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While Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is intrigued by the arm and size of Northwestern redshirt senior QB Clayton Thorson, he referred to his accuracy as "erratic."

"He can be all over the place with throws and has receivers needlessly leaving their feet or adjusting backwards to grab passes," Pauline writes while explaining that Thorson's accuracy issues -- the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder completed 60.4% of his passes last season -- are what currently have him held down with a fifth-round grade on the Draft Analyst board. Beyond the technical aspects of his pro projection, Thorson is also making his way back from a serious knee injury sustained in Music City Bowl action against Kentucky over the winter, tearing his right ACL while catching a pass on a trick play. The redshirt senior said earlier this summer that he's aiming to be healthy enough to play in the team's opener against Purdue on Aug. 30, though it's far from a guarantee that he'll be cleared by that juncture. Wildcats HC Pat Fitzgerald will put TJ Green, Aidan Smith and Andrew Marty through the paces in camp to see who might be best suited to take on the starting mantle if needed.
Jul 18 - 4:54 PM

Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente said that the "door's closed" on the possibility that dismissed redshirt junior S/LB Mook Reynolds could return to the team.

Not an ounce of wiggle room coming from Fuente on this one. Reynolds was arrested a week ago Monday and subsequently hit with a felony charge of selling and distributing marijuana and/or the possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or distribute. The program moved to dismiss him immediately following that arrest -- felony charges are almost universally going to get players kicked out of school. Over the past two seasons, Reynolds has posted 134 total tackles, 18.0 of which went for loss. Devon Hunter, a sophomore, could potentially be in line to step up as starter in place of Reynolds with a strong August camp.
Jul 18 - 4:33 PM

Athlon Sports ranked Liberty junior WR Antonio Gandy-Golden as the No. 48 receiver in the FBS for the 2018 season.

Gandy-Golden (6'4/220) caught 69 passes for 1,066 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He did so plying his trade at the FCS level. Seat upgrade to the FBS for Mr. Gandy-Golden moving forward. The junior tortured Baylor to the tune of a 13-192-2 receiving line in their opening upset of the Bears last fall. Liberty will begin its journey as an Independent when they boot up against Old Dominion on Sept. 1.
Jul 18 - 4:20 PM

Athlon Sports listed Liberty junior QB Stephen Calvert as the No. 79 quarterback in the FBS for the 2018 season.

We're excited to see Calvert get his first extended crack at FBS play with the Flames set to work as an Independent for the coming campaign. This past season, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder threw for 3,363 yards with a 29/6 TD/INT ratio. If you have a memory of Calvert, it's probably from last year's season-opening upset of Baylor, when he hit on 44-of-60 pass attempts for 447 yards while accounting for four total touchdowns.
Jul 18 - 4:08 PM

East Carolina HC Scottie Montgomery said that redshirt sophomore QB Reid Herring will likely open the coming season as starter.

"[Herring] has done just a tremendous job for us, growing the program, growing our expectations in the program and the leadership that comes with leading the program on the field," Montgomery said. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound redshirt sophomore will ostensibly be competing with Kingsley Ifedi and Holton Ahlers in August camp, but make no doubt, this is his job barring a major stumble. The former three-star recruit will be heading into the season about as raw as they come, having attempted all of one pass last season while backing up Gardner Minshew.
Source: wnct.com
Jul 18 - 3:55 PM

Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith faces a charge of criminal trespassing relating to a May arrest.

Per Delaware Municipal Court records, Smith was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing on May 12 -- the story is just coming out now -- and subsequently pleaded not guilty. He was set to appear in court on Wednesday. While other coaches have come and gone on Urban Meyer's OSU staff, Smith has been a mainstay on the sideline since the coaching legend was hired to Columbus in 2012. Ohio State has not issued comment on his legal issues to this juncture.
Jul 18 - 3:37 PM

Miami HC Mark Richt said that redshirt senior QB Malik Rosier will be the team's starter when they open the season against LSU on Sept. 2.

"He's the starter. Malik's the starter. And if something changes, I'll let you know," Richt said while addressing the media on Wednesday. None of this comes as any particular surprise, as Rosier started for the Hurricanes last season and lost no ground to dynamic dual-threat redshirt freshman N'Kosi Perry during the spring. Perry might be the sexier name, but Rosier is a dependable, known quantity after throwing for 3,120 yards (54-percent completions) with a 26/14 TD/INT ratio last season. We don't love him for a true title run, but he's certainly capable enough to keep the Hurricanes in the Playoff hunt.
Jul 18 - 3:27 PM

Miami HC Mark Richt said that sophomore WR Evidence Njoku (knee) has begun running routes in his rehab.

An encouraging sign no doubt after Njoku was held out of the bulk of the on-field work in spring practice while continuing his rehab from a season-ending knee injury sustained last October. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder was a three-star recruit in Richt's 2017 signing class and finished his aborted inaugural season still looking for his first collegiate catch. His availability for the start of the season -- Miami opens things up against LSU on Sept. 2 -- should clarify after August camp gets underway.
Jul 18 - 3:17 PM

Tennessee sophomore T Trey Smith (undisclosed) has been cleared to take part in August camp.

