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By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 weeks ago
College football’s Heisman Trophy won’t be awarded until next December, but it’s never too early to think about the frontrunners for next season.
Bovada has released its early odds for 2014, and there’s a familiar face at the top. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the favorite to repeat, with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota a 7/2 favorite.
Quarterbacks own five out of the top seven spots in the early odds. Running backs T.J. Yeldon (Alabama) and Todd Gurley (Georgia) are the only skill players in the top seven.
Also of interest: No wide receivers make the early odds for 2014.
Here’s the early list of favorites to win the 2014 Heisman Trophy from Bovada:
Player Odds Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 2/1 Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 7/2 Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 4/1 T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 5/1 Bryce Petty (QB Baylor) 6/1 Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 12/1 Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 12/1 Mike Davis (RB South Carolina) 15/1 Melvin Gordon (RB Wisconsin) 16/1 Everett Golson (Notre Dame) 25/1 Trevor Knight (QB Oklahoma) 25/1 Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 33/1 Karlos Williams (RB Florida State) 33/1 Matt Johnson (QB Bowling Green) 66/1 Rakeem Cato (QB Marshall) 66/1
By Steven Lassan, 3 months 21 hours ago
Northwestern running back Venric Mark was expected to be one of the Big Ten’s top running backs in 2013, but an ankle injury sidelined him for most of the season.
But the Wildcats received some good news for 2014 this week, as Mark was granted a fifth-year of eligibility, and the Texas native will return to Northwestern next year.
Mark rushed for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 104 yards in 2012.
He was also a huge factor on special teams in 2012, averaging 18.7 yards per punt return and taking two back for scores.
Considering Mark is listed at 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, he isn’t a player that can handle 300 carries. However, having the senior back in the lineup is a huge plus for Northwestern’s offense. Mark should be in the mix for All-Big Ten honors in 2014.
After a conference season to forget, Northwestern gets great news for '14 - Venric Mark granted an extra year http://t.co/DmDLOrh0r9— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) January 22, 2014
This just in: #Northwestern RB Venric Mark granted fifth year of eligibility. Great news.— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) January 21, 2014
By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 days ago
The deadline for college football players to enter the 2014 NFL Draft has passed, and the official tally stands at 98 underclassmen declaring early for the next level.
The list of early entrants also includes four players that have already graduated and are leaving with eligibility remaining, including Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard, Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford and USC safety Dion Bailey.
Here’s the full list of the 98 underclassmen leaving for the NFL, along with four other players that have already graduated and set to move onto the next level.
Player Position College Davante Adams WR Fresno State Nick Addison DB Bethune-Cookman Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech George Atkinson RB Notre Dame Odell Beckham WR Louisiana State Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State Kapri Bibbs RB Colorado State Brendan Bigelow RB California Alfred Blue RB Louisiana State Russell Bodine C North Carolina Blake Bortles QB Central Florida Chris Boyd WR Vanderbilt Bashaud Breeland DB Clemson Martavis Bryant WR Clemson Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona Ha Ha Clinton-Dix DB Alabama Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State Scott Crichton DE Oregon State Isaiah Crowell RB Alabama State Jonathan Dowling DB Western Kentucky Kony Ealy DE Missouri Eric Ebron TE North Carolina Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina Mike Evans WR Texas A&M Ego Ferguson DT Louisiana State Cameron