- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 mins 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.
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.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
With a day off before Saturday night’s U.S. Final in the Little League World Series, the Mid-Atlantic Region champions from Red Land Little League (just south of Harrisburg, Pa.) made the hour-long trip west from Williamsport to Happy Valley to watch Penn State’s practice on Friday.
When Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin heard about the kicking prowess of Red Land second baseman Braden Kolmansberger, he issued a challenge. If Kolmansberger hit a 30-yard field goal in front of the entire Penn State football team, Franklin would do 30 push-ups. If he missed, Kolmansberger’s Red Land teammates would do 30 up-downs.
The 13-year-old Kolmansberger was up to the challenge.
With the encouragement of the Penn State players, Kolmansberger drilled it right down the middle.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
It appears Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin learned an important Twitter lesson on Saturday.
In what was clearly meant to be a direct message, Sumlin sent out a tweet to his 71,000 followers that poked fun at USC head coach Steve Sarkisian’s recent drunken episode at a booster event.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has always been a guy who speaks his mind, and on Friday night, he expressed his disdain toward another SEC program: Auburn.
According to the Arkansas News Bureau, Bielema was speaking at a fan event in Springdale, Ark., and was going through the Razorbacks’ schedule “to the audience of fans and donors” when he jabbed at Auburn.
From the News Bureau:
The third-year Razorbacks coach was going game-by-game, blow-by-blow through the schedule to the audience of fans and donors. The players had already left, a night free from football constraints. Bielema said Arkansas wasn’t the program he wanted it to be until it beat Alabama, mentioned the bye week that followed this year’s game against the Crimson Tide and how the Hogs beat LSU coming off last year’s bye, then it came.
“Probably doesn’t need to be said in here how much I hate Auburn,” Bielema said.
And in classic Bielema fashion, the comment was made slyly.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs 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.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron confirmed Friday that he was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Cameron told reporters he was diagnosed "a couple weeks ago," but underwent treatment and has since been given "a clean bill of health." Cameron has been coaching with "very few limitations" throughout preseason practice and will coach the 2015 season, he said.
The 54-year-old Cameron, who is entering his third season with the program, said the entire situation from the initial diagnosis to Friday was about a "four-week process." He expressed gratitude for the support he's received from the program.
"The support from this program and our players and (head) coach (Les) Miles, I've never experienced anything quite like it," he said.
Tigers head coach Les Miles also addressed reporters Friday, and said he asked the team to keep quiet about Cameron's diagnosis. Miles said the team did "a great job" keeping the news private.
"We've really respected the rights of coach Cameron in every way," Miles said.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday21 hrs 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.
For more Oregon news, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Maryland will go with junior Perry Hills at quarterback when its season begins next Saturday.
Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall announced the decision to reporters on Friday afternoon and said that redshirt junior Caleb Rowe will serve as Hills’ backup. Additionally, senior Daxx Garman, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma State, is No. 3 on the depth chart.
According to the Washington Post, Hills took “the bulk of the first team reps” during a scrimmage last Saturday and completed 12-of-17 passes for 72 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Hills has past starting experience – seven starts as a true freshman in 2012 – but has seen limited action the past two seasons, including a redshirt in 2013.
In 2014, Hills was the third-stringer behind C.J. Brown (who graduated) and Rowe. He played in just one game last year, completing 5-of-10 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown against Iowa.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Dartmouth players can take their practice field frustrations out on a robot.
Though we're guessing that the robot can cause some frustration too. The school developed a tackling dummy that can move and change directions. Here's a look at it in action.
The Mobile Virtual Player – MVP of course – was designed by Dartmouth students at the behest of coach Buddy Teevens. He had eliminated tackling during practice and wanted his players to still be able to practice with a reduced risk of injuries.
"To my knowledge, no one else does it at the Division I level," Teevens said about his no-tackling protocol, acknowledging that his players were initially skeptical. "It was not received well to be honest with you because [tackling] is sort of fundamental, but I was committed to it."
The MVP may even be more athletic than you are too.
He said the 5-foot-11-inch, 200-plus-pound MVP can weave, cut, stop and start — even "run" a respectable 4.8-second 40-yard-dash.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday23 hrs 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.
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):