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By Steven Lassan, 1 day 9 min 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, 2 days 19 hours 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, 3 days 13 hours 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:
By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 2 hours ago
Midweek MAC games in November are must-see television for starving college football fans.
However, midweek games can be tough on attendance, but that’s the trade-off for the added exposure on television.
The crowd for Tuesday night’s Miami (Ohio)-Buffalo game was incredibly small, which is no surprise considering how bad the RedHawks have been this year (0-11).
Here are a few crowd shots from last night’s game:
By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 day ago
Eastern Michigan fired coach Ron English a day before the program’s matchup against Western Michigan. English was 11-46 in his tenure with the Eagles.
Although English’s record was 11-46, Eastern Michigan is arguably the toughest job in the nation. The Eagles went 6-6 in 2011, which was the program’s non-losing season since 1995.
English’s win/loss record certainly factored into his dismissal. However, audio from a recent team meeting was the final straw in his tenure.
Here’s the statement from the school:
There's also audio of English's rant that prompted his dismissal (contains some inappropriate language)
By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
Midweek MAC games are one of the more entertaining parts of college football’s November schedule. However, the Buffalo-Ohio game from Tuesday night won’t be remembered for a quality game between two potential bowl teams. Instead, awful officiating will overshadow Buffalo’s 30-3 win.
Early in the second half, Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton was pressured out of the pocket and threw a pass to avoid a sack, which resulted in an intentional grounding call. However, the referees ruled Tettleton was in the endzone, and Buffalo was awarded a safety.
But there’s only one problem: Tettleton wasn’t in the endzone – he was on the four-yard line.
By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Northern Illinois is in the mix for a bid to a BCS bowl once again this season, and the Huskies will play on Nov. 13 against Ball State with special military-themed uniforms.
The matchup with the Cardinals is Military Appreciation Night at Huskie Stadium, and Northern Illinois will add stars to the side of the jerseys, along with a red, white and blue logo on the helmet.
Ball State-Northern Illinois should be one of the top games in the MAC this season, and the military-themed jerseys are a solid look for the Huskies.
By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Ball State’s Willie Snead is quietly one of the nation’s most-productive receivers, and the junior made one of 2013’s top catches against Akron.
By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Catching up from a busy weekend of news around the college football world.
Contact us on twitter with a link or a tip we should include each day. (@AthlonSteven)
College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Monday, August 19th
The Big Ten Network continues its tour of all 12 teams for 2013. Here's a detailed look at Nebraska.
In case you missed the news on Sunday night, Auburn has named Nick Marshall as its starting quarterback.
Alabama cornerback Geno Smith was arrested for a DUI on Sunday morning.
Lost Lettermen ranks the best 25 names in college football.
Saturday Down South ranks the best position groups in the SEC.
Mr. SEC ranks the programs in the SEC.
Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins should be back for the season opener against Boise State.
Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby and running back Rod Hall are suspended for the season opener.
Two writers make the case for Syracuse's starting quarterback. Should it be Terrel Hunt or Drew Allen?
New Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen learned a valuable lesson in 2010.
TCU receiver Brandon Carter had hand surgery last week.
Auburn safety Demetruce McNeal is no longer on the team.
Texas Tech's starting quarterback for its opener against SMU remains a mystery.
There's a new bowl game slated to start in 2014 in Montgomery, Ala.
Matt Brown of Sports on Earth previews the Pac-12 and the Mountain West.
A former TCU offensive lineman has resurfaced at BYU.
California has lost one linebacker to a transfer and one to a season-ending injury.
Notre Dame is dealing with a few injuries on defense.
Oregon State picked up a transfer from Miami.
Utah's new football facility is open in time for the 2013 season. Check out these photos from the impressive new building.
By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Kent State’s Dri Archer is one of college football’s top all-purpose players. In 14 games last season, he rushed for 1,429 yards and 16 scores, while catching 39 passes for 561 yards and four touchdowns. Archer also took three kickoff returns for scores.
Archer is a longshot to win the Heisman, but Kent State has kicked off a campaign to help promote its senior running back in 2013.
This comic strip is penned by Kent State alumnus Chuck Ayers and is one of the most unique Heisman campaigns from recent years.
You can follow Dri Archer's Heisman campaign and future comic strips on twitter - @Dri4Heisman
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