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Penn State Football 2015: Complete Preview and Predictions for Nittany Lions

The Penn State Nittany Lions finished the 2014 season with a 7-6 record. But how will they fare in 2015?

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

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

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South Carolina Football 2015: Complete Preview of Gamecocks Offense and Defense

South Carolina finished off the 2014 season with a 7-6 record. Bleacher Report's college football analysts Michael Felder and Barrett Sallee break down South Carolina's biggest storylines on offense and defense heading into the 2015 season.

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

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15 Non-Power 5 College Football Players You Need to Know for the 2015 Season

Did you know that since 2000, 12 of the 32 quarterbacks who started in the Super Bowl didn’t play for a Power Five team in college?

That’s 38 percent of the field.

It proves an important point: You don’t have to play for Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma or USC to be a good football player.

It also means that you don’t have to play for a big-time program to become one of the greatest football players of all time. Think of Brett Favre of Southern Miss, Jack Lambert of Kent State and Walter Payton of Jackson State.

The following 15 athletes all have the right stuff for a big 2015 season; a lucky few may even go on to be a part of football history.

This is what will be referred to as their “humble beginnings."

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Who Will Be College Football's Best Quarterback in 2015?

Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston headlined as the nation's top quarterbacks in 2014, but who will hold the crown in 2015? Bleacher Report's college football analysts Michael Felder, Barrett Sallee and Adam Kramer discuss who they think is the best QB in 2015.

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Virginia Tech Football: Week 1 Fall Camp Stock Report

Fall camp finally began last Friday for the Virginia Tech Hokies, and the countdown to the season opener against the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes is officially on.

The start of fall camp is intoxicating for fans across the country. Whether you're a fan of the Washington State Cougars, the Florida State Seminoles or Virginia Tech, everyone begins the season with a clean slate and big expectations.

On the first day of practice for the Hokies, they received a surprise in the presence of Michael Vick. Vick watched practice and spoke to the team about embracing the opportunities that are in front of it, per Brian Woodson of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph:

Just to embrace the opportunity they have in front of them, don’t take it lightly. I told them everything they wanted in their life is right there ahead of them, whether it is in the NFL or graduating and moving on to other things.

They have a great opportunity to do so many things with their lives. This is the platform, they deserve it, they worked hard to get here obviously. This entire program and school will give them everything they need and provide them with everything they need as long as they put in the hard work.

Vick expects to be back on campus for the showdown with the Buckeyes on Labor Day.

As far as the current Hokies go, it was a busy first few days of camp. With 16 starters returning, there aren't many starting positions up for grabs. The biggest battle in camp could be at "Rover," where three-year starter Kyshoen Jarrett is gone. Tech expected C.J. Reavis to be its starter at the position this year, but the school dismissed him in July after an unspecified violation of the university's rules.

Currently, junior Desmond Frye, senior Donovan Riley—a cornerback—and junior Der'Woun Greene are competing to win the starting job.


Brandon Facyson Is Back

Brandon Facyson and Kendall Fuller formed an outstanding freshman duo at cornerback two years ago. Both received All-ACC and Freshman All-American honors, combining for 11 interceptions.

However, Facyson suffered a leg injury that slowed him early last season and eventually forced him to miss the last nine games of the year. In December, Facyson broke his leg in practice and later received a medical hardship waiver.

For the first time in a while, Facyson is a full go in practice, and defensive coordinator Bud Foster has seen the Facyson of 2013, according to Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“I saw the Brandon Facyson I saw two years ago, playing with a lot of confidence,” Foster said. “He’s not even thinking about that leg. It’s good to see.”

It is good to see. The Hokies are tinkering with Chuck Clark—who replaced Facyson in the starting lineup last season—at free safety this fall and need Facyson at full strength across from Fuller.

Facyson believes breaking his leg in December was beneficial to a full recovery.

“It gave my leg the chance to heal correctly and a chance to be 100 percent at the end of the day,” Facyson said. “So I’m thankful for it. I just kind of went with it, rolled with the punches.”

If Tech has a healthy Facyson across from Fuller in the season opener, it will allow Foster to get even more creative with his blitz packages than he did in last season's win over the Buckeyes.


Shai McKenzie Suspended for One Game

Virginia Tech has reinstated sophomore running back Shai McKenzie to the football program. However, he will miss Week 1 because of an off-field incident in the offseason, per Andrea Adelson of

McKenzie's return will be a boost to the running game behind J.C. Coleman and Trey Edmunds.

McKenzie played in five games last fall before tearing his ACL and missing the remainder of the season. He was off to a strong start to his career as he ran for 106 yards on just nine carries in the season opener before rushing for a touchdown in the win over Ohio State. McKenzie finished his shortened freshman campaign with 269 rushing yards, three touchdowns and an average of just over five yards per carry.

Coleman may be entrenched as the starter, but McKenzie offers a different style than both Coleman and Edmunds. He's a patient runner with great vision.

McKenzie's return from ACL surgery is going well, and he should be ready for Week 2.


News, Notes and Attrition

Every fall, a player or two who were on the spring roster don't make it to Week 1 of the regular season. That's not just in Blacksburg; that's everywhere. Whether it's an issue over playing time, a transfer or an injury, players leave schools all the time.

Unfortunately for the Hokies, they lost Reavis in a situation that didn't pertain to football.

Another former top recruit, Holland Fisher, could also be done in Blacksburg. He hasn't been in practice yet, and his situation appears to be tenuous, at best, per Barber:

Former kicker Carson Wise is transferring, per the Roanoke Times. Wise wasn't going to beat out Joey Slye, so his departure makes sense.

Also on the roster front, Tech did get some good news with Dahman McKinnon's return to the program. The backup linebacker played in six games last fall before suffering a knee injury against Western Michigan. McKinnon briefly left the team in the spring but is back in the mix now.


Beamer Way

Longtime head coach Frank Beamer played for the Hokies and is entering his 29th season in charge of his alma mater. He put Virginia Tech on the national map and has kept it there with 22 consecutive bowl appearances.

Now the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has rewarded Beamer and his wife Cheryl for their contributions to the school by renaming Spring Road—a road that runs by Lane Stadium—Beamer Way.

Vick thought it was an honor befitting his legendary former coach:

Beamer deserves it, he deserves everything that he has embodied up to this point. This program wouldn’t be where it is at without him so it feels good to be part of something that, I won’t say was built from ground up, but being around a guy who pretty much paved the way for a lot of people. 

Coach Beamer did that for me, he did that for a lot of my brothers that I played here with, and these guys that are set to make a mark in their careers as well.

Beamer is a beloved figure not only in the eyes of his former players but also in the Blacksburg community.

Athletic director Whit Babcock was effusive in his praise of Beamer, per the team's official website:

“Coach Beamer personifies our department’s core values of integrity, service, honor and excellence, and Hokies being ‘one team, strong together’. This is our way of saying thank you."

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