NCAA Football News

Florida Leads for Elite 2017 QB but Alabama, Michigan and ND Making Pushes

Recruiting the quarterback position is a very difficult and precise science. Many teams' hopes can rest upon the shoulder of a young starting quarterback. 

Adam Lefkoe is joined by Bleacher Report Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue to discuss the recruitment of Jake Allen. 

Where do you think Allen will land at the next level? Check out the video and let us know!

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Would SEC Ever Lift Its Ban on Alcohol Sales at Football Games?

Every offseason, a handful of college programs take the plunge and begin selling alcohol at on-campus facilities.

This summer, one of the most prominent programs in the country announced it had joined the fray.

According to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), the University of Texas will sell beer and wine at home football games after it was sold at other facilities. 

As rivalries go, Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp naturally took a shot at his intrastate rival (via Gabe Bock of TexAgs Radio):

Trolling aside (which is always encouraged), the truth is Texas A&M can't sell alcohol at sporting events thanks to an SEC rule that dates back more than three decades.

Here's the rule the SEC office provided to Bleacher Report:

No alcoholic beverages shall be sold or dispensed for public consumption anywhere in the facility and the possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the public areas of the facility shall be prohibited. These prohibitions shall not apply to private, leased areas in the facility or other areas designated by the SEC. There shall be no advertising displays mentioning or promoting alcoholic beverages in the facility.

Essentially, that means no alcohol except in private suites.

Will that change, though?

There has been some talk that the SEC could lift the ban as recently as 2014.

"Right now, they drink excessively in the parking lot before they come in because they can't get alcohol inside," LSU athletics director Joe Alleva said, according to Jon Solomon, formerly of AL.com. "Perhaps if they had access in the stadium, they wouldn't drink as much when they come in. I think it's something we have to talk about."

All that is, though, is talk.

"While it’s mentioned from time to time in public domain, there were no substantive discussions, motions, votes, etc., regarding changing the policy in Destin," the conference said in a statement to Bleacher Report.

In fact, it really hasn't been brought up at all.

"I don't think it's ever been brought up in Destin [at spring meetings]," Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs told Bleacher Report. "To be brought up in Destin, that means there has to be some legislative proposal on the table, and in my memory, I don't remember that ever being the case."

But this is a changing world.

The cost of operating a competitive athletics department rises seemingly by the day, and in the age of autonomy, the inclusion of full cost-of-attendance scholarships will only accelerate those costs.

Because of that, schools are getting creative. Georgia Tech just hosted the Rolling Stones earlier this month for a concert at Bobby Dodd Stadium. As ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson reported in April, some of the money generated from the event will cover half of Tech's budget for full cost of attendance.

In the SEC, though, Mick Jagger and the boys aren't needed. At least, not for financial reasons.

"With the different revenues and expenses that we all have, I'm not sure that any one component—specifically cost of attendance or an increase in tuition—would be a reason why you would change what you do," Jacobs said. "I think we all are blessed from the SEC Network funding—I know we are here at Auburn—so we aren't forced to look for new ways to generate revenue."

If you're looking to enjoy a frosty adult beverage at a college football stadium for the low, low price of $8.50, you better try Austin, Minnesota or West Virginia, because you won't likely be able to anytime soon in the SEC.

 

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of cfbstats.com unless otherwise noted, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports' composite rankings.

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and 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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Make-or-Break Games for Top 2015 Heisman Candidates

Successful Heisman campaigns can hinge on one performance.

Think of the last few Heisman Trophy winners, and a few signature games will come to mind—Jameis Winston's pregame speech and 444-yard outburst against Clemson in 2013, Johnny Manziel's crazy play in an upset win over Alabama in 2012 and Robert Griffin III's game-winning strike to knock off Oklahoma in 2011.

But Heisman campaigns can come to an abrupt end in big games, too. Remember how West Virginia's Geno Smith looked like the runaway favorite in 2012 before Kansas State held him to 143 yards in a prime-time blowout loss?

In anticipation of what should be a Heisman race filled with a ton of great candidates in 2015, let's take a look at the games that could make or break the top contenders' bids for the award.

These games, one for each of the top 10 players in the latest numbers from Odds Shark, were determined by the amount of national spotlight on the matchup, the player's previous performances against the school and the caliber of the opposing defense.

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Michigan Football: 10 Best Players in Wolverines History

It’s taken more than 134 years for the Michigan Wolverines to develop one of college football’s most celebrated and respected programs. With 915 victories, 42 Big Ten titles and 11 national championships, Michigan is recognized as nothing short of NCAA royalty.

