After reports emerged nearly a month ago that Carl Pelini may join younger brother Bo’s staff at Youngstown State, the Penguins made the move official by announcing the full coaching staff on Tuesday.
A Youngstown State graduate, Pelini served as Bo’s defensive coordinator at Nebraska from 2008-11 before leaving to take over at Florida Atlantic. While the Youngstown State release states simply that he “was with the program for two seasons,” we all know it was more than that. Pelini was fired during the tail end of the 2013 season for failure to report the the conduct of a staff member, though it was clear the illegal drug use didn’t help.
In addition to brother Carl, Bo Pelini has brought Ron Brown (running backs), Brian Crist (wide receivers), Mike Brey (tight ends/special teams), T.J. Hollowell (linebackers) and Tim Marlowe (assistant defensive backs) with him from Nebraska.
Youngstown State opens the 2015 season at Pittsburgh on Sept. 5.
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.
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.