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Auburn's Defense Needs Improvements, but Tigers Have Talent to Succeed

The dominant storyline exiting Auburn's spring game was the play of the offense and quarterback Nick Marshall in particular, as Marshall lit up the Tigers defense with 236 passing yards and four touchdowns.

But that was against a unit that was littered with second-teamers and, because of various minor injuries on that side of the ball, some third-teamers.

When the first-team defense was on the field, it shined. The No. 1 unit gave up just three points—a 50-yard field goal by Daniel Carlson in the second quarter—against quarterback Jeremy Johnson and the second-team offense, and gave up just 73 yards in the first half.

This was without presumed starting defensive ends Carl Lawson and LaDarius Owens, both of whom skipped the game nursing injuries.

The strong play from the "ones" was something head coach Gus Malzahn expected.

"We kind of mixed and matched," he said. "With some guys that played with both groups. I do not read anything into the score. I think it is just a matter of both sides, at least with our 'ones' are better than they were last year at this time. It should be expected.”

So what went well for the Tigers?

The makeshift defensive line that saw defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson utilize his "rhino" package that features defensive tackle Gabe Wright at defensive end seemed to work well. On top of that, sophomore defensive end Elijah Daniel—who can also drop down and play defensive tackle in certain situations—had 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and got consistent pressure.

Linebacker and defensive MVP of the game Kenny Flowers had seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack, proving himself to be a viable backup behind outside linebacker Kris Frost and middle linebacker Cassanova McKinzy.

The rebuilt secondary looked solid, with a converted wide receiver running with the "ones," breaking up two passes and looking very comfortable on the defensive side of the ball. Junior college transfer safety Derrick Moncrief looked comfortable as well, recovering a fumble and breaking up a pass starting at the boundary safety spot.

Auburn's starting defense has the chance to be really good in 2014, but the depth should be concerning.

The "twos" looked incredibly lost in the spring game.

Granted, they were facing Marshall and the first-team offense which returns eight of 11 starters from last season, but the second-team defense will have to step up and provide that quality depth this fall.

Luckily for Malzahn and Johnson, help is on the way.

Tre' Williams, a 5-star linebacker from Mobile, Ala., will add even more depth to the linebacking corps. Up front, the Tigers will benefit from the arrival of defensive ends Justin Thornton, DaVonte Lambert and Andrew Williams, as well as defensive tackle Dontavius Russell—all of whom are 4-star prospects. In the back end of the defense, 4-star corners Nick Ruffin, Kalvaraz Bessent and Stephen Roberts will provide quality depth once they arrive on campus.

Defense doesn't win championships anymore, "just enough" defense wins championships. What qualifies as "just enough" varies from team to team based on the offense a team runs. Auburn almost had enough last season and came within 13 seconds of claiming the national title.

It's still a work in progress in 2014, but the foundation is there. The first-teamers look like they've become more consistent, depth has been built along the defensive line thanks to some openings created from nagging injuries and there's help on the way this summer to finish off depth in the two-deep.

"Just enough" defense may become the reality for the Auburn Tigers in 2014.

 

* Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes and spring game statistics were obtained firsthand, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.com.

 


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Jordan Cronkrite Commits to Miami: Hurricanes Land Versatile 4-Star

Miami landed a talented local prospect Sunday when Jordan Cronkrite committed to the Hurricanes. The 4-star Westminster Christian School junior revealed his collegiate intentions on Twitter:

The 5'11", 196-pound playmaker is commitment No. 10 for Miami during the 2015 recruiting cycle. Cronkrite can play a variety of positions, exceling at running back and defensive back.

He rushed for 1,343 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2013. It was a breakout campaign in the offensive backfield for Cronkrite, who has steadily impressed as a receiving threat in high school.

His stat sheet includes 44 receptions for 706 yards and eight scores since 2011. Cronkrite presents a variety of options for the Hurricanes coaching staff.

He tallied 35 tackles, a sack and an interception on defense. His efforts also extend to special teams, where Cronkrite routinely makes an impact as a kick returner.

He's rated No. 22 among athletes in 247Sports' composite rankings, which list him at No. 34 overall in the Sunshine State. The Hurricanes now hold eight in-state commitments, including Winter Garden running back Dexter Williams.

