USF HC Willie Taggart believes redshirt sophomore DE Aaron Lynch has matured during his time at USF, and part of that transformation can be seen with his weight.
"The thing I really like is how much he has grown as a person in just the short amount of time that I've been here," Taggart said. "I came in and I heard he was this and he was that. That he wasn't accountable. That he was undisciplined. That he did things his own way. But the kid has been totally different since we've been here. He's really taken care of his business, on and off the field." Lynch currently weighs 245 pounds after playing at 270 while attending Notre Dame. Taggart would like Lynch to weigh in the 250-260 range.
Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Oregon redshirt sophomore QB Marcus Mariota has loads of upside but needs major development.
Specifically, that development needs to be in the form of mechanics and footwork as a thrower. "Mariota misses strike zone and forces WRs to adjust too much limiting their YAC," Weidl tweeted. "All can improve if able to balance platform in lower half. Mariota will be very appealing for ZR teams. Decisive facilitator. Also long strider that can ruin pursuit angles when reaching 2nd level."
TCU sophomore DE Devonte Fields has been suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season for violation of team policy.
Despite only being a freshman last year, Fields made his presence felt and is the top pass rusher on TCU's entire roster. He started all 13 games in 2012 and posted 18.5 tackles for loss including 10 sacks. The Horned Frogs open against LSU.
The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein believes evaluators should "get to know" Texas A&M redshirt junior RT Cedric Ogbuehi.
Ogbuehi is making the move from right guard to right tackle since senior Jake Matthews is switching to the blindside in 2013. "He will be right up there with Jake Matthews in next year's draft if he ends up coming out," Zierlein tweeted. There's a lot to like about the athletic Ogbuehi, but we expect him to stay for the 2014 season and move to the left tackle position, which seems to be the career path for recent Aggie tackles.
Michigan is still searching for a graduate transfer QB to serve as the team's backup behind junior Devin Gardner.
"Yeah, we are (still looking)," head coach Brady Hoke said. "But, it's one of those things where there's a lot of I's to dot and T's to cross to make sure it's the right fit." Redshirt sophomore Russell Bellomy was supposed to take on backup duties, but he recently suffered a torn ACL. Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell is a possibility.
NFL.com's Gil Brandt ranks Clemson's Tajh Boyd as the No. 3 senior QB heading into the 2013 season.
Aaron Murray and A.J. McCarron rank above Boyd. We are big fans of Boyd's, as he greatly improved between his sophomore and junior seasons in terms of pocket movement and ability to handle pressure. In previous seasons, Boyd would consistently fall of his throws in the face of a pass rush, but he was able to step up and test vertically much more in 2012.
Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Oregon sophomore DE Arik Armstead is a name to keep an eye on.
"Raw but a grown man out there as a true freshman," Weidl writes. "Has a chance to be big time." Armstead is only a sophomore in 2013, so we will see him play college ball for at least two more season, but his 6'8/280 pound frame is very intriguing. The Ducks defense remains quite talented.