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Jerry Jeudy, AJ Dillon, Eno Benjamin and more set for State Farm All-Star Football Challenge

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It may fly under the radar for most, but the 22nd annual State Farm All-Star Football Challenge is set to take place on Jan. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The skills competition will pit 24 college football stars in a team event. Among those participating in this year’s challenge will be Boston College running back AJ Dillon, Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos, Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray, and Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.

Five teams representing each of the power five conferences will consist of players from those respective conferences: ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC. A sixth team of “wild card” players will be comprised of players from the Group of Five or below. This year’s wild card players will come from the Mountain West Conference (Utah State QB Jordan Love, Boise State DE Curtis Weaver), Conference USA (FAU TE Harrison Bryant) and the South Atlantic Conference of Division 2 (Lenoir-Rhyne S Kyle Dugger).

The individual events included in the competition are a quarterback accuracy contest, obstacle course, strength challenge, and a hands competition. A team event will complete the overall event.

TEAM ACC
Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College
Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia
Jason Strowbridge, DL, North Carolina

TEAM BIG TEN
Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State
Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa

TEAM BIG 12
Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Carter Stanley, QB, Kansas

TEAM PAC-12
Salvon Ahmed, RB, Washington
Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah
Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State
Anthony Gordon, QB, Washington State

TEAM SEC
Nick Coe, DE, Auburn
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Terrell Lewis, LB, Alabama
Riley Neal, QB, Vanderbilt

TEAM WILD CARD
Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic
Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise State

Jaylon Henderson throws two touchdowns as Boise State leads Colorado State at halftime

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Boise State quarterback Jaylon Henderson continues to be serving the Broncos offense well as he got the start once again for the Mountain West Mountain Division champions on Friday at Colorado State. Behind a couple of touchdown passes, the Broncos own a 21-14 lead on Colorado State in the regular-season finale in snowy Fort Collins.

Colorado State opened the game with a touchdown drive to take an early lead on the Broncos. Jaylen Thomas ended the drive with a short touchdown run for the early score and lead. The Rams did all of their damage on the drive on first and second downs and did not face a third down the entire drive.

Boise State tied the game up on a touchdown drive that was given new life thanks to a penalty on the Colorado State special teams unit. After the defense held the Broncos to a supposed three-and-out, a running into the kicker penalty on the Rams gave the Broncos a free first down. Boise State took its first lead of the game following an interception by Tyreque Jones, the first mistake of the game by Rams quarterback Patrick O’Brien on the first play of the ensuing possession. Henderson, who started at quarterback for Boise State once again in place of Hank Bachmeier, completed a five-tard pass to CT Thomas for the go-ahead score.

Colorado State tied the game on their next possession with a 12-play drive spanning 81 yards. O’Brien tossed the game-tying touchdown to Warren Jackson to even the score at 14-14, but the Broncos had an answer on the offense’s next time on the field. A 14-play drive was capped by a second touchdown pass by Henderson, this time to Tyreque Jones from three yards out. Boise State defensive star Curtis Weaver picked off a pass he tipped at the line of scrimmage late in the first half to give the offense a chance to tack on an extra score before halftime. The Broncos had to settle for a field goal by Eric Sachse for a 10-point lead.

The crowd is rather sparse for this game. On top of Colorado State not being able to qualify for a bowl game, it being the day after Thanksgiving, and 15 inches snow filling a majority of the stands in Canvas Stadium, there isn’t much of a home-field advantage in place as Colorado State looks for a significant upset in the Group of Five picture. But the Rams are still hanging with the Broncos and will have a shot in the second half.

Lott IMPACT Trophy announces semifinalists

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You know we are getting close to award season in college football because it seems this week has been filled with announcements about semifinalists for every award possible. Welcome to the party, Lott IMPACT Trophy. A total of nine semifinalists were announced by the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is awarded to the best defensive player with a focus on success on and off the field, integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity.

The nine semifinalists for this year’s Lott IMPACT Trophy are:

  • Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
  • Cole Christiansen, LB, Army
  • Jordan Fuller, DB, Ohio State
  • Brandon Jones, DB, Texas
  • Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
  • Chris Orr, LB, Wisconsin
  • Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
  • Curtis Weaver, DL, Boise State
  • Evan Weaver, LB, Cal

Linebacker remains a strong position for the Lott IMPACT Trophy this season, with five of the nine semifinalists playing a linebacker position.

This year’s recipient of the Lott IMPACT Trophy will be announced on Dec. 15 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. This list of nine semifinalists will be trimmed down to four finalists prior to the announcement.

Kentucky’s Josh Allen took home the award last season.