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Michigan DE Deron Irving-Bey transfers to Central Michigan.

Irving-Bey is not eligible to play in 2018 due to transfer rules. The 6-foot-4, 294-pound defensive lineman took a redshirt during his freshman year in the 2017 season, and ultimately decided to switch scenes. Michigan has one of the best defensive lines in the country with more recruits coming, so if Irving-Bey wants playing time Central Michigan is a much better fit.
Aug 20 - 9:49 PM

BYU redshirt junior Beau Hoge (undisclosed) limited in practice.

Hoge, who changed positions this month, is sitting out of contact drills with an undisclosed injury. The severity of the injury is not clear at this point. Perhaps he is dinged up from the added contact of changing from quarterback to running back.
Aug 20 - 9:38 PM

Oklahoma redshirt senior Marcelias Sutton is the third-team running back.

Sutton was battling with T.J. Pledger and Kennedy Brooks for the third spot, and Sutton has won the battle. The four-star JUCO transfer won't be getting much playing time with Rodney Anderson and Trey Sermon absorbing most of the work, but Sutton was impressive in very limited action last year -- 5.9 yards per carry on 22 attempts.
Aug 20 - 8:45 PM

NC State redshirt senior WR Stephen Louis named as a team captain.

The other NC State captains, which are voted by their peers, are C Garrett Bradbury, LB Germaine Pratt, and of course QB Ryan Finley. Louis is the most experienced receiver on the team.
Aug 20 - 8:23 PM

Michigan redshirt junior T Grant Newsome has retired from football.

The 6-foot-7, 318-pound tackle suffered one of the worst sports injuries in October of 2016. Newsome suffered a dislocated knee, fractured tibia, three knee ligament tears, severe damage to three different nerves, and a destroyed popliteal artery all from one really unfortunate play. That injury kept him in the hospital for 38 days, and there was worry that he would lose his leg. After months of rehabilitation, Newsome has decided to retire from the sport. Newsome will remain with the team as a tight ends student coach while he completes his master's degree.
Aug 20 - 8:08 PM

Texas freshman Caden Sterns to start at safety in season opener against Maryland.

Sterns was an early enrollee and impressed from the jump. Once Sterns received first-team reps during spring practices, nobody was able to unseat him. Becoming a starter as a freshman at Texas puts him in good company, as Earl Thomas did the same back in 2008. However, Thomas did so as a redshirt and Sterns is doing it as a true freshman. The four-star will start opposite of Brandon Jones and PJ Locke will move to corner.
Source: SB Nation
Aug 20 - 7:49 PM

Michigan redshirt senior CB Casey Hughes to play cornerback, nickel, and special teams for the Wolverines.

Hughes (5'11/195) transferred from Utah -- as a cornerback -- this Winter, but the Wolverines initially put him with the safeties. After some time passed, the coaching staff ruled there wasn't enough time to learn a new position while learning an entirely new defense, so Hughes returns back as to the cornerback room. Michigan cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich said that he is looking for a rotation of at least five corners, and Hughes is battling for that fifth spot. The current starting corners are Lavert Hill, David Long and Brandon Watson with Ambry Thomas "cemented" as the fourth. Look for Hughes to pop up as the nickelback and on special teams.
Aug 20 - 7:36 PM

Indiana HC Tom Allen is expected to announce his starting quarterback this week.

Allen wants to let his offense prepare with their starting quarterback during their mock game this Saturday. The quarterback battle is threefold. Redshirt sophomore Peyton Ramsey, graduate transfer Brandon Dawkins, and true freshman Michael Penix have all been splitting reps at practice with the first-, second-, and third-team offenses. Allen was waiting for one of the quarterbacks to separate, and it looks like that never happened, as the Hoosiers are just two weeks out from their opener without a starting quarterback named. The announcement could come at any time. Stay tuned.
Aug 20 - 6:55 PM

Indiana OC Mike DeBord praised redshirt senior C Nick Linder's ability to play both center and guard.

DeBord said, "Linder can play both and that’s a big strength. It helps us and obviously helps him as well." Linder, who transferred from Miami, is someone Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is keeping an eye on for the NFL Draft. Pauline considers Linder as an undrafted free agent who can play into becoming a Day 3 pick. Getting experience at both center and guard -- and staying healthy -- will certainly help his draft stock.
Aug 20 - 6:48 PM

BYU redshirt senior WR Trey Dye has retired from football.

Dye decided to hang up his cleats after battling injuries, but he will stick around the team as a player coach for now. Dye finished his career with 180 total yards and a touchdown.
Aug 20 - 6:37 PM

Wisconsin junior WR Quintez Cephus charged with felony sexual assault of an intoxicated victim and felony sexual assault stemming from an incident in April.

Cephus announced on Twitter yesterday that he was taking a "forced leave of absence" because of a legal issue, and the charges are serious. According to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, police met with one women at an emergency room to collect evidence and a statement on April 22nd. Then the police learned of the second assault of a second women -- the two women were with each other at the time of the said assault -- early on in their investigation. Since then, Cephus has met with police, and the case has been sent to the attorney's office. Cephus will appear in court on Thursday. Wisconsin announced that Cephus will be suspended immediately. There will be more details coming in the coming days.
Source: ESPN
Aug 20 - 6:27 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Texas A&M senior LB Landis Durham a third-round grade coming into the 2018 season.

Pauline mentions that scouts are higher on Durham, with some believing he's a potential top 40 talent. Pauline isn't as high on him, but clearly sees NFL talent in the 6-foot-3, 255-pound defender. "[Durham] plays with excellent leverage as well as balance and body control," he writes. "He’s a solid pass rusher who can bend off the edge but struggles shedding blocks and gets handled by opponents." if Durham racks up the tackles and tests well, there's a real chance he's off the board by the end of Day 2 -- if not sooner.
Aug 20 - 5:41 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa is currently the odd-son favorite to win the Heisman Trophy according to the Las Vegas Superbook.

Tagovailoa comes in with 4/1 odds, just ahead of Stanford running back Bryce Love with 5/1. Wisconsin tailback Jonathan Taylor is third at 8/1, and Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate is the only other player below 15/1 odds at 12/1. Tagovailoa has yet to start a game for the Crimson Tide, but he's the projected starter for the team that was voted best in the country Monday by the Associated Press,and his ability to make plays with his arms and legs make him a natural candidate -- assuming he wins the job.
Aug 20 - 5:25 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline calls Vanderbilt redshirt sophomore T Devin Cochran a "nice" combination of size, mobility and athleticism.

Cochran (6'7/315) gets a fourth-to-fifth round grade from Pauline, and that ranks second on the Commodores behind corner Joejuan Williams. " He can slide in space, easily gets off the edge in pass protection and blocks with terrific fundamentals," writes Pauline. "He has a great upside and could be an early selection if he continues to improve his game." Cochran has two years of eligibility left, so there's time for him to develop into that type of player.
Aug 20 - 5:00 PM

Bleacher Report's Kerry Miller lists Michigan sophomore WR Tarik Black as a potential x-factor that could make or break the Wolverines in 2018.

Black started the 2017 season on a roll, but a fractured foot in week three cost Black the rest of his freshman campaign. At 6-foot-3, 206-pounds, he should give Shea Patterson a red-zone target, and he's shown the ability to make big plays down the field in his short time. There's some risk here because of the injury, but Black has a real chance to be the top target in the Michigan passing game.
Aug 20 - 4:45 PM



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