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February Showers: UTEP officially adds ex-A&M QB

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(Writer’s note: I feel your groan.)
(Writer’s note, addendum: That’s groan with an “a” not an “i,” just so we’re clear.)

Yesterday we noted that Jameill Showers, who announced he was transferring from Texas A&M last month, confirmed to a recruiting website that he had decided to transfer to UTEP to continue his collegiate playing career.

Low and behold, that’s exactly what’s happened as the Miners confirmed Wednesday night that Showers has committed to play for new head coach Sean Kugler.  The school further confirmed that Showers will have two years of eligibility remaining and that the quarterback will be eligible to play in 2013.

Because Showers will graduate from A&M in a couple of months, he will not have to sit out a season as normally required by NCAA transfer rules.

“We are extremely excited to have Jameill commit to our program,” Kugler said in a statement. “He is a great quarterback and a leader with strong character. He comes from a great family with an outstanding football background.”

Suffice to say, the reason behind Showers’ transfer from the Aggies is the presence of reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who could have three years of eligibility remaining depending on the playing course he charts for his football future.

Showers was a three-star member of A&M’s 2010 recruiting class, rated as the No. 27 pro-style quarterback in the country.  While he exited spring practice last year as the front-runner for the starting job, Manziel was named the starter midway through summer camp.

Showers played in 11 games the past two seasons, including seven as Manziel’s backup in 2012.  Last season, he completed 27-of-44 passes for 319 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

“He has an outstanding skill set,” Kugler said. “He has a strong arm, is quick and can make plays with his feet as well.”

Malzahn not ready to name Sean White Auburn’s starter vs. Kentucky just yet

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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.

Big changes in AP poll, but Ohio State still comfortable on top

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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.

  1. Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
  2. TCU (5)
  3. Baylor (10)
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah (7)
  6. Clemson
  7. LSU
  8. Alabama
  9. Texas A&M (1)
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Florida
  12. Florida State
  13. Northwestern
  14. Ole Miss
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Stanford
  17. USC
  18. Michigan
  19. Georgia
  20. UCLA
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Iowa
  23. Cal
  24. Toledo
  25. Boise State