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College Football Today: LSU’s New Field General

May 21, 2024 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on College Football Today: LSU’s New Field General
Garrett Nussmeier is the new starting quarterback for the LSU Tigers.
Garrett Nussmeier has some big shoes to fill. (Sports Illustrated)

FSU has asked the NCAA to reduce and rescind the penalties it received for NIL-related recruiting violations; Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium won’t be undergoing the massive renovation originally proposed; and WR Dakorien Moore — a five-star 2025 recruit — has reneged on his commitment to LSU.

LSU Has Another New QB

So with Moore decommiting from LSU as mentioned above, the Tigers will be looking to other receivers to help ease the transition into a new starting quarterback.

With Jayden Daniels going second overall in the draft to the Washington Commanders, LSU has now lost two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks to the pros in the last five years (you may remember some kid named Joe Burrow).

That leaves fourth-year Tiger Garrett Nussmeier as the new lead QB at Louisiana State. He’s not completely inexperienced, having thrown 219 passes over the last three seasons as a backup, and that shows up in his ranking (82nd) among On3’s Top 100 College Football Players.

Yes, there will be some growing pains, but given what he’s shown in limited duty, expect his learning curve to be short. Last year, Nussmeier wasn’t quite as accurate, but he was not sacked and managed to mostly avoid getting picked, so there were signs of growth. And for what it’s worth, Daniels believes in him…

A pocket passer type, Nussmeier can distribute the ball virtually anywhere from his safe place, but he’s not gifted with an elite arm, even if there may still be some upside in it.

Unless he surprises us a lot of people with his development this season, he’s unlikely to be drafted in 2025, but will probably wind up getting signed as an UDFA.

Yellow Jackets On the Rise

Since bottoming out in 2021 with a 3-9 record, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have slowly been rebuilding their program. They improved to five victories in 2022 before last season posting their first winning record since 2018.

Unfortunately, the Yellow Jackets have a very tough schedule this season and it starts right from the outset on August 24 against Florida State in Ireland (GT is currently 11.5 point underdogs as per FanDuel).

So while big time success may still be a ways off, that hasn’t stopped the school from continuing to build for the future. For instance, the Yellow Jackets are one of a half dozen schools still in the running to add four-star OLB Herbert Scroggins III in 2025.

He’s reportedly received scholarship offers from around 25 schools, so the fact that Georgia Tech is down to the final six is impressive. A Savannah, Georgia native, Scroggins checks in at 6’3″, 233. This season, as a Grade 11 student, he racked up 84 tackles, with an impressive 10 of them for a loss.

RotoRob Tune of the Day

William Michael Joseph Whelan is better known simply as Bill Whelan, the Irish composer who has been at it since 1970. In 1995, he released Riverdance: Music from the Show, featuring the track “The Countess Cathleen/Women of the Sidhe.”

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College Football Today: The Longhorns’ New Adventure

May 6, 2024 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on College Football Today: The Longhorns’ New Adventure
Despite losing the Sugar Bowl, the Texas Longhorns’ final season in the Big 12 was a successful one as the club improved for the second straight year, posting a 12-2 record to finish in first place in the conference.
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NFL Today: Rookie QBs Dominate

January 16, 2024 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on NFL Today: Rookie QBs Dominate
It’s clear that the concussion Stroud suffered in mid-December is now a complete non-factor given his play since returning in Week 17, and he’s just getting better and better since. Despite missing two games because of the injury, he still managed to top 4,000 yards passing as a rookie, while putting up an impressive 23-to-5 touchdown to interception ratio. In fact, no quarterback — rookie or veteran — had a higher passing yards per game average than Stroud’s 273.9 this season. Holy crap, this kid is good.
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NFL Today: Jordan Love’s Amazing Transition

January 10, 2024 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on NFL Today: Jordan Love’s Amazing Transition
However, in finishing the season with three straight wins, the Pack did manage to get back over .500 and secure the seventh and final playoff spot in the NFC after missing the postseason last year.
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College Football Today: Bryson Daily Outplayed

December 13, 2023 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on College Football Today: Bryson Daily Outplayed
After a strong start to his junior season (and first campaign as the starter), Daily only had one stellar effort over the final half dozen games of the season, so small wonder the Black Knights’ offense wasn’t exactly dynamic this year. The Texas native is not considered an NFL draft prospect at this time.
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