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  2021 SWAC PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Keonte Hampton, LB, Jackson State,...Hampton, a junior linebacker from West Point, Miss. was named Preseason SWAC Defensive Player of the Year after racking up 106 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. Hampton concluded the regular season ranked in the top five in the SWAC in total tackles, tackles per game (8.8 tpg), and sacks (4.5). Hampton was also named to the conference's first team. - Jackson State Football

(DS#37 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB Keonte HamptonJackson State
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  01/20/21 - ILB Hayden HenryrSr/2022, Arkansas, 6-1, 229 (DS#36 ILB) + More +

  Arkansas linebacker Hayden Henry announced Tuesday that he will return for an additional season with the Razorbacks. A senior from Little Rock, Henry will take advantage of an NCAA exception that allows players in 2020 an extra year of eligibility. He is the 10th Razorback senior to announce plans to come back in 2021 and the third linebacker, joining Grant Morgan and Deon Edwards. Last season, Henry finished with 25 tackles in 10 games, including three for lost yardage and a sack. - Northwest Arkansas Times

(DS#36 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Hayden HenryArkansas
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  01/20/21 - CB Corione HarrisJr/2022, McNeese, 6-1, 180 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  After three years playing for an FBS program at Kansas, defensive back Corione Harris plans to finish his college career at the FCS level. The former KU cornerback and safety announced Monday his decision to commit to McNeese, which plays in the Southland Conference. Harris, who signed with Kansas in 2018 as a four-star prospect from Louisiana, entered the NCAA's transfer portal in early January following a 2020 season in which he played exclusively as a reserve. Formerly a starting cornerback as a freshman and sophomore, Harris moved to safety ahead of what would become his last year in the program. An offseason suspension tied to an arrest was lifted by KU head coach Les Miles just before the season began, and Miles and the staff moved Harris to a position group where they hoped he could fill a need. Harris appeared in seven games as a backup, made 11 total tackles, and was credited with a forced fumble. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#999 CB) Jr/2022 CB Corione HarrisMcNeese
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  When the 2020 football season ended, Abraham Lucas told reporters over a postgame Zoom call in Salt Lake City he'd take a private approach to the looming decision that would soon hang over his offseason, leaving few hints as to whether the Washington State right tackle would leave school for the NFL or return to the Cougars for his fourth season. On Monday, the deadline for underclassmen to submit their names to the NFL Draft came and went without a formal announcement from Lucas, who doesn't use Twitter, Instagram or any of the other social media platforms utilized by college football players to reveal such decisions. One day later, however, The Spokesman-Review confirmed WSU's big offensive tackle has elected to return to Pullman for a second redshirt junior season, bolstering an offensive line that should have an opportunity to be one of the best in the Pac-12 Conference. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#6 OT) rJr/2022 OT Abraham LucasWashington State
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  Mississippi State is losing one more piece from its 2020 puzzle. Senior wide receiver Osirus Mitchell announced Tuesday via Twitter that he will forgo the final year of eligibility afforded to him by the NCAA amid the COVID-19 pandemic to enter the NFL draft. Mitchell becomes the fifth MSU senior to enter the draft in addition to classmates guard Dareuan Parker, linebacker Erroll Thompson and defensive ends Kobe Jones and Marquiss Spencer. Mitchell finished the 2020 season with 47 receptions for 505 yards and four touchdowns in 11 appearances. - The Dispatch

(DS#38 WR) Sr/2021 WR Osirus MitchellMississippi State
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  01/20/21 - RB Deuce VaughnFr/2024, Kansas State, 5-05, 168 (DS#7 RB) + More +

  Kansas State's Deuce Vaughn picked up his latest accolade Monday, landing on the Football Writers Association of America's (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team. It marks the eighth time a Wildcat has been named to the team since the FWAA began picking freshman All-Americans in 2001. Vaughn rushed for 642 yards and seven touchdowns and hauled in 25 passes for 434 yards and two scores in 10 games this fall. His rushing and receiving yards were both team highs in 2020. He was one of just three players to have 600-plus rushing yards and 400-plus receiving yards, putting him alongside fellow running backs Travis Etienne (Clemson) and Najee Harris (Alabama). - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#7 RB) Fr/2024 RB Deuce VaughnKansas State
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  Haskell Garrett may have seemed to come out of nowhere to become one of the Big Ten Conference's best defensive tackles as a senior. In reality Garrett had been building to his 2020 breakout for four years. Garrett did what the Buckeyes look for from four- and five-year seniors - role players who supplement the rotation behind NFL-bound starters and capitalize on their moment. By doing exactly that, Garrett likely put himself on the radar of NFL teams. Yet with a preseason interrupted by a gunshot wound and shortened and chopped up by the coronavirus pandemic, what could Garrett do with a full, healthy season? He becomes the fourth Buckeye to announce he is taking advantage of that option, following fellow defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson, defensive back Marcus Williamson and offensive lineman Thayer Munford. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#3 DT) rSr/2022 DT Haskell GarrettOhio State
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  North Texas wide receiver Austin Ogunmakin announced Monday that he will enter his name in the NCAA transfer portal and may leave the program. Ogunmakin became the 10th UNT player to enter the portal since the end of the Mean Green's 4-6 campaign. The sophomore is among the most productive of the UNT players who have elected to explore their options to transfer. Ogunmakin ranked third among UNT players last season both in receptions (23) and receiving yards (349). - Denton Record

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2023 WR Austin OgunmakinNorth Texas
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  01/20/21 - DE Luiji VilainrJr/2022, Michigan, 6-3, 253 (DS#32 DE) + More +

  A second Michigan football player has made public his plans to transfer. Luiji Vilain, an underutilized and often injured member of the Wolverines' defensive line rotation, has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal, a team spokesman confirmed to MLive on Tuesday. The spokesman, Dave Ablauf, says Vilain enters as a graduate student. That would allow the 6-foot-4, 253-pound Vilain to play immediately in 2021, with two years of eligibility left. Vilain has not commented on the move, but it allows coaches from other schools to openly recruit him. The Ottawa, Ontario, native has been on the Michigan football team since 2017. After taking a redshirt his freshman season, Vilain suffered a season-ending knee injury that left him sidelined in 2018 and limited in 2019, when he appeared in seven games at defensive end but only had seven tackles (one for a loss) and sack to show for it. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#32 DE) rJr/2022 DE Luiji VilainMichigan
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  01/20/21 - WR Demario DouglasrFr/2024, Liberty, 5-08, 165 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Liberty wide receiver DeMario Douglas was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) freshman All-America team Monday. Douglas, a redshirt freshman, was selected as a punt returner. He ranked ninth in the nation with a punt return average of 11.1 yards, and he added a 73-yard punt return touchdown in the Flames' Oct. 10 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. Douglas is the second player in program history to be honored on the FWAA freshman All-America team (Austin Lewis in 2018). He is the third Liberty player to earn All-America honors this season (Durrell Johnson and Malik Willis were named to the Phil Steele All-America teams). - Lynchburg News and Advance

(DS#999 WR) rFr/2024 WR Demario DouglasLiberty
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  01/20/21 - OG Willie TylerrSo/2023, Texas, 6-6, 335 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  Texas Longhorns offensive lineman Willie Tyler entered the NCAA transfer portal on Tuesday, as first reported by Inside Texas. A fourth-year player in 2021, Tyler was a late addition to the 2019 recruiting class by the Longhorns after spending one season at Iowa Western. Originally from Wisconsin, Tyler played defensive line in high school and signed with Garden City CC in 2017, but left the program before appearing in a game. The next season at Iowa Western, Tyler made the transition to the offensive line. - Burnt Orange Nation

(DS#999 OG) rSo/2023 OG Willie TylerTexas
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  Antwuan Jackson took the long road to his Ohio State football career. On Tuesday, the defensive tackle decided he wanted to stick around and enjoy it a little longer. Jackson announced he will take advantage of the extra year of eligibility afforded 2020 fall athletes by the NCAA and return to the Buckeyes in 2021. Jackson has quietly provided solid depth behind two groups of starters the past two seasons. He played the third-most snaps on the defensive interior in 2020 behind Garett and Togiai. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#49 DT) rSr/2022 DT Antwuan JacksonOhio State
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  01/20/21 - DE Jacoby JonesrSr/2022, Texas, 6-3, 264 (DS#46 DE) + More +

  Another Texas Longhorns player will take advantage of the extra year of eligibility afforded by the NCAA due to the coronavirus pandemic, as defensive end Jacoby Jones announced Tuesday that he will return for a fifth season overall and third season on the Forty Acres. As a junior, Jones was a rotational player who appeared in 11 games with 14 tackles and one forced fumble. In 2020, he served as the backup to Moro Ojomo at defensive end. - Burnt Orange Nation

(DS#46 DE) rSr/2022 DE Jacoby JonesTexas
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  01/20/21 - QB *Mac JonesrJr/2021, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Alabama quarterback Mac Jones on Tuesday accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl, the annual NFL draft showcase that takes place Jan. 30 in Mobile. Jones, who led the Crimson Tide to the national championship in 2020, is the second big-name Alabama player that the Senior Bowl has secured this week. Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl on Monday, though he will not play in the game due to injury and will spend the week meeting with NFL teams. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound set Alabama program records with 4,500 yards and 41 touchdown passes this past season, when he was chosen first-team All-SEC and a consensus All-American. He finished third in the Heisman balloting behind Smith and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. - Birmingham News

(DS#5 QB) rJr/2021 QB *Mac JonesAlabama
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  Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard has added another important piece for his 2021 unit. Veteran cornerback Caesar Williams announced Sunday he is taking advantage of the NCAA rule allowing seniors another year of eligibility and is returning to UW for the '21 season. Williams redshirted in 2016 and has started a total of 19 games and played in 35 over the last four seasons. He started all seven games in 2020 and finished with two passes broken up and 13 tackles. - Journal Sentinel

(DS#68 CB) rSr/2022 CB Caesar WilliamsWisconsin
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