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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 09:31 AM
Spring practices will begin soon. Spring games will be upon us late March-April. Dates:

http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=911602

Contribute here as you like for offseason reports, news, rumors, hype, etc.

 
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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 10:10 AM
I'm ready for spring football. With Jeremy Jarmon, Trevard Lindley and Micah Johnson returning and our young receivers finally started catching the football in the Liberty Bowl 2009 could be a big year for Kentucky Football.

We still don't have a 12th game on our schedule yet

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 10:14 AM
I'm ready for a Florida-OU rematch.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 10:23 AM
While I love college football, isn't this just a tad early?

Geez, real baseball hasn't started yet.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 10:26 AM
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While I love college football, isn't this just a tad early?


NEVER! Spring ball is right around the corner...

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 10:28 AM
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While I love college football, isn't this just a tad early?


NEVER! Spring ball is right around the corner...
Sorry, Jerry. I forgot you only have the Royals to look forward to.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 02:09 PM
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While I love college football, isn't this just a tad early?


If the real season was starting now, yes it would be too early. But after the brief layoff between bowls and spring practices it is nice to get the juices flowing again. And then have another break before summer practices and get things really ramped up!

I usually try and catch a spring game or two, but didn't go to any last year. Minnesota would be awesome with their new stadium, but I don't think they are playing their spring game there. http://stadium.gophersports.com/

Anyone from Knoxville - Chris (not to be confused as a Vol fan), Mash? I think I might visit family in Tenn same weekend as UT's spring game.

[Edited on 3/4/2009 by nebish]

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 02:21 PM
Well, Neb, at least the President hasn't enacted his playoff system yet...

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 02:39 PM


Anyone from Knoxville - Chris (not to be confused as a Vol fan), Mash? I think I might visit family in Tenn same weekend as UT's spring game.

[Edited on 3/4/2009 by nebish]
I wish I could make it! They should draw a good crowd this year to see what happens with the new coaching staff. I hear the players are very pumped, they're probably going to need a couple of solid recruiting years before they get back to the elite(I hope).

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 02:51 PM
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Well, Neb, at least the President hasn't enacted his playoff system yet...



Yeah, him and I got off on a bad foot! I couldn't get over how often he was being asked about it!

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 09:17 PM
CJ Spiller for Heisman

 

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  posted on 3/5/2009 at 12:13 AM
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I picked up a copy of the BCS odds from a casino tonight. Right now, we have

Florida 7/2
Oklahoma 5/1
USC 4/1
Texas 8/1
Ohio St. 10/1
LSU 20/1
Alabam 25/1
Virginia Tech 30/1

Everyone else is 40/1 or greater.



Suprised not to see ND in there. I guess we wait until the AP pre-season polls to see them in the top 10.

 

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  posted on 3/5/2009 at 02:30 PM
prom bump on my chin bump

 

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  posted on 3/5/2009 at 10:37 PM
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I picked up a copy of the BCS odds from a casino tonight. Right now, we have

Florida 7/2
Oklahoma 5/1
USC 4/1
Texas 8/1
Ohio St. 10/1
LSU 20/1
Alabam 25/1
Virginia Tech 30/1

Everyone else is 40/1 or greater.



Suprised not to see ND in there. I guess we wait until the AP pre-season polls to see them in the top 10.


you're kidding aren't you?

 

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  posted on 3/5/2009 at 11:44 PM
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Suprised not to see ND in there. I guess we wait until the AP pre-season polls to see them in the top 10.



you're kidding aren't you?


I'm sure he is joking.

This will be a very interesting year for Notre Dame, no doubt make or break for Weis. I think they have alot of potential to do well this season. Clausen's 3rd year at QB, Floyd and Tate are really good receivers. Overall 9 offensive starters are back and Hawaii's defense from the bowl isn't the best measuring stick, but the offense was awesome and it provides a great spring board for this year. 4-1 or even 5-0 start before USC looks possible. Last year Vegas posted them over/under 7 wins. This year it will be higher, 8 or even 9 maybe.

Looking back at the results from 08, USC was ugly no doubt, but ND did hang within the number until very late and I that game wasn't quite the beating people expected, still not much good you can take from losing by 35.

