Less than a month after leaving the ACC, James Looney is officially trading in the East Coast for the West Coast.
In a press release sent out Wednesday evening, Cal confirmed that the defensive lineman has decided to transfer into the Bears’ football program. It was first reported April 22 that Looney had decided to take his leave of the Demon Deacons, and it was speculated at the time that the lineman may be interested in transferring to the other side of the country.
“We are excited that James is joining the Cal football program,” head coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “It is important that we critical that we continue to recruit and develop players in the trenches to improve on both sides of the ball. James will help us do that on the defensive line and is also an excellent student that will fit into our program nicely both on the field and off.”
Looney brother is former Wake and current San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Joe Looney.
Last season as a true freshman, played in seven games. Because of the departures of three starters, Looney was viewed as a likely starter along the Demon Deacons’ defensive line before his abrupt and unexpected departure.
Coming out of high school in Lake Worth, Fla., Looney was a three-star member of Wake’s 2013 recruiting class.
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.
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.”