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Posted on: August 10, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 10:06 pm

Georgia Tech OL Phil Smith suspended 2 games

Posted by Chip Patterson

Georgia Tech's inexperienced offensive line took a hit on Wednesday when head coach Paul Johnson announced starting RT Phil Smith will miss the first two games of the season.

CBSSports.com's Larry Harstein reports that Smith has been suspended for violation of a team rule, though Johnson did not divulge what the nature of the violation.

Smith started eight games in 2010 and was expected to be one of the leaders of the offensive line along with Preseason All-ACC guard Omoregie Uzzi. Thankfully for the Yellow Jackets, the first two opponents on the schedule are Western Carolina and Middle Tennessee State. Smith will be back in time for the Yellow Jackets to host Kansas on Sept. 17, looking to get revenge on last year's 28-25 loss in Lawrence.
Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 3:32 pm

Seen/Heard at Camp: Virginia Tech

Posted by Chip Patterson

Training camp is underway in college football, with teams all over the country getting a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming season. Along with the help of CBSSports.com's Rapid Reporters, here is a collection of recent observations from Virginia Tech.

- The Hokies, who seem to be dealing with injuries at key positions every year, got bitten again early with All-ACC offensive lineman Blake DeChristopher straining his left pectoral. DeChristopher's expected recovery time was initially announced as 4-6 weeks, which would make him available sometime in September. DeChristopher was already back on the practice field this week, but wearing a blue non-contact jersey. Running back Dominique Patterson is out "a couple weeks" with a sprained ankle, quarterback Mark Leal (groin) and wide receiver D.J. Coles (hamstring) have been held out of practice and are "doubtful" for Saturday's scrimmage.

One point of concern from the injury reports are in regards to star cornerback Jayron Hosley. Hosley participated in Tuesday's practice, but was wearing a non-contact jersey. CBSSports.com's Sean Bielawski reports that the injury is "not considered serious." [Rapid Reports]

- Speaking of Hosely, his presence on the field will be a necessity for the Hokies defense. The lockdown corner is coming off a fantastic 2010 campaign, and will have an impact when every opposing quarterback drops back to pass. First-year starting cornerback Kyle Fuller knows that playing opposite Hosley will lead to plenty of looks his way.

"Teams aren't going to want to throw to Jayron [Hosley]," Fuller said. "So I think I'm going to have a lot of opportunities to make some plays this year." [Rapid Reports]

- Obviously the top question for the offense for many is how Logan Thomas will perform stepping in to a position that ACC Player of the Year Tyrod Taylor had his hands on for four years. Beamer offered some early comparison that should encourage doubting Hokie fans.

"I think he's got a lot of the same qualities as Tyrod," Beamer said. "I think he's smart. He's competitive. He works hard. I think he's a very natural leader, great character. So, he's got a lot of the same things as Tyrod, except about four inches taller." [Rapid Reports]

- Beamer also weighed in on the Twitter debate, explaining why he will not follow the likes of Boise State, South Carolina, and Kansas in banning Twitter use during the season.

"I think you educate your kids, and then they're responsible for their actions," Beamer said. "People have got to make good decisions. Part of us as coaches is to help kids get to the position where ether make good decisions." [Rapid Reports]

For more daily updates from Virginia Tech training camp follow Sean Bielawski's Rapid Reports and the ACC Blog.
Posted on: August 10, 2011 12:15 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 12:17 pm

Florida loses freshman TE for 2 months

Posted by Chip Patterson

As Florida continues to shift around personnel with their new staff, head coach Will Muschamp had to make some more moves after losing A.C. Leonard to a knee injury.

Muschamp told the Gainesville Sun Leonard had surgery on Wednesday to repair torn meniscus, and is expected to miss up to two months. Leonard was ranked among the best tight ends in the 2011 class according to most recruiting services.  Muschamp indicated that the decision whether or not Leonard would redshirt the 2011 season will be made at a later date.  The freshman tight end was listed third on the depth chart behind Jordan Reed and Gerald Christian, and his absence has forced the staff to move some players around.

Defensive end Clay Burton, younger brother of sophomore Trey, will move to tight end to add some depth at that position. Wide receiver Omarius Hines will also spend some time lining up at tight end "in certain situations," a position he assumed at times in 2010.

For more check out the Florida Rapid Reports and the SEC Blog
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:16 am
Edited on: August 10, 2011 11:43 am

Holgorsen looking for volunteers to help depth

Posted by Chip Patterson

West Virginia was the media's pick to win the Big East, largely because of the talent level of returning starters and excitement to see them under first-year head coach Dana Holgorsen. But if the Mountaineers find themselves bitten by the injury bug, things are awfully questionable as you scan down the depth chart.

West Virginia currently has just 78 scholarship players on the roster, and many of the names in the current depth chart are walk-ons. There are certain positions, most notably quarterback, where anything after second-string is a complete guess. Holgorsen is so concerned with with the depth, he's taken extra efforts to reach out for more walk-ons. According to the Charleston Gazette, a mass email has gone out to the student body looking for volunteers to come and play third and fourth string quarterback during the Mountaineers camp. The combination of Holgorsen's pass-happy system and lack of quarterbacks is beginning to create concern that the two on the roster will be overworked.

