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Mason Fine (shoulder) has had a strong start to spring practice, Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.

Impact

Fine's shoulder injury cut his freshman campaign short in 2016, but it appears that he's back to full strength with spring practice underway. He threw a pair of touchdowns in the portion of practice open to media Wednesday. Fine had rather middling numbers as a true freshman, completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 1,572 yards, six touchdowns, and five interceptions over nine full games. That said, that experience as a true freshman should benefit Fine and the rest of the North Texas offense in 2017.

B.J. Emmons (foot) will be limited during spring practices, Charlie Potter of BamaOnline.com reports.

Impact

Emmons sprained his foot in early November, resulting in two separate foot surgeries over the past five months. Look for more updates to come throughout the spring and summer as he continues to return to full strength.

Bo Scarbrough (leg) will be limited in spring practices according to head coach Nick Saban, Charlie Potter of BamaOnline.com reports.

Impact

Scarbrough fractured his leg during the National Championship Game over two months ago and is continuing to nurse the ailment. Although no surgery was required, the running back will still be limited during spring workouts. Look for more updates to come as the summer nears.

Tristan Payton will miss at least six games next season after testing positive for marijuana prior to Central Florida's bowl game, Shannon Greene of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Impact

The rising junior tested positive on a NCAA-mandated test, which carries a half-season penalty. This marks Payton's second suspension while at Central Florida, but it's the first report of any drug-related issue. With Payton gone for the first six weeks of the season, look for Cam Stewart and Dredrick Snelson to compete for the No. 2 role behind Tre'Quan Smith.

Kellen Overstreet is one of several Wyoming running backs vying for the starting role out of the Cowboys' backfield, Robert Gagliardi of WyoSports.com reports.

Impact

Overstreet arrived at Wyoming as one of the program's most highly touted recruits ever and did see some playing time in 2015. However, knee and shoulder injuries forced him to redshirt the 2016 campaign. Now that Wyoming's all-time rushing leader, Brian Hill, is gone, there will be plenty of competition for the starting role. Overstreet will be battling the likes of Nico Evans, Mike Green, and Milo Hall. According to Gagliardi, Overstreet was medically cleared for football drills early in March. Wyoming's running back competition will be arguably the most intriguing position on the team this offseason.

Kyle Davis (personal) has yet to return to practice this spring, Justin Ferguson of the AJC's SEC Country Blog reports.

Impact

Coach Gus Malzahn told reporters before spring practice got underway that Davis would be missing some time to tend to some "personal business," but he did add that he expected Davis to be back after spring break. With Auburn back in session, Davis' absence from Tuesday's session is noteworthy. There is still no word on when Davis will be ready to get back on the practice field, but Auburn does have seven more full practice sessions before its spring game.

Emanuel Hall (hamstring) was limited in Tuesday's spring practice session, Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star reports.

Impact

The rising junior was the team's fourth-leading receiver last year, catching 19-of-31 targets for 307 yards and two touchdowns. A talented duo of freshmen, Dimetrios Mason and Johnathon Johnson, seemingly surpassed Hall in the receiving pecking order while J'Mon Moore led all receivers with 62 grabs. Hall's current injury is unlikely to have much an impact on his role this fall, but it will be worth monitoring how soon he'll be able to get back on the practice field for the Tigers.

Matthew Merrick left the Texas football program Tuesday, Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Impact

According to Carlton, Merrick intends to focus in on his academic career for the time being and will make a final decision on his football career at a later date. With that, Texas is down depth option at quarterback. However, Merrick was unlikely to challenge for anything more than the No.2 role for the Longhorns this fall.

DeVontres Dukes has been one of South Florida's most impressive receivers early in spring practice, Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

The 6-foot-4 Dukes redshirted as a freshman last year, but he appears primed to make an immediate impact in his debut season in 2017. Rodney Adams move to the NFL leaves a lot of targets to be redistributed in the Bulls' new offense, and Dukes is a clear candidate to get involved. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, another tall wideout, figures to be USF's No. 1 receiver with Adams gone, but Dukes has the potential to fill a prominent role in 2017.

Coach Mike Sanford said Leon Allen (knee) is medically cleared for spring practices, Bowling Green Daily News writer Brad Stephens reports.

Impact

Allen last played in September of 2015, when he suffered a severe knee injury of a still unspecified nature. Allen dealt with at least one setback, but the improbably lengthy absence would seemingly imply that the injury's initial nature was unusually bad. That he's cleared for spring practices, though, indicates a corner was turned in his recovery one way or another. The next issue to confront is his overall remaining athleticism – Allen was a very good player before his injury, but now it's time to find out if he's still the same player. A big back with standout pass-catching skills, a full recovery from Allen would instantly make him a good bet to be one of the nation's most productive runners. The lack of predictability on that variable means he's a wildcard for now, though.

Tyler Queen has left Auburn's football program and intends to transfer to another school, Brandon Marcello of 247 Sports reports.

Impact

With Auburn getting prized transfer Jarrett Stidham this offseason, Queen's chances at winning the starting job effectively went from slim to none. With that, Queen made the announcement Tuesday that he will look to continue his career at a different school. Queen is a former three-star quarterback coming out of high school and should have a chance to land with another major university.

Jaylen Smith will miss the entirety of spring workouts as he recovers from foot surgery, Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal reports.

Impact

Smith could enter the season as Louisville's top wideout but he'll have to do it without the benefit of spring workouts as the wideout will remain on the sidelines. Head coach Bobby Petrino said the surgery was a precautionary measure to correct a "hot spot" in Smith's foot. Look for more updates on his status to come throughout the summer.

Villaman exited Saturday's Spring Game with an undisclosed injury and has not returned, Daniel Moran of The Oregonian reports.

Impact

Villaman was already set to be limited in spring practice, which makes his exit from Saturday's Spring Game all the more concerning. Moran reported that Villamin left the game early in the first half and was seen being examined by the training staff on the sidelines. More updates on Villamin's status should be available later in the week. If his injury impacts his availability for the start of the season, it'd be a major blow to a largely inexperienced receiving corps.

Donovan Lee suffered a broken ankle earlier in the week, but coach Mike MacIntyre stated that the hope is he'll be back by late fall camp, Brian Howell of the Boulder Daily Camera reports.

Impact

The senior switched to playing running back full time last season, but saw limited action behind the likes of workhorse Phillip Lindsay and sophomore Kyle Evans. The timing of his injury is unfortunate as he could have used spring practice to move up to second on the depth chart behind Lindsay. Beau Bisharat and Michael Adkins will now seemingly compete for the backup role behind Lindsay.

Grayson Gunter (shoulder) is expected to miss the entirety of spring practice, Matt Jones of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Impact

The sophomore underwent shoulder surgery early in the offseason and it appears he won't be back in pads until the Hogs kick off fall camp. Austin Cantrell and Jack Kraus could distance themselves from Gunter on the depth chart with strong performances this spring.

Matt Davis (knee) has opted to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft rather than return to SMU for a sixth year, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Impact

There was plenty of competition awaiting Davis if he was to return to SMU for his final year given that Ben Hicks performed ably last season and Arkansas transfer Rafe Peavey is also expected to push for the starting role. Davis, who missed all but one game last year with a knee injury, is a solid athlete with a strong arm. That said, his stature (6-0, 214) raises questions about his ability to stick at quarterback at the next level. According to Rapoport, Davis will work out at SMU's upcoming Pro Day on April 4.

Jake Luton is competing for the starting job at Oregon State, Gina Mizell of The Oregonian reports.

Impact

The former Idaho quarterback is entrenched in a competition with Marcus McMaryion and Conor Blount at quarterback after sitting out last year per NCAA transfer rules. According to Mizell, Luton has gotten the first reps at each of the Beavers' first two scrimmages. With how poorly Oregon State's quarterbacks performed last season, one has to imagine that Luton will be given a fair shot at winning the gig if he continues to impress the coaching staff.

Tyrone Perkins (knee) will move to running back this season, Nate Mink of Syracuse.com reports.

Impact

Perkins missed all of last season with an undisclosed injury and has a history of knee issues. He'll compete with incumbent Dontae Strickland for the starting role. While Strickland has more on-field experience and production, he averaged just 3.49 yards per carry last season. With that, the door is seemingly open for a player like Perkins to make a jump up the depth chart if he can stay healthy and transition smoothly.

Moe Neal will move to a slot receiver role for the Orange this season, Nate Mink of Syracuse.com reports.

Impact

A freshman last season, the 5-11 Neal had 68 carries for 357 yards (5.25 YPC) and two scores. He'll go through a position switch, but it could be beneficial for his production in Syracuse's pass-heavy attack if he is able to transition smoothly. As for Syracuse's running back outlook, Dontae Strickland should have a clear path to being the lead back again this season.

Justin Guarantano will compete for the starting quarterback job at Tennessee, Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

Impact

The redshirt freshman arrived on campus as the top-rated dual threat quarterback in his class. Now that longtime starter Joshua Dobbs has exhausted his eligibility, it'll be a heated battle between Guarantano, Quinten Dormady, and Sheriron Jones for the job. Guarantano, who will be working with quarterback guru George Whitfield over his spring break, appears to be the most talented option on Tennessee's roster. That said, given all three of those signal callers' inexperience, coach Butch Jones may wait until well into fall camp to name a starter.