Houston's Charles Sims Not Returning
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News: Charles Sims
shocked the college fantasy football world Wednesday by declaring he would not return to Houston for his final season of eligibility, the Houston Chronicle reports. "It is with regret and deep humbling that I am ending my playing career at the University of Houston," Sims said in a statement released to Rivals.com. "I have a lot of great memories that I will carry with me forever."
Analysis: Charles Sims
graduated in May and thus has more options in his ability to transfer. Had he remained at Houston, he would have been in consideration for a top-10 spot in our running back rankings after rushing for 851 yards and 11 touchdowns, despite missing three games with leg and ankle injuries.
News: Clifton Richardson
has decided to transfer, the school announced on Thursday.
Analysis: Clifton Richardson
was plagued by injury as a sophomore, but this is a blow to the Cavaliers' backfield. He represented the only big, power back the team had. Kevin Parks value gets a nice bump as he'll likely get as many carries as he can handle. At least until top recruit Taquan Mizzell gets up to speed.
LSUs Hill Suspended Indefinitely
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News: Jeremy Hill
was suspended indefinitely from the LSU football program on Monday after battery charges he incurred Saturday morning outside of a Baton Rouge bar, The Times-Picayune reports.
This is Jeremy Hill
's second arrest and suspension while being a member of the LSU football program. It remains to be seen if Hill, who is the team's leading rusher with 755 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, will get another shot with the program.
News: Michael Holmes
was arrested on two counts of simple assault and one count of malicious wounding for his role in a fight near the Virginia Tech campus, the Washington Post reports.
Malicious wounding is a class 3 felony, so he risks getting automatically kicked off the football team if convicted. He was set to compete for the starting running back job before this incident.
News: Orville Reynolds
has spent the spring learning the role of a wide receiver, notes the Winston-Salem Journal.
With leading receiver Michael Campanaro missing spring due to ankle surgery, Orville Reynolds
has turned some heads. Wake needs to replace their second leading receiver from a year ago (Terence Davis,) and Reynolds looks like he's got a shot to slide into Davis' role.
Citing personal reasons, Rolandan Finch
has left the Eagles', according to BC Interruption.
Analysis: Rolandan Finch
spent most of 2012 in former coach Frank Spaziani's doghouse, but remained the Eagles' best bet. No word on whether or not Finch plans to continue his career elsewhere. Andre Williams is in line for a major role in this offense as a result.
Pitt RB Brown Not Going Down Without a Fight
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News: Desmond Brown
ran 18 times for 90 yards in Saturday's spring game.
With Russel Shell's decision to transfer, Pitt is looking for it's 2013 starter. Though Isaac Bennett is your clubhouse leader, Desmond Brown
is at least worth monitoring into August.
Pitt RB Bennett Looks Ready to Shine
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News: Isaac Bennett
ran 20 times for 114 yards and a touchdown to lead Panthers running backs in Saturday's spring game.
Malcolm Crockett managed 45 yards on 11 carries, while Desmond Brown had 90 yards on 18 totes. Isaac Bennett
is the best bet to lead this backfield, at least early in 2013, and it's a unit that consistently produces useful rushers.
UNC RB Morris Ready for Season
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News: Romar Morris
ran 15 times for 80 yards and a touchdown, while adding 25 yards receiving in Saturday's spring game.
Analysis: Romar Morris
appears to be more of the explosive threat than the bruising A.J. Blue, making him a nice option to replace Gio Bernard in the Heels' backfield. The completion remains open heading in to August, and both Blue and Morris are already looking over their shoulders after an impressive spring by early enrollee Khris Francis.
Miami RB Johnson Ready to Carry Load
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News: Duke Johnson
ran 10 times for 120 yards in Saturday's spring game.
Analysis: Duke Johnson
is being counted on to carry the ball 18-20 times this fall, and will likely catch a few passes to boot. It's highly unlikely he's in for a sophomore slump.