- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Oklahoma officials think transfer Dorial Green-Beckham could suit up for the Sooners this season after he’s granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA.
Green-Beckham transferred to Oklahoma after he was dismissed from Missouri following several run-ins with the law during his two seasons with the program.
According to the Oklahoman, Oklahoma is planning to use something called the “run-off” waiver, which is in place for players who were removed from their programs through no fault of their own. Oklahoma will contend that Green-Beckham was dismissed from the Missouri team for a legal issue for which he was never charged.
On April 6, Green-Beckham was the subject of a suspected burglary after a Missouri student said Green-Beckham forced open her apartment door at 2:30 a.m. while trying to see his girlfriend. Columbia, Mo., police said they could not arrest Green-Beckham because the witness feared retaliation if she came forward with her complaint.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
When Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason met with the media Friday, his first official media day as the Bulldogs starter, he did so wearing a No. 43 pin.
The pin, which Mason said he plans to wear a lot this season, bears the Auburn jersey number of his good friend Philip Lutzenkirchen, who was killed in a single-car accident in late June.
Mason and Lutzenkirchen had been friends since they were 7 years old. They played high school football and baseball together, and though Lutzenkirchen decided to play at Auburn while Mason went to Georgia, the two kept in touch regularly.
In fact, the two spoke just 48 hours before Lutzenkirchen’s fateful crash.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Georgia Tech’s offense slipped last year.
After ranking either first or second in the country in rushing offense every year since 2009, the Yellow Jackets were sixth— the worst rushing ranking in coach Paul Johnson's six-season tenure — averaging 299.3 yards per game. It was the first time since 2010 that Georgia Tech had rushed for an average lower than 300 yards.
While a drop of a few yards might seem insignificant to most, it was a clear sign that Georgia Tech had gotten away from the offense that had made it one of the most difficult teams in the ACC for which to prepare.
So, when fall camp opened on Thursday, veterans saw Georgia Tech return to its old ways.
"I think we're going to just go back to basics, smash-mouth football," senior fullback Zack Laskey said. "I think we have the guys to do the things we have to do and as far as I can tell . . . there's going to be a lot more option offense."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Arizona State has found a different way to inspire its players this year — by using their family members.
The Sun Devil equipment Twitter account tweeted out a picture of lockers with pictures of family members in them and asked the question, “Who inspired you?”
This is a pretty good idea. Not only does it keep the theme of family — the theme coach Todd Graham has stressed during his time in Tempe — in the forefront, it also makes sure each player keeps things in perspective.
For more Arizona State news, visit ASUDevils.com.
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It’s not easy being No. 1.
Florida State, last year’s national champion, sits atop the recently released coaches poll in an unenviable position. No preseason No. 1 in the coaches poll has gone on to finish with that ranking since USC in 2004, and five of the past six preseason No. 1s have finished their season ranked No. 8 or lower.
There are just too many things that happen during the year that can change the outcome of the season. From injuries to disciplinary issues, the composition of a team can change in an instant and any hope of winning a national title can go down the drain with it.
That’s not to say I disagree with ranking Florida State at No. 1. It is, after all, coming off an undefeated season and does have the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, who was far-and-away the best player on the field a year ago.
But to understand my dismay with preseason polls, one only has to look back to the top five that started last season and the top five that ended it.
Here’s what the 2013 preseason coaches poll looked like (with each team’s poll finish in parentheses):
And here’s what the coaches poll looked like at the end of the season (with each team’s preseason ranking in parentheses)
Wake Forest’s running game took a hit Thursday when the school announced that running back Dominique Gibson had been indefinitely suspended from the team.
An undisclosed violation of team rules was the only reason given for the discipline.
Gibson was the team’s top returning rusher with 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He and senior Orville Reynolds, who returned to running back after spending the past two seasons as a flanker, were in line to either battle for the starting role or become a two-back tandem as Wake Forest tried to resuscitate one of the nation’s more anemic offenses.
Wake Forest ranked 118 th nationally in total offense last season and 116 th in rushing offense with just 94.1 yards per game. The offense had just two games with more than 124 yards rushing and those games came against Presbyterian and Army. Of the Demon Deacons’ 24 offensive touchdown, 11 came on the ground.
For more Wake Forest news, visit DeaconsIllustrated.com.
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Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is putting Brady Hoke’s job security squarely on his shoulders this fall.
During Big Ten media days earlier this week, Gardner was asked several times about Hoke and whether the fourth-year head coach is fighting for his job this season.
"My job's to make sure he's not on the hot seat," Gardner said. "I'm going to make sure we win enough football games. And I’m going to play as hard as I can with my teammates, and I’m going to encourage my teammates, and my teammates are going to encourage me, and we're gonna make sure that's not a talking point."
Hoke came to Michigan with high expectations, and those expectations were heightened when he won 11 games his first season, the first 11-win season for the Wolverines since 2006. But since then, Hoke's teams have steadily declined. Michigan won eight games in 2012 and then struggled to 7-6 last year, which included a paltry 3-5 Big Ten record.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 days ago
On Monday, Georgia offensive tackle John Theus took to Twitter to express his frustration with a form he claimed he was forced to sign in order to play for the Bulldogs.
It's a shame we have to sign this to play ball.. They have you fooled if you think it's not a business pic.twitter.com/lk45pIVKKo
Here’s a closer look at the form, which essentially grants permission for a player’s likeness to be used during broadcasts, media guides, programs, etc.
But Theus’ tweet tells only half the story.
According to Herb Vincent, the SEC’s associate commissioner for communications, players don’t have to sign this document to play, only to have their likeness used.
“Student-athletes aren’t required to sign the SEC form to play,” Vincent said in an email. “They only have to sign it if they want to allow their picture and name to be used to promote the games, their school, and the conference. If they don’t want any publicity about their athletic achievements, though, its fine for them to decline to sign the form.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 days ago
The jersey former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel wore during the home games of the 2012 season — Manziel’s Heisman-winning campaign — will go to auction in August.
The maroon jersey is autographed by Manziel in silver metallic pen and also has all of his stats from his Heisman season.
SCP Auctions, who announced Monday it had obtained the jersey though didn’t divulge from whom, said the jersey is authentic and thought the item could go for as much as $100,000, making it the most expensive collegiate jersey ever auctioned.
According to SCP Auctions, the highest known price ever paid for a game-worn collegiate jersey was $27,000 for a Notre Dame Paul Hornung jersey.
"This is his only game-used jersey from his college career that has come to market," Dan Imler, vice president of SCP Auctions told ESPN.com.
"It has been a long time since we've seen a player as polarizing as Johnny Football. He has got an electrifying personality and everyone is either rooting for or against him."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 days ago
Quarterback Braxton Miller hasn't played an injury-free season during his time at Ohio State, but coach Urban Meyer thinks this season could change that.
During Big Ten media days on Monday, Meyer said Miller, who missed all of spring practices, was healthy after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
"He is ready to go," Meyer said. "He's full speed, best shape he's ever been in his life."
Miller suffered the injury in the 40-35 loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl, one of the many injuries Miller has suffered during his three playing seasons at Ohio State. Many of those injuries have been a product of Miller's scrambling. Miller, who is one of the nation’s best dual-threat quarterbacks, has rushed 557 times for 3,054 yards during his career.
But Miller said despite offseason conditioning and bulking up from 212 pounds to 221 pounds, he doesn’t plan to take the same kind of hits he’s taken in past seasons.
Braxton Miller up to 221 pounds (from 212) but still feels faster. As for taking same pounding as last year? "That ain't gonna happen."