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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, 202
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

11/28/18- *Darrell Henderson, Jr, Memphis, 5-09, 200
Memphis' Darrell Henderson has bigger goals to accomplish, so he doesn't have time to waste celebrating his American Athletic Conference record or his status as the nation's second-leading rusher. Henderson wants to win an AAC championship. Memphis (8-4) carries a four-game winning streak into Saturday's AAC championship game against No. 7 Central Florida (11-0, No. 8 College Football Playoff ). The Knights have won 24 straight games over the last two years but will be playing this week without injured star quarterback McKenzie Milton. The Tigers' opportunity to claim a conference title comes one week after Henderson set the AAC's single-season rushing record.

"It felt good, but I had to flush that because we've got a (chance at a) bigger accomplishment this week," Henderson said. "We've got to go play for the conference championship, so I'm just focused on my team right now. This championship is more important right now." This game represents a second chance for Henderson, whose potential go-ahead 32-yard touchdown run was nullified by a holding penalty in the fourth quarter of a 31-30 loss to UCF last month. Even without that touchdown, Henderson still rushed for 199 yards in that game. "We've just got to play relentless and make sure we finish this game," Henderson said. "We just had too many turnovers and too many mistakes (last time)." Henderson is the biggest reason why Memphis is back in the conference championship game one year after losing quarterback Riley Ferguson and Chicago Bears rookie receiver Anthony Miller, who had formed one of the nation's most dynamic passing combinations. - AP College Football

11/27/18- Reggie Gallaspy Jr., Sr, North Carolina State, 5-10, 235
2018 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): RB Reggie Gallaspy Jr., Sr., NC State, 49 Votes,...RB Reggie Gallaspy, Jr., was named a third-team selection. He ranks second in the ACC with 16 rushing TDs this season, also the second-best mark among Power-5 schools. Gallaspy is the reigning ACC Running Back of the Week after tying the NC State school record with five rushing scores in the OT win at North Carolina, to go along with a career-best 129 yards. - NC State Football

11/27/18- Cade Carney, Jr, Wake Forest, 5-10, 215
NOV 26 ACC CO-RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Cade Carney, Wake Forest, Jr., RB; Advance, N.C.,...Carney rushed a career-high 31 times for a career-best 223 yards and two touchdowns in Wake Forest's 59-7 win at Duke ... Carney scored on runs of 5 and 12 yards ... Rushed for 118 yards in the first half and 105 in the second half ... It was his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and the fifth of his career. - ACC Football

11/27/18- Reggie Gallaspy Jr., Sr, North Carolina State, 5-10, 235
NOV 26 ACC CO-RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Reggie Gallaspy Jr., NC State, Sr., RB; High Point, N.C.,...Gallaspy tied a school record with five rushing touchdowns in the Wolfpack's 34-28 overtime win at North Carolina on Saturday ... The five rushing touchdowns in a game are the most by any player in a Power 5 conference this year and tied for the most ever against UNC (most since 1975) ... Gallaspy rushed for a career-high 129 yards on 27 carries (4.8 yards per carry) ... One of his touchdowns came on a season-best 34-yard run. - ACC Football

11/27/18- *Darrell Henderson, Jr, Memphis, 5-09, 200
NOV 26 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Darrell Henderson, Memphis, Jr., RB,...Rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in a 52-31 win against Houston to clinch The American's West Division title. - American Athletic Conference Football

11/27/18- Greg McCrae, So, Central Florida, 5-09, 175
NOV 26 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Greg McCrae, UCF, So., RB,...Completed 13 of 25 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing TD in a 38-13 win against No. 19 Cincinnati, the Knights' 23rd straight victory. - American Athletic Conference Football

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