SEC has 10 on second Rimington Trophy watch list

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Does your school have a center?

Awesome, they’ve been prequalified for the Rimington Trophy watch list, given each year to the nation’s most outstanding center. This is the second release of the watch list, with the first coming in May.

Of all 51 mentioned on said list, however, the SEC leads the way with 10 players.  The Big Ten follows with six players, while the ACC, Conference USA, Mountain West, and the PAC-12 all have five players each.

Last year’s winner was Michigan’s David Molk. 

You can view all of the individual preseason watch lists in one handy repository HERE, and the entire Rimington Trophy watch list below.

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

Scholarship offer for a 9-year-old? Nevada says sure, why not

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OK, this might be getting a little bit ridiculous. Check that — this is getting ridiculous.

Earlier this year, Lane Kiffin, long the king of way-too-early offers, further buttressed that reputation earlier this month when, just weeks after offering the seventh-grade son of Tee Martin, the Florida Atlantic head coach offered a scholarship to a quarterback who had just completed the sixth grade.  Earlier this month, Hawaii one-upped Kiffin by offering an 11-year-old who just completed the fifth grade.

At the time, we wrote, “Surely there’s not an offer to a kid still in elementary school in the offing.”

Nevada football: Hold my beer…

Welp.

Assuming young Mr. Finney just completed the fourth grade — fourth grade!!! — that would make him a member of the Class of 2026.  And you all thought that scheduling way-into-the-future home-and-home series was getting out of hand.

If nothing else, it has people talking about Nevada’s program at a time when not many are talking about college football in general and Wolf Pack football specifically.  Besides, what possible harm could come from entitling pre-teens with scholarship offers, right?

(Tip O’ the Cap: SBNation.com)

Edgar Poe’s starting WR brother leaving Army football team

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Guess you can say he’ll play for the service academy, nevermore.

According to Sal Interdonato of HudsonValley.com, Christian Poe is no longer on the Army football team.  No reason was given for the unexpected and abrupt departure.

Exiting the spring, Poe was one of the Black Knights’ two starting wide receivers.

Last season as a sophomore, Poe started two of the games in which he played.  His 10 receptions for 133 yards were both second on the Black Knights.

Army’s leading receiver in 2016?  Edgar Poe, Christian’s brother, who as a senior had 16 receptions for 336 yards as well as three of the Black Knights’ seven touchdown receptions on the season.  The Poe brothers also accounted for nearly half of the decidedly run-heavy football team’s 54 receptions.

After finishing church mission, Oregon State signee transfers to BYU

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In large part because of Kalani Sitake‘s presence on Gary Andersen‘s coaching staff, Christian Folau signed with Oregon State as a member of the Class of 2017.  Two years later, Sitake’s situation has change — and now so has Folau’s.

On his personal Twitter account this week, Folau indicated that, instead of OSU, he will start his collegiate playing career at BYU.  The move, which had been somewhat expected, comes not long after Folau wrapped up an LDS church mission in San Jose, California.

A three-star recruit according to 247Sports.com, Folau was rated as the No. 12 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Utah.  He held offers from, among others, Cal, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin.  Before signing with the Beavers. Folau had been committed to the Cardinal.

Despite the transfer, Folau will be eligible to play immediately for the Cougars in 2017.

At the time Folau signed with OSU in February of 2015, Sitake was the Beavers’ defensive coordinator.  In December of that same year, however, Sitake left Corvallis to take over as the head coach of the Cougars, paving the way for Folau to join him at BYU.

Missouri set to rent empty dorm rooms to fans for football weekends

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Homecoming could be taken to another level at Missouri this fall with a chance for Tigers fans to actually spend a weekend in their old dorm rooms.

As part of an effort to make up several budget shortfalls and adjust to dwindling freshman enrollment, Mizzou revealed plans this week to rent out unused dorm rooms in residence halls for football games and other campus events. The St. Louis Post Dispatch adds that the concept has been in the works for some time and a mind-boggling seven residence halls have been taken offline in the wake of a huge drop in the number of students following a number of serious issues at the Columbia campus.

Guests who want to bypass a local hotel for games and sign up for the opportunity will be able to grab a furnished, two-bedroom suite with four single beds for $120/night. Internet access, bed sheets and towels are included and you can even head on down to the campus cafeteria to boot in order to buy food. For those planning on tailgating before a big game, the Post Dispatch notes that the school is still discussing whether alcohol will be allowed in the rooms.

While the ability to stay in an actual dorm room is pretty unique when it comes to the SEC football experience at the school, the reason for even taking this step should raise eyebrows even further given the situation at Mizzou. Student protests rocked the campus two years ago and Columbia really hasn’t been the same since with declining enrollment dropping off sharply ever since to further add to the crisis at the university.

Though financial necessities may be forcing the Tigers to go this route with unused dorms, it will be interesting to see if other schools in less dire situations at least take a look at emulating the concept on a smaller scale for game days in the future. Several universities around the country already have on-campus hotels so taking the next step to Airbnb some dorms seems like it will be in the cards for a football Saturday soon enough.