04/23/15 - Patrick Skov, rJr/2016, Stanford, 6-1, 234 (DS#11 FB) Skov announced plans to transfer to Georgia Tech...Stanford fullback Patrick Skov plans to finish his playing career at Georgia Tech , enrolling in the school's MBA program and giving Paul Johnson a great option at B-back in the Yellow Jackets' run-oriented offense. Skov will graduate from Stanford in June with a dgree in Internatinoal Relations. He has already been accepted to the school's MBA program and it is expected he will be eligible to play for Georgia Tech in 2015.
"This was not an easy decision," Skov wrote in an open letter posted to his Twitter account. "I have nothing but the fondest memories and greatest appreciation for all my experiences at Stanford, both academically and with the football program. I have the utmost respect for Coach Shaw, my coaches, teammates, professors and classmates. I will cherish forever everything they have given me." Skov played in 39 games over the last three seasons for one of the top programs in the country, so his addition is clearly a plus for a Georgia Tech team looking to continue the success of 2014. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
04/23/15 - Marcus Mariota, rJr/2015, Oregon, 6-4, 222 (DS#2 QB) Marcus Mariota already is part of the lore of a famous statue, having won the 2014 Heisman Trophy. Now he has something that might not be so prestigious, but is edible. After signing on with Subway restaurants as their latest "Famous Fan," Mariota unveiled a life-size food sculpture Wednesday in his hometown of Honolulu. The main ingredient of the structure: guacamole. That made the Oregon quarterback and likely early pick in next week's draft laugh loudly. "It's really funny," Mariota said of the statue made by food sculptor Jim Victor. "The actual message is that Subway has come out with guacamole, and I like guacamole, and so the statue is made of all the ingredients in guacamole. "When they first showed it to us at the house, my mom, she made sure I got a photo with it."
Mariota joins Robert Griffin III, Ndamukong Suh, Mark Ingram, Anthony Barr and Jarvis Jones as NFL players who have been immortalized in meat, poultry and vegetables. He was a natural choice, the Subway folks say, because Mariota is a regular at their restaurants; Mariota says he ate at Subway "nearly every day in college," along with several teammates. "It really is cool to be part of that group that has had this done for them," he said. - AP Sports
04/23/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr/2016, 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
04/23/15 - Kelsey Young, rJr/2016, Texas A&M, 5-10, 195 (DS#999 RB) Boise State boosted its depth at running back this week, announcing the addition of former Stanford running back Kelsey Young to the 2015 roster. Young was the Cardinal's second-leading rusher in 2014, totaling 601 yards on 94 attempts (6.39 yards per carry) during his three seasons as a member of Stanford's backfield rotation. At Boise State, he joins the list of backs looking to replace the production of NFL-bound Jay Ajayi, along with his little brother, redshirt freshman Cory Young. As a graduate transfer, Young will be able to use his final season of eligibility immediately and suit up for the Broncos in 2015. For Stanford, this is the second offensive back to leave the program by way of graduate transfer this week. On Tuesday, Patrick Skov, younger brother of All-American linebacker Shayne Skov, announced his plans to play for Georgia Tech in 2015 while working on his MBA in Atlanta. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
04/23/15 - *Jameis Winston, rSo/2015, Florida State, 6-4, 231 (DS#1 QB) Jameis Winston has put his much-publicized crab legs caper back in the headlines. Florida State issued a statement Wednesday saying it will investigate Winston's comments aired on ESPN that the ex-Seminoles quarterback believed he had an understanding with an unidentified grocery store employee that led to last year's shoplifting incident. Athletic director Stan Wilcox said in the statement that Winston's comments were new details to the school. "As is the case with all matters of this type, we will work in partnership with the NCAA to determine whether a violation occurred," Wilcox said.
