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02/14/19- Juwan Johnson, rJr, Oregon, 6-3, 225
Former Penn State wideout Juwan Johnson announced last month he was transferring from Happy Valley and, on Thursday, he finally announced his new destination - Oregon. Johnson wrote on Twitter he'll spend his final season of eligibility with the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Ore. He'll be able to play immediately. The 6-foot-4 wideout leaves Penn State after a disappointing 2018 campaign. Johnson generated tons of preseason hype - one analyst projected him to be a top-10 NFL draft pick in 2019 - but he finished his redshirt junior season with just 25 catches for 352 yards and one touchdown. - Josh Moyer, Centre Daily Times

02/14/19- Justin Gibbs, rSo, Austin Peay, 6-1, 214
The Ball State football team will look a lot different in 2019. The Cardinals had one of the smallest senior classes in the country, but they have also lost nine players due to transfers. A 3-star recruit from Georgia, Gibbs was the highest rated recruit from that 2017 class. He had 22 offers in high school, including from the likes of Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Mississippi State. But for reasons unknown, he never stepped onto the field at Ball State. He was ranked ahead of Justin Hall, who made an immediate impact as a true freshman and started most of this season too. Gibbs redshirted as a freshman and did not play this season. - Ryan O'Gara, Muncie Star Press

02/13/19- Cam Sullivan-Brown, rFr, Penn State, 6-0, 188
Cam Sullivan-Brown might be playing elsewhere in 2019. Sullivan-Brown, a rising redshirt sophomore wide receiver, has reportedly entered his name in the transfer portal, according to SEC Network's Cole Cubelic and Lions 247's Sean Fitz. If he were to leave, the 6-foot, 188-pounder would be Penn State's 13th transfer of the offseason. Of course, Sullivan-Brown doesn't have to leave; Penn State safety Lamont Wade entered his name into the portal and later announced that he was staying in Happy Valley. But even if he doesn't depart, the former four-star wideout's decision to explore elsewhere in the first place is curious. Sullivan-Brown started in 2018. Sure, it was one game. But the Maryland native saw the field when Juwan Johnson dealt with drops and injuries. And in 2019, Sullivan-Brown was expected to compete for time yet again with Johnson transferring elsewhere. - Phoebe Sheehan, CentreDaily.com

02/13/19- Javon McKinley, rSo, Notre Dame, 6-2, 219
Javon McKinley, a reserve wide receiver at Notre Dame, was charged Monday with three misdemeanors, including two Class A counts of battery, after being arrested by campus police early Sunday. According to the probable cause affidavit filed in St. Joseph County Superior Court, McKinley, 20, punched two University of Notre Dame Security Police officers: Adis Ibrekic and Lt. Laurie Steffen. The officers tried to help McKinley to his dorm, according to the affadavit, after he was found unresponsive in the backseat of an Uber vehicle shortly before 4 a.m.

McKinley, 6-2 and 215 pounds, reportedly "required a series of (sternum) rubs to regain consciousness" and began walking to his dorm with the officers' assistance. He then stopped walking, at which point the officers reportedly said they could smell alcohol on his breath. According to the report, McKinley, "unsteady on his feet," then "tensed up" and tried to leave in the opposite direction of his dorm. Officers were concerned about McKinley "trying to wander off onto campus in his condition." - Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star

02/13/19- Lawrence Cager, rJr, Georgia, 6-4, 220
Georgia landed a potential impact graduate transfer target for Jake Fromm on Friday night. Lawrence Cager, who grabbed a team-high six touchdown catches for Miami last season, announced he plans to play for the Bulldogs this coming season. He tied for third on Miami last season with 21 catches for 374 yards. "I am excited for this new journey with Coach (Kirby) Smart and the entire UGA family. #Go Dawgs," Cager wrote on Twitter. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Cager played as a freshman for the Hurricanes when Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley was in the same role at Miami. - Marc Weiszer, Online Athens

01/29/19- Kendall Hinton, rJr, Wake Forest, 6-0, 195
Wake Forest says Kendall Hinton will return for his final season and is expected to play only at wide receiver. Coach Dave Clawson on Thursday announced that Hinton would be back for his redshirt senior season. Hinton played both receiver and quarterback last season, catching six passes for 61 yards. He also rushed for two scores in 2018. Hinton made four starts at quarterback from 2015-17 and received a medical redshirt for his injury-shortened 2016 season. He was suspended for three games before the 2018 season for violating team rules. Freshman Sam Hartman started the first nine games before suffering a season-ending leg injury, and redshirt sophomore Jamie Newman finished the season as the starter. - AP College Football

