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04/30/15 - Michael Cummings, rJr, Kansas, 5-10, 210 (DS#999 QB) Kansas quarterback Michael Cummings will have surgery on his left knee, which he injured over the weekend during the annual spring football game. Coach David Beaty said Cummings, a senior, will get back on the field "as quickly as possible" but did not provide a specific timeline. Even though he was wearing a red jersey to prevent getting hit, Cummings was tackled by senior safety Michael Glatczak in the second quarter of Saturday's game. Beaty called the tackle a "freak accident." He says Glatczak was being blocked and was turned around for most of the play. He says Glatczak turned and made the tackle "without having any idea who was carrying the ball. He is a great kid, a great teammate and again it was just a very unfortunate accident." - AP Sports
04/23/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#10 QB) Rumors can be like avalanches at times, in that, no matter what stands in the way, that snow is going to keep making its way down the mountain and level anything in its path until it just dies out. And the rumors about Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller possibly transferring to Alabama after he graduates this spring have reached avalanche status this week. It started earlier this week when radio host Paul Finebaum said on his show that a source told him there was "a chance" that Miller would transfer to Alabama. Of course, there's also a chance that Braxton Miller could transfer to any other school in the country as well. There's also a chance that he'll just stay at Ohio State. Chances are not in short supply. Still, once the rumor got rolling, it kept rolling, with Nick Saban having to respond to it himself. Saban said he hadn't heard of any rumors, but that if "the right person" came around, Alabama would have room for them. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
04/22/15 - Mike Dudek, Fr, Illinois, 5-11, 180 (DS#41 WR) Illinois WR Dudek tears ACL in practice...Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek susffered a torn ACL during a non-contact drill during spring practice on Wednesday morning in Champaign, Ill. Dudek, who is expected to miss the start of the 2015 season, emerged as one of the top young receivers in the country last year, leading all FBS freshmen in yards per game with a 79.8-yard average. He was named second-team All-Big Ten and led all receivers in conference games with 50 catches for 716 yards and three touchdowns. With 76 catches for 1,038 yards in all games, Dudek broke school freshman records. "This is very disappointing for Mikey, his family and our football program. He'll have the knee surgically repaired as soon as possible and the doctors feel like he could return to the field in October," Illinois coach Tim Beckman said. "Knowing how hard Mikey works, our biggest challenge will be to keep him on pace and not let him push it too hard and too fast. - The Sports Xchange
04/22/15 - Roderick Johnson, rFr, Florida, 6-5, 308 (DS#37 OT) Florida OT Johnson retires with spinal cord condition...Florida redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Roderick Johnson will give up football due to a spinal cord condition. Johnson, a projected starter and one of just six scholarship offensive linemen available during spring practice, suffered a stinger in the spring game and then learned of the more serious condition, congenital cervical stenosis. Johnson said that when he went down on the field he saw white light and will commemorate his final appearance in The Swamp with a tattoo. "4/3/15 will tat it on me my last play in the swamp saw that white light when I went down and I stood and walk off the field with pride," Johnson wrote via Twitter (@Almighty_rod55). The same issue caused former New York Giants running back David Wilson to retire from football last season. A narrowing of the spinal canal does not permit enough fluid to surround the spinal cord to protect it. - The Sports Xchange
04/22/15 - Jarrett Grace, rJr, Notre Dame, 6-2, 253 (DS#999 ILB) No one is more excited about playing in the Notre Dame spring game on Saturday than middle linebacker Jarrett Grace. There was a time when the 6-foot-3, 253-pound graduate student wondered if he'd ever walk normally again, much less play football. Now he is competing for a starting job. "To me it is all just pure joy and excitement, just to be out there and have that opportunity again," he said. "Trying to soak it all in again because for so long I was just watching these guys play. A lot of them are young so they never had the chance to play with me, so I'm trying to show them the way it needs to be done with effort, excitement, and enthusiasm." Grace was making his third start and leading the team in tackles when he shattered his right leg in four places against Arizona State two seasons ago on Oct. 5, 2013. His first instinct was to try to walk it off. When he couldn't do that, he began thinking he'd be ready to play the next week.
He quickly found out the injury was far more serious than he first thought. He recalls seeing the X-ray and thinking: "Oh, that thing is shattered." He underwent surgery to have a rod inserted into his leg and tried to walk on it several days later as instructed to by a doctor. "I'm like, 'Holy cow, this doesn't feel as good as you say it should,'" Grace said. He expected to be back on the practice field last spring. Instead, he was still walking with a severe limp and using a crutch. He admits there were times he wondered whether he'd ever play again and whether he would always walk with a limp. "You rely on your faith, your family, your support system and then you kind of realize, it's not that bad," he said. - AP Sports
04/22/15 - Kenyan Drake, Jr, Alabama, 6-0, 202 (DS#11 RB) The biggest concern for Alabama's backfield figured to be finding enough carries to go around after four top running back prospects signed with the Crimson Tide two years ago. Dismissals, injuries and transfers have taken a toll since then, and only Derrick Henry remains from that 2013 group. The latest blow came when highly rated signee Bo Scarbrough went down with a knee injury during last weekend's scrimmage that leaves his status for next season in question. Tyren Jones had been dismissed and Altee Tenpenny also left in the offseason They joined fellow 2013 signee Alvin Kamara, along with Dee Hart, in departing the program for one reason or another the past couple of years. T.J. Yeldon also kept up the trend of 'Bama backs skipping a senior season to enter the NFL draft.
"We've had really injuries, suspensions, and lost some people at that position so what seemed like a pretty strong position for us, depth-wise, has gotten a little thin," Tide coach Nick Saban said. If Henry and Kenyan Drake can stay healthy and five-star signee Damien Harris lives up to his billing when he arrives on campus, it shouldn't be a problem. Alabama has had to replace a tailback who left early for the NFL three of the past four seasons, after all. But Drake is returning from a broken leg sustained last season and seeing some practice time at wide receiver to take advantage of his versatility. - AP Sports
04/22/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#10 QB) Ohio State QB Miller reinstated by NCAA...Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has been reinstated by the NCAA after an investigation determined he committed a minor violation. "The NCAA has determined Braxton Miller's Instagram post on March 24, 2015, was deemed to be a promotion of a commercial product," the school said in a statement Thursday. "The Ohio State University Dept. of Athletics reported the incident to the NCAA, and the NCAA has reinstated Braxton's eligibility without any conditions. This was considered a minor violation and the matter is now closed." Last month, the senior quarterback was pictured on Instagram appearing to endorse a line of nutritional products.
The information page, with Miller sitting next to a local trainer behind a table with AdvoCare products, included links to order items through Miller. AdvoCare is a weight-loss and nutritional products company that sponsors the Texas Bowl. College athletes are allowed to sell products such as AdvoCare, but they can't use their image or their ties to a school for promotional purposes. Miller is working out with the Buckeyes this spring after undergoing shoulder surgery and sitting out the 2014 season. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year is rehabbing the shoulder and expected back in the fall to compete with J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones for the starting job. - The Sports Xchange
04/22/15 - Taysom Hill, Jr, BYU, 6-2, 221 (DS#15 QB) BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall believes this year's Cougars can have the most prolific offense in school history. Those are strong sentiments about a program that has had one of the Top 5 total offenses in Division I 13 times since 1972, including the No. 1 offense in the nation during the 1984 national championship season. Mendenhall is confident in every offensive position, but the return of quarterback Taysom Hill is what could make the unit an all-time great. "Just having him around changes everything," Mendenhall said. "We were on the verge of breaking into the elite level of teams a year ago with Taysom, and when he goes down we struggle. "Just by having him around, our team is more confident. They feel more capable and they're certain we can score points against any team that we play. Just having that changes the outlook of what the season can be."
BYU wrapped up spring practices Friday and Hill was limited throughout due to his recovery from a broken leg and torn ligaments. He did not participate in 11-on-11 periods or any contact drills. However, Hill worked the rest of the periods with a focus on improving his passing skills. Hill threw for 2,938 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2013 while running for 1,344 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was in the Heisman conversation last year as BYU went 4-0 before he went down with the injury against Utah State on Oct. 3. The frustration set in as Hill was forced to watch his teammates struggle without him. It took 3 ½ months before Hill could properly plant and throw the football. He said the mental and emotional parts of seeing the season spiral were worse than the physical rehab. - AP Sports
03/30/15 - Keith Ford, So, Oklahoma, 5-11, 206 (DS#28 RB) Oklahoma has suspended running back Keith Ford indefinitely for academic and team rules violations. The school and coach Bob Stoops made the announcement on Monday. Ford was Oklahoma's top rusher and one of the Sooners' top receivers before he broke his right leg in the third game of the season against Tennessee and missed five games. Samaje Perine took over as the lead back and finished with 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns. Ford might have struggled to find playing time. Perine is a sophomore and Joe Mixon, one of the nation's top recruits last year, has returned after a season-long suspension. Alex Ross, who was a reserve running back and one of the nation's best kick returners last season, also is back, and freshman Rodney Anderson is highly regarded. - AP Sports
03/26/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#10 QB) Ohio State's compliance office is investigating whether quarterback Braxton Miller broke any NCAA rules when he posed for a picture on social media with health-care and nutritional products. Miller was pictured on Instagram on Tuesday night with products from AdvoCare. Miller is a graduate student who started three seasons for the Buckeyes but missed all of the Buckeyes' championship season last year after shoulder surgery. He is expected to play this fall after rehabbing through spring workouts. Student-athletes are permitted to hold jobs outside of school but they cannot use their status with a college team to sell products. - AP Sports
03/25/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#10 QB) Ohio State 'looking into' possible Braxton Miller endorsement violation...An Ohio State spokesperson says the school is "aware" of a deleted Braxton Miller Instagram post that showed the Buckeyes senior quarterback with a collection of AdvoCare nutrition products -- and more importantly, appeared to endorse the multi-level marketing brand. Per Land-Grant Holy Land, the Instagram handle mentioned in the caption to Miller's post belongs to trainer Brandon Oshodin of the company Authentik Fitness (who would later re-post Miller's image). Oshodin appears to be a distributor of AdvoCare products. AdvoCare makes it clear it does not approve of NCAA athletes promoting the product (even if no doubt would be happy to have them use them).
So what's the potential fallout from Miller's misstep? Not much, most likely, unless Oshodin or another AdvoCare party has paid Miller handsomely for the privilege of the above photo, in which case the violation may be of the "secondary" variety. An apology, repayment of any minor impermissible benefits and promise to keep any future mentions of AdvoCare off his social media accounts may potentially resolve the case. But as Ohio State knows better than most, delving into the murky world of the NCAA rulebook can sometimes offer some surprises. Stay tuned. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
03/24/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB) While the Cincinnati Bengals will not likely be in the market for a running back in the early rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft after adding Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard the past two years, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is impressed with the talent pool at the position this year. NFLDraftScout.com has two running backs currently rated as first round prospects - Georgia's Todd Gurley (No. 18 overall) and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, with 10 running backs rated within the top 100 overall. Gurley continues to recover from ACL surgery, and the bulk of his pre-draft process has been focused on the strength of the knee. "He's going to spend a lot of time jumping through hoops but the ACL injury is one that is not as career-ending or career-threatening as it used to be," Lewis said. "The way our medical operations are today guys come back depending on the severity of it. He'll have to do all of those things in order to prove and at some point somebody will think he's right for the value at that pick." - The Sports Xchange
03/24/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB) While the Bengals will not likely be in the market for a running back in the early rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft after adding Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard the past two years, coach Marvin Lewis is impressed with the talent pool at the position this year.
NFLDraftScout.com has two running backs currently rated as first round prospects – Georgia's Todd Gurley (No. 18 overall) and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, with 10 running backs rated within the top 100 overall.
Gurley continues to recover from ACL surgery, and the bulk of his pre-draft process has been focused on the strength of the knee.
"He's going to spend a lot of time jumping through hoops but the ACL injury is one that is not as career-ending or career-threatening as it used to be," Lewis said. "The way our medical operations are today guys come back depending on the severity of it. He'll have to do all of those things in order to prove and at some point somebody will think he's right for the value at that pick."
03/23/15 - *Jalen Collins, rJr, LSU, 6-1, 203 (DS#7 CB) LSU CB Jalen Collins underwent foot surgery last week...LSU junior cornerback Jalen Collins underwent foot surgery last week and will not be able to participate in the school's Pro Day workout March 27. The procedure, which was first reported via a tweet by NFL.com's Gil Brandt, took place in North Carolina Thursday, March 19 and was conducted by Dr. Bob Anderson. The specifics of the injury were not immediately available but Brandt reported that Collins is expected to be ready by mini camps, which can take place as early as the week after the draft. The short rehabilitation means that Collins' injury may be something as relatively minor as adding stability to a stress fracture.
The injury, which was almost surely discovered during the intense medical examinations at the Combine, didn't keep Collins from working out in Indianapolis. The 6-foot-1, 203 pound Collins worked out very well at the Combine, in fact, registering a 4.48 second time in the 40-yard dash and 6.77 second time in the 3 cone drill, leading all cornerbacks tested in Indianapolis in this key drill measuring change of direction and explosion. Collins was less impressive in the short shuttle - his 4.27 second time was middle of the pack among cornerbacks - as was his 36" vertical jump and 10'3" broad jump.
Collins enjoyed an impressive positional workout, however, and scouts are intrigued by the combination of size, fluidity and physicality he shows on tape. Collins currently ranks sixth on NFLDraftScout.com's cornerback rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft but some talent evaluators believe that his upside could help him crack the first round despite the redshirt junior starting just 10 games over his collegiate career. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/22/15 - Carl Lawson, So, Auburn, 6-2, 261 (DS#3 DE) Friday Five: The non-QB breakout candidates for 2015: 2. Auburn DE Carl Lawson: If I'd written this same post last year, Lawson would have been on it, but sometimes things don't go according to plan. Lawson missed the entire 2014 season, thanks to a torn ACL, and his absence certainly had an impact on the defense. There's a reason Will Muschamp is on The Plains now, and having a healthy Lawson makes things a lot easier as he tries to revamp that side of the ball. Lawson was a five-star recruit in the 2013 class, and considered the second-best defensive end prospect. His presence in 2015 will help improve a defense that finished No. 12 in the SEC (No. 96 nationally) in sacks per game at 1.62, and Lawson could help key a possible playoff run. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
03/22/15 - *Shane Ray, rJr, Missouri, 6-3, 245 (DS#3 DE) Five Takeaways from this week's Pro Day workouts: 1. Shane Ray falling behind Fowler, Beasley? The most anticipated workout of the week was Missouri's since projected top-15 pick Shane Ray -- the SEC's reigning Defensive Player of the Year - had been unable to work out at the combine due to a lingering foot injury. Unfortunately, Ray did not perform as well in measured drills as similarly-built pass rusher Vic Beasley and with only one season as a starter, he's not as far along in his technique as Florida's Dante Fowler. Though a scout who attended the workout cautioned not to put too much emphasis on Ray's somewhat disappointing 4.55-4.63 times in the 40-yard dash, 33" vertical jump and 10' broad jump at 6-foot-3, 249 pounds, scouts have since told me that the relatively thin lower body Ray showed is a concern.
"The tape proves that he's a legitimate pass rusher," one high-ranking scout said. "But, he has narrow hips and thin legs so he's likely to struggle to add much weight and retain the quickness that he used so effectively off the edge. I don't know that he's a defensive end at our level. He looked stiff during the linebacker drills too." "I'm not saying that he's not a first round pick, but he wasn't as impressive on the hoof as Beasley and isn't as polished as Fowler so I have a hard time seeing him go earlier than either of them." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/20/15 - *Shane Ray, rJr, Missouri, 6-3, 245 (DS#3 DE) Shane Ray, Markus Golden perform well at Missouri...Unable to participate at the Combine due to a lingering foot injury, the SEC's leading sack-artist Shane Ray was forced to wait until Thursday for an opportunity to work out for scouts. Measuring in at a shade under 6-foot-3, 249 pounds, Ray was clocked between 4.55-4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash and posted a 33-inch vertical jump and 10-foot broad jump. While those numbers aren't extraordinary, Ray looked "explosive" during pass rush drills, according to a high-ranking scout who attended the workout. Ray said he had put on 15 pounds since the start of his training and was happy with his workout. “I put on this weight and I was still able to be explosive, athletic, still be me,” Ray said. “I don't feel like I really lost a step. I just feel like I'm at a better playing weight as far as showing that I can play in the 4-3 or the 3-4."
