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Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion won the Elite 11 Counselors' Challenge.

"I'm just trying to keep refining as a quarterback, keep working on footwork, working on being accurate and quickening my release," Mannion said after the event. "Really it's everything you can do to improve. Quarterback is a very multifaceted position and there's room for me to improve in all areas." The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder threw for 4,662 yards and 37 touchdowns last season. He almost opted to enter the draft, but decided to exhaust his collegiate eligibility. "I got the evaluation from the advisory board and it said a third-round grade," Mannion said. "There are not a lot of specific critiques, so I spoke with my coaches and they told me the things I could work on. For me, I feel like I can grow in all areas so I try to be the best player I can be. I really want to help our team have a great season this year." Mannion said he needs to improve his accuracy.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 7:02 PM

Auburn announced sophomore QB Jeremy Johnson will start the opener against Arkansas on Saturday.

Perhaps the bigger news -- though it was expected -- is that Tigers coach Gus Malzahn announced Tuesday that Nick Marshall will play on Saturday. "We have a plan, and they know the plan," Malzahn said. Marshall isn't starting as punishment for a marijuana citation he received over the summer. "We have a lot of confidence in [Jeremy] to run our entire offense, and like I said before, he's very talented," Malzahn said. "The two games he played last year, he was the freshman SEC offensive player of the week." Johnson, who will be making his first SEC start, threw for 422 yards and six touchdowns in starts against Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic in 2013.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 8:08 PM

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer compared true freshman wide receiver Isaiah Ford to Antonio Freeman on Monday.

A reporter asked Beamer at Monday's news conference to compare Ford to a previous receiver he'd coached. "Maybe an Antonio Freeman?" Beamer said. "He makes plays. He's got some height to him." Freeman, who played nine seasons with the Packers and Eagles, is a former Hokies' receiver. Ford (6-foot-1, 174 pounds) will start in Saturday's opener against FCS opponent William & Mary. He wants to walk on to VT's basketball team when the football season concludes. "There have been a lot of football guys that wanted to play basketball, but he's the first one I ever thought that actually could play basketball, too," Beamer said. "He's just a gifted athlete, he's got a great head on his shoulders, he's smart, he keeps everything in perspective. I think he's the real deal."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 7:51 PM

Ohio State senior QB Braxton Miller's torn labrum surgery was successful.

Buckeyes' HC Urban Meyer said on the Big Ten's Tuesday conference call that the surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, went according to plan. Miller wrecked his throwing shoulder in practice on Aug. 18. He was named team captain anyway and says he will return to school in 2015. Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett has assumed the starting job.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 26 - 6:53 PM

Oklahoma senior Blake Bell won the starting tight end job.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound former starting quarterback beat out Taylor McNamara in Monday's depth chart. "Blake, he's been really solid," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Monday. "He loves doing it. He's really a big a target, a comfortable target for Trevor or any quarterback when in the middle of the field. He's got great hands. The different lifting and training from a quarterback to a tight end has helped him get stronger and bigger, so the blocking has been solid, and I think that's something that as we go through the year that will improve the more he's on the field and the more opportunities he gets." Bell struggled with his accuracy as a signal-caller, but he also practiced a little bit at QB in camp and is being viewed as an emergency option if Trevor Knight gets injured. Stoops said "it never hurts to have an emergency plan." Currently, Cody Thomas is listed as the second-team quarterback.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 4:41 PM

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said the school received calls on Tuesday contradicting senior DB Josh Shaw's story about saving his nephew from drowning.

"I heard late last night doubts within the program over Josh Shaw story," beat writer Scott Wolf tweeted. "Sources told me incident did not involve family party or rescuing nephew from pool. USC investigating claims." The initial story stated Shaw jumped from the second story to save his nephew, who could not swim. Saw suffered two high ankle sprains from the event, which was reported via a school release. Stay tuned for more.
Aug 26 - 1:42 PM

Michigan sophomore TE Jake Butt hopes to return to the field on Sept. 27 against Minnesota.

Butt suffered a torn ACL during winter conditioning, and the Minnesota game is a reasonable goal as it is the team's Big Ten opener. He is currently five and a half months out from the injury to his right knee. Butt and Devin Funchess, who is more of a pure receiving option, would form one of the best position combos in college football.
Aug 26 - 11:21 AM

LSU sophomore QB Anthony Jennings and freshman QB Brandon Harris will both see snaps against Wisconsin.

The news comes directly from head coach Les Miles. Jennings stepped in for an injured Zach Mettenberger last year and did an admirable job. However, we believe LSU's offense last year was a perfect situation thanks to a strong offensive line, excellent receivers and solid running game. It could be more difficult for Jennings and Harris to produce consistency this season. We wonder if the two-quarterback system continues as the season goes alone.
Aug 26 - 11:12 AM

UNC sophomore WR Ryan Switzer reportedly compares his game to Tavon Austin, according to beat writer Andrew Carter.

Switzer spent time close to Austin, as the slot receiver and his father frequently went to Mountaineer games and reportedly formed a relationship with Austin during recruitment. "To me, it’s like it has no effect on the game of football," Switzer said of his 5'9" height. "Yeah, guys are bigger, but what I lack in height I have other things to make up for." The Tar Heel might be the best slot receiver in college football.
Aug 26 - 10:22 AM

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday that the team still hasn't decided between redshirt junior Jacob Coker or fifth-year senior Blake Sims as starting quarterback.

The pair have been listed as co-starters, and Saban has hinted he'll play both. "You've got a starting pitcher, doesn't necessarily mean he is going to go nine innings," Saban said. Sims couldn't beat out AJ McCarron in three consecutive years, and many have called Coker a superior prospect to McCarron, so what's going on here? "Word around UA's fall camp is that Coker's arm is everything [Jimbo] Fisher has touted it to be, but that he has been slow to recognize open receivers at times, and absorbing the Alabama system hasn't been easy for him," NFL.com's Chase Goodbread reported. "As a fifth-year senior, it's to be expected that Sims would be far advanced over Coker in understanding what Nick Saban asks of his quarterbacks -- and a new offensive coordinator in Lane Kiffin doesn't change that situation. Yet, sources within the program have told College Football 24/7 that Coker has shown in practice that he can make some throws that Sims simply can't."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 25 - 8:22 PM

ECU wide receivers coach Donnie Kirkpatrick called senior WR Justin Hardy a "definite first-round pick."

Hardy (6-foot, 190 pounds), a former walk-on, hauled in 114 passes for 1,284 yards and eight touchdowns last year. He is one of just four returning FBS receivers who accumulated 100-plus catches in 2013. Hardy has 266 career receptions, putting him in striking distance of the NCAA career receptions record. Pirates' offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, who coached Michael Crabtree at Texas Tech, compared Hardy to Crabtree.
Aug 25 - 7:19 PM

USC redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw injured himself while saving his nephew from drowning and is out indefinitely.

"While attending a family social function at his cousin's apartment in his hometown of Palmdale, Shaw looked on from a second floor balcony to the pool below and saw his 7-year-old nephew, who cannot swim, in distress without help nearby," a school press release reads. "Shaw instinctively leaped off the balcony, landing painfully on the concrete below." The defensive back and team captain apparently suffered two high-ankle sprains. Evaluators are mainly looking at Shaw as a free safety prospect, but everyone will agree the story sounds heroic.
Source: USC Trojans
Aug 25 - 6:43 PM




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