After a brief scheduling interlude right below, it’s back to the transfer train carrying yet another college football player from his original home.
The latest to move on is Jomon Dotson, who confirmed to the Napa Valley Register over the weekend that he has decided to transfer from Washington. Not only that, but the running back-turned-cornerback revealed his transfer destination — Nevada.
Dotson has already graduated from UW with a sociology degree, which of course means he’ll be eligible to play for the Wolf Pack in 2018. The upcoming season will serve as Dotson’s final year of eligibility.
“This is better for my family,” the California native told the Register. “They won’t have to travel as far to come see me for my last year.”
Dotson was a running back for the Huskies his first three years in Seattle before moving to the defensive secondary following the 2016 season. He played in all 13 games last season, returning an interception 68 yards for a touchdown in a Week 2 romp over Montana.
In 2016, Dotson’s 260 yards rushing were third on the team. He finishes the Huskies portion of his playing career with 302 yards rushing and 11 tackles.
After a dozen days, it’s time to, once again, flip the switch on a “Days Without An Arrest” reset.
The latest to do the off-field deed is Devin Porter, with the Reno Gazette Journal reporting that the Nevada linebacker was arrested over the weekend for failure to appear. The redshirt junior had been scheduled to appear in court for a traffic citation.
From the Gazette Journal‘s report:
The charge is a misdemeanor. If a defendant skips a court date, a judge can issue a bench warrant for their arrest. If 30 days pass before a defendant surrenders himself, an additional charge for “failure to appear” can be issued. The maximum sentence for such issue includes four years in prison and/or $5,000 in fines, although both are rare.
Porter was issued a $415 bail, which he posted and was released.
Porter is a walk-on to the Wolf Pack football program who has yet to see any game action for the Mountain West Conference school. According to the newspaper, “[h]is brother, Cliff, was a starter at left guard for Nevada as a sophomore last season before graduating early and giving up the rest of his eligibility.”
(Tip O’ the Cap: ArrestNation.com)
The departure of a longtime UCLA staffer has officially been confirmed.
Late last week, reports surfaced that Angus McClure was leaving UCLA for a position at Nevada. Tuesday, the Mountain West Conference football program confirmed that McClure has been hired as Jay Norvell‘s new offensive line coach.
McClure had been with the Bruins since 2007, serving at various times as position coach for both sides of UCLA’s lines as well as special teams. Most recently, McClure had served as recruiting coordinator for the Pac-12 school.
McClure and Norvell have a prior working relationship as they were both on the same staffs at Nebraska and UCLA.
In addition to McClure, David Lockwood was announced as Nevada’s new safeties coach. Lockwood was on the UNLV staff last season after spending the previous three years as the cornerbacks coach at Arizona.
“I think we made our staff stronger with these two veteran hires,” Norvell said in a statement. “I’m excited about the experience and expertise that we have added to the Wolf Pack coaching staff.”
Recently, Nevada’s men’s basketball roster has taken on a decidedly gridiron hue.
Thanks to injuries and off-field issues, Eric Musselman‘s hoops team was down to just seven scholarship players. Because of those numbers, 6-5 Wolf Pack wide receiver Elijah Cooks was added to the basketball roster earlier this month. Monday night, 6-2 wide receiver-turned-safety Justin Brent confirmed on Twitter that, with the blessing of head football coach Jay Norvell, he too will be joining the Wolf Pack basketball team.
According to the Reno Gazette Journal, Brent was recruited as a basketball player by, among others, Georgetown, Marquette, Purdue, Virginia Tech and Xavier. He ultimately signed with Notre Dame with the intention of playing both sports at the school, but ultimately transferred from the Fighting Irish to the Wolf Pack.
Brent will begin practicing with the team, which will be the main job of both of the football players. While Cooks has traveled with the team to two games since joining, he has yet to take the floor with his new squad, although Mussleman admitted that he nearly put the receiver in late in their recent game against Utah State.
Last season as a true freshman, Cooks caught two passes for 23 yards. Brent, a redshirt junior, totaled 21 yards on his one reception before being moved from offense to defense.
UCLA’s longest-serving assistant may no longer be patrolling the sidelines in Westwood anymore.
Both FootballScoop and SI’s Bruce Feldman are reporting that Bruins tight end coach Angus McClure, who was retained by new coach Chip Kelly, is moving on to take a spot on the Nevada coaching staff handling the offensive line.
McClure has been a fixture at UCLA for over a decade, having first been hired by Karl Dorrell back in 2007. He’s coached just about everywhere for the Bruins, including defensive line, offensive line and special teams. Most recently, he served as the team’s recruiting coordinator for the past few years and has developed a reputation as a quality recruiter.
The move to the Mountain West will reconnect McClure with Wolfpack head coach Jay Norvell after the two were on the same staff in Westwood during Dorrell’s final season with the school. The veteran assistant is no stranger to Reno either, having coached tight ends in 1996 at Nevada. Interestingly, McClure might not be the only assistant that Kelly loses this week as there are reports that Bruins’ offensive line coach Hank Fraley has interviewed with the Detroit Lions.