Everyone remembers the Syracuse game, but ND offense did blow multiple opportunities for points (zero pts inside Syr 40 on 4 drives) before Cuse started gaining momentum for the comeback. The Navy game wasn't close at all for 3-3/4 quarters and ND handed BC nearly everything they got. What I'm saying is 3 out of 4 of those final reg ssn 08 games could have been much different. And with more experience and good talent on offense I think we are going to see much better production. Overall I'd say Irish fans have reason to be optimistic.

 

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  posted on 3/13/2009 at 10:02 PM
Everyone in the Pac10 knew it was coming and its finally happened. Belotti retiring is a good thing in my books I never felt he coould get the guys fired up for the big games. Anyway big changes for Eugene. Keeping things intersting.

Yes I was joking about ND in top10.

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Mike Bellotti is stepping down as Oregon's football coach to become the school's athletic director, and offensive coordinator Chip Kelly will be promoted to head coach.

Bellotti, who has coached the Ducks for the last 14 seasons, takes over his new position July 1, replacing athletic director Pat Kilkenny. Kelly becomes coach on March 30, the opening day of spring practice.

The moves first were announced in December, but no timetable was set for the transition.

Bellotti will serve in the interim as senior counselor to Kilkenny, who will step down June 30.

Oregon's athletic department scheduled a news conference Saturday to discuss the transition. Bellotti would not comment until then.

Bellotti, 58, has gone 116-55 as coach of the Ducks. This past season Oregon went 10-3 with a 42-31 win over Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl. The Ducks finished the season ranked No. 10

Under Bellotti, the Ducks have gone to 12 bowl games. In 2001 Oregon won 11 games, including a 38-16 victory over Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl to finish ranked No. 2

Bellotti joined the Ducks as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Rich Brooks in 1989.

Kelly, who has been at Oregon the past two seasons and designed the team's spread-option offense, becomes the Ducks' 30th coach, and the third in the last 33 years.


 

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  posted on 3/13/2009 at 11:50 PM
Good thing you guys secured Chip Kelly when you did. I wonder if behind the scenes they knew this was the way it was going to happen, Bellotti announces retirement after recruiting and hands the reigns to Kelly for spring ball so everything is settled come September.

I think Oregon really emerged nationally under Bellotti. Sure the attention the uniforms got helped (and maybe helped with recruiting which ultimately helped their success), but Oregon had some really good teams recently. #2 in country at 8-1 before Dixon's injury in 2007. 10-1 regular season in 2005. Arguably worthy of National Title contention in 2001 with 11-1 record and Fiesta Bowl win. Finishing 10-2 in 2000 with a win over Texas in Holiday bowl note worthy as well. Good teams. Good job Bellotti.


 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 12:17 AM
No doubt Belotti did a great job and biased rankings hurt them over the years. I look forward to this new chapter in 2009. They paid Kelly an insane amount of money to keep him around this plan has been in place for a while.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 07:47 PM
Week 1 schedule:

Thursday, September 3rd
6:00 p.m. South Carolina at NC St ESPN
6:00 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Kent St TBA
7:00 p.m. North Dakota St at Iowa St TBA
7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at Indiana BTN
8:00 p.m. Utah St at Utah Mtn.
TBA North Texas at Ball St TBA
TBA Troy at Bowling Green TBA
TBA Villanova at Temple TBA

Friday, September 4th
7:00 p.m. Tulsa at Tulane ESPN
TBA Central Arkansas at Hawaii TBA

