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Texas HC Charlie Strong told reporters redshirt junior QB David Ash has looked "unbelievable" during preseason camp.

There was a point when many thought Ash might not play another snap of football due to multiple head injuries. The biggest question is Strong previously stated he would not allow Ash to take a hit prior to the season, so we will see how the quarterback reacts to that first contact. Ash is locked in as the team's starting quarterback.
Aug 22 - 9:04 AM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell is taking some snaps at QB again after backup Cody Thomas has missed time with an injury, according to beat writer Jason Kersey.

"...Thomas has been injured, which is why Bell has split second-team reps this week with true freshman Justice Hansen," Kersey reported. The last blurb under Bell's name reads "Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops reiterated that under no circumstances will senior TE Blake Bell be moved back to QB," so even though this might not be a permanent move, Bell is certainly taking some limited snaps at his former position. Bell has drawn praise at tight end throughout camp, however.
Source: News OK
Aug 22 - 8:48 AM

Texas Tech's hesitation to release transfer Baker Mayfield in a timely manner has left Oklahoma without an available scholarship to give the QB, according to beat writer Jason Kersey.

Texas Tech finally allowed Mayfield to seek a scholarship, but they are still withholding his eligibility to play immediately, a decision Mayfield is contesting. It is very late in the process for schools to have scholarships available, as many hand out the prizes to walk-ons following preseason camp. Mayfield walked on to Texas Tech last year and earned considerable playing time. "This was somewhat of an empty gesture by Texas Tech," Kersey tweeted.
Aug 22 - 8:42 AM

Missouri junior C Evan Boehm "could eventually earn early round NFL consideration," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The former top recruit was inserted into the starting lineup soon after arriving on campus, manning left guard as a freshman and transitioning to center last year. "Boehm has a short and stocky frame. Frankly, he looks like a Coke machine with arms, legs and a helmet," Rang wrote. "He is surprisingly light on his feet and shows impressive power, leverage and technique - traits he's carried over from a state championship wrestling career in high school. Only a true junior, Boehm looks well on his way to competing for all-conference or even All-American accolades at center and could eventually earn early round NFL consideration."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 8:29 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay grades Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion ahead of Baylor's Bryce Petty.

Most see Petty as the No. 4 QB behind Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston and Brett Hundley. "Mannion has the arm strength to stretch the field vertically and flashes natural accuracy, although he has some work to do with his mechanics, particularly in his lower body," McShay wrote. "His decision-making is inconsistent, as he takes too many risks throwing into traffic, but he does show a very good grasp of the Beavers' offense. He lacks ideal mobility but does a good job of feeling pressure and keeping his eyes downfield. Two things to watch from a measurables standpoint: While he has ideal height and long arms, he has a lean frame and extremely small hands (8 7/8 inches) for a QB prospect." The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Mannion was given a draft grade of 71, while Petty checks in at 68.
Aug 21 - 8:16 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang writes that Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott "has a live arm and good field vision."

The dual-threat no longer has to share signal-calling duties with pocket passer Tyler Russell, so he'll have an opportunity to iron out his mechanical flaws and break out this year. "Prescott is a work in progress as a passer but has a live arm and good field vision," Rang wrote. "His footwork is inconsistent and he loses accuracy when his feet are not set. When he does step into his throws, however, Prescott can deliver strikes. He's a very dangerous runner, combining aggression, agility and the power to break arm tackles." Prescott, who has collected 14 throwing touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns in sporadic playing time over the last few years (seven starts, 23 appearances), is "expected to emerge as one of the SEC's most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in 2014," writes Rang.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 8:04 PM

Texas head coach Charlie Strong confirmed at Thursday's press conference that redshirt freshman OL Rami Hammad will transfer.

Unlike most of the other Longhorns that have left the program recently, Hammad wasn't forced out. Instead, the former top-10 OG recruit simply wants a change of scenery, a situation that often arises when schools bring in new coaching staffs. Hammad, a former four-star recruit, won't have any problem finding a new school.
Aug 21 - 7:46 PM

Missouri redshirt senior OT Mitch Morse has "above average initial quickness," "good patience," and "plays with his knees bent," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Morse is an extremely versatile offensive lineman, having begun his career at center. He shifted to right tackle, where he's started the last 17 games, and will now transition to left tackle to replace Seattle Seahawk second-round pick Justin Britt. "Like Britt, Morse is a functional athlete whose strengths are his patience, power and tenacity," Rang wrote. "He is a bit top-heavy and struggled a bit with speed while at right tackle so the transition to left tackle this year may not perfectly. Morse is best suited back at right tackle or even slotted inside at guard where his lack of foot speed is better protected and he can play the physical brand of football that has helped him emerge as a standout, thus far." Rang concludes: "[Morse] is quicker and more balanced dropping back into pass protection than he is pulling or sprinting out to block defenders at the second level."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 7:30 PM

Pittsburgh named redshirt sophomore Chad Voytik starting quarterback.