And for decades, its winged helmet and maize and blue jerseys have helped define Saturdays in a way unrivaled by most teams in the land. There have been dozens of books written about the rich heritage and proud tradition of Michigan football, yet there is always room for more. Fans and alumni just can’t get enough background when it comes to learning about “Mad Magicians” and “Harmon of Michigan.”

With that being said, it’d be nearly impossible to limit a Wolverines' top-10 slideshow to just 10 people or players for that matter. However, by covering the early days of Fielding H. Yost and Fritz Crisler, all the way to the present-day Jim Harbaugh era, this slideshow will highlight 10 (plus a few) of the greatest men who laid the foundation in Ann Arbor.

“Have you ever been to the Louvre?” asked legendary Wolverines broadcaster Jim Brandstatter, who played for the iconic Bo Schembechler from 1969 to 1972, calling the team’s games for various outlets since the late 1970s. “If you ever get there, you walk around there and there are these paintings, and there’s a masterpiece at every turn, OK?

You walk around the corner of the hallway, and you’re like, ‘Oh, there’s a Van Gogh. Oh, there’s a Monet.’ You get sensory overload. You know, when you’re playing with these guys, you see them every day in practice, and you see them doing remarkable things. You’re used to it.”

Back then, players such as Dan Dierdorf and Reggie McKenzie were “just your buddies." Today, they’re heroes who not only helped shape a program, but they also helped influence Brandstatter's career. Because of them, he knows exactly how to identify special talent. 

Michael Keller agrees "100 percent" with Brandstatter. Because of time spent playing for Schembechler and with guys such as "Brandy" and others, Keller developed a deeper knowledge of the game that helped him excel as a player and executive. He spent five decades holding various titles in the NFL, NFL Europe, XFL and USFL. 

"The types of guys that we had playing on either side of us; that’s what made me a better scout," said Keller, a defensive lineman who started a program-record 33 games during his career (1968-1971). "I knew what it took to be successful and to be great, and I applied my experiences with my teammates to find players for the teams I was going to be scouting for and building.

“I’ve built four or five championship teams because of my experiences at Michigan and being exposed to great players at Michigan. I can't say enough about what I learned from my teammates."

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College Football Fact or Fiction: Answering Offseason's Hottest Questions

The college football season approaches, and with it comes extreme excitement for the upcoming storylines that will conquer the national spotlight. 

Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Adam Kramer, Michael Felder and Barrett Sallee debate the hottest topics during the summer in college football. 

Who will win this year's national championship? Check out the video and let us know!

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Odds Jim Harbaugh Beats Ohio State, Michigan State or Both in 2015

It's no secret that first-year Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has a tough rebuilding project ahead of him. After going 5-7 a year ago under Brady Hoke, getting back to a bowl game would be considered a successful season. But even if that doesn't happen, Michigan could get some satisfaction if it beats either Michigan State or Ohio State—or both. 

(Of course, defeating the Spartans and Buckeyes in the same season likely means Michigan is good enough to go bowling. In that case, it would be an added bonus.)

However, what are the odds of Michigan pulling off at least one of those upsets? Both games are at home, which is a plus, so let's set the early odds of beating Ohio State at 3-1, assuming as of today that the Buckeyes will be about a two-touchdown favorite at best. We'll put beating Michigan State at 2.5-1, assuming the Spartans will be a touchdown or so favorite. The odds to beat both? Let's put it at 8-1. 

These odds are just opinion, of course, but they are based on what some early Vegas lines are saying (with an assist from B/R in-house betting guru Adam Kramer). 

Still, the odds aren't great, and history alone tells you why. 

Compounding the misery of Michigan football over the past several years is the fact that the program has fallen far behind not just Ohio State, but Michigan State as well. Things have certainly changed dramatically since 2007 when former Wolverines running back Mike Hart referred to the Spartans as "little brother." 

At that time, Michigan had won its sixth straight game over its in-state rival. Since then, the Spartans have won six of the last seven meetings.

Things are even worse against the Buckeyes. Since 2003, which also happens to be the last time Michigan beat both teams, the Wolverines are 1-10 against Ohio State. Over the past eight seasons, Michigan is 3-13 against Michigan State and Ohio State. The Wolverines have lost to both teams in the same season five times. 

Heading into 2015, Ohio State is a runaway favorite to make the College Football Playoff again and potentially repeat as national champions. Michigan State returns quarterback Connor Cook and defensive end Shilique Calhoun and looks to play spoiler for the Buckeyes' Big Ten and national title hopes. 

