01/20/18- Deandre Baker, rSo, Georgia, 5-11, 180 NFL Early Entries, WINNERS: Georgia...The Bulldogs said goodbye to All-America linebacker Roquan Smith (not surprising) and former five-star defensive lineman Trenton Thompson (not that surprising). Thompson is the type of high-upside player who could get drafted higher than his college production suggests he should. Where the Bulldogs did especially well was in retaining second-tier players such as cornerback Deandre Baker, defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter, center Lamont Gaillard and guard Kendall Baker. Gaillard and Kendall Baker will give the Bulldogs two fifth-year seniors on the offensive line to go with some high-end young talent in 2018. - AP College Football
01/19/18- Levi Wallace, Sr, Alabama, 5-11, 185 CB Levi Wallace is an easy player to appreciate because of his journey. With zero scholarship offers out of Tucson (Ariz.) High School, Wallace he was determined to play at Alabama, his father's favorite team. He walked on in Tuscaloosa as a wide receiver and spent his first three seasons in the shadows, redshirting, competing on the scout team and even playing intramural flag football to get on the field. After spending the 2016 season as a backup and helping on special teams, Wallace earned a starting role as a senior and flourished. With opponents staying away from Anthony Averett, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Ronnie Harrison and the other talented defensive backs in the Tide secondary, Wallace received plenty of action and he responded with 18 passes defended and three interceptions. Now, he is arguably the best cornerback on the Senior Bowl roster and is competing for his pro future. -- Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/11/18- *Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jr, Alabama, 6-0, 201 National champion Alabama is losing four more underclassmen to the NFL draft, including All-America safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, safety Ronnie Harrison and tailback Bo Scarbrough announced Thursday they're skipping their senior seasons. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban says defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne is also entering the draft. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley already had announced his departure. Fitzpatrick is a unanimous All-American who won the Bednarik Award and Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive player and defensive back, respectively. Harrison led the team in tackles and had three interceptions. Payne was a key run-stopper in the middle and also had an interception and touchdown catch in the semifinal win over Clemson. Scarbrough ran for 596 yards and eight touchdowns. - AP College Football
01/10/18- *Quenton Meeks, Jr, Stanford, 6-1, 197 Stanford cornerback Quenton Meeks says he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Meeks said Wednesday he has grown a lot in his three years at Stanford and is ready to pursue his ultimate dream of playing in the NFL. Meeks was a second-team All-Pac-12 pick this season when he had 65 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups. Meeks is the third prominent defensive player for Stanford to leave early for the NFL, following safety Justin Reid and defensive tackle Harrison Phillips. Tight end Dalton Schultz has also declared for the draft and the Cardinal are awaiting a decision from Heisman Trophy runner-up running back Bryce Love. - AP College Football
01/10/18- Rico Gafford, Sr, Wyoming, 5-09, 175 2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DB Rico Gafford Sr. Wyoming,...Gafford joined teammate Wilson on the All-Mountain West Second Team. Gafford shared the team lead in interceptions with Wingard, picking off four passes as a senior. That ranked Gafford No. 3 in the conference and No. 41 in the nation in interceptions. He led the Cowboys in passes defended (interceptions + pass breakups), and ranked No. 8 in the conference in that category. Gafford ended the regular season with 10 total passes defended (4 interceptions and 6 PBUs). Gafford's play helped the Cowboys rank No. 1 in the MW and No. 10 nationally as a team in interceptions. UW intercepted a total of 16 passes in 2017. - Wyoming Football
01/10/18- Tyler Hall, So, Wyoming, 5-09, 184 2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Tyler Hall, So., RS,...Hall accomplished something in 2017 that no player in the history of Wyoming Football had ever accomplished -- he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same season. Hall returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against Hawai'i and the very next week returned one 95 yards for a TD against Texas State. Hall tied for No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 4 in the nation in kickoff return TDs. He averaged 34.5 yards per return, which would have led the MW in kickoff returns and would have ranked him No. 4 nationally, but he fell just under the NCAA minimum of 1.2 returns per game in order to be ranked. He returned 13 kickoffs in 12 games this season (1.08 returns per game) for 448 yards. Hall helped lead Wyoming as a team to rank No. 1 in the MW and No. 1 in the nation in kickoff returns (29.50 yards per return). - Wyoming Football
01/10/18- Jalen Davis, Sr, Utah State, 5-10, 185 2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DB Jalen Davis Sr. Utah State,...Davis, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior cornerback from La Mesa, Calif. (Liberty HS), finished the season ranking first in the Mountain West and seventh in the nation with his five interceptions, and first in the conference and eighth nationally with his 18 passes defended (1.5 pg). He also ranked first on the team with his 4.0 sacks and was second with his 5.0 tackles for loss, while adding one forced fumble as he started all 12 games. He finished the regular season with a team-best 13 pass breakups and ranked 10th with his 32 tackles.
