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According to Louisiana Tech HC Skip Holtz, the Bulldogs turned down multiple graduate QBs who were interested in transferring to Tech.

Holtz took in Cody Sokol in 2014 and Jeff Driskel in 2015, but he now wants to turn the position over to home-grown talent. That means that the starting quarterback job is redshirt senior Ryan Higgins' to lose. "There were a lot of quarterbacks who called and said are you interested in a transfer quarterback, and, no, I'm not in the market," Holtz said. "I have a senior, I have a redshirt sophomore in Price Wilson, I have a redshirt freshman in J'Mar Smith and a true freshman in Jack Abraham that I think are going to be good quarterbacks." Higgins threw for 1,715 yards (59.1% completions) with a 6/13 TD/INT ratio way back in 2013, but one would assume he's gotten considerably better in practice over the past three years.
Jul 25 - 7:56 PM

Michigan senior CB Jourdan Lewis is playing both ways and working with QB John O'Korn in seven-on-seven drills.

"I think I'm a little Antonio Brown," Lewis said. We're still a long way off from knowing if the 5-foot-10, 176-pounder will contribute in a moonlight capacity to the Wolverines' offense this fall, but he's got the athleticism to be a weapon if it happens. Pro Football Focus graded him as the top corner in the country last year. Lewis ended up defending 20 passes to stamp his reputation as one of the nation’s premier lockdown corners. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Lewis No. 15 on his Big Board.
Jul 25 - 7:27 PM

NFL evaluators will get a "truer look" at UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen's pro potential in new offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu's pro-style scheme, writes NFL.com's Lance Zierlein.

"Quarterbacks always find their way toward the top of the draft board, but Rosen won't be a late riser -- he's already being monitored as a top-rated prospect after just one season," Zierlein wrote. "Rosen's quick release and advanced football intelligence should help move the hype train along at a very quick pace, but deservedly so." The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder accumulated 3,670 yards with a 23/11 TD/INT ratio as a true freshman last fall. Most of his supporting skill position cast is now in the NFL, but Rosen should be just fine.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 25 - 7:01 PM

NC State head coach Dave Doeren says he wants to get junior H-Back Jaylen Samuels "around 10" touches per game.

"I don't know what the magic number is, but you know, you'd like to say around 10," said Doeren. "Get him the ball 10 times a game because he has a way of making plays, man." Last year, the versatile Samuels collected 56 rushes for 368 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 65 catches for 597 yards and seven scores. He scored a touchdown every 7.6 times he touched the ball. "Last year I was doing so much stuff," he said, "like every position almost." The 5-foot-11, 223-pounder ranks No. 15 in school history with 18 career touchdowns.
Source: USA Today
Jul 25 - 6:27 PM

Pro Football Focus' Josh Liskiewitz believes Iowa senior TE George Kittle "could be in for a huge senior season in Iowa, and is likely to further solidify his status as one of the best TEs in all of college football."

Kittle is PFF's highest-graded tight end who returned to school. He only played in 339 snaps last season, but showed his blocking acumen by throwing the key block on seven touchdown plays. The 6-feet-4, 235-pounder, per Liskiewitz, "creates the kind of power you’d expect more from a player 30 pounds heavier than he is." The analyst additionally sees Kittle as a big weapon in the passing game, highlighting his one-handed catch specialty. "The ability to locate and adjust to the ball while running at full speed is a special trait, and a testament to Kittle’s excellent athleticism," he wrote. Now that Henry Krieger-Coble and Jake Duzey have graduated, Kittle is set to break out of the shadows in 2016.
Jul 25 - 6:09 PM

Louisiana Tech senior WR Trent Taylor was named to the 2016 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List.

The award goes to the best receiver in college football, regardless of position. Taylor, a 5-foot-8, 180-pound slot, finished with 99 catches, 1,282 yards and nine touchdowns last season to earn first team All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana honors. The Bulldogs lost Jeff Driskel to graduation, but don't count on Taylor's touches dropping. Kenneth Dixon is also now in the NFL and LTU's new quarterback will lean on Taylor, a reliable safety valve near the line of scrimmage.
Jul 25 - 5:42 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says NFL scouts want to see USC redshirt senior T Zach Banner "improve his mental focus and overall consistency as a senior before stamping him with an early round grade."

The massive 6-foot-8 specimen, the son of 1993 top-10 pick and 11-year NFL veteran Lincoln Kennedy, reportedly slimmed down from 375 pounds to 342 this offseason. With LT Chad Wheeler also returning, Banner is expected to stay at RT this season with the Trojans. "He has his issues in pass protection due to his heavy feet and high pads as flexible rushers are able to dip and run around him with athleticism," Brugler wrote. "But his power to control the point of attack, especially in the run game, is what makes him a possible right tackle target in the NFL." Banner could start seeing some Phil Loadholt comps.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 5:01 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 S Jonathan Sutherland.

