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Jarrett Stidham announced Saturday that he will transfer to Auburn.

Impact

The former Baylor Bear was arguably the most sought-after transfer in this year's cycle, drawing attention from a multitude of major programs. Ultimate he decided to transfer to Auburn, which will give the Tigers a true threat at the quarterback position. According to AL.com Stidham will enroll at Auburn in January and will be eligible to play in the 2017 season. He'll have to compete with Sean White and John Franklin for the starting job.

James Conner announced via Twitter on Saturday that he will declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Impact

The talented running back put together his second 1,000-yard campaign in 2016 just months after winning his battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma. At 6-2, 235, Conner is a big back that will be able to move the pile at the next level, but he's also exhibited the kind of speed necessary to get around the edge. With 2017 being such a loaded class in terms of running back, Conner will likely have to wait until the middle rounds to come off the board.

Phil Mayhue will play against Western Kentucky in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 20.

Impact

Mayhue is the clear second wideout behind Anthony Miller, but with Memphis' uptempo offense facing an uptempo Western Kentucky offense, there should be more opportunity for Mayhue than in most of his regular season games. He finished the regular season with 629 yards and four touchdowns on 39 receptions in 12 games.

Joc Bruce (ankle) participated in Friday's bowl practice and expects to play in Middle Tennessee's upcoming bowl game, Aldo Amato of the Daily News Journal reports.

Impact

The Blue Raiders could be getting some added depth to its receiving corps with Bruce's potential return for the Hawai'i Bowl. Bruce suffered a broken ankle in fall camp that sidelined him for the entire regular season. Middle Tennessee has upwards of 15 bowl practice before taking the field, so Bruce will have some time to test out his ankle before a final decision on his status is made.

Brent Stockstill (collarbone) still requires medical clearance in order to play in Middle Tennessee's bowl game, Aldo Amato of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reports.

Impact

Stockstill was seen participating in drills during Friday's bowl practice, which was a bit of a surprise given that he was considered out for the season after suffering a collarbone injury in early November. He told Amato that he resumed throwing just one week removed from undergoing surgery. Middle Tennessee has upwards of 15 bowl practices at its disposal, so Stockstill still has time to get cleared by the team's medical staff.

Kamryn Pettway (quad) is expected to be healthy for Auburn's bowl matchup against Oklahoma, Tom Green of AL.com reports.

Impact

The talented running back's stellar 2016 was derailed by a quad injury that sidelined him for two games in November. He was limited in his return for Auburn's matchup with Alabama as he was held to just 17 yards on 12 carries. Fortunately, Auburn will have had over a month between games before the Tigers take the field for the Sugar Bowl, so the expectation is that Pettway will be healthy for their showdown with the Sooners.

Head coach Gus Malzahn said earlier in the week that he expects Sean White (shoulder) to play in Auburn's upcoming bowl game against Oklahoma, Tom Green of AL.com reports.

Impact

White was hampered by a shoulder injury down the stretch and did not play in Auburn's final two games of the regular season, which included a 30-12 loss to Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Fortunately, it appears that the added downtime between the regular season and Auburn's Jan.2 date with the Sooners will give White enough time to get back under center for the Tigers. More updates on White's status should come across when Auburn starts bowl practice, but it appears that he's on track to play in the Sugar Bowl.

Linell Bonner will play against the San Diego State Aztecs in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17.

Impact

It's a tough on-paper draw, but San Diego State has allowed some big plays through the air in the past month or so, and Bonner is coming off a 17-catch effort against Memphis that resulted in 235 yards and a touchdown. He's the clear No. 1 wideout for Houston and one of the better on-paper wideout plays of bowl season despite the less than ideal matchup.

P.J. Walker (lower leg) went 16-of-25 for 199 yards and two touchdowns in Temple's 34-10 win over Navy.

Impact

A lower leg injury put Walker's status in some jeopardy heading into the Owls' matchup with Navy in the AAC Championship game, but the senior quarterback was able to play through it and put on a mistake-free performance. He didn't throw an interception in any of his last three starts and he finished out the year with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while throwing for 2,899 yards. With Temple's bowl game nearly three weeks away, Walker should be close to 100 percent by the time the Owls take the field to face Wake Forest. That said, more updates on Walker should be provided as Temple gets into its bowl practice schedule.

Justice Hansen (knee) went 13-for-21 for 179 yards and two touchdowns in Arkansas State's win over Texas State.

Impact

The 6-4 signal caller was seen wearing a knee brace during warmups prior to the game, but his knee didn't appear to bother him much as he completed over 60 percent of his passes as he led the Red Wolves to another victory. That said, Arkansas State did use Chad Voytik at quarterback for several designed run plays, including one that went for a touchdown. In any case, it does not appear that Hansen's knee will be a major issue for Arkansas State's bowl matchup against Central Florida on Dec. 17.

Brent Stockstill (shoulder) was seen throwing to receivers at Middle Tennessee's bowl practice Friday, but his status for the Hawai'i Bowl remains uncertain, Aldo Amato of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reports.

Impact

That Stockstill is able to participate in Middle Tennessee's bowl practices at all is impressive given that he suffered what was considered to be a season-ending shoulder injury in early November. He was wearing a red non-contact jersey in Amato's clip, but he did appear to be able to put zip on his passes. With two week remaining until kickoff of the bowl game, there appears to at least be a chance that Stockstill could return to the field if he continues to progress.

Head coach Mike MacIntyre said that Sefo Liufau (ankle) "moved around, did everything" but added that the quarterback wasn't at full strength during the Buffaloes' bowl practice Friday, Adam Munsterteiger of BuffStampede reports.

Impact

MacIntyre's comments Friday were encouraging for Liufau's status as he was able to practice just one week after his ankle in the Pac-12 Championship game. Liufau and the Buffs have nearly three weeks until their bowl matchup with Oklahoma State, so Colorado can be patient with its star quarterbacks rehab process. More updates on Liufau should follow as Colorado continues its bowl preparation.

Ward will play against San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17.

Impact

With two obviously competent defenses involved and a 54.5-point over/under, this game projects as a tough one for both offenses. Ward generally offers a high floor due to his rare running ability, however, and the Aztecs defense had given up a lot of big plays through the air in its last four games, surrendering 12 passing touchdowns in that span. The main danger of the Aztecs defense is its ability to create turnovers after intercepting 22 passes in 13 games this year. With 31 touchdowns in 11 games this year, Ward generally looks like a good bet to score at least twice, even if the yardage is scarce.

Head coach Mike Riley said this week that Tommy Armstrong (hamstring) will start Nebraska's bowl game against Tennessee, Chris Heady of the AJC's Land of 10 blog reports.

Impact

The veteran signal caller battled through a hamstring injury down the stretch and had to sit out of the Cornhuskers' win over Maryland on Nov. 19. Riley told reporters earlier in the week that Armstrong was still working towards getting his hamstring fully healthy, but also confirmed that he'd get the start under center against the Volunteers. Armstrong regressed as the season went on, throwing for 1,249 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions over his final seven outings.

Riley Ferguson will play against Western Kentucky in the Boca Raton bowl on Dec. 20.

Impact

With a current over/under of 77.5 in the game, Ferguson is one of the most intriguing quarterbacks in the bowl slate in what should be a max-tempo matchup. It's the only bowl game with an over/under in the 70s, making Ferguson and wideouts Anthony Miller and Phil Mayhue among the most interesting passing game picks. Ferguson finished the regular season with 3,326 yards (8.3 YPA), 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 games, adding four touchdowns on the ground.

Wes Lunt finished out the 2016 season throwing for 1,376 yards with a 54.7 completion rate. He tossed eight touchdowns while throwing three interceptions over eight appearances.

Impact

The senior signal caller struggled throughout his final season with the Illini, but he did end on a statistical high note as he threw for 377 yards and two touchdowns in the season finale. In general, the loss of Mikey Dudek combined with Geronimo Allison's move to the NFL left Lunt bereft of proven weapons on the outside in 2016. His yards per game average dropped by nearly 60 in 2016 and his YPA remained under 6.0. Now that Lunt's collegiate career has concluded, look for Jeff George Jr. or Chayce Crouch to take over at quarterback for the Illini in 2017.

Zach Abey will make his first career start Saturday against Army, Bill Wagner of the Capital Gazette reports.

Impact

Starter Will Worth's season came to an end in the AAC Championship game when he suffered a broken foot, which resulted in Abey stepping in under center. Abey went 7-of-13 for 104 yards and two interceptions in relief of Worth on Saturday, but he was effective on the ground as he provided 70 yards and a rushing touchdown. He'll look to keep Navy's 14-game winning streak over Army intact on Saturday.

Marvin Zanders announced Thursday that he will transfer from Missouri.

Impact

With Drew Lock firmly entrenched as Missouri's starting signal caller, Zanders will opt to finish his collegiate career at another program. The former three-star athlete was successful in limited playing time this season, racking up 198 yards and two scores on the ground and going 10-for-12 for 114 yards and a touchdown as a passer.

David Cornwell will remain with the program through the College Football Playoff, Dan Wolken of USA Today reports.

Impact

It was announced Wednesday that Cornwell would transfer to another program, but there was uncertainty regarding whether he'd bolt immediately or stay on the roster through Alabama's playoff run. Head coach Nick Saban confirmed at Thursday's College Football Playoff press conference that Cornwell would remain with the Crimson Tide until the end of the season. Once Cornwell transfers in January, he'll have two years of eligibility remaining at whichever school he enrolls.

Feleipe Franks is expected to redshirt this season, Ryan Young of the AJC's SEC Country Blog reports.

Impact

This isn't entirely unexpected, but the late-season injury to Luke Del Rio opened up the possibility of Florida having to burn Franks' redshirt if something had happened to Austin Appleby. Fortunately, Del Rio is expected to be available for Florida's upcoming appearance in the Outback Bowl, so it seems the Gators will be content with dressing out two quarterbacks against Iowa.