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  2023 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: P Orion Phillips,...Joined the Racers as a freshman in the fall and became one of the best punters in all of FCS...Was fourth in MVFC with a per punt average of 43.1 yards...Was second in MVFC with 54 total punts in 2023...Led MVFC with total yards in punts at 2,328...Led MVFC with 17 punts placed inside the 20-yard line, which included nine punts at the 10-yard line or inside of it...Had four punts inside the five-yard line...Had 11 punts of 50+ yards including a 71-yard effort at Missouri State (Oct. 21)...It was the seventh longest punt at MSU since 1994 and the second-longest in the MVFC...Was fourth in MVFC Freshman of the Year voting. - Murray State Football

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  Last season Marcus Carroll was part of a three-pronged running attack at Georgia State, sharing carries with Tucker Gregg and Jamyest Williams to produce the top rushing numbers in the Sun Belt Conference. This spring, with the graduation of his compadres, Carroll is getting used to the idea of being the main man. While others will be mixed into the equation, it's Carroll who will bear the brunt of keeping the chains moving on the ground. It's a responsibility he's happy to accept. "Being the No. 1 guy is nice," he said. "I'll just do whatever I can. If I get the ball 20 times a game and it helps us win, I don't mind taking that load for the team."

He got a taste of it last season when Williams missed four games because of injuries. Carroll wound up with 127 carries for 622 yards, a 4.9-yard average, and six touchdowns. He had 100-yard games against Old Dominion and a season-high 143 yards and a school record-tying three touchdowns against Southern Mississippi. "I got out there, and I was able to make some plays and help the team out," he said. "It's been a great journey." - Marietta Daily Journal


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  After Missouri football lost the Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa in December, Darius Robinson didn't know what he was going to do. He was noncommittal from the podium after the game, but embraced head coach Eli Drinkwitz in the hallway afterward, knowing he might have an NFL future starting in 2023. Robinson wasn't the only one. Kris Abrams-Draine, Ty'Ron Hopper, Ennis Rakestraw Jr., Chad Bailey and more could have all gone to either the NFL, or entered the transfer portal for another school.

Instead, all those players are back. And Missouri's defense, now in coordinator Blake Baker's second season, will be expected to be even better than last year's unit. "We got to play really good ball," Robinson said. "The mistakes we made last year just can't happen anymore. I think he's made it very clear that this is a very experienced team so we have to take care of it." The Tigers return eight defensive starters from the 2022 squad. They also retained several key depth pieces and brought in veteran help at positions of need through the transfer portal. It's an experienced unit, and coaches are expecting it to act as such. Cornerbacks coach Al Pogue said the players are taking more of a leading role in Baker's second year. - Columbia Daily Tribune


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  Here's a scary thought for SEC offenses: Ty'Ron Hopper wasn't comfortable last year. That was the case, according to his position coach. "The great year that he had I don't think he was really comfortable," linebackers coach and co-coordinator D.J. Smith said. "Getting those calls that we have in practice he looks a little bit more comfortable, is able to pick things up a step faster and able to communicate better." After passing on the NFL draft Hopper, has added 10 pounds to his frame to hit 235 this spring, but Baker's been more impressed with Hopper's grasp of the defense and his assignments. "He's got a different demeanor about himself this spring," Baker said. "Much more business-like. I'll put it that way." - Columbia Daily Tribune

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  01/28/23 - Drew PynerJr/2026, Missouri + More +

  Mmm, what might this mean for Arizona quarterback Drew Pyne, a redshirt sophomore who recently transferred from Notre Dame? ASU is favored to land former Florida quarterback signee Jaden Rashada, according to recent odds. Bookies.com has the Sun Devils at +140 to land Rashada, a 5-star QB whose father, Harlen, played at Arizona State. It gives the team a 41.67% implied probability to be the Pittsburg (Calif.) High standout's next school. TCU is second in the odds at +180 (35.71%), followed by Washington at +400 (20%) and California at +1000 (9.09%). The site lists "Other" at +2000 (4.76%) in its odds. Rashada reportedly visited Arizona State last weekend after being officially released form his letter of intent at Florida. He is scheduled to also visit TCU.

