- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Major League Baseball is full pitchers who languished with one team before blossoming with a fresh start elsewhere. Georgia announced Monday that its starting quarterback for the opener is graduate transfer Greyson Lambert, the Virginia starter a year ago who lost that job in the Cavaliers' spring practice. Dawgs coach Mark Richt's endorsement of Lambert sounded tepid. "There may be others that get in the game," Richt said, "but he's the starter." Maybe Lambert is college football's R.A. Dickey, who bounced through five organizations in 16 seasons before he won the 2012 Cy Young Award with the Mets.
2. As Minnesota prepares to host No. 2 TCU on Thursday night, Gopher head coach Jerry Kill sounded upbeat about junior quarterback Mitch Leidner, who ran hot and cold last year because of an MCL tear and an errant arm (51.5 completion rate, 11 scores, eight picks). A young Gopher offense needs Leidner to lead and produce. "The last two weeks he's been unbelievably sharp," Kill said. "It's the best I've seen him look since I've been here."
3. Paul Chryst debuts as Wisconsin's coach on Saturday night against No. 3 Alabama, a team ranked higher than any he faced in his three seasons at Pittsburgh. The good news for worried Badger fans is that Chryst's Panther teams played to the level of their competition. His three-year record was 19-20: 3-5 against ranked teams; 16-15 against everyone else. The only top-10 team that Chryst coached against: No. 4 Notre Dame in 2012, a game that Pittsburgh led by 14 points in the fourth quarter before losing, 29-26, in triple overtime.
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