DeVonta Smith shares important message after winning Heisman Trophy

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 1/5/21

DeVonta Smith on Tuesday won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first wide receiver since Desmond Howard in 1991 to win the award.

The Alabama wide receiver gave a speech after winning the trophy and shared an important message.

“To all the young kids out there that are not the biggest, not the strongest — just keep pushing, ’cause I’m not the biggest. I’ve been doubted a lot just because of my size. It just comes down to, if put your mind to it, you can do it. No job is too big. If you put your mind to it, you can do it,” Smith said.

Smith arrived at Alabama weighing around 160 pounds and is currently listed at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds. On the surface, he doesn’t look like an intimidating presence like some other receivers. But Smith has proven that his size doesn’t matter, because he can get the job done like few others.

Smith racked up 105 catches for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns this season in only 12 games for the unbeaten Crimson Tide.

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Watch: Mississippi State, Tulsa get into brawl after Armed Forces Bowl

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 12/31/20

Mississippi State and Tulsa treated fans to a hard-fought game in the Armed Forces Bowl on Thursday, but things quickly turned ugly after the final whistle blew.

A wild brawl broke out in the moments following Mississippi State’s 28-26 win. Players from both sides appeared to throw swings as coaches stood in the middle and tried to separate them. Things then quickly got out of hand. You can see the video below.

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Ohio State RB Trey Sermon sets Big Ten record in win over Northwestern

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 12/19/20

The Ohio State Buckeyes won their fourth straight Big Ten championship on Saturday after defeating the Northwestern Wildcats 22-10. It was an exciting game thanks to Big Ten championship MVP Trey Sermon.

The running back set an Ohio State single-game record and Big Ten championship record with 331 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries, per ESPN.

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NCAA reportedly looking for alternate sites to host Rose Bowl

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Grey Papke | Last updated 12/11/20

One of college football’s most venerable traditions is poised to look much different in 2021 — and it might not even happen where it’s supposed to.

According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, NCAA officials are putting together contingency plans to potentially play the annual Rose Bowl game outside of Pasadena. AT&T Stadium in Dallas has been viewed as a potential alternative site.

The same thinking is in place surrounding the scheduled College Football Playoff semifinal in Pasadena, which could move to a different city in an effort to allow the Rose Bowl to stage a more traditional game.

The main point of concern is COVID-19 cases in Southern California. The state’s stay-at-home order is expected to last through Christmas, and three other bowl games scheduled to be played in California have been canceled. The Rose Bowl has asked for a special exception to allow families of players to attend the game, but thus far, they have been denied.

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President Donald Trump to attend Army-Navy football game

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 12/7/20

The Army Black Knights will welcome more than just the Navy Midshipmen for the annual game featuring the programs that will be held at West Point. 

Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend the contest set to get underway at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday. 

“The president’s going to make it,” Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk confirmed on Monday. 

Back in October, the programs agreed to move the game from Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, to West Point due to local coronavirus-related restrictions regarding mass gatherings. Students from the schools are permitted to attend the contest held at Michie Stadium, but other paying fans will be shut out this time around. 

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BYU, Coastal Carolina fight after cheap shots on Cougars’ Zach Wilson

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 12/5/20

BYU and Coastal Carolina got into a fight right before halftime of their game on Saturday.

BYU was leading 14-13 and attempted a deep bomb before halftime. Zach Wilson’s pass was intercepted, and the Chanticleers used that as an opportunity to beat up on the quarterback. Look at the blocking they did on Wilson:

BYU did not appreciate its quarterback getting beat up like that, and a bit of a fight between the teams broke out.

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Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller makes history with kickoff against Missouri

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 11/28/20

No one will ever forget Sarah Fuller, who became the first woman to play in a Power Five football game on Saturday for the Vanderbilt Commodores

While many criticized her, Fuller delivered a perfect squib kick, which was recovered at the 35-yard line, to start the second half against Missouri. 

Fuller, a senior goalkeeper for Vanderbilt’s women’s soccer team, was recruited as a kicker recently after members of the Commodores football team had to quarantine due to COVID-19 policies. She tried out and did well enough to make the team. 

When she took the field against Missouri on Saturday, Fuller wore an inspirational “Play Like a Girl” sticker on her helmet. She became just the third woman to play in an FBS football game, joining Katie Hnida and April Goss. 

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USF-Navy game postponed due to COVID-19

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 11/18/20

The Navy Midshipmen just can’t get back on the football field. 

On Wednesday, the South Florida Bulls confirmed that they won’t be able to play Navy this coming Saturday, as scheduled, because of positive COVID-19 tests and subsequent quarantines. 

It’s the third straight week the Midshipmen will be sidelined. Navy previously had games versus the Memphis Tigers and Tulsa Golden Hurricane scrapped due to a virus outbreak within the Naval Academy. 

Navy hasn’t played since a loss to the SMU Mustangs on Halloween. 

“We are disappointed that we will be unable to play Navy this week,” USF vice president of athletics Michael Kelly said in a prepared statement. “Our student-athletes are continuing to work hard with energy and enthusiasm, and look forward to the opportunity to compete and get better each week. However, all our decisions start with the health and safety of our student-athletes as our first priority and we reached a point this week where the decision was clear that it was in their best interest to postpone this week’s game.”

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Alabama-LSU, Texas A&M-Tennessee games postponed due to COVID-19

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 11/10/20

Two more Southeastern Conference games scheduled for Saturday are off due to COVID-19. 

The SEC announced on Tuesday the postponements of the Alabama Crimson Tide-LSU Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies-Tennessee Volunteers games because of coronavirus issues within the Tigers and Aggies. 

“While it is unfortunate to have multiple postponements in the same week, we began the season with the understanding interruptions to the schedule were possible and we have remained focused throughout the season on the health of everyone around our programs,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in the prepared statement. “We must remain vigilant, within our programs and in our communities, to prevent the spread of the virus and to manage activities that contribute to these interruptions.”

On Monday, the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers was postponed. Both programs are currently dealing with virus outbreaks.

The Auburn at Mississippi State and Texas A&M at Tennessee games are tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12. Alabama at LSU could be shifted to Dec. 19, as LSU is currently scheduled to face the Florida Gators on Dec. 12. However, the SEC title game is on Dec. 19 and likely won’t be pushed back a week. 

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Alabama dethrones Clemson, takes the No. 1 spot in latest AP poll

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 11/8/20

Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season. With its top ranking, the Crimson Tide extend their record of consecutive seasons with at least one week on top of the rankings to 13. 

Nick Saban’s squad takes over the top spot after Notre Dame upset Clemson on Saturday in a double-overtime game. The Irish take over the No. 2 spot while Ohio State remained at No. 3. Clemson landed at No. 4, giving up the top spot for the first time this season. 

The Crimson Tide received 59 of 62 first-place votes. Notre Dame received two first-place votes, and its No. 2 ranking is its highest since 2012.

Texas A&M also moved up in the rankings to No. 5 after defeating South Carolina 48-3 on Saturday while the Florida Gators jumped to No. 6 after defeating Georgia to snap a three-game losing streak to the Bulldogs. 

Here’s the full top 25:

  1. Alabama (6-0)
  2. Notre Dame (7-0)
  3. Ohio State (3-0)
  4. Clemson (7-1)
  5. Texas A&M (5-1)
  6. Florida (4-1)
  7. Cincinnati (6-0)
  8. Brigham Young (8-0)
  9. Miami, FL (6-1)
  10. Indiana (3-0)
  11. Oregon (1-0)
  12. Georgia (4-2)
  13. Wisconsin (1-0)
  14. Oklahoma State (5-1)
  15. Coastal Carolina (7-0)
  16. Marshall (6-0)
  17. Iowa State (5-2)
  18. Oklahoma (5-2)
  19. SMU (7-1)
  20. USC (1-0)
  21. Texas (5-2)
  22. Liberty (7-0)
  23. Northwestern (3-0)
  24. Auburn (4-2)
  25. Louisiana-Lafayette (6-1)

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