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Florida HC Jim McElwain declined to name a starting QB and said three quarterbacks may play against Michigan in the opener.

"Don’t read into this that we’re not happy where they’re at, it’s really more so that the competition has brought out some good things," McElwain said. Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire is attempting to fend off ballyhooed redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks and incumbent starter Luke Del Rio for the gig. McElwain will determine the direction of the offense when he makes his decision. The 6-foot-6, 219-pound Franks is the biggest of the three and boasts the strongest arm. The 6-foot, 225-pound Zaire holds advantages in mobility and leadership, while the 6-foot-1, 211-pound Del Rio has experience on his side. We don't buy the three-QB talk. Zaire remains a small favorite over Franks to eventually win the job outright. The Gators open against the Wolverines next week.
Aug 23 - 3:34 PM

UCLA junior RB Bolu Olorunfunmi is down to 9-percent body fat.

The 5-foot-10, 220-pound power back also comes equipped with solid speed (4.5 40-yard dash). Olorunfunmi, orginally from Lagos, Nigeria, rushed for 280 yards and four touchdowns and caught eight passes for 36 yards and another score last year. He's reportedly slightly ahead of Nate Starks and former five-star recruit Soso Jamabo for the starting job. We expect a timeshare.
Aug 23 - 2:53 PM

South Alabama head coach Joey Jones named redshirt junior Cole Garvin the starting quarterback.

Garvin, who transferred in from Marshall in 2015, surprisingly dispatched incumbent starter Dallas Davis, who started 10 last season for the Jaguars. Last year, Garvin threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns in engineering an upset win over San Diego State. Jones said he'll decide his starting quarterback "week-to-week" this fall, so Garvin doesn't exactly have a stranglehold on the gig.
Source: AL.com
Aug 23 - 1:41 PM

FAU HC Lane Kiffin refuted reports that he has used former Baylor coach Art Briles as a consultant.

Kiffin said Briles hasn't been used formally or informally, and added that Briles has never been to a practice. "Somebody texted me and wanted to know why I hired Art Briles, and I was like, 'What?'" Kiffin said. "He's absolutely not a consultant and has never been to practice or spoken to our team. That's classic 'somebody trying to make it a story' because it's Art Briles and Lane Kiffin." Kendal Briles, Art's son, is the new FAU offensive coordinator. Kendal indicated that he's talked to his dad about personnel and offensive strategy.
Source: ESPN
Aug 23 - 1:23 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow (hand) is out indefinitely.

The Buckeyes' backup signal-caller broke a bone in his throwing hand during a practice on Monday. Burrow was in the middle of a battle with redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins to serve as veteran starter J.T. Barrett's backup. There is not currently a timetable for his return.
Source: ESPN
Aug 23 - 12:52 PM

Former Georgia Tech sophomore RB Dedrick Mills transferred to Garden City Community College.

GCCC, a Kansas school, won the 2016 junior college national championship. Because Mills didn't transfer to an FBS program, he's eligible to play immediately in 2017. The Yellow Jackets dismissed Mills last week for an unspecified violation of athletic department rules. Last year as a true freshman, Mills led the team in rushing with 771 yards (5.1 ypc) and 12 touchdowns while serving as HC Paul Johnson's B-back. He did so despite missing three games while suspended. Mills is an NFL talent, but he needs an attitude adjustment pronto.
Aug 23 - 12:35 PM

LSU named redshirt senior QB Danny Etling starter for the coming season.

This was a competition in name only, as no other player seriously threatened Etling's status as starter this offseason. Myles Brennan will serve as backup to the veteran gunslinger. We like Etling for an improved season under OC Matt Canada. A year ago, the redshirt senior threw for 2,123 yards with an 11/5 TD/INT ratio over the course of 11 games played after taking over for an ineffective Brandon Harris.
Aug 22 - 9:57 PM

Baylor moved redshirt freshman LB Deonte Williams to defensive end.

Bears DL coach Elijah Robinson indicated that Williams would be used in a rotational role, but did not specify exactly how Baylor plans on utilizing the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder. That should become more clear as the season gets underway. Matt Rhule's squad will boot up the campaign against Liberty on September 2.
Aug 22 - 9:52 PM

Virginia suspended redshirt senior T Jack English for the season-opener against William & Mary.

"Just violation of team rules. That’s as far as I’ll go," said HC Bronco Mendenhall. English (6'5/305) started 11 games at left tackle for the Cavaliers last season. Dillon Reinkensmeyer, Osiris Crutchfield and John Montelus are a few of the options that Mendenhall ticked off when asked who would replace English for the opener. This suspension is not expected to last beyond that first game.
Source: Diehards
Aug 22 - 9:46 PM

Clemson named junior QB Kelly Bryant the starter for the coming season.

All signs prior to the announcement had been pointing toward Bryant as the likely man to receive the first crack at replacing Deshaun Watson. It's official, now. "He has earned it and I am proud of him," said HC Dabo Swinney. "It has been a great competition, but this part is over." Bryant's experience in comparison to that of redshirt freshman Zerrick Cooper and true freshman Hunter Johnson played a big part in Swinney's decision. Bryant has seen time in 12 games during his Clemson career and has completed 13-of-18 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in that small sample.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 9:33 PM
EJ Scott - WR - Rams

Colorado State freshman WR EJ Scott will miss the coming season with a torn ACL.

Scott (6'1/185) sustained the injury during Tuesday's practice. The team is well-positioned to deal with his loss, as their receiving corp is a deep and experienced one. Scott, a three-star recruit, signed with the Rams in February.
Aug 22 - 9:16 PM

North Carolina HC Larry Fedora indicated that he is not ready to name a starting quarterback.

"They’re all competing. That’s what I like. They’re all competing, so we’ve still got a way to go before somebody separates themselves," said HC Larry Fedora. The four quarterbacks in the conversation, here, are LSU transfer Brandon Harris, redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt, redshirt sophomore Logan Byrd and sophomore Nathan Elliott. Harris looked like he had landed in a prime situation for starts with Mitchell Trubisky moving on to the NFL, but either Fedora is playing coy (possible) or Harris actually hasn't done enough to win the job yet.
Aug 22 - 9:01 PM

Arkansas freshman RB Chase Hayden is in line to see carries for the coming season.

SEC Country's Trent Shadid passes along the interesting little nugget that "the coaching staff views Hayden as an equal to sophomore Devwah Whaley and senior David Williams in the backfield." This doesn't necessarily mean that the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder will see an equivalent number of carries to those two backs -- Whaley is the expected starter. Still, he's one to keep an eye on, particularly if Whaley were to suffer an injury. Hayden was a four-star recruit in the 2017 class.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 22 - 8:42 PM

Illinois sophomore LB Jake Hansen will undergo surgery for a knee injury.

Illini HC Lovie Smith termed Hansen's knee injury a "significant" one. There is no current timetable for the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder's return to action, but this sounds like it could keep him out for an extended amount of time, if not the entire season. Hansen appeared in all 12 of Illinois' games last season, working mostly on special teams. He was a three-star recruit in the 2016 class.
Aug 22 - 8:30 PM

Purdue redshirt junior QB David Blough (shoulder) was a limited participant during practice on Tuesday.

Blough has been fighting through a right shoulder strain over the last week or so. He did some throwing work on Tuesday and said afterward that "[i]t feels great" and that's he's made "a ton of progress." Blough's status for the season-opener against Louisville should clarify over the next week, but there have been no indications to this point that he might be forced to miss any game action.
Aug 22 - 8:17 PM



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