College Football NEWS ARCHIVE

» Monday, April 30, 2018

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

DL Dylan Thompson transfers from Ohio State to Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia says defensive lineman Dylan Thompson has transferred from Ohio State to the Cavaliers.

Clemson seeking balance with old and new on loaded D-line

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson has a big balancing act ahead this season with its loaded defensive line.

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

Leonard expects great fit with Colts

(STATS) - The Indianapolis Colts are switching to a 4-3 base defense this season and second-round pick Darius Leonard from South Carolina State believes he's perfectly suited for it.

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

New Eagle Goedert wants to beat his namesake

(STATS) - The tight end whom Dallas Goedert is replacing on the Philadelphia Eagles, Trey Burton, threw the famous "Philly Special" pass that helped them win February's Super Bowl.

10 early FCS prospects to know for 2019 NFL Draft

(STATS) - UC Davis wide receiver Keelan Doss didn't leave the 2017 STATS FCS Awards Banquet with top hardware, but he told people he would see them again after next season.

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

» Sunday, April 29, 2018

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

» Saturday, April 28, 2018

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

Many undrafted FCS players getting NFL shot

(STATS) - The bargain shopping began immediately after the NFL Draft ended Saturday evening as teams came to terms with the many undrafted free agents who will try to fight their way on to a roster.

Payton Award winner Briscoe joins the Eagles

(STATS) - Carson Wentz, Dallas Goedert, Jeremiah Briscoe … the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles may become the favorite NFL team among FCS fans.

New Oregon State coach keeps competition going at QB

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Former Beavers quarterback Jonathan Smith caps his first spring as Oregon State's coach with a lot of attention focused on, yep, the quarterbacks.

Buchanan Award winner Jackson is a Jaguar

(STATS) - Jacksonville State's Darius Jackson, the 2017 STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award winner, agreed to a rookie free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars shortly after the NFL Draft Saturday night.

Widespread division of FCS draft choices

(STATS) - Ten of the 13 FCS conferences had at least one player selected in this year's NFL Draft.

FCS All-Americans fill the NFL Draft

(STATS) - The 2017 STATS FCS All-America Team was well represented in this week's NFL Draft.

Top 10 FCS players who went undrafted

(STATS) - The courting of undrafted free agents starts before the announcement of Mr. Irrelevant concludes the NFL Draft.

2018 NFL Draft selections from the FCS

(STATS) - Quality and quantity mixed together to form the FCS class of players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

FCS Selections at 2018 NFL Draft

(STATS) - FCS players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft:

2018 NFL Draft selections from the FCS

(STATS) - Quality and quantity mixed together to form the FCS class of players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

FCS Selections at 2018 NFL Draft

(STATS) - FCS players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft:

2018 NFL Draft selections from the FCS

(STATS) - Quality and quantity were expected to mix with the FCS class of players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jayhawks wrap up spring practice with fan showcase

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The fact that Kansas coach David Beaty had to scrap the traditional spring game in favor of an open practice for fans could be taken as a bad sign that things are turning around for the Jayhawks.

2018 NFL Draft selections from the FCS

(STATS) - Quality and quantity were expected to mix with the FCS class of players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

FCS Selections at 2018 NFL Draft

(STATS) - FCS players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft:

Edmonds’ draft selection adds to Rice Award legacy

(STATS) - Check off another winner of the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award reaching the NFL.

2018 NFL Draft selections from the FCS

(STATS) - Quality and quantity were expected to mix with the FCS class of players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

FCS Selections at 2018 NFL Draft

(STATS) - FCS players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft:

2018 NFL Draft selections from the FCS

(STATS) - Quality and quantity were expected to mix with the FCS class of players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

FCS Selections at 2018 NFL Draft

(STATS) - FCS players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft:

Richmond QB Lauletta makes a Giant step

(STATS) - Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta had to wait a bit longer than expected, but he had to be pleased when the New York Giants selected him with the 108th overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

» Friday, April 27, 2018

FCS Selections at 2018 NFL Draft

(STATS) - FCS players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft:

Sam Houston’s Hall goes to Raiders in second round

(STATS) - P.J. Hall's potential invite to the NFL Combine never arrived this year.

Colts grab South Carolina State LB Leonard in second round

(STATS) - Darius Leonard feels he can look at one offensive player across the line of scrimmage and have a strong idea what play is coming.

Raiders go big with N.C. A&T OT Parker in third round

(STATS) - If the Oakland Raiders' newest offensive tackle sounds a little like five-time Pro Bowler Tyron Smith of the Dallas Cowboys, it's because Brandon Parker patterns himself after him.

Sam Houston’s Hall goes to Raiders in second round

(STATS) - P.J. Hall's potential invite to the NFL Combine never arrived this year.

Colts grab South Carolina State LB Leonard in second round

(STATS) - Darius Leonard feels he can look at one offensive player across the line of scrimmage and have a strong idea what play is coming.

Eagles, Goedert will fly together

(STATS) - Dallas Goedert and Carson Wentz, rivals no more.

