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Bowls - Opt Outs, Transfers, Injuries, Coaches - Complete List


Eat, Sleep, Breathe Football.
Friday 12/17
Toledo -
transfer - QB Carter Bradley (became backup this season, sometimes starter)

transfer - LB Jurriente Davis (#4 tackler)
Coastal Carolina -

Northern Illinois -
injury - WR Tyrice Richie (was #1 receiver, missed last 4 games)(not on bowl depth chart)
injury - RB Harrison Waylee (was #1 rusher when injured game 5, has missed last 8 games)
Saturday 12/18

App State -
injury - WR Corey Sutton (#1 receiver, 146 catches in 3 seasons)

injury - DT Jeremy Darvin (32 career starts)
injury - LB Will Ignont (#5 tackler)
transfer - WR Mitchell Tinsley (#2 receiver) EXPECTED TO PLAY
transfer - OL Mason Brooks (25 straight starts) EXPECTED TO PLAY
transfer - NB Beanie Bishop (7 starts this year) EXPECTED TO PLAY
coaches - OC Zack Kittley next Texas Tech OC (EXPECTED TO COACH BOWL), Co-OC Bryan Ellis next Georgia Southern OC (WILL NOT COACH BOWL), OL Coach Stephen Hamby next Texas Tech OL Coach (WILL NOT COACH BOWL)

Fresno State -
transfer - QB Jake Haener (12/8 withdrew from portal and returned to Fresno)
coaches - HC Kalen DeBoer gone to UW - Lee Marks interim HC- Jeff Tedford next Fresno HC - OC Ryan Grubb gone to UW - Kirby Moore is OC elevated from pass game coor/WR coach
injury - RB DeWayne McBride (#1 rusher) HOPEFUL TO PLAY
transfer - back up QB Tyler Johnston (former starter was 15-6 in career)
transfer - WR RaJae' Johnson-Sanders (#3 receiver)

injury - C James Empey (missed last 4) - NOT on bowl 2-deep
injury - WR Neil Pau'u (injured game 10, 1 receiver in catches NOT on bowl 2-deep. Samson Nacua and Keanu Hill have filled in
injury - WR Gunner Romney (had missed 3 games, including the finale) IS on the bowl 2-deep
injury - TE Issax Rex (lost for season to injury in finale) - Team high 12 TDs in 2020, not as big of a year 2021
injury - LB Keenan Pili - (lost for season to injury game 3) Team captain, "back bone of D"
injury - LB Payton Wilgar - (lost for season game 10, underwent season ending surgery, had been playing through pain). Key player
Eastern Michigan -

Liberty -
opt out - RB Joshua Mack (top RB last two years, #2 RB 2019)
coaches - OL coach Sam Gregg next Southern Miss OC

Flames are fairly healthy entering the bowl game. The coaching staff said they are as healthy as they have been since early in the year. Only one player is in danger of missing the game and that is nose guard Ralfs Rusins who injured his knee against Army.
Oregon State -
injury - LB Avery Roberts (#1 tackler)

Utah State -
transfer - CB Zahodri Jackson (reserve, played in 35 career games including every game this season)

Marshall -
transfer - DL Jemare Edwards (2nd Tm CUSA 2020 and HM 2021, 11 QBH from interior this year)

injury - WR Peter LeBlanc (#1 receiver) was injured last game WILL NOT PLAY
injury - RB Chris Smith, (#1 RB of 3-man rotation) WILL NOT PLAY
injury/opt out - RT Max Mitchell (one of best OL in the Sun Belt) WILL NOT PLAY
injury/opt out - DT Tayland "Big Sauce" Humphrey (2 year starter, twice recognized All SBC) WILL NOT PLAY
injury/opt out - LB Ferrod Gardner WILL NOT PLAY (HM SBC 2x) WILL NOT PLAY
coaches - HC Billy Napier gone, former QB and co-OC Michael Desormeaux new HC. 3 assistants going to FL with some support staff
Monday 12/20
Tulsa -
transfer - WR Sam Crawford (#3 receiver, missed last 3 games, 114 career catches)
transfer - OL Dante Bivens (previous starter, back up this year)
transfer - DL Deven Lamp (long time reserve, 1 career start)
coaches - DC Joseph Gillespie gone (also LB coach) next DC at TCU, OL coach Zach Hanson gone, next TE coach at USC
coaches - CB coach Carlton Buckels (and pass D coordinator) next CB coach at TCU WILL COACH BOWL AS D PLAY CALLER

Old Dominion -
Tuesday 12/21
Wyoming -
transfer - NB Keyon Blankenbaker (Keonte Glinton will step into his spot)
injury - S Esaias Gandy (multi year starter), missed last 2 games
injury - DT Ravontae Holt (hurt mid season)
coaches - DT coach Pete Kaligis gone to Washington State (DE coach will handle DTs)

