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Auburn Football: Week 1 Fall Camp Stock Report

AUBURN, Ala. — In the first two minutes of his first fall camp press conference, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn made three important announcements:

Starting quarterback Nick Marshall would not start against Arkansas for his marijuana citation.

Cornerback Jonathon Mincy would miss time in the opener too for his drug arrest.

Finally, SEC All-Freshman left guard Alex Kozan suffered an offseason back injury that required season-ending surgery.

With that news out of the way early in camp, it has been business as usual and back to football for Auburn.

The Tigers wrapped up their first full week of fall practice Thursday and will have their first off day on Friday. Since last Friday's opener, Auburn has had one scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium and its first two-a-day practice.

Here is a wrap-up of all the major news and notes from the defending SEC champions' first few days of fall camp.


Marshall and Johnson Rotating at First-Team Quarterback

Now that Marshall will not start the season opener against Arkansas, all eyes are on backup quarterback Jeremy Johnson.

In anticipation of the opener, Johnson has gotten more time to practice with Auburn's returning offensive starters.

Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee have not announced how much time Marshall will miss against the Razorbacks, but they both have said Johnson will get more time with the first-team offense this season.

"Me and Rhett decided Jeremy Johnson was going to have a bigger role regardless this year," Malzahn said. "We've talked about him and his ability and how we feel about him. We feel very good about our quarterback position as a whole."

Teammates say Johnson, who did not go live in Wednesday's scrimmage, has now taken more of a leadership role with the offense and with the entire team.

"Jeremy Johnson has come a long way from his freshman year," H-back Brandon Fulse said. "Most freshmen are immature, just kind of lollygagging, but now he’s stepped up. Jeremy Johnson will be a leader now and when Nick leaves, and he carries this team. First game, anytime you put him in, we have 100 percent that Jeremy Johnson will get the job done."


Offensive Line Depth Getting Tested Early

During the spring, Auburn experimented with rotations along the offensive line. A few tackles moved to the interior for some work, while other players flipped to the opposite side of the front five.

That experimentation is paying off early for the Tigers.

With Kozan out for the season, starting right guard Chad Slade moved to left guard, while starting right tackle Avery Young moved inside to guard. However, Slade was held out of Auburn's Tuesday practice and Wednesday scrimmage with a minor injury.

"He was one of the guys we held out," Malzahn said Wednesday. "He's fine. He just got a little banged up. Fall camp, a lot of times, especially with the guys we have a lot of information about, you just want to be smart."

According to defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, Auburn's midweek scrimmage was focused on "evaluating the entire depth chart," which opened the door for several younger players to stand out in the deep offensive line unit. One player who impressed coaches was Slade's replacement, backup left guard Devonte Danzey.

"We've really seen him improve in the spring, and now he's just improved even more," Malzahn said. "It's almost good to put guys in there with certain groups, see how they respond, and so far, he's responded well. You know, we're trying to develop depth in our offensive line, especially without Kozan."


Several True Freshmen Making Early Impact

Last fall, Carl Lawson, Montravius Adams and Marcus Davis were some of the players who contributed to the Tigers' success as true freshmen. This fall, a whole host of newcomers are fighting for their chance to receive some spotlight and hopefully playing time when the season begins.

The biggest spotlight so far this camp has been from the biggest newcomer, 6'6" offensive lineman Braden Smith.

"If I saw Braden in public and I didn't know him at all, and you told me he was a freshman in college, I would not believe you at all," Slade said. "He's one athlete, big and strong. He's going to be something great."

Smith, who was nicknamed Drago because center Reese Dismukes said he "looks like the Russian of Rocky IV," is a freshman Auburn's staff has tabbed as a player with a shot to get in the rotation this fall. After he showcased his athleticism and pure power in offensive line drills throughout the week, the Kansas native was a topic of discussion for both offensive and defensive players in interviews.

On defense, true freshmen Raashed Kennion, Andrew Williams, Tre' Williams, Stephen Roberts and Markell Boston were singled out for praise in Ellis Johnson's Thursday press conference. Roberts has gotten additional work in Auburn's kick returner battle, along with running back Roc Thomas and wide receiver (and early enrollee) Stanton Truitt.

"Here's the deal with Stanton: He is super-fast," Malzahn said last Saturday. "He's got electric speed. So finding ways to get him the ball in space or maybe in the return game or something like that, he's capable of taking it the distance anywhere on the field."


Returning Defensive Starters Shifting to New Positions

The story of spring for Auburn's defensive line was "the Rhino package," senior defensive tackle Gabe Wright's name for the larger front four that will be used to combat power offenses.

Now, this fall, it appears the package's namesake will become more of a permanent feature at a new position: defensive end. The slimmer Wright wanted a chance to fill in the position after the departure of Dee Ford and the injury to Carl Lawson, and he has made an impression on the defense so far in camp.

“Gabe is very versatile at everything he does," linebacker Kris Frost said. "He’s very athletic and very strong. I could really see him at any spot on that D-line, and I know he’s going to succeed [at defensive end]."

While Wright is moving to a new spot on Auburn's heavily rotating defensive line, another returning starter is moving back to a familiar position in his return from injury.

Josh Holsey, who started as safety for the Tigers last season before tearing his ACL, is now getting most of his playing time at cornerback, where the team is trying to replace the departed Chris Davis.

"I know it's a big spot to fill from what he did last year," Holsey said. "I know from watching him my freshman year because I played boundary corner as well. I watched Chris Davis a lot. I know everything he did, and he taught me a lot of things. I know those are big shoes to fill, but I feel like I'm capable."


Quick Hits

Ellis Johnson gave an exhaustive injury update for his defense on Thursday evening:

- Defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence missed two practices and a scrimmage with an undisclosed injury before returning Thursday.

- Projected starting safety Derrick Moncrief missed a practice-and-a-half with an illness.

- Star Justin Garrett missed some time during Thursday's practice with an injury.

- Wide receiver-turned-cornerback Trovon Reed has been held out of practice with a "nagging" hamstring injury.

- Weak-side linebacker Khari Harding avoided missing practice time after injuring his wrist.

