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NCAA Football News Roundup Feb. 22, 2021

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While most Division I football teams already played out their season, some conferences are still attempting to play their 2020-21 season. Meanwhile, other programs are looking for new head coaches, and other players are preparing for the NFL Draft or transferring to a new program. 

Here are the college football news tidbits you should know.

Sanders Wins His Head Coaching Debut

NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders made his head coaching debut Sunday as his Jackson State Tigers notched their first shutout in nearly seven years with a 53-0 trouncing of NAIA Edward Waters.

Jackson State scored touchdowns on its first three drives and rolled to a 31-0 halftime lead. They then took the opening kickoff of the second half for another touchdown drive and never looked back.

Jackson State quarterback Jalon Jones tossed three touchdowns and ran for another in the opener. Running back Kymani Clarke ran for two scores and 92 yards on 18 carries out of the backfield.

Jackson State hosts Mississippi Valley State on Saturday in Jackson in their opener of Southwest Athletic Conference play.

Gus Malzahn Tabbed New UCF Head Football Coach

UCF found their new head coach this past week, naming former Auburn coach Gus Malzahn to head up the Golden Knights football program.

Malzahn was highly successful in his eight seasons as the head coach of Auburn. He recorded a 68-35 record and was named AP Coach of the Year in 2013. He took the Tigers to the BCS National Championship that year with a 12-2 record.

He will look to return UCF to national prominence after a school-record 25 game winning streak between 2017-2018. However, the program has struggled the past two seasons with seven losses.

Malzahn knows about winning big games as he is the only SEC coach to beat Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide multiple times over the last eight seasons.

Michigan QB Milton Transferring

Michigan quarterback Joe Milton has decided to enter the NCAA transfer portal. He will transfer to his new school as a graduate transfer.

Milton didn't fare well as the Wolverines' starter with a 2-4 record at the helm. He was eventually benched after throwing four touchdowns and four interceptions during his stint as the starter. 

While leaving, Milton made sure to thank coach Jim Harbaugh in his statement, and Harbaugh has since supported Milton's decision to transfer. He will leave Michigan immediately eligible to play at his new school, as Milton has three years of eligibility remaining.

Oregon's Tyler Shough Entering Transfer Portal

Oregon's starting quarterback this past season, Tyler Shough, has decided to enter the NCAA transfer pool and leave Oregon.

He went 4-3 in his seven games as the Ducks' starting quarterback this past season after winning the Pac-12 Championship Game over USC. He did lose to Iowa State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Like Milton, Slough will also have three years of eligibility remaining. It is unknown at this time if he will be immediately eligible to play for his new team in 2021.

 

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