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College Fantasy Football Spring Camp Quick Hitters: March 19th

Joe at CollegeFootballGeek.comCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2010

Out of the loop? Trying to play catch up on all the latest college fantasy football news?  Here is a rundown of the happenings at spring camps from around the country.

ARKANSAS

News: RB Ronnie Wingo appears to have a slight edge at the RB position, and should run with the first offense.
CFG Analysis: Split carries are likely with the Arkansas RBs this year. Wingo will be joined by Broderick Green and Knile Davis in game action.

BAYLOR

News: Baylor coach Art Briles says that quarterback Robert Griffin is about “95 percent” and will “be 100 percent in the fall, without a doubt”. Griffin will not participate in live scrimmages this spring as a precautionary measure
CFG Analysis: We love Griffin as a top flight fantasy quarterback, if he is truly 100 percent.

BYU

News: WR O’Neill Chambers missed the first day of spring camp in order to focus on his classes. His vacancy from the practice field could extend the entire first week.
CFG Analysis: His grades must be in trouble if this is the case. We’ll keep an eye on things, but this is a low risk situation now.
News: The QB competition is on. Riley Nelson is running with the first team, but true freshman Jake Heaps is right on his heals with the second team. Over the first two practices Nelson has gone 9-12 for 66 yards and 1 TD, while Heaps has gone 6-12 for 97 yards and 1 TD.
CFG Analysis: This race should extend into fall camp. The coaches would prefer to see a guy emerge by the end of the spring, but that is unlikely. We still think Heaps should emerge the winner.

CALIFORNIA

News: The coaches are very high on redshirt sophomore TE Spencer Ladner, and they expect him to have a large role in the offense.
CFG Analysis: With the lack of fantasy talent at TE this year, Ladner will be someone to keep an eye on.
News: Per the Cal BearTalk blog, incoming freshman running back Trajuan Briggs is being compared to Marshawn Lynch. Briggs had originally committed to USC, but switched gears late in the recruiting process.
CFG Analysis: Briggs certainly doesn’t figure to beat out Shane Vereen, Briggs is a name to file away in keeper leagues.

CENTRAL FLORIDA

News: RB Brynn Harvey has reported to spring camp bigger and stronger in an attempt to gain more yards after contact.
CFG Analysis: As long as Oregon State transfer Jeremy Francis doesn’t generate a split carry situation, Harvey looks to be a solid fantasy stud in 2010.
News: The QB battle is down to two candidates. Rob Calabrese is running with the first offense and Jeffrey Godfrey with the second.
CFG Analysis: Its unlikely that the winner of the job will make much of a fantasy splash in 2010.

COLORADO

News: Head coach Dan Hawkins has named QB Tyler Hansen the starting QB over Cody Hawkins.
CFG Analysis: Hansen has showed more production during his time under center than Hawkins has. If the coaches don’t rotate QBs again this season, Hansen might be worthy of a spot start.

KENT STATE

News: Kent State running back Eugene Jarvis will sit out spring practice as he recovers from a lacerated kidney that forced him to miss the majority of last season.
CFG Analysis: If Jarvis is 100 percent (is he ever 100 percent?) this fall, he’s worth a spot on your roster. The guy has a very high fantasy ceiling.

FLORIDA STATE

News: QB Christian Ponder says his shoulder is now 85 percent, and he still hopes to be able to participate in the Florida State spring game.
CFG Analysis: Ponder was a fantasy stud before getting hurt in 2009. It will be interesting to see if he has lost any arm strength on the deep ball if he is able to compete in the spring game.

INDIANA

News: WR Terrance Turner will have to sit out spring practice in order to have minor surgery.
CFG Analysis: Turner might be one to watch in 2010 if he can command more redzone receptions.

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

News: TE Ladarius Green was huge in last weekend’s scrimmage with 6 receptions for 110 yards and 2 TDs.
CFG Analysis: Green was a bit inconsistent at the start of last fall, but now he is a year older and looks to be one of the top fantasy TEs for 2010.
News: There have been massive injuries at the RB position. Yobes Walker, Draylon Booker, Robert Walker, Joel Banks, and Julian Shankle have all been injured to some degree during spring camp.
CFG Analysis: All the losses at RB have prompted the coaches to move QB Brad McGuire to RB. It’s uncertain if the move is permanent.

MIAMI, FL

News: Miami running back Storm Johnson rushed 10 times for 104 yards in a recent scrimmage.
CFG Analysis: There’s been some good early buzz on the Miami running back stable of Johnson, Lamar Miller and Damien Berry. They are a talented trio. The question is whether one will become a true feature back.

MICHIGAN

News: Denard Robinson is considered by the coaches to be too talented to keep off the field. Robinson is taking snaps as the second string QB.
CFG Analysis: If true freshman Devin Gardner can show that he can be counted on, don’t be surprised if Robinson is moved to WR full time once fall camp rolls around.
News: RB Vincent Smith will have to sit out spring practice as he recovers from a torn ACL.
CFG Analysis: If a lead RB can emerge for Michigan, he would have fantasy value. Smith missing time does hurt, but the odds are that we won’t find an answer to this question until fall camp.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE

News: Middle Tennessee running back Phillip Tanner is back after missing the last six months with a knee injury.
CFG Analysis: Tanner was one of our sleepers heading into the 2009 season. If his knee looks good this spring, we’ll likely once again tout him as an under-the-radar guy to watch this fall.
News: Dual-threat WR Malcolm Beyah has been moved to cornerback fulltime. 
CFG Analysis: Its time to take Beyah off your fantasy radars.

MISSOURI

News: TE Andrew Jones will sit out spring practice as he recovers from labrum surgery.
CFG Analysis: This will give true freshman Eric Waters to continue to impress coaches. With Jones’ lack of production in 2009, this makes Waters a real contender for playing time in the fall.

