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College Football News Roundup – April 3

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A college football news roundup that includes a USC linebacker out for the season and a Florida Atlantic player retiring for a greater cause.


Time flies when you are having fun, right? Some teams had their spring games this past weekend, and it seems like just yesterday the college football season had ended. How is it possible that one quarter of 2017 is already over? Where did the time go? And why am I asking all of these questions when I know you can’t possibly answer it.

In college football news, former UGA cornerback Juwuan Briscoe has landed at Rutgers, FSU quarterback Deondre Francois is getting even better under center, and Alabama fans did not take too kindly to former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson visiting a local Tuscaloosa bar. Here are some other newsworthy notes in the latest college football news roundup.

Bad News For Trojans – USC will go into the summer with a lot of hype after turning it on at the end of this past season, but the Trojans will have to be without freshman linebacker Tayler Katoa, who tore a knee ligament and will be out for the season.

Head coach Clay Helton announced the injury on Saturday. Katoa was an early enrollee.

For The Good of The Country – Nate Ozdemir was supposed to be one of the leaders on the Florida Atlantic defense this upcoming season, but instead has decided to retire from football to pursue a career as a military pilot.

Ozdemir has had a couple of injury prone seasons, including this past one where he was out the final four games due to a broken foot.

“I’m at this point where if I get hurt one more time, it sets me back big time,” Ozdemir said. “Probably going to set me back anywhere from a year and a half to two years before they even consider looking at me again.”

This begs the question: would you rather go through a strenuous boot camp, or play for Lane Kiffin?

Back In Charlotte – The ACC Championship Game was played in Orlando this past season, away from its usual place in Charlotte due to the controversial bill that is seen as anti-LGBTQ. Now that the NC Legislature has passed a measure that repeals the law, the game will return to Bank of America Stadium starting this season.

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