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6hAlex Scarborough

Crimson Tide trio in the spotlight this offseason

As usual, Alabama has some big stars to replace, so Rashaan Evans, Da'Shawn Hand and Jalen Hurt will have more prominent roles starting immediately.

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5dAdam Rittenberg

Best college football players in 2017? Start with QBs

First of all, making a list of top players is just asking for trouble, but we like to live on the edge. So here is the first half of our top 50 players. Now, let the second-guessing begin.

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5dAdam Rittenberg

Coaches whose stock went up (and down) in bowl season

A coach's stock is only as good as his last game. Win your bowl game, and food tastes better, the sun shines brighter and your team is on the rise. Lose, and it's a long wait for redemption.

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4dBonnie Ford

Sam Ehlinger faces life's next chapter

Ross Ehlinger never got to see his son play in a big-time football game, but quarterback Sam knows his father will be with him every step of the way as he begins play at the University of Texas.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney with the ultimate endorsement for his QB Deshaun Watson heading into the NFL draft. "I'm just telling you, if they pass on Deshaun Watson, they're passing on Michael Jordan," said Swinney, who added that Watson is "one in a million" and "the easiest player (I've) ever coached" because he is so driven. Swinney (pictured here with Stanford coach David Shaw) spoke after the first Senior Bowl practice, which Watson decided not to participate in this year.

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Checking in with ESPN 300 WR Nico Collins, who has narrowed his choices down to Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Michigan with a decision likely to come next week on signing day. Collins will take his final official visit to Georgia this coming weekend.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

This wouldn't be a bad nucleus for a draft class -- Alabama TE O.J. Howard, LB Ryan Anderson, defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson and long snapper Cole Mazza posing with coach Nick Saban after their first Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Ala.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

New Browns DC Gregg Williams coaching the South team defense as Alabama TE O.J. Howard hauls in a catch. The imposing Howard is probably the biggest name among players here this week and a possible first-round draft pick.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Oklahoma is pulling out all of the stops to lure five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson to Norman. Not only did almost the entire OU coaching staff attend an in-home visit with Wilson last night decked out in different Sooner jerseys, two of the best defensive tackles in the school's history reached out to Wilson via social media Tuesday. First Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, himself a former five-star recruit, tweeted several different emojis at Wilson. That was followed up by a tweet from Tommie Harris, former NFL defensive tackle and another five-star recruit. "Welcome home Oklahoma ESPN300 5-star & UA All America Game DT Marvin Wilson," Harris wrote in his tweet. It's not uncommon for former players to engage with prospects on social media, but the timing of the tweets certainly indicates how bad the Sooners want Wilson.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban draws a crowd on the opening day of Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Alabama. Four of Saban's Crimson Tide players are here this week. Other college coaches spotted on the sidelines include Clemson's Dabo Swinney and LSU's Ed Orgeron.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Two of the biggest rivalries in the ACC have moved to September, at least for 2017. Miami travels to Florida State on Sept. 16, the first time the teams will play in the opening month since 2009. Duke plays at North Carolina on Sept. 23, the earliest meeting between the schools in their 103-year series history.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville opens with three Power 5 opponents (vs. Purdue, at North Carolina, Clemson) and you can bet offseason work will focus on all three. Last season, Louisville prepared for months to face FSU in Week 3. It paid off with a big win. With Clemson in Week 3 this year, you've got to believe much more will be spent in offseason preparation. Especially since Louisville has been inches away from victory each of the last three years.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Want an ACC sleeper for 2017? Look at Georgia Tech, which won six of seven at the end of last season. It's schedule is favorable, too. It gets Tennessee in Atlanta, and games against the perceived top three in the Coastal -- Pitt, at Miami and VT -- all come in different months. It hosts Georgia, too.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State challenged itself with its 2017 schedule, but could it be set up any better for a playoff run? All of their tough games are spread out with a opportunity to recharge between the rougher games. Alabama is the opener, then Miami on Sept. 16. The bye comes Week 6, then Louisville Oct. 21, at Clemson Nov. 11 and at Florida to close the regular season. Meanwhile either Clemson or Louisville could have two league losses by Sept. 30.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

If Clemson makes it back to the College Football Playoff in 2017, the Tigers will have to survive a tough September. With a new quarterback leading the way, Clemson plays Auburn on Sept. 9, then at Louisville on Sept. 16 and at Virginia Tech on Sept. 30. All three finished in the Top 25. Florida State comes later at home on Nov. 11. Coach Dabo Swinney called it a "challenging" schedule. No doubt about that.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Tech has hired Brandon Jones to coach its offensive line. Jones held the same job at Cal the last two years. He replaces Lee Hays, who was not retained on Kliff Kingsbury's staff. Jones started 22 games at center for Tech from 2005-06.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Forty-one junior recruits at the Future 50 in early January were asked on scale of 1-10 how dirty they think recruiting is with 10 being the dirtiest. Nineteen percent said a 10, followed by 14 percent each for a five, a six and an eight. The word dirty wasn't defined in the survey for the prospects and left open for individual interpretation. The Future 50 featured many of the nation's top prospects in the 2018 class.

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Worst rookie draft class: 2003 Penn State. 0 AV despite four first-rounders (Bryant Johnson, Larry Johnson, Jimmy Kennedy, Michael Haynes).

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Tennessee executive senior associate AD Jon Gilbert has accepted the job as Southern Miss' AD. He will be introduced later Tuesday. Gilbert was Dave Hart's No. 2 man at Tennessee and also worked at Alabama previously.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

USC is looking to close strong down the stretch again and landed a huge piece of its recruiting class Monday, while delivering a blow to a conference rival. Following an official visit, ESPN 300 defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu announced that he flipped his commitment from Washington to USC. Tuipulotu is the nation's No. 8 defensive tackle and No. 109 overall prospect and had been committed to Washington since mid-April. He is the seventh ESPN 300 commitment for USC, which is looking to continue building upon the top class in the Pac-12.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source confirms former Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter will be Cal's new defensive coordinator. Fox Sports first reported the hire.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Going overseas may actually allow Michigan, in 2018 and beyond -- when the ban on offseason trips for practice during a vacation period is imposed -- to continue its spring-break journeys. During the autonomy rules session Friday at the NCAA convention, administrators were clear that overseas trips like those taken by basketball, volleyball and soccer teams will still be allowed. While exceedingly more rare to take a football team overseas, it's hard to understand how that could be banned while within the rules for other sports.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Cal officially announced former UCLA QB coach and passing game coordinator Marques Tuiasosopo has been given the same role in Berkeley. Last year, Tuiasosopo left USC for UCLA for what he called an opportunity to advance his career, but his role at UCLA was set to diminish after the Bruins hired Jeff Fisch as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach earlier this month.