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Thomas Tyner Injury: Updates on Oregon RB's Recovery from Shoulder Surgery

Oregon running back Thomas Tyner underwent successful shoulder surgery Friday, but he will miss the 2015 regular season as a result, his father John revealed. Continue for updates...

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Cam Robinson Injury: Updates on Alabama OT's Knee and Recovery

Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson sprained his knee in practice Saturday, as coach Nick Saban told Michael Casagrande of AL.com.

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Robinson's Injury Isn't Considered SeriousSunday, August 9

Saban told Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News that Robinson "is fine" and may be able to participate in practice Sunday. He also praised his star offensive tackle, noting that "when he sets his mind to something he has a strong personality and is a strong, effective competitor," per Alex Scarborough of ESPN.

In other words, Saban doesn't expect a knee sprain will hold Robinson back.

Despite being just a sophomore, Robinson is one of the more talented offensive linemen in the country. A preseason All-SEC selection, he started all 14 games for Alabama as a true freshman and thrived, and he is expected to be a pillar on the line for the Crimson Tide this season. 

His loss would have been a crippling one for Alabama, so Sunday's news was certainly a relief for the program. The Crimson Tide simply can't afford to lose a player as valuable as Robinson as they compete in the brutal SEC West.


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Adam Lane Granted Release from Florida: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

The Florida Gators have granted running back Adam Lane his release so that he can address family concerns, according to the program's official Twitter account:

Lane, a sophomore, was expected to compete for playing time this season. After being given just eight carries during the 2014 season, he was named the MVP of the Birmingham Bowl after rushing 16 times for 109 yards and a score with Matt Jones out of the game due to injury. 

His low center of gravity and strength not only made him a tough player to tackle, as he hit the hole and bounced off would-be tacklers like a pinball, but also a fan favorite at Florida.

The move thins out the running back position pretty significantly for the Gators. While Kelvin Taylor is the starter, freshmen Jordan Scarlett and Jordan Cronkrite will now be asked to step up and contribute with Lane off the team. It will be trial by fire for Florida's young backs. 


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Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher Buys Frozen Yogurt for Waiting Fans

It's not fun sitting outside in the Florida heat on an August day. But diehard Florida State Seminoles fans do it just to catch a glimpse of their favorite college football team. Dedication at it's finest.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher passed these fans on his way to work today and decided to reward them for their support and dedication to the team. And what better way to reward fans sitting out in the heat than with frozen yogurt? 

It was definitely the right move by coach Fisher. 

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SEC Football: Which Teams Are Trending Up and Down Heading into 2015 Season?

SEC football is so difficult to predict this year because of the parity in the league and the lack of definite juggernauts.

There are few guarantees when it comes to who's going to be good and who's going to have a difficult time. The perfect example is that the Mississippi State Bulldogs were picked by the media to finish dead last in the rugged SEC West a year after winning 10 games.

Few still believe in Missouri despite back-to-back SEC championship game appearances, and everybody is jumping on hype trains rolling through Knoxville, Fayetteville, College Station and the Alabama Plains.

Some teams appear to be built for a sustained return to competitiveness such as Tennessee, while other powerhouses are facing some very real questions entering 2015.

It's always going to be a fun season with twists, turns and surprises. But where would the fun be in abstaining from trying to predict who'll live up to the hype and who'll fall flat on their faces?

Let's take a look at a few teams trending upward here a month before the season kicks off and which teams are heading in the opposite direction, if only for a short time.

As always, sound off in the comments.

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Duke Williams Expected to Rejoin Auburn Following Discipline Issue

Auburn Tigers wide receiver Duke Williams missed his second straight day of practice Saturday, and coach Gus Malzahn said he is dealing with a “discipline issue,” according to Brandon Marcello of AL.com. 

Marcello also noted that Williams is expected to return to the field, but the coach avoided providing any specifics about the return date when answering questions and said, “I will let you know when he’s back.”

Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report provided a quote from Malzahn, adding more context to the situation:

Auburn is expected to be one of the best teams in the country this season, checking in at No. 7 in the initial Amway Coaches Poll, and Williams is a major reason why. He was the Tigers’ leading receiver in 2014 with 45 catches for 730 yards and five touchdowns and is a genuine NFL prospect.

Joel A. Erickson of AL.com suggested as much:

But bigger numbers aren't the only thing that would cement Williams as the top receiver in the 2016 draft. A big-bodied receiver known for his catch radius, hands, ability to make catches in traffic and work the middle, Williams needs to improve his speed.

With that in mind, Auburn's coaches have asked Williams, who played at 230 pounds last season, to drop 10 or 15 pounds and play faster next season.

If he can do that, Kiper thinks Williams will be the top receiver heading into next year's draft cycle, and that could mean big money as a top-10 pick.

Despite the obvious talent, this is not the first off-field issue for Williams.

Marcello pointed out that Auburn suspended the receiver for the Outback Bowl against Wisconsin because of an undisclosed violation of team rules after he missed practices, and Williams even posted a picture of himself on Instagram with a black eye around that time.

The Tigers have national championship aspirations this season, but it is difficult to envision that happening without their most talented receiver on the field.

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Should Auburn Worry About the Absence of WR Duke Williams?

AUBURN, Ala. — For the second straight practice, Auburn wide receiver D'haquille "Duke" Williams was missing in action.

The star wide receiver for the Tigers, who caught 45 passes for 730 yards and five touchdowns after transferring from junior college in 2014, is out for what's being termed as a "discipline issue."

