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12/17/17 - Clayton Thorson, rJr, Northwestern, 6-3, 225 (DS#4 QB)
2017 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM (COACHES): QB Clayton Thorson, Northwestern,...Thorson continued to be one of the elite passers in the Big Ten in the country, completing 258-of-426 passes for 2,809 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for eight more scores on the ground. He leads the league and ranks 18th nationally in completions per game and is third in the league in passing yards, yards per game (234.1) and fifth for points responsible for per game (11.7). The #HOMEGROWN quarterback became the program's all-time winningest quarterback this season with 26 career wins and also tied the program mark for career touchdown passes with 44. - Northwestern Football

12/14/17 - Seth Collins, Jr, Oregon State, 6-2, 190 (DS#999 WR)
Wide receiver Seth Collins has been granted his release from the Oregon State Beavers. Collins, a junior, played in just three games last season because of illness and injuries. He finished with 12 catches for 130 yards and one touchdown. His best game came on Oct. 7 against USC, when he caught five passes for 91 yards. A dynamic playmaker, Collins was a quarterback for the Beavers his freshman year but the next season he shifted to wide receiver. For his career at Oregon State, he had 48 catches for 548 yards and two touchdowns. He was also hospitalized with an illness that kept him out of the final two games of the 2016 season. - AP College Football

12/14/17 - Will Grier, rJr, West Virginia, 6-1, 214 (DS#10 QB)
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier announced Thursday that he will return for his senior season and bypass the 2018 NFL draft. Grier has passed for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns against 12 interceptions for the Mountaineers this season. "There is still a great deal that I want this team to accomplish and I look forward to helping lead us to success in 2018," Grier said in a statement. "I am completely focused and looking forward to building off the success we had this year and want to do even greater things next year." Grier missed the regular-season finale against Oklahoma due to a hand injury. He hasn't yet been medically cleared for the Heart of Dallas Bowl contest against Utah on Dec. 26. Grier's return qualified as a good development for West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. "Will's decision to return next year certainly makes it a great day for West Virginia football," Holgorsen said in a statement. "He is a great leader for our program. His teammates and the coaching staff are certainly looking forward to his return, and this is positive news for all involved." Grier began his college career at Florida but departed after receiving a one-year suspension for use of performance-enhancing substances. - The Sports Xchange

12/13/17 - Harold Landry, Sr, Boston College, 6-2, 250 (DS#5 OLB)
DE Harold Landry of Boston College, one of the top pass-rushing prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft, told Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com that he is "fully committed" to playing in the Senior Bowl as he recovers from an ankle injury. Landry is ranked as the 18th-best overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. He missed the final four games in an injury-plagued senior season in which he recorded five sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. Landry (6-3, 250) set the Boston College single-season record with a national-best 16.5 sacks last year as a junior, when he earned some second-team All-America honors. He had 22 tackles for loss last season.

12/12/17 - Jeremy McDuffie, Jr, Duke, 5-11, 175 (DS#23 FS)
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): S Jeremy McDuffie, Jr., Duke, 36 Votes,...McDuffie, a 5-11, 175-pound junior from Snellville, Ga., started the first 11 games of the season before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Duke's 43-20 win over Georgia Tech and amassed 58 tackles, three interceptions and nine pass breakups. McDuffie has now earned All-ACC honors in multiple sports after achieving second team all-league status in both the triple jump and 110-meter hurdles last spring. - Duke Football

12/12/17 - Jack Cichy, rSr, Wisconsin, 6-1, 234 (DS#9 ILB)
Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy has decided to enter the NFL draft, foregoing a chance to ask the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility because of a right knee injury. Cichy announced his decision in a story posted Tuesday on The Players Tribune website. He was announced as one of the team's departing seniors before the sixth-ranked Badgers' regular-season home finale on Nov. 18 against Michigan. Arguably Wisconsin's best player, Cichy was on preseason watch lists for postseason awards when he got hurt during a special teams drill in training camp. He was set to anchor a deep linebacker corps on one of the country's top defenses. Wisconsin (12-1) persevered and led the country in total defense (253.2 yards), allowing just 13.2 points per game. The Badgers will face Miami in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30. Cichy's 2016 season ended after seven games because of a pectoral injury. He took a redshirt season during his second season at Wisconsin in 2014. - AP College Football

