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02/15/19- Ben Holt, rSr, Purdue, 5-10, 224
Purdue is expected to add depth to a much-needed position during the offseason. Ben Holt, who played three seasons at Western Kentucky, confirmed to the Journal & Courier through email that he plans to join the Boilermakers in the summer as a graduate transfer. Holt is the son of co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Nick Holt, who came to Purdue with head coach Jeff Brohm after the 2016 season. The coaching staff isn't permitted to comment about Ben Holt until he enrolls in classes at Purdue. Holt, one the Hilltoppers' captains last season, said he'll graduate from WKU in May. He said he'll be on scholarship with the Boilermakers. Purdue has been thin at linebacker for several years and adding the 5-10, 220-pound Holt helps beef up the depth chart. With Derrick Barnes moving to the program's Leo position - a hybrid linebacker/defensive end - the Boilermakers need more linebackers. For spring practice, Purdue will have Markus Bailey, Jack Smith, Jaylan Alexander and possibly Barnes along with a group of walk-ons. Look for a lot of shuffling at the linebacker position since Cornel Jones will miss spring practice after undergoing foot surgery. He is expected to be ready for training camp in August. - Lafayette Journal & Courier

01/14/19- *Devin White, Jr, LSU, 6-0, 240
LSU All-America and Butkus Award-winning linebacker Devin White says he has decided to enter the 2019 NFL draft and forgo his remaining season of eligibility to play for the Tigers. White, who made the announcement in a video released Monday on social media, is the third player from the 2018 Tigers to leave school early to turn pro, joining defensive back Greedy Williams and interior defensive lineman Ed Alexander. White led LSU this season with 123 solo or assisted tackles, including 12 tackles for losses and three sacks. He also forced three fumbles and recovered two, and broke up six passes. In his video, White, a Louisiana native, thanks LSU, coaches and fans for "sweet memories" and "unwavering support" that he will "cherish forever." White also offers special thanks to coach Ed Orgeron for treating like a son and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda for helping mold him into the Tigers' first Butkus Award winner. He also says he intends to eventually complete the requirements needed to graduate. - AP College Football

01/14/19- *Mack Wilson, Jr, Alabama, 6-1, 239
Alabama middle linebacker Mack Wilson is entering the NFL draft. Wilson becomes the seventh Crimson Tide player and fourth defender to declare for the draft since losing to Clemson in the national title game. The junior announced his intentions on Twitter Sunday evening. Wilson made 71 tackles with five for a loss and had two interceptions last season. The Montgomery, Alabama product played in 42 games over the past two seasons and had 119 career tackles. - AP College Football

01/09/19- *Tre Lamar, Jr, Clemson, 6-2, 255
Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen is headed to the NFL draft. Mullen and fellow Tigers starter linebacker Tre Lamar announced their intentions Wednesday to forego their senior seasons to turn pro. The two are the first of what's expected to be several defensive starters who will leave the school for the NFL draft. Lamar is a 6-4, 255-pound junior who was third on Clemson with 80 tackles. Several other Clemson players, including defensive end Clelin Ferrell and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, have not announced whether they will turn pro. Players have until Monday to decide. - AP College Football

01/02/19- Shaquille Quarterman, Jr, Miami (FL), 6-0, 235
Miami linebacker Shaquille Quarterman has decided the NFL can wait. Quarterman announced Tuesday that he is returning to the Hurricanes for his final season of eligibility. His decision means all three Miami primary linebackers this season - Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Zach McCloud - will be back in 2019 for their senior year. Keeping Quarterman and Pinckney was a top priority for new Miami coach Manny Diaz, who was hired Sunday night hours after Mark Richt retired. Pinckney said Monday that he was staying, and McCloud ended speculation about his future last month. Quarterman has started all 39 games Miami has played in his first three seasons, with 249 tackles in that span. - AP College Football

12/29/18- *Jeff Allison, Jr, Fresno State, 5-11, 242
LB Jeff Allison announced he is entering the NFL Draft. Allison was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year after registering 132 tackles and a pair of interceptions in earning first-team all-conference honors for the second straight season.

12/19/18- *Devin Bush, Jr, Michigan, 5-11, 233
Michigan linebacker Devin Bush is skipping his senior season and entering the NFL draft. Bush announced his decision on Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, the opening day of the early signing period. The junior earned Associated Press All-America second team and Big Ten defensive player of the year honors this year. He also finished third in voting for the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker. Bush led the Wolverines with 79 tackles and ranked second on the team with nine tackles for losses and five sacks before his season ended with a hip injury against Ohio State. Bush says he hasn't been cleared to practice or play for No. 8 Michigan against No. 10 Florida in the Peach Bowl, adding the injury pushed him to think hard about his future. - AP College Football

