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12/11/18- Britain Covey, rSr, Utah, 5-08, 170
WR Britain Covey, Utah's leading receiver, announced on social media that he has undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL. Covey revealed on his Twitter account on Tuesday, "Just had surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus. I'll be back before you know it! In the end, minor setbacks turn out to be major miracles! " Covey suffered the injury during the Pac-12 championship game loss to Washington, but the nature of the injury was not specified. A torn ACL means Covey will miss the Utes' Dec. 31 Holiday Bowl against Northwestern and will also sit out spring practice. Covey was the Utes' leader in receptions with 60 and receiving yards with 637. Covey also carried the ball 21 times for another 172 yards, and added a pair of touchdown passes. Covey was also named first-team All-Pac-12 as a return specialist.

12/10/18- Greg Little, Jr, Mississippi, 6-5, 325
OL Greg Little announced Monday that he would enter the NFL Draft. The left tackle is physical, demonstrates a strong hand punch and covers a lot of ground with his kick-slide. He's No. 9 in the initial mock draft of NFLDraftScout.com analyst Ric Serritella.

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.

12/10/18- Eric Barriere, rSo, Eastern Washington, 6-0, 195
Eric Barriere accounted for four touchdowns and Sam McPherson scored on a 35-yard run with 26 seconds left to lift third-seeded Eastern Washington to a 34-29 win over sixth-seeded UC Davis on Saturday in the FCS quarterfinals. The Aggies (10-3) had taken a 29-28 lead in this Big Sky Conference rematch with 1:13 to play on Jake Maier's second touchdown pass and 2-point PAT pitch. The Eagles then went 75 yards in four plays, kick-started by Barriere's 29-yard scamper to the UC Davis 46 when it appeared he was going to be sacked. McPherson, who rushed for 143 yards, took a handoff up the middle and then cut to the left sideline. Eastern (11-2) is home against seventh-seeded Maine, which upset second-seeded Weber State, next weekend. Weber State tied with EWU and UC Davis, for the Big Sky title. Barriere's third TD pass, to Nsimba Webster, put the Eagles up 28-21 midway through the fourth quarter. Maier and Gilliam connected on a 3-yard score, then Maier had a forward pitch to Namane Modise, running right to left behind the line, for the conversion. - AP College Football

12/10/18- Taryn Christion, Sr, South Dakota State, 6-1, 225
Taryn Christion threw for one touchdown and ran for another - the clincher with 2:22 to play - and fifth-seeded South Dakota State held off fourth-seeded Kennesaw State 27-17 in the FCS quarterfinals on Saturday. The Jackrabbits (10-2) play at top-seeded North Dakota State, the defending national champion, next weekend. SDSU lost 21-17 at NDSU on Sept. 29. Christion scored on a 15-yard run to cap an eight-play, 65-yard drive after the Owls (11-2) had scored on consecutive possessions to close within 20-17. The game ended at almost the exact same time as the SDSU women's basketball upset No. 21 Drake 80-71 at home. South Dakota State scored on three straight possessions to take a 17-3 lead at halftime. Christion connected with Adam Anderson for a 5-yard score and Pierre Strong had a 9-yard run. Chase Vinatieri kicked his second short field goal to make it 20-3 entering the fourth quarter. - AP College Football

12/10/18- Easton Stick, rSr, North Dakota State, 6-2, 221
Easton Stick threw for three touchdowns, Bruce Anderson ran for 124 yards with a touchdown and top-seeded North Dakota State advanced to the FCS semifinals for the eighth straight year with a 35-0 win over eighth-seeded Colgate on Saturday. Stick was 14 of 19 for 205 yards as the Bison (13-0) piled up 443 yards against the Raiders (10-2), who had the top defense in FCS. The defending national champions, who have won 19 in a row, are home against the South Dakota State-Kennesaw State winner next weekend. Ty Brooks scored on a 26-yard run to cap a four-play, 96-yard drive on NDSU's first possession.