Saturday, September 5th
Saturday, September 5th
1:00 p.m. Nicholls St at Air Force TBA
2:00 p.m. Weber St at Wyoming TBA
2:30 p.m. Nevada at Notre Dame NBC
6:00 p.m. North Dakota at Texas Tech TBA
7:00 p.m. BYU vs. Oklahoma (Arlington) (ESPN or ABC)
9:00 p.m. Central Michigan at Arizona TBA
9:00 p.m. Idaho St at Arizona St TBA
9:00 p.m. Sacramento St at UNLV TBA
TBA Alabama vs. Virginia Tech (Atlanta) (ESPN or ABC)
TBA Oregon at Boise St (ESPN or ESPN2)
TBA Akron at Penn St TBA
TBA Alcorn St at Southern Miss TBA
TBA Appalachian St at East Carolina TBA
TBA Army at Eastern Michigan TBA
TBA Baylor at Wake Forest TBA
TBA Buffalo at UTEP TBA
TBA Charleston Southern at Florida TBA
TBA Cincinnati at Rutgers TBA
TBA Colorado St at Colorado TBA
TBA Connecticut at Ohio TBA
TBA Eastern Michigan at Northwestern TBA
TBA FAU at Nebraska TBA
TBA Georgia at Oklahoma St TBA
TBA Illinois vs. Missouri (St. Louis) TBA
TBA Indiana St at Louisville TBA
TBA Jackson St at Mississippi St TBA
TBA Jacksonville St at Georgia Tech TBA
TBA Kentucky vs. Miami Ohio (Cincinnati) TBA
TBA Liberty at West Virginia TBA
TBA Louisiana Tech at Auburn TBA
TBA ULMat Texas TBA
TBA LSU at Washington TBA
TBA Maryland at California TBA
TBA Middle Tenn at Clemson TBA
TBA Minnesota at Syracuse TBA
TBA Mississippi Valley St at Arkansas St TBA
TBA Missouri St at Arkansas TBA
TBA Montana St at Michigan St TBA
TBA Navy at Ohio St TBA
TBA New Mexico at Texas A&M TBA
TBA Northeastern at Boston College TBA
TBA Northern Colorado at Kansas TBA
TBA Northern Illinois at Wisconsin TBA
TBA Northern Iowa at Iowa TBA
TBA Northwestern St at Houston TBA
TBA Portland St at Oregon St TBA
TBA Rice at UAB TBA
TBA Richmond at Duke TBA
TBA Samford at UCF TBA
TBA San Diego St at UCLA TBA
TBA San Jose St at USC TBA
TBA Southern at Louisiana TBA
TBA Southern Illinois at Marshall TBA
TBA Stanford at Washington St TBA
TBA Stephen F. Austin at SMU TBA
TBA The Citadel at North Carolina TBA
TBA Toledo at Purdue TBA
TBA UC Davis at Fresno St TBA
TBA UMass at Kansas St TBA
TBA Western Carolina at Vanderbilt TBA
TBA WKU at Tennessee TBA
TBA Western Michigan at Michigan TBA
TBA William and Mary at Virginia TBA
TBA Wofford at USF TBA
TBA Youngstown St at Pittsburgh TBA

Sunday, September 6th
2:30 p.m. Mississippi at Memphis ESPN
TBA Grambling vs. South Carolina St ESPN2

Monday, September 7th
7:00 p.m. Miami at Florida St ESPN

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projected week 1 spreads courtesy of J Howell's power rating system:
http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cfpred.txt

Below are the projections for the NCAA IA football games through
the games of 9-5-2009. Games against non-IA teams are excluded.
The favorite is listed first with the projected margin of victory
(i.e., the line) in parenthesis. 'TP' represents the total number of
points expected to be scored in the game and 'Odds' represents the odds
of the favorite winning straight-up (not against-the-spread).


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Boise State (-9.5) vs. Oregon (TP=60 Odds=.610)
Utah (-33) vs. Utah State (TP=53 Odds=.885)
South Carolina (-3) @ North Carolina State (TP=46 Odds=.546)
Ball State (-31.5) vs. North Texas (TP=59 Odds=.843)
Troy (-2) @ Bowling Green State (TP=53 Odds=.523)


Friday, September 4, 2009

Tulsa (-22.5) @ Tulane (TP=61 Odds=.749)


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Southern California (-32.5) vs. San Jose State (TP=47 Odds=.915)
Oklahoma (-15.5) vs. Brigham Young (TP=60 Odds=.677) @ Arlington, TX
Texas (-38) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (TP=56 Odds=.910)
Ohio State (-21) vs. Navy (TP=50 Odds=.781)
Georgia (-7) @ Oklahoma State (TP=59 Odds=.582)

Virginia Tech (-2) vs. Alabama (TP=43 Odds=.531) @ Atlanta, GA
Penn State (-28.5) vs. Akron (TP=52 Odds=.850)
Louisiana State (-23.5) @ Washington (TP=54 Odds=.789)
Missouri (-17) vs. Illinois (TP=58 Odds=.703) @ St. Louis, MO
California (-10) vs. Maryland (TP=49 Odds=.643)

