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Rowan Kavner of the Dallas Morning News would be shocked if senior Casey Pachall was not the starting QB for TCU in 2013.

Travone Boykin filled in while Pachall was away from the team last season, and despite reports that the competition is "open," that might not actually be the case. Pachall is a true pocket gunslinger while Boykin struggled to manage confined spaces, instead choosing to use his feet and escape to the edge. Kavner adds TCU's biggest question mark might be its inexperience along the offensive line.
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 09:16:00 AM

NC State redshirt junior Jacoby Brissett "has a lot of Ben Roethlisberger to his game in terms of his poise, pocket presence and how difficult he is for defenders to bring down," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He needs to be quicker in getting from one progression to the next, but I think he sees the entire field well and has good vision as a runner," McShay wrote. The analyst reported that 11 NFL teams scouted Saturday's game against Florida State. Brissett starred in a losing effort, going 32-for-48 for 359 yards and three touchdowns. "He's just a junior and is still a work in progress, but I think he has the physical tools to one day develop into an NFL QB," McShay wrote. "His TD pass in the first half, in which he nearly had his helmet ripped off and then warded off another sack attempt along the right sideline, was one of the more impressive individual efforts I've seen in a long time."
Sep 30 - 10:55 PM

Arizona State HC Todd Graham said senior QB Taylor Kelly is "pretty questionable" for Saturday's game versus USC.

Kelly missed Thursday's loss to UCLA while nursing the unspecified foot injury he suffered in a Sept. 13 win over Colorado. "Taylor has the boot on and stuff, but it’s precautionary," Graham said Monday. "He is running in the pool, he is exercising in the pool and has no pain, so he’s doing really well." If nothing else, the injury came with good timing, as ASU had a bye before the UCLA game and has another one following Saturday's contest against the Trojans. After that, the Sun Devils won't play again until Oct. 18 against Stanford. Backup Mike Bercovici, who threw for 488 yards and three touchdowns against the Bruins, will be called upon again if Kelly can't go.
Sep 30 - 9:50 PM

Former Ole Miss HC and USC interim coach Ed Orgeron is interested in the Kansas vacancy.

"It’s a Power Five (job)," Orgeron said. "(Mark) Mangino went 12-1 and went to the Orange Bowl. It’s in a great conference. His staff proved that you can do it." The Jayhawks have had four head coaches in the last seven years. The school fired Charlie Weis earlier this week after an ugly home shutout loss to Texas. "It’s a challenging job," Orgeron said. "But most jobs you get, there’s gonna be some things you’re gonna have to fix." Orgeron has a career 16-27 record (10-25 at Ole Miss from 2005-07, and 6-2 as the interim boss at USC last year) and is regarded as one of the game's best recruiters, a trait KU will certainly place near the top of its wish list while choosing Weis' long-term successor.
Sep 30 - 9:21 PM

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer believes senior QB Braxton Miller will return to school in 2015, and announced him as starter.

"Braxton is our quarterback," Meyer said. "To be fair to Braxton, Big Ten Player of the Year. But it's good to know we've got both of them." In other words, Miller will start over freshman J.T. Barrett next season regardless of how well Barrett plays this year. Miller, who is out for the year after undergoing right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, said last month that he would return to school for the 2015 season. Because he was very close to declaring for the 2014 draft, we'll wait until the winter filing deadline before officially writing him in for the 2016 draft.
Sep 30 - 8:42 PM

ESPN Insider's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl call West Virginia senior WR Kevin White the No. 1 fastest rising draft prospect in the nation.

"There isn't a player who has helped his stock more than White," the duo writes. "The former juco transfer showed flashes in 2013 but was raw, which warranted a sixth-round grade. The light has come on for White in his second season at West Virginia. He has become a matchup nightmare outside the hashes with an excellent combination of size, speed and strength to win in one-on-one situations. White looks like an early Day 2 prospect at this point." Through only four games, White has 42 receptions, 633 yards and three touchdowns. Muench and Weidl sound high on White, but there are others who are higher. "The guy generating the most buzz right now is the wideout at West Virginia," an AFC scout told last week. "He's big, explosive and productive. He looks like a potential first-round pick."
Sep 30 - 6:18 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay compares Florida State senior WR Rashad Greene to Jaguars WR Marqise Lee and gives him a Round 2 grade.

"Greene has below-average size for the wide receiver position at the next level, but he is a sudden athlete with the quickness to both beat press coverage off the line and separate from defensive backs in and out of breaks," McShay wrote. "In the Seminoles' comeback win over NC State on Saturday, he exploited the Wolfpack's inferior cornerbacks all game (11 catches, 125 yards, one touchdown). The handful of times in which NC State played tight man coverage, he was able to separate easily, and when NC State backed off, it created a game of simple pitch-and-catch between him and [QB Jameis] Winston." Greene has led the Seminoles in receptions in each of the past three years, ranking ahead of prospects such as Kelvin Benjamin.
Sep 30 - 6:04 PM

NC State head coach Dave Doeren apologized to FSU for accusing the Seminoles of faking injuries during the schools' game last weekend.

"I left an emotional locker room and took those emotions with me to the press conference," Doeren tweeted. The head coach previously accused FSU of slowing the second half tempo by falling to the ground with fake injuries. Others have accused opponents of such acts, but few head coaches.
Sep 30 - 10:54 AM

One source close to NFL decision makers told Sports Illustrated that FSU HC Jimbo Fisher's "glowing recommendations" of JaMarcus Russell could lead to more questions of similar recommendations for Jameis Winston.

"He told the entire NFL that JaMarcus Russell was a great kid," the source said. "He was a f------ turd then." At the time, Fisher was LSU's offensive coordinator. Evaluators ask college coaches and people around programs endless questions about prospects. In many cases, the answers sway their evaluations. In this case, Fisher's potential praise might not count for very much.
Sep 30 - 10:33 AM

One Big 12 assistant coach told Sports Illustrated redshirt transfer QB Baker Mayfield is "probably" the best QB on Oklahoma's roster.

"It’s really incredible," the assistant saidof the path Mayfield has had to take since wanting to transfer from Texas Tech. "He’s pretty damn good." Mayfield started seven games for TTU and was finally allowed to receive scholarship help while attending Oklahoma, however, he is not eligible to play in games until next year. He will then have two seasons remaining of on-field action.
Sep 30 - 10:21 AM

Former TCU DE Devonte Fields admitted it is "somewhat" hard to remain motivated while playing for Trinity Valley Community College this season.

"On Saturday, Fields hardly looked like a potential first-rounder, let alone a college star," the SI duo of Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel write. "He jogged on many plays, stood and watched passes downfield, and even got pancaked by an undersized left tackle. Fields spent most of halftime standing outside the locker room, briefly killing ants climbing on his cleats." Fields was forced out of TCU after receiving a misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury to a family member. With the NFL focusing on domestic abuse charges, one scout asked "who is going to take him?" in regards to Fields possibly making it in the NFL.
Sep 30 - 10:05 AM

Michigan AD Dave Brandon released a statement late Monday night stating sophomore QB Shane Morris suffered a mild concussion and a high ankle sprain against Minnesota, and the situation was not handled appropriately.

"Unfortunately, this confusion created a circumstance that was not in the best interest of one of our student-athletes," Brandon said in the statement. "I sincerely apologize for the mistakes that were made. We have to learn from this situation, and moving forward, we will make important changes so we can fully live up to our shared goal of putting student-athlete safety first." Head coach Brady Hoke was adamant that he did not see Morris wobble when attempting to walk to the sideline, which was clearly visible on TV, and the reinserted him into the game after Devin Gardner was forced out for one play for losing his helmet. Brandon says the team will now have a medical professional with a bird's eye view to help recognize possible injuries and the school will attempt to reinforce their sideline communication.
Sep 30 - 9:44 AM

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