News: The East Carolina sports information department reported that running backs Jonathan Williams and Norman Whitley have been reinstated to the team.
CFG Analysis: This is good news for Skip Holtz and company. Let’s hope they stay out of trouble.
News: The Miami Herald reports that cornerback Joe Haden is in the running for leading the Wildcat offensive package for the Gators.
CFG Analysis: Haden will have no fantasy impact, but he might keep offensive players from being more productive. We will continue to see how this shakes out.
News: Over the weekend, Georgia head coach Mark Richt spoke about the RB situation, “We are going to find out who is the best (running) back, if there is such a thing. We might have a situation where two or three are the best backs. I doubt one man will get every carry. More than likely it will be by committee.”
CFG Analysis: No surprise here. If you want to roll the dice on a Dawg back, go with Caleb King in the late rounds.
News: The Honolulu Adviser reports that University of Hawai’i wideout Malcolm Lane will redshirt this season to focus on academics.
CFG Analysis: This is a surprising move being that Lane has been in the program for three years. Greg Salas and the other UH wide receivers become more valuable in his absence.
News: With the absence of wide receiver Malcolm Lane from the Hawaii starting line-up, all eyes will be on who emerges in his place. According to multiple media sources the front runners after the first week of practice are Jovante Taylor and Royce Pollard.
CFG Analysis: We will monitor this situation closely. Taylor is the early leader. He split reps with Lane during the spring on the first team. Pollard is beginning to impress this fall and could be sleeper to win this job
News: The Star Tribune reports that Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster is leaving the running back competition open between Duane Bennett, DeLion Eskridge, and true freshman Kevin Whaley.
CFG Analysis: We see Bennett and Eskridge being a strong 1-2 punch for the Gophers.
News: The St. Louis Dispatch reports that Missouri tight end Andrew Jones has trimmed his body down to 240 pounds in an effort to become more of an every-down player in 2009. Last fall, he would be pulled in long yardage situations as he had trouble getting down field.
CFG Analysis: Jones has plenty of upside. We have him pegged as a Top 10 fantasy tight end. Let’s hope he can remain in shape.
News: ESPN.com’s Tim Griffin reports that Colt McCoy is ready to assume the role of Texas’ leading ball-carrier—again. The lack of a dominant running threat will likely mean that the Longhorns rely on a backfield-by-committee rotation.
CFG Analysis: We’ll keep watching this situation as we don’t believe the situation is quite the open-and-shut case that Griffin seems to think. We find it strange that Texas would make this sort of decision just as camp begins without taking a hard look again at their stable of running backs. To be continued…
News: USC Head Coach Pete Carroll stated that “Barkley is a whole big leap ahead of where he was, and that’s what we need to see,” Carroll said. “You guys will keep asking me, and I’ll keep saying the same thing. Right now, Aaron is in the lead position….”
CFG Analysis: Draft Aaron Corp with caution as it’s only a matter of time before Barkley is the man. The question is whether it will happen this season, or in 2010.
News: Michael Lev of Orange County Register stated that running back Joe McKnight was lights out as camp opened. He sprung several long TD runs that involved multiple cutbacks.
CFG Analysis: This should settle the injury concerns about McKnight’s dislocated toes. He was able to change directions easily and had great speed and burst to break away.
News: West Virginia has reinstated leading receiver Jock Sanders six months after a drunken-driving arrest in Morgantown. Sanders, who practiced with the team Saturday, led the Mountaineers last season with 53 catches for 462 yards and seven touchdowns.
CFG Analysis: You might be able to get Sanders on the cheap in the late rounds of your draft.