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Michigan’s Jake Butt named Mackey Award TE of the Year

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For the second time today, a Michigan Wolverine has taken home a major college football award.

This morning, the Paul Hornung Award announced Jabrill Peppers as its 2016 winner.  Not long after, the John Mackey Award named Peppers’ teammate Jake Butt as the 2016 recipient of its award, handed out annually to the nation’s top tight end.

Butt was a semifinalist for the 2015 award won by Arkansas’ Hunter Henry.  He’s the first Michigan player to win the Mackey.

“It’s a great honor first and foremost, especially for this team,” a statement from Butt began. “One thing Coach [Jim] Harbaugh says, ‘A rising tide raises all ships.’ So it’s great to win this award. I want to thank the guys in this group; this is our award, really it’s not a one-man award. I really thank everyone on this team, this coaching staff, my position coach Jay Harbaugh, my family and everyone that’s helped me achieve this great award. I’m really appreciative of that.”

Butt’s 3.6 receptions per game tied for 10th amongst tight ends.  he was one of three finalists for the award, and was joined by Alabama’s O.J. Howard and Clemson’s Jordan Leggett.

Arkansas RB Alex Collins declares for 2016 NFL Draft

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In a letter to fans, Arkansas running back Alex Collins has announced he will forgo his senior season with the Razorbacks and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

To be able to share those records and awards with the team and fans would be an incredible experience for all of us.

I also see a future in the NFL as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

After much prayer and discussion with the people who love me, I have made the decision to enter the NFL Draft.

Collins is the third underclassman from Arkansas to declare early for the NFL Draft, joining Hunter Henry and Denver Kirkland.

The initial reaction from Rotoworld is to not expect much from Collins in terms of being one of the top athletes on the board, but his physical and bruising running style should lead to plenty of interest by any NFL franchises in need of a big running back to carry the football. In a conference and division so often highlighted by the performances of Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry at Alabama and LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Collins was the SEC’s third-leading rusher with 1,577 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, more than worthy of being included in the conversation regarding top running backs this season. Collins had to carry the load for Arkansas after a season-ending injury to Jonathan Williams took one-half of the dynamic running back duo at Arkansas out for the season.

Arkansas TE Hunter Henry decides to enter NFL Draft

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Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, with the junior making the announcement on Arkansas’ official website.

Henry caught 51 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns in 2015 and finished his college career with 116 receptions, 1,661 yards and nine touchdowns. Henry won the 2015 Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate tight end.

The Little Rock, Ark. native’s statement announcing his decision:

After a great deal of prayer and reflection, I have made the very difficult decision to pursue my childhood dream and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

I have grown so much as a person and player these past three years at the University of Arkansas. I have enjoyed my experience more than I could have ever imagined.

As I move on to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL, I want to express my deepest thanks first and foremost to God for blessing me with the incredible opportunity to play football at the University of Arkansas.

I also want to thank Jeff Long and the entire athletic department, Coach Bielema, Coach Enos, Coach Lunney, my incredible teammates, my high school coach Kevin Kelley, and last but certainly not least, the entire Razorback Nation for giving this Little Rock native the experience of a lifetime.

I will deeply miss being a part of the Arkansas football team next year, but I will always be a part of the Razorback family!

I very much look forward to returning to Fayetteville to earn my degree and joining the rest of my family who are proud University of Arkansas graduates.

God Bless and Go Hogs!

Rotoworld’s Josh Norris ranks Henry as the No. 3 tight end prospect for the 2016 NFL Draft, while Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller pegs the now-former Razorback as this year’s top draft-eligible tight end.

Sporting News All-American Team headlined by Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey

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Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and runner-up Christan McCaffrey were named First Team All-Americans by Sporting News on Tuesday. The Crimson Tide and Cardinal running backs nudged out Florida State’s Dalvin Cook and LSU’s Leonard Fournette for the first-team honors, while both Cook and Fournette filled the running back slots on the second team. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, landed on the second team from Sporting News, with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield winning first team honors.

The full Sporting News All-American teams are listed below. The Sporting News All-American team is the fourth All-American team to be revealed that is used to make up the NCAA’s consensus All-American team. The previous three are the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America. Tomorrow, the American Football Coaches Association will release the fifth and final All-American list recognized by the NCAA for its consensus list.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB – Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
RB – Derrick Henry, Alabama; Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
WR – Corey Coleman, Baylor; Josh Doctson, TCU
TE – Hunter Henry, Arkansas
OL – Joshua Garnett, Stanford; Spencer Drango Baylor; Ryan Kelly, Alabama; Jack Conklin, Michigan State; Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
K – Roberto Aguayo, Florida State
KR – Evan Berry, Tennessee

Defense

DE – Carl Nassib, Penn State; Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State
DT – A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama; Adolphus Washington, Ohio State
LB – Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame; Reggie Ragland, Alabama; Eric Striker, Oklahoma
CB – Desmond King, Iowa; Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
S – Jeremy Cash, Duke; Vonn Bell, Ohio State
P – Tom Hackett, Utah
PR – Cam Sutton, Tennessee

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB – Deshaun Watson, Clemson
RB – Dalvin Cook, Florida State; Leonard Fournette, LSU
WR – Will Fuller, Notre Dame; JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC
TE – Jake Butt, Michigan
OL – Vadal Alexander, LSU; Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas; Taylor Decker, Ohio State; Jason Spriggs, Indiana; Roderick Johnson, Florida State
K – Ka’lmi Fairbairn, UCLA
KR – Morgan Burns, Kansas State

Defense

DE – Joey Bosa, Ohio State; Shaq Lawson, Clemson
DT- Jonathan Bullard, Florida; Andrew Billings, Baylor
LB – Kentrell Brothers, Missouri;Tyler Matakevich, Temple; Joe Schobert, Wisconsin
CB – Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma; Jalen Tabor, Florida
S – Jabrill Peppers, Michigan; Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
P – Drew Kasar, Texas A&M
PR – Dante Pettis, Washington

College Football Awards Recap: Derrick Henry named Maxwell Award and Doak Walker winner

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Alabama running back Derrick Henry had a big night at the 2015 Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Atlanta Thursday. The two Heisman finalists walked away with some of the top honors of the night, with Henry being named the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player o the Year winner and the Doak Walker Award winner as the nation’s best running back.

Henry became the first running back to win the Maxwell Award since 2002 when Penn State’s Larry Johnson won the award. He is the second player from Alabama to win the award in the past three seasons, joining quarterback A.J. McCarron in 2013. McCarron was Alabama’s first Maxwell Award winner. Earlier in the evening, prior to the award show, Henry was also named the Walter Camp Player of the Year, giving Henry three individual awards by the end of the night.

Henry was not the only Heisman finalist to take home some hardware Thursday night. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was named the Davey O’Brien Award winner as the nation’s top quarterback. The Davey O’Brien Award winner has gone on to win the Heisman Trophy each of the past five seasons and all but one season since 2006. Stanford’ Christian MCaffrey was up for a handful of honors but did not take any awards home.

Maxwell Award (Player of te Year): Derrick Henry, Alabama

Bednarik Award (Best Defensive Player): Tyler Matakevich, Temple

Davey O’Brien Award (Best QB): Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Biletnikoff Award (Best WR): Corey Coleman, Baylor

Doak Walker Award (Best RB): Derrick Henry, Alabama

Rimington Trophy (Best C): Ryan Kelly, Alabama

John Mackey Award (Best TE): Hunter Henry, Arkansas

Outland Trophy (Interior Lineman): Joshua Garnett, Stanford

Jim Thorpe Award (Best DB): Desmond King, Iowa

Ray Guy Award (Best P): Tom Hackett, Utah

Lou Groza Award (Best K): Ka’imi Fairbairn, UCLA

Home Depot Coach of the Year: Dabo Swinney, Clemson

Disney Spirit Award: Hank Goff, Concordia University, St. Paul

Contributions to College Football Award: Barry Switzer, Oklahoma