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San Jose State gives second Class of 2015 addition an early dismissal

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It would seem the secret identity of a San Jose State football player suspended this week has been revealed. Incoming freshman defensive back Bomani Bassette-Hairston has been dismissed from the Spartans program by head coach Ron Caragher.

“After a thorough review of the incident, we have determined it is appropriate to dismiss Bomani from the program. We wish Bomani the best in his future,” Caragher in a brief statement released by the San Jose State athletic department on Friday.

The incident Caragher was most likely referring is a fight between a pair of San Jose State players from earlier this week. Redshirt freshman Chad Miller, a safety, was hospitalized as a result of the fight. Miller was struck in the head with a skateboard. Miller claimed he was motivating new freshmen in workouts to finish reps but one player had taken offense to his motivational skills. The attack happened later that night in the dorms at San Jose State.

Bassette-Hairston was a two-star recruit out of Oakland according to his Rivals profile. He committed to San Jose State over offers from Nevada and FCS powers Montana and Eastern Washington.

Bassette-Hairston is the second Class of 2015 prospect to be dismissed by San Jose State before ever seeing a down of action in a Spartans uniform. Just last week the university released a statement announcing wide receiver Kanya Bell Jr. was dismissed following a domestic battery against a woman charge was filed against him.

Fight leaves one SJSU player hospitalized, another suspended

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The recent spate of negative off-field news for the San Jose State football program continues, with head coach Ron Caragher doubling up on his headaches this time around.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, two Spartan football players were involved in a fight Tuesday that left one hospitalized and the other suspended.  The only player identified by name was the one hospitalized: redshirt freshman safety Chad Miller (pictured).  Neither his condition nor injuries sustained were divulged.

A university police investigation into the on-campus altercation continues, although no arrests have been made or charges filed.  It was not specified in the Mercury News‘ article that the fight was between the two teammates, although it was certainly intimated.

Why the suspended player’s identity is being kept private is unclear.  A school spokesperson told the newspaper that “fact-finding is still going on.”

Miller took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.  He’s listed as the No. 2 free safety on the most recent depth chart.

Last Saturday, SJSU announced in a press release that wide receiver Kanya Bell Jr. had been dismissed from the football program.  The dismissal came one day after Bell was charged with domestic battery.

(Photo credit: San Jose State athletics)

Manning Academy helped propel CSU’s Grayson through rehab

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A freak accident in late April led to Garrett Grayson reinjuring his left (non-throwing) shoulder.  And by freak accident we mean “was injured moving a couch down a flight of steps.”

There was little danger that Grayson would the start of summer camp let alone any part of the regular season, but the quarterback used a little exterior motivation to help him plow through rehab.

July 9, a who’s who of college football quarterbacks will join forces for the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy.  Among those scheduled to be a part of the Thibodaux, La., camp put on by Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning include Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Baylor’s Bryce Petty and UCLA’s Brett Hundley.

Also among the 30 or so FBS signal-callers expected to attend is Grayson.  The Rams’ fourth-year senior said it was the opportunity to participate in the academy — and mingle with one of his idols — played a role in pushing through what was ofttimes multiple rehab sessions a day.

Oh, and the exposure from participating in the camp didn’t hurt the thought process either.

“Peyton has been my favorite quarterback, and it’s always been my dream to meet him, so obviously that’s pushed me really hard to get in there and do multiple rehabs if I can,” Grayson said according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald. “Just make sure it’s healthy and good to go, because I know scouts go to that camp and that’s kind of where (former San Jose State quarterback) David Fales’ name kind of took off. I want to go down there as healthy as possible and do the best for myself.”

Grayson is one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the country, having thrown for 3,696 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2013.  Both of those totals stand as single-season school records.

Auburn’s Dee Ford leads South defense to 20-10 victory in Senior Bowl

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Auburn defensive end Dee Ford had been recognized by the Senior Bowl earlier in the week for his efforts in practice all week, and he capped it off by helping to lead the South defense to a 20-10 victory over the North. Ford recorded a pair of sacks and earned Senior Bowl MVP honors to continue to build momentum heading closer to the NFL Draft.

Practices leading up to the actual game tend to carry more weight in player evaluations, but here are six players who made the most of their performance in the Senior Bowl, in no particular order.

1. DE Dee Ford, Auburn

Ford was difficult to slow down in this one. Much like his impact in the BCS Championship Game, Ford brought constant pressure in the North backfield and recorded a pair of sacks and batted down a pass. If any defensive lineman helped his draft profile with this game, it was Ford. Ford was named the Senior Bowl MVP.

2. RB James White, Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s running back led all players in the game with 61 rushing yards on 11 rushing attempts. He was the lone highlight for the game for the North squad as he scored the North’s only touchdown.

3. RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina

One of the top names from the FCS ranks playing this weekend handled himself well for the South team, leading the team in rushing with 31 yards.

4. QB David Fales, San Jose State

He did throw an interception, but he also had the arm that threw two of the biggest offensive plays in the game. Fales completed six of seven passes for a game high 104 passing yards and a touchdown.

5. DB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood

One of the biggest questions about Desir was how he would perform on the field against all of those big receivers from the big time programs. He did quite well, coming down with an interception in the end zone late in the game.

6. TE Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State

Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore made some nice plays when on the field, including two of the better catches of the game for the South. He also led all players with 61 receiving yards and snagged a touchdown catch from Fresno State’s Derek Carr on a pass that was slightly behind him on the run.

And here are three who left something to be desired in the game.

1. QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech

For all of the talk about potential for Logan Thomas, the Senior Bowl showed much of what Hokies fans have witnessed the past few years. He did complete four of five passes, but for just 18 yards. Thomas took a handful of sacks as well for a loss of 38 yards.

2. QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson

Boyd failed to make any special plays in the game, completing a little less than half of his passes (7 for 16) for 31 yards. He was also intercepted once.

3. QB Stephen Morris, Miami

It must be an ACC thing. Morris joined his conference mates in having a rough afternoon in Mobile. Miami’s quarterback completed 9 of 16 passes for 84 yards and two interceptions in a game when no quarterback for the North team (yes, the North) struggled to move the offense against the South defense.

South dominating North in Senior Bowl, 20-3 at half

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As if you needed another example of just how good the college football talent is in the south, the South is leading the North 20-3 at halftime in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood has 42 receiving yards and a touchdown, but Colorado State’s Crockett Gillmore leads all players with 51 yards and a touchdown and two of the better catches in the half. Auburn defensive lineman Dee Ford has been having a productive game on the line, always finding his way in the backfield regardless of the North quarterback. Ford has a pair of sacks and a deflected pass right back in the face of Miami quarterback Stephen Morris.

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr had a great week of practice and has established some momentum heading closer to the NFL Draft, and he tossed the first touchdown of the game midway through the first quarter. Carr’s pass was slightly behind Gillmore on the run, but the Rams standout managed to get his hands on the football and run the rest of the way to the end zone on a 17-yard scoring play. The other touchdown of the half was tossed by another Mountain West quarterback, San Jose State’s David Fales. Fales managed to find a wide open Norwood while on the move to get away from pressure midway through the second quarter.

Auburn kicker Cody Parkey has kicked two field goals, one from 50 yards and a second from 39 yards, to help pad the South lead.