Harvey Langi

Utah RB Langi now BYU LB Langi

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For the past couple of weeks it’s been rumored that Harvey Langi would likely be transferring from Utah BYU.

That change of scenery has been cemented, as has a surprising change of position.

As the Cougars opened summer camp Friday, Langi was on the field and practicing with his new teammates. And, instead of being in the backfield where he spent his (brief) time with the Utes, Langi was practicing as a linebacker.

According to head coach Bronco Mendenhall, that was the player’s preference.

“That’s where he chose to play,” said Mendenhall. “I am very impressed, not only with him as a person, but as a football player just [after] one practice. So we are right at the beginning of his career, but I am impressed with him.”

Langi, who per Mendenhall’s policy will not be permitted to speak to the media until after the first game of the year, went on a church mission in July of 2012 but planned to return to the Utes in 2014. Instead, upon his return, he decide to move on to the in-state rival Cougars.

Also, because of that mission and what’s described as an NCAA loophole, Langi will be eligible to play immediately in 2014.

Langi was a four-star member of the Utes’ 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 17 running back in the country coming out of high school in South Jordon, Utah. He rushed for 70 yards as a true freshman before sitting out the past two seasons.

(Photo credit: Utah athletics)

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.