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Why Jim Harbaugh and Michigan May Not Live Happily Ever After

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — He drove along the snow-lined streets of his hometown where the next act in his coaching life was just beginning.

It was the dead of the northern winter—he’d only recently moved to Ann Arbor—and now in the early-morning darkness he steered his car on a winding route, one that was littered with memories.

He cruised by St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School, where as a 10-year-old he’d sat behind a tiny wooden desk and where his daughter, Addison, would soon enroll. He passed Tappan Middle School, where he once roamed the halls and dreamed of being Michigan’s starting quarterback.

He continued to drive, alone, guiding his car past a park where he and his older brother, John, had played catch with their father when they were boys. He spotted houses where old buddies once lived, yards where he once played pickup football games, porches that he used to throw newspapers onto as an afternoon paperboy.

So many snapshots from his youth rushed back at him, filling him with so much unexpected joy.

Jim Harbaugh eventually pulled into the parking lot outside of the football offices at the University of Michigan. He walked through the frigid morning—his breath shot out in white puffs of air—and entered the building.

More memories seized him. Back when he was 11 years old, Harbaugh rode his bike to the Wolverines offices after school and ran around inside as if trying to evade imaginary tacklers; his dad, an assistant coach, would chase him for what seemed like hours.

And when no one was looking, little Jim loved to sneak into the head coach’s office and sit in the chair of Bo Schembechler, where for a few heartbeats he would pretend he was the Wolverines' top man, telling players to do things “the Michigan way.”

Harbaugh, a former Wolverine ball boy, savored every moment of this morning, reveling in the warm sensation of being home again. He had lived in Ann Arbor from the ages of 10 to 16—the happiest, most carefree years of his life—and now on this day last February he fully realized he was getting a chance to relive it all, as if he’d traveled back through the mists of time.

“I didn’t even know how much I would like it, coming back to Ann Arbor,” said Harbaugh. “The memories have all been powerful and wonderful, and it took me a few weeks to be back and driving around to understand it. I think that’s why I’m here, to maybe find something that I’ve lost. I mean, I really, really love this place.”

But with Harbaugh—a 51-year-old man prone to emotional swings, an old-school authority figure famous for his eccentricities, a professional vagabond who has never been a head coach anywhere longer than four years—we must ask:

Will Harbaugh’s love for this school turn him into a micromanager as he tries to personally fix all that he believes is ailing Michigan football? Will he push everyone in his program—from players to administration to janitors—to the brink of both physical and mental exhaustion?

Will he, in short, start pissing people off? 


Oh, how they adore James Joseph “Jim” Harbaugh in Michigan.

It’s two weeks before the Harbaugh era kicks off in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan campus clearly has a deep lust for its new coach. Outside the M-Den campus bookstore on State Street, five students—dubbed the HarBros—are dressed in Harbaugh’s game-day outfit: khaki pants, blue, long-sleeve T-shirts, whistles draped around their necks with a blue sharpie attached.

The HarBros have spent several days studying the coach’s mannerisms, and now they are posing for pictures in classic Harbaugh sideline stances—one is crouched over with his hands on his knees, another has his arms akimbo with his chest thrust forward. A crowd of several hundred quickly gathers, gripped by Harbaugh fever. As cameras flash, a game-day vibe is unmistakable.

“It took awhile to learn Harbaugh’s scowl, but I think we all got it down now,” said Nick Carey, a junior from Ypsilanti, Michigan, who is one of the HarBros. “Harbaugh is our savior. We’ve a waited a long time for him. There’s little doubt that he’s going to lead us to the promised land.”

Inside the M-Den, just past a replica locker housing Harbaugh’s old No. 4 Michigan jersey, T-shirts that read “Ann Arbaugh,” “Welcome Home Coach” and “Maize, Blue, Khaki” are plucked off the racks in handfuls. And on this day seemingly every 10th student on campus is wearing khaki pants in tribute to Harbaugh, who pulls them on every morning.

Which begs an obvious question: Why is a coach who in January signed a seven-year, $40.1 million contract so enamored with khakis? It’s part obsession and part by design.

“It eliminates the need for Jim to make a decision on what to wear every morning, so instead that time can be used to focus on football,” said Ed Lamb, the head coach at Southern Utah who was an assistant coach under Harbaugh in 2005 and 2006 at the University of San Diego, where Harbaugh also wore khakis. “Jim is basically always thinking about football. If you’re around him, get ready for that.”

You don’t have to tell Sarah Harbaugh about her husband’s total immersion in football. There were times this spring when Jim, Sarah and their three young children—Addison, Katherine and Jack—would climb into their car that was parked in the driveway of their house, which sits just five lots down the street from Schembechler’s old place.

Jim would be behind the driver’s wheel; Sarah and the kids would strap on their seat belts. Then...silence. For 30 seconds, the air would stand still.

Sarah would finally look over at Jim, who would be staring blankly ahead, mouth open, as if he had mentally blasted off from the real world. This happens frequently with Harbaugh, even in the middle of conversations, which is why he often comes across as spacey and even rude.

“Jim!” Sarah would say, and suddenly he would shake from his reverie.

“Part of him is always coaching,” Sarah said. “He can’t turn it off. He just loves it so much.” 


 Nearly everyone who has orbited in Harbaugh’s solar system for a length of time possesses a whopper of an anecdote about the new Michigan coach.

Frank Beamer has one. The Virginia Tech head coach is sitting on a porch overlooking a golf course in Reynolds Plantation, Georgia, on a tar-bubbling summer afternoon—a lazy, storytelling kind of afternoon. As he puts down a glass of lemonade on a table, he says he has a tale to tell. It might just be, he claims, the weirdest damn story of his entire coaching career.

Beamer leans back in his chair and loosens a memory from late 2010. The Hokies of Virginia Tech, where Beamer has coached for the last 28 autumns, were preparing to play Stanford in the Orange Bowl. A few days before the Jan. 3 game, Beamer met the Cardinal head coach—Harbaugh—at an event in Planet Hollywood in Miami.

“After we take some pictures, we start talking, just the two of us,” Beamer said. “Jim says over and over how much respect he has for Georgia Tech. He must have said it five times. I’m just looking at him like, ‘Are you serious?’

“Finally, I’m joking with him and I say I can’t wait to tell my team that you called us Georgia Tech. Because, you know, we’re Virginia Tech.”

Harbaugh then threw his infamous shark expression at Beamer: mouth agape, eyes on fire, looking poised to chomp. Harbaugh’s assistants have seen this look for years; he sometimes holds it for about 30 seconds without speaking, causing everyone in eyeshot to wonder what is flowing through his mind—if anything.

Beamer continued to lock eyes with Harbaugh for a few moments, waiting for him to say something, anything. It may have been the most uncomfortable silence of Beamer’s life.

“Well,” Harbaugh finally told Beamer. “I can’t wait to tell my players that you said you were going to play Samford, not Stanford!” He then turned and walked away.

More than four years later, Beamer smiles at the memory, still befuddled by Harbaugh's response. “No question, Jim is a different kind of coach,” said Beamer, whose team lost in the Orange Bowl to Harbaugh and Stanford 40-12 in what was Harbaugh’s last college game.

“He’s either crazy...or he’s crazy like a damn fox.” 


Harbaugh is an early riser, a believer that mornings are a time for labor. And so last fall it wasn’t shocking to those who know him well that several times he showed up in the office of San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York at just past daybreak wanting to resolve an issue right now this very second.

This illustrated the rub of Harbaugh: His full-blast, turn-it-up-to-10 intensity is what makes him such a successful coach, but his friends and associates say it also is often what makes him unwilling to find common ground with others, which ultimately was his unraveling in San Francisco.

“When Jim focuses on something, he won’t let it go,” said a close friend of Harbaugh’s. “That can be both good and bad.”

Midway through last season, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke called a staffer on another team. At the time, San Francisco’s season was falling apart—the Niners would finish 8-8—and Baalke’s relationship with Harbaugh had frayed to the extent that the two were known to ride elevators together in silence and not make eye contact.

“I just can’t deal with Jim anymore,” Baalke told his friend, a veteran front-office employee of an NFL team who relayed the conversation to Bleacher Report. “This guy is a nut. Every day he’s bitching at me about something new. It’s this, it’s that. He’s wearing all of us out. He’s grinding us down.”

“But Trent, you guys have won with Jim,” the friend told Baalke. “Can’t you just focus on the winning?”

“I’m getting stepped on every day by Jim,” Baalke replied. “I can’t do this much longer.”

On Dec. 28, York fired Harbaugh, who had one year remaining on his contract. It didn’t matter to the team brass that he had led the organization to three straight NFC championship games between 2011 and 2013, reached Super Bowl XLVII—where the 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens, who were coached by Harbaugh’s brother, John—or that Harbaugh had compiled a 49-22-1 record in his four seasons as head coach.

Put simply, they had had enough of him, even though the 49ers hadn't enjoyed a winning record in nearly a decade before Harbaugh's arrival in 2011. In the bottom-line world of the NFL, his parting from the 49ers was one of the more stunning breakups in recent history.

But he has a long track record of having relationships with superiors, assistants and players that slide off the rails. Harbaugh’s supernatural intensity—coupled with his you’re-with-me-or-against-me managing style—has rubbed many the wrong way.

