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    Florida: The Gators are adjusting to a 3-4 defensive alignment under new coordinator Todd Grantham.
    Grantham came with Dan Mullen from Mississippi State and brings a wealth of experience from both
    the NFL and the college game. He prefers a 3-4 defensive set, and Florida's defense this decade has
    been a 4-3 unit, and the transition this season may not be smooth because the Gators lack proven
    depth at linebacker. Regardless of that, though, expect more pressure on the quarterback. Grantham's
    defenses the past eight seasons have produced 265.5 sacks. In the same time frame, Florida had 223
    sacks. How quickly the front seven players adapt this spring will go a long way toward determining
    how disruptive they will be this fall.
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    Saw today that Bear Bryant's great-grandson committed to Bama. Tyson Bryant, a 4-star QB. Pretty neat. Bo Nix (Auburn legacy) is also committed to his grandfather's school. He's the top rated pro-style QB in the country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Florida: The Gators are adjusting to a 3-4 defensive alignment under new coordinator Todd Grantham.
    Grantham came with Dan Mullen from Mississippi State and brings a wealth of experience from both
    the NFL and the college game. He prefers a 3-4 defensive set, and Florida's defense this decade has
    been a 4-3 unit, and the transition this season may not be smooth because the Gators lack proven
    depth at linebacker. Regardless of that, though, expect more pressure on the quarterback. Grantham's
    defenses the past eight seasons have produced 265.5 sacks. In the same time frame, Florida had 223
    sacks. How quickly the front seven players adapt this spring will go a long way toward determining
    how disruptive they will be this fall.

    Good info here
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    Arkansas: New Razorback coach Chad Morris uses a drone to film spring practices. Morris
    used drones while at SMU and will do the same at Arkansas. "It's been a great teaching
    tool for us and so we'll do a whole lot of video study with our drone." Arkansas plays its
    annual Red-White game in Little Rock on Saturday (Apr. 7) at 1 p.m.

    West Virginia: The Mountaineers have cancelled its annual Gold-Blue game schedule for
    Saturday because of weather. Snow is predicted for much of the state and because of
    safety issues for both the players and fans, the game will not be played. West Virginia
    opens its 2018 season on September 1, against Tennessee in Charlotte, NC.

    Clemson: As spring practice nears an end, Dabo Swinney is not happy with his team.
    He says the team has a long way to go before the opening game. Too many discipline
    and mental mistakes has him calling the team very average at this time. "We have
    a lot of work to do over the summer." If I'm not mistaken, Dabo called his team very
    average during last year's spring drills. We all know how that turned out!
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    'Wow !!!!!! All these "grandson commitments" .......And now there's hope for us Great-Grandparents......!!!!!!!
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    Auburn: Starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham hasn't progressed far enough in his recovery
    from offseason shoulder surgery to participate in the A-Day game today at Jordan-Hare Stadium,
    but he will participate. Gus Malzahn said the Tigers will start with a 10-minute 7-on-7 period,
    which Stidham will be a part of. It is progress for the rising junior after he was limited to just
    footwork drills and very light throwing at the start of spring last month. Stidham completed 66.5%
    of his throws for 3,158 yards last season.

    Arkansas, Ole Miss and Mississippi State will join Auburn with spring games today.
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    Auburn: While primarily watching The Masters, I had another TV on Auburn's spring game. Probably
    an understatement to say the Tiger defense dominated the offense. With the starting quarterback on
    the sidelines, the second and third team signal callers did little to get excited about. Neither were
    particularly effective combining for 15 of 39 passes for 90 yards. Second team Malik Willis completed
    8 of 20 for 45 yards while third teamer Joey Gatewood went 4 of 14 for 0 yards. One bright star for the
    offense was kicker Carlson who went 4 for 4 on field goals with makes of 38, 41, 45 and 53 yards. This
    kid is a weapon and has a bright future if he can stay healthy the next four years. Auburn has two more
    practices before the end of spring drills.

    Sidenote: The offensive passing game was pitiful but keep in mind the starting QB, WR and center were
    all out with injuries. Tiger defense will be strong again this season.