In other words, barring an unforeseen development, Michigan isn't catching either team in a down year. To beat even one of them, it's going to require an ugly, grind-it-out game. (For what it's worth, Michigan went 2-2 in games decided by a touchdown or less last year.)

That won't be easy. The Buckeyes and Spartans posted the top two scoring offenses in the Big Ten in 2014 at 44.8 and 43.0 points per game, respectively. Sure, both offenses lost some key contributors, especially at the skill positions. Tony Lippett and Jeremy Langford, the top receiver and rusher for the Spartans, are gone; Devin Smith, the Buckeyes' deep threat, is also no longer around. However, there are plenty of returning players to believe there won't be a major drop-off. 

Michigan's not going to get into a shootout with these teams. That's not their game right now. The Wolverines' concerns lie on offense because of an unresolved quarterback competition, a running back unit that has underperformed and an offensive line that has never quite come together. Under Hoke, there was never any improvement on that side of the ball. In fact, scoring offense actually got worse from 2013 to '14, dropping about 11 points per game. 

As Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com wrote in April following the spring game, Harbaugh's rebuilding job isn't impossible, but it has a long way to go: 

There's a reality here, whether fans want to admit it to themselves or not. Michigan's offense was completely broken a year ago. Harbaugh has to rebuild it. Not quite from scratch, but in terms of fundamentals and mental toughness, it's pretty close. It'll take far more than 15 practices to accomplish this feat, but at the same time, he's got a pretty good track record.

Will the Wolverines offense go from a total mess to something serviceable or better by mid-October (vs. Michigan State) or late November (vs. Ohio State)? Possibly, but turning around three years of mediocrity takes practices and more practices. And then some more practices. It wasn't fixed in the spring, and it may not be fixed in preseason camp. For all anyone knows, the best players Harbaugh will coach at Michigan may not even be on the roster yet

To upset Ohio State and/or Michigan State, Harbaugh's team will need to rely heavily on its defense—not to mention it'll need to catch some breaks as well. There's no denying the defense is ahead of the offense at the moment, but even then, that side of the ball has to be stingy.

In 2014, the Wolverines finished fourth in the Big Ten in scoring defense (18.4 points per game) against unranked teams; against three Associated Press-ranked teams, that number nearly doubled to 34.3 points per game. 

But if there's one thing Michigan has on its side, it's experience. Seventeen starters are returning, according to Phil Steele. Another returning player is safety Jabrill Peppers, the former blue-chip recruit who had his '14 season cut short because of a leg injury. 

Michigan hasn't been great in close games over the past couple of years—it's basically been a coin flip—but the important thing is that they've been in those situations. As former Wolverines lineman Jon Jansen said at a Michigan Alumni Alumni Association luncheon recently, per James Gensterblum of the Petoskey News-Review, that experience should pay off with Harbaugh's brand of mental toughness: 

Regardless of who was coaching this team, we would be a much better team this year just because of the experience these guys have gained. There's no way to simulate what it's like being on the field, and when you're an 18 or 19-year old kid running out of the tunnel to face 110,000 screaming fans, it's overwhelming.

Once you've gotten a year or two under your belt, you're not overwhelmed anymore, you're thinking about your assignment and focused on taking on the guy across from you. The game starts to slow down for you, and when you're playing fast and everything around you is slow, then everything is going to go better for you.

That's it. That's how Michigan upsets Michigan State and/or Ohio State. It's not terribly complex, but that doesn't make it easy, either. The Buckeyes and Spartans are the Big Ten's best right now and either could be playoff-bound next season. Michigan is simply trying to get things turned around in the right direction. 

Beating either one of those teams is about bringing them down to Michigan's level, not the other way around. 

 

Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football. All quotes cited unless obtained firsthand. All stats courtesy of cfbstats.com

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Odds and Prediction on Where Playmaking WR Ahmir Mitchell Lands

Ahmir Mitchell is a 4-star athlete, per 247Sports' composite rankings, who is uncommitted. Mitchell is an explosive player who will make an immediate impact at the next level.

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Adam Kramer gives his odds on where this 2016 stud will go to college.

Where do you think Mitchell will play at the next level? Check out the video and let us know!

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SEC Football: Optimistic, Pessimistic and Realistic Predictions for Every Team

It's summertime and your team—yes, you, the fan of a team who lost everybody off of its depth chart—is a stone cold, lead pipe lock to win the SEC, correct?

Well, it's not that easy.

