One of the most explosive players in the country has officially joined an offense that could use some TNT.
As has been reported previously, Oklahoma running back/kickoff returner Alex Ross has now officially enrolled at Missouri.
Ross showed promised as a sophomore in 2014, ranking second on the Sooners with 88 carries for 595 yards (6.76 yards a pop) with four touchdowns while averaging 31.2 yards per kickoff returns and two touchdowns.
Ross’s usage dropped in 2015 with the emergence of Joe Mixon and Baker Mayfield as ball carriers. His carries dropped to just 32 on the season for 172 yards and one touchdown, and as such his kickoff average fell 10 yards per attempt with no touchdowns.
Missouri struggled mightily to run the ball last season; sophomore Ish Witter led the team with 126 carries for 518 yards and one touchdown. The Tigers’ next leading returning rusher is senior Chase Abbington, who racked up all of six carries for 39 yards last season.
As a team, Missouri finished 120th nationally in rushing and dead last in kickoff returns in 2015.
Ross will join the Tigers’ roster as a graduate transfer and will play immediately this fall.
Tennessee wide receiver Vincent Perry sat out 2015 as a redshirt. In 2016, he’ll sit out for an entirely different reason.
Vols head coach Butch Jones confirmed to GoVols247 Perry will miss the upcoming season after being ruled academically ineligible to play.
A three-star signee out of Nashville, Perry will forfeit his scholarship as part of his academic ineligibility, but will remain in school and with the team as a walk-on.
Wes Rucker of GoVols247 writes that Tennessee has been aware of the possibility of losing Perry for a while, and moved freshman Tyler Byrd from the defensive backfield to wide receiver to prepare for this possibility.
Baylor interim president David Garland has released a public response to the Big 12’s request for information regarding the school’s ongoing sexual assault scandal and the Pepper Hamilton investigation into it.
In a statement to the Austin American-Statesman, Baylor has said the following:
“Interim President David Garland received the letter from Commissioner Bowlsby and has contacted the Commissioner to acknowledge receipt of his letter. Baylor is reviewing the Big 12’s request for additional information in light of Baylor’s obligations under federal privacy law and the commitment of confidentiality to the brave survivors who shared their experiences to help the University better understand its shortcomings. President Garland will seek an opportunity to sit down with Commissioner Bowlsby to personally discuss the investigation and the Big 12’s requests.
Dr. Garland would like to reiterate that the Findings of Fact fully reflect the themes, core findings and failings identified in the investigation – while omitting the documentation of individual cases and names supporting these findings. Baylor’s Board of Regents chose to publicly release severely critical Findings of Fact because it believes it is in the best interest of the Baylor community to do so, regardless of the impact on current or potential civil litigation or regulatory action. The University self-reported to its community and the NCAA and will maintain normal communication with the Big 12 Conference during the course of the NCAA investigation.
Baylor remains confident in the actions it has taken to ensure improvement in student safety and to help restore confidence that its priorities and values remain in the proper order. We hope to not only apply what we learn and to approach the highest levels of prevention, response and support for students impacted by these acts, but also to share what we learn with other higher education institutions for the benefit of students everywhere.”
It’s worth noting that the Big 12 first requested additional information from Baylor back on May 24 and only went public today.
One of the questions arisen from the Big 12’s statement earlier today is what, exactly, the Big 12 could do if Baylor refused to comply.
The answer? No one really knows at this point.
In the meantime, football recruits with options continue to do everything they can to get out of Waco.
Due to a costly snafu on Baylor’s part, one of its Big 12 rivals just got a lot better.
Since the firing of Art Briles, the highest-value members of Baylor’s heralded signing class have expressed a desire to get out of their scholarships — with varying degrees of success. One of the few able to make it out of Waco unscathed will be Devin Duvernay, a four-star wide receiver out of Sachse, Texas. Duvernay signed a National Letter of Intent with the Bears in February, but Baylor never actually turned the paperwork in, freeing Duvernay — the No. 52 player in the country, according to Rivals — to sign with any school he pleases.
On Wednesday, Duvernay announced his intention to enroll at Texas. He’ll be in Austin next month.
At Texas, Duvernay figures to contribute immediately to an offense that is suddenly bursting with young pass-catching talent. John Burt was one of the 2015 attack’s lone bright spots as a true feshman, and early enrollee Collin Johnson turned heads with his ability to haul in everything that came near his 6-foot-6 frame.
What Texas didn’t have was a burner, and Duvernay, who paired his 21 total touchdowns with a 10.27 second 100-meter dash (the third fastest time in the country) fits that mold perfectly.
Baylor’s vaunted passing game took another hit earlier this week when wide receiver Tren'Davian Dickson, the national record-holder for with 27 single-season touchdown catches, announced a transfer to Houston. Junior college signee DeQuinton Osborne plans to enroll at Oklahoma State, and seven of the Bears’ signees have signaled interested to enroll elsewhere, also. Baylor’s 2017 recruiting class currently features only one commitment.
A former Tar Heels walk-on that allegedly suffered a concussion during an off-campus hazing incident has reached a settlement with North Carolina.
According to the Charlotte News & Observer, North Carolina will pay Jackson Boyer and his family $795,000 that “covers all of Jackson Boyer’s actual or potential personal injury claims, including but not limited to, any claim for damages, attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses.”
The incident occurred during preseason camp in 2014 while the team was staying at the Aloft Hotel in Chapel Hill. It was there that Tar Heels Des Lawrence, Donnie Miles, M.J. Stewart and Brian Walker roped Boyer into the incident where, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports, Boyer suffered a concussion.
And that’s pretty much where the trail of information stopped.
No charges were filed, and neither the Chapel Hill or UNC police departments investigated the matter. The Boyer family has yet to discuss the matter publicly. The four alleged offenders remained on the team, with a one-game suspension, but have not been made available to the media. Boyer has since transferred to USC, and Walker left the team midway through last season.
Boyer’s attorney told the News & Observer simply, “the matter has been resolved.”
In addition to the $795,000 headed to Boyer, UNC paid for the mediator’s fees and expenses and “continue its good faith, best efforts towards developing healthy team cultures, taking into account the recommendations of the university’s current working group tasked with addressing student issues involving hazing and bullying.”