- Missouri opened spring practice on Tuesday looking to build on the momentum of a 12-2 record last season.
- Spring practice got started at Vanderbilt, and with it the quarterback derby began as well. Presumed starter sophomore Patton Robinette looks to fend off redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary.
- Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton has been compared to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and is among Johnny Football's many advocates, calling him "a quarterback savant."
- LSU's first day in pads revolved around the "Big Cat drill," and there was a minor scuffle between DE Lewis Neal and OL Josh Boutte. The Tigers expect to have stiff competition at guard this spring.
- The first of Alabama's two pro days is today. Injured players Anthony Steen and Vinnie Sunseri are aiming for the second pro day on April 8.
- One year after signing a three-year contract, Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo gets a one-year extension.
- Auburn's message on Twitter about the now-tabled 10-second rule? "We're only going to get faster."
- Florida players are excited about the new offense that will be installed this spring.
- Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson chose not to go early into the NFL draft, and as a result he'll be facing greater expectations with the Vols.
- Former Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, now head coach at his alma mater Texas Tech, said he felt conflicted about his time in College Station, Texas.
- If you remember watching Auburn running back Stephen Davis star in the mid-90s, this might make you feel a bit older. His son, Stephen Davis Jr. is a 6-foot-3 safety who is -- surprise, surprise -- favoring the Tigers in recruiting.
- Many coaches favor some form of an early signing period in football recruiting. Georgia's Mark Richt, however, says, "Be careful what we ask for."
- Athlon ranked all 128 NCAA coaching jobs. Florida, Alabama, Georgia and LSU made the top 10.
- Recently engaged Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw is a busy man preparing for the NFL draft.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It's no coincidence that Florida's vaunted defense slipped last season after the departure of several 2012 mainstays. Upperclassmen such as middle linebacker Jon Bostic, tackle Sharrif Floyd and safety Matt Elam were that team's best leaders.
Florida coaches expected to ride out the leadership void because the team's heart and soul -- defensive tackle Dominique Easley -- returned with his unique and magnetic blend of intensity, silliness and determination.
Then Easley tore his ACL after the third game, and suddenly there was deafening silence.
The torch was supposed to be passed in 2013 to sophomore Antonio Morrison, who had already signaled his arrival with a big splash late in his freshman season. But Morrison's follow-up was full of turmoil. He was arrested twice last offseason and suspended before his on-field performance took a surprising turn for the worse. His season ended, like so many others, with a serious injury -- torn cartilage in his knee.
Instead of having a rising star at a crucial position in Morrison, the Gators were left with questions for the future. Can Morrison regain the trust of his coaches and teammates? Will he return to being a reliable tackler and playmaker?
That's what it will take for Morrison to become a leader on what is expected to be one of the SEC's best defenses.
It's easy to predict that he will, because Muschamp has witnessed Morrison's work ethic so far this offseason. The coach was quick to praise Morrison and has also seen fellow linebackers Michael Taylor and Jarrad Davis emerge as leaders.
"I think Antonio speaks more with his work habits and how he works in the weight room and how he works in practice," Muschamp said. "He's an intense player. I think he speaks volumes, like Jarrad Davis does, like Mike Taylor does. Those guys work hard. Those guys have a good work ethic.
"Those guys realize we need to be more productive at the position than we were a year ago. But [with Morrison] I've seen a guy that's, again, you get humbled, you get knocked down like we were last season, you just shut up and go to work."
In defensive ends Dante Fowler Jr. and Jonathan Bullard, Muschamp recognized an opportunity to challenge two of his best linemen to embrace leadership.
"[They] have taken a little step forward as far those things are concerned and understanding it's time to step into their role," Muschamp said. "I sat both of those guys down when they came in [at the start of this offseason] and talked to them about Sharrif and Dominique: 'Listen, those guys kind of groomed you when you came in. Now it's your job to do that.' That's kind of what we need to start doing now, understanding what it takes."
In the secondary, Vernon Hargreaves III certainly understands what it takes. Muschamp calls him "a great leader," and it's easy to see why. Hargreaves not only excelled on the field as a true freshman in 2013, but off the field he's charismatic, well-spoken and popular.
