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Florida HC Will Muschamp praised sophomore RB Kelvin Taylor's third down ability.

Muschamp specifically pointed out Taylor's improved receiving skills and pass protection ability. Taylor, the son of Jaguar great Fred, starting earning a large number of touches in the second half of last season, producing 508 yards and four touchdowns on 111 carries. He should be a large part of the Gators' offense this year.
Aug 27 - 11:41 AM

Stanford redshirt sophomore Barry Sanders Jr. has been named the school's No. 2 RB.

Senior Kelsey Young will start despite missing a large portion of camp due to an ankle injury. Sanders Jr. saw most of his action at punt returner, but also took five carries for 34 yards and a touchdown. The few times he had the ball in his hands, however, Sanders Jr. seemed to channel his father's ankle breaking skills.
Aug 27 - 11:30 AM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha is not afraid of tearing his left ACL for the third time.

"There was a lot of mental growth, the injuries taught me to be patient," Kikaha told CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "...The injuries taught me to invest more in the program, allowed me to get coached up in the film room." The edge rusher discussed his new role at Buck linebacker in the Huskies' odd front defense. "The 3-4 allows more 1-on-1 opportunities so I can make plays and be freed up. I spent a lot of time at the "4i" position and strong end last year so it's not too far off." Brugler spoke with one NFC North scout who said Kikaha's medicals will be imperative to his evaluation.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 11:16 AM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler praised new HC Steve Sarkisian's up-tempo shotgun offense.

"It gave us an advantage," Kessler said in regards to facing the Trojans' defense. "It helps me out a lot more, too." During his first season as the school's starting quarterback, Kessler threw for 2,968 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Kessler is not necessarily a good prospect, but we think he deserves a bit more attention and praise. He is not afraid to throw across the middle, even when pressured.
Aug 27 - 10:58 AM

According to one anonymous college football assistant that does not have an affiliation to the Gators, Miami "started a war" after allegedly turning in former Florida assistant coach Joker Phillips for a recruiting violation, per SI's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans.

The specific infraction, known as the "bump rule," prohibits coaches from talking to recruits during a dead recruiting period. "It’s bull----," one assistant said to Thamel and Evans. "Miami bumps and talks to kids more than anybody. They’ve started a war. They better watch out. You started messing with livelihoods and s--- is going to get dirty." Miami has previously been hit with major infractions and penalties form the NCAA.
Aug 27 - 10:39 AM

Stanford junior WR Ty Montgomery is expected to start the season opener against UC Davis after recovering from shoulder surgery.

Montgomery underwent right shoulder surgery last February and also hurt his knee in the Rose Bowl. The early reports stated Montgomery would miss the first two games of the season, but Montgomery was not satisfied with that projection. Rotoworld contributor Cian Fahey compared Montgomery to Tedd Ginn Jr.
Aug 27 - 10:26 AM
Dee Hart - RB - Rams

Colorado State graduate senior RB Dee Hart is considered probable for the school's season opener against Colorado.

Hart, an Alabama transfer, is eligible to play immediately after entering a graduate degree program. In fact, that same program forced Hart to leave practice early on at least one occasion. He has been dealing with an ankle injury but appears to be fine. Hart has a history of knee injuries, which is something to monitor.
Source: Coloradoan
Aug 27 - 10:07 AM

Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is expected to return punts.

Ifo is listed as the top punt returner on the Ducks' two-deep, with redshirt senior receiver Keanon Lowe and redshirt freshman receiver Darren Carrington behind him. Many consider Ifo the top draft-eligible corner prospect in college football (don't sleep on Marcus Peters), so adding some return ability would not be the worst thing for his evaluation.
Source: Go Ducks
Aug 27 - 9:48 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks Washington junior LB/S Shaq Thompson as the No. 17 overall prospect.

This is a generous preseason grade from an analyst who clearly believes the Huskies' tweener won't have problems acclimating to the NFL. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, for instance, graded Thompson as a Rounds 4-5 prospect earlier this summer. "Since signing with the Huskies as a prep safety, Thompson has grown into a true three-down linebacker, maintaining his agility, speed and open-field tackling skills while improving his strength," Rang wrote. Thompson, 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, runs a 4.56 forty. It will be important for him to keep adding weight if he intends to stick at linebacker (CBS lists Thompson at 231 pounds).
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 26 - 9:56 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth "will emerge as one of the hottest commodities in college coaching" this season, writes FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman.

"And it'll have nothing to do with the fact that he can bench press more than like 95 percent of his players," Feldman deadpanned. "Well, almost nothing. The 45-year-old Hudspeth, 99-33 all-time as a head coach, has 18 returning starters and has a good shot to knock off Ole Miss or Boise State even though both games are on the road." ULL athletics director Scott Farmer gave Hudspeth a six-year contract extension in June after three straight 9-4 seasons that all culminated with bowl victories.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 26 - 9:42 PM

Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer (quadriceps) is considered questionable for the season opener on Sept. 1 against Miami.

"He still has some swelling in there," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said Monday. It was assumed that Dyer would progress quickly enough that he wouldn't have to miss any game time, but Petrino said the running back has not healed as expected. Dyer (5-foot-9, 214 pounds) missed practice every day last week. True freshman L.J. Scott (6-foot, 228 pounds) will back up senior starter Dominique Brown if Dyer can't go on Monday.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 9:32 PM

NFLDraftScout.com projects four running backs -- Todd Gurley (Georgia), Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin), Mike Davis (South Carolina) and T.J. Yeldon (Alabama) -- as possible first-round picks.

No running back has gone in the first round in the last two drafts. Quick! Name the last running back drafted in Round 1. Stumped? If you said David Wilson, step up and accept your prize of a free NFL Draft news blurb. Trent Richardson was a top-five selection in the 2012 draft, and Doug Martin and Wilson went with the last two picks in the first round in that class. The Browns regret taking Richardson, the Colts regret trading for him, Martin's career has been up and down, and Wilson has already retired due to injury. This, along with the realization that the pass should be used to set up the run and not vice-versa, is the reason the NFL doesn't devote valuable high draft picks to the position. Gurley and Gordon are good enough to change that, however.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 26 - 9:12 PM

Former Nebraska junior DT Aaron Curry transferred to TCU.

"Not only is it close to home but I like TCU's defense," Curry said. Curry left Lincoln a few weeks ago and was reportedly set to transfer to Oklahoma. However, the Sooners didn't have a scholarship for him, re-opening Curry's recruitment. "I feel like I can fit in with it well. I've always wanted to play in the Big 12. I like the coaches and the players, and it's a great fit." The 6-foot-1, 280-pound junior from Keller recorded 26 tackles and two sacks last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 8:39 PM

Texas A&M redshirt senior G Jarvis Harrison "has been described by Aggies' coaches as their most athletic offensive lineman and he flashes the talent worthy of early round consideration," reports CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Harrison has impressive initial quickness, including a burst to get to the second level that belies his massive frame," Rang wrote. "He has a thick build, especially in his lower body, that helps him absorb bull rushes and generate power as a drive blocker and is surprisingly fluid in pass protection." The 6-foot-3, 325-pound Harrison runs a 5.27 forty. "Harrison is too satisfied with getting an initial block on his opponent and doesn't work hard enough to sustain," Rang wrote. "Harrison carries a little too much weight around his middle, which causes him to bend at the waist rather than at his knees, making him top-heavy. He must show improved awareness and balance to re-direct towards moving targets when run blocking at the second level."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 26 - 8:24 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



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