Speaking earlier during an Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said Winston's comments are likely true but added it appears to be "totally an isolated incident." "If he says it is (true), I guess it is," said Fisher, who said FSU's compliance office contacted the store after Winston's citation in April 2014 and again Wednesday. A spokeswoman with the grocery store chain had a much different take on the quarterback's comments than Fisher did, saying it would welcome a conversation with Winston. "At the end of the investigation, we were confident that our policies were being executed by the store management team, and that we are not in the practice of giving away merchandize to FSU athletes or any other customers," Maria Brous, director of media and community relations for Florida-based Publix said in an emailed statement. "If Mr. Winston has new information that he would like to share with Publix, that is pertinent to this incident, we would ask that he contact us directly. We would take appropriate action, including reopening an investigation." - AP Sports
04/23/15 - Sean McQuillan, rJr/2016, Connecticut, 6-3, 239 (DS#12 TE) UConn tight end Sean McQuillan has been charged with assault after a fight at an off-campus apartment complex. Campus police say they were called to the complex just before 11 p.m. on Friday night to break up a fight. They arrested McQuillan after finding another man suffering from what the police report describes as "significant facial injuries." Police have not released the victim's name. McQuillan, who would be a fifth-year senior next season, is charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. He is free after posting a $500 bond and is due back in court on May 21. McQuillan did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment Wednesday. UConn spokesman Mike Enright says the athletic department is aware of the incident. McQuillan started 11 games last season. He caught 16 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. - AP Sports
04/23/15 - Ezekiel Elliott, So/2017, Ohio State, 6-0, 225 (DS#1 RB) Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott won the AAU Sullivan Award on Sunday as the most outstanding U.S. amateur athlete who also demonstrates premier leadership, character and sportsmanship. Elliott helped lead the Buckeyes to the national championship, earning MVP honors in the national semifinal and title games. He ran for 1,878 yards on 273 attempts and caught 28 passes for 220 yards. "I want to thank the AAU Sullivan Award for representing outstanding amateur athletes for the past 85 years," Elliott said. "Of course, I have to thank my parents for pushing me to be the person that I am, demanding excellence out of me. I want to thank Ohio State University, my coaches and my teammates for making this opportunity possible for me."
Also selected the Academic All-Big Ten Player, Elliott is a two-time OSU Scholar Athlete. He holds a 3.0 GPA and is a recently declared marketing major. He will be a junior this fall. "This is a tremendous honor for Ezekiel and his family and a privilege for Ohio State to have a Sullivan Award winner as the outstanding amateur athlete in America," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. Elliott is the eighth football player to win the award. - AP Sports
04/23/15 - Ralph Green III, rSo/2017, Indiana, 6-4, 325 (DS#17 DT) Indiana has suspended redshirt junior defensive lineman Ralph Green III following his arrest on a preliminary misdemeanor battery charge after allegedly slapping a 20-year-old woman in the face. The 21-year-old San Antonio, Texas, native was charged with misdemeanor battery, public intoxication and disorderly conduct early Sunday. The Herald-Times reports the slap occurred after the woman resisted Green's attempt to dance with her at a residence. Police say officers later observed him acting belligerently. Green was released Monday from the Monroe County Jail. He has no published telephone number and It wasn't clear if he has an attorney. Indiana said in a statement it will monitor the situation and take further action as warranted. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Green appeared in 11 games last season with 19 tackles and one sack. - AP Sports
04/23/15 - Boaz Joseph, rFr/2018, Nebraska, 6-1, 190 (DS#35 CB) Nebraska reserve defensive back Boaz Joseph has been ticketed for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. University assistant police chief Charlotte Evans says Tuesday that investigators found 3.3 grams of marijuana in a tobacco tin in Joseph's room at an apartment last Thursday. Evans says officers were there to execute a search warrant in connection with an unrelated fraud investigation. Two other people were ticketed for having drugs and paraphernalia. Joseph, a 21-year-old sophomore from Weston, Florida, appeared in five games and made one tackle last season. The athletic department says coach Mike Riley is aware of the situation and had no immediate comment. Joseph had been ticketed last June for bike theft in Lincoln. That case was dismissed in December after he completed a pre-trial diversion program. - AP Sports
