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ATTENTION: “Valued Game Contributors” who will miss all or part of the 2017 college football season

ATTENTION: “Valued Game Contributors” who will miss all or part of the 2017 college football season

Below is a list of players who are returning starters, expected to be starters and/or valued game contributors, but due to multiple different reasons will miss the entire season or the start of the 2017 season.

 

**Last update: Monday, AUGUST 21st 

 

 

OFFENSESchool – “Players Status” for 2017 season.

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QUARTERBACKS:

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QB Keller Chryst – Stanford – Will start game in Sydney vs Rice

Starting QB was expected, as a precautionary measure, to miss the first few games of the 2017 season due to a knee injury suffered in last season’s Sun Bowl. But coach Shaw stated that there is no signs of any issues at all physically, there are no limitations on him right now, so we feel good about him getting ready to go play in Sydney.

Update: Stanford named redshirt junior QB Keller Chryst starter for the 2017 season.

Chryst came on to start the final 6 games of the 2016 season. He posted a 10/1 TD/INT ratio in that space before suffering a severe injury to his right knee against North Carolina in bowl action.

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QB Tom Flacco – Western Michigan – Transferred out

Update: July 19th

Jr. Flacco, the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco, is transferring from Western Michigan, the school said.

Flacco was the front-runner over redshirt soph. QB Jon Wassink for the starting job.

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QB Jack Allison – Miami – Left team in spring

With the early departure of QB Kaaya to the NFL. Allison’s leaving the team is important loss, as he was the only QB recruit in the 2016 class. And the Hurricanes only other option to replace Kaaya is redshirt junior Malik Rosier, who is the only player with a start (1 game vs Duke in 2015) on the roster, along with incoming 4-star recruit N’Kosi Perry.

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QB Marcus McMaryion – Oregon StateTransferred to Fresno State

McMaryion started for the Beavers in the final 6 games last season. He threw for 1,286 yards and 10 touchdowns, 5 interceptions.

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QB Damian Williams – Texas State Indefinitely suspended

Sr. QB Williams was suspended for “academic and personal reasons.”

Damian Williams’ transfer from Mississippi State was one of the few sources of hope for the Bobcats offense that was terrible last season.

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RUNNING BACKS:

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RB James Butler – NevadaTransferred to Iowa

The Wolfpacks coaching change convinced RB Butler to explore his options.

Last season Butler rushed for 1,336 yards with 12 touchdowns and was named his team’s most valuable player.

Update: Aug 5th – Butler will play for Iowa this season.

Iowa added RB Butler to their roster as a graduate transfer.

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RB B.J. Emmons – AlabamaTransferred out

Emmons has transferred to Hutchinson Community College.

Emmons was one of the nation’s top running back recruits in 2016 and rushed for 173 yards as a freshman. He sustained a foot injury against Texas A&M. He was the 36th-rated prospect overall and No. 2 running back in the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Emmons was stuck in a crowded backfield where Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough and freshman Najee Harris are all former five-star recruits.

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RB Rawleigh Williams – ArkansasMedically retired

RB Williams, the SEC’s 3rd leading rusher with 1,326 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, has decided to retire from football after suffering his 2nd neck injury, in two years, in spring camp.

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RB Camion Patrick – IndianaMedically retired

RB Patrick received a medical hardship waiver, which means he is out for the 2017 season and won’t play again for Indiana. This is a tough blow for the Hoosiers as Patrick was considered to be rising star for the Hoosiers.

Camion Patrick caught six passes for 154 yards with a 40-yard touchdown grab and rushed four times for 10 yards with a touchdown at No. 3 Michigan in his lone healthy season at IU. That is the kind of game changing abilities he had.

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RB Terence Williams – BaylorWill miss non-conference play

Williams injured the shoulder during a spring practice and missed the spring game with the injury. Rhule said it was possible that Williams could be out even deeper into the schedule if he does not heal as quickly as hoped.

Williams, a rising-junior, led Baylor in rushing in 2016 with 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns on 185 attempts.

Update: Aug 9th

HC Matt Rhule’s announcement that Williams will miss at least non-conference play with an injury. There’s no assurance about Williams’ timetable.

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RB Maleek Irons – Ohio – Out for entire season

Jr RB Maleek Irons will miss this season due to suspension, following his arrest after fleeing the scene of drunk driving accident.

He was the Bobcats 2nd leading rusher entering 2017.

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RB Stedman Mayberry – Texas State – Left the team

Jr RB Mayberry is off the team.

The Bobcats’ leading returning rusher curiously plummeted down the depth chart to the third-team during spring camp.

Mayberry had 593 yards and five touchdowns on the ground while adding another 321 yards receiving on 41 receptions last year

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RB Quinton Baker – Western Kentucky – Will miss 1st game

Western Kentucky issued one-game suspensions to sophomore RB Quinton Baker for his role in an alleged fight outside of a fraternity.

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RB Kyle Porter – Texas – Status pending

Update: Aug 8th

Soph. RB Porter sustained a shoulder sprain during Tuesday’s practice, according to UT’s injury report.

Porter appeared in 11 games but carried the ball only 46 times for 206 yards with no scores.

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RB Chris Warren – Texas – He returned to the field on August 15th

Update: Aug 13th

Projected starting RB Chris Warren III suffered a concussion in practice on Thursday and has also been placed on the shelf.

Warren actually started the season ahead of RB Foreman on the depth chart, but was quickly overtaken before he was lost for the season in October. He finished the year with 62 carries for 366 yards and three touchdowns in 4 games.

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RB Armand Shyne – Utah – Will miss significant time

Update: Aug. 12th

Utah has been dealt a blow to its RB situation, as coach Kyle Whittingham announced Saturday that junior RB Armand Shyne will miss significant time with an unspecified injury. Armand’s out for quite awhile. It’s not season-ending, but it’s a long time. He’s on the shelf, Whittingham said.

Shyne played in 5 games last year and had 373 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns before being lost for the season in a win over Arizona.

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FB George Aston – Pittsburgh – Will be out awhile. Return unknown

FB George Aston is expected to miss considerable time. 

No one is saying on the record, but here’s what I can report. Aston hasn’t been at the portion of the practices available to the media and I haven’t seen him at the team’s facility since rumors surfaced on Monday that he had injured his ankle and would be out for the season.

Instead, the team appears to be using more one tight end and three wide-receiver sets. Sophomore wide receiver and cornerback Maurice French has been working with the first team offense as the third wide receiver, bumping Quadree Henderson back to the slot.

Clearly, the team wouldn’t have made serious changes to the offense if Aston was only going to miss a game or two, so it seems that his injury is fairly significant, but not one that’s expected to keep him out for the entire year.

Aston is Pitt’s starting fullback. The only other fullback on the roster, walk-on senior Colton Lively, also has not been a full participant in practice recently. Aston scored 10 touchdowns in 2016.

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RB Elijah Holyfield – Georgia – Will miss 1st game vs Appalachian State

Update: Aug 15th

Soph. RB Holyfield is expected to miss the season-opener against Appalachian State on Sept. 2 following their respective offseason arrests for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Georgia’s athletic policy calls for a one-game suspension in football for a first-time violation of the school’s drug and alcohol policy.

Holyfield, 20, played in 5 games as a true freshman last season, rushing for 29 yards on 6 carries. During Georgia’s spring game earlier this month, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound former 4-star prospect had 41 yards and a touchdown.

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RB Dedrick Mills – Georgia Tech – Dismissed from team

Update: Aug 18th

Soph. RB Mills was dismissed from the Georgia Tech football team on Friday for violating team rules. Mills faced discipline last season and served 2 suspensions last season for a total of 3 games.

Mills, the top B-back on the roster and central figure of GT’s option offense, was the top returning rusher for the Yellow Jackets. He compiled 771 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman in 2016.

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RB Billy McCrary – California – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 18th

Jr. RB McCrary III, who sits behind Vic Enwere and Tre Watson on the depth chart, is out for 2017 with an undisclosed injury.

RB McCrary also figured to be a potential rotation runner and returner. McCrary had 6 carries for 39 yards in 2016.

