Official 2016 College Football Thread



  • ShizlanskyShizlansky Posts: 32,743 ✭✭✭✭✭
    LSU field will be purple for the spring game.

    Shit will be lit
  • aneed123aneed123 Posts: 21,818 ✭✭✭✭✭
    MR.CJ wrote: »
    pachá12 wrote: »
    What the hell would Deshaun Watson be doing in Tuscaloosa? That's like BIG in LA in 97.

    @pachá12 they saying he was visiting his girlfriend

    Watson date tj tendon ex ... tendon and Anderson are homie.. that's the real reason they put him out. Gilberry just ignant and was there...
  • lord nemesislord nemesis You ever dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight? Posts: 10,637 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Defenses looking good
  • moyomoyo Posts: 1,572 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Cam Akers is the got damn truth!!!
  • ShizlanskyShizlansky Posts: 32,743 ✭✭✭✭✭
    moyo wrote: »
    Cam Akers is the got damn truth!!!

    Dude is the best freshmen this year.
    moyomatt mane
  • stringer bellstringer bell Posts: 21,233 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Pitt starts spring football with ‘best and deepest’ QB room in years

    As I wrote over the weekend, the Panthers staff is encouraged by what they have in USC grad transfer QB Max Browne. However, it's not just Browne that has Pitt so excited.

    The staff feels like this is the best -- and deepest -- quarterback room it has had in a very long time, with four guys who at some point can be legit college starters in Browne, Ben DiNucci, Thomas MacVittie and early enrolled freshman Kenny Pickett, whose vision and command are uncanny for such a young player.

    "He's is unbelievable," new Pitt OC Shawn Watson says of Pickett. "The game is very slow for him. He is a rhythm thrower. He just gets it."

    Pitt has had a tradition of big-time wideouts that include Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Bryant and most recently Tyler Boyd. The next one is Jester Weah, a big, physical former track standout from Wisconsin who blossomed last season. The 6-3, 210-pounder senior went from zero career catches before last season to leading Pitt in receptions (36), receiving yards (870) and touchdown catches (10) and averaging 24.2 yards per catch, which ranked second nationally.

    "He's such a big, strong guy," Browne told me. "He would've played for us (USC) last year."

    Weah is an impressive size/speed guy and made a few tough catches in traffic at the practice I attended. "Two years ago he couldn't catch," Narduzzi said. "He had no confidence. We built his confidence up. He was catching some deep balls. Now he's catching balls over the middle and hard slants, posts and digs, and you're like 'whoa!' Every day he catches one where you're like 'wow, he didn't do that in the past.' "

    Two other wideouts who caught my eye: sophomore Tre Tipton, a smooth route-runner and two-way player Maurice Ffrench, a dynamic play-maker.

    The Panthers lost a few really solid players on the O-line, but they do have a stud in Brian O'Neill, the 2016 Piesman Trophy winner.

    Browne described him as "a Max Tuerk-type player," which is heady praise that any USC followers will grasp. Watson raved about the 6-6, 300-pound junior. "He's really, really athletic. He runs like a tight end."

    Pitt's D was very shaky in 2016, which isn't what you'd expect from a a Pat Narduzzi operation. It looks like the Panthers should be much deeper along the D-line. New DL coach Charlie Partridge is really good and he has some promising talent to work with.

    Their best inside guy is 290-pound senior Jeremiah Taleni. Keep an eye on Keyshon Camp, a former USC commit with really good feet. Amir Watts is another young DL that has the staff buzzing as does Tennessee transfer Dewayne Hendrix.

    Outside, ex-Michigan commit Rashad Weaver is a 6-5, 265-pound redshirt freshman that's really bright and athletic, as is another freshman, Patrick Jones.

    Safety Jordan Whitehead, the 2015 ACC Rookie of the Year who missed the final month of the 2016 season after breaking his forearm, is having a great spring according to Narduzzi. "He's such a playmaker. He's the most explosive guy we've got."

    On the outside Avonte Maddox is their top corner, although young Damar Hamlin, who struggled with injuries as a freshman, could be special down the road.

    Look for a bounce-back season from junior RB Qadree Ollison. He went from being an 1,100-yard rusher as a freshman to just 127 in 2016. Yeah, having the great James Conner back impacted his carries, but the coaches weren't thrilled with how the 6-2, 225-pounder had responded to his early success, saying Ollison came back "fat and happy" and should've received a message from teammates who picked him last in their player draft in 2016. "He's been much better," said Narduzzi. "He's a big, athletic back who can burst and he can do it all."
  • Rampage12Rampage12 Posts: 3,330 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    Defenses looking good

    Yeah, didn't really expect much with how many notable players not participating (McFadden, only 3 scholarship WR's suited up, etc.) but I liked what I saw. Derwin James seemed to show no ill effects from the knee surgery.
    lord nemesis
  • lord nemesislord nemesis You ever dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight? Posts: 10,637 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Nice, just landed Asante Samuel's kid
  • stringer bellstringer bell Posts: 21,233 ✭✭✭✭✭
    NCAA passes expansive recruiting reforms

    After almost five years of debate and numerous proposals that were adjusted or scrapped entirely, college football recruiting has been reformed.

    The NCAA Division I Council on Friday passed Proposal No. 2016-116, a comprehensive package of rule changes developed in response to an order from the NCAA Division I board of directors -- the university presidents and chancellors who grew weary of the inefficiencies that have long plagued recruiting.

    The legislation revamps early official visits, places limits on hiring individuals associated with recruits and affects three other key areas of the football recruiting process. It also allows for a 10th full-time assistant coach, which will become effective on Jan. 9.

    Jim Phillips, Northwestern athletic director and chairman of the Division I Council, said the changes represent significant progress for recruits, student-athletes and coaches.

