T.J. Millweard

Ex-UCLA QB T.J. Millweard to tranfer to Kansas


And just like that, Charlie Weis and Kansas have themselves yet another transfer quarterback.

Just a couple of days ago, T.J. Millweard confirmed that he would be transferring from UCLA, saying he wanted to get back closer to where he grew up in the Midwest and the South.  After a quick visit to the KU campus yesterday, Millweard has decided to continue his playing career with the Jayhawks.

The player informed Weis and some members of the coaching staff of his decision earlier today.

It is official I am a Jayhawk,” Millweard told JayhawkSlant.com. “I called coach Charlie Weis and told him. He was very happy. Then I talked with a couple of the other coaches. I’m already starting the process of applying and I hope to be back and start school on Monday.”

Millweard will be forced to sit out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.  He will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014

A three-star prospect coming out of Coffeyville, Tex., in 2012, Millweard was rated as the No. 23 pro-style quarterback in that year’s class.  He took a redshirt for his true freshman season.

Millweard becomes the third FBS transfer quarterback Weis has added, joining Dayne Chryst (Notre Dame) and Jake Heaps (BYU).  Hopefully, the new guy will fare better than the other two did.

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Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.