01/20/18- Tre Watson, Sr, California, 5-10, 205 RB Tre Watson is planning to finish his career at another school. Watson said this week he will seek another school that is a good fit as a graduate transfer for his final season of eligibility. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Watson had his best season for the Golden Bears in 2016, when he ran for 709 yards, averaging 5.0 yards per carry, and four touchdowns. Last fall, Watson suffered a lower-body injury that hampered him for much of the season. He finished his Cal career with eight starts in 37 games.
01/20/18- Travon McMillian, rJr, Colorado, 5-11, 210 Virginia Tech RB Travon McMillian, a former 1,000-yard rusher, is headed to Colorado University as a graduate transfer. McMillian, whose production has dwindled since he ran for 1,043 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman, announced his intention to transfer via social media. "I want to thank all the coaches for this awesome recruiting experience but I have decided to attend the University of Colorado. Looking forward for this opportunity!" McMillian wrote on his Twitter account.
01/20/18- Myles Gaskin, Jr, Washington, 5-09, 191 NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Winner -- WASHINGTON: The Huskies' backfield combination of quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin will be fourth-year starters in 2018. They will work behind left tackle Trey Adams, an All-American candidate who will be back for his senior year after missing the last half of the season with a knee injury. Washington likely enters 2018 as the Pac-12 favorite. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange
01/20/18- Bryce Love, Jr, Stanford, 5-09, 196 NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Winner/loser -- STANFORD: The Cardinal took a few gut punches on defense. High-motor defensive tackle Harrison Phillips is a first-round talent and Stanford's two best defensive backs -- cornerback Quenton Meeks and safety Justin Reid -- also made the jump to the NFL. On the other hand, All-American running back Bryce Love made a savvy decision to stay for his senior season, poised to make another Heisman run and position himself at the top of what looks like a much weaker running back draft class in 2019. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange
01/20/18- *Nyheim Hines, Jr, North Carolina State, 5-08, 197 NFL Early Entries, LOSERS: North Carolina State...The Wolfpack lost only two players — offensive tackle Will Richardson and running back Nyheim Hines — but their departures could be problematic for a team that will have lots of rebuilding to do on defense. Quarterback Ryan Finley will be back, but the 5-foot-9 Hines was one of the most explosive players in the country. The junior led the Atlantic Coast Conference in all-purpose yards (1,868) and scored 12 touchdowns. Richardson was one of the steadiest tackles in the country, but decided not to come back for a fifth season. - AP College Football
01/20/18- *Chris Warren III, Jr, Texas, 6-1, 252 NFL Early Entries, LOSERS: Texas...The Longhorns had six underclassmen declare: All-America safety DeShon Elliott, cornerback Holton Hill, offensive tackle Connor Williams, linebacker Malik Jefferson, running back Chris Warren and super punter Michael Dickson. That's a lot for a team that went 7-6 in coach Tom Herman's first season. It would have been nice to have a senior star or two to help lead a bigger turnaround in 2018. - AP College Football
01/16/18- Bryce Love, Jr, Stanford, 5-09, 196 Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love will return to Stanford for his senior season. His father, Christopher Love, told multiple outlets of his son's decision late Monday night. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that "the junior tailback didn't make his decision until the last possible minute Monday night, the deadline for entering the NFL draft." The younger Love finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. Love did pick up his fair share of honors, however. He claimed the Doak Walker Award as the top running back in the FBS and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year honors after rushing for 2,118 yards with an FBS-best 8.1 yards per carry. He also tied for fifth in rushing touchdowns with 19. Love reportedly set those totals while nursing an ankle injury through the final six games of the season. - The Sports Xchange
01/14/18- Myles Gaskin, Jr, Washington, 5-09, 191 Washington star running back Myles Gaskin will return to school for his senior season rather than enter the NFL draft. Gaskin announced his decision in a brief statement on Twitter on Sunday night, the day before the NFL deadline for eligible underclassmen to declare for the draft. Gaskin was expected to be a mid-to-late round selection in what's expected to be a strong running back class. Gaskin has rushed for more than 4,000 yards in his career. Gaskin finished the 2017 season with 1,380 yards and had 24 total TDs. It's a big load Gaskin has taken in his time with the Huskies, rushing for at least 1,300 yards in three straight seasons. Gaskin's decision is a big boost for a Washington offense that'll return its top running back, quarterback Jake Browning and the majority of its offensive starters from a team that went 10-3 last season, losing to Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl. - AP College Football
