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07/18/17- Quinton Flowers, Sr, South Florida, 6-0, 210
South Florida is the overwhelming choice to win the American Athletic Conference in a media vote, with Memphis favored to win the West Division. The Bulls went 11-2 and finished last season ranked 19th in the nation. But Temple won the East and the conference by beating Navy in the title game. New USF coach Charlie Strong, who replaces Willie Taggart, brings back many of last season's key players, including star quarterback Quinton Flowers. USF received all 30 first-place votes to win the East and 26 to win the conference. UCF was picked second, followed by Temple, Cincinnati, East Carolina and Connecticut. Memphis got 22 first-place votes in the West. Houston was picked second, with six first-place votes, followed by Navy, Tulsa, SMU and Tulane. - AP College Football

07/17/17- Derwin James, rSo, Florida State, 6-2, 211
Florida State is the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville is the preseason player of the year. The ACC announced voting results Monday following a poll of 167 media members who attended last week's media days in Charlotte. The Seminoles were picked as overall ACC champions on 118 ballots while reigning national champion Clemson received 35 votes. Florida State also was picked as the Atlantic Division favorite while Miami was the top choice in the Coastal. Clemson was picked behind the Seminoles in the division, followed by Louisville, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Boston College. Behind Miami in the Coastal were Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia. - AP College Football

07/17/17- Antonio Callaway, Jr, Florida, 5-11, 197
Florida receiver Antonio Callaway has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Prosecutors dropped a marijuana possession charge as part of Monday's plea deal, which State Attorney Bill Cervone said was standard for cases involving small amounts of drugs. Callaway also was fined $301. Callaway, the team's top playmaker, was cited on May 13 in Gainesville. He was a passenger in a SUV that officers pulled over for a seatbelt violation. Police said officers smelled marijuana in the SUV and found 7 grams of the drug in Callaway's pocket. Callaway is entering his junior season. In two years, he has 89 catches for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was suspended last spring amid sexual battery allegations. In court documents, Callaway admitted smoking marijuana, though he was eventually cleared of the battery allegation by a Title IX investigation. Florida coach Jim McElwain hasn't said whether Callaway will be suspended for the season opener against Michigan. - AP College Football

07/17/17- Chris Jones, Sr, Nebraska, 6-0, 185
Nebraska CB Jones suffers knee injury...Nebraska senior cornerback Chris Jones will be sidelined four to six months while recovering from surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee, coach Mike Riley announced on Saturday. While the timetable puts Jones' season in jeopardy, he took to Twitter to offer a positive message. "All Ima say is watch me come back, I serve an on time God. (It will not be) no 4 to 6 months," Jones wrote. Jones was named to the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top cornerback. Jones recorded 37 tackles, one sack and three interceptions last season, with one pick being returned for a touchdown. - The Sports Xchange

07/17/17- Darren Carrington II, rSr, Oregon, 6-1, 195
Oregon WR Carrington off team following DUI arrest...The Oregon Ducks dismissed Darren Carrington from the football team after the wide receiver's DUI arrest on July 1. "I have visited with Darren Carrington and informed him that he is no longer a member of our program," Ducks coach Willie Taggart said in release sent by the university on Friday. "We will always consider Darren a Duck and support him in any way we can. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors." Oregon had indefinitely suspended Carrington after police stopped him in downtown Eugene. Carrington, about to enter his fifth season, was projected to be Oregon's top wide receiver. He led the team with 606 receiving yards and was second with 43 receptions in 2016 while averaging 17.1 yards per reception with 15 touchdowns during his career. The precedent was set when Oregon moved to fire co-offensive coordinator David Reaves within hours of his January arrest on a similar DUII charge that also originated in downtown Eugene. Reaves later resigned in February. - The Sports Xchange

07/17/17- Quin Blanding, Sr, Virginia, 6-1, 215
Tackling machine Blanding looking to elevate Virginia...No current college football player has made more tackles than Virginia safety Quin Blanding. But sensing more to prove, he came back for his senior season. He said Friday at the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C., that he had been "50-50" in the offseason about leaving early for the NFL draft. "I just had unfinished business to do here as a team and as an individual," Blanding said. "I'm just getting ready for that." Blanding, a two-time first-team All-ACC player, has 358 career tackles -- 9.94 per game. Both are the top returning marks in the country. NFLDraftscout.com rates him as a potential second-rounder -- the 55th-best prospect overall and the No. 2 free safety behind Texas A&M senior Armani Watts (No. 44).

Despite his numbers and accolades, if Blanding hasn't yet made much of a national name it is because Virginia has gone 11-25 in the past three seasons, including a 2-10 mark in coach Bronco Mendenhall's debut season with the Cavaliers in 2016. "The end result wasn't what we wanted," Blanding said of last season, "but it went really well because people bought in. That's the bottom line. If you don't buy in, you're gone. ... Now, everyone bought in and everyone sees the big picture." The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Blanding has made more than 100 tackles in each of his three seasons, also picking off six passes. He has 5.5 tackles for loss. "I'm the leader of the defense," he said. - The Sports Xchange

07/17/17- Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jr, Alabama, 6-0, 201
Three-time defending champion Alabama is picked to win the Southeastern Conference title again in a preseason media poll. Alabama was the preseason choice of 217 of the 243 people who cast ballots at this week's SEC Media Days. The only other school to receive as many as 10 votes was Auburn with 11. The predicted order of finish in the Western Division was Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Mississippi. Georgia's the favorite in the Eastern Division. Following Georgia in order were Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Missouri. The media have correctly picked the SEC champion two of the last three years, but only four times in the last 20 years. Alabama also had a record 10 first-team picks on the media's preseason all-SEC team. - AP College Football

07/13/17- Jaylen Samuels, Sr, North Carolina State, 5-11, 223
North Carolina State's Jaylen Samuels has been so unique and so impressive the ACC has decided to name a new position after him - well, sort of. The ACC announced this week that there will be a new position on the official All-ACC ballot this year that was inspired by Samuels called "the all-purpose back." "It makes me feel very good," Samuels said Thursday at the ACC media days. "Just to add another position, that's crazy to think about. But that is very special to me and I will keep working hard to prove people wrong." The versatile Samuels was used at multiple positions last season for the Wolfpack and proved to be extremely effective as a runner, receiver and returner. - AP College Football

07/13/17- Jarrett Stidham, rSo, Auburn, 6-2, 214
Great expectations await Auburn QB Stidham...According to one set of published Heisman Trophy odds this week, the leading candidate from the SEC is a guy who has never taken a snap in the conference. It's not Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, or any number of talented SEC running backs such as LSU's Derrius Guice, Georgia's Nick Chubb or the Crimson Tide's Bo Scarbrough. The top Heisman candidate, at 15-to-1 odds, is Auburn sophomore quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Hey, no pressure, kid. The former Baylor quarterback is expected to immediately transform an Auburn offense and make the Tigers a legitimate threat to Alabama in the SEC West. Auburn is showing up as top-10 timber in some preseason publications. "Jarrett Stidham is a very talented young man," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said at SEC Media Days on Thursday in Hoover, Ala. "I think that's a common sense deal."

Since going 12-2 and winning the SEC in 2013 -- losing to Florida State in the BCS title game -- the Tigers have gone a pedestrian 23-16, usually struggling in the passing game. Auburn failed to score 20 points in any of its five losses last season. When healthy, junior quarterback Sean White has done some good things, so Malzahn hasn't yet anointed a No. 1 quarterback. But Stidham-as-savior is Auburn's theme heading into camp. The former five-star recruit dazzled in a mop-up role and as a late-season injury replacement at Baylor in 2015, completing 75 of 109 passes for 1,265 yards, with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. "I've got a lot of history with Stidham," Malzahn said. "We actually recruited him in high school. He's a good athlete. He's a lot better athlete than people think. He's got a 35-, 36-inch vertical. He runs a 4.6. "In our league, you have to escape. Things are going to break down. The defensive lines are too good." - The Sports Xchange

07/13/17- Jake Hanson, rSo, Oregon, 6-4, 290
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: Jake Hanson, Oregon,...Hanson earned honorable mention all-Pac-12 accolades after starting all 12 games for the Ducks as a redshirt freshman in 2016. The human physiology major was also second-team academic all-conference. Of the 70 players on the Rimington Trophy fallwatch list, just 10 are sophomores, including Hanson. Hanson and his linemates helped Oregon average 226.42 rushing yards per game in 2016, second-most in the Pac-12 Conference. - Oregon Football

07/13/17- Matt Hennessy, rFr, Temple, 6-3, 285
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: Matt Hennessy, Temple,...Hennessy is the only freshman on the watch list. Hennessy (6-4, 285), saw action in three games last season, starting one. In 2016, he was one of only two freshmen listed on the two deep chart to start the season and was the top backup center behind Brendan McGowan who was on both the Rimington Award and the Wuerffel Award Watch Lists. - Temple Football

07/13/17- Mason Hampton, rSr, Boise State, 6-2, 296
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: Mason Hampton, Boise State,...Hampton stepped into the starting center's role for the Broncos in 2016, starting all 11 games in which he appeared. The Meridian native anchored a Bronco line that paved the way for the Mountain West's top offense at 472.8 yards per game, and helped produce the eighth-straight 1,000-yard rushing season by a Bronco running back as Doak Walker semifinalist Jeremy McNichols piled up 1,709 yards on the ground, sixth-most in the FBS. Hampton and the rest of the Bronco line also provided protection for quarterback Brett Rypien as he directed a passing offense that ranked 15th in the country at 298.3 yards per game. The Bronco center also leads in the classroom, as this past December Hampton was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Football First Team, becoming just the fifth Bronco football student-athlete to earn the honor. - Boise State Football

07/13/17- Bryce Holland, Sr, Army, 6-1, 285
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: Bryce Holland, Army,...Started every game in 2016 has appeared at center in all 11 games as the team's primary snapper ... Started against North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. - Army Football

07/13/17- Baker Mayfield, rSr, Oklahoma, 6-0, 218
Oklahoma is the preseason favorite to win another Big 12 title after coach Bob Stoops' surprise retirement. The Sooners, who last season won their record 10th Big 12 title under Stoops, got 19 of 32 first-place votes in the preseason media poll released Thursday in advance of the league's media days next week. Lincoln Riley became the youngest FBS head coach when the 33-year-old offensive coordinator was promoted after Stoops stepped down last month. The Sooners have senior quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy finalist who was named the Big 12 preseason offensive player of the year. Oklahoma State got 12 first-place votes, while Kansas State was picked third with the remaining top ballot. Texas and TCU completed the top half of the poll, followed by West Virginia, Baylor, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Kansas. - AP College Football

07/13/17- Austin Golson, rSr, Auburn, 6-4, 312
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: Austin Golson, Auburn,...Golson, a 6-5, 312-lb. senior, has started 24 games for Auburn since transferring from Ole Miss. The Prattville, Ala., product is a graduate student in the College of Education and a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. The Rimington Trophy is awarded to college football's most outstanding center each year within the NCAA Division I-A. The trophy was created to highlight the position, as center was the only position that did not receive an award at the end of each season. Auburn's Reese Dismukes was the 2014 Rimington Trophy winner, earning consensus All-America recognition. The four-year starter from Spanish Fort, Ala., made 50 career starts for Auburn and was the all-SEC center in 2013 and 2014, as Auburn led the SEC in rushing both seasons. - Auburn Football

07/13/17- Danny Godlevske, So, Miami (OH), 6-1, 305
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: Danny Godlevske, Miami (Ohio),...Godlevske made a major impact for the Red and White in his first season on campus. As a true freshman, he started the final 11 games at center, helping the RedHawks to six straight wins and a trip to the St. Petersburg Bowl. Godlevske and the RedHawks open the 2017 season on September 2 at Marshall. Godlevske is one of 18 starters returning from last season, which saw Miami capture a share of the MAC East crown. - Miami OH Football

07/13/17- LaVonne Gauthney, Sr, Akron, 6-1, 290
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: LaVonne Gauthney, Akron,...A three-year starter, Gauthney has played on both sides of the ball for the Zips. After playing defensive line as a freshman and tight end as a sophomore, Gauthney moved to the offensive line last fall where he started 11 games at center. The recipient of the team's John Heisman Award, Gauthney is expected to earn his bachelor's degree in sport management in Summer 2017. He will compete in the fall as a graduate student. - Akron Football

07/13/17- Blaise Fountain, Sr, New Mexico, 6-0, 285
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: Blaise Fountain, New Mexico,...Lettered for two seasons at Butler Community College, where he played for coach Troy Morrell...Named First Team All-Jayhawk Conference as a center in 2015...Also named all-region as a center in 2015. - New Mexico Football