Eagles, Goedert will fly together

(STATS) - Dallas Goedert and Carson Wentz, rivals no more.

Colts grab South Carolina State LB Leonard in second round

(STATS) - Darius Leonard feels he can look at one offensive player across the line of scrimmage and have a strong idea what play is coming.

Colts grab South Carolina State LB Leonard in second round

(STATS) - Darius Leonard feels he can look at one offensive player across the line of scrimmage and have a strong idea what play is coming.

Patterson eligible for Mich., good news for other transfers

Quarterback Shea Patterson is eligible to play for Michigan this year after the NCAA granted the Mississippi transfer's request to waive the usually required redshirt season at his new school.

Patterson eligible for Mich., good news for other transfers

Quarterback Shea Patterson is eligible to play for Michigan this year after the NCAA granted the Mississippi transfer's request to waive the usually required redshirt season at his new school.

Patterson eligible for Mich., good news for other transfers

Quarterback Shea Patterson is eligible to play for Michigan this year after the NCAA granted the Mississippi transfer's request to waive the usually required redshirt season at his new school.

Struggling Mississippi Valley State to face tough schedule

(STATS) - Mississippi Valley State will face a difficult 2018 schedule as it tries to turn around its program under first-year coach Vincent Dancy.

Homebound: Most teams stay local for spring practices

Teams that hold spring practice sessions out of town each year believe it prepares their players for road games while providing a chance to connect with fans and attract recruits.

Pac-12’s 5 new coaches wrap up spring practices

PHOENIX (AP) The Pac-12 has five new coaches this season, so there was extra importance placed on spring football at UCLA, the two Arizona schools and the two Oregon schools.

» Thursday, April 26, 2018

SDSU’s Goedert must wait beyond first round

(STATS) - Many Philadelphia Eagles fans would be quick to say Carson Wentz is a perfect 10.

SDSU says new stadium could be expanded for NFL team

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State said Thursday that its proposed new 35,000-seat football stadium could be expanded to 55,000 seats if the NFL ever returns to the city.

Eastern Washington finalizes 2018 schedule

(STATS) - Eastern Washington completed its 2018 schedule by announcing a Sept. 1 home game against Central Washington on Thursday.

SDSU says new stadium could be expanded for NFL team

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State says its proposed new 35,000-seat football stadium could be expanded to 55,000 seats if the NFL ever returns to the city.

Eastern Washington finalizing 2018 schedule

(STATS) - Eastern Washington will complete its 2018 schedule with a Sept. 1 home game against Central Washington.

Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm gets 2-year extension

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm has received a two-year contract extension through 2024.

Former SIU coach Jerry Kill to head athletics department

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) Former Southern Illinois football coach Jerry Kill is taking over the athletics department, effective immediately.

Pac-12 football players poised to break out in the fall

Some of the Pac-12 Conference players who could have breakout seasons and be impact players in 2018:

Pac-12’s 5 new coaches wrap up spring practices

PHOENIX (AP) The Pac-12 has five new coaches this season, so there was extra importance placed on spring football at UCLA, the two Arizona schools and the two Oregon schools.

Washington St has questions at QB now that Falk has moved on

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) After years of enjoying the record-setting exploits of quarterback Luke Falk, Washington State faces big questions looking toward next season.

Kiper has 27 from FCS in draft top 300

(STATS) - The face of NFL draft analysis likes the look of FCS prospects this year.

» Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Big 12 football players poised to break out in the fall

Some of the Big 12 Conference players who could have breakout seasons and be impact players in 2018:

One-time CEO Moglia takes same approach at Coastal Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Calm, analytical and without emotion - Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia called on that process to make scores of successful decisions as CEO of TD Ameritrade. So with Moglia facing potentially serious respiratory problems, he relied on his business past to temporarily walk away from the Chanticleers first season in the FBS Sun Belt Conference.

One-time CEO Moglia takes same approach at Coastal Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Calm, analytical and without emotion - Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia called on that process to make scores of successful decisions as CEO of TD Ameritrade. So with Moglia facing potentially serious respiratory problems, he relied on his business past to temporarily walk away from the Chanticleers first season in the FBS Sun Belt Conference.

Riley’s 1st spring as Sooners coach after Big 12 title, CFP

Lincoln Riley has already led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff and a Big 12 title with a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.

Good spring start for Syracuse football - no big injuries

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Spring football ended on a most promising note for Syracuse and coach Dino Babers.

Pitt hoping to renew football series with Penn State

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh athletic director Heather Lyke doesn't want the 100th football game between the Panthers and Penn State to be the last.

UNC, Minnesota agree to football series for 2023, 2024

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina and Minnesota have agreed to a home-and-home football series for 2023 and 2024.

FCS primer for the 2018 NFL Draft

(STATS) - NFL Draft prospect Taron Johnson originally signed at Weber State to play wide receiver. He was the one who wanted to switch to cornerback, and convinced the coaching staff about it.