- Offensive lineman Austin Golson has been held out of the last few practices with an undisclosed injury. The Ole Miss transfer must sit out a year before he is eligible with the Tigers, but he was practicing with the second-string offensive line before his injury.

- On the positive side of injury news for Auburn fans, wide receiver Jaylon Denson is at 100 percent in practice. Denson suffered a season-ending tear to his patellar tendon against LSU in 2013. During the media viewing windows of the Tigers' earlier practices, Denson looked sharp running routes and making hard cuts. 

- The offense has practiced several times with a four-wide, no H-back shotgun set, which was seldom seen last season outside of the BCS National Championship Game. Defensively, Johnson has installed an "expanded dime package" for third-down situations that will include three-down linemen, two linebackers and six defensive backs.


Justin Ferguson is Bleacher Report's lead Auburn writer. Follow him on Twitter @JFergusonAU. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports. All stats courtesy of

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Nebraska Football: Week 1 Fall Camp Stock Report

Nebraska opened fall camp this week, which was kicked off by the annual Fan Day on August 1.

Bo Pelini has given the media access to fall camp, much like he did for spring practice. This will allow more insight for fans as the season gets closer. While it's only the first week, position battles and storylines are already starting to take shape.


News from the Week

Junior Charles Jackson will miss the entire season due to a leg injury, per Jon Nyatawa of the Omaha World-Herald. The news is disappointing for the Huskers, who expected Jackson to start at nickel.

"It's a tough blow because he's put a lot of work in, a lot of time into it," Pelini said to the media. "It's very unfortunate for Charles."

Jackson still has his redshirt, which would allow him to play two additional years at Nebraska once fully recovered. Byerson Cockrell is expected to be Jackson's replacement.

In other injury news, long snapper Gabe Miller is out with a back issue. Pelini told reporters that he should be out at least a few days. His replacement is a work in progress.


Important Position Battles

Josh Banderas and Michael Rose Jr. are expected to compete for the middle linebacker job. Defensive coordinator John Papuchis said it's likely the position battle will last throughout fall camp, per Nyatawa.

It's been pretty clear that the quarterback position is Tommy Armstrong's to lose. Pelini said as much during Big Ten media days, as the reported. Is that still the case?

During the Aug. 6 practice, offensive coordinator Tim Beck was asked how the quarterbacks look. Per Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald, Tommy Armstrong, Ryker Fyfe and Johnny Stanton all have work to do but are improving:

I feel like they're at practice three of fall camp, as sophomores. They've got a long way to go, yeah. Just inconsistency right now. We're putting in the install (of the offense) and their heads were swimming a little bit. But there's a lot of good things that they're doing right now. I'm pleased. I'm seeing improvement every day.

Stanton and Fyfe had a chance to work with the No. 1 offense this week. Reporters at camp were very impressed with Fyfe right off the bat.

Armstrong, on the other hand, looks ready to put in the time needed to guarantee the spot is his come Aug. 30.


Biggest Storylines

During the Huskers' first practice, something was different. That was the new Catapult GPS trackers. I took a more in-depth look at the trackers, which have been a favorite of Florida State's Jimbo Fisher. In fact, Fisher credits some of the Seminoles' success in 2013 to the trackers.

As for Nebraska, Pelini spoke briefly about them to the media following the Aug. 4 practice.

“They can track these guys, built up some data and learn a lot as far as making sure we’re tailoring practice the right way, not only for performance, but for injury prevention and that type of thing,” Pelini told reporters.

Efficiency has been the buzzword for fall camp so far. As 247Sports' Michael Bruntz noted, the Huskers practiced for a little less than two hours during the Aug. 4 practice. Bruntz also reported that, "Nebraska cut through some of the walk thru time at the beginning of practice, though the number of plays run won’t change."

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Ohio State Football: Why Curtis Samuel Will Live Up to Preseason Hype

When Curtis Samuel's name was called during a spring scrimmage in April, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer gave him one simple instruction.

"Just go," Meyer told the freshman running back, according to Ari Wasserman of Northeast Ohio Media Group. "Just get the ball and go.”

Moments later, Samuel broke through the line and darted past the defense for a 50-yard touchdown.

It was that playmaking ability that caught Meyer's attention during spring practice. Over the summer, Samuel earned the respect of upperclassmen on the team with his work ethic and maturity.

Speaking at Big Ten media days, star defensive tackle Michael Bennett raved about the young ball-carrier.

"Curtis Samuel has a lot of maturity for his age," Bennett said, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group's Doug Lesmerises. "He likes to work and he's gotten a lot better and a lot bigger. I remember he's got a different mentality that you don't see freshmen usually have."

On the set of ESPN's Mike & Mike show a few days later, Meyer revealed his excitement for the freshman running back.

"This guy named Curtis Samuel, a kid out of Brooklyn, New York, a true freshman who came in the spring. He really stole my heart," Meyer said. "He does everything right. He's a gifted athlete, kind of a freak athlete.

"This kid's a stud."

That assessment was just as true last year, when Samuel was rated a 4-star all-purpose back and the No. 59 overall recruit in the country. He had earned offers from programs such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame and USC, but the opportunity to play in Meyer's spread offense was too good to pass up.

Samuel's hype train started crawling this spring, but as the 2014 season nears, it's gaining speed. And unlike some freshmen before him, Samuel is in great position to live up to the preseason hype.

That's because the Buckeyes have an actual need for his services. 

Dontre Wilson generated more preseason excitement last year than any freshman since Terrelle Pryor, but with Corey Brown at receiver and Carlos Hyde in the backfield, his opportunities were limited.

Both Brown and Hyde have graduated, creating a big need for playmakers. Wilson is in line to replace Brown in the slot, and Ezekiel Elliott is the front-runner to fill in for Hyde, but Samuel has surged past a number of talented players in a deep stable of running backs.

By the end of spring practice, Samuel was slotted as the No. 2 back behind Elliott, according to Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors.

“We have some depth there, but right now 15 (Elliott) and 4 (Samuel) are the two,” Meyer said.

That momentum carried over throughout the summer and into the first week of fall camp. 

As part of the Big Ten Network's football tour, Tom Dienhart was in Columbus on Wednesday to catch a firsthand glimpse of the Buckeyes. He was impressed with the blazer.

