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Auburn named redshirt sophomore QB Sean White the starting quarterback.

This will surprise some folks, as JUCO transfer QB John Franklin III arrived with considerable Nick Marshall-comped hype. Franklin, however, was unable to win the starting job at his JUCO last year and remains extremely raw. White, on the other hand, ended last year as the starter. In all, the 6-foot, 200-pounder completed 83-of-143 passes for 1,167 yards and a 1/4 TD/INT rate in what was a trying year for all parties. AL.com noted that consistency in practices is what likely gave White the ultimate nod over Franklin and senior Jeremy Johnson. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and White were done no favors by the schedule. Next Saturday, the Tigers open against Clemson.
Source: AL.com
Aug 25 - 8:19 PM

TCU named redshirt junior QB Kenny Hill the starter.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder staved off spirited challenger sophomore Foster Sawyer for the right to become Trevone Boykin's heir. Last seen getting benched and then run out of Texas A&M in 2014, Hill nonetheless posted incredible numbers while on the field. Before getting yanked that fall, he had thrown for 2,649 yards and 23 touchdowns on 66.7 percent passing. The man known as Kenny Trill ran the Horned Frogs’ scout team last year, so you can bet he's well-versed in TCU's schema. A four-star recruit and the son of former Texas Rangers' pitcher Ken Hill, Kenny Hill was the 2012 Texas Gatorade Player of the Year and 5A Offensive Player of the Year.
Aug 25 - 7:52 PM

Pro Football Focus only sees Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya as the No. 5 draft-eligible quarterback.

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo placed Kaaya -- seen by some as a top-five overall candidate -- behind Luke Falk and Baker Mayfield. "He works through progressions quickly and he’s not afraid of making tight-window throws which are often followed by impressive ball placement," Palazzolo wrote. The analyst has questions about Kaaya's arm strength. "As impressive as some of his throws are, he’ll come back with others that miss by a mile," Palazzolo wrote. "If we can see an uptick in arm strength, and better throw for throw consistency, Kaaya will start to look like the first round prospect many have projected for him."
Aug 25 - 7:02 PM

Michigan four-star 2018 G Jalil Irvin decommitted.

Irvin posted to Twitter that he wasn't ruling Michigan out completely, calling them his "dream school," but noted that he just wanted to take a step back to survey his options. Fair enough given that the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder is still about a year-and-a-half from 2018's National Signing Day. 247Sports' composite ranks him as the No. 12 guard in his class.
Aug 25 - 4:00 PM

Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde reports that in the investigation of Ole Miss regarding potential violations, the NCAA has spoken to at least two recruits from other SEC schools.

The NCAA is interested in how, exactly, Ole Miss is going about their recruiting. Per Forde, the governing body has spoken with former Reb targets at both Auburn and Mississippi State. Ole Miss declined comment on the new report, but did say that they were cooperating with the inquiry. They were already facing allegations of 28 violations across three sports -- 13 in football. Much of the earlier portion of the investigation (at least in terms of Freeze's regime) focused on former T Laremy Tunsil, but the NCAA is broadening their net just a little.
Aug 25 - 3:45 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain indicated that indefinitely suspended sophomore WR Antonio Callaway's status for the season-opener against UMass has not yet been determined.

McElwain kept it short, sweet and vague, saying only that "we're still working through some things." While the 5-foot-11, 198-pound Callaway technically remains out on indefinite suspension stemming from a December allegation of sexual assault (he was cleared of that allegation a little over a week ago), he has been taking part in team workouts this month. McElwain does have a nice bit of wiggle room here to sit Callaway without taking a true competitive disadvantage should he so choose, simply because the Gators play UMass to open the season.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 25 - 3:33 PM

Mississippi State senior CB Tolando Cleveland will miss the 2016 season with a torn ACL.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs faithful, Cleveland's injury wasn't the only one to befell the Mississippi State secondary. In addition, senior CB Cedric Jiles recently suffered a broken arm and will not play until October, at the earliest. Both young gentlemen were expected starters for the coming season, leaving HC Dan Mullen to scramble. Lashard Durr and Jamoral Graham are two replacement options and Mullen indicated that S Jamal Peters could play corner in a pinch, too.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 25 - 3:15 PM

Rutgers named redshirt senior DL Darius Hamilton a team captain.

Hamilton has now been named a team captain three times, something that has never happened for another Rutgers player in the 147-year history of Scarlet Knights football. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder was waylaid by a lower body injury after just 17 snaps last season. Back in a healthy 2014 campaign, though, he recorded 45 tackles (11.5 for loss) and six sacks. Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo believes Hamilton will garner All-American consideration this coming season, assuming the defensive lineman can maintain his health.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 25 - 3:00 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain said that redshirt junior LB Alex Anzalone's 2015 shoulder injury has healed.

Anzalone's season was ended prematurely due to a shoulder injury against East Carolina in early September of 2015. The 6-foot-3, 244-pounder opted not to undergo surgery following the injury. He was limited to non-contact work this spring, but such has not been the case in August. Anzalone has been a full-go this month. Said McElwain, "His strength level and stability is better than it’s ever been. So, I don’t see any limitations there at all. In fact, he’s probably taken more than what we anticipated." ESPN's Edward Aschoff reported in February that some on the Florida staff believe that he would have been the team's best defender a season ago had his shoulder not sidelined him.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 25 - 2:51 PM

BYU sophomore QB Tanner Mangum told the Salt Lake Tribune's Jay Drew he has no intention of transferring.

Drew told Mangum that there were rumors on the internet that he might be eyeing a transfer after Taysom Hill was named the starting quarterback earlier this week. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder laughed it off, telling Drew, "I wouldn't even think about transferring. I love it here. I'm in a good spot, a good place." BYU has to be thrilled that Mangum isn't considering a transfer -- he proved last year that he could compete at a high level and Hill's health should no longer be considered a guarantee for the coming season given his extensive injury history. In 2015, Mangum threw for 3,377 yards with a 23/10 TD/INT ratio. That's one heck of a safety net should Hill go down. In other Mangum news, he indicated that he does not want to take a redshirt for 2016.
Aug 25 - 2:27 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell named Ohio State five-star 2017 verbal WR commit Trevon Grimes one of the Buckeyes' 10 best receiving commitments in the Rivals era.

Grimes just committed to the Buckeyes on Monday. Farrell wrote that the 6-foot-4, 196-pounder's showing at the Miami Rivals Camp Series event earlier this summer "reminded me of the talented receivers I saw in the great 2008 receiver class." That class included current NFL stars Julio Jones and A.J. Green. "[Grimes] showed off speed and gained separation," Farrell noted, "he made everything look effortless and he combined size and strength to fight for any balls up for grabs." The recruiting analyst added that Grimes has dealt with a few nagging injuries this offseason, meaning he might not have even been showing off his top gear. Scary. He ranks as Rivals No. 7 overall prospect for 2017.
Source: Rivals
Aug 25 - 2:09 PM

Indefinitely suspended Notre Dame senior CB Devin Butler's girlfriend, Haleigh Bailey, offered a vastly different story of Butler's weekend arrest than that offered by the police.

The probable cause affidavit painted the picture of an aggressive Butler pushing and tackling an officer outside of the Linebacker Lounge over the weekend, to the point where he needed to be tazed. Bailey offered a different version of events. "He was abused, and wrongly arrested. He never tackled an officer and he never intentionally hurt anyone," she said. "He had no reason to be tazed because he was never resisting arrest, and he was already on the ground complying when they tazed him." Butler has pleaded not guilty to a pair of Level 6 felony charges -- resisting law enforcement and battery of a police officer. He is due in court for an initial hearing on September 1.
Source: ND Insider
Aug 25 - 1:53 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 CB Brendan Radley-Hiles said that Florida is the front-runner for his pledge.

"I don’t want to be like all the rest of the West Coast DBs by staying in the Pac-12. I want to be different," said Radley-Hiles, a native of Calbasas, California. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder isn't completely sealing himself off from the West Coast, though, as he called his USC offer "a dream" in June. Radley-Hiles ranks as Scout.com's No. 62 overall prospect for 2018, with Rivals more or less seeing eye-to-eye on the stud corner when they slot him in at No. 89 on their own cheat sheet.
Source: Rivals
Aug 25 - 1:39 PM

Clemson DC Brent Venables indicated that he does not care who wins the starting quarterback job at Auburn.

Clemson and Auburn will square off in the season-opener on September 3, but Auburn has still not decided on a starting quarterback between Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III. Don't ask Venables about that. Said the defensive coordinator, "I could [not] care less. Doesn’t matter one bit to us. It’s not coachspeak. We’re going to do what we do and adjust as it goes. That’s up to them, whether or not they have confidence in their guy."
Aug 25 - 1:23 PM

UNC HC Larry Fedora offered a resolute response to critics of his decision to bring in former Illinois HC Tim Beckman as a volunteer.

"Let me make something clear so everybody understands: I'm the one that sets the expectations on our culture and how our student-athletes are treated. I'm at the top, I set it for everybody," Fedora said. Beckman was fired from Illinois one week before the start of the 2015 and has previously been accused of influencing medical decisions regarding injured players. Volunteering with the Tar Heels, Beckman will not be allowed to coach players in a traditional sense, but will be involved with film study and scouting, particularly in regards to the defensive line.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 25 - 1:09 PM



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