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  07/14/20 - QB Armani RogersrSr/2021, Ohio, 6-4, 225 (DS#51 QB) + More +

  Former UNLV starting quarterback Armani Rogers will conclude his college career at Ohio University, he announced on Monday night via Twitter. As a graduate transfer, he'll be eligible to play for the Bobcats immediately.- Las Vegas Review-Journal

(DS#51 QB) rSr/2021 QB Armani RogersOhio
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  07/13/20 - QB Jason ShelleyrJr/2022, Utah State, 5-11, 200 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Jason Shelley, once considered a contender to be the University of Utah's starting quarterback, now is the heir apparent to Jordan Love at Utah State. The Aggies announced Monday that Shelley will join the USU program this fall as a junior and is immediately eligible. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound player out of Frisco, Texas, is the grandson of Phillip Shelley, who played safety for the Aggies in the early 1970s. Jason Shelley will likely enter as the frontrunner in what had been a four-man competition to fill the sizable shoes left by Love. One of the most heralded quarterbacks in USU history, Love was drafted and signed by the NFL's Green Bay Packers this spring and is expected to eventually take over for Aaron Rodgers.

Shelley started five games for the Utes in 2018, filling in successfully when starter Tyler Huntley went down in November with a broken collarbone. Shelley led Utah to wins vs. Oregon and at Colorado to help secure the program's first Pac-12 South title. In the regular-season finale, Shelley's 33-yard touchdown run with 1:43 left capped a 21-point fourth quarter as the Utes outlasted BYU, 35-27. - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#999 QB) rJr/2022 QB Jason ShelleyUtah State
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  07/13/20 - RB Brittain BrownrSr/2021, UCLA, 6-0, 205 (DS#74 RB) + More +

  UCLA football officially added four transfers Monday: running back Brittain Brown, tight end Evidence Njoku and defensive backs Obi Eboh and Qwuantrezz Knight. Brown, Eboh and Knight are immediately eligible as grad transfers, although the fate of the 2020 season is uncertain amid the coronavirus outbreak, while Njoku, the older brother of UCLA sophomore receiver Charles Njoku, is pursuing a waiver for immediate eligibility after transferring from Miami.

Brown ran for 1,126 yards in 25 games at Duke. His redshirt junior year was cut short because of injury after three games. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound running back joins a position that lost starter Joshua Kelley, who was drafted in the fourth round by the Chargers after rushing for 2,303 yards in two seasons with the Bruins. With redshirt senior Demetric Felton and juniors Martell Irby and Kazmeir Allen as the team's leading returners, UCLA did not sign a running back in its 2020 recruiting class after signing four during the previous cycle. - Los Angeles Times


(DS#74 RB) rSr/2021 RB Brittain BrownUCLA
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  Western Kentucky senior DeAngelo Malone was included on the 2020 Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday. Now in its 26th season, the Chuck Bednarik Award is presented annually to the most outstanding defensive player in college football. Malone is one of 19 defensive ends and one of seven from Conference USA out of 90 total players on the initial list. Voters include NCAA head coaches and members of the Maxwell Football Club, as well as sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country. Malone helped anchor the conference's top scoring defense in 2019 and became the first Hilltopper to be voted C-USA Defensive Player of the Year since WKU joined the league prior to the 2014 campaign. He produced 99 total tackles - including 21 for loss - with 11.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. - BG Daily News

(DS#9 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB DeAngelo MaloneWestern Kentucky
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  UCF safety Richie Grant was named to the Bednarik Award watch list Monday, earning the designation for the second consecutive year. The award is given to the nation's top college defender. UCF safety Richie Grant has been named to the Bednarik Award watch list for the second consecutive season. The award, which is presented annually by the Maxwell Club, honors the nation's top college football defender. The redshirt senior started 25 games during the past two seasons for the Knights, totaling 187 tackles, seven interceptions and four forced fumbles during that stretch. He also earned back-to-back first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors as well. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#6 FS) rSr/2021 FS Richie GrantCentral Florida
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  07/13/20 - OLB Joseph OssaiJr/2022, Texas, 6-3, 245 (DS#3 OLB) + More +

