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Around the Dog Park: Spring football is quickly approaching

Sun Belt programs add future games and new coaches.. C-USA season previews roll along.. A few underrated athletes get some media love..

NCAA Football: Arizona Bowl-New Mexico State vs Utah State Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

General G5

  • Here are five under-the-radar story lines to follow through New Mexico State’s spring practices.
  • The Aggies are focusing on finding leadership and consistency this spring in order to build off their bowl season in 2017.
  • It’s a five-man race to replace Tyler Rogers at NMSU but there’s one clear front runner leading the way.
  • Some programs are already starting their spring practices. This may seem strange but there are a few good reasons as to why.

American

  • If UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton decides to play in the CFL he’ll be doing so with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after they claimed the rights to negotiate with him.
  • Ben Hicks is, in my humble opinion, one of the most underrated players in the league. This stats back up this claim.

C-USA

  • Tragic news out of Huntington after redshirt freshman Larry Aaron lost his life due to injuries sustained during a shooting at a New Year’s Eve party. Our hearts go out to Larry’s family, teammates, and other loved ones.
  • Butch Davis has the FIU rebuild progressing ahead of schedule. A top recruiting class will only accelerate their growth.
  • Charlotte’s AD search is down to two finalists. Both look to be good choices.
  • Don’t be surprised if Old Dominion bounces back in a major way this season.
  • Most Old Dominion fans I’ve met feel that ODU is out of place in Conference USA. While that may be true, their alternatives are either unattractive or far-fetched.

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