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  • Your 2015 Bovada Heisman favorite is TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin.

    The sportsbook released its preseason Heisman odds on Tuesday and the senior has the best odds of anyone at 6-1. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is second at 7-1.

    Boykin was 301-492 passing for 3,901 yards, 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2014 as the Horned Frogs were Big 12 co-champions and won the Peach Bowl against Ole Miss.

    Elliott helped carry Ohio State to the College Football Playoff title. He ran for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns. He surpassed the 200-yard mark in Ohio State's final three games.

    At 6-1, a $1 bet on Boykin would net you $6.

    Elliott has a teammate at third, and it's a teammate who didn't play at all in 2014. Braxton Miller, who missed the season because of a shoulder injury, has odds of 10-1. All three Ohio State quarterbacks vying for the 2015 starting job are given odds by Bovada. Cardale Jones is at 20-1 and tied for 11th. J.T. Barrett, who spent most of the 2014 season as the starter before suffering an ankle injury against Michigan, has odds of 25-1.

    Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson, who was Nick Marshall's backup last year, is tied with Miller at 10-1. Georgia running back Nick Chubb is also listed at 10-1.

    Here are the players with odds of 40-1 or better. Elliott was the favorite when the previous set of odds was released in January.

    Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU 6-1
    Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State, 7-1
    Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State, 10-1
    Jeremy Johnson, QB, Auburn, 10-1
    Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia, 10-1
    Cody Kessler, QB, USC, 12-1
    Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State, 12-1
    Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU, 14-1
    Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama, 16-1
    Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson, 16-1
    Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State, 20-1
    Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA, 20-1
    Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma, 20-1
    Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State, 25-1
    Everett Golson, QB, Florida State, 25-1
    J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State, 25-1
    Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon, 33-1
    Seth Russell, QB, Baylor, 33-1
    Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami, 40-1
    Corey Clement, QB, Wisconsin, 40-1
    D.J. Foster, RB, Arizona State, 40-1
    Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State, 40-1
    James Connor, RB, Pitt, 40-1
    Justin Thomas, QB, Georgia Tech, 40-1

    Who looks like a good bet to you? The SEC running back tandem of Fournette and Henry look like solid bets to us. We wouldn't bet on an Ohio State quarterback at all.

    Last year's favorite in August was Florida State QB Jameis Winston, who won the trophy in 2013. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, the eventual 2014 Heisman winner, was the No. 2 favorite while Miller was No. 3 before he got hurt.

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  • Former Oklahoma defensive tackle Tony Casillas doesn't agree with his school's discipline of running back Joe Mixon.

    Mixon, a highly-touted recruit in the class of 2014, missed the entire season after he punched a female OU student at a mall restaurant. He's back on the team for the 2015 season.

    Monday, Florida State dismissed freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson. He had been charged with battery after allegedly punching a female FSU student at a bar and kicked off the team shortly after the surveillance video went public.

    While certain media outlets were allowed to view the surveillance tape of the Mixon incident, it has not been released to the public.

    Casillas is referencing the university's handling of the racist chant used by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

    Whether you support the way Oklahoma handled Mixon's transgression or not, you have to admit that Casillas has a very good point. And it's fair to wonder, given the university's likely prior knowledge of details in the case, if Florida State would have kept Johnson on the team had his video not gone public.

    A university official said coach Jimbo Fisher saw the security footage late Monday night while on vacation.

    Mixon made a plea deal after the charges that included a one-year deferred sentence and community service.

    Oklahoma president David Boren said in June that he expects Mixon and linebacker Frank Shannon to be better people following their discipline. While Shannon was never charged with a crime, he was suspended for the 2014 season after a Title IX investigation into violations of the school's sexual misconduct policy.

    Casillas played 12 seasons in the NFL after his Oklahoma career. He was a member of Oklahoma's 1985 national title team and a two-time All-American. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

    For more Oklahoma news, visit SoonerScoop.com.

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  • Jose Baez, the lawyer of recently dismissed Florida State quarterback De’Andre Johnson, said his client punched a female bar patron in the face after being provoked.

    Baez spoke to NBC News regarding the incident that occurred June 24:

    The woman raised her fist and shouted "racial epithets" at Johnson when the player accidentally made contact when he was walking up to the bar, lawyer Jose Baez told NBC News.
    Johnson "tried to deescalate the situation" but the woman "kneed him in the groin area" and "took another swing before he retaliated," the attorney added.

