Monday's football: College stars head to the pros

News staff and wire services

Oxford, Miss. — Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil has decided to enter the NFL draft after three seasons anchoring the offensive line.

School officials announced the 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior's decision Monday, a few hours after receiver Laquon Treadwell decided to turn pro.

Tunsil said in the statement he "will always cherish my time at Ole Miss and the relationships with my teammates, coaches and staff."

Treadwell said it was time to take the "next step in my career."

Tunsil missed the first seven games of his junior season after he was suspended by the NCAA for receiving improper benefits.

Treadwell, a 6-2, 210-pound junior, led the Southeastern Conference with 1,153 yards receiving this season.

Turning pro

Hunter Henry announced he is leaving Arkansas following a season in which he was named an All-American and won the Mackey Award (top tight end).

... Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell, a senior who could have petitioned the NCAA for another year of eligibility, is entering the draft.

Russell, who missed the final two games with a broken right leg, was suspended from school last year for academic dishonesty.

... Stanford tight end Austin Hooper had two years of eligibility remaining but has decided to enter the draft. He is eligible because he redshirted in 2013.

... Wide receiver Bralon Addison, who led Oregon's receivers with 63 receptions for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns, is entering the draft.

Championship game

Alabama coach Nick Saban says defensive back Tony Brown remains suspended after he was sent home from the Cotton Bowl last week for violating team rules.

... Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says he is confident All-American Shaq Lawson will play in the national championship game after the defensive end missed most of the Tigers semifinal victory with a knee injury.

Extra points

Garett Bolles, a five-star offense tackle from Snow (Utah) College who is considered the top junior college player in the nation, committed to Utah over Michigan State, among others.

... Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett was charged with DUI last Sunday near Columbus. He is expected in court Thursday.

... Arizona defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich are not returning to Rich Rodriguez's staff.

Clemson vs. Alabama

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.


Records: Clemson 14-0, Alabama 13-1

Line: Alabama by 7

Series: Alabama leads 12-3