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Clemson Football: Realistic Expectations for Cole Stoudt in 2014

It’s not going to be easy for any quarterback replacing a legend like Tajh Boyd. If anyone can handle it, though, it’s Cole Stoudt. He is a more-than-qualified replacement with three years of experience as Boyd’s backup.

The senior from Dublin, Ohio, looked comfortable running Chad Morris’ offense in the spring game. He finished 15-of-23 passing for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

His maturity and leadership at the position will go a long way this fall in an offense that needs a playmaker to step up.

 

What to Expect

Stoudt may not be as flashy as Boyd was when it comes to throwing the deep ball, but his accuracy is off the charts. Last season against S.C. State, he was 19-of-20 passing for three touchdowns and no interceptions.

In his three-year career, he has completed 72.3 percent of his passes and has a 145.1 pass efficiency rating. He has only thrown one interception in 22 career games.

Stoudt isn’t going to be a contender for the Heisman or constantly steal the media’s attention, but he’s the guy Clemson fans should want behind center.

With playmakers at wide receiver and tight end, expect Stoudt to throw in the range of 3,400 yards and 27-32 touchdowns. It wouldn’t totally surprise me to see him over that 32-touchdown mark, but he likely won’t be taking as many downfield shots as Boyd did.

Expect the senior to find a consistent groove after the Florida State game. This isn’t to say he won’t perform well in the first three contests, but the five subsequent games will allow him to really get into a rhythm.

After the showdown with the ‘Noles, four of the next five games are at home against teams that Clemson will be favored against.

 

What Not to Expect

Tiger fans shouldn’t expect Stoudt to be the guy who never makes mistakes. He has shown great leadership and poise throughout his time at Clemson, but he has a tough road ahead of him.

Two of his first three games will come on the road against likely top-10 teams, with his first career start against the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens. While he gets S.C. State in Week 2 to earn more game experience and an off week in Week 3, the next game will be his biggest test of the year.

Stoudt will have a tough task going into Tallahassee with only two starts under his belt to take on the defending champion Florida State Seminoles.

He did gain some experience against the Seminoles last season, going 5-of-8 passing for 47 yards in a game that had already seen its end. Any experience is a good thing, but the situation will be totally different inside Doak Campbell Stadium this fall.

Also, don’t expect Stoudt to be the typical first-year starter. If Deshaun Watson was to be the starter come Week 1, experience would definitely be an issue. Stoudt is a guy who has seen the field in 22 career games and was mentored for three years by one of the best quarterbacks in ACC history.

All in all, realistic expectations for the senior should be to lead the offense in an efficient manner, keeping his turnovers low. While the Tigers may not rank as high as last year’s No. 10 mark in total offense, it certainly shouldn’t take much of a hit with Stoudt replacing Boyd.

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Georgia Football: Will the Bulldogs Redshirt Sony Michel and Nick Chubb?

If there is one position that the Bulldogs don’t have to worry about entering the 2014 season, it would have to be the running back position.

And it hasn’t been a concern since 2012 when Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall burst onto the scene and lead the Bulldogs to the SEC title game. It's obvious that the Bulldogs want to the keep the position going because they signed Sony Michel and Nick Chubb back in February.

Michel and Chubb are two of the 10 best running backs in the country according to 247Sports, and both have a chance to repeat the success that Gurley and Marshall had two years ago. With that being said, Gurley and Marshall are still with the team, and they are both coming back from injuries they suffered last year.

So the question is will Michel and Chubb see action this season or will they take the redshirt?

Another question is will one player see action and another be redshirted? If so, who?

In order to figure out what will happen with Chubb and Michel, there has to be an analysis of the two. Here’s a comparison of the two according to 247Sports:

 

 

So there’s very little separating the two because both players have the ability to contribute right away. And both players will have the opportunity to prove themselves when preseason practice begins next month.

The thing is that Michel and Chubb are not going to beat out Gurley. He is a preseason All-American and a Heisman candidate. And they probably won’t beat out Marshall who is just as talented as Gurley and is looking to bounce back from an ACL injury.

Then there are Brendan Douglas and A.J. Turman. Douglas rushed for 345 yards in limited action, and Turman was arguably the best running back in spring practice as he scored twice in the spring game.

If the Bulldogs remain healthy at running back, Michel and Chubb will likely both redshirt, and it won’t be because they aren’t talented enough to play. It will be because the coaches will not need them to play because of the depth at running back.

However, if one or two of the running backs get hit with the injury bug, there’s a very good chance that either Michel or Chubb will see action—whoever has the better camp will likely get the nod.

When preseason practice begins, both Chubb and Michel will get a lot of attention from the coaches, players and the media because the expectations for them will be high. However, because the depth at running back is so strong, there will not be a ton of pressure on them to contribute right away, and that is a good thing.

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The Opening 2014: Each Top 25 Team's Most Important Target at Beaverton

More than 150 premier prospects were invited to compete at The Opening, a Nike football showcase being held July 5-10 in Beaverton, Oregon. The annual event promises to provide plenty of storylines, as a rare collection of talent assembles to prove their abilities against top contemporaries.

Aside from the on-field action, a large percentage of players are still working their way through the recruiting process. Many of them remain in search of the right collegiate fit, considering expansive lists of scholarship offers.

Teams will keep tabs on coveted athletes during The Opening and look to line up campus visits later this summer. We explored the primary targets for programs that currently claim a top-25 recruiting class in 247Sports' composite rankings.

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Oklahoma Sooners Football Team Unveils New Alternate Uniforms for 2014 Season

The Oklahoma Sooners are known for their traditional uniforms, but thanks to Nike, the football team will have more options to choose from.

Oklahoma unveiled new uniforms, dubbed "The Rough Rider," on Tuesday. For the first time, "Oklahoma," not "Sooners," will be across the front of the jerseys.

Although the uniforms will have a modern look to them, they will were influenced by the team's history, according to the team's press release.

These additional jersey-pants-helmet combinations were inspired by the rich heritage of the state of Oklahoma and the Sooners’ storied football history.

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Nike’s white helmet design pays tribute to Wilkinson’s squads that captured national championships in 1950, 1955 and 1956.

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Both jerseys also feature subtle touches such as “47 Straight” emblazoned on the inner Nike Flywire neckline, serving as a tangible reminder of the college football’s incomparable victory streak amassed during Wilkinson’s tenure.

Here's a look at the "47 Straight" tribute:

Not only are the jerseys and pants new, but the helmets also received a makeover:

Here are some details on the new helmet:

The modified version of Oklahoma’s iconic crimson helmet also features an enlarged interlocking OU above each earhole with the distinctive wood-grained design embedded into the protective outer shell.

Sooners fans who like the traditional uniforms shouldn't be too upset. These new uniforms will only serve as alternates to the traditional uniforms, but the team has not determined the games in which the new uniforms will be worn.

[Oklahoma Football, Phil Hecken]

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Alabama Football: 6 Position Battles to Watch in Fall Camp

With Alabama’s fall camp set to open next month, Tide fans will have their sights set on a few position battles in the practices leading up to the team’s season opener.

The race to find AJ McCarron’s successor will generate the most headlines, but other intriguing spots that will feature tight races include positions along the offensive and defensive lines and in the secondary.

Which positions are likely to field the toughest calls for Nick Saban and his staff to make before the season opener against West Virginia on Aug. 30?

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