Despite his 5-foot-9, 170-pound frame, Bowling Green senior WR Ronnie Moore bench presses 300-plus pounds and squats over 500.
Green is a twitched-up athlete and a scary proposition to encounter in the open field. He accrued 72 catches last year, including a 22-248-1 line against Tennessee, Maryland and Purdue. Moore will become the focal point of a vastly revamped offense this fall with Roger Lewis in the NFL and Gehrig Dieter transferring to Alabama.
Baylor players showed strong support on social media for ousted former HC Art Briles on Thursday.
Bears players were nearly as outraged by Briles' firing as the public was about the circumstances that got him fired. A smattering from the myriad tweets: "Injustice," sophomore defensive tackle Andrew Morris wrote. Junior linebacker Raaquan Davis: "WOWWWWWW BROOOOO [series of furious face emojis]." Senior cornerback Ryan Reid: "Coach B when God closes one door he opens another! I love you man!" Senior safety Orion Stewart: "Only reason I'm here today is Coach B.. Took a chance on a skinny ass kid wit barely any offers but had had faith in me and I did it 4 him!!"
Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo believes Cal graduate QB Davis Webb "will attract the NFL’s attention" but must "make better decisions against zone coverage."
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Webb recently signed with the Golden Bears as a grad transfer with an eye on taking over for Jared Goff. At Texas Tech in 2014, the big-armed Webb ranked No. 16 with a big-time throw percentage of 5.43 percent. "He can throw with accuracy and touch both between and outside the numbers, but his flashes of brilliance were accompanied equally by head-scratching throws," Palazzolo wrote. While Webb proved adept at shredding teams downfield, his 5.71 percent rate of turnover-worthy plays (13 interceptions on only 345 attempts in 2014) forced the Red Raiders to hand his job to a guy named Patrick Mahomes, who never gave it back. "Webb is often mechanical and robotic in the pocket and a little too slow to get through his progressions," Palazzolo wrote. "However, the flashes are enough to think that Webb can have success in the Pac-12, particularly since he’s moving to a similar offensive system."
As Miami transitions to incoming DC Manny Diaz's 4-3 scheme, Diaz says his players will play more aggressively and physically.
Diaz is talking about the little things like setting a hard edge, pursuing the ball until the whistle and taking intelligent angles. He has some help in the chalk room, namely from former Missouri assistant Craig Kuligowski, who oversaw a spate of stud defensive linemen with the Tigers. Last year, Mizzou ranked No. 2 in the FBS with 106 tackles for loss, while Miami had a mere 66. "[The players] instantly bought in because they see this defense is about defensive linemen making plays," Diaz said. [They] know his track record, so he had instant credibility when he walked in and then he said, ‘Hey, by the way, we’re playing a scheme where instead of you worrying about tying up blocks or standing on the line of scrimmage, we’re going to eat in the backfield.’"
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher indicated that FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is ahead of schedule and will be fully healthy at some point next month.
Cook was injured during a pass protection drill in spring practices. "When June goes, he'll be running full speed with our players, and when August comes he'll be in contact and everything will be going great," Fisher said. Rotoworld ranks Cook as the No. 1 RB in the 2017 class.
Oregon junior DB Charles Nelson made NFL.com's list of best athletes in college football.
Nelson ran a sub-4.4 forty in high school and is now on the Ducks' track team. On the football field, there isn't a lot that he can't do. Nelson ended last season at corner, between which and safety he started eight games after starting three at receiver earlier in the year. In addition, Nelson is one of the best kickoff returners in the game. The only downer as far as an NFL projection goes is his frail 5-foot-8, 170-pound frame.
Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn relayed that five-star 2018 DE Micah Parsons played corner, middle linebacker, receiver and running back during the East Coast Elite 7-on-7.
"[Parsons] is incredibly quick, he changes directions like a safety, he is loose, he plays at a fast pace and he dominates in nearly everything he does," Dohn wrote. "His speed and desire to compete stood out above everything else, and that is saying something given his immense talent." The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder committed to Penn State in late February. Per Dohn, he is not expected to reopen his recruitment.
The Waco Tribune-Herald's John Werner reports that Baylor has yet to decide whether DC Phil Bennett will serve as interim head coach.
Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde reported earlier on Thursday that Bennett would be named interim head coach while Baylor searches for Art Briles' replacement. When they announced Briles' firing, however, no interim name was attached in the statement. Bennett declined to offer a comment. Forde reported that OC Kendal Briles would remain on staff, too, something that also has yet to be confirmed by the university.