5 Players to Watch in College Football's Remaining Spring Games
Spring games are coming to an end, which means college football junkies really will be going out of their minds for the next three months before preseason camp starts.
Of course, the less you hear about your favorite team this offseason, the better.
In the meantime, there's business to attend to. Since not all teams are finished with their spring practices, there are still teams and players that are piquing interest. Which players are on our radar with just a couple of weeks left before the full offseason goes into effect?
The answers, as always, are in the following slides.
Kansas State QB/WR Daniel Sams
Jake Waters rides into 2014 as Kansas State's starting quarterback. How he performs on Saturday in the Wildcats' spring game will be interesting but perhaps not as much as quarterback/wide receiver Daniel Sams.
Sams has been playing wide receiver this spring as he looks to get more playing time this fall. It's a good move; he is too talented to be sitting on the sidelines or splitting time at a position where he's not going to start. With the departure of Tramaine Thompson, K-State needs a boost to complement Tyler Lockett.
“Right now he is just focusing at the wide receiver position,” head coach Bill Snyder told ESPN.com's Jake Trotter. “He wants to play there. I’m going to give him the opportunity."
Sams is still likely to play some quarterback next year, but he needs to be in a position where he can get as many touches as possible. His development at receiver will be one of the biggest storylines this weekend.
Marshall QB Rakeem Cato
'Tis the spring of Rakeem.
Cato has been getting all kinds of publicity this offseason, thanks in part to dark-horse Heisman consideration and features like the one written by Bleacher Report's own Adam Kramer. After he threw for 3,916 yards and 39 touchdowns as part of a 10-win season, the interest is justified.
Marshall's spring game on Saturday won't be nationally televised, so there won't be an opportunity for many to see him in action. Still, his performance will be a topic of conversation during the summer months.
UCLA LB Myles Jack
UCLA linebacker Myles Jack and head coach Jim Mora have made one thing clear: Jack will play linebacker, and only linebacker, this spring. Jack, of course, became a two-way sensation last year as a relief running back.
That won't be the case in 2014. Maybe, possibly, he will get some carries in certain offensive packages next season, but his primary position will be linebacker.
“He hasn’t taken a single offensive snap this spring, nor will he," Mora told Kevin Gemmell of ESPN.com. "In training camp, either. He plays defense for us."
After a freshman campaign of recording the second-highest number of tackles in program history for a freshman (75), Jack enters 2014 with All-American hype. That takes a big step on Saturday in UCLA's spring game.
Oregon WR Keanon Lowe
If Keanon Lowe's name doesn't ring a bell, don't be alarmed. However, he does figure to be a key member of Oregon's passing game this year.
He had 18 receptions for 233 yards and three touchdowns in 2013. Chances are those numbers could triple this season.
Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota will be a preseason Heisman candidate, but he loses a lot of playmakers around him, including De'Anthony Thomas. Whom Mariota will throw to in Oregon's spring game next weekend remains one of the biggest questions this offseason.
Arkansas RB Alex Collins
Alex Collins had a solid freshman season for Arkansas, leading the team with 1,026 yards rushing and four touchdowns. That was good enough to merit SEC Freshman of the Year honors.
However, no news is good news with Collins, and he should be a go for Saturday's spring game. There's interest not only to see him physically on the field—just to make sure he hasn't transferred—but how he looks as well.
Collins can be one of the next premier backs in the SEC. A big spring game could bring some excitement to a fanbase that's endured a lot of hardships over the past two seasons.
Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. All quotes cited unless obtained firsthand. All stats courtesy of ESPN.com.
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