No surprise here. The former top recruit -- the No. 4 pro-style QB coming out of high school -- beat out senior Trey Anderson to replace Tom Savage. In 2012, Voytik redshirted behind Tino Sunseri (this is the third straight year the Panthers will break in a new starting QB). Voytik had a star turn in last season's Little Caesars Bowl win over Bowling Green, throwing for 108 yards on nine attempts and rushing for a touchdown while coming on in relief of an injured Savage.
Aug 21 - 7:15 PM

Missouri redshirt senior RB Marcus Murphy "could push for a draft selection" if he has a big season, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"The NFL is always on the lookout for versatile skill-position players and they don't come much more versatile or productive than Murphy," Rang wrote. The fifth-year senior has accumulated 3,191 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns while in college, with 12 rushing scores, one receiving, three via kick returns and another on a punt return. He was an All-American honoree in 2012 for his work on special teams. "Murphy has seen a lot of time at slot receiver in camp and appears well suited to the change," Rang wrote. "He lacks prototypical size, of course, but uses his naturally low center of gravity to remain balanced and has terrific agility and burst to go along with vision and soft hands. With a big senior season, the jack of all trades could push for a draft selection."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 6:55 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay rated USC junior WR Nelson Agholor as the No. 3 receiving prospect.

"Agholor is a smooth and explosive athlete who is very good at separating from coverage, and has the potential to get even better as a route runner," McShay wrote. "He has the speed to take the top off of a defense, and while he lacks elite elusiveness, he has the acceleration and field vision that make him a home run threat after the catch and in the return game." McShay places Agholor one spot ahead of Oklahoma transfer Dorial Green-Beckham, which is a rather controversial take. Some analysts see DGB as a top-10 overall pick next spring, while TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded Agholor as an undrafted free agent. The latter assessment was admittedly low -- CBS Sports' Rob Rang compared Agoholor to former teammates Marqise Lee and Robert Woods earlier this summer, and ESPN's Mel Kiper graded him as the No. 3 underclassmen wide receiver. The 6-foot, 185-pound Agholor led the Trojans in receiving last year with 56 catches for 918 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Aug 21 - 6:38 PM

Missouri senior DE Markus Golden "sports a powerful, relatively compact frame rather than the lengthy athletic build scouts prefer at defensive end,"according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Golden sports a powerful, relatively compact frame rather than the lengthy athletic build scouts prefer at defensive end. He has an explosive initial burst to challenge tackles and flashes speed off the edge," Rang wrote. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 260 pound Golden played close to 40 percent of the snaps for the Tigers and had 55 tackles, with 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Rang added that Golden "can out-quick and over-power blockers due to good agility, balance and core strength."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 3:36 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook was not named one of the school's three captains.

Senior safety Kurtis Drummond, junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun and senior offensive lineman Travis Jackson were named the three captains. Beat writer Joe Rexrode calls the outcome "somewhat surprising, not shocking." 2014 was Cook's first year as a starter. He displayed plenty of upside, but development in the form of poised pocket would be nice to see.
Aug 21 - 2:39 PM

Florida senior S Jabari Gorman said senior QB Jeff Driskel has not thrown an interception during training camp.

This might be the shock of the summer. Driskel was a highly touted recruit and continues to earn buzz because of his frame and arm, but we believe he consistently makes poor decisions while pressured. Poised pocket movement is just not there, but hopefully Driskel has taken a step forward as this news indicates.
Aug 21 - 1:56 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay ranks Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III over Georgia junior Todd Gurley.

The Wisconsin running back "is a home run hitter with very good acceleration and top-end speed, with the ability to make defenders miss both in the hole and in space," McShay writes. Gordon III was given a grade of 89 and Gurley was tagged with an 85. A third member of the SEC, Alabama junior TJ Yeldon, was given an 84. South Carolina's Mike Davis (80) and Duke Johnson of Miami (73) round out the top five.
Source: ESPN
Aug 21 - 1:16 PM



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