RGIII, Snyder among those honored in 2011 All-Big 12 awards

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Although the recipient of just one BCS bowl bid this year (??????), the Big 12 has been host to some of the more exciting football this season.

Wednesday, Big 12 coaches voted on the league’s offensive and defensive player of the year, as well as coach of the year. Baylor QB Robert Griffin III was the Big 12 Offensive POY, and Iowa State A.J. Klein and Oklahoma DL Frank Alexander split the Defensive POY — the first time that award has been split between two players.

Kansas State’s Bill Snyder was named conference Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 10-2 regular season record and a Cotton Bowl berth.

Hard to argue with that choice.

You can also check out all the individual awards handed out HERE.

Additionally, below are the first and second team selections for the Big 12:

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB — Robert Griffin III Baylor, Jr.
RB — Terrance Ganaway Baylor, Sr.
RB — Henry Josey Missouri, So.
FB — Trey Millard Oklahoma, So.
WR — Kendall Wright Baylor, Sr.
WR — Ryan Broyles Oklahoma, Sr.
WR — Justin Blackmon Oklahoma State, Jr.
TE — Michael Egnew Missouri Sr.
OL — Philip Blake Baylor, Sr.
OL — Kelechi Osemele Iowa State, Sr.
OL — Clyde Aufner Kansas State, Sr.
OL — Gabe Ikard Oklahoma, So.
OL — Levy Adcock Oklahoma State, Sr.
OL — Grant Garner Oklahoma State, Sr.
PK — Quinn Sharp Oklahoma State, Jr.
KR/PR — Fozzy Whittaker Texas, Sr.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE 
DL — Ray Kibble Kansas State, Sr.
DL — Frank Alexander Oklahoma, Sr.
DL — Ronnell Lewis Oklahoma, Jr.
DL — Jamie Blatnick Oklahoma State, Sr.
DL — Alex Okafor Texas, Jr.
LB — A.J. Klein Iowa State, Jr.
LB — Arthur Brown Kansas State, Jr.
LB — Emmanuel Acho Texas, Sr.
DB — Nigel Malone Kansas State, Jr.
DB — Jamell Fleming Oklahoma, Sr.
DB — Brodrick Brown Oklahoma State, Jr.
DB — Markelle Martin Oklahoma State, Sr.
DB — Kenny Vaccaro Texas, Jr.
P —Quinn Sharp Oklahoma State, Jr.

 SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB– Brandon Weeden Oklahoma State, Sr.
RB — Joseph Randle Oklahoma State, So.
RB — Cyrus Gray Texas A&M, Sr.
FB — Kye Staley Oklahoma State, Jr.
WR — Kenny Stills Oklahoma, So.
WR — Josh Cooper Oklahoma State, Sr.
WR — Ryan Swope Texas A&M, Jr.
TE — James Hanna Oklahoma, Sr.
OL — Robert T. Griffin Baylor, Sr.
OL — Hayworth Hicks Iowa State, Sr.
OL — Jeremiah Hatch Kansas, Sr.
OL — Zach Hanson Kansas State, Sr.
OL — Luke Joeckel Texas A&M, So.
OL — LaAdrian Waddle Texas Tech, Jr.
PK — Randy Bullock Texas A&M, Sr.
KR/PR — Tyler Lockett Kansas State, Fr.

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL — Nicolas Jean-Baptiste Baylor, Sr.
DL — Jacquies Smith Missouri, Sr.
DL — Jackson Jeffcoat Texas, So.
DL — Kheeston Randall Texas, Sr.
DL — Tony Jerod-Eddie Texas A&M, Sr.
LB — Jake Knott Iowa State, Jr.
LB — Travis Lewis Oklahoma, Sr.
LB — Keenan Robinson Texas, Sr
DB — Leonard Johnson Iowa State, Sr.
DB — Tysyn Hartman Kansas State, Sr.
DB — E.J. Gaines Missouri, So.
DB — Demontre Hurst Oklahoma, Jr.
DB — Quandre Diggs Texas, Fr.
P — Trey Barrow Missouri, Jr.

Dismissed Georgia Tech RB Dedrick Mills headed to 2016 JUCO champ

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Less than a week after his unexpected and abrupt departure from Georgia Tech, Dedrick Mills has found himself a new college football home.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mills has enrolled Garden City Community College in Kansas.  As his next stop, which won the 2016 junior college national championship, plays below the FBS level, the running back will be eligible to play immediately in 2017.

