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01/11/19- *Clelin Ferrell, rJr, Clemson, 6-4, 265
Clemson's national championship front four is off to the NFL. All-American defensive end Clelin Ferrell made it a clean sweep of top-round prospects, joining All-American tackle Christian Wilkins, tackle Dexter Lawrence and end Austin Bryant in heading to the draft. Ferrell, Wilkins and Bryant all passed on the pros last season for a final year in college. And the group made it count with a 15-0 season and a 44-16 beatdown of Alabama in the national title game Monday night. Wilkins and Bryant were seniors this year while the suspended Lawrence, who missed Clemson's two College Football Playoff games after testing positive for a banned substance, declared his intention to leave Wednesday.

Ferrell is a 6-foot-4, 265-pound defender who is generally considered a top-10 NFL prospect and the first Tiger expected to be taken next spring. Ferrell said Monday night when asked about his future how difficult it would be to leave Clemson, where he has helped the team win two national crowns in the past three seasons. "Understand how hard it is for write a letter like this," Ferrell said in announcing his choice. "Because it means the coming to an end of a truly life-changing experience." Clemson will have to replace at least seven starters on defense next season. Along with its four linemen, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and linebacker Tre Lamar gave up their final college season to turn pro. Linebacker Kendall Joseph was a senior starter. The group helped Clemson lead the country in sacks and was dominant up front in the Tigers' win over Alabama. - AP College Football

01/09/19- Kenny Willekes, Jr, Michigan State, 6-3, 260
Michigan State defensive lineman Kenny Willekes says he's returning for his senior season. Willekes, who broke his leg in the Spartans' Redbox Bowl loss to Oregon, said on Twitter on Tuesday night that he doesn't want his career at Michigan State to end that way. Michigan State had a disappointing season in 2018, but the defense largely did its job. Willekes led the Spartans with 8 sacks. - AP College Football

11/27/18- *Rashan Gary, Jr, Michigan, 6-4, 283
Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary announced Monday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Gary is listed as No. 9 on NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang's most recent mock and No. 6 on his Big Board. Gary would still have one more year of eligibility after this season. The 6-foot-5, 287-pound New Jersey native made his decision known in a YouTube video posted on his Twitter page Monday, two days removed from the Wolverines' 62-39 loss to rival Ohio State. "I would like to thank my higher power, my family, the University of Michigan, the students and the fans," Gary said in the video. "I will be foregoing my senior season to make a dream come true to declare for the draft. Thank you. Go Blue."

Gary has 44 tackles this season, including seven for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He was hampered by a shoulder injury he sustained shortly before the team's game against Notre Dame on Sept. 1. In his three-year Michigan career, Gary has 136 tackles, including 23.5 for loss, 10 sacks and one forced fumble. Gary was a first-team All-Big Ten player after the 2017 season and the recipient of Michigan's Richard Katcher Award, presented annually to the team's top defensive lineman/linebacker. It is not immediately known if Gary will participate in Michigan's upcoming bowl game. The Wolverines will learn which bowl they will play in on Sunday. - The Sports Xchange

11/21/18- John Singleton, rFr, Gardner-Webb, 6-4, 240
2018 BIG SOUTH DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: John Singleton, DL, R-Fr., Gardner-Webb,...Singleton led all Big South freshmen defensive lineman with 51 tackles and 3.0 sacks, and finished third overall in tackles along the defensive front. He ranked seventh in the conference in sacks, and in league games he was third with 27 stops and among the Top 10 in quarterback sacks. Singleton had nine tackles, 3.0 TFL and a sack at Charleston Southern, and made 10 stops vs. nationally-ranked Wofford. He also posted six hits and a sack at Appalachian State, while his first career sack was against nationally-ranked North Carolina A&T. Singleton recorded at least six tackles in a game five times in 2018. He received 16 total points and five first-place votes in the Defensive Freshman of the Year voting to edge out Presbyterian's Jarrett Nagy (15 points and four first-place votes) and Campbell's Dorian Jones (12 points and five first-place votes). - Big South Football

11/20/18- Zach Allen, Sr, Boston College, 6-5, 285
NOV 19 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Zach Allen, Boston College, Sr., DE; New Canaan, Conn.,...Second ACC weekly honor of the season for Allen, who made multiple big plays for Boston College in the 22-21 loss at Florida State ... Finished with six tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry and a field goal attempt ... The blocked kick was Allen's second of the season. - ACC Football

11/20/18- Chase Winovich, rSr, Michigan, 6-3, 255
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh declined to say Monday if he expects star defensive end Chase Winovich to play at No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday. Winovich appeared to hurt his left shoulder Saturday against Indiana. He left the game in the third quarter and did not return. Harbaugh said Winovich will be evaluated every day, but gave no indication whether he will be on the field for the fourth-ranked Wolverines. Winovich posted on his Instagram account Sunday night, saying "To those who celebrated what they thought would be my demise, I'll be back." Winovich was named an AP midseason All-American and is a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, which recognizes the nation's top defensive player. - AP College Football

11/19/18- T.J. Winslow, rSr, Harding, 6-3, 250
2018 GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: T.J. Winslow, DE, Harding,...Winslow headed up seven Harding Bisons named to the All-GAC First Team. The GAC coaches voted him to the First Team by unanimous consent. He led the conference with 9.5 sacks and ranked second with three forced fumbles. The Harding defense ranked second in the nation in yards allowed and points allowed per game. - Great American Conference Football

11/14/18- Nelson Louis, rFr, Tusculum, 6-2, 265
2018 SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Nelson Louis, Tusculum,...Louis, a freshman defensive lineman from Moultrie, Ga., had a fantastic season for the Pioneers. He had 53 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, six sacks, a forced fumble and he broke up a pass. He finished the regular season ranked sixth in the conference in sacks and third among the Pioneers in tackles. - South Atlantic Conference Football

11/12/18- *Maxx Crosby, Jr, Eastern Michigan, 6-4, 247
NOV 12 MAC WEST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eastern Michigan DE Maxx Crosby,...Eastern Michigan junior defensive end Maxx Crosby (Colleyville, Texas) totaled an interception return for a score, one sack, eight tackles and three tackles for loss in a 27-7 win over Akron, on Saturday, Nov. 10. Crosby picked off Akron's Alex Ramart's pass at the one and returned it for the score to make it 17-7 in the fourth quarter. Eastern Michigan's defense limited the Zips to just 90 yards of total offense while forcing 10 three-and-outs. The last time the EMU defense gave up that few of yards total offense was Nov. 14, 1970, in a 60-0 shutout of Ball State (24 total yards). The defense extended its streak of not allowing an offensive score to eight quarters, for the first time since 1970. Crosby moved into a tie for second all-time at Eastern Michigan with 20.0 career sacks, which is tied with Pat O'Connor (2011-16). Crosby has 39.5 career tackles for loss for the second-most in school history. - MAC Football

11/12/18- Mark Shannon, Fr, Shaw, 6-0, 260
2018 CIAA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Mark Shannon, 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. 15 Bulldogs Earned 2018 All-Conference Honors. As for the All-Rookie Team, Shaw had two players make the list including freshman offensive lineman Tyrese Bobbitt (Creedmoor, NC) and defensive lineman Mark Shannon (Greensboro, NC). Bobbitt played an instrumental part of the offensive line at the center position while Shannon recorded nine tackles (1.1 tackles per game), four tackle for losses and one sack. - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football

11/10/18- *Maxx Crosby, Jr, Eastern Michigan, 6-4, 247
Eastern Michigan intercepted Akron on three straight possessions, including one returned for a touchdown by Maxx Crosby, and the Eagles became bowl eligible with a 27-7 victory over Akron on Saturday. With EMU (6-5, 4-3 Mid-American) leading 10-7 late in the third quarter, Kevin McGill leaped to make a one-handed pick of Alex Ramart's pass at the Eagles' 11-yard line. That interception didn't result in a score but the Eagles' punt to the Akron 1 set up Crosby's pick for a touchdown. On the first play on the Zips' ensuing possession, Vince Calhoun intercepted a deep pass and returned it 39 yards to the Akron 6 and Breck Taylor ran for a touchdown on the next play for a 24-7 lead. Ian Eriksen had EMU's other touchdown with a 1-yard run in the first quarter. The Zips (4-5, 2-4) held a 10-7 halftime lead after Jeremiah Knight's 70-yard punt return with 2:16 left before the break. EMU outgained Akron 384-90. Ramart was just 4 of 15 for 29 yards passing and the three interceptions. - AP College Football

11/08/18- Jordan Brailford, rJr, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 241
Oklahoma State's Jordan Brailford has enjoyed an outstanding season, ranking among the nation's top 10 in sacks and tackles for loss this season. For the Cowboys to have any hope of upsetting No. 6 Oklahoma on Saturday, the junior defensive end needs another strong outing against elusive quarterback Kyler Murray. Oklahoma State (5-4, 2-4 Big 12) leads the nation with 33 sacks. Brailford is tied for fourth with nine and ranks sixth with 15.5 tackles for loss per game. Going against Murray, who has been sacked just nine times all season and sits sixth in the country with 2,689 passing yards, will be a major challenge for Brailford and OSU. "He's been an exceptional pass rusher up to this point," said Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy of Brailford. "He has a combination of speed and power and he has really good flexibility. Even in the NFL, the guys that are good pass rushers, they can carry a certain speed up field, but then they can dip and have flexibility to get down under those blocks. "He's been great. He's been active, he's been a good leader and makes plays. He draws quite a bit of attention, which he should." Oklahoma State is coming off a 35-31 loss at Baylor last week in which the Bears erased a 31-21 Cowboy lead in the final six minutes. - AP College Football

11/05/18- *Rashan Gary, Jr, Michigan, 6-4, 283
DE Rashan Gary returned to action last week after missing three games with a shoulder injury. The junior had two tackles and a quarterback hurry, that coming on the first play from scrimmage.

11/05/18- Kyle Phillips, Sr, Tennessee, 6-4, 272
DE Kyle Phillips continues to terrorize opposing offensive lines, registering four tackles (two for a loss), a sack and a pair of broken up passes against Charlotte. The senior is riding out his final year on Rocky Top with a full resume that includes 37 tackles (five for loss) and three sacks, to go along with a fumble recovery, three passes broken up, and a pick-six interception against Alabama.

11/05/18- Nick Coe, rSo, Auburn, 6-4, 282
NOV 5 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Nick Coe, DL, Auburn,...Three tackles including 1.0 sacks, 2.0 tackles for loss (minus 14), a forced fumble and two pressures...His strip sack on the last play of the game sealed the come-from-behind victory for the Tigers....All of his tackles were third (4) or fourth (1) down stops...Led all defensive players with 43 production points. - SEC Football

11/05/18- Anree Saint-Amour, Sr, Georgia Tech, 6-2, 245
NOV 5 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Anree Saint-Amour, Georgia Tech, Sr., DE, Suwanee, Ga.,...Saint-Amour set career highs with nine tackles and three quarterback hurries and made a terrific play for a game-clinching interception in Georgia Tech's 38-28 win at North Carolina ... Saint-Amour's career-high nine tackles included one for loss ... With Georgia Tech clinging to a 35-28 lead and less than three minutes to play, Saint-Amour dropped off the line of scrimmage and into coverage to make his decisive interception ... Returned the interception 16 yards, which set up a 22-yard field goal that put the game out of reach with 46 seconds to go ... He also had one pass breakup. - ACC Football

11/05/18- Alex Highsmith, rJr, Charlotte, 6-3, 244
NOV 5 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Charlotte redshirt junior DE Alex Highsmith keyed a huge defensive effort that held Tennessee to the Volunteers' season-low of 192 yards of total offense and 20 yards rushing, along with just one offensive touchdown. Highsmith had seven tackles (4 solo) and created havoc in the backfield with 4.0 tackle for loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. His 4.0 TFL are the most this season by a 49er and the second-most in Conference USA this year. With 12.5 TFL on the year, Highsmith has moved up to fourth place in C-USA. - Conference USA Football

10/29/18- *Nick Bosa, Jr, Ohio State, 6-4, 263
Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa agrees with his younger brother Nick's decision to leave Ohio State early to focus on getting ready for the NFL draft. Nick Bosa suffered a core muscle injury on Sept. 15 against TCU. He had surgery five days later, and some had hoped the 6-foot-4, 263-pound junior could return late in the season. But Bosa announced on Oct. 16 that his Ohio State career was over. Joey Bosa said the entire family discussed the matter and that they all came to the same agreement. "You have to understand that it is a business and he has to take care of himself," Joey Bosa said Monday as the Chargers returned to practice following a bye week. "If anyone had the opportunity to hit the lottery tomorrow, would anyone risk that? He has that opportunity. There is a difference between high draft stock and No. 1 pick in the draft." - AP College Football

10/29/18- Chase Winovich, rSr, Michigan, 6-3, 255
Chase Winovich chose to stay in college to pursue championships and improve his standing for the NFL draft. No. 5 Michigan seems to have a clear path to a Big Ten title and perhaps the College Football Playoff. And the defensive end appears to be improving his stock among pro scouts. The fifth-year senior also is having a lot of fun along the way, trying to live his life like UFC superstar Conor McGregor, whom he has befriended. "Conor and I have somewhat of a relationship now," Winovich said Monday. "I met him in New York City. I've FaceTimed him twice. He follows me on Twitter. It's a pretty cool deal. He's a big brother of mine."