Davis, who was named a unanimous mid-season All-American and one of 13 finalists for the Jim Thorpe Ward as the top defensive back in the nation, ranks tied for first in the nation with his three defensive touchdowns. He is also the only player in the nation with three interception returns for a touchdown and one of just three FBS players to have multiple interceptions in multiple games during the season. Furthermore, he is the first FBS player to have three interceptions and return two of them for touchdowns in the same game since 2012, doing so against BYU on Sept. 29. Davis also had a career-high four pass breakups against Hawai'i on Nov. 18, which ranks tied for the ninth-most in a game at the FBS level this year. - Utah State Football
01/09/18- Marcus Jones, Fr, Troy, 5-09, 170 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Marcus Jones (Troy, All-Purpose, Fr.),...Jones enters Troy's New Orleans Bowl appearance as the Sun Belt's single-season record holder averaging 32.88 yards per kickoff return, while holding Troy's single-season record with three kickoff returns for a touchdown. Jones is third nationally with three all-purpose plays of 90 or more yards. In addition to two long-kickoff returns, Jones intercepted a pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Troy's Sun Belt title-clinching victory at Arkansas State. - Troy Football
01/09/18- Marcus Jones, Fr, Troy, 5-09, 170 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Marcus Jones (Troy, Return Specialist, Fr.),...Jones, a native of Enterprise, Ala., was electric in his first season for the Trojans as he set NCAA, Sun Belt Conference and Troy records. Jones etched his name in the NCAA record book when he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns at Coastal Carolina to become one of just 24 players in FBS history to do so. - Troy Football
01/09/18- Blace Brown, rJr, Troy, 5-11, 186 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Blace Brown (Troy, DB, Jr.),...Blace Brown is the nation's active leader in interceptions per game with 0.41 in his career and is tied for eighth nationally with five interceptions this season. He sealed Troy's victory at LSU with an interception to end the Tigers' final drive and picked off a pass in the end zone in Troy's win at Arkansas State. - Troy Football
01/09/18- Shamad Lomax, So, New Mexico State, 5-10, 200 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Shamad Lomax (New Mexico State, DB, So.),...Lomax completed the 2017 season tied for second in the SBC with four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and led the conference with four forced fumbles. His three fumble recoveries also topped the league and tied for fourth in the nation while his four picks ties him for 23rd nationally. - New Mexico State Football
01/09/18- *Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jr, Alabama, 6-0, 201 Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game. Unbeaten Central Florida finished sixth. The Crimson Tide received 57 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel after its 26-23 overtime win on Monday night. UCF received the other four and finished with the best ranking in the history of the program. The Knights are the first bowl-eligible team to finish the season undefeated and not win a national title since TCU in 2010. Ohio State was 12-0 in 2012, but banned from the postseason by the NCAA.
Georgia finished second, its best ranking since 2007, and Oklahoma was third, followed by Clemson and Ohio State. The AP national championship is the 11th for the Crimson Tide, three more than any other school, and fifth under coach Nick Saban since 2009. Saban joins the late Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant as the only coaches with five AP titles. Alabama is the first preseason No. 1 to finish No. 1 since Southern California in 2004 and the 11th overall. For the fourth time, two teams from the same conference finished Nos. 1 and 2. The last three times it has happened involved Southeastern Conference teams at the top (2007, 2011 and now 2017). - AP College Football
01/08/18- Tony Brown, Sr, Alabama, 6-0, 198 Intense Alabama defensive back Tony Brown was all business at media day on Saturday, two days before the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide faces No. 3 Georgia in the national college football championship game. What about that shirtless pre-game warmup routine? Nope, not talking about that. Those post-Sugar Bowl comments? That's in the past. All Brown wanted to discuss was beating down the Bulldogs. He was so determined to steer interviews away from perceived distractions, he screened questions. Brown greeted a steady stream of reporters with a question of his own: What are you going to ask? Anything not about the game was pretty much off-limits. "What's important is this game we're about to play on Monday," Brown said. "I'm going to keep talking about how we're going to dominate on Monday. I don't want to talk about anything that happened last Monday. My mind can't be on that. "That'd be living in the past. I'm going to talk about what we're going to do and we're getting prepared to do, not what we did. You can't live in the past at all."
The 6-foot, 198-pound Brown, who is seldom made available to reporters, gained attention after the Sugar Bowl win over Clemson by saying among other things he has viewed himself like a "silverback gorilla" since he was a kid, with an aggressive alpha male personality. He's often the first player out of the locker room in pregame warmups, his chiseled upper body uncovered. It shows the results of his workout regimen but also, he said after the game, can be "an intimidation factor" for opposing players. - AP College Football
01/08/18- Chandon Sullivan, Sr, Georgia State, 5-11, 195 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Chandon Sullivan (Georgia State, DB, Sr.),...All-Sun Belt Conference cornerback for the third straight year...Invited to the Reese's Senior Bowl, the first Georgia State player selected...One of 13 national finalists for the National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell Trophy as the top football scholar-athlete in the nation...Scooped up a fumble and returned it 28 yards for a score on the game's first play in win over Georgia Southern...Has 42 tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery for a touchdown and five pass breakups on the season...Part of a defense that held three teams under 100 yards rushing and was the last FBS team in the nation to allow a 100-yard rusher this season (Game 10). - Georgia State Football
01/08/18- Blaise Taylor, Sr, Arkansas State, 5-07, 168 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Blaise Taylor (Arkansas State, Return Specialist, Sr.),...Joining Blaise Taylor on the third team for Arkansas State were Justin McInnis (Jr., WR), Jaypee Philbert (Sr., OL), Caleb Caston (Sr., DE), Sawyer Williams (Soph., K) and Cody Grace (Soph., P). - Arkansas State Football
01/08/18- Blaise Taylor, Sr, Arkansas State, 5-07, 168 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Blaise Taylor (Arkansas State, DB, Sr.),...The Red Wolves placed five players on the first team, including Hansen, Blake Mack (Sr., TE), Lanard Bonner (Jr., OL) and Rolland-Jones in addition to Taylor. - Arkansas State Football
01/07/18- *Mike Hughes, Jr, Central Florida, 5-11, 191 Unbeaten UCF celebrated its self-proclaimed national championship with a parade at Disney World on the eve of the College Football Playoff final. The Knights (13-0) finished with the only perfect season in the Football Bowl Subdivision with a Peach Bowl victory over Auburn, which during the regular season beat both Alabama and Georgia, who'll meet in the CFP championship game Monday night in Atlanta. UCF feels its accomplishment in winning the American Athletic Conference championship was undervalued by the CFP selection committee, which listed the Knights 12th in the panel's final rankings. After beating Auburn on New Year's Day, UCF athletic director said the Knights were declaring themselves national champions and intend to hang a championship banner at the school's stadium. In addition, the coaching staff is going to be paid bonuses for winning the self-proclaimed title. The celebration, also featuring UCF cheerleaders and the school's marching band, began with Sunday's parade down Main Street, USA at Disney World. It resumes Monday night with a pep rally and free block party in downtown Orlando. - AP College Football
01/07/18- Monquavion Brinson, So, Georgia Southern, 5-10, 175 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Monquavion Brinson (Georgia Southern, DB, So.),...Brinson, from Atlanta, had a big year manning one of the cornerback spots for the Eagles. He led the league in interceptions with five and was second in the conference with 12 pass breakups. He also had 34 tackles on the season. - Georgia Southern Football
01/06/18- *Tarvarus McFadden, Jr, Florida State, 6-1, 198 Florida State cornerback Tarvarus McFadden and wide receiver Auden Tates are entering NFL draft. McFadden made his announcement via a statement released by the university. He was a first-team selection to the AP Preseason All-America team after having eight interceptions in 2016, but his production dropped off this season. He had no interceptions but his 10 passes defended were second on the team. They join safety Derwin James, tight end Ryan Izzo and defensive end Josh Sweat in leaving early. - AP College Football
01/06/18- *Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jr, Alabama, 6-0, 201 DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, who suffered a kidney injury in last week's victory over Clemson, said he's definitely playing in Monday night's national title game against Georgia. "I'm feeling great," he said at a press conference Saturday. "I have two kidneys functioning at full function. I'm good." Fitzpatrick said he suffered the injury in the first quarter of the 24-6 win over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, finishing the game while playing in pain. He went to the hospital on Tuesday and was held out of a practice before returning to the field Thursday.
01/05/18- Clifton Duck, So, Appalachian State, 5-10, 178 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Clifton Duck (Appalachian State, DB, So.),...Duck is tied for first place in the Sun Belt this season with five interceptions, including three against New Mexico State, and he also finished the second regular season of his college career with 48 tackles, 1.0 sack and 3.0 tackles for loss. Duck is one of 22 active FBS players with at least 10 career interceptions, and 18 of those players are seniors. - Appalachian State Football
01/05/18- Tae Hayes, Jr, Appalachian State, 5-10, 185 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Tae Hayes (Appalachian State, DB, Jr.),...Hayes, who was named to The Athletic's All-Group of Five Conference Midseason Team, has four interceptions, 16 passes defended (No. 2 in the Sun Belt), 48 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss this season. Like Duck, he intercepted three passes against New Mexico State. - Appalachian State Football
01/04/18- Julian Blackmon, So, Utah, 6-0, 187 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Secondary: Julian Blackmon, Utah (Heart of Dallas): Blackmon had two interceptions in a 30-14 victory over West Virginia. - AP College Football
01/04/18- Nik Needham, rJr, Texas-El Paso, 5-11, 190 2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB - Nik Needham, Jr., UTEP,...Julian Jackson, Alvin Jones, Kalon Beverly, Devin Cockrell, Nik Needham, Alan Luna and Jake Sammut received All-C-USA honorable mentions. - UTEP Football
01/04/18- Joe Brown, Sr, Western Kentucky, 5-09, 195 2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB - Joe Brown, Sr., WKU,...After Second Team honors in 2016, Joe Brown, Jake Collins and Kylen Towner earned Honorable Mention for their 2017 performances. For back-to-back seasons, defensive tackle Chris Johnson was Honorable Mention, while Nacarius Fant earned Honorable Mention as a wide receiver after earning First Team punt returner status in 2016. Finally, DeAndre Farris, Drell Greene, Lucky Jackson, Ben Reeder and Deon Yelder earned Honorable Mention for the first time. - Western Kentucky Football