"The guy is pure, unadulterated speed at running back."

But it's not just his speed that's standing out.

According to Lesmerises, Bennett told a story highlighting Samuel's toughness. During spring practice, Samuel got his bell rung by senior defensive end Steve Miller on a simple inside run. The very next play, Samuel came right back and "just knocked someone else out cold."

It's rare for a freshman to have that kind of attitude, but Samuel is a speedy playmaker who is showing the ability to lower his shoulder and deliver a blow with the big boys.

In a video of Wednesday's practice, Samuel put that on display during Meyer's famed circle drill. Two players enter the center of a mob created by the football team, and after the whistle is blown, they go at it. The stronger man wins.

When it was Samuel's turn, he won (at the 16-second mark). 

Since arriving in Columbus in January, Samuel has done everything right. 

"That's why I enrolled early," Samuel said, via Lesmerises. "I wanted to get a head start so I was more ready to be a contributor in the fall."

If he stays on the same track, he'll have a big impact on the field this season.


All recruiting information via 247Sports.

David Regimbal covers Ohio State football for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412

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6 Most Valuable Backups in 2014 College Football Season

In the 85-scholarship era of college football, depth is as important as ever.

Gone are the days when the likes of Bear Bryant, Barry Switzer or Darrell Royal could stockpile talented players, stacking every key position at the depth chart if only to keep players away from their closest competitors.

The Football Bowl Subdivision’s 85-scholarship limit has evened the field in college football, allowing the likes of Boise State, Central Florida and Utah to win Bowl Championship Series games while competing in non-power leagues like the American Athletic Conference or Mountain West.

Finding players who can step in and duplicate a starter’s production when injuries inevitably happen is not easy, which makes having depth and solid backups so important.

Here is a look at a select group of players across college football who have emerged as the most talented backups. These men are capable of stepping in and making an impact should a starter be sidelined, or even if he stays healthy the entire season.

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Tennessee Volunteers Football: Week 1 Fall Camp Stock Report

Bolstered by all 32 newcomers and eager to return the program to prominence, the Tennessee Volunteers took the practice field to get ready for the season opener against Utah State.

Finally, football is here.

A week into drills, things have gone about as expected as coach Butch Jones has walked the thin line between encouragement and outrage.

The positive vibes come from the newcomers, but for somebody as admittedly impatient as Jones, the surliness emerges when the Vols take too long catching on to fundamentals.

With Chuckie Keeton and the Aggies looming just 23 days away, there's no time to waste.

Jones banned his players from the privilege of speaking to the media Monday, and they responded with a strong practice in pads Tuesday. The tough-love approach is necessary to getting away from the losing mentality that has taken root in Knoxville.

GoVols247's Ryan Callahan (subscription required) talked to Jones about the tests of the first week:

They’re being challenged—not only on the field, but, again, this being the final week of classes, so they have papers due. They have final examinations coming up. So I think it's just a combination of a lot of things, but I was very pleased in the way they fought through it today. But (it's) not fighting through it. It's more in how you attack the day, and I thought that they attacked the day exceptionally well.

August is going to be full of bumps in the road for such a young, inexperienced team. But absorbing the frustrating news with the positive is going to be something Vols fans need to get used to.

After all, as many as 20-22 youngsters could suit up for UT, and in the SEC pressure cooker, things are going to heat up quickly. Let's take a look at the buzz surrounding the first week of practice.


A Shaky Start for Signal-Callers

No Tennessee quarterback has separated himself from the others yet. While that's hardly unexpected a week into fall camp, it's definitely a concern.

A familiar theme echoed throughout the complex—the players who are supposed to be the offensive leaders are far too inconsistent.

Timing isn't where it needs to be, passes aren't on-point and the Vols must elevate the level of play as soon as possible.

The Daily Times' Dargan Southard noted UT had 62 balls hit the ground in the first practice, a number that shrank to 45 in the second practice. Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian said he would like to see that number "in the 20s."

"I need much more consistency at the quarterback position right now," Bajakian said. 

Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman have gotten a lot of action, but it would be a major surprise if anybody beat Justin Worley for the starting job. 

The media only get to watch a small portion of practice, and at least one practice observer—former UT receiver and Knoxville radio personality Jayson Swain—has been extremely impressed by the transformation of Worley from a season ago.

Still, Jones told's Brent Hubbs (subscription required) UT's signal-callers must make "monumental strides."

The Vols need for somebody to leave no doubt he's the starter. The longer the competition goes, the concern grows about the trio's inability to seize control of the job.


Youngsters Look Like Young Stars

As Jones allowed several of his prized freshmen to speak to the media—something uncommon from the past several seasons on Rocky Top—one thing became clear: Several of these kids are wise beyond their years. 

The Vols just hope they play beyond them.

"It's gonna be a slow process," UT freshman safety Todd Kelly Jr. told GoVols247's Wes Rucker. "It's a learning process. We just got here. We've only been here for about a month and a half. Ultimately we just want to make this program [a] better place."

Kelly looks like he's going to be one of the players who will get that opportunity quickly. Rucker noted T.K. is now running with the second-team defense at one of the safety spots.

With former walk-on Devaun Swafford the only player blocking his path to starting, that could happen sooner rather than later.

Freshman running back Jalen Hurd also has been impressive, and he was made available for interviews this week as well. That is yet another clear indication of how much the Vols will be depending on him right away.

The 6'3", 221-pound freshman hasn't overtaken Marlin Lane for the starting spot, but he is firmly entrenched as the backup and will get plenty of carries.

At that height, it's common for detractors to question whether Hurd can get low enough to be effective. But the Hendersonville, Tennessee, native who idolizes Eddie George urged his doubters to come see him answer their concerns.

Hurd was electrifying during spring practice, and he has picked up right where he left off when fall drills started. JC Shurburtt of 247Sports has Hurd on his SEC true freshman All-American watch list.

Freshmen such as Ethan Wolf, Josh Malone and Dimarya Mixon, who arrived before spring practice, are continuing their strong surges toward the top of the depth chart.

Various reports have mentioned positive vibes from other freshmen summer arrivals. Slot receiver Vic Wharton, defensive linemen Dewayne Hendrix and Derek Barnett as well as outside linebacker Dillon Bates all have drawn significant praise.