Florida coach Will Muschamp on Tuesday announced the Gators will open spring practice March 19 with nine players out of action because of injury, including three starters.
- Junior running back Matt Jones is progressing after a second surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The former starter is on track to be fully cleared on May 1. The Gators will need a healthy Jones this fall, but in the meantime there will be plenty of spring reps for a talented backfield that has good depth.
- Senior starting defensive tackle Leon Orr fractured his wrist late last season and won't be cleared until May 1, but Florida has lots of competition at defensive tackle. "He would probably have been limited reps anyway with as many young guys as we need up front to help us," Muschamp said.
- Senior wide receiver/kick returner Andre Debose, who had been a starter before missing all of last season with a torn ACL, is expected to be medically cleared on March 28 but will wear a noncontact jersey for the last two weeks of spring practice. A healthy Debose will bring speed and experience to a deep but largely unproven group of wide receivers.
- Three linebackers still rehabbing after surgery for injuries suffered last fall -- sophomores Alex Anzalone (shoulder) and Jeremi Powell (torn ACL) and redshirt freshman Matt Rolin (torn ACL) -- won't be medically cleared until after spring practice. All three could play reserve roles and special teams in the fall.
- Sophomore tight end Colin Thompson has a chronic foot injury that dates back to his high school days. It appears to be threatening his career. "The last opinion we got is that he needed to shut it down completely and we'll have another opinion when spring is over, but he will not partake in spring," Muschamp said. Although Thompson was just a blocker, Florida needs every available body for its tight end competition.
- Freshman early enrollee running back Brandon Powell has a small fracture in his foot from high school ball. Once on UF's campus, he had surgery to insert a pin and will miss most of the spring. "To that point in January, [Powell] had done an outstanding job in our conditioning drills," Muschamp said. "Great change of direction and speed. He's one of the guys we're really excited about."
- Freshman early enrollee Nolan Kelleher, an interior lineman, came to Florida in January with a back issue and has not been cleared for practice. Muschamp said a second opinion would be sought this week. The entire offensive line will be evaluated under new coach Mike Summers, so the competition for roles should be fierce.
Fortunately for Florida, most of the injuries are at positions of depth. Muschamp said that so far this spring, it is nothing like last year, when he was forced to turn the annual Orange & Blue Debut game into a series of drills with a limited scrimmage.
"Last year I just didn't feel like it was fair with six offensive linemen healthy to put those guys through that," he said. "I want to have a spring game. ... I think it's important for those guys to get out in front of that crowd, the coaches off the field, and make them make calls and communicate and produce. There's no question. I want to have a spring game every year."
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp on Tuesday said the Gators will open spring practice March 19 with nine players out due to injury, including three starters.
Junior running back Matt Jones (torn meniscus) and senior defensive tackle Leon Orr (fractured wrist) were starters in 2013, while senior wide receiver/kick returner Andre Debose had been a starter before missing all of last season with a torn ACL. Muschamp said Debose is expected to be medically cleared to return March 28 but will wear a non-contact jersey.
Three linebackers -- sophomores Alex Anzalone (shoulder) and Jeremi Powell (torn ACL) and redshirt freshman Matt Rolin (torn ACL) -- won't be medically cleared until after spring practice. All three are rehabbing after surgery for injuries suffered last fall.
The other injured Gators are sophomore tight end Colin Thompson (foot) and two true freshmen early enrollees -- running back Brandon Powell (fractured foot) and offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher (back).
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Let's face it: Winning football games at Duke commands attention.
So when Will Muschamp went looking for someone undaunted by the challenge of resuscitating Florida's offense, Duke coordinator Kurt Roper and his long résumé of success in the South made a lot of sense.
The hire was met with instant approval from none other than Gators icon Steve Spurrier, the Blue Devils' coach from 1987-89 who left Durham, N.C. to take the reins at his alma mater.
"They finally figured it out," Spurrier said last December. "You have to go to Duke to get football coaches."
Yes, Florida created some buzz when it hired Roper, but few players knew who he was. The timing of his last game calling plays for the Blue Devils worked out perfectly, as Gators players and fans tuned in to see Duke's explosive offense give an SEC defense fits (albeit against Texas A&M's secondary, which had been a season-long sore spot).
