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12/08/16 - Dede Westbrook, Sr, Oklahoma, 5-11, 175 (DS#2 WR)
2016 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma, WR, Sr., Cameron, Texas,...A senior, Westbrook was tabbed the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. He joins teammate Baker Mayfield (2015), Sam Bradford (2008), Jason White (2003 and 2004) and Josh Heupel (2000) as the only OU players to win the honor, and Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon (2010) as the only receivers to earn the award. A finalist for the Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award, Westbrook has caught 74 passes for 1,465 yards this year to go along with a school-record 16 receiving touchdowns. He leads all Power 5 players in receiving TDs per game (1.33) while ranking second in receiving yards and third in receiving yards per game (123.1). - Oklahoma Football

12/06/16 - Malik McDowell, Jr, Michigan State, 6-5, 276 (DS#1 DT)
DT Malik McDowell announced Tuesday that he will bypass his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL draft. McDowell had 34 tackles as a junior, including seven for losses, while splitting time between tackle and end. He missed the final three games due to an ankle injury. "I'm excited to announce that after careful consideration and numerous discussions with my family and coaches, I have decided to forgo my remaining college eligibility at Michigan State University and enter the 2017 NFL draft," McDowell announced on Twitter. "This was a very difficult decision and I will always cherish my time in East Lansing. I want to thank my family, coaches, teachers, administrators and teammates. I'm ready to fulfill my childhood dream of playing in the NFL. I promised my parents that I would come back to Michigan State University to finish my college education and get my degree."

12/05/16 - Dede Westbrook, Sr, Oklahoma, 5-11, 175 (DS#2 WR)
2016 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Louisville sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson and Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson headline a group of five Heisman Trophy finalists announced Monday evening. Westbrook, 23, is fourth in the country in receiving yards per game (122.1) after hauling in 1,465 yards and 16 touchdowns. The 82nd Heisman Trophy will be awarded in a nationally televised ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 10. - The Sports Xchange

12/03/16 - Shaun Dion Hamilton, Jr, Alabama, 6-0, 232 (DS#6 ILB)
Alabama linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton will likely miss the playoffs with a knee injury. Hamilton hurt his right knee at the end of the first half of No. 1 Alabama's 54-16 win over No. 15 Florida in Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game. He was on crutches after the game, and coach Nick Saban said Hamilton is "probably out for the year." The Tide starter was helped to the locker room immediately after the play. Hamilton appeared to land awkwardly while defending a pass, clutching his knee and pounding the turf with his hand immediately after the play. He was replaced by Rashaan Evans. Hamilton entered the game as Alabama's No. 2 tackler with 63 stops. He returned an interception 40 yards to set up a Tide field goal in the first quarter. Hamilton said he would get more tests on his knee after returning to Tuscaloosa. Alabama is already playing without Eddie Jackson, who broke a leg early in the season. - AP Sports

12/03/16 - Dede Westbrook, Sr, Oklahoma, 5-11, 175 (DS#2 WR)
Oklahoma star receiver Dede Westbrook has concussion-like symptoms, and it's uncertain if he will be able to play in the Sooners' bowl game in January. Westbrook left Saturday's game for the Big 12 title midway through the second quarter after taking a hard hit from Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns. Westbrook did not return, and after Oklahoma's victory coach Bob Stoops would not say how severe the injury was. Westbrook, a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award for the nation's best receiver, ran across the middle for a pass from Baker Mayfield. Sterns hit him high, but not on the helmet, and separated Westbrook from the ball. The play did not draw a penalty, which set off a cascade of boos from the home fans. Westbrook stayed on the ground for several minutes before he got up. Westbrook already had four catches for 111 yards when he left the game. Without him, the Sooners went on to win 38-20 and claim their 10th Big 12 title in 17 years under coach Bob Stoops. - AP Sports

12/03/16 - Dede Westbrook, Sr, Oklahoma, 5-11, 175 (DS#2 WR)
Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook left Saturday's game for the Big 12 title midway through the second quarter after taking a hard hit from Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns. Westbrook, a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award for the nation's best receiver, ran across the middle for a pass thrown by Baker Mayfield. Sterns hit him high, but not in the helmet, and separated Westbrook from the ball. The hit was deemed legal, which set off a cascade of boos from the home fans. Westbrook stayed on the ground for several minutes before he got up. He smiled as he walked off the field, but he was not in the game for Oklahoma's next possession. Westbrook already had four catches for 111 yards when he left the game. - AP Sports

