After performing well in the spring, Demarcus Robinson
appears poised for a significant role in the 2014 Florida offense.
The Gators have high hopes for their 2014 passing game after adding Kurt Roper (formerly of Duke) to their offensive coordinator position, and any success the team has will likely have a lot to do with Demarcus Robinson
. Robinson dealt with academic and disciplinary issues in his first year and a half with the Gators, but but he seems more focused this year. He's one of college football's most talented receivers, possessing elite athleticism at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds.
News: Dorial Green-Beckham
officially signed with Oklahoma on Thursday, Fox Sports reports.
A former top recruit, Dorial Green-Beckham
was kicked out of Missouri in April after a number of legal issues. He visited Oklahoma on Thursday and committed while meeting with the coaching staff. Considered a transfer, Green-Beckham will sit out the 2014 season, per NCAA rules. However, the Sooners are pursuing a waiver that would allow him to compete right away. If the request is denied, another alternative for the would-be junior is to spend the 2014 season on the practice squad and declare for the 2015 NFL draft.
Central Michigan's Flory Suspended Indefinitely
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News: Andrew Flory
has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules stemming from a shoplifting incident last month, The Morning News reports.
Analysis: Andrew Flory
is facing two misdemeanor counts of second degree retail fraud after he and a teammate stole several hundred dollars worth of merchandise from a local Walmart. He also faces one count of marijuana possession after authorities discovered the drug at his apartment during the investigation. Flory has been offered a plea deal and, should he accept, he'll likely only face a few days in jail. Regardless, his status for the upcoming season is in jeopardy. "Suspended indefinitely" isn't exactly the clearest indication, but it appears very likely he'll be suspended for at least part of the season. In 2013, Flory, a junior from Florida, played in 12 games and caught 32 passes for 384 yards and two touchdowns.
News: Shakim Phillips
left the Connecticut program and could return to Boston College, where he started his career, NorthJersey.com reports.
Analysis: Shakim Phillips
was off to a great start in the first two weeks of last year, posting 15 catches for 255 yards and three scores before injuries derailed his year. There are plenty of college programs that could use his talents.
News: Kevonte Martin-Manley
was cited for a disorderly house Saturday morning in Iowa City, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports.
There shouldn't be much fallout from the citation. He led Iowa in receiving over the past two seasons and had 40 grabs for 388 yards and five touchdowns last season. He is expected to remain in a featured role going into next season.
Arizona's Wharton Is Leaving The Program
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News: Garic Wharton
has decided to leave the Arizona Wildcats program after graduating from Arizona in May, the Arizona Daily Star reports.
Analysis: Garic Wharton
's status as a graduate would allow him to play right away for another team if he decides to take that route. In 12 games as a redshirt junior last season, Wharton finished with 17 receptions for 291 yards and two touchdowns. Projections had him buried on the Wildcats depth chart going into next season, so Wharton may not have been willing to stand on the sidelines all year. It's still unclear what he plans on doing for the 2014 season. Wharton still has one year of eligibility remaining.
After sitting out 2013, Austin Hill
(ACL) will be back for the 2014 season.
Analysis: Austin Hill
(6-foot-3, 210 pounds) has been practicing since the late fall, so he should be at or close to 100 percent recovered from the ACL tear he suffered in the spring of 2013. Hill was one of the nation's elite wideouts in 2012, snagging 81 passes for 1,364 yards (16.8 YPC) and 11 touchdowns in 13 games, so expectations will be high for him despite his lengthy absence. His fantasy value isn't as high as it was in 2012, however, because Arizona's prolific quarterback from that year (Matt Scott) is no longer around, and the current Arizona quarterback competition is wide open. Also, the talented receiver duo of Nate Phillips and Cayleb Jones could steal more targets from Hill than Arizona's 2012 wideouts did.
Marijuana Possession Charge Against WR Carter Dropped
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News: Brandon Carter
, arrested April 22 after Fort Worth police allegedly discovered him in possession of less than two ounces of marijuana during a routine traffic stop, has had charges against him dropped, this after the Tarrant County district attorney determined "evidence was insufficient to prosecute Carter," ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Brandon Carter
, TCU's top returning receiver going into 2013, struggled last year and finished the season without a single touchdown catch. He did not participate in spring ball earlier this year in order to focus on his academics.
News: DaVaris Daniels
(academics) was reinstated to Notre Dame on Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: DaVaris Daniels
had been suspended by the university in January for undisclosed academic violations, but after showing proper contrition for his actions, he'll re-enroll in school this summer to make up for the lost spring semester. He'll enter the 2014 campaign with two years of athletic eligibility remaining and is set to assume top wideout duties for the Irish following TJ Jones' move to the NFL.
Jaime Wilson: Transfering to Bethune-Cookman
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News: Jaime Wilson
will transfer to Bethune Cookman in order to be closer to his daughter, according to CBS Sports.com.
Analysis: Jaime Wilson
missed the entire 2013 season for the Broncos with a broken ankle after earning MAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2012. He remains on the radar as an NFL prospect.