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RB Kene Nwangwu – Iowa State – Return unknown

Update: Aug 17th

Soph. RB Nwangwu missed the spring with an ACL injury. The team remains hopeful he will be able to return at some point in 2017, and he’d certainly be a force as a kick returner. But he was at less than 100 percent in mid-August and it’s unclear when he will be back in the lineup.

It’s a huge blow for Iowa State’s offense. Nwangwu flashed game-breaking skills as a true freshman in 2016. Nwangwu averaged 26.4 yards per kick return – ranking second in the Big 12 Conference and 15th nationally. He also rushed for 133 yards on 27 carries and caught one pass for 16 yards. He was expected to have a significant role in 2017 as part of a talented backfield that includes David Montgomery and Mike Warren.

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RECEIVERS:

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WR Antonio Callaway – Florida – Suspended for Michigan game

The Gator’s most valuable playmaker, star WR/PR/KR Antonio Callaway may miss the season’s opener vs Michigan and more, due to being busted in possession of marijuana on May 14th. No official word on disciplinary action or if he will miss the Michigan game has been made yet. Stay tuned.

His loss is big as he was the only Florida player in history to score a TD in 5 different ways (rushing, passing, receiving, kick-off return and punt return). Per Mel Kiper Jr, Callaway is projected as the #11 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

In two years, he has 89 catches for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Update: Aug. 13th 

Florida coach Jim McElwain said Callaway will be suspended for the season opener against Michigan.

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WR James Washington – Oklahoma State – Reported he was doing fine

Update: Aug 17th – WR James Washington reported he was doing fine after rumors surfaced of a potential injury limiting the All-America hopeful.

Sr WR Washington has been practicing despite suffering from a hernia. Washington underwent an ultrasound after dealing with abdominal pain. It discovered an old hernia. Washington is hoping to play through it in order to avoid surgery. If he’s wrong, surgery could steal a month or so of game action. That’s a situation to monitor.

The 6-foot, 204-pounder caught 71 passes for 1,380 yards and 10 touchdowns last year.

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WR Jonathan Giles – Texas Tech – Transferred to LSU

WR Giles has decided to transfer to LSU and will have to sit out this season due to transfer rules.

 Giles was the only Red Raider to record over 1,000 yard receiving last season. He led the team with 69 passes caught for 1,158 yards and 13 TDs.

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WR LaQuvionte Gonzalez – Kansas – Dismissed from the team

Kansas dismissed senior WR LaQuvionte Gonzalez for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Gonzalez caught 62 passes for 729 yards and 3 touchdowns last fall. He was the Jayhawks 2nd leading receiver behind Steven Sims Jr. He also averaged 21.5 yards a kick return and scored one touchdown on special teams.

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WR Nick Basquine – Oklahoma – Out for entire season

Basquine will miss the season because of an Achilles tendon injury.

Basquine caught 20 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns last season. He started two games, including the Sugar Bowl

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WR Darren Carrington – Oregon – Transferred to Utah

The Ducks top WR Carrington has been suspended after getting busted for driving under the influence of intoxicants after he hit a pole at McDonalds. This will be his 3rd known public incident (1st failing a drug test and 2nd for assault of another student).

Update: Carrington is cleared to play for Utah this season.

WR Carrington transferred to Utah after being dismissed by Oregon, soon after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound San Diego player steps onto the Utah team as the most experienced and successful receiver on the roster. Last season as a junior, Carrington had 43 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns. He has 112 career receptions for 1,919 yards and 15 touchdowns.

He’s been cleared to practice and was on the field Friday.

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WR Kalib Woods – Florida Atlantic – FAU will dismiss him.

Woods has been suspended from the team after his Tuesday arrest on two felony battery charges. Florida Atlantic said Woods’ suspension would continue “pending the outcome of the charges.”

WR Woods had 68 catches for 934 yards and just one score in 2016. He was by far the No. 1 receiver for the Owls last season.

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WR Kamrin Solomon – Florida Atlantic – Back and cleared to play

Update: Aug 12th – Coach Kiffin said Solomon was disciplined by the university system and now he was back at practice after missing the first 14 practices.

Reports that FAU is considering taking disciplinary action against senior WR Kamrin Solomon for his alleged role in the fight that led to felony battery charges levied–  , is the projected starting slot receiver.

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WR Stanley Morgan Jr – Nebraska – Back with team. Should play

Jr. WR Morgan was arrested May 6 in Port Orange, Florida, after police found him to have in excess of 20 grams of marijuana. According to court records in Volusia County, Florida, the charge was changed to a misdemeanor and last month was dropped.

Morgan started 9 of 13 games in 2016 and made 33 catches for 453 yards, including a 72-yarder against Indiana for one of his two touchdowns.

Update: Aug. 4th Back with team

Coach Riley said he’s been pleased with how Morgan has behaved since the arrest and that team discipline, if any, would be announced later.

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WR Jaevon McQuitty – Nebraska – Out for entire season

Promising Fr. WR Jaevon McQuitty is out for the season after suffering a season-ending knee injury. This is huge blow to the Huskers as they already are very thin at WR.

McQuitty, the top-ranked high school player in Missouri coming out of last season, enrolled in January and was competing for playing time this season.

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WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr. – Nebraska – No longer enrolled at Neb.

WR Johnson was ticketed last month after a resident director reported suspected drug use in a dormitory room.

The four-star recruit from Calabasas, California, had enrolled early and went through spring practice. He’s since left school at the behest of his father, former NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson.

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WR Donaven Tennyson – Vanderbilt – Status pending

WR Tennyson was one of three Vanderbilt players suspended by coach Derek Mason indefinitely after they were involved in an incident that resulted in two of them getting shot.

Tennyson, a 19-year-old sophomore from Richmond, Virginia, played 8 games last season. He didn’t catch a pass but had four carries for 28 yards.

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WR Grant Perry – Michigan – Will play against Florida.

WR Perry has pleaded guilty to resisting a police officer and misdemeanor assault and battery in connection with a confrontation outside an East Lansing bar.

Perry was suspended from the team, but coach Jim Harbaugh said earlier this month that he was back working out with the Wolverines.

He will be Michigan’s leading returning receiver with 23 career catches. When discussing the deep receiving corps, Harbaugh said, “Grant Perry is an outstanding football player.”

Update: Aug. 11th

Perry has been reinstated, he will be eligible to practice with the program and will be available for their season-opener against Florida on September 2.

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WR Jerminic Smith – Iowa – Status pending

Smith was suspended for spring workouts because of academics.

Smith caught 23 passes for 314 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2016 for Iowa.

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WR Ronald Nash – Iowa – No longer on team

The Hawkeyes announced Wednesday that WR Ronald Nash, LB Angelo Garbutt and kicker Mick Ellis are no longer with the team.

Nash’s absence might sting the most since Iowa is so thin at receiver. Nash caught two passes last season.

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WR/KR Whop Philyor – Indiana – Status pending

Fr Philyor is currently limited in fall practice due to injury.

Philyor has been mentioned among the Hoosiers’ more impressive first-year players, and could impact at slot receiver or in the return game.

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WR Da’Vante Phillips – Florida State – Indefinitely suspended

Jr. WR Phillips is suspended after being charged on five felony counts related to fraud.

Phillips was expected to see playing time for Florida State, which is lacking depth and experience at the receiver position. He has 5 receptions for 30 yards in his career.

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WR Jared Cornelius – Arkansas – Unknown how long he will be out

Sr. Cornelius was held out of practice due to minor back injury and will miss “an extended period of time.” He re-aggravated the back injury that hindered him last season immediately after fall camp opened in late-July. He was sent home for the duration of camp. 

Cornelius is a lock to start for the Razorbacks and the only senior WR on the team. He’s the Hogs’ top returning pass catcher after hauling in 32 receptions for 515 yards and 4 touchdowns as a junior.

Update: Aug 11th

Cornelius has been taken off the 105-man roster until the start of classes on August 21.

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WR Brandon Martin – Arkansas – Unknown how long he will be out

Martin is working through a “soft tissue” issue with his back. Martin (6’4/205) has received treatment for the injury and will need to sit out the next few days of practice.

Coming out to Arkansas after playing a year of JUCO ball, the sophomore wideout ranked as the No. 1 receiver on ESPN’s JC50 for the 2017 cycle. But the 4-star JUCO transfer enrolled with plenty of hype and a great opportunity to start immediately. Instead, he showed up out of shape. He drew his coaches’ ire by not learning the playbook, and then he began to miss August practices with nagging injuries.

