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  The Cougars return 36 letterwinners including 17 on offense, 16 on defense and three on special teams. The group includes eight offensive linemen including all five starters and two, in Cam'Ron Johnson and Patrick Paul, who were 2022 First-Team All-Conference honorees. The group will be tutored by first-year Run Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach Eman Naghavi who joined the Cougars in January following a decorated season in the same position at Tulane. After missing the entire 2022 season due to injury, Houston welcomes back running back Alton McCaskill IV who set the program's true freshman rushing touchdowns record in 2021. He is accompanied by wideout Matthew Golden who broke UH's all-time receiving touchdowns record among true freshman a season ago. - Houston Football

Jr/2025 RB Alton McCaskill IVHouston
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  Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson was injured against Toledo in the Buckeyes' third game of the year. He was in and out of the lineup until his season ended with an 11-carry, 19-yard performance in a 43-30 win over Maryland on Nov. 19, in which he also had a 31-yard touchdown catch. Overall, he was limited to just 571 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 2022 before he had surgery to repair a broken bone and a torn ligament in his foot.

That, plus being in and out of the OSU lineup, frustrated him. "There was some stuff involved around this injury that I didn't respect - not even coming from outside but inside of the building," Henderson said, declining to add specifics. "It hurt me a lot." That was soothed over by a heart-to-heart with Ohio State coach Ryan Day and running backs coach Tony Alford. "We got everything we needed to get off our chest," Henderson said. - Columbus Dispatch

Jr/2025 RB TreVeyon HendersonOhio State
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  The San Jose State Spartans will open spring practice on April 4th, 2023 culminating with the annual spring game on May 6th, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. from CEFCU Stadium, announced by head coach Brent Brennan on Friday. The Spartans will practice every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in April starting at 10:30 a.m. and then will switch to Monday, May 1st and Thursday May 4th at 10:30 a.m. the week of the spring game. All practices and the spring game are open to the public and admission is free. - San Jose State Football

rSr/2024 RB Isaiah IfanseSan Jose State
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  As a former four-star recruit and transfer from Texas A&M, Jahzion Harris arrived at Rutgers with plenty of potential. Due to an undisclosed medical condition, that potential will go unseen. Harris, a defensive lineman from Erasmus Hall High School and native of Staten Island, will retire from football but remain a student at Rutgers, a team official said Friday. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound edge rusher had four years of eligibility remaining after redshirting his freshman season in College Station and transferring to Rutgers without ever playing a snap for the Scarlet Knights. Harris originally signed with Texas A&M from a final five that included Rutgers, Michigan, LSU and Ohio State. - Star Ledger

Jr/2025 OLB Jahzion HarrisRutgers
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  Hurricanes running back Don Chaney Jr. was involved in a serious car crash near the University of Miami campus on Thursday night, according to multiple reports. Another driver made a left turn in front of Chaney's car, and they collided, according to a report by Andy Slater. A Hurricanes spokesperson has not responded to requests for comment or confirmation. A University of Miami Police Department spokesperson referred the Sun Sentinel to the Coral Gables Police Department, which has not responded to a request for information. Chaney, who has played three seasons with Miami, was reportedly not severely hurt in the crash. Two women were struck by one of the cars, according to a report by the Miami Hurricane, the UM student newspaper. - Sun Sentinel

rSo/2026 RB Donald Chaney Jr.Miami
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  Two more of Alabama's seniors from its 2022 roster will return for another season in 2023. Offensive lineman Darrian Dalcourt and defensive lineman Justin Eboigbe were both listed Tuesday on the school's updated roster for the spring. Dalcourt is listed as a graduate student because he never redshirted and is using the NCAA's COVID-19 waiver for the 2020 season to retain eligibility for 2023.

Eboigbe is listed as a redshirt senior. After playing extensively over his first three seasons, Eboigbe's 2022 season was cut short after four games because of a neck injury, allowing him to redshirt. The return of both players had been expected after neither announced plans to enter the NFL draft. Dalcourt was honored on senior day in November but Eboigbe, also a senior last season, was not part of the ceremony. - Birmingham News

rSr/2024 DE Justin EboigbeAlabama
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  The Cougars' offense will look different this season with the graduation of Tune and early departure of Dell to the NFL draft. UH signed former Texas Tech quarterback Donovan Smith from the transfer portal, added several receivers, among them four-star signee Mikal Harrison-Pilot, and will welcome back star running back Alton McCaskill from a knee injury that sidelined him last season. - Houston Chronicle

Jr/2025 RB Alton McCaskill IVHouston
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  Put your hat in the ring, your name in the sweepstake. On Thursday evening former Central Michigan standout wide out Dallas Dixon declared for the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City on April 27-29. Dixon is the sixth Chippewa to declare for the draft and joins running back Lew Nichols III, wide out Carlos Carriere, defensive lineman Thomas Incoom, tight end Joel Wilson and cornerback Ronald Kent Jr.

Dixon had a big 2021 season, yet was sidelined for the 2022 season in just the second game with a shoulder injury. In 2021 the third-team All-MAC selection caught 45 passes for 701 yards and eight touchdowns. He caught at least one pass in all 13 games in 2021. He is currently training in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula to get ready for CMU's 'Pro Day' in early March. - Morning Sun

rSr/2024 WR Dallas DixonCentral Michigan
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  Arkansas has set key dates for its spring football practice. The Razorbacks are scheduled to begin the practice season March 9 and have scheduled their spring game for April 15 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The spring game is scheduled to begin at noon, but TV and streaming details have yet to be announced. The spring game was scheduled to coincide with a home softball game against Alabama-Birmingham and a home baseball game against Tennessee later that day.

Festivities will begin that morning with live music and food trucks as part of HogTown north of the stadium. Admission to the spring game and HogTown will be free. Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said last week the team will practice five times prior to the university's spring break, which is scheduled for March 20-24, then complete the 15-practice season after classes resume March 27. - Northwest Arkansas Times

rSr/2024 QB KJ JeffersonArkansas
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  Robert Hinson knows both sides of Devin Leary's personality. One is the polite gentleman with a constant smile on his face. The one who will sign a thousand autographs. The one who won't turn down a photo request from an admiring fan. The one who once was the face of North Carolina State's football program - and, in due time, will assume that same role at Kentucky. Then there's the other side. Not mean. Just motivated. "Folks better not ever take (those things) as him not being a competitor," Hinson, Leary's coach at Timber Creek High School in New Jersey, told The Courier Journal over the phone last month, "because that smile will turn into a growl in a minute. He is a fierce competitor, and he loves to prove people wrong." An avid college football follower might wonder: How many doubters could Leary, the ACC's preseason player of the year last season as N.C. State's quarterback, possibly possess?

Enough that Hinson becomes animated at the thought of it. "Us guys who coach, and even his family, we look at all the media prognosticators who say, 'This guy is going to be a great NFL guy' or 'This guy is going to translate great to the NFL game,'" Hinson said. "... Or they're eventually going to be something. But Devin already has shown he has those abilities. I think he's still flying under the radar." The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Leary will have the opportunity to showcase his quarterbacking talent to those not already aware - to Hinson's delight - when the Wildcats begin their 2023 campaign. Transferring from N.C. State in December, Leary will suit up for his sixth, and final, college season this fall at Kentucky. It's a scenario few could have envisioned last summer. Blame a season-ending injury last year with the Wolfpack, his second in three years, for that. As Leary continues to recover from his latest injury, he's embarking on a new challenge: stepping into the void left by former UK quarterback Will Levis. - Courier Journal

rSr/2024 QB Devin LearyKentucky
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  Quarterback Chase Wolf is no longer with the University of Wisconsin football program and will not return for a sixth season, according to a UW official. Wolf told reporters after helping the Badgers win the Guaranteed Rate Bowl that he was going to return this fall and pursue his master's degree. But after the program secured commitments from three transfer quarterbacks this offseason, Wolf's chances of playing under new coach Luke Fickell and in new offensive coordinator Phil Longo's system greatly diminished. Wolf played in 13 games for UW and made his first career start against Oklahoma State in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl in December. He finishes his UW career with 292 passing yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions on 33-of-57 passing (57.9%). - Wisconsin State Journal

rSr/2024 QB Chase WolfWisconsin
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  Utah announced its four captains for spring ball on Monday, naming quarterback Cameron Rising and tight end Brant Kuithe as the offensive captains, and safety Cole Bishop and linebacker Karene Reid as the defensive captains. Rising returns for his third full season as Utah's starting quarterback. He's led the Utes to back-to-back Pac-12 championships as a starter. He threw for 3,034 and 26 touchdowns last season. - Deseret News

rSr/2024 QB Cameron RisingUtah
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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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