• Suddenly, everything’s coming up A.C. After some inevitable early love for true freshman golden boy Matt Barkley, the tide has turned in Southern Cal’s hyped quarterback derby — at least in the press: Every SoCal outlet leads today with praise for Aaron Corp’s performance Thursday, with the L.A. Times detailing the sophomore’s impressive scrambling ability and both the Orange County Register and L.A. Daily News all but anointing young Aaron the starter just three practices in; Scott Wolf’s prestigious Euro rankings score Corp well ahead of Barkley and Mitch Mustain. Quoth Pete Carroll: "He’s looked very strong so far. He’s the farthest along with the system." Impressive, for a QB with a detachable head.
Carroll was less enthusiastic about Barkley after an interception in passing shells: "(Barkley) had a rough time in the 7-on-7 (pass drills).” Pete consoled himself by smoking reporters in a foot race to his office, where he spent the rest of the day starting a ghost story blog with defensive coordinator Rocky Seto and Tweeting Jimmy Fallon about Will Ferrell.
• Instant impact. Neither Bryce Brown nor David Oku is on campus yet, but both of Tennessee’s post-signing day recruiting coups are making their presence felt in the Vol backfield this spring: Lennon Creer, a highly touted recruit his own self two years ago, saw the writing on the wall and will "go in a different direction" rather than battle with the incoming freshmen. There may be more to the decision than potential playing time — as Creer was one of the brighter spots in last year’s backfield rotation at 5.3 yards per carry, he’d seem to have more than a fighting chance at at least maintaining his share of the work — but until Brown and Oku arrive, UT will be alarmingly thin: Of the three backs remaining on the spring roster, only Montario Hardesty figures to get any significant carries in the fall.
In other notable transfer news: Jason Hannan, Rivals’ top-ranked center recruit in 2007, has decided to leave Oklahoma for parts unknown; and UCLA quarterback Chris Forcier — who, apparently lost in the Bruins’ QB shuffle, announced he would transfer at the start of the week and was reportedly looking at Ball State and Purdue — will return to UCLA, after all, and give wide receiver a try.
• Why hello, NRA. Would you like some cookies to go with your mounting rage? There must be more to the story than this, there must be. But for the time being, it appears backup Northwestern guard Jeff Radek was kicked off the team for possessing a BB gun. This isn’t even a university issue — it’s … municipal:
Evanston Police arrested Weinberg freshman Jeffrey W. Radek of Bobb Hall, 2305 Sheridan Road, on Monday for having a BB gun, authorities said.
The city of Evanston prohibits the possession of any "air rifle," which includes BB guns, air guns, spring guns and pellet guns, Evanston Police Department Cmdr. Tom Guenther said.
Somebody called police when they saw Radek with the gun, Guenther said.
Oh. Never mind then.
Quickly … Diminutive early enrollee Vincent Smith is popping eyes at Michigan practices. Another early enrollee, Tate Forcier, some more things. … Getting to the bottom of the Nick Saban-Bobby Massie rumor carousel. … Florida is ready for its championship rings, even ex-blue chip defensive tackle Omar Hunter, who needs a big spring after failing to step on the field last year. … The battle to replace LeSean McCoy as Pitt’s No. 1 tailback will carry over into the season. … Why is Texas asking its right-footed punter to kick left-footed? … Are South Carolina’s offensive linemen afraid to block Eric Norwood? … Oklahoma State is looking for dividends from Richetti Jones and Terrence Anderson, two seniors who haven’t lived up to epectations. … Barry Alvarez continues his tour of old haunts by stumping for his mentor, Bob Devaney. … At least someone in Starkville bleeds maroon (though Mark Hudspeth might want to get that checked). … Southern Miss will hold races for the student body at halftime of its spring game. … Steve Sarkisian turned over his Twitter feed Thursday to an assistant for a sort of play-by-play of Washington’s scrimmage, complete with awful pictures. … Once again, Ron Zook is breaking news — from the practice field? … And do you love football?? Tim Brewster sure does!! I’m signing with the Gophers!!!!!