Cincinnati (-0.5) @ Rutgers (TP=49 Odds=.506)
Clemson (-19) vs. Middle Tennessee State (TP=47 Odds=.769)
Wake Forest (-18) vs. Baylor (TP=50 Odds=.746)
Nebraska (-19) vs. Florida Atlantic (TP=58 Odds=.727)
Wisconsin (-18) vs. Northern Illinois (TP=49 Odds=.745)

Auburn (-14) vs. Louisiana Tech (TP=45 Odds=.712)
Tennessee (-22.5) vs. Western Kentucky (TP=46 Odds=.818)
Connecticut (-10) @ Ohio (TP=49 Odds=.641)
Mississippi (-7.5) @ Memphis (TP=52 Odds=.601)
Arizona (-9) vs. Central Michigan (TP=57 Odds=.610)

Kentucky (-17.5) vs. Miami (Ohio) (TP=51 Odds=.735) @ Cincinnati, OH
Michigan (-8) vs. Western Michigan (TP=51 Odds=.609)
Notre Dame (-7) vs. Nevada (TP=57 Odds=.589)
UCLA (-17.5) vs. San Diego State (TP=51 Odds=.730)
Texas A&M (-6) vs. New Mexico (TP=52 Odds=.584)

Purdue (-16) vs. Toledo (TP=56 Odds=.699)
Colorado (-6) vs. Colorado State (TP=52 Odds=.579)
Rice (-8.5) @ Alabama-Birmingham (TP=62 Odds=.595)
Minnesota (-4.5) @ Syracuse (TP=52 Odds=.562)
Stanford (-2) @ Washington State (TP=53 Odds=.527)

Texas-El Paso (-5.5) vs. Buffalo (TP=61 Odds=.561)
New Mexico State (-11.5) vs. Idaho (TP=59 Odds=.634)
Eastern Michigan (-4) vs. Army (TP=50 Odds=.554)

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 08:59 PM
5 Months tomorrow to season start!!!!

GO Ducks!!!!

 

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  posted on 4/15/2009 at 08:05 PM
Spring game reviews courtesy of collegefootballnews.com

I'll be at Neyland Stadium this Saturday.

SEC:

Georgia
April 11 - There were too many dropped passes and only three field goals before a 20-yard Carlton Thomas touchdown run in the final few seconds to lead the Red team to a 13-3 win over the Black, but the overall scrimmage was promising. The defense was tremendous with Marcus Washington and Justin Houston each putting on a show with three sacks each. With Matthew Stafford on the sidelines offering advice, new starting quarterback Joe Cox was decent completing 9-of-16 passes for 105 yards while backup Logan Gray completing 9-of-13 passes for 91 yards.

South Carolina
It was all about the running game as the Garnet beat the Black team 30-14 with Kenny Miles tearing off 81 yards for the Black and Giles roaring for 114 yards and two scores for the Garnet. Giles, a true freshman, looked every bit the part of a top recruit, but most of the production from the backs came in the second half when many of the top defensive linemen were out. Just as important as the production from the backs was the play of the offensive line, a major problem last year that appeared to be better in spring ball. QB Stephen Garcia played for both teams completing 12-of-19 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown to Moe Brown.

Vanderbilt
March 28 - The offense that was such a nightmare throughout last season got a big spark from WR Alex Washington, who was used in a variety of ways and took a pass 75 yards for a touchdown. End Steven Stone was one of the biggest playmakers for the defense with two sacks and a good burst into the backfield all day, but along with Washington the big stars were the quarterbacks. Larry Smith completed 9-of-14 passes for 117 yards and a score and Jared Funk completed 6-of-9 passes for 111 yards to challenge Mackenzi Adams, who threw a scoring pass, for the starting job.

Big Ten:

Michigan
April 11 - Tate Forcier might not have looked like an All-American after one spring game, but the true freshman was fine in the starting quarterback role. He ran well, threw well on the move, and appeared to be more comfortable than any of last year’s Wolverine quarterbacks. However, he was inconsistent throwing the ball and the defense was sitting a slew of key players, but Forcier was still a big positive for a crowd starved for decent quarterback play. RB Carlos Brown also got everyone buzzing with an impressive 80-yard touchdown dash.

ACC:

Clemson
In front a spring game record crowd, the White defeated the Orange, 30-13, behind the heroics of QB Kyle Parker. Before sprinting off to a doubleheader for the Tiger baseball team, he went 13-of-21 passes for 171 yards and a score, while rushing for 27 yards and another touchdown. It was a statement performance in the duel with Willy Korn, who went 12-of-25 for 144 yards and two interceptions. Leading the White team on the ground was Jamie Harper, who went for 83 yards on 21 carries. Over on the Orange side, TE Michael Palmer had a game-high five receptions for 86 yards.

Florida State
Short-handed throughout the spring, the defense rose up in the Garnet & Gold game, forcing seven turnovers for a 39-27 Gold victory. S Jamie Robinson had a pair of interceptions, and his teammates recovered five fumbles for a measure of redemption against the Garnet. On one of those fumbles, LB Nigel Bradham returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. Starting QB Christian Ponder generally had a rough day, going 10-of-19 for 118 yards, a touchdown, and those two picks. On defense, end Justin Mincey played well, making a team-high five stops and 2.5 tackles for loss.

Miami
Using a unique scoring system designed by the coaching staff, the Miami offense spanked the defense, 52-3, racking up more than 400 yards of total offense. The hero on the ground was junior Damien Berry, a converted safety, who rushed 114 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown burst. Sophomore Jacory Harris solidified his spot as the starting quarterback, going 9-of-16 passes for 141 yards on five possessions. Sophomore Thearon Collier was the preferred target of Harris and Taylor Cook, making a game-high five grabs for 65 yards.

North Carolina
Looking for improved play under center, the Heels finished spring on a high note. The program’s three quarterbacks—T.J. Yates, Mike Paulus, and Braden Hansen—combined to go 23-of-30 for 202 yards and a touchdown in the annual Spring Showcase. They spread the ball around to a young corps of receivers, led by sophomore Dwight Jones, who had three catches for 61 yards. Redshirt freshman Jamal Womble capped a solid spring by rushing for 50 yards on seven carries. While sophomore Herman Davidson made his move from safety to linebacker look smart, collecting six tackles, senior end E.J. Wilson had two of the game’s three sacks.

Big East:

Pitt
If the spring game is any barometer, the Pittsburgh defense remains way ahead of the Pittsburgh offense. The Blue (defense) dominated the Gold (offense), 54-23, raising more concerns in a post-LeSean McCoy world. While true freshman Dion Lewis led all rushers with 34 yards on 12 carries, his main competition for the job, redshirt freshman Chris Burns, only mustered 13 yards on 11 attempts. QB Bill Stull finished 12-of-17 for 132 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown to Jonathan Baldwin. On defense, Steve Dell, Scott McKillop’s successor at middle linebacker, had six tackles, and DE Brandon Lindsey chipped in a pair of sacks.

South Florida
With starting QB Matt Grothe only playing in two series, his backups, B.J. Daniels and Evan Landi, put on quite a show in the race for the No. 2 job. Landi threw a touchdown pass as time expired, but a two-point attempt for the win failed, giving the Green a thrilling 21-20 victory over the White. Daniels impressed throughout the game, finishing 11-of-19 for 181 yards, two touchdowns and one pick, adding 33 yards and a score on the ground. On defense, no one was able to block veteran DT Aaron Harris, who broke through for four tackles for loss and three sacks.

Big 12:

Baylor
April 2 - As expected, Robert Griffin was Robert Griffin running for a score and completing 19-of-25 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns and a pick, but all eyes were on the offensive line. Who was going to replace Jason Smith at left tackle? JUCO transfer Danny Watkins isn’t going to be a top five draft pick, but he showed good potential. He needs work, but he’s going to be a good one. RB Jarred Salubi was one of the stars of spring ball, but he only ran for 40 yards on 12 carries

Kansas
April 11 – Todd Reesing completed 16-of-22 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown leading the Blue team to a 20-7 win over the White team. Jonathan Wilson was the star of the show catching seven passes for 133 yards and a score showing why he’ll be a dangerous third target with Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier already forming a dynamic 1-2 punch. Also suspended from spring ball was Jocques Crawford for violating team rules, but Jake Sharp ran for 63 yards and a score for the Blue. Kale Pick quarterbacked the White team and might have locked up the No. 2 job completing 14-of-21 passes for 108 yards and a score while showing off good mobility by running for 33 yards.

