart. Ohio State announced Friday that the NCAA has approved Fields' request for a waiver of the rule requiring transfers to sit out a year. Fields is expected to compete for the starting quarterback spot after Dwayne Haskins Jr. left early to enter the NFL draft.
Fields was the target of a racial slur from a Georgia baseball player during a football game in September, and there was speculation the incident would become part of his appeal for a waiver. The NCAA can grant immediate eligibility to a transferring player who has "documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete's control and directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete." In a statement issued by Ohio State on Friday, Fields said speculation about his transfer "took on a life of its own." "I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program," Fields said. "My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA's commitment to diversity and inclusion." He said he would not make any further comments about his transfer and looks forward to preparing for the season. - AP College Football
02/10/19- Shane Buechele, rJr, Southern Methodist, 6-1, 210 Texas backup quarterback Shane Buechele will transfer to SMU once he graduates in May. Buechele placed his name in the NCAA transfer database last month but didn't reveal his destination until an announcement on Twitter on Thursday. Buechele was the Longhorns starter in 2016 when he set several Texas freshman passing records. He was No. 2 behind Sam Ehlinger this past season as Texas went 10-4 and beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Buechele played in two games in 2018 when Ehlinger injured his throwing shoulder, and guided Texas to wins over Baylor and Iowa State. Because he was still able to redshirt last season, he will have two seasons of eligibility at SMU as a graduate transfer. His departure will leave Texas with no quarterbacks with any game experience behind Ehlinger next season. - AP College Football
02/08/19- Zach Wilson, Fr, Brigham Young, 6-2, 205 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
02/05/19- Deondre Francois, rJr, Florida State, 6-0, 215 Deondre Francois' uncle said the former Florida State starting quarterback has entered his name in the NCAA transfer database and hopes to play again after "a couple of bad decisions." Putting his name on the list allows other schools to contact Francois, who was dismissed by the Seminoles on Sunday by coach Willie Taggart after a social media post included audio of an alleged argument between the quarterback and his girlfriend. Pat Julmiste, Francois' uncle, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the audio is old, that his nephew is no longer dating the woman and that no incident occurred last weekend. "I just want people to know that the image painted on Deondre is not him," Julmiste said. "He's a great kid. He made a couple of bad decisions that affected him big time. He's not a womanizer. He's not a woman beater."
In January 2018, Francois was investigated for a domestic dispute with his girlfriend but no arrest was made. A month later, Francois was investigated and local police seized 17 grams of a marijuana/tobacco mixture from his bedroom. That investigation ended with Francois entering a diversion program. Francois was the Seminoles' starting quarterback last season, completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 2,731 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions but the Seminoles struggled in Taggart's first year and finished 5-7. - AP College Football
01/29/19- *Kyler Murray, rJr, Oklahoma, 5-10, 195 The Oakland Athletics remain hopeful of seeing Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray in their uniform when spring training begins next month. While the Oklahoma quarterback declared for the NFL draft last week, the prized outfielder and 2018 first-round draft pick could report to A's spring training in Mesa, Arizona. He has an invite to big league camp. "As we're sitting here right now we expect him to be in spring training," A's manager Bob Melvin said Friday, a day before the club's Fan Fest. "Now, look, he has opened up some doors for himself that the world is literally his oyster right now, and I will be for whatever he chooses to do. The football thing, you win the Heisman Trophy and you get drafted in the first round, how often does that happen? He is that type of athlete and he's going to have a great career in whatever he chooses to do, and we will support whatever he chooses to do. But at this point in time we haven't heard anything different and I'm expecting him to be in spring training. If something changes in the meantime then we deal with it." - AP College Football
01/29/19- *Daniel Jones, rJr, Duke, 6-5, 220 Daniel Jones got his bad Senior Bowl moments out of the way long before kickoff. The Duke quarterback threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score in the third quarter to lead the North to a 34-24 victory over the South Saturday, putting a nice finishing touch on the weeklong job interview with NFL teams. "Just showing the poise and showing kind of a comfort in the offense is something they wanted to see," Jones said. "At times, I'm not sure I did great with that, to be honest. But here in the game, I think I did get comfortable and I got into a rhythm. Hopefully that showed them something and showed them I had the ability to do that and had the resiliency to do that." Projected as a likely first-round pick , Jones turned in an efficient 8-of-11, 115-yard passing performance. Then, North Carolina State's Ryan Finley took over in the fourth quarter with similar results. Jones, one of 11 junior graduates in the game, and Finley ignited a North team that trailed 12-3 at halftime only to score on its first five drives of the second half. He at least had the comfort of a familiar city since Jones is training in Mobile with David Morris at QB Country leading up to the combine. - AP College Football
01/29/19- Will Grier, rSr, West Virginia, 6-2, 218 Will Grier became a star quarterback at West Virginia, but knows NFL teams also want his take on what happened at Florida. It's something he's addressing with them this week at the Senior Bowl. Grier received a yearlong suspension in 2015 as a redshirt freshman for violating the NCAA's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He wound up leaving Florida and landing with the Mountaineers. He says it "was an unfortunate thing that really hurt me. I poured my heart and soul into that program. I wanted to stay there. I poured my heart and soul into those teammates. I pride myself on outworking everybody, and it was really rough on me. I felt like I let my teammates down. " Grier says he has had "thousands of drug tests since then and never had another issue. It's not who I am, and I would never let my teammates down in any circumstances again. That's one of the things I learned." Grier is recovering from an ankle injury that led to him sitting out West Virginia's bowl game. He predicts it will be "full go" in time for the combine. - AP College Football
01/29/19- Brett Rypien, Sr, Boise State, 6-2, 204 Brett Rypien displayed some of his pedigree in the East-West Shrine Game. Rypien and Easton Stick each threw a touchdown pass to help the West beat the East 21-17 on Saturday. Rypien, a Boise State product and nephew of Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, was 10 of 14 for 134 yards. Scouts from a number of NFL teams talked with Rypien during a week of workouts preceding the game. "Overall it was a great week," Rypien said. "I thought I came down here and did what I needed to do as far as what I wanted to show the scouts."
