In 2008, true freshman wide receiver A.J. Green caught 56 balls for 963 yards and eight touchdowns.And the Georgia wideout did all of that while battling a nagging groin injury throughout the entire season.Now, the talented receiver has loudly proclaimed that the injury is a thing of the past and he’s completely recovered from the groin issue. Needless to say, that’s not a very pleasant thought for defensive coordinators throughout the Southeastern Conference.”Nope, not a bit,” Green said according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, when asked if the injury was still lingering. “I’m 100 percent now. I’ve gotten a lot of treatment, and … the trainers have gotten me more flexible. I think it had a lot to do with not being flexible [enough].”It will be interesting to see, though, how Green performs without Matthew Stafford throwing him the ball and without former Bulldog receiver Mohamed Massaquoi helping to take away some of the defenses attention.
Thanks to Ole Miss, we have some football scheduling news you don’t normally see. An SEC school agreeing to a straight home-and-home with a Group of Five program.
South Alabama Monday confirmed that it has reached an agreement on a home-and-home series with Ole Miss in football. The Jaguars will travel to Oxford Sept. 2, 2028. The Rebels will make the five-hour trek to Mobile Sept. 1 of the following season.
The 2029 game will mark the first time an SEC school travels to the Sun Belt Conference program since Mississippi State in 2014. That was actually the first and only time since USA became an FBS member.
South Alabama and Ole Miss have met once in football. That came back in 2017, with the Rebels claiming a 47-27 win in Oxford.
“We are very excited to sign this home-and-home contract with Ole Miss,” USA head coach Steve Campbell said in a statement. “They have a proud program and tradition, it will be great to have them play in Hancock Whitney Stadium; hopefully they will be the first of many Power Five schools to make that trip to play here in Mobile. Mississippi has been very good for us as far as recruiting, we have brought in a lot of talented student-athletes from the state, I know it will be exciting for those future recruits to play Ole Miss.”
In its history, USA has played six games against SEC schools. They are 1-5 in those games. The lone win? Against Mississippi State in 2016.
Outside of Ole Miss, USA has five future games against members of the SEC. Those are:
- Florida (2020)
- Tennessee (2021)
- LSU (2024)
- Auburn (2025)
- Kentucky (2026).
The quarterback room for Northwestern football has officially received a much-needed infusion of talent. And experience.
Monday, Northwestern formally confirmed Ramsey’s addition to its football roster. Also, former Kent State punter Derek Adams was added as well.
Both players come to the Wildcats as graduate transfers.
“We are thrilled to welcome Peyton and Derek to our football family,” said Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald in a statement. “The graduate education opportunities at Northwestern are unparalleled, as is the opportunity to compete at the highest level of college football. We look forward to welcoming them properly when we all return to Evanston to prepare for the 2020 season.”
Of the 32 games in which he played for the Hoosiers, Ramsey started 23 of those.
During his time in Bloomington, Ramsey completed 66.5% of his career pass attempts for 6,581 yards, 42 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. The Cincinnati native also ran for 832 yards and another 14 touchdowns. This past season, he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors after finishing second in the conference in completion percentage (68%), fourth in yards per attempt (8.2) and fifth in passer rating (147.7).
This past season, Northwestern was 126th (out of 130 FBS schools) in passing yards per game (117), 124th in completion percentage (50%) and dead last in passer rating (84.5). NU’s six touchdown passes in 12 games? 129th in the country.
“I would like to thank everyone at Indiana University for allowing me to live out my dream of playing college football,” said Ramsey. “I would especially like to thank my teammates that pushed me, encouraged me, and trusted me. Sometimes the road to realizing your dreams can take you in a different direction than you expected. I am grateful to Coach Fitz and his entire staff for this opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.”
Adams, meanwhile, was a three-year starter for the Golden Flashes. He averaged 42 yards per punt in that span. Last season, the average was at 43.1.
Twice, Adams earned All-MAC honors.
