12/08/16 - Dede Westbrook, Sr/2017, 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
12/08/16 - Jordan Willis, Sr/2017, Kansas State, 6-4, 250 (DS#6 OLB) 2016 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Jordan Willis, K-State, DE, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.,...Willis swept Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors from both the coaches and Associated Press. He became the fourth Wildcat to earn the honor from the coaches, joining linebacker Arthur Brown (2012), defensive back Terence Newman (2002) and linebacker Mark Simoneau (1999). A product of Kansas City, Missouri, Willis leads the league and ranks ninth nationally with a school-record tying 11.5 sacks in addition to 16.5 tackles for loss to rank second in the conference and 20th in the country. - Kansas State Football
12/08/16 - Orlando Brown, rSo/2019, Oklahoma, 6-7, 340 (DS#1 OT) 2016 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Orlando Brown, Oklahoma, So., Duluth, Ga.,...Brown was highlighted as the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year, joining Jon Cooper in 2008 as the only Sooners to win the award. Brown is the first sophomore to take home the honor since it was first introduced in 2006. He has helped anchor an offensive line that helped OU to the No. 3 total offense (557.3 yards per game) and scoring offense (44.7 points per game) in the country, the No. 11 passing attack (319.8 ypg) and the No. 21 rushing offense (237.5 ypg). OU is averaging 7.55 yards per play, which ranks No. 1 among Power 5 schools this year and second all-time in program history. - Oklahoma Football
12/08/16 - Michael Dickson, So/2019, Texas, 6-2, 209 (DS#2 P) 2016 BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Michael Dickson, Texas, P, So., Sydney, Australia,...Dickson, the Big 12 Conference's leading punter and UT's all-time single season record holder, was named a first team selection by the league's coaches after earning Special Teams Player of the Year. He averaged 47.4 yards per punt on 65 attempts and had 28 downed inside the 20. Of his 65 punts on the season, 25 of them went for more than 50 yards, including a career-best 74-yarder which was tied for the sixth-longest punt in school history. Dickson is a finalist for the prestigious Ray Guy Award, which will be announced on Thursday night. - Texas Football
12/08/16 - Jordan Willis, Sr/2017, Kansas State, 6-4, 250 (DS#6 OLB) 2016 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Jordan Willis, K-State, DE, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.,...Senior defensive end Jordan Willis was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year in addition to being a unanimous selection on the All-Big 12 First Team. Willis leads the league and ranks ninth nationally with a school-record tying 11.5 sacks in addition to 16.5 tackles for loss to rank second in the conference and 20th in the country. - Kansas State Football
12/08/16 - Reggie Walker, rFr/2020, Kansas State, 6-2, 240 (DS#12 DE) 2016 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Reggie Walker, K-State, DE, Ponchatoula, La.,...Walker, a product of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, is the Wildcats’ first Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year since Terry Pierce was honored in 2000. The redshirt freshman has 6.5 sacks and 11.0 TFLs to rank fifth and sixth in the Big 12, respectively. His 6.5 sacks also rank second in school history among freshmen. - Kansas State Football
12/08/16 - Justice Hill, Fr/2020, Oklahoma State, 5-10, 171 (DS#6 RB) 2016 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Justice Hill, Oklahoma State, RB, Tulsa, Okla.,...The Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, Hill averaged 105.9 rushing yards per game in Big 12 play. His 1,042 rushing yards are the most ever for an Oklahoma State freshman and are the sixth-most for any freshman in Big 12 history. He has a realistic chance to be the FBS freshman rushing leader with a good performance in the Valero Alamo Bowl. He ranks third among all FBS freshmen with 1,042 rushing yards, trailing only Missouri's Damarea Crockett (1,062 yards) and Kentucky's Benny Snell (1,057 yards). - Oklahoma State Football
