Cincinnati the new home for ex-LSU WR Avery Peterson


Ex-Virginia wide receiver Jamil Kamara announced Tuesday that he would be continue his playing career at Cincinnati.  Two days later, it appears the Bearcats have picked up yet another former Power Five receiver.

As first reported by Tim Adams of 247Sports.com, Avery Peterson has decided to transfer into Tommy Tuberville‘s UC football program.  ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad subsequently confirmed the move, with Peterson telling Schad that “his relationship with Eddie Gran on the Cincinnati staff was key to his decision.”

Gran has served as the Bearcats’ offensive coordinator and running backs coach since 2013.

Peterson, whose brother is former Tiger and current Arizona Cardinals standout Patrick Peterson, announced on Facebook two weeks ago that he would be transferring from LSU. In his run-on social media missive, the receiver said he decided to move on from Baton Rouge “[a]fter so much thought and prayers and after talking to the people who I really trust” and that while “it really breaks my heart… at the end of the day I have to do [what’s] best for me and my future.”

Peterson was a three-star member of LSU’s 2013 recruiting class and was thought to have the ability to compete for playing time immediately before the early enrollee sustained what turned out to be a season-ending injury his true freshman season. In 2014, he played in just one game.

As will be the case with Kamara, Peterson will have to sit out the 2015 season.  Beginning in 2016, he would then have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

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Ex-Virginia WR Jamil Kamara finds new home at Cincinnati


While not immediately, Cincinnati’s receiving corps will see an infusion of talent courtesy of a Power Five program.

While the school has yet to announce his addition, Jamil Kamara took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to announce that he will be continuing his collegiate playing career with the Bearcats.  The wide receiver’s announcement comes nearly two months after he went on social media to announce that he would be transferring from Virginia.

Kamara will be forced to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, but will then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.

A four-star member of the Cavaliers’ 2014 recruiting class, Kamara was rated as the No. 17 receiver in the country; the No. 6 player in the state of Virginia; and the No. 123 prospect overall according to Rivals.com.  Kamara was the highest-rated offensive signee in that year’s class for UVa., and only two defensive players — both five-stars — carried a higher ranking overall.

As a true freshman last season, Kamara played in five games.  His lone catch of the season, good for six yards, came in the opener against Richmond.  The 6-2, 210-pound receiver was listed as a No. 2 receiver on the post-spring depth chart.

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Report: Georgia’s QB competition to lose one to transfer

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The quarterback situation at Georgia got a little more crowded recently with the addition of Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert. Now there is just a little bit more room in the quarterback pool in Athens. Jacob Park, a redshirt freshman, intends to transfer from the Bulldogs for the 2015 season. 247 Sports was among the first to report the news of the pending transfer.

Park spent the 2014 season as a member of Georgia’s scout team, which led to him earning the Scout Team Award from the coaching staff. Thought to be a player in the quarterback competition this spring, Park saw fewer first-team reps than others vying for the starting job in 2015. It is unknown at this time where Park will land, and he still currently appears on the Georgia football website’s roster. If he transfers to another FBS program, he will have to sit out the 2015 season before being eligible to play again next fall due to NCAA transfer rules. If he transfers to a program from the FCS or another lower level, he will be eligible to play this fall.

As for Georgia, the quarterback field has been narrowed to three candidates. In addition to graduate transfer Lambert from Virginia, Georgia’s Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta are expected to compete this summer after the spring left no clear leader in the quarterback pack.

Former Texas, Arizona QB Connor Brewer transferring to Virginia


Four years and several lifetimes ago, Connor Brewer committed to Texas as then-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin‘s hand-picked signal caller out of Scottsdale, Ariz. Brewer stayed one season, then, seeing the writing on the wall regarding franchise quarterback David Ash, Brewer elected to transfer during the summer of 2013. (Please, do yourself a favor: reread the previous two sentences and take a few moments to ponder exactly how many generations Brewer’s career has lasted.)

Brewer landed at Arizona, where he sat out the 2013 season and then watched Anu Solomon firmly take control of the Wildcats’ quarterback position the following year. Brewer did not attempt a pass during the 2014 season, and in January he received his release to purse a new destination. After some brief talk that he’d transfer back to Texas, Brewer announced in April he’d found his forever home: Northern Arizona.

“After these wild few years of college, I have officially decided that my last stop will be at Northern Arizona University,” he wrote on Instagram. “I will pursue my graduate degree and have two more years of football to play. I am excited to get on the field again and to finally show people what I am capable of.”

That lasted all of two months.

On Tuesday, 247Sports broke the news that Brewer will now play play his 2015 season at Virginia.

A graduate transfer, Brewer will compete with Matt Johns for the right to replace Greyson Lambert, who last week became a graduate transfer of his own in moving to Georgia. In four seasons spread across two programs, Brewer has appeared in one career game. His next pass thrown in a college game will be his first.

“I just got off the phone with coach (Mike) London and committed to Virginia,” Brewer told the site. “Obviously I love the coaching staff there. They run a great pro-style offense. They can help me be really successful. It’s a good opportunity to compete for the job and be the guy and win some games for them. Virginia is a great program. I want to help them get it back to where it used to be. Plus it’s a great place academically.”

And, in the most unbelievable yet somehow true aspect of this story, Brewer still has two years of eligibility remaining.

Greyson Lambert says he’s going down to Georgia

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A day after Georgia head coach Mark Richt confirmed his program’s interest in Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert, the graduate transfer took things one giant step further. Lambert is apparently heading to Georgia this fall.

Lambert told Joe Schad of ESPN he will be transferring to Georgia, where he will be eligible to compete for the starting job under center immediately. Lambert does not have to sit out a season due to being a graduate transfer. Richt had confirmed Georgia was actively recruiting Lambert’s services yesterday at an event in Macon, Georgia. This was all he could say without committing any NCAA violations. Once Lambert’s transfer is made official, Richt will be free to comment freely about the new addition to the Georgia offense.

Georgia is looking for a replacement to Hutson Mason this fall. Out of the spring it looked like a three-horse race between Brice Ramsey, Falton Bauta and Jacob Park. Despite transfer rumors after the spring practices concluded, Richt says he expects all three of those options to be a part of the program in the fall. Throw Lambert into the mix and the quarterback depth is padded. Lambert brings starting experience to the position and that likely bodes well for his chances of starting for the Bulldogs, but it is far from a given.

Lambert was Virginia’s leading passer in 2015 despite only playing in nine games. He passed for 1,632 yards and 10 touchdowns but was intercepted 11 times while completing 59.0 percent of his pass attempts. Lambert threw six red zone touchdowns while completing just 46.4 percent of his attempts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Georgia was much more efficient in the passing game in red zone opportunities, completing 65.5 percent of pass attempts for 17 touchdowns and just one interception (Lambert was picked off twice inside the 20-yard line).

Of course, Lambert would figure to have a more reliable offense around him if he wins the starting job at Georgia. The Bulldogs have Nick Chubb running the football to take the pressure off the passing game, which can in turn lead to a more effective pass attack when called upon.