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  02/27/23 - CB Sevyn BanksrSr/2023, LSU + More +

  Cornerback Sevyn Banks declared for the 2023 NFL Draft instead of returning to LSU, sources told The Advocate. Banks, a former Ohio State transfer, had one more season of eligibility. Banks transferred to LSU last spring after starting his career at Ohio State. He missed the first three games as he recovered from an injury, then Banks suffered a bruised spinal cord when he made a tackle on the opening kickoff Oct. 1 against Auburn. He did not play the rest of the season.

As a fifth-year senior, Banks did not have to formally submit his name for the draft by the Jan. 16 underclassmen deadline. He still made his decision around then, a source said. Though widely thought Banks had returned to LSU because he never made a public announcement, the team knew of his choice. Banks plans to participate in LSU's Pro Day next month, a source said. It'll be the first chance to see him work out since he was taken off the field on a stretcher after the kickoff at Auburn. He did not dress for another game as he recovered, and the former Ohio State starter is now trying to reach the NFL after two injury-marred seasons. Banks was a four-star recruit and the No. 221 overall player in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, out of Jones High School in Orlando, Florida. He appeared in every game his sophomore year at Ohio State before turning into a starter with early-round draft potential. - Baton Rouge Advocate

rSr/2023 CB Sevyn BanksLSU
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  Fifth-year senior and safety Otis Reese transferred from the University of Georgia but came to Ole Miss his junior year and played three seasons with the Rebels. Reese was smooth with his hands and can get in contact with the ball without drawing flags. For the Rebels, he showed natural balance, quick feet, excellent awareness and was skilled at reading routes and quarterbacks. Reese showed great talent during his final year as an Ole Miss Rebel and is a promising prospect for the 2023 NFL Draft. - Daily Mississippian

rSr/2023 SS Otis ReeseMississippi
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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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  Ohio State wide receiver Kamryn Babb announced on Tuesday he won't return next season, forgoing the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA to all players in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. "I'm excited to start the next chapter that God has for me by sharing my story with the world," Babb said in a video posted on his social media accounts. Injuries, which included four anterior cruciate ligament surgeries, mired much of Babb's five seasons with the Buckeyes, but his perseverance made him an inspiration to teammates and led him to twice be selected as one of the team captains.

Babb also became the recipient of the Block "O" jersey this past fall, an honor given in recent seasons in recognition of legendary Ohio State lineman Bill Willis. He caught his first career pass late in a blowout win over Indiana in November when quarterback C.J. Stroud found him in a corner of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown. A mob of teammates immediately mobbed him in celebration. - Columbus Dispatch

rSr/2023 WR Kamryn BabbOhio State
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  On Instagram, TCU running back Kendre Miller announced he is declaring for the 2023 NFL draft. In 2022, Miller tallied 1,399 yards and 17 touchdowns while averaging 6.2 yards per carry. For his stellar season, Miller was named to the All-Big 12 First team. Miller finished his career with 11 games of 100 or more rushing yards, more than double than anyone on the active roster. In 2022, Miller had a streak of five consecutive outings with over 100 yards.

This season, he extended his rushing touchdown streak to 14 consecutive games before it was snapped in the Fiesta Bowl due to injury. It was the longest active streak in the nation and second in TCU's history; Horned Frog legend LaDainian Tomlinson holds the program record with 15. Miller will finish his career ranked ninth on TCU's all-time rushing touchdown leaderboard. His career yards per carry average of 6.7 ranks first among active power five players. - Dallas Morning News

Jr/2023 RB *Kendre MillerTexas Christian
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  TCU star running back Kendre Miller officially declared for the 2023 NFL draft on Monday. Miller posted a video to his Instagram, which included a thank you to TCU fans. Miller was one of the best running backs in the country and was a first team All-Big 12 selection. The junior rushed for 1,399 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He scored a touchdown in 13 straight games this season.

Miller, who missed the national championship game vs. Georgia with a knee injury, is likely to be one of the top running backs picked due to his blend of size and speed. The 6-foot, 220 pound back led one of the most explosive rushing attacks in the country and had a carry of at least 50 yards in four games this season. In his three year career with TCU Miller rushed for over 2,400 yards and 26 touchdowns. Miller is the latest Horned Frog to declare for the NFL draft. - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Jr/2023 RB *Kendre MillerTexas Christian
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  University of Georgia offensive lineman Warren McClendon was one of two passengers injured in a fatal crash on Saturday night that claimed the lives of 20-year-old Georgia football player Devin Willock and 24-year-old recruitment analyst Chandler LeCroy, according to an article from the Athens Banner-Herald. The car veered off of Barnett Shoals Road and hit two power poles and several trees early Sunday morning.

McClendon was one of two passengers in the car who sustained injuries but remains in stable condition, according to an Athens-Clarke County Police Department press release. McClendon only needed a few stitches in his forehead, according to the article. McClendon declared for the NFL draft on Saturday, just hours after Georgia's national championship celebration took place. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound player has spent four years playing for Georgia, during which he started 37 games on the offensive line. -

rJr/2023 OG *Warren McClendonGeorgia
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  After three standout seasons at defensive end for Kansas State, Anudike-Uzomah made the highly-anticipated announcement Thursday via social media that he is bypassing his senior season and will enter the 2023 NFL draft. Anudike-Uzomah, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound junior from Kansas City, Missouri, arrived at K-State for the 2020 season as an unheralded recruit from Lee's Summit High School. He made it on the field for five games as a true freshman but really broke out the following year to become one of the most dominant edge rushers in Wildcat history. Running back Deuce Vaughn also declared for the draft as did wide receiver Malik Knowles and cornerback Julius Brents, both seniors who were eligible to return as super-seniors. Senior receiver Phillip Brooks announced Tuesday that he will take advantage of the extra year granted in response to the coronavirus pandemic. - Topeka Capital Journal

Jr/2023 DE *Felix Anudike-UzomahKansas State
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  Michigan football star Mazi Smith admitted to his mistakes in front of Ann Arbor's 15th District Court Judge Karen Quinlan Valvo on Thursday afternoon and said that he learned his lesson during his sentencing for a misdemeanor gun crime. "I've had an opportunity to learn," said Smith. "I learned immediately in the back of a police car, but I had an opportunity to turn this into a lesson quickly." Valvo sentenced Smith to 12 months of probation, under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA).

The act gives young adults a chance at avoiding a criminal record if they successfully complete the conditions given to them. Smith's attorney, John Shea, originally asked for the 12-month probation to be reduced to six months but Judge Valvo rejected the request. Instead, she told Smith that if he completes six months with no violations he can request an early discharge. As of now, he is set to appear again Dec. 28 for his final discharge. - The Detroit News

Jr/2023 DT *Mazi SmithMichigan
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  The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, a 5X time All-American in 2022, Felix Anudike-Uzomah will take his talents to the NFL. Uzomah announced on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon that he will declare for the 2023 NFL Draft. Uzomah finished the 2022 campaign with 46 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass break up. Overall, "King" Felix ends his K-State career with 31 games played, 100 total tackles, 20.5 sacks (sixth in school history) and eight forced fumbles. - WIBW TV, Kansas

Jr/2023 DE *Felix Anudike-UzomahKansas State
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  Mazi Smith, the big, physical tackle who commanded plenty of attention from opposing offenses the last couple of years, has decided to leave school and go pro. The Michigan defensive tackle will forego his remaining eligibility and declare for the 2023 NFL Draft, according to a Monday afternoon report from ESPN's Adam Schefter. Smith, a consensus first-team all-Big Ten defensive lineman, has not yet announced announced his decision publicly - but Michigan defensive coordinator Jesse Minter acknowledged the news Monday, writing on social media: "Go be great Mazi!"