04/23/15 - Greyson Lambert, rSo/2017, Virginia, 6-5, 225 (DS#31 QB) It looks like Virginia's quarterback battle will head into August undecided. Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns each throw a touchdown pass and the Blue beat Orange 14-13 in Virginia's spring game Saturday. There appeared to be little separation gained by either as Lambert, who started, completed 6 of 14 passes for 79 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Johns was 11 of 23 for 66 yards. Lambert was sacked twice, and Johns once, and each led a field goal drive. Offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild plans to watch plenty of film of spring practice before addressing the position with reporters. - AP Sports
04/23/15 - Wes Lunt, rSo/2017, Illinois, 6-4, 215 (DS#7 QB) Injuries forced the University of Illinois football team to rely on reserves Saturday during the team's intra-squad spring game. Looking to build off its first bowl appearance under coach Tim Beckman, the Orange team held on to a 44-41 win in the scrimmage. The Illini had just three healthy interior defensive linemen available for the game, so the teams were split into the starters (Orange team) and reserves (White team). In order to add a competitive element to the game, the White team was awarded a 17-0 lead to start the game and 17 more points at halftime to regain a 34-27 lead. "We gave the White team a couple points, then a couple more, as the game got out of hand," Beckman said. "I thought it was important for our team to compete."
Injuries to Mike Dudek and Dre Brown figure to take a bite out of the Illini offense, although Dionte Taylor and Henry Enyenihi filled in with solid performances. Quarterback Wes Lunt was sharp, completing 17 of 26 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and didn't see the field in the second half. "I thought today the offense took a step forward," Lunt said. "Today was probably one of our best practices of the spring." Big plays continued to haunt the Illini defense. The White defense allowed five plays of 30 or more yards in the first half. - AP Sports
04/23/15 - Brandon Doughty, rSr/2016, Western Kentucky, 6-3, 210 (DS#14 QB) Brandon Doughty threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns as the Red team beat the White 52-40 Saturday in Western Kentucky's spring game. Nelson Fishback and Drew Eckels also passed for two TDs apiece as spring practice concluded, but Doughty owned the day by completing 18 of 24 passes. Taywan Taylor and Nacarius Fant combined for 11 receptions for 88 and 80 yards, respectively, and a TD each. DeAndre Farris and linebacker Masai Whyte each had seven tackles to lead the defense and lineman Tanner Reeves had two tackles for a loss. Coach Jeff Brohm was pleased with WKU's progress this spring and said, "I think we've gotten better on the defensive side of the ball. I liked some of the things (the defense) did today." - AP Sports
04/23/15 - Maty Mauk, rSo/2017, Missouri, 6-0, 200 (DS#34 QB) Maty Mauk has worked on stepping up in the pocket and becoming more consistent with his footwork during the past five weeks of Missouri's spring practices. "You didn't see me just catching and bailing out like usual," Missouri quarterback Mauk said after the team's Black and Gold game on Saturday. Mauk led the only touchdown drive, an 8-play, 63-yarder, that ended the first half. He found J'Mon Moore on a fade route for a 3-yard score. Mauk, who is 14-4 as a starter, finished 9 of 14 for 68 yards and added six carries for 40 yards. He was pulled along with the rest of the first-team offense and defense at halftime after outscoring the second team 10-0.
Andrew Baggett kicked a 36-yard field goal to account for the remaining points. "I think we've got several talented guys," offensive coordinator Josh Henson said. "I think we're just inexperienced. We're just inconsistent right now. And that will come with reps and experience." The third and fourth teams squared off against the second team in the closing half, outscoring them 3-0 on a 25-yard field goal by Nick Coffman with 46 seconds remaining in the game. Moore finished with three catches for 11 yards. With Missouri losing its top three receivers for the second consecutive season, the sophomore thinks he can become Mauk's go-to target. "Definitely," he said. "I look forward to taking that role. I've got a long summer ahead of me and I've got to work hard." - AP Sports
04/23/15 - Christian Hackenberg, So/2017, Penn State, 6-4, 234 (DS#2 QB) Christian Hackenberg had an unexpectedly busy spring game for Penn State. With his backup out, the star quarterback played almost all the Nittany Lions' intrasquad scrimmage Saturday. Hackenberg threw for 180 yards and a touchdown and was picked off once. Most important, Penn State's most irreplaceable player came away healthy as Hackenberg's Blue team beat the White team 17-7. That might not have been the case if it was a real game. Penn State's offensive line had a tough time keeping its defensive line out of the backfield. Hackenberg was "sacked" five times — no tackling the franchise — and had to scramble a few others. "Obviously our defensive line still holds the advantage over our offensive line," Penn State coach James Franklin said. "That's going to continue to be a work in progress and a focus all offseason."
Trace McSorley was expected to take most of the reps at quarterback for the Blue team, but he was among a handful of player held out of the game. Franklin did not disclose why. Hackenberg, a junior, is heading into his third season as Penn State's starter. He has the talent to be one of the top quarterbacks in the country and a potential top NFL draft pick. If Penn State is going to take a step forward after going 7-6 in Franklin's first year, Hackenberg will have to lead the Nittany Lions. Hackenberg's numbers as a sophomore were worse than his freshmen year stats, but that's a bit deceiving. As a freshman, Hackenberg had a more developed supporting cast and threw for 2,955 yards and 20 touchdowns in 12 games, with 10 interceptions and a 58.9 completion percentage. Last year, his completion rate dropped to 55.8. He threw 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, playing behind a patchwork offensive line that gave up 44 sacks. - AP Sports
04/23/15 - Justin Holman, So/2017, Central Florida, 6-4, 208 (DS#30 QB) Justin Holman threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns to lead the University of Central Florida's starters to a 20-6 win over the reserves in a spring game on Saturday. Holman hit Kevin Miller with a 10-yard scoring pass and Jordan Akins caught a 9-yarder to account for all the touchdowns in the game. Matthew Wright added field goals of 37 and 40 yards for the first team. The only scoring for the second team came on field goals of 44 and 29 yards from Connor O'Sullivan. Nick Patti was 13 of 24 for 94 yards and one interception. Freshman Chris Williams returned the interception 52 yards to set up Akins' touchdown just before halftime. The UCF defensive dominated the first half with six sacks and added another in the second half. Thomas Niles had three sacks and Miles Pace had two. "I think it was one of the better spring games we've had since I've been here," UCF coach George O'Leary said. "Obviously, we have to put a lot more points on the board, but there weren't a lot of penalties. We have to play a lot better to compete for another conference championship, but I was pleased." - AP Sports
04/22/15 - Tyler Boyd, So/2017, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 185 (DS#2 WR) Pittsburgh's first-year head coach Pat Narduzzi stressed knowledge as a key tenet to the success of the football program he looks to build. The Panthers concluded their spring practice period with the team's Blue-Gold spring game on Saturday. As the new coaching staff installed its systems on offense, defense and special teams, the players began gaining the knowledge Narduzzi hopes allows them to play well in the fall. After 15 practices, the players also know a little bit more about their new coach. "I think we all know his expectations now and the energy he expects and that he's not kidding when he says he wants to win a championship," quarterback Chad Voytik said. "A lot of guys may say that as a energizer. He means it. He wants to win a championship and he thinks that we can."
