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Oregon redshirt junior WR Devon Allen returned to the team following his Rio Olympics appearance.

The 6-foot, 190-pounder finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdle final earlier this month in Rio. Oregon opens against FCS sacrificial lamb UC Davis on September 3.
Aug 26 - 5:56 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey as the No. 3 draft-eligible running back.

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo agrees with those that have a Rd. 1 preseason grade on C-Mac. "If McCaffrey were just a slot receiver, he’d be a top prospect, but he’s actually a scheme-diverse runner, and that puts him in the first-round mix," Palazzolo wrote. "He sets up blocks well, and his change of direction skills allow him to hit the hole quickly." For some of these reasons, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah has compared McCaffrey to Devonta Freeman. The 6-foot, 197-pound McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders' all-purpose yardage record last year with 3,864.
Aug 26 - 5:39 PM

NC State HC Dave Doeren said that the team would play both junior QB Ryan Finley and redshirt sophomore QB Jalen McClendon in the season-opener against William & Mary.

Nice work by McClendon to hang on here, as Finley's offseason transfer to NC State from the fertile wilds of the Boise Valley caused most to simply assume that the former Bronco would ascend to a starting role without much issue (particularly given that he is being reunited with former BSU OC Eli Drinkwitz). The Wolfpack have the luxury of experimenting early until they find the right fit, with the first three games on their schedule coming against William & Mary, East Carolina and Old Dominion before they enter ACC conference play.
Aug 26 - 3:02 PM

Nebraska suspended senior S Nate Gerry for the season-opener against Fresno State.

Nebraska is doing a little bit of troublesome housekeeping, suspending both Gerry and WR Brandon Reilly for the opener due to unspecified violations of team rules. Pro Football Focus views the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Gerry as "one of the nation's best safeties" despite his posting a subdued 2015 campaign.
Aug 26 - 2:53 PM

Oregon named senior QB Dakota Prukop the starter for 2016.

Prukop took a little while to acclimate to the Ducks' system after transferring over from Montana State, but he made strides over the summer and began to pull away from Travis Jonsen and Justin Herbert midway through August camp. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound gunslinger threw for 3,025 yards (62.8% completions) with a 28/10 TD/INT ratio with the Bobcats last season. He is also a threat to run, having compiled 797 yards on the ground a year ago. His first game against FBS competition in a Ducks uniform will come when Oregon hosts Virginia on September 10. In terms of fantasy, he should be considered a high-upside sleeper. A smooth transition from FCS to FBS play is by no means guaranteed, but Prukop will have oodles of skill-position talent to work with as he finds his pond wings.
Aug 26 - 2:45 PM

Hawaii named senior QB Ikaika Woolsey the starter for Friday's game against Cal.

"[Woolsey]'s showed great decision-making, takes care of the football, overall he has more of a calm spirit and he's focused. He's worked to not make too much happen and just play within the system," said passing game coordinator Craig Stutzmann. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder has started 19 games over the last three seasons. 12 of those starts came in 2014. In that campaign, he threw for 2,538 yards (50.5% completions) with a 13/13 TD/INT ratio. He holds an 18/22 TD/INT ratio for his collegiate career as a whole.
Aug 26 - 2:20 PM

Nebraska suspended redshirt senior WR Brandon Reilly for the season-opener against Fresno State.

Reilly has been suspended due to a violation of team rules, but details have yet to emerge as to the exact nature of his transgression. Last season, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder caught 40 passes for 754 yards and a quartet of touchdowns. He previously got into hot water with a DUI citation in March.
Aug 26 - 2:03 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) practiced on a limited basis on Thursday.

ESPN's David Ching called Fournette's participation "extremely limited" as he continues to work his way back from a tweaked ankle suffered earlier in August. His limited work at this stage of the process isn't surprising. LSU kicks off against Wisconsin in eight days and the program has no incentive to risk re-injuring their 6-foot-1, 230-pound workhorse with the season rapidly approaching.
Aug 26 - 1:40 PM

Houston board of regents chairman Tilman Fertitta indicated that the school could know whether it will be invited to join an expanded Big 12 or not within 60-90 days.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Big 12 was hoping to wrap up expansion proceedings by the start of the season. That won't be happening. But there does appear to be movement here. Said Fertitta, "They have a timeline. We think in the next 60-90 days it will all be over and hopefully the University of Houston will be in the Big 12." The Cougars are among a number of AAC programs hoping to jump to the conference. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Jason Williams wrote in early August that Houston and Cincinnati would make logical sense here.
Aug 26 - 1:33 PM

Auburn junior S Stephen Roberts was arrested on charges of attempting to evade an officer and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Per the arrest report, Roberts was arrested on Wednesday night during a traffic stop. He was not driving, but exited and attempted to flee after authorities stopped the vehicle. The allegedly unlicensed weapon was a handgun. Both charges being levied against the 5-foot-11, 183-pounder are misdemeanors. An Auburn spokesperson told AL.com that "Coach Malzahn is aware" and is "gathering all the facts and will handle the situation appropriately." Roberts was an expected starter for the coming season. He appeared in all 13 games a year ago, starting each of the final four contests.
Source: AL.com
Aug 26 - 1:11 PM

Indiana named redshirt junior QB Richard Lagow the starter for 2016.

Lagow initially signed with UConn as part of the 2013 class, but transferred to Oklahoma State before the start of that season. He would take a redshirt in 2013 before bouncing over to Cisco Junior College for the past two seasons. Then onward to Indiana. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder beat out junior gunslinger Zander Diamont for the right to open as Indiana's starter. The ESPN JC50 ranked him as the No. 49 overall JUCO prospect in the 2016 class. Playing with one of the best receiving corps in the Big Ten, Lagow has a chance to put up legitimate fantasy numbers now that he has secured the starting gig.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 12:49 PM

Florida received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DT Fred Hansard.

"I feel like they are doing big things over there," Hansard said. "When I was there I felt comfortable, my family felt comfortable, and my friends felt comfortable." Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman notes that the 6-foot-3, 314-pounder is "an athletic interior defensive lineman with good speed at the snap and aggressive hands" and that he "has a knack for making plays in the backfield." Hansard ranks as the outlet's No. 115 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Aug 26 - 12:39 PM

Duke redshirt senior QB Thomas Sirk is being evaluated after ongoing issues with an achilles injury.

Sirk tore his left achilles tendon in February, but coaches pointed to him opening the season as the starter. It was an optimistic evaluation, but there have seemingly been complications along the way. Sirk apparently aggravated it on Thursday. The Blue Devils might need to shift their plan at quarterback in the season opener against NC Central.
Aug 26 - 11:40 AM

Fresno State redshirt freshman Chason Virgil was named the school's starting QB.

Fresno State's success has dropped off a cliff over the last few years. Virgil was considered the favorite throughout the entire process and head coach Tim DeRuyter said the second year passer clearly separated himself. The Bulldogs open against Nebraska.
Source: Fresno Bee
Aug 26 - 10:53 AM

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst named fifth year senior Bart Houston the team's starting QB.

Houston and company open with a stiff test in LSU. Houston served as the backup quarterback for multiple seasons and competed with redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook for the starting gig. Wisconsin faithful are obviously hoping for improved quarterback play this season after watching Joel Stave. Obviously Wisconsin will continue to rely on their running backs, namely Corey Clement. If that running game halters, expect to read "Houston, we have a problem" at some point during the season.
Aug 26 - 9:59 AM



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