AP Photo

Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey and Deshaun Watson headline AP All-America team

1 Comment

They’ve all taken home more significant honors this season, but the decorated trio of Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson added yet another skin to their walls Sunday when the Associated Press named them their All-America first teams.

The SEC led the way with six first-teamers, followed by the Big Ten’s five and the Big 12’s four. Alabama and Baylor were the most decorated teams as each boasted three first-teamers. Clemson, Stanford, and Ohio State placed two players apiece on the first team.

First Team Offense
QB – Deshaun Watson, Clemson
RB – Derrick Henry, Alabama; Leonard Fournette, LSU
OT – Taylor Decker, Ohio State; Spencer Drango, Baylor
OG – Joshua Garnett, Stanford; Landon Turner, North Carolina
C – Jack Allen, Michigan State
WR – Corey Coleman, Baylor; Josh Doctson, TCU
TE – Hunter Henry, Arkansas
AP – Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
K – Ka’imi Fairbairn, UCLA

First Team Defense
DE – Shaq Lawson, Clemson; Carl Nassib, Penn State
DT – A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama; Andrew Billings, Baylor
LB – Reggie Ragland, Alabama; Tyler Matakevich, Temple; Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
S – Jeremy Cash, Duke; Vonn Bell, Ohio State
CB – Desmond King, Iowa; Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
P – Tom Hackett, Utah

Second Team Offense
QB – Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
RB – Dalvin Cook, Florida State; Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
OT – Jack Conklin, Michigan State; Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
OG – Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas; Pat Elflein, Ohio State
C – Ryan Kelly, Alabama
WR – Will Fuller, Notre Dame; JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC
TE – Jake Butt, Michigan
AP – Morgan Burns, Kansas State
K – Jake Elliott, Memphis

Second Team Defense
DE – Joey Bosa, Ohio State; DeForest Buckner, Oregon
DT – Robert Nkemdiche, Ohio State; Sheldon Day, Notre Dame
LB – Joe Schobert, Wisconsin; Kentrell Brothers, Missouri; Eric Striker, Oklahoma
S – Trae Elston, Ole Miss; Jayron Kearse, Clemson
CB – Jourdan Lewis, Michigan; Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
S – Drew Kaiser, Texas A&M

Third Team Offense
QB – Keenan Reynolds, Navy
RB – Royce Freeman, Oregon; Larry Rose III, New Mexico State
OT – Jason Spriggs, Indiana; Vadal Alexander, LSU
OG – Dan Feeney, Indiana; Joe Thuney, N.C. State
C – Austin Blythe, Iowa
WR – Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss; Roger Lewis, Bowling Green
TE – Austin Hooper, Stanford
AP – Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech
K – Adam Schneider, Oregon

Third Team Defense
DE – Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State; Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
DT – Jonathan Bullard, Florida; Kenny Clark, UCLA
LB – Su’a Cravens, USC; Blake Martinez, Stanford; Anthony Walker, Northwestern
S – Eddie Jackson, Alabama; Darian Thompson, Boise State
CB – Mackensie Alexander, Clemson; Shawun Lurry, Northern Illinois
P – Hayden Hunt, Colorado State

Report: Georgia RG Ben Cleveland suffers fractured left fibula

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Georgia starting right guard Ben Cleveland suffered a fractured left fibula in the Bulldogs’ 43-29 win at Missouri, according to Dawgs247.

According to the site, the injury will not require surgery or a cast, but Cleveland will miss “at least a month.” No. 2 Georgia hosts Tennessee on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS) and Vanderbilt before a massive visit to No. 5 LSU on Oct. 13. They’ll take Oct. 20 before closing SEC play with Florida, No. 17 Kentucky and No. 10 Auburn.

The fibula is a non-weight bearing bone and, thus, a significantly less damage break than the tibia.

Cleveland is a redshirt sophomore from Toccoa, Ga. He has started Georgia’s last nine games at right guard.

The Cleveland injury is not the only ailment Georgia is dealing with at the moment. Dawgs247 noted starting left tackle Andrew Thomas, who missed the Middle Tennessee game with a left ankle injury and seemingly re-aggravated it in the first half, when a player rolled up on him. He did not return to the game afterward.

Fellow sophomore Justin Shaffer replaced Cleveland at right guard in the Missouri win.