Smith (6'6/299) was sidelined for spring practice due to what Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt referred to as a "medical issue." Whatever that issue might have been, the sophomore tackle now appears to have healed up in time to take part in preseason work. After signing on in Knoxville as a five-star recruit in the 2017 class -- ESPN ranked him as the No. 1 prospect for the cycle -- Smith went on to start all 12 games as a true freshman last fall, earning All-SEC second-team honors from the Associated Press at year's end.
Jul 18 - 3:10 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that LSU redshirt sophomore TE Jamal Pettigrew underwent knee surgery earlier this summer.

At this juncture, details have yet to surface as to the exact timing of the knee injury, but it's being reported as occurring during a non-contact workout. The former four-star tight end has yet to truly boot up his career with the Tigers, having redshirted in 2016, with a mere one catch registered during his first active year on campus this past season. He did play in all 13 games, just not as an integral offensive cog in the machine. With Foster Moreau already locked in as starter, Thaddeus Moss figures to receive a closer look in August camp as the Tigers look to make up for their recent loss. There is no known immediate timetable for Pettigrew's return to action.
Jul 18 - 2:53 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Michigan junior QB Shea Patterson is a "mobile passer with a great head for the game."

"In some ways he reminds me of Johnny Manziel with his incredible ability to elude the rush and pick up yardage with his legs," Pauline writes, before adding another scintillating comp in noting that the 6-foot-2, 193-pound Patterson flashes at times in a similar way to Baker Mayfield in terms of his field sense and wherewithal. The analyst absolutely loves what he's seen on film from the former Ole Miss signal-caller's approach when a given play begins to devolve. All of this is encouraging, though Pauline does caution that "[h]is lack of size and inability to drive the deep pass accurately are a major concern when projecting him to the next level." Draft Analyst stamps Sugar Shea with a first-round grade at this juncture, believing that the quarterback could have room to rise on Day 1 so long as his 2017 season does not go off the rails in either the health or on-field play departments.
Jul 18 - 2:41 PM

USC freshman QB J.T. Daniels was named the male Gatorade National Player of the Year.

This particular award goes out to the top prep athlete in the country. Daniels earned the honor for his junior campaign at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, California, on the strength of a 2017 season in which he threw for 4,123 yards and 52 touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder would have been a part of the 2019 recruiting class had he not reclassified -- ala Jake Bentley and others before him -- to the 2018 class. Thus, Daniels is now enrolled at USC and battling it out to take over the starting reigns for former gunslinger Sam Darnold. Jack Sears and Matt Fink stand in his way, though we'd give Daniels a tentative edge heading into August. As for the female prep athlete who took home Gatorade National Player of the Year plaudits, that would be New York high school cross country and track and field ace Katelyn Tuohy.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 2:32 PM

North Carolina HC Larry Fedora issued a strong statement questioning the link between concussions and the degenerative brain disease CTE.

"I fear that the game will be pushed so far from what we know that we won’t recognize it 10 years from now. And if it does, our country will go down, too," Fedora said in a sometimes perplexing wondering of thought during Wednesday's media session. He attempted to argue that the CTE-concussion connection is scaring people from the game due to it being (he believes) incorrectly peddled as fact. It's not a particularly enlightened view in the year 2018 given the scientific body of work that exists on the subject. Perhaps the most problematic part of this is that Fedora is setting the example for his team with these comments.
Source: USA Today
Jul 18 - 2:15 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban passes along that junior QB Jalen Hurts is on track to graduate in December.

Good on Hurts for trucking toward the degree in just two-and-a-half years down in Tuscaloosa, always impressive. More tangibly for the Alabama football team, the main takeaway from this is that should the junior lose his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa in August camp -- something considered by many to be just a matter of time -- he's in a position to simply play out the string with Alabama for the coming season, after which he would be eligible to play immediately with another team via transfer. Saban did say that he had "no idea" if Hurts would still be on roster when the coming season starts, but our strong guess would be that he'll be with the team.
Jul 18 - 1:59 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that the team's starting quarterback is "still to be determined."

It would have been quite the story if Saban had named a starter between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts at SEC Media Days, of all places. This is a competition that has been breathlessly discussed throughout the offseason, with no real indicators as to where Saban and staff might be leaning. We wouldn't be surprised if the Tagovailoa/Hurts battle went down to the August wire, something we've from Saban in the past -- it was only two years ago that he declined to name his starting quarterback until just minutes before the season-opening kickoff against USC. We're not going to rule out the possibility that the team experiments with both quarterbacks in season, though we'd view that as a longshot. Obviously, we'll keep tabs on the situation as the competition develops toward its end game.
Jul 18 - 1:46 PM



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