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Three-Point Stance: Kevin Sumlin, Freshman Five, Heisman Trophy National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here with some not-so-pretty thoughts on Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M, his first Farrell Freshman Five of the season and his Heisman list after week one.

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Kevin Sumlin
Kevin Sumlin (AP Images)

Where do I start when it comes to Texas A&M? There are so many questions after the Aggies blew a 44-10 lead and lost to Josh Rosen and UCLA 45-44. It was such an egregious performance by the coaching staff that I won’t bore everyone with the obvious missteps the Texas A&M coaching staff made Sunday. The bottom line here is this: Sumlin just sealed his fate. He was already on the Hot Seat entering the season and now, by turning a complete annihilation into an embarrassing and nearly historic loss, Sumlin has all but concluded his Jekyll-and-Hyde run in College Station.

Now, with starting quarterback Nick Starkel out and the true freshman Kellen Mond listed first on the depth chart with Jake Hubenak, we have to think back to guys that should still be on the roster but aren't -- Kenny Hill, Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen. Murray is now the backup at Oklahoma and was 10-for-11 this weekend. Allen is now the starter for Houston and ready for his first action. Hill is the starter for TCU and threw for more than 3,000 yards for the Horned Frogs last year. Remember that Hill started off well for the Aggies, only to be replaced by Allen, who was in turn replaced by Murray and all three eventually decided to transfer. That’s a combined 13 stars of quarterback talent from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 classes gone. And let’s not forget that Auburn starter Jarrett Stidham apparently wanted to commit to A&M but the staff was afraid his commitment would scare away Mond. How come other programs can land multiple quarterback commitments, or even big-time transfers, while still appeasing all parties, but Sumlin could not?

It’s time for new blood in College Station and we could see Sumlin removed before the end of the season as the Aggies look to make a big splash with a new hire. Chip Kelly would likely be the dream hire, but who knows.


J.K. Dobbins
J.K. Dobbins (AP Images)

The first full week of the 2017 college football season is in the books and with it came some amazing performances by true freshmen. Here are five that stood out.

1. J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State – Without Dobbins, does Ohio State lose to Indiana and ruin its season in Week 1? Perhaps. His 29 carries for 181 yards and two catches for 24 yards were crucial as the Buckeyes' offense needed a spark.

2. Trey Smith, Tennessee – The most physical of the Vols' offensive linemen, he got push all night. It looked like Tennessee was running behind a three-year starter at times.

3. Jake Fromm, Georgia – Rushed into duty in his first college game due to an injury to Jacob Eason, Fromm responded by completing 10 of 15 passes for 143 yards and a score.

4. Jaelan Phillips, UCLA – Phillips is a freak and showed why as he was all over the field for the Bruins and led the team in passes defended and sacks.

5. Chase Hayden, Arkansas – OK, Florida A&M isn’t a world-beater, but Hayden's 14 carries for 120 yards and a score was impressive for a kid in his first game. Our No. 4 all-purpose back in 2017 didn’t even get to show off his receiving skills but he will, just watch.


Josh Rosen
Josh Rosen (AP Images)

Here are my current favorites to win the 2017 Heisman Trophy:

1. Saquon Barkley, Penn State – Running backs don’t win the award as easily as quarterbacks so Penn State must continue to win and Barkley must continue to put up huge numbers to stay No. 1.

2. Josh Rosen, UCLA – We all know Rosen will fall off because his team will lose four or five games, but right now he deserves the props.

3. Lamar Jackson, Louisville – Jackson essentially beat Purdue by himself and will clearly be given every chance to put up monster numbers again. However, Louisville looks like they will lose three or four games.

4. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma – Mayfield was nearly perfect and looks amazing. The problem was the opponent, but if he keeps looking sharp as competition increases, he will rise.

5. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma StateTulsa isn’t a bad opponent and Rudolph looked very solid. Between Mayfield and Rudolph, it will essentially depend on wins and losses and marquee performances.

6. Jalen Hurts, Alabama – The best-player-on-the-best-team deal here? Hurts has a marquee win under his belt, but he’s not the best player on the team. But he is the quarterback and sometimes that’s all that matters.

7. Sam Darnold, USC – A sub-par performance against an average team doesn’t help his chances, but he’ll have plenty of big games to recover.

8. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State – The stats look good but he was up and down in the actual game against Indiana and hasn’t shown as much improvement as I expected.