Cincinnati's Legaux To Return By Camp
, QB, CINCY
News: Munchie Legaux
(knee) plans on returning from a severe knee injury soon and should be ready for the Bearcats' camp that starts on August 10, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Munchie Legaux
injured his knee in the second game of the Bearcats 2013-14 season and has been out ever since. He was granted an extra year of eligibility after the injury, so he'll be a fifth year senior this upcoming season. In his last full season, Legaux was able to throw for 1,716 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 335 yards and four touchdowns. He'll have to beat out highly touted Notre Dame transfer Gunner Kiel and junior college transfer Jarred Evans if he wants playing time. If Legaux doesn't earn the starting quarterback role, he could see snaps at running back and/or receiver since he's such a good athlete.
Mayfield, Stoops, Fighting For Immediate Eligibility
, QB, OKLA
News: Baker Mayfield
is appealing for immediate eligibility at Oklahoma, Chip Brown of Horns Digest reports.
Analysis: Baker Mayfield
's departure from Texas Tech after bursting onto the scene as a walk-on has been anything but boring. Not only did he leave Texas Tech after his freshman season, he left to attend an in-conference rival in Oklahoma. Texas Tech blocked his transfer to Oklahoma despite the fact that Mayfield was not a scholarship athlete, and as of now, Mayfield will more than likely sit out this season and lose a year of eligibility.
Although former Duke quarterback Brandon Connette transferred to Fresno State, Anthony Boone
will likely remain in a two-quarterback system for Duke in 2014, with Thomas Sirk serving as Connette's replacement, ESPN.com reports.
The two-QB system most basically functions with Anthony Boone
serving as the primary passer and betwen-the-20s quarterback, with Connette and now Sirk serving as a red-zone running specialist. Connette threw for 13 touchdowns and ran for 14 more in 2013, so his departure initially looked as if it could vault Boone into fantasy stardom, but it sounds as if Sirk's promotion will prevent that from happening. We'll likely be lowering Boone a bit in our rankings as a result.
Texas QB Ash Receives Medical Clearance
, QB, TEXAS
News: David Ash
(concussion) has been cleared to return to Texas' football team for fall training camp, CBS Sports reports.
Analysis: David Ash
missed 10 games last season due to a concussion, which ultimately allowed him to be granted a medical redshirt toward his eligibility. Additionally, he suffered a fracture in his foot during spring ball that required offseason surgery. Nonetheless, Ash has been deemed fit to return for training camp, when he'll be projected to beat out Tyrone Swoopes and start at quarterback for the Longhorns. Back in the 2012 season, Ash threw for 2,699 yards, 19 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, while completing 67.3 percent of his pass attempts.
Miami QB Crow Moving To H-Back
, QB, MIAMI
News: Gray Crow
will move to H-back when practice begins this summer, the team announced.
Analysis: Gray Crow
saw mop up duty last season, completing 6-fo-8 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown, but will move from quarterback thanks to the addition of freshmen Brad Kaaya and Malik Rozier, as well as Kansas transfer Jake Heaps.
Despite Anthony Jennings
being listed as the No. 1 quarterback on the current depth chart, freshman Brandon Harris appears to be favored by coach Les Miles heading into fall camp, the Monroe News-Star reports.
Jennings had a rough spring game, completing just 9-of-17 passes with no touchdowns. He also had two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Still, Miles tried to call it an even race entering practices, which begin in three weeks. "Quarterback will be Anthony Jennings
or Brandon Harris," he said. "It will be a very competitive event from the start to the finish."
Coach Steve Spurrier said at SEC Media Days that he is confident in Dylan Thompson
as his starting quarterback, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Analysis: Dylan Thompson
takes over for Connor Shaw, the winningest quarterback in school history. "We really believe he's a very good player and has a chance to lead us to a big season," Spurrier said. "He's a fifth‑year player. He's been to all the games. He's 3‑0 as a starter and played the entire game last year against Central Florida. He's got to pack his college career into one season. He's the type of young man that really wants to make the most of it. Hopefully that will happen for all of us." Spurrier added, "Dylan has been very patient. He and Connor Shaw are best of friends now he's got it all by himself. It just worked out that way. Occasionally it does. He's a good player. He's ready to play."
Maty Mauk Update
, QB, MIZZOU
News: Maty Mauk
will enter camp a little lighter than expected after battling a viral infection, ESPN.com reports.
The redshirt sophomore, who is listed on Missouri's official website at 200 pounds, said he lost "8 or 9 pounds" about a week ago and had to undergo treatment with the team's trainers. Coach Gary Pinkel said Maty Mauk
had a viral infection but that it wasn't too serious. "Something happened to me, and I lost some weight," Mauk said Wednesday during the third day of SEC media days. "Obviously, it wasn't [anything] bad. I feel fine, I feel great. The main thing is I feel fast. I kind of had speed already, and now I feel like high school again. I'm ready to go out there, and I'm ready to do what I have to do to make our offense as explosive as can be." Big things are expected out of Mauk this season, who should show no ill effects from this minor setback.
News: Blake Sims
will still have an opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback job according to coach Nick Saban, ESPN.com reports.
Despite many so-called experts ready to anoint FSU transfer Jacob Coker as the starting signal caller, Saban has not given up on Sims just yet. "Blake Sims
has been competing for the position," Saban said. "He really did a pretty good job in the spring. He didn't play great in the spring game, but we really didn't do the things that he's capable of doing." Saban added, "There's going to be a competition there, as well as some of the younger players will be involved in that competition." Coker is still viewed as the favorite, and Saban may be playing up this competition for the media.
News: Jacob Coker
, a transfer from Florida State, will be in a quarterback competition heading into the Fall and not simply be handed the starting job, at least according to coach Nick Saban, ESPN.com reports.
With the poor spring game from then-viewed incumbent Blake Sims, many had anointed Jacob Coker
as the frontrunner for the starting quarterback position. However, his new head coach has taken a different stance. "That's really not internally the perception by me, our staff or our players," Saban said Thursday. "Jake Coker has the opportunity to come in and compete for the position." It remains to be seen if this is the truth or merely Saban being coy with the media.