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Player attendees for SEC Media Days revealed

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Yet another sign that a new season is quickly coming up on the horizon?  Media days attendees get full-blown attention.

The first Power Five conference up on the Media Days circuit in 2016 is the SEC, so that conference also becomes the first to reveal which players each of its 14 teams will send to the July 11-14 event in Hoover, Ala.  A total of 42 players, along with their head coaches, will be made available to the media throughout the four-day football kickoff.

In what may tell you something about the state of the quarterback position in the conference, just three signal-callers — Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs, Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly, Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight — will attend.  Conversely, five tight ends will be a part of the festivities.

Being invited by your team is considered an honor and thus leans heavily toward seniors, and such is the case this year as 29 players listed as being part of that class will take part.  There are 12 juniors in the group, meaning there’s only one non-upperclassman — South Carolina sophomore wide receiver Deebo Samuel.

Alabama
Jonathan Allen, Sr., DL
O.J. Howard, Sr., TE
Eddie Jackson, Sr., DB

Arkansas
Brooks Ellis, Sr., LB
Jeremy Sprinkle, Sr., TE
Deatrich Wise Jr., Sr., DL

Auburn
Montravius Adams, Sr., DL
Marcus Davis, Sr., WR
Carl Lawson, Jr., DL

Florida
Jarrad Davis, Sr., LB
Marcus Maye, Sr., DB
David Sharpe, Jr., OL

Georgia
Jeb Blazevich, Jr., TE
Brandon Kublanow, Sr., C/OG
Dominick Sanders, Jr., SS

Kentucky
Jojo Kemp, Sr., RB
Courtney Love, Jr., LB
Jon Toth, Sr., C

LSU
Leonard Fournette, Jr., RB
Ethan Pocic, Sr., C
Tre’Davious White, Sr., DB

Ole Miss
Evan Engram, Sr., TE
D.J. Jones, Sr., DT
Chad Kelly, Sr., QB

Mississippi State
Richie Brown, Sr., LB
A.J. Jefferson, Sr., DL
Fred Ross, Sr., WR

Missouri
Sean Culkin, Sr., TE
Charles Harris, Jr., DE
Michael Scherer, Sr., LB

South Carolina
Marquavius Lewis, Sr., DL
Deebo Samuel, So., WR
Mason Zandi, Sr., OL

Tennessee
Joshua Dobbs, Sr., QB
Jalen Reeves‐Maybin, Sr., LB
Cameron Sutton, Sr., DB

Texas A&M
Myles Garrett, Jr., DL
Trevor Knight, Sr., QB
Ricky Seals‐Jones, Jr., WR

Vanderbilt
Oren Burks, Jr., LB
Zach Cunningham, Jr., LB
Ralph Webb, Jr., RB

Trevor Knight wins starting QB job at Texas A&M

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Some schools will let the quarterback competition play out over the summer, but Kevin Sumlin is ready to turn the keys of the offense over to his starting quarterback for the upcoming college football season. Sumlin and Texas A&M announced Trevor Knight will be the starting quarterback for the Aggies this fall, bring one quarterback competition to a close.

Knight transferred to Texas A&M from Oklahoma last December and threw himself right into the suddenly urgent quarterback competition in College Station. The Aggies lost two quarterbacks to transfer with Kyle Allen moving to Houston (torching Texas A&M’s culture on his way) and Kyler Murray heading to Knight’s previous college home of Oklahoma. Knight was expected to be a favorite to win the starting job at Texas A&M having previously started for the Sooners and experiencing his own success in the Sooner state. Knight lost his starting job to former Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield.

Knight played in six games for Oklahoma last season, completing 22 of 40 pass attempts for 305 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions and rushing for another score. The struggles of 2015 were disappointing considering Knight’s rise in 2014, leading Oklahoma with 2,300 passing yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore.

A&M confirms hiring of Noel Mazzone as OC

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UCLA is officially in need of a new offensive coordinator.

Following up on reports that have been circulating for more than 24 hours, Texas A&M announced in a press release Friday evening that Noel Mazzone has been tapped by Kevin Sumlin the Aggies’ new offensive coordinator.