12/11/17 - Jeremy Smith, rSr, Louisville, 6-1, 224 (DS#20 RB)
Louisville senior running back Jeremy Smith plans to transfer after sustaining a season-ending foot injury in September. Cardinals spokesman Rocco Gasparro said Monday night in a text message that coach Bobby Petrino granted Smith's request for a release to transfer. Louisville's top returning rusher entering this season played one game and was injured in practice two days before the team faced defending national champion Clemson. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Smith transferred from Fresno City Community College after one season and rushed for 270 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore. He had 382 yards rushing in 2016 and ranked third on the team with eight TDs. - AP College Football

12/11/17 - *Josh Rosen, Jr, UCLA, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB)
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Josh Rosen, Jr., UCLA,...Three Bruins were named to the second-team squad including junior quarterback Josh Rosen, who ranked 9th in the nation in total offense and first in the Pac-12 in the category at 329.1 yards per game, redshirt junior offensive tackle Kolton Miller and senior defensive back Jaleel Wadood (15th in the Pac-12 in tackles per game 7.0). - UCLA Football

12/11/17 - Darren Andrews, rSr, UCLA, 5-10, 195 (DS#83 WR)
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): WR Darren Andrews, RSr.,...Senior receiver Darren Andrews, who led the Pac-12 in receptions per game average at 6.7, redshirt junior receiver Jordan Lasley, who is 11th in the nation in receiving yards 1,136, redshirt senior center Scott Quessenberry, senior offensive lineman Najee Toran and senior defensive lineman Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, who ranked 16th in the Pac-12 in sacks 0.46, were each named honorable mention. - UCLA Football

12/11/17 - Shea Patterson, So, Michigan, 6-1, 193 (DS#5 QB)
University of Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson announced on Twitter Monday that he will transfer to Michigan, where he might be eligible in 2018 due to NCAA sanctions against the Rebels' program. Patterson, a former five-star recruit, completed 166 of 260 passes for 2,259 yards, with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in seven games as a sophomore this season. His campaign was cut short by a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. "Thank you to the wonderful people, teammates and coaches at Ole Miss," Patterson wrote. "It is a special place and I will always have great memories of experiences in Oxford. I am now excited to announce my commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at the University of Michigan. "It's time to go to work. #GoBlue."

Because Ole Miss was recently hit with an additional year of a bowl ban, amid other sanctions, seniors can transfer and be immediately eligible in 2018. Other transfers out of Ole Miss must apply for a waiver in order to play in 2018, but those seem likely to be granted. Either way, Patterson is a nice addition for coach Jim Harbaugh, who has struggled at the quarterback position in his three seasons in Ann Arbor. Patterson (6-foot-2, 203 pounds) is a pro-style passer who should fit into Michigan's style of offense. Last year's primary starter, Wilton Speight -- whose season ended early because of a vertebrae injury -- decided after the season to leave as a graduate transfer. - The Sports Xchange

12/06/17 - Devante Downs, Sr, California, 6-2, 245 (DS#23 ILB)
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Devante Downs, Sr.,...Was making a strong case for National and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors through the first half of his 2017 senior campaign before suffering an injury against Washington State in the seventh contest of the season that ended his collegiate career...Was on watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy both honoring the nation's top defensive player as well as The Butkus Award given annually to the nation's best linebacker...Named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week twice in his first three games after victories over North Carolina and Ole Miss to give the Golden Bears their first two-time winner of the award since Mike Mohamed in 2010.

Despite missing five-plus games finished his senior campaign second on the team with 65 tackles while adding a career-high 5.5 tackles for loss (career-high -29 yards), career-high-tying 3.0 sacks (career-high-tying -14 yards), a career-high-tying and team-high-tying two interceptions that he returned for a career-high 39 yards, a career-high and team-high four quarterback hurries, a career-high and team-high-tying two fumble recoveries that he returned for a career-high four yards and a career-high and team-high-tying two forced fumbles...Finished the regular season ranked tied for 23th nationally with two fumble recoveries. - Cal Football

12/04/17 - Asauni Rufus, rJr, Nevada, 5-11, 190 (DS#31 SS)
2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Asauni Rufus, Jr., DB,...Rufus suffered a season-ending leg injury on Nov. 4 against Boise State but was still one of the top safeties in the league. Despite missing the final three games, he was still third on the team with 75 tackles, included 5.5 for loss. - Nevada Football

12/02/17 - Alex McGough, Sr, Florida International, 6-2, 218 (DS#39 QB)
Alex McGough passed for 296 yards and three touchdowns and added 108 rushing yards and another score, and FIU beat UMass 63-45 on Saturday to tie a program record for most wins in a season. FIU (8-4), which also won eight games in 2011, set a program record with 674 total yards, topping 668 at Troy in 2010. The Golden Panthers gained 379 yards on the ground - with six touchdowns - for the third most rushing yards. FIU scored on all seven trips to the red zone to set a program mark for points, besting a 55-point game in 2003. Alex Gardner added 108 yards on the ground and two touchdowns for FIU. Napoleon Maxwell had 77 yards on 10 carries and two scores, and Bryce Singleton caught six passes for 111 yards and set a freshman record with three TDs. McGough was 20-of-25 passing and carried it 11 times. Andrew Ford completed 30 of 44 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns with one interception for UMass (4-5). - AP College Football

12/02/17 - Harold Landry, Sr, Boston College, 6-2, 250 (DS#5 OLB)
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DE Harold Landry, Sr., Boston College, 61 Votes,...Landry earned All-ACC honors for the third time in his career after an injury-riddled senior campaign. The North Carolina product played in eight games before an ankle injury forced him to miss the final four games of the regular season. Landry is tied for the team lead with five sacks and ranks second in BC career history with 26.0 sacks. - Boston College Football

12/02/17 - Christopher Herndon, Sr, Miami (FL), 6-4, 252 (DS#8 TE)
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): TE Christopher Herndon IV, Sr., Miami, 123 Votes,...Senior tight end Christopher Herndon IV, sophomore running back Travis Homer, junior defensive lineman RJ McIntosh, sophomore linebacker Shaq Quarterman, junior cornerback Michael Jackson and junior safety Jaquan Johnson were all named to the All-ACC Second Team. - Miami Football

12/01/17 - Greg Dortch, rFr, Wake Forest, 5-09, 165 (DS#999 WR)
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): AP Greg Dortch, Fr., Wake Forest, 54 Votes,...Wake Forest had eight players selected to the All-ACC teams as announced by the ACC on Monday afternoon. Dortch had an outstanding freshman season until suffering a season-ending injury against Louisville in Week 8. He missed the final four games of the regular season but at the time of his injury he led all freshmen in the nation in touchdown receptions, receiving yards and receptions. Dortch was the only freshman in the country to catch four touchdown passes in a game in 2017. - Wake Forest Football

12/01/17 - Greg Dortch, rFr, Wake Forest, 5-09, 165 (DS#999 WR)
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): SP Greg Dortch, Fr., Wake Forest, 25 Votes,...Wake Forest had eight players selected to the All-ACC teams as announced by the ACC on Monday afternoon. Dortch had an outstanding freshman season until suffering a season-ending injury against Louisville in Week 8. He missed the final four games of the regular season but at the time of his injury he led all freshmen in the nation in touchdown receptions, receiving yards and receptions. Dortch was the only freshman in the country to catch four touchdown passes in a game in 2017. Dortch was Wake Forest's primary punt and kickoff return specialist until his injury. His 162 punt return yards were the most by a Deacon since 2007. - Wake Forest Football

12/01/17 - *Jaire Alexander, Jr, Louisville, 5-11, 192 (DS#6 CB)
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): CB Jaire Alexander, Jr., Louisville, 38 Votes,...Playing in only six games, Alexander helped stabilize the defense over the last three games. He directed the Cardinals' defense to allowing only 16.0 points per game over that span. The Charlotte native has totaled 19 tackles and one interception. - Louisville Football

12/01/17 - Cam Phillips, Sr, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 202 (DS#54 WR)
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): WR Cam Phillips, Sr., Virginia Tech, 136 Votes,...The Hokies' top vote-getter in this year's All-ACC selection, Phillips ranks fourth in the ACC in both receptions (71) and receiving yards (964). Tech's all-time leader in receptions (236) and receiving yards (3,027), Phillips is tied for second in the ACC with seven touchdown catches and ranks third with five 100-yard receiving games. His 189 receiving yards at East Carolina (9/16) are the most of any ACC player this season. - Virginia Tech Football

12/01/17 - *Terrell Edmunds, rJr, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 220 (DS#5 SS)
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): S Terrell Edmunds, Jr., Virginia Tech, 44 Votes,...Before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery, Terrell Edmunds collected 59 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and six passes defended in 10 starts at free safety. Edmunds, who moved from rover to safety in the offseason, had 70 return yards on those two interceptions, the eighth most in the ACC. Edmunds and younger brother, Tremaine, joins Kyle (first-team) and Kendall (second-team) Fuller as the only brother tandems in Virginia Tech history to be named to All-ACC teams. - Virginia Tech Football

12/01/17 - Will Grier, rJr, West Virginia, 6-1, 214 (DS#10 QB)
2017 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Will Grier, West Virginia, QB, Jr., Davidson, N.C.,...Grier, who was named the league's newcomer of the week five times, completed 250-of-388 passes for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns before sustaining a hand injury early in the Texas game on Nov. 18, missing the remainder of that game along with Oklahoma. He is nationally ranked in the top 10 in passing touchdowns (4), passing efficiency (8), total offense (9), passing yards (9) yards per pass attempt (9 and points responsible for (10)). He was ranked No. 12 in completions per game, passing yards per completion (18) and completion percentage (20). Grier passed for 300 or more yards in nine games and had multiple touchdowns in 10 games during the 2017 season. - West Virginia Football

11/30/17 - Tre Lamar, So, Clemson, 6-2, 250 (DS#2 ILB)
Clemson starting linebacker Tre Lamar will miss the top-ranked Tigers' Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with No. 7 Miami because of continuing shoulder problems. The team listed the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Lamar as out with a shoulder stinger on its injury report released Thursday. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney held out hope that Lamar, who has started eight games this season, would be healthy enough to return. Instead, Lamar will miss his third straight contest after getting hurt in Clemson's 31-14 win over Florida State on Nov. 11. Lamar is sixth on the Tigers with 52 tackles. His four sacks are tied for fourth most among Clemson's defense. The Tigers (11-1) face Miami (10-1) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday night. - AP College Football

11/29/17 - Ahmmon Richards, So, Miami (FL), 6-1, 190 (DS#5 WR)
No. 7 Miami has taken another big injury hit, losing wide receiver Ahmmon Richards for the remainder of the season after he injured his left knee in practice Wednesday. Richards has a meniscus injury. That news came less than a week after the Hurricanes (10-1) lost starting tight end Christopher Herndon IV, also to a season-ending knee injury. Miami plays No. 1 Clemson in Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. Richards will have surgery this week. He had 24 catches for 439 yards and three touchdowns in an injury-plagued season, one where he was slowed by a bad hamstring for several weeks. Herndon was Miami's second-leading receiver, Richards was No. 3. And the Hurricanes have played most of the season without running back Mark Walton, lost to an ankle injury. - AP College Football

11/27/17 - *Josh Rosen, Jr, UCLA, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB)
Following up one of his best performances of the season, albeit in a loss to USC, UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen (6-3, 220, 4.97, #3) was pulled from Friday's game at halftime after he took a physical hit in the second quarter. Interim head coach Jedd Fisch said Rosen was removed for precautionary reasons, which was probably the right decision to keep the quarterback healthy for the bowl game and the pre-draft process. However, it won't help defuse the injury concerns attached to his NFL scouting report. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/27/17 - Nick Fitzgerald, rJr, Mississippi State, 6-4, 230 (DS#2 QB)
Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Nick Fitzgerald (6-4, 227, 4.68, #7) suffered a gruesome dislocated ankle in the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night and underwent surgery on Friday. He will be sidelined for the next few months from football activities, which many assumed would keep him from leaving school early for the NFL Draft. But with Dan Mullen accepting the head coach job at Florida, rumors circulated that Fitzgerald might look to leave as well. However, he put that gossip to rest on Sunday, tweeting "I am very excited to be able to lead this team to a new level next season!" - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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