Rashada is the No. 6 QB prospect in the class of 2023, according to 247Sports. His father played at ASU between 1992 and 1994. New ASU coach Kenny Dillingham recruited Rashada when Dillingham was Oregon's offensive coordinator. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Jaden Rashada threw for 5,275 yards at Pittsburg High last season, with 59 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He had a falling out with Florida after the Gator Collective - an independent fundraising group that is loosely tied to the university and pays student-athletes for use of their name, image and likeness - failed to honor a four-year deal worth more than $13 million. Pyne threw for 2,021 yads with 22 touchdowns for Notre Dame while compiled an 8-2 record as a starter, including a 4-1 record against top 25 teams. - CalBears.com


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  The Southeastern Conference's most-improved defense is putting the band back together for 2023. Junior linebacker Ty'Ron Hopper became the latest player to confirm he's coming back next season, the team announced Tuesday on social media. The second-team All-SEC selection led the Tigers (6-7) with 14 tackles for loss and 23 hurries this past season, his first at Mizzou since transferring from Florida last year. Hopper, who started all 13 games, finished second on the team with 78 tackles and 32 pressures and added 2.5 sacks and an interception.

Hopper is one of eight regular starters from the 2022 defense positioned to return next season, along with defensive tackles Darius Robinson and Kristian Williams, linebacker Chad Bailey, cornerbacks Ennis Rakestraw Jr. and Kris Abrams-Draine and safeties Jaylon Carlies and Joseph Charleston. The only regular starters from the end of the regular season not coming back are senior defensive ends Isaiah McGuire and D.J. Coleman and senior safety Martez Manuel. - Post-Dispatch


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  01/08/23 - Joe MoorerSr/2025, Missouri + More +

  Arizona State defensive lineman Joe Moore III - who announced a transfer to UW on Dec. 19, and whose signing was confirmed by the program two days later - is no longer coming to Washington, an athletic department spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. The reason behind Moore's reversal remains unclear. A 6-foot-2, 245-pound junior, Moore recorded 24 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery in 12 games with the Sun Devils this season. He added 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 2021.

Moore also earned portal offers from Missouri and Houston, according to 247Sports. The St. Louis product was originally ranked as a three-star recruit in the 2020 class. But the former Sun Devil - who was listed as a defensive lineman, but projected more as an edge rusher - would not have filled a need at Washington. UW edge starters Bralen Trice and Zion Tupuola-Fetui both announced returns in 2023, and senior Sekai Asoau-Afoa, junior Sav'ell Smalls, sophomore Maurice Heims and redshirt freshman Lance Holtzclaw are also slated to be back. The Huskies added sophomore Sioux Falls transfer Zach Durfee and true freshmen Jacob Lane and Anthony James last month as well. - Seattle Times


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  Missouri football defensive lineman will return to the Tigers for 2023, he announced in a social media post on Sunday. Robinson had said he was still undecided after playing in the Gasparilla Bowl on Dec. 23. Robinson's post borrowed heavily from Michael Jordan's "I'm back" press release, where Jordan announced his return to the Chicago Bulls after his hiatus to play minor league baseball.

Robinson finished last season with 3.5 sacks and 35 total tackles. The 2022 campaign ended as a career season for him, and he blossomed into a dominant force on the interior, soaking up blocks to free up defensive end Isaiah McGuire and linebacker Ty'Ron Hopper. In the Gasparilla Bowl loss to Wake Forest, Robinson moved over to defensive end in McGuire's absence. His return provides stability for the 2023 Tigers, and could further help his NFL stock. - Columbia Daily Tribune


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  Make that two standout cornerbacks returning to the Missouri defense in 2023. Last week Kris Abrams-Draine announced plans to come back to the Tigers next season. On Sunday, it was Ennis Rakestraw Jr.'s turn. MU and Rakestraw both announced his return plans on social media. Rakestraw and Abrams-Draine formed one of the Southeastern Conference's best cornerback tandems this season, combining for 25 pass break-ups - the most by any pair of teammates in the conference. Abrams-Draine leads the league with 13 breakups heading into Mizzou's bowl game on Friday, while Rakestraw is tied for second with 12. Both were eligible for the 2023 NFL draft and could have considered entering the NCAA transfer portal. - Post-Dispatch