According to Rucker defensive line coach Steve Stripling said this about Hendrix and Barnett:

"I think Barnett and Hendrix have jumped out, and they’re showing that I think they’re mature enough and physical enough at this point to where we’ll see where they can end up on the depth chart."

The Vols are going to need them all, and even though they haven't been at UT long, the opportunity is there to play immediately. With no jobs safe, those kids are taking advantage.


Smith Surging and Updates on Other Position Battles

Like most true freshmen, receiver Josh Smith had no business playing a year ago. He finished a forgettable season with 12 catches for 182 yards and a touchdown, but he also had crucial drops at key times.

That's why he said he didn't really deserve to get on the field at all last year, especially after a knee injury hobbled him throughout the second half of the season.

This fall, the 6'1", 197-pound sophomore Knoxville native is making the most of a new year. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press' Patrick Brown, Smith has been starting in UT's base three-wide receiver sets along with Marquez North and Von Pearson.

In other words, in a crowded, talented Vols receiving corps, he is starting over stud freshman Josh Malone and redshirt sophomore Jason Croom. He has been extremely impressive so far.

As for other position battles:

  • Pearson is getting all the first-team reps in the slot, in front of last year's starter, Alton "Pig" Howard, Johnathon Johnson and Wharton. Pearson hasn't minced words when talking to the media about UT's receivers, either.
  • Swafford earned a scholarship this offseason, and thus far, he is the other starting safety alongside Brian Randolph, taking the place of incumbent LaDarrell McNeil. But Kelly is breathing down his neck.
  • According to writer Paul Fortenberry's depth chart, Danny O'Brien and Jordan Williams are getting the first-team reps at defensive tackle. Trevarris Saulsberry missed the spring, but he will be a major factor once he gets in shape.
  • The Knoxville News-Sentinel's Ben Frederickson (subscription required) reported that fifth-year senior and former walk-on Jacob Gilliam is still leading Dontavius Blair in the battle to be UT's starting left tackle. Blair has gotten in shape and looks much better than he did in the spring, however.
  • Fortenberry's depth chart also notes freshman Emmanuel Moseley firmly entrenched as the No. 2 cornerback, and Justin Coleman is the nickel.
  • If any freshmen are going to crack the starting rotation on the defensive line, it'll likely be Hendrix or Barnett. They've drawn huge praise from coaches so far, and Jones told Brown on Thursday that Barnett "has elevated the defensive line play."


Roundup From Rocky Top (News & Notes)

Tennessee received a major commitment over last weekend when 2016 4-star quarterback Austin Kendall of Waxhaw, N.C., pledged to the Vols. He is the nation's No. 9 pro-style passer in next year's cycle, according to the 247 Composite.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press' Brown, UT receiver Cody Blanc ruptured his Achilles tendon and will miss the season. Blanc was not a factor for significant playing time.

Freshman lineman Jashon Robertson has shifted from the defensive line to offensive line, where he is practicing as a guard, according to a report from GoVols247's Ryan Callahan.

The Daily Beacon reported junior defensive tackle Allan Carson has graduated and "decided to move on," according to UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton. Carson has never played very much at UT and didn't figure into the rotation.


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Georgia Bulldogs Football: Week 1 Fall Camp Stock Report

Breakout newcomers, physical practices and injuries dominated headlines this week as the Georgia Bulldogs opened up fall camp.  If you missed any of the flurry of activities, here is what you need to know to get up to speed.


New Bulldogs Making Impressions

A number of new Bulldogs are already making impressions.  Shattle Fenteng (a cornerback JUCO transfer) has acquitted himself nicely (when healthy and fully participating) and already is climbing the depth chart. Fellow defensive back J.J. Green told Seth Emerson of Macon's Telegraph that Fenteng's length presents a unique challenge for receivers.  Georgia certainly could use a viable cornerback opposite senior Damian Swann.  

Meanwhile, one of the less-heralded newcomers on campus, Isaiah McKenzie, is establishing himself as one of the team's smaller (in stature) stars at just 5'8".  Green (who's quickly becoming one of Georgia's best sound bite generators) told Chip Towers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "That guy's gonna make somebody some money someday."

And of course Lorenzo Carter (the Dawgs' top commitment in this year's class per 247Sports) is also holding his own.  Carter, who was highly coveted coming out of high school thanks to his size, strength and athleticism is looking every bit the future star that many have anticipated.  While the Dawgs may be blessed with a plethora of talented pass-rushers, Carter will be too good to ignore.

And, his aggressive disposition has already been noticed—in more ways than one.  According to Emerson (for the the Ledger-Enquirer), Carter participated in a little extracurricular jostling with offensive tackle John Theus this week.  Linebacker Jordan Jenkins explained that the situation didn't get too out of hand, but he said he wouldn't be surprised to see Carter "get into it with somebody again real soon."


Physical Practices

Those types of altercations are a byproduct of the intensity with which Georgia is practicing. 

Earlier this week, freshman running back Nick Chubb became a viral celebrity after toppling fullback Merritt Hall during a blocking drill.

 But as this footage (captured by Emerson) shows, it's not just the newcomers who are going hard this fall.  


Injuries Piling Up...Again

The heightened intensity of fall camp is already taking a physical toll on Georgia's roster.  Mark Richt is no longer offering full injury reports to the media (per Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald), but a number of Bulldogs have missed time or been limited in participation so far this fall:

  • Malcolm Mitchell, Wide Receiver
  • Chris Conley, Wide Receiver
  • Justin Scott-Wesley, Wide Receiver
  • Ramik Wilson, Linebacker
  • Leonard Floyd, Linebacker
  • Shattle Fenteng, Cornerback
  • Jay Rome, Tight End
  • Jordan Davis, Tight End
  • Ryne Rankin, Linebacker


Week 2 Storylines

Georgia will get its first scrimmage out of the way this week, and that could present big opportunities for players to climb the depth chart—especially with so many banged-up starters.  Look for strong performances from proven playmakers like Reggie Davis and Quayvon Hicks on the offensive side of the ball as they seek to work up a crowded list of offensive options.  On defense, expect sophomore Reggie Carter to continue asserting himself as a viable substitute for either Ramik Wilson or Amarlo Herrera at the inside linebacker spot.

After the scrimmage, expect new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's defense to look different as far as personnel is concerned.  Pruitt has placed an emphasis on getting opportunities for players and ensuring that the best 11 men are on the field.  Pruitt will find ways—even through position changes—to showcase his most talented players.  He's already been doing this frequently within the secondary, moving cornerbacks to safety and vice versa.  But, time is running out for such impactful position changes.  Moves will need to be made sooner rather than later.

Hopefully this is a week of mending for some of Georgia's best players.  Outside of the injury to Mitchell and the prolonged recovery of Scott-Wesley, no ailments appear likely to sideline Georgia stars for long.  But the team needs players like Rome, Floyd, Wilson and Conley at full speed in order to take strides forward.


Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand.

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Florida Football: Week 1 Fall Camp Stock Report

The Florida Gators are one week deep into fall camp and seven days closer to the regular season taking place. Ladies and gentlemen, football is back.

The first week of camp usually gets off to a slow start, as players are just getting back into the daily grind and rhythm of the upcoming season. However, there are a few interesting updates and one scary report that just came out of Gainesville.

Florida is 22 days away from the regular season kicking off, but who’s counting?


Close Call

The biggest news of Florida’s fall camp so far was the injury to star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. You can just hear a collective gasp throughout the Gator community.

According to Iliana Limon Romero of the Orlando Sentinel, Hargreaves injured his knee after a scuffle broke out between defensive backs and wide receivers during “Oklahoma drills.”

Trainers put ice on Hargreaves’ knee and carted him off the field. Florida fans can breathe a little easier knowing that their top defensive player’s injury isn’t as serious as initially thought.

Florida experienced countless injuries last season, and the last thing it needed was for its top player to miss a significant amount of time. A serious injury would have doomed the season before it even began. Granted, a bone bruise is painful and will keep him out of practice for a while, but it certainly beats a torn ACL or anything broken.

As for the scuffle, it just goes to show that players are competing at the highest level and excited for the season to begin. As a coach, you like players to get a little testy during practice. However, this close call is going to remind everybody that they need to use their heads a little more before lashing out.


Quarterback Update

Only a week into practice and there’s a lot of love going on for quarterback Jeff Driskel.

Driskel seems to have adjusted nicely to the shotgun formation, a style of offense that will benefit him more under offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. He struggled a little bit with the transition in the spring game, often getting happy feet and simply looking uncomfortable when the pressure got to him.

Muschamp likes what he sees from the Gators' starting quarterback.

Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports considered Driskel one of his top performers of Florida’s most recent practice:

Driskel was sharp throughout the evening, though there were still a handful of passes he could have put better touch on. In early two-minute work, he connected with freshman tight end DeAndre Goolsby for a 20-yard touchdown pass in the right corner of the end zone over a defender. Later in pass skeleton work, he floated a perfect corner route to the left sideline between two defenders to Valdez Showers. He also connected with tight end Jake McGee on a 35-yard touchdown pass between two defenders on a slightly underthrown ball. In 11-on-11 work, he hit receiver Demarcus Robinson on a 35-yard touchdown pass on a fly down the right sideline.

Driskel threw more touchdowns in that paragraph than he did all of last season. If he can continue to mature in this offense and find the end zone on a consistent basis, there’s no question the Gators will be a team to pay attention to this season.


Running Back Depth 

While so much attention has been given to Driskel and the quarterback position, it seems like a lot of folks are ignoring Florida’s situation at running back.

It’s good and deep. One Florida player considers the backfield to be elite status, per Thomas Goldkamp.

"I would look at top to bottom and just like, I couldn't be a coach and have to decide this person is gonna start and this person is going to start," offensive tackle D.J. Humphries said.

Kelvin Taylor added about 10 pounds of muscle during the offseason and is a lot faster than he was as a freshman. Taylor is now pretty confident he would beat his father, Fred Taylor, in a race, according to Robbie Andreu of

“Somebody tweeted something like, 'Did Kelvin Taylor steal some of his dad's speed this summer?'” Taylor said. “I feel like I've gotten a whole lot faster, working with the speed program we had this summer and just training hard, working really hard.”

Florida has also experienced the return of Matt Jones, who looks sharp in camp after missing spring ball with an injury.

On paper, Florida has one of the better backfields in the country, and if it lives up to its potential, it would be good enough to help improve this offense drastically from a year ago.

All positive vibes so far from the Florida Gators.  


Extra Point

Check out Nick Washington interviewing some of his teammates. Spoiler alert: You'll learn something about Michael Taylor you never knew before. 

Until next week. 

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UCLA Football: Week 1 Fall Practice Stock Report

The first week of fall practice for Jim Mora and the UCLA football team has gone smoothly thus far. It's a continued progression for this program—as it hopes to feature in a BCS bowl game for the first time since 1999.

In terms of position battles, there aren't too many. I'd say that this is truly indicative of the depth Mora and staff have built up. 

Detailed below will be various storylines thus far from camp. It will include an injury update, suspension news, schematic changes and more. 


Suspensions of 3 Freshmen

As the team began practice in San Bernardino this past Monday, some bad news broke in regards to three incoming freshmen. 

Wide receiver Jordan Lasley, linebacker Dwight Williams and quarterback Aaron Sharp have all been suspended due to what Mora termed as "not living up to the standards that we're looking for during the summer months."

The trio is unable to participate in the fall camp and will rejoin the team after UCLA's opening game versus Virginia. 

This development certainly isn't a positive by any stretch. Williams, Lasley and Sharp will now be put behind the proverbial eight ball in terms of learning not only the system and schemes but also how the program operates. Fortunately for the Bruins, none of the freshmen were considered potential contributors this year.


Injury Update

There haven't been many injuries occurring during the camp. However, Mora did deliver some news publicly about various members of the team not participating at all in San Bernardino. 

Both Darren Andrews and Johnny Johnson are out for the season, reported by Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News. Andrews will undergo microfracture knee surgery, while Johnson will sit out another season due to shoulder ailments. Ian Taubler has also retired due to injury. 

Tackle Simon Goines will undergo minor ankle surgery, according to Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times. 

