TAMPA — Bulls coach Willie Taggart confirmed Tuesday morning what spring practices and recent scrimmages seemed to suggest: redshirt freshman Brett Kean is his backup quarterback.
Kean, who guided Ohio's St. Edward High to a state title in 2014, exited spring practice at No. 2 on the depth chart and remained there as recently as Saturday night's closed scrimmage. According to the Bulls' official Twitter feed, he directed at least two touchdown drives in that 120-play situational rehearsal.
"Brett has had an outstanding camp; really, really stepped it up," said Taggart, whose team practiced in shells Tuesday morning, when feel-like temperatures eclipsed 100 degrees. "I think … not necessarily surprised all of us, but really impressed all of us."
VIOLATIONS AT S.C.: South Carolina's athletic department reported 23 violations of NCAA or SEC rules in the past year, nine involving the football team. All but one of the infractions were classified as Level III and outlined by the NCAA as violations isolated or limited in nature; that provide no more than a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage; and that don't include more than a minimal impermissible benefit.
BYU: Fifth-year senior Taysom Hill will begin his final year as the starting quarterback. Sophomore Tanner Mangum, who over as starter in 2015 after Hill suffered a season-ending foot injury in the opener, was also competing for the job.
NOTRE DAME: Cornerback Devin Butler was taken into custody after allegedly punching a police officer and slamming the officer to the ground and was formally charged with felony counts of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official. Coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that Butler had been suspended indefinitely from the team.
UTAH: Suspended receiver Cory Butler-Byrd was partially reinstated a day after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief for damaging a police car and building last month. Coach Kyle Whittingham will allow Butler-Byrd to participate in practice and other team activities immediately, but he will remain suspended from playing in games indefinitely.
WISCONSIN: Fifth-year senior offensive lineman Dan Voltz has been forced to retire because of injuries, coach Paul Chryst announced. Voltz tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in October.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.