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Darrin Kirkland Jr. to Tennessee: Volunteers Land 4-Star LB Prospect

Linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. has officially committed to attend Tennessee after making his announcement Monday afternoon. Kirkland is a 4-star prospect in the Class of 2015, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.

Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports reported the news of Kirkland's decision:

Kirkland attends Lawrence Central in Indianapolis and has been a heralded recruit by multiple Division I programs. Florida, USC and Mississippi State were among the programs he turned down in favor of Tennessee.

Part of what makes Kirkland special is speed and intelligence on the field. Lawrence Central head coach Jed Richman spoke about both abilities for Kirkland, via Wiltfong:

He was able to flip a switch, that I haven’t seen around many high school players. The speed he played with, he was moving faster than opposing offenses, he knew what they were going to do before they did, and often times he’d overrun plays because he was there before they were there.

He was at an absolutely different level on Friday nights as far as speed, intensity, tempo, the way he hit. He really hit through guys.

Prior to his announcement, Kirkland had initially committed to play for Michigan. However, he decided to decommit from the Wolverines and ultimately decided to play for the Volunteers

The decision was part of a mass exodus for some of Michigan's top recruits, as Tom VanHaaren of notes:

Bringing in a player of Kirkland's caliber instantly boosts Tennessee's already solid recruiting class. He might not make an instant impact on defense, but he clearly has the talent to be a difference-maker during his tenure.

The program appears to be on the right track under head coach Butch Jones, and Kirkland's commitment helps make this year's class a special one. With his combination of size and speed, look for Kirkland to help the Vols become a contender in the SEC East.  


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4-Star RB Cameron Scarlett Commits to Stanford over UCLA, Washington

Stanford received a much-needed recruiting boost Monday when Cameron Scarlett committed to the Cardinal. The 4-star prospect picked Palo Alto as his collegiate destination after considering a pair of Pac-12 alternatives:

Scarlett, who is expected to play running back at Stanford, is rated 23rd nationally among "athletes" in 247Sports' composite rankings. He is considered the top overall 2015 recruit in Oregon.

The 6'1", 210-pound Portland, Oregon, playmaker is a product of Central Catholic High School. Scarlett seemed destined to land in the Pac-12, and his three finalists reflected that sentiment.

Aside from Notre Dame, his top interests were found on the West Coast. Oregon initially emerged as a contender, but the probability of him landing in Eugene gradually decreased as the Ducks assembled a class with similar players.

Scarlett gives Cardinal coach David Shaw an impressive offensive weapon. 

He rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2013, leading Central Catholic to a state title. However, his senior season was plagued by health issues, and a torn ACL ultimately ended Scarlett's high school career.

The outlook remains a bit murky for his recovery, but he aims to return for freshman training camp.

"I'm going to be out until the start of summer," Scarlett told Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian, "but hopefully I can rehab it up and be ready for camp this summer."

Stanford adds a player capable of lining up in multiple roles. He's an adept receiver and could see time in the slot or spread out wide when shifted beyond the backfield.

His rushing style is enhanced by above-average vision. Scarlett is patient as blockers create space and appears to have a strong grasp of how lanes develop downfield.

His size makes it difficult for defenders to finish off solo tackles, and there's an element of elusiveness that also helps maximize carries. Improved blocking in pass-protection settings could put Scarlett in position to emerge as an every-down back in college.

Stanford hosted him for an official visit last month. Longstanding respect for the program played a pivotal role in his decision.

"I just felt like this is the place where I was meant to be," Scarlett told Nemac. "I've been really fond of the program since I was young. ... I get a lot of love from the coaching staff, which is huge for me. They showed me they were serious about me."

Stanford now holds 11 commitments in a class rated 10th among Pac-12 members in 247Sports' composite class rankings.


Recruit ratings courtesy of 247Sports.

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Bold Predictions for 2014-15 College Football Bowl Season

The 2014 regular season was uncomfortably predictable.

All four College Football Playoff teams were in the Associated Press' preseason Top Five, and two more teams that finished in the CFP Top Eight began in the AP Top 10.

There are two ways to look at these results: (1) as a sign of things to come or (2) as an outlier that needs to be corrected. Will chalk reign supreme throughout bowl season? Or will chaos return to fore?

If answer (2) is correct—and my personal belief is it is—that means "bold" predictions are the way to go this bowl season. The safe picks have already had their moment. It's time to bank on long shots.

That doesn't, however, mean it's time to start predicting nonsense. This list does not pander to shock value. Everything here stands a realistic chance of happening, even if they aren't "likely."

Sound off below with your own bold predictions for bowl season.


Note: All spreads courtesy of Odds Shark, and all recruiting info refers to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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Nebraska Players Who Will Benefit Most from Extra Bowl Practices

The Holiday Bowl will be here before we know it. In the meantime, the Nebraska football team is taking advantage of every last practice it can before heading to San Diego.

As the Huskers prepare for their December 27 bowl game against USC, there are key players who can benefit from the extra time on the field. Defeating USC won't be easy and those additional practices could be make-or-break for Nebraska.

So, who exactly are those players?

All eyes will likely turn to quarterback Tommy Armstrong first. The sophomore didn't have the smoothest regular season this year, which has left some fans unsure of what to expect from him.

He ended the regular season with a 51.7 completion percentage. That's pretty much on target with his 2013 number( 51.9 percent). He's thrown more interceptions in 2014 compared to 2013 (11 versus eight), but it's important to remember that he played in more games this past season.

Turnovers have to be a primary focus for Armstrong before the Holiday Bowl.

Against Iowa, for instance, he threw two interceptions. While the Huskers won that game, it still doesn't mean Armstrong can be excused from those mistakes.

With the remaining practices, Armstrong will need to focus on staying calm under pressure. When an opposing team targets Armstrong and forces him to win a game with his arm, that's when things typically go south.

Knowing and understanding this should help Armstrong properly prepare if the Trojans put him in a similar situation.

Another player who will use the extra practices to his benefit is center Paul Thurston. After Mark Pelini went down, Ryne Reeves stepped in. All was well until Reeves went down against Iowa and Thurston was thrust into the job.

He had been the Huskers' third-string center, but that likely won't be the case come the bowl game. According to the Fremont Tribune, interim head coach Barney Cotton confirmed that both Pelini and Reeves are out for the Holiday Bowl.

Cotton also made note of Zach Hannon and Dylan Utter as possible candidates for the center position, but Thurston has to be ready.

The job could very easily be his alone in San Diego and his performance will impact Armstrong. If the two can find a good rhythm with one another, Armstrong will have less to worry about.

On the defensive side of the ball, safety Nate Gerry is likely using these last practices to his advantage. USC is expected to throw the ball a lot against Nebraska, and that's where Gerry can step up for the big plays.

During the regular season, Gerry had five interceptions and two forced fumbles. As USC quarterback Cody Kessler prepares for the Husker defense, Gerry is likely someone on his mind. After all, the sophomore can wreak havoc when he wants.

Gerry should expect the Trojans to be preparing for him. As a result, he can use the bowl-game prep to make sure USC isn't able to stop him so easily.

As a whole, the Nebraska football team will do nothing but benefit from the final weeks of bowl-game practices. With former head coach Bo Pelini gone, there's a lot that needs to be figured out. The extra practices will help.

Some players, like Armstrong, Thurston and Gerry, may benefit the most from the extra practices, but it'll truly be a team effort.

That's reason enough for every player to be putting in the time before the Holiday Bowl rolls around.

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4-Star Darrin Kirkland Commits to Tennessee, What Impact Will He Have in 2015?

Darrin Kirkland Jr., a 4-star 2015 linebacker, as per 247Sports, has committed to Tennessee.

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder discusses the impact Kirkland can have on the Volunteers next season.

What sort of impact do you think Kirkland can make at Tennessee?

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Sammie Coates Declares for 2015 NFL Draft: Latest Details, Reaction

Auburn Tigers star receiver Sammie Coates is forgoing his final year of college eligibility and declaring for the 2015 NFL draft.

Justin Hokanson of 247Sports reported the news Monday, noting that Coates graduated from school on Saturday and will also play in the Senior Bowl.

Coates would later confirm the news via Alex Byington of the Opelika-Auburn News:

The Hokanson report includes the thoughts of ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr., who weighed in on Coates and another Auburn wideout who could declare for this year's draft, D'haquille Williams:

I think they're both similar in terms of where they'll go, maybe late one but probably early to mid two. But like I said with strong workouts, I think you saw all these receivers this year do a great job, some were major bargains. That could be the case with these two if they drop into the second round with late first not remote, but a possibility.

Bleacher Report draft guru Matt Miller offered his take on Coates:

BBC Radio's Rob Staton evaluated the amazing raw potential Coates has:

There is no denying Coates' talent, but he ran a limited route tree in the Tigers' run-heavy offense. The pass-friendly rules in the modern NFL should help him and other receivers make a more immediate impact than in the past, though.

That should allow Coates to land somewhere near the first round, provided he impresses in pre-draft interviews and thrives in workouts. He's listed at 6'2" and 201 pounds, so he has the kind of size NFL teams covet at the position.

In an Iron Bowl loss to Alabama, Coates had five receptions for 206 yards and two touchdowns. That presents an idea of the explosiveness he brings to the field. Over the past two seasons, the dynamic pass-catcher has averaged well over 20 yards per reception.

Due to the big adjustment the NFL represents with a far denser playbook and schematic concepts, whichever team drafts Coates will probably have to be patient as he grasps tougher concepts and works on route running.

However, if Coates falls to Day 2 and lands in the right situation, he could wind up being a special playmaker, making those who passed on him regret it for years to come.

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Which 5-Star Does USC Need to Land to Put Its 2015 Class over the Top?

The USC Trojans, under head coach Steve Sarkisian, are starting to hit their stride on the recruiting trail, scooping up some major talent along the way. But there is still work to do. 

Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Michael Felder and Adam Kramer discuss the impact players coming into USC and the recruits that the Trojans could still land before national signing day. 

Who does USC need to land to round out its recruiting class?

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UCLA Football: Early Look at Bruins' 2015 Roster

The 2015 season will bring with it one considerable change for the UCLA Bruins roster: After two years of playing one of the younger rotations in the Pac-12, UCLA will be among the most veteran teams in college football.

"We're an extremely young football team," head coach Jim Mora said after the Bruins' regular-season finale against Stanford last month. "We are still developing." 

That development takes a crucial step with next year's lineup. 

Running back Paul Perkins, the first Bruin to lead the conference in rushing since Karim Abdul-Jabbar in 1995, was just a sophomore in 2014. 

Perkins will be back and could run at some more history as a junior. And he's just one prominent returner for the UCLA offense. 

Several key contributors to a receiving corps that produced 3,222 yards in 2014 have eligibility remaining, starting with leading target Jordan Payton. 

Should Payton return for 2015, he'll head a unit that should be among the nation's very best considering it also returns Devin Fuller, Thomas Duarte, Eldridge Massington and Kenneth Walker.

Like the receiving corps, the Bruins offensive line in 2015 will look an awful lot like the 2014 version, just more experienced.

Jake Brendel is a redshirt junior, Simon Goines is a junior, Conor McDermott is a redshirt sophomore, Kenny Lacy is a redshirt freshman, and the trio of Alex Redmond, Caleb Benenoch and Scott Quessenberry are all sophomores with two years of starting experience. 

Redmond, Benenoch and Quessenberry are part of an important class to the UCLA football program's immediate future. 

They were among the 18 true freshmen who saw playing time in the Bruins' 10-win 2013 campaign and will be upperclassmen in 2015.

Linebacker Myles Jack is the star of that group, entering his third season starting at linebacker.

Along with Jack, the linebackers return 2014 breakout performer Deon Hollins. Hollins became UCLA's most effective pass-rusher, filling the void left on the outside by first-round NFL draft pick Anthony Barr.

The Bruins have another huge gap to fill at linebacker next season, as they did replacing Barr this past campaign.

Eric Kendricks is on his way out after capping an outstanding career with the Butkus Award. Kenny Young figures to be the leading contender to take Kendricks' spot in 2015.

Young saw significant playing time as a true freshman, coming on particularly strong late in the campaign. He fits the mold of a player that Jack said can break into the rotation. 

"If you're one of those guys that feels like you can make a difference, Coach Mora has no problem playing freshmen," he said. 

Mora's willingness to play freshmen immediately means the cream of UCLA's 2015 recruiting crop will find prominent roles from the outset of next season.

Among that cast of newcomers who could vie for a spot is 5-star quarterback Josh Rosen

The celebrated prospect out of Southern California prep powerhouse St. John Bosco should be a top contender for the job redshirt junior Brett Hundley is likely to vacate. Asiantii Woulard will also figure prominently into the equation. 

The 2015 campaign will be Woulard's third in the program. He spent the last two working primarily as a scout-team player and came to UCLA with 4-star fanfare out of Winter Park, Florida. 

