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LSU, two B1G schools will have most players on Super Bowl rosters

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The LSU Tigers football program represented the sport well in winning the 2019 national championship, and now they’re set to be well-represented when the next level crowns its Super Bowl champion as well.

Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs again overcame an early deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game. In the NFC championship game, the San Francisco 49ers pummeled the Green Bay Packers to earn a berth opposite the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. That game will be played at the home of the Miami Hurricanes, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Feb. 2.

The 49ers, seeking their first Super Bowl win since 1994, have four former LSU football players currently listed on their official online roster*. The Chiefs, in search of their first title since 1969, have one former LSU football player on their Super Bowl roster. That total of five is tied for the most for a single school in this year’s game.

The number for LSU is matched by a pair of schools from the Big Ten — Iowa and Penn State — for the most players on Super Bowl rosters this year. Three former Nittany Lions and Hawkeyes play for the 49ers, two for the Chiefs.

Two SEC schools, Florida and Vanderbilt, each have four former players as part of the game, as does Stanford. Middle Tennessee State and San Diego State are two of a gaggle of schools with three players on teams playing in the game, which is the most of any Group of Five conference member.

Conference-wise, it was the SEC leading the way (again) with 32 players, followed by the Big Ten’s 22. The ACC (17), Pac-12 (16), Big 12 (12) and Conference USA (11) were the only other FBS leagues in double digits.

As for the other conferences?

  • Mountain West, nine
  • AAC, six
  • MAC, five
  • Sun Belt, four

Football independents accounted for six players. There were a total of 21 players who played at levels of football other than the FBS.

Below are all of the individual schools that will be represented on Super Sunday:

FIVE
Iowa
LSU
Penn State

FOUR
Florida
Stanford
Vanderbilt

THREE
Arizona
Auburn
Clemson
Kansas State
Middle Tennessee State
Mississippi State
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Oklahoma
Pittsburgh
San Diego State
South Carolina

TWO
Alabama
BYU
Central Michigan
Duke
FAU
Florida State
Georgia Southern
Michigan
Michigan State
NC State
Ole Miss
Oregon
Purdue
Southern Miss
Tennessee
Texas
Texas A&M
USF
Utah
Virginia

ONE
Air Force
Alabama A&M
Appalachian State
Arizona State
Arkansas
Baylor
Boston College
Bowling Green State
Buffalo
Cal
Cincinnati
Colorado
Colorado State
Colorado State-Pueblo
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Michigan
Eastern Washington
Georgia
Georgia Tech
Grand Valley State
Harvard
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
James Madison
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana
McGill (Canada)
Minnesota
Montana State
New Hampshire
New Mexico State
North Texas
Northern Illinois
Northern Iowa
Oklahoma State
Old Dominion
Oregon State
Princeton
Samford
San Diego
San Jose State
SMU
South Carolina State
TCU
Temple
Texas Tech
UConn
Utah State
Valdosta State
Villanova
Virginia Tech
Wagner
Washington
West Alabama
Western Illinois
Western Kentucky
Wyoming

(*Includes players on injured reserve, practice squad, etc.)

Feleipe Franks transfers from Florida to Arkansas

Former Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks will transfer to Arkansas and be eligible to play in the fall.
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Former Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks has made his transfer decision. He will be an Arkansas Razorback.

Franks is a grad transfer, which will make him eligible for Arkansas this fall. Even better for Arkansas is Franks will be enrolled in classes and be available to work out with his new team this spring. That means Franks will get a chance to go through a full spring practice schedule for his new program under brand new head coach Sam Pittman. Arkansas will also get its first spring practice in with new offensive coordinator Kendall Briles. It should go without much saying the Arkansas offense will have a new look in 2020.

A starting job may not yet be guaranteed for Franks at Arkansas, but he will be the most experienced option available. If Franks gels well with his new team this spring, that starting job may quickly become his to lose, if it is not considered that already. Franks is coming back from a season-ending ankle injury.