Mazzone has spent the past four seasons as the Bruins’ coordinator. He will replace Jake Spavital, with whom the football program “parted ways” less than a week ago.

“I have known Noel for many years and he is a great addition to our coaching staff,” Sumlin said. “His experience is outstanding and he will do an excellent job of coordinating our offense.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Sumlin and the Aggie football team,” Mazzone said. “I am ready to get started.”

The school’s release noted that Mazzone’s “employment contract is pending approval by President Young and The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents,” although that’s expected to be nothing more than a rubber-stamp move on the administrative side.

In 2015, Mazzone directed a Bruins offense that was led by Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Josh Rosen. At A&M, Mazzone is looking at a quarterback situation that’s seen a pair of highly-touted players at the position . Transferring Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight is expected to land in College Station, so Mazzone could/should have at least one experienced player in the quarterbacks room.

While leading one of the most potent offenses in school history, Mazzone’s 2015 season was also marked by a health scare.

In mid-December, Mazzone was hospitalized and briefly placed in intensive care because of a blood clot in his lung. He returned to practice and, while there was some initial concern over his availability, called plays from the booth in UCLA’s Foster Farms Bowl loss to Nebraska.

Former Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen transferring to Houston

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Texas A&M’s loss appears to be Houston’s gain. Kyle Allen, who recently decided to leave Texas A&M and pursue other options, appears to be heading to Houston to join the American Athletic Conference champions and quarterback-whisperer Tom Herman. The Houston Chronicle reported the transfer news Tuesday.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Allen will be forced to sit out the 2016 season, but that suits Houston perfectly. Houston brings back dual-threat quarterback Greg Ward Jr. for his senior season next fall. This gives Allen a chance to sit a season and learn the Houston system while sitting out with a redshirt season. Then, in 2017, Allen will likely be primed and ready to take over the offense at Houston. Allen will still have two years of eligibility remaining with him for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Allen, a sophomore in 2015, passed for 2,210 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Aggies this season but opted to leave the program shortly before the bowl game. Texas A&M also lost Kyler Murray, who has just been reported to be heading to Oklahoma in 2016. Texas A&M will be welcoming former Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight to fill the vacancy at quarterback.

At Houston, Ward will continue to be Houston’s starter in 2016 after passing for 2,828 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushing for 1,108 yards and 21 touchdowns. With Ward leading the offense, Houston went 14-1 with the AAC championship and a victory over Florida State in the Peach Bowl.

The only question left to answer is whether or not Herman will still be the head coach at Houston by the time Allen is projected to get a chance to start in 2017. Herman continues to be an attractive name and another good showing in 2016 will keep him mentioned as a possibility for a number of opportunities to open up in the college football coaching world a year from now.

Yes sir, Texas A&M has a QB: Trevor Knight to transfer to Aggies from Oklahoma

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After seeing two quarterbacks transfer out of the program shortly before Texas A&M’s bowl game, the Aggies will reportedly add former Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight to the roster. Knight’s transfer to Texas A&M was reported by George Schroeder of USA Today, although it had long been expected the Aggies would be the program Knight joined after being given a release from his scholarship from Oklahoma.

Knight will be eligible to play for Texas A&M right away in 2016 as a graduate transfer. That is excellent news for Kevin Sumlin, because he is in dire need of a starting quarterback. Texas A&M lost Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray to transfers after both split time as a starter in 2015. The loss of two quarterbacks has led to growing criticism of Sumlin and the job he is doing at Texas A&M, but the addition of Knight should help ease some of the tension in College Station.

Knight taking on the role of starter should be pretty much a given in College Station given his past playing experience even though he ended up losing the starting job to Baker Mayfield, who was a former walk-on at Texas Tech who joined the Sooners this past year.

Knight appeared in just six games this past season, in which he completed 22 of 40 pass attempts for 305 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. In 2014 Knight was much more successful, leading Oklahoma with 2,300 passing yards and 14 touchdowns, but with 12 interceptions and a 56.6 completion percentage. Knight could be a natural fit in Texas A&M’s offense though as he brings a dual-threat game with him, which tends to do well under Sumlin at Texas A&M for at least half a season.

UPDATE (6:18 p.m.): Knight confirmed the transfer news on his Twitter account.