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Da’Quan Bowers continues impressive awards haul


With all of the hullabaloo — is that still considered a word? — surrounding the coaching situation at Florida, we missed a couple of stories that deserve to be hit on at least briefly, so we’ll commence the process now.  Before we’re inundated yet again with (insert name here)-to-Gators rumors.

One day after being recognized as the 2010 winner of the Nagurski Award, and a week after taking home ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, Da’Quan Bowers will be forced to clear even more room in his trophy case as the Clemson defensive end grabbing the 2010 Ted Hendricks Award.

This hardware is named in honor of the former Oakland Raiders great and is given to the nation’s outstanding defensive end.

“This is another great honor for Da’Quan,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement. “He is on his way to becoming the most decorated Clemson football player in history. Winning the Nagurski Award on Monday night was very special. I was pleased to be a part of that as the keynote speaker at that banquet. And now he has won the Hendricks Award as the top defensive end, another great national honor named after a legendary player.”

Bowers leads the nation with 15.5 sacks and is second in tackles for loss with 25.

Even given his already impressive postseason haul, Bowers might not be done; the junior is also a finalist for the Lombardi and Bednarik awards.

(Writer’s note: so as to ensure that no more unmentionables on The Plains get all wadded up, we did note HERE that Auburn’s Nick Fairley won the Lombardi Award Wednesday night.)

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.