01/12/18- *Nyheim Hines, Jr, North Carolina State, 5-08, 197 North Carolina State running back Nyheim Hines is skipping his final season to enter the NFL draft. The school announced Hines' decision Friday. Hines ran for 1,112 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the nine-win Wolfpack and was a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick for The Associated Press. He averaged 143.7 all-purpose yards per game, leading the ACC and ranking fifth among power-conference players. Hines was also a Wolfpack track star. He was an ACC champion and all-American running the leadoff leg for the school's 4x100-meter relay team. He also was an all-conference pick for the 100- and 60-meter events. The school said Hines plans to complete his coursework for a degree. - AP College Football
01/10/18- *Derrius Guice, Jr, LSU, 5-11, 218 LSU leading rusher Derrius Guice says he's entering the 2018 NFL draft. In a recorded video published on social media, Guice thanks coaches and others who influenced him during his youth in Baton Rouge and during three seasons at LSU, and says he's ready to begin the "next chapter" in his life by turning pro. Guice rushed for 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns during the 2017 season, including a season-high 276 yards rushing in a victory at Mississippi. Guice also caught 18 passes for 124 yards and two scores. In 2016, Guice set an LSU single-game record with 285 yards rushing in a victory at Texas A&M, breaking the mark of 284 yards set earlier that season by Leonard Fournette. Guice leaves the Tigers having rushed for 3,074 yards and 29 touchdowns. Guice is among five LSU players to announce they're leaving school early to turn pro this year, including edge pass rusher Arden Key, offensive tackle Toby Weathersby, and defensive backs Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver. - AP College Football
01/10/18- Damien Harris, Jr, Alabama, 5-10, 216 Less than 48 hours after Alabama's dramatic win over Georgia in the national championship game, three players for the Crimson Tide announced their intention to enter the NFL Draft. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley, defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne and running back Bo Scarbrough -- all juniors -- will not return for their final seasons at the school, Alabama.com reported, citing sources. Another standout, running back Damien Harris, will forgo the draft and come back for his senior season, according to the website. - The Sports Xchange
01/10/18- *Bo Scarbrough, rJr, Alabama, 6-1, 232 Less than 48 hours after Alabama's dramatic win over Georgia in the national championship game, three players for the Crimson Tide announced their intention to enter the NFL Draft. Scarbrough, who served as the backup to Harris, rushed for 596 yards and eight touchdowns this season after racking up 812 yards and 11 TDs during his sophomore campaign. Harris rushed for an even 1,000 yards and also scored 11 touchdowns this season. He also went over 1,000 yards (1,040) yards) as a sophomore. - The Sports Xchange
01/10/18- Karan Higdon, Jr, Michigan, 5-09, 190 Michigan running back Karan Higdon plans to keep the NFL draft on hold and return for his senior season. Higdon, who led the Wolverines with a team-high 11 rushing touchdowns, made his intentions known with a text message to the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday. "After speaking with my family I have decided that I'm going to return for my senior year," the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Higdon wrote. Higdon, who rushed for 994 yards on 164 carries this past season, enjoyed his finest performance with a 200-yard, two-touchdown effort against Minnesota. Chris Evans was second on the team in rushing with 685 yards for Michigan, which opens its 2018 season at Notre Dame on Sept. 1. - The Sports Xchange
01/10/18- Lexington Thomas, Jr, UNLV, 5-09, 170 2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): RB Lexington Thomas Jr. UNLV,...Thomas (Houston, TX/Benjamin Davis HS) is the third UNLV running back to be named First Team All-MW, joining Dominique Dorsey in 2004 and Jeremi Rudolph in 2000. The junior turned in the fourth-highest rushing total in school history with 1,336 yards on 211 carries for a gaudy per-rush average of 6.3 yards, which ranks 17th in the nation. "Lightning" also struck often in the end zone this season, scoring at least one touchdown in 10 of 12 games (two or more six times) and finishing with 17 rushing TDs, which is currently sixth in the nation and ties for second on the school's single-season list. He posted six scoring runs 55 yards or longer this fall and his five 100-yard games gave him 12 in his career, which is third all-time. - UNLV Football
01/09/18- Osharmar Abercrombie, Sr, Coastal Carolina, 5-09, 210 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Osharmar Abercrombie (Coastal Carolina, RB, Sr.),...Abercrombie (Greenwood, S.C.) secured his spot on the All-Sun Belt team with a 133-yard, two-touchdown effort in the season finale versus Georgia Southern. Also bolstering his resume, Abercrombie was named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week after the season-opening win over UMass as he rushed for 149 yards on 17 attempts with two touchdowns.