It's been a frustrating last few seasons for the talented lineman. Goines has been beset by both knee and ankle injuries for the duration of his time in Westwood. At the beginning of camp in San Bernardino, he sat out the first few days as a means of precaution. Apparently, the rest didn't make much of a difference. 

Goines was projected by many as the potential starting right tackle. However, the development of Caleb Benenoch has helped to assuage any possible concerns at the position. Conor McDermott, Poasi Moala and Ben Wysocki are also all capable of manning the position, if need be. 

Freshman linebacker Cameron Griffin suffered a separated shoulder earlier in the week. Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register reported that the potential prognosis doesn't look too good.

Aside from a few nicks and bruises, Griffin has sustained the only serious injury in camp up to this point. 


A New Left Tackle?

Benenoch began the camp at left tackle, with transfer Malcolm Bunche slotted in at left guard. 

As the week progressed, Bunche slid over to left tackle—and apparently has won the job. Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm was very effusive in his praise of the veteran lineman. 

As Klemm said, "he seems very comfortable at the position. He's a grown man, he's mature and a lot different than the other guys. He's a joy to have in the room."

Bunche truly does offer UCLA a great deal of flexibility. During his time at Miami, he competed at both guard and tackle. Based on the injury situation, he could slot in realistically anywhere on the line, save for center. As a fifth-year senior, he's also providing a veteran presence for a relatively young group. 

Starting defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes called Bunche "a monster with dad strength." At 6'7" and 327 pounds, he's the biggest offensive lineman on the roster. 


Defensive Scheme Change?

It appears as if UCLA will be "more multiple" when it comes to a defensive scheme this upcoming year. This is necessitated by the strengths of the roster.

In 2013, the base defense was a 3-4. The Bruins operated out of it most of the time in order to maximize the ability of pass-rushers such as Cassius Marsh and Anthony Barr. 

There's a dearth of pure pass-rushers currently on the team. However, the defensive line is absolutely loaded up front. A quartet of Vanderdoes, Ellis McCarthy, Owamagbe Odighizuwa and Kenny Clark likely ranks as one of the best in the entire country. 

In nickel situations, UCLA could opt to use linebackers Kenny Orjioke and Deon Hollins in rushing roles off the edge (similar to that of Barr last year). Additionally, the versatility of McCarthy and Vanderdoes also allows for UCLA to run a 3-3-5. 

In the secondary, look for sophomores Tahaan Goodman and Priest Willis to battle it out for the "fifth" starting spot in the secondary. 


Freshmen Standouts

Of the true freshmen in camp, several have flashed their big-time abilities from high school.

Wide receivers coach Eric Yarber believes that wide receiver Alex Van Dyke can figure into the mix as a red-zone target. Yarber also has been impressed with Van Dyke's speed and quickness. Kartje too feels as if Van Dyke has a lot of potential

Ed Lewis of BruinSportsReport has been very high on defensive back Jaleel Wadood. Linebacker Kenny Young has also impressed. His hitting ability has been noted, despite the lack of full pads thus far in practice. 

Vanderdoes gushed about defensive end Matt Dickerson, speaking about his pass-rushing abilities and overall size. He likened the Serra High School product to "a bigger Cassius Marsh."

With the transfer of Kylie Fitts, I'd assume that Dickerson will see time right away in the rotation. 

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UCLA Football: Week 1 Fall Practice Stock Report

The first week of fall practice for Jim Mora and the UCLA football team has gone smoothly thus far. It's a continued progression for this program —as it hopes to feature in a BCS bowl game for the first time since 1999...

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Key Takeaways from NCAA Allowing Power-5 Conferences Legislative Autonomy

Saying that major college athletics is about to change forever is no longer a hyperbolic statement. Rather, such change is far closer to reality than it's ever been. 

On Thursday, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors voted 16-2 in favor of a new governance model that would give the so-called power-five conferences—the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC—an unprecedented level of legislative autonomy.

NCAA President Mark Emmert expressed his satisfaction with the vote in a statement: 

I am immensely proud of the work done by the membership. The new governance model represents a compromise on all sides that will better serve our members and, most importantly, our student-athletes. These changes will help all our schools better support the young people who come to college to play sports while earning a degree.

Should it pass a veto period, new legislation could be put into place in time for the 2015-16 academic year. 

What does it all mean? Here are some initial takeaways from Thursday's monumental news:


1) This is Only the First Step

As mentioned above, the vote is subject to a 60-day veto period before the new governance model can become official. Per John Infante of, "75 override requests would trigger the override process while 125 would table the proposal and keep it from becoming effective while that process goes on."

According to Dan Wolken of USA Today, "It is not expected enough schools will submit an override to put the legislation in jeopardy." 

Still, the road to autonomy is not completely paved. Among the items on the agenda (via Dennis Dodd of are full cost of attendance, expenses and benefits, insurance and benefits and eligibility. 

Figuring out cost of attendance, widely considered to be the front-burner issue of autonomy, is still in its early stages, according to Wolken. Furthermore, it's guaranteed that there will be disagreement among power-five members about how to calculate it. 

A key addition—"Any amendment is subject to approval by a five-conference presidential group before consideration by the full voting group"—could make passing legislation complicated. 

In an interview with Jon Solomon of, Nathan Hatch, Division I board chairman and president at Wake Forest, said the process for introducing legislation could take months: 

Now comes the heavy lifting. The next step is the five major conferences creating a process for them to introduce and vet their own legislation. The Power 5 will submit their own legislation for consideration by Oct. 1 that could be adopted at the January NCAA convention for 2015-16.

There will be two ways to pass new rules: Get 60 percent of all the votes from 65 school representatives and 15 athletes plus a simple majority from three of the Power 5 conferences; or get 51 percent of the votes and a simple majority from four of the five Power 5 conferences.

So while autonomy essentially splits Division I in half, the steps that tend to slow the NCAA legislation process are still very much at play. That could lead to apprehension even within power-five conferences to go forward with it. 


2) Yes, There's a Recruiting Benefit; Yes, That Already Existed

A common point about autonomy is that it will widen the gap between the so-called "haves" and "have-nots" of college athletics. If power-five schools can provide their players with additional money every month, you can bet that's going to be a recruiting boost. 

