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Pair of QBs leaving Rutgers as graduate transfers; third QB leaving too

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Rutgers’ quarterback room will have a decidedly different look when the next season rolls around.

Earlier in the week, Hayden Rettig confirmed his desire to transfer from the Scarlet Knights.  Not long after, Chris Laviano (pictured) confirmed that he would be doing the same.

Both Rettig and Laviano will be leaving RU as graduates, meaning they can transfer to another FBS program and be eligible to play immediately in 2017.

Laviano had started 18 consecutive games until he was benched in October.  Rettig, a former LSU transfer, played in five games the past two seasons after redshirting his first season in Piscataway.

Giovanni Rescigno took over for Laviano around midseason this year and started the last five games of what turned out to be a 2-10 first season for head coach Chris Ash.  The Scarlet Knights lost all five of Rescigno’s starts, losing the first two by a combined eight points.  They lost the last three, though, by a total of 106 points and scored just 13 combined in the process.

The junior Rescigno will return in 2017, as will Zach Allen, a transfer from TCU.

In addition to Rettig and Laviano, Mike Dare has confirmed to nj.com that he too will be transferring.  Dare came to the Knights as a touted 2015 pro-style quarterback, but the coaching change from Kyle Flood to Ash proved too much for the in-state product to overcome.

“I had a sitdown with [offensive coordinator Drew] Mehringer and I really wanted to see what the plans were in the near future,” Dare told the website. “We were talking for a while, and we both knew that this offense didn’t suit me very well. I came to a pro-style offense, a coaching change happened, and I’m not mad at it.

Dare would be forced to sit out the 2017 season if he lands at another FBS program, leaving him with two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.

WATCH: Troy player receives football scholarship from his mom

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The moment when a player receives a surprise scholarship among the company of his teammates is never one that gets old watching, and you have to give it to coaches and programs finding new ways to always keep these moments as special as they can. Recently, Troy long snapper Cameron Kaye was surprised with a scholarship at the end of a practice, and his mother was the one to hand over the official paperwork.

As Troy head coach Neal Brown says in the video, Kaye started every game Troy played a season ago and has earned a 3.0 GPA as an exercise science major.

Kaye announced he had received his full scholarship offer on Friday, two days prior to Troy’s video team releasing the video included in this post.

Videos of players learning they are being put on scholarship will never, ever get old.

Penn State DE Torrence Brown the latest Nittany Lion to retire

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The hits just keep on coming for Penn State. Just days after a pair of Penn State players announced their retirement from football, defensive end Torrence Brown has announced his retirement from the game just before the start of the college football season.

“Due to multiple injuries and surgeries, my career at Penn State has come to an end,” Brown said in a statement shared on his Twitter account recently. “It has been tough coming to terms with this news but I know that everything happens for a reason and God will continue to guide me.”

Brown missed the majority of the 2017 season due to a knee injury suffered early in the year. He had hoped to return to the field this fall, but that clearly did not come to be for Brown as he battled back from injury.

Last week, Ryan Buchholz and Jordan Miner announced their retirements from the game. Prior to that, 2018 signee Nana Asiedu announced his retirement due to a heart condition. Quarterback Jake Zembiec also has retired due to a shoulder injury.

“We’re kind of having a strange year, to be honest with you,” Penn State head coach James Franklin said recently in response to some of the previously announced retirements, according to PennLive. “It’s challenging for them, it’s challenging for their parents, it’s challenging for us as a staff, in terms of managing a roster and depth, and those types of things. Most importantly, it’s difficult (because) this is their dream. This is their ultimate dream.”

Brown said he intends to follow through with the winter semester to earn his degree.

UCLA loses LB Josh Woods to season-ending knee injury

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UCLA’s defense was dealt a bad card just before the start of the 2018 college football season. Bruins head coach Chip Kelly announced to reporters that linebacker Josh Woods will miss the entire season due to a knee injury from Thursday’s practice.

“It’s a big blow,” Kelly said, according to a Los Angeles Daily News report. “Just a great young man, everything you want in a football player. So it’s hard for us to try to replace because we don’t have that much depth at that position. But right now our thoughts are with Josh.”

Woods was expected to be a starter for the UCLA defense this season. Last season, he appeared in seven games and recorded 30 tackles, including 23 solo tackles. His 2017 season was cut short due to a shoulder injury.

It remains to be determined if Woods will get the chance to play for UCLA again. The senior has already earned his degree but does have the option of using a redshirt for the 2018 season and continuing to play again in 2019.

Jeremy Pruitt still expects Vols’ highest-rated 2018 signee to enroll

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Tennessee has spent the whole of summer camp without its most highly-touted true freshman, but that could change in the not-too-distant future.

While JJ Peterson signed with the Vols this recruiting cycle, he has yet to enroll in classes at UT as he still has some academic requirements to clear. After Saturday’s scrimmage, Jeremy Pruitt seemed confident that the linebacker will join the team on the field sooner rather than later.

“He’s finishing up a class, and when he gets the class finished up, he’ll be here,” the head coach said by the Knoxville News Sentinel. “Would we have liked it… been last week? Absolutely. But that’s part of it. You’ve got to do it, and he’s working hard to do that.”

According to the News Sentinel, UT starts its fall semester this coming Wednesday.

A four-star member of the Volunteers’ 2018 recruiting class, Peterson was rated as the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country; the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Georgia; and the No. 48 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.  The 6-3, 231-pound signee was the highest-rated prospect in Pruitt’s first class with the Vols, one that was 22nd nationally and eighth in the SEC.

Tennessee kicks off the 2018 season Sept. 1 against West Virginia in Charlotte.