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  07/13/20 - OLB Micah ParsonsJr/2022, Penn State, 6-2, 245 (DS#1 OLB) + More +

  The Maxwell Football Club today announced its watch list for the 26thannual Chuck Bednarik Award presented annually to the outstanding defensive player in college football. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995 and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik a former standout at the University of Pennsylvania and with the Philadelphia Eagles. Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.

The Bednarik Award watch list will once again incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs and conferences from coast to coast, and will feature fresh faces, as 2019 winner Chase Young (Ohio State) and finalists Derrick Brown (Auburn) and Isaiah Simmons (Clemson) have all moved on to the NFL. The list features 3 returning semifinalists from 2019 including Derek Stingley (LSU), Micah Parsons (Penn State) and Marvin Wilson (Florida State). LSU, Pittsburgh and USC lead the way with 3 candidates each and 17 other schools boast 2 candidates. - The Maxwell Football Club


(DS#1 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Micah ParsonsPenn State
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  07/13/20 - K Andrew MevisSr/2021, Fordham, 5-11, 199 (DS#17 K) + More +

  Recognizing the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to present significant challenges to our campuses and communities, the Patriot League Council of Presidents announces the following decisions regarding Patriot League competition. Patriot League teams will not engage in competition in the fall season (championship and non-championship)...Decisions surrounding winter and spring sport competition will be made at a later date; and...The opportunity for conditioning, strength training and other practice opportunities in all sports will be permitted provided health and safety conditions support such activities. Because the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy are unique in their environments and their missions within higher education, the Council of Presidents agree that the academies may continue to engage in competitive opportunities as considered appropriate by their respective Superintendents. - The Patriot League

(DS#17 K) Sr/2021 K Andrew MevisFordham
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  07/12/20 - DT Dante StillsJr/2022, West Virginia, 6-2, 292 (DS#8 DT) + More +

  By getting planted firmly in the starting lineup, Stills, son of former WVU great Gary Stills, should have even more opportunities to make big plays on the WVU defensive line. The key for him is to make the most of those opportunities. He faded a little down the stretch, recording six sacks in his first eight games and earning just one sack in his last four. He'll need to improve on his consistency as a junior, but he still more than doubled his sack total between his freshman and sophomore seasons. He'll also be called upon to assume a veteran's role. Until now, that job was Donahue's. If the depth chart shapes up as some anticipate and freshman Jalen Thornton becomes the No. 2 defensive tackle, it will be Stills helping build up the next generation at that position.

As good as Stills and the rest of the defensive linemen have been, they can still help WVU defense as a whole become better. West Virginia finished a pedestrian 69th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in allowing 159.4 rushing yards per game. It was 72nd in opponents' third-down conversions, allowing first downs 39.9 percent of the time. Stills will get his chances to help improve those numbers. If WVU does improve, the spotlight on Stills will only shine brighter. - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#8 DT) Jr/2022 DT Dante StillsWest Virginia
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  07/12/20 - OG Ethan PiperrFr/2023, Nebraska, 6-3, 300 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  A redshirt freshman from Norfolk Catholic, Piper is among a handful of players who could be involved in August in an intense battle for the starting job at left guard. Senior Boe Wilson and junior Trent Hixson each have plenty of starting experience at guard. Junior Broc Bando could be prominent in the mix. But don't count out the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Piper, who may be the best athlete of the bunch. In fact, Piper arrived on campus last summer apparently set to begin his career as a defensive lineman. He had 103 tackles and eight sacks as a high school senior. But Husker coaches before preseason camp last summer moved him to offense. The initial plan was for him to compete at center. NU offensive line coach Greg Austin has described Piper as "a very, very cerebral kid." So, he's smart and extremely athletic for a human his size. Yes, intriguing. Iowa apparently thought the same. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#999 OG) rFr/2023 OG Ethan PiperNebraska
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  07/12/20 - CB Steven GilmoreJr/2022, Marshall, 5-10, 163 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Gilmore came on the scene as a freshman in spot duty, but last season made a leap as one of Marshall's most consistent defenders on the outside. In 2019, Gilmore finished with 50 tackles, which was sixth on the team, and led Marshall with two interceptions while adding four pass breakups and a forced fumble. That included a career-best performance when he notched 11 tackles in the win over Western Kentucky. He also had a game-clinching interception against Florida Atlantic in crunch time.