For now, assistant coaches have stepped in as third and fourth string quarterbacks to give starter Geno Smith and true freshman Paul Millard some rest. Even Holgorsen himself stepped under center to take some snaps in Saturday's practice. As for the rest of the positions, West Virginia has been "aggressively marketing" the team's walk-on tryout Aug. 22.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 9:42 pm

Ted Hendricks Watch List released

Posted by Chip Patterson

The Watch List season has mostly wound down, but on Tuesday one more individual award announced their watch list for the 2011 season. The Ted Hendricks Award is given annually to the defensive end of the year. Ted Hendricks was a defensive end at Miami, where he was college football's first three-time first-team All-American.

Last season's winner was Clemson defensive end Da'quan Bowers, who led the nation with 15.0 sacks. Other notable recent winners include Brian Orakpo (Texas, 2008), LaMarr Woodley (Michigan, 2006), and Elvis Dumervil, (Louisville, 2005).

Clemson's Andre Branch will try to follow in Bowers' footsteps, while West Virginia's Bruce Irvin and Troy's Jonathan Massaquoi will be trying to repeat impressive 2010 campaigns.

Here is the full watch list for the 2011 season. Players may be added or deleted from the list based on performance until the final watch list is issued in November. The winner will be announced on Dec. 7.

Who is your pick to win? Feel like anyone got left out? Let us know in the comment section below.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:20 pm

Seen/Heard at Camp: Georgia Tech

Posted by Chip Patterson

Training camp is underway in college football, with teams all over the country getting a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming season. Along with the help of CBSSports.com's Rapid Reporters, here is a collection of recent observations from Georgia Tech.

- By all accounts, junior Tevin Washington appears to have the starting quarterback position. But that doesn't mean that he isn't being pushed by redshirts freshman Synjyn Days or true freshman Vad Lee. Head coach Paul Johnson is impressed with Lee's rapid development, in particular.

"He's actually light years ahead of where I thought he would be in four days, with footwork and understanding what we're trying to accomplish," Johnson said. "He still drops snaps, he still makes freshman mistakes, but you can see a lot of potential there."

Still, senior running back Roddy Jones is fast to throw his support behind Washington as the leader of the team.

"[Washington] didn't have a great performance in the spring game and that's what everybody brings up," Jones said. "He looks great, looks confident, looks full speed. He's out there running and cutting and really leading us." [Rapid Reports]

- Georgia Tech's defense struggled in 2010, moving to a 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Al Groh. At the ACC Football Kickoff, Paul Johnson admitted there were "growing pains" last season. Groh got very academic when referring to the unit's improvements with the new system.

"We didn't go from first grade to second grade," he said. "As with those apt pupils, we skipped a few grades." [Rapid Reports]

- Georgia Tech is one of many schools having to deal with extreme heat for these first weeks of fall practice. According to CBSSports.com's Larry Harstein, senior defensive tackle Logan Walls has been making extra effort to keep maintain his weight.

DT Logan Walls said he's losing six pounds every practice in the extreme heat. He eats a lot of peanut butter sandwiches, as he tries to keep his weight at 300 pounds. "It gets hard to eat when you're hot all the time, but you just have to keep forcing it down," he said.

That's dedication, holmes.

For more daily updates from Georgia Tech's training camp follow Larry Harstein's Rapid Reports and the ACC Blog.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:06 pm

Holtz: BJ Daniels tweaks hamstring in practice

Posted by Chip Patterson

South Florida enters the 2011 season a lot of optimism and expectations. They were picked third by the media in the preseason Big East poll, receiving slightly less votes than West Virginia and Pittsburgh but clearly separated from the rest of the conference. In a conference that has had 5 different teams share a hold of the title since 2006, the Bulls feel now is as good a time as ever to claim their first league championship.

But a lot of USF's success will rely on the consistency of junior quarterback BJ Daniels. Daniels has been streaky since taking the field for the Bulls, and suffered a minor setback in practice on Tuesday.

Daniels suffered from a lingering quad injury for much of 2010, holding him out of the second half of the Miami game and all of the finale against Connecticut. Sophomore quarterback Bobby Eveld (42-75, 454 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT in 2010) is the next man up should Daniels go down, and helped lead the Bulls to an upset in the second half of that Miami game. But popular thought is that USF's potential-breakout season is reliant on a healthy Daniels playing consistently.

We'll keep an eye on this injury as more develops in Tampa. Keep it here at the Eye On College Football and the Big East Blog for all the latest.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 12:43 pm

Cal releases scouting package from Willie Lyles

Posted by Chip Patterson

Another release was made on Monday from a client of highly-discussed Houston talent scout Willie Lyles. The California athletic department released a 4-page document listing names and basic information about 49 players listed as 2010 Texas recruits, according to The Oregonian.

Lyles previously had said he sold packages to Oregon ($25,000), LSU ($6,000), and Cal ($5,000). Cal reportedly has a DVD they are ready to distribute, but the documents were the only release from Lyles' invoice. LSU has released video they say was provided by Lyles, which came under hard scrutiny for lack-of-quality and the inability to actually identify prospects.

As for the prospects on the list that Cal's athletic department released, none of them ended up enrolling with the Golden Bears. Oregon commits Lache Seastrunk and Dontae Williams were included in the group.
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