It’s a helluva pitch, and we’ll see if it actually works on Tuttle. One thing seems clear, though: Fedora, you’re up. If you can get Bey to actually sing to Tuttle, you’ll get every recruit ever for the rest of forever.
THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. As QB battles get sorted out around the country, we’re still waiting for word on two biggies, and it appears we’re going to wait a little longer. Alabama coach Nick Saban is in no hurry to name a starter, listing both Jacob Coker and Blake Sims with the starters on his Week 1 depth chart, and LSU coach Les Miles said Monday that both sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris could play Saturday against Wisconsin. TCU will also wait until its game against Samford to decide between senior Matt Joeckel and junior Trevone Boykin, and North Carolina seems content letting junior Marquise Williams and redshirt freshman Mitch Trubisky compete until kickoff against Liberty.
One program that did come to a resolution at the QB position on Monday: Arizona named redshirt freshman Anu Solomon the starter over senior Jesse Scroggins and two transfers – junior Jerrard Randall from LSU and sophomore Connor Brewer from Texas.
2. The worst news for star Louisville receiver DeVante Parker came true on Monday after visiting a specialist on Sunday: He has a broken toe and underwent surgery, which will keep him out for 6-8 weeks. If Parker misses six games, he’ll return for Louisville’s game at Clemson on Oct. 11. After that, the Cardinals play NC State at home and then have a bye before getting Florida State on a Thursday night at home. Hopefully Parker is back in six, because it would be a shame to see one of the nation’s best receivers miss one of his team’s biggest games when Louisville could make some noise in the ACC.
3. This is an incredible and frightening story: USC starting cornerback Josh Shaw suffered sprains to both of his ankles after he jumped from a second-story balcony on to concrete, crawled into a pool to grab his 7-year-old nephew who somehow got in there during a family gathering and can’t swim, and used his upper body strength to pull them both out of the pool by the ladder as his legs were useless. Shaw is out indefinitely and will miss USC’s season-opener against Fresno State this weekend as he rehabs his ankles. Here’s to a speedy recovery for him, and thankfully his nephew is OK.
THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
1. Arkansas QB Brandon Allen’s truck was set on fire. In his time as quarterback of the Hogs, he’s been the victim of burglary, his vehicle getting egged and now a car fire. Fayetteville: Can you cut the dude a break?
In the playoff era, Big Ten teams need each other to succeed more than ever, writes Doug Lesmerises. This is why the LSU (Wisconsin) and Oregon (Michigan State) games are so crucial in the first couple weeks of the season.
It’s the second good profile of Washington coach Chris Petersen in two days, this time from Christian Caple of The News Tribune. As Caple writes, Petersen didn’t set out at first to be a coach, but rather a school psychologist. When you see him on the field at Hawaii this weekend, a small part of that is a complete accident.
3. It’s been an interesting journey for Blake Bell at Oklahoma, which saw him earn a cool nickname – “The Belldozer” – as the Sooners’ rumbling QB. When Oklahoma plays Louisiana Tech on Saturday, the redshirt senior will be the starting tight end.