Minnesota's Leidner Will Be The Starting QB
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News: Mitch Leidner
's coach Jerry Kill has indicated that Leidner will be the starting quarterback this season by saying, "He's the number one guy, no question," ESPN.com reports.
After the transfer of incumbent Phillip Nelson to Rutgers, Mitch Leidner
appeared to have a leg up on the competition to claim the starting QB role, as the only quarterback with game experience left on the roster. Still, Leider's number were not spectacular so there was some debate as to if he would indeed be the guy next season. Coach Kill's comments point to Leidner not only being the starting quarterback, but also a leader on the team next season.
Virginia Tech: Brewer To Transfer In
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News: Michael Brewer
will transfer to Virginia Tech after graduating from Texas Tech this spring, ESPN reports.
Analysis: Michael Brewer
will join the Hokies with two years of eligibility remaining and will be automatically able to play. The quarterback was projected to start for Texas Tech last season before a back injury pushed him down the Red Raiders' depth chart. With Virginia Tech in need of a signal-caller to replace senior Logan Thomas, Brewer is expected to compete for the starting job this offseason.
Iowa QB Sokol Will Transfer
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News: Cody Sokol
plans to transfer to another school, the Times-Republican reports.
After losing the quarterback battle last year to Jake Rudock, Cody Sokol
will likely look for a school where he can start. Considering that Rudock struggled last year, Sodol does not figure to have a large market for his services among division one teams.
Former OU Quarterback Thompson Headed To Utah
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News: Kendal Thompson
will transfer from Oklahoma to Utah, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Kendal Thompson
saw the writing on the wall after Trevor Knight's 348-yard, four-touchdown performance in the Sugar Bowl last month, and announced that he would transfer from Oklahoma. His landing spot was announced Wednesday, and since he'll graduate in May, Thompson will be eligible to play for Utah in 2014. Travis Wilson and Adam Schulz split time at quarterback last season.
Utah: Wilson (Concussion) Will Return
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News: Travis Wilson
(concussion) will return for the 2014 season, ESPN reports.
Analysis: Travis Wilson
was held out of competition last season after Utah's staff discovered a pre-existing medical condition during a concussion test in November. Projected to reclaim his starting quarterback position this season, Wilson received clearance to participate in spring practice, but will only feature in non-contact drills. Before being sidelined last year, Wilson accounted for 1,827 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions.
News: Stephen Rivers
has been granted a request to transfer after he graduates from LSU this spring, ESPN reports.
Analysis: Stephen Rivers
will be allowed to play immediately at whatever school he opts to attend after receiving his degree from LSU. The brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, the 21-year-old Rivers featured primarily as a reserve in the two seasons he was eligible for the Tigers.
Ohio State: Miller To Have Surgery
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News: Braxton Miller
is expected to undergo surgery on his right shoulder, ESPN reports.
Analysis: Braxton Miller
's operation is said to be a minor arthroscopic procedure on the quarterback's throwing shoulder. The ailment arose during Ohio State's loss in the Discover Orange Bowl, which has given Miller ample time to consider surgery. With spring practice beginning March 4th, Miller will likely be limited in the early portion of the Buckeyes' offseason preparation. Nonetheless, the Heisman hopeful's health should be normal by the time the regular season rolls around, at which time Miller figures to be one of the most productive signal-callers in all of college football.
Cincinnati's Legaux Granted Extra Year Of Eligibility
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News: Munchie Legaux
(knee) has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the American Athletic Conference, CBSSports.com reports.
A serious left knee injury, suffered in the Bearcats' second game of the season, ended Munchie Legaux
's 2013 prematurely but will not end his collegiate career. Legaux will be back for another season, to compete with the more highly-touted Gunner Kiel for the starting job, though it remains to be seen how the injury will affect Legaux's mobility.
Air Force's Awini Transfers to Colorado
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News: Jaleel Awini
will enroll at the University of Colorado and intends to play football, the Denver Post reports.
Back in September, Air Force announced that Jaleel Awini
is "no longer a cadet in good standing and is not allowed to represent the Academy in outside activities." Awini can't play in the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but he plans to return in 2015 as either a quarterback or wide receiver for the Buffaloes.
News: Josh Bordner
will switch positions from quarterback to wide receiver ESPN.com reports.
With a lot of competition next year to be the Boston College starting quarterback, Borden probably decided to try receiver to maximize his playing time and team impact.