Along with Rosen, UCLA added another 5-star recruit to the 2015 class just last month: defensive end Keisean Lucier-South.

Lucier-South is another Southern California product and a potential immediate addition to a defensive line that is shaping up to be one of the conference's most talented.

The unit returns Kenny Clark and Eddie Vanderdoes next season as well as midseason addition Takkarist McKinley.   

McKinley progressed quickly in 2014 and could fill the void that senior standout Owamagbe Odighizuwa leaves. After all, as McKinley described himself in October, he is "a little Owa." 

The Bruins secondary will remain largely in tact. Junior Fabian Moreau and redshirt sophomore Ishmael Adams, UCLA's starting cornerbacks in 2014, should both be back.  

So, too, should a returning Randall Goforth. The Bruins lost Goforth early in the season, which opened an opportunity for freshman Jaleel Wadood to make an impact—which he did, making seven starts. 


Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise cited. Statistics courtesy of Recruiting rankings and information via 247Sports

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Watch This High School Benchwarmer's Epic Highlight Tape

Wide receiver Jack Lenihan of Barrington High School in Illinois is so good, he doesn't even have to catch the ball to make one of the best highlight tapes you will see this season. Just watch as Jack makes it seem so effortless.

Was this the best highlight video you've seen this year?

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Isaac Nauta Commits to Florida State: What 2016 4-Star TE Brings to Seminoles

Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles scored another huge victory on the recruiting trail on Monday when 2016 4-star tight end Isaac Nauta announced his commitment to FSU.

The 6’5”, 240-pounder—who has racked up more than 30 offers—selected FSU over Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina, among others.

The Georgia product is rated as the nation’s top tight end prospect in the 2016 class.

But what will he bring to the Seminoles' offensive attack?

Apparently, he’s enough of a weapon that tight ends coach Tim Brewster identified Nauta as his primary target during his visit to Tallahassee for Fisher’s summer camp.

“He says that I am his guy,” Nauta told Chris Nee of Noles247 (subscription required) on Brewster’s message to him. “He wants me there really bad. He thinks that we fit each other perfectly. He said that me and him are mirrors of each other. So he definitely wants me to say the least.”

One of the biggest holes for Florida State to fill in the offseason will be at tight end, where the ‘Noles will have to replace outgoing senior and Mackey Award winner Nick O’Leary.

Even though Nauta—who plans to enroll early—won’t arrive on campus until January of 2016, Fisher and his staff took a huge step in finding a long-term solution to that position with the addition of Nauta.

In fact, O’Leary’s success during his career is part of what sold Nauta on the ‘Noles.

“I like what they do with their tight ends, Nick O’Leary just won the Mackey Award, for me picking a school is all about the people I am going to be around, I click well at Florida State guys, some of the guys they have redshirted,” Nauta told Rusty Mansell of Dawgs247 (subscription required) earlier this month. “With me being a early graduate I could come in there and already have some good relationships, that is what I like about Florida State.”

Nauta has the size and athleticism to be a matchup nightmare in Fisher’s offense, similar to what O’Leary has been able to do in recent years.

He’s also a physical blocker who brings a nastiness to the position in the ground game.

Nauta will join 5-star quarterback Malik Henry and 4-star receiver Keith Gavin as the ‘Noles' three commitments on offense in the 2016 class—which has six pledges overall.

Considering the caliber of skill players that Fisher is loading up on in Tallahassee, adding a dynamic receiving threat at tight end such as Nauta is key to maintaining the potency with which the ‘Noles offense has operated in the last two seasons.


Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.


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Miami Football: Final 2014 Positional Grades for the Hurricanes

The dust has settled, emotions have cooled and the Miami Hurricanes are back on the practice fields, preparing for the Independence Bowl clash against South Carolina.

However, the levelheadedness also provides an opportunity to hand out final regular-season grades for each positional unit before the bowl meeting arrives.

The marks given are based on collective performance, though individual contributions from key players are taken into account.

Postseason awards and draft stock may be mentioned but are not factored into the process.

