College Player News by Position: FB
|11/19/18- Darnell Woolfolk, Sr, Army, 5-09, 235
Army is ranked for the first time since 1996, moving into The Associated Press college football poll at No. 23 on Sunday as it begins preparations to face rival Navy on Dec. 8. The Black Knights (9-2) have been edging toward the Top 25 in recent weeks, and they finally broke through. The rankings were mostly unchanged after a weekend with few big games or surprising results. Led by unanimous No. 1 Alabama, the top six stayed the same as last week. Clemson was No. 2, followed by Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia and Oklahoma. Washington State moved up a spot to No. 7 and UCF jumped three spots to No. 8, season highs for both schools. LSU tied Central Florida at No. 8 and Ohio State was 10th. Also debuting in the Top 25 this season was Pittsburgh at No. 24. - AP College Football
|11/18/18- Joe Protheroe, Sr, Cal Poly, 5-11, 230
Khaleel Jenkins passed for five touchdowns and Joe Protheroe set the Cal Poly career rushing record as the Mustangs closed the season with a 38-24 win over Southern Utah on Saturday night. Protheroe ran 34 times for 183 yards and finished his Cal Poly career with 4,271 yards rushing, passing Craig Young (4,205, 1996-99) on a 24-yard run early in the third quarter. Protheroe had set the program's season rushing mark last Saturday and finished with 1,810 yards on the year. Jenkins all but iced it for Cal Poly with his fifth TD pass, a 31-yarder to Quentin Harrison that capped the scoring with 1:22 left in the game.
The Mustangs (5-6, 4-4 Big Sky Conference) scored 17 straight points to lead 31-21 on Alex Vega's 37-yard field goal with 8:40 left in the fourth quarter. Southern Utah (1-10, 1-7) cut the deficit to one touchdown on Manny Berz's 20-yard field goal with 4:54 left. The Thunderbirds led 14-0 late in the first quarter on Tyler Skidmore's 9-yard TD pass to McCoy Hill. Jenkins had three touchdown passes in the second quarter to tie it at 21 before the half. Jenkins finished 9 of 13 for 196 yards and ran for 52 yards on 12 carries. J.J. Koski had four catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns for the Mustangs. Skidmore completed 26 of 38 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown for Southern Utah. - AP College Football
|11/17/18- Darnell Woolfolk, Sr, Army, 5-09, 235
Army coach Jeff Monken breathed a sigh of relief after the Black Knights finished their second straight unbeaten season at home. Now, he has three weeks to prepare for archrival Navy. Fullback Darnell Woolfolk rushed for three touchdowns, the 10th time in his career with multiple scores, and Kelvin Hopkins Jr. ran for another score as Army held off Championship Subdivision foe Colgate 28-14 on Saturday to snap the Raiders' 14-game winning streak.
Army (9-2), which just missed breaking into the AP Top 25 this week, has won seven in a row and 13 straight at Michie Stadium over two seasons. The last time the Black Knights accomplished back-to-back unbeaten seasons at home was in the mid-1980s. "I think it's really important to win at home," Monken said. "When we play here, we're going to be hard to beat. Credit to our guys. They have a good defense. They held us down. We didn't run as effectively as we normally do and we certainly didn't stop the run as well as we have this year." This one wasn't so easy against the sixth-ranked Raiders, who had dominated in winning their first nine games with a stalwart, gang-tackling defense that had allowed only 29 points in nine games. That defense limited the second-ranked rushing team in the nation to 261 yards rushing, 46 below its average, as Army only outgained Colgate 286-251. - AP College Football
|11/12/18- Kevonta Moses, Jr, Shaw, 6-0, 240
2018 ALL-CIAA FIRST TEAM: Tight End - Kevonta Moses, 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. Moses had 17 receptions for 234 yards and scored two touchdowns this season for the Bears. - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football
|11/12/18- Christopher Brooks, So, Fayetteville State, 6-1, 225
2018 ALL-CIAA HONORABLE MENTION: Tight End - Chris Brooks, 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- Joe Protheroe, Sr, Cal Poly, 5-11, 230
Joe Protheroe had 41 carries for a career-best 260 yards and a score and the Cal Poly defense forced four turnovers to help the Mustangs beat Idaho State 37-14 on Saturday night. Protheroe has a single-season school record 1,627 yards rushing this season, breaking James Noble's mark of 1,578, and moved into second on program's career list with 4,088 yards, 117 shy of Craig Young's record. Protheroe's eight consecutive games with at least 100 yards rushing is also a school record.
Protheroe capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run that gave Cal Poly (4-6, 3-4 Big Sky Conference) the lead for good just before halftime. Then, on the opening possession of the second half, he had run of 3, 5 and 4 that all converted third downs before Khaleel Jenkins hit J.J. Koski for a 36-yard touchdown that made it 20-7. Idaho State (6-4, 5-2), which came in ranked 25th in the FCS coaches poll, answered quickly as Ty Flanagan's 28-yard scoring run came less than two minutes later but Cal Poly outscored the Bengals 17-0 in the fourth quarter. Anders Turner returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown, Koski added a 28-yard TD run and Alex Vega, who made field goals of 31 and 23 yards in the first quarter, made a 29-yarder with 1:27 to play. - AP College Football
|11/11/18- Andre Stoddard, Sr, Wofford, 5-10, 240
Joe Newman ran for touchdowns of 38 and 4 yards and Wofford rallied in the second half to defeat Western Carolina 38-23 on Saturday. Newman rushed 12 times for 93 yards, and Andre Stoddard gained 82 and added an insurance score with 44 seconds left in the game. Tyrie Adams completed 23 of 36 passes for 229 yards and led Western Carolina (3-7, 1-7 Southern) on four unanswered scoring drives - two Will Horton field goals and TD runs by Adams and Connell Young. The Catamounts built a 20-7 lead on conference leader Wofford, which is ranked No. 14 in the FCS coaches poll. The Terriers (7-3, 6-2) cut the gap to 20-14 by the break and led 31-23 in the fourth quarter. George Gbesee intercepted Adams with a minute remaining and Stoddard iced the game with a 12-yard TD run three plays later. - AP College Football
|11/10/18- Darnell Woolfolk, Sr, Army, 5-09, 235
Still perfect at home, not so perfect on the field. Army coach Jeff Monken will take it - grudgingly. Darnell Woolfolk rushed for 69 yards and two touchdowns, Calen Holt and Kelvin Hopkins Jr. each scored on short runs, and Army beat Lafayette 31-13 on a windswept Saturday. It was the sixth straight victory for Army (8-2), which has won 12 in a row at home. Lafayette (3-7), which plays in the Championship Subdivision, fell behind early and was doomed by a blocked punt to start the second half.
"I challenged our team this week to try and play our very best football, to play the best that we can play," Monken said. "At this point in the season we really need to be doing that if we're going to accomplish the goals that we've still got out there. I don't think we did that today, but it was good enough to win. We made some plays." Army dominated the opening half, running twice as many plays as the Leopards, outgaining them 256-63, and holding the ball for nearly 22 minutes to gain a 17-6 lead. The margin could have been greater if not for a turnover and two false start penalties in a three-play sequence with the ball inside the Lafayette 10 that forced Army to kick a field goal on the game's first drive. - AP College Football
|11/03/18- Darnell Woolfolk, Sr, Army, 5-09, 235
Fullback Darnell Woolfolk rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown, Kelvin Hopkins Jr. scored on a 6-yard run, and Army held off service academy rival Air Force 17-14 on Saturday. It was the 11th straight victory at Michie Stadium for Army (7-2), which stayed in the running to keep the Commander in Chief's Trophy, emblematic of supremacy among the three service academies. Army won the trophy last season for the first time since 1996 and can retain it with a victory over Navy next month. Air Force (3-6), which beat Navy 35-7 a month ago, is 33-14 in Commander in Chief's Trophy games against Army since the trophy was first awarded in 1972. Air Force had won 18 of the previous 21 in the series against the Black Knights, but one of those Army victories was 21-0 last year at Air Force. That loss snapped a school-record, 306-game scoring streak by the Falcons dating to 1992. - AP College Football
|10/22/18- Carson Meier, rSr, Oklahoma, 6-5, 255
FB/TE Carson Meier had his first multi-catch game last week against TCU and continues to become a bigger part of OU's offense. Lincoln Riley said Meier's development as a pass-catcher has let him grow into the role that Dimitri Flowers had before Flowers' graduation after last year. "He's always been a good blocker but he's really improved -- not just catching the ball, but understanding our route concepts, understanding where we need him to be versus different coverages," Riley said. "So that development has allowed us to use him more. He's a weapon there."
|10/20/18- Andre Stoddard, Sr, Wofford, 5-10, 240
Andre Stoddard and Lennox McAffee rushed for two touchdowns apiece as Wofford snapped East Tennessee State's five-game win streak 30-17 in a Southern Conference clash on Saturday. McAffee rushed for 121 yards on 12 carries and Stoddard added 54 as the Terriers (5-2, 4-1) piled up 295 yards on the ground, scored the first 17 points and didn't let ETSU (6-2, 4-1) get closer than a touchdown. JJ Jerman's 45-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half pulled the Buccaneers to 17-10, but Wofford turned a fumble and an interception into 13 second-half points. Austin Herink threw for 201 yards for ETSU, but was picked off twice, both leading to Wofford touchdowns. The five-game win streak was ETSU's best since stringing seven wins together in the 1996 season. Both teams were ranked in an FCS coaches poll - Wofford, an FCS quarterfinalist last season, rated 12th, ETSU 21st. - AP College Football
|10/20/18- Darnell Woolfolk, Sr, Army, 5-09, 235
Darnell Woolfolk scored on a bruising 7-yard run up the middle in the second overtime, sophomore quarterback Cam Thomas rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown in his first career start, and Army held off Miami of Ohio 31-30 on Saturday. Army (5-2) remained unbeaten at home this season and extended its winning streak at Michie Stadium to 10 games. Miami (3-5) had won two straight and three of four after beginning the season with three straight losses. The teams each kicked a field goal in the first overtime and the RedHawks scored a touchdown in the second, but coach Chuck Martin elected to go for the victory and quarterback Gus Ragland nearly stunned the Black Knights. Hit and falling to the turf, he somehow completed a sideline pass to Kenny Young on the right side but he was stopped at the 2.
Army was without starting quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr., who suffered a lower-body injury last week in a win at San Jose State, and safety James Gibson, out with an upper-body injury. Miami had scored 149 points in its previous four games, surpassing 30 in each, but it's hard to score without the ball. Army limited the RedHawks to just three possessions in the first half, taking a 14-7 lead into the halftime break. Army entered the game averaging 313.5 yards on the ground and topped the nation in possession time at just under 40 minutes a game behind Hopkins, who leads the team in rushing. Thomas acquitted himself well in his debut, not committing a turnover. - AP College Football
|10/16/18- Joe Protheroe, Sr, Cal Poly, 5-11, 230
SEPT 17 BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cal Poly fullback Joe Protheroe became the first Big Sky player to eclipse the 200-yard rushing mark when he ran for 228 yards on 43 carries in Cal Poly's 44-15 win over Brown. The fullback added three touchdowns to his resume when he scored from 3, 5 and 1-yard out for the Mustangs. Protheroe's performance ranks him fifth in the FCS in rushing yards in a single game. Other Nominees for ROOT SPORTS Offensive Player of the Week: Tamarick Pierce, EWU; Mitch Gueller, ISU; Samuel Akem, UM; Tucker Rovig, MSU; Keaton Mott, UNC; Davis Alexander, PSU; Elijah Dotson, SAC; Chris Helbig, SUU; Josh Davis, WSU. - Big Sky Conference Football
|10/13/18- Tyre McCants, rSr, South Florida, 5-11, 240
Coby Weiss made a 22-yard field goal with 2 seconds left and No. 23 South Florida scored 17 points in the final 7:10 to beat Tulsa 25-24 on Friday night. Blake Barnett set up the winning field goal with a 32-yard strike to Tyre McCants to the 5. Barnett scored on 1- and 12-yard runs to pull the Bulls (6-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) within two with 2:10 to go, but was stopped on a two-point conversion run. USF forced Tulsa (1-5, 0-3) into a three-and-out, giving the Bulls the ball back with 1:03 remaining on their own 43 with no timeouts left. Jordan Cronkrite, who set a USF and AAC record with 302 yards last week at UMass, rushed for 151 yards on 25 carries. But outside of a 66-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter that evened it at 10, Cronkrite didn't do a lot of damage. - AP College Football
|09/30/18- Andre Stoddard, Sr, Wofford, 5-10, 240
Andre Stoddard ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns and Joe Newman passed for two scores to help Wofford beat Gardner-Webb 45-14 on Saturday night. Wofford (4-1), ranked No. 6 in the STATS FCS poll, finished with 490 yards rushing on 57 attempts - both season highs. Newman was 4-of-7 passing for 103 yards and Lennox McAfee had 12 carries for 131 yards and a score for the Terriers. TJ Luther had three receptions for 86 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown. On the opening drive, Weston Rountree intercepted a pass from Gardner-Webb's Jordan Smith and returned it 15 yards to the 21.
McAfee had two 7-yard runs and then a 34-yarder before Stoddard scored from 3 yards out to cap an 11-play, 79-yard drive and, after the Bulldogs (1-4) went three-and-out on their next possession, Newman hit Blake Morgan for a 17-yard touchdown that made it 14-0 late in the first quarter. Stoddard had a 54-yard touchdown run and Luke Carter's 21-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter made it 17-point game and McAfee added a 41-yard scoring run that gave Wofford a 38-14 lead early in the fourth. The Terriers finished with 643 totals yards, compared to Gardner-Webb's 203, and had 27 first downs. - AP College Football
|07/01/18- Ben Miles, rFr, Texas AM, 6-0, 210
The son of former LSU coach Les Miles is transferring from Nebraska to Texas A&M to play for new coach Jimbo Fisher. Ben Miles, a fullback, announced his plans via Twitter on Sunday. "Made it to Campus... I am really excited about my opportunity here in College Station!" Miles' post read. "Once again, thank you to the coaches that recruited me to Nebraska and invested in me for a year. This is my next step. I can't wait to get started!" Miles redshirted his freshman year in 2017 and must sit out this season because of NCAA transfer rules.
|03/22/18- Vic Enwere, Sr, California, 6-1, 241
For the second straight year there was plenty of rain for Cal's annual Pro Day at California Memorial Stadium but a large group of 16 former Golden Bears still turned in plenty of notable performances while showing off their skills to front office personnel, coaches and scouts from the majority of the NFL's 32 teams. "I'm not surprised at all with how our seniors from last season performed on their pro timing day." head football strength and conditioning coach Torre Becton said. "Those guys played a great deal of football during their time at Cal and I think they represented themselves well today and gave themselves an opportunity to be recognized by the next level."
Raymond Davison III arguably had the most notable testing performance including 24 bench press reps that would have been fifth among linebackers at the NFL Combine and a consensus time of 4.56 in the 40-yard dash that would have been sixth. Others that had times of marks that would have ranked in the top-10 at their respective positions at the combine included running back Vic Enwere (10' 2" broad jump, T5th; 21 bench press reps, T8th), linebacker Devante Downs (23 bench press reps, T5th), cornerback Marloshawn Franklin Jr. (10' 2" broad jump, T8th; 6.85 3 cone drill, 10th) and wide receiver Jordan Veasy (10' 3" broad jump, T10th). - Cal Football
|03/15/18- Garrett Dickerson, Sr, Northwestern, 6-2, 244
All 32 National Football League franchises were represented at Trienens Hall on Tuesday for the 2018 Northwestern Football Pro Timing Day. A total of 14 Wildcats, and a host of local prospects, put their talents on display in advance of the NFL Draft. Northwestern student-athletes that participated fully included Corey Acker, Moe Almasri, Matt Alviti, Garrett Dickerson, Tyler Lancaster, Warren Long, Marcus McShepard, Hunter Niswander, Brad North, Kyle Queiro and Brett Walsh. 2018 Combine invitees Godwin Igwebuike and Justin Jackson, and 2016 graduate Miles Shuler, participated in position drills. - Northwestern Football
|03/10/18- Ryan Yurachek, Sr, Marshall, 6-1, 240
The night before Marshall's Pro Day on Wednesday, NFL aspirant Ryan Yurachek shared a conversation with his father about what loomed. Yurachek wasn't a highly sought recruit out of high school, so the prospect of a combine-style workout in front of NFL and other professional scouts seemed like a pipedream. But, along with seven of his former Thundering Herd teammates, Yurachek received that opportunity inside the Chris Cline Athletic Complex. "My biggest thing is I wanted to run well," Yurachek said. "People have always said that I was a little slower, or looked slow on film, so that was my biggest thing that I needed to work on."
Eight former Marshall players participated in various measured workouts, including bench press, vertical, broad jump, 40-yard dash and shuttle. Yurachek exited the Herd program No. 2 in career touchdowns among tight ends, No. 3 in career receptions by a tight end and No. 4 in receiving yards by a tight end. He also tied the school record for consecutive games with a reception with 42. His best 40 time on Wednesday was 4.71, which would have ranked fifth among tight ends who ran at the NFL Scouting Combine. He recorded 18 repetitions on the bench press, which would have been tight for fifth at the Combine, alongside North Carolina State's Jaylen Samuels. Yurachek's 11.89 in the 60-yard shuttle would have been fourth among Combine tight ends. - Marshall Football
|03/10/18- Albert Havili, rSr, Eastern Washington, 6-2, 278
With Albert Havili turning in an impressive performance in the bench press, nine former Eastern Washington University football players took part in testing for 15 professional football scouts at EWU's annual Pro Day on Friday (March 9) in Cheney, Wash. Among those participating were Havili, projected as also being a possible linebacker or fullback on the next level. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 29 times for one of the most impressive performances of the day, which began inside in the EWU weight room and then moved outside to sunny, but blustery and chilly conditions at Roos Field. Others taking part were defensive lineman Andre Lino; wide receivers Nic Sblendorio and Keonte White; defensive backs Victor Gamboa, Jake Hoffman and John Kreifels; running back Jordan Laurencio and punter/kicker Jordan Dascalo.
Besides speed, agility and weight-lifting, the tests include height, weight and other measurements. The former players are all hoping for possible professional football opportunities in the weeks ahead leading up to the NFL Draft in late April and subsequent free agent signings. "I think I did pretty well with the testing inside and outside," said Havili, a second team All-Big Sky Conference selection a year ago. "I felt like I met my goals - I wanted to get 31 in the bench press but I'm happy with 29. - Eastern Washington Football
|01/27/18- Jaylen Samuels, Sr, North Carolina State, 6-0, 225
Top 15 Senior Bowl Performers: 10. Jaylen Samuels, RB, NC State...A do-everything weapon in college, Samuels lined up strictly at running back during practices and out-performed the other backs on the field. As expected, he did his best work during pass-catching drills as none of the linebackers could stick with his route quickness. Samuels and his versatility has him destined for the second day of the draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
|01/25/18- Jaylen Samuels, Sr, North Carolina State, 6-0, 225
Senior Bowl Thursday: North Carolina State running back Jaylen Samuels was a tough assignment for the North linebackers and safeties during one-on-one drills. Samuels used quick feet and timing to skirt the defender and create separation in coverage, giving the quarterback a clean target. A "Swiss army knife" skill player, Samuels played running back, wide receiver, fullback and tight end in college and is ideally suited for a hybrid role in the NFL where a play-caller utilizes him in different ways. He isn't as dangerous a ball-carrier as San Diego State's Rashaad Penny, but Samuels might be higher on several draft boards because of his do-everything versatility. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
|01/08/18- Blake Mack, Sr, Arkansas State, 6-2, 235
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Blake Mack (Arkansas State, TE, Sr.),...The Red Wolves placed five players on the first team, including Hansen, Blake Mack (Sr., TE), Lanard Bonner (Jr., OL) and Rolland-Jones in addition to Taylor. - Arkansas State Football
|01/05/18- Tee Sims, rSr, Appalachian State, 6-1, 259
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Tee Sims (Appalachian State, DL, Sr.),...Sims ranks No. 5 nationally and No. 2 in the Sun Belt at 0.95 sacks per game, as his 9.5 sacks caused a loss of 78 yards. He also posted 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4 in the Sun Belt), 41 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble this year. - Appalachian State Football
|01/05/18- Caleb Fuller, Sr, Appalachian State, 5-11, 224
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Caleb Fuller (Appalachian State, DL, Sr.),...Fuller has 23 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, including a takedown on Idaho's final drive in a 23-20 win by App State. He also made a big impact on special teams, rushing for 23 yards on a fake punt against Georgia Southern and blocking a punt at Georgia State. - Appalachian State Football