Florida has ranked among the worst offenses in the 123-team FBS for all three of Muschamp's seasons. To pull off such a dramatic makeover, the Gators need a something of a guru to put their faith in.
Roper can be that guide who leads the offense out of the wilderness, but he's not a miracle worker, and the 180-degree change won't be apparent in a matter of three short weeks of spring football.
What Roper will do this spring is lay a foundation. He'll identify his best players and put them in the right positions to succeed. He'll simplify things for the rest of his role players, and he'll oversee some reclamation projects, as several overlooked players will get new chances to contribute.
Like Spurrier, Roper's mentor David Cutcliffe, the head coach at Duke, had plenty of praise for the Gators' new coordinator. He specifically lauded Roper's experience with building and organizing an offense and running a fast-paced practice.
"The attention to detail in training quarterbacks, the attention to detail in preparing an offensive team to play a game, practice habits, it's the total package," he said right after Roper was hired. "I think you have the systematic approach, and everything's covered. You try to take the players offensively when your job is the offensive coordinator, you put them in every circumstance they can possibly be in in a game, in practice, and build confidence through great execution. That will be one of [Florida's] great strengths; that they will be extremely well-prepared coming out of practice.
"His style would be intensity, tempo and quality of repetition. From the minute they hit the field it's gonna be intense. I wouldn't call him a laid-back football coach by any stretch of the imagination. So it's gonna be what we call 'treat the ground like a hot stove.' If you hit the ground you'd better get up running. And you know by the time they get on the field until they get off they're gonna be moving and getting a bunch of quality reps. So I would call it very intense."
To call this spring a success, Florida's passing game needs to only show gradual improvement and a grasp on the fundamentals of the new schemes Roper is installing.
No one should expect the Gators to suddenly operate as quickly as some of the nation's most established up-tempo offenses. At Duke, Roper said he wanted plays called "as fast as possible," somewhere between 10 and 22 seconds into the 40-second play clock.
That might not be realistic right away at UF. But Florida can certainly get a lot faster than its 2013 pace, which resulted in an average of 68.9 offensive snaps per game.
Auburn showed last season that a lot can be accomplished in one year with a new offense, as the Tigers went from an SEC-low of 60.5 plays a game in 2012 to 73.8 last season.
If Roper's offense can achieve even half of that improvement in pace, the Gators could very well have a legitimate offense this fall. Even a modest return to middle-of-the-pack status among FBS offenses would be something to brag about.
The stakes will be extremely high in 2014, with Muschamp under scrutiny. But the rewards for success will be even higher for an offensive coordinator whose star is clearly on the rise.
- As LSU opened spring camp over the weekend, the biggest spotlight was on finding Zach Mettenberger's successor at quarterback. Miles admitted that last year's backup, Anthony Jennings, has the early edge but said the competition is wide open. There are plenty of position changes already. Miles announced that kicker James Hairston plans to transfer after he graduates in May. Oh, and Miles came out against the recently tabled slow-down rule.
- Tennessee had its first spring practice on Friday, and coach Butch Jones was pleased with what he saw. Incumbent QB Justin Worley plans to keep the starting job. And the Vols' defense is getting a lift in more ways than one with the return of big-play linebacker Curt Maggitt.
- This spring, South Carolina is focused on developing cornerbacks, a position that is expected to be thin and young. The Gamecocks opened practice last week but are off for spring break this week and will return to the field on March 18.
- Vanderbilt opens practice on Tuesday, and new coach Derek Mason said this spring is all about finding playmakers.
- Ole Miss has a lot to look forward to in the running game with junior tailbacks I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton battling this spring.
- Could new Texas coach Charlie Strong break through the Texas-Texas A&M standoff? Strong says he's optimistic the longtime rivals will sort out their differences and get back to playing for state bragging rights.
- Alabama's quarterback competition will take top billing this spring. But the Tide also have a couple of starting jobs open on the offensive line.
- After a disappointing 2013 season, coach Mark Richt says he's excited about all the changes at Georgia.
- One of Auburn's biggest spring goals will be improving a defense that ranked No. 79 in the FBS in total defense last season.
- Dan Mullen is in preliminary talks for a one-year contract extension at Mississippi State, sources told The Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. It would be for 2017-18.
- Florida's move to an uptempo offense is part of an SEC trend.
- Arkansas' Bret Bielema is hoping two new defensive coaches -- coordinator Robb Smith and cornerbacks coach Clay Jennings -- will bring much-needed improvement in the secondary.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Spring is the season of growth, renewal and rebirth. Sounds like a good wish list for the Florida Gators, who are just days away from starting spring practice.
Coming off a surprising 4-8 season that ended with three coaches and a couple dozen players departing, UF is turning the page and looking forward to the clean slate that comes with a new season.
This is a program that has been thoroughly humbled, and it needs a completely new approach in 2014.
The Gators have had some lows over the past four seasons with a 30-21 combined record, but they reached new levels of misery last year. The injuries piled up and the losses followed suit. It got so bad late in the season that it appeared some players were mailing in the season.
On more than one occasion last year, head coach Will Muschamp said, "If we keep doing the same things, we'll get the same results." He's expecting the results to be different in 2014, with the biggest change being a new offense led by former Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper that features a faster tempo and some spread elements.
Roper and some new schemes ought to breathe life into a moribund offense and bring out the best in several talented players who were underutilized in recent years. But the problems at Florida run deeper.
Muschamp complained openly about his team's "woe-is-me mentality" and how it would snowball when things went wrong in games. That was a leadership problem.
A lot of players addressed the media with slumped shoulders and looks of resignation and confusion. There were few answers for how a team with the talent to win 11 games in 2012 could fall so far in one year.
But some players spoke defiantly, insisting Florida will bounce back in 2014. They made mental notes of all the embarrassments suffered last season and are coming back with something to prove.
These are Florida's leaders now -- upperclassmen like Max Garcia, Jonathan Bullard, Quinton Dunbar and Dante Fowler Jr. Along with the coaching staff, they have to push their teammates and use the painful memories of last season to forge something stronger.
It starts with belief.
This will be one of the most important spring practice sessions at Florida in the last decade, and fans can expect to see a level of urgency unlike anything they can remember.
The Gators will have a very young roster again, so it's critical to find new leaders this spring. There are just 16 seniors and 13 juniors on scholarship, tiny numbers considering the 53 underclassmen who are expected to be on the final roster this fall.
It happens every year. Whenever one senior class leaves, there is a void that must be filled. But this spring is different. This is a team that desperately needs strong, respected voices.
Florida appears to be in good shape on defense with vocal leaders like Fowler and Vernon Hargreaves III playing at a high level. It would also be a big help if middle linebacker Antonio Morrison returns to the level of play he showed as a true freshman starter. Morrison wanted badly to be a leader last season, and the team needed his voice, but two offseason arrests and a decline in play hurt him in that department. If Morrison cannot deliver this year, senior Michael Taylor will be waiting to take over at middle linebacker and will be needed as that vocal leader the defense can rely upon.
Offense, as always, revolves around the quarterback. Sure, it would really help the Gators if Dunbar takes the young receiving corps under his wing and holds his teammates accountable. And Florida could use a leader in a crowded backfield that features sophomore Kelvin Taylor.
But really, it's all about the quarterback.
Muschamp has a lot of faith in starter Jeff Driskel and has seen the fourth-year junior grow as a leader. But the challenge facing these Gators is greater than what these players have seen before.
Driskel has to set the tone this spring. More than any other player, he needs to show an understanding of Roper's offense and be responsible for the progress his teammates make in these 15 critical practice sessions. He must speak up and show everyone that this is his team.
One voice from one primary leader can work wonders, especially on a young team. The prediction here is that Driskel will not shy away from that spotlight.
Let's take a look around the SEC as some schools have already opened spring practice and some are preparing for their first workout.
- Short on defensive linemen and flush with talented linebackers, South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward says he will tinker with a 3-4 this spring.
- Gary Pinkel's new contract at Missouri pushes him over the $3 million salary threshold and runs through 2020.
- Georgia's Hutson Mason is focused on improving his mechanics and footwork as he approaches his lone season as the Bulldogs' starting quarterback.
- Arkansas' Bret Bielema told reporters on Thursday that he will not waver on his opinion that slowing down college offenses will improve player safety.
