Georgia RB Marshall Should Be Cleared In June
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News: Keith Marshall
(knee) will likely be fully cleared in June, the Athens Banner-Herald reports.
A previous report said Keith Marshall
is thinking about taking a redshirt due to the torn ACL he suffered in October, but it sounds like the running back will be fully healthy. A former five-star recruit, Marshall is no slouch, but he also isn't Todd Gurley, who starred for the Bulldogs in 2013 while looking like a future first-round pick. It's unclear whether Marshall and the 'Dawgs are still considering a redshirt.
News: Kenny Williams
, Texas Tech's starting running back the past two season, has spent the entire spring at outside linebacker, this after requesting the opportunity to boost the defense by taking the place of the graduated Terrance Bullitt, ESPN.com reports.
ESPN.com notes the position switch for Kenny Williams
initially seemed experimental, but says Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt, "Kenny has done a great job coming over and learning the system. He's a football guy, so it doesn't take him a whole lot of time. He sees everything, understands the concepts." Does this suggest Williams, who last year rushed for 497 yards and eight touchdowns, could be moving permanently to the defense in 2014? Not likely. Expectations are, as hinted by both head coach Kliff Kingsbury and Williams himself, that Williams will play on both sides of the ball, much in the same way that UCLA's Myles Jack did this past season, where he was named both the Pac-12 offensive and defensive freshman of the year.
News: Isaac Bennett
, who sprained his left shoulder during a spring practice on April 4, will undergo surgery to repair the damage sometime next week, TribLive.com reports.
Analysis: Isaac Bennett
's need to have shoulder surgery proves a major setback for the rising senior, with Pitt head coach Paul Chryst telling reporters the running back will likely miss most of the team's offseason conditioning program. Chryst did state he believes Bennett will be back in time for training camp when it begins in August, however, saying, "I'm not going to bet against him on this one. I think he'll attack [rehabilitation]. I believe that."
After combining for eight catches and 155 yards in the first two scrimmages Michigan State has held so far this spring, Shleton is showing signs of a breakout season at wide receiver, the Lansing State Journal reports.
Analysis: R.J. Shelton
, who served in a "slash" role (running back / wide receiver) as a true freshman in 2013, is "really emerging as a receiver now," MSU quarterback Connor Cook tells the Lansing State Journal. "Last year as a true freshman you saw glimpses of his playmaking ability." In 2013, Shelton carried 21 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns but also recorded four catches for an additional six yards. Expect a move to wideout to bring much-needed athleticism to a position that last year was often a point of criticism for the Spartans' offense, and make Shelton a potential fantasy sleeper for owners drawing upon the Big Ten.
News: Imani Cross
carried six times for 100 yards, including a 39-yard scamper for a touchdown, Saturday as Nebraska held its annual spring game, USA Today reports.
Analysis: Imani Cross
looked outstanding in Saturday's spring scrimmage and appears on track to expand his role as a short-yardage back behind the nation's top returning rusher, Ameer Abdullah, heading into the 2014 season.
Remound Wright - suspension (Suspension)
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News: Remound Wright
has missed the second half of spring camp and did not play in Saturday's annual Cardinal and White spring game, this after he was suspended by head coach David Shaw for an undisclosed disciplinary reason, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Remound Wright
entered the spring the favorite to head up Stanford's ground game in 2014, but could find that opportunity threatened as a result of his suspension - especially with fellow tailbacks Kelsey Young and Barry Sanders, Jr. impressing coaches in the second half of spring practice in place of Wright.
News: Jeffrey Lewis
will transfer out of Wisconsin, 247Sports reports.
Analysis: Jeffrey Lewis
might actually be a fairly talented player, but he's been buried on the Wisconsin depth chart since 2010 by all of John Clay, Montee Ball, James White, Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement. Lewis will have his degree before the season's start and will be eligible to play in 2014 for any school.
Given Iowa could field as many as nine scholarship players at running back heading into the 2014 season, head coach Kirk Ferentz has suggested Mark Weisman
could make a move to fullback this fall, The Gazette reports.
Analysis: Mark Weisman
has led the Hawkeyes in rushing in each of the last two seasons, with the 6-0, 240-pound ball carrier so far combining for 1,790 career rushing yards - No. 14 in school history. Still, with as many as nine scholarship players eligible for playing time at running back this fall, Ferentz appears to be considering moving Weisman to fullback as a means of keeping the rising senior on the field as much as possible. Weisman's response to the possible change in position? "I'll do whatever they tell me to. Whatever the coaches want me to do, I just want to help the team in anyway I possibly can out there. I think a lot of guys on this team feel that way."
Head coach Todd Graham says though Deantre Lewis
has shown signs of consistency at tailback for the Sun Devils this spring, he needs to "have a better last five practices" in order to show he is willing to "step up" in this, his senior year, AZCentral.com reports.
Notes AZCentral.com, no one on ASU's coaching staff is questioning Deantre Lewis
' talent, just his commitment to practice. The rising senior, who rushed for 301 yards (5.2 per carry) behind Marlon Grice and backup D.J. Foster, apparently continues to shown signs of maturity this spring, but says Graham, "I tell him, 'You (have to) quit showing signs. We got to get you up there consistently.'" Offensive coordinator Mike Norvell acknowledges Lewis had a strong scrimmage last Saturday and he his pleased with his overall production this spring. Still, claims Norvell, "It can't be five days on, one day off, it's got to be every single day."
News: Aaron Baltazar
will transfer to Washington State, Washingtonstate.247.sports.com reports.
Analysis: Aaron Baltazar
played as a true freshman last year for Boise State, amassing 234 yards and 2 TDs. He's expected to sit out next year, but be eligible to play from 2015-2017.