With spring games occurring across the country, SI.com distills the top news and notes from the weekend’s games.
All 73,506 fans at Alabama’s “A-Day” spring game on Saturday witnessed some vintage Crimson Tide defense. Coach Nick Saban’s defense highlighted the afternoon by stifling the offense on several occasions with seven sacks, 19 tackles for a loss and four interceptions. Two of those picks came from the arm of quarterback Blake Sims, who is expected to compete with incoming Florida State transfer Jacob Coker for the starting role. Sims completed 13-of-30 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown along with his two interceptions Saturday, and he still looks to be the leader among the current passers at the end of spring. Coker cannot practice with Alabama until he completes his studies at Florida State. Continue Reading
It looks like Washington will boast some new uniforms in 2014. The Huskies released photos of three new looks on Friday.
All three uniform combinations will represent parts of the Washington tradition, according to the school. Continue Reading
With spring football taking place across the country, Campus Union has decided to round up all of the important news and notes from each week in practice. Continue Reading
So there’s a UF comedy troupe’s parody of Lorde’s “Royals” that our friend Brian Floyd over at SB Nation pointed out. It’s called “Seminoles” and, well, just watch it first. I’ve typed up the lyrics so you can follow along.
As far as challenges go, first-year Miami (Ohio) coach Chuck Martin inherited a big one. The Redhawks went 0-12 last season and fired coach Don Treadwell on Oct. 6 after starting 0-5. Miami ranked dead last — 125 out of 125 teams — in S&P+ and lost by an average of 26 points per game. Martin will have his hands full trying to get his players to believe again, and much of the spring has been spent teaching good habits and correcting bad ones.
SI.com got the chance to talk with Martin, who came to the RedHawks from his role as Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator on Dec. 3.
College football defenders will be penalized for low hits on passing quarterbacks in 2014.
The NCAA announced on Wednesday that its Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a new rule that will result in a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty for low contact on passing quarterbacks “at or below the knee.”
Syracuse decided that Wednesday was a big news day, announcing the Orange would host LSU in 2015 and releasing photos of its new uniforms. The home unis are (naturally) heavy on the blue and orange, and the road ones seem a bit sharper. The alternates are super gray, kind of like an ignored mid-February snow pile.
Oklahoma’s Blake Bell had an up-and-down season in 2013. Entering the fall as a redshirt junior, he was tabbed as the frontrunner to replace departed quarterback Landry Jones. But while Bell started eight games last year, he eventually lost the starting gig to redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, who starred in the Sooners’ 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama.
This spring — heading into his final year of eligibilty — Bell saw the writing on the wall. Instead of competing with Knight for playing time, Bell opted to move to tight end. The experiment has thus far been a success, and the 6-foot-6 Bell could be a unique threat in Oklahoma’s passing game.
One participant in Texas A&M’s spring quarterback battle has opted to pursue opportunities elsewhere. The Aggies announced Wednesday that quarterback Matt Joeckel will transfer to another program.
The fifth-year senior graduated in December and will be eligible for the 2014 season.