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Doak Walker Award watch list highlighted by 2016 semifinalists Barkley and Pettway

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A watch list of the top running backs in the nation has been released by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum on Thursday. The Doak Walker Award watch list is full of great players, including 2016 Doak Walker Award semifinalists Saquon Barkley (Penn State) and Kamryn Pettway (Auburn).

Among those included on this year’s initial Doak Walker Award watch list (more players can be added at any time) are LSU’s Derrius Guice, Georgia’s Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, LJ Scott of Michigan State, Mike Weber of Ohio State, and Bo Scarbrough of Alabama, Washington’s Myles Gaskin, and Western Michigan’s Jarvion Franklin.

D’Onta Foreman of Texas beat out both Barkley and Pettway last season for the award. The Doak Walker Award has been presented to the nation’s top running back annually since 1990. Among the winners over the years have included Ricky Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson, Reggie Bush, and Montee Ball.

To be included on this watch list, the university athletic department must submit a nomination.

2017 Doak Walker Award Watch List

Josh Adams, Notre Dame
Ryquell Armstead, Temple
Kalen Ballage, Arizona State
Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Alex Barnes, Kansas State
Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan
D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa
Nick Chubb, Georgia
Jordan Chunn, Troy
Justin Crawford, West Virginia
Damarea Crockett, Missouri
Rico Dowdle, South Carolina
D’Andre Ferby, WKU
Kendrick Foster, Illinois
Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan
Myles Gaskin, Washington
James Gilbert, Ball State
Derrius Guice, LSU
Damien Harris, Alabama
Kyle Hicks, TCU
Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
Jon Hilliman, Boston College
Justin Jackson, Northwestern
Chris James, Wisconsin
Ty Johnson, Maryland
Ronald Jones II, USC
Ray Lawry, Old Dominion
Phillip Lindsay, Colorado
Tonny Lindsey Jr., Utah State
Bryce Love, Stanford
Sony Michel, Georgia
Dedrick Mills, Georgia Tech
David Montgomery, Iowa State
Jamal Morrow, Washington State
Ryan Nall, Oregon State
Jacques Patrick, Florida State
Kamryn Pettway, Auburn
Demario Richard, Arizona State
Diocemy Saint Juste, Hawaii
Bo Scarbrough, Alabama
Jordan Scarlett, Florida
LJ Scott, Michigan State
Bradrick Shaw, Wisconsin
Armand Shyne, Utah
Justin Silmon, Kansas State
Ito Smith, Southern Miss
Rodney Smith, Minnesota
Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky
Terry Swanson, Toledo
Shaq Vann, Eastern Michigan
Akrum Wadley, Iowa
Mark Walton, Miami
Warren Wand, Arkansas State
Tre Watson, California
Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt
Mike Weber, Ohio State
Braeden West, SMU
Devwah Whaley, Arkansas
Aeris Williams, Mississippi State
Shaun Wilson, Duke
Marquis Young, Massachusetts

Another Utah State player arrested in connection to teammates’ burglaries

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An off-field incident involving members of the Utah State football program has expanded yet again.

According to the Cache Valley Daily, Aggies cornerback Ja’Marcus Ingram was arrested and charged earlier this week on one count of tampering with a witness.  That charge is a third-degree felony.

Ingram’s legal issue is directly related to an April incident involving two of his teammates.

In April, USU cornerback Jaylan Brown and linebacker Troy Murray were arrested in connection to a pair of burglaries last December.  The pair allegedly stole video game consoles and video games, with the alleged thefts traced back to them after they sold the stolen property to a pawn shop.

Ingram is the third USU player to be arrested in connection to that incident that wasn’t directly involved in it.  From the newspaper’s report:

Later that month, Kevin Meiztenheimer and Dayshawn Littleton were arrested, accused of trying to hit the witness with their car and threatening to return and shoot the victim. Police believe Ingram and the two other 19-year-old men were trying to prevent charges from being filed against Brown and Murray.

As a true freshman last season, Ingram took a redshirt.

Utah State the landing spot for TCU transfer Tipa Galea’i

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TCU’s loss will be Utah State’s gain.  Eventually.

By way of his personal Twitter account, Tipa Galea’i has announced that he has decided to transfer from TCU to Utah State.  Galea’i’s older brother, Salanoa Galea’i, played for the Aggies as well, leaving the younger sibling still familiar with the football program and coaching staff.

Per Scout.com, unnamed “big time Pac-12 schools” were in pursuit of the transfer as well before he decided on USU.

To satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Galea’i will be forced to sit out the 2017 season.  Beginning with the 2018 season, he’d then have two years of eligibility to use with the Aggies.

A three-star 2015 recruit coming out of high school in Texas, Galea’i was rated as the No. 43 weakside defensive end in the country.

Galea’i played in a combined 17 games his first two seasons with the Horned Frogs.  Last season in 10 games, his 5.5 tackles for loss were tied for fifth on the team, while his 3.5 sacks were good for solo fifth as well.

Ray Lewis’ son indicates he’s headed to Maryland from Utah State

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Rayshad Lewis‘ dad made an NFL Hall of Fame name for himself in Maryland.  His son is now hoping to find some football success in the same state, albeit at the collegiate level.

On his personal Twitter account Monday, Lewis (pictured, No. 9) posted a photo of himself wearing a University of Maryland jersey as well as Terrapin gloves. “New chapter… You ain’t gotta understand just sit back and watch,” Lewis, the son of former Miami Hurricanes and Baltimore ravens standout Ray Lewis, wrote on the social media site.

Last month, the younger Lewis decided to transfer from Utah State.

Because he landed at another FBS program, Lewis will have to sit out the 2017 season. He’ll then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.

Lewis was a two-star member of the Aggies’ 2016 recruiting class, opting for USU over offers from, among others, Appalachian State, Ball State, FAU, Idaho, Old Dominion and Toledo.

As a true freshman last season, Lewis started seven of the 12 games in which he played. The 5-10, 165-pound receiver finished second on the team in catches (40) and receiving yards (476), while his two receiving touchdowns were tied for second.  The receptions and yards were second-most in the school’s history for a freshman.

For good measure, he added 110 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

This spring, the Aggies football program flirted with making Lewis a two-way player, with the rising sophomore logging time as a defensive back. He was also penciled in as a punt returner before his transfer.

Three Utah State players charged in connection to December burglaries suspended

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For the fourth day in a row, the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker will need to be reset.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, three Utah State football players — linebackers Troy Murray and Kevin Meitzenheimer, along with defensive back Jay Brown — have been suspended from the football program.  All three are redshirt freshmen.

The reason for the suspensions?  The trio has been charged in connection to a pair of December burglaries that allegedly occurred in Logan late last year.  A fourth individual, 2016 signee Dayshawn Littleton, was charged as well but is no longer a part of the football program.

From the Tribune‘s report:

Murray and Brown, both 19, were arrested April 4 and 5, respectively, as suspects in the theft of electronics equipment including video game consoles. Officers traced the equipment to Salt Lake City after Murray and Brown allegedly pawned it.

Charges against Meiztenheimer and Littleton, both 19, stem from an alleged attempt to prevent charges from being filed against Murray and Brown. Meiztenheimer and Littleton allegedly tried to hit a witness with a car and threatened to return and shoot the witness, according to Logan Police. When police arrested the the men on April 5, they found an assault rifle in the car. They were both charged on April 27.

None of the players involved have played a down for the Aggies.