Oklahoma
April 11 – Sam Bradford looked in mid-season form completing 11-of-13 passes for 97 yards and a score in his few drives of work. But it was the defense that dominated throughout with Frank Alexander coming up with three sacks and Dominique Franks picking off a pass for a touchdown. The defense won according to the scoring system 63-36, but the O didn’t exactly open up the playbook. Most of the stars didn’t play, but there still might be a bit of a concern going into the fall with the backup quarterback situation as both Landry Jones and Drew Allen struggled with their consistency. Even with all the offensive concerns and issues there were some bright spots, most notably WR Adron Tennell, who capped off a strong spring with a 23-yard touchdown catch from Bradford.

Texas
April 5 – The defense had a big day, but the real star was the wind as the Orange beat the White team 21-7. The receiving corps had problems holding on to the ball, but Colt McCoy didn’t have much of a chance to shine in the blustery conditions completing just 11-of-24 passes for 95 yards. No. 2 QB Sherrod Harris didn’t have much more luck competing just one of his six throws. With the conditions and the defense controlling the day, the running game had its moments with Vondrell McGee running for 20 yards with two short touchdowns and Fozzy Whittaker ran for 32 yards on ten carries. The battle for the No. 1 running back job will continue into the fall.

PAC 10:

Arizona
The White defeated the Blue in the spring game, 23-21, rallying in the final two minutes for the win. In the battle for the starting quarterback job, both Matt Scott and Nick Foles played well, throwing two touchdowns apiece. TE Rob Gronkowski was in mid-season form, catching eight passes for 67 yards and a score, while Delashaun Dean was the long-ball threat with four catches for 130 yards. On defense, LB Vuna Tuihalamaka led the way with a dozen tackles, and ends Brooks Reed and Kenny Barnes, only a freshman, each got to the quarterback two times.

Stanford
Fueled by the passing of Andrew Luck, the White team cruised to a 42-17 victory over the Cardinal team in Stanford’s annual spring game. Luck, who’s battling Tavita Pritchard for the starting job, completed 18-of-25 passes for 352 yards and five touchdown passes. Two of those scoring strikes went to Richard Sherman, who also had eight tackles while playing cornerback. At least on this night, Pritchard was pushed to the background, going 15-of-27 for 175 yards and a pair of scores. On the White side, Ryan Whalen led the team in receiving, catching four balls for 78 yards and a touchdown.

MWC:

TCU
April 4 – The offense struggled, but the defense had a lot to do with that. The only touchdown of the final scrimmage came on a Logan Brock short grab from Andy Dalton. That was the lone bright spot as the offense shot itself in the foot on several occasions inside the red zone. All-America DE Jerry Hughes was in midseason form making three sacks, while DT Wayne Daniels capped off a good spring by dominating on the inside.

WAC:

Louisiana Tech
April 11 – Former Auburn transfer Steven Emsminger looked like the quarterback the program was hoping he’d be last year as he led his White team to a 21-0 win over the Red team. While he might not have unseated Ross Jenkins who completed 6-of-16 passes for 46 yards and two picks, he made a case to see more time late this summer. Defensively, all-star D’Anthony Smith dominated as he got into the backfield whenever he wanted to, but he took it a bit easy on his teammates.

Nevada
March 25 – With Colin Kaepernick out with an ankle injury, Tyler Lantrip came up with a big performance throwing for 233 yards and three touchdown passes with Virgil Green taking one pass 65 yards for a score. However, he only completed 11-of-25 passes while Luke Collis completed 13-of-26 passes for 141 yards and a score. Malcolm Shepherd caught four passes for 59 yards and two scores, while Green scored twice. James Michael Johnson led the defense with eight stops along with a sack.

CUSA:

Rice
Although the defense defeated the offense, 46-44, in the annual Blue-Gray spring football game, most of the storylines were generated by offensive players. The quarterbacks were especially sharp, throwing for 400 yards and getting a solid effort from sophomore Nick Fanuzzi. The Alabama transfer was 6-of-8 for 136 yards and three touchdown passes. Sophomore Tyler Smith continued his recovery from a serious knee injury, leading all rushers with 62 yards on six carries and adding five catches for 31 yards. Owl fans also got a first look at RB Sam McGuffie, the touted Michigan transfer, who’ll have to sit out the 2009 season.

UAB
In the final scrimmage of spring, a team comprised of the first-team offense and No. 2 defense defeated the combination of the first-team defense and No. 2 offense, 42-30. Starting QB Joseph Webb was the catalyst in the first half, going 21-of-29 for 283 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 35 yards and another score. Against a depleted defense, the game featured three 100-yard receivers, led by Frantrell Forrest’s eight catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, Jae Fitzgerald was the workhorse, logging 13 carries for 66 yards and a score.

UCF
In the annual spring game, the White team (offense) jumped out to a big lead and held on for a 77-61 victory over the Gold team (defensive). As is likely to be the case when the games count, RB Brynn Harvey led the way, rushing for 47 yards and a score on nine carries and catching a 25-yard touchdown pass. That hookup came from starting QB Rob Calabrese, who finished 7-of-13 for 65 yards and the lone touchdown. The defense may have lost, but it was predictably feisty, generating 10 sacks, three from Jarvis Geathers and two apiece from Torrell Troup and Bruce Miller.

MAC:

Ball State
April 11 – The defense controlled the action in the spring game under new head coach Stan Parrish, but the offense was without star RB MiQuale Lewis and WR Briggs Orsbon only played a little bit. That allowed freshman WR Seth White to show what he could do, and he had the appearance of a breakout star with the skills to potentially be a No. 1 receiver. The offensive line had problems and new QB Kelly Page didn’t have too much time to work thanks to Robert Eddins, who closed out a good spring with a dominant scrimmage. If this off-season was any indication, pencil in Eddins for All-MAC honors.

Western Michigan
April 11 – The offense beat the defense 38-35, but the star was Vernon Stewart with 11 tackles. Defensive end Deauntay Legrier was all over the field making eight tackles for the Brown team. The Gold (offense) started things off with a bang as backup QB Drew Burdi connected with Robert Arnheim from 63 yards out. In the battle for playing time in the backfield, Glenis Thompson made a statement with 42 yards while Brandon West was held to 27 yards on just five carries.


Sun Belt:

Arkansas State
April 10 – In a modified scrimmage set up to work on different things, Corey Leonard was strong completing 11-of-16 passes for 99 yards while the passing game was spread out among several receivers. Backup Ryan Aplin was sharp completing 9-of-12 passes for 91 yards. Stepping up into a bigger role for the running game was redshirt freshman Don Jones, who ran 15 times for 82 yards and two scores. Even so, he’s not expected to unseat Reggie Arnold as the No. 1 back. Demario Davis dominated for the defense coming up with seven tackles and two tackles for loss with a fumble recovery.

Florida Atlantic
April 11 – The offense ripped apart the defense in a 42-12 win in the modified scoring system. However, things weren’t always smooth as backup QB Jeff VanCamp completed just 6-of-13 passes for 77 yards and Graham Wilbert completed 7-of-19 passes for 70 yards. The offense spent the time using several different players to get them work with four quarterbacks and 12 running backs seeing time. The star of the attack was Avionne Rolle who tore off a 70-yard score as part of his 10-carry, 95-yard day.

Florida International
April 4 – The defense might have been put together with backups thanks to a slew of injuries to the starters, but it still beat the offense 43-21. The offensive line couldn’t handle the pass rush, but there were good moments for the O with Paul McCall completing 14-of-22 passes for 202 yards and Wesley Carroll, the transfer from Mississippi State completing 11-of-17 passes for 110 yards and a score while showing good mobility.

North Texas
April 4 – The North beat the South 15-0 highlighted by a big day from Cam Montgomery, who ran for 55 yards and a score. Riley Dodge, the son of the head coach and the star recruit of last year’s class, completed 19-of-24 passes for 94 yards with an interception, while backup Nathan Tune completed 11-of-21 throws for 127 yards.

UL Lafayette
April 4 – The offense beat the defense 27-26 thanks to a last-second 35-yard field goal from Bret Baer. Quarterbacks Chris Masson, who completed 12-of-15 passes for 134 yards and a score in the second half alone, and Blaine Gautier, who completed 10-of-13 passes for 83 yards with a pick, each led the way for late scores in the comeback over the defense, while WR Richie Falgout caught seven passes for 72 yards and a score. Even so, the coaches have said Brad McGuire, who was out with a hernia, is still the No. 1 option. It’s going to be an interesting battle all fall. In an attempt to replace Tyrell Fenroy, Undrea Salis has been the team’s top runner and showed off his skills in the scrimmage with 61 yards.

