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Myles Jack of UCLA eyeing kickoff return role


While the two-way role of UCLA star Myles Jack has trended more toward a one-way role as a linebacker over the course of his career, he's still looking to contribute in another way.

And if offense isn't in the plan, perhaps special teams will be.

Jack is looking to be the Bruins' kickoff returner, as relayed by the Los Angeles Times' **Chris Foster**. Though he does have some special teams experience with the Bruins -- in fact, he has a blocked punt on his resume -- he's never returned a kickoff.

Anyone want to tackle a 245-pound kickoff returner?

Here are 10 other things we learned around college football fall camps Tuesday:

*2. Not listening.FSU coach *Jimbo Fisherhad this to say about running back Dalvin Cook's acquittal on a battery charge: "I didn't keep up with the trial]. I let that go. People called me every now and then. I guess you all must have had 3,000 people up there." [Fisher reinstated Cook from suspension after the trial Monday night, and said the star sophomore looked to be in good shape on his first day of practice Tuesday.

3. Top to bottom. On a day that trouble might have found Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, five of his players found trouble with him. The Scarlet Knights have suspended five players for the first half of their season opener against Norfolk State on Sept. 5: Punter Tim Gleeson, quarterback Chris Laviano, wide receiver Leonte Carroo, cornerback Ruhann Peele and linebacker Kevin Marquez. The transgression? Curfew violation. As for Flood, he's reportedly answering to his administration.

4. Settled in South Carolina. The third significant quarterback race in two days, following closures for Oklahoma and Texas A&M, has ended with South Carolina coach Steve Spurriercrowning **Connor Mitch** with the nod that, under Spurrier, should be good at least until Mitch's first bad performance. And maybe Mitch could survive a few stinker Saturdays without losing the job, but Spurrier has long proven to be less afraid than his peers to give a No. 2 quarterback a midseason chance.

5. Locker room material. It's not often that a team from a Power Five conference gets the "cupcake" label as an underdog, but thanks to Popular Mechanics magazine, Utah has a little more motivation these days. The magazine's latest edition includes a calendar that calls the Pac-12 Utes a "cupcake" opponent for Michigan on Sept. 3, and the Utes are fired up about it. Someone might want to tell the magazine's transmission/brakes/sports expert that Utah lost fewer games last year (four) than the Wolverines won (five) -- including a 26-10 beatdown of the Wolverines in the Big House last September. It's a good thing one of the Utes had to sit in a waiting room during an oil change. Otherwise, they might never have heard about this.

6. On the mend. Things are looking good for the recovery of Oregon WR Devon Allen. Knee surgery rehab has left him without a timetable for a return, but signs point to one.

7. Thumbs up from Eli. Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell, who returned to the practice field this preseason after a horrifying leg injury last year, got quite an endorsement for his recovery entering fall camp. New York Giants and former Rebels QB Eli Manning spent some time throwing to Treadwell before camp began, and according to father Archie Manning, Eli was impressed.

8. Quotable. "You have to make plays, but if you want to be a first rounder you better win some football games. Who wants a (team-record 6-6) running back or receiver or quarterback for that matter, or corner? Scouts] want winners, too. They're looking for guys who can win." -- Pittsburgh coach **Pat Narduzzi **on the [sense of team success his NFL-bound players should maintain. Reality check: The Houston Texans plucked Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson with the No. 16 pick of the first round in May, coming off a positively awful 3-9 season for the Demon Deacons. Draft-worthy players come from programs of all stripes.

9. Thanks anyway. Amid USC coach Steve Sarkisian's admission that he will participate in alcohol treatment while determining if rehab is necessary, the Trojans also made another announcement: no more parents at practice. One can only wonder if the trouble UCLA had with one of its parents was, at least in part, the impetus for the decision.

10. What's going on? Clemson curiously lost DL D.J. Reader on Tuesday when it was announced he is "stepping away from football." Still, coach Dabo Swinney left open the possibility of a return, equating the absence to an injury. Whether or not Reader makes it back, he's not being counted on for the beginning of the season.

11. Kickers are athletes, too. If there is a better trick kick coming to social media soon than the one posted Tuesday by Georgia Southern's Younghoe Koo, we can't imagine what it might entail.

*Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter **@ChaseGoodbread*.

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