With the 49ers, for instance, he promised his players he would be “their alarm clock” every morning, which didn’t exactly endear him to any of the veterans in the locker room.

“Jim wore us assistants down at San Diego,” said Lamb, the Southern Utah head coach who was an assistant under Harbaugh at the University of San Diego. “There’s a trail of players and coaches that have been left behind in Jim’s wake. If you’re not on board with him, he wants you to go away.

"But Jim also told us, ‘Stick with me and you’ll be farting through silk,’ which I guess meant that we’d all be so successful we could afford silk undergarments. And he was right: We could have if we’d stuck with him. But only Tim Drevno, his offensive coordinator at Michigan, is still with him. The rest of us left. Jim just isn’t for everybody.”

“Jim is nuts, but it’s a different kind of nuts,'' said a former teammate of Harbaugh's on the Indianapolis Colts who requested anonymity. "Once he focuses on something, he won’t let go of it. It makes him a great coach at a place in the short term, but it’s why he’s a disaster of a coach when he’s in one place too long.

"You can’t even have long meetings with him because his mind will start to wander and you’ll have no freaking idea what he’s talking about. His personality and his weirdness wear people down over time, and after four, five years, you just don’t want to deal with the guy anymore.” 


To understand how Harbaugh will try to construct a winner at Michigan, it’s instructive to examine his past rebuilding jobs at the University of San Diego and Stanford.

In his first year at San Diego, Harbaugh developed a physical prototype that he wanted at every position, similar to what Nick Saban now uses as his recruiting model at Alabama. With the help of Dave Adolph, a longtime NFL defensive coordinator whom Harbaugh hired to be his top defensive lieutenant at San Diego, Harbaugh identified the ideal height, weight, size and speed he wanted for every position.

Other important factors at every position were also weighed, such as athletic ability, strength, playing speed and character. But when assessing a player, he was always compared to Harbaugh’s created prototype.

“The prototype went all the way down to hand size and shoe size for each position,” said Lamb. “Jim brings as much intensity to recruiting as he does anything else. It’s an everyday thing. His philosophy is that he always wants players who offer upside in potential, which means he looks at height and weight and then analyzes if that player can grow into his body.

"Jim loves players who play multiple sports. His belief is that multisport guys have a bigger chance to grow in college. This is especially true with his quarterbacks. He doesn’t like to look at high school QBs who don’t play other sports. He wants to know, for example, if a high school quarterback is a good bowler.”

Once a player was on campus at San Diego, his actual weight was written on a large dry erase board next to his goal weight. The board was placed in the weight room, and nearly every day the players were weighed—often in front of teammates—to chart their progress in gaining mass.

“It became almost like a contest,” said Lamb. “It was amazing how the kids really got into it, challenging each other to get bigger and stronger. Jim molds players in his image. They will be as tough as him, or they won’t play.”

When assistants at San Diego asked Harbaugh if there was a travel dress code, he said he’d never put a nanosecond of thought into it. “I don’t care what you wear,” Harbaugh told his staff. “Just bring energy to your preparation and make sure your kids are damn tough on game day.”

To emphasize his approach to his players at San Diego, Harbaugh stood in front of them one afternoon and gave an impassioned speech about why he showed up to work in the same outfit every single day.

“I don’t care about clothes,” he told them. “I’m here for two things: to work and to make you guys tough. That’s it. Now let’s go!”

In preseason practice Harbaugh ran hills with his players—he puked along with them—and closely tutored his quarterbacks, whom he treated as if they were his own blood. The Toreros started the ’04 season 2-4 but won their last five games to finish 7-4.

The FCS program then began overpowering opponents: The beefed-up Toreros went 11-1 in both ’05 and ’06 and won back-to-back Pioneer League titles. Harbaugh was so successful that he was offered the head coaching position at Stanford, which in 2006 had floundered to a 1-11 record.

Aside from building the collective team strength of Stanford—“They went from looking like a high school team to looking like an NFL team in two years,” said Matt Millen, a longtime Harbaugh friend and former general manager of the Detroit Lions—Harbaugh’s first mission in Palo Alto was to find a program-changing quarterback. He zeroed in on Andrew Luck out of Stratford High in Houston, whom Harbaugh wooed by emphasizing his own experience as a quarterback who played 14 years in the NFL.

“Andrew wouldn’t be the quarterback he is today if Jim Harbaugh hadn’t coached him,” said Oliver Luck, Andrew’s dad who played for the Houston Oilers from 1982 to 1986. “Coach Harbaugh was hands on and taught Andrew so many good habits that he’s carried to the NFL. He’s special when it comes to coaching quarterbacks.”

But even with a future No. 1 overall pick piloting his offense from 2009 to 2011, Harbaugh insisted on operating a run-first, pass-second offense—just like he will do at Michigan, even though the Wolverines finished eighth in the conference in rushing last season.

And Harbaugh believes he landed his next Luck in 6'5", 205-pound quarterback Brandon Peters, a 4-star recruit from Avon, Indiana, who verbally committed to Michigan in April, per 247Sports. (Note that Peters has room to grow into his 6'5" frame and is also a standout basketball player.)

“Jim’s offense will reflect his Midwestern toughness,” said Millen. “He’s going to pound the ball, no matter who his quarterback is. It all goes to toughness. When you run the ball, it takes pressure off the defense and gives confidence to the whole team. Jim was able to turn around Stanford so fast because the kids bought in. How quickly will the Michigan kids buy in? That’s the great unknown.”

In Harbaugh’s third season on The Farm in 2009, he led The Cardinal to an 8-5 record. The next year Stanford won the Orange Bowl and finished 12-1, the best season in program history.

Harbaugh could be oddly endearing one moment at Stanford—he sometimes carried a glass of whole milk to meetings because he believed it gave him strength—but he also could be a handful. For instance, he constantly bickered with Stanford administrators over admission standards for recruits.

Get ready, Michigan, because this issue will boil soon.

“The key to Jim’s success will be recruiting,” said Rich Rodriguez, the Wolverines head coach from 2008 to 2010. “And the key to recruiting at Michigan, which is a great brand name, is finding the right kind of player to fit in. The player has got to want to get an education, he’s got to be driven academically and athletically, and he’s got to be someone who can develop.

"At Michigan you have to evaluate players more than you do at other schools because you’re looking at a specific set of criteria that have to be met before you can bring them onto your campus. Jim did a great job of finding these guys at Stanford, so he knows what he’s looking for.”

This spring Harbaugh searched for his kind of guys already on the Wolverines roster. During spring ball he held five four-hour practices—the most grueling practice schedule in the nation.

Harbaugh, who wears his cleats to meetings and virtually everywhere else in the football complex, rationalized it to his players by telling them that last season the Wolverines had stunk in the third quarter, scoring only 52 points, their lowest-scoring quarter. So he wanted his players to improve their conditioning. But in reality, he was trimming the fat off the roster.

“There were guys who didn’t make it through those practices and just left,” said senior linebacker James Ross. “In the past, we’d complain when practices went long. But now we understand that we have to change because what we did in the past didn’t work. We’re going to follow Coach Harbaugh no matter what.” 


Even Harbaugh, who doesn’t like to talk about himself, has a fascinating Jim Harbaugh story to tell.

The lantern-jawed coach was sitting at a table in a conference room at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago on a midsummer afternoon. He leaned forward on the edge of his chair, his eyes wide, as he recalled a moment from his days at Stanford.

As he explained it, he was on his way to the office when he noticed a traffic light wasn’t working; a cop was standing in the middle of a busy intersection, directing cars this way and that way. The female officer displayed such command of the intersection that Harbaugh pulled over to the side of the road, mesmerized.

For half an hour, Harbaugh sat in his car and studied the scene. He was nearly late for practice because he was so enthralled with the skill and the savvy of the traffic cop. “I like to watch people doing their job at the highest level,” he said. “I really do.”

Harbaugh also loves the familiar rhythms of a routine. In Ann Arbor, he gets his hair cut at the State Street Barbershop; his barber, Bill Stolberg, first took the clippers to his hair back in the ‘70s. After a cut, Harbaugh will then walk around downtown, happily pressing the flesh with fans, taking selfies with students and signing everything from body parts to babies.

Here in his hometown, Harbaugh appears genuinely content.

But what happens if the Wolverines, who open the season Thursday at Utah, lose three straight games at some point in 2015? The talent level isn’t high in Ann Arbor—Michigan has gone 24-32 in the last seven years in Big Ten play—so how will Harbaugh react if the team struggles, which seems likely?

In 1989 Schembechler, then the athletic director, famously yelled at a press conference, “A Michigan man will coach Michigan!” He was upset that basketball coach Bill Frieder, whom he had just fired, had signed a clandestine deal to coach Arizona State the next season. And over time Schembechler’s proclamation has been used against other coaches at the school who weren’t viewed as “Michigan men.”

Rodriguez, who was fired at Michigan after going 7-6 in 2010, remembers being chastised by alumni for using the word “ain’t” in a press conference.

