Houston Snapper Byron Simpson Retires
Houston long snapper Byron Simpson is retiring due to a non-football related medical condition. Simpson, a graduate student from Sealy was a two-time All-AAC Academic selection. Simpson snapped in every game in 2016 and even had a catch on a fake punt vs. Louisville.
Simpson, who graduated with a degree in kinesiology and is currently in grad school for project management was placed on scholarship prior to last season.
Best of luck to Simpson in whatever he chooses to pursue.
North Texas adds a transfer running back
The Mean Green are adding Stephen F. Austin transfer running back Loren Easly to the roster after Easly announced via twitter that he's heading west to Denton. Easly will be eligible to play immediately as a transfer from the FCS. He'll help add depth the running back position behind Jeffrey Wilson.
The Mean Green lost valuable backup Willy Ivory in the offseason due to academic issues and were trying out a number of backs in the spring as Wilson sat out. Easly played high school ball at Westside High School in Houston. At 5-11 205, Easly ran for just over 1,200 yards in two season for the Lumberjacks. He scored eleven touchdowns at SFA as well.
TCU picks up a transfer from Penn
A 6-5 quarterback from New Caanan, Connecticut is leaving Penn, the Ivy league school, and heading to TCU to continue his college career. Michael Collins was expected to challenge for the Penn starting job but wanted a bigger college experience so he's heading to TCU.
Collins completed both of the passes he attempted in 2016, so he's on a hot streak. Whether he has the ability to unseat any of TCU current signal callers is up for debate.
“I knew I was going to have to compete wherever I went, and at Penn I would be able to probably start,” Collins said. “But I could have gotten injured there and my football career would have been over, so I at least wanted to say I took the chance. If I end up sitting behind somebody so be it, at least I went for it.”
One of Collins' high school teammates, Lucas Niang, starts at tackle for the Frogs.
Get to know Rice's Kylen Granson
Rice found a keeper in Kylen Granson. At 6-3, 220 pounds, Granson give the Owls a big, athletic target who should be a staple for years to come. Granson was expected to redshirt in 2016, however when pressed into duty, he performed at a high level. Granson caught 33 passes for 381 yards. He averaged four receptions per game.
Granson came on late as his playing time increased, he caught 32 of his receptions in the last seven games including an eleven catch outing vs. Charlotte. He caught seven passes for 87 yards a week before against Florida Atlantic. Granson caught 65% of his 51 targets last year.
Rice was Granson's only offer out of that football factory Austin Westlake. He surprised his Rice coaches with his maturity and route running. His size gives him the ability to create space and battle for the football.
This spring Granson did nothing but build on his impressive freshman year. He had five catches for 84 yards in the Owl's spring game last April. Look for receiver's coach and offensive coordinator Billy Lynch to find Granson plenty of touches.