College Football News
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles: Quarterback Hayden Rettig leaves team | September 15th, 2017
In an interview with NJ.com, Tennessee Tech red-shirt senior transferee Hayden Rettig announced that he is leaving the school’s football program due to personal reasons.
Since joining the college ranks out of high school, Hayden Rettig has bounced around between three colleges LSU, Rutgers and Tennessee Tech. Mainly known for his time at Rutgers, Rettig only played in 4 games for the university where he passed for 233 passing yards and 2 touchdowns while completing 56% of his passes (14/25). After a minimal sophomore season, Rettig decided to try his luck at landing a starting job in the FCS ranks and join the Golden Eagles.
Since joining the Golden Eagles in 2016, Hayden Rettig has not seen any regular season snaps and was likely listed behind Andrew Sale at starter before eventually being taken off the team’s official roster. This could be the end of the road of Rettig for football due to this being his final year of eligibility.
Iowa State Cyclones: 2017 Iowa State recruit Devon Moore tears ACL, done for 2017 | August 12th, 2017
After speaking with The Des Moines Register, Devon Moore‘s father announced that his son has torn his ACL and will miss the 2017 College Football season. Devon Moore’s father said that his son sustained his ACL injury in a non-contact drill at practice this week.
Devon Moore, 18, is a three-star recruit from Waterloo, Iowa. Devon Moore was ranked as the 57th overall quarterback by Scout as well as the 27th dual-threat quarterback by 24-7 sports. Devon Moore was bound to sit out the season as he sits behind starting quarterback Jacob Park and backups Kyle Kempt and Zeb Noland. Devon Moore will look to push for a backup role once he comes back from his injury.
North Carolina Tarheels: Defensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers announces retirement from football | August 7th, 2017
North Carolina Tarheels defensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers released a statement that he is retiring from football. In the statement, Rodgers said that “The goals I’ve set for myself are bigger than football”.
Khaliel Rodgers spent two seasons with USC before announcing his intention to transfer earlier in the year. Khaliel’s transfer trips went from USC to Iowa State, but his stay with Iowa State would be very short-lived as he would later transfer again to North Carolina.
Khaliel Rodgers, an expandable lineman, was expected to find a permanent home on the offensive line as he was to compete for a starting role at North Carolina. Khaliel Rodgers retires at the age of 23.
Oregon State Beavers: Quarterback Marcus McMaryion announces his intentions to transfer | August 6th, 2017
Oregon State Beavers quarterback Marcus McMaryion has announced that he will be transferring from OSU immediately.
The reason of the transfer might have something to do with him not being named the starter to open up the season. Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen announced that Junior College transfer Jake Luton was named starter over McMaryion and Darell Garretson. Marcus McMaryion, junior, will transfer as a graduate-transfer as he already earned his degree in health. McMaryion will have two seasons of eligibility once he joins his new school.
Marcus McMaryion spent two seasons with the Beavers (2015-2016). In two seasons with the Beavers, McMaryion played in 15 games, completing 54% of his passes while throwing for 1,698 yards and 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Arizona State Sun Devils: Quarterback Manny Wilkins taking majority 1st-team reps | August 4th, 2017
After being named the season starter by head coach Todd Graham, Manny Wilkins has been taking the majority of the 1st-team reps during summer practices.
After having an impressive spring game and productive spring practices, Manny Wilkins out played Blake Barnett and Brady White for the starting quarterback role. This will be Wilkin’s second straight season-opening up the season as the starter but, down the stretch of last season Wilkins went down with an injury. Blake Barnett will serve as the backup quarterback to Wilkins with Brady White serving as #3 on the depth chart. Arizona State meets New Mexico State week one on August 31st.
Nevada Wolfpack: Nevada names David Cornwell as starting quarterback | July 28th, 2017
Nevada head coach Jay Norvell announced that former Alabama quarterback David Cornwell has emerged as the teams starting quarterback “for now”.
In a media conference, Jay Norvell said: “David’s the starting quarterback right now and he’ll have to compete and earn that spot throughout training camp and if there’s reason for him not to be we’ll address”. This offseason, Nevada had a rough patch at quarterback as they lost Hunter Fralick who was supposed to be their answer at quarterback but now the emergence of David Cornwell will now be Nevada’s answer at quarterback.
David Cornwell, a junior, spent three seasons and earned his degree with Alabama and was an outside option at quarterback from the Crimson Tide. Transferring from Alabama back in January, Cornwell came to Nevada and went to work outplaying fellow quarterbacks Ty Gangi and Cristian Solano in the teams spring game. Nevada meets Northwestern on September 2nd.
Oregon Ducks: Red-shirt Sophomore Travis Jonsen transfers to Riverside CC | June 20th, 2017
The quarterback position continues to weaken for the Oregon Ducks as Travis Jonsen is the latest player to depart from the team. Travis Jonsen joins Terry Wilson as the other quarterback to have left the program in hopes of starting someplace else. Travis Jonsen will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 as he transferred to a community college and will be eligible to transfer to an FBS program during the 2018 season. The departure of Jonsen leaves Oregon with Justin Herbert (all likely starter), Taylor Alie (Senior) and freshman Braxton Burmeister on the roster. Quarterback is running extremely thin for the Ducks entering this season.
Nevada Wolfpack: Quarterback Hunter Fralick among others leaving Nevada | June 10th, 2017
Earlier this week it was reported that a total of 18 players from the Nevada Wolfpack football team will no longer return to the team going forward. One player on the list that stood out was quarterback Hunter Fralick.
Hunter Fralick, junior, joined the Wolfpack in 2015 and was destined to eventually become a starting quarterback for the team down the line. In 2016, Fralick was in a quarterback battle with fellow departee, Dante Mayes. Many quick to thought that Fralick is transferring from Nevada but these rumors are untrue and that Fralick will stay at Nevada under scholarship as he is set to graduate this winter. The Wolfpack are left with junior quarterback Ty Gangi as their starting quarterback for 2017.
Pittsburgh Panthers: Running backs Chawntez Moss and Qadree Ollison “neck and neck” following spring practice | June 4th, 2017
The Pittsburgh Panthers are in a whole new era at running back as former running back James Conner is now in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers. During the Panthers Spring Game, Moss ran for 59 rushing yards as Ollison ran for 28 yards. Coach Powell said that due to Ollison’s experience he is ahead of the pack at the starting role.
Florida Gators (FBS – SEC): Former Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire to transfer to Flordia | May 28th, 2017
After months of deliberating and weighing in all offers, Malik Zaire has rumored to have chosen Flordia to finish out his college career.
During his transfer process, Malik Zaire has traveled to so many schools ranging from Wisconsin to North Carolina. Malik Zaire was looking for a school that will give him a better opportunity to start and fits his style of play. Malik Zaire is a dual-threat quarterback and will be joining a Doug Nussmeier’s multiple offense scheme that has started a number of pro-style quarterbacks the last few seasons, it will be an interesting transition for Nussmeier.
With the decision of Zaire heading to Flordia seem to be concrete, there is only one problem, Flordia probably won’t be able to get him due to the new SEC transfer rules. The rules are that a university graduate transfers do not meet requirements, the school cannot take any transfers for three years. Now here comes the Gators case, two Gators players, Anthony Harrell and Mason Halter did not meet SEC requirements. This really puts Flordia at risk of not being able to acquire Zaire.
We will stay on top of this news, keep on coming back to this section for more information on Zaire.
California Golden Bears (FBS – Pac 12): Quarterback Max Gilliam set to transfer | May 28th, 2017
Quarterback Max Gilliam has announced his intention to transfer from California.
The Golden Bears are in a transition period at quarterback as they are no longer with Davis Webb as he is now in the NFL with the Giants. The Golden Bears opened up spring practice with Chase Forest and Ross Bowers as the two battling and last week Brandon McIlwain transferred to Cal to battle for the starting role in 2018. Max Gilliam was penciled in as at best #3 for Cal and likely battling for a #3 spot in 2018. This transfer decision makes a whole lot of sense.
Max Gilliam will now transfer and if stays at the FBS level he will sit out this coming year but if he transfers to an FCS level he will play immediately. During his recruitment trail he was offered deals by Ohio and visited Arizona and Washington, maybe those schools could be on his radar.
Colorado State Rams (FBS – Mountain West): Anthony Hawkins possibly transitioning to cornerback?
Anthony Hawkins and his defensive coaches have been discussing the transition but it sounds like everything is being taken with a grain of salt at this moment.
