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57 centers named to Rimington Award spring watch list

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You know how I know we’re getting closer to the start of a new season?  The first watch list of the offseason has arrived.

The first for that honor this year is the Rimington Award, which on Tuesday released its spring watch list that is 57 players strong.  The Rimington Award, named in honor of former Nebraska standout Dave Rimington, is presented annually to the top center in the nation and is determined by the consensus All-American center pick from three existing All-America teams — Walter Camp. Sporting News and FWAA.

None of the finalists for the 2015 award, won by Alabama’s Ryan Kelly, are included on this year’s initial watch list as all three have since moved on with expired eligibility.

The ACC and SEC pace all conferences with eight watch listers apiece, followed by the AAC and Big 12 with seven each.  The Big Ten placed six, while the Pac-12’s three was the least of all of the Power Five programs.

All 10 of the FBS leagues, plus one independent (Notre Dame), are represented on the spring watch list, the full roster of which appears below.

AAC
Deyshawn Bond, Cincinnati, senior
Ryan Crozier, UConn, redshirt sophomore
Will Noble, Houston, sophomore
Drew Kyser, Memphis, sophomore
Evan Brown, SMU, junior
Brendan McGowan, Temple, redshirt senior
Chandler Miller, Tulsa, sophomore

ACC
Jay Guillermo, Clemson, senior
Alec Eberle, Florida State, redshirt sophomore
Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech, redshirt senior
Nicholas Linder, Miami, junior
Lucas Crowley, North Carolina, senior
Alex Officer, Pittsburgh, redshirt junior
Jason Emerich, Syracuse, redshirt senior
Jackson Matteo, Virginia, senior

BIG TEN
Joe Spencer, Illinois, senior
Sean Welsh, Iowa, junior
Brendan Moore, Maryland, sophomore
Mason Cole, Michigan, junior
Dylan Utter, Nebraska, senior
Michael Dieter, Wisconsin, sophomore

BIG 12
Kyle Fuller, Baylor, senior
Dalton Risner, Kansas State, sophomore
Jonathan Alvarez, Oklahoma, junior
Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma State, junior
Austin Schlottman, TCU, junior
Tony Morales, Texas Tech, senior
Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia, redshirt senior

CONFERENCE USA
Michael Montero, FIU, senior
Dillon DeBoer, FAU, redshirt senior
Daniel Stephens, Middle Tennessee State, senior
Nick Clarke, Old Dominion, sophomore
Cameron Tom, Southern Miss, senior
Max Halpin, Western Kentucky, redshirt senior

MAC
Tim McAuliffe, Bowling Green redshirt junior
James O’Hagan, Buffalo, sophomore

MOUNTAIN WEST
Jake Bennett, Colorado State, junior
Asotui Eli, Hawaii, redshirt sophomore
Nathan Goltry, Nevada, senior
Arthur Flores, San Diego State, senior
Austin Stephens, Utah State, senior

PAC-12
Toa, Lobendahn, USC, junior
Coleman Shelton, Washington, junior
Riley Sorenson, Washington State, senior

SEC
Frank Ragnow, Arkansas, junior
Brandon Kublanow, Georgia, senior
Jon Toth, Kentucky, senior
Ethan Pocic, LSU, senior
Jamaal Clayborn, Mississippi State, senior
Robert Conyers, Ole Miss, senior
Alan Knott, South Carolina, redshirt junior
Coleman Thomas, Tennessee, junior

SUN BELT
Devin Mondie, Arkansas State, senior
Andy Kwon, Georgia Southern, senior
Gabe Mobley, Georgia State, sophomore
Steve Matlock, Idaho, senior

INDEPENDENTS
Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame, junior

Mom offers Facebook updates on Utah State player critically injured in car wreck

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The mother of a Utah State football player critically injured in a one-car wreck over the weekend has taken to social media to update her son’s condition.

On a Facebook page titled “Brady Strong,” Christy Carter Holt stated that while her son, Aggies freshman defensive end Brady Holt, is breathing on his own, he has remained unconscious since the rollover accident early Saturday afternoon.  The 21-year-old Holt, who wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, was thrown from his SUV in the accident and sustained what were described as critical injuries.

Below is his mother’s most recent update on her son’s condition, posted late Tuesday morning.

Brady was very ” active” yesterday. It may have been more agitation but he was responding to people. We will take anything at this point. They are going to try and remove the bolt that monitors pressure in his head. Once the bolt is removed they will take him for the MRI they were going to do yesterday. Due to the overwhelming support Brady has been receiving, we ask that at this time, to keep him in your prayers. The hospital staff has been very accommodating but we need to remember there are other patients that need the same care. Please call us or message us if yo.u would like to come up. We ask this for the safety and respect of the other patients. Thank you for all the kind words,prayers and love being sent our way. We FEEL IT. Brady will win this fight I know it. Thank you again.

In an earlier update, Carter Holt wrote “[this] sucks to say but, Brady is still in the fight for his life.”

The Utah State Police continues to investigate the accident, but it’s believed that neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor.

Utah State’s Brady Holt critically injured in car wreck

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For the second straight offseason, Utah State has been forced to deal with a car accident involving a member of its football program.

According to multiple media outlets, freshman defensive end Brady Holt sustained critical injuries in a one-car crash over the weekend.  The 21-year-old Holt, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from his SUV in the rollover wreck that occurred just before one p.m. local time Saturday.

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, Holt was injured Saturday at 12:45 p.m. when his northbound SUV drifted into the median and crashed into wooden spools at a construction site. Holt over-corrected and, when the SUV rolled, he was thrown from the vehicle.

Investigators are trying to determine whether drowsy or inattentive driving may have been a factor. There were no witnesses to the crash.

Holt remains hospitalized at an Ogden medical center.

In June of last year, four Aggie football players sustained injuries in a car wreck involving a tractor trailer.

Utah State dismisses starting guard Tyshon Mosley

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Expected to compete for All-Mountain West honors this season, Tyshon Mosley will instead be searching for a new college football home.

In a press release, Utah State announced that Mosley has been dismissed from the Aggies football program.  The only reason given was the standard violation of unspecified team rules.

In early August of last year, USU announced that Mosley was one of three players who had been suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season.  He returned from that suspension to start nine games at left guard.  At the end of last season, he was named honorable mention All-MWC.

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2013, Mosley started 11 of 14 games at left guard in 2014.

Utah St. transfer Darell Garretson sits atop Oregon St.’s QB depth chart

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 09:  Quarterback Darell Garretson #6 of the Utah State Aggies throws against the UNLV Rebels during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Utah State won 28-24.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Entering spring practice earlier this year, many an observer viewed Darell Garretson as the favorite to win the starting quarterback job at Oregon State.  Exiting the spring, those views have been officially validated.

OSU released its post-spring depth chart Wednesday afternoon, with Garretson’s name sitting atop the quarterback position.  While it’s not the be-all, end-all, Garretson put the finishing touches on the spring portion of the competition with a 21-32, 263-yard, three-touchdown, no-interception performance in the recent spring game.

Garretson had been in a competition with sophomore Marcus McMaryion and early-enrollee Mason Moran.  McMaryion, who started the regular-season finale last season, is listed as the No. 2 quarterback and Moran No. 3.

The competition is expected to continue on into summer camp, although Garretson will, again, enter as the favorite to start the season opener against Minnesota Sept. 1.

Garretson transferred to OSU from Utah State in July of 2015.  NCAA bylaws forced him to sit out all of last season.

After starting seven games as a freshman in 2013, Garretson played in just five games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending wrist injury.  It was announced in late March of last year that he was transferring out of USU.