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Kansas State has hired North Dakota State HC Chris Klieman to serve in the same capacity.

Klieman will stay on with the Bison throughout the FCS playoffs, and he's looking for his fourth championship with NDSU in five years. This was a natural fit, as Klieman has gone 67-6 as head coach with the aforementioned championships, and it should be a similar -- but better -- recruiting map. He replaces Bill Snyder, who doesn't get enough credit for what he did with the Jayhawks; turning one of the worst programs in the country to a respectable Big 12 club. We're excited to see how this works out.
Source: ESPN
Dec 10 - 11:17 PM

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reports that North Dakota State HC Chris Klieman is expected to be offered the Kansas State head coaching position on Monday night.

Feldman also expects Klieman to accept the position. There have been lots of various coaching names tied to the position after Bill Snyder retired, but Klieman always seemed like the most obvious option. He has gone 66-6 in his five seasons with the Bison, and he has won three national championships in that time. It's very likely Klieman sticks on through the playoff run -- NDSU is in the semifinals right now of the FCS tournament -- but it sure seems like the coach will be heading to Manhattan whenever that season finishes.
Dec 10 - 7:03 PM

Tennessee senior DL Kyle Phillips accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

If Phillips' name sounds familiar, you might remember him for his ridiculous touchdown against Alabama where he intercepted a pass and ran through about 15 tackles. In fact, Phillips was awarded the "Piesman" for best big-man touchdown on Monday in addition to accepting his invitation. The 6-foot-4, 273-pound defender also had 7.5 tackles for loss including four sacks, and he projects as a mid-round pick in analysts' eyes right now.
Dec 10 - 6:56 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 QB Jayden Daniels will announce his college commitment on Thursday.

Daniels is deciding between Arizona State, UCLA, and Utah; and Arizona State and the Bruins are considered the leaders. The 6-foot-2, 165-pound quarterback is considered one of the true "dual-threat" signal-callers in the class, and he ranks 2nd at the position designation by 247 Sports. Whatever school gets him -- it sure sounds like it's going to be the Sun Devils -- is getting a quarterback that can really run, with enough arm strength to keep defenders honest. Stay tuned.
Source: 247 Sports
Dec 10 - 6:46 PM

Notre Dame senior LB Te'Von Coney accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Coney has seen his stock rise significantly in 2018, as he and players like Jerry Tillery and Drue Tranquill were pillars for the undefeated Fighting Irish during the 2018 season. Analysts note his eye for the football, but he's a quality athlete who also has excellent instincts. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline called him a potential Day 2 pick, meaning he has a chance to get drafted in the first three rounds.
Dec 10 - 6:30 PM

Alabama senior DE Isaiah Buggs accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Buggs was one of the top pass-rushers in the SEC in 2018, picking up 9.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss during the Crimson Tide's undefeated season. He did battle a knee injury late in the year, but his production from a 6-foot-5, 286-pound frame is sure to make him one of the most talked about prospects during the Senior Bowl.
Dec 10 - 6:26 PM

Miami received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 C Jakai Clark, who had previously been committed to Illinois.

Clark (6'3/305) had been committed to the Illini since November, but an offer from Miami proved too tough to turn down. He ranks as the 14th best center on 247 Sports composite board, and the Loganville, Georgia native ranks 136th among prospects in the state of Georgia. Miami now has 15 commits in their class, and 247 Sports ranks their class 29th overall.
Dec 10 - 6:18 PM

Washington senior LB Ben Burr-Kirven was named a first-team FWAA All-American on Monday.

Burr-Kirven was surprisingly shut out of major award consideration, but he was named to the AP first-team All-American group earlier on Monday, and now has this honor. It's richly deserved after helping the Huskies put together one of the best defenses in college football by making a ridiculous 165 tackles and intercepting two passes. The full list of All-Americans can be found in the link below.
Dec 10 - 6:08 PM

Wisconsin LB Ryan Connelly accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Connelly is a former walk-on who has become one of the more productive members of the Wisconsin defense, and was on the preseason Butkus Award watch list. He made 89 tackles last year after making 88 the previous season, and he had three tackles for loss in each season. He projects as a late-round pick at this point, but his production in the Big Ten will certainly keep him on radars.
Dec 10 - 6:02 PM

Utah has hired Navy DT coach Sione Po'uha to work in the same capacity.

Po'uha's official duties will be coaching defensive tackles, a position he played for Utah from 2000-2004. Prior to joining Navy, he spent two years with the Utes' coaching staff, and was the director of football player development in 2017.
Dec 10 - 5:55 PM

Miami redshirt senior DT Gerald Willis accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Miami was a disappointment in 2018, but Willis was able to have a solid season; picking up four sacks and an impressive 18 tackles for loss. NFL Draft Scout's ROb Rang notes that there are some off-field question marks involving the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder, but his talent is unquestioned. He currently projects as a Day 2 selection, but a strong showing this winter could see him become a potential first-rounder; even in a loaded draft field at the position.
Dec 10 - 5:44 PM

Kentucky senior S Darius West accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

West (6'0/210) is one of several Kentucky defenders who will be playing in Mobile. While he doesn't have the hype of fellow Wildcats like Josh Allen, he is a safety who had 76 tackles, three interceptions and scored a touchdown. West currently projects as a late-round pick, but as we've seen often, a strong showing in an event like the Senior Bowl can do wonders for the draft stock.
Dec 10 - 5:39 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior S Kiy Hester accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Hester had a bit of a wirlwind collegiate career; he transferred from Miam it o Rutgers, and then after reportedly transfering from Rutgers to FIU this summer, he ended up staying with the Scarlett Knights. The 6-foot, 208-pound senior has shown the ability to make plays as a backend defender, and intercepted three passes as a junior. He'll have a chance to show his playmaking ability in Pasadena, but he currently projects as a late-round pick or UDFA.
Dec 10 - 5:31 PM

SMU senior CB Jordan Wyatt accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Wyatt was a ballhawk for the Mustangs in his time at the school, and he also was able to show the ability to make plays with the ball in his hands, scoring four touchdowns as a junior. At 6-foot, 195-pounds, Wyatt profiles best as a slot-corner, but he's played on the outside with SMU, and he should get a chance to do so in St. Petersberg.
Dec 10 - 5:22 PM

Memphis HC Mike Norvell tweeted that he'll remain the head coach at Memphis.

A busy day for fans of the Tigers. Norvell was considered a strong candidate for the job at Kansas State, but he tweeted that he's staying at Memphis. The Tigers did lose their offensive and defensive coordinators on Monday, but Norvell is staying on board, and that gives them a chance to remain a strong contender in the AAC.
Dec 10 - 5:13 PM



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