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Kyler Murray leads AP All-American team; Tagovailoa named to second team

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Associated Press Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma was named First-Team All-American by the AP on Monday. Murray was one of 10 players from a College Football Playoff team named an All-American player by the AP, including Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, Clemson defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins, and Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love.

Alabama led all teams with six players named to either the first, second or third team All-American rosters by the AP, four of which being named to the first team to also lead all schools. Clemson and Oklahoma each landed four All-Americans and Oklahoma had two players named to an All-American team by the AP.

Below is the full list of first, second and third All-American teams released by the AP for the 2018 season:

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma

Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis

Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson

Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Bunchy Stallings, senior, Kentucky

Center — Garrett Bradbury, senior, North Carolina State

Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M

Wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy, sophomore, Alabama; Marquise Brown, junior, Oklahoma

All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, freshman, Purdue

Kicker — Andre Szmyt, freshman, Syracuse

DEFENSE

Ends — Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson; Sutton Smith, junior, Northern Illinois

Tackles — Quinnen Williams, junior, Alabama; Christian Wilkins, senior, Clemson

Linebackers — Josh Allen, senior, Kentucky; Devin White, junior, LSU; Ben Burr-Kirven, senior, Washington

Cornerbacks — Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame

Safeties — Grant Delpit, sophomore, LSU; Deionte Thompson, junior, Alabama

Punter — Braden Mann, junior, Texas A&M

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama

Running backs — Travis Etienne, sophomore, Clemson; Trayveon Williams, junior, Texas A&M

Tackles — Dalton Risner, senior, Kansas State; Andrew Thomas, sophomore, Georgia

Guards — Dru Samia, senior, Oklahoma; Michael Dieter, senior, Wisconsin

Center — Ross Pierschbacher, senior, Alabama

Tight end — T.J, Hockenson, sophomore, Iowa

Wide receivers — Tylan Wallace, sophomore, Oklahoma State; Andy Isabella, senior, Massachusetts

All-purpose player — Greg Dortch, sophomore, Wake Forest

Kicker — Cole Tracy, senior, LSU

DEFENSE

Ends — Montez Sweat, senior, Mississippi State; Jachai Polite, junior, Florida

Tackles — Jerry Tillery, senior, Notre Dame; Gerald Willis III, senior, Miami

Linebackers — Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; David Long Jr., junior, West Virginia; Joe Dineen, senior, Kansas

Cornerbacks — Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU; Byron Murphy, sophomore, Washington

Safeties — Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington; Amani Hooker, junior, Iowa

Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, sophomore, Ohio State

Running backs — Benny Snell, junior, Kentucky; Eno Benjamin, sophomore, Arizona State

Tackles — Andre Dillard, senior, Washington State; Cody Ford, junior, Oklahoma

Guards — Terrone Prescod, senior, North Carolina State; Chris Lindstrom, senior, Boston College

Center — Michael Jordan, junior, Ohio State

Tight end — Noah Fant, junior, Iowa

Wide Receivers — A.J. Brown, junior, Mississippi; David Sills V, senior, West Virginia

All-purpose player — J.J. Taylor, sophomore, Arizona

Kicker — Matt Gay, senior, Utah

DEFENSE

Ends — Chase Winovich, senior, Michigan; Jaylon Ferguson, senior, Louisiana Tech

Tackles — Jeffery Simmons, junior, Mississippi State; Ed Oliver, junior, Houston

Linebackers — Paddy Fisher, sophomore, Northwestern; David Woodward, sophomore, Utah State; Te’Von Coney, senior, Notre Dame

Cornerbacks — Hamp Cheevers, junior, Boston College; Lavert Hill, junior, Michigan

Safeties — Andre Cisco, freshman, Syracuse; Jonathan Abram, senior, Mississippi State

Punter — Jason Smith, sophomore, Cincinnati

Report: UNC to follow Michigan in wearing Jordan Brand uniforms in 2017

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It only seems natural that the school that gave the basketball world Michael Jordan would be among the first programs to adopt the Jumpman logo on its uniform. While Michigan may have broken the seal on wearing the Jumpman logo on their football uniforms last season, UNC is reportedly making the most obvious of uniform choices beginning with the 2017 season.

According to a report from Inside Carolina, the University of North Carolina and Nike are working on a new contract deal. The current 10-year contract with Nike was signed in 2009, which is the primary reason the school and Nike are underway negotiating terms of a new apparel contract. Following the success with how the Michigan Nike contract played out, UNC should be optimistic about the impact the Nike property can have for its program as well.

UNC’s existing contract with Nike is valued at $37.7 million and was retroactively effective starting on July 1, 2008, making this the final year of the contract. Michigan’s current contract with Nike through 2031 is valued at $173.8 million. Contract values will tend to increase, and if UNC is going to showcase the Jordan Brand with their uniforms, then there is a little extra incentive to add more value to the contract for UNC. How much UNC will end up getting with their next contract remains to be seen, but the buzz surrounding the possibility of wearing Jordan’s signature logo on the uniform should be a good sales pitch on the recruiting trail when UNC shows off new uniforms. After all, that’s what all of this is about anyway, right?

Because UNC and Nike have an existing contract in place, Nike has an exclusive opportunity for negotiating with UNC over a future apparel deal. Other companies would have to wait to enter a negotiating phase if UNC and Nike are unable to make ends meet. That is not likely to happen as UNC and Nike have been working together since 1993. The two have extended their contract four times since first partnering.

Michigan football wants to be like Mike; First college football team to wear Nike’s Jordan brand

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When Michigan signed a new apparel deal with Nike, it came with quite the financial incentive attached to it. We now understand why. Michigan football will be the first college football program to wear the signature Jumpman logo on the football field starting in 2016. In the uniform apparel world, this is quite a milestone for Nike’s Jordan Brand.

Michigan’s deal with Nike is worth a reported $169 million over 11 years, which averages out to just over $15.3 million per year. The nitty gritty of the financial deal is something we previously touched on, noting Michigan’s deal is the richest apparel contract in college sports among public institutions. Michigan will play one final season wearing uniforms provided by Adidas. The contract with Nike will begin with the next academic year in 2016.

Nike is already everywhere in college football and the Nike swoosh is as iconic as any apparel logo in the game. Nearly just as familiar is the Jumpman logo, but it has typically been associated with just basketball (Jordan was pretty good at the sport, of course). Now Nike is getting its top brand under its belt onto the football field, and it may just be the start. Michigan’s basketball program will also wear the Jumpman logo and gear, becoming the fifth program in the country to do so.

One sort of has to wonder why North Carolina was not chosen as the first school to debut the Jordan brand for football, instead of Michigan. Perhaps UNC will be the second?