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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.)

For Chase Brice, USF would make for a familiar landing spot

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When it comes to Chase Brice and his future, it’s time to play connect the post-Clemson dots.

Thursday night, Brice confirmed on Twitter that he will be transferring from the Tigers and continuing his collegiate career elsewhere. Brice has spent the past two seasons as the backup to Trevor Lawrence, who will be entering his third, and presumably last, season as Clemson’s starting quarterback.

As for a potential landing spot, LSU makes sense on some level as the reigning national champions will be looking to replace Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. Making even more sense would be USF, if familiarity means anything.

Dec. 9, it was confirmed that Jeff Scott would be the next head coach at USF. Scott, of course, spent the previous 11 seasons with the Tigers before coming to the Bulls. The last five of those seasons, he was the team’s co-offensive coordinator.

Because of that built-in relationship, the speculation is already mounting that USF will be the grad transfer’s landing spot.

Even before he opted to transfer, though, there were rumors connecting the redshirt sophomore to Scott’s new school.

“I hear things too. I’m like, ‘Where did y’all hear that from? I didn’t say it.’ I’m really just focused on this game Saturday and being committed to the team,” Brice said in late December, ahead of the playoff semifinal matchup with Ohio State. “It’s funny because we don’t have social media. We can’t post. It’s just perception and ideas pop in people’s heads.”

Brice was a three-star 2017 signee.

In two seasons on the Tigers’ active roster, Brice went 75-of-124 for 896 yards with nine touchdowns against four interceptions while adding another 179 rushing yards. He memorably saved Clemson’s 2018 national championship run, stepping in for an injured Lawrence in the game immediately following Kelly Bryant‘s midseason departure, leading the Tigers from a 23-13 fourth-quarter deficit to a 27-23 win over Syracuse.

As he will play for his next school as a graduate transfer, Brice will have two seasons of eligibility to use wherever he lands.

Jeff Scott brings in fourth former Power Five player to USF

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Another of the myriad Stanford Cardinal football players who have entered the portal has found a new home.

In early December, Stanford’s Bo Peek placed his name in the NCAA transfer portal. Earlier this week, Bo Peek indicated on Twitter that he has decided to move on to South Florida.

As has been the case with most of his now-former Stanford Cardinal football teammates, Peek left The Farm as a graduate transfer. The defensive tackle will be eligible to play immediately in 2020, his final year of eligibility.

Peek was a three-star member of the Cardinal’s 2016 recruiting class. The 6-3, 298-pound lineman played his high school football in Tampa.

His first three seasons as a Stanford Cardinal football player, Peek didn’t see the field. He played in three games this past season.

Peek becomes the fourth former Power Five player first-year head coach Jeff Scott has added since he was hired Dec. 9. The others are:

  • Rutgers defensive back Malik Dixon (HERE)
  • Oregon running back Darrian Felix (HERE)
  • South Carolina running back Lavonte Valentine (HERE)

Georgia football staffer added to Jeff Scott’s first USF staff

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A Georgia Bulldogs football staffer is the latest addition to Jeff Scott’s first coaching staff at South Florida.

Saturday, USF confirmed the hiring of Jules Montinar.  The Georgia Bulldogs football staffer will serve as the Bulls’ cornerbacks coach.

This past season, Montinar was a defensive quality control coach at UGA.

”We are excited to welcome Jules and his family to the Bulls family,” Scott said in a statement. “He is a Florida native with a great track record of recruiting the state and has worked with and learned from some of the best defenses in college football over his career. He will do a fantastic job leading our cornerbacks.”

Prior to UGA, Montinar was the cornerbacks coach at Texas State for three season (2016-18).  Montinar has also spent time at James Madison (2014-15), Alabama (2012-13), Purdue (2011) and Eastern Kentucky (2008-09).

At both Alabama and Purdue, Montinar, who played his college football at EKU, served as a graduate assistant.

With Montinar’s hiring, Scott now has nine of his 10 on-field assistants on staff. Based on the previous hires, the next addition will be on the defensive side of the football:

  • Glenn Spencer — Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach (HERE)
  • Da’Quan Bowers — Defensive Line (HERE)
  • Jules Montinar — Cornerbacks
  • Charlie Weis Jr. — Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach (HERE)
  • Pat White — Running Backs Coach (HERE)
  • Xavier Dye — Wide Receivers Coach (HERE)
  • Joey King — Tight Ends Coach
  • Allen Mogridge — Offensive Line Coach (HERE)
  • Daniel Da Prato — Special Teams Coordinator (HERE)

Former West Virginia star Pat White named RBs coach at USF

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A star quarterback at West Virginia, Pat White will be tackling a new position in his first Power Five coaching job.

South Florida on Thursday confirmed that White has been added to first-year head coach Jeff Scott‘s coaching staff. White will be responsible for the Bulls’ running backs moving forward.

White spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons as the quarterbacks coach at FCS Alcorn State.

“We are very excited to have Pat join our staff and lead our running backs unit,” Scott said in a statement. “Pat was an electrifying player that I’m sure Bulls fans remember well. He played at a very high level, broke records and won a lot of games as a quarterback at West Virginia and has had tremendous success in two seasons coaching at Alcorn State. He will be a great coach and mentor for our USF players.”

In both of White’s seasons at Alcorn State, Braves quarterbacks were named SWAC Offensive Players of the Year. Those two years marked White’s first coaching job at the collegiate level.

At WVU, White was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year in both 2006 and 2007. He also earned first-team all-conference honors three straight seasons with the Mountaineers.

White was a second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 2009 NFL Draft.

With White’s hiring, Scott now has eight of his 10 on-field assistants on staff. Those are:

  • Glenn Spencer — Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach (HERE)
  • Da’Quan Bowers — Defensive Line (HERE)
  • Charlie Weis Jr. — Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach (HERE)
  • Pat White — Running Backs Coach
  • Xavier Dye — Wide Receivers Coach (HERE)
  • Joey King — Tight Ends Coach
  • Allen Mogridge — Offensive Line Coach (HERE)
  • Daniel Da Prato — Special Teams Coordinator (HERE)