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  Southern California Football   Linebacker Eric Gentry will miss all of spring practice following ankle surgery last month, Riley said. Gentry suffered a high ankle sprain in October and played through the injury in USC's final games. The hope was, with some rest, Gentry would be able to heal without surgery, but it became clear to USC that the procedure would be necessary. Riley said Gentry is expected to be ready for summer workouts with the team. - Orange County Register

OLB Eric GentryJr/2025 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 0* (00)
Recruiting Grade: 3* (83)

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  LSU Football   Senior running back John Emery was absent from LSU's first practice of the spring Thursday morning. Emery, a former five-star recruit from St. Rose, returned for his fifth season this year instead of entering the NFL draft. Coach Brian Kelly said Emery has to meet certain academic requirements before he can practice. Emery missed the entire 2021 season and the first two games last year because he was ruled academically ineligible, a decision the NCAA upheld after an appeal.

"John is focused strictly right now on his academics," Kelly said. "He's got some marks that he has to hit from an academic standpoint before we talk about football with him. That was the deal with John and talking to his family. If his primary focus was academics and taking care of his degree, then we would have a conversation about football." Emery wasn't the only running back missing from practice. Fifth-year graduate student Josh Williams and junior Armoni Goodwin did not appear during a 20-minute viewing period as they recover from injuries. Goodwin won't be able to practice until preseason camp. - Baton Rouge Advocate

RB John Emery Jr.rSr/2024 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 3* (25)
Recruiting Grade: 5* (03)

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  Washington State Football   Two months after joining Washington State's football team, Isaiah Paul is heading back to the portal. The senior linebacker, who signed with WSU in early January, announced Wednesday over Twitter that he plans to reenter the NCAA transfer portal in May. Paul spent the past five years at Incarnate Word. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was a three-year starter at the FCS program in San Antonio - though injuries derailed his 2022 campaign. Paul recorded 137 tackles and 20 1/2 tackles for loss between 2019-22.

Paul was expected to compete for a significant playing role at WSU in 2023. The Cougars also added transfer LBs Devin Richardson (Texas) and Ahmad McCullough (Maryland). Those two will be in the mix for starting jobs along with WSU veteran Kyle Thornton and redshirt freshman Hudson Cedarland - one of the prized recruits in WSU's 2022 class. - Spokesman-Review

OLB Isaiah PaulrSr/2024 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 0* (00)
Recruiting Grade: 0* ()

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  Maryland Football   Maryland football has finalized its coaching staff for the 2023 season with the additions of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis and safeties coach Zac Spavital, the program announced Thursday. Gattis, who will also coach quarterbacks at Maryland, was the offensive coordinator at Miami in 2022, but the school fired him after one season. The Hurricanes logged 23.6 points and 367.1 yards per game. Gattis has experience in the Big Ten, working as Michigan's offensive coordinator from 2019 to 2021. Gattis won the 2021 Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant. "The additions of Josh and Zac really bolsters our already strong coaching staff," Coach Michael Locksley said in a statement. "Josh and I have a strong relationship and a proven track record of working together to produce a potent offense. He and I share many of the same philosophies, and it should be a very smooth transition. Zac comes to us with a history of being part of defenses that have a tremendous amount of success, especially when it comes to being aggressive and taking the ball away."

Gattis will be part of a new-look offensive staff after Locksley lost his top two offensive assistants after last season. Locksley recently hired longtime college head coach Kevin Sumlin as the co-coordinator and tight ends coach. Gattis worked with Locksley at Alabama in 2018, when Locksley led the record-setting Crimson Tide offense and Gattis served as the co-coordinator and wide receivers coach. At Maryland, Gattis will inherit an offense led by quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who will be Maryland's starter for the fourth straight season. The Terps have steadily improved under Locksley, and Tagovailoa has been the program's most prominent player as he's broken numerous school records. - Washington Post

QB Taulia TagovailoarSr/2024 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 0* (30)
Recruiting Grade: 4* (11)

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  Washington Football   On the first day of his last year of college football, Edefuan Ulofoshio was back in the middle of it all Monday morning during Washington's first spring practice. "It is just a blessing to be out here, man," the senior linebacker said. "Honestly, it's a blessing to just be talking to you guys (in the media) again. Because I understand that it's not guaranteed. You know, things happen. So just taking it one day at a time, man. It's just fun. I'm just really enjoying it right now." Entering his sixth season at UW, Ulofoshio has experienced a little bit of everything during his college career.