Upsets happen, major injuries occur and sometimes coaches forget the intricacies of proper clock management. We will account for all of those variables in our optimistic, pessimistic and realistic prediction slideshow for the SEC in 2015.

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Breaking Down the Best Offensive Players in Each College Football Conference

Over the past few years, college football has become an increasingly offensive-oriented game. Spread offenses like Auburn, Clemson, Oregon and TCU's have piled up points from coast to coast, making the game truly fun for fans to watch.

With that said, there’s still room for power rushers who chew up three yards and a cloud of dust (or 50 yards and paydirt) each time out and powerful passing games that feature dropback signal-callers who’ll fit right into any NFL offense. The point? Offenses rule the game, and having talented offensive players on your roster is paramount to sustained success.

Here’s a look at the best offensive players in each FBS conference. Players were selected for their on-field impact, as well as their potential to make a difference for their respective teams in 2015.

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Jennings' On- and Off-Field Mistakes Give Harris Clear Lead in LSU QB Battle

According to the Baton Rouge Advocate's Ross Dellenger, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings was arrested on Thursday for unauthorized entry of a dwelling. 

Watch as Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Barrett Sallee explains what this means for the LSU QB battle. 

Who will be the starting signal-caller for LSU in 2015? Check out the video and let us know!

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Predicting Where the Tennessee Volunteers Will Finish in 2016 Recruiting Ranks

The Tennessee Volunteers' back-to-back top-10 recruiting classes probably won't have company in 2016.

When a program gets a complete makeover the way the Vols have in coach Butch Jones' first two classes—signing 62 players, which is more than two-thirds of a roster—the numbers game catches up eventually.

That's what is expected to happen this year.

With a monster class of in-state players and prospects the Vols coaching staff has established relationships with set for 2017, this year's haul may be slimmer than normal.

The final ranking could suffer because of that too.

Given the relatively slow start from a rankings standpoint (Tennessee is currently ranked 16th nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings and seventh in the SEC) and considering UT already has 12 commitments, the team can't make a massive jump up the charts. 

While Jones recruits well enough that a top-20 class is virtually guaranteed, sneaking into the top 15 may be a tall task unless there's considerable turnover in the current class or several prospects receive ratings bumps.

GoVols247 recruiting analyst Ryan Callahan sees a sunnier outlook.

"It's hard to say where Tennessee might finish in the final rankings, at least in part because we don't know for sure how many players the Vols might end up signing," Callahan told B/R. "Their preference would be to sign a class of around 18 as of right now, but it's always possible that they could squeeze in a couple more guys if they feel they need to.

"If they stick with that plan and sign somewhere around 18, I would expect Tennessee to finish somewhere between 11 and 15 in the final team rankings. It's going to be tough for the Vols to sign a pretty small class that's still deep enough to finish in the top 10. That's just the reality of the situation.

"That doesn't mean they can't still sign 18 really good players and have a nice class. But it's going to be tough to crack the top 10 unless they decide to sign a class of 20-plus players."

Perhaps UT's ceiling for this class would be signing one comparable to what the UCLA Bruins did in the 2015 cycle.

Coach Jim Mora signed 19 players, but the class featured three 5-star prospects, 10 4-stars and six 3-stars and finished 12th.

A more logical comparison based on the Vols' current commits (four 4-stars and eight 3-stars) may be what Ole Miss and Oregon did last year in 22-player classes that wound up 16th and 17th, respectively.

Also, a glimpse of the 2014 rankings shows that Stanford, Clemson, UCLA and Michigan all finished ranked in the top 20 with 20 or fewer commitments.

It can be done, but the Vols need a big finish.

Considering there are at least a couple of players on the commitment list who likely won't be there on national signing day, there's some wiggle room. But another talk-of-national-signing-day finish like the last couple of years is not expected.

That hasn't kept analysts from raving about what Jones has done with limited space thus far:

Here are a few targets Tennessee could sign who would send it surging up the rankings.

 

Kareem Walker

The top-ranked running back in the nation and 4-star Ohio State commitment from New Jersey is good friends with UT quarterback commit Jarrett Guarantano. He plans on visiting the Vols soon, and as OSU has two other potential running backs already committed in this class, it's not outside the realm of possibility that Jones could steal him. Still, at this point, it's wishful thinking.

 

Rashan Gary

Like Walker, Gary hails from New Jersey. Like Walker, he's a long shot to commit to Tennessee (nobody has picked the Vols on the Crystal Ball). But he also has ties to Guarantano, and he's expected to visit UT. If the Vols could somehow convince the nation's top-ranked player to come to Knoxville, they'd surge up the rankings.

 

B.J. Emmons

After the 4-star running back recently decommitted from Georgia, 100 percent of the Crystal Ball projections have him heading to Knoxville. Tennessee desperately needs a running back (or two) in this class, and the staff loves him. If he can qualify, he'd be a perfect fit for this class. He is a power back who also possesses breakaway speed and elite all-around ability. Alabama is also interested.

 

Derrick Brown

Brown is monstrous defensive tackle prospect from the Peach State who is big and athletic and somewhat comparable to Trent Thompson from a season ago. He had Georgia out front early, and the Bulldogs are still in the top group with usual suspects Alabama and Auburn. But after visiting Knoxville this past weekend, the 5-star told Callahan he "definitely" wants to get back up there soon, so UT is in this race.

 

Nigel Warrior

One of the three most realistic huge targets on this list, Warrior is a Tennessee legacy (his father, Dale Carter, is a UT legend) who once referred to the Vols as his leader. Like Brown with Georgia, the star safety has since backed off that statement, but the Vols are in his lead group with teams such as Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State and others. UT should be in this battle until the end.

 

Joejuan Williams

Williams is another prospect many SEC teams have offered, and Jones seems to have the Vols positioned well for the defensive back's signature early in the process. The UT head coach has a strong track record of keeping coveted stars in state, and Williams fits both of those categories. He'd help Tennessee's final ranking, and he's a must-get for the staff.

Toss this cluster of targets into a group of many more, and you see that Tennessee could make a positive move between now and national signing day. And that list doesn't include the 10 or so 4-star receivers who include UT in their lists of favorites.

You have to figure the Vols will land at least a couple of them.

During the past couple of recruiting cycles, Tennessee heated up with the weather. The Vols are about to run a stretch of camps that was productive for them a year ago, starting with this weekend's "Orange Carpet Day."

UT has experienced a strong past couple of weeks with commitments from two JUCO targets who were high on the want list. Receiver Jeff George and defensive tackle Alexis Johnson committed to the Vols, giving Jones important targets at positions where immediate assistance will be needed in 2016.

Local tight end Austin Pope, whose stock has risen recently with offers from teams such as Missouri, Arkansas and Nebraska, pledged less than a week after receiving an offer from UT. The Christian Academy of Knoxville produced Vols Josh Smith and Brett Kendrick in recent years, and now Pope will make a third.

All three of those players are 3-star prospects, but UT didn't hesitate in taking them, regardless of the shortage of spots in the class. So, that should tell you all you need to know about how concerned coaches are with rankings.

The past two years, the Vols were the talk of college football, seemingly rising from the ashes to become a major name in recruiting again. They may go about it more quietly this year, but that doesn't mean they're struggling to promote their brand.

They're just facing the reality of having a young roster loaded with underclassmen and limited spots for players in this class.

The end result may not cause the gurus to gush, but the Vols are putting together a solid class.

 

All observations gathered firsthand unless otherwise noted. All statistics gathered from CFBStats.com, unless otherwise noted. All recruiting information obtained from 247Sports.

Brad Shepard covers SEC football and is the Tennessee lead writer for Bleacher Report. Follow Brad on Twitter @Brad_Shepard.

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Biggest Remaining Challenge Every Power 5 Coach Faces This Offseason

Now roughly 11 weeks from the start of the 2015 college football season, we can begin to see the horizon. And it's dotted with stadiums, tailgating and pre- and postgame shows—all there to entertain us and carry us through the fall.

There's nothing left to do but wait, at least for the fans. College coaches, however, still have plenty left to do.

Coaches are making the final arrangements to ensure the next crop of incoming recruits arrive without incident. They're tinkering with the playbook and drawing up early depth charts. And that's just the tip of the iceberg as far as what coaches still have to worry about this offseason.

Each coach and team has its own specific concerns and challenges to deal with over the summer. We've identified the biggest one for every power-conference team (and Notre Dame) and explain what impact this issue could have on the 2015 season.

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UCLA Football: Recapping the Biggest Offseason News so Far

It's been a period of transition throughout this offseason for head coach Jim Mora and the UCLA football team. 

The program has bid adieu to integral members of the roster (Brett Hundley, Eric Kendricks, Owa Odighizuwa). Dually, there's been a change at one of the coordinator spots. 

There have also been some problems surfacing—which include a suspension of a coach and legal problems for a highly prized recruit. 

Accordingly, this piece will delve into the biggest offseason news for the UCLA Bruins. 

