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Texas Football: Should Longhorns Worry About the Recent String of Departures?

And, like that, two more Texas Longhorns are gone. Now the question becomes if the recent trend of player attrition is a bad sign for second-year coach Charlie Strong. 

The short answer is yes and no. 

On Tuesday, it was reported by various outlets that true freshman linebacker Cecil Cherry and redshirt freshman running back Duke Catalon intended to transfer from the program. For what it's worth, Texas has not confirmed the transfers yet; rather, per Max Olson of, Strong has only said that he has "spoken with" both players. However, Cherry confirmed on Twitter Wednesday that he had received his release:

The reasons for the reported transfers vary. Cherry's father confirmed to Olson that his son's decision was based on fit. Catalon's decision appears to be rooted in playing time, or lack thereof, per Jeff Howe of 247Sports

The pair of departures is the latest in a string of problems/attrition for the Longhorns. Of the so-called "Florida Five" in Texas' '15 recruiting class, which included Cherry, only cornerback Davante Davis remains. Tight end Devonaire Clarington has yet to be cleared to enroll. Receiver Gilbert Johnson did not qualify and defensive back Tim Irvin flipped to Auburn. 

Additionally, Catalon is one of a few Texas-based Longhorns to either leave the program or fail to arrive at all. Offensive lineman Darius James transferred to Auburn earlier this summer and defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin has been looking to get out of his national letter of intent

All of these loses certainly aren't ideal. One of the great things about preseason camp is that it's usually ripe with depth. Spring time, after all, is when depth is at its highest premium because the number of outgoing players isn't fully replenished by incoming freshmen and transfers. 

Of the '15 class departures, Cherry had the highest rating from 247Sports and was working with the No. 2 defense in practice in part because of the injury to Dalton Santos. There's a chance Cherry was going to see the field this season, but his odds of starting were probably slim. In that vein, few of the recently departed players were expected to contend for starting time in 2015. 

The recent string of departures is disappointing for Texas, but they don't necessarily fall under the "major" category. It's not like Malik Jefferson, the touted in-state linebacker who will undoubtedly be a key contributor as a freshman, is leaving. As Strong noted in speaking with reporters, the only thing his team can do is move forward with the players it has: 

Departures aren't anything out of the norm and different players do it for different reasons. Certainly, Strong has played a season short-handed before. Myriad suspensions and dismissals stemming from disciplinary issues were the theme of Strong's first season in Austin. On top of that, injuries were an issue. 

Discipline hasn't been a problem like it was in 2014. However, it is worth noting that many of the players who recently left the program were Strong's recruits, not Mack Brown's. And while many of them may not have started this year, they were nevertheless players Strong recruited to be the foundation of his program moving forward. 

Strong's 2015 recruiting class, after all, was far more of an extension of him than the '14 class. The more players who depart (or never make it to campus) in one class, the less room for error it puts on any and all future classes moving forward. 

Recruiting is a numbers game at the end of the day. Some players will become stars. Some will be decent contributors. Some will never pan out. Some will never make it on to campus or transfer. From a coach's perspective, it's about maximizing the positive numbers and minimizing the negative ones. 

What time will tell is whether the recent attrition is a matter of cutting out the fat or an indictment on a bigger problem. For now, the recent transfers and no-shows are disappointing to Texas and probably nothing more. 

It'll be in 2016, '17 and '18 in which we find out if it's more than that. 


Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football. All quotes cited unless noted otherwise. 

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Darron Lee Is College Football's Most Overlooked Star

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With a mother who's a local newscaster, and having taken part in his fair share of interview sessions over the past year, Darron Lee has a knack for saying the right thing.

So when the Ohio State linebacker was asked about his snub from this year's preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, it wasn't necessarily surprising that he was able to shed the question like an oncoming blocker.

"I don't care about watch lists," Lee said. "I feel that it would motivate anybody if they were really paying attention to that. I just focus on helping my team win ballgames."

But as polished as the redshirt sophomore linebacker is in front of a camera, he can only hold his true feelings in for so long. Which is why it also wasn't a surprise that when pressed on the subject of being overlooked, the former 3-star prospect inside the now-Sugar Bowl MVP emerged.

"That chip (on my shoulder) will never leave," he said. "As long as I wear this jersey, or any other jersey playing football, I'm always going to give my best."

And yet for Lee, who is projected by several NFL draft analysts to be a first-round pick in next year's NFL draft, the role of underdog somehow still suits him.

Maybe because he's played it for so long.

Having grown up a mere 20 minutes from Ohio State's campus in New Albany, Ohio, Lee had dreams of being the next Ted Ginn Jr., the Buckeyes star receiver/returner in the mid-2000s. In high school, the quarterback and sometime safety got to live out a part of his fantasy, dazzling on runs and punt returns at New Albany High School.

But in order to spend his college career playing for his hometown team, Lee would have to be the one doing the pursuing. Rather than being chased like the 5-star prospects Urban Meyer typically sets his sights on, Lee—the 36th-ranked prospect in Ohio and No. 630 player in the nation in the 2013 class—would have to prove himself on the summer camp circuit, and more than just once.

"He came to camp, like five or six times, (and) I rejected him probably four times," Meyer said. "Shows you how good an evaluator I am."

Lee, however, had an ally on his side in Buckeyes linebackers coach Luke Fickell, who urged his boss to take a shot on the then-6'2", 205-pounder. Meyer ultimately relented, with Lee accepting his scholarship offer from Ohio State on the same day he received it.

It didn't take long for the Buckeyes staff's gamble to pay off.

After briefly seeing time on special teams as a true freshman in 2013, Lee would take a medical redshirt before emerging as one of Ohio State's breakout performers in the spring leading into the 2014 campaign. Starting in place of first-round pick Ryan Shazier at outside linebacker, Lee—now weighing 228 pounds—would record seven tackles, including three for a loss, and would return a fumble 61 yards for a score in the Buckeyes' season-opening win against Navy.

But as impressive as his true Ohio State debut was, it was how he closed the year that really turned heads.

While Ezekiel Elliott and Cardale Jones stole the show on the other side of the ball, it was Lee who emerged as the name to know for the Buckeyes on defense last winter. Totaling a combined 22 tackles, three of which came for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble in Ohio State's three postseason games, Lee earned Sugar Bowl MVP honors against Alabama before playing a key role in shutting down Oregon's potent offense in the national title game.

Lee's breakout performance in the playoffs turned the heads of scouts at the next level, with's Todd McShay projecting him to be the No. 30 pick in the upcoming NFL draft. It also made him a star in college football and a fan favorite in football-crazed Columbus. 

"When you go out in public, some people know your face and whatnot," Lee said, downplaying his newfound fame.

But while Lee may be a name to know in college football for 2015, that chip on his shoulder remains ever-present.

Because as much as he claims it's not the case, it eats at Lee knowing that he wasn't selected to the 51-member preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, which is presented annually to college football's top linebacker. At least, that was the case in the moments following the watch list's release in July, when Lee let it be known in a since-deleted tweet that he was taking note of his absence.

"Keep adding fuel to my fire," Lee wrote. "You know who you are."

It's that type of attitude that has allowed Lee to rise from under-recruited prospect to potential first-round pick. It's also helped set the tone for the rest of the Buckeyes defense, including fellow linebackers Joshua Perry and Raekwon McMillan, even if unlike Lee, they each were selected to the Butkus watch list.

"He's a competitor, on and off the field," McMillan said of Lee. "When you see him make a play, it just makes you want to make a play. ... When something's going wrong, he gets fired up and wants to compete even more. That's the type of guy he is."

With so much going in both his and Ohio State's favor now, it would be easy to wonder whether such moments will even exist in a season where the Buckeyes are favored to repeat as national champions. Lee, however, insists that his mindset will remain the same, as no matter how hard he tries to hide it, his inner underdog shines through.

"We always keep that hunger," Lee said. "We feel we're the best defense, so we're always going to try to go out and prove that.

"The chip always remains the same."


