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LSU named redshirt senior QB Danny Etling starter for the coming season.

This was a competition in name only, as no other player seriously threatened Etling's status as starter this offseason. Myles Brennan will serve as backup to the veteran gunslinger. We like Etling for an improved season under OC Matt Canada. A year ago, the redshirt senior threw for 2,123 yards with an 11/5 TD/INT ratio over the course of 11 games played after taking over for an ineffective Brandon Harris.
Aug 22 - 9:57 PM

Baylor moved redshirt freshman LB Deonte Williams to defensive end.

Bears DL coach Elijah Robinson indicated that Williams would be used in a rotational role, but did not specify exactly how Baylor plans on utilizing the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder. That should become more clear as the season gets underway. Matt Rhule's squad will boot up the campaign against Liberty on September 2.
Aug 22 - 9:52 PM

Virginia suspended redshirt senior T Jack English for the season-opener against William & Mary.

"Just violation of team rules. That’s as far as I’ll go," said HC Bronco Mendenhall. English (6'5/305) started 11 games at left tackle for the Cavaliers last season. Dillon Reinkensmeyer, Osiris Crutchfield and John Montelus are a few of the options that Mendenhall ticked off when asked who would replace English for the opener. This suspension is not expected to last beyond that first game.
Source: Diehards
Aug 22 - 9:46 PM

Clemson named junior QB Kelly Bryant the starter for the coming season.

All signs prior to the announcement had been pointing toward Bryant as the likely man to receive the first crack at replacing Deshaun Watson. It's official, now. "He has earned it and I am proud of him," said HC Dabo Swinney. "It has been a great competition, but this part is over." Bryant's experience in comparison to that of redshirt freshman Zerrick Cooper and true freshman Hunter Johnson played a big part in Swinney's decision. Bryant has seen time in 12 games during his Clemson career and has completed 13-of-18 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in that small sample.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 9:33 PM
EJ Scott - WR - Rams

Colorado State freshman WR EJ Scott will miss the coming season with a torn ACL.

Scott (6'1/185) sustained the injury during Tuesday's practice. The team is well-positioned to deal with his loss, as their receiving corp is a deep and experienced one. Scott, a three-star recruit, signed with the Rams in February.
Aug 22 - 9:16 PM

North Carolina HC Larry Fedora indicated that he is not ready to name a starting quarterback.

"They’re all competing. That’s what I like. They’re all competing, so we’ve still got a way to go before somebody separates themselves," said HC Larry Fedora. The four quarterbacks in the conversation, here, are LSU transfer Brandon Harris, redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt, redshirt sophomore Logan Byrd and sophomore Nathan Elliott. Harris looked like he had landed in a prime situation for starts with Mitchell Trubisky moving on to the NFL, but either Fedora is playing coy (possible) or Harris actually hasn't done enough to win the job yet.
Aug 22 - 9:01 PM

Arkansas freshman RB Chase Hayden is in line to see carries for the coming season.

SEC Country's Trent Shadid passes along the interesting little nugget that "the coaching staff views Hayden as an equal to sophomore Devwah Whaley and senior David Williams in the backfield." This doesn't necessarily mean that the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder will see an equivalent number of carries to those two backs -- Whaley is the expected starter. Still, he's one to keep an eye on, particularly if Whaley were to suffer an injury. Hayden was a four-star recruit in the 2017 class.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 22 - 8:42 PM

Illinois sophomore LB Jake Hansen will undergo surgery for a knee injury.

Illini HC Lovie Smith termed Hansen's knee injury a "significant" one. There is no current timetable for the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder's return to action, but this sounds like it could keep him out for an extended amount of time, if not the entire season. Hansen appeared in all 12 of Illinois' games last season, working mostly on special teams. He was a three-star recruit in the 2016 class.
Aug 22 - 8:30 PM

Purdue redshirt junior QB David Blough (shoulder) was a limited participant during practice on Tuesday.

Blough has been fighting through a right shoulder strain over the last week or so. He did some throwing work on Tuesday and said afterward that "[i]t feels great" and that's he's made "a ton of progress." Blough's status for the season-opener against Louisville should clarify over the next week, but there have been no indications to this point that he might be forced to miss any game action.
Aug 22 - 8:17 PM

East Carolina redshirt senior QB Thomas Sirk will serve as the team's backup for the coming season.

Sirk (6'4/220) transferred over from Duke to East Carolina in the spring after turning in an injury-plagued career with the Blue Devils. He was unable to beat out Gardner Minshew for starting honors during camp.
Source: wnct.com
Aug 22 - 8:03 PM

ECU named junior QB Gardner Minshew the starter for the coming season.

Minshew won the job over Duke transfer Thomas Sirk. Said HC Scottie Montgomery, "We like the way each manages the team, both from a leadership and execution standpoint, but Gardner has a little more familiarity with our current personnel." The 6-foot-2, 216-pound junior appeared in seven games last season, including starts in ECU's first two contests. For the campaign as a whole, he threw for 1,347 yards with an 8/4 TD/INT ratio.
Source: wnct.com
Aug 22 - 7:47 PM

UCLA and Wisconsin have agreed to a home-and-home series for the 2029 and 2030 seasons.

We have no idea what these teams are going to look like 12 years down the road, of course, but the games are now on the docket. UCLA will have hosting duties on September 15, 2029, with Wisconsin returning the favor on September 7, 2030. The Bruins have won seven of the 11 previous match-ups between the two teams.
Aug 22 - 7:34 PM

Alabama sophomore RB Joshua Jacobs did not practice on Tuesday.

Jacobs has been out of action since August 14. Over the weekend, Alabama HC Nick Saban termed him "day-to-day." He has just over a week-and-a-half to heal up before Alabama takes on Florida State in their season-opener.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 22 - 7:21 PM

NC State suspended freshman DE Xavier Lyas for the team's season-opener against South Carolina.

Lyas and fellow freshmen WR Erin Collins and LB Isaiah Moore were suspended, while two others -- WR Antoine Thompson and DE Kevince Brown -- have been dismissed from the team completely. These disciplinary measures stem from an investigation into an on-campus in July in which three sexual assaults were reported. There was also reportedly marijuana and alcohol at the party.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 22 - 7:08 PM

Alabama redshirt junior RB Bo Scarbrough (illness) returned to practice on Tuesday.

Scarbrough did not practice over the weekend while he battled a stomach bug, but he returned on Tuesday without showing an ill-effect. He'll be suiting up for Alabama against Florida State come September 2 barring an unforeseen setback with his health.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 22 - 6:55 PM



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