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By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
On college football’s signing day, the term “big recruit” is always tossed around at all 128 FBS programs. That term could be used to describe a recruit that fills a huge need or someone that the program fought hard to hold onto after other schools were looking for a late flip.
But in BYU’s case, the Cougars officially landed the biggest prospect of signing day. No, seriously.
Motekiai Langi was announced by BYU as a 6-foot-7 and 410-pound offensive or defensive lineman.
Only solo picture of 6 foot 7, 410 pound BYU recruit Motekiai Langi on internet is blurry pic.twitter.com/Rse1KjVXtQ— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 4, 2015
By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
College football’s National Signing Day always brings a few interesting moments from recruits as they decide where to continue their playing career for the next four years.
Receiver Preston Williams signed with Tennessee on Wednesday and celebrated his announcement with an outstanding fashion statement.
Check out Williams’ outfit from Signing Day, complete with Tennessee helmet:
Preston Williams, y'all pic.twitter.com/8Ju8mXfJqQ— Caleb Owen (@cowboy_caleb) February 4, 2015
By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Running back Ezekiel Elliott was one of the key performers in Ohio State’s run to the college football national championship in 2014. The sophomore rushed for at least 220 yards in each of his final three games and is one of the early favorites to win the 2015 Heisman Trophy.
And Elliott isn’t going to forget the Buckeyes’ title anytime soon, as the St. Louis native recently had a tattoo added to his left arm that showcases the college football playoff trophy.
In addition to the championship trophy, Elliott’s tattoo also features the Ohio State Block “O” logo, his number (15) and the Gateway Arch.
Check out Elliott’s new tattoo:
By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day ago
New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made some spectacular one-handed receptions as a rookie, and the LSU product recently grabbed 33 one-handed catches in 60 seconds to set a new record. The previous mark in the Guinness World Records was just 10.
After Beckham’s 33 catches in a minute, you can bet other receivers started to plot on how to break the new record.
Iowa’s Tevaun Smith (43 catches with the Hawkeyes in 2014) went after Beckham’s record on Friday and broke the mark with 41 in 60 minutes.
Check out Smith’s 41 one-handed catches:
Here's Odell Beckham's 33 catches from Super Bowl week:
By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day ago
College football’s 2015 season is still months away, but it’s never too early to think about the Heisman frontrunners.
Bovada is keeping the offseason chatter alive by releasing early 2015 Heisman odds, which features Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott as a 6/1 favorite, followed by Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott at 7/1.
There’s a few interesting odds in the first release, as Georgia running back Nick Chubb (12/1) is the same as UCLA running back Paul Perkins (12/1). And all three Ohio State quarterbacks – Cardale Jones (14/1), J.T. Barrett (16/1) and Braxton Miler (18/1) are in the first release.
Some names to watch: Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (33/1), Florida State running back Dalvin Cook (33/1) and Oregon running back Royce Freeman (25/1).
Early 2015 Heisman Odds from Bovada
Player/Position/Team Early 2015 Odds Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State 6/1 Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State 7/1 Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU 7/1 Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU 15/2 Cody Kessler, QB, USC 12/1 Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia 12/1 Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA 12/1 Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State 14/1 Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama 14/1 Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma 14/1 J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State 16/1 Jeremy Johnson, QB, Auburn 16/1 Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State 18/1 Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State 20/1 Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin 25/1 D.J. Foster, RB/WR, Arizona State 25/1 Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon 25/1 Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami 33/1 Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State 33/1 Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson 33/1 James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh 33/1 Justin Thomas, QB, Georgia Tech 33/1 Nick Wilson, RB, Arizona 33/1 Seth Russell, QB, Baylor 33/1 Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State 40/1 Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State 50/1 Jalen Hurd, RB, Tennessee 50/1 Jared Goff, QB, California 50/1 Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina 50/1 Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss 66/1 Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona 66/1
By Steven Lassan, 1 month 11 hours ago
Wisconsin running back Dare Ogunbowale is slated to see an increase in rushing attempts with Melvin Gordon off to the NFL next season, but the Milwaukee native is grabbing attention this offseason for his kicking ability.
The Badgers already have a good kicker in Rafael Gaglianone, but Ogunbowale might be a serviceable option based upon this Instagram video, which features the running back kicking a spinning ball through the uprights.
Check out this awesome trick shot video from Ogunbowale:
By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
Coastal Carolina is one of the nation’s most intriguing programs on the FCS level. The Chanticleers are led by coach Joe Moglia (a former CEO of TD Ameritrade) and will have a new “Teal Green Turf” coming to their stadium in 2015.
The different colors for turfs are no stranger to college football, as Boise State’s blue turf and Eastern Washington’s red field are two recognizable places for fans.
Now Coastal Carolina hopes to make an impression with the new field, which is slated to debut in 2015:
By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The early entry deadline for the 2015 NFL Draft has passed, and the 72-hour window for players to remove their name is gone.
The NFL has released the official list of players declaring for the draft on Monday, as 84 players are set to depart college for the next level.
These 10 players were granted eligibility for the 2015 NFL Draft since they have graduated:
Deion Barnes, DE, Penn State
Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
Zach D’Orazio, WR, Akron
Charles Gaines, DB, Louisville
Dee Hart, RB, Colorado State
Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
Nigel King, WR, Kansas
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Donovan Smith, T, Penn State
Tacoi Sumler, WR, Appalachian State
These 74 players were granted eligibility as underclassmen:
Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California
Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
Kwon Alexander, LB, Louisiana State
Javorius Allen, RB, Southern California
Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
Alex Carter, DB, Stanford
B.J. Catalon, RB, Texas Christian
Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
Jalen Collins, DB, Louisiana State
Landon Collins, DB, Alabama
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State
Christian Covington, DT, Rice
DaVaris Daniels, WR, Notre Dame
Ronald Darby, DB, Florida State
Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
Lorenzo Doss, DB, Tulane
Mario Edwards, DE, Florida State
Durell Eskridge, DB, Syracuse
George Farmer, WR, Southern California
Max Flores, LB, Northern Colorado
Ereck Flowers, T, Miami
Dante Fowler, DE, Florida
Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan
Jacoby Glenn, DB, Central Florida
Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
Deontay Greenberry, WR, Houston
Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Chris Hackett, DB, Texas Christian
Eli Harold, DE, Virginia
Chris Harper, WR, California
Braylon Heard, RB, Kentucky
Gerod Holliman, DB, Louisville
D.J. Humphries, T, Florida
Danielle Hunter, DE, Louisiana State
David Irving, DT, Iowa State
Jesse James, TE, Penn State
Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
Matt Jones, RB, Florida
Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers
Ellis McCarthy, DT, UCLA
Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
Patrick Miller, T, Auburn
Tyler Moore, G, Florida
Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Southern Mississippi
Andrus Peat, T, Stanford
Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida
Marcus Peters, DB, Washington
Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
Darius Philon, DT, Arkansas
Bradley Pinion, P, Clemson
Jaquel Pitts, WR, Trinity International
Jeremiah Poutasi, T, Utah
Darien Rankin, LB, North Carolina
Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State
James Sample, DB, Louisville
Jean Sifrin, TE, Massachusetts
Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
Max Valles, LB, Virginia
Easton Wahlstrom, LS, Arizona State
Trae Waynes, DB, Michigan State
Leonard Williams, DE, Southern California
Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
P.J. Williams, DB, Florida State
Trey Williams, RB, Texas A&M
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The 2014 college football season just ended, but the upcoming 2015 campaign isn’t that far off. Bovada is getting a start on 2015 by releasing early championship odds for next season.
Ohio State is a favorite to repeat, with TCU and Alabama just behind the Buckeyes in the overall odds.
Check out Bovada’s early national championship odds for 2015:
Ohio State: 5/1
Florida State: 16/1
Michigan State: 16/1
Notre Dame: 20/1
Mississippi State: 28/1
Texas A&M: 33/1
Arizona State: 40/1
Boise State: 40/1
Ole Miss: 40/1
Georgia Tech: 50/1
Kansas State: 50/1
Oklahoma State: 50/1
South Carolina: 50/1
Penn State: 75/1
West Virginia: 75/1
North Carolina: 100/1
Oregon State: 100/1
Virginia Tech: 100/1
Boston College: 200/1
Texas Tech: 200/1
By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 days ago
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer recently underwent throat surgery and spent the Military Bowl victory against Cincinnati coaching from the press box. The Hokies used a couple of turnovers by the Cincinnati offense, along with 210 rushing yards to earn the victory and post a winning record (7-6.)
However, Beamer wasn’t limited in his post-game availability, as the 68-year-old coach broke out the dance moves to celebrate the victory.
Check out Beamer’s post-game dance: