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Posted on: July 18, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 3:33 pm

Walter Camp Award watch list announced

Posted by Chip Patterson

As we brace ourselves for the media day onslaught that will begin with the SEC on Wednesday, the watch list season finally wraps up with the prestigious Walter Camp Award watch list. The award is given annually by the Walter Camp Football Foundation to the "Player of the Year.  Although it also awards individual greatness in college football, only two of the last five Heisman Trophy winners have also collected the Walter Camp Award.

Two of last year's finalists return to the watch list (Stanford's Andrew Luck and Oregon's LaMichael James) along with many of the usual suspects from the other position-based awards. The list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November, then the winner will be chosen from the finalists and announced on Dec. 8.

QB Matt Barkley, USC
WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
WR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
LB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
LB Tank Carder, TCU
DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina
QB Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
DT Jared Crick, Nebraska
RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
TE Michael Egnew, Missouri
WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M
QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
RB Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State
DB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
RB LaMichael James, Oregon
WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
DT Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
WR Damarais Johnson, Tulsa
QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma
QB Case Keenum, Houston
LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College
RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
DB Robert Lester, Alabama
DE Brandon Lindsey, Pittsburgh
QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
DE Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy
QB Bryant Moniz, Hawaii
QB Kellen Moore, Boise State
QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
WR/KR Eric Page, Toledo
QB Dan Persa, Northwestern
RB Chris Polk, Washington
RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
QB Denard Robinson, Michigan
QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
QB Darron Thomas, Oregon
QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
RB James White, Wisconsin

Anyone missing?  Think anyone doesn't belong? Let us know in the comments section below or tell us on Twitter 

Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:22 pm

Georgia Tech announcing alleged NCAA violations

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: The NCAA will make an announcement at 3 p.m. with the information related to the alleged violations.  University president Bud Peterson and athletic director Dan Radakovich will respond to the charges at 4:30 p.m..  Keep it here at the Eye on College Football (and follow us on Twitter) for updates throughout the day.
Georgia Tech
was informed Thursday morning of some alleged violations by the NCAA. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the violations occurred in the football program "within the past several years."

An official announcement of the findings has been scheduled for 3 p.m. today.

The Yellow Jackets are only a half-decade separated from their last NCAA sanctions, which were tied to a misunderstanding of an academic eligibility rule. In 2003, the school learned that 17 academically ineligible players competed during the 1998 and 1999 seasons. As a result, the Yellow Jackets self-imposed a two-year probation, scholarship cuts and a reduction in signing classes in 2005 and 2006.

The NCAA recommended that Georgia Tech also vacate wins, but the school won its appeal and the victories stood.
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:42 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:22 pm

Austin backs Tar Heel teammate on Twitter

Posted by Chip Patterson

On Wednesday, former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo was in Durham County Courts petitioning for reinstatement after being ruled permanently ineligible and having his appeal denied by the NCAA. When Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson denied McAdoo's petition, the 6-foot-7, 245-pound lineman saw his chances of seeing the field as a Tar Heel once again fade away.

The result obviously disappointed McAdoo and his family, but the ruling enraged former teammate Marvin Austin, who took to Twitter to vent his frustration.

(Tweets in chronological order, presented as they appear)
I'm so heated right now..justice will prevail..even if I have to spill the beans

This is so frustrating right now..I can't rap my head around it..I wish I could understand but maybe its not logical enough to understand

Twitter I'm not bitter I just don't like the way my friend, teammate, brother was mislead, misused, and ostracized from the program for the

Same reasons that others got suspended and are able to play for because I know exactly the details in each case and its noway that this young

Man should have his dram snatched from him like the #ncaa has done. I can tell you so many stories that would be mind boggling in comparison

I swear it is simply disheartning that the people our parents put there trust in to protect us really only care there gain solely

Trust me I know…I love my school..I chose to come here when nobody thought it was smart to do..but I just wish the administration stood

And stop the cowardly acts when the are in front of the ncaa and just tell them what you told us…don't turn and twist your story to look

Appealing to the Ncaa and pressure the 21 year old athlete to say and do things that aren't in there best interest…its so much that's not

Said it stings when I think about it Unc true fans understand how we as players love this place it tatted in blood for most guys on the team.

Of all of the players involved in the North Carolina investigation, Austin might have the loudest voice of them all. Not only because he has the largest personality (remember he wants to be a sportscaster one day), but because he has been the highest-profile player involved with the largest dollar signs attached to his improper benefits.

It was also interesting that Austin took this rant to Twitter. After all, wasn't it his account that kick-started things in the first place? When North Carolina began to gather information internally, a decision was made at some point that trying to fight for Austin's eligibility was a lost cause.