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Miami Beach Bowl Picks: BYU Cougars vs. Memphis Tigers Odds

The BYU Cougars will head to Marlins Park on Monday, December 22 to tangle with the AAC’s Memphis Tigers in this season’s inaugural Miami Beach Bowl. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (ET), and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

The Cougars closed out the regular season with a 42-35 victory against California as 3.5-point road underdogs to finish 8-4 straight up on the year. It was their fourth SU win in a row, and they are 3-1 ATS during this run. The total went “over” the 71.5-point closing line, and it has now gone over in two of their last three outings.

The Tigers come into this game riding six-game SU winning streak with a 3-3 record ATS. They went 7-1 in conference play to earn a share of the AAC title, and overall, they were 9-3 SU (7-5ATS). Memphis outscored South Florida and Connecticut 72-30 in its last two games, with the total going over in both contests.


BYU vs. Memphis Betting Storylines

It has been a tale of two seasons for the Cougars; the one with Taysom Hill at quarterback and the one without. BYU jumped out to a strong 4-0 start with Hill under center but then endured a costly four-game losing streak when he was lost for the year due to injury. The offense was finally able to regroup with Christian Stewart at the helm to help the Cougars win their final four games of the year.

Stewart ended up throwing for 2,273 yards and 22 touchdowns, and the offense finished the season ranked 33rd in the nation in passing yards per game (272.9) while averaging 36.2 points. BYU put an exclamation point on the turnaround in that win over Cal. There is still some genuine concern on the other side of the ball with a defense that allowed 30 points or more in half of the games this year. During that four-game slide, this unit was torched for an average of 40.7 points a game.

Memphis came into this season flying well under the radar in the AAC after winning just three games in 2013. It was able to quickly make a statement in a tight seven-point loss to UCLA in Week 2 as a 22.5-point road underdog. The Tigers started conference play by knocking off Cincinnati as three-point underdogs on the road, and their only setback in the AAC this season came to Houston in a tight 28-24 loss as 7.5-point home favorites.

While the Tigers showed some solid balance on offense between the run and the pass to average 34.7 points a game, the main strength of this team remains a rock-solid defense that was ranked fifth in the nation this season in points allowed (17.1). Looking back at their current six-game winning streak, this unit has held teams to 20 points or less in all six contests to lower that scoring average to just 13.3 points.


BYU vs. Memphis Betting Odds and Trends

Point spread: Memphis -1

Total Line: 56.5

The betting trends on Odds Shark have BYU listed at 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games, and the total has gone over in seven of their last nine games.

The Tigers are 5-4 ATS this season when listed as favorites, and the total has gone over in five of their last seven games.

This will be the first meeting between these two teams in recent memory.


Miami Beach Bowl Picks: BYU vs. Memphis Betting Predictions

BYU has been able to turn things around since the loss of Hill, but it is going to have its hands full against a highly underrated Tigers defense. While you probably cannot go wrong with a play on the “under” in this game, my official pick is Memphis minus the one point.

Take: # 212 Memphis (-1) over BYU, 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22

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Notre Dame Football: From Walk-on to MVP, the Joe Schmidt Story

Stop me if you've heard this one. Walk-on football player. Humble beginnings. A lifelong dream to play football at Notre Dame. 

What? You already knew about Notre Dame linebacker Joe Schmidt? 

The Irish's latest Rudy story has long since surpassed the original legend, with Notre Dame's senior linebacker doing more than serving as a tackling dummy on the practice fields. And on Friday night, Schmidt added a page to his own feel-good story, winning the team's MVP award, as voted by his teammates. 

"This is probably the greatest honor of my life," Schmidt said from the stage, crutches under his elbows and a long cast on his left leg. 

Much has been made about Schmidt's rise. A profile by Newsweek. A guest stint on The Jim Rome Show. A glossy profile during an NBC broadcast. So unless you've been under a rock this fall—and you couldn't blame Irish fans for spending the last month in hiding—Schmidt's story isn't new to you. 

But walk-on stories usually end with one shining moment. A special teams tackle or a garbage-time touchdown. Not with an MVP award and a surefire captaincy for the 2015 season. 

Schmidt's impact on the Irish roster is incalculable. His leadership, work ethic and shining example had freshman defensive end Andrew Trumbetti taking to Twitter to name Schmidt the only worthy husband to his future daughter. (Teammate Jesse Bongiovi pointed out that Trumbetti's future son-in-law would be four years his senior. Awkward.)

That the most respected player on a roster filled with 4- and 5-star talent was once a 2-star nobody serves as the ultimate uniter. For unheralded prospects, Schmidt's ascent is a blueprint. For blue-chippers, Schmidt's a reminder that your recruiting ranking disappears once you're on campus. 

