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Texas A&M’s starting QB candidate arrested for public intoxication


One of the players most likely to succeed Johnny Manziel as Texas A&M’s starting quarterback, Kenny Hill, was arrested for public intoxication early Friday morning in College Station.

According to College Station newspaper The Eagle, citing College Station police reports, Hill was taken into custody by police in a parking lot just before 3 a.m. local time. He has already paid his bail and been released. As reported, Hill was found passed out in a planter filled with plants and rocks, which could not have been too comfortable. Police asked Hill who the president of the United States was, and he allegedly responded with “Bush.”

Perhaps Hill should be given a pass. George H.W. Bush was on Texas A&M’s campus yesterday checking out Manziel’s pro day workout. Perhaps the craziness was just too much.

Hill appeared in five games in relief last season for the Aggies. In that brief playing time, Hill completed 16 of 22 pass attempts for 183 yards and a touchdown. The quarterback competition at Texas A&M has options in finding the next starting quarterback. If the Aggies end up choosing to go with a player with more mobility in hopes of being able to run some f the same schemes Manziel led, Hill appeared to be the best candidate for the job. Where head coach Kevin Sumlin goes remains to be seen. how much of an impact this latest incident could have also remains to be seen.

Rutgers reinstates WR Leonte Carroo to football team

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 28:  Wide receiver Leonte Carroo #4 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights makes a touchdown catch on the first play of the game against the Washington State Cougars at CenturyLink Field on August 28, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.

In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program.  The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”

The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend.  Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.

Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension.  He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.

Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns.  He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.

Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).

Pig Howard dismissed by Vols

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 5: Pig Howard #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers fumbles the ball through the end zone during overtime of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.

On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program.  Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.

Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before.  It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.

Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina.  He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.

The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively.  He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.