The Panthers have some way to go before they can realize their head coach's lofty expectations. "I hope they learned that I'm with them," Narduzzi said. "It's not the players against coaches. We're not just going to sit out on the field and watch them run. We want to run with them." Voytik, wide receiver Tyler Boyd and defending ACC Player of the Year James Conner led the Blue team to a 17-10 victory. Voytik completed 11 of 24 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown. Boyd caught six passes for 112 yards and had the game's longest play with a 46-yard catch. Boyd enters his junior season as arguably the ACC's top receiver and describes his new coach as honest after the last month's work. "He's a pretty straight, up-front guy," Boyd said. "He will never mislead you. ... He's going to tell you what he wants out of a player and he's going to let you know what he wants as a coach." - AP Sports
04/22/15 - Malachi Dupre, Fr/2018, LSU, 6-3, 188 (DS#1 WR) LSU receiver Malachi Dupre looks ready to fulfill the promise he showed during an intermittently spectacular freshman season. Dupre produced some of the most memorable highlights from LSU's spring game Saturday, making a difficult adjustment on a 37-yard touchdown reception from Anthony Jennings and a diving catch on a 35-yard scoring strike from Brandon Harris. "I'm very confident moving forward. The difference is I have a year under my belt," Dupre said. "I know what I have to do to dominate." The sophomore from suburban New Orleans was the nation's top-rated recruit at receiver in 2014, when he made 14 catches for 318 yards and five TDs. He had four catches Saturday for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Harris and Jennings, who are competing for the starting job, split time with the first-team offense. Jennings, who'll be a junior next season, finished 13 of 20 for 242 yards and two TDs. Harris, who'll be a sophomore, was 11 of 17 for 178 yards and two scores. "Our quarterbacks are more capable, more confident," coach Les Miles said. "Who's the best quarterback? I'm going to defer and let competition play out." - AP Sports
04/22/15 - Jake Coker, rJr/2016, Alabama, 6-4, 230 (DS#7 QB) Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn't think it's fair to pass judgment on his quarterbacks based on the spring game. Jake Coker was easily the most productive of the Crimson Tide passers on Saturday in his second bid to win the starting job after transferring from Florida State last summer. He led the White team featuring the first-team offense to a 27-14 win over the defense-led Crimson before 65,157 fans. Saban said Coker and Alec Morris had a big advantage in playing with the starting offense, with the Tide rebuilding depth after losing nine starters. "You're going to look at this and say, 'Well, these two guys played better,'" Saban said. "Well, if I had to play on those two teams, I would have played better on the White team. "That's me playing quarterback. I can still play quarterback. I can sling it a little bit. I can't see very well. I might not be able to avoid the rush like I used to, but I'm just saying they had a much better opportunity. We lost a lot of players on offense. We don't have a lot of depth on offense right now, so it really affects the second unit a lot more than it does the first, especially when you have a few guys that are injured."
Coker completed 14 of 28 passes for 183 yards, hitting ArDarius Stewart in the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown. Coker is the only candidate to replace Blake Sims - who struggled in last year's spring game - who has thrown a college pass. He had an interception returned 51 yards by Maurice Smith. Redshirt freshman David Cornwell was 12 of 24 for 110 yards and a touchdown but threw two of the quarterbacks' six interceptions while leading the second team much of the game. Morris was 7 of 11 for 60 yards. Freshman Blake Barnett only attempted four passes but threw for a 29-yard touchdown to Stewart late. "There can be no great conclusions drawn from any of what happened today, other than we're pleased with what we saw in some of the guys," Saban said. - AP Sports
04/22/15 - Malik Zaire, rFr/2018, Notre Dame, 6-0, 208 (DS#10 QB) Notre Dame's spring game did little to determine who will be the starting quarterback in the fall other than showing Malik Zaire can throw a long pass but can't catch one. Zaire threw a perfectly timed 68-yard touchdown pass that Will Fuller caught at the 6 and raced in for a touchdown midway through the second quarter. But then on a flea-flicker play drawn up by a fan to start the third quarter, Everett Golson attempted a long pass to Zaire but safety Max Redfield jumped higher and picked it off. Redfield appeared to taunt Zaire lying on the ground, then took off and was credited with a touchdown even though officials blew the whistle at midfield. Neither quarterback talked to the media after the game. Golson hasn't talked to the media since the end of last season.