Ben Axelrod is Bleacher Report's Big Ten lead writer. You can follow him on Twitter @BenAxelrod. Unless noted otherwise, all quotes were obtained firsthand. All statistics courtesy of Recruiting rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

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LSU 5-Star Commit Saivion Smith Is Les Miles' Secret Recruiting Weapon

One of the main catalysts of LSU’s 2016 current recruiting class is 5-star corner Saivion Smith.

The Tigers currently have the nation’s No. 2 group, and since he committed to the Tigers back in February, Smith has taken an active role in recruiting other elite prospects to join him in Baton Rouge and play for Tigers head coach Les Miles.

Included on his list of targets are a few of his current prep teammates at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, such as 5-star defensive tackle Shavar Manuel, 4-star linebacker Rahshaun Smith and 4-star receiver Drake Davis.

Smith accompanied Manuel on a visit to Baton Rouge in June, which has helped the Tigers establish a firm position in Manuel’s top three. 

“I’m trying to get Shavar [Manuel] to come with me,” Saivion Smith told Bleacher Report. “I feel pretty confident with him.”

With Rahshaun Smith recently backing off of an early pledge to Clemson, LSU is one of the schools that is fighting to get in the race. 

“I know [Rahshaun] is going to take an official the week they play Florida,” Saivion said. “I’m talking with him about it, and he said he will look into it since he just decommitted.”

Davis is one of several high-profile transfers who IMG Academy has added in the offseason, and he currently has LSU in his top three, along with Ole Miss and Texas A&M. 

“[Drake is] my roommate right now,” Saivion said. “I’m talking with him right now about coming to Baton Rouge. That would be pretty sweet. He has family that goes to school and plays football there also. So that would be a good fit.”

Another top LSU target who recently visited Baton Rouge is 5-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary, who is the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2016 cycle. However, Smith said one thing is preventing him from putting the full-court press on Gary.

“I have not communicated with Rashan recently because we actually have to play [Paramus Catholic] this year,” Smith said with a laugh.

It’s been a busy offseason for the 6’2”, 175-pounder, who rates as the nation’s No. 2 corner and the No. 13 player overall in the 2016 cycle.

In fact, his travels during the summer camp season led to him fall behind in the classroom. Smith addressed the reason he was withheld from the practice field at the beginning of fall camp.

“In the summer, I talked with my family, and we decided it would be best for me to try and graduate early. I took a couple of online classes [in summer], but being on the summer camp circuit and the seven-on-seven circuits kind of put me behind,” Smith explained. “So my dad was talking to the coaches, and they all decided they wanted me to finish those courses before I came back [to practice]. The coaches were OK with that. I got it done and now I’m back.”

Now that he’s returned to the field, Smith is turning his attention toward his senior season.

As noted by Jim Halley of USA Today Sports, IMG will start the season ranked No. 2 in the country—which puts a bullseye squarely on the Ascenders this fall.

While the roster has been reloaded with plenty of talent, Smith is one of the few returning starters from last year's squad. With his college destination already known, Smith’s goals are fairly simple for the upcoming season. 

“I’m not worried about my individual stats this year,” he stated. “I’m just trying to win a national championship and do whatever it takes to help our team win. I want to help get our other guys the exposure they deserve. It’s all about winning that national championship.”


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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FSU's Motion to Dismiss Title IX Lawsuit from Jameis Winston's Accuser Denied

U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker denied a motion filed by Florida State University to dismiss Erica Kinsman's Title IX lawsuit against the school Wednesday, according to Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times.

Kinsman accused former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston of rape in 2012. While Winston was never charged, Kinsman "has claimed that no one at FSU offered her safety precautions as she was being harassed while still on campus," per John Taylor of Pro Football Talk, and that "the university was responsible for Title IX violations because of a 'clearly unreasonable response' to the sexual assault allegations and allowing a 'hostile educational environment.'"

On Wednesday, Judge Walker at least agreed that Kinsman has grounds to continue her lawsuit.