On the field, the analysis of what Schmidt brings to the team is much easier. With Schmidt playing middle linebacker, the Irish were 7-1, their only loss a narrow defeat to Florida State. Without him? The Irish are 0-4, with the defense giving up an average of 44.5 points a game. 

"As coaches, when we sat down and we looked at the most valuable football player for 2014, we looked at not just what he did on the field, but what our team did not have when he was not on the field," head coach Brian Kelly said before handing Schmidt the team's MVP award. 

"What we lacked was somebody that brought that leadership, that energy, that passion that is needed in this game of football on a day-to-day basis. So when we talked about most valuable, it was pretty clear in our minds that the 2014 most valuable football player was Joe Schmidt."

Schmidt was the first former walk-on to earn the team MVP award since consensus All-American Shane Walton did in 2002. (Walton walked on to the football team after starring on the men's soccer team.) At the time of his injury, Schmidt led the team in tackles (both solo and assisted) while limiting opponents to under 20 points a game. 

Schmidt's impact on the field will be suspended until he's healthy. Surgery performed at the beginning of November on an ankle and fibula injury makes it a waiting game before he's capable of returning to lead from the huddle. 

But as the Irish set out to prove 2014's late-season collapse was an anomaly, Schmidt's leadership will be critical to the team's success. And it's why Schmidt was short on words before sending the ultimate message to his teammates.

"I love Notre Dame. This is where I always wanted to be," Schmidt said from the microphone. "As my dad says, I've wanted to come to Notre Dame since I was five years old. So let's go beat LSU. Let's kick the hell out of them and let's get ready to win the national championship."

The Joe Schmidt story is far from over. 


*Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand. 

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Who Should Replace Tom Herman as Ohio State's Offensive Coordinator?

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports former Ohio State offensive coordinator Todd Herman is expected to be named the head coach of Houston.

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder discusses who will be Herman's replacement at Ohio State.

Who will be the next offensive coordinator at Ohio State?

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7 Way-Too-Early SEC Heisman Trophy Contenders for 2015

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota just hoisted the 2014 Heisman Trophy in New York City, but it's never too early to talk 2015.

Several stars will return in the SEC—many of them quarterbacks and offensive players, which are two key criteria for the award. 

First-team All-SEC quarterback Dak Prescott of Mississippi State was mentioned prominently in the Heisman talk into November, before two losses knocked him out down the stretch. If he returns, will he make another push for the most prestigious individual trophy in American sports? Who else from the SEC could join him in the conversation?

Our way-too-early SEC favorites for the Heisman Trophy are in this slideshow.

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The 2015 Recruits Who Will Help LSU Return to SEC Dominance

LSU head coach Les Miles continued his recruiting success, landing another impressive 2015 class chock-full of 5-star recruits. The Tigers need all the help they can get after an up-and-down 2014 season.

Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Michael Felder and Barrett Sallee discuss the future of LSU with a terrific new recruiting class that joins an already stellar roster. 

How good will the LSU Tigers be next season?

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Will Steve Spurrier Ever Get South Carolina Back to SEC Title Game?

Steve Spurrier will be back for the next few years as the head coach of South Carolina. The Gamecocks had a disappointing 2014 season and will be looking to turn it around with some big 2015 recruits.

Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Barrett Sallee and Michael Felder discuss whether the SEC title window has closed for the Ol' Ball Coach.

Will South Carolina be in contention for the SEC title next year?

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USC Football: Final 2014 Positional Grades for the Trojans

As final exams wrap up for the fall at USC, grades will be issued in the coming days. For the USC football team, the marks out of the classroom are not the only evaluations of progress made in the last few months. 

The Trojans had their struggles and failures in head coach Steve Sarkisian's first year at the helm. They aced plenty of tests, as well. 

Just one more quiz remains in USC's 2014 term: a Dec. 27 date with Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. In the meantime, the following is how the Trojans graded out for the past season.  

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5 College Football Recruits Who Had an Explosive Week

The high school football season is in its final stages, presenting opportunities for many top college prospects to capture coveted championship trophies. We witnessed some thrilling performances this past weekend from recruits looking to cap off productive careers.

Here's a review of the top efforts from another exciting span of playoff action.


