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By Steven Lassan, 2 days 15 hours ago
Notre Dame’s uniforms haven’t changed much in its program history, but the Fighting Irish break out an alternate look for the Shamrock Series every year.
On Tuesday, the program unveiled its 2014 Shamrock Series uniforms for its Sept. 13 date against Purdue.
The special edition uniforms feature a helmet with the “ND” logo and alterations to the jersey and pants.
Here’s a look at Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series uniforms:
Notre Dame will wear interlocking "ND" on helmet for 1st time in its history on 9/13 pic.twitter.com/wGHgQ8XgGL— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) August 19, 2014
By Steven Lassan, 2 days 22 hours ago
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season due to a shoulder injury suffered in practice on Monday. The news of Miller’s injury was reported by the Columbus Dispatch’s Tim May.
Eleven Warriors has more details on Miller’s injury, which will keep the senior out for the 2014 season. Miller is eligible for a redshirt season and could return in 2015.
Miller suffered a shoulder injury in the Orange Bowl loss against Clemson and did not participate in contact drills during spring practice.
The senior appeared to be on track to return after shoulder surgery in February, but he was limited by soreness in his throwing arm this fall.
With Miller out for the season, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones will compete for the No. 1 job. Barrett recently moved ahead of Jones on the depth chart and would be the favorite to start the opener against Navy.
With Miller ruled out for 2014, Michigan State is the favorite in the Big Ten. The Spartans defeated the Buckeyes in the conference title game last season and is a contender for a spot in college football’s new four-team playoff format.
By Steven Lassan, 3 days 13 hours ago
Arizona State already has a variety of uniform and helmet choices to sport in 2014, but the program unveiled a new copper-themed look on Monday.
The uniform helps to honor the state’s history of copper producing and could be worn at some point during the 2014 season.
Check out Arizona State’s new copper-themed uniform for this season:
By Steven Lassan, 3 days 21 hours ago
Texas A&M’s quarterback situation was one of the most intriguing battles of the offseason, as the Aggies looked for a replacement for standout Johnny Manziel. And at least for the opener, the starting job in College Station is slated to go to sophomore Kenny Hill. The news of Hill’s promotion to the top quarterback spot was announced by coach Kevin Sumlin.
Hill played sparingly in 2013, completing 16 of 22 passes for 183 yards and one score. He also rushed for 37 yards on seven attempts.
The most action in Hill’s 2013 season took place against Sam Houston State, completing 5 of 6 passes for 74 yards and one touchdown.
Hill has big shoes to fill with Manziel’s departure, but he is surrounded by a strong supporting cast. The Aggies possess one of the SEC’s top offensive lines and receiving corps, while running backs Brandon Williams, Trey Williams and Tra Carson are all capable options.
Allen – one of the top prospects in the 2014 signing class – will have a chance to unseat Hill as the season progresses. The true freshman should have a good grasp on the offense after enrolling early and could play against South Carolina if Hill struggles.
One positive for Hill in his first start: South Carolina could use three true freshmen extensively at cornerback in the opener.
Texas A&M’s high-powered offense may not be as explosive as it was in 2013, but whether it’s Hill or Allen at the controls, expect plenty of points and high-scoring affairs involving the Aggies in 2014.
By Steven Lassan, 3 days 22 hours ago
Minnesota became the latest team to unveil an alternate helmet for the 2014 season, as the school released photos of a gold design slated to appear a few games this year.
The traditional “M” logo appears on the sides, and there’s a stripe down the middle featuring the Ski-U-Mah slogan.
Check out a full gallery of Minnesota’s new helmets for 2014:
By Steven Lassan, 1 week 14 hours ago
Tennessee’s three-man battle for the quarterback job is officially down to one. Coach Butch Jones picked Justin Worley as the team’s starter, edging sophomores Nathan Peterman and Joshua Dobbs.
Worley played in eight games in 2013, throwing for 1,239 yards and 10 scores. He also tossed eight interceptions and completed just 55.6 percent of his throws.
In three years at Tennessee, Worley has 1,977 career passing yards and 10 starts under his belt.
Worley has a talented supporting cast at his disposal, including talented sophomore Marquez North and freshman Josh Malone. The running back tandem of Marlin Lane and Jalen Hurd should be solid, but the offensive line has five new starters.
While Worley won the starting job this fall, it will be interesting to watch what transpires over the season. Can Dobbs or Peterman surpass Worley for the top spot if he struggles?
Tennessee’s passing offense ranked seventh in the SEC with 211.1 yards per game last season. With more consistency from Worley, along with development on the offensive line, the Volunteers have a chance to take a step forward on offense.
JONES: @WorleyBird_14 has earned the right to the be starting QB. I believe Justin is playing the best football he's played in a long time.— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) August 14, 2014
By Steven Lassan, 1 week 21 hours ago
Northwestern’s offense suffered a major setback on Wednesday, as running back Venric Mark decided he would transfer from the program, and receiver Christian Jones was ruled out for the year due to a knee injury.
Mark was one of the Big Ten’s most explosive playmakers in 2012, rushing for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns and was a key weapon on special teams.
The senior plans to transfer to a school closer to his home in Texas.
With Mark out of the picture, expect senior Trevyon Green to handle the bulk of the carries, with Warren Long and Stephen Buckley providing depth.
Jones led Northwestern with 668 receiving yards last season and was slated to push for All-Big Ten honors in 2014.
While losing Jones is a big blow to the receiving corps, the offense does have experienced options on the depth chart. Junior Miles Shuler is a key transfer from Rutgers, and senior Kyle Prater was a top recruit coming out of high school. Senior Tony Jones and junior Cam Dickerson also return after combining for 66 catches in 2013.
Northwestern is a popular sleeper pick to watch in the Big Ten West Division in 2014, but the Wildcats will definitely miss Mark and Jones this season.
With the season starting in less than 15 days, most teams are finalizing their uniforms and helmets for the 2014 season.
Over the last few days, Boise State and Kansas released updated or alternate designs, and UAB unveiled a new look for this season on Tuesday.
The Blazers’ new design adds a bigger dragon and more fire. This might be the best new helmet of 2014:
Boise State opens the 2014 season with a highly anticipated showdown against Ole Miss on Thursday, Aug. 28.
And the Broncos will open the season with new alternate helmets, as the program unveiled an orange design for the matchup versus the Rebels.
Boise State’s orange helmet might be one of the best alternate designs for 2014.
It’s official: Kansas takes the prize for the nation’s most interesting alternate uniform for 2014.
The Jayhawks unveiled a new red alternate jersey for 2014 on Tuesday, which is certainly a switch from the team’s usual blue or white jerseys.
The helmet features a large Jayhawk logo, along with logos on the sleeves of the jersey.
Check out Kansas’ new red alternate jerseys:
The new uni is super icy!! pic.twitter.com/nYed2lC93g— Darious Crawley (@DariousCrawley2) August 13, 2014