Anthony Hawkins was one of the top signings for the Rams during the 2016 recruitment trail. During the 2016 season, Hawkins was a non-factor having caught two receptions for 27 yards and one touchdown. The transition to cornerback could be good for Hawkins and the team as it will add depth to an already strong enough secondary.
California Golden Bears (FBS – PAC 12): Former South Carolina QB Brandon McIlwain transfers to California | May 21st, 2017
Former South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Brandon McIlwain has announced that they will be transferring to California and join the Golden Bears.
Brandon McIlwain had quite a journey trying to find a new school where he can call home. Brandon McIlwain’s journey took him to a number of schools like the Arizona Wildcats, Virginia Cavaliers, and the Baylor Bears but decided to land with California.
In addition to joining the Cal football team, Brandon McIlwain expressed interest in playing for the California baseball team as well. During his high school years, Brandon McIlwain was a highly touted prospect at Council Rock North High School in Pennsylvania. His high school success got him ranked as a top 20 high school prospect according to Baseball America heading into the 2016 MLB Draft.
We have seen two-sport athletes in college with the most notable being former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston who decided to pursue football than baseball. Brandon McIlwain will experiment with both sports in 2018 as that is when he will be able to play due to transfer regulations.
Oregon State Beavers (FBS – PAC 12): Former Oregon Duck Thomas Tyner unretires; transfers to OSU | May 21st, 2017
After retiring from football last February, Thomas Tyner has unretired and has transferred to Oregon rival, Oregon State University.
Thomas Tyner has had a tough couple of years as he has been dealing issues in both of his shoulders. Thomas Tyner’s injuries forced him into retirement last February and it sounds like he is ready to get back to football and contribute for the Beavers. In an interview with Oregonian, Tyner said that “I wanted to be a Beaver his entire life”. The only thing that he is waiting on is clearance from the NCAA in order to make this dream a reality.
In two seasons with the Oregon Ducks Tyner ran for a total of 1,284 yards, 14 rushing touchdowns (1 receiving touchdown) while averaging 5.6 yards a carry in his two seasons combined. If he is cleared by the NCAA, OSU could have a very lethal running back core as the team will carry two speedy backs in Tyner and starting running back Ryan Nall.
Florida Atlantic Owls (FBS – CUSA): FAU defensive back Richie Kittles to transfer | May 16th, 2017
In his latest Twitter post, Richie Kittles announced that he will be transferring from FAU and to start a “new beginning” to his college career.
Richie Kittles is announcing his intentions to transfer following the conclusion of the FAU spring practices. With the intention to transfer following spring practices, it is likely a sign that Kittles did not get a starting job or is in a situation where he is not going to get playing time.
Richie Kittiles intends on playing during the 2017 year and will likely have to do so at the FCS or JUCO level.
South Florida Bulls (FBS – AAC): USF dismisses LaDarrius Jackson after 2nd sexual assault charge | May 11th, 2017
The South Florida Bulls have dismissed defensive lineman LaDarrius Jackson from the team for his second sexual assault charge.
So the story goes, Jackson forced the women to shower with him and when she said no he blocked the door and allegedly started removing her clothes. Following this, it is also allegedly said that Jackson had the women go to the pharmacy to pick up contraceptive and take the pills in front of him. LaDarrius has now surrendered himself to police and is being charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment.
LaDarrius Jackson joined the Bulls in 2016 after two seasons spent with Hinds Community College where he recorded 1 sack, 21 tackles and 2 tackles for loss. (May 11th, 2017)
Arkansas Razorbacks (FBS – SEC): Razorbacks defensive lineman Daytrieon Dean to transfer | May 11th, 2o17
After two years spent at Arkansas, Daytrieon Dean announced his intention to transfer from the University.
Daytrieon Dean is a former three-star recruit from Northside High School in the state of Arkansas. Since joining the Razorbacks in 2015 he has been used to the capacity he wished and even following a red-shirt freshman year he sat on the bench during the 2016 year.
During his, recruitment Dean was offered deals by Arkansas, Ole Miss, Alabama and Arkansas State. If Dean wants’s to stay within the FBS level he will have to sit out the 2017 year but if he transfers to the FCS level he will be able to play immediately during 2017.
BYU Cougars (FBS – Independent): Ty Detmer to use running back by committee during 2017 season | May 9th, 2017
Following the Cougars spring football game Ty Detmer says that the Cougars offense will work a running back by committee to start the season.
