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  11/22/20 - OT Dare RosenthalrSo/2023, LSU, 6-7, 327 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  The starting left tackle for the season opener, Rosenthal didn't play or appear on the sideline when LSU faced South Carolina on Oct. 24. Sophomore Cam Wire started in his place the last two games. "He's gotten out of the groove," junior left guard Ed Ingram said, "so the biggest thing is probably going to be working pass sets, working run blocks and technical stuff." Orgeron believes Rosenthal's return can help an offensive line that struggled in LSU's last game.

On the road against Auburn, the group allowed four sacks, and LSU averaged 1.2 yards per carry as the program suffered its worst loss since 1996. Rosenthal practiced Tuesday with the second-team offensive line, returning as LSU prepares to face Arkansas this Saturday, the Tigers' first game in three weeks. Orgeron said LSU will decide Friday who starts. In the past, Orgeron has projected Rosenthal, who's 6-foot-7 and 327 pounds, as a potential first-round NFL draft pick. "We're not going to put him in if he's not in shape," Orgeron said, "but he looked like he came back in pretty good shape." - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#999 OT) rSo/2023 OT Dare RosenthalLSU
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  Mississippi State is down another body. Sophomore defensive tackle Nathan Pickering announced Wednesday via Twitter that he would be opting out of the rest of the 2020 campaign, becoming the second player to do so in as many weeks. In five games this season, the Mount Olive native recorded 16 tackles, two sacks and a quarterback hurry. During his inaugural season in Starkville, Pickering was named to the 2019 Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team. With Wednesday's announcement, Pickering joins star running back and Columbus native Kylin Hill and starting safety and West Point product Marcus Murphy as the three Bulldogs to have opted out of the season mid-year. Junior cornerback Tyler Williams and walk-on receiver Taury Dixon also did so prior to the start of the year. - The Dispatch

(DS#999 DT) So/2023 DT Nathan PickeringMississippi State
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  For the second time this week, a Michigan State football player has entered the NCAA transfer portal. This time it is sophomore running back Anthony Williams Jr. Williams has played only 12 snaps this season after he appeared in a dozen games as a freshman, when he ranked third on the team in rushing with 118 yards on 38 attempts. Last Saturday, in a 24-0 loss to Indiana, he lost a fumble on his only carry. The former three-star recruit from Chicago becomes the second player in the last three days to explore a move to another school, following linebacker Marcel Lewis into the transfer portal. - Lansing State Journal

(DS#999 RB) So/2023 RB Anthony Williams Jr.Michigan State
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  11/22/20 - WR Dominic GicintoJr/2022, Missouri, 5-09, 180 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Missouri junior slot receiver Dominic Gicinto has entered the NCAA transfer portal, the team confirmed Wednesday, giving the Tigers one fewer scholarship player for Saturday's game at South Carolina. As of Tuesday, Mizzou had 56 scholarship players available, just three more than the Southeastern Conference roster threshold for COVID-19 protocols. The SEC roster threshold is considered a guideline more than a strict requirement. "The impacted institution has the option to play the game with fewer than the 53 scholarship players or fewer than the minimum number of position players...if it elects to do so," SEC spokesperson Chuck Dunlap said in an email Wednesday. That means the Tigers (2-3) could slip below the SEC's 53-player threshold and still elect to play Saturday's game at South Carolina (2-5). Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz talked Wednesday as if he expects the Tigers to play Saturday.

"I look forward to the opportunity," he said during the SEC's conference call. "Obviously in this year anytime you get an opportunity to play the game you got to relish it. And that's what we're focusing on trying to do." Gicinto told Drinkwitz about his decision after Tuesday's practice. "He felt like he wanted to find a better offensive fit and a better cultural fit," Drinkwitz said. "Obviously, we weren't here to recruit him. We're different than what they've been used to or what they recruited to. It's all about trying to find the right fit. We wish him well and absolutely all the best to him as he's moving forward." - Post-Dispatch


(DS#999 WR) Jr/2022 WR Dominic GicintoMissouri
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  11/22/20 - TE Grant CalcaterrarSr/2022, Auburn, 6-4, 227 (DS#12 TE) + More +

  Grant Calcaterra's football career will continue, just not with Oklahoma. Nearly a year to the day after the tight end medically retired from football due to multiple concussions, Calcaterra announced he will be transferring to Auburn. "A year ago, I would've never pictured my life the way is it now," wrote Calcaterra, who announced his intentions to enter the NCAA transfer portal on Aug. 15, in a tweet. "I don't believe in bad situations, just opportunities for growth. I'm more than grateful for this past year, but even more excited for my future challenges. Thanks again Sooner Nation. #WarEagle." Calcaterra played in three games last year, posting 79 receiving yards via five receptions. His final appearance came in a 45-20 victory over Kansas on Oct. 5. - Norman Transcript