Declared permanently ineligible, and now a second-round draft pick of the New York Giants, Austin has a story that certainly would interest the college football world. As the "most guilty" of North Carolina's suspended players, he could cause quite a stir if he does decide to "spill the beans."

Posted on: July 13, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:23 pm

PHOTO: Rutgers' Eric LeGrand standing upright

Posted by Chip Patterson

Searching for uplifting headlines from this offseason? I find myself doing it every day, especially in the midst of all the violations, investigations and allegations that seem to have taken over the college football landscape recently. But ever since we first covered Eric LeGrand's injury and paralysis, it seems as though we have had nothing but good news to report as the Rutgers defensive lineman has made his way through the recovery process.

First he reported his own accomplishment of developing some feeling in extremities, and on Wednesday took to Twitter to show people what can result from unmatched perseverance. LeGrand, who was diagnosed by doctors nine months ago as being paralyzed from the neck down, is seen below standing upright.

Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:27 pm

Michael McAdoo hearing rescheduled in NCAA suit

Posted by Chip Patterson

Originally scheduled for this Friday, Michael McAdoo's hearing in Durham County Court has been rescheduled to Wednesday. On July 1, McAdoo filed a lawsuit against North Carolina and the NCAA seeking reinstatement after being ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA.

McAdoo's argument is that the crimes he has been charged with do not fit the punishment of permanent ineligibility. He was found guilty by the NCAA of receiving improper assistance on multiple occasions over several terms. His lawyers argue that McAdoo has already served the punishment issued by the school's Honor Court. After sitting out all of the 2010 season (13 games) and working his way back into good standing academically, the former Tar Heel believes he belongs back on the field.

If McAdoo wins the case, he would have one final year left with the Tar Heels - unless he decides to transfer.
Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:41 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:30 pm

JaMichael Johnson mock recruiting profile

Posted by Chip Patterson

Last Friday, a 16-pound baby boy named JaMichael Johnson was born in Longview, TX.  When the news broke, the nation turned their attention towards the infant born at nearly twice the size of the average baby.  His father, the 6-foot-7 Michael Brown, says he sees football in his son's future.

Really?  That's a huge shock, especially in Texas.

In these days with school's targeting prospects at a younger age seemingly every year, it is not entirely unrelastic to think that this name was not written on a card and stashed in the desk of some recruiting coordinators.  Size like that is not normal, and abnormal size combined with athleticism seems to be the trend in the trenches these days.

So @knickstew did some hard research and compiled a recruiting profile for Johnson, who will likely start planning his unofficials by November.

Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:05 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:30 pm

PHOTO: Wyoming to don 9 different uniforms in '11

Posted by Chip Patterson

It's the season of new threads, we've shown you Arizona State, Oklahoma State, and South Carolina in the last weeks; and now Wyoming is proud to unveil their multiple uniform combinations the Pokes will be showing off in 2011.

(Image via UW Athletics)

VIDEO: Click here for a closer look at the Cowboys' uniforms

It's safe to say that off all the teams in Nike's stable, Wyoming might be making the most of their of the hand they were dealt from a fashion sense. I say hat's off to the creativity. Some may be turned off by the brown/yellow/white color scheme, but the UW athletic department has turned around with Knight-approved 9 uniform combinations for the 2011 season.

Wyoming will have three times more uniform combinations than they had wins in 2010. If nothing else, that could be a sign of things turning around for the MWC cellar dwellers. What do you think about schools mixing up uniforms like this? Hate it? Love it? Indifferent? Let us know in the comments section below.
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:21 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:30 pm

OL Brent Benedict transferring to Virginia Tech

Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Georgia offensive lineman Brent Benedict has chosen a new home, announcing on Monday that he will transfer to Virginia Tech. Benedict selected Frank Beamer's squad over Florida, Clemson, and Marshall.

"[Virginia Tech is] a great program with a coaching staff that's been there awhile," Benedict told the Florida Times-Union. "They win games and do well in the ACC. I'm really excited to get up there."

Benedict redshirted his freshman year in Athens still recovering from a knee injury he suffered in is final high school season. He will have to sit out another year before finally being eligible to play for the Hokies in 2012. With four returning starters (all seniors), Virginia Tech will boast one of the better offensive lines in the ACC this fall. Their graduation may be a question mark for Hokies fans, but Benedict saw an opportunity to compete for playing time as soon as he is eligible.

The last time Benedict was on the field, he was considered one of the better offensive lineman in his class. But by the time he suits up for the Hokies, it will have been almost three years since the promising tackle has engaged in game situations. Sitting out this year, the onus will be on Benedict and the coaching staff to ready him for when his number is called next fall.
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