Saturday, February 16, 2013

Morning Six Pack: February 16, 2013

Happy Saturday! With your donuts, enjoy these six college football stories from around the country.

Thomas 'Moose' Praytor carrying along AJ McCarron's number at Daytona today

Thomas "Moose" Praytor will be driving the No. 2 ARCA-Mobile 200/RoushYates Ford in today's ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway.

BYU adds pair of offensive assistants

As programs across the country continue the process of replenishing assistants lost through various forms of attrition, BYU is the latest to further solidify its coaching staff ahead of the start of spring practice.

Troy University names Jim Dye new offensive line coach

Hiring is a return for Dye to Troy after 10 seasons coaching in Georgia high school ranks.

Anderson lineman dies after collapsing in basketball game

An Anderson University football player has died after he collapsed in an intramural basketball game.

Hurt Lattimore says Clowney will play

Jadeveon Clowney and Marcus Lattimore have talked since the football season ended, just not about injuries.


It probably seems a little early still, considering Johnny Manziel just finished his redshirt freshman season and has three full years of college eligibility left to burn. But so intense was Manziel's star in 2012 and so attractive is the lure of the next level that Texas A&M coaches are already beginning to prepare for life after Manziel -- and for the possibility that it might begin as soon as next year, when the reigning Heisman Trophy winner becomes eligible for the NFL Draft.

"With the uncertainty of Johnny's situation because of the way the NFL is going -- his stock is rising," newly promoted offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney told a group of A&M boosters in Houston earlier this week, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Because of that uncertainty, McKinney said, the addition of a pair of freshman quarterbacks last week was "huge" to the program's long-term fortunes.

"The way the NFL is going," of course, is toward an increased acceptance of mobile quarterbacks who challenge the defense as runners as well as passers, suddenly en vogue thanks to the immediate success of dual threats Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson. Manziel led the SEC last year with 1,410 yards rushing -- including negative yardage on sacks -- and led all quarterbacks nationally with 21 rushing touchdowns. He went over 100 yards on the ground in eight games, capped by a 229-yard romp through a confused, overmatched outfit posing as Oklahoma's defense in the Cotton Bowl.

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