A 2-yard pass to Ben Ellefson made it 14-0 in the second quarter. The Bison then went 70 yards on eight plays to open the second half, capped by a 10-yard pass to Darrius Shepherd, who moved into second on the NDSU career list with 179 receptions. That was more than enough for the Bison, who limited Colgate to 157 yards. The Raiders had tied the FCS record with five shutouts this season and only allowed nine touchdowns in 11 games. Stick is now 47-3 as a starting quarterback, tying former Bison QB Brock Jensen, who went 47-5 in his career, for the most wins by a starting FCS QB. NDSU kicker Cam Pedersen has converted 91 straight extra points and 251 in his career. - AP College Football

12/09/18- Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, Ohio State, 6-2, 220
QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. finished a distant third in the Heisman Trophy voting on Saturday night behind winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama. Haskins set more than 20 school records and broke Big Ten records for the conference champion Buckeyes (12-1), who will face Washington in the Rose Bowl. Haskins led the country in touchdown passes (47) and yards (4,580) and was second in passing yards per game (352). The first-year starter completed 70.2 percent of his passes and was intercepted just eight times in 496 attempts.

12/09/18- Tua Tagovailoa, So, Alabama, 6-1, 218
QB Tua Tagovailoa finished second to Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray in the Heisman Trophy voting on Saturday. Tagovailoa's 1,871 points were the highest total for a runner-up. Tagovailoa threw for 3,353 yards with 37 touchdowns and just four interceptions while completing almost 68 percent of his passes this year while leading Alabama (13-0) into the College Football Playoff. The Hawaiian native's 202.30 passer rating was second nationally.

12/09/18- Kyler Murray, rJr, Oklahoma, 5-10, 195
QB Kyler Murray claimed the Heisman Trophy, college football's most coveted award, on Saturday night in New York City after passing for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns while accounting for nearly 5,000 total yards in leading the Sooners into the College Football Playoff this season. Murray received 2,167 total points and 517 first-place votes. Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa finished second with 1,871 points, the highest total for a runner-up, and 299 first-place votes. Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins was a distant third in the voting with 783 points. Murray follows Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield in taking home the award. Mayfield went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and is now the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns as a rookie. Not since Army's Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis in 1945-46 have two players from the same school officially won the prestigious honor in back-to-back years. USC won in 2004 and 2005 with Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, but Bush's trophy was vacated. Murray might have a chance to follow in Mayfield's footsteps, but he was selected in June as the ninth overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics and has said he plans to pursue a career in the sport next year. With one season of college football eligibility remaining, Murray could return to Oklahoma next season, but that appears to be a distant possibility. It's likely he'll either choose baseball or enter the NFL Draft.

12/08/18- Will Grier, rSr, West Virginia, 6-1, 223
QB Will Grier will skip the Mountaineers' bowl game against Syracuse. Grier revealed his decision in a statement Saturday morning, explaining that he is bypassing the bowl game in order to prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Although a number of high-profile college players also are skipping bowl games for the season reason, Grier is the first quarterback to go that route. Grier, who guided West Virginia to an 8-3 overall mark and 6-3 record in the Big 12 during his senior season, received the backing of Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen for his decision to skip the matchup versus Syracuse.

12/08/18- Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, Ohio State, 6-2, 220
QB Dwayne Haskins is unsure of his plans for next season. However, the Heisman Trophy finalist is certain of one thing -- he will be under center when the Buckeyes square off against Pac-12 Conference champion Washington in the Rose Bowl. A number of top college players have opted to skip their team's bowl games in order to prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins won't be among them. "Just being a quarterback, it's your job to lead the team," Haskins told The Athletic. "And for you to say you don't want to play, you're not about the team or winning or losing. You just want to get out while you can. There was no doubt in my mind about playing in the game because I know I can help this team win."

12/08/18- Tyler Huntley, Jr, Utah, 6-1, 200
QB Tyler Huntley may not be done for the season after all. Huntley, who broke a collarbone on Nov. 3, was a full participant in Friday's practice and could be available for Utah's matchup against Northwestern in the Holiday Bowl on New Year's "We'll just work him in and see how much he can progress," Utes coach Kyke Whittingham told the Salt Lake Tribune of the possibility of returning for the bowl game. Huntley was able to throw during Friday's non-contact practice but he still must receive medical clearance to return to the lineup.

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.

12/06/18- Kelly Bryant, rSr, Missouri, 6-3, 220
QB Kelly Bryant will join Missouri as a transfer for next season, the school announced Thursday.

