Buckeyes QB J.T. Barrett has sprained MCL


Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was visibly ailing Saturday night against Penn State, which made his performance in two overtimes all the more impressive. On Monday Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer announced his starting quarterback filling the shoes for Braxton Miller has a sprained MCL. The injury will limit Barrett in practices this week as Ohio State prepares for a home game against Illinois on Saturday.

Barrett and the Ohio State offense were handled by Penn State’s defense in the second half Saturday night in Beaver Stadium. The redshirt freshman quarterback was picked off twice, with one being returned for a momentum-shifting touchdown early in the second half. Penn State battled back from a 17-0 deficit to force overtime, but Penn State’s defense was unable to buckle down on Barrett in the extra sessions. Barrett rushed twice on Ohio State’s first overtime possession to answer a touchdown by Penn State. On the second possession, which was given excellent starting position due to a Penn State leaping penalty on Ohio State’s previous extra-point attempt, Barrett rushed twice more and again reached the end zone to give the Buckeyes what turned out to be the game-winning score.

There is no expectation right now that Barrett will have to miss this weekend’s game against the Illini, but if Ohio State has to put him on the bench with Michigan State looming the following week, the Buckeyes would likely hand the offense off to Cardale Jones. Miller is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery before the start of the season.

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.