Kent State -
injury - RB Xavier Williams (#2 rusher with 812y)
injury - TE Kris Leach (#1 TE, but only 7 receptions but 2 were TD)
injury - S Nico Bolden (#2 tackler)
San Diego State -
transfer - LG Chris Martinez (starter for 17 career games)(not on bowl depth chart, not at bowl practice)
transfer - RG Joey Capra (reserve played in 7)(not on bowl depth chart, not at bowl practice)

Noticeably absent (at least during the portion of practice open to the media) were several defensive backs, including cornerback Dallas Branch and safeties Trenton Thompson, Rashad Scott and Patrick McMorris.
-speculation those players may not play bowl. S Thompson has 30 career starts. McMorris has started 13 at the other S spot this year. Scott is a reserve at one of those S spots. CB Branch mostly a reserve with 3 career starts.

opt out - RB Sincere McCormick (FWA All American)
opt out - DL Lorenzo Dantzler (29 career starts in 48 games)
opt out - CB Tariq Woolen (former WR, 2 year starter CB - #6 of 101 on Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List) - missed 4 games played injured in CCG
opt out - OL Brandon Rolfe (7 starts in 21 games)
suspension 1st H - S Rashad Wisdom (35 career starts in 37 games) (targeting last game)
Wednesday 12/22
Missouri -
transfer - TE Daniel Parker Jr. (#2 TE)
transfer - TE Messiash Swinson (#3 TE)
injury - TE Niko Hea (#1 TE) - freshman Ryan Hoerstkamp (35 snaps) and walk-on Kibet Chepyator likely replacements
injury - S Martez Manuel (#1 tackler)
injury ? - DT Kobie Whiteside
injury - DT Akial Byers (20 career starts in 52 games)
injury - OL Bobby Lawrence (rotational reserve, some prior starts)
injury - OL Zeke Powell (rotational reserve, some prior starts)
injury - QB Connor Bazelak OUT - Brady Cook will start (played in 4 games off the bench)
opt out - CB Akayleb Evans (8 starts at Mizzou this year, previously started at Tulsa)
opt out - RB Tyler Badie (1604 RY, #2 rusher has 150 RY)(also #1 receiver with 54 catches)
coaches - TE coach Casey Woods (also recruiting director) next OC SMU

Army -
Thursday 12/23
Central Florida -
injury - RB Isaiah Bowser (548 RY in 7 games) EXPECTED TO PLAY
injury - WR Jaylon Robinson - OUT
coaches - Co-OC GJ Kinne, next HC at Incarnate Word WILL COACH BOWL

Florida -
injury - QB Anthony Richardson (surgery)
transfer - QB Emory Jones (11 game starter) WILL PLAY BOWL
transfer - WR Jacob Copeland (#1 receiver) EXPECTED TO PLAY
transfer - LB Mohamoud Diabate (#1 tackler)
transfer - depth players, not starters or impact reserves but did play: OL Gerald Mincey, DL Khris Bogle, DL Lloyd Summerall III, DL Dante Zanders.
opt out - DT Zachery Carter (5th yr Sr 8 sacks, 11.5 TFL team leader in both categories)
coaches - Greg Knox interim HC
Miami, Oh -

North Texas -
coaches - QB coach Blake Joseph gone after 1 year
Friday 12/24

Memphis -
opt out - WR Calvin Austin (by far and away #1 WR and one of top play makers in AAC)
injury ? - RB Brandon Thomas (#1 rusher, missed 3 of last 4 games) - not on bowl 2-deep
coaches - DC Mike McIntyre gone to HC FIU

Hawaii -
transfer - QB Chevan Cordeiro (multi-year starting QB, signed San Jose St)
transfer - RB Dae Dae Hunter (leading rusher, home run threat, signed Liberty)
transfer - CB Cam Lockridge (starter)

Saturday 12/25

Ball State -

Ball State isn't necessarily forthcoming with injury news and has the habit of listing players as starters on the weekly two-deep depth chart who end up not playing. It's unlikely we'll figure out Justin Hall's status until gameday.

Georgia State -
coaches - OC Brad Glenn, next QB coach/pass gm coor at VT - WILL COACH BOWL


Monday 12/27

Western Michigan -
transfer - WR Jaylen Hall (#2 receiver)
transfer - TE Anthony Torres (starter but underutilized)

Nevada -
opt out - QB Carson Strong
opt out - TE Cole Turner (2020 1st Tm, 2021 2nd Tm MWC)
opt out ? - WR Romeo Dubbs (no announcement, not on bowl 2-deep)
transfer - WR Elijah Cooks (#1 receiver in 2019, 113 catches 2018-19, only played 4 games and 13rec this season)
transfer - WR Melquan Stovall (108 career catches over 3 years, #4 receiver this year)
transfer - WR Justin Lockheart (#5 receiver 2021 and 2020)
transfer - WR Tory Horton (#3 receiver last two years)
transfer - LT Jacob Gardner (starter, 19 career starts, 2x MWC HM)
transfer - RG Gray Davis (22 career starts, was current reserve)
transfer - LB Lamin Touray (5 career starts)
transfer - LB Daiyan Henley (#1 tackler)
transfer - CB AJ King (8 career starts)
coaches - HC Jay Norvell gone - Via Taua interim HC (and is being retained on new staff), DC Brian Ward next DC at Washington State


East Carolina -

Boston College -
injury - TE Trae Barry (#2 receiver in yards was playing hurt and missing games second half of ssn) back at practice healthy
injury - NB Josh Deberry (10 starts in 10 games this year), should be back after missing last 2
injury - DE Shitta Sillah (5 starts in 10 games this year until injury), surgery OUT
opt out ? - CB Brandon Sebastian (36 career starts in 45 games)*
opt out ? - LT Tyler Vrabel (34 career starts in 36 games)*
opt out ? - LG Zion Johnson (30 career starts in 36 games)*
opt out ? - C Alec Lindstrom (37 career starts in 45 games)*
opt out ? - RT Ben Petrula (60 career starts in 60 games)*
* NOT CONFIRMED. Haffley was asked at the 12/20 press conference and would not comment on names.


Tuesday 12/28

Houston -
opt out/injury - DL Logan Hall (1st Tm AAC #1 sacks and TFLs on team)
opt out - CB Marcus Jones (also outstanding P/K returner (4 ST TDs and occasional O player) Paul Hornung Award

Auburn -
injury/transfer - QB Bo Nix
injury - C Nick Brahms (33 starts)
injury - LB Owen Pappoe (only 5 games 2021, impact player 2020/2019)
transfer - S Ladarius Tennison (was reserve, started 3 games in Nov)
transfer - OL Tashawn Manning (starter/reserve, good PFF grades)
transfer - RB Tank Bigsby (#1 rusher 2021/2020, didn't report to bowl practice - late 12/13 apparently reconsidered and will return)
transfer - RB Shaun Shivers (#3 rusher, a 3rd down type back)
opt out - LB Zakoby McClain (NFL, #1 tackler 2021 & 2020)
opt out - CB Roger McCreary (AA, top team CB last two years, projected 1st rd pick)
opt out - RT Brodarious Hamm (started all 12 this year, 20 career starts in 34 games)
coaches - OC Mike Bobo gone


Louisville -
transfer - WR Jordan Watkins (#1 receiver in yards)
transfer - WR Justin Marshall (#4 receiver in catches)
transfer - LB Nick Okeke (reserve, but 7 career starts and 114 career tackles)
transfer - CB Greedy Vance (9 starts in 12 games as Fr this year)
injury - CB Kei'Trel Clark (6 starts in 8 games until injury)
injury - backup QB Evan Conley (surgery)

Air Force -


Texas Tech -
injury - QB Tyler Shough (remains out) - Donovan Smith will start bowl (Colombi not at practice)
injury - WR Myles Price (#3 receiver in the slot) - missed finale, returned to practice
injury - OL Ethan Carde (top reserve at OG and OT) - out since early November, eturned to practice
opt out - WR Erik Ezukanma (#1 receiver three straight years)
coaches - Sonny Cumbie remains interim HC for bowl (will become La Tech HC after)

Former Tech special teams coordinator Mark Tommerdahl has departed for his new job at TCU. Otherwise, the rest of the former Matt Wells staff has complied with athletics director Kirby Hocutt's request that they stay on through the bowl game. *only one of those coaches will be on the new staff*

Mississippi State -
transfer - LB Aaron Brule (5th takler, but #2 on team with 8 TFLs)
opt out - OL Charles Cross (2 year starter, grades high run and pass blocking)
opt out - CB Martin Emerson (27 career starts in 36 games)(NFL)


North Carolina State -

injuries - RB Brittian Brown is EXPECTED TO PLAY
opt out - DL Otito Ogbonnia NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY (best DL) - Jay Toia will replace
covid out - DB Qwuantrezz Knight (#1 in tackles and TFLs) - Martell Irby will replace
covid out - OL Atonio Mafi (top reserve, 3 starts)
transfer - P Luke Akers - walk-on Nicholas Barr-Mira to replace
coaches - DL coach Johnny Nansen gone to Arizona as DC, Clancy Pendergast, the former USC DC will be DL coach, OLB coach Jason Kaufusi gone to Arizona


West Virginia -
opt out - RB Leddie Brown (#1 rusher back-to-back 1000y seasons with triple the amount of yards as his #2 each year)
transfer - OL Parker Moorer (former starter, lost job)
transfer - WR Isaiah Esdale (#4 receiver in 10 games)
many players have entered transfer portal, although none really are significant contributors

