KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Volunteers' defense certainly had some solid moments last football season. It also had some moments that would be nice to forget. While the Vols didn't finish at the bottom of any Southeastern Conference statistical categories defensively, they also didn't finish near the top. Twelfth in scoring defense. Ninth in total defense. Ninth against the run, eighth against the pass. There's still a ways to go. At least there's a level of excitement with the program's latest defensive additions, both on the roster and on the coaching staff. The program brought in Derrick Ansley, one of the top recruiters in the country as well as one of the top developers of talent. While his position is unknown, his experience is in the secondary. There was a lot of player turnover on the defensive side of the ball, so needs were addressed with 10 of the program's 23 signees expected to be defensive additions. Today, the Times Free Press takes a positional look at the defense: … [Read more...] about Vols’ football defense has opportunities for newcomers
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1 of 18 View 18 Items Ravell Call Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham gestures during NCAA football against the USC Trojans in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Here is the list of Letter of Intent signings for the Utah Utes football team. Come back throughout the day as more are announced. Bamidele Olaseni Offensive tackle, 6-7, 332, London, England, Garden City Community College: Olaseni, a four-star recruit, is rated the No. 10 JUCO offensive tackle in this year's recruiting class by Rivals and earned first-team NJCAA All-American honors last year as a sophomore. JaTravis McCloud Defensive back, 5-11, 186, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Union High: McCloud was a track star as well in high school and earned second-team All-Tulsa World honors as a senior. Cameron Rising Quarterback, 6-0, 233, Ventura, California, University of Texas: Rising joins the Utes as a transfer from Texas, where he redshirted in 2018. He was a four-star recruit out of high school. Luke … [Read more...] about Utah football: 2019 recruiting class (+live updates, video)
Wednesday, Colorado State’s football program added 15 players who signed national letters of intent on the first day of the early signing period. In that group are five cornerbacks and a safety, loading up in the secondary. There are three offensive linemen, two of whom are junior college transfers, all three who will enroll in January and be available for spring camp. That makes 14 offensive linemen signed in the past three years, including one grad transfer and four from the juco ranks. There are four wideouts — adding another SEC transfer — and a pair of defensive ends. So far, it’s a class head coach Mike Bobo likes, saying it “has a chance to be a really good class.” In it he sees speed and versatility. “Overall, just a solid class for us,” Bobo said as he met the media Wednesday. “Obviously, we’re not done. There’s a lot more needs we have to address. I think that’s the great thing about this early signing … [Read more...] about Colorado State football added 15 players who signed national letters of intent
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College football players may not have the best handle on a new rule intended, in some cases, to help them by Dennis Dodd @dennisdoddcbs 3m ago • 7 min read They tried to talk Taj Griffin out of it. The senior tailback had seen diminishing playing time through his four seasons at Oregon. As the Ducks trended toward a running-back-by-committee approach in 2018, Griffin touched the ball only eight times (six carries, two receptions) in the three games in which he appeared. As a freshman in 2015, he had been the Ducks' No. 2 rusher. That was enough for the Powder Springs, Georgia, native, who became one of 10 players last week to take advantage of the NCAA's new redshirt rule. The rule allows players to appear in up to four games in a season without using a year of eligibility should they chose to redshirt. The question for Griffin and scores of players taking advantage of the new liberalized rule: Did he know what he was doing?By transferring, … [Read more...] about New redshirt rule has its complications, including a potential consequence for undergraduates