Baylor leads the way with nine AP All-Big 12 nods

1 Comment

It’s been a bad a news week for the Big 12 after splitting its championship in ugly fashion, getting shut out of the College Football Playoff, and then passing the blame around the conference like an angry grenade in the news media. So how about some good news for controversy’s favorite conference?

The AP released its 2014 All-Big 12 team on Monday, and One True Champion Baylor leads the way with nine selections, but One True Champion TCU managed to snag both offensive and defensive player of the year honors. The Frogs Oklahoma boasted with seven picks apiece, and Kansas State followed with six.

Oh, and Kansas had as many selections as Texas, and more than Oklahoma State and Texas Tech combined.

Here’s how it broke down:

Offensive Player of the Year: Trevone Boykin, TCU

Defensive Player of the Year: Paul Dawson, TCU

Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

Defensive Newcomer of the Year: Taylor Young, Baylor

Offense – First Team

QB Trevone Boykin, TCU

RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

WR Corey Coleman, Baylor

WR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

WR Kevin White, West Virginia

TE E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State

C B.J. Finney, Kansas State

OL Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech

OL Spencer Drango, Baylor

OL Mark Glowinski, West Virginia

OL Daryl Williams, Oklahoma

PK Josh Lambert, West Virginia

AP Tyreek Hill, Oklahoma State

Defense – First Team

LB Paul Dawson, TCU

LB Ben Heeney, Kansas

LB Pete Robertson, Texas Tech

LB Eric Striker, Oklahoma

DB Sam Carter, TCU

DB Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma

DB Chris Hackett, TCU

DB Orion Stewart, Baylor

DL Andrew Billings, Baylor

DL Malcom Brown, Texas

DL Shawn Oakman, Baylor

DL Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State

P Trevor Pardula, Kansas

Offense – Second Team

QB Bryce Petty, Baylor

RB Shock Linwood, Baylor

WR John Harris, Texas

WR Curry Sexton, Kansas State

WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

TE Jimmay Mundine, Kansas

C Joey Hunt, TCU

OL Tayo Fabuluje, TCU

OL Quinton Spain, West Virginia

OL Tyrus Thompson, Oklahoma

OL Cody Whitehair, Kansas State

PK Jaden Oberkrom, TCU

AP Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

Defense – Second Team

LB Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma

LB Bryce Hager, Baylor

LB Jordan Hicks, Texas

LB Jonathan Truman, Kansas State

DB Quandre Diggs, Texas

DB Karl Joseph, West Virginia

DB JaCorey Shepherd, Kansas

DB Nigel Tribune, Iowa State

DL Chucky Hunter, TCU

DL Ryan Mueller, Kansas State

DL Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma

DL Cedric Reed, Texas

P Spencer Roth, Baylor

LSU students will go to class on Saturday to make up for national title game

Getty Images
1 Comment

LSU students who got to skip class for the national title game (and the ensuing celebrations…) were hit with a dose of reality returning to Baton Rouge on Friday.

According to an announcement from the university, classes that were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday for the championship game have been rescheduled. As a result, students will have to go to class on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 8.

So yes, Saturdays in the fall have resulted in a few Saturdays of work in the spring.

The school had received a bit of criticism when it was announced that classes were cancelled on the dates surrounding the championship game. While the practice has happened elsewhere, the nature of the game being less than an hour from campus in New Orleans certainly made things unique for the Tigers and their large fan base.

While some students no doubt had hoped that the classes at the time were indeed cancelled, it turns out they were in fact just being rescheduled. Going to school on a Saturday probably isn’t what many had in mind when signing up for the spring semester but there’s probably not a soul in purple and gold will take issue with the change given that it comes as a result of hoisting the ultimate football trophy on Monday night in the Big Easy.

Virginia safety Chris Moore enters transfer portal

Getty Images
Leave a comment

The transfer portal has claimed another name.

As first noted by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Virginia safety Chris Moore has entered his name into the database as he explores a move out of Charlottesville.

Moore started five of his nine appearances for the Cavaliers in 2019 and wound up recording 42 tackles. While he was in line to become one of the key members in the secondary going forward, a prior  suspension for violating team rules back in November may have wound up playing a role in his departure and standing with the team.

The safety had previously missed all of the 2018 season with an injury as well.

Moore was originally a three-star recruit out of Ashburn, Va. in 2016 and, assuming the redshirt senior has a degree, likely has a season remaining as a grad transfer.

DL Jay Tufele, WR Tyler Vaughns skipping draft to stay at USC

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Clay Helton has a lot of issues to deal with at the moment. Having a talented USC football team is not one of them.

The Trojans received a rare bit of good news on Thursday evening as two key players announced they were skipping the 2020 NFL Draft. In back-to-back announcements, defensive lineman Jay Tufele and wideout Tyler Vaughns confirmed they would remain in Los Angeles for the 2020 season.

Tufele is one of USC’s best defensive players. He recorded 42 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season as a redshirt sophomore despite dealing with a handful of injuries. With leading sacker Drake Jackson also back, there’s a nice tandem up front for whoever the team hires as defensive coordinator to work with going forward.

Vaughns returning also makes a dangerous receiving corps that much deeper. Michael Pittman Jr. was lost to graduation but the next three top wideouts are set to be back in 2020. Add in a group of solid tailbacks and both J.T. Daniels and Kedon Slovis at QB and USC will once again have one of the top offenses in the Pac-12.

Whether it will all help save Helton’s job again remains to be seen. If nothing else though, there’s at least there’s some positive news for the cardinal and gold this offseason with Tufele and Vaughns back in the fold going forward.

Nebraska and OC Troy Walters “mutually agreed to part ways”

Getty Images
1 Comment

A year after significantly falling short of expectations, an offseason of change has commenced at Nebraska.

In one of the first big moves since Scott Frost took over at his alma mater, the Cornhuskers and offensive coordinator Troy Walters announced on Friday that they had ‘mutually agreed to part ways.’

“Troy has been a valued member of our coaching staff for the past four years,” Frost said in a statement. “Troy is a good mentor for his players, provides great energy on and off the field, and carries himself with a presence off the field that will be missed. I want to thank him for his work on our coaching staff, and wish him and his family all the best going forward.”

The duo first came together when Frost was hired at UCF and led a number of prolific offenses, including the undefeated 2017 team for the Knights. Walters was a finalist for the Broyles Award that same season though has not called plays for either team.

Walters had a distinguished career as a player at Stanford that included All-American honors and a Biletnikoff Award in 1999. He spent several years in the NFL before going into coaching during stops at Texas A&M, N.C. State and Colorado.

The departure of Walters could interestingly lead to a reunion between Frost and a familiar name in Mark Helfrich. The latter was head coach at Oregon when Frost was elevated to offensive coordinator for the Ducks and is in search of a job after being let go by the Chicago Bears from a similar role.