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  04/06/20 - QB Justin HerbertSr/2020, Oregon, 6-6, 236 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Justin Herbert may have overtaken Tua Tagovailoa in terms of which player will be the second quarterback selected in the 2020 NFL draft. The former Oregon Ducks' star quarterback seems to be gaining momentum as the quarterback who'll be selected after the Cincinnati Bengals do the expected and select former Louisiana State quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick. The Miami Dolphins, currently with the No. 5 pick, had been connected with Tagovailoa and expected to select the former Alabama star in the draft. The Los Angeles Chargers, with the No. 6 pick, would select Herbert. However, because of Tagovailoa's injury history - a dislocated hip and two separate procedures on his ankles while at Alabama - and NFL teams' inability to conduct private workouts and physicals as a result of coronavirus pandemic, may have altered Dolphins' thinking on the two quarterbacks. There are reports the Dolphins might be getting antsy about taking on the risk of selecting Tagovailoa - who has been cleared for full contact - and leaning more toward Herbert. - The Oregonian

(DS#3 QB) Sr/2020 QB Justin HerbertOregon
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  04/06/20 - OLB Jordan GlasgowSr/2020, Michigan, 6-0, 221 (DS#44 OLB) + More +

  Jordan Glasgow might not be the highest-profile name from Michigan in this year's NFL draft, but he certainly is intriguing. And he has quite the family background going for him. The younger brother of NFL players Graham Glasgow (Denver Broncos) and Ryan Glasgow (Cincinnati Bengals), Glasgow has a good grasp of what it takes to churn out a living at the next level. After all, just like his older brothers, Glasgow turned walk-on status into a scholarship and a formidable four-year playing career in Ann Arbor. And that diversified portfolio of experience is just what could land him a roster spot at the next level.

Make no mistake, Glasgow is likely not going to be drafted later this month; he didn't receive an invite to the Senior Bowl, had his pro day canceled, and hasn't popped up on any mock drafts. His chance is likely going to come after the draft has finished, when a team calls the Aurora, Ill., native with an invite to camp. Glasgow steadily increased his contributions to the Wolverines as time went on, redshirting his freshman season in 2015 to earning Linebacker of the Year honors from the team in 2019, when he finished second in tackles (89) and flashed some impressive play on defense. At 6-feet and 221 pounds, Glasgow has the ability to play inside linebacker and strong safety, but his ticket to the NFL - at least immediately - comes in special teams. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#44 OLB) Sr/2020 OLB Jordan GlasgowMichigan
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  04/06/20 - OG Denzel OkaforSr/2021, Texas, 6-4, 315 (DS#40 OG) + More +

  Texas offensive lineman Denzel Okafor has withdrawn his name from the NCAA transfer portal and will stay with the Longhorns, according to a team spokesman. Okafor put his name into the portal in March, getting the opportunity to test his marketability with other schools. The junior from Lewisville is on track to graduate and would've been a grad transfer somewhere else. However, Okafor was likely to be a key rotation figure on the 2020 offensive line at UT. He's played in 39 career games with five starts. Any athlete who puts his or her name into the transfer portal is allowed to make contact with other schools about a potential scholarship. However, it's up to the athlete's current school to decide whether the athlete can stay on scholarship, if both sides work things out. - Austin American Statesman

(DS#40 OG) Sr/2021 OG Denzel OkaforTexas
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  04/06/20 - OLB Isaiah SimmonsrJr/2020, Clemson, 6-4, 233 (DS#1 OLB) + More +

  If your defense is in need of repair, the best buys can be found at linebacker. "The strength there (on defense) is the linebackers. I see linebackers as full-time guys," said a long-time NFL scout who interviewed for this draft series on the condition that his name not be used. "It's a better group of linebackers than usual. There are five, six who can play and can play full-time and not just be specialists." The player who can upgrade any defense is Clemson's Isaiah Simmons, a freakish athlete who is not a specialist but positionless. Simmons, who was measured at 6 feet 4 and 238 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds, lifted 225 pounds 20 times and had jumps of 39 inches (vertical) and 132 inches (broad).

At Clemson, Simmons played multiple spots at all levels of the defense, even making a big interception 20 yards down the field in a College Football Playoff semifinal win over Ohio State. Simmons' versatility and impact on the game is similar to the Chargers' 6-2, 215-pound All-Pro safety Derwin James, but Simmons is faster, taller and more than 20 pounds heavier. "I never seen a guy like Simmons," the NFL scout said. Simmons seems to know his value in the current landscape of the game. "The game is no longer a 250-pound linebacker. It's more guys that can run side to side and are able to cover," he said at the combine last month. "The name of the game is stopping tight ends; something has to be done to stop the Travis Kelces or George Kittles out there." - Honolulu Advertiser

(DS#1 OLB) rJr/2020 OLB Isaiah SimmonsClemson
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  04/06/20 - TE Matt LynchrSr/2021, Colorado, 6-4, 230 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  Former Legacy High School star Matt Lynch is coming home. Lynch announced on Twitter on Monday that he is transferring from UCLA to Colorado. A quarterback and tight end at UCLA, Lynch will join CU as a graduate transfer and be eligible to play right away. He will be a walk-on and play tight end for the Buffaloes. Lynch was one of two tight ends added by the Buffs on Monday. Jake Peters, who played the last two years at Arizona, also announced on Twitter that he will transfer to CU as a walk-on.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Lynch was a backup quarterback for the Bruins for three years before switching to tight end during spring practices in 2019. A three-star recruit coming out of Legacy, Lynch threw for 1,947 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior with the Lightning in 2015. He enrolled at UCLA in January of 2016 and redshirted that season. In 2017, he played in one game, at Utah, completing 2-of-3 passes for 11 yards and a touchdown. In 2018, Lynch played in 12 games as the holder on placekicks. Last season, he played in all 12 games as a reserve tight end, catching one pass - for a 2-yard touchdown - at Arizona. - Daily Camera

(DS#999 TE) rSr/2021 TE Matt LynchColorado
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  04/06/20 - P Cody GracerSr/2020, Arkansas State, 6-2, 228 (DS#15 P) + More +

  ASU's pro day, originally slated for March 20, was postponed -- although it's doubtful that it will be made up -- a private workout that Grace had scheduled with an NFL team was canceled, and ASU's weight room inside the team's north end zone facility at Centennial Bank Stadium has closed, all a result of concerns over the coronavirus as the sports world has undergone a shutdown over the last few weeks. Losing the pro day was the biggest setback. It's the rare opportunity for NFL scouts, coaches and executives to come to campus and see the school's pro hopefuls work out. For a player like Grace -- whose position is a specialist, who played for a non-Power 5 program and who wasn't afforded the chance to compete in postseason all-star games or the NFL Draft Combine -- any added NFL exposure you can attract is a benefit.

And had the pro day taken place, it could have potentially led to a few more private workouts with teams. "We [were] kind of riding on how many teams that would have the opportunity to come to pro day," Grace said. "For me personally, I think it would have been nice to have that little bit of extra exposure since we are a small school and don't get that opportunity and didn't get the opportunity to have a pro day. But I think again, it just comes down to the film. "If what you do live and against another team and you do well, I think they're gonna give you the best shot to prove yourself." In three seasons at ASU, Grace did plenty to prove he was one of the nation's best punters. - Northwest Arkansas Times

(DS#15 P) rSr/2020 P Cody GraceArkansas State
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  04/06/20 - RB Mike HollinsSo/2023, Virginia, 5-09, 200 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  The rising sophomore carried the ball 21 times for 112 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman. A Louisiana native, Hollins showed promise while also struggling with ball security last season. Perkins led the team in rushing last season, which means Hollins and Wayne Taulapapa will be relied on heavily to produce on the ground. Hollins, who was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school, brings speed and elusiveness to the backfield. Taulapapa provides a slightly more physical style of running, and he excelled in short-yardage situations a season ago. With a large group of returning offensive linemen and a new starting quarterback, UVa's running backs should play a more important role in the offense's success. With Lamont Atkins, P.K. Kier and Seneca Milledge all leaving the program, the workload will likely fall on the shoulders of Hollins and Taulapapa, although the addition of a graduate transfer is on the table. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#999 RB) So/2023 RB Mike HollinsVirginia
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  04/06/20 - CB Jaylon JohnsonJr/2020, Utah, 6-0, 193 (DS#6 CB) + More +

  Jaylon Johnson was all set to be in Las Vegas for the upcoming NFL draft. He planned on being one of the players that was to be taken by boat to a red carpet stage in front of the Bellagio fountains after being picked. Then came the coronavirus. The NFL canceled the public event and will opt for a studio show (April 23-25) instead to help stem the spread of the virus. "I was planning on going," said Johnson, who is now looking forward to having the biggest smallest gathering he can in his hometown of Fresno, California. The plan there is to enjoy the draft the best way he can. Johnson, a 2019 All-American and a two-time first-team All-Pac-12 honoree, isn't expecting to be on the board for long.

"I'm just going to deal with whatever happens, but for me personally I'm not expecting anything less than the first round - whether it's the middle and wherever it may be," Johnson said. "I don't really pay attention to what the mock drafts say. That's based on some of my knowledge that I have. So I don't expect to get out of the first round." Johnson added that he's spoken with a lot of different teams and has established relationships. "I'm not too sure exactly who would be a favorite or who would be a front-runner or anything like that," Johnson said. "I just know I've talked to a lot of teams and you never know in a process like this." - Deseret News

(DS#6 CB) Jr/2020 CB Jaylon JohnsonUtah
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  04/06/20 - TE Jake PetersrSo/2023, Colorado, 6-3, 235 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  Jake Peters, who played the last two years at Arizona, also announced on Twitter that he will transfer to CU as a walk-on. Peters, who is 6-4, 220, was part of Arizona's 2018 recruiting class and played in one game as a true freshman that season. He caught one pass for negative-1 yard against Southern Utah. He did not appear in a game last season and entered the transfer portal in November. Peters will be a redshirt sophomore at CU this year. Lynch and Peters will join a young and inexperienced group of tight ends. - Daily Camera

(DS#999 TE) rSo/2023 TE Jake PetersColorado
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  04/06/20 - QB Rex CulpepperrSr/2021, Syracuse, 6-2, 222 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Another quarterback is moving in to Rex Culpepper's neighborhood in Tampa, Fla. His new neighbor: Tom Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion is renting the 30,000-square foot waterfront mansion on Davis Islands built by Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The house sits next door to the Culpeppers and features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a billiards room that wraps around a pool. Brady's house doesn't just have one boat lift - it has two. The neighborhood has been abuzz in recent days about the prospect of Brady's arrival. His move from New England to Tampa Bay was the biggest offseason story in football. After playing 20 seasons with the Patriots, Brady signed a two-year contract with the Buccaneers last month, reportedly worth $50 million and more with incentives.

Culpepper, a senior quarterback on the Syracuse football team, is home while the university continues to hold online classes through the remainder of the semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. Culpepper was honored with the first-ever Jim DaRin Courage Award at the SU football team banquet following the 2018 season. Earlier that year, Culpepper was diagnosed with testicular cancer and returned to the team by the fall. "The closest thing I can say is it felt like beating Clemson," Culpepper said then. "You just feel so incredibly ecstatic that nothing in your life could ever go wrong." - The Post-Standard

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2021 QB Rex CulpepperSyracuse
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  Former Southern Miss football player Dylan Reda said he tested positive for COVID-19, confirming what he suspected when he was hospitalized last month. Over the course of several days in March, Reda said he experienced a fever, body aches and loss of taste. One day, he even coughed up blood, he said. He went to an emergency room where he lives in Florida on March 20 and was diagnosed with a severe case of pneumonia. He was also tested for the coronavirus. Nearly two weeks later, he officially learned the results.

Reda was only hospitalized for two days when he told the doctors he would like to go home in order for someone else to have a bed. When he was released from the hospital on March 21, doctors told Reda to practice social distancing. "Take this seriously," the 28-year-old said. "I feel like a lot of people my age might not feel invincible, but they might not feel they'll be affected by it as much as maybe their grandparents or their parents. If you have any symptoms at all, do what you're supposed to do." - Hattiesburg American

(DS#78 ILB) rSr/2014 ILB Dylan RedaSouthern Miss
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  04/06/20 - FS Paris FordrJr/2022, Pittsburgh, 6-0, 190 (DS#4 FS) + More +

  Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke said Wednesday if the football team is allowed into Heinz Field to play a normal season, fans will be a part of it. "If we're playing the game, we'll be playing it in front of fans," she said, speaking on a Zoom conference call with reporters. "If there is a concern about human contact, we wouldn't be playing the game. "I do feel fans are a part of the experience. Coaches and student-athletes playing the game with no one there, there is definitely something missing. We value that atmosphere.

"The social distancing, if those orders are still in place in the fall, we won't be having games as we know them now. If we're allowed to be around one another, hopefully, we would go back to what we would consider a normal football season." She said all ideas will be considered if and when it becomes necessary to adjust the football schedule. She also doesn't expect any serious schedule conflicts at Heinz Field with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But she said the 12 spring practices that were canceled last month probably won't be made up before training camp opens in August. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

(DS#4 FS) rJr/2022 FS Paris FordPittsburgh
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  04/05/20 - OLB Cam BrownSr/2020, Penn State, 6-5, 233 (DS#14 OLB) + More +

  Cam Brown saw how the NFL was changing when he entered college four years ago. The Penn State linebacker noticed the influence high-powered spread systems had. NFL teams are employing quick, rangy linebackers to contend with more skilled tight ends who line up split wide and running backs who can catch the ball out of the backfield. And that's where Brown thinks he can fit in as he prepares for the 2020 NFL Draft. He feels like he's the same type of player he was when Penn State signed him out of Bullis (Md.) in 2016, and he expects that can translate into the NFL. "I'm athletic, I'm rangy, I can get to the ball, and I can run with tight ends and running backs," Brown said. "I feel like, if anything, my adaption and my body and frame is well-built for these systems of offenses that defenses are going against."

He said his frame has come up in conversations with teams. He has room to bulk up and add weight, and Brown said teams liked that idea. Brown could also fit into the second level of an NFL defense and use his size to help take away the middle of the field from opposing offenses. In his final two seasons at Penn State, Brown broke up 10 passes. "I also have the length, the length on defense," Brown said. "It blocks out windows. It allows you to get to certain plays better than other people can, and honestly, it's an advantage, especially at linebacker when you're sitting in the middle of the field, it's kind of hard for a quarterback to throw over a 6-foot-5 linebacker." - Tribune Review

(DS#14 OLB) Sr/2020 OLB Cam BrownPenn State
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  When Mississippi State football player Fabien Lovett saw Mike Leach's tweet with an image that joked about a woman knitting a noose for her husband, the defensive lineman sent a screenshot to his dad. Lovett was upset and even publicly reacted to the tweet Wednesday night on his Twitter account, typing "wtf." The next day, the father and son discussed the coach's meme and the player's future in Starkville. Lovett next talked with members of the Mississippi State coaching staff. On Friday, Lovett's father, Abdual Lovett, had decided his son should leave the program and the 6-foot-4, 310-pound athlete agreed he was done at Mississippi State.

Lovett filled out the necessary paperwork through the university and announced his decision to transfer on Twitter. The father said he questioned Leach's ability to lead because he says "whatever whenever." "I didn't feel comfortable with my son being down there with a guy like that from a leadership standpoint - that you can just throw anything out there," Abdual told the Clarion Ledger on Saturday. "I feel if he can do it, the kids are going to feel like they can do it." The Mississippi State athletic department declined to comment on the situation and the comments of Lovett's father. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#999 DT) rSo/2023 DT Fabien LovettMississippi State
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  FAU's tight end contingent has taken another big loss. John Raine announced on social media that he's entered the transfer portal as a graduate transfer. He recorded 38 receptions for 343 yards and six touchdowns last year en route to the Owls winning the 2019 Conference USA title and 2019 Boca Raton Bowl. "I am thankful for everything, FAU," Raine tweeted on Saturday. "Excited for the next chapter!"

Raine's departure leaves a significant hole in FAU's tight end unit for the 2020 season with the Owls having zero career receptions returning at the position next year. Harrison Bryant, who became the first FAU football player in program history to be a unanimous All-American after leading all FBS tight ends in receptions (65) and yards (1,004), while scoring seven touchdowns last year, used his final season of eligibility in 2019 and has his sights set on the NFL. The Owls have three tight ends on their official roster and received a commitment from one in February that should be able to contribute immediately. Redshirt junior Logan Peterson, and redshirt freshmen Ryan Cameron and Rahmod Smith are expected to return to FAU next season. - Sun-Sentinel

(DS#14 FB) Sr/2021 FB John RaineFlorida Atlantic
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