    I did not watch any of Arkansas, Ole Miss or Mississippi State's spring game.
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    Same issue as last year for auburn- offensive line. Cant go far without it
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    Colorado: The Buffaloes have concluded spring practice after a glorified scrimmage instead of a
    spring game. After winning ten games in 2016, Colorado took a step back in 2017 going 5-7
    overall and 2-7 in the conference. Much of the decline last year was because of the poor play
    of the defense that was 108th against the run, 102nd in sacks; and 109th in total defense. The
    defensive line, a big problem last year now has better depth to challenge the current starters
    and a new DL coach to improve overall results. Coming out of spring practice, three former JUCO
    players will be starting on the line opening day. After the 2016 season, Mike Macintyre received
    several National Coach of the Year honors. He enters his sixth season with the Buffs with a 25-38
    record. I'm thinking he needs to show a ton of improvement this season...especially in Pac play.
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    Southern Cal: The Trojans won the Rose Bowl two seasons ago and the Pac 12 title last season.
    The next stop in the minds of USC fans is the College Football Playoffs. For a playoff appearance
    to happen, the Trojans will need to get off to a hot start in September when they play Stanford,
    Texas, Washington State and Arizona with three of those games on the road. In other words; USC
    must be ready to play early, which makes spring practice and summer workouts essential. Finding
    a good quarterback will also help.
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    TCU: The Horned Frogs ended spring practice Tuesday and now must settle on a new quarterback,
    some new starters at wide receiver and running back and replace three of its top four tacklers. HC
    Gary Patterson has proven he finds good players every year and gets them in the right spots to be
    a successful program. TCU has won a total of 40 games with three 11 win seasons in the last four
    years. Even with the recent success, the Frogs don't seem to get the respect its earned and deserves.
    TCU gets Ohio State, Texas, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Oklahoma State all at home.
    A winning record (4-2) with that schedule will ensure another successful season for Patterson and
    his team.
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    San Diego State: It was good to see the school sign HC Rocky Long to a contract extension
    that runs through the 2022 season. Financial terms were not disclosed. Long is 64-29 in
    seven seasons at SD St., including a 32-9 mark with two Mountain West Championships in
    the past three seasons. The man deserved a raise on his $828,000 salary. Hell, I say he
    is a real barging when compared to what many other coaches are making.
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    Alabama: Quarterback Tua Tagovailio was again sidelined after re-injuring his hand during Friday's
    practice. Tagovailio, who is trying to win the starting job, did not participate in Saturday's scrimmage
    after suffering another injury to his surgically repaired throwing hand. Tua has been limited since
    suffering a broken bone in his left throwing hand during the team's first spring practice. Despite
    the injury, Tagovialio had progressed over the last several weeks and played about 20 snaps in last
    weeks scrimmage. Heavy rain and winds force the Tide inside for its second scheduled scrimmage.
    The A-Day game will be next Saturday (April 21) in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
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    LSU: Maybe its just me I have little faith in Ed Orgeron, or maybe its that the Tigers can't
    put a representative offense on the field no matter who is the coach. The Tigers have a new
    offensive coordinator, might start a freshman quarterback and may be without their best
    player to start the season due to injury. Oh, and they play five SEC road games. An opener
    with Miami, plus trips to Auburn and Florida, along with Georgia rotating onto the schedule
    could make for a long year in Baton Rouge. It could get hot for Big Ed this season. Stay
    tuned.
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    Texas Tech: Kliff Kingsbury will be entering his sixth season leading the Red Raiders with
    a 30-33 overall record. During his tenure, he has just two winning seasons and has yet
    to finish higher than fifth in the Big12. Some believe Kingsbury would have been fired last
    year if he hadn't beaten Texas late in the season. Bad defenses have been a trademark for
    Kingsbury teams. His defenses have given up at least 5,769 yards and allowed at least 40
    points per game during his time at TT. This year the defense has ten returning starters so
    you would think this is the year when there are no more excuses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Alabama: Quarterback Tua Tagovailio was again sidelined after re-injuring his hand during Friday's
    practice. Tagovailio, who is trying to win the starting job, did not participate in Saturday's scrimmage
    after suffering another injury to his surgically repaired throwing hand. Tua has been limited since
    suffering a broken bone in his left throwing hand during the team's first spring practice. Despite
    the injury, Tagovialio had progressed over the last several weeks and played about 20 snaps in last
    weeks scrimmage. Heavy rain and winds force the Tide inside for its second scheduled scrimmage.
    The A-Day game will be next Saturday (April 21) in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

    Sounds like Hurt’s dad saying if he is not starter he will be biggest college free agent
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    Georgia: This spring has given Georgia a chance to break in two new position coaches in outside
    linebacker coach Dan Lanning and wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton. The two coaches were
    hired earlier in 2018, with Lanning joining in January and Hankton joining the staff in February.
    Their hirings reflect the shuffling the Georgia coaching staff has seen since the 2017 postseason.
    Outside linebacker coach Kevin Sherrer was hired by Tennessee as its defensive coordinator,
    creating the need to hire Lanning from Memphis. In the offseason, Kirby Smart moved former
    wide receiver coach James Coley to the position of co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks
    coach. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is coaching tight ends after former position coach Shane
    Beamer left for Oklahoma so the team had to find a coach to head up its receiving core. The
    program settled on Hankton, who had been coaching wide receivers at Vanderbilt. After a 13-2
    season, the Dawgs still felt it was necessary to shake up its coaching staff, specifically on the
    offensive side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StevieRay View Post
    Sounds like Hurt’s dad saying if he is not starter he will be biggest college free agent
    Jalen Hurts will play this season at Alabama regardless if he's not the starter. His senior year, who knows?
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    Spring Games Today

    ESPN Network: Alabama, Georgia
    SEC Network: Tennessee, LSU, Miss State
    Big 10 Network: Nebraska, Penn State
    Pac 12 Network: UCLA, Washington, Wash State
    Longhorn Network: Texas
    Not Televised: Kansas State, Baylor

    The Alabama and Georgia games are back-to-back on ESPN. I'm
    looking forward to watching both.
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    Tennessee: The Vol's Orange and White game was telling on many fronts, most notably
    at the line of scrimmage where an undermanned first team offensive line spent most of
    the game owning the more highly touted Tennessee defensive line. The result was the
    Orange team beating the White team 34-7, and HC Pruitt seething after the game about
    missed tackles and what he saw as like of effort by several players.

    Georgia: Over 80,000 fans watched the Bulldog secondary intercept four passes on G-Day,
    ending the spring on an upward swing for a unit that lost three players to injury during the
    five weeks of spring practice. Last year's starting quarterback Jake Fromm completed 19
    of 38 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Highly touted 5-star
    recruit Justin Flields was 18 of 33 for 207 yards, one touchdown and one pick. Georgia QBs
    were sacked 11 times during the game.

    Alabama: We'll talk about the quarterbacks or coaching turnover or whatever else between
    now and August, but in the end, none of it will really matter. The lone takeaway from Bama's
    A-Day game is this: The Crimson Tide will once again field an elite defense. In Tuscaloosa,
    defense is and forever will be at the forefront as long as Nick Saban roams the sidelines. Bama's
    first team offensive line couldn't block the first team defense but luckily for the offensive line,
    they likely won't face a front seven that good or better all season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Tennessee: The Vol's Orange and White game was telling on many fronts, most notably
    at the line of scrimmage where an undermanned first team offensive line spent most of
    the game owning the more highly touted Tennessee defensive line. The result was the
    Orange team beating the White team 34-7, and HC Pruitt seething after the game about
    missed tackles and what he saw as like of effort by several players.

    Georgia: Over 80,000 fans watched the Bulldog secondary intercept four passes on G-Day,
    ending the spring on an upward swing for a unit that lost three players to injury during the
    five weeks of spring practice. Last year's starting quarterback Jake Fromm completed 19
    of 38 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Highly touted 5-star
    recruit Justin Flields was 18 of 33 for 207 yards, one touchdown and one pick. Georgia QBs
    were sacked 11 times during the game.

    Alabama: We'll talk about the quarterbacks or coaching turnover or whatever else between
    now and August, but in the end, none of it will really matter. The lone takeaway from Bama's
    A-Day game is this: The Crimson Tide will once again field an elite defense. In Tuscaloosa,
    defense is and forever will be at the forefront as long as Nick Saban roams the sidelines. Bama's
    first team offensive line couldn't block the first team defense but luckily for the offensive line,
    they likely won't face a front seven that good or better all season.
    80,000 plus fans making the effort to sit-in [on] an inter-squad college football game during the month of April.......the size of this turn-out is mind-boggling. No doubt about it, college football has captured the "hearts and souls" of sports enthusiasts throughout America.
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    North Dakota State: Head coach Chris Klieman has signed an extension keeping him with
    the Bison through 2023. He will receive $300,000 salary with 4% annual increases. The
    extension adds two extra years on his contract and comes after the program captured their
    third FCS National Championship under his leadership in the past four years. Klieman is
    54-6 since taking over the program in 2014.