12/17/18- *Quarte Sapp, rJr, Tennessee, 6-1, 223
Tennessee linebacker Quart'e Sapp says he's bypassing his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Sapp tweeted out a video announcing his intentions Friday, the same day he earned his degree. After making 78 tackles to rank fourth on the team last season, Sapp had 29 tackles in a reduced role under a new coaching staff this year. Following a loss to Florida, Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said he asked Sapp to leave the sideline after the linebacker refused a request to enter the game. Sapp tweeted the next day that "I never was asked nor did I ever refuse to go into the game." Pruitt called Sapp "a great ambassador to our program" two days after that game. Sapp thanked Pruitt in the video he released Friday. - AP College Football

11/27/18- Ryan Guthrie, Sr, Syracuse, 6-1, 224
NOV 26 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Ryan Guthrie, Syracuse, Sr., LB; Cumming, Ga.,...Guthrie tied his career high with 12 tackles, including one for a loss, in Syracuse's 42-21 victory at Boston College ... It was Guthrie's fifth double-digit tackle game of the season, and his third game with a minimum of 10 tackles in the Orange's last four contests ... The Eagles managed just 105 yards on the ground, well below their season average of 196.7 yards per game coming into Saturday's contest ... The ACC weekly honor is Guthrie's second of the season. - ACC Football

11/27/18- Cooper Edmiston, Jr, Tulsa, 6-2, 237
NOV 26 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Cooper Edmiston, Tulsa, Jr., LB,...Had 10 tackles and his fourth interception of the season in a 27-24 win against SMU. - American Athletic Conference Football

11/24/18- *Devin Bush, Jr, Michigan, 5-11, 233
LB Devin Bush, who is projected to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft, left Saturday's loss to Ohio State with a leg injury. Bush was helped off the field during the third quarter and could not put any weight on his left leg. The 5-11, 232-pound Pembroke Pines, Fla., is projected to be the No. 31 pick in the 2019 draft by Rob Rang, senior analyst at NFLDraftScout.com.

11/19/18- Aaron Berry, Sr, Azusa Pacific, 6-1, 225
2018 GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Aaron Berry, Azusa Pacific,...Berry, a three-year starter at linebacker for Azusa Pacific, was also named first team for the second consecutive season after earning second-team honors in 2016. Berry finished third in the GNAC with 8.5 tackles per game (93 total) and spent much of the season among the NCAA Division II leaders in solo tackles with 55. He tied for first in the GNAC with 1.45 tackles for loss per game and also had three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries to lead the Cougars as they finished at 8-3 overall and qualified for the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the second time in three years. - Great Northwest Athletic Conference Football

11/19/18- Moses Finau, Fr, Humboldt State, 6-1, 240
2018 GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Moses Finau, Humboldt State,...In Humboldt State's final season on the gridiron, freshman linebacker Moses Finau shined to become the conference's Freshman of the Year. Finau finished fourth in the GNAC with eight tackles per game, was third with 1.30 tackles per game (13 total) and fifth with 0.45 sacks per game (4.5 total). Finau led the Lumberjacks with 82 tackles and had one of the team's nine interceptions. - Great Northwest Athletic Conference Football

11/14/18- Levi Jones, So, Southern California, 6-2, 220
Southern California linebacker Levi Jones has been dismissed from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Coach Clay Helton announced Jones' departure from the Trojans after practice Tuesday night. Jones is a sophomore from Austin, Texas, who has played in eight games this season. He has 13 tackles, including three for losses. Helton says Jones was suspended from last weekend's loss to California for the rules violation, but refused to provide more details. Online records with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department indicate Jones was arrested July 8 in Pasadena. Jones is the son of Robert Jones, the Dallas Cowboys' three-time Super Bowl-winning linebacker, and the nephew of former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake. - AP College Football

11/14/18- *David Long Jr., rJr, West Virginia, 5-11, 230
The Mountaineers' leading tackler is coming off his best game of the season. He had four tackles for loss and three sacks in a rout of TCU last week. The fourth-year junior is undersized at 5-foot-11 and 221 pounds, but in the Big 12 his quickness allows him to stay on the field against spread offenses. Long, one of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker, is second in the nation in tackles for loss per game with 1.94 and the leader of the third-best defense (5.23 yards per play) in a conference where stops are hard to come by. What they are saying: "You can't block him. He keeps his feet. He keeps getting banged up and still makes tackles." - West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. - AP College Football

11/14/18- Tyrone Glanton, rSr, Virginia Union, 5-10, 240
2018 ALL-CIAA SECOND TEAM: Linebacker - Tyrone Glanton, Virginia Union,...Virginia Union's Khari Johnson, Tyrone Glanton, Quantaye Battle, Taj Conway and Jaiden Reavis were named Second Team All-CIAA. Glanton, a senior linebacker from Miami, Fla., recorded 66 tackles for the Panthers this season. - Virginia Union Football

11/12/18- Joe Dineen Jr., rSr, Kansas, 6-2, 232
NOV 12 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Joe Dineen Jr., LB, R-Sr., Kansas,...KU's Dineen led the Jayhawk defense at Kansas State with nine total tackles, including eight solo hits, to go along with 2.5 tackles-for-loss. - Big 12 football

11/12/18- Devon Hunt, Jr, Shaw, 6-0, 220
2018 ALL-CIAA FIRST TEAM: Linebacker - Devon Hunt, Shaw,...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. Hunt led the CIAA in tackles per game with an average of 9.8 and a total of 98 on the season. He was a 3X CIAA Linebacker of the Week and finished 2018 with 15.5 tackle for losses, four interceptions, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and a pick six. The Bears concluded the 2018 season 5-5 overall and 4-2 in CIAA action and placed second overall in the Southern Division with a mark of 4-1 under the leadership of head coach Adrian Jones in third season. - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football

11/12/18- Nigel Peele, So, Fayetteville State, 6-0, 230
2018 ALL-CIAA HONORABLE MENTION: Linebacker - Nigel Peele, 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. Honorable Mention awardees were tight end Christopher Brooks, offensive lineman Jaylan Galloway, defensive lineman Jalen Cousar, and linebacker Nigel Peele. - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football

11/11/18- Devon Hunt, Jr, Shaw, 6-0, 220
2018 CIAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Devon Hunt, Shaw,...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. Hunt led the CIAA in tackles per game with an average of 9.8 and a total of 98 on the season. He was a 3X CIAA Linebacker of the Week and finished 2018 with 15.5 tackle for losses, four interceptions, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and a pick six. - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football

11/11/18- Dante Olson, rJr, Montana, 6-2, 237
Dalton Sneed threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns, linebacker Dante Olson set a program record and Montana beat Idaho 46-27 on Saturday for the Little Brown Stein. Sneed threw for 182 yards and three touchdowns in the first half to help Montana build a 36-6 lead. Samuel Akem had two scoring grabs - for the fifth time this season - in the first half. Olson's eighth tackle of the game broke the Montana program record for tackles in a single season with 131. He finished with 10 to remain the nation's leading tackler. Montana (5-5, 4-3 Big Sky) scored 29 unanswered points in the first half with two 50-plus yard scoring plays. Akem scored from 52 yards out and Gabe Sulser 59. Idaho native Jerry Louie-McGee scored his first career rushing touchdown from 13-yards out. Samori Toure secured a fourth-quarter onside kick and almost returned it for a score, setting Montana up at the 30. Mason Petrino passed for 310 yards and two touchdowns for Idaho (4-6, 3-5), which lost its first game at home this year. Isaiah Saunders rushed for 123 yards in front of the Vandals' largest home crowd, 14,571, since Oct. 18, 2014. - AP College Football

11/07/18- Malcolm Cook, rSr, Virginia, 6-1, 240
Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall says sixth-year linebacker Malcolm Cook has decided to end his playing career. Mendenhall says the oft-injured Cook will have a medical procedure for a sports hernia that would cause him to miss the remainder of the season. Cook has appeared in four games this season and accounted for 20 tackles. During 19 career games, he amassed 70 total tackles and two sacks. Cook missed the entire 2016 season due to a medical condition. He returned in 2017 and appeared in nine games with six starts. - AP College Football

11/06/18- *Devin Bush, Jr, Michigan, 5-11, 233
Michigan moved into the fourth spot of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, behind Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame. Georgia was next at five, followed by Oklahoma. The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted themselves. The top-four teams in the final rankings Dec. 2 will play in the national semifinals. The Crimson Tide easily dispatched LSU from the top four, beating the Tigers 29-0. LSU, though, only dropped to No. 7 after its second loss, ahead of Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State - all with only one loss. Selection committee chairman Rob Mullens noted LSU's three victories against teams the committee has ranked this week (Mississippi State, Auburn and Georgia). "Their defense is extremely strong," said Mullens, the Oregon athletic director. "Their two losses come against No. 1 Alabama, on the road to Florida." Unbeaten Notre Dame moved up one spot to No. 3, and Michigan jumped a spot after a 42-7 victory against Penn State. - AP College Football

11/05/18- Dalton Hicks, Jr, Kent State, 5-11, 220
NOV 5 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kent State LB Dalton Hicks,...Kent State junior linebacker Dalton Hicks (Delphos, Ohio) led the Flashes with a career-high 14 tackles in a 35-28 win at Bowling Green on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Hicks made six solo tackles and had a pass breakup as Kent State held Bowling Green to just 86 yards rushing. - MAC Football

11/05/18- Joe Bachie, Jr, Michigan State, 6-1, 238
NOV 5 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Joe Bachie, Michigan State, Jr., LB, Brook Park, Ohio/Berea,...Recorded seven tackles, including two tackles for loss, in the team's victory over Maryland...Forced three fumbles, broke up two passes and recovered a fumble in the contest...Anchored a defense that held Maryland to 100 total yards and nine first downs...Receives his third career Defensive Player of the Week honor and first since 2017...Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Khari Willis (Oct. 15, 2018). - Big Ten Football

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