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August 18, 2019

Jamie Newman will begin the season as Wake Forest’s starting quarterback.

Coach Dave Clawson announced the decision Sunday to start Newman ahead of sophomore Sam Hartman.

Clawson says he was confident in both quarterbacks because they both looked capable when healthy.

Hartman started the first nine games of 2018 as a freshman, completing 55 percent of his passes for 1,984 yards and 16 touchdowns before suffering a season-ending leg injury.

North Carolina coach Mack Brown says true freshman quarterback Sam Howell will start working with the first-team offense in preseason practices.

Brown said Sunday that Howell’s consistency had given him an edge in a three-way competition with redshirt freshmen Cade Fortin and Jace Ruder. The plan is for Fortin and Ruder to split reps behind Howell with just less than two weeks to go until the opener against South Carolina in Charlotte on Aug. 31.

Howell was a touted in-state recruit who flipped his commitment from Florida State to UNC shortly after Brown’s return for a second stint in Chapel Hill.

USC coach Clay Helton said that freshman receiver Bru McCoy’s health is improving, despite a fever that has kept him from practicing with the Trojans during fall camp.

McCoy’s father, Horace McCoy, told The Los Angeles Times on Thursday that his son has been dealing with a fever since the summer, and doctors cannot explain what it is from.

Washington State’s football team will be part of a series with HBO this season, the team confirmed on its Twitter account on Saturday.

No details about the show have been released, but representatives from HBO paid a visit to the Washington State campus on Thursday and sent a camera crew to the Cougars’ practice on Friday at Martin Stadium, according to the Spokesman-Review.

Texas receiver Joshua Moore faces misdemeanor gun charges after police arrested him while he was carrying a loaded pistol in early July in downtown Austin.

Moore, a sophomore from Yoakum, Texas, did not have a license to carry the gun and was released on a $6,000 bond. He had a court date scheduled for Thursday, though the Dallas Morning News, citing Travis County court records, reported that had been moved to Sept. 23.

Liberty coach Hugh Freeze is recovering from surgery he underwent Friday at the University of Virginia Medical Center after a potentially life-threatening strand of staph infection entered his bloodstream and complicated what was already severe pain he was experiencing from a herniated disk in his back.

Freeze, in his first season as the Flames’ coach, will remain in the hospital through at least sometime next week while doctors continue to run tests. He said the outpouring of support from Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr. and others at the school and the lengths so many people have gone to in order to make sure Freeze received the best care has been humbling.

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