    South Dakota: Head coach Bob Nielson has agreed to a contract extension through the
    2020-21 academic year with a salary of $300,000, up from the $255,000 he made in 2016
    and 2017. Nielson led the Coyotoes to an 8-5 record and a trip to the second round of the
    FCS playoff in 2017.

    Sidenote: Alabama's strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran made over $600,000
    during the 2017 season. He received a $98,000 bonus in January, 2018.

    Tennessee: Former Vol coach Phillip Fulmer has signed a 4-year contract to remain as athletic
    director. He will earn $900,000 in salary with a $100,000 annual retention bonus to be paid
    each December 31st.

    Michigan: Former Florida head coach Jim McElwain made it clear in a recent interview that
    Pep Hamilton is calling the offense for the Wolverines and that he's just there to help.
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    Nebraska: Excitement is high in the state of Nebraska as 86,818 fans showed up to see the
    Cornhuskers spring game. They got to see a faster offense under Scott Frost, and they got
    to see the quarterback who looks ready to make the program more interesting. There's a
    battle to come up with the right signal caller to run Frost's attack, but freshman Adrian Martinez
    was hand pick out of Fresno to do what the offense needs. During the spring game, Martinez
    complete 10 of 13 passes for 114 yards and a score, and ran 14 times for 60 yards and three
    touchdowns. The freshman showed a lot of quickness and added a needed spark to the offense.
    The Frost rebuild appears to be around Martinez.

    Arizona: Looks like former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is stepping into a good situation with
    the Wildcats at the right time. Arizona's might be mediocre on defense, but they make up for it
    with a solid running game and another great season from quarterback Khalil Tate. The real key,
    though, is a forgiving schedule, with no Washington or Stanford from the North, Oregon at home,
    and not that bad conference road dates at Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State.
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    Kentucky: Since going 10-1 in 1977, the Cats have had 11 winning seasons, 26 losing ones,
    and had 3 break even campaigns. It's a program that owns one outright SEC Championship
    and it took Bear Bryant as head coach to do that in 1950. Now in year six under Mark Stoops,
    Kentucky might have its best team in a long time, at least, it's going to have one of the most
    experienced squads. Stoops will welcome back 18 starters with decent depth behind them.
    Here's the problem Kentucky faces: the SEC East is getting better. Georgia is a killer, Florida
    and Tennessee are going to be better, South Carolina and Missouri will be good. Outside of
    Vanderbilt, there just aren't any layups. Opportunity knocks...lets see how Stoops and staff
    handle it.

    North Carolina State: Head man Dave Doeren has received a new contract that will increase
    his salary pool by $750,000, it was $3,065,000 million in 2017, 36th nationally, per USA Today.
    The pool will increase by $200,000 should the Wolfpack win eight games, and rise $100,000
    for each win thereafter up to eleven wins.

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    (A coach on the rise...a coach in decline)

    Purdue: The school has announced a two-year contract extension for head coach
    Jeff Brohm. Brohm's original six-year contract expired in 2024. His salary will
    increase from $3.03 million to $3.5 million in 2018 and increase $100,000 each
    year from there. Brohm led the Boilermakers to seven wins during his first season,
    a four win increase from 2016. Good coach and good move by Purdue.

    Illinois: Lovie Smith has won just five games during his first two years at Illinois and
    will be fired after another sorry season this year. The Fighting Illini has had the worst
    offense in the Big Ten under Smith. New offensive coordinator Rod Smith (Arizona)
    has been brought in to help crank up the spread attack for a young group that returns
    seven starters. He will need great improvement from an offense that was one of the
    worst in the nation last year averaging just 15 points per game. The defense is loaded
    with experienced players that won just two games during 2017. Illinois defenses have
    given up 160 yards or more on the ground in 20 of the last 21 games. Won't be much
    different this season. Lovie Smith was a terrible hire and he's proven it!
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