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B/R 5th Down: Old School Urban Meyer Photo, FSU Offered 300-Pound 14-Year-Old

Editor's Note: The 5th Down captures the top social college football stories of the week. Because the long, grueling offseason is underway, we'll focus on things that make us laugh, think or maybe cry, but mostly laugh. 


1) Old School Urban Meyer Had a Killer Mustache

Here's a photo of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer circa 1987 when he was an assistant coach for the Buckeyes. It's probably the best photo you'll see today. Or this week. 

Let's all recognize that Meyer used to have a strong mustache game. (Sup, ladies?) Because 5th Down is a fan of facial hair—looking right at you, Paul Rhoads—we're putting in a formal request that Meyer re-grow his 'stache. Similar to a playoff beard, Meyer can't shave it until the Buckeyes lose a game.

That could be a while. 


2) What Are They Feeding Eighth-Graders These Days?

Over the weekend, eighth-grader Tru Thompson received a scholarship offer from Florida State. The days of being surprised by someone receiving an offer at such a young age are over., after all, has set up profiles for middle schoolers. 

But here's the thing about Thompson, a defensive tackle prospect: He's already 6'0" and weighs in at about 300 pounds. Just re-read that sentence again. Now, one more time. 

I don't know what schools are putting in their french bread pizzas, but it's doing something. Thompson's still a kid, but at that size, that's a big man. What's more, Thompson drew raves for his strength and athleticism, according to Michael Langston of

Tru Thompson from Griffin (Ga) stands 6-foot tall and weighs in at 300-pounds. But considering he wears size 18 shoes you can bet that he'll grow a few inches, and probably add a few more pounds, by the time he enrolls in college in 2019.

Considering his youth, Thompson is still in the early learning stages of his position. However, his amazing athleticism and strength caught everyone's attention at the camp. Turning in a 40-time of 5.1 seconds on Thursday also impressed onlookers. 

Everybody hits their growth spurt at different times, but there's no way Thompson is done growing. That's almost unthinkable. 


3) Speaking of FSU, Here's Derwin James Jumping Over a Person

Florida State freshman safety Derwin James has been the talk of Tallahassee since enrolling early this year. Hyped from the beginning, James justified the chatter by recording a pick-six against leading quarterback Sean Maguire just a few snaps into the spring game.

Now, he's staying busy during the summer months of the offseason by jumping over people because that's totally normal and something anyone can just do

It doesn't matter so much that the person was crouching ever so slightly. James had, what, several inches of clearance there? Has anyone tested his DNA to make sure he's not, you know, a terminator or something?

The whole backflip-pass-catch thing is so last week. The box jump may as well be the Macarena. It's all about leaping over standing human beings now. Your move, Internet. 


4) Your Awesome College Football Troll of the Week

Former Ohio State offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley had some fun recently at Oregon's expense while in Eugene. Check out the photo below. It's top-notch as far as trolling goes. 

Ohio State, of course, beat Oregon in the College Football Playoff in January. What really sets this apart is that Bentley included the Oregon "O" in the "O-H-I-O" formation. It was a nice touch.  


5) Mark Dantonio Served as the Grand Marshal for a Sprint Cup Race

The Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway took place Sunday, and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio served as the grand marshal for the event. As part of his duties, Dantonio got to shout: "Drivers, start your engines!" 

Look, we know Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh—with or without a shirt—has been all the talk lately. But only one coach had the silky smooth voice worthy of starting up dozens upon dozens of modified engines made of pure horsepower and muscle. 

That's not nothing. 


6) Here's Bret Bielema Calling the Hogs, Because that Never Gets Old

Arkansas' baseball team made it to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Since Hogs head coach Bret Bielema is pretty big into school spirit, he traveled up to Omaha to help cheer on the team. Along the way, he led a sizable group of Razorback fans in calling the hogs: 

Watching Bielema do this will never not be fun.   


