Ohio State transfer won’t play for Texas Tech in 2014

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(Writer’s note: we’re a couple of days late on this but still felt like it should be addressed.)

Because of an ailing father, it was thought that Mike Mitchell would be granted a hardship waiver and receive immediate eligibility with Texas Tech this coming season.  As it turns out, and unfortunately for both the team and the player, the exact opposite is true.

Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com tweeted recently that Mitchell is “indeed sitting out a year,” meaning the linebacker’s appeal for a waiver was, for whatever reason, denied by the NCAA.  In February it was reported that Mitchell would be transferring from Ohio State, with news surfacing in late May that he was landing with the Red Raiders.

At least on paper, Mitchell had the talent to make an immediate impact in Lubbock.

A five-star member of the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class, Mitchell was the No. 1 player in the talent-rich state of Texas and the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country. He took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.

Along with Ohio State, Texas A&M and Oregon were Mitchell’s finalists before he verbally committed to OSU in early January of last year.

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.