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NJ.com's Keith Sargeant reports that Rutgers has dismissed junior S K.J. Gray for an unspecified violation of team rules.

No word as of yet as to exactly what Gray did to earn the dismissal. It's a somewhat major late loss for the Scarlet Knights, as the 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior was expected to work as a starter for the coming campaign. He racked up 55 tackles (2.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and five passes defended last autumn, when he played in 10 games while making four starts. His ignominious exit from the team is made all the more impactful by the fact that HC Chris Ash and company have no clear replacement in the wings. Kobe Marfo, Larry Stevens, Naijee Jones, Edwin Lopez, and Tim Barrow are all potential beneficiaries, depending on who is able to step up in August camp.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 11 - 11:25 AM

Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente said that the "door's closed" on the possibility that dismissed redshirt junior S/LB Mook Reynolds could return to the team.

Not an ounce of wiggle room coming from Fuente on this one. Reynolds was arrested a week ago Monday and subsequently hit with a felony charge of selling and distributing marijuana and/or the possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or distribute. The program moved to dismiss him immediately following that arrest -- felony charges are almost universally going to get players kicked out of school. Over the past two seasons, Reynolds has posted 134 total tackles, 18.0 of which went for loss. Devon Hunter, a sophomore, could potentially be in line to step up as starter in place of Reynolds with a strong August camp.
Jul 18 - 4:33 PM

Miami HC Mark Richt said that redshirt senior QB Malik Rosier will be the team's starter when they open the season against LSU on Sept. 2.

"He's the starter. Malik's the starter. And if something changes, I'll let you know," Richt said while addressing the media on Wednesday. None of this comes as any particular surprise, as Rosier started for the Hurricanes last season and lost no ground to dynamic dual-threat redshirt freshman N'Kosi Perry during the spring. Perry might be the sexier name, but Rosier is a dependable, known quantity after throwing for 3,120 yards (54-percent completions) with a 26/14 TD/INT ratio last season. We don't love him for a true title run, but he's certainly capable enough to keep the Hurricanes in the Playoff hunt.
Jul 18 - 3:27 PM

Tennessee sophomore T Trey Smith (undisclosed) has been cleared to take part in August camp.

Smith (6'6/299) was sidelined for spring practice due to what Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt referred to as a "medical issue." Whatever that issue might have been, the sophomore tackle now appears to have healed up in time to take part in preseason work. After signing on in Knoxville as a five-star recruit in the 2017 class -- ESPN ranked him as the No. 1 prospect for the cycle -- Smith went on to start all 12 games as a true freshman last fall, earning All-SEC second-team honors from the Associated Press at year's end.
Jul 18 - 3:10 PM

USC freshman QB J.T. Daniels was named the male Gatorade National Player of the Year.

This particular award goes out to the top prep athlete in the country. Daniels earned the honor for his junior campaign at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, California, on the strength of a 2017 season in which he threw for 4,123 yards and 52 touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder would have been a part of the 2019 recruiting class had he not reclassified -- ala Jake Bentley and others before him -- to the 2018 class. Thus, Daniels is now enrolled at USC and battling it out to take over the starting reigns for former gunslinger Sam Darnold. Jack Sears and Matt Fink stand in his way, though we'd give Daniels a tentative edge heading into August. As for the female prep athlete who took home Gatorade National Player of the Year plaudits, that would be New York high school cross country and track and field ace Katelyn Tuohy.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 2:32 PM

North Carolina HC Larry Fedora issued a strong statement questioning the link between concussions and the degenerative brain disease CTE.

"I fear that the game will be pushed so far from what we know that we won’t recognize it 10 years from now. And if it does, our country will go down, too," Fedora said in a sometimes perplexing wondering of thought during Wednesday's media session. He attempted to argue that the CTE-concussion connection is scaring people from the game due to it being (he believes) incorrectly peddled as fact. It's not a particularly enlightened view in the year 2018 given the scientific body of work that exists on the subject. Perhaps the most problematic part of this is that Fedora is setting the example for his team with these comments.
Source: USA Today
Jul 18 - 2:15 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that the team's starting quarterback is "still to be determined."