12/05/18- Kelly Bryant, rSr, Missouri, 6-3, 220
Former Clemson starting quarterback Kelly Bryant says he'll play his final season at Missouri. Bryant released a video on social media that ended with a player in a Missouri uniform and fans chanting "M-I-Z" for its nickname "Mizzou." Bryant had visited several schools after he announced his transfer from Clemson because he was demoted as starting quarterback behind freshman Trevor Lawrence. Others he met with included Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and North Carolina. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Bryant helped Clemson win an Atlantic Coast Conference title and reach the College Football Playoff in 2017. He started the first four games for Clemson this season before Lawrence took the starting job. Bryant was 16-2 as Clemson's starter. He threw for 3,263 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions the last two seasons. - AP College Football

12/05/18- Christian Wilkins, Sr, Clemson, 6-3, 315
2018 William V. Campbell Trophy Award Winner: Clemson star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins won the William V. Campbell Trophy on Tuesday night, an award honoring college football's top scholar-athlete. Wilkins earned a degree in communications last year, becoming the first scholarship football player from Clemson to graduate in 2 years. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in athletic leadership. He received an $18,000 in postgraduate scholarship by being one of 13 finalists and an additional $7,000 in scholarship money for winning the Campbell Trophy.

The other finalists were Army linebacker Kenneth Brinson; South Dakota State quarterback Taryn Christion; Grambling State linebacker De'Arius Christmas; Wisconsin safety D'Cota Dixon; North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley; St. Francis, Indiana, linebacker Piercen Harnish; Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley; Kansas State tackle Dalton Risner; Northern Illinois tackle Max Scharping; Wheaten linebacker Eric Stevenson; North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick; and Notre Dame linebacker Drue Tranquill. - AP College Football

12/05/18- Anthony Ratliff-Williams, rJr, North Carolina, 6-0, 205
North Carolina receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams says he's skipping his final season to pursue an NFL career. The junior tweeted his decision Tuesday, saying he is declaring for next spring's draft after meeting with his family. Ratliff-Williams was the Tar Heels' top big-play threat with his versatility. He had 42 catches for a team-best 689 yards and two touchdowns this season. He also ran 11 times for 83 yards and one score. As a sophomore, Ratliff-Williams earned all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a return specialist and even threw for two TDs on trick plays. UNC hired former coach Mack Brown last week for a second stint as head coach of the Tar Heels. - AP College Football

12/05/18- Jarrett Stidham, rJr, Auburn, 6-2, 215
Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. The junior announced his decision Tuesday but plans to stay for the Tigers' Music City Bowl matchup with Purdue on Dec. 28. Stidham started all 26 games the past two seasons for Auburn after transferring from Baylor. He was a second-team AP All-Southeastern Conference pick in his first year as a starter and ranked ninth nationally in completion percentage. His numbers declined across the board this season as the offense struggled. Stidham passed for 5,579 yards over the past two seasons with 31 touchdowns while throwing 11 interceptions. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says Stidham "has tremendous ability and a bright future ahead of him." - AP College Football

12/05/18- Josh Allen, Sr, Kentucky, 6-4, 258
2018 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Allen was named the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at the Charlotte (N.C.) Touchdown Club on Monday night. Allen became the first Kentucky player to win the award, which goes to the nation's top defensive player. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Allen received the honor over the following finalists: LSU safety Grant Delpit, Alabama nose guard Quinnen Williams, Michigan linebacker Devin Bush and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins. The award was won last year by former North Carolina State star Bradley Chubb, who was selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.

Allen, who was also named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 14 of his 28.5 career sacks in 2018. His 11 career forced fumbles are even with former Wildcat and current Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan. Allen led Kentucky with 84 tackles and paces the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss (18.5) and forced fumbles (five). He is the fourth SEC representative to win the award, joining Georgia's Champ Bailey (1998), LSU's Glenn Dorsey (2007) and Alabama's Jonathan Allen (2016). Allen is a finalist for five other major awards: the Walter Camp National Player of the Year, the Butkus Award (nation's best linebacker), the Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), Lott IMPACT Trophy (defensive player of the year) and Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end of the year). - The Sports Xchange

