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A Pac-12 defensive coach believes Oregon State senior QB Darell Garretson will really help his new team.

Garretson transferred over from Utah State last summer, where he was 8-3 as a starter in a similar scheme. He threw for 2,586 yards and a 18/10 TD/INT ratio in total with the Aggies. "The biggest thing is that there's no substitute for experience, and that makes a huge difference," the coach said. "Guys that have playing experience, the game slows down for them, and I think it makes a huge difference for what the Beavers will do with their offense." The 6-foot, 200-pound Garretson completed 21-of-32 passes for 263 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions during the spring game.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 8:30 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Oregon junior RB Royce Freeman No. 7 in its preseason Heisman rankings.

The 6-foot, 229-pounder rushed for 1,836 yards and 17 touchdowns last year and ranked third in the FBS with 80 forced missed tackles. "Often overlooked in the running back conversation, Freeman brings a tough, downhill style to an Oregon offense that gets pigeonholed as a finesse system," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "Oregon’s spread offense does a good job of creating space for running backs and Freeman took advantage to finish with the fourth-best rushing grade in the nation while averaging 3.8 yards after contact per rush to tie for 12th."
Jun 24 - 7:48 PM

Oregon senior QB Dakota Prukop is facing a daunting learning curve in acclimating to the Ducks' offense, per an anonymous Pac-12 defensive coach.

"One year in the system is never as good as the third year in the system," he said. "Regardless of skill set, regardless of talent level, it's very difficult in a year's time to master an offense." To the coach's point, Vernon Adams didn't look like himself until around the mid-point last season. Prukop will fight with redshirt freshman QB Travis Jonsen for Adams' old job this summer.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 7:32 PM

A Pac-12 offensive coach doesn't think Arizona's defense will change much with former Boise State DC Marcel Yates as defensive coordinator.

Rich Rodriguez replaced DC Jeff Casteel with Yates over the winter after a disastrous 2015. "I think Jeff was in a bad spot with all of the injuries they had," the coach said. "I know Boise State did a lot of base nickel stuff, which fits in with what Arizona was doing before. From a scheme standpoint, I don't think there will be a huge overhaul."
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 6:35 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Georgia junior RB Nick Chubb No. 6 in its preseason Heisman rankings.

Chubb, who has tallied a 7.4 yards per carry average in two years campus, ranked third in the nation with an elusive rating of 108.5 last fall. "Opponents stood no chance when trying to tackle Chubb as they bounced off his regularly, and perhaps most impressive, he then showed the speed to create big plays," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "Georgia got inconsistent quarterback play a year ago, and this year may be more of the same, so look for Chubb to carry the offense."
Jun 24 - 6:22 PM

Cal is really going to miss Illinois senior ILB Hardy Nickerson Jr., believes an anonymous Pac-12 offensive coach.

Nickerson, who had a team-best 112 tackles last year, decided to transfer to play for his dad, now the DC at Illinois. "We accounted for him because they did a whole bunch of things with him," the coach said. "They moved him around a lot, and his athleticism created problems." The Golden Bears face a gamut of elite runners in Pac-12 North play this fall, including Stanford's Christian McCaffrey (144 ypg), Oregon's Royce Freeman (141 ypg) and Washington's Myles Gaskin (100 ypg).
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 5:59 PM

Oregon State redshirt sophomore RB Ryan Nall "kept getting better throughout the year" in 2015, said an anonymous Pac-12 offensive coach.

Nicknamed the Wrecking Nall, the 6-foot-2, 235-pounder averaged 6.2 yards per carry on only 73 attempts as he broke into the offense, collecting 455 ground yards and three scores on that usage. "We struggled to contain him and tackle him," the coach said. He showed speed against us, and there was one run when he ran away from guys in our secondary, which is not good. I think that kid got a lot more confidence as the year went on." Nall is a converted tight end who's struggled with injuries but possesses exciting talent.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 5:23 PM

An anonymous Pac-12 offensive coach compared Washington State's defense under Alex Grinch to Washington's.

The Cougars improved from 38.6 ppg allowed in 2014 to just 27.7 last year in Grinch's first year as defensive coordinator. Meanwhile, the school's touchdown passes allowed fell from 33 to 13. "[They're] similar to Washington, where they made you earn every yard," the coach said. "The biggest difference I noticed is that they did a much better job of not giving up the big play."
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 4:54 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook No. 4 in its preseason Heisman rankings.