UL Monroe
March 20 – The defense beat the offense 48-46 in an exciting mid-spring ball scrimmage. The offense got strong days from Rodney Lovett, who ran for 55 yards, and QB Zach Rhodes, who ran for 43 more and completed 8-of-15 passes for 101 yards and a score. However, it was Trey Revell who established himself as the man to beat completing 10-of-20 passes for 89 yards. As good as the quarterbacks were, and with a good day from the defense, one of the big key was the kicking of Radi Jabour, who hit three shots from 42 yards out and a fourth from 24 yards away. Drew Bernhardy led the defense with nine stops.

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  posted on 4/16/2009 at 09:38 PM
Its official now.

After a one-year hiatus because of a drunk driving arrest, it was announced today that Kenny Stabler will not return as color man on the Bama football broadcasts. It was a nice gig for Snake, and he did a great job at it for 10 years.

Kind of ironic that John Madden and his QB make an exit from the booth on the same day.

 

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  posted on 4/19/2009 at 08:27 PM



Was at the UT spring game. Got to meet Smokey IX which was a highlight of the trip! Also waited almost an hour for Eric Berry's autograph, but myself, along with a couple hundred Vol fans ran out of time at the fan appreciation thing.

Kiffin called all the plays in the huddle and he stayed on the field even telling players where to lineup and when to motion at times. It is hard to tell what to take away from the game. The defense was without one starting DL (Wes Brown), another projected started DL Ben Martin left with injury during first series. And AA S Berry and CB Brent Vinson did not play. That ontop of a very vanilla defensive scheme leaves alot of uncertainty about what I saw. But the offense does appear to have ample playmakers at WR and RB. 2 of the top incoming Fr RBs weren't there, but even without them the 3 RB rotation they had was fine - I don't think they will miss 4 yr starter Foster a bit. It is going to boil down to QB play and I expect whoever wins the job to have some serious growing pains in the new system. They weren't bad, but inconsistent at the Spring game and that plus the aforementioned defensive players sitting and play calling taken into consideration I didn't see anything that really impressed me from the QBs. My biggest positive impression was the ability at WR and RB positions..there could be reason for some real optimism here. That and Rico McCoy is a stud at LB, he will have a great season.

Phil Fulmer was on the field pregame being honored with the Robert Neyland Award. He was warmly cheered.



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  posted on 4/20/2009 at 09:33 AM
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Was at the UT spring game. Got to meet Smokey IX which was a highlight of the trip! Also waited almost an hour for Eric Berry's autograph, but myself, along with a couple hundred Vol fans ran out of time at the fan appreciation thing.

Kiffin called all the plays in the huddle and he stayed on the field even telling players where to lineup and when to motion at times. It is hard to tell what to take away from the game. The defense was without one starting DL (Wes Brown), another projected started DL Ben Martin left with injury during first series. And AA S Berry and CB Brent Vinson did not play. That ontop of a very vanilla defensive scheme leaves alot of uncertainty about what I saw. But the offense does appear to have ample playmakers at WR and RB. 2 of the top incoming Fr RBs weren't there, but even without them the 3 RB rotation they had was fine - I don't think they will miss 4 yr starter Foster a bit. It is going to boil down to QB play and I expect whoever wins the job to have some serious growing pains in the new system. They weren't bad, but inconsistent at the Spring game and that plus the aforementioned defensive players sitting and play calling taken into consideration I didn't see anything that really impressed me from the QBs. My biggest positive impression was the ability at WR and RB positions..there could be reason for some real optimism here. That and Rico McCoy is a stud at LB, he will have a great season.

Phil Fulmer was on the field pregame being honored with the Robert Neyland Award. He was warmly cheered.



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Nice review, I just got through watching the game on TV. Coleman looked pretty poised at qb. It is hard to tell with key players out and coaches not wanting to show much. LOL at the Steve Spurrier comment!

 

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  posted on 4/20/2009 at 10:57 AM
They might be better off putting the focus of summer camp behind Coleman. He probably has the most upside.

Coleman did make a nice play on 4th down to scramble and buy some time to find Hancock in the end zone here:



That is Coach O behind Coleman, I think he wanted to get in there with the sack.

 
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