Coach Brian Kelly said each player needs to focus on his own play. "All they can control is what's in their purview and that is the fundamentals of what we've asked them to work on, and the rest they can't really worry about. It's not their call," he said. Zaire, who started the Music City Bowl in a win against LSU, had the slightly better game statistically, completing 8 of 14 passes for 137 yards with no interceptions. Golson, who lost his starting job after committing 22 turnovers last season, was 7 of 15 passing for 83 yards with one interception. - AP Sports
04/22/15 - Tyrone Swoopes, So/2017, Texas, 6-4, 241 (DS#25 QB) Texas started spring practice with a quarterback duel and ended it with last season's starter, Tyrone Swoopes, entrenched as the No. 1. For now. Swoopes went 17-of-31 passing for 159 yards and ran for a touchdown Saturday as Texas ended spring drills with the annual Orange-White Scrimmage. Jerrod Heard was 20 of 29 for 177 yards and also ran for a score, but threw an interception and tapered off after two early flashy drives. In his postgame comments, coach Charlie Strong at first suggested the competition for No. 1 was still open, but later made it clear it's still Swoopes' job to lose between now and a trip to South Bend, Indiana, for the Sept. 5 season opener at Notre Dame. "I hope I don't have to go in there and start a redshirt freshman," Strong said. "I don't want to turn this into a quarterback controversy ... I don't if Heard has done anything yet to unseat him as the starter."
Texas went 6-7 and lost the Texas Bowl in Strong's first season in 2014. Swoopes started 12 games last season and took the brunt of fan criticism as Texas struggled offensively all season. "I feel good," Swoopes said. "Overall, I think I did pretty well." Swoopes led a touchdown drive on the opening possession, scrambling 14 yards for a touchdown. Heard also drove his team for two scores on his first two drives. His tuck-and-run scamper for a 12-yard touchdown capped the first, and he used his legs to convert a fourth down that set up a field goal. He also completed his first nine passes. Had his day ended there, fans would be clamoring for him to start. But a fumbled snap killed one drive and an interception thrown under pressure into coverage stopped another. Then another throw into coverage was dropped by a defender. Strong said he expects Swoopes, a junior, will be better next season because the team around him should be better, most notably in the offensive line. - AP Sports
04/22/15 - Jeremy Johnson, So/2017, Auburn, 6-5, 230 (DS#3 QB) Auburn names Johnson starting QB...Jeremy Johnson had been the presumed favorite to win the Auburn quarterback job. On Monday, coach Gus Malzahn made it official when he said Johnson had earned the job. Johnson, who backed up Nick Marshall the past two seasons, took every snap with the Tigers' first-team offense in Auburn's spring A-Game. For two seasons he served as Nick Marshall's backup, but in each opportunity he got to play, Johnson looked more than ready. He made two starts last year, including in last year's Southeastern Conference season opener against Arkansas. Johnson also saw action in 11 other games. During his part-time appearances, he has completed 73.1 percent of his 78 pass attempts for 858 yards, nine touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
04/22/15 - Cardale Jones, rSo/2017, Ohio State, 6-5, 250 (DS#1 QB) Ohio State sets CFB record for spring game attendance...Three months after winning the national championship, Ohio State is still creating a buzz in Columbus, Ohio. On Saturday, the Buckeyes set a college football record for spring-game attendance when 99,391 turned out on a sunny spring afternoon to watch the Scarlet beat the Gray 17-14 in Ohio Stadium. The highlight was a 58-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cardale Jones, the hero of the Buckeyes' postseason run to the first College Football Playoff championship, to wide receiver Corey Smith in the second quarter. Jones and Smith also hooked up for a 37-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Jones is preparing for a highly anticipated battle with J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller for the starting quarterback job in the fall. Barrett (broken ankle) and Miller (shoulder) were on hand Saturday but did not play in the scrimmage while continuing to recover from injuries.
