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  08/08/20 - OT Tommy DoylerSr/2021, Miami (OH), 6-7, 315 (DS#9 OT) + More +

  The Mid-American Conference (MAC) has announced the postponement of all scheduled fall contests, as well as MAC championships, due to continuing concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The Council of Presidents unanimously voted to take this action with the health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches and communities as its top priority. It is the intention of the membership to provide competitive opportunities for the student-athletes in these sports during the spring semester of 2021. The fall sports affected are men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball. At this time, there have been no decisions made regarding winter sports. - Mid-American Conference

(DS#9 OT) rSr/2021 OT Tommy DoyleMiami (OH)
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  08/08/20 - DT *Jaylen TwymanrJr/2021, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 290 (DS#1 DT) + More +

  A day after Pitt defensive coordinator Randy Bates said he would be shocked if one of his players decided not to play this season out of respect to covid-19, All-ACC defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman revealed Saturday his plans to return home and skip the 2020 season. "This past year has been crazy for so many people," Twyman wrote in his Tweet. "It makes you realize you have responsibilities beyond yourself. That's why I have decided to opt out of the 2020 season and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft and to return home and be with my family." Twyman said his decision "isn't about covid-19." - The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

(DS#1 DT) rJr/2021 DT *Jaylen TwymanPittsburgh
News Source: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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  The lone USC player to lend his name to a group of Pac-12 football players demanding change affirmed Wednesday he would be willing to join a boycott of the college football season if measures weren't taken to strengthen safety protections for players. But where some Pac-12 participants have taken a more hard-line stance on demands that also include wide-reaching social justice and economic reforms, Chase Williams explained his role in the cause was "more so [about] just pushing for a change, so that we can get back to football." Williams said he has had discussions with USC teammates about sitting out if the group's safety concerns aren't addressed. But the redshirt sophomore defensive back noted several times that they were "not expecting to boycott." "That's not what anybody wants," Williams said. "We want to come together and list demands that we feel like are safe for us." - Los Angeles Times

(DS#13 CB) rSo/2023 CB Chase WilliamsSouthern California
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  08/08/20 - WR DeVonta SmithSr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 175 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  The SEC will require football players to be tested at least twice each game week during the upcoming season. That is among multiple protocols related to covid-19 that were announced by the SEC on Friday. In a news release, the conference said it made the decision in consultation with a 14-member medical task force that was assembled in April. Football players and anyone in close contact with the team will typically be tested six days and three days prior to scheduled games. The league's medical task force recommends exploring ways to conduct a third test with a rapid response closer to the time of a game. Game officials will be tested once each week. The SEC will use a third party to conduct the testing. According to the task force, team medical personnel must have "unchallengeable autonomous authority" related to determine when players can return to play, consistent with NCAA rules. - Northwest Arkansas Times

(DS#1 WR) Sr/2021 WR DeVonta SmithAlabama
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  08/08/20 - LS Ben WyattrSr/2021, Duke, 6-1, 240 (DS#16 LS) + More +

  Two Duke football players, including a key special teams player, have decided to not play this season over concerns they could be exposed to the coronavirus. Following the team's first practice of the season on Friday morning, Duke coach David Cutcliffe announced during a news conference that Ben Wyatt and Jacob Rimmer have opted out for the season. Wyatt, a redshirt senior from Davidson, started the last three seasons as Duke's long snapper on punts. Rimmer, a redshirt junior offensive tackle, had only seen action in three games during his career. Cutcliffe said the players "made tough decisions." "They just weren't comfortable playing in the environment of this virus and we certainly support them in every way," Cutcliffe said. "They are two great young men." - Herald Sun

(DS#16 LS) rSr/2021 LS Ben WyattDuke
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  08/08/20 - TE Glenn BealJr/2022, Texas AM, 6-5, 265 (DS#27 TE) + More +

  Texas A&M junior tight end Glenn Beal has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to and Beal entered the portal last December, but within three weeks returned to the team, but didn't play in the 24-21 Texas Bowl victory over Oklahoma State. He played in nine games last season, starting three with five catches for 21 yards. He played in eight games as a freshman with no catches. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#27 TE) Jr/2022 TE Glenn BealTexas AM
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  There are still far more questions than answers regarding the college football season, but as of now, teams around the nation are proceeding as they normally would. New Mexico State opened up fall camp on Friday night in Las Cruces, despite pleas from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham not to play, and with three of the games on its 2020 schedule already canceled. The vast majority of the Aggies' roster was on the practice field for NMSU; however, three players have opted out of the season due to the pandemic. Head coach Doug Martin announced that star linebacker Rashie Hodge and defensive lineman Myles Vigne will sit out the season, joining defensive lineman Jomaious williams, who opted out last week. - KTSM 9 News

(DS#999 ILB) Sr/2022 ILB Rashie Hodge Jr.New Mexico State
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  08/07/20 - WR Samori TourerSr/2021, Montana, 6-2, 190 (DS#47 WR) + More +

  Due to continuing concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Big Sky Conference is postponing its fall 2020 football season to spring 2021. The conference's Presidents' Council convened Thursday and voted to move forward in this manner. Non-conference play for the conference's football programs is still pending further review. The Big Sky has begun exploring modified versions of a conference football schedule to be played in the spring and fully supports the NCAA shifting the FCS championship to the spring. - Big Sky Football

(DS#47 WR) rSr/2021 WR Samori ToureMontana
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  08/07/20 - SS D.J. FordrSr/2021, North Carolina, 6-2, 210 (DS#37 SS) + More +

  North Carolina defensive backs D.J. Ford, Javon Terry and Bryce Watts have opted out of playing this season due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe announced in a video call with reporters after Friday's practice. Ford is a redshirt senior who started seven games last year, while Terry appeared in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman. Watts is a junior who sat out last year after transferring from Virginia Tech. The team had previously announced that offensive lineman Triston Miller would not play due to “family reasons,” though it did not elaborate further. - AP College Football

(DS#37 SS) rSr/2021 SS D.J. FordNorth Carolina
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  With Rousseau opting out, Jaelan Phillips and Jahfari Harvey will get more snaps as UM's second and third defensive ends (behind Quincy Roche), and several players (Jason Blissett, Chantz Williams, Cameron Williams, Jared Harrison-Hunte) will get a chance to compete for the No. 4 job. Here's what defensive line coach Todd Stroud told me this summer about Phillips and Harvey: "Jaelan is an elite pass rusher. The system they played at UCLA is totally different than ours, but he adapts very well and likes our system. He can be a devastating [force]. He runs very well for a big guy. It's a shame we got only four practices in, but he got his feet wet. He had to knock off the rust. He's got a very good skill set. He's eager to learn..."Jahfari is not as vertical as those other [edge] guys," Stroud said. "He's 6-3 and he's extremely powerful. He was 218 when he got here, and he's over 240 right now. "As far as flat-out speed and ability to run, he's our most elite defensive end in terms of how he runs. He's very twitchy, and his short-area speed is unbelievable. He seems to be getting a better grip on our defense, which allows him to play full speed more. He's responded to the pressure of having to learn this defense very well." - Miami Herald

(DS#5 DE) rJr/2022 DE Jaelan PhillipsMiami (FL)
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  08/07/20 - QB Josh JacksonrSr/2021, Maryland, 6-1, 218 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  Maryland senior quarterback Josh Jackson has opted out of the upcoming football season, leaving the Terrapins with very little depth and experience at the pivotal position. Jackson is the most prominent of six Maryland players who have decided not to play in 2020 for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, coach Michael Locksley said during a teleconference Friday. Jackson played in 10 games last year for Maryland after transferring from Virginia Tech. He went 98 for 207 for 1,274 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions. His backup was Tyrrell Pigrome, who transferred to Western Kentucky during the offseason. With Jackson out, Locksley is hoping the NCAA will grant a transfer waiver to former Alabama quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Tua Tagovailoa, who starred at Alabama and was selected fifth overall by Miami in the 2020 NFL draft. - AP College Football

