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Veteran Luton to start at QB for Oregon State

Veteran Luton to start at QB for Oregon State

Senior Jake Luton will be the quarterback when Oregon State opens the season on Friday against Oklahoma State.

Head coach Jonathan Smith announced his choice of Luton, a sixth-year player who has missed time with injuries during his college career.

Luton was selected over redshirt sophomore Tristan Gebbia, a transfer from Nebraska.

"It really started in January, the work he put in, the body of work from spring practice and fall camp," Smith said, per The Oregonian. "I will say Tristan really made it tight the last week and a half. But we felt at the end of the day, Jake deserves to go first. I still feel confident we have two guys we can score points with."

The 6-foot-7 Luton started his college career in 2014 at Idaho, then spent time at Ventura Community College before landing with the Beavers. He enters the 2019 season having played 12 games (nine starts) at Oregon State, completing 223 of 359 pass attempts for 2,513 yards and 14 touchdowns against eight interceptions.

Luton was limited to four games in 2017 due to suffering a serious spine injury during a mid-September game at Washington State.

The NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility in January.

While Oregon State has declared its starting quarterback, Oklahoma State hasn't. Coach Mike Gundy hasn't announced if it will be redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders or Hawaii grad transfer Dru Brown will be behind center when the Cowboys meet the Beavers in Corvallis, Ore.

Mississippi State QB Thompson enters transfer portal

Mississippi State QB Thompson enters transfer portal

Junior quarterback Keytaon Thompson has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal after losing the starting quarterback battle at Mississippi State.

A school spokesperson confirmed Thompson's departure with the Clarion Ledger.

Earlier this week, coach Joe Moorhead named graduate transfer Tommy Stevens as the starter to open the season.

Thompson backed up Nick Fitzgerald for two seasons and in limited action in 2018, he threw for 458 yards and six touchdowns and also rushed for 226 yards and four scores in 2018

Stevens joined the Bulldogs from Penn State, where Moorhead was Stevens' offensive coordinator in 2016-17.

Stevens appeared in 23 games over three seasons with Penn State but had limited opportunities behind Trace McSorley, completing 24 of 41 passes for 304 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 506 yards and eight scores and had 14 receptions for 62 yards and two touchdowns.

Moorhead said Thompson was disappointed he didn't win the starting job.

"Like any competitor, especially one in this conference playing at that position, I wouldn't say he took it well because that is not what I want to infer," Moorhead said.. "But he certainly understood what the process was and understood what the decision-making criteria was."

Freshman Garrett Shrader and redshirt freshman Jalen Mayden will back up Stevens.

The Bulldogs open the season on Aug. 31 against Louisiana.

Penn State tabs Clifford as starting QB

Penn State tabs Clifford as starting QB

Sophomore Sean Clifford will open the season as Penn State's starting quarterback, the school announced Friday on its Twitter account.

Clifford beat out redshirt freshman Will Levis and will make his first career start on Aug. 31 when the No. 15 Nittany Lions host Idaho.

Clifford replaces standout Trace McSorley, who set school records for passing yards (9,899) and passing touchdowns (77) during his time in Happy Valley. McSorley was a sixth-round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Clifford set two school records when he threw a 95-yard touchdown pass to Daniel George in a win over Kent State last season. It was the longest pass play and longest play from scrimmage in Nittany Lions history.

He completed 5 of 7 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Tommy Stevens was initially slated to battle Clifford for the job, but Stevens transferred to Mississippi State following spring practice. Stevens was named the Bulldogs' starting quarterback on Thursday.

Washington names Georgia transfer Eason starting QB

Washington names Georgia transfer Eason starting QB

Transfer quarterback Jacob Eason, as expected, was named the starting quarterback at Washington.

Head coach Chris Petersen made it official on Friday.

Eason, who was raised and played his high school football in the Seattle area, began his college career at Georgia, heading to the Bulldogs as a five-star recruit in the Class of 2016.

He played in all 13 games for the Bulldogs in 2016, starting 12 of them. He completed 204 of his 370 pass attempts for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns against eight interceptions and led Georgia to an 8-5 record.

Eason entered the 2017 season as the starter over another five-star recruit, Jake Fromm. But Eason sustained a leg injury early in the season opener, and when he was ready to return, coach Kirby Smart elected to stick with Fromm.

The Bulldogs lost the national championship game in 2017, and Fromm transferred to Washington soon after. He sat out the 2018 season.

At Washington, Eason beat out sophomore Jake Haener for the starting spot.

A 6-foot-6 redshirt junior, Eason has two years of eligibility remaining.

The Huskies open their season at home against Eastern Washington on Aug. 31.

Wisconsin WR Cephus eligible to play

Wisconsin WR Cephus eligible to play

Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus, recently reinstated at the school after being found not guilty of sexual assault, has been cleared by the NCAA to play the 2019 season.

He shared the news on Twitter on Friday, and the school confirmed it.

"God is good! So thankful to be eligible to play with my teammates! Thank you to everyone who helped get me to this point! #OnWisconsin," he wrote.

Cephus missed the 2018 season. He was suspended a year ago, then expelled, amid a determination he had violated the school's misconduct code. He was reinstated as a student on Monday.

The junior wide receiver practiced with teammates for the first time in a year on Wednesday, and coach Paul Chryst implied Cephus still needed some time to get game ready.

"It was great having him out here but that's his first practice," Chryst told reporters after the team's practice Wednesday. "He has done a good job of staying in shape. (But) then there is running plays and going up against defenders."

Wisconsin, ranked No. 19 in the country, opens the season at South Florida on Aug. 30.

NCAA places Mississippi State on three years probation

NCAA places Mississippi State on three years probation

Mississippi State's football and men's basketball teams have been placed on three years probation by the NCAA on Friday following an investigation into academic misconduct involving a part-time tutor and 11 players.

The NCAA also announced a reduction of two football scholarships for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years, and a reduction of one men's basketball scholarship for 2020-21.

The football and men's basketball teams will vacate wins as part of the resolution agreement with the NCAA. Postseason bans were not levied for either program, however.

The probe revealed that a part-time tutor aided 10 members of the football team and one basketball player in an online general chemistry course during the fall semester of the 2018-19 school year.

The tutor, no longer associated with the school, has been given a 10-year show-cause order.

"Our staff at Mississippi State was proactive in our preventative measures, quick to respond, and worked in full cooperation with the NCAA enforcement staff," Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen said in a statement. "With all of the compliance training that our staff and student-athletes go through on a year-round basis, it is unfortunate that a student serving as a part-time tutor was able to lead our student-athletes astray. Nevertheless, we take full responsibility for these actions.

"Mississippi State will work diligently to continue a culture of compliance and continue to take proactive measures moving forward."

Liberty coach Freeze out of hospital

Liberty coach Freeze out of hospital

Liberty coach Hugh Freeze is out of the hospital after dealing with a back injury and a potentially life-threatening staph infection.

The school issued a statement that said Freeze is recuperating at a hotel that overlooks the campus and is monitoring his team's progress from there via a live television feed. In addition, the football coaches are holding many of their meetings at the hotel.

According to the statement, Freeze won't return to the office for a few days.

The 49-year-old Freeze, who resigned under pressure from Ole Miss in July 2017, is in his first year at Liberty after his hiring in the offseason.

Liberty opens the season at home on Aug. 31 against No. 22 Syracuse.

College football notebook: Harbaugh decries 'cheaters'

College football notebook: Harbaugh decries 'cheaters'

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh makes a controversial remark about how much money Southeastern Conference schools spend on recruiting in a new book about his Wolverines football program.

"(It's) hard to beat the cheaters," Harbaugh tells author John U. Bacon in the soon-to-be-released book entitled, "Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football." Harbaugh doesn't explain his definition of cheating or name any specific schools or coaches, according to a review of the book posted by Forbes.com.

According to a report last month by Stadium, SEC member Georgia spent $2.63 million on recruiting in 2018 -- nearly double the $1.40 million spent by Michigan. Other SEC schools, including Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee, did not release their data for that report.

"If you want to make Michigan great, and make yourself great, this is a great place to be," Harbaugh says in the book. "The (recruits) you have to oversell what we have to offer, you know it's not going to work."

--UCF named Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush as its starting quarterback.

Knights coach Josh Heupel said in a statement that true freshman Dillon Gabriel will also play in the Aug. 29 season opener against Florida A&M.

Wimbush, Gabriel and redshirt freshman Quadry Jones spent fall practice vying for the starting job.

--Virginia Tech senior quarterback Ryan Willis will be the starter when the Hokies open the season at Boston College on Aug. 31.

Coach Justin Fuente announced his decision and named sophomore Hendon Hooker as the backup.

A transfer from Kansas, Willis took over the starting gig last September after Josh Jackson sustained a broken leg against Old Dominion. Jackson later transferred to Maryland.

--Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens was named as the team's starter for next week's season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, the school announced.

Stevens joined the Bulldogs as a graduate transfer from Penn State this offseason, a move that reunited him with coach Joe Moorhead. The latter served as Stevens' offensive coordinator with the Nittany Lions in 2016-17.

The 6-foot-5 Stevens, who graduated from Penn State in December, bested junior Keytaon Thompson for the starting job.

--Former Maryland quarterback Kasim Hill has transferred to Tennessee as a walk-on.

Hill will be required to sit out the 2019 season per NCAA regulations.

A Washington, D.C., product, Hill was a four-star recruit and the 10th-ranked pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2017, according to the 247Sports composite. He sustained knee injuries in each of his two seasons with the Terrapins.

--Tennessee State suspended quarterback Demry Croft after he was arrested on sexual assault charges.

He was arrested on Monday on six counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery and was released on bond later that day. All charges stem from an incident that police said occurred Dec. 1.

Croft, 22, began his college career with Minnesota, and he started the final six games of the 2017 regular season as a sophomore. After the season ended, he announced he was transferring because he had been "falsely accused of damaging a door."

--Pac-12 officials are allowing the sun to set on a plan to introduce morning kickoffs for the 2019 season.

Initiated to compete with Eastern-rooted conferences with games in the noon and 1 p.m. ET timeslots, the Pac-12 Conference considered starting games as early as 9 a.m. in the Pacific time zone.

Some schools were more interested in the early starts than others, Pac-12 spokesman Andrew Walker said, and the plan is expected to be reviewed and reconsidered in 2020.

Mississippi State tabs QB Stevens as starter

Mississippi State tabs QB Stevens as starter

Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens was named as the team's starter for next week's season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, the school announced Thursday.

Stevens joined the Bulldogs as a graduate transfer from Penn State this offseason, a move that reunited him with coach Joe Moorhead. The latter served as Stevens' offensive coordinator with the Nittany Lions in 2016-17.

The 6-foot-5 Stevens, who graduated from Penn State in December, bested junior Keytaon Thompson for the starting job.

Stevens appeared in 23 games over three seasons with Penn State but had limited opportunities, completing 24 of 41 passes for 304 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 506 yards and eight scores and had 14 receptions for 62 yards and two touchdowns.

Thompson threw for 458 yards and six touchdowns and also rushed for 226 yards and four scores in 2018 while serving as the primary backup to three-year starter Nick Fitzgerald.

Virginia Tech names Willis as starting QB

Virginia Tech names Willis as starting QB

Virginia Tech senior quarterback Ryan Willis will be the starter when the Hokies open the season at Boston College on Aug. 31.

Coach Justin Fuente announced his decision Thursday and named sophomore Hendon Hooker as the backup.

A transfer from Kansas, Willis took over the starting gig last September after Josh Jackson sustained a broken leg against Old Dominion. Jackson later transferred to Maryland.

Willis went 4-6 as the Hokies' starter, completing 58.5 percent of his passes for 2,716 yards with 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed for 354 yards and four scores.

Hooker saw action in six games last season, highlighted by a 69-yard touchdown run against William & Mary in the Sept. 8 home opener.

Tennessee State suspends QB Croft

Tennessee State suspends QB Croft

Tennessee State suspended quarterback Demry Croft after he was arrested on sexual assault charges.

He was arrested on Monday on six counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery and was released on bond later that day. All charges stem from an incident that police said occurred Dec. 1.

Croft, 22, began his college career with Minnesota, and he started the final six games of the 2017 regular season as a sophomore. After the season ended, he announced he was transferring because he had been "falsely accused of damaging a door."

He moved on to Tennessee State of the Ohio Valley Conference and started four games in 2018, completing 61 of 101 passes for 888 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. He missed the final five games of the season with a shoulder injury.

The redshirt senior had been working with the first team in summer practice but was not at the Tigers' scrimmage on Saturday.

Tennessee State opens its season on Aug. 31 at home against Mississippi Valley State.

Ex-Maryland QB Hill transfers to Tennessee

Ex-Maryland QB Hill transfers to Tennessee

Former Maryland quarterback Kasim Hill has transferred to Tennessee as a walk-on.

Hill will be required to sit out the 2019 season per NCAA regulations.

A Washington, D.C., product, Hill was a four-star recruit and the 10th-ranked pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2017, according to the 247Sports composite. He sustained knee injuries in each of his two seasons with the Terrapins.

He appeared in 13 games for Maryland, completing 102 passes for 1,313 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Junior Jarrett Guarantano returns as the starter for the Volunteers, backed up by redshirt freshman J.T. Shrout and freshman Brian Maurer.

Harrison Bailey, the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2020, is committed to Tennessee.

UCF tabs Notre Dame transfer Wimbush as starting QB

UCF tabs Notre Dame transfer Wimbush as starting QB

UCF named Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush as its starting quarterback Thursday.

Knights coach Josh Heupel said in a statement that true freshman Dillon Gabriel will also play in the Aug. 29 season opener against Florida A&M.

Wimbush, Gabriel and redshirt freshman Quadry Jones spent fall practice vying for the starting job.

"We've been pleased that all three quarterbacks have played at a high level during fall camp," Heupel said.

Wimbush transferred from Notre Dame in January and emerged as the front runner for the starting job after Darriel Mack Jr. injured his ankle over the summer in a non-football activity.

Wimbush amassed 2,606 passing yards and 20 touchdowns with 12 interceptions during his Notre Dame career, adding 1,155 rushing yards and 16 rushing scores.

Wimbush started the first three games for the Fighting Irish in 2018 before being replaced by Ian Book on Sept. 22 at Wake Forest. Wimbush started his final game in place of an injured Book on Nov. 10 in South Bend, a 42-13 victory over Florida State. He passed for three touchdowns in that contest.

Wimbush finished 13-3 as a starter for Notre Dame.

Harbaugh on recruiting: 'Hard to beat the cheaters'

Harbaugh on recruiting: 'Hard to beat the cheaters'

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh makes a controversial remark about how much money SEC schools spend on recruiting in a new book about his Wolverines football program.

"(It's) hard to beat the cheaters," Harbaugh tells author John U. Bacon in the soon-to-be-released book entitled, "Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football."

Harbaugh doesn't explain his definition of cheating or name any specific schools or coaches, according to a review of the book posted Wednesday by Forbes.com.

According to a report last month by Stadium, SEC member Georgia spent $2.63 million on recruiting in 2018 -- nearly double the $1.40 million spent by Michigan. Other SEC schools, including Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee, did not release their data for that report.

"If you want to make Michigan great, and make yourself great, this is a great place to be," Harbaugh says in the book. "The (recruits) you have to oversell what we have to offer, you know it's not going to work. If you don't get the appeal of the program, of a Michigan education, of the kind of camaraderie you get working with like-minded people -- well, I don't know what to tell you. You'll probably be happier somewhere else -- and maybe we will be, too!"

Michigan had the No. 8 recruiting class in the nation in 2019, according to the 247Sports composite. Among those ahead of the Wolverines were four SEC programs: Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M and LSU.

Harbaugh, 55, opens his fifth season as head coach at his alma mater when No. 7 Michigan hosts Middle Tennessee State in Ann Arbor on Aug. 31.

Pac-12 punts a.m. kickoff plan

Pac-12 punts a.m. kickoff plan

Pac-12 officials are allowing the sun to set on a plan to introduce morning kickoffs for the 2019 season.

Initiated to compete with Eastern-rooted conferences with games in the noon and 1 p.m. ET timeslots, the Pac-12 Conference considered starting games as early as 9 a.m. in the Pacific time zone.

Arizona schools play a portion of their season on the equivalent of Pacific time because most of the state doesn't observe daylight saving time. Utah and Colorado are in the Mountain time zone.

Some schools were more interested in the early starts than others, Pac-12 spokesman Andrew Walker said, and the plan is expected to be reviewed and reconsidered in 2020.

The wake-up call for players, fans and stadium management were raised as primary concerns.

On the season's first full weekend, No. 13 Washington will kick off at noon PT on Aug. 31 against Eastern Washington. Stanford, ranked 25th in the preseason poll, follows at 1 p.m. local time.

UConn, BC schedule series for 2022-23

UConn, BC schedule series for 2022-23

UConn and Boston College agreed on Wednesday to play a home-and-home football series in the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

The most recent game involving the programs was in November 2017, when the Eagles defeated the Huskies 39-16 at Fenway Park. Boston College leads the overall series 12-0-2.

UConn, which is leaving the American Athletic Conference and will turn to independent status in 2020, will host the next game of the series, on Oct. 29, 2022, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The Huskies go to BC's Alumni Stadium on Oct. 28, 2023.

As an independent, UConn will have to fill out a schedule that includes only three 2022 opponents at the moment -- Central Connecticut, Boston College and North Carolina State. Four games are scheduled for 2023 -- Duke, Lafayette, North Carolina State and Boston College.

The Huskies begin the 2019 season at home against Wagner on Aug. 29. The Eagles, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, will host their season opener against Virginia Tech on Aug. 31.

Wisconsin WR Cephus back at practice

Wisconsin WR Cephus back at practice

Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus practiced Wednesday for the first time since being reinstated by the university.

Badgers coach Paul Chryst told reporters at a press conference that he was happy to have the 6-foot-1 junior back on the field, though his playing status remains up in the air until eligibility issues are resolved.

"Certainly he's excited to be back with a group that means a ton to him," Chryst said. "I haven't asked him anything specific like, ‘How do you feel?' but certainly everyone has gone through a lot, him being one of them."

The school expelled Cephus after he was arrested on two counts of sexual assault and announced his reinstatement on Monday after he was found not guilty of the charges earlier this month. The athletics department later issued a statement stating Cephus was back with the Badgers but had to work through "eligibility issues before he can participate in a game."

The Wisconsin State Journal said department spokesman Brian Lucas declined to identify the nature of those issues. He said, however, that Cephus' athletic scholarship had been restored.

Cephus, a 21-year-old Georgia native, said earlier that the support of his coaches and teammates during his time away is why he wants to return to Wisconsin.

Wisconsin, ranked No. 19 in the country, opens the season at South Florida on Aug. 30.

Reports: WVU LB Cowan suspended 4 games

Reports: WVU LB Cowan suspended 4 games

West Virginia linebacker VanDarius Cowan was suspended for the first four games of the season due to NCAA eligibility issues, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

The Alabama transfer will miss the Mountaineers' games against James Madison, Missouri, North Carolina State and Kansas. He could return Oct. 5 when Texas visits Morgantown.

West Virginia coach Neal Brown recently called the 6-foot-4, 235-pound sophomore his best natural pass rusher.

Cowan was a four-star member of the Crimson Tide's 2017 recruiting class, and ranked as the nation's No. 4 outside linebacker by the 247Sports Composite.

Alabama dismissed Cowan in July 2018 for violating team rules. He appeared in seven games and made two tackles as a freshman.

Cowan also ran into trouble off the field at Alabama. He was charged with third-degree assault following an incident at a Tuscaloosa bar in June 2018.

QB Daniels to start for USC

QB Daniels to start for USC

Southern Cal is sticking with JT Daniels as its starting quarterback.

"We feel confident where we are right now and felt like we needed to move forward and to allow more reps for the guys that are going to be in the No. 1 and No. 2 position," Trojans coach Clay Helton said. "For us, it was just the consistency that (Daniels) had over the 30 practices. He was consistent day in and day out in doing his assignments and making the plays and moving the team."

An 11-game starter as a true freshman, Daniels was competing with redshirt sophomore Jack Sears, redshirt junior Matt Fink and true freshman Kedon Slovis, who will begin the season as USC's primary backup. Helton changed offensive coordinators, hiring Graham Harrell in the offseason.

The Gatorade High School Player of the Year at California's Mater Dei High School, Daniels enrolled early at USC at age 17 and won the starting job last season. He had 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, passing for 2,672 yards as just the second true freshman starting quarterback at USC.

Slovis was a four-star recruit and enrolled in spring 2019 to participate in offseason workouts.

College football notebook: Clemson's Lawrence tops preseason All-America team

College football notebook: Clemson's Lawrence tops preseason All-America team

Clemson sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence, a Heisman Trophy favorite entering the 2019 season, headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, which was released Tuesday.

Joining him on the first team are two teammates: running back Travis Etienne and linebacker Isaiah Simmons.

On Monday, Clemson was installed as No. 1 in the AP preseason poll for the first time in school history.

Joining Clemson with three preseason All-Americans was Alabama, with wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, a 2018 All-American, defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and linebacker Dylan Moses.

--Bo Nix was named starting quarterback for Auburn, and he is set to become only the second true freshman to start a season opener in school history.

The school announced the decision on its Twitter account. The Tigers open the campaign against Oregon on Aug. 31 at Arlington, Texas. Travis Tidwell, who started the opener in 1946, is the only true freshman to take the first snap.

Nix beat out redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood in a spirited competition that began in the spring.

--Austin Kendall, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, will be West Virginia's starting quarterback.

"We tracked everything from spring practice to fall camp," coach Neal Brown said at a press conference. "Completion percentage, number of turnovers, scoring drives from spring practice to fall camp."

Kendall, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, beat out junior Jack Allison and Jarret Doege, a junior transfer who was Bowling Green's starting quarterback last season. Doege received a waiver from the NCAA and can play immediately, multiple outlets reported.

--Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson announced on Twitter that his wife, Wendy, died of cancer. She was 49.

Anderson took a leave of absence this week to be by his wife's side as she battled cancer for the second time in three years. Wendy Anderson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2017.

--Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus rejoined the team, but when he'll be able to play is up in the air.

The school expelled Cephus after he was arrested on two counts of sexual assault and announced his reinstatement on Monday after he was found not guilty of the charges. The athletic department later issued a statement stating Cephus was back with the Badgers but had to work through "eligibility issues before he can participate in a game."

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that department spokesman Brian Lucas declined to identify the nature of those issues. He said, however, that Cephus' athletic scholarship had been restored.

--Kentucky freshman quarterback Nik Scalzo will undergo surgery on his right knee after being injured in Saturday's scrimmage.

Wildcats coach Mark Stoops announced that Scalzo will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL next week. He said Scalzo was hurt while trying to plant and make a cut during the scrimmage.

The injury represents a blow for Scalzo, who underwent ACL surgery on the same knee last fall after being injured in November.

--Illinois coach Lovie Smith has picked Michigan graduate transfer Brandon Peters to be his starting quarterback.

Peters, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, is a former four-star recruit who played in 10 games (four starts) for the Wolverines.

"We loved Brandon when we got a chance to know him during the recruiting process," Smith said in a statement.

--Tennessee State quarterback Demry Croft was arrested and charged with six counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery following a grand jury indictment.

All of the charges are felonies and stem from an incident that reportedly occurred Dec. 1.

Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County court records show Croft was arrested Monday with bond set at $50,000. He was released later in the day. His arraignment was set for Sept. 4.

--Freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman could miss six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury sustained during Oregon's intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday.

The 11th-ranked Ducks expected Pittman to be part of their core rotation at the position and possibly start for a team striving to replace Dillon Mitchell.

Pittman is the latest Oregon receiver to fall, joining two players sidelined due to foot injuries for the opener against No. 16 Auburn and beyond. Brenden Schooler could be out for another month after undergoing foot surgery, and freshman JR Waters is likely on a similar schedule because of a foot ailment.