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Nebraska Football: NFL Draft Projections for Every Former Cornhusker

On Thursday, the 2015 NFL draft will begin, and Nebraska fans will be keeping an eye out to see where former Cornhuskers land. Ever since the Bill Callahan era, Nebraska has touted the success of its alumni in the NFL, and there are at least three players who look likely to join their ranks.

Lance Zierlein and Chad Reuter at NFL.com put together a seven-round mock draft showing where each player could land. While mock drafts are notoriously unreliable in terms of their predictive accuracy, they are interesting as a starting point to think about how players could fill needs on certain teams. So, an exercise like the one on NFL.com is useful as a discussion point.

With that caveat in place, let’s take a look at where this year’s crop of ex-Cornhuskers might land on Sundays.

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Tennessee Football: Winners and Losers from the Volunteers' 2015 Spring

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee's annual Orange and White Game featured flashes of brilliance from marquee players. But once it was over, it felt a little incomplete.

Perhaps that's as fitting of a conclusion to the Vols' injury-riddled spring as could be expected.

After a first half where starters roamed the field, the second half lulled. Key players took extended breaks, and the backups received long looks.

Much like the rest of spring, Saturday was not always pretty, but it served a key purpose for head coach Butch Jones: to find leadership on both sides of the ball and to see how little-used players performed on a team depleted by injuries.

"For the most part, I thought a very, very productive spring, especially when you add the 13 individuals who had to sit out this spring," Jones said following Saturday's spring game.

"You try to have a great grasp of where your football team is after 15 practices, but it's really hard because when you take those 13 individuals off the field, we're a different football team. What we really had to focus on was the individual improvement with everybody in our football program."

The expected players performed well on Saturday, led by quarterback Joshua Dobbs, outside linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and cornerback Cameron Sutton. Even limited running back Jalen Hurd burst out for a couple of big runs in a no-contact jersey.

The wide receiving corps underperformed, much the way it has throughout the spring.

With the monthlong session of 15 practices now over, let's take a look at the biggest winners and losers from Tennessee's spring.

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Notre Dame Football: Projecting Irish's Post-Spring Two-Deep Depth Chart

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — At the start of spring ball, Notre Dame football head coach Brian Kelly praised the program’s depth and looked ahead to an exciting 15-practice slate.

With a deep stable of bodies, Kelly said the Irish were able to approach the spring season differently than they had in any of his previous years in South Bend. And with most of its starters returning, Notre Dame has a strong two-deep for 2015.

Let’s break down how the depth chart looks after the spring sessions. For the purposes of this exercise, we’ll only consider the players who are currently on the roster. Neither incoming freshmen nor potential returnees such as KeiVarae Russell and Ishaq Williams will be included.

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Winners and Losers of Saturday's College Football Spring Games

Just like that, spring practices are slowly but surely coming to a close. This Saturday (April 25) marked the last major slate of spring games. With the exception of Oregon's spring game on May 2, the long summer offseason is approaching in earnest. 

So what did we learn from this weekend's group of glorified scrimmages? Not a ton, but there were a handful of highlights and lowlights. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen looks like a legitimate competitor for the No. 1 job, and Tennessee showed off more of its young talent. Kansas, on the other hand, had perhaps the worst spring game of any team this year. 

From unfortunate injuries to unsolved quarterback questions, emerging stars and everything in between, here were Saturday's spring games' winners and losers. 

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SEC Football: Power Ranking Each Team Post-2015 Spring Practice

Spring practice is in the books, so what better time than now to unleash post-spring SEC power rankings?

Which teams filled holes this spring? Which teams had more unexpected questions pop up? Which coaches could be on the hot seat?

Our post-spring power rankings based on roster, coaching and remaining questions are in this slideshow.

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UCLA Football 2015: 5 Winners from Spring Practice

With spring practice officially over, the prudent thing to do would be to have a reflective take on the UCLA Bruins football team.

Fortunately for head coach Jim Mora, there were no serious injuries. Many of the physical ailments were nagging muscle pulls or small nicks.

Here we will take a look at five players who've performed exceptionally well throughout the spring practice season. Many stalwarts on the team—such as Myles Jack, Eddie Vanderdoes, Paul Perkins and Jordan Payton—have all steadily improved from a year ago.

While the quartet fits the requirements to appear as "winners" throughout the spring, this piece opts to focus on players who've both surprised and improved from their predicted places on the team heading into camp.

The five mentioned here are listed alphabetically and will follow after the jump.

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UCLA Football 2015: 5 Winners from Spring Practice

With spring practice officially over, the prudent thing to do would be to have a reflective take on the UCLA Bruins football team. Fortunately for head coach Jim Mora, there were no serious injuries...

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UCLA Spring Game 2015: Recap, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Head coach Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins began the quest for a third consecutive 10-win campaign Saturday with the 2015 Spring Showcase.

While Saturday didn't feature a full-blown scrimmage with score tracking and a game clock, it did help the roster take the next step in the wake of major losses such as quarterback Brett Hundley, linebacker Eric Kendricks and defensive end Owa Odighizuwa.

The structured event featured a trio of 11-on-11 scrimmages divided by individual drills. New arrival Josh Rosen stole the show by posting a 13-of-17 mark with two touchdowns and an interception in the scrimmages, perhaps taking an early lead in the race to replace Hundley.

The day started with Pride Alley, UCLA's version of the infamous Oklahoma Drill. UCLA Football shared the lineup for the event:

Perhaps the most bone-crunching hit of the day occurred when linebacker Myles Jack met running back Ryan Davis in the hole, with the former winning the encounter in emphatic fashion.

Pride Alley seemed to end quicker than usual, so the event then transitioned to special-teams drills and individual drills.

Of course, during the latter the quarterback competition came into stark focus. Asiantii Woulard took the first snaps from under center, while Jerry Neuheisel and the freshman sensation Rosen were close behind.

The tone of the workouts was positive, which isn't a shock considering how encouraging and poised even the freshman was about the competition in the days leading up to the event.

"Honestly, whoever starts, we're all going to be supremely confident in them because if they win the job, they won it for a reason," Rosen said, per Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times. "They are going be the best man to lead this team."

Rosen, despite less collegiate game experience than Neuheisel, was the main attraction, even gaining the attention of 2017 wideout recruit Terrell Bynum:

The competition kicked up a notch when 11-on-11 drills began, the closest thing the Spring Showcase would get to live-game action.

There, Neuheisel struck first, hitting Tyler Scott for Saturday's first touchdown. Rahshaun Haylock of FoxSportsWest.com details the moment and the crowd's reaction:

Neuheisel wasn't the lone player turning heads, though. Running back Craig Lee, a redshirt sophomore, put on quite the show with quick cuts and breakaway speed.

Joining him in the "wow" department was wide receiver Jordan Lasley. Pac-12 Networks offers the explanation:

As for Rosen, Mora decided to let the experienced players see the field first, with the freshman not taking the field in the first set of 11-on-11 play.

He suited up in the second and put on a show.

Rosen completed his first five passes on the way to a two-yard-touchdown pass to Scott, who had quite the busy day himself. As Rick Kimbrel of BruinBru.com notes, though, the freshman did provide a reminder of his inexperience on the next drive:

It didn't take long for Rosen to recover. On the next drive after his hiccup, he hit Eldridge Massington for a 10-yard touchdown to cap off a solid performance.

Foster's colleague, Eric Sondheimer, offers his thoughts on the freshman signal-caller:

While Saturday won't be enough for Rosen to win the job outright, there's nothing people remember better than a solid first impression. He accomplished such a feat, as did the rest of a roster transitioning to a new season with new faces.

The long summer ahead for UCLA football will decide much about the program's most important positional battles. Saturday was a critical first step and an impressive one with new faces stepping up to fill voids.

 

Info courtesy of UCLABruins.com unless otherwise specified.

 

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UCLA Spring Game 2015: Recap, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Head coach Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins began the quest for a third consecutive 10-win campaign Saturday with the 2015 Spring Showcase...

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UAB Football Player Raises Helmet at Commencement, Refuses President's Handshake

UAB football players and fans were in tears when school president Ray L. Watts oversaw the decision to eliminate the football program last December.

On Saturday, linebacker Derek Slaughter made a strong statement at his commencement ceremony.

Slaughter raised his helmet as he walked across the stage.

When given the chance to shake Watts' hand, Slaughter refused.

Slaughter stood up for what he believed in, garnering cheers from the audience.

[Twitter, h/t College Spun]

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Tennessee Spring Game 2015: Live Score, Top Performers and Analysis

Orange (Defense) 54, White (Offense) 44, Final

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — With quarterback Joshua Dobbs on the sideline for much of the second half, Tennessee's Orange (defense) team dominated the Volunteers' freshman mid-term quarterbacks to win the Orange & White Game, 54-44.

In a modified scoring system that awarded the defense for stops, big plays and turnovers, the momentum turned for the defense with a huge play.

Star cornerback Cameron Sutton plucked a botched double reverse out of the air on an errant pitch from Alvin Kamara and rumbled 20 yards for a touchdown. From there, a sack-laden second half that featured no offensive touchdowns sealed it for the Orange.

Dobbs only needed a tune up, and that's all he got as the first-teamers took most of the second half off as the clock ran. The rising junior wound up completing 5 of 8 passes for 94 yards in a very vanilla offense.

Dobbs also won the quarterback challenge 8-7 over Quinten Dormady in what consisted of hitting targets at various spots on the field. Dormady, meanwhile, was sharp in the first half, throwing for 96 yards in a game, including a 65-yard scoring strike to Josh Malone.

Freshman quarterback Jauan Jennings led UT with 58 rushing yards and a 45-yard touchdown run against the backups.

 

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Leah Still Scores Touchdown in Temple's Spring Game

Leah Still stole everyone 's hearts last year during her fight against cancer.

Thankfully, her father, Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still, who played at Penn State, announced in late March that Leah's cancer has gone into remission.

Saturday, she got to do something her father has never done—score a touchdown.

Leah, 4, was a guest at Temple's spring game in Philadelphia. She kicked things off by scoring a 45-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.

[Twitter, h/t College Spun]

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B/R Exclusive: 4-Star 2016 RB Robert Washington Makes His College Decision

2016 RB Robert Washington has made his decision. The 4-star, according to 247sports composite, monster out of Huntersville, NC has narrowed his list down to Alabama, Michigan, Florida, Syracuse, TCU, and North Carolina.

Washington took the time to sit down with Bleacher Report to announce his choice. How well do you think this stud will do at the next level?


Watch the video and let us know!

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UCLA Spring Game 2015: Live Score, Top Performers for Bruins

The UCLA football team culminated its offseason period with a Spring Showcase on Saturday morning at the Rose Bowl. 

Although it was run much like a practice, the team did provide the fans in attendance and watching at home with some excitement.

True freshman quarterback Josh Rosen looked very good in limited time during the scrimmage portion of practice. He finished 13-of-17 with two touchdown throws and one interception. Receiver Jordan Lasley also impressed with his ability to leap up and make plays with his athleticism. Lastly, running back Craig Lee demonstrated considerable speed and agility from the backfield. 

In general, the team looked big and explosive. This isn't the same type of UCLA team physically from the previous regime. Sal Alosi and his conditioning program has completely transformed this bunch into a very good looking football team. 

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UCLA Spring Game 2015: Live Score, Top Performers for Bruins

The UCLA football team will culminate its offseason period with a Spring Showcase on Saturday morning at the Rose Bowl. Jim Mora's bunch is tasked with having to replace three integral cogs from last year...

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Ryan Finley Arrested: Latest Details, Mugshot and More on Boise State QB

Boise State quarterback Ryan Finley, who's fighting to win the Broncos starting job, was arrested early Saturday on a pair of misdemeanor charges.

Dave Southorn of the Idaho Statesman reports the sophomore faces charges of a minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage and resisting or obstructing officers. He also notes the school is already looking into the situation:

Ryan Finley, a sophomore quarterback and the likely front-runner to obtain the Broncos' starting position in the fall, was arrested early Saturday morning in Boise on charges of a minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage and resisting or obstructing officers, both misdemeanors.

Boise State said it is aware of the arrest and will follow the student conduct policy in accordance with the situation.

Bryan Levin of KBOI provided the mugshot and booking details:

Further details about the incident that led to the arrest weren't immediately released.

Finley appeared in five games last season as the backup for Grant Hedrick. He completed just 12 of his 27 attempts (44 percent) with two touchdowns and one interception. He also had seven carries for 31 yards in limited action.

The Broncos have given him the first opportunity to win the starting job for the 2015 campaign. The second-year signal-caller worked with the first-team offense during the spring game.

Whether this situation will have any impact on his effort to earn the job is unclear. It's also unknown what type of discipline he could receive from Boise State as a result.

 

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UCLA Spring Game 2015: Date, Start Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream and More

Fresh off a pair of 10-win seasons, head coach Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins head into their 2015 Spring Showcase in search of a new starting quarterback.

With Brett Hundley headed for the NFL, a high-profile recruiting class, including quarterback Josh Rosen, takes center stage as the Bruins transition to a new era.

As UCLA looks ahead to next season in the hopes of competing for a conference title, the defense will also break in a new defensive coordinator, Tom Bradley.

Below, let's take a look at the important info surrounding the event.

 

2015 UCLA Spring Game

When: Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Rose Bowl

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Live Stream: Pac-12.com/live

 

Preview

Start with the most important feature of Saturday's event—quarterback.

Jerry Neuheisel and Asiantii Woulard have experience in UCLA's spread offense, but the real attention falls on the shoulders—or arm—of the freshman Rosen.

Mora is quick to point out he took his sweet time the last time he needed to make this decision, per Dan Greenspan of The Associated Press: "We didn't decide on the starter until, gosh, like 15 practices into fall that first year."

The wait may be just as excruciating this time around, but Saturday is an important hurdle for all involved.

Neuheisel is the most experienced, featuring 39 attempts last season and two touchdowns. But Rosen seems to have a quick grasp on the offense, at least according to last year's leading receiver, Jordan Payton, as Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News captures:

If Rosen has closed the gap in such a regard, Saturday figures to be quite the battle.

The other major focal point Saturday will be the play of the offensive line. As Greenspan notes, offensive line coach Adrian Klemm was suspended for potential recruiting violations.

As they say, though, the show must go on—a thought senior center Jake Brendel takes to heart. He has assumed the leadership role over the unit during spring practices, teaching technique and more to younger players.

"There is a certain way Coach Klemm likes things done," Brendel said, per Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times. "That's something I know very well. I just make sure try to keep the mentality the way it was when he is here."

It should go without saying the quarterback competition won't be as effective as Mora needs it to be if his protectors in the trenches suffer from Klemm's absence. Brendel's efforts and the state of the unit will be on display this weekend.

Either way, the quarterbacks face a major task against an improving defense. While Owamagbe Odighizuwa and Eric Kendricks head to the NFL, the secondary gets a shot in the arm with the return of Randall Goforth.

Goforth missed most of last season with shoulder issues, but he returns as the leader of a developing unit. David Woods of BruinReportOnline.com notes his impact so far this spring: "[Goforth] has had a very impressive spring for a guy still coming off of shoulder surgery, and if we had to guess, he's going to have a pretty big year."

As a whole, the defense will be quite the interesting storyline to watch with Bradley now in control. He crafted strong units for years at Penn State, but Pac-12 offenses are a different animal by comparison. Still, he helped improve West Virginia's unit last year in the Big 12 while acting as assistant head coach. 

Replacing Kendricks is another hurdle for Bradley, and one to watch Saturday. Sophomore Kenny Young figures to assume the void but made a point recently to tell the globe he's not just another Kendricks.

"E.K. had a certain way, but I'm not the next Eric Kendricks," Young said, per Foster. "I am the first Kenny Young, and I want to leave my legacy. That's going to be my approach the next couple years."

Young has big cleats to fill by replacing the Butkus Award winner, but he sounds up to task. A unit in transition will look to him and Goforth this weekend and beyond.

Saturday is a critical day for Mora and UCLA football. It always is to a degree, but perhaps even more so this time around with questions in need of answers on a new-look defense and at the most important position of all.

Anyone with a stake in Pac-12 football would be wise to pay attention.

 

Info courtesy of UCLABruins.com unless otherwise specified.

 

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UCLA Spring Game 2015: Date, Start Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream and More

Fresh off a pair of 10-win seasons, head coach Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins head into their 2015 Spring Showcase in search of a new starting quarterback...

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Gary Pinkel, Missouri Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Missouri Tigers football coach Gary Pinkel received a new contract Friday after leading his team to two straight SEC East Division championships.

Joe Walljasper and David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune provided some details:

Pinkel came to Missouri before the 2001 season and has gone 113-66 since then, failing to make a bowl in just four of his 14 seasons.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Pinkel’s tenure has been the smooth transition from the Big 12 to the SEC. Missouri joined the SEC before the 2012 season, and Pinkel led the Tigers to the 2013 and 2014 conference title games. While his team ultimately lost to Auburn and Alabama, respectively, Missouri’s ability to contend so quickly in the perceived strongest league in the nation was notable.

Adam Kramer of Bleacher Report praised Pinkel for the news, while Jon Solomon of CBS Sports pointed out that the Tigers were simply keeping up with the arms race:

Pinkel’s new contract provides stability to the coaching situation in Missouri, which should help in recruiting moving forward. Prospects won’t have to worry about whether Pinkel will be around a few years down the road, which is important as the coaching staff builds relationships.

Recruiting is the lifeblood of sustained success in the sport, and Pinkel has built a consistent winner in the SEC East.

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Ohio State Spring Game Losers Mulch Buckeye Grove as 'Punishment'

A busy week for the Ohio State Buckeyes that involved their annual spring game and a trip to the White House to celebrate their national championship came to an end with manual labor for some members of the football team.

Since Urban Meyer took over as coach, the losers of the spring game have been required to put down mulch in Buckeye Grove, Ohio State's tribute to its All-Americans. This year, the Gray pulled out a 17-14 victory over the Scarlet.

That meant the Scarlet had landscaping duty on deck.

Team Scarlet, a squad that included stars like J.T. Barrett, Ezekiel Elliott (who worked through an injured wrist) and Joey Bosa, showed up to Buckeye Grove ready to work Friday morning.

It may not have been a dream morning for the reigning national champions, but the players had fun with it. Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises posted the video above, and there were plenty of pictures on Twitter from the Buckeyes' busy morning.

[Cleveland.com, Twitter]

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