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Nick Saban becomes latest two-time winner of Walter Camp Coach of the Year

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban has been named the Walter Camp Coach of the Year for the 2018 season, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced on Thursday. It is the second time Saban has won the award, with his previous award coming in 2008.

Saban is the first SEC coach to win the Walter Camp Coach of the Year since Les Miles of LSU won the award in 2011. Saban, of course, defeated Miles in the BCS National Championship that season. Miami head coach Mark Richt won the award last season. Saban will be one of three head coaches in the College Football Playoff this season to have won the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award; Clemson’s Dabo Swinney won the award in 2015 and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly won the award in 2012. Ironically, Saban defeated both in the national championship game those respective seasons too.

Saban is the latest two-time winner of the Walter Camp Coach of the Year. Other two-time winners of the award include Bob Stoops (2000, 2003), Gary Patterson (2009, 2014), and the only three-time winner, Joe Paterno (1972, 1994, 2005).

Saban has collected a plethora of coaching awards over the course of his career but despite all of the success he has had with Alabama being a perennial national title contender, Saban doesn’t have a ton of hardware for his coaching success in more recent seasons. Saban was named the winner of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award in 2014 and the George Munger Award in 2016. Saban also has collected a pair of AP College Football Coach of the Year Awards in 2003 and 2008, the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award in 2008, the Sporting News Coach of the Year in 2008, and the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award in 2003 and 2008. He also received the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award in 2003. He has taken home four SEC Coach of the Year awards, with the most recent one coming in 2016 and the previous ones coming in 2003, 2008 and 2009.

Michigan QB Brandon Peters transferring to Illinois

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For the second time this week, Illinois is on the receiving end of a Power Five transfer.

Late last month, it was reported that Brandon Peters was set to visit Illinois as well take trips to a pair of MAC schools in Bowling Green and Miami of Ohio.  On Instagram Tuesday evening, the quarterback confirmed that he will be continuing his collegiate career with the Fighting Illini.

In early May, it was confirmed that Peters had signaled his intent to leave Michigan by entering his name into the NCAA transfer database.

Peters will graduate from U-M later next month, which allows for immediate eligibility for the Indiana native.  He would also have another season of eligibility he can use the following year.

A four-star member of the Wolverines’ 2016 recruiting class, Peters was rated as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the country; the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Indiana; and the No. 61 player overall on‘s composite board.  Only two signees in Jim Harbaugh‘s first full class in Ann Arbor were rated higher than Peters.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Peters started four of the six games in which he played in 2017 and appeared to be the Wolverines’ quarterback of the future before Shea Patterson transferred into the program from Ole Miss.  With Patterson starting all of last year, Peters attempted just one pass in five appearances this past season.

Peters’ decision to transfer from the Wolverines came a few of months after Patterson opted to return to U-M for another season instead of leaping early in the 2019 NFL Draft.

USF debuts new, lightweight Adidas threads

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I’m not sure if you knew this, but it can get hot in Tampa in the early fall. Humid. Steamy. Muggy. Downright uncomfortable. Sweat is a part of life there, especially if you’re spending your Saturday afternoons running around in full pads and a helmet.

As such, South Florida figured it’d be to their advantage to wear lightweight, breathable uniforms, and Adidas has produced.

On Tuesday, USF debuted a brand new WVN A1 uniform, the German-based manufacturer’s lightest uniform. USF was certain to point out they will be the only team in the threads this season.

“We are very excited that in the second year of our partnership with adidas our football team will be the only one in the country wearing their lightest weight uniforms,” USF AD Michael Kelly said in a statement. “We look forward to the Bulls looking great and feeling great in the new lightweight, breathable material.”

The design itself is slightly different from what the Bulls wore previously, solid green or white with green shoulders, cresting into golden bull horns on each side, above a solid color pant. The metallic material that comprises the golden Bull horn on each shoulder was developed in Israel.

Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to uniforms, but in this set of eyes these kits are a massive step up from the chainmail-style Adidas template South Florida wore previously, shown above.

The new, lightweight uniforms will take the field for the first time on Friday, Aug. 30 vs. Wisconsin (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).

K-State WR Hunter Rison, formerly at Michigan State, reportedly pursuing second transfer

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Kansas State wide receiver Hunter Rison will pursue a second transfer in as many years, according to reports Tuesday from GoPowercat and the Wichita Eagle.

The son of Michigan State great Andre Rison, Hunter signed with his father’s alma mater in 2017 and caught 19 passes for 224 yards as a freshman before transferring to Kansas State. After sitting out the 2018 season, as per NCAA transfer rules, Rison shined in spring practice, but his career as a Wildcat was instantly derailed when he was arrested for domestic battery in April.

Rison was immediately suspended from the team, though he maintains his innocence. Charges have not been filed, and his first court appearance in the civil case related to the charge is scheduled for July 16.

“This will be my only response,” Rison wrote on Twitter at the time. “I will continue to be myself … A man of God, as well as a great student-athlete at this university. I have done nothing wrong.”

Report: Suspended Texas LB will not return to team

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Texas linebacker Demarco Boyd will continue to be a UT student but no longer a Longhorn football player, according to Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods.

Boyd, a linebacker out of Gilmer, Texas, was suspended last season after he was arrested for an alleged assault last July.

According to Richardson, Boyd will remain in school until his graduate transfer, when he will pursue a graduate transfer elsewhere. A 3-star member of UT’s 2016 class, Boyd redshirted his first year on campus and played sparingly in his one season on the active roster.

He is the younger brother of former Texas cornerback Kris Boyd, a 2019 seventh-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings.