Nick Marshall: Will Play Against Arkansas, But Won't Start
, QB, AUBURN
News: Nick Marshall
, who was cited for marijuana possession in July, won't start for Auburn in their opener against Arkansas, but he will play, The Huntsville Times reports.
The exact extent of his punishment is still unknown, but it seems clear that Nick Marshall
will be able to amount some time on the field against Arkansas. He enters the 2014 season as a legitimate Heisman candidate and should be highly sought after in terms of fantasy, especially since his punishment won't be that severe.
News: Kenny Hill
and freshman Kyle Allen appear to be on equal footing for the starting QB job at this point in time, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Kenny Hill
, a sophomore, has slightly more experience after seeing some playing time in a backup role last season. Allen, the true freshman, enrolled early in January to catch up. Allen had a solid spring, as did Hill until an arrest for public intoxication caused him to miss the final two scrimmages and the final week of spring practice. However, both players were told they were on even footing entering summer 7-on-7 workouts. A decision is expected in mid-August.
Kevin Olsen - Out (Suspension)
, QB, MIAMI
News: Kevin Olsen
has reportedly been suspended for at least one game following a failed drug test, SI.com reports.
The team has not confirmed the suspension. Kevin Olsen
exited spring practice atop the team's depth chart following Ryan Williams torn ACL. He was suspended for the team's bowl game in 2013 due to an unspecified violation of team rules, and has constantly drawn the ire of head coach Al Golden for his lack of preparation. Kansas transfer Jake Heaps appears to be a virtual lock to start Labor Day evening at Louisville, while it is now fair to question Olsen's future in Coral Gables with freshman Brad Kaaya now in the fold.
Offensive coordinator Dave Schramm has made it clear that as Fresno State heads into its opening weekend of fall camp, Brandon Connette
has not been named the Bulldogs' starting quarterback and will not be the beneficiary of a modified offensive scheme that plays to his running skills, the Fresno Bee reports.
Fantasy owners will want to take note of Schramm's statements, ones in which he also pointed out what Brandon Connette
was doing under center at Duke "doesn't really translate to what we do [here] ..." In order to take over for the now-departed Derk Carr, Connette will have to learn to make adjustments to a no-huddle spread, this after primarily running a zone-read spread with the Blue Devils. Will he be successful in this venture? States Schramm, "Obviously, we think [Connette] can help us or he wouldn't be here." Still, Fresno State's offensive coordinator admits, "It's hard for me to be able to evaluate his ability other than what I saw him do at Duke on film .... [and] I don't see [our] offense changing a whole lot." Subsequently, tempting as it might be to do otherwise, fantasy owners will want to head into August cautious about the overall draft value of Connette and keep a close eye on Brian Burrell, who finished spring camp as the leading candidate to start at quarterback for the Bulldogs (prior to Connette's transfer).
Illinois' Bailey Will Remain At QB
, QB, ILL
News: Aaron Bailey
, who saw very few snaps behind center last season, will remain at the position and compete for the starting job.
Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman addressed his quarterback situation -- and Bailey specifically -- during the Big Ten Media Days at the Hilton Chicago on Monday. "Aaron Bailey
is a quarterback. That's what Aaron Bailey was recruited for. That's what Aaron Bailey wants to do. He wants to line up at quarterback and lead the Fighting Illini. So he'll be involved in that competition." Bailey will compete with Wes Lunt and Reilly O'Toole to grab the top spot on the depth chart.
News: Jake Heaps
told the Miami Herald "it is absolutely vital" that he wins the starting quarterback job over redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen.
Analysis: Jake Heaps
, who enrolled after transferring from Kansas, is now four years removed from being the top-ranked pro-style passer coming out of high school. The 'Canes will be without presumed starter Ryan Williams until at least late September after Williams tore his ACL during spring practice, and there is plenty of talent at skill positions in Coral Gables to make Heaps a solid fantasy option if he can simply manage the game. Given his experience at BYU and Kansas, Heaps is likely the favorite to start under center on Labor Day at Louisville.
Ohio State's Miller (Shoulder) Ahead Of Schedule
, QB, OHIOST
News: Braxton Miller
(shoulder) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery, ESPN reports. "He is ready to go," coach Urban Meyer said. "He's full speed, best shape he's ever been in his life."
Analysis: Braxton Miller
was dealing with shoulder soreness near the end of last season and further damaged the shoulder during the Buckeyes' loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl. He underwent surgery in February that kept him from participating in camp, and he was unable to begin throwing until May. With the season on the horizon, however, Miller appears ready to go and should be expected to be among the nation's best dual-threat quarterbacks. "Everything is in place," Miller said. "I'm at the end of my recovery, feeling pretty good and ready for camp. I'm ready to go for real."
Travis Wilson - probable (Concussion)
, QB, UTAH
News: Travis Wilson
was cited with an underage alcohol charge Friday night, cbssports.com reports.
Analysis: Travis Wilson
was cited with the charge while attending a concert in Salt Lake City and released immediately on scene. He was projected to be the Utes' starting quarterback this year after coming off of nagging head injuries that sidelined him for most of 2013. Over his past 16 games, Wilson has been impressive, throwing for 1,827 yards and 16 touchdowns, while adding 386 yards on the ground. The team will gather the information it needs in the coming days in order to determine if discipline for Wilson is necessary.
Head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters this past week that he and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee have "made a commitment" to allow Jeremy Johnson
, backup quarterback for the Auburn Tigers behind Nick Marshall, to play an increased role under center this season, ESPN.com reports.
Malzahn has remained adamant in his belief that Jeremy Johnson
, a 6-5 junior from Montgomery, Alabama is every bit as good as Marshall, noting, "He's got a lot of talent and he's a good one. He could start for a lot of people." Fantasy owners shouldn't expect Johnson to threaten Marshall's mainstay role as starting quarterback for the Tigers in 2014, however, this after the latter completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 1,976 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions and ran for 1,068 yards and 12 additional scores en route to a national championship game appearance against Florida State in January. The only exception to the above statement? If Malzahn comes to the decision to suspend Marshall for any significant amount time at the start of the upcoming season for a recent citation on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana. Otherwise, Johnson's name will mostly likely be one that only those in keeper leagues will find value in keeping track of.
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.