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  Tony Poljan won't be finishing his career at Central Michigan. The fifth-year senior quarterback-turned-tight end announced in a Twitter post Wednesday that he will pursue a grad transfer and use his final season of eligibility elsewhere.- Detroit News

(DS#3 TE) rSr/2021 TE Tony PoljanCentral Michigan
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  The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference voted on Tuesday, July 14, to suspend all mandated conference athletic events and championships through the fall semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Conference has already undertaken a full review of its ability to shift fall sports competition and championships to the spring semester and fully intends to do so if a return to competition can be safely executed.

"The entire conference has worked hard these last few months to prepare for the return of sports to our campuses beginning this fall," explains PSAC Commissioner Steve Murray. "However, it has become apparent that the safe conduct of sports under the guidelines of social distancing is untenable for our members. We cannot place our student-athletes at greater risk than the general student body. Despite our planning and collective efforts, it has become clear that we are not able to do so." - Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Football


(DS#142 WR) rSr/2021 WR Jermaine Wynn Jr.Slippery Rock
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  07/14/20 - WR Nico CollinsSr/2021, Michigan, 6-3, 222 (DS#4 WR) + More +

  Michigan's Nico Collins will no longer be wearing the jersey No. 4. The senior wide receiver posted on his Instagram story Monday that he is switching to No. 1. Some of the top receivers in Wolverines history have donned the No. 1, including Anthony Carter, Greg McMurty, David Terrell and Braylon Edwards. All four rank among the top 11 in career receiving yards at Michigan. Collins is the first Michigan receiver to wear No. 1 since Kekoa Crawford, who transferred to California after the 2017 season. Michigan senior cornerback Ambry Thomas also wears No. 1. The 6-foot-4 Collins has been one of the team's most consistent receivers over the past two seasons, catching 75 passes for 1,361 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns -- all team highs during that span. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#4 WR) Sr/2021 WR Nico CollinsMichigan
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  07/14/20 - QB Tanner MorganrJr/2022, Minnesota, 6-2, 215 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan made the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award watch list Tuesday. The award, presented annually to the best college football quarterback in the country, has 30 watch list members. Last season, Morgan set the Gophers's single-season records for passing yards (3,253) and passing touchdowns (30). Morgan, a rising junior, was one of 16 semifinalists for this award in 2019, when the Gophers finished 11-2 and No. 10 in the nation. The quarterback is one of nine returners on offense, including receiver Rashod Bateman, who was also a preseason All-America pick. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

(DS#3 QB) rJr/2022 QB Tanner MorganMinnesota
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  Whether the college football season takes place this fall or in the spring, plenty of eyes will be trained on Kansas State's Wyatt Hubert. A rising fourth-year junior, Hubert was named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award on Monday. The award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club, annually is given to the player judged to be the best defender in the country. One of the top returning defensive ends in the nation, Hubert is the first Wildcat to land on the award's preseason watch list since D.J. Reed in 2017. He is the eighth player in school history to be considered for the award, which includes 1996 finalist Chris Canty and 2012 semifinalist Arthur Brown. Hubert, a Topeka native, was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last fall. He enters his junior season ranked 12th nationally among active players in career sacks per game (0.50) and 13th in career tackles for loss per game (0.91). - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#13 DE) rJr/2022 DE Wyatt HubertKansas State
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  07/14/20 - QB Brandon PetersrSr/2021, Illinois, 6-4, 230 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  Peters quickly squashed the notion of a quarterback competition in last August's training camp, his first at Illinois after transferring from Michigan. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound native of Avon, Ind., asserted himself into the No. 1 spot and held onto that title for the remainder of the season. Peters missed two games last fall because of a concussion, but he still had the most productive and efficient season by an Illinois quarterback since Wes Lunt in 2015. Peters completed 152 of 275 passes for 1,884 yards, 18 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. Pigeon-holing Peters as a pocket passer, though, isn't quite right. His rushing totals weren't outlandish - 74 carries for 213 yards and three touchdowns - but the one-time Division I basketball recruit managed to break a few big runs when they mattered most.

