ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan tight end Chris Barnett has left the team.

The school confirmed the move Thursday.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound freshman from Hurst, Texas, was a highly regarded player in Brady Hoke's first recruiting class earlier this year. Barnett was ranked as a top-20 prospect by recruiting analysts. He was projected as a future starter because No. 1 tight end Kevin Koger is a senior.

Fellow freshman Tony Posada, an offensive lineman, and junior receiver Je'Ron Stokes, who had three career receptions, have also left the program since Hoke took over for the fired Rich Rodriguez.

Verizon first national carrier of Longhorn Network
AUSTIN, Texas -- The soon-to-launch Longhorn Network has its first national carrier.

Verizon has announced it will carry the ESPN-backed network for its FiOS TV subscribers. The 24-hour channel dedicated to University of Texas sports launches Friday and will broadcast the Longhorns' first game against Rice on Sept. 3.

ESPN and Texas announced a $300 million, 20-year deal for the network in January.

The Verizon distribution deal puts the network within reach of about 4 million viewers nationally. Verizon officials say it will eventually also be available to FiOS TV subscribers online, on tablets and smartphones.

Texas and ESPN have not yet announced any major cable or satellite carriers for the network.

Iowa State safety Brooks out for season
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads says backup safety Earl Brooks is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Brooks, who played in all 12 games last season as a reserve, entered fall camp as the backup to Ter'Ran Benton.

Iowa State also released its latest depth chart Thursday, which offered few surprises from the one the Cyclones opened camp with earlier this month.

One of the biggest changes is that freshman C.J. Morgan and sophomore Deon Broomfield are listed as co-starters at linebacker. Morgan and Broomfield had been listed as safeties, an indication that the Cyclones are stacking their defense to combat the pass-happy attacks prevalent in the Big 12.

Eyewitness says Jefferson kicked man
BATON ROUGE, La. -- An eyewitness says she saw LSU starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson kick someone in the face during a bar fight that injured four people last week.

The account from 19-year-old Victoria Long was included in a police report released Thursday, a day after police seized 49 pairs of athletic shoes from Jefferson's apartment. Baton Rouge police Sgt. Don Stone wouldn't explain why police took the shoes.

Stone says no arrests are expected Thursday.

Jefferson and three teammates -- offensive lineman Chris Davenport, linebacker Josh Johns and receiver Jarvis Landry -- were interviewed by police this week about the fight that occurred in the parking lot of a bar were police say numerous LSU players were gathered. Long told police that she also saw Johns attacking the man kicked by Jefferson.