Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…
— Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota trying to find the balance between staying in the pocket and getting the hell out of Dodge.
— Wide receiver Martavis Bryant proclaims himself a changed man, which should be good news for Clemson’s offense.
— Alabama’s getting set for the Tide’s first scrimmage of the spring.
— Harrison Jones won’t be brotherless at Alabama this season.
— Despite it not being a “real” spring game, Florida is still expecting top recruiting talent to flock to Saturday’s Orange & Blue Debut.
— “Accountability without the coaches” will be the theme for Tennessee’s defense during Saturday’s scrimmage.
— Senior defensive end Garrison Smith looking to “leave a legacy of (being one of) the all-time greatest teams to come through” Georgia.
— Vanderbilt looking to find a better balance on the offensive side of the ball.
— Mizzou’s quarterback competition will be front and center for the Tigers’ spring game.
— Davis Webb skipped his senior prom to participate in Texas Tech’s spring practice, and it appears the decision is paying off.
— Spring game won’t settle Memphis’ quarterback competition.
— Maryland to hold an open practice at a local high school; insert the jokes at your leisure.
— Sophomore defensive end Keymiya Harrell will miss the remainder of Auburn’s spring practice sessions due to an undisclosed injury
— ESPN will cover portions of the final rolling of Auburn’s famed Toomer’s Corner oaks live.
— The armed robbery trial for former Auburn defensive back Mike McNeil — yes, that Mike McNeil — will go on as scheduled this Monday.
— al.com: “Mal Moore passed away six days ago, but his final resting place is appropriate for a man who never needed the limelight to shine.”
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah
D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.
Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program. A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.
The unnamed, however, now has a name.
According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”
Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.
No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.
“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”