Damion Hobbs

Another QB to reportedly transfer from Oregon


The depth behind Marcus Mariota at quarterback continues to get thinner and thinner.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Jake Rodrigues had decided to transfer out of the Oregon football program.  Saturday, it was reported by 247Sports.com that fellow backup Damion Hobbs (pictured) would be doing the same.

The school has yet to confirm or announce either personnel development.

Rodrigues, along with Jeff Lockie, served as the primary backups to Mariota in 2013.  Hobbs was a three-star member of the Ducks’ 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 26 dual-threat quarterback in the country coming out of high school in Cedar Hill, Tex.  He took a redshirt as a true freshman.

With the twin departures, UO has just two quarterbacks on its roster behind Mariota: Lockie and walk-on Taylor Alie (no relation). Morgan Mahalak , a four-star member of the Ducks’ latest recruiting class and rated as the No. 11 pro-style quarterback in the country, will join the team in time for the start of summer camp as well.

(Photo credit: Oregon athletics)

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.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.