Nickell Robey

Nickell Robey leaving USC for NFL


Just two days before the NFL’s deadline for declaring for the April draft, USC has lost its second player this year to early entry into the bog boy football league.

Cornerback Nickell Robey confirmed to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times that he is leaving his remaining eligibility on the table and making himself available for the draft in three months.  Robey said he informed head coach Lane Kiffin of his decision this past week.

“He respected my decision,” the defensive back told Klein. “It’s a business decision, like any other important decision I’ve made my whole life.

“It’s the best thing for my family and for me.”

The past three seasons, Robey has started every game at corner for the Trojans, a streak of 37 consecutive games.  He was named second-team All-Pac-12 following the 2012 season.

According to his USC bio, Robey was the first USC true freshman to start a season opener at cornerback in the post-World War II era.

Robey becomes at least the 70th player overall and the 12th defensive back to make the early leap.

(Photo credit: USC athletics)

Dalvin Cook remains day-to-day for FSU vs. Miami

Dalvin Cook
Associated Press
1 Comment

One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.

During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest.  The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.

We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.

“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.

Ryan Simmons, one of Okla. St.’s ‘unquestioned leaders,’ out for rest of 2015

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Ryan Simmons #52 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys brings down Jaxon Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns during a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oklahoma State won the game 38-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Getty Images
Leave a comment

Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.

On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.

Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.

Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.

On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”