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Mike Huguenin

Mike Huguenin primarily covers the ACC, Big Ten and AAC Conferences, along with Notre Dame, for College Football 24/7. He has covered college football for most of the past 28 years for multiple media outlets, including Yahoo! Sports/Rivals.com, the Orlando Sentinel and Sporting News. He attended his first college football game in 1969.


July

Gerry Broome/Associated Press Hud Mellencamp is a walk-on reserve CB for Duke, but hasn't played a down since joining the team in 2012. Duke cornerback Hud Mellencamp, a walk-on who is the son of rock star John Mellencamp, has run into legal... more

Garry Jones/Associated Press Bobby Petrino expects Louisville to compete for a championship as it moves into the ACC. After almost two years in a sort of exile, Bobby Petrino will be back in the spotlight this fall -- and at the place where... more

Bob Leverone/Associated Press Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and QB Jameis Winston both know the Heisman Trophy winner can improve. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has some on-field things to work on this... more

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- ACC coordinator of football officials Doug Rhoads said Monday that his league will use eight officials in all league games this season and that he sees no negatives in the move from seven to eight officials. In an experiment, the... more

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- In a vote that should surprise no one, defending national champion Florida State was the media pick to win the ACC title this season. In addition, FSU sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston -- who won the Heisman last season, when... more

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is going to miss wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin this season, but Winston is happy that his former teammate is getting to play with Cam Newton. Benjamin led FSU with 15 touchdown receptions... more

Noah K. Murray / The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports Sean Hickey nearly left Syracuse last season, but returned to boost his NFL credentials. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Syracuse offensive tackle Sean Hickey is a management major, and he says he... more

Garry Jones / Associated Press Lorenzo Mauldin's position switch could make him more valuable in the eyes of NFL scouts. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Louisville had one of the most productive defensive end duos in the nation last season, with Lorenzo... more

Phil Sears / Associated Press Running back Duke Johnson claims to be faster, despite adding 20 pounds to his 5-foot-9 frame. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Miami (Fla.) running back Duke Johnson and linebacker Denzel Perryman have a lot in common.... more

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press Vic Beasley finished the 2013 season with 13 sacks, including one in an Orange Bowl win over Ohio State. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Clemson All-American defensive end Vic Beasley's offseason has been all about getting... more

Sam Sharpe / USA TODAY Sports Jameis Winston returned to the spotlight at the ACC Kickoff football media event. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was peppered with questions about life in the spotlight Sunday at the... more

Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press Ohio State's Braxton Miller returned for his senior season after considering NFL draft entry. "Watch list" mania has subsided, what with the last official release from the National College Football Awards... more

Butch Dill/Associated Press Head coach Nick Saban is entering his eighth season at Alabama. Alabama head coach Nick Saban denied Thursday that there were conversations between him and Texas about becoming the Longhorns' coach this offseason.... more

The construction worker who was fired for hanging an Alabama flag at Texas A&M's Kyle Field evidently made some posts on Facebook that indicated he purposely sabotaged the stadium renovation. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Bobby Livingston,... more

Two North Carolina State assistants, defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable and wide receiver coach Frisman Jackson, on Tuesday helped a 16-year-old girl who was stuck in her car after it overturned. Coach Hux n I just pulled a young lady from her... more

Alabama and USC, two of the biggest names in college football, will open the 2016 season at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. LM Otero / Associated Press Jarvis Landry helped LSU prevail over TCU in the 2013 edition of the "Cowboys Classic."... more

David J. Phillip/Associated Press QB Nick Marshall helped lead Auburn to the national championship game last season. A Columbus, Ga., TV station has obtained police video from last week's traffic stop of Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall.... more

UCLA Athletics/Adidas The UCLA Bruins will wear their new gray uniforms for one game this season. UCLA's regular uniforms are among the best-looking in college football, but for the third season in a row, the Bruins will wear an alternate... more

Projected stat leaders: ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Jesse Johnson/USA Today Sports DE Randy Gregory is expected to build off an impressive first season with Nebraska. It's fun to talk about numbers in sports, and while... more

Christopher Jackson/Associated Press Wendell Smallwood is in line to play a big role in West Virginia's offense. West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood, a projected starter this fall, has been arrested and faces charges of witness... more

Projected stat leaders: ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC David J. Phillip/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston could struggle to top his numbers from last season. It's fun to talk about numbers in sports, and while... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Jeff Chiu/Associated Press California QB Jordan Goff showed promise as a true freshman last season. There still are seven weeks... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Jae C. Hong/Associated Press Kevin Hogan is entering his second season as Stanford's full-time starter. There still are seven... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Steve Cannon/Associated Press Florida State's Jameis Winston is looking to repeat as a Heisman winner and national champion.... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 John Raoux/Associated Press Kevin Ellison is leading a new offense for Georgia Southern this season. There still are seven weeks... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 David Butler II / USA TODAY Sports Gary Nova will lead Rutgers at quarterback in its first season in the Big Ten. There still... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 David Butler II / USA TODAY Sports Purdue's Danny Etling threw 10 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in eight games last season.... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh threw for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns in eight games last season.... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 David Tulis/Associated Press Hutson Mason has big shoes to fill in replacing Aaron Murray at Georgia. There still are seven... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Eric Gay/Associated Press Freshman QB Kyle Allen is charged with replacing Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M. There still are seven... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 David Butler II / USA TODAY Sports The Longhorns are hoping David Ash can bounce back from injuries. There still are seven weeks... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 AP Photo/Wade Payne Tennessee QB Justin Worley will need a good camp to strengthen his hold on the starting job. There still are... more

Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press NFL teams will be keeping a close eye on Iowa's Brandon Scherff this season. Offensive tackle Eric Fisher went No. 1 overall in the 2013 draft, five years after fellow tackle Jake Long went first in the... more

With the move to the four-team playoff this season comes a new national championship trophy. A new era, a new trophy. pic.twitter.com/anXBuxO7uV ‚?? CFB Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) July 14, 2014 It can be argued that the old championship trophy, referred... more

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston served as a counselor over the weekend at the Manning Passing Academy, and he told reporters he aspires to be like a Manning. Take a look at the action from Peyton Manning's Passing Academy, where Archie Manning... more

Running back Jeremy Hill left LSU for the NFL, but he always will have a piece of LSU in his heart -- and on his back. Hill, who was a second-round pick by Cincinnati Bengals in May's draft, tweeted out a picture of a LSU-related tattoo on his back.... more

Phil Sears/Associated Press Miami running back Duke Johnson didn't travel far from home to attend college. LeBron James made a whole bunch of folks in Northeast Ohio happy on Friday with his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.... more

247sports.com Kahlil McKenzie is expected to contribute as a true freshman at Tennessee in 2015. Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie told his highly recruited son to "go with your gut" when it came to choosing a college, and his son's gut... more

Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports Clemson's Vic Beasley is among the highly regarded defensive prospects for 2015. We're 49 days away from the start of the 2014 college football season, meaning fans are desperate to read any kind of news related... more

Liz Condo/USA TODAY Sports Former UNC LB Darius Lipford was one of four players eligible for the 2014 NFL Supplemental Draft. To no one's real surprise, none of the four players available in Thursday's NFL Supplemental Draft were selected.... more

Melina Vastola/USA TODAY Sports Wide receiver Jesus Wilson is a candidate to start for Florida State in 2014. Florida State sophomore wide receiver Jesus Wilson, a potential starter this season, has been suspended from the team after being... more

Butch Dill/Associated Press Lane Kiffin finds himself back in the SEC after joining Nick Saban's Alabama coaching staff. Coaching changes can have a huge bearing on players' careers. Consider this: Five players who were selected in the top... more

Calvin Ridley is considered one of the best high school wide receivers in the nation, and has committed to Alabama. Ridley (6-foot-2, 170 pounds) is from Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch High (that's in the Fort Lauderdale area) and is participating at The... more

Kevin Reece/Associated Press Bernie Kosar was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1985 supplemental draft. It remains to be seen if any of the four players available in Thursday's supplemental draft will be selected, but the odds are... more

Liz Condo/USA TODAY Sports Former UNC LB Darius Lipford is hoping to hear his name called during Thursday's supplemental draft. There will be four players available in Thursday's 2014 NFL Supplemental Draft, and each is far from a household... more

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While the vast majority of players selected every year will come from the FBS ranks, there still were 26 non-FBS players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Included in that total was one FCS player selected in the second round, Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. And there were four non-FBS players in the third round.

As part of our "14 for '14" series, here's a look at 14 of the best small-school prospects for the 2015 draft; all are seniors, and each will be on scouts' radar this fall.

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Dave Martin/Associated Press Johnny Manziel took the college football world by storm with his sensational freshman season. All this talk about freshmen that could make a big impact this season got us thinking: What are the best freshman... more

Miami-Dade Department of Corrections Alex Figueroa (left) and JaWand Blue have been charged with sexual battery. Miami dismissed two players from its team Tuesday, including a projected starting linebacker, after they were charged with sexual... more

Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press QB Devin Gardner will have to show more consistency for Michigan to have success in 2014. Michigan had an uneven 2013 season, mirroring starting quarterback Devin Gardner. When Gardner was good, he was excellent.... more

Craig Ruttle/Associated Press QB Robert Griffin III helped spark a revival of Baylor football. Baylor football is enjoying unprecedented heights, and former Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III -- the key player in the program's ascension --... more

Lennox McLendon/Associated Press Jack Del Rio starred at linebacker for the Trojans from 1981-84. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who guided USC to two national titles but also oversaw the program during a time in which the school... more

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There is an unidentifiable something about college football rivalry games.

The sky is bluer. The field looks better than usual. The uniforms seem to stand out even more. The players and fans are more jacked. Heck, the anticipation is almost too intense.

After a lot of thought, as part of our "14 for '14" series to get you ready for the season (which is a bit more than eight weeks away), here are the 14 best rivalries in college football. Trust us: It was tough to narrow it to 14, as there were some good ones we left out.... more

Rick Bowmer/Associated Press Utah wide receiver Dres Anderson made 53 catches for 1,002 yards last season. Friday is Independence Day, which commemorates the July 4, 1776, adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which -- as everyone... more

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When you mention college football "personalities," most fans immediately think of TV analysts such as Lee Corso or Kirk Herbstreit. But our list of personalities is different; we're not talking about shtick or TV time (well, some of these guys will be getting a lot of coverage this fall). Instead, we're looking at players (and a coach) who you will need to follow this fall for a variety of reasons -- among them talent level, their sense of humor and their back stories. Here are some guys who have caught our eye as CFB 24/7's "14 for '14" series continues with a look at 14 big personalities.... more

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer landed a pair of highly regarded defensive recruits. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer received some good news Wednesday with the commitments of two of the consensus top-50 recruits in the nation -- a future defensive... more

QB U RB U WR U LB U USA TODAY Sports Willie McGinest leads USC's proud tradition of sending linebackers to the NFL. The best teams in the NFL are stacked at linebacker. That points to the value of the position, and with that... more

The latest round of conference realignment became official Tuesday. Half of the nation's 10 FBS conferences were affected, with the biggest change happening in the Big Ten with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers. The league's footprint now extends... more

QB Tim Tebow had a magical career at Florida, but he didn't have staying power in the NFL. Last week, College Football 24/7 took a look at the 10 greatest college football players from the 1990s; today, we're looking at the 10 best from... more

Florida State sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston bought a "loss of value" insurance policy that provides him with up to $10 million in coverage, which could be a sign he will enter the 2015 draft. Citing a source, Yahoo Sports reported that the policy... more

June

Minnesota senior wide receiver Logan Hutton hasn't done all that much for the Golden Gophers -- he has just four career catches -- but he still seems poised to become an Internet sensation. Why is that? Catching two footballs while doing a backflip... more

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You want to get the home crowd riled up at a football game? Deliver a big hit. The only thing better than a big hit to get a crowd really going is a big play on offense. That means that the 14 players you will be reading about in less than a minute are fan favorites. That's because these players are known as big hitters. Truthfully, every team has a player (or two) known for being able to lay the wood; in some cases, that's all the player can do. But the home crowd loves them for that ability. Our "14 for '14" series continues with 14 big hitters who have caught our eye.... more

Former Alabama and New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy will be watching a lot of SEC football as an SEC Network analyst this fall, and he has bad news for the teams he will be covering: He said he doesn't think his alma mater will be faltering anytime... more

John Miller/Associated Press Arizona WR Austin Hill is returning to action after missing last season with a knee injury. It's safe to say Louisville senior Devante Parker will be one of the most-talented wide receivers in the nation this... more

Stephen Morton/Associated Press Georgia running back Todd Gurley will enter the 2014 season as a contender for the Heisman Trophy. Georgia coach Mark Richt seems to think Bulldogs junior running back Todd Gurley will go pro after this season.... more

Florida State freshman quarterback J.J. Cosentino obviously feels that if something was good enough for Jameis Winston, it's good enough for him. When he was a freshman, Winston threw a ball over FSU's Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house and was... more

Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy and led Florida State to national title last season. The state of Alabama loves college football. And that love, apparently, occasionally transcends state borders. Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis... more

Orlin Wagner/Associated Press West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen might need to have a successful 2014 season to return in 2015. This is an important season for West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen , and he announced Tuesday that senior Clint... more

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Everyone knows that coaches are hired to be fired, and there certainly are some coaches who need to be worried about their job security this fall. As part of our "14 for '14" series, here is a look at the 14 coaches who are on the hottest seats this season. The No. 1 guy should surprise absolutely no one.... more

Pitt sophomore James Conner is expected to play on offense and defense in 2014. A meeting with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons at a workout facility last year has Pitt sophomore running back James Conner thinking big thoughts... more

Butch Jones continues to build the Tennessee program in his second year on the job. Second-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones has a high-profile fan in his corner: Denver Broncos star Peyton Manning. Manning, a Tennessee alum, told The... more

Charlie Ward was a Heisman-winning quarterback who opted to play in the NBA instead of the NFL. Baylor center Isaiah Austin's NBA career is over before it has begun, as he has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that will... more

USC athletic director Pat Haden announced his school will offer four-year scholarships in football. USC announced Monday that it will begin offering four-year scholarships to all scholarship athletes in football and men's and women's... more

Georgia running back Todd Gurley is a top threat as a runner and receiver. New Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner wants to get Adrian Peterson more involved in the passing game this season, which seems like sound strategy.... more

Miami running back Duke Johnson suffered a broken ankle in November, but he says he is healthy and ready to go for this fall. Johnson told reporters last week that he is game-ready and that he has gained about 15 pounds of muscle this offseason.... more

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Conventional wisdom used to be that unless you received preseason acclaim as a Heisman favorite, you had no chance to win the award.

That notion has been blown out of the water of late: The past two winners have been redshirt freshmen, and five of the past seven winners were in their first seasons as a full-time starter.

Recent history, then, would make it seem as if putting together a list in June of the top Heisman candidates would be a waste of time because the eventual winner will have emerged from relative obscurity.

But this season feels different. There are a lot of big names who -- barring injury -- are going to put up big numbers. If there is one constant about Heisman winners, even Heisman winners who emerge from nowhere, it's that they put up big numbers for good teams.

Here is a look at the top 14 preseason Heisman candidates.... more

Here's a look at college football players who have famous dads. By no means is this all-inclusive, but it is a list with dads who are pretty darn famous.... more

ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Others Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Ben Koyack is in line to become the next star tight end for Notre Dame. We're a long way from the start of the 2014 season (not that we're counting, but it's... more

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has shown he can deliver when a game is on the line. Ohio State senior Braxton Miller leads all current FBS quarterbacks in producing game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime. Miller,... more

Vols head coach Butch Jones is making a push to land touted recruit Kahlil McKenzie. Tennessee is hoping that the best way to nab a top recruit is through his parents. To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of stud defensive tackle Kahlil... more

Monte Harrison won a state title in high school, but is leaving football behind to pursue a football career. One of Nebraska's top recruits has spurned the Huskers and will play pro baseball instead. Wide receiver Monte Harrison of Lee's... more

Shane Morris (left) and Devin Gardner are expected to compete for the Wolverines' starting QB spot. Former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who was the No. 11 overall pick by the Tennessee Titans in the 2014 NFL Draft , seems to have... more

ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Others Devin Funchess, the Big Ten's tight end of the year last season, is likely making a switch to receiver in 2014. We're a long way from the start of the 2014 college football season... more

Florida State Heisman winning-quarterback Jameis Winston has been busy on Instagram of late, producing videos showing him catching a pass from himself and completing one to his girlfriend . In addition, evidently feeling the need to show off his... more

The lawsuit brought by former Arizona State QB Sam Keller has been settled. On the same day the Ed O'Bannon case against the NCAA is set to begin in an Oakland courtroom, the NCAA announced it had settled another federal case brought by... more

ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Others Florida State running back Karlos Williams will play a key role in the Seminoles' offense in 2014. We're a long way from the start of the 2014 season (not that we're counting, but... more

If you're a University of Miami fan, you can pay to have UM mascot Sebastian the Ibis show up at an event. A couple decided to do just that at a south Florida wedding over the weekend. But the guy Sebastian brought with him ... let's just say that it... more

The Seattle Seahawks' fortunes might have been different had Pete Carroll remained at USC. Pete Carroll became just the third head coach with a Super Bowl title and a national championship in college football in February when the Seattle... more

Darron Cummings/Associated Press Ohio State DE Joey Bosa is coming off an impressive freshman season. At one time, former NFL first-round pick John Bosa liked it when his son, Joey, then a 270-plus-pounder, would do back flips. Now, though,... more

Associated Press Houston QB Andre Ware passed for 517 yards in a single half in 1989. California Chrome goes for horse-racing immortality Saturday in the Belmont Stakes when he attempts to become just the 12th Triple Crown winner in... more

Florida State's Ronald Darby is one of the most highly touted cornerbacks in college football. A Florida State panel has reportedly cleared Seminoles starting cornerback Ronald Darby of any wrongdoing related to a 2012 sexual encounter... more

Oklahoma State RB/WR Tyreek Hill impressed during spring practice. Signing junior-college players is far from a sure thing, with a major reason being that players coming from the JC ranks generally went there for a negative reason (mostly... more

John Raoux/Associated Press Florida State's Cameron Erving is among the top tackle prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. Florida State has had 18 players selected in the past two drafts (that's four more than the school had selected in the... more

Auburn and Oklahoma last met in 1972, which is the only time the schools have played. The Stanley Cup Final begins Wednesday night between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers, and the most intriguing off-ice aspect of the series... more

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"Toughness" can mean different things to different people. What everyone can agree on, though, is that tough guys -- with whatever definition you use -- help you win football games.

Here are some guys who have caught our eye as CFB 24/7's "14 for '14" series continues with a look at some of the nation's toughest players.... more

Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa's Florida high school keeps pumping out NFL talent. High school powerhouse Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas had the most alums taken in the 2014 NFL Draft (four), and the talent is going to keep... more

Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL The Miami offense struggled after RB Duke Johnson suffered a broken ankle in Game 8 of 2013. As always, injuries played a role in shaping teams' seasons in 2013. The flipside: The players who missed time in 2013 are... more

Arkansas emerged from spring practice with some questions at guard, but a UNLV transfer might be the answer. Cameron Jefferson (6-foot-6, 300 pounds), who was a three-year starter for UNLV, has transferred to Arkansas and looks to be in line to start... more

May

Marvin Gentry/USA TODAY Sports SEC Commissioner Mike Slive will be distributing $292.8 million among schools in his conference. College sports is awash in money, a point that was driven home again Friday. SEC commissioner Mike Slive... more

Eric Gay/Associated Press Texas coach Charlie Strong is in his first year leading college football's most valuable program. So, the Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly going to sell for $2 billion (man, what would an NFL team in L.A. be... more

Florida State Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston is "a tremendous human being" who has learned from his mistakes, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said. "Jameis is a tremendous person," Fisher told the media at the L'Arche Mobile DEX Imaging... more

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"Freakish athletes" have been around forever -- you just know there were guys who drew raves in the ancient Greek Olympics -- but they're celebrated more than ever now. An athlete who makes a "Did you see that? Can you believe that?" play will have his performance celebrated on TV, radio and the Internet.

Here, then, are some high-level athletes who have caught our eye for various reasons as CFB 24/7's "14 for '14" series continues with a look at the nation's most freakish athletes.... more

It should surprise no one who follows college football that California, Florida and Texas produce the most NFL players . To that end, we decided -- with a tip of the cap to sbnation.com -- to pick all-star college teams from those three states. But in... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press DaVaris Daniels will be back on the field for Notre Dame this season after an academic suspension. Notre Dame's top returning playmaker has been cleared to return to school. Junior wide receiver DaVaris... more

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Nothing says "July 4th" like fireworks, and to that end, in honor of Independence Day, we again are going to salute the nation's most explosive players.

We're talking about offensive players who make you hold your breath when they have the ball in their hands and defensive players who blow up a play before it has a chance to truly get going.

As a part of our "14 for '14" series, here's a look at 14 explosive players for the 2014 season.... more

The College Football Hall of Fame announced its latest inductees late last week, and the Memorial Day weekend gave us time to think about who isn't in the Hall but should be. And, truth be told, we think the majority of the guys on our list deserved... more

Butch Dill/Associated Press Alabama's Amari Cooper has said he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds. There is nothing like a player who makes you hold your breath when he has the ball in his hands. If he plays for "your" team, you love the... more

ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC East SEC West Other John Raoux/Associated Press Central Florida's Justin Holman is charged with replacing Blake Bortles at quarterback. Our final look at who's replacing the 2014 draft... more

Two Pro Football Hall of Famers, former Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas and former Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf, were among 16 players and coaches announced Thursday as the newest members of the College Football Hall of Fame. Also... more

Pick-by-pick breakdown Team Fischer Team Goodbread Team Huguenin College Football 24/7 writers Bryan Fischer , Chase Goodbread and Mike Huguenin conducted a fantasy mock draft to create their starting 22 from the enormous pool of college... more

Ric Tapia/NFL The 49ers are hoping they have found the next Antonio Gates. San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke's trip to watch his daughter play college basketball has led to an invitation for a men's basketball player at her school to try... more

Tulane has offered a preferred walk-on spot to a legally blind long-snapper from the Boston area. Aaron Golub, from Newton (Mass.) South, has been blind since birth. He has no vision in his left eye but can see some out of his right eye. "For reference,... more

ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC East SEC West Other Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Ohio State cornerback Amari Reeves will take over for first-round draft pick Bradley Roby. The Big Ten had 30 draft picks in 2014, the... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. was pressed into service earlier than expected in 2013. Sophomore Tommy Armstrong Jr. is expected to start at quarterback for Nebraska this season, and he received some tutelage... more

ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC East SEC West Other Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports Will Gardner will get the opportunity to replace first-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater at Louisville. The ACC had 42 draft picks in... more

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press Jameis Winston was suspended from the baseball team after he shoplifted some crab legs. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he has spoken with Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston about the intense... more

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press Les Miles saw nine former LSU players get drafted this year, the most of any school in the 2014 draft. LSU had nine players selected in the draft, the most of any school, and Tigers coach Les Miles trumpeted... more

USA TODAY Sports Demetri Goodson is the only player to start an NCAA tournament game and a BCS bowl game. Here is our look at the most intriguing player selected in each round of the 2014 NFL Draft. "Intriguing" means different things to... more

Richard Carson/Associated Press Rice head coach David Bailiff is apparently going to great lengths to land recruits. Houston high school quarterback J.T. Granato evidently is close with his cat. We say "evidently" because Granato... more

Associated Press Nick Saban didn't take kindly to a reporter's question about Alabama's recruitment of Pat White. Nick Saban wasn't the Alabama coach when future West Virginia quarterback Pat White was being recruited, but that didn't stop a... more

Danny Wild / USA Today Sports Ex-Wake Forest RB Josh Harris went undrafted but was invited to participate in the Cowboys' rookie minicamp. Running back Josh Harris, considered a fringe third-day draft prospect by most analysts, blames his old... more

Heisman winner Jameis Winston of Florida State already has finished his 20 hours community service related to stealing $32.72 worth of crab legs from a Publix grocery store in Tallahassee, and the Leon County Sheriff's Department released video of the... more

The Oprah Winfrey Network is doing a documentary series on St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, and Sam's agent said the filmmakers won't be shooting any footage at the Rams' facility. There has been... more

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports Washington has reinstated QB Cyler Miles, who had been suspended indefinitely. Cyler Miles, who is in line to be Washington's starting quarterback, has been reinstated to the team, coach Chris Petersen... more

The Panthers' selection of Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin snapped a draft cold streak for Seminoles WRs. Thankfully, you don't have to be all that good at math to crunch some numbers from the 2014 NFL Draft and the four drafts that preceded... more

Go ahead and admit it: You were saying "Who is that guy and why is he being drafted?" when the names of some of those sixth- and seventh-round picks were being announced Saturday during the final day of the 2014 draft. Don't be surprised if a handful of... more

New Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron reportedly was criticized by NFL teams for his attitude during the run-up to the draft, but Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tuesday he had zero issues of that type with his former signal-caller. "It does... more

ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC OK, everyone has had a few days to digest how their favorite pro team fared in the draft. We decided to take a look at the "Power 5" conferences and see how they did. Included is a listing of each "Power... more

ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC OK, everyone has had a few days to digest how their favorite pro team fared in the draft. We decided to take a look at the "Power 5" conferences and see how they did. Included is a listing of each "Power... more

ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC OK, everyone has had a few days to digest how their favorite pro team fared in the draft. We decided to take a look at the "Power 5" conferences and see how they did. Included is a listing of each "Power... more

ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC OK, everyone has had a few days to digest how their favorite pro team fared in the draft. We decided to take a look at the "Power 5" conferences and see how they did. Included is a listing of each "Power... more

ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC OK, everyone has had a few days to digest how their favorite pro team fared in the draft. We decided to take a look at the "Power 5" conferences and see how they did. Included is a listing of each "Power... more

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Former USF defensive end Aaron Lynch was drafted in the fifth round by the San Francisco 49ers. USF strength and conditioning coach Hans Straub has resigned after posting a tweet he made disparaging the San... more

Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack were separated by just four picks in the NFL draft. When it came to the recruiting trail, though, the distance almost was immeasurable. Clowney was the nation's top high school prospect in the 2011 recruiting class. He... more

¬Ľ Gil Brandt's top undrafted free agents Here's all you need to know about the job prospects of the guys who went undrafted over the weekend: STATS LLC says there were 530 undrafted free agents on NFL rosters in Week 17 of last season. That's a... more

It happens every year: Productive, well-known college players go undrafted, causing college fans to wonder what happened between the end of the season and the end of the draft. Today, we're here to celebrate those who had stellar college careers --... more

Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles made seven picks during the 2014 draft -- and six of their draftees have either graduated from college or are set to graduate this semester. Philadelphia took Louisville defensive end/outside linebacker Marcus... more

Michael Sam , who will be the first openly gay player in the NFL, was taken in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams . Sam was taken with the 34th pick in the round (249th overall), with a compensatory selection. NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock... more

Georgia's Aaron Murray and Alabama's AJ McCarron frequently were mentioned together in the past four or five months, and not just because both had a lot of success in the SEC. Both were considered members of the second-tier group of quarterbacks in... more

The New York Giants had a revolving door at running back last season and the front office is hoping fourth-round pick Andre Williams can help solve the problem. Williams, from Boston College, led the nation with 2,177 rushing yards. That's the... more

Chip Kelly recruited, signed and coached wide receiver Josh Huff at Oregon. Now he will coach him again with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles selected Huff with the 22nd pick in the third round (86th overall). Huff is the first Oregon player... more

USC center Marcus Martin had the longest wait of any of the 30 players invited to the NFL draft. "I initially was expecting to be a late-first, early-second-rounder," Martin said during his press conference in New York. "And the round just kept going... more

Almost exactly an hour after Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson took to Twitter on Friday night wondering whether there were any running backs in this draft, the Tennessee Titans made Washington's Bishop Sankey the first running back taken, with the 54th... more

Washington is looking for a right tackle in this draft, and the Redskins -- who didn't have a first-round pick -- could be zeroing in on Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio with the No. 2 pick in the round (34th overall). NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Super Bowl winner Kurt Warner, as clean-cut an NFL quarterback as you could find, doesn't have any issues with new Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel off the field. It's the on-the-field Manziel that Warner questions. "He has a lot to learn... more

The second round of the draft has some intrigue, especially with the Houston Texans believing the top pick in the round has some trade value . Former Super Bowl-winning general manager Charley Casserly projected how he thinks the top 10 picks of the round... more

It shouldn't surprise anyone that the Houston Texans are willing to trade the first pick of the second round (No. 33 overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft. What might be a surprise is that NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Texans believe a team... more

New Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater -- taken with the last pick of the first round Thursday night -- was diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat during his pre-draft physical at the NFL Scouting Combine. In a conference call with reporters... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater ended up in the first round after all. After his draft stock yo-yoed throughout the pre-draft process, Bridgewater went to Minnesota with the final pick of the first round. The Vikings traded with Seattle to... more

The Carolina Panthers needed to get quarterback Cam Newton some wide receivers in this draft. The front office got him one almost as big as he is in the first round. The Panthers selected Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) with the... more

Fixing the offensive line was priority one for the Miami Dolphins in this draft, but they may have reached by taking Tennessee offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James with the No. 19 overall selection. How to watch the NFL draft With the 2014 NFL Draft... more

Conventional wisdom was that former UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr was sliding down draft boards. Conventional wisdom was wrong. Barr (6-foot-5, 255 pounds) was picked ninth by the Minnesota Vikings, whose new coach, Mike Zimmer, is a... more

The first big surprise of the first round was the Jacksonville Jaguars taking UCF quarterback Blake Bortles with the No. 3 pick. Bortles (6-foot-5, 232 pounds) "is a prototypical pro quarterback," NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner said. "He's a great... more

The New York Jets continue to be linked to a quarterback in this draft. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Jets were "keeping in regular contact with QBs slated to go in the first round," and Thursday he tweeted that the... more

A former NFL executive is "offended" by some recent remarks made about former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater . Amy Trask, a former Oakland Raiders CEO, now is a CBS Sports analyst and says anyone saying Bridgewater can't be the face of a... more

Former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden thinks Johnny Manziel is going No. 2 overall in the NFL draft. Making his annual pre-draft appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show, Gruden spoke highly of Manziel. How to watch the NFL draft... more

The first thing UCF quarterback Blake Bortles is going to do with the money he receives in his first NFL contract? Pay for his younger brother's college education. Colby Bortles is a freshman infielder on a partial baseball scholarship at Mississippi.... more

Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The honor, which will be presented to Sam at the ESPYs in July, goes to an individual who transcends sports. ESPN said he is being... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has seen his draft stock tumble, and he says he isn't worried about potentially not leaving the "green room" during Thursday night's first round. "I'm ready for anything," Bridgewater told the New York Post on... more

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James was the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, and he's hoping Johnny Manziel is the No. 1 pick in this year's NFL draft. "Being a huge supporter and friend of Johnny, I want him to go No. 1," James said during a Heat news... more

Miami's linebacker play last season can charitably be called mediocre, and the Dolphins could turn to a "local" prospect to help shore up the position. Ohio State's Ryan Shazier -- who grew up in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Plantation, about 20... more

Clemson offensive tackle Brandon Thomas suffered a torn ACL during a workout with the New Orleans Saints last month and now questions the need for such workouts for top prospects. "If you been through the combine, your pro day, all-star games,... more

Five teams in the top 10 are legitimate landing spots for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel . The question about Manziel is "which team actually pulls the trigger and takes him," NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Tuesday on NFL Network's "NFL Total... more

Mentioning any player as a potential Hall of Famer -- much less one who never has taken an NFL snap -- makes observers sit up and take notice, which means former Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson will be a heavily scrutinized guy the next few... more

The New York Jets signed free-agent quarterback Michael Vick this offseason and also have Geno Smith, who started all 16 games as a rookie last season. Could they be looking to add another quarterback in this draft -- and in the first round? NFL... more

Last year at this time, Stanley Jean-Baptiste was gearing up for his first full season as a starting cornerback for Nebraska. This week, he's a potential first-round draft pick. NFL Media draft analysts Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah have... more

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will go first and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel fourth in the first round Thursday night. That is if NFL Media analyst Charles Davis' vision is correct. Davis' final mock draft also has seven... more

When Teddy Bridgewater was a third-grader growing up in inner-city Miami, he promised his mom, Rose Murphy, that he one day would buy her a pink Cadillac Escalade. He has made good on that promise. Bridgewater, whose destination will be one of the... more

USC wide receiver Marqise Lee will be in New York for the first round of the draft Thursday. There's a chance he could end up making the city his home. Wide receiver is a big need for the New York Jets in this draft, and Lee could appeal to the... more

Gary Haynes certainly isn't one of the top prospects in the 2015 recruiting class, but chances are he'll be one of the most-searched recruits in the next month. That's because Haynes, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound wide receiver/cornerback from Manvel (Texas)... more

The first of two quarterbacks taken in the draft's first round will go to the Cleveland Browns with the fourth pick -- and it'll be Johnny Manziel . So says NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah in his final mock draft . Jeremiah has the Houston... more

Few analysts see former Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack as a better prospect than former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney , but if the Houston Texans take Mack instead of Clowney with the No. 1 pick Thursday night, it might be because... more

Linebacker isn't a deep position in this draft, but one athletic 'backer that now seems certain to go in the first round is Ohio State's Ryan Shazier . NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport tweeted Monday that he is hearing "so much love" for Shazier this... more

Former Super Bowl-winning general manager Charley Casserly can see two quarterbacks going in the first round Thursday night -- but Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel isn't one of them. Casserly, now an analyst for NFL Network, has UCF quarterback Blake... more

NFL scouts sometimes get a little hyperbolic when discussing draft prospects, and two anonymous scouts brought up one of the greatest running backs in NFL history when discussing Washington running back Bishop Sankey . "He's got a little bit of... more

Houston owns the No. 1 pick and, obviously, will set the tone for the draft. Thing is, St. Louis -- which owns two first-round picks, at Nos. 2 and 13 -- has a chance to shape the first round, as well. What the Rams do with the No. 2 pick -- keep... more

It surprised some observers earlier this week when it was announced that USC center Marcus Martin was invited to New York for the draft, but news that Martin worked out for the New Orleans Saints is leading to speculation the team could be targeting him... more

Khalil Mack 's ability as a pass rusher cannot be overstated and is the biggest reason he's going to go early in the first round of the draft. Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly said Friday on NFL Network's "NFL AM" that if "you want to say... more

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith continues to talk about potentially trading the overall No. 1 pick in the draft. While there are tons and tons of hot air emanating from NFL GMs at this time of the year, a reason the Texans legitimately could... more

Before the Browns drafted Barkevious Mingo in the first round last year, he was a first-hand witness to all things Johnny Manziel while playing outside linebacker at LSU. Mingo, like two former NFL quarterbacks , is a Manziel believer and thinks the... more

As if Sammy Watkins ' receiving skills weren't enough, his ability as a return man has only helped his value. NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports several teams interested in Watkins also envision using him as a kick returner and view his skills... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater once was seen as a top-10 pick, but NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said Thursday that he "would be surprised if he goes in the first round." During a NFL Network draft preview teleconference, he also said... more

The opinions on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel run the gamut. NFL Media senior draft analyst Gil Brandt, for instance, thinks he is the best prospect in this draft . But former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski has said he... more

The San Francisco 49ers traded up last year to land a player from LSU in the first round. The same plan could be unfolding this year. Last year, the 49ers nabbed LSU free safety Eric Reid. This year, the object of their affection could be Tigers wide... more

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Texas A&M has three players who could go in the top 10, and the St. Louis Rams will have a group of officials in College Station, Texas, on Friday to work out the trio. NFL Media insiders Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport report that the Rams -- who have... more

Wisconsin inside linebacker Chris Borland and Auburn running back Tre Mason are two top-level prospects who have injury issues, but NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt reported NFL teams he's talked to don't appear overly concerned about the problems.... more

Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome played collegiately at Alabama and is the best tight end in Crimson Tide history. He also is a Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end and one of the most widely respected GMs in the NFL. He laughed... more

The Johnny Manziel -to-the-Philadelphia Eagles storyline just won't go away , and you can thank Eagles general manager Howie Roseman for keeping the fire stoked. "We're going to stick to our board on (possibly drafting Manziel)," Roseman told... more

The New York Giants will be looking to upgrade their offensive line in the draft, and the player the team might be zeroing in on is a bit of a surprise -- Notre Dame's Zack Martin . The Giants -- who pick 12th in the first round -- are "extremely... more

Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press Former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will be eligible to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft. Former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham appears to be on the verge of transferring to FCS... more

In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel has -- by a huge margin -- the biggest following on social media of any top prospect in this draft. The No. 2 guy, though, might surprise you. Manziel has a combined... more

Ohio State's Bradley Roby , considered one of the top five cornerbacks in the draft and a likely first-round pick, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, to physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Roby,... more

Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater purchased insurance that would pay him $5 million if he falls out of the top 10 and the fall can be proved to have been caused by injury or illness. Bridgewater purchased a $5 million loss-of-value insurance policy after... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars would seem to be in the market for a quarterback, whether the pick comes at No. 3 or later in the draft. No matter the round, current Jaguars starter Chad Henne thinks the rookie signal-caller would be better off sitting and... more

Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer appears to be one of the fastest-rising prospects in this draft , and he spent part of his weekend meeting with a team that drafts in the top 20. NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported Latimer visited with the... more