01/29/19- LaMichael Pettway, rJr, Arkansas, 6-2, 219
Leading Arkansas wide receiver La'Michael Pettway is leaving to play his senior season elsewhere as a graduate transfer. Pettway, who led the Razorbacks with 499 receiving yards last season, announced his decision Tuesday, saying "nothing personal, I just have to do what's best for my family and I." According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , Pettway is at least the 10th player to leave since the Razorbacks' 2-10 season under first-year coach Chad Morris. Among the others are quarterbacks Cole Kelley and Ty Storey while Jonathan Nance, the team's top receiver in 2017, left for Missouri after making one catch in four games last year. Pettway's announcement came shortly after word that former SMU quarterback Ben Hicks is transferring to Arkansas. 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. - AP College Football

01/29/19- Jeff Thomas, So, Miami (FL), 5-10, 180
Jeff Thomas says he's returning to the Miami Hurricanes. The speedy wide receiver, who was dismissed by the Hurricanes in November and was transferring to Illinois, said in an Instagram post on Tuesday night that he's going back to Miami. The Hurricanes had no immediate comment, though new coach Manny Diaz tweeted out a game-action photo of Thomas shortly after the receiver's post. Thomas finished 2018 as Miami's leading receiver, with 35 catches for 563 yards and three touchdowns. His announcement came hours before quarterback Tate Martell posted on Twitter early Wednesday that he was headed to Miami. Martell completed 23 of 28 passes for Ohio State this past season. - AP College Football

01/11/19- K.J. Osborn, Jr, Miami (FL), 5-11, 205
Wide receiver K.J. Osborn says he will play his final season of college football at Miami. Osborn announced his intentions to transfer from Buffalo on Thursday night. As a graduate, he's eligible to play in 2019 for the Hurricanes, who are seeking immediate help on offense. Osborn had 53 catches for 892 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018 for Buffalo. He also returned 56 kicks and punts over the past two seasons for another 784 yards. Osborn says he is "extremely excited and thankful" for the chance that new Miami coach Manny Diaz and Hurricanes offensive quality control analyst David Cooney gave him when pursuing him as a transfer. - AP College Football

01/08/19- *LilJordan Humphrey, Jr, Texas, 6-4, 225
Junior wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey announced on Tuesday afternoon that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Humphrey finished his junior season with 86 catches for 1,176 yards and nine touchdowns. His 86 catches were fifth-most in school history, his 1,176 yards were third-most and his nine touchdowns were tied for seventh. For his career, he totaled 125 receptions for 1,622 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 125 receptions finish tied for 10th-most in school history, while his 1,622 yards finish just outside the Top 10. - Texas Football

01/04/19- *J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, rJr, Stanford, 6-2, 225
Stanford receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside will skip his senior season to declare for the NFL draft. Arcega-Whiteside announced his decision Friday, thanking his coaches, teammates and family members. Arcega-Whiteside caught 63 passes for 1,059 yards and 14 touchdowns this season for the Cardinal. The 6-foot-3 Arcega-Whiteside is dangerous in the red zone with his size and jumping ability and is projected as a second-day selection in the draft. His 23 TD catches the past two seasons are the third most in college football in that span. Arcega-Whiteside is the third Stanford player to declare for the draft. He joins guard Nate Herbig and tight end Kaden Smith. - AP College Football

01/04/19- *Mecole Hardman, Jr, Georgia, 5-10, 183
Georgia's offense was hit with a four-player exodus of juniors to the NFL on Friday that took away the team's top three receivers and second-leading rusher. Tailback Elijah Holyfield, tight end Isaac Nauta and wide receivers Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman announced Friday they are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. Hardman had 34 catches for 532 yards and seven touchdowns. Nauta had 30 catches for 430 yards and three touchdowns. Nauta's top game of the season came against Florida, when he had five catches for 73 yards. - AP College Football

01/04/19- *Riley Ridley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 200
Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley and tight end Isaac Nauta are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft, taking away two of the Bulldogs' top three receivers. Ridley and Nauta announced the decisions on Friday on their Twitter accounts. "I could not imagine any other program preparing me for the next stay the way this one has," Ridley said, adding thanks for coach Kirby Smart and the coaching staff. Ridley, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons rookie Calvin Ridley, led Georgia with 44 catches for 570 yards and nine touchdowns. He finished strong with five-catch games against Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game and against Texas in the Sugar Bowl. - AP College Football

