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  Prioritizing offense led Arizona to make a pretty substantial jump from the inaugural season of the Jedd Fisch era to this past season. The additions of quarterback Jayden de Laura, wide receiver Jacob Cowing and tight end Tanner McLachlan through the transfer portal - coupled with star receiver Tetairoa McMillan (the highest-rated high school signee in UA history) and offensive lineman Jonah Savaiinaea from the high school ranks - catapulted the Wildcats from the No. 71-ranked passing offense in FBS to the sixth best, averaging 318.4 yards per game.

All of the aforementioned players, along with other standouts such as left tackle Jordan Morgan - whom Fisch dubbed a "first-round draft pick" during his National Signing Day news conference - and running back Michael Wiley, are all returning for the 2023 season with hopes of leading the Wildcats to a bowl game for the first time in six years. - Arizona Star News


rSr/2024 OT Jordan MorganArizona
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  Keagan Johnson was careful not to say anything bad about his former school when the Iowa transfer spoke to reporters for the first time since he enrolled at Kansas State and joined the Wildcats as a wide receiver, but it is obvious that he thinks he is stepping into a more powerful offense than the one he left behind. Statistics back him up. Iowa averaged 251.6 yards per game last season, a number so low that it ranked ahead of only one team in all of college football - New Mexico. By comparison, K-State put up 418.8 yards per game on its way to 10 victories and a Big 12 championship.

There is no comparison between the two systems and Johnson is giddy about his potential with his new team. "I think I can provide an explosive weapon," Johnson said, "and be a big-play type talent." Johnson came to that conclusion while he watched K-State defeat TCU in the Big 12 championship game last December. The 6-foot-1 and 194-pound playmaker liked the way the Wildcats used Malik Knowles as both a receiver and a ball-carrier out of the backfield on gadget plays. Now that Knowles is off to the professional ranks, Johnson thinks he can replace his skills next season - and maybe even do more while playing under offensive coordinator Collin Klein. "I really liked their trajectory and the way that Coach Klein has added new things," Johnson said. "They have a lot of different, creative ways to get their playmakers the ball and it's really appealing to me." The possibility of taking over as K-State's new No. 1 receiver or its top deep threat was one of the main attractions that drew him to Manhattan. - The Kansas City Star


Jr/2025 WR Keagan JohnsonKansas State
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  Texas A&M wide receiver and punt returner Ainias Smith is returning for a fifth season, according to Smith's father, Maurice Smith. Ainias Smith later announced his decision on social media Thursday. "I have made many prayers and have had a plethora of thoughts, but after everything, I had to make an important decision that will set up my future," Smith said on the post. "With that being said, I will be returning to school for one more year. Aggie nation, let's run it back."

Smith spent the last several months weighing his options as he worked to rehabilitate a leg fracture suffered during the Aggies' 23-21 win over Arkansas at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sept. 24. He had until Saturday to decide if he wanted to enter this year's NFL draft. His social media post Thursday included a video of Smith running drills on a what appears to be a healed leg. It concludes with Smith tossing A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher a football and telling him, "Let's run it back." Smith has 127 receptions for 1,612 yards and 17 touchdowns in four years at A&M. He also has rushed for 384 yards and four TDs on 67 carries. - Bryan/College Station Eagle


rSr/2024 WR Ainias SmithTexas AM
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  One of the UNC football program's returning pass catchers has a pretty significant road to recovery during the offseason. With the departures of Josh Downs and Antoine Green, the UNC football program's wide receiver room will feature junior J. J. Jones - when he heals. Jones recorded 23 catches for 423 yards and two scores during his sophomore campaign. On social media, Jones announced that he underwent hip surgery. This is a rather significant surgery, especially at a young age, as his road to recovery is expected to take some time. However, based on his Instagram caption, the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina native seems determined to get back to full strength as soon as possible. - Keepingitheel.com

Jr/2025 WR J.J. JonesNorth Carolina
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  Former North Carolina State quarterback Devin Leary and former Northern Illinois left tackle Marques Cox, both projected to start for the Wildcats in the fall, expressed optimism about the status of their rehabilitation from injuries that ended their 2022 seasons early in interviews with reporters Wednesday but stopped short of placing a specific timetable for their return to the field. UK Coach Mark Stoops previously said he expected both players to be available for at least part of spring practice but said he was unsure if either would be limited. "Absolutely on schedule," Leary said Wednesday. "I feel really good. Really just taking it day by day and making sure I'm following the doctors' protocols and listening to the trainers in the training room. The strength and conditioning staff just keeping me on pace. But right now I'm in a really good spot."

