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CFB Social: NFL community sounds off on Week 1 action


With the preseason in the rearview mirror, NFL players were able to tune in for the opening weekend of college football season. See what some of them had to say via social media on Saturday:

AJ McCarron, who was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list by the Bengals on Saturday, had time to attend the Alabama-West Virginia game in Atlanta with his wife, Katherine Webb.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan might be getting a little ahead himself after Boston College's season-opening win over Massachusetts. Perspective is important, Matt -- UMass finished 1-11 last season.

Ravens rookie safety Terrence Brooks got a little sentimental while preparing to watch his Seminoles take on Oklahoma State on Saturday night.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Matt Barkley, who threw for 12,327 yards and 117 touchdowns in his four seasons at USC, tweeted his encouragement to a Trojans program that has been dogged by controversy in the past week.

St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long poked a little fun at ESPN commentator Lou Holtz.

Long liked what he saw from his alma mater's defense -- Virginia did a solid job of containing a potentially potent UCLA offense in a 28-20 Cavaliers loss.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw is a man of few (no?) words. But he still showed support for his team.

Chiefs rookie QB Aaron Murray started every game in which he played (52) over the past four seasons for Georgia. He finished his career as the SEC's all-time leader in completions (921), passing yards (13,166). Clearly, he still has the Bulldogs on his mind.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins completed his Clemson career as the school's all-time leader in receptions (240) and receiving yardage (3,391). Watkins wished the Tigers well as the team prepared for one of the most anticipated games of opening weekend.

When the Cincinnati Bengals released BenJarvus Green-Ellis, it opened the door for second-round pick Jeremy Hill to play a large role in the team's offense during his rookie season. He shared his enthusiasm for LSU's big game against Wisconsin on Saturday.

It was a tumultuous week for the UNC football program, with coach Larry Fedora handing down suspensions to four players in the wake of a hazing incident. Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron showed support for his college team on Saturday.

Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end Ben Gardner was a seventh-round pick out Stanford. He appeared in some big games during his time with the Cardinal, but apparently he didn't think much of Stanford's opening weekend opponent.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward played under James Franklin at Vanderbilt. He apparently holds no grudges against his former coach for leaving Nashville to take the Penn State job.

Lions wide receiver Golden Tate could hardly contain his excitement about the opening of the 2014 college season.

Wide receiver Cody Latimer was a fast-rising prospect in his final season at Indiana. A second-round pick of the Denver Broncos in May, Latimer was ready to support his Hoosiers on Saturday.

Latimer's teammate, rookie cornerback Bradley Roby, had a shoutout for his Big Ten team, too.

Ex-Bears safety Major Wright was hoping to continue to his NFL career in Tampa with head coach Lovie Smith. Alas, that wasn't meant to be, as he was released on Saturday. He still is pulling for his Florida Gators, though.

If you watched any of the Alabama-West Virginia broadcast on Saturday, you probably saw a lot of new Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin -- it seemed he always had a camera focused on him. One NFL Media analyst was getting a little tired of the presentation.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll no doubt heard about the troubles the USC program experienced this past week. He had some words of support for the Trojans in advance of their opener vs. Fresno State.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who played for Carroll at USC, rang in the new college football season, too.

Seahawks rookie offensive tackle Gary Gilliam went undrafted out of Penn State in May, but he survived Seattle's cut-down to the 53-man roster on Saturday. He found the time to throw some support to his former school -- selfie-style.

Earlier this week, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees celebrated the birth of his fourth child. He's no doubt been busy been with the arrival of his newest bundle of joy, not to mention preparation for the upcoming NFL season, but he still planned to watch his beloved Boilermakers.

The Arizona Cardinals gave a shoutout to their neighbors to the north -- the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks.

Non-NFL-related game-day tweets

The Florida-Idaho game was terminated due to lightning strikes on Saturday evening, and the turf in Gainesville didn't appear to be in any kind of condition for a game after being hit by the storm.

Oregon is well known for its creativity when it comes to its uniforms. Now, Oregon can be known for its creativity in describing its uniform combinations. Ever heard a team use "apple" as a color description? Neither had we.



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