02/15/19- Lyn-J Dixon, Fr, Clemson, 5-09, 195 Lyn-J Dixon arrived at Clemson in the summer of 2018 with plenty of talented running backs in front of him, including Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster. But the Georgia native wasn't content with sitting on the bench for most of his freshman season and waiting for opportunities to come in 2019 and beyond. Dixon made it his goal to help the Tigers as a true freshman in 2018, and the speedy back did just that, rushing for 547 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games as Clemson won its second national title in three years. Dixon finished third on Clemson's team in rushing with 547 yards, one yard less than senior Adam Choice, and he led the Tigers in yards per carry at 8.8. Etienne, who finished seventh in Heisman trophy voting, averaged 8.1 yards per carry. "I wanted to come in and make a big impact and I feel like I did that," Dixon told The State last month. "We all bought in to what coach (Tony Elliott) said. We all put in the work at practice and showed it on the field each and every game." - The State
02/13/19- Maurice Washington, So, Nebraska, 6-0, 190 An attorney for Nebraska running back Maurice Washington said Wednesday he never told anyone at the university about the nature of potential charges against the player in a pornography case that cropped up just as last season was getting started. Washington was charged in California in December with possessing and distributing a video of a former girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016, when she was 15.
Washington is suspected of storing the video on his cellphone and sending it to the victim last March. He is charged with a felony count of possessing a video or photograph of a person under 18 who is engaging in or simulating sexual conduct and a misdemeanor count of posting a video or photograph of a person engaging in or simulating sexual conduct without consent, leading to the person suffering emotional distress. Washington was a star at King's Academy in Sunnyvale, California, where he met the girl. He later attended high school in Texas. The investigation in California stretched from last March into the summer. California authorities then asked Ed Sexton, who works in the Nebraska attorney general's office, to help track down Washington for an interview. - AP College Football
02/12/19- Maurice Washington, So, Nebraska, 6-0, 190 California authorities have filed criminal charges against Nebraska running back Maurice Washington, who is suspected of possessing a video of his underage high school girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people and sending it to the girl less than a year ago. Clarissa Hamilton, supervisor of the sexual assault unit in the Santa Clara County Attorney's Office in San Jose, California, said Washington faces two charges: a felony count of possessing a video or photograph of a person under 18 who is engaging in or simulating sexual conduct and a misdemeanor count of posting a video or photograph of a person engaging in or simulating sexual conduct without consent, leading to the person suffering emotional distress. Hamilton said Washington was not present during the 2016 assault. She said the assault case was adjudicated in juvenile court and those records are sealed. Washington obtained a video of the assault and sent it to the girl on March 2, 2018, Hamilton said, and the girl or her family contacted police shortly thereafter. The Nebraska athletic department said the Nebraska Attorney General's office and university police notified athletic officials last fall that California authorities were interested in interviewing Washington. - AP College Football
02/09/19- Ramon Jefferson, rFr, Maine, 5-09, 205 Police say a standout football player at the University of Maine has been arrested and charged with domestic violence assault. Police say Ramon Jefferson was arrested at his home by Old Town police Wednesday night. They say police responded to a Bangor residence after receiving a call, and a woman who was interviewed identified Jefferson as the suspect. The Portland Press Herald reports Jefferson is scheduled to be arraigned March 4. School officials say they are gathering details about the incident, but did not yet have an official statement Thursday. Jefferson attended high school in New York prior to coming to UMaine. He posted bail later on the evening he was arrested. Police say they don't believe he's been assigned an attorney. A phone number couldn't be found for Jefferson. - AP College Football
01/29/19- TySon Williams, rJr, South Carolina, 5-11, 219 South Carolina running back Ty'Son Williams is leaving the Gamecocks. Williams, a redshirt junior from Sumter, posted on social media his thanks to South Carolina coaches and teammates and that he is "reopening my recruitment in order to find the best fit" for a final season. Williams is a 6-foot, 219-pound tailback who started his career at North Carolina in 2015 before coming to the Gamecocks, where he's been part of the regular rotation at tailback the past two seasons. He was the team's second-leading rusher in 2017 with 471 yards. Williams gained 328 yards and tied for the team high with four rushing TDs this season. He played in just eight games, though, because of an injury to his left hand. - AP College Football
01/29/19- Wes Hills, rSr, Slippery Rock, 6-1, 209 It may not seem the most vexing of losing streaks, the eighth NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl being an all-star game, but after the American team knocked off their National counterparts 10-7 on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, they celebrated as if they had ended an age-old demon. "You could see a group of guys come together today," said Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, who coached the American squad. "Down seven at the half and come back and pull this thing out. "We talked about it all week, the National team was (7-0) since they started this game. It meant a lot to these kids and it meant a lot to our staff."
The National squad was in familiar position when it took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a punishing 4-yard touchdown run my game MVP Wes Hills of Slippery Rock. The game is designed to feature players on the fringes of the NFL draft, and those who might go undrafted and invited to camp. No player may have done more for himself that Hills, who rushed for 78 yards on 10 carries, showing explosiveness and determination. His play during the week of practice earned him an invite Thursday to next week's Senior Bowl. "You dream about calls like that," Hills said. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Hills went under the collegiate radar despite rushing for over 2,100 yards and 35 touchdowns at New Jersey's Wildwood High School. He had only two offers, to Towson and Delaware. - AP College Football
01/11/19- *Josh Jacobs, Jr, Alabama, 5-09, 216 Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. Those projected first-rounders announced their intentions on Friday, along with versatile tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr. Jonah Williams and Quinnen Williams are unanimous All-Americans rated as potential Top 10 picks. Jacobs and Smith are also listed as potential late first-rounders in at least one mock draft. Jacobs was a diverse threat for the Tide on offense and special teams. He ran for 640 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns while catching 20 passes for 247 yards and three scores. Once a lightly recruited player who was a late addition to his Alabama recruiting class, he averaged 30.6 yards on 14 kick returns with a TD. "This decision has definitely been tough for me," he said. "Even on the ride here, I still didn't know exactly what choice I wanted to make." - AP College Football
01/08/19- Travis Etienne, So, Clemson, 5-10, 200 Clemson finished No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for the third time after routing Alabama in the national championship game. The Tigers received all 61 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide, which was trying to become just the third team to go wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country, finished second. Clemson beat Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff national championship Monday night. Clemson also finished No. 1 in 2016 and 1981. The Tide did extend its streak of top-five appearances to 54 weeks, one short of Miami's record set from Oct. 8, 2000-Oct. 26, 2003. Ohio State finished third. Oklahoma, which lost to Alabama in the Orange Bowl semifinal, was fourth. Notre Dame, which lost to Clemson in the Cotton Bowl semifinal, was fifth. LSU was sixth and Southeastern Conference rivals Florida and Georgia were tied for seventh. Texas was ninth, its best final ranking since 2009 when the Longhorns finished second after losing to Alabama in the BCS championship game. - AP College Football
01/07/19- *David Montgomery, Jr, Iowa State, 5-10, 216 Iowa State two-time All-American running back David Montgomery, who became the eighth player in school history with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons this fall, decided today he will enter his name for the 2019 NFL Draft and forgo his final season of eligibility at Iowa State. Montgomery announced his decision on Twitter this morning. "The last three years have been nothing short of amazing," Montgomery wrote via Twitter. "From the first day I stepped onto campus in Ames, it has felt like home. From the roar of the crowd at Jack Trice Stadium, to the quiet of studying for exams, to the warmth that has been shown to me by Cyclone fans, I could not have asked for anything better than my experience at Iowa State. It has truly been the best decision of my life."