“It has been one heck of a journey so far,” said Adams. “I am beyond grateful to Coach Fitz, Coach Genyk and the entire Northwestern Football program for providing an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Fabien Lovett spent the first portion of the Egg Bowl rivalry on the Mississippi State side. Now, he’s headed to the other. Reportedly.
Lovett was one of a handful of individuals offended by a Mike Leach tweet earlier this offseason. The MSU defensive lineman subsequently became the first of five Bulldogs to enter the NCAA transfer database in the past two months or so. A couple of weeks later, Lovett tweeted that he would be transferring to Florida State.
Monday, however, it was reported that Lovett Will Likely become the latest MSU player to find a new home as the lineman has flipped to the Ole Miss side of the Egg Bowl rivalry. Whispers have been growing of later the Lovett could be headed to Oxford.
Thus far, none of the schools involved or the player have confirmed anything.
Sources: It appears likely that former Mississippi State defensive lineman Fabien Lovett will end up transferring to Ole Miss.
Former four-star recruit. Played under Ole Miss defensive line coach Deke Adams at Mississippi State.
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) May 26, 2020
It’s thought that Lovett would have to sit out the 2020 season if he moves to another FBS program. However, he is expected to file an appeal for an immediate eligibility waiver. It’s believed that he will use the Leach tweet as the basis for his appeal.
Lovett was a three-star 2018 signee. He was rated as the No. 7 player regardless of position in the state of Mississippi.
The past two seasons, Lovett appeared in 15 games. 13 of those appearances came in 2019. A year ago, the defensive end was credited with 19 tackles, 2½ tackles for loss and a sack.
Because he appeared in four or fewer games in 2018, Lovett was able to take a redshirt for that season. Depending on how the waiver appeal turns out, Lovett would have either three years of eligibility starting in 2020 or two starting in 2021.
For those keeping score at home? Leach’s Bulldogs and Lane Kiffin‘s Rebels will next meet Nov. 26. In Oxford.
The sports world, including college football, has essentially screeched to a halt as countries around the world battle the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there’s a dearth of college football news as spring practices have all but been canceled at every level of the sport. And there’s even some concern that the health issue could have an impact on the 2020 college football campaign.
In that vein, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.
So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on May 27, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.
(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section. Mailbag, maybe?)
THE HEADLINE: Report: Bru McCoy re-transferring from Texas back to USC
THE SYNOPSIS: The five-star 2019 prospect signed with USC. Then transferred to Texas. Then moved back to the Trojans.
THE HEADLINE: Proposed California amendment would cap coaches salaries at $200,000
THE SYNOPSIS: LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL…
THE HEADLINE: WATCH: FCS player paralyzed in 2015 game vs. Georgia walks
THE SYNOPSIS: Southern’s Devon Gales is such an inspirational story.
THE HEADLINE: Art Briles’ daughter calls firing ‘outrageous’ and ‘disgusting’ in Facebook post
THE SYNOPSIS: Oddly enough, outrageous and disgusting described the scandal that cost her father his job at Baylor.
THE HEADLINE: Amidst controversy, Dabo Swinney cancels planned appearance
THE SYNOPSIS: The Clemson coach was caught up in an LGBT kerfuffle.
THE HEADLINE: Bill Hancock says CFB Playoff not expanding past four teams
THE SYNOPSIS: Six years later, momentum is building for expansion.
THE HEADLINE: Michigan commit burns Buckeyes recruiting literature
THE SYNOPSIS: The Greatest Rivalry In All Of Sports knows no offseason.
THE HEADLINE: Spurrier On Tebow & The NFL: ‘He’ll Do Super’
THE SYNOPSIS: Was the Ol’ Ball Coach correct? Let’s go to the Tale of the Statistical Tape:
COMPLETION PERCENTAGE: 47.9
PASSING YARDS: 2,422
PASSING TOUCHDOWNS: 17
YARDS PER ATTEMPT: 6.7
PASSER RATING: 75.3