"Viewed in the light most favorable to Ms. Kinsman, the complaint plausibly alleges deliberate indifference during this period that effectively denied her the ability to attend FSU," Walker noted in Wednesday's decision, per Baker.

The university has claimed it offered Kinsman a victim advocate, denying any indifference to her claims. She has denied that the university aided her during the period in which she alleged she was being harassed.

Kinsman also has a civil lawsuit against Winston pending, with that case set to go to trial in May 2017, per Baker.

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5 College Football Coaches on the Hot Seat Entering 2015 Fall Camp

When highly touted college football players don't live up to the hype, the worst that normally happens to them is that they get benched. The scholarship still remains, as does their place with the team.

College football coaches aren't so fortunate.

A bad year or two, and the man in charge of a program ends up packing his office and looking for employment elsewhere. For coaches, the severance included in their contract is no small consolation to the fact that their career track has taken an unexpected turn due to a termination.

Every season, we see coaches at the FBS level either get fired or forced to resign after a less-than-stellar season, the level of which depends on the school they're leaving. Last year, there were three coaches who were fired or quit during the year, while another three were shown the exit after the regular season.

Who is most likely to face that fate in 2015? Take a look at the five coaches whose seats are hottest heading into the season.

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Every College Football Playoff Contender's Secret Weapon in 2015

Chances are, if a team heads into the 2015 college football season as a playoff favorite or contender, it's because that team has at least some star power. 

But one player does not make a team. It takes an entire team effort to go undefeated (or close to undefeated), and everyone has to do their part. That includes the players who fly a bit under the radar. 

In the following slides are the "secret weapons," on offense or defense, for preseason playoff favorites. These are players who either stood out in 2014 and could take on even bigger roles in '15 or made huge strides in the offseason. These aren't household names—yet—but they have the potential to elevate their position and team to great heights. 

As for what constitutes a playoff contender, we focus on teams expected to finish at or near the top of their respective division/conference with some additional consideration given to the preseason USA Today Amway coaches' poll. That's all bound to change, of course, but for the time being, it'll have to do. 

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Steve Spurrier Flips Script, Says the Opposite of What Coaches Usually Do

Before the season, it seems like every coach is in love with their team.

Steve Spurrier has been around the block, so he knows the deal.

On Tuesday, the South Carolina veteran flipped the script on the media and said everything coaches usually don’t: “Quarterbacks? They can’t hit the broad side of a barn. ... Receivers? They couldn’t catch a cold if it was the middle of February. ... I don’t know if we can beat anybody this year. Leadership? Nah, we don’t have any leaders out here. Guys are soft.” 

When he was through, Spurrier and the reporters burst out laughing when he said: “Have you ever heard a coach say that?”

On a serious note, the Gamecocks leader closed by saying he still has "a lot of coaching to do."

His team might still need work, but his interview skills are on point.


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Best Head Coach-Quarterback Tandems in College Football for 2015

A good-sized amount of preseason predictions for any given team can boil down to a two-part question—who is your head coach, and what does your quarterback situation look like?

No matter what system a program runs or which conference it calls home, the head coach and the quarterback are usually its two most-important figures. The connection between the two is important, and great tandems can become synonymous with a successful season.

Sure, teams need much more than just head coaching and quarterback play to win games and compete for championships, but the leadership from these roles is essential.

Here's a look at the best head coach-quarterback tandems in college football heading into the 2015 season. These duos were chosen and ranked by their respective wins, experience and potential for the upcoming year—and the more success the two have had together, the better their place in this countdown.

The offseason is winding down, so the time to debate preseason lists is drawing to a close. Give your take on the best duo in college football and name those tandems who deserve some more love in the comments below.

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SEC Football: Teams Most Likely to Not Make a Bowl Game in 2015

It's August, which means your team—yes, even if you're a fan of Vanderbilt—is a surefire division title contender and a stone-cold, lead-pipe lock to make the second annual College Football Playoff.


That's not possible, though, and the roller coaster known as the college football season will send several teams home for the holidays instead of on a trip to a bowl game.

Which SEC teams are most likely not to make a bowl game following the 2015 regular season?


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Vanderbilt Commodores

Sorry, Vandy, but it's really hard to find something to love about this team outside of running back Ralph Webb.

It seemed like Patton Robinette was the natural fit to become the starting quarterback following spring practice, but he gave up football following spring due to health concerns and to focus on his own medical career. 

That leaves Johnny McCrary, Wade Freebeck, Kyle Shurmur and Shawn Stankavage vying for the top spot on the depth chart. McCrary has the experience and Shurmur has the most upside, but it's not exactly like this is the ideal spot for first-year offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig to be in.

We'll see how it works with head coach Derek Mason calling the defensive plays, and having a solid end like Caleb Azubike to rely on will help.

That schedule, though, is a bear. 

Ole Miss and Texas A&M are tough out of the west, the Commodores have to go to Florida and Tennessee—two of the toughest places to play in college football, and out-of-conference games vs. Western Kentucky and at Houston won't be easy.

Sorry, 'Dores fans. For the second straight season, the team won't go bowling.


Kentucky Wildcats

For the first month-and-a-half of the 2014 season, Kentucky looked like it had taken more than a small step forward, but a gigantic leap. Mark Stoops' Wildcats started 5-1 with their only blemish coming in triple overtime at Florida, before they lost six straight to close the season.

They'll be on the cusp again in 2015 thanks to underrated quarterback Patrick Towles and a defensive front that should be solid, but that schedule doesn't do Stoops any favors.

They draw Auburn at home out of the SEC West, but some of the advantage of playing on Thursday night is minimized due to the fact that Auburn, like Kentucky, has a bye beforehand. The following week, they have to travel to cross-division rival Mississippi State and deal with all of those cow bells.

They play South Carolina, Florida and Missouri in September, so if they're not clicking on all cylinders right out of the gate, bowl hopes could be dashed before the leaves change color.

Like last year, Kentucky will be competitive for the majority of the year. But it's going to have to spring multiple upsets to get to a bowl game.


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Mississippi State Bulldogs

Mississippi State was the darling of the college football world for the final two months of the regular season, but back-to-back losses to Ole Miss and Georgia Tech sent the Bulldogs to the offseason wondering what might have been.

I get that quarterback Dak Prescott is awesome, but the presence of a veteran quarterback is a wildly overstated offseason storyline. Five of the last six national titles were won by first-year starting quarterbacks, and eight of the last 12 starting quarterbacks in the national championship game were first-year starters. A veteran is helpful, but the supporting cast is much more important.

Mississippi State's supporting cast is questionable at best. 

The Bulldogs lost three starters on an offensive line that was vital to Prescott's success last year, as well as five of seven starters in the defensive front seven. Head coach Dan Mullen has said all offseason that the backups played as much as reserves last year.

"When you look at guys like a Will Redmond, a Chris Jones, a Richie Brown who was an SEC Defensive Player of the Week one week last year, they're not returning starters because they didn't play the first play of the game," he said at SEC media days. "I don't view that as a real negative."

He's right, but Mississippi State's edge on defense was depth and continuity on defense, and the people that took those rotational snaps have more responsibility.

Mississippi State will get to a bowl, but only if it doesn't get upset along the way.


South Carolina Gamecocks

South Carolina fell just short of the media's expectations last year, when it finished the regular season 6-6 after being picked to win the division at SEC media days.

This year will follow the same path.

The Gamecocks still are loaded with questions up front on defense—their biggest sore spot last year—and are still relatively young in the secondary. The presence of junior college defensive end Marquavius Lewis and new co-defensive coordinator Jon Hoke will certainly help, but will it be enough to overcome other deficiencies that developed? 

I'm not sure.

The Gamecocks' most experienced quarterback—Connor Mitch—has only six career passing attempts, the offensive line has been shuffled around, running back Mike Davis is gone and aside from Pharoh Cooper—who's awesome—there isn't a proven playmaker outside.

They have to go to Texas A&M and get LSU out of the West the week after the Tigers get a tuneup, have Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri on the road and have a tough out-of-conference neutral-site opener vs. North Carolina to start the season.