A former walk-on, he emerged as a starting middle linebacker late in 2019, then earned some All-America recognition in 2020. But he's missed significant time the past two seasons with multiple injuries. Finally healthy again, Ulofoshio has an earned perspective going into his final season. He sees this last chapter more as a new beginning, part of the reason he chose to switch his uniform number from No. 48 to No. 5. "Mostly because I just feel like I just want to come in with something to prove," he said. "You know, '48' did a lot of things here. But number 5 hasn't done anything on this field. So I'm just trying to make a name for myself right now." - Seattle Times

ILB Edefuan UlofoshiorSr/2024 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 3* (09)
Recruiting Grade: 0* ()

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  Brigham Young Football   Without anything else to do this offseason, sidelined by a shoulder injury, Kody Epps has made it a point to sit in on quarterback meetings. It is not something he has ever done before. The wide receiver used to only attend his mandatory meetings and get out. But without the ability to workout, and a new quarterback to mesh with, Epps has decided to go all-in on the scheme side of things. "I just want to hear that dialect. See what they're thinking, see what's going on in there," Epps said. "I want to be as locked in as possible. I definitely want to be someone you can rely on to understand the offense's ins and outs. I'm looking at what the running backs are doing, the linemen are doing, the quarterback is doing."

Epps was the breakout leader in the receivers room last year before he was injured, leading the team with 459 yards and 39 catches. Now, though, there is a fear that him missing spring practice will hinder his ability to jell with new quarterback Kedon Slovis. A lack of connection could bleed into a rocky 2023. And being fair, there is still that fear. But with Epps sitting with Slovis in the film room, there is at least the hope they will form a relationship without practice. "I mean, he's my quarterback, so of course I want to make sure we have a relationship," Epps said. "We got a bond, but it all comes naturally." - Salt Lake Tribune

WR Kody EppsrSo/2026 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 0* (00)
Recruiting Grade: 3* (121)

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  Mississippi State Football   Mississippi State football has been busy already this offseason, getting new coaches and transfers in the mix. Under new head coach Zach Arnett and new offensive coordinator Kevin Barbay, among others, the Bulldogs held their first practice of the spring on Tuesday. Familiar faces like starting quarterback Will Rogers were mixed in with newcomers like Mike Wright, the Vanderbilt transfer who offers something different to the offense as a dual-threat quarterback.

Testing out Rogers under center instead of in shotgun formation and utilizing running backs more often, this offense will look different than the Air Raid scheme made famous by the late Mike Leach. But that doesn't mean it will lack excitement. "It was different," Rogers said. "We started practice really, really fast with some up-tempo plays. It was good to be out flying around with the guys and learning new schemes, so we're all trying to get the hang of that." This was not only Barbay's first practice with Mississippi State, but it was Arnett's first spring practice as head coach. Barbay's tenure at Appalachian State saw the Mountaineers finish 21st in the country last season in rushing offense at nearly 205 yards a game. That means Mississippi State's running back corps, led by Jo'quavious "Woody" Marks, will see plenty of touches this fall. - The Dispatch

QB Will RogersSr/2024 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 4* (00)
Recruiting Grade: 3* (58)

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  South Florida Football   Almost three months to the day after his hiring, new USF coach Alex Golesh staged the first spring practice of his tenure on a clear, cloudless afternoon Monday on campus. And local reporters were granted a 20-minute peek behind the new regime's curtain. Veteran quarterback Gerry Bohanon, who was expected to be sidelined all of spring drills while rehabbing a shoulder injury sustained last fall, suited up and participated - to an extent. A touted Baylor transfer and the opening-night starter in 2022, Bohanon engaged in some agility work but didn't throw with the other five quarterbacks during positional drills. - Tampa Tribune

QB Gerry BohanonrSr/2024 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 3* (30)
Recruiting Grade: 4* (27)

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  Washington Football   Dylan Morris came under heavy criticism as the starting quarterback for the Washington Huskies during their 4-8 season in 2021. Morris, expected to be the backup again this season to Michael Penix Jr., has earned himself a big fan - Ryan Grubb, the Huskies' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach - for how he has handled himself after all that criticism. "I don't know if there's many guys that I admire more than Dylan Morris because I think that there's grown men that would be able to take about 1% of the criticism that Dylan's taken, and operate at the level that Dylan operates at," Grubb said Wednesday about the former Graham-Kapowsin High School star.

