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Immediate Wazzu eligibility for ex-Clemson WR Kyrin Priester

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Expected to be forced to sit out his first season at a new school, Kyrin Priester will instead have the opportunity to be an immediate contributor.

According to WazzuWatch.com, Rivals.com‘s Washington State website, Priester has won his appeal for immediate eligibility and will play for the Cougars this fall.  No reason for the basis of the initial appeal for the hardship waiver was given.

It should be noted that Wazzu has yet to publicly announce Priester’s status for the 2015 season.

After getting the boot by Clemson in September of 2014, the wide receiver signed with Wazzu two months later.

Priester signed with Clemson in 2013 but spent that year at Fork Union Military Academy. He enrolled at Clemson in January of this year and played in one game for the Tigers, the season opener.  He was dismissed by head coach Dabo Swinney shortly after the opener for what was described as an “attitude” issue.

A three-star member of the Tigers’ 2013 recruiting class, Priester was rated as the No. 77 receiver in the country and the No. 54 player in the state of Georgia.

Nebraska player offers personal scouting report on new Eagles WR Nelson Agholor

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The Philadelphia Eagles did not end up drafting Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in the first round of the NFL Draft, causing the team to go into some spin control while the fans in the city try to figure out how months of speculation and rumors came up so empty. Although Mariota is not making his way to Philly, Chip Kelly stuck to his Pac-12 roots and drafted wide receiver Nelson Agholor out of USC.

Whether or not drafting Agholor was a good move is up for debate considering some of the needs on the Philadelphia roster, but one Nebraska cornerback has weighed in with his personal scouting report on the now former Trojans receiver. Josh Mitchell, who covered Agholor in last season’s Holiday Bowl between Nebraska and USC, chimed in on Twitter…

Agholor was USC’s leading receiver in 2014 with 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was second in the Pac-12 in receiving yards only to Washington State’s Vince Mayle and his touchdown total was tied for most in the conference with Colorado’s Nelson Spruce and Washington State’s Isiah Myers. But as Mitchell said on Twitter, Agholor did not have a tremendous amount of success against the Nebraska corner in the Holiday Bowl. Agholor did catch seven passes for 90 yards and a touchdown, but none of that came against Mitchell. USC won the Holiday Bowl, 45-42.

Maybe Mitchell will one day be picked up by one fo the NFC East rivals to go up against him twice a year in the future.

Ex-A&M Aggie Sebastian LaRue dismissed by Wazzu

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It appears Sebastian LaRue‘s winding, twisting football path has taken yet another detour.

Wednesday, Washington State head coach Mike Leach revealed that LaRue has been dismissed from the Cougars football program, Rivals.com reported.  Other than the standard violation of unspecified team rules, no reason was given for Leach’s boot being applied to Larue’s backside.

Originally a four-star member of Texas A&M’s 2013 recruiting class, LaRue was rated as the No. 24 wide receiver in the country.  After playing in one game as a true freshman, and stating that he wanted to be closer to his home in Santa Monica, Calf., LaRue announced in January of 2014 that he would be transferring from A&M to Wazzu.

(For those curious, Pullman is roughly 1,150 miles from Santa Monica, while College Station is approximately 1,500)

LaRue ended up never playing a down for Wazzu as he was forced to sit out the 2014 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.  Entering the offseason, however, he was looked upon as a player who could’ve made a significant contribution to the Cougars’ defense after being moved to the secondary — perhaps even as a starter.

Wherever LaRue ends up next, he’ll have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

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CMU’s furious rally falls short as WKU claims first bowl win

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Entering the fourth quarter with a seemingly comfortable 49-14 lead, Western Kentucky appeared to be on the verge of winning the football program’s first-ever bowl game.  15 minutes of game time later?  Wow.  Just, wow.

Central Michigan scored a whopping five touchdowns in the final frame, including a multiple-lateral one with no time remaining on the clock, to pull to within one point.  An extra point would’ve improbably sent the game into overtime; much to head coach Dan Enos‘ credit, he got his full Tom Osborne on and eschewed the PAT in favor of a two-point conversion.

The Cooper Rush pass into the end zone was knocked away, however, giving the Hilltoppers a thrilling 49-48 win in the inaugural Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.  But that touchdown leading up to the to the failed two-point try, the Hail Mary Hook-And-Lateralis one for the postseason history books.

 

While that was the play of the young bowl season thus far, and while Rush set an all-time bowl record with seven touchdown passes, breaking the mark of six previously held by Washington State’s Connor Halliday (2013 New Mexico Bowl), West Virginia’s Geno Smith (2012 Orange Bowl) and Iowa’s Chuck Long (1984 Freedom Bowl), it was Brandon Doughty who was named the Player of the Game.

The nation’s leading passer entering the game, Doughty passed for 486 yards and five touchdowns.  350 of those yards and all five scoring tosses came in the first half as the high-powered WKU offense hit the snooze button in the second half.

This game marks the fourth times this season Doughty has passed for 400-plus yards.  The fifth-year senior passed for 300 or more yards in 10 of WKU’s 13 games this season, and will finish 2014 with 4,830 passing yards.  Over the past three games, Doughty has thrown 18 touchdown passes, including eight in the regular-season finale against eventual Conference USA champion Marshall.

In that frenetic fourth quarter, though, Doughty and the Hilltopper offense went stagnant as they punted three times and fumbled once.  At the same time, CMU scored touchdowns on all five of its fourth-quarter possessions.

Clemson loses second touted WR from 2014 class

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Three wide receivers who were a part of Clemson’s 2014 recruiting class enrolled in January. One of those, second-team All-ACC selection Artavis Scott, led the Tigers in receptions and receiving touchdowns as he played an integral role in the offense his first season. The other two? Gone.

In September, Kyrin Priester, a three-star member of the 2013 class who spent a year at the Fork Union Military Academy before joining the Tigers this year, was “dismissed from the team for an attitude that is not acceptable to our standards.” Three months later, Demarre Kitt announced on social media that he has decided to transfer out of the football program.

“It’s almost been a whole year at [C]lemson and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. But I don’t feel like Clemson is the best fit for me. Nothing against [C]lemson at all, [i]t is a great school but I feel my future is better [elsewhere]. Thank you [C]lemson fans, teammates and coaches for everything!”

The school subsequently confirmed that the player had taken his leave of the team.

This season in limited playing time, Kitt had five receptions for 47 yards.  A four-star member of Clemson’s most recent recruiting class, Kitt was rated as the No. 16 receiver in the country and the No. 11 player at any position in the state of Georgia.

If Kitt transfers to another FBS program, he would more than likely be forced to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA bylaws.