Florida Gators

It seems like the immediate success of Urban Meyer at Florida and Ohio State, Nick Saban at Alabama, Gene Chizik and Gus Malzahn at Auburn and other coaches around the country has created an atmosphere in programs where immediate success is expected. The reality is that all situations are different, and Florida head coach Jim McElwain will struggle to orchestrate an immediate turnaround in year one in Gainesville.

The combination of offensive line concerns, a new offensive scheme and a new (or, perhaps, slightly experienced) quarterback is a recipe for disaster in the SEC, where games are won and lost in the trenches.

With the traditional cross-division rivalry with LSU along with a visit from the fearsome Ole Miss front seven in early October, the schedule doesn't do Florida any favors. 

McElwain will take baby steps, get a bowl game and—most importantly—bowl practices, but every week will be a battle.


Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports. Statistics courtesy of 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.

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Palo Alto Restaurant Features Cal Logo in Urinal

The Stanford Cardinal and California Golden Bears are rivals, and their bad blood extends well beyond the gridiron.

Journalist Andrew Baggarly, who covers the San Francisco Giants for the Bay Area News Group, stumbled upon a urinal in Palo Alto (Stanford turf) decked out with Cal’s colors and logo.

A fan tweeted back at Baggarly with a shot of a Stanford-themed urinal in Berkeley:

Stay classy, college football rivalries.


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Michigan Football 2015: Complete Preview of Wolverines Defense

The Wolverines finished off the 2014 season with a 5-7 record. Bleacher Report's college football analysts Michael Felder, Barrett Sallee and Adam Kramer break down Michigan's biggest storylines on defense heading into the 2015 season.

How well do you think Michigan will do this year? Watch the video and let us know!

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LSU Keeping QBs Off Limits a Smart Move for Les Miles

That sound you hear coming from the LSU quarterback battle is silence.

You better get used to it, because for the foreseeable future, that's all you're going to get. 

Head coach Les Miles said on Monday that the two primary contenders—junior Anthony Jennings and sophomore Brandon Harris—have improved tremendously from last season's struggles.

"It’s an ongoing process," Miles said, according to quotes released by LSU. "Both guys are playing better. They are night and day in how they continue to evolve as compared to this time last year. We will have better quarterback play."

According to Glenn Guilbeau of Gannett Louisiana, that might be the most information we receive about the quarterback race for quite some time.

At this point, it's clear who's leading the pack, according to Shea Dixon of

It's good for Miles to keep his quarterbacks off limits to the media and control the information about one of the most important quarterback battles in the SEC this August. Sure, it'd be great to get practice-by-practice updates as to where the two contenders stand. We still might get that from Miles himself, players who are available to the media or sources who leak information from practice.

But the quarterbacks themselves don't need the distraction of practice-by-practice commentary of where each stands.

They just need to focus on the playbook and improving.

It's no surprise that Harris is leading at the moment. He entered fall camp with a slight edge on Jennings after Jennings was suspended for an arrest that was later dropped. During that time, it was Harris who was organizing most of the work with his teammates.

"He's changed a lot. He's stepping up," running back Leonard Fournette at SEC media days in July. "Brandon has improved tremendously. He's making the right reads, reading defenses and making a lot of plays."

With Jennings back, though, he has a chance to play catchup in a hurry over the next couple of weeks with no outside pressure and make it interesting for Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

"Bottom line for LSU fans is that they don't need to get hung up on who is back there, they just need to demand better quarterback play from their coaches," said T-Bob Hebert, former LSU offensive lineman and host of Double Coverage on 3WL 1350 in New Orleans. "The struggles under center have transcended multiple recruiting classes at LSU, and this is an opportunity for Cameron to prove the success of Zach Mettenberger is the rule rather than the exception."

Because of that, don't expect a resolution anytime soon.

The Tigers open with McNeese State before traveling to Mississippi State and hosting Auburn in Weeks 2 and 3, respectively.

That tuneup with the Cowboys is a perfect place for Miles and Cameron to see what they have from each of their two contenders in the first half, and then let the second half serve as a 30-minute warm-up for the two division battles in the coming weeks.

