Super Bowl rosters dominated by Pac 12, SEC

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A simple run down the rosters for both the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will show you 31 players who come from the SEC. No conference has more players involved in the big game this season, and that should come as little surprise. Take a deeper look though and you will see that the key players may be just as likely to come from the Pac 12.

The Pac 12 and SEC each have 16 players on the two-deep depth charts for this year’s Super Bowl participants, and the Pac 12 has one more first team player accounted for than the SEC. That number is curved by the Seahawks, where former USC head coach Pete Carroll has made use of more starters with Pac 12 backgrounds on offense and defense.

As noted by AL.com, the Tennessee Volunteers have the most players playing Sunday with five. Behind Tennessee is Arizona State, Florida, Penn State, Texas A&M, USC and Wisconsin (including Russell Wilson, who also played at North Carolina State). Each of those schools have four players on the roster.

Texas Tech has plenty of influence on the success of Denver’s offense. The Red Raiders have two starters on the offensive line (Louis Vasquez and Manny Ramirez) protecting Peyton Manning. One of Manning’s top targets is another former Texas Tech player, wide receiver Wes Welker.

There are a total of 10 players from the two-deep charts that come from the FCS ranks as well. That equals the number of starters or second team players from the ACC and Big Ten.

Baylor DE transfer Deonte Williams commits to Florida State

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A loss for Baylor will turn into a gain for the Florida State football program.

Earlier this offseason, Deonte Williams signaled his intention to leave Waco by entering the NCAA transfer database. Monday, Williams indicated on Twitter that he received a scholarship offer from FSU. Two days later, on the same social media service, the defensive end announced that he has committed to the Florida State football team.

Williams has a familial connection to Florida State as his father, Alphonso, played his college football for the Seminoles. His father played with Odell Haggins, the longtime FSU assistant who was retained by new head coach Mike Norvell.

During the 2018 season, Williams suffered a significant fracture in his arm. Williams sat out the 2019 season after “[m]e and my dad decided to take the medical DQ to have time to think about my future moving forward,” he told 247Sports.com. A few months later, he entered the portal.

A three-star 2016 signee, Williams was rated as the No. 37 outside linebacker in the country. The Plano, Tex., product took a redshirt as a true freshman. He started four of the nine games in which he played in 2017, then played in the first seven games the following season before the arm injury in a game against Texas.

Nov. 3, Florida State announced that Willie Taggart was out as the program’s head football coach. A month later, Norvell was hired away from Memphis as Taggart’s replacement.

Including Williams, Norvell has added five Power Five transfers since he arrived at FSU, which is coming off back-to-back sub-.500 seasons for the first time since 1975-76.

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history

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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 April 9, 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 hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)

2019

THE HEADLINE: Alabama, Oklahoma announce future home-and-home
THE SYNOPSIS: You’ll have to wait a while for this matchup of college football bluebloods, though.  The Crimson Tide will travel to Norman Sept. 11, 2032. Then, the Sooners will make the trek to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 10 of the following season.  The last regular-season meeting came in 2003.  Their last two games (2014, 2018)came in the College Football Playoffs.

2018

THE HEADLINE: Kobe Bryant given No. 24 USC football jersey by Clay Helton
THE SYNOPSIS: Nearly two years later, the 41-year-old NBA Hall of Famer, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash.

2018

THE HEADLINE: Report: Ole Miss blocking Shea Patterson’s appeal for immediate eligibility at Michigan
THE SYNOPSIS: Ole Miss’ petulance lasted nearly through the month of April.  In the end, however, the quarterback was granted a waiver by the NCAA.  In two seasons with the Wolverines, Patterson threw for 5,661 yards, 45 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

2017

THE HEADLINE: Yet another Oklahoma quarterback arrested for public intoxication
THE SYNOPSIS: Chris Robison was the second Sooners signal-caller popped for being drunk in public.  The first?  Future Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield.

