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Michigan coach Brady Hoke responded to criticism of OT Taylor Lewan's character, saying he never had a problem with him.

Lewan was charged with three misdemeanors during an alleged December assault of an Ohio State fan. He's also been criticized for an "Eddie Haskell" personality during the process. "The only thing I know off the field is the incident where he allegedly punched a guy after the Ohio State game, and it hasn't been proven that he's done that,'" Hoke said. "For me, he's never had an issue. Until the truth comes out, I think people are always going to assume." The coach added Lewan has done extensive community outreach work in Ann Arbor. "I wasn't in any fight of any kind," Lewan said at the combine. "I was actually breaking something up and some guy said that I slugged him, but that's not who I am off the field. That's not the kind of person I am."
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, May 5, 2014 08:28:00 PM

BYU sophomore LB Francis Bernard (personal) is expected to redshirt during the coming season.

Bernard (6'0/235) is taking the redshirt due to a personal matter, but there is no further detail as to what that matter might be. His loss figures to be a difficult one to paper over -- Bernard registered 79 tackles (5.5 for loss) and three interceptions in 12 games last season. Matt Hadley has been moved from safety to linebacker to help shore up the position group.
Aug 17 - 2:53 PM

Baylor HC Matt Rhule said that he will probably wait until the week of the season-opener against Liberty to name the starting quarterback.

"I just really like the camaraderie and competitiveness between Zach (Smith) and Anu (Solomon). I really believe iron sharpens iron. So we’re just going to keep playing it out," Rhule said. Smith and Arizona transfer Solomon have pulled ahead of true freshman Charlie Brewer over the first two weeks of camp, but beyond that, Rhule has offered no real hints as to what his lean might be.
Aug 17 - 2:40 PM

USC HC Clay Helton called sophomore WR Michael Pittman Jr.'s ankle injury a "significant one."

"I don’t think it’s day-to-day, I think it’s going to take a couple of weeks," Helton said. Pittman (6'4/205) suffered a high right ankle sprain in practice on Tuesday while working in a one-on-one drill against CB Jack Jones and subsequently required a cart to exit the practice field. X-rays taken after the injury revealed no structural damage, but Pittman will need some time to rest up nonetheless.
Source: Diehards
Aug 17 - 1:44 PM

Texas senior TE Andrew Beck (foot) is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

Beck fractured his foot during practice on Wednesday. He had been in line for starting duties, but given his current timetable, the 6-foot-3, 253-pounder is going to miss time in September and possibly even October. Syracuse transfer Kendall Moore could see a closer look with Beck down for the count.
Aug 17 - 1:30 PM

Duke junior DB Jeremy McDuffie suffered a fractured thumb on Saturday.

McDuffie (5'11/185) underwent surgery to repair the fracture on Tuesday. Blue Devils HC David Cutcliffe said that he expects the 5-foot-11, 185-pound McDuffie to be able to return in "fairly short order." He could still potentially suit up for the team's season-opening tilt against N.C. Central on September 2. Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman hears from some around the program that McDuffie could potentially develop into Duke's best defender this season.
Aug 16 - 5:11 PM

Ole Miss and Louisville will play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2021.

This, per FBSSchedules.com, who learned of the matchup through an open-records request. There is still apparently some flexibility as to when this game will be played, with Saturday, August 28, 2021, Saturday, September 4, 2021 and Sunday, September 5, 2021 all possible options. Louisville and Ole Miss have never played before.
Aug 16 - 3:59 PM

Florida sophomore T Jake Fruhmorgen transferred to Baylor.

Fruhmorgen (6'5/290) initially transferred to Florida from Clemson in June, but did not take part in any workouts with the Gators. It was reported shortly after his initial transfer that he planned on walking away from football altogether. Whether that is still the case remains to be seen. Should he decide to stick it out at Baylor, he would have to sit out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations and would have two years eligibility remaining starting in 2018. He started eight games for the Tigers last season.
Aug 16 - 3:16 PM

UCLA HC Jim Mora does not expect junior QB Josh Rosen to leave for the draft after the season.

"My firm belief is that he will not leave ... as we sit here right now, I can really honestly say I don’t think he’s going to leave," Mora said. Rosen has the potential to be a top-five draft pick if things break right this season. We've heard many a-coach wax poetic about how their players will stay only for said players to leave when given the opportunity. Stay tuned.
Aug 16 - 3:04 PM

FAU senior WR John Franklin III will not be transitioning back to quarterback with the Owls.

Franklin announced his transfer from Auburn to FAU on Tuesday. Up until the spring, he had been working as a quarterback. The Tigers subsequently moved him to wide receiver. He'll be sticking at the position with the Owls rather than attempt a quarterbacking rebirth. Early reports from Auburn camp this month had Franklin struggling in the receiving game, but if he can get his feet under him, FAU offers a far more pass-heavy attack than the Tigers. There is opportunity there if he can take advantage.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 16 - 12:31 PM

Former Oklahoma freshman QB Chris Robison, who was dismissed two weeks ago, said he is transferring to FAU.

Robison was a highly regarded recruit who instantly ran into trouble at Oklahoma, leading to a dismissal before playing a single game for the Sooners. Kiffin's strategy is obvious, bring in former high profile recruits until he can leave his mark on recruiting classes. Robison likely will need to sit out the season.
Aug 16 - 9:43 AM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that the Penn State Board of Trustees will discuss a contract extension for HC James Franklin this week.

There have been rumblings of an extension for Franklin throughout the offseason, with AD Sandy Barbour essentially confirming at the beginning of July that a new deal was in the works. Franklin and the Nittany Lions are coming off an 11-3 season and enter 2017 with sky-high expectations.
Aug 15 - 2:31 PM




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