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Ohio State Football: 10 Best Players in Buckeyes' History

The Ohio State football program has been up and running for 125 incredible seasons, and the amount of talent that has filtered through Columbus is staggering.

The Buckeyes have produced six Heisman Trophy winners (and seven trophies total) and sent 416 players to the NFL via the draft, 69 of which went in the first round. 

But who are the 10 best players to ever suit up in the scarlet and gray?

Determining that starts with Ohio State's six Heisman winners. They're part of a fraternity that is comprised of the greatest players in college football history, so they're on this list by default.

The other four spots? Those went to guys who played key roles in their respective championship teams, dominated their position like no other players ever have or own the distinction of putting Ohio State on the map (in a literal sense).  

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Anthony Jennings Among 4 LSU Football Players Arrested: Latest Details, Reaction

Anthony Jennings, Maquedius Bain and Dwayne Thomas, members of the LSU Tigers football team, were arrested by campus police Thursday, per Ross Dellenger and Maya Lau of the Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dellenger listed the charges the three players face:

News of the arrests came just hours after Dellenger and Lau reported another Tigers player was involved in an ongoing legal issue. Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested for simple battery and simple assault after an altercation outside of a bar in Baton Rouge.

Dellenger provided a statement from head coach Les Miles:

Dellenger and Lau were unaware if Lealaimatafao's arrest was related in any way to that of Jennings, Bain and Thomas.

Even if the two incidents are completely independent of one another, Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman still thinks they don't make for a pleasant situation at LSU:

Jennings is certainly the most notable of the four to find himself in potential trouble.

Many expect him to at least compete for the Tigers' starting quarterback job in 2015. He threw for 1,611 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions last year while sharing snaps with Brandon Harris. Jennings likely has the edge going into the season, but his arrest could change that.

The Tigers start the year off at home against McNeese State on Sept. 5.

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UCLA Football: Projecting Who Will Win Bruins' Open Starting Positions

While the UCLA football team returns the vast majority of its starting lineup from a season ago, there are multiple spots in which the Bruins have to replace integral cogs within the proverbial machine. 

The most pressing need is at quarterback. The eventual starter will be tasked with replacing arguably the most successful signal-caller (Brett Hundley) in school history. 

Additionally, there are two pressing needs within the defense to look at, as well as two positions along the offensive line. 

This piece will project and predict the eventual winners of these open starting spots. 

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Trey Lealaimatafao Arrested for Battery, Robbery: Details, Mugshot and Reaction

LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested on battery and robbery charges Thursday after an altercation in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, bar.

Ross Dellenger and Maya Lau of The Advocate spoke with team spokesperson Michael Bonnette, who said Lealaimatafao has been suspended pending the result of the investigation. Police allege that Lealaimatafao knocked an unnamed male unconscious and punched his girlfriend in the face during an altercation in a bar parking lot Tuesday.

He was arrested two days later and placed on $15,000 bond. He remains in jail at this time.

A redshirt freshman, Lealaimatafao was a 3-star recruit out of Warren High School in San Antonio, per 247Sports.com. He was expected to compete for playing time this season on a deep Tigers defensive line.

This is the second time Lealaimatafao has been arrested since arriving in Baton Rouge. Last summer he was arrested after stealing a bicycle, and was also involved in an incident where he punched out a window in the team's weight room. The latter incident forced him out of action until October, which in large part resulted in him redshirting. At the time, he called the moment a "learning experience."

Lealaimatafao's latest off-field incident could come with a jail term of up to seven years if he's convicted on the robbery charge. LSU coach Les Miles has not commented on the situation at this time.

 

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Recruiting Results All Jim Harbaugh Needs to Defend Satellite Camps

With nearly two months to go until the start of the season, Jim Harbaugh still finds himself dominating college football's daily headlines.

But as opposed to the first five months of the new Michigan head coach's unprecedented reign as the sport's most talked-about persona, Harbaugh is now backing up his words with plenty of action.

Harbaugh's arrival in Ann Arbor late last December served as a lightning bolt to the college football landscape, his affinity for satellite camps receiving most of the attention from opposing coaches across the country.

Now that the former San Francisco 49ers head coach's "Summer Swarm Tour" is fully in effect, the noise has only amplified, with Mississippi State's Dan Mullen being the latest to take a swipe at Harbaugh's recruiting practices.

"I imagine Jim Harbaugh, if he's going to have a camp, would want to coach the kids in Michigan, the young kids in Michigan, maybe how to be better football players," Mullen told Super Talk Mississippi's Head To Head on Monday. "So why do they need one all over the place? The only purpose obviously is for recruiting, which I don't think is the right purpose for camps."

