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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:


    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.

    Davante AdamsWRFresno State
    Nick AddisonDBBethune-Cookman
    Jace AmaroTETexas Tech
    George AtkinsonRBNotre Dame
    Odell BeckhamWRLouisiana State
    Kelvin BenjaminWRFlorida State
    Kapri BibbsRBColorado State
    Brendan BigelowRBCalifornia
    Alfred BlueRBLouisiana State
    Russell BodineCNorth Carolina
    Blake BortlesQBCentral Florida
    Chris BoydWRVanderbilt
    Bashaud BreelandDBClemson
    Martavis BryantWRClemson
    Ka'Deem CareyRBArizona
    Ha Ha Clinton-DixDBAlabama
    Jadeveon ClowneyDESouth Carolina
    Brandon ColemanWRRutgers
    Brandin CooksWROregon State
    Scott CrichtonDEOregon State
    Isaiah CrowellRBAlabama State
    Jonathan DowlingDBWestern Kentucky
    Kony EalyDEMissouri
    Eric EbronTENorth Carolina
    Bruce EllingtonWRSouth Carolina
    Mike EvansWRTexas A&M
    Ego FergusonDTLouisiana State
    Cameron FlemingTStanford
    Khairi ForttLBCalifornia
    Austin FranklinWRNew Mexico State
    Devonta FreemanRBFlorida State
    Carlos GrayDTNorth Carolina State
    Xavier GrimbleTESouthern California
    Terrance HackneyTBethune-Cookman
    Victor HamptonDBSouth Carolina
    Jeremy HillRBLouisiana State
    Kameron JacksonDBCalifornia
    Nic JacobsTEMcNeese State
    Timmy JerniganDTFlorida State
    Anthony JohnsonDTLouisiana State
    Jamel JohnsonWRAlabama State
    Storm JohnsonRBCentral Florida
    Henry JoseyRBMissouri
    Cyrus KouandjioTAlabama
    Jarvis LandryWRLouisiana State
    Cody LatimerWRIndiana
    Demarcus LawrenceDEBoise State
    Marqise LeeWRSouthern California
    A.C. LeonardTETennessee State
    Albert Louis-JeanDBBoston College
    Colt LyerlaTEOregon
    Aaron LynchDESouth Florida
    Johnny ManzielQBTexas A&M
    Marcus MartinCSouthern California
    Tre MasonRBAuburn
    Chris McCainDECalifornia
    Terrance MitchellDBOregon
    Viliami MoalaDTCalifornia
    Donte MoncriefWRMississippi
    Adam MuemaRBSan Diego State
    Jake MurphyTEUtah
    Troy NiklasTENotre Dame
    Louis NixDTNotre Dame
    Jeoffrey PaganDEAlabama
    Ronald PowellDEFlorida
    Calvin PryorDBLouisville
    Loucheiz PurifoyDBFlorida
    Kelcy QuarlesDTSouth Carolina
    Darrin ReavesRBAlabama-Birmingham
    Ed ReynoldsDBStanford
    Antonio RichardsonTTennessee
    Paul RichardsonWRColorado
    Marcus RobersonDBFlorida
    Allen RobinsonWRPenn State
    Greg RobinsonTAuburn
    Bradley RobyDBOhio State
    Richard RodgersTECalifornia
    Bishop SankeyRBWashington
    Lache SeastrunkRBBaylor
    Austin Seferian-JenkinsTEWashington
    Ryan ShazierLBOhio State
    Yawin SmallwoodLBConnecticut
    Brett SmithQBWyoming
    Jerome SmithRBSyracuse
    Willie SneadWRBall State
    John SpooneyRBBrown
    Josh StewartWROklahoma State
    Xavier Su’a-FiloGUCLA
    Vinnie SunseriDBAlabama
    De’Anthony ThomasRBOregon
    Stephon TuittDENotre Dame
    Trai TurnerGLouisiana State
    George UkoDESouthern California
    Pierre WarrenDBJacksonville State
    Sammy WatkinsWRClemson
    Terrance WestRBTowson
    James WilderRBFlorida State
    David YankeyTStanford
    Dion BaileyDBSouthern California
    Carl BradfordDEArizona State
    Teddy BridgewaterQBLouisville
    Adrian HubbardLBAlabama
  • 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