01/02/19- *Marquise Brown, Jr, Oklahoma, 5-10, 168
Oklahoma receiver Marquise Brown will skip his senior season and declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft. Brown made the announcement Wednesday on social media. Brown, whose cousin is Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown, is nicknamed "Hollywood" for his flashy play and the name of his hometown, Hollywood, Florida. In two seasons, he caught 132 passes for 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns. He leaves sixth in school history in career yards receiving. This season, he joined Ryan Broyles as the only Oklahoma receivers to gain more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season more than once. He's only listed at 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds, but after a breakout sophomore season, he got stronger in the offseason and improved his route running. This season, he caught 75 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 scores and was named a first-team AP All-American. The yardage total was fourth in school history for a single season. - AP College Football

01/02/19- *Jakobi Meyers, rJr, North Carolina State, 6-2, 196
North Carolina State wide receiver Jakobi Meyers is skipping his final season to enter the NFL draft. The school announced the redshirt junior's decision on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the Wolfpack lost to Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl. Meyers came to N.C. State as a quarterback but moved to receiver and set a single-season school receptions record with 92 catches for 1,047 yards this year. Meyers earned his degree last month in sports management with a minor in business administration. Coach Dave Doeren says in a statement it's been "a joy to coach Jakobi and watch him mature as a player and a person." Meyers finished with 168 career catches for fifth in school history. He had three catches for 19 yards in his college finale against the Aggies. - AP College Football

01/02/19- *Greg Dortch, rSo, Wake Forest, 5-09, 170
Wake Forest receiver Greg Dortch says he is skipping his final two college seasons and entering the NFL draft. Dortch announced his decision Sunday night, a day after the Demon Deacons beat Memphis 37-34 in the Birmingham Bowl. Coach Dave Clawson said in a statement issued by the school that he supports the move and called Dortch "an exceptional player." The AP All-America second-team selection as an all-purpose player had a team-best 89 receptions for 1,078 yards and eight touchdowns despite regularly drawing double teams during his redshirt sophomore season. He missed the final five games of last season with an abdominal injury, then missed the bowl game with a hand injury. - AP College Football

12/22/18- Jeff Thomas, So, Miami (FL), 5-10, 180
WR Jeff Thomas is transferring to Illinois. Thomas, who was dismissed from the Miami football program, plans to enroll at Illinois for the spring semester, Fighting Illini coach Lovie Smith said Friday on the school's official website. It will be a homecoming for Thomas, a native of East St. Louis, Ill., who was heavily recruited by Smith coming out of high school. Thomas will have to sit out the 2019 season, per NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining. At the time of his dismissal from Miami, Thomas was the Hurricanes' leading wide receiver with 35 receptions for 563 yards and three touchdowns.

12/21/18- Xavier Ubosi, rSr, Alabama-Birmingham, 6-3, 215
Two seasons after shutting down its football program, UAB closed out the year on an electrifying note. Tyler Johnston III threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Xavier Ubosi, and UAB beat Northern Illinois 37-13 in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday night. Ubosi had seven catches for 227 yards for the Conference USA champion Blazers (11-3), who got their first-ever bowl victory in three appearances. UAB played in its second consecutive bowl since the program was reinstated after the self-imposed hiatus. "I guess in our wildest dreams we dreamed of winning a conference championship and then cap it off with a bowl win, so it's really that sweet," UAB coach Bill Clark said. "I don't think it could have gone any better for us, so I'm very proud." Northern Illinois (8-6), the Mid-American Conference champion, has lost six consecutive bowl games since beating Arkansas in the 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl. "It really comes down to three things. We gave up three touchdowns on three deep balls," NIU coach Rod Carey said. "Old-fashioned go routes. Give those guys credit. They ran by us. They threw it, caught it. That's the difference. If not, it's 16-13. In the fourth quarter, I like our chances. - AP College Football

12/17/18- Nsimba Webster, rSr, Eastern Washington, 5-09, 180
This wasn't the first time that Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere threw seven touchdowns in a game. Or even the second. But both those were in high school. Barriere threw seven touchdown passes as Eastern Washington beat Maine 50-19 in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs on Saturday, to advance to the national title game against powerhouse North Dakota State. "This time is way better," Barriere, who broke the FCS playoff record for touchdown passes in a game, said. "We're going for a championship." The sophomore did not become a starter until midseason, when Gage Gubrud was lost to an injury. But he has improved quickly.