However, over the next three games, he had just 31 rushes for 111 yards (3.6 avg) with no TDs. He got back on track as he was tabbed the team's Offensive MVP at Arkansas State thanks to a 55-yard run on the first play and finishing with 102 yards on 10 attempts. A CCU graduate in public health (May 2017) and member of the Team Leadership Council, Abercrombie finished his career among the CCU career leaders despite spending three seasons as the backup to All-American and current Denver Bronco De'Angelo Henderson. Abercrombie stands fourth on the school's all-time list for rushing touchdowns (22), fifth in rushing yards (1,922), 10th in all-purpose yards (2,372) and 10th in points scored (138). - Coastal Carolina Football
01/09/18- Jordan Chunn, rSr, Troy, 5-11, 234 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Jordan Chunn (Troy, RB, Sr.),...Chunn leads all Sun Belt running backs with 10 touchdowns this season and is third in rushing yards per game despite missing two full games due to injury. - Troy Football
01/08/18- Sony Michel, Sr, Georgia, 5-11, 215 College Football Playoff national championship game: No. 3 Georgia (13-1) vs. No. 4 Alabama (12-1) at Atlanta, Monday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN), KEY MATCHUP: Georgia RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel against Alabama's top-ranked run defense, led by NT Da'Ron Payne. Seniors Chubb and Michel are the first Georgia teammates to run for more than 1,000 yards in the same season and the roommates went off in last week's Rose Bowl victory against Oklahoma, combining for 326 yards rushing and six touchdowns. Alabama allows 2.7 yards per carry and the 302-pound Payne's play is pivotal, consuming blockers and allowing linebackers such as Rashaan Evans to track down ball carriers. If Georgia's dynamic duo of Chubb and Michel is slowed that puts more pressure on freshman quarterback Jake Fromm to produce. - AP College Football
01/08/18- Nick Chubb, Sr, Georgia, 5-10, 225 To win national championships the old-school, SEC way, you must have a smothering defense packed with big plays and a strong kicking game. Most importantly, you must run the ball. Then run it some more. Georgia's running game is deeper and better than Alabama's, by only a slight margin. That'll be the difference in Monday night's national championship game. In 1980, Herschel Walker's decision to sign with Georgia laid the groundwork for a national title that year. Similarly, the 2017 Bulldogs' hopes turned on the decisions by tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to put their NFL dreams on hold for a year and return for their senior seasons.
