Through one half at Lambeau, Wisconsin is blowing out No. 5 LSU everywhere but the scoreboard.
The Badgers limited the Tigers to only 21 offensive snaps in the first half, and just 50 paltry yards on those snaps. Brandon Harris looks like the same player he’s always been: 3-of-7 passing for just 38 yards and an end-of-half Hail Mary interception. Most importantly, Wisconsin has kept Leonard Fournette in check by keeping him off the field. The sophomore Heisman contender totaled 35 yards on 11 carries in the half.
Wisconsin’s offense has been everything LSU’s has not been: smart, powerful, efficient. Bart Houston hit 12-of-19 throws for 104 yards, and four Badgers rushers have combined for 23 rushes for 76 yards.
However, the Wisconsin lead is just 6-0.
Wisconsin moved to the LSU 23-yard line on its second possession before Corey Clement was stuffed on a 4th-and-1. Its next possession traveled 51 yards, all the way to the LSU 10, when Houston was intercepted by Rickey Jefferson. The Badgers moved deep into LSU territory on its final two offensive possessions, but settled for Rafael Gaglianone field goals each time.
So now we have a scenario where Wisconsin leads LSU 11-5 in first downs, 180-64 in total yards, 42-21 in total snaps and 22 minutes to eight in time of possession, but still leads by just six.
Sean Lewis‘ first staff at Kent State will come armed with a famous coaching surname.
The football program announced Monday that Lewis has hired a total of six new assistants. One of the coaching sextet is Mackey MacPherson, the grandson of former Syracuse head coach Dick MacPherson.
The younger MacPherson will coach the Golden Flashes running backs after spending the past two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant with the Orange. Both Lewis and MacPherson were on Dino Babers‘ staff at the ‘Cuse.
The other full-time assistant hired by Lewis are as follows:
Zac Barton — special teams coordinator
Brian Cochran — defensive line
Jon Cooley — safeties coach
Matt Middleton — wide receivers coach
Bill O’Boyle — offensive line
Nearly two weeks ago, Lewis announced the hiring of his coordinators on both sides of the ball.
There’s a new leader in the clubhouse for “Early Entrant With the Most Vowels in his Surname.”
On his personal Twitter account over the weekend, Joel Iyiegbuniwe announced that he is leaving Western Kentucky early and making himself available for the April NFL draft. The linebacker, a native of Bowling Green, Kent., stated that he came to his decision “[a]fter much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, coaches and advisors.”
This past season, Iyiegbuniwe led the Hilltoppers in tackles with 117, tackles for loss with 11.5 and forced fumbles with three. He was named first-team All-Conference USA following the regular season.
Including last season, Iyiegbuniwe had started 27 straight games at outside linebacker for the Hilltoppers.
Today is the deadline for draft-eligible players to inform the NFL of their intentions.
One day after Woody Barrett announced that he has found a new college football home, the school has confirmed as much.
Kent State sent out a press release Monday evening acknowledging that Barrett has signed with the football program. After spending the 2017 season at a Mississippi junior college, the quarterback will be eligible to play immediately in 2018.
Counting this coming season, Barrett will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“We’re excited about Woody’s potential, his ability and his raw tools both throwing and running the football,” new Golden Flashes head coach Sean Lewis said in a statement. “And we’re excited to have him on campus to be training with our team as we get ready for spring ball.”
A four-star member of Auburn’s 2016 recruiting class, Barrett was rated as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country that cycle. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, then opted to transfer from the Tigers in May of last year, ultimately ending up at the JUCO level.
At Copiah-Lincoln Community College this past season, Barrett passed for 1,294 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games, adding another 485 and six on the ground.
One hole on Jim Harbaugh‘s coaching staff has been filled.
The football program confirmed Monday that Sherrone Moore has been hired and will serve as Harbaugh’s tight ends coach. Moore will replace Greg Frey, who moved on to a job on Willie Taggart‘s staff at Florida State.
The 31-year-old Moore — he’ll turn 32 in early February — spent the past four seasons coaching tight ends at Central Michigan. This past season, he added the title of assistant head coach as well as taking over as the MAC program’s recruiting coordinator.
Moore began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Louisville from 2009-12. He was promoted to tight ends coach in 2012, spending that season as well as 2013 in that role.