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LSU’s Leonard Fournette headlines 44 named to Paul Hornung Award watch list


It’s early July, so you know what that means: Slow news days and everyone’s favorite, watch lists! Today’s list of players who could win an award in December is for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the nation’s most versatile player

The list:

Ishmael Adams, UCLA
Budda Baker, Washington
V’Angelo Bentley, Illinois
Rashon Ceaser, Louisiana Monroe
Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
Trevor Davis, California
Matt Dayes, N.C. State
Cameron Echols-Luper, TCU
DeVon Edwards, Duke
Tyler Ervin, San Jose State
Leonard Fournette, LSU
Autrey Golden, UTEP
Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech
Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech
Janarion Grant, Rutgers
Carlos Harris, North Texas
Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech
Myles Jack, UCLA
Adoree’ Jackson, USC
Corey Jones, Toledo
Isaiah Jones, East Carolina
William Likely, Maryland
T.J. Logan, North Carolina
Byron Marshall, Oregon
Jalin Marshall, Ohio State
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
Elijah McGuire, Louisiana Lafayette
Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
Ronnie Moore, Bowling Green
Teldrick Morgan, New Mexico State
Charles Nelson, Oregon
Speedy Noil, Texas A&M
Daz’Mond Patterson, Ohio
De’Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska
James Quick, Louisville
Alex Ross, Oklahoma
R.J. Shelton, Michigan State
Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
Jahad Thomas, Temple
Jaylen Walton, Ole Miss
Shane Williams- Rhodes, Boise State
Stanley Williams, Kentucky
Myles Willis, Boston College
Dontre Wilson, Ohio State

Fournette should be the early favorite here — in the Music City Bowl against Notre Dame, he rushed for 143 yards on 11 carries (including an 89-yard TD run) and returned a kick 100 yards for a score.

Then again, Fournette could be considered a favorite to win just about any award he’s eligible for in 2015.

James Quick, UofL’s leading receiver, suspended for game vs. BC

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The day of suspensions continues unabated, with Louisville the latest to lose a key piece of its football puzzle.

Saturday, the university announced that wide receiver James Quick has been suspended for tonight’s game against Boston College.  Other than a violation of unspecified team rules, no reason was given for the punishment.

Quick currently leads the Cardinals with 459 yards receiving and is tied for tops with 31 receptions.  He also had been the UofL’s primary punt returner, averaging 7.4 yards on his 20 returns.

The loss of Quick is softened by the continued presence of DeVante Parker.

One of the top receivers in the country, Parker missed the first seven games of the season with a broken bone in his foot.  He has played the past two games, and very easily shook of the rust — 17 receptions for 346 yards.  He’s already second on the team in receiving yards.

None shall pass: Clemson Tigers hold on for a 23-17 victory over Louisville Cardinals


The Clemson Tigers (4-2) defeated the Louisville Cardinals (5-2) Saturday without a single offensive score. A goal line stand proved to be the difference as the Tigers claimed the 23-17 victory.

Bobby Petrino‘s Cardinals had a chance to steal the victory, but Dabo Swinney‘s defense remained stout. With less than a minute remaining in the contest, the Cardinals had the ball at Clemson’s 8-yard line. Louisville gained seven yards on first down. But Clemson was able to hold over the next three downs from the 1-yard line to ensure the win.

In total, Clemson’s defense surrendered 212 total yards. And 73 of those yards came on a pass from Louisville quarterback Will Gardner to wide receiver James Quick just prior to the goal line stand.

The defense was led by defensive end Vic Beasley, who set a new Clemson record with 29 career sacks to pass Gaines Adams and Michael Dean Perry.

Clemson’s scoring came courtesy of the defense and special teams. Senior wide receiver Adam Humphries struck first a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown. Senior defensive end Grady Jarrett scored the second touchdown by recovering a fumble in the end zone. And Clemson kicker Ammon Lakip was 3-of-3 in field goal conversions with a long of 45 yards.

Swinney and his staff will need for their defense to remain strong in the coming weeks.

Senior quarterback Cole Stoudt is set to take over starting duties once again after freshman Deshaun Watson broke a bone in his throwing hand during the first half. Stoudt was 20-of-33 passing for 162 yards and a touchdown during the relief appearance.

Watson’s season may not be over, though.

Clemson’s schedule presents three winnable games over the next three weeks with the Boston College Eagles, Syracuse Orange and Wake Forest Demon Deacons next in line. Clemson’s defense will give the Tigers an edge in each of those contests.

Virginia storms the field following upset over Louisville


Virginia (2-1, 1-0 ACC) may be better than we anticipated. A couple of weeks after shutting down UCLA’s offense, the Cavaliers celebrated a big win over No. 21 Louisville (2-1, 1-1 ACC) the only way college students know how; by storming the field. Virginia let a lead evaporate in the second half against the Cardinals, but took the final lead of the game with 3:42 to play when Ian Frye connected on his third field goal of the game for a 23-21 lead. That would hold for the final score.

Virginia led Louisville 20-7 at halftime, but the Cardinals came alive in the fourth quarter. Dominique Brown scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to cap an eight-play drive and about five minutes later the Cardinals took their first lead since 7-0 with a Will Gardner pass to James Quick for a short touchdown. That gave Louisville a 21-20 lead but Virginia was unnerved by the situation. After going down in the fourth quarter, Virginia was forced to punt the ball away on the ensuing possession. That punt was fumbled away by the Louisville special teams and recovered by Virginia for another opportunity from the Louisville 25-yard line. Using the run to force Louisville to use timeouts and run whatever clock they could, Virginia stuck to the ground and set Frye up for the game-winning field goal.

Next week Louisville will stay on the road with a game at Florida International. FIU still causes nightmares for many Louisville fans to this day after T.Y. Hilton‘s field day a few years back, but the Cardinals should be able to head south and return home with a win. FIU jumped out to a 16-0 lead on Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon but could not hold on to it.

Virginia will play its first road game of the season next week against BYU. The Cougars have been one of the top defensive teams in the first month of the season, so Virginia’s offense is not going to have anything come easy in Provo next Saturday. The Virginia defense will have its work cut out for it with BYU quarterback Taysom Hill off to a great start this season.

Marijuana possession charge dropped for Kentucky DE


After receiving a citation for possession of a small amount of marijuana, Kentucky defensive end is escaping any further legal trouble. Jason Hatcher‘s marijuana possession charge was dismissed by a county court after completing a marijuana education course according to a report by The Courier-Journal.

“He’s never had any sort of criminal charge before in his life,” Scott C. Cox, Hatcher’s attorney, said to The Courier-Journal. “His case is scheduled to be expunged on August 18.”

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops says Hatcher’s situation will be handled internally from this point on. Hatcher was suspended for one game last season by Stoops for a violation of team rules.

Hatcher had been cited for the possession along with Louisville wide receiver James Quick. The two former high school teammates were given citations by Louisville campus police. Quick was cited for possession of 39.5 grams of marijuana, significantly more than Hatcher according to the police report.

Quick apparently has some more work to do before getting in the good graces with Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino. Petrino told The Courier-Journal Quick has disappointed the new head coach and he will be given an opportunity make up for his actions as the program will keep Quick on the roster.