USC wide receiver Marqise Lee has visited with seven teams, with all but one of them picking between 17th and 29th in the first round. That's the general area where Lee is expected to go in the draft. But the one outlier is interesting: It's the... more

The idea of Johnny Manziel playing in a Chip Kelly-designed offense for the Philadelphia Eagles would be interesting, no question, and there even is a rumor making the rounds that the Eagles are trying to trade up from No. 22 to grab Manziel. But... more

The New York Giants need to improve their offensive line and drafting an offensive tackle at No. 12 in the first round would be a prudent move. But will any of the top three tackles be there at No. 12? Michigan's Taylor Lewan visited with the Giants... more

The Atlanta Falcons used what they called a "cutting-edge athletic performance program" Friday on South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Last week, NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported that Clowney wouldn't do any team workouts except... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Pat Fitzgerald believes it would not be in the best interest of Northwestern players to unionize. Northwestern's scholarship players voted Friday morning on whether to be represented by a union, but their vote... more

The Buffalo Bills struck gold with a rookie linebacker in the 2013 draft class and might be willing to try again. Alabama's C.J. Mosley (6-foot-2, 234 pounds) visited with the Bills on Thursday. He is the best inside linebacker in the draft and might... more

Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer was an honorable-mention selection on the coaches' All-Big Ten team, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he is the first skill-position player from the conference taken in this year's draft. Latimer worked out Friday... more

We're a bit less than two weeks from the draft, and while the Jadeveon Clowney s and Khalil Mack s and Johnny Manziel s of the world continue to draw attention (and rightfully so), there are a multitude of players who deserve more notice in the run-up to... more

It could be the Falcons that pull off the blockbuster trade of the draft for the second time in four years. After moving up 21 spots to land Julio Jones sixth overall in 2011, their target this time around might be Jadeveon Clowney, the consensus... more

The New York Jets need to add offensive help in this draft, and two highly touted pass-catchers visited with team officials on Thursday. Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins were meeting with the... more

The Atlanta Falcons had the fewest rushing attempts in the league last season, putting too much pressure on quarterback Matt Ryan and the passing attack. Maybe that's why the Falcons seem interested in running backs Jeremy Hill of LSU and Carlos Hyde... more

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the quarterback crop in this year's draft is a good one. But he also said there is nobody with a "wow factor" in the group. "I don't know how many of them have a 'wow' factor, but there are some really,... more

Most analysts have Michigan's Taylor Lewan as the No. 3 offensive tackle in this draft, but the Raiders being the Raiders, they reportedly have him No. 1. The Raiders -- who hold the draft's fifth-overall pick -- like Lewan more than Auburn's Greg... more

Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix reportedly has met -- or will meet with -- at least nine teams, but not with the team that he perhaps is most associated with in this draft. Clinton-Dix, who is the top safety available and might be the first... more

Steve Cannon/Associated Press State attorney Willie Meggs continues to be critical of the handling of the Jameis Winston investigation. The state attorney who determined that there was not enough evidence to prosecute Florida State... more

The top five prospects in this draft basically are set in stone. The big question is in what order they will come off the board May 8. Talking with personnel guys, they all have the same names in their top 5: Clowney, Mack, Watkins, Robinson & Matthews.... more

Forget just being the best defensive end in the draft. Missouri's Kony Ealy says he is the best player available. "I feel like I'm the best guy in this draft, period," Ealy told USA Today . "And that's not a cocky thing -- that's just a confidence... more

Former Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans spent Tuesday meeting with the Buffalo Bills, who own the draft's ninth-overall pick. Whether Evans will be available at No. 9 likely would be a concern for the team. Evans (6-foot-5, 231 pounds)... more

Former Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack visited the Lions on Tuesday and said he could see himself playing alongside Ndamukong Suh. Before Lions fans start dreaming -- and NFC North offensive coordinators begin having nightmares -- remember that... more

Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas is a work in progress, but still is further along as a natural passer than Cam Newton was heading into the 2011 NFL Draft. That's the opinion shared by NFL Films producer Greg Cosell in a piece he wrote for... more

Maybe it's time to throw another name into the mix as the possible overall No. 1 pick. NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported via Twitter that the Texans are set to visit with Texas A&M's Jake Matthews , one of the top tackles in the draft. The... more

Five safeties available in the draft should be able to start as rookies -- and it's possible that only two of them will be drafted in the first round. NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah tweeted early Tuesday morning that he thought Louisville's... more

That touted Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks is visiting the receiver-needy New York Jets this week is not a surprise. What is a surprise is that the trip is Cooks' only planned team visit. Does that mean Cooks is overrated by draft analysts,... more

The Philadelphia Eagles appear to need a wide receiver as much as any team in the league, and LSU star Odell Beckham Jr. will be meeting with the Eagles this week. Beckham (5-foot-11, 198 pounds) told Sirius XM that he would be meeting with the... more

Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack , considered a top-10 lock, will visit with three teams that pick in the top 10 this week. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that per a source close to Mack, the linebacker is visiting the Detroit Lions... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater , whose stock reportedly has dropped , will be meeting with the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars within the next week. Bridgewater will meet with the Jaguars on Saturday and with the Texans next week,... more

This has to cut the heart out of Tennessee fans: Vols icon Peyton Manning was in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for two days recently meeting with Alabama coach Nick Saban . Saban told AL.com that Manning and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase were... more

Jon Gruden compared Johnny Manziel to Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young in February, and this week, Gruden compared Manziel to future Hall of Famer Brett Favre . Gruden met with and worked out nine quarterbacks this year for his... more

It isn't a secret that North Carolina's Eric Ebron admires San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, and Ebron could become the first tight end drafted in the top 10 since Davis was picked sixth overall in 2006. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah... more

No running back went in the first round of the draft last year, the first time that had happened since 1963, and conventional wisdom is that it will happen again this year. NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah isn't convinced, though. There is good... more

It's not music to the ears of Blake Bortles , Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel , but it's looking more and more like quarterback-needy teams drafting early in the first round this year are open to bypassing the position with their top pick. In a... more

Atlanta needs an offensive tackle and a pass rusher, and Falcons officials are traveling on Thursday to meet with the best offensive tackle in the draft. FOXSports1's Alex Marvez reported on Twitter that the Falcons are going to Auburn to have a... more

Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman says he is a Johnny Manziel fan and that he thinks Manziel has "an opportunity to really have a special career." But that doesn't mean he thinks the Dallas Cowboys, his former team, will draft Manziel. Dallas needs... more

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is in play to be the top pick in the draft and conventional wisdom says there is no way he lasts beyond the third pick. The Detroit Lions pick 10th in the first round. So where was Clowney on Wednesday? He... more

Andrew A. Nelles/Associated Press Cincinnati QB Munchie Legaux suffered a serious knee injury on low hit vs. Illinois last season. The NCAA approved a new rule Wednesday to protect quarterbacks from hits at or below the knee. The NCAA... more

Steve Cannon/Associated Press State Attorney Willie Meggs says that Tallahassee police did not thoroughly investigate Jameis Winston. When the state attorney in Tallahassee, Fla., announced in November that Florida State quarterback... more

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing said South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is going to make an immediate impact in the NFL. "A guy like Jadeveon Clowney is obviously going to be an instant-impact player, whether it's us picking him or... more

If nothing else, the Houston Texans are giving those who follow the draft something to talk about. #Texans are weighing all options at No. 1. They host Auburn OT Greg Robinson next week. Related note: Jonathan Ogden played LG as a rookie ‚?? Ian... more

J Pat Carter/Associated Press Miami basketball player Erik Swoope is attempting to jumpstart an NFL career. Miami's Erik Swoope never did all that much in four seasons on the basketball court, and it now appears as though he is trying to... more

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley could have his pick of the draft's premier pass rushers with the third selection in May's draft, and he has good things to say about the top two guys. Appearing Tuesday on "Schein on Sports" with NFL Media's Adam... more

Fresno State star Derek Carr said he "absolutely" is the best quarterback in this draft. He made his proclamation on Tuesday's edition of "NFL AM" on NFL Network. Then again, which player isn't going to say he's the best available at his position? But... more

The Dallas Cowboys pick right in the middle of the first round -- No. 16 overall -- and conventional wisdom is that the Cowboys will try to grab a defensive tackle for coordinator Rod Marinelli to mold into a star. But which defensive tackle? Dallas... more

The ACL injury suffered by Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas during a team workout is the reason South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will not do any on-field workouts in the run-up to the draft, NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

Ohio State's Bradley Roby went into the 2013 season considered the nation's best cornerback, but after an up-and-down year he didn't exit it the same way. But NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said the old thinking about Roby should become the current... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been disparaged and seen his game picked apart the past few weeks, but he remains the class of the quarterback class in this draft, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah says. Jeremiah had Bridgewater as the... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Ohio State QB Braxton Miller will enter the 2014 season as a top Heisman candidate. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller didn't play in Ohio State's spring game Saturday, but he still managed to poke fun... more

Phil Sears/Associated Press Florida State's James Wilder Jr. rushed for 563 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Former Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. was arrested Sunday night in his hometown of Tampa, Fla., on a suspended... more

There hasn't been all that much buzz about Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins going to St. Louis with the No. 2 pick, but expect the talk to intensify now. NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported on Twitter that Watkins is visiting with the Rams on... more

Lisa Norman-Hudson / Associated Press Former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones, a senior last season, was in serious condition after being shot Friday. LSU linebacker Tahj Jones, who was a senior last season and participated in the Tigers' pro day... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will work out for the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, and NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that Bridgewater also will meet with Vikings officials Sunday and Monday. Representatives from the Vikings held a... more

LM Otero / Associated Press Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury got his players fired up Thursday by participating in a dance-off. Contrary to rumors, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury will not play in the Red Raiders' spring game Saturday, but... more

USC center Marcus Martin , considered one of the top two players at his position in the draft, has met with Carolina, New Orleans and Philadelphia. The National Football Post reported on Martin's visits. He and Colorado State's Weston Richburg are... more

Minnesota is meeting with seemingly every available quarterback in the run up to the draft, and Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo is the latest. Garoppolo, the FCS player of the year in 2013, worked out for the Vikings on Friday, The Star-Tribune and... more

Lost in all the talk about how strong this draft is at wide receiver, quarterback and offensive tackle is that as many as five cornerbacks could go in the first round. Five of the seven mock drafts on NFL.com have five corners being selected in the... more

The praise for former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is effusive -- maybe too effusive. NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock has said that Clowney is "the best defensive-lineman talent on the planet ," and some are already predicting... more

Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo is the best quarterback in this draft -- at least on tape. NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly, a former NFL general manager, told WDAE-AM in Tampa that Garoppolo "probably is the best player on tape " among the... more

Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger had surgery for a torn ACL on Jan. 2, but says he doesn't have any physical limitations and will prove it Wednesday with his workout during LSU's pro day. "The biggest milestone I want to hit is when the... more

NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach said he would take Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel over South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 pick. Appearing on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Wednesday morning, Staubach -- who... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater 's busy month will continue early next week when he visits with the Minnesota Vikings. ESPN reported that Bridgewater will be in Minneapolis on Monday and Tuesday to meet with Vikings officials. Tampa Bay... more

Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer is receiving a lot of pre-draft attention of late, and he will get to show off his wares at a private workout on April 25 at Indiana. Latimer (6-foot-2 1/2, 215 pounds) had foot surgery in January and was unable... more

In a draft that's deep on wide receivers, one receiver who often is overlooked is Penn State's Allen Robinson . Perhaps his pro day Tuesday will change that. WR Allen Robinson having big day at #PennState pro day. 42 VJ, 11 BJ, sub-4.5 40. Stock will... more

Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard has visits scheduled with the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Rams and already has visited with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "I think I'm the best cornerback in the class because of a lot of... more

Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews reportedly is visiting the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday. The Buffalo News said Matthews would be in town for the meeting with Bills representatives. The Bills pick ninth in the first round , and it seems... more

The Chicago Bears likely will be looking to improve their defense with the team's first-round pick, and to that end Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller is visiting with the team on Tuesday. The Chicago Tribune reported that Fuller (5-foot-11¬ĺ, 190... more

Weight is an issue with Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who did not play consistently as a junior in 2013, and could be the key to whether he is selected in the first round. NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock told KBME-AM in Houston that Tuitt... more

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles has drawn numerous comparisons to Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger, including from Jon Gruden , so maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that Bortles has worked with Roethlisberger in his pre-draft preparations. Josh... more

There is a deep pool of wide receivers in this year's draft, and Indiana's Cody Latimer appears to be one of the fastest-rising prospects at the position. NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt said Latimer already has met with Buffalo, is visiting with... more

Wednesday's pro day is just one part of a busy week for LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger . NFL Media insider Albert Breer reports that Mettenberger will have meetings Tuesday and Wednesday with representatives from Oakland, Minnesota, Detroit and... more

Pittsburgh signed free-agent safety Mike Mitchell last month, and the Steelers are entertaining one of the best safeties in the draft Monday. Louisville's Calvin Pryor -- considered either the best or second-best safety in the draft -- was visiting... more

The Miami Dolphins need offensive line help and they reportedly "would be happy" if Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan falls to them at No. 19. Alas, Lewan doesn't seem likely to fall that far. The Miami Herald reported that "an associate of... more

TCU's Jason Verrett is a strong possibility to be the third cornerback taken in the draft, but he has his focus set on a different number: He wants to be the NFL's No. 1 defensive rookie. "My goal is to be the rookie of the year," Verrett said on "Pro... more

With the trade of Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills , the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem more likely than ever to target a wide receiver with the No. 7 pick in the first round. Tampa Bay had the league's most anemic passing game as it was last season,... more

The Carolina Panthers arguably need wide receivers more than any team in the NFL, and the good news for the Panthers is that -- even though they don't pick until 28th in the first round -- this draft is exceptionally deep at that position. Carolina had... more

LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. played in a legitimate passing offense for the first time as a junior in 2013 and saw his draft stock rise. It has continued to rise in the run-up to the draft. Beckham (5-foot-11, 198 pounds) showed off his... more

Miami (Fla.) offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is one of the more confounding prospects in this year's draft: He has a ton of natural ability and athleticism but not much of a track record. Thursday's pro day was just as confounding. Miami's... more

Four offensive linemen whom most analysts project to go in the second or third round have the ability to start as rookies, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah says. I think B. Thomas (Clemson), J. Bitonio (Nevada), W. Richburg (CSU) & M. Martin... more

Clemson's Sammy Watkins is universally acclaimed as the best wide receiver in the draft, and he appears to agree with that sentiment. "I have some freakish talents and ability to make plays," he told KGMZ-FM in San Francisco on Tuesday. "I can jump,... more

Chris O'Meara/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston hasn't lived up to lofty expectations thus far in spring practices. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman winner, went into spring practice with some... more

Jadeveon Clowney 's pro-day workout went as expected Wednesday: He wowed everyone with his athleticism. NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said he had seen enough from Clowney before the workout even ended and called him a "special, special talent."... more

Linebacker Yawin Smallwood toiled mostly in anonymity at Connecticut for three seasons, but he says he's the best player at his position in this year's draft. "I've seen the top guys and I feel like I am the top linebacker in this class," Smallwood... more

Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy has a suggestion for new Texans coach Bill O'Brien: Take South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick in the draft. "There is no one physically like Clowney in this draft," Dungy told USA... more

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney 's pro day is Wednesday, and the Jacksonville Jaguars should be well-represented. The Jaguars have an interest in him, and it is reciprocated . But will the Jaguars, who pick third, be able to grab Clowney?... more

New Houston coach Bill O'Brien reiterated Monday that the Texans will draft one quarterback -- and "maybe two." Frankly, drafting two quarterbacks is not an outlandish thought at all. Indeed, the Texans should snag two. The first reason: It's not... more

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr said his Monday workout with the Cleveland Browns "went exactly how we wanted it to." Carr told Sirius XM's "Late Hits " show he had dinner Sunday night with a contingent of Browns officials, including general... more

March

Opening day of the Major League Baseball season is a good time to mention that Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas had the highest velocity among the quarterbacks who threw at last month's NFL Scouting Combine. A Thomas pass was clocked at 60 mph during his... more

Auburn's Dee Ford is a bit undersized for a defensive end (6-foot-2 1/8 and 252 pounds) and he said he would have no problem playing outside linebacker in a 3-4. Ford played end in a 4-3 set with the Tigers and also played end in high school in... more

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles recently spent time with Jon Gruden for the ESPN analyst's "quarterback camp", and he seemingly made a big impression. "Houston needs the 'Golden Knight,' " Gruden said , making a play on UCF's "Knights" nickname and... more

North Carolina's Eric Ebron is considered by most to be the best tight end available in the draft, but his pro-day workout Tuesday was marred by some dropped passes. The most notable aspect of Ebron's workout? It might have been his socks. .@Ebron85... more

Jordan Palmer has been an NFL quarterback for five seasons and has seen a lot of signal-callers, and he says that UCF's Blake Bortles "absolutely" can be a franchise quarterback. Bortles is in play to be the No. 1 pick in the draft and considered... more

Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater may have had an underwhelming pro day , but that doesn't temper the enthusiasm one former NFL coach has for the quarterback. ESPN analyst Jon Gruden recently spent time with Bridgewater for his "Gruden QB Camp " series... more

New Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine would seem to be in the market for a quarterback, and he provided a quick rundown on each of the top four quarterback prospects Tuesday morning at the NFL Annual Meeting. Pettine called Fresno State's Derek Carr... more

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday morning he is looking forward to talking personally with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel when he attends A&M's pro day Thursday. Speaking at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., O'Brien told... more

David J. Phillip / Associated Press Tim Tebow is getting his start in broadcasting, but has yet to give up on an NFL career. Tim Tebow "works every day" and is "hoping" for another NFL shot, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "There are... more

UCLA's Anthony Barr and Buffalo's Khalil Mack are possible top-10 picks in this year's draft -- with Mack, it seemingly is a certainty -- which means they could be just the fifth and sixth outside linebackers to go in the top 10 in the past six NFL... more

The Oakland Raiders are said to have "a massive crush" on Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr -- but that crush doesn't mean they will take him with the No. 5 overall pick. The Fresno Bee reported that while Oakland thinks highly of Carr, the Raiders... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have left little doubt about making running back a position of need this offseason, bringing bigger-name free agents like Maurice Jones-Drew and LaGarrett Blount in for workouts. Now it looks like their interest in adding a back... more

The buzz around Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage continues to grow, with one scout telling NFL.com that he might have the strongest arm in the draft. Savage is not a first-round pick -- not close, in fact -- but he is seen as an intriguing... more

The depth of the 2014 NFL Draft talent pool, both overall and at quarterback specifically, has led to a lot of speculation that quarterback-needy teams that pick in the top 10 could bypass a quarterback in the first round in favor of a player at another... more

Oakland's trade for former Texans quarterback Matt Schaub on Friday means that five teams drafting in the top eight have either acquired or re-signed a veteran at the position. Houston, which owns the top pick, signed Ryan Fitzpatrick . Jacksonville,... more

Michigan's Taylor Lewan , considered one of the top three offensive tackles in the draft and a potential top-12 draft pick, faces three misdemeanor charges from a Dec. 1 incident in Ann Arbor, Mich. Lewan will be arraigned April 8 and faces a charge of... more

NFL/Associated Press Antonio Gates starred on the basketball court in college before taking his game to the girdiron. There was a time the Dallas Cowboys hosted a coaches' party at the Final Four. Yes, an NFL team hosted a party for... more

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr plans to participate in his school's pro day Thursday despite spending part of Wednesday night in a hospital. NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that Carr spent Wednesday night battling a stomach virus. He was... more

Most quarterback-needy teams sent their head coaches to the pro day workouts this week of UCF's Blake Bortles and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater . One notable exception was Cleveland, which picks fourth. New general manager Ray Farmer attended both... more

Missouri defensive end Michael Sam thanked everyone associated with Mizzou for their acceptance in a letter to the editor published Thursday, which is the Tigers' pro day. Sam's letter was published in The Missourian, the morning paper in Columbia, Mo.... more

Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press San Diego State RB Adam Muema rushed for 1,244 yards and 15 TDs last season. Running back Adam Muema is on the list of players who potentially could work out at San Diego State's pro day Thursday, but... more

Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas worked out Wednesday at the Hokies' pro day, and quarterback guru George Whitfield said Thomas "put on a show." Then again, Thomas is a Whitfield client, so ... The varying opinions on Thomas -- who might be... more

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles ' pro-day workout Wednesday was a success, especially when compared to Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater 's. Both are in play to be the No. 1 overall pick in May's draft. Bortles ran a 65-pass workout supervised by NFL... more

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press Jameis Winston will miss Friday's practice to play in the FSU baseball team's game at Clemson. Florida State opens spring practice Wednesday, and perhaps the best news for the reigning national champions is... more

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles ' pro day workout begins at around 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, and a report says Bortles stayed plenty busy prior to his drill work. The Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings "met... more

Stephen B. Morton/Associated Press Georgia's Todd Gurley is considered one of college football's top running backs. Georgia opened spring practice Tuesday, and the best part of the day for Bulldogs coach Mark Richt was a healthy Todd Gurley.... more

UCF's Blake Bortles met with Oakland Raiders personnel Tuesday, a day before his pro day in Orlando. The news was reported by John Middlekauff, a former NFL scout who now works for a San Francisco Bay area radio station. Bortles' pro day has... more

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is said to have immense physical gifts and definitely is in play to be the top pick in the draft. But a quick perusal of other defensive ends who went in the top 10 in the past 10 drafts shows that... more

Florida State could have three first-rounders and as many as six players drafted in the first 100 picks, NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said Tuesday. FSU holds its pro day Tuesday, and it will be well-attended by scouts. The Seminoles had 11... more

TCU's Jason Verrett , one of the top five cornerbacks in the draft, had surgery Monday for a torn labrum, and he tweeted that the procedure went well. Surgery went well..ima be back like I never left #StraightUp ū??™ ‚?? Jason Verrett (@Jfeeva_2)... more

South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington is considered a mid-round prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft because of his potential as a playmaker, especially in space. But at one time Ellington was considered a better basketball player than football player. Still, there's not a lot of opportunity for a 5-foot-9 guard in the NBA, so he gave up basketball early in the season to concentrate on football.

When you watch the NCAA tournament have an open mind and project some of the guys you see on the court onto the gridiron. Trust us: There will be a lot of players who will pique your interest as potential NFLers. Here are 10 who have piqued the interest of College Football 24/7 (and by no means is this an all-inclusive list).... more

¬Ľ 2014 pro day reports UCF's Blake Bortles might be the top quarterback on some teams' draft boards, but NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock says he has a big issue with one aspect of Bortles' game. Appearing on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Monday, Mayock... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater didn't exactly help himself in his quest to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft with his pro day workout Monday. NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner weren't wowed by... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and safety Calvin Pryor have their pro day workouts Monday and each ranks first at his position in NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock's rankings . Twenty-nine teams are represented at the pro day, and... more

In his apparent quest to post pictures of himself in the uniform of every team with a top-10 pick, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins on Thursday posted a depiction of himself in a Cleveland Browns uniform. That makes four photos so far that... more

A former NFL scout told College Football 24/7 that scouts he has talked to don't think Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is a top-five pick. "I think he is solid, just don't see any qualities that make him great," John Middlekauff told College... more

Bill Haber/Associated Press Rapper Lil Boosie is a fan of Jameis Winston, but not Nick Saban. Rapper Lil Boosie was released from prison in Louisiana last week and college football fans who didn't know who he was likely do now because of two... more

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger 's arm strength has drawn raves from a former No. 1 overall pick. Tim Couch was the top pick in the 1999 draft and played five seasons in the NFL. Couch said Mettenberger "has probably the strongest arm in the draft."... more

Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press San Diego State RB Adam Muema rushed for 1,244 yards and 15 TDs last season. A day after a tweet from his account hinted that he thinks the world will end soon , San Diego State running back Adam Muema tweeted... more

UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo could be the first guard selected in May's draft, which would make sense considering UCLA coach Jim Mora said two scouts told him that Su'a-Filo is the best guard prospect in the draft since Steve Hutchinson in 2001. Hutchinson... more

Free agency always will have an effect on the ensuing draft, and it won't be any different this year, with team needs changing depending on who teams sign -- or don't sign -- during this free-agency period. The irony is that many of these free agents who... more

UCF coach George O'Leary said Blake Bortles "has all the skills" NFL teams are looking for in a quarterback. Bortles, who led UCF to a 12-1 mark and a Fiesta Bowl upset of Baylor last season, is in play to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. The Houston... more

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon isn't sure Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel is worth a first-round pick and said his NFL career could end up like that of Tim Tebow's. Manziel "as a college quarterback" was one of the greatest to ever... more

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is in prison for up to 60 years, but his wife says he is innocent of the 45 sexual-abuse charges. In her first TV interview, Dottie Sandusky said on "The Today Show" Wednesday that there were not... more

Virginia defensive tackle Brent Urban had an uneven college career, and an injury caused him to leave the Reese's Senior Bowl early and miss the NFL Scouting Combine and means he won't be able to participate in the Cavaliers' March 17 pro day. Still,... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' signing of Michael Johnson -- the No. 1 free-agent defensive end and the No. 3 overall player on the market -- adds even more intrigue to the team's eventual selection with the No. 7 pick in the draft. The Bucs were in... more

The signing of free-agent offensive tackle Brandon Albert on Tuesday should change the Miami Dolphins' draft board. Offensive tackle might have been the team's biggest need, but Albert's signing alleviates the necessity to take a tackle in the first... more

Andy Manis/Associated Press Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is among the top rushers in college football. It wouldn't be a surprise if no running back is selected in the NFL draft's first round for the second year in a row, but surely Wisconsin's... more

Last month, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins posted renderings of himself in Rams and Buccaneers uniforms. This week, Watkins had an Instagram post showing him next to Detroit Lions All-Pro Calvin Johnson. Underneath the Johnson-Watkins pictures are... more

Eugene Tanner/Associated Press Running back Adam Muema left San Diego State with one season of eligibility remaining. The strange saga of San Diego State running back Adam Muema -- who left last month's NFL Scouting Combine because he said... more

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins recently received high praise from NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock, with Mayock saying Watkins was one of the best wide receivers he has seen on tape in the past decade . There have been 38 wide receivers... more

Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton 's draft stock seems to fluctuate as much as his weight, and that is not a good thing. NFL Media senior draft analyst Gil Brandt said Sutton's pro day Friday was underwhelming and that "after further review,... more

Johnny Vy/NFL Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro surprised some observers with his speed at the NFL Scouting Combine. Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro finished his career as the leading receiver in school history, but despite his... more

Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp doesn't lack for confidence. "I don't want to sound arrogant, but I believe that I'm the most versatile linebacker in this draft," Tripp told FoxSports.com . "I believe I can run and cover better than any linebacker in... more

Rainier Ehrhardt / Associated Press Dabo Sweeney will get to see what his quarterbacks are seeing on the field thanks to helmet cameras. Ohio State has fitted injured quarterback Braxton Miller with a "cap cam" this spring . Clemson's... more

Jacksonville re-signed veteran quarterback Chad Henne on Friday to a two-year deal, and speculation immediately began as to whether the signing precludes the Jaguars from using the No. 3 pick in May's draft to take a quarterback. Of course it... more

Gerry Broome / Associated Press East Carolina's Shane Carden tied for ninth in the FBS last season with 33 TD passes. Spring practice has started at universities across the country, and we're using the kickoff of spring drills to get you... more

Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier wasn't able to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a hamstring issue, and he tweaked his hamstring again Friday at Ohio State's pro day. But he tweaked it while running the 40, and with... more

Mike Stew/Associated Press Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said Ira Denson isn't currently on the Florida State roster. Police say two Florida State football players were involved in an incident in December that led to the shooting death of one... more

LM Otero / Associated Press Baylor QB Bryce Petty will be a top Heisman contender heading into the 2014 season. Spring practice has started at universities across the country, and we're using the kickoff of spring drills to get you... more

Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press Ohio State QB Braxton Miller underwent surgery recently on the shoulder he injured in the Orange Bowl. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is limited in spring practice because of recent shoulder surgery,... more

Jamie Rhodes / USA Today Sports Louisville's DeVante Parker will miss Teddy Bridgewater but remains one of the nation's top WR prospects. Spring practice has started at universities across the country, and we're using the kickoff of spring... more

Dave Martin/Associated Press NCAA coaches were up in arms at times with the way the targeting rule was called during the 2013 season. The NCAA's targeting rule has been changed after one season. That the rules change was coming was a given,... more

Donna McWilliam/Associated Press Former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson is a candidate for the College Football Hall of Fame. Numerous former NFL stars are on the latest list of candidates for the College Football Hall of Fame. One of... more

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles , who is in play to be the No. 1 pick in the draft, said Wednesday night on SiriusXM Sports' "Late Hits" show that he already has visits lined up with the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Houston owns the No. 1... more

TCU cornerback Jason Verrett played much of the 2013 season with a torn labrum, and he will have surgery on the injury soon after the Horned Frogs' pro day on Thursday. NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, citing a source who has... more

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher calls Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston "a natural people person," and that's not necessarily a good thing for school officials worried about NCAA compliance and fan access. Florida State sports information... more

Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack has become one of the darlings of draft season with his showings at the NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day on Tuesday. He said Wednesday on the College Football 24/7 Podcast that he is ready for whatever comes next.... more

Butch Dill/Associated Press Nick Saban believed the rule that would've likely limited the number of offensive plays in a game should have been passed. The NCAA Football Rules Committee decided to table the controversial proposed "defensive... more

Stanford sagely built what it is calling an "alumni locker room" when it expanded its facilities last year, and the addition will pay off this spring, with a number of high-profile Cardinal alums expected to work out on campus this offseason. One is... more

Dean Hare / Associated Press Oregon State's Sean Mannion enters the season as one of the five best senior QBs in the nation. Spring practice has started at universities across the country, and we're using the kickoff of spring drills to get... more

Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald had the best 2013 of any defensive lineman nationally and he followed it up with standout performances at the Reese's Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. Donald, who measured a quarter-inch under 6-foot-1... more

Mike Groll / Associated Press Clemson starting DE Corey Crawford is among four Tigers who were suspended for the Aug. 30 opener vs. Georgia. We're a bit less than six months away from the start of the 2014 season, but Clemson already has... more

Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack 's excellent workout at his pro day kept him in play to potentially be the No. 1 pick in the draft. If Mack indeed does go No. 1 overall, he would be the second consecutive Mid-American Conference player to be chosen... more

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, embroiled in controversy about his future in San Francisco , attended Northwestern's pro day Tuesday to get a close-up look at Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo . #EIU QB Jimmy Garappolo has a private workout with... more

Aaron M. Sprecher / NFL Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi will move to left tackle this season, replacing likely first-round pick Jake Matthews. Spring practice has started at universities across the country, and we're using the kickoff of spring... more

Stanford's Trent Murphy led the nation in 2013 with 15 sacks playing outside linebacker in the Cardinal's 3-4 defense, but defensive end looks to be his position in the NFL. Murphy said playing end is "kind of where my upside is," in an interview... more

New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen's little brother is moving into the spotlight. Minnesota's Brock Vereen followed up a strong performance at the NFL Scouting Combine with a solid showing at the Gophers' pro day Monday , and looks to have... more

Count Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix among those who seem tired of all the Jadeveon Clowney bashing. Unnamed Scout: @clownejd can't fly, thus him not translating well to the NFL. #SMH pic.twitter.com/FWPU57xjIG ‚?? lOUIS NIX III... more

Pitt's Aaron Donald , whose lack of height has been an issue with numerous pro scouts, is the new No. 1 defensive tackle in NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock's updated position rankings . Donald tore it up at the recent NFL Scouting Combine and had a... more

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez has called the NCAA's proposed 10-second defensive substitution rule "ridiculous," and the school decided to make fun of the proposal Monday by releasing a spoof video playing off the movie "Speed." Arizona's video features... more

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles is in play to be the No. 1 overall pick, and NFL Media national reporter Albert Breer said the most common comparison he has heard from NFL personnel people is Andrew Luck, who went first overall in 2012. Bortles measured... more

Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press Ohio State QB Braxton Miller will be among the top contenders to win the 2014 Heisman Trophy. Spring practice has started at universities across the country, and we're using the kickoff of spring drills to help... more

Most of the scouting reports on Washington State strong safety Deone Bucannon said the same thing: A big hitter who is one of the best players for a middling program, but a guy who can't run all that well. Bucannon (6-foot-1, 211 pounds) dispelled one... more

February

Next stop for Florida State Heisman-winning quarterback/baseball player Jameis Winston? How about "Dancing with the Stars." During the Web-only telecast of FSU's baseball season-opener against Niagara on Feb. 14, Winston decided to have a little fun by... more

Barry Switzer hasn't coached a college football team since he resigned under pressure at Oklahoma during the offseason following the 1988 season. But that didn't stop him from opining on the current recruiting scene. The result was another classic... more

Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan might be on his way to being one of the first three offensive tackles taken in the draft, but he bemoaned his current state Friday on NFL Network's "NFL AM": "As of right now, I'm 22 years old, living with my... more

Twenty-one offensive tackles have gone in the first round of the past five drafts, including three of the top four picks in the 2013 draft. So when NFL Network analyst Shaun O'Hara said during the NFL Scouting Combine that the top three tackles this year... more

Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier weighed-in at the NFL Scouting Combine, and also participated in some of the events. But he didn't run the 40 or do the drills because of a hamstring issue, and that makes his March 7 pro day all the more intriguing.... more

Ohio State self-reported 42 NCAA secondary violations across all sports that happened during 2013, and included was a phone conversation between Tim Tebow and a football recruit. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported that four of the minor violations... more

Richard Shiro/Associated Press Wide receiver Alex Amidon had a Boston College-record 191 receptions for 2,792 yards. Boston College wide receiver Alex Amidon, who finished his career in 2013 as the school's leading career receiver, has... more

Phil Simms never is shy about offering an opinion, and the CBS NFL analyst expressed a few Wednesday on this year's class of quarterback prospects to NFL.com columnist Adam Schein on SirusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio. The most interesting opinion: "I think... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL Pete Carroll is one of three head coaches to win a Super Bowl and college football national title. Pete Carroll just won the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks, but he still isn't pleased with how the NCAA handled its... more

Notre Dame's March 20 pro day will be one of the most important on the pro day circuit, as the Irish have multiple potential first-rounders and a top-ranked tight end who did not work out at the NFL Scouting Combine. The potential first-rounders are... more

Danny Moloshok/Associated Press Mark Dantonio has led the Spartans to a school-record seven consecutive bowl appearances. One of Michigan State's most successful seasons ever helped net Spartans coach Mark Dantonio a raise of almost $1.7... more

Jadeveon Clowney's 4.53-second 40-yard dash elicited a jaw-dropping response, but that kind of speed from a defensive end hasn't necessarily translated into individual NFL success of late. Clowney's 40 time is tied for sixth among all defensive linemen... more

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles said the weirdest questions he received at the NFL Scouting Combine were about his girlfriend, including, "If we come to town, will your girlfriend be there for dinner?" Appearing on Wednesday's "Dan Patrick Show,"... more

There remains a lot to digest from the four-day NFL Scouting Combine, but some performances were so good (or not-so-good) that they deserve immediate attention. Here are some winners and losers from the combine, based on our observations and what others... more

Former San Diego State running back Adam Muema has not spoken with Aztecs coaches since he left the NFL Scouting Combine over the weekend because he said God told him to. The San Diego Union Tribune reported Tuesday that a person close to Muema... more

The question after the NFL Scouting Combine on Johnny Manziel was which team with a top-five pick would take him. If ESPN analyst/former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski was doing the drafting, Manziel wouldn't go in the first three rounds. Jaworski told... more

Presumably because there are no issues that currently need to be addressed by Congress, Washington D.C.-based lobbyist Jack Burkman said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the NFL. Fresh off his appearance at the NFL... more

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock has had a frenzied past four days reporting for the NFL Network from the NFL Scouting Combine. Here are some takeaways from Mayock on Tuesday, when defensive backs took the field on the final day of the combine:... more

While the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars apparently came away from the NFL Combine impressed with Johnny Manziel , one current NFL starting quarterback says if a team wants to win, it will take UCF quarterback Blake Bortles over the former... more

The biggest knock on Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard was his supposed lack of speed. Dennard took steps -- or, rather, runs -- toward alleviating those concerns Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. Dennard (5-foot-11, 199 pounds) turned in... more

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock kept pace with defensive linemen and linebackers at the NFL Scouting Combine on a busy Monday -- a bit more than six on-air hours -- on the NFL Network. Here are some takeaways from Mayock: 1. Donald earns big... more

There is no consensus on the top cornerback available in the draft and there likely won't be even after the NFL Scouting Combine. Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert is one of those in the mix, and he had a good Monday. Gilbert, who measured 6-foot and... more

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was dinged by some analysts Monday morning for not participating in all the drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, but Clowney defended his decision on the NFL Network. "I didn't tell [the teams] I was... more

Missouri defensive end Michael Sam's 40 time provided fodder for those who wonder what position he can play at the next level. He posted an official time of 4.91 after running on Monday morning in Indianapolis. Sam's unofficial times were 4.79... more

Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney caused jaws to drop with his even-better-than-expected 40-yard dash times Monday at the NFL Scouting Combine, but while NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock and NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp were... more

