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Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman has been "very impressed" by USC freshman RB Stephen Carr.

Writing from Trojans' camp this weekend, Feldman referred to Carr as a "really dynamic young [running back] who you keep noticing." USC's staff is well aware of the talent they have on their hands, with OC Tee Martin saying after the first week of camp that Carr "will play" during the 2017 season. He specifically cited the 6-foot, 180-pounder's football intelligence, noting that Carr is "way ahead of the curve from a mental standpoint." Rivals ranked the true freshman as the No. 38 overall prospect in the 2017 class.
Aug 19 - 3:57 PM

Kentucky HC Mark Stoops said that he will provide an update on junior WR Dorian Baker (ankle) next week.

Baker suffered a potentially serious ankle injury in practice. The Wildcats would like to see how he checks out over the next few days before offering further information as to a potential timetable for his return.
Aug 19 - 3:51 PM

The NCAA has ruled that Indiana freshman DB Bryant Fitzgerald is a non-qualifier for the coming season.

Fitzgerald (6'0/200) will not be allowed to play or practice with the Hoosiers this year, but does remain on scholarship. It's an unfair blow for the young man, who was blameless in the situation. Instead, all of this comes about because he was incorrectly advised by the university about classes he needed to take to be eligible for the year. Compounding matters, the NCAA doubled down on the program's misstep by denying a subsequent waiver that would have allowed Fitzpatrick to play this year. Just disappointing on every front by the alleged adults in the room. Fitzgerald was a three-star recruit in the 2017 class.
Aug 19 - 3:38 PM

Louisville redshirt junior CB Cornelius Sturghill has moved to wide receiver.

This is Sturghill's second career position shift -- he actually began his career with the Cardinals as a receiver before transitioning over to cornerback prior to the 2015 season. He missed the past campaign after being shot in the right foot during an August drive-by shooting. At wideout, Sturghill will provide some upside depth for the Cardinals. Said HC Bobby Petrino, "He is really fast and kind of gives us a different look there."
Aug 19 - 3:26 PM

Old Dominion named redshirt sophomore QB Blake LaRussa the starter.

LaRussa beat out Drayton Arnold, Steven Williams Jr. and Jordan Hoy for starting honors. No huge surprise, there, as he led the depth chart at the end of spring training and just needed to put in a steady preseason camp to nab the starting job. Playing behind David Washington last season, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound LaRussa completed 14-of-24 passes for 140 yards.
Aug 19 - 3:12 PM

The Lexington Herald-Leader's Jen Smith passes along that Kentucky junior WR Dorian Baker has suffered a "significant" ankle injury.

At this early stage, the extent of the ankle injury is not known. There is no timetable for Baker's return. He struggled with injury last season, not making his season debut until the end of October due to a hamstring strain. Limited to six games played, the 6-foot-3, 208-pounder caught 14 passes for 208 yards and two scores a year ago.
Aug 19 - 2:59 PM

Texas HC Tom Herman said that if there was a game tomorrow, sophomore QB Shane Buechele would be the starter.

Buechele has received a heated competition in camp from true freshman Sam Ehlinger, but looks like he might emerge victorious despite his young challenger's strong push. Buechele threw for 2,958 yards while posting a 21/11 TD/INT ratio during the past campaign. Texas kicks off against Maryland two weeks from today.
Aug 19 - 2:43 PM

Miami sophomore WR Ahmmon Richards (hamstring) did not take part in the team's scrimmage on Saturday.

Miami is not taking any chances with Richards, who could be lining up to post a potentially massive 2017 season so long as he can stay healthy. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder posted a 49-934-3 receiving line as a true freshman in 2016.
Aug 19 - 2:35 PM

Miami junior RB Mark Walton (hip) received limited work during the team's scrimmage on Saturday.

Walton (5'9/195) bruised his hip in scrimmage a week ago. While he was not held out completely on Saturday, he received just three carries, as HC Mark Richt and staff did not want to push their lead back. This past season, Walton rushed for 1,117 yards (5.3 YPC) and 14 touchdowns.
Aug 19 - 2:20 PM

West Virginia junior WR Jovon Durante transferred to FAU.

Durante (6'0/171) sat out the first two-plus weeks of camp at West Virginia due to a personal matter. He's opted to move on entirely. At FAU, the junior wideout will have to sit out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining with the Owls starting in 2018. As a sophomore in Morgantown last season, Durante caught 35 passes for 331 yards and two touchdowns.
Aug 19 - 1:54 PM

Former Kansas senior WR LaQuvionte Gonzalez transferred to Southeastern University.

Gonzalez (5'10/175) was dismissed from Kansas for a violation of team rules at the end of July. He'll be eligible to play immediately at Southeastern University, which is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Gonzalez logged a 62-729-3 receiving line with the Jayhawks last season.
Aug 19 - 1:42 PM

TCU HC Gary Patterson said that redshirt senior QB Kenny Hill has been playing "as well as we've ever seen him play" during camp.

"Now he’s got to do it in a ball game. That’s where everybody gets judged," Patterson said. Hill's decision-making will be key to any chance he has of posting a rebound season -- a year ago, he led the Big 12 with 13 interceptions. He struggled during the team's spring game, so it's nice to see that he has made enough steady progress to put to rest any vague notion of a quarterback competition with true freshman Shawn Robinson.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 19 - 1:29 PM

Alabama redshirt junior RB Bo Scarbrough (undisclosed) was not seen at practice during the team's open-media window on Friday.

Just what Scarbrough is dealing with or why he wasn't practicing is unknown at this juncture, but given his medical history, this is one worth monitoring. The 6-foot-2, 228-pounder was a limited participant in spring practice while he continued to rehab from the broken leg he suffered against Clemson in the National Championship Game back in January. He said at the beginning of preseason camp that that leg injury has fully healed.
Source: AL.com
Aug 19 - 1:17 PM

Miami redshirt sophomore LB Jamie Gordinier will miss the coming season due to a right knee injury.

Gordinier's knees just aren't holding steady for him. He missed almost the entirety of the 2016 campaign after injuring his left knee in the team's season-opener against Florida A&M. Now it is the right one which has given out on him. Gordinier is set to undergo surgery next week.
Aug 19 - 1:04 PM

The brother of BYU sophomore LB Francis Bernard said that the linebacker wants to transfer to Utah.

News surfaced late in the week that Bernard would be taking a redshirt with the Cougars for personal reasons during the coming season. It sounds like he might not be long for the program at all. Said Bernard's brother, James, "He just doesn’t want to stay there any more." Some of this seems to stem from Bernard's bowl suspension due to a violation of team rules in the winter. This past season, Bernard posted 79 tackles (5.5 for loss) and three interceptions across 12 games. Should he transfer, he would be forced to sit out the coming campaign to satisfy NCAA regulations.
Aug 19 - 12:51 PM



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