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01/13/19- Deionte Thompson, rJr, Alabama, 6-1, 196
All-America safety Deionte Thompson has joined a growing crowd of Alabama players leaving early for the NFL draft. Thompson announced his decision Sunday on Twitter. He's the sixth Crimson Tide underclassman to announce his decision to leave early. Thompson was a consensus All-American in his first season as the starter. He made 79 tackles and had two interceptions and four forced fumbles. Thompson, who has already graduated, says his experience at Alabama was "undeniably life-changing and an experience that I wouldn't trade for the world." He's widely projected as a potential first-round pick. Cornerback Saivion Smith announced Saturday that he's turning pro. A day earlier, left tackle Jonah Williams, defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr. all declared for the draft. AL.com's Mark Zenitz has also reported a source has released that Linebacker Mack Wilson is another potential Tide player to enter the NFL Draft. - AP College Football

12/29/18- Mike Bell, rJr, Fresno State, 6-3, 203
S Mike Bell announced he is entering the NFL Draft. Bell was a second-team all-conference selection in 2018 after recording 87 tackles and three interceptions in 14 games for Fresno State. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Bell was an MWC honorable mention pick as a sophomore.

11/27/18- Andre Cisco, Fr, Syracuse, 6-0, 199
NOV 26 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Andre Cisco, Syracuse, Fr., S; Valley Stream, N.Y.,...Cisco tallied six tackles and two passes defended, including an interception, in Syracuse's 42-21 victory at Boston College ... Cisco's pick of quarterback Anthony Brown late in the fourth quarter was one of four takeaways for the Syracuse defense ... It was Cisco's seventh interception of the season, the most for any freshman in the FBS, and tied him with BC's Hamp Cheevers for the national lead ... Cisco now has 16 passes defended in 2018, the highest total ever for a Syracuse true freshman. - ACC Football

11/19/18- Alohi Gilman, rSo, Notre Dame, 5-11, 202
NOV 19 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: ALOHI GILMAN, NOTRE DAME, Junior, Safety, Laie, HI/Kahuku,...Alohi Gilman recorded eight tackles (4 solo) and had two interceptions as third-ranked Notre Dame defeated Syracuse, 36-3. Gilman led a Fighting Irish defensive unit that stymied a Syracuse offense, averaging 44.4 points and 482.2 yards per game entering the contest, to just three points and 234 yards. Notes: Alohi Gilman is the ninth Notre Dame player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the third this season, joining defensive teammates Khalid Kareem (Sept. 2) and Jerry Tillery (Sept. 30). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

11/14/18- Brian Williams, rSr, Davenport, 6-0, 190
2018 GLIAC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR: Brian Williams - Davenport,...Davenport senior defensive back Brian Williams has been a major reason for Davenport's increased win total this season. He has emerged as someone with a nose for the football as evidenced by leading the GLIAC in interceptions for the second straight season. He picked off six passes and returned them 89 yards this season while also being credited with six pass breakups. He recorded an interception in four of the final five games of the season. He is also known as a physical player in helping to stop the run with 43 tackles including 31 of the solo variety. He played some of his best games against the top teams in the GLIAC. He recorded a season-high eight tackles with a forced fumble and fumble recovery against Ashland. He also had six tackles and a tackle for loss against Ferris State. Williams will leave DU with 139 career tackles and 13 career interceptions. - Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Football

11/14/18- Connor OBrien, Fr, Chowan, 5-09, 185
2018 CIAA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Connor O'Brien, Chowan,...The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its Football Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association, released the 2018 All-CIAA First, Second, and Honorable Mention Football Teams as well as All-Rookie Team on Friday (11/9) afternoon. Connor O'Brien and Jamal Hampton earned Defensive All-Rookie nods for their play as defensive backs. - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football

11/12/18- Cameron Glenn, rSr, Wake Forest, 6-1, 205
NOV 12 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Cameron Glenn, Wake Forest, Sr., S; Stone Mountain, Ga.,...Glenn had 11 tackles (seven solo, four assists) in Wake Forest's 27-23 win over NC State ... Glenn, who had six career tackles for loss entering the game, had a career-best four TFLs vs. the Wolfpack ... That ties as the most TFLs in a single game by an ACC player in 2018 ... In addition, Glenn had his first career sack and two pass break-ups ... Glenn helped Wake Forest's defense hold NC State to just 47 yards rushing, 103 yards below the Wolfpack's average in ACC games this season. - ACC Football