The move doesn't come as a big surprise. Asked about his future after Michigan's loss to Texas Christian in the Fiesta Bowl, Smith sounded conflicted and told MLive he needed to solicit advice from his mother. The 6-foot-3, 337-pound Smith posted a career-high season in 2022, totaling 48 tackles (2 1/2 for a loss), half a sack and a forced fumble in 14 starts. He was also named college football's preseason No. 1 "freak" by The Athletic. - Ann Arbor News

Jr/2023 DT *Mazi SmithMichigan
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  Battling a sprained knee, standout TCU running back Kendre Miller will be a game-time decision against Georgia in the College Football Playoff title contest on Monday. Miller suffered the injury in the first half against Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl. While he told reporters Saturday that he was improved and that it will be a 50-50 decision, he did not actively participate in the Horned Frogs walk-through after media day.

"We'll continue to try to see where he's at," TCU coach Sonny Dykes said. "To me in the next 24 hours is when obviously we'll have to make a determination, have a pretty good idea on what he's going to be able to do going into the game Monday. We're still optimistic that he's going to be able to play." Miller leads TCU with 1,399 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns. If he can't play, his backup is Emari Demercado, who ran for a career-high 150 yards against Michigan. "We want him to be very effective," Dykes said of Miller. "We just don't want to put him out there and give him an opportunity to get more injured." - Dallas Morning News

Jr/2023 RB *Kendre MillerTexas Christian
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  2022 ALL-BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: DL - Brevin Allen, R-Sr., Campbell,...Allen became a four-time All-Big South honoree, despite being limited to just eight games in 2022. The redshirt senior totaled 22 tackles with 7.5 stops for loss, including 4.5 sacks, to go along with an interception, still ranking among the conference's leaders in tackles for loss and sacks. The defensive end from Greensboro, who earned All-America honors in 2021, was named Big South Defensive Player of the Week after posting three sacks and an interception in the first half of Campbell's win over Robert Morris, also earning honorable mention FCS defensive player of the week accolades. Allen has also been named to the Buck Buchanan watch list for FCS defensive player of the year, as well as the East-West Shrine Bowl 1000. - Campbell Football

rSr/2023 DE Brevin AllenCampbell
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  2022 WALTER PAYTON AWARD WINNER: When people say "numbers never lie," they might be referencing UIW quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr., who this season posted some of the biggest passing statistics in FCS history. Scott helped UIW reach the national semifinals for the first time. Although his team fell one win shy of playing in the national championship game, the redshirt senior made the trip to Frisco, Texas, where Saturday night he received the 2022 Stats Perform Walter Payton Award, which honors the offensive player of the year in college football's Division I subdivision. Fordham fifth-year senior quarterback Tim DeMorat, who slightly outgained Scott for the FCS high in passing yards, finished second in the voting, while Monmouth sophomore running back Jaden Shirden, the national rushing leader, was third.

A 54-member panel selected the 36th annual award, which is named for legendary running back Walter Payton, who starred at Jackson State as part of his Hall of Fame career. Scott, 24, from Zachary, Louisiana, and a graduate transfer from Nicholls, was named the Southland Conference player of the year, helping coach G.J. Kinne's Cardinals to a 12-2 season. The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder completed 322 of 454 pass attempts (70.9 percent) for 4,686 yards and an FCS-record 60 touchdowns with just eight interceptions, posting an FCS-high 197.7 passing efficiency. He rushed for 712 yards and 11 touchdowns, lifting his total TDs (pass and run) to 71, also a single-season record. Among his many marks, Scott became the third player in FCS history to pass for seven touchdowns in one half of a game against Lamar, then did it a second time against Houston Christian. - STATS FCS Football

rSr/2023 QB Lindsey Scott Jr.Incarnate Word
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  Graduate offensive lineman Brendan Bordner has declared for the 2023 NFL Draft after one season with the Owls via Twitter. With his announcement, Bordner became the first Owl to officially declare for the 2023 NFL Draft, with multiple expected to follow suit. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Columbus, Ohio native arrived at FAU in January 2022 as a graduate transfer following four seasons at Rutgers University. Bordner began his career on the opposite side of the ball as a defensive lineman at Hilliard Bradley High School, where he was a consensus three-star recruit and ranked 35th as a prospect in the state of Ohio on Rivals. - University Press

rSr/2023 OT Brendan BordnerFlorida Atlantic
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