07/13/17- Asotui Eli, rJr, Hawaii, 6-3, 315
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: Asotui Eli, Hawaii,...In 2016, Eli started the season at right guard before moving over to center, where we made nine starts. In his redshirt freshman campaign of 2015, the Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i native made 11 of his 12 starts at center. In two seasons, Eli missed two games - both regular season finales - due to injury. - Hawaii Football

07/13/17- Nathan Eldridge, rSo, Arizona, 6-2, 290
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: Nathan Eldridge, Arizona,...In his first year with the Wildcats, Eldridge started all 12 games at center in 2016. He was a member of the offensive line that paved the way for the Pac-12's top rushing offense last season. Arizona ran for 235 yards per contest in 2016 with Eldridge at the center of the offensive line. With Eldridge in the middle, Arizona's run game rushed for at least 115 yards in all 12 games last season. The Wildcats surpassed the 200-yard mark seven times. Eldridge made his 12th and final start of the season last year in the Territorial Cup against Arizona State. Arizona set a single-game school record with 511 rushing yards and produced three 100-yard rushers in the same game for just the second time in school history. An Anthem Boulder Creek High School product, Eldridge redshirted in 2015 after a prep career that saw him earn Division I 5A all-state. - Arizona Football

07/13/17- Dennis Edwards, rJr, Western Kentucky, 6-1, 305
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: Dennis Edwards, Western Kentucky,...Edwards continued his strong play at guard for the Hilltoppers in 2016, starting all 14 games at right guard for the Hilltoppers. Behind Edwards, the Hilltoppers continued their offensive dominance as evidenced by the nation's No. 1 scoring offense in 2016, averaging 45.5 points per game. - WKU Football

07/13/17- Scott Frantz, rSo, Kansas State, 6-5, 285
Kansas State OT Frantz reveals he is gay...Kansas State offensive tackle Scott Frantz told ESPN that he revealed to teammates last year that he is gay. Frantz disclosed his sexual orientation to his teammates during a team-building exercise, and told the network on Wednesday that he was relieved to find acceptance within the locker room. "I came out to my teammates, and I've never felt so loved and so accepted ever in my life than when I did that," Frantz said. "And ever since then it's been great. I've grown so much closer to my teammates since. So it's been an amazing experience. " ... So the very first time I said those words were in front of, you know, 110, 120 football guys. So you can imagine how scared I was, how nervous I was. ...This could go either really bad or could go really good. And thankfully my teammates embraced me with open arms, and it was great."

Frantz, who started 13 games for Kansas State last year as a sophomore, elected to come out to his teammates after a motivational speaker brought in by coach Bill Snyder encouraged players to reveal something they hadn't before. Frantz, who said he knew he was gay in the fifth grade, told his family of his sexual orientation one week after disclosing it to his teammates. Frantz and incoming Arizona freshman defensive end My-King Johnson will be the first two openly gay active FBS players when the 2017 season kicks off in the fall. - The Sports Xchange

07/13/17- Alec Eberle, rJr, Florida State, 6-3, 294
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: Alec Eberle, Florida State,...Eberle has started the past 19 games for the Seminoles, including all 13 with first-year quarterback Deondre Francois in 2016. The Mechanicsville, Va., native spearheaded the offensive line as the Florida State offense ranked third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in total offense (466.2 yards) and fourth in scoring offense (35.1 points per game). Eberle also was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his contributions as president of Florida State's chapter of Uplifting Athletes. This is Eberle's second consecutive season on the Rimington Trophy preseason watch list. - Florida State Football

07/13/17- Austin Doan, rSr, Central Michigan, 6-4, 300
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: Austin Doan, Central Michigan,...Doan, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound senior-to-be from Romeo, is one of 70 centers nationwide, including nine representing Mid-American Conference schools, named to the list. With 10, the MAC has more players on the list than any conference in the nation. Doan appeared in nine games, all of them starts, for CMU in 2016, helping the Chippewas to a 6-7 finish including 3-5 the MAC and a berth in the Miami Beach Bowl. - Central Michigan Football

07/13/17- Cameron Dillard, rSr, North Carolina, 6-3, 313
2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: Cam Dillard, North Carolina,...Dillard, a graduate transfer from Florida, played three seasons for the Gators before coming to Chapel Hill this summer. The 6-4, 310-pound native of Canton, Michigan, started Florida's first eight games in 2016 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Overall, Dillard made 19 starts for the Gators. - North Carolina Football

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