This one has sort of flown under the radar for about a week, but Baylor has apparently landed an experienced offensive line transfer for the 2014 season.
Citing a website for the Sutherland Seahawks, the Waco Tribune reported earlier in the week that Hawaii offensive lineman Blake Muir has decided to transfer to Baylor and continue his collegiate playing career with the Bears. The Seahawks are an Australian “gridiron club“; Muir is originally from Sydney and that club maintains a blog dedicated to the lineman called “Blake’s Diaries.”
In an entry on that blog dated Feb. 5, it was reported that the Baylor coaching staff made Muir “[a]n offer too good to refuse” after “really [going] the extra mile” in his recruitment. That extra mile appears to include Muir’s brother and fellow offensive lineman Sean Muir joining his brother on scholarship with the Bears next year.
Based on what we understand from the blog, Muir’s decision, which has not been confirmed by BU officials, came down to Baylor and Oregon State. Georgia Tech had also been rumored as one potential transfer destination early on in the process.
Muir will be forced to sit out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.
After redshirting as a true freshman in 2011, Muir started all 12 games at left tackle for the Warriors in 2012.
Auburn got back in the win column after two straight losses. While winning a game must have felt nice, head coach Gus Malzahn is not prepared to say whether or not Sean White will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.
“I thought he competed; he did some good things,” Malzahn said after the game Saturday, per Al.com. “We’ll take this thing week-to-week like we’ve been doing it. We’re starting to kind of get good answers to the questions that we needed.”
White replaced Jeremy Johnson at quarterback last week against Mississippi State. Johnson, a preseason Heisman favorite for some, struggled out of the gate of the season with six interceptions thrown and a lost fumble. That forced Malzahn to make a change at quarterback after a woeful performance against FCS Jacksonville State and a loss to LSU. White lost his first game as a starter against Mississippi State but the offense has been marginally better. White has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his first two starts.
Against San Jose State, White completed six of 10 pass attempts for 1087 yards. Auburn’s running game is what helped push the Tigers by the Spartans, with Peyton Barber scoring all five touchdowns in the 35-21 victory. Auburn’s next game is in two weeks against Kentucky, on Thursday, October 15 in Lexington.
The Ohio State Buckeyes remain atop the AP Top 25 this week, but the Big 12’s top contenders have bumped Michigan State down two spots. No. 2 TCU picked up five first-place votes and managed to stay ahead of No. 3 Baylor despite the Bears getting 10 first-place votes.
No. 5 Utah picked up seven first-place votes and No. 9 Texas A&M received the last first-place vote available. The big mover in this week’s AP poll was No. 11 Florida, with the Gators jumping 14 spots in the poll after dismantling Ole Miss Saturday night. The Rebels dropped from No. 3 down to No. 14. No. 15 Notre Dame fell nine spots after losing at No. 6 Clemson. No. 19 Georgia also tumbled this week, down 11 spots after being blown out at home by Alabama. It was also a rough week for No. 20 UCLA, falling 13 spots after losing to Arizona State at home.
New teams in the AP poll this week include No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State. Iowa and Boise State also made appearances in the coaches poll earlier today, but Toledo did not. Memphis appears in the coach spill but is the third team in its own conference in the others receiving votes category, behind Houston and Temple. Memphis tied with division foe Navy in that category as well.
- Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
- TCU (5)
- Baylor (10)
- Michigan State
- Utah (7)
- Texas A&M (1)
- Florida State
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Boise State