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  01/15/21 - ILB Will HonasrSr/2022, Nebraska, 6-0, 230 (DS#36 ILB) + More +

  Will Honas emerged as a staple of Nebraska's defense in 2020. Now he's poised to be just the same in 2021. The senior inside linebacker announced Thursday morning he's returning to school for an extra season and will be back with the Huskers for 2021. Honas is coming off his best collegiate season and will look to build on it thanks to the extra season of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Wichita, Kansas, native played in seven of NU's eight games in 2020 and finished second on the team in tackles with 57. He tied senior outside linebacker JoJo Domann with a team-best 6 1/2 tackles for loss, adding a team-leading three sacks. He projects as a defensive leader next season. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#36 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Will HonasNebraska
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  Five North Texas players entered the NCAA transfer portal late this week, including a pair of seniors who were eligible to return for another season with the Mean Green. Cornerback Cam Johnson and safety Makyle Sanders started throughout their senior campaigns. Wide receiver Greg White and linebacker Chris Thornton were backups in 2020, while offensive lineman Brian Parish opted out of the season. The NCAA froze eligibility clocks for fall sports athletes this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson and Sanders could have returned for another season, despite playing key roles as seniors last season for the Mean Green. - Denton Record

(DS#999 SS) rSr/2022 SS Makyle SandersNorth Texas
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  Calvin Tyler Jr., a running back who has spent four years at Oregon State, is leaving the program and putting his name in the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate transfer. Tyler has two years of eligibility remaining. This past season Tyler had 15 carries for 48 yards and two touchdowns. For his career, Tyler ran 27 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns. - The Oregonian

(DS#999 RB) rJr/2022 RB Calvin Tyler Jr.Oregon State
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  01/15/21 - FS Lamont WadeSr/2021, Penn State, 5-09, 191 (DS#17 FS) + More +

  Penn State football has lost one of its starting safeties to the 2021 NFL Draft. Senior Lamont Wade announced his decision to enter the draft Thursday evening from his personal Twitter account. Wade started 20 games for the Nittany Lions in his career, including seven in 2020 when he was named a team captain. In his final year he tallied 37 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. He closed out his time at Penn State with a 100-yard kick return touchdown in the team's season finale against Illinois. The safety was named All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches and media as a junior after 67 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, two sacks, five passes defended and three forced fumbles in 13 games. - Centre Times

(DS#17 FS) Sr/2021 FS Lamont WadePenn State
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  01/15/21 - RB Zamir WhiterSo/2023, Georgia, 5-11, 215 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Georgia running back Zamir White, who rushed for 779 yards and 5.4 yards per carry this past season, announced Wednesday afternoon that he will be returning to Athens for his redshirt junior season. White has endured two ACL surgeries during his career - on his right knee as a high school senior and on his left knee that scratched his freshman season with the Bulldogs in 2018. The 6-foot, 210-pounder from Laurinburg, North Carolina, rushed for 408 yards and 5.2 yards per carry during the 2019 season, earning his first start for Georgia in the 26-14 victory over Baylor in the Sugar Bowl. - Chattanooga Times Free Press

(DS#2 RB) rSo/2023 RB Zamir WhiteGeorgia
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  01/15/21 - RB Devin BrumfieldJr/2022, Tulane, 5-10, 212 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Devin Brumfield, Covington High School's all-time leading rusher, announced Wednesday he intends to transfer to Tulane, adding depth to a Green Wave backfield that has found success spreading the wealth in the Willie Fritz era. Brumfield made the announcement Wednesday via Twitter in a post that was retweeted by Fritz, secondary coach J.J. McCleskey and the official Tulane football account. Brumfield rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns on 59 carries in 2019. This season, he had just 21 carries for 85 rushing yards in three games. He entered the transfer portal in December. Brumfield left Covington with 6,549 career yards rushing, easily a school record. - New Orleans Times Picayune

(DS#999 RB) Jr/2022 RB Devin BrumfieldTulane
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  01/15/21 - RB Trey SmithrSr/2022, Wyoming, 5-11, 218 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Count Trey Smith among Wyoming's senior football players who will be back for another season. Smith told the Star-Tribune on Thursday he will return for his third season at UW next fall, keeping one of the Mountain West's top rushing duos intact. The Cowboys' running back has rushed for 715 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games since joining UW's program as a graduate transfer. Smith, who's on track to receive his master's degree from UW next fall, joins defensive end Garrett Crall and receiver Ayden Eberhardt as UW seniors who've publicly announced they will be returning for another season. - Casper Star-Tribune

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB Trey SmithWyoming
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  Western Kentucky has another transfer joining the football program. Zac Lefebvre, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end announced Wednesday his signing with the Hilltoppers via Twitter after spending the last five seasons at Buffalo. Lefebvre started all seven games at tight end this fall for Buffalo and was named All-MAC Third Team. He had 13 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown and played a key role blocking for the Bulls' rushing offense that went for 287.4 yards per game in the 6-1 season. Buffalo's only loss came to Ball State 38-28 in the MAC Championship game. The Bulls beat Marshall 17-10 in the Camellia Bowl. He also started all 11 games at tight end in 2019 and was third on the team in receiving with 21 catches for 235 yards and two scores. - BG Daily News

(DS#22 TE) rSr/2022 TE Zac LefebvreWestern Kentucky
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  01/15/21 - WR Josh PalmerSr/2021, Tennessee, 6-1, 210 (DS#53 WR) + More +

  Josh Palmer has his sights set on the next chapter of his football career. The senior wide receiver said farewell to Tennessee in an Instagram post Thursday, confirming what has been expected for months - that Palmer would depart for the NFL rather than exercise the option to play an additional senior season in 2021. Palmer is set to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 30 in Mobile, Alabama, in an opportunity to showcase his skills for NFL scouts. Teammate Trey Smith, who also is headed for the NFL draft, is also on the Senior Bowl roster. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Palmer was one of Tennessee's top players in 2020, when he caught 33 passes for 475 yards and four touchdowns. He came within one reception of matching his single-season career high for receptions despite this season only featuring 10 games. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#53 WR) Sr/2021 WR Josh PalmerTennessee
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  Chris Jackson, a former Michigan State cornerback who just finished his redshirt sophomore season with the Spartans, announced his commitment to WSU on Thursday afternoon. With the NCAA's extra year of eligibility, Jackson will still be a redshirt sophomore this fall, and should have two more years to play after sitting out due to transfer rules. The Cougars have added four transfers this offseason, including Jackson. Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano and TCU linebacker Ben Wilson, a Sumner, Washington, native, have both enrolled at WSU and will participate in spring practice. Hawaii wide receiver Lincoln Victor, another transfer who played high school football in the Evergreen State, announced his commitment to the Cougars but hasn't signed a letter of intent. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2023 CB Chris JacksonWashington State
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  01/15/21 - WR Greg WhiterJr/2022, North Texas, 6-3, 198 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Wide receiver Greg White became the latest North Texas player to enter the NCAA transfer portal on Thursday. White caught eight passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in eight games last season. His best game came when he caught four passes for 67 yards in a loss to Southern Miss in the fourth week of the season. The Georgia native caught seven passes in UNT's first three games of the season but had just one reception the remainder of the year. - Denton Record

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2022 WR Greg WhiteNorth Texas
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  01/15/21 - ILB Devin LloydrJr/2022, Utah, 6-2, 232 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  On Saturday at 5:20 p.m., Devin Lloyd tweeted out a 21-second highlight video from the shortened 2020 football season, and slapped a caption on it that read, "One Last Ride." Lloyd, a University of Utah redshirt junior linebacker and a finalist for last season's Butkus Award, will return to Salt Lake City in 2021 as a redshirt junior. With that, all of the Utes' major offseason business should now be complete.

Lloyd is returning, an announcement that came days after redshirt junior offensive lineman Nick Ford and junior tight end Brant Kuithe both announced they would return. The coaching staff restocked the quarterback room, hitting the NCAA Transfer Portal for Baylor's Charlie Brewer and Ja'Quinden Jackson of Texas. Same with the running back room, which now includes Oklahoma transfer T.J. Pledger and LSU's Chris Curry. The question now begs, will Utah contend for the Pac-12 South title? - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#2 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB Devin LloydUtah
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  01/15/21 - TE Evidence NjokurSo/2023, UCLA, 6-4, 228 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  UCLA tight end Evidence Njoku entered the transfer portal again, and this time he's got family to keep him company. Bruins wide receiver Charles Njoku also made himself available by entering the transfer portal, likely ending his stay in Westwood after a redshirt freshman season in which he caught three passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. Evidence Njoku, a redshirt junior, recorded no statistics in 2020 even though he was cleared to play immediately after having transferred from Miami. Charles Njoku did not play over the final three games of last season for unspecified reasons. - Los Angeles Times

(DS#999 TE) rSo/2023 TE Evidence NjokuUCLA
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  Vols senior defensive lineman Darel Middleton announced he would use the NCAA's extra season of eligibility in 2021, posting "Let's get back to the top" on Twitter. Middleton played in nine games this past season, amassing 15 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Another Tennessee senior defensive lineman, Matthew Butler, announced Monday that he would be returning to Knoxville. - Chattanooga Times Free Press

(DS#39 DT) rSr/2022 DT Darel MiddletonTennessee
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  The Western Kentucky football program continues to take advantage of the transfer portal this offseason. The Hilltoppers announced Thursday the signing of Cameron Stage, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman that spent the last three seasons at Bowling Green State. Stage started all five games at center and made all 284 snaps for the 0-5 Falcons in 2020 as a redshirt sophomore. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native appeared in four games in 2019 after redshirting in 2018. - BG Daily News

(DS#999 C) rSo/2023 C Cameron StageWestern Kentucky
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