Felony charge dropped, Cobb back with Red Raiders

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After being charged with felony burglary in late August, Daniel Cobb was dismissed from the Texas Tech football program.

Less than two months later, though, the linebacker is back on the roster.

The Lubbock District Attorney’s office recently dropped all charges against Cobb and, Sunday night, the redshirt junior practice with his teammates for the first time this season.  Cobb is expected to make his 2012 debut this weekend against TCU.

Following his weekly Monday press conference, and saying he’s “proud of what he stood for,” head coach Tommy Tuberville addressed the player’s situation and his return to the Red Raiders.

“I know he spent the last two and a half months trying to clear his name from a bad situation,” Tuberville said by way of the Dallas Morning News. “When you do something like that and you’re accused of something, my policy is to make sure that everything’s above board and that they have to clear their name. He’s done it all on his own.

“He’s been cleared by the district attorney. No wrongdoing whatsoever. He’s had to clear his name. The kid’s going to graduate in two months (after) three and a half years in business. Never gave us one bit of problem. But it cost him two and a half months of playing college football and six games.

Cobb had been accused of using force to enter a female’s apartment and physically assaulted the alleged victim.  The precise reason behind the DA’s decision to drop the charges is unclear.

Since coming to Lubbock as a three-star member of Tech’s 2009 recruiting class, Cobb has played in 21 games.  He started seven games in 2011 and finished third on the team in tackles.

The addition of Cobb will be a boon to a defense that, seven weeks into the season, ranks fourth in total defense and seventeenth in scoring defense, statistics made all the more impressive when the fact that Tech faced the high-powered offenses of Oklahoma and Virginia the past two games is factored in.

Western Kentucky’s Joel Iyiegbuniwe declares early for draft

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There’s a new leader in the clubhouse for “Early Entrant With the Most Vowels in his Surname.”

On his personal Twitter account over the weekend, Joel Iyiegbuniwe announced that he is leaving Western Kentucky early and making himself available for the April NFL draft. The linebacker, a native of Bowling Green, Kent., stated that he came to his decision “[a]fter much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, coaches and advisors.”

This past season, Iyiegbuniwe led the Hilltoppers in tackles with 117, tackles for loss with 11.5 and forced fumbles with three. He was named first-team All-Conference USA following the regular season.

Including last season, Iyiegbuniwe had started 27 straight games at outside linebacker for the Hilltoppers.

Today is the deadline for draft-eligible players to inform the NFL of their intentions.

Kent State announces signing of ex-Auburn QB Woody Barrett

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One day after Woody Barrett announced that he has found a new college football home, the school has confirmed as much.

Kent State sent out a press release Monday evening acknowledging that Barrett has signed with the football program. After spending the 2017 season at a Mississippi junior college, the quarterback will be eligible to play immediately in 2018.

Counting this coming season, Barrett will have three years of eligibility remaining.

“We’re excited about Woody’s potential, his ability and his raw tools both throwing and running the football,” new Golden Flashes head coach Sean Lewis said in a statement. “And we’re excited to have him on campus to be training with our team as we get ready for spring ball.”

A four-star member of Auburn’s 2016 recruiting class, Barrett was rated as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country that cycle. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, then opted to transfer from the Tigers in May of last year, ultimately ending up at the JUCO level.

At Copiah-Lincoln Community College this past season, Barrett passed for 1,294 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games, adding another 485 and six on the ground.

Michigan confirms hiring of Sherrone Moore as TEs coach

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One hole on Jim Harbaugh‘s coaching staff has been filled.

The football program confirmed Monday that Sherrone Moore has been hired and will serve as Harbaugh’s tight ends coach. Moore will replace Greg Frey, who moved on to a job on Willie Taggart‘s staff at Florida State.

The 31-year-old Moore — he’ll turn 32 in early February — spent the past four seasons coaching tight ends at Central Michigan. This past season, he added the title of assistant head coach as well as taking over as the MAC program’s recruiting coordinator.

Moore began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Louisville from 2009-12. He was promoted to tight ends coach in 2012, spending that season as well as 2013 in that role.

NC State QB Jalan McClendon puts his name on graduate transfer market

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Ryan Finley announced earlier this month he will return to NC State for his senior season, which means his backup is leaving. Jalan McClendon revealed Monday he will pursue his options elsewhere for his final season of college football as a graduate transfer.

“I’ve enjoyed every bit of this university,” McClendon said in a statement. “My teammates and coaches, the fans, the atmosphere, even the food! I appreciate everything that NC State has done for me and I wouldn’t take it back for anything.”

McClendon appeared in 20 games as a member of the Wolfpack, completing 26-of-47 passes for 262 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions while adding 46 carries for 223 yards.

“Jalan has been phenomenal throughout his career,” head coach Dave Doeren said in a statement.  “He’s been a great leader and a great teammate and has done everything we could’ve asked a young man to do. We wish him the best and will always consider him an important part of the Wolfpack family.”

McClendon was a 3-star recruit out of West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte.