Graham Watson

  • QB Treon Harris will start season opener for Florida

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 54 mins ago

    Sophomore quarterback Treon Harris will start Florida’s season opener against New Mexico State, coach John McElwain announced following Wednesday’s practice.

    However, McElwain said redshirt freshman Will Grier also will play.

    Harris started six games last season and threw for 1,019 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 338 yards and three scores.

    Harris and Grier have been in a tight battle for the starting role and even last week, McElwain said that he was going to play two quarterbacks. Grier is more of a pocket passer while Harris is a dual threat.

    For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.

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  • The Big Ten Network released 'tradition' videos for (almost) all of its teams

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    The Big Ten Network released “tradition” videos for all of its football teams (well, almost all. Sorry Illinois), and they are, well, interesting.

    If you’re a fan of the team, or a big consumer of collegiate traditions, you’re going to understand each of these. If you’re not, well, just laugh at the ridiculousness of it all and be happy Kyle Flood didn’t lose a finger and splatter blood all over James Franklin’s white shirts.

    INDIANA

    Hep’s Rock is a historic landmark on campus, but in this video it’s been replaced by a historic geode.

    IOWA

    Iowa's fan section is called the Hawk’s Nest. Wonder if they learned how to make that nest off Pintrest?

    MARYLAND

    A cannon is shot off at College Park before games. Might have been a better video with something like this.

    MICHIGAN

    Coach Jim Harbaugh tips his hat to mentor Bo Schembechler. Next year, watching Harbaugh buy khakis at Walmart will replace this.

    MICHIGAN STATE

    Apparently, if you ask someone from Michigan where they’re from, they will show you their hand. Yeah, I had to look this one up.

    MINNESOTA

    "Ski-U-Mah" is Minnesota’s rally cry and it’s written on the inside of their uniforms so no one forgets.

    NEBRASKA

    NORTHWESTERN

    OHIO STATE

  • Woman sues Oregon State, Mike Riley, for 'sexually violent culture'

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    A former Oregon State student has filed a federal Title IX lawsuit against former head football coach Mike Riley for creating and not correcting a sexually hostile culture among football players, which she said contributed to her rape in 1999.

    The woman alleges that she was raped on Oct. 9, 1999, while a freshman at OSU.

    According to legal documents obtained by the Oregonian, the woman was attending a party at an off campus apartment when a man approached her with an open beer can. The man said he was visiting Corvalis, where the Oregon State campus is located, from Portland.

    The woman said she reported the rape two days later to a counselor at Oregon State’s Student Health Services and says that the worker suggested that perhaps she said “yes” to the alleged perpetrator and that she probably should not have been drinking.

    The woman did not seek other help or go to authorities and ultimately transferred from the school.

    The lawsuit is seeking $7.5 million in damages.

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  • 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.

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  • Greyson Lambert named Georgia's starting QB

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days 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.

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  • Breaking down the remaining Power Five quarterback competitions

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days 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

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

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 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.

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  • Arkansas punter Blake Johnson arrested for public intoxication

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 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.

    For more Arkansas news, HawgSports.com.

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

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 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.

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