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Heisman Trophy winner Manziel leads AP All-American team


Last month, the American Football Coaches’ Association selected its All-American team, which featured Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, USC wide receiver Marqise Lee and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Tuesday, the Associated Press released its list of All-Americans. Alabama leads all teams with four first-team members (linemen Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack, linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner) and had six selections over the three teams. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was selected as first team quarterback as one of two Aggies to make the first team.

Nine SEC players made the first team, more than any other. The Pac-12 was second with six first-team players and  o other conference had more than two.

Here’s how the first-team was voted. You can see all the teams HERE.

QB – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB – Montee Ball, Wisconsin
RB – Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
OL – Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
OL – Taylor Lewan, Michigan
OL – Chance Warmack, Alabama
OL – Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
OL – Barrett Jones, Alabama
TE – Zach Ertz, Stanford
WR – Marqise Lee, USC
WR – Terrance Williams, Baylor
AP – Tavon Austin, West Virginia
PK – Cairo Santos, Tulane

DE – Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
DE – Bjoern Werner, Florida State
DT – Star Lotulelei, Utah
DT – Will Sutton, Arizona State
LB – Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
LB – Jarvis Jones, Georgia
LB – C.J. Mosley, Alabama
CB – Dee Milliner, Alabama
CB – Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
S – Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
S – Matt Elam, Florida
P – Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.