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Montgomery was a key part of Iowa State's resurgence on the gridiron the past two seasons, helping the Cyclones to back-to-back 8-5 marks with his dependability and durability in the backfield. The two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection ranked third in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally in rushing, averaging 101.3 rushing yards in 12 games in 2018. He reached the 100-yard mark seven times during the season, tying for third on ISU's season list, and led the team with 13 touchdowns. - Iowa State Football
01/05/19- *James Williams, rJr, Washington State, 5-11, 205 Washington State running back James Williams is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Williams made his announcement on social media on Saturday. Williams and the Cougars closed out their season on Dec. 28 with a 28-26 win over Iowa State in the Alamo Bowl. Williams was not much of a runner during his career at Washington State, although he had 12 touchdowns rushing and averaged 4.6 yards per carry this season. Williams' strength was as an elite pass catcher in Mike Leach's offense. Williams had a team-high 83 catches for 613 yards this season and finished his career with 202 receptions in three seasons. Williams' 83 receptions tied for 17th nationally. - AP College Football
01/04/19- *Elijah Holyfield, Jr, Georgia, 5-10, 215 Georgia's offense was hit with a four-player exodus of juniors to the NFL on Friday that took away the team's top three receivers and second-leading rusher. Tailback Elijah Holyfield, tight end Isaac Nauta and wide receivers Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman announced Friday they are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. Holyfield, the son of former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, joined D'Andre Swift to give Georgia two 1,000-yard rushers for the second straight season. Holyfield ran for 1,018 yards with seven touchdowns. Holyfield said on his Twitter account he was grateful for the support from his teammates, coaches and Georgia fans. "I am humbled by the love you have given me during my time in Athens, and you all have ensured red and black will forever run through my veins," Holyfield said. Coach Kirby Smart issued a statement in which he said: "We wish the best" to the four "as they pursue their careers at the next level. - AP College Football
12/29/18- *Alexander Mattison, Jr, Boise State, 5-11, 219 RB Alexander Mattison will skip his senior season and head to the pros. Mattison announced on his Twitter account that he will forego his final year of eligibility with the Broncos and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Mattison rushed for 1,415 yards and 17 touchdowns in 13 games for Boise State (10-3), which won its final seven regular-season games. He also had 27 receptions for 173 yards. Mattison closed the season in spectacular fashion with consecutive 200-yard rushing games, and rushed for at least 144 yards in his final four contests while amassing seven touchdowns in that span.
12/21/18- Anthony Jones, rJr, Florida International, 5-10, 215 IU fumbled away the opening kickoff, gave up a touchdown 23 seconds into the game and found itself trailing by double digits by the end of the first quarter. They needed a comeback. And Anthony Jones might know more about comebacks than anyone on the FIU roster. Jones - one of two FIU players who were victims of a drive-by shooting in September - rushed for three touchdowns, including the clincher with 41 seconds remaining as the Panthers topped Toledo 35-32 on Friday in the Bahamas Bowl. Jones tied a school record with the three scores, and FIU (9-4) set a school record with its ninth win of the season. "I'm extremely happy for my teammates, these seniors, all my coaches, the support staff at FIU, they were all behind me the whole time," Jones said. "I've been extremely blessed by the man above."
Jones and offensive lineman Mershawn Miller were shot in the city of Opa-locka, Florida - just north of downtown Miami - on the afternoon of Sept. 6. The alleged gunman is in custody and is facing two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Miller was hit in the arm; Jones was shot in the back and the bullet exited just under his eye. He lost about 20 pounds in the days afterward, during which he was fed by tube. "This is a gift from God," FIU coach Butch Davis said. - AP College Football
12/21/18- Karan Higdon, Sr, Michigan, 5-09, 203 Michigan running back Karan Higdon says he'll skip the Peach Bowl. Higdon, a senior who has rushed for 1,178 yards this season, said on Instagram on Thursday that it is in his best interests to miss the game to prepare to pursue an NFL career. The eighth-ranked Wolverines face 10th-ranked Florida in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 29. Michigan will also be without defensive end Rashan Gary in that game. He's skipping his senior season and entering the NFL draft. Linebacker Devin Bush announced Wednesday he will also leave early for the NFL, and he said he hasn't been cleared to play in the Peach Bowl after injuring his hip. - AP College Football
12/21/18- Pooka Williams Jr., Fr, Kansas, 5-10, 170 An affidavit alleges University of Kansas football player Pooka Williams punched a woman in the stomach and grabbed her by the throat earlier this month. The Lawrence Journal-World reported the 18-year-old woman showed the officer text messages from Williams admitting to punching her in the arms during the Dec. 5 incident. The document says the officer also found the victim had bruises on her arms and side. Williams reportedly told police that he pushed the woman when he saw her in a room with other men at an apartment building. Both have said they were in an intimate relationship. His attorney entered a not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery during a Dec. 7 court hearing. Coach Les Miles says Pooka is suspended pending investigation. Williams, a freshman running back from New Orleans, received several national and Big 12 honors during the 2018 season. - AP College Football
12/21/18- A.J. Ouellette, rSr, Ohio, 5-10, 209 Ohio running back A.J. Ouellette doesn't think of Frank Solich as the oldest head coach in FBS. He sees him as the guy who stuck around a smaller program long enough to run it for going on 15 years. Ouellette gave Solich and the Bobcats a little something to build on in his final game. The senior had his fourth straight 100-yard game with 164 yards rushing, quarterback Nathan Rourke accounted for all three touchdowns and Ohio rolled to a 27-0 victory over San Diego State in the drizzly Frisco Bowl on Wednesday night. Ohio (9-4) finished with six wins in seven games and won a second straight bowl game under Solich, who became the oldest head coach in FBS at 74 before bowl season when 79-year-old Bill Snyder retired at Kansas State. "To have him a little older than most coaches, young coaches are at a school a couple of years and they leave," said Ouellette, who finished among Ohio's career rushing leaders with 3,784 yards. "Him being there 14 years, we've just been lucky that he stayed around." Solich spent 19 years on Tom Osborne's staff at Nebraska before replacing the coach at his alma mater in 1998. - AP College Football
12/18/18- Bryce Love, Sr, Stanford, 5-09, 202 RB back Bryce Love, who finished second to Baker Mayfield in the 2017 Heisman Trophy voting but had an injury-plagued senior season, announced this week he will skip the Sun Bowl game against Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve to get healthy and start training for the NFL Draft. Love rushed for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, and he was the preseason favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this season. However, he gained only 739 yards on the ground and scored six touchdowns in 10 games. Love is rated the No. 1 running back prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.
12/17/18- Bryce Love, Sr, Stanford, 5-09, 202 Stanford running back Bryce Love will skip the Sun Bowl to prepare for the NFL draft. Love announced his decision on Monday to sit out the bowl game for the Cardinal (8-4) on Dec. 31 against Pittsburgh (7-6). Love says he wants to be completely healthy for the 2019 draft. Love had a rough senior season after deciding to bypass the 2018 draft after finishing as Heisman Trophy runner-up. He was slowed by injuries and finished with 739 yards on 166 carries. That was down significantly from the previous season when he ran for 2,118 yards and averaged 8.1 yards per carry. Love also set an FBS record with 13 runs of at least 50 yards. - AP College Football
12/17/18- *Mike Weber, rJr, Ohio State, 5-09, 215 Ohio State running back Mike Weber plans to declare for the NFL draft after the Rose Bowl. The redshirt junior announced on Twitter on Sunday that he would forgo his senior season to pursue his childhood dream of playing pro football. He said he would play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 "to finish what my brothers and I started." Weber is one of four players in Ohio State history to rush for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman. His production fell last year as he battled a leg injury, and this season he split time with J.K. Dobbins. Weber ran for 858 yards and five touchdowns on 157 carries this season. In three seasons he rushed for 2,580 yards and 24 touchdowns in 37 games. - AP College Football
12/17/18- Ronnie Rivers, rSo, Fresno State, 5-08, 175 Ronnie Rivers rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns, Anthoula "Tank" Kelly had a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown and No. 19 Fresno State beat Arizona State 31-20 in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Marcus McMaryion rushed for a touchdown and was 15-of-29 passing for 176 yards to help the Bulldogs (12-2) set a school record for wins in a season. He also threw two interceptions. "It's a group that persevered," Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford said. "This group can be remembered as the only team in NCAA history that went a double-digit losing season to back-to-back double-digit winning seasons. Eno Benjamin rushed for 118 yards a one touchdown for the Sun Devils (7-6) in their third straight bowl loss. Manny Wilkins threw for 129 yards, with a 3-yard scoring pass to Kyle Williams and two interceptions. - AP College Football
12/17/18- OMaury Samuels, So, Michigan, 5-10, 205 Michigan dismissed running back O'Maury Samuels from its football program on the same day he was arraigned on two charges, including one for domestic violence. The school did not say why the move was made Wednesday, when Samuels was charged with domestic violence and malicious destruction of personal property. The date of the alleged offenses was Dec. 8 and Samuels is scheduled for a hearing on Dec. 27 in Ann Arbor District Court.The sophomore finished the season with 13 rushing attempts for 66 yards. He did not run the ball for the eighth-ranked Wolverines after Oct. 13, when he had one carry for 3 yards in a win over Wisconsin. - AP College Football
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.
12/07/18- 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