Where have you gone Johnny Manziel?
The answer is Cleveland, and the Texas A&M Aggies obviously miss their former quarterback’s presence.
The No. 7 Alabama Crimson Tide annihilated the No. 21 Aggies 59-0 Saturday. Nick Saban‘s squad dominated every level of the game. The Crimson Tide racked up 602 total yards. Meanwhile, the Aggies’ explosive offense was held to only 172 total yards.
While Alabama earned an opportunity to move up the national rankings, Texas A&M is going in the opposite direction after its third-straight loss.
Over the past two weeks, the Aggies have been outscored 66-0 during the first half against the Ole Miss Rebels and the Crimson Tide.
After the past three seasons, Sumlin’s squad lost multiple top talents. Manziel, wide receiver Mike Evans and offensive tackles Jake Matthews and Luke Joeckel were first-round draft picks. Players such as running back Christine Michael, defensive end Damontre Moore, linebacker Sean Porter and wide receiver Ryan Swope were also drafted. As well as Sumlin has recruited for the Aggies, it’s still a young team at key positions and lacks talent in others.
The Crimson Tide easily exploited Texas A&M’s problem areas. It starts up front with an undermanned defensive line. Alabama’s offensive line mauled its way to 298 rushing yards. Texas A&M couldn’t counter.
The Aggies’ normally explosive offense couldn’t stretch the field. Quarterback Kenny Hill was under pressure throughout the contest and forced off his spot. Alabama played sound football by keeping everything in front of them and not allowing yards after the catch.
These problems became a recipe for disaster.
Fans of Texas A&M should expect plenty of changes after this week. Sumlin already stated at halftime of the game some players would be replaced.
No one should be safe after Texas A&M laid another egg, including Hill after throwing six interceptions the past three games.
There’s further unrest within the Texas football program.
June 4, Longhorns wide receiver Brennan Eagles kicked up quite the kerfuffle by proclaiming, amidst police brutality and racial injustice, “I’ll be [damned] if you think I’ll play another snap with the platform I have that [affects the] majority of people that contribute to the sport who don’t actually play.” A week later, Texas student-athletes, including football players, took to social media en masse to spread their message: “We aim to hold the athletic department and university to a higher standard by not only asking them to keep their promise of condemning racism on our campus, but to go beyond this by taking action to make Texas more comfortable and inclusive for the black athletes and the black community that has so fervently supported this program.” Not long after, linebacker Juwan Mitchell publicly stated, “I do not feel comfortable representing the University of Texas.
After a couple of weeks of quiet on that front, DeMarvion Overshown has shattered it. In a statement posted to Twitter, the linebacker announced that, “until real action is taken and changes are made I will be sitting out of all team activities.”
“We have been told that things are being done behind close(d) doors but have yet to see any changes,” Overshown added.
The university has not responded to Overshown’s stance.
In their social-media message last month, the student-athletes laid out several areas of change they want to see enacted. Among them: renaming several buildings on campus, including James Hogg Auditorium; “replacement of statues with more diverse statues on campus designed by artists/sculptors who are people of color”; the UT Athletic Department donating .5% of its annual earnings to black organizations and the Black Lives Matter movement; and replacing “The Eyes of Texas with a new song without racist undertones.”
The athletes suggested lifting the requirement of athletes to sing a song that was established in 1903 during a period of lynchings and Jim Crow society, the Daily Texan wrote two years ago.
Overshown, a junior, has appeared in 17 games during his two seasons with the Longhorns.
Texas State has had a love–hate relationship with the football transfer portal this offseason. This week, the hate reared its head. Again.
Cedric Case Tuesday announced that he has entered his name into the NCAA transfer database, the first step in leaving Texas State football. The quarterback made the announcement on his personal Twitter account.
“After many discussions with my family and a lot of reflection about my future, I’ve decided at this time it’s in my best interest to transfer from Texas State University,” Case wrote. “I want to thank Coach Spavital and the rest of the coaching staff for giving me the great opportunity to be [a part] of their program, and helping me become a better football player and a better man.
“I also want to thank my teammates for treating me like family and making San Marcos feel like home from the moment I got there. I’ve made countless memories over the past year, and can’t wait to watch the success each of you will have on and off the field.”
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.
Case was a two-star member of the Texas State football Class of 2019. The Lincoln, Nebraska, native was the No. 7 player regardless of position in his home state. He will have to sit out the 2020 season. That will leave him with three years of eligibility to use starting in 2021.
As a true freshman, Case didn’t see the field for the Bobcats.
Texas State is coming off its second consecutive 3-9 football season, its first under head coach Jake Spavital. In fact, the Bobcats haven’t finished above-.500 since going 7-5 in 2014. The 2012 season was the program’s first at the FBS level.
The ever-evolving kicking position for Liberty football has taken another turn.
Back in March, Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins revealed that Brenton King had decided to go pro in something other than sports. Earlier this month, though, it was confirmed that the placekicker had since placed his name into the NCAA transfer database.
On Twitter this week, King announced that he has committed to Liberty football.
“Excited for this new chapter in my life,” the kicker wrote. “Can’t wait to be back on the field. Thank you [special teams coordinator Tanner Burns] for believing in me and giving me a chance to play the sport I love still.
Coming out of high school in Georgia, King was a two-star member of the Georgia Tech football Class of 2017. As a true freshman, he split time as the primary placekicker for the Yellow Jackets. King was Tech’s primary kicker this past season. In between, he kicked in four games but was able to take a redshirt for 2018.
During his three seasons, King connected on 42-of-46 point-afters. However, he was successful on just nine of his 17 field-goal attempts.
King left Georgia Tech as a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility. That, of course, means he can immediately play this season as well as next.
The football independent will be looking to replace its full-time kicker from a year ago, Alex Probert. In February of this year, Probert transferred to Iowa State.
Liberty became a provisional Football Bowl Subdivision member in 2018. In its initial season as a full FBS member last year, the Flames qualified for their first-ever bowl game. And won it.
Syracuse football has officially bolstered its defensive line with a lower-level addition.
Earlier this month, Cody Roscoe announced on Twitter that he will be transferring into Dino Babers‘ Syracuse football program. This week, the Orange confirmed the defensive lineman has signed with the program. The defensive lineman is coming to the ACC school from McNeese State.
Because he comes in from an FCS program, Roscoe will be eligible to play immediately in 2020. According to a release, Roscoe is already enrolled in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Roscoe was a two-year starter for the Cowboys. He totaled 19 tackles for loss and 13½ sacks in that action. The lineman had 11 tackles for loss and nine sacks this postseason, with both totals good for second on the team.
The FCS player is one of the few additions for a Syracuse football program that has lost its share to the portal this offseason. Since mid-March, the Orange has seen four of their players leave for the NCAA transfer database.
Wallace, incidentally, has since moved on to Kent State.
Syracuse is set to open the 2020 college football season at Boston College Sept. 4.