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College Football's Top 20 Offensive Linemen on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 4 months ago
Offensive linemen are the most underrated players in college football. The players in the trenches never get enough credit for their performance, but the five blockers up front set the stage for the skill players to have success. Recruiting and developing offensive linemen is never easy. However, there’s always a new wave of stars ready to emerge in the trenches. With the 2016 season...

College Football's Coaches on the Hot Seat: 2016 Spring Practice Edition

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 4 months ago
College football’s 2015-16 coaching carousel was one of the most active in recent memory. After 28 jobs changed hands, the 2016-17 version may not be as active at the end of the year. However, several big-time jobs could open, as Les Miles (LSU), Charlie Strong (Texas), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn) enter the 2016 season squarely on the hot seat.   Spring...

College Football's Top 30 Running Backs on the Rise for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 4 months ago
Running back is one of the easiest positions to find a new standout each year, and there always seems to be a wave of stars ready to emerge in offseason workouts. Last season, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey finished second in the Heisman voting in his first year as the starter, while Alabama’s Derrick Henry went from sharing time with T.J. Yeldon to finishing as the nation’s...

Penn State Nittany Lions 2016 Spring Football Preview

By Kevin McGuire, 1 year 5 months ago
Change is in the air in Happy Valley as Penn State moves one more year into the James Franklin era. Could this be the year the program begins to take a step forward as it comes closer to escaping the shadow of an abbreviated sanction era? This could prove to be an important season for Franklin, and it comes with plenty of changes in the makeup of the team's identity.   Penn State...

College Football's Top 25 Quarterback Battles to Watch in Spring Practice

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 5 months ago
Spring practice is the first look at all 128 college football teams for 2016, and every coaching staff has a long list of questions for their programs to answer during offseason workouts. While replacing key players in the trenches or rebuilding the secondary is critical to the success of any team, quarterback battles are always going to steal the offseason spotlight. This spring features...

Big Ten 2016 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 5 months ago
Ohio State and Michigan enter 2016 as the frontrunners to win the Big Ten title, but both teams enter spring practice with plenty of work to do. The Buckeyes return quarterback J.T. Barrett and a few rising stars on defense. However, only six starters are back for coach Urban Meyer. The skill players need to be restocked, and the defense has to reload in the trenches and in the secondary. The...

College Football's Pre-Spring 1-128 Team Rankings for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 5 months ago
The 2016 college football season officially begins on Aug. 27 with California taking on Hawaii in Australia. While kickoff for 2016 is a ways off, it’s never too early to start thinking about rankings, predictions and a preview for the upcoming year. With spring practice underway, teams are starting to put the pieces in place for 2016 and answer some of the question marks surrounding the...

Big Ten's Pre-Spring Top 25 Player Rankings for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 5 months ago
The Big Ten enters 2016 with momentum on its side. Ohio State is just a year removed from a national championship, and even with several new faces on both sides of the ball, the Buckeyes will be a factor in the College Football Playoff picture next fall. Additionally, Michigan capped a solid first season under coach Jim Harbaugh with an outstanding recruiting class. Needless to say, the arrow on...

5 Players Who Could Impress During the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 5 months ago
It never fails. Every year, at least one player puts on a show at the NFL Scouting Combine that changes the way scouts look at him (in a good way) and subsequently boosts his draft stock. Sometimes this happens during an interview, but more often than not, it happens during one of the drills. Scouts will see something in a player they hadn't seen before, causing some franchises to rework...

College Football's Top 25 Impact JUCO Transfers for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 6 months ago
Junior college prospects are some of the biggest wildcards in a recruiting class for college football teams. Not every program taps into the junior college ranks for options, but immediate help can be found at this level. While junior college recruits often help right away, some are more of a project and can take half (or more) of a season to develop. Additionally, junior college recruits are...