    Air ForceCo-DefensiveSteve Russ, Charlton WarrenSteve Russ
    AlabamaOffensiveDoug NussmeierLane Kiffin
    ArkansasDefensiveChris AshRobb Smith
    Arkansas StateCo-OffensiveBush Hamdan, Eliah DrinkwitzGlen Elarbee and Walt Bell
    Arkansas StateDefensiveJohn Thompson 
    ArmyOffensiveIan Shields 
    ArmyCo-DefensivePayam Saadat, Chris SmelandJay Bateman
    Ball StateOffensiveRich SkroskyJoey Lynch
    Ball StateDefensiveJay BatemanKevin Kelly
    Boise StateOffensiveRobert PrinceMike Sanford Jr.
    Boise StateDefensivePete KwiatkowskiMarcel Yates
    Bowling GreenOffensiveWarren RuggieroSterlin GIlbert, Matt Mattox
    Bowling GreenDefensiveMike ElkoKim McCloud
    Central MichiganOffensiveMike CummingsMorris Watts
    CaliforniaDefensiveAndy BuhArt Kaufman
    CincinnatiDefensiveArt KaufmanHank Hughes, Robert Prunty
    DukeCo-OffensiveScottie Montgomery, Kurt Roper 
    Eastern MichiganOffensiveStan ParrishKalen DeBoer
    Eastern MichiganDefensiveRon EnglishBrad McCaslin
    FAUOffensiveBrian WrightBrian Wright
    FAUDefensiveJovan DeWittJovan DeWitt, Roc Bellantoni
    FloridaOffensiveBrent PeaseKurt Roper
    Florida StateDefensiveJeremy PruittCharles Kelly
    GeorgiaDefensiveTodd GranthamJeremy Pruitt
    HawaiiDefensiveThom KaumeyerKevin Clune
    HoustonCo-OffensiveDoug Meachem, Travis BushTravis Bush
    IndianaOffensiveSeth LittrellKevin Johns
    IndianaCo-DefensiveDoug Mallory, William IngeBrian Knorr
    Iowa StateOffensiveCourtney MessinghamMark Mangino
    KansasOffensiveCharlie WeisJohn Reagan
    Louisiana TechDefensiveKim DameronManny Diaz
    LouisvilleOffensiveShawn WatsonGarrick McGee
    LouisvilleDefensiveVance BedfordTodd Grantham
    Miami, OhioOffensiveJohn KlacikGeorge Barnett, Eric Koehler
    Miami, OhioDefensiveJay PetersonMatt Pawlowski
    MichiganOffensiveAl BorgesDoug Nussmeier
    Mississippi StateOffensiveLes Koenning 
    NevadaDefensiveScottie Hazelton 
    New MexicoDefensiveJeff Mills 
    NMSUDefensiveDavid ElsonLarry Coyer
    North CarolinaOffensiveBlake AndersonSeth Littrell
    Notre DameOffensiveChuck MartinMike Denbrock
    Notre DameDefensiveBob DiacoBrian VanGorder
    Ohio StateCo-DefensiveEverett WithersChris Ash, Luke Fickell
    OregonDefensiveNick AliottiDon Pellum
    Oregon StateOffensiveDanny Langsdorf 
    Penn StateOffensiveBill O'BrienJohn Donovan
    Penn StateDefensiveJohn ButlerBrent Pry, Bob Shoop
    RiceOffensiveJohn ReaganLarry Edmondson, Billy Lynch
    RutgersOffensiveRon PrinceRalph Friedgen
    RutgersDefensiveDave CohenJoe Rossi
    San Jose StateDefensiveKenwick Thompson 
    South AlabamaDefensiveKevin SherrerKevin Pearson
    South FloridaOffensiveWalt WellsPaul Wulff
    Southern MissOffensiveMarcus ArroyoChip Lindsey
    StanfordDefensiveDerek MasonLance Anderson
    TCUOffensiveJarrett Anderson, Rusty BurnsDoug Meachem, Sonny Cumbie
    TexasCo-OffensiveMajor Applewhite, Darrell WyattJoe Wickline
    TexasDefensiveGreg RobinsonVance Bedford
    Texas A&MOffensiveClarence McKinney, Jake SpavitalJake Spavital
    Texas A&MCo-DefensiveMarcel Yates, Mark Snyder 
    Texas TechCo-OffensiveSonny Cumbie, Eric MorrisEric Morris and ?
    ToledoCo-OffensiveLouis Ayeni, Jason CandleJason Candle and ?
    ToledoDefensiveTom MatukewiczJon Heacock
    TulsaOffensiveGreg PetersonDenver Johnson
    UABOffensiveRichard Owens 
    UABDefensiveJimmy Williams 
    UCFDefensiveJim FlemingPaul Ferraro
    UCLADefensiveLou SpanosJeff Ulbrich
    UConnOffensiveT.J. WeistMike Cummings
    UConnDefensiveHank HughesVincent Brown, Anthony Poindexter
    UMassOffensiveJohn Bond 
    UMassDefensivePhil ElmassianTom Masella
    USCOffensiveClay HeltonClay Helton
    USCDefensiveClancy PendergastJustin Wilcox
    UtahOffensiveDennis Erickson, Brian JohnsonDave Christensen
    VanderbiltOffensiveJohn DonovanKarl Dorrell
    VanderbiltDefensiveBob ShoopDavid Kotulski
    Wake ForestOffensiveSteed LobotzkeWarren Ruggiero
    Wake ForestDefensiveBrian KnorrMike Elko
    WashingtonOffensiveEric KiesauJonathan Smith
    WashingtonDefensiveJustin WilcoxPete Kwiatkowski
    West VirginiaDefensiveKeith Patterson 
    Western KentuckyOffensiveJeff BrohmTyson Helton
    Western KentuckyDefensiveNick Holt 
    WyomingOffensiveJim Harding, Pete KaligisBrent Vigen
    WyomingDefensiveJamar CainSteve 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.

  • 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: