NEWS AND NEAR NEWS

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Cards LB to miss year … Louisville OLB Trevon Young will use his redshirt year and sit out the 2016 season as a result of a dislocated and fractured hip he suffered in the Cardinals’ Music City Bowl victory over Texas A&M last year. The 6-0, 230-pound Young, who had 8.5 sacks last fall, was considered to be a late round or free agent type prospect for the 2017 draft.

Pigskin grades Rams’ draft … In the latest in his series of team draft profiles from last month’s draft, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the 2016 draft of the up-and-coming Los Angeles Rams.

Pigskin grades Ravens’ draft … In the latest in his series of team draft profiles from last month’s draft, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the 2016 draft of the up-and-coming Baltimore Ravens.

New Bucks RB gets the boot … Ohio State RB Bri’onte Dunn has been unceremoniously kicked off the team after a woman believed to be his girlfriend filed a civil protection order against him. According to sources, Dunn had an altercation with his girlfriend over the weekend, although no charges have yet to be filed. Dunn was expected to replace former OSU star RB Ezekiel Elliott, the 4th overall pick by Dallas at this year’s draft. A senior who has already graduated, the 5-11, 215-poun Dunn had been considered to be a late round prospect for this year’s draft.

Tide OG suspended … Updating that report from earlier today, Alabama OG G Alphonse Taylor, a second-tier prospect for the 2017 draft who was arrested and charged with driving under the influence over the weekend, has been suspended indefinitely by the school.

Pigskin grades Texans’ draft … In the latest in his series of team draft profiles from last month’s draft, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the 2016 draft of the up-and-coming Houston Texans.

College football notes … With just a couple of weeks to go until college football programs across the country open their fall training camps, there have been several comings and goings of note. Alabama OG Alphonse Taylor, a solid second-tier prospect for the 2017 draft, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence over the weekend. No word yet on whether he will face any supplementary discipline from the school which likely won’t be announced until the case is resolved in the courts. The 6-4, 345-pound Taylor, a pre-season first team all-SEC pick, is the second Alabama offensive lineman to have had a run-in with the law this off-season. Earlier in the year, All-American junior LT Cam Robinson, along with safety Hootie Jones, were arrested on drug and gun charges, but the local district attorney declined to prosecute the players. And while the pair faced some internal team discipline, neither was suspended from any game time. Meanwhile, North Carolina OG John Ferranto, another solid mid-to-late round prospect for the upcoming draft, will miss the year after undergoing surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. Out west, sources are reporting that Oregon State TE Caleb Smith is no longer with the team. The 6-5, 270-pound Smith, who had 16 starts with the Beavers and had been considered to be something of a rising star with the team, played in only two games last year because of a bout with mono. No reason was given for Smith’s departure and so far there is no word on his future football plans.

Two for one for Pigskin draft grades … In the latest in his series of team draft profiles from last month’s draft, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the drafts of both the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons.

Pair of supp draft players signed as UDFAs … In the hours after Thursday’s supplemental draft from which no players were selected, Houston has signed former Purdue DT Ra’Zhan Howard, while Cincinnati signed Canadian WR Rashaun Simonise from Calgary.

No players taken in supp draft … The NFL’s annual summer supplemental draft came and went earlier this afternoon with none of the 6 players available being selected. That means that Purdue DT Ra’Zahn Howard, Mississippi CB Tee Shepard, Sam Houston State RB Jalen Overstreet, Concordia (Alabama) DE Cameron Walton, Virginia Tech LB Eddie D’Antuono and Calgary WR Rashaun Simonise are all now free agents eligible to sign with any team.

No missed game time for Tide duo … Alabama has announced that star Alabama junior OT Cam Robinson, a top 5-10 prospect for the 2017 draft, and DB Hootie Jones will not miss any game time as a result of an off-field incident earlier this summer in which they were found in a car in Monroe County, LA with drugs and what turned out to be a stolen gun. The discovery of the latter could have resulted in a felony charge, but police were reportedly not able to deduce which of the two was actually in possession of the weapon and the charges were ultimately dropped. According to Alabama head coach Nick Saban, the pair were subjected to some internal discipline. Defending national champion Alabama opens the season on September 3rd against Southern California in the Jerry Jones Bowl in Arlington.

Baylor WR dinged … Baylor WR K.D. Cannon, a solid second-tier prospect for the 2017 draft, underwent what is being described as ‘successful’ surgery earlier today to repair a damaged MCL in his right knee. Cannon is expected to be ready to practice once the Bears open preseason camp in August and likely won’t miss any game action.

Canadian WR work out okay for NFL scouts … Former Calgary WR Rashaun Simonise, one of 6 players eligible for Thursday’s summer supplemental draft, worked out in front of scouts from a half dozen NFL teams earlier today. The 6 teams that made the trip to Calgary included Arizona, Indianapolis, Washington, Los Angeles, Green Bay and the New York Jets. No official results were announced, but Simonise reportedly measured in at 6-5, 201. Running in rainy, windy conditions, Sinonise reportedly was clocked in 4.71 running the 40 into the wind and 4.52 with the wind. The average was around 4.6 seconds, though that was likely not in the area of what Simonise was looking for. Meanwhile, Simonise also had a solid 35-inch vertical and a 10-3 standing long jump.

Pigskin celebration day(s) … The staff and management here at the GBN extend our warmest congratulations to Associate Editor and all-around college football and draft guru Pigskin Paul Guillemette who according to sources celebrated both his birthday and his 37th wedding anniversary in recent days. Not sure how old Pigskin actually is, although we can confirm that he is old! Meanwhile, how he found someone willing to put up with him for 37 years remains a mystery. Enjoy Paul!!

Pigskin grades Bolts’ draft … In the latest in his series of team draft profiles from last month’s draft, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the San Diego Chargers’ 2016 draft.

Pigskin grades Jags’ draft … In the latest in his series of team draft profiles from last month’s draft, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2016 draft.

UGA RB out with broken arm ... Georgia has confirmed that junior RB Sony Michel is out for an indefinite period after he broke his arm, reportedly in an ATV accident over the weekend. The 5-10, 215-pound Michel underwent surgery earlier today and while a “a full recovery” is expected, there are no guarantees that he will be available for the start of the season. Michel led the Dawgs with almost 1,200 yards last fall after replacing incumbent starter Nick Chubb who was lost for the season due to a knee injury suffered in the 6th game of the season. Chubb still has not been cleared to play after having surgery to repair several ligaments.

Pigskin grades Saints’ draft … In the latest in his series of team draft profiles from last month’s draft, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette takes a look at what he liked and didn’t like from the New Orleans’ 2016 draft.

Emerging Sooners junior CB in more hot water … Rising Oklahoma junior CB Jordan Thomas was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of assault and battery, public intoxication and interference. The 5-11, 190-pound Thomas is considered to be a top 100 prospect for either the 2017 or 2018 drafts after he lead the Sooners with 5 picks last fall. However, this was not Thomas’ first brush with off-field troubles. He was suspended for the first quarter of the 2015 season opener, as well as all of a later game last fall for undisclosed disciplinary reasons and then was jailed before last year’s Orange Bowl after failing to appear in court following a traffic citation.

Wishes for a happy and safe holiday weekend … From everyone here at the GBN, best wishes for a very happy and safe Canada Day to all our Canuckster friends today and an equally happy and safe Independence Day weekend to everyone south of the border. Of course, there’s lots to celebrate, not the least of which is that it is finally July which means the opening of NFL training camps is just around the corner. And no, its not Canada Day up north because the NHL’s free agency agent signing frenzy gets underway later this morning. On a somewhat more somber note, this July 1st marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme in WWI. The Somme has a special meaning in my family as my late grandfather was wounded and ultimately lost a leg at the Somme. Lots to ponder. Again be safe everyone. ed

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