11/12/18- George Parker, rSr, Chowan, 6-2, 200
2018 ALL-CIAA FIRST TEAM: Defensive Back - George Parker, Chowan,...The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its Football Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association, released the 2018 All-CIAA First, Second, and Honorable Mention Football Teams as well as All-Rookie Team on Friday (11/9) afternoon. George Parker earned All-CIAA First Team honors as a defensive back. Parker became the first defensive back to earn First Team honors and only the second defensive player to do so. Parker finished with five interceptions on the season, second best in the league. - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football

11/12/18- Elvin De La Rosa, So, Fayetteville State, 6-0, 190
2018 ALL-CIAA FIRST TEAM: Defensive Back - Elvin De La Rosa, Fayetteville State,...The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its Football Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association, released the 2018 All-CIAA First, Second, and Honorable Mention Football Teams as well as All-Rookie Team on Friday (11/9) afternoon. 15 Bulldogs Earned 2018 All-Conference Honors. On defense, Sophomore Elvin De La Rosa is on the First Team as a defensive back as well as fellow sophomore Tyeous Shape, who is a punt returner. - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football

11/05/18- Jordan Fuller, Jr, Ohio State, 6-1, 204
S Jordan Fuller was ejected from last Saturday's 36-31 win over Nebraska on a targeting penalty. The suspension will keep him off the field in the first half for this week's game against Michigan State.

11/05/18- Brandon Jones, Jr, Texas, 6-0, 205
DB Brandon Jones, who reinjured his ankle at the team hotel prior to the West Virginia game in what coach Tom Herman keeps calling "a freak deal," is doing everything he can to try to get back. "But if we played today, Brandon would not play," the coach said Monday. "We're hoping he takes a turn for the better here in the coming days."

11/05/18- *Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Jr, Florida, 6-0, 208
DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was active on defense against Missouri with seven tackles, including two for loss and one sack. Gardner-Johnson has been one of UF's top defensive performers this season with 60 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception.

11/05/18- Ugochukwu Amadi, Sr, Oregon, 5-10, 201
NOV 5 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ugochukwu Amadi, Sr., S, Oregon (Nashville, Tenn.),...Gave Oregon a 7-0 lead against UCLA with a 56-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter, which marked Oregon's first punt return for a TD since 2015 at Michigan State...Averaging 24.1 yards per punt return this season (8 returns). Four of Amadi's eight punt returns on the season have gone for over 20 yards while he is tied for the national lead with two returns of 50-plus yards...Amadi is the only FBS player in the nation with a punt return TD and a pick-6...Also added three tackles, including one for loss, in the win over UCLA...Also nominated: Lucas Havrisik, PK, ARIZ; Tyler Fancis, PK, COLO; Matt Gay, PK, UTAH. - Pac-12 Football

10/29/18- Reed Blankenship, So, Middle Tennessee, 6-1, 195
OCT 29 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Middle Tennessee sophomore S Reed Blankenship turned in his best game as a Blue Raider in leading Middle Tennessee to a 51-17 victory at Old Dominion last Saturday. Blankenship had a career-high 17 tackles (9 solo), one sack, three tackles for loss and a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. His 100-yard INT return proved to be a 14-point swing and a game-changer just before halftime. Trailing 24-10, ODU was yards away from moving to within one score and getting the ball coming out to start the second half. However, Blankenship's interception and 100-yard return staked the Blue Raiders to a 31-10 halftime lead. The 100-yard return equaled the longest in Middle Tennessee and C-USA history and garnered the No. 2 spot on ESPN's Plays of the Day list. - Conference USA Football

10/29/18- James Wiggins, rSo, Cincinnati, 6-0, 202
OCT 29 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: James Wiggins, Cincinnati, So., S, Homestead, Fla.,...Wiggins made the game-winning play in overtime to give Cincinnati a 26-20 win at SMU, keeping the Bearcats a game out of first place in the American Athletic Conference East Division. With the Bearcats on defense to start overtime, Wiggins picked off a third-down pass over the middle and returned it 86 yards for a touchdown. Wiggins leads the Bearcats with three interceptions and scored his first career touchdown. - American Athletic Conference Football

10/29/18- Cameron Glenn, rSr, Wake Forest, 6-1, 205
OCT 29 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Cameron Glenn, Wake Forest, Sr., FS, Stone Mountain, Ga.,...Glenn tied for the team lead with 13 tackles, including nine solos and four assists in Saturday's 56-35 win at Louisville ... Glenn also forced a fumble that led to Carlos Basham Jr.'s recovery and 23-yard touchdown return. - ACC Football

10/23/18- Nassir Adderley, Sr, Delaware, 5-11, 200
OCT CAA FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nasir Adderley, Sr., KR/S, Delaware (Philadelphia, Pa./Great Valley)...Adderley became the first Delaware player to return a kickoff for a touchdown since 2013 in the Blue Hens' 38-14 triumph at New Hampshire. The senior capped UD's scoring with a 92-yard return early in the fourth quarter. It was the first kickoff return of the season for Adderley, who also contributed five tackles from his safety position. - CAA Football

10/23/18- DAngelo Amos, rSo, James Madison, 6-0, 180
OCT 15 CAA FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D'Angelo Amos, So., PR/S, James Madison (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook)...Amos returned three punts for a CAA-record 183 yards and two touchdowns in James Madison's 37-0 victory at Villanova. The sophomore found the end zone twice in a 2:10 span of the third quarter, tying a school record with an 89-yard return followed by an 81-yard return. Amos has three punt returns for TD's this season and leads the nation in punt return average (30.1 avg). - Colonial Athletic Association Football

10/23/18- DAngelo Amos, rSo, James Madison, 6-0, 180
SEPT 10 CAA FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D'Angelo Amos, So., PR, James Madison (Richmond ,Va./West Point Prep)...Amos averaged 51.5 yards on two punt returns in James Madison's weather-shortened 17-0 victory at Norfolk State. The sophomore broke loose for a 76-yard touchdown on his first return and later added a 27-yard return. The TD was the second of his career and the 7th-longest in JMU history. - Colonial Athletic Association Football

10/16/18- Jawian Harrison, rSr, Weber State, 5-10, 180
OCT 15 BIG SKY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Weber State's Jawian Harrison was a key factor in the Wildcats keeping third-ranked Eastern Washington out of the endzone. Harrison tallied nine tackles - five solo - and 1.5 tackles for loss. The senior picked off an Eagle pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter to stop an Eastern Washington drive. The Wildcats held Eastern Washington to its lowest point total all season - previously 24, and without a touchdown scored in a game for the first time since 2008. Other Nominees for ROOT SPORTS Defensive Player of the Week: Calin Criner, UI; Kody Graves, ISU; Grant Collins, MSU; Montre Brown, PSU; Taylor Nelson, SUU. - Big Sky Conference Football

10/14/18- DAngelo Amos, rSo, James Madison, 6-0, 180
D'Angelo Amos returned two punts of more than 80 yards for touchdowns, Ethan Ratke kicked three field goals and James Madison rebounded from a stinging loss with a 37-0 shutout of Villanova on Saturday. It was a record-setting day for Amos as his 89-yard punt return in the third quarter matched Gary Clark for the longest in school history, and his 81-yarder just two minutes later made him the first JMU player to return two punts for scores in a game. The Dukes (5-2, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association), ranked sixth in an FCS poll, held Villanova (3-4, 0-4) to 157 yards of offense while picking up 302 and were 5 for 5 in the red zone. James Madison was upended 27-24 by Elon a week ago, snapping a 19-game home win streak - its first home loss since 2015 - and a seven-game streak against the Phoenix. - AP College Football

10/10/18- Lukas Denis, Sr, Boston College, 5-11, 185
S Lukas Denis, rated as the No. 2 free safety in the country on NFLDraftScout.com's prospect list, has also been seeing time at cornerback.

10/09/18- Verkedric Vaughns, rSr, Baylor, 5-10, 193
S Verkedric Vaughns missed the Kansas State with an ankle injury. Coach Matt Rhule said he could have played and was suited up on an as-needed basis against Kansas State. The Baylor coach said he expects Vaughns back this week.

10/08/18- Damar Hamlin, Jr, Pittsburgh, 6-0, 195
OCT 8 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Damar Hamlin, Pitt, Jr., FS, McKees Rocks, Pa.,...Hamlin collected a career-high 14 tackles in Pitt's 44-37 overtime win over Syracuse ... Played a key role in helping to limit the Orange to 195 passing yards, its lowest output of the season. - ACC Football

10/01/18- Marvell Tell III, Sr, Southern California, 6-2, 195
OCT 1 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marvell Tell III, Sr., S, USC (Pasadena, Calif)...Tell blocked a 38-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half, points that could have been crucial in USC's 24-20 victory over Arizona...As the starting free safety, Tell also had four tackles, including one for a loss, and grabbed USC's first interception of 2018. Also nominated: Brandon Ruiz, PK, ASU; Jake Bailey, P, STAN; JJ Molson, K, UCLA; Mitch Wishnowsky, P, UTAH. - Pac-12 Football

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