Stick, from North Dakota State, completed 5 of 8 passes for 51 yards. Purdue's David Blough had two touchdowns and 149 yards on 10-of-15 passing. "It was a good day," Blough said. "I think we had a good opportunity to showcase what I can do, so that was special. I'm thankful for it all and I'm just glad I got to be a part of." Rypien connected on a 22-yard scoring strike with LSU's Nick Brossette during the first drive of the game. "Thought I was pretty accurate with the ball for the most part," Rypien said. - AP College Football
01/29/19- Tate Martell, rFr, Miami (FL), 5-11, 210 Tate Martell greeted a few well-wishers in the airport after arriving in South Florida, then stopped to pick up a coffee and a sandwich. The baristas, noticing the crowd around him, asked his name. If Martell gets his way, they'll know his name - and his game - soon enough. The former Ohio State quarterback is in the final stages of enrolling at Miami, arriving with four pieces of luggage on Thursday afternoon after flying in from Columbus to his new home. The plan is for him to complete his academic registration process no later than Friday, and start taking classes there right away.
"It was pretty wild and pretty quick," Martell told The Associated Press, speaking of the whirlwind that saw him leave the Buckeyes for the Hurricanes. "But it was something I needed to get done, obviously, in a short time. And with school starting I had to get it done fast." Martell announced his plans to transfer to Miami early Wednesday. He redshirted as a true freshman at Ohio State in 2017, and completed 23 of 28 passes in six appearances as Dwayne Haskins' backup for the Buckeyes this past season. Martell's transfer out of Ohio State came less than two weeks after former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields announced that he would be joining the Buckeyes. After arriving in South Florida, Martell said he's only looking forward to what awaits at Miami. "I'm just happy to be where I'm at now, focused on going and competing down here and doing my thing," Martell said Thursday. - AP College Football
01/29/19- Sam Ehlinger, So, Texas, 6-2, 235 Texas is set at quarterback with Sam Ehlinger, who had a breakout season in 2018. It is the depth chart behind him that has suddenly become a concern for coach Tom Herman as the wave of players exploring their options to move has reached the Longhorns. Experienced backup Shane Buechele entered the NCAA transfer database Thursday and could be playing somewhere else next season. Freshman Cameron Rising has left the team and plans to transfer. Another touted freshman backup, Casey Thompson, took to Twitter on Thursday to knock down a report that he'd told the team he'll be back next season and said he hasn't made up his mind. - AP College Football
01/29/19- Jalen Hurts, Jr, Oklahoma, 6-1, 218 Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley could not help but admire Jalen Hurts from a distance. He respected how the Alabama quarterback who lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa put the team above his pride. Hurts could have transferred right after Alabama went another direction, as so many quarterbacks do these days. Instead, he stuck it out and delivered a moment for the ages. After Tagovailoa went down with an injured ankle during the SEC title game against Georgia, Hurts rallied the Crimson Tide to victory. "Could not be more impressed with Jalen Hurts, how he handled that," Riley said as Oklahoma prepared to face Alabama in the playoff last month. "Big fan of that kid and how that entire situation was managed."
Riley will get to know Hurts a lot better soon: The quarterback announced Wednesday in a story in the Players' Tribune that he will transfer to Oklahoma. He will be available immediately as a graduate transfer. "So to my about-to-be family in Norman, I truly appreciate you for bringing me on board. Y'all don't know me yet... but just for now, to introduce myself: I'm a motivated coach's son from the Eastside of Houston, and I love to play ball," Hurts wrote. Hurts leaves Alabama with 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns passing and 1,976 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing. If he starts for the Sooners in their wide-open offense, more huge numbers are possible. - AP College Football
01/29/19- Tate Martell, rFr, Miami (FL), 5-11, 210 Quarterback Tate Martell says he is transferring from Ohio State to Miami. Martell announced on Twitter early Wednesday: "I'm a Hurricane." Martell had entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal last week and was free to be approached by schools about a potential move. Martell, who will be a third-year sophomore, sat behind record-setting Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. last season. Martell appeared to be the heir apparent when Haskins left early for the NFL draft, but Ohio State lured Georgia transfer Justin Fields to compete for the starting spot. By heading to Miami, Martell will join former high school teammates Brevin Jordan and Bubba Bolden. Martell posted a picture with his tweet of himself and the two other players from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, saying, "right back like we never left... ." Bolden said last week he was transferring from USC to Miami. Jordan played with the Hurricanes last season. - AP College Football
01/29/19- Ben Hicks, rJr, Arkansas, 6-1, 220 Former SMU quarterback Ben Hicks will play his final year at Arkansas. Hicks made the announcement on Twitter. He will reunite with Arkansas coach Chad Morris and coordinator Joe Craddock, who recruited him to SMU in 2015. Hicks is SMU's all-time leader with 9,081 yards and 71 touchdown passes. Last season, he completed 208 of 372 passes for 2,582 yards, with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Opportunity is knocking for Hicks. Cole Kelley has transferred from Arkansas to Southeastern Louisiana and senior Ty Storey's name is in the NCAA transfer database. They combined for 11 starts in 2018 as Arkansas sputtered to a 2-10 finish. The Razorbacks still have redshirt freshmen Connor Noland and John Stephen Jones and redshirt sophomore Daulton Hyatt. KJ Jefferson also has signed with the program. - AP College Football