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SEC Country's Justin Ferguson passes along that Auburn redshirt freshman WR Marquis McClain "looks like a linebacker but moves like a natural receiver."

McClain (6'2/226) caught a pair of touchdown passes during Saturday's scrimmage. He has been one of the surprises of preseason camp and the Tigers are considering using him in a number of different capacities in the offense. McClain was a three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 21 - 2:11 PM

Central Michigan HC John Bonamego called redshirt freshman QB Tony Poljan the "quarterback of the future."

In the present, Poljan is battling with Michigan transfer Shane Morris for starting right as the Chippewas look to replace Cooper Rush for the coming season. This is not the first time that Bonamego has made bold claims regarding the 6-foot-7, 225-pound Poljan -- in the spring, he said that the redshirt freshman "has a tremendous amount of upside." The Poljan-Morris competition could stretch out for another week-plus before a starter is settled upon.
Aug 21 - 1:52 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain said that his team is going to "beat the heck out of Michigan."

McElwain was speaking at a student rally when he made his little prediction. The Gators are 4.5-point underdogs for the contest, with the game set to kick off on Saturday, September 2, in Arlington, Texas.
Aug 21 - 1:38 PM

Mississippi State freshman T Montravious Richardson transferred to Mississippi Delta Community College.

Richardson (6'7/300) was a three-star recruit for the most recent cycle. He will likely resurface from the JUCO ranks this winter as he looks for a fresh FBS outfit to latch on with. Richardson was not expected to see significant playing time with the Bulldogs during the coming season.
Aug 21 - 1:24 PM

In the release of the AP Preseason Top-25 poll, Alabama has been ranked as the No. 1 team in the country.

Alabama sits atop once more. And it wasn't even close. The Crimson Tide received 52 first-place votes to lead in a romp, with the next three teams (Ohio State, Florida State, USC) receiving a combined nine first-place tallies. In terms of conference supremacy, the SEC led the way with six entrants in the initial top-25, while the ACC and Big 12 both put five teams into the mixer.
Aug 21 - 1:11 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore RB Mike Weber (hamstring) returned to practice on Monday.

Weber (5'10/215) has been dealing with a balky hamstring throughout camp, but RB coach Tony Alford said late last week that the redshirt sophomore would be ready to rock 'n' roll for the season-opener against Indiana on Thursday, August 31. Sometimes camp injuries linger, but at this juncture, it looks like all systems go for Weber. He racked up 1,096 yards rushing and nine touchdowns a year ago.
Aug 21 - 12:58 PM

Utah named sophomore QB Tyler Huntley the starter for the coming season.

Huntley turned in a strong preseason camp to supplant incumbent starter Troy Williams. This comes as an outward surprise, but Williams struggled with his accuracy a year ago and in OC Troy Taylor's throw-heavy scheme, pocket-passer Huntley offers a slightly cleaner fit. Huntley was a three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle.
Aug 21 - 12:45 PM

Clemson junior WR Ray-Ray McCloud has been practicing at defensive back during preseason camp.

This is not a full position shift, at least not yet, with HC Dabo Swinney saying, "We're trying to use him in different ways" and adding that "he might be a guy that can go and work nickel or we can take a guy and put him at nickel and he can be just a corner guy or an emergency guy." Playing exclusively as a receiver last season, McCloud logged a 49-472-2 receiving line.
Source: Tiger Net
Aug 21 - 12:33 PM

Tennessee redshirt senior WR Josh Smith will miss the next 4-8 weeks with a broken collarbone suffered in practice on Sunday.

Smith was arrested and charged with domestic violence in May, but that charge was later dropped. He was not expected to miss any time due to that incident, but now Smith will certainly miss a handful of games. Smith started 13 games over the last two seasons.
Aug 21 - 10:32 AM

USC head coach Clay Helton believes redshirt freshman WR Tyler Vaughns is "pretty unique."

Bruce Feldman relays Helton's thoughts by saying Vaughns is "a lanky guy but also w loose hips who can make you miss." Beat writer Ryan Abraham already pegged Vaughns as his breakout player this season.
Aug 21 - 9:52 AM

USC junior RB Ronald Jones II earned praise from his head coach for his tenacious running style during the offseason.

Helton singled out the "violence (Jones) ran with. He's in mid-season form." Jones previously earned comparison to Jamaal Charles from offensive coordinator Tee Martin. The Trojans likely gained confidence in Jones' ability last season, when he stepped in for Justin Davis and rushed for 742 yards in the final six games. The expectation is for this to be a pass first team, but Jones could balance it out.
Aug 21 - 9:36 AM

Notre Dame junior TE Alize Mack (hamstring) returned to practice on Sunday.

Mack has been limited by a hamstring issue over the past week-plus, but it would appear that he should be healthy for the Irish's season-opener against Temple on September 2. A hulking potential target for QB Brandon Wimbush, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Mack sat out the 2016 season due to academic travails.
Aug 20 - 4:58 PM

Oklahoma freshman RB Kennedy Brooks will miss the coming season with a left shoulder injury.

Per Sooners HC Lincoln Riley, Brooks has been dealing with a chronic shoulder injury. Team and player made the decision on surgery rather than try to push on through the pain for the coming year. The 5-foot-10, 206-pounder ranked as Rivals' No. 183 overall prospect for the past cycle.
Aug 20 - 4:47 PM

Oklahoma freshman LB Levi Draper will miss the 2017 season after suffering a torn shoulder labrum.

Draper (6'2/230) will undergo surgery to repair the tear on Tuesday and is expected to be ready to go when spring practice boots up next year. He ranked as a four-star recruit in the 2017 class, with Rivals tagging him as the No. 215 overall prospect for the cycle. He was unlikely to see extensive playing time this year.
Aug 20 - 4:34 PM

Oklahoma has rested redshirt sophomore RB Rodney Anderson at times during preseason camp in an effort to preserve his health.

Anderson (6'2/223) broke his left leg as a freshman in 2015 and was sidelined for the past campaign after sustaining a fracture in his neck during August camp. Understandably, the Sooners aren't pushing him this time around -- he has participated in some scrimmages, but has also worn his fair share of green, non-contact jerseys. Said RB coach Jay Boulware, "I know what Rodney is. I’m just looking forward to seeing him, where he is in terms of his overall development at this point right now, if he’s up and ready to go." Anderson and Abdul Adams figure to both see substantial carries during the coming season as Oklahoma looks to replace Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon.
Source: Diehards
Aug 20 - 4:21 PM



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