Cincinnati junior RB Mike Boone was named to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award.
Teammate QB Gunner Kiel was also listed on the Maxwell list. The award goes to the national college football Player of the Year. Boone appeared in 10 games last season as a sophomore, tallying 717 yards on 96 carries for a sensational 7.5 yards per carry as part of a three-back rotation. He also converted 14 kick returns for 231 yards. All that was good for sixth in the American Athletic Conference with 105.5 all-purpose yards per game. Now that last year's leading rusher Hosey Williams is gone, Boone is expected to take over as starter with senior Tion Green also figuring in.
Ole Miss redshirt senior QB Chad Kelly boasts "effortless velocity to fire strikes to every level of the field," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Brugler praised Kelly's "NFL arm strength," with a "follow-through motion to add extra RPMs on throws and fit the football into tight windows." The analyst noted that while Kelly has average height, he is well put together and athletic, leading his team with 10 rushing touchdowns in 2015. "Although he has the arm strength to get away with snap throws without setting his base, his accuracy tends to suffer due to his inconsistent mechanics and release technique," Brugler wrote. Brugler added that Kelly has "several background issues" that have caused the NFL to question his "maturity and coachability, issues that will be fully vetted between now and next spring." Brugler predicts that Kelly will be a "hotly debated prospect for the 2017 class."
Marshall dismissed redshirt junior LB Raheim Huskey for a violation of team rules and practices.
No further word as to what Huskey did to land himself in hot, dismissal-temperatured waters. This is not the first disciplinary action to be levied against the 6-foot-2, 221-pounder. He was indefinitely suspended from the Thundering Herd in October for a (presumably different) violation of team rules. HC Doc Holliday eventually reinstated him this spring. Huskey finishes out his Marshall career having recorded 48 tackles and a pair of sacks in 20 games.
Ohio State junior OLB Raekwon McMillan hinted that he might be used more as a pass-rusher in 2016.
McMillan had 1.5 sacks last season and has notched just 4.0 for his career, but because the Buckeyes lost the likes of Joey Bosa, Darron Lee and Joshua Perry, they could have the need to utilize the 6-foot-2, 240-pounder in a more quarterback-wrecking capacity. On the whole, McMillan finished the 2015 campaign having recorded a stellar 119 tackles (4.0 for loss). Should he declare for the draft in January, he possesses first-round potential.
Tennessee HC Butch Jones said, "We anticipate [sophomore DL Shy Tuttle (leg)] being ready for the first game, but we'll see how that goes."
Tuttle broke his fibula and tore a ligament in his ankle in an October win over Georgia last season (by-the-by, that was the same game in which Nick Chubb suffered a season-ending knee injury). He has been medically cleared to run, but Jones won't be taking undue chances with the 6-foot-2, 311-pounder's health this August. "He's worked exceptionally hard, but it's going to be touch and go every day," he said. "It's going to be how his body works to heal. Every day, we'll know a little something more."
Penn State HC James Franklin is not yet ready to name a starting quarterback between redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley and redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens.
McSorley continues to hold the same edge he held following the close of spring practice. Said Franklin, "We want to give Tommy the chance to close that gap. We want to give Trace the opportunity to keep that gap and just see how it plays out." He explained that while both McSorley and Stevens share similarities in terms of athleticism, McSorley is "ahead experience-wise and knowledge-wise."
Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that the Wolverines "have big hopes" for the 2016 season.
"We've got big dreams. We've got lofty goals. And all those are achievable," Harbaugh told the assembled media at B1G media days. Senior CB Jourdan Lewis noted that there has been a tangible shift in energy since Harbaugh was hired last offseason. "It's definitely a culture shift, and you can feel it through Coach Harbaugh," Lewis said. "If you want to call that swagger, then yeah, he's bringing that back. And we're trying to get that tradition back." One thing will absolutely have to change if Harbaugh wants to shoot the moon this coming season -- they will actually need to defeat their biggest rivals. The Wolverines are just 1-7 in their last eight contests with Michigan State and a paltry 1-11 in their last 12 games against Ohio State. This season, they will hit the road for showdowns with both squads. Michigan State plays host on October 29 while Ohio State will do likewise on November 26.
Ohio State HC Urban Meyer and Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio denied that they used negative recruiting tactics to dissuade prospects from committing to Penn State.
Penn State HC James Franklin has insinuated that some of the power programs in the Big Ten have been hitting on the Nittany Lions' troubled past to score recruiting points. "I don't know what happens out there on the road completely," Dantonio said. "But it's not our M.O., and that's not how we do business." For his part, Meyer sounded legitimately surprised by the allegations. "We've got a great deal of respect for every school in our conference," he explained, "and we do just fine with recruiting. We don't worry about that stuff. I'm glad you told me that. If that's true, I'll address that."