Williams, rated the No. 5 player at his position in 247Sports' composite rankings, pledged to Miami earlier this month. His presence provides competition in the offensive backfield if that's where Cronkrite ultimately ends up.

The Hurricanes have picked up five commitments since March 20. Aside from Williams and Cronkrite, head coach Al Golden has added pledges from defensive end Scott Patchan (Tampa, Fla.), offensive tackle Hayden Mahoney (Malvern, Pa.) and tight end Bowman Archibold (Dade City, Fla.) in the past month.

Miami's 2015 class currently rates top 10 nationally in 247Sports' composite rankings.

Cronkrite committed to the Hurricanes from a collection of scholarship offers that includes Clemson, Florida State, Alabama and Oregon. 

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Will Muschamp Close to Solving Offensive Issues Before the Start of the Season

Until the results change in a game that actually matters, the Florida Gators will be considered a talented team with an offense that couldn’t move the ball the length of a coffee table. So, even though the Gators looked much improved offensively in the spring game a week ago, Florida fans still remember 122 passing yards in a loss to Georgia Southern.

You can almost envision Will Muschamp in a dungeon somewhere slaving over game film in hopes of finding the answer.

Truth is, there’s no magic wand that’s going to turn things around or make a Percy Harvin 2.0 and the second coming of Tim Tebow appear. The Gators can only keep doing what they’ve been doing, and that’s working hard under offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, buying into the new offense and eventually knowing the plays better than Aaron Craft knows Pi.

Over the next few months, players and coaches will have limited contact. That means until fall camp rolls around, it’s up to the players to put the work in and come together as a team to get this offense moving in the right direction. This time of year is all about timing and getting on the right page with your teammates, as quarterback Jeff Driskel told Robbie Andreu of Gator Sports.  

The summer is for timing on the offensive side. We’re going to have to throw a lot and get our timing down. You can’t go back into fall camp without being in rhythm. So we’re going to have to do that, but we’re used to that. We’ve done that the past few summers. It’s nothing new to us, and we’re looking forward to it.

Timing seems to be the key to making this offense work. The players and talent are there, but it’s a new system and a quarterback who has been out of action for nearly an entire season.

Driskel completed only 56.25 percent of his passes in the spring game, as many of his passes sailed out of bounds or were underthrown. Getting comfortable with everybody on the field, knowing when the ball is supposed to come out and where receivers like the football could improve Driskel by leaps and bounds, which improves the offense by a great deal.

Truthfully, if you look at the players on the roster and the progress they showed in the spring game, you shouldn’t be as concerned about this unit as you were a few months ago.

Tell Muschamp he can stop watching replays of the 48 combined turnovers over the last two seasons. Yes, the spring game is nothing more than a glorified practice, and the defense is as vanilla as it gets. However, keep in mind that the Gators would have struggled scoring on some high school teams last season.

There was confidence shown, receivers were actually holding onto the football and running backs were getting more than two yards and a cloud of dust. Even though they were playing against teammates, the Gators offense looked nothing like last year’s unit.

Muschamp told Jeff Barlis of ESPN how happy he is with the progress the players have made in a short amount of time.

I'm extremely pleased with the day offensively with 15 practices and how far we've come. I think you can attribute all that to [new coordinator] Kurt Roper and the offensive staff and the job they've done. 

Our kids have been very receptive and have confidence in what we're doing. I think it's a good fit moving forward.

With the jump the Gators have already made, it’s logical to believe that another three months would produce an offense that could score more than 17 points against Vanderbilt.  

Like it or not, Driskel has a lot of upside and a skill set that should thrive in this uptempo offense. The running back depth is loaded, with Kelvin Taylor leading the way. Demarcus Robinson has All-SEC wide receiver written all over him. The Gators also have an experienced offensive line that should fare much better in pass protection than a year ago.

Yes, the offense still has some tweaking that needs to be done. But you can at least sleep well at night knowing that Florida is ahead of the curve. There's a lot less offensive issues to worry about. 

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Pro Player Comparisons for College Football's Top 25 Stars

College football greatness doesn't always translate to NFL success. Just look at some of the players who won the Heisman Trophy in the past decade, as illustrious pro careers weren't in the cards for USC's Matt Leinart, Ohio State's Troy Smith or Florida's Tim Tebow.

Yet each time a college athlete achieves star status, the first thing we want to do is compare him to an NFL player as a way of gauging how likely it is he'll make it in the big leagues.

The current stars of college football face the same comparisons, as we have identified the pro player each most closely resembles in terms of size, skill and approach to the game.

(Note: Players are listed in alphabetical order, not in terms of ranking)

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Clemson Football: 4 Things Standing in the Way of an ACC Championship

The Clemson Tigers last won the ACC title in 2011. That was former quarterback Tajh Boyd's first full season as the starter and Sammy Watkins' freshman season.

In 2012 and 2013, the Tigers came up just short because they couldn't beat the Florida State Seminoles.

Now that FSU is coming off a national championship season and the Tigers are replacing several stars, can Clemson dethrone the 'Noles and take back the ACC?

Florida State isn't the only thing standing between Clemson and the ACC title. Here are four reasons why getting back to the ACC Championship Game—and winning it—won't be easy for the Tigers.

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Austin Joyner to Washington State: Cougars Land 4-Star ATH Prospect

Athleticism and versatility translate at any position in college football. One player who shows that as well as anyone is Austin Joyner.

The 4-star athlete is projected as an all-purpose back with the ability to play running back and cornerback. According to Adam Gorney of Rivals.com, he ultimately made the decision to play on defense and committed to do so with Washington State:

Joyner's 5'11", 186-pound frame makes him perfect for either position, but the Cougars clearly have an idea in mind for the class of 2015 recruit.

Even after posting 2,038 rushing yards and 24 total touchdowns at Marysville Pilchuck in Marysville, Wash., Joyner clearly decided to stay close to home as a defensive back.

Braulio Perez of Fox Sports notes the importance of the commitment for the Cougars:

David Krueger of The Herald reports that Being in the Pac-12 was one of the main reasons for Joyner announcing his commitment to Washington State:

I already saw all my options and had all the information I needed. No point in waiting. I just feel like I have a chance to play early there. And it's in the PAC-12, which is kind of what drove me away from Boise State.

I wouldn't go there if it was for offense. They don't run the ball enough. ... It's a good location. I kind of wanted to stay home and participate in stuff around here. I'm an outdoors person. I don't like the big city. I like places where I can go fishing and hunting.

Two of his biggest strengths following his junior season are his feet and explosiveness.

What might need improvement during his final campaign in high school is his change of direction, a crucial component for any cornerback. The growth for Joyner will be much steeper in his senior year now that he knows he's playing defensive back with the Cougars.

Competing in the Pac-12 against the likes of Oregon and some of the fastest uptempo offenses in the country, Joyner will need to progress rapidly to earn the starting role when he comes to Washington State.

If he can grow into a great corner for the Cougars, his commitment could help the program continue to progress toward being competitive in the conference. With Mike Leach slowly returning Washington State to relevance, Joyner might be another crucial component to making that happen.

 

Recruit rating and information courtesy of 247Sports.com.

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Power Ranking Every Big Ten College Football Stadium

The Big Ten will be expanding again in 2014, so it's a great time to take a fresh look at the stadiums that the conference's teams call home.  How will newcomers Rutgers and Maryland stack up against their more traditional Big Ten brethren?  Are the biggest stadiums also the best?

When the 2014 college football season kicks off, there will be 128 teams in the FBS, each touting some claim to a "home-field advantage."  The Big Ten, however, not only touts home-field advantage, the programs back it up with deafening noise, lopsided win percentages and pure stadium size, unmatched by any in the nation.

We've ranked each stadium in the Big Ten based on several factors.  Size isn't everything, but it's important.  After all, 115,000 fans will always out-scream 45,000—or at least you hope they can.  There's also the offered amenities, tailgating space, overall atmosphere and, of course, the intangible categories of the aura, traditions and history of the venue.

Now that we've laid out the ground rules, let's dive right in to our power ranking of the Big Ten college football stadiums for 2014.

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7 Reasons 5-Star RB Damien Harris Will Sign with Ohio State

Damien Harris is a 5-star running back from Kentucky who is one of the top offensive recruits in the country. At 5'11" and 205 pounds, Harris has great speed to pull away from defenders in the open field.

The former Michigan commit is wanted by many programs from around the nation, but he has Ohio State as one of his top schools, according to Josh Helmholdt of Rivals (subscription required).

The Buckeyes are an attractive option to Harris for several reasons. 

