- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Earlier in the week, Oklahoma State announced that it won’t face Academic Progress Rate (APR) penalties after it was discovered that a football player from the 1990’s had recently graduated. The school didn’t offer many other details, other than that the team would have the full allotment of weekly practice time instead of losing one practice day per week.
Fortunately, in an awesome piece, Ben Fredrickson of The Oklahoman was able to track down the football player whose graduation helped the 2014 Cowboys. His name is Larry Mahsetky. He was a wide receiver under head coach Pat Jones at OSU from 1991-1995 but had only recently completed his degree – more than 20 years after he originally arrived in Stillwater.
The 41-year-old Mahsetky learned earlier in the week that because he finished up his final few classes needed to graduate, he gave his alma mater two more hours of practice time per week this season.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
With Alabama preseason camp officially under way Friday morning, we got our first glimpse at Jacob Coker in a Crimson Tide uniform. Coker, a Florida State transfer, is the man believed by many to be the replacement for AJ McCarron at quarterback in 2014.
It has been assumed all summer that Coker, a redshirt junior, would take over the starting role, but head coach Nick Saban has long maintained that Coker will battle it out with fifth-year senior Blake Sims and redshirt freshman Cooper Bateman for the starting role.
On Friday morning, according to Al.com, Sims was working first in drills with Coker second. Coker reportedly “had a handful of high throws,” but that’s not uncommon for a player in his first practice.
Here’s some video of Coker (No. 14) and Sims (No. 6), via TideSports.com.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
When the pressure was on, Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker came through for his team.
Georgia Tech was facing some post-practice wind sprints, but the coaches offered a way out. If Butker could nail a fifth consecutive 50-plus yard field goal, the Yellow Jackets would not have to run.
You know what happens next:
Of course, Butker confidently makes the field goal and the team went absolutely nuts. First Butker, a sophomore from Decatur, Ga., was swarmed by his teammates before the guys headed straight off the field and back into the locker room before the coaches changed their minds.
Running back Synjyn Days’ had the best reaction, yelling “We’re going to Charlotte!” into the camera.
The 6-foot-3, 201-pound Butker had a solid freshman season, making 10-of-14 field goals, including two from 49 yards and five total from longer than 40 yards. By the looks of this video, he looks even stronger going into 2014.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 7-6 season in 2013. The team's season kicks off on August 30 at home against Wofford.
For more Georgia Tech news, visit JacketsOnline.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
The annual Alabama Fan Day will take place Sunday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Fans will get an early glimpse at the 2014 Crimson Tide by watching a team practice, and then they’ll get the chance to collect autographs from players and coaches.
One fan is very excited for the festivities.
Thanks to Busted Coverage, we get to meet 32-year-old Bobby Hunter, an Alabama fan who began to camp out for Fan Day at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning – a full 103 hours before practice begins on Sunday. For real.
Hunter told Busted Coverage that he’s using vacation time from work to camp out and that he’ll sleep in the tailgating chair for all four nights to maintain his first spot in line.
He also has a well-crafted sign depicting the extent of his fandom.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Another day, another alternate uniform.
To celebrate the 125th year of Nebraska football, the program and Adidas unveiled new all-red uniforms with black stripes and black and silver metallic numbers. The all-red look will make its debut when the Huskers take on Illinois on September 27.
Additionally, the TECHFIT compression gear worn under the uniform features a large Nebraska “N” logo on the chest. The cleats are sharp too.
Best of all, the players got a special surprise when the team saw the new look for the first time.
Never change, Bo. Never change.
For more Nebraska news, visit HuskerOnline.com.
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With less than one month to go until the 2014 college football season kicks off, a number of programs have begun to roll out alternate uniforms that will be worn at some point during the season.
Air Force is one of these programs, and the new alternate uniform the Falcons unveiled today is one of the best we’ve seen this offseason.
Take a look:
More pictures of the new 2014 Alternate Football Uniform! pic.twitter.com/9NtbYqEk9I
Check out the new 2014 Alternate Football Uniform! Which game do you hope to see them this season? pic.twitter.com/6wMjjscYoL
The light blue helmets with the lightning bolt logo make for an especially sharp look. Per Air Force’s Twitter, the team will wear the new uniforms for at least one game in the upcoming season.
Coming off a disappointing 2-10 season, the Falcons’ season opens up at home against Nicholls State on August 30.
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As part of the major renovation of Kyle Field, Texas A&M also rebuilt the Bright Football Complex, and the results are extremely impressive.
The Bright Complex sits in the south end zone of Kyle Field and has undergone a 36,000 square-foot overhaul that is supposed to modernize and “create the most forward-thinking, technologically advanced” facility in the country, according to the program. Everything from the locker room to the players’ lounge to the sports medicine facility has been upgraded.
The total cost of the project is a whopping $20.8 million. Take a look at the photos, provided by A&M.
Here's what the entrance to the Bright Complex looks like:
The Hagner Auditorium:
Players-only access to the locker room, training room and more:
Customizable video display upon entry:
The hallway leading to positional rooms:
An adidas uniform display:
A hydrotherapy pool in the new sports medicine area. It features eight HDTVs mounted inside the walls.
The door to the players' locker room:
Team locker room:
Each locker has LED screens with player information:
It was reported earlier this month that as many as eight members of South Carolina’s 2014 recruiting class would not qualify academically to enroll in the school and join the football team. Now it appears that two of those players will make it to Columbia, after all.
As Auburn opens up fall practice on Friday, the program will honor a fallen member of its family.
The official Twitter account of Auburn athletics revealed Thursday that No. 43 has been painted in the end zone on the team’s practice field to honor former tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who was killed in a car accident on June 29.
Lutzenkirchen, along with University of Georgia student Joseph Davis, were killed in a single-car crash when Davis, who was driving, failed to stop at a stop sign of a T-intersection. The car then crossed another road and “impacted multiple ditches” before hitting a fence and going airborne. Lutzenkirchen, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle.
Report: Oklahoma has not filed waiver request for Dorial Green-Beckham, waiting on 'paperwork' from Mizzou
When the news came out that former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was transferring to Oklahoma, it was also reported that Oklahoma intended to pursue a waiver that would grant the star wideout immediate eligibility to suit up for the Sooners, instead of sitting out for a season per normal transfer rules.
At Big 12 Media Days, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said that the program was awaiting word from the NCAA on Green-Beckham’s status, but Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World reported Thursday that the school has not yet been able to file the waiver request.