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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.

Furman kicker does crazy trick shots (0:29)
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2dEdward Aschoff

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.

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.


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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Watch: Mark Helfrich on SportsCenter

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

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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.

Phil Steele @philsteele042

While Michigan was just 5-7 last year the defense was solid allowing just 311 ypg and they have 24 of top 29 from year end depth chart back.

Phil Steele @philsteele042

Last year UMass had just 5 seniors on the team and this year they have 27 seniors in 2nd year of move up to FBS (MAC).

Phil Steele @philsteele042

Nebraska backp FG K Mauro Bondi who has 63 TB's on 111 kickoffs last 2 years has transferred to Hawaii for 2015.

Edward Aschoff @ecaschoff

Saying goodbye is never easy ... Even if you're getting three young, solid pitching prospects. My captain, oh captain #Tulo #Rockies #eatthepainaway

Phil Steele @philsteele042

Former Auburn DE Elijah Daniel (PS#10) has transferred to Youngstown St and has 50-50 chance to be eligible to play this year.

Phil Steele @philsteele042

True frosh RB Walter Williams (was IFS) & possible #2 RB has been dismissed from Louisiana Lafayette. 3rd from 2 deep dismissed this summer

Phil Steele @philsteele042

Utah rFr QB Donovan Isom (PS#61) has transferred to Southeastern Louisiana and could start this year. Will be in FCS magazine.