This is all true, but that gap already existed. 

According to the composite rankings, only three teams not currently in a power-five conference finished with a top-50 recruiting class over the past five years: BYU (2010), Cincinnati (2011) and South Florida (2014).

A glance through USA Today's annual list of college athletic finances show plenty of familiar, blue-blood names at the top: Texas, Alabama, Michigan, Oregon and so on. With roughly $64.5 million in revenue in 2013, UNLV is the highest rated "Group of Five" program at No. 46. 

Many power programs have resources other programs don't. It's just the way the setup is. If autonomy passes, power-five programs will vote on legislation that they feel more directly apply to them. The recruits who go there will benefit. 


3) Athletes Will Have a Slightly Bigger Voice

A driving factor behind Northwestern players pushing for unionization this spring was that they didn't feel their voices were being heard. A union would be compartmentalized—Northwestern's union applied to scholarship players at a private university—and tough to get trending nationally because of right-to-work states, but it also pushed the conversation of player rights forward. 

Before that, players didn't have much of a voice. 

That will change under the new NCAA governance structure, albeit ever so slightly. The new board will include the chair of the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. That at least means student-athletes will have a voice at the table. 

How influential that voice is remains to be seen. In the long term, this may not change much as far as athletes driving the conversation about topics like compensation and player safety. The new governance structure would feature a 24-member board, only one member of which would represent student-athletes. 

Is it an improvement? Absolutely. Will the lawsuits over concussions and money end? It depends on whether the NCAA makes players feel like their voices are heard as loudly as they should be. 


4) This is Not a Precursor to Splitting From the NCAA

Despite the popular narrative, autonomy doesn't mean that the NCAA is limping into the woods to die.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive pushed that narrative when threatening to abandon the NCAA in favor of a "Division 4" model if autonomy didn't pass. Obviously, that would be a moot point if autonomy survives the veto period, but as Wolken tweets, it's also impractical: 

As much as college football's power brokers lament the current system publicly, they've shown before they couldn't stand to live without it. In January 2013, the NCAA adopted numerous proposals designed to deregulate recruiting rules—with president Mark Emmert's backing—that were generally viewed as unenforceable. Less than a month later, Big Ten coaches and athletic directors issued a statement asking that a few of the proposals be re-examined. 

Sure enough, the pushback put the proposals under further consideration, much to Emmert's dismay

The point being, no matter how much the NCAA membership attempts to change the rules, or the process for developing the rules, the fact of the matter is that they need the rules. 

Could autonomy lead to another split down the road, either by power conferences or non-power conferences? According to Infante, a NCAA expert, that's absolutely possible. When and how that would happen is unpredictable. 

But breaking away from the NCAA simply isn't an option. 


Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. 

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50 Names You Need to Know for the 2014 College Football Season

Media days are over, fall camps are open and college football season is officially just weeks away from kickoff.

This year marks the long-awaited end of the BCS era and the start of the College Football Playoff, which will pit four teams against each other in two national semifinal games on New Year's Day. The winners will square off in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the right to be crowned national champion on January 12.

Part of the beauty of college football is that we never know where superstars are hiding. At this time two seasons ago, for example, Johnny Manziel was an anonymous redshirt freshman competing with three other players just to start at Texas A&M.

Five months later, he was Johnny F'n Football!

Still, even if we can't predict where the next Manziel might come from, we can be sure of certain players, coaches and administrators whose actions in 2014 will dictate the narrative of the season.

Whether they are Heisman contenders, small-school superstars, coaches with something to prove or executives in charge of running the CFP, they are names every fan must know before the season.

For the sake of fairness, we have not listed multiple figures from any one school. There are too many promising players, coaches and storylines throughout the country that demand our attention.

Here are our 50 favorites, presented in alphabetical order.

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Miami Football: Week 1 Fall Practice Stock Report

The Miami Hurricanes returned to the practice field for the first week of fall camp, signifying the official return of football in South Florida.

It's back, and we couldn't be happier. The 'Canes donned helmets only Tuesday and Wednesday, and after two additional days of shells, Miami completely gears up on Saturday.

The opening week of practice was news-heavy, largely due to pad-less practices and because any depth chart is typically a motivational tool.

Ultimately, 7-on-7 All-Americans may crumble when contact arrives, so it's important to not proclaim the second coming of a Hurricanes' legend after a few reps.


What's Up at Quarterback?

Golden had previously said the quarterback battle would be a two-man race after the first scrimmage. However, per Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post, that time will now be following the second scrimmage.

As part of the competition, the potential starters shared reps with the first-team offense throughout the week. Jake Heaps took his turn Tuesday, Brad Kaaya on Wednesday and Kevin Olsen during Thursday's session.

Though Olsen is unavailable for the opener, the suspension itself does not mean the redshirt freshman is eliminated from contention. Remember, in 2011, Stephen Morris started in place of a suspended Jacory Harris, who then reclaimed the No. 1 role upon his return.

Olsen's on-field play, on the other hand...

Lastly, Ryan Williams' health was a major talking point. According to Christy Cabrera Chirinos of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Golden said: "Is he going to be a factor in this race in the next five weeks? I don't know. I honestly don't know and it's not worth speculating on."

Most importantly, be careful not to fall in love with early practice throws because it's much easier for a quarterback to throw dimes when there is no real pressure. The real front-runners will start separating themselves during a fully-padded week No. 2.


Key Freshmen Battling for Positions

Kc McDermott was expected to contribute as part of the offensive line's rotation, but the early enrollee already leapfrogged right tackle Taylor Gadbois.

In this case, whether the move was a reflection of McDermott's summer work or intended to motivate Gadbois doesn't matter; it's encouraging to see the highly touted true freshman back up his billing right away.

Manny Navarro of The Miami Herald notes Darrion Owens is "coming on strong," making a solid case to be the backup strong-side linebacker. Owens earned a black jersey and, per Chirinos, has yet to give it up through day three.

Defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio had some "coach speak" about Chad Thomas, but the writing on the wall signifies immediate playing time for the defensive end. According to Porter: "We have to give everybody the same opportunity. But I'm thrilled to have Chad Thomas on the team. Let's leave it at that. I can't wait to get to work with him today."


