WVU’s leading WR will head to the NFL

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West Virginia will have plenty of offensive question marks next season with the losses of quarterback Geno Smith and do-it-all wide receiver Tavon AustinNow, it will move forward without another playmaker: wide receiver Stedman Bailey.

As a surprise to practically no one, Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said Monday that the Pinstripe Bowl against former Big East foe Syracuse would be Bailey’s last game in a WVU uniform. Bailey is a redshirt junior and was Smith’s high school teammate at Miramar (FL). The two signed with the Mountaineers in 2009.

Bailey finished the 2012 season with 106 receptions for 1,501 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. It was his second straight year of over 1,000 receiving yards. Bailey had two games this season with over 200 yards receiving and one game with over 300 yards receiving. He was also a finalist for this year’s Biletnikoff Award.

Austin got a lot of the hype — rightfully so — for his versatility and speed, but Bailey was perhaps the most sure-handed receiving on WVU’s roster and oftentimes made Smith look good with his receiving skills.

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Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has become the second two-time winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

Anderson was presented the award on Monday night by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Anderson had 10 sacks for the No. 5-ranked Crimson Tide this season. He also won the award last year after recording 17 1/2 sacks.

Anderson, a junior, had two sacks in Alabama’s regular-season win finale against rival Auburn and had his first touchdown when he returned an interception 25 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

Anderson joins former Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald as the only two-time winner of the award. Fitzgerald won the award in 1995 and 1996 and later went on to become the head coach at Northwestern.

It’s unclear if Anderson will enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama next season.

FSU standout QB Jordan Travis returning for senior season

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, the fourth player in school history to account for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a single season, is staying in school for his senior year.

Travis made the announcement Monday, the same day hundreds of players across the nation entered the NCAA transfer portal or declared for the NFL draft. Travis chose a different path and could be an early favorite in next year’s Heisman Trophy race.

“So many memories have been made on this field and we’re not done yet,” Travis said in a highlight video posted on social media. “See y’all in 2023.”

A fourth-year junior, Travis has 22 touchdown passes to go along with seven rushing scores, one receiving and just four interceptions. He has led the 13th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) to five consecutive wins as they prepare to play Oklahoma (6-6) in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando.

Travis joined FSU’s three Heisman Trophy winners – Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013 – to account for 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season. He is one of six QBs in Power Five conferences with at least 20 TD passes and four or fewer interceptions.