Minnesota -
opt out - OL Blaise Andries (4 year starter)(NFL) WILL PLAY
coaches - OC Mike Sanford not renewed, WR coach Matt Simon to serve as interim OC, next OC will be former Fleck and WM/Min OC and 2021 WVU analyst Kirk Ciarrocca (Ciarrocca will not coach in bowl)


Wednesday 12/29

Virginia -
injury - WR Billy Kemp (surgery) (#2 receiver in receptions, #3 in yards)
injury - WR Demick Starling (broken arm) (reserve)
opt out - TE Jelani Woods (NFL, no official statement on bowl game)
transfer - C Olusegun Oluwatimi (Rimington Finalist) WILL PLAY IN BOWL
transfer - OL Bobby Haksins (multi-year starter)
transfer - OL Ryan Swoboda (multi-year starter)
transfer - LB Noah Taylor (key defender) - 16 total players have entered the portal as of 12/16 *
coaches - HC Bronco Mendenhall resigned, but will coach bowl game
*Mendenhall said any player transfering can remain with, practice and play with the team.

opt out - WR Reggie Roberson (168 career catches over 4 years, #3 receiver this year),
opt out - WR Danny Gray (#1 receiver in yards)
coaches - Interim HC is DC Jim Leavitt

Most of SMU’s former coaches are already at TCU. It’s not known if any will return to help coach the Mustangs in the bowl game. Some coaches from the previous staff, like Leavitt, did not follow Dykes to TCU. That includes wide receiver coach David Gru, tight ends coach Josh Martin, cornerbacks coach Stef McClure, safeties coach Trey Haverty and multiple analysts and quality control coaches.


Maryland -
opt out - TE Chigoziem Okonkwo EXPECTED TO PLAY (NFL)

Virginia Tech -
injury/opt out - OL Lecitus Smith (38 career starts 2x HM ACC)(NFL) WILL NOT PLAY
opt out - LT Luke Tenuta (NFL)(25 career starts) WILL PLAY
opt out - OL Brook Hoffman (NFL)(20 career starts at VT, 12 prior starts at Coastal Carolina) WILL PLAY
opt out - RB Raheem Blackshear (NFL) WILL PLAY
opt out - WR Changa Hodge (NFL) WILL PLAY
opt out - K John Parker I love Tony Romo (NFL) WILL PLAY
opt out - DB Jermaine Waller (NFL) WILL NOT PLAY
opt out - DE Amare Barno (NFL) WILL NOT PLAY
opt out - DT Jordan Williams (NFL) WILL NOT PLAY
injury/opt out - TE James Mitchell (NFL) WILL NOT PLAY
opt out - WR Tre Turner (#1 receiver) (NFL) WILL NOT PLAY
transfer - WR Tayvion Robinson (#2 receiver)
transfer - QB Braxton Burmeister (1.5 year starter) - Texas A&M transfer Connor Blumrick appears the likely starter
transfer - QB Knox Kadum
coaches - J.C. Price interim HC


Iowa State -
opt out - RB Breece Hall (All American, 30 career starts)
injury - LB Mike Rose (4 year starter, always #1-#3 tackles every year, 49 career starts) UNKNOWN IF PLAYING
injury - WR Xavier Hutchinson (#1 receiver 24 career starts) UNKNOWN IF PLAYING
injury - C Collin Newell (38 career starts) In Walking Boot
transfer - S Isheem Young (2020 Big Xll Co-D newcomer of year, 21 starts - 19 consecutive)
transfer - S Kym-Mani King (32 games mostly as reserve, 10 starts in 3 years)
transfer - LB Aric Horne (10 games as reserve, 1 career start)
transfer - WR Joe Scates (#4 WR with just 8rec-145-TD 2021 stat line)
transfer - WR Tarique Milton (#2 WR but with just 15 receptions)
12/15 update -

Clemson -
injury - WR Justyn Ross (#1 receiver played through injury, missed last two)(surgery/NFL) WILL NOT PLAY
injury - WR Joseph Ngata (#2 receiver in yards, missed last 3 games and 4 total) WILL PLAY
injury - WR E.J. Williams (in and out of lineup, has been billed as potential impact player) OUT COVID
injury - LB Baylon Spector (#2 tkl per game) WILL NOT PLAY
transfer - backup QB Taisun Phommachanh
coaches - DC Brett Venables gone, next HC Oklahoma - promoted Wes Goodwin from Senior Defensive Assistant to Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach. Added the role of Co-Defensive Coordinator for Safeties Coach Mickey Conn
Coaches- OC Tony Elliot gone, next HC UVA - promoted Brandon Streeter from Quarterbacks Coach to Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach


Oregon -
transfer - CB DJ James (11 game starter this season)
transfer - DT Jayson Jones (reserve played in every game this year as rFr, played more later in the season, like 31 plays in P12 Title game)
opt out - CB Mykael Wright (2 year starter)
opt out - WR Devon Williams (#1 receiver in yards)
opt out - DE/OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux
opt out - OL Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu (15 career starts) WILL PLAY (NFL)
? - DE Adrian Jackson Jr OUT
? - OLB Jake Shipley OUT
? - ILB Jackson LaDuke OUT
? - NT Popo Aumavae OUT
? - OL Jackson Powers-Johnson moves to DL
injury - RG/C Ryan Walk (started first 9 games this year before injury) - WILL BE LIMITED
injury - WR Johnny Johnson (#3 WR lost for season mid November)
injury - S Bennett Williams EXPECTED TO PLAY
coaches - HC Mario Cristobal gone, OC Joe Moorehead next HC Akron, WILL COACH BOWL - Bryan McClendon interim HC (WR coach & pass gm coor), DC Tim DeRuyter next DC at Texas Tech, S coach Marcel Yates next DB coach at Texas Tech, LB coach Ken Wilson next HC at Nevada

From 12/27:

Ducks are without over 30 scholarship players due to injury, opt-outs, transfers going into the game.
Ducks are extremely short-handed. Several defensive players we didn’t see yesterday are indeed not here also. Approaching effective roster between 60-65.

Oklahoma -
opt out - DL Isaiah Thomas (team high 8 sacks and second most TFL 11.5)
opt out - DL Perrion Winfrey (5.5 sacks, 11 TFLs )
opt out - MLB Brian Asamoah (#1 tackler)
opt out - OLB Nik Bonitto (2021 PFF Big Xll D POY, TFL leader with 15 this season)
transfer - QB Spencer Rattler
transfer - WR Jadon Haselwood (#2 receiver)
transfer - TE Austin Stogner (#3 receiver among TEs this year)
transfer - OL Brey Walker (reserve, played in 11 games)
coaches - HC Lincoln Riley gone - Bob Stoops will HC - also gone to USC DC Alex Grinch, LB coach Jamar Cain, WR coach Dennis Simmons, strength coach Bennie Wylie. CB coach Roy Manning reportedly resigned.
coaches - Cale Gundy (inside WRs) will call O, Gundy and Bedenbaugh (OL) are Co-OC for bowl - Gundy will call plays (1st time in career)
coaches - Ty Darlington (GA) will be QB coach for bowl
coaches - Brian Odom (ILB) will call D for the bowl - Odom (USC), DL coach Calvin Thibodeaux (SMU) and OLB/DE coach Jamar Cain (USC) all returned for bowl prep


Thursday 12/30

South Carolina -
opt out - RB ZaQuandre White
opt out - DE Kingsley Enagbare (21 career starts)
transfer - QB Jason Brown (former FCS QB, primary QB down stretch) Zeb Noland will start bowl

North Carolina -
opt out - QB Sam Howell WILL PLAY


Purdue -
transfer - QB Jack Plummer (sometimes starter, had become back up)
injury - LT Greg Long (17 career starts) QUESTIONABLE
did not travel - CB Dedrick Mackey (27 career starts)
did not travel - WR Milton Wright (#2 receiver)
opt out - WR David Bell (All American)
opt out - DE George Karlaftis (All American)

Tennessee -
opt out - CB Alontae Taylor (#1 CB)
injury - RT Cade Mayes (oft injured starting OL)


Pitt -
opt out - QB Kenny Pickett - Nick Patti will start (3 year backup)
opt out - CB Damarri Mathis (25 starts in 49 games)
opt out - WR Taysir Mack (4 year WR, missed last 5 games this year finished #3)
coaches - OC Mark Whipple gone, next OC Nebraska

Michigan State -
opt out - RB Kenneth Walker

Arizona State -
transfer - RB DeaMonte Trayanum (Daniyel Ngata will be primary RB for bowl)
opt out - RB Rachaad White
opt out - CB Chase Lucas (6th yr Sr, 49 career starts in 54 career games)
opt out - CB Jack Jones (25 career starts)
injury - C Dohnovan West (29 career starts, 3x All P12) OUT
injury - WR Johnny Wilson back at practice (12 catches first 4 games, out rest of season)
injury/opt out - LB Darian Butler back at practice (was #1 tackler when injured, missed last 2 games)

Wisconsin -
injury - S Collin Wilder (started 10 of 11 games he was available in this year, 46 career games) OUT
injury - CB Faion Hicks OUT
did not travel - FB John Chenal (11 starts in 41 career games)- walk-on Riley Nowakowski could fill in
did not travel - DE Matt Henningsen (28 starts in 41 career games) - EXPECTED TO PLAY
injury - C Joe Tippmann (first year starter) - limited practice OUT- Cormac Sampson could fill in
injury - TE Jack Eschenbach (2 starts in 19 career games) - has not practiced
opt out/injury - RT Logan Bruss (NFL) (35 starts in 42 career games) - OUT
opt out - LG Josh Seltzner (NFL)(17 starts in 43 career games) WILL PLAY
coaches - RB coach Gary Brown did not travel - Garrett Groshek temporarily hired to staff

12/20/21: Paul Chryst expects all healthy players to play in the Dec. 30 game.


