Receiver issues at Oklahoma and Louisville; QB named at Virginia Tech
Taking a second look at Oklahoma State opening against Florida State
1. Florida State's opener against Oklahoma State looked a lot better on paper than it does now that the Pokes are coming to AT&T Stadium with eight returning starters. Oklahoma State has won its past six season openers, is 15-2 in nonconference games and 11-2 in games in Texas. Oklahoma State also has scored 20 points or more in 52 consecutive games, the second-longest streak of its kind in FBS history. Nope, that streak isn't likely to survive Saturday night, either.
2. USC athletic director Pat Haden became ill over the weekend and had to be hospitalized but, as of Sunday night, had returned home. Haden, one of 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee, emailed CFP executive director Bill Hancock to say he was OK. Hancock said Sunday night the committee has no protocol to replace a member who is unable to serve. "It could be done with 12 members," Hancock said. "When we created the committee, we said it would be somewhere between 12 and 18 members. We don't really have a policy and decided not to do anything. We're just confident everybody would be able to get here."
3. Jake Heaps started at BYU as a freshman and sophomore in 2010-11, lost the job and transferred. He started at Kansas as a redshirt junior last year, lost the job, and after spring practice, transferred again. Heaps left for Miami in June, and it was a smart gamble. Once Hurricanes senior Ryan Williams injured a knee in spring ball, Miami had only one quarterback who had taken a snap. Coach Al Golden announced Sunday that true freshman Brad Kaaya will start the opener on Labor Day night at Louisville. This time, Heaps has no choice but to stay. This time, will he invest in being one play away?
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College football's next phenom
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Like many in his football-crazed hometown of New Orleans, Elliott Porter knew of Leonard Fournette before the young running back had even reached high school.
A superstar from the city's rec leagues, Fournette's legend had begun to spread years before he ever became the nation's most heavily recruited football prospect.
"He and my brother were in the same grade and I went to one of his games. It was really a man amongst boys," said Porter, a senior center who is now Fournette's teammate at LSU. "He didn't get much bigger from that because he was huge back then. I was like, 'Really? That's really an eighth-grade kid?'"
Since then, little has changed for Fournette. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 224 pounds, he's still bigger than many of those he competes against. He's still stronger than most, and LSU coach Les Miles has already speculated that the freshman might be the fastest player on an incredibly athletic roster.
No wonder Miles could barely contain his enthusiasm when the Tigers held their first preseason practice earlier this month. The Tigers worked out in only helmets and shorts at first, and Miles couldn't wait to see how his prized recruit would fare once the team donned full pads later in the week.
"That's kind of like having Tiger Woods on a golf course with a putter," Miles said. "You just want to see him tee off, don't you? Well, we have to put pads on before we can see him tee off."
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