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Michigan vs. Penn State: Score, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

No. 12 Michigan (9-2, 6-1) kept its Big Ten championship hopes alive Saturday with a hard-fought 28-16 victory over Penn State (7-4, 4-3) at Beaver Stadium. 

The biggest difference was the Nittany Lions' inability to take advantage of their red-zone opportunities. Three times they drove inside the Wolverines' 10-yard line, and they came away with just nine points. It's hard to pull off an upset with that lack of efficiency in key situations.

Here's the quarter-by-quarter scoring recap for the Big Ten clash:

One thing Michigan senior quarterback Jake Rudock has learned during his collegiate career, which started at Iowa before he joined the Wolverines, is the importance of finishing strong. He knows any previous success otherwise fades away, as noted by Nick Baumgardner of

"Throughout my entire time in college, you find out what teams are made of in November," Rudock said. "We've got an opportunity to go do something special."

Facing a Penn State squad that was playing its final home contest of the campaign after battling Northwestern tough in its last game created a tricky test for the Maize and Blue.

If there was any doubt about that on the Michigan sideline, it got erased quickly as the Nittany Lions drove down the field with relative ease on the game's opening drive. The Wolverines defense did step up inside the 10, however, to hold the home side to a field goal.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and head coach James Franklin had a discussion on the sideline after Penn State ran it three straight times from just inside the 10. Justin Higdon of Draft Breakdown took a guess about the topic of the conversation:

Michigan responded immediately with a touchdown to grab the lead. Rudock delivered a strike to Jehu Chesson for 39 yards on third down to keep the drive alive and then found Jake Butt from 26 yards out for the score.

Gil Brandt of noted the Michigan quarterback's draft stock is beginning to rise given his improved play down the stretch:

Penn State jumped back out in front late in the second quarter. A blocked punt set the Nittany Lions with terrific field position at the Michigan 43, and they capitalized. Hackenberg completed four of his six throws on the drive, including a 25-yard hook up with Saeed Blacknall for the TD.

Joe Juliano of the Philadelphia Inquirer credited the sophomore wideout with making a nice play on the ball after his defender, Jabrill Peppers, got turned around:

The only downside about the quick score was it left two minutes on the clock for Michigan. The Wolverines needed just 70 seconds to cover 70 yards as Rudock continued to impress with his control of the offense.

Once again, a key throw on third down kept the drive moving. This time, he found Amara Darboh down the sideline for a highlight-reel grab, as ESPN College Football showcased:

Four plays later, Michigan found the end zone as Rudock and Darboh linked up again for the 11-yard touchdown before the half. Todd McShay of ESPN applauded to call on the scoring play:

The Wolverines stretched their lead to 11 in the third after DeAndre Thompkins muffed a punt inside his own 10 that got recovered by Michigan. Three plays later, Sione Houma powered in from one yard out to make it 21-10.

Audrey Snyder of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette summed up the setback for Penn State:

The Nittany Lions clawed back within five by midway through the fourth quarter thanks to a pair of Tyler Davis field goals. In each instance, however, they got the ball inside the 10 and failed to come away with a touchdown.

That allowed Michigan to regain firm control of the contest with a late touchdown run from De'Veon Smith. Penn State couldn't make another rally as its final drive ended with a quick four-and-out. The Wolverines ran out the clock from there to secure the victory.

Michigan Athletics celebrated the win:

Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press pointed out it now becomes a waiting game for the Wolverines as they wait on the result from Ohio State vs. Michigan State:

Looking ahead, up next for Michigan is its annual rivalry meeting with Ohio State. Given the potential implications for both teams in the Big Ten and College Football Playoff races, it's probably the most important clash between the sides since they were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in 2006.

Penn State will finish the regular season with its third straight game against a ranked opponent when it takes on Michigan State next week. Exactly how much that game means to the Spartans will be determined later Saturday when they face off with the Buckeyes.

So there's still a lot to figure out in the Big Ten East, and these teams will play a key role in deciding which team wins the coveted division title.


Postgame Reaction

Franklin confirmed his group didn't play a clean enough game to beat an opponent of Michigan's caliber, per Onward State:

Zach Shaw of Michigan Daily passed along Rudock's thoughts on next week's marquee matchup:

Ultimately, Michigan didn't play a perfect game, but the defense rose to the occasion when necessary to get the win. That's the only thing that truly matters in the end, especially at this stage of the season. Now the Wolverines can focus on making the necessary improvements before facing the Buckeyes.


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Daily Fantasy College Football Week 12: Draftkings Last-Minute Picks and Advice

Week 12 of the college football season is already upon us! 

With conference races and College Football Playoff rankings heating up, there's still plenty of intrigue left on the schedule. 

When trying to make those last-minute selections, there are a number of things to take into account. The current form of the player's team is key. If selecting a receiver, one would hope his quarterback is currently playing well.

In regards to a running back, are there any injuries along its team's offensive line? In addition, the competition of the opposing team is always something to consider when making any sort of selection. 

As such, here are a few last-minute picks. These players will all be available in the later portions of the day.


RB Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego St. - $7,900

SDSU's leading back is facing a very favorable matchup this weekend, going up against a 3-7 UNLV team.

On the year, Pumphrey has rushed for 1,171 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's had six games in a row with at least 120 yards and is usually good for two or three receptions per game as well. There's no question Pumphrey's quickness and pure speed make him equally dangerous both running and catching the football.

A Las Vegas native, he'll be going back home to play in front of his friends and family. Don't be surprised if he puts on a show against a team that has lost four of its past five games. 


QB Tanner Lee, Tulane - $5,800

When looking at Lee's statistics throughout the year, they're less than impressive. 

He's accrued 1,536 yards through the air to go along with 10 touchdown tosses. These aren't gaudy numbers by any stretch, and it isn't often when one would select a quarterback coming from a 3-7 team. However, this is a case of looking at the opposition and how Lee could take advantage. 

Tulane's opponent this weekend is SMU. The Mustangs currently sit at 1-9 and have yet to win a game in conference play. They've lost eight games in a row and have only relinquished a point total less than 38 once this season. 

Couple that with the fact Lee is coming off of one of his best games of the season with 252 passing yards and two touchdowns against Army and this should be a tasty matchup.


WR Austin Hooper, Stanford - $4,200

Due to his paltry salary, Hooper looks like a potential steal in Stanford's contest versus Cal.

The tight end is one of the best in the country at his position. Stanford has a propensity to target its tight ends, especially in red-zone situations and on crossing routes across the middle of the field. 

Its opponent, Cal, also has had its struggles defending in the passing game. Although Stanford isn't an offensive juggernaut by any stretch of the imagination, there's no love lost between these two rivals. It wouldn't be a surprise to see head coach David Shaw keep his foot on the proverbial gas pedal. 

This in turn would equal more opportunities for Hooper to make an impact catching the football. DraftKings lists Hooper as a wide receiver, as the site does with all tight ends, but that doesn't diminish his appeal.


WR Kolby Listenbee, TCU - $5,200

With star wide receiver Josh Doctson out, Listenbee could assume the role as TCU's top receiver going forward.

On the year, he's second on the team in receiving yards (495) and is fourth in receptions. With Doctson commanding such a large chunk of the production within the group, there will be plenty of opportunity for multiple TCU receivers to get more targets. 

Averaging a team-high 20.6 yards per reception, Listenbee may be able to garner more chances in terms of stretching the field deep. He's most certainly a player with a high fantasy ceiling this week. 


QB Kenny Potter, SJSU - $5,700

San Jose State's signal-caller is coming off a game in which he threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 116 yards on 19 carries.

A true dual-threat option, Potter could put up big-time production on both fronts—in terms of running and throwing the football.

This week, SJSU faces a 2-9 Hawaii program struggling to maintain consistency. After starting the season 2-1, the Rainbow Warriors have dropped eight in a row. They've also given up an average of 47 points in their last three games. 

Potter should be able to have a quality game from a statistical standpoint and could be a big bargain when looking at his reasonable cost. 


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Charleston Southern vs. Alabama: Live Score and Highlights

Alabama 49, Charleson Southern 0- Late 2nd quarter

Alabama is set to host Charleston Southern on the SEC Network at 4 p.m. ET. Keep it locked here for live updates, highlights and analysis throughout the game. 


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Jim Harbaugh Angrily Rips His Jacket off over Pass Interference Call

An angry Jim Harbaugh is intimidating. An angry Jim Harbaugh who rips his jacket off because he's steaming with passion? Try terrifying.

The Michigan coach got so heated over a pass interference penalty that he ripped his jacket off mid-sideline fit.

The call went against Wolverines safety Jabrill Peppers, who exchanged some shoves with a Penn State wide receiver.

[Vine, Twitter, h/t SB Nation]

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Clemson Tigers: Live Score and Highlights

Clemson 30, Wake Forest 7, Mid-3rd Quarter

The Clemson Tigers and Wake Forest Demon Deacons are set to square off, and it's a game that Clemson needs to play well in. After a couple of semi-sloppy defensive performances against the N.C. State Wolfpack and Syracuse Orange, the Tigers have the chance to prove their critics wrong with a dominating win versus the Demon Deacons. 

Wake Forest is an underrated team that can not be overlooked, though. The Demon Deacons have improved this season, and their defense has played well enough to keep them in a few games. It's the offense that has not clicked for head coach Dave Clawson and company, and Wake Forest will have to find a way to put up points to stay in this game. 

The Tigers have a rivalry game with South Carolina on the horizon and an ACC Championship Game to look forward to in the near future, but head coach Dabo Swinney can't allow his guys to overlook this matchup. 

You can watch the game at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, but stay right here for live updates and analysis. 

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USC Trojans vs. Oregon Ducks: Live Score and Highlights

USC Trojans - 21

Oregon Ducks - 38

3:00 3rd Quarter


With both the Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans sitting at 5-2 in Pac-12 play, these squads are alive and well in the race for a berth in the conference title game. 

A victory today will likely be a requirement for both teams to stay in that hunt. So despite some disappointment on both sides this season, this game holds a high level of significance for both teams. Expect a hard-fought game from start to finish. 

Stay plugged in below for continued updates. 

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Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes: Live Score and Highlights

Ohio State 14, Michigan State 7 —Early 4th quarter

Game action is now underway between No. 3 Ohio State (10-0) and No. 9 Michigan State (9-1). ABC is televising the matchup nationally from Columbus, Ohio.

We are watching the game, providing live analysis as the action unfolds:

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LSU Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels: Live Score and Highlights

Ole Miss 24, LSU 17 — 3rd Quarter

Welcome to Bleacher Report's live coverage of this Magnolia Bowl showdown between No. 15 LSU and No. 22 Ole Miss, which is televised on CBS.

Stay right here for updates and analysis in the second half, and join the conversation in the comments below.

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Rob Gronkowski's Little Brother, Glenn, Tosses Jump-Pass TD vs. Iowa State

It turns out Glenn Gronkowski got some of that swagger from his older brother, Rob.

The Kansas State fullback tossed a jump-pass touchdown as part of a trick play the Wildcats ran against the Iowa State Cyclones in the first quarter of Saturday's matchup with quite a bit of flair.

[Kansas State Wildcats, h/t BroBible]

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Winter Storm Bella Covers Iowa's Stadium in Blanket of Snow

Winter storm Bella is sweeping through the Midwest, and it has left quite a mark on Iowa's Kinnick Stadium.

And by mark, we mean a thick blanket of snow—8-9 inches to be exact, per the Weather Channel's Jonathan Erdman.

Fortunately, the grounds crew was able to clear the field before the Hawkeyes kicked off against Purdue.

[Iowa Hawkeyes, Twitter, h/t For The Win]

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Best Signs from ESPN's 'College GameDay' from Week 12 in Columbus

ESPN's College GameDay set up camp in Columbus, Ohio, for the Week 12 clash between the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes and No. 9 Michigan State Spartans.

A big-time matchup like this warrants some big-time signs, and the crowd in Columbus did not disappoint.

Here's a look at some of the best:


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FAU vs. Florida: Live Score and Highlights

The Florida Gators have hit a bit of a rough patch in what has still been a very impressive season that will have them representing the SEC East in Atlanta for the conference championship season in coach Jim McElwain's first year.

But despite being 9-1, UF needs to inspire a bit more confidence in its stagnant offense heading into big tilts against Florida State and (most likely) Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. That all starts today when the Gators meet 2-8 Florida Atlantic.

Keep it right here for all your live-blogging action!


FLORIDA 14, FAU 0 3rd Quarter

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North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech: Live Score and Highlights

North Carolina 10, Virginia Tech 10—Late 3rd Quarter

North Carolina hits the road to take on Virginia Tech in a game that means as much to the Hokies as it does to the Tar Heels.

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Michigan vs. Penn State: Live Score and Highlights

The Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions will meet for a conference battle on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Jake Rudock shattered career-high marks for Michigan (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) last week, throwing for 440 yards and six touchdowns during a 48-41 double-overtime victory over Indiana.

Before a bye week, Penn State (7-3, 4-2) dropped a 23-21 contest to Northwestern. Although the loss likely eliminated the Nittany Lions from fleeting division hopes, they could play the spoiler role at home—where the team has compiled a 6-0 record.

The Wolverines enter the game as 3.5-point favorites, per OddsShark. Kickoff is set for noon ET on ABC. Bleacher Report will provide scoring updates and analysis.

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College Football Rankings 2015: Overview of Week 12 Standings for NCAA's Top 25

Judging only with the human eye, the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide look to be the best two teams in college football. Every major recognized polling system seems to agree, with the exception of the Associated Press.

The AP still has the defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes ranked ahead of the one-loss Crimson Tide. Is it right to penalize 'Bama for falling to a solid Ole Miss Rebels team earlier in the season, despite the fact that they have navigated a much tougher schedule than Ohio State has en route to their perfect 10-0 record?

That's the million-dollar question, but there's no doubting that if both teams run the table from here on out, there's no way the Derrick Henry-led Crimson Tide, or the J.T. Barrett-led Buckeyes shouldn't be in the College Football Playoff.

Here's a look at the polls for the Associated Press, Coaches and Bleacher Report:


Big Ten Teams Still Alive

Ohio State is the school most discuss when it comes to the Big Ten and the CFP, but the Michigan State Spartans or the Iowa Hawkeyes would almost certainly reach the final four if they win out. Both will have to go through the Bucks to complete that goal.

The Spartans will get their shot on Saturday when the Bucks welcome them to Columbus. Spartans quarterback Connor Cook has played in some big games in his college football career, but this one is perhaps the biggest for the Hinckley, Ohio native.

His final chance at winning a national championship hangs in the balance, and not many people are giving Michigan State a chance to win on the road. Per, the Spartans are 13-point underdogs.

Cook isn't putting much stock into that. Per Dan Murphy of, the senior QB said this about his team's underdog status:

“I really could care less about that question or that whole thing. We're a 13-point underdog any way you cut it, so that's that.”

If Cook thinks that he and the Spartans are getting disrespected, imagine how the Hawkeyes feel. All they've done is win every game this season, but it's hard to find anyone who gives them much of a chance to reach the CFP.

Behind steady junior QB C.J. Beathard, the Hawkeyes have two wins over ranked opponents, and they will be playing in the conference title game. A victory over the winner of Ohio State and Michigan State should make Iowa's case for the CFP undeniable.


Big 12's Hopes Are in State of Oklahoma

With the Baylor Bears and TCU Horned Frogs having suffered recent defeats, both Texas-based teams have almost no chance to make the CFP.

