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  11/25/20 - QB Kyle TraskrSr/2021, Florida, 6-4, 240 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The Florida quarterback's big break came last season in Lexington. Pressed into action after Feleipe Franks was injured, Trask rallied the Gators from 21-10 down after three quarters to victory. The performance established Trask as UF's starting QB. This year, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound product of Manvel, Texas, has emerged as, arguably, the Heisman Trophy favorite. Trask leads the nation in touchdown passes (31), is fourth in passing yards per game (364.8) and sixth in pass efficiency rating (197.1). - Herald Leader

(DS#2 QB) rSr/2021 QB Kyle TraskFlorida
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  11/25/20 - OLB Kyron JohnsonSr/2021, Kansas, 6-1, 223 (DS#86 OLB) + More +

  With the season winding down, at least one starting senior for KU hopes to take advantage of an NCAA blanket eligibility waiver for 2020 and play an extra year. Senior outside linebacker Kyron Johnson shared Monday with reporters that he thinks he will return for the 2021 season. "Knowing my circumstances, it's really just another person just to lead and really more along the lines of not doing it for my own well being, but for the others," Johnson said of his desire to come back for another season. "To put KU on the map basically. We're not on the map. And people know that. It's good to say that - it's OK."

The NCAA determined back in August, before fall sports began, that all Division I athletes would receive an extra year of eligibility, due to the complications surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Athletes who are able to take advantage of this unusual extra year of eligibility won't count against their team's scholarship limits until the 2022-23 academic year begins. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#86 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Kyron JohnsonKansas
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  11/25/20 - QB Spencer PetrasrSo/2023, Iowa, 6-5, 231 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  Spencer Petras was part of Iowa football history Saturday, even though he kept downplaying his contribution. The Hawkeye quarterback had a modest statistical line - 18 completions in 28 pass attempts for 186 yards. He nearly threw a touchdown, but tight end Sam LaPorta was ruled down a foot shy of the end zone. He nearly threw an interception, but Penn State's Jaquan Brister couldn't hold on to a pass that was underthrown.

What Petras did have was a 41-21 victory over the Nittany Lions, the first by a Hawkeye team in seven meetings. And he had the honor of being the quarterback who handed longtime Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz his 100th victory in Big Ten Conference play. "All week, we've been saying how much respect we have for this program. They're a great program, historic program," Petras said of Penn State, which fell to 0-5 for the first time. "This is special. No player on this team had ever beaten Penn State, and they're a good football team. It was hard all game and a great team win." - Iowa City Press-Citizen

(DS#23 QB) rSo/2023 QB Spencer PetrasIowa
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  11/25/20 - WR Shi SmithrSr/2021, South Carolina, 5-10, 190 (DS#16 WR) + More +

  Whether it is Doty or Collin Hill at quarterback, they might not have Shi Smith to throw to against the Bulldogs. Smith left the game against Missouri with a concussion and didn't return. Bobo said Sunday night that Smith is in concussion protocol. If Smith can't go it will be a huge void for the Gamecocks. The former Union County standout. has 37 percent of the Gamecocks receptions and 38 percent of the team's receving yards. USC will need more from transfer Jalen Brooks, Josh Vann and Nick Muse in the passing game to pick up the slack for Smith. - Macon Telegraph

(DS#16 WR) rSr/2021 WR Shi SmithSouth Carolina
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  11/25/20 - TE Kyle PittsJr/2022, Florida, 6-5, 240 (DS#1 TE) + More +

  Florida tight end Kyle Pitts may have looked at the scoring production by teammates in the position room and decided it was time to return to the lineup. Pitts, injured in the first half of the Georgia game, will play Saturday against Kentucky, UF coach Dan Mullen announced Monday. Pitts was injured late in the first half of the win over Georgia on Nov. 14 after being hit by defensive back Lewis Cine while attempting to catch a pass over the middle. Pitts left the field with a concussion, and Cine was disqualified for targeting on the play. In his stead at tight end, Kemore Gamble has caught three touchdown passes and Keon Zipperer two. "He wanted to go play this past weekend," Mullen said of Pitts, who had nose surgery before last week. Pitts has 24 catches for 414 yards and eight touchdowns through five games. - Times Union

