I was lucky to have spent seven seasons (2006-2012) working in football operations as the Director of Player Development at the University of South Florida and of course college football is filled with mantras, slogans, quotes and hashtags and I heard quite a few. Having worked for two head coaches during that time, Jim Leavitt and current Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz, there were certainly different slogans and quotes both coaches would use in staff and team meetings on a regular basis. One of the things I remember Coach Holtz telling us as a staff was that “knowledge was power” and you could never have too much information on an opponent.
With that in mind, the Osceola looks forward to providing you with news, notes and nuggets on Florida State’s opponents, the ACC and college football at-large. Here is our first installment Osceola360:
Players are transferring at what seems to be an unprecedented rate, especially at the quarterback position and Boston College is latest program to lose depth on their roster. According to multiple media reports BC backup quarterback Matt McDonald has transferred and enrolled at Bowling Green. The redshirt sophomore played sparingly last season, appearing in just two games, and was not expected to compete for the starting job with the Eagles this fall.
McDonald is the second Boston College player to follow former offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler to Bowling Green, where he was named head coach earlier this off-season. Redshirt senior linebacker Davon Jones announced he would transfer to Bowling Green earlier this spring. Jones will be a bigger loss for the Eagles, having played 35 games over the last three seasons including 10 games last year, where he saw action on both sides of the ball. Here is link with more on McDonald and Jones following Loeffler to Bowling Green; https://www.bcinterruption.com/2019/5/7/18535162/davon-jones-transfers-to-bowling-green.
North Carolina State has lost a quarterback to transfer as well. Redshirt sophomore Micah Leon from Boynton Beach, Fla., has left the Wolfpack and will be playing at UConn this fall. Leon’s transfer is due in part to the arrival of former FSU quarterback Bailey Hockman joining the NC State program shortly after the 2018 season. Leon was one of five quarterbacks on the roster entering spring drills and wasn’t expected to compete for the job. Here is a link the UConnBlog on Leon’s transfer; https://www.theuconnblog.com/2019/5/29/18644394/uconn-huskies-football-adds-nc-state-transfer-qb-micah-leon.
The University of Virginia has extended the contract of head coach Bronco Mendenhall by two years, which now runs through the 2024 season. The Cavaliers have improved greatly under the former longtime BYU head coach. Virginia is 16-22 under Mendenhall including an eight-win season last year and to bowl games the last two seasons. The school had not been to back-to-back bowl games since the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Here is a link with more on Mendenhall’s extension; https://www.whsv.com/content/sports/Coach-Bronco-Mendenhall-signs-2-year-contract-extension-with-UVA-510616301.html.
According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel the University of Florida is considering adding more high-profile opponents to its future schedules. The Gators’ home schedule this season features two games against FCS opponents Tennessee-Martin and Towson State. Here is a link with more on the challenge Florida, like a lot of FBS teams including Florida State, are facing in scheduling quality opponents; https://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/florida-gators/os-sp-gators-football-schedule-20190529-kiw5pbku7veyfdljsa4btzbpdu-story.html.
First-year Miami head coach Manny Diaz’s biggest question heading into fall camp in August is who will be his starting quarterback in 2019. Redshirt sophomore and Ohio State transfer Tate Martell, a redshirt sophomore N’Kosi Perry, who started six games last season, and Jarren Williams, a redshirt freshman, are all vying for the top spot. Perry is the only one of the three to have started in a game in college. Here is link to more on the quarterback competition in south Florida from CanesWarning.com; https://caneswarning.com/2019/05/29/teammates-notice-leadership-traits-from-all-3-miami-hurricanes-qbs/.
If you are person that believes in signs, you would certainly have to think with Clemson’s latest commitment that the ACC will be game planning for Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables defenses for several more years to come after this weekend’s news out of South Carolina. Yesterday three-star quarterback and defensive back prospect Tyler Venables committed to play at Clemson. The rising senior from Daniels (SC) High School is being recruited as a safety. Venables, 5-11 and 191 pounds, will be joining his brother Jake, who will be a sophomore this year on the Tigers’ roster. Here is a link with more on Venables, who became Clemson’s 17th commitment for the 2020 recruiting class; https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/sports/college/clemson/2019/06/02/tyler-venables-joins-his-father-brother-clemson-football-team/1320745001/.
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