The pruning and downsizing of rosters all across the country continues this weekend as Penn State has seen a total of four players leave James Franklin‘s football program. The two most notable departures are offensive lineman Anthony Alosi and wide receiver Richy Anderson.
Alosi was arrested in April following an ugly incident three months earlier that included the lineman (allegedly) kicking a man in the head. Less than a week after the arrest and charges surfaced, Alosi was indefinitely suspended by Franklin.
Alosi, a three-star member of the Nittany Lions’ 2011 recruiting class, played in seven games last season. His departure from Happy Valley was involuntary; Anderson’s, on the other hand, was of his own volition as he’s seeking a transfer to another program.
The sophomore, who is the son of former Nittany Lion Richie Anderson, caught 13 passes for 111 yards as a true freshman in 2013. There’s no word on where Anderson, a three-star member of Bill O’Brien’s final recruiting class coming out of high school in Maryland, may land.
The other two departures are wide receiver Jonathan Warner, son of former Nittany Lion great Curt Warner, and quarterback Austin Whipple. The former will remain at Penn State to continue his studies while Whipple will transfer to an undetermined locale.
“We thank them for their contributions to the program and wish them well in their future academic and athletic endeavors,” Franklin said in a statement.
Three of the four players were on scholarship — Whipple was the only one who wasn’t — which helps Penn State get down to/remain at the 75-man limit that was part of the NCAA sanctions slapped on the program.
“All or Nothing” has been Amazon’s answer to HBO’s “Hard Knocks” with one clear distinction — “All or Nothing” actually follows its subject throughout the season. The first two seasons followed the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams, and has now expanded into the college game. Amazon on Tuesday unveiled the trailer for its upcoming season with Michigan, in which its cameras followed Jim Harbaugh‘s Wolverines through an 8-5 campaign where the maize and blue won no games of consequence.
This is not the first such documentary series to follow a college team. Showtime’s “A Season With” has chronicled seasons of Florida State, Notre Dame and Navy.
The upcoming season will hit all Amazon Prime streaming devices on April 6.
A significant development has gone under the radar at Auburn, until now. Junior wide receiver Eli Stove tore his ACL during Auburn’s first spring practice and underwent surgery last Tuesday, according to Brandon Marcello of Auburn Undercover.
As a sophomore in 2017, Stove caught 29 passes for 265 yards and rushed 30 times for 315 yards and two touchdowns, which made him the Tigers’ third-leading rusher.
Stove was expected to increase his portfolio heading into 2018, but now he’ll spend the foreseeable future working simply to get back on the field. No timetable has been set for Stove’s return.
Though Stove is one of Auburn’s most talented pass-catchers, the Tigers aren’t hurting for depth even in his absence. Nine wideouts caught a pass for Auburn last season, and not one of them was a senior.
With spring practice set to kick off this week, Florida Atlantic and Lane Kiffin have found their offensive line a little lighter than previously expected.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Jack Breshears is retiring from the sport and is no longer with the football program. The Post wrote that, according to a source, the lineman “no longer had the same passion he did for football when (former FAU head coach) Charlie Partridge was there.”
Kiffin will be entering his second season with the Owls, replacing the dismissed Partridge in December of 2016.
Breshears, who will remain on scholarship but won’t count against FAU’s 85-man limit, played in six games as a redshirt freshman in 2016 before suffering a season-ending injury. He played in two games this past season the shoulder issue surfaced again.
Prior to his decision to move on from the sport, Breshears had been a candidate for a starting job this season.
Alabama will kick off spring practice later on Tuesday, but the reigning national champions will do so without an integral piece of its offensive line.
The father of the lineman, David Womack, confirmed to Rivals.com that Matt Womack will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a broken bone in his right foot. As a result, the rising redshirt junior will miss all of the Crimson Tide’s 15 spring practice sessions.
Per David Womack, his son suffered the injury while jumping boxes during workouts.
Recovery time is expected to be in the range of six weeks, which means that, barring a setback, he’ll be fully healthy for the start of summer camp in early August.
Womack started all 14 games at right tackle in the Tide’s run to its 17th national championship last season. As a redshirt freshman the year before, Womack, a three-star member of UA’s 2015 signing class, played in nine games.