"With questions surrounding the quarterback position in Tallahassee, Cook will be relied upon more than ever and he’s proven up to the challenge as a freshman and sophomore," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "Given Cook’s ability to change angles with his speed and his incredible acceleration that gets him to top speed, he is the nation’s best running back when given strong blocking up front." The 6-foot, 200-pound big-play-waiting-to-happen finished 2015 with 1,691 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns, accruing 62.9 percent of his yards on 15-plus yard carries, tops in the nation. "While he may not be the classic runner that will keep the offense on schedule and fight for the tough, early-down yards, Cook’s big plays will keep him entrenched in the Heisman race," Palazzolo wrote.
Jun 24 - 4:34 PM

A Pac-12 offensive coach said Oregon junior WR/DB/KR Charles Nelson effects the game whenever he's on the field.

"What separates him from others is just his physical toughness," the coach said. "It's very rare for a receiver or DB, or whatever you call him, to go out and be their best tackler. He can be extremely physical, but then he's also very good with the ball in his hands." Nelson is also tremendously athletic, owning a sub-4.4 forty and a spot on the Ducks' track team. Last season, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound caught 17 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown on offense while logging 47 tackles and a pair of interceptions on defense. He also accumulated 876 yards and a touchdown on 33 kick returns.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 4:22 PM

Virginia Tech sophomore LB Carson Lydon will transfer.

No word as to where Lydon might take his talents, but he won't be suiting up in Blacksburg this fall. He ranked as ESPN 300's No. 39 outside linebacking prospect for the 2015 cycle. The 6-foot-2, 237-pounder saw 11 games worth of action -- mostly on special teams -- last season, finishing the campaign with four tackles (1.0 for loss). Assuming he transfers to another FBS program, Lydon will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2017.
Jun 24 - 4:00 PM

North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham said that the university would respond to the latest NCAA Notice of Allegations before the required deadline.

UNC was given 90 days to respond to the notice. They have one month remaining on that, but should be able to meet the deadline without issue. Per the Associated Press, all of this is "an offshoot of a 2010 NCAA probe into the football program, center[ing] on independent study-style courses offering GPA-boosting grades in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department." The NCAA initially sent a NOA to North Carolina during May of 2015, one which detailed five potentially major violations. In August, UNC reported additional information to the NCAA, which required a revised notice. That was not issued until April of this year. Cunningham indicated that it is too early in the process to know whether self-imposed sanctions would be levied in the future.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 24 - 3:51 PM

Five-star 2017 CB Darnay Holmes will take official visits to Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska this fall.

Holmes has already locked in the dates for his Nebraska and Ohio State visits. He will be in Lincoln for the Cornhuskers' season-opening showdown with Fresno State and will journey to Columbus when the Buckeyes tango with the Wolverines on November 26. He has yet to shore up a date for his official visit to Ann Arbor, but he will be checking them out as well once the 2016 campaign starts up in earnest. As for his other two officials, he indicated that Florida, Florida State and Miami are in the hunt. UCLA is also making a hard push for the five-star standout.
Source: Rivals
Jun 24 - 3:37 PM

LSU junior QB Brandon Harris said, "I really do feel like I have the best arm in college football."

That is a strong claim from Harris, though not as strong as the one he made immediately afterward. Said the 6-foot-3, 188-pounder, "We have the best team in college football. I get it all the time: ‘Can you throw this and that?’ I laugh about it because I think as we continue to grow as a team, we’ll get the last laugh." Harris has received widespread praise from teammates for his work this spring, with WR Tyron Johnson saying that he "looks more like an NFL QB [than he did in 2015]" due to improvements in accuracy and poise. Harris believes the Tigers are just beginning to tap into their potential. "The sky is the limit for this team. The light has to come on, and it’s starting to come on."
Source: SEC Country
Jun 24 - 3:24 PM

Miami junior LB Juwon Young has been suspended indefinitely.

Miami's release of the information offered just a cursory "violation of department rules." Per the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the actual reason behind the suspension involves the 6-foot-2, 248-pounder's access to a luxury vehicle from a car agency. Miami is trying to jump the gun on any possible NCAA violations here. "Multiple people inside the UM football program do not expect Young to be on the team this season," Jackson wrote. "One source cautioned that he's in limbo and it's still possible he could return but he's not in a good position." Defensive end Al Quadin Muhammad is also being investigated, though he remains in good standing with the team for the time being. Last season, Young was the Hurricanes' second-leading tackler, recording 57 of them.
Jun 24 - 3:08 PM



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