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

Arizona State, Mississippi State ink home-and-home

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Arizona State and Mississippi State on Tuesday announced a home-and-home series to be played in 2024-25. Arizona State will host the first game in Tempe on Sept. 7, 2024, and the clubs will meet in Starkville on Sept. 6, 2025.

The Sun Devils and Bulldogs have never met previously.

The Arizona State trip is not Mississippi State’s only upcoming trek from the Deep South to the Southwest. The Bulldogs also lined up a visit to Arizona in 2020 and Texas Tech in 2029. Mississippi State will open the 2024 season against Eastern Kentucky and visit Southern Miss the week after its Arizona State visit, on Sept. 14. The Bulldogs have no other games lined up in 2025 as of yet, according to FBSchedules.

Likewise, Mississippi State is not the Sun Devils’ lone upcoming SEC opponent. Arizona State has a home-and-home with LSU on the docket for 2026-28, per FBSchedules. The Mississippi State games complete both of the Sun Devils’ non-conference schedules for these respective seasons. Arizona State opens with Wyoming and visits Texas State in 2024, and hosts Northern Arizona and Texas State in 2025.

UCLA lands Texas Tech graduate transfer OL Justin Murphy

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Help is on the way for Chip Kelly‘s offensive line. One graduate transfer offensive lineman has the Bruins on his list, but another has already pulled the trigger for UCLA.

Texas Tech graduate transfer Justin Murphy on Tuesday committed to UCLA in a post on his Twitter account.

A native of Belton, Texas, Murphy signed with Texas Tech in 2014 and made four starts at right guard as a redshirt freshman. He again started four games at right guard in ’15 before moving out to tackle, where he started another four games. But after battling a series of knee injuries, Murphy announced in the middle of the 2016 season he had medically retired from the game.

After sitting out 2017, Murphy announced in March he planned to make a comeback.

UCLA remarkably started the same offensive linemen in all 13 games last season, but tackle Kolton Miller entered the NFL draft, guard Najoee Toran and center Scott Quessenberry graduated.

Toledo posts, then deletes, tweet offering to change mascot to Shrek

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There are plenty of annoying trends on Twitter, but perhaps the worst is the “I’ll do X if this gets retweeted X-thousand amount of times.” I blame Wendy’s.

But blanket policies are never a good way to go through life, and an exception was made on Tuesday when Toledo offered to change its mascot from a rocket to Shrek with 500,000 retweets.

Sadly, some dreams are simply too beautiful to live in this fallen world, and the tweet was outed to be a hoax. “We are definitely not changing the school mascot to Shrek,” Toledo media relations specialist Christine Billau told USA Today. “The tweet was meant to be fun, but it caused too much of a distraction.”

Meanwhile, Bowling Green gleefully hopped on the dog pile with both elbows pointed out.

UMass grad transfer lineman narrows choices to Auburn, UCLA, USC

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It’s not yet known to where Jack Driscoll will transfer, but the field has been significantly narrowed.

Earlier this offseason, Driscoll decided to transfer from UMass.  Tuesday, the offensive tackle confirmed to Rivals.com that he’s down to three schools as a potential landing spot — Auburn, UCLA and USC.

Neither football program will have to wait long for a decision as Driscoll expects to make an announcement Wednesday.  Driscoll had taken an official visit to all three of the campuses prior to whittling down his transfer to-do list.

“It will come down to one of those three schools,” the lineman told AuburnSports.com. “I feel like all three of the schools would be a good fit.”

Driscoll will graduate from UMass early next month, and will be eligible to play immediately in 2018 at whichever program he selects.  The upcoming season will be the first of two years of eligibility the 6-5, 294-pound lineman has remaining.

After starting eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2016, with most of those starts coming at left guard, he started all 12 games in 2017.  All of those starts this past season came at right tackle for the football-independent Minutemen. He was named to Phil Steele’s All-Independent first team while he earned second-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) honors for good measure.