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Washington St. DB Latest to Enter Supplemental Draft, Grading Transfer Portal Moves

Yesterday, another name was added to the NFL Supplemental Draft that will be held next month. Washington State safety Jalen Thompson has become the most recent player to put his name in the Supplemental Draft, joining West Virginia’s Marcus Simms and Syracuse’s Shyheim Cullen. He was named Second Team All-Pac 12 in 2017, and he was an Honorable Mention All-Pac 12 selection last year. Thompson was expected to be a key part of the Cougars’ secondary, and he will be missed.

According to reports, the reason for Jalen Thompson’s exit is tied to an over-the-counter supplement that was not a steroid. The NCAA stripped him of his last year of eligibility for the violation, leaving him with no choice but to turn pro.

Adam Rittenberg’s look at the teams that have benefited the most (and those that have been hurt the most) from the transfer portal is illuminating. In modern college football, the transfer portal is a major weapon if wielded effectively, and no school has benefited more than Oklahoma. The Sooners are set to start the season with a transfer quarterback for the fifth straight year, and the two previous quarterbacks both were Heisman Trophy winners during their time in Norman.

Life comes at you fast. While most people affiliated with UConn widely cheered the school’s decision to re-join the Big East, there were fears that the football program may become orphaned as a result of the move. Those fears appear to be coming true with UConn reportedly unable to join either the MAC or Conference USA as a football-only member. The Huskies are trying to remain in FBS (and seem ready to make a go of it as an independent if need be), and they have recently scheduled a number of FCS games as they have a lot of open spots on their schedule that need filled quickly.

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