- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday27 mins ago
Chad Kelly will “likely” start at quarterback when Ole Miss begins its season on Saturday, Rebels coach Hugh Freezetold reportersMonday.
Freeze said Kelly, a redshirt junior, has a “slight edge” over Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade. He added that all three would play against Tennessee-Martin and the competition is ongoing.
It’s been a long journey for Kelly to reach this point.
He started his career at Clemson, but was dismissed during his redshirt freshman season for “conduct detrimental to the program” and having a “pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of (Clemson’s) program.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
In a decision that shouldn’t be much of a surprise, Texas head coach Charlie Strong announced Monday that junior Tyrone Swoopes will start at quarterback when the Longhorns open up at Notre Dame on Saturday.
Swoopes, who started 12 games for the Longhorns in 2014, beat out redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard for the starting gig.
Swoopes was plagued by inconsistency in his first year starting. He finished the season 2,409 yards, 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while also rushing for 262 yards and four more scores.
Though Swoopes will start the game, Strong said that Heard will also see action against the Fighting Irish.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Toledo will be without two starters – running back Kareem Hunt and defensive end Allen Covington – in its first two games.
The program announced Monday morning that the two are suspended for violating team rules.
Hunt, a 6-foot, 225-pound junior, led the MAC in rushing in 2014. His 1,631 rushing yards were good for 10th-best in the nation and second-best for a single season in Toledo history. His 7.96 yards per carry was second in the country. He also added 16 rushing touchdowns and 12 catches for 68 yards.
Covington, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound senior, has played in 30 games for the Rockets over the past three seasons. In 2014, he made 12 starts and registered 29 tackles, four tackles for loss and a sack. He also made six starts as a defensive tackle in 2013 and tallied 26 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
The two will miss Thursday’s home opener against Stony Brook and a Sept. 12 road matchup at Arkansas.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
South Carolina took two hits to its wide receiver depth over the weekend.
The program announced that both redshirt freshman Shaq Davidson and true freshman Jerad Washington are out for the season.
According to the Spartanburg Herald Journal, Davidson suffered a knee injury during practice last week that will require surgery. Head coach Steve Spurrier said Davidson will seek a medical redshirt.
"Shaq had surgery on a knee that he had torn a ligament and he's scheduled to have surgery on his other knee in about six weeks,” Spurrier said. “It had also been bothering him. So Shaq needs a whole year to get his knees ready to play for next year and he'll have a second redshirt year this year.”
Per the Herald Journal, Davidson previously had surgery for a torn left ACL as a high school sophomore and also “had the knee scoped to clean out some loose fragments” last summer.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Gus Edwards, one of Miami’s top running backs, will miss the entire 2015 season.
The program announced the news Sunday night, saying Edwards suffered a left foot injury during preseason camp.
Edwards, a 6-foot-2, 241-pound junior, was expected to be a major contributor for the Hurricanes on offense in 2015 in the effort to succeed Duke Johnson.
Head coach Al Golden said Edwards was injured during an Aug. 22 scrimmage. It was originally ruled a day-to-day injury, but further medical examining revealed that it would keep Edwards out for the season.
"Gus worked extremely hard for the last nine months to prepare for this moment, " Golden said in a statement, per CaneSport.com. "He set a high standard and did a great job leading and being unselfish. We are tremendously disappointed for him, but we will be there with him on the road to recovery and anxiously await his return.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Virginia Tech will have stickers on its helmets against Ohio State on September 6 to honor the two Roanoke television station employees killed earlier in the week.
The sticker will feature a "7" for WDBJ 7, the station that Alison Parker and Adam Ward worked at. A teal ribbon will remember Parker while a maroon ribbon will be a symbol for Ward, who was a 2011 graduate of Virginia Tech.
The two employees were doing a live report for a morning show at a local waterpark when they were shot and killed, allegedly by a former co-worker. Vester Flanagan, the suspected shooter, shot himself and later died after police were pursuing him. Flanagan, who went as Bryce Williams on-air, also allegedly posted a video of the attack to Twitter.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
South Carolina will have a helmet decal to honor the nine people killed at a Charleston church.
The decal was designed by artist Gil Shuler and features the palmetto tree with nine doves – one for each victim.
The people were shot and killed at Emanuel AME Church on June 17. The suspected shooter, Dylann Roof, has been indicted on 33 hate crime charges.
“Whether it’s Greenville, Columbia, Charleston or any other cities in South Carolina, we feel a tremendous sense of pride in this state,” South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement.. “The tragedy that happened in Charleston doesn’t just affect people in Charleston; it affects the entire state. We feel very much a part of that at the university. Coach Steve Spurrier and University President Harris Pastides felt very strongly that the ‘Emanuel 9’ should be recognized.”
The shooting sparked discussion about the role of the Confederate flag, not only in South Carolina, but across the nation. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier supported motions to remove the flag from the grounds of the state capitol. He previously had disavowed the flag as well.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
USC coach Steve Sarkisian is ceding the majority of the playcalling duties to offensive coordinator Clay Helton.
Sarkisian revealed the assignment of duties after practice on Saturday. Helton became the team's offensive coordinator in 2013 and was the team's playcaller for the rest of that season after coach Lane Kiffin was fired. Kiffin and Sarkisian were previously co-offensive coordinators at USC.
“Clay is going to assume more of the play calling responsibilities,” Sarkisian said via TrojanSports.com. “I’m still going to have input especially in the third down and red zone scenarios. But I also want to focus on being a really good head coach and I want to be with our defense and celebrate with Adoree’ when he gets an interception.”
Helton also served as the team's interim coach during hte 2013 Las Vegas Bowl.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Auburn LB Deshaun Davis has a rap video for the Tigers' 2015 season. And it's quite impressive.
He produced the five-minute video, which includes highlights of past Auburn seasons to a rap that he sings. If you weren't aware that this was from Davis, you could be convinced that it was an official video.
The song is called "The Takeover." You can guess what Auburn wants to take over in 2015.
In case you were wondering, it only takes 20 seconds for the first Kick-Six highlight to appear in the video. it also features shoutouts to Auburn greats – he rhymes "Bo-Jack" and "Cadillac."
Davis, a redshirt freshman in 2015, was a three-star recruit as an inside linebacker in the class of 2014. He's got quite the bar to clear for a hype video in 2016.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Arizona linebacker Cody Ippolito is out for the season after tearing his ACL.
A redshirt junior in 2014, Ippolito played in all 14 of Arizona's games with six starts. He was sixth on the team with 52 tackles.
“What’s a shame is Cody was having a really good camp,” Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said via the Arizona Daily Star. “He’s a tough, hard-nosed football player that comes and loves to compete and practice. … He’ll rehab like crazy and hopefully we’ll get him back for another year or two playing at a high level.
Ippolito was slated to see significant time at strongside linebacker for the Wildcats this season as well as be the primary backup for Scooby Wright at middle linebacker.