UTEP promotes grad assistant who spent 2014… in NASCAR

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Well, this might be a first.

Tuesday night, UTEP announced that it had promoted Weston Glaser from the graduate assistant position he was brought in for earlier this spring to nickel and safeties coach. Normally this wouldn’t merit a mention; where Glaser was in 2014, though, makes it at least a little noteworthy.

From the release:

In 2014, Glaser was hired by Hendrick Motorsports as an assistant pit crew coach. He worked with Jimmy [sic] Johnson’s 48 team and Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 88 team.

The trend recently in NASCAR has been for stock car teams to hire former college athletes, specifically college football players, as part of their pit crews; this time around, it’s an FBS team dipping into the NASCAR pool.

“Weston is an outstanding you coach who has great knowledge of [defensive coordinator Scott] Stoker’s defensive system,” head coach Sean Kugler said in a statement. “He has a lot of energy and will do an outstanding job.”

Prior to joining the left-turn circuit, Glaser was a grad assistant for the Miners who worked with the linebackers. Prior to that, he was a grad assistant at FCS-level Sam Houston State.

And, while I’m here and given a portion of the subject matter, I’ll remind you that you can keep abreast of all of the latest racing news at both NASCARTalk and MotorSportsTalk. One other reminder? NASCAR will return to NBC Sports with the telecast of the race at the famed Daytona International Speedway Fourth of July weekend.

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.