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Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson "has the raw tools to develop into a good college passer," according to Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley.

He didn't show it much last year, tying Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg as PFF's No. 130 QB (out of 157 qualifiers) in passing grade. Jackson, however, showed that he has plenty of zip in his right arm whenever Bobby Petrino asked him to throw the deep ball. The issue, per PFF, was Jackson's performance under pressure, with his QB rating dropping from 98.7 to 46.5 and his completion rate dropping from 64 to 36 percent in such circumstances. Unfortunately, the Cardinals sort of set him up for that by putting Jackson under the fourth-most times in the nation by rate (43.3 percent). If Louisville cleans up one of the worst pass-blocking units in the FBS, Jackson will take a big step forward as a thrower. He's already dynamite in the run game.
Jul 27 - 8:00 PM

Michigan freshman RB Kareem Walker took reps in the return game this spring.

Walker, the top-ranked running back recruit in the country, was an early enrollee. Last year, the Wolverines relied heavily on stars DB Jabrill Peppers, WR Jehu Chesson and CB Jourdan Lewis to handle the bulk of the return duties. Jim Harbaugh and assistant special teams coach Jay Harbaugh would like to save those guys for their primary positions this fall, possibly paving the way for Walker to get onto the field early.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 27 - 7:34 PM

Cincinnati senior C Deyshawn Bond was named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy.

The hardware is given annually to the nation's top center. This is the third straight preseason in which Bond has made the Rimington list. The 2015 All-American Athletic Conference second teamer was a cog in a line that blocked for a Bearcats offense that ranked fifth nationally in total offense (559.4 yards per game).
Jul 27 - 7:12 PM

BYU junior C Tejan Koroma is expected to return to the team for fall camp.

Koroma, BYU's starting center since the beginning of his true freshman season, left the program at the conclusion of 2015 and missed spring practices. He's reportedly been reinstated. "Everything I’ve been told is that it’s the intention of all parties involved that he’ll be with us," BYU offensive line coach Mike Empey said. Koroma's teammates are excited to have him back. "I missed him. He’s my buddy," said senior offensive lineman Brad Wilcox. "Even though he wasn’t a senior last year, he was the one who led us. If he was low-energy, then we were sort of low-energy."
Jul 27 - 6:51 PM

California freshman WR Melquise Stovall drew rave reviews this spring for his 128-yard performance in the spring game.

"He's a very electric, explosive guy," Bears coach Sonny Dykes said. "Very hard to tackle. He gives us a different dimension. We've had a lot of good receivers around here, but Melquise gives us something a little different... You can throw a slant and it turns into a 70-yard touchdown. You throw a screen and you have a 40- or 50-yard gain. You don't have to call home runs -- he's generating his own home runs." Cal pulled off a stealthy recruiting coup last year by flipping the 5-foot-8, 179-pounder from his USC commitment. "That guy is going to be special," QB Zach Kline said. "And he's going to get better, too. That's scary." During the spring, Stovall, per ESPN, "knifed through the defense with lethal cuts and fiery acceleration." Offensive lineman Steven Moore had this to say: "He's a freak. He's one of the shiftiest guys I've ever seen."
Source: ESPN
Jul 27 - 6:24 PM

Alabama sophomore WR Calvin Ridley "could use more muscle on his frame to help with securing more contested catches, but that will likely come," believes NFL.com's Lance Zierlein.

"With blazing speed that will have safeties in an early backpedal, Ridley has the ability to take the top off of a defense or shake cornerbacks underneath to create separation," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound sophomore reportedly boasts a 40-yard dash of 4.35 seconds. ESPN college football analyst Tom Luginbill said earlier this offseason that Ridley is "a faster Amari Cooper."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 27 - 6:06 PM

Cal head coach Sonny Dykes singled out sophomore S Evan Rambo as the most impressive player on the roster this spring.

"When you watch the tape of spring football, he was about as good a player as we had on the field," he said. Rambo needs to step up because project starting safety Griffin Piatt retired due to injuries and S Damariay Drew may miss the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in spring ball. Remember, the Bears already lost stud linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. to Illinois as a graduate transfer.
Jul 27 - 5:46 PM

Syracuse sophomore RB Dontae Strickland ran with the first-team offense this spring.

"He's made plays," SU head coach Dino Babers said after the spring game. "He's a very smart individual. I think he's going to be a heck of a football player for us in some combination with somebody else back there." The 5-foot-11, 196-pound Strickland ran for 84 yards on 12 carries and had 18 receiving yards on three catches in the spring game. Babers is still looking for a back who can complement Strickland. True freshman Moe Neal looks like the most intriguing candidate. After the spring, Syracuse.com predicted that Strickland is "sitting on a big year."
Jul 27 - 5:25 PM

247Sports reports that a large number of schools have shown interest in transferring Florida junior QB/WR Treon Harris.

Per the report, FBS schools Southern Miss, Texas State and Georgia State have all spoken directly to Harris’ family. FCS programs including Florida A&M, Howard and Hampton have also gotten in touch. In addition to that, Minnesota, Kansas, SMU, Eastern Michigan, Jacksonville State, East Carolina, Coastal Carolina and Mercer have all requested Harris' release so they can make contact. Harris, a former four-star recruit and the nation's No. 9 athlete in his class, could play quarterback, wide receiver or safety, depending on where he winds up. Harris is expected to settle on finalists by Monday in an effort to enroll in August.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 27 - 5:00 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein advises readers to "look for big things" from Ohio State redshirt sophomore WR Noah Brown (leg) this season.

Per Zierlein, "many" around the Buckeyes program "expected big things from Brown" before he was lost for the season due to a broken leg last August. "This year, Brown is back and is expected to be the top target for J.T. Barrett," he wrote. "Brown has very good size and is known for having a voracious appetite in the film room." The 6-foot-2, 222-pounder is hopeful he'll be healed in time to play in the opener against Bowling Green on September 3.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 27 - 4:38 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 CB Jaylon Johnson will take official visits to Georgia, USC and Oklahoma.

Johnson is still sorting out his other two officials, but he plans on using those, too. Arizona State, Arizona, Cal and Utah are likely battling it out for those final two slots. Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney refers to the Sooners as a "serious contender" for the 6-foot, 170-pounder's commitment. Johnson stands proudly as the outlet's No. 52 overall prospect.
Source: Rivals
Jul 27 - 4:00 PM

Former Alabama DL coach Bo Davis will serve as a training camp intern with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Davis resigned from Alabama at the end of April. The NCAA was investigating him for potential impermissible contact with recruits after he allegedly visited several out-of-state prospects during a non-contact period. Davis served as Alabama's DL coach during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. With the Jaguars this August, he will work with the special teams unit.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 3:50 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2017 CB Donovan Johnson said that he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds at Missouri's weekend Night at the Zou event.

"I didn’t really work out, I just ran a 40. I wasn’t planning on doing that originally," Johnson explained, "but people were getting on me to run the 40, so I said ‘alright, I will.’" The 5-foot-10, 176-pounder has made a habit of busting the sound barrier in the 40-yard dash and was also clocked at 4.35 seconds at the Nike Football Ratings Championship in Beaverton, Oregon, at The Opening earlier this month. As for his feelings on Missouri as a potential landing spot for 2017, Johnson said, "They really want me there as well, so they kind of bumped up on the list. It was a lot of love. The coaches interacted with me and [HC Barry Odom] talked to me a lot." He did throw some shade at Memorial Stadium, saying "it wasn't all of that" before adding that "it turns out it was pretty nice."
Source: Rivals
Jul 27 - 3:34 PM

Iowa State freshman TE Chase Allen received 103 stitches after being hit by a car last Thursday.

"I was crossing the street [outside the practice facility] and a car didn't see me but I had time to react and jump [into the windshield]," Allen said. The windshield shattered after impacting the 6-foot-7, 220-pounder, lodging shards of glass in his back. Thankfully, he did not suffer a head injury or any broken bones during the accident. He actually managed to stand up and walk away from the accident before several Cyclone coaches took him to the hospital for his stitches. "The coaches were there with me in the E.R., and I'll be cleared when the stitches heal up," said Allen. He added that "[it] could have been so much worse."
Jul 27 - 3:09 PM

Charles Perridon, Texas junior RB Roderick Bernard's high school coach, said that the back was involved in a car accident earlier this month.

Sharpstown High's Perridon said that Bernard would likely miss the entire 2016 season due to the injuries sustained in the car crash. This isn't Bernard's first brush with major injury. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder tore his ACL returning a kick in the fifth game of his 2014 freshman campaign. He appeared in 10 games last season but recorded minimal statistical production. This spring, the Longhorns transitioned the wideout over to running back.
Jul 27 - 2:47 PM



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