Well, this might sting a little for Texas A&M. Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham shared his experience in the recruiting process at SEC Media Days in Atlanta, claiming to be the one trying to sell himself more to Texas A&M than Texas A&M tried recruiting him when Stidham opted to leave Baylor.
“Honestly, [former Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin], he didn’t recruit me too hard,” Stidham said. “I probably tried to recruit myself to A&M a little harder. Just because it was in-state, it was right down the road from where I was there in Waco.”
Originally a four-star recruit of Baylor in the Class of 2015, Stidham transferred from Baylor in the wake of the sexual assault scandal with the program in the summer of 2016. Five months later, Stidham announced his decision to transfer to Auburn for the 2017 season. This will be Stidham’s second season starting for the Tigers after passing for 3,158 yards and 18 touchdowns last season.
Why would Texas A&M not go after such a talented quarterback that was showing great interest in playing for them? It may because the urgency in adding a quarterback may not have felt like a pressing need for Texas A&M heading into the 2017 season. The Aggies had freshman Kellen Mond coming in as a five-star recruit in the Class of 2017. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, but Mond appeared in 10 games for Texas A&M and completed 51.5 percent of his passes for 1,375 yards and eight touchdowns with six interceptions. He also rushed for 340 yards and three touchdowns for the Aggies.
Texas A&M went 7-6 last season, while Auburn knocked off both Alabama and Georgia in the regular season to advance to the SEC Championship Game. How many fans in College Station are wondering if the fate of the 2017 season would have been changed drastically if Sumlin decided Stidham would be his guy instead of Mond? Would it have made much of a difference for the Aggies (and for that matter, Auburn)?
As Stidham said to the media, it all worked out for him. Sumlin ended up losing his job and is now the head coach at Arizona, while former Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is getting prepared for his season as the new (handsomely paid) head coach of Texas A&M.
If you were wondering, Stidham also completed 20-of-27 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in a 42-27 victory over Texas A&M in Kyle Field last November.
Whether Temple has the biggest piece of its running game this weekend remains decidedly up in the air.
Ryquell Armstead didn’t play in last Saturday’s win over Navy because of an ankle injury. With a huge matchup with No. 20 Cincinnati on deck for this weekend, the running back’s status is very much up in the air.
Head coach Geoff Collins stated Armstead “is still day-to-day,” and that “we are excited about his healthy return, whenever that may be.”
Armstead is far and away the Owls’ leading rusher with 626 yards on the ground, and he’s scored exactly half (six) of Temple’s 12 rushing touchdowns. Jager Gardner’s 101 yards are a distant second on the team.
A very scary and disturbing incident is the latest to trigger a resetting of the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Louisville tight end Kemari Averett was arrested on one count each of first-degree wanton endangerment and domestic violence (fourth-degree assault). Averett is accused of holding a gun to the head of his girlfriend, who is also the mother of his child, and threatening to kill her.
From the Courier-Journal‘s report:
According to an arrest citation, Averett was at the woman’s house Sunday night to study and left his backpack. The woman went over to Averett’s apartment to return the backpack Monday night. He walked to the car and gave the woman a baby outfit and ultrasound pictures, according to the citation.
When he retrieved the backpack, he noticed his laptop was missing, the citation said.
She told Averett she wasn’t aware the laptop was missing. Police said Averett then came at the woman, put a gun to her left temple and said, “(expletive), I will kill you.”
Averett then told her to return to her hometown, and “I’ll have my people looking for you,” police said. He also told a witness in the back seat that, “I should pistol whip your (expletive) for running your mouth,” the citation said.
As a result of the arrest, the 20-year-old Averett has been indefinitely suspended from the football program.
“Kemari Averett has been suspended immediately from all football activities per further investigation,” a statement from head coach Bobby Petrino began. “He will not have access to our facility or be involved in any team activities during this suspension.”
Averett, a true sophomore from Atlanta, has started four of the six games for the Cardinals this season. He’s caught eight passes for 65 yards and is tied for the team lead with two receiving touchdowns.
If a once-touted wide receiver is to restart his flailing college football playing career, he’ll have a to wait a while to do so.
In mid-July, Joseph Lewis was arrested on one count of felony domestic battery with injury. Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported, the former USC wide receiver pleaded no contest to felony domestic violence.
Lewis was sentenced by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to one year in jail. Additionally, Lewis will have to serve five years probation as well as attend 52 domestic violence prevention classes.
Lewis’ July arrest came less than two weeks after he had finished serving a 21-day jail sentence for a previous domestic violence arrest.
In late February of this year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to pursue a felony charge against Lewis after he was arrested on one count of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant. At the time, though, it was reported that the case had been referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, which would decide whether misdemeanor charges would arise from the arrest.
Not long after, the city attorney’s office filed five misdemeanor counts against Lewis. The charges stemmed from two separate incidents in February, and included three counts of domestic battery with an injury, false imprisonment and domestic battery without an injury.
In the wake of the arrest, Lewis was suspended from the football team and his name removed from the roster. While a USC spokesman stated after Lewis’ release from his first stint in jail that his status with the team hadn’t changed and remained off the roster, the player had previously said that he was hopeful he’d be permitted to rejoin the team before the start of the 2018 season.
A five-star member of the Trojans’ 2017 recruiting class, Lewis was rated as the No. 4 receiver in the country; the No. 6 player at any position in the state of California; and the No. 31 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. The only player rated higher in USC’s class that year was running back Stephen Carr.
As a true freshman last season, Lewis caught four passes for 39 yards. He had been expected to play a bigger role in the Trojans’ passing game this season
Oregon’s huge Week 7 win has come with a very steep price tag.
The Ducks announced Tuesday morning that Penei Sewell will miss “about six weeks” because of a high-ankle sprain. The starting left tackle suffered the injury this past Saturday’s overtime win over Washington.
The six-week timeline means the true freshman is very likely to miss the remainder of the regular season. There would be a chance for the lineman to come back in time for the Pac-12 championship game if the Ducks were to qualify.
“Penei is a relentless competitor and I have no doubt he’ll return better than ever,” head coach Mario Cristobal said.
Sewell was a four-star member of the Ducks’ 2018 recruiting class, rated as the No. 2 guard in the country; the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Utah; and the No. 57 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. He was the highest-rated player in UO’s class this year.
The 6-6, 345-pound Sewell started the first six games of the year, and became the first freshman lineman to start an opener for the Ducks in more than two decades.
With Sewell sidelined for the foreseeable future, the Ducks will, at least initially, move starting right tackle Calvin Throckmorton to the left side. Junior Brady Aiello will take over as the starter on the right side of the line.