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Southern Miss’ highest-rated 2019 signee set to transfer to Kansas JUCO

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The Southern Miss football program has taken a significant hit to its roster.

On Twitter Tuesday, Jaden Johnson announced that he has decided to take the first step in leaving the Southern Miss football program by placing his name into the NCAA transfer database. The quarterback stated that he came to the decision “[a]fter prayer, and talking with my family we have come to an agreement that it was best for me to enter the transfer portal and continue my football career [elsewhere].”

As it turns out, that elsewhere will be a lower level of the sport. According to Johnson, he will be attending Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.

“First I would like to thank the University of Southern Mississippi for giving me an opportunity to further my education while playing the sport I love,” Johnson wrote. “I would like to thank that recruited me during the time and noticing that I had the potential to be a D1 quarterback.

“I also would like to thank my brothers on the team for accepting me into a brotherhood that I am very thankful for.

After at least a season at the JUCO, it’s expected that Johnson will attempt to move back to the FBS level.

Johnson was a three-star member of the Southern Miss football Class of 2019. The Memphis native was rated as the No. 25 pro-style quarterback in the country. He was easily the Golden Eagles’ highest-rated signee that year.

Johnson very likely would’ve entered the 2020 season behind the incumbent, Jack Abraham. A year ago, Abraham completed nearly 68 percent of his 405 passes for 3,496 yards, 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Earlier this offseason, Southern Miss actually added a target for Abraham to its football roster. In January, tight end Grayson Gunter announced that he will be transferring to the Conference USA school from Arkansas.

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history

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The sports world, including college football, has essentially screeched to a halt as countries around the world battle the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there’s a dearth of college football news as spring practices have all but been canceled at every level of the sport. And there’s even some concern that the health issue could have an impact on the 2020 college football campaign.

In that vein, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.

So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on April 7, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.

(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)

2019

THE HEADLINE: WATCH: South Carolina walk-on nails kick during spring game, then gets awarded scholarship
THE SYNOPSIS: These types of videos will never, ever get old.  The recipient in this video, Parker White, went on to be the Gamecocks’ primary placekicker in 2019.  He made all 25 point-afters and 18-of-22 on field goals.

2018

THE HEADLINE: Steve Spurrier is returning to coach football… but will remain a Florida athletics ambassador all the same
THE SYNOPSIS: The Alliance of American Football was officially announced on this day, with Spurrier piloting the Orlando franchise.  The Ol’ Ball Coach’s return to the sidelines lasted eight games as the new pro league shuttered eight weeks into a 10-game season last April.

2018

THE HEADLINE: Nick Saban, on making QB decision: ‘You have a time frame. I don’t’
THE SYNOPSIS: The Nicktator gives zero you-know-whats about you peasants and your timelines.  Tua Tagovailoa, the freshman sensation who was the hero of the 2017 national championship game, was the favorite.  Jalen Hurts, the two-year starter, was the subject of myriad transfer rumors.  Tagovailoa ultimately won the starting job. Hurts ultimately transferred to Oklahoma.

2017

THE HEADLINE: Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield enters not guilty plea in Arkansas arrest
THE SYNOPSIS: Run, Baker, run!

2017

THE HEADLINE: Shaq Wiggins barred by Louisville from transferring to five schools
THE SYNOPSIS: The Bobby Petrino-led Cardinals petulantly barred the cornerback from transferring to Kentucky, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Purdue and Western Kentucky. On appeal, MSU was removed from the banned list. Wiggins ultimately transferred to Tennessee.

2016

THE HEADLINE: Waco police investigating “prominent Baylor football player” for alleged sexual assault
THE SYNOPSIS: This was one in a series of events that marked the beginning of the end for Art Briles with the Bears.

2015

THE HEADLINE: Report: Big 12 may get title game in ’16; ACC to three divisions?
THE SYNOPSIS: Half of the report was accurate.  Kind of.  After a seven-year absence, the Big 12 did reinstate its football championship game.  In 2017.  Obviously, three divisions in the ACC never happened.

2014

THE HEADLINE: Ohio State will pay $2 million to non-conference opponents
THE SYNOPSIS: Six years later, UConn confirmed that Ohio State will pay them $1.95 million.  For just one game.

2012

THE HEADLINE: More details from Petrino’s Sunday motorcycle accident
THE SYNOPSIS: The soap opera that was Bobby Petrino had entered its fifth day.  Three days later, the daytime drama was canceled.

2011

THE HEADLINE: Writer: ‘Bama supporter paid for five-star recruit
THE SYNOPSIS: Alabama went on to find no violations in their investigation of the recruitment of Brent Calloway.

2009

THE HEADLINE: BAD NEWS FOR THE SEC: A.J. GREEN IS 100% HEALTHY*
THE SYNOPSIS: Dealing with a groin injury throughout his true freshman season, Green caught 56 passes for 963 yards and eight touchdowns in 2008. In 2009, his statline read 53-808-6. In 2010, it was 57-848-9. The wide receiver was the fourth-overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

(*Yes, back in the day, we used to scream out our headlines at our readers in all-caps. The move to NBC a couple of months later mercifully ended that practice.)

Report: Moving team of Chris Fowler-Kirk Herbstreit to MNF ‘back on the table’

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As if there’s not enough spitty college football news already.  Now, this?

It’s an open secret that ESPN is looking to move on from the current Monday Night Football crew of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland.  The World Wide Leader’s pursuit of Tony Romo failed to bear fruit.  The same with Peyton Manning.

So, if ESPN is to shake up its MNF booth, to where will they turn?  Apparently, the most high-profile college football booth.

From the New York Post:

ESPN has put the idea of moving its college team of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit back on the table, but is wary of creating a problem with its national championship duo. They can’t be ruled out, though, just yet.

Fowler, who will turn 58 in August, has been a part of ESPN’s college football coverage since 1988.  From 1990 through the 2014 season, the Colorado native served as the ringmaster of the wildly popular College Gameday show.  In taking over for Brent Musburger as the play-by-play voice of the network’s Saturday night college football showcase in 2015, Fowler handed over the GameDay reins to Rece Davis.

The 50-year-old Herbstreit has been a part of the GameDay cast since 1996.  In 2015, the former Ohio State quarterback joined Fowler in the Saturday night booth.

Herbstreit, of course, made some noise late last month where he proclaimed that he will “be shocked if we have NFL football this fall, if we have college football. I’ll be so surprised if that happens.” Conversely, Davis expressed guarded optimism that there will be a season.

FAU TE John Raine enters transfer portal

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One of FAU’s top receiving targets from 2019 could be on the move. Owls tight end John Raine has reportedly entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal database. Adam Rittenberg of ESPN was among the first to report the transfer portal update, via Twitter.

As a graduate transfer, Raines will be eligible to play this fall for whatever team he ends up joining. Last season, Raines caught 38 passes for 343 yards and six touchdowns, the second-most touchdown receptions on the team last fall.

FAU will certainly be a program in transition in 2020 with a new head coach and coaching staff. FAU is now losing four of its top five receivers from last season due to graduation or transfer. One of those leading receivers from last season was tight end Harrison Bryant, who is considered among the top tight end prospects in the NFL draft. No other tight ends caught a pass for the Owls in 2019.

 

QB Josh Adkins, a two-year starter at New Mexico State, tweets transfer to UTSA

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Already with a crowded quarterback room, UTSA has added another player at the position to its football roster.

In early March, Josh Adkins took the first step in leaving New Mexico State by entering his name into the transfer portal.  On Twitter nearly a month later, Adkins announced that he will be transferring into the UTSA football program.

As a graduate transfer, Adkins will be eligible to play immediately in 2020.  On top of that, he will have another year of eligibility he can use in 2021 as well.

A three-star 2017 signee, Adkins was rated as the No. 61 pro-style quarterback in the country.  Adkins was the highest-rated signee in the Aggies’ class that year.  He also took a redshirt for the 2017 season

Adkins was a two-year starter at New Mexico State.  In that span, the Spring Branch, Tex., native completed nearly 60 percent of his 830 passes.  He finished the NMSU portion of his career with 5,151 yards, 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.  He also scored four touchdowns on the ground and one through the air.

As noted earlier, Adkins will enter a crowded quarterback room when he officially joins the UTSA football team.  How crowded?  Dave Campbell’s Texas Football website explains:

With Adkins’ addition, the Roadrunners are set to have six quarterbacks on campus in the fall: Adkins, Frank Harris, Jordan Weeks, Lowell Narcisse, Suddin Sapien and 2020 recruit Cameron Peters. The first four have each started at least one college football game. Adkins is the first quarterback fully recruited by new coach Jeff Traylor.