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Saturday offseason one-liners


Meandering our way through the offseason minutia, one one-liner at a time…

— The Baltimore Sun lists the 10 storylines to watch as Maryland opens spring practice; unfortunately, four of those storylines have already requested a transfer.

Birmingham News: Recruiting 2013 could be known as the Year of the Quarterback.

— After moving from quarterback to wide receiver two years ago, Richard Morrison is moving back under center for Arizona this spring.

— New head coach Bill O’Brien (not pictured) “screamed and pumped his fists” after learning the nation’s top tight end had given Penn State a verbal commitment.

AnnArbor.com: Michigan seeking consistency at the quarterback position.

— To spur competition at the running back position, Bronco Mendenhall brought in BYU rugby star Paul Lasike, who has never played the game of football.  Apparently, that challenge worked.

— How did the ninth day of spring practice go for San Diego State?  “Pretty bad.

— Don’t forget John Schrock — not to be confused with Don Strock — when it comes to Colorado’s quarterback competition.

— Thanks to attrition, Clemson’s moving a defensive tackle to the interior of its line — and he’ll likely earn a starting job.

— Wake Forest has both a new offensive line coach and the prospect of replacing four starters along the line.

— Running back Brennan Clay is looking to transform himself into a leader for Oklahoma in 2012.

— Colorado is still looking to finalize a deal to play an unnamed team from the Northeast sometime between 2014-16.

Rutgers reinstates WR Leonte Carroo to football team

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 28:  Wide receiver Leonte Carroo #4 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights makes a touchdown catch on the first play of the game against the Washington State Cougars at CenturyLink Field on August 28, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.

In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program.  The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”

The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend.  Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.

Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension.  He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.

Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns.  He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.

Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).

Pig Howard dismissed by Vols

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 5: Pig Howard #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers fumbles the ball through the end zone during overtime of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.

On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program.  Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.

Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before.  It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.

Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina.  He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.

The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively.  He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.