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01/12/18- Marcell Harris, rSr, Florida, 6-0, 208
Marcell Harris, the Florida safety who tore his right Achilles tendon in late July and missed all of last season, is forgoing his final year of eligibility and entering the NFL draft. Harris announced the decision Thursday on Instagram, saying he "became strong mentally and gained different perspectives of the game that I may have never seen" while sitting out. A fifth-year senior from nearby Orlando, Harris played in all 13 games in 2016. He had a team-high 73 tackles to go along with two interceptions and a sack. He appeared in 37 games in three seasons at Florida. He could have petitioned the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility, but chose to pursue an NFL career. Harris is the fourth Florida player to leave school early this season, following defensive tackle Taven Bryan, receiver Antonio Callaway and kicker Eddy Pineiro. Defensive Cece Jefferson and left tackle Martez Ivey announced last week they will return to school for their senior years. - AP College Football

01/10/18- Andrew Wingard, Jr, Wyoming, 5-11, 209
2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DB Andrew Wingard* Jr. Wyoming,...Wingard was named to the All-Mountain West First Team for the second consecutive season, and he received All-Conference recognition for the third straight year (Second Team selection as a freshman in 2015). Wingard led all Mountain West defensive backs in tackles in 2017, averaging 9.3 tackles per game (111 total tackles). That tied him for No. 5 in the conference and No. 29 in the nation in tackles among all players at all positions. He also led the Cowboys in tackles for the third straight season.

Wingard tied for No. 3 in the MW and No. 41 in the NCAA in interceptions, with four. He ranked No. 5 in the league and No. 21 in the country in solo tackles, averaging 5.6 per game (67 solo tackles). Wingard helped lead the Cowboys to a No. 1 ranking in the conference and No. 5 ranking in the NCAA in pass defense, allowing opponents only 160.7 passing yards per game. Wingard was twice named MW Defensive Player of the Week in 2017 for his performances versus Hawai'i and New Mexico. He had one interception and nine tackles versus Hawai'i and two interceptions and five tackles vs. New Mexico. Wingard had five double-figure tackles games in 2017 (15 vs. Boise State and Utah State, 14 vs. Oregon, 12 vs. Fresno State and 10 at San Jose State). - Wyoming Football

01/08/18- Tracy Walker, rSr, Louisiana, 6-1, 195
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Tracy Walker (Louisiana, DB, Sr.),...Walker led the Ragin' Cajuns with 97 tackles and a pair of interceptions on the season and ranked among the national leaders in solo stops per game. The senior had three games with 10 or more tackles on the season, posting a career-high 15 stops in his collegiate finale at Appalachian State. He had 14 stops the week before against Georgia Southern and opened the season with 10 tackles, including nine solo stops, against Southeastern Louisiana. - Louisiana Football

01/08/18- Bryan Williams, rSr, Georgia State, 6-2, 212
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Bryan Williams (Georgia State, DB, RS-Sr.),...Veteran safety and team captain who is the first sixth-year senior in Georgia State history after missing nearly two full seasons (2013-14) due to back surgery...Tied for second in the Sun Belt with four interceptions, which is the GSU season record...Third on the team with 57 tackles...Made two interceptions, both in the end zone, in shutout win at Charlotte, leading the Panthers to the first shutout in school history...In back-to-back games vs. Troy and South Alabama, he grabbed an interception on the game's first drive to set up a GSU score. - Georgia State Football

01/08/18- B.J. Edmonds, So, Arkansas State, 6-0, 206
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): BJ Edmonds (Arkansas State, DB, So.),...Representing the squad as honorable mention selections were Omar Bayless (Soph., WR), B.J. Edmonds (Soph. DB), Dee Liner (Sr., DL) and Jacob Still (Fr., OL). - Arkansas State Football

01/05/18- A.J. Howard, Sr, Appalachian State, 5-10, 200
2017 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): A.J. Howard (Appalachian State, DB, Sr.),...As one of three App State defenders on the All-Sun Belt third team, Howard ended the regular season with 63 tackles, a 61-yard interception return that set up a touchdown at Georgia State and a game-saving tackle at the 1-yard line on the final play of a 20-13 win at Texas State. - Appalachian State Football

01/04/18- Damon Webb, Sr, Ohio State, 5-10, 196
2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Secondary: Damon Webb, Ohio State (Cotton): Webb scored on a 23-yard interception return and also had a 20-yard fumble return as well as five solo tackles. - AP College Football

01/04/18- Mark McLaurin, Jr, Mississippi State, 6-1, 215
2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Secondary: Mark McLaurin, Mississippi State (TaxSlayer): McLaurin picked off 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson three times and also delivered 11 tackles in the 24th-ranked Bulldogs' 31-27 victory over Louisville. - AP College Football

01/04/18- Amani Hooker, So, Iowa, 5-11, 210
2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Secondary: Amani Hooker, Iowa (Pinstripe): Hooker had a game-high 12 tackles in a 27-20 triumph over Boston College. He made two touchdown-saving stops after long gains on drives that ended with field goals. - AP College Football

01/04/18- Nate Gaines, Sr, Texas-San Antonio, 6-1, 220
2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB - Nate Gaines, Sr., UTSA,...Gaines posted 41 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a team-leading four interceptions, which tied the program's single-season record. The senior free safety picked off three passes and had 80 percent of his stops during C-USA action. He turned in a 15-yard interception return to go along with three tackles in the triumph over UTEP, one pick and five tackles against North Texas and a season-high eight stops and a 35-yard INT return in the season finale at Louisiana Tech. Gaines, who hails from Mesquite Poteet High School, had an interception and a pair of tackles in the 17-10 season-opening victory at Baylor. - Texas-San Antonio Football

01/04/18- Devin Cockrell, rSr, Texas-El Paso, 5-11, 200
2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB - Devin Cockrell, Sr., UTEP,...Julian Jackson, Alvin Jones, Kalon Beverly, Devin Cockrell, Nik Needham, Alan Luna and Jake Sammut received All-C-USA honorable mentions. - UTEP Football

01/02/18- Jovante Moffatt, Jr, Middle Tennessee, 6-0, 200
2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB - Jovante Moffatt, Jr., Middle Tennessee,...This year's All-C-USA Honorable Mentions for MT are QB Brent Stockstill, OL Robert Behanan, OL Chandler Brewer, DL Walter Brady, LB D.J. Sanders, DB Reed Blankenship, DB Jovante Moffatt and K Canon Rooker. - Middle Tennessee Football

01/02/18- Justus Parker, So, Texas Tech, 6-0, 210
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Justus Parker (DNoY),...14 Red Raiders Madison Akamnonu, Cameron Batson, Jordyn Brooks, Travis Bruffy, Dylan Cantrell, Vaughnte Dorsey, Kolin Hill, Eli Howard, Dominic Panazzolo, Nic Shimonek, Paul Stawarz, Justin Stockton, Mychealon Thomas and Broderick Washington, Jr. earned honorable mention accolades. - Texas Tech Football

01/02/18- *DeShon Elliott, Jr, Texas, 6-1, 210
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DeShon Elliott (DPoY),...Three additional players, and four total, earned honorable mention by the league's coaches. DL Breckyn Hager, WR Lil'Jordan Humphrey and OL Patrick Vahe all were recognized for their play at their respective positions, while DB DeShon Elliott earned honorable mention as the Defensive Player of the Year. - Texas Football

01/02/18- Steven Parker, Sr, Oklahoma, 6-0, 204
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Steven Parker Oklahoma Sr. Tulsa, Okla./Jenks,...Six OU players were named to the All-Big 12 Second Team. Sophomore running back Rodney Anderson, junior offensive linemen Ben Powers and Dru Samia, and junior kicker Austin Seibert earned a spot on the offense, while senior defensive end D.J. Ward and senior defensive back Steven Parker were picked for the defense. - Oklahoma Football

01/01/18- Andrew Soroh, rJr, Florida Atlantic, 6-1, 210
2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB - Andrew Soroh, R-Jr., Florida Atlantic,...The entirety of the Owls' starting defensive line - Steven Leggett, Leighton McCarthy, Hunter Snyder and Jeremiah Taleni - and two more ballhawks in the secondary, Andrew Soroh and Chris Tooley, were also recognized as Honorable Mention. Snyder paces the linemen with 52 tackles, followed by McCarthy (49), Leggett (30) and Taleni (28). The quartet has combined for 24.5 tackles for loss and 15 sacks, with Taleni leading with five in the latter category. Soroh and Tooley have 47 and 31 tackles, respectively, with Tooley adding four interceptions and five pass breakups. - Florida Atlantic Football

01/01/18- Bryce Canady, Sr, Florida International, 5-11, 190
2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB - Bryce Canady, Sr., FIU,...Canady, a senior, ranks third on the team in tackles (60) and has seven tackles-for-loss and a sack. He is also the team leader in pass breakups with seven and also has a fumble recovery and quarterback hurry to his credit. Canady, who started all 10 games for the Panthers after having played just three games in 2016 as a walk-on and registering no tackles, posted a career-high nine tackles at Middle Tennessee on Oct. 7. - Florida International Football

12/30/17- McKinley Whitfield, Jr, Tulsa, 6-2, 216
2017 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): S McKinley Whitfield, Tulsa, Jr.,...Brewer is Tulsa's lone first-team selection, while fellow senior defensive end Jeremy Smith earned second-team accolades, along with juniors Justin Hobbs (WR), Tyler Bowling (OG) and Chandler Miller (Center). Senior offensive tackle Evan Plagg and junior safety McKinley Whitfield earned honorable mention honors. The 6'3" Whitfield, who started the season at linebacker but moved to his previous safety position due to injuries, led the Hurricane in tackles with 113 stops. Among his stops were 67 solos and 6 TFLs for -18 yards, while turning in 8 pass break-ups and one interception. Whitfield had eight double-figure tackle games, including six consecutively and a career-high of 14 stops against both Tulane and Navy. - Tulsa Football

12/30/17- Mark McLaurin, Jr, Mississippi State, 6-1, 215
No. 23 Mississippi State got three interceptions from safety Mark McLaurin and got 274 yards of total offense and three touchdowns from freshman backup quarterback Keytaon Thompson to beat Louisville 31-27 Saturday in the TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field. Thompson's big day included 147 yards rushing and 11-of-20 passing for 127 yards. Louisville's 2016 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson had 158 yards rushing, but threw a career-high four interceptions, including one on a crucial fourth-quarter drive with Louisville (8-5) down 31-27. Mississippi State (9-4) took an early 7-0 lead, scoring rather easily on a 56-yard drive capped by an Aeris Williams 5-yard run. Louisville answered with a nine-play, 51-yard touchdown drive, which was punctuated by a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Charles Standberry.

