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Florida St. RB Akers to enter NFL draft, skip Sun Bowl

Florida St. RB Akers to enter NFL draft, skip Sun Bowl

Florida State running back Cam Akers will forgo his senior season to enter the 2020 NFL Draft."I cannot begin to express how valuable my three years here have been, especially the relationships I've made with teammates, coaches, support staff and other students," Akers wrote on Twitter. "When I committed to Florida State I had no idea the type of growth and development I would experience as a man and a football player. These last three years have been incredible, and I am so appreciative that the FSU family welcomed a kid from Mississippi with open arms."Akers also announced he will not play in the Sun Bowl, but will travel to El Paso, Texas, where the Seminoles (6-6) will face Arizona State (7-5) on Dec. 31."Even though I won't be playing in the bowl game, I will be at practice and in El Paso supporting my teammates," Akers added. "It's crazy to think that I've played my last game as a Florida State Seminole, but I will carry FSU with me wherever I go. Thank you again to Florida State and our fans for everything."Akers finishes his Florida State career with 2,875 rushing yards, which ranks sixth on the school's all-time rushing list. He scored 34 combined touchdowns, including 27 rushing.
Perry runs for 304 yards as Navy defeats Army

Perry runs for 304 yards as Navy defeats Army

Malcolm Perry set Army-Navy Game career and single-game rushing records with 304 yards, and No. 23 Navy beat Army for the first time since 2015 with a 31-7 victory on Saturday at Philadelphia.Perry carried 29 times, including a 55-yard touchdown run in the early second quarter, to ignite Navy to 31 straight points. Perry concludes his time in the 129-year rivalry with 611 yards rushing over the last three games.He put the finishing touches on the rivalry's most lopsided decision in six years with a 15-yard touchdown rush.Navy (10-2) used a stifling defense, ranked No. 17 nationally coming into Saturday's matchup, to hold Army almost 200 yards below its per-game rushing average. The Black Knights finished with 123 yards on 47 carries.Defensive tackle J'arius Warren routinely plugged running lanes, and capped his 11-tackle day forcing a fourth-quarter fumble that spoiled any hope of an Army rally.With the defense shutting down Army, Navy's offense took the lead seconds before halftime on a trick pass play.Perry pitched the ball to Chance Warren, who lobbed a high floating pass to Jamale Carothers in the right side of the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown to make it 14-7. It was just the ninth passing touchdown of the Midshipmen's season
San Jose State coach Brennan gets 3-year extension

San Jose State coach Brennan gets 3-year extension

San Jose State football coach Brent Brennan received a three-year extension through the 2024 season.After going 3-22 during his first two seasons, the Spartans improved to 5-7 in 2019 with notable wins at Arkansas and against rival Fresno State.Brennan, 46, issued a statement on Friday thanking school officials for their support."This gives us the long term to continue building a championship program at San Jose State," he said. "I believe we've made great strides over the first three years, especially this season. To be in a position knowing the leadership is going to be here, we know there is going to be consistency in our process and our message."
Georgia RB Cook arrested on open container charge

Georgia RB Cook arrested on open container charge

Georgia running back James Cook was arrested early Saturday on misdemeanor charges of possession of an open container of alcohol in his vehicle and driving without a valid license.According to Athens-Clarke County police records, the 20-year-old sophomore was booked at 1:46 a.m. ET and released on bond about one hour later.Cook has played in all 13 games this season for Georgia, rushing 28 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns and catching 16 passes for 132 yards.
Miami WR Thomas declares for draft

Miami WR Thomas declares for draft

Miami wide receiver Jeff Thomas is skipping his final season and entering the 2020 NFL Draft.The 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior, who was suspended by the Hurricanes in each of the past two seasons, announced his decision Friday on Instagram."I look forward to preparing for the next level and showing what I am capable of," he wrote.Thomas said he will not participate in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26 when Miami (6-6) takes on Louisiana Tech (9-3).Thomas caught 31 passes for 379 yards and three touchdowns and rushed seven times for 41 yards in 10 games in 2019. He was suspended for two games in October for violating unspecified team rules.
Boston College names Ohio State's Hafley head coach

