Miami junior RB Gus Edwards will miss the entire 2015 season due to a foot injury.
Edwards was expected to be the Yin to Joe Yearby's Yang (quickness). Foot injuries are never good news for big backs, and Edwards is listed around 230 lbs. Freshman Mark Walton could see more time now. Edwards' injury was once considered "day-to-day."
Georgia WR coach Bryan McClendon expects freshmen Terry Godwin and Michael Chigbu to play this year and not redshirt.
Godwin was a prized recruit, and Chigbu is a 3-star recruit who offers size at 6'1/210 lbs. Georgia has lost a number of receivers to the NFL in recent years, name Chris Conley last season, so expect both to see snaps. Regardless, Georgia will continue to rely on their running game.
According to Minnesota HC Jerry Kill, redshirt junior QB Mitch Leidner has been "the best [Kill's] seen him look since [Kill's] been [t]here."
Said Kill, "The first three or four days of camp, [Leidner] wasn't as sharp as he wanted to be, but I can tell you the last two weeks he has been unbelievably sharp," adding that the 6-foot-4, 237-pound redshirt junior "has done a really, really good job." In 12 starts last season, Leidner completed 122-of-237 passes for 1,798 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing 126 times for 452 yards and 10 touchdowns.
North Dakota State senior QB Carson Wentz completed 16-of-28 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 38-35 loss to Montana.
In addition to the two scores through the air, Wentz also rushed 13 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns. He hooked up with Chase Morlock on a 27-yarder in the first quarter, then hit the end zone twice on his own in the second (from 19 yards out and 11 yards out) before throwing a 10-yard TD to Zach Vraa. The 6-foot-6, 231-pound senior has impressed draft experts with his frame and general physical ability, with ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranking him as the No. 3 senior quarterback prospect over the summer. He passed for 3,111 yards and held a 25/10 TD/INT ratio last season.
During Montana's 38-35 win over North Dakota State on Saturday, CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler tweeted that Montana senior WR Jamaal Jones "attacks the ball w/ strong hands and body control."
Jones caught eight passes for 119 yards and a touchdown in Montana's dramatic win, which kicked off the unofficial start of the college football season. Brugler tweeted that the 6-foot-1, 191-pound senior--he's the team's top NFL prospect--was "impressive." Montana's had a history of pumping out draft talent. Since 2000, the school has had more players (10) plucked for the next level than any other non-FBS school. Last season, Jones made 67 catches for 1,044 yards and eight scores.
According to USC HC Steve Sarkisian, OC Clay Helton will call the majority of the team's plays this season.
Helton won't have complete control over play-calling, though, as Sarkisian will have the final say in some situations. After losing four games in 2014, expectations are high for this Trojan squad. We'll see how long Sark's willing to cede play-calling duties if the team struggles early.
According to Minnesota HC Jerry Kill, the team will not be using a no-huddle offense this season.
"We experimented with [a no-huddle offense] a little," said Kill, before going on to completely shoot down the idea with "we've been a huddle team, that's who we are." The off-shoot of the Gophers tinkering with the uptempo pace in the spring is that the defense might be a little quicker to react to TCU's own blistering pace in Thursday's opener.
NFL Media draft analyst Charles Davis believes that Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook's athleticism "is often underrated."
In an ongoing countdown of the Top-20 players in college football by NFL.com, Cook checked in at No. 10. Analyst Davis sees him as "vy[ing] for honors as best QB in the nation" this season, while Davis' colleague Lance Zierlein backed up Davis on the 6-foot-4, 218-pound senior's athletic ability, writing that he is "a better-than-average athlete outside of the pocket and has showed noticeable improvement over the last couple of seasons."