(DS#1 TE) Jr/2022 TE Kyle PittsFlorida
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  Former Tennessee Volunteer Savion Williams has announced that he is transferring to FIU. Williams, a 6-4, 290-pound defensive lineman, competed at a junior college before he signed with Tennessee. He played eight games for the Volunteers during the past two seasons. "This is a business decision," Williams said on Twitter. "I made my decision based on where I could maximize my full potential and also be the best God-fearing man I could be off the field. "Thank you [FIU coach] Butch Davis for even giving me this opportunity. [Davis] has seen what great defensive linemen look like, and I will continue to be one of the hardest-working men when I touch the field." - Miami Herald

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Savion WilliamsFlorida International
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  11/25/20 - WR Anthony SchwartzJr/2022, Auburn, 6-0, 179 (DS#12 WR) + More +

  Seth Williams doesn't think he's ever been as wide open as Anthony Schwartz was on that 54-yard touchdown catch. When he was first asked about it, Williams immediately shook his head 'no' emphatically. After further consideration the Auburn wide receiver said he might have been that open once - but never on that deep of a throw. Schwartz has now done it twice in two games. The catch, which was made in the second quarter against Tennessee, sparked the offense, but it wasn't actually the original play call. Tennessee made a mistake, and Schwartz took advantage. Williams wasn't quite sure what Tennessee was doing on that play.

"Like, they - just to leave him open like that?" Williams said. "I don't know what they was thinking. I don't know what they was thinking with that one." Schwartz, who is Auburn's second-leading receiver behind Williams, has already proved just how dangerous he can be if defensive backs give him even an inch. "You got to keep the top on the coverage at all times because he liable to burn you deep at any moment," Williams said. - Birmingham News

(DS#12 WR) Jr/2022 WR Anthony SchwartzAuburn
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  Junior tight end Isaiah Likely was a big part of the CCU offense early in the season, but he has been hampered by a lower body injury of late that forced him to miss the Louisiana game on Oct. 17 and has affected his production. He also just hasn't been targeted much in recent games. In the three games prior to Saturday, Likely had three catches for 17 yards. But he was a focus Saturday. The big and fast 6-foot-4, 245-pounder was targeted on CCU's first offensive play despite having two Mountaineers in coverage and was hit by Grayson McCall for a 75-yard TD. He finished with three catches for 118 yards and had a drop that would have been a big gain.

"Whether I'm getting involved or not I love seeing my team celebrate, seeing my team in the end zone, blowing teams out and staying undefeated," Likely said. "So it happened today where we knew what they were going to do with the linebackers and safety, giving me the ball and letting me go do what they recruited, it was a just a fantastic opportunity." Likely now has 13 receptions for 350 yards and four TDs this season for an average of nearly 27 yards per catch. - Myrtle Beach Online

(DS#20 TE) Jr/2022 TE Isaiah LikelyCoastal Carolina
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  Central Michigan's Kalil Pimpleton was named the weekly Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for his performance last week in the Chippewas' 52-44 loss to Western Michigan. Pimpleton, a junior from Muskegon, touched the ball 14 times four different ways and scored four times. He had 107 yards and three touchdowns rushing; he caught three passes for 42 yards and a two-point conversion; he completed one pass for 30 yards; and he returned two punts for 15 yards. His touchdown runs covered 65, 25 and five yards. Pimpleton was one of six offensive players/return specialists named to the honor roll this week. - Central Michigan Football

(DS#41 WR) Jr/2022 WR Kalil PimpletonCentral Michigan
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  11/25/20 - FS Isaiah LewisJr/2022, Colorado, 6-0, 205 (DS#38 FS) + More +

  Opportunities to play on defense didn't come often for Isaiah Lewis during his first three years with the Colorado Buffaloes. Two games into his fourth season, Lewis is not only playing, but he's arguably been the best member of the secondary for the Buffaloes (2-0), who are slated to visit 19th-ranked Southern California (3-0) on Saturday. "I follow the model to just trust the journey and stay true to the process," Lewis said. "I know that some guys get on the field immediately and some guys have to work their way in." A 6-foot, 205-pound safety from Granite Bay, Calif., Lewis redshirted in 2017 and made just five appearances on defense from 2018-19, playing a total of 29 snaps. He also played every game in 2019 on special teams. "I think just kind of staying loyal to special teams and making sure that I'm staying in the playbook and keying in on details, it was a difference maker," he said. "Continuing to follow details was what I stuck to and I think it worked out for the best."

