This is coming from r/cfb whose sources are a couple posts from a USC board, but it sounds like the transfer talk is legit.
Allegedely OL EJ Price punched head coach Clay Helton and is transferring to Georgia. The post also mentions a number of other players that plan to transfer:
- Freshman Safety Jamel Cook
- Junior OT Chuma Edoga
- Junior QB Max Browne
The post also mentions Adoree Jackson and Juju Smith however I am not sure if those would be transfers as they are probably NFL-ready.
Apparently Helton will address the situation today but if there are lots of transfers, this can't be a good look to recruits.
Big loss for them, probably their best LB. Appears very possible Penn State is missing all 3 of their starting LBs this weekend.
This was on the board last night but his recruiting video just dropped. CMH is trying to get it trending on twitter to express how much Michigan wants Tarik Black in this class and he's calling out to the Michigan faithful.
Jim Harbaugh will be on The Dan Le Batard Show (ESPN Radio) at 11:30 AM EST this morning. As a daily listener, I'll warn the serious sports radio crowd that Dan and Stugotz will not likely ask Harbaugh much about the team specifically. I'd expect a silly interview with questions about the booger and other Harbaugh stories or personality quirks. If you're into that, here's the link:
From poking around online I gathered that the lower deck visiting fans' section in Rutgers' stadium might be 112 or 113. I called Rutgers' box office and the guy there said it's 112. However, he didn't seem to know what he was talking about. Anyone know what it actually is?
People have posed the question of what exactly Peppers would have to do stats-wise to be seriously considered in the Heisman race. I figured I would put his numbers up against the Honey Badger, a player who was comparable in terms of versatility on the defensive side and dynamic returning abilities. Mathieu gained considerable Heisman hype after an incredible year for a true freshman, and followed it up with an even better sophomore season, earning 34 first place votes for Heisman en route to a 5th place finish in the race.
Mathieu season stats:
Defense- 59 solo tackles, 17 assisted, 7.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 9 PBU, 2 INT, 6 FF, 5 FR, 2 FR TD.
Offense- No rushes or receptions.
Punt returns- 27 returns for 421 yards (avg. 15.6) with 2 TD.
Kick off returns- None.
Peppers season stats through 3 games:
Defense- 20 solo tackles, 8 assisted, 9.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 0 PBU, 0 INT, 1 FF, 0 FR, 0 DEF TD.
Offense- 2 rushes for 24 yards. 0 receptions.
Punt returns- 8 returns for 173 yards (avg. 21.6) with 1 TD.
Kick off returns- 2 returns for 81 yards (avg. 40.5) with 0 TD.
Some things that stands out is that Peppers is living in the backfield in his role as a hybrid LB, and he could finish with an ungodly amount of TFLs and sacks. But, in order to get into the Heisman race, he will need to make some special plays. The Honey Badger made his fame punching the ball out and getting in position to make big plays on defense. Peppers will need to get 1-2 defensive touchdowns in order to be considered. The lack of any INT is still a glaring hole in his collegiate resume, especially given that he dropped a sure pick 6 last year.
Where Peppers can make his move is on offense. He was deployed for the first time yesterday, and picked up yards with ease. If he gets 200 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards with 3 TD-- a slight improvement from last year--that would be a big boost to his resume. For comparison, Woodson had 231 receiving yards and 2 TD to go with 15 rushing yards and 1 TD.
Finally, on the kicking game, Peppers is off to an otherworldly start. If he can finish the year with Mathieu's avg return numbers, he will likely have popped off another punt return TD and be a freak of nature. If he can take a kick off return to the house, well then, we might have a real race on our hands.
Overall, this is just for fun and I'm going to enjoy watching Peppers regardless of how it all plays out, but I figured I'd add some perspective to give people a sense of what he needs to do to get into the discussion.