Colby Balkenbush, Reno Gazette-Journal: Several Nevada players have been trying hypnosis in an effort to improve their play.
Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times: UCLA starting quarterback Ben Olson suffered an injury to his right foot, the same foot he hurt in spring drills. The severity of the injury is not yet known.
Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe confessed an addiction to Chick-fil-A. "A No. 5, 12 piece nuggets, large combo with a sweet tea — it doesn't get no better than that." But he gave it up and lost 20 pounds in the offseason.
Brian Bennett, Louisville Courier-Journal: Louisville receiver Trent Guy on getting shot last month outside a nightclub: "Nineteen shots fired, and I was only hit once and in the right place. An inch to the right and I could have been hit in the spine. An inch to the left and it could have hit a vital organ. I'm a very blessed man." Plus, Louisville quarterback Hunter Cantwell is an avid outdoorsman who likes to hunt for bullfrogs and catch catfish using his hands.
David Martindale, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Barry Switzer talks about appearing in an episode of TNT's "Saving Grace."
Chip Towers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia safety Quintin Banks tore a medial collateral ligament in his left knee and is likely out six weeks.
Andrew Logue, Des Moines Register: Running back J.J. Bass, Iowa State's second-leading rusher last season, has rejoined the team after a suspension.
Bobbi Roquemore, Dallas Morning News: Southern Methodist athletic director Steve Orsini says season-ticket sales are up by 50%.
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado tight end Drew Hudgins will miss the season because of a knee injury.