Fleming T Stanford Khairi Fortt LB California Austin Franklin WR New Mexico State Devonta Freeman RB Florida State Carlos Gray DT North Carolina State Xavier Grimble TE Southern California Terrance Hackney T Bethune-Cookman Victor Hampton DB South Carolina Jeremy Hill RB Louisiana State Kameron Jackson DB California Nic Jacobs TE McNeese State Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State Anthony Johnson DT Louisiana State Jamel Johnson WR Alabama State Storm Johnson RB Central Florida Henry Josey RB Missouri Cyrus Kouandjio T Alabama Jarvis Landry WR Louisiana State Cody Latimer WR Indiana Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State Marqise Lee WR Southern California A.C. Leonard TE Tennessee State Albert Louis-Jean DB Boston College Colt Lyerla TE Oregon Aaron Lynch DE South Florida Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M Marcus Martin C Southern California Tre Mason RB Auburn Chris McCain DE California Terrance Mitchell DB Oregon Viliami Moala DT California Donte Moncrief WR Mississippi Adam Muema RB San Diego State Jake Murphy TE Utah Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame Louis Nix DT Notre Dame Jeoffrey Pagan DE Alabama Ronald Powell DE Florida Calvin Pryor DB Louisville Loucheiz Purifoy DB Florida Kelcy Quarles DT South Carolina Darrin Reaves RB Alabama-Birmingham Ed Reynolds DB Stanford Antonio Richardson T Tennessee Paul Richardson WR Colorado Marcus Roberson DB Florida Allen Robinson WR Penn State Greg Robinson T Auburn Bradley Roby DB Ohio State Richard Rodgers TE California Bishop Sankey RB Washington Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State Yawin Smallwood LB Connecticut Brett Smith QB Wyoming Jerome Smith RB Syracuse Willie Snead WR Ball State John Spooney RB Brown Josh Stewart WR Oklahoma State Xavier Su’a-Filo G UCLA Vinnie Sunseri DB Alabama De’Anthony Thomas RB Oregon Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame Trai Turner G Louisiana State George Uko DE Southern California Pierre Warren DB Jacksonville State Sammy Watkins WR Clemson Terrance West RB Towson James Wilder RB Florida State David Yankey T Stanford Dion Bailey DB Southern California Carl Bradford DE Arizona State Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville Adrian Hubbard LB Alabama
By Steven Lassan, 3 months 6 days ago
One of the key pieces in Minnesota’s offense has decided to transfer. Quarterback Philip Nelson will depart Minneapolis after two years with the Golden Gophers.
Nelson threw for 1,306 yards and nine touchdowns and added 364 yards and six rushing scores in 2013.
Nelson’s 2013 numbers were a slight improvement from 2012, but the Minnesota native still has a ways to develop as a passer.
With Nelson’s decision to transfer, sophomore Mitch Leidner is expected to open spring practice as the No. 1 quarterback.
Leidner threw for 619 yards and three scores in 2013, including 205 yards and two touchdowns in the bowl loss against Syracuse.
Kill on Nelson: “Philip is a terrific young man. I wish him all the best as he continues his education and football career elsewhere,” cont— Gopher Football (@GopherFootball) January 16, 2014
Kill: "I want to thank Philip for the contributions he made to our football program both on and off the field..." cont.— Gopher Football (@GopherFootball) January 16, 2014
Kill: "...and I will do anything I can to help him both now and in the future.”— Gopher Football (@GopherFootball) January 16, 2014
By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
College football’s head coaching carousel hasn’t been as busy as some may have anticipated in November, but there has been plenty of movement in the coaching ranks.
Whether it’s a change in head coaches or a coach wanting to shake up his coaching staff, the coordinator carousel is always one of the most active aspects of the offseason. And there will be over 50 changes in the coordinator ranks in the 2013-14 offseason.
To help keep track of the latest moves, Athlon has compiled a coordinator tracker for the 2013-14 season. An important note: We listed a coordinator position if a change was made at head coach – even if the same coordinator was hired again at that school (FAU – Brian Wright, USC – Clay Helton).
We will keep this page updated until all of the jobs have been filled this offseason.
