Player Notes

  • K-State in 'slowdown mode' on Delton transfer
    CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd relays that Kansas State is in "slowdown mode" when it comes to allowing redshirt senior QB Alex Delton's announced TCU transfer.

    Advice: Earlier on Wednesday, it came out that Oklahoma was blocking immediate eligibility for Austin Kendall at West Virginia. Now word surfaces that Kansas State is dragging it out with Delton, who announced a transfer to TCU on Tuesday. It's possible that the program ultimately just allows the move, but we'll see. At least on a basic football level, this would seem to be wasted energy by the Wildcats. Delton -- while an adept runner -- has rarely risen above the level of slightly-below-average as a quarterback during his career in Manhattan. 41 minutes ago
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  • Florida State TE Upshur heads into portal
    Florida State senior TE Naseir Upshur entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal.

    Advice: Upshur (6'3/239) is at least the third FSU player to put his name into the portal this week, joining WR George Campbell and QB James Blackman. The former four-star tight end ended up appearing in five games during the 2018 season, putting him just over the bar to land a redshirt and save a year of eligibility. He caught four passes for 53 yards during the just-completed campaign. We'll pass along word should Upshur emerge from the portal with a new team. Today, 10:53 am
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  • Alabama QB Jalen Hurts transfers to Oklahoma
    Alabama senior QB Jalen Hurts transferred to Oklahoma as a graduate.

    Advice: Hurts (6'2/218) announced his transfer via The Players' Tribune. Maryland, Miami, TCU and Auburn were among the other programs which had been batted around as potential landing spots for the graduate gunslinger. This move is a fascinating one in our eyes, as we'll have a chance to see how OU HC Lincoln Riley adapts his offense without a top-flight passer taking snaps. The passing drop-off from Baker Mayfield/Kyler Murray to Hurts is a steep one, though for what it's worth, the 6-foot-2, 218-pounder did show off a little more accuracy than we were accustomed to seeing from him while playing in backup duty behind Tua Tagovailoa this past season. Hurts completed 72.9% of his 70 attempts in 2018. He won SEC Offensive Player of the Year after bursting onto the scene as a true freshman in 2016 and subsequently started for almost the entirety of Alabama's 2017 title run, right up until Tagovailoa replaced him in the second half of the championship game against Georgia and on into 2018. Today, 10:34 am
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  • Florida State WR Campbell jumps into portal
    Florida State redshirt senior WR George Campbell has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal.

    Advice: Campbell (6'4/207) enrolled at Florida State as a five-star recruit in the 2015 class, but his career in Tallahassee never really came together, due in part to a deluge of injuries which limited him to just 13 total games played. This past season, Campbell caught four passes for 42 yards while appearing in two contests. There's not much to bank on, here, beyond his recruiting profile, but Campbell's earlier reputation could help him to land in a nice spot (assuming he goes through with a transfer) as he tries to put together a soft landing to what's been a turbulent ride. Today, 10:23 am
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  • Report: FSU QB Blackman in transfer portal
    247Sports' Brendan Sonnone reports that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB James Blackman has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal.

    Advice: Blackman (6'5/181) started one game during the 2018 campaign, but managed to stay under the four-game threshold required to retain a redshirt for the season when all was said and done. Had Deondre Francois opted in for the NFL Draft earlier this winter, it's possible and logical that Blackman would have simply stayed put in Tallahassee. Francois instead decided to return to school, more or less forcing the redshirt sophomore's hand. Blackman received extensive run as starter after Francois went down with a knee injury in the 2017 opener against Alabama. In 12 games that season, he threw for 2,230 yards (58.2-percent completions) with a 19/11 TD/INT ratio. Today, 9:51 am
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  • Report: OU causing issue for Kendall-to-WVU
    ESPN's Jake Trotter reports that Oklahoma is blocking redshirt junior QB Austin Kendall from transferring to West Virginia with immediate eligibility as a graduate.