Friday 12/31

Rutgers -
eligibility ? - WR Bo Melton (NFL)(6th Rutgers history in receptions) NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY
eligibility ? - LB Olakunle Fatukasi (NFL)(28 starts in 53 career games) NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY
eligibility ? - LB Tyshon Fogg NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY (29 starts in 49 career games)
eligibility ? - RB Isaih Pacheco (NFL)(leading rusher, play maker)(34 starts in 44 career games) NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY
eligibility ? - DE Mike Tverdove (NFL)(32 starts in 44 career games)
eligibility ? - DT Julius Turner (NFL)(43 starts in 57 career games)
transfer - DL CJ Onyechi (8 starts this year, 5 starts last year)
transfer - OL Brendan Bordner (5 starts in 12 games played this year), signed FAU
transfer - S Naijee Jones (played in 5 games, 1 start this year)

Wake Forest -
injury - WR Jacquari Roberson (#1 receiver in catches)


Washington State -
transfer - OL Cade Beresford (9 starts till injury, returned as rotational player) signed with Boise
opt out - OL Abe Lucas (4 year starter, highly awarded career, strong NFL prospect) OUT
opt out/injury - OL Liam Ryan (4 year starter, fringe NFL prospect) NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY
opt outs - RB Max Borghi (big impact player)
did not travel - RB Deon McIntosh (Nakia Watson will start)
opt out - CB Jaylen Watson (former JUCO, 2 year starter at WSU)
injury - S Daniel Isom (multi-year starter, injured second to last game) - Tyrone Hill should fill in and has played well
coaches - bowl staff remains intact even though some of those assistants are being replaced (including OC Brian Smith)

Wazzou suspected starting OL:

LT - Jarrett Kingston LG - Brian Greene C - Konner Gomness RG - Ma'ake Fifita RT - Christian Hilborn
Kingston started every game at LT. Greene started 5 at C, will slide to LG today. Gomness started 8 at C, will move to RG today. Fifita started 4 at RG including the last 3. Hilborn is a Fr and played in 1 game this season (the last game). They will be without their two NFL OTs and shuffling.

Central Michigan -


Georgia -
coaches - DC Dan Lanning next HC at Oregon WILL COACH BOWL (Muschamp and Schumann co-DC for prep)

Michigan -
injury? - S Dax Hill (1st Tm B1G) - Questionable - Rod Moore would fill in


Cincinnati -

Alabama -
injury - WR John Metchie
injury - CB Josh Jobe (multi-year starter) "very doubtful" - tr Fr Kool-Aid McKinstry would replace
injury - CB Jayln Armour-Davis (10 starts this year, missed last 2 games) - "I know he wants to try to play in the game.” - former JUCO Khyree Jackson would replace


Saturday 1/1

Arkansas -
transfer - K Vito Calvaruso (63 touchbacks on 74 kickoffs in 2021 and had the No. 1 kickoff grade in FBS, per Pro Football Focus)
opt out - WR Treylon Burks (1104y receiving, more than #2-#4 receives combined)
opt out - DE Tre Williams (team high 6 sacks and team leading 36 QBH)
injury - WR Tyson Morris (#2 WR) did not travel initially, but has arrived and EXPECTED TO PLAY

Penn State -
opt out - WR Jahan Dotson (3rd Tm AA, 1st Tm B1G)
opt out - S Jaquan Brisker (2nd Tm AA, 1st Tm B1G)
opt out - DE Arnold Ebiketie (2nd Tm AA, 1st Tm B1G)
opt out - DT Derrick Tangelo (27 starts in 45 career games)
opt out - LB Brandon Smith (#2 tackler)(3rd Tm B1G)
opt out - LB Ellis Brooks (20 career starts in 40 games)(#1 tackler)(2nd Tm B1G)
injury - DT PJ Mustipher (16 starts in 40 career games)(hurt midseason still AP 1st Tm B1G)
injury - OT Rasheed Walker (32 career starts) (3rd Tm B1G)- likely replaced by Fr Olumuyiwa Fashanu
coaches - DC Brent Pry gone - Co-defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter will calls for bowl