 

All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports. Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

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How Butch Jones Can Solve Quarterback Issue Before the Start of the Season

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones wisely didn't name a starting quarterback—or even a scribbled-out pecking order—following a competitive spring practice between his four candidates.

The decision likely will lead to all participants believing they've got a fair shake to win the job, cutting down the chance of a transfer. It also promotes an offseason atmosphere where every rep, every film study and every weight room session will be vital.

That benefits the Volunteers and all the quarterbacks in what should be a competitive offseason.

But the bottom line for Jones' Vols is the soonest into fall drills the team can name a starting quarterback, the better for all involved. For a young unit that could feature as many as seven or eight newcomers in the regular rotation, it's even more important. 

Following the Orange and White Game on April 12, Jones said he had "no timetable" on when he'd name a starter.

"We have to take tremendous strides," Jones said. "We turned the football over from the quarterback position today. You can't do that and play winning football so I'm very encouraged by where that position is in our program.

"…I'm encouraged by what I've seen but we still have a long way to go."

Jones needs to begin fall practice throwing Justin Worley, Riley Ferguson, Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman into game-simulation, live-action situations.

Whoever makes the fewest mistakes should start Game 1 against Utah State. Simple as that.

A team full of freshman contributors is going to make enough blunders without its signal-caller being careless.

Worley is currently the least likely to make the catastrophic, game-flipping turnovers. While the rising senior also may not be as dynamic as Ferguson or Dobbs (the other two participants with a realistic chance of starting), he takes care of the ball. 

Tennessee has enough game-breaking talent on offense that if somebody can just distribute the football to them, they can do the rest. That's why Worley's the popular guess to start if the season began today.

While Worley finished an abbreviated 2013 season with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions, three of those picks came in a baffling performance against South Alabama. The rest of his time at the helm he was solid protecting possessions.

Worley's biggest problem came in his inability to consistently lead the offense. While part of that was an inexperienced receiving corps, he had his own accuracy and timing issues. He said having a more seasoned group of targets has really helped.

"I think it makes a huge difference, Year 1 to Year 2," Worley said. "Having these older guys that have been in the system allows for us to install more and work on the little things more. It comes with being in the system." 

As 2013 progressed, Worley improved his game management in a narrow loss to Georgia and a victory over South Carolina.

Throughout this spring, he showed his maturation process has continued. During the spring finale, he was very sharp on timing patterns while confidently leading the offense to three scoring drives on the first-team UT defense.

One glorified scrimmage does not make a quarterback, but it does boost everybody's confidence.

Despite the progression of all of his quarterbacks, Jones simply hasn't found the man he believes is a confident, alpha-dog leader—or as he stated to the Chattanooga Times Free Press' Patrick Brown, someone with a "genuine swagger"—so he hasn't named a starter.

Worley shouldn't just be handed the job, but Ferguson or Dobbs will have to take it from him.

Redshirt freshman Ferguson spent most of the spring ahead of Dobbs on the depth chart, just as he did before a leg injury in 2013 forced him to redshirt. However, in the spring-ending scrimmage, he threw a bad interception as well as lost a fumble when he was sacked from the blind side.

Conversely, Dobbs had a breakout day, collecting 258 yards of total offense and leading the Vols on four touchdown drives, all of which were accounted for by him. The asterisk is it all came against reserves.

While it's not conducive to UT to split reps for a long time once fall practice starts, it's essential Dobbs and Ferguson get ample time against the first-team defense while facing every blitz package and game scenario the coaches can think of.

If one of them emerges alongside Worley, he should have the opportunity to start. If not, Worley has to be the guy going into the season. 

Coaches can't spend any time with players on the practice field during the offseason. But thanks to a new NCAA rule—according to the Associated Press via ESPN.com—there will be more time than normal for college coaches to spend with their quarterbacks in the film room.

That's going to be important teaching and evaluation time. Once fall practice starts, the competition needs to be whittled down quickly, and the staff needs to pick a quarterback and be patient with him for as long as they can. 

Rotating quarterbacks hurt the Vols last year, and they can't have it happen again. The confidence in the signal-callers around the program has blossomed with their spring performance, and the returns were largely positive, as this tweet about Knoxville News-Sentinel columnist John Adams indicates.

