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Broken hand brings early end to TCU WR Doctson’s spring

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If you are going to break your hand, the spring is probably the more ideal season to do so, at least compared to the fall. TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson will miss the remainder of the spring practice season with a broken hand. The injury does not seem to leave head coach Gary Patterson with much concern for Doctson’s status in the fall.

Josh will be good,” Patterson said Friday, per The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Josh had had good practices. But you can’t catch with a cast on your hand.”

No you cannot. Not that he has much to prove at TCU this spring anyway. Doctson was TCU’s leading receiver in 2014 with 1-,018 receiving yards (8th in the Big 12) and a Big 12-high 11 touchdowns (tied with Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett and Baylor’s Corey Coleman). TCU is starting to get thin in receiver depth this spring. Deante’ Gray will also sit out the remainder of the spring as a result of a non-contact injury and Emanuel Porter hurt a finger.

Doctson reportedly suffered the injury earlier this week and is expected to undergo surgery to repair the broken bone.

K-State’s Tyler Lockett wins Jet Award (What is the Jet Award?)

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Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett was named the winner of the Jet Award, it was announced Thursday. Just what, exactly, is the Jet Award? Great question.

According to TheJetAward.com, “The Jet Award honors the most exciting and electrifying play in college football, the return. Those daredevils that dare to participate who we call specialists.” Okay, then.

Given in honor of Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Famer Johnny “Jet” Rodgers of Nebraska, the Jet Award has been in existence since 2011. Joe Adams (Arkansas), Tavon Austin (West Virginia) and Ty Montgomery (Stanford) preceded Lockett in claiming the historic honor.

Kansas State’s all-time leading receiver, Lockett led the nation with a 19.1-yard punt return average and ranked third nationally in all-purpose yards per game at 176.6. The Tulsa product led the Big 12 in punt returns, receiving yards and all-purpose yards and finished his career ranked second among all Wildcats in all-purpose yardage, trailing only Darren Sproles.

Lockett will accept the honor April 2 in Omaha.

Will Jim Mora leave UCLA after Bruins’ Alamo Bowl victory?

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The rumor mill is churning, and UCLA head coach Jim Mora is now at the forefront of the conversation.

Immediately after the Bruins’ 40-35 victory over the No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats in the Valero Alamo Bowl, questions began to swirl regarding whether or not Mora will leave the program.

Two teams potentially interested in Mora’s services are the New York Jets and the San Francisco 49ers. According to PFT, a Jets consultant already contacted Mora and inquired about his buyout with UCLA.

Mora addressed the rumors Thursday to no avail.

“I have no plans to coach anywhere other than UCLA at this point,” Mora told the Orange County Register‘s Ryan Kartje.

At that point, the Bruins had yet to play in the Alamo Bowl. With the bowl game now complete, the interest in Mora could heat up in the coming days.

Friday’s performance by the Bruins wasn’t one to pad the resume, though.

The Bruins nearly allowed the Wildcats to come back from 25-point halftime deficit. UCLA committed 15 penalties and made numerous mental mistakes. It was the type of effort where anyone watching could question whether or not Mora had his team fully prepared.

The Bruins struggled to contain the Wildcats’ dynamic duo at wide receiver, Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton. The twosome combined to make 23 catches for 268 yards on their way to becoming the first tandem with 1,000 or more receiving yards in Kansas State history.

A late 67-yard touchdown run from running back Paul Perkins was needed to eventually seal the victory. Perkins finished the contest with 194 yards on 20 carries.

During his three seasons with the program, Mora is 29-11 overall. The Bruins didn’t win 29 games during the team’s previous five seasons. As a result, the coach appears to have revitalized his reputation, which makes him an intriguing option for the professional ranks.

It sure appeared as if Mora had somewhere else to be at the conclusion of the Alamo Bowl:

Mariota, Gordon headline Phil Steele All-America team

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Everyone has an All-America team these days. Heck, now that they’ve got some free time I hear the folks at Serial are going to pump out their own 2014 All-America team next week.

However, in crunching out their own list of 25-odd players, no one crunches more data than Phil Steele. The man is already a quarter of the way through his initial work for the 2015 season.

Anyway, on to current matters, the 2014 Phil Steele All-Americans can be found below. Second through 27th-team All-Americans can be found here.

Offense
QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
WR Rashard Higgins, Colorado State
WR Rashad Greene, Florida State
TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota
C Reese Dismukes, Auburn
OL Spencer Drango, Baylor
OL Jake Fisher, Oregon
OL Tre’ Jackson, Florida State
OL Brandon Scherff, Iowa

Defense
LB Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington
LB Scooby Wright, Arizona
LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA
LB Bernardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
DB Landon Collins, Alabama
DB Gerod Holliman, Louisville
DB Senquez Golson, Ole Miss
DB Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DL Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DL Malcom Brown, Texas
DL Nate Orchard, Utah
DL Shane Ray, Missouri

Specialists
K Brad Craddock, Maryland
P Tom Hackett, Utah
KR Mario Alford, West Virginia
PR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

Florida State TE Nick O’Leary, K-State WR Tyler Lockett among 12 new Senior Bowl roster additions

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Mondays in December mean a new list of players is headed to the premier pre-NFL Draft event, the Senior Bowl. In all, a total of 12 players accepted Senior Bowl invitations on Monday, bringing the grand total up to 86 to this point. The Senior Bowl announces new roster additions every Monday through mid-January.

Without further ado, this week’s additions are:

– La’El Collins, LSU offensive tackle
– Clayton Geathers, Central Florida safety
– Markus Golden, Missouri defensive end
– Doran Grant, Ohio State cornerback
– Garrett Grayson, Colorado State quarterback
– Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State tight end
– Tyler Lockett, Kansas State wide reciever
– Justin Manton, Louisiana-Monroe kicker/punter
– Connor Neighbors, LSU fullback
– Nick O’Leary, Florida State tight end
– Kevin White, TCU cornerback
– Kevin White, West Virginia wide receiver

Practices are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 20, and the Senior Bowl game will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. ET. All festivities will be televised by NFL Network.