Rami Hammad

Report: Former four-star recruit decides to leave Longhorns


When a new head coach takes over a program, like Charlie Strong did at Texas, existing players on the roster can view the move in one of two ways. They can either be a part of the solution or part of the problem.

Former four-star recruit Rami Hammad has apparently taken the latter course. Hammad didn’t embrace a fresh start and instead struggled to make an impression with the new coaching staff. As a result, he reportedly doesn’t see a future for himself in Austin, Texas.

According to Orangebloods.com, Hammand has decided to leave the Texas Longhorns and transfer to another program.

Hammand was never able to crack the team’s rotation at guard with junior Sedrick Flowers entrenched on the left side, while sophomore more Kent Perkins and junior Taylor Doyle competed to start at right guard.

With Hammad’s intentions being made public, the Longhorns have lost 12 players to dismissals, suspensions or transfers since Strong took over the program.

Prior to signing with the Longhorns, Hammad verbally committed to the Oklahoma Sooners and the Baylor Bears. The offensive lineman also had scholarship offers from the Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils, Arkansas Razorbacks, Duke Blue Devils, Iowa Hawkeyes, Kansas State Wildcats, LSU Tigers, Michigan State Spartans, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Oklahoma Sooners, Texas A&M Aggies, UCLA Bruins and Washington Huskies.

One team not mentioned which may be of interest to Hammad is the Virginia Tech Hokies. Hammad’s former offensive line coach at Texas, Stacy Searels, is now serving in the same capacity as part of Frank Beamer‘s staff.

If Hammad decides to attend another FBS school, he’ll have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.

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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)
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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.”

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.