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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says NFL scouts want to see USC redshirt senior T Zach Banner "improve his mental focus and overall consistency as a senior before stamping him with an early round grade."

The massive 6-foot-8 specimen, the son of 1993 top-10 pick and 11-year NFL veteran Lincoln Kennedy, reportedly slimmed down from 375 pounds to 342 this offseason. With LT Chad Wheeler also returning, Banner is expected to stay at RT this season with the Trojans. "He has his issues in pass protection due to his heavy feet and high pads as flexible rushers are able to dip and run around him with athleticism," Brugler wrote. "But his power to control the point of attack, especially in the run game, is what makes him a possible right tackle target in the NFL." Banner could start seeing some Phil Loadholt comps.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 5:01 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 S Jonathan Sutherland.

"Sitting down with [co-DC and safeties coach Tim Banks] and talking about where I would fit into their defense and being around the player and future teammates made me feel really comfortable," Sutherland said. Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman called the 6-foot, 196-pounder "a nice addition to the Penn State secondary" due to the fact that he "brings a physical attitude to the defense and has a good nose for the ball." Sutherland hopes to compete for a starting job with the Nittany Lions right out of the gate.
Source: Rivals
Jul 25 - 4:01 PM

NC State HC Dave Doeren sees junior DE Bradley Chubb as a potential difference-maker in the pass-rush for 2016.

"We've not had a pass rusher that forced teams to adjust protections," Doeren said, "but Chubb can be that guy." Last season, the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder recorded 69 tackles (12 for loss), 5.5 sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles. Those 69 tackles were good for second-most on the Wolfpack. ESPN's David Hale relays that Doeren's statement has been backed by several other ACC coaches -- these aren't just Wolfpack-colored glasses.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 3:43 PM

Florida awarded raises to four assistant coaches this offseason.

Gatorbait.net uncovered the raises through an open records request. Most notably, DC Geoff Collins saw his salary bump from $600,000 to $900,000. With the $150,000 retention bonus he received in February also factored in, he will make a hefty $1.05 million for the 2016 season. For reference's sake, ESPN revealed earlier on Monday that Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe will be making $1.25 million this season. In addition to Collins, co-DC Randy Shannon, OL coach Mike Shannon and DL coach Chris Rumph all received bumps on their contracts to varying degrees.
Jul 25 - 3:27 PM

Multiple SEC coaches expressed the opinion that the SEC would have a perpetual spot in the CFB Playoff.

ESPN's Heather Dinich asked Tennessee HC Butch Jones if he could see a scenario in which the SEC champion would be left out in the Playoff cold. His response? "I don't. The SEC will always be in the conversation." Meanwhile, South Carolina HC Will Muschamp said that the consistent strength of the conference and the resultant gauntlet schedules are a "huge advantage," while Auburn HC Gus Malzahn added that we should expect the SEC to make the Playoff "every year."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 3:06 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2018 QB Justin Rogers indicated that his top three programs are LSU, Arkansas and TCU.

The recruiting sun has just begun to rise for Rogers, but LSU is already making an impression on the 6-foot-4, 180-pounder. He received an offer from the Tigers following a strong performance in their camp at the end of last week. In speaking with SEC Country about the Tigers, Rogers said, "It means a lot to get an offer from the biggest school in the state. It’s about their winning culture and the fact that they’re a blue-collar program." He ranks as Scout.com's No. 279 prospect for the 2018 cycle, but we should have a more clear idea of how he stacks up against the rest of the class after he is finished with his junior season at Parkway High School (Louisiana). Still tremendously early, here.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 25 - 2:46 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill noted that Auburn four-star 2017 verbal ATH commit Tray Bishop "possesses explosive reactions and quickness, especially for a tall, young athlete."

While Bishop plays quarterback at Terrell County High School, Luginbill does not expect him to stick at the position -- his passing acumen remains a ways off in terms of what would be needed to compete at the FBS level (let alone in the SEC). The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder offers intriguing upside as a possible wide receiver, particularly for an Auburn team that could use help at the position. "Offensively," Luginbill wrote, "he shows an explosive surge in the open field as a runner. You really appreciate his speed when he gets in space." Bishop ranks as ESPN 300's No. 126 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Jul 25 - 2:12 PM

Florida junior WR Treon Harris will transfer.

Florida took to Twitter to confirm widespread reports of Harris' looming transfer. His time in the program was marred by mediocre play and off-field turbulence. On the field, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder struggled to spark any sort of a potent passing attack (50.3% career completions). And off the field, he was hit with an ongoing indefinite suspension this winter for reasons unknown. Harris transitioned over to wideout in the offseason while under that mysterious suspension. It is unknown at this juncture which programs he might be considering for a transfer. With QB Will Grier electing to join West Virginia's program in the spring, HC Jim McElwain is essentially starting with a fresh slate at the position this coming season, with redshirt junior QB Luke Del Rio probably holding the inside track to win the starting gig.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 1:58 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior QB Mitch Leidner said that his surgically-repaired foot has "never felt better."

In the winter, Leidner underwent surgery to repair four torn ligaments in his left foot. While he was limited in spring practice, all signs have been pointing toward a healthy summer. Looks like it played out to script. At B1G media days, the 6-foot-4, 237-pounder said that his foot has been feeling 100% healthy for approximately a month. Last season, Leidner threw for 2,701 yards (59.5% completions) with a 14/11 TD/INT ratio.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 1:45 PM

Arkansas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 RB Chase Hayden.

"They don't have a guy like me right now and they told me I can come in and be used all over the place," Hayden said. "They can move me around in the backfield, put me in the slot and just find ways to get the ball in my hands." The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder explained that Arkansas' pitch was mainly "that they need a guy with my skills." Scout.com refers to Hayden as "more quick than fast" and loves his overall feel for the game. The outlet fails to rank him on their overarching master list of recruiting prospects. Rivals is slightly higher on him here, slotting the newest Razorback in at No. 224 overall.
Source: Rivals
Jul 25 - 1:32 PM

LSU received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 CB Kary Vincent.

"It's family over there. I feel at home with the guys," Vincent said. "I think Coach Miles will be there a long time, despite what people say. I know LSU is a place that can develop me to be the best player on and off the field." Ohio State, Texas, Florida State and Texas A&M were also in the running for the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder's commitment. His father actually attended A&M, but that familial tie was not enough for the Aggies to rise to the top of the metaphorical mountain. LSU now holds commitments from three of ESPN 300's top 25 prospects. He sits at No. 22, with the outlet noting that Vincent is an "[e]xplosive, fast closing corner who shows playmaking qualities on the perimeter."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 1:11 PM

The ACC media poll tabbed Clemson to repeat as conference champion.

Clemson received 144 votes to win the conference, while Florida State (39), North Carolina (7) and Louisville (1) followed a ways behind. Not only did the media poll see the Tigers repeating as conference champs, it sees our ACC Championship Game for 2016 as a repeat of last year's battle between Clemson and North Carolina. The poll tapped both schools to win their respective divisions in the coming season.
Jul 25 - 12:53 PM

UNC four-star 2017 verbal RB commit Adarius Lemons flipped his commitment to Florida.

"Things change and I feel bad personally," Lemons said after visiting Florida on Friday, "but at the end of the day I am trying to find what is best for me and my family." One point on the Gators' side is that Lemons' family won't have to make extensive travel plans to watch the 6-foot, 195-pounder play -- something that wouldn't have been the case with the Tar Heels. Hailing from Clearwater, Florida, Lemons ranks as Rivals' No. 136 overall prospect (No. 9 running back) for the 2017 cycle.
Jul 25 - 12:33 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe will make $1.25 million for the 2016 season.

Grobe's salary stands as the third-lowest in the Big 12, with Iowa State's Matt Campbell and Kansas' David Beaty the only coaches within the conference to make less coin. And that $1.25 million, of course, is considerably less than Art Briles was making at the time of his termination at the end of May. Briles had somewhere in the neighborhood of eight years, $40 million remaining on his 10-year contract at the time of his departure.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 12:16 PM

FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook needs 1,261 rushing yards to top Warrick Dunn's career rushing record of 3,959 yards while playing for the Seminoles.

The catch? If Cook achieves this goal, he will have the record in three seasons compared to Dunn's four seasons. As a true freshman, Cook rushed for just over 1,00 yards and added on to that with a stunning 2015, totaling 1,691 yards while dealing with multiple nagging injuries. You all know what we think of Cook, that he is firmly in the argument for the top running back name in college football. The combination of yards after contact and big plays is exactly what you want out of a running back.
Source: ESPN
Jul 25 - 11:25 AM



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