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Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott anticipates being able to fully use his stiff arm in 2015.

It's somewhat terrifying that Elliott essentially went through his superb 2014 season (1,878 yards, 18 touchdowns, 9.2 YPC) with only one limb available to him. The 6-foot, 225-pound junior underwent surgery on his left wrist in the off-season and with a healthy hand in hand, he's looking forward to unleashing his complete arsenal of moves. "I mean, have you ever tried to do something with one hand? You know, imagine playing basketball with one hand. You would have to figure out different ways to do different things," said the running back, who fumbled just twice last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 9:58 PM

According to Florida HC Jim McElwain, sophomore QB Treon Harris and redshirt freshman QB Will Grier will both play in the team's season-opening tilt with New Mexico State.

"Like I've said, and I mean this, you guys keep pushing for this, but there isn't a timetable," said McElwain, channeling his inner Nick Saban by referring to the media as "you guys." The head coach is moving from one of the most productive offenses in the country at Colorado State to whatever it is that Florida currently has in its bag. Harris completed a shade under 50% of his passes a season ago, while Grier missed the season completely after suffering a back injury.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 9:44 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that playing two quarterbacks in the team's season-opening game against Wisconsin is a possibility.

"I'm not saying we're going to do this or that we even want to do this, but we may play more than one guy in the first game," said Saban, who has probably become increasingly tired of these questions. Jacob Coker, Cooper Bateman and Alec Morris have all been taking heavy reps this week. Saban summed up his philosophy thusly: "I think you can name a guy. But if we named a guy and then that guy wasn't the best performer and then we had to unname him, what good does that do?" For reference's sake, Blake Sims wasn't named the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback until the day of last season's opener.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 9:31 PM

In his first news conference since August camps began, Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that sophomore DT Bryan Mone suffered his broken ankle on a "freak play."

"I've never seen it before in a practice or games," Harbaugh told reporters. Apparently, Mone suffered the broken leg while working to clear a path for one of his teammates after a blocked field goal. His leg snagged on the turf at an "inopportune angle," as Harbaugh phrased it, and he's expected to miss most of (if not all of) the 2015 season. The 6-foot-4, 325-pounder suited up on a limited basis in 12 games last season, totaling nine tackles (1.5 TFL) while recovering a fumble.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 9:17 PM

Oregon OC Scott Frost said that graduate QB Vernon Adams has been progressing "every day since [his first practice]."

Frost spoke to the inevitable bumps in the road that have come with learning a new system. Said the offensive coordinator, "[After that first practice] it slowed down for him a little bit because his head was swimming a little." The 6-foot, 190-pound transfer from Eastern Washington has been progressing steadily ever since, working toward "knowing what to do and being a playmaker on top of that." With Eastern Washington, he threw for 10,438 total yards and 110 touchdowns over the course of three seasons. He and Jeff Lockie are currently competing to start for the Ducks.
Aug 27 - 9:03 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Stanford junior TE Austin Hooper could "stretch defenses regularly for quarterback Kevin Hogan this fall."

"Yet another excellent tight end is growing up on The Farm," noted Reuter. The 6-foot-4, 249-pounder hauled in 40 passes on 56 targets--totaling 499 yards and two touchdowns--last season. In late June, NFL.com's Lance Zierlein praised Hooper's "quick release off the line of scrimmage" as well as his "long strides [which] create separation in his routes." Zierlein compared him to former Cardinal TE Coby Fleener.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 27 - 8:48 PM

Following Thursday's practice, Alabama HC Nick Saban did not list redshirt freshman David Cornwell among the quarterbacks receiving the majority of reps in camp.

Saban allowed that Jake Coker, Alec Morris and Cooper Bateman were seeing most of the work in practice. He elaborated on Cornwell's progress, saying that the 6-foot-5, 221-pound redshirt freshman "struggled early on in camp and he's certainly getting better all the time and we have a lot of confidence that he'll be a good player in the future." We'll forgive Saban's run-on sentence and take away from this the words "in the future." This comes as something of a surprise, as AL.com reported just 10 days ago that Cornwell seemed to have an edge on the competition.
Source: al.com
Aug 27 - 8:34 PM

Florida true freshman T Martez Ivey will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday.