With this news emerging it tells us that none of the running backs pulled away from the rest of the pack during the spring game which led to Detmer making this decision. The Cougars are without running back Jamaal Williams as he is now moved onto the NFL playing for the Green Bay Packers. The departure of Williams left the Cougars with the starting running back role up for grabs but, no one pulled away with the starting role during the spring game.
The Cougars have sophomore transfer Squally Canada, freshman K.J. Hall and Kavika Fonua as the top three backs on the roster but we should have the answer to this position battle after week one against Portland State at the end of August or unless someone emerges.
Arkansas Razorbacks (FBS – SEC): Razorbacks junior RB Rawleigh Williams III retires from football | May 8th, 2017
This is tragic news for Rawleigh Williams III who has had a great college football career and could have possibly had pro career after his time at Arkansas. Rawleigh Williams has been dealing with neck injuries before in his career and during the Arkansas spring game he was carted off and sustained his second career neck injury.
Rawleigh Williams did an interview and had this to say about his family and them playing a role in his decision “My family is the most important thing in my life. The first thing I thought when it all happened was the reaction of my mom, dad, sister and brother. I didn’t want them to go through this all over again. I just wanted to stand up to calm them down and show them that I was ok.”
Rawleigh Williams III ends his college career with 1,614 rushing yards and 14 total touchdowns.
Auburn Tigers (FBS – SEC): Freshman quarterback Woody Barrett announces his intention to transfer | May 8th, 2017
Reports are that Woody Barrett intends to transfer to the JUCO level and then transfer backup to the FBS level prior to the 2018 season. Auburn has been the subject of quarterback news this offseason with the acquirement of former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham and with his arrival it pushed Barrett down the depth chart.
Woody Barrett is a former four-star recruit and was ranked as the 106th best prospect in the ESPN 300. Alabama, Tennessee and Ole Miss all offered Barrett scholarships before committing to Auburn. These three teams could likely be on Barrett’s watchlist if he returns to the SEC level.
Texas Tech Red Raiders (FBS – Big 12): Junior wide receiver Jonathan Giles to transfer | May 1st, 2017
Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Jonathan Giles confirmed on his personal Twitter account that he will be transferring from Texas Tech. Jonathan Giles is coming off his best season in which he was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist and recorded 1,158 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns off 69 receptions.
There was no reason as to why he was transferring but early speculation has it that playing time could be the reason due to his departure. If Giles decides to remain at the FBS level he will redshirt this coming year or if he lands at the FCS level he will be able to play and contribute to his new team immediately.
Tennessee Volunteers (FBS – SEC): Former Louisville DB Shaq Wiggins joins Tennessee. | April 26th, 2017
Shaq Wiggins is now heading to his third college football team since breaking onto the college football scene in 2013. Shaq Wiggins, a former 4-star recruit to Georgia, left Georgia in 2013, joined Louisville, became an All-ACC pick all to land with Tennessee. Shaq Wiggins is joining the Vols defensive backs core that has been depleted during the offseason due to the injury of Emmanuel Moseley this spring. Shaq Wiggins could very well open the 2017 season as starting cornerback for the Volunteers.
Miami Hurricanes (FBS – ACC): Freshman quarterback Jack Allision to transfer | April 25th, 2017
The Miami Hurricanes are now entering a new era and its the post-Brad Kaaya era and the quarterback position has been up for grabs. Redshirt freshman Jack Allison had a step back as he sustained a shoulder injury as well as a concussion during spring practices, possibly holding him back from being named the starter.
Jack Allision shocked us when he announced his intention to transfer from Miami. The former 2016 4-star recruit should garner a lot of interest from FBS schools but he will have to sit out 2017 due to NCAA regulations. The Hurricanes have quarterbacks Malik Rosier and Evan Shirreffs currently battling for the starting position.
LSU Tigers (FBS – SEC): Tigers quarterback Danny Etling undergoes back surgery | April 24th, 2017
According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, it has been confirmed that Danny Etling has undergone back surgery to relieve the pain has been dealing with in his back. LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media and addressed the operation as a “minor procedure”.
The back injury has been lingering for some time now and Etling even played through the spring game with the back injury. The injury might not hold him out of the summer but that will be pending any setbacks.