The decisions by Chubb and Michel, as well as outside linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy, all announced on the same December day in 2016, were crucial for coach Kirby Smart's second season. Carter blocked a field goal and Michel had the winning touchdown run in the second overtime of last week's 54-48 Rose Bowl playoff semifinal win over Oklahoma. Chubb and Michel combined to run for 326 yards against Oklahoma to become the most productive tandem in NCAA FBS history, passing SMU's Eric Dickerson and Craig James. In 1980, Walker was a one-man running game. Chubb trails only Walker on the SEC's career rushing list, yet he has far more help than Walker every dreamed of. - AP College Football
01/08/18- Larry Rose III, Sr, New Mexico State, 5-11, 195 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Larry Rose III (New Mexico State, RB, Sr.),...The All-Sun Belt second-team included running back Larry Rose III and safety Ron LaForce. Rose capped off his senior season second in the SBC with nine rushing touchdowns and 807 rushing yards to finish in fifth. - New Mexico State Football
01/08/18- Trey Ragas, rFr, Louisiana, 5-11, 227 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Trey Ragas (Louisiana, RB, RS-Fr.),...Ragas, a redshirt freshman, led the team with 813 yards and nine touchdowns and was sixth in the SBC in yards per game. The New Orleans native ranked 33rd nationally in yards per carry (5.88) in his first season with the Ragin' Cajuns and recorded a pair of 100-yard rushing games. - Louisiana Football
01/08/18- Glenn Smith, Sr, Georgia State, 6-0, 200 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Glenn Smith (Georgia State, All-Purpose, Sr.),...Averaging 115.5 all-purpose yards per game (fourth in Sun Belt), including 131.9 yards per Sun Belt game...Team's leading rusher with 521 yards and three touchdowns and second-leading receiver with 43 catches for 342 yards and one TD...Averaging 25.4 yards average on kickoff returns with one TD...One of only three active players in the nation with 1,000 yards rushing, 1,000 yards receiving and 1,000 return yards in his career...Career-highs of 98 yards rushing and 205 all-purpose yards in win at Texas State. Had five catches for 45 yards and three kickoff returns for 62 yards...Rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns on a school-record 31 carries in win at Charlotte. - Georgia State Football
01/07/18- Wesley Fields, Jr, Georgia Southern, 5-11, 200 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Wesley Fields (Georgia Southern, RB, Jr.),...Fields led the Eagles with 811 rushing yards and five scores while Werts set new school records for passing yards by a freshman (929) and total offense by a freshman quarterback (1,651). Rainey had over 30 knockdown blocks for a line that helped pave the way for the Sun Belt's leading rushing offense and Johnson III had 6.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks as a true freshman at the defensive end spot. - Georgia Southern Football
01/07/18- Aaron Duckworth, Sr, Idaho, 5-07, 203 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Aaron Duckworth (Idaho, RB, Sr.),...Duckworth led the Sun Belt with 1,025 rushing yards, the only student-athlete in the conference to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing. He is the first Vandal to lead a league in rushing yards since Joel Thomas in 1996 (Big West). Duckworth ranked second in the league in rushing yards per game (85.4) and all-purpose yards per game (135.17). The Orange Park, Fla., native is the first Idaho running back to earn first-team all-conference recognition since Willie Alderson in 2000 (Big West). - Idaho Football
01/05/18- *Ronald Jones II, Jr, Southern California, 6-0, 200 Southern California tailback Ronald Jones II will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Jones made the announcement Friday, two days after quarterback Sam Darnold announced his intention to leave USC early. The speedy, durable Jones has been an excellent heir to the Trojans' Tailback U. tradition, finishing fifth in school history with 3,619 yards while averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He rushed for 39 touchdowns and improved as a pass-catcher. He compiled 14 100-yard rushing games, and he had two 1,000-yard seasons following a 987-yard performance as a freshman. He finished his career strong, rushing for 1,550 yards and 19 TDs while USC (11-3) won the Pac-12 and reached the Cotton Bowl. He was an All-Pac-12 first-team selection. - AP College Football
01/05/18- Jalin Moore, rJr, Appalachian State, 5-10, 207 2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Jalin Moore (Appalachian State, RB, Jr.),...Moore has rushed for 912 yards in 10 games this year, giving him a league-leading average of 91.2 yards per game, and he was the Sun Belt leader with 790 rushing yards in league play even though he missed one full game and practically the entire second half of two others. - Appalachian State Football