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01/02/18- Ryan Yurachek, Sr, Marshall, 6-0, 241
2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE - Ryan Yurachek, Sr., Marshall,...Marshall Football had 13 student-athletes recognized by Conference USA Tuesday as the league's all-conference and all-freshman honors were announced. Both lists are voted on solely by C-USA's 14 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes. The Thundering Herd was represented on the first team by tight end Ryan Yurachek, wide receiver Tyre Brady and punter Kaare Vedvik. - Marshall Football

01/02/18- Elijah Wellman, rSr, West Virginia, 6-1, 241
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Elijah Wellman (FB),...Earning honorable mention for the Mountaineers were Dravon Askew-Henry (DB), Al-Rasheed Benton (LB), Reese Donahue (DL), Will Grier (QB), David Long Jr (LB), Colton McKivitz (OL), Kenny Robinson (DB), Elijah Wellman (FB) and Ka'Raun White (WR). West Virginia finished the regular season with a 7-5 overall record and 5-4 in the conference, tying for fourth place. - West Virginia Football

01/02/18- Britton Abbott, Jr, Oklahoma State, 6-1, 255
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Britton Abbott (FB),...In addition to OSU's nine all-conference picks, 12 received honorable mention recognition, including Britton Abbott (fullback), Matt Ammendola (kicker), Keenen Brown (tight end), Calvin Bundage (linebacker), Crabtree (Offensive Lineman of the Year), Osborne (Defensive Lineman of the Year), Justin Phillips (linebacker), Ramon Richards (defensive back), Rudolph (Offensive Player of the Year), Zach Sinor (punter), Dillon Stoner (Offensive Freshman of the Year) and Chad Whitener (linebacker). - Oklahoma State Football

12/20/17- Winston Dimel, rJr, Kansas State, 6-3, 235
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): FB Winston Dimel* K-State Jr. Manhattan, Kan./Manhattan,...K-State's second-team selections include fullback Winston Dimel, defensive end Reggie Walker and punter Nick Walsh. - Kansas State Football

12/20/17- Sam Seonbuchner, rJr, Iowa State, 6-2, 232
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Sam Seonbuchner (FB),...Sophomore JaQuan Bailey (DE), sophomore Hakeem Butler (WR), senior Colin Downing (P), sophomore Julian Good-Jones (OL), junior Willie Harvey (LB), senior Kyle Kempt (QB), sophomore Ray Lima (DL), senior Garrett Owens (PK), junior D'Andre Payne (CB), senior Trever Ryen (WR/PR), junior Sam Seonbuchner (TE) and sophomore Marcel Spears (LB) were honorable mention selections. - Iowa State Football

12/19/17- Dimitri Flowers, Sr, Oklahoma, 6-1, 247
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): FB Dimitri Flowers, Oklahoma Sr. San Antonio, Texas/Churchill,...Mayfield and Brown were named first-team All-Big 12 selections for the third and second straight years, respectively. Along with Brown, junior tight end Mark Andrews was also a unanimous selection on this year's squad. They were joined by senior fullback Dimitri Flowers and senior offensive lineman Erick Wren on the team. Defensively, OU was represented on the first team by Okoronkwo. - Oklahoma Football

12/18/17- Kyle Boyd, So, Baylor, 6-1, 238
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Kyle Boyd (FB),...Additionally, fullback Kyle Boyd, corner Harrison Hand, linebacker Clay Johnston, defensive lineman Ira Lewis and kicker/punter Connor Martin received honorable mention honors. - Baylor Football

12/17/17- Garrett Dickerson, Sr, Northwestern, 6-2, 248
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Garrett Dickerson,...Dickerson also earned All-Big Ten honors for the second time in his career after setting new career-best marks in receptions (37), receiving yards (401) and yards per catch (10.8). He caught four touchdowns during the regular season, including a career-high two in the Wildcats' 39-0 win over Minnesota. He caught a career-high nine passes for 150 yards in the Wildcats' win over Bowling Green on Sept. 16, setting the ninth-best single game receiving yards mark in program history. - Northwestern Football

12/16/17- Ryan Yurachek, Sr, Marshall, 6-0, 241
It would not be the New Mexico Bowl without some late drama. Marshall raced out to a 17-point lead in the third quarter before having to hold on for dear life in a 31-28 victory over Colorado State on Saturday. "It was preparation and execution," Marshall coach Doc Holliday said. "That offensive line (of ours) did a great job." The Rams (7-6) had one last chance, getting the ball back at their own 16 with 3:18 left. After an apparent fumble was negated by a defensive holding call on the Thundering Herd (8-5), Colorado State was able to advance on an amazing one-handed catch by Michael Gallup on third-and-10. Two long pass attempts by Nick Stevens were overthrown and the Rams faced fourth-and-10 on their own 39. A defensive offside call moved it up 5 yards, but Stevens' final pass attempt was deflected back to him and he was tackled on the 43, giving the ball back to Marshall.

The Herd needed one more first down to finish the game, which they got when Chase Litton found Ryan Yurachek for an 8-yard pass completion. Marshall took a knee and ran out the clock. "It was a microcosm of our season," Rams coach Mike Bobo said. "We played pretty good, but then we were giving up the big plays, explosive plays for touchdowns." Trailing 31-14 entering the fourth quarter, Stevens guided the Rams on a quick five-play, 79-yard drive, capping it with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Detrich Clark to make it 31-21. Litton threw an interception on Marshall's next series, only to see Colorado State turn it over on downs when Stevens was sacked at midfield. After the Herd's ensuing drive stalled, the Rams went on an eight-play, 85-yard drive. Stevens scored on a 1-yard run with 6:37 left to bring Colorado State within 31-28. "We had our chances," Bobo said. "It was just too much feast or famine." - The Sports Xchange

12/02/17- Jaylen Samuels, Sr, North Carolina State, 5-11, 228
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): AP Jaylen Samuels, Sr., NC State, 147 Votes,...Samuels is the league's inaugural choice at the new all-purpose designation after ranking third in the league in touchdowns with 15 for the season the fifth highest total in school history. His 11 rushing scores are third-best in the conference. "JaySam" ranks sixth in the ACC in receptions per game with 5.8 and his 69 total catches not only ranks 22nd overall in the NCAA, but he is second-highest non-WR in total catches nationally. - NC State Football

11/11/17- Andre Stoddard, Jr, Wofford, 5-10, 230
Andre Stoddard ran for two of Wofford's six rushing touchdowns and the Terriers gained 200 yards on the ground to roll past VMI 45-14 on Saturday. Wofford (9-1, 7-1 Southern Conference) clinched a share of the Southern Conference title with the win. Seven of the nine victories by Wofford this season are by seven points or less. The Terriers jumped out to a 21-0 lead at the 3:29 mark of the second quarter on short TD runs by Blake Morgan, Lennox McAfee and Stoddard. Reece Udinski connected with Kris Thornton for a 7-yard score to pull the Keydets (0-11, 0-8) within 21-7 at the half. The Terriers added short rushing TDs from Stoddard and Joe Newman, and a Luke Carter 32-yard field goal made it 38-7 after three quarters. Ostin McPherson capped the scoring for Wofford with a 1-yard plunge in the final period. Udinski found Thornton from 15 yards out with 6:13 remaining for VMI. The two teams have played 11 times with VMI winning the first five and Wofford grabbing the last six. - AP College Football

10/28/17- Andre Stoddard, Jr, Wofford, 5-10, 230
Andre Stoddard ran for 107 yards and his 10th touchdown of the season on 22 carries and Wofford continued its streak of winning close games by holding off East Tennessee State 31-24 on Saturday. The Terriers (7-1, 5-1 Southern Conference) are now 6-1 in games decided by one touchdown or less. Wofford, which came into the game sixth in the nation in rushing yards per game at 279.1, piled up 302 more on the ground. Lennox McAfee and Blake Morgan also had rushing touchdowns. The Terriers held the Buccaneers (3-6, 1-5) to 15 yards on the ground on 33 carries. Wofford has allowed just two 100-yard rushers in its last 47 games. Wofford extended its winning streak over ETSU to seven. The Buccaneers haven't beaten Wofford since 1998, but the overall series is tied 13-all. Austin Herink completed 23 of 34 passes for 262 yards and two TDs for ETSU. - AP College Football

10/14/17- Vic Enwere, Sr, California, 6-0, 245
RB Vic Enwere rushed 22 times for 102 yards, with 94 of them coming in the second half, on Friday night against Washington State.

09/30/17- Ryan Yurachek, Sr, Marshall, 6-0, 241
Chase Litton threw four touchdown passes, including three to Ryan Yurachek, to lead Marshall to a 38-21 win over Cincinnati on Saturday night. Litton was 21-of-34 passing for 233 yards, Yurachek had six receptions for 77 yards and Keion Davis had 20 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown for Marshall (3-1). The Thundering Herd scored touchdowns nine seconds apart to take control late in the first half. Litton found Willie Johnson for a 27-yard touchdown to cap a 10-play, 68-yard drive with 1:38 remaining in the second quarter.

Artis Johnson forced a Thomas Geddis fumble on the ensuing kickoff return and Nazeeh Johnson recovered at the Cincinnati 15. Litton hit Yurachek on the next play to make it 24-0. A 2-yard touchdown run by Cincinnati's Gerrid Doaks capped a 15-play, 75-yard drive to open the second half. Cincinnati (2-3) fumbled a punt and, on the next play, Litton connected with Yurachek for a 31-yard score to give Marshall a 31-7 lead with 1:06 remaining in the third quarter. Moore was 22-of-45 passing for 211 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Javon Hawes, but 13 of his completions came in the fourth quarter when Marshall played prevent defense. - AP College Football

09/30/17- Andy Davidson, Jr, Army, 6-1, 220
Army snapped its two-game losing streak and coach Jeff Monken was plenty happy - just not ecstatic. Andy Davidson rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown, Ahmad Bradshaw threw his first scoring pass of the season, and Army beat UTEP 35-21 on Saturday on a windy day at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights overcame an early running-into-the kicker penalty, missed too many tackles against UTEP running back Quardraig Wadley, and had an interception nullified by a penalty. Against a team struggling to find any sort of identity - UTEP's first lead of the season came on Wadley's 1-yard run in the final moments of the first quarter - it didn't matter. "I'm happy to win. It certainly beats the failing of last weekend," Monken said. "What we've got to do is play better. There's a lot to clean up. We had to earn this one. They (UTEP) had themselves right there." Army (3-2), coming off road losses to Ohio State and last week to Tulane, broke open a tight game with two touchdowns in the third quarter and another early in the fourth as Bradshaw finally displayed some nice touch throwing the ball. He finished 3 of 5 for 80 yards and rushed for 93 yards on 11 carries. - AP College Football

09/27/17- Jaylen Samuels, Sr, North Carolina State, 5-11, 228
HB Jaylen Samuels is a threat on the ground and through the air. He has made at least five receptions in every game this season, while also leading the team with four touchdown runs.

09/23/17- Andre Stoddard, Jr, Wofford, 5-10, 230
Andre Stoddard rushed for 97 yards with two touchdowns and Brandon Goodson threw for a score to help Wofford hold off Gardner-Webb 27-24 on Saturday. The Bulldogs took the lead with 7:45 left to play on Tyrell Maxwell's 23-yard touchdown to Willie Jackson IV. Paul Schumacher's 50-yard field goal attempt to tie the game with 65 second left missed wide left. Stoddard capped a five-play, 75-yard drive with a 26-yard score at the end of the third quarter to put Wofford (3-0) out front 27-17. Maxwell earlier threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Ralph Jolly to shave the Bulldogs' deficit to 20-17 with three minutes left in the third. Wofford controlled the line of scrimmage and collected 235 yards to 99 yards for Gardner-Webb (0-4). The Terriers are averaging 259.3 yards rushing per game. Wofford's three wins have come via a combined margin of five points this season. - AP College Football