  On Monday, two members of UT's football team made the cut for the Bednarik Award's preseason watch list. Texas juniors Joseph Ossai and Caden Sterns were two of the 90 names on the annual watch list. The Bednarik Award is given each season to the best defensive player in college football. Ossai led UT last year with his 90 tackles. He ended his sophomore season with a nine-tackle, three-sack performance in the Alamo Bowl. According to Texas, Ossai is the only FBS-level player in the last 20 years to record three sacks and six stops behind the line of scrimmage in a bowl game. Primarily used as a linebacker in 2019, Ossai will soon play off the defensive line more in new coordinator Chris Ash's defense. - Austin American Statesman

(DS#3 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Joseph OssaiTexas
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  07/13/20 - DT Jaylen TwymanrJr/2022, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 290 (DS#1 DT) + More +

  Only three Division I college football programs have three players on the 2020 Bednarik Award Watch List released Monday. Pitt is one of them, joining defending national champion LSU and USC. Selected to the list from the Panthers are safety Paris Ford, defensive end Patrick Jones II and defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman. The trio played a large role last season in helping the Pitt defense lead the nation in sacks per game (3.9) and rank ninth in tackles for a loss per game (7.9). Ford and Twyman were first-team All-ACC selections, and Jones was a second-team honoree. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

(DS#1 DT) rJr/2022 DT Jaylen TwymanPittsburgh
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  07/13/20 - OLB Charles SnowdenSr/2021, Virginia, 6-6, 235 (DS#3 OLB) + More +

  The Maxwell Football Club announced its watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is given annually to the best defensive player in college football. Two Wahoos made the watch list, and they'll look to become the first UVa winner of the award since its inception in 1995. Both of UVa's players are on the watch list come from the linebacker position. Senior Charles Snowden and junior Noah Taylor made the list. In total, 18 ACC players earned spots on the watch list, including six linebackers from the conference. There are 90 players on the list and 20% of them come from the ACC. That's the most of any conference.

Interestingly, Virginia is the only program in the nation to put two linebackers on the list. Snowden finished last season with 72 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and five sacks. Taylor racked up 57 tackles, including an impressive 13.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Both players use elite length to disrupt plays. They combined to break up eight passes a season ago, and Taylor finished the year with two interceptions. - Charlottesville Daily Progress


(DS#3 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Charles SnowdenVirginia
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  07/13/20 - WR Evidence NjokurSo/2022, UCLA, 6-4, 225 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  UCLA football officially added four transfers Monday: running back Brittain Brown, tight end Evidence Njoku and defensive backs Obi Eboh and Qwuantrezz Knight. Njoku had only one catch during his Miami career. He played in eight games in 2018 as a redshirt freshman, capped off by his 11-yard reception in the regular-season finale against Pittsburgh, but appeared in only one last season before entering the transfer portal in November. With transfers from Jordan Wilson and Matt Lynch, and Devin Asiasi getting drafted in the third round, the Bruins could use Njoku in the tight end rotation this year if he can obtain a waiver. - Los Angeles Times

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2022 WR Evidence NjokuUCLA
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  07/13/20 - DE Kayvon ThibodeauxSo/2023, Oregon, 6-5, 242 (DS#2 DE) + More +

  The fate of the college football season is still to be determined, but award watch season has arrived. On Monday two Oregon players, sophomore defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux and junior defensive back Jevon Holland, were named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, presented annually to the nation's top defensive player. Thibodeaux was the Pac-12 defensive freshman of the year in 2019 after leading the Ducks with nine sacks. Holland, a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist, had 66 tackles and four interceptions last season.

