We don’t yet know to where Aaron Cochran will transfer, but the potential landing spots have been narrowed.
Jake Trotter of ESPN.com revealed on Twitter that the Cal transfer has whittled his to-do list down to three: Auburn, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. The offensive lineman is already known to have taken an official visit to the Cowboys nearly three weeks ago.
Per Trotter, he’ll visit The Plains this weekend, then Lubbock two weeks later.
In early February, Cochran announced that he would be transferring from Cal. As he is leaving Berkeley as a graduate transfer — he’s expected to graduate this spring — the lineman would have instant eligibility at another FBS school.
Cochran started 16 of the 28 games in which he played during his Cal career. 10 of those starts came this past season.
And, regardless of where he lands, his new school will be getting a very large human being.
For what it’s worth, Cochran is listed at 6-8, 350 pound on his official Cal bio page.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was optimistic about wide receiver Kyle Davis returning to the team at some point this spring, but the tune has changed regarding his future. Malzahn is now saying Davis may be out for the remainder of Auburn’s spring practices due to personal reasons.
“Kyle Davis is still taking care of some personal business,” Malzahn said, according to SEC Country. “I’m not for sure if he’s going to be back before the end of the spring. He will be back for the fall, just taking a little bit longer than we initially thought.”
It was just a few weeks ago Malzahn said Davis was going to be out for the start of spring practices, which are now close to half over. For now, the plan is simply to have him return over the summer in preparation for the fall.
In the meantime, Malzahn confirmed John Franklin III is working primarily as a wide receiver, which had previously been suspected to be the case.
We don’t know yet who will be Auburn’s starting quarterback. We do, though, know who won’t be.
Tyler Queen took to his personal Twitter account this afternoon to announce that, “after a lot of prayer and discussion with my family,” he feels “it is time to transfer and explore other opportunities.” In his Twitter missive, the rising redshirt sophomore wrote that “I feel like I haven’t had a chance to show the player I’m capable of being.”
A three-star member of the Tigers’ 2015 recruiting class, Queen was rated as the No. 15 pro-style quarterback in the country. Elbow surgery helped lead to a redshirt his true freshman season. He appeared in two games last season, completing one of his two passes for 11 yards.
Incumbent Sean White and Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham are viewed as the main contenders for the starting job, with the latter seen as the favorite by many. White is extremely limited this spring because of a broken forearm suffered in the Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma, leading new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey to declare that a starter won’t be named exiting the 15 sessions.
Redshirt freshman Woody Barrett and early enrollee Malik Willis are on the periphery of the competition as well. John Franklin III would’ve been a part of the signal-calling gaggle but has been getting reps at wide receiver.
While he has much more pressing matters off the field, Landon Rice is looking to continue his collegiate playing career on it.
Citing an unnamed source, al.com is reporting that Rice has joined the football team at Mississippi Coast Community College. The tight end would be eligible to play immediately, pending the outcome of a potentially serious legal issue.
In early September of last year, Rice left the Auburn football program for what were initially described as “personal reasons.” It was subsequently reported that Rice had been accused of first-degree rape.
A 19-year-old female filed a police report July 27 accusing Rice of raping her April 12 at an on-campus residence hall and sought a protective order against him Sept. 12, with a temporary order issued three days later.
The attorney for Rice issued a statement shortly after the accusations came to light in which he labeled the allegations as “false” and that his client has been “vilified” and “unfairly treated” because of them. In response to that statement, the lawyer for the unnamed 19-year-old allegedly raped by Rice released a series of text messages between the player and alleged victim in which the former apologized to the latter on multiple occasions.
Rice has denied any wrongdoing through his lawyer, and has yet to be charged in connection to the allegations.
A four-star member of the Tigers’ 2016 recruiting class, Rice was rated as the No. 8 tight end in the country. He was an early enrollee who participated in sprig practice last year and was expected to contribute as a true freshman before the off-field issue derailed those plans.
His brother, Logan Rice, currently plays wide receiver for the Tigers.
Auburn has already decided to at least give a quarterback a shot with its depleted wide receiving corps. In a week or so, that group should be further bolstered with some experienced talent.
Since the Tigers opened spring practice Feb. 28, Kyle Davis has been absent as he tends to what Gus Malzahn described as “personal business.” With his squad currently in the midst of spring break, the head coach expects the wide receiver to have that unspecified personal business under control and be back with the team when they resume spring practice March 21.
“We do,” Malzahn stated simply when asked if he expects the rising sophomore to return with the rest of his teammates.
Davis’ return would greatly aid a receiving corps that, as al.com noted, has three walk-ons currently listed on its two-deep depth chart.
As a true freshman last season, Davis was tops on the team with a 20.7 yards per catch average. The 6-2, 213-pounder’s two receiving touchdowns were second on the Tigers, while his 248 receiving yards and 12 receptions were third and seventh, respectively.