Ogletree leaving UGA for NFL

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Georgia won its Capital One Bowl matchup with Nebraska, but suffered a significant defensive loss in the game’s immediate aftermath.

Shortly after the Bulldogs’ first bowl win since 2009, linebacker Alec Ogletree announced that he will be foregoing his senior season and make himself available for the April NFL draft.  Ogletree becomes the first player at his position and the seventh player from the SEC to officially leave early for the NFL since the 2012 regular season ended.

This is my last game,” Ogletree told reporters. “It’s a tough decision, but I felt like it was the right one for me to do based on just where I may go and the amount of risk it is to come back. I talked to my parents and let God lead me in the right way.”

Despite playing in just 10 of 13 games this season, Ogletree led the Bulldogs in tackles and was second in tackles for loss with 11.5.

Ogletree likely won’t be the Bulldogs’ last loss to early defection.  Another UGA linebacker, All-American Jarvis Jones, is expected to officially announce in the coming days that he will cannonball into the NFL draft pool.  Jones is widely viewed as a top-five pick in the upcoming draft.

Aaron Murray, another UGA starter who’s considering the NFL, was non-committal following the win over the Cornhuskers.

“The future? I don’t know what’s going to happen,” the quarterback said.

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.