09/02/15 - Connor Cook, rSr/2016, Michigan State, 6-4, 220 (DS#1 QB) QB Connor Cook on not being voted a Michigan State captain: 'It stinks'...Last week, Michigan State players voted from the team's pool of 12 "eagle council" leaders to name the Spartans' three 2015 team captains. Their selections: fifth-year senior defensive end Shilique Calhoun, fifth-year senior center Jack Allen and fifth-year senior linebacker Darien Harris. While fine selections one and all -- Allen and Calhoun both featured on CBS Sports' 2015 preseason All-America teams -- there's one highly notable Spartan who's not among them: quarterback Connor Cook. The senior from Hinckley, Ohio will enter his third season as Mark Dantonio's starting quarterback Friday night at Western Michigan, and was clear in speaking to reporters Tuesday that he wasn't thrilled at having been passed over by his teammates.
Via the Lansing State Journal: "Obviously, I was disappointed. But we have the whole leadership council, the 12 guys, and I think the whole senior class takes pride in everyone being leaders. And we're not all about the title and stuff like that. And I for sure want to be captain, but it's not gonna limit me from leading. I think for the position that I'm in, being a quarterback here, that's already assumed ...And obviously it stinks not to be captain. But that's why we have the leadership council, the 12 guys. Coach D. really likes to not just have three guys leading, but 12. We've got such a deep senior class, too. We've got guys like Shilique, Darien, me, Jack. Joel [Heath] is a great leader. If you could pick five captains, there would be five captains. If there could be six, there'd be six guys. All 12 guys are worth enough to be captains. But it's definitely not gonna limit my leadership role. And it's just gonna make me hungrier." - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
09/02/15 - Tyreek Hill, Sr/2016, West Alabama, 5-10, 185 (DS#999 WR) Former Oklahoma State return man and running back Ty Hill has enrolled at West Alabama. The Division II school announced Tuesday that Hill is joining the program and will be in uniform for Saturday's opener against Stillman College. Hill was dismissed from Oklahoma State's football and track teams in December 2014 following his arrest on domestic violence charges. An All-Big 12 Conference all-purpose player, he was accused of punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend. He pleaded not guilty in January. The arrest came less than a week after Hill's 92-yard punt return in a comeback victory over Oklahoma. Hill was arrested on a charge of domestic abuse by strangulation. He had ranked second nationally in total kick return yards. - AP Sports
09/01/15 - Ishmael Adams, rJr/2017, UCLA, 5-08, 190 (DS#11 CB) UCLA's Adams suspended indefinitely...UCLA will be without an all-conference defender when it plays Virginia in its season opener on Saturday because of off-the-field transgressions. UCLA head coach Jim Mora said Tuesday that All-Pac-12 cornerback Ishmael Adams was suspended indefinitely from the team. The suspension come a day after reports surfaced that Adams had been arrested for an alleged robbery. Adams allegedly took a cellphone from an Uber driver early Sunday morning, the UCLA police department told ESPN.com. He was arrested and his bail was set at $100,000. It's unclear how long Adams will sidelined. Mora said Adams will remain suspended until more facts are gathered. - The Sports Xchange
09/01/15 - DeAngelo Henderson, rJr/2017, Coastal Carolina, 5-08, 205 (DS#61 RB) Coastal Carolina joins Sun Belt Conference...The Sun Belt Conference officially added Coastal Carolina as a new member on Tuesday. The announcement came after the Chanticleers accepted the conference's invitation to join for football in 2017 while the other sports come in a year earlier during the 2016-17 academic year. The school is currently a member of the Big South Conference. Coastal Carolina's football program is at the Football Championship Subdivision level and and will move up to FBS by 2018. The Chanticleers will be eligible for contend for a conference championship in 2017 but not for a bowl game until 2018.
"On behalf of all of us at Coastal Carolina University, I'm honored to accept the invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference," Coastal Carolina president David A. DeCenzo said in a statement. "I am grateful to Sun Belt Commissioner, Mr. Karl Benson, for his steadfast support of CCU, and to the Sun Belt presidents and chancellors, who honored CCU by selecting their 12th member school." Coast Carolina will boost the Sun Belt to 12 members in 2017 and will be split into two divisions based on geography. Other members of the conference are Appalachian State, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, South Alabama, Troy, Arkansas State, Little Rock, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe, Texas Arlington and Texas State. Idaho and New Mexico State are football-playing schools only. - The Sports Xchange
09/01/15 - Brandon Harris, So/2018, LSU, 6-3, 188 (DS#16 QB) Brandon Harris announced as the starter for LSU against McNeese St...After weeks of speculation, LSU coach Les Miles made an official announcement regarding his starting quarterback on Monday. As expected, Brandon Harris will start under center for the Tigers in Week 1 against McNeese State. Quarterback was one of the biggest issues for the Tigers in 2014 as Anthony Jennings started the majority of the games last year. He struggled, completing just 48.9 percent of his passes for 1,611 yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Harris played in eight games and threw for 452 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 55.6 percent of his passes. He was a fan favorite due to his solid play against Mississippi State and New Mexico State, but he too had issues in his lone start of the season against Auburn. Harris beating out Jennings for the job this offseason is not surprising, especially since Miles had said recently that Harris had the upper hand on Jennings in the competition. - Robby Kalland, CBSSports.com
09/01/15 - Vernon Adams, rSr/2016, Oregon, 5-11, 205 (DS#19 QB) Ducks QB Adams earns job, trust quickly...Vernon Adams took just two weeks to earn a starting spot at Oregon. The senior graduate transfer from Eastern Washington joined the Ducks late for fall camp on Aug. 14 and on Aug. 28 he was named the starting quarterback when Oregon opens the season against his former team on Saturday. Adams was picked over redshirt junior Jeff Lockie, who has been Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota's backup the past three seasons. "There are a ton of factors and it is not a drastic deal," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. "It's a little bit here, a little bit there. When you get into those things it's not like it is 100 percent to 80 percent, but just enough in a lot of categories to create separation."
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Adams threw for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns with 31 interceptions and completed 64.8 percent of his passes during three seasons at Eastern Washington while winning 28 of 34 starts. In two games against Pac-12 schools, Adams combined to throw 11 touchdowns passes in a win over Oregon State and a loss to Washington. Now Adams is making the move from FCS to FBS for one season and his new teammates think he is ready for the advanced level. "Vernon has been doing a great job," wide receiver Dwayne Stanford said. "He can push the ball down the field and he has a great arm. He likes to take shots and he is really accurate with the deep ball. I feel very comfortable with him." - The Sports Xchange
08/31/15 - Everett Golson, rSr/2016, Florida State, 5-11, 200 (DS#18 QB) Everett Golson named as Florida State's starter for Week 1...Florida State has made it official and announced Notre Dame transfer quarterback Everett Golson as the starter for Week 1. Golson will make his Florida State debut in Tallahassee against Texas State on Saturday night. Golson, who transferred to the Seminoles in May, beat out junior Sean Maguire for the starting job in camp. Maguire had one start in 2014 for the Seminoles, a close win over Clemson when he threw for 304 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. In 2014 with the Fighting Irish, Golson completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns, but he had problems with ball security throwing 14 interceptions and fumbling the ball 12 times, losing eight of them. - Robby Kalland, CBSSports.com
08/31/15 - Wesley Leftwich, rSr/2016, Missouri, 6-1, 205 (DS#190 WR) Missouri safety Cortland Browning and wide receiver Wesley Leftwich have knee injuries and will miss the opener. Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that he anticipated both players would return soon, probably in a week or two. Pinkel also said freshman wide receiver Johnathan Johnson would miss the season with an ankle injury that required surgery. Browning is a redshirt freshman and Leftwich, a senior, has the most experience at wide receiver. The 24th-ranked Tigers, coming off consecutive SEC East titles, play Southeast Missouri State on Saturday. - AP Sports
08/31/15 - Greyson Lambert, rJr/2017, Georgia, 6-5, 225 (DS#999 QB) Greyson Lambert named Georgia's starting QB for week one vs. ULM...Georgia coach Mark Richt has settled on a starting quarterback, at least for the first week of the season, announcing Greyson Lambert as the starter for Saturday's game against ULM. Lambert joined the competition late after his offseason transfer from Virginia but beat out Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta for the starting nod with his play during fall camp, but the competition is far from over.