Arkansas will certainly be getting an experienced passer. Ranks passed for 4,593 yards and 38 touchdowns during his time at Florida, which included some time as the starter for the Gators. Franks also made a visit to Kansas while evaluating his options since deciding he would move on from Gainesville.

D’Eriq King quote disputes report he is committed to Miami

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Former Houston quarterback D’Eriq King was reportedly set to begin classes this week at Miami after a recent visit with the Hurricanes. But according to King, he has not made any final decisions just yet.

On Sunday morning, a report from Manny Navarro of The Athletic, via Twitter, said King had committed to Miami head coach Manny Diaz and that King would begin classes at Miami this week.

Shortly after that report spread on Twitter, a conflicting report from Houston-based reporter Mark Berman of KRIV quoted King as saying he still has a couple of options he is evaluating, including Arkansas, LSU, and Maryland.

“Arkansas, I’m still talking to those guys,” King said. “It’s tough. I’m trying to find the right place to go to.”

For whatever it may be worth, King has not addressed his transfer decision through his Twitter account since announcing he entered the NCAA’s transfer portal on Jan. 13.

A decision by King could be coming any day now, and Miami may still eventually end up being the destination of his choice. Miami was reported early on as a possible landing spot for King, along with Arkansas. Ole Miss had also been mentioned as an option with Lane Kiffin taking over the program. King initially started this process by opting to redshirt the remainder of the 2019 season after a rough start to the year for the Cougars. He said at the time he had every intent on returning to the program in 2020, but his sudden announcement during the national championship game last week made it evident he was moving on.

All we officially know for now is that Houston will not be an option for King. So, for now, stay tuned.

Florida transfer QB Feleipe Franks visiting Arkansas

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Feleipe Franks may have left Florida, but he may not be leaving the SEC.  Possibly.

In early December, Franks had announced that he would be taking his leave of Gainesville. At the time, it was unclear if Franks, who signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox this past summer, was leaving to play a professional sport or transfer to another school, although this latest development seems to indicate the latter is likely.

According to WholeHogSports.com, Feleipe Franks is expected to visit Arkansas this coming weekend.  The website adds that Mississippi State, with new head coach Mike Leach in charge, is another school in which the quarterback is interested.

This report comes a month after Franks visited Kansas.

Franks was a four-star member of Florida’s 2016 recruiting class.  He was rated as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 9 player regardless of position in the state of Florida.

After starting eight games in 2017, Franks started all 13 for the Gators in 2018. He had started the first three games of 2019 before going down with a season-ending ankle injury.

During his time in Gainesville, Franks threw for 4,593 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in completing exactly 59 percent of his 622 passes.

Franks is a graduate transfer, so he’ll be eligible to play immediately at whichever Power Five school he ultimately chooses.

Arkansas new home for Arkansas State transfer Jerry Jacobs

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In filling out his first roster as the Arkansas Razorbacks football head coach, Sam Pittman didn’t even have to go out of the state for his latest addition.

On his personal Twitter account late last week, Jerry Jacobs announced that he would be transferring from Arkansas State. Not only that, but the defensive back revealed that he’s moving on to the Arkansas Razorbacks football program.

“It was a tough decision to leave the place that I have called home the past two years,” Jacobs wrote. “Making this decision has not been easy, but I know this is the best decision for my college career.”

Jacobs, a three-star 2018 signee after beginning his collegiate career at a Kansas junior college in 2017, will be eligible to play immediately in 2020. Not only that, but he’ll have another season of eligibility he can use in 2021 as well.

Jacobs’s first season at Arkansas, he earned second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors. A torn ACL in the fourth game of 2019, a loss to Georgia, prematurely ended his season.

As noted by WholeHogSports.com, Jacobs was coached at the junior-college level by Rion Rhoades, who is now the Razorbacks’ linebackers coach.  Rhoades was one of the hires that completed Pittman’s first UA staff.