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Big 12 announces media days attendees


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:

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

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

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

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

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.

Temple WR Sean Ryan immediately eligible at West Virginia

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In his first season in Morgantown, Neal Brown will have a new offensive toy with which to play as West Virginia heads into the 2019 season.

Early on in the offseason, Sean Ryan opted to transfer from Temple and continue his collegiate playing career elsewhere.  In April, the wide receiver settled on WVU as his next elsewhere, announcing on Twitter that he would be transferring to the Mountaineers.

With the start of a new campaign eight days away, it’s being reported that Ryan has been granted an immediate-eligibility waiver that will allow him to see the field in 2019 for the Big 12 school.

The granting of the waiver is very likely due to the fact that Temple went through some significant coaching upheaval following the end of the 2018 season.

As a true freshman this past season, Ryan played in 10 games.  In that extended action, the 6-4, 195-pound receiver from Brooklyn, NY, caught 12 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown for the Owls.

Illinois beats out Florida, Nebraska, Texas for Miami transfer Derrick Smith

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Some will say that this could be one of the Fighting Illini’s only Power Five wins in 2019, but you won’t hear that from us.

Aug.13, Derrick Smith tweeted that, “effective today, I would like to inform [Miami Nation], I am no longer on the University of Miami football team.” Over the weekend, Smith took to Twitter again to reveal that four schools are under consideration as a potential landing spot — Florida, Illinois, Nebraska and Texas. In the same tweet, the third-year junior defensive back indicated that a new school will be picked at some point this week.

Friday evening, Smith revealed that he will continue his collegiate playing career for Lovie Smith and the Illini.

It’s believed Smith will be ineligible to play immediately for his new team.  He would, though, have two years of eligibility he can use beginning with the 2020 season.

The Orange Park, Fla., native came to The U as a three-star member of the football program’s 2017 recruiting class. The past two seasons, Smith saw action in 25 of the Hurricanes’ 26 games and was credited with 24 tackles, 1½ of which were for a loss.

Prior to his decision to leave, Smith was expected to play an expanded role in the Hurricanes’ secondary this coming season.

Boise State down a few more freshmen as QB Kaiden Bennett and RB Keegan Duncan leave team

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Boise State’s once impressive Class of 2019 is dwindling much quicker than head coach Bryan Harsin would like just as the season arrives on the blue turf.

As per the Idaho Statesman, freshman quarterback Kaiden Bennett and tailback Keegan Duncan have both left the team. In addition to those names, as many as three other members from the most recent recruiting class could fail to suit up for the program this fall.

Bennett was one of several quarterbacks battling for the starting job to succeed Brett Rypien at Boise State so his likely transfer out seems like a clear indication that one of Chase Cord, Jaylon Henderson or even freshman Hank Bachmeier will be the starter when the team opens against Florida State in Jacksonville. While the three-star recruit from Folsom, California was considered a long shot in the race, his departure may just be the first of several after Harsin names a starter.

The loss of Duncan can’t be overlook either as he was considered to be one of the best recruits in the state of Idaho during his senior season and could have provided depth in a fairly young tailback room this season.

Fellow freshman D.K. Blaylock also left the team this month and two junior college transfers have not made it to campus yet according to the Statesman.

Boise State had signed the top class in the Mountain West in February according to 247Sports and a top 50 group nationally but it appears that highly touted group won’t be making quite the impact many expected after these most recent defections.

Penn State confirms Sean Clifford will be starter at quarterback

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James Franklin has his replacement for Trace McSorley at quarterback and it’s the guy everybody could have predicted for the past several months.

In the latest in a long line of QB decisions around college football this week, redshirt sophomore Sean Clifford will indeed be the Nittany Lions starter when the team opens their season against Idaho on Aug. 31.

Clifford was tabbed by many as McSorley’s replacement almost as soon as last year’s fellow backup, Tommy Stevens, announced his plans to transfer to Mississippi State. While the two were both expected to battle it out throughout August to become PSU’s starter, both will wind up taking the first snaps for their respective programs after Stevens was named QB1 for the Bulldogs on Thursday by ex-Nittany Lions OC Joe Moorhead.

As for Clifford, he beat out redshirt freshman Will Levis for the gig and will have a high bar to clear leading a team many consider as a dark horse to win the Big Ten. As McSorley’s backup in 2018, he threw just seven passes in mop-up duty but completed five for 165 yards and two touchdowns.

Those career numbers are about to make a significant jump in the coming weeks as Clifford starts a new chapter in State College.