Boston College names Ohio State's Hafley head coach

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley was named head coach at Boston College on Saturday.Eagles athletic director Martin Jarmond said the school had targeted Hafley since the beginning of its job search."Jeff's shown throughout his coaching career he is a tremendous leader with high integrity and a gift for teaching," Jarmond said in a news release. "His passion, leadership and ability to recruit and develop student-athletes make him the right fit to lead Boston College to greater heights on and off the field."It wasn't immediately clear whether Hafley, 40, would remain with the Buckeyes through the College Football Playoff.Hafley was a finalist for the Broyles Award, which recognizes the top assistant coach in college football, during his first season with Ohio State in 2019.
College football notebook: LSU’s Burrow likely to set Heisman record

College football notebook: LSU’s Burrow likely to set Heisman record

As LSU quarterback Joe Burrow boarded a plane for New York City on Friday, the team posted a picture of him on social media with the line, "It's That Time!"Saturday night officially should be that time, with Burrow not only expected to pick up the second Heisman Trophy in school history but to possibly do so by a record margin. The redshirt senior who failed to win the starting job at Ohio State in spring 2018 before transferring to LSU was set to take in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple ahead of the Heisman ceremony on Saturday."This is exactly how I envisioned it to be honest," he said of this season, as unbeaten LSU heads into the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 seed. "I knew the kind of team we had and the kind of people we had around me."Burrow, in line to grab LSU's first Heisman since running back Billy Cannon took home the stiff-armed trophy in 1959, will be joined in New York City by three other Heisman finalists -- Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young.--Memphis will name assistant coach Ryan Silverfield as its next head coach, according to multiple reports.The 39-year-old will replace Mike Norvell, who has moved on to Florida State. Silverfield already had been named interim head coach since Norvell's departure and will coach the No. 17 Tigers in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 28 against No. 10 Penn State.Silverfield joined Memphis in 2016 as offensive line coach and was elevated to deputy head coach prior to the 2019 season. He's been the run-game coordinator since 2017.--Michigan wide receiver Tarik Black entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, announcing his decision on social media.Black, a junior who plans to be a graduate transfer in 2020, will have two years of eligibility remaining.The 6-foot-4, 206-pound wideout was hampered by foot injuries as a freshman and sophomore. After a promising start in 2017 with 11 catches for 149 yards, he finished 2018 with four receptions for 35 yards.
Michigan WR Black enters transfer portal

Michigan WR Black enters transfer portal

Michigan wide receiver Tarik Black entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal on Friday, announcing his decision on social media.Black, a junior who plans to be a graduate transfer in 2020, will have two years of eligibility remaining."I would like to thank the University of Michigan coaching staff, training staff, my teammates, administration and true fan base for embracing me during my time in Ann Arbor," Black wrote on Instagram."I have built life long friendships and bonds that will follow me the rest of my life and I'm truly thankful for this experience!"The 6-foot-4, 206-pound wideout was hampered by foot injuries as a freshman and sophomore. After a promising start in 2017 with 11 catches for 149 yards, he finished 2018 with four receptions for 35 yards.
Arkansas loses another player as DE Clay set to transfer

Arkansas loses another player as DE Clay set to transfer

One of the top players in the 2019 Arkansas recruiting class has decided to transfer.Defensive end Collin Clay was a four-star signee and the No. 4-ranked player at any position in the state of Oklahoma, per the 247 Sports Composite.As a true freshman this season, Clay played in 11 games and registered 15 tackles for the Razorbacks.Clay is the second notable player to enter the NCAA transfer database since Sam Pittman was named as the permanent replacement for head coach Chad Morris, who was fired last month.
Alabama WR Jeudy won't skip Citrus Bowl

Alabama WR Jeudy won't skip Citrus Bowl

Alabama's top wide receiver, Jerry Jeudy, made it clear that he has no intention of skipping the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day."I'm playing in the bowl game. There's no reason not to play!!!!" he tweeted Friday night.No. 13 Alabama (10-2) will meet No. 14. Michigan (9-3) in the Citrus Bowl.Jeudy, a junior, is eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft but hasn't declared yet. He is ranked on many draft boards as the nation's No. 1 receiver.
Report: Ohio State DE Young plans to return in 2020

Report: Ohio State DE Young plans to return in 2020

Potential No. 1 draft pick and Heisman Trophy finalist Chase Young told TMZ Sports he plans to return to Ohio State next season."That's the plan," the Buckeyes' 6-foot-5, 265-pound junior defensive end said Friday in New York City, where he will attend Saturday night's Heisman awards ceremony.Young leads the nation with a school-record 16.5 sacks and has 44 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and seven forced fumbles in 11 games this season.
Reports: Memphis to name assistant Silverfield next coach

Reports: Memphis to name assistant Silverfield next coach

Memphis will name assistant coach Ryan Silverfield as its next head coach, according to multiple reports Friday.The 39-year-old will replace Mike Norvell, who has moved on to Florida State. Silverfield already had been named interim head coach since Norvell's departure and will coach the No. 17 Tigers in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 28 against No. 10 Penn State.Silverfield joined Memphis in 2016 as offensive line coach and was elevated to deputy head coach prior to the 2019 season. He's been the run-game coordinator since 2017.The Tigers have been to four straight bowl games and won the American Athletic Conference this season. Norvell was 38-15 in four seasons at Memphis.Silverfield's resume includes six seasons on the Minnesota Vikings staff (2008-13), and he also worked as an assistant offensive line coach with the Detroit Lions for part of the 2015 season.
Texas Tech QB Duffey enters transfer portal

Texas Tech QB Duffey enters transfer portal

Texas Tech starting quarterback Jett Duffey has put his name in the transfer portal.A redshirt junior in 2019, Duffey would be a graduate transfer and eligible to play immediately in the 2020 season should he choose to leave the Red Raiders.Duffey played in 10 games this past season, the final eight of them as the starter after an injury to Alan Bowman. He passed for 2,840 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed 65.1 percent of his passes and averaged 284.0 yards per game.
LSU's Burrow eyes record totals for Heisman Trophy

LSU's Burrow eyes record totals for Heisman Trophy

As LSU quarterback Joe Burrow boarded a plane for New York City on Friday, the team posted a picture of him on social media with the line, "It's That Time!"Saturday night officially should be that time, with Burrow not only expected to pick up the second Heisman Trophy in school history but to possibly do so by a record margin.Burrow, the redshirt senior who failed to win the starting job at Ohio State in spring 2018 before transferring to LSU, was set to take in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple on Friday before the Heisman ceremony on Saturday."This is exactly how I envisioned it to be honest," he said of this season, as unbeaten LSU heads into the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 seed. "I knew the kind of team we had and the kind of people we had around me."Burrow, in line to grab LSU's first Heisman since running back Billy Cannon took home the stiff-armed trophy in 1959, will be joined in New York City by three other Heisman finalists -- Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young.There are 927 Heisman voters -- 870 media members, 56 former Heisman winners and one fan vote. Three points are awarded to the player who is listed first on the ballot, two points for second and one for third.The size of the electorate has varied over the years, so the best way to gauge the biggest winner is by percentage of total points. Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith is first in that category, earning 91.63 percent of the point total in 2006. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was at 90.92 percent in 2014, followed by Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield at 86.0 percent in 2017.The record for first-place votes is 855, set by USC running back O.J. Simpson in 1968, when there were 1,200 voters.The record for being named on most ballots is Mariota, at 95.16 percent.Burrow has been the runway leader since he completed 31 of 39 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns in a 46-41 win at Alabama on Nov. 9.Burrow leads the nation in touchdown passes (an SEC-record 48) and completion percentage (77.9). He is second nationally with 4,715 passing yards and in passing efficiency rating (201.5) while directing the nation's most-productive offense (554.4 yards per game).He already has earned the Maxwell Award as the nation's top player and Davey O'Brien Award as the top quarterback and was chosen the Walter Camp and AP Player of the Year, among other honors.
Northern Colorado names McCaffrey as head coach

Northern Colorado names McCaffrey as head coach

Northern Colorado will introduce former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey as its head coach on Friday.McCaffrey, who was part of three Super Bowl-winning teams, most recently coached Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. His squad won the state championship in 2018."The University of Northern Colorado has a great reputation for both academics and athletics that attracts a diverse group of talented student-athletes," McCaffrey wrote on Twitter. "I look forward to immersing myself into the Bears family and coaching young men to be strong leaders on and off the field. Let's bring championship football back to UNC!"McCaffrey, 51, was a third-round pick of the New York Giants in 1991. The Stanford product spent three seasons (1991-93) in New York before moving on to San Francisco in 1994, where he earned his first Super Bowl ring. The next two came as a member of the Denver Broncos (1995-03).In 185 career games, he caught 565 passes for 7,422 yards and 55 touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1998.
College football notebook: SEC rushing leader Hill declares for draft

College football notebook: SEC rushing leader Hill declares for draft

Junior running back Kylin Hill said Thursday he will leave Mississippi State after the Music City Bowl to enter the 2020 NFL Draft."After much prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided it is time for the next chapter in my life and football career," Hill posted on Twitter.Hill also confirmed he would represent the 6-6 Bulldogs one last time against Louisville in Nashville on Dec. 30.Hill leads the Southeastern Conference with 1,347 rushing yards on 235 carries. He has rushed for 10 touchdowns and eclipsed the 100-yard mark eight times in 12 games this season, including a career-high 234 yards in a Nov. 2 win at Arkansas.--Notre Dame is parting ways with offensive coordinator Chip Long in advance of the Fighting Irish's Dec. 28 date in the Camping World Bowl against Iowa State.Long, 36, was Notre Dame's offensive coordinator and tight ends coach the past three seasons, helping the team to a 32-6 record in that time. The Irish are 10-2 this season and poised to win 11 games for just the eighth time in school history.
Reports: Florida Atlantic hiring Taggart

Reports: Florida Atlantic hiring Taggart

Former Florida State coach Willie Taggart is being hired to lead the Florida Atlantic program, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday.Taggart is being tabbed as coach to replace Lane Kiffin, who departed Saturday to take the Mississippi job.Taggart was fired last month by Florida State after just 21 games over two seasons. He went 9-12 and was let go with four-plus seasons remaining on a six-year contract.
Florida State WR Harrison enters transfer portal

Florida State WR Harrison enters transfer portal

Florida State wide receiver Tre'Shaun Harrison placed his name in the NCAA transfer database, multiple outlets reported Thursday.The 6-foot-2 sophomore ranks fourth on the Seminoles in receptions (27) and third in receiving yards (289) with two touchdowns in 10 games this season. He also has five kickoff returns for 99 yards.The news comes only days after Mike Norvell officially took over as Florida State's head coach. The Seminoles fired Willie Taggart last month.Harrison was a four-star recruit for FSU in 2018 and was rated as the No. 2 overall player in the state of Washington by the 247 Sports Composite. He first committed to Taggart at Oregon before moving that commitment to Florida State when Taggart became the Seminoles head coach.
Notre Dame parts ways with OC Long

Notre Dame parts ways with OC Long

Notre Dame is parting ways with offensive coordinator Chip Long in advance of the Fighting Irish's Dec. 28 date in the Camping World Bowl against Iowa State.Long, 36, was Notre Dame's offensive coordinator and tight ends coach the past three seasons, helping the team to a 32-6 record in that time. The Irish are 10-2 this season and poised to win 11 games for just the eighth time.Notre Dame has averaged 34.2 points over the past three seasons, and 38.0 points in its 32 victories. It scored just 13.5 points per game in its six defeats.
Colorado State hires Addazio as head coach

Colorado State hires Addazio as head coach

Former Boston College coach Steve Addazio was hired Wednesday as the new coach at Colorado State, the school announced.Addazio agreed to a five-year, $8 million deal, according to the school. His base salary will be $1.5 million in 2020 and increase by $50,000 each year.Addazio, 60, went 44-44 in seven seasons at Boston College before being dismissed on Dec. 1. The Eagles were 6-6 in the 2019 regular season.He also spent two seasons at Temple and has a 57-55 overall record in nine seasons as a head coach.Addazio also served on Florida's staff from 2005-10, working under Urban Meyer. The former Ohio State head coach and Colorado State assistant from 1990-95 reportedly assisted Colorado State in its search and had a role in choosing candidates.