NEBRASKA

News: TE Mike McNeill is moving to WR fulltime.
CFG Analysis: This is not good news for an already thin batch of fantasy TE talent.

NEVADA

News: RB Via Taua has been reinstated to the football team and is currently running with the first team offense.
CFG Analysis: If Taua can keep Mike Ball from cutting into his carries, he will remain a fantasy stud for the 2010 season.

OREGON

News: Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was suspended Friday for the upcoming season by coach Chip Kelly after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary in the theft of a pair of laptops and a guitar from a campus fraternity.
CFG Analysis: Huge blow to the Ducks, and a jolt to the fantasy world. All eyes now turn to a quarterback competition between senior Nate Costa and sophomore Darron Thomas.  Costa is a savvy veteran who’s career has been injury-riddled (see two blown ACLs).  Thomas is more of a dual threat who has seen little action.

OREGON STATE

News: QB Ryan Katz has a slight edge heading into fall camp for the QB battle.
CFG Analysis: Katz will face competition from Peter Lalich during spring camp.

PURDUE

News: Purdue wide receiver Keith Smith will miss spring practice as he recovers from wrist surgery.
CFG Analysis: Smith is one of the top receivers in the Big Ten and his absence could slow down the meshing process with new quarterback Robert Mavre.

RICE

News: Michigan transfer RB Sam McGuffie scored two TDs in the team’s Wednesday scrimmage, one of which showcased him breaking away for 50 yards untouched.
CFG Analysis: McGuffie is a big time sleeper that could have a breakout season. But watch out from true freshman Turner Petersen who continues to impress the coaches in the spring.

RUTGERS

News: RB Kordell Young will miss spring practice while he recovers from another knee surgery. WR Jamal Merrell will also miss spring practice as he recovers from knee surgery.
CFG Analysis: RB depth is extremely low for Rutgers in the spring, making the loss of Young another sign to avoid him on your fantasy team. WR is a key spot as the coaches try to find a No. 2 WR. Missing reps will hurt in Merrell’s chances to emerge as the No. 2 guy.

SOUTH FLORIDA

News: Former QB Evan Landi has been moved to WR fulltime.
CFG Analysis: South Florida is in need of playmakers at WR. Landi will be one to watch as spring camp continues.

SOUTHERN MISS

News: Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis hopes to be close to 100 percent by August. “(The doctors) say they’ll be able to cut me loose by the start of fall practices,” Davis said. After having the final three screws removed from his left foot in January stemming from a broken foot last year, Davis is still limited, but is making the most of his off-season workouts
CFG Analysis: Martevious Young and Austin Davis will fight for the starting gig in August.  Whoever wins the job will be a fantasy factor in 2010.

TENNESSEE

News: Running Back Bryce Brown is no longer a Vol, according to UT Head Football Coach Derek Dooley. Dooley cited personal issues as the reason for Brown’s departure, and said he was not kicked off the team. Speculation is that he might transfer to Kansas State where his brother plays. Or he could wind up back with the Vols. It’s not out of the question.
CFG Analysis: This was a rumor that we thought was squashed. Apparently, it may have some legs. Stay tuned.

TEXAS

News: The coaches are experimenting with adding an H-Back position to the offense. One name that has come out for an H-Back is RB Chris Whaley.
CFG Analysis: If Whaley does move to H-Back fulltime, it may hurt his fantasy value, as compared to him playing RB fulltime. The spring game will be very telling as to what type of role the new H-Back position will play in the offense.

UNLV

News: Hauck’s version of the spread offense will have more emphasis on the running game, meaning the rising senior Trotter will receive his chance. He expects UNLV to run the ball 25 to 30 times a game next fall. And he is working hard to make sure it’s his number that is called.
CFG Analysis: This shift in offensive philosophy is a positive for Trotter, but not so exciting for fans of the passing game.
News: UNLV quarterback Omar Clayton is in a fight for his job with Mike Clausen and redshirt freshman Caleb Herring.  All three contenders for the Rebels’ top spot are getting repetitions with the first-team offense, but the early order for taking snaps is Clayton, Mike Clausen and Herring.
CFG Analysis: With a new coaching staff in the mix, this appears to be an open competition. Clayton is a senior coming off a disappointing season. We’ll keep a close eye on this one.

UTAH

News: WR Jereme Brooks looks to be the go-to WR for Utah in 2010.
CFG Analysis: This is good news for fantasy owners. Knowing that there will be a go-to option should help Brooks’ stock rise.

VIRGINIA

News: WR Quintin Hunter started spring practice taking reps with the quarterbacks.
CFG Analysis: This is of low relevance, but if we continue to see Hunter’s name making plays at QB as spring camp continues, he will be climbing up our Big Board.
News: RB Dominique Wallace will miss spring practice as he recovers from foot surgery. 
CFG Analysis: It’s safe to avoid the Virginia RBs come draft day..

WASHINGTON

News: The Seattle Times reports that QB Jake Locker should see a considerably larger amount of carries in 2010.
CFG Analysis: Locker only had 24 attempts for 171 yards in 2009. If he can reach the 500 yard mark with more rushing TDs, Locker will become a top 6 fantasy QB in 2010.

WISCONSIN

News: Standout running back John Clay will sit out spring practices for the University of Wisconsin football program after undergoing surgery to repair recurring pain in his ankles, coach Bret Bielema said Wednesday.
CFG Analysis: According to Madison.com, Bielema is making this out to be a good thing.  I guess we won’t know for sure until this summer.
News: Head coach Bret Bielema is very excited about what spring might bring for redshirt freshman WR Jared Abbrederis.
CFG Analysis: Abbrederis made plays on the practice field last fall, but he will have to make up some ground if he wants to crack the starting line-up. 

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