Starting Buffs DT Josh Tupou charged over house party assaults

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In the middle of last month, reports surfaced that “University of Colorado athletics officials are looking into reports that Buffs football players were involved in a fight that spilled out onto the streets.” Nearly a month later, the legal chickens have come home to roost for one Buffs players.

According to the Denver Post, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Josh Tupou on charges of (take a deep breath) suspicion of second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault, criminal mischief, trespassing and reckless endangerment. The defensive tackle turned himself in to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Thursday, the Post added.

Tupou is alleged to have assaulted three men at a house party, one of whom was taken to a local hospital to treat a broken nose and a broken bone in his cheek. A second man was allegedly kicked in his nuggets by Tupou, while a third was allegedly punched in the back of the head.

The paper writes that “according to an arrest affidavit, police allege Tupou and two other CU football players, Jaleel Awini and Donovan Lee, were at the party and were ‘instigators.'” Neither Awini nor Lee have been charged.

Witnesses also said Awini and Lee were the two loudest and “in your face” instigators, and one man said he saw Lee throw a chair at someone. Lee told police that he helped break down the fence and did not see what Tupou did, but acknowledged things “went way too far.”

Tupou was also accused of knocking a hole in a privacy fence where the party was being held. That move caused an estimated $300-$700 worth of damage.

The last two seasons, Tupou has started all 24 games for the Buffaloes.  All told, he’s started 31 games during his time in Boulder.

The school has not commented on what if any punishment is awaiting the defensive lineman.

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.