HOOVER — Two of the most excruciating losses in recent Georgia football history have come against the same team on two of college football's biggest stages. With the Bulldogs one defensive stop away from their first national title since 1981, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa launched a 41-yard touchdown pass to give the Crimson Tide a 26-23 overtime win. Less than a year later, the stage was the SEC championship game. As in the national championship game, former Alabama assistant coach Kirby Smart watched from the Georgia sideline as Nick Saban's team found a way to win.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Day two of Big 12 Media Days started off with a presentation from the coordinator of officials. Cowboys Ride For Free Tweeted a slide from the presentation that presented changes to the rule regarding blind side blocks. Well... it got some traction among players (and even fans) from Oklahoma State. Remember those blocks from last year where Tylan blind sided defenders into oblivion? Yep, can't do that anymore. Essentially what this rules does is eliminate blind side blocking with forcible contact. It makes a blind side block where the receiver does anything like de-cleat the defender, a 15-yard penalty. While Oklahoma State had their day with the media yesterday and I couldn't
It has been a meteoric-type rise in recruiting rankings for Ryan Day and Ohio State over the last few weeks. The narratives of a drop in talent coming to Columbus because of Urban Meyer no longer being in the mix was set, but that lazy commentary by many now must be burned and buried. That's because the Buckeyes have gone from just inside the top fifteen in team ratings all the way up to a consensus top-five class according to multiple recruiting services. Ohio State has leapfrogged teams like Penn State and Michigan on the way towards the penthouse, which means the universe is back in balance for now. The flurry of verbals has been dizzying, with fifteen total commits since the end of May alone.
New Prague's Woodrow Glazer won his second consecutive individual championship, and Roseau won the team championship at the USA High School Clay Target League's 2019 National Championship on Sunday in Mason, Mich. Glazer, a recently-graduated senior who capped a stellar high school career with his third consecutive MSHSL state title last month, topped a field of more than 1,800 competitors with a perfect 200x200 score. Roseau's five-person team won the title over 207 other teams by hitting 964 out of 1,000 targets. Another Gopher retires The Gophers have lost a second player to medical retirement this offseason. Redshirt freshman running back Nolan Edmonds medically retired, a source confirmed
SPOKANE, Wash. — Sunday night at the Big Sky Kickoff, Montana State football coach Jeff Choate shared a lighthearted moment with the best tight end in the league, Portland State's Charlie Taumopeau. It had to do with the Bobcats' mercurial quarterback situation, which has been a constant topic of discussion since Choate took over as coach before the 2016 season. “I was sitting with Charlie and he's like, 'Coach, you've got to get me over there to play some quarterback,'” Choate regaled, noting the continuing nature of MSU's QB drama. “I said, 'We play everybody at quarterback at Montana State.'” The two were joking, of course, but based on that exchange it seems everyone in the Big Sky Conference
Can UCF keep its scintillating pace going without injured quarterback McKenzie Milton? Josh Heupel appears to have a program that will endure after the heart-wrenching injury.
ARLINGTON -- Baylor coach Matt Rhule simplified the complex process of building a program in his third season, of navigating his way from one win to seven wins to potentially more in 2019: The Bears need to be better on the offensive and defensive lines. Last season, Baylor allowed 39 sacks, the most in the Big 12 for the second straight season and fewer than only eight other teams in the country. The Bears started four different left tackles and three different left guards as they tried to protect quarterback Charlie Brewer. "We have a great quarterback, he can't be running for his life all the time," Rhule said. "We have to make sure he's comfortable if we want to play at a high level." Brewer
On Tuesday at the Clemson Media Kickoff in the Allen N. Reeves Football Complex, Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott spoke on his excitement for what is to come this 2019 season. As usual, he has the cream of the crop at wideout and is enthusiastic to see what the freshmen can bring to the table. Scott excited for change “To me, that's one of the exciting things about college football is your roster does change every year. Maybe NFL with free agency it's changing more than in the past. That's normal for us. I think we are blessed that we do have a big group of guys that have played and come back. You're happy for those guys who have graduated and moved on, guys like Hunter Renfrow, Mitch
Watch List News Ryan Willis has been placed on the Maxwell Award watch list. For those of you who think that he wasn't the QB for the job, it seems some folks are disagreeing with you. This is not a trivial list, and the 80 players named in preseason have definitely attracted positive attention. Good Luck to Ryan. Of course he has to win the starting job this season. Departures There is a no-fanfare sort of thing with this announcement. The new Virginia Tech Football Roster is out for the Fall 2019 Roster. Per the Roanoke Times Jimmie Taylor has been fighting an abdominal issue and it's just not getting better. He's hanging up his cleats and taking a medical retirement. Xavier Burke tore an Achilles
ARLINGTON — Five Longhorns ambled onto the field inside AT&T Stadium, ready for 90 frantic minutes of nonstop questions spanning the spectrum from cliché to ridiculous. When the burnt-orange quintet neared the setup, four halted. Their eyes widened. Jaws dropped. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger was the exception. He maneuvered around the horde of 50-plus media members and their makeshift electronic jungle and took a seat, dutifully prepared to fulfill his obligations as the face of Texas football. Senior wideout Collin Johnson scaled the platform beside Ehlinger's and attempted to sneak in a playful question before the barrage began in earnest. The human wall barred him from getting closer; the surrounding
University of Nebraska defensive linemen Ben Stille was announced Tuesday as one of the candidates for the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, an annual award given to college football players for the impact they make off the field. In all, a total of 137 student-athletes across all levels of college football with inspiring stories of community service were nominated by their respective sports information directors. Stillie has been active in the Huskers' Life Skills program, volunteered his time with the FCA, Husker Heroes, TeamMates, the Nebraska Football Road Race, and local hospital visits. For his efforts, he received the Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award earlier this spring, and was named to the Tom Osborne and Brook Berringer Citizenship teams for the past three years.
SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Paul Myerberg breaks down his college football offseason rankings ARLINGTON, Texas – The look was planned, of course. Sam Ehlinger arrived at Big 12 media days, the biggest star among more than three dozen players at the event, sockless – bare ankles showing between the stone-colored slacks and burnished light brown dress shoes. But it wasn't going quite as he'd hoped. As he navigated AT&T Stadium on Tuesday, going back and forth across the field and through the corridors to a seemingly endless list of interview stops, the Texas quarterback couldn't help the slightest of limps. “It's a little uncomfortable,” Ehlinger admitted. The actual interviews? The headlining
Steve Spurrier coached more than two decades of SEC football. He's not sure he ever faced a schedule like South Carolina's this season. The unrivaled champion of “talkin' season” — a phrase he coined — Spurrier was at SEC Media Days for an event Tuesday with Archie Manning and Herschel Walker. He wasn't sugarcoating his thoughts about what the Gamecocks are looking at in 2019, but he spoke highly of the job Will Muschamp has done across three years. “He's doing fine,” Spurrier said. “He's doing well. They've got a tough schedule, got a very difficult schedule. If he can get through that with six, seven, eight wins, it'll be a heck of a year.” Muschamp has won six, nine and seven games across