Eric Reid second Tiger to leave LSU for NFL

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For the second time in as many days, LSU has lost a starting member of its top-ten defense.

Following up on speculation, LSU announced early Friday afternoon that safety Eric Reid has decided to forego his final season of eligibility and toss his name into the NFL draft mix.  He is two semesters shy of graduating, but continue pursuing his degree in the offseason.

“I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to have been able to play football at LSU,” Reid said in a statement. “It was always my dream to go to LSU and play football.

“I want to thank Coach Miles and all of the people that played a role to get me to this point in my life. This was a very difficult decision because I always wanted to be a Tiger and I love LSU. But, after careful consideration and talking with my family, I feel like this is the right time to make this decision. I will always be a LSU Tiger.”

The 6-2, 212-pound true junior was a consensus first-team All-American in 2012, finishing third on the team in tackles with 81.  In addition to starting the past 26 games in a row, Reid was the owner of the highest GPA on the team according to LSU’s pre-bowl notes.

He’s viewed by many as a fringe first-round pick.

Reid joins linebacker Kevin Minter, who confirmed Thursday that he was leaving Baton Rouge early for the NFL.  LSU could still lose some combination of defensive linemen — Bennie LoganBarkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery — with eligibility remaining as well.

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.