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  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Austin Jackson, OT, Southern California,...Jackson, a 2-year starter at left tackle, did not miss a game in 2019 despite donating bone marrow a month before the start of fall camp to his younger sister, Autumn, who suffers from Diamond-Blackfin anemia (a rare blood disorder). - Southern California Football

(DS#4 OT) Jr/2020 OT *Austin JacksonSouthern California
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  02/20/20 - DT Jaylen TwymanrJr/2022, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 290 (DS#2 DT) + More +

  The University of Pittsburgh football and men's basketball programs have been placed on probation for three years by the NCAA for a series of level II violations between 2015 and 2018. Former men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings was given a three-year show-cause order by the NCAA as part of the punishment announced Thursday. The NCAA found that Stallings - who coached at Pitt from 2016-2018 - allowed three noncoaches to perform coaching duties, meaning the school went over its allotment of practices. The NCAA also found that Stallings developed an alert system to make sure the noncoaches would not be caught on the practice floor. Stallings also ordered personnel to delete practice video to prevent the illegal practices from being discovered by the school administration.

The NCAA also found that football coach Pat Narduzzi was present at the team's practice facility when "three former quality control staff members performed coaching duties, resulting in the program exceeding the allowable number of permissible coaches." Narduzzi must sit out two days of practice next August. Narduzzi also served a one-week ban for off-campus recruiting from Dec. 1, 2019, through Feb. 1, 2020. Pitt, which self-reported the violations, was fined $5,000 and 0.5% of the men's basketball and football budgets. - AP College Football


(DS#2 DT) rJr/2022 DT Jaylen TwymanPittsburgh
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  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Rodney Clemons, FS, Southern Methodist,...Clemons was the Mustangs' interception leader in 2019, finishing the season with four. The senior also had 78 tackles, including three for loss, nine break ups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. He earned invites to the Hula Bowl and Shrine Bowl. - Southern Methodist Football

(DS#11 FS) rSr/2020 FS Rodney ClemonsSouthern Methodist
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  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Alex Taylor, OT, South Carolina State,...Taylor was a First Team All-MEAC selection this past season for the Bulldogs, leading them to a share of the 2019 MEAC football championship with North Carolina A&T State, and he was named Offensive Lineman of the Week five times. He anchored an offensive line that allowed South Carolina State to average 368.2 yards of total offense and 30.1 points per game. - South Carolina State Football

(DS#21 OT) rSr/2020 OT Alex TaylorSouth Carolina State
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  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina,...Named Associated Press first-team All-America, second-team All-America by USA TODAY, was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Southeastern Conference coaches, and was a second-team All-SEC selection by the AP...became the 25th first-team All-American in South Carolina football history‚Ķ selected to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl...named as one of six Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete Award winners...selected as one of five permanent team captains...notched 35 tackles and 6.0 sacks, tying for eighth in the SEC...added four quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick. - South Carolina Football

(DS#2 DT) Sr/2020 DT Javon KinlawSouth Carolina
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  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: James Robinson, RB, Illinois State,...Robinson is the second Redbird player invited to the NFL combine in the past three seasons, as Davontae Harris made the most of his 2018 invite and was drafted in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals. Robinson will work out at the NFL Combine along with the other running backs, offensive linemen, place kickers and special teamers on Friday, Feb. 28. He will be joined at the combine by fellow Missouri Valley Football Conference stars in North Dakota State defensive end Derrek Tuszka and Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn.

The Rockford, Illinois, native started all 15 games at running back for the Redbirds and led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in rushing yards (1,899), yards per game (126.6) and touchdowns (18). The three-time All-MVFC selection (2017-19) and two-time Walter Payton Award finalist recorded eight 100-plus yard rushing efforts, including a pair of 200-plus yard efforts in the first and second round of the FCS playoffs that included a school-record breaking 297-yard effort in the first-round with at SEMO. Robinson finished the season ranked No. 2 in the FCS in rushing yards and yards per game and sixth in rushing touchdowns. He finished his illustrious career ranked No. 2 in Illinois State history in rushing yards (4,444), rushing touchdowns (44), all-purpose yards (5,218) and total touchdowns scored (46). - Illinois State Football


(DS#16 RB) Sr/2020 RB James RobinsonIllinois State
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  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech,...Robertson put together a spectacular junior campaign, leading the nation in 19 forced incompletions. The Thibodaux, Louisiana, native ranks second in the nation with 21 total passes defended in 2019, and it tied for sixth with five interceptions. Robertson has played in 38 games over his three seasons in Ruston, and has recorded 48 passes defended over that span (tied for second most among FBS active career leaders). His 14 career interceptions are most among all active FBS players, and his three INTs returned for touchdowns lead the nation as well. - Louisiana Tech Football

(DS#18 CB) Jr/2020 CB *Amik RobertsonLouisiana Tech
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  02/19/20 - OG Trey SmithSr/2021, Tennessee, 6-5, 325 (DS#2 OG) + More +

  Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith has won the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award given annually to a Division I football player who has shown exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship on and off the field. The award was given out Tuesday night at the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility. Other finalists included Air Force quarterback Isaiah Sanders and Southern California wide receiver Michael Pittman.

Smith's career was in question after blood clots were found in his lungs in 2018, but he came back to earn first-team all-Southeastern Conference honors this past season. Smith has led coat drives for the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministry each of the last two seasons. Over 1,000 coats were donated each year. Smith also frequently speaks to youth groups and elementary schools. A $10,000 contribution in Smith's name will go to his school's athletic scholarship fund. The contribution will be made by Witten's SCORE Foundation. - AP College Football


(DS#2 OG) Sr/2021 OG Trey SmithTennessee
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  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina,...Named the Steve Wadiak MVP, the MVP of the offense (Steve Spurrier Award), the Most Explosive Player on offense, the Tenacity Award winner for offense, and one of five permanent team captains following his senior season...invited to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl...set the school records for consecutive games with a catch (48), career receptions (234) and career receiving yards (3,045)...also ranks third in school history with 22 career receiving touchdowns, one behind Sidney Rice and Alshon Jeffery. - South Carolina Football

(DS#17 WR) Sr/2020 WR Bryan EdwardsSouth Carolina
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  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Mykal Walker, ILB, Fresno State,...Walker, a Fresno State transfer, redshirted his first season in 2017 and proceeded to be named a back-to-back All-Mountain West first-team defensive selection in 2018-19. His senior season started hot opening the season with a career-best 15 tackles at USC. The linebacker finished second on the team in tackles with 96 while leading the team with nine tackles for loss. Walker was invited to participate in the 2020 Shrine Bowl (Jan. 18) at the conclusion of the season. - Fresno State Football

(DS#15 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB Mykal WalkerFresno State
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  Michigan State has hired Courtney Hawkins as wide receivers coach. Spartans coach Mel Tucker announced the addition to his new staff on Wednesday. Hawkins was the head coach and athletic director at Flint Beecher High School in Michigan, where he played receiver before going on to star at the position at Michigan State. Hawkins was a two-time All-Big Ten player for the late George Perles from 1988 to 1991 for the Spartans. He played in nine NFL seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tucker was hired away from Colorado last week by Michigan State, which more than doubled his total compensation with a six-year, $33 million contract. He retained assistants Mike Tressel and Ron Burton from coach Mark Dantonio's staff. Tucker brought one of his assistants with the Buffaloes with him on Monday, hiring Chris Kapilovic to be his offensive line coach and running game coordinator. Kapilovic had the same roles at Colorado under Tucker last year in his only season at the school. - AP College Football

(DS#44 WR) Jr/2022 WR Jalen NailorMichigan State
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  02/19/20 - OT Hakeem AdenijiSr/2020, Kansas, 6-4, 302 (DS#22 OT) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Hakeem Adeniji, OT, Kansas,...Adeniji, who tied a school record by starting 48-straight games, was recently tabbed All-Big 12 First Team by both the conference coaches and was an All-Big 12 Second Team honoree by the Associated Press. Adeniji will report to Indianapolis on Monday, Feb. 24 and will take part in various activities, including interviews, measurements, medical examinations, psychological testing and physical testing throughout the week. - Kansas Football

(DS#22 OT) Sr/2020 OT Hakeem AdenijiKansas
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  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Joseph Charlton, P, South Carolina,...Senior punter who was recognized as the MVP for special teams (Jim Carlen Award) and the Most Productive Player for special teams...also was named the winner of the Tenacity Award for special teams and Leadership Award for special teams...averaged 47.7 yards per punt, ranking third in the country and breaking his own single-season school record by nearly three yards...accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl...also owns the school's best career punting average at 45.5 yards. - South Carolina Football

(DS#3 P) rSr/2020 P Joseph CharltonSouth Carolina
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  02/19/20 - RB Pooka WilliamsJr.Jr/2022, Kansas, 5-10, 170 (DS#20 RB) + More +

  Kansas has hired Jonathan Wallace to coach special teams and running backs, completing an overhaul of Les Miles' staff as the Jayhawks head into Year 2 of the former national championship-winning coach's regime. Miles announced the hiring in a statement Tuesday. Wallace spent last season coaching tight ends at Air Force, and he spent the previous season at Bethel, a Division III school in Minnesota where he worked with recently promoted offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon. Wallace also spent two years as an offensive graduate assistant at Auburn, where he played quarterback and wide receiver. Wallace helped the Tigers to a pair of bowl games and an appearance in the SEC title game as a coach. - AP College Football

(DS#20 RB) Jr/2022 RB Pooka WilliamsJr.Kansas
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  02/19/20 - LS Steve WirtelSr/2020, Iowa State, 6-4, 227 (DS#2 LS) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Steve Wirtel, LS, Iowa State,...First-Team All-Big 12 by Phil Steele...First-Team Academic All-Big 12...one of three finalists for the Patrick Mannelly Award for the nation's best long snapper...Reese's Senior Bowl participant...played in all 13 games and all 51 games in career as ISU's long snapper...handled all deep snaps, including punts, field goals and PATs. - Iowa State Football

(DS#2 LS) Sr/2020 LS Steve WirtelIowa State
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