    "This affirms that the new Division I governance structure can effectively and timely address important issues," Phillips said in a statement.

    With the proposal's passage, prospects will be allowed to take official visits, paid for by the school, from April 1 of their junior year through the Sunday before the last Wednesday in June. Before the change, official visits were not allowed before Sept. 1 of a prospect's senior year. The change in the recruiting calendar becomes effective Aug. 1 and will first affect the 2019 recruiting class.

    The early visits are designed to work in tandem with an early signing period, which was not part of the agenda this week in Indianapolis. Conference commissioners, who administer the national letter of intent, are expected to vote on a proposed mid-December early signing period at their meetings in June.

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who chairs the Division I Football Oversight Committee, said he expects the vote on a early signing period to pass.

    "We have every expectation that the December date would be approved at the June meeting of the Collegiate Commissioners Association," Bowlsby said. "But I would be remiss if I didn't say we're going to continue to take a very close look at early signing dates. We know that approximately 70 percent of college football prospects make their decisions prior to the middle of the football season of their senior year. Those young people need to have an option available to them to terminate the recruitment process earlier than December."

    Also part of the new legislation are strict rules that mirror what is used in college basketball for individuals associated with prospects, or IAWP. The IAWP rules are designed to prevent schools from hiring anyone associated with a prospect for noncoaching positions.

    For example, the high school coach of a prospect is not allowed to take a paid or volunteer job as an analyst or strength coach at the college recruiting that coach's prospect. An IAWP is permitted to take a job at the same college only as a full-time, on-field coach.

    Penalties for violating the IAWP rules range from permanent ineligibility of the players involved to the suspension of a head coach or assistant. The IAWP rules are effective immediately and retroactive to include contracts signed on or after Jan. 18, 2017.

    "This really emanates out of the camp conversations that we had," Bowlsby said. "There are a lot of shenanigans that have been going on in the camp environment where a high school coach or a seven-on-seven coach shows up with a busload of kids and gets a big honorarium for bringing them to camp while they're having a so-called unofficial visit.

    "There isn't anything in this piece of legislation that keeps people moving from one job to the other -- either from a high school position or from one college position to another college position. What it does do, however, is put restrictions on a high school coach that would take a noncoaching position with a university and then bring two or three prospects with him. There's a quid pro quo that is troubling in the recruiting environment, and we sought to change that and regulate that."

    Another important piece of the proposal reduces when coaches can conduct camps from two 15-day periods in June or July to 10 days in June. It also requires camps to take place on campus or at facilities used primarily for practice or competition by member schools.

    This rule is effective immediately and essentially ends the lengthy, nationwide satellite camp tours like Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's Summer Swarm Tour that became a hotly debated topic in college football the past two summers. However, the new legislation does allow for recruiting conversations to take place at camps and clinics, a change to prior rules.

    Also bundled in the proposal is the limitation of annual scholarships to 25. This is a move to do away with oversigning and to reduce the practice of grayshirting, a tactic by which schools delay the enrollment of a prospect until the following January so his signing would technically count as part of the next class.

    The legislation limits to 25 the number of prospects whose aid is initially offered in the fall term of an academic year. Before, rules limited to 25 the number of prospects allowed to sign from Dec. 1 through May 31. This portion of the changes will affect newcomers in the 2018 signing class.

    The new rules also create an expanded summer dead period for the entire month of August and from Monday before the last Wednesday of June through July 24. This allows coaches to take a break from the recruiting trail, spend more time with their family and focus on the start of fall camp in August. This portion of the legislation doesn't become effective until Aug. 1 and will affect the class of 2019.
  • infamous114infamous114 Down in Miami where it's warm in the winter. Posts: 47,043 Regulator
    Nice, just landed Asante Samuel's kid

    Why CJ giving a GOAT to Seminoles news lol
    lord nemesissouthsil4lilCJAlpha_Ambition
  • southsil4lilsouthsil4lil Short TexasPosts: 8,715 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Spring Game shit




    Rubato Garcia
  • ShizlanskyShizlansky Posts: 32,743 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • CJCJ Posts: 15,121 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Nice, just landed Asante Samuel's kid

    Why CJ giving a GOAT to Seminoles news lol

    Mobile man lol
  • pachá12pachá12 502Posts: 720 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Ole Miss stay ridin with the 'L'...
  • infamous114infamous114 Down in Miami where it's warm in the winter. Posts: 47,043 Regulator
    We're killing it on the recruiting trail.
  • pachá12pachá12 502Posts: 720 ✭✭✭✭✭
    We're killing it on the recruiting trail.
    In April? So is Northwestern...


  • CottonCitySlimCottonCitySlim Posts: 6,538 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Why not use 247 which has a composite ranking
    infamous114Rubato Garcia
  • pachá12pachá12 502Posts: 720 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Why not use 247 which has a composite ranking

    Not that serious...
  • ShizlanskyShizlansky Posts: 32,743 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Rivals are pretty good with their evaluations
  • G.AvantG.Avant Mr. superthug og godbody kick ass karate pimpin magically enlightened nigga Jack n' Kill, FlawdaPosts: 4,229 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Too early in the game to be bragging about recruiting yet.
    pachá12Rubato GarciaS.jR.
  • pachá12pachá12 502Posts: 720 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bruh, how long are you tied to that AVI?
  • infamous114infamous114 Down in Miami where it's warm in the winter. Posts: 47,043 Regulator
    Recruiting is a year long thing and an early signing period might be instituted sooner than later.
  • CottonCitySlimCottonCitySlim Posts: 6,538 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Recruiting is a year long thing and an early signing period might be instituted sooner than later.

    I thought the early signing period just got approved for this year?
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