These quarterbacks need to focus 100 percent on not only winning the job, but helping the offense improve in what's a critical year for Miles and the LSU program. Another 8-5 year wouldn't send Miles packing, but Cameron's contract is up after this year, and it could usher in a lot of offensive change heading into the 2016 season in which Miles could be coaching for his job.


Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports. Statistics courtesy of 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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LSU Football 2015: Complete Preview of Tigers Defense

The LSU Tigers finished off the 2014 season with an 8-5 record. But how will they fare in 2015?

Watch as Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Michael Felder, Barrett Sallee and Adam Kramer break down LSU's biggest storylines on defense heading into the 2015 season in the video above.

How well do you think the Tigers will do this year? Watch the video and let us know!

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Alabama Football 2015: Complete Preview of the Crimson Tide Defense

The Crimson Tide finished off the 2014 season with a 12-2 record. Bleacher Report's college football analysts Michael Felder, Barrett Sallee and Adam Kramer break down Alabama's biggest storylines on defense heading into the 2015 season.

How well do you think the Crimson Tide will do this year? Watch the video and let us know!

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Georgia Football 2015: Complete Preview of Bulldogs Defense

The Georgia Bulldogs finished off the 2014 season with a 10-3 record. But how will they fare in 2015?

Watch as Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Michael Felder, Barrett Sallee and Adam Kramer break down Georgia's biggest storylines on defense heading into the 2015 season.

How well do you think Georgia will do this year? Watch the video and let us know!

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Power Ranking Top 10 College Football Jobs

Last winter, a truly rare event unfolded on college football’s coaching carousel. Normally, the carousel is reserved for programs which have fallen on hard times, places that aren’t normally considered among the game’s blue bloods.

Oh, sure, no program is immune from change. However, having Florida and Michigan both open at the same time created a rare dynamic for job seekers and those looking to fill openings. It isn’t often that two marquee programs are filling openings at the same time, but it happened last winter, with Florida tabbing Jim McElwain and Michigan snagging Jim Harbaugh in hopes of a revival.

It brought up interesting questions: What are the best jobs in college football, and what makes those jobs truly special? Is it support (be it financial or emotional from fans)? Is it the facilities? Recruiting base and location? Tradition? Or a little of all the above?

Here’s a look at the top 10 jobs in college football. Keep in mind that these rankings don’t necessarily lean exclusively on a program’s current state. It’s what the program has been, what it is and what it can be.


Financial figures are taken from the most recent athletic department revenue stats .

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Texas Football 2015: Complete Preview of Longhorns

The Texas Longhorns finished off the 2014 season with a 6-7 record. Stephen Nelson hosts as Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Michael Felder and Barrett Sallee break down the Longhorns' biggest storylines on offense and defense heading into the 2015 season.

How well do you think Texas will do this year? Watch the video and let us know!

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5 Statistics That Must Change for Michigan Football in 2015

Following a disappointing 5-7 campaign last season, the Michigan football team must improve in five particular areas.

While the statistics that need to change don't tell the complete story of the program's struggles, upgraded performance in these areas should positively impact Michigan's final 2015 record.

They're not simple fixes—considering the improvements are spread throughout the offense, defense and special teams—but most are a matter of fundamentals, and Wolverines fans can be certain that's what Jim Harbaugh and Co. are preaching.

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TCU Football 2015: Complete Preview of Horned Frogs

The TCU Horned Frogs finished off the 2014 season with a 12-1 record. Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Michael Felder and Barrett Sallee break down the Horned Frogs' biggest storylines heading into the 2015 season.

How well do you think TCU will do this year? Watch the video and let us know!

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UCLA Football 2015: Complete Preview of Bruins

The UCLA Bruins finished off the 2014 season with a 12-2 record. How will they fare in 2015?

Watch as Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Michael Felder and Adam Kramer break down the Bruins' biggest storylines heading into the 2015 season in the video above.

How well do you think UCLA will do this year? Watch the video and let us know!

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