12/14/18- Benny Snell Jr., Jr, Kentucky, 5-10, 223 RB Benny Snell, considered one of the best players in Wildcats' history, announced on Friday that he will skip his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
However, Snell said he first will play for the Wildcats against Penn State in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day. "To the BBN, you've become a part of my family," Snell said in a video posted on Twitter. "You took a kid in from Ohio and made it feel like home, but there comes a time you have to leave home to build a life of your own. That's what I'm about to do. I have decided to enter the NFL draft and pursue a dream I have had as long as I can remember. I will be taking some of the best memories of my life with me." Snell was an unheralded recruit who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons and helped the Wildcats to a bowl game for the third consecutive season. He has 3,754 yards in his career and was selected first-team All-Southeastern Conference this year. The Athletic ranks Snell as the No. 10 running back in the 2019 draft class.
12/12/18- Darrell Henderson, Jr, Memphis, 5-09, 200 RB Darrell Henderson, a unanimous All-American, announced Wednesday he will enter the NFL Draft. The junior, while perhaps lacking an elite package of size and breakaway speed, possesses excellent vision, subtle shifts and has an effective stiff-arm to weave his way through defenses. Memphis hasn't had a back this talented since the Pittsburgh Steelers made DeAngelo Williams the 27th overall pick in 2006.
12/10/18- Antoine Wesley, , Texas Tech, 5-08, 175 WR Antoine Wesley declared Monday for the NFL Draft. He came almost out of nowhere as a junior with 88 catches for 1,410 yards and nine TDs.
12/07/18- Pooka Williams Jr., Fr, Kansas, 5-10, 170 RB Pooka Williams was suspended by the school after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery. Williams was arrested by Kansas University police Thursday afternoon, leading to his suspension from the program. "We are aware of a reported incident involving Pooka Williams and we are taking these allegations very seriously," Jayhawks coach Les Miles said in a statement Friday, per the Kansas City Star. "We have suspended Pooka from all team-related activities pending further investigation." Williams had a standout first year for Kansas, rushing for 1,125 yards and seven touchdowns on 161 carries. He also had 33 receptions and two scores.
12/05/18- Justice Hill, Jr, Oklahoma State, 5-10, 190 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
11/28/18- Darrell Henderson, Jr, Memphis, 5-09, 200 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- Reggie Gallaspy Jr., Sr, North Carolina State, 5-10, 235 2018 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): RB Reggie Gallaspy Jr., Sr., NC State, 49 Votes,...RB Reggie Gallaspy, Jr., was named a third-team selection. He ranks second in the ACC with 16 rushing TDs this season, also the second-best mark among Power-5 schools. Gallaspy is the reigning ACC Running Back of the Week after tying the NC State school record with five rushing scores in the OT win at North Carolina, to go along with a career-best 129 yards. - NC State Football
11/27/18- Cade Carney, Jr, Wake Forest, 5-10, 215 NOV 26 ACC CO-RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Cade Carney, Wake Forest, Jr., RB; Advance, N.C.,...Carney rushed a career-high 31 times for a career-best 223 yards and two touchdowns in Wake Forest's 59-7 win at Duke ... Carney scored on runs of 5 and 12 yards ... Rushed for 118 yards in the first half and 105 in the second half ... It was his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and the fifth of his career. - ACC Football
11/27/18- Reggie Gallaspy Jr., Sr, North Carolina State, 5-10, 235 NOV 26 ACC CO-RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Reggie Gallaspy Jr., NC State, Sr., RB; High Point, N.C.,...Gallaspy tied a school record with five rushing touchdowns in the Wolfpack's 34-28 overtime win at North Carolina on Saturday ... The five rushing touchdowns in a game are the most by any player in a Power 5 conference this year and tied for the most ever against UNC (most since 1975) ... Gallaspy rushed for a career-high 129 yards on 27 carries (4.8 yards per carry) ... One of his touchdowns came on a season-best 34-yard run. - ACC Football
11/27/18- Darrell Henderson, Jr, Memphis, 5-09, 200 NOV 26 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Darrell Henderson, Memphis, Jr., RB,...Rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in a 52-31 win against Houston to clinch The American's West Division title. - American Athletic Conference Football
11/27/18- Greg McCrae, So, Central Florida, 5-09, 175 NOV 26 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Greg McCrae, UCF, So., RB,...Completed 13 of 25 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing TD in a 38-13 win against No. 19 Cincinnati, the Knights' 23rd straight victory. - American Athletic Conference Football
11/27/18- Travis Etienne, So, Clemson, 5-10, 200 No. 2 Clemson placed five players on the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-league team. Running back Travis Etienne received a league-best 174 points in results announced Monday and determined by a vote of 46 media members and the league's 14 head coaches. Players received three points for a first-team vote, two for a second-team vote and one for a third-team selection. Etienne, who leads the conference with 1,307 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns, was joined by four repeat selections from 2017: offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt and defensive linemen Clelen Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence. North Carolina State's Ryan Finley was the first-team selection at quarterback and was joined in the backfield by Etienne and Boston College's AJ Dillon. - AP College Football
11/24/18- AJ Dillon, So, Boston College, 6-0, 245 RB A.J. Dillon was knocked out of Saturday's game against No. 20 Syracuse due to an ankle injury. Dillon had rushed for 56 yards on 12 carries before aggravating an ankle injury that had forced him to sit out two games earlier this season. ESPN reported that Dillon was unlikely to return for the second half but Boston College ruled him out for the remainder of the game moments later. The 6-foot, 245-pound Dillon rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries last week at Florida State to become the first running back in school history with 1,000-yard seasons as both a freshman and a sophomore.
11/24/18- Myles Gaskin, Sr, Washington, 5-09, 193 Chris Petersen walked away from the party happening in the end zone where the Apple Cup was being passed around by his players for the sixth straight year. He reached down and grabbed a chunk of the snow that blanketed the turf of Martin Stadium and fired back at the snowballs being flung his way from his two sons. There was plenty of celebrating by Washington's coach and his players - snow angels, snowball fights - after the Huskies continued their dominance over Washington State in an Apple Cup the purple and gold won't soon forget. "I've heard it sucks to lose to the Cougs. I'm glad I don't have to experience it," Washington quarterback Jake Browning said.
Myles Gaskin broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and No. 16 Washington won its second Pac-12 North Division title in three years, beating No. 7 Washington State 28-15 on Friday night. With blustery winds blowing in waves of snow, Gaskin found enough traction to carry the Huskies into the Pac-12 championship game and ruin yet again the title hopes of Washington State. It was the third straight year the Huskies denied Washington State the North crown. Gaskin rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns, a year after running for 192 and four scores against the Cougars. He was the best player on the field on a night Washington needed its senior ball carrier to be just that. - AP College Football
11/24/18- CJ Verdell, rFr, Oregon, 5-09, 201 Oregon coach Mario Cristobal says redshirt freshman running back CJ Verdell is just "scratching the surface" for what he can become. Verdell ran for 187 yards and four touchdowns, and also caught a scoring pass as Oregon defeated Oregon State 55-15 Friday in a Civil War victory that was marred by quarterback Justin Herbert's first-half injury. Herbert threw for 102 yards and a touchdown before he appeared to injure his shoulder or upper arm on a sack and left the field on a cart. The Ducks (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12) now await bowl selection having already been eliminated from contention for a berth in the conference championship game. Verdell's five touchdowns were the most for a Duck since 2012. Travis Dye ran for 199 yards and two additional touchdowns for Oregon. "He just keeps on getting better and better," Cristobal said about Verdell.
The loss ended the season for the Beavers (2-10, 1-8) in coach Jonathan Smith's first year as coach.
"The game itself, you can look at it from a lot of different reasons for it not going our way - in the run game, both sides of the ball, rough. Opportunity to finish some drives, we didn't do it. Momentum, never really came on our side," Smith said. "So that is not the standard. We are going to continue to work and look forward to building on this thing." It may have been the final Civil War for Herbert, who could forgo his senior year to declare for the NFL draft. He is widely considered one of the top prospects at the position, but could opt to stay at Oregon for the chance to play with his younger brother Patrick, a four-star tight end who has committed to the Ducks. Herbert was replaced by backup Braxton Burmeister for the second half. Ducks coach Mario Cristobal said afterward he would not have an update on Herbert's condition until the junior QB got back to Eugene for additional tests. - AP College Football
11/24/18- Darrell Henderson, Jr, Memphis, 5-09, 200 Junior Darrell Henderson rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns - setting a conference rushing record - and Memphis rallied past Houston 52-31 on Friday to set up a rematch of last season's American Athletic Conference championship game with No. 8 UCF. Henderson set the single-season rushing record, passing the previous mark of 1,629 by Tulsa's James Flanders in 2016. Memphis (8-4, 5-3) trailed Houston 21-17 at halftime, but rushed for five touchdowns in the second half and scored 21 unanswered points to close it out. The Tigers rushed for 401 yards, with 277 in the second half after Houston star DT Ed Oliver left the game with what coach Major Applewhite said after the game was a knee injury.
Sam Craft opened the second-half scoring with a 28-yard run, Tony Pollard went in from 6 yards out, Patrick Taylor Jr. had a short TD run and Henderson capped it with a 63-yard sprint and a short plunge to help the Tigers pull away. Memphis lost to UCF 62-55 in double overtime in the title game last year and fell 31-30 to UCF earlier this season. Gleson Sprewell made two interceptions for Houston (8-4, 5-3), returning one 63 yards to cap the first-half scoring. The Cougars have scored 30-plus points in 12 straight games, ranking second among FBS active teams behind UCF with 23. Oliver was seen getting emotional on the sideline in the second half. - AP College Football
11/24/18- Tra Minter, Jr, South Alabama, 5-09, 200 Tra Minter ran for a career-high 203 yards and Cole Garvin and Evan Orth each threw a long touchdown pass to Jamarius Way to help South Alabama hold off Coastal Carolina 31-28 on Friday. Minter, a junior who had never had a 100-yard rushing game, had 24 carries and added two catches for 49 yards for the Jaguars (3-9, 2-6 Sun Belt Conference), who snapped a four-game skid. South Alabama took a 3-0 lead on Gavin Patterson's 32-yard field goal on its first possession and stretched the advantage to 10-0 on Garvin's 45-yard hookup with Way following a lost fumble by Coastal Carolina. The Jaguars upped their lead to 17-0 when backup quarterback Orth hit Way for a 73-yard scoring strike 1:32 into the second quarter.
Isaiah Likely hauled in a 31-yard pass from Bryce Carpenter to pull the Chanticleers (5-7, 2-6) within 17-7, but Kawaan Baker scored on a 6-yard run and South Alabama took a 24-7 lead into the half. Alex James' 2-yard TD run pulled Coastal Carolina within 10 points before Garvin and Way connected again for a 7-yard score and a 31-14 lead. The Chanticleers added James' 1-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter and Kilton Anderson's 16-yard TD pass to Malcolm Williams with 34 seconds remaining. Garvin and Orth combined to complete 10 of 13 passes for 202 yards. Way finished with six catches for 141 yards and three scores. Anderson completed 20 of 32 passes for 262 yards and a TD for the Chanticleers, who fell one win shy of qualifying for a bowl game. - AP College Football
11/24/18- A.J. Ouellette, rSr, Ohio, 5-10, 209 A.J. Ouellette ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns and Papi White became Ohio's all-time leader in yards receiving as the Bobcats rolled to a 49-28 victory over Akron on Friday. Ouellette went over the 1,000-yard mark for a second straight season for the Bobcats (8-4, 6-2 Mid-American Conference). White caught three passes for 63 yards, pushing him past LaVon Brazill (2,511 yards from 2007-11) and giving the senior 2,529 for his career.Ouellette staked Ohio to a 7-0 first-quarter lead on a 6-yard run. Quarterback Nathan Rourke scored on a 1-yard plunge, the first of his four TD runs, to make it 14-0 and Kylan Nelson ran a punt back 36 yards to give Ohio a 21-0 lead after one quarter. Kato Nelson connected with Andre Williams for a 10-yard touchdown to pull the Zips (4-7, 2-6) within 21-7, but Ouellette scored on a 16-yard run to put the Bobcats up 28-7 at halftime. Rourke scored on runs of 1, 5 and 3 yards in the second half to keep Ohio in front. Maleek Irons rushed for 126 yards on 18 carries for the Bobcats. Rourke ran for 86 yards on 18 totes and completed five passes for 87 yards with an interception. Nelson completed 24 of 41 passes for 356 yards and four TDs for the Zips. Akron managed just 32 yards on the ground on 21 carries. Ohio is bowl eligible for a 10th straight season under coach Frank Solich - his 14th at the helm. - AP College Football
11/22/18- Shane Simpson, rJr, Towson, 5-09, 200 2018 COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Shane Simpson, Towson,...Simpson ranked fifth in the CAA in kickoff return average (24.0) and third in punt return average (7.5) this season. His 992 combined kick return yards were the third-most in FCS. The multi-talented junior, who also earned first-team All-CAA honors at running back, ranked second in the nation in all-purpose yards (177.6 ypg). Simpson's 12 total touchdowns were the most in the CAA this season and included a 96-yard kickoff return for a score against Stony Brook. - Colonial Athletic Association Football
11/22/18- Jaylan Thomas, Fr, Elon, 5-09, 190 2018 COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Jaylan Thomas, Elon,...Thomas took over as Elon's starting running back at mid-season due to injuries and rushed for a team-high 723 yards and four touchdowns in just seven games. He ran for 222 yards on 18 carries in a win over Rhode Island, which was the most by a CAA player this season and the 9th-best effort in Elon history. He also had 150 yards rushing against Richmond and averaged 7.3 yards per carry for the season. Thomas is the second Elon player in as many seasons to be named Offensive Rookie of the Year. - Colonial Athletic Association Football
11/21/18- Jamauri Bogan, rSr, Western Michigan, 5-07, 190 Jamauri Bogan rushed for 63 yards and two touchdowns and Western Michigan held off Northern Illinois 28-21 on Tuesday night. Bogan's second TD came from a yard out with 1:36 left in the fourth quarter and helped the Broncos (7-5, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) knock off the Huskies (7-5, 6-2), who had already wrapped up the West Division title and a berth in the MAC championship game. Bogan scored on a 2-yard run to stake the Broncos to a 7-0 first-quarter lead, but Northern Illinois' Marcus Childers hooked up with Spencer Tears for a 58-yard scoring strike and a 7-all tie. Freshman Gavin Peddie kicked two second-quarter field goals to give Western Michigan a 13-7 lead at intermission.
The Huskies grabbed a 14-13 lead midway through the third quarter on Childers' 1-yard TD run, but Kaleb Eleby scored on a 2-yard run and hit Jayden Reed for the 2-point conversion to put the Broncos back on top 21-14. Northern Illinois pulled even again when Sutton Smith picked up a LeVante Bellamy fumble and raced 85 yards to the end zone with 28 seconds left in the third quarter. Western Michigan's defense held the Huskies to two three-and-out drives in the fourth quarter and polished off the win when Harrison Taylor picked off Childers with 1:36 remaining. Eleby passed for 285 yards and connected with D'Wayne Eskridge six times for 123 yards. - AP College Football
11/21/18- Alonzo Smith, rSr, Miami (OH), 5-09, 215 Alonzo Smith ran for 207 yards and three touchdowns and Miami (Ohio) held Ball State scoreless in the second half for a 42-21 victory on Tuesday night. Gus Ragland accounted for three more scores for Miami (6-6, 6-2 Mid-American Conference). He completed 11 of 16 passes for 159 yards, and his 4-yard touchdown toss to Dominique Robinson tied the game at 21-21 with five seconds left before halftime. Ragland bulled in for two scores from the 1-yard line, the second early in the third quarter. Smith broke loose on two big scoring runs, a 56-yarder in the second quarter and a 47-yarder late in the third. His 2-yard TD run capped the scoring with 10:27 to play. Kenny Young ran for 38 yards for Miami, and is now 11 shy of 2,000 career yards rushing. Drew Plitt was 17-of-29 passing for 175 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception for Ball State (4-8, 3-5). - AP College Football
11/21/18- Josh Davis, rFr, Weber State, 5-09, 195 2018 BIG SKY CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Josh Davis, Weber State,...Weber State's Josh Davis was voted the league's Freshman of the Year. The all-purpose player ranks third in the FCS in all-purpose yards per game (170.00) and sixth in total all-purpose yards (1,700). He has seven games of 100-plus rushing yards and two games with 200-plus with a season-high of 225. - Big Sky Football
11/21/18- Chandler Burks, rSr, Kennesaw State, 5-09, 190 2018 BIG SOUTH OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Chandler Burks, QB, Gr., Kennesaw State,...Burks repeats as both the Big South's Offensive Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honoree, as he is the only player to hold this distinction in the same season and now multiple years. A finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top player, Burks leads all of FCS with 29 rushing and total touchdowns -- an FCS record for a quarterback, as well as the Big South's single-season rushing TD standard. He directed the Owls to a second consecutive outright Big South Championship, earned four Big South Offensive Player of the Week honors in 2018, and has a record 10 consecutive multi-touchdown games entering the postseason.
Burks is the first Big South quarterback with 20 rushing touchdowns (29) and 10 passing TDs (10) in the same season, and leads the nation in scoring with 15.8 points per game. He has rushed for 864 yards and passed for 952, while his 238 points responsible for is second-most in the country. Burks has rushed for three TDs in a game seven times, which included four trips to the end zone twice. He also tallied a rushing and passing touchdown in the same game seven times in 2018. - Big South Football
11/21/18- Chandler Burks, rSr, Kennesaw State, 5-09, 190 2018 BIG SOUTH SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Chandler Burks, QB, Gr., Kennesaw State,...Burks repeats as both the Big South's Offensive Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honoree, as he is the only player to hold this distinction in the same season and now multiple years. Off the field, Burks is a first-semester graduate student in Leadership Studies after earning a Sports Management degree with a 3.90 GPA. He is on the ballot for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors for the second consecutive year after being named Academic All-District last week. - Big South Football