Josh Banks, DT, Wake Forest
Overview: Had a career-best game statistically against Virginia (Nov. 5, 2016), tallying 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks … Did not play in the season opener due to injury … Had a pair of sacks on Temple’s Phillip Walker in the Military Bowl win over the Owls.
Jessamen Dunker, OT, Tennessee State
Overview: Named Associated Press First Team All-American and First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference in 2016 … Offered and accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl… Anchored offensive line for the top scoring team in the OVC, averaging 32.3 points per game… Helped the offense generate 415.1 yards per game and topped the OVC at 6.6 yards per play… The line allowed an OVC-low 14 sacks … Ran a 4.98 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, the third-fastest time among offensive linemen.
DaShaun Amos, CB, East Carolina
Overview: A native of Midlothian, Va., Amos appeared in 49 games over four seasons at East Carolina…Recorded 116 total tackles, 5.5 TFL, 11 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, two sacks and one interception that he returned 100 yards for a touchdown.
Jadar Johnson, S, Clemson
Overview: Amassed 106 tackles, nine interceptions and 12 pass breakups in 1,484 snaps over 54 games (17 starts) in his career … In 2016, named First-team All-ACC (media, coaches) … one of six permanent team captains … Shared Tiger Pride MVP Award honors defensively with Ben Boulware and Carlos Watkins … Notched nine tackles, including half a tackle for loss, with a caused fumble in National Championship Game against Alabama.
Keeon Johnson, WR, Virginia
Overview: Became the 36th Cavalier to record at least 1,000 career receiving yards … finished career No. 32 all-time at UVA with 1,069 career receiving yards … Finished his best season at UVA with 49 catches for 476 yards and three touchdowns in 2016.
Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame
Overview: Recorded 105 tackles (19.5 TFL), 4.5 sacks and an interception in 36 career games … Had a career-high 6.0 TFL against Miami in 2016 … Suffered a torn MCL in August 2015 that resulted in knee surgery that left him out of action until bowl practices … Tied for third among safeties at the NFL Scouting Combine with 19 reps in the bench press.
Calvin Munson, LB, San Diego State
Overview: A defensive player-of-the-year candidate who was one of the top defensive players on the West Coast … Worked his way up from special teams to seeing time at middle linebacker as a true freshman in 2013 … Started all 41 games at outside linebacker since 2014 … Was drafted with the 935th overall pick in the 31st round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals … Also pitched for the Mountain West Championship Aztec baseball team in 2015 … Led the Aztecs in tackles 15 times over his career, including six of the 14 games last year … Had seven interceptions for his career, including three for touchdowns … The three interceptions returned for touchdowns were tied with Ricky Parker (1993-96) for the most in program history and tied for the third most in FBS history among linebackers … Also finished third all-time at SDSU with 244 interception yards, sixth in total tackles (301), tied for sixth in assisted tackles (142) and for ninth in sacks (18.0) … Had nine career games with at least 10 tackles, including four times last year.
Travis Rudolph, WR, Florida State
Overview: Two-time All-ACC Second Team (Media & Coaches) … Florida State’s top receiver for a second consecutive season, finished the season with 56 catches for 840 yards and seven receiving touchdowns.
Evan Schwan, DE, Penn State
Overview: Named to Phil Steele’s All-Big Ten third team in 2016 … Selected All-Big Ten third team by the conference coaches & media panel … Earned the Reid-Robinson Award (outstanding defensive lineman) award at the annual Nittany Lion Football Banquet … Tied for No. 11 in the Big Ten in sacks per game (0.46).
Shane Smith, RB, San Jose State
Overview: Completed five seasons with the Spartans … Played in 48 games with 27 starts … Found a home as a running back in 2013 … A three-year starter as a running back … An experienced special teams player capable of playing on any special teams unit … Was moved from linebacker to running back following 2013 spring practice … First joined the team for 2012 preseason drills … A three-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree … A 2012-13 San José State Scholar-Athlete … Honored in 2015 on National Student-Athlete Day by the National Consortium for Academics & Sports … Recorded 36 reps in the 225-pound bench press at Pro Day.
Colin Thompson, TE, Temple
Overview: A two-year letter winner (’14, ’15) … 2016 All-American Athletic Conference Honorable Mention … SEC Academic Honor Roll (’12, ’13) … Emerged from 2016 camp as the starting tight end … Spent two seasons at Florida, did not see any game action in 2012 due to an injury and redshirted.
Nigel Tribune, CB, Iowa State
Overview: Awards and Honors — Second Team All-Big 12 – AP (2014), Third Team All-Big 12 – Phil Steele (2014), ESPN.com Big 12 All-Underclassman (2014)…Ended career with 29 starts, 145 tackles, 27 pass breakups and four interceptions.
Rob Wheelwright, WR, Wisconsin
Overview: Played in 47 games with 18 starts at wide receiver … caught 69 passes for 890 yards (12.9 average) and 6 touchdowns … part of winningest senior class in school history, posting a record of 41-13 (.759), including a 26-7 (.788) mark in Big Ten play and three consecutive bowl wins … selected for 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Jalen Williams, WR, UMass
Overview: Caught 27 passes for 520 yards and six touchdowns in 2016 after missing all of 2015 with a leg injury … Finished career with 47 receptions for 827 yards and 10 touchdowns.