Trojans QB Darnold will enter NFL draft
Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold will skip his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
Darnold made the expected announcement in an Instagram video Wednesday.
About 25 minutes earlier, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen announced he will enter the draft. Both local products are expected to be high first-round selections in April.
Darnold took over as the Trojans’ starting quarterback four games into last season as a redshirt freshman. He won the Rose Bowl in his first season with a record 453-yard, five-touchdown performance against Penn State, and he led the Trojans to their first Pac-12 championship since 2008 this season.
Darnold passed for 7,229 yards with 57 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions in 27 games behind center for the Trojans.
Bruins QB Rosen will enter NFL draft
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
Rosen made the expected announcement Wednesday with a post on Twitter. He is expected to be a high first-round pick in April.
Rosen has been the Bruins’ starting quarterback for the past three seasons, playing in 30 total games after missing half of his sophomore year with injuries. He passed for 9,301 yards with 59 touchdown passes and 26 interceptions.
He was close to fired UCLA coach Jim Mora, but discussed his decision with new Bruins coach Chip Kelly.
In his statement, Rosen says that attending UCLA was “the best decision of my life.” He also promises his mother that he’ll return to Westwood to finish his degree.
Sources: Assistant coach gets $10M deal
BATON ROUGE, LA.
A person with knowledge of the deal says LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has signed a four-year contract worth $10 million, making him the first assistant coach in major college football to reach $2 million in annual salary.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because LSU had not released financial terms. The person said Aranda was being pursued by Texas A&M.
The deal was first reported by The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron tweeted that he was “very happy to report Dave Aranda has agreed to be with our program for years to come.”
Aranda came to LSU from Wisconsin after the 2015 season. Under Aranda, LSU’s defense ranked 12th in the nation this season and fifth in 2016.
Wiegers announces transfer from Iowa
Quarterback Tyler Wiegers is set to play at Eastern Michigan as a graduate transfer.
Wiegers, who was previously at Iowa, is eligible to play for EMU this coming season.
A Michigan native, Wiegers redshirted at Iowa in 2014 and played in only eight games for the Hawkeyes from 2015-17. He graduated in December.
Wiegers says it’s great to have the chance to complete for playing time — and to be back home with the Eagles.
EMU says Wiegers is enrolled in classes and pursuing a master’s degree in human nutrition.