    Advice: Not the best of looks for the Sooners, here, as they have been seriously linked to Alabama grad transfer Jalen Hurts over the last week-plus. Kendall has already graduated from OU, but because he would be transferring within the Big 12, they still possess the ultimate say as to whether he would receive immediate eligibility for the 2019 season at West Virginia. A year ago, we saw the SEC switch up its rules to allow graduate transfers to move within the conference whilst automatically retaining immediate eligibility. No such conference-wide move appears imminent for the Big 12, but we'll see if Oklahoma backs down now that this story has been reported on the national wire. Today, 9:40 am
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  • Report: Auburn WR King steps into portal's Matt Zenitz reports that Auburn redshirt senior WR Griffin King has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

    Advice: King (5'10/179) walked on at Auburn in 2015 to begin his career with the Tigers and was subsequently awarded a scholarship in 2017. He has mostly seen the field working on special teams, making minimal offensive contributions on the side. Today, 8:17 am
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  • OSU QB Tate Martell transferring to Miami
    Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB Tate Martell transferred to Miami.

    Advice: We wouldn't blame Hurricanes HC Manny Diaz if he's doing a little dance tonight, because his team struck two major positive blows on the evening. About an hour before news broke of Martell's impending transfer to Coral Gables, junior WR Jeff Thomas -- who had been dismissed from the team in November and subsequently transferred to Illinois -- announced that he had decided to return to Miami. Martell is expected to formally announce his transfer on Wednesday. Per The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, the redshirt sophomore is expected to sit out the 2019 campaign to satisfy NCAA regulations. We have seen other players request and receive waivers for immediate playing time, but it would appear that Martell is not going to try for that route. Rivals ranked him as the No. 39 overall prospect in the 2017 class coming out of high school. He opted to transfer away from Ohio State after Georgia's Justin Fields moved in on his turf in Columbus earlier this winter. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
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  • Illinois WR Jeff Thomas heading back to Miami
    Illinois junior WR Jeff Thomas has decided to return to Miami.

    Advice: Whoa now. Thomas (5'10/175) was dismissed from the Hurricanes near the end of the regular season and had subsequently decided to transfer to Illinois. The Miami Herald reported over the weekend that Thomas was considering a potential return to Miami, but in a News-Gazette piece released on Monday, he was quoted as saying that he planned on sticking it out with the Illini. So much for that. This is a major coup for Hurricanes HC Manny Diaz, who will now have both K.J. Osborn (formerly of Buffalo) and Thomas to play around with come the start of the 2019 season. Thomas logged a 35-563-3 receiving line in 11 games for the 2018 campaign, prior to his November dismissal. Yesterday, 8:11 pm
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  • Sikkema: Jamal Custis' stock is 'way up'
    The Draft Network's Trevor Sikkema writes that Syracuse WR Jamal Custis' draft stock is "way up" through the first two days of East-West Shrine Game practices.

    Advice: Custis (6'5/213) has flashed both due to his obvious advantages in terms of length and measurement, as well as his ability to work down the field. Sikkema passes along that the Syracuse wideout also showed off nice strength when hauling in a catch despite all kinds of contact during Tuesday's practice. He will look to keep the good vibes going through the rest of the week leading up to Saturday's game as he tries to make an early impression on scouts and evaluators. Yesterday, 5:19 pm
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  • Penn State TE Dalton enters transfer portal
    Penn State redshirt junior TE Danny Dalton has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

    Advice: Dalton (6'4/251) managed just three catches for 19 yards during the 2018 campaign. He actually opened the season listed as a co-starter on the Nittany Lions' depth chart, but found himself falling behind freshman Pat Freiermuth (26-368-8) to serious degree after the season started up. Barring an NCAA waiver or a drop out of the FBS, Dalton would be required to sit out the 2019 season should he choose to go through with a transfer. Yesterday, 3:35 pm
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  • Sikkema all about Ryan Davis' Shrine work
    The Draft Network's Trevor Sikkema raved about the work put in by Auburn WR Ryan Davis over the first two days of East-West Shrine Game practice.

    Advice: "Davis had a nasty double move on a stutter step for a touchdown [on Monday], and he was once again evidently explosive in and out of his routes on the outside and coming from the slot (on Tuesday)," Sikkema writes of the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Auburn receiver. His colleague, Jon Ledyard, likewise has been impressed with what Davis has managed to achieve in St. Petersburg in the early going. His process is off to a nice start as he looks to make a name for himself as a prospect coming out of Shrine Game week. Yesterday, 3:20 pm
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  • Texas RB Carter transfers to Sam Houston St.
    Texas redshirt sophomore RB Toneil Carter transferred to Sam Houston State.

    Advice: Carter (5'11/210) rushed for 252 yards and three touchdowns across nine games played during his inaugural season on campus in 2017, after signing on with the Longhorns as a four-star recruit, but he was unable to crack the field for even a singular carry during the just-completed campaign. He'll be receiving a redshirt for the season. At Sam Houston State, Carter will be eligible to play immediately come the start of the 2019 season. Yesterday, 1:41 pm
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  • Vanderbilt QB Shumur heading to NFLPA bowl
    Vanderbilt QB Kyle Shumur accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

    Advice: Shurmur (6'4/225) was a late addition to the roster, but has already showed off nicely during the early going in practice, with's Ric Serritella noting that the Vanderbilt signal-caller has "demonstrated a fluid, compact throwing motion, [with] nice zip" despite less-than-ideal weather conditions. Shumur draws a UDFA grade from Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline at this early juncture in the process. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
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  • Sikkema impressed by Jordan Ta'amu at Shrine
    The Draft Network's Trevor Sikkema has been impressed by the first two days of practice put in by Ole Miss QB Jordan Ta'amu at the East-West Shrine Game.

    Advice: Sikkema thought Ta'amu had the second-best performance of any quarterback on Monday, with only BSU's Brett Rypien impressing to a higher degree in the analyst's eyes. Back at it again on Tuesday. Sikkema passes along that the Ole Miss signal-caller "connect[ed] with a variety of different receivers" on the day, notable in that he has not been leaning on his most familiar target in DeMarkus Lodge. The Dolphins checked in with Ta'amu following Monday's practice. Yesterday, 1:08 pm
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  • Clemson QB Lawrence wins Archie Griffin
    Clemson sophomore QB Trevor Lawrence was named the winner of the Archie Griffin Award.

    Advice: Unlike the bulk of awards handed out for the 2018 campaign, the Archie Griffin (essentially the CFB season's MVP) is not bestowed until after the conclusion of the bowl slate. Thus how Trevor Lawrence -- who was never seriously in conversation with Tua Tagovailoa or Kyler Murray for the Heisman as the fall wound down -- can come away victorious for the honor. He dazzled the CFB world with his 347-yard, three-touchdown torching of Alabama in the National Championship Game earlier this month and is going to enter the 2019 season as a short-list favorite for the Heisman. Yesterday, 12:49 pm
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  • Ohio State QB Baldwin (knee) now healthy
    Ohio State redshirt freshman QB Matthew Baldwin has recovered from the torn ACL which prevented him from playing in 2018.

    Advice: Baldwin (6'2/195) underwent surgery to repair a torn right ACL last spring and did not take a snap for the Buckeyes this past season. He'll save a year of eligibility with a redshirt and is set to serve as backup to Justin Fields once the 2019 campaign boots up in the fall. Baldwin signed with the Buckeyes as a three-star recruit in the 2018 cycle. Yesterday, 12:23 pm
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  • Pettway leaving Arkansas as grad transfer
    Arkansas redshirt senior WR La'Michael Pettway announced he'll leave Arkansas as a graduate transfer.

    Advice: Pettway will be able to play immediately for his final season at whatever institution he lands at. In a season that was chalk full of disappointments, Pettway showed some flashes of brilliance in his redshirt junior season; catching 30 passes for 499 yards with four touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 219-pound wideout won't be a star, but should help someone's receiver rotation -- potentially as a starter -- in 2019. Yesterday, 10:55 am
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  • Kelley back with Bruins for 2019 season
    UCLA redshirt senior RB Joshua Kelley will return for his final season.

    Advice: Kelley (5'11/204) was thought of as a potential NFL Draft candidate, but the breakout star for the Bruins is back for another go. The former UC Davis tailback ran for 1,243 yards and 12 scores last year, and had a couple of monster games for UCLA down the stretch. The Bruins' offense should be much, much better in 2019, and that's in large part due to the return of Kelley. Yesterday, 10:27 am
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  • Serritella: Browning top QB at NFLPA Bowl
    NFL Draft Scout's Ric Serritella writes that Washington QB Jake Browning was the top quarterback at practice on Monday for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

    Advice: Serritella notes that Browning showed the best footwork and mechanics, which isn't a surprise. The quarterback measured at 6-foot-1, 206, and that size isn't exactly ideal for a signal-caller. He also apparently had an issue at times throwing the wet ball, as the Los Angeles area was hit hard by rain. Serritella calls Browning a priority free agent, and he's going to have to dominate his events if he's going to get drafted. Yesterday, 9:44 am
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