Last season Myles Jack took the nation by storm, going from heralded linebacking true freshman to a two-way star who finished second on the team in rushing touchdowns.
Because of that two-way prowess, he’s the only defensive player garnering a spot on the Heisman radar heading into the 2014 regular season.
If you’re headed UCLA’s summer camp to take in any practice sessions, however, don’t expect to see Jack starting out a play in the backfield.
Saying he doesn’t “want to overload” the young star, head coach Jim Mora stated that Jack will be used exclusively as a linebacker throughout the whole of summer camp. When the season rolls around, though, that’ll change (as Mora had previously explained).
“He’s a package guy as a running back,” said Mora Tuesday. “When the season starts, there will be time to work him into a game plan.”
As part of a special package that debuted in early November, Jack rushed for 267 yards — averaging seven yards a carry — and scoring seven touchdowns on the ground. On defense, he was credited with 75 tackles, 11 passes defensed, two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. For his efforts, he became the first player ever to be named the Pac-12’s Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year in the same season.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.