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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 19:  Justin Sweet #29 of the Colorado State Rams and his teammates prepare to face the Colorado Buffaloes during the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 19, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Colorado defeated Colorado State 27-24 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Colorado State’s Justin Sweet, projected starter at safety, arrested on suspicion of DUI

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After a (very) brief respite, it’s time to, once again, push that “Days Without An Arrest” ticker back to double zeroes.

The latest program with a player doing the triggering is Colorado State, with the Loveland Reporter Herald reporting that safety Justin Sweet was arrested very early Wednesday morning for suspicion of driving under the influence. What led to a sheriff’s officer initiating the traffic stop that led to the defensive back’s arrest is unclear.

According to the Reporter Herald, head coach Mike Bobo was out of town for a football camp and unavailable for comment. A school official has confirmed that the coach is aware of the situation, though.

Sweet, a redshirt junior, played in five games last season. All told, he’s played in 14 games during his career in Fort Collins.

Prior to the incident, Sweet was viewed as a potential, or even likely starting safety. In fact, the Rams’ spring prospectus listed him as the starting strong safety.

S. Illinois announces additions of four FBS transfers, including ones from Florida, K-State

FORT COLLINS, CO - SEPTEMBER 05:  Deionte Gaines #2 of the Colorado State Rams returns a punt against the Savannah State Tigers at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Colorado State defeated Savannah State 65-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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When Southern Illinois takes the field in 2016, their roster will have a decidedly FBS look to it.

In a press release Monday, the FCS football program announced that it has added four former FBS players to the team.  Those four are wide receiver Deionte Gaines (Colorado State), cornerback CJ Jennings (Wyoming), running back Jarvis Leverett, Jr. (Kansas State), and wide receiver Ryan Sousa (Florida).

All four of those players will be eligible to play in 2016. Jennings and Sousa will have three years of eligibility remaining; Gaines will have two; and Leverett one.

Originally a Florida State commit, Sousa was a three-star member of the Gators’ 2014 recruiting class, rated by 247sports.com as the No. 67 receiver in the country and the No. 70 player at any position in the state of Florida. In addition to UF and FSU, Sousa also held offers from, among others, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Missouri, UCLA and Wisconsin.

After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, Sousa played in two games in 2015. The fact that Sousa was a depth-chart afterthought after two springs in Gainesville likely played a sizable role in the player’s decision to transfer last month.

Despite being at K-State the past four years, Leverett played in just five games for the Wildcats.  He rushed for 67 yards on 20 carries, all of which came during the 2014 season.

As a redshirt freshman last season, Jennings played in 10 games. Exiting the spring, Jennings was one of the Cowboys’ starting corners before announcing his decision to transfer earlier this month.

Gaines started five of the 22 games in which he played the past two seasons prior to a mid-May decision to transfer from the Rams. He caught 22 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown, and added another 153 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

As a true freshman in 2014, the 5-8, 180-pound Gaines led the Mountain West and was 20th in the FBS with 672 kick return yards on 28 returns (24.0 average).

Per father, Deron Thompson transferring from Colorado State to Kansas

TUCSON, AZ - DECEMBER 29:  (L-R) Shan Johnson #17, Deron Thompson #39, Danny Nwosu #38, Izzy Matthews #35 and Nick Januska #22 of the Colorado State Rams run out onto the field before the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Arizona Stadium on December 29, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Deron Thompson played his high school football in Kansas, and now he’ll continue his collegiate career in the same state as well.

In March, Thompson (pictured, No. 39) opted to leave the Colorado State football program.  According to the Lawrence Journal-World, Thompson’s father told KWCH-TV in Wichita that his son will be transferring to Kansas and using his remaining eligibility with the Jayhawks.

“I just felt like I never got the opportunity I deserved,” the running back said in leaving the Rams earlier this spring.

Thompson will have to sit out the 2016 season, but would then have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.

After rushing for 87 yards on 23 carries in six games as a true freshman, the 5-10, 178-pound Thompson totaled just seven carries (49 yards) in two games in 2015.  Thompson was a three-star member of the Rams’ 2014 recruiting class.

Nebraska C Paul Thurston transferring to Colorado State

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It appears that Nebraska’s offensive line loss will be Colorado State’s gain.

According to a report from 247Sports.com earlier in the day, the family of Paul Thurston has informed the recruiting website that the center has decided to transfer to the Rams.  CSU subsequently confirmed Thurston’s addition to the Rams’ roster in a press release.

