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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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Swinney right about Watson deserving first-round grade? (2:23)
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Greeny outraged by Edsall pulling scholarship (2:12)
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Finebaum rips Edsall for pulling scholarship (2:20)
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Why did three Oregon players end up in the hospital? (3:22)
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Players' health during workout falls on strength coaches (4:36)
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Breaking down FPI's performance in 2016

The 2016 college football season featured quite a few surprises. See where FPI hit and missed last season, and where it can improve in 2017.

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Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Tech DT Breiden Fehoko announced over Twitter that he plans to transfer. Fehoko, a former ESPN 300 signee from 2015, started for Tech as a true freshman. His departure is a blow to a defense that ranked last nationally in total defense this past season.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: North Carolina has hired East Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams for the same position. This will be Adams' second stint at UNC (2012). He coached defensive line for Larry Fedora at both Southern Miss and North Carolina, and at South Carolina from 2013 to 2015. Scout.com first reported the hire. Adams replaces Tray Scott, who left to coach defensive line at Ole Miss.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst describes the package of legislation approved the D-I Council this week at the NCAA convention as "very transformational." Eichorst co-chaired the recruiting subcommittee and sat on the Football Oversight Committee, which drafted the proposal that would cut satellite camps, expand official recruiting visits to include a 12-week period in the spring before a prospect's senior year and add a 10th assistant coach, among other items. "Others have said that if we could keep the package together," Eichorst said, "it would be the most transformational football legislation that we've had in decades. That speaks volumes."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

SOURCE: Wake Forest is hiring former Minnesota defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel for the same position. A deal was finalized earlier Wednesday. Sawvel served as Minnesota's defensive coordinator in 2016 but was let go along after the team's victory in the Holiday Bowl. He has coached defensive backs at Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Ferris State. This is a strong move by Wake Forest, which lost defensive coordinator Mike Elko to Notre Dame last month.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA is into its finishing kick as signing day approaches. The Bruins have added seven commitments this month including two today, in defensive end Odua Isibor and athlete Morrell Osling. The latter had been a Colorado commit but made the decision to flip to the Bruins just a few days after high school teammate and tight end Moses Robinson-Carr -- a former Oregon commitment -- pledged to UCLA. The Bruins shot 11 spots up the updated class rankings on Wednesday and now have the nation's No. 20 recruiting class.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Overlooked in today's changes to the official visit calendar and dropping of the June early signing period was the Division I Council's continued support on the reduction of summer camps. The council proposed legislation that would cut the number of days in a year from 30 to 10 in which coaches were allowed to conduct camps. Only coaches permitted to recruit off campus could participate, and the camps would be required to take place on campuses or in the facilities used primarily for practice or competition by member schools, essentially ending lengthy nationwide barnstorming satellite camp tours like Jim Harbaugh's Summer Swarm Tour.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

If the recruiting reform package passes, as it is expected to do after today's developments, class of 2019 prospects would be allowed to take official visits starting on April 1, 2018. "There's no reason to hold this off for another two or three years," Northwestern athletic director and Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips said. "Let's get this enacted and start moving forward."

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Northwestern athletic director and Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips said the Council and Football Oversight Committee "overwhelming" heard from perspective student athletes and current athletes that they wanted to take earlier official visits. "It's a hardship to do it at certain times for them," Phillips said. "So extending the window doesn't mean they can't come back to the fall and winter of their senior year, but now they have a chance to have it paid for and come on campus earlier."

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Northwestern athletic director and Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips on if the recruiting reform package will pass in upcoming votes in April and later this summer: "It will. It will. This thing could have been extremely contentious and divisive. The thing I will say more than anything is that this has been a collaborative effort. This is a prideful moment when you can put away some of your personal feelings and get to a position that's healthy for everyone."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Northwestern AD Jim Phillips on the proposal of sweeping change to college football recruiting, mandated by university presidents, next expected to receive final approval from the D-I Council in April, pass into NCAA bylaws in August and go into effect for the Class of 2019.

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Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

While the NCAA Division I Council adjusted the recruiting reform package to include only a mid-December signing period, the momentum toward an even earlier date is not over. "I don't think we're going to end just in December," Northwestern athletic director and Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips said. "We're going to continue to talk about it, and we may still come up with a Sept. 1 or an Aug. 30 early signing day, or something maybe before the high school season. But that's where we're at now and that'll be voted on in April."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Also from the council meeting today, Jim Phillips said the issue of holding a spring-break camp away from campus -- as Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh did last year at Florida's IMG Academy -- was forwarded to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which will discuss perhaps when it meets Thursday and issue a recommendation back to the council.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Along with a mid-December early signing period, the NCAA Division I Council has formally adjusted the official visit portion of the recruiting reform package. The original proposal called for official visits in June and July before a prospect's senior season, but Jim Phillips, Northwestern's athletic director and chairman of the Council, confirmed official visits for juniors would be allowed from April 1 through Sunday before the last Wednesday in June. Phillips is "supremely confident" the entire package will pass in an April vote.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Additionally, Miami AD Blake James will replace Phillips as the chair of the Division I Council in the summer of 2017.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern AD Jim Phillips, chair of the Division I Council, said the group also moved forward on enacting a 14-week regular season that would go into effect in 2020. It still needs to pass a vote of the council.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

The Division I Council meeting is over. The council approved everything -- it will vote in April -- recommended by the Football Oversight Committee, including April-June early visits. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said a June early signing period is off the table and that he expects the December window to meet approval from the conference commissioners. Bowlsby remains hopeful to later find another early signing window to supplement or replace December.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami reserve running back Gus Edwards has decided to transfer, leaving the Hurricanes without much in the way of experience at the position. Edwards was third on the team in rushing in 2016, but it was hard to find a role after a foot injury sidelined him the previous season. With second-leading rusher Joe Yearby moving on to the NFL, developing depth behind 1,000-yard rusher Mark Walton is a huge offseason priority.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

We should know shortly if the NCAA Division I Council has altered the reform package to include official visits for juniors from April 1 through Sunday before the last Wednesday in June.