Texas HC Charlie Strong told reporters redshirt junior QB David Ash has looked "unbelievable" during preseason camp.
There was a point when many thought Ash might not play another snap of football due to multiple head injuries. The biggest question is Strong previously stated he would not allow Ash to take a hit prior to the season, so we will see how the quarterback reacts to that first contact. Ash is locked in as the team's starting quarterback.
Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell is taking some snaps at QB again after backup Cody Thomas has missed time with an injury, according to beat writer Jason Kersey.
"...Thomas has been injured, which is why Bell has split second-team reps this week with true freshman Justice Hansen," Kersey reported. The last blurb under Bell's name reads "Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops reiterated that under no circumstances will senior TE Blake Bell be moved back to QB," so even though this might not be a permanent move, Bell is certainly taking some limited snaps at his former position. Bell has drawn praise at tight end throughout camp, however.
Texas Tech's hesitation to release transfer Baker Mayfield in a timely manner has left Oklahoma without an available scholarship to give the QB, according to beat writer Jason Kersey.
Texas Tech finally allowed Mayfield to seek a scholarship, but they are still withholding his eligibility to play immediately, a decision Mayfield is contesting. It is very late in the process for schools to have scholarships available, as many hand out the prizes to walk-ons following preseason camp. Mayfield walked on to Texas Tech last year and earned considerable playing time. "This was somewhat of an empty gesture by Texas Tech," Kersey tweeted.
Missouri junior C Evan Boehm "could eventually earn early round NFL consideration," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
The former top recruit was inserted into the starting lineup soon after arriving on campus, manning left guard as a freshman and transitioning to center last year. "Boehm has a short and stocky frame. Frankly, he looks like a Coke machine with arms, legs and a helmet," Rang wrote. "He is surprisingly light on his feet and shows impressive power, leverage and technique - traits he's carried over from a state championship wrestling career in high school. Only a true junior, Boehm looks well on his way to competing for all-conference or even All-American accolades at center and could eventually earn early round NFL consideration."
ESPN's Todd McShay grades Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion ahead of Baylor's Bryce Petty.
Most see Petty as the No. 4 QB behind Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston and Brett Hundley. "Mannion has the arm strength to stretch the field vertically and flashes natural accuracy, although he has some work to do with his mechanics, particularly in his lower body," McShay wrote. "His decision-making is inconsistent, as he takes too many risks throwing into traffic, but he does show a very good grasp of the Beavers' offense. He lacks ideal mobility but does a good job of feeling pressure and keeping his eyes downfield. Two things to watch from a measurables standpoint: While he has ideal height and long arms, he has a lean frame and extremely small hands (8 7/8 inches) for a QB prospect." The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Mannion was given a draft grade of 71, while Petty checks in at 68.
CBS Sports' Rob Rang writes that Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott "has a live arm and good field vision."
The dual-threat no longer has to share signal-calling duties with pocket passer Tyler Russell, so he'll have an opportunity to iron out his mechanical flaws and break out this year. "Prescott is a work in progress as a passer but has a live arm and good field vision," Rang wrote. "His footwork is inconsistent and he loses accuracy when his feet are not set. When he does step into his throws, however, Prescott can deliver strikes. He's a very dangerous runner, combining aggression, agility and the power to break arm tackles." Prescott, who has collected 14 throwing touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns in sporadic playing time over the last few years (seven starts, 23 appearances), is "expected to emerge as one of the SEC's most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in 2014," writes Rang.
Texas head coach Charlie Strong confirmed at Thursday's press conference that redshirt freshman OL Rami Hammad will transfer.
Unlike most of the other Longhorns that have left the program recently, Hammad wasn't forced out. Instead, the former top-10 OG recruit simply wants a change of scenery, a situation that often arises when schools bring in new coaching staffs. Hammad, a former four-star recruit, won't have any problem finding a new school.
Missouri redshirt senior OT Mitch Morse has "above average initial quickness," "good patience," and "plays with his knees bent," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
Morse is an extremely versatile offensive lineman, having begun his career at center. He shifted to right tackle, where he's started the last 17 games, and will now transition to left tackle to replace Seattle Seahawk second-round pick Justin Britt. "Like Britt, Morse is a functional athlete whose strengths are his patience, power and tenacity," Rang wrote. "He is a bit top-heavy and struggled a bit with speed while at right tackle so the transition to left tackle this year may not perfectly. Morse is best suited back at right tackle or even slotted inside at guard where his lack of foot speed is better protected and he can play the physical brand of football that has helped him emerge as a standout, thus far." Rang concludes: "[Morse] is quicker and more balanced dropping back into pass protection than he is pulling or sprinting out to block defenders at the second level."