    Florida State indefinitely suspended Johnson, 19, and state attorney Willie Meggs charged him with misdemeanor battery after reviewing the surveillance footage from the club.

    "It wasn't until she struck him twice that he reacted," Baez told NBC News. "But he is very...He is very regretful that he didn't turn around and walk away immediately."

    "He makes no excuses for what happened.”

    Court documents state the victim, a 21-year-old Florida State student, was trying to defend herself while she was being pushed and grabbed by Johnson. A witness said he heard the victim yell “no” twice before Johnson punched her.

    The victim suffered a small cut to the bridge of her nose, swelling under her left eye and swelling to her left cheek.

    For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.

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  • Former LSU and current New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. showed off his hands in a video posted to Instagram on Monday.

    Beckham’s former SEC opponent, Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, showed Tuesday that he can make some pretty acrobatic catches himself.

    Mitchell, a fifth-year senior, came back from a knee injury that cost him the 2013 season and was a solid contributor for the Bulldogs in 2014. Overall in eight games, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Mitchell caught 31 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns.

    With an increased role in the offense, Mitchell will look to put up some Beckham-like numbers in 2015.

    For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com.

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  • Duke announced Tuesday that the career of redshirt senior linebacker Kelby Brown has officially come to an end.

    Brown suffered a torn left ACL, which will keep him out this season and end his time with the Duke program. Brown will serve as a student assistant for the 2015 season.

    "It's difficult to put into words the feeling of heartbreak I have for Kelby and his family," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement. "While we will certainly miss his athletic abilities and leadership as one of the best linebackers to play at Duke, what is most important above all else is Kelby's health. He is a truly special young man who is destined to accomplish great things in his life. Kelby's strengths lie in his core values, and I know that despite this setback, he will continue to play an integral part of our program's success both on and off the field."

    Brown suffered the same injury during the 2014 preseason and it cost him the entire year. He also had two previous knee surgeries on his right knee, including one in February 2012, which caused him to miss the entire 2012 season.

    Brown played in 32 career games, with 29 starts, and amassed 242 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 quarterback sacks, 15 QB pressures, two interceptions, six fumble recoveries, three caused fumbles and five PBUs. He was a first team All-ACC selection in 2013.

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  • South Alabama is investigating the possibilities of an on-campus stadium.

    The school announced Monday it would begin the process to see if a stadium was feasible.

    "Construction of a football stadium is an extremely complex undertaking that requires significant due diligence on the part of the University leadership, and we are at the very beginning of a process that will examine all the issues we must consider before a decision can be made," South Alabama president Tony Waldrop said in a statement.

    The school said the process would be done by a "small group" of trustees, administrators and staff.

    South Alabama's football program began in 2009 and the school joined the FBS division in 2012. The team currently plays its home games at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, the site of the Senior Bowl and the GoDaddy Bowl.

    According to WKRG, the school's contract with the stadium runs through the 2016 season. If South Alabama decides a new stadium would be feasible, the contract would likely have to be extended for a short duration. A new stadium wouldn't be ready for 2017 if the preliminary process is now beginning.

    The Jaguars finished the 2014 season 6-7 after losing to Bowling Green in the Camellia Bowl.

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  • You're not a real Harry Potter fan unless you're dressed up like him on the cover of a magazine.

    Got that? OK. Because Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles is a real fan. He's on the cover of the 2015 edition of The Cats Pause Kentucky football yearbook with glasses and a scarf.

    If you need to get your copy, the magazine is expected to start shipping next week.

    Towles told CatsPause.com that he took the opportunity to dress up like Harry Potter for the magazine to show people that he too has obsessions that are outside of football. If there's a Harry Potter movie on TV, he said he's likely watching it.

    “It's a chance to show people that I’m a real person who likes what you guys like, who eats what you guys eat and does what you all do,” Towles said. “It helps develop a sense of common ground. ‘Hey, he’s not really that far away,’ or, ‘He’s not really that different. He’s just one of us who happens to play football.’”

    Towles threw for 2,718 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2014.

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  • Florida State freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson has been dismissed from the program just hours after a video showing him striking a female in a bar was released.

    Johnson was accused of punching a 21-year-old woman at a bar in Tallahassee on June 24. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher suspended him the following day and Florida state attorney Willie Meggs formally charged Johnson with misdemeanor battery on June 30 after reviewing the security footage from the bar.

    The state attorney’s office released the footage of the altercation Monday:

    The shocking footage shows Johnson, 19, and the woman approaching the bar at the same time. The two scuffle for position at the bar, the woman takes a swing at Johnson and Johnson hits back with a right hook so vicious it knocks cups from the bar. Johnson leaves the frame while the woman tries to recover from the blow.

    Florida State president John Thrasher sent out a statement supporting Fisher's decision:

    Following the release of the video, Johnson's Attorney, Jose Baez released a statement:

    "While it is clear from the video that De'Andre Johnson was not the initial aggressor, his family wants to take the lead in helping him learn and grow from this experience. He is currently participating in community service, and faith-based programs focused on battered women, substance abuse, and the empowerment of children. De'Andre is extremely embarrassed by this situation and would like to express his heartfelt apologies to everyone, including those who were directly affected, Coach Fisher and his team mates, the entire Florida State University community, as well as his family and friends."

    Johnson was a four-star recruit from Jacksonville who enrolled at Florida State in January to get a jump on the quarterbacking competition following the departure of former Heisman winner Jameis Winston.

    Johnson was listed behind Sean Maguire, who was Winston’s backup a year ago. However, with Everett Golson transferring in from Notre Dame, Johnson was considered a candidate to redshirt.

    For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.

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  • Offensive lineman Mirko Jurkovic, a three-star prospect from IMG Academy, tweeted Monday that he was attending Georgia this fall after originally committing to Ohio State.

    According to the Columbus Dispatch, Jurkovic was denied admission to Ohio State because of academics, but apparently Georgia’s academic requirements aren’t nearly as stringent. UGASports.com, citing a source, said it wasn’t academics, but rather the fact that Ohio State had exceeded its scholarship limit that left Jurkovic available.

    Either way, Ohio State’s loss is Georgia’s gain.

    Jurkovic had 22 offers out of high school and, shockingly, Georgia was not one of them. But once Jurkovic became a free agent, the Bulldogs pounced. Notre Dame also courted Jukovic, but wanted him to first attend nearby Holy Cross College.

    Jurkovic is the son of former Notre Dame All-American Mirko Jurkovic Sr., and the nephew of John Jurkovic who played nine years in the NFL.

    For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com.

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  • Florida State is taking its 2016 spring game to Orlando.

    The program announced Monday that because of scheduled construction at Doak Campbell Stadium, the game will be played on April 9 at the Citrus Bowl, about 250 miles south of FSU’s campus in Tallahassee.

    “The short term construction challenges of building the Champions Club in Doak Campbell stadium have provided a unique opportunity for our 2016 spring football game,” said FSU athletic director Stan Wilcox. “We are pleased to offer our fans greater access to Florida State football at an exciting and refurbished venue in one of the best destinations cities in the world. Moving the game to Orlando and partnering with Steve Hogan and his staff at Florida Citrus Sports will allow us to platform the game and Florida State athletics in exciting and unique new ways.”             

    In a release, FSU said it will “sponsor a number of events surrounding the game, including a block party on Friday evening similar to the one held in downtown Tallahassee prior to every FSU home game.” Tickets for the game, which is scheduled for 5 p.m., will be general admission and cost $5.00 each.

    “We are excited to play our 2016 spring game at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando,” said FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher. “With the renovations to our stadium next spring that have been provided from contributions from our fans and boosters, it gave us a unique opportunity to hold our spring weekend at another venue. The Orlando area is a tremendous part of our Seminole fan base and it will be a great opportunity for the greatest fans in college football from across the state to see our team. Couple that with the fact that we are opening the 2016 season against Ole Miss in the Citrus Bowl and it made sense.”

    In addition to the spring game, the Seminoles also open the 2016 season at the Citrus Bowl against Ole Miss on Sept. 3.

    "This will be the first spring game that Florida Citrus Sports has hosted and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan. “What a perfect lead to our new Orlando Kickoff game between Florida State and Ole Miss later in the year on September 5, 2016, as fans will get an early look at one of the top teams in the country."

    For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.

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