Liver injury to sideline Gamecocks’ Larenz Bryant for rest of spring

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Yes, you read that correctly — liver injury.

South Carolina announced via a press release that Larenz Bryant will miss the remainder of spring practice because of what was described as a low-grade liver injury.  According to the school, the linebacker sustained the unusual injury during a drill midway through the first practice of the spring Tuesday; how he sustained the injury wasn’t detailed.

Bryant was subsequently taken to a local hospital, where he remains under observation.  The school stated that they expect the player to make a full recovery, which presumably means he’ll be able to return for the start of summer camp in early August.

Over the past two seasons, Bryant has played in 24 games.  He entered the spring listed as the No. 2 Spur linebacker in the Gamecocks’ 4-2-5 defense behind starter Jordan Diggs.

A four-star member of USC’s 2013 recruiting class, Bryant was rated as the No. 4 inside linebacker in the country; the No. 4 player at any position in the state of North Carolina; and the No. 112 player overall according to Rivals.com.

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.