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Ross Bowers one of seven transferring from Cal

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Even on the same day they added to it, Cal’s roster took a sizable hit depth-wise.

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, one-time quarterback Ross Bowers is one of seven players who have decided to transfer from the Golden Bears football program.  Another of the seven, redshirt freshman running back Biaggio Ali Walsh, had announced on Twitter earlier this month that he would be leaving the Bears after appearing in 10 games this season.

The other five apparently leaving the Pac-12 school includes true freshman running back Johnny Adams Jr., redshirt sophomore receiver Greyson Bankhead, fifth-year senior linebacker Derron Brown, redshirt sophomore running back Derrick Clark and redshirt junior wide receiver Brandon Singleton.

The biggest name of the group, though — and notwithstanding Walsh’s grandfather, Muhammad Ali — is Bowers.

After playing sparingly his first two seasons in Berkeley, Bowers started all 12 games during the 2017 season as he threw for 3,039 yards, 18 touchdowns and a dozen interceptions.  While he started this season’s opener, the redshirt junior played sparingly the remainder of the year due to a combination of injury and evolving offensive scheme.

Bowers would be a graduate transfer if the move comes to fruition, so you can likely add his name to the list of ever-expanding quarterbacks who’ll be available on college football’s version of the free-agent market.

Clark and Singleton are the only others who played in any games this season, the former seeing action in two games and the latter in three.  Brown played in a combined 24 games the previous three seasons, while Bankhead missed each of the last three seasons, including 2018, because of various injuries.

App State, Arkansas State sweep Sun Belt individual honors

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At least when it comes to postseason honors, the Sun Belt Conference looks very much like a two-team league.

The SBC Thursday announced its individual awards, with the five honors being split between Appalachian State and Arkansas State — four for the latter, two for the former.  The award winners, voted on by the conference’s coaches as well as select coaches, appear below:

Player of the Year
Justice Hansen, Arkansas State (R-Sr., QB, Edmond, Okla.)

Offensive Player of the Year
Zac Thomas, Appalachian State (So., QB, Trussville, Ala.)

Defensive Player of the Year
Ronheen Bingham, Arkansas State (Sr., DL, Bennettsville, S.C.)

Freshman of the Year
Marcel Murray, Arkansas State (Fr., RB, Hiram, Ga.)

Newcomer of the Year
Kirk Merritt, Arkansas State (Jr., WR, Destrehan, La.)

Coach of the Year
Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State

App State will host Louisiana in this weekend’s Sun Belt Conference championship game, with the Mountaineers looking to win its third straight league title.  The Ragin’ Cajuns will try to take home their first conference crown since the 2013 season.

Arkansas State finished tied with Louisiana in the West division, but lost out on the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Mountain West suspends official for inappropriate conduct

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Every bellowing fan’s dreams has come true. An official has been suspended.

Though not for missing calls.

The Mountain West on Monday announced that official Jim Adams has been suspended for his next two CFO West assignments for what the conference deemed “inappropriate conduct toward game management personnel” during the Nevada-Air Force game on Saturday.

The Mountain West said Adams’s conduct was in violation of Rule 4 of the MW handbook. Per the handbook, this is what constitutions a violation of Rule 4:

According to Chris Murray of Nevada Sports Net, Murray pushed a ball person.

Adams will be back in action for the weekend of Oct. 20.

WATCH: All the commitments from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl

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The first early National Signing Day has come and gone, but there are still some high-level recruits left on the board. And many of them went off the board during today’s U.S. Army All-American Game.

Below are all the hat ceremonies that went down today in San Antonio.

Moultrie, Ga., 4-star outside linebacker J.J. Peterson chooses Tennessee:

Santa Ana, Calif., 4-star offensive guard Chris Murray picks UCLA:

Baton Rouge, La., 4-star safety Kelvin Joseph selects LSU:

Louisville, Ky., 4-star wide receiver Rondale Moore picks Purdue:

Bradenton, Fla., 5-star cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles chooses Oklahoma:

Anaheim, Calif., 5-star wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (and brother of former Notre Dame wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown) commits to USC:

And for those interested, here are highlights of the West’s 17-16 win over the East.

Middle Tennessee holds on to win the bizarre (and turnover-filled) Camellia Bowl over Arkansas State

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Middle Tennessee State entered the Camellia Bowl 121st in the country in turnover margin and had lost the battle in nine of their 12 games this season. Arkansas State was only a little bit better in the same category, ranking 81st in turnover margin in 2017. Predictably those kinds of statistics came into play on Saturday night in the Camellia Bowl as the two sides played a bit of hot potato — six giveaways — before MTSU hung on for a 35-30 win to cap off the first day of bowl season in college football.

Blue Raiders quarterback Brent Stockstill had a game that could have been a nightmare for a veteran quarterback but ended up being alright thanks to his defense continually picking him on a night where chunk plays were hard to come by. The signal-caller threw the first of his three interceptions on the night on the first drive of the game but bounced back over the final three quarters, throwing for 232 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. That kind of performance, which included several big throws in the second half, helped secure the first bowl victory of his career and give him the rare distinction of being able to win a postseason game with his father Rick as head coach.

It wasn’t all about the Stockstill combo for MTSU however as their run game produced a pair of touchdowns behind tailbacks Terelle West and Tavares Thomas, and the team’s defense had one of their best outings of the season to limit the Sun Belt’s highest scoring offense to well below all their season averages. Linebacker Darius Harris led the way when his unit was on the field, flying from sideline-to-sideline and racking up 12 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a two pass break ups. His running mate at linebacker, D.J. Sanders, was equally productive with seven tackles and a 54 yard fumble return for a touchdown just before halftime.

The Red Wolves did what they could to threaten to make things interesting down the stretch but never could get over the hill. The team ran a fake punt to open fourth quarter, resulting in a 21 yard strike from the punter to gunner Chris Murray along the sidelines and appeared to seize momentum after a subsequent  touchdown to Warren Wand. However the defense failed to get a stop and then Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year Justice Hansen (337 yards, 3TD, 1 INT) threw a fourth down pass out of the end zone to all but seal a rather lackluster loss for a team that had won six of the last eight coming into the bowl.

Arkansas State also came up a bit short in the record books on the defensive side of the ball as well. In addition to allowing 35 points to MTSU, conference player of the year Ja’Von Rolland-Jones failed to record a sack and thus couldn’t break the NCAA career record (held by former Arizona State and current Baltimore Ravens star Terrell Suggs) of 44 career sacks after entering the game just shy of the mark with 43.5. While the pass rusher did manage to sack Stockstill in the game, the play was negated by a penalty to keep him from taking over on the all-time list.

The victory pushed Middle Tennessee over the .500 mark for the fifth time in six seasons and likely meant a little bit more to the program given how many key injuries the team suffered over the course of 2017 before capturing their first bowl win in eight years. Arkansas State did their best to prevent that from happening as they dropped to 7-5 on the season after a rather bizarre Camellia Bowl that had a little bit of everything.