No. 15 USC debuts freshman QB J.T. Daniels vs. UNLV

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LOS ANGELES -- Southern California head coach Clay Helton walked up to quarterback JT Daniels, looking into his eyes for confirmation the second freshman to start a season opener in the program's storied history was not overwhelmed by the moment.

"They're either that big," said Helton, holding his hands wide open, "or they're like, `All right, let's roll.' "

Daniels was ready, throwing for 282 yards with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown to help the No. 15 Trojans overcome a sluggish performance and defeat UNLV 43-21 on Saturday.

Outside of an early gaffe where Daniels turned the wrong way trying to hand the ball off to running back Stephen Carr, forcing the 2017 Gatorade national player of the year to scramble for a 5-yard gain, there were no apparent nerves from the 18-year-old.

Daniels did admit to feeling goosebumps coming down the tunnel for the first time before joining Matt Barkley in 2009 to start in his USC debut.

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Alabama Football: Three unknowns in the Crimson Tide – Louisville matchup

Alabama football opens the season against Louisville with both teams facing unknowns. Let’s consider how three of those unknowns may play out. Almost no one in the college football world believes Louisville will seriously challenge Alabama football. Even with the game predicted to be one-sided, the Crimson Tide will challenge itself to play up to a […]Alabama Football: Three unknowns in the Crimson Tide – Louisville matchup - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Scout's Take Tre Mann to Florida Gators

Aug 28, 2018

ESPN 100 guard Tre Mann verbally committed to Florida on Tuesday. He chose the Gators over North Carolina, Kansas and Tennessee. He recently checked in at No. 30 on our updated player rankings board.

Why he committed: The Gators have had impressive recruiting classes since Mike White's arrival. Mann is the first impact in-state player to commit to the Gators. Mann told ESPN what impressed him about White. "He recruited me real hard," Mann said. "Every time I would look up he would be at one of my games. He told me he would not let me fail."

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Tom Herman, Texas Longhorns head coach, was other Ohio State assistant on Zach Smith strip club trip

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Texas head coach Tom Herman was the assistant coach who accompanied former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith to a strip club while on a recruiting trip, an Ohio State spokesperson confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

The 2014 strip club trip also included high school coaches.

Smith's $600 involvement in the Miami-based excursion was noted in the school's detailed 23-page summary of its investigation released last week, although Smith was the only person named in the documents. The $600 came from Smith's own money, and he did not seek reimbursement for it from the football program or the school.

Upon discovering the information about the strip club trip, the investigators reported it to Ohio State's Office of University Compliance and Integrity and the Athletic Compliance Office to investigate whether the conduct violated NCAA rules.

Under the terms of their suspensions, coach Urban Meyer and AD Gene Smith were allowed to meet with Ohio State players and coaches last Thursday.

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10 teams most likely to reach the College Football Playoff

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Grey Papke  |  Last updated 8/27/18

The college football season is upon us, and expectations vary per team. Only a select few programs have a realistic shot of reaching the College Football Playoff. For some schools, it will be a disappointing season if they don’t achieve that goal.

There are a dozen or so teams that will really believe they have the team and the favorable climate they need to challenge for the playoff, but only four teams can actually make it in. Here are ten that will have the best chance of doing just that.

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10) Michigan

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Lane Kiffin defends Nick Saban against ‘cheating’ allegation

Oct 1, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffen prior to the game against Kentucky Wildcats at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Lane Kiffin loves to troll Nick Saban and take jabs at his former boss, but this time he decided to come to the Alabama coach’s defense.

A CBS Sports poll asked coaches to identify the most overrated and underrated coaches. One coach called Saban overrated and even said that he cheats.

“If you had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country every year [you’d win like Nick Saban]. He shows up at every single game with a better roster than the teams he ‘s playing. … If you count cheating and getting the best players in the country as part of running a program, he’s the best in the country. It’s like saying an NFL coach is the best coach in the league if he gets 25 first-round picks every year,” one coach said about Saban, according to the poll.

Kiffin was asked about that allegation during an interview with Colin Cowherd and tore it apart. Instead, he attributed Saban’s success in recruiting to his work ethic.

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Ex-Alabama QB Blake Barnett wins USF starting job

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It took a couple of years and a couple of transfers, but Blake Barnett is a starting college quarterback once again.

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Alabama Football: SEC coaches value more UGA players than Tide players

Alabama football came in second to Georgia in the number of players named to the Coaches Preseason All-SEC team. The Tide had 10 selections to 12 for UGA. Should Alabama football fans feel slighted the SEC coaches value more Bulldogs than Crimson Tiders? More importantly, should Alabama football players be offended? It is best to not […]Alabama Football: SEC coaches value more UGA players than Tide players - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Training Days, Episode 3 hits a wall

The third installment of ESPN’s Training Days: Rolling with the Tide follows the Alabama football team through a grueling week of fall camp. The opening shot of Training Days catches a weary-looking Nick Saban during practice as his Alabama football squad seems to have reached a breaking point. To further illustrate this, ESPN shows him wiping his […]Alabama Football: Training Days, Episode 3 hits a wall - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Good news from fall camp session No. 17

The Alabama football team worked outside in full pads again on Wednesday. Najee Harris appeared to be close to returning to practice action. For those Alabama football fans wondering exactly how many shotgun snaps Jalen and Tua took from Ross Piersbacher, our report may be lacking. There was no new practice information (same as Monday […]Alabama Football: Good news from fall camp session No. 17 - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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College football opening week preview

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College football is back. Like Herm Edwards back. Like Chip Kelly back. And while this first week’s slate of games is short, just four tantalizing morsels of collegiate gridiron goodness, it still marks the beginning of all that is good in the world. People like to call it “Week Zero” and say it doesn’t really count, but it does, especially to the eight teams kicking off. Just ask newly minted Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren.