Richt told reporters on Monday that he and new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer are "very interested" in trying to get some meaningful snaps in for another quarterback, meaning Brice Ramsey or Faton Bauta could see action in the first half against the Warhawks. Richt would not hint which quarterback has the edge for No. 2, but most practice reports suggest that Ramsey is up next after Lambert. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Lambert started nine games for Virginia last season, missing three games because of an ankle injury. He looks the part of a starting quarterback, for sure, and was rated as one of the top pro-style quarterbacks as a recruit coming out of Jesup, Ga. in 2012. That size and experience made him an enticing option as a graduate transfer following Lambert's exit from Charlottesville, and the move has paid off for the quarterback now that he's a starter for one of the SEC's top teams. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/31/15 - Ishmael Adams, rJr/2017, UCLA, 5-08, 190 (DS#11 CB) UCLA star CB Ishmael Adams arrested for robbery on campus...One of the Pac-12's best defensive backs has reportedly been arrested. According to Daily Bruin Sports, UCLA star CB Ishmael Adams was arrested on UCLA's campus for robbery and his bail was set at $100,000. Adams has not been officially charged. Adams was a 1st-team All-Pac 12 defensive back for the Bruins last year. He had two interceptions, both of which he returned for touchdowns, in 2014 along with 41 tackles and four pass deflections. UCLA also used Adams as a kick and punt returner. In 2014, Adams had 591 kick return yards, including a touchdown, and 193 punt return yards. - Robby Kalland, CBSSports.com
08/31/15 - Blake Kemp, Jr/2017, East Carolina, 6-1, 207 (DS#47 QB) Blake Kemp will start the season at quarterback for East Carolina. Coach Ruffin McNeill announced Kemp as the starter Monday. Kemp is a junior college transfer who redshirted last season behind record-setting QB Shane Carden. Kurt Benkert had been designated the starter before suffering a season-ending right knee injury last week. Kemp had been his top backup and McNeill says "he's next in line." McNeill says another reserve, junior Cody Keith, returned to practice last week after missing two weeks of drills with a foot injury. The Pirates begin their second season in the American Athletic Conference on Saturday night against Towson of the FBS. - AP Sports
08/31/15 - J.T. Barrett, rSo/2018, Ohio State, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) Meyer says QBs Barrett, Jones may play in Buckeyes' opener...Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hasn't made a final decision on his starting quarterback and isn't ruling out playing both stars in the Buckeyes' season opener. J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones have been battling in training camp to determine the No. 1 quarterback to lead the defending national champions. The Buckeyes open the 2015 season at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., next Monday night. "We'll announce the starter when the first guy takes the snap," Meyer said during his Monday news conference. "It's still very close, both guys are performing very well. "If it was different skill sets, we probably would (need to decide), but they're not. If you look at J.T.'s game plan when he was our quarterback and Cardale's, it was very similar. There's a chance they'll both play, as well, so that hasn't really (been a factor) with our mindset with a game plan on offense."
Barrett and Jones said recently that they are opposed to a rotating system to run the Buckeyes' spread attack. Barrett was named Ohio State's starting quarterback about a week before the 2014 season began after Braxton Miller was declared out for the year with a shoulder injury. Barrett had a Heisman-caliber season, leading the Buckeyes to a 10-1 record before fracturing his ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan. "If you're not going to (start), get ready," Meyer said. "I'd like to see both guys involved. It could be in-game; it could be weekly. "They're pros. J.T. has always been a pro and I'm amazing at how Cardale has handled himself." - The Sports Xchange
08/31/15 - Jake Coker, rSr/2016, Alabama, 6-5, 232 (DS#17 QB) Tide depth chart: Coker, Bateman, Morris listed as co-starting QBs...Nick Saban's antipathy for depth charts is the stuff of legend. And yet, the Crimson Tide begrudgingly offered the starved Alabama faithful exactly that Monday, albeit in fashion that cleared up next-to-nothing about the team's hotly contested starting quarterback battle. Via 247Sports affiliate BamaOnline.com, that depth chart lists senior Jake Coker, redshirt sophomore Cooper Bateman and redshirt junior Alec Morris all as co-starters at the quarterback position. Redshirt freshman David Cornwell and true freshman Blake Barnett are listed on the next like of the depth chart.
Saban reportedly made multiple references to his "three quarterbacks" when speaking to the media Monday, indicating there's a clear separation between Coker, Bateman and Morris and the two freshmen -- as Saban had indicated previously. So that's not new news for Tide fans. But it might be noteworthy that Coker is listed first, and it might be noteworthy that Morris -- who not long ago reportedly had the slimmest of inside edges towards winning the job -- is listed third. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
08/31/15 - Jeremy Johnson, Jr/2017, Auburn, 6-5, 240 (DS#6 QB) Jeremy Johnson's Auburn teammates believe the preseason hype for their new quarterback is warranted. Big, strong-armed and accurate, Johnson has been maybe the most talked about backup passer in college football not wearing an Ohio State jersey. He's thrived in two starts and in a backup role to Nick Marshall the past two seasons. And if anybody's concerned that Johnson hasn't been The Guy since high school, it doesn't show in the expectations for the sixth-ranked Tigers, who are a popular pick to win the Southeastern Conference. They open Saturday against Louisville in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
Wide receiver Ricardo Louis said Johnson is worthy of the buzz. "Yeah, he definitely is," Louis said. "I've seen him make some throws that I've never seen any quarterback make, right on the money every time. He's consistent. That's what makes him better than most of the quarterbacks I've seen." Johnson will have a tough act to follow, except that he's so different from the smaller, lightning bug-quick Nick Marshall. Now a cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Marshall thrived running the zone read and ran for 11 touchdowns last season. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Johnson might be a running threat, too, but his action on the field has been far more notable for his passing. Johnson has completed 73 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns against two interceptions in 13 career games. - AP Sports
08/31/15 - Khari Garcia, So/2018, Montana State, 5-10, 195 (DS#999 SS) Three Montana State football players have been suspended for the team's season-opener on Thursday for a violation of team rules. Coach Rob Ash announced that linebacker Blake Braun, safety Khari Garcia and cornerback Tre'von Strong will miss the game against Fort Lewis. School officials did not say what the three did to break team rules or whether the incidents were related. Braun is a redshirt sophomore, Garcia is a sophomore. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Strong was expected to be one of only two or three freshmen to play this season. - AP Sports
08/31/15 - Chad Kelly, Jr/2017, Mississippi, 6-2, 215 (DS#21 QB) Chad Kelly expected to start at QB for Ole Miss vs. UT-Martin...Chad Kelly, the former Clemson quarterback turned junior college standout during his brief time with East Mississippi Community College, will take the first snap for Ole Miss in the season opener against Tennessee-Martin. But when speaking to the media on Monday, Hugh Freeze would not go as far as naming Kelly the starting quarterback for the 2015 season. Freeze said Kelly would take first snaps this week during practice and on Saturday against UT-Martin, "but I don't know who our starter for the season will be yet," he added, via the Clarion-Ledger.
Kelly has been in competition with redshirt sophomores Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade throughout the fall, and it sounds like the game against UT-Martin, one which the Rebels should win handily, will give all three quarterbacks a chance to see the field. Freeze has two weeks of flexibility with the quarterback position before Ole Miss plays Alabama in the SEC opener. The hope, you'd imagine, is that Freeze has decided on his starter for the season by the time said player has to line up under center opposite the Tide's imposing defensive front. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/31/15 - Antonio Morrison, Sr/2016, Florida, 6-1, 225 (DS#12 ILB) Florida LB Morrison (knee) ready to play after 'unbelievable' recovery...The first game week of the season started with some much-needed good news on the injury front for Florida. According to Jim McElwain, Gators senior linebacker Antonio Morrison will play Saturday against New Mexico State after suffering a serious knee injury in the team's bowl game against East Carolina in January. Florida never confirmed the specifics of Morrison's injury, but McElwain said Monday that Morrison's timetable for return was initially set at 10-12 months. He completed the rehabilitation in just six months. With Morrison listed first on the Gators' depth chart and set to play, though likely not for the entire game, the starting linebacker will be back on the field just over eight months after the injury.
