Clemson is hosting former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara according to multiple reports Saturday, first reported by 247 Sports.
Kamara was granted a release from his scholarship in mid-January after previously being suspended from Alabama’s Sugar Bowl appearance. Kamara also sat out an earlier game against LSU due to a violation of team rules, although he never played a down for the Crimson Tide in the 2013 season anyway. The former four-star recruit is not allowed to transfer to any other SEC program, which helped make Clemson one of the favorites form the start for his transfer options.
Clemson is losing their top two rushers from the 2013 season with Roderick McDowell and quarterback Tajh Boyd graduating. As it stands at the moment, Clemson’s leading rusher returning in 2014 is sophomore Zac Brooks, who all be a junior in 2014. Brooks rushed for 246 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. D.J. Howard rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns as a junior in 2013 as well.
Although Kamara did not play for Alabama in 2013, NCAA transfer rules would keep him out of action in 2014 if he transfers to another FBS program. He may play right away in 2014 if he ends up at an FCS or lower level program. Florida State, Oklahoma State and UCLA were previously reported to be options for Kamara.
No. 1 Alabama hit Texas A&M in the mouth and the sixth-ranked Aggies responded to take a second half lead on Saturday. Then Alabama hit them again.
And again. And again. And probably another time for good measure.
The Crimson Tide stormed back from a one point second half deficit to throttle yet another top 25 opponent on Saturday, reaffirming their status as the team to beat for the national title with an impressive 33-14 home win.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts started off a little slow and had a handful of freshman mistakes (two picks, one on a Hail Mary) but turned things up after halftime to finish with 166 yards passing and two touchdowns while rushing for another 91 yards and a score. Tight end O.J. Howard became a big part of the Tide’s aerial attack and wound up with a team-leading 70 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore Damien Harris chipped in with 128 yards on the ground with an impressive 7.5 yards a carry.
Texas A&M signal-caller Trevor Knight couldn’t quite get his second straight win over Alabama, but did throw for two touchdowns to temporarily stun Bryant Denny Stadium with a brief 14-13 Aggies lead coming out of the locker room at halftime.
Defensive end Jonathan Allen completely turned the game around just before the end of the third quarter however when he scooped and scored on a 30 yard fumble return to put Alabama up by two scores. It was the future first rounder’s second time crossing the goal line this season, the ninth defensive touchdown of the year for the Tide and the 10th straight game in which the team has scored a non-offensive touchdown.
If there was one negative for Alabama to emerge from the contest in the second half it was that safety Eddie Jackson had to be carted off early in the fourth quarter with a lower leg injury. He was hurt on a punt return that later setup another touchdown and comes at the one spot where the Tide, all things being relative, is a little thin at.
It probably won’t mean much in the long run given how good Alabama looked down the stretch in winning their 20th straight game. They’ll head into their bye week undefeated and looking to get a little rest before traveling to Baton Rouge to play rival LSU. Texas A&M probably won’t drop too much in the polls with their first loss of the season and, while they are a long shot to win the SEC West, remain in line to make it to a New Year’s Six bowl game.
The Syracuse-Boston College game may have come to an end, but the head coach from one side doesn’t want the scrutiny to do the same.
In the first quarter, Orange quarterback Eric Dungey threw an interception to the Eagles’ William Harris and ultimately tackled Harris on the visiting team’s sidelines. Or, more specifically, Dungey slammed Harris to the ground and, eventually, pushed another BC player into some equipment. That led to a bit of a brief brouhaha that was ultimately defused.
Reportedly, an unidentified Syracuse staffer threw Harris to the ground during the melee. Additionally, BC head coach Steve Addazio alleged that a punch was thrown for good measure.
As a result, Addazio is asking that the ACC review video of the incident to determine what if anything untoward took place.
“I think there’s some stuff on the video that will need to be addressed on that play,” Addazio said according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. “Some stuff went down over there that I could see myself.
“Let’s let the proper people take a look at it and make the proper decision.”
As for the play itself, Dungey received a personal foul while both teams were issued unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Oh, and the Orange won the game 28-20.
Skyler Howard threw four touchdowns to help lead No. 12 West Virginia (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) to a 34-10 victory over TCU (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) in Morgantown on Saturday. The win keeps the Mountaineers perfect on the season and continues to keep them atop the Big 12 standings with some key games still to be played.
West Virginia had a balanced attack on offense against the Horned Frogs. In addition to Howard tossing four touchdowns and passing for 231 yards in the win, running back Rushel Shell rushed for 117 yards. The defense (and special teams) came to play as well, forcing three TCU turnovers, including on the opening kickoff of the game to setup a quick touchdown. It was a rough start for visiting TCU, but they battled back before the game got out of reach in the second half. West Virginia pitched a shutout in the second half, while tacking on 13 points to pull away. TCU was able to convert just one of nine third downs and Kenny Hill averaged just 4.9 yards per pass attempt.
Is there any slowing West Virginia down? Maybe, but when? West Virginia takes their undefeated record on the road next week with a visit to Stillwater to play Oklahoma State. Then comes a home game against Kansas and a road game at Texas. All three are winnable, with only Oklahoma State expected to be the toughest challenge out of that bunch. The key still looks to be the final three games of the season, with home games against Oklahoma and Baylor with a road trip to Iowa State in between.
The Big 12 should be within reach, but could a playoff spot be in sight for West Virginia? The Mountaineers continue to climb their way up the rankings and fly under the radar. If the wins keep coming, that will not be the case for much longer.
TCU will return home next week to try and bounce back when they host Texas Tech.
As if you needed any further confirmation that ageless Bill Snyder is indeed the classiest man in all of college football, here’s Reason No. Infinity.
Snyder’s Kansas State Wildcats continued its spell over Texas, jumping out to a sizable first-half lead then holding on for a 24-21 win over the Longhorns. It was the fourth loss in five games for UT, further cranking up the heat underneath Charlie Strong‘s coaching seat.
In fact, the loss likely served as one of the final nails in Strong’s Austin coffin.
Perhaps sensing what the loss meant to his counterpart on the other sidelines, Snyder took the time in the postgame handshake to offer what were no doubt heartfelt words of encouragement to the beleaguered Strong.
What else, though, would you expect from a man who still handwrites notes to opponents after they beat his team?