Podcast: Waldman on QBs

Podcast: Waldman on QBs
Josh Norris and Matt Waldman dissect the top quarterback prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft.
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Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy writes that uncommitted three-star 2019 CB Travis Jay "seems like a near lock" to commit to Florida State.

Jay (6'2/181) was sporting FSU sneakers following a recent visit to Tallahassee and was sky high for his experience during junior day. While the Seminoles might currently hold an edge, we would just caution that recruits can sometimes be a little overzealous in their support of a given program that they've just visited. Recency bias etc. Beyond Florida State, Miami, Alabama and Tennessee are all additionally in play for Jay's pledge. He ranks as Rivals' No. 65 prospect in the talent-rich state of Florida.
Source: Rivals
Feb 22 - 6:59 PM

247Sports' Steve Robertson reports that Mississippi State will hire former South Alabama HC Joey Jones to serve as special teams coordinator.

Jones helmed the ship at South Alabama from 2008-17 before opting to resign from his post at the end of the most recent campaign. The Jaguars finished just 4-8 for the season. Overall, Jones owned a 52-50 record during his lengthy tenure at the program. This new gig with Mississippi State will be his first coaching in the SEC.
Feb 22 - 6:52 PM

Florida QB coach Brian Johnson said that the team will hold an open quarterback competition this spring.

That sounds about right. Not only did Florida receive little from incumbent starter Feleipe Franks last year, but HC Dan Mullen will want to keep his options open as he evaluates his new outfit. Said Johnson, "The beauty of us all coming in, and I talked to the guys about this [Wednesday], is that everybody is kind of starting from the same spot in terms of learning our offense." As for the combatants in this competition, the strong-armed Franks threw for 1,438 yards (54.6-percent completions) with a 9/8 TD/INT ratio over the course of 11 games in 2017 and will be trying to hold off redshirt sophomore Kyle Trask and four-star true freshman Emory Jones. We've always been fans of Franks' athletic talent -- he has a cannon -- but his output on the field for the past campaign was very, very discouraging.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 22 - 6:37 PM

Oregon senior RB Taj Griffin has moved to wide receiver.

Rather than jostle with Tony Brooks-James and Kani Benoit for carries, Griffin will see if he can't break into a receiving rotation led by Charles Nelson and Dillon Mitchell. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder ranked as Rivals' No. 70 overall prospect coming out of high school in 2015, but after putting in a respectable 570 yards rushing (7.4 YPC) and three touchdowns on 77 carries as a true freshman, he has seen his touches drop considerably. During the 2017 campaign, Griffin managed just 95 yards on 18 carries.
Source: goducks.com
Feb 22 - 6:24 PM

Transferring Stanford redshirt senior QB Keller Chryst will visit Tennessee this weekend.

Chryst (6'5/236) will not be graduating until June, meaning that his transfer is going to be more "eventual" than "imminent." As of yet, the Vols have not extended a scholarship offer to the gunslinger, who is moving on after being supplanted by K.J. Costello as starter for the Cardinal during this past season. He's not the only transferring quarterback intrigued by the Vols -- you can count ECU's Gardner Minshew in that same boat. The appeal with Tennessee comes in what should be an open competition at starting signal-caller this spring and summer. Quinten Dormady is transferring out, while Jarrett Guarantano largely failed to impress in his starting opportunities after Dormady was sidelined by shoulder surgery midway through the 2017 campaign. Guarantano and sophomore Will McBride figure to see the bulk of work in competition as matters currently stand, but they might have company soon enough.
Feb 22 - 5:11 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that Florida S Marcell Harris (Achilles) will not be healthy enough to take part in athletic testing at the NFL Scouting Combine.

It's unfortunate for Harris, who certainly could have used a testing stage to make his case for a late Day 3 selection. As is, looks like that show in Indy won't come to pass. The 6-foot-1, 211-pounder tore his right Achilles in July and subsequently missed the 2017 campaign while on the recovery trail. He's been training in Pensacola this winter.
Feb 22 - 4:47 PM

Transferring ECU senior QB Gardner Minshew said that he has been in contact with both Tennessee and Auburn.

Looks like there could be some competition for Alabama on this one, though it should be noted that neither Auburn nor Tennessee has offered Minshew as of yet. Alabama has extended an offer and the 6-foot-2, 216-pounder will be off on a visit to Tuscaloosa on Friday. While that outwardly would seem like something of an awkward fit given that the champs already house Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, Minshew shed some light on his thought process while speaking with Sports Illustrated this week, explaining that he is interested in coaching after his collegiate career is over and would love to see Nick Saban work his magic. Beyond that, he said that he "want[s] to be part of something special." Breaking down the other potential contenders, here, Tennessee's situation would offer him a a chance to compete for playing time come August camp. Auburn, not so much.
Feb 22 - 4:36 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that Wisconsin LB Jack Cichy (knee) will not be able to participate in athletic testing at the NFL Scouting Combine.

This was always a possibility after Cichy sat out the entirety of the 2017 season while rehabbing from a torn ACL sustained in August camp. The 6-foot-2, 233-pounder's draft standing is understandably in flux now. Campbell assigns him a grade for Rds. 4-6, NFLDraftScout is more conservative, applying a Rds. 6-7 grade, while Draft Analyst pegs him with a sixth-round projection. It's not clear at this juncture just when Cichy will be at full health, though he figures to be ready for NFL training camp this summer assuming he does not suffer a setback in recovery.
Feb 22 - 4:18 PM
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