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Virginia Tech joins Ball State in losing WR Damon Hazelton to transfer

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When it comes to Damon Hazelton, the Virginia Tech football team has some transfer company.

Back in May of 2017, the Virginia Tech football team announced that Ball State transfer wide receiver Damon Hazelton had been officially added to the roster. Three years and two on-field seasons later, however, Hazelton took to Twitter to announce that he will be transferring from the Hokies as well.

“Want to say thank you to Virginia Tech, coaches and community for giving me the opportunity to contribute to this University athletically and earn my degree,” the receiver wrote. “It has been an unbelievable time here. To all my brothers and teammates, I love each and every one of you and know this year will be nothing short of amazing.”

As he indicated in his post, Hazelton will be leaving as a graduate transfer.

After sitting out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Hazelton led the Hokies in catches (51), yards (802) and touchdowns (eight) in 2018. This past season, he again led the Hokies in receiving touchdowns (eight), while he was second in yards (527) and tied for second in receptions (31).

Including his time at Ball State, Hazelton has totaled 1,834 yards and 20 touchdowns on 133 catches. The 2020 season will be his final year of eligibility.

Colorado State names Steve Addazio’s offensive coordinator

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Nearly five weeks after being named as the new Colorado State Rams football head coach, Steve Addazio has gotten down to the business of filling two spots on his initial CSU staff.

Tuesday, the Rams announced that Joey Lynch has been named as Addazio’s offensive coordinator.  Lynch was an assistant at Ball State for the past 11 seasons, the last six as the MAC program’s coordinator.

Lynch also held the title of assistant head coach.

On top of Lynch’s hiring, CSU also confirmed the addition of Brian White as running backs coach.  He will also carry the title of senior associate head coach.

The past five seasons, White was on Addazio’s staff at Boston College as running backs coach.  White has also served in the same position at Florida (2011-14) and Wisconsin (1995-06).  He was also the Badgers’ offensive coordinator the last eight seasons in Madison.

“I am excited to bring Joey Lynch and Brian White to Fort Collins,” the Colorado State Rams football coach said in a statement. “Both men embody the characteristics we are looking for in this program: passion for the game, love for those around them, and an unrivaled toughness. I am looking forward to getting them both on the road to meet with recruits and around our program to grow with our players, staff, and community.”

San Diego State lands Ball State grad transfer Nolan Givan

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The San Diego State Aztecs woke up Christmas morning and found a personnel present from Nolan Givan under its tree — himself.

Earlier this season, Givan opted to enter his name into the NCAA transfer database.  Tuesday, the tight end announced that he has committed to continuing his collegiate playing career at SDSU.

“I’m very grateful that the coaching staff is giving me the chance to join their family,” Givan wrote. “I’m ready to get to work!”

As a graduate transfer, Givan will be eligible to play immediately in 2020. The upcoming season will serve as his final year of eligibility.

A three-star 2016 signee at Ball State, Givan took a redshirt his true freshman season.  The next two seasons, he started 15 of 24 games in which he played.  The 6-3, 256-pound Michigan native caught 39 passes for 160 yards and six touchdowns in that stretch.  Those numbers led all Cardinals tight ends.

Injuries had limited Givan to six games this season. In that limited action, he caught 12 passes for 92 yards.  Those numbers, again, led all BSU tight ends.

SDSU just wrapped up its 2019 campaign by thumping Central Michigan in the New Mexico Bowl. It was the program’s fourth 10-win season the past five years.

LSU’s Joe Brady, Ohio State’s Jeff Hafley among nominees for Boyles Award as CFB’s top assistant coach

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The college football awards process is a pretty simple four phase process as you go from watch list season to the actual season to the semifinalist lists to the actual awards being announced in early December. As we approach Week 12 of the 2019 campaign, we’re firmly into the third phase of announcing a narrowing of the field and limiting who can actually take some hardware home after the regular season is finished.

To that end, The Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation announced on Wednesday the 41-person strong list of nominees for the Broyles Award, which goes to college football’s top assistant coach. As you would expect, there are quite a few big names under consideration as the assistants in question have either helped lead remarkable turnarounds with their specific side of the ball or have helped elevate their team into conference and/or the national title conversation.

Here’s the full list of 41 names and their titles:

ALABAMA – Steve Sarkisian, Offensive Coordinator/QB

APPALACHIAN STATE – Ted Roof, Defensive Coordinator

ARKANSAS STATE – Keith Heckendorf, Offensive coordinator/QB

AUBURN – Kevin Steele, Defensive Coordinator

BALL STATE – Joey Lynch, Offensive Coordinator/QB

BAYLOR – Phil Snow, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

BYU – Aaron Roderick, Passing Game Coordinator/QB

CALIFORNIA – Tim DeRuyter, Defensive Coordinator

CENTRAL MICHIGAN – Charlie Frye, Offensive Coordinator/QB

CINCINNATI – Marcus Freeman, Defensive Coordinator

CLEMSON – Jeff Scott, Co-Offensive Coordinator/WR

FLORIDA – Billy Gonzalez, Wide Receivers

GEORGIA – Dan Lanning, Defensive Coordinator/Outside LBs

GEORGIA STATE – Brad Glenn, Offensive Coordinator

INDIANA – Kalen DeBoer, Offensive Coordinator/QB

IOWA – Phil Parker, Defensive Coordinator/DB

IOWA STATE – Tom Manning, Offensive Coordinator/Run Game Coordinator

LOUISVILLE – Dwayne Ledfors, Offensive Line

LOUISIANA – Ron Roberts, Defensive Coordinator

LSU – Joe Brady, Passing Game Coordinator/WR

MEMPHIS – Pete Lembo, Special Teams Coordinator

MICHIGAN – Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator

MINNESOTA – Kirk Ciarrocca, Offensive Coordinator/QB

MISSOURI – Ryan Walters, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

NAVY – Brian Newberry, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

OHIO STATE – Jeff Hafley, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary

OKLAHOMA – Alex Grinch, Defensive Coordinator/ Safeties

OLE MISS – Mike MacIntyre, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

OREGON – Andy Avalos, Defensive Coordinator

OREGON STATE – Brian Lindgren, Offensive Coordinator/QB

PENN STATE – Brent Pry, Defensive Coordinator/LB

PITTSBURGH – Randy Bates, Defensive Coordinator

SAN JOSÉ STATE – Ryan Gunderson, Quarterbacks/Passing Game Coordinator

SMU – Rhett Lashlee, Offensive Coordinator/QB

TROY – Ryan Pugh, Offensive Coordinator/OL

TULANE – Will Hall, Offensive Coordinator/

UAB – David Reeves, Defensive Coordinator

UCF – Randy Shannon, Defensive Coordinator

UTAH – Morgan Scalley, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

WESTERN KENTUCKY – Clayton White, Defensive Coordinator/CB

WISCONSIN – Jim Leonhard, Defensive Coordinator

Obviously there’s a ton of well deserving candidates but it might be hard to top LSU’s Brady for the award given how big of a jump the Tigers’ offense has made with his arrival in Baton Rouge. Ohio State’s Hafley and Oklahoma’s Grinch also have made huge strides with their respective teams but even at the Group of Five level there’s a ton of guys who have been terrific this season.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 10th and the award is usually a good sign for whoever takes home the trophy becoming a head coach in the near future. Former Alabama OC Mike Locksley won the Broyles Award last year while past winners have included Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley and current Texas coach Tom Herman when he was at Ohio State.

Michael Penix to start at QB for Indiana vs. Ball State

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Michael Penix will be Indiana’s starting quarterback this season, Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen announced Monday.

A redshirt freshman from Tampa, Penix overcame tough competition and a torn ACL to win the job. He appeared in three games as a true freshman in 2018, hitting a total of 21-of-34 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown while rushing seven times for 45 yards, before an ACL tear against Penn State on Oct. 20 knocked him out for the season.

Penix rehabbed the knee to the point where he beat out both incumbent starter Peyton Ramsey and 4-star Utah transfer Jack Tuttle to win the job.

“It was a very difficult decision in regards to the competition involved with the young men, Jake (sic) Tuttle, Peyton’s an awesome kid, one of the finest young men I’ve ever been around. So much respect for him,” Allen told the Indianapolis Star.

Indiana opens its season Saturday against Ball State at Indianapolis’s Lucas Oil Stadium (noon ET, CBS Sports Network).