It wasn't the first time Harbaugh had been criticized by a coach from the SEC, which along with the ACC forbids its programs from attending camps further than 50 miles away from their respective campuses.

Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Penn State's James Franklin have also held satellite camps over the offseason, but neither has participated in as many as the Wolverines' staff, which has already taken part in 11 with a 12th looming in Youngstown, Ohio, at the end of the month.

"In my America, you're allowed to cross state borders," Harbaugh told USA Today's George Schroeder on Wednesday. "That's the America I know."

Harbaugh's defense wasn't necessary. Neither was his direct response to Mullen's comments, telling Schroeder that he's been merely "sharing a love for football" with his plethora of appearances at satellite camps.

The reality is that Harbaugh's allegiances lie with the school that's paying him—and nobody else.

To that end, it's hard to view the new Michigan headman's venture into satellite camps as anything but successful.

Heading into the summer, the Wolverines' 2016 recruiting class was hardly impressive, with six commits making up a unit that saw its national ranking fluctuate between the mid-30s and 40s. But in the past week, Harbaugh's first full haul as his alma mater's head coach has skyrocketed to 247Sports' No. 9 ranking following the commitment of 4-star offensive tackle Ben Bredeson on Wednesday.

Unsurprisingly, there's a direct correlation one can draw between Harbaugh's foray into satellite camps and the rise of his 2016 class, which has gained nine of its 16 current members in the month of June.

Eight of those nine players attended one of the stops on the "Summer Swarm Tour," which included stops in Florida, California, Texas, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

Some of those players—like Indianapolis 4-star running back Chris Evans—were already highly coveted prospects, while others—like Florida 2-star safety Josh Metellus—earned offers at the camp they attended.

Either way, it's tough to argue with the results Harbaugh has manufactured on the recruiting trail with a little more than seven months to go until national signing day.

That's not to say that Harbaugh's work is done—far from it—especially with rivals Ohio State (No. 3) and Michigan State's (No. 6) respective 2016 classes still ranked ahead of the Wolverines'. 

This fall likely won't be a walk in the park for Harbaugh in his first season on the Michigan Stadium sidelines either, as he inherited a roster that's already at a perceived disadvantage when it comes to talent.

But when it comes to what he can control at this point in his Ann Arbor reign, Harbaugh has managed to already make a mark, and satellite camps are a big reason why.

From all indications, he doesn't seem to be planning on stopping anytime soon either, with the the Virginian-Pilot's Harry Minium reporting that Michigan is planning on taking part in a satellite camp at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Virginia, in 2016.

Whether Harbaugh's reputation as a recruiter will be strengthened or weakened by then remains to be seen. But after six months, The Offseason Of Harbaugh is only gaining steam, and Harbaugh won't be apologizing for it anytime soon.

 

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 cfbstats.com. Recruiting rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

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Parker Boudreaux Reveals Top 5: Odds on Where 4-Star Lands

Parker Boudreaux continues to work his way through a pile of college scholarship offers.

The 6'4", 287-pound Florida lineman commanded attention from more than 70 football programs before finishing his junior year at Bishop Moore Catholic High School. He is now focused on five favorites, revealing them in a Bleacher Report video released Wednesday:

Boudreaux, a 4-star prospect rated 12th nationally among offensive guards in 247Sports' composite rankings, provided a glimpse at his current mindset with the reveal. His top five teams—Clemson, Florida, Georgia Southern, Notre Dame and Oklahoma—each landed on the list for various reasons.

He previously released a top 10 in April. All five favorites appeared in that release, while Alabama, Auburn, Iowa, Ole Miss and Penn State didn't make the cut this time around.

The coveted blocker told Bleacher Report he expects to make a final decision before the start of his senior season. This timeline provides college coaching staffs with approximately another 10 weeks to sell their team as an ideal destination.

We broke down each option under consideration, assigning odds on the likelihood of each university emerging as his eventual landing spot.

 

Clemson: 3-1

The Tigers are viewed as a co-favorite to sign Boudreaux, according to 247Sports' Crystal Ball. Clemson and Notre Dame each claim 36 percent of expert predictions.

It shouldn't come as a surprise to see the Tigers still in this mix. Head coach Dabo Swinney extended an offer at the start of last season, and his staff has remained diligent throughout.

He gave rave reviews about time spent at the university during a March conversation with Tony Crumpton of TigerNet.