Defensive coordinator Andy Avalos' unit, which ranked ninth in the FBS in points allowed (16.5 per game) and 22nd in yards allowed (329.1 per game) during his first season at Oregon, is expected to be even stronger in 2020. Both Thibodeaux and Holland are all-American candidates and projected first-round picks in the 2022 and 2021 NFL drafts, respectively. - Register Guard


(DS#2 DE) So/2023 DE Kayvon ThibodeauxOregon
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  Oklahoma State junior safety Kolby Harvell-Peel was one of 90 players named to the preseason watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation's best defensive player in college football. Harvell-Peel was a first-team All-Big 12 selection after finishing the season with 71 tackles, five interceptions, 13 pass breakups and a quarterback sack. His 1.5 passes defended per game ranked fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision. He set a school record for pass breakups with six against Iowa State. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#1 SS) Jr/2022 SS Kolby Harvell-PeelOklahoma State
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  07/13/20 - SS Qwuantrezz KnightSr/2021, UCLA, 6-0, 204 (DS#52 SS) + More +

  UCLA football officially added four transfers Monday: running back Brittain Brown, tight end Evidence Njoku and defensive backs Obi Eboh and Qwuantrezz Knight. Knight was Kent State's fourth-leading tackler last year with 74 stops and was named the defensive MVP of the 2019 Frisco Bowl with six tackles, 2 1/2 tackles for loss and 1 1/2 sacks. The Golden Flashes won 51-41 over Utah State. - Los Angeles Times

(DS#52 SS) Sr/2021 SS Qwuantrezz KnightUCLA
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  07/13/20 - DE Ronnie PerkinsJr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-3, 251 (DS#10 DE) + More +

  Oklahoma defensive end Ronnie Perkins enters the 2020 season as a contender for the Bednarik Award. The honor, annually given to the nation's best defensive player, released its preseason watch list on Monday. Perkins was one of 90 names recognized by the award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club. Perkins has developed into a reliable pass-rusher for the Sooners over the past two seasons. He had 13.5 tackles for loss and six sacks last season and earned All-Big 12 second-team honors as a result. - Norman Transcript

(DS#10 DE) Jr/2022 DE Ronnie PerkinsOklahoma
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  07/13/20 - FS Kyle HamiltonSo/2023, Notre Dame, 6-3, 210 (DS#5 FS) + More +

  The coronavirus pandemic hasn't prevented watch list season from returning. The Chuck Bednarik Award list, the first watch list released by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), came out Monday and included Notre Dame sophomore safety Kyle Hamilton and senior rover Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. Recognizing the best defensive player in college football, the Bednarik Award went to Ohio State defensive end Chase Young in 2019. Linebacker Manti Teo marks the only Notre Dame player to earn the award, in 2012.

Despite playing less than half the snaps behind starting safeties Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman last season, Hamilton recorded a team-high four interceptions in 13 games. He garnered Freshman All-American status from The Athletic. Notre Dame named him Co-Defensive Newcomer of the Year at its Echoes Awards in December. - South Bend Tribune


(DS#5 FS) So/2023 FS Kyle HamiltonNotre Dame
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  While Division I college sports are still waiting to see what this fall might look like, the junior college level is calling it a wrap on 2020. The National Junior College Athletic Association announced Monday that it will be moving some of its fall sports to the spring of 2021. That includes football, men's and women's soccer and volleyball. Winter sports such as basketball will begin in January as opposed to their regular late-fall opening date. Cross country and half-marathon teams will be permitted to compete in the fall.

"Our greatest focus is and always has been providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes," NJCAA president Dr. Christopher Parker said in a statement. "Through a unified effort from our Presidential Advisory Council, the Board of Regents, and leadership staff, our most recent plan of action provides a path that keeps our student-athletes competing at the highest level with proper safety measures in place." According to a statement from the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges, the representative who could've voted on behalf of Mississippi's junior colleges abstained from the final vote. - Clarion Ledger


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Jarren WilliamsGarden City CC
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