12/08/16 - D.J. Reed, So/2019, Kansas State, 5-09, 188 (DS#22 CB) 2016 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): D.J. Reed, K-State, DB, So., Bakersfield, Calif.,...Reed, a community-college transfer, picked up the Wildcats’ 11th newcomer of the year honor since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996, a mark that leads the conference, while it was the first since Brown was honored following the 2011 season. The Bakersfield, California, native has totaled a Big 12-leading 18 passes defended to rank fifth in the nation. He has three interceptions this year, including one he returned 35 yards for a touchdown against Texas Tech. - Kansas State Football
12/08/16 - Justin Crawford, Jr/2018, West Virginia, 5-10, 198 (DS#33 RB) 2016 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Justin Crawford, West Virginia, RB, Jr., Columbus, Ga.,...Justin Crawford is West Virginia's second Offensive Newcomer of the Year after running back Charles Sims was honored in 2013. He is the fourth running back to win the award. - Big 12 Conference Football
12/08/16 - JaVon Rolland-Jones, rJr/2018, Arkansas State, 6-2, 231 (DS#13 OLB) 2016 SUN BELT CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (Arkansas State, Jr., DL, Sport Management)...Rolland-Jones tied for second in sacks in the Sun Belt with 11.5 and tied for first in tackles for loss with 18.5. During league play Rolland-Jones was credited with 9.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss as he helped guide the Red Wolves squad to a 7-1 record in league play and a share of the Sun Belt championship. Earlier this season he became the Sun Belt's all-time leader in career sacks with 28.5 and will have a chance to add to that total in A-State's bowl game later this month. - Sun Belt Football
12/08/16 - Jalin Moore, rSo/2019, Appalachian State, 5-10, 205 (DS#21 RB) 2016 SUN BELT CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Jalin Moore (Appalachian State, So., RB, Undecided)...Moore led the Sun Belt with 1,367 yards rushing on 221 attempts for a league-leading 6.2 average. His 113.9 yards per game on the ground is also tops in the league. He racked up 974 of his 1,367 yards in league play where he scored eight of his 10 touchdowns. Moore’s per game average increased to 120.2 in those eight contests that saw the Mountaineers go 7-1 to claim a share of the Sun Belt title with A-State. His 10 rushing touchdowns are second in the Sun Belt and all came in the final nine games and finished tied for third in the Sun Belt among non-kickers with 60 points. He totaled 100 or more yards on 17 or fewer carries in six games this season as the Mountaineer rushing attack led the league with 262.5 yards per game. - Sun Belt Football
12/08/16 - Clifton Duck, Fr/2020, Appalachian State, 5-09, 175 (DS#999 CB) 2016 SUN BELT CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Clifton Duck (Appalachian State, Fr., DB, Undecided)...App State's Duck was tied for second in the league and first among freshman with five interceptions in 2016. He returned one of those back for a touchdown against eight-win Idaho and leads the league in passes defensed with 13. Duck started every game at corner as a true freshman on the Sun Belt’s top defense and finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles, 41 of them solo. - Sun Belt Football
12/08/16 - Rashad Dillard, rSr/2017, Troy, 6-0, 255 (DS#78 DE) 2016 SUN BELT CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Rashad Dillard (Troy, Sr., DL, Psychology)...Dillard finished the regular season with 36 tackles, 13.5 of them for a loss and 7.5 sacks. His sack total was good for fifth overall in the league. The unquestioned leader on a Troy defense that ranked first in the Sun Belt in rushing defense and first in turnovers forced, added eight quarterback hurries this season and added a fumble recovery and an interception. - Sun Belt Football
12/08/16 - Aikeem Coleman, rJr/2018, Idaho, 6-2, 280 (DS#47 DE) 2016 SUN BELT CONFERENCE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, Jr., DL, General Studies)...Idaho's Coleman was named the league's Newcomer of the Year in 2016. Coleman came to the Vandals from East Mississippi Junior College and has made an immediate impact for the Idaho program. He led the Vandals with 11 tackles for loss and eight sacks on the season. He also added seven quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. - Sun Belt Football
12/08/16 - Carlos Henderson, rJr/2018, Louisiana Tech, 5-11, 191 (DS#9 WR) 2016 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE & SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Louisiana Tech junior WR Carlos Henderson becomes the first player to be named Offensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year in the same season since the league began sponsoring football in 1996. Henderson is second in C-USA and tied for fourth nationally with 21 touchdowns (league-high 17 receiving, two rushing and two on kickoff returns). As a receiver, he has caught 72 passes for 1,406 yards, a league-leading 19.5 yards per reception. As a kick returner, Henderson has 22 returns for 668 yards (30.4 average), with two scores. - Conference USA Football
12/08/16 - Trey Hendrickson, Sr/2017, Florida Atlantic, 6-4, 270 (DS#18 DE) 2016 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Defensive recognition went to Florida Atlantic senior DE Trey Hendrickson, the first Owl to win the award and the first defensive lineman since 2011. He closed his career as the school’s all-time sack leader with 29.5, a figure that ranks seventh in C-USA history. This season, Hendrickson placed second in the conference in sacks with 9.5 and tackles for loss with 15. He posted a career-high in tackles (50), added a forced fumble and a fumble recovery and had a huge impact on special teams with four a nation-leading blocked kicks. - Conference USA Football
12/08/16 - Ryan Higgins, rSr/2017, Louisiana Tech, 6-1, 207 (DS#15 QB) 2016 CONFERENCE USA MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Louisiana Tech senior QB Ryan Higgins is the recipient of the Conference USA Most Valuable Player Award, marking the eighth time in the last nine seasons that a quarterback has been named C-USA MVP. He leads C-USA in completions (300), attempts (456), passing yards (4,208) and passing touchdowns (37). Higgins’ average of 350.7 yards per game ranks third in the FBS, while his touchdown total is tied for fifth nationally. He topped the 300-yard mark in passing six times this season, including a pair of 500+- yard performances. Higgins led the Bulldogs to the West Division Championship and the school’s third consecutive bowl appearance with a spot in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. - Conference USA Football
12/08/16 - Mike White, rJr/2018, Western Kentucky, 6-3, 215 (DS#30 QB) 2016 CONFERENCE USA NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Junior QB Mike White of WKU garnered the league’s Newcomer of the Year award, becoming the fourth straight signal-caller to win the award after leading the Hilltoppers to their second consecutive Conference USA Championship. He has a league-high seven games with 300 or more passing yards, totaling 4,027 through the air, a figure that ranks fifth nationally. White ranks 10th nationally in completion percentage (67.4), is ninth in touchdown passes (38) with only six interceptions on 386 attempts. He is third in the FBS with a 180.96 quarterback rating. - Conference USA Football
12/08/16 - Josiah Tauaefa, rFr/2020, Texas-San Antonio, 6-1, 235 (DS#999 ILB) 2016 CONFERENCE USA FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Freshman of the Year honors were given to UTSA LB Josiah Tauaefa, who leads all C-USA rookies and ranks third in the FBS among freshmen in tackles with a school-record 104. Just the third linebacker to win the honor in league history, Tauaefa added five sacks, seven quarterback hurries, one interception and two passes defended. He becomes the first UTSA player to win a conference individual award in the program’s six-year history. - Conference USA Football
12/08/16 - Christian McCaffrey, Jr/2018, Stanford, 6-0, 202 (DS#3 RB) Stanford RB McCaffrey declares for 2017 NFL Draft...Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey will skip his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. McCaffrey hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father, Ed McCaffrey, who spent 13 years in the NFL and was a Pro Bowl wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion. "After three incredible years at Stanford, I've decided to enter the 2017 NFL draft. #BlessedByTheBest," McCaffrey wrote on Twitter in officially making the announcement Wednesday. The 6-foot, 202-pound McCaffrey is ranked 21st overall, third at his position and projected as a first-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com. LSU's Leonard Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook are ranked ahead of McCaffrey at his position.
McCaffrey rushed for 1,603 yards and 13 touchdowns on 253 carries as a junior, along with 37 catches for 310 yards and three scores. He finished his three years at Stanford with 3,922 rushing yards, 1,206 receiving yards, 1,859 return yards and 33 career touchdowns. "Since I was 6 years old, I've wanted to play in the NFL," McCaffrey said on GoStanford.com. "It's been on every list of goals that I've ever written. Now, it's time to take that step. There's nothing more I can put on film. "I love Stanford more than anything. It will be extremely hard to leave. I feel humbled and inspired every day by the peers who surround me. I came to Stanford because I wanted to be challenged more than I ever have in my life. And that desire is shared by everyone who walks on this campus, by people who literally will change the world. ... As I walked off for the last time as a Stanford player, I realized how much I owe this university for how much it's given me." - The Sports Xchange
12/06/16 - Blake Barnett, rFr/2019, Arizona State, 6-4, 211 (DS#999 QB) Former Alabama QB Barnett headed to Arizona State...Former Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett is transferring to Arizona State. Barnett posted a picture on Twitter on Monday night that included Sun Devils coach Paul Graham. The key hashtag was #committed. Barnett plans to enroll at Arizona State in January and hopes to compete for the starting position during spring drills. Barnett was a redshirt freshman this season and started the Crimson Tide's season-opening game against USC. He was removed after two series and true freshman Jalen Hurts took over and quickly established himself as the starter. Barnett departed Alabama in late September and will have to sit out the first four games of the 2017 season to meet transfer requirements. According to Al.com, Barnett has been taking classes at Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif., to maintain his academic eligibility. Barnett was 11-of-19 passing for 219 yards and two touchdowns in parts of three games for the Crimson Tide before leaving the program.
Upon quitting the team, Barnett was sharply criticized by Alabama coach Nick Saban. "It's one of those things where I think the culture has changed a little bit," Saban said on his weekly radio show. "I think there's a certain pride people have in competition. There's certain things that I was taught growing up about not quitting and seeing things through. "I think if I would have come home and told my dad that I was going to quit the team, I think he would have kicked me out of the house. I don't think I'd have a place to stay. - The Sports Xchange
12/06/16 - Malik McDowell, Jr/2018, 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 - Jonathan Allen, Sr/2017, Alabama, 6-3, 291 (DS#1 DE) 2016 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WINNER: Alabama senior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is the recipient of the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented annually to the national collegiate defensive player of the year. Allen received the award from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Nagurski awards banquet in Charlotte, N.C. this evening. He is the first Alabama player to win the award. Teammate Reuben Foster, who won the Dick Butkus Award on Sunday, was also a finalist for the Nagurski. Allen has been a force for a defense that leads the nation in total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense and defensive touchdowns.
Allen leads the Tide in quarterback hurries (15) and shares the team lead in sacks (8.5) to go along with 13.0 tackles for loss. He has also returned a team-leading two fumble recoveries for 105 combined yards and two touchdowns. His 26.5 career sacks places him second on the Tide's all-time list behind former Crimson Tide standout and NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas. Allen and Foster were joined by defensive back Tarvarus McFadden (Florida State), linebacker/defensive back Jabrill Peppers (Michigan) and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (Clemson) as finalists for this year's Nagurski Trophy. The award is named after the legendary Bronko Nagurski, who dominated college football at the University of Minnesota as a bruising fullback and defensive tackle from 1927-29. This was Alabama's sixth consecutive season, and the eighth season in the last nine, with at least one finalist for the award. - Alabama Football
12/05/16 - Lamar Jackson, So/2019, Louisville, 6-2, 205 (DS#1 QB) 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. Oklahoma junior quarterback Baker Mayfield, Sooners senior wide receiver Dede Westbrook and Michigan junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers are also finalists. Jackson is the first Heisman finalist in Louisville history. The 19-year-old set an Atlantic Coast Conference record for total touchdowns this season with 51 (30 passing, 21 rushing) after passing for 3,390 yards and rushing for 1,538 for the 13th-ranked Cardinals (9-3). "It really hasn't hit me yet," Jackson said of his Heisman candidacy, via ESPN.com. "I'm still trying to let it sink in." Jackson was named the ACC's Player of the Year. He is the first player in FBS history with 3,300 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards. The 82nd Heisman Trophy will be awarded in a nationally televised ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 10. - The Sports Xchange
12/05/16 - Deshaun Watson, Jr/2018, Clemson, 6-2, 215 (DS#2 QB) 2016 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Watson, 21, threw for 3,914 yards and 37 touchdowns while rushing for 529 yards and six more scores. He totaled 4,443 yards of offense in helping lead Clemson (12-1) to a second straight ACC championship. Watson and the second-ranked Tigers face third-ranked Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31 with a spot in the College Football Playoffs Championship game on the line. He finished third in Heisman voting last year behind winner Derrick Henry of Alabama and running back Christian McCaffrey of Stanford. The 82nd Heisman Trophy will be awarded in a nationally televised ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 10. - The Sports Xchange