Ivey was a likely starter on the offensive line, but the Gators will have to change course quickly. Head coach Jim McElwain declined to discuss specifics, but said that the 6-foot-5, 271-pound true freshman's injury was "a pre-existing thing that was kind of bothering him." A silver lining--McElwain indicated that we could see Ivey again this season. He just doesn't know when. Coming out of high school, the tackle was ranked as the No. 4 overall recruit in the country by Rivals.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 8:20 PM

Tennessee senior S LaDarrell McNeil will be out an indefinite amount of time with what HC Butch Jones is terming "neck instability."

This is a no good, very bad day to be a fan of the Volunteers. Earlier today, the team suspended leading receiver Alton "Pig" Howard for the season-opener due to an infraction. Two of their secondary receivers are undergoing knee scopes on Friday. And now McNeil, one of the veteran cogs on defense, will be out indefinitely with a neck injury. Said HC Butch Jones, "Very, very unfortunate. I feel for him. He’s had some neck instability there, so he’s undergoing further examination. But he will be out an extended period of time, and it could be a lengthy period of time." While the loss of the 6-foot-, 206-pounder stings, Tennessee does have a depth of talent at safety, which should at least somewhat cushion the blow.
Aug 27 - 8:07 PM

Arizona redshirt sophomore QB Anu Solomon could be a 2016 All-American with "improve[ment] [of] his ability to find a second or third target from the pocket," speculates NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Reuter is intrigued by Solomon's hard-soft combination of arm strength and touch. Coupled with the 6-foot-2, 205-pound redshirt sophomore's legs, this could lead to a possible All-American season down the road. He had some predictable hiccups last season (including a two-interception game in a bowl defeat at the hands of Boise State), but still closed out the year with 3,793 pass yards and a 28/9 TD/INT ratio.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 27 - 7:54 PM

The Cleveland Browns have contacted Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook's old high school coach in a continued scouting effort for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Cook's coach at Walsh Jesuit High School, Gerry Rardin, told CBS Sports that the Browns visited him in July. Said the now-retired coach, "They feel like Connor is going to be one of the more important guys in the draft, for sure." It's certainly true that the 6-foot-4, 218-pound gunslinger will be one of the names to watch this season, but given how thoroughly the Browns tend to chew through quarterbacks, he would probably prefer that they latch onto somebody else.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 7:43 PM

FSU freshman DE Josh Sweat (knee) will be available to play in the team's season-opening game against Texas State.

Sweat's recovery from a torn left ACL and a dislocation in that same knee--he underwent surgery in October--has been nothing short of remarkable. In March, HC Jimbo Fisher admitted that he wasn't sure if the former No. 1 recruit in the country would play at all in 2015. Oh how times have changed. On Thursday, Fisher indicated he had no qualms with the prospect of playing the 6-foot-5, 236-pounder so soon after the devastating injury, noting that Sweat "hasn't missed a practice, hasn't missed nothing."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 7:29 PM

Senior edge rusher Ishaq Williams' appeal to play for Notre Dame this season was denied by the NCAA.

Williams was involved in last season's academic fraud investigation. At least one of the other players involved was cleared for the season, but Williams was not. It is unclear if Williams will try to play at a different level other than the FBS in 2015, or if he will sit out a second straight year and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
Aug 27 - 7:27 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Jeff Lockie does not seem worried about the team's quarterback competition, saying that the decision is "kind of out of my hands at this point and whatever it is, we're just going to move forward."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound redshirt junior is competing with Eastern Washington transfer product Vernon Adams for the right to have a giant spotlight cast his way in the wake of Marcus Mariota's departure. While Lockie lacks Adams' eye-popping athleticism, he has the benefit of knowing the team's playbook more fully. Both players continue to see time with the first-team offense, but regardless of the ultimate decision, Lockie stressed that he believes the team's goal "is a lot bigger than who's at quarterback."
Aug 27 - 7:17 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Jeff Lockie said that true freshman RB Taj Griffin "is faster than anyone you've really seen before."

"[Griffin]'s super, freaky talented," said Lockie, who added that "you can see him start to figure out some concepts, it's kind of scary." Rivals.com ranked the 5-foot-10, 175-pound freshman as the No. 1 all-purpose running back recruit out of high school. He offers off-the-charts measurables and has been clocked at 4.31 seconds in the 40, with a 45-inch vertical jump. The five-star baby Duck is also brother to teammate Ty Griffin, a former quarterback who transitioned over to corner several weeks ago.
Aug 27 - 7:04 PM



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