2017

THE HEADLINE: Dabo Swinney names a favorite to replace QB Deshaun Watson out of spring game
THE SYNOPSIS: Kelly Bryant did indeed take over for Watson at Clemson.  That hold on the job lasted one season as, after the emergence of Trevor Lawrence, Bryant transferred to Missouri in December of 2018.

2015

THE HEADLINE: Report: UNLV considering building football stadium near the Strip
THE SYNOPSIS: Two years later, it was confirmed that the new home of the NFL’s Raiders will also serve as the college football Rebels’ new digs.  That stadium in Las Vegas is still set to open this year.

2014

THE HEADLINE: NCAA football attendance topped 50 million in 2013
THE SYNOPSIS: The exact figure was 50,291,275, including bowl attendance of 1.7 million fans.  By 2018, FBS attendance had dipped to 36,707,511.  The NCAA has yet to release its attendance figures for the 2019 season.

2013

THE HEADLINE: Report: ‘Noles-Irish game set for 2014
THE SYNOPSIS: That game came to fruition, with Florida State claiming a 31-27 win.  Notre Dame whipped FSU 42-13 in the next meeting in South Bend.

2012

THE HEADLINE: Officer report: ‘I do not know Jessica Dorrell and I have never met her’
THE SYNOPSIS: Pinocchio Petrino just kept stepping into it deeper and deeper.

Southern Miss’ highest-rated 2019 signee set to transfer to Kansas JUCO

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The Southern Miss football program has taken a significant hit to its roster.

On Twitter Tuesday, Jaden Johnson announced that he has decided to take the first step in leaving the Southern Miss football program by placing his name into the NCAA transfer database. The quarterback stated that he came to the decision “[a]fter prayer, and talking with my family we have come to an agreement that it was best for me to enter the transfer portal and continue my football career [elsewhere].”

As it turns out, that elsewhere will be a lower level of the sport. According to Johnson, he will be attending Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.

“First I would like to thank the University of Southern Mississippi for giving me an opportunity to further my education while playing the sport I love,” Johnson wrote. “I would like to thank that recruited me during the time and noticing that I had the potential to be a D1 quarterback.

“I also would like to thank my brothers on the team for accepting me into a brotherhood that I am very thankful for.

After at least a season at the JUCO, it’s expected that Johnson will attempt to move back to the FBS level.

Johnson was a three-star member of the Southern Miss football Class of 2019. The Memphis native was rated as the No. 25 pro-style quarterback in the country. He was easily the Golden Eagles’ highest-rated signee that year.

Johnson very likely would’ve entered the 2020 season behind the incumbent, Jack Abraham. A year ago, Abraham completed nearly 68 percent of his 405 passes for 3,496 yards, 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Earlier this offseason, Southern Miss actually added a target for Abraham to its football roster. In January, tight end Grayson Gunter announced that he will be transferring to the Conference USA school from Arkansas.

Portal pulls in Bowling Green LB Torrian Hampton

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For at least the second time this offseason, Bowling Green has seen its football roster pared.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Torrian Hampton has opted to enter his name into the NCAA transfer base. It was subsequently confirmed by a Bowling Green official that the linebacker has opted to leave the Falcons football team.

Now, for what’s seemingly becoming a daily disclaimer when it comes to transfers.

As we’ve stated myriad times in the past, a player can remove his name from the portal and remain at the same school. At this point, though, other programs are permitted to contact a player without receiving permission from his current football program.

NCAA bylaws also permit schools to pull a portal entrant’s scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered it.

Hampton was a two-star 2016 signee. He took a redshirt his true freshman season.

The past three seasons, Hampton played in a combined 28 games. The Florida native started two of those contests. Both of those came during the 2018 season.

In late February, one of Hampton’s teammates, Caleb Bright, announced medical concerns were forcing him to retire from the sport.

Bowling Green is coming off a 3-9 football campaign in 2019. Since winning 10 games in Dino Babers‘ final season in 2015, the Falcons have won a combined 12 games the past four years.