Graham Watson

  • Freshman WR packs up and leaves SDSU without telling coaches

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Wide receiver Desean Holmes, a former four-star recruit, won’t play for San Diego State this season after he abruptly packed up his dorm room and left the school without telling anyone.

    According to coach Rocky Long, Holmes missed a morning weightlifting session on Friday and when a graduate student went to find him, Holmes dorm room was vacant.

    He was only with the program five days.

    “The young man has a lot of problems, way too many for us to handle,” Long told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Obviously, he wasn’t ready to be here.”

    Holmes had 14 known scholarship offers, including some from major programs such as UCLA, USC, Nebraska and Oklahoma, but signed with the Aztecs on National Signing Day. However, Long said Holmes stopped communicating with the coaches during the summer. He reconnected a couple weeks before school started, enrolled and was in class on the first day of school on Monday.

    Long said recruiting coordinator Tony White had talked with people connected with Holmes, but hasn’t been able to get in touch with the star receiver, who lives with a foster family.

  • Report: George O'Leary wants to become UCF's full-time AD

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Central Florida coach George O’Leary wants to be the school’s athletic director, according to a report in USA Today.

    O’Leary, 69, was named the interim athletic director in June and is willing to step down as football coach to assume athletic director duties full time.

    According to USA Today, which spoke to two people close to the situation on the condition of anonymity, UCF was readying for a national search to replace Todd Stansbury, but put those plans on hold after O’Leary approached school president John Hitt with the idea to become the full-time athletic director. However, there’s concern about O’Leary’s administration experience. He’s been a coach either at the college or NFL level since 1980.

    The article suggests that if O’Leary were to become the school’s AD, offensive coordinator Brent Key would be the new football coach. Key has been at UCF since 2005.


  • Greyson Lambert named Georgia's starting QB

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Greyson Lambert will start Saturday’s season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, coach Mark Richt announced Monday.

    Richt said Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta will share second-team reps this week.

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    “There may be other or others who get in the game, but right now the thing that I know that he’ll start the game,”Richt said. “Very, very close competition. Still being contested in my mind. But at this point we felt it'd be wise to name a starter and get him ready to play in this ballgame.”

    Lambert was a transfer from Virginia where he started eight games last season before being replaced. He completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,632 yards 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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    Richt said while Lambert is the Week 1 starter, the competition is by no means closed.


  • Breaking down the remaining Power Five quarterback competitions

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    With less than a week remaining until the FBS college football season kicks off, there are still several Power Five quarterback battles that have yet to be decided, including some involving possible College Football Playoff contenders.

    Here’s a look at the starting quarterback battles that are still raging:

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    FLORIDA STATE Contenders: Sean Maguire, Everett Golson ** Coach Jimbo Fisher named Everett Golson the starting QB after this post was published **

    Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has been reluctant to name starting quarterback through fall camp and that didn’t change when camp practices ended Saturday.

    “We’ll name it when we think it’s right,” Fisher said. “We’ll keep watching the film and evaluating.”

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    TEXAS TECH Contenders: Davis Webb, Patrick Mahomes


  • Montana shocks North Dakota State 38-35 on late TD

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The college football season kicked off in grand fashion Saturday as No. 12 Montana upset No. 1 North Dakota State 38-35 with a late touchdown to seal the win.

    North Dakota State came into the game as the four-time defending FCS champion. The loss marked only the fourth defeat for the Bison since 2011.

    Montana ran a simple run off the left side from the 1-yard line for the game-winning score with 2 seconds remaining. The Griz started the game-winning drive from their own 20-yard line with 1:39 left. It took three attempts to get the ball into the end zone on fourth down.

    “We only had a couple plays we were gonna consider and we ran them both and our guy just wanted it,” coach Bob Stitt said during the on-field interview. “I thought about changing the last one, they said ‘Coach, just run iso, we’ll get it in.'”

    It was a heck of an FBS debut for Stitt, who came over to the Griz from Division II Colorado School of Mines. Many FBS schools have patterned their offenses after Stitt’s style of play, which seemed to keep the North Dakota State defense on its heels throughout the game.

    “I may call in sick tomorrow,” Stitt said.