4-star 2015 athlete Torrance Gibson, American Heritage High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

The 6'4", 200-pound playmaker punctuated a successful run at American Heritage with a second straight state championship. Just like last December, Gibson accounted for three total touchdowns in the decisive victory.

He led the team to a dominant 38-0 win over Godby High School, per Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald. Given the sizable advantage, Gibson didn't need to do much damage through the air but still managed to make a big impact with limited opportunities.

The Ohio State commit completed seven passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a short rushing score during the second half.

Gibson, who will play quarterback in Columbus, starred again on a big stage, with his father in attendance for the first time ever.

“Words can’t describe this man, in my last high school game,” Gibson said. “Seeing my dad out here means the world to me.”

He pledged to the Buckeyes in November, spurning offers from Tennessee, Auburn, LSU and Oklahoma. Gibson referenced Ohio State while celebrating his rushing touchdown:


5-star 2015 quarterback Kyler Murray, Allen High School (Allen, Texas)

The legend continues to grow for Allen's unbeaten quarterback. Murray improved to 41-0 as a high school starter by rallying the Eagles from an 18-point second-half deficit to defeat Dallas Skyline High School in state semifinal action.

He completed 24 pass attempts for 406 yards and and five touchdowns, leading Allen to 35 unanswered points and a 52-34 win, per David McNabb of USA Today. Murray threw four of his touchdown tosses after intermission.

Rated second nationally among dual-threat quarterbacks in 247Sports' composite rankings, it's no surprise he also attacked the defense as a runner. Murray gained an additional 115 yards on the ground.

His 69 total touchdowns this season are a career high. He committed to Texas A&M this spring, following in the footsteps of his father, former Aggies quarterback Kevin Murray.

Murray aims to cap off his career in grand fashion Saturday when Allen faces Cypress Ranch for the 6A Division I title. It would be his third consecutive state championship.

“We’ve been through a lot as a team and I’m proud of us,” Murray told Matt Wixon of The Dallas Morning News. “We’ve just got one more to go.”


4-star 2015 quarterback Jake Browning, Folsom High School (Folsom, California)

Browning has spent his senior season smashing records and is now just one win away from securing a state title. The 6'2", 185-pound passer posted four total touchdowns in a semifinal victory over Grant High School.

He threw for 259 yards and three scores despite attempting just three passes during the second half of a 52-21 rout, per Joe Davidson of The Sacramento Bee. Browning also found the end zone as a rusher.

His high school resume measures up to any quarterback who has played at the next level. Browning is the nation's all-time record holder for career touchdowns and continues to pile on a single-season California record with 90 total scores in 2014. 

He committed to Washington earlier this year, choosing the Huskies over offers from Cal, Colorado and Oklahoma State.


3-star 2015 running back Aca'Cedric Ware, Cedar Hill High School (Cedar Hill, Texas)

The 6'0", 196-pound USC pledge sliced and diced the Westfield High School defense in a state semifinal victory. Ware rumbled for 152 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries during a 64-33 win that sends Cedar Hill to the 6A Division II state championship game, per Sean Shapiro of the Houston Chronicle.

He helped the team tack on 28 unanswered points during the second half, wearing the defensive front down with each carry. Ware, who committed to the Trojans this summer over Iowa, Oklahoma and Tennessee, has enjoyed an impressive senior season.

Ware has more than 2,400 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns, per MaxPreps. That production doubles his output as a junior.


3-star 2015 wide receiver Brad Stewart, Benedictine Military School (Savannah, Georgia)

He came up big on both sides of the ball throughout a 45-21 victory over Greater Atlanta Christian High School in the Class AA state title game. Stewart, a 6'2", 180-pound receiver and defensive back, starred as Benedictine upset the unbeaten favorites.

His performance featured two interceptions on defense, per Brent Holloway of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He helped limit a potentially explosive offensive attack by twice halting drives.

Stewart also caught four passes for 154 yards. He erupted downfield on a 76-yard reception that set up a score during the final possession of the first half and hauled in a 29-yard touchdown on the team's opening drive.

Stewart remains uncommitted. He visited Central Florida in October, holding an offer list that includes Cincinnati and Marshall.


Recruit ratings courtesy of 247Sports.

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Many impact redshirt freshmen are ready to make noise in 2015. From Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas to Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers, these first-year players are ready to prove their worth.

Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Michael Felder, Barrett Sallee and Adam Kramer debate which redshirt freshman will burst onto the scene in 2015.

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