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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, 221
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, 6-1, 235
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

10/29/18- Evan Weaver, Jr, California, 6-2, 245
OCT 19 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Evan Weaver, Jr., ILB, California (Spokane, Wash.),...Weaver keyed Cal's 12-10 upset victory over No. 15 Washington by returning the first interception of his collegiate career 37 yards for a touchdown. The score was Cal's only touchdown of the game as the Golden Bears won for the first time without scoring an offensive touchdown since Sept. 26, 1998...He finished with a team-high 11 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards), the interception and one pass breakup. He was instrumental in Cal's defense limiting Washington to 242 yards of total offense (91 rush, 151 pass). Washington entered the game averaging 430.5 yards total offense per game...Weaver currently ranks fifth nationally with an average of 6.5 solo tackles per game while he is 17th in total tackles (10.8 per game). Also Nominated: Colin Schooler, LB, ARIZ; Merlin Robertson, LB, ASU; Nate Landman, ILB, COLO; Alijah Holder, DB, STAN; Cody Barton, LB, UTAH. - Pac-12 Football

10/23/18- Devin White, Jr, LSU, 6-0, 240
LB Devin White will miss the first half of Saturday's game against Alabama when it was determined LSU had no grounds on which to appeal a controversial targeting call on White. "Discussions with the SEC made clear there is no process for appeal," LSU senior associate athletic director Robert Munson told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "The suspension will stand."

10/23/18- Troy Reeder, rSr, Delaware, 6-2, 245
OCT 22 CAA FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Troy Reeder, Sr., LB, Delaware (Hockessin, Del./Salesianum)...Reeder contributed a team-high 12 tackles, 3.0 TFL, a sack, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt in Delaware's 38-14 victory at New Hampshire. He spearheaded a Blue Hens' defense that held UNH to 190 total yards and one touchdown. The blocked punt and fumble recovery led directly to 10 points as Delaware won its third straight game. - CAA Football

10/23/18- Luke Nelson, Jr, Northern Colorado, 5-11, 230
OCT 22 BIG SKY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Colorado's Luke Nelson, a linebacker for the Bears, helped guide Northern Colorado to its first win of the season in a 42-14 win over Northern Arizona. He finished the game with nine tackles, eight of them solo as the Bears held the Lumberjacks scoreless in the second quarter. Nelson forced a fumble that led to a team safety to begin the second half and tie the game at 14-14. He also had an interception that led to a touchdown, as it aided in a 36-14 lead. The Bears outscored the Lumberjacks 30-0 in the second half. Other Nominees for ROOT SPORTS Defensive Player of the Week: Denzal Brantley, UI; Adkin Aguirre, ISU; Taylor Nelson, SUU; Jordan Preator, WSU. - Big Sky Conference Football

10/23/18- Troy Reeder, rSr, Delaware, 6-2, 245
OCT 15 CAA FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Troy Reeder, Sr., LB, Delaware (Hockessin, Del./Salesianum)...Reeder recorded a season-high 15 tackles, a career-best 4.5 tackles for loss and a sack as Delaware knocked off No. 5 Elon, 28-16. The senior linebacker paced a Blue Hens' defense that limited Elon to 289 total yards and held the Phoenix to their lowest point total versus an FCS foe. Reeder's sack ended an Elon drive in the fourth quarter and clinched UD's first win over a Top 5 team since 2010. - Colonial Athletic Association Football

10/23/18- Deshawn Stevens, rSo, Maine, 6-0, 250
OCT 8 CAA FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Deshawn Stevens, So., LB, Maine (Toronto, Ontario/Kent School)...Stevens recorded a team-high eight tackles, a career-best 2.5 TFL and a career-high 2.0 sacks to help No. 25 Maine edge No. 19 Villanova, 13-10. The sophomore linebacker was part of a dominant effort by the Black Bears' defense, which held Villanova to just 181 total yards. Stevens has made at least eight tackles in four of his five contests. - Colonial Athletic Association Football

10/23/18- Gavin Bryant, rSr, Eastern Kentucky, 6-0, 232
OCT 14 OHIO VALLEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gavin Bryant, LB, 6-1, 232, Sr., Jackson, Ala., Eastern Kentucky,...In a game decided by one point, Bryant had game-high 11 tackles and a sack plus picked up a fumble in the first quarter and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown. Brant also added a pair of quarterback hurries as EKU topped UT Martin 35-34 to improve to 2-1 in OVC play. Others Nominated: Juantarius Bryant, Austin Peay; Yul Gowdy, Jacksonville State; Quincy Williams, Murray State; Zach Hall, Southeast Missouri. - OVC Football

10/23/18- Shayne Lawless, rSr, Stony Brook, 6-0, 225
SEPT 17 CAA FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Shayne Lawless, Sr., LB, Stony Brook (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown)...Lawless contributed five tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry in Stony Brook's 28-6 victory at Fordham. The senior linebacker was part of a dominant defensive effort from the Seawolves, who held Fordham to -7 yards rushing and 238 yards overall while keeping the Rams off the scoreboard until the final three minutes of the game. - Colonial Athletic Association Football

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