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Rimington Trophy spring watch list released

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Well, it’s getting to be that time of the year when watch lists featuring everyone and their mom are released. The latest to do so is the Rimington Trophy committee, which has released the names of 50 offensive lineman eligible for the award. The list includes 21 returning players from last year’s watch list. By conference, the SEC leads the way with nine players while the ACC, Big Ten, Mountain West, and PAC-12 all have five players each.

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Eloy Atkinson, Sr., UTEP
Mario Benavides, Sr., Louisville
Nick Carlson, Sr., Wyoming
Braxston Cave, PG, Notre Dame
Reese Dismukes, So., Auburn
Trent Dupy, Sr., Tulsa
Dillon Farrell, Jr., New Mexico
James Ferentz, Sr., Iowa
Jay Finch, Jr., Georgia Tech
B.J. Finney, So., Kansas State
Travis Frederick, Jr., Wisconsin
Dalton Freeman, PG, Clemson
James Fry, Sr., TCU
Kevin Galeher, Sr., Western Michigan
Hronis Grasu, So., Oregon
Ben Haburn, Sr., Oklahoma
Gus Handler, Jr. Colorado
Jonotthan Harrison, Jr., Florida
Khaled Holmes, Sr., USC
Andre Huval, Jr., Louisiana-Lafayette
Alec Johnson, Sr., San Diego State
T.J. Johnson, Sr., South Carolina
Barrett Jones, Sr., Alabama
Zac Kerin, Jr., Toledo
Tyler Larsen, Jr., Utah State
Patrick Lewis, Sr., Texas A&M
P.J. Lonergan, Sr., LSU
Mackey MacPerson, Jr., Syracuse
Joe Madsen, Sr., West Virginia
Mike Marboe, So., Idaho
Will Matte, Sr., Indiana
Blake McJunkin, Sr., SMU
Andrew Miller, Jr., Virginia Tech
Graham Pocic, Sr., Illinois
Ryan Powis, So., Army
Austin Quattrochi, Jr., Southern Miss.
Jordan Rae, Sr., UCF
Weston Richburg, Jr., Colorado State
Sam Schwartzstein, Sr., Stanford
Matt Smith, Sr., Kentucky
Matt Stankiewitch, Sr., Penn State
Tevita Stevens, Sr., Utah
Travis Swanson, Jr. Arkansas
Evan Swindall, Jr., Ole Miss
Ryan Turnley, Sr., Pitt
Brandon Vitabile, So., Northwestern
Stephen Warner, Sr., Louisiana Tech
Robert Waterman, So., UNLV
Camden Wentz, Sr., NC State

Cory Butler-Byrd ‘partially reinstated’ by Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 10: Wide receiver Trevor Davis #9 of the California Golden Bears catches a touchdown pass in front of Cory Butler-Byrd #16 of the Utah Utes during their game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
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And Cory Butler-Byrd‘s trek out of Kyle Whittingham‘s doghouse has officially commenced in earnest.

Monday, the Utah wide receiver pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal in connection to an incident last month in which he allegedly damaged police property.  The criminal mischief charge will be dismissed if he, among other stipulations, stays clean for the next year.

Butler-Byrd had been indefinitely suspended from the program since the initial incident.  Tuesday, the football program announced in a press release that “Whittingham has reinstated Cory Butler-Byrd to the team for practice and other team activities, effective immediately.”  However, he remains indefinitely suspended from participating in games.

“There is no timetable for his potential return to competition and he will not be available to the media for comment this season,” the release added.

After transferring to the Utes from the junior college ranks, Butler-Byrd began his FBS career as a cornerback.  He began the transition to receiver during the 2015 season, then exited spring practice this year as the starter as a slot receiver for the Utes.

Butler-Byrd started five games last season as a corner/receiver (three at CB, two at WR), intercepting three passes and catching one pass for a 54-yard touchdown.  He also returned eight kicks for 233 yards and a touchdown.

Raymon Minor reverses transfer course, returns to Virginia Tech

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 05:   A cheerleader runs a flag for the Virginia Tech Hokies across the field against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Georgia Dome on September 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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In mid-August, Virginia Tech announced that Raymon Minor had decided to leave first-year head coach Justin Fuente‘s Hokies football program and transfer elsewhere.  Exactly 11 days later?

Tuesday, Fuente confirmed that Minor has returned to the team and will play for the Hokies in 2016.  The linebacker won’t be returning on scholarship; rather, he’ll continue his career in Blacksburg as a walk-on.

It’s not clear what the impetus was for Minor’s change of heart.

247Sports.com had Minor rated as a four-star prospect in the Class of 2014, with the recruiting website putting him as the No. 19 athlete in the country and the No. 9 player at any position in the state of Virginia.  The only recruits rated higher than Minor in the Hokies’ class that year were safety Holland Fisher and running back Shai McKenzie.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Minor played in eight games last season.

PHOTOS: Nebraska unveils new chrome alternative uniforms

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Personally, I think Nebraska’s plain, simple, traditional uniforms were among the best in all of sports but alas, I’m not the target audience.  Nor have I been for 20-plus years.

Regardless, NU’s target audience is likely pleased this afternoon as the Cornhuskers, along with apparel supplier adidas, unveiled Tuesday what is being called Husker Chrome alternate uniforms.  The release states that the new uniforms are “inspired by the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, also know as the “Star City,” and “blend crisp, modernized design with a tribute to Nebraska’s clean, classic signature look.”

Translation: “we’re hoping these appeal to recruits and current players as well as our extremely loyal and rabid fan base.”

The helmets, for what it’s worth, aren’t really that bad. At all.  From the release:

As a tribute to the traditional aesthetic of the Cornhuskers football program, the helmet features a metallic red “N” logo on the sides and is accented with player numbers featured in metallic red and metallic chrome outlining on the back of the helmet, showcasing the Star City’s ability to shine.

The new uniforms, which you can see below, will make their debut for the Sept. 24 game against Northwestern in Lincoln.

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Michigan K Andrew David apparently transferring to TCU

FORT WORTH, TX - DECEMBER 06:  The TCU Horned Frogs mascot, "Super Frog" performs during the Big 12 college football game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Amon G. Carter Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frongs defeated the Cyclones 55-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Based on a couple of social media developments, it appears that TCU is gaining a placekicker/punter while Michigan is losing one.

On his protected private Twitter account, erstwhile UM kicker Andrew David changed his profile description to read, in part, “Texas Christian University Football.”  Additionally, someone who’s now apparently a former teammate of David’s took to Instagram to wish him well in his new home.

Neither football program have confirmed David’s departure/addition.

David took a redshirt as a true freshman last season after being expected to be a significant contributor on special teams immediately. Kenny Allen returns as the Wolverines’ primary placekicker after connecting on 18-22 field goal attempts and all 46 PATs last season, while UM also signed Quinn “Sleepover” Nordin this recruiting cycle. Nordin was the No. 1 kicker in the Class of 2016, and also averaged over 40 yards a punt in high school.