Hokies D-lineman takes leave for ‘personal matters’

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Already dealing with a plethora of injuries, Virginia Tech is now down a defensive lineman.

Via a brief statement from Tech, junior Corey Marshall has left the team “to take care of some personal matters.” Marshall met with Hokies coach Frank Beamer on Monday and his status is currently TBD. The news comes just a day after the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Marshall missed Virginia Tech’s Saturday scrimmage because he “needed the weekend to clear his head.

Marshall also reportedly met with Beamer on Sunday when he returned to Blacksburg. There was a rumor circulating that Marshall was leaving the team, but both his high school coach and mother refuted it to the Times-Dispatch. 

Marshall recently moved from defensive end back to defensive line, where he actually began his career in 2011. He moved to the defensive end spot last year — his more natural position — and  started four games. While he wasn’t projected to start at defensive tackle, Marshall was expected to contribute heavily this season.

His absence only adds to what has been a preseason camp filled with attrition for Beamer’s team. Linebacker Ronny Vandyke, offensive lineman Mark Shuman, and running backs J.C. Coleman and Tony Gregory all went down with injuries. It had also previously been announced that starting cornerback Antoine Exum, recovering from a torn ACL, would miss at least the opener against the Tide, while one of the players projected to replace Exum, Donaldven Manningtransferred from the Hokies a couple of days ago.

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.