No reason was given for his departure from the Cornhuskers.

As Thurston has already earned his undergraduate degree from NU, he’ll be eligible to play immediately for the Rams in 2016, his final season of eligibility.

A four-star member of the Cornhuskers’ 2012 recruiting class, Thurston was rated as the No. 16 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 2 player at any position in the state of Colorado.  247Sports.com had Thurston rated as the No. 152 player in the nation on their composite board.

After not seeing the field his first two seasons in Lincoln, Thurston played in a combined 23 games in 2014 and 2015.  On Thurston’s official bio, the school wrote that the lineman “is ready to step into a more prominent role in 2016.”

57 centers named to Rimington Award spring watch list

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You know how I know we’re getting closer to the start of a new season?  The first watch list of the offseason has arrived.

The first for that honor this year is the Rimington Award, which on Tuesday released its spring watch list that is 57 players strong.  The Rimington Award, named in honor of former Nebraska standout Dave Rimington, is presented annually to the top center in the nation and is determined by the consensus All-American center pick from three existing All-America teams — Walter Camp. Sporting News and FWAA.

None of the finalists for the 2015 award, won by Alabama’s Ryan Kelly, are included on this year’s initial watch list as all three have since moved on with expired eligibility.

The ACC and SEC pace all conferences with eight watch listers apiece, followed by the AAC and Big 12 with seven each.  The Big Ten placed six, while the Pac-12’s three was the least of all of the Power Five programs.

All 10 of the FBS leagues, plus one independent (Notre Dame), are represented on the spring watch list, the full roster of which appears below.

AAC
Deyshawn Bond, Cincinnati, senior
Ryan Crozier, UConn, redshirt sophomore
Will Noble, Houston, sophomore
Drew Kyser, Memphis, sophomore
Evan Brown, SMU, junior
Brendan McGowan, Temple, redshirt senior
Chandler Miller, Tulsa, sophomore

ACC
Jay Guillermo, Clemson, senior
Alec Eberle, Florida State, redshirt sophomore
Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech, redshirt senior
Nicholas Linder, Miami, junior
Lucas Crowley, North Carolina, senior
Alex Officer, Pittsburgh, redshirt junior
Jason Emerich, Syracuse, redshirt senior
Jackson Matteo, Virginia, senior

BIG TEN
Joe Spencer, Illinois, senior
Sean Welsh, Iowa, junior
Brendan Moore, Maryland, sophomore
Mason Cole, Michigan, junior
Dylan Utter, Nebraska, senior
Michael Dieter, Wisconsin, sophomore

BIG 12
Kyle Fuller, Baylor, senior
Dalton Risner, Kansas State, sophomore
Jonathan Alvarez, Oklahoma, junior
Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma State, junior
Austin Schlottman, TCU, junior
Tony Morales, Texas Tech, senior
Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia, redshirt senior

CONFERENCE USA
Michael Montero, FIU, senior
Dillon DeBoer, FAU, redshirt senior
Daniel Stephens, Middle Tennessee State, senior
Nick Clarke, Old Dominion, sophomore
Cameron Tom, Southern Miss, senior
Max Halpin, Western Kentucky, redshirt senior

MAC
Tim McAuliffe, Bowling Green redshirt junior
James O’Hagan, Buffalo, sophomore

MOUNTAIN WEST
Jake Bennett, Colorado State, junior
Asotui Eli, Hawaii, redshirt sophomore
Nathan Goltry, Nevada, senior
Arthur Flores, San Diego State, senior
Austin Stephens, Utah State, senior

PAC-12
Toa, Lobendahn, USC, junior
Coleman Shelton, Washington, junior
Riley Sorenson, Washington State, senior

SEC
Frank Ragnow, Arkansas, junior
Brandon Kublanow, Georgia, senior
Jon Toth, Kentucky, senior
Ethan Pocic, LSU, senior
Jamaal Clayborn, Mississippi State, senior
Robert Conyers, Ole Miss, senior
Alan Knott, South Carolina, redshirt junior
Coleman Thomas, Tennessee, junior

SUN BELT
Devin Mondie, Arkansas State, senior
Andy Kwon, Georgia Southern, senior
Gabe Mobley, Georgia State, sophomore
Steve Matlock, Idaho, senior

INDEPENDENTS
Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame, junior