Notre Dame football: Marcus Freeman on Jacob Lacey’s departure

So who fills in for Lacey upon his sudden departure?

When Notre Dame picked up their first win of the 2022 season against Cal it came with a massive sigh of relief as they stopped the bleeding after an 0-2 start.  Perhaps the biggest star on defense that afternoon for the Irish was defensive tackle Jacob Lacey who recorded a pair of sacks and five tackles on the afternoon.

Fast forward a few short weeks later and Jacob Lacey has officially played his last down for Notre Dame as he announced on Thursday that he’ll be sitting out the rest of the season, redshirting, and transferring out of Notre Dame.

Marcus Freeman did his regular Thursday session with the media via Zoom and discussed Lacey’s departure.

“It’s a position that’s extremely deep. The defensive tackle position is one of the deepest positions we have on our team. Chris Smith will play a little bit more. You’ll see a guy like Gabe Rubio play a little more.  Jason Onye has moved from scout team to getting reps with the defense.

“Lacey was a great player who did a lot of great things for us. But it’s a deep position. He made a decision that ultimately was best for him. We respect it. We love Jacob, and the best thing about it is he leaves here with a degree in his hand. That’s what I want for these young men. If you decide to leave in hopes of going somewhere and playing more, don’t waste this opportunity to earn a degree from this university.”

-Marcus Freeman on defensive tackle Jacob Lacey’s departure

Notre Dame looks to move to 3-2 on the season in their first game without Lacey on Saturday night as they travel to Las Vegas to take on BYU in the Shamrock Series game.

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Bad news for Notre Dame

Notre Dame got some bad news Thursday from a defensive player that was showing promise this season. Just like many teams around the nation the Irish are getting hit by the transfer portal. Senior defensive lineman Jacob Lacey has decided to enter …

Notre Dame got some bad news Thursday from a defensive player that was showing promise this season.  Just like many teams around the nation the Irish are getting hit by the transfer portal.

Senior defensive lineman Jacob Lacey has decided to enter the transfer portal.  Against Cal this season Lacey totaled five tackles with two sacks and two tackles for loss.

Lacey played in 37 games at Notre Dame where he totaled 35 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss,  and 2.5 sacks.

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Notre Dame football: defensive lineman leaves program

Didn’t expect to see this coming today…

Notre Dame is getting ready to hop on a plane tomorrow and head west to Las Vegas to take on BYU but they’ll be without [autotag]Jacob Lacey[/autotag] on that flight as the senior defensive lineman is leaving the program.

Lacey had been a big part of the rotation at defensive tackle for Notre Dame and came up huge against Cal just a few short weeks ago when he recorded a pair of sacks in the win.  In all, he made five tackles on the year, all of which came in that Cal game.

Lacey announced his decision to leave the Notre Dame football program on Twitter early Thursday afternoon in a statement you can read below.

Lacey played four seasons with the Irish, recording 35 total tackles and 2.5 sacks in that time.  Lacey was a four-star commitment to Notre Dame out of Bowling Green, Kentucky in the 2019 recruiting class.

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Key SMU football players are flocking to the transfer portal as redshirt deadline approaches

Nothing to see here…

The relaxation of both the rules regarding redshirts and limitations surrounding the transfer portal has given rise to a new phenomenon in college football over the last few years.

Now, players who have not seen action in more than four games are allowed to take a redshirt year, which doesn’t count against their eligibility. Factoring in the fact that players are now also granted a one-time transfer with immediate eligibility, it’s not hard to put two and two together.

If your season isn’t going the way you want it to, there’s nothing to stop you from entering the transfer portal before the fifth game of the year, preserving that year of eligibility and heading for greener pastures. And that’s the exact decision several SMU players have reportedly made.

As was first reported by On3 and later confirmed by the Dallas News, senior safety Chase Cromartie and sophomore receiver Roderick Daniels Jr. will sit out the remainder of the season. On3 reported that a pair of sophomores in safety Isaac Nwokobia and receiver Jayleen Record will do the same, though that was not corroborated by the Dallas News.

SMU, which is 2-2, will play its fifth game of the season on Wednesday night at UCF in a contest that was rescheduled from this past weekend due to Hurricane Ian.

As mentioned above, this situation is far from unprecedented. Just last week, longtime Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier announced his plans to do the same. On an individual basis, it’s fairly common.

But seeing several players on one team choose to do so is a bit uncommon.

In 2019, Houston coach Dana Holgorsen planned to have a number of key players sit out, but the purpose was to maintain their eligibility for the future, a strategy that ultimately backfired when star quarterback D’Eriq King chose to use his remaining eligibility at Miami, instead.

