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Ohio State redshirt junior QB Cardale Jones was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday night with severe head pain, according to Tony Zarrella of Cleveland 19 News.

Shortly after, the folks at Eleven Warriors tweeted that Jones was taken to the hospital for a bad migraine and is now resting. Jones is competing with J.T. Barrett for the starting quarterback job. OSU faces Virginia Tech on Monday night.
Sep 2 - 10:48 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Jeff Lockie addressed reporters for the first time about losing the team's quarterback competition.

"Everyone wants to be the guy," Lockie said. "I think we all know in life some things don't go your way, and I think the only response is have your head up and keep going because I think there's a lot of bigger things going on here than myself." The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, of course, lost out to Eastern Washington transfer product Vernon Adams. "Jeff's done an unbelievable job and I think he's more than capable of leading our football team to wherever we want to go," Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost said. Lockie, Marcus Mariota's backup, returns to a familiar role. "You kind of switch gears," Lockie said. "You switch your mentality and you're back to preparing for Saturday and making sure we're the most prepared we can. If that means helping Vernon out with the game plan, if that means helping the receivers out, whatever it means, it's just the next step forward. You kind of switch your mindset and keep going."
Sep 2 - 10:10 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, William & Mary senior LB Luke Rhodes will "be a tough cut in training camp" if for no other reason than that he'll be a "special-teams ace and steady presence on defense."

"While not an explosive athlete, Rhodes has enough speed to fill a gap, is agile enough to slip second-level blocks, and hustles to the sideline," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-2, 242-pounder is the only FCS player on the Butkus Award watch list. A two-time first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association pick, Rhodes posted nearly 100 tackles in 2013 and 2014. He's also adept at "flying into lead blockers to allow his teammates to make plays," wrote Reuter.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 2 - 9:49 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges' on-field versatility and play is compared by offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler to Aaron Hernandez.

The Hokies have been showing Hodges video of Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and Saints TE Jimmy Graham to show him how they want to use him as a moving chess piece. "That tight end/hybrid position... besides the quarterback it’s the most difficult spot in the offense," Loeffler said. "There’s multiple job responsibilities and that’s what causes problems for the defense is that those guys are lining up everywhere." The 6-foot-7, 249-pound Hodges caught 45 passes for 526 yards and seven touchdowns last year, earning third-team All-ACC honors. You'll see him lined up inline, out wide and in the backfield. Hodges came to Virginia Tech as a QB, so don't be surprised if he's featured in trick plays either. "I consider myself a football player," Hodges said. "Whatever coach wants me to do, I go out there and do it."
Sep 2 - 9:29 PM

East Carolina senior TE Bryce Williams "should be a nice project player worth a look late in the draft," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Despite checking in at a hulking 6-foot-6, 258 pounds, Williams played fullback each of the past two years. He did a stellar job both times, earning honorable mention all-conference accolades in 2013 and second-team recognition last year. Williams now moves to tight end, where he'll be a difficult size matchup for linebackers. He recorded 18 receptions for 237 yards and four touchdowns last year.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 2 - 9:13 PM

North Carolina State junior WR Jumichael Ramos says he'll redeem himself in 2015.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder caught 24 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman, but was in and out of the doghouse last year, logging only 59 plays and posting just one catch for seven yards. "It's always great to get a new start," Ramos said. "If it was positive or negative, everything is cancelled out now." Ramos could be a valuable target for fifth-year senior quarterback Jacoby Brisset, with whom he enjoys chemistry. "It's been great," Ramos said. "We've been working together in the summer — we always had our one-on-ones and also [time] with the other receivers. It was just us working on things we want — how I want the ball, how he wants to throw the ball, how he wants me to run routes and things like that. We're really clicking now."
Source: Rivals
Sep 2 - 8:55 PM

Tennessee junior CB Cameron Sutton managed to hold opponents to a 35.5 percent completion percentage on targets last year.

He did so despite not being a "premium athlete," according to NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein, who added that Sutton shuts throwing windows by crowding receivers and jumping throws. Opponents in turn avoided him, targeting Sutton on only 14.9 percent of throws. "Sutton's biggest hindrances as a pro prospect are his poor tackling (eight missed and four broken) and concerns about whether his physical style can work as a man corner," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 2 - 8:39 PM

Florida International senior edge rusher Michael Wakefield "shows a knack for quickly and smoothly getting off the snap," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Wakefield earned second-team All-Conference USA honors in 2014 by "using not only his get-off, but also good length and an ability to leverage a blocker and disengage to make the play," according to Reuter. The 6-foot-3, 254-pound Wakefield posted eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss. "Wakefield can play either side of the line despite his average size, which is a big plus," Reuter wrote. "Coaches will put him through linebacker drills after the season to see how well he moves in space, and that will help determine how high he gets drafted."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 2 - 8:25 PM

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood expects to announce his starting 2015 quarterback at halftime of the opener against Norfolk State.

Sophomore Chris Laviano is suspended for the first half, which means the results of his battle with Hayden Rettig don't need to be announced until he's eligible to return. "Hayden Rettig is the starting quarterback," Flood said. "We’re going to evaluate the first half and we’ll make a decision at halftime as to how we’re going to proceed." Star wide receiver Leonte Carroo is also suspended for the first half, so it really wouldn't be fair to evaluate Rettig based on those 30 minutes. Flood is playing coy for competitive reasons against a team his squad should blow off the field. This is also called being annoying.
Source: NJ.com
Sep 2 - 8:09 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Oregon graduate QB Vernon Adams could carve out an NFL career similar to Seneca Wallace.

"Though small for the position ... [Adams] makes throws at every level, keeps his eyes downfield when pressured and eats up yards with his feet -- but only when necessary," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot, 190-pound Adams (previously listed at 5-foot-11, it bears mentioning) was a Walter Payton Award finalist twice at Eastern Washington. He beat out Jeff Lockie for the right to replace Marcus Mariota. "Seneca Wallace was of similar stature coming out of college and he enjoyed a long NFL career," Reuter wrote. "Someone could give Adams that same shot."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 2 - 7:53 PM

LSU junior CB Tre'Davious White's completion percentage allowed last season was a stunning 23.4 percent.

This stat is called "burn rate." Opposing quarterbacks typically avoid corners with a low burn rate at all costs, which is why White had a similarly superb 13.5 percent target rate. "With elite feet and recovery twitch, White allowed only one touchdown in 2014, but he did allow 18 yards per completion (though there weren't many completions against him)," commented NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein. "The knocks on White? His ball skills need work and he's not a very physical player."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 2 - 7:34 PM

Florida coach Jim McElwain announced that Treon Harris has officially won the starting quarterback job, while redshirt freshman QB Will Grier will also play.

The Gators host New Mexico State on Saturday. "This is still a painting in progress," McElwain said. "This is two guys pulling in the same direction to help this football team." Grier, a former four-star dual-threat quarterback, figures to push Harris all season unless the latter greatly improves his accuracy.
Sep 2 - 7:16 PM

Georgia HC Mark Richt told reporters that he doubted that redshirt senior WR Justin Scott-Wesley (knee) will play in 2015.

"Right now I’d say it’s doubtful that [Scott-Wesley]’ll play this season, said Richt. Doubtful, but not impossible, as the redshirt senior will apparently not be taking a medical disqualification this season. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound wide receiver suffered the knee injury on a non-contact play when he slipped running a route in mid-August. He has a history of knee woes, having also torn his right ACL in 2013.
Sep 2 - 6:36 PM

Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott has "a beautiful mix of speed and power," according to NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

Yes, beautiful. Jeremiah elaborated with the comment that Elliott can "grind out tough yards inside as well as hit the home run outside." Fellow analyst Lance Zierlein put it in more hip terms, believing that the junior will "wreck shop this season." The 6-foot, 225-pound back erupted over the Buckeyes' run to the national title in 2015, tallying 698 yards in their final three games. He'll face off with Virginia Tech on Monday, looking to best last season's meager eight-carry, 32-yard performance against the Hokies. It will be a headline if he doesn't.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 2 - 6:22 PM

Neither Oregon State freshman QB Seth Collins nor redshirt freshman QB Marcus McMaryion know who will take the first snap in Saturday's season-opening contest against Weber State.

McMaryion said that the duo has "no idea" and "no one knows yet." Oregon State HC Gary Andersen and OC Dave Baldwin both profess to have said knowledge, though they are apparently keeping a vow of silence. Baldwin has previously indicated that both quarterbacks will play against Weber State, making it at least something of a moot issue. Earlier in August, beat writer David Lombardi predicted that three-star recruit Collins would win out based on momentum that began in spring practices. Neither quarterback has experience, though former Beaver and current St. Louis Ram Sean Mannion's erratically disappointing play last season proved that experience does not always translate to actual success.
Sep 2 - 6:07 PM



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