12/05/18- A.J. Brown, Jr, Mississippi, 6-1, 230
Mississippi receiver A.J. Brown has announced that he will skip his senior season and enter this spring's NFL draft. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Brown had a stellar three-year career for the Rebels, and was recently named an AP All-Southeastern Conference selection this season after catching 85 passes for 1,320 yards and six touchdowns. He is the school's all-time leading receiver with 189 career receptions for 2,984 yards and 19 touchdowns. Brown's decision was expected. He's widely considered one of this year's best NFL prospects at receiver. The Ole Miss football program posted Brown's decision on social media Tuesday. Brown thanked Ole Miss in a statement, saying "I'll never forget the place that turned me into a man." - AP College Football

12/05/18- Deebo Samuel, rSr, South Carolina, 5-11, 210
South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel says he is skipping the Belk Bowl so he can begin preparing for the NFL draft. Samuel thanked fans in his announcement Monday on Instagram , but says it is time to support his family, adding "I realize the next 6 months will determine my next four years and potentially even more." Samuel has shown flashes of brilliance while fighting injuries. He was responsible for 30 touchdowns in his Gamecocks career catching, running and returning kicks along with two TD passes and an end zone fumble recovery on special teams. Samuel missed games his freshman year with hamstring problems and broke his leg in his third game of 2017 before deciding to return his senior year. Samuel was a first-team Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference pick as an all-purpose player and a second team pick as a wide receiver. The Gamecocks play Virginia on Dec. 29. - AP College Football

12/05/18- Brian Burns, Jr, Florida State, 6-4, 235
Florida State defensive end Brian Burns has declared for the NFL draft. Burns announced his decision Monday on Twitter. He told Yahoo! Sports his time at Florida State was "some of the best years of my life" but also says he can't pass up the opportunity to turn pro. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Burns was named a first-team All-ACC pick has been projected by some draft analysts as a potential first-round selection. Burns had 23 career sacks, which places him in a tie for seventh on Florida State's all-time sack list. He had 10 sacks in his junior season and also set career highs with 52 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss. He was often one of Florida State's most consistent players on a defense that struggled in the second half of the season as the Seminoles (5-7) missed out on a bowl game. Florida State coaches are still waiting on decisions from a small group of draft-eligible juniors, including quarterback Deondre Francois, linebacker Dontavious Jackson and cornerback Levonta Taylor. - AP College Football

12/05/18- Hunter Renfrow, rSr, Clemson, 5-10, 185
2018 BURLSWORTH TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow has won the Burlsworth Trophy, which goes to the top college football who began his career as a walk-on. Renfrow was chosen over finalists California running back Patrick Laird and Wyoming safety Marcus Epps. Renfrow has been a key contributor on four Clemson teams that have made the College Football Playoff. This season he has 41 receptions for 472 yards and a touchdown. In four seasons, Renfrow has 180 receptions for 2,061 yards and 15 touchdowns. The trophy is named in honor of former Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who went from walk-on to All-American and was selected with the 63rd overall pick in the NFL draft by the Colts in 1999. Burlsworth was killed in a car accident 11 days after being drafted. - AP College Football

12/05/18- Kelvin Harmon, Jr, North Carolina State, 6-2, 214
North Carolina State junior Kelvin Harmon is entering the NFL draft and won't play in the Gator Bowl. Harmon announced his decision Monday through the school, with the receiver saying he and his family have decided "it is time for me to proceed to the next chapter in my football life." Harmon caught 177 passes for 2,665 yards in his career, and his 1,186 yards receiving this year marked the fourth-best single-season total in program history. Harmon's decision was expected. He took part in the Wolfpack's Senior Night ceremonies before the Wake Forest game last month. N.C. State (9-3) plays Texas A&M (8-4) in the Gator Bowl on Dec. 31. - AP College Football

12/05/18- NKeal Harry, Jr, Arizona State, 6-3, 213
Arizona State receiver N'Keal Harry will skip the Las Vegas Bowl to prepare for the NFL draft. Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards issued a statement Monday saying the decision was made after Harry met with the coaching and administrative staffs. Harry announced last month he is skipping his senior season to enter the draft, where he's expected to be a first-round draft pick. Harry is third in Arizona State history with 213 career receptions and 2,889 yards. He averages 5.76 receptions per game, third among the NCAA active career leaders. Despite facing double teams most of the time, Harry leads the Sun Devils with 73 receptions, 1,088 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. - AP College Football

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