In this situation, it’s a bit bizarre. The Mustangs are in Year 1 of a new coaching tenure under Rhett Lashlee, a former SMU offensive coordinator who most recently held the same role at Miami. If the transfers were the result of the coaching change, these players had the opportunity to make their exits back in the spring.

At the end of the day, this is just another example of the new ways that players are empowered to take advantage of the small degree of control they do have when it comes to their college football destinies.

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Malik Hornsby responds to transfer rumors

Rumors began spreading Saturday night of Hornsby possibly leaving the program. Sunday, Hornsby himself addressed the matter.

During the 4th quarter of Arkansas’ 49-26 loss to No. 2 Alabama on Saturday, quarterback [autotag]K.J. Jefferson[/autotag] exited the game after taking a sack.

A surprise to many, head coach [autotag]Sam Pittman[/autotag] elected to send USF transfer [autotag]Cade Fortin[/autotag] to take Jefferson’s place instead of the listed backup on the depth chart, [autotag]Malik Hornsby[/autotag].

Following the game, Pittman was asked why he chose Fortin instead of Hornsby to fill in for the injured Jefferson. He provided an interesting response.

“That decision has been made for a while (instead of Malik),” Pittman said. “He’s our No. 2 quarterback so we put him in there.”

Fortin filled the void by completing 4-of-10 passes for 35 yards and attempted one rush for nine yards.

Following the game, fans noticed that all references of Arkansas had been wiped clean off of Hornsby’s Instagram account. The cleanse led to speculations of Hornsby’s possible departure from the team due to frustrations of being passed over for Fortin.

Sunday, Hornsby took to Twitter to clear up the rumors.

While Arkansas fans can breathe a sigh of relief now that Hornsby has shut down rumors, this still raises questions as to why he has been used sparingly this season.

Before the season began, Pittman called Hornsby one of the most athletic players on the roster.

“(Hornsby) has to earn the right to get on the field, but we need him on the field,” Pittman said. “We’ve got a plan for it. I hope it works and I feel like it will. We think he’s an excellent football player, so we are obviously going to give him the opportunity to win the (quarterback) job, but at the same time give him the opportunity to win the wide receiver’s spot, too.”

Through five games, Hornsby has rushed for 21 yards on three carries and has two catches for eight yards. As the Razorbacks prepare for the second half of the season, it would be worth keeping an eye on Hornsby’s progression. He will be instrumental in Arkansas finishing the regular season strong, but he will need to keep working to earn the coaches’ trust going forward in order to put himself in that position.

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Jalen Hurts contemplated transferring to two other schools before choosing Oklahoma

Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts was down to three schools reportedly and chose the Oklahoma Sooners in the end.

Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts spent two seasons as the Tide’s primary signal-caller. He had his starting spot taken by sophomore Tua Tagovailoa during the 2018-2019 season. That is when events got interesting for the Texas native. After three seasons in Tuscaloosa, he elected to enter the transfer portal.

Originally, it was rumored Hurts was leaning toward transferring to Maryland because of his relationship with former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. Locksley was named as Maryland’s head coach in 2019.

According to a recent tweet by Charlie Potter, Hurts heavily considered transferring to either Miami or Maryland. However, coach Saban swayed him in another direction: “‘Who’s got the best players on offense?’ He said Oklahoma, and I said, ‘That’s where you need to go.’ … And hell, I told him to do it knowing that we might have to play against him.”

Hurts went on to have a stellar senior season with the Sooners. He was a Heisman finalist and led his team to a College Football Playoff appearance against LSU. Soon after the season, Hurts was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft. It is interesting to think how Hurts’ career would have played out had he chosen either Miami or Maryland.

Roll Tide Wire will continue to follow Hurts’ professional career as well as other Alabama football news.

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LSU safety Joe Foucha reacts to upcoming end of academic suspension

Foucha is expected to make his LSU debut against Auburn next weekend.

The Tigers have been without one of their top offseason additions through the first three games. Safety [autotag]Joe Foucha[/autotag], a transfer from Arkansas who was a three-year starter for the Razorbacks, faces an academic suspension for the first four weeks of the season due to issues getting his credits transferred in.

Foucha will miss Saturday’s contest against New Mexico, but he is slated to return to the field for LSU’s first road game of the season against Auburn on Oct. 1. Based on his reaction to the news on Twitter, it feels like a safe assumption to say the fifth-year senior is excited to return to the field.

Foucha was expected to be a starter for the Tigers this fall. In four seasons in Fayetteville, the New Orleans native totaled 230 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 12 pass deflections and four interceptions.