(DS#23 QB) rSr/2021 QB Josh JacksonMaryland
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  08/07/20 - RB Brenden KnoxrJr/2022, Marshall, 5-11, 209 (DS#14 RB) + More +

  For Knox, the focus is never on what he's done; instead, it's about what he hasn't done or what he feels he doesn't do well. Knox credited that demeanor to a coaching staff that accents areas of needed improvement while keeping him grounded and hungry for more. He showed no hesitation when asked about the areas where he can improve in his second full year as the starting running back for the Herd. "Route-running, little things, you can always get better at pass protection," Knox said. "Tedious things as a running back. The end goal is to be complete, so whatever gets me closer to that goal."

With a new quarterback behind center for 2020, Knox knows his presence is likely elevated for the Herd's success. Knox also knows that other teams will devise game plans to take him away from the offense as best as possible by trying to find weaknesses in his game and force the Herd into those situations. Therefore, the goal over the next four weeks is to train as hard as he's ever trained to be ready for whatever is asked of him in 2020. For Knox, it's one thing to make it to the top. It's another to stay on top. "You've just got to take it where it's at," Knox said. - Charleston Gazette

(DS#14 RB) rJr/2022 RB Brenden KnoxMarshall
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  08/07/20 - QB Peter ParrishSo/2023, Memphis, 6-1, 190 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  LSU redshirt freshman quarterback Peter Parrish, who had been suspended since January of this year, is transferring to Memphis, Parrish announced on Thursday. Parrish signed with LSU in the class of 2019 from Central High in Phenix City, Alabama, as the No. 13 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, according to 247Sports. He did not play last season and was suspended indefinitely in January for team rules violations. Parrish had entered the NCAA transfer portal early this week. LSU senior tight end Jamal Pettigrew has also entered the transfer portal. - Daily Advertiser

(DS#999 QB) So/2023 QB Peter ParrishMemphis
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  08/07/20 - WR Calif GossettrSr/2021, Louisiana, 6-4, 188 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Two Ragin' Cajuns receivers and a key defensive lineman are out for most or all of the 2020 season and will be redshirted this year, UL coach Billy Napier said the day before his team opened its 10-day preseason camp Friday. Napier said receiver Jamal Bell will undergo knee surgery to repair a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury, receiver Calif Gossett is out with a torn Achilles tendon and defensive lineman Kendall Wilkerson will be out due to injuries sustained in a previously undisclosed car accident in the spring. Gossett, from Pensacola High in Florida, will be a sixth-year senior in 2021. He played in 11 games last year, making 15 catches for 178 yards. - Daily Advertiser

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2021 WR Calif GossettLouisiana
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  Oregon State junior Jaydon Grant is the Beavers' front man for the Pac-12 Football Unity, a movement by a group of players asking the conference for change when it comes to COVID-19 safety, race issues and revenue sharing. Grant told The Oregonian/OregonLive that he's "willing to sit" out part or all of the 2020 football season if their COVID-19 protocols aren't put in place for player safety. Asked how much support there is among Oregon State players for the movement, Grant said he would "only speak for myself, but I'm willing to stand on what I believe in. Yeah, I'm willing to sit if there isn't the right precautions, and the right protocols in place to where we feel comfortable and feel assured that our health and safety will not be compromised by the pandemic." Grant said he spoke with Oregon State coaches regarding his belief on this matter, even before it became public Sunday. "I didn't want them to feel like they've been blindsided," Grant said. "They've told me they're proud of me, told me they support me. They understand it's really not about Oregon State but it's about the system." - The Oregonian

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2022 CB Jaydon GrantOregon State
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