Cal junior RB Vic Enwere ran for 127 yards on only six tries for a 21.2 yards per carry average in the spring game.
The bruiser has bulked up to 235 pounds since stepping onto campus a smaller man. He's managed to keep the athleticism, as fans saw during an 80-yard touchdown jaunt in the first half of the spring game. Last season, Enwere led the team with eight rushing touchdowns. He ran for 505 yards on a team-high 106 carries. He added seven receptions for 31 yards to finish with 536 all-purpose yards.
UNC junior RB Elijah Hood squats 635 pounds.
Now that's strength. After he achieved 635 pounds, prior to his sophomore season, the strength coaches banned him from adding any more weight. Hood also benches 375, power cleans 338 and hoists up a combined 1,150 pounds between the bench, squat and power clean. The 6-foot, 221-pounder is even better on the gridiron, rushing for 1,463 rushing yards and scoring 17 touchdowns overall last season.
Though Mississippi redshirt freshman RB Eric Swinney starred this spring, he enters fall camp third on the depth chart.
Standing ahead of him in the pecking order is junior Jordan Wilkins and senior Akeem Judd. Swinney was expected to contribute immediately to the team’s running game as a true freshman last season, but he suffered a stress fracture that forced him to sit the year out. We're probably looking at a three-man rotation when all is said and done. "I think all of our guys, they're all up over 200 pounds now, and they all have certain things, but [Swinney] seems to finish runs with a certain amount of authority for sure that we might not have seen so much of in the past," HC Hugh Freeze said. "I've always felt like if he gets healthy he has a chance to be a special kid."
Oregon State redshirt sophomore RB Ryan Nall stepped into the starting lineup this spring.
With Storm Barrs-Woods and Chris Brown gone, Nall didn't have to put up much of a fight to ascend. That doesn't mean he's without promise, though. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder, nicknamed the Wrecking Nall, averaged 6.2 yards per carry on 73 attempts last year, totaling 455 ground yards and three scores. He went off for for 174 yards on 19 carries in last year’s Civil War football game against Oregon when Barrs-Woods was out.
CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reports that the Big 12 would like to wrap up the expansion process before the start of the season.
Dodd relays that according to three people with knowledge of the situation, "the Big 12 doesn't want expansion to overshadow the league's football season with a drawn-out process that would extend into the 2016 campaign." When CBS Sports reached out to conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby for comment, he declined to put a potential timetable to the proceedings. If Dodd's report proves accurate, pieces figure to rapidly start to fall into place over the coming weeks. Looking at the near future, AAC Media Days are set for Monday and Tuesday. With multiple rumored Big 12 targets residing in the AAC, it figures to be a fun few days for gossip. Probably less so for the assembled coaches and players.
ESPN's Tom Luginbill wrote that Alabama four-star 2017 WR commit Jerry Jeudy possesses "a terrific blend of instincts, feet, speed and quickness."
Luginbill notes that Jeudy "[g]ets downfield in a hurry, but is more of a sandlot route runner who is so confident in his athleticism that he knows he can win one-on-one without being overly disciplined." The analyst sees the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder as having promise on either side of the ball, going so far as to say that he "[m]ay be one of the more gifted two-way players this class has to offer." Luginbill compares him to Clemson wideout Deon Cain due to similarities in speed, size, physicality and athleticism.
South Carolina redshirt junior WR Shaq Davidson transferred to Jacksonville State.
Jacksonville State assistant coach J.R. Sandlin took to Twitter to welcome Davidson into the other Gamecocks' fold. Davidson left the team early this winter and did not participate in spring practice. The 5-foot-10, 179-pounder was a four-star recruit out of high school, but tore a ligament in his knee during the 2014 campaign and did not see game action in 2015. By dropping down to the FCS, he will be eligible to play immediately this coming season.
ESPNU will begin airing 'Being Bret Bielema' on Wednesday's this August.
Here is a fun one for your Friday. 'Being Bret Bielema' started out as a digital web series documenting Bielema's life and odd times this winter, but gained enough popularity that the World Wide Leader deemed it to be must-see midweek ESPNU viewing. They are giving it the silver screen bump. The series will begin its television run on August 10. In a preview of sorts, a short clip of Bielema murdering a golf ball with an awkward, short swing was posted to promote the upcoming series.