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock had a busy Sunday -- almost nine on-air hours -- on NFL Network reporting from the NFL Scouting Combine. Here are 10 takeaways from Mayock: 1. Manziel's pocket play a concern Mayock loves Texas A&M's quarterback... more

Conventional wisdom was that Kent State running back Dri Archer would have one of the best 40 times at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he came through Sunday, blazing to an official clocking of 4.26 seconds in his first attempt. It was the fastest time of... more

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney didn't wow anybody Sunday with his bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine, putting up just 21 reps at 225 pounds. There were 14 defensive linemen at last year's combine who had at least 28 reps, and Georgia... more

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock loves Texas A&M's quarterback Johnny Manziel 's "innate feel" for the game, but he also wonders about Manziel's pocket presence in the NFL. During a short segment on Manziel on the NFL Network's coverage of the NFL... more

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles is in play to be the No. 1 pick in the draft, and he has fans in NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock and NFL Network analyst Brian Billick. Bortles is the only one of the top four quarterbacks who is working out at the NFL... more

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater 's decision not to work out at the NFL Scouting Combine is "kind of silly," but Mayock still is high on Bridgewater's potential. On the NFL Network's combine coverage... more

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock was impressed with the speed of the first group of wide receivers on Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine. "These guys are flying," Mayock said on the NFL Network. Oregon State's Brandin Cooks and Texas A&M's Mike... more

Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater -- in play to be the No. 1 pick in the draft -- has decided not to run at the NFL Scouting Combine, it was announced Sunday morning. He had announced Saturday he was not going to throw, and evidently a decision was made to... more

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock was busy Saturday on NFL Network reporting from the NFL Scouting Combine. Here are some takeaways from the great one: 1. 'Red flags' around Clowney South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney doesn't work out... more

North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron vowed earlier in the week that he would beat former Tar Heels teammate Gio Bernard's time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he couldn't do it. Bernard was clocked at 4.53 seconds at last... more

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock raved about the athleticism of the top offensive tackle prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine. His opinion was shared by numerous others on the NFL Network. Mayock said each of the top three tackles --... more

The Houston Texans took North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams with the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft . The Texans have the top pick again this year and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is a potential choice. NFL... more

North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron certainly is confident in his abilities -- he says his size/speed mix should be "illegal" -- and NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock clearly is a fan. Mayock said Ebron -- whose workouts at the NFL Scouting... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will not throw at the NFL Scouting Combine. Bridgewater confirmed Saturday while meeting with the media that he will join Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Fresno State's Derek Carr on the sidelines when it's... more

Miami punter Pat O'Donnell might not get drafted, but there's no question the guy is a good athlete. O'Donnell, who was second nationally in punting with a 47.1-yard average, ran a 4.62-second 40-yard dash Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine. One day... more

A Mid-American Conference player went first in the 2013 draft, and if NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock had his way, a MAC player would go No. 1 in 2014, too. Appearing on Minneapolis radio station KFAN on Friday morning, Mayock said he would... more

For a guy considered a finesse tight end, Texas Tech's Jace Amaro had an impressive bench press workout Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. Amaro, who measured 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds at the combine weigh-in, had 106 receptions in 2013 and set an... more

Conventional wisdom has Texas A&M's Jake Matthews or Auburn's Greg Robinson as the first offensive tackle off the board in the 2014 draft. If Friday's bench-press results from the NFL Scouting Combine are any kind of tiebreaker, Robinson wins going... more

It's right there on LSU running back Jeremy Hill 's official NFL Scouting Combine bio page: "Arrested multiple times in past few years." And it's in red ink, too, calling attention to the biggest red flag of all regarding Hill. Hill, who measured... more

His college coach might have concerns about his work habits , but South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has too much talent to pass up with the No. 1 overall pick, says NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks. In his latest mock draft , Brooks... more

While much of the attention Friday morning at the NFL Scouting Combine was focused on Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel measuring in at a shade less than 6 feet, two other quarterback measurements shouldn't go unnoticed. Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater , who... more

Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press Ohio State QB Braxton Miller will be limited in spring practice because of shoulder surgery. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is scheduled to have minor surgery Friday on his right shoulder. Miller... more

Dave Martin / Associated Press Georgia's Mark Richt is among several coaches who have spoken out against the NCAA's defensive substitution rule. South Carolina's Steve Spurrier is the latest coach to comment on the NCAA's proposed defensive... more

Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey will be looking to impress when running backs do their on-field workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday. Carey led the nation in rushing in 2012 and finished second to Boston College's Andre Williams in 2013; he... more

Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu has a partially torn hamstring and won't participate in any of the testing at the NFL Scouting Combine, his agent announced Thursday morning. Agent Pat Dye Jr. told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that... more

Former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke is sure he knows what new Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien wants in a quarterback, and Weinke says that is good news for Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater. Weinke -- who won the Heisman Trophy at Florida State in 2000... more

Intangibles -- like effort, leadership, attitude and intelligence -- can make or break a prospect in the NFL draft. They can be the difference between getting drafted on the first day or not being selected at all. Draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki, who writes... more

Chris O'Meara/Associated Press John Garrett will be coaching a promising draft prospect in Sean Mannion in 2014. Oregon State's Sean Mannion threw for 4,662 yards and 37 TDs in 2013 -- figures that ranked second and tied for third,... more

In his free time away from the Miami Heat, LeBron James apparently has done some football scouting. James is a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys, and before the Heat's Tuesday-night victory over the Dallas Mavericks, James said it "would be great" if the... more

Former NFL star quarterback Brett Favre hasn't seen all that much of Johnny Manziel , but what he has seen has left him mightily impressed. "I haven't watched him much," Favre told USA Today Sports , "but one game I watched, for like three quarters, was... more

With big cornerbacks all the rage in the NFL, Virginia Tech's Antone Exum is an intriguing prospect whose NFL Scouting Combine appearance will be important. Exum, listed at 6-foot-1 and 224 pounds by Virginia Tech, needs to show he is healthy. He... more

For a guy who threw 24 TD passes and one interception last season, South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw routinely was overlooked in 2013. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier hopes that changes. Spurrier was on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Wednesday and... more

NFL Media draft analyst Charles Davis said big and physical Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans would be a good fit to work with big and physical Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Davis told Pittsburgh's KDKA-FM that Evans "fits... more

TCU's Jason Verrett sometimes gets overlooked when talk turns to the best cornerback in the draft, but he says he will change things at the NFL Scouting Combine. Verrett, who was listed at 5-foot-10 and 176 pounds by TCU, generally is considered... more

The NFL Scouting Combine runs Saturday to Tuesday in Indianapolis, and it brings together 335 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each NFL team. A big portion of the combine is the individual... more

Fresno State QB Derek Carr will not throw at the NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. While he will do other drills at the combine, Carr will wait to throw until Fresno State's pro day, which is scheduled for March... more

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier gushed about Jadeveon Clowney 's talent level on Wednesday. But Spurrier didn't gush about Clowney's work habits. Brooks: Clowney's best fit? Jadeveon Clowney is one of the main figures in the 2014 draft. Which team... more

Kent State running back Dri Archer was expected to be one of the most explosive players in the nation in 2013, but leg and ankle injuries limited him all season and his production tailed way off from his breakout 2012 campaign. He says he is healthy... more

Tailback Lache Seastrunk is the only player in Baylor history with two 1,000-yard seasons, and he has his sights set on even more rarefied air at the NFL Scouting Combine. Interviewed on Fox Sports 1 on Tuesday, Seastrunk said he believes the can run a... more

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles has removed some of the intrigue surrounding his time at the NFL Scouting Combine. No one in Bortles' camp had said definitively if he would throw at the combine, but he confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday that he... more

Daniel Shirey/USA TODAY Sports Strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons has been dismissed from the Georgia football team. Georgia starting strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, the school... more

Last week, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins posted a fan drawing of himslef in a Rams uniform on his Instagram account. Monday, he posted a drawing of himself in a Bucs uniform. Both teams make sense for Watkins. NFL Media draft analyst Bucky... more

Paul Beaty / Associated Press Former Northwestern QB Kain Colter testified that being a college football player "truly is a job." The second small step in determining whether Northwestern football players can form a union was taken Tuesday at... more

Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby had a disappointing junior season that included a one-game suspension for off-field issues, but he says he is healthy and ready to put up big numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine. Roby (5-foot-11, 192 pounds) went into... more

The NFL Scouting Combine gets underway this week in Indianapolis, and it brings together 335 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each NFL team. A big portion of the combine is the... more

Clemson's Sammy Watkins says one of his goals has been to "dominate" the NFL Scouting Combine, and he plans to do so because he is "10 times faster than I was in college." Watkins (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) is considered the No. 1 wide receiver in an... more

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles is in play to become the overall No. 1 pick in May's draft, and one current NFL quarterback who has worked closely with Bortles likes what he has seen. Bortles is one of four quarterbacks who has worked with NFL backup... more

Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro had 106 receptions in 2013 and set an NCAA record for receiving yards by a tight end with 1,352. But he didn't win the Mackey Award, which annually goes to the nation's top tight end. Heck, he wasn't even a finalist. What... more

The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 335 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each NFL team. A big portion of the combine is the individual events,... more

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press Michigan's Devin Gardner is looking to bounce back from an up-and-down junior season. Michigan opens spring practice next week, and returning starting quarterback Devin Gardner finally is running again .... more

A bruised kidney caused Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage to miss the second half of his final college game and to turn down an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game. But he says he is healthy now and looking to impress observers at the NFL Scouting... more

Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs may not rank high on the name-recognition list, but he certainly is up there when it comes to self-confidence. Bibbs rushed for 1,741 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2013 as a sophomore, then decided to turn pro. So... more

Michael Conroy / Associated Press Taylor Stubblefield finished his career at Purdue in 2004 with a then-NCAA record 316 receptions. Taylor Stubblefield left Purdue in 2004 with the NCAA record for most career receptions. Soon, he might... more

The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 335 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each NFL team. A big portion of the combine is the individual events,... more

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray says he is "way, way ahead of schedule" in his rehabilitation from ACL surgery and remains on track to throw at the Bulldogs' pro day on April 16. Murray suffered a torn ACL in his left knee Nov. 23 and had surgery Nov.... more

The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 335 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each NFL team. A big portion of the combine is the individual events,... more

Boston College's Andre Williams led the nation in rushing with 2,177 yards -- he's one of just 15 players in NCAA history to reach the 2,000-yard plateau -- but a perceived lack of speed hurts his draft stock. That stock would be helped if Williams... more

There is no question Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman is the most athletic interior defensive lineman available in the draft, and he should put on quite a show at the NFL Scouting Combine. But there are questions about his consistency, intensity and upside,... more

USC outside linebacker Morgan Breslin wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, and he's not happy about that. "I honestly thought I should've got an invite to the combine," he told FOXSports.com . "I was pretty pissed about that." There will be... more

The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 335 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each NFL team. A big portion of the combine is the individual events,... more

Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt had an uneven 2013 season, but he still expects to be a first-round pick. Tuitt told Lombardiave.com , a website that covers the Green Bay Packers, that a selection in the first round "is what I'm expecting."... more

Eric Gay / Associated Press The NCAA's targeting rule generated plenty of controvery in its first year last season. The biggest problem with the NCAA's targeting rule -- well, other than the fact it's called differently by basically every... more

North Carolina's Eric Ebron, considered by most analysts to be the No. 1 tight end in the 2014 NFL Draft, has a confession he wants to make about San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. "I've been studying him since high school," Ebron told College... more

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger might one day look back on his ACL surgery with fondness, not regret, his college offensive coordinator said. LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Mettenberger is making a... more

Kim Klement / USA Today Sports East Carolina DE Terrell Stanley was involved in a car accident early Tuesday morning. East Carolina defensive end Terrell Stanley, voted the Pirates' most valuable defensive lineman in 2013, is in critical... more

Chuck Burton / Associated Press Maryland WR Stefon Diggs suffered a broken right leg against Wake Forest on Oct. 19. Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who was one of the most explosive players in the nation before he broke his right leg in... more

The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 335 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each NFL team. A big portion of the combine is the individual events,... more

Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who led the nation with 1,730 receiving yards in 2013, is looking to run the 40-yard dash in about 4.3 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. Cooks, who has been compared with Carolina Panthers star receiver Steve... more

The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 335 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each NFL team. A big portion of the combine is the individual... more

It turns out Teddy Bridgewater's biggest critic might be Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater led the nation in completion percentage in 2013 at 71.0 percent. But he told Louisville TV station WDRB "it probably should have been 80 or 85" percent.... more

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles will make "a game-time decision" on whether he will throw at the NFL Scouting Combine later this month, his father said. Blake Bortles, who is in play to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft, is in San Diego at an... more

Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Mark Dantonio signed the nation's No. 21 recruiting class. Whether it will include Malik McDowell is uncertain. The soap opera that is star defensive end Malik McDowell's recruitment continues to provide... more

Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press QB Keith Price guided Washington to three consecutive bowl appearances. Washington quarterback Keith Price didn't get an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, and he isn't pleased. Presumably he will ask... more

AJ Mast/Associated Press Cornerback Darqueze Dennard says he still has a lot to prove at the scouting combine. Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard said skipping the Reese's Senior Bowl was "a business decision," but also says he has "a... more

California junior defensive end Ted Agu died Friday after a conditioning workout, the school reported on its website. Agu, 21, reportedly died at a local hospital near Berkeley, Calif., after collapsing during a conditioning workout. "This is a very... more

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press Jordan Lynch will get to work out at quarterback at the NFL Scouting Combine. The NFL Scouting Combine participant list has been announced, allowing us to examine some under-the-radar storylines to follow... more

One day after his coach said he thought Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston would play two more seasons of college football, Winston himself said he would stick around for two more years. When discussing the Seminoles' recruiting class Wednesday... more

The 335 participants in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine have been announced. Here's a position-by-position look at the number of invitees, declared underclassmen who weren't invited and some notable players who won't be there. Quarterbacks Number of... more

Here are some numbers for the players invited to participate at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, which runs from Feb. 19-25 in Indianapolis. NFL Network will provide live coverage of the event. Position breakdown Quarterbacks: 19 Running... more

Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press Washington's Cyler Miles made one start for the Huskies during the 2013 season. Washington's Cyler Miles and Damore'ea Stringfellow -- projected starters at quarterback and wide receiver, respectively --... more

Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports Oklahoma's Blake Bell is moving to a new position this offseason. Oklahoma coaches were crowing four years ago about the signing of Blake Bell, considered one of the nation's top 10 quarterbacks. Wednesday... more

Jimbo Fisher has a message for everyone looking ahead to the 2015 NFL Draft and projecting Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston as the No. 1 pick: Hold up there, folks. Fisher and his FSU assistants reeled in a bunch of high-profile recruits... more

Morry Gash/Associated Press Wisconsin's Gary Andersen is looking to fill a vacancy on his coaching staff. Wisconsin needs a new running backs coach, and Badgers coach Gary Andersen said star tailback Melvin Gordon will be involved in the... more

Joshua S. Kelly/USA TODAY Sports Urban Meyer is known as an excellent recruiter and delivered the Big Ten's only top-10 recruiting class in 2014. The usual suspects cleaned up on the recruiting trail this year. National Signing Day was... more

Scott Audette/Associated Press Former NFL WR Keyshawn Johnson attended West Los Angeles College before transferring to USC. Signing junior college players doesn't lead to much National Signing Day excitement, but it's extremely likely that a... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio landed a highly touted DE prospect on Wednesday. Malik McDowell apparently decided that his parents don't know best. McDowell, a defensive end who is considered the top prospect in... more

Teddy Bridgewater was one of the last big-name draft prospects to choose representation, and he bypassed a lot of big-name agents with his choice. Bridgewater, in play to be the No. 1 pick in the draft and considered a lock to go in the top 10, chose... more

Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press Urban Meyer and Ohio State have already received a commitment from top CB prospect Damon Webb. Normally, you don't expect a lot of recruiting controversy in the Big Ten. Evidently, times are changing. Heck, all... more

John Bazemore / Associated Press Georgia QB Aaron Murray said he is planning to throw at Georgia's pro day in March. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray suffered a torn ACL on Nov. 23 and had surgery Nov. 26. Tuesday, he tweeted out a picture of... more

Gregory Bull / Associated Press Jameis Winston was a part of a recruiting class in 2012 that ranked third nationally. Despite what anybody tells you, talent evaluation is a crapshoot much more than a science. If it truly were a science, why... more

Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press Jared Abbrederis aims to be the latest college walk-on to make the leap to high-level NFL player. National Signing Day is Wednesday, but by no means does a recruit have to have four or five stars by his name... more

AP Photo/G.M. Andrews Running back James White rushed for 1,444 yards in 2013 despite sharing the load with Melvin Gordon. Wisconsin running back James White had a strong week at the Reese's Senior Bowl, and next up is the scouting combine... more

Tony Ding / Associated Press Michigan's Devin Gardner, who started 12 games last season, is nursing a toe injury as spring practice approaches. Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday that quarterback Devin Gardner isn't necessarily guaranteed... more

Julio Cortez/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy after a spectacular 2013 season. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has said he wants to be like Bo Jackson and play two pro sports , and if Baseball... more

Auburn's Tre Mason is looking to prove he's the No. 1 back in the 2014 draft. Mason, who left Auburn after his junior season , signed with agent Bus Cook on Friday. Cook also represents, among others, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and... more

Ric Tapia / NFL Eric Fisher went from lightly regarded high school prospect to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. National Signing Day is Wednesday, and to some college football fans that's like Christmas in February. We decided... more

National Signing Day is Wednesday, and it's a big deal for colleges and players alike. After all, after Wednesday, a vast majority of the 2,500 or so players who sign with FBS schools won't really be heard from again. The goal for almost all of the... more

Phil Sandlin / Associated Press Ronald Powell -- the top high school recruit in 2010 -- likely won't be a high draft pick in 2014. National Signing Day is Wednesday, and coaches and fans will crow about the classes their schools reeled in.... more

Linebacker Telvin Smith led national champion Florida State with 90 tackles -- 21 more than any teammate -- and measured in at almost 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds at the Reese's Senior Bowl. But if some analysts have their way, Smith would be a safety at the... more

January

Johnny Manziel has received a lot of attention -- much of it negative -- for his off-field decisions the past 15 or so months. Surprisingly, his decision this week to bypass the Super Bowl and all its festivities hasn't received all that much publicity.... more

Associated Press Joe Montana is one of three Notre Dame quarterbacks who have started in the Super Bowl. Wisconsin will become the 44th school to have a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl when Seattle's Russell Wilson takes the field... more

Mel Evans/Associated Press Miss America Nina Davuluri was disappointed in the performance of Michigan's football team in 2013. Michigan coach Brady Hoke better watch out: Miss America is disappointed with the Wolverines. Nina Davuluri, who... more

John Bazemore/Associated Press Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson's team violated an NCAA rule and will suffer the consequences. Georgia Tech broke an NCAA rule and has self-imposed a penalty. The punishment? One of its football practices in... more

Steve Mitchell/Associated Press After some trying times, agent Leigh Steinberg is getting back into the business of representing players. Leigh Steinberg is back in the agent game. Steinberg was one of the most powerful sports agents around... more

Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley and his staff oversaw the South squad in last week's Reese's Senior Bowl, and Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said the task was a big benefit in the team's draft preparation. Front offices have extra work this year... more

If you're going to dream, you might as well dream big. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is doing just that. Bridgewater was on WHBE-AM in Louisville on Wednesday and said that being the overall No. 1 draft pick is "my dream right now, and... more

Notre Dame University Notre Dame Stadium will be getting quite the makeover. Notre Dame announced Wednesday that Notre Dame Stadium will undergo a renovation that will cost an estimated $400 million and take nearly three years. The school... more

Brody Schmidt/Associated Press TCU Devonte Fields was the 2012 Big 12 defensive player of the year. TCU defensive end Devonte Fields was robbed and shot at, but he told Fort Worth Police he is not interested in pressing any charges in the... more

Mark Dolejs/USA TODAY Sports Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell is training in California in advance of the NFL Scouting Combine. Duke has had just one player drafted since 2004 and only 11 since 1990. Cornerback Ross Cockrell should change those... more

J Pat Carter/Associated Press Ohio State assistant coach Tom Herman was stranded in his car for nearly 24 hours on a recruiting trip. The winter weather in the Southeast caused all sorts of turmoil Monday and Tuesday (and into Wednesday) for... more

Nick Wass/Associated Press Ralph Friedgen will be named the new offensive coordinator at Rutgers. Former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen will be named Rutgers' new offensive coordinator. Rutgers is looking for a replacement for Ron Prince,... more

Johnny Vy / NFL Wisconsin RB James White said he models his game after Brian Westbrook and Darren Sproles. Going back to his high school days, Wisconsin tailback James White is used to sharing carries. All that sharing could help him in the... more

John Beale/Associated Press New Penn State coach James Franklin will attend the State of the Union address. There will be at least one big-name football coach at Tuesday night's State of the Union address by President Barack Obama. New Penn... more

Danny Moloshok/Associated Press Cornerback Darqueze Dennard could help improve a Lions pass defense that struggled at times in 2013. If Detroit Lions fans have their way, the Lions' embattled front office will select Michigan State cornerback... more

Bruce Thorson/USA TODAY Sports Nebraska DE Avery Moss played a key role for the Cornhuskers last season as a redshirt freshman. Nebraska defensive end Avery Moss -- who started three games this season and played extensively in others as a... more

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron skipped the Reese's Senior Bowl -- and in his hometown of Mobile, Ala., no less -- because he said he was advised to rest his body after the rigors of the season. Perhaps another reason was to get some practice as a... more

Former Texas A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel was called "a better version of Fran Tarkenton" by NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt. Brandt has made Tarkenton comparisons before with Manziel, and the latest proclamation was in Peter King's... more

John Miller/Associated Press UCLA QB Brett Hundley will get a chance to impress Heisman voters with three big games early in the season. UCLA coach Jim Mora knows he has a legitimate Heisman candidate at quarterback, and Sunday night he let... more

Jay Sailors/Associated Press Running back Isaiah Crowell rushed for 1,121 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2013 despite playing with an ankle injury. Alabama State running back Isaiah Crowell, who began his career at Georgia before being dismissed,... more

No standouts among QBs 7:18 p.m. ET: The teams combined for 123 plays in the Senior Bowl, and 70 of them were passes. But the six quarterbacks didn't exactly light it up. South quarterbacks Derek Carr (Fresno State), David Fales (San Jose State) and... more

There is a definite market in the NFL for 6-foot-2 wide receivers who can run a sub-4.4 40-yard dash and score a ton of touchdowns -- even if said wide receiver is from a Division II school. Jeff Janis, who starred at Saginaw Valley State, a... more

Pierre Desir is a big cornerback from a small school almost no one has heard of. Desir is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback from Lindenwood University, a Division II school in St. Charles, Mo., a St. Louis suburb. That size has increased Desir's draft... more

Marcus Smith, who was second in the nation with 14.5 sacks this season, arrived at Louisville in 2010 after playing quarterback in high school, and he finished his Cardinals career as a defensive end. He might be making another position change in the NFL.... more

Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis tweeted that he won't play in Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl because of an injury suffered in practice. Unfortunately I won't be able to compete in the game because I tweaked my hamstring. I am heading home to... more

Colorado State's Weston Richburg has come a long way in the past decade, and his trip could end with him being the first or second center selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. Richburg is "ready-made to plug and play," NFL Media draft analyst Daniel... more

Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin wasn't an unknown commodity to NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock heading into practices for the Reese's Senior Bowl. Mayock serves as the analyst for NBC's telecasts of Notre Dame games and was familiar with... more

AP Photo/John Bazemore Players at the Senior Bowl who have faced Johnny Manziel offered differing opinions on the QB's pro prospects. LSU safety Craig Loston agrees that Johnny Manziel was a "great" college player, but he's not willing to say... more

Todd Williamson/Invision/AP Images Cordell Broadus is moving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to play for a bigger high school football program. Cordell Broadus, one of the nation's top 200 juniors and the son of rapper Snoop Dogg, is changing... more

While senior quarterbacks Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo spent this week trying to impress scouts at the Reese's Senior Bowl, Teddy Bridgewater moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Florida to begin workouts in an effort to impress scouts over the next... more

Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz should be one of the top five or six tight ends selected in the 2014 draft, and he should be the first senior off the board at the position. Fiedorowicz generally has performed well this week at the Reese's Senior Bowl practices.... more

Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports Florida State's Jameis Winston will defend his Heisman Trophy and a national title next season. Heisman winner Jameis Winston and national champion Florida State will have to navigate a 2014 schedule that... more

Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson was called "a brawler and a mauler" Wednesday at the Reese's Senior Bowl. And that's a good thing. After redshirting as a true freshman in 2009, Jackson, who is 6-foot-3 and 339 pounds, started all 52 games in... more

Michigan offensive tackle Michael Schofield spent the past two seasons in the shadow of Wolverines All-American Taylor Lewan, but Schofield has shown well this week at the Reese's Senior Bowl. Schofield, who measured 6-foot-6 and 303 pounds during... more

In July, at the ACC Football Media Days event, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald said his NFL role model is Cincinnati's Geno Atkins. It will make Donald happy, then, that NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock compared him to Atkins on NFL Network... more

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd received a fourth-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board after his junior season, so he returned for his senior season to improve his stock. He threw for 3,851 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2013 and also ran for 10... more

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron said he skipped the Reese's Senior Bowl on the advice of doctors because his body needed rest. McCarron told al.com that he battled through numerous injuries during the 2013 season, including toe, shoulder and... more

Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson has told NFL teams that marijuana use led to some suspensions in college. "I'm just being honest with every team and letting them know exactly what the situations were, and that I'm putting all the negative... more

Matt Patchan's long, strange trip through six years of college football has paid off with a Reese's Senior Bowl invitation. Boston College OL Matt Patchan is flying in tonight to take part in the Senior Bowl practices and the game ‚?? Ian Rapoport... more

There are 11 cornerbacks on the rosters at the Reese's Senior Bowl, and five of them are at least 6 feet tall, and three are at least 6-2. The tallest corner is Utah's Keith McGill, who measured 6-3 and 214 pounds at Monday's weigh-in. NFL Media draft... more

Notre Dame's Zack Martin wasn't necessarily a common name when the nation's top offensive linemen were mentioned this season, but he has the look of a first-round pick, and three NFL Media draft analysts aren't surprised. Speaking Tuesday on the NFL... more

Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland was the Big Ten's defensive player of the year and finished his career with 421 tackles, but his lack of size is an issue for NFL scouts. Borland measured 5-foot-11 and 243 pounds at Monday's Reese's Senior Bowl... more

Clemson's Tajh Boyd will be one of the most scrutinized players this week at the Reese's Senior Bowl, and two NFL Media analysts have differing views on him. Daniel Jeremiah said he thinks Boyd could solidify himself as a second-round pick with a... more

Johnny Manziel apparently has a deal with Under Armour, the Sun of Baltimore reported Monday night. The Sun said that signs in at least two locations at Under Armour's headquarters in Baltimore welcomed Manziel to "the team." Requests for comment from... more

Jacksonville (third overall) and Tampa Bay (seventh overall) own some of the earliest picks in the 2014 draft, and the Jaguars' pick, especially, has a chance to set a tone for the first round. Jacksonville needs a quarterback. But it also could use a... more

All three North team quarterbacks in the Reese's Senior Bowl are from the ACC, and NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Monday that each has something to prove this week. The three are Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Miami's Stephen Morris and Virginia Tech's Logan... more

There are nine healthy scratches for the Reese's Senior Bowl -- players who are healthy but chose not to participate in the week-long event -- and NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock wondered Monday why Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron and Michigan... more

Last week, during Seattle's home playoff game with Green Bay, Texas A&M's official Twitter account sent out a gentle reminder that A&M is the real home of the 12th man. Sunday night, after the Seahawks beat San Francisco in the NFC championship game,... more

Phil Sears/Associated Press Miami running back Duke Johnson suffered a broken ankle during a November loss to Florida State. Miami's Duke Johnson, the Hurricanes' best player and likely to be one of the nation's top six or seven running backs... more

New Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien takes over a team that has the first pick in the 2014 draft, and early speculation has the Texans taking a quarterback with the top pick. O'Brien was asked by the Houston Chronicle about three quarterbacks who... more

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller has withdrawn from the Senior Bowl. Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller pulled out of the Reese's Senior Bowl because he still is rehabbing from surgery in November to repair a... more

Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press Derek Mason was the Minnesota Vikings' secondary coach before arriving at Stanford in 2010. Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason on Saturday was introduced as Vanderbilt's new head coach. Mason,... more

David J. Phillip/Associated Press Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans is training in California. Johnny Manziel isn't the only former Texas A&M player working out in southern California. It turns out that wide receiver Mike Evans is there, as... more

Dave Martin/Associated Press Division II running back Franklyn Quiteh has rushed for 7,532 yards in his collegiate career. The nation's leading rusher and passer, two of the most productive linebackers in the SEC and eight total quarterbacks... more

Stephen Haas/Associated Press Jimmy Garoppolo has been added as the sixth quarterback for the Senior Bowl. Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, named the FCS player of the year after throwing for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns in... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton will remain in Indianapolis rather than taking the Vanderbilt job. Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton turned down the Vanderbilt coaching job, and... more

Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard has chosen not to participate in the Reese's Senior Bowl. Dennard, widely regarded as one of the top two or three cornerbacks available in the 2014 NFL Draft, was on the game roster released Wednesday but... more

Patrick Semansky/Associated Press Maryland WR Stefon Diggs could benefit quite a bit from learning under his new position coach. Former NFL wide receiver Keenan McCardell has been hired as Maryland's wide receivers coach, the school announced... more

Arkansas State defensive tackle Markel Owens was one of two men shot and killed in a home invasion Wednesday night in his hometown of Jackson, Tenn., the Jackson Sun reported . Owens, who just finished his junior season, was a reserve for the Red... more

At one point during the 2013 season, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was seen as one of the two best draft-eligible players. Now, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah says there are teams that don't consider Bridgewater a first-rounder. I have... more

At one point, the 2014 NFL Draft looked as if it would be remembered for the large number of quarterbacks who went in the first round. Now it appears wide receivers will be at a premium. NFL Media draft analysts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah unveiled... more

Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley has decided to remain in school for his senior season, he announced Wednesday night. Beasley (6-foot-2, 235 pounds) led the ACC and was tied for third nationally with 13 sacks, giving him 21 for his career. He also had... more

2014 Senior Bowl rosters January 15, 2014

AP Photo/David Cleveland Fresno State QB Derek Carr is one of the quarterbacks who will appear in the 2014 Senior Bowl. The Reese's Senior Bowl released its rosters Wednesday, but there will be a few additions, including one more quarterback.... more

John Bazemore/Associated Jadeveon Clowney is the consensus No. 1 pick, at least in the eyes of two NFL Media analysts. There's a long way to go before the 2014 NFL Draft -- about 16 weeks -- but it's never too early to start mock drafts. In... more

Mike Groll/Associated Press Khalil Mack has decided not to attend the Senior Bowl. Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack, considered a top-10 pick by NFL Media draft analysts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah, will not attend the Reese's... more

John Raoux / Associated Press QB Tyler Murphy started six games for Florida last season after Jeff Driskel suffered a broken leg. Quarterback Tyler Murphy, who started six games for Florida this season, has transferred to Boston College for... more

Tony Avelar / Associated Press Ed Reynolds is the second Stanford underclassman to declare for the 2014 draft, joining David Yankey. Stanford free safety Ed Reynolds will bypass his senior season and turn pro, the school announced Tuesday.... more

J. Pat Carter/Associated Press Mark Whipple compiled a 49-26 record during his first stint as UMass head coach. Former NFL assistant Mark Whipple officially was introduced as Massachusetts' coach Tuesday morning. He previously coached the... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will call the offensive plays during the 2014 season. One day after he announced he had hired Brian VanGorder as defensive coordinator , Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced who... more

Chris Carlson/Associated Press Jimbo Fisher will not be the last national-champion coach to clutch the crystal football. The College Football Playoff (yes, that's the official name) comes into being next season, and the winner of the... more

Dave Martin/Associated Press Brian VanGorder has officially been named the new defensive coordinator at Notre Dame. Brian VanGorder officially was named Notre Dame's defensive coordinator Monday. VanGorder had been the New York Jets'... more

Jeremy Brevard / USA Today Sports Portland State's D.J. Adams scored two touchdowns in the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl on Saturday. Portland State tailback D.J. Adams (5-foot-10, 210 pounds), a Maryland transfer who ran for 1,600 yards and... more

Aaron M. Sprecher / NFL Texas A&M's 12th man tradition, started in 1922, involves Aggies fans at home games standing throughout the contest. Texas A&M folks evidently are a little tired of all the "12th man" talk emanating from Seattle's... more

John Raoux / Associated Press Jacksonville State's Pierre Warren helped his team reach the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. Jacksonville State free safety Pierre Warren is bypassing his senior season and entering the draft, the school... more

Brandon Wade / Associated Press Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham had a team-high 59 receptions and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore. Missouri sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested on a drug charge overnight in his hometown of... more

John Beale / Associated Press James Franklin takes over as Penn State's head coach after leading Vanderbilt to nine-win seasons in 2012 and 2013. Calling it his dream job and where he wanted to be, James Franklin officially was introduced as... more

Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press Arizona State's Carl Bradford tied for the team lead with 8.5 sacks and was third in the Pac-12 with 19 tackles for loss. Arizona State outside linebacker Carl Bradford, who ranked third in the Pac-12 with... more

Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is returning to the Buckeyes after mulling draft entry. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will return for his senior season, the school confirmed Thursday. Miller (6-foot-2,... more

Winslow Townson/Associated Press Mike Vrabel made a Pro Bowl and won three Super Bowls as a member of the Patriots. Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel is leaving to become linebackers coach on Bill O'Brien's staff with the Texans.... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Notre Dame wide receiver DaVaris Daniels caught 49 passes for 745 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013. Notre Dame sophomore wide receiver DaVaris Daniels has been suspended for the spring semester because of an... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Nebraska's Ameer Adbullah will return as one of the top RB prospects in college football next season. Nebraska tailback Ameer Abdullah will return for his senior season, the school announced Thursday. The... more

AP Photo/Amy Sancetta Jim Tressel said he would be interested in getting back to coaching, perhaps in the NFL. Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said on a Columbus, Ohio, radio station Thursday that while he is content with his vice... more

AP Photo/Garry Jones Bobby Petrino was very successful during his first stint as the head coach at Louisville. Bobby Petrino said Louisville is his "destination job" when he officially was introduced as the Cardinals' new coach Thursday.... more

Stephen Morton/Associated Press James Franklin is expected to leave Vanderbilt to take the Penn State coaching job. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin will be the next coach at Penn State, CBSSports.com reported Thursday. Franklin had been... more

AP Photo/Steve Cannon Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is expected to make himself available for the 2014 NFL Draft. Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is planning to turn pro. The news, first reported by ESPN, is... more

AP Photo/John Raoux Cam Erving has developed nicely as an offensive tackle after being converted from defensive tackle. Three key juniors at Florida State -- wide receiver Rashad Greene, offensive tackle Cameron Erving and guard Tre Jackson... more

AP Photo/Tony Ding Al Borges spent the past three seasons at Michigan as offensive coordinator. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner will play his senior season under a new offensive coordinator after Wolverines coach Brady Hoke fired Al Borges... more

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and the Tallahassee, Fla., Police Department likely will face a civil lawsuit, the attorney for the complainant in Winston's sexual-assault case told ABC News on Wednesday . Patricia Carroll said she "absolutely"... more

AP Photo/Joe Raymond Notre Dame running back George Atkinson III intends to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Notre Dame junior tailback George Atkinson III, who rushed for 943 yards in his Irish career, has declared his intent to enter the 2014 NFL... more

Garry Jones / Associated Press Bobby Petrino is returning as head coach of Louisville, a program he coached from 2003 to 2006. Bobby Petrino will be returning to Louisville to coach, Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday. Petrino, 52, previously... more

San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed this week for the vacant Penn State coaching job, NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, citing a source informed of Roman's schedule. The 49ers play at the Carolina Panthers... more

Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press Towson RB Terrance West will enter the NFL draft after a prolific college career. Towson running back Terrance West, who set FCS single-season records for rushing yards and touchdowns, is bypassing his senior... more

David Zalubowski/Associated Press USC tight end Xavier Grimble did not request feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. About a month after saying he was better off staying in school , USC junior tight end Xavier Grimble announced Tuesday... more

Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports Ball State wide receiver Willie Snead caught 195 passes with 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Ball State wide receiver Willie Snead, who was third nationally in receiving yardage this season, will... more

AP Photo/David J. Phillip Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher expressed concerns over the four-team playoff that will begin next season. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher sure didn't get much time to think about winning the national title:... more

Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports James Wilder Jr. was Florida State's third-leading rusher this season with 563 yards and eight touchdowns. Florida State junior running back James Wilder Jr. will make himself available for the 2014 draft,... more

Phil Sears / Associated Press Cameron Erving could be part of one of the nation's top offensive lines if he returns next season. With the 2013 season now out of the way, it's time to look to 2014 -- and wonder if Florida State can repeat.... more

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press Oregon State CB Rashaad Reynolds' Hawaii Bowl performance included two fumble returns for a touchdown. The postseason ended with a phenomenal national championship game Monday night (what a way for the BCS to... more

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press Ohio State DE Noah Spence's three-game suspension includes the first two games of next season. Ohio State sophomore defensive end Noah Spence was suspended for three games, including last week's Orange Bowl loss... more

Chris Carlson/Associated Press Gus Malzahn and Auburn complete the 2013 season ranked No. 2 in the AP poll. The top six teams in both major polls were the same Tuesday morning when the 2013 season's final top 25s were released. Unbeaten... more

Brett Flashnick/Associated Press UAB running back Darrin Reaves rushed for 2,337 yards during his college career. UAB tailback Darrin Reaves will bypass his senior season and enter the draft, the school announced Monday. Reaves (5-foot-10,... more

Matt York/Associated Press UCF RB Storm Johnson ranks 33rd in the FBS with 1,139 yards rushing. UCF quarterback Blake Bortles, as expected, announced Monday that he is bypassing his senior season to turn pro. The Knights' program, fresh off... more

Elaine Thompson/Associated Press Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is one of the top CB prospects in college football. Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will remain at Oregon for his senior season, the school announced Monday. Ekpre-Olomu (5-foot-10, 195... more

Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk averaged 107 yards rushing per game this season. Baylor junior tailback Lache Seastrunk is turning pro, he said in a statement to Yahoo Sports on Monday. Seastrunk (5-foot-10, 210... more

Victor Calzada/USA TODAY Sports UCLA's Brett Hundley is among the top QB prospects in college football. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley made it official Monday at a news conference: He is returning for his junior season. But he also said the... more

Spruce Derden/USA TODAY Sports North Carolina defensive tackle Tim Jackson is set to play in the Medal of Honor Bowl. The nation's leading tackler and two sets of twins will be playing in the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl all-star game... more

Another Clemson junior is going pro -- and this one is a surprise. Wide receivers Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins were expected to go pro, but cornerback Bashaud Breeland? Breeland (6-foot-0, 185 pounds) was a full-time starter for the first time this... more

Windy conditions and a better-than-expected opposing defense hampered prolific Ball State senior quarterback Keith Wenning in Sunday night's GoDaddy Bowl. Arkansas State (8-5) prevailed 23-20 on a touchdown pass with 32 seconds left, dashing Ball... more

Marc Lebryk / USA Today Sports Ball State QB Keith Wenning has 10 300-yard games this season and is sixth in the nation with 34 touchdown passes. Ball State senior quarterback Keith Wenning finishes off one of the best careers in Mid-American... more

Tim Sharp / Associated Press Missouri DE Michael Sam's fourth-quarter sack helped lead to the Tigers' clinching touchdown in the Cotton Bowl. In a game in which the lead changed hands on six consecutive fourth-quarter possessions, a defensive... more

Missouri junior defensive end Kony Ealy will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, he said in a news conference after the Tigers' 41-31 win over Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night. Ealy (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) had 9.5 sacks this season, including two... more

Robert Mayer / USA Today Sports Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde rushed for 113 yards on 25 carries Friday night in the Orange Bowl. Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller is thinking about bypassing his senior season to turn pro and told... more

Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press Clemson's Sammy Watkins had 16 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the Orange Bowl. Clemson junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins seems certain to turn pro. That means the best game of his career came in... more

John Raoux / Associated Press Louisville's Charlie Strong has reportedly agreed to a five-year deal worth $25 million to be Texas' next head coach. Charlie Strong has been hired as Texas' head coach, multiple media outlets reported Friday... more

Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today Sports Blake Bortles accounted for four touchdowns in UCF's upset victory over Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles received a first-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, the... more

Rick Scuteri / Associated Press Oregon State DE Scott Crichton had 7.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss this season. Oregon State junior defensive end Scott Crichton will bypass his senior season and turn pro, his attorney said in an e-mail to... more

Matthew Emmons / USA Today Sports LSU's Ego Ferguson had 58 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss in his first year as a starter this season. LSU junior defensive tackle Ego Ferguson declared for the draft via his Instagram account Friday night.... more

Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd has something to prove in Friday night's Orange Bowl. For all the success Boyd has had at Clemson -- he is leaving with 11 ACC records and 16 school marks -- he hasn't always come up big in big games. The Orange Bowl... more

John Raoux/Associated Press Louisville's DeVante Parker will be among the top wide receiver prospects in college football next season. Louisville junior wide receiver DeVante Parker, who has 22 TD receptions in the past two seasons, announced... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press Penn State WR Allen Robinson is headed for the NFL draft. Penn State junior wide receiver Allen Robinson will bypass his senior season and turn pro, the school announced Thursday. Robinson (6-foot-3, 210... more

John Bazemore/Associated Press Mike Smith's Falcons finished 4-12 this season after coming within a win of a Super Bowl appearance last season. The Atlanta and Jacksonville staffs have been selected by the NFL to coach in the 2014 Reese's... more

Rick Scuteri/Associated Press UCF QB Blake Bortles' performance in the Knights' Fiesta Bowl win was somewhat uneven. UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles will meet with Knights coach George O'Leary on Friday to go over his NFL Advisory Board... more

Chris Szagola/Associated Press NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah compared UCF's Blake Bortles to Titans QB Jake Locker. Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack is the most sure thing in the 2014 NFL Draft, NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah... more

Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press Baylor head coach Art Briles could draw interest from other programs given his success in 2013. Baylor coach Art Briles "indicated" to a major Baylor booster that he would remain at the school. Bob Simpson,... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby will miss the Orange Bowl because of a knee injury. It looks as if Ohio State junior cornerback Bradley Roby already has played his final college game. Roby announced in... more

Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press UCF's Blake Bortles finished 20 of 31 for 301 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Fiesta Bowl. UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles wasn't quite as sharp as usual Wednesday night, but... more

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports Running back Melvin Gordon will return to play for Wisconsin next season. Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon already has said he's remaining in school, and after his performance in Wednesday's Capital One Bowl,... more

AP Photo/John Raoux Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater announced his intention to turn pro on Wednesday. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is considering having rapper Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports represent him, NationalFootballPost.com... more

Chris Szagola/Associated Press UCF QB Blake Bortles has not made a decision on whether to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles, who has guided the Knights to a spot in Wednesday night's Fiesta Bowl, is awaiting word... more

Nebraska tailback Ameer Abdullah finished off a strong junior season Wednesday by rushing for 122 yards and a touchdown on a wet, muddy field as the Huskers held off Georgia in the Gator Bowl, 24-19. Abdullah too often is overlooked when the nation's... more

Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is turning pro, NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt confirmed Wednesday. Can confirm Bridgewater will enter 2014 #NFLDraft . Never really wavered. Decision was made months ago. ‚?? Gil Brandt... more

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence has been suspended for a violation of Big Ten rules. Ohio State sophomore defensive end Noah Spence will miss Friday's Orange Bowl as well as the first two games next season... more

George Widman/Associated Press The legacy of Joe Paterno continues to cast a shadow on the Penn State program. It's hard to believe some people are criticizing Bill O'Brien for leaving Penn State after two seasons to take the Houston Texans'... more

December

Victor Calzada / Associated Press Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas did not return after being injured in the second quarter of the Sun Bowl. Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas said the way his final college game ended was "the worst thing... more

Dave Martin / Associated Press Tim Tebow says he trains five days a week and hopes to show he can still be a quarterback in the NFL. While he is looking forward to being an analyst on the SEC Network, Tim Tebow reiterated Tuesday that his... more

AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis Boston College RB Andre Williams ended his college career with a 75-yard game. Before the AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Arizona tailback Ka'Deem Carey talked about how the matchup actually was two games -- Arizona against... more

Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin turned down a chance to be USC's coach and has declined all interview requests for NFL coaching jobs, according to an ESPN report. Sumlin, 49, recently signed a six-year, $30 million contract with Texas A&M, and though NFL Media... more

Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports Clemson junior defensive end Vic Beasley hasn't announced whether he will return to school in 2014. Clemson junior defensive end Vic Beasley told reporters Tuesday that he received a second-round grade from the... more

Bob Leverone/Associated Press Jimbo Fisher has gone 44-10 in four seasons as head coach at Florida State. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher signed a five-year contract extension Tuesday morning, the school announced. Fisher's revamped deal... more

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said Monday night that he expects to have a new coach in place before the end of the recruiting dead period on Jan. 15. "We have to be back open for business in the middle of the month once the dead period ends,"... more

J Pat Carter/Associated Press North Carolina center Russell Bodine is headed for the NFL. North Carolina lost its second junior to the draft, as center Russell Bodine announced Monday that he is turning pro. He joins Tar Heels tight end... more

AP Photo/Matt Strasen Navy QB Keenan Reynolds joined an exclusive club on Monday. Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds rushed for two touchdowns in Monday's Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to become just the fourth player in FBS... more

Mike Groll/Associated Press Stanford's David Shaw is rumored to be on the wish list of NFL and college football teams looking for a head coach. Stanford coach David Shaw said Monday at a Rose Bowl media event that he plans to remain at the... more

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press Ohio State's Ryan Shazier is among the top outside linebacker prospects in college football. Ohio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, one of the most productive players in the nation at his position, received a... more

Garry Jones/Associated Press Hard-hitting Louisville safety Calvin Pryor is headed for the NFL. Louisville junior free safety Calvin Pryor announced Sunday night via his Instagram account that he was turning pro, according to... more

Kansas State junior wide receiver Tyler Lockett had his third three-touchdown game of the season, helping the Wildcats rout Michigan, 31-14, in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Lockett had 10 catches for 116 yards and the three scores; he had two TD catches... more

John Raoux / Associated Press Louisville junior WR DeVante Parker had nine catches for 142 yards and a touchdown in the Russell Athletic Bowl. While Teddy Bridgewater's performance was the main story in Louisville's rout of Miami in... more

John Raoux / Associated Press Teddy Bridgewater passed for a career-high 447 yards and three TDs and rushed for a TD in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater played what he called one of his best games in... more

Jeremy Brevard / USA Today Sports North Carolina's Eric Ebron, who has announced he is going pro, had seven receptions for 78 yards in the Belk Bowl. North Carolina had two returns for touchdowns, including a record-setting punt return by... more

Andrew Weber / USA Today Sports Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt recently received a second-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. If Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl was the final college game for Notre Dame junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt,... more

Syracuse tailback Jerome Smith, who last week announced he was bypassing his senior season to turn pro, ran for 74 yards and a touchdown Friday night as the Orange edged Minnesota 21-17 in the Texas Bowl. Syracuse led 14-3 entering the fourth quarter,... more

Timothy D. Easley / Associated Press Many expect that the Russell Athletic Bowl will be Teddy Bridgewater's final college game. A full day of college bowl action is on tap for Saturday, with four games -- the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Belk... more

Peter Casey / USA Today Sports Marshall's Gator Hoskins had six receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the Military Bowl. Marshall senior tight end Gator Hoskins showed off his almost uncanny knack for finding the end zone in Friday's... more

Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater plays what might be his final college game Saturday in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Miami, and you can bet NFL scouts will be watching. Bridgewater is viewed by many as a potential No. 1 overall... more

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press Michigan junior defensive end Frank Clark will not enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Michigan junior defensive end Frank Clark said he is staying in school for his senior season. Clark (6-foot-2, 273 pounds) sought... more

Butch Dill/Associated Press Bobby Bowden's grandson T.J. was killed in a car accident in Florida. The grandson of former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden died in a car wreck early Thursday morning in Winter Haven, Fla., police said.... more

Reinhold Matay/Associated Press UCF running back Storm Johnson will decide after the Fiesta Bowl whether to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. UCF junior tailback Storm Johnson, who has rushed for 1,015 yards and 11 TDs this season, says he will... more

Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald finished up his magnificent season with two more tackles for loss Thursday, including a key sack in the fourth quarter, as the Panthers edged Bowling Green 30-27 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Donald is a... more

AP Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman has yet to decide whether he will turn pro or return to school in 2014. Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman told the Palm Beach Post on Thursday that he has not thought about turning... more

AP Photo/Stephan Savoia Charley Molnar led UMass to one win in each of his two seasons as head coach. Massachusetts coach Charley Molnar, who was 2-22 in two seasons as the Minutemen coach, was fired Thursday, the school announced. Molnar... more

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio Michigan QB Devin Gardner will miss the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl because of a foot injury. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner will not play in Saturday's Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl because of a foot injury. Wolverines... more

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Pitt DT Aaron Donald and Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch close out their college careers Thursday. Two more bowls are on tap for Thursday, with the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and... more

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports Syracuse offensive tackle Sean Hickey has not made a decision on whether to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Syracuse junior offensive tackle Sean Hickey said he will make a decision on whether to turn pro after... more

AP Photo/Ben Margot Mike Munchak has denied reaching out to Penn State about its potential job opening. Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak refuted a report that suggested he had been aggressive about expressing an interest in the Penn State... more

Michigan State senior middle linebacker Max Bullough has been suspended for the Rose Bowl for a violation of team rules, the school announced in a release early Thursday morning. Bullough's loss is a huge blow on the field (he has 76 tackles for the... more

Chris O'Meara/Associated Press Louisville QB Terry Bridgewater has yet to make a decision on whether to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. All season, Louisville junior Teddy Bridgewater has been called the most pro-ready quarterback in the nation.... more

Phil Sears / Associated Press Miami's Seantrel Henderson made six starts at right tackle this season and missed a game because of a suspension. Nineteen more players were announced as Reese's Senior Bowl participants Monday, including the... more

LM Otero/Associated Press June Jones' Mustangs lost three of their final five games in 2013. June Jones, who is 36-41 in six seasons at SMU, signed a three-year contract extension to stay with the Mustangs through the 2017 season, Director of... more

Al Goldis/Associated Press Boise State QB Joe Southwick was sent home from Hawaii after being suspended from the team. Boise State senior quarterback Joe Southwick was sent home from the Broncos' trip to the Hawaii Bowl, but Southwick told a... more

Gerry Broome / Associated Press East Carolina QB Shane Carden led the nation with a 71 percent completion rate. The nation's most accurate passer will take the field for the last time this season in Monday afternoon's Beef 'O'Brady's Bowl,... more

Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack's final college game didn't go so well. But if Saturday's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was the final college game for San Diego State tailback Adam Muema, he went out with a bang. Muema rushed for 229 yards and three... more

Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today Sports Colorado State's Kapri Bibbs finished his sophomore season with 31 rushing touchdowns. If Saturday's New Mexico Bowl performance was the first time you'd seen Colorado State tailback Kapri Bibbs this season,... more

Mark Rebilas / Associated Press Connor Halliday passed for 410 yards and six TDs, but the Cougars blew a 15-point lead to Colorado State. Washington State junior quarterback Connor Halliday has set the bar high for other quarterbacks during... more

At a media event preceding the College Football Awards Show last week, Washington junior tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins said any decision on turning pro early would come after he did his due diligence. "It's a business decision," he said, later... more

Rick Scuteri / Associated Press Arizona State LB Carl Bradford has 8.5 sacks this season and is third in the Pac-12 with 18 tackles for loss. Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford, who is third in the Pac-12 with 18 tackles for loss, said he... more

Phil Sears / Associated Press Syracuse RB Jerome Smith has rushed for 840 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Syracuse running back Jerome Smith intends to bypass his senior season and turn pro, according to Syracuse coach Scott Shafer.... more

Andy Manis / Associated Press Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon has 12 touchdowns this season, but scored only once in the final five games. Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon will return for his junior season, he announced Friday through a statement... more

Mike Groll/Associated Press Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack plays his final college game Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The lofty praise of Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack continues, as he has been compared to Denver Broncos... more

Johnny Vy / NFL Marqise Lee has 50 catches for 673 yards and two touchdowns in a disappointing junior season. USC junior wide receiver Marqise Lee hasn't yet said whether he will turn pro, but at least one NFL scout thinks he would be a... more

Bob Leverone/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston will not be eligible for the NFL draft until 2015, at the earliest. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston would be the first pick in the 2014 draft if he were eligible, former... more

J Pat Carter / Associated Press Charlie Partridge was named Florida Atlantic's head coach earlier this week, replacing Carl Pelini. There's another Shula coaching in south Florida -- this one at Florida Atlantic. New FAU coach Charlie... more

Notre Dame is playing its bowl game in Yankee Stadium this season and will play a regular-season game against Boston College at Fenway Park in 2015, the school announced Friday. Ranking the bowl teams' prospects From Alabama all the way down to... more

Garry Jones/Associated Press Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker will turn pro if he is projected to be a first-round pick. Louisville junior wide receiver DeVante Parker will return to school unless he is projected to go "near the first... more

The holiday season is a busy time of year for a lot of folks -- including the NFL Draft Advisory Board. A tweet from longtime NFL writer Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that 201 underclassmen already have submitted paperwork to the... more

Mike Carlson/Associated Press Mike Sullivan is in his second season as the Buccaneers' offensive coordinator. One day after Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan refused to directly answer questions about whether he was a... more

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett is expected to return for his senior season. Two big-name Ohio State juniors, quarterback Braxton Miller and linebacker Ryan Shazier, have asked for feedback from the... more

Dave Martin/Associated Press Gus Malzahn is one of several former Arkansas State coaches to leave after just one season on the job. Arkansas State announced Thursday morning that it has hired North Carolina offensive coordinator Blake... more

Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller reiterated Wednesday that he will make a decision on turning pro after the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl, but he did tell reporters "I think I'm ready ." Miller said he's not leaning one way or the other, and... more

AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun is among college football's most disruptive defenders. Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun said Tuesday that he "definitely" is going to return for his junior season.... more

AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi San Diego State running back Adam Muema tweeted that he intends to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. San Diego State junior tailback Adam Muema, who has rushed for 2,473 yards and 28 TDs in the past two seasons, evidently is... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have won four of their past six games to effectively remove themselves from the running for the No. 1 overall draft pick , and one unidentified Jags fan evidently is conflicted because of the recent hot streak. And he has set... more

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports New Mexico State wide receiver Austin Franklin caught 52 passes for 670 yards with seven TDs in 2013. New Mexico State junior wide receiver Austin Franklin has declared he intends to enter the draft after... more

Morry Gash / Associated Press Wisconsin LB Chris Borland's 411 career tackles are second-most among active players in college. You know what to get Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen for Christmas? You can get him another season from tailback... more

John Raoux/Associated Press Jameis Winston will try to keep a bowl-winning streak for Heisman winners alive in the BCS title game. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was the second consecutive redshirt freshman to win the Heisman... more

Rainier Ehrhardt/Associated Press Clemson senior QB Tajh Boyd has struggled against tough competition this season. Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd struggled in two regular-season matchups against teams that won at least 10 games, but... more

Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo has helped his draft stock with a prolific senior season. Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has won the Walter Payton Award, the FCS version of the... more

Chris O'Meara/Associated Press USF DE Aaron Lynch figures to be an intriguing prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft. USF third-year sophomore defensive end Aaron Lynch has announced his intentions to declare for the 2014 NFL draft, school officials... more

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press Michigan QB Devin Gardner's career completion percentage is just 59.7. Earlier this month, Michigan coach Brady Hoke said junior quarterback Devin Gardner would return for his senior season . Monday, though,... more

John Raoux/Associated Press UCF QB Blake Bortles will make a decision on his draft status after the Fiesta Bowl. UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles reportedly is the No. 1 quarterback on the board for a team likely to draft in the top 10,... more

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Minnesota defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman was officially added to the Senior Bowl roster. A slew of big-name prospects were among the 24 players who accepted invitations to the Reese's Senior Bowl on Monday,... more

Clemson junior defensive end Vic Beasley, who is tied for third nationally with 12 sacks, told reporters he is leaning toward going pro. "I'm leaning toward coming out," Beasley told reporters after a practice Saturday, per greenvilleonline.com . "I... more

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, but that's old news. It's time to start talking about the 2014 Heisman. Winston will go into the season as the Heisman front-runner, but he will be battling history: No... more

USC junior wide receiver Marqise Lee will decide after Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl whether he will turn pro, he told the Los Angeles Times . USC (9-4) meets Fresno State (12-1) in Vegas. Lee said he and his family would meet with new coach Steve... more

Elaine Thompson/Associated Press Oregon running back Thomas Tyner is expected to be back for the bowl game vs. Texas. Sophomore tailback Byron Marshall, Oregon's leading rusher, should be healthy enough to start in the Ducks' Alamo Bowl... more

John Raoux/Associated Press Florida's Jeff Driskel will return to compete for the starting-quarterback job next season. Quarterback Tyler Murphy, who started six games for Florida this season, will transfer for his final season of... more

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press Mack Brown has resigned as Texas' head coach after 16 seasons. Mack Brown said Sunday that he is stepping down as Texas' coach because there would be too many distractions and too many negatives surrounding... more

Despite being a likely target of the Houston Texans, Stanford coach David Shaw has no interest in leaving for an NFL job, ESPN reported Sunday . Shaw, 41, is in his third season as Stanford's coach and is 34-6 with the Cardinal. He was an assistant... more

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston hadn't definitively said whether he would play baseball for the Seminoles this spring. That changed Sunday. Winston, who won the Heisman on Saturday night, was on CBS' The NFL Today pregame show Sunday and said... more

Wade Payne/Associated Press Western Kentucky safety Jonathan Dowling has shown good playmaking ability. Western Kentucky junior free safety Jonathan Dowling, a two-time first-team All-Sun Belt selection, has announced via Twitter that he will... more

Dave Martin/Associated Press Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller is one of the top senior cornerbacks in college football. Virginia Tech senior cornerback Kyle Fuller (6-0, 194) -- who had surgery for a groin injury on Nov. 21 -- might be able to... more

Michael Conroy / Associated Press Everett Golson led Notre Dame to the 2012 BCS title game but was suspended in May for violating a student honor code. Quarterback Everett Golson officially was re-admitted to Notre Dame on Friday, the... more

Bo knew baseball and football. "Famous Jameis" wants to continue to know both sports, too. Asked Friday about his goals as a two-sport star, Winston answered: "I want to be better than Bo Jackson, hopefully." Check out Florida State's new quarterback,... more

As a redshirt freshman, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is not draft-eligible. Still, the Heisman favorite has had a huge season, and NFL Media reporter Albert Breer writes that NFL scouts have taken notice . Breer quotes one AFC scouting... more

Rumors surfaced Friday that Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has been mentioned all season as a potential No. 1 overall pick, is thinking about staying in school for his senior season. But NFL Media senior draft analyst Gil Brandt said he... more

John Raoux/Associated Press UCF QB Blake Bortles has yet to make a decision about entering the draft or staying in school. UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles will decide after the Knights' Fiesta Bowl appearance against Baylor whether to... more

Ohio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, one of the nation's best players at his position, said Friday he was "leaning toward staying" in school. Shazier spoke at a team news conference advancing Ohio State's Orange Bowl appearance against Clemson.... more

Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston attended the College Football Awards show on Thursday evening. The attorney for the complainant in the Jameis Winston sexual-assault case Friday morning blasted the... more

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch will learn where he finished in the Heisman voting on Saturday. Northern Illinois senior quarterback Jordan Lynch will be in New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist, and the school... more

LSU junior Odell Beckham Jr. is both a talented wide receiver and a dangerous return man, and those traits helped him win the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the nation's most versatile player, on Friday morning. The other finalists were Western... more

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- While Pittsburgh senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald continued his postseason awards haul Thursday night, quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Jameis Winston were the stars of the evening. Winston, a redshirt freshman who has guided... more

Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller said Thursday that he will decide on whether he will return for his senior season after the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl against Clemson. "I've really got to sit down and go through the pros and cons," Miller told the... more

Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard, one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award that goes to the nation's top defensive back, says he will start preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine as soon as possible after the Spartans' appearance in... more

Stephen Haas/Associated Press Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo is approaching the end of a prolific college career. NFL scouts will be watching closely when Eastern Illinois senior Jimmy Garoppolo plays Friday night at 8 p.m. ET in a FCS... more

Joe Raymond/Associated Press Bob Diaco, UConn's new head coach, has spent the last five seasons coaching with Brian Kelly. Bob Diaco, who had been Notre Dame's defensive coordinator, is the new coach at Connecticut. UConn officially... more

Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald has a nation-leading 26.5 tackles for loss. Pittsburgh senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation's top lineman or linebacker.... more

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel said Wednesday night he thinks he's ready for pro football. Manziel and six of the nation's other top underclassmen were at Disney World on Wednesday in preparation for... more

Brandt Brooks Davis Jeremiah Goodbread Greenspan Huguenin College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin names his 2013 college football All-American and picks for the season's major awards: Award picks Heisman Trophy: Jameis... more

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde has moved up draft boards during his final season as a Buckeye. Count former Ohio State Heisman winner and current Fox college analyst Eddie George as a fan of Buckeyes tailback... more

Dave Martin/Associated Press Head coach Bryan Harsin is leaving Arkansas State after only a year on the job. Arkansas State announced that coach Bryan Harsin resigned Wednesday -- a day short of a year on the job -- and reports indicate he... more

Andy Manis/Associated Press Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon started the season on fire before cooling off in the second half of the year. Wisconsin sophomore tailback Melvin Gordon is seeking input from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, he... more

Don Ryan/Associated Press Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has not announced whether he will return to Washington for next season. Washington junior Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Wednesday morning was named the winner of the John Mackey Award,... more

Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey ranks second in the nation behind Andre Williams, with 156.0 rushing yards per game. At first glance, the Arizona-Boston College matchup in something called the AdvoCare V100 Bowl... more

Associated Press If the playoff system were in place for this season, we would anticipate a Florida State-Alabama title game. OK, so you've had two days to digest the bowl pairings and you've come to the conclusion that, for the most part,... more

Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla is hoping to get permission to train in Las Vegas. Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla has asked an Oregon judge to let him move to Las Vegas to train for the 2014... more

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press Head coach Dave Clawson is moving from the MAC to the ACC. Bowling Green's Dave Clawson has agreed to become the new head coach at Wake Forest, Bowling Green announced Tuesday morning. Clawson, 46, replaces... more

Chuck Burton/Associated Press Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald has recorded 10 sacks this season. Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald has won the Bronko Nagurski Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive player.... more

Bob Leverone / Associated Press Florida State's Jameis Winston could become the second straight redshirt freshman to win the Heisman. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Alabama quarterback AJ... more

Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff intends to return for his senior season. The NFL will have to wait on Iowa junior offensive tackle Brandon Scherff. Scherff told KDSN , a radio station in his... more

L.G. Patterson/Associated Press Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel threw for 3,732 yards and 33 touchdowns this season. In a result that should surprise no one, Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston finished the season atop the... more

John Raoux/Associated Press UCF coach George O'Leary says QB Blake Bortles will be focused on the bowl matchup and not NFL intentions. During ESPN's coverage of Saturday's UCF-SMU game in Dallas, analyst Brian Griese said UCF junior... more

Steve Mitchell / USA Today Sports Notre Dame NT Louis Nix III has already signed with an agent and will enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Notre Dame junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt will seek advice from the NFL Draft Advisory Board on his draft... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Notre Dame senior guard Chris Watt is expected to miss the Pinstripe Bowl. Notre Dame will be without its best interior lineman on both sides of the ball when it plays Rutgers in the Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl.... more

Jacob Harris/Associated Press Navy quarterback Roger Staubach won the Heisman Trophy in 1963. The coin flip in Saturday's Army-Navy game will be a special one, as the coin to be used is the same coin that John K. Kennedy was going to use in... more

UCLA senior linebacker Anthony Barr won the Lott IMPACT Trophy, an annual award that goes to a top defensive player for his play on the field and his character off it. The other finalists were Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland, USC linebacker Devon... more

Garry Jones / Associated Press Teddy Bridgewater's possible final college game won't be the big stage that he enjoyed in the 2013 Sugar Bowl. Once the holiday season hits, time is of the essence. Thus, in the holiday spirit of selflessness,... more

AJ Mast / Associated Press Michigan State's win over Ohio State set the stage for Auburn to sneak into the BCS title game. Auburn will try to win the SEC's eighth consecutive national title when it plays Florida State in the BCS National... more

John Bazemore / Associated Press Can Tre Mason's 300-yard four-touchdown performance in the SEC title game earn him a trip to New York? Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with... more

AP Photo/AJ Mast Braxton Miller and Ohio State had their 24-game winning streak snapped in the Big Ten title game. Michigan State won with defense this season. Saturday night, in the Big Ten championship game, the Spartans' pass offense... more

Michael Conroy / Associated Press Urban Meyer's hopes of leading Ohio State to a title are likely over, but the Buckeyes could be Orange Bowl-bound. Top-ranked Florida State did its job Saturday night. But second-ranked Ohio State was upset... more

AP Photo/Bob Leverone Florida State QB Jameis Winston is the front-runner to win the Heisman Trophy. Jameis Winston threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 59 yards and a score Saturday night as top-ranked Florida State... more

AP Photo/Bob Leverone Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has reportedly received a lucrative contract extension. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher agreed to a contract extension before Saturday night's ACC championship game and now will be... more

Jessica Hill/Associated Press Connecticut linebacker Yawin Smallwood recorded 118 tackles and four sacks as a junior. Connecticut junior inside linebacker Yawin Smallwood intends to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, the official UConn Twitter account... more

Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports UCF QB Blake Bortles is expected to seed feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board his draft prospects. UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles ran for two touchdowns Saturday as the Knights edged host SMU 17-13 in... more

Notre Dame junior nose tackle Louis Nix III, who recently had relatively minor knee surgery and will miss the Irish's bowl game, has signed with an agent and will bypass his senior season, according to the Chicago Tribune . Nix (6-foot-2, 357... more

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch picked a bad time to play his worst game of the season. With NIU's BCS hopes on the line and his Heisman campaign gaining momentum, Lynch tossed two picks and completed barely 50 percent of his passes (21 of... more

One of the best individual matchups to watch Saturday will come in the Big Ten championship game, when Ohio State senior wide receiver Corey "Philly" Brown takes on Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard. Brown mocked Michigan State's... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater started slowly but ended with a flourish Thursday night in leading the Cardinals past host Cincinnati 31-24 in overtime in the regular-season finale for both. Bridgewater (6 feet 3, 196 pounds), considered the... more

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the Heisman front-runner, will not be charged with sexual assault, State Attorney Willie Meggs said Thursday in Tallahassee, Fla. "No charges will be filed against anyone in this case," Meggs said during a news... more

A probable-cause statement in the sexual-assault investigation that involves Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston shows the complainant told police she was raped at an apartment after a night at a bar. The statement, signed Jan. 16 and first made... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars play host to the Houston Texans on Thursday night; fans of both teams may want to get two TVs ready. That's because Louisville, which features star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, will be playing Cincinnati on ESPN at 7:30 p.m.... more

John Raoux/Associated Press UCF QB Blake Bortles could be playing in poor weather for this time this season on Saturday. UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles has moved up most draft boards this season, thanks in part to leading the Knights to... more

L.G. Patterson/Associated Press Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel led the Aggies to an 8-4 record this season. Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston heads the list of five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.... more

Patrick Semansky / Associated Press Boston College RB Andre Williams leads the nation with 2,102 rushing yards this season. Boston College running back Andre Williams leads the nation in rushing and set an ACC single-season record for rushing... more

Ohio State is second nationally in rushing offense, and junior quarterback Braxton Miller is a big reason. Going into Saturday's Big Ten championship game against Michigan State, senior tailback Carlos Hyde is the Buckeyes' leading rusher, but Miller... more

Everyone seems to be focused on two scenarios for the BCS title game. Actually, there are seven, and here's a look at each one. Projecting every bowl game For the first time all season, Alabama has fallen out of the top two in the BCS standings,... more

Kevin Rivoli/Associated Press Teddy Bridgewater has thrown 25 touchdown passes and just three interceptions this season. Cincinnati must beat Louisville on Thursday night to keep its faint BCS hopes alive, and that means the Bearcats have to... more

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio Ohio State wide receiver Corey Brown took to Twitter to mock Michigan State's secondary. Michigan State's secondary is one of the best in the nation. The Spartans lead the Big Ten and are ninth nationally in pass... more

Joe Raymond / Associated Press Everett Golson led Notre Dame to the 2012 title game but was suspended in May for violating a student honor code. Quarterback Everett Golson, who guided Notre Dame to the BCS national championship game in 2012,... more

John Raoux / Associated Press Kelvin Benjamin is one of three Seminoles players with at least 800 receiving yards this season. Quarterback Jameis Winston receives the bulk of attention on top-ranked Florida State's high-powered offense.... more

Here are our latest bowl projections for the last season with the BCS in place. The projection is that Florida State and Ohio State, the top two teams in the BCS standings, will meet in the title game; that the ACC, Big Ten and SEC will have two teams... more

Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch's dual-threat skills have made him a top Heisman contender. Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston retained the top spot in the HeismanPundit.com... more

Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports Boston College running back Andre Williams left last week's game with a shoulder injury. Boston College senior tailback Andre Williams, who has gone from draft afterthought to possible mid-round pick with his... more

Steve Cannon / Associated Press Willie Meggs is the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee, Fla. A decision on whether to charge Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston in a sexual-assault case could come this week, a... more

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press Michigan QB Devin Gardner is expected to return for his senior season. Michigan coach Brady Hoke has said that junior quarterback Devin Gardner will return for his senior season. Week 14: Top QB performances... more

Chuck Burton/Associated Press Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe was national coach of the year in 2006, when the Demon Deacons made the Orange Bowl. Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe resigned Monday after 13 seasons at the school. He was 77-82 with... more

Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan surprised more than a few observers by returning to Michigan for his senior season. He was seen as a likely first-rounder in the 2013 draft, and speculation was that Lewan returned to cement himself as a top-10 pick.... more

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press Ohio State CB Bradley Roby's play has not matched preseason expectations. Ohio State's offense this season is the most prolific in school history, but coach Urban Meyer said it's the Buckeyes' defense that will be... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press Allen Robinson is one of the most productive wide receivers in Penn State history. Penn State junior wide receiver Allen Robinson set school single-season records for receptions and receiving yards this fall.... more

Dave Martin / Associated Press Auburn's dramatic win over Alabama could mean a one-loss team playing for the BCS title. Unbeaten Florida State and Ohio State are on course to play in the BCS national championship game, but there is some... more

Tony Avelar / Associated Press David Carr helped light up the scoreboard on Friday, but his team ultimately was upset by San Jose State. Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with... more

November

Jeff Blake/USA TODAY Sports QB Tajh Boyd didn't throw a TD pass on Saturday, which was just third time that has happened with him starting. Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd is going to leave school with numerous career passing records. He... more

Marvin Gentry/USA TODAY Sports Southern Miss QB Nick Mullens threw five TD passes as the Golden Eagles ended a 23-game losing streak. The 10 best quarterback performances from Week 14 -- a "terrific 10," as it were: (Reflects all games that... more

Morry Gash/Associated Press Running back James White and Wisconsin's normally strong running game struggled Saturday vs. Penn State. Wisconsin has been dominant on the ground this season in every game but two. The Badgers lost both of those,... more

John Reed / USA Today Sports Chris Davis' miraculous play against Alabama is likely to move Auburn up to No. 3 in the next BCS standings. Chris Davis' return of a missed field goal attempt in Auburn's miraculous victory over Alabama will... more

Nick Lisi / Associated Press Boston College's Andre Williams was held to 29 yards on nine carries before leaving the game in the third quarter. Boston College tailback Andre Williams' push to become just the third FBS player to run for 2,300... more

Gerry Broome/Associated Press Duke QB Anthony Boone will battle the Florida State defense in next week's ACC championship game. Duke needed a win Saturday over rival North Carolina to win the ACC Coastal Division title, and the Blue Devils... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Running back Carlos Hyde set a record for rushing yardage by an Ohio State player vs. Michigan. Braxton Miller accounted for five touchdowns and Ohio State ran for 393 yards, but the third-ranked Buckeyes barely... more

John Raoux/Associated Press Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin caught three TD passes from QB Jameis Winston against Florida. After a slow start, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston heated up in the second quarter and helped... more

Three players were ejected after a first-half fight in Saturday's Michigan-Ohio State game: Buckeyes guard Marcus Hall, Buckeyes wide receiver Dontre Wilson and Wolverines linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone. The brouhaha broke out early in the second... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press Bo Pelini's Cornhuskers ended the regular season with a loss to Iowa. Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst released a statement Saturday morning backing Huskers coach Bo Pelini. "My approach has always... more

Reinhold Matay / Associated Press Central Florida QB Blake Bortles capped a fourth-quarter rally with a go-ahead 52-yard TD pass Friday. UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles led his fourth fourth-quarter rally of the season Friday to help the... more

Charles LeClaire / USA Today Sports Miami QB Stephen Morris went 17 of 28 for 296 yards and three touchdowns vs. Pittsburgh. Miami senior quarterback Stephen Morris, who has had an uneven year, finished the regular season on an up note Friday... more

Mike Groll / Associated Press Buffalo senior OLB Khalil Mack had 2.5 tackles for loss Friday, increasing his career total to 75. Buffalo senior outside linebacker Khalil Mack tied the NCAA career mark for tackles for loss Friday in a 24-7... more

Nati Harnik / Associated Press Bo Pelini is in his sixth season as head coach of Nebraska, which has not won a conference title since 1999. The last time Nebraska lost three home games in a season was 2007. Coach Bill Callahan was fired after... more

In Ohio on Saturday, the alphabet will have just 25 letters. In honor of what he calls "THE rivalry," Ohio Gov. John K. Kasich had some fun and issued an executive proclamation Friday saying that Saturday will be "Scarlet Letter Saturday." The... more

Andy Manis/Associated Press Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon has cooled off after a hot start to the season. At one point this season, Wisconsin sophomore tailback Melvin Gordon was a top Heisman candidate who looked as if he had a shot at leading... more

