12/05/18 - Hunter Renfrow, rSr/2019, Clemson, 5-10, 185 (DS#8 WR) 2018 BURLSWORTH TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow has won the Burlsworth Trophy, which goes to the top college football who began his career as a walk-on. Renfrow was chosen over finalists California running back Patrick Laird and Wyoming safety Marcus Epps. Renfrow has been a key contributor on four Clemson teams that have made the College Football Playoff. This season he has 41 receptions for 472 yards and a touchdown. In four seasons, Renfrow has 180 receptions for 2,061 yards and 15 touchdowns. The trophy is named in honor of former Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who went from walk-on to All-American and was selected with the 63rd overall pick in the NFL draft by the Colts in 1999. Burlsworth was killed in a car accident 11 days after being drafted. - AP College Football
12/05/18 - Kelvin Harmon, Jr/2020, North Carolina State, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 WR) North Carolina State junior Kelvin Harmon is entering the NFL draft and won't play in the Gator Bowl. Harmon announced his decision Monday through the school, with the receiver saying he and his family have decided "it is time for me to proceed to the next chapter in my football life." Harmon caught 177 passes for 2,665 yards in his career, and his 1,186 yards receiving this year marked the fourth-best single-season total in program history. Harmon's decision was expected. He took part in the Wolfpack's Senior Night ceremonies before the Wake Forest game last month. N.C. State (9-3) plays Texas A&M (8-4) in the Gator Bowl on Dec. 31. - AP College Football
12/05/18 - NKeal Harry, Jr/2020, Arizona State, 6-3, 213 (DS#2 WR) Arizona State receiver N'Keal Harry will skip the Las Vegas Bowl to prepare for the NFL draft. Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards issued a statement Monday saying the decision was made after Harry met with the coaching and administrative staffs. Harry announced last month he is skipping his senior season to enter the draft, where he's expected to be a first-round draft pick. Harry is third in Arizona State history with 213 career receptions and 2,889 yards. He averages 5.76 receptions per game, third among the NCAA active career leaders. Despite facing double teams most of the time, Harry leads the Sun Devils with 73 receptions, 1,088 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. - AP College Football
12/05/18 - Ben Bredeson, Jr/2020, Michigan, 6-4, 320 (DS#4 OG) Michigan offensive guard Ben Bredeson says he plans to return for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft. The second-team, All-Big Ten player told reporters Monday he is doing his due diligence about his future, including having a meeting with coach Jim Harbaugh. Michigan safety Josh Metellus says he has not decided to stay in school or go pro, adding he has to make the decision with his family after getting feedback from the NFL. Defensive end Rashan Gary announced last week he was declaring for the NFL draft. Harbaugh says Gary will not play for the eight-ranked Wolverines against No. 10 Florida on Dec. 29 in the Peach Bowl. - AP College Football
12/05/18 - Justice Hill, Jr/2020, Oklahoma State, 5-10, 190 (DS#2 RB) Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill will skip his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL draft. Coach Mike Gundy announced Monday that Hill will not play against Missouri in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31. Hill made his announcement in a thank you letter to fans, teammates and coaches on social media. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Hill thanked Gundy "for taking a chance on a kid from Tulsa." He added: "You saw something in me when others did not and helped me turn my dreams into a reality." Hill finished his career with 3,539 yards rushing in three seasons, seventh-best in school history. He left the Nov. 10 game against Oklahoma in the first half due to injury and missed the final two regular-season games against West Virginia and TCU. Hill ran for 1,142 yards as a freshman, 1,467 yards as a sophomore. He ran for 930 yards this season. In his best game, he ran for 228 yards and two touchdowns his sophomore season against Oklahoma. - AP College Football
12/05/18 - Will McBride, So/2021, Tennessee, 6-1, 209 (DS#999 QB) Quarterback Will McBride says on social media he's transferring from Tennessee after a season in which he didn't appear in a single game. In a tweet Wednesday announcing his departure, McBride said he'd "learned a lot" during his two years at Tennessee and that "I will always appreciate the memories I made and the relationships I built." McBride added that "Tennessee is a special place with special people." The move leaves Jarrett Guarantano and J.T. Shrout as Tennessee's only scholarship quarterbacks with eligibility remaining. Guarantano started all 12 games for Tennessee this season while Shrout redshirted. Tennessee (5-7) finished its season Saturday with a 38-13 loss at Vanderbilt. McBride played two games for Tennessee as a freshman in 2017. He went 17 of 40 for 152 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown pass. - AP College Football
12/04/18 - Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo/2021, Ohio State, 6-2, 220 (DS#1 QB) QB Dwayne Haskins was named a finalist for the 84th Heisman Trophy. The award for the most outstanding college football player will be presented Saturday (8 p.m. ET) in New York. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma's Kyler Murray were the other finalists.
12/04/18 - Tua Tagovailoa, So/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 218 (DS#2 QB) QB Tua Tagovailoa was named a finalist for the 84th Heisman Trophy. The award for the most outstanding college football player will be presented Saturday (8 p.m. ET) in New York. Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins were the other finalists. Tagovailoa and Murray will meet again at the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 when the No. 1 Crimson Tide and fourth-seeded Sooners square off in a College Football Playoff semifinal contest.
12/04/18 - Kyler Murray, rJr/2020, Oklahoma, 5-10, 195 (DS#6 QB) QB Kyler Murray was named a finalist for the 84th Heisman Trophy. The award for the most outstanding college football player will be presented Saturday (8 p.m. ET) in New York. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins were the other finalists.
Murray and Tagovailoa will meet again at the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 when the fourth-ranked Sooners and No. 1 Crimson Tide square off in a College Football Playoff semifinal contest.
12/04/18 - Josh Allen, Sr/2019, Kentucky, 6-4, 258 (DS#1 OLB) LB Josh Allen was named the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at the Charlotte (N.C.) Touchdown Club on Monday night. Allen became the first Kentucky player to win the award, which goes to the nation's top defensive player.
12/04/18 - A.J. Brown, Jr/2020, Mississippi, 6-1, 230 (DS#1 WR) WR A.J. Brown announced on social media that he will forego his senior college season and make himself available for the 2019 NFL Draft. Since the Rebels did not qualify for a postseason game, Brown does not have to decide whether he would play in a bowl game. NFLDraftScout.com projects in its mock draft that Brown will be the 20th overall selection in the first round of the upcoming draft.
12/01/18 - Marquise Brown, Jr/2020, Oklahoma, 5-10, 168 (DS#3 WR) WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma's leading receiver who has battled an ankle sprain for most of the season, left Saturday's 39-25 victory over Texas with an injury. Brown limped to the bench late in the third quarter after taking a bit hit following a reception. The junior returned to the bench on crutches and in street clothes during the fourth quarter. Sooners coach Lincoln Riley did not have any immediate details, calling it a "lower-body injury.''
12/01/18 - Kelly Bryant, rSr/2020, Missouri, 6-3, 220 (DS#10 QB) QB Kelly Bryant will resume his career in the Southeastern Conference. Bryant has visit a number of schools since deciding to walk away from the Clemson program earlier this season, but the Kansas City Star reported that he has narrowed his decision to Missouri and Auburn. Earlier, this month, Rivals.com reported that Bryant set a date of Dec. 4 to select his graduate transfer destination. Bryant, who announced plans to transfer from Clemson after coach Dabo Swinney chose freshman Trevor Lawrence as the team's starting quarterback in late September, is visiting Auburn this weekend.
12/01/18 - Alan Bowman, Fr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-2, 210 (DS#999 QB) QB Alan Bowman has no plans to transfer from the school. There was speculation about Bowman's future after the university fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired Sunday after the Red Raiders finished 5-7 this season. However, Bowman put to rest any of those worries and said he is eager to work with new head coach Matt Wells, who was hired away from Utah "I'm here for Texas Tech. I love the university, love the team," Bowman said, per the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. "I met with the coaches yesterday, really enjoyed 'em, so I'm excited for it."
