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Watch No. 1 ATH Jabrill Peppers List Top 10 Things Most Excited for at Michigan

Jabrill Peppers was the top athlete in the class of 2014, according to 247Sports Composite. Currently in Ann Harbor, Peppers is grinding right now to prepare for his first season as a Michigan Wolverine.

He took some time out to talk with Bleacher Report about the top 10 things he is most excited for at Michigan.

How well do you think he will do during the 2014 season?

Watch the video and let us know.

Rankings from 247Sports Composite.

 

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Tennessee Football: 5 Best QBs Volunteers Will Face in 2014

The SEC's quarterback talent pool isn't as deep in 2014 as fans have grown accustomed to seeing over the league's past few decorated seasons.

Couple that with the Tennessee Volunteers not having to face Auburn (and Nick Marshall) this season, and head coach Butch Jones' youthful defense can be thankful that its schedule isn't brimming with top-shelf signal-callers.

That doesn't mean that the Vols can breathe easy, though.

Even with stars such as Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray and A.J. McCarron gone and stalwarts Connor Shaw and Zach Mettenberger moving on as well, UT must face plenty of capable quarterbacks.

That Florida's Jeff Driskel—who threw up career numbers against the Vols two seasons ago—didn't make the list of most dangerous quarterbacks on UT's schedule is enough evidence that there are plenty of defensive tests looming.

From speedy dual-threat players who've given the Vols fits for years to dropback passers with the players around them to produce big numbers, UT's schedule is rife with capable field generals.

A couple of out-of-conference quarterbacks carrying plenty of preseason hype will boost the competition as well.

So, let's take a look at the top five quarterbacks the Vols will face in 2014.

The ranking criteria were based on several factors, including the quarterbacks' skill sets versus Tennessee's perceived defensive weaknesses, as well as the weapons around them and their ability to get them the football.

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College Football Recruiting Rankings 2015: Top 200 After The Opening

The 2015 recruiting class is comprised of star performers from every part of the country, creating a compelling mix of future college football standouts. Just six months separate us from national signing day, and members of the group are set to embark on one final high school season.

It's an appropriate time to reassess a special collection of playmakers, from golden-armed quarterbacks to the disruptive defenders ready to spend their upcoming years chasing them down. Updated national rankings provide us with an opportunity to analyze the top competitors in this class.

We broke down their potential based on game tape and in-person evaluations at The Opening, an annual invite-only prospect showcase we attended at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, this summer.

Here's a look at the top 200 college football recruits of this 2015 cycle, with an eye on how each could impact the college game for years to come.

 

This article is part of Bleacher Report's CFB 200 Recruiting Rankings Series. The overall rankings are based on the 247Sports composite system, which takes into account every recruiting service's rankings. The positional rankings also correspond with those composite scores.

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USC Football: 5 Best QBs Trojans Will Face in 2014

2014 will be a difficult year for the Trojans given their well-known depth issues due to the just-completed sanctions that cost them 30 scholarships over the last three years.

To make things even more problematic for USC is the fact that they will be playing a very difficult schedule this year in a Pac-12 conference that features no less than six teams ranked in the USA Today coaches preseason poll.

Along the way, the Trojans will face several top quarterbacks on their schedule and, despite having a top-notch defense, these gunslingers will present major challenges for the men of Troy.

This slideshow will take a look at the quarterbacks the Trojans will face in 2014 and rank them in terms of the obstacles they present to Justin Wilcox's defense.

Although USC will see many top quarterbacks this year and all will present hurdles for the defense to surmount, here are the five who are the best on the Trojans' 2014 schedule.

 

Note: Rankings are predicated on the quality of the quarterback, teams the quarterbacks play for and, to a lesser extent, the venue where the game will take place.

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USC Football: 5 Best QBs Trojans Will Face in 2014

2014 will be a difficult year for the Trojans given their well-known depth issues due to the just-completed sanctions that cost them 30 scholarships over the last three years...

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Florida Football: 5 Best QBs Gators Will Face in 2014

While they say defense wins championships, college football has become a quarterback league more than ever, and the position has made a massive impact on the outcome of the game. In other words, games a lot of times are only as difficult as the quarterback who is leading that particular team.

The good news is that the SEC lost a ton of last season’s starting quarterbacks, which should make life a little easier for the Florida Gators. No more AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray or Johnny Manziel. Instead, the quarterbacks the Gators will face this season have potential but aren’t nearly as accomplished as the guys who were just starting last season.

Besides a Heisman Trophy winner, the Gators have a rather easy slate of quarterbacks they’ll face this year.

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UCLA Football: 5 Best QBs Bruins Will Face in 2014

The Pac-12 in particular is no joke when it comes to quarterback play. Without question, the conference boasts the best collection of talent at the position in the entire country. 

Jim Mora and the UCLA football team will have to compete against quality signal-callers week in and week out. This piece will look at the best quarterbacks UCLA will face this upcoming year. The opponents will be listed in order starting with the fifth-toughest signal-caller, to the quarterback posing the biggest challenge. 

Here's a look at the top quarterbacks the Bruins defense will have to go up against in '14. 

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UCLA Football: 5 Best QBs Bruins Will Face in 2014

The Pac -12 in particular is no joke when it comes to quarterback play. Without question, the conference boasts the best collection of talent at the position in the entire country...

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10 Biggest Position Battles to Watch in 2014 Fall Camps

Training camps are starting up all over the country for college football teams, the beginning of roughly four weeks of preparation for the opening games of the 2014 season in late August. It will be the first chance for coaches to see their returning players and a full crop of newcomers working together at one time, and the practices will help finalize lineups for those first contests.

The vast majority of starting jobs are locked up, either by returning starters or key reserves from 2013. In some cases, freshmen who enrolled early or transfers earned themselves a starting spot during spring practice. Whatever is undecided will get taken care of during training camp.

While every starting position is important for that specific school, there are a handful of unfilled jobs that are so critical to a team's performance and success in 2014 that they'll be the main focus of fall camp. And it's not just internally; it's from a national standpoint.

Here's a look at the 10 biggest position battles to keep an eye on during fall camp.

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1 Freshman to Watch for on Every Big Ten Football Team in 2014

There will be plenty of Big Ten teams eager to make a run at a conference championship in 2014 and secure the likely resulting berth in the College Football Playoff.  In order to make those dreams a reality, programs certainly need great coaching and steady on-field leadership from the upperclassmen.

Moving a team from good to championship-caliber greatness often requires some unexpected contributions from unexpected placed—like the freshmen.

Here, we'll take a look at each Big Ten football program and identify a first-year player (usually meaning true or redshirt freshmen) who can truly make a difference for his team.

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Michigan Football: First Impressions from 2014 Fall Camp

Brady Hoke won't accept anything less than full cooperation and genuine dedication. Players are either in or they're out, and he made that clear while opening Michigan's fall camp. 

Announced Sunday, via a press release, the fourth-year Wolverines coach has shelved wideout Csont’e York. According to the statement, due to rules violations, the 6’3”, 180-pound sophomore wasn’t invited to fall workouts.

“Csont’e York is suspended indefinitely for failing to meet team standards and will not report for fall camp,” Hoke said (via media contact Derek Satterfield). “We demand that every person in our program represent the University of Michigan and the Michigan football program the right way on and off the field. When people fall short of that, there are consequences.”

As of Sunday night, details of York’s transgressions hadn’t been made public. However, he’s allegedly "subject to an Ann Arbor Police Department investigation," according to Kyle Feldshrer of the Ann Arbor News (via Joshua Henschke of Maize n Brew).

Bouncing a likely contributor for who knows how long was the right move; eliminating the potential or probability of larger issues is the smart approach. Hoke needs his players and staff—not to mention the fans—to be focused on the guys on the field, not the ones screwing up away from it.

If you were looking for someone to immediately set the tone, look no further than Hoke, who is clearly all business as his team prepares to rebound from a disappointing 7-6 slide in 2013. By emphasizing the fundamentals, such as responsibility and chemistry, Hoke has the Wolverines in the position to move forward.

His players are developing, and he has Doug Nussmeier, the new offensive coordinator, to assist in jumpstarting Team 135. Plus there’s Greg Mattison’s defense.

This could be Hoke’s year.

 

Devin's the Dude (at WR)

By now, you’re aware that Devin Funchess is now a full-time receiver and no longer a tight-end-turned-receiver. In terms of the swap, the 6'5", 230-pound junior says he's all-in when it comes to his new post, per MLive.com’s Brendan F. Quinn:

Game on. With 748 yards in 2013, Funchess returns as the team's leading receiver and has two more years of destroying defensive backs ahead of him. However, his collegiate future has been the subject of rampant speculation for months.

He's a projected first-rounder. Will he decide to enter the 2015 NFL draft? If he chooses to do so, Wolverines fans should sit back, enjoy the ride and expect their team to get the most out of the former Farmington Hills Harrison star. 

While the onus is on Funchess to produce, he's not the only one who's in line to flourish: Freddy Canteen, a true freshman, seems like the best option for the slot position; Amara Darboh, a redshirt sophomore, could be a breakout contributor; and Jehu Chesson could get some serious playing time this fall, too. 

 

Dig Doug

The video is dated, but it reinforces the idea of getting more in 2014.

After falling flat during its 31-14 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against Kansas State, Michigan turned to Nussmeier, then Alabama's OC, for guidance.

Renowned for his touch with quarterbacks, not to mention his success with the Tide's Grade-A running game, Nussmeier faces the task of turning Devin Gardner into a reliable leader and pushing the backfield to new (old Michigan) heights. 

To say that Wolverines fans expect the world from him would probably be accurate. After watching Team 134 struggle mightily just to score a few touchdowns, fans want to see Team 135's Nuss-infused offense properly utilize its talent and blow the doors off the opposition. 

During Big Ten media days, Gardner was praised by opponents as one the Big Ten's best. On top of that, Nussmeier has two highly rated running backs (maybe a third if Ty Isaac is cleared), a group of solid but generally untested receivers and a bunch of big guys up front. 

Needless to say, fighting just to get 17 or 21 on the board should be a thing of the past under Nussmeier, who has streamlined things in Ann Arbor. 

Want to hear Nussmeier at work? MGoBlue recently provided an inside look at one of his practices. 

 

O-Line

It's still under construction. What's new? With freshman left tackle Mason Cole in the mix, expect to see healthy competition for one of college football's storied positions. There are certain responsibilities that come with being a Wolverines blindsider. Whether Cole gets the job is entirely up to him. 

After serving his one-game suspension for a violation of team rules, Graham Glasgow should be the No. 1 center. Kyle Kalis and Kyle Bosch are likely in line for the guard posts. 

There will be more as camp rolls along. However, tying up loose ends and tightening up all the moving parts prior to full immersion seems to be Michigan's No. 1 priority.

 

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