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WR Xavier Lane – Western Kentucky – Will miss 1st game

Western Kentucky issued one-game suspensions to WR Xavier Lane for his role in an alleged fight outside of a fraternity.

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WR Anthony Miller – Memphis – Status unknown at this time (Aug 16th)

Sr WR Miller (undisclosed) left Thursday’s practice.

Details are scarce at this time, but we should get some clarification before the day is out. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Miller is one of the NCAA’s best receivers. He caught 95 passes for 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns last year.

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WR T.V. Williams – Texas State – Indefinitely suspended.

Texas State HC Everett Withers suspended redshirt junior T.V. Williams for “academic and personal reasons.”

“There’s no telling when they’ll get back or if they’ll get back,”

T.V. Williams played two seasons at Kentucky before transferring over. He sat out last year to satisfy NCAA bylaws

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WR Solomon Vault – Northwestern – Out for entire season

Vault is expected to miss the 2017 season after undergoing lower-body surgery.

After transitioning over from RB to WR last offseason, the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder logged a 15-164-2 receiving line in 2016. His loss will be felt less in the receiving game and more in the return game — Vault averaged 24.3 yards on his 23 returns last season, good for third-best in the Big Ten. His five career kick returns for touchdown are a school record.

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WR Sam Craft – Memphis – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 12th

5th-year Sr. Sam Craft will miss the entire 2017 season because of an injury he suffered in practice earlier this week, coach Mike Norvell confirmed Saturday.

Craft has played in 32 games and made 22 starts during an injury-plagued career at Memphis. He appeared in 4 games in 2016 and caught 10 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. Craft recently made a position change from RB to full-time WR this year and was slated to start alongside senior WR Mayhue and Miller prior to his injury.

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WR Marcus Simms – West Virginia – Will miss game vs Va Tech

Update: Aug 13th – Suspended for season opener

WR Simms was arrested early Sunday morning for driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license.

The soph. WR Simms appeared in 9 games for the Mountaineers, catching six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. He entered the fall with expectations of a major leap from 2016 to ’17. On Friday the fan website The Smoking Musket called Simms “the next great West Virginia speedster.”

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WR Jovon Durante – West Virginia – Unknown if he is returning

Update: Aug 12th – 

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Without Durante, West Virginia returns just one player (Ka’Raun White) who caught more than 10 passes last season.

Holgorsen says WR Jovon Durante is dealing with personal issues. “Don’t know if he will, don’t know when he will report to camp.” He is one of West Virginia’s more experienced wide outs, so if he doesn’t suit up this season, it will be a big loss.

Durante has appeared in 25 career games, starting 17 for the Mountaineers. He made a splash right away in his WVU football career by not only playing in his first possible game as a true freshman, but also catching the first touchdown of that 2015 season for the Mountaineers. Durante turned more heads and opened more eyes over the past two seasons. He has 59 catches after his freshman and sophomore seasons, with 709 total yards. After hauling in 5 touchdowns in 2015, he only had 2 as a sophomore in 2016.

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WR Aaron Mathews – Pittsburgh – Unsure when/if he will return

Soph. WR Aaron Mathews, missed the first two weeks of training camp due to personal reasons.

Mathews recorded 6 receptions last season as a freshman.

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WR Tre Tipton – Pittsburgh – Out for entire season

Soph. WR Tipton suffered a season-ending injury in an off-the field accident over the summer and will miss all of 2017 with non-football injury.

Tipton was a 3-star recruit of Pitt’s 2015 recruiting class. He was rated as the No. 31 player at any position in the state of Pennsylvania. Last season, in 9 games with one start, Tipton caught 12 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. He added 61 yards on 11 carries as well in 2016. He was expected to play a more significant role in the Panthers’ offense this coming season.

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WR Marquez Stevenson – Houston – Out for entire season

Update: April 17th

Soph. Stevenson is expected to miss the 2017 season after tearing his ACL.

Stevenson battled injuries last season and appeared in 2 games. He was recruited by Mississippi State, Baylor, TCU, and several other Power 5s. His loss affects Houston’s depth. 

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WR Seth Collins – Oregon State – Expected to miss game vs Col St.

Update: Aug 15th

Jr. Collins, the primary first team slot receiver is out indefinitely due to a finger injury suffered last week in practice.

The loss of Collins could be a sizable blow to an offense that has ranked near the bottom of major national passing categories each of the past two years. The team’s second-leading receiver last year (36 receptions for 418 yards) recently moved to the slot to give OSU and new starting QB Jake Luton a group of formidable targets. Collins missed the last two games of the 2016 season and all of spring practice because of a serious illness.

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WR Hunter Jarmon – Oregon State – Left to play baseball

Update: Aug 18th

Sr. WR Jarmon decided to sign a contract with the San Diego Padres to pursue a career in baseball rather than return for his senior season. Oregon State senior WR Hunter Jarmon will forego the remainder of his collegiate eligibility to pursue a baseball career with the San Diego Padres.

Jarmon had performed well in spring practice recording 155-yards, 2-touchdowns in the Beavers spring game. Over the past 3 seasons, Jarmon started 8 games.  In that span, he caught 41 passes for 555 yards and 3 touchdowns.  In 2014, his 16.7 yards per reception led the team.

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WR Michael Pittman Jr. – USC – Doubtful for game vs W Mich.

Update: Aug 14th

Soph. Pittman Jr. is looking doubtful for the season-opener against Western Michigan. Pittman suffered a high left ankle sprain in practice on Tuesday and subsequently needed the assistance of a cart to leave the practice field. He was unable to put any weight on the foot. While X-rays taken post-practice showed no break or fracture, the sophomore has been diagnosed with the dreaded high-ankle sprain. This injury could potentially keep him on the sideline come September 2. We should have a clearer idea as to his availability in the next week or so.

Pittman was a 4-star 2016 recruit, rated as the No. 9 receiver in the country.  As a true freshman last season, he caught 6 passes for 82 yards.

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WR Simmie Cobbs Jr. – Indiana – Probably suspended vs Ohio State

Update: July 15th

Jr. WR Cobbs Jr. was arrested on Saturday night and charged with misdemeanors in two separate incidents, including resisting law enforcement and refusal to identify. The problem for Cobbs is that he along with 5 players was suspended for Indiana’s season opener last year at FIU for “not living up to their responsibilities to the program at different times since the 2015 season.” On his first snap in the Hoosiers’ next game, Cobbs suffered a broken ankle. He received a medical redshirt and missed the rest of the season. Will have to see how Indiana handles this situation. But it doesn’t look good being that it is his 2nd offense.

Cobbs had a breakout 2015 campaign for the Hoosiers, catching 60 passes for 1,035 yards. He injured his ankle last season and took a medical redshirt but was expected to play a big role in the team’s passing attack in 2017.

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WR Kyrin Priester – Washington State – Dismissed from team

Update: May 16th

WSU head coach Mike Leach said Priester’s dismissal was a result of “Just generally violating team rules. Time to move on. We wish him the best, in a text message to The Spokesman-Review. The talented WR was originally a member of the Clemson football program, but he was dismissed during his freshman year after similar friction with the Tigers’ coaching staff. The Cougars brought him in and won an appeal to play right away, thanks in part to support from Clemson’s coaches.

Priester played in all 13 games that season, making 34 catches for 236 yards and a touchdown while also returning kicks. If Priester had been cleared to play in 2017, he likely would have been a big part of the WSU receiving corps, which lost key players to graduation after last season.

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WR Sam Mays – Illinois – Status pending

Update: Aug 16th

Jr. WR Mays (leg) has missed some of training camp and could find himself losing ground in the battle to be the third receiver.

Mays caught seven passes for 78 yards and one touchdown as a true freshman in 2015 and added 13 receptions for 158 yards and another score last season. That touchdown, of course, was the game-winner against Michigan State. More big plays like that could see Mays earn a bigger role.

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WR Jaylon Jackson – Colorado – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 18th

Fr. WR Jaylon Jackson was carted off the practice field on a stretcher after sustaining an ankle injury. He will miss the season.

Jackson, a 5-10, 175-pound freshman from Cedar Hill, Texas, was expected to contribute as a reserve for the Buffaloes this season. As a 4-star recruit, the Buffs saw potential in Jackson throughout fall practices and in the scrimmage before going down. He committed to CU over many Power 5 schools, including Nebraska, Oklahoma, Baylor and Missouri.

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WR Dorian Baker – Kentucky – Status pending

Update: Aug 19th

Sr. WR Baker has sustained a ”fairly substantial” ankle injury and is awaiting word from doctors on its severity. Stoops revealed Baker’s injury after Saturday’s second scrimmage and added that he hopes to have an update next week.

Baker is listed as one of the starting WRs and looks to bounce back after missing 3 games early last year following a preseason hamstring injury. Baker had 14 catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns, with one TD each in Kentucky’s final 2 games.

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WR Riley Ridley – Georgia – Will miss 1st game vs Appalachian State

Update: Aug 15th

Soph. WR Ridley is expected to miss the season-opener against Appalachian State on Sept. 2 following their respective offseason arrests for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Georgia’s athletic policy calls for a one-game suspension in football for a first-time violation of the school’s drug and alcohol policy.

Ridley had 12 catches for 238 yards and 2 TDs last season.

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TE Tyler Conklin – Central Michigan – Out for entire season

Sr.TE Conklin underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

Conklin (6’4, 240) ranked 3rd on team in receptions (42) and receiving yards (560) and 2nd in receiving touchdowns (6) last year. Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline recently graded him as a 6th-round NFL prospect.

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TE Andrew Beck – Texas – Out 6-8 weeks

Update: Aug 17th

The Texas Longhorns will go through most of the football season without senior TE Andrew Beck, who will miss at least six to eight weeks because of the fractured foot he suffered on Monday.

Sr. TE Beck is the most experienced tight end on the roster, having started 16 times in his 37 career games. Last season, he had 4 catches for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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OFFENSIVE LINE:  “Da Big Uglies”

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OT Alex Bookser – Pittsburgh – Will miss 1st game

Coach Narduzzi on Friday suspended OT Alex Bookser. The junior OT was arrested on Sunday and charged with driving under the influence after leading police on a chase through Oakland.

Update:

Bookser’s suspension is only for the Panthers season opener with Youngstown State.

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OT Elijah Rodriguez – Texas – Out indefinitely

Jr Rodriguez is out indefinitely after undergoing right ankle surgery. Rodriguez suffered the injury on Tuesday after a defender was blocked into his lower half.

Update: Aug 11th

The junior had been working with the first-team offense after starting three games last season.

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OL Maea Tuehema – LSU – Transferred out

Teuhema, a two-year starter, has been suspended indefinitely for ”a violation of team rules.”

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Teuhema was the projected starter at right guard this season. He started a total of 21 games at guard and tackle for the Tigers.

Update: Aug. 3rd

Teuhema, was granted a release from his scholarship and is planning to leave LSU. He will have to sit out a year and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

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OL Darta L. Lee – Illinois – Status pending

OL Howard E. Watkins – Illinois – Status pending        

Both OL Lee and Watkins were charged Thursday with felony residential burglary and aggravated robbery,

Lee is a 6-foot-3, 320-pound freshman offensive lineman from Fresno, Texas, who played in 6 games and started in 2 last seasons.

Watkins, a 6-foot-5 and 280-pound offensive lineman, graduated from a Cincinnati high school early and enrolled at Illinois this semester to go through spring workouts.

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OL Alex Dalton – Oklahoma – Out for entire season

Reserve offensive lineman Alex Dalton injured a knee before camp.

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OG Aaron Roberts – Syracuse – Out for entire season

Standout redshirt junior LG Aaron Roberts suffered a left knee injury during summer conditioning and will miss the entire season.

Roberts started all 12 games last season and led the Orange in both snaps played (968) and knockdown blocks (39).

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RT Brandon Knight – Indiana – Status pending

Knight is currently limited in fall practice due to a lingering injury.

Knight started 6 games and played in 8 last season before missing the final four with a knee injury.

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OL Elijah Tupai – Hawaii – Out for entire season

OL King James– Hawaii – Out for entire season

Hawaii will be without 2 O-Linemen, who has experience for 2017 season. Elijah Tupai will be out this season due to family reasons and King James Taylor did not meet requirements to play, per Hawaii news.

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OL Chance Hall – Tennessee – Out for entire season

Jr. OL Hall will undergo knee surgery and miss the entire season.

Hall has started 13 games over the last two seasons.

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OL Khaliel Rodgers – North Carolina – Retiring from FB

Rodgers surprisingly announced after camp had opened that he was “retiring” from football. A graduate transfer from Southern California, Rodgers had 9 starts on the offensive line in 2014 and ’15 — s6 at center and 3 at guard — but was moved to the defensive line in 2016. “We hated to see him go,” coach Larry Fedora said.

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LT Cole Mosier – Kentucky – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 14th

Sr. LT Cole Mosier has sustained a torn right anterior cruciate ligament that ends his Wildcats career. This a big loss for the Wildcats.

Mosier started 13 of 32 career games for Kentucky, including 10 in 2016. Mosier was among four returning starters on a Wildcats offensive line that blocked for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers last season.

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C Nick Linder – Miami – Decided to transfer

Sr Linder, has decided to sit out this season and transfer.

Linder started 21 games at center over the past two seasons.

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C Lo Falemaka – Utah – Out indefinitely

Update: Aug 18th – C Lo Falemaka is out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury. A projected starter, no timetable has been announced for his return.

Starting C Lo Falemaka was carried off the field by teammates with an injury at Thursday afternoon’s practice.

The 6-foot-5, 287-pound senior was slated to start at center after backing up the graduated J.J. Dielman last season. He played 10 games in 2016.

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OL Reid Najvar – Kansas State – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 11th

Sr. C Najvar will not play for Kansas State this season, according to a report from Heartland College Sports. Najvar will forego the upcoming season as a player, but continue to help the coaching staff as a graduate assistant. It seems it’s injury related.

Najvar absence would be a significant blow for the Wildcats as he started all 13 games at center last season. He also was nominated to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy earlier this summer. He was one of four starters returning up front.

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OL Kameron Eloph – Houston – Out at least to mid-season

Update: July 30th

Jr. Eloph is dealing with a herniated disk in his back and is not expected back until at least midseason, coach Major Applewhite said Sunday.

Eloph gained valuable experience making 4 starts at left guard. He was supposed to challenge for more playing time.

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OT Grant Newsome – Michigan – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 16th

Jr. OT Newsome will miss the entire season due to the horrific leg injury he suffered last season. Newsome suffered the injury against Wisconsin last Oct. 1 and doctors weighed amputating his right leg before ultimately saving it. Newsome underwent six surgeries in a six-week span before beginning his recovery.

Newsome (6 feet 7, 318 pounds) was expected to redshirt as a freshman in 2015, but ended up playing in the second half of the season, including making one start. He took over as the Wolverines’ starting left tackle in 2016.

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OL Jack McDonald – Virginia – Will miss 1st part of season

Update: Aug 15th

Sr. OL McDonald had his knee scoped during camp and could likely miss the first part of the season.

McDonald started 11 of UVA’s 12 games. He helped block for Taquan Mizzell, the first player in ACC history with 1,500 career rushing and 1,500 career receiving yards. He also helped block for an offense that saw Kurt Benkert break UVA’s passing record for a game and become the quickest UVA QB to throw for 2,000 yards in a season. McDonald started 13 games and played in 23 games the last 2 seasons. He was expected to be an anchor for an already-thin Virginia offensive line.

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RB Trey Ragas – UL-Lafayette – Players with team. Status pending

RB Jordan Wright

OL Robert Hunt

OL Damar’ren Withrow

TE Matt Barnes

5 of the 13 Ragin’ Cajuns suspended are from the offense, which could impact the team’s season. They were suspended from the team after felony theft arrests in late April.

Update : Aug 11th

The 13 players initially booked with felonies are now formally charged with one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief, a charge that will be dropped after formal completion of the diversion program.

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SPECIAL TEAMS:

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K Matt Boermeester – USC – Dropped from the team

K Boermeester was suspended from the team in February after an undisclosed ”student code of conduct issue.” The school has released no details of Boermeester’s troubles.

