Virginia Tech senior Tariq Williams will continue to start at ILB for the Hokies in 2013.
He will be bookended by Jack Tyler and Ronny Vandyke. These three spots appear to be locked in, but the back up spots are up for grabs. The Hokies have taken a few steps back, but the defense should improve if the offense converts fewer turnovers.
Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes evaluators should keep an eye out for Oregon State senior CB Rashaad Reynolds.
Reynolds "has popped on tape," Weidl tweeted. "Physical, instinctive and has ball production." Reynolds played alongside Jordan Poyer last season, who lacked outstanding physical skill but showed good awareness in a variety of coverages. The senior will start for the third straight year at the position.
West Virginia freshman, and early enrollee, QB Chavas Rawlins plans on transferring to a different program.
Apparently the decision relates to former quarterback coach jake Spavital leaving the Mountaineers for Texas A&M. Rawlins was the only quarterback signed as part of WVU's 2013 class, but the school did bring in transfer Clint Trickett from Florida State.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper ranks UNC's Tre Boston as the top senior S heading into the 2013 season.
"I might be a little higher on Boston than some others, but I really like his ability to cover," Kiper writes. "Like a lot of college safeties, he spent time at cornerback and wide receiver in high school. But the thing about Boston is he could have stayed at corner for the Heels and been pretty good, but he has the size and range to be really good at safety."
Oklahoma State could be blocking sophomore QB Wes Lunt from transferring to Big 12 and SEC schools, along with Southern Miss, according to Jimmie Tramel.
Southern Miss has been the logical fit all along, since former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken took over the head coach role there. Other potential destinations not among these possible blocked locations are Illinois and Louisville.
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said the team will likely adjust their playbooks depending on who wins the starting QB job.
"You've got some guys who come in the first year and you only give them just a little bit of responsibility but what you give them they're really good at," Lashlee said. "A lot of that will be dictated on the quarterback and how fast we can continue to progress. We're always going to do what the quarterback can handle and execute because them being successful, with whatever amount of the playbook is in, is the most important thing for us to have a chance to win and protect the football." We expect Jonathan Wallace to win the job.
Virginia junior RB Clifton Richardson will transfer to a different program.
Clifton Richardson has been granted permission to seek a release from his scholarship to pursue opportunities elsewhere," said London in a statement. "Clifton will be leaving the University in good academic standing. I wish the best for Clifton as he pursues his academic and athletic goals." Richardson has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
With two year starting RB John White IV graduating, Utah plans on featuring four runners to replace him.
Senor Kelvin York is the opposite of White in terms of running style, using his bigger frame to create yards after contact. Lucky Radley has only 15 carer carries, but his touches increased this spring and he is expected to take on a larger role. James "Bubba" Poole was splitting first team reps this spring and although he is very fast, he runs upright. Finally, Karl Williams is another bruising back who wins with will.