The undefeated Oklahoma State Cowboys seem like a lock if they win out. Victories over Baylor on Saturday and the Oklahoma Sooners in Bedlam should be enough to overcome the conference's lack of a postseason title game.

The Sooners have a similar task ahead of them. Beating TCU on Saturday and the Cowboys in the season finale would make a very strong case for them in the CFP.

Oklahoma lost at home to the Texas Longhorns earlier this season. That defeat could cause them to miss out on the CFP, even if they run the table.


Florida and Notre Dame Are Teams to Watch

Currently, Notre Dame would be in if the CFP were to begin today. That could easily change if Iowa and Oklahoma State run the table. Notre Dame still finishes the season with a big game at the Stanford Cardinal, but the latter is no longer considered elite after suffering its second loss.

With no conference affiliation, an undefeated Cowboys or Hawkeyes team should be ranked ahead of Notre Dame.

The Florida Gators are another team to watch closely. Their only loss is a quality one. They dropped a seven-point decision to the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge earlier in the season. With a very winnable game against the Florida Atlantic Owls, a regular-season showdown with the Florida State Seminoles and a meeting with Alabama in the SEC title game on the horizon, the Gators have the room to impress CFP voters, and earn a chance to win a national championship.

Prepare yourselves for the biggest week in the college football season. Most of the questions raised will be answered by Saturday night.

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Max Wittek Injury Update: Knee Surgery Ends Hawaii QB's Collegiate Career

Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek is done for the rest of the season after the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Stephen Tsai (via College Football Talk's John Taylor) reported the fifth-year senior will need surgery to repair a right patella injury. 

Since he has no eligibility left beyond this year, this development effectively signals the end of Wittek's college career, which began with the USC Trojans in 2012.

He transferred to Hawaii following the 2013 season, during which Cody Kessler emerged as USC's best option under center. Wittek became the Rainbow Warriors' starting QB after sitting out the required one year, and in nine games, he threw for 1,542 yards, seven touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

The injury will do little to improve Wittek's draft stock, which has steadily trended downward since he joined the Trojans. Going to Hawaii represented his last chance to build a strong resume, and he managed to complete just 47.2 percent of his passes with the Rainbow Warriors.

The quicker Wittek can get back to 100 percent, the sooner he can begin preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine in February 2016.

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Will Grier Loses NCAA Suspension Appeal: Latest Details and Comments

The NCAA denied Will Grier's appeal of his 12-month suspension following a performance-enhancing drug violation, per Edgar Thompson and Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel. The Florida Gators quarterback had hoped to reduce the suspension to just the 2015 season.

Since the suspension was issued on Oct. 12, the redshirt freshman will miss Florida's first six games in 2016, which includes matchups away to Tennessee and home to LSU.

Treon Harris has filled in for Grier over the past four games, and he will likely continue to do so next year. Although Harris has played well under center, Grier is unquestionably the better option of the two, leaving the Gators down a major piece of their offense for the first half of 2016.

The margin of error for Florida will be small in Grier's absence next year. The Volunteers and Tigers will both present stern tests for Jim McElwain's team, and losses in one or both games would derail the Gators' national championship hopes. 

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Ranking the Best ACC Matchups of Week 12

With two more weekends remaining in the conference schedule, we've got a pretty good idea as to how the ACC will unfold. 

We know Clemson is a shoe-in for the conference title game. Barring a complete collapse in its final two games, it appears as if North Carolina will be the Tigers' opponent in Charlotte.

Many would be looking forward to such a game, as it would pit the No. 1 team in the country against perhaps the hottest team in the nation since the second week of the season. 

There are some tantalizing matchups within the Week 12 slate. Based upon some of the games, the potential for high point totals could come to fruition. 

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Devin Duvernay Chooses Baylor over OU, Bama: 4-Star WR to Join Twin Brother

Baylor has built a solid reputation for having electrifying skill-position players. The Bears were able to add to their arsenal Friday with a speed demon of a commitment.

Sachse, Texas, wide receiver Devin Duvernay announced via social media early Friday evening that he has verbally committed to Baylor. Duvernay, a 4-star athlete and the nation's No. 4 receiver in the 2016 class, became the Bears' 17th overall pledge for the class.

"I'm happy with my decision," said Duvernay, who had nearly 40 offers but chose Baylor over Oklahoma and Alabama. "Every time I went there, felt like place to be. Athletically and academically, I feel I can succeed there, and I trust the coaches."

Duvernay's decision also answered a budding question with his recruiting: Would he play alongside his twin brother? Donovan Duvernay, a 3-star athlete, committed to Baylor on Sept. 21, and while some speculated the brothers would ultimately end up on the same team, others wondered if Devin—the younger twin by four minutes—would blaze his own path and play out of state.

Devin admitted the decision wasn't as easy as some assumed.

"It really came down to Baylor, Oklahoma and Alabama. I liked all three and felt good about all of them," Duvernay said. "It just felt different with Baylor."

"I felt like it was a close battle with OU for sure. It came down to the wire. I had a talk with them [Wednesday] night, but I just made up my mind and wanted to go to Baylor to continue my career," Duvernay explained. "Plus, we [the twins] get to spend four more years together. I'm excited to see what's left for us."

The entire Duvernay family have thought about—and hoped for—the brothers to be college teammates, as they confirmed in August prior to Donovan committing to Baylor. The family, however, understood why Devin weighed all of his options. He took official visits to Ohio State, Alabama and Oklahoma to help clear his recruiting perspective.

Now the family, and Baylor fans, will get to rejoice.

"I knew that when I made my decision, I had to make the best choice for me and not for [Donovan]," Duvernay said. "I wanted to look at all my options and take some visits to scan everything out. But I know Baylor's the best place for me. I know they'll get the ball in playmakers' hands and spread the ball around."

Speed has become a staple for Baylor, and Duvernay defines speed. Along with being a playmaking receiver, he is also a state-champion sprinter for Sachse. As a junior, Duvernay won a state title in the 100-meter dash in Class 6A, Texas' largest classification, with a blistering time of 10.27 seconds, the third-fastest time in the nation, according to Track & Field News.

And then there's Duvernay on the football field. He led Sachse in all receiving categories, finishing with 62 catches for 1,142 yards and 16 touchdowns in his senior year. He also rushed 47 times for 520 yards and six touchdowns.

Duvernay said he's looking forward to catching passes from Jarrett Stidham, who has been solid as a freshman in replacing the injured Seth Russell. Duvernay said the two stay in touch through text messaging and social media.

Duvernay added that he plans on taking an official visit to Baylor in January. He was recruited by receivers coach Tate Wallis and offensive coordinator Kendal Briles—as well as head coach Art Briles. Duvernay said Art Briles' involvement in the process as a head coach was something he won't forget.

"That was a big impact," he said. "He's been on me a lot; it wasn't just his staff. He's been hard on me since they offered me my sophomore year. He stuck with it and kept telling me I'm a guy they needed. He said I can help the program out a lot."

Duvernay said he's looking to major in either sports management or finance. He also said he's hoping to become an all-conference receiver and be the next dynamic pass-catching option to wear a Baylor uniform. It's a list that's continuing to grow each year, from Corey Coleman and K.D. Cannon of the present to former Baylor studs Kendall Wright and Terrance Williams, who are now playing in the NFL.

He's also pretty excited about being roommates with his twin brother and best friend.

"I'm ready for it all," he said.


Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles

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Ohio State & Michigan State Will Honor Lloyd Carr's Grandson with Helmet Decals

Michigan State and Ohio State are setting their rivalry aside to honor the five-year-old grandson of longtime Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.

Carr's grandson, Chad Carr, was diagnosed with what Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News identified as an "inoperable" brain tumor.

The Spartans and Buckeyes will wear #ChadTough helmet decals for their Saturday matchup, done in their respective team colors.

[Michigan State, h/t Yahoo Sports]

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