News and Notes

For the first time in Golden's tenure at Miami, the coveted orange and black jerseys barely changed hands during the opening days of camp.

Offense: Ereck Flowers, Jon Feliciano, Shane McDermott, Danny Isidora, Kc McDermott, Clive Walford, Beau Sandland, Phillip Dorsett, Duke Johnson and Ronald Regula, Herb Waters (for two days) and Rashawn Scott (Thursday)

Defense: Anthony Chickillo, Ufomba Kamalu, Earl Moore, Trent Harris, Denzel Perryman, Raphael Kirby, Owens, Tracy Howard, Dallas Crawford and Antonio Crawford

Note: List courtesy of Chirinos.

According to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports (subscription required), Joe Yearby missed Wednesday's practice due to dehydration but returned to the Greentree on Thursday.

Long-awaited offensive weapon Trayone Gray practiced, and Darrell Langham is expected on Friday. The two freshmen were the lone holdouts while they waited to be given the go-ahead by clearinghouse.

Kamalu continues to press returning starters Chickillo and Olsen Pierre for playing time, and Porter writes the junior will also move inside on third-down situations.

In an effort to build depth at linebacker, Walter Tucker, who was initially brought in at the position, practiced with the unit. Per David Furones of The Miami Herald, Tucker will remain the Hurricanes' starting fullback ahead of Regula.

Along with Tyriq McCord playing linebacker in certain packages, senior Nantambu Akil-Fentress moved down from safety to the weak-side "Will" spot. Golden knows the position is an issue, and Miami is taking proper steps to address the problem right away in camp.

Overall, the opening days were a relatively quiet start to fall practice, which is basically a good thing. But next week, football will return to fast-paced, high-level excitement at "The U."


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Why the Power-5 Conference Autonomy Vote Is Good for Nebraska

On Thursday, the NCAA announced the proposal that would give more autonomy to the five largest conferences with regards to rule-making, as discussed by the Associated Press (h/t Boston Herald).

Those power-five conferences—the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12—will now have more ability to make rules for themselves. This decision could well be the bell-weather for a seismic change in college football, one that should benefit a program like Nebraska.

So what exactly happened?

The NCAA decided that the 65 schools in the power-five conferences would now be able to make rules for themselves in a number of different areas, including things like providing additional stipends to student-athletes, providing insurance coverage for athletes during and after their participation in competition, rules limiting staff sizes and sharing of television and image-rights revenues with student-athletes.

Fundamentally, the change reflects in the NCAA rulebook the reality that has existed for some time now—that the power-five conference teams are simply engaging in a different enterprise than non-power-five conference football programs.

The staggering amounts of money that the power-five conferences generate with their television revenues allows them to do things that non-power-five conferences simply cannot afford.

Under current NCAA rules, a school like Nebraska (or Alabama, USC or any other major national powerhouse) had to be governed by the same set of rules as schools like New Mexico State and South Alabama, programs with dramatically fewer economic resources available.

The argument against the autonomy proposal was simple and straightforward—all these teams are (ostensibly) competing in the same division, and they should play by the same rules. Allowing the power-five conferences to have their own rules will give those schools a baked-in competitive advantage, even more than they already have.

And that argument is correct. Under the new autonomy rules, the power-five conference programs will have a competitive advantage over the non-power-five schools. The rich will, indeed, get richer.

That’s why the rule change is good for Nebraska. Not only is Nebraska a member of arguably the most powerful financial conference, the B1G, Nebraska itself as a program is one of the 20 most financially powerful programs in the country. If the rich are to get richer under this program, then Nebraska will clearly benefit.

More importantly, though, the rule is something that is a practical necessity. The NCAA—indeed, the entire model of amateurism and student-athletes—is under assault from a number of lawsuits dealing with everything from image likeness to anti-trust violations.

Many in the power-five conferences want to take steps, such as a “full cost of attendance” scholarship or an expansion of insurance benefits past graduation for student-athletes. But those efforts were blocked by the non-power-five conference programs because (rightfully so) those programs could not afford to offer those benefits.

With this newfound autonomy, the power-five programs will be better able to proactively address the issues that are bedeviling the NCAA. Certainly, much of the motivation for those programs will be self-preservation of the current goose laying the golden eggs of fat television contracts.

But a byproduct of that self-preservation may very well be some concrete steps to improve the lives of the student-athletes that make the Saturday spectacles we all love so dearly possible.

(And, selfishly, perhaps even come up with a mechanism to compensate student-athletes for the use of their images and likenesses, making a resurrection of the EA Sports NCAA Football video game series a possibility.)

Yes, these rules aren't fair to the non-power-five programs. But given the results of a new poll by's Brett McMurphy (h/t Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports) that a plurality of coaches in power-five conferences are in favor of excluding non-power-five programs from their schedules, we may be heading toward a de facto breakaway of the power-five conferences from the rest of the NCAA in football.

That breakaway, whether it be de facto by exclusive scheduling or de jure by the creation of a “Division Four” as discussed by SEC commissioner Mike Slive, has its own benefits and costs to be debated. But there is little doubt that such a breakaway will be for the benefit of the power-five programs and at the expense of the non-power-five.

As harsh as it sounds, then, the fact that the rule change is good for the rich means that the rule change is good for Nebraska.


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Vernon Hargreaves Injury: Updates on Gators CB's Knee and Return

After a tremendously disappointing 4-8 campaign in 2013, the Florida Gators football team was hoping for a positive offseason and some momentum heading into the 2014 season. 

Instead, Will Muschamp’s bunch received some unfortunate news regarding cornerback Vernon Hargreaves Thursday. Robbie Andreu of The Gainesville Sun provided a number of updates on the situation:

Hargreaves is one of the most talented players on the entire Florida roster and was seen as a key to the resurgence of the defense. In fact, ranked him as the best true sophomore in the country and the 13th-best overall player in the country in its preseason rankings.

Hargreaves earned first-team All-SEC honors last year thanks to his three interceptions, 38 tackles and 11 total passes defended. He was second in the conference in passes defended per game at 1.17 and looked completely comfortable against elite competition as a freshman.

This injury is certainly a major blow for the Gators moving forward if it is serious. Check back for updates as they develop.

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