College football: John Rowe’s 10 burning questions
1. Is four-star recruit Drew Singleton of Paramus Catholic ready to commit?
Not just yet. While rehabbing the knee injury that ended his senior season prematurely, Singleton has visited campuses. Clemson reportedly has passed Michigan on his wish list, and Penn State and Rutgers are in the mix. Expect a late rush again by Michigan.
2. What do other coaches think of Nick Saban saying he forgot it was Election Day?
Half are probably laughing. Sure, they realize coaches have tunnel vision during game weeks, but a lot of them probably think Saban is exaggerating a bit so he doesn’t have to answer questions about who he voted for. How did that go for Bill Belichick?
3. What are Mark Helfrich’s chances of returning as Oregon head coach in 2017?
Not very good, when Nike founder Phil Knight, a big Oregon donor, says he’s willing to spend $10 million a year to bring in a new coach. Helfrich, with Chip Kelly’s players, was 24-4 in his first two seasons, but 9-10 since. Work on that résumé, Mark.
4. Who deserves the most credit for Penn State’s increased offensive output?
Former Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead, in his first season as coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He’s come up with new plays to spring RB Saquon Barkley, and he’s monitored QB Trace McSorley, a first-year starter. The Nittany Lions have averaged 43 points in their last five games.
5. What quarterback’s stock continues to rise on the NFL mock drafts?
Mitch Trubisky of North Carolina. Projected as a possible first day draftee at the start of the season, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is being mentioned as a Top 10 pick. He’s impressed scouts with his size, ability to throw long, and his much improved accuracy. His hard work is paying off.
6. What are Tennessee’s plans for freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano?
The Volunteers are redshirting the former Bergen Catholic star from Lodi. With current starter Joshua Dobbs a senior, Tennessee will go into spring practice in search of a quarterback. The 6-foot-4 Guarantano’s best hope will be that he’s part of the competition.
7. Is Rex Ryan’s son, Seth, a reserve wide receiver, on scholarship at Clemson?
He has been since January. When his father coached the Jets, Seth was a wide receiver at Summit High School. At Clemson, he hasn’t played much receiver, but the redshirt junior has contributed as the holder on extra point and field goal attempts.
8. Is Michigan assistant coach Tyrone Wheatley the former Giants running back?
That’s him. He was an assistant with the Buffalo Bills before Jim Harbaugh brought him back to his alma mater as the running backs coach. He also gets to see his son, Tyrone Jr., play. The 6-foot-6, 276-pounder is a reserve right end on the undefeated Wolverines.
9. Who does LSU offensive lineman K.J Malone seek when he needs advice?
His father Karl, the 18-year NBA veteran and member of the basketball Hall of Fame. But as well put together as the Utah Jazz star was, he would have had trouble trying to block Alabama’s pass rush. Along with his linemates, his 6-4, 303-pound son did.
10. How painful was his quarterback’s injury to Middle Tennessee State’s coach?
It was doubly painful. Not only was Brent Stockstill a dependable quarterback (2,801 yards, 27 touchdowns, five interceptions) before breaking his right collarbone, he’s the son of Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill. The father was a three-year QB starter at Florida State.