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Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2017?

By Matt Fortuna, 4 weeks 23 hours ago
As college football programs sign new future star quarterbacks while faces we became familiar with move on to the NFL, it is time to figure out just where all of this talent comes from.   For the third year in a row, Athlon Sports has tracked the roots of every projected starting quarterback for the upcoming season in the Power Five conferences, along with BYU and Notre Dame.  ...

College Football's 2017 Recruiting All-Name Team

By Athlon Sports, 4 weeks 1 day ago
National Signing Day typically happens on the first Wednesday in February every year, but perhaps it should be moved to December 25 since it essentially represents Christmas for college football head coaches across the nation. All of the hard work and long hours put in by the coaching staffs will finally bear fruit as high school seniors and a handful of junior college prospects will make...

Recruiting a Championship Team vs. a 4-8 Squad: A Closer Look at Clemson’s and Notre Dame’s Recent Classes

By Jon Kinne, 1 month 2 days ago
National Signing Day in college football is fast approaching and the current national champions, the Clemson Tigers, are ready to do what they do best: sign a boatload of four- and five-star players. Conversely, Notre Dame stumbled to a 4-8 record this past season. Their problem, obviously, was that they have not recruited enough top-level players.   Right?   It is true that...

NFL Scouting Combine Watch: Devonte Fields

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 3 days ago
Great pass rushers are few and far between in the NFL. With the game having shifted to mainly pass-centric schemes over the last decade or so, the ability of a defense to get to a quarterback and disrupt his timing is paramount. As a result, we've been seeing plenty of pass rushers go early and often in recent drafts.   One of the most talented edge rushers eligible for the 2017 NFL...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
College football’s coaching carousel was active prior to the 2016 season, as 28 programs hired a new full-time coach. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff. Winning right away as a new coach doesn’t necessarily guarantee long-term success, but it’s...

6 Junior College Transfers to Watch in the ACC for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 days ago
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day is less than 10 days away, but some freshman and junior college prospects have already arrived on campus. The ACC has its share of talent through the freshmen ranks on the way and a small junior college crop of six players is set to arrive this offseason. While only six incoming junior college prospects are slated to join the ACC as of late...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the ACC in 2017

By Jon Kinne, 1 month 5 days ago
It was a banner football season for the ACC with a 9-3 bowl record and a national championship. One of the primary reasons for the league’s success was the number of quality quarterbacks in the conference. In 2017, many of the ACC teams that had great signal-callers will be breaking in new starters at the position.   Related: 10 ACC Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
The 2017 college football season is still seven months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year. Several of the nation’s top players left for the NFL, including Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. That...

Early Look at the Top Heisman Trophy Contenders for 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 1 month 5 days ago
For better or worse, college football's Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in team sports, drawing hype and controversy from the beginning of the season till the end. Lamar Jackson won it last year, but that didn’t stop the annual “Heisman remorse” storyline from taking hold after runner-up Deshaun Watson tore through the postseason — despite...

10 College Football Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early Entrants in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 1 month 6 days ago
In case you missed it: A number of high-profile college football stars declared early for the NFL Draft. Several even skipped their bowl games, which caused hysterics in some corners. In any event, it is now time for a new crop of talented reserves to step into the spotlight and fill some pretty big shoes for their respective programs.   Related: College Football's NFL Draft...
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