“Where I come from in West Virginia, the first four-letter you learn after birth is ‘ain’t,’ ” said Rodriguez, who is now the head coach at Arizona. “I was just trying to be descriptive about something, but I ended up getting calls from alums about it. They thought I should be more eloquent with my word choice. But everything is so public at Michigan when you are the head coach. If you sneeze it will get out there on social media. It can be a hard place to coach, evenfor Jim Harbaugh.”

But unlike Rich Rod, Harbaugh is a Michigan man to the marrow of his bones. In Ann Arbor he’s still remembered as the Wolverines quarterback who guaranteed a victory over Ohio State in 1986 and delivered the W. He's still known as the player who left school as Michigan’s all-time leader in passing yards (5,449).

Yes, he’s one of them.

“It’s a foregone conclusion that Jim will be successful at Michigan,” said Lamb. “But along the way he’ll wipe some people out. His adrenaline will create the rise of the program, and his adrenaline will also cause problems with some people who can’t take it. Players, coaches and administrators better get on board; if they don’t, they’ll be gone.” 


On a recent summer evening, Jim and Sarah Harbaugh were enjoying a quiet meal at an Ann Arbor restaurant. But then a commotion erupted, and it had nothing to do with the town’s most famous resident.

A mouse was on the loose.

Harbaugh leapt into action. The single-minded coach grabbed a to-go box and began a great chase. He cornered the mouse and, displaying his trademark tenacity, eventually captured it in the styrofoam box.

“I caught it!” he yelled to the other patrons. “I caught it!”

The crowd cheered, and Harbaugh—who released the mouse across the street in an open field—once again played the role of the conquering hero. In Ann Arbor, everywhere he goes, it’s like Caesar being hailed in Rome.

And on Thursday night, Michigan’s Caesar will stride back into college football in his khakis, leading the maize and blue out of the tunnel at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Wolverines fans will swear that this moment will mark the rebirth of Michigan football as it should be—relevant and proud and winning again.

But then Harbaugh will be interviewed on the sideline. Eyes bulging, adrenaline pumping, he will open his mouth and...

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B/R CFB 250: Top 250 Overall Players in College Football

Bleacher Report's CFB 250 is an annual ranking of the best players in college football, regardless of NFL potential. Through interviews with B/R experts Matt Miller, Michael Felder, Barrett Sallee and Adam Kramer, authors Brian Leigh and Brian Pedersen have studied, ranked and graded the top athletes in the country, narrowed that list to 250 and sorted by position. Today, we present the Overall Top 250.


Other CFB 250 Positions


After breaking down it by position, we've finally reached the end: the top 250 players in college football.

In cases where two or more players had the same final grade, a subjective call was made by the authors. This call was based on an abstract "Wins Above Replacement" formula: Which players most exceed a replacement-level starter at their position?

Also remember that these players were graded for their college abilities, not on how they project to the NFL.

Targeted skills such as QB arm strength are important at both levels, but there is a difference between college arm strength and professional arm strength. If a quarterback slings it well enough to hit his marks in the SEC or the Big 12, it doesn't matter that he can't stretch the field against the NFC North. At least not here, it doesn't.

This is all about college performance.


Note: If two players finished with the same grade, a subjective call was made based on whom we would rather have on our team right now. Also, all recruiting info refers to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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UNC vs. South Carolina: Ticket Info, Date, TV Schedule and Live Stream

Few better ways to help kick off the 2015 college football season exist than to rekindle a rivalry with roots dating back to 1903. The Battle of the Carolinas takes center stage Thursday when the North Carolina Tar Heels encounter the South Carolina Gamecocks.

This one looks far more important than the usual run-of-the-mill opener. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has never lost to the Tar Heels, but it's a different animal this week with his program entering a year of transition.

On the flip side, North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora enters the biggest non-conference game of his tenure with an experienced and loaded roster looking to make a statement.

This showdown doesn't just set the tone for two programs looking to contend in their respective conferences, but for the early season as a whole. Here's a look at the info to know. 


Diving Into the Unknown 

South Carolina continues to stand as one of the bigger mysteries going into the season.

Spurrier dominates the Tar Heels no matter where he coaches, but it's murky otherwise. It starts under center, where the Gamecocks will roll with Connor Mitch after Dylan Thompson's departure.

The coach spoke about the decision, per Kevin McGuire of

Connor will have every opportunity to take the reins and run with it. The competition was extremely close but we had to make a decision. We will give him all the support we can. As long as he takes care of the ball, keeps his head calm, he very easily could be the quarterback the entire year.

It's easy to write off a new starter, but don't forget about wideout Pharoh Cooper, by far one of the best players in the country at his position. Last year alone, Cooper caught 72 passes for 1,136 yards and 10 scores.

Maybe the real concern for the unknown should come on the defensive side of affairs. Those faithful to the team will cringe, but everyone remembers what happened in South Carolina's season opener last year—Spurrier's defense surrendered 680 yards and seven scores in a 52-28 loss to Texas A&M. 

Early this season, the offense might not be able to bail out the defense, which should especially concern Spurrier going into Thursday.


Building on the Past

Fedora and Co. want to play the role of Texas A&M this year.

The offense looks stacked enough to do so. Marquise Williams returns under center with another year of experience under his belt. In a quiet manner, he completed 63.1 percent of his passes last year with 21 scores to nine picks and added another 788 yards and 13 scores as a runner.

Williams isn't the only explosive player to return. Back T.J. Logan returns one year removed from averaging 4.9 yards per carry with 582 yards and three scores. Ryan Switzer, the team's leading receiver last year, and 6'4", 220-pound Quinshad Davis return, too.

Granted, the Tar Heels struggled against big competition last year. Experience and an opponent with more questions than answers is a good way to turn things around, though. 

If Williams can capitalize on those question marks with familiar connections, North Carolina will pull off a major win and head into the rest of the schedule with droves of momentum.


When: Thursday, September 3, at 6 p.m. ET

Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Television: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN


Betting Lines (via Odds Shark):

  • Over/Under: 64
  • Spread: South Carolina (-2)


Team Injury Reports

Injury reports via USA Today.



The line out of Las Vegas says it all—this won't be a blowout for either side.

South Carolina's defense features plenty of talent, but going up against such an experienced squad to start the season is never an easy task. Like last year showed, it can take a defense longer to work out the early season kinks than an offense.

Look for Williams to show up big. He already has a strong rapport with the surrounding offense, and the Gamecocks just won't have the firepower to overtake their bordering state rivals.

Williams threw two interceptions in a game just once last season. So long as he takes care of the football and dictates the pace, there's an upset brewing. By Las Vegas' definition, at least.

Prediction: North Carolina 34, South Carolina 30


Statistics courtesy of ESPN unless otherwise specified.


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Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech: Complete Game Preview

The 2015 college football season is finally here. In a much-anticipated rematch from 2014, the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes head to Blacksburg, Virginia, to face the Virginia Tech Hokies on Monday. In one of the bigger upsets from last season, Tech defeated the Buckeyes 35-21 in Columbus.

Can the Hokies pull it off yet again?

Ohio State will surely be ready.

But, regardless of what most think, it won't be easy. Ohio State heads into the season opener minus several key contributors. Most notably, All-American defensive end Joey Bosa—along with Jalin Marshall, Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson—were suspended for the first week of the season for a violation of athletic department policies. 

Another blow hit the champs last week when sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown was lost for the season with a broken leg, per Sam Cooper of Yahoo Sports. 

The Hokies have been a bit more fortunate on the injury end. None of Tech's presumed starters—or key contributors—are expected to miss the season opener.

  • When: Monday, September 7
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network. Here is a complete list of stations by area.
  • Spread: The Buckeyes are presently 12-point favorites, via Odds Shark.

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Can Florida State's Everett Golson Beat the Curse of the Heisman Trophy?

The past decade has not been kind to teams replacing a Heisman Trophy winner.

It's even worse if you narrow down the list to teams replacing a Heisman-winning quarterback, which, in this era of the prestigious award, is most of them.

Who could forget life after Johnny Football for Texas A&M? Well, some Aggies certainly would like to after the program experienced plenty of growing pains in an 8-5 season without Johnny Manziel under center. As hard as it is to believe in retrospect, Robert Griffin III was racking up accolades as an NFL rookie, while Baylor dropped to 8-5 with quarterback Nick Florence following a 10-win campaign.

Auburn after Cam Newton left the Plains? You guessed it, 8-5 the following season.

Florida after Tim Tebow left the Swamp? Yup, 8-5.

In fact, if one includes Oklahoma's 8-5 mark in 2009, when Sam Bradford was injured in the first half of the Sooners' first game, the past five teams replacing a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback have finished 8-5.

That is a remarkable coincidence. It's also one that should put a scare into Florida State and Oregon fans on the eve of a new season as those programs look to replace Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

The Seminoles and Ducks, however, are not just standing by, hoping and praying the highly touted players they recruited will ably fill the shoes of their record-setting predecessors.

Following Monday's news that former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson was named the starter for Florida State's opener against Texas State on Saturday, per Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat, it's official that each program will trot out a transfer player as its starting signal-caller.

It's a different approach as each program begins a new era without its former star running the offense.

Debating the merits of seeking out a free-agent quarterback—and that is what Golson and new Oregon starter Vernon Adams were earlier this year—at the college level is best left for the offseason. What has become apparent, though, is that head coaches like the Seminoles' Jimbo Fisher seem comfortable taking this route.

It's a risky bet but a calculated one.

"We're very pleased with [Golson's] progress and where he's at right now," Fisher told reporters after Monday's practice. "He's got a good grasp of things. ...

"I think that's always the part that's the toughest: how you fit in with the success of what was going on here and coming from the outside. I think this shows to his character and what kind of young man he is."

Fisher knows better than anybody what Golson is capable of—and not just because he's watched every move the player has made over the past month.

After all, the former Fighting Irish starter came within a controversial pass-interference call of knocking off Florida State last season, throwing for 313 yards and three touchdowns. That performance in Tallahassee caused some to elevate Golson into the Heisman Trophy conversation and Notre Dame into the playoff discussion at the season's midway point.

And there was plenty of merit to that talk too, considering the loss was only the second of Golson's college career.

But then the wheels fell off for both Golson and the Irish.

The quarterback struggled with turnovers (22 in all) as the team lost four of its final five games and fell well short of expectations. After Malik Zaire led Notre Dame to an upset win over LSU in the Music City Bowl and emerged as the team's starting quarterback this spring, the writing was on the wall for the player who had led the program back to national prominence in 2012.

The result of those moves is an unlikely marriage between a dual-threat quarterback in Golson and Fisher's pro-style offense. While Fisher maintained that he was comfortable with Sean Maguire replacing Winston, there are few coaches who'd pass up the chance to add a veteran who has been around the block.

Who can blame him?

Golson was one of the most decorated prep quarterbacks in his recruiting class and led Notre Dame to the national title game as a redshirt freshman. There's no getting around his 20 career interceptions, but it seems like one hardly hears about the 55 touchdowns he accounted for in his two seasons in South Bend.

Besides, Fisher and the Seminoles went 13-1 last season, with their quarterback throwing 18 interceptions. Surely they're used to a little adversity following a turnover.

"[With] where we're at right now and the things [Golson] did, I think it's what's best for our team at this particular time," Fisher added Monday. "I'm very pleased. It was a tougher decision [between Golson and Maguire] because of how well they were playing, not things they weren't doing."

Who knows if Golson will blossom under Fisher's tutelage? Chances are he will be better than what he showed in the latter half of 2014. But even an average season might be enough for a squad still stocked with 5-star recruits to have every opportunity to repeat as ACC champions.

Golson's mobility should help a retooled offensive line, and he'll have plenty of weapons on the outside with budding stars such as Travis Rudolph and Ermon Lane. And running back Dalvin Cook, whose legal issues have been cleared up, will take some of the load off the backfield.

Replacing a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback is a tall task for any program. At Oregon and especially Florida State, though, a free-agent pickup under center might just make the transition a little easier.

Because one needs to think outside the box to avoid the Heisman curse of 8-5 in 2015.


Recruit ratings courtesy of 247Sports.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter at @BryanDFischer.

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Brandon Harris Named LSU Starting QB: Latest Comments and Reaction

When the LSU Tigers open their 2015 season against the McNeese State Cowboys on Sept. 5, Brandon Harris will take the first snap under center. Jim Kleinpeter of the Times-Picayune reported the sophomore has won the starting quarterback job over Anthony Jennings.

"Brandon Harris has done everything we've asked him to and continued to improve," head coach Les Miles said, per Kleinpeter.

Harris played in eight games last year, going 25-of-42 for 452 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Jennings received the bulk of the playing time but wasn't convincing in the role, throwing for 1,611 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Jennings found himself in legal trouble earlier in the summer but avoided any charges following an incident in which he was alleged to have committed simple burglary. As a result, Miles reinstated the junior as a member of the football team.

While Jennings earned his way back into the QB race, Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee argued earlier in the month that Harris was the better of the two choices:

CBS Sports' Matthew Coca believes Harris can take the team to great heights in 2015:

While Harris always looked to be the likelier option, Miles did leave open the possibility that he could reverse course about his starting quarterback midway through the season.

"As you get through a season, you're certainly going to have ebb and flow of play and it's going to be interesting to see if one guy separates himself so significantly that there's no question he's the guy," Miles said before announcing his decision, per's David Ching. "If you look at the necessity of both quarterbacks playing, you just have to guess at some point in time, both guys are going to have to shoulder the load."

LSU should have little trouble dispatching the Cowboys in its season opener, so it wouldn't be surprising if both Harris and Jennings play for extended stretches.

That could impact Miles' thought process as he prepares for a road game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Sept. 12. He'll want to be 100 percent confident in the guy he has at quarterback with such a tough opponent on the horizon.

If Harris looks shaky against McNeese State, a demotion isn't out of the question before the Mississippi State game or when LSU welcomes in the Auburn Tigers on Sept. 19.

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Virginia Tech Football: Depth-Chart Analysis, Complete 2015 Preview Predictions

Expectations are high for the Virginia Tech Hokies in 2015. Tech, coming off three consecutive lackluster years, opens the season on Labor Day night in Blacksburg against defending national champion Ohio State. If the Hokies can upset the Buckeyes for the second year in a row, the sky's the limit for this year's team.

The Hokies return 16 starters and get two former starters back from injury in defensive tackle Luther Maddy and cornerback Brandon Facyson. VT's defensive line is arguably the best in the country, as the Hokies can easily go two-deep at each position and face only a slight drop in production. Facyson will team with Kendall Fuller to provide one of the better cornerback tandems in the nation.

Can Virginia Tech return to the ACC Championship Game for the first time since 2011, or better yet, make its first appearance in the College Football Playoff?

Bleacher Report offers a comprehensive 2015 preview for Virginia Tech, including a prediction for the Hokies' season at the end. 


Coaching Staff

Frank Beamer returns for his 29th season in charge of his alma mater. Results haven't been that great over the past three seasons for the legendary Beamer. After a run of eight consecutive 10-win seasons from 2004-2011, Tech is just 22-17 since.

The good news for Hokies fans is that's been just enough to extend Tech's bowl streak to 22 consecutive appearances, good for the second-longest active streak behind only Florida State.

There's a lot of talk around Blacksburg about how much longer Beamer will coach. He had a throat procedure in December that kept him on the sideline for Tech's bowl win, and the recovery cost him 40 pounds. But Beamer said he's never felt better, according to ESPN's Mark Schlabach.

"My job has never been better," Beamer said. "My health is good, I feel good and I'm looking forward to getting it going again. Right now, my job is the best it's ever been at Virginia Tech. Hopefully, we can have some great wins and great years."

Fortunately for Beamer, longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster is back, too. That almost didn't happen, as Foster mulled an offer from Texas A&M to be its defensive coordinator.

Over the years, Foster has received numerous lucrative overtures, but this one was different.

"The rumors were there, but they were real," said Foster per Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times. "It was probably as close as I’ve ever been to leaving this place."

With Foster back in Blacksburg, there was only one other move on Tech's coaching staff. 

Aaron Moorehead left VT after two years as the wide receivers coach for the same position at Texas A&M. Replacing Moorehead is Virginia native Zohn Burden.

Burden comes to Tech with good results. He spent the past three seasons coaching wide receivers and was the passing-game coordinator at Old Dominion. The Monarchs featured an explosive passing offense and were one of the top-scoring offenses in college football during Burden's time there. 

Burden is a Virginia Beach native, a graduate of VMI and is just 31 years old. The Hokies hope Burden gives them a leg up, recruiting-wise, in the talent-rich "757" where the Hokies used to dominate.


What to Watch Out for on Offense

Michael Brewer is back at quarterback for the Hokies. Brewer had an up-and-down season in 2014. The best part of last season was his performance in the win over Ohio State. However, that was largely forgotten by the time the Hokies lost to Wake Forest, 6-3, in overtime in November.

Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler hopes Brewer's knowledge of the offense and comfort level in his receivers results in a better 2015 season. Last fall, Brewer had just transferred to the Hokies from Texas Tech and didn't really have time to learn the complete playbook before winning the job. 

Brewer will certainly have a lot of young talent around him. Isaiah Ford, Cam Phillips and Bucky Hodges all return. All three are sophomores and combined for 141 receptions, 1,733 yards and 16 touchdowns as freshmen last season. 

Ford and Phillips will start at receiver, while Hodges—a tight end—will also see plenty of time in the slot. Senior tight end Ryan Malleck is also a talented pass-catcher.

At running back, Tech has a plethora of options.

J.C. Coleman returns as the starter after breaking out in a big way over the last four games of the 2014 season. Coleman ran for 468 yards in VT's final four games last fall. He and former starter Trey Edmunds give the Hokies two good—and different—options at tailback.

Edmunds has battled injuries in his career, but he is a big, physical runner who excels between the tackles.

Behind them are a pair of rising sophomores in Shai McKenzie and Marshawn Williams. Both players were coming on last year before each player tore an ACL, therefore ending two promising debut campaigns. 

With the options the Hokies have, coaches may decide to redshirt McKenzie and/or Williams, especially with the emergence of redshirt freshman Travon McMillian. 

McMillian, a former high school quarterback, is a big play waiting to happen every time he touches the football, according to running backs coach Shane Beamer, per Bitter.

“He’s got a home run ability,” Beamer said. “Not that Trey Edmunds and J.C. and those other guys don’t, but Travon’s got an ability to make people miss.”

The offensive line returns three starters in 2015. Jonathan McLaughlin, a two-year starter at tackle, is back on the left side after playing on the right side last year. He's big and athletic and continues to improve in pass protection.

Left guard Wyatt Teller is the best player of this group. He's big (6'5", 304 lbs), agile and has a nasty streak. He's still acclimating himself to the position, as he was recruited to Virginia Tech as a defensive end. The running game really took off last season once he was inserted into the starting lineup.

Augie Conte is the starter at right guard, while Wade Hansen—also a former defensive lineman—starts at right tackle.

Sophomore Eric Gallo is the line's most inexperienced player, and he is the Hokies' new starting center. 


What to Watch Out for on Defense

The two biggest keys to a strong defense are a formidable pass rush and cornerbacks who can cover. Virginia Tech has each of those things.

The Hokies have arguably the top defensive line in the country. Defensive ends Dadi Nicolas and Ken Ekanem return this season. The pair combined for 33 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks in 2014. 

It's almost an embarrassment of riches for VT at defensive tackle. 

Corey Marshall and Luther Maddy return as the starters. Marshall had an outstanding 2014 season and can play defensive end in a pinch, too. He's undersized, but his quickness is often too much to handle for opposing offensive linemen.

Maddy returns after missing most of last season due to a knee injury. He was slated for a big year, but his knee never felt right, and coaches decided to keep him out and attempt to get a medical redshirt for him. 

A former All-ACC player, Maddy is equally adept at rushing the passer as he is as stopping the run. If healthy, he could be the best player on the talented defensive line.

Junior Woody Baron is Tech's third defensive tackle. He's experienced and is a playmaker according to defensive line coach Charley Wiles, per Joey Coogan of The Key Play.

"It's about making plays. It's about turning plays. It's a production-based business," said Wiles. "Woody's made a lot of plays for us."

Nigel Williams, another experienced backup, returns, too. He will battle redshirt freshman Steve Sobczak—a fall-camp standout—for the fourth spot among Tech's defensive tackles.

The depth is so good that incoming freshman Tim Settle will likely redshirt.

At linebacker, Andrew Motuapuaka gets his chance to man the middle. When Chase Williams went down last season, Motuapuaka had his moments. He was a strong tackler—finishing with 10 or more tackles in four straight games—and had a strong grasp of Foster's defense.

However, he sometimes played too fast and got himself out of position. That was more than likely a result of just being a young player seeing extended action for the first time.

Deon Clarke is Tech's top playmaker at linebacker. The senior had a good year in 2014 and made plays throughout Tech's spring- and fall-camp sessions.

All-American Kendall Fuller is back for what is likely his last season in Blacksburg. The junior will likely be a high pick in next year's NFL draft.

A starter since arriving on campus in 2013, Fuller doesn't just shadow opposing wide receivers around the field, he's also an outstanding tackler. The Hokies hope his running-mate, Brandon Facyson, is back at full health this fall.

After watching him over the summer, Foster seems to think he is, according to Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post.

“I saw the Brandon Facyson I saw two years ago,” Foster said.

Facyson returning to the player he was as a true freshman in 2013 could give Tech the top cornerback duo in the nation.

The safety position is a little unsettled at the moment.

Chuck Clark, starter at cornerback last fall, has the free safety position locked down. A Swiss Army knife for the Hokies' secondary the last two seasons, Clark can play all over the secondary. He is good in coverage and strong in run support as well.

At rover, junior Desmond Frye is the starter. While Frye possesses good size and speed, he is currently the starter by default.

C.J. Reavis won the starting position after a strong spring. Unfortunately for Reavis and the Hokies, the student-conduct committee dismissed Reavis back in July, leaving Foster in a tough position. 

Keep an eye on true freshman Adonis Alexander at rover. At 6'3", 192 pounds, Alexander has outstanding size and enjoys contact—a must for this position. He also enrolled in January and is up to speed on Foster's defensive schemes. 


Injury News

Unlike the last two seasons, Virginia Tech is in good shape on the injury front. Some guys have missed practice time with various ailments, but nothing that will keep anyone out long-term.

Sophomore tight end Kalvin Cline, expected to be Tech's No. 3 tight end this fall, is nursing a knee injury. The severity of that isn't known, but it's worth noting that he isn't listed third on the depth chart at his position. 

Nicolas (hand), Hansen (foot) and Marshall (shoulder) all missed some time this summer. However, none of the injuries are serious; expect all three players to suit up on Labor Day against the Buckeyes.

As mentioned earlier, McKenzie and Williams are still recovering from ACL tears. McKenzie is ready for action, but Williams is a litter further behind. Don't be surprised if one or both redshirt, although it's more likely for Williams. 



Hodges is a 6'7", 242-pound wide receiver/tight end who can run. The former quarterback made a seamless transition to tight end last fall, catching 45 passes and seven touchdowns.

He is a matchup nightmare for any defensive coordinator.

Hodges caught game-winning touchdowns—or the go-ahead score—on more than one occasion last fall. And he didn't just do it based on sheer size and athletic ability.

Hodges showed a keen understanding of how to use his size to his advantage. Like a power forward in basketball, Hodges would box out opposing defensive backs in the end zone to make touchdown grabs. 

His blocking is still a work in progress, but he will rarely leave the field this fall. He's too valuable in the passing game.

Hodges is sure to see more double-teams this season, leading to more opportunities for Ford, Phillips and Malleck. 

While Hodges is listed as a tight end, expect coaches to move him around a lot in 2015. He could spend a good portion of the season playing in the slot. Also, there's a good chance he'll be the Hokies' No. 3 wide receiver on occasion, allowing Malleck to come in and play tight end. It's a creative way to get more talented pass-catchers on the field together. 

If Hodges were to sustain an injury that would cause him to miss any time, it would be a significant blow to Virginia Tech's offense. He has the kind of talent that forces opposing teams to change everything about their defense just to account for him. 

A healthy Hodges is one reason Hokies fans are expecting a bounce-back season in 2015.


2015 Schedule

It begins with a home date against defending national champion Ohio State. In a rematch from 2014, the Hokies should expect the Buckeyes to come to Blacksburg full of rage with redemption on their minds.

OSU's loss to Virginia Tech last fall was its only defeat of the season. It was also J.T. Barrett's second career start.

Barrett is back, as is Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller. Miller switched to wide receiver, but the Hokies could see a lot of both Barrett and Jones. Jones has the bigger arm, and Barrett is the better overall runner. Both do outstanding jobs of running head coach Urban Meyer's spread offense.

The Hokies head to Purdue in Week 3. It's the first-ever matchup between the two schools. The Boilermakers have been cellar-dwellers recently, but third-year coach Darrell Hazell is looking to get Purdue back on track.

The following week, Tech looks for revenge as it heads south to face East Carolina. The Pirates, of course, upset the Hokies last fall. While ECU is always a tough opponent, things should be a bit easier this time around, as the Pirates had to replace several key starters from a year ago.

Pittsburgh, another team that defeated the Hokies in 2014, heads to Blacksburg in Week 5. James Conner and Tyler Boyd both return for the Panthers, and new head coach Pat Narduzzi will have a much-improved defense.

NC State is on the schedule in 2015 for the first time since 2010. The Hokies won the past three meetings between the schools and three of four since Tech entered the ACC back in 2004.

An October 17 contest against Miami should have huge Coastal Division implications. The 'Canes and Hokies have been bitter rivals since their days in the Big East.

Since the inception of the ACC Championship Game back in 2005, either the Hokies or the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have represented the Coastal in the title game with the exception of one season. Expect their Thursday, November 12 clash to have similar repercussions. 

In the season finale, VT heads to Charlottesville to face in-state rival Virginia. The Hokies have won the past 11 meetings and 15 of the last 16.

Is this the year UVA finally takes possession of the Commonwealth Cup?



Outside of the season opener against OSU, the 2015 schedule isn't a particularly daunting one for the Hokies. There are games against Miami, Pitt and Georgia Tech that will be tough battles, but the Hokies can win all of those games.

Don't expect Tech to pull off the shocker next week. Defeating the Buckeyes in two consecutive seasons just doesn't seem possible. However, look for VT to make it much closer than many think.

The Hokies have strong depth at several key positions this fall. So, in theory, they're better prepared to withstand injuries than in the past few seasons. Unfortunately, Tech does lack depth at defensive end, the offensive line and wide receiver. One injury at any of these positions could create chaos for the Hokies' season.

Virginia Tech will lose the season opener against Ohio State but go on a run winning eight straight games before falling to Georgia Tech in November. The Hokies will bounce back, winning their final two games to finish 10-2 (7-1) on the season. With the loss to Georgia Tech, though, the Hokies won't be competing in the ACC title game.

Instead, Tech keeps its bowl streak alive and begins another string of 10-win seasons.

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Everett Golson Named FSU Starting QB: Latest Comments and Reaction

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher officially named Everett Golson as the team’s starting quarterback a mere five days before the Seminoles open their 2015 campaign against Texas State on Saturday, according to Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat.

Golson is a graduate transfer and former Notre Dame signal-caller and beat out Sean Maguire, redshirt freshman J.J. Cosentino and freshman Deondre Francois for the position. Maguire was largely seen as the stiffest competition considering he knocked off Clemson last year when starter Jameis Winston was suspended.

Golson threw for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdown passes as a member of the Fighting Irish in 2014. He also added eight touchdowns on the ground, although he was turnover-prone with 14 interceptions.

Fisher previously commented on what it would take to win the starting quarterback spot, per Jared Shanker of "It's a combination of things that one guy has that allows him to have a certain personality that translates to the team. Quarterback is too complex to only have one or two things you do well to be successful."

As a graduate transfer from Notre Dame, Golson brings plenty of experience in high-pressure situations to the table. That, along with his ability to keep plays alive with his feet in the face of blitzes, will prove important since the Seminoles will replace all five starters from the 2014 offensive line. 

Fisher spoke with reporters following the decision:     

Given Golson’s experience, willingness to transfer to Florida State this offseason and overall skill set, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Ryen Russillo were not surprised he was named the starter:

As long as Golson cuts down on his turnovers and continues to hurt opposing defenses in a variety of ways, he should keep Florida State squarely in the discussion for another College Football Playoff berth.

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Greyson Lambert Named Georgia Starting QB: Latest Comments, Reaction

Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt announced that Greyson Lambert would be the team's starting quarterback on Monday, according to Radi Nabulsi of   

Richt commented on the competition, saying it was "very, very close," adding the battle was still going on in his mind despite Lambert being named the starter, per Seth Emerson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Lambert, a junior who transferred from Virginia, beat out Brice Ramsey for the starting gig. His experience at Virginia was certainly a differentiating factor between the two players.

Ramsey certainly came into the spring as the favorite to win the job given his potential, but Lambert's experience and competitive drive convinced Georgia to wait on handing the reins over to Ramsey.

While Lambert's numbers at Virginia weren't exactly impressive, he also wasn't surrounded by the talent the Bulldogs have on offense with tailback Nick Chubb, wideout Malcolm Mitchell and the four starters on the offensive line.

Lambert's job is hardly safe, however, and it's very possible the two players could even split snaps throughout the season. Richt hinted as much after the team's final preseason scrimmage, per Chip Towers of, saying then, “There may be more than one guy playing. If it was today, my feeling is we’d play more than one guy.”

In other words, Lambert shouldn't get too comfortable with his starting gig. It's possible he'll simply be sharing the job with Ramsey throughout the season unless one of the pair truly distinguishes himself at some point. And if Lambert falters, Georgia won't hesitate to sit him in favor of Ramsey to maintain its national title aspirations.


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Complete Preseason 2015 Bowl and College Football Playoff Predictions

With just a few days before the return of the college football season, fans and analysts everywhere are locking in their preseason picks for the second playoff bracket and conference championships.

As we get closer to Thursday's kickoff of the FBS campaign, it's time to unveil some final bowl and playoff predictions for 2015.

After going through each schedule and tallying up bowl eligibility and tie-ins, the following slides contain potential matchups for all 40 postseason games set for later this year—including the New Year's Six and the College Football Playoff semifinals.

Many of these tie-ins are grouped into tiers by the conferences, so there isn't a respective order to the selections—standings don't necessarily matter for the standard bowl games. These predictions have been based on personal preference on what matchups would be the most entertaining, given the possibilities for each game.

Post your final College Football Playoff predictions and predict which bowl your favorite team is going to land this season in the comments below. Enjoy some of the final heated debates of the 2015 preseason.

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Ishmael Adams Arrested: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction on UCLA DB

UCLA Bruins defensive back Ishmael Adams was arrested for suspicion of robbery on campus stemming from an incident early Monday morning.

Daily Bruin Sports initially reported the news and noted bail was set at $100,000.'s Kyle Bonagura cited UCLA police in specifying Adams allegedly used force to steal a cellphone from an Uber driver and was placed under arrest at around 3:30 a.m. local time.     

Edward Lewis of passed along a statement from UCLA on the matter:

The Los Angeles Daily News' Jack Wang reported Adams "is scheduled to appear in court at 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. website."

Adams is entering his redshirt junior season with the Bruins and has been a two-year starter in the secondary. He also returned punts and kicks for UCLA in 2014, so the Bruins would miss Adams' presence in multiple phases of the game if he faces disciplinary consequences.

The Bruins ranked 93rd in the country versus the pass last season, per Having an experienced leader in Adams is vital to the defensive backfield's improvement in 2015. UCLA opens the season this Saturday against Virginia.

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Texas A&M Football Awards Walk-Ons Scholarships Through Highlight-Reel Video

Instead of just bringing up walk-ons during team meetings and awarding them scholarships, college coaches are coming up with more creative ways to break the big news.

Western Michigan's coaching staff found a way to surprise a walk-on with a scholarship during practice.

As for Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, he used technology to do the trick.

Sumlin put on a highlight reel featuring junior wideout Boone Niederhofer and senior running back Brice Dolezal during a recent team meeting. At the end of their respective clips, each player was awarded a scholarship.

The video clips showed that the players earned their way onto the field, and as a result, they got scholarships on top of snaps.

[AggieFBLife, h/t College Spun]

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Alabama Football: Top Takeaways from 2015 Fall Camp

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — After a full month of training camp, the University of Alabama football team appears to be only slightly closer to naming a starting quarterback than when the players reported.

The Crimson Tide’s initial depth chart, which was released Monday, didn’t shed much light on who might start Saturday’s game against Wisconsin at A&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (8 p.m. ET). Senior Jake Coker, sophomore Cooper Bateman and junior Alec Morris were all listed as being with the first team, with true freshman Blake Barnett and redshirt freshman David Cornwell the second-team quarterbacks. 

“I've been really pleased with all three of the quarterbacks who have taken some reps in practice,” Nick Saban said. “Jake has really done a good job of getting the ball out of his hands and seems to be more comfortable with the offense. Cooper Bateman is more athletic. Has really improved as a passer and done a really good job of executing. Alec is very, very comfortable in running the offense in terms of knowledge and experience and that type of thing.”

Although Saban said he would have preferred to let his starter know the decision “three months ago,” the team’s approach this week will be to give each quarterback a chance to practice as if he was the starter.

As for how the quarterbacks might be used against the Badgers, Saban isn’t telling and neither are the players.

“Everybody else knows not to really ask me because [they know] I can’t say anything,” senior center Ryan Kelly said. “I guess we’ll just find out.”


Attitude adjustment

Alabama coaches are just a few days from finding out if their offseason efforts to make the Crimson Tide a hungry team again will pay off.

But they have to like what they’re hearing.

“We want to be a team that no one wants to play,” senior linebacker Dillon Lee said. “We want people to hate playing us,and really just be a nightmare for our opponents.”

The defensive players weren’t the only ones talking about taking it to other teams physically, as the Crimson Tide offense hopes to be more like the 2011 and 2012 national champions as well.

“Teams feared us,” Kelly said. “Teams walked away not wanting to play us."

“In the fourth quarter, we knew we had the upper hand.”


Freshmen surprises

With Alabama expecting to play a lot of its base defense against Wisconsin, it’ll likely use a nose guard in running situations. Not only does that mean more Darren Lake than usual, but also true freshman Daron Payne, who was listed as an “or” option to start.

“He's a very good player,” Saban said. “He's very explosive, quick, can play with power, and we're very pleased with the progress he's made. I think anytime you're talking about a freshman at any position, how rapidly they can develop, the knowledge and experience to do the job, the way the other players expect them to do it is really important. But I think that our players respect the fact that this guy has shown a lot of ability and has an opportunity to help us as an inside player.”

Senior linebacker Reggie Ragland called Payne a “man-child.”

Meanwhile, cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick was listed as Alabama’s “star," which is the extra defensive back when it uses a fifth defensive back, and Calvin Ridley was an “or” option to start at the X-wide receiver slot along with Robert Foster.


Injury update

For the most part, Alabama emerged from training camp without having any major injury setbacks. The one regular contributor who is considered “iffy” is wide receiver Cam Sims, who is coming off a torn ACL suffered in the spring. He and freshman Daylon Charlot were listed as co-reserves to ArDarius Stewart at the Z receiver position on the initial depth chart.

Korren Kirven (sprained knee) is also questionable. Freshman Lester Cotton has been worked in his spot on the second unit at left tackle. All indications are that Dominick Jackson (shoulder) will start at right tackle.

Walk-on receiver Parker Barrineau (toe) appears to be doubtful for Wisconsin, and out is junior Raheem Falkins (leg). Neither was listed on the depth chart. Chris Black, who missed a good part of training camp with an ankle injury, is listed as the first-team slot receiver along with Oregon State transfer Richard Mullaney. 


Crimson Tide-bits

• Denzel Devall is listed as the starter at "Jack," the hybrid linebacker/defensive end position, with Lee the strong-side linebacker. Devall played mostly "Jack" in 2013, but "Sam" last season.

• The competition continues at right guard between Alphonse Taylor and Bradley Bozeman. Lately, Taylor has worked the most with the first unit during individual drills, when reporters are allowed to observe a few minutes of practice.

• Freshman running back Bo Scarbrough (knee) has started working with the scout team while serving a four-game eligibility suspension.

• Reuben Foster appears to have won the job at weak-side linebacker. “He has worked his tail off,” Ragland said. “He’s seen what the guys before him, like C.J. Mosley and Trey DePriest, did, so he’s doing what he has to do. He asks good questions and he’s going to be a monster this year.”

• While Saban didn’t announce a starter at quarterback, he did at cornerback with Marlon Humphrey, who redshirted last season. “He’s really worked hard in practice every day to improve himself,” Saban said. “He’s been very, very competitive and we’ve been very, very pleased with where he is.”


Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.

Christopher Walsh is a lead SEC college football writer. Follow Christopher on Twitter @WritingWalsh.






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College Football's Most Important Offers of the Week

The state of Louisiana is loaded with quality defensive line prospects in the 2016 cycle. 

In fact, the Pelican State features a pair of 5-star defensive tackles in current LSU pledges Edwin Alexander and Rashard Lawrence

However, there is another standout who is on the verge of becoming a household name in recruiting circles in 3-star defensive tackle D’Andre Christmas-Giles.

According to Demetric Warren of Varsity Preps, Tennessee offered the 6’3”, 270-pounder last week.

The Vols became the 14th program to offer Christmas-Giles, but they joined Kansas as only the second Power Five school to enter the picture in his recruitment.

It didn’t take long for him to jump on his latest offer.

Christmas-Giles committed to the Vols later in the week.

According to Ryan Callahan of GoVols247, Christmas-Giles said that Vols head coach Butch Jones and his staff were thrilled to hear the news of his commitment.

“They were excited. They were happy,” Christmas-Giles told Callahan. “They wanted me to plan a visit when I’ll come up there. They were excited. [Butch Jones] was fired up. He was happy I was committing. He wants me to be a part of the program.”

Tennessee signed a touted defensive line class in 2015, but adding Christmas-Giles to a Vols 2016 class that features commitments from 4-star defensive end Chidi Okonya and 3-star JUCO defensive tackle Alexis Johnson should replenish the roster along that position moving forward.


Virginia Tech offers 2016 4-Star DE

As noted by Ourlads, three of the top four defensive ends for Virginia Tech will be upperclassmen this fall, which means head coach Frank Beamer and his staff will be looking for pass-rushers in the 2016 cycle. 

Last week, the Hokies offered 4-star defensive end Antonneous Clayton.

The 6’4”, 218-pound Peach State product has seen his recruitment explode during the spring and summer, and he’s approaching 40 offers.

Auburn, Florida and Oregon are among the programs who are currently trending with Clayton, but the Hokies have a need and a history of producing standout defenders—which should help in their pursuit of one of the nation’s top pass-rushers in the 2016 class.


Wisconsin after Stud 2017 WR

One of the top receivers in the Midwest for the 2017 cycle is 4-star Illinois native Isaiah Robertson.

Last week, the 6’3”, 190-pounder picked up an offer from Wisconsin.

The Badgers join Illinois, Iowa and Maryland as fellow Big Ten members to jump in the race for Robertson.

Expect the interest in Robinson to continue to grow in the coming months.


West Virginia Offers 2017 California QB

West Virginia has consistently produced high-octane offenses and should continue to do so under head coach Dana Holgorsen.

Last week, Holgorsen and his staff tendered 4-star quarterback Tristan Gebbia.

The 6’3”, 180-pound California native already holds offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami and Nebraska, among others.

The Mountaineers offensive system could prove to be attractive for a top signal-caller such as Gebbia.

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


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Is Florida a Dark Horse to Win the SEC East?

By now, you've read all of the preview magazines, seen the conference preview television shows and analyzed every predicted order of finish on the Internet.

One question that pops up out of nowhere in the SEC East is, "where's Florida?"

Head coach Jim McElwain's first Gator team seems to get lost in the wash in a division that includes a talent-laden Georgia team, the ever-growing Tennessee bandwagon (which I'm driving, or at least riding shotgun) and the two-time defending division champion Missouri.

Should they, though?

For now, yes.

In the age of instant gratification in a sport that has seen several high-profile coaches like Urban Meyer, Gus Malzahn, Nick Saban and others lead their teams to success quickly, McElwain's biggest opponent in 2015 might not be Georgia, LSU or Florida State. It's expectations.

Winning the division shouldn't be the goal for the Gators. The two primary goals for Florida should be to keep the defense at or close to the level it was playing under the former regime while establishing some kind of identity offensively.

McElwain knows just how important that second point is.

With a quarterback battle that will rage into the season, an offensive line that was pieced together in the offseason, the injury to stud freshman tackle Martez Ivey that will keep him out early in the season and the absence of an established playmaker opposite of wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, that identity is still up in the air.

"For us going in, to discover some explosive playmakers; guys who can stretch the field and picking our time to take those shots," McElwain said in quotes emailed by Florida. "One of the things that we stress is putting the ball down the field vertically and not worry as much horizontally and to do that, consistency and performance is something that we have got to find out."

The Game 1 depth chart, though, does include former FCS (Fordham) All-American transfer Mason Halter and also guard Trip Thurman, who has been slowed all offseason with a shoulder injury. Those two players will be a big part of the battle in the trenches when Ivey comes back (and wherever he plays), so the quest for an identity won't be hampered all that much with Ivey's absence.

As for quarterback, McElwain has stated that both redshirt freshman Will Grier and true sophomore dual-threat Treon Harris will play in the opener vs. New Mexico State. How that rotation will (or in this case, won't) be implemented, should speak volumes.

It's going to be a season of feel for McElwain. As he gets into games, expect him to roll with the hot hand at quarterback, play the guy who exploits favorable matchups game to game and series to series and rotate as needed. Of course, Grier eventually will be the guy and likely will be considered the "starter" for the majority of the season, while Harris is more focused on making an impact on the ground.

Because McElwain will likely push buttons with his quarterbacks all season, Florida is much more of a wild card than other teams in the SEC East.

If he pushes the right ones, Florida is capable of beating anybody in the SEC. After all, this is the same team that throttled Georgia 38-20 last year in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score indicated. Pushing them all—or enough of them to get into legitimate SEC East contention—is too much to ask in Year 1 for McElwain though.

The 2016 season is one in which Florida will contend for an SEC East title. In the meantime, though, that defense is going to be a beast for the 2015 contenders to deal with.

Because of that, Florida could have a huge impact on which contender wins it this year while it prepares to make a run at that title itself in 2016.


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Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report, as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius 93 XM 208. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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Which Powerhouse Teams Can Challenge Florida State for 4-Star CJ Cotman?

Florida prospect CJ Cotman enters this season primed to see his recruitment erupt, expanding a list of collegiate opportunities that already features several high-profile suitors.

The 5'10", 165-pound playmaker is one of the state's most scintillating high school juniors, considered a 4-star talent in composite rankings. Cotman rates sixth nationally among all-purpose backs in the 2017 class.

An in-state powerhouse appears to be strides ahead of other contending programs, as he named Florida State his top favorite during a discussion with Josh Newberg of 247Sports.

Cotman claimed a Seminoles scholarship offer shortly before his sophomore season. More than a year later, Florida State co-offensive coordinator and primary recruiter Lawrence Dawsey continues to make the young standout feel wanted in Tallahassee.

"He’s got me high on FSU," Cotman told Newberg.

The Seminoles currently claim each expert's commitment prediction in 247Sports' Crystal Ball. He plans to spend time on campus this fall, according to Newberg.

Florida State already holds four 4-star pledges in its 2017 class, including running back Zaquandre White. Cotman looks capable of doing damage out of the backfield or lined up at receiver.

He caught 66 passes for 1,040 yards as an underclassman, adding 1,157 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground, per MaxPreps. Cotman collected 215 total yards on 17 offensive touches in his 2015 season opener with Clearwater Central Catholic High School, scoring three times.

Florida State is certainly the early leader, but all indications are Cotman will take his time determining an ideal landing spot. Other possibilities include Clemson, Kentucky, Boston College and Louisville.

A pair of SEC programs may be destined to provide the strongest challenge for Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff. Cotman traveled to Georgia and Florida this summer, setting the stage for potential return trips during the season.

He expressed plans to visit both campuses again in the coming months, according to Newberg.

Cotman, arguably the premier prospect in talent-laden Pinellas County, would fill a need in either class. Both Florida and Georgia have secured top-tier 2017 quarterbacks and now aim to build versatile supporting casts for future offensive endeavors.

The Bulldogs are still searching for a fit at running back in the 2016 cycle, though in-state standout Elijah Holyfield may soon fill that slot. Florida added top-rated 2016 junior college running back Mark Thompson to its class in May, though the Gators are also without a rusher in the 2017 cycle.

Cotman could vie for immediate playing time in a variety of roles in either scheme as a true freshman. His quickest path to the field might ultimately be in the slot, where he can feast on defenders with elite shiftiness and impressive downfield awareness.

The Gators would be wise to ardently pursue Cotman, as head coach Jim McElwain attempts to revitalize an offense that has sputtered in recent years. Florida and Florida State typically cross paths on the recruiting trail, and he is the latest local standout to warrant shared interest.

Miami is also worth monitoring, though the situation is far more fluid in Coral Gables. Hurricanes head coach Al Golden holds top-10 classes in the 2016 and 2017 cycles, but another disappointing season may result in major changes.

"I haven’t been to Miami yet, but when I do get down there, I hope the staff catches my attention,” Cotman told Newberg.

This shapes up as a lengthy and nationwide pursuit, potentially lasting beyond his senior season. His offer list is likely to develop as things progress and film from his junior campaign is analyzed by coaches across the country.

Florida State is seemingly the team to beat at this stage, but expect plenty of developments down the road. Florida, Georgia and Miami are among those most likely to make a positive move on his hierarchy of college choices.


Tyler Donohue is a national recruiting analyst for Bleacher Report. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Tyler via Twitter: @TDsTake.

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New Ole Miss Starting QB Chad Kelly Will Be a Star for the Rebels

Another domino in the SEC quarterback mystery has fallen.

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze announced on Monday during his weekly press conference that junior college transfer Chad Kelly will take the first snap against UT-Martin on Saturday.

Kelly beat out sophomores Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade, according to Ben Garrett of, but won't be the only quarterback to take snaps on Saturday.

The 6'2", 215-pounder who started his career at Clemson heading to East Mississippi Community College won a junior college national championship last year, running a similar offense to the one he's operating in Oxford.

Despite his relative inexperience at Ole Miss, that playing time at East Mississippi will certainly help him transition to his new starting role with the Rebels and will help make him a star in the SEC.

That's exactly what he will be: a star.

If this was truly a quarterback battle at this point, loyalty and familiarity to the program would likely take precedent, which would suggest that Freeze would give the nod to Buchanan or Kincade. Sure, Freeze is keeping his options open and giving himself an out, but why wouldn't he?

Ole Miss hosts Fresno State after UT-Martin, before heading to Tuscaloosa in Week 3. Keeping his offense as much of a mystery as possible prior to that big showdown with the Crimson Tide is probably a good idea, especially with a dual-threat weapon like Kelly.

Sure, he's new, and everybody always panics over first-year starting quarterbacks in the offseason. But it's not like former starter Bo Wallace was Tom Brady in Oxford. After all, "good Bo" and "bad Bo" became a popular Internet talking point for a reason.

One look at his tape and you'll see that Kelly is much more of a threat to be a home-run hitter on the ground than Wallace, has a much more fluid delivery, can complete the touch passes and has the arm strength to be successful in any system.

Kelly won't just take over from Wallace; he'll expand on what Wallace helped establish. Ole Miss' identity is as a downfield passing attack that thrives with a quarterback who's a threat with his legs and puts stress on defenses both north/south and east/west. 

Kelly has more upside than his predecessor and more weapons around him.

It's not just Laquon Treadwell in Oxford, although the junior is one of the top wide receivers in the game. There are veterans Cody Core and Quincy Adeboyejo, tight end Evan Engram and 6'2", 220-pound Washington transfer Damore'ea Stringfellow, too. Kelly should, at the very least, be able to match Wallace's production on the ground.

If Ole Miss can find a way to take some pressure off of him by running more effectively between the tackles, Kelly will blow past that production and squarely into the discussion for the Heisman Trophy.

Is that premature?

Well sure, but you don't get rich on Wall Street by buying stocks after they're established.

Buy into the Kelly hype. If he can stay out of trouble off of the field—which has been a problem in the past, as Bleacher Report's Christopher Walsh noted this summer—he'll be a star on it.


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Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report, as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius 93 XM 208. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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Texas Will Start QB Tyrone Swoopes vs. Notre Dame, But Can He Keep the Job?

The Texas Longhorns have named their starting quarterback for Saturday's opener at Notre Dame, going with junior Tyrone Swoopes over redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard. How long it remains that way will depend on Swoopes' ability to handle the Longhorns' new offense and avoid the mistakes and tentative play that have plagued his career to this point.

Coach Charlie Strong made the move official on Monday, but also said that Heard will be in the mix against the Fighting Irish. Swoopes will be making his 13th career start, while for Heard, when he sets foot on the turf at Notre Dame Stadium it will mark his collegiate debut.

The 6'4", 244-pound Swoopes started the last 12 games of the 2014 season after David Ash's career came to an end because of concussion issues. He threw for 2,409 yards and 13 touchdowns but completed only 58.9 percent of his passes and was intercepted 11 times. Texas ranked 90th in FBS in passing offense last year at 199.9 yards per game.

The 6'2", 195-pound Heard is a former 4-star prospect and the No. 2-rated dual-threat passer in the 2014 recruiting class (per 247Sports) who spent his entire prep career running the spread offense that Texas switched to this offseason. However, both Swoopes and Heard fared well running the scheme during spring practice, which kept Swoopes out in front in the competition.

Swoopes ran for a TD in Texas' spring game while also throwing for 159 yards on 17-of-31 passing. Heard was 20-of-29 for 177 yards with an interception and a rushing score.

Swoopes might not have won the competition over Heard so much as not lose it, because Strong seemed at times unwilling to pull the plug on the junior and go with his younger quarterback despite a higher upside.

"I hope I don't have to go in there (to Notre Dame) and start a redshirt freshman," Strong said after Texas' spring game (h/t Associated Press). "I don't want to turn this into a quarterback controversy...I don't know if Heard has done anything yet to unseat him as the starter."

Strong said Monday the player who would get the starting job would do so because, among other reasons, he had to "win over the team" (h/t Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News). "He's won over the team." That bodes well for Texas, as last year there were many times that Swoopes did not look confident.

We could be seeing a far different player on Saturday, according to senior cornerback Duke Thomas.

"Before he calls a snap he's calling out cash money trash to me," Thomas told Chris Hummer of "He's really brought the offense an edge. I'm talking trash, and he's getting into it with me. He's really bringing that approach to the game we need on offense."

That extra swagger could come in handy since the official depth chart (h/t Finger) lists five true freshmen and three redshirt freshmen in starting roles. That includes two on the offensive line, left tackle Connor Williams and right guard Patrick Vahe.

But confidence alone won't ensure Swoopes can hold onto the starting job and keep Heard as just a complimentary player. With the offense more wide open than a year ago, Swoopes will need to show his ability to run more frequently and not just as a last resort.

In 2014, he averaged just 2.43 yards per carry with four TDs on 108 rushes, including 27 sacks.

Additionally, Swoopes has to be more accurate with his throws and not force them, as he did several times in 2014. He completed no better than 52 percent of his passes in four of his last six starts, including an 11-of-29 performance against West Virginia and the Texas Bowl outing against Arkansas when he was 13-of-25 for just 57 yards.

A strong mix of his arm and legs will be the best recipe for Swoopes' success, since that's exactly what Heard figures to do when he gets into the game. And as long as his blend doesn't spoil the offensive recipe, Swoopes should remain in the starting role beyond the first game.


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Tyrone Swoopes Named Texas Starting QB: Latest Comments and Reaction

The Texas Longhorns quarterback battle is over, as head coach Charlie Strong announced Monday that junior Tyrone Swoopes will be the team's starter at the position, per the team's official Twitter account.  

"I'm convinced he's won over the locker room, "Strong told reporters, per Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman. "Even the players will tell you that... He's won over the team."

Indeed, one player did just that.

"We all have the utmost confidence in Swoopes," offensive lineman Taylor Doyle told the team's official Twitter account. "I think that's because of his work ethic."

Swoopes had been battling redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard for the starting gig. While Swoopes was always the front-runner, he was coming off of a mediocre 2014 that saw him throw for 2,409 yards, 13 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and complete just 58.3 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 262 yards and four scores. 

But Swoopes took to the challenge this summer, knowing his starting job was anything but guaranteed. The biggest change appears to be to his demeanor, as he's shown a more determined and competitive drive in his play throughout camp, something that was noticeably missing at times last year. 

“He’s really brought the offense and edge,” cornerback Duke Thomas told Chris Hummer of 247Sports. “I’m talking trash, and he’s getting into it with me. He’s really bringing that approach to the game we need on offense.”

The real question will be whether his new demeanor carries over to the games. Texas, as always, has the talent to be a major player in the Big 12, but it'll only go as far as its junior quarterback takes them.


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Fox Sports 1 Ensuring Total Jim Harbaugh Coverage with 'Khaki Cam' at Utah Game

In the spirit of giving college football fans more Jim Harbaugh than they could ever hope to physically ingest, Fox Sports 1 will have a dedicated camera following the Michigan football coach wherever he goes during the Wolverines' season opener against Utah on Thursday night.

Dubbed the "Khaki Cam," the camera will be one of five Fox Sports 1 cameras in use for the game, according to the Detroit Free Press' Mark Snyder. 

As it sounds right now, the Khaki Cam will be a lot like the Johnny Football Cam from 2013, but more likely to argue politics at the dinner table:

So rest assured, America. If there is hiking or jostling of Harbaugh's waistline—Fox Sports 1 is all over it.

Any spittle that floats out of Harbaugh's mouth as he protests a holding penalty will be recorded and beamed directly into your living room in the kind of stunning high definition usually reserved for cheetahs in full stride on the Discovery Channel.

You'll presumably be able to count the number of veins in Harbaugh's eyes as they attempt to escape their sockets after an uncalled instance of pass interference. 

I know. We don't deserve this. But you take what the Khaki Cam gives you.


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