Last five FCS draft classes

(STATS) - FCS players selected in the last five NFL drafts:

14 ACC players who could break out during fall camp

A look at football players in the Atlantic Coast Conference this spring who are poised to break out this fall:

Established ACC QBs face challenges during spring practice

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) This spring was a busy one around the Atlantic Coast Conference - especially for the returning quarterbacks who won division titles last season.

» Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Moos tells AP his jab at Meyer, Harbaugh ’tongue in cheek’

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos said Tuesday night his comment about coaches Urban Meyer of Ohio State and Jim Harbaugh of Michigan ''running a little bit scared'' following coach Scott Frost's arrival in Lincoln was ''a bit tongue in cheek.''

AP source: Florida’s Callaway fails drug test at NFL combine

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Former Florida receiver Antonio Callaway failed a drug test at the NFL combine, a mistake that could damage his draft status.

AP source: Florida’s Callaway fails drug test at NFL combine

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says former Florida receiver Antonio Callaway failed a drug test at the NFL combine, a mistake that could damage his draft status.

UNC adding Ohio State RB Antonio Williams as transfer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina will add Ohio State transfer Antonio Williams to its backfield.

14 Big Ten football players poised to break out in the fall

A look at football players in the Big Ten this spring who are poised to have standout seasons beginning this fall:

Nebraska takes ’baby steps’ in 1st spring under Scott Frost

Reality hit Scott Frost upon his return to Nebraska as head coach. The Cornhuskers, physically, looked every bit like the 4-8 team it was in 2017.

Cornelius ready to replace Rudolph as Oklahoma State QB

For the first time in more than three years, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy will have a new starting quarterback.

A look at some SEC players poised for possible breakouts

Some of the Southeastern Conference players who were impressive during spring workouts and could be impact players next season:

SEC’s new coaches try to build winning foundation in spring

More than a decade after Nick Saban took over as the coach of Alabama, the rest of the Southeastern Conference is still trying to figure out how to consistently beat him.

Warner advice: Take advantage of moments

(STATS) - Any NFL prospect who goes undrafted this week knows his dream may get harder, but it can still be realized.

Oklahoma still looking for QB to replace Mayfield

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma's quarterback situation is not as settled as it seemed.

Wagner’s Senat seeks to end NEC draft drought

(STATS) - While Northeast Conference football has improved all the decade long - with stronger scheduling and some of the most competitive races in the FCS - it hasn't had an NFL draft pick.

Mayock sees value in drafting QB Lauletta

(STATS) - Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen - these are the franchise-type quarterbacks plastered everywhere across the top of the NFL draft, which kicks off with the first round Thursday night.

» Monday, April 23, 2018

Michigan wraps up spring football with Patterson in limbo

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Shea Patterson has impressed Michigan coaches and teammates over the last month, making plays with both his arm and feet.

QB Jensen transferring from Montana

(STATS) - Montana quarterback Gresch Jensen is transferring out of the program, coach Bobby Hauck announced Monday.

Ex-UNC standout Dee Hardison dies; played 11 years in NFL

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Former North Carolina defensive tackle Dee Hardison, a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame who played 11 seasons in the National Football League, has died. He was 61.

QB Jensen transferring from Montana

(STATS) - Montana quarterback Gresch Jensen is transferring out of the program, coach Bobby Hauck announced Monday.

Florida’s Bryan looks to turn NFL potential into production

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Taven Bryan's draft stock has more to do with potential than production.

NFL draft picks by FCS conference in 2010s

(STATS) - Villanova defensive tackle Tanoh Kpassagnon's second-round selection by the Kansas City Chiefs in last year's NFL draft underscored the widespread talent across the FCS.

NFL draft picks by FCS school in 2010s

(STATS) - The 2009 FCS playoff semifinal between Appalachian State and Montana is one of the iconic games in FCS history.

» Saturday, April 21, 2018

Quarterbacks are on display at Oregon’s spring game

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) With Justin Herbert already set as Oregon's starting quarterback, some of the focus at the Ducks' spring game was on other positions.

QB Fields shows off dual-threat skills in Dogs’ spring game

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) A crowd of more than 82,000 cheered when Justin Fields jogged onto the field for the first time at Sanford Stadium at Georgia's G-Day spring game on Saturday.

UCLA shows glimpse of future in spring showcase under Kelly

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA did not fly up and down the Drake Stadium field like a flock of Ducks on Saturday.

Notre Dame’s Kelly likes progress made by Lea’s defense

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Defense is supposed to be one of the strengths of Notre Dame's 2018, with 10 returning starters.

Vols’ Guarantano shines before getting more competition

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's Jarrett Guarantano has made it clear he's the best quarterback currently on the Volunteers' roster.

With Tagovailoa out, Hurts is so-so in Alabama spring game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts threw an easy interception into the hands of cornerback Trevon Diggs to put an end to the first-team offense's final drive of the annual A-Day spring game.

Delton, Thompson light it up in Kansas State spring game

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State coach Bill Snyder wanted to see his offense operating at a tidy clip when his team split into purple and white squads for its spring game.