The Tigers’ starting safety duo of [autotag]Greg Brooks Jr.[/autotag] — another Arkansas transfer — and [autotag]Major Burns[/autotag] have held things down in Foucha’s absence. [autotag]Jay Ward[/autotag] had previously been starting, but he moved to nickel ahead of Week 3. He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after a phenomenal performance against Mississippi State.

But Foucha’s return to the rotation should help LSU’s depth in the defensive backfield tremendously, and it comes just in time for the meat of the SEC schedule.

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Four Razorbacks earn spot on On3’s Transfer Portal weekly power rankings

Arkansas is getting a great return on its transfer portal investment, as proven on the field each week.

Whenever a College Football program dips into the transfer portal to recruit talent for their roster, it is always seen as a risk.

In the case of Arkansas Football, they have proven every week during the 2022 season that they have invested well.

Through three games, Arkansas has gotten valuable production from six players that were brought into the program from the transfer portal, and four of them have been listed on On3’s Transfer Portal power rankings, which are updated weekly.

Linebacker [autotag]Drew Sanders[/autotag], cornerback [autotag]Dwight McGlothern[/autotag], as well as defensive linemen [autotag]Jordan Domineck[/autotag] and [autotag]Landon Jackson[/autotag] are all honored by On3 this week for their immediate impact for the Razorback defense.

Each of the above-mentioned players is listed in their respective position’s power rankings, but Drew Sanders leads the pack by being listed in the outlet’s overall power rankings, checking in at No. 5 this week.

Sanders has already eclipsed his numbers from his two seasons at Alabama in just three games. He enters week four with 28 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Here is a rundown of where Arkansas’ key transfer land in this week’s power rankings.

Alabama DL Braylen Ingraham set to enter transfer portal

Redshirt junior DL Braylen Ingraham announced that he was entering the transfer portal as a graduate transfer.

Alabama defensive lineman Braylen Ingraham announced that he was entering the transfer portal on Thursday. Matt Zenitz of On3 Sports was one of the first to report the news via Twitter. Ingraham joined the Crimson Tide as a part of the 2019 recruiting class.

Out of high school, he was regarded as a four-star by 247Sports’ recruiting rankings. He ultimately chose Alabama over the likes of Miami, Oregon, and Florida.

Ingraham spent four seasons as a reserve defensive lineman. Altogether, he played in five games and recorded five tackles during his career at Alabama. Now, the Florida native will be transferring elsewhere for his final year of eligibility.

Roll Tide Wire will continue to follow Ingraham’s college career as well as other Alabama football transfers.

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Sevyn Banks expected to play against New Mexico, per Brian Kelly

LSU’s secondary should get a boost with Banks’ return.

2022 has been a year of fresh faces for LSU, and another one will make his debut on Saturday night. Ohio State transfer cornerback [autotag]Sevyn Banks[/autotag] is expected to hit the field after recovering from an injury-riddled 2021.

Banks began 2021 with a knee injury and missed the final few games of the season with a hip. He transferred to LSU in the spring and has slowly been ramping up. Due to the options LSU has in the secondary, the coaches had no reason to rush him back.

Banks was available against Mississippi State, but did not play. New Mexico could provide a better opportunity to work the corner back in. Prior to the injuries, Banks was expected to have a big year in 2021. He was on watchlists and a preseason third-team All-American.

When Banks was on the field, he wasn’t targeted all that much. His 12.9 snaps/target was first among Big Ten corners who played 200 snaps or more. His 17.6 snaps/reception ranked third. He allowed just 9.1 yards per catch.

In 2020, Banks forced six incompletions, which ranked third among Big Ten cornerbacks.

Banks signed with Ohio State in 2018. He was a top-300 recruit and ranked as the 23rd cornerback in the class. If healthy, Banks is a good addition to LSU’s cornerback group. It’s a unit that has already impressed despite a slew of new faces.

[autotag]Mekhi Garner[/autotag] has been LSU’s most consistent corner, playing more snaps than [autotag]Jarrick Bernard-Converse[/autotag] and [autotag]Colby Richardson[/autotag].

LSU has played a few guys in the slot thus far. [autotag]Greg Brooks Jr.[/autotag] started the year there before swapping with [autotag]Jay Ward[/autotag], who is now LSU’s starting nickel back with Sage Ryan rotating in. Banks’ return shouldn’t affect the nickel rotation that much as Banks fits better on the outside.

LSU’s next two opponents, New Mexico and Auburn, leave a lot to be desired with the passing attack. However, Tennessee rolls to town on Oct. 8 and the LSU corners will need to have one of their better days, especially those guys on the outside.

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