(DS#12 TE) rSr/2022 TE Grant CalcaterraAuburn
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  As good as Nevada's Carson Strong has been, he doesn't have the best quarterback rating in the league. That belongs to Starkel, the transfer from Arkansas (who was at Texas A&M before that). The MW has become a transfer league at quarterback with seven transfers starting at least one game at quarterback for MW schools this season. Starkel has been the best of that bunch, and he qualifies as a newcomer for this award. After throwing five interceptions in a loss to SJSU last season when he was at Arkansas, Starkel has become a Spartans star. He's completed 70.1 percent of his passes for 980 yards, nine touchdowns, two interceptions and a MW-best 171 quarterback rating to lead SJSU to its best start since 1955. He edges Washington transfer Jake Haener, now Fresno State's quarterback. - Nevada Sports Net

(DS#35 QB) rSr/2021 QB Nick StarkelSan Jose State
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  11/22/20 - RB Max BorghiJr/2022, Washington State, 5-10, 198 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  Nick Rolovich didn't completely shut down the possibility of Max Borghi returning to the field this season, but the coach's comments Monday night didn't inspire much confidence Washington State's junior running back would be plowing through defenders in a crimson uniform anytime soon. The Preseason All-Pac-12 First Team selection has missed consecutive games for the Cougars with an undisclosed back injury, and Rolovich was asked Monday night if he expected Borghi to return at any point this season. "I don't know," Rolovich said. "Still going day by day on that one. I guess we'll see how long the season goes." The final sentence of Rolovich's comment may be interpreted one of two ways. If the Cougars win at least three of their final five games, they'd become bowl-eligible, with an opportunity to play an eighth game sometime in late December, conceivably giving Borghi more time to rehab. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#4 RB) Jr/2022 RB Max BorghiWashington State
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  11/22/20 - QB Matt CorralrSo/2023, Mississippi, 6-1, 205 (DS#9 QB) + More +

  In another historic game, Corral managed to break the Ole Miss single-game passing record, posting 513 yards and passing Shea Patterson's 489-yard performance in 2017. Corral completed 28 out of 32 passes and four touchdowns in the showdown against the Gamecocks on Saturday. "He actually has more total yards per game than anyone in the conference including (Florida's Kyle) Trask," UM head coach Lane Kiffin said in a press conference. "That's pretty impressive, and just a sophomore. He made some plays that have some Mahomes-type of arm angles in the game, which we don't teach." Currently, Corral holds 533 total yards, the second-most in Ole Miss history. Archie Manning still sits on the top with 540 total yards. In addition, the California native has had five games this season in which he passed for over 300 yards, tying him for the third-best in Ole Miss football history. Corral is also tied for fifth on the single-season record list with 22 passing touchdowns. - Daily Mississippian

(DS#9 QB) rSo/2023 QB Matt CorralMississippi
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  11/22/20 - ILB Justin FloweFr/2024, Oregon, 6-1, 246 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Oregon Ducks freshman linebacker Justin Flowe has a torn meniscus and will miss the rest of the 2020 season, a source confirmed to The Oregonian/OregonLive on Tuesday afternoon. The top-ranked linebacker and one of the top recruits in the country in the 2020 class, Flowe did not play in Oregon's win at Washington State and was not seen on the sideline, though Ducks coach Mario Cristobal said he traveled but was unavailable. Prior to the game, Flowe posted to Instagram that he would not be playing due to an injury but would "be back real soon ready and hungry." Tuesday morning, a member of Flowe's high school coaching staff tweeted that the former 5-star prospect tore his meniscus and would have surgery on Wednesday, which Flowe reposted to Instagram. Flowe, Oregon's backup weak-side linebacker, had one tackle in the season opener against Stanford. - Oregonian

(DS#999 ILB) Fr/2024 ILB Justin FloweOregon
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  11/22/20 - RB Tank BigsbyFr/2024, Auburn, 6-0, 204 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Auburn true freshman running back Tank Bigsby has been nothing short of impressive since his first start in his second college football game. As a result, Bigsby's name has earned recognition for one of the nation's top awards. Bigsby is one of several college football players who were added to the Maxwell Award watch list, the Maxwell Football Club announced Wednesday. The award has been given annually to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937; LSU quarterback Joe Burrow taking home the trophy in 2019.

The 6-foot, 204-pound Bigsby arrived in Auburn as a four-star recruit and wasted little time in proving he was well worth the hype. He started in Auburn's second game against Georgia and has not looked back since, rushing for 503 yards and five touchdowns while also reeling 11 receptions for 84 yards. He's also shown himself to be a dangerous return man, taking 13 returns for 306 yards and having a would-be touchdown against Ole Miss that was taken off the board due to a penalty. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn spoke highly of Bigsby's play after the Tigers' 48-11 victory over LSU, a game in which Bigsby led the way with 15 carries for 71 yards and two touchdowns. - Opelika-Auburn News


(DS#1 RB) Fr/2024 RB Tank BigsbyAuburn
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  Florida State football coach Mike Norvell shared another devastating bit of injury news Wednesday. The head coach revealed that true freshman quarterback Chubba Purdy will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing season-ending surgery on his collarbone Tuesday. This less than a week after he made his first career start last Saturday at NC State. Norvell added that the surgery Purdy underwent was to remove the hardware inserted into his collarbone during his August surgery which was causing irritation and inflammation. "We had a plan and understood the process of removing the hardware was going to take place due to the inflammation and irritation around that hardware, we had to expedite that," Norvell said. "He'll be ready to go (for spring), just, unfortunately, that timeline is just not quick enough to get him back before the season is over with. I have no concerns about anything here moving forward and it'll definitely have him for spring, whenever spring practice begins." - Times Union

(DS#999 QB) Fr/2024 QB Chubba PurdyFlorida State
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  11/22/20 - CB K.J. SailsrSr/2021, South Florida, 5-10, 180 (DS#86 CB) + More +

  USF senior cornerback K.J. Sails will not play his final two games of the season after sustaining a knee injury during Saturday's 56-21 loss at Houston, coach Jeff Scott said Tuesday. Sails will not, however, require surgery while he recovers. Sails, an East Bay High alumnus and local philanthropist who organized a unity walk through Tampa in June, finished the season with 22 tackles in eight games. In 2019, Sails finished with 42 tackles and three interceptions and was named to the American Athletic Conference second team. The loss of Sails is yet another significant blow to USF's already strained roster, which after COVID-19 issues, injuries and players simply opting out from playing, is down to 64. - Tampa Tribune

(DS#86 CB) rSr/2021 CB K.J. SailsSouth Florida
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  Florida Atlantic has lost two more football players for the season after redshirt junior quarterback Justin Agner and graduate wide receiver Aaron Young decided to opt out under COVID-19 rules. Seven Owls have now opted out of the season. "Justin opted out about two weeks ago," coach Willie Taggart said Wednesday. "Young opted out this week." In early August, senior safety Quran Hafiz was the first player to opt out. In September, two more players - redshirt freshman La'Darious Henry and redshirt sophomore Cordel Littlejohn - decided not to play this fall. Before the delayed season opener against Charlotte on Oct. 3, wide receiver Eyin Cole and defensive back Jaylon Worsham opted out, bringing the total to five. With Agner and Young opting out, the total is now seven. - Palm Beach Post

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2021 WR Aaron YoungFlorida Atlantic
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  Munir McClain, the suspended receiver at the center of a federal probe over pandemic unemployment benefits, and his brother, linebacker Abdul-Malik McClain, are leaving USC and will enter the NCAA transfer portal. The decision comes after a tumultuous few months that fractured the family's relationship with USC. In mid-September, Munir McClain was suspended from the football team with minimal explanation. Michael Blanton, USC's vice president of ethics and professionalism, later told his mother, Shan McClain, that Munir's name came up in conjunction with a complaint alleging unemployment fraud and identity theft at USC. A month later, federal investigators approached players on campus and asked about the sophomore. Munir McClain, who applied for and received pandemic unemployment assistance over the summer, maintains that he's done nothing wrong and that USC has yet to provide a full explanation for his suspension. - Los Angeles Times

(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Munir McClainSouthern California
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  Starting safety Troy Lefeged Jr. will undergo surgery this week and is out for the rest of the season, Maile said Monday. The senior started both games he played in this fall - against San Diego State and Nevada - and contributed with 13 tackles and one pass breakup. The junior college transfer was the Aggies' leading tackler a year ago as he racked up 104, including 6.0 for a loss. Lefeged also forced three fumbles and recovered two more as a junior. - Herald Journal Tribune

(DS#999 FS) Sr/2021 FS Troy Lefeged Jr.Utah State
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