BYU v Texas

Garrett Gilbert officially drops down UT QB pecking order


Well, that didn’t take long.

Although, for many Texas fans, it probably took far too long.

After being benched following a 2-0f-8, two interception performance against BYU, Longhorns quarterback Garrett Gilbert has officially been named the No. 3 quarterback heading into practice this week behind sophomore Case McCoy and freshman David Ash. Both McCoy and Ash, who have been listed as co-starters for Week 3’s game against UCLA, saw time in Texas’ 17-16 come-from-behind win over the Cougars.

“We will analyze the game and everybody’s [performance],” said UT offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin after the victory. “It is never as good as you think and never as bad as you think.

Yeah, but it was pretty bad for the former starter, and after throwing 17 interceptions last season, Gilbert wasn’t going to be given the benefit of the doubt any longer.

“He’s the starting quarterback. If he moves the ball and scores, he’ll keep it,” coach Mack Brown said of Gilbert before the season.

Against BYU, Gilbert did neither in addition to his two picks. That’ll merit you an instant demotion just about anywhere.

Dismissed by ‘Cuse, Ashton Broyld lands at West Georgia

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A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.

Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia.  Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.

There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves.  Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.

I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”

In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.

In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.

Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.