There had been talk that Ray would challenge the incredible workout that fellow star pass rusher Vic Beasley enjoyed at the Combine. The 6-3, 246 pound Beasley enjoyed one of the great workouts in recent Combine history, leading all pass rushers in the 40-yard dash (4.53 seconds), bench press (35 reps) and vertical jump (41 inches). Ray fell short of Beasley's numbers Thursday but his production on the field speaks loudest. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/20/15 - *Shane Ray, rJr, Missouri, 6-3, 245 (DS#3 DE) Shane Ray, Markus Golden perform well at Missouri...The projected top 12 pick led the SEC with 14½ sacks in his first season as a starter after coming off the bench in support of eventual second round pick Kony Ealy and the SEC's Co-Defensive MVP Michael Sam. Ray demonstrated his versatility on Thursday by participating in defensive line and linebacker drills. The scout added that Ray "looked good" in linebacker drills, showing "enough flexibility and burst to play in space." But his times in the 3-cone drill and shuttles were disappointing, leading some in attendance to wonder if the poor times were related to his foot injury. With several teams who utilize a 3-4 defense selecting in the top-15 picks, opinions around the league are split on whether or not Ray fits a stand-up linebacker role in the NFL. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/20/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB) While he continues to rehab his knee - and his reputation - Todd Gurley is relying on game film to make his case for the NFL draft. Gurley could only watch during Georgia's Pro Day on Wednesday. About four months after his tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in a win over Auburn, Gurley says his recovery is on schedule. Even so, he's not ready for the 40-yard dash and other drills that were part of the day for other Georgia players looking to impress NFL scouts. Gurley said he wished he could have performed for the NFL scouts but he added "Good thing I've got a little film to prove something." That film and the statistics make a strong case for Gurley to be considered with Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon as one of the top running backs in the draft.
Gurley is expected to be the first Georgia player drafted. He bypassed his senior season, lost four games to a suspension for accepting money for autographs, lost more time to the injury and still is the second-leading rusher in Georgia history, behind only Herschel Walker. He also trails only Walker on the career lists for touchdowns, all-purpose yards and 100-yard games. Gurley says NFL teams have asked about the suspension, as well as his progress in recovering from the knee surgery. He says he knows he'll continue to have to explain why he took money for autographs, breaking NCAA rules that led to the suspension. "It has to. They're not just going to not say anything about it," he said. "You have to ask, so I definitely tell them the situation and you go on from it. "Like I told them before, I made a dumb mistake, something I did in my freshman and sophomore year. I should have never have done it. I knew the rules but I still broke them. I'm definitely ready to move on and get on with my life. It's still going to be something that comes up. It's just something I learn from." - AP Sports
03/18/15 - Cameron Smith, So, Arizona State, 5-11, 195 (DS#999 WR) Sun Devils lose WR Smith for season...Arizona State wide receiver Cameron Smith was hoping a few months of offseason rest and rehabilitation would let him avoid having surgery on his right knee. He was limited in practice as last season wore down and the injury prevented him from playing in the Sun Bowl. On Tuesday, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham revealed that Smith had surgery and will be lost for season. "Obviously, that's a big blow for us," Graham told the Arizona Republic. "It's one of those things that he tried to work through it. It's something he dealt with all year. "He got two or three different opinions and we just thought the best interest for him in the long-term was to have surgery and to get it finished. It's kind of a lengthy, seven-to eight month recovery."
Smith was third on the team last season with 41 receptions and 596 receiving yards while hauling in six touchdowns. Graham said Smith's knee injury was "unusual." The news of Smith's surgery comes on the heels of reports that junior college transfer Davon Durant had been suspended. Durant, who is projected as a starter at linebacker, was arrested on charges related to a domestic violence incident. - The Sports Xchange
03/14/15 - Charles Jackson, rJr, Nebraska, 5-11, 180 (DS#999 FS) Nebraska defensive back Charles Jackson will undergo minor arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will miss the rest of spring practice. Coach Mike Riley also announced Saturday that cornerback Daniel Davie probably would miss a week of practice with an ankle injury. Jackson and Davie were injured on consecutive plays during coverage drills on Wednesday. Riley said Jackson will be ready for summer conditioning. Jackson was in line for work as a nickelback last fall but missed the entire season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Davie is a returning starter. - AP Sports
03/13/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#10 QB) J.T. Barrett would be 'shocked' by Braxton Miller transfer...Braxton Miller isn't opening up about his future just yet. But if his teammate and fellow quarterback competitor J.T. Barrett is correct, that future won't include a 2015 season spent anywhere other than Ohio State. "I'm not Braxton, but being that I do talk to him every day, I think that would be something me and you both [would] be shocked if he was to leave," he told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer Thursday, following a Buckeyes spring practice. "I think it's ridiculous honestly." Following Barrett's breakout season and Cardale Jones' season-ending star turn, Miller has been rumored to be considering a transfer, possibly to Florida State. But there have been no public indications such a decision is imminent, no serious reports of unhappiness on Miller's part. The fifth-year senior has taken his expected limited reps in the early part of Ohio State's spring camp as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
"Some of the things talking about Braxton leaving Ohio State, I think that's really silly," Barrett said. Both Barrett and Jones described the competition between the three as friendly to the Associated Press. "We always competed with each other," Jones said. "It's not like, 'Oh, Braxton's going to start, or J.T.'s going to start, let me just chill and not prepare like a starter or compete with them.' We always push each other." That said, hearing that Miller is happy from his teammates is different from hearing it from Miller himself -- and unlike Jones and Barrett, Miller declined to speak to reporters Thursday, either the AP's or the Plain-Dealer's. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
03/12/15 - Clint Trickett, rSr, West Virginia, 6-2, 186 (DS#999 QB) Former West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett is entering the coaching ranks. Trickett has been hired as quarterbacks coach at East Mississippi Community College, which has won back-to-back national junior college championships. Trickett retired two days before the Mountaineers played in the Liberty Bowl in December because of five concussions over a 14-month period. Trickett is the son of Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett. He began his college career with Florida State before transferring to West Virginia, where he played two seasons. Trickett was born in Starkville while his father was coaching at Mississippi State. - AP Sports
03/11/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#10 QB) Miller joins other Ohio State QBs for practice...National champion Ohio State kicked off spring practice Tuesday with three high-profile starting quarterbacks taking the field. Fifth-year senior quarterback Braxton Miller, J.T Barrett and Cardale Jones each participated in various drills. Miller did most of his work on the sideline, tossing the ball 10 to 15 yards, with other injured players. Miller sat out the Buckeyes' 2014 title season with a shoulder injury. Coach Urban Meyer said the most important thing for Miller is to get healthy. And the OSU staff will be watching Miller very carefully. Miller was one of the leading Heisman Trophy candidates last season before injuring his shoulder. Barrett stepped in and finished fifth in the Heisman race. Many people believed that either Miller or Barrett would transfer in the offseason.
Others believe that maybe quarterback won't be Miller's primary position this season. Asked if Miller potentially could play another position, Meyer shot down the idea. "No," Meyer said. "All of our conversations are about health of the athlete. I just want to see him get healthy. To sit there and start saying how about safety or cornerback or H-back or receiver, no, we haven't had that conversation." During Tuesday's practice, Barrett threw a little more than Miller. But he too was limited as he recovers from a broken ankle suffered in the Michigan game. Jones, Ohio State's postseason hero who led the Buckeyes to victories against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, Alabama in a national semifinal and Oregon in the championship game, took the bulk of reps Tuesday. - The Sports Xchange
03/07/15 - Deshaun Watson, Fr, Clemson, 6-3, 190 (DS#4 QB) Next Big Things at Quarterback: 1. Deshaun Watson, Clemson: Like Kaaya, this may be cheating a bit since Watson entered the 2014 season as Clemson's starter. Unlike Kaaya, though, Watson would have been on this list last year, if I had made this same list last year. He's here now because we saw flashes from Watson early in the season, but he then missed just about half the season due to injuries. In Watson's first five games, before he got hurt against Louisville, he threw for 1,181 yards, rushed for 137 yards and totaled 15 touchdowns. A lot of those numbers came against North Carolina, but the potential was there throughout. And that same potential will return in 2015. While I have some concerns about Clemson losing offensive coordinator Chad Morris to the SMU job, with Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott both being promoted from within, at least Clemson's offense will be run by people familiar with its concepts. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com