The Vols just need to know who it is so they can build their offense around his strengths. And the sooner, the better.

All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.

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Winners and Losers of College Football's April 19 Spring Games

Some of college football's biggest spring games of the year kicked off on Saturday, including Alabama, Auburn, USC and Texas. 

In Tuscaloosa, Nick Saban may have found his answer at cornerback. But he's no closer to declaring a winner in the quarterback battle. 

Neither is Charlie Strong at Texas, who coached his first live game as the Longhorns head coach. 

However at Auburn, Nick Marshall looked impressive in his return to action. 

With that, check out the winners and losers from the April 19 spring games. 

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Ohio State Football Recruiting: Breaking Down the Top Target at Each Position

Urban Meyer and Ohio State signed a top-five recruiting class for the third consecutive year last February, but with just two commitments in the fold for 2015, that streak is in serious jeopardy. 

In recruiting, though, it's not how you start, but how you finish. The Buckeyes have targeted a number of the country's top prospects, and with Meyer at the helm, they're looking to surge.

Ohio State has big needs at quarterback and tight end, but Meyer's wish list spans the entire depth chart.

Here's a look at the Buckeyes' top recruiting target at each position.

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2015 QB Recruits with the Best Gunslinger Mentalities

When a quarterback is called a "gunslinger," it relates to his mental toughness, confidence and competitiveness. From a tangible standpoint, the most notorious gunslingers have exceptionally strong arms.

Their arm strength is what gives them the confidence to take chances with the football. The most famous quarterback with a gunslinger mentality is probably Brett Favre, while Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is likely the best active example.

Within the 2015 class, several quarterback recruits appear to play with a gunslinger mentality. A 5-star passer headed to Texas Tech isn't afraid to gamble, while Missouri has a pledge from a 4-star quarterback who is in love with his arm strength. 

 

All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports. Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

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Alabama Football: Top Performers from the Crimson Tide's Spring Game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Although most of the coaching staff’s spring evaluations were already done, the University of Alabama’s annual A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium was the only time before the season opener that it could see how the players reacted to a large crowd.

Some obviously thrived in the spotlight, while others learned what they need to work on before fall camp opens in August.

“We did make some plays, but there wasn’t the consistency that you would like to see in the offense,” Coach Nick Saban said. “However, when you play against each other, what’s good for one is not so good for the other. So, you have to give the defense some credit.

“I really thought that our front people on defense made a lot of improvement this spring. We’re more athletic, we probably have more depth, we have more guys who can rush (the passer).”

Here’s a look at 10 players who helped themselves during Saturday’s A-Day game and the spring awards they won.

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The NFL Comparison for Top 10 RB Recruits from Class of 2015

It's easy to look at a 5-star running back recruit and compare him to Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings or Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks.

Yet, these comparisons take a close examination of a recruit's skill set to match it with an NFL runner who exhibits similar traits with the ball on Sundays.

A running back from Kentucky looks a lot like a runner in the NFC East, while Miami has a pledge from a running back who resembles a promising runner for the Cincinnati Bengals. Plus, a speedster from Texas races by defenders like an NFL running back who hails from the same state.

 

All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports. Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

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Oklahoma State Football: Early Analysis of 2015 Recruit John Kolar

The 2014 season hasn't even started. Heck, the majority of this year's recruits don't even get to campus until summer begins. However, Oklahoma State fans were treated to some interesting and exciting news about a certain 2015 recruit a few days ago.

On April 16, Norman North High School quarterback John Kolar went from unranked in the ESPN 300 to the No. 3 pocket passer in the nation and the No. 82 player overall.

Kolar's story is pretty interesting on its own. In 2013, he was backing up Alabama commit David Cornwell for Norman North. Cornwell was ranked as a 4-star recruit and the No. 3 pocket passer in the nation by 247Sports.

Midway through the season, Cornwell went down and Kolar stepped into the starting role. He quickly asserted himself as a quality player and ended his half-season with 1,693 yards and 15 TDs to just two interceptions.

Those numbers, matched with his 6'4" frame, made him an early priority for Mike Gundy and his coaching staff. But the question is this: What are the Pokes getting from this young man?

The first thing that jumps off the tape is that Kolar is not afraid to run the ball (even though ESPN has Kolar listed as a pocket passer). That probably comes from the fact that he used to play wide receiver and is a natural athlete.

Watch this Hudl highlight tape and you'll see him running the read-option quite a bit for Norman North, something that might remind Oklahoma State fans of J.W. Walsh.

However, the tape shows a guy who would rather stay in the pocket and make throws, even if he does have solid running ability on designed runs and scrambling opportunities. Clint Chelf might be the more apt comparison.

The thing that probably excites Cowboys' fans, though, is Kolar's deep ball. It still needs some work, but the tape shows that the ability to accurately hit receivers deep is there. Additionally, he throws a pretty good end-zone fade, something the Cowboys have been known to use a lot in the past.

That said, we can't crown Kolar as the next Brandon Weeden (or Clint Chelf for that matter) just yet. We still only have limited game tape available on this young man, and the 2014 season will be very telling when takes over full time as quarterback for his high school.

However, he definitely has legitimate skill at slinging the pigskin and some real athletic ability in the running game. Make sure to keep an eye on this guy.

Oklahoma State was smart to get on Kolar early, signing him on March 5, just a few weeks after 2014's national signing day. For now, they just need to hold onto their prize as he continues to impress and improve his ranking over the 2014 high school football season.

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Texas A&M Football Recruiting: Breaking Down Top 2015 Target at Each Position

The Texas A&M football coaches have been busy assembling another top-five recruiting class for 2015. The Aggies are trying to land elite players at every position in order to build the depth that is required to win championships. 

They have the No. 3-ranked recruiting class for 2015, according to 247Sports. If the coaches continue to recruit at a high level and land some of the prospects who are leaning their way, the Aggies will be in contention for the No. 1 class in February. 

Recruiting in the SEC means you have to sign elite players at every single position in every year. To win championships in the SEC, you need to be three-deep at every position. 

The Aggies do not have this kind of depth in the program currently, but they are getting closer to that level with every passing year under head coach Kevin Sumlin. This is a look at the top recruit at each position that the Texas A&M coaches are targeting. 

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Grading Alabama's Post-Spring Depth Chart

With Alabama’s annual A-Day spring game in the books, the focus for Nick Saban and his staff shifts to evaluating the Tide’s roster in anticipation of fall camp.

With the rest of the Tide’s 2014 recruiting class, and incoming quarterback transfer Jacob Coker, set to arrive in the summer, plus Saban’s dislike of depth charts at this time of year, there's still plenty of time before the eventual lineup against West Virginia on Aug. 30 is settled.

However, a handful of players made a significant amount of progress and will head into fall with momentum toward earning a starting role.

Taking into account the recent happenings of spring practice, here’s an idea of how the Tide’s lineup may look in the season-opener against the Mountaineers.

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USC Football: Top Performers from the Trojans' Spring Game

After a spirited Saturday that saw the Trojan defense flex its muscles against an offense that's still developing, the dust has settled from USC's spring game. Though it wasn't a scrimmage that told us a ton about what this team is capable of under new head coach Steve Sarkisian, it certainly showed which players have made the most of spring camp. 

Because the Trojans are dealing with so many injuries, it gave younger athletes the opportunity to get quality reps and dig themselves out from being buried on the depth chart. Even some veterans stepped up, reaffirming their place in the Trojan lineup.

Position battles resume come the fall, and the performances put on in the spring game will undoubtedly have an impact on how those play out. 

Listed from offense to defense, here are five Trojans in particular that impressed in the spring game. 

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Alabama Spring Game Features 3 Different Marriage Proposals

Alabama Crimson Tide fans can be pretty devoted, and that's why it was no surprise that three different marriage proposals occurred during the team's spring game.

Two of the three marriage proposals during Alabama's A-Day came inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, while the other one came in front of Paul "Bear" Bryant's statue. You can see some pictures of the proposals in the tweets below.

[Twitter, h/t College Spun]

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Georgia Football: 5 Things Standing in the Way of an SEC Championship

Now that spring practice is officially over for the Georgia Bulldogs, they can focus their attention on the 2014 regular season.

The expectations will once again be high for the Bulldogs due to the returning starters they have coming back on offense and defense. However, the expectations were just as high in 2013 and the Bulldogs were not able to accomplish their goals for various reasons.

Can this year’s team be different? Can it rise up and win the SEC for the first time in nine years?

Here are five things standing in the way of an SEC title for the Bulldogs.

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