Tennessee LB booted from Florida loss releases statement

Getty Images
4 Comments

On a night the Vols celebrated their 1998 national championship team, Tennessee played about as far away from national championship-caliber football as you’ll ever see a Tennessee team play. The Vols lost to Florida 47-21 in a game that was simultaneously better and worse than the final score. Tennessee was only out-gained 387-364 and won the first downs battle 18-14, but much of that was due all the short fields the Vols gave Florida after coughing up half a dozen turnovers. When fans started pouring out of Neyland Stadium early in the third quarter, the scoreboard read Florida 33, Tennessee 3.

And that’s not all.

Over the course of the game, head coach Jeremy Pruitt told linebacker Quart’e Sapp to leave the field after Sapp, Pruitt said, declined to enter the game.

“Since I’ve been here, Quarte has been a really good ambassador to our program, he’s done everything I’ve asked him,” Pruitt said. “He left the field because he wouldn’t go into the game when he was asked to go in. I don’t know how things were done before, but when you tell somebody to go in and they refuse to go in, we’re not going to do that around here. So I asked him to leave.”

On Sunday, Sapp released a statement on Twitter saying he did not refuse to go in the game. Sapp’s statement does not clarify exactly what happened, but he expressly denies he was asked to enter the game and refused.

“During the UT vs. UF game I was never asked nor did I refuse to go into the game. There was a sideline confrontation (I’m sure will be resolve internally that occurred and the other party had to be restrained.”

Sapp, a redshirt junior, was listed as Tennessee’s No. 2 weakside linebacker entering the Florida game. Given the praise Pruitt heaped upon Sapp above and the fact Tennessee can’t exactly turn away able bodies with Georgia, Auburn and Alabama coming up in its next three games, but bet here is this spat gets resolved internally and everyone moves on.

Minnesota DB Antoine Winfield, Jr. to miss remainder of season with foot injury

Getty Images
Leave a comment

For the second year in a row, Antoine Winfield, Jr.‘s season ends just four games after it started.

After appearing in 12 games and starting nine as a true freshman in 2016, Winfield was lost for the year four games into his sophomore campaign of 2017. He obtained a hardship waiver to play this season as a redshirt sophomore, but now will miss the rest of the season to a foot injury suffered in a 42-13 loss to Maryland on Saturday.

He will undergo surgery on Monday.

In a statement announcing the injury, Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck announced the Gophers will pursue another hardship waiver for Winfield, meaning he would be a fourth-year sophomore in 2019 if approved.

Winfield is the second Gopher to be lost for the season, following running back Rodney Smith.

“We are heartbroken for Antoine,” Fleck said. “Like Rodney Smith, I know he will keep his oar in the water, keep moving forward and will work tirelessly to return to the field next season. We believe Antoine meets the waiver requirement for a sixth year of eligibility and we will file that waiver with the NCAA at the conclusion of the season.”

Winfield led all Gophers defensive backs with 17 tackles on the year while tying for the team lead with one interception. He was also the team’s punt returner, notching a 76-yard score in a 48-10 win over New Mexico State on Sept. 1 and a 31-yard return in a 26-3 defeat of Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15.

Minnesota (3-1) is off Saturday before visiting Iowa on Oct. 6

Wake Forest fires defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel

Getty Images
1 Comment

Wake Forest has relieved defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel of duties, head coach Dave Clawson announced Sunday.

After starting the season 2-0 with wins over Tulane and Towson, the Demon Deacons have allowed 97 points in consecutive losses to Boston College and No. 8 Notre Dame.

“This was a difficult decision and not a spur of the moment decision,” said Clawson.  “I want to thank Coach Sawvel for all his hard work with our football program over the last two years.  Coach Sawvel is a very good person and a good football coach.”

Wake Forest ranks 110th nationally in yards per play allowed (6.35) and 106th in scoring (33.5).

With Sawvel out, defensive analyst Tom Gilmore has been elevated to the full-time staff as outside linebackers coach. Coordinator duties will be split up amongst the remaining staff, and specific duties have yet to be assigned. Gilmore joined the Wake staff over the summer; he was formerly the head coach at Holy Cross.

Wake Forest (2-2) hosts Rice on Saturday.