- Butch Jones says continuity is extremely valuable as his Tennessee program prepares to open spring practice.
- Ole Miss' Deterrian – formerly D.T. – Shackelford hopes to make the most of his his rare sixth season of NCAA eligibility.
- The Advocate's Scott Rabalais writes that LSU's new quarterbacks will bring a Johnny Manziel-like quality to the Tigers' offense that didn't exist when Zach Mettenberger was under center.
- Texas A&M's Manziel has agreed to an endorsement deal with Nike, by the way.
- Kentucky's new special teams coach Craig Naivar brings a Texas connection to the Wildcats' recruiting efforts.
- Eleven former SEC players were among those listed on the ballot for this year's College Football Hall of Fame class.
- In ranking the most talented rosters in college football for 2014, Athlon found that Alabama, Florida, LSU, Auburn and Georgia all rank in the top 10.
- AL.com's Brandon Marcello examines Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason's potential successors in Auburn's backfield.
- Surgeon Dr. James Andrews has examined former Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio's knee and says it is not in the bad shape several recent reports have claimed.
- Most SEC athletic directors prefer playing an eight-game conference schedule, but the league's presidents will have their say in the decision.
We're getting you ready for the Gators' spring practice with a look at five key position battles to watch when practice gets started on March 19.
The weeklong series wraps up with a talented but inexperienced group of safeties.
Returning starters: None.
Returning reserves: With 37 career games and five starts last season, rising senior Jabari Gorman is now the graybeard of this group. He's a solid tackler who finished sixth on the team in 2013 with 48 tackles. He also showed improvement in coverage, breaking up seven passes and intercepting one. Marcus Maye had a solid debut last year as a redshirt freshman and has the all-around tools to make plays in coverage and near the line of scrimmage. He played in all 12 games, made two starts, and recorded 16 tackles and an interception. Backup Keanu Neal got on the field immediately as a true freshman, playing in all 12 games. He was a hit on special teams, tying for the team lead with five tackles.
Newcomers: Marcell Harris arrived at Florida last summer as the No. 7-ranked safety prospect in the Class of 2013, but he redshirted in order to rehab a knee injury suffered late in his senior year of high school. Harris looks a bit like an undersized linebacker at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, but he moves well and could become a force at safety. Another freshman who redshirted last season, Nick Washington, will get a look at cornerback but has the size (6-0, 191) to make a seamless transition to safety. Freshman early enrollee Duke Dawson, like Washington, can play corner or safety. Another similar true freshman, corner/safety Quincy Wilson, arrives this summer.
What to watch: Florida always seems to get solid if not spectacular play from its safeties. Perhaps it's because head coach Will Muschamp played and coaches the position. But the competition will be wide open this spring since the Gators have lost four starters in the last two seasons. The two most experienced safeties remaining, Gorman and Maye, will likely get the first crack at starting jobs. But keep an eye on Neal, an underrated talent who got some good experience as a true freshman last season. Ditto for Harris, who will be champing at the bit to make a splash after sitting out his first year. Washington, Dawson and junior Brian Poole will have their chances at cornerback, but any of the three could ultimately prove to be better suited for the safety position and eventually win a spot there on the two-deep roster. Spring is just the beginning of what will be an extended competition.
College football teams might not win or lose games this time of year, but a quarterback certainly can win or lose a starting job in the spring months.
Here are some of the top QB storylines to monitor in the five power conferences, including a potential rebound at Florida, a Heisman winner playing baseball and rising stars in the Big Ten and Big 12.
1. Jeff Driskel, Florida
Every position, including quarterback, is open when you go 4-8 at Florida. That was what embattled coach Will Muschamp told me a couple of weeks ago when I asked about Driskel and the other QBs, including Elite 11 early enrollee Will Grier.
That comment aside, Muschamp spent very little time talking about Grier, Skyler Mornhinweg and Treon Harris (yet to enroll). Instead, he was explicit in his hope for Driskel to deliver, finally.
“I’m excited for him and for us,” Muschamp said of Driskel coming back from the broken leg that caused him to miss most of 2013. “He had a great spring, great camp [in 2013] and then got hurt. He’s never had a chance to show what we’ve seen.”
With Muschamp seated squarely on the hot seat, it’s obviously a pivotal year at Florida. Driskel’s success, working with new coordinator Kurt Roper, could be instrumental in deciding the fates of many.
Muschamp said he already has witnessed good vibes shared between QB and coordinator since Roper arrived. He noted, too, that Roper has a track record of solid quarterback development.
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Roper, who was hired by UF in January after leaving the same job at Duke, will make $590,000 a year for three years, plus a $100,000 signing bonus and a longevity incentive of $100,000 if he's still with the Gators on Jan. 31, 2016.
Florida on Wednesday released terms of the finalized contracts of their three new football coaches -- Roper, offensive line coach Mike Summers and special teams coordinator Coleman Hutzler. Summers, who coached the offensive line at Southern Cal last season, signed a two-year contract for $190,000 a year. Hutzler, who coached special teams at New Mexico the past two seasons, signed a one-year deal for $230,000. All three assistants also received $10,000 bonuses from the school's apparel contract with Nike.
In other news, the school announced earlier this week that it will open eight spring practices to fans -- in addition to the April 12 spring game. It's a significant change of policy under head coach Will Muschamp. The Gators are clearly hoping to win back some fans after going 4-8 in 2013. Florida had no open practices his first spring in 2011 and only two open practices in each of the past two springs.
UF also announced Muschamp's annual spring speaking tour with eight engagements around the state of Florida as well as two appearances by Summers and one each by Roper and Hutzler.
The former Alabama great is back on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot for a fourth consecutive year after inexplicably not being voted into the Hall each of the last three years. Thomas, who died in 2000 following a car accident, ended his college career with an NCAA-record 52 sacks. He was a unanimous All-American in 1988 and won the Butkus Award that season as college football's best linebacker.
Thomas, who had 27 sacks during his final season at Alabama, is easily the SEC's greatest player (who's eligible) who hasn't been inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame. One of the game's most feared pass rushers, Thomas was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Here's a list of other players and coaches with SEC ties on this year's ballot:
- Wes Chandler, WR, Florida
- Tim Couch, QB, Kentucky
- Paul Crane, C/LB, Alabama
- Willie Gault, WR, Tennessee
- Bobby Humphrey, RB, Alabama
- Larry Seivers, WR, Tennessee
- Sterling Sharpe, WR, South Carolina
- Art Still, DE, Kentucky
- Jackie Walker, LB, Tennessee
- Wesley Walls, TE, Ole Miss
- Jim Carlen, South Carolina
- Danny Ford, Arkansas
Here's a quick taste:
• Georgia players are buzzing about how an entirely new set of defensive coaches will give the Bulldogs a fresh start this spring.
• With Auburn's spring practice approaching on March 18, AL.com's Joel Erickson takes a look at the Tigers' quarterback depth chart.
• Quarterback was a subject of discussion at Alabama on Wednesday, too, as Nick Saban said that his staff will be in no hurry to name a starter.
• Florida on Wednesday released the contracts for the three new coaches on Will Muschamp's staff – including a three-year deal for new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper.
• LSU's quarterback competition is front and center, as the Tigers prepare for their first spring practice on Saturday.
• DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan are among the candidates to become Ole Miss' backup quarterback behind Bo Wallace.
• Kentucky announced its ticket distribution plan for the April 26 Blue-White spring game.
• Missouri revealed on Wednesday that five players with eligibility remaining have “decided to graduate and not play football going forward” according to a team spokesman.
• Multiple reports on Wednesday night declared that Texas A&M has dismissed safety Kameron Miles.
• Vanderbilt assistant Vavae Tata will not coach with the Commodores in 2014 after pleading guilty on Wednesday to a February DUI charge. His long-term status with the program remains unclear.
• South Carolina's Steve Spurrier and Clemson's Dabo Swinney are united on at least one point -- their relief that college football's rules committee withdrew a controversial 10-second rule designed to slow down college offenses.
• The Chattanooga Times Free Press' Patrick Brown looks at five questions facing the Tennessee football team as it prepared to open spring practice.
• Bret Bielema covered a variety of subjects in speaking with the media at Arkansas' pro day.
The Early Offer: March 12
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35