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Tennessee Football: Players to Watch in the Orange and White Game

Despite an injury-riddled spring for the Tennessee football team, several Volunteers have earned high marks for their work over the course of the past month.

In some instances, the laundry list of hurt Vols allowed little-used players to receive valuable reps.

The coaching staff also gave extended looks to several newcomers who proved over the course of practices, workouts and meeting sessions they'll be able to help right away.

New arrivals such as Alvin Kamara and Shy Tuttle emerged to be depended upon for meaningful snaps when the season rolls around. Others who were already at UT like Evan Berry, Kendal Vickers and Rashaan Gaulden showed they could be primed to take the next step.

Upperclassmen who will play major roles are ready to be leaders as well.

So, while team depth reared its head as a potential hindrance in a 2015 season where a Vols' resurgence is expected, the quality of that depth may wind up much improved because of this spring.

With Saturday's Orange and White Game on the horizon, let's take a look at a few players you'll want to watch.

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Notre Dame Football: Brian Kelly's Biggest Concerns Post-Spring

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Spring isn’t designed as a time for negativity and pessimism, but Notre Dame football head coach Brian Kelly still has a few areas of concern following the slate of 15 practices.

By and large, Notre Dame is in good shape. As Kelly has reiterated, the depth in the program is strong and the Irish coaching staff was able to handle the spring season differently than it has at any other point in Kelly’s tenure in South Bend.

But whether Kelly is outwardly optimistic or not, there are issues worth monitoring with this Irish squad moving forward.

Let’s address a few.

 

Defensive Health

When making predictions, it’s easy to pencil Notre Dame’s banged-up bodies into the fall depth chart. According to Kelly, middle linebacker Joe Schmidt and defensive tackle Jarron Jones will “absolutely” be ready for fall camp and should participate in summer OTAs in June, too.

Second-year safety Drue Tranquill is recovering from a torn ACL and has drawn impressive reviews of his ongoing return.

While all signs are certainly pointing in the right direction, it’s often easy to assume the returning players won’t miss a beat and will step right back to their previous form.

 

Pass Rush

Without a proven and dominant pass-rusher, Notre Dame is preaching a sacks-by-committee approach heading toward the 2015 season.

In 2014, defensive end Romeo Okwara led the Irish with four sacks. Linebacker Jaylon Smith and defensive back Matthias Farley each tallied 3.5 sacks. Jones chipped in 1.5, Isaac Rochell added 2.5 and Sheldon Day nabbed one.

Sure, there will be individual improvement. Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder praised Rochell’s growth throughout the spring, highlighting his understanding, quickness and foot coordination.

But without an elite pass-rusher, Notre Dame just might not be a team able to consistently pressure quarterbacks—especially those with the ability to bounce around the pocket and elude rushers.

 

Special Teams

If Irish fans were looking for any further indication that special teams aren’t a focus in the spring, then a quick reminder of the Blue-Gold game scoring might change their thinking.

By rule, there were no kickoffs during the spring game and all punts were fair catches. Of course, injury prevention is the primary reason for the lack of special teams work. That’s worthwhile for sure.

But with most practices indoors at the Loftus Sports Center, it would seem consistent practice for the third phase of the game is hard to come by.

Moreover, Notre Dame’s expected starting kicker, incoming freshman Justin Yoon, won’t arrive for another few months.

The spring did afford new punter Tyler Newsome the opportunity to gain valuable reps after Kyle Brindza’s graduation.

Special teams in South Bend have been a punch line in recent years. Until Notre Dame shows marked improvement in this department, there will be lingering concerns.

 

Depth

To be clear, Notre Dame’s depth is a strength overall. The Irish have added deep recruiting classes in recent years, and last year’s horde of underclassmen has progressed into a crop of seasoned upperclassmen.

However, there are a few areas worth keeping an eye on.

While assessing Notre Dame’s defense before the spring game, Kelly said the Irish must continue to grow at cornerback. Second-year man Nick Watkins turned in a strong spring showing, but most of the Irish depth at the position has yet to touch down in South Bend.

Three cornerbacks—Shaun Crawford, Ashton White and Nick Coleman—are scheduled to enroll this summer, while KeiVarae Russell is expected back in June, as well. Those reinforcements should turn the group into a position of strength, but the spring months aren’t to be totally discounted.

One of the main storylines following Saturday’s Blue-Gold game was the Irish offensive line.

In addition to an impressive performance by the starting unit, including both left guards Quenton Nelson and Alex Bars, Kelly agreed afterward the offensive line could be as deep as any he’s had in South Bend.