As Illinois offensive coordinator Rod Smith would say, Peters is "not an oak tree back there." The Illini quarterback has shown that off even more since the team's voluntary workouts with Hernandez and his staff resumed. "Watching him run, he looks absolutely incredible," Hernandez said. "He's got his big, long stride, and he's taking people down with it, winning some races. There's some competitiveness. He has definitely put some work in to help showcase some of his athleticism. "He's definitely standing out right now as a guy who continued to lift, continued to run and continued to work on his overall performance. I think that right there shows a lot to this football team, how important it is to our quarterback to get it done. Hopefully it's going to continue to spread throughout the remainder of our guys as well." - News Gazette Tribune


(DS#11 QB) rSr/2021 QB Brandon PetersIllinois
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  07/14/20 - CB Avery WilliamsrSr/2021, Boise State, 5-09, 198 (DS#40 CB) + More +

  Boise State had 12 players earn a total of 13 selections to the Phil Steele Preseason All-Mountain West Teams. Earning spots on the First Team were sophomore quarterback Hank Bachmeier, senior nickel Kekaula Kaniho, redshirt senior cornerback Jalen Walker, senior linebacker Riley Whimpey, and redshirt senior Avery Williams (at punt returner). Williams, the reigning Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year, was twice honored on the list, also being named to the Fourth Team as a defensive back. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#40 CB) rSr/2021 CB Avery WilliamsBoise State
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  07/14/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-2, 223 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State football's Justin Fields should be in a season-long conversation for the title of nation's best quarterback. The season-opening watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award - given annually to the nation's top quarterback - included the Buckeyes' Heisman Trophy finalist. Fields threw for 3,273 yards with 41 touchdowns against three interceptions last season and also rushed for 484 yards and 10 touchdowns. Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, the player Fields is most widely compared to in the battle for the nation's best, also made the watch list. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#2 QB) Jr/2022 QB Justin FieldsOhio State
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  Tavien Feaster went undrafted following his senior season at South Carolina. After that, all the running back wanted was a chance. Feaster is getting that chance with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who signed the Spartanburg native in April. Feaster is leaving for Jacksonville on Friday and will begin workouts with the team next week. He is thankful the Jaguars were willing to give him a shot. "To be honest with you, the draft is what it is. I asked for an opportunity, not the red carpet," Feaster said at a drive-by community event he hosted in Spartanburg over the weekend. "I'm blessed with the opportunity to get out there and play and show my skills. I'm ready."

Feaster had several teams reach out to him after going undrafted before opting to sign with the Jaguars. He will be a part of a group of several backs battling to back up star Leonard Fournette. Feaster is one of three rookie running backs Jacksonville added this offseason, joining fellow undrafted free agents Nathan Cottrell of Georgia Tech and James Robinson of Illinois State. "We had a lot of teams reach out, and during the process we just decided (Jacksonville) was the best place for me to go compete for a spot," Feaster said. "It's a good team to go down there and play for, great weather in the state of Florida, and I'm going to compete." - The State


(DS#31 RB) Sr/2020 RB Tavien FeasterSouth Carolina
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  Sophomore quarterback Hank Bachmeier was named to the Davey O'Brien Award Preseason Watch List, the Davey O'Brien Award Foundation announced Tuesday. The award honors the top collegiate quarterback in the country, and Tuesday's watch list comprises 30 individuals from all over the nation. Bachmeier is one of two candidates out of the Mountain West, along with Air Force's Donald Hammond III. Bachmeier garnered attention right from the start in 2019, becoming the first Bronco true freshman to start a season opener at quarterback in Boise State's FBS Era (1996-present) when he took the reins last Aug. 31 at Florida State.