Eastern Washington coach Aaron Best said he was "on Cloud 10" after the Eagles broke a three-game losing streak in semifinal playoff games. "We were in control from the start," Best said. "We made a statement on offense.' "Maine didn't play their A game today. We did." Nsimba Webster caught four touchdown passes, which tied the FCS playoff record, for third-seeded Eastern Washington (12-2), which was playing in the national semifinals for the fifth time in nine years. He had nine catches for 188 yards. Barriere completed 21 of 30 passes for 352 yards and tied the school record for scoring passes in a game. "I can't believe he is the backup," Maine coach Joe Harasymiak said. - AP College Football

12/11/18- Britain Covey, rSr, Utah, 5-08, 170
WR Britain Covey, Utah's leading receiver, announced on social media that he has undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL. Covey revealed on his Twitter account on Tuesday, "Just had surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus. I'll be back before you know it! In the end, minor setbacks turn out to be major miracles! " Covey suffered the injury during the Pac-12 championship game loss to Washington, but the nature of the injury was not specified. A torn ACL means Covey will miss the Utes' Dec. 31 Holiday Bowl against Northwestern and will also sit out spring practice. Covey was the Utes' leader in receptions with 60 and receiving yards with 637. Covey also carried the ball 21 times for another 172 yards, and added a pair of touchdown passes. Covey was also named first-team All-Pac-12 as a return specialist.

12/10/18- *Antoine Wesley, rJr, Texas Tech, 6-4, 200
WR Antoine Wesley declared Monday for the NFL Draft. He came almost out of nowhere as a junior with 88 catches for 1,410 yards and nine TDs.

12/05/18- *Anthony Ratliff-Williams, rJr, North Carolina, 6-0, 205
North Carolina receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams says he's skipping his final season to pursue an NFL career. The junior tweeted his decision Tuesday, saying he is declaring for next spring's draft after meeting with his family. Ratliff-Williams was the Tar Heels' top big-play threat with his versatility. He had 42 catches for a team-best 689 yards and two touchdowns this season. He also ran 11 times for 83 yards and one score. As a sophomore, Ratliff-Williams earned all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a return specialist and even threw for two TDs on trick plays. UNC hired former coach Mack Brown last week for a second stint as head coach of the Tar Heels. - AP College Football

12/05/18- *A.J. Brown, Jr, Mississippi, 6-1, 230
Mississippi receiver A.J. Brown has announced that he will skip his senior season and enter this spring's NFL draft. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Brown had a stellar three-year career for the Rebels, and was recently named an AP All-Southeastern Conference selection this season after catching 85 passes for 1,320 yards and six touchdowns. He is the school's all-time leading receiver with 189 career receptions for 2,984 yards and 19 touchdowns. Brown's decision was expected. He's widely considered one of this year's best NFL prospects at receiver. The Ole Miss football program posted Brown's decision on social media Tuesday. Brown thanked Ole Miss in a statement, saying "I'll never forget the place that turned me into a man." - AP College Football

12/05/18- Deebo Samuel, rSr, South Carolina, 5-11, 216
South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel says he is skipping the Belk Bowl so he can begin preparing for the NFL draft. Samuel thanked fans in his announcement Monday on Instagram , but says it is time to support his family, adding "I realize the next 6 months will determine my next four years and potentially even more." Samuel has shown flashes of brilliance while fighting injuries. He was responsible for 30 touchdowns in his Gamecocks career catching, running and returning kicks along with two TD passes and an end zone fumble recovery on special teams. Samuel missed games his freshman year with hamstring problems and broke his leg in his third game of 2017 before deciding to return his senior year. Samuel was a first-team Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference pick as an all-purpose player and a second team pick as a wide receiver. The Gamecocks play Virginia on Dec. 29. - AP College Football

12/05/18- Hunter Renfrow, rSr, Clemson, 5-10, 175
2018 BURLSWORTH TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow has won the Burlsworth Trophy, which goes to the top college football who began his career as a walk-on. Renfrow was chosen over finalists California running back Patrick Laird and Wyoming safety Marcus Epps. Renfrow has been a key contributor on four Clemson teams that have made the College Football Playoff. This season he has 41 receptions for 472 yards and a touchdown. In four seasons, Renfrow has 180 receptions for 2,061 yards and 15 touchdowns. The trophy is named in honor of former Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who went from walk-on to All-American and was selected with the 63rd overall pick in the NFL draft by the Colts in 1999. Burlsworth was killed in a car accident 11 days after being drafted. - AP College Football

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