Start to finish, it’s Frost lovefest at Huskers’ spring game

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) As always, Nebraska fans showed up in big numbers for the spring game.

» Friday, April 20, 2018

Georgia Tech debuts defensive 3-4 alignment at spring game

ATLANTA (AP) New defensive coordinator Nate Woody and his 3-4 scheme were on display for the first time on Friday night at Georgia Tech's spring game.

Iowa hoping to find offensive consistency in 2018

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa's offense was as inconsistent as any in the country last season, capable of hanging 55 points on Ohio State one week and getting shut out by Wisconsin the next.

Earle Bruce, Ohio State coach who followed Hayes, dies at 87

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Earle Bruce stepped into his dream job, football coach at Ohio State, under most challenging circumstances, replacing the program's revered longtime leader after a fall from grace.

New coaching staff alters format of Tennessee’s spring game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee fans finally won't need a cheat sheet to keep track of the score at this year's spring game.

Earle Bruce, Ohio State coach who followed Hayes, dies at 87

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Earle Bruce stepped into his dream job, football coach at Ohio State, under most challenging circumstances, replacing the program's revered longtime leader after a fall from grace.

Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce dies at 87

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Earle Bruce embraced the difficult task of following his mentor, Woody Hayes, as Ohio State's head football coach. In his later years, he became a much-loved patriarch of the program he helped build.

New coaching staff alters format of Tennessee’s spring game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee fans finally won't need a cheat sheet to keep track of the score at this year's spring game.

Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce dies at 87

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Earle Bruce embraced the difficult task of following his mentor, Woody Hayes, as Ohio State's head football coach. In his later years, he became a much-loved patriarch of the program he helped build.

2 Kennesaw State players arrested, dismissed

(STATS) - Two Kennesaw State football players are facing charges that include armed robbery from an on-campus incident, and have been dismissed from the team.

Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce dies at 87

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce has died at his home in central Ohio. The College Football Hall of Fame member was 87.

» Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sacramento State to host five, visit San Diego State

(STATS) - Sacramento State released its 11-game schedule on Thursday, its sights focused on winning the Big Sky title and reaching the FCS playoffs for the first time this year.

Saban responds to comment suggesting Hurts might transfer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban says he had a ''very positive meeting'' with the father of quarterback Jalen Hurts after a recent scrimmage.

South Dakota’s Nielson signs contact extension

(STATS) - Following a breakthrough season, South Dakota coach Bob Nielson has signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 academic year, athletic director David Herbster said Thursday.

Stanford’s Love prepares for final season instead of draft

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) After rushing for more than 2,000 yards and finishing as the Heisman Trophy runner-up as a junior, Bryce Love easily could have decided to enter the NFL draft.

Florida’s Jefferson expected back for camp following surgery

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida defensive end CeCe Jefferson had shoulder surgery earlier this week, but the senior is expected to return in time for preseason practice in August.

Tennessee AD Fulmer signs new deal running through 2021

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer has said all along that his appointment as athletic director at his alma mater wasn't a mere short-term arrangement.

With injured Cephus back, spring in air for Badgers’ offense

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Spring is in the air at run-first Wisconsin.

North Dakota State football coach signs contract extension

FARGO, N.D. (AP) North Dakota State's Chris Klieman has signed a two-year contract extension with the perennial Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse.

Notre Dame, Alabama set to face off in 2028, 2029 openers

Iconic football programs Alabama and Notre Dame will meet in a pair of season openers, starting in a decade.

Colorado St. gets $37M for naming rights of football stadium

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Colorado State University has signed a 15-year, $37.7 million naming rights agreement with Public Service Credit Union for its on-campus football stadium.

Colorado St. gets $37M for naming rights of football stadium

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Colorado State University has signed a 15-year, $37.7 million naming rights agreement with Public Service Credit Union for its on-campus football stadium.

Tennessee AD Fulmer signs new deal worth at least $900,000

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer signed a contract that runs through 2021 and increases his annual pay to at least $900,000.

North Dakota State extends Klieman through 2023

(STATS) - North Dakota State and head coach Chris Klieman have had such a successful fit together that the two want to keep their run going.

Tennessee AD Fulmer signs new deal worth at least $900,000

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer has signed a contract that runs through 2021 and increases his annual pay to at least $900,000.

How draft analysts view the top FCS prospects

(STATS) - If NFL draft analysts agree on one thing - and sometimes it's only one thing - South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert will be the first FCS player selected in this year's draft.

» Wednesday, April 18, 2018

NCAA bans teams using former football players from practice

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA Division I Council has banned college football teams from using former players in practice and tabled a proposal to let players participate in four games while still redshirting.

Tennessee Tech to play Minnesota for first time

(STATS) - Tennessee Tech will take on Minnesota on Sept. 12, 2020 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis - a first-ever meeting announced on Wednesday.

Ex-Tennessee QB Dormady says he’s transferring to Houston

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady is transferring to Houston.

Indiana State: FBS opponent in every season through 2027

(STATS) - Despite a winless season last year, Indiana State hasn't stopped thinking forward.

Ex-Tennessee QB Dormady says he’s transferring to Houston

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady says on Instagram that he's transferring to Houston.

UNI sets series with Idaho State, Weber State

(STATS) - Long before the Big Sky/MVFC Challenge Series was created, Northern Iowa embraced the concept with its nonconference scheduling.

Rising QB prospect Lauletta anxious to get started

(STATS) - Kyle Lauletta was never a childhood prodigy who went to many quarterback camps, looking to showcase his skills to the observers who are always ready to anoint the second-coming of various greats.

» Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Iowa seeking clarity at linebacker heading into the fall

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The biggest hole Iowa will have to fill by September is at linebacker, where three multi-year starters have graduated and are preparing for their shot in the NFL.

Hoyas seek improvement in 2018

(STATS) - Georgetown hopes to get back on track in its 11-game 2018 schedule, which was announced Tuesday.

Competition abounds as K-State readies for spring game

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State returns 14 starters from a team that won eight games and beat UCLA in the Cactus Bowl, including its top quarterback and the entire offensive line, so it stands to reason that few jobs would be available in spring camp.

Southland Conference draft class impresses

(STATS) - That former Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe has won the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award for two straight seasons underscores the Southland Conference's reputation as an offensive conference.

» Monday, April 16, 2018

Eason back home at Washington, but ready to sit for a year

SEATTLE (AP) Jacob Eason is ready to become arguably the most highly touted scout team quarterback in the country.

Whoa, Nellie: Keith Jackson remembered at Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Keith Jackson was remembered as ''the Walter Cronkite of sports broadcasting'' and a loving husband, father and grandfather away from the broadcast booth in a memorial service at the Rose Bowl.

10 FCS players whose NFL Draft stock is rising

(STATS) - Winning MVP honors at college football's biggest All-Star games raised the NFL Draft stocks of Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta and Northern Iowa wide receiver Daurice Fountain.

Florida’s Pineiro, Townsend eye rare feat in NFL draft

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro badly wanted to show off his leg.

NFL Draft candidates strong in Missouri Valley Conference

(STATS) - South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert is considered the leading FCS prospect for next week's NFL Draft - some believe a candidate for going late in the first round.

» Sunday, April 15, 2018

Whoa, Nellie: Keith Jackson remembered at Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Keith Jackson was remembered as ''the Walter Cronkite of sports broadcasting'' and a loving husband, father and grandfather away from the broadcast booth in a memorial service at the Rose Bowl.

Oklahoma president Boren expected to recover from stroke

University of Oklahoma President David Boren is expected to make a full recovery after having a minor stroke minutes before the unveiling of a statue honoring former Sooners football coach Bob Stoops on Saturday.

Taggart Time: FSU draws 60,934 to wrap up spring practices

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) When Willie Taggart was hired by Florida State last December, he described his philosophy in two words - lethal simplicity.

» Saturday, April 14, 2018

USC spring ends, but QB competition hasn’t really started

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jack Sears and Matt Fink both think they're far more prepared to be Southern California's next starting quarterback after a busy, productive spring running the Trojans' offense.

Taggart Time: FSU draws 53,974 to wrap up spring practices

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) When Willie Taggart was hired by Florida State last December, he described his philosophy in two words - lethal simplicity.

Body of work: Florida strength coach is key to turnaround

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) The most important guy on Florida's sideline Saturday wasn't coach Dan Mullen or quarterback Feleipe Franks.

Sitkowski shows off arm and mistakes in spring game

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) After 15 spring practices, Chris Ash is still searching for a quarterback at Rutgers and he doesn't expect to name a starter until a couple of weeks before the season opens.

Oklahoma President Boren has minor stroke at Stoops ceremony

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) University of Oklahoma President David Boren had a minor stroke before the unveiling of a statue honoring former Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops on Saturday morning and was taken away on a stretcher.

Oklahoma RB Sermon hurt in spring game; coach says he’s OK

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon went down with a leg injury Saturday during the first quarter of the Sooners' spring game, but coach Lincoln Riley thinks he will be fine.

Oklahoma president Boren leaves Stoops ceremony on stretcher

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) University of Oklahoma president David Boren had a medical issue right before the unveiling of a statue honoring former Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops on Saturday morning and was taken away on a stretcher.

Bryant Clemson’s starter, but rising Lawrence making waves

Hunter Renfrow can't walk anywhere around Clemson without the same topic quickly coming up: What's happening at quarterback?

Pickett firmly in control at quarterback for Pitt

PITTSBURGH (AP) A year ago, Kenny Pickett found himself buried at third on the Pittsburgh depth chart during spring drills, as tends to happen to freshmen who've been on campus all of a few weeks.

Offensive line’s growth crucial for Iowa State in spring

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State coach Matt Campbell finally had some nice things to say about the Cyclones' offensive line as spring practice came to an end.

Shazier stands to cheers at Ohio State spring game

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State fan favorite Ryan Shazier visited the spring game Saturday and stood without assistance to cheers from the crowd at his alma mater.

