Potential is evident in Texas’ spring game

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The 2011 Texas team featured several true freshman on both sides of the ball, many of whom contributed immediately. As a result, the Longhorns were decent — certainly a step up from a disastrous 2010 year — but experienced a growing pain or two in an 8-5 campaign that, at least, ended on a positive note with a Holiday Bowl win over Cal.

Four months later at UT’s spring game, a 35-28 win in favor of team “Texas” over team “Longhorns” for what it’s worth (nothing), that young talent was on display.

The primary focus for Texas has been and will continue to be on the quarterback spot, which has been in question ever since it became clear Garrett Gilbert wouldn’t be the guy to succeed Colt McCoy. David Ash and Case McCoy, as expected, shared the first-team reps with early enrollee Connor Brewer getting the third-team snaps.

McCoy continues to show flashes, throwing for a touchdown and hitting tight end M.J. McFarland down the middle for a nice gain, but Ash still appears to be the more consistent option. McCoy underthrew two passes in the endzone that resulted in interceptions, and almost had a third pick courtesy of defensive back Carrington Byndom.

Byndom, by the way, had a great day shutting down receivers.

The rest of the UT offense is still very young, but the potential is there. Mack Brown has to find a way to get the ball to D.J. Monroe and Jaxon Shipley. Monroe is still a work in progress as the offensive coaching staff tries to figure out how to get the speedy receiver/running back the ball. But Shipley is more of a sure thing. He can make plays in a variety of ways. Shipley’s good enough down the field and in the screen game, so defenses have to respect that. That opens up the WR pass Texas likes to do with him.

Some other observations:

— The O-line is deeper, projected to be sophomores and juniors. That should help tremendously with the running game, which was hit or miss last season.

— In addition to Byndom, Mykkele Thompson had a good day in the secondary. Thompson returned a kick for a touchdown in the second quarter.

— Special teams were a bit hit and miss, and punt returns/coverage was downright bad at times.

— Running back Malcolm Brown wasn’t used a lot, but Joe Bergeron was impressive.

— Linebacker Jordan Hicks was another defensive standout with guys like Alex Okafor sidelined.

Bo Scarbrough takes jab at UCF with ‘real championship rings’ tweet

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For the fifth time since Nick Saban took over, Alabama football players have added some serious bling to their personal collections.

At the football team’s annual Steak & Beans dinner Monday night at the Mal Moore Athletics Facility, both the student-athletes and coaches were presented with their 2017 national championship rings.  The thrilling overtime win over Georgia in the College Football Playoff title game was the program’s fifth since Saban came to the Crimson Tide in 2007.

The rings are, to say the least, impressive, encrusted with over 150 stones per the school.  Of those 53 represents the number of wins for this most recent senior class.

Saban’s six national championships as a coach, including one at rival LSU, are tied the legendary Bear Bryant for the most in the sport’s history.  The Crimson Tide has won a total of 17 national championships, the third-most in big-time college football history behind Princeton’s 28 and Yale’s 27.

Of course, numerous Crimson Tide football players took to social media to show off and celebrate their latest title hardware.  The best use of Twitter, though, belonged to running back Bo Scarbrough, who took a not-so-thinly-veiled jab at UCF and the Knights’ unveiling “the only 2017 undefeated national championship ring this past weekend.

LOOK: Tim Drevno’s resignation letter to Michigan made public

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It appears we can finally, officially, put the Tim Drevno era at Michigan to bed.

In February, three days after Jim McElwain was officially hired as U-M’s quarterbacks coach and amidst rumors that the former Florida head coach could take over play-calling duties, Drevno announced that he would be stepping down as the Wolverines’ offensive coordinator. Drevno also served as the program’s offensive line coach.

Two months later, mlive.com obtained a copy of the coach’s resignation letter through the Freedom of Information Act. Drevno gave no specific reason for his resignation in the letter, stating only that he is “willing to help in any manner needed during the transition phase, but I fully understand if it is more appropriate to amicably sever ties in a more expedient way.”

Eight days after he left U-M, Drevno’s name was connected to a job at USC; two days later, the Trojans announced his hiring as running backs coach.  This marks his second stint in the Land of Troy as he was line coach and running-game coordinator in 2014.

Drevno, who was also on Jim Harbaugh‘s staffs at Stanford and with the San Francisco 49ers, spent the past three seasons in Ann Arbor. Under Drevno’s direction, the Wolverines’ offense was tied for 91st nationally in averaging 25.2 points per game this past season.

Korey Hernandez uses Twitter to announce transfer from Arkansas

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Another day, another college football player takes to Twitter to announce a move.

The latest to use that social media site as an announcement delivery system is Korey Hernandez, who confirmed in a tweet Monday evening that he has decided to transfer from Arkansas.  While the defensive back stated he has “made many unforgettable moments in the University of Arkansas football program,” he “decided to part ways and continue my career elsewhere… after taking time to think with my family.”

A three-star member of the Razorbacks’ 2017 recruiting class coming out of high school in Georgia, Hernandez was rated as the No. 90 safety in the country.  He took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.

According to 247Sports, Hernandez is the third UA player to announce his intention to transfer since the conclusion of spring practice about two weeks ago, joining tight end Will Gragg and defensive back Reid Miller.

Georgia football’s account remains on Twitter suspended list

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Even as he now resides in South Florida, it appears Mark Richt has lost control of Georgia football’s Twitter account.

Shortly before Saturday’s second spring game under Kirby Smart, UGA’s Twitter account for the football program was suspended.  That marked the sixth time since January 17 of 2017 in which the account was suspended, and that suspension remains in effect as of this posting.

While there has been no official word from the university or athletic department on the latest suspension, it appears that it is related to, once again, a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice.  Essentially, UGA is accused of using copyrighted music in their tweets, which has led to their five previous suspensions.

Along with the most recent suspension as well as the first in January of last year, UGA’s account was suspended June 20, 2017; July 27, 2017; August 14, 2017; and February 7, 2018.  The last one came during National Signing Day, with USA Today noting at that time that “[t]he DMCA suspends accounts after three violations within a certain period.”