Former Arkansas QB Mitchell Picks N.C. State
, QB, ARK
News: Brandon Mitchell
will enroll at North Carolina State, where he'll be immediately eligible, according to ESPN.com.
Analysis: Brandon Mitchell
immediately becomes a major sleeper to watch throughout August. At 6-foot-4, 239 pounds, he's the perfect fit for new head coach Dave Doeren's spread attack that has produced tremendously successful fantasy quarterbacks. He'll battle Colorado State transfer Pete Thomas for the right to start in Raleigh.
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.
News: Nick Hirschman
transferred from Colorado to Akron, ESPN.com reports.
A player going from a BCS team to a non-AQ squad would normally get the benefit of the doubt in a positional battle, but Nick Hirschman
is probably no better than 50-50 to beat Kyle Pohl to the starting quarterback role at Akron. Hirschman has modest recruiting pedigree and failed at Colorado.
News: Allan Bridgford
transferred from California to Southern Mississippi, the Mississippi Press reports.
Analysis: Allan Bridgford
should be eligible to play in 2013 for Southern Mississippi. After failing miserably at California, however, joining up with a sinking Southern Mississippi program doesn't give reason to have high hopes for Bridgford as a fantasy option.
Arizona's Hill Likely Out For 2013
, WR, ARIZ
News: Austin Hill
(ACL) likely won't play in 2013, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Austin Hill
is one of the nation's elite receivers, so his probable absence is a painful loss for Arizona.
Colorado's Webb Arrested
, QB, COLO
News: Jordan Webb
was arrested on a charge of second-degree assault Saturday morning, the Denver Post reports.
The former Kansas transfer isn't exactly a treasured asset for Colorado after throwing eight touchdowns and eight interceptions last year while averaging just 5.4 yards per pass, but he still could be the team's best option at quarterback. It's not clear whether he'll face any discipline. Jordan Webb
is also attempting to return from a torn ACL in the spring.
News: Kevin Newsome
will play running back in 2013, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Temple is implementing a pro-style offense this year, which left running quarterbacks like Kevin Newsome
and Chris Coyer out of place. Newsome will compete with the likes of Kenneth Harper and Jamie Gilmore for snaps, and he's little more than a player to monitor until that competition clears itself up.
Lunt Leaving Oklahoma State
, QB, OKLAST
News: Wes Lunt
will transfer out of Oklahoma State, ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports.
Analysis: Wes Lunt
was named starter prior to last year as a freshman, but he was soundly outplayed by J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf. Whoever wins the competition between the latter two should be a strong fantasy option in 2013.
Shortell Transfers to Jacksonville State
, QB, MINN
News: Max Shortell
has transferred to Jacksonville State in Alabama, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Max Shortell
will move to a FCS school and can play next season.
Harwell May Be Done At Miami (OH)
, WR, MIAOH
News: Nick Harwell
received an indefinite suspension for a March arrest and, according to the Hamilton Journal-News, it's unlikely Harwell will play in 2013.
Analysis: Nick Harwell
is one of the nation's most productive players at any position and would be in contention for the nation's top fantasy receiver distinction, so his potential departure is a big deal. Despite the Journal-News' statement on Harwell's return, his situation technically remains up in the air.