"Sitting down with [co-DC and safeties coach Tim Banks] and talking about where I would fit into their defense and being around the player and future teammates made me feel really comfortable," Sutherland said. Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman called the 6-foot, 196-pounder "a nice addition to the Penn State secondary" due to the fact that he "brings a physical attitude to the defense and has a good nose for the ball." Sutherland hopes to compete for a starting job with the Nittany Lions right out of the gate.
Source: Rivals
Jul 25 - 4:01 PM

NC State HC Dave Doeren sees junior DE Bradley Chubb as a potential difference-maker in the pass-rush for 2016.

"We've not had a pass rusher that forced teams to adjust protections," Doeren said, "but Chubb can be that guy." Last season, the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder recorded 69 tackles (12 for loss), 5.5 sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles. Those 69 tackles were good for second-most on the Wolfpack. ESPN's David Hale relays that Doeren's statement has been backed by several other ACC coaches -- these aren't just Wolfpack-colored glasses.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 3:43 PM

Florida awarded raises to four assistant coaches this offseason.

Gatorbait.net uncovered the raises through an open records request. Most notably, DC Geoff Collins saw his salary bump from $600,000 to $900,000. With the $150,000 retention bonus he received in February also factored in, he will make a hefty $1.05 million for the 2016 season. For reference's sake, ESPN revealed earlier on Monday that Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe will be making $1.25 million this season. In addition to Collins, co-DC Randy Shannon, OL coach Mike Shannon and DL coach Chris Rumph all received bumps on their contracts to varying degrees.
Jul 25 - 3:27 PM

Multiple SEC coaches expressed the opinion that the SEC would have a perpetual spot in the CFB Playoff.

ESPN's Heather Dinich asked Tennessee HC Butch Jones if he could see a scenario in which the SEC champion would be left out in the Playoff cold. His response? "I don't. The SEC will always be in the conversation." Meanwhile, South Carolina HC Will Muschamp said that the consistent strength of the conference and the resultant gauntlet schedules are a "huge advantage," while Auburn HC Gus Malzahn added that we should expect the SEC to make the Playoff "every year."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 3:06 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2018 QB Justin Rogers indicated that his top three programs are LSU, Arkansas and TCU.

The recruiting sun has just begun to rise for Rogers, but LSU is already making an impression on the 6-foot-4, 180-pounder. He received an offer from the Tigers following a strong performance in their camp at the end of last week. In speaking with SEC Country about the Tigers, Rogers said, "It means a lot to get an offer from the biggest school in the state. It’s about their winning culture and the fact that they’re a blue-collar program." He ranks as Scout.com's No. 279 prospect for the 2018 cycle, but we should have a more clear idea of how he stacks up against the rest of the class after he is finished with his junior season at Parkway High School (Louisiana). Still tremendously early, here.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 25 - 2:46 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill noted that Auburn four-star 2017 verbal ATH commit Tray Bishop "possesses explosive reactions and quickness, especially for a tall, young athlete."

While Bishop plays quarterback at Terrell County High School, Luginbill does not expect him to stick at the position -- his passing acumen remains a ways off in terms of what would be needed to compete at the FBS level (let alone in the SEC). The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder offers intriguing upside as a possible wide receiver, particularly for an Auburn team that could use help at the position. "Offensively," Luginbill wrote, "he shows an explosive surge in the open field as a runner. You really appreciate his speed when he gets in space." Bishop ranks as ESPN 300's No. 126 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Jul 25 - 2:12 PM

Florida junior WR Treon Harris will transfer.

Florida took to Twitter to confirm widespread reports of Harris' looming transfer. His time in the program was marred by mediocre play and off-field turbulence. On the field, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder struggled to spark any sort of a potent passing attack (50.3% career completions). And off the field, he was hit with an ongoing indefinite suspension this winter for reasons unknown. Harris transitioned over to wideout in the offseason while under that mysterious suspension. It is unknown at this juncture which programs he might be considering for a transfer. With QB Will Grier electing to join West Virginia's program in the spring, HC Jim McElwain is essentially starting with a fresh slate at the position this coming season, with redshirt junior QB Luke Del Rio probably holding the inside track to win the starting gig.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 1:58 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior QB Mitch Leidner said that his surgically-repaired foot has "never felt better."

In the winter, Leidner underwent surgery to repair four torn ligaments in his left foot. While he was limited in spring practice, all signs have been pointing toward a healthy summer. Looks like it played out to script. At B1G media days, the 6-foot-4, 237-pounder said that his foot has been feeling 100% healthy for approximately a month. Last season, Leidner threw for 2,701 yards (59.5% completions) with a 14/11 TD/INT ratio.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 1:45 PM



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