CFS Daily Hot Reads: Sunday, April 14
The legend of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is growing… Trent Dilfer’s already said he could be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Last week, he practiced football in the morning and then hopped a plane to Miami for FSU’s baseball game (he’s also a pitcher on the Seminole baseball team), where promptly sat down down all nine batters he faced with a fastball clocked at 97 miles per hour. On the first play of yesterday’s spring game, Winston, a former 5-star recruit out of Hueytown, Ala., dropped back and hit walk-on wide receiver David Tyrell for a 58-yard touchdown. He wound up completing 12-of-15 passes for 205 yards and two TDs. Jimbo Fisher hasn’t yet named Winston the starter, but he certainly has FSU fans abuzz. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel asks, is Winston FSU’s next Charlie Ward?
Vanderbilt true freshman quarterback Johnny McCrary played Saturday’s Black & Gold game with a heavy heart, but it didn’t slow him down. His father, former NFL tight end Greg McCrary, passed away on Tuesday, but he decided to play anyway. A 4-star recruit by Rivals and December enrollee from Ellenwood, Ga., he completed 6-of-13 passing for 108 yards and a touchdown. McCrary, who also lost his mother when he was 9, was the talk of the game. “No one does understand what that kid obviously went through, and to lose both his parents,” Austyn Carta-Samuels, the Commodores’ starting QB, said. “And to see him come back that quickly and carry himself the way he does, I mean, it’s emotional for me. He always says, ‘Austyn, I look up to you man.’ And I’m like, ‘No dude. I look up to you.’ ”
The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel says even though it’s not official, Blake Bell is Oklahoma’s quarterback.
LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley came by his nickname honestly, and that toughness was one of the reasons that John Chavis’ first request after being hired as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator was to hire his former player.
Johnny Manziel may have made headlines for wrong reasons the past few months, but in Saturday’s spring game, he picked right back up where he left off last fall.
MLive.com’s Kyle Meinke says even though Michigan’s offense didn’t show much in Saturday’s spring game, Devin Garder’s potential is unmistakeable.
Think Kentucky fans are excited about the Mark Stoops era? An estimated crowd of 50,831 showed up for yesterday’s spring game. Consider that the estimate of 4,500 at last year’s game was considered “generous” and a combined 39,815 attended the Cats’ final two home games against Vanderbilt and Samford last fall.
Missouri’s 6-foot-6, 220-pound phenom wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham showed out in the Tigers’ second scrimmage of the spring. Gary Pinkel says, “I think we’re starting to see really how good he can be.”
Even though he was sidelined with a minor neck injury and recovering from a concussion, South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney scored a “touchdown” in Saturday’s spring game.
Photo credit: Mike Ewen, AP Photo / Tallahassee Democrat