Despite no combine, NFL releases list of who merited invites
The last NFL event not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic was the 2020 combine in Indianapolis. A year later, with the 2021 combine canceled, the league has released a list of players who would have merited invitations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)The last NFL event not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic was the 2020 combine in Indianapolis. A year later, with the 2021 combine canceled, the league has released a list of players who would have merited invitations. Cornerbacks got the most invitations with 44, including all-Americans Shaun Wade of Ohio State, and Patrick Surtain of national champion Alabama.
Quite a few local connections in College Football Playoff championship game
Alabama QB Mac Jones (left) and Ohio State CB Shaun Wade are two of the prominent players in Monday night's College Football Playoff national championship game. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Alabama and Ohio State face off Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship game at 8 p.m.Five players from the Jacksonville area are on the rosters of the Crimson Tide and Buckeyes. Player, Class (*redshirt), Local tie, CollegeRB Marcus Crowley, So., Trinity Christian, Ohio State, Took some time to get back on the field after tearing his ACL late last season. *, Trinity Christian, Ohio State, Has played in five games this season and has five tackles, four of those coming in a Nov. 7 game against Rutgers. Consensus All-American selection, earning those honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press and Sporting News.
Sugar Bowl features Clemson-Ohio State CFP semifinal rematch
3 Ohio State (6-0, No. ... Clemson beat Ohio State 29-23 in a Fiesta Bowl CFP semifinal last season. ... All of Clemson's victories over Ohio State have come in bowl games, including the Orange Bowl at the end of the 2013 season and the 1978 Peach Bowl. ... Clemson is making its third Sugar Bowl appearance and is seeking its first Sugar Bowl win. ... Ohio State is making its sixth Sugar Bowl appearance and has won its last three, including a 42-35 triumph over Alabama in the first CFP semifinal on Jan. 1, 2015.
Alabama’s Jones, Smith, Harris lead 6 Tide AP All-Americans
Lawrence, the likely first pick in the next NFL draft, made AP All-America for the first time in his career. ___The 2020 AP All-America team:FIRST TEAMOffenseQuarterback — Mac Jones, junior, Alabama. Running backs — Najee Harris, senior, Alabama; Breece Hall, sophomore, Iowa State. Guards — Ben Cleveland, senior, Georgia; Tommy Kraemer, senior, Notre Dame. Safeties — Kyle Hamilton, sophomore, Notre Dame; Tykee Smith, sophomore, West Virginia.
AP All-Big Ten: Ohio State’s Fields, Jax native Wade earn honors
Fields led Ohio State to a 6-0 record and the No. Its only loss was 42-35 at Ohio State in a game that went down to the final play. u-QB — Justin Fields, Ohio State, 6-3, 228, Jr., Kennesaw, Georgia. CB — Shaun Wade, Ohio State, 6-1, 195, Sr., JacksonvilleS —Brandon Joseph, Northwestern, 6-1, 192, Fr., College Station, Texas. C — Josh Myers, Ohio State, 6-5, 312, Jr., Miamisburg, Ohio.
Bateman back for Minnesota, but no Parsons for Penn State
Minnesota is getting its star wide receiver back for an abbreviated Big Ten season. Minnesota announced Wednesday that Rashod Bateman was cleared to play this season by the NCAA and Big Ten after opting out in August. At Penn State, coach James Franklin closed the door on All-America linebacker Micah Parsons returning to the Nittany Lions. Both Bateman and Parsons opted out of the 2020 season before the Big Ten postponed amid concerns about the pandemic. Purdue All-America receiver Rondale Moore, who opted out early like Parsons and Bateman, was cleared to play for the Boilermakers last week.
Tired of waiting: Ohio State stars opt out, move on to draft
FILE - Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade (24) is shown during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Clemson, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. Ohio State stars Shaun Wade and Wyatt Davis got tired of waiting for a decision on the football season and chose to opt out and begin preparing for the NFL draft. COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the chances of the Big Ten Conference playing a football season slipping away, two of Ohio State's best players have chosen to opt out and start preparing for the NFL draft. That schedule could set up Big Ten teams to be part of the College Football Playoff. ___Associated Press College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo contributed to this report. ___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Mitch Stacy at http://twitter.com/mitchstacy
Ohio State CB Shaun Wade reverses course, will play in 2020 season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Days after declaring he would enter the NFL draft, Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade is opting back in. Wade, a Trinity Christian product, announced on ESPN Thursday evening that he was planning to play the 2020 season. It came a day after the Big Ten’s announcement that it would play football this year, with games starting in late October. Ohio State lost to Clemson in the national semifinals last season. Wade had 56 career tackles, four interceptions, two sacks and a pair of forced fumbles during two seasons with Ohio State.
Parsons, Sewell among AP preseason All-Americans not playing
Parsons and Oregon tackle Penei Sewell are among 11 players selected who are not slated to play this fall. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File)Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Oregon tackle Penei Sewell are among 11 players selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America first team who are not slated to play this fall. Tackles x-Penei Sewell, junior, Oregon; Alex Leatherwood, senior, Alabama. Linebackers y-Micah Parsons, junior, Penn State; x-Hamilcar Rashed Jr., senior, Oregon State; Dylan Moses, senior, Alabama. Safeties x-Jevon Holland, junior, Oregon; Trevon Moehrig, junior, TCU.
Big Tens decision has impact on local players on those college rosters
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. News of the Big Tens decision to cancel fall sports was a dagger across college football on Tuesday. The area has more than a dozen players on the rosters of football teams in the Big Ten. A look at players with area ties who will be affected with Tuesdays decision, the first by a Power 5 conference. Player, College, Local tieWR Edwin Carter, Illinois, SandalwoodOL Curtis Dunlap, Minnesota, Lee/IMGCB Tyreke Johnson, Ohio State, Trinity ChristianWR TJ Jones, Penn State, ColumbiaDB Devon Matthews, Indiana, RibaultDB Glen Miller, Maryland, RidgeviewRB Dedrick Mills, Nebraska, Ware CountyDB Tahveon Nicholson, Illinois, LeeDL Deon Pate, Illinois, Trinity ChristianLB Derrick Smith, Illinois, Trinity ChristianCB Shaun Wade, Ohio State, Trinity ChristianWR Isaiah Washington, Rutgers, Trinity ChristianS Deontai Williams, Nebraska, Trinity Christian
All-American honor for Davis adds to Trinity legacy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The latest in a long, long line of stellar Trinity Christian defensive backs took his place among the best of them on Tuesday. Davis is the most recent in what has evolved into Defensive Back Academy off of Hammond Boulevard. Davis knows that pipeline well and said“They taught me a lot,” he said of former Trinity defensive backs who have returned to the school during his time there. Davis was a freshman during Wade’s senior season in 2016, a year that culminated in just about every honor imaginable for Wade, also an Army All-American. Davis finished his season with 26 tackles, an interception and 10 passes defensed.