While that could prove to be true given the recent success with recruiting along the line, Notre Dame doesn’t boast many established commodities in the second unit. Even starting right tackle Mike McGlinchey has only logged one career start—the Music City Bowl against LSU.

There's work to be done in the summer months heading toward fall camp.

 

All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.

Mike Monaco is a lead Notre Dame writer for Bleacher Report. Follow @MikeMonaco_ on Twitter.

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Jim Harbaugh Reveals He Called His Future Wife 9 Times Before He Got a Reply

As determined as Jim Harbaugh is on the football field, he is just as persistent off it.

The new Michigan Wolverines coach recently did an interview with HBO and revealed how he met his wife, Sarah. From the moment he saw her, he knew that she was a "winner." However, it took him a while to get in touch with her after their first encounter.

Harbaugh revealed that it he had to call her nine times before he ever heard back from her. 

To Harbaugh's credit, he never gave up. And it paid off.

[YouTube, h/t USA Today's FTW]

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JUCO Transfers Who Have Dominated College Football This Spring

It doesn't matter which program you are or how good you are—everyone in college football needs immediate help. Whether they choose to take that help is up to them.

In any case, junior college (JUCO) transfers provide a great way to provide an immediate boost to a position in need. In the spring, that can be especially important when depth is at a premium. But just because a JUCO transfer can provide immediate assistance doesn't mean that he will. 

The ones who do? They're the impact players. 

Which JUCO transfers have been tearing it up this spring? We provide some answers in the following slides based on—but not exclusively—spring game performances, practice reports and accolades. 

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What the Mike Riley Era Means for Tommy Armstrong Jr.'s Future at Nebraska

As he exited his first spring football session as Nebraska's head coach, Mike Riley wasn't prepared to name a starter at quarterback heading into the summer.

But reading between the lines of what the former Oregon State head coach said, it isn't hard to see who has a leg up in the competition.

Redshirt freshmen A.J. Bush and Zack Darlington each showed flashes in the Cornhuskers' April 11 spring game, but junior Tommy Armstrong still appears to be the front-runner to reclaim his starting role in Riley's first season in Lincoln. Speaking after the exhibition, Riley said he had a pecking order at quarterback in mind but wasn't going to reveal it just yet.

The bulk of the praise he offered when it came to the position, however, was directed toward Armstrong.

"The thing that never wavered about Tommy was—and is a separator for him right now—that's his confidence," Riley said. "He's a confident guy and he plays like it."

The Cibolo, Texas, native enjoyed a strong sophomore season statistically under Bo Pelini in 2014, passing for 2,695 yards and 22 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 705 yards and six scores. But while his totals may have been big, Armstrong struggled with consistency in the passing game, completing just 53.3 percent of his attempts while also throwing 12 interceptions.

Those struggles could potentially be magnified under Riley, whose pro-style offense relies more on efficient passing than Pelini's spread system did. The first-year Nebraska head coach admitted that Armstrong has had his share of struggles in adjusting to his new offense after two years of playing one more fit for his skill set.

"The hard part for a guy that has been playing for a couple of years is all of the sudden having a new system put in. I thought he did a really good job of learning it, and there's some new football that he's dealing with," Riley said. "It is a tough thing midway through your college career to have what you know pulled out from under him. That's a tough deal for him. But I think he's done well, and he should continue to grow."

If Armstrong can continue to adjust to his new offense and solidify his lead in the Huskers' quarterback race, it could benefit him not just now, but down the road as well.

Thanks in part to Riley's system, the Beavers made a habit of putting quarterbacks in the NFL in his 12 years in Corvallis. Derek Anderson and Matt Moore have each enjoyed prolonged professional careers and have had multiple stints as starters, and Sean Mannion is a lock to be selected in next week's NFL draft.

At 6'1" and 220 pounds, Armstrong isn't necessarily an ideal draft prospect himself, but there are enough exceptions that a strong final two seasons at Nebraska could earn him a place in professional football.

Especially if Armstrong can master Riley's passer-friendly system, which helped Mannion throw for an astonishing 4,662 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2013, before his numbers came back down to earth in his senior season. Armstrong may be four inches shorter than the 6'5" Mannion, but Riley has seen enough in him to be reminded of another one of his former players.

"Tommy is very natural at throwing, and I thought Lyle Moevao was one of the most natural guys that we ever had," Riley said. "Just looking at the natural rhythm of throwing the ball and the relatively quick release and it just looks comfortable for him."

