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Love leads AP Preseason All-America team

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Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love of Stanford and Outland Trophy winner Ed Oliver of Houston highlight The Associated Press preseason All-America team.

Chosen by AP poll voters, the team announced Tuesday also features West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and his teammate, receiver David Sills V.

Love, along with Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell, Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Edwards and Utah kicker Matt Gay, were the only players who made first team All-American after last season and first team to start this season. Love ran for 2,118 yards and 8.05 per carry last season and was second to Baker Mayfield in the Heisman Trophy voting.


Ex-Texas A&M LB alleges NCAA violations

Texas A&M says it is reviewing allegations of possible NCAA violations by football coaches made by a former player who transferred to Arizona.

Santino Marchiol, a linebacker who signed with the Aggies in 2017 when Kevin Sumlin was coach, told USA Today that Aggies assistant Bradley Dale Peveto gave him cash on two occasions to entertain recruits on unofficial visits to campus. Schools are allowed to pay expenses for recruits on official visits and NCAA rules allow student hosts to be paid $40 per day to entertain recruits.


LSU OL Ingram arrested for sex assualt

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Authorities in Dallas say LSU offensive lineman Ed Ingram was arrested on sexual assault charges in early August, around the same time the projected starter was suspended from the Tigers' football program for an unspecified violation of team rules.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office says Ingram was arrested on Aug. 2, a day before LSU coach Ed Orgeron announced the sophomore's indefinite suspension.


Texas Tech RB Ward arrested for theft

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech running back Da'Leon Ward has been arrested on a theft charge.

Ward was arrested Tuesday on a charge of theft between $2,500 and $30,000. The sophomore remained in the Lubbock County jail as of Tuesday night. There was no attorney listed for Ward in records with the sheriff's office.


OSU to discuss Meyer's future Wednesday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State trustees set a private meeting for Wednesday to talk about the future of coach Urban Meyer as the university seeks to quickly move past a scandal that has consumed the football program for nearly a month.

Meyer has been the subject of an investigation into the handling of domestic-abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.


Tide preseason No.1 for 3rd year in row

Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare three-peat.

The Crimson Tide is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons. Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes.


Badgers' Cephus charged with sex assault

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus was charged with felony sexual assault on Monday, accused of misconduct involving two women at his apartment last April.

Cephus, a 20-year-old junior from Macon, Georgia, was suspended by the team shortly after he was charged with third-degree sexual assault and second-degree sex assault of an intoxicated victim. The charges were filed by the Dane County district attorney and Madison police said Cephus is accused of assaulting the two women on April 22.


USC's QB competition still not decided

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California's three-way competition for the starting job at quarterback will go down to the final weekend before the season.

Coach Clay Helton said Tuesday night that he won't choose Sam Darnold's successor with the No. 15 Trojans until a day or two after Saturday's mock game.


Memphis to start QB White, Moore leaves

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis' Brady White will be the starting quarterback for the Tigers' Sept. 1 season opener with Mercer.

White had been competing with sophomore David Moore. Memphis coach Mike Norvell announced Tuesday that Moore has left the program and plans to transfer.


Florida expects quick fix on defense

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida linebacker David Reese remembers the low point of 2017 as well as any bone-jarring hit or tackle for loss.

It came on a cool day at Missouri in early November.

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