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Mariota provides island inspiration

Heisman winner Marcus Mariota established himself as a Polynesian folk hero. His legacy is living on with 2016 recruits.

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Furman kicker does crazy trick shots (0:29)
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Leonard Fournette trolls Florida on Instagram

Sparks are flying between rivals Florida and LSU over not only a photo from Leonard Fournette but over which deserves the moniker Defensive Back U.

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Most important player: Utah Utes

If you're surprised by the choice of a punter as Utah's most important player, then you haven't been paying close enough attention to Utah.

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Petrino building continuity at Louisville (2:38)
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Five summer recruiting surprises

Ohio State has dominated on the recruiting trail for 2016 and 2017, and Baylor and TCU have gotten the jump on Texas and Texas A&M.

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Chris Petersen on reception he’ll get at Boise: “They’re fans, they’re gonna boo me. But it’s such a great place"

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Chris Petersen on opening vs. Boise: “I’m not looking forward to it because I recruited so many of those kids"

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Jim Mora: “Every NFL QB I’ve ever been around manipulated rhe football in some way.”

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Jim Mora said QBs should be able to have the ball inflated to whatever pressure they prefer

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Jim Mora told Brett Hundley: “Trust yourself to let it fly before you see the guy open. That’s an NFL throw.”

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Jim Mora said Brett Hundley is in a great spot; he’s told him to focus on anticipating throws

Adam Rittenberg @ESPNRittenberg

ASU coach Todd Graham: One reason Playoff should go to 8 is if Power 5 champs locked in, teams would schedule non-con more aggressively

Mark Schlabach @Mark_Schlabach

Sarkisian: #USC QB Kessler needs to make critical plays at end of games. "Difference b/w winning & losing and being in NY & not being in NY"

Adam Rittenberg @ESPNRittenberg

Steve Sarkisian: "At USC, this is enormous. You're here to win championships. ... We win 9 games here, and it's a disappointment."

Preseason Pac-12 favorite: Oregon

ESPN's Football Power Index gives Oregon the best chance to win the Pac-12 this season.

Watch: Mark Helfrich on SportsCenter

The Oregon coach joins SportsCenter to talk about the Ducks' upcoming season. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

What to know: Oregon's Mark Helfrich

  • 3rd season at Oregon (24-4)
  • Signed an extension through the 2019-20 season which bumps his salary over $3M per year

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Chris Low @ClowESPN

USC's Steve Sarkisian: "We're fortunate to have recruited three quality classes in a row. The players coming in now aren't the saviors."

Phil Steele @philsteele042

Memphis has a large (starters avg 6'4 306) Oline & 8 OL's who combine for 92 career starts. My #2 rated Oline in AAC.