Earlier today, Stanford tight end Zach Ertz announced that he was leaving school early. A short time later, a tight end teammate followed suit.
The Cardinal announced in a Facebook posting of all things that junior Levine Toilolo has decided to make himself available for the upcoming draft. Toilolo was fourth on the team in receptions (24), third in receiving yards (393) and tied for second in receiving touchdowns (four).
Here’s Toilolo’s full statement on his departure:
After much thought, prayer, and discussion with my family, I have decided to forego my senior season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of this team and University for the past four years. Academics are a great priority for a Stanford man, and I take great pride in being on track to graduate from Stanford University in June.
I would like to thank all of the coaches and staff who have shaped me as both a person and a player, allowing me to be in this position. Writing this brief sentiment has caused me to realize how much I will truly miss this extraordinary University, and more importantly the people here – including the professors, students and fans. I will forever cherish the memories I have made with my friends and teammates, and I thank you all for making my time here special.
To all of my teammates, I wish you all the best of luck next season, and I look forward to being able to cheer for you guys during the National Championship Game!
Not surprisingly, Clemson is expected to be without one of its top returning receivers for the remainder of the 2015 season.
On the Tigers’ opening drive of the 2015 season, Mike Williams sustained a neck injury after crashing into the goal post following a touchdown reception. The wide receiver was ultimately diagnosed with a “small fracture” in his neck.
At the time, it was thought there was a possibility, albeit a small one, that Williams could return. While the door’s not completely closed, it appears highly unlikely Williams will return to the field at all in 2015.
“The most important thing is for him to heal up,” co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said. “At the very least, to be able to come back next year and have a great year, that’s probably what he’s focused on right now.”
Should Williams not play again, he would be a slam-dunk candidate for a medical redshirt. Such a waiver would then leave him with two years of eligibility.
Last season, Williams’ 1,030 receiving yards were tops on the team. His 57 receptions and six receiving touchdowns were second.
After a handful of quiet days on the legal front, it’s time to once again set the ol’ arrest ticker back to double zeroes.
According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, Kansas State’s Cre Moore was arrested and charged early Sunday morning following a one-vehicle accident. While Moore’s Ford truck sustained what was described as major damage,” Moore was uninjured.
The Capital-Journal writes that the “2014 Ford F-150 driven by Moore had left the roadway and collided with a light pole and a privately owned stone stairwell.”
Moore was ultimately charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additionally, Moore was found with several pills and was charged with possession of depressant as well.
K-State is aware of the situation, although head coach Bill Snyder declined to say what if any punishment Moore will be facing. Moore has played in three games this season after playing in five last year as a redshirt freshman.