12/01/18 - McKenzie Milton, Jr/2020, Central Florida, 5-11, 185 (DS#22 QB) QB McKenzie Milton was released from the hospital one week after suffering a gruesome knee injury. Milton, who was injured in a victory over South Florida on Nov. 23, will watch his team play Memphis in the AAC Championship Game on Saturday with his family at his home in Orlando, Fla. ESPN reported that Milton already has undergone three surgical procedures on his right leg and will have reconstructive knee surgery in four to six weeks.
11/30/18 - Ed Oliver, Jr/2020, Houston, 6-2, 292 (DS#1 DT) DT Ed Oliver has played his final college game. Oliver announced via social media on Friday that he planned to sit out Houston's bowl game in order to concentrate on his preparations for the 2019 NFL Draft. Oliver, the Outland Trophy winner in 2017 as the nation's top interior lineman, endured an injury-plagued junior season with the Cougars. In his most recent mock draft published Nov. 11, Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com projected Oliver to be the third overall pick in the draft.
11/28/18 - Tua Tagovailoa, So/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 218 (DS#2 QB) Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray are among the five finalists named Wednesday for the Walter Camp national player of the award. Joining the two Heisman Trophy contenders as finalists are West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen. Tagovailoa has led the top-ranked Crimson Tide to the Southeastern Conference championship game and has thrown 36 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Murray has the fifth-ranked Sooners in the Big 12 title game and has accounted for 48 touchdowns (37 passing, 11 rushing). The winner will be announced Dec. 6. - AP College Football
11/28/18 - Darrell Henderson, Jr/2020, Memphis, 5-09, 200 (DS#7 RB) Memphis' Darrell Henderson has bigger goals to accomplish, so he doesn't have time to waste celebrating his American Athletic Conference record or his status as the nation's second-leading rusher. Henderson wants to win an AAC championship. Memphis (8-4) carries a four-game winning streak into Saturday's AAC championship game against No. 7 Central Florida (11-0, No. 8 College Football Playoff ). The Knights have won 24 straight games over the last two years but will be playing this week without injured star quarterback McKenzie Milton. The Tigers' opportunity to claim a conference title comes one week after Henderson set the AAC's single-season rushing record.
"It felt good, but I had to flush that because we've got a (chance at a) bigger accomplishment this week," Henderson said. "We've got to go play for the conference championship, so I'm just focused on my team right now. This championship is more important right now." This game represents a second chance for Henderson, whose potential go-ahead 32-yard touchdown run was nullified by a holding penalty in the fourth quarter of a 31-30 loss to UCF last month. Even without that touchdown, Henderson still rushed for 199 yards in that game. "We've just got to play relentless and make sure we finish this game," Henderson said. "We just had too many turnovers and too many mistakes (last time)." Henderson is the biggest reason why Memphis is back in the conference championship game one year after losing quarterback Riley Ferguson and Chicago Bears rookie receiver Anthony Miller, who had formed one of the nation's most dynamic passing combinations. - AP College Football
11/27/18 - Ricky Walker, rSr/2019, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 300 (DS#41 DT) DT Ricky Walker, the only senior starter on defense, is finishing with a flourish. He was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Virginia -- seven tackles, two for loss, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble. He has 43 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, and projects as a late-round pick.
11/27/18 - Jake Fromm, So/2021, Georgia, 6-2, 220 (DS#3 QB) There's a new No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night. Georgia (11-1) moved up after its victory over Georgia Tech last week. The Bulldogs are preparing to take on No. 1 Alabama in Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game. The top three -- Alabama (12-0), No. 2 Clemson (12-0) and No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) -- remained in the same spots this week. Michigan held the No. 4 spot for three weeks until its crushing 62-39 loss at Ohio State on Saturday. The Buckeyes were the biggest movers, climbing from No. 10 to No. 6. They'll play No. 21 Northwestern (8-4) the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night in Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State sits just behind No. 5 Oklahoma (11-1), which faces No. 14 Texas on Saturday for the Big 12 championship. The Sooners edged West Virginia 59-56 last weekend in their regular-season finale. "We spent a lot of time on that one (No. 6)," selection committee chair Rob Mullens said in an interview . "I undestand the defensive efficiencies are there, but they really have an historic offense." - The Sports Xchange
11/27/18 - McKenzie Milton, Jr/2020, Central Florida, 5-11, 185 (DS#22 QB) QB McKenzie Milton's parents provided some encouraging news about their son, who suffered a gruesome leg injury in Friday's victory over South Florida. They reported that blood flow has returned to his leg following Friday's emergency surgery and that reconstructive surgery will be performed at an undetermined time in the future.
11/27/18 - Mitch Hyatt, Sr/2019, Clemson, 6-5, 310 (DS#7 OT) 2018 JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Clemson senior offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt has been voted the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the second consecutive year, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Sunday. The Jacobs Blocking Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953 to the player selected the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of the league's head coaches and defensive coordinators. Hyatt becomes 13th repeat recipient of the award in league history and the first Clemson player to be recognized multiple times. This marks the ninth time in league history that a Tiger has claimed the trophy.
Hyatt, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound native of Suwanee, Georgia, is a four-year starter for the Tigers and has played more snaps from scrimmage than any player in program history. A third-team All-ACC selection as a freshman three years ago and a first-team honoree each of the previous two seasons, Hyatt won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy this year for his role in a Clemson offense leads the ACC and ranks among the nation's top 10 in scoring (45.7 ppg) and total yards per game (539.1). "I'm really proud of Mitch and really happy for him" Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "First of all, he came here with a lot of goals in mind. He came here to make Clemson better, and he's done that. He's leaving here being a part of four ACC Championship Games. He's a three-time champion, hopefully a four-time champion." Hyatt tackle has earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors three times this season. - Clemson Football
11/27/18 - Kelvin Harmon, Jr/2020, North Carolina State, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 WR) 2018 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): WR Kelvin Harmon, Jr., NC State, 164 Votes,...The Wolfpack boasts a pair of first-team all-conference players at wide receiver, the first school in league history to do so, as junior Kelvin Harmon and RS-junior Jakobi Meyers were both honored. Harmon is the lone player in the ACC averaging over 100 yards per game, his mark of 101.7 ranks sixth nationally in the Power-5. With 1,119 yards so far this season, he joins Torry Holt and Jerricho Cotchery as the only players in school history to turn in two 1,000-yard receiving campaigns. - NC State Football
11/27/18 - Ryan Finley, rSr/2019, North Carolina State, 6-3, 212 (DS#3 QB) 2018 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): QB Ryan Finley, Gr., NC State, 130 Votes,...Finley leads the ACC, and ranks seventh nationally, with 307.3 passing yards per game, and also leads the conference with a .674 completion percentage and seven games with at least 300 yards. He is one of just two quarterbacks in school history (and five in ACC history) to turn in three 3,000+-yard passing seasons. - NC State Football
11/27/18 - Jakobi Meyers, rJr/2020, North Carolina State, 6-1, 203 (DS#28 WR) 2018 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): WR Jakobi Meyers, Jr., NC State, 141 Votes,...The Wolfpack boasts a pair of first-team all-conference players at wide receiver, the first school in league history to do so, as junior Kelvin Harmon and RS-junior Jakobi Meyers were both honored. Meyers leads the ACC and ranks sixth nationally with 7.6 receptions per game, and despite missing a game with injury, he is third in the conference with 76 catches. Over his last four games, Meyers has averaged 112.2 yards per game, with three games over 100 yards. - NC State Football