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Indiana WR Simmie Cobbs Jr. arrested over the weekend, charged with resisting law enforcement

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Making headlines in August usually means a player is having a breakout fall camp. Making headlines in July is not often viewed in the same positive vein.

Such is certainly the case in Bloomington as wide receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. was arrested on Saturday night and charged with misdemeanors in two separate incidents, including resisting law enforcement and refusal to identify.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Cobbs was booked into jail around 10 p.m. local time on Saturday and released around 4 p.m. on Sunday. The refusal to identify charge came first, with the resisting law enforcement charge coming in a second incident around noon the day after.

“Indiana University Athletics and the IU football program are aware of the arrest of redshirt junior Simmie Cobbs Jr.,” the school told. the paper in a statement. “We will continue to gather facts, monitor the legal process and take action as the evolving situation warrants.”

Cobbs had a breakout 2015 campaign for the Hoosiers, catching  60 passes for 1,035 yards. He injured his ankle last season and took a medical redshirt but was expected to play a big role in the team’s passing attack in 2017.

ACC, SEC place most DBs on Jim Thorpe Award watch list

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Another day, yet another watch list as the 2017 offseason barrels towards a merciful death.

This time around it’s the Jim Thorpe Award doing the honors, with the trophy given annually to the nation’s top defensive back releasing a watch list consisting of a mere 45 players from all 10 FBS conferences.  Headlining this year’s list are a pair of semifinalists from a year ago, Louisville’s Jaire Alexander and Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick.

The ACC and SEC lead all conferences with seven players apiece selected, followed by the Pac-12’s six and five each for the Big Ten and Big 12.  Conference USA was next with four, while the AAC, MAC and Sun Belt had three and the Mountain West two.

Alabama, Florida State and Stanford were the only programs with two players each selected.

USC’s Adoree’ Jackson won the 2016 version of the Thorpe Award.  The other finalists for last year’s trophy were Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis and LSU’s Tre’Davious White.  All three of those players were selected in the 2017 NFL draft.

ACC tops as Bronko Nagurski watch list hits triple digits

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It may not be the biggest award in college football, but it’s certainly the most voluminous.

Watch List Season continued unabated Thursday morning, with the Bronko Nagurski Trophy revealing a group which consists of a whopping 103 FBA players.  Within that triple-digit preseason club, there are 30 defensive backs, 29 linebackers, 25 defensive ends and 19 defensive tackles.

Two 2016 first-team Football Writers Association of America All-Americans appear on the list — Clemson’s Christian Wilkins (pictured) and Florida State’s Tarvarus McFadden.

Conference-wise, the ACC leads with 20 players selected for the initial watch list.  The Big Ten is next with 16, followed by the SEC’s 14, the Pac-12’s 13 and the Big 12’s 11.  The AAC paced Group of Five leagues with 10, with the Sun Belt (6), Mountain West (5), Mid-American (3) and Conference USA (2) rounding out the conferences, while football independents chipped in the remaining three.

The Nagurski Trophy has been handed out annually since 1993 to college football’s best defensive player.  Last year’s winner was Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen.


Reigning Big Ten offensive player of the year, two-time QB of the year among those NOT going to B1G media days

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The Big Ten released the names of the 42 players who will be attending the conference’s annual media days on July 24th and 25 and — surprise! — many of the league’s biggest names will be staying home for the event.

That includes three trendy Heisman Trophy favorites in Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley, as well as star Ohio State signal-caller J.T. Barrett. The Nittany Lions tailback was the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year in 2016 while Barrett narrowly beat out McSorley to earn his second conference QB of the year award last season. Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight and Iowa’s Akrum Wadley are also some notable no-shows on the list.

Coaches and administrators all have different strategies when it comes to picking players to represent their school at media day but it certainly is disappointing to not see some of the conference’s bigger names after what was a banner year for the Big Ten last season. That’s not to say there won’t be a ton of good players at the event in Chicago though, as the full list below will show.

INDIANA: CB Rashard Fant, QB Richard Lagow, LB Tegray Scales

MARYLAND: LB Jermaine Carter, RB Ty Johnson, WR D.J. Moore

MICHIGAN: OL Mason Cole, DT Maurice Hurst, LB Mike McCray

MICHIGAN STATE: OL Brian Allen, LB Chris Frey, RB Gerald Holmes

OHIO STATE: DE Tyquan Lewis, OC Billy Price, LB Chris Worley

PENN STATE: S Marcus Allen, LB Jason Cabinda, TE Mike Gesicki

RUTGERS: CB Blessuan Austin, DL Sebastian Joseph, OL Dorian Miller

ILLINOIS: OL Christian DiLauro, DB Jaylen Dunlap, WR Malik Turner

IOWA: LB Josey Jewell, WR Matt VandeBerg, OL Sean Welsh

MINNESOTA: LB Jonathan Celestin, DT Steven Richardson, RB Rodney Smith

NEBRASKA: CB Chris Jones, QB Tanner Lee, LB Chris Weber

NORTHWESTERN: S Godwin Igwebuike, RB Justin Jackson, QB Clayton Thorson

PURDUE: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley, QB David Blough, LB Danny Ezechukwu

WISCONSIN: LB Jack Cichy, LB T.J. Edwards, TE Troy Fumagalli

Body of James Hardy, Hoosiers’ all-time leading receiver, found in river near Indiana home

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The troubled life of one of the greatest football players in Indiana Hoosiers football history has come to a sad end.

The Allen County (Ind.) Coroner’s Office confirmed Thursday that a body found in the Maumee River a day earlier as that of 31-year-old James Hardy.  Hardy’s body was found not far from his Fort Wayne home, and came a week or so after, TMZ.com reports, his family reported him missing.  The same celebrity gossip website writes that “[o]ur sources tell us it appears Hardy had been in the water for several days.”

The coroner as of yet hasn’t been able to determine the cause and/or manner of death.

“Indiana University Athletics is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of James Hardy,” a portion of a press release from the football program read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time.”

Hardy, who also played basketball at IU, played wide receiver for the Hoosiers in the mid-aughts and left the school as the football program’s leader in nearly every major receiving category.  His 191 receptions, 2,740 yards and 36 receiving touchdowns are No. 1 on IU’s career lists, while his single-season marks of 79 catches and 16 touchdowns still stand.  The four receiving touchdowns he scored in a 2006 win over Michigan State remains the single-game record.

While he was a second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 2008 draft, his NFL career failed to match his collegiate production as he finished with just 10 catches for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns in four seasons at that level.  Hardy resurfaced in the headlines a couple of years ago, albeit for the wrong reasons.

From WANE-TV:

TMZ reported in May of 2014 that Hardy was arrested after attacking three officers. A judge ruled that he was not mentally competent to stand trial in a case where he faces a felony charge for resisting arrest during the incident. It’s not known how that judicial process played out.