Missouri offense looking to build off last season

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) When Missouri started the 2017-18 schedule 1-3, all the losses at home, the Tigers seemed on their way to another disappointing season.

Spring fails to produce clear starter at QB for Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Dwayne Haskins Jr. and Joe Burrow both showed flashes of big-play ability in a condensed spring game Saturday as each tried to make his case for being the next starting quarterback at Ohio State.

Body of work: Florida strength coach is key to turnaround

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) The most important guy on Florida's sideline Saturday wasn't coach Dan Mullen or quarterback Feleipe Franks.

Maryland QB situation on hold as Pigrome, Hill await return

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Preparation for a new Maryland football season began exactly as the last one ended, with third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager guiding the offense Saturday in the spring game.

Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon injured in spring game

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon went down with a leg injury Saturday during the first quarter of the Sooners' spring game.

Oklahoma president Boren leaves Stoops ceremony on stretcher

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) University of Oklahoma president David Boren had a medical episode right before the unveiling of a statue honoring former Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops on Saturday morning and was taken away on a stretcher.

» Friday, April 13, 2018

NCAA approves rule aimed at decreasing kickoff returns

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A fair catch on a kickoff received inside the 25-yard line will result in a touchback next season after a proposed rule change was approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel.

UNC still working with state on concerns over agent conduct

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina is still working with state authorities to notify investigators when agents improperly contact athletes or potentially violate the state's sports agents law.

Florida State QB Francois cited for marijuana possession

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois again finds himself in off-field trouble.

Jackets raving about simple demands of new defense

ATLANTA (AP) For linebacker Jaquan Henderson, there's nothing too complex about Georgia Tech's new defense.

Ohio State moves up spring game because of weather threat

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State moved up its spring game to late morning Saturday in an effort to beat bad weather that already has led a handful of schools to cancel or reschedule the annual scrimmages.

» Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ex-Michigan QB Speight indicates he’s moving to UCLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight has indicated on social media that he is transferring to UCLA.

Georgia WR Chigbu may give up final year due to injuries

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia wide receiver Michael Chigbu may give up his final year of eligibility due to undisclosed injuries.

Mississippi State students charged in Crimson Tide break-in

Four Mississippi State University students are accused of breaking into the University of Alabama's athletic facility and stealing memorabilia.

Georgia WR Chigbu may give up final year due to injuries

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia wide receiver Michael Chigbu may give up his final year of eligibility due to undisclosed injuries.

Arkansas quarterback question to linger until August

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) New Arkansas coach Chad Morris doesn't know yet who the starting quarterback will be when September's season opener comes around.

Suspect arrested in North Carolina football player’s death

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Police in North Carolina have arrested a man wanted in the shooting death of a college football player in January.

James Madison still trying to decide on QB

(STATS) - James Madison's quarterback competition is still going strong heading into the Dukes' annual spring game, set for Saturday at Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Mississippi State students charged in Crimson Tide break-in

Four Mississippi State University students are accused of breaking into the University of Alabama's athletic facility and stealing memorabilia.

Nebraska quarterback Patrick O’Brien planning to transfer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska quarterback Patrick O'Brien said Thursday he plans to transfer because he isn't a fit for the spread-option offense being installed by new coach Scott Frost.

Alabama’s secondary is singular concern for national champs

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama's secondary has a whole new look, with everyone from All-America safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt having moved on.

Time is now: Texas Tech folks are ready for Kingsbury to win

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Kliff Kingsbury is still popular at Texas Tech, five years after his hiring as coach unified a fractured football program at his alma mater.

Nebraska quarterback Patrick O’Brien planning to transfer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska quarterback Patrick O'Brien has asked for his release and plans to transfer.

Mississippi State students charged in Crimson Tide break-in

Four Mississippi State University students are accused of breaking into the University of Alabama's athletic facility and stealing memorabilia.

LSU adds cornerback Alexander as Stanford graduate transfer

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU officials say former Stanford cornerback Terrence Alexander has signed with the Tigers as a graduate transfer and is eligible to play this season.

Police: 4 men stole memorabilia from Alabama sports complex

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Four Mississippi State University students are accused of breaking into the University of Alabama's athletic facility and stealing memorabilia.

Motivated Gamecocks, Bearkats wrapping up spring

(STATS) - It may be fitting Jacksonville State and Sam Houston State are completing spring practices on the same night Thursday.

Sac State preparing to get offensive again

(STATS) - Montana, Eastern Washington, FCS quarterfinalist Weber State ... surprise, the highest-scoring team in the Big Sky Conference last season wasn't one of them, it was Sacramento State.

Five questions with NFL Draft prospect Dallas Goedert

(STATS) - The last few days of preseason camp have probably never been as excruciating for South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert as the final weeks before the 2018 NFL draft.

» Wednesday, April 11, 2018

San Diego State adds a year to Long’s contract

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State has added a year to football coach Rocky Long's contract, which now runs through 2022.

