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Weekly Update

CFB Storylines of the Week

by Christopher Crawford
Updated On: June 15, 2020, 1:43 pm ET

Even with college football not scheduled to get started for another two-plus months, there's still plenty of news to keep us interested. Also, keep an eye out on our conference previews, which will start in just two weeks. There's always lots of good information in those, in our completely biased opinion.

On to the news.

Spielman officially enters transfer portal

When Nebraska redshirt senior JD Spielman took a leave of absence from Nebraska in March, there were rumors that it would become a permanent move soon. Those rumors appear to have come to fruition, as Spielman entered the transfer portal on Monday.

This is a big loss for the Cornhuskers. Even with inconsistent quarterback play -- and inconsistent is probably putting it nicely -- the 5-foot-9, 180-pound wideout has picked up at least 800 yards receiving in his three years of play for Nebraska, and he also caught 15 touchdowns in his time in Lincoln. Simply put, there has been no better playmaker for the Huskers over the last three years, and while there's talent on the offense to help replicate his production -- we're looking at you Wandale Robinson -- but it's more in theory than in actual success on the field.

The big question now is where Spielman is heading. Because he'll be transferring as a graduate, he can play right away for whatever program he lands at. One school that has been mentioned is Texas; a school that lost Devin Duvernay who was one of the most effective slot receivers in college football last year. Wherever Spielman lands, he immediately should become one of the top options in the passing attack. Someone is getting an awfully good player this summer.

Former Houston T Williams transfers to Miami

Spielman will be a big addition for someone this summer. Miami picked up their own -- literally and figuratively -- in the form of Jarrid Williams.

Williams (6'7/305) was a 13-game starter for Houston in 2018, but a season-ending injury limited the tackle to just four games for the Cougars in 2019. While no one wants to get injured, it did allow him to take a redshirt campaign, and that gives him another year of eligibility he can use in 2020. He picks the Hurricanes over his other top five schools: Florida State, Baylor, Ole Miss and USC.

Assuming good health, Williams should compete for the starting gig at right tackle for the Hurricanes, and should help keep D'Eriq King -- a quarterback he protected at Houston in his time with the Cougars -- upright this fall.

Committee approves six-week practice plan

The six-week structure for the resumption of practices is not 100 percent locked into place just yet, but it's getting closer. With the oversight committee pushing it along, the next step of the process will see the plan put to a vote with the NCAA Division I Council next Wednesday. Just to lay out the basic potential timeline should this plan go through: For teams whose first games would be played Labor Day weekend (that is to say, everybody not playing in Week 0), mandatory workouts would start up on July 13, enhanced training on July 24 and preseason camps on August 7.

More players test positive for COVID-19 across country

A large number of programs have opened their campuses up to allow athletes to return in phases, and while it's an important step for the return of college football, we've also already seen the risk that comes from doing so during the pandemic.

One school has already hit the pause button. Houston has shut down athletics after six students tested positive for COVID-19, effective immediately. Those students are reportedly also systemic, and the school cited that the increase in positives tests in the Houston area. It's also worth pointing out that Houston did not test athletes before allowing students to return to campus on June 1.

In addition to Houston's positive tests, three more players for Alabama tested positive -- although the school has yet to confirm this -- and another two positive COVID-19 tests came to Texas athletes with three at Clemson; among others. It should go without saying, but the best to those who have contracted the virus, and here's to hoping these numbers thin as quickly as positive.

Former five-star recruit Anoma lands at FCS program

It's not very common that you see former five-star players transfer twice. It's not very common that you see a five-star recruit land at an FCS school. With former Houston redshirt sophomore DE Eyabi Anoma transferring from Houston to Tennessee-Martin, we saw both in one move. The former Alabama recruit sat out 2019 to satisfy transfer requirements, but was dismissed from the Cougars in February for a violation of team rules. Assuming he's in good stature, he's eligible to play immediately for the FCS program, and if he plays well, it's certainly possible he'll transfer again to another FBS program. 

Quick Hits

Uncommitted five-star 2021 QB Caleb Williams will announce his college commitment on July 4. The dual-threat quarterback will decide between LSU, Maryland and Oklahoma; with the Sooners considered the favorites ... The SEC will hold its Media Days in a virtual setting ... Texas junior S B.J. Foster broke his hand punching his car ... Purdue received a verbal commitment from four-star 2021 ATH Sam Jackson, flipping him from Minnesota ... Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation which will allow student athletes compensation for name, image and likeness ... The Texas football team posted a collective statement on social justice reform which included a list of requests to make the campus more inclusive. Among the requests in the statement, the name changes to multiple buildings, changes to statues in order to represent a more diverse range of those who helped forge the university into what it is today and the dropping of the team song "Eyes of Texas," which was originally debuted at a minstrel show ... In a taped statement, Clemson HC Dabo Swinney defended his decision to keep TE coach Danny Pearman on staff after Pearman's use of a racial epithet in 2017 ... Colorado HC Karl Dorrell said that there is a path for redshirt freshman DE Antonio Alfano to return to active status.

Christopher Crawford
Christopher Crawford is a baseball and college football writer for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter @Crawford_MILB.