Playing in 11 games in 2008, Moevao threw for 2,534 yards and 19 touchdowns while completing 59.3 percent of his passes. At 5'11" and 220 pounds, he was similar to Armstrong in stature, and as Riley explained, his system is capable of fitting different types of quarterbacks.

"Our system—that is a loose term a little bit," Riley said. "Our system varied from Derek Anderson to what Lyle Moevao did. Lyle was a heck of a quarterback, but he didn't have the same reach on the throws that Derek did. What he did, he was probably the best angle thrower that we've ever had. That was more of a feature thing for him.

"We would adapt as we will when we watch Tommy. We will look at the throws he can make and then we will adapt."

That certainly seems to bode well for Armstrong's prospects, although it's worth noting that Riley is yet to solidify his status as the Huskers' starter for the 2015 season. In the spring game, however, he was certainly treated like a first-string player, attempting just 12 passes on the day, six of which he completed for a total of 77 yards.

For his part, Armstrong admitted to enduring some struggles picking up his new offense, but overall he seems pleased with the progress he made this spring. 

"I felt like I improved, just mentally," he said after the spring game. "Being able to know where I needed to go with the ball. My assignments, giving other guys assignments. Putting myself in the right situations."

Armstrong will need to continue to do just that throughout the summer, in order to fend off Bush and Darlington in a competition that isn't quite over yet. Bush and Darlington's skill sets may be better fits under Riley, but Armstrong has experience on his side, which could ultimately help him make the most of the remainder of his college career.

 

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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Blind Long Snapper Earns Walk-on Opportunity at USC

Years after becoming an inspiration to the USC Trojans football team, Jake Olson will officially become a member of the squad.

ESPN aired an outstanding feature on Olson back in 2013, detailing his fight with cancer and his involvement with the Trojans:

Olson lost his left eye to cancer when he was just 10 months old and lost his right eye 11 years later. However, he hasn't let that stop him from playing the game that he loves.

The teen was able to put in the work to make California's Orange Lutheran High School football team as a long snapper. Now, his hard work has helped him achieve a lifelong dream.

According to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, Olson will become a walk-on member of the USC football team:

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Olson has been admitted to USC, but not as one of the university's incoming 24-player football recruiting class. He is a recipient of a Swim With Mike scholarship, awarded annually from the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship fund.

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Olson, 18, was introduced as a Swim With Mike scholarship winner in February during an event where video highlights of incoming football players were shown to Trojans fans. He would join the program as a walk-on.

This remarkable story just continues to get better and better.

Needless to say, this is something that the long snapper has wanted for a long time.

"It's a dream come true," Olson said, per Klein.

But don't just view this as a publicity stunt. Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian fully intends to get Olson into a game.

"When? I don't know. But it will happen," Sarkisian said, per Klein. "When that day comes, it will be awesome."

To read more about Olson's story, check out Klein's article.

[ESPN, h/t Sports Illustrated]

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Blind Long Snapper Earns Walk-on Opportunity at USC

Years after becoming an inspiration to the USC Trojans football team, Jake Olson will officially become a member of the squad...

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Satellite Camp Debate Latest Reason Why College Football Needs a Commissioner

The latest college football saga surrounding satellite camps only further illustrates why the sport is in desperate need of a commissioner.

Bleacher Report's College Football Analyst Barrett Sallee and Adam Lefkoe discuss some of the topics and issues in college football and what a commissioner could do to eradicate them.

Who should be college football's commissioner? Check out the video and let us know!  

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College Football Teams With Best Shot to Go Undefeated in 2015

Perfect or pretty? In college football scheduling, this debate rages on and will continue to be a topic as long as strength-of-schedule is a factor in determining who makes the playoffs.

An unbeaten record seems like the safest way to earn a semifinal bid, but only Florida State managed to make it through last year's regular season without a loss. That left the rest of the spots to teams with blemishes, leaving the selection committee to compare one team's warts to another's pimples in order to fill out the field.

Wouldn't it be easier if we had four teams with perfect marks?

That's not very likely, but there are a handful of FBS teams whose schedules make it very possible to run the table. It won't guarantee a playoff spot for some, especially those not in a power conference, but it could ensure at least a major bowl bid like the one reserved for the best Group of Five team.

 

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Which Players Will Step Up and Replace USC's NFL-Bound Stars?

The USC Trojans had an up-and-down 2014 season, ultimately falling short of their lofty expectations. With monster defensive lineman Leonard Williams—among others—on the move, who will step up for the Trojans in 2015?

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder answers that question and more in the video above.

How will USC fare in the 2015 season? Check out the video and let us know!

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Which Players Will Step Up and Replace USC's NFL-Bound Stars?

The USC Trojans had an up-and-down 2014 season, ultimately falling short of their lofty expectations. With monster defensive lineman Leonard Williams — among others — ...

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Odds on Where Last Uncommitted Top-10 Pro-Style QB Dwayne Haskins Will Land

Dwayne Haskins, a 4-star pro-style quarterback according to 247Sports Composite Rankings, is uncommitted. Haskins is a stud recruit from Maryland and will make a big impact for some team very soon.

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Adam Kramer joins Stephen Nelson to gives his odds on where Haskins will play his college ball. 

Where will Haskins end up? Check out the video and let us know!

 

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Complete Previews for Top College Football Spring Games This Weekend

The last two weekends have been loaded with spring games across college football. If you're up for another round, April 24 and 25 have you covered. 

And there are just as many pertinent questions as ever. 

Is UCLA early enrollee quarterback Josh Rosen the real deal? Will Arkansas and Tennessee finally take the next step in their SEC divisional races? Does Michigan State have what it takes to upend national title favorite Ohio State in the Big Ten East?

Those questions won't be answered in their entirety this weekend, but we will get a glimpse at the possibilities. Here's what's on tap for this weekend's slate of spring games. In the following slides is the entire schedule, with full previews for 10 teams. 

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Jim Harbaugh's Celebrity Continuing to Help Michigan

Michigan may have ended its spring practice session two weeks ago, but the offseason of Jim Harbaugh is still going strong.

If you're a subscriber to cable television, it was hard to miss the new Wolverines head coach on Tuesday night, as he made appearances on both ESPN and HBO programming. Harbaugh's big night on the tube was just his latest installment in an offseason that has seen his actions go viral on a regular basis.

But as opposed to eating pizza courtside at a basketball game or his always entertaining Twitter feed, Harbaugh's appearances on Tuesday night offered the most insight into his life and personality that we've received since he took over his alma mater at the end of 2014. And ultimately, it could all be to Michigan's benefit.

Especially after his appearance on ESPN's Draft Academy, which not only showcased his interaction with actual players but propped up his ability to prepare prospects for the pros. Along with Wolverines quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, Harbaugh was seen walking Florida State's Jameis Winston through the draft interview process, including an exchange about how he would handle telling teams about his off-field issues.

Harbaugh's mere presence in the piece was positive publicity, a chance to get both him and Michigan's block "M" logo in front of a national audience. But being seen as an adviser to the NFL draft's likely No. 1 overall pick only furthers his credibility on the recruiting trail, which is largely built on his ability to develop quarterbacks into pro prospects.

Earlier this month, Harbaugh landed a commitment from 2016 4-star quarterback Brandon Peters. When asked why he chose to give his verbal pledge to the Wolverines, Peters revealed it was one of Harbaugh's most famous former players who served as one the primary selling points in his recruitment.

"He compared me to Andrew Luck," Peters told Bleacher Report's Tyler Donohue of Harbaugh's sales pitch. "It's a similar situation to what he had at Stanford, with Luck being the first quarterback recruit he brought in [with a full cycle]. He thinks I'm a really good fit for him at Michigan like Luck was for him there."

Thanks to his time with the San Francisco 49ers, Harbaugh can also pitch the hand he had in developing Colin Kaepernick, and his public appearance with Winston only helped further his cause. Despite spending his college career at FSU, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner even offered an endorsement of his own for the new Wolverines head coach.

"I wish I could have played for him," Winston said of Harbaugh in a video posted to MGoBlue.com.

Baylor's Bryce Petty also worked out with Harbaugh in preparation for the draft and joined in by stating that he would have loved to have played for the former 49ers head coach as well. It may be four years since Harbaugh last coached at the college level, but it's clear he's using his experience in the pros to his benefit, as Draft Academy displayed a growing stable of players who have vouched for his ability as a player-developer.

49ers offensive lineman Alex Boone also sang Harbaugh's praises on Tuesday night, although his compliments were couched with what could be described as criticism of the intensity of his former head coach. Appearing in a profile on Harbaugh on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Boone said that Harbaugh's personality wore out its welcome in San Francisco, which ultimately led to his departure from the organization at the end of last season.

"I think he just pushed guys too far," Boone said in the segment. "He wanted too much, demanded too much, expected too much. You know, 'We gotta go out and do this. We gotta go out and do this. We gotta go out and do this.' And you'd be like, 'This guy might be clinically insane.'"

Ultimately, the piece painted Harbaugh in a positive light, however, as he embraced both his intensity and quirky personality while reveling in his return to Ann Arbor. In bonus clips posted by HBO later on Tuesday night, Harbaugh discussed how he met his wife and why he only wears khakis, videos that each went viral by Wednesday morning.

Harbaugh's knack for being everywhere is a page right out of the Urban Meyer playbook, as the Ohio State head coach used his first offseason in Columbus in 2012 to reshape his image after admittedly leaving Florida on what wasn't the best of terms. Meyer did more media appearances than usual and allowed ESPN to film the Buckeyes' fall camp for a series called Training Days, a Hard Knocks-style show that he said played to Ohio State's favor on the recruiting trail.

Harbaugh has taken that strategy and increased his efforts tenfold, as his omnipresence on TV Tuesday night showed. Whether or not his big offseason will eventually yield big results as it did for Meyer remains to be seen, but with more than three months to go until the start of the season, it's clear that the summer of Harbaugh isn't going to end 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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4-Star WR Dredrick Snelson Reveals How He Narrowed Down to a Top 10

When 4-star wide receiver Dredrick Snelson was finalizing his top-10 list, he never considered playing for one conference over the other.

While it may seem that Snelson's list has a slight conference bias, he's the first to admit that when it comes to finding the right program, every one of his 10 finalists is qualified.

"It just so happens that the schools that are recruiting me hard are in the ACC," Snelson said, "but to me, it doesn't matter where I play, either the SEC, ACC or Big Ten."

Snelson announced Tuesday evening that Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, West Virginia and Virginia Tech all made the cut as he prepares to finalize his college plans. Of those 10, four represent the ACC.

Snelson, a 6'0", 198-pound receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is in the middle of weighing all options after decommitting from Miami in December. He originally committed to the Hurricanes in July but chose to reopen his process in an effort to give all schools an equal opportunity in his recruitment.

The 10 he chose were the 10 that he said he hears from the most. They're also 10 schools that have established themselves as programs that are contenders in their respective conferences.

"I just felt that those were the schools that were recruiting me the hardest," he said. "Those are the schools I can see myself at."

Snelson originally chose Miami over schools such as Florida, Florida State and Clemson. No timetable has been set for his new announcement, but he is looking at taking a few unofficial visits before committing.

Snelson's mother, Kamilah, told Andrew Ivins of Rivals.com that while no visits had been planned, potential stops to Virginia, Florida State, Clemson and Auburn could happen by the summer. Making the top-10 list public was part of helping Snelson focus on narrowing schools to visit.

As a top-25 wide receiver nationally, Snelson can be a definite asset to whichever program he chooses. In an extremely competitive state, Snelson is ranked No. 16 among Class of 2016 players in Florida.

As a junior at American Heritage School, Snelson caught 35 passes for 729 yards and three touchdowns. He caught 10 passes for 210 yards and three scores as a sophomore, the year American Heritage won a Florida Class 5A state championship.

Snelson has good speed, which makes him a candidate for an outside receiver, but because of his size, Snelson could be used more on the inside. A talented pass-catching option, Snelson is also a solid blocker to spring open other receivers, which could be perfect for button hook and screen play opportunities.

The ceiling is high for Snelson, and while the ACC has the numbers in this race, the SEC and Big Ten—as well as independent Notre Dame—are very much alive as he prepares to find his college home.

 

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

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Best College Football Spring Game Moments of Recent Memory

College football's spring season is all about hope and ambition, a time when everyone is undefeated and the chance to stay that way in the fall seems plausible. Optimism wins out over reality, at least for a little while.

It has also become an opportunity for players, coaches and fans to have a little fun, at least for a brief moment, in the middle of what's meant to be preparation for the season ahead. This tends to happen most during the spring games, the various scrimmages and exhibitions that cap off spring ball and are meant more as window dressing than a true assessment of potential performance.

The last few years have seen a lot of memorable moments during and in conjunction with spring games, and we've highlighted some of the best examples. A few more could happen this weekend, as about two dozen FBS programs (including 14 from the power conferences) hold their spring games, but for now here are the ones that most stand out.

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Which Players Will Step Up and Replace LSU's NFL-Bound Stars?