7) LaQuan McGowan Throws out First Pitch at Rangers Game

Baylor tight end LaQuan McGowan, all 400 pounds of him, is a personal favorite here at 5th Down. Why? Because there's nothing we love more than watching large men achieve great things. 

McGowan, who has some folklore going for him ever since he caught a touchdown pass in the Cotton Bowl in January, recently threw out a first pitch for a Texas Rangers baseball game: 

Not bad. Pretty good form and all that. Really, though, the peak McGowan moment would have been if he had hit an inside-the-park home run. That would require him to actually, you know, play professional baseball—we understand the technicality there. Still, that's about as close to a LARGE MAN TOUCHDOWN equivalent in baseball as you're going to get. 


8) You Want More College Football Cakes? You Got More College Football Cakes

June is officially wedding season, which means you're going to see a lot of college football-inspired baked goods. Remember, these are couples who likely don't believe in fall weddings. 

The three cakes below all have some great craftsmanship, but the Toomer's Corner one is especially well done. You also can't go wrong with the Clemson cake, which has a ton of detail. 

Still waiting on the college football cake that replicates Western Kentucky's Big Red.

It would have to be red velvet, right? 


Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football. He's growing a terrible mustache on Twitter @BenKercheval

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FSU Stat Projections: Is Jalen Ramsey Best Defensive Player in College Football?

Jalen Ramsey is one of the top defensive players in the country. He leads a fairly young Florida State defense into a 2015 season that promises to be a good one. 

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Adam Kramer gives his stat projections for the FSU DB next year. 

What kind of season will Jalen Ramsey have in 2015? Check out the video and let us know!

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Notre Dame Football Recruiting Offers of the Week

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With Notre Dame football’s incoming freshmen arriving over the weekend, classes starting Monday and a slew of visitors lined up, the Irish coaching staff continued to dish out offers during the past week, extending another 11 across the country.

Each week we’ll be keeping tabs on the new scholarship offers sent out by the Notre Dame coaches, tracking the recruiting process as the Irish focus their attention toward the classes of 2016, 2017 and maybe even 2018.


Melquise Stovall

A commitment to USC didn’t stop Notre Dame from offering class-of-2016 running back and cornerback Melquise Stovall on Thursday.

The 5’8”, 180-pounder is the No. 3 all-purpose back and No. 156 overall prospect in the country. Stovall, who hails from Lancaster, California, pledged to the Trojans in mid-April. He rushed for 1,603 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2014 as a junior.

“I was talking to the running back coach [Tony Alford] before he left [for a job at Ohio State],” Stovall told Irish247’s Tom Loy in May. “We talked a lot. Now, I started talking to the wide receivers coach [Mike Denbrock].” … I do love the tradition of Notre Dame and the school itself. It’s great.”


Carlo Kemp

Notre Dame jumped into the mix with an offer for class-of-2016 strong-side defensive end Carlo Kemp on Tuesday.

The No. 17 strong-side end and No. 291 overall player, Kemp hails from Boulder, Colorado. The 6’3”, 255-pounder also has offers from Nebraska, Colorado, Colorado State and Wisconsin, among others, according to Loy.

“It means a lot to me,” Kemp told Loy. “It’s awesome to finally pick up an offer from a school that I’ve wanted for a very long time.”

“I’m talking with my mom right now to figure out a good date to visit Notre Dame,” Kemp told Loy. “I’ll get up there again later this summer.”


Dontavious Jackson

Class-of-2016 linebacker Dontavious Jackson’s fruitful week began with an offer from Notre Dame and ended with an offer from Alabama.

At 6’2”, 239 pounds, Jackson is the No. 4 inside linebacker and No. 122 prospect in the country. The Houston product boasts an extensive offer list that includes LSU, Ohio State, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, UCLA and others.

As a junior, Jackson piled up 165 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and six sacks.

“I’m thinking of taking an official visit,” Jackson told Loy. “It feels amazing, and I’m thankful.”


Jeffrey McCulloch

The Irish didn’t stop at just one Houston-area class-of-2016 linebacker, as they extended an offer to outside linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch on Friday.