Wisconsin defense retools at OLB this spring, but set inside

MADISON, Wis. (AP) It's barely a few weeks into spring and T.J. Edwards is already thinking about the first weekend of December.

Tennessee defense learning to adjust to Pruitt’s schemes

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt's track record suggests the Volunteers eventually should have a dramatic improvement from their defense.

Tennessee defense learning to adjust to Pruitt’s schemes

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt's track record suggests the Volunteers eventually should have a dramatic improvement from their defense.

Howard ready to build on breakout season

(STATS) - Last year's surprising turnaround has Howard looking forward to its 11-game 2018 schedule, which includes two FBS opponents, five home games and one "classic" at a neutral NFL stadium.

Hoosiers pick up graduate transfer quarterback from Arizona

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Quarterback Brandon Dawkins has decided to play his final college season at Indiana.

Frost decisions to turn excitement to reality for Husker QBs

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) The hiring of Scott Frost and the implementation of his spread-option offense didn't scare off any of the pro-style quarterbacks held over from Mike Riley's time at Nebraska.

Michigan cancels spring game over weather concerns

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan has canceled its spring football game Saturday because of concerns about the weather.

Report: Albany to play at Hawaii in 2023

(STATS) - Aloha, 2023.

Savannah State sets final FCS schedule

(STATS) - Savannah State will begin its final season as an FCS member by facing UAB and Miami and host five opponents as part of an 11-game schedule which was announced Wednesday.

The Latest: Ohio court considers lawsuit over concussions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Latest on a former college football player suing over concussion-related injuries (all times local):

Ohio court to decide if ex-player can sue over concussions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether the widow of a former University of Notre Dame football player can sue the school and the NCAA over allegations her husband was disabled by concussions from his college career in the 1970s.

» Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Gloomy forecast forces Wisconsin to cancel spring game

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin has canceled its spring football game because of a weather forecast calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Trump hails championship Alabama football team

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump hailed the University of Alabama football team's ''win for the ages'' in their latest championship season.

Gloomy forecast forces Wisconsin to cancel spring game

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin has canceled it spring football game because of a weather forecast calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Trump hails championship Alabama football team

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed the University of Alabama football team's ''win for the ages'' in their latest championship season.

Washington agrees to 10-year deal with Adidas

SEATTLE (AP) Adidas will become Washington's official apparel and footwear provider under a 10-year deal announced by the school Tuesday.

If only FCS players were picked in the NFL Draft

(STATS) - What if the Cleveland Browns picked Kyle Lauletta first instead of Sam Darnold? Or if the New York Jets' trade up wasn't for a quarterback.

Delaware State anticipating Milstead era

(STATS) - Delaware State will open coach Rod Milstead's first season against Buffalo and play four times at home as part of an 11-game schedule.

Wagner seeks improvement in NEC

(STATS) - Wagner coach Jason Houghtaling hopes a competitive nonconference schedule will prepare his team for the Northeast Conference race.

» Monday, April 9, 2018

Iowa State’s defense hoping to build off ’17 turnaround

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State's five-game improvement from 2016 to 2017 can be largely credited to a defense that was stingier by more than 10 points a game.

Missouri Valley power UNI to host five in 2018

(STATS) - The addition of a Sept. 22 home matchup against Hampton completed Northern Iowa's 11-game 2018 schedule Monday.

Morgan State player killed in car crash

(STATS) - Morgan State University is mourning the loss of a football player killed in a car crash Sunday morning in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Colts’ Luck expects to be better QB following long recovery

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Luck says his surgically repaired right shoulder feels good and he hopes to be on the field when the Indianapolis Colts open training camp this summer.

How often do NFL teams go to the FCS well?

(STATS) - Analysts from ESPN.com and NFL.com have the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles picking South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert in their mock drafts.

Former Maine RB Mack announces transfer to Liberty

(STATS) - Former Maine running back Josh Mack, who led the FCS in rushing yards per game last season, announced on social media he will transfer to Liberty.

» Saturday, April 7, 2018

Scott returns, but depth at RB an issue for Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) LJ Scott is back. Beyond that, Michigan State's running game has plenty of questions.

Auburn’s Stidham plays largely spectator role in spring

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Jarrett Stidham threw a few passes in 7-on-7 drills before Auburn's spring game and then headed to the sideline as a spectator and ''encourager''.

Morris, Arkansas embracing new up-tempo offensive approach

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Chad Morris arrived at Arkansas with the promise of turning the formerly pro-style Razorbacks into one of the most up-tempo teams in the Southeastern Conference.

Fast-healing Blough returns in time for Purdue’s spring game

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue quarterback David Blough savors every moment a little more these days.

Fast-healing Blough returns in time for Purdue’s spring game

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue quarterback David Blough savors every moment a little more these days.

» Friday, April 6, 2018

Newly hired ETSU coach reprimanded, docked for helmet slap

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) Newly hired East Tennessee State football coach Randy Sanders will receive a letter of reprimand and will lose one week's pay after slapping a player's helmet during a practice last week.

James Blackman’s learning curve continues at Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State quarterback James Blackman has done plenty of on-the-job learning during his first year on campus.

