Miami added Mars Hill graduate FB Marquez Williams on scholarship.
This is quite a story. Rarely does a Division II player jump to the FBS level, and even less often to a historic program like Miami. Williams sent his game tape to Jon Richt, who coaches quarterbacks at Miami and played for Mars Hill in college. Williams will earn his master’s degree in public administration at Miami.
WNML’s Jimmy Hyams reports that Tennessee sophomore RB Joe Young's career is in jeopardy following a serious neck injury suffered in spring practice.
Earlier this month, HC Butch Jones said Young would serve as a student coach for a while as he healed. It appears Young's prognosis was not as promising as first anticipated. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Young, who was a three-star prospect, appeared in five games and rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries last year.
According to ESPN's Edward Aschoff, Georgia sophomore DT Trenton Thompson "was a monster" in spring practices.
Incoming defensive whiz kids Kirby Smart and Mel Tucker saw three starting linebackers leave, including stars Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins, but the returning talent is stellar, led by Thompson. Thompson was the No. 3 overall recruit in the nation in the last cycle, per ESPN. Though he underwhelmed as a freshman, Aschoff wrote that Thompson "should be a force" and a "double-team machine."
FSU HC Jimbo Fisher believes redshirt senior QB Sean Maguire (ankle) will be fully healthy by the end of the summer.
"He's back to 50 percent on the treadmill, running real hard," Fisher said. "Starting to do drops already. Hopefully by June, middle of June, he'll be going full speed." Maguire fractured his left ankle in the New Year's Eve Peach Bowl loss to Houston. Assuming he's ready for camp, Maguire will battle redshirt freshman Deondre Francois for the starting job.
Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Powers noted that five-star 2017 DT Marvin Wilson "dominates every camp and combine he attends."
To Powers' point, Wilson earned himself an invite to The Opening Finals after a strong performance in The Opening Houston regional. "The five-star has the size and quickness to be a versatile weapon up front, and offensive linemen have a hard time keeping him contained," Powers wrote. The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder has drawn offers from Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M. Earlier this week, he indicated that Texas could figure strongly into his final commitment decision, but he first wants to see them win nine games (or thereabouts) in 2016.
Following the cancer diagnosis of LSU live tiger mascot Mike IV, PETA has issued a statement calling for the university to abolish future tiger mascots.
"PETA is calling on LSU to honor Mike VI and spare future tigers a lifetime of misery by ending the live-mascot program for good," said the organization's Rachel Mathews. Mike IV was recently diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, which (per LSU) is not related to possible mascot stress. In a counter-statement, the university took the high road and said, "This is not the time to discuss football season or a new tiger mascot. We are focused on Mike’s health and well-being at this time."
Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino lists Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson as a 5/1 favorite to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy.
LSU RB Leonard Fournette (6/1), Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey (7/1), Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield (10/1) and FSU RB Dalvin Cook (10/1) join Watson to round out the five players with the best odds for this year's Heisman. Among the more interesting names beneath that quintet of studs, Georgia RB Nick Chubb earns 12/1 odds in his return from major knee surgery and Alabama RB Bo Scarborough takes 20/1 odds to net Alabama back-to-back running back winners. Those buying into the tidal wave of Louisville hype might be interested to know that QB Lamar Jackson makes for an intriguing 100/1 shot here.
Four-star 2017 T Andrew Vorhees has visited Oregon, UCLA and USC over the last month.
Vorhees hails from Kingsburg, California, and is drawing predictable interest from within the Pac-12. In addition to his recent visits to the Ducks, Bruins and Trojans, the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder plans on attending a camp at Stanford in June. A return visit to USC is lined up as well. After getting a taste of these schools unofficially, he is hoping to take his official visits in the fall. Scout.com's Greg Biggins notes that this offseason, Vorhees has "added size and strength while still looking lean."