Like McGregor, Winovich has a way with words and an ability to make headlines and stir things up on social media. He's doing it again leading into Saturday's game at home against No. 14 Penn State. The Nittany Lions are one of four Big Ten teams that beat the Wolverines in 2017, making their game a stop on what Winovich has called a "revenge tour" this season. "We knew we had revenge to give out on the people who were kind of bullying us, I'd say, just beating up on us last year," Winovich said. "They kind of took advantage. We were kind of in an in-between year and something about that gave me a bad taste in my mouth. "I knew me, personally, I wanted our lunch money back and I wanted them to pay interest." When asked about collecting interest, Winovich wouldn't elaborate. "That's a baited question," he said with a grin. "I can't give that to Penn State."

10/29/18- D.J. Wonnum, Jr, South Carolina, 6-4, 258
OCT 29 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: D.J. Wonnum, DL, South Carolina,...Junior defensive end D.J. Wonnum returned to the lineup 27-24 win over Tennessee and made his presence felt with a pair of sacks, including one in the waning minutes to seal the victory...It was Wonnum's first appearance since the season opener, as he left that contest with a foot injury and had not played since. - SEC Football

10/29/18- Yetur Gross-Matos, So, Penn State, 6-4, 259
OCT 29 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State, So., DE, Spotsylvania, Va./Chancellor,...Recorded a team-high nine tackles, including seven solo stops, in Penn State's win against Iowa...Tallied a career-high 4.0 tackles for loss in the contest...Notched a pair of sacks to tie his career high...Receives his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor...Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Jason Cabinda (Oct. 23, 2017). - Big Ten football

10/29/18- Carlos Basham Jr., rSo, Wake Forest, 6-4, 270
OCT 29 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest, So., DE, Roanoke, Va.,...Basham had four total tackles, including two for loss, and also found a way to get on the scoreboard in Saturday's 56-35 win at Louisville ... Basham's fumble recovery and 23-yard touchdown return in the second quarter closed out the Demon Deacons' scoring in a first half that ended with Wake Forest ahead 35-21. - ACC Football

10/23/18- Marcus Willoughby, Jr, Elon, 6-2, 273
OCT 1 CAA FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marcus Willoughby, Jr., DE, Elon (Durham, N.C./Durham Riverside)...Willoughby recorded a team-high nine tackles, including a career-best 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, as Elon defeated New Hampshire, 30-9, in its CAA opener. The nine stops were one shy of his career-high and the 4.5 TFL were the most by a CAA player this season. Willoughby led an Elon defense that held UNH to 218 total yards, including just 46 yards and no points in the second half. - Colonial Athletic Association Football

10/23/18- Casey Williams, rFr, Stony Brook, 6-1, 250
SEPT 24 CAA FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Casey Williams, Fr., DL, Stony Brook (Philadelphia, Pa./South Philadelphia)...Williams blocked a field goal in Stony Brook's 36-10 win over Richmond. With the Seawolves leading just 9-3 in the second quarter, the freshman got his hands on Griffin Trau's 43-yard field goal try. It was the second block of the year for Williams, who blocked a punt and returned it for a TD vs. Bryant on Sept. 8. - Colonial Athletic Association Football

10/22/18- Malik Thompson, rSr, Marshall, 6-5, 282
OCT 22 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marshall senior DL Malik Thompson finished with a career-high nine tackles (five of FAU star RB Devin Singletary) and had a hand in two turnovers as he posted his first-ever forced fumble and his first-career interception in Marshall's 31-7 defeat of visiting Florida Atlantic last Saturday. Thompson ripped the ball away from FAU's Kerrith Whyte, Jr. in the second quarter and picked off a Chris Robison third-quarter pass at the Owls' 27 to set up the Thundering Herd's second touchdown. Thompson helped lead a Marshall defensive effort that posted five takeaways and held FAU to seven points (28 below its season average) and a 3-for-17 showing on third down. The Herd has still not allowed a first-quarter touchdown in 10 consecutive games, the nation's second-longest streak. - Conference USA Football

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