Springtime brings with it boundless optimism around college football, and optimism leads off the CFB Huddle headline roundup for Thursday, April 21.
Spring Brings Hope for the Texas Longhorns
David Ubben, Sports on Earth
Ahead of a pivotal Year 3 in Austin, Charlie Strong might finally have the offensive formula for his Texas Longhorns to finally break through in the Big 12.
Sports on Earth’s David Ubben examines how freshman quarterback Shane Buechele is helping spark optimism at Texas.
UCLA AD Dan Guerrero Explains Satellite Camp Ban Vote
Andy Staples, Sports Illustrated
UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero broke rank when he cast the Pac-12 Conference’s vote in favor of banning satellite camps. Guerrero explained his motivation to Sports Illustrated.
IVY LEAGUE, PAC-12
To Tackle or Not To Tackle
Paul Myerberg, USA Today
An Ivy League proposal to eliminate tackling in practices has generated a widespread discussion throughout college football. Paul Myerberg spoke with coaches and players from several programs in a number of conferences — including David Shaw and Gary Andersen of the Pac-12, where contact’s been limited to two workouts a week — to find the pros and cons.
GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS
Georgia Tech DE KeShun Freeman Can Be Even Better in 2016
George Henry, Associated Press
KeShun Freeman enters 2016 a veteran force driving Georgia Tech’s defense. The end has “become more physical, more violent and more consistent with his footwork,” according to Jackets coordinator Ted Roof. The AP details what that means for Freeman and Georgia Tech in the fall.
Ishmael Hargrove Set to Step In at LB for Buffalo
Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News
On the same day Buffalo Bulls second-year head coach Lance Leipold earned a one-year contract extension, third-year linebacker Ishmael Hargrove is ready to become a leader for the UB defense. The Bulls need help defensively, finishing 2015 ranked No. 84 nationally against the rush and 72nd in points allowed.