In front of a hostile crowd in Tallahassee, and before a national television audience, Bachmeier put together a stunning debut in which he went 30-for-51 for 407 yards and a touchdown in Boise State's 36-31 victory over the Seminoles. The Murrieta, Calif., native would start all eight games in which he appeared, despite missing six due to injury. Bachmeier finished the season 7-1 as a starter, throwing for 1,879 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for another score, and had multiple scoring tosses in three of his eight games. - Idaho Statesman


(DS#15 QB) So/2023 QB Hank BachmeierBoise State
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  07/14/20 - WR DEriq KingrSr/2021, Miami (FL), 5-09, 190 (DS#27 WR) + More +

  Miami Hurricanes redshirt senior D'Eriq King is one of 30 quarterbacks named to the watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award - presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback. King transferred to UM from Houston this offseason for his final year of eligibility. With the Cougars, King accounted for 78 total touchdowns - 50 passing and 28 rushing - 4,295 passing yards and 1,421 rushing yards in 22 starts. He did most of his damage in 2018 as a junior, when he set the American Athletic Conference (AAC) record for "touchdowns responsible for" with 50. That year, he was a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and Earl Campbell Award. King maintained his eligibility for a fifth season after only playing in four games in 2019. Miami's two previous Heisman Trophy winners are the only two Hurricanes to win the O'Brien Award: Vinny Testaverde (1986) and Gino Torretta (1992). - Sun Sentinel

(DS#27 WR) rSr/2021 WR DEriq KingMiami (FL)
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  Former LSU linebacker Marcel Brooks entered the transfer portal in late June, and he is now reportedly headed to TCU, according to 247Sports. The sophomore was expected to build on a 2019 season in which he showed flashes of his playmaking ability inside former defensive coordinator Dave Aranda's pass rush packages. Now, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Brooks will return to his home state at the program that's near his home town in Fort Worth, Texas, where he attended Marcus High. Before Brooks entered the transfer portal, he was positioned to contribute as a diverse linebacker inside the 4-3 scheme under new defensive coordinator Bo Pelini. Brooks played in 11 games and recorded eight tackles and 1½ sacks, including a crucial sack against Florida that led toward the go-ahead touchdown in LSU's 42-28 win over the Gators in Tiger Stadium. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#1 SS) So/2023 SS Marcel BrooksTexas Christian
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  Georgia State offensive line standout Shamarious Gilmore was named to Phil Steele's 2020 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference first team, headlining a group of 11 Panthers honored in the annual preseason magazine. Gilmore, a senior from Riverdale, Ga., and Drew High School, is a three-year starter at left guard who has been named All-Sun Belt following each of his first three seasons. Earlier this summer, he also made Athlon Sports' Preseason All-Sun Belt first team. Phil Steele's All-Sun Belt second team features GSU senior tight end Roger Carter and junior cornerback Quavian White. - Georgia State Football

(DS#91 OG) rSr/2021 OG Shamarious GilmoreGeorgia State
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  As Kansas State's football team got back to work Monday, the athletics department announced that two student-athletes are now isolated with active coronavirus cases. One of those active cases is publicly known: Jonathan Alexander, a senior defensive back. Alexander revealed his status on social media Monday. "Yes, I tested positive for COVID-19," Alexander wrote on Twitter. "I don't have any symptoms though, and if you know me you know I keep my room clean and my body clean, so I believe I'll be straight. Thanks for all prayers and the love!"

He also remained upbeat in an earlier tweet Monday. "I'm spreading good vibes till I'm clear of COVID just in case (I don't) make it through," Alexander wrote, adding a pair of emojis, one involving fingers crossed and another featuring a laughing face. Since K-State's athletics department began testing last month, 29 student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 following PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing of 190 student-athletes. - Manhattan Mercury


(DS#999 SS) Sr/2021 SS Jonathan AlexanderKansas State
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  07/14/20 - RB Malik MillerrSr/2021, Auburn, 5-11, 235 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Auburn's running back room has incurred its second loss of the offseason, as veteran reserve Malik Miller won't be returning to the team for his redshirt-senior season, a source confirmed to AL.com. A former three-star prospect out of Madison Academy, where he starred in the backfield alongside Kerryon Johnson in high school, Miller appeared in 34 games over the last four seasons while being used primarily in a niche role out of the backfield and as the Tigers' third-down back. He finished his Auburn career with 81 carries for 314 yards and five rushing touchdowns. He also totaled 20 receptions for 217 yards, added a receiving score in 2018 and a touchdown on a recovered blocked punt in 2017. It is unclear if Miller plans to seek a grad transfer opportunity, and his name is not currently in the transfer portal, according to a source. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2021 RB Malik MillerAuburn
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