Oklahoma State -
injury - RB Jaylen Warren (has returned to practice)
injury - C Danny Godlevske (missed final 3 games, hopeful to return to practice)
transfer - S Tanner McCalister (23 starts last 2 years) EXPECTED TO PLAY
transfer - OL Hunter Anthony (reserve this year, limited prior starting exp)
transfer - DL Jayden Jernigan (key reserve) EXPECTED TO PLAY
coaches - DC Jim Knowles next Ohio State DC WILL NOT COACH BOWL

Notre Dame -
opt out - RB Kyren Williams (#1 rusher last two years, #4 receiver this year)
opt out - S Kyle Hamilton (missed last 5 games due to injury was still All American)
coaches - DC Marcus Freeman elevated to HC, staff remains intact minus Kelly except for potentially two assistants (ST Polian and OL Quinn)


Kentucky -
injury - WR Josh Ali (#2 receiver this year, #1 last year) car accident OUT
injury - WR Isaiah Epps (reserve) car accident OUT
injury - DE Josh Paschal (#1 in TFL and QBH) "HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE"

Iowa -
opt out - RB Tyler Goodson (10th most yards single season school history this year and was first true Fr to lead team in rushing 2019)


Utah -
opt out - RB TJ Pledger WILL PLAY (NFL)
opt out - WR/PR Britain Covey WILL PLAY (NFL)
opt out - TE Cole Fotheringham WILL PLAY (NFL)
opt out - OL Nick Ford WILL PLAY (NFL)
opt out - LB Devin Lloyd WILL PLAY (NFL)
opt out - LB Nephi Sewell WILL PLAY (NFL)
opt out - DE Mike Tafua WILL PLAY (NFL)

Ohio State -
Opt out - WR Chris Olave
Opt out - WR Garrett Wilson
Opt out - DT Haskell Garrett
Opt out - OT Nicholas Petit-Frere
injury - LB Cody Simon (#2 tackler)
unknown why, but OUT - CB Sevyn Banks (sometimes starter)
unknown why, but OUT - CB Marcus Williamson (sometimes starter)
unknown why, but OUT - DT Antwaun Jackson (would've started in Garrett's spot)
pos change - TE Cade Stover switched to LB for depth


Baylor -
injury - QB Gary Bohanon - EXPECTED TO START

Ole Miss -
opt out - QB Matt Corral WILL PLAY
coaches - OC Jeff Lebby next OC Oklahoma, WILL COACH BOWL


Tuesday 1/4

LSU - will reportedly have 39 scholarship players for bowl game
? - QB Garrett Nussmeir (played in 4 games this year) NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY
transfer - QB Max Johnson (started all 12 games, Fr backup Nussmeier played in 4)
transfer - WR Trey Palmer (#5 receiver, primary punt/KO returner)

? - TE Jack Bech (#1 receiver in catches) joined team 1/3 EXPECTED TO PLAY
? - WR Brian Thomas (#4 receiver among those active) joined team 1/3 EXPECTED TO PLAY
opt out - RB Tyrion Davis-Price (#1 RB)
opt out - DT Neil Farrell (9.5 TFLs)
opt out - LB Damone Clark (#1 tackler this year, #2 tackler last year)
injury - K Cade York
coaches - Brad Davis will be interim HC (OL coach, only assistant being retained on Kelly's staff.
coaches - OC Jake Peetz remains for bowl game, DJ Mangas let go (was pass game coor/3rd down play caller). DB coach (and recruiting coordinator) Corey Raymond next CB coach at Florida

Freshmen walk-on quarterbacks Tavion Faulk and Matt O'Dowd are expected to be the Tigers' two options at quarterback against Kansas State. Faulk won a state championship at Carencro last season and is the nephew of LSU running backs coach Kevin Faulk, while O'Dowd passed up a scholarship offer from Davidson to join the Tigers. Jontre Kirklin, a senior wideout, is a potential third option at quarterback. Kirklin played the position in high school and was a scout team quarterback for the Tigers in 2019.

Kansas State -
injury - QB Skyler Thompson was "close" to playing vs Texas, status to be updated for bowl (status "on track to start" as of 12/21)
transfer - backup RB Joe Ervin (1/3 the carries and 1/4 of the yards of Vaughn)
personal - DT Timmy Horne (team captain, played in 12 games this year with just 1 start), not with team
? - K Chris Tennant OUT - Punter Ty Zentner will be Kicker
coaches - QB coach, Collin Klein elevated to OC

The entire team is ready’: No Kansas State football players opting out of Texas Bowl

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Eat, Sleep, Breathe Football.
Excellent, you guys already know the program.

Post any players or coaches that may have relevancy in the bowl game and I will add it to the list.

Some of the players and coaches may or may not be with the team for the bowl, that is going to be hard to nail down exactly, I encourage anyone to do their own digging on that and if 100% certain a coach or players intentions I can add it to the list.

