Greg Mattison chose Michigan over NFL

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Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison says he could have coached a number of places in 2015 if he wanted, but he chose to stay with the University of Michigan to be a part of the staff working with Jim Harbaugh. After returning to Michigan to be a defensive coordinator for Brady Hoke, Mattison decided to stay put even if it meant taking on a lower profile position on Michigan’s staff.

“I had a number of offers (elsewhere), some in the NFL and things like that,” Mattison said Thursday, per MLive.com. “But I made up my mind that if I had the opportunity, I’d love to stay. And I did. So, I stayed.”

Mattison has spent decades coaching in college and in the NFL, and he has been a well-respected coaching assistant over the years. His decision to come to Michigan to coach for Hoke was a big move, and his decision to remain a part of the staff under Harbaugh was a nice result for the new head coach.

Mattison’s decision to return to Michigan under Hoke was influenced by an opportunity to be closer to his family. That ability to remain nearby was also a part of the decision to stay at Michigan as a defensive line coach.

Michigan’s defenses was ranked third in total defense in the Big Ten last season, trailing only Penn State and Wisconsin. The Wolverines allowed the second fewest yards per play among Big Ten teams and trimmed approximately four points off its defensive scoring average in 2014 from its 2013 total.

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.