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Big 12 announces media days attendees

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In the regular world, the Fourth of July holiday marks the midpoint of summer. In the college football world, it marks the end.

One week from today, college football will lumber its way out of hibernation and begin the laborious process of beginning the 2019 season in earnest–six weeks before the season officially begins with the Florida-Miami kickoff game in Orlando, and seven before it begins for everyone else–by kicking off the annual media day festivities. The Big 12 (and the American) will go head-to-head with the mighty SEC, at least for the first part of the week, by holding its gathering next Monday and Tuesday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (The SEC stretches its festivities out from Monday through Thursday.)

On Monday, the Big 12 announced which players will take the podium before the conference’s press:

Baylor
RB JaMycal Hasty
LB Clay Johnston
WR Denzel Mims
OL Sam Tecklenburg
WR Marques Jones

Iowa State
DL Josh Knipfel
LB Marcel Spears, Jr.
DE JaQuan Bailey
WR Deshounte Jones

Kansas
DL Hakeem Adenji
RB Khalil Herbert
S Mike Lee
S Bryce Torneden
WR Stephen Robinson

Kansas State
QB Skylar Thompson
WR Dalton Schoen
DT Trey Dishon
DE Wyatt Hubert
DB Denzel Goolsby

Oklahoma
DL Neville Gallimore
OL Creed Humphrey
WR CeeDee Lamb
LB Kenneth Murray
WR Nick Basquine

Oklahoma State
WR Tylan Wallace
CB AJ Green
C Johnny Wilson
LB Philip Redwine-Bryant

TCU
DT Ross Blacklock
S Innis Gaines
DT Lucas Niong
WR Jalen Reagor
LB Garrett Wallow
C Kelton Hollins

Texas
QB Sam Ehlinger
WR Collin Johnson
S Brandon Jones
DE Malcolm Roach
C Zach Shackelford
LB Jeffrey McCulloch

Texas Tech
OL Travis Bruffy
DL Braden Washington, Jr.
LB Jordyn Brooks
DB Douglas Coleman III
DB Adrion Frye

West Virginia
OL Colton McKivitz
WR TJ Simmons
CB Keith Washington, Jr.
DL Reese Donohue

In a quarterback-centric league, it’s a bit surprising that only two signal callers will make the trek to Dallas-Fort Worth in K-State’s Thompson and UT’s Ehlinger. Brock Purdy is entrenched as the starter at Iowa State, as are Charlie Brewer at Baylor and Alan Bowman at Texas Tech. The most glaring omission from this list? That would be Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, a guy who has never suited up in OU’s brand of crimson but is nonetheless 1A or 1B as the most high-profile player in the entire league.

And as much as they might like to, head coaches cannot skip media days, and four new ones will make their debuts next week: Kansas’ Les Miles (representing his second school at the event), Kansas State’s Chris Klieman, Texas Tech’s Matt Wells and West Virginia’s Neal Brown.

Former FIU DB Emmanuel Lubin dies in car accident, program confirms

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FIU announced on Sunday that former Panthers defensive back Emmanuel Lubin died in a car accident on Saturday night.

Lubinn (jumping, left) played in 45 games over four seasons for FIU, the most recent coming in 2018. He started all 13 games last season, collecting 31 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, one sack and four pass breakups. For his career, Lubin compiled 86 tackles, 11 pass breakups and one interception.

“Tragically, we lost a great young man in Emmanuel Lubin last night,” FIU head coach Butch Davis said. “He was a hard worker, great teammate and was respected and loved by his teammates, coaches and staff at FIU. His character, work ethic and leadership were instrumental in leading our program to success these past two seasons. Our football program is mourning his loss and we will honor Emmanuel every day moving forward. Our hearts and prayers go out to his friends and family.”

Added former teammate Tyree Johnson: “Anybody who knows you would never say anything bad on your name because you literally lit up any room you were in…I never told you this because I assumed you knew, but you made me the man I am today. If it wasn’t for you, I’ll still be the same Teejayy from four yeas (sic) ago.”

The North Miami Beach native was 22 years old.

Ex-Clemson DB Kyler McMichael headed to North Carolina

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The Portal is as mysterious as it is powerful. Some souls enter never to be heard of again, others are out as quickly as they entered. The Portal blesses whom it decides to bless, and it’s not for us humans to understand. All we know is The Portal must be questioned.

For instance, there’s the case of Kyler McMichael.

On Friday, the former 4-star recruit was a Clemson Tiger. By Saturday, he was a North Carolina Tar Heel.

Roughly 24 hours after announcing his intent to transfer, McMichael had announced his new destination. “Beyond blessed and grateful to be apart (sic) of such an amazing team last year at Clemson, however today I begin my next Chapter in life as I redirect my journey and travel to Chapel Hill, to the University of North Carolina and become a Tar Heel.”

McMichael didn’t make a major impact on Clemson’s national championship team, but that’s largely because he was a true freshman playing for the eventual national champions.

The Atlanta native played in 101 snaps according to his Clemson bio, which was still live as of this writing, spread across 12 games, where he made two tackles.

Barring a waiver, McMichael will sit out the 2019 season and compete for the Tar Heels as a redshirt sophomore in 2020.

Colorado lands Nebraska transfer LB Guy Thomas

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There’s a new Guy on the team at Colorado.

On Saturday, former Nebraska linebacker Guy Thomas announced his commitment to Colorado. “I give thanks to everybody that has been influential, and supportive in my life,” Nyon said in a graphic posted to his Twitter account. “I am taking this time to announce that I will be committing to the University of Colorado.”

Thomas first announced his transfer back in November; he appeared in just four games over two years on the club. He posted four tackles in as many games as a redshirt freshman in 2018, with three coming against FCS Bethune-Cookman.

“It’s not working out,” Thomas told the Omaha World-Herald upon his transfer.

Barring a waiver, Thomas will have to sit out the 2019 season and compete as a redshirt junior in 2020. He figures to contribute as a pass-rushing outside linebacker whenever he is cleared to play.

As of now, Jim Harbaugh plans to play Shea Patterson and Dylan McCaffrey in every game

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Michigan does not open training camp until Aug. 2 and does not play its first game until Aug. 31, so any “as of right now” statements are devoid of 20-odd practices worth of context.

Still, as of Big Ten media days, Jim Harbaugh plans to play both Shea Patterson and Dylan McCaffrey in every game.

“Yeah, I do (see games where they’ll both play). Where it stands right now, and that could change later or not, is I see them both playing,” Harbaugh told the Detroit Free Press. “Where it stands right now, I see it as maybe redefining what a starter is…. I’m really not talking about playing them both at the same time (on a play), when I say both in games it’d be they’re both playing quarterback during the same game. And in the way it stands now, in every game.”

Harbaugh has been a one-quarterback man for the entirety of his career, but Patterson’s inconsistency and McCaffrey’s talent may demand a change. Michigan did juggle quarterbacks in 2017 — John O’KornBrandon Peters and Wilton Speight each threw at least 81 passes — but that was due to necessity, not strategy.

Patterson completed 64.6 percent of his passes last season for 2,600 yards (on 8.0 per attempt) with 22 touchdowns against seven interceptions while rushing 76 times for 273 yards and two touchdowns. In his second year in the program, McCaffrey completed 8-of-15 passes for 126 yards with two touchdowns whilst rushing 10 times for 99 yards and a touchdown.

The son of Ed McCaffrey and brother of Christian McCaffrey is certainly the heir apparent in Ann Arbor, and it appears Harbaugh isn’t willing to wait for the future to arrive in order to unleash arguably his most talented quarterback recruit since Andrew Luck.