In 2021, Morris completed 220 of 362 passes for 2,458 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. But the season started with a shocking loss to Montana and it didn't get much better. "He knows the expectations that this community has for this program, and there is nobody more disappointed on a 4-8 season than Dylan," said Grubb, who said Morris has grown a lot as a player since then. "I think he admitted to himself to things that he needed to get better at and he owned the mistakes that he made." Grubb said Morris is one of the hardest workers on the team and does a good job "being in the day - be great today and then tomorrow, do the same thing." Grubb said a quarterback has to "have thick skin" and he said Morris has taken that to heart. "I admire that kid a ton," Grubb said. "I don't that I would have had the mental fortitude to blast through some of the stuff that he has and still be really positive." - Seattle Times

QB Dylan MorrisrJr/2025 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 0* (00)
Recruiting Grade: 4* (09)

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  Ohio State Football   Making the playoff begins with the quarterback. Ohio State has six, including Oregon State transfer Tristan Gebbia, incoming freshman Lincoln Kienholz and preferred walk-ons Mason Maggs and Chad Ray. But the real drama is between McCord and Brown. Is either a future NFL draft pick? Do they have to be? Five quarterbacks who led their schools to the CFP failed to get drafted: Kelly Bryant (Clemson), Jake Browning (Washington), J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), Jake Coker (Alabama) and Blake Sims (Alabama). So it can happen, but not recently. Bryant (2020) was the last to get passed over on draft day. There is a chance Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett and TCU quarterback Max Duggan go undrafted next month, but most draftniks think they will get picked in the mid-to-lower rounds.

What about McCord and Brown? We just don't know. In McCord's case, we have seen so little of him. In Brown's case, we have seen even less. I still don't understand why Ohio State coach Ryan Day barely played McCord last season, especially in games that had been decided midway through the third quarter. The second-year quarterback attempted just 20 passes, completing 16 for 190 yards and a touchdown. He actually saw more playing time as a freshman, completing 25 of 38 attempts for 416 yards and two TDs. McCord, who came to Columbus as a five-star recruit, has not had much opportunity to shine. Is he a star? A meteor? A black hole? Who knows? What can be said with confidence is McCord/Brown will be challenged to match Stroud's performance as a poised passer who finds receivers better than any quarterback in Ohio State history. - Columbus Dispatch

QB Kyle McCordJr/2025 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 0* (00)
Recruiting Grade: 5* (05)

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  Texas Tech Football   Backup offensive lineman Cade Briggs, who played in two games last season, was removed from the Texas Tech roster on Tuesday. Briggs needed to leave the team for personal reasons, a Tech athletics spokesman said. The senior from Las Vegas, Nevada, transferred to Tech last year from New Mexico. Briggs started 24 games for the Lobos, the last 19 at left tackle. He was a backup at center and guard for the Red Raiders. Those were Briggs' first four years in college football, so he has two seasons left, counting the Covid-bonus year the NCAA awards players who were on rosters during the disrupted 2020 season. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

C Cade BriggsrSr/2024 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 0* (00)
Recruiting Grade: 3* (202)

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  Texas Football   Every position is open for the Texas Longhorns this spring. Every player will earn his starting role. For that reason, Quinn Ewers will compete with Arch Manning and an injured Maalik Murphy. So, too, will Jaylan Ford compete with Jett Bush and Jalen Catalon compete with Michael Taaffe. There is no quarterback controversy at Texas. Barring an unforeseen collapse by Ewers, the 2022 starter will remain in the starting role in 2023. That's not an indictment of Manning.

Ewers is simply primed for a strong season this year should he put in the work necessary to thrive in the offense. Arch Manning has a bright future on the Forty Acres. He has the traits and athleticism to earn his own statue outside DKR Memorial Stadium by the end of his career. Manning is also a freshman, and would likely endure some of the same growing pains Ewers went through last season. Quinn Ewers will likely win the starting job. If he does, Texas should be in good hands. - USA Today

QB Quinn EwersrSo/2026 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 4* (00)
Recruiting Grade: 5* (01)

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  Ohio State Football   Defensive lineman Mitchell Melton has been medically cleared to participate in individual drills for Ohio State during spring practice. But Melton, who tore an anterior cruciate ligament in last year's spring game and missed the season as a result, is expected to remain limited to individual work for at least a majority of the practices over the next five weeks. "We've just got to be smart," Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said, "and bring him back the right way." As seen by reporters during a half-hour viewing period as spring practice opened Tuesday, Melton went through a series of drills with the defensive linemen.

A versatile edge defender, Melton enrolled at Ohio State in 2020 as a linebacker before moving to the defensive line last year. His all-around skillset made him a candidate to line up at the "Jack" position, the hybrid defensive end-linebacker role, before he went down last April. "We're hoping he can make an impact for us this year," Day said. "Before the injury, we were excited about him and what he was doing. He's got a really good pass-rush ability and good strength and play speed." - Columbus Dispatch

OLB Mitchell MeltonrJr/2025 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 0* (00)
Recruiting Grade: 4* (63)

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  Florida State Football   Jared Verse spent last week watching the NFL Scouting Combine, not as a participant but as an observer. It wasn't exactly the way many assumed the talented Florida State edge rusher would make his presence known. At one point, the 6-foot-4, 253-pound defensive end was projected as a first-round selection after a stellar first FBS season in which he led the team in tackles for loss (16.5), sacks (9) and blocked kicks (1). "I always wanted him to feel like he was doing what was best for himself," said defensive ends coach John Papuchis. "So when it came time for him to make that decision, I made a conscious effort not to weigh in too much on it other than if he asked me my opinion on something or my advice. I wanted him to come back. "I love coaching him, but I wanted him to do what was best for him. So I was super excited when he made that decision. Now the work starts."

The decision to return to FSU came down to Verse believing he could improve. He could overwhelm offensive linemen with his athleticism, but there had to be more to help him unleash his true potential. "It was getting better on the technical side of things," said Verse. "Physically, I could have left and gone to the NFL and been fine, but it's the mental side of things where I need to get better. That was something Coach [Mike] Norvell hammered home to me." It's a belief justified by watching participants in last week's Combine. "Everybody wants to get stronger, faster and bigger, but I want to be able to read the game a little bit quicker," Verse said. "At the next level, it's a lot quicker. Even at the Combine, those guys are a lot quicker. Everybody is a lot quicker than this level right now. I just have to read the game a little quicker to be prepared for that." - Orlando Sentinel

DE Jared VerserJr/2025 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 4* (00)
Recruiting Grade: 0* (00)

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  Arkansas Football   Arkansas coach Sam Pittman announced the signing of former Georgia cornerback Jaheim Singletary during a Tuesday news conference. Singletary made an official visit to Arkansas on Sunday and Monday. "He's signed his SEC agreement with us," Pittman said. "He was here on his OV this Sunday and Monday and left this morning. We were very fortunate. We're excited about him. Big-time player out of Georgia." He was an ESPN 4-star prospect, the No. 3 cornerback and No. 21 overall prospect in the nation in the 2022 class.

Singletary, 6-1, 175 pounds, attended Jacksonville (Fla.) Riverside before picking Georgia over Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee and numerous other schools. He participated in the 2022 Under Armour All-American Game and played in two games for the Bulldogs. He has four years of eligibility remaining. Singletary entered the NCAA transfer portal on Jan. 13. He's expected to report to Fayetteville this summer. - Northwest Arkansas Times

CB Jaheim SingletaryFr/2026 Draft Class
Pro Scouting Grade: 0* (00)
Recruiting Grade: 5* (05)

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