"Yeah, he is [ready to play]. It's unbelievable what he's done. I'm really proud of what he's done, to see him recover like this," McElwain said Monday. "It obviously won't be one of those deals where he's playing 80 or 90 plays, but at the same time, he's prepared himself and he's ready to play and we'll have a plan for that." Morrison is one of the most experienced players on defense (23 career starts) and last season not only led the team in tackles (101) but became the first Florida player to record at least 100 stops since 2010 (Ahmad Black). Morrison's return comes shortly after freshman offensive lineman Martez Ivey was sidelined by a minor knee procedure. Ivey, a former five-star prospect and potential starter at tackle, could also be back in the lineup sooner than expected, per McElwain. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/31/15 - Gus Edwards, Jr/2017, Miami (FL), 6-1, 230 (DS#999 RB) Miami RB Gus Edwards (foot) injured, out for 2015...Miami running back Gus Edwards will miss the entire 2015 season with a foot injury. The news comes after the 6-2, 241-pound power back missed a few practices with what was thought to be a minor injury. According to Palm Beach Post, Edwards will need surgery on his left foot. The school did not give details on the nature of his injury, only that he would miss the entire season. "Gus worked extremely hard for the last nine month to prepare for this moment," Miami coach Al Golden said. "He set a high standard and did a great job leading and being unselfish. We are tremendously disappointed for him, but we will be there with him on the road to recovery and anxiously await his return." - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/31/15 - Roberto Aguayo, rJr/2017, Florida State, 6-1, 205 (DS#1 K) There were countless treks into the woods, hours spent on golf courses and the every-morning ritual of hearing his father call him "Champ." It all helped make Roberto Aguayo arguably the best kicker in college football. Aguayo isn't perfect, but he's close. He has taken 201 kicks in his first two Florida State seasons and made 197 of them. He's on pace to become the most accurate kicker in the history of big-time college football and it would seem a high draft pick would await him next year if - as widely expected - he skips his senior season and heads to the NFL. "He's good because he's talented, but he's great because he has a tremendous work ethic," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "He's a perfectionist. Our kids say that. The confidence, when he walks on the field, our kids jump up, 'How far is he kicking this one?' They know what's coming."
All those wide rights and wide lefts - kicks that doomed Florida State against Miami so many times and probably helped decide a couple of national championships - aren't a concern in Tallahassee these days. Aguayo has made all 149 of his point-after attempts and 48 of his 52 field-goal tries. His 98 percent success rate so far on all kicks would put him ahead of the 96.7-percent clip that Nebraska's Alex Henery posted on his way to setting the major-college career record from 2007 through 2010. His 92 percent make rate on field goals is also ahead of Henery's career mark in college of nearly 90 percent. - AP Sports
08/31/15 - Brady Gustafson, rJr/2017, Montana, 6-6, 235 (DS#22 QB) Bob Stitt is off and running at the University of Montana - at four-time defending national champion North Dakota State's expense. Joey Counts scored on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal with 2 seconds left to give the Grizzlies a 38-35 victory Saturday in the Football Championship Subdivision showdown. "Here's my statement: How about that?" Stitt said. "That was unbelievable. It was pretty crazy how calm I was and everybody all around us was. The players, man, they were so focused." The innovative Stitt took over at Montana after 15 seasons at Colorado Mines, replacing the retired Mick Delaney. The debut was a smashing success in front of a record 26,472 fans who braved smoke from forest fires to pack Washington-Grizzly Stadium for the Football Championship Subdivision showdown. "I'm so happy for our kids, because this is what they came to play for," Stitt said. "They came here to win every game. They came here to be first. We didn't play today to be second."
North Dakota State lost for the fourth time in its last 62 games. "They made one more play than we did," Bison coach Chris Klieman said. "It was a great game and my hat's off to Coach Stitt. I thought they did a better job than we did the second half." Brady Gustafson was 30 of 55 for 434 yards and three touchdowns in his first start for Montana. The 6-foot-7 junior completed passes of 15 yards to Jamaal Jones and 31 yards to Reese Carlson on the winning 15-play, 80-yard drive that started with 1:39 left. "Brady was awesome," Stitt said. "He did everything that we asked him to do. He had a few situations when he didn't hit things, but he never lost focus. He just kept grinding, and he never, ever panicked." - AP Sports
08/31/15 - Everett Golson, rSr/2016, Florida State, 5-11, 200 (DS#18 QB) Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher might know who his starting quarterback will be, but he isn't ready to make an announcement. The No. 10 Seminoles completed preseason drills Saturday with no indication of whether it will be Everett Golson or Sean Maguire under center next Saturday in the opener against Texas State. Fisher's responses to questions about the quarterback competition remain consistent -- he will name one when he is ready. During practices the past two weeks, Golson and Maguire have been splitting the reps with the first team. Golson, a graduate transfer from Notre Dame, has more game experience. He started 23 games in two seasons with the Fighting Irish, and led them to the BCS title game in 2012. He was listed third on the preseason depth chart but quickly made up ground.
Maguire, a redshirt junior, has three years in Fisher's system. Maguire has played in 13 games the past two games and started last season's game against Clemson when he threw for 304 yards and a touchdown in a 23-17 overtime victory. "He is a very elusive guy. He knows how to make plays in a sense," right guard Wilson Bell said about Golson. "Him and Sean have a really good battle going on. I really enjoy being back there because I trust both of those guys behind me. I know these guys are going to make plays." No matter who is named the starter, both Golson and Maguire are likely to see a lot of snaps early in the season. - AP Sports
08/31/15 - JK Scott, So/2018, Alabama, 6-4, 195 (DS#1 P) JK Scott's bio after one season as Alabama's punter takes up a full page in the media guide and begins with heady praise. "Produced the best season for a punter in Alabama football history..." The third-ranked Crimson Tide sophomore might not get recognized much on campus - that's a punter's lot, after all - but his booming punts made him one of the team's most acclaimed players straight out of high school in Denver. "My freshman year was awesome," Scott said. "The transition from high school to college was amazing. There's a lot more fans and hype going towards the game and stuff. It was a lot of fun." The Tide opens Saturday against Wisconsin in Arlington, Texas.
Scott was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award after leading the nation's punters with a 48-yard average. Perhaps more impressively, his punts went for a net average of nearly 45 yards and only 12 were returned - for a total of 83 yards. His punting and net punting averages would have led the NFL last season, too. The 6-foot-5, 198-pounder can still stroll around campus anonymously, unlike many of his teammates. It comes with the position, and perhaps the lanky build. "I don't even look like a football player," Scott said. "If anything, they think I'm a basketball player walking around. But yeah, I usually don't get people coming up and all that." - AP Sports
08/31/15 - J.T. Barrett, rSo/2018, Ohio State, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) J.T. Barrett -- not Cardale Jones -- among six named Ohio State captains...With just 10 days until Ohio State opens the season in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech there's still not an official decision on who will win the starting quarterback job. J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones are locked in the quarterback competition, but the announcement of Ohio State's captains for 2015 may offer a little insight into who will be under center on September 7. Urban Meyer tweeted out an image with the six captains that Ohio State's players voted as the captains for 2015. J.T. Barrett is one of the six, while Cardale Jones is not.
Along with Barrett, the Ohio State captains are senior Braxton Miller -- who recently moved from quarterback to H-Back -- junior safety Tyvis Powell, senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker, senior linebacker Joshua Perry and senior center Jacoby Boren. Now, Ohio State's players are the one that choose captains, not Meyer, so there is still a chance that Meyer would go with Jones over Barrett even if he's a captain -- as strange as that would be. Meyer has not hinted either way as to which quarterback he will go with, and, no matter who gets picked as starter, it's likely that both will get to play. - Robby Kalland, CBSSports.com
08/31/15 - Ezekiel Elliott, Jr/2017, Ohio State, 6-0, 225 (DS#1 RB) Ohio State is limiting the numbers available on football jerseys for sale in light of an ongoing court battle over whether players should receive money from the sales. The move comes as a result of a successful antitrust lawsuit filed in 2009 that challenged the right of colleges to use images of former student-athletes for commercial purposes. Ohio State has since requested that Nike only make jerseys and shirts with the numbers 15 and 1 this year, representing the year and the ranking of national champions. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott currently wears the number 15, and former Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller wears the number 1. One retail expert says the move could severely hurt stores that sell the jerseys. - AP Sports
08/31/15 - James Conner, Jr/2017, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 240 (DS#4 RB) The quote is saved on James Conner's phone, a permanent reminder of the stakes. He sees it whenever he logs in, meaning the running back's eyes glaze over it dozens of times a day. Its presence is comforting in a way, a mental security blanket just in case the Pittsburgh star begins to get ahead of himself. It reads "Don't give up what you want most for what you want now." It replaced Ray Lewis as his screensaver a while ago, when the big kid with the ever-churning legs figured out his destiny lay in trying to run opponents over, not run them down. The NFL became a real, living, breathing thing to Conner in 2014 when he mashed his way to 1,765 yards rushing, 26 total touchdowns and the ACC Player of the Year award. He had always been good. Growing up in Erie, Pa. with four older brothers, Conner always believed he was tough. He had to be if he wanted to become something more than the family mascot. What took time for him to believe is that he could be special.
At some point last fall, maybe it was when he treated three Duke players with the same lack of respect a 3-year-old shows for his toys while throwing them aside for his third and final score in an overtime loss on Nov. 1, the switch flipped. He was no longer a prodigy but a full-blown player. "I looked around and I'm putting up numbers with other great backs," Conner said. "It sort of became like, 'Now you need to handle yourself more professionally, take things more seriously and you've got a real opportunity.'" Hence the daily reminder just a swipe of his finger away. "A lot of people do things for the moment instead of thinking long term," Conner said. "I've been trying to find that balance." - AP Sports