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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.

12/06/18- 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- 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- Will McBride, So, Tennessee, 6-1, 209
Quarterback Will McBride says on social media he's transferring from Tennessee after a season in which he didn't appear in a single game. In a tweet Wednesday announcing his departure, McBride said he'd "learned a lot" during his two years at Tennessee and that "I will always appreciate the memories I made and the relationships I built." McBride added that "Tennessee is a special place with special people." The move leaves Jarrett Guarantano and J.T. Shrout as Tennessee's only scholarship quarterbacks with eligibility remaining. Guarantano started all 12 games for Tennessee this season while Shrout redshirted. Tennessee (5-7) finished its season Saturday with a 38-13 loss at Vanderbilt. McBride played two games for Tennessee as a freshman in 2017. He went 17 of 40 for 152 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown pass. - AP College Football

12/04/18- Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, Ohio State, 6-2, 220
QB Dwayne Haskins was named a finalist for the 84th Heisman Trophy. The award for the most outstanding college football player will be presented Saturday (8 p.m. ET) in New York. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma's Kyler Murray were the other finalists.

12/04/18- Tua Tagovailoa, So, Alabama, 6-1, 218
QB Tua Tagovailoa was named a finalist for the 84th Heisman Trophy. The award for the most outstanding college football player will be presented Saturday (8 p.m. ET) in New York. Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins were the other finalists. Tagovailoa and Murray will meet again at the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 when the No. 1 Crimson Tide and fourth-seeded Sooners square off in a College Football Playoff semifinal contest.

12/04/18- Kyler Murray, rJr, Oklahoma, 5-10, 195
QB Kyler Murray was named a finalist for the 84th Heisman Trophy. The award for the most outstanding college football player will be presented Saturday (8 p.m. ET) in New York. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins were the other finalists. Murray and Tagovailoa will meet again at the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 when the fourth-ranked Sooners and No. 1 Crimson Tide square off in a College Football Playoff semifinal contest.

12/01/18- Kelly Bryant, rSr, Missouri, 6-3, 220
QB Kelly Bryant will resume his career in the Southeastern Conference. Bryant has visit a number of schools since deciding to walk away from the Clemson program earlier this season, but the Kansas City Star reported that he has narrowed his decision to Missouri and Auburn. Earlier, this month, Rivals.com reported that Bryant set a date of Dec. 4 to select his graduate transfer destination. Bryant, who announced plans to transfer from Clemson after coach Dabo Swinney chose freshman Trevor Lawrence as the team's starting quarterback in late September, is visiting Auburn this weekend.

12/01/18- Alan Bowman, Fr, Texas Tech, 6-2, 210
QB Alan Bowman has no plans to transfer from the school. There was speculation about Bowman's future after the university fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired Sunday after the Red Raiders finished 5-7 this season. However, Bowman put to rest any of those worries and said he is eager to work with new head coach Matt Wells, who was hired away from Utah "I'm here for Texas Tech. I love the university, love the team," Bowman said, per the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. "I met with the coaches yesterday, really enjoyed 'em, so I'm excited for it."

12/01/18- McKenzie Milton, Jr, Central Florida, 5-11, 185
QB McKenzie Milton was released from the hospital one week after suffering a gruesome knee injury. Milton, who was injured in a victory over South Florida on Nov. 23, will watch his team play Memphis in the AAC Championship Game on Saturday with his family at his home in Orlando, Fla. ESPN reported that Milton already has undergone three surgical procedures on his right leg and will have reconstructive knee surgery in four to six weeks.

11/28/18- Tua Tagovailoa, So, Alabama, 6-1, 218
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray are among the five finalists named Wednesday for the Walter Camp national player of the award. Joining the two Heisman Trophy contenders as finalists are West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen. Tagovailoa has led the top-ranked Crimson Tide to the Southeastern Conference championship game and has thrown 36 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Murray has the fifth-ranked Sooners in the Big 12 title game and has accounted for 48 touchdowns (37 passing, 11 rushing). The winner will be announced Dec. 6. - AP College Football

11/27/18- Jake Fromm, So, Georgia, 6-2, 220
There's a new No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night. Georgia (11-1) moved up after its victory over Georgia Tech last week. The Bulldogs are preparing to take on No. 1 Alabama in Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game. The top three -- Alabama (12-0), No. 2 Clemson (12-0) and No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) -- remained in the same spots this week. Michigan held the No. 4 spot for three weeks until its crushing 62-39 loss at Ohio State on Saturday. The Buckeyes were the biggest movers, climbing from No. 10 to No. 6. They'll play No. 21 Northwestern (8-4) the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night in Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State sits just behind No. 5 Oklahoma (11-1), which faces No. 14 Texas on Saturday for the Big 12 championship. The Sooners edged West Virginia 59-56 last weekend in their regular-season finale. "We spent a lot of time on that one (No. 6)," selection committee chair Rob Mullens said in an interview . "I undestand the defensive efficiencies are there, but they really have an historic offense." - The Sports Xchange

11/27/18- McKenzie Milton, Jr, Central Florida, 5-11, 185
QB McKenzie Milton's parents provided some encouraging news about their son, who suffered a gruesome leg injury in Friday's victory over South Florida. They reported that blood flow has returned to his leg following Friday's emergency surgery and that reconstructive surgery will be performed at an undetermined time in the future.

11/27/18- Ryan Finley, rSr, North Carolina State, 6-3, 212
2018 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): QB Ryan Finley, Gr., NC State, 130 Votes,...Finley leads the ACC, and ranks seventh nationally, with 307.3 passing yards per game, and also leads the conference with a .674 completion percentage and seven games with at least 300 yards. He is one of just two quarterbacks in school history (and five in ACC history) to turn in three 3,000+-yard passing seasons. - NC State Football

11/27/18- Eric Dungey, Sr, Syracuse, 6-3, 226
NOV 26 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Eric Dungey, Syracuse, Sr.; Lake Oswego, Ore.,...Dungey accounted for 396 yards of total offense and all six Syracuse touchdowns to lead the Orange to a 42-21 victory at Boston College ... He was 21-for-34 passing for 362 yards and three TDs and rushed 18 times for 34 yards and three scores ... Dungey set a new Syracuse season record for touchdown responsibility with 32, eclipsing the old mark of 30 established by Donovan McNabb in 1998 ... Dungey's 362 yards through the air marked his 11th 300-yard passing game and his second this season ... The ACC Quarterback of the Week selection is his fourth of the season. - ACC Football

11/27/18- Trevor Lawrence, Fr, Clemson, 6-5, 215
NOV 26 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Fr., QB, Cartersville, Ga.,...Lawrence earned his fifth ACC Rookie of the Week honor after he completed 27-of-36 passes for a career-high 393 yards with one touchdown in Saturday night's 56-35 win over South Carolina ... Recorded the most passing yards by any Clemson player in its 116-game all-time series against the Gamecocks ... Become the first player in school history to engineer three touchdown drives of 95 yards or more in a single game. - ACC Football

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