Jr/2024 CB Ennis Rakestraw Jr.Missouri
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  On Wednesday, Mizzou junior cornerback Kris Abrams-Draine confirmed he was returning to MU for the 2023 season, the team announced on its Twitter account. Abrams-Draine was among the team's NFL draft-eligible players seeking feedback from the league's College Advisory Committee. The two-year starter led the Tigers with 13 pass break-ups in 11 games this season. - Post-Dispatch

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  12/17/22 - Nate NoelrSr/2025, Missouri + More +

  2022 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: RB - Nate Noel (So., RB - Miami, Fla.),...Rushed for team-high 604 yards and career-best six touchdowns on 87 carries for a season-long average of 6.9 yards per carry ... Opened season with 116 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries against North Carolina and finished year with 171 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries against Georgia Southern ... Despite missing three full games and being limited by injury in several others, rushed for at least 69 yards in five contests ... After totaling 10 catches in his first two seasons, made 24 catches for 145 yards. - Appalachian State Football

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  2022 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: OG Cam'Ron Johnson, Houston, So.,...Johnson played 836 snaps for the Cougars, paving the way for three different 100-yard rushers courtesy of Tune, running back Stacy Sneed and running back Ta'Zhawn Henry. - Houston Football

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  2022 ALL-SWAC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: Defensive Lineman Nyles Gaddy, Jackson State,...Gaddy recorded 33 tackles and ranked second on the team in both sacks (6.0) and tackles for loss (10.0), with two forced fumbles, three quarterback hits, and two pass breakups. Among his top games, Gaddy made six tackles with a career-high 3.5 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss with two quarterback hits vs. Tennessee St., and recorded five tackles with one sack, two tackles for loss, and one forced fumble vs. Bethune-Cookman. - Jackson State Football

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  12/02/22 - Drew PynerJr/2026, Missouri + More +

  Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne announced Friday on social media that he is putting his name in the transfer portal. Pyne posted on Twitter that being a student-athlete at Notre Dame was "one of my proudest honors ..."as well as, "Now it's time for me to take on a new challenge, and I will be entering the transfer portal." He took over as the starter after Tyler Buchner went out with a season-ending shoulder injury in the second game of the season against Marshall.

Notre Dame went 8-2 with Pyne starting. The third-year player passed for 2,021 yards and 22 touchdowns with six interceptions. He could have as many as three years of eligibility left after having played during the pandemic season of 2020. The Fighting Irish still have a bowl game, and will learn Sunday their opponent and the location. Freshman Steve Angeli is next on Notre Dame's depth chart. He has not attempted a pass this season. - AP College Football


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  12/02/22 - Drew PynerJr/2026, Missouri + More +

  Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne, a 6-0, 205-pound player, tweeted Friday that he is entering the NCAA transfer portal. Pyne, who will have three years of eligibility at his next destination, is not planning to play in the team's bowl game, sources told ESPN on Friday. Pyne started 10 games for Notre Dame this season, leading them to an 8-2 record and finishing No. 20 nationally in individual quarterback efficiency. He threw 22 touchdown passes and six interceptions, rushing for 108 yards and two more scores while completing 64.6% of his passes. He had a 4-1 record against top-25 teams, which was the most wins against top-25 competition at Notre Dame in the past decade.

Pyne's production at such a high-profile school should create a strong market for his services. Pyne's likely last game at Notre Dame highlighted his efficiency and skill set, as he completed 23 of 26 passes for 318 yards in a 38-27 loss to USC. His decisiveness in the pocket stood out to opposing coaches, as they characterized him as a quick-twitch thrower. Pyne took over as Notre Dame's starter against Cal on Sept. 17 in the wake of the upset loss to Marshall. He energized the program after it began the season 0-2 and led it on a run of eight wins in nine games. - ESPN.com


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