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Ten things you need to know from Tuesday's CFB camps


The news that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entire season rightfully dominated the conversation on Tuesday.

Here are nine other things from Tuesday's college football fall camps that you need to know:

  1. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said on Tuesday that if the season started today, senior Christian Green would join senior Rashad Greene as a starting wide receiver. Wide receiver looks to be the most questionable position for FSU; there definitely is talent there, but most of it is unproven. Greene (6-foot, 180 pounds) is a proven talent and might be the best senior wide receiver in the nation. Green (6-2, 204) is a former national top-100 prospect who hasn't been able to build on a solid season as a redshirt freshman in 2011, when he had 26 receptions for 450 yards; he has made just 16 catches since. Fisher also said he expected all three true freshman wide receivers signed in February (Ermon Lane, Travis Rudolph and Ja'Vonn Harrison) to play this fall; Lane and Rudolph were two of FSU's top three recruits overall.
  1. Good news for Clemson -- junior WR Charone Peake is back on the practice field. Peake had minor knee surgery in July and missed the first two weeks of camp. The question now is whether Peake (6-2, 205), who had been a projected starter, will be ready for the season opener against Georgia on Aug. 30.

"I'm not 100 percent, but I'm not far off," he told reporters on Monday. "I feel good -- the knee's strong. I feel like my speed's the same, and there's no hesitation at all."

Peake, who missed all but the first two games of last season with a torn ACL, should be a key part of a revamped receiving corps that will be without Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant, both of whom turned pro after last season.

  1. Wake Forest sophomore Zach Gordon (6-5, 245), who is expected to be the Demon Deacons' starting tight end this season, remains hospitalized after suffering a spinal injury during a scrimmage on Sunday. Doctors treating Gordon said in a release distributed by the school that he "sustained a serious, non-life-threatening spinal injury. All of our structural testing thus far has been favorable. .. We do not yet have a firm timeline for his return to activity."

Gordon played in all 12 games last season but didn't have a catch.

  1. Former USC All-American defensive end and 2004 Minnesota Vikings first-round draft pick Kenechi Udeze now serves as Pittsburgh's assistant strength and conditioning coach. Leukemia ended his playing career after the 2007 season, but it's in remission. Pitt strength coach Ross Kolodziej, who was a teammate of Udeze's with the Vikings, offered Udeze the job in the offseason.

"I'm out there flying around at practice because it's my passion," Udeze told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "This is where I'm supposed to be."

  1. Kansas suffered a big blow on Tuesday night as it lost starting tailback Brandon Bourbon to an ACL tear and one of his top backups, Taylor Cox, to a torn Achilles. The injuries mean coach Charlie Weis' offense will have to lean even more on sophomore quarterback Montrell Cozart to carry the new, up-tempo spread offense the team will sport this year. JUCO transfer De'Andre Mann and true freshman Corey Avery will have to handle the rushing load for the Jayhawks. Freshman Joe Dineen was moved from safety to running back to bolster the depth at the injury-ravaged position.
  1. While both teams are perfectly happy with their current signal-callers, Houston and Washington State both inked prep quarterbacks to financial-aid agreements. Washington State's Mike Leach announced that four-star Tyler Hilinski signed with the school out of Southern California and will enroll in January to compete to take over for Connor Halliday. Houston's Tony Levine said much the same about Elite 11 quarterback Ben Hicks, who was also ranked as a four-star player by recruiting services. The agreements are non-binding for the players but allow the school to freely contact them.
  1. Oregon is getting closer to naming De'Anthony Thomas' successor as the team's kick returner. According to practice reports, corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and wide receivers Devon Allen, Keanon Lowe, Charles Nelson and Darren Carrington have been getting reps at kick and punt returner. Former basketball player Johnathan Loyd is also in the mix.
  1. In the latest edition of "Great mullets in college football," UConn quarterback Casey Cochran, who was recently selected as the team's starter, showed his off 'do during a press conference.
  1. Finally, Notre Dame held a local media day on Tuesday and, as expected, head coach Brian Kelly was peppered with questions about the four suspended players involved in the school's academic-fraud scandal. Kelly said all four players are barred from practicing with the team but are allowed to eat with the team and be around teammates outside of meetings. Kelly noted that the offensive line and most positions on the depth chart seemed to be set with only a handful of battles left in camp.

The team also unveiled new Under Armour uniforms to the media on Tuesday. The normal home and away uniforms were close to the standard look of previous years, but the Shamrock Series was, well ... yeah.

Here's the full Shamrock Series uniform from Under Armour. Note the "ND" on the side of the helmet:

CFB 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin also contributed to this report. You can follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter at @BryanDFischer.

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