09/16/17- Jaylen Samuels, Sr, North Carolina State, 5-11, 228
Jaylen Samuels scored on three short touchdown runs as North Carolina State drubbed visiting Furman 49-16 on Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C. Quarterback Ryan Finley threw for 231 yards for the Wolfpack (2-1), which plays its Atlantic Coast Conference opener next week at Florida State. Samuels, who had only five carries in the game, scored on 2-yard touchdown run to give the Wolfpack a 7-3 lead with 4:46 remaining in the first quarter. He ran in from 1 yard out in the second quarter and then added another 1-yard touchdown run with 18 seconds left in the first half as N.C. State held a 28-13 lead at the break. Finley threw a 30-yard touchdown strike to JuMichael Ramos in the first half. Nyheim Hines ran for a 28-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Barely three minutes later, N.C. State's Shawn Boone returned P.J. Blazejowski's interception 47 yards for a touchdown. The Wolfpack made it a 21-0 third quarter on Dakwa Nichols' 9-yard run. Finley finished 22-for-27 passing. Hines gained 92 rushing yards on 11 carries. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/17- Drake Kulick, Sr, Iowa, 6-0, 240
FB Drake Kulick is listed as the No. 1 fullback this week ahead of Brady Ross. Kulick is returning from a broken leg in the regular-season finale against Nebraska last year, but he played several snaps against Wyoming last Saturday.

08/16/17- Garrett Dickerson, Sr, Northwestern, 6-2, 248
WR Garrett Dickerson is expected to expand his workload this year after finishing third on the team in receptions last season (34 for 318 yards and five TDs).

08/15/17- John David Moore, Sr, LSU, 6-3, 236
TE J.D. Moore has moved to tight end, although he might still see action at his former fullback position. Last season he caught 10 passes for 58 yards.

08/14/17- George Aston, rJr, Pittsburgh, 6-0, 245
FB George Aston is expected to miss considerable time with an undisclosed injury. Aston scored 10 touchdowns in 2016. Instead replacing Aston directly, QB Max Browne said the offense is utilizing more tight ends and three-receiver sets.

08/14/17- Jaylen Samuels, Sr, North Carolina State, 5-11, 228
HB Jaylen Samuels can line up in a variety of roles, often making it difficult for defenses to keep track of his whereabouts. He's coming off an MVP performance in the Independence Bowl, when he caught three touchdown passes against Vanderbilt. He enters the season with 126 career receptions (including a streak of at least one catch in 28 consecutive games), already ranking seventh in school history in receptions. He also has racked up 700 career rushing yards.

07/13/17- Jaylen Samuels, Sr, North Carolina State, 5-11, 228
North Carolina State's Jaylen Samuels has been so unique and so impressive the ACC has decided to name a new position after him - well, sort of. The ACC announced this week that there will be a new position on the official All-ACC ballot this year that was inspired by Samuels called "the all-purpose back." "It makes me feel very good," Samuels said Thursday at the ACC media days. "Just to add another position, that's crazy to think about. But that is very special to me and I will keep working hard to prove people wrong." The versatile Samuels was used at multiple positions last season for the Wolfpack and proved to be extremely effective as a runner, receiver and returner. - AP College Football

07/12/17- Ryan Yurachek, Sr, Marshall, 6-0, 241
2017 Preseason John Mackey Award Watchlist: Ryan Yurachek, Marshall,...Played in 11 games in 2016, including 10 starts Finished with 28 receptions for 298 yards and five touchdowns Tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions Caught a pass in all 11 games in which he played, extending one of the nation's longest such streaks Caught five touchdown passes, raising his career total to 16. - Marshall Football

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