Jones finished 19 of 42 for 304 yards and two touchdowns. "99,000 people? I think I heard that over the PA system," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "I'm not surprised, but extremely grateful to have that many come watch a scrimmage. At times, it wasn't a very pleasant scrimmage. "We grab hands after each time we come into the stadium and we're very grateful for the blessings to be able to play this great game, first of all, and, secondly, where we play it. I imagine it has to be some kind of record." Indeed it was. Ohio State also held the previous record when 95,722 attended the spring game in 2009. Alabama, which previously had the second highest spring attendance of 92,310, saw 65,157 fans turn out Saturday for its spring game. Big Ten programs Nebraska and Michigan each have new coaches this year and drew 76,881 and 66,000, respectively, to their spring games. - The Sports Xchange
04/22/15 - Rennie Childs, So/2017, Oklahoma State, 5-10, 205 (DS#26 RB) Rennie Childs ran for 83 yards and a touchdown to help the White team beat the Orange 31-13 in Oklahoma State's spring game on Saturday. The Cowboys are looking to replace their top two rushers from last season. Desmond Roland was a senior last year and Tyreek Hill was kicked off the team, so the spring offered an opportunity for Childs to establish himself before highly touted Chris Carson and Jeff Carr arrive for fall practice.
Childs busted loose for a 60-yard run early in the second quarter, and tight end Zac Veatch caught a touchdown pass from Mason Rudolph on the next play to put the White up 14-6. Childs' 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter extended the White's lead to 28-6. "Rennie has played better this spring," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "He's accepted the challenge. He wasn't as physical over his first few years here as he needed to be. We pushed him hard through the spring. He got hit more than what we would have wanted him to, but we felt like we needed him to be in that role. We felt that he needed to get tired, he needed to get tackled. He needed to find a way to make some plays." - AP Sports
04/22/15 - Roc Thomas, Fr/2018, Auburn, 5-10, 193 (DS#9 RB) Jeremy Johnson made a strong case to start at quarterback in Auburn's spring game. The junior threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns in one half Saturday as Team Auburn topped Team Tigers 24-14. Coach Gus Malzahn said afterward that competition was still open for the starting job. Freshman Sean White completed 79 percent of his passes for 109 yards. "I thought he had a pretty good command of the offense," Malzahn said of Johnson. "He probably held onto the ball a little too long some of the time, but I thought he did pretty well overall."
Sophomore running back Racean "Roc" Thomas rushed for 69 yards while playing for both sides. Thomas has been in competition with junior college transfer Jovon Robinson and Peyton Barber to replace the SEC's leading rusher, Cameron Artis-Payne. Robinson rushed six times for 19 yards while Barber had eight carries for 37 yards. "All three of our running backs are very good with the ball in their hands," Malzahn said. "All three of them had some good runs. Roc was able to get in some spin moves." New defensive coordinator Will Muschamp's first A-Day produced an improved spring game performance, as a late touchdown accounted for the only points of the second half. - AP Sports
04/22/15 - Cardale Jones, rSo/2017, Ohio State, 6-5, 250 (DS#1 QB) Already a statewide celebrity after guiding Ohio State to three postseason wins and the national championship last season, Cardale Jones made the most of his very first collegiate start at home. The senior-to-be completed 19 of 42 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns to Corey Smith to lead the Gray to a 17-14 win over the Scarlet before a national spring-game record crowd of 99,391 at Ohio Stadium. "It was pretty fun," Jones said. "I hope I can carry it over to the fall." Jones also won a halftime quarterback challenge. But he was far from perfect, throwing two interceptions and being sacked three times. Coach Urban Meyer was enthused about what specific players did in 15 spring workouts, but not so much by how far the Buckeyes progressed. "As I just told our players is that we did not improve as a team. That was not a good team out there. As a team, that's much worse than what you saw in January, obviously," he said, referring to the Buckeyes' 42-20 win over Oregon in the College Football Playoff championship game. "But we did individually get better."
Defense dominated the spring game as the offenses were hampered by injuries. Erik Smith intercepted two passes and Nick Conner picked off a pass and forced a fumble for the Gray, while Joey Bosa, Adolphus Washington and Donovan Munger had sacks for the Scarlet. Many of the Buckeyes' top players did not see action because they are recovering from surgery or injuries, including tailback Ezekiel Elliott (hand), quarterbacks Braxton Miller (shoulder) and J.T. Barrett (broken ankle), wide receiver Michael Thomas (groin) and several starting linemen. - AP Sports