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Alabama remains super in latest Super 16 Poll

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After continuing to tighten their grip on the top spot in the AP and coaches polls this week, the Alabama Crimson Tide also flexed some muscle atop the latest Super 16 Poll from the Football Writers Association of America and the National Football Foundation. Alabama received 48 of a possible 51 first-place votes to remain on top of the Super 16 Poll once again, with Georgia and LSU each receiving one of the remaining first-place ballots submitted this week.

Like in the AP and coaches polls, Alabama’s ownership of first-place votes has trended up each week the Super 16 has been released. Alabama received 36 first-place votes in the preseason Super 16 Poll and has managed to add to their total each successive week the poll has been released.

This week’s Super 16 poll saw some newcomers after a week of upsets and critical outcomes across the nation. At No. 13, Michigan is back in the Super 16 poll where they started in the preseason ranking. The Wolverines are back for the first time since opening the season with a loss at Notre Dame. UCF, who has continued to trend upward in the overall voting since the preseason poll, has finally made their debut in the Super 16, coming in at No. 14 this week. After a brief drop off the poll last week, Wisconsin is back, this week taking No. 15. And at No. 16 is Kentucky, following the Wildcats taking down Mississippi State, who went from being No. 13 to one of the last few schools to receive any votes overall.

Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, and Virginia Tech each received votes this week but all three fell out of the top 16 after suffering losses this past weekend. Other schools receiving votes after not receiving any last week are Miami, Texas, Duke, South Carolina, Texas Tech, and USF.

Super 16 Poll – Week 5

  1. Alabama (49 first-place votes)
  2. Georgia (1)
  3. Clemson
  4. Ohio State
  5. LSU (1)
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Stanford
  8. Penn State
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Auburn
  11. Washington
  12. West Virginia
  13. Michigan
  14. UCF
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Kentucky

As a disclaimer, three contributors to College Football Talk are voters in the Super 16 Poll; Zach Barnett, Bryan Fischer, and myself, Kevin McGuire.

Devin Singletary motors from FAU into NFL draft pool

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For the second time today, a highly-productive running back has decided to ply his wares in the NFL.

Via Twitter, Devin Singletary announced that, as expected, he will be leaving Florida Atlantic early in order to enter his name into the 2019 NFL Draft pool. “I hope I left a lasting impression on The University, football program, and the entire community,” Singletary wrote.

Singletary has rushed for 1,000-plus yards in each of the last three seasons, including a career-high 1,920 in 2017.  He’s also been an absolute scoring machine, totaling 66 rushing touchdowns in his career.

Those touchdowns, 54 of which came the past two years, put Singletary sixth on the NCAA’s all-time list in that category.

Ben Hicks, three-year starter at QB at SMU, to transfer from Mustangs

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The past three seasons, Ben Hicks has been SMU’s starting quarterback.  Thanks to a surprising development, he won’t get the opportunity to make it a fourth next season.

In an interview with 247Sports.com, Hicks confirmed that he has informed head coach Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee of his decision to transfer from the Mustangs.  The redshirt junior has one season of eligibility remaining, which he can use at another FBS program next year as a graduate transfer.

As for why he pulled the trigger on a decision to transfer?

“Looking for a new opportunity, new growth,” Hicks told the website. “Just a chance to really start fresh in my last year and move forward with the rest of my life, whether that be football or whether that be finding out where I’m at.

“The decision was obviously very difficult because I’ve been extremely fortunate to play a lot of football here and meet great friends. I’ve always had a great support staff so the decision was very difficult. You got to make some tough decisions sometimes and this was one I felt like I needed to make.”

Hicks will leave the Mustangs as its leader in a significant number of major statistical categories, including passing yards (9,081) and passing touchdowns (71).  Conversely, he also threw 34 interceptions and completed just over 56 percent of his passes.

With Hicks’ departure, the Mustangs are now left with four scholarship quarterbacks, all either true or redshirt freshman, on the roster — William Brown, Derek Green, Jacob Oehrlein and Austin Upshaw.  Brown, who served as Hicks’ primary backup, completed 53-of-85 passes for 625 yards, seven touchdowns and an interception.  Upshaw attempted a pair of passes this past season.

App State DC Bryan Brown officially takes same job at Louisville

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Not surprisingly, Louisville’s new coaching staff under Scott Satterfield will have a decidedly Appalachian State feel at an important position.

Following up on reports that had been making the rounds over the last several days, Louisville confirmed Wednesday that Bryan Brown has been hired by Satterfield as the U of L’s defensive coordinator.  Brown spent the 2018 season as the Mountaineers’ coordinator under Satterfield after serving as cornerbacks coach the previous six seasons.

“Bryan Brown is a young, upcoming star coach,” Satterfield, officially named as the Cardinals’ head coach earlier this month, said in a statement. “He’s an excellent recruiter who knows how to develop relationships with all the players. Defensively, his defense was ranked in the top 10 of many different categories. He’s well-respected among his peers and he will do a great job for us.”

Brown, who played his college football at Ole Miss (2003-06), spent two seasons at his alma mater as a grad assistant and defensive administrative assistant prior to heading to App State for his first on-field job.

In addition to Brown’s hiring, the U of L also confirmed that ShaDon Brown has been added as Satterfield’s safeties coach.  Brown, no relation to the new coordinator, spent the past two seasons as secondary coach at Colorado.

Michigan announces dismissal of RB O’Maury Samuels days after domestic violence arrest

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An alleged off-field incident has proven very costly for one now-former member of the Michigan football program.

In a very brief and terse press release — 11 words to be exact — U-M announced that O’Maury Samuels has been dismissed from Jim Harbaugh‘s team.  While no specific reason for the dismissal was given, it comes just days after the running back was arrested on a pair of charges, including one involving domestic violence.

A four-star member of the Wolverines’ 2017 recruiting class, Samuels was rated as the No. 20 running back in the country and the No. 1 player at any position in the state of New Mexico.  He was the highest-rated of the three backs in U-M’s class that year.

This season, Samuels ran for 66 yards on 13 carries.  As a true freshman last year, he totaled 13 yards on eight carries.