  • Arkansas punter Blake Johnson arrested for public intoxication

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Arkansas freshman punter Blake Johnson was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with public intoxication, minor in possession of alcohol, and disorderly conduct.

    The arrest comes one day after freshman tight end C.J. O'Grady was arrested on charges of DWI.

    Johnson is likely to redshirt this season after Toby Baker won the starting punting role during fall camp.

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    As Arkansas Fight points out, this is not Johnson’s first disciplinary issue this month. Earlier in camp, he was seen carrying a mattress around the field, a punishment Bielema said he used when players showed up late.

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  • Tim Beckman: 'I will vigorously defend both my reputation and my legal rights'

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Tim Beckman went on the offensive Friday evening to defend his reputation just hours after being fired at the University of Illinois.

    Beckman said in a statement to Fox Sports that “the University’s actions today are in violation of the procedures mandated under my employment agreement. As such, I will vigorously defend both my reputation and my legal rights.”

    Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas announced Friday that the university was parting ways with Beckman following an investigation into allegations that he was mentally, physically and verbally abusing players.

    “The health and well-being of our student athletes is of paramount importance to me,”Beckman said. “And any statement made to the contrary is utterly false.”

    The investigation into allegations against Beckman was opened after former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic took to Twitter to vent his concerns about abuse he suffered because of Beckman.

    Other players told CNN that Beckman was physically rough with players and verbally abusive.


  • Oregon names Vernon Adams its Week 1 starting QB

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Vernon Adams has been named the starting quarterback for Oregon’s season opener against Eastern Washington on Sept. 5.

    Jeff Lockie, the backup last year and the frontrunner coming out of spring, will serve as backup.

    Adams earned his undergraduate degree from Eastern Washington, but opted to transfer for his final season of eligibility. Adams was not even eligible to start practicing with the Ducks until Aug. 13.

    Adam was a two-time Walter Payton Award runner-up as FCS player of the year and threw for 3,483 yards and 35 touchdowns for the Eagles last season.

    Adams needed to pass a math class earlier this month in order to graduate from Eastern Washington and enroll at Oregon. However, he spent all offseason working out and learning the Ducks offensive system, which was similar to the one he ran at Eastern Washington.

    Even though he was late to campus, Adams’ athleticism, skill and experience seemed like a natural fit at Oregon, especially in replacing Heisman winner Marcus Mariota.

    Adams passed for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns in three seasons at Eastern Washington.

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  • Dr. Saturday Preseason All-American Team

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    College football is full of amazing players.

    The difference between the talent levels from team-to-team is almost indistinguishable, but there are always a few players that seem to rise to the top.

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    And we here at Dr. Saturday have done our best to honor those players we think will be amazing at their particular positions. There was no scientific process to this each of Dr. Saturday’s writers — Graham Watson, Nick Bromberg and Sam Cooper — picked their lists and the best two out of three won.

    Honestly, there’s no fool-proof way to pick a list like this. Inevitably, one of these players will get hurt, have an off year or some unknown face will seize an opportunity and produce a fantastic season (looking at you, Nick Chubb). So this list is praise for past work and the hope for a bright future ahead.

    Presenting the inaugural Dr. Saturday Preseason All-American Team (or you can click the picture above and see the slideshow):




  • Illinois fires coach Tim Beckman after it confirms allegations of player abuse

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    llinois announced Friday that it has fired head coach Tim Beckman, "citing preliminary results of an external review into allegations involving the program."

    The move comes one week before Illinois is slated to open its season against Kent State. Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, former coach at Western Michigan, will be the interim head coach.

    Throughout the offseason, former football players alleged Beckman was mentally, verbally and physically abusive to them. Former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic took to Twitter to vent his concerns about abuse he suffered because of Beckman.

    According to Cvijanovic, Beckman "uninvited" him from the team's end-of-the-year banquet after the starting left tackle missed the final four games of the year after suffering the labrum tear. Beckman wanted Cvijanovic to play through the season-ending injury.

    Illinois hired a law firm to investigate the claims.

    Thomas’ tone changed Friday following the release of preliminary findings from the investigation.

    From the Illinois release: