Penn State OT Olu Fashanu returning to school next season, won’t enter 2023 NFL draft

One of the top offensive tackle prospects in college football won’t be making the early jump to the pros after this season

One of the top offensive tackle prospects in all of college football won’t be making the early jump to the pro just yet.

Penn State’s Olu Fashanu will be returning to Happy Valley for the 2023 season instead of entering the 2023 NFL draft, per Pete Thamel of ESPN.

Widely regarded a perhaps the top prospect at his position in this year’s class, Fashanu was already being projected as a potential top-10 pick in next year’s draft.

Instead, he’ll be returning for another year with the Nittany Lions, where he’ll be able to refine his impressive skill set even further before moving on to the NFL.

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Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker suffers torn ACL

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker will miss the rest of the 2022 season with a torn ACL

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker will miss the rest of the 2022 season with a torn ACL, the school confirmed Sunday.

Hooker suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s 63-38 loss to South Carolina.

A Heisman Trophy candidate who led the Volunteers to a No. 1 ranking earlier in the season, upsetting Alabama along the way, Hooker put up huge numbers this season. He finishes the year with 3,135 passing yards, 27 touchdown passes, and just two interceptions.

One of the top quarterback prospects in the 2023 NFL draft class, Hooker will now focus on recovery and rehab, as he looks ahead to the next chapter of his football journey.

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Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker goes down with injury vs. South Carolina

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker left Saturday night’s game against South Carolina with an apparent leg injury

Saturday night’s game against South Carolina just went from bad to worse for Tennessee.

Trailing by three scores early in the fourth quarter, the Vols clearly had their work cut out for them to avoid the upset loss against an unranked conference opponent.

But the bigger picture might have suffered a huge blow, as star quarterback Hendon Hooker went down with an apparent leg injury.

Hooker was running an option play and was making a sharp cut after a fake pitch to the running back, and went down without being touched by a defender.

The play was also reviewed, and it was determined that Hooker fumbled the ball on his way to the ground, and it was recovered by the Gamecocks, adding insult to injury.

Hooker was able to walk off the field, and is currently in the medical tent for evaluation.

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Bears trade LB Roquan Smith to Ravens for multiple picks, LB A.J. Klein

The Chicago Bears are trading linebacker Roquan Smith to the Baltimore Ravens for multiple draft picks

The Chicago Bears are trading linebacker Roquan Smith to the Baltimore Ravens for a pair of draft picks, per multiple reports.

Chicago is getting a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick in the 2023 NFL draft in return for their star defender, as well as linebacker A.J. Klein, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft out of Georgia, Smith has been one of the league’s best at his position over the past four-plus seasons, but had grown frustrated with his contract situation in Chicago.

Now, he finds a new home in Baltimore, where he’ll presumably get a new contract, while the Bears get two more draft picks to accelerate their rebuild under new management.

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Florida DL Brenton Cox Jr. dismissed from team

Florida Gators defensive lineman Brenton Cox Jr. has been dismissed from the football team

Florida has dismissed defensive lineman Brenton Cox Jr. from the football team, head coach Billy Napier confirmed to the media Monday.

Napier didn’t get into specifics, but did note that it wasn’t a singular event that led to the decision to remove Cox from the team (via The Alligator):

“We’ve kind of decided to move on here,” Napier said. “Being a football player at the University of Florida is a privilege, there’s certain expectations and standards that come with that.”

“I don’t know if we’d get specific relative to what caused the decision,” Napier said. “I think it’s more of a cumulative effect here.”

Regarded by many as a potential top prospect in the 2023 NFL draft class, this could obviously have a huge impact on Cox’s draft stock looking ahead to the offseason.

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Syracuse CB Garrett Williams out for season with torn ACL

One of the top cornerback prospects in college football will miss the rest of the 2022 season with a knee injury

One of the top cover men in all of college football will miss the rest of the 2022 season.

Syracuse cornerback Garrett Williams has suffered a torn ACL, and is out for the year, head coach Dino Babers confirmed to the media Monday.

A highly touted prospect in the 2023 NFL draft class, Williams was in the midst of a stellar campaign for the Orange, and projected by many as a potential first-round pick.

Now, he’ll focus on rehab and recovery, with a decision to make about whether or not to leave school early, or return for another year at full strength before making the jump to the pros.

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Panthers trade WR Robbie Anderson to Cardinals for multiple draft picks

The Carolina Panthers have traded wide receiver Robbie Anderson to the Arizona Cardinals for multiple draft picks

The Carolina Panthers have traded wide receiver Robbie Anderson to the Arizona Cardinals for a pair of draft picks.

Carolina will receive a sixth-round pick in the 2024 NFL draft, as well as a seventh-rounder in the 2025 draft, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Anderson was removed from Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers by interim head coach Steve Wilks after exchanging words with his position coach.

Arizona is dealing with the loss of Marquise Brown to a foot injury, but also welcomed back DeAndre Hopkins from his six-game suspension Monday.

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NC State QB Devin Leary will miss rest of 2022 season with torn pectoral

North Carolina State quarterback Devin Leary will miss the rest of the 2022 season with a torn pectoral muscle

North Carolina State will have to finish the rest of the 2022 college football season without their starting quarterback.

Devin Leary is out for the rest of the year with a torn pectoral muscle, the school announced Saturday. Leary suffered the injury in last week’s game against Florida State.

Heading into the preseason, Leary was one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2023 NFL draft class. It remains to be seen whether or not Leary will still enter next year’s draft, or opt to return for another season with the Wolfpack instead.

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Ohio State WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba leaves game vs. Notre Dame with injury

Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba left Saturday night’s game against Notre Dame with an injury

One of the top pass-catchers in the country was knocked out of the most anticipated matchup of this weekend’s full slate of college football games.

Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba left Saturday night’s game against Notre Dame with an injury, finishing with just three yards on two receptions.

The Buckeyes came away with a 21-10 victory, even without one of their best playmakers.

Arguably the top wide receiver prospect in the 2023 NFL draft class, Smith-Njigba is a regular in the top 10 of most early mock drafts. Hopefully, the injury doesn’t prove to be serious, and he’ll be back on the field as soon as possible.

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NFL recommends changes for college all-star game coaching staffs

The NFL is recommending changes in how coaching staffs are assigned for both the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Bowl

The NFL is recommending some big changes to the way coaching staffs are chosen for the most significant college all-star games during the NFL draft process.

Three different recommendations have been made by the league to both the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Bowl, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The potential changes include a rotation between the two events for determining how the coaches are chosen, Rapoport says. In addition to the new rotation between coaching staffs chosen from teams based on draft position versus a nomination process, the league is also recommending an expansion of all coaching staffs for the nominated staffs, as well as expanded opportunities for minority coaches:

The Senior Bowl takes place every January in Mobile, Alabama, while the Shrine Bowl recently relocated to Las Vegas.

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