Lamarcus Joyner a one-man wrecking crew as FSU jumps out to 27-7 halftime lead over Clemson

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Clemson’s first play from scrimmage against Florida State was a nine-yard pass from Tajh Boyd to Stanton Seckinger.

Good start, right?

Not exactly. Seminole defensive back LaMarcus Joyner forced Seckinger to fumble and the Seminoles suddenly took over at the Tiger 34-yard line.

Three plays later, Jameis Winston found Kelvin Benjamin for a 22-yard touchdown pass and, just like that, the Seminoles led, 7-0, and Death Valley got quiet.

On Clemson’s third possession (down 10-0 following an FSU field goal), Joyner sacked Boyd, who fumbled the ball away to Mario Edwards, who took the ball in for a 37-yard scoop-and-score.

That made it 17-0 in favor of FSU.

Later in the half, with the Seminoles leading, 24-7, the Tigers looked in good shape at the FSU 25-yard line. A touchdown would probably put Clemson in good position to make a game of it.

But then — you guessed it — Joyner stepped up and intercepted a Boyd pass at the FSU seven-yard line. Threat over.

Meanwhile, Winston sliced and diced the Clemson secondary to the tune of 242 yards and two touchdowns on 14 of 21 passing. Boyd was less stellar, completing 11 of 24 for 99 yards with the score and the pick.

But make no mistake, this was Joyner’s first half. The 5-foot-8, 194-pounder single-handedly sunk Clemson with two forced fumbles, a sack and an interception.  Assuming the ‘Noles hold on, one of the smallest players on the field might’ve handed the Seminoles the biggest win of the season thus far.

Clay Helton: OJ not welcome back at USC

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OJ Simpson is one of the greatest Trojans of all-time. A unanimous two-time All-American, Simpson won the 1968 Heisman Trophy and was a member of USC’s 1967 national championship team.

OJ Simpson will also soon be a free man.

Granted parole from his felony armed robbery conviction last week, Simpson will be free on Oct. 1. The question, then, if you’re a reporter at Pac-12 media days is whether or not USC will welcome back one of its most accomplished — if not favorite — sons.

The answer? Uh, no.

To be clear, Simpson has not indicated he wanted to be part of USC football again. The 70-year-old indicated to the parole board he would return to Florida if granted his freedom.

USC has distanced himself from Simpson ever since his 1994 double-murder trial, but his Heisman Trophy remains on display at Heritage Hall.

4-star QB explains why he picked Princeton over Power 5 offers

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The NCAA likes to remind us that it represents thousands of athletes and most of them will go pro in something other than sports. Most of those athletes consciously know that, yet their college decisions are usually based on what school will help them go pro in sports.

Not Brevin White.

The Lancaster, Ca., quarterback is a 4-star prospect in 247Sports‘s 2018 rankings, with reported offers from Tennessee, Washington, Auburn, North Carolina and others. He’s going to Princeton. White committed to the Tigers on Wednesday, making him Princeton’s highest-rated recruit since Woodrow Wilson.

On Thursday, White appeared on The Dan Patrick Show to talk through why he turned down the SEC for the Ivy League.

Nevada names ‘Bama transfer as starting QB, but doesn’t say he’ll start opener

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David Cornwell, an Alabama transfer, will be Nevada’s starting quarterback — until he isn’t.

Wolf Pack head coach Jay Norvell said at Pac-12 media days that Cornwell will enter fall camp, which begins Monday, as the starter but that doesn’t mean Cornwell will actually start Nevada’s opener at Northwestern.

“David’s the starting quarterback right now and he’ll have to compete and earn that spot throughout training camp and if there’s reason for him not to be (the starting quarterback) we’ll address,” Norvell said, via the Reno Gazette-Journal. “Until we see that, we won’t make any changes at that position.”

A junior from Jones, Okla., Cornwell did not throw a pass with the Crimson Tide. He started Nevada’s spring game and completed 22-of-33 throws for 302 yards with two touchdowns.

“David fits those qualities and demonstrated those strengths the best out of all of our quarterbacks in the spring, and that’s why he was the starting quarterback,” said Norvell. “And the way he played in the spring game gave us even more evidence of that.”

Cornwell’s competition for the starting spot will be incumbent Ty Gangi, also a junior. Gangi appeared in 10 games last season, nailing 99-of-172 throws for 1,301 yards with eight touchdowns against six interceptions whilst rushing 49 times for 217 yards and three scores.

 

After leaving New Mexico, WR Matt Quarells lands at Iowa

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Just prior to the start of summer camp, Iowa’s receiving corps has been unexpectedly bolstered.

Speaking at the Mountain West Conference’s version of media days, Bob Davie revealed that Matt Quarells has decided to leave his New Mexico football program.  Not only that, the Lobos head coach revealed the wide receiver’s destination — the Hawkeyes.

“He’s a great kid, and I hate to lose him,” Davie said according to the Albuquerque Journal. “But I think Iowa’s a good fit for him.”

A native of St. Louis, Quarells wanted to finish up his playing career closer to home, his now-former coach added.

As a graduate transfer, Quarells will be able to contribute in the Hawkeyes’ passing game this season.  Not only that, but the rising junior can play in 2018 as well as he has two years of eligibility remaining.

After catching two passes for 23 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2015, he caught 11 for 180 yards and a touchdown last season.  The lone score was a 62-yarder in the season-opening win over South Dakota.  He caught a career-high five passes two weeks later in a nine-point loss to Rutgers.