Posted on July 14, 2014 by Todd DeVries
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Posted on July 07, 2014 by Mike Bainbridge
Recruiting in college football has become a year-round story as high school players are committing to their school of choice well before National Signing Day. With all the attention recruiting receives these days, fans are well aware of who some of the big names are that could make an immediate impact from Day 1.
Below is a list of some high-profile freshman, but also some under-the-radar players that could burst onto the scene in 2014.
1. Bo Hines, WR, NC State
If there was one freshman that stated his case the most during spring practices, it may have been Bo Hines. There was hype surrounding the freshman throughout the spring, and that praise came to light in the spring game in which Hines hauled in 10 catches for 132 yards. Gone from last season are leading receivers Quintin Payton and Rashard Smith, so there is every opportunity for Hines to be inserted into the starting lineup on Week 1. What should only help his production is the addition of Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett, whom Hines developed a nice rapport with during camp.
Posted on June 24, 2014 by Mike Bainbridge
It’s all part of the process for every team in every sport. Eventually, players will move on to bigger and better things. In this case, it’s the NFL. The stars of the 2013 college football season all left an imprint on their prospective teams, and in turn, will leave massive shoes to fill for 2014.
Here’s a peak at some of the rising stars that will look to fill the void of those that have come before them.
1. Kyle Allen, QB, Texas A&M
There are big shoes to fill and then there are Shaquille O’Neal-sized shoes to fill, and that is what Kyle Allen is potentially up against if he wins the Aggies starting QB job coming out of the fall. Going into spring practice, it was assumed that senior Matt Joeckel would take over for his final season, but he transferred in April to TCU, leaving Allen and sophomore Kenny Hill to battle for the job. Allen, who was the top rated pro-style passer coming out of high school, fits the mold of what Kevin Sumlin had back at Houston when he was running the Air-Raid offense.
2. Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State
Prior to Carlos Hyde in 2013, it hadn’t been since 2010 (Dan Herron) that a Buckeye running back topped 1,000 rushing yards in a season. Yes, Urban Meyer likes to spread the ball around to a wealth of playmakers that he recruits year in and out, but Ohio State lacked a bell cow in the backfield until Hyde came along and had an outstanding year (1,527 yards). Sophomore Ezekiel Elliot looks to the main candidate to assume starting duty as he a good blend of size and speed, but Urban Meyer will most likely employ a rotation to start the year, including the likes of Bri’onte Dunn, Rod Smith and offensive weapon Dontre Wilson.
Posted on June 17, 2014 by Mike Bainbridge
Whether due to graduation, a player leaving early for the NFL, or the transfer market, attrition in college football occurs frequently.
That attrition leads to new names arising every year to become household commodities in college fantasy football.
Let’s take a look at who will be inserted into the spotlight during the 2014 season.
1. Cole Stoudt, QB, Clemson
Possibly the biggest shoes to fill of any situation falls in Death Valley with the ACC’s second all-time leading passer now off to the NFL in quarterback Tajh Boyd. Because of the offseason dismissal of Chad Kelly, the quarterback competition has become a bit clearer with senior Cole Stoudt projected to assume the reins. The competition is not over with uber-talented freshman Deshaun Watson enrolled in the program, but Stoudt ended the spring with a leg up. The senior should provide a steady arm and much-needed leadership to an offense that features a wealth of unproven playmakers.
2. Kevin Olsen, QB, Miami
This was not expected to be the year Kevin Olsen would get his shot at the Canes’ starting quarterback job, but an offseason injury to projected starter Ryan Williams will force Olsen into the spotlight. Williams, a transfer from Memphis, was predicted to assume the starting role with Stephen Morris now graduated, but April knee surgery will keep him on the sidelines for an extended period of time. There will be competition for Olsen, as he will have to fend off other talented freshmen, (and recently added Kansas transfer Jake Heaps) but Olsen has a leg up with him having been in the offensive system for a year now.
Posted on December 14, 2013 by Todd DeVries
It's never too early to look ahead. In this case, WAY ahead. So we pulled together a super early look at the top College Fantasy Football prospects of 2014.
You can see them in the Rest Of The Way rankings section of CollegeFootballGeek.com right here.
CFG's bowl player rankings are coming soon and will be housed in the FFCPI.
Note: we included all underclassmen in the rankings for now. As players inevitably declare early for the NFL, we'll take those names off the list.
Posted on December 11, 2013 by Mike Bainbridge
Man, the 2013 college football season sure flew by quickly didn’t it? Seems like just yesterday that South Carolina’s Connor Shaw was throwing up the deep ball to Shaq Roland against North Carolina to open the regular season. Ah, memories.
That being said, we had some amazing performances during this wacky and wild season that sure left most of us wondering why these guys weren’t higher on our original draft boards, or had us snickering at the fact we landed these players where we did in our draft that helped secure another championship season.
Here are this CFG's College Fantasy Football All-American’s for the 2013 season.
FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
QB – Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
39.3 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 58/23 PPG
Our second-team All American from last season took that jump we all expected and now lands at the No. 1 spot as the top quarterback in college football for the 2013 season. He didn’t end the season how he would have wanted to, and is probably eliminated from Heisman Trophy consideration with this loss to Bowling Green, but that shouldn’t diminish the accomplishments of this season. Lynch finished the season averaging over 200 yards passing a game with 19 touchdowns, but was dominant on the ground with 22 rushing touchdowns and a 145 YPG average. He was also consistent throughout the year, with a season low of 23 fantasy points in Week 5 against Kent State, which is still not a bad outing. All in all, it is safe to say that if you had Jordan Lynch this season, you finished near the top of your league.
RB – Andre Williams, Boston College
26.1 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 56/4 PPG
There were running backs that had better season averages of fantasy points per game, but who are we kidding, Andre Williams was far and away the best running back in college football in 2013. The talent was always there for Williams to be a featured back, but injuries and an inconsistent offense has always kept him under the radar. But under new head coach Steve Addazio, Williams thrived. Once the month of November hit, the senior back went on a tear with 897 rushing yards in just three games. What kept his season average at just 26 PPG was the fact he did have some down weeks earlier in the year, and in the last game of the season, that resulted in single-digit points. Other than that, Williams was a stud.
Posted on December 06, 2013 by Ryan Moss and Kevin Mount
James Franklin – Missouri vs. Auburn
Franklin could have a big day against a Houston pass defense that comes in ranked 100th in the country. Expect plenty of points from both teams in the SEC title game. Franklin could leave fantasy owners grinning from ear to ear after this week.
STAFF PICK - KEVIN MOUNT
Blake Bortles –UCF vs. SMU
Bortles could torch a horrendous SMU pass defense and post some gaudy numbers this week. Look for plenty of points to be scored in this game and Bortles could have a hand in many of them. Start your Knights this week.
STAFF PICK - KEVIN MOUNT
Rakeem Cato- Marshall vs. Rice
After struggling some to start the year, Cato has been lighting it up over the past five games. In the Conference-USA championship he’ll face a stingy Rice defense, but I don’t think that will matter. Cato and this Marshall offense are good enough to still put up a lot of points.
STAFF PICK – RYAN MOSS