Baylor senior DE Shawn Oakman has been suspended for the season opener against SMU on Friday, according to Jason King.
King adds the length of the current suspension is for one game for a violation of team rules. The edge rusher did travel with Baylor to Dallas to face SMU. Oakman is one of the higher profile players in all of college football, but off-field issues did lead him to Baylor via Penn State. More information should be available after the game. Sophomores Brian Nance or K.J Smith will likely start in his place.
Fifteen NFL teams will attend Saturday's Auburn vs. Louisville tilt in Atlanta.
Representatives from the Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Buffalo Bills will be on hand. Auburn offers up QB Jeremy Johnson, DE Carl Lawson, WR D'haquille "Duke" Williams, CB Jonathan Jones and more, while Louisville will give scouts a glimpse of DE Devonte Fields, DB Josh Harvey-Clemons and LB James Burgess.
A film review of Memphis redshirt junior QB Paxton Lynch by NFL Media's Lance Zierlein revealed some surprising strengths and puzzling weaknesses.
The humongous Lynch, standing 6-foot-7, 245 pounds, has a cannon for an arm. So you might expect him to be a statuesque pocket passer who can only fire downfield, ala Ryan Mallett, right? Wrong. "Lynch's 6-7 frame is very intriguing and he has better quickness outside the pocket than expected," Zierlein wrote. "However, he hit explosive pass plays just 6 percent of the time despite having plenty of arm strength. Lynch needs to show that he can take a step forward as a playmaker, utilizing his arm talent to threaten teams down the field." Lynch has completed 462-of-762 passes (60.6 completion percentage) for 5,087 yards and 31 touchdowns over the past two years. He was named preseason all-conference second team by Phil Steele.
Florida coach Jim McElwain said senior LB Antonio Morrison's recovery from injury was "unbelievable."
The 6-foot-1, 229-pound Morrison recovered from two knee operations this offseason to get cleared for the opener. "Yeah, he is [ready to play]. You've heard me throughout -- it's unbelievable what he's done," McElwain said. "I'm really proud of what he's done, to see him recover like this. It obviously won't be one of those deals where he's playing 80 or 90 plays. At the same time, he's prepared himself and he's ready to play, and we'll have a plan for that." Morrison posted 101 tackles, six TFL, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery in 2014.
ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Baylor junior DT Andrew Billings as the No. 14 overall prospect.
We haven't seen an analyst higher on Billings, but we aren't surprised that Kiper took to him. "The great thing about Billings is he isn't just weight room strong; you also see it on the field," Kiper wrote. "He's powerful and can move big, sturdy blockers where he wants to at times." Billings is a prospect we've seen as a potential riser for some time now because of his stupid superhero-type strength (as a Texas high schooler, Billings broke the weightlifting record with 2,010 pounds; 805 squat, 500 bench press, 705 deadlift). "He's not the kind of freak athlete on the interior who will make plays to the edges, but he does get into the backfield by taking blockers backward and can make plays there," Kiper wrote.
Thirteen NFL teams will attend Thursday's Minnesota-TCU tilt.
There are NFL prospects to scout on both sides. For the traveling Horned Frogs, most come on the offensive side of the ball. Prominent amongst that group are QB Trevone Boykin, WR Josh Doctson and RB Aaron Green. As for the home Gophers, CBs Eric Murray and Briean Boddy-Calhoun are one of the nation's best outside duos, while we see RB Rodrick Williams busting out in a big way this fall.
ESPN's Mel Kiper praised Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley's decision to return to school.
Unlike most with top-15 draft projections, Stanley returned to South Bend for his fourth-year junior campaign. "His frame and upside are ahead of consistent performance, and another year will help," Kiper wrote. "He already has 13 starts at right tackle as a freshman, followed by 13 at left tackle as a sophomore, so he'll marry plenty of experience to prototypical length and movement skills." The analyst ranks Stanley as the No. 6 overall prospect. "He moves well laterally, and can flash great hand use, but he just needs more consistency," Kiper wrote. "It's not always there at the same time." Rotoworld ranks Stanley as the No. 1 OL in the class.
Nebraska suspended six players -- linebacker Michael Rose Ivey, defensive back Jonathan Rose, offensive lineman Robby Painter, tight end Cethan Carter and defensive end Joe Keels -- for the season opener against BYU.
The reason cited for each one was a violation of team rules. Rose-Ivey is the only starter in the group. It seems that all of them will return for Week 2 against South Alabama.