Georgia Tech gives Johnson 2-year extension through 2022

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech has given coach Paul Johnson a two-year contract extension through the 2022 season.

Georgia’s Fromm facing challenge from freshman QB Fields

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Jake Fromm knows Georgia coach Kirby Smart isn't afraid to play a freshman quarterback.

» Thursday, April 5, 2018

Ohio State’s Meyer gets 2-year extension, $1.2 million raise

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State trustees are expected to approve a two-year contract extension for football coach Urban Meyer on Friday.

Incarnate Word, Morris to open versus FBS pair

(STATS) - Incarnate Word will open the Eric Morris era against a pair of FBS teams and host five opponents as part of an 11-game 2018 schedule which was announced Thursday.

"Paterno" movie a polarizing story with unanswered questions

''Paterno'' aims to tell the polarizing story of a legend's fall, when the most essential question can never be answered.

Campbell’s Smith seeks to build off frosh season

(STATS) - The top returning rusher in the FCS in yards per game is not a running back.

ACC football championship staying in Charlotte through 2030

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference is making Charlotte, North Carolina the long-term home for its football championship game, keeping it in the Queen City through 2030.

NDSU’s DeLuca has the drive of an NFL player

(STATS) - Nick DeLuca hasn't been the recipient of those surprising, sometimes inappropriate questions NFL teams ask prospects during the build up to the draft, but the linebacker was honest when asked about his biggest fear.

"Paterno" movie a polarizing story with unanswered questions

''Paterno'' aims to tell the polarizing story of a legend's fall, when the most essential question can never be answered.

"Paterno" movie a polarizing story with unanswered questions

''Paterno'' aims to tell the polarizing story of a legend's fall, when the most essential question can never be answered.

ACC football championship staying in Charlotte through 2030

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference football championship game will remain in Charlotte, North Carolina, through 2030.

» Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Jacksonville State finalizes 2018 schedule

(STATS) - The addition of a Sept. 8 home game against Mississippi Valley State has completed Jacksonville State's 11-game 2018 schedule, which was announced Wednesday.

Ex-Spartan football players enter pleas in sex assault case

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Three former Michigan State University football players accused in the 2017 sexual assault of a woman in an apartment bathroom have pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Ex-Spartan football players enter pleas in sex assault case

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Three former Michigan State University football players accused in the 2017 sexual assault of a woman in an apartment bathroom have pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Getting tough: Frost wants Huskers’ practices to be physical

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Scott Frost often harkens to his playing days in the 1990s when the Tom Osborne-coached Nebraska teams used brute force to impose their will on overmatched opponents. Three national championships in four years validated that way of doing things.

Ex-Spartan football players enter pleas in sex assault case

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Three former Michigan State University football players accused in the 2017 sexual assault of a woman in an apartment bathroom have pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Florida State defensive tackle Wilson out for rest of spring

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State's Marvin Wilson will miss the remainder of spring practice because of a knee injury.

» Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pruitt brings plenty of change in first spring at Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's first spring under new coach Jeremy Pruitt is noteworthy for what isn't being said.

Saban: The show will go on despite LeBron James complaint

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't scrapping a program that drew a complaint from LeBron James.

Pruitt brings plenty of change in first spring at Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's first spring under new coach Jeremy Pruitt is noteworthy for what isn't being said.

Saban: The show will go on despite LeBron James complaint

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't scrapping a program that drew a complaint from LeBron James.

N.C. A&T’s Washington receptive to FCS playoffs

(STATS) - North Carolina A&T first-year coach Sam Washington is running his program much like his predecessor, Rod Broadway, not necessarily fixated on putting a personal stamp on the program.

Eastern Kentucky adds three FBS games

(STATS) - Eastern Kentucky is loading up on games against FBS opponents.

FCS Awards rank high with HBCU’s greatest athletes

(STATS) - It feels like FCS Awards season in spring.

How 2017 drafted FCS players fared

(STATS) - The number of FCS players selected in the 2017 NFL draft was down slightly from a typical year, but the way some of them performed was particularly impressive.

Which new FBS head coaches are most likely to succeed?

Among the many emails former Tennessee athletic director John Currie received when he began to search for a coach to replace Butch Jones was one from an Alabama athletic department staffer with the subject ''Head Coaching Analysis.''

» Monday, April 2, 2018

ETSU puts coach Sanders on paid leave

(STATS) - ETSU coach Randy Sanders was placed on paid administrative leave Monday, reportedly for hitting a player in the helmet during practice.

East Tennessee State puts football coach on paid leave

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) East Tennessee State placed recently hired football coach Randy Sanders on paid administrative leave Monday while it investigates a ''potential violation of university policy.''

New coach plans to keep N.C. A&T on track

(STATS) - Good cop, bad cop. Coach Sam Washington was willing to fill either role on Rod Broadway's staff at North Carolina A&T.

Report: Furman, Wofford secure future Clemson games

(STATS) - Southern Conference members Furman and Wofford have scheduled games at in-state power Clemson.