While it’s not yet official, it appears Florida will lose its top playmaker in the secondary to the professional ranks.
Speaking to Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post, safety Matt Elam‘s high school coach Jack Daniels (whiskey up!!!!) intimated, as most had thought, that it’s a foregone conclusion the All-American will bypass his last season of eligibility and make himself available for the April NFL draft. The fact that Elam would likely be a first-round pick if he left early has the West Palm Beach Dwyer (Fla.) High School coach questioning why his former player wouldn’t leave collegiate eligibility on the table for a shot in the football bigs.
“I think he’s got his mind made up,” Daniels told Lieser. “He’s gone.
“He has the opportunity to be a high draft choice and make more in his signing bonus than most people make in 30 years. It’d be a bad business decision if he didn’t. If somebody told you they’d pay you a million dollars, would you go back to school?”
Following a year that saw him lead the Gators in interceptions with four and finish the regular season second in tackles with 65 and tackles for loss with 10, Elam was named first-team All-American by the Associated Press. As a five-star member of UF’s 2010 recruiting class, Elam was rated as the No. 2 safety in the country… the No. 3 player in the state of Florida… and the No. 25 player at any position.
In early February, Bill Snyder confirmed that Kaleb Prewett was no longer a member of the Kansas State football team. Fastforward three months, and it appears the former Big 12 defensive back has found himself a new home at a former former Big 12 school.
While the school has yet to announce it, Prewett’s Twitter profile now indicates that he is a member of the Missouri Tigers. “Former Kansas State safety. Current Mizzou safety,” the bio now reads.
A couple of tweets from the former Missouri high school player seemed to hint at the development as well.
Prewett started eight of the first nine games at free safety, with the only game he missed being due to a concussion. He lost his job for the final three games, however, and then was kept away from K-State’s bowl game because of an alcohol-related arrest.
Prewett, a three-star 2014 recruit, played in six games as a true freshman.
Barring the unforeseen, Prewett will be forced to sit out the 2016 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. The defensive back would then have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.
Failing to make much of a dent during his first two-plus years in Knoxville, Neiko Creamer has decided to ply his football wares elsewhere.
Wednesday evening, UT head coach Butch Jones confirmed that Creamer has decided to leave the Volunteers football program and will transfer out. According to Jones, he and his staff will help the tight end find the right fit at a new home.
No reason was given for Creamer’s decision to look elsewhere, although the opportunity for more playing time would be a good place to start.
A three-star member of UT’s 2014 recruiting class, Creamer, whose father, Andre, played for the Vols in the eighties, was rated as the No. 18 player at any position in the state of Maryland. After redshirting as a true freshman, and working as both a linebacker and tight end, Creamer played in one game during the 2015 season.
A former Bowling Green football player who claimed he suffered permanent brain damage has settled a lawsuit with the university.
According to the Toledo Blade, Cody Silk will receive a $712,500 settlement in the agreement reached between himself and BGSU. As part of the agreement, the university did not admit fault and the former offensive lineman agreed that he would not pursue any further damage claims.
Silk had filed his suit in 2013, claiming “that BGSU coaches and medical staff failed to withhold him from practices after he suffered repeated concussions.” Silk claimed that he had suffered two concussions in 2010, but was cleared by the football program’s medical staff to return to full-contact status in practice; shortly thereafter, he suffered a third concussion.
The lineman subsequently parted ways with the team, lost his scholarship and dropped out of school.
The settlement came after Silk’s attorneys had asked the Ohio Court of Claims to reconsider their initial rejection. From the Columbus Dispatch:
The court initially rejected Silk’s claims, finding Silk signed a release of liability to play football in which he assumed the risk of possible injury. He refiled the claim last year. A state attorney claimed Silk was exaggerating and overreporting his symptoms, but the settlement will keep the case from going to trial.
In their motion for reconsideration, Silks’ representation contended, the Blade wrote, “the release [of liability] didn’t cover ‘wanton and willful misconduct,’ which he alleged BGSU’s conduct was.”
An injury that wiped out most of Keon Hatcher‘s 2015 season has resurfaced.
On social media over the weekend, Hatcher posted a video which revealed his left foot encased in a post-surgery boot. WholeHogSports.com subsequently confirmed through multiple sources that Hatcher had indeed undergone surgery recently.
The website writes “[i]t’s unclear why Hatcher required the surgery or whether he will miss any practice or playing time because of the surgery.” The university has thus far declined to address the receiver’s status, although head coach Bret Bielema could be expected to touch on the situation during a post-spring press conference Thursday.
During Arkansas’ Week 2 upset loss to Toledo, Hatcher suffered a broken left foot that at first was expected to sideline him for a minimum of six weeks but, following surgery, ultimately cost him the remainder of the season.
At the time of the injury, Hatcher was the Razorbacks’ leader with 198 receiving yards and two touchdowns. In 2014, he led the team with 558 yards receiving and six touchdowns.
Hatcher received a medical hardship waiver for the 2015 season, which will allow him to return as a fifth-year senior this season.