Last season, Ohio State running backs averaged just 3.53 YPC against Virginia Tech, as compared to 6.57 YPC against the rest of their schedule.
In last season's upset, the Hokies held Ohio State to 108 total yards on 40 carries. 70 of those yards came on the legs of Mr. J.T. Barrett, who rushed 24 times in the game. A quick perusal of the box score might explain why Frank Beamer's squad dominated against the running corps so thoroughly in the game: Ezekial Elliott carried the ball just eight times for 32 yards. You can safely bet the house that the 6-foot, 225-pound junior will be seeing more than eight touches when the Hokies and Buckeyes clash on September 7.
According to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Notre Dame redshirt junior CB KeiVarae Russell was "a shutdown cornerback with tremendous ball skills" during his 2013 season.
Pauline graded Russell out as a potential third-round selection, but he could only base that on film he saw of the 2013 season. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound redshirt junior was suspended for the 2014 season due to academic issues, before being cleared by the NCAA earlier this August. For his Fighting Irish career, he was a full-time starter as a freshman and sophomore, covering 26 games. Draft experts love his length and footwork, though it wouldn't be surprising if he needed a few games to truly hit the swing of things given the long layoff.
Tennessee freshman WR Vincent Perry will miss the 2015 season with a knee injury.
Perry injured the knee in practice a week ago and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound wideout was a three-star recruit and totaled 1,790 yards from scrimmage with 18 touchdowns as a senior at Hillsboro High School. Rivals graded him as the 19th best prospect in the state of Tennessee.
Middle Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Brent Stockstill has been named the team's starter for the 2015 season.
Stockstill is the son of Middle Tennessee HC Rick Stockstill. The 6-foot, 192-pound redshirt freshman was competing with incumbent starter Austin Grammer, who passed for 2,557 yards and a 17/12 TD/INT ratio last season. Stockstill (the coach) said that both quarterbacks will play in the team's opener against Jackson State.
Ole Miss redshirt junior QB Chad Kelly will start in Saturday's season-opening contest against Tennessee Martin.
Kelly will start, but HC Hugh Freeze did throw a few caveats on there, including that the 6-foot-1, 210-pound redshirt junior's place atop the depth chart totem pole is not "set in stone." Freeze noted that sophomore QB's Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade are also expected to play in the first game of the post-Bo Wallace era. Kelly is the nephew of Bills great Jim Kelly.
UCLA junior CB Ishmael Adams was arrested on a robbery charge on campus, according to Daily Bruin Sports.
Adams faced $100,000 bail. The cornerback started 13 games last season and all 13 games in 2013. Obviously Adams was expected to hold the same spot in 2015 despite dealing with a sprained ankle for the last couple of weeks. The Bruins open their season against Virginia.
On Florida's depth chart, the quarterback position is listed as "[sophomore] Treon Harris OR [redshirt freshman] Will Grier."
On a depth chart, "or" usually indicates that there is no definitive starter. This just backs up HC Jim McElwain's comments from last week, as he indicated that both Harris and Grier would see playing time in the team's season-opener against New Mexico State. Redshirt freshman Grier missed the 2014 season with a back injury, while Harris completed 55-of-111 passes (49.6% completions) for 1,019 yards and a 9/4 TD/INT ratio. The reality is that Jim McElwain's ideal quarterback for the future likely does not exist on this roster.
Florida senior LB Antonio Morrison has been listed as the starting middle linebacker on the team's depth chart.
While Morrison led the Gators with 101 tackles last season, he suffered a catastrophic knee injury during the Belk Bowl which required a pair of surgeries. The team limited him to non-contact drills in preseason camp. HC Jim McElwain elaborated on the 6-foot-1, 218-pound senior's progress, saying that "it obviously won’t be one of those deals where he’s playing 80 or 90 plays, but at the same time, he’s prepared himself and he’s ready to play and we’ll have a plan for that." When healthy, Morrison's ability to stick and commit stands out. Last season, he tallied just five missed/broken tackles.