Phil Coale/Associated Press Attorney Tim Jansen is representing Florida State QB Jameis Winston in a sexual-assault case. Jameis Winston's attorney met with prosecutors Wednesday to discuss the speed at which Winston's case is being handled... more

John Bazemore / Associated Press Georgia Tech DE Jeremiah Attaochu is tied for sixth in the ACC with eight sacks this season. Georgia will be breaking in a new starting quarterback Saturday, and that new quarterback will have to worry about... more

Lon Horwedel/Associated Press Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon has improved his draft stock with a productive senior season. Michigan's offense isn't good this season. The Wolverines have averaged just 336.3 yards per game in Big Ten play... more

Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch turned in a record-setting performance vs. Western Michigan Tuesday night. Another game produced more ridiculous numbers from Northern Illinois senior quarterback Jordan... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press QB Braxton Miller should continue his development in college, according to former Buckeye Troy Smith. Former Ohio State Heisman-winning quarterback Troy Smith agrees with current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer:... more

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki It's shocking that Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro isn't a finalist for the Mackey Award. College football has a plethora of awards, and with the regular season nearing an end (just two weeks left -- hey, stop sobbing,... more

Steve Cannon/Associated Press State Attorney Willie Meggs is leading the investigation in the Jameis Winston sexual-assault case. The State Attorney's Office in Leon County, Fla., likely needs two more weeks before deciding whether to charge... more

AP Photo / Richard Shiro Clemson's Sammy Watkins is among the top receiver prospects in college football . Clemson junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins hasn't officially announced whether he is turning pro after this season, but he definitely... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Ohio State junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett has 10 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks this season. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday during the Big Ten coaches' teleconference that "I think there's some... more

Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press Clint Chelf and Oklahoma State could be Fiesta Bowl-bound after upsetting Baylor last Saturday in Stillwater. Here are our latest bowl projections for the last season with the BCS in place. The projection is... more

Stew Milne/Associated Press Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch has the Huskies in the hunt for a second consecutive BCS bowl big. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch plays his final home game for the Huskies on Tuesday night, but you... more

Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston retained the top spot in the HeismanPundit.com Straw Poll , but a new challenger has emerged. Winston has 18 votes, two fewer than last week, while Boston College senior tailback Andre Williams... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah is averaging 134.8 yards per game. Nebraska junior tailback Ameer Abdullah leads the Big Ten and is sixth nationally in rushing, but he reiterated Monday that he hasn't... more

Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley has cooled down of late after a hot start to the season. Last season, South Carolina beat Clemson 27-17 behind a 4.5-sack performance by Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.... more

Bill Wippert / Associated Press Ex-Western Michigan DE Jason Babin, now on the Jaguars, is one of five FBS players to have 30 TFLs in a season. Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin holds two NCAA records -- one for single-season... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller isn't ready for the NFL, according to coach Urban Meyer. Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller has the potential to be an NFL quarterback, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer... more

Keith Srakocic/Associated Press North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron will enter the 2014 NFL Draft. To no one's surprise, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora announced Monday that junior tight end Eric Ebron would leave early for the NFL draft.... more

Doug McSchooler/Associated Press Penn State WR Allen Robinson hasn't tipped his hand as to whether he'll leave for the NFL draft after this season. Penn State ends its season Saturday at Wisconsin. Penn State, which is barred from the... more

Five finalists for the Butkus Award -- given annually to the nation's top collegiate linebacker -- were announced Monday morning. The quintet: UCLA's Anthony Barr, Buffalo's Khalil Mack, Alabama's C.J. Mosley, Ohio State's Ryan Shazier and Stanford's... more

Patrick Semansky/Associated Press Boston College running back Andre Williams has averaged 299 rushing yards over the past three games. Boston College senior Andre Williams went into this season knowing that, for the first time in his career,... more

Melina Vastola / USA TODAY Sports Jameis Winston's legal status could make for an interesting decision for the pollsters. Alabama and Florida State remained one-two in the BCS standings, and each plays its archrival on the road this weekend.... more

Christopher Hanewinckel / USA TODAY Sports Scouts will get a close look at how Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo performs under playoff pressure. The NCAA announced the 24-team FCS playoff field Sunday , and Eastern Illinois senior... more

Garry Jones / Associated Press Teddy Bridgewater is considered by many to be the most NFL-ready of all the college quarterbacks. Louisville played its final home game of the season Saturday in a victory over Memphis . Whether it was the final... more

Patrick Semansky / Associated Press Boston College's Andre Williams eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark in a win over Maryland. Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football.... more

Gerry Broome/Associated Press North Carolina scored 80 points in the first three quarters with QB Marquise Williams leading the way. The 10 best quarterback performances from this week -- a "terrific 10," as it were: List includes games... more

Ann Heisenfelt / Associated Press Wisconsin LB Chris Borland had 12 tackles, two fumbles recoveries and a forced fumble Saturday. Wisconsin's senior leaders on both sides of the ball came up big Saturday in the Badgers' 20-7 victory at... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Braxton Miller rushed for more than 100 yards on Saturday, which he had done twice previously this season. Ohio State senior Carlos Hyde made some history Saturday in a win over Indiana: He became the first Urban... more

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports Florida State freshman QB Jameis Winston has thrown for 32 touchdowns so far this season. Seemingly shrugging off any pressure emanating from his involvement in a sexual-assault case , Florida State's Jameis... more

Patrick Semansky/Associated Press Andre Williams' 2013 season will go down as one of the most productive ever by an FBS RB. Boston College tailback Andre Williams' dream season continued Saturday when he rumbled for 263 yards and two... more

The decision on whether to file charges against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston in a sexual-assault case is unlikely to be made before Thanksgiving, Leon County (Fla.) State Attorney Willie Meggs told The Associated Press on Saturday. Meggs on... more

Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports Sophomore QB Marquise Williams led North Carolina to a historically productive day vs. Old Dominion. North Carolina set a school record for points Saturday in an 80-20 victory over Old Dominion despite the fourth... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had his second consecutive underwhelming game Saturday, throwing for just 220 yards and a TD as the Cardinals held off one-win Memphis 24-17. Bridgewater completed 26 of his 36 attempts, but his average... more

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports Clemson QB Tajh Boyd tossed five touchdown passes in the final home game of his college career. Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd made sure his final home game was memorable, throwing for 288 yards and five... more

AP Photo/Duane Burieson Desmond Howard won the Heisman Trophy in 1991 while at Michigan. Former Heisman winner Desmond Howard believes that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's involvement in a sexual-assault case could cost him the... more

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez San Jose State QB David Fales threw a critical interception in overtime Friday night. Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds rushed for seven TDs Friday night, setting a FBS record in the process. Reynolds... more

Jesse Johnson / USA Today Sports Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman gets a big test Saturday against Wisconsin. Wisconsin's game at Minnesota on Saturday is important to the Badgers' BCS hopes . An NFC personnel executive thinks it's important for... more

Rick Osentoski / Associated Press Notre Dame NT Louis Nix III had arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday, ending his junior season. Notre Dame junior nose tackle Louis Nix III talked earlier this week about Saturday's game with BYU possibly being... more

Gregory Payan / Associated Press Caraun Reid has 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss and is just the second Princeton player to play in the Senior Bowl. Princeton defensive tackle Caraun Reid has accepted an invitation to play in the 2014... more

UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles had his fourth 300-yard game of the season Thursday night in leading the Knights to an easy 41-17 rout of Rutgers. The victory keeps UCF on track for the AAC's automatic BCS berth. Bortles was 21-of-30 passing for... more

On the official Heisman Trophy website , the mission statement says the coveted award goes to the "outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity." Unless you're incredibly na√Įve, you know... more

Dave Weaver/Associated Press Nebraska DE Randy Gregory is emerging as a highly disruptive pass rusher. Nebraska third-year sophomore defensive end Randy Gregory, a junior college transfer, is one of the best newcomers in college football this... more

Phil Coale/Associated Press Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen is representing Florida State's Jameis Winston in a sexual-assault case. The attorney for Florida State QB Jameis Winston said at a Thursday news conference that he was not... more

Dave Martin/Associated Press Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley is a finalist for the Lombardi Award. UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr heads the list of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, given annually to the top lineman or linebacker in... more

L.G. Patterson/Associated Press Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who has 10 sacks in 2013, is a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy. Pittsburgh senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the nation's leader in tackles for loss with 22.5, is one of... more

Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch has rushed for 17 touchdowns this season. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch came through in two ways Wednesday night: He helped keep NIU unbeaten and on track for a... more

Ohio State junior cornerback Bradley Roby will turn pro after this season, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer told reporters after his team's practice Wednesday. Meyer said Roby will be honored during "Senior Day" festivities Saturday when the Buckeyes host... more

Two of the best left tackles in the nation will be on the same field Saturday when Iowa hosts Michigan. Michigan's Taylor Lewan has long been on the national radar, but Iowa's Brandon Scherff is a less publicized, but very promising, prospect. Lewan... more

† Chris Szagola / Associated Press UCF's Blake Bortles takes on Rutgers' 122nd-ranked pass D, which has allowed four 400-yard passers this season. UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles has put up good numbers against some good pass defense this... more

AP Photo/Phil Sears Florida State QB Jameis Winston is a top contender for this year's Heisman Trophy. A statement released by the attorney of the complainant in the sexual-assault case involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston says... more

Put former Ohio State and NFL quarterback Craig Krenzel in the camp of those that think current Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller should return for his senior season. ¬Ľ Underclassmen tracker for 2014 draft There has been speculation that Miller... more

Notre Dame is playing its final home game of the season Saturday, and it could be the final home game overall for Irish junior nose tackle Louis Nix III. Nix (6-foot-2, 357 pounds) redshirted as a true freshman, and though Notre Dame lists him as a... more

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch finished seventh in the Heisman voting last season. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch gets another chance to show off his skills Wednesday night when he and the... more

Mike Groll/Associated Press Buffalo LB Khalil Mack is among the most productive defensive players in college football . Buffalo senior linebacker Khalil Mack -- seen by some analysts as a first-round talent in the 2014 NFL Draft -- had one... more

Steve Cannon/Associated Press State Attorney Willie Meggs is leading the investigation of Florida State QB Jameis Winston. The original investigation into a December 2012 sexual-battery investigation involving Florida State quarterback Jameis... more

Don Ryan / Associated Press Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, who led the Heisman straw poll just three weeks ago, is now fourth. Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston retained the top spot in the HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw... more

Joe Raymond / Associated Press Former Notre Dame QB Everett Golson was suspended in May for violating a student honor code. Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who was suspended from school for the fall semester, has applied for... more

Clemson junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins said Tuesday that he has been getting plenty of mail and messages from financial advisors and agents, but won't make a decision on whether he will turn pro until after the season. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney... more

Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL Johnny Manziel still has a chance to end the season with a BCS bowl game. Here are our latest bowl projections for the last season with the BCS in place. The projection is that ACC, Big Ten and SEC will have two teams... more

Richard Shiro / Associated Press Clemson QB Tajh Boyd, a Unitas Award finalist, has 24 touchdown passes and averages 296 passing yards per game. Monday, Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr accepted an invitation to the prestigious Senior... more

Melissa Phillip / Associated Press Ex-Florida State DT Travis Johnson said all 32 NFL teams spoke to him about his 2003 sexual battery charges. Former NFL first-round pick Travis Johnson, who was acquitted after a sexual-battery trial while... more

Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press LB James Morris has been highly productive throughout his career with the Hawkeyes. Iowa seniors Anthony Hitchens, Christian Kirksey and James Morris -- who make up one of the most experienced and... more

Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports Clemson DE Vic Beasley has cooled off after a hot start to the season. Clemson junior DE Vic Beasley was one of the nation's most productive pass rushers in the first half of the season . The second half has been... more

AP Photo/Jeff Haynes Ohio State QB Braxton Miller has fallen from his perch as a Heisman contender this season. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said during his Monday news conference that he has yet to have an NFL draft discussion with three key... more

Fresno State's Derek Carr, who is second nationally in passing yards per game (380.1) and TD passes (32), is the first quarterback to accept an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl, Senior Bowl officials announced Monday . Carr (6-foot-3, 218... more

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic North Carolina's Eric Ebron is second among tight ends with 763 receiving yards this season. The list of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end, was revealed Monday.... more

Jeff Haynes / Associated Press Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde has rushed for 947 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.. Early this season, Ohio State senior tailback Carlos Hyde said reaching 1,000 yards was "a big goal." He seems a lock to reach... more

Garry Jones / Associated Press Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater is considered by many analysts the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's class. Louisville is holding Senior Day on Saturday for its game with Memphis, and quarterback Teddy... more

AP Photo/Phil Coale Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen is representing Jameis Winston in a sexual-battery case. The attorney for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is "deeply concerned" about comments made by the Leon County (Fla.) state... more

Joshua S. Kelley / USA Today Sports Clemson WR Martavis Bryant had five receptions for 176 yards and a touchdown last week vs. Georgia Tech. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney seems resigned to losing star junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins early to... more

Thomas Graning/Associated Press Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another in a win over Troy. The 10 best quarterback performances from Week 12 of college football -- a "terrific 10," as it were: Week 12: Top... more

LM Otero / Associated Press The impressive lopsided wins produced by Bryce Petty and Baylor have vaulted them into a lofty BCS standing. Alabama and Florida State remained one-two in the BCS standings, but the margin between No. 3 Ohio State... more

Phil Sears / Associated Press Charlie Ward, the 1993 Heisman Trophy winner, is in frequent contact with Jameis Winston. Charlie Ward, Florida State's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in 1993, says Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston is "at... more

David Butler II / USA TODAY Sports Jordan Lynch's dual-threat skills and NIU's unbeaten record puts the QB into the Heisman conversation. Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with... more

Garry Jones / Associated Press Louisville RB Dominique Brown rushed for a career-high 137 yards and two TDs vs. Houston. Louisville beat Houston 20-13 on Saturday to remain -- technically, at least -- in the running for the AAC title, but... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah rushed for a 123 yards against a strong Michigan State defense. Michigan State's defense has received all the acclaim this season, but the Spartans' offense acquitted itself... more

AP Photo/Phil Sears Florida State freshman QB Jameis Winston led the Seminoles in a rout of Syracuse. If Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is bothered that he is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault from December 2012, it... more

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde turned in the first 200-yard rushing effort of his career vs. Illinois. Ohio State senior tailback Carlos Hyde set career-highs with 246 rushing yards and four rushing TDs as... more

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Boston College running back Andre Williams had 42 carries Saturday, tying his career high. Boston College senior tailback Andre Williams, the nation's leading rusher, ran for 339 yards and two TDs Saturday, the... more

AP Photo/Andy Manis Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon recorded his seventh 100-yard game of the 2013 season. Wisconsin senior tailback James White continued his late-season surge Saturday by rushing for 205 yards and a TD on 20 carries in... more

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen has been accused of bullying a former player. Former Rutgers cornerback Jevon Tyree, who left the program last month, has accused Scarlet Knights defensive coordinator Dave... more

Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd played one of the worst games of his career in the Tigers' 51-14 loss to Florida State on Oct. 19. But he has bounced back with a vengeance, and Thursday night was another example. Boyd was 20-of-26 passing for 340... more

AP Photo/Steve Cannon Leon County (Fla.) State Attorney Willie Meggs says his office not aware of a Jameis Winston investigation until Wednesday. It likely will be weeks before state prosecutors decide whether Florida State quarterback Jameis... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson might be slowed by a shoulder injury this weekend. Though Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said he expects star wide receiver Allen Robinson to play Saturday, there's a... more

Charles Krupa/Associated Press Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater threw for 347 yards and two TDs in an October win over Temple. First-year Temple coach Matt Rhule isn't necessarily on the Teddy Bridgewater bandwagon. But he sure does like... more

Ed Wolfstein/USA TODAY Sports Boston College running back Andre Williams is among the 10 semifinalists announced for the Doak Walker Award. Each of the nation's top four rushers was announced Thursday as a semifinalist for the Doak Walker... more

Ohio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier is the Buckeyes' leading tackler with 73, which puts him ninth in the Big Ten in that category. Speed is the reason for his production, he says. "I feel every running back I've faced this year, I've been faster... more

Associated Press Marshall will pay tribute Thursday to the 75 people killed in the Nov. 14, 1970 plane crash. Marshall's game Thursday night at Tulsa will kick off at 7:36 p.m. ET, which marks, to the minute, the 43rd anniversary of the plane... more

Keith Srakocic/Associated Press Pitt wide receiver Devin Street has the attributes to successfully transition to the NFL, according to his position coach. Bobby Engram is one of the best wide receivers in Penn State history, holding school... more

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch accounted for 476 total yards in a win over Ball State. In Northern Illinois' biggest game of the season, Huskies senior quarterback Jordan Lynch rose to the occasion. Lynch... more

Melina Vastola/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston is being investigated by Tallahassee police, according to reports. Florida State athletic department officials acknowledged Wednesday that quarterback Jameis Winston was... more

Elise Amendola / Associated Press Jameis Winston and the Seminoles have already clinched a spot in the ACC championship game. Life is good for Florida State these days. Ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings, the Seminoles have won every game... more

Keith Srakocic/Associated Press Pitt DT Aaron Donald has made quite an impression on North Carolina coach Larry Fedora. Pittsburgh will host North Carolina on Saturday, and Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora wasn't engaging in mere... more

Mike Groll/Associated Press Linebacker Khalil Mack is just the second player from Buffalo to be invited to play in the Senior Bowl. Buffalo senior linebacker Khalil Mack crept closer to the FBS career record for tackles for loss in Tuesday... more

Dave Martin/Associated Press Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller could miss Saturday's game because of a groin injury. Virginia Tech will celebrate "Senior Day" on Saturday, but the Hokies could be without their two best seniors.... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Ball State QB Keith Wenning has thrown 27 touchdown passes against five interceptions this season. The biggest game of the season in the Mid-American Conference has a great sub-plot: The two best quarterbacks... more

Associated Press / Louisiana Tech University "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson was the starting quarterback at Louisiana Tech from 1966-67. Long before Phil Robertson became a multi-millionaire and reality TV star on "Duck Dynasty," he was a... more

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez Oregon QB Marcus Mariota dropped from first to third in a respected Heisman poll. Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston moved into the top spot in the HeismanPundit Straw Poll . Oregon... more

Jerome Miron / USA Today Sports Memphis DE Martin Ifedi, who has 8.5 sacks this season, is a candidate for this year's Ted Hendricks Award. National sacks leader Marcus Smith of Louisville was announced Tuesday as one of 18 candidates for the... more

Paul Vernon/Associated Press Outspoken Ohio State WR Evan Spencer is feeling the wrath of head coach Urban Meyer. Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer said Monday that he believed the Buckeyes would "wipe the field " against any team in the... more

Michael Conroy / Associated Press Ball State senior QB Keith Wenning could have a postseason date with the Fighting Irish. Here are our latest bowl projections for the last season with the BCS in place. Last week's results produced a huge... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Ohio State QB Braxton Miller has improved by leaps and bounds as a passer this season. The last time Ohio State played at Illinois, in 2011, the Illini were ranked, the Buckeyes were unranked and Braxton Miller... more

L.G. Patterson/Associated Press Toledo running back David Fluellen will be challenged by fellow pro prospect Khalil Mack on Tuesday night. In his 35-year college coaching career, Buffalo defensive coordinator Lou Tepper has been around a lot... more

Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard is among the nation's top senior defensive backs. Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard is among the first three players to accept an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior... more

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press Evan Spencer and Ohio State are No. 3 in the latest BCS standings behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State. Evan Spencer is third-ranked Ohio State's fourth-leading receiver, but in terms of public bravado,... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Nebraska has gone 5-0 with QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. starting for the injured Taylor Martinez. It appears as if Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez's college career is over. Martinez has played in just four games... more

Steve Cannon/Associated Press Florida State backup QB Jacob Coker could miss the rest of the season. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday that backup quarterback Jacob Coker will have arthroscopic surgery Tuesday and could miss the... more

Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun has 6.5 sacks this season. Two of the best sophomore defensive ends in the nation will be on view Saturday when Nebraska plays host to Michigan State in a de... more

Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press Terrelle Pryor's 2008 Big Ten championship ring is now for sale on eBay. Terrelle Pryor's infamous 2008 Big Ten championship ring is being sold on eBay, but not by Pryor. The reason the ring is infamous is... more

Morry Gash/Associated Press Wisconsin senior running back James White is averaging 105.7 yards per game. Most fans probably don't realize Wisconsin senior tailback James White is just 49 yards away from the 1,000-yard mark this season. But... more

Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press Oregon's loss to Stanford sets Alabama and Florida State up to meet in the BCS title game. The flip-flopping at the top of the BCS standings stopped this week, and if the top two teams win out, it has... more

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press Bishop Sankey has been productive for Washington against what has been a tough schedule. Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a... more

Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas continues to be a difficult puzzle for NFL scouts to solve. Think of Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas' senior season as a yo-yo: It's up, then down, then up, then down.... more

Karl B DeBlaker/Associated Press East Carolina QB Shane Carden accounted for seven touchdowns Saturday in a win over Tulsa. A look at the 10 best quarterback performances from Saturday -- a "terrific 10," as it were: 10. Chase Rettig,... more

Morry Gash/Associated Press Wisconsin running back James White rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns vs. BYU. For the second week in a row, touted Wisconsin sophomore tailback Melvin Gordon was held to fewer than 100 yards and kept out of... more

Winslow Towson/Associated Press Boston College running back Andre Williams has rushed for 1,471 yards so far in his senior season. Boston College senior tailback Andre Williams went into the weekend as the nation's No. 2 rusher. It wouldn't... more

Behind a big game from tailback David Cobb, Minnesota beat Penn State on Saturday to win eight games in a season for the first time since 2003 and just the fourth time since 1967. In addition, the Gophers now have won four Big Ten games in a row for the... more

Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY Sports Florida State's Jameis Winston didn't need to put up big numbers as the Seminoles cruised Saturday. Jameis Winston's performance for Florida State on Saturday isn't going to help him much in the Heisman race.... more

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press Ron English was fired as Eastern Michigan head coach in part because of a tirade he unleashed on his players. Eastern Michigan coach Ron English was fired Friday, and on Saturday, EMU athletic director Heather... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had perhaps his weakest game of the season Friday night, leading the Cardinals to an easy -- but ugly -- 31-10 win at Connecticut. Bridgewater threw for 287 yards and a TD, and he completed his usual number of... more

Here are our latest bowl projections for the last season with the BCS in place. Stanford's victory over Oregon on Thursday caused a huge shakeup in the projections. For the first time, the projection is that Alabama and Florida State will meet in the... more

On a night in which Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota's Heisman hopes took a big hit , Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty put himself into the Heisman conversation. He also put the Bears in the national title discussion. The Bears (8-0), who were sixth in... more

Chris O'Meara/Associated Press Former Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini is now denying that he used illegal drugs. Former Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini said he has not used drugs and that he wants to be reinstated as coach. Pelini... more

Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy is no stranger to Gary Andersen-coached teams. The offenses of BYU and Wisconsin are predicated on running the ball, so linebackers for both teams should be busy Saturday when the... more

David J. Phillip/Associated Press Texas A&M Jake Matthews is one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award. Despite his uneven play this season, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was announced as one of the 12 semifinalists... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press Penn State guard John Urschel will have a tough test vs. Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman. Minnesota will be trying to win four consecutive Big Ten games for the first time since 1973 -- yes, 1973 ,... more

Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater is on a pace to throw for 4,155 yards and 37 touchdowns, yet he is a forgotten man when it comes to the Heisman race. QB tracker Hopes for the national title and Heisman have been dashed for Teddy Bridgewater, but the... more

The ACC has had some good quarterbacks in the past decade, and Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe and his team will go against another one Saturday when the Demon Deacons play host to Jameis Winston and No. 2 Florida State. Winston (6-foot-4, 228 pounds), a... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Ball State QB Keith Wenning has completed 69.3 of his passes in his past three games. Ball State senior quarterback Keith Wenning stayed hot Wednesday night, tossing four TD passes as the Cardinals blasted... more

The Pac-12 and SEC each have three finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation's best senior or fourth-year junior quarterback. The fourth-year juniors must be on schedule to graduate with their class. In addition... more

Nati Harnik / Associated Press Nebraska junior RB Ameer Abdullah leads the Big Ten in rushing with 138.5 yards per game. When there is talk about the best running back in the Big Ten, Wisconsin sophomore Melvin Gordon and Ohio State senior... more

Clemson's Sammy Watkins is on track to set a few ACC and school receiving records this season. Watkins (6-foot-1, 205 pounds), a junior whom coach Dabo Swinney expects to turn pro after the season, has 66 receptions for 982 yards and seven touchdowns... more

Mike Groll/Associated Press Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack has had at least half a sack in six straight games. Buffalo senior outside linebacker Khalil Mack is one forced fumble away from tying for the NCAA career lead in that category after... more

Notre Dame junior nose tackle Louis Nix III practiced Tuesday and the hope remains that he plays Saturday against Pitt after missing the past two games. Nix (6-foot-2, 357 pounds) missed wins over Air Force and Navy because of knee tendinitis, but... more

Keith Srakocic/Associated Press Pittsburgh defensive tackle has amassed 19.5 tackles for loss so far in his senior season. Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald is bidding to become the first interior lineman to lead the FBS ranks in... more

Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon is averaging 134.3 rushing yards per game. Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon, a third-year sophomore who is eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft, is likely to stay in school... more

Stephan Savoia / Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston acknowledged he does not wear his contact lenses during the football season. Much was made Saturday night during Florida State's victory over Miami about Seminoles quarterback... more

Here are our latest bowl projections for the last season with the BCS in place. Once again, the projection is that Alabama and Oregon will meet in the title game. And, once again, the projection is the Pac-12 and SEC will have two teams apiece in the... more

For the fourth week in a row, Oregon sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota is atop the HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll. He widened his lead this week despite not playing this past Saturday. Each week, HeismanPundit.com polls 10 Heisman voters -- who... more

Gerry Broome / Associated Press North Carolina's Bryn Renner was Daniel Jeremiah's No. 3 senior QB before the season but has struggled this year. A senior season that began with much promise has ended with a whimper for North Carolina... more

Michael Conroy / Associated Press Ball State senior quarterback Keith Wenning has the attention of NFL scouts. Northern Illinois senior Jordan Lynch is the Mid-American Conference quarterback who gets all the media attention. Ball State... more

A locker-room fight sent California freshman tailback Fabiano Hale to the hospital on Friday, university police said. Hale, 18, a walk-on, was in a fight with a teammate, whom police would not identify; police also said they do not know what sparked the... more

Morry Gash/Associated Press Wisconsin is expected to have the services of linebacker Chris Borland this weekend vs. BYU. Wisconsin's Chris Borland is expected to play Saturday when BYU visits the Badgers, meaning two of the nation's top... more

Chris O'Meara/Associated Press Florida State running back Devonta Freeman has rushed for 639 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Washington (Pa.) High running back Shai McKenzie told 247sports.com that on his recruiting visit to Florida... more

A Miami radio talk-show host who is no stranger to controversy lost his job after he tweeted -- jokingly, he later said -- Sunday morning that he was offering a $1,000 bounty to any Miami player who would take out Florida State tailback Devonta Freeman if... more

Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press Ohio State's Braxton Miller has thrown 15 touchdown passes in his seven games this season. The three main contenders for the Heisman -- Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Florida... more

Tony Ding / Associated Press Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan committed a personal foul on Spartans safety Isaiah Lewis in Saturday's game. Before last week's game against Michigan State, Michigan senior offensive tackle Taylor Lewan said... more

Winslow Townson / Associated Press Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas is struggling in his senior season. If nothing else, Virginia Tech senior quarterback Logan Thomas still has a ton of confidence. Thomas committed four turnovers in... more

Al Goldis/Associated Press) QB Devin Gardner was sacked seven times in Michigan's loss to Michigan State Saturday. Michigan is 6-2 this season and 25-9 under coach Brady Hoke in a bit less than three full seasons. But Michigan athletic... more

Mike Groll/Associated Press Linebacker Khalil Mack will get a chance to show off this week when Buffalo appears on national television. Buffalo senior outside linebacker Khalil Mack is seen as a first-rounder by most draft analysts. He also... more

Richard Shiro / Associated Press Senior running back Andre Williams is having a breakout season for Boston College. Boston College's Andre Williams rushed for 1,562 yards in his first three seasons with the Eagles. He has put himself in... more

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III could return to the lineup this Saturday. Notre Dame junior nose tackle Louis Nix III, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury, is expected back in the lineup... more

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press The No. 2 spot in the BCS standings currently held by Jameis Winston and Florida State might be temporary. The flip-flopping at the top of the BCS standings continued with the release of the third set, with... more

Joe Raymond / Associated Press Notre Dame's go-to receiver TJ Jones is on the Biletnikoff Award Watch list. Notre Dame senior wide receiver TJ Jones caught a TD pass in Saturday's 38-34 win over Navy, the sixth consecutive game in which he... more

Gary Kazanjian / Associated Press Derek Carr has Fresno State chasing a BCS bowl bid, but his odds of winning the Heisman appear long. Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college... more

Pat Lovell / USA TODAY Sports Minnesota QB Philip Nelson had no trouble shredding Indiana's porous defense Saturday. The 10 best quarterback performances from Saturday -- a "terrific 10," as it were: Week 10: Things we learned From... more

Melina Vastola / USA TODAY Sports Miami's offense suffered a huge loss when injured RB Duke Johnson exited Saturday's game. Miami sophomore tailback Duke Johnson suffered a broken ankle in Saturday night's loss to Florida State and will miss... more

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston passed for 324 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions vs. Miami. Florida State's Jameis Winston had what was, for him, a pedestrian performance Saturday night against... more

Cornell senior Jeff Mathews is a pro prospect, but Princeton junior Quinn Epperly was the quarterback to watch Saturday in the Tigers' 53-20 rout. Week 10: Top QB performances Clemson's Tajh Boyd played barely more than one half against Virginia but... more

Mike Carter / USA TODAY Sports Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun played a key role in the Spartans' win Saturday. Michigan senior offensive tackle Taylor Lewan vowed early in the week that the Wolverines would not be bullied by Michigan... more

Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press Nebraska WR Jordan Westerkamp caught a 49-yard "Hail Mary" to lift the Huskers past Northwestern. It was a rough week for Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. His team was dominated physically last week by Minnesota,... more

Geoff Burke / USA Today Sports Clemson WR Sammy Watkins had eight catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns, including a 96-yard score. Clemson's pass-catch combination of senior quarterback Tajh Boyd and junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins... more

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon was held to under 100 yards rushing Saturday for the just the second time in 2013. Wisconsin sophomore tailback Melvin Gordon was bottled up by Iowa Saturday, rushing for just... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Ohio State QB Braxton Miller's outstanding play in recent weeks has helped keep the Buckeyes undefeated. Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller was extremely sharp for the third consecutive week Saturday... more

October

Al Goldis/Associated Press Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard will be tested by Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon. In his most recent game, Michigan senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon set a Big Ten record with 369 receiving yards... more

The most talented senior on the field when Florida State plays Miami on Saturday might not actually see much of the field. That's the conundrum surrounding Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson (6-foot-8, 345 pounds), a physical marvel whose... more

Ohio State junior cornerback Bradley Roby has seen his draft stock fall this season, but showing off the confidence that all corners must possess, Roby said it doesn't bother him. He told The Lantern, Ohio State's student newspaper, that while he has... more

Patrick Semansky/Associated Press Clemson QB Tajh Boyd needs to remain focused on the field, according to coach Dabo Swinney. If Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd were a pilot, it's safe to assume Tigers coach Dabo Swinney might not want... more

Keith Srakocic/Associated Press Pitt QB Tom Savage has little starting experience for a fifth-year senior. Pittsburgh senior Tom Savage had one of the best games for a quarterback this season when the Panthers beat Duke 58-55 on Sept. 21. He... more

AP Photo/Chris O'Meara Florida Atlanta coach Carl Pelini unexpectedly stepped down from his position Wednesday. Carl Pelini resigned as coach at Florida Atlantic on Wednesday for what athletic director Patrick Chun called illegal drug use.... more

For all of his success, there is one glaring flaw on the resume of Miami sophomore tailback Duke Johnson: In four career games against ranked teams, he has rushed for just 127 yards and one touchdown on 44 carries. Miami plays at No. 3 Florida State on... more

If Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston was eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft, he'd probably be the first overall pick, an NFL scout told the Orlando Sentinel . "Rarely do you see a quarterback at Winston's age who has the... more

Michael Yanow/NFL UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has not played at his highest level in the past two games. Rapper JAY Z has worked with Beyonce, Ja Rule and Justin Timberlake, among others. He may also end up collaborating with UCLA... more

Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has drawn the attention of NFL scouts this fall, and his exploits also are drawing the attention of some high-profile EIU alums. Garoppolo (6-foot-3, 222 pounds) has thrown for 3,145 yards and 35... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan has vowed the Wolverines won't be "bullied" by the Spartans. Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges early this week called Saturday's Michigan-Michigan State Big Ten showdown... more

Elise Amendola / Associated Press Florida State's Jameis Winston has the tools to dominate on the football field and the baseball diamond. Move over Deion Sanders, move over Bo Jackson. Miami baseball coach Jim Morris believes FSU... more

Michael Dwyer/Associated Press Maryland's offense took another hit with sudden departure of offensive tackle Mike Madaras. Maryland's offense, which took a huge hit when starting wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long went down in the same... more

Orlin Wagner/Associated Press Baylor QB Bryce Petty came in fourth in this week's HeismanPundit Straw Poll voting. For the third week in a row, Oregon sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota was atop the HeismanPundit Straw Poll. Each week,... more

Mike Stewart / Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston has led an offense that has scored at least 40 points in every game this season. Florida State plays host to Miami on Saturday in the final regular-season game this year... more

Nati Harnik / Associated Press Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase is in his fourth season as the Fighting Illini starting quarterback. The father of Illinois senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has been banned from campus for a year following his... more

Associated Press Baylor's Bryce Petty and Fresno State's Derek Carr lead two of the nation's most explosive offenses. Here are our seventh bowl projections of the season, which is the last with the BCS in place. Once again, the projection... more

Count Clemson coach Dabo Swinney among those who think Tigers junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins will turn pro after this season. Watkins (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) generally is considered one of the top three wide receivers nationally, and Swinney on... more

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports Clemson junior defensive end Vic Beasley has recorded 10 sacks in 2013. Five ACC players, including national sack leader Vic Beasley of Clemson, were among the 16 semifinalists named Tuesday for the Chuck Bednarik... more

Chris O'Meara/Associated Press Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater is among 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston was named as one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, given... more

Charlie Riedel/Associated Press Jameill Showers was in the running to start at Texas A&M before Johnny Manziel won the job in 2012. Jameill Showers came out of Texas A&M's 2012 spring practice as the likely starting quarterback for the Aggies... more

Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press Northwestern RB Venric Mark was among the Big Ten's most explosive playmakers last season. Northwestern running back Venric Mark was supposed to be one of the most explosive players in the Big Ten as a senior... more

Matt Rourke / Associated Press Former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky is serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years. When former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 criminal counts of child sexual-abuse charges in... more

Steve Helber / Associated Press Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas' inconsistency should be very concerning to NFL evaluators. Last week, we praised Virginia Tech senior quarterback Logan Thomas. This week, we come to ... well, not bury him, but... more

Paul Vernon/Associated Press Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde is averaging 6.6 yards per carry over the past four games. At his weekly Monday news conference, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said junior quarterback Braxton Miller isn't a... more

The past four winners of the Jim Thorpe Award have come from the SEC, and three SEC defensive backs, including Florida true freshman cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, are among the 15 semifinalists for the award, given annually to the nation's top college... more

UCLA senior Anthony Barr is one of 12 finalists for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top college linebacker. The semifinalists were announced Monday and selected by a 51-person panel comprised of scouts, coaches and journalists. Barr... more

Phil Sears / Associated Press Jameis Winston and FSU face a stern test Saturday against in-state rival Miami (Fla.). It didn't take long for a shakeup at the top of the BCS standings -- just one week. Alabama, which has won the past two BCS... more

The smallest player in the FBS ranks received a moment in the sun Saturday afternoon when Rice walk-on sophomore tailback Jayson Carter -- who is 4 feet 9 and 135 pounds -- gained a yard on the first carry of his college career. Rice led UTEP 45-7... more

Christopher Hanewinckel / USA TODAY Sports Jimmy Garoppolo broke a passing record previously held by current Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo. Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had his fourth 400-yard day of the season Saturday... more

AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith Johnny Manziel shook off a shoulder injury and threw for four touchdowns vs. Vanderbilt. Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As... more

In his first public appearance since being fired, former Grambling coach Doug Williams said off-field issues, not on-field performance, was the reason he was let go as the Tigers' coach Sept. 11. Appearing on NFL Network's "GameDay First" on Sunday... more

Paul Vernon/Associated Press Ohio State QB Braxton Miller accounted for five touchdowns in the Buckeyes' win over Penn State. Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller said Saturday night he is playing with more confidence than at any... more

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch passed for four touchdowns and also rushed for one and caught a TD pass. Five seniors in the MAC had noteworthy performances Saturday. Here's a look: Northern Illinois... more

