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Mid-Week Roundup | Michael Sam's Big Announcement, Way Too Early Top 25, & Rising Star Quits Football

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Why is Michael Sam's announcement such a big deal? - Wes Carter - OU Daily

I don't know if this announcement will affect Sam's draft stock. I could see it going down because, owners, especially those with a large fan base in the South, may decide not to draft Sam in an effort to keep their fan base. However, it could also go higher. I think teams that live in places that have a more accepting fan base may move up to draft the kid. Taking a stand to draft a gay athlete may help sign players who are secretly gay or come out in the future. A team like Seattle or New England would be eager to draft Sam and would welcome his ability.

Post-Signing Day Top 25 - Mark Schlabach - ESPN

OU added plenty of firepower to help on offense, including No. 6 running back Joe Mixon, No. 17 running back Samaje Perine, No. 9 athlete Michiah Quick and No. 5 dual-threat quarterback Justice Hansen. Offensive linemen Alex Dalton and Natrell Curtis and athlete Jordan Thomas also were big additions. It seems that sophomore Trevor Knight has won the starting-quarterback job based on his strong performance in the Sugar Bowl. Senior Blake Bell is moving to tight end this coming season, and junior Kendal Thompson is transferring.

TCU DT Jon Lewis walks away from football - Alex Apple - Sports Day DFW

A source confirmed on Tuesday what those around the TCU program have known for months. Jon Lewis, a rising senior defensive tackle, will leave the TCU football program and stop playing football all together. Lewis does plan to still get his degree from TCU.