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  04/05/20 - OLB Cam BrownSr/2020, Penn State, 6-5, 233 (DS#14 OLB) + More +

  Cam Brown saw how the NFL was changing when he entered college four years ago. The Penn State linebacker noticed the influence high-powered spread systems had. NFL teams are employing quick, rangy linebackers to contend with more skilled tight ends who line up split wide and running backs who can catch the ball out of the backfield. And that's where Brown thinks he can fit in as he prepares for the 2020 NFL Draft. He feels like he's the same type of player he was when Penn State signed him out of Bullis (Md.) in 2016, and he expects that can translate into the NFL. "I'm athletic, I'm rangy, I can get to the ball, and I can run with tight ends and running backs," Brown said. "I feel like, if anything, my adaption and my body and frame is well-built for these systems of offenses that defenses are going against."

He said his frame has come up in conversations with teams. He has room to bulk up and add weight, and Brown said teams liked that idea. Brown could also fit into the second level of an NFL defense and use his size to help take away the middle of the field from opposing offenses. In his final two seasons at Penn State, Brown broke up 10 passes. "I also have the length, the length on defense," Brown said. "It blocks out windows. It allows you to get to certain plays better than other people can, and honestly, it's an advantage, especially at linebacker when you're sitting in the middle of the field, it's kind of hard for a quarterback to throw over a 6-foot-5 linebacker." - Tribune Review


(DS#14 OLB) Sr/2020 OLB Cam BrownPenn State
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  When Mississippi State football player Fabien Lovett saw Mike Leach's tweet with an image that joked about a woman knitting a noose for her husband, the defensive lineman sent a screenshot to his dad. Lovett was upset and even publicly reacted to the tweet Wednesday night on his Twitter account, typing "wtf." The next day, the father and son discussed the coach's meme and the player's future in Starkville. Lovett next talked with members of the Mississippi State coaching staff. On Friday, Lovett's father, Abdual Lovett, had decided his son should leave the program and the 6-foot-4, 310-pound athlete agreed he was done at Mississippi State.

Lovett filled out the necessary paperwork through the university and announced his decision to transfer on Twitter. The father said he questioned Leach's ability to lead because he says "whatever whenever." "I didn't feel comfortable with my son being down there with a guy like that from a leadership standpoint - that you can just throw anything out there," Abdual told the Clarion Ledger on Saturday. "I feel if he can do it, the kids are going to feel like they can do it." The Mississippi State athletic department declined to comment on the situation and the comments of Lovett's father. - The Clarion Ledger


(DS#999 DT) rSo/2023 DT Fabien LovettMississippi State
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  FAU's tight end contingent has taken another big loss. John Raine announced on social media that he's entered the transfer portal as a graduate transfer. He recorded 38 receptions for 343 yards and six touchdowns last year en route to the Owls winning the 2019 Conference USA title and 2019 Boca Raton Bowl. "I am thankful for everything, FAU," Raine tweeted on Saturday. "Excited for the next chapter!"

Raine's departure leaves a significant hole in FAU's tight end unit for the 2020 season with the Owls having zero career receptions returning at the position next year. Harrison Bryant, who became the first FAU football player in program history to be a unanimous All-American after leading all FBS tight ends in receptions (65) and yards (1,004), while scoring seven touchdowns last year, used his final season of eligibility in 2019 and has his sights set on the NFL. The Owls have three tight ends on their official roster and received a commitment from one in February that should be able to contribute immediately. Redshirt junior Logan Peterson, and redshirt freshmen Ryan Cameron and Rahmod Smith are expected to return to FAU next season. - Sun-Sentinel


(DS#14 FB) Sr/2021 FB John RaineFlorida Atlantic
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  04/05/20 - TE Collin MoorerJr/2022, California, 6-4, 240 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  The soon-to-be Cal graduate is departing after his most successful season to date. Moore started all 13 games in 2019, a marked increase in playing time after only making an appearance in one game of the Bears' 2018 campaign. The 6'4? tight end had just two receptions for 11 yards last season, but one of those receptions was for a touchdown in the Bears' 35-20 Redbox Bowl win over Illinois. Moore is the latest tight end to depart from Cal after McCallan Castles transferred during the 2019 regular season. New offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will work with a position group led by redshirt juniors Jake Tonges, who recorded 13 receptions for 262 yards in 2019 and Gavin Reinwald, who finished last season with 14 receptions for 146 yards. Cal will also welcome a pair of four-star tight end recruits, with D.J. Rogers joining the team's 2020 class and Jermaine Terry coming to Berkeley in 2021.