Boermeester made a 46-yard field goal as time expired to end USC’s thrilling 52-49 victory over Penn State. He made 18 of 25 field goal attempts last season.

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K Joey Julius – Penn State – Out for entire season

Julius posted on social media that he is again receiving treatment for binge eating. He will not play for Penn St this season and a time table for his return is unknown.

Julius, who is listed at 5-foot-10 and 258 pounds on PSU’s roster, made 10-of-12 field goal attempts in 2015 but did not practice with the team the following spring. He returned for the start of the 2016 season and served as PSU’s kickoff specialist. Julius averaged 62.1 yards per kickoff and registered 45 touchbacks

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K Donald De La Haye – UCF – Return unknown (Player can return)

Haye was ruled ineligible by the NCAA, his scholarship taken away and now is out of school because he posted videos on YouTube that he made money from and which included his experiences as a student-athlete.

NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from profiting from their likeness or status as student-athletes because it violates amateur guidelines. NCAA bylaw 12.4.4 regarding self-employment states a student-athlete may establish his or her own business, provided the student-athlete’s name, photograph, appearance or athletics reputation are not used to promote the business.

The junior kicker appeared in all 13 of the Knights games as a kickoff specialist. He had 73 kickoffs totaling 4,441 yards, averaging 60.8 yards per kick and finished with 37 touch backs.

He can return to UCF if he returns the money he made and takes down his YouTube videos, which De La Haye feels is unfair and not a compromise.

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DEFENSE School – “Players Status” for 2017 season.

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DEFENSIVE LINE:  “Da Big Dawgs”

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DE Alvonte Bell – Kentucky – No longer on team

Bell was dismissed from team for unspecified violation of team rules.

Bell made 27 tackles in 12 games with four starts for the Wildcats last season before undergoing offseason surgery for an injured right knee sustained in the TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Georgia Tech.

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DE Rori Blair – Pittsburgh – No longer on team

Coach Narduzzi on Friday dismissed DE Rori Blair for rules violations, less than a week before the team begins fall practice.

The senior DE recorded 3+ sacks last season for the Panthers.

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DE Arden Key –  LSU – Not expected to play vs BYU

Update: Aug 17th – LSU coach Ed Orgeron says he does not expect Tigers single-season sack record holder Arden Key to play in the opener against BYU.

Update: July 28th – LSU coaches are uncertain if junior edge rusher Arden Key will be available for the season opener against BYU and won’t make the conclusion until late August.

DE Key is recovering from a shoulder injury, Orgeron said. Key missed spring practice because of undisclosed personal reasons.

Arden Key, who is rated as the top defensive end prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, won’t be ready for the start of fall camp, coach Ed Orgeron said to open SEC Media Days on Monday.

“We don’t know when he’s going to be back, but we expect him to be back and have a great season. He’s in tremendous shape right now.” Orgeron said.

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DE Solomon Wise – UTSA – Out for entire season

DE Wise suffered a serious knee injury on Saturday and is out for the season.

Wise, 6-foot-4, 230-pound sophomore from Coppell, had been projected to start opposite All-Conference USA defensive end Marcus Davenport.

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DE Keivonnis Davis – Florida – Suspended for Michigan game

Update: Aug. 13th 

Jr. DE Davis was suspended for a violation of team rules stemming from misuse of school scholarship funds.

Davis, who appeared in all 14 games in 2016 with five starts. He recorded 27 tackles, three TFLs and 1.5 sacks over the year.

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DT Malcolm Roach – Texas – Status pending

Update: Aug 13th

Soph. DT Roach is sidelined with a turf-toe sprain.

Roach, a 6-4, 270-pound force on the edge, is expected to start and play a key role for Texas’ defense after surprising with 8 tackles for loss as a freshman.

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DT Breidon Fehoko – Texas Tech – Transferred out to LSU

Fehoko decided to transfer to LSU and must sit out a year due to transfer rules.

Fehoko played in 20 games in two seasons at Texas Tech recording 38 total tackles, 2 sacks and one interception.

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DL Chris Williams – Louisville – No longer on team

Sr. DL Williams has been dismissed from the team for violating unspecified team rules.

Williams had 29 tackles in 11 appearances last season, including 5.5 for a loss. He also had one sack. Williams was expected to be a key reserve for the Cards on an already-thin defensive line.

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DT Ka’au Gifford – Hawaii – Out for entire season

Gifford has been suspended for the entire 2017 season for “violation of team rules.” He may return back in 2018 season.

Even though his 2016 season was a step backward, his loss to the team is unfortunate. He was a promising young talent that would have been a critical part of the teams rebuild.

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DT Kalepo Naotala – Hawaii – Out for entire season

Fr. DL Naotala, a promising freshman who was expected to contribute this season is out due to injury and remains hospitalized due to diving accident off Waikiki on July 1st.

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DL Nile Sykes – Indiana – Out for entire season

Jr. DE Sykes will miss the entire season with an undisclosed injury. This is bad news for the Hoosiers who’s pass rush is a major concern for Allen.

Sykes’ 5 sacks last season were the most among defensive linemen and he looked to be a potential breakout player this season.

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DL Da’Shawn Hand – Alabama –  Should play vs Florida State

Hand was arrested early Saturday morning in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for driving under the influence and held on a $1,000 bond. A pretrial hearing is set for Sept. 18 in Tuscaloosa Municipal Court.

Update: Aug. 3rd

Coach Saban said that he doesn’t plan to suspend DE Da’Shawn Hand as long as he takes care of the court requirements. It’s still not guaranteed just yet that he’ll be on the field vs Florida State for the opener.

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DT Michael Hill – Ohio State – Suspended for a “few games”

Sr. DT Hill will be suspended for “a few games,” coach Urban Meyer said Monday.

Hill earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors after starting 13 games last season, when he made 19 tackles, including three for loss.

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DL Gerald Willis – Miami – Out for entire season

Willis will be taking a leave of absence from the football program.  As a result, the defensive lineman won’t be playing football for The U in 2017. The door for a future return, however, is open, at least for the moment. “Gerald remains part of the Miami family, “head coach Mark Richt said in a statement, “and may take part in designated team activities.”

Last season, Willis played in 9 games for the ‘Canes.  He was credited with 19 tackles, 13 of which were solo, as well as 5.5 tackles for loss. Coming out of HS he was rated as the No. 6 strongside DE in the country. Transferred from Florida where he played in 5 games as a true freshman.

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DT Bryce English –   North Texas – Will miss first few games

English suffered a foot injury in practice Tuesday, and head coach Seth Littrell confirmed Wednesday English will miss several weeks treating the injury, meaning he will miss at least UNT’s opener with Lamar on Sept. 2.

English was on course to start at nose tackle in the Mean Green’s 3-3-5 scheme after showing significant improvement since arriving at UNT as a transfer from Kansas State early in 2016.

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DT Marlon Dunlap – North Carolina – Transferring to Florida

Dunlop is transferring to Florida after playing in 7 games as a true freshman for North Carolina last year. He will sit out the 2017 season.

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DL Jeremiah Taleni – Pittsburgh – Transferred to FAU

Update: Aug 4th – Taleni will play for FAU this season as a grad transfer.

Sr. DT Taleni was dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons, leaving that unit without a returning starter and just one senior.

His first two seasons, Taleni played in 8 games with no starts as a reserve tackle. Last season, he started three of the 7 games in which he played; those 3 starts came in the final three games of the regular season, setting the stage for what would’ve been an even bigger role at Pitt prior to his dismissal.

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DL Tanner Reeves – Western Kentucky – Dismissed from the team

Update: Aug 15th

Western Kentucky dismissed redshirt senior DT Tanner Reeves due to a violation of team rules, following his arrest for DUI early Saturday morning.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder appeared in all 14 of the Hilltoppers’ games last season, including 5 starts. He finished the campaign with 17 tackles. Consider this a depth blow for HC Mike Sanford’s squad.

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DL Nate Howard – Missouri – Not on current roster

Update: Aug. 15th

Missouri junior DE Nate Howard was arrested again, this time for failing to appear in court. Howard was suspended in June after an arrest for possession of a controlled substance, marijuana and no vehicle registration. Howard was later booked for a ticket that he did not pay.

Once considered a can’t miss prospect, Nate Howard was ranked as the 7th best prospect at any position in the state of Missouri and saw significant playing time as a freshman. He ended his sophomore season as the incumbent starter for the 2017 season.

Now it seems possible he won’t appear in a Tigers uniform again. He is currently not on the school’s roster.

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DE Jerard Carter – Houston – Out at least to mid-season

Update: July 30th

Jr. DE Carter is recovering from a stress fracture in his foot and is not expected back until at least midseason, coach Major Applewhite said Sunday.

While DL is one of the team’s deepest areas the loss of Carter, who made 8 starts last season, is a blow, but the signing of Texas A&M transfer Reggie Chevis should soften it.

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DL Chris Williams – Louisville – No longer with team

Update: July 31st

Williams was charged with a felony for stealing money from his teammate’s bank accounts and was dismissed from the team

Williams had 29 tackles in 11 appearances last season, including 5.5 for a loss. He also had one sack. Williams was expected to be a key reserve for the Cards on an already-thin defensive line.

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DE Zeandae Johnson – California – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 18th

Soph. DE Johnson will miss the 2017 season due to injury.

Johnson played in 11 games all off the bench in his first action at Cal as a 2016 redshirt freshman. Listed as the starter at one DE position on the preseason depth chart. His loss is will affect the defense greatly as Johnson was a standout in the spring game.

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DE/OLB DeAndre’ Miller – Arizona – Most likely out 1st game

Update: Aug 18th

Sr. DE/OLB Miller suffered a foot injury in July and was in a walking boot through early camp. Miller, who has battled injuries through his career, has a chance to be an impact player but it’s not likely he’ll be ready to play in the first game of his senior season.

When healthy, Miller is one of the team’s best pass rushers. He has 79 career tackles, including 14 for loss.

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DT Sione Taufahema – Arizona – Out indefinitely

Update: Aug 18th

Jr. DT Sione Taufahema, a junior college transfer, missed the first couple of weeks of camp because of knee surgery. At 330 pounds, he has the size Arizona otherwise lacks in the middle of its defensive line, although it’s not clear how much, or how soon, Taufahema can help.

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DT Daniel Cage – Notre Dame – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 17th

Sr. DT Cage plans to take a medical redshirt this season in order to help him recover from multiple concussions and offseason knee surgery.

Cage appeared in 30 games with the Fighting Irish and recorded 32 tackles, including 5 for loss. Cage was not expected to be a starter, but he offered great depth at the now shallow position. Cage was Notre Dame’s only other true nose tackle.

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DE Marlon Davidson – Auburn – Said he is 100% ready to go

Update: Aug 15th  – Auburn soph. DE Marlon Davidson is wearing a brace on his left arm after spraining his elbow back in spring practice. Davidson (6’3/280) indicated that this was just a precautionary move. “Everything is good now, I had a UCL sprain (in the spring).

Soph. DE Davidson has been out with an undisclosed injury in camp, but that is not thought to be a long-term problem. “He has a chance to be an impact player,” coach Gus Malzahn said. “I can’t say enough good things about Marlon.” 

BREAKOUT STAR: DE Marlon Davidson – was All-Freshman SEC after starting all 13 games for the Tigers last year and recording 38 tackles (2.5 sacks). He was the first true freshman to start on Auburn’s defensive line in the opener in 30 years.

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DE Richard Yeargin – Clemson – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 15th

Jr. DE Yeargin will miss the season after suffering a neck injury in an auto accident in June.

Yeargin was listed as a second-team defensive end. He had 29 tackles in his first 2 seasons, including 14 stops and 4 tackles for loss in 12 games in 2016.

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DT Dee Liner – Arkansas State – Will miss 2 to 6 weeks

Update: Aug 16th

Sr. DT Liner injured his groin in Tuesday morning’s practice and, according to Coach Blake Anderson, will be out two to six weeks.

Liner, a 6-3, 325-pound redshirt senior sat out the 2015 season due to his transfer from Alabama. In 2016, he played in all 13 games for ASU, including four starts, and his 8.5 tackles for loss were 4th on the team. Liner was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference 2017 Preseason Second Team. Liner’s injury sets back the depth of a defense that led the NCAA in tackles for loss (125) last season.

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LINEBACKERS:

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LB David Long – West Virginia – Will miss first 4 games

Soph. LB Long is expected to be sidelined for the first 4 games of the season with a knee injury.

Long recorded 65 tackles while appearing in 13 games during his freshman season in 2016. Long posted a career-best 11 tackles in a loss to Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

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LB T.J. Simmons – Indiana – Medically retired

Sr. LB Simmons was granted a medical hardship waiver, which means he is out for the 2017 season and won’t play again for Indiana.

This is a tough blow for the Hoosiers. Simmons was a three-year starter at linebacker and had 213 career tackles before missing the 2016 season.

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LB Quintin Wirginis – Pittsburgh – Will miss first 3 games

Coach Narduzzi on Friday suspended LB Quintin Wirginis for rules violations, less than a week before the team begins fall practice. Wirginis will sit out Pitt’s first 3 games for a violation of team policy.

Wirginis picked up 4 sacks as a reserve…He will be eligible to return for Pitt’s ACC opener against Georgia Tech on Sept. 23.

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LB Sharrieff Grice – Boston College – Retired from FB

Soph. LB Grice announced that he is retiring from football.

Grice, a potential starter, made 15 tackles last season, including one sack, while starting one game but playing mostly on special teams.

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LB Tyreek Maddox-Williams – Rutgers – Out for entire season

Maddox-Williams will miss the entire 2017 season after sustaining a torn ACL during a non-contact drill in Tuesday’s practice.

Maddox-Williams recorded 47 tackles and a half-sack in 9 games last season as a freshman. His season high 11 tackles came against Ohio State.

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LB Detric Bing-Dukes – Ole Miss – Will miss 1st game

Bing-Dukes is suspended for the season opener against South Alabama after being arrested and charged with shoplifting.

Bing-Dukes played in 11 games last season with 3 starts. He made 41 tackles, including 3 for a loss.

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LB Tyler Obee – Western Kentucky – Will miss 1st game

Western Kentucky issued one-game suspensions to LB Tyler Obee for his role in an alleged fight outside of a fraternity.

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LB Jack Cichy – Wisconsin – Out for entire season

Sr LB Cichy is out for the entire season after tearing his ACL in practice.

Cichy, was All-Big Ten honorable mention after recording 60 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season. He missed seven games in 2016 after tearing a pectoral muscle. Cichy was slated to be named a captain for the Badgers this season and his loss is huge for the Badgers defense.

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LB E.J. Levenberry – UConn – Out for entire season

Update: April 4th

Sr. E.J. Levenberry sustained a torn ACL in his right knee and will undergo at an undetermined point in the future.  The rising senior linebacker sustained the injury during a Saturday practice this past weekend. As to the timeline for a return would be around six months from the time of surgery, which would suggest mid-October at the earliest. Unless he can secure an unlikely sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, Levenberry would, should he not be able to return at all this season, see his collegiate playing career come to an end because of this injury.

Levenberry, a 4-star member of FSU’s 2013 recruiting class, opted to transfer following the 2014 season after playing in 26 games during his two years with the Seminoles. After sitting out the 2015 season, the 6-3, 250-pounder started 11 games last year, finishing tied for first on the team with 4 sacks and third in tackles for loss with 5.

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LB Vontae Diggs – UConn – Return unknown

Update: Aug 7th

Diggs was sidelined with a knee injury and is still holding out hope that he will return in time to play in the Aug. 31 season opener against Holy Cross.

Diggs is UConn’s top returning tackler and his absence is big as the Huskies are already without E.J. Levenberry, and are a little thin at linebacker especially with injured true freshman T.J. Gardner yet to practice.

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LB Francis Bernard – BYU – Will not play this season

Update: Aug 17th

Jr. LB Bernard will not play and is redshirting the 2017 season for personal reasons. A former running back – No. 45 all-purpose back for class of 2013 according to 247Sports Composite – “ Bernard switched to linebacker in fall 2016.

Bernard started all 12 games last season, tallying 80 total tackles, 5.5 for loss and two sacks. Bernard was 3rd on the team in tackles and 2nd in interceptions (3). Bernard’s best performance last season actually came against an SEC West offense, when he recorded a career-high 16 tackles against Mississippi State.

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LB Jamie Gordinier – Miami – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 18th

Soph. LB Gordinier’s season is over as he injured his right knee and will not play this year. He will undergo surgery next week at the UHealth Sports Medicine Institute at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, UM said. 

Gordinier, 6-foot-4 LB, was a 3-star recruit out of high school. He was recognized as the No. 19 player out of New Jersey in the 2015 class and fielded 20 offers prior to committing to Miami in June 2014. In Miami’s camp this fall, he was competing for time at weak-side linebacker. He also trained at middle linebacker. DC and LB coach Manny Diaz tabbed him as a key reserve. 

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LB Matthew Thomas – Florida State – Return still unknown

Update: Aug 15th – Matthew Thomas was once again missing, although Jimbo Fisher admitted that there are some other things going on besides just the previously announced virus he has been suffering from. That being said, Fisher doesn’t expect it to be anything that will keep him off the field into the season.

Sr. LB Thomas missed 6 straight practices and the Seminoles’ first preseason scrimmage. Head coach Jimbo Fisher said Thomas was held out of practice due to illness, but he expected him back soon. Fisher changed that on Tuesday saying that there were “other things” going on with Thomas.

Thomas, a former 5-star LB was the Seminoles leading tackler from last season with 77 tackles, 11 TFL, 1 sack and a forced fumble in 13 games.

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LB Khari Lain – Arkansas State – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 16th

Sr. LB Lain was suspended for the 2017 season for not meeting an NCAA policy during the team’s appearance in the 2016 Cure Bowl.

Lain played 13 games in a reserve role, and his 32 tackles in 2016 were the most on the team among players who didn’t start.

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SECONDARY:

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DB Travon Blanchard – Baylor – Suspended. Not with team

Sr. DB Blanchard was suspended from football-related activities on Feb. 7, after the woman accused him of multiple acts of violence and received a protective order from a judge.

Blanchard was a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist as the country’s top defensive back last season. He was the Bears’ fourth-leading tackler with 73 stops, 9 tackles for loss, 1½ sacks and an interception.

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DB Braylin Scott – Colorado State – Suspended indefinitely

Scott was arrested On Felony Burglary Charges

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Scott played in 11 games in 2016, making seven starts. He led the Rams in interceptions with three, while adding 39 tackles and three passes defensed.

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CB Chris Jones – Nebraska – Will miss at least half of the season

Jones will miss at least half of the season due to surgery to repair his left meniscus. Recovery normally takes four to six months.

As a junior last season, the 6-foot, 195-pound Jones had 3 interceptions and 10 pass breakups. He also was recognized with honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors.

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CB Alex Thomas – Cincinnati – Suspended Indefinitely

Update: Aug 16th

Thomas has been charged for his alleged involvement in an attempted armed robbery of a man’s marijuana, according to police.

Depending on how this plays out, Thomas might not see the field for the Bearcats for some time. The expected started played in 21 games over the last 2 seasons, including 4 interceptions last year.

Thomas had 4 interceptions while starting in 10 games last season.

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CB Ken Webster – Ole Miss – Will miss 1st game

Webster is suspended for the season opener against South Alabama after being arrested and charged with shoplifting.

He was expected to be big contributors for the Ole Miss defense this season after missing almost all of last season due injury vs Florida State in the first game.

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CB De’Andre Simmons – Western Kentucky – Out for entire season

Sr CB Simmons will miss the 2017 season with a knee injury.

This past season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder recorded 30 tackles, an interception and nine pass breakups while appearing in all 13 of Western Kentucky’s games.

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CB Corey Winfield – West Virginia – Status pending

Corey Winfield, a graduate transfer from Syracuse, was arrested for DUI on Saturday night, June 20th.

Winfield, a DB, transferred to West Virginia for his fifth year of eligibility back in February after playing for Syracuse. In his 32 games for the Orange, he had 85 tackles, 3 sacks and 3 interceptions. Winfield appear to be the Mountaineers top candidates for the starting CB job.

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S Marcell Harris – Florida – Out for entire season

Sr. safety Harris will miss the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during conditioning drills, a significant setback for a defense already replacing 7 starters.

Harris played in all 13 games last season, starting 8 at safety, where he totaled 73 tackles, 2 interceptions and a sack. He also scored his first career touchdown on a fumbled punt against Florida State. Harris has appeared in 37 games in 3 seasons in Gainesville.

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S Jordan Whitehead – Pittsburgh – Will miss first 3 games

Coach Narduzzi on Friday suspended safety Jordan Whitehead for rules violations, less than a week before the team begins fall practice. Whitehead will sit out Pitt’s first three games for a violation of team policy.

S Whitehead collected 65 tackles on defense and added 98 yards rushing on offense while being named second-team All-ACC as a sophomore in 2016.

He will be eligible to return for Pitt’s ACC opener against Georgia Tech on Sept. 23.

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S Will Sunderland – Oklahoma – Status indefinitely

Safety Sunderland was suspended indefinitely after police issued a warrant for his arrest…and his status for the Ohio State game is unknown.

Sunderland recorded 15 tackles and an interception while playing in 8 games last season.

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S Trey Marshall – Florida State – Will miss 1st half of opening game

Safety Marshall is suspended for the 1st half of the opening game vs Alabama due to a 2nd half targeting penalty in last season’s Orange Bowl against Michigan.

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S Travon Blanchard – Baylor – Suspended from team

Travon Blanchard was free on bond Wednesday after his arrest on a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from domestic violence allegations that led to his suspension from the team five months ago. Baylor athletic department said Blanchard’s status with the team was unchanged.

Blanchard, a 6-2, 205-pound nickelback, has started the last two seasons for the Bears and was the team’s fourth-leading tackler last season as a junior.

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S Chase Hansen – Utah – Status for season opener still pending

Starting safety Chase Hansen is out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury.

Hansen is the lone returning starter in the Utes’ defensive backfield. He is considered one of the top all-around players and one of the best athletes on the roster.

Update:

Coach Whittingham hopes the 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior will be ready for the season opener against North Dakota on August 31.

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S Antonio Reed – Nebraska – Status pending

Reed has an Aug. 21 trial set for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Coach Riley said he would announce later whether he will face team discipline     .

Reed has been a key reserve at safety the past 2 seasons, while also playing on special teams. He is expected to be a starter replacing Nathan Gerry, who started at safety the last 3 seasons.

Update: trial set for Aug. 21 for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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S Chad Miller – San Jose State – Return back unknown

Safety Miller, a San Jose State football player is recovering Monday after being stabbed in a weekend off-campus fight. The university says in a statement that Miller is expected to recover.

He started 3 games at safety for the Spartans last season.

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S Jason Hall – Texas – Status pending

Sr. Hall left Saturday’s fall scrimmage with an injury to the head/neck area, Tom Herman said.

Hall has appeared in 35 games with 28 starts over three seasons.

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S Jaylin Dickerson – South Carolina – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 12th

Fr. Dickerson and early enrollee, will have surgery on his shoulder on Wednesday that will cause him to miss six months. South Carolina suffered its first major injury and will lose a sure-fire contributor for the season.

Dickerson was running as a second-team safety and head coach Will Muschamp said that he was certainly going to play this season, at least prior to the injury.

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DB Steven Montac – South Carolina – Status pending

Update: Aug 12th

Jr. DB Steven Montac, who has played safety, corner, and nickel, has a stress fracture in his foot. He will be in a walking boot for 10 days because of a stress fracture in his foot but isn’t expected to need surgery.  

Montac played in 11 games, with 6 starts and notched 39 tackles last season. The versatile junior DB who figures to play a prominent role again this fall listed as the probable starter at safety entering the fall but has played safety, cornerback and nickel.

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DB Paris Ford – Pittsburgh – Pending academic clearance

Ford, a 4-star recruit, had yet to be cleared academically as of the start of the third week of camp. Ford was expected to compete for a starting job at one of the safety spots, but his lengthy absence brings into question whether he’ll play this season, even if he is eligible.

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CB Dionte Austin – Wake Forrest – Out for entire season

Update: July 29th

Jr. CB Austin will miss the season due to personal reasons. He is another player who contributed heavily to last year’s top 25 defense.

Austin played in 12 games last season, missing only the Military Bowl victory over Temple. He contributed 7 tackles on the year and was expected to compete for a starting CB spot this season.

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S Traveon Redd – Wake Forrest – Out to at least October

Update: Aug 15th

Soph. safety Redd, a redshirt freshman, has an elbow injury that’s expected to keep him out of action until at least October.

Redd saw action in 11 games as a true freshman and made 9 tackles. Had 4 games with 2 tackles. He played 114 snaps with a high of 16 vs. Indiana. With depth at safety a concern for the Demon Deacons, he was expected to battle for playing time.

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S P.J. Blue – Louisville – Out extended period

Update: July 31st

Safety Blue is out for an extended period after injuring his knee, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino confirmed after the first day of fall practice.

Fr. Blue, a 6-foot-3, 208-pound redshirt freshman, was expected to compete for playing time in the Cards’ secondary this season. The Alabama native was among the players Petrino mentioned before the start of spring practice as potential standouts. Blue, a former 4-star prospect, was ranked the 19th-best recruit in Alabama by 247Sports.com and was one of the top players in Louisville’s 2016 signing class. 

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CB Mayne Williams – Ohio – Out indefinitely

Update: Aug 14th

Soph. Williams is looking at a possible medical disqualification following complications from a neck injury he suffered in 2016.

Williams started in 8 games for Ohio at CB and made 22 total tackles including 11 solo stops. He also had one interception and one pass breakup.

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CB Jalen Thompson – South Alabama – Out for entire season

Update: June 7th

Jr. CB Thompson is academically ineligible to play this fall, a source confirmed to AL.com.

Thompson is one of the Jaguars’ top returning defensive players for 2017. He has totaled 56 tackles and 5 interceptions the last 2 seasons, including a team-best 4 pickoffs in 2016.

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DB Simeon Thomas – UL-Laff – Will miss first 2 games

Sr. CB Thomas will be suspended for the first two games of the 2017 season for academic issues. Thomas is allowed to take part in practice but will miss the home and season opener Sept. 2 against Southeastern Louisiana and the Sept. 9 game at Tulsa. Thomas is eligible to play in Sept. 16at Texas A&M.

Thomas appeared in all 13 games for the Ragin’ Cajuns and earned 7 starts, recording 40 tackles and a pair of interceptions on the season and led the Ragin’ Cajuns with 5 pass breakups. He also added a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and quarterback pressure.

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DB Angelo Ellis – Rice – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 3rd

Soph. CB Ellis is out indefinitely following wrist surgery.

Ellis recorded 16 tackles and an interception after being forced into the starting lineup during last season’s North Texas contest. He was projected to start this season.

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S Brandon Snyder – Iowa – Could return to play this season

Update: Aug 6th – Snyder said he’s running well right now. He’s working on his form and improving his strength.

Jr. Sndyer, who is Iowa’s leader in the secondary, tore his ACL during spring drills. It was assumed that the injury would cost the junior free safety his season.

As a sophomore, Snyder started all 13 games at free safety, recording 53 solo tackles and adding 32 assists (3rd leading tackler). He shared the team lead with 3 interceptions and led the squad with 3 forced fumbles. He also contributed 4 pass break-ups and 2 recovered fumbles.

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S Jeremy McDuffie – Duke – ? in return for season opener

Update: Aug 16th

Jr. safety McDuffie suffered a fractured thumb on Saturday. McDuffie (5’11/185) underwent surgery to repair the fracture on Tuesday. Blue Devils HC David Cutcliffe said that he expects the 5-foot-11, 185-pound McDuffie to be able to return in “fairly short order.” He could still potentially suit up for the team’s season-opening tilt against N.C. Central on September 2.

McDuffie entered the preseason as the starter at the Strike safety position after transitioning from CB during spring drills. In 24 career games, he has amassed 34 tackles and one interception. Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman hears from some around the program that McDuffie could potentially develop into Duke’s best defender this season.

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CB John Reid – Penn State – Possibly out for the season

Update: Aug 16th

Jr. CB Reid suffered a knee injury in the spring, not only did the Nittany Lions likely lose their best CB for the season, they lost the player who played the most snaps overall in 2016.

Reid was a 2016 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection. The junior started 16 games in his first 2 seasons with the program. He posted 36 tackles, 5 TFL, one fumble recovery and one interception last season.

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CB Malkon Parrish – Georgia – Will miss early portion of season

Update: Aug 17th

Sr. DB Parrish, one of Georgia’s most experienced players is expected to miss the early portion of the season as he suffered a broken bone which will require surgery. Parrish was originally injured this week during fall camp in Athens. The exact timeline for Parrish’s recovery is not known at this time.

Parrish has appeared in 37 games in his Georgia career, making 25 starts in the last two seasons. He was the team’s 7th-leading tackler last season (47) and led the team in pass breakups as a junior. In his Georgia career, Parrish has registered 108 total tackles, 15 passes defended, 8.5 tackles-for-loss and 4 interceptions.

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CB Chris Jones – Nebraska – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 17th

Sr. CB Jones (knee) is expected to miss 4-6 months after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee near the end of July. A redshirt would allow him to play in 2018.

Jones recorded 37 tackles with a sack and 3 interceptions, returning one for a touchdown last season.

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CB Anthony Julmisse – Colorado – Suspended indefinitely

Update: Aug 18th

Soph. CB Anthony Julmisse was suspended indefinitely by head coach Mike MacIntyre after he was arrested on several charges, including domestic violence allegations.

Julmisse made 8 tackles in all 13 games and was one of a quartet of freshmen to suit up for the Buffs during the 2016 season. Exiting spring practice, he was one of the Buffaloes’ starters at CB.

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S Evan Rambo – California – Out for entire season

Update: Aug 18th

S Rambo was making in impact for Cal in 2016 before tearing his ACL in the middle of the season. According to coach Justin Wilcox, he is expected to miss all of 2017.

Rambo has contributed career totals of 18 tackles, one interception and one pass breakup while playing in 15 games with 3 starts all over the last 2 seasons. He suffered a season-ending injury in the 4th contest of the season at Arizona State in 2016. 

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CB Armand Perry – Arizona State – Retiring from football

Update: Aug 18th

CB Armand Perry, a redshirt junior, announced he will retire from football because of injury concerns. The Sun Devils will lose one of their key contributors out of the defensive backfield.

Perry started 10 games in 2016 and was ASU’s 3rd-leading tackler (59). He tallied 108 career tackles (seven for loss), including 2.5 sacks, and one interception over 24 total appearances in 3 seasons.

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CB Brandon Facyson – Virginia Tech – Expected to play vs WVU

Update: Aug 20th – Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente said that redshirt senior CB Brandon Facyson (wrist) “should be ready for the opener.”

Sr. CB Facyson has been limited this preseason after having surgery on his right wrist in the offseason. He ramped up his activity through the first couple of weeks of preseason practice, however, and has participated in non-contact drills while wearing a cast on his right forearm.

Facyson, who has not been available to the media this preseason, has played in 42 games at Tech over the last 4 seasons, starting 36 of them. Last season, he registered 48 tackles (7.0 for loss) in 14 games played.

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DE Joe Dillon – UL-Lafayette – Players with team. Status pending

DE Jarvis Jeffries

DT Ladarrius Kidd

LB Terik Mitchell

LB Damarren Mitchell

LB Simeon Thomas

LB Levarious Varnado

DB Denarius Howard

8 of the 13 Ragin’ Cajuns suspended are from the defense, which could impact the team’s season. They were suspended from the team after felony theft arrests in late April.

Update: Aug 11th

The 13 players initially booked with felonies are now formally charged with one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief, a charge that will be dropped after formal completion of the diversion program.

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FYI:

There could be more players who may end up missing the entire season or the start of the 2017 season. So far, this is the complete updated information list we have gathered on a daily basis, from the offseason to the current fall camps. Again, the players listed are only those who are or were expected to be “Valued Game Contributors” and whose lost may, to different degrees, negatively impact their team’s season and successes.

We will be continually updating and adding other players or any new changes to these players status.

Don’t forget to keep checking back for any new information. 

PS: If you have information on any player(s) that we may have missed posting/updating, please feel free to share it in the comments section.

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