As 2020 approaches, Gilmore's snap numbers will increase and his production is expected to as well. The South Carolina native knows that being a lockdown corner is in his blood, with brother Stephon Gilmore being one of the NFL's best for the New England Patriots. However, Steven Gilmore wants to make his own name within the pass-happy ranks of Conference USA and he'll get that opportunity as one of the most veteran returning cornerbacks that the Herd features. - Charleston Gazette


(DS#999 CB) Jr/2022 CB Steven GilmoreMarshall
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  07/12/20 - RB Breece HallSo/2023, Iowa State, 6-1, 215 (DS#14 RB) + More +

  In essentially just eight games last season, Hall rushed for 897 yards on 186 carries. Breaking that down, the true freshman averaged 21.0 yards in the first four games, and 101.6 yards during the final eight. Now that he's figured out college life and big-time football, he'll get a full dose of whatever the schedule permits. The acclimation process of being a true freshman is over. "Breece is maybe one of the most gifted, true running backs that I've had the opportunity to be around," coach Matt Campbell said last week. "He's got very similar qualities, as far as skills, to David Montgomery and Kareem Hunt."

Montgomery, who dazzled ISU fans with 2,925 yards during three seasons between 2016-18, is the starter for the Chicago Bears. Hunt, who Campbell coached at Toledo, plays for the Cleveland Browns. "What allowed Breece to take a step forward was maturity," Campbell said. "It's hard as a true freshman to step on campus and know what the expectations and standards to live by day-in and day-out are. "As he matured through the season with those expectations, that God-given ability he had really started to show through. "He made a huge impact the second half of the season. He's got a bright future." - Ames Tribune


(DS#14 RB) So/2023 RB Breece HallIowa State
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  Laborn is the sole scholarship FSU running back on the 2020 roster who was on the team last season. The former No. 1 all-purpose back in the 2017 recruiting class, he's been overshadowed by Akers throughout his FSU career. Now would seem to be a time for the former five-star recruit to shine. His play-making ability is among the best on the team -- look no further than his sideline-to-sideline run after catch vs. Virginia Tech in 2018 -- but he's been hindered by injuries and off-field issues during his FSU career.

In 2019, he ran for 297 yards and four touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 66 yards while backing up Akers, but he missed the final two games of the season after he was suspended for a violation of team rules. A fresh start under a new coaching staff may be just what someone like Laborn needs. He remains supremely talented and would be a big boost to the FSU offense in 2020 if he's ready to take over a big role and the responsibilities that come with it. - Times Union


(DS#15 RB) rJr/2022 RB Khalan LabornFlorida State
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  07/11/20 - WR Trey KnoxSo/2023, Arkansas, 6-4, 203 (DS#6 WR) + More +

  If not for the coronavirus pandemic that has put the 2020 college football season in peril, University of Arkansas football fans would be stoked for Week 2. The Razorbacks, aiming to rebound under first-year Coach Sam Pittman from a dreadful three-year funk, are scheduled to play Notre Dame for the first time Sept. 12. Events from last week began to cast doubt on whether that game will be played, as reports were brewing that the Atlantic Coast Conference - with which the independent Notre Dame is affiliated with on a scheduling basis - might follow the Big Ten and Pac-12 in planning for a conference-only football schedule this fall.

The SEC is scheduled to have in-person meetings with league athletic directors on Monday, sources told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, at the SEC office in Birmingham, Ala., to discuss the fall season in football and other matters. No firm decisions are expected from the meeting. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said this on Thursday: "The Southeastern Conference will continue to meet regularly with our campus leaders in the coming weeks, guided by medical advisers, to make the important decisions necessary to determine the best path forward related to the SEC fall sports. We recognize the challenges ahead and know the well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans must remain at the forefront of those decisions." - Northwest Arkansas Times


(DS#6 WR) So/2023 WR Trey KnoxArkansas
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