Very late last week, Tech announced that Mills had been dismissed from the program for an unspecified violation of athletic department rules.

Last season, Mills’ 771 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns led all Tech ball carriers., with 169 of those yards coming in the bowl win over Kentucky.  Mills put up all of those numbers as a true freshman despite being suspended on two different occasions for a total of three games.

More than likely, Mills will spend one season at the JUCO level before moving back to the FBS.  Whatever team grabs him at that time would be getting a talented player who would still have two years of eligibility remaining.

Bowling Green starting corner will miss at least opener, possibly entire 2017 season

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At the moment, the injury news for Jamari Bozeman is bad.  Depending on how things play out over the next several weeks, it could be bad.

According to the Toledo Blade, Bozeman will definitely miss the 2017 opener against Michigan State because of what’s described as an upper-leg injury.  Additionally, the Blade reports that the defensive back will probably miss the entire non-conference schedule, which, in addition to MSU, includes the home opener against FCS South Dakota Sept. 9 followed by road trips to Northwestern and Middle Tennessee the next two weeks.

Somewhat ominously, the newspaper writes that, beyond that, “his status for the rest of the season is uncertain.”

A 12-game starter for the Falcons at safety last season, Bozeman led the team in interceptions with three.  He was named third-team All-MAC after last season.

The good news is that Bozeman, a true sophomore this year, has yet to use his redshirt and would get this season of eligibility back if the injury is severe enough to sideline him for the entire 2017 campaign.

Danny Etling holds off true freshman, named LSU’s starting QB

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Myles Brennan is, more than likely, the future at the quarterback position for LSU.  In the here and now, however, the precocious true freshman will have to bide his time — at least for now.

After a significant, and maybe unexpected, push from the true freshman Brennan, Danny Etling Tuesday was officially named as the Tigers’ starting quarterback in a battle that Ed Orgeron described as “very close.”  Etling, a transfer from Purdue, came into the competition as the incumbent, starting the last 10 games of the 2016 season after taking over the job from Brandon Harris.

“We believe in Danny. We hope he has a great year,” the head coach said according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

In his first season at LSU, Etling completed 160-of-269 passes (59.5%) for 2,123 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.  In his 10 starts, the Tigers went 7-3 in a season that saw them finish 8-4.

Brennan was a four-star 2017 signee, rated as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the country.

Etling’s first start in his second season with the team will come Sept. 2 against BYU in the neutral-site opener.

UTSA-Texas State series rebranded H-E-B I-35 Showdown

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For those not familiar with HEB Grocery Company, it’s a grocery giant founded in Kerrville, Texas, in 1905 by a man named Florence Butt. H-E-B now owns nearly 400 stores stretching across south and central Texas and central Mexico. H-E-B essentially owns the San Antonio area and leases back to its million-plus residents, so it makes sense that when UTSA and Texas State wanted to brand their rivalry, they turned to H-E-B.

Starting this season, the UTSA-Texas State series will now be known as the H-E-B I-35 Showdown

Cue the AD boilerplate!

“We’re thrilled that H-E-B has become the title sponsor for the I-35 rivalry football games between UTSA and Texas State,” UTSA Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey said. “No matter the sport, both fan bases always show up in strong support when the Roadrunners and the Bobcats get together on the playing fields. This newly-branded name for the football games this season and next will only add to the rich history between the two schools.”
 
“It is great to have H-E-B supporting the I-35 football series between Texas State and UTSA,” Texas State Director of Athletics Larry Teis said. “H-E-B has a great relationship with the state of Texas and both universities. We have continued to play UTSA in other sports and the rivalry is strong for our student-athletes and fans.”

The two schools are natural gridiron rivals. They sit just 50 miles apart — connected by Interstate 35, of course — and compete for athletes and regular students alike. The Roadrunners and Bobcats have been Olympics sports rivals for years, primarily as members of the Southland Conference. Each football program is (obviously) in FBS now and have met only once, a 38-31 UTSA win in 2012, since the Roadrunners’ program launched in 2011.

The series will resume Sept. 23 in San Marcos, with Texas State making a return visit to San Antonio on Sept. 22, 2018.