The eight best quarterback performances from Saturday -- an "elite eight," as it were: 8. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville The key stats: 25 of 29, 344 yards, 3 TDs in win vs. USF The buzz: It was his sixth 300-yard game of the season, and he now... more

Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins caught 14 passes for 163 yards on Saturday against Maryland. Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd rebounded from last week's brutal performance against Florida State by... more

Yes, Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston is human. He proved it Saturday against North Carolina State by going 5 of 13 for 63 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in the final three quarters of FSU's win. The problem for NC... more

Another game, another highly productive day for Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater was 25 of 29 for 344 yards and three TDs as Louisville cruised past host USF 34-3. Bridgewater threw a TD pass to end Louisville's first drive... more

Notre Dame junior defensive tackle Louis Nix III will miss Saturday's game at Air Force with a shoulder injury suffered in last week's win over USC. The injury might not have kept him out of a game against another opponent. Air Force (1-6), which has... more

The NCAA's annual graduation success rate report was released Thursday, and it was positive news for an organization needing some. The numbers are based on four years of data collected from freshman athletes who entered school between 2003-04 and... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC The first BCS standings of the season weren't kind to the Big Ten. The conference has just three teams in the top 25, with only one in the top 23 -- No. 4 Ohio State. Things we... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Florida State placed itself squarely in the national title hunt last Saturday by blowing out Clemson in a battle of top-five teams. The Seminoles proved they belong in the top... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC What a difference a week makes. Last week, the question was whether Louisville would get enough help to possibly squeeze into the national title game. This week, the question is whether... more

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt said he will consider his NFL future after the season. The will-he-go-pro-or-won't-he-go-pro soap opera surrounding Notre Dame junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt took another turn... more

AP Photo/Doug McSchooler Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson could be in for a big test vs. Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby. The best individual matchup in the Big Ten -- and maybe the nation -- this week will be Penn State junior wide... more

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla's arrest could scuttle his efforts to play in the NFL next season. The saga of former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla continues with more bad news, as Lyerla was arrested in... more

Louisville's loss to Central Florida last Friday ended the Cardinals' long-shot national title hopes and all but ended quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's Heisman hopes. But Bridgewater remains perhaps the nation's best at his position, and the coach who will... more

Joshua S. Kelly / USA Today Sports Clemson QB Tajh Boyd went 17-of-37 for 156 yards with one TDs and two interceptions vs. Florida State. Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris says he is happy with the play of senior left tackle Brandon... more

Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby was flagged for targeting in the first quarter against Iowa. The SEC will ask the NCAA rules committee to look into the new targeting rule after the season, conference... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Running back Melvin Gordon has consistently produced big plays for Wisconsin this season. Wisconsin sophomore tailback Melvin Gordon is third in the nation in rushing, but he has become the best big-play back... more

Associated Press Robert Brazile played his college ball at Jackson State before embarking on a 10-year NFL career. Pro Football Hall of Famers Leroy Kelly and John Stallworth were among seven men selected for induction into the Black College... more

Phil Sears/Associated Press Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner is short, but he's not little, says Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher. The first thing you notice about Florida State senior cornerback Lamarcus Joyner is that he is short. At... more

Jesse Johnson / USA Today Sports Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman was recently moved up to No. 5 on Gil Brandt's Hot 100 senior prospects list. Minnesota has a chance to make some noise this week, when it welcomes Nebraska for a nationally... more

Elise Amendola/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston finished second in this week's HeismanPundit straw poll of actual voters. For the second week in a row, Oregon sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota was atop the HeismanPundit... more

Steve Helber/Associated Press After a poor 2012 season that turned off scouts, Logan Thomas is starting to perform better for Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech senior quarterback Logan Thomas has completed 65.5 percent of his passes, with five... more

AP Photo / Bob Levey Auburn hurt Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M's BCS hopes in an upset win last week. Here are our sixth bowl projections of the season, which is the last with the BCS in place. Once again, the projection this week is that... more

AP Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher Miami running back Duke Johnson has rushed for 655 yards and four touchdowns this season. Miami sophomore tailback Duke Johnson will play Saturday against Wake Forest after leaving last Thursday's win over North... more

Miami will lose nine scholarships over the next three years but not receive a postseason ban, the NCAA announced Tuesday after an investigation into the school's athletic program that lasted more than three years. Miami self-imposed a postseason ban in... more

AP Photo/John Swart Charlie Ward won a Heisman Trophy while at Florida State and believes Jameis Winston is in the running to do the same. This shouldn't surprise anyone: A former Heisman-winning Florida State quarterback thinks the... more

Aaron M. Sprecher / Associated Press Quarterback Stephen Morris has helped lead Miami to No. 7 in the first BCS standings. After more than two years of investigating Miami's athletic program, the NCAA will announce its findings Tuesday... more

Garry Jones/Associated Press QB Teddy Bridgewater and his Louisville teammates are now long shots to win an at-large BCS bid. Louisville coach Charlie Strong spent most of his Monday news conference lamenting his team's loss to UCF on Friday,... more

Rainier Ehrhardt / Associated Press Virginia Tech CB Antone Exum has not played this season because of a knee injury he suffered in January. Virginia Tech senior cornerback Antone Exum is expected to play for the first time this season... more

LM Otero/Associated Press Disgruntled Grambling players consulted former head coach Doug Williams during their boycott. The Grambling football team has ended its boycott and players will return to practice Monday afternoon, the Shreveport... more

Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press Ohio State QB Braxton Miller looked to be in pre-injury form on Saturday against Iowa. After he returned from a knee injury that kept him out of two games and most of another, Ohio State junior... more

Mike Stewart / Associated Press Jameis Winston helped put FSU into position near the top of the initial BCS standings. Most college football fans already have been thinking out loud about an Alabama-Oregon matchup in the final BCS... more

An interesting week for Notre Dame junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt ended with a dominating performance Saturday night against USC. Tuitt had seven tackles, two sacks, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup as the Irish held off the Trojans 14-10.... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon continues to pile up impressive rushing totals each week. Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon had his sixth 100-yard performance of the season Saturday in helping the Badgers... more

Mike Stewart/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston improved his Heisman hopes and the Seminoles' BCS aspirations Saturday night. The Clemson-Florida State matchup was one-sided Saturday night; so was the Tajh Boyd-Jameis Winston... more

Mike Stewart/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston has the Seminoles in the national title hunt. The eight best quarterback performances from Saturday -- an "elite eight," as it were: 8. Brendon Kay, Cincinnati The key stats:... more

G.M. Andrews / Associated Press Diminutive Kent State RB Dri Archer exploded for two scores on Saturday. Five seniors in the MAC had noteworthy performances Saturday. Here's a look, with the players listed alphabetically. Kent State RB Dri... more

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports Ohio State's Carlos Hyde has a chance to become Urban Meyer's first-ever 1,000-yard running back. Ohio State turned to a power-running game in the second half Saturday, and it paid off for senior tailback Carlos... more

Lon Horwedel/Associated Press Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon absolutely torched the Indiana defense in Week 8. Michigan senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon is doing his best to prove to NFL scouts that he belongs at the next level.... more

Chuck Burton / Associated Press Losing Deon Long will hurt Maryland, but that's not the only big void to fill on the team's offense. Maryland's offense took a huge hit Saturday when starting wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long each... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Some observations from Saturday in the Big Ten: 1. No surprise: Michigan State 'D' dominates Michigan State's offense again was anemic, but it didn't matter as the Spartans' stingy defense... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Here are some observations from the games in the ACC on Saturday: 1. Star players come through for FSU FSU's best players came through on offense and defense in the Seminoles' rout of Clemson.... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Here are some observations from Saturday's action in the AAC. Nothing that happened Saturday, though, was anywhere near as big as what UCF did to Louisville on Friday night . 1. Smallwood has big... more

Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby was flagged for targeting in the first quarter against Iowa. Ohio State junior cornerback Bradley Roby was ejected for targeting in the first quarter of the Buckeyes' home game... more

Nothing about Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's performance Friday night is going to lead to any kind of major opinion change about his draft stock. But opinions about his team are another matter. UCF is the new team to beat in the AAC... more

Gerry Broome / Associated Press Miami QB Stephen Morris threw four interceptions against a UNC defense that entered with four INTs this season. More than 25 NFL scouts were in attendance at Thursday night's game, and they had to come away... more

One of the weirder stats concerning Urban Meyer's 12 years as a head coach is that he never has had a 1,000-yard running back. He has had a 1,000-yard rusher, but it was a quarterback (Braxton Miller last season). Meyer often is asked about the... more

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been dominant in the first five games of his college career. He was that way in youth-league football, too. A recent YouTube post, presumably from the dad of a former teammate, has highlights from Winston's... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press The mother of Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt said her son hasn't decided whether to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Wednesday afternoon, Notre Dame junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt told the school... more

Nike Oregon is planning to wear pink helmets on Saturday against Washington State. Oregon has more uniform combinations that any athletic team in the world, it seems, so is anyone really surprised that the Ducks will wear pink helmets... more

The hype surrounding Saturday night's nationally televised Clemson-Florida State game has been immense -- and deserved. This is one of the biggest games in ACC history, and the outcome will have an impact on the national title and Heisman races. The... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Only one Big Ten team -- Ohio State -- is ranked in the top 20 in the two major polls, and the league isn't receiving much national attention this season. That's not going to... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC The biggest game of the season in the ACC has arrived, and conference leaders couldn't be happier: Clemson plays host to Florida State in a nationally televised Saturday-night game... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Teddy Bridgewater and Louisville grinded out a win over Rutgers in a nationally televised game last Thursday. They will be in the national TV spotlight again Friday, when they take... more

Michael Conroy / Associated Press Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt's production has dropped this year as he recovers from sports hernia surgery. Notre Dame junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt, seen by most draft analysts as a likely first-round... more

Kansas City Chiefs fans set the world record for loudest outdoor stadium crowd Sunday, and Clemson fans will try to break that record Saturday night. Clemson officials are hoping the record of 137.5 decibels can be broken on Florida State's first play... more

Garry Jones / Associated Press Louisville WR Devante Parker sat out last Thursday's win over Rutgers with an injured shoulder. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater could be without two of his top wide receivers Friday, when the Cardinals... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby has not lived up to lofty expectations this season. Ohio State was supposed to have one of the nation's best secondaries this season. Instead, the unit has been so mediocre that... more

Aaron M. Sprecher/Associated Press A large contingent of NFL scouts will be on hand to see Stephen Morris and others in the Miami-North Carolina game. There have been 37 credentials issued to NFL scouts for Thursday's nationally televised... more

Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press Michigan QB Devin Gardner has thrown 10 interceptions this season, third-most in the nation. Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he has "all the confidence in the world" in junior quarterback Devin Gardner despite... more

Associated Press Star QBs Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston are on track to square off in the Sugar Bowl. Here are our fifth bowl projections of the 2013 season, which is the last with the BCS in place. Once again, the projection this week... more

The New York Giants are one of three winless NFL teams, but they're the only one with a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Newsday, a newspaper based on Long Island, asked four former NFL quarterbacks, all of whom played in at least one Super Bowl, if the... more

Phil Sears/Associated Press Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith is the Seminoles' leading tackler after making a position switch. Florida State hasn't won at Clemson since 2001, losing in its past five trips to Memorial Stadium, and if that... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon has rushed for 870 yards and eight touchdowns half way through the 2013 season. The Big Ten was expected to be Ohio State's playground this season, and that has proved to be... more

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris met with the media Monday in advance of Saturday's huge Clemson-Florida State ACC showdown and basically called out Tigers star wide receiver Sammy Watkins. "You want to be an All-ACC player," Morris told... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL Nebraska guard Spencer Long's draft position could be impacted by season-endning knee injury. One of the best interior offensive linemen in the nation could miss the rest of the season. Nebraska senior guard Spencer Long... more

J Pat Carter/Associated Press Brandon Linder will be starting at right tackle for Miami instead of Seantrel Henderson. The one-game suspension for Miami senior offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is over, but Henderson isn't expected to start... more

Rainier Ehrhardt/Associated Press Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley has nine sacks to lead the nation in that category. The ACC was expected to have a two-team top tier, and that certainly has been the case. Clemson and Florida State are in... more

The AAC was supposed to be Louisville's personal playground this season -- the Cardinals' lone season in the league before moving to the ACC -- and so far that has been the case. The Cardinals are the only league team that is ranked, and quarterback... more

Morry Gash / Associated Press Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis made an impact vs. Northwestern before leaving with a head injury. Wisconsin senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis left Saturday's rout of Northwestern in the second quarter with a... more

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press Marcus Mariota's big game against Washington keeps the Oregon QB in the thick of the Heisman race. Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college... more

The eight best quarterback performances from Saturday -- an "elite eight," as it were: Things we learned From Johnny Manziel's heroics in a thriller at Ole Miss to Marcus Mariota's dismantling of Washington, here are 37 things we learned from college... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Matthew O'Haren / USA Today Sports Michigan TE Devin Funchess had two touchdown catches against Penn State, including a 59-yard score in the first quarter. Some observations from a light... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Richard Shiro / Associated Press Boston College WR Alex Amidon had six catches for 121 yards and touchdown in a 24-14 loss to Clemson. Here are some observations from the games in the ACC... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports USF defensive end Aaron Lynch had his first sack of the season in a win over Connecticut. There were four AAC games this week, with one on Thursday and... more

Clemson struggled to put away Boston College on Saturday -- perhaps looking ahead to next week's huge showdown with Florida State -- but made enough big plays to win, 24-14. BC led 14-10 going into the fourth quarter, but the Tigers turned it on,... more

Andy Manis / Associated Press Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon scored on a 71-yard run in the second quarter vs. Northwestern. There was nothing mysterious about Wisconsin's offense Saturday: The Badgers lined up and ran it right down... more

For the second game in a row, Pittsburgh senior quarterback Tom Savage was battered by an opposing pass rush. This time, he and the Panthers couldn't overcome it. Savage, who has impressed NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, was sacked eight times and... more

Garry Jones / Associated Press Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater passed for 300 yards for the 10th time in his career Thursday vs. Rutgers. If a 310-yard, two-touchdown passing performance can be termed "ho-hum," Louisville quarterback Teddy... more

Ann Heisenfelt / Associated Press Minnesota is 13-18 since Jerry Kill took over as head coach before the 2011 season. Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is stepping away from his role to focus on better managing his epilepsy, the school announced... more

Todd Williamson / Associated Press Snoop Dogg's son, Cordell Broadus, says he's leaning toward committing to USC. The son of rapper Snoop Dogg has received his 11th scholarship offer -- this one from Notre Dame. Oh, the mind does cartwheels... more

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell enjoyed the best season of his college career -- and maybe the best season of his entire football career -- when Al Borges, now Michigan's offensive coordinator, was his offensive coordinator in 2004 at Auburn.... more

Doug McSchooler/Associated Press Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson will face a big test this weekend vs. Michigan. Penn State hasn't exactly been "Wide Receiver U." of late, having had just four players at the position drafted since... more

Nebraska senior quarterback Taylor Martinez is expected to miss his third consecutive game when the Huskers play Purdue on Saturday in their first road contest of the season. Martinez has been bothered by turf toe and hasn't played since a Sept. 14 loss... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC The Big Ten has had marquee matchups featuring Ohio State in each of the past two weeks. This week, the top game involves the teams that lost to the Buckeyes in those marquee... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC The Clemson-Florida State game should be an epic matchup, and we can't wait. Unfortunately, that game is next week. This week, we have to live with the likes of Pitt-Virginia... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC There aren't many key league games in the AAC this season, but Thursday night's matchup between Louisville and Rutgers is one of them. Things we learned in Week 6 From Marcus... more

Count NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks among those who think Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater could be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft. Bridgewater is considered the most NFL-ready of the draft-eligible quarterbacks, and on... more

Louisville coach Charlie Strong told the players on his his team that Thursday night's nationally televised game with Rutgers will give the whole country a chance to watch them play. Inside the stadium, there will be a large contingent of NFL scouts on... more

Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd told the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier that he took out an insurance policy in the first two weeks of the season. Things we learned in Week 6 From Marcus Mariota's seven-TD performance to freshman Jameis... more

Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press Kevonte Martin-Manley might not have an opportunity to return any more punts for Iowa this season. Iowa's Kevonte Martin-Manley had two punt-return touchdowns in the Hawkeyes' rout of Western Michigan in... more

Mike Carter/USA TODAY Sports Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard will face a big test vs. pass-happy Indiana this weekend. Michigan State has the best defense in the Big Ten and one of the five best nationally, and the Spartans'... more

The 2014 NFL Draft could be ridiculously deep in quarterbacks , so deep, in fact, that the New York media already is speculating as to whether the Giants should take one in the first round. You know, the Giants -- the team that has won the Super Bowl... more

Rich Barnes / USA Today Sports Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley leads the nation with eight sacks in five games. Clemson junior defensive end Vic Beasley basically is a one-trick pony. But that trick is coveted by NFL teams. Things we... more

Associated Press and USA TODAY photos Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Alabama's AJ McCarron are part of a strong QB contingent in college football. In a year where at least nine NFL teams could be in the market for a franchise quarterback, at least... more

Here are our fourth bowl projections of the season, which is the last with the BCS in place. Once again, the projection this week is that Alabama and Oregon will meet in the title game. In addition, the projection is the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC will... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt's drop in production has been blamed on his recovery from surgery. Notre Dame is off this weekend, and Irish coach Brian Kelly said the break in the schedule will help... more

Bob Donnan / USA TODAY Sports Virginia Tech senior Kyle Fuller is not the Hokies' only shutdown cornerback. Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst said senior quarterback Tom Savage has been cleared to play Saturday against Virginia Tech, which sets up... more

Tony Ding / Associated Press Michigan QB Devin Gardner had struggled with turnovers regularly up until last Saturday. Michigan made some offensive tweaks for this past Saturday's game with Minnesota, and it paid off in a rout and the... more

LM Otero/Associated Press Condoleezza Rice has been mentioned in talks about the college playoff committee that is being assembled. Count former Auburn coach Pat Dye among those who, like ESPN analyst David Pollack , don't like the idea of... more

Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press A shoulder injury suffered on Saturday could keep wide receiver DeVante Parker out of Thursday's game. Louisville won't know if star wide receiver DeVante Parker will play Thursday night against Rutgers... more

Carlos Osorio / Associated Press Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan led the Wolverines with 88 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks last season. Junior outside linebacker Jake Ryan was supposed to be Michigan's best defensive player this... more

LM Otero/Associated Press Condoleezza Rice's name has been mentioned in discussions about the college playoff committee that is being assembled. ESPN analyst David Pollack generally has well-reasoned takes on college football. But Saturday... more

Lynne Sladky/Associated Press Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is expected to apologize to his teammates after being suspended last weekend. Miami coach Al Golden said senior offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson's suspension has been... more

L.M. Otero/Associated Press Notre Dame will be without the services of starting linebacker Jarrett Grace for the rest of 2013. Notre Dame junior linebacker Jarrett Grace will miss the rest of the season with a broken right leg. Grace... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Tailback Isaiah Crowell made a splash as a true freshman at Georgia in 2011, rushing for 850 yards and five TDs in helping the Bulldogs win the SEC East title. He was named the SEC's freshman of the year. Check out the top 10 images from the sixth... more

Brian Spurlock / USA TODAY Sports TJ Jones has a team-high 481 yards and four touchdowns receiving this season for the Irish. Senior wide receiver TJ Jones has become a bigger part of Notre Dame's offense each season, and he is on his way to... more

Al Behrman / Associated Press Don Treadwell became the third head coach in college football to get fired in eight days. Miami of Ohio has joined the ranks of schools looking for new coaches after officials announced Sunday afternoon that Don... more

Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde powered the Buckeyes past Northwestern on Saturday night. Carlos Hyde was supposed to be Urban Meyer's first-ever 1,000-yard running back this season. But Hyde was suspended for... more

LM Otero / Associated Press Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees passed for 279 yards and three touchdowns to help the Irish upset Arizona State. It may not look like it because of the 37-34 final, but Notre Dame's defense did a good job Saturday night... more

Rich Barnes / USA Today Sports Syracuse coach Scott Shafer took exception to Clemson's decision to go for it on fourth-and-goal in the first half. With Clemson leading, 35-7, and facing a fourth-and-goal at Syracuse's 5-yard line in the final... more

Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd threw two picks Saturday, his first two of the season. Big deal: Those interceptions were overshadowed by his five touchdown passes and 455 passing yards in three quarters in a 49-14 bludgeoning of host Syracuse in... more

Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports For the first time this season, Michigan QB Devin Gardner completed a game without a turnover. Michigan junior quarterback Devin Gardner has made nine starts in his career. Saturday's win over visiting... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard had eight tackles and two interceptions vs. Iowa Saturday. The marquee game in the league is at night (Ohio... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Ball State QB Keith Wenning had big day in a win over Virginia on Saturday. Here are some observations from the games in the ACC on Saturday: 1. Despite... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports SMU QB Garrett Gilbert completed 40 passes for 484 yards and five touchdowns vs. Rutgers. There were some big performances by AAC quarterbacks Saturday. Here... more

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas has now played well in back-to-back games. "Consistency" isn't a word that has been used much at all in the past two seasons in conjunction with Virginia Tech senior quarterback Logan... more

Doug McSchooler/Associated Press Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson has 38 catches for 621 yards and five touchdowns this season. Not much went right for Penn State on Saturday, but junior Allen Robinson put together a game that again... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was effective and efficient Saturday in leading the Cardinals to an easy 30-7 victory over Temple. Bridgewater, a junior who is considered by most to be the best draft-eligible quarterback in the nation,... more

Maryland was supposed to provide a test for Jameis Winston and Florida State on Saturday. If that was a test, Winston and the Seminoles aced it. Actually, acing it is putting it mildly, as FSU eviscerated the Terps 63-0 in a game that featured two ACC... more

In a statement on its official athletics website, Minnesota announced early Saturday afternoon that coach Jerry Kill would not coach Saturday against Michigan. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time in Ann Arbor. Kill has epilepsy and suffered a... more

Nati Harnik / Associated Press Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez will miss his second straight game with a turf toe injury. Nebraska senior quarterback Taylor Martinez didn't practice Thursday and will miss Saturday's game with Illinois because of... more

The star-crossed college career of North Carolina State senior offensive tackle Rob Crisp continues with news that he will miss his third consecutive game with a concussion. Crisp was a consensus national top-50 prospect as a high school senior and... more

One of the biggest games of the weekend is Saturday's Northwestern-Ohio State tilt in Evanston, and folks at Northwestern decided to have a little fun promoting the game. The game is so big that a video produced by Northwestern's athletic department... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Ohio State puts its nation-best 17-game winning streak on the line in a key contest at unbeaten Northwestern in this week's best Big Ten game. ESPN's "GameDay" crew will be in... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC For the first time in league history, the ACC has four unbeaten teams through four weeks, and each is in action this week. Two of them play each other in the conference's marquee... more

Gerry Broome/Associated Press North Carolina QB Bryn Renner hasn't produced up to expectations thus far into his senior season. Big things were expected from senior quarterback Bryn Renner and North Carolina's offense this season. From big... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC AAC teams have a combined three non-conference games remaining, and none this week, so get ready for a lot of league games between teams that aren't really that good. Louisville... more

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller went into the season as one of the leading contenders for the Heisman trophy, but an early-season injury seemingly has removed him from consideration. Miller, though, doesn't think that's the case. He said he thinks... more

Navy's game with Air Force and the Army-Boston College matchup will be played Saturday. In the wake of the shutdown of the federal government, the Department of Defense on Tuesday suspended all intercollegiate athletic competitions at the service... more

In an effort to spark a horrible offense, Purdue coach Darrell Hazell has made a quarterback change, turning to true freshman Danny Etling. He replaces fifth-year senior Rob Henry, who was moved to safety on Wednesday and should see immediate time at... more

Paul Vernon / Associated Press Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis impressed NFL scouts with his performance against Ohio State. Wisconsin senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis said in this week's NFL.com College Football 24/7 podcast that he's had... more

Jesse Johnson / Associated Press Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman will try to back up his tough talk vs. Michigan on Saturday. Minnesota senior defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman doesn't think all that much of Michigan, the Golden Gophers'... more

Kevin Terrell/Associated Press Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett will give up his social media exploits if Florida State loses to Maryland. Darnell Dockett's social media future will be on the line Saturday when Florida State, his... more

Associated Press Roger Staubach won the Heisman Trophy in 1963, when he led Navy to the Cotton Bowl as a senior. With the shutdown of the federal government in its second day Wednesday, there was no resolution regarding the status of the two... more

Michael Thomas/Associated Press Case McCoy is expected to get the start at QB in place of David Ash on Thursday night. Texas starting quarterback David Ash will miss Thursday night's Big 12 game at Iowa State, orangebloods.com reported... more

Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports Penn State linebacker Mike Hull is expected to return from a leg injury this week. With a game against explosive Indiana next on the schedule, Penn State coaches received some good news this week with word that... more

AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis is having a breakthrough season for the Hawkeyes. If you have followed college football for a while, you know all about "spring teases" -- players that star in spring practice yet... more

Mel Evans / Associated Press Quentin Gause, Rutgers' fourth-leading tackler, will start for injured linebacker Jamal Merrell on Saturday against SMU. Rutgers senior linebacker Jamal Merrell will miss his third consecutive game when the... more

Here are our third bowl projections of the season, which is the last with the BCS in place. The projection this week is that Alabama and Oregon will meet in the title game. In addition, the projection is the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC will have two... more

Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said Tuesday that running back Venric Mark will play vs. Ohio State. One day after saying he thought running back Venric Mark would play Saturday against Ohio State,... more

As a result of the shutdown of the federal government, the Department of Defense on Tuesday suspended all intercollegiate athletic competitions at the service academies. That leaves two football games scheduled for Saturday in limbo. Army is scheduled... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez missed the Cornhuskers' last game with a toe injury. Nebraska senior quarterback Taylor Martinez could miss Saturday's game with Illinois because of turf toe. Martinez missed the... more

Douglas Jones/USA TODAY Sports Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum has been cleared to play after rehabbing a knee injury. Virginia Tech's stingy defense likely will become even stingier with the news that senior cornerback Antone Exum --... more

September

Matt Cashore/USA TODAY Sports Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield could be opening NFL eyes with his play this season. Maryland's defense was a big area of concern entering the season, with just four starters returning to a 3-4 set,... more

Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports USF coach Willie Taggart refuted claims made by Miami QB Stephen Morris that his players are dirty. Miami coach Al Golden said Monday senior quarterback Stephen Morris's injured ankle was not a concern going... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Andy King/Associated Press Northwestern running back Venric Mark could return from a leg injury this week vs. Ohio State. Northwestern senior tailback Venric Mark was supposed to be one of the most explosive players in the Big Ten this fall... more

Richard Shiro/Associated Press Clemson running back Roderick McDowell might miss this week's game with an ankle injury. In August, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said the Tigers' offense was "predicated on the run game. ... It's very critical to... more

Jessica Hill/Associated Press UConn fired head coach Paul Pasqualoni on Monday morning. Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni was fired Monday morning. UConn is 0-4 this season after Saturday's 41-12 loss to Buffalo. This is his third season as... more

Ohio State's secondary was seen as a team strength entering the season, but after Saturday's performance against Wisconsin and the season-ending broken ankle to senior safety Christian Bryant, there are some concerns. Bryant (5-feet-10, 193 pounds) was... more

It's too late to get his Heisman campaign off the ground , but Kent State senior running back Dri Archer saw his most extensive action of the season Saturday and scored his first touchdown. Archer, one of the nation's most explosive players, suffered an... more

Sam Houston State running back Tim Flanders racked up 280 yards on 32 carries on Saturday. Three intriguing pro prospects from the FCS ranks had big days Saturday. Here's a closer look at the three seniors. Sam Houston State TB Tim... more

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press Wisconsin senior WR Jared Abbrederis had 10 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown against Ohio State. Wisconsin sophomore Melvin Gordon was perhaps the hottest tailback in the nation through the Badgers' first... more

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press Ohio State QB Braxton Miller was sharp vs. Wisconsin in his return from a knee injury. There were questions about how healthy Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller would be for Saturday night's Big Ten... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Andrew Weber / USA Today Sports Ohio State FS Christian Bryant suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Wisconsin on Saturday. It was a light day in the Big Ten, with only four games... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Here are some observations from the games in the ACC on Saturday: 1. Big day for FSU's passing attack On a day in which Florida State's defense was surprisingly lax, the Seminoles' offense had no... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Brandon Wade / Associated Press Quarterback Garrett Gilbert failed to put together a complete game for SMU on Saturday. The American Athletic Conference could have gained some much-needed... more

Rainier Ehrhardt / Associated Press Clemson WR Sammy Watkins had six catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in a 56-7 win over Wake Forest. Clemson senior QB Tajh Boyd hadn't really stood out since the Tigers' opening win over Georgia, but... more

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press Hurricanes QB Stephen Morris had some strong words for the USF defense on Saturday. Miami (Fla.) senior quarterback Stephen Morris has not been overly impressive this season, but he looked as if he was on his... more

John Raoux / Associated Press Two miscues marred a solid day vs. South Carolina for UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles. UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles looked every bit a high-level NFL prospect in the first quarter-and-a-half Saturday... more

Kelley L. Cox/USA TODAY Sports San Jose State QB David Fales was not very sharp in a loss to Utah State Friday night. Chuckie Keeton outdueled David Fales in a quarterback battle Friday night, and as a result, Utah State crushed San Jose... more

There is a big quarterback matchup in the SEC on Saturday when Zach Mettenberger and LSU will play against Aaron Murray and Georgia. There is also an intriguing Mountain West quarterback showcase Friday night when David Fales and San Jose State play host... more

Virginia Tech coaches put the game in the hands of senior quarterback Logan Thomas on Thursday, and it paid off in a key 17-10 ACC victory over Georgia Tech. Thomas had struggled in the first four games, but he had his best outing of the season against... more

Electronic Arts will not produce a college football game next year, the video game manufacturer announced in a statement posted on its website Thursday. The company also said it may stop doing so permanently because of the threat of litigation concerning... more

Gerry Broome / Associated Press UNC tight end Eric Ebron leads the team with 13 receptions for 200 yards and a touchdown. Count Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard as one of those who thinks North Carolina junior tight end... more

John Bazemore/Associated Press Georgia Tech free safety Jamal Golden will miss the game vs. Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech starting free safety Jamal Golden will miss Thursday night's game with Virginia Tech with an injured shoulder.... more

Jay Laprete / Associated Press Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier will have to contend with Wisconsin's two-headed RB attack of Melvin Gordon and James White. Two of the nation's best linebackers will be on the field Saturday night, when Wisconsin... more

Miami coach Al Golden expects quarterback Stephen Morris to start Saturday at USF even though he is not 100 percent. Morris suffered what Miami has called a "bone bruise" in his right ankle in last week's rout of FCS foe Savannah State. "If Stephen... more

Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports Iowa senior linebacker Anthony Hitchens led the Big Ten with 124 tackles last season. Iowa is one of just three teams nationally that hasn't allowed a rushing touchdown (Michigan and Texas State are the others),... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC This isn't a busy week in the Big Ten, with just four games involving league teams. And two of them are non-conference contests against teams from the MAC. Check out the... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC There's a big game in the Coastal Division this week, but all in all, this isn't a week where the rest of the nation is going to pay much attention to the ACC. Check out special... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press UCF QB Blake Bortles will have to make plays on the run against Jadeveon Clowney and South Carolina on Saturday. The AAC gained a bit... more

Jerome Miron / USA Today Sports Memphis defensive end Matin Ifedi is tied for the national lead in sacks this season with 5.5. One of the smartest things Justin Fuente has done as coach at Memphis is to move Martin Ifedi from defensive tackle... more

Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd is completing 62.2 percent of his passes through three games, but neither he nor his coaches are satisfied. Boyd hit 67.2 percent of his passes last season and his completion percentages in the first three games this... more

Rob Leifheit / USA Today Sports Central Florida LB Willie Mitchell will miss his second straight game Saturday against South Carolina. Central Florida will be without starting linebacker Willie Mitchell for the second game in a row in the... more

Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Defensive end Chris Casher was named the Florida State defensive player of the week by the team's coaches. An injury to starting strong safety Tyler Hunter could lead to some shuffling in Florida State's secondary... more

Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press Alabama's T.J. Yeldon and Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas would be key factors in our projected BCS title game. Here are our second bowl projections of the season, which is the last with the BCS in place. Things... more

Joshua S. Kelly / USA Today Sports Clemson WR Martavis Bryant had six catches for 73 yards and two TDs last week against North Carolina State. Clemson coaches have complained about junior wide receiver Martavis Bryant's lack of maturity and... more

Carlos Osorio / Associated Press Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt had six tackles and a sack last week against Michigan State. For a guy considered a potential All-American and first-round pick, Notre Dame junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt hadn't... more

Paul Spinelli / Associated Press Former South Carolina State and Steelers star Donnie Shell was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls from 1978-82. Pro Football Hall of Famers Richard Dent, Leroy Kelly, John Stallworth and Emmitt Thomas are... more

The NCAA Executive Committee announced Tuesday that it gradually would restore scholarships Penn State lost because of sanctions imposed in July 2012 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal. The existing postseason ban will remain in... more

Clemson sports information department Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley has five sacks through the first three games. Clemson junior defensive end Vic Beasley might be the most athletic pass rusher in the nation, and he has used that... more

G.M. Andrews/Associated Press Kent State running back Dri Archer ran for 1,429 and 16 touchdowns a season ago. Kent State coach Paul Haynes said on the weekly MAC teleconference that he expects Golden Flashes running back Dri Archer to play... more

Keith Srakocic/Associated Press Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd, who scored three touchdowns on Saturday, has become an impact player. Pittsburgh's wide receiving corps was supposed to be an issue this season, and the Panthers' deep group of... more

Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports Wisconsin tight end Jacob Pedersen could miss Saturday's game vs. Ohio State. Wisconsin could be without starting tight end Jacob Pedersen for Saturday's game at Ohio State, and for a team that routinely starts... more

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press Ohio State QB Kenny Guiton has started the past two games in place of the injured Braxton Miller. In his weekly Monday news conference, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he is 90 percent confident quarterback... more

John Bazemore / Associated Press Georgia Tech LB Quayshawn Nealy, the team's second-leading tackler, will sit Thursday against Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech senior strong safety Isaiah Johnson has not recovered fully from a torn ACL and will... more

Evan Vucci/Associated Press Virginia Tech defensive end J.R. Collins is in better shape this season, which is helping his production. Virginia Tech senior J.R. Collins doesn't have the measurables desired in an NFL defensive end, but Collins... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Freshman wide receiver Corey Robinson is starting to contribute to the Fighting Irish offense. Notre Dame's leading receiver in Saturday's victory over Michigan State was true freshman Corey Robinson, who... more

Al Goldis / Associated Press Michigan State outside linebacker Jairus Jones will miss the next month an a half with a knee injury. Things we learned in Week 4 From Stanford learning a lesson against ASU to Baylor's offensive onslaught,... more

Michael Conroy / Associated Press Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning is off to a strong start to his senior season. Ball State senior quarterback Keith Wenning had arthroscopic knee surgery in early August, and his readiness for the beginning... more

At one point, Virginia Tech hoped to have star cornerback Antone Exum back for Thursday's game with Georgia Tech. That's not going to happen; Exum seems likely to miss at least one more game as he recovers from knee surgery. But his loss has been... more

Cincinnati freshman offensive lineman Ben Flick, who was redshirting this season, died in a single-car accident Saturday night near Cincinnati. Flick, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two true freshman wide receivers who are redshirting, Mark Barr... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Charles Krupa / Associated Press Michigan escaped with a win vs. UConn after another sloppy showing from QB Devin Gardner. Two weeks ago, after Michigan survived against Notre Dame in a thriller, Wolverines junior quarterback Devin Gardner... more

Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch has the Huskies off to a 3-0 start this season. Jordan Lynch's dual-threat ability trumped Jimmy Garoppolo's passing Saturday night and that's why Northern... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports Memphis defensive end Martin Ifedi had 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks in a win on Saturday. Here are our observations from Week Four of the AAC: 1. Typical... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Gerry Broome / Associated Press Pitt quarterback Tom Savage fueled an explosive passing attack in a shootout with Duke. Here are some observations from Saturday's ACC action: 1. Savage... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Ann Heisenfelt / Associated Press Minnesota redshirt freshman QB Mitch Leidner may have helped spark a QB controversy on Saturday. Some observations from Saturday in the Big Ten: 1.... more

Melina Vastola/USA TODAY Sports Florida State QB Jameis Winston didn't match the stellar stats he posted in his first two games. Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston proved he is human Saturday night, and the proof came... more

Morry Gash / Associated Press Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns Saturday against Purdue. Another game, another big performance from Wisconsin sophomore tailback Melvin Gordon. Gordon rushed for 147 yards... more

Peter Casey / USA TODAY Sports Rakeem Cato threw two picks and still was the best QB on the field in Marshall's loss to Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech senior quarterback Logan Thomas had the game-winning touchdown in the third overtime of the... more

Garry Jones/Associated Press Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater continues to post great numbers, but he's doing it against inferior competition. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 212 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday as the... more

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press Ohio State senior quarterback Kenny Guiton had no trouble shredding the Florida A&M defense. To no one's surprise, Ohio State eviscerated FCS opponent Florida A&M on Saturday in a 76-0 win. Starting quarterback... more

Toledo sophomore wide receiver Alonzo Russell had one of the best receptions of the young season against Central Michigan on Saturday. Despite being mugged by a Chippewas defender, the 6-foot-4 Russell reached up and snagged a pass from Terrance Owens... more

AP Photo / Karl B DeBlaker Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd is one of the top candidates for this year's Heisman Trophy. It wasn't the most elegant win, but quarterback Tajh Boyd and Clemson came away with a 26-14 victory Thursday night at North... more

Thomas Campbell/USA TODAY Sports Houston freshman QB John O'Korn will be elevated to the starting lineup because of an injury to David Piland. Houston true freshman quarterback John O'Korn will get his first start in Saturday's annual rivalry... more

Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo is closing in on Tony Romo's school record for career TD passes. There hasn't been a FCS quarterback drafted in the first round since Baltimore selected Joe Flacco... more

Gerald Herbert/Associated Press LSU safety Craig Loston plays for a team that had 39 alums on Week 1 NFL rosters. Research by NFL Media draft analyst Gil Brandt shows that nine schools had at least 30 former players on NFL rosters during the... more

Stephen Morton / Associated Press Safety Tre Boston and North Carolina face Georgia Tech's third-ranked rushing offense Saturday. As if preparing for Georgia Tech's triple-option offense wasn't enough, North Carolina defenders now have to... more

Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press Minnesota may have to start freshman Mitch Leidner at quarterback Saturday vs. San Jose State. Minnesota starting quarterback Philip Nelson remains bothered by a hamstring injury, so redshirt freshman Mitch... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC It's only Week 4, yet there are two important ACC matchups this weekend. The Coastal Division race appears to be a four-team affair -- Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC April L. Brown / Associated Press Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams will try to help the Razorbacks avenge last season's loss to Rutgers. The AAC gained some national... more

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, who missed last week's victory at California, is expected to play Saturday in what coach Urban Meyer called "a still somewhat limited role." The Buckeyes play host to FCS opponent Florida A&M in their final... more

Matt York/Associated Press Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard will be in for a true test this weekend vs. Notre Dame. Notre Dame has one of the most productive receiving duos in the nation in senior TJ Jones and sophomore DaVaris... more

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press Florida International QB E.J. Hilliard is expected to start Saturday against Louisville. Junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Louisville should blow out FIU on Saturday, but you'll have to forgive... more

Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press Rice safety Corey Frazier will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Rice starting free safety Corey Frazier, the son of Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, will miss the rest of the season with a... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Eleven Big Ten teams are in action this week, and five of them are playing opponents from the MAC or the FCS ranks, which means it's not exactly a scintillating weekend. Still,... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Michigan QB Devin Gardner has thrown six interceptions in three games this season. Michigan junior quarterback Devin Gardner played poorly in last week's narrow win over woeful Akron, and he received a pick-me-up... more

Florida State true freshman cornerback Jalen Ramsey arrived on campus amid a ton of hype -- he was considered one of the nation's top 15 players overall and one of the top three cornerbacks in the 2013 recruiting class -- and is doing his best to live up... more

Nati Harnik / Associated Press Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez was seen wearing a walking boot after Tuesday's practice. As if Nebraska coach Bo Pelini didn't have enough to worry about, Huskers quarterback Taylor Martinez missed practice Tuesday... more

AP Photo/David J. Phillip - Scott Olmos/USA TODAY Sports AJ McCarron and Marcus Mariota could be headed for a showdown in the final BCS title game. A few days ago, we debated the strengths of the Alabama and Oregon rosters, with the Crimson... more

Derick E. Hingle / USA Today Sports Tulane's Cairo Santos won the Lou Groza Award last year as the nation's top kicker. Tulane senior Cairo Santos, one of the nation's top kickers, could miss Saturday's game at Syracuse because of the death... more

J.D. Pooley/Associated Press Kent State's Dri Archer is doubtful to play this Saturday against Penn State because of an ankle injury. Kent State senior running back Dri Archer's last chance to play against a major-conference opponent likely... more

Rainier Ehrhardt / Associated Press Logan Thomas is struggling in his senior season at quarterback for Virginia Tech. One of the most closely watched quarterbacks this fall is Virginia Tech senior Logan Thomas, who has immense physical gifts... more

Grant Halverson/GT Sports Information Georgia Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter has been a surprise contributor through the early part of the 2013 season. It might seem counterintuitive, but for Georgia Tech's triple-option offense to be at... more

Nick Lisi/Associated Press Terrel Hunt will get a chance to start at quarterback for Syracuse this week. Syracuse, which is 1-2 under new coach Scott Shafer, has a new starting quarterback, with sophomore Terrel Hunt taking over for senior... more

Evan Habeeb / USA TODAY Sports Running back Melvin Gordon is having a breakthrough season for Wisconsin. Yes, it's early to be talking about postseason awards, but the current frontrunner for Big Ten offensive MVP honors might be Wisconsin... more

Cary Edmondson / USA TODAY Sports Kenny Guiton has made the most of his playing time in Ohio State's last two games. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said junior starting quarterback Braxton Miller is "probable" to play Saturday against FCS... more

Richard Shiro/Associated Press Junior WR Adam Humphries will play a larger role for Clemson now that Charone Peake is done for the season. Clemson lost starting wide receiver Charone Peake for the season with a knee injury last week, and one... more

Ben Margot/Associated Press Ohio State running back Jordan Hall leads the Big Ten in scoring with six touchdowns. Ohio State's lack of depth at tailback was a concern heading into fall camp. Now, the position appears to be one of the... more

Nick Wass/Associated Press Maryland's secondary has taken another hit with the loss of senior cornerback Dexter McDougle. Maryland took a second big hit at cornerback, losing starter Dexter McDougle for the rest of the season after he... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Michigan QB Devin Gardner has been spectacular at times, but also has been prone to costly turnovers. Michigan junior quarterback Devin Gardner has made seven starts in his career. In those seven games, he has... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Rice senior Chris Boswell, perhaps the nation's top kicking prospect, kicked the 12th 50-yard field goal of his career Saturday night in the Owls' victory at Kansas, nailing a 56-yarder in the third quarter. Boswell has hit seven of his past nine... more

Matthew O'Haren/USA TODAY Sports QB Blake Bortles and the UCF offense put up 507 yards in a big win over Penn State on Saturday. Penn State freshman Christian Hackenberg is going to be a good -- and very likely a top-flight -- quarterback.... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC For one half on Saturday, everything was going right for Nebraska. Wide receivers Kenny Bell and Quincy Enunwa were getting open and making plays. Quarterback Taylor Martinez looked poised and was... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Some observations from the ACC on Saturday: 1. Thomas passes test Virginia Tech struggled to run the ball against East Carolina and needed senior quarterback Logan Thomas to have an effective day... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Here are our takeaways from Saturday's action in the American Athletic Conference: 1. So-so day for top Heisman contender Louisville's schedule is such that a 12-0 record is not going to be... more

Melina Vastola/USA TODAY Sports Florida State QB Jameis Winston was deadly accurate in a big win over Nevada on Saturday. The idea that Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston could throw just two incompletions for the... more

Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports Devin Gardner didn't play nearly as well vs. Arkon as he did vs. Notre Dame. All those folks anointing Michigan junior Devon Gardner as a potential franchise quarterback in the NFL might need to slow down.... more

Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure during Saturday's game. Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, who has epilepsy, suffered a seizure right before halftime of the Gophers' home game against Western Illinois.... more

Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports Senior tight end Gabe Holmes will miss Purdue's next game because of a wrist injury. Purdue's Gabe Holmes, one of the top dozen senior tight ends in the nation, will miss at least Saturday's game against Notre... more

Dave Weaver/Associated Press Offensive tackle Andrew Rodriguez knows the Nebraska offensive line has a big test against the Bruins. Nebraska has rushed for 660 yards in its two games and is one of seven teams nationally that hasn't allowed a... more

Most NFL scouts think highly of Minnesota senior defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman. If Golden Gophers coach Jerry Kill is correct, scouts eventually are going to take to sophomore linebacker De'Vondre Campbell, too. Before the season, Kill compared... more

East Carolina junior wide receiver Justin Hardy is the nation's fourth-leading receiver, with 20 catches through two games, and he can make some national noise Saturday against visiting Virginia Tech. The Hokies have the best secondary Hardy and the... more

Mike Groll/Associated Press Dri Archer practiced this week and is expected to play vs. LSU after missing time with an ankle injury. Kent State senior running back/wide receiver Dri Archer is expected to play Saturday night at LSU, coach Paul... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC The ACC has had a marquee national win in each of the first two weekends, with Clemson beating Georgia in Week 1 and Miami taking down Florida in Week 2. This week, the opportunity... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Hey, it's as if the Rose Bowl is being played in September! OK, we admit it: That's stretching things a bit, but there are four Big Ten/Pac-12 matchups this weekend, and each of the... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Everyone knows Louisville is the best team in the AAC. But the second-best team? That could be determined this week. Going into the season, conventional wisdom was that either... more

Jeremy Brevard / USA TODAY Sports Clemson wide receiver Charone Peake was off to a nice start in 2013 after a 25-catch season last year. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday that starting wide receiver Charone Peake has a torn ACL and... more

For the third day in a row, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer used the word "tomorrow" when asked when he thought he would know whether quarterback Braxton Miller would play Saturday at California. Meyer told reporters that Miller practiced briefly... more

Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports Third-year sophomore Terrel Hunt will again see time at quarterback for Syracuse against Wagner this weekend. Syracuse played two quarterbacks in last week's loss to Northwestern and Orange coaches again plan to... more

Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports Former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams was fired as head coach at Grambling on Wednesday. Former NFL quarterback Doug Williams was fired as Grambling's coach Wednesday. Williams is a Grambling alum, having played... more

Tulane University Linebacker Nico Marley has made an impact on the Tulane defense in his first season on campus. When it comes to name recognition, Tulane players take a back seat to no one. First, Joe Montana's son starts at quarterback. You... more

Before the season, NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt called Penn State's DaQuan Jones the best senior defensive tackle in the nation , and through two games, it's hard to argue with that call. Jones (6-feet-3, 318 pounds) leads the team with 18 tackles and... more

Jeff Hanisch / USA TODAY Sports Derek Landisch has been a part of a Badgers defense that has yet to allow a point this season. Wisconsin might be without one of its starting linebackers when it plays at Arizona State on Saturday night. The... more

Count Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd among those that think Texas A&M will beat top-ranked Alabama on Saturday. Boyd met with the local media on Tuesday and mentioned that he wanted to watch the Alabama-Texas A&M game on Saturday (Clemson is off this... more

Tuesday's update on injured Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller? Well, there really isn't one. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said during the Big Ten teleconference that Miller threw the ball Tuesday morning and would practice Tuesday afternoon; coaches... more

Minnesota starting cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. "It's certainly a blow to our football team," coach Jerry Kill told reporters Tuesday. Things we learned From Aaron Murray finally... more

Al Goldis/Associated Press Michigan State QB Connor Cook is in the running to start this week vs. Youngstown State. Michigan State lists four co-starters at quarterback on its depth chart for Saturday's game with Youngstown State, but coach... more

Seth Perlman/Associated Press Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld threw for four TDs in Week 2 but has yet to be named the Hoosiers' starter. Indiana sophomore Nate Sudfeld has thrown for 582 yards and eight TDs, completing 72.9 percent of his passes, in... more

Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports Linebacker Kyle Tudor, along with Jeremy Grove, will not be available when East Carolina plays Virgina Tech. East Carolina will be without its two best linebackers when it plays host to Virginia Tech on Saturday.... more

Mike Carter / USA TODAY Sports Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun has developed into a leader for the Spartans. Michigan State's best offensive player this season has been sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun. That sort of says... more

Tony Ding / Associated Press Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner led the Wolverines to a win over Notre Dame on Saturday. One week after a player making his first college start earned the honor, a player making his sixth career start was named... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Tony†Romo takes charge of the Cowboys' offense at training camp. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Monday morning that quarterback Braxton Miller will play Saturday at California if he is healthy enough. "If... more

Nick Wass/Associated Press Maryland cornerback Isaac Goins moves into the starting lineup because of an injury to Jeremiah Johnson. Maryland will be without starting cornerback Jeremiah Johnson, the Terps' best defender, for up to eight weeks... more

Andrew A. Nelles/Associated Press Cincinnati QB Munchie Legaux suffered an ugly leg injury during Saturday's loss to Illinois. Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said his team's lack of depth at quarterback could mean a player or two at... more

John F. Rhodes/Associated Press Tulsa will be without the services of wide receiver Keyarris Garrett after he suffered a severe leg injury. Tulsa has lost starting wide receiver Keyarris Garrett for the rest of the season. He was the Golden... more

Dave Martin / Associated Press Johnny Manziel's 2012 Heisman campaign took off after he ran through and beat Alabama. Mike Huguenin has spent more than 29 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a... more

Justin Ford / USA TODAY Sports A season-ending injury to Anthony Boone (pictured) forces Duke to go to backup Brandon Connette. Duke starting quarterback Anthony Boone suffered a broken collarbone in Saturday's 28-14 win over Memphis and is out... more

Andrew Weber / USA TODAY Sports Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees didn't get enough help from his defense in a loss to Michigan. Notre Dame won with defense last season, but it's obvious after two games that this season's Irish defense isn't in the... more

Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports Michigan QB Devin Gardner will wear jersey No. 98 in honor of former Wolverine Tom Harmon. Perhaps the greatest player in Michigan football history officially was granted Michigan Football Legend status on... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Tony Ding / Associated Press Michigan QB Devin Gardner shook off a costly miscue to lead the Wolverines to a win on Saturday. Here's what we learned from Saturday's Big Ten action: 1.... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Gerry Broome/Associated Press North Carolina QB Bryn Renner passed for 339 yards in a win over Middle Tennessee State on Saturday. Here's what we learned from Saturday's ACC action: 1.... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continued to produce prolific passing stats in Week 2. Here's what we learned in the AAC in Week 2: 1. Bridgewater... more

Believe it: Miami (Fla.) beat a top-15 team with its defense . The Hurricanes were epically bad on defense last season, allowing both the most rushing yards (2,615) and passing yards (3,222) in school history. Saturday, an aggressive Hurricanes' defense... more

Greg Bartram / USA TODAY Sports Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller injured his left knee early vs. San Diego State. Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller left Saturday's game against San Diego State early in the first quarter with a... more

Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press One week after making his first career start, Adrian Fleming's season was finished. Syracuse has lost starting wide receiver Adrian Flemming for the season to what the school terms a lower-body injury. Week... more

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Northwestern running back Venric Mark may not be available to play against Syracuse on Saturday. Northwestern lists starting quarterback Kain Colter and starting tailback Venric Mark as questionable for... more

Karl B DeBlaker / Associated Press Former North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little was a 2011 second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland Browns starting wide receiver Greg Little has told investigators that he received payments from... more

AP Photo/Michael Dwyer Central Michigan running back Zurlon Tipton could miss the rest of the season because of a broken ankle. Central Michigan senior tailback Zurlon Tipton, who rushed for 1,497 yards last season and was the seventh-leading... more

AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid QB Philip Nelson was the leading rusher for the Gophers in Week 1, but he struggled as a passer. Minnesota likely will be without starting tailback Donnell Kirkwood for Saturday's game at New Mexico State. Kirkwood... more

One of the best individual matchups of the season will happen Saturday night in the Michigan-Notre Dame game. Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan will spend much of his night trying to keep Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt out of the... more

Touted USF sophomore defensive end Aaron Lynch, a transfer from Notre Dame, said he is trying to be more of a team player with the Bulls. Lynch hadn't spoken to the Tampa Bay media since he arrived at USF, but he did finally talk Wednesday. "I was a... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Week Two in the Big Ten basically is a yawner -- except for a Saturday-night game in Ann Arbor. Michigan-Notre Dame is one of the three biggest games of the weekend nationally, and it... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC An ACC team won the nation's biggest non-conference game in the season's opening week, with Clemson taking down Georgia, and a league team will have a chance for another big victory... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Last week wasn't really a good one for the new American Athletic Conference, as two of its teams lost to FCS opponents. But Louisville is the only AAC team that anyone is watching, and... more

Tulsa will be without its best defensive player for the rest of the season. Senior free safety Demarco Nelson (6 feet, 192 pounds), a preseason first-team All-Conference USA selection, has been suspended for the season because he has not met the... more

Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro, the third-leading receiver in the ACC last season, is expected to make his 2013 debut Friday night when the Demon Deacons play at Boston College in the league opener for both teams. Campanaro (5 feet 11, 190 pounds)... more

Offense was a big question for Michigan State heading into the season, and it remains a big question for the Spartans as they enter Week Two. Michigan State opened the season with a 26-13 win over Western Michigan. But the offense managed only 297 total... more

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd boldly proclaimed himself as the nation's best quarterback during a radio interview on Wednesday. Well, not really. Boyd seemed to enjoy the give-and-take with the host Dan Patrick in their roughly nine-minute segment.... more

Miami coach Al Golden said Wednesday that the Hurricanes could be without junior wide receiver Rashawn Scott, the team's second-leading receiver last season, for up to six weeks. Scott (6-feet-2, 203 pounds) suffered what Golden termed a shoulder injury... more

Florida State redshirt freshman Jameis Winston is the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week after guiding the 'Noles to a 41-13 rout of Pittsburgh on Monday night. 'Famous' Jameis' next text Florida State QB Jameis Winston had a remarkable debut.... more

Rob Christy/USA TODAY Sports Penn State defensive tackle DaQuan Jones had nine tackles and a sack in the season opener. Penn State has had a defensive tackle selected in three of the past four drafts, and senior DaQuan Jones seems likely to... more

Douglas Jones / USA TODAY Sports Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas says his confidence is not shaken after a lousy Week 1 performance. Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas said his confidence remains high despite an awful performance Saturday... more

Another former NFL player has weighed in on Johnny Manziel; this time, it's former Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher. Things we learned From Johnny Manziel's controversial return to Washington's statement win, here are the 41 things we... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said that Michigan QB Devin Gardner reminds him of Randall Cunningham. Michigan junior quarterback Devin Gardner will be making his sixth career start when the Wolverines play host to Notre... more

Gerry Broome/Associated Press QB Pete Thomas will start in place of injured Brandon Mitchell for NC State. North Carolina State has lost starting quarterback Brandon Mitchell for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot, and new Wolfpack... more

Ohio State could have its expected starting secondary in place for Saturday's game against San Diego State. On the other hand, the Buckeyes again could be missing two starters. Free safety C.J. Barnett, who missed last week's victory over Buffalo with a... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Michigan running back Derrick Green will get more opportunities to touch the ball going forward. Touted true freshman Derrick Green is now the No. 2 tailback on Michigan's depth chart after a season-ending knee... more

AP Photo / Keith Srakocic) Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was sensational in Monday night's blowout win. Those who wondered whether Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston could possibly live up to the hype can... more

Throwing three touchdown passes and rushing for two more scores , as Tajh Boyd did for Clemson on Saturday in a win over Georgia (the No. 5 team in the country), apparently didn't leave at least one of Boyd's coaches satisfied. Tigers offensive... more

Northwestern has lost starting cornerback Daniel Jones for the season with a torn ACL, coach Pat Fitzgerald said. Jones, a junior, was injured in the first half of the Wildcats' victory over California. Things we learned From Johnny Manziel's... more

Florida State's Jameis Winston hasn't taken a snap in a college game, but former Seminoles quarterback Danny Kanell already is sold. "When I look at film and see him throw the football or see him run, I see the most talented person at the quarterback... more

Week 1 of the college football season is (almost) in the books, which means it's time for the first Heisman watch of the season. Even the most ardent fan has to grit his teeth at the pervasiveness of Heisman talk, especially early in the season. Then... more

AP Photo / Garry Jones Teddy Bridgewater did nothing to hurt his Heisman Trophy campaign on Sunday against Ohio. Teddy Bridgewater's junior season got off to a great start Sunday. So did Louisville's. Bridgewater threw for 355 yards and... more

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AP Photo/Richard Shiro Clemson QB Tajh Boyd's Heisman hopes got a lift with the big win over Georgia. Clemson's two big offensive weapons had big games Saturday night against visiting Georgia. Perhaps the Tigers' biggest offensive question... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC AP Photo / Gene J. Puskar Penn State WR Allen Robinson missed a half but still made a big impact in the season opener. Penn State starting quarterback Christian Hackenberg has a new best... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas didn't help his draft stock with his Week 1 performance. With Florida State taking on Pitt on Monday night, we can't... more

AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Three AAC teams played Thursday, two Friday, three Saturday, and the league's best team -- Louisville -- played Sunday. Check out the top 10 images from the first weekend of college football play.... more

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch helped get the Huskies' season off to a positive start Saturday. You ready for Northern Illinois in a BCS bowl again? OK, maybe we're getting ahead of ourselves, but senior... more

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel caught some heat Saturday for a "show me the money" sign after a touchdown pass against Rice. Well, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd decided to get in on the fun Saturday night after running for a score against... more

Bill Wippert/Associated Press Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack strengthened his draft stock in the season opener against Ohio State. If there were any college football fans that didn't know about Buffalo senior linebacker Khalil Mack before... more

Denver rookie running back Montee Ball sure was impressed by his alma mater's performance Saturday -- specifically, the two running backs who replaced him at Wisconsin. Ball, who was a second-round pick by the Broncos in the 2013 NFL Draft, took to... more

Highly touted Florida State sophomore defensive lineman Eddie Goldman -- a consensus national top-10 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class -- is scheduled to make his first career start Monday. But he'll be making it at end, not tackle, the position he... more

AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt Frank Beamer's team has been hit hard by injuries before playing its first game. A banged-up Virginia Tech team got more bad news Thursday when it was revealed starting tight end Ryan Malleck would miss the season... more

Scotty Young was one of the nation's most prolific high school passers, was a consensus national top-10 quarterback in the 2010 recruiting class and signed with a school known for its prolific passing attack. Chances are, though, you've never heard of... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC The 14-member ACC is unveiled this weekend, with the two new schools playing intriguing games. But the most intriguing game of the weekend will be played by Clemson, the league's... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC A debut at Wisconsin for coach Gary Andersen and quarterback debuts at Iowa and Penn State, where neither new starter has thrown a college pass, highlight the first weekend in the Big... more

Top 10 games AAC ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC The AAC's first season kicks off Thursday with three games, only one of which has any appeal. But Rutgers' trip to Fresno State could end up being one of the best games of the first... more

The depth on Ohio State's rebuilt defensive line took a hit Wednesday when coach Urban Meyer announced that backup tackle Tommy Schutt had a broken foot and likely would be out "until midseason." Ohio State has an all-new starting defensive line and... more

AP Photo/Nick Wass Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs should benefit from a QB situation that is expected to be more stable in 2013. Maryland sophomore wide receiver Stefon Diggs threw out the first pitch at the Aug. 18 Baltimore Orioles... more

Louisville starting defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin, who was hit by a car while riding his moped Tuesday, was released Wednesday from the hospital after doctors held him overnight for observation. A release from the school said "tests and evaluations... more

Clemson safety Travis Blanks appears to be on the verge of a breakout sophomore campaign, but he and his secondary mates likely will be under siege Saturday night against Georgia. Blanks (6 feet, 200 pounds) and junior Robert Smith (5-11, 210) should... more

Former top-50 national recruit Markeith Ambles has resurfaced at Houston. Cougars coach Tony Levine said Ambles officially is enrolled at the school and that he expected Ambles to be ready to play by Sept. 21, against crosstown rival Rice. Ambles... more

Tulsa will be without its best defensive player when it opens the season Thursday night against Bowling Green. Senior free safety Demarco Nelson (6 feet, 192 pounds), a preseason first-team All-Conference USA selection, has been suspended because he has... more

Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports There is a glaring void in the Rice secondary with star cornerback Phillip Gaines suspended. Heavy underdog Rice will be without two defensive starters when it plays at Texas A&M on Saturday in its opener.... more

Matt Patchan was a consensus top-50 player and a consensus top-five offensive tackle nationally in the 2008 recruiting class, sharing space in the tackle rankings with Matt Kalil (fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft), Tyron Smith (ninth overall pick in... more

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio's announcement of his starting quarterback Tuesday means that all six of the teams in the Big Ten Legends Division have reached a decision on their starters. The same can't be said for the squads in the Leaders... more

Chuck Cook / USA TODAY Sports Louisville DE Lorenzo Mauldin's status for the Cardinals' season opener is not yet known. Cardinals starting defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin will be kept overnight at Jewish Hospital in Louisville for continued... more

One of the great fall-camp mysteries in the Big Ten has been solved: Senior Andrew Maxwell again will start at quarterback for Michigan State. Coach Mark Dantonio made the announcement Tuesday, three days ahead of the Spartans' opening game against... more

Penn State had depth issues in the secondary last season, to the point that defensive coordinator John Butler was leery of using nickel and dime sets. The Nittany Lions returned three starters in the secondary, but the depth has improved so much... more

Michigan senior Courtney Avery, a team captain expected to start at free safety this season, likely will miss the first two games with a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery. Check out the top 10 all-time players from Michigan. Avery... more

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen still hasn't decided on a starting quarterback -- it will be sophomore Joel Stave or sixth-year senior Curt Phillips -- but one starting spot that has been decided is left tackle. And it's a surprise. Senior Ryan Groy... more

Pittsburgh might be without its top two tailbacks when it opens ACC play Monday night against Florida State. Junior starter Isaac Bennett (5-feet-11, 205 pounds) suffered a knee injury at the end of the first week of fall camp and has had no contact... more

AP Photo / Garry Jones Senior Senorise Perry is expected to start at running back for Louisville in its season opener. Louisville has three running backs that have played extensively, and coach Charlie Strong said Monday that the Cardinals --... more

Here is a look at the starting quarterback for each of the 10 AAC schools: Cincinnati The starter: New coach Tommy Tuberville has not picked a starter; the candidates are seniors Brendon Kay and Munchie Legaux. Legaux started the first eight games... more

When Miami released its "final" fall camp depth chart last week, senior Seantrel Henderson was listed as the starting right tackle. But UM coach Al Golden has released an updated depth chart for Friday's opener against Florida Atlantic, and... more

This is the final season of the BCS, which means it's the final season a team can be a "BCS buster." This season, as usual, there has been preseason mention of Boise State as a "buster." The Broncos were ranked 19th in the preseason coaches' poll. But... more

¬Ľ Must-see games of 2013: AAC | ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC Here is a look at the 10 best American Athletic Conference games of the season. 10. Rutgers at Connecticut, Nov. 30, time/network TBD -- This will be the final meeting as... more

To the surprise of basically no one, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced Friday night that redshirt freshman Jameis Winston would be the Seminoles' starting quarterback. FSU opens Sept. 2 -- Labor Day night -- at Pittsburgh in the Panthers' first... more

In a video uploaded to the Nebraska football team's YouTube account Friday, irritated Huskers coach Bo Pelini smashes the cell phone of senior defensive tackle Thad Randle with a hammer. Relax -- it was a prank. Last Friday night, there was... more

Sophomore Jake Rudock has been named Iowa's starting quarterback, beating out redshirt freshman C.J. Beathard, the grandson of former NFL general manager Bobby Beathard. Rudock (6-feet-3, 205 pounds) was the favorite going into fall camp. He redshirted... more

A snap-shot view of North Carolina's questionable defense: Sophomore walk-on Jeff Schoettmer, who was a safety last season, entered fall camp as the third-string middle linebacker. He exited it on scholarship, and as a potential starter. While there are... more

Kim Klement/USA Today Sports SMU wide receiver Deion Sanders Jr. went backstage at a Lil' Wayne concert, prompting the school to investigate. Ahhh, the life of a compliance official at a major school. SMU has told College Football Talk that... more

If everything goes right for Ohio State's defensive line this season, sophomore ends Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington will go from untested first-time starters to established stars in the course of 12 games. The Buckeyes have an all-new defensive... more

AP Photo/Tom DiPace Suspended Notre Dame QB Everett Golson will work on his fundamentals with George Whitfield this fall. When Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson was suspended in May for the fall semester, he said it was for "poor academic... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 3,718 yards and 27 touchdowns last season, and to listen to Cardinals offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, Bridgewater could dwarf those numbers this season. Watson has said that the number of personnel... more

Northwestern University Northwestern University has unveiled a new alternate helmet it will wear this season. Northwestern and Wisconsin joined the growing multitude of teams that will wear different uniforms at times this season, unveiling white... more

¬Ľ Must-see games of 2013: AAC | ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC Here is a look at the 10 best Big Ten games of 2013 leading up to the Dec. 7 conference championship game in Indianapolis, Ind. 10. Northwestern at Wisconsin, Oct. 12, 3:30... more

The ACC returns four quarterbacks who threw for 3,000 yards last season. Three of them are easy to guess (Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Miami's Stephen Morris and North Carolina's Bryn Renner), as each of them is getting a lot of love from NFL scouts. The fourth... more

Bill Wippert/Associated Press Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack is expected to draw first-round interest from NFL teams next spring. It is becoming increasingly obvious that Buffalo senior outside linebacker Khalil Mack is a player fans will... more

University of Michigan Tom Brady took advantage of the Patriots' preseason trip to Detroit to meet with his college team. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his teammates are playing the Detroit Lions on Thursday night, and Brady... more

Gerry Broome / Associated Press Promising wide receiver/tight end Justin Jones will not be playing for East Carolina this season. East Carolina announced Wednesday that senior wide receiver/tight end Justin Jones and sophomore wide receiver... more

Quarterback updates from the Mid-American Conference, where all 13 teams now have set starters: Akron: Sophomore Kyle Pohl has beaten out Colorado transfer Nick Hirschman, a junior who arrived over the summer. Hirschman started two games for the Buffs... more

If fall camp is an indication, Clemson junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins is in for a huge season. "There's really no comparison in Sammy right now last year to this year," Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris told reporters Tuesday. "He's a lot... more

Michigan's shaky wide receiver corps became even shakier Wednesday when the school announced that starter Amara Darboh would miss the season with a foot injury. "I love Amara, and just hate it for him, how hard he worked through the offseason and fall... more

Tom DiPace / Associated Press Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt has a rare combination of size, quickness and strength. One of the most closely watched juniors this season will be Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt. He was a... more

Virginia Tech coaches announced Tuesday that true freshman walk-on Sam Rogers would be the starter at fullback in the Hokies' opener against Alabama. Rogers (5-feet-10, 220 pounds) was a first-team all-state performer as a utility player in high school... more

New North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren will not announce his starting quarterback until Aug. 31, the day of the team's season opener against Louisiana Tech. The news came in an email from the athletic department outlining media policies for the... more

Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press Tyler Ferguson (left) and Christian Hackenberg are in a tight battle to become Penn State's starting QB. One of the remaining Big Ten quarterback battles will be decided Friday, as Penn State coach Bill... more

Michael Conroy / Associated Press Indiana Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson has a significant void to fill on his offensive line. Indiana sophomore guard Dan Feeney, who might be the Hoosiers' best lineman, will miss the season with a fracture... more

Dave Martin / Associated Press Louisville Cardinals QB Teddy Bridgewater seems to enjoy his Tom Hanks-inspired nickname. If you want to call Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater "Gump" (as in Forrest Gump), that's fine with him.... more

Miami coaches released the team's final fall camp depth chart Monday night, and the biggest takeaway is that transfer defensive linemen David Gilbert (Wisconsin) and Justin Renfrow (Virginia) are in line to see a lot of playing time. Both graduated from... more

Former NFL wide receiver Tim Brown, who won the Heisman at Notre Dame in 1987, was in South Bend, Ind., on Monday for an annual golf tournament he sponsors, and he said Texas A&M deserves some of the blame in the Johnny Manziel mess. Brown told WNDU-TV... more

¬Ľ Must-see games of 2013: AAC | ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC Here is a look at the 10 games leading up to the conference championship that ACC fans will not want to miss in 2013: 10. North Carolina at Virginia Tech, Oct. 5,... more

Michigan had a good season defensively in 2012 despite a pass rush that can charitably be called "mediocre." Wolverines players vow better numbers this season. Michigan had only 22 sacks last season, a figure that ranked tied for 10th in the Big Ten and... more

Carlos Osorio / Associated Press Eastern Michigan's Ron English has turned to a longtime coach to help the team's sputtering offense. Stan Parrish is 67 years old and has been a football coach for almost his entire adult life. This season,... more

Sophomore Armani Reeves will start in place of suspended All-American cornerback Bradley Roby in Ohio State's Aug. 31 opener against Buffalo. Reeves (5-feet-10, 197 pounds), from the Boston area, played in six games as a true freshman last season,... more

Not many players could lose 53 pounds and still weigh in at 327 pounds. Meet Wisconsin junior offensive tackle Rob Havenstein. Wisconsin is known for producing big offensive linemen, but Havenstein, who is 6-feet-8, qualifies as mammoth. This will be... more

Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports Senior Kenneth Acker has starred at corner for SMU but could see action on offense in 2013. SMU senior Kenneth Acker is on basically every preseason All-AAC team as a cornerback, but that could end up being his... more

Fifth-year senior Rob Henry will start at quarterback for Purdue when it opens the season against Cincinnati. Henry beat out redshirt freshman Austin Appleby and true freshman Danny Etling for the starting job. Check out the top 10 all-time players from... more

Michael Conroy / Associated Press Notre Dame linebacker Danny Spond forced to give up football Unspecified medial reasons have forced Notre Dame starting outside linebacker Danny Spond to give up football. Spond was an all-state quarterback... more

Dave Weaver / Associated Press Nebraska defensive tackle Kevin†Williams will miss the season with a knee injury. Nebraska's defensive line was a question mark as it was, and the question became even bigger with the news that projected... more

This is the sixth and final piece in our position-by-position look at the best tandems in the Big Ten this season. Today it's best secondary duo. The best: Ohio State The duo: CB Bradley Roby and FS C.J. Barnett The reasoning: Roby, a junior... more

Six Big Ten teams headed to fall camp needing to decide on a new quarterback, and none of the six have chosen a starter. Here's an update: Indiana The buzz: IU played three quarterbacks last season (sophomores Tre' Roberson and Nate Sudfeld, and... more

Michigan had one of the nation's top 20 defenses last season, but inexperience in the front seven -- especially linebacker -- make it likely that the Wolverines will fall some in the rankings this season. The Wolverines are counting on a lot of young... more

Ohio State star cornerback Bradley Roby could have his misdemeanor charge dropped if he decides to enter a pretrial diversion program. Roby was arrested July 21 in Bloomington, Ind., and indefinitely suspended by Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer. He... more

Kickers Cairo Santos of Tulane and Chris Boswell of Rice might be C-USA's top pro prospects. Conference USA was riding relatively high two seasons ago. Houston quarterback Case Keenum seemingly was setting an NCAA record every time he... more

Virginia cornerback Demetrious Nicholson was one of the best true freshmen in the nation in 2011, when he earned freshman All-America acclaim after finishing with 60 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups. Nicholson (5-feet-11, 185 pounds)... more

The injuries continue to mount for Virginia Tech, which opens its season against two-time defending national champion Alabama. Projected starting linebacker Ronny Vandyke will miss the season with a shoulder injury that will require surgery, projected... more

This is the fifth piece in our position-by-position look at the best tandems in the Big Ten this season. Today it's best linebacker duo. The best: Michigan State The duo: OLB Denicos Allen and ILB Max Bullough The reasoning: Allen's lack... more

Northwestern is coming off only the third 10-win season in school history (the Wildcats began playing football in 1875) and again should contend for a top-25 finish. Coach Pat Fitzgerald and his staff have ramped up recruiting, and the Wildcats are... more

Bill Haber / Associated Press Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is one of the top 2013 Heisman candidates. Kent State's clever Heisman "campaign" for Dri Archer has us thinking: What are other schools doing to tout their Heisman... more

Purdue 2013 season preview August 15, 2013

Darrell Hazell takes over a Boilermakers program that is coming off back-to-back bowl appearances. Still, Purdue has won as many as nine games only once since 1998. Hazell is a former Big Ten assistant who had been coach at Kent State, where he had... more

Ohio State junior cornerback Adam Griffin, the son of Buckeyes legend Archie Griffin, is having to give up football because of a shoulder injury. Griffin wasn't a part of the Buckeyes' cornerback rotation, but he was a key special-teams performer. He... more

Indiana had four receivers catch at least 40 passes last season and all four are back, lending credence to the idea that the Hoosiers again will lead the Big Ten in passing. IU averaged 311.2 passing yards per game, a figure good enough for 17th in the... more

Curtis Grant arrived at Ohio State from Richmond, Va., in 2011 amid a ton of hype: He was a consensus national top-25 prospect and considered the No. 1 inside linebacker in that recruiting class. Things haven't gone as expected, though, as Grant... more

North Carolina junior tight end Eric Ebron should be one of the nation's best at his position this season, and he certainly doesn't lack for self-confidence. Ebron is 6-feet-4 and he told the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer that he is up to 254... more

Clemson's projected starting tight end, Jordan Leggett, is expected to miss up to a month with a sprained MCL suffered in a Wednesday scrimmage. Leggett (6-feet-6, 235 pounds), a true freshman who enrolled early and went through spring drills, was... more

After back-to-back 11-win seasons -- only the fourth and fifth times Michigan State has won double-digit games -- the Spartans slumped precipitously last season, finishing 7-6. The offense was mediocre, putting too much pressure on a defense that still... more

This is the fourth piece in our position-by-position look at the best tandems in the Big Ten this season. Today it's best defensive line duo. The best: Penn State The duo: DE Deion Barnes and DT DaQuan Jones The reasoning: Barnes... more

Florida State's depth at wide receiver took another hit Wednesday when it was announced that senior Jarred "Scooter" Haggins would miss the season with a stress fracture in his knee. Haggins (6 feet, 193 pounds) played in 13 games last season as a... more

Crystal LoGiudice/USA TODAY Sports Kent State has launched a unique Heisman campaign for explosive running back Dri Archer. Kent State senior tailback Dri Archer is on NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah's list of the five most explosive... more

Minnesota has won more than seven games just three times since 1967, but third-year coach Jerry Kill is breathing life into the program. The Golden Gophers parlayed an easy non-conference schedule into a bowl appearance last season and have a... more

To the surprise of basically no one, senior Tom Savage officially was named Pittsburgh's starting quarterback Wednesday. "Tom is going to be our starting quarterback," Panthers coach Paul Chryst told reporters after practice Wednesday. "... It was a... more

Penn State was hit with unprecedented NCAA sanctions in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky case in the summer of 2012, but first-year coach Bill O'Brien deftly guided the Nittany Lions to a surprising 8-4 record last fall. Penn State has had only nine players... more

Nebraska is looking for three new starting linebackers for a defense that was poor against the run last season, and a healthy Zaire Anderson would be a big boost for the Huskers. Anderson (5 feet 11, 220 pounds), a junior from Philadelphia, arrived at... more

Florida State junior tailbacks Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. combined for 1,300 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, when they shared time with then-senior Chris Thompson, who was the team's leading rusher. This season, in what he calls an... more

After leading Wisconsin to double-digit wins four times and to three Rose Bowls in seven seasons, coach Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. Enter Gary Andersen, who did yeoman's work in turning Utah State into a legitimate program. But winning in the Big Ten... more

Marilyn Indahl/USA TODAY Sports Western Michigan will be without the services of WR Jaime Wilson after he broke an ankle. New Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck received a huge blow when leading returning receiver Jaime Wilson suffered a... more

This is the third piece in our position-by-position look at the best tandems in the Big Ten this season. Today it's best offensive line duo. The best: Michigan The duo: OTs Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield The reasoning: Lewan... more

Nati Harnik / Associated Press Wisconsin tight end Brock DeCicco is all too familiar with head-coaching changes. There's one statistical category in which Wisconsin senior tight end Brock DeCicco truly stands out. Number of head coaches... more

Rich Schultz / Associated Press Rutgers wide receiver Brandon Coleman is on the Biletnikoff Award watch list. Rutgers junior Brandon Coleman, one of the best wide receivers in the nation, hopes to return to the field later this week for his... more

You might want to feel sorry for second-year coach Tim Beckman, who oversees the worst team in the Big Ten and one of the two or three worst in any "big six" conference. While predecessor Ron Zook universally was praised for his recruiting ability, he... more

The Cornhuskers lost only one regular-season game in conference play (a 25-point setback against Ohio State) and won the Legends Division last fall. But they were mauled by Wisconsin in the league championship game, then were dominated in the second... more

Wisconsin starting linebacker Ethan Armstrong, who has missed all but one day of fall camp, told reporters he thinks he will play in the opener against Massachusetts on Aug. 31. Armstrong (6 feet 2, 225 pounds), a senior who was third on the team with... more

Keith Srakocic/Associated Press Rutgers senior Jeremy Deering will be playing yet another position in 2013. Rutgers senior Jeremy Deering is a good athlete who is one of the most versatile players in the nation. While that versatility... more

Syracuse was surprisingly good on offense last season, averaging 30 points per game and finishing 17th in the nation in total offense at 476.0 yards per game. A lot has changed, though. There's a new coach, a new offensive coordinator, a new go-to... more

Virginia Tech true freshman cornerback Kendall Fuller arrived on campus amid a ton of hype. In this case, believe the hype. Fuller (5-feet-11, 193 pounds) was a consensus national top-20 prospect out of the Baltimore area in the 2013 recruiting... more

After the ill-fated three-year regime of Rich Rodriguez, Michigan football seems to be Michigan football again. The Wolverines won only 15 games in RichRod's tenure but have 19 wins in the past two seasons under Brady Hoke. Hoke and his staff have... more

This is the second piece in our position-by-position look at the best tandems in the Big Ten this season. Today it's best receiving duo. The best: Penn State The duo: WR Allen Robinson and TE Kyle Carter The reasoning: Robinson (6-feet-3,... more

Danny Wild / USA TODAY Sports Wide receiver Sterling Griffin should receive a warm welcome at Louisiana Tech camp. New coach Skip Holtz and Louisiana Tech received a gift Monday, courtesy of USF, Holtz's former employer. Wide receiver... more

Indiana 2013 season preview August 12, 2013

Coach Kevin Wilson enters his third season with the Hoosiers, and while IU isn't going to challenge for a Big Ten title, it should be in the mix for a bowl bid, which would be its first since 2007 and only its second since 1993. Wilson has... more

Here's a look at six ACC sophomores that will make a national splash this season. We are not including sophomores that made waves nationally as freshmen last season, which means Maryland's Stefon Diggs and Miami's Duke Johnson are out. North Carolina WR... more

Urban Meyer had a phenomenal debut season with the Buckeyes, guiding them to a 12-0 mark. But because of NCAA probation, the Buckeyes were ineligible for the postseason. Fret not, Buckeyes fans: This team is loaded, and, in a down Big Ten, another... more

April L. Brown/Associated Press Alabama's AJ McCarron is Gil Brandt's top-rated senior quarterback prospect. NFL.com senior draft analyst Gil Brandt has released his list of the nation's top 100 seniors , and a quick look makes you wonder if... more

James Lang/USA TODAY Sports Virginia has named David Watford as its starting quarterback for this season. In a decision that's not really a surprise, Virginia coach Mike London announced Monday that sophomore David Watford would be the... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint is attempting to return from 2012's broken leg. Don't expect a quick resolution to Michigan's tailback battle. Wolverines coach Brady Hoke said Sunday at Michigan's annual... more

Scott Boehm/Associated Press The Cincinnati Bearcats will play their 2014 home schedule in the Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium. The University of Cincinnati announced Monday morning that it would play its 2014 schedule at the Cincinnati Bengals'... more

Paul Frederiksen/USA TODAY Sports Virginia Tech could be facing a depth issue with CB Donaldven Manning leaving the program. Virginia Tech sophomore Donaldven Manning, who had been in the running for a starting cornerback job until the past... more

This is the first piece in our position-by-position look at the best tandems in the Big Ten this season. Today it's best offensive backfield duo. The best: Wisconsin The duo: RBs James White and Melvin Gordon The reasoning: White... more

Iowa 2013 season preview August 12, 2013

Kirk Ferentz, heading into his 14th season as Iowa's coach, is on the hot seat. The Hawkeyes are coming off a 4-8 season and have won only 11 games in the past two seasons, the worst two-season stretch for the Hawkeyes since 2000-01. The talent level... more

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hasn't said for sure that redshirt freshman Jameis Winston is his starting quarterback, but media folks everywhere sure hope Fisher gives the nod to Winston soon. FSU had its annual football media day Sunday, and... more

This is the sixth and final piece in our position-by-position look at the best tandems in the ACC this season. Today it's best secondary duo. The best: Florida State The duo: FS Terrence Brooks and CB Lamarcus Joyner The reasoning: Brooks was... more

Pat Sullivan / Associated Press UAB's passing game is searching for answers after the dismissal of WR Jackie Williams. UAB had one of the best passing attacks in the nation last season, but the Blazers took a big hit in that department with... more

Jeff Hanisch / USA TODAY Sports The arrival of DE David Gilbert could give the Miami pass rush the jolt it needs. Miami had one of the weakest pass rushes in the nation last season (only 13 sacks in 12 games), but the Hurricanes may have... more

This is the fifth piece in our position-by-position look at the best tandems in the ACC this season. Today it's best linebacker duo. The best: Florida State The duo: Christian Jones and Telvin Smith The reasoning: Jones (6-foot-4, 232 pounds)... more

The past month or so has been tough one for Urban Meyer, what with some key players getting arrested , two freshmen also breaking the law, and the Ohio State coach having to answer questions about accused murderer Aaron Hernandez. Now he appears to... more

Seth Perlman / Associated Press Second-year Illini coach Tim Beckman had hoped to use a high school field for a scrimmage. Illinois had planned to hold a scrimmage at Rantoul (Ill.) High on Monday, but the NCAA said "no" on Friday. Illinois... more

Geoff Burke / USA TODAY Sports A solid senior season could have Brent Urban on NFL teams' radars for next year's draft. You look at Virginia senior defensive tackle Brent Urban and you see a guy who is 6-feet-7 and 295 pounds, with good... more

Duke 2013 season preview August 09, 2013

Duke is coming off a memorable season. The Blue Devils went to a bowl for the first time since the 1994 season and had a player selected in the NFL draft for the first time since 2004. Another bowl and another draft pick are legitimate goals for this... more

Georgia Tech was a solid producer of draftable talent from 2004-10, but Tech has had only two players selected in the '11 and '12 drafts , and none in April . Not so coincidentally, the talent left behind when Chan Gailey was fired as coach basically was... more

Jaimie Trueblood / Universal Pictures Getting stuck behind Warren Sapp on the depth chart actually worked out well for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The University of Miami unveiled its renovated athletic center Friday, which includes a football... more

Chuck Burton / Associated Press The return of Josh Harris provides the Demon Deacons with a potentially solid 1-2 backfield punch. A week after being suspended for the season, Wake Forest starting tailback Josh Harris was reinstated Friday by... more

Tom Pennington / Associated Press Traylon Shead is primed to 'shock the nation' as SMU's new workhorse running back. SMU coach June Jones has been around a while. His coaching career began in 1983, including a three-season stint as head coach... more

Penn State has had nine linebackers drafted in the past seven years, including two in April, and senior Glenn Carson is the latest standout 'backer for the Nittany Lions. Carson has been productive on the field and in the classroom. He graduated in May... more

USA TODAY Sports Tackle Tim Jackson (left) and end Kareem Martin form one of the best defensive line tandems in the ACC. This is the fourth of our position-by-position look at the best tandems in the ACC this season. Today it‚??s the best... more

John Raoux / Associated Press Marshall QB Rakeem Cato is looking to repeat as Conference USA's top offensive player. Marshall junior quarterback Rakeem Cato hopes to one day follow former Thundering Herd signal-callers Chad Pennington and... more

Scott Boehm/Associated Press Lambeau Field will play host to the Wisconsin-LSU game in 2016. Can you use bratwurst when making gumbo? We'll find out when LSU takes on Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay in 2016. The teams meet next... more

Mark Konezny / USA TODAY Sports The saga of LB Todd Thomas and his future with Pittsburgh is taking another twist. Wednesday, Pittsburgh coaches announced that linebacker Todd Thomas had left the team. Thomas apparently has changed his... more

North Carolina State has had eight players selected in the past two drafts after having 10 picked in the preceding four drafts. Talent hasn't necessarily been a problem of late with the Wolfpack, but the results on the field didn't match, which is why... more

Louisville went 11-2 last season, including a win over Florida in the Sugar Bowl, despite a defense that was a bit too conservative, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said Thursday. Bedford also said his defense wouldn't be that laid-back this season.... more

Al Behrman/AP Photo USF DE Ryne Giddins feels better after getting up to 280 pounds. Ryne Giddins was a wanted man early in 2009. He was considered one of the nation's top five high school defensive ends and he basically had his choice of... more

After having 17 players drafted from 2007-11 , Pitt has gone two drafts with zero selections. Not so coincidentally, the Panthers have gone 20-19 in the past three seasons, including a 12-14 mark the past two years. The Panthers should have at least... more

Marvin Gentry/USA TODAY Sports Sophomore TE J.P. Holtz will play a big role in the Pittsburgh offense this season. It shouldn't be surprising that Pittsburgh will have one of the nation's best tight end duos this season. After all, having... more

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar Penn State RB Bill Belton watched NFL tape to learn how to become a more decisive runner. Bill Belton opened last season as Penn State's starting tailback, but an ankle injury in the season-opener against Ohio severely... more

Miami 2013 season preview August 08, 2013

Miami hasn't had a first-round pick since 2008 , which qualifies as a full-fledged drought for a program that produced at least one first-rounder every year from 1995-2008 (there were a staggering 33 first-rounders produced by the Hurricanes in that... more

This is the third of our position-by-position look at the best tandems in the ACC this season. Today it's the best OL duo. The best: Florida State The duo: OT Cameron Erving and OG Tre' Jackson The reasoning: Erving is one of the more... more

Gerry Broome / Associated Press North Carolina State will be without RB Shadrach Thornton for its season opener. North Carolina State has suspended RB Shadrach Thornton for its opening game against Louisiana Tech. Thornton, who led the... more

Officials at Louisville and Ohio State said Wednesday that their quarterbacks -- Teddy Bridgewater and Braxton Miller, respectively -- did not commit any NCAA violations related to extra benefits for their autographs. Memorabilia featuring the... more

While RB Derrick Green and QB Shane Morris have received the bulk of the attention among Michigan's true freshmen, the classmate who might make the most impact this fall is S Dymonte Thomas. Thomas (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) was a running back and... more

Syracuse has had a first-round pick in each of the past two drafts (defensive end Chandler Jones in 2012 and offensive tackle Justin Pugh in 2013), but that streak likely will come to an end in 2014. The Orange also has had at least two players selected... more

This is the second of our position-by-position look at the best tandems in the ACC this season. Today it's best receiving duo. The best: Clemson The duo: Sammy Watkins and ... well, we'll go with Martavis Bryant The reasoning: Watkins has as... more

Virginia overachieved a bit in 2011, finishing 8-5, but the Cavs underachieved last season on their way to a 4-8 record. The talent appears to be on hand for a winning season this fall, assuming the coaches can find a quarterback. Virginia owns one of... more

Eric Hartline / USA TODAY Sports Defensive tackle Shahid Paulhill apparently changed his mind about playing for Temple in 2013. Temple senior DT Shahid Paulhill, who left the team in March, is back on the roster and eligible to play. At the... more

Pittsburgh starting LB Todd Thomas, who has undergone two surgeries on his left knee, told Panthers coaches Wednesday that he was giving up football. "I had a chance to have some conversations with him the last couple days, and he told me last night and... more

Mark Duncan/Associated Press Ohio State coach Urban Meyer likes what he has seen of freshman RB Dontre Wilson. Ohio State could use a few more offensive playmakers, and true freshman Dontre Wilson is showing signs he can be a big-play guy.... more

Clemson 2013 season preview August 07, 2013

Clemson has had at least four players selected in each of the past five drafts (including six who have been selected in the first two rounds), and the Tigers again are blessed with numerous NFL prospects (both seniors and underclassmen) this season. Tajh... more

Wisconsin has become known for its ground-gobbling rushing attack, and that is not going to change under new coach Gary Andersen. Check out the top NFL players from Wisconsin. Twice in the past three seasons, the Badgers' third -string tailback has... more

Rice has lost starting DT Hosam Shahin for the season for personal reasons, and it seems unlikely he will return to the school. Owls coach David Bailiff said Shahin is at home in Canada "with some personal problems he's dealing with right now." Bailiff... more

Reese Strickland / USA TODAY Sports Bo Pelini will be working hard to shore up a defense that had trouble stopping the run in 2012. One of the biggest storylines in the Big Ten during fall camps will be whether Nebraska's defense can show any... more

Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports Florida State's Giorgio Newberry is being switched from defensive end to tight end. A lack of numbers at tight end at Florida State has led to a position switch, and the Seminoles now have one of the biggest... more

Maryland sophomore WR Stefon Diggs told CSNBaltimore.com on Monday that "I'm going to do my four years like everybody else." Top 10 unheralded prospects Everyone knows the headliners, but Bucky Brooks identifies the 10 under-the-radar college... more

Tony Ding / Associated Press Michigan will go out of its way to make sure QB Devin Gardner isn't touched in practice. Two interesting items at Michigan, which opened camp Monday. First is that junior QB Devin Gardner will not participate in... more

Bill Wippert / Associated Press Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack will draw the attention of NFL scouts this season. The first player selected in the 2013 NFL Draft was a Mid-American Conference offensive tackle (Eric Fisher of Central... more

Wake Forest has had a total of five players selected in the past two drafts, but none was selected earlier than the fourth round. And since Calvin Pace was picked in the first round in 2003 , only three of Wake's 18 draftees were selected before the... more

Florida State had 11 players selected in the 2013 NFL Draft , the most of any school in the nation. That matched the number of draftees FSU had produced in the previous four drafts combined . The deep talent pool is a result of coach Jimbo Fisher's... more

This is the first of our position-by-position look at the best tandems in the ACC this season. First up is offensive backfield. The best: Miami The duo: QB Stephen Morris and RB Duke Johnson The reasoning: Morris was a revelation as a... more

Mel Evans / Associated Press Rutgers is shifting Kaleb Johnson from tackle to guard, which could help his NFL chances. Rutgers' Kaleb Johnson was a freshman All-American in 2011 and a second-team All-Big East performer last season playing... more

Virginia Tech won seven games last season, snapping a streak of eight consecutive 10-win seasons. And the Hokies had only two players selected in April's draft, just the third time since 1999 that they had fewer than three players picked. But it's not a... more

adidas Notre Dame will wear new uniforms in the "Shamrock Series" game vs. Arizona State. Time was, a shamrock on the side of the Notre Dame helmet would've been considered sacrilege. The Fighting Irish will wear these tricked-out duds in... more

Everyone in the ACC is talking about Clemson's offense, which isn't a surprise considering the Tigers feature QB Tajh Boyd and WR Sammy Watkins. The Tigers led the ACC in offense last season, when they won 11 games, and that unit is the main reason... more

Virginia Tech senior CB Antone Exum suffered a horrific injury to his right knee while playing pickup basketball in January -- tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, tearing lateral and medial menisci and breaking a bone -- and to no one's surprise, it... more

Maryland won nine games in 2010, but that wasn't enough for coach Ralph Friedgen -- a Terps alum -- to keep his job. The Terps had a disastrous 2011 season, going 2-10. Things got a bit better last season for coach Randy Edsall, as Maryland went 4-8... more

Boston College had a player selected in seven consecutive drafts , but that streak was snapped in April and it wouldn't be a shock if no Golden Eagles player was drafted in 2014, either. BC has been getting progressively worse since the 2007 season.... more

Jesse Johnson / Associated Press A 1,000-yard season is a very realistic goal for Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood. Minnesota had a 1,000-yard rusher for eight consecutive seasons from 1999-2006, and from 2003-05, the Golden Gophers... more

AP Photo/Dave Martin Former Auburn RB Michael Dyer will get no second chances if he screws up at Louisville. Louisville coach Charlie Strong said today in a weekly news conference that tailback Michael Dyer, a transfer who formerly played at... more

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports Pitt DT Aaron Donald is a three-year starter, but there are depth issues on the D-line. Pittsburgh has suspended two backups -- WR Ronald Jones and NT Khaynin Mosley-Smith -- for the season. Mosley-Smith is a... more

J Pat Carter / AP Photo Miami RB Duke Johnson will have to prove he can produce against top teams in 2013. Miami TB Duke Johnson rushed for 947 yards and 10 TDs last season -- the fourth-highest total by a true freshman in 2012 -- and was... more

AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall Iowa's Kevante Martin-Manley returns as the Hawkeyes' leading receiver. Iowa is looking for a starting quarterback, but the new guy might be limited in that the Hawkeyes' wide receivers are an untested bunch.... more

AP Photo / Sue Ogrocki Ball State QB Keith Wenning threw for 3,095 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. Ball State senior QB Keith Wenning, one of 19 quarterbacks nationally returning after throwing for 3,000 yards last season, will miss an... more

North Carolina has had 16 players selected in the past three drafts, including four first-rounders and five second-rounders. That's an offshoot of former coach Butch Davis' recruiting magic. Davis recruits still make up most of the UNC roster, and... more

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney recently said that, above all else, the Tigers have to run the ball to be effective. "Everything for us is predicated on the run game. Everything," he told the Anderson (S.C.) Independent Mail. "It's very critical to... more

Joe R. Raymond / AP Photo Notre Dame has to hope senior quarterback Tommy Rees will be more careful with the ball. Notre Dame opens camp Monday in Marion, Ind. -- the Irish will return to South Bend four days later -- looking to replace QB... more

David Stluka / Associated Press All-American candidate Chris Borland anchors a formidable Badgers linebacker corps. One thing to watch during Wisconsin's fall camp, which begins Monday , is how a group of veteran defensive linemen continue to... more

Sam Riche / Associated Press Carlos Hyde's suspension threatens to limit how much Ohio State flexes its muscle in 2013. Here's a quick look at what the Big Ten's 12 teams need to do during fall camp. Illinois First practice: Aug. 5... more

While prosecutors in Prince George's County, Md., dropped assault charges against Maryland RB Wes Brown earlier this week, he still has been suspended from the university for at least the 2013 season, his attorney told The Baltimore Sun . Check out the... more

Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Michael Dyer was the game MVP in Auburn's win in the BCS Championship following the 2010 season. Former Auburn tailback Michael Dyer has confirmed he will play at Louisville this season, making an already potent... more

Brian Spurlock / USA TODAY Sports Indiana announced that senior CB Antonio Marshall has been kicked off the team. Indiana announced today that starting senior CB Antonio Marshall has been dismissed for a violation of team rules. The... more

Douglas Jones / USA TODAY Sports Virginia Tech needs a better season from QB Logan Thomas, who regressed last year. Here's a quick look at what each of the ACC's 14 teams need to focus on during fall camp. Boston College First practice:... more

Evan Habeeb / USA TODAY Sports Jeremy Grove leads an East Carolina defense looking to make a statement against Virgina Tech. The 2013 season's first games are four weeks from today -- we'll pause a moment to let your tears of joy dry -- and... more

AP Photo / Chuck Burton Wake Forest lacks experience at running back without leading rusher Josh Harris. Wake Forest opens fall camp Friday, but projected starting running back Josh Harris won't be there. Check out the top 10 all-time... more

Chuck Burton / Associated Press Senior Brendon Kay is the most consistent option at quarterback for Cincinnati. Cincinnati used two starting quarterbacks last season, first Munchie Legaux and then Brendon Kay. Legaux is the better athlete,... more

Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports Senior QB Nathan Scheelhaase will be working with new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit. Nathan Scheelhaase was one of the centerpieces of Ron Zook's 2009 recruiting class at Illinois. Scheelhaase, from Kansas... more

Chuck Burton / Associated Press The Tigers have some question marks at wide receiver behind Sammy Watkins. Clemson lost two key receivers from last season in WR DeAndre Hopkins and TE Brandon Ford; that duo had 26 of the Tigers' 39 TD... more

July

Jeff Hanisch / USA TODAY Sports Injuries led Skyler Burkland to retire from the Michigan State football program. Michigan State junior OT Skyler Burkland, who started 11 games at right tackle last season, is giving up football because of his... more

Dave Martin / AP Photo After a rough one-year stint at Auburn, Scot Loeffler has joined the Virginia Tech staff. Not counting schools with new head coaches, there are seven new coordinators in the ACC this season. Both coordinators are new... more

Steve Mitchell / USA TODAY Sports Raphael Kirby is in the running to contribute at middle linebacker for the Hurricanes this fall. Miami's defense was epically bad last season: The Hurricanes allowed both the most rushing yards (2,615) and... more

Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press Brandon Scherff could carry on the tradition of Iowa producing solid OL prospects. Iowa has had six offensive linemen selected in the past five drafts, including two first-rounders, and if coach Kirk... more

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press Junior RB Rod Smith has a good shot at filling in for suspended Carlos Hyde. With starting RB Carlos Hyde suspended for at least the first three games of the season, Ohio State's backfield will be in the... more

Police in Columbus, Ohio, said that Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde won't be charged with assault because the woman involved does not want to pursue the case, but Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer still said Tuesday night that Hyde will be suspended for at least the... more

Jessica Hill / AP Photo Commissioner Mike Aresco is charged with molding the AAC into a long-term power conference. The American Athletic Conference has an image problem, and going by what its commissioner and some of its coaches said Tuesday... more

AP Photo / LM Otero SMU coach June Jones believes that QB Garrett Gilbert can play at the NFL level. There was a time when expectations were sky-high for SMU senior QB Garrett Gilbert. That would've been in 2009, when Gilbert was considered... more

Police in Columbus, Ohio, said today that Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde won't be charged with assault because the woman involved does not want to pursue the case. In a press release, police said they have officially closed the investigation into the... more

Chuck Burton / AP Photo The son of Carolina Panthers wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl will play for North Carolina. Ricky Proehl played 17 seasons as a wide receiver in the NFL, won two Super Bowl rings (with Indianapolis and St. Louis) and... more

Crystal LoGiudice / USA TODAY Sports Louisville, led by Teddy Bridgewater, has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the AAC. To no one's surprise, Louisville was picked to win the AAC in the preseason media poll. The Cardinals, led... more

AP Photo / Nick Wass Maryland RB Wes Brown rushed for 382 yards as a true freshman last season. Prosecutors in Prince George's County, Md., have dropped charges against Maryland RB Wes Brown. He had been charged earlier this month with... more

AP Photo / Rainier Ehrhardt Heisman candidate Tajh Boyd could have a true freshman starting at tight end this season. Here's a look at five true freshmen in the ACC who should be expected to make a major impact on their new teams this fall.... more

Dave Martin / Associated Press Former Auburn RB Michael Dyer could wind up at Louisville for the 2013 season. Rumors continue to swirl that Louisville is the possible destination for former Auburn tailback Michael Dyer, who would be eligible... more

Steve Helber / Associated Press QB Phillip Sims will be ineligible to play in 2013 after transferring to Winston-Salem State. Phillip Sims, who started four games for Virginia last season but was dismissed from the program for academic... more

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has taken out a $10 million insurance policy to guard against a career-ending injury, according to ESPN's Joe Schad. The decision to do so could be the first hint of the junior quarterback's intentions to... more

Phil Sears / USA TODAY Sports Pete White is eligible for Temple immediately after transferring from Maryland. Temple opens camp Aug. 5 looking for, among other things, two new starting guards, and the Owls have a new candidate for one of... more

Darron Cummings / Associated Press Michigan State QB Andrew Maxwell needs a strong camp to keep the starting job. Big Ten teams begin fall camp next week, and half of the league's 12 squads will be looking for a starting quarterback.... more

Bill Wippert / Associated Press Former Pitt RB Rushel Shell will be playing for one of the Panthers' top rivals in 2014. West Virginia has added its second high-profile running back transfer this summer. This one will have to sit out the... more

MAC 2013 season preview July 26, 2013

Carlos Osorio / Associated Press Dri Archer is an explosive offensive threat who could have Kent State in the MAC title hunt. The past year was one that will be remembered for a long time by Mid-American Conference fans. The league put a team... more

Thomas Campbell / US Presswire Former Texas A&M QB Jameill Showers' days as a backup appear to be over. Nine of the 14 teams in reconfigured Conference USA return their starting quarterbacks, and four of the schools looking for new starters... more

Pat Sullivan / Associated Press UTEP senior SS Richard Spencer was arrested Wednesday. UTEP projected starting SS Richard Spencer was arrested Wednesday following an altercation outside an El Paso bar in which he allegedly pushed a woman into... more

Richard Shiro / Associated Press Nick O'Leary was seen all over the internet this week in a video of his motorcycle crash. Florida State is down to two scholarship tight ends with the news that sophomore Christo Kourtzidis plans to transfer.... more

A TV reporter in Columbus, Ohio, has reported that Ohio State senior RB Carlos Hyde -- who has been suspended indefinitely after an alleged assault early Saturday in a Columbus bar -- did hit or slap the woman who filed a complaint. ¬Ľ Meyer:... more

Ben Liebenberg / NFL George Atkinson II averaged seven yards a carry in limited action during the 2012 season. Notre Dame announced Thursday that summer camp will open Aug. 5 in Marion, Ind., and that the squad would return to South Bend on Aug.... more

Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press Massive Louis Nix III anchors a defensive line that is the strength of Notre Dame's roster. After essentially being out of the national title picture for almost two decades, Notre Dame roared back into the mix... more

Arkansas Pine Bluff Athletics Lydell Hartford Jr., a linebacker at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, was killed in an accidental shooting. Arkansas-Pine Bluff redshirt freshman LB Lydell Hartford Jr. was shot and killed Tuesday at his home in Waggaman,... more

Video of a May crash has surfaced showing Florida State junior tight end Nick O'Leary, the grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus, surviving a frightful collision with a car while riding his motorcycle. Where does Deion Sanders rank among the all-time... more

Sandra Dukes / USA Today Purdue will have to get by without the services of DT Brandon Taylor, who has left the team. Purdue senior DT Brandon Taylor, who at the least was expected to be part of the tackle rotation this season, has left... more

Jerry Lai / USA TODAY Sports Penn State coach Bill O'Brien will be heading into 2013 with inexperienced quarterbacks. Penn State had a surprisingly good season in 2012, and one reason was QB Matt McGloin, who thrived in the offense of new... more

Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press Given his program's recent history with running backs, Kirk Ferentz has reason to worry about the position. You probably need to forgive Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz if he thinks there is some kind of voodoo... more

Richard Mackson / USA TODAY Sports Senior RB James White could be joined on the field by sophomore RB Melvin Gordon in 2013. Wisconsin has had some of the nation's top tailback tandems in recent seasons. This fall, the Badgers may have their... more

To no one's surprise, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spent the bulk of his news conference at Big Ten Media Day on Wednesday in Chicago talking about discipline. Meyer was asked 11 questions by the assembled media, and seven were about discipline:... more

Tom Olmscheid / AP Photo QB Devin Gardner gained some valuable experience filling in for injured Denard Robinson last season. Michigan QB Denard Robinson was one of the nation's most explosive and entertaining players the past four seasons,... more

Rick Osentoski / USA TODAY Sports Michigan coach Brady Hoke is hopeful that injured LB Jake Ryan will play at some point this fall. Michigan LB Jake Ryan was a first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, but he suffered a severe knee injury... more

Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press QB Taylor Martinez is entering his fourth season as a starter for Nebraska. Nebraska senior QB Taylor Martinez is heading into his fourth season as the starter, and Huskers coach Bo Pelini said Wednesday... more

Keith Srakocic / Associated Press Pitt coach Paul Chryst should have an easier time recruiting in Georgia and Florida. Presumably, players at the recent 2013 ACC Football Kickoff media event got tired of answering one specific question. The... more

Gerry Broome / Associated Press Clemson QB Tajh Boyd was picked as the preseason ACC player of the year. Defending league champion Florida State led the way with six selections on the preseason All-ACC team, which was announced Wednesday... more

Al Goldis / Associated Press WR A.J. Troup scored the winning touchdown in the Michigan State spring game. Michigan State walk-on WR A.J. Troup will miss the season with a knee injury. Troup (6-2, 205), a third-year sophomore, has yet to play... more

Carlos Osorio / Associated Press Expectations are high for QB Jordan Lynch and Northern Illinois after an impressive 2012 season. The teams with the best quarterbacks in the MAC were predicted Tuesday to meet for the league title. Tyler... more

Wisconsin sophomore QB Tanner McEvoy, who arrived on campus this summer and is expected to battle for the starting job, was mugged early Sunday in Madison, Wis. The attack on McEvoy comes about a year after RB Montee Ball was involved in a fracas in... more

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press DT Chase Rome is expected to join an already talented Memphis defensive line. There's nothing like a potential starting defensive tackle walking on to your campus in late July. Second-year Memphis coach Justin... more

Gerry Broome / Associated Press North Carolina is counting on QB Bryn Renner to lead its offense to new heights this season. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Call this the "Season of the Senior Quarterback" in the ACC. There is the reigning league... more

Josh D. Weiss / USA TODAY Sports ACC quarterbacks have become very familiar with disruptive Georgia Tech DE Jeremiah Attaochu. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu was third in the ACC with 10 sacks last season. He's excited... more

Chuck Burton / Associated Press All eyes are on Clemson QB Tajh Boyd as he looks to follow up a sterling junior season. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Clemson senior QB Tajh Boyd was the center of attention Sunday at the 2013 ACC Football Kickoff media... more

Gene J. Puskar / AP Photo Carlos Hyde was Ohio State's leading rusher last season with 970 yards and 16 touchdowns. Ohio State starting RB Carlos Hyde has been suspended indefinitely from the team following an alleged assault that occurred... more

Chris O'Meara / AP Photo DT Aaron Donald is an extremely productive enforcer on the interior of Pitt's defensive line. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Pittsburgh senior DT Aaron Donald has an NFL role model in Cincinnati Bengals DT Geno Atkins. Atkins'... more

Chuck Burton / AP Photo Duke CB Ross Cockrell says he's not thinking about the NFL, just the 2013 Duke season. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Duke senior cornerback Ross Cockrell cut his hair in December, which was noteworthy because he used to sport a... more

Steve Mitchell / USA TODAY Sports Florida State CB Lamarcus Joyner will have to overcome concerns about his height. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- When it comes right down to it, Florida State senior CB Lamarcus Joyner is short. He's 5-feet-8. Fans... more

Douglas Jones / USA TODAY Sports Cutting down on the interceptions this season will be key for Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Virginia Tech's streak of eight consecutive 10-win seasons came to an end in 2012, and everybody... more

Steve Mitchell / USA TODAY Sports Miami QB Stephen Morris knows he needs to improve his accuracy and footwork. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Miami senior QB Stephen Morris impressed -- and surprised -- numerous observers with his performance at the... more

Mark Dolejs / USA TODAY Sports North Carolina DE Kareem Martin is looking to improve his sack production as a senior. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina senior Kareem Martin is one of the most athletic defensive ends in the nation and might be... more

SMU 2013 season preview July 21, 2013

John F. Rhodes / Associated Press Quarterback Garrett Gilbert could benefit from the tutelage of his wise coaches this fall. Overview Coach June Jones has turned around SMU's football fortunes since being hired after the 2007 season. He has... more

Joshua Lindsey / USA Today Sports Tyler Matakevich showed promise as a freshman in 2012 for a program devoid of pro prospects. Overview Temple has been a sad-sack college football program for a long time, but had enjoyed a rebirth of sorts... more

Chuck Burton / Associated Press ACC commissioner John Swofford delivered his state of the conference address Sunday. GREENSBORO, N.C. -- ACC commissioner John Swofford said Sunday he would be "very disappointed" if the NCAA does not hand... more

Mel Evans / Associated Press Brandon Coleman enters the 2013 season as one of college football's most promising receivers. Overview Rutgers surprised more than a few folks by winning nine games last season after Greg Schiano left to coach the... more

Pat Sullivan / Associated Press Deontay Greenberry spurned Notre Dame and enters 2013 as the Houston's top offensive threat. Overview The Cougars fell a long way last season under first-year coach Tony Levine, who was promoted from receivers... more

Charles LeClaire/ USA Today Sports Eric Lefeld helps anchor an offensive line that will block for inexperienced quarterbacks and running backs. Overview Cincinnati quietly has been one of the most consistent programs in the nation the past... more

John Raoux / Associated Press With Latavius Murray now in Oakland, Storm Johnson must show he can handle being the bell-cow back. Overview Under coach George O'Leary -- who is entering his 10th season at the Orlando-based university, Central... more

Wednesday, the NCAA announced it would not renew its licensing deal with EA Sports, which makes the popular "NCAA Football" video game. Friday, EA Sports announced it has entered into an agreement with the Collegiate Licensing Company, which oversees the... more

Dave Martin / AP Photo WR Amari Cooper is among the four Crimson Tide players on the Walter Camp Award watch list. Four Alabama players are on the 50-player watch list released Friday by the Walter Camp Football Foundation for its player of the... more

Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports LB DeDe Lattimore is a good all-around player who has notched 13 career sacks. Overview South Florida didn't begin its football program until 1998 and didn't play in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) ranks... more

Nelson Chenault / USA Today Sports The strong leg of Australia native Tom Hornsey gets a workout for Memphis' middling squad. Overview Memphis has had a middling program forever, and football definitely is in the shadow of the basketball... more

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press Yawin Smallwood could eventually be another UConn prospect to earn a high-round draft spot. Overview University of Connecticut president Susan Herbst openly campaigned for a spot in the ACC last year, but... more

Andrew Weber / USA TODAY Sports Ohio State OLB Ryan Shazier is among the top 50 players in all of college football. If I'm a Big Ten fan looking at NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah's list of the top 50 players in college football , frankly... more

Bill Haber / Associated Press Teddy Bridgewater helped the Cardinals win last season's Sugar Bowl, and big things are expected this season. Overview Louisville's last (and first) season in the American Athletic Conference could be a memorable... more

If you're a fan of EA Sports' "NCAA Football" franchise of video games, make sure you get your hands on the latest version: It will be the last one under the current format. The NCAA announced Wednesday that it will not renew its contract with EA... more

The seemingly interminable preseason "watch lists" continued to flow Monday when the Butkus Award list was released. The award goes to the nation's top linebacker, and 51 players are on the watch list. Players from four schools make up almost 25 percent... more

Penn State G John Urschel, one of the most accomplished student-athletes in the nation, has been selected to give the keynote speech at the Big Ten Media Days luncheon July 24 in Chicago. Urschel, one of the top guards nationally and a first-team... more

Half of the ACC's 14 teams will have new quarterbacks this season, but of the league's seven incumbent starters, four are high-caliber players. Those four - Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Miami's Stephen Morris, North Carolina's Bryn Renner and Virginia Tech's... more