"Best visit so far," Boudreaux said. "The people in Clemson care for you and are super friendly and they will treat you right and it makes it feel more like home when there is a family atmosphere."

He actually journeyed to campus during his birthday weekend:

Clemson signed two of the country's top 10 offensive tackles in 2015. Boudreaux would further enhance an impressive young stockpile of big men.

 

Florida: 5-1

With Miami out of the mix, Florida is Boudreaux's lone in-state favorite. The Gators surprisingly didn't offer him until February, when he became a main concern for a new regime led by head coach Jim McElwain.

"[Offensive line coach Mike Summers] said that since they got a new staff that for the last month they have been focusing on '15 kids, and they are starting to focus on '16 kids today. He said that I had to be the first guy for them to offer," Boudreaux told Andrew Spivey of Gator Country.

He visited Gainesville multiple times before the offer arrived and returned to campus this spring. Florida landed top-ranked 2015 offensive lineman Martez Ivey last signing day, so another big-time addition would signal significant and necessary strides up front for Florida.

"They are lacking a lot of offensive linemen, so it's an awesome chance to come in and play early as a freshman," Boudreaux told Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles.

Still, Florida doesn't seem to be trending as much as a few other contenders here. Expect McElwain and company to coordinate more visits this summer, which shouldn't be too hard considering he lives less than two hours away.

 

Georgia Southern: 8-1

This is the favorite that caused folks to scratch their heads Wednesday.

The Eagles are the lone option that doesn't reside in a Power 5 conference, and Georgia Southern is only entering its second season as an FBS member. This program was a powerhouse against FCS competition and did beat Florida in the Swamp two years ago, but we're not quite accustomed to seeing it battle for top-tier recruits.

Georgia Southern signed the nation's 90th-ranked class in February. It currently rates 103rd on that list for the 2016 cycle.

But Boudreaux might just be the breakthrough commitment the Eagles need.

"Georgia Southern is one of the greatest schools of all time. By far, the coolest coaches I've spent a lot of time with," he told Sayles. "With six national championships and just getting in [FBS] football, I think they are easily going to be a top-25 team."

Those are lofty expectations and the kind that realistically require athletes like Boudreaux. Georgia Southern is still a long shot here, but its not nearly the level of underdog many national analysts may see.

 

Notre Dame: 2-1

A flurry of recent projections for the Fighting Irish pushed Notre Dame into a stalemate with Clemson atop Boudreaux's 247Sports Crystal Ball.

He is coming off an extremely positive campus visit that's led some to believe head coach Brian Kelly's squad could now be a slight overall favorite.

"I loved how unique and different it was," Boudreaux told Anna Hickey of Scout.com. "The campus is beautiful, the people are nice and everyone wants you to succeed."

His rapport with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand continues to grow. Hiestand traveled to Florida twice earlier this year for in-person visits and reiterated his need for Boudreaux during their most recent meeting.

"He loves everything about me," Boudreaux told Hickey. "He said to me today, 'You are an outstanding young man, and between you and me, we will truly find out how great you can be. Give me that chance, and I promise you will never regret it.'"

Notre Dame's pursuit should continue to intensify following a Michigan commitment announcement Wednesday from 4-star offensive line target Ben Bredeson. The Fighting Irish already gained a pledge from 5-star tackle Tommy Kraemer.

Every recruit is searching for a high comfort level in college. It seems Boudreaux may have found that in South Bend, Indiana.

"Notre Dame is like a bigger version of Bishop Moore. It is a private Catholic school with great academic support and awesome people," he told Sayles.

 

Oklahoma: 4-1

Few programs have stayed as consistently ardent in this hunt as the Sooners. Oklahoma displays a strong national-recruiting reach every year, and Boudreaux could become the latest key cross-country addition.

Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh continues to make Boudreaux feel like a priority in Norman. Boudreaux appreciated the atmosphere he encountered this spring during a campus visit.

"When you step on campus, you can feel the amazing tradition flowing in the air," he told Sayles. "Coach [Bob] Stoops is an amazing, genuine guy who will take care of you just right. It's all about winning and family over in Norman."

Like Florida, Oklahoma is a high-level program with needs along the offensive front. Clemson and Notre Dame are considerably more stocked at those positions.

"[Stoops] said I would be the perfect fit, and he doesn't see why I couldn't go in as a freshman and make a big impact at Oklahoma," Boudreaux said.

Even if Oklahoma isn't his choice this summer, expect the Sooners to potentially host him for an official visit during the season.

 

Recruit ratings courtesy of 247Sports.

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