Do not post any game discussions here. I have to say that or 2dabank will show up and start posting all kinds of bowl thoughts. ;)


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Mark Whipple just resigned at Pitt and will not coach bowl game. I’m not sure if this will affect KP‘s status for the bowl game but I would watch closely. Here is a quote from KP earlier this year:

“If he was gone or if he wanted to retire or if he wanted to take off and play some golf — he loves to play golf. He's really good, too. Way better than me. I suck. If he left, I was definitely leaving,” Pickett told the Post-Gazette in June. “He's like family now. His opinion, I mean, if he told me to leave, I would've left. He's a guy who's seen it all and done it all.”


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University of Tulsa defensive coordinator Joseph Gillespie is leaving for the same position at TCU, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to the Tulsa World on Tuesday.

Gillespie, whose departure was first reported by On3Sports, is taking cornerbacks coach Carlton Buckels with him, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. That makes three vacancies on the Hurricane staff, with offensive line coach Zach Hanson joining Lincoln Riley at USC.


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I bet a bunch of games early and am probably going to regret it. Have to keep an eye too if these guys remove their names from the portal before the bowl game and stay with their team.

Think a lot of them are just going to feel what kind of market they have out there.


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Is the coach that took HC responsibility for the Noles game going to be HC for UF in their bowl? If so, he is NOT being retained. How much will he be into this while trying to find a new job, move his family, and purchase a new home?


Eat, Sleep, Breathe Football.
Some of the assistant coaching positions and if they coach the bowl are very difficult to know, at least at this date. Many of the news sites reporting the moves don't know.


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Chad Muma, a Butkus Award finalist, will be on the blue turf playing for the Cowboys in the Potato Bowl.

Muma, an all-Mountain first team selection, follows in the footsteps of current Buffalo Bills franchise quarterback Josh Allen, who played in the 2017 Potato Bowl, and current Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson, who played in the 2019 Arizona Bowl.

“I never really questioned in my mind whether I was going to play in a bowl game or not,” Muma said. “Logan is similar to me in thinking that we play for Wyoming, so we’re going to go play our last game. Of course I’m going to play in a bowl game.”

Muma ranks second in the FBS in solo tackles (6.7 per game) and fourth in total tackles (10.8 per game). He also returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns during the regular season.


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Could see Frost and Whipple having a rocky relationship? Whipple comes across to me as very strong headed and firm in his beliefs.


Eat, Sleep, Breathe Football.
That is about as thorough as I can make it as of Tuesday night here. Will be so much more to update over the course of weeks! Post it up and I'll add it to the list.


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From what we are hearing, it seems the prospect of either playing vs. Tennessee is minimal. No official word yet, but it's trending toward Purdue being without both.

From Tom Deinhart (regarding Bell and Karlaftis)


Dan The Prop Assassin Man
Oh fuck off dude.

Great chance to throw for 500 and improve stock.

I’m so disappointed, I thought for sure he would play. It a freaking New Years 6, im just as interested in watching those as I am the stupid playoff! Here the thing, it all meaningless in the grand scheme of things, I don’t remember or care who won the natty any more than who wins any these other games! I would remember him torching sparty for 500!!
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The bigger question, though, is finding replacements for receiver David Bell and defensive end George Karalftis. Brohm said Sunday night the pair won’t return next season, but no announcement has been made if Bell and Karlaftis will play in the bowl game.

It’s unlikely they’ll participate in the game, electing to begin preparations for the NFL Draft.

That is from the Star Press today.

Still no official word on their bowl status?


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As of Wednesday, it remained unclear if Knowles will remain on staff at OSU through the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl; the program had not yet publicly addressed his imminent departure.


Eat, Sleep, Breathe Football.
two players transfering from WKU (WR and OL) are expected to play in bowl game per HC Helton. OC Kittley expected to coach and call plays for bowl


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That is from the Star Press today.

Still no official word on their bowl status?
It’s not “official” but it’s way more than tea leaves I have from Tom Dienhart whom is about the only one the staff chats with outside the team that they aren’t expected to suit up. I’m considering them out.


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Oklahoma's two best defensive players--at least they were predicted to be their two best before the season started--Perrion Winfrey and Nik Bonitto, opted out

Bonitto was projected as a first round pick and had been a great player, but played so poorly this season ESPN now projects him as a free agent. Winfrey played okay at times, but disappeared at others

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Oklahoma's two best defensive players--at least they were predicted to be their two best before the season started--Perrion Winfrey and Nik Bonitto, opted out

Bonitto was projected as a first round pick and had been a great player, but played so poorly this season ESPN now projects him as a free agent. Winfrey played okay at times, but disappeared at others
Makes perfect sense.


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Add DL Isaiah Thomas--led the team in sacks and TFL the last two years--and MLB Brian Asamoah to the opt outs for the Oklahoma defense.

So that adds up to two starting DLs and two starting LBs opting out so far.

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