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Make room Tate: ‘Canes add ex-Memphis starter to ’12 QB mix

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A month and a half after deciding to transfer from Memphis, Ryan Williams is heading back to South Florida.

In a release issued by the school, Miami announced that the Tigers’ starting quarterback in 2010 has officially transferred to the school.  The ex-Broward County high school star will be forced to sit out the 2011 season in order to satisfy the NCAA’s transfer rules.

He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

“With the addition of Ryan Williams, we add toughness, incredible work ethic and smarts on-and- off the field,” ‘Canes coach Al Golden said in a statement. “His innate leadership skills were shown to South Florida as a high school state champion. Those are skills that jump off the film and the reason our entire program is excited to welcome Ryan to the U.”

As a true freshman in 2010, Williams started the final ten games of the season after taking over for Cannon Smith, who himself is a former Hurricanes QB.  Williams decided to transfer out of Memphis when this offseason head coach Larry Porter opted to move from a pro-style offense to a spread attack.

Williams is the second former Div. 1-A starting QB to transfer to The U in the past three months; in February, former Michigan signal caller Tate Forcier announced he “really want[ed] to be a part of the rebirth at Miami.”

With the additions of Williams and Forcier, as well as true sophomore Stephen Morris, who will resume his battle with Jacory Harris for the starting job in summer camp, the ‘Canes now have three scholarship QBs for their 2012 roster.  Unless one of them decides to transfer between now and the start of the ’12 season, of course.

Video: There’s nothing wrong with Cardale Jones

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In the minds of some in the media and even more in the fan base, Ohio State in general and Cardale Jones specifically have been underwhelming through the first five games of the 2015 season.

Jones, in particular, has been a rather large target of much of the angst.  Coming off a Cinderella-like three-game postseason run that helped OSU to a national championship, the perception is that Jones has been underwhelming and underperforming; even head coach Urban Meyer appeared to be leaning in that direction as he considered making the switch to J.T. Barrett prior to the Western Michigan win before reaffirming his commitment to the redshirt junior.

Is that perception valid?  Statistically, he’s not that far off from where he was in the 2014 postseason, at least in a couple of categories.

He’s completing 61.3 percent of his passes this season compared to 59.4 percent in the games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.  It was 9.9 yards per attempt in that three-game stretch last season, 8.2 in five games this season.  When it comes to scoring and turning the ball over, however, that’s another matter entirely.

He threw a touchdown pass every 15 pass attempts in the 2014 postseason; this season, it’s one every 21 attempts.  Even more glaring, he’s currently throwing an interception every 21 attempts as well.  During the run that made him a household name, it was one pick every 37.5 throws.

So, fewer touchdowns plus more turnovers equals validation of the angst, right?  Not so fast, at least as far as the college arm of Pro Football Focus goes.

UCLA suspends P Adam Searl following arrest on rape charges

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A very serious allegation has triggered the latest resetting of the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.

UCLA confirmed in a statement that Adam Searl (pictured, No. 39) has been indefinitely suspended from the football program.  The move comes nearly a day after the punter was arrested on three counts of rape.

He was released a handful of hours after his arrest on a $300,000 bond.

“We have been informed of the situation involving Adam Searl, and we take these accusations very seriously,” UCLA head coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “Adam has been suspended from the team indefinitely while the legal process runs its course. Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to discuss this matter further at this time.”

The arrest stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in the middle of last October, and is the result what the Los Angeles Police Department described as “an exhaustive investigation.” As for what led to the charges, here’s the Los Angeles Daily News‘ account of the alleged incident:

The victim, a student at UCLA, reported the alleged assault to the LAPD on Oct. 14, 2014. She told police that she had met the suspect outside of an off-campus house party in Westwood. They went to another residence, where she fell asleep and awoke to find him assaulting her. She was able to identify Searl following the police investigation.

Searl punted 11 times as a redshirt freshman last season. He had punted five times this season as the backup to Matt Mengel.