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  • Tennessee lands former Alabama RB Alvin Kamara

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    Former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara has landed at Tennessee.

    The Vols announced they had signed Kamara, a former four-star prospect, out of Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College.

    Kamara spent the 2013 season at Alabama, but never saw the field. He was suspended twice and left home from the Sugar Bowl because of an unspecified disciplinary reason. Kamara announced via Twitter last January that he was leaving the Alabama program, but maintained that it was not because of the behavioral issues that landed him in hot water with Saban and his staff.

    Kamara rushed for 1,211 yards and 18 touchdowns in nine games with Hutchinson this season. Hutchinson is the same junior college that produced former Tennessee star receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

    Freshman Jalen Hurd led the Vols in rushing with 777 yards and three touchdowns, but as a team Tennessee struggled to rush the ball. It ranked 100 th in the country and 13 th in the SEC in rushing with just 135 yards per game.

  • West side of Texas A&M's Kyle Field will implode on Sunday

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    The west side of Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, which includes the press box and second and third decks, will be imploded on Sunday to make way for the final phase of the stadium’s $450 million remodel.

    The new west side will include new luxury suites, upper decks, seats for fans, a state-of-the-art broadcasting facility for television media, and a Hall of Champions.

    The west side also will have a mosaic of fan photos that have been collected by the university’s marketing department.

    The implosion, which will happen around 8 a.m., will be streamed live and fans will be allowed to watch from near Reed Arena.

    This implosion will begin the final push toward making Kyle Field the largest on-campus stadium in the state of Texas with a seating capacity of 102,512. All of the stadium construction should be complete for the start of the 2015 season.

    For more Texas A&M news, visit AggieYell.com.

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  • Auburn will wear No. 31 helmet decals during Outback Bowl to honor Jakell Mitchell

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Auburn players will wear a No. 31 decal on the back of their helmets during the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 to honor teammate Jakell Mitchell, who was murdered early Sunday morning.

    According to Mitchell’s girlfriend, Mitchell got into an argument with a man during a party at the Tiger Lodge apartment complex when another man pulled at a gun and shot multiple times.

    Mitchell, 18, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at East Alabama Medical Center.

    Markale Hart is currently accused of the fatal shooting and is being held in Lee County Detention Center on $500,000 bail. Hart has asked for his bail to be reduced so he can be moved to Tallapoosa County because his family fears for his safety. According to Hart’s attorney, Anwar Taylor, Hart and his family have received death threats. Hart has two children ages 1 and 4 months.

    If Hart does bond out, he is facing a possible probation revocation for a 2012 burglary second-degree conviction.

    That apartment complex is the same complex where two former Auburn players died in a shooting in June of 2012.

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  • Ole Miss OL Aaron Morris suffers ACL tear, will miss bowl game

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    Ole Miss offensive lineman Aaron Morris will miss the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

    Coach Hugh Freeze said Morris suffered a partial tear prior to the regular-season finale against Mississippi State, but wanted to play through the injury. However, Morris and the coaching staff ultimately decided to have the surgery before the bowl game so Morris, a junior, could be ready for the 2015 season.

    This is the second time Morris has torn his left ACL. He missed most of the 2013 season after the first injury.

    Morris started 11 of 12 regular season games this season.

    For more Ole Miss news, visit RebelGrove.com.

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  • Auburn WR Sammie Coates declares for the NFL draft

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    Auburn receiver Sammie Coates announced Monday he has decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

    Coates, who graduated from Auburn on Saturday, said he didn’t look at his NFL evaluation and instead made his decision because he had obtained his degree.

    "If I wouldn't have graduated, it wouldn't have even been a thought," Coates said.

    Coates’ final game will be against Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

    In the past two seasons, Coates has amassed 72 catches for 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns. ESPN’s Mel Kiper listed Coates as a late-first to mid-second round pick, but he is not listed among his top 10 receivers.

    "He's got a bright future. I'm real proud of him," coach Gus Malzahn said.

    Coates is the first of the Tigers’ two main receivers to declare for the draft. Auburn is still waiting for junior D'haquille “Duke” Williams to make his decision.

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  • Report: Houston to hire Ohio State OC Tom Herman as coach

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    Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman is expected to be the next coach at Houston, according to a report by Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

    Herman has spent the past three seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Buckeyes and won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant. Herman became a hot name during this offseason after turning backup quarterback J.T. Barrett into a Heisman contender and helping win the Big Ten title with third-stringer Cardale Jones.

    Houston becomes the third AAC team to hire an offensive coordinator as its head coach. SMU hired Clemson’s Chad Morris and Tulsa hired Baylor’s Phillip Montgomery.

    Houston fired coach Tony Levine after finishing 7-5 this season.

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

    For more Houston news, visit CougarsDen.com.

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  • Marcus Mariota wins the Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Awards

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    College football honored many players on Thursday evening, but the night belonged to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who took home more hardware than any player since Cam Newton in 2010.

    Mariota was named the Walter Camp Player of the Year and he won the Davey O’Brien and ,Maxwell awards. Newton was the last player to sweep the top player awards and quarterback-centric awards and he went on to claim the Heisman Trophy.

    Mariota also was the first Oregon player to win the Davey O’Brien and only the second player from the Pac-12 to win it (Troy Aikman, UCLA).

    Winning the Heisman seems an inevitability for Mariota, who had one of the best quarterbacking seasons in recent history. Not only did he lead Oregon to the Pac-12 title and a place in the inaugural College Football Playoff, he did so by leading the nation in passing efficiency (185.2), quarterback rating (91.8) and yards per pass attempt (10.0 avg). He led all Pac-12 quarterbacks with 636 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns and threw for 3,783 yards, 38 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

    Mariota, so far, has thrown a touchdown in every collegiate game he’s played.

    Home Depot (coach of the year): Gary Patterson, TCU

  • The 2nd Annual Dr. Saturday College Football Awards

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    College football hands out most of its awards this week, but we here at Dr. Saturday thought we’d hand out some awards of our own.

    It’s been a busy season with a lot of twists and turns, so it’s only fitting that we celebrate the best and the worst of the 2014-15 campaign.

    OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

    There’s not much to say about Mariota that hasn’t already been said. He finished the year completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,783 yards, 38 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He has flirted with being the best player in college football for the past couple years and this year he finally reached the summit. He’ll likely be the Heisman winner and he has his team in the College Football Playoff. Since this likely will be his last collegiate season, it’s not a bad way to leave.

    Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

    DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona

    One of the best moments of Wright’s season (at least for me) was when he stripped the ball from Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to seal an improbable upset. Wright is a major reason why the Wildcats were playing for the Pac-12 title despite being picked to finish fourth in the South Division.

    Missouri

  • TMZ obtains 911 tapes from Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett and his pregnant girlfriend

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    Police were called to the home of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett after Barrett and his pregnant girlfriend, Alexandria Barrett-Clark, both called 911 citing a domestic disturbance.

    Barrett, who is nursing a broken ankle, claimed his “ex-girlfriend” was in his home, would not leave, and he wanted police to help remove her. Barrett-Clark told 911 Barrett choked her and flung her across a room. She also noted in the 911 call she was pregnant.

    TMZ obtained the 911 tapes of both Barrett and Barrett-Clark and both sound remarkably calm in their calls. Barrett-Clark, when asked to describe Barrett, begins to note he’s the Ohio State quarterback, but stops short.

    Police did respond to the call, but there were no visible injuries to either party. No arrests were made.

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  • Clemson QB Deshaun Watson will have knee surgery Friday, miss bowl game

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    Clemson star quarterback Deshaun Watson will have surgery Friday to repair a partially torn ACL and a torn LCL, coach Dabo Swinney announced Wednesday.

    Watson will miss the Tigers’ bowl game against Oklahoma on Dec. 29.

    Watson suffered an LCL sprain against Georgia Tech on Nov. 15 and then partially tore the ACL during practice the following week. He missed the subsequent game against Georgia Southern, but returned to help the Tigers defeat South Carolina.

    Swinney revealed the injury after the victory.

    Originally Swinney said Watson would be available for the bowl game, but that was when the Tigers were still in line for the Orange Bowl. With the Tigers going to the Russell Athletic Bowl, Swinney said the thought was to allow Watson to get a jumpstart on his rehab and have him back by summer drills.

    Cole Stoudt will start the bowl game in Watson’s place. Stoudt is completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,573 yards, six touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was the season-opening starter before Watson replaced him.

    For more Clemson news, visit TigerIllustrated.com.

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