The 6’2.5”, 230-pound McCulloch is the No. 9 outside linebacker and No. 103 overall recruit in his class. Notre Dame joined Florida State, Stanford, Florida, USC, Oregon, Alabama and others with the offer.


Koby Quansah

Class-of-2016 inside linebacker Koby Quansah received an Irish offer Wednesday.

Quansah is listed as 6’1”, 212 pounds and checks in as a 3-star linebacker—29th at his position and No. 407 in the country. The West Hartford, Connecticut, native also holds offers from Nebraska, Arizona State, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin, in addition to others.

“Man, this offers means so much,” Quansah told Loy. “It’s great. I was talking to [Irish assistant] coach [Mike] Elston and then I talked to [Irish defensive coordinator Brian] VanGorder. That’s when I found out about the offer, from Coach VanGorder. He told me he didn’t need to see me in person and that based on my tape and Coach Elston’s recommendation, he said that he wanted to offer me. It meant a lot that he liked me and I didn’t even have to visit just to get it.”

Quansah said while he hasn’t completely narrowed down his recruitment yet, Notre Dame is in his top group, along with Michigan and Duke.

“I was talking to my coach recently about visits to Michigan and Notre Dame,” Quansah said. “I’m gonna try to visit both on the same trip. If not, I’ll definitely see both on official visits.”


Donte Vaughn

Class-of-2016 cornerback Donte Vaughn took a midweek visit to Notre Dame and came away with an offer Wednesday.

At 6’3”, 192 pounds, the 4-star Vaughn is the No. 27 cornerback and No. 302 recruit in the country. The Memphis, Tennessee, product also claims offers from Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee.


Ty Chandler

Nashville, Tennessee, product Ty Chandler became the third class-of-2017 running back to haul in an Irish offer when Notre Dame touched base Monday.

The 5’11”, 180-pounder is the No. 7 running back and No. 66 overall prospect in his class. Chandler attends Montgomery Bell Academy, the same Nashville school that produced Irish redshirt freshman offensive lineman Alex Bars. LSU, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, among others, have also offered Chandler.

The Irish have also offered 2017 running backs Najee Harris, an Alabama commit, and Maleik Gray.


Wyatt Davis

Notre Dame’s lone class-of-2017 commitment, Dillan Gibbons, is an offensive lineman, and the Irish have offered as many offensive linemen in the class as any other position.

They targeted another Wednesday by extending an offer to class-of-2017 tackle Wyatt Davis.

David is the No. 6 offensive tackle and No. 33 player in the country. Currently pegged as a 5-star recruit, Davis is listed at 6’5”, 290 pounds and has offers from Michigan, Miami, Florida, UCLA, USC and Oklahoma, among others.

“I was very excited,” Davis told Loy. “I’ve always wanted to check out Notre Dame and see what they were all about. I was really excited about this offer.”

“Coach Denbrock wants me to come out for a visit and check them out,” Davis said. “He wants me to stay in contact with [offensive line] coach [Harry] Hiestand.”


Tyrell Ajian

Class-of-2017 athlete Tyrell Ajian landed a Notre Dame offer Saturday.

Ajian is the No. 3 athlete and No. 43 overall player in the country. The Mansfield, Ohio, product has visited Ohio State multiple times this spring and is scheduled to be on campus at Notre Dame this weekend for the Irish Invasion camp.

“Everything excites me about the Irish,” Ajian told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong. “Such a strong, physical team with a great tradition. I’ve always loved watching them.”


JaCoby Stevens

Class-of-2017 wide receiver and safety JaCoby Stevens received an offer from the Irish on Wednesday, per 247Sports’ Barton Simmons.

The 6’2", 200-pound Tennessee native is the No. 4 athlete and No. 44 prospect. Stevens’ other offers include Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, LSU and Tennessee, in addition to others.


Amon-Ra St. Brown

A familiar surname popped back onto the Notre Dame recruiting radar Friday when class-of-2018 wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown landed an offer from the Irish.

The Anaheim, California, native is the brother of Irish incoming freshman wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown and class-of-2017 wide receiver Osiris St. Brown, who also holds an offer from Notre Dame. Amon-Ra St. Brown is just the second class-of-2018 prospect to receive an offer from the Irish. He joins fellow California wide receiver Jalen Hall, who heard from the Irish in mid-April.

“It’s amazing that Equanimeous, Osiris and I can all go to the same school,” Amon-Ra told Loy. “It’s great. We’ll see what happens next, but it’s great that Notre Dame made sure that we all had an offer. It’s incredible. I mean, I’m almost speechless and still in shock.”

Notre Dame is the fourth school to offer St. Brown, following the lead of Boise State, Washington State and Utah.

“My dad called coach Brian Kelly and coach let him know that I had an offer from Notre Dame,” St. Brown said. “I was amazed. It’s truly a blessing. This is by far the biggest offer I’ve gotten yet. I’m shocked and amazed.”


Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting stats and information courtesy of and all quotes obtained firsthand. Star ratings reflect 247Sports composite rankings. 

Mike Monaco is the lead Notre Dame writer for Bleacher Report. Follow @MikeMonaco_ on Twitter.

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10 College Football Players Who Could Be Headed for Sophomore Slumps

The concept of a sophomore slump is hardly a new one in college football, or college sports in general. A freshman emerges onto the scene as a talented player and is feted with accolades, attention and a higher profile. And it goes to their head. They ease up a bit, more film gets out on them and opponents adjust.

A slump happens. Maybe it isn’t their fault (a new coaching staff arrives, or the talent around them dips), but the concept remains the same, and their production falls off from the highs they reached as freshmen. Here is a group of players who could be facing sophomore slumps in 2015.

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Georgia Football: 5 Most Consistent Players on the Bulldogs

Consistency is the key to any aspect of life. Being consistent at work, school and even in the gym can really take a person places.

The same holds true in college football, because the most consistent teams will always be in the running for the national title. And in order for the Georgia Bulldogs to get where they want to go in 2015, they will need to be more consistent on offense, defense and special teams.

The talent on the Bulldogs roster is evident, and they will have a chance to win the SEC if things bounce their way. But they can’t be inconsistent like they were last season, which cost them three loses.

So here’s a look at the five most consistent players on the roster.

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Tennessee Football: 10 Best Players in Volunteers History

Coming up with an all-time-greats list for a program as tradition-rich as Tennessee football is not an easy task.

For generations, UT football has been among the nation's top programs. The Volunteers are 10th on the all-time wins list and sixth in bowl wins. There are legends up and down the list of all-time Vols greats, and a who's-who of the top college football and NFL players played their college careers on the Hill.

Evidence of Tennessee's prolific ability to churn out talented players can be seen in the culmination of a recent down cycle of the program. The 2015 NFL draft marked the first time in 51 years that no Vol was selected by a pro team.

Though it was sad to see such a long streak end, that's still a pretty remarkable run of success that spanned more than half a century.

The UT football program has stocked the NFL with stars for years. From the halcyon days of General Robert Neyland to the talent-stacked Tennessee teams of the 1990s, the Vols were among the nation's top teams.

Even after the forgettable final seasons of legendary coach Phillip Fulmer, the one year of Lane Kiffin and the failed hiring (and subsequent firing) of Derek Dooley, UT still ranks among college football's greats.

Stars such as Heath Shuler, Al Wilson, Jason Witten and Arian Foster were showcased on the UT teams of the 1990s and 2000s. Also, NFL greats like Peyton Manning, Beattie Feathers, Doug Atkins and Reggie White played their college days in Knoxville.

This list doesn't include Vols greats who weren't standout players. If so, Neyland would have made it, as would Fulmer. The list took into account playing careers mostly with at least some emphasis on their careers beyond. Also, any lasting legacy impact was taken into consideration.

So, picking an all-time UT top-10 list is tough. But where's the fun in not trying?

Let's take a look at Tennessee's top legends throughout such a rich history.

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