12/02/16 - Malik McDowell, Jr, Michigan State, 6-5, 276 (DS#1 DT)
2016 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Malik McDowell, Michigan State...McDowell, the only returning starter on the defensive line from a year ago, led the unit this season with 34 tackles, including a team-best seven for losses (31 yards), in nine games. He missed the last three games of the season (Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State) due to an injury he suffered at Illinois on Nov. 5. Making his first career start at defensive end against Northwestern on Oct. 15, McDowell registered a career-high 11 tackles, including two for losses (11 yards) and a half sack (4 yards). All of McDowell’s previous 19 starts came along the interior of the defensive line. A versatile athlete, McDowell started five games this season at nose tackle and three at defensive end. - Michigan State Football

12/02/16 - Greg Mabin, rSr, Iowa, 6-1, 200 (DS#24 CB)
2016 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Greg Mabin...Mabin, who missed the final three games of the season because of injury, earned Big Ten recognition for the first time in his career. He started 33 games throughout his career, including 29 straight. Mabin is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who collected 37 tackles, three pass break-ups, and one forced fumble in nine games. - Iowa Football

11/30/16 - Tanner Vallejo, Sr, Boise State, 6-1, 223 (DS#12 ILB)
2016 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Tanner Vallejo, Sr., LB...For Vallejo, who had his season cut short due to injury following the Nov. 12 game at Hawai'i, it is his third-career All-Mountain West honor, having been named honorable mention twice (2015-16) and to the second team in 2014. Vallejo is third on the team with 69 tackles (39 solo), 17th in the conference at 7.7 per game. - Boise State Football

11/28/16 - Taysom Hill, Sr, Brigham Young, 6-2, 230 (DS#13 QB)
Quarterback Taysom Hill will miss the final game of his collegiate career due to injury. BYU announced Monday that the senior suffered an elbow strain in the regular-season finale Saturday and will not play in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 21. Hill failed to finish four of his five seasons due to injury. The 2016 season was a medical redshirt year after playing just one game in 2015. Sophomore Tanner Mangum becomes the No. 1 quarterback after starting 12 games and setting freshman records in 2015. Hill finishes his career No. 4 in school history with 9,744 yards of total offense. His 2,815 career rushing yards are the most by a BYU quarterback. Hill surpassed Steve Young in total touchdowns Saturday and ranks No. 5 in BYU history with 75. - AP Sports

11/28/16 - Will Worth, Sr, Navy, 6-0, 205 (DS#49 QB)
NOV 28 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Will Worth, Sr., QB, Navy, Valrico, Fla.,...Rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 104 yards and a TD in a 75-31 win at SMU to clinch The American’s West Division title. - American Athletic Conference Football

11/26/16 - Zander Diamont, Jr, Indiana, 6-0, 174 (DS#999 QB)
Quarterback Zander Diamont took a licking during his first three seasons at Indiana. He figures if he’s going to keep on ticking, he needs to give up the sport. So with one year of eligibility remaining, Diamont informed coach Kevin Wilson that he does not plan to return next season - an agonizing decision he said was essentially final. “I’ve had a lot of concussions over my career, a lot of them were in high school,” he said. “With the way that I play and my size, I’m not going to start being the guy who slides and steps out of bounds. That’s just not my style. It was mostly, I wanted to give 100 percent to the game and respect the game that way and play the way I wanted to and go out the way I wanted to. And I think for my safety and my future, I’m not going to the NFL, I need my brain. So that was the decision.” The 6-foot-1, 174-pound Los Angeles native has been a key contributor in each of his first three seasons with the Hoosiers (6-6, 4-5 Big Ten). - AP Sports

11/23/16 - Dede Westbrook, Sr, Oklahoma, 5-11, 175 (DS#2 WR)
2016 BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST: Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma...Westbrook, a senior from Cameron, Texas, who is having one of the best receiving seasons in Big 12 history, leads all Power Five players in receiving yards (1,354) and receiving yards per game (123.1), and is tied for first with a school-record-tying 15 receiving touchdowns. Westbrook, who battled a hamstring injury during OU's first three games when he averaged 51.3 receiving yards per contest and did not score a touchdown, has exploded in eight games since. During that span, Westbrook has amassed 53 catches for 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 1,200 yards are the most ever by a Sooner in a eight-game stretch (next highest total is 1,070 by Ryan Broyles in 2011), as are the 15 receiving TDs. Not only does Westbrook have the most receiving yards in the country since Oct. 1, no player is within 73 yards of him. - Oklahoma Football

11/23/16 - Dede Westbrook, Sr, Oklahoma, 5-11, 175 (DS#2 WR)
2016 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD FINALIST: Dede Westbrook, Wide Receiver/Punt and Kick Returns...Westbrook is a big-play wider receiver and prolific scorer with blazing speed who is ranked number two in the nation in receiving yards per game, number three in receiving touchdowns (14) and number four in total receiving yards (1,254). He averaged 17 yards per carry, 28 yards per kickoff return and an amazing 20 yards per punt return. He scored OU’s first two touchdowns in the win over Kansas and had 233 all-purpose yards and the game-winning score against Iowa State. His 14 touchdown receptions have averaged 45.4 yards, and 10 of his touchdown catches have come from at least 40 yards. - Paul Hornung Award

11/21/16 - Will Worth, Sr, Navy, 6-0, 205 (DS#49 QB)
NOV 21 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will Worth, Sr., QB, Navy, Valrico, Fla.,...Worth rushed for 159 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries and threw for 113 yards, completing 3 of 5 passes, to help Navy to a 66-31 win at East Carolina to clinch the West Division title. Worth registered his sixth consecutive game with at least 100 rushing yards, extended his streak to 10 straight games with a rushing touchdown and finished the game with 22 rushing TDs this season, tying Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols for the most in FBS football. - American Athletic Conference Football

11/21/16 - Thomas Sirk, rSr, Duke, 6-3, 220 (DS#999 QB)
Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA. School officials announced Monday that Sirk will be eligible to play in 2017. He has not played this year after injuring his left Achilles tendon twice since February. He will be a sixth-year senior next year, having previously redshirted in 2013 after rupturing his other Achilles tendon. Sirk led the team both with 2,625 yards passing and 803 yards rushing in 2015, ranked third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in total offense and was the co-MVP of the Pinstripe Bowl victory over Indiana. - AP Sports

11/19/16 - Will Worth, Sr, Navy, 6-0, 205 (DS#49 QB)
Will Worth rushed for 159 yards and four touchdowns and Shawn White added 150 yards and three scores as Navy walloped East Carolina 66-31 on Saturday. It propelled the Midshipmen (8-2, 6-1 American Athletic Conference) into the AAC championship game, while the Pirates (3-8, 1-6) lost for the eighth time in their last nine games. Navy, which will be playing in its first conference title game, leads the all-time series 5-1. The result spoiled ECU's senior day celebration for Zay Jones, who passed former teammate and current Atlanta Falcon Justin Hardy for the FBS career receptions record. Jones caught 12 passes for 212 and two touchdowns, giving him 392 career catches. Jones broke Hardy's old record of 387 catches - for 4,541 yards and 35 touchdowns - set two seasons ago. Worth became the fifth player in Navy history to rush for over 1,000 yards and pass for over 1,000 in the same season. He rushed for over 100 yards in his sixth straight game. The 100-plus rushing totals from Worth and White marked the third straight game in which a duo of opposing runners broke the century mark against ECU. - AP Sports

11/16/16 - Devon Allen, rJr, Oregon, 5-11, 185 (DS#999 WR)
Olympic hurdler and Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen says he will forgo his remaining eligibility with the Ducks and pursue a professional track career. Allen, a two-time NCAA champion in the 110-meter hurdles who placed fifth in the event at the Rio Olympics this summer, said Wednesday he does not yet have an agent. He is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. Allen said his aim is to win the gold medal in the 2020 Games, and then perhaps return to playing football professionally. He feels that turning pro and training full time gives him the best chance to medal.

Allen appeared in the Ducks' first three games this season before injuring his left knee and being ruled out for the rest of the season. Allen tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the fourth quarter of Oregon's 35-32 loss at Nebraska on Sept. 17. The 21-year-old, who said he will remain in Eugene to train, has two years of eligibility left in track at Oregon, and one year left for football. After competing in Rio, Allen was a late arrival for the Ducks' fall camp but jumped right back into action. He appeared in the opener against UC Davis and started Week 2 against Virginia, catching a 77-yard touchdown pass. - AP Sports

11/16/16 - Byron Cowart, So, Auburn, 6-3, 276 (DS#5 DE)
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says defensive end Byron Cowart has had an emergency appendectomy. Malzahn says the sophomore had the procedure Wednesday morning. The coach says he's not sure how long Cowart will be out. Cowart was rated as the nation's top recruit out of high school. He has played in all 10 games off the bench, recording six tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, and forcing a fumble. Malzahn said Wednesday that no determination has been made on whether quarterback Sean White would play for the Tigers Saturday against Alabama A&M. White has been dealing with an injured right throwing shoulder and passed for just 27 yards in a loss to Georgia. Tailback Kamryn Pettway has already been ruled out from the game with the FCS Bulldogs. - AP Sports

11/15/16 - Dede Westbrook, Sr, Oklahoma, 5-11, 175 (DS#2 WR)
Wide receivers have rarely won the Heisman Trophy. Desmond Howard of Michigan was the last in 1991. Tim Brown of Notre Dame did it in 1987. And that is the complete list. A receiver will not be winning the Heisman Trophy this season either. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has all but wrapped up the award, but Oklahoma's Dede Westbrook is starting to get some attention. Westbrook began the season slowly, with 17 catches for 154 yards in the first three games. Since then he has been all but unstoppable. He had six straight 100-yard games before last week against Baylor when he had four catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns in a rout of the Bears. Alabama's Amari Cooper was the last receiver to be a Heisman finalist back in 2014. He finished third in the voting. The last receiver to do better than that was Pitt's Larry Fitzgerald, who finished second to Oklahoma's Jason White in 2003. The AP's Heisman panel is still locked in on Lamar Jackson at the top of the charts, but more players are getting attention down-ballot. - AP Sports

11/14/16 - Will Worth, Sr, Navy, 6-0, 205 (DS#49 QB)
NOV 14 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Will Worth, Sr., QB, Navy, Valrico, Fla.,...Rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 111 yards and a TD in a a 42-40 win against Tulsa. - American Athletic Conference Football

11/14/16 - Azeem Victor, rJr, Washington, 6-2, 230 (DS#4 ILB)
Washington linebacker Azeem Victor is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a broken lower right leg. Washington coach Chris Petersen said Monday that there is no timeline yet for Victor but the expectation is he won't be back this season. Victor was injured in the second quarter of No. 7 Washington's 26-13 loss to Southern California on Saturday. Medical personnel put an air cast on Victor's leg on the field and he was taken off on a cart. Victor leads Washington with 68 tackles this season. It's the second major loss for the Huskies on that side of the ball after sack-leader Joe Mathis underwent surgery earlier this month for a foot injury. Mathis is also expected to be out for the season. D.J. Beavers will be the starter with Victor out. - AP Sports

11/14/16 - Eric Dungey, So, Syracuse, 6-2, 212 (DS#20 QB)
Syracuse coach Dino Babers says he's still awaiting the results of more tests on injured quarterback Eric Dungey. The sophomore star was hit in the head/shoulder area during the first quarter of a 54-0 loss to then-No. 3 Clemson on Nov. 5 and missed Saturday's home loss to North Carolina State. He had been listed as questionable for the game on the team's injury report. Babers said Monday: "They're going through secondary tests. They're getting a second opinion on stuff, so we've got to wait. They'll tell us." Babers said he expected a report from doctors later in the day. If Dungey is cleared to rejoin the team, Babers said it would be a coach's decision whether he would play. Dungey was at practice last week but was not cleared to participate by the team's medical staff. - AP Sports

11/14/16 - Seth Russell, rSr, Baylor, 6-3, 220 (DS#9 QB)
Baylor quarterback Seth Russell will have surgery on his fractured left ankle. The school announced the decision Sunday, but didn't say when the senior quarterback would have the surgery that will force him to miss the regular season. It is also expected to end his Baylor career, even though the Bears (6-3) are already bowl eligible. Russell suffered the gruesome injury in the third quarter of Baylor's 45-24 loss at Big 12-leading Oklahoma on Saturday. Russell has thrown for 2,126 yards and 20 touchdowns this season with eight interceptions, and also has 506 yards rushing with eight more scores. His 5,461 career yards passing is seventh in Baylor history, and his 60 TD passes rank third behind Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III (78) and Bryce Petty (62). Before the Bears lost their last three games, Russell had won his first 14 games as their starter. - AP Sports

11/14/16 - River Cracraft, Sr, Washington State, 6-0, 203 (DS#56 WR)
WSU's Cracraft sustains season-ending knee injury...Washington State standout receiver River Cracraft is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Saturday during the Cougars' 56-21 victory over California, according to multiple reports. Cracraft, a senior, was injured in the third quarter on his ninth and final catch of the contest. He was helped off the field by trainers, and television cameras displayed Washington State's medical staff working on the knee. Cracraft matched his career high of three touchdown receptions before leaving. He had 87 receiving yards.

The serious injury means Cracraft will finish his Washington State career with 218 receptions, second most in program history. He ranks sixth in school history in both receiving yardage (2,638) and touchdown receptions (20). This season, Cracraft had 53 catches for 701 yards and five touchdowns. No. 23 Washington State (8-2, 7-0) has won eight consecutive games and leads the Pac-12 North. The Cougars play Pac-12 North leader Colorado (8-2, 6-1) this Saturday. The Buffaloes are ranked 12th nationally. - The Sports Xchange

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