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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

A lot of championships to discuss between these two guys in the center of Ohio State's Pro Day: Urban Meyer and New England's Bill Belichick. The two have long had a mutual professional admiration, and it's no surprise to see the leader of the Patriots taking a close look at the Buckeyes.

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Deshaun Watson joins Gruden and talks about how early events in his life shaped him to succeed on and off the field.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Tech announced a two-game home series against Abilene Christian of the FCS, scheduled to open the Red Raiders' seasons in 2024 and 2026. The west Texas schools have not played since 1949. Abilene Christian moved up to the FCS in 2014.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Day is officially underway at Ohio State. Yet another sizable crowd on campus to watch a group of Buckeyes that could include three first-round picks.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami players were asked about National Championship aspirations, a thought that makes Mark Richt uncomfortable. "I'm not going to put a limit on what can happen," he said, "but I'm not making any bold predictions either."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida DL Khairi Clark thinks the offense is moving faster this spring, while WR Josh Hammond said there's increased confidence from the offense this spring in large part because the freshmen quarterbacks are utilizing deep passes more. "Having quarterbacks that aren't afraid to sling it really helps the receivers."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

One thing Florida safety Nick Washington is excited about is how the freshmen QBs aren't afraid to go down field with the football. He's noticed that Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask are taking full advantage of their arm strength. "They've been throwing big bombs. They will throw the deep ball … they're not afraid to let it loose. It's exciting to know they're willing to go for the big play."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida's Kyle Trask was a three-star backup QB prospect with offers from Houston Baptist, which he considered "a dream come true", McNeese State and Lamar. Then Florida came calling. Now, he's competing with four-star ESPN 300 QB Feleipe Franks to restore Florida's proud quarterback tradition. "There hasn't been – and I'm not trying to put anybody down – a solid quarterback [at Florida] since the [Tim] Tebow era," Trask said.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida quarterbacks Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask both think the starting QB battle can be resolved by the end of the spring. Franks thinks it's better for the team if it's decided sooner rather than later. "It's important that one of us step up, take charge and act like [the starting position] is theirs. The guys don't want to go through all of fall can't being indecisive of who to follow."

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Quite the day on NFL LIVE: Deshaun Watson w/Gruden, Notre Dame pro day, Stanford Pro Day & Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick joins us. 2:00 ESPN2

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington continues to load up on the offensive side of the ball in the 2018 class as the Huskies landed a commitment from quarterback Colson Yankoff, the second ESPN Junior 300 signal-caller to commit to Washington, joining No. 16 overall prospect Jacob Sirmon. Yankoff, the nation's No. 295 overall prospect and No. 16 pocket passer, originally committed to Oregon but pulled back from that following the coaching change from Mark Helfrich to Willie Taggart. Washington's fifth ESPN Junior 300 commitment -- including two quarterbacks and three receivers -- ties it with USC for the most in the Pac-12.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

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Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown caused a stir this week, when it was revealed he reported to campus weighing 148 pounds. But Oklahoma State receiver Jalen McCleskey is proof that Brown could on weight quickly. McCleskey, who is the top returning receiver in the Big 12 with 73 catches last year, showed up to Stillwater at 150 pounds. Now, he's up to 175. His secret? "Eat whatever you want."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Thanks to his newfound rattlesnake hunting skill, Mike Gundy now has a retirement plan: "John Smith, our wrestling coach, his farm is right by mine. He's got some pretty good walks over there. I figure I can teach him. That will give John and I something to do. When we retire, we can walk around in our boots and rattlesnake hunt and make videos for YouTube."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Why did Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy go rattlesnake hunting? To be with his sons: "That's my life. I get in trouble here because I bypass on things to go be with my kids. That's no disrespect, I don't mean to be insubordinate, but I'm going to be with my children. When they grow up, that's it, I don't get those days back. In this last hunt, they were all fired up about it. I go to be with them. I ended up being more fired up about it than they did. I thought it was cool. They had a great time, but I was the first to ask, when can we go back?"

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, on the rules to survival on a rattlesnake hunt:


Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

OU OC Lincoln Riley said the Sooners might have their best o-line in the three years he's been there -- the top 8 return, along with QB Baker Mayfield. That bodes well for an offense that is now unproven at WR and RB. He said he thinks they can sustain and build upon their success in spite of losing top playmakers Dede Westbrook, Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon. "We think we've got the blueprint to do it," he said, "and the guys, but we have to figure out what this group can do well and what makes us click."

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Things that make you go hmmm: Vikings' GM Rick Spielman and HC Mike Zimmer worked out MSU DT Malik McDowell at his pro day today.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State is hoping for a big season from Josh Sweat, who'll be healthy for the start of the 2017 season, which would be a first. He was recovering from major knee surgery in 2015, underwent minor knee surgery during 2016 and now is waiting for his finger to heal after surgery. If healthy, he's one of the more complete defensive ends in the ACC.