Among other items Sunday, Arizona State's Todd Graham announced that he's bringing defensive tackle Will Sutton to the offensive side of the ball. The All-American defensive tackle is going to get the opportunity to power the Sun Devils' ground game at fullback on occasion, and that should be fun to watch, at least.
Elsewhere, FSU freshman quarterback Jameis Winston won Seminoles media day by a landslide. That news and more from around the nation:
Will Sutton terrorized offenses a year ago, so why not let him do the same to defenses? Todd Graham said Sunday he will play his All-American defensive tackle at fullback on a situational basis.
ASU coach Todd Graham said star DT Will Sutton will play fullback in some short-yardage situations and Power I sets.— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) August 11, 2013
Sutton, the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, is coming off a breakout season in which he recorded 23.5 tackles for loss, including a dozen sacks. Now a few pancake blocks may be in his future.
Jameis Winston isn't officially the Seminoles' starting quarterback, but one thing that is clear already is that he'll be a media favorite throughout his career. Winston's big personality was a hit at FSU media day Sunday, and he offered plenty of colorful quotes.
"If I ever get Manziel disease, I want all of you to smack me in the head with your microphones" I could listen to Jameis for hours— Perry Kostidakis (@perrykos) August 11, 2013
(Worth clarifying: "Manziel disease" was the phrase used by the reporter who asked him about the Texas A&M quarterback.)
Winston was impressive in the spring but he's still battling Jacob Coker for the starting nod.
Is Amari Cooper poised for a big 2013 season? If his production in practices and scrimmages during the offseason is any indication, the answer is yes.
In the Crimson Tide's three scrimmages since the BCS National Championship, he has 13 catches for 410 yards and eight touchdowns.
"That means the guy's worked really hard," Alabama coach Nick Saban said after Saturday's scrimmage. "He's in great shape. And he's had a really good camp so far.
That is a scary prospect for the rest of the SEC; Cooper was the Tide's leading receiver as a freshman in 2012 with 999 yards and 11 touchdowns. Especially considering quarterback A.J. McCarron is back to lead the offense, it looks like Cooper is in a position to be even more productive this year.
Stanford is in an unusual position this year -- just about everybody is already well into camp, but the Cardinal are just getting started Monday. Stanford doesn't play its first regular season opener (against San Jose State) until Sept. 7, which is a week later than most schools' opener and the reason for the delay. David Shaw is ambivalent about the whole thing:
"There are pluses and minuses,'' said Shaw, who has won Pac-12 Coach of the Year in each of his first two seasons. "You'd love to work a bye into the schedule. But we can see San Jose State play. We can see other teams play. It's good to watch and see good teams struggle. They make early season mistakes, and then you can learn from those mistakes.''
According to UM's sports information staff, Stephen Morris threw two TDs, a one-yarder to fullback Maurice Hagens and a 30-yarder in which receiver Phillip Dorsett made an over-the-shoulder catch to end the scrimmage.
Led by Morris, Miami figures to have one of the ACC's most potent offenses; it might even prove good enough to earn the Hurricanes a Coastal Division title.
The Wolverines' running back situation is far from settled at this point, and it sounds like the competition for the No. 1 spot will spill over into the regular season.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Sunday that Michigan's running back battle will likely rage on into the first week of the season.
And though the Wolverines will ultimately pick a starter, they'll probably use multiple backs -- possibly for several weeks -- until someone (or a pair of someones) start to pull away.
Fitzgerald Toussaint led all Michigan running backs with 514 yards rushing in 2012, but several other players are in the mix for playing time, including highly touted true freshman Derrick Green.
No one is more excited about this group's prospects than running backs coach Fred Jackson, who is thrilled about Michigan's transition from the spread under Rich Rodriguez to a more traditional power running game under Brady Hoke. The running backs he has on hand now are bigger guys, and that's exactly what he wants.
"This is the kind of stuff I was looking for," he added. "It puts a little swag back in your step. It let's you pull your pants up and say 'uh huh,' it makes me feel good."
The Tigers are set at starting quarterback with Zach Mettenberger, but they may mix things up on occasion with freshman Anthony Jennings, according to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Expect the Tigers to run some sort of Wildcat/read-option package with freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings. Just reading between the lines here, but Cameron mentioned that he worked with Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor during the offseason to learn from read-option concepts. You've got to think there was a reason for that. Sounds like the LSU staff wisely wants to take advantage of the gifted Jennings and give opponents something else to prepare for defensively each week.
Jennings appears in line to win the backup quarterback job.
Tight end Colin Thompson is one of several players trying to fill the shoes of Jordan Reed, who left early for the 2013 NFL Draft. That's one starting position that has yet to be claimed this preseason.
"We're all competing," Thompson said. "Whether there's a clean cut (No. 1) or there is someone who is not (No. 1) I really don't know. I just know that every play, everyone is getting some equal reps and everyone is getting a shot at some plays and what coaches think is going to be the best for them."
Thompson, a redshirt freshman, was well-regarded out of high school but missed the 2012 season because of a foot injury. Whether it is Thompson or someone else, whichever guy claims the starting spot could prove a significant part of the Florida passing attack -- Reed was the Gators' leading receiver last year.