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By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
New helmets and jerseys are a big part of every college football season, and Akron appears to have unveiled a new gold (and rather shiny) helmet for 2014. The Zips have made considerable progress in Terry Bowden’s first two years and improved to 5-7 last year.
The new gold helmets resemble Baylor or Notre Dame’s recent shiny designs, with one having a blue facemask, while the other has a gold front.
Overall, this is a pretty sharp look for Akron. And who knows, maybe it’s just what the Zips need to make a bowl in 2014.
By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 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, 2 months 4 weeks 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
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 3 weeks ago
From the files of strange timing: UMass has decided to fire coach Charley Molnar. In his two years as the coach of the Minutemen, Molnar went 2-22 and both victories came against MAC teams.
The timing of this decision is odd, especially since UMass has missed out on a couple of weeks of a coaching search, plus recruiting for the new regime.
Molnar had a difficult task at UMass, as the program was transitioning from the FCS to the FBS level and had to play games at Gillette Stadium instead of an on-campus facility.
By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl didn’t go according to plan for Buffalo. The Bulls were easily defeated by San Diego State, and an onside kick in the fourth quarter was an epic fail.
Punter Tyler Grassman attempted an onside kick, but instead of giving his team a chance to recover, the ball barely moved off the tee.
By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 day ago
Bowling Green is coming off a MAC Championship, but coach Dave Clawson left for Wake Forest after the victory over Northern Illinois. The Falcons have picked Clawson’s replacement, choosing Eastern Illinois’ coach Dino Babers to take the top spot at Bowling Green next year.
Babers is considered a rising star in the coaching ranks and has a wealth of experience on his resume.
Babers started his coaching career at Hawaii in 1984 and worked at a handful of programs, including Purdue, San Diego State, Arizona, Texas A&M, Pittsburgh, UCLA and Baylor.
Babers has spent the last two years at Eastern Illinois, recording a 19-7 mark in the process.
With a good chunk of their roster returning in 2014, the Falcons should be picked near the top of the MAC East.
By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 week ago
College football’s most prestigious award will be handed out on Saturday night, and six players will head to New York for the ceremony: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, Northern Illinois’ quarterback Jordan Lynch, Boston College running back Andre Williams, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Auburn running back Tre Mason.
Winston is considered a heavy favorite to win on Saturday night, and the redshirt freshman is expected to become the third Florida State player to claim the Heisman Trophy.
Mason has made a strong case late in the season, while Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch totaled 45 touchdowns in 13 games this year.
Williams leads the nation by averaging 175.2 rushing yards per game.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the defending Heisman winner, and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron threw just 13 interceptions over his three seasons as the Crimson Tide’s starter.
Heisman finalists: Jameis Winston - FSU Jordan Lynch - NIU Johnny Manziel - TAMU Tre Mason - AUB A.J. McCarron - ALA Andre Williams - BC— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 9, 2013
By David Fox, 4 months 1 week ago
By the time Missouri took a 17-14 lead in the second quarter, Saturday’s SEC Championship Game was already was one of the wildest title games in league history.
Then Tre Mason happened.
On Auburn’s next drive, Mason rushed for 49 yards on five carries and took the lead on a 7-yard touchdown run. He topped that with a 52-yard run on his next carry and another touchdown four attempts later.
With Bo Jackson on the sideline, Mason put up Bo Jackson-like numbers and a running performance never seen in the previous 21 SEC title games.
Mason rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns on 46 carries to give Auburn a 59-42 win and a chance to play for the national championship. The record-setting performance earned Mason Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors and an outside shot to become a Heisman finalist.
“It was always a dream growing up, wanting to win the Heisman,” Mason said. “I’m sure that every kid that played football, that’s one of their dreams. It’s hard to describe, the feelings that I’m having right now.”
Athlon Sports Week 15 National Awards
National Player of the Week: Tre Mason, Auburn
Mason put on the best rushing performance in SEC history, setting records for carries (46), rushing yards (304), all-purpose yards (312) and touchdowns (four). Mason’s 304 rushing yards was tied for the fifth-highest total in 2013, and he did it against a Missouri defense that hadn’t allowed 200 rushing yards in a game all year.
National Defensive Player of the Week: Telvin Smith, Florida State
Even the ACC Championship Game became routine for Florida State. Telvin Smith led the defensive effort in a 38-7 win over Duke as the senior linebacker picked up eight tackles, a sack, two tackles for a loss and an interception. His pick early in the second quarter set up a quick drive to give FSU a 24-0 lead.
National Freshman of the Week: Ronnie Moore, Bowling Green
Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson spread the ball around in knocking Northern Illinois out of BCS contention, completing five touchdown passes to five different receivers in the 47-27 win in the MAC Championship Game. Freshman Ronnie Moore was one of the beneficiaries, catching four passes for 165 and a touchdown. He had a 61-yard catch to set up a field goal in the first quarter and added 36-yard TD catch on the following drive.
National Coordinator of the Week: Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State
Ohio State got its rushing yards in the Big Ten Championship Game, but that was about it. Michigan State allowed a season-high 273 rushing yards, but the defense dominated just about every other facet of the 34-24 win over the Buckeyes to clinch the Big Ten title. Narduzzi’s defense held Ohio State to 8 of 23 passes for 101 yards and 1 of 12 on third and fourth downs. The Spartans tightened up even more in the fourth quarter, allowing Ohio State to amass only 25 yards on the final three possessions.
By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 week ago
Northern Illinois’ BCS bowl hopes ended with a loss to Bowling Green on Friday night, but the Huskies’ offense provided one of the highlights for Week 15, as receiver Juwan Brescacin made a one-handed touchdown catch on a pass from quarterback Jordan Lynch.
Check out Brescacin’s catch in the first quarter of Friday night’s MAC title game:
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