Lewis didn't win a starting job in preseason camp, but played 41 snaps off the bench in the opener against UCLA. An injury to junior Chris Miller in that game opened the door even more. Lewis played all 79 defensive snaps against Stanford on Nov. 14. He's recorded seven tackles and a team-high five pass breakups so far this season. "Here's a guy that's been under the radar," head coach Karl Dorrell said. "He had a really good training camp for us and he plays a number of positions in our secondary, and particularly our safety position. Then when Chris went down, prior to the Stanford game, he had to show in that role that Chris was not able to do. He played well but I'm not surprised by that. He had a really good camp." - Denver Post

(DS#38 FS) Jr/2022 FS Isaiah LewisColorado
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  11/25/20 - OT Parker FergusonSr/2021, Air Force, 6-5, 290 (DS#34 OT) + More +

  Air Force's offensive line was among 22 in the nation to earn a spot on the midseason honor roll from the Joe Moore Award. Army and San Diego State were also included on the honor roll, as was the line from No. 1 Alabama. Air Force leads the nation in rushing yards at 336.5 yards per game. The award's committee said the Falcons "have found a way to lead the country in rushing under extremely challenging conditions and injuries to key players. Tough and physical at point of attack and look to finish whenever they can. Play with tight bases and run off the football and accelerate on contact. People movers. Scrappy. Well coached triple team that runs a fair amount of outside zone, power, lead, and it's all fun to watch." - Colorado Springs Gazette

(DS#34 OT) Sr/2021 OT Parker FergusonAir Force
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  11/25/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  The last time Cincinnati played at UCF, Ridder completed just 42% of his passes (11 of 26), lost three fumbles and failed to get into the end zone in a 38-13 loss. Two years later, Ridder put that game way back in his rearview mirror, completing 21 of 32 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns. Ridder added two more scores on the ground. The former Louisville St. Xavier standout now has accounted for 21 touchdowns (10 passing, 11 rushing) in the last five games.

"The guy never ceases to amaze us," Fickell said. "I love it when people start to doubt him or start to question what he is doing or how good he is or can he really throw the football. All those things, all that does for him is just make him better because it locks him in, it focuses him." Ridder completed a pass to eight different teammates on Saturday, including a combined 11 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns to his two tight ends, Leonard Taylor and Josh Whyle. But most importantly, Ridder, again, had zero turnovers. - Cincinnati Enquirer

(DS#6 QB) rJr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  11/25/20 - RB Tank BigsbyFr/2024, Auburn, 6-0, 204 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  A trio of Auburn offensive starters are questionable for the Iron Bowl after sustaining injuries during the Tigers' 30-17 win against Tennessee. Running back Tank Bigsby, right tackle Brodarious Hamm and left tackle Alec Jackson all left Saturday's win against the Vols with various injuries, the extent of which were not disclosed by head coach Gus Malzahn. Auburn's eighth-year coach did, however, say that all three are currently "questionable" for next weekend's trip to Tuscaloosa to take on top-ranked Alabama. "All three of those guys couldn't really finish the game," Malzahn said. "All three of them, at this point, I'll say will be questionable. That's probably the best way to put it. We'll see as the week goes on as they progress." No. 22 Auburn (5-2) will face No. 1 Alabama (7-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium, with the game airing on CBS. Bigsby, who has emerged as Auburn's top running back, left the Tennessee game early on after sustaining a hip injury on the Tigers' opening drive. - Birmingham News

(DS#1 RB) Fr/2024 RB Tank BigsbyAuburn
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  11/25/20 - CB Jay WardSo/2023, LSU, 6-1, 176 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  While Ward has had some tough moments this season, including during LSU's season-opening loss to Mississippi State, the sophomore was a big factor in the Tigers pulling out a 27-24 win over Arkansas on Saturday. With the Razorbacks in position for a potential game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes, Ward broke up a pass on a third-and-3 from LSU's 27-yard line. On the next play, Ward blocked a potential game-tying field goal to seal the win for the Tigers. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 CB) So/2023 CB Jay WardLSU
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  Once again, things went south for Tennessee after getting out to an early lead. Auburn closed out Saturday on a 30-7 scoring run after the Vols took a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter. It was the third time in these last five games that Tennessee ended up losing after leading through at least the midpoint of the second quarter. The passing game continues to be the primary issue for the Vols.