(DS#999 TE) rJr/2022 TE Collin MooreCalifornia
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  04/05/20 - QB Joe BurrowrSr/2020, LSU, 6-4, 221 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  After leading LSU to the CFP national championship, winning the Heisman Trophy and setting an NCAA FBS single-season record for touchdown passes, quarterback Joe Burrow is the odds-on favorite to be the first player picked in the 2020 NFL Draft. The 85th NFL Draft is scheduled for April 23-25, with the opening night devoted to the first round. The Cincinnati Bengals hold the first selection. If the Bengals (or a trading partner) make Burrow the first of the 32 opening-round selections, the quarterback would become the 20th former SEC player to be the No. 1 pick. It also would be the 11th time that LSU has provided the first player drafted from the conference. An LSU player hasn't been the first pick from the conference since 2007, when the Oakland Raiders used the No. 1 selection on Tigers quarterback JaMarcus Russell, a former Williamson High School star.

Twelve LSU players have been first-round choices since then, including eight among the top six picks, but none was the first selection from the SEC. The first SEC player picked in the 2019 NFL Draft was Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, who went to the New York Jets with the third choice. That marked the 13th time that an Alabama player had been the first SEC selection, the most in the conference. If Burrow beats Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa off the draft board on April 23, the 2020 NFL Draft would be the 28th in a row without the same SEC member providing the first player picked in consecutive years. That most recently happened in the 1991 and 1992 drafts, with Tennessee offensive tackle Charles McRae joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 7 in 1991 and Volunteers defensive back Dale Carter joining the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 20 in 1992. - Birmingham News


(DS#1 QB) rSr/2020 QB Joe BurrowLSU
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  With college sports shuttered, his Trojans stuck in isolation and the status of next football season in flux because of COVID-19, Clay Helton is trying to focus on the silver linings. Late-afternoon walks with his wife, Angela. Extra time with their three kids. Beautiful sunsets from his balcony. The work of teachers everywhere. The wonders of the Zoom app. "Everything has a silver lining," the USC coach said. The panic over the upcoming season remains pervasive, as hard decisions on how to proceed post-pandemic approach in the coming months. Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott said this week he hoped decisions on the season's start date might be made by May 31, when the conference's suspension of team activities is scheduled to expire.

Helton wouldn't speculate on the future of the season when reached by phone Friday. But while he considered what a return to college football normalcy might require, Helton did suggest that his team would probably need a "minimum of four weeks" of ramp-up before safely proceeding with camp in the fall. That ramp-up period, Helton said, has been a point of discussion on recent conference calls with Pac-12 coaches. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly suggested a similar timeline with reporters this week, while Scott mentioned the possibility of a "longer-than-normal" training camp "to somehow accommodate for the fact that we've missed spring." - Los Angeles Times


(DS#8 QB) So/2023 QB Kedon SlovisSouthern California
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  Fabien Lovett is a college football free agent. The rising sophomore announced Friday he entered the NCAA transfer portal after Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach tweeted out a controversial meme. Several schools quickly reached out to Lovett, who said he has three years of eligibility remaining. Programs such as Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Oregon have contacted Lovett and his family, according to his father, Abdual Lovett. Tennessee and Florida State have stood out early in the recruiting process, Abdual Lovett said.

Fabien Lovett has a prior relationship with a familiar name on the Oregon coaching staff. Joe Moorhead, the former Mississippi State head coach, recruited Lovett to Starkville. Moorhead is now the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Oregon. "He had a great respect for Moorhead," Abdual Lovett said. "So did I." The defensive tackle, listed at 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, appeared in two games and redshirted in 2018. In 2019, he finished with 19 total tackles and a sack for the Bulldogs. - The Clarion Ledger


(DS#999 DT) rSo/2023 DT Fabien LovettMississippi State
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  04/05/20 - WR Cedric Byrd IISr/2020, Hawaii, 5-09, 175 (DS#45 WR) + More +

  How fast is former Hawaii receiver Cedric Byrd II? He earned an associate degree in three semesters at Long Beach City College, and then took another three semesters to receive a UH bachelor's degree the past December. In recent testing, Byrd showed his speed by racing 40 yards in a laser-timed 4.37 seconds. Byrd is hopeful that 40 time, and his two-season production with the Rainbow Warriors, will be enough to merit consideration as this month's NFL Draft approaches. Eric Eastham, an agent with ALIGN Sports Management, had been contacted by seven teams expressing interest in Byrd as an inside receiver and punt/kickoff returner. The past season, Byrd had 98 catches for 1,097 yards and 10 touchdowns. Of Byrd's 177 career receptions, 52% resulted in first downs. He also has returned kickoffs and punts, as well as been used as a rusher on jet sweeps or direct snaps. - Honolulu Advertiser

(DS#45 WR) Sr/2020 WR Cedric Byrd IIHawaii
News Source: Honolulu Advertiser
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