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Alabama ranks first in the first AP top 25 poll released on Monday.

The Crimson Tide received 42 of 61 first-place votes, and rank at the top of the AP top 25 for the third consecutive year. Clemson received 18 votes and rank second. The other first place vote went to Wisconsin, who come in fourth behind Georgia in the third spot. Ohio State, Washington, Oklahoma, Miami and Auburn round out the top 10. UCF is the highest ranking school not in a Power Five conference at 21st, a spot ahead of Boise State.
Aug 20 - 12:10 PM

Maryland players announced that no player will wear the number of deceased former T Jordan McNair through the 2021 season.

The 2021 season would have been the year that McNair graduated. There will also be a moment of silence before their opener at FedEx Field against Texas, and another before their home opener against Temple on September 15. McNair passed away after collapsing on the field during a team workout on May 29. There is currently an ongoing investigation as to whether the team followed proper protocol in handling McNair's case, and a separate investigation into the toxic culture around the team.
Source: ESPN
Aug 20 - 11:04 AM

Penn State senior DL Torrence Brown is retiring from football.

"Due to multiple injuries and surgeries, my career at Penn State has come to an end," Brown said in a statement. "It has been tough coming to terms with this news but I know that everything happens for a reason and God will continue to guide me." It's a significant loss for the Nittany Lions defense, as Brown has shown flashes of being an elite pass-rusher in his time with Penn State. His career was littered with injuries, however, and knee issues saw him miss all but three games in 2017.
Aug 19 - 2:15 PM

Sources tell Chick Hernandez that the Board of Regents believe that Maryland HC D.J. Durkin, Athletic Director Damon Evans and school president Dr. Wallace Loh should all be relieved of their positions.

Hernandez hears that an announcement from the school could come within the next two weeks, with former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams the favorite to become the new Athletic Director. This comes after the Board of Regents voted unanimously to take over the investigation into the death of deceased offensive lineman Jordan McNair. The school is currently investigating both whether or not the staff followed proper protocol in the treatment of McNair, along with a report of a toxic culture around the football program. We'll have more on this developing story as updates are provided.
Aug 19 - 1:41 PM

Former Michigan junior WR Eddie McDoom has transferred to USF.

McDoom announced that he had left the team on August 9, and he's found his landing spot in South Florida. The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver didn't play often in his two years with the Wolverines; making 24 total catches with just eight of them coming in 2017. He's a former four-star recruit who showed flashes during his freshman campaign, however, so he could be a contributor to the Bulls. Assuming he doesn't receive a hardship, he'll have to sit out the 2018 season before having two years of eligibility with USF.
Aug 19 - 1:31 PM

UCLA senior LB Josh Woods will miss the 2018 season with a knee injury.

Woods was expected to be a big part of the UCLA defense, so this is a significant blow for the Bruins and their hopes of competing in the Pac-12 South. He appeared in seven games and recorded 30 tackles for UCLA in 2017 before his campaign ended because of a shoulder injury. Expect redshirt sophomore Lokeni Toailoa to get significant playing time with Woods (6'3/235) out.
Aug 19 - 1:15 PM

Wisconsin junior WR Quintez Cephus announced he was taking a "forced leave of absence" from the Badgers while he deals with a legal issue.

Cephus was informed by the Dane County (WI) District Attorney’s office that they will pursue unspecified charges against him for an incident that took place in April. The specifics of what that charge is has yet to be released. Cephus led the Badgers in receiving touchdowns in 2017 with six, and is expected -- assuming he's back with the club -- to be one of the go-to targets in the Wisconsin passing game. Wisconsin is expected to release a statement on the issue in the coming days.
Aug 19 - 9:02 AM

Saturday afternoon it was reported that Georgia freshman RB Zamir White suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

White (6'0/215) suffered the injury while on special teams during an intra-squad scrimmage, and as a result he's likely to miss the 2018 season. This is the second ACL tear that White has suffered in less than a year, as he tore the ligament in his right knee last November. Cleared to participate when Georgia opened fall camp, White did so with a brace on his right knee. With the highly-regarded freshman sidelined, junior Elijah Holyfield is likely to see even more reps behind expected starter D'Andre Swift.
Aug 18 - 5:55 PM

Penn State redshirt junior QB Tommy Stevens was wearing a walking boot on his right foot during the team photo shoot on Saturday.

This is not the first time we have seen Stevens in a boot, as he was also wearing one during spring practices. The exact nature of his leg injury is not known, nor is it known whether he will be available for Penn State's opener against Appalachian State on Sept. 1. His immediate absence wouldn't be felt by the team in any tangible way, but would become problematic should starter Trace McSorley suffer an injury. Redshirt freshman Sean Clifford will likely back up McSorley so long as Stevens is sidelined.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 18 - 2:39 PM

TCU sophomore QB Shawn Robinson has been named starter for the upcoming season.

This was one that's been more/less a foregone conclusion since Kenny Hill exited stage left this winter having expended his collegiate eligibility. Horned Frogs HC Gary Patterson played coy during the spring and summer -- in mid-July he let on that Robinson "probably" had the edge in competition -- but the cat's officially out of the bag now. The 6-foot-2, 228-pound Robinson had one start last season, when Trill was unavailable versus Texas Tech due to a concussion. In that initial foray of extended action, he hit on just 6-of-17 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown while rushing for an additional 84 yards. While these numbers are plenty forgettable, it should be remembered that Robinson was playing as a true freshman at the time and had not received any serious run prior to that late November contest. Coming out of high school, the 247Sports composite board ranked the four-star signal-caller as the No. 198 overall prospect in the 2017 class.
Aug 18 - 1:21 PM

Texas Tech junior QB McClane Carter handled the bulk of first-team reps in practice this week.

Carter (6'3/220) is competing in camp with Jett Duffey for the right to start in HC Kliff Kingsbury's high-octane attack this coming season. This has been one of the steadier competitions of August, with Carter consistently seeing first-team work ahead of his compatriot. Kingsbury has not named a starting quarterback for the Red Raiders' opener against Ole Miss, but we would be surprised at this juncture if Carter finds himself backing up Duffey to open the year.
Aug 18 - 12:24 PM

Ohio State's investigation into HC Urban Meyer's role in the case of former WR coach Zach Smith is expected to conclude on Sunday.

Buckeyes president Michael Drake said earlier this week that the investigation was not a concrete timetable and would be "finished when it's finished," but it actually appears that this will, indeed, be wrapping up right around the initial 14-day estimation laid out when the investigation began. The results of the inquiry will be shared with OSU's board of trustees next week, after which a decision figures to come down the pike one way or another on Meyer's fate. One possible split-the-middle option between firing Meyer and simply moving on would be for the university to suspend the coach to start the year.
Aug 18 - 12:07 PM




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