College Football's 2013-14 Coordinator Changes
Team Position Old New Air Force Co-Defensive Steve Russ, Charlton Warren Steve Russ Alabama Offensive Doug Nussmeier Lane Kiffin Arkansas Defensive Chris Ash Robb Smith Arkansas State Co-Offensive Bush Hamdan, Eliah Drinkwitz Glen Elarbee and Walt Bell Arkansas State Defensive John Thompson Army Offensive Ian Shields Army Co-Defensive Payam Saadat, Chris Smeland Jay Bateman Ball State Offensive Rich Skrosky Joey Lynch Ball State Defensive Jay Bateman Kevin Kelly Boise State Offensive Robert Prince Mike Sanford Jr. Boise State Defensive Pete Kwiatkowski Marcel Yates Bowling Green Offensive Warren Ruggiero Sterlin GIlbert, Matt Mattox Bowling Green Defensive Mike Elko Kim McCloud Central Michigan Offensive Mike Cummings Morris Watts California Defensive Andy Buh Art Kaufman Cincinnati Defensive Art Kaufman Hank Hughes, Robert Prunty Duke Co-Offensive Scottie Montgomery, Kurt Roper Eastern Michigan Offensive Stan Parrish Kalen DeBoer Eastern Michigan Defensive Ron English Brad McCaslin FAU Offensive Brian Wright Brian Wright FAU Defensive Jovan DeWitt Jovan DeWitt, Roc Bellantoni Florida Offensive Brent Pease Kurt Roper Florida State Defensive Jeremy Pruitt Charles Kelly Georgia Defensive Todd Grantham Jeremy Pruitt Hawaii Defensive Thom Kaumeyer Kevin Clune Houston Co-Offensive Doug Meachem, Travis Bush Travis Bush Indiana Offensive Seth Littrell Kevin Johns Indiana Co-Defensive Doug Mallory, William Inge Brian Knorr Iowa State Offensive Courtney Messingham Mark Mangino Kansas Offensive Charlie Weis John Reagan Louisiana Tech Defensive Kim Dameron Manny Diaz Louisville Offensive Shawn Watson Garrick McGee Louisville Defensive Vance Bedford Todd Grantham Miami, Ohio Offensive John Klacik George Barnett, Eric Koehler Miami, Ohio Defensive Jay Peterson Matt Pawlowski Michigan Offensive Al Borges Doug Nussmeier Mississippi State Offensive Les Koenning Nevada Defensive Scottie Hazelton New Mexico Defensive Jeff Mills NMSU Defensive David Elson Larry Coyer North Carolina Offensive Blake Anderson Seth Littrell Notre Dame Offensive Chuck Martin Mike Denbrock Notre Dame Defensive Bob Diaco Brian VanGorder Ohio State Co-Defensive Everett Withers Chris Ash, Luke Fickell Oregon Defensive Nick Aliotti Don Pellum Oregon State Offensive Danny Langsdorf Penn State Offensive Bill O'Brien John Donovan Penn State Defensive John Butler Brent Pry, Bob Shoop Rice Offensive John Reagan Larry Edmondson, Billy Lynch Rutgers Offensive Ron Prince Ralph Friedgen Rutgers Defensive Dave Cohen Joe Rossi San Jose State Defensive Kenwick Thompson South Alabama Defensive Kevin Sherrer Kevin Pearson South Florida Offensive Walt Wells Paul Wulff Southern Miss Offensive Marcus Arroyo Chip Lindsey Stanford Defensive Derek Mason Lance Anderson TCU Offensive Jarrett Anderson, Rusty Burns Doug Meachem, Sonny Cumbie Texas Co-Offensive Major Applewhite, Darrell Wyatt Joe Wickline Texas Defensive Greg Robinson Vance Bedford Texas A&M Offensive Clarence McKinney, Jake Spavital Jake Spavital Texas A&M Co-Defensive Marcel Yates, Mark Snyder Texas Tech Co-Offensive Sonny Cumbie, Eric Morris Eric Morris and ? Toledo Co-Offensive Louis Ayeni, Jason Candle Jason Candle and ? Toledo Defensive Tom Matukewicz Jon Heacock Tulsa Offensive Greg Peterson Denver Johnson UAB Offensive Richard Owens UAB Defensive Jimmy Williams UCF Defensive Jim Fleming Paul Ferraro UCLA Defensive Lou Spanos Jeff Ulbrich UConn Offensive T.J. Weist Mike Cummings UConn Defensive Hank Hughes Vincent Brown, Anthony Poindexter UMass Offensive John Bond UMass Defensive Phil Elmassian Tom Masella USC Offensive Clay Helton Clay Helton USC Defensive Clancy Pendergast Justin Wilcox Utah Offensive Dennis Erickson, Brian Johnson Dave Christensen Vanderbilt Offensive John Donovan Karl Dorrell Vanderbilt Defensive Bob Shoop David Kotulski Wake Forest Offensive Steed Lobotzke Warren Ruggiero Wake Forest Defensive Brian Knorr Mike Elko Washington Offensive Eric Kiesau Jonathan Smith Washington Defensive Justin Wilcox Pete Kwiatkowski West Virginia Defensive Keith Patterson Western Kentucky Offensive Jeff Brohm Tyson Helton Western Kentucky Defensive Nick Holt Wyoming Offensive Jim Harding, Pete Kaligis Brent Vigen Wyoming Defensive Jamar Cain Steve Stanard
By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
After a successful three-year stint as Vanderbilt’s head coach, James Franklin is returning home. Franklin was announced as Penn State’s new head coach on Saturday, replacing Bill O’Brien who departed Happy Valley for the NFL.