The Bulldogs marched right back down the field 79 yards to push ahead 14-7 on a 14-yard run by Thompson. Jackson matched Thompson's touchdown run with one of his own to start the third quarter, tying the score 14-14. After Mississippi State got a 23-yard field goal from Jace Christmann, the Cardinals executed a lightning-quick, three-play, 88-yard touchdown drive in the final minute before halftime. Jackson broke free for a 75-yard run, the longest of his career, and then found Jaylen Smith in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown on the next play. Up 21-17 at the half despite being out-gained 244-223 and converting on just two of seven third downs, Louisville added to its lead with a 23-yard field goal by Blanton Creque with 3:14 left in the third quarter. Jackson, who hadn't thrown an interception since October, threw picks on back-to-back drives in the third quarter. - The Sports Xchange

12/30/17- Delvon Randall, Jr, Temple, 5-11, 210
2017 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): S Delvon Randall, Temple, Jr.,...Randall ranked second in the conference with a team-high four interceptions. He was also among the conference leaders in tackles with 76, good for second on the Owls while his 55 solo stops paced the team. "I'm so happy for Delvon," said Temple head coach Geoff Collins. "I've said it from the first time I watched him practice, he's as good a defensive back as I've seen in my career. He's a playmaker and he will continue to get better." - Temple Football

12/29/17- Khalil Williams, Sr, Houston, 5-11, 210
2017 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): S Khalil Williams, Houston, Sr.,...Led all defensive backs in The American with eight tackles for loss, part of his 50 tackles on the year in 10 games played...Totaled two sacks for a loss of 16 yards while breaking up six passes, a number that ranks second on the Houston squad. - Houston Football

12/27/17- Asantay Brown, Sr, Western Michigan, 5-11, 215
2017 ALL-MAC THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Outside Linebacker - Asantay Brown, Western Michigan,...Third season earning an All-MAC honor, was a Second Team selection last year and Third Team selection in 2015. Led Western Michigan with 98 tackles, ranking fifth most in the MAC. Averaged 8.2 tackles per game. Had 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception. Also had two quarterback hurries and three pass breakups. - Western Michigan Football

12/27/17- Javon Hagan, rSo, Ohio, 6-0, 207
2017 ALL-MAC SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Defensive Back - Javon Hagan, Ohio,...Hagan ranks second on the Bobcats squad with 76 tackles and 39 solo stops. He has five pass breakups, one fumble recovery for 34-yards and an interception. - Ohio Football

12/27/17- Jaquan Johnson, Jr, Miami (FL), 5-11, 190
Miami safety Jaquan Johnson grew tired of hearing other people talk about his future, and suggest that he should leave school early for the NFL. So he let them know their opinions didn't matter. He's coming back to Miami next season with eyes on competing for a national championship - and he thinks the final game of this season might be a springboard toward that goal. The Hurricanes (10-2) play Wisconsin (12-1) on Saturday in the Orange Bowl, in the capper of a season where Johnson became a breakout star for Miami. "I could sort of sense it in people's voice that they wanted me to just leave, but you know, I make my own decisions," Johnson said Wednesday. "My dad taught me that. My mom taught me that. And they tell me, make my decisions and live with it." And his decision? "I want to get my degree and play for a national championship," Johnson said. He's on target for the degree, and the Hurricanes - after about a decade of mediocrity - seem like they're getting closer to rejoining the ranks of the nation's elite programs. This is Miami's first trip to a New Year's Six bowl since going to the Peach Bowl in 2005, and if the Hurricanes beat the Badgers it'll be their first 11-win season since 2003. - AP College Football

12/27/17- Brody Hoying, So, Eastern Michigan, 5-11, 205
2017 ALL-MAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Defensive Back Brody Hoying, Eastern Michigan,...Hoying had a knack for taking the football away from the opposition in 2017, as the first-year starter led the country in fumble recoveries with four. He also ranked sixth in the FBS with four forced fumbles and hauled in a pair of interceptions for EMU. Overall, he ranked 13th in the MAC with 78 tackles (44 solo, 34 assisted) to go along with four stops for a loss. The Coldwater, Ohio product returned a pick-six in the season opener against UNC Charlotte, Sept 1, and followed it up with a 71-yard INT return against Rutgers University, Sept. 9, to help the Eagles to their first-ever win over a "Power 5" opponent. In total, Hoying's 106 interception return yards rank seventh-most in an EMU single-season. For his efforts, he was named the league's Player of the Week on Sept. 25 and the MAC's Scholar Athlete of the Week on Sept. 27. - Eastern Michigan Football

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