LSU is absolutely loaded with NFL talent year after year. The hard part for the Tigers is replacing players at that elite-level talent, but Les Miles has the tools to do it. 

Stephen Nelson is joined by Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder to discuss who can replace the departures for LSU next season.

Who will step up for the Tigers next year? Check out the video and let us know!

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Recruiting Rivalry: Will Ohio State or Michigan Land Dominant OT Thiyo Lukusa?

Not only do Michigan and Ohio State battle on the field, but also on the recruiting trail. None more evident than their pursuit of underrated offensive tackle Thiyo Lukusa, a 3-star player from the state of Michigan.

Which Big Ten powerhouse will land Lukusa? Bleacher Report's College Football Analyst Michael Felder discusses in the video above. 

All rankings courtesy of 247Sports' Composite. 

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Which Sophomore RB Has Best Shot at Heisman Trophy in 2015?

Last year was a huge year for running backs, more specifically freshman running backs. This year college football is loaded with RB talent, and some of these studs are Heisman contenders. 

Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Barrett Sallee, Michael Felder and Adam Kramer debate which sophomore RB has the best shot at the Heisman.

Which RB can win the Heisman Trophy? Check out the video and let us know!

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Until There's a National Rule, CFB Satellite Camps Will Hurt SEC Schools

If you're looking for an issue that will rise to the forefront of the national conversation this offseason, it's here.

It's also very familiar. 

SEC head coaches voiced their frustration over satellite camps last offseason after coaches from Notre Dame, Penn State and others headed to the fertile recruiting ground of the SEC footprint and "guest-coached" at camps for smaller schools.

"Satellite camps," as they've become known, are back in the news this year. Several big-time schools have camps set up around the country with their coaches "guest-coaching."

New Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh set up shop in Prattville, Alabama, last month, according to the Detroit Free Press' Mark Snyder, and Nebraska has hooked up with Valdosta (Ga.) State of the FCS and FBS toddler Appalachian State for a recruiting/camp tour.

Not surprisingly, SEC coaches—who can't guest-host at out-of-state camps outside of a 50-mile radius from campus—aren't happy. Alabama head coach Nick Saban was in Huntsville, Alabama, on Tuesday night, and Bleacher Report Alabama lead writer Marc Torrence was there to catch his comments:

I think everybody's got to recruit the way that they should recruit. We're not allowed to have satellite camps in the SEC. I certainly think that we need to address this if it's going to be a competitive disadvantage and other people are going to have these kind of camps.

It absolutely needs to be addressed, but it can't come from a conference level. The SEC doesn't want to budge on its stance because, ideally, it doesn't want coaches from around the country invading its fertile recruiting ground.

It has to be national, as Saban suggests:

I think it's something that we'll probably address as a conference. I think it's something we should look at from an NCAA standpoint because I think it's best to have a rule where if people come to your campus, they can come to your camp. But if we're all going to travel all over the country to have satellite camps, how ridiculous is that? I mean, we're not even allowed to go to All-Star games. But now we're going to have satellite camps all over the country?

He's 100 percent correct.

In the new age of an NCAA that has granted autonomy and has made a concerted effort to simplify the rule book, maybe one addition—or subtraction—needs to be made.

This is essentially a legislative standoff. In a perfect world, SEC coaches want the "loophole" that allows coaches from other conference to "guest-coach" closed, because players within its footprint were the primary reason the conference has elevated itself into the deepest football conference in the country.

That's what they're hoping to protect.

If they aren't successful, though, the SEC could just as easily allow their coaches to do the same thing that Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and Penn State's James Franklin have already done. After all, many SEC schools, including Alabama (as 247Sports.com's Barton Simmons notes), are already national powers:

Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia and all of the SEC's heavy-hitters are national brands, and would absolutely kill it if allowed to travel to, say, Columbus, Ohio, and hold a camp in head coach Urban Meyer's backyard.

After all, as Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney—who can't "guest-coach" according to ACC rules—noted on Wednesday's ACC teleconference (via Bruce Feldman of FoxSports.com), they aren't really camps:

If the SEC and ACC can't win the fight to close the loophole, then open the floodgates.

Either way, it's not that hard for FBS to get on the same page. The Power Five conferences are already working together in the age of autonomy on a wide variety of different issues, and satellite camps need to be added to the list.

Until that happens, and the loophole is addressed on a national level, the SEC will be at a disadvantage due to its reluctance to change its stance and the free-for-all that currently exists for coaches outside the SEC footprint.

If only there was a true college football commissioner to address these issues in a swift and aggressive manner.

 

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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