Prior to taking over at Vanderbilt, Franklin worked as an offensive coordinator at Maryland and Kansas State and worked for one year as an assistant with the Packers. Franklin also spent time at James Madison, Washington State and Idaho State.
Franklin finishes his three-year stint at Vanderbilt with a 24-15 record, including three consecutive bowl appearances. The Commodores won 18 games over the last two seasons.
Franklin grew up in Pennsylvania and played his college ball at East Stroudsburg, which is less than three hours outside of Happy Valley.
By David Fox, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast returns after a brief holiday hiatus to talk about the three big stories in college football. The Texas job remains opens as the Longhorns (maybe) close in on candidates. David Fox and Braden Gall discus the reported list of finalists.
Penn State also opened up this week. Where does this job rank right now given the sanctions for the next few years, and what kind of candidates can Penn State hope to get?
After that, Fox and Gall delve into the national championship game. On paper, all the signs point to Florida State dominating. But there’s something about this Auburn team.
Finally, we share our hopes for the college football world in 2014 and react to a best names of 2013 bracket.
Send any ideas, questions or comments to @BradenGall or @DavidFox615 or email email@example.com. The podcast can be found on athlonsports.com, iTunes and our podcast RSS feed.
By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Penn State’s Bill O’Brien has accepted the head coaching job with the Houston Texans. O’Brien went 15-9 in two years with the Nittany Lions.
O’Brien inherited a challenging situation at Penn State, as the program was hit by NCAA sanctions from the Jerry Sandusky scandal prior to his first season in Happy Valley.
Penn State is one of the Big Ten’s top jobs, but it isn’t without challenges. The school has uncertainty surrounding its athletic director position and is ineligible for a bowl game for the next two years.
Here are 10 replacements for Bill O'Brien at Penn State.
Texans are expected to introduce Bill O'Brien as their new head coach by Saturday, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2014
By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Michigan State’s Rose Bowl hopes took a hit on Thursday, as head coach Mark Dantonio announced linebacker Max Bullough has been suspended for the Jan. 1 matchup against Stanford. Bullough was suspended for a violation of team rules.
Bullough ranked third on the team with 76 tackles (9.5 for a loss) and recorded one forced fumble and 1.5 sacks.
The senior was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and the coaches this season and finished his career in East Lansing with 299 tackles and eight sacks.
Bullough is a big loss for a Michigan State defense that led the nation in rush defense and allowed just 12.7 points a game.
Senior Kyler Elsworth is listed as Bullough’s backup, but there’s plenty of talent for coordinator Pat Narduzzi to mix if necessary. Senior Denicos Allen and junior Taiwan Jones are solid players and will anchor the outside spots in the linebacking corps in the Rose Bowl.
Michigan State LB Max Bullough has been suspended for the Rose Bowl - http://t.co/ODE0rVkxSS— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) December 26, 2013
By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 days ago
Wisconsin’s 2014 Big Ten title hopes received a boost on Friday, as running back Melvin Gordon announced his intention to return for next season.
Gordon is only a junior but could have left early for the NFL Draft, as he redshirted after playing sparingly in 2011.
Gordon rushed for 1,466 yards and 12 touchdowns on 181 attempts in 2013.
Gordon should be one of the top returning running backs in college football next season.