Illinois Fighting Illini (FBS – Big 10): Head Coach Lovie Smith named Junior QB Chayce Crouch starter | April 22nd, 2017
The Fighting Illini are now entering 2017 with a fresh new start at quarterback and head coach Lovie Smith announced that Junior QB Chayce Crouch will replace quarterback Wes Lunt. In 2016, Chayce Crouch had a couple of solid spot starts for Illinois when Wes Lunt went down with an injury. Eventually, Crouch would injure his shoulder, get shoulder surgery and miss the final six games of the 2016 regular season.
Chayce Crouch has been taking it easy this offseason as he has not been doing any contact related workouts even after being cleared to resume football related activities at 100%. Chayce and the Fighting Illini open up 2017 at home against Ball State on September 2nd.
Baylor Bears (FBS – Big 12): Jalen Hurd to visit the Baylor Bears | April 9th, 2017
According to 247Sports, former Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd will be visiting Baylor this week. Since announcing his decision to transfer from Tennessee Hurd has already visited Louisville, Ohio State, and California. Hurd left the visit without any commitment to the school. According to many reporters and analysts, they say that if Hurd decides not to continue playing at the college level that he could end up becoming an entrant in the 2017 NFL Supplemental Draft. We will all have to wait and find out how the visit to Baylor will go and if he will commit to the Baylor Bears.
Iowa Hawkeyes (FBS – Big 10): Hawkeyes defensive back Brandon Snyder tear’s ACL | April 9th, 2017
Following today’s practice, Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Brandon Snyder tore his ACL according to head coach Kirk Ferentz. Following practice, Kirk Ferentz spoke to the media and said that “Brandon did not know he was injured until later in the day”. Brandon Snyder was sore and was sent to get examined and it was confirmed that he tore his ACL. This is a big blow for the Hawkeyes as Brandon Snyder is one of the key pieces on the Hawkeyes defense. Brandon Snyder finished 2016 with 85 solo tackles (32 assists) and 3 interceptions. The injury will open up the opportunity for Jake Gervase and Amani Hooker to compete for Snyder’s starting position.
Idaho State Bengals (FCS – Big Sky): Bengals head coach Mike Kramer retires | April 2nd, 2017
Idaho State Bengals head coach Mike Kramer has announced his retirement. Coach Mike Kramer came to Idaho State following a one-year stint as an assistant coach with the Washington State Cougars in 2011. Mike Kramer spent five seasons with the Bengals and only lead them to one winning season, 2014 where they went 8-4. With this being the last minute move and with spring practices starting in just day’s the Bengals will go with Rob Phinicie as head coach.
Texas Longhorns (FBS – BIG 12): Chris Warren III to miss rest of spring practice | April 2nd, 2017
Texas Longhorns running Chris Warren III will miss the remainder of spring practice due to a hamstring injury. The injury bug continues to linger over the career of Chris Warren at Texas. Last season, Chris Warren missed 8 games with a PCL injury and now missing spring practice due to a hamstring injury, he is just not catching a break. Chris Warren is to be the successor to D’Onta Foreman who left for the NFL Draft but, this could leave an opportunity for Kyle Porter to make a case.
Wyoming Cowboys (FBS – Mountain West): Cowboys defensive back Andrew Wingard broke hand | March 31st, 2017
Wyoming Cowboys head coach Craig Bohl has confirmed in a press conference that defensive back Andrew Wingard has broken his hand and could likely miss the rest of spring practice. The injury is sounding like it will not effect his season status if there are no setbacks. Wingard, sophomore, is one of the Cowboys key pieces at defensive back. In 2016, Wingard finished the season with 131 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 interceptions.
Georgia Bulldogs (FBS – SEC): Bulldogs receiver Riley Ridley to return to the team after spring practice | March 29th, 2017
Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Riley Ridley announced he will return to the team at the end of spring practice. Riley Ridley is out with an injured ankle in which he recently underwent surgery on and is slowly easing himself back into football form. Ridley sustained the injury in preparation for the Bulldog’s Liberty Bowl game against TCU.
WKU Hilltoppers (FBS – Conference USA): Justin Johnson to work with the football team this spring | March 29th, 2017
According to the Bowling Green Daily News, WKU Senior basketball star Justin Johnson will be working out with the team this spring. This could likely be a sign that Johnson is getting back into football after deciding not to pursue a College Football career but rather chase a career in basketball. Justin Johnson played as a tight end in high school and was recruited to play tight end.