Jarrett Guarantano threw for just 156 yards and had a crusher of a pick-six before being pulled during the fourth quarter in favor of freshman Harrison Bailey. The pick-six came late in the third quarter with Tennessee trailing 13-10 and facing a second-and-7 at Auburn's 12-yard line. Instead of a go-ahead touchdown or a game-tying field goal, Guarantano was picked off in the end zone by Tigers safety Smoke Monday, who returned the interception 100 yards for a touchdown. A game-changing play. - Birmingham News

(DS#31 QB) rSr/2021 QB Jarrett GuarantanoTennessee
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  11/25/20 - TE Kyle PattersonSo/2023, Air Force, 6-5, 245 (DS#34 TE) + More +

  Kyle Patterson chose Air Force knowing tight ends might not see the ball very often. In fact, that's kind of why he made the choice over offers from schools that included Alabama, Arizona and Washington. Blocking was that cool, he decided. "During high school that was usually what I would do," Patterson said. "Eighty percent of the time I was run blocking." Air Force is asking the sophomore to do a bit more than that. Through four games, Patterson leads the team with nine catches for 144 yards, and his touchdown at San Jose State remains the Falcons' lone touchdown reception.

His nine grabs are already more than Air Force's tight ends averaged (8.25) over the past four seasons. He has shown why he has caused a rethinking of the passing distribution with a 28-yard catch on a third-and-13 play in the first quarter of a 28-0 victory over New Mexico on Friday. Using his 6-foot-6, 245-pound frame as a starting point, he elevated above two defenders to high-point the ball and move the chains. "I've found my home here," said the Gilbert, Ariz., native and son of former Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Shawn Patterson. "I'm starting to thrive, which is great. Love the offense, all the teammates - great guys. - Colorado Springs Gazette

(DS#34 TE) So/2023 TE Kyle PattersonAir Force
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  11/25/20 - QB JT DanielsrSo/2023, Georgia, 6-3, 210 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Kirby Smart has found his new starting quarterback. In his first Georgia start, Daniels led the Bulldogs to a 31-24 win over Mississippi State and put up some numbers that hadn't been posted by a Georgia QB in nearly a decade. The USC transfer and former five-star recruit finished 28 of 38 for 401 yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions. It was the Bulldogs' first 400-yard passing game since Aaron Murray in 2013 and their first 300-yard, four touchdown pass performance since Murray during that 2013 season. - Birmingham News

(DS#8 QB) rSo/2023 QB JT DanielsGeorgia
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  11/25/20 - RB Trey SandersrFr/2024, Alabama, 5-11, 214 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Saban gave an update on second-year running back Trey Sanders, who is out for the season after being injured in a recent car accident. "Trey had surgery to repair his hip," Saban said. "We're very thankful that he is going to be OK. The surgery was very successful. It'll probably be a couple months, trying to get back to where he can start working out again and doing things. It wasn't the same kind of hip injury that Tua had. But nonetheless needed surgery. I think he thinks he's blessed and very fortunate that this could have been worse. We're thankful that he's going to be able to come back and be able to play again sometime in the future." - Birmingham News

(DS#999 RB) rFr/2024 RB Trey SandersAlabama
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  Two starting Georgia Southern football players were arrested in Statesboro on Monday on multiple drug charges and one weapons charge. Senior running back Wesley Kennedy III of Savannah was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of marijuana of less than 1 ounce, three counts of possession of drug-related objects and one count of possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies, according to Bulloch County Jail records.

Junior nose tackle C.J. Wright was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of marijuana of less than 1 ounce, and two counts of possession of drug-related objects, according to jail records. "We are aware of the situation, and are working with law enforcement officials to gather all of the facts," the GS Athletic department said Monday night in a statement to the Savannah Morning News. - Savannah Morning News

(DS#999 RB) Sr/2021 RB Wesley Kennedy IIIGeorgia Southern
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  11/25/20 - FB Brad RobertsSo/2023, Air Force, 5-11, 200 (DS#999 FB) + More +

  Brad Roberts' career spans just six quarters for Air Force. In that short time, the fullback has gained a team-high 280 yards. With an urgency reminiscent of the manner in which he hits a hole, this sophomore has thrust himself into prominence in the Falcons' offense and was rewarded Monday with Mountain West offensive player of the week honors. Roberts ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries against New Mexico in a 28-0 victory Friday night. It was his first start and full game. "There's no quit in the guy," coach Troy Calhoun said after the game, calling Roberts "a warrior."

Roberts, an Arvada native, made his first appearance in the second half of the season-opening 40-7 victory over Navy. He ran for 102 yards in that game with a touchdown. For unspecified reasons, he then sat the next two games before being moved into the starting lineup when Timothy Jackson was unavailable against the Lobos. Roberts ran for two first-half touchdowns as Air Force built a 21-0 lead. Roberts was not made available to media following the game as he received treatment. "The thing I like most about him, he gets to the hole fast," left guard Nolan Laufenberg said. - Colorado Springs Gazette

(DS#999 FB) So/2023 FB Brad RobertsAir Force
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