Leary entered the 2022 season as the preseason ACC Player of the Year and a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate, but his season ended after just six games when he tore the pectoral muscle on his right side in an Oct. 8 game against Florida State. The injury required surgery just more than a month later. The torn pectoral muscle was the second major injury for Leary, who also saw his 2020 season end early due to a fractured fibula. "Honestly, it was just two freak accidents," Leary said. "It can be frustrating, but that's the game we sign up to play. It's a violent sport. At the end of the day, I'm still grateful to be here. Still grateful to be around awesome doctors, awesome trainers to where I'm standing here in front of you today getting ready to play this season. Obviously in the moment it's very unfortunate, but at the same time, I'm a guy that lives by everything happens for a reason. I know I'll bounce back and play better than I ever have before." - Herald Leader


rSr/2024 QB Devin LearyKentucky
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  Western Kentucky's football program announced the addition of three more mid-year transfers to the program Monday on the team's Twitter account. Elijah Young, a 5-foot-9, 188-pound running back, joins the Tops after playing the past three seasons at Missouri. This past season, he tallied 19 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown, plus added eight catches for 39 yards and a score. Young's three-year totals at Mizzou were 333 rushing yards and a touchdown on 66 carries, plus 19 receptions for 103 yards and a TD. Young, a Knoxville, Tenn., native, also had six career kickoff returns for Tigers, enters his senior season with two years of eligibility left. - BG Daily News

Sr/2024 RB Elijah YoungWestern Kentucky
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  Texas has added another target to its passing game. Former Georgia receiver Adonai Mitchell announced Friday night that he will transfer to Texas. The Longhorns confirmed the signing later in the night. Over two years at Georgia, Mitchell won two national championships. He averaged 14.7 yards on his 38 receptions. "New home, same mission," Mitchell tweeted. This past season, Mitchell appeared in six games and scored in both of Georgia's playoff games. As a freshman, he started 12 times and caught the go-ahead touchdown against Alabama in the national championship game.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder was rated as a four-star prospect in the 2021 recruiting class. After the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29, Texas coach Steve Sarkisian opined that it "kind of felt like all year we were searching for a third wideout." That shouldn't be a problem for Texas in 2023. Mitchell joins a receiving corps that's set to retain both Xavier Worthy and Jordan Whittington, who combined for 110 receptions, 1,412 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. - Austin American Statesman


Jr/2025 WR Adonai MitchellTexas
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  Three South Carolina seniors with eligibility remaining aren't expected back in 2023. Head coach Shane Beamer told reporters on Saturday he doesn't anticipate receiver/tight end Chad Terrell or offensive linemen Hank Manos and Wyatt Campbell will return for another season, despite having varying amounts of eligibility available.

All three walked during senior day festivities on Nov. 19 prior to the win over Tennessee. "They're not involved in our workouts right now," Beamer said. "But great young men and want to certainly wish them well and (thank them) for everything they did for Gamecock football, as well." Terrell, a high-three-star recruit in the 2017 class, battled injuries and position changes throughout his Gamecocks career. The Mississippi product tore an ACL three times over five-plus years in Columbia - once in 2018, again in 2020 and finally during fall camp in 2022. Despite that, he appeared in 27 contests, working at both tight end and receiver. He recorded seven career receptions for 76 yards. Manos and Campbell both worked mostly in reserve roles along the offensive line. - Rock Hill Herald


rSr/2023 FB Chad TerrellSouth Carolina
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  Virginia Tech running back Keshawn King tweeted Wednesday that he has entered the transfer portal. King rushed for a team-high 443 yards on 74 carries in nine games as a fourth-year junior last fall. He ran for three touchdowns. He led the team with an average of 6.0 yards per carry. He made eight starts last season. He led the Hokies with 680 all-purpose yards last fall. He had 20 catches for 127 yards and one touchdown. He returned six kickoffs for 100 yards. King ran for 340 yards and two touchdowns on 79 carries in 11 games as a freshman in 2019. After playing in just three games in 2020, he ran for 117 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries in nine games in 2021. - Roanoke Times

rSr/2024 RB Keshawn KingVirginia Tech
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  At the current rate of departures, Utah State might struggle to field a defensive line next season. Since the conclusion of 2022 college football season, seven Aggies defensive lineman have entered the transfer portal, the latest becoming official Wednesday afternoon. One-time Michigan Wolverine Phillip Paea announced on social media that he has entered the transfer portal, following in the footsteps of Tavian Coleman, Daniel Grzesiak (Cincinnati), Patrick Joyner Jr. (Kansas), Aurion Peoples, Addison Trupp and Byron Vaughns.

Paea was a starter at defensive tackle for Utah State to begin last season, though his year was cut short after he tore his ACL in the Aggies' loss to Weber State in early September. In two games played (with a smattering of time against the Wildcats too), Paea recorded two tackles and an interception. As a junior in 2021, the 6-foot-4, 305 pound Paea played in all 14 games for the Mountain West Conference champion Aggies, and finished with 14 tackles, including two tackles for loss. Prior to arriving at Utah State, Paea spent four years at Michigan, where he appeared in three total games, while playing on both the offensive and defensive lines. - Deseret News


rSr/2024 DT Phillip PaeaUtah State
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  Virginia Tech running back Keshawn King tweeted Wednesday that he has entered the transfer portal. King rushed for a team-high 443 yards on 74 carries in nine games as a fourth-year junior last fall. He ran for three touchdowns. He led the team with an average of 6.0 yards per carry. He made eight starts last season. He led the Hokies with 680 all-purpose yards last fall. He had 20 catches for 127 yards and one touchdown. He returned six kickoffs for 100 yards. King ran for 340 yards and two touchdowns on 79 carries in 11 games as a freshman in 2019. After playing in just three games in 2020, he ran for 117 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries in nine games in 2021. - Roanoke Times

rSr/2024 RB Keshawn KingVirginia Tech
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  Say so long to Adonai Mitchell. Georgia's popular wide receiver known as "A.D." entered his name into the transfer portal Wednesday, the last day of the NCAA's newly adopted, 45-day transfer period, according to an unattributed report by DawgsHQ.com. Mitchell's destination is unknown, but speculation is that he will land either at Texas or USC. A native of Missouri City, Texas, Mitchell graduated from Cane Ridge High in Nashville, Tenn., in 2021. Neither Mitchell nor his high school coach could be reached for comment Wednesday. Mitchell was considered the Bulldogs' top receiver entering the 2022 season.

However, he played in only six games because of a high-ankle sprain sustained on the first play of Georgia's second game. However, with touchdown receptions in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the College Football Playoff Championship game, Mitchell is thought to be the first player to catch a touchdown pass in every CFP game in which he played. He leaves UGA 4-for-4 on that front. Wednesday represented the end of the NCAA's transfer period. Beginning Dec. 5, there is a 45-day window adopted by a membership vote last summer that establishes beginning and end dates to the period in which players can explore the prospect of transferring to another school. The transfer portal is a list serve maintained by the NCAA that is accessible to member schools. There's another window that starts May 1 and lasts 15 days. It was designed for players who may seek a change following spring practice. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


Jr/2025 WR Adonai MitchellTexas
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  Caleb Chapman, who had one catch for 15 yards and one tackle while appearing in nine games this season, announced he has entered the transfer portal. The 6-foot-5, 218-pound Chapman, who transferred to UO from Texas A&M last offseason, with be a sixth-year senior with one year of eligibility remaining. He missed time early in the season due to hamstring and hip flexor injuries. While at Texas A&M he had a linsfranc fracture in 2021, and tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in 2018 and right ACL in 2020. Chapman is the 19th Oregon player to announce his intent to transfer since the regular season ended. - The Oregonian

rSr/2024 WR Caleb ChapmanOregon
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  Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh told NCAA investigators in multiple meetings this week that he will not agree to an unethical conduct charge, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation have not been shared publicly. Michigan announced two weeks ago that it received a notice of allegations from the NCAA that the governing body is looking into potential rules infractions within the football program. The investigation involves impermissible texts and calls - including some by Harbaugh - to high school prospects during part of a pandemic-related dead period for contact with potential recruits.

The NCAA also is looking at whether a member of Michigan's off-field football staff violated rules by doing on-the-field coaching during practice. Harbaugh is accused of not being forthcoming about the potential violations, and the NCAA considers that unethical conduct and a Level I infraction. A text message was sent to Harbaugh on Thursday night, seeking comment. While the football program is dealing with an NCAA investigation, co-offensive coordinator Matt Weiss is on leave amid an investigation by university police into a report of computer access crimes over a three-day span last month at the team's training facility. - AP College Football


Sr/2024 RB Blake CorumMichigan
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  Alabama inside linebacker Demouy Kennedy entered the NCAA transfer portal on Tuesday, On3 Sports reported. Kennedy, a junior who played at Theodore High School, was the No. 39 overall-rated player in 247 Sports' composite ranking of the 2020 recruiting class. Kennedy tore his ACL during an Oct. 1 game at Arkansas and missed the remainder of the season.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Kennedy worked primarily on special teams in three seasons for Alabama. He appeared in 23 games, all as a reserve. Some of his playing time in 2021 came as a running back after injuries at that position thinned Alabama's depth. Undergraduate players have until Wednesday to enter the portal under the NCAA's new transfer portal window, which opened for 45 days beginning Dec. 5. It will re-open April 15-30, although players transferring as graduates can enter at any time. - Birmingham News


rJr/2025 ILB Demouy KennedyColorado
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