Matt Jones /QB/ Arkansas
Even though Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones hasn't closed the door on
entering the 2004 NFL Draft, Razorback coach Houston Nutt is "90
percent" certain the junior will return for his senior year. Nutt
said he has spoken with Jones a hopes to have an answer from him in the next few
Kirk Morrison /LB/ San Diego State
Mike Sullivan of the North County Times is reporting that San Diego State
linebacker Kirk Morrison will announce Monday whether he will declare for the
NFL draft or return for his senior season but says he was "leaning
slightly" toward leaving for the draft. After spending a week at the
East-West Shrine Game Morrison claims to have been told he'd be a third round
pick should he run in the 4.5 range prior to April.
Antrel Rolle /CB/ Miami
Antrel Rolle announced he will be staying in Coral Gables for his senior
season. As we reported on December
31, Rolle was never given the guarantee he'd be a first round choice which
was a major determining factor in his decision. Rolle publicly stated,
"I have decided to remain at the University of Miami for my senior season
and work towards getting my degree. I look forward to providing leadership
to the team and am confident we will continue UM's history of excellence."
Devard Darling /WR/ Washington State
After originally stating he would return to Washington State for his senior
season, rumors are now swirling in Pullman that the speedy receiver may be
changing his mind.
Andrew Walter /QB/ Arizona State
Arizona State passer Andrew Walter stated he would stay in school after
seeking the advice of former Sun Devil receiver Shaun McDonald. We
reported in October after scouting
Walter live against North Carolina that the big armed passer was leaning
towards entering the draft. But soon after that Walter sustained an ankle
injury which hampered the late part of his season.
Michael Munoz /T/ Tennessee
Tennessee offensive tackle Michael Munoz announced Friday he will remain at
Tennessee to play his senior season for the Volunteers. "I think
coming back will give me an opportunity to achieve several goals, both as an
individual and as a team that I have yet to accomplish," Munoz said.
"Playing in the SEC championship game, winning a ring and getting Tennessee
back into the national championship picture are at the top of that list,"
he told in a news conference.
Jamaal Brimmer /S/ UNLV
UNLV strong safety Jamaal Brimmer has decided to return for his senior season
after toying with the idea of leaving early for the NFL. "It's not
that I didn't feel I wanted to try and I wasn't ready," Brimmer said
Friday. "I felt I didn't want to leave the team yet." Brimmer
was the Mountain West Conference's Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore
and barely missed winning the award again last year.
News from LSU
A pair of Tigers have stated they will return for their senior seasons.
Defensive end Marcus Spears said earlier this week he will return to Baton Rouge
for the 2004 season and now comes word that cornerback Corey Webster will also
be coming back. In another interesting development we have received an
unconfirmed report that quarterback Matt Mauck has informed LSU coach Nick Saban
that he will enter the draft. More on the Mauck story as we receive it.
Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams
Even after speaking with Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville this weekend and
speaking amongst themselves, reports are Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown are
still trying to decide whether to return to Auburn for the 2004 season or
declare for the NFL draft.