Here’s everything you need to know heading into the first weekend of college football.

Duquesne at UMass – If you like offense, then this is the game for you. The Duquesne Dukes, coached by Jerry Schmitt, boast a balanced offense despite breaking in a relatively new quarterback. Like most coaches, Schmitt is being coy about naming a starter but has narrowed it down to junior Brett Brumbaugh and redshirt junior FAU transfer Daniel Parr. Running back A.J. Hines will take some of the pressure off the new QB — Hines topped 1,000 yards last season and had 10 touchdowns despite playing in just nine games. Unfortunately for the Minutemen, UMass doesn’t have a particularly strong run defense — it allowed 197.9 yards per game last season. The secondary will carry the defense, but the offense will carry the team. It is led by underrated QB Andrew Ford, who has more than 5,500 passing yards and 48 touchdowns in the last two season. But the Dukes have experience on the road and a solid offense that will test UMass’ defense up front.

Prairie View A&M at Rice – This game has “feel-good” written all over it for the Rice Owls. The program has been shrouded in optimism this offseason with the hire of former Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren. But the reality of a rebuild is that it takes time. But if anyone knows how to utilize wide receiver Aaron Cephus and his monster yardage, it’s Bloomgren. Prairie View A&M will test Rice’s offense with a defense that boasts both size and speed and gained depth this offseason thanks to the transfer well, expertly utilized by new head coach Eric Dooley. Offensively, the Panthers lost their leading rusher and top three receivers, meaning new gamers will need to emerge. Prairie View may have the juice, coming off three straight wins to end last season, but Rice is just more physical and athletic. Look for the Owls to dominate despite the inevitable growing pains.

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Alabama Football: The best opposing players to test the Tide this season

The 2018 Alabama football schedule might be a tad weaker than normal but the Tide will face some of the nation’s best players in the regular season. Based on the recent AP preseason list of All Americans, Alabama football will compete against six of the nation’s best players in the regular season. Using the All […]Alabama Football: The best opposing players to test the Tide this season - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Position groups solidfying in camp sesssion No. 16

It was back to work as normal for the Alabama football team Tuesday afternoon in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide worked outside in full pads. After a lighter practice on Monday, Alabama football returned to normal on Tuesday. Normal means full pads, heat and hitting. There are only four fall camp sessions left before the transition to […]Alabama Football: Position groups solidfying in camp sesssion No. 16 - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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10 under-the-radar Heisman Trophy contenders in 2018

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The college football world typically has a good understanding of Heisman Trophy contenders. Sometimes, though, an unexpected candidate emerges.

Last season, Arizona’s Khalil Tate, Central Florida’s McKenzie Milton and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor were among the breakout sensations. When the season began, nobody expected them to contend for the award.

Nevertheless, a couple of quarterbacks and running backs will always stand out. Where might they come from in 2018?

While we’d love to suggest a defensive player could surprise and shoot up Heisman lists, that’s not likely. In the last three top-10s of Heisman voting, 27 of the 30 players have been either a quarterback or running back.

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2018 ESPN 100 Jaykwon Walton commits to Georgia Bulldogs

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13hTim McManus

1dTristan H. Cockcroft

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Five star 2019 ESPN 100 Armando Bacot commits to North Carolina Tar Heels

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12hTim McManus

1dTristan H. Cockcroft

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Ranking the 10 best offenses in college football

The explosion of spread offenses has transformed college football in recent years. Not surprisingly, the majority of offensive attacks that figure to be the best in 2018 center their tactics around the revolutionary schematics.

Each spread team has its own unique wrinkles, although some offenses have more of a traditional, pro-style system at their foundation, with spread concepts sprinkled in.

Here is a look at the 10 best offenses that figure to light up plenty of scoreboards this coming season.

10. Washington Huskies

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Alabama football scrimmage: Injuries, offense explodes, questions on defense

The second and last Alabama football scrimmage of fall camp resulted in more questions than answers. Nick Saban came away none too happy. Across the college football landscape, the buzz about Saturday’s Alabama football scrimmage will be the post-game use of a crude expletive by Nick Saban. For Alabama football fans that might be good. […]Alabama football scrimmage: Injuries, offense explodes, questions on defense - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Nick Saban talks with the media following Alabama's second scrimmage

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Nick Saban has hilarious quote about Alabama’s injury woes

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Nick Saban offered up an unintentionally hilarious quote his team’s unfortunate injury issues.

Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide lost another player to injury. The Bama coach announced on Saturday that linebacker Chris Allen is out for the season. Allen was expected to be a top backup. The Tide also lost linebacker Terrell Lewis over the summer to a torn ACL. On top of that, right tackle Matt Womack is likely to miss 4-6 weeks with a foot injury.

Though everyone expects Alabama to still be No. 1 despite the injuries, Saban says the injuries add up and it’s not so easy to replace players. Only he said it in a funny and colorful way.

“You all just think that every time something happens, we just s— another player…” Saban said.

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