"When he takes care of that, he'll be back on the field," head coach Gus Malzahn said Saturday. "I'll make that decision and I will let you know when he'll be back. The bottom line is that nobody is bigger than the team around here. That's between me and him, and that's all of the questions that I'll take on that."

Cryptic? Yes. 

Concerning for the 2015 Tigers? Absolutely, although there are plenty of experienced wide receivers to help pick up the slack if Williams' absence becomes a trend rather than an early camp anomaly. 

Senior wideout Ricardo Louis seems like he's been around Auburn forever. If Williams is out, he will likely be counted on to play a much bigger role outside as both a deep threat and a possession receiver—which is where Williams was most effective a year ago.

"Ricardo Louis is a guy who has really done a good job in fall camp," Malzahn said. "He's raising his level and taking the next step and becoming a leader."

Marcus Davis and Melvin Ray are two veterans who have played plenty of football for Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee over the last two seasons, and they will also be counted on to pick up the slack. Ray, in particular, is closest to Williams in terms of size and skill. At 6'3", 215 pounds with good speed and long arms, he can replicate some of what Williams provided.

"Melvin Ray has done a solid job," Malzahn said. "Those are two players—along with Jonathan Wallace—we're relying on those guys for leadership."

Can Ray slide in and provide the exact same production?

That's unlikely, but Malzahn and Lashlee have all of fall camp to get him up to speed.

Another player to keep an eye on is 6'1", 180-pound sophomore Jason Smith. After transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where he played quarterback, Smith made the switch to wide receiver and has been the buzz of fall camp.

"You can just tell he's in a good place, and he's been one of those guys in the first four days that's been really impressive," Lashlee said Friday, according to Brandon Marcello of AL.com. "I mean, if you were to ask me some guys that stand out, he's really stood out."

Don't be fooled by Smith's height and weight. For a guy who seems like he'd be lanky on paper, Smith is much more put together than it seems. He's not going to be a force like Williams over the middle, but he certainly can play that role from time to time if needed based on the limited viewing available to the media during Saturday's practice.

There are options for Malzahn and Lashlee if Williams is out for a prolonged period of time, and the staff does have the luxury of time to get the receiving corps prepared for Plan B.

Make no mistake, though: Williams could make this Auburn offense one of the most lethal in all of college football.

You know the running game will be fine. After all, Malzahn has produced 12 1,000-yard rushers in nine seasons as a college head or assistant coach. The connection between Williams and first-year starting quarterback and Heisman Trophy contender Jeremy Johnson was supposed to be what places the Tigers offense among the nation's elite.

For the time being, that offense is stuck in neutral until Williams figures out whatever "discipline issue" is going on.


Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports. Statistics courtesy of cfbstats.com. 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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OSU's Cardale Jones Gets Locked out of Apartment, Live-Tweets His Struggle

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones is worth following on Twitter. On Saturday, he gave the world yet another entertaining reason his feed is a must-read.

Fellow Buckeyes QB J.T. Barrett had Jones’ keys, so last year’s breakout star was locked out of his apartment for quite some time.

Luckily for us, he provided Twitter updates throughout the ordeal.

It started off with a tired Jones getting smacked with disappointment upon arriving at his place:

Then he got really bored:

Barrett didn’t seem too concerned with his friend’s struggle:

[Twitter, h/t For The Win]

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Christian Taylor, 19-Year-Old College Football Player, Fatally Shot by Police

Sophomore football player Christian Taylor of Angelo State University was shot and killed by a police offer in the Dallas suburbs just after 1 a.m. Friday morning, according to the Associated Press.  

Citing a statement from the Arlington Police Department, the Associated Press reported police responded to a burglary call after a car had been driven through the front window of the Classic Buick GMC car dealership in Arlington. Per the release, police arrived and approached Taylor before a struggle took place and the suspect was fatally shot by officer Brad Miller.

"The officers went and confronted him," Sgt. and police spokesman Paul Rodriguez said, according to the Star-Telegram's Deanna Boyd. "There was an altercation. An officer discharged his weapon and struck the suspect."

According to Rodriguez, Taylor was not armed. 

"We’re having two independent investigations—a criminal and administrative,” Rodriguez said, per Boyd. "As an agency, we take the loss of any human life as serious, but we owe it to our community to conduct a clear and transparent investigation to determine what exactly took place."

Prior to playing for Angelo State, Taylor was a standout at Mansfield Summit High School in Mansfield, Texas. Ryan Osborne of the Star-Telegram provided comments from the school's head coach, Travis Pride, who spoke about his former player:

Miller—who graduated from the police academy in March—has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol after altercations involving the use of deadly force occur, per Boyd.

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20 Freshmen Who Will Light Up College Football in 2015

Every season, an influx of talented freshmen are brought into college football for various reasons ranging from stockpiling players to be developed into future contributors to teams counting on these newcomers to be key pieces immediately. 

This list will deal with the latter group of first-year players who will become important contributors to their respective teams in the 2015 season. These players will include rotation guys and potential starters. 

As far as what will constitute “lighting it up,” this will largely be equated to being an impact contributor for the entire season rather than a reserve that minimally plays until garbage time. This also includes players at major Power Five programs. While there will be numerous freshmen making substantial impacts at smaller schools, that would not be considered as much of a feat as playing against the best competition. 

Here are 20 freshmen, redshirt and true, who are primed for big debuts this season.

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