- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
LSU has its starting quarterback. Coach Les Miles said Monday evening that Brandon Harris had beaten out Anthony Jennings for the job.
“Brandon Harris, he’s throwing the ball more accurately,” Miles said via the Baton Rouge Advocate. “He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do.”
Miles did say that both Harris and Jennings would see playing time against McNeese State on September 5. While the Cowboys gave Nebraska a big scare in 2014, it wouldn't be surprising if a lot of LSU's backups see the field in the second half.
Harris was considered the frontrunner for the job despite receiving less playing time than Jennings did in 2014. He started just one game in 2014 and it was a disaster. As the Tigers lost 41-7 to Auburn, Harris was 3-14 passing for 58 yards. 52 yards came on one completion.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs 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.
“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.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Everett Golson is Florida State's starting quarterback.
The Notre Dame transfer was named the Seminoles' week one starter Monday afternoon by coach Jimbo Fisher. Golson had been competing with Sean Maguire for the position. Maguire spent 2014 as the primary backup for Jameis Winston and started against Clemson after Winston was suspended following an inappropriate act on campus.
Golson transferred from Notre Dame following the 2014 season after he lost his starting job at the end of the year to Malik Zaire. As a graduate transfer Golson was eligible to play immediately. His first FSU start will come against Texas State.
While Florida State had been reluctant to name a starter, Golson winning the job isn't too surprising. It would have been unlikely he would transfer somewhere to play his final season of college football and not be the starting quarterback.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs 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:
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.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams was arrested early Sunday for an alleged incident with an Uber driver, according to a report from the Daily Bruin. His bail is set at $100,000.
The report says Adams is accused of using force to steal the driver's cell phone around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
From the Daily Bruin:
Police arrested UCLA cornerback Ishmael Adams for allegedly stealing an Uber driver’s cell phone outside of UCPD headquarters on campus early Sunday.
Adams, a redshirt junior on the UCLA football team, was arrested about 3:30 a.m. near the Facilities Management building in central campus about a block away from the reported robbery, according to police logs. His bail was set at $100,000.
Adams was arrested about 12 minutes after the driver called police and reported the robbery. The driver also reported apparent minor injuries, police said.
UCLA said in a statement that it is aware of the incident.
- Steven Lassan at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
AthlonSports.com is a leading website for preseason and in-season football previews, predictions, rankings and analysis.
While offensive and defensive lines are arguably more important to the success of any college football team, it’s the skill talent – running backs or receivers – and quarterbacks that generate most of the preseason attention. And with the balance of power in football shifting to the offense, big-play threats and speedy receivers are more valuable than ever.
Compiling the top 35 receiver groups for 2015 clearly showed there's a wealth of talented corps this season. Baylor takes the top spot in Athlon's top 35 receiver groups, with Texas A&M and Clemson rounding out the top three.
Note: This ranking also takes into account tight ends.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs 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. Saturday12 hrs 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. Saturday14 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. Saturday14 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.