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USC senior LB Porter Gustin (knee) is on track with his rehab for a torn meniscus.

Gustin (6'4/262) is trying to beat the initial 4-6 week recovery timetable -- which later turned into just 2-4 weeks -- to be ready for the season opener against UNLV. However, the real rush is to be ready for Stanford and Bryce Love on Sept. 8. Despite being plagued by injuries throughout his USC career, Gustin is considered a Day 1 or Day 2 pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
Aug 15 - 9:58 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Mississippi State senior S Johnathan Abram a third round grade.

Abram (6'0/210) recorded 71 tackles and forced two fumbles in 12 games during his first year with Mississippi State after transferring from Georgia. Pauline writes, "[Abram] does a terrific job with his reads, always puts himself in a position to make positive plays and rarely makes mental mistakes." His biggest weakness is a lack of speed according to Pauline. If Pauline's 4.6 forty-yard dash prediction is right, than it would be hard to imagine Abram beating out his third round grade.
Aug 15 - 9:27 PM

Wisconsin junior QB Alex Hornibrook says freshman WR Aron Cruickshank is "definitely going to be a special player here."

Cruickshank (5'10/168) is the fastest player Hornibrook has ever seen at Wisconsin. The three-star freshman may struggle to get many offensive touches this season with junior A.J. Taylor and sophomore Danny Davis penciled in as starters, but Cruickshank is a name to remember. This offseason, the Badgers have experimented with Cruickshank as a punt returner.
Aug 15 - 8:50 PM

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said sophomore CB Kary Vincent would start if there was a game today.

Vincent (5'10/181) would be starting alongside highly touted CB Greedy Williams to form a great secondary for the Tigers. Vincent is one of the best athletes in the country -- he ran the lead leg of LSU’s 4x100 meter relay team that captured the 2018 SEC title -- and was Scout's No. 92 overall prospect not too long ago. As a freshman, Vincent started three games at nickel, recording one interception and nine tackles. In addition to cornerback, Vincent could be in line for return work.
Aug 15 - 8:36 PM

TCU sophomore DT Ross Blacklock (Achilles) has been ruled out for the 2018 season.

Blacklock (6'4/330) was named the Big 12 co-Freshman Defensive Player of the Year after putting up 22 tackles (4.5 for loss) and a pair of sacks. The former four-star recruit suffered a non-contact Achilles injury at practice on Tuesday. His loss is a big one for the defensive line, as he was a major part of why TCU finished first in total and rushing defense in the Big 12 last year. Sophomore Corey Bethley, redshirt freshmen Terrell Cooper and George Ellis III, and senior Joseph Broadnax will have to take on larger roles than expected this season.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 15 - 8:20 PM

Colorado State HC Mike Bobo is "encouraged by the results of on-going testing" and is hopeful to be back soon with the team in preparation for the season opener.

Bobo was hospitalized after feeling numbness in his feet and is "currently in the process of a multiple-day treatment for a peripheral neuropathy." It is undetermined how much longer he will be hospitalized, but Bobo is feeling well enough to watch practice film and stay in contact with his team. That is very good news. His Colorado State Rams are set to face Hawaii on August 25, but his priority is obviously his health.
Aug 15 - 7:59 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Mississippi State redshirt senior DE Montez Sweat a 5th round grade.

Wow. Sweat (6'6/241) led the SEC in sacks last season, ranked 4th in Pro Football Focus' pass-rush productivity metric, and is considered a potential first-rounder. Pauline questions if Sweat has enough bulk for the next level and writes that Sweat "is constantly handled at the point of attack by a single opponent." If Sweat is as productive as he was as a redshirt junior, he will likely be drafted way higher than Pauline's 5th round grade, even if Sweat is relatively small for a traditional highly drafted NFL DE.
Aug 15 - 7:46 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes Mississippi State redshirt senior QB Nick Fitzgerald "has fallen from Day 2 into the late rounds."

Pauline calls Fitzgerald's 2017 season "terribly disappointing" and believes it has cost him multiple rounds. Specifically, Fitzgerald needs to work on his accuracy -- 55.6 percent completions -- and decision making to improve on his current draft stock. However, a major part of Fitzgerald's game is on the run -- back to back 980+ rushing yard seasons -- but that alone will only get you so far in the NFL draft. The good news for Fitzgerald is incoming HC Joe Moorhead, who helped turn Penn State QB Trace McSorely into a potential first round pick. Pauline ultimately gives Fitzgerald a 5th to 6th round grade.
Aug 15 - 7:25 PM

Georgia coach Kirby Smart said there is "no certainty" that junior CB Tyrique McGhee (foot) will miss the home opener on Sep. 1 against Austin Peay with a small fractured foot.

McGhee (5'10/187) suffered a "small fracture in his foot", but Smart claims McGhee will try to play through it as he did last year. McGhee played in all fifteen games with Georgia last year appearing all over the secondary and special teams. He recorded 25 tackles as a sophomore.
Aug 15 - 6:45 PM

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said redshirt sophomore QB Lucas Johnson "may need season-ending surgery."

Paul Johnson said that his quarterback's lower-body injury will be evaluated further tomorrow, but the news does not sound good. If Johnson does miss significant time, the Yellow Jackets quarterback depth will be seriously tested. The depth behind starter TaQuon Marshall includes redshirt freshman Tobias Oliver and converted wide receiver James Graham. Expect an announcement on Johnson's status later this week.
Aug 15 - 6:30 PM

Texas freshman LB/S DeMarvion Overshown (knee) has been ruled out for the season opener against Maryland on Sep. 1.

Overshown joins fellow freshman Ayodele Adeoye on the inactive list. Like Adeoye, Overshown was injured during a scrimmage last week. The four-star is expected to be a run-stopping safety for the Longhorns this year once he is healthy, but there is no timetable for his return.
Source: SB Nation
Aug 15 - 6:17 PM

Texas freshman LB Ayodele Adeoye (knee) has been ruled out for the season opener.

Adeoye (6'1/231) suffered a knee injury during a Texas scrimmage last Saturday, and the injury is significant enough to have him ruled out 17 days before the game against Maryland. The four-star freshman was ESPN's No. 43 overall prospect in the 2018 class. Texas was already missing junior linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch.
Source: SB Nation
Aug 15 - 6:11 PM

The Daily Advertiser's Tim Buckley reports that Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson will be "leaving" his post.

"Leaving" is the term which Buckley's source used, which would seem to indicate that he will be either resigning or retiring. The exact nature of Benson's departure should receive clarity on Thursday, when a press conference is scheduled for an announcement on the move. He has been working as Sun Belt commissioner since 2012 after previously holding similar gigs with the WAC (1994-2012) and MAC (1990-94).
Aug 15 - 4:56 PM

Penn State freshman CB Jordan Miner has retired due to a heart condition.

Miner (6'1/180) is forced to step away having yet to play a snap for the Nittany Lions. He signed with the program over the winter, with Rivals ranking him as the No. 216 overall prospect in the 2018 class. In his farewell note on social media, the cornerback specifically thanked HC James Franklin for allowing him to stay on scholarship even with his football career winding to a close far earlier than expected.
Aug 15 - 4:44 PM

Oregon redshirt freshman RB CJ Verdell has been working with the first-team offense this week.

Verdell (5'8/192) sat on Friday due to a minor undisclosed issue, but has been no worse for the wear during the current practice week. Color us quite intrigued by the amount of serious run he's received this offseason. He earlier turned in a standout overall body of work during the spring. Tony Brooks-James has fine athletic chops, but we would not be surprised to see something approaching a committee in Eugene upcoming.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 15 - 4:35 PM



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