It would have been quite the story if Saban had named a starter between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts at SEC Media Days, of all places. This is a competition that has been breathlessly discussed throughout the offseason, with no real indicators as to where Saban and staff might be leaning. We wouldn't be surprised if the Tagovailoa/Hurts battle went down to the August wire, something we've from Saban in the past -- it was only two years ago that he declined to name his starting quarterback until just minutes before the season-opening kickoff against USC. We're not going to rule out the possibility that the team experiments with both quarterbacks in season, though we'd view that as a longshot. Obviously, we'll keep tabs on the situation as the competition develops toward its end game.
Jul 18 - 1:46 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that after watching extensive game film, he believes that Michigan junior DE Rashan Gary is "the real deal"

"Gary fires off the snap with a great first step, plays with great pad level and balance while also showing the ability to flatten his angle then pursue from the backside with speed," Pauline writes, adding the intriguing nugget that the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Michigan standout looks like he still has room to grow in terms of his developmental ceiling. Gary topped Bruce Feldman's "Freaks" list earlier this month. The future NFL star-to-be is capable of running a 4.75-second 40-yard dash with a 126-inch broad jump. He'll be in play for the No. 1 overall selection next spring should he declare for the draft after the coming season.
Jul 18 - 12:07 PM

Arkansas HC Chad Morris said that he does not see senior WR Brandon Martin with the team this year.

Martin (6'4/205) was not listed in the team's media guide released this week, with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Tom Murphy reporting that academics are at the root of the wideout's current issue. Morris did not speak specifically to that, but did acknowledge that he "[doesn't] know if [Martin] will become part of our roster again." This past season was the wideout's first in the FBS after landing at Arkansas as a JUCO transfer. Injuries limited his production for the past campaign and he finished out having caught just nine passes for 119 yards. He also dealt with some injury concern this spring. We'll see if Martin can extricate himself from this hole, but his situation doesn't look particularly encouraging at this juncture.
Jul 18 - 11:27 AM

Texas A&M HC Jimbo Fisher said that there is no timetable to name a starting quarterback.

"I can’t dictate that – it happens when it happens," Fisher said, adding that "If there are two guys who need to play, they’ll play, if there is one guy who needs to play, one guy will play." He heavily insinuated that even he did not truly know who held the edge in the competition between sophomore Kellen Mond and redshirt sophomore Nick Starkel, citing the fact that the pair of signal-callers only has had slight exposure to the team's new offense thus far. Starkel likely would have been the year-long starter in 2017 had a fractured ankle sustained in the opener not prevented him from playing for much of the campaign. We'll check back in with Fisher's crew in August to see how this signal-caller showdown is shaking out.
Jul 17 - 5:05 PM

Oklahoma State HC Mike Gundy said that redshirt senior QB Taylor Cornelius is leading the team's competition to start.

"Certainly, going into August, he's our guy," Gundy said. Cornelius (6'6/232) has been sitting the bench for the Cowboys for some time while serving as backup to Mason Rudolph. He has played sparingly for obvious reasons, attempting just 24 total passes to date. Hawaii QB Dru Brown transferred over to Oklahoma State earlier this offseason and will be trying to wedge former walk-on Cornelius out of pole position in August camp. Part of the reason we love Justice Hill for a huge season -- beyond the fact that Justice Hill is a great player -- is the unsolidified situation at quarterback.
Jul 17 - 1:40 PM

In the preseason Conference USA media poll, Florida Atlantic and North Texas were picked as winners of the East and West divisions, respectively.

The media's seeing the CUSA to shape up similarly to last season, when FAU and North Texas squared off for conference supremacy at the end of the campaign. Florida Atlantic won that won going away. The Owls dominated the top of this new preseason poll, drawing 22 first-place votes for the East, with only Marshall's four stray ballots preventing them from a clean media sweep on the predictive front. First-place votes in the West division, much more spread out, with North Texas drawing 18, followed by Louisiana Tech (four), UAB (three), and Southern Miss (1).
Jul 17 - 12:19 PM




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