Jeff Driskel’s Searching For Redemption In Ruston

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Back in 2010, if you had asked Jeff Driskel where he saw himself being in five years, his answer would have likely been something along the lines of “playing in the NFL after a highly successful collegiate career.”

At the time, Driskel—who was entering his senior year at Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Florida—was considered one of the top overall high school football players in the country and he was  also one of the highest ranked prospects in the 2011 recruiting class.

The blue-chip 5-star-rated passer was widely projected to be a standout player at the collegiate level. Unfortunately, though, as we’ve seen with many other highly touted prep players, those projections of greatness never came to fruition.

After a solid first season as a starter in 2012, in which he led the Florida Gators to an 11-2 overall record and a Sugar Bowl berth, injuries and inconsistency defined the latter part of Driskel’s collegiate career.

Like his predecessor John Brantley, the former Florida Gatorade Player of the Year was simply unable to step out of the imposing shadow cast by Tim Tebow—the most legendary player in the program’s history. It didn’t help that the Gator faithful, who once had high hopes that Driskel could be the heir apparent to Tebow, never seemed to fully embrace the Sunshine State native.

The thoroughly mediocre stat line from his lackluster 2014 campaign perfectly summed up his overall struggles in college: a 53 percent completion percentage, a 9-10 touchdown-interception ratio and a 103 total passer rating. Overall, the glaring mistakes and miscues simply outweighed the number of glimpses of great potential.

Following the departure of head coach Will Muschamp at the end of the 2014 season, Driskel opted to leave Gainesville as well in order to try to salvage his career at Louisiana Tech.

“Fresh start” are the two words that Driskel has uttered most often during his meetings with the media this offseason. He seems ready and eager to put the past, and all the pressure and criticism that he dealt with at Florida, behind him.

Bulldogs coach Skip Holtz has already handed the keys to the offense over to Driskel by announcing the former Gator as the team’s starting signal-caller before the start of camp. Now, it’s up to the former high school All-American to seize the opportunity and make the most of his skills, as he seeks redemption outside the bright spotlight of the SEC.

2017 No. 1 Overall Recruit Dylan Moses Says He Wants to Think Things Through

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Two years ago, Dylan Moses made national headlines when he committed to the LSU Tigers. His commitment was unique since at the time, Moses was just a 15-year-old freshman at University Lab High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Now, as he prepares to enter his junior year, Moses has made the decision to decomit from the Tigers and reopen his recruitment. In a message posted on his official Twitter account, the 5-star phenom cited his desire to “think things through” and “live the process up to the fullest.”

Considering how unusual it is to see a prospect the caliber of Moses give a commitment to a program at such a young age, it’s not surprising that the highly touted junior has backed off the pledge in order to make sure that LSU truly is the right program for him.

Moses won’t be playing college football for another two years, but he’s already the most coveted and polarizing recruit in the country. A stud high school football player can only go through the recruiting process once in his life. It makes sense that Moses wants to enjoy the process and all the perks that come with it.

The goal is to make the best decision for the future. Luckily for Moses and his family, there’s plenty of time to figure out what the proper destination is.

Ultimately, the first instinct of wanting to stay in Baton Rouge and suit up for the hometown Tigers could turn out to be the right one, or maybe the coveted RB/LB could end up feeling more at home at a place like Alabama, Florida State, Texas or one of the many other premier programs that have offered him a scholarship.

It’s a life-changing decision—one that deserves the proper time and thought to make.

ESPN College GameDay Headed to Alabama-Wisconsin Game In Week 1

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ESPN’s College GameDay show has kicked off three of the past four college football seasons at the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas. The worldwide leader has officially announced that the iconic pregame show will once again begin another campaign from the Lone Star State. It will originate from the inter-conference clash between defending SEC Champion Alabama and Wisconsin.

It comes as no surprise, considering the showdown between the No. 3-ranked Tide and the No. 18-ranked Badgers will be the premier matchup of the Week 1 slate.

The last time Alabama took part in the Cowboys Classic was back in 2012, when Nick Saban’s squad demolished an overmatched Michigan Wolverines team 41-14. New Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst will surely be hoping his group can better represent the Big Ten against a talented Tide team that enters the season with something to prove, following a playoff semifinal loss to Ohio State back in January.

College Football’s Most Dangerous Offensive Weapons

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Every season, there are a select few offensive skill-positions players who stand out for their ability to routinely create big game-changing plays.

They are the special playmakers who possess that rare gift that’s necessary to create explosive plays that will energize their teammates, excite a crowd and expose opposing